Monday, March 22, 2010

Nelson Atkins Museum of Art - March Events and Exhibits

March is a magnificent month! Celebrate the capstone of our 75th Anniversary year with a visit to our new exhibition Magnificent Gifts for the 75th.

Magnificent Gifts on View This month, we celebrate the Kansas City community's generosity with an exhibition of anniversary gifts. Magnificent Gifts for the 75th features 130 of the nearly 400 gifts and promised gifts made in honor of this momentous occasion including paintings, drawings, photographs, sculptures, ceramics, glass, furniture and more. Get your tickets today.

Collection Highlight: Kanzan
The works of art in Magnificent Gifts for the 75th have transformed eight areas of the Museum's collection. This month's highlight is a promised gift to the Decorative Arts collection. Kanzan depicts a legendary Buddhist poet who embodies Zen freedom and spontaneity. Artist Akio Takamori has said that the jovial monk is like an "outer ego" for himself as a middle-aged man, with childhood on one side and old age on the other. Viewers of all ages and backgrounds can place themselves both in the role of and in relation to the monk with the engaging twinkle in his eye. See Kanzan in the exhibition. Get tickets online.

Exploring Egypt
Before ancient Egypt became the topic of blockbuster movies and mystery novels, the only vision many westerners had of the region was from photographs. Exploring Egypt: 19th Century Expeditionary Photography presents photographs taken by artist-adventurers who went to great lengths to photograph the ruins of Egypt. This exhibition will guide you on a visual tour of the Nile, highlighting popular sites including the pyramids at Giza and the Great Sphinx. March 6 to July 18. Admission is free.

Visions of VeniceThe Museum's first exhibition devoted to glass, Venice. 3 Visions in Glass explores recent pieces by three of the leading artists working in glass today. Combining tradition and innovation, these artists have produced unexpected forms, effects and moods. Visually dazzling and compelling, some pieces include abstracted brilliant cityscapes, while others are more contemplative and evocative of the watery city of Venice. March 6 to Aug. 15. Admission is free.

Sunday, March 21, 2010


We’ve received raves about our yummy carrot nut muffins, introduced to Southmoreland by Mark’s mom Betty, and oodles of requests for the recipe. In honor of the 63rd Annual Carrot Capitol Festival held last month in Mark’s home town of Holtville, California, we offer this recipe for your enjoyment.


1 ½ C Flour

1 ½ t Baking Soda

¼ t Cinnamon

¾ C Sugar

½ t Salt

2 Eggs, Beaten

½ C Vegetable Oil

1t Vanilla

1 ½ C Grated Carrots

1 ½ c Chopped Walnuts


Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Coat a standard muffin tin with cooking spray and set aside. In a large mixing bowl combine flour, baking soda, cinnamon, sugar and salt. In a separate bowl combine eggs, oil, and vanilla. Fold the wet ingredients into the dry. After a few strokes fold in the carrots and walnuts being careful not to over mix. Spoon the batter into the prepared muffin tin and bake for 15 to 20 minutes until muffins are golden brown and tester inserted into the middle comes clean. Let muffins cool and remove from tins. Makes 10-12 muffins.

Saturday, March 13, 2010

Another Great Season at the Kansas City Repertory Theatre –“ Bus Stop” Runs Through April 3

Guests at our Kansas City Bed and Breakfast frequently ask us to brief them on events occurring here in KC. One of the joys of Innkeeping is sharing our enthusiasm for the city by offering suggestions about what guests can do and see during their visit. We are thrilled when we find a Kansas City gem that we can pass along to our guests and friends. Once such pearl is the Kansas City Repertory Theatre. Under the direction of Eric Rosen, "The Rep" has consistently produced critically acclaimed productions ranging from light musicals to dramatic plays.

Recently, we took in "Broke-ology" with our friends Kitty and Kelly. While the two prior productions we saw were met with mixed reviews, "Broke-ology" was a unanimous favorite. It is a realistic, heartfelt story especially poignant to siblings dealing with aging or ailing parents. Locals take particular pride in this production because it was written by 31-year-old Nathan Louis Jackson from Kansas City, Kansas. "Broke-ology" is showing at the Sprint Copaken Stage downtown continuing its run through March 21.

The Rep's most recent production, "Bus Stop" opened on March 12 and will run through April 3, 2010 at the Spencer Theatre on the UMKC campus.

Enjoy a leisurely early dinner on the Country Club Plaza, take in one of these great Kansas City events, and return to the respite of Southmoreland on the Plaza - an Urban Inn.