The Pitch: April 11, 2013
The Pitch, April 11-17, 2013. Kansas City's Alternative Weekly. ARTOPIA issue. Feature: "Sporting Kansas City"
A P R I L 1 1–1 7, 2 0 1 3 | F R E E | V O L . 3 2 N O . 4 1 | P I T C H . C O M • KATHY NELSON and the KC Sports Commission are having another big week. | By Ben Palosaari • Raytown superintendent ALLAN MARKLEY taxes TIF backers. | By Steve Vockrodt • BILL MAHER baits trolls in Topeka. | By David Hudnall KC FRIENDS OF ALVIN AILEY'S JUANITA CARTER LEADS OUR NIGHT OF DANCE , FASHION, ART AND MUSIC . BY NANCY HULL RIGDON A P R I L 11–1 7, 2 0 1 3 | V O L . 3 2 N O . 4 1 Editor Scott Wilson Managing Editor Justin Kendall Music Editor David Hudnall Staff Writers Charles Ferruzza, Ben Palosaari, Steve Vockrodt Editorial Operations Manager Deborah Hirsch Events Editor Berry Anderson Food Blogger, Web Editor Jonathan Bender Proofreader Brent Shepherd Contributing Writers Tracy Abeln, Theresa Bembnister, April Fleming, Nancy Hull Rigdon, Leslie Kinsman, Chris Milbourn, Dan Savage, Lucas Wetzel Editorial Intern Katie Miller Art Director Ashford Stamper Contributing Photographers Angela C. Bond, Barrett Emke, Chris Mullins, Lauren Phillips, Sabrina Staires, Brooke Vandever Intern Lynn Collins Production Manager Christina Riddle Multimedia Designer Vu Radley Sales Manager Erin Carey Senior Classified Multimedia Specialist Steven Suarez Multimedia Specialists Michelle Acevedo, Collin Click, Page Olson Director of Marketing & Operations Jason Dockery Digital Marketing Manager Keli Sweetland Circulation Director Mike Ryan E D I T O R I A L GLAM SLAM Artopia dresses you for spring and summons Katherine Dunham. 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BY B E N PA L O S A A R I S O U T H C O M M 9 N A T I O N A L A D V E R T I S I N G BEYOND THE RUINS Shopping for food — good food — along the Quindaro. BY C H A R L E S F E R R U Z Z A D I S T R I B U T I O N 23 3 5 7 9 13 17 19 21 23 24 26 28 32 34 QUESTIONNAIRE PLOG NEWS FEATURE F I LT E R STAGE ART FILM CAFÉ FAT CITY STREETSIDE MUSIC NIGHTLIFE SAVAGE LOVE C O P Y R I G H T ON T HE COVE R MEANWHI LE AT PI TC H. C O M PHOTOGRAPHY BY CHRIS MULLINS INSPIRED BY PICASSO’S “GIRL BEFORE A MIRROR” DEBBIE GOLD is leaving the American’s kitchen. The Kansas Legislature clears the way for BOOZE AT THE STATEHOUSE . The AMERICAN HEARTLAND THEATRE closes in August. 2 the pitch A P R I L 1 1 - 1 7, 2 0 1 3 pitch.com pitch.com M O N T H X X–X X , 2 0 0 X THE PITCH 2 QUESTIONNAIRE KELLY CONKRIGHT & KAYCE MCCARE CLOUD ing” part of “Boutiquing and Drinking.” Most moms will agree this makes sense. Boutiquing and Drinking What’s your occupation? Conkright: Shopper strategist Cloud: Stay-at-home mom … and the “drink- What’s your hometown? Conkright: Lenexa Cloud: Lenexa What’s your current neighborhood? Conkright: Brookside Cloud: Lenexa … that’s not a typo. Who or what is your sidekick? Conkright: My best friend, Rachel, and my Cloud: My husband, son or sister — I rarely leave home without them. sister Cloud: I can’t believe that we still care about Lindsay Lohan. I wish my apps would stop telling me about some trial she’s in. And, more importantly, every health magazine keeps telling me that I shouldn’t have dairy. Do they know that cheese is dairy? What are we, as a people, supposed to do without cheese? What subscription do you value most? Conkright: WWD and Elle Decor Cloud: Travel + Leisure and People What was the last book you read? Conkright: Half the Sky, by Nicholas Kristof and S A B R I N A S TA I R E S Sheryl WuDunn Cloud: Alice, I Have Been (by Melanie Benjamin) and Half the Sky. What career would you choose in an alternate reality? Conkright: I would travel the world making coffee-table books about unique spaces and places. Cloud: I would like to be Anthony Bourdain … to just eat and sip my way around the world! And apparently he gets paid? I would have done it for free. He is a much better negotiator, I guess. coastal and European friends as the Paris of the Plains, I am not qualified to answer this question. Cloud: Wheat. We have a lot of it, and from my research, it just makes me larger. Sisters Conkright (left) and Cloud be in. I am a huge believer in people following their passions. Cloud: Wait … I’m NOT in charge? My husband will be delighted to hear this. to Hermann, Missouri. Is it the best wine in the