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Frank Sillmon

Frank Sillmon is an American former basketball player. He is best known for his brief collegiate career at Alabama State University, where as a sophomore in 1985–86 he was named the Southwestern Athletic Conference Player of the Year. A native of Talladega, Sillmon attended Talladega County Training School during his prep years. On February 7, 1984, he scored 51 points in a game against Woodland High School; that year—his senior season—he was named the state's "1A Player of the Year" by the Alabama Sports Writers Association. After his successful high school career, Sillmon enrolled at Alabama State in 1984, he spent his first two college seasons playing for the Hornets, in 1985–86 he was named the SWAC Player of the Year. Sillmon led the conference with a 20.3 points per game average and narrowly edged Jeff Hart of Jackson State by one vote for the honor. After two seasons, Sillmon decided to transfer. After sitting out the 1986–87 season due to NCAA transfer eligibility rules, his career at Alabama A&M began as a redshirt junior in 1987–88.

In his only two years playing for the Bulldogs, his teams won 55 games and only lost 9. He led them in scoring both seasons, as a senior in 1988–89 he set Alabama A&M records for total points in a season and per game. In the 2009 book, ESPN College Basketball Encyclopedia, Sillmon was named one of the five greatest players in A&M program history. Sillmon played professionally in Finland after college.

Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts

The Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts is a performing arts center in downtown Kansas City, Missouri, USA, at 16th and Broadway, near the Power & Light District, the Sprint Center and the Crossroads Arts District. Its construction was a major part of the ongoing redevelopment of downtown Kansas City; the Center was created as a 501 non-profit organization. Unlike some other major civic construction projects, no taxpayer funds went into its construction; the City of Kansas City contributed to and operates a parking garage adjacent to the Kauffman Center. It is the performance home to the Kansas City Symphony, the Lyric Opera of Kansas City, the Kansas City Ballet which in the past performed at the Lyric Theatre, eight blocks north of the center; the Kauffman Center houses two unique performance venues: Helzberg Hall. According to its website, the Kauffman Center's mission is "to enrich the lives of communities throughout the region and world by offering extraordinary and diverse performing arts experiences".

The Kauffman Center seeks to fulfill this mission by offering a wide selection of performances, by offering specific programs to connect with the youth in the Kansas City area. Muriel McBrien Kauffman first discussed her idea for a performing arts center in Kansas City with her family and the community in 1994. After her death the following year, her daughter and chairman of the Muriel McBrien Kauffman Foundation, Julia Irene Kauffman, began to move the project forward. A feasibility study was conducted in 1997. In 1999, the Muriel McBrien Kauffman Foundation purchased an 18.5-acre plot of land just south of the central business district. The Foundation announced. By 2000, the then-named Metropolitan Kansas City Performing Arts Center board had narrowed down the pool of potential architects to four, they chose Moshe Safdie, an award-winning modernist known for such buildings as Habitat 67 in Montreal, Canada. Soon after, he arrived in Kansas City to see the site for himself, while at dinner with Julia Irene Kauffman he sketched an idea for the center on his napkin.

Soon, that sketch would evolve into an architectural icon and the home for performing arts in Kansas City. Safdie presented his plan in May 2002, four years on October 6, 2006, ground was broken for what had now been named the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts; the technical requirements and exacting standards required of a facility like the Kauffman Center made it one of the most complex structures in the world to design and build. The building, which took nearly five years to complete, contains 40,000 square feet of glass, 25,000 cubic yards of concrete, 27 steel cables; the main lobby, Brandmeyer Great Hall, is built of a glass ceiling and sloping glass walls that provide a panoramic view of Kansas City to the south. The twenty-seven steel cables on the south façade are anchored in embeds that weigh one and a half tons, the embeds are an extension of the foundation and bedrock beneath the building; when the steel cables were pulled taut during the construction process, the entire steel structure shifted two to six inches to the south.

This tensioning keeps the glass lobby securely in place. The Kauffman Center covers 13 acres, including landscaped grounds over the 1,000-space, city-owned Arts District Garage; the cost of the project was $413 million, which includes both a $40 million operating endowment and the city's $47 million construction of the parking garage. The Kauffman Center was designed by lead architect Moshe Safdie, acoustician Yasuhisa Toyota, theater consultant Theatre Projects Consultants and Richard Pilbrow, engineering firm Arup. Local firm BNIM was the associate architect. Lead contractor was J. E. Dunn Construction Group of Kansas City; the center's exterior consists of two symmetrical half shells of vertical, concentric arches that open toward the south. Each shell houses one acoustically independent performance venue, although the backstage area is shared; the south façade of the Center is made of glass. Safdie describes the lobby as "an expansive glazed porch contained by a glass tent-like structure". For those inside Brandmeyer Great Hall, the glass puts Kansas City on display.

The 285,000-square-foot Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts houses two performance halls: Muriel Kauffman Theatre and Helzberg Hall. The venues share backstage space. There are dressing rooms that can accommodate more than 250 performers, along with 11 rehearsal rooms; the Kauffman Center joins the Lincoln Center as another of the few performing arts centers in the country to have two performance venues in one building. Another example is the Kennedy Center in Washington, D. C; this decision to have two halls, each tailored to a specific purpose, rather than a multipurpose building, reminded many Kansas City residents of a similar decision in the 1970s—when Ewing Kauffman and city officials decided to build separate stadiums for the Kansas City Chiefs and the Kansas City Royals, rather than a single arena for both. Muriel Kauffman Theatre This is an 1,800-seat theater whose design was inspired by the great European opera hou