Names: Sara Sullivan and Christina Lundeen, Party Arty Chairwomen
Sullivan: Pilates instructor. I've been on a contract assignment with Google Fiber since early June as well.
Lundeen: Owner of Christina Lundeen Photography
Who or what is your sidekick?
Sullivan: My iPhone, and Christina for the last year!
Lundeen: My 6-month-old, Zoe
What career would you choose in an alternate reality?
Sullivan: Book editor, airplane pilot
What was the last local restaurant you patronized?
Lundeen: Westside Local
BWhere do you drink?
Sullivan: Bluestem, the Gaf, anywhere in between
Lundeen: Gram and Dun, Bristol downtown
What's your favorite charity?
Sullivan: Besides the Young Friends of Art? I'll support any local group or function. My friends are pretty involved in the city and its charitable causes, so we share the love.
Lundeen: I donate photography portrait sessions to many local charity events every year, so I can't pick a favorite: March of Dimes, Hillcrest Transitional Housing, Spay & Neuter Kansas City, Good Samaritan Project.
Where's your favorite place to spend your paycheck?
Where do you like to take out-of-town guests?
Sullivan: I love showing off our local food scene! And the Nelson, of course.
Lundeen: An afternoon at the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, the Rieger for dinner and then cocktails at Manifesto.
Finish this sentence: "Kansas City got it right when ... "
Sullivan: It embraced the local culture, food and technology scene the last few years. I was a little wary to move home from NYC four years ago but couldn't be happier here. Kansas City is making a name for itself with all of the above, and I'm proud to call this town home. We have the Nelson, we have the Kauffman Center, we have Google Fiber, we have James Beard award - winning chefs. What else do you need? Besides a good baseball or football team? Soccer is covered.
Lundeen: It embraced local food, entertainment and the art scene. As a former New Yorker, I was so impressed with all the great eateries, live music and world-class museums, like the Nelson, when I moved here four years ago. I continue to be more and more impressed the longer I live here. I have a serious crush on you, Kansas City.
"Kansas City screwed up when it ... "
Sullivan: Renovated Kauffman Stadium instead of building a new one downtown.
Lundeen: Couldn't revive the public school system in KCMO.
"Kansas City needs ... "
Sullivan: Better public transportation. After living in Chicago and NYC, I have a great appreciation for it.
Lundeen: Better public transportation. I miss the subway from my NYC days.
"People might be surprised to know that I ... "
Sullivan: Am in a mother-daughter book club. I'm friends with my mom's friends and their daughters, and it's super fun.
Lundeen: Have a degree in civil engineering from Iowa State.
"On my day off, I like to ... "
Sullivan: Read. Sleep. Eat. Drink wine. Work out. Not necessarily in that order.
Lundeen: Have a date night with my handsome Australian husband, Bruce. He's my very own Hugh Jackman.
"In five years, I'll be ... "
Sullivan: Who knows? Wherever the world takes me!
Lundeen: Taking Zoe to kindergarten, expanding my successful photography business, and doing lots of traveling with Bruce (our favorite hobby). Hopefully, I'll win the Powerball jackpot by that time.
What TV show do you make sure you watch?
Sullivan: Anything on USA. It's my dirty little secret, but I love those shows: Suits, White Collar, Covert Affairs.
Lundeen: The Office. Even without Steve Carell.
What takes up a lot of space in your iTunes?
Sullivan: I think it's music (Top 40 girlie stuff), but my boyfriend disagrees. And I'm not afraid to admit that I'm excited to go to the Lady Gaga concert next month!
Lundeen: Bob Dylan and the National
What local tradition do you take part in every year?
Sullivan: Royals Opening Day! And Party Arty.
Lundeen: Party Arty. Our theme this year is "Eternal Spring," and we'll knock your socks off with all the fabulous food, drinks and entertainment planned for 2013. Come to the party and get involved with the Nelson and the Young Friends of Art.
What movie do you watch at least once a year?
Sullivan: Love Actually or Christmas Vacation
Lundeen: The English Patient
Which celebrity would you like to ride the Mamba with at Worlds of Fun?
Sullivan: Drew Barrymore. I think we'd be friends.
Lundeen: Annie Leibovitz so I could ask to be her 36-year-old photography intern.
What subscription - print, digital, etc. - do you value most?
Sullivan: New York magazine. Keeps me in the loop.
Lundeen: The New York Times digital subscription
What was the last book you read?
Sullivan: It sounds silly, but the last book I read that I thoroughly enjoyed is Angry Housewives Eating Bon Bons by Lorna Landvik. It's a light read but still keeps you wanting more with the characters.
Lundeen: Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn
What's your favorite day trip?
Lundeen: Ames, Iowa, for a Cyclone football or basketball game
What is your most embarrassing dating moment?
Sullivan: In high school, my prom date asked if he could kiss me, which I thought was really sweet. Then he said, "Open mouth or closed?" I started cracking up. Boys, take note.
Lundeen: There was a horrible brush with food poisoning that both Bruce and I have blocked from our memories.
Describe a recent triumph.
Sullivan: After 12 years in the liquor and marketing industry, I gave it all up to become a Pilates instructor. Totally new line of work for me, and I had to memorize every muscle in the body, plus hundreds of exercises, to become certified. And on Sunday morning, hopefully I can say Party Arty was a huge success!
Lundeen: Balancing the transition to working mom with everything else in my life: running my photography business, caring for baby Zoe, planning Party Arty, catching up with my girls over a glass of wine, and making sure my husband and I can still do some of our favorite things together. I couldn't do it without Bruce, my mom and all of our friends - it takes a village.
Party Arty is 8 p.m. - midnight Saturday, January 26, at the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art's Bloch Building (4525 Oak). Tickets are sold out.