world? Nope. But there are some beautiful views, and the wine does get better as the day goes on. What’s your favorite day trip? Conkright: Lawrence Cloud: Taking the train from Union Station went to see Hair at Kauffman and witness a naked cast. Cloud: Affäre in the Crossroads What was the last local restaurant you patronized? Conkright: Westside Local, right before we the Ozarks Cloud: The Plaza. If I can get them here for the Art Fair, even better. Where do you like to take out-of-town guests? Conkright: Oklahoma Joe’s and the Lake of What TV show do you make sure you watch? Conkright: I mainly watch movies and CNN. Cloud: Top Chef, Downton Abbey, The Chew, Modern Family, Dancing With the Stars … I watch a lot of TV. Finish this sentence: “Other than the Kauffman Center, Kansas City got it right when …” Conkright: They modeled the Plaza after Cloud: It redid downtown and the Crossroads. “Kansas City screwed up when it …” Conkright: Put the airport so far away. Cloud: Stopped being good at football. Tailgating at Arrowhead is important. Seville, Spain — still so charming. take up a lot of space in my iTunes. Conkright: ’70s rock like the Band, CCR, Gratetype of music. I prefer people to make me mixes. So … feel free to send me a mix. Cloud: Nothing! I have small pieces of every ful Dead, etc. in town Where do you drink? Conkright: Wine on Blue Grotto’s patio Cloud: My patio — best service and selection What’s your favorite charity? Conkright: Women for Women International Cloud: Women for Women International or, on a local level, the Ronald McDonald House charity mom is Lady Clark (royalty), so while staying at their country estate by Stonehenge, I called her a nickname (Marge), and he said no one had EVER done that to her. Ever! The Brits are so formal! Cloud: “So, it’s been really nice meeting you and hearing you talk about your family for the past hour … and a half … but I’m going to go now.” — Random guy who bought me a drink at Kona What was your most embarrassing dating moment? Conkright: I dated an English guy, and his What movie do you watch at least once a year? Conkright: Love Actually at Christmastime Cloud: Love Actually What local tradition do you take part in every year? Conkright: Thanksgiving Plaza lighting Cloud: Lenexa Barbeque Battle! What is your favorite person or thing to follow on Twitter? Conkright: Racked New York/Los Angeles Cloud: Food & Wine magazine and Ellen DeWhat person or thing do you ﬁnd really irritating at this moment? Conkright: I am irritated I can’t be at a pool right now! Interesting brush with the law? Conkright: I was put in jail one time in L.A. for “Kansas City needs …” Conkright: More good shopping, more bike lanes … and preferably a beach! Cloud: An ocean Where’s your favorite place to spend your paycheck? Conkright: Clothes. I am closet-rich, as they Cloud: Restaurants. (If you see my closet, you will know it’s true. Nothing makes me happier than a great meal.) say in New York! “People might be surprised to know that I …” Conkright: Managed to play a lot of pingpong in all of the places I lived — even found a place in Paris! Cloud: Taught English in Prague for two years … and lived in Jamaica for a hot minute. Literally. It was hot. peeing in public! I was walking home from a bar and went up a hill, behind a bush, with a friend also blocking me, but some cops pulled over, and I wound up in jail. Cloud: Last time I was in Napa with my three best friends, we hired a limo driver because we are responsible, upstanding citizens. But then our driver got pulled over for speeding, and it turns out he was from some European country and was not actually allowed to be working here. Whoops. Generes … Classic Joke Tuesday is a real treat. Describe a recent triumph. Conkright: My sister and I launching our site: Cloud: I have showered and gotten out of my boutiquinganddrinking.com. “yoga pants” every day this week! OK, that’s a lie. But several days this week. T tH hE e P pI iT tC cH h 1 3 What local phenomenon do you think is overrated? Conkright: Considering I promote KC to my “If I were in charge …” Conkright: I would find a way to make it easier for everyone to be in the job they are meant to pitch.com MON , 22 0 0 pitch.com AT PH R IX LX–X 1 1 -X 1 7, 0 1X 3 THIS SATURDAY! Kent Davis, Vince Latona, Scott Allen, Dan Shanks, Chris Sembower, Eeks, Ryan