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Open Window Credit Michael Yamashita
Michael Yamashita Outside Portrait
Tue January 21, 2025
@ 7:30 pm
Michael Yamashita – Photographer
Join National Geographic master photographer Michael Yamashita as he follows in the footsteps of Marco Polo, the greatest Western explorer of all time, reliving his 13th Century odyssey along the Silk Road to Asia, and back across the South China Sea, connecting the East and West for the first time.
Venue
Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts
Location
Kansas City, MO
Tue February 18, 2025
@ 7:30 pm
Dereck and Beverly Joubert – Filmmakers
Award-winning filmmakers, National Geographic Explorers-at-Large and wildlife conservationists Dereck and Beverly Joubert have been filming, researching and exploring wild Africa for more than 40 years to help safeguard large predators and other key wildlife species.
Venue
Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts
Location
Kansas City, MO
Tue March 25, 2025
@ 7:30 pm
Keith Ladzinski – Photographer
By capturing the beauty and vulnerability of our natural world through his lens, avid adventurer, wildlife photographer, and storm chaser Keith Ladzinski reminds us all of the profound interconnectedness between humans and the natural environment.
Venue
Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts
Location
Kansas City, MO
Tue April 8, 2025
@ 7:30 pm
Kobie Boykins – NASA Engineer
Exploring the next final frontier, as NASA’s Kobie Boykins pivots his search for life on the red planet to life on a cold moon.
Venue
Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts
Location
Kansas City, MO
Tue May 20, 2025
@ 7:30 pm
Gerlinde Kaltenbrunner – Climber
To take the final steps to the highest point of the world’s 14 tallest peaks, to feel a oneness with everything—this is what motivated Austrian mountaineer Gerlinde Kaltenbrunner to become one of the great climbers of our time.
Venue
Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts
Location
Kansas City, MO