Occupation: Collection manager at the Collectors Fund, a local art investment company that also manages the Kansas City Collection, a professionally curated, rotating art program that is displayed in the offices of local partner companies.
Hometown: Good ol' Stilwell, Kansas
Current neighborhood: West Plaza
Who or what is your sidekick? My best friend, Kevin. He once jokingly remarked, "It's difficult to know where I end and she begins," but there's actually a lot of truth to that statement. We speak our own language, which is basically made up of obscure '80s R&B lyrics and Samuel L. Jackson quotes, spoken in a British accent while dancing.
What career would you choose in an alternate reality? A forensic psychologist. I have a strange fascination with serial killers.
What was the last local restaurant you patronized? The Rieger Hotel Grill & Exchange, which also happens to be my favorite local restaurant. It's the whole package: great atmosphere, incredible staff, delicious cocktails, and the best damn pork-cheek pie you will ever eat.
Where do you drink? Manifesto when I'm feeling classy, Harling's or Chez Charlie when I'm being cheap, the beer garden at Westside Local when I want to be outside, Twin City Tavern when I can't be bothered to leave my neighborhood, and Westport Café when I want a Pimm's Cup.
What's your favorite charity? I really stand behind the mission of Heifer International, which is an organization that helps develop sustainable agriculture for impoverished communities around the world. Through charitable donations of anything from honeybees, goats and dairy cows to fruit trees, irrigation pumps and microcredit small-business loans, it's truly empowering these people and providing them with long-term solutions to hunger and poverty.
Favorite place to spend your paycheck: Estate sales. I've furnished the majority of my house that way, and I find they're the best places to pick up unique gifts.
What local phenomenon do you think is overrated? Our Chiefs and Royals. Sorry, fans.
Where do you like to take out-of-town guests? I try to hit up as many of the fantastic KC eateries as possible, unabashedly using my guests as an excuse for eating out three-plus times a day. When we're not gorging, I like to show them all the hits, of course (the City Market, Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, Union Station, Liberty Memorial and the World War I Museum, the Jazz Museum, Boulevard Brewing Co. for a tour, etc.). But I'm most proud of our city when I get to show off any and every element of our incredibly vibrant arts scene.
Finish this sentence: "Kansas City got it right when ... " It started seriously investing in local arts and culture projects.
"Kansas City screwed up when it ... " Allowed its public school system to fail.
"Kansas City needs ... " A better public transportation system, inclusive of a downtown streetcar.
"People might be surprised to know that I ... " Used to be a radio DJ, for two and a half years when I lived in Massachusetts.
"On my day off, I like to ... " Do anything that involves a good romp with my big, snuggly Rottweiler, Carl.
"In five years, I'll be ... " Thanking myself for working my tail off five years ago - I hope!
What TV show do you make sure you watch? I actually haven't owned a television in over 10 years, which isn't to say I don't find plenty of other ways to waste my time. That being said, I've been watching a lot of X-Files on Netflix lately; I just can't seem to get enough of Scully's pantsuits.
____ take(s) up a lot of space in my iTunes: 1960s French pop. After Françoise Hardy's "Le Temps de l'Amour" was featured in Moonrise Kingdom, I became a little obsessed and downloaded hours of her, France Gall, Serge Gainsbourg, Brigitte Bardot - guaranteed to make you want to dance!
What movie do you watch at least once a year? The Life Aquatic With Steve Zissou, always with a Campari on the rocks.
What local tradition do you take part in every year? Every Christmas Eve, my family packs a basket of goodies and a thermos of hot chocolate and goes ice skating at Crown Center. It's corny, but all good holiday traditions are, in my opinion.
Celebrity you'd like to ride the Mamba with at Worlds of Fun: Steve Buscemi, because I imagine that his facial expression as he's going down that first drop would be hilarious and terrifying at the same time.
Person or thing you find really irritating at this moment: Ke$ha. Don't get me started. Don't even get me started.
What subscription - print, digital, etc. - do you value most? My inner domestic would say Martha Stewart Living. I can't help it. The woman does wonders with corn husks and glitter!
Last book you read: Religion for Atheists by Alain de Botton, an interesting, respectful investigation of multiple religions and some of the positive elements that secular society can glean from their doctrines.
Favorite day trip: It's not really far enough to be considered a day trip, but I'd have to say Lawrence. While it always includes a stop at Free State Brewing and Love Garden Sounds, I also love seeing what's new at the Spencer Museum and the Lawrence Arts Center. Hiking around Clinton Lake is beautiful, too, especially in the winter when the lake is partially frozen.
Describe a recent triumph: As of this month, the Bread KC project, which I help organize with co-founders Andrew Erdrich and Sean Starowitz, has generated nearly $12,000 in microgrants for local artists and creative organizations. We're proud, but we couldn't have done it without the support of everyone who comes out to our events each month!
See breadkc.wordpress.com for more information.