Drake, & just added Becky Buznedo! Henna art from Jessica Bloom Body Art all night! Eduardo Bernal, Baker Medlock, Tallgrass Artist James Taylor & Sterling Witt, Deuce Sharbonda & Hue. live art inside live art outside Burlesque Downtown Underground (8pm), Kacico Dance (8:30pm) & KCFAA dance artist Juanita Carter will perform Dunham Lives, choreography by Tyrone Aiken Opening set by Vi Tran (7pm on the outdoor stage), John Velghe & The Prodigal Sons (2 sets! 7:30 & 8:30 on the outdoor stage), DJ Brad Ireland (7-11pm inside) & Joc Max (9:30pm on the outdoor stage.) *times & performances subject to change fashion show at 9:15 pm Little Shell Designs, WM Couture & Emma Lammers live performances in the theater live music LAST WEEK TO THROUGH APRIL 12, GA $25, VIP $35 GET $25 TICKETS! T IC K ET S from 9:05pm-10:45pm local films AVAILABLE NOW at secure.pitch.com $25G A $35 V I P Ticket prices at door: $30/$40VIP ONLY 100 VIP Tickets available, VIP gets in a half an hour early and receives a goodie bag from sponsors. Call 816.561.6061 for info Food & Drinks from: Sponsored by: Purchase a Passport to all Pitch events in 2013 for only $45. 4 the pitch A P R I L 1 1 - 1 7, 2 0 1 3 pitch.com PLOG GLAM SLAM all it a throwback. In the beginning, Artopia’s fashion show gave designers all the love. The past few years, it showcased boutiques. Saturday, though, Kansas City designers reclaim the runway — a resurgence that intensifies the local spotlight. “For me, this year it’s about making sure the local designers are supported again,” says Courtney Perry, who’s directing Artopia’s fashion show for the second year. “After all, Artopia is all about focusing on supporting the artist.” Perry has been an Artopia staple since its inception and is no stranger to embracing the individuals fueling the city’s creative scene. She’s the jewelry and accessory designer behind House of Cochon, and she directs other shows, including Fashion on the Fringe. With her husband, Alex Perry, she turned an abandoned church into the Arts Asylum, a visualand performing-arts center. For this show, she has sought variety from several strong designers. The resulting lineup: Wendy McMillian of WM Couture, a veteran designer known for her fun party dresses; Michelle Kleineweber of Little Shell Designs, who transforms sheer fabrics into youthful, feminine looks; and Emma Lammers, a student making a name for herself with her Londoncirca-1960 flair. “There’s this cool mix of emerging and established designers,” Perry says. “They certainly don’t keep with the same design aesthetic, yet they’re cohesive at the same time.” Together, the three are set to make a seasonal punch. “There’s definitely going to be this springy, girly flair to it all,” Perry says. Let’s take a closer look at the designers. • “I always remember watching old movies growing up that featured Vivien Leigh, Audrey Hepburn and Doris Day and falling in love with fashion,” McMillian says. Those icons inspired her to sew and design at an early age. As an Iowa State University student, she landed a dream internship, at Tomasina Bridal on the East Coast. Ten years ago, she wound up in Kansas City. First, she dabbled in custom lingerie, but she soon returned to her passion for specialoccasion dresses. She takes couture design elements — think hand-draping and high-end materials — and pushes out pieces that are elegant yet suited for everyday wear. “Each woman is special, and I want her to feel that way when she wears one of my designs,” she says. “I want my customer to feel beautiful and confident knowing the fit and craftsmanship is flawless.” Artopia dresses you for spring and summons Katherine Dunham’s dancing spirit. BY N A NC Y HULL RIGDON C Today’s Kansas City people and architecture also feed her signature structured, European minimalist look. The University of Missouri textile and apparel grad keeps her designs sharp by working at Kaplan Fabrics and Tomboy Designs, and she has been creating commissioned pieces for three years. Beyond this weekend, Lammers (like her Artopia peers) remains one to watch. She got the nod for June’s West 18th Street Fashion Show, and the fashion community is already anticipating her next line. K For Artopia, she’s pulling two formal gowns and one party dress from her collection. After this weekend, McMillian advances to the next milestone. She