Thursday, December 8, 2016

Jason London

Jason London is a television and movie actor whose many credits include Dazed and Confused, Jason and the Argonauts, CSI, Grey's Anatomy, NCIS, 7th Heaven and more.

Photograph © 2016 Larry F. Levenson. All rights reserved.

Barry Washboard Barnes

Barry Washboard Barnes plays the washboard, and is often seen playing with Ernest James Zydeco Band.

Photograph © 2016 Larry F. Levenson. All rights reserved.

Thursday, December 1, 2016

Max and Vincent Modeling Mens Apparel

Models Max MacDonald and Vincent Sung at ULAH.

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Monday, November 28, 2016

Joe Amrine - 17 Years on Death Row


For a thought-provoking look at criminals, death sentences, religion and redemption, also read this article.

Joe Amrine surrendered to authorities when he was accused of committing a crime.

While incarcerated, he was charged with murdering a fellow inmate. With testimony from three other inmates, Joe was convicted and spent 17 years on death row.

Eventually, the other inmates admitted they lied.

With the help of Midwest Innocence Project, and criminal defense attorney Sean O'Brien, the Missouri Supreme Court overturned his murder conviction. He is back in society, and doing well.

Innocence Project

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Sunday, November 13, 2016

Quixotic



Innovative Performance Art

Quixotic let me play with them backstage.

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Friday, November 11, 2016

Kansas Air National Guard

Thank you for keeping us safe.

Kansas Air National Guard.

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Monday, November 7, 2016

Prologue: Law professor, and criminal defense attorney, Sean O'Brien, accepted this wrongful-conviction case in 2007 as part of Midwest Innocence Project.

When Monica Gray was 13 years old, she met Ricky Kidd, and they quickly became best friends.

Her best friend turned into the love of her life, and after Monica graduated high school, she moved in with Ricky.

On Valentine's Day, 1996, she and Ricky were stunned when police interrogated them about a double murder. They both had documented alibis.

They were released, however three months later, with Monica pregnant, Ricky was charged in the double murder. He was convicted, and sentenced to life in prison.

With permission, I am including a link where you may read Monica's account of the last 20 years.  This case is heartbreaking, and still being adjudicated. Read her remarks here:  http://themip.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/07/2016.11.5-Monica-Gray-Remarks.pdf.

Innocence Project

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Thursday, November 3, 2016

RonReaco Lee and Lucas Black

I shot this image during a break on a movie set more than a dozen years ago.  

On the left is actor RonReaco Lee, who has a lengthy television and movie resume. Two projects in post-production are due out in 2017. 

Lucas Black is on the right. I first saw him as Frank Wheatley in Sling Blade, and he now stars on CSI: New Orleans. His role as Sean Boswell in The Fast and The Furious movies has helped make them very successful.

The name of the woman in the center escapes me, however I remember her as the on-set acting coach.

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Friday, October 21, 2016

Fashion Week Wedding Dress

Kansas City Fashion Week

October, 2016.

Model: Jasmine

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Thursday, October 6, 2016

Carmen

Carmen, who is perpetually glamorous.

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Wednesday, October 5, 2016

Midwest Innocence Project

Saber Hossinei was a successful insurance broker in Wichita, Ks, until he was charged with a crime he did not commit.


With the help of an attorney the charges were ultimately dropped, however the experience had a profound effect upon him.

He began driving to Kansas City, Mo., a 6-hour round trip, twice a week to the Midwest Innocence Project office, where he volunteered his time. 

Saber has returned to school with hopes of becoming an attorney, and is presently Development Associate with the Midwest Innocence Project.

Photograph © 2016 Larry F. Levenson. All rights reserved.

Friday, September 23, 2016

James Carville - "The Ragin' Cajun"

James Carville is a political strategist, best-selling author, actor, producer, talk-show host, speaker and restauranteur. 

He resides in New Orleans with his wife, Mary Matalin, where he is a Professor at Tulane University.

Photograph © 2016 Larry F. Levenson. All rights reserved.

Tuesday, September 13, 2016

War Veteran

Military service ribbons.

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Michael Stern - Symphony Conductor

Michael Stern conducting the Kansas City Symphony.

Photograph © 2016 Larry F. Levenson.

Thursday, August 11, 2016

Steve McFarland - Competitive Diver, Coach, Broadcaster

As a competitive diver, Steve McFarland won two AAU National Championships, plus two bronze medals at the University Games.

After competing, Steve coached at the University of Miami, bringing about four NCAA All-Americans; became a diving analyst at the 1988 and 1992 Olympics for NBC; then ESPN, Turner Broadcast Sports, and more.

He served as President of USA Diving, and was Olympic Diving Judge at the 2000 Sydney and 2004 Athens Games.

