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A Brief History of El Torreon KC​ (our home for KCZC #3):

1927 - The El Torreon Ballroom opens!

1920-30s – The El Torreon was home to concerts featuring extended engagements from Cab Calloway and other luminaries of the jazz era, as well as weekend dance parties.

1950s - The El Torreon becomes a roller skating rink!

1970s - The “Cowtown Ballroom” hosts bands like Van Morrison, Frank Zappa, and Alice Cooper, as well as a vintage market.

2000s – Punk, Ska and Ha rdcore shows are held in a small space in the front of the building. KCZC #3 Sponsors Holy Cow Market and Music​ re-open the upper ballroom as a flea market and arts space.

2017 – KANSAS CITY ZINE CON #3 descends on El Torreon KC on Saturday, August 26th for an incredible one-day celebration of DIY publishing! 😁

Join us August 26th at El Torreon KC, a true gem of Kansas City history for KCZC#3!

Distro Stand Workshop Saturday June 8th 2pm
This is a follow up to the meeting notes from May.  As discussed we will be hosting a workshop to really get these distro stands up and running!  Our new game plan is going to provide stands to be “adopted” by individuals (or groups if that’s what you’re feeling).  Each person will be responsible for decorating their stand in any fashion they please!  We will create uniformity with a few required pieces on info being displayed on everyone’s stand. 

We have 10 stands who need loving creative people to take them on.  If you are interested in adopting a stand and participating on the June 8th workshop day please email stinkeyepie@gmail.com ASAP as to know how many people to expect.  We have a very limited budget so as part of adopting a stand you will be expected to supply your own materials. 

The location/address will be confirmed upon receiving an RSVP.  Please feel free to pass this along to anyone you think may be interested!

Reflections on our KC art institute teaching visit

Jess and I recently had the pleasure engaging with students in the New Zine class at the Kansas City Art Institute. Instructor Hugh Merrill defines “new zine” as being anything outside the traditional academic art medium that doesn’t take a great deal of theory to create. It was interesting to hear Merill and students share thoughts on what makes a zine and how they plan to create their own.

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