Mensans from Topeka, Lawrence, and the Kansas City area met at the Spencer Museum of Art on the KU Lawrence campus on October 27th to visit the exhibit knowledges, rethinking the roles university research and art play in our collective consciousness.

Four installation artists created art consisting of holograms of faculty committee members arguing issues while projected above elementary school desks, stacks of textbooks sculpted as geological formations, the elements of a human being distilled in containers and categorized and an electronic LED tapestry representing spoken words of immigrants recorded and digitized for volume. The artists were Assaf Evron, Danielle Roney, Fatimah Tuggar and Andrew S. Yang.

We then visited Stephen Johnson’s exhibit of 81 small mono-prints called Ninth Street Rhythms at the Lawrence Art Center. Stephen’s exhibit showed everyday objects from ground level near Ninth Street and a nine-block square. Vines, power meters, trash, painted fences, trees, sidewalk designs and church architecture were portrayed in color and each framed in black. Red dots by the frame meant the print was already sold. Mary Johnson joined us there and then we toured Stephen’s art studio where we saw some of his art previously displayed at the Spencer.

We retired across the street to the Lawrence Beer Company for a dinner and lots of beer varieties to savor. Professor Ted Johnson and Mary Johnson dined with Brad Lucht, Karin Miller, John Scheirman and David and Coleen Routh. David and Coleen first met in Professor Johnson’s French Stylistics course in 1977. ~ David Routh

Editor’s note: This article has been reprinted from the Mension December 2019 (pg. 23).

Thanksgiving Dinner!

Thanksgiving Dinner!

Sunday, November 24th at 1:30 pm
Lenexa Senior Center
13425 Walnut Street, Lenexa, KS

Turkey, ham, and soft drinks will be provided. (No alcoholic beverages are allowed on the premises.) Bring a dish to share and a donation for Harvesters.

The doors will open at 1:00 pm for set-up and decorating. If you can come early – and it will be appreciated – then be prepared to help with the prep activities.

We’d be happy to set up an extra table for kids’ games if we know ahead of time that Young Ms and their young sibs and friends will be there.

For questions and to RSVP, contact:
Diana and Shawn Dyer

(816) 765-8407 or [email protected]

News & Notes

November is another rock-solid month which can be full of traditional activities. Starting with what remains left of Halloween night – candy, costumes, and All Saints’ Day – then Election Day, Veterans Day, ending with Thanksgiving weekend and St. Andrew’s Day, Mensans of Mid-America Mensa have much for which to be grateful and to feel happy and blessed. We have accomplished much throughout most of 2019, so far, besides all that which is ahead of us. Now, let’s take a look at what else is happening across MAM.

Paul completes his brief stint at hosting Ethnic Eats, in November, when we head to Zona Rosa’s Swagat (7407 NW 87th Street, KCMO) and their daily lunch buffet. You’ve got to help wrap up Ethnic Eats with this event if – in Paul’s words – you’ve “been wanting to do Indian food”. And if that’s you, see the November Mension for details and RSVP with Paul.

Editor’s note: Thanks for a job well done, Paul!

Some of us are familiar with Kansas City’s fascinating and rich history of barbecue, jazz, and baseball. Well, did you know that engineering (which is another one of Kansas City’s claims to fame) has deep roots in the brewing process of beer – in other words, the distillation process of alcoholic libations has given KC another claim to its international fame? In October, the Lush SwIG (MAM’s Special Interest Group) took a tour of Tom’s Town Distillery. Those who attended were able to see the spirit-making process and ask numerous questions about bourbon, gin, and vodka. The chemistry of their setup was interesting and so was hearing an interpretation of the flavors and aromas of each beverage as they were sampled in the tasting room. If you like checking out various distilleries, brew pubs, and wineries then please consider joining us at one of the Lush SwIG meetups!

Thursday, November 21st at 7:00 pm
Oak and Steel, 120 W 17th Street, Kansas City, MO

Halloween Party!

Halloween Party!

Games: Trivia, Mensa Bingo, Balloon Drawing, Kids’ Corner & More

Prizes: Will be awarded for costumes & games!

Food & drinks: Chili, hot dogs, wine, tea, and lemonade will be provided. You bring a side dish or dessert to share.

Fun: See games and prizes mentioned above.

Also, stimulating conversations (because we’re Mensans).

No kitty — except maybe a black cat or two. But you can bring a donation for Harvesters.

Finally, there probably will not be any dancing skeletons unless you want to get up and rattle your bones!

RSVP to Cynthia Heller, [email protected] or 913-706-2768. Volunteers are needed to come early to help set up and decorate.

News & Notes

Part of the great fun that October offers is the changing (new) season of Autumn which befalls upon us – always whether we are ready for it or not. Can you also feel the added pressure of the approaching holiday season which arrives toward the end of this and every year? Well, take some advice from this web editor: Let all worries fall off to the side sometimes and just enjoy the moment(s) today as a gift from above. Here’s some of what we can expect to happen in and around Mid-America Mensa during this October.

First, planning for MAM’s Cabin Fever Regional Gathering (RG) is on-going as September’s meeting had six of us in attendance. We are hoping to see more MAM members participating at the October meeting. Some of the ideas being tossed around include: board games, video games, soup contest, snacks of chips and candy, werewolf games for kids, local candy tasting event, local cheese tasting event, local beer/wine tasting, and karaoke. No RSVP is required to attend this October’s planning meeting, but a reply on MAM’s Facebook (event) page would be appreciated.

Since we are closing in on Halloween, let’s have some fun and do a “Science fiction … Woo-woo-woo … double feature”. You might have guessed it that we are going to visit the lair of everyone’s favorite transvestite-alien scientist: Dr. Frank N. Furter. So, “Let’s Do the Time Warp Again” and screen The Rocky Horror Picture Show. Come on up to the lab and see what’s on the slab! Check out the October Mension for more details of this Full Moon SciFi SIG event — and please RSVP to Bentley.

Finally, there is an event planned, sponsored by Ad Astra Mensa (Topeka, Lawrence, and other nearby environs), for late in October – Sunday the 27th to be exact. Conversations Turning Around Knowledges and the Arts will be hosted by and with our resident humanities expert, Professor Emeritus Ted Johnson. Come and join us in exploring the implications of the current exhibition “knowledges” at the Spencer Art Museum at the University of Kansas in Lawrence, KS. We will continue exploring “knowledges” and the “arts” with a visit to Stephen Johnson’s,, exhibition in the Lawrence Art Center, followed by a visit to the artist’s studio in the new Warehouse Arts District, and then dinner at the Lawrence Beer Company. Please check the October Mension for more details of this event, and be sure to let Ted know if you plan to come to participate in some or all of these ‘artsy’ activities. Don’t miss this Mensa fun!