Kansas City Connection: Nelson-Atkins does impressionist Paris

If you ask me, October in Paris is almost as delightful as April in Paris — perhaps even more so. While most of us can’t hop on a Concorde and test out that hypothesis on a whim, a new exhibit at the Nelson-Atkins Museum does make it possible to experience the impressionistic sights and sounds of Paris circa 150 years ago.

“Impressionist France” gathers paintings and photographs from 36 different museums into one exhibition that includes work by Claude Monet, Pierre-Auguste Renoir and Eduoard Manet. In addition to the soft pastels and Seine-scenery of the paintings, the exhibition also includes several photographs of the French countryside, which helps to present a fuller portrait of France in the 19th century.

“Impressionist France” runs through Feb. 9 and requires a ticket to enter. Admission costs $8 for adults, $7 for seniors over 55, $5 for students, and is free for children 12 and younger.

While that exhibit is just beginning, another impressive group show is just wrapping up in the West Bottoms. Opened by real estate developer Bill Haw in the former Dolphin Gallery space, the Haw Contemporary opened last month with an impressive double show. “Open” features the work of some of Kansas City’s most accomplished visual artists, including painter Wilbur Niewald, sculptor Anthony Baab and photographer Mike Sinclair.

“Mount,” curated by Peregrine Honig, includes work by several artists whose work she encountered while traveling through the American Southwest, including Donna Huanca, John Woods and Sarah Xeno.

These two shows end Nov. 2, but Haw Contemporary has an impressive lineup of exhibitions lined up through mid-2014, viewable at hawcontemporary.com. The gallery, at 1600 Liberty St., is open Tuesday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturday from noon to 5 p.m.

Coffee Connection

By now you’ve surely seen signs for pumpkin spice lattes at every Starbucks and Starbucks-imitator across town. One place you won’t see any of that artificially flavored, seasonal-spice nonsense is Oddly Correct, a local roaster and wholesaler with a coffee shop at 3940 Main St., just at the edge of Westport.

Located in a corridor better known for Payday Loan outfits, the handsome exposed brick, reclaimed wood and stainless steel interior of Oddly Correct perfectly suits the no-nonsense delivery of the gourmet blends they brew Monday through Saturday from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Gregory Kolsto started Oddly Correct several years ago out of a garage, taking years of experience buying coffee on a wholesale level and combining it with hard work and vision to create a roasting business that now supplies many local restaurants and coffee shops with their coffee and espresso beans. You’ll pay an extra dollar or two per cup here than what you would at your average java dive, but the big-city atmosphere and exotic flavors are unlike anything else around. Even those who take their coffee with lots of cream and sugar will want to sip these blends black.

As a bonus, Oddly Correct carries donuts from Hanna’s Donuts in Kansas City, Kan., as well as selling bottles of Blenheim’s Ginger Ale, a super spicy ginger ale made in North Carolina and not available anywhere else in town except for cocktails at Harry’s Bar & Tables in Westport.

The Beast and the Edge of Hell

Of course, this Thursday is also Halloween, so don’t forget about some of the spooktacular events we’ve mentioned in previous Kansas City Connection columns. The haunted houses in the West Bottoms will be open all week, while the Beast and the Edge of Hell — by far the most famous spook houses in the region — will be open Nov. 1 and 2 as well as the following weekend, Nov. 8 and 9. For full descriptions and information, visit fullmoonprod.com.

Tickets are also still available for the screening of “Phantom of the Opera” at Helzberg Hall in the Kauffman Center, with live organ accompaniment. Tickets start at $23 and are for sale at kcsymphony.org.

Have a safe and happy Halloween, folks, and see you next week.

— Lucas Wetzel is a KU graduate and Kansas City native who has worked as a writer, editor and language trainer in the U.S. and Europe. Know of an upcoming event in Kansas City you’d like to see featured in Kansas City Connection? Email us about it at kcconnection@ljworld.com.

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