In 2005, he received the Paragon Award / Competitive Diving from the International Swimming Hall of Fame.

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Tuesday, August 9, 2016

Frank Busch - Olympic and Collegiate Swimming Coach

Frank Busch 
coached the USA Olympic Swimming teams in 2008 and 2012.

As a collegiate coach, Frank was named Coach of the Year 6 times by the NCAA, and 11 times by the PAC-10.

In 2008, He was inducted into the American Swimming Coaches Association Hall of Fame.

USA Swimming

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Wednesday, August 3, 2016

Olympic swimmer Cullen Jones won 1 gold medal and 2 silver medals in London in 2012, plus a bronze medal at the Pan American games in 2015.

He is the current American record holder for the 50m freestyle.

Cullen was also the first African-American to break a long-course world record.

Photograph © Larry F. Levenson. All rights reserved.

USA Swimming

Friday, July 8, 2016

Dramatic Lady

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Sunday, July 3, 2016

Rowdy Gaines - Oympic Gold Medalist, Television Analyst



Rowdy Gaines is a former competitive ​swimmer, U.S. Olympic Hall of Fame member, three-time Olympic gold medalist, and member of the International Swimming Hall of Fame


He is a swimming analyst for ESPN and NBC, and covered the Beijing 2008 Summer Olympics, and the London 2012 Summer Olympics.

usaswimming.org 

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Andrew Gemmell - Olympic Swimmer

Andrew Gemmell was a member of the 2012 United States Olympic Team, and competed in the 1,500-meter freestyle event at the 2012 Summer Olympics.

He just​ returned to the 2016 Open Water National Championships, and won the 10K title in one of the best fields the race has had.

usaswimming.org 

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Lindsay Benko Mintenko - Olympic Gold Medalist Swimmer

Lindsay Benko Mintenko is an Olympic gold medalist, and former world record-holder. 

She represented the United States at the 2000 and 2004 Summer Olympics.

She is married to Canadian swimmer Mike Mintenko.

usaswimming.org 

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Sunday, June 26, 2016

Singer

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Sunday, May 22, 2016

Crystle Lampitt

Crystle Lampitt: news personality, model, world traveler. 

Photograph © 2016 Larry F. Levenson. All rights reserved.

Wednesday, May 11, 2016

Krazy Karl - Bikers Against Child Abuse

Krazy Karl, rides for BACA, Bikers Against Child Abuse.

I urge you to click on the links to learn more about Karl, and BACA.

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Wednesday, May 4, 2016

Don Cheadle: Actor, Writer, Producer, Director

Don Cheadle earned multiple Emmy, BET and Golden Globe Award nominations, was nominated for an Academy Award, nominated for a Screen Actors Guild Award, and won two Golden Globe Awards

"Crash", a movie in which he starred and co-produced, won an Academy Award.

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Friday, April 29, 2016

Bill Farmer - Voice of Disney's Goofy and Pluto

Bill Farmer has been the official voice of Disney's Goofy and Pluto since the mid-1980's.  

Additionally, his resume is full of leading and supporting voice-roles in movies, television and advertising.

Bill has worked with Pixar, Warner Brothers, Universal Studios and MGM.

Monthly, he performs with Fred Willard's sketch-comedy group, The MoHo's, at Hollywood's Second City Theater.

Photograph © 2016 Larry F. Levenson. All rights reserved.

Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Damien Crutcher - Musician

Damien Crutcher is a native of Detroit.

His bachelor's degree from Michigan State is in music education where he studied horn; his master's degree is from the University of Michigan.

Damien is founder and executive director of Crescendo Detroit, an organization committed to improving the lives of Detroit-area children. He declined opportunities to teach at universities so he could work with young people.

He is also Assistant Pastor of his church.

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Monday, April 25, 2016

Vince Giordano - Musician

Grammy-winner Vince Giordano is a musician, arranger and leader of the New York City-based Nighthawks Orchestra.

Vince appeared in The Aviator, The Cotton Club, HBO's Boardwalk Empire, Revolutionary Road, and Finding Forrestor. His soundtracks have been featured in numerous television and movie projects.

Upcoming projects are Woody Allen's Cafe Society, opening at the 2016 Cannes Film Festival; the HBO movie, Wizard of Lies; and Sophie and the Rising Sun, which recently debuted at the Sundance Film Festival.

Photograph © 2016 Larry F. Levenson. All rights reserved.

Jeremy Scott - Creative Director & Designer at Moschino and Jeremy Scott

During his senior year at Pratt School of Design in New York City, Jeremy Scott interned at the Italian luxury fashion house, Moschino.

