Sunday, October 30, 2016

How To Be A Winner

I never pass a raffle or chili cook off without entering. Simply: You have to enter to win.

Tomorrow I once again enter the chili cook off at my work. I have already won twice and also won the inaugural Rock Out With Your Crock Out at the Fishtank last fall.  I just want to be transparent in sharing my seasoned (ahem) background.  Like, I have some serious chili cred.

To be utterly transparent, I'm sharing my ingredients (left) and my winning story (link below).  Enjoy!

The Secret Ingredient

Shelf Life-Election Season is Saturday, November 5, 2016 at the Brick (1727 McGee, KCMO)

I want to come to Shelf Life! How do I get tickets?

Friday, October 21, 2016

A Teeny Tiny Mitt Romney, Political DNA, and Mt. Rushmore in Song

Shelf Life Returns for Election Season

Kansas City, MO- “Think ‘The Moth’ meets ‘Antiques Road Show,’” says Host/Executive Producer David Wayne Reed of Shelf Life.  Shelf Life is a bi-monthly live ‘show and telling’ event featuring an array of unique objects from the region and the stories behind them.

Just in time for the ELECTION, Shelf Life returns to the Brick on November 5th with objects and stories about Election Season!
Stories include:
Harry Truman's handwritten electoral predictions
A tete-a-tete with Vladimir Putin
Accidentally working the front lines of the 2000 George W. Bush presidential campaign
A retired NFL player campaigns for a touchdown in the Missouri House
Mt. Rushmore in song
Political DNA
Teeny tiny Mitt Romney.

Storytellers include: Martin T. Rucker II, Lisa Cordes, Ry Kincaid, Benji King, Lynn Gardner Hinkle, Samuel Rushay from the Harry S. Truman Library, David Wayne Reed, and Kate Haugan as "the Gifter."

Shelf Life is a live event held at The Brick (1727 McGee, KCMO).  Doors open at 7 p.m. and show begins at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $10 at the door or in advance at

Save the date:
December 10, 2016--Shelf Life (Unwanted Gifts)
2017 Dates TBA.

Shelf Life is made possible with support from Arts KC. Reed was awarded an Inspiration Grant from the Art Council of Metropolitan Kansas City to launch this new ongoing series.

Storytellers are curated from an open call submission and are selected to tell a story inspired by, or featuring an object within the context of the events chosen theme. (Upcoming themes: Unwanted Gifts, Idol Worship, Wanderlust, and Cotton.)  Have a great object/story?  Tell us about it at