splashes into West Coast fashion in the fall with a much celebrated accomplishment: presenting at San Diego Fashion Week. • You know those fairies frolicking at the Renaissance Festival? Kleineweber plays one of them. She also sews costumes for the event’s many nymphs. So it’s no wonder that she has a collection titled Enchanted. The Metropolitan Community College– Juanita Carter leads Artopia’s awakening. Penn Valley apparel and textiles student made a grand entrance last year, when her collection won best in show at Penn Valley’s 2012 Panache Fashion Show. She again turned heads at the Kansas City Fashion Week spring 2013 show. On the heels of that whimsical collection, featuring polka dots and chiffon, she’s bringing her playful pieces to Artopia. • Don’t let Emma Lammers’ age fool you. Yes, she’s in her early 20s, but she looks to midcentury modern design for inspiration. atherine Dunham convinced East St. Louis, Illinois, gang members in the late 1960s to trade violence for drumming and dancing — a move that landed her in jail, much to the cops’ subsequent shame. Her work triumphs again on the Artopia stage, with a performance titled “Katherine Dunham Lives.” Tyrone Aiken, the dance’s choreographer, has long admired and studied the late Dunham. With Midwest roots, Dunham blossomed into an international, 20th-century sensation once called “the matriarch and queen mother of black dance.” Aiken is passionate about preserving the rhythmic, drum- and culture-driven Dunham Technique, as it’s called. So when Artopia came calling, he knew what to showcase for Kansas City’s up-and-coming artists. “It’s important to pass on knowledge so that the younger folks can have an experience beyond just contemporary dance,” says Aiken, who works as executive director of local dance supporter Kansas City Friends of Alvin Ailey. Of course, a show succeeds only if dance and performer mesh. Aiken made that match by enlisting Juanita Carter. The 19-yearold professional dancer and University of Missouri–Kansas City dance student is ready to shine in the solo. Carter grabbed Aiken’s attention when she attended an Alvin Ailey camp as a middleschooler, and he has since watched her grow into a gifted performer. Aiken says she has a deep appreciation for the history of performing arts, coupled with a desire to merge the past and the present. Outside of performance, Dunham was an anthropologist, one who weaved spiritual elements into her dance technique. Expect to see Carter honor this with all-white dress and fluid, otherworldly motion. “The intention is to evoke the feeling of a spiritual awakening,” Aiken says. CHRIS MULLINS E-mail email@example.com T tH hE e P pI iT tC cH h 1 5 pitch.com MON , 22 00 01X pitch.com AT PH R IX LX–X 1 1 -X 1 7, 3 IN CROWD? Sign up for PROMOTIONAL NEWSLETTER Want to be part of the A niversa n h A t 25 ry 5 2 – 1 1 P R IL .com N O I T C U A BAND f 0 of t he 0 1 r e v O TWO MOVIES ARCADE PLAY UNLIMITED RETRO FEATURED DEALS FOR ONLY $12 Valid at Screenland Crossroads 1656 Washington St. Kansas City, MO 64108 816.421.9700 -in Bid Tune Makena t a Band Re ine st lo a e v a H ty! Par HALF OFF DOOR PRICE Valid at Taste KC • May 19th at KC Live! 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The practice has a way of limiting budgets for counties, school districts and libraries, some of which are objecting more loudly. And Markley, who leads a school district of 9,000 students — 64 percent of whom live at the poverty level — is already out of patience. A steady decline of assessed property values and state funding since 2009 have already conspired to cut about $7 million a year from the Raytown school district’s budget — about 10 percent of the district’s budget, or the equivalent of 45 teachers, Markley says. Markley says TIF redirects about another $1.7 million a year from his district to development projects. Kansas City and Independence get the final say on how big chunks of that taxing-jurisdiction money get spent, often limiting the control that school leaders have over their funding. “I’ve watched them over the years,” Markley says of the various TIF plans within his district. “They become more apparent when we see those revenue streams go from a river to a trickle. Whenever you see more revenues disappear, it ramps up the importance of taking a hard look.” As a member of