Your daily planner: Wednesday, Jan. 26

This week could be your last chance to visit Starlight and the Nelson-Atkin's Museum of Art's "Van Gogh Alive" exhibit, pictured here. Image courtesy of KC Starlight website.

Good morning! Lucie here with a rundown of what Jan. 26 looks like in Johnson County. 

Forecast☀️ High: 33. Low: 10. Another bitter cold morning yields to sun later today; cloudier tonight with wind gusts up to 10 mph. 


  • UMKC Conservatory students and faculty will host a “Steinway Premier Showcase” at 7:30 p.m. tonight. The recital will feature music from composers like Beethoven and Mozart on the university’s recently purchased Hamburg Steinway piano. 
  • KC Ballet is hosting a conversation on Facebook Live at 6 p.m. tonight, featuring the director and choreographer of the upcoming show “Dracula”. The show begins performances next month. 
  • This is also your last week to visit Van Gogh Alive,” a special interactive exhibit presented by the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art presented at Starlight Theater. The exhibit closes after Saturday. 

Public agenda

  • The Johnson County Charter Commission will hold a virtual meeting at 4 p.m. today, where commissioners are expected to take a final vote on four recommendations to be made to the Board of County Commissioners, including an item regarding the duties and budget for the county Sheriff’s Office. See the full agenda here
  • Shawnee’s Community Engagement Task Force meets at 6 p.m. tonight. The group will review upcoming events this year for the city and receive an overview of U.S. Census data. Here is an overview
  • Overland Park’s Public Works Committee canceled tonight’s scheduled meeting. 



  • Phill Kline, former Kansas Attorney General and one-time Johnson County District Attorney, has been linked in recent news reports to an effort to submit fake pro-Trump electors in Michigan after the 2020 presidential election. Kline is director of a group called The Amistad Project, which bills itself as the “nation’s leading election integrity watchdog” and was active in promoting fake slates of pro-Trump electors. [KCUR]
  • The Kansas Department of Health and Environment confirmed this week that an 8th child has died from COVID-19 in Kansas. This is the second COVID-related death of a child in the state in the past two weeks. (KSHB)
  • And Overland Park Mayor Curt Skoog has issued a playoff wager to the mayor of Hamilton, Ohio, a suburb of Cincinnati, ahead of Sunday’s AFC Championship Game between the Chiefs and Bengals. If the Chiefs lose, Skoog says he will send an order of Jack Stack barbecue to Hamilton city staff.