Archive for Kansas City Missouri

First Friday exhibit features KCK artist

Kansas City, Kan., artist’s show opens tonight

Michael Young, a Kansas City, Kan., artist, has an opening reception from 5 to 9 p.m. Friday, Oct. 6, at the Jones Gallery, 1717 Walnut, Kansas City, Mo.

The show is “One Hundred Years of Solitude,” a series of original paintings based on the novel by Gabriel Garcia Marquez.

The paintings will be at the gallery through October.

The artist’s website,, features information and pictures from the “100 Years” series.

Art sale to benefit tallgrass prairie effort

Art depicting the rolling emerald hills and striking prairie fires of the tallgrass prairie will be part of the ninth annual Vision of the Flint Hills art benefit and sale at Buttonwood Art Space in Kansas City, Missouri.

The gallery exhibition will include art from and inspired by Kansas’ Flint Hills region, including the Konza Prairie Biological Station, a part of Kansas State University. Opening night of the art sale, featuring the diminishing ecosystem, will be from 6 to 9 p.m. Friday, Oct. 6, at Buttonwood Art Space, 3013 Main St., Kansas City, Missouri, in conjunction with the KC Crossroads Art District’s First Friday Art Walk. Admission is free and sales will benefit the artists and tallgrass prairie education in the Flint Hills.

Fifty percent of the proceeds from sales will go to Friends of Konza Prairie, a nonprofit organization that supports the Konza Environmental Education Program, or KEEP, at Konza Prairie Biological Station south of Manhattan.

The exhibit also will feature QR codes that link to tallgrass prairie ecological information.


KC, Mo., on list of final 32 cities for soccer World Cup bid

Kansas City, Mo., has been named to the list of finalists, one of 32 North American cities that may serve as official hosts for the 2026 FIFA World Cup, according to an announcement today.

The United Bid Committee announced the list this morning from New York. There are four cities in Canada, three in Mexico and 25 cities in the United States on the list. If selected, Kansas City could hold a World Cup game could be held at Arrowhead Stadium.

“As we move to the next stage of the bid process, we’re even more confident we have everything needed to deliver the largest, most compelling FIFA World Cup in history and help accelerate the growth of soccer across North America and around the world,” said United Bid Chairman Sunil Gulati, in a news release. “We have more than double the number of cities required to stage matches in 2026. We have a vision for growing the game and engaging fans as never before. Our biggest challenge will be finding ways to honor the enthusiasm of all the people across Canada, Mexico and the United States through the development of our united hosting concept.”

Kansas City, Kansas, Mayor Mark Holland sent out a statement after the announcement of the bid.

“This news confirms to the rest of the country what we already know here in the heartland, that the KC metro is worthy of being called the soccer capital of America. As we move to the next round in the bid selection process, I know that we will have a strong case to make that Kansas City deserves to be a World Cup host,” said KCK Mayor Mark Holland.

“The Kansas City region has invested over $325 million in soccer facilities in the past decade, with another $500 million planned between now and 2026. As a region, KC and KCK sports venues offer numerous world-class soccer facilities, from Children’s Mercy Park in KCK, to Arrowhead Stadium in KCMO.

“Here in Kansas City, Kansas, we are home to the state-of-the-art Children’s Mercy Park, where Sporting KC recently became U.S. Open Cup Champions, cheered on by the greatest soccer fans in the U.S. The National Training and Coaching Development Center for soccer will open later this year. New soccer fields are flourishing all across the metro. And, of course, you can’t create a better atmosphere for a marquee soccer match than Arrowhead Stadium. You can be guaranteed that the Unified Government of Wyandotte County/KCK will be working with all of our regional partners to make this World Cup dream a reality.”


Kansas City, Mo., man convicted for dealing drugs in KCK

A federal jury Friday convicted a man who was arrested for peddling drugs in a parking lot outside a social service center in downtown Kansas City, Kan., U.S. Attorney Tom Beall said.

Desmond S. Gaines, 35, Kansas City, Mo., was convicted on federal charges of possession with intent to distribute crack cocaine, marijuana and PCP, as well as unlawful possession of a firearm.

During trial, prosecutors presented evidence that police responded to a report of a man dressed all in red in the parking lot of the center at 645 Nebraska Ave. in Kansas City, Kan.

As officers pulled into the lot, Gaines got into a white Cadillac Deville. While talking to police, Gaines shoved an officer and ran away carrying a black pouch, authorities said.

During the chase, he threw the pouch onto the roof of a building. When Gaines was arrested, officers recovered the pouch, which contained crack, marijuana and PCP, as well as more than $500 in cash, according to the U.S. attorney’s office. They found a .45 caliber HiPoint handgun in Gaines’ car.

Sentencing is set for Dec. 7. He faces the following potential penalties:
• Possession with intent to distribute crack cocaine: Not less than 10 years in federal prison.
• Possession with intent to distribute marijuana: Up to 10 years and a fine up to $250,000.
• Possession with intent to distribute PCP: Up to 30 years and a fine up to $1 million.
• Unlawful possession of a firearm in furtherance of drug trafficking: Not less than five years and a fine up to $250,000.
• Unlawful possession of a firearm following a felony conviction: Up to 10 years and a fine up to $250,000.

Beall commended the Kansas City, Kan., Police Department, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and Assistant U.S. Attorney Terra Morehead for their work on the case.