Independence’s TIF commission, Markley took a hard look at a proposed Burlington Coat Factory–anchored shopping district across the street from Blue Ridge Crossing Mall. He talked the commission into recommending against the project in a 5–4 vote in March. But on April 1, the Independence City Council overrode the commission’s recommendation and approved public assistance for the project. The Burlington Coat Factory could open in October. “You want to see the tire tracks on me?” Markley said afterward. “Dr. Allan Markley showed up and raised Be Raytown’s school superintendent earns a rare victory against TIF. BY S T E V E V O CKRO D T Inspired! Volunteer! Join us at the KC Area Track and Field Meet on April 20th! For more info. please email firstname.lastname@example.org m o sas c an ycl ity K rc es er o t v ice Markley takes one of two. his issues and objected,” says Spencer Thomson, a Thomson Walker lawyer representing the developer. “His issues are clearly a fundamental difference with TIF … and he wanted to make an issue of our project.” “Absolutely,” Markley says. “The fundamental part of it is, how can one entity of elected officials determine what to do with another body of elected officials’ money?” Because state law enables the practice. For example, six of Kansas City’s 11 TIF Commission members are appointed by the mayor — a fact that gives the city an automatic majority over the five who represent schools, libraries and counties. But that built-in advantage didn’t stop a Markley-led push to thwart one of Kansas City’s more questionable recent TIF gambits. Last year, Kansas City decided it wanted to build several new top-notch soccer fields in Swope Park, where a few average fields already exist. (The plan was also supposed to include an expansion there of Sporting Kansas City’s practice facility.) But officials — including Mayor Pro Tem Cindy Circo, who pushed hard for the plan — knew that the city didn’t have the money within easy reach. So they sought to expand the already existing Winchester TIF district, which was drawn in 1991 to build an office park (and later included KMBC Channel 9’s headquarters). Winchester looked enticing to Kansas City because $11 million in untapped TIF revenues were left over in a special account. TIF revenues go into what’s called a special allocation fund as the taxes are collected; developers make requests to draw money from that account to reimburse certain project expenses. When TIF plans are done, that money is supposed to be redistributed among the city, the county, the schools and so on. Markley opposed the Winchester plan because $4 million of that $11 million should have gone back to his school district. Kansas City’s plan to expand the Winchester border to cover the Swope Park soccer complex would also have meant that Raytown’s $4 million of school money would have gone instead to improvements made within the Kansas City, Missouri, School District’s boundaries. The Winchester conversation devolved into tense TIF Commission meetings and a volley of letters between Markley and Kansas City Mayor Sly James. Few local officials have been willing to argue publicly with James, who is still riding a wave of support after succeeding the deeply unpopular Mark Funkhouser. Markley threatened to sue. “As I’m sure you can understand, the district’s taxpayers and patrons are extremely concerned about the fundamental unfairness, the potential precedent and the significant adverse financial impact that the proposed [soccer plan] imposes on the district,” he wrote in a December 29 letter to James. James’ response sounded exasperated: “Your letter at least appears to set forth demands, ultimatums and threats, which, if representative of your final position, make it difficult, at best, to advocate for a reasonable settlement,” James wrote. But Markley got more than a reasonable settlement. He got his $4 million, and the TIF plan was killed. 