The Pitch Questionnaire: John Lawrence Raux

He shares his love of Ender's Game and bike trails.


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  • Photo by Able Parris

Occupation: Explorer/artist

Hometown: The ’Dotte

Current neighborhood: Hyde Park

Who or what is your sidekick? Jane. She’s the Internet in my pocket (Ender
’s Game). Sometimes I question who is the real sidekick.

What career would you choose in an alternate reality? Ayurvedic doctor/nutritionist

What was the last local restaurant you patronized? Sabor Centro Americano

Where do you drink? Nathan Reusch’s house (the Record Machine)

Favorite arts organization: Patronage is back!

Favorite place to spend a significant portion of your paycheck:

What local phenomenon do you think is overrated? Skinny jeans

Where do you like to take out-of-town guests? Oddly Correct Coffee

Finish this sentence: “Kansas City screwed up when ____”:
We refused to build the light rail when it was first proposed ... at the same time we built the airport (MCI) in 1972.

Finish this sentence: “Kansas City got it right when _____”:
It developed the bike/hike trail system throughout Swope Park.

What TV show are you embarrassed to admit you watch? Not really embarrassed at all — Fringe.

____ takes up a lot of space in my iTunes: The late ’90s.

What movie do you watch at least once a year? Home Alone

Celebrity you’d like to take on a gondola ride: Angelina Jolie

Favorite person or thing to follow on Twitter: @Ableparris. KC-to-NYC Mixel hero!

Person or thing you find really irritating at this moment: Congestion. I hate being snotty.

What subscription — print, digital, etc. — do you value most? Image quarterly

What is your most embarrassing dating moment? I walked into a screen door at full stride while attending my then-girlfriend’s family reunion.

What was the most important thing you learned in school? How to take risks and not be owned by mistakes.

Finish this sentence: “People might be surprised to know that ..." I used to scream in a local metal band called the James Dean Trio.

Describe a recent triumph:
I made about 100 Etch A Sketch drawings of people on the NYC subways over the past two weeks and posted them to my blog,


See John Raux’s work on display at BNIM 
Architects. Also, midtowners should keep an eye out for Raux, who is shooting 3-D HD vampire/zombie webisodes.


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