November is a time of reflection. To remember people and things we are grateful for. I am thankful for our veterans for their service to our great country.  I am thankful for my  children, family and friends. I am also thankful for Kansas City. In the past several years it has gone through a massive transformation and residents and visitors alike are reaping the rewards! Here are four things that I am thankful are in KC (and that you should visit this month)! Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater. It travels (Nov. 16–-19) to KC every year. It is a show not to be missed. From the timeless classic Revelations to new productions, like Annointed, a tribute to Ailey himself,  each production is moving and expressive. Every time I see Alvin Ailey, I always leave wishing I had become a dancer. This year’s performance will be very special – I am taking my eight-year-old daughter. This will be her first time seeing an Alvin Ailey performance. I hope that she will be inspired as much as I am and that it will become a tradition for us.
This may sound silly, but I am thankful for the Nelson Atkins Museum of Art. I love this museum. I have early memories of school field trips and summer art lessons. It was a place that I could go and see the world and not leave KC. It is a place that I can take out-of-town guests and they are impressed with the quantity and quality of the exhibits. I can take my children there and expose them to cultures from around the world.  From Rodin, to Romare Bearden to Thomas Hart Benton, all can be found at the Nelson. And we can ride in the cool  shuttlecarts!
Third on my list is the Coterie Theater. Time magazine listed them as one of the best five theaters for young audiences and I agree. Although it’s aimed at youth, it can be enjoyed by all ages. This summer I took a group of girls and my son to a performance and we had a great time. I think I may have enjoyed myself just a little bit more than they did – my daughter gave me a look and told me to stop singing. Hmm, I guess I was embarrasing her. Finally, I am most thankful for the bounty of things to do in Kansas City. As a native Kansas Citian, I can remember what KC was like growing up and being in awe of other cities, but not my own. Not anymore! Kansas City has come a long way, baby! And I am very thankful.
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