His first collection as a designer was introduced during Paris Fashion Week in 1997.

Among his customers are Björk, Madonna, Kylie Minogue and Britney Spears. He also dressed Rihanna, Miley Cyrus and Nicki Minaj before they became internationally known.

Photograph © 2016 Larry F. Levenson. All rights reserved.

Sunday, April 24, 2016

Daniel Trahey: Muscian, Educator, Innovator

Daniel Trahey has directed educational programming for Hartford Symphony Orchestra, and is Artistic Director for Baltimore Symphony Orchestra's OrchKids.  

OrchKids helps establish brighter futures for Baltimore children. His idea is to put musical instruments into the hands of children, not guns. And, it's working.

Daniel has taught at Yale University, Baltimore School for the Arts, and Baltimore public schools.

He holds a bachelor's degree in music performance and music education from Peabody Institute of The Johns Hopkins University, and a master's degree in music from Yale.

In his spare time, he plays the tuba for Archipelago Group, a non-profit outreach organization.

Photograph © 2016 Larry F. Levenson. All rights reserved.

Andres Salguero - Latin Grammy Nominee

Andres Salguero, a native of Colombia, South America, performs for children around the world as 123 Andres.

Billboard magazine described him as a, "rockstar for little language-learners".

Andres is a Latin Grammy nominee. His next album is scheduled for release June, 2016.

Photograph © 2016 Larry F. Levenson. All rights reserved.

Saturday, April 23, 2016

Isabella Emmack: International Model

Model Isabella Emmack has walked runways around the world for Jeremy Scott, Alexander Wang, Fendi, Saint Laurent, Balenciaga, and other top designers.

If Isabella was to choose a mission to support, it would be anti-bullying; she was harassed based on appearance and personality.

Photograph © 2016 Larry F. Levenson. All rights reserved.


Tuesday, April 19, 2016

Jesse Pringle

Jesse Pringle. 

Writer, Producer, Actor.

Jesse has also been a professional boxer and Mixed Martial Arts (MMA)competitor.

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Friday, March 18, 2016

Kacie McDonnell: KSHB-41 Action News

Kacie McDonnell covers assignments for NBC-affiliate KSHB-TV 41 Action News, and is Sporting Kansas City's pre-game and post-game host.

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Monday, February 29, 2016

Dr. Min Kao - Garmin

Dr. Min-Hwan Kao emigrated to the United States from a small town in Taiwan. He and Gary Burrell founded Garmin in 1989 to produce navigational instruments for aviation and boating, utilizing the Global Positioning System (GPS).

Their original office consisted of a card table and two folding chairs.

Dr. Kao earned a bachelor's degree in electrical engineering from National Taiwan University, then earned master's and PhD degrees in electrical engineering from the University of Tennessee.

Prior experience was with Teledyne Systems, and research for NASA and the United States Army.

The word Garmin is a combination of Gary and Min.

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Saturday, February 27, 2016

Michael Drummond - Fashion Designer


Award-winning fashion designer Michael Drummond starred on season 8 of Lifetime's Project Runway. His skills extend to stage and screen assignments, as well as runway.

The New York Post described his designs as, "visionary".

Heidi Klum and Tika Sumpter are clients, and his work has been showcased with many noted designers and couturiers.

Photograph © Larry F. Levenson. All rights reserved.

Friday, February 26, 2016

"Trashmouth"

Tom "Trashmouth" Baker is a noted Blues musician who brings down the house with his harmonica and vocals.

Photograph © 2016 Larry F. Levenson. All rights reserved.

Thursday, February 25, 2016

Millage Gilbert - Seventh Son

Millage Gilbert is a celebrated performer known for his mastery of guitar, harmonica, and vocals. His style is a mix of Delta Blues, Memphis Soul, and Kansas City Blues.

He hails from rural Mississippi.  "I was grown up from a family of 14. I'm the 12th child, the baby son. Now, I’m the only boy left living.  My father was the seventh son in his family, and I’m his seventh son."

Millage and his Down Home Blues Band have performed with Bobby Bland, Otis Clay, Johnnie Taylor, Little Milton, Albert King, Z.Z. Hill and Denise LaSalle.


Performances have taken him across the United States, and to The Netherlands and England.

Photograph © 2016 Larry F. Levenson. All rights reserved.

Al Pitzner

Al Pitzner's extraordinary photographs have appeared in the world's most influential magazines, for the world's most prominent corporations. 

He also creates award-winning fine art images.

Photograph © 2016 Larry F. Levenson. All rights reserved.

Monday, February 22, 2016

Jeffrey Bentley with Ballet Dancer Josh Bodden

Jeffrey Bentley, Executive Director of Kansas City Ballet, with dancer Josh Bodden.

