Occupation: Artistic director, Kansas City Ballet
Current neighborhood: Columbus Park
Who or what is your sidekick? Jason Pollen, artist and former chair of the fiber department at the Kansas City Art Institute
What career would you choose in an alternate reality? Singer
What was the last local restaurant you patronized: Blue Koi
Where do you drink? Bistro 303
What's your favorite charity? National Public Radio (KCUR 89.3)
Favorite place to spend your paycheck: In the bank
What local phenomenon do you think is overrated? Texting
Where do you like to take out-of-town guests? The Todd Bolender Center for Dance and Creativity
Finish this sentence: "Kansas City got it right when ... " It developed and claimed jazz and cabaret performers and clubs as an essential part of Kansas City life.
"Kansas City screwed up when it ... " Stalled on light rail/mass transit.
"Kansas City needs ... " A light-rail system that can take you to a new cabaret/jazz club named in honor of the great singer Marilyn Maye.
"People might be surprised to know I ... " Am the son of a woman who had her airplane pilot's license and helped in the relief effort in WWII.
"On my day off, I like to ... " Recline.
"In five years, I'll be ... " Younger than springtime.
What TV show do you make sure you watch? Mad Men
____ take(s) up a lot of space in my iTunes. I hear music all day in rehearsals and performances, so I don't plug in at night. Silence is golden.
What movie do you watch at least once a year? I'm a film buff, so I rarely repeat viewings.
What local tradition do you take part in every year? The Nutcracker
Celebrity you'd like to ride the mamba with at Worlds of Fun: Jim Carrey
Favorite person or thing to follow on Twitter: I'm not "atwitter."
Person or thing you find really irritating at this moment: Someone asking about Twitter.
What subscription - print, digital, etc. - do you value most? The New Yorker
Last book you read: How Music Works by David Byrne
Favorite day trip: To Lawrence
What is your most embarrassing dating moment? Probably something that I've blocked out of my mind.
Interesting brush with the law? I had a couple of skirmishes in my youth and danced my way out of them.
Describe a recent triumph: Seventeen years as artistic director of Kansas City Ballet
Whitener's 17th season with Kansas City Ballet is his last, concluding with performances at the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts May 3 - 12.