Friday April 4, 2014 from 5:30 PM to 9:00 PM CDT

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Lathrop & Gage 
2345 Grand
22nd Floor
Kansas City, MO 64108
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Do Your Laundry or You Will Die Alone; Advice Your Mom Would Give if She Thought You Were Listening
Getting a young woman’s attention has never been more difficult. That’s why when Becky Blades wrote a good-bye letter to her Harvard-bound firstborn, she began with cheap laundry scare tactics. It was all a ploy to snag her daughter’s attention and slip in last-minute lectures on topics like RSVPs, cell phone etiquette, budgeting and forgiveness. The tactic worked, and at her daughter’s insistence, the letter became a book.

Becky Blades is an entrepreneur, artist, strategist, mentor, civic leader, arts advocate, and an author on creative, adventurous living. She is chair of the board of ARTS KC, the regional arts council, supporting the arts infrastructure and individual artists throughout the 5-county area. Her blog, stARTistry.com explores the art of beginning, from entrepreneurship to works of art. And she blogs about her book at LaundryorDie.com.

April First Friday Reception & Trolley Tour
Sponsored by Lathrop & Gage

We're excited to announce the Hello Art First Friday reception is returning to the spectacular Lathrop & Gage event space, located on the 22nd floor of the 2345 Grand office building. 

  • Featuring artwork by Becky Blades as well as a signing of her new book, Do Your Laundry or You'll Die  Alone; Advice Your Mom Would Give if She Thought You Were Listening
  • Trailer/Preview Viewing Room for Kansas City FilmFest, which runs April 5-13 at Cinemark Palace at the Plaza, and Alamo Drafthouse Cinema. The FilmFest, Kansas City’s largest film festival, will screen more than 100 features, documentaries and shorts from here in town and around the world. Representatives from the FilmFest will be on hand to discuss highlights of this year's festival and conduct a ticket giveaway for Hello Art guests.
  • Tour the Lathrop & Gage Art Collection
  • Live music by pianist Alyssa Murray
  • Trolley tour to local studios and galleries (6:15-9 p.m.), led by trolley docents Carrie Riehl and Brantly Sheffield, both seniors at The Kansas City Art Institute.
  • Wine compliments of The Hotel Phillips
  • Catering by Moxie
Tickets are required. Please register by April 3, 2014.