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Thursday, February 11, 2016

Rebecca Damon - Actress

Television credits for Rebecca Damon include, One Life to Live, Guiding Light, As the World Turns, All My Children, plus many commercials and voice-overs.

In addition to working on theater, movie and television projects, Rebecca serves on the SAG-AFTRA 2015-2017 National Board. She is also an active member of Actor's Equity Association in New York City.

Photograph © Larry F. Levenson. All rights reserved.

Joshua J. Christensen - Fashion Designer

Los Angeles fashion designer Joshua Christensen earned a graduate degree from Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising.

When featured on Project Runway (season 9, Lifetime), GUESS, the upscale clothing brand, commissioned Joshua to design menswear.

Currently, Joshua is focusing on his brand and creating custom designs, he is featured at fashion week events across the nation, and is Adjunct Professor and Fashion Design Instructor at Santa Ana College.


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Sunday, January 31, 2016

Holmes Osborne - Actor

Holmes Osborne has nearly a hundred television and movie credits on his resume, including Grey's Anatomy, Rules of Engagement, House, Cold Case, The Closer, Boston Legal, NCIS, CSI Miami, Everybody Loves Raymond, Star Trek: Enterprise, Malcom in the Middle, Donnie Darko, That Thing You Do, and Frasier.

Watch for Holmes in a Warren Beatty project in 2016, where he plays Cappy.

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Sunday, January 17, 2016

Stacey Sagan Murray: Actress, Dancer, Choreographer

Actress Stacey Sagan Murray embarked on a career in the entertainment industry early in her life; at age 9, she was already a member of the American Federation of Television & Radio Artists (AFTRA).

Stage performances include Broadway and off-Broadway productions; a featured dancer with Tommy Tune, Hinton Battle and Andrea McArdle; and the opening act for The Platters and comedian Richard Kline.  


For three years, she appeared on CBS's The Young and the Restless.

You have also seen Stacey in commercials and print advertisements.

Eventually, as an agent in Los Angeles, Stacey represented Diahann Carroll, Joan Van Ark, Morgan Fairchild and Kathy Ireland.


Photograph © 2016 Larry F. Levenson. All rights reserved.

Friday, December 4, 2015

Music Stands - Kansas City Symphony

These music stands were lit in preparation for a performance by Kansas City Symphony.

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Wednesday, December 2, 2015

Deborah Sandler - Opera General Director & CEO

Deborah Sandler is General Director and Chief Executive Officer of Lyric Opera Kansas City.

She started as General Manager of Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia, then moved to General Director of Opera Theatre of New Jersey.

Immediately prior to Lyric Opera of Kansas City, Deborah served as General Director of Kentucky Opera.

Deborah's influence is recognized as vital to expanding the role of women in professional opera. She is Steering Committee Chair of Women's Opera Network, a group launched by OPERA America, dedicated to promoting women in the field of opera.

Photograph © 2015 Larry F. Levenson. All rights reserved.

Tuesday, December 1, 2015

Dr. Jeffrey Colyer - Physician, Medical Volunteer, Lt. Governor

Dr. Jeffrey Colyer holds an undergraduate degree from Georgetown University, a Master's degree in International Relations from Cambridge University, and a Doctor of Medicine degree.

His residency training is in general surgery, plastic surgery, and craniofacial/pediatric plastic surgery.

During his residencies, he was named a White House Fellow, and served in the Executive Office of the President, and Agency for International Development under Presidents Ronald Reagan and George Bush.

In time, Dr. Colyer established a successful private plastic/craniofacial surgery practice.

While in practice, he volunteered with the International Medical Corps, providing medical care in Iraq, Rwanda, Kosovo, Sierra Leone, and Afghanistan. This work earned him recognition on CBS's 60 Minutes, PBS, and People magazine.

Dr. Colyer currently serves as Lieutenant Governor for the state of Kansas. He previously served as a member of the Kansas Senate, and of the Kansas House of Representatives.

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Howard Elsberry - Former President and Chairman, Westlake Ace Hardware

With a degree in business administration, Howard Elsberry joined T.G. & Y, entering their management training program.

He made a move to Westlake Hardware as Assistant Manager, then Store Manager.

Howard was promoted often within Westlake Hardware, and his rise to the executive level was rapid.

Eventually, he was named Chairman of the Board of Directors' Executive Committee, then Chief Operating Officer, President and Chief Executive Officer. 

Howard, and his wife Anne, are active supporters of many charitable and non-profit organizations.

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Sunday, November 29, 2015

Bobby Watson - Composer, Producer, Jazz Saxophonist

Backstage - with Bobby Watson.

Bobby will be performing for the second time at the White House April 29, 2016.

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