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We will be looking for you! tion Tattoo Conven @ Uptown Tattoo Convention @ Uptown HomeGuard Festival Sponsored by: OL ATHE Upcoming Events Yes @ The Midland 4.11/12 - KC Film Fest @ Alamo Drafthouse 4.12 - Open Studios @ Hobbs Building 4.13 - The Pitch’s Artopia @ Screenland Crossroads See more on the “promotions” link at p 8 the pitch A P R I L 1 1 - 1 7, 2 0 1 3 pitch.com T BY BEN PALOSAARI he Negro Leag ues Baseball Museum is packed with members of the Kansas City press, local politicians and business leaders, who mix among life-size statues of such Negro League greats as Pop Lloyd and Leon Day on March 20. The lights flick off. Two large TVs show the trailer for 42, the new Jackie Robinson biopic. Harrison Ford, playing Branch Rickey, signs Robinson (the handsome Chadwick Boseman) to play for the Brooklyn Dodgers, making him the first African-American player in Major League Baseball. It feels like an injection of goose bumps. As Jay-Z’s “Brooklyn (Go Hard)” bumps, outraged white people tell Robinson he doesn’t belong, the color-barrier-breaking infielder slugs a home run, and spectators at last cheer him. The audience applauds as the screens dissolve into an image of Boseman, as Robinson, sliding in the dirt under the slogan, “Before he was a legend, he was a Monarch,” a nod to Robinson’s stint with the Negro Leagues’ Kansas City team. Kathy Nelson and the Kansas City Sports Commission keep the metro’s athletic calendar full. “They’re the reason people keep coming back.” Then comes the big reveal: The 70-year-old Ford is scheduled to introduce special screenings of 42 at the AMC Barrywoods in Kansas City April 11. The showings are the only ones outside Los Angeles before the fi lm’s April 12 nationwide release. Also in attendance: Boseman; Major League Baseball players; and sportswriter Joe Posnanski, who conducts a Q&A with Bob Kendrick, Negro Leagues Baseball Museum president. Tickets to the special screenings, ranging from $42 to $1,000, have sold out. The money benefits the Negro Leagues Museum and the Kansas City Sports Commission. “It’s the job of the Kansas City Sports Commission to interweave athletics with the life of our city and bring athletics to the fore,” says Tom Butch, chairman of the Sports Commission’s executive committee. “And this certainly fulfills that organizational directive.” The Sports Commission was founded in 1966, aided by Ewing Kauffman, with an early directive to sell Chiefs season tickets and lobby Major League Baseball for a team. The nonprofit relies on private funding, corporate sponsorships, membership dues and entry fees to its 25 annual events, such as numerous 5k runs, the Waddell & Reed Kansas City Marathon, and the WIN for KC Triathlon. The commission is also charged with bringing marquee sporting events to the metro. Those duties fall on commission president Kathy Nelson, who, with her 10 employees, put in long hours for March Madness. They helped the city host continued on page 10 The 2010 Kansas City Marathon takes over Grand. An average of 10,000 runners participate each year. pitch.com A P R I L 1 1 - 1 7, 2 0 1 3 the pitch 9 HIGH QUALITY SCREEN PRINTED T-SHIRTS YOUR LOGO HERE START@ 24 PRINTED T-SHIRTS union press 1219 Union West Bottoms $120 INFORMED? Sign up for Are you www.unionscreenprinting.net 816.842.5683 Sporting Kansas City continued from page 9 basketball tournaments between March 4 and 24 for the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics, the Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletic Association and the Big 12, as well as the NCAA men’s basketball tournament’s KC regional. As those games played out in the Sprint Center and Municipal Auditorium, Nelson and the commission’s staff were busy planning the next event. The commission’s work isn’t always glamorous; the volunteers and interns do grunt work, shuttling sports-media members among the Sprint Center, Municipal Auditorium and hotels; posting game scores from around the nation in hotel lobbies; giving directions; and serving as bouncers during VIP parties for sponsors and city officials at the Power & Light District’s Shark Bar. During the KC regional, a photo of Ole Miss guard Marshall Henderson drinking in the party district went viral after the Rebels beat the Wisconsin Badgers. (Nelson says Henderson wasn’t at a commission party.) “You never know if you might be working with a 6-year-old, teaching them volleyball and basketball, or you might be bouncing at one of the VIP parties,” Nelson says. “Or you could easily be driving the KU men’s basketball coach from his hotel to Sprint Center.” The city’s power brokers acknowledge that the commission’s work is essential to keeping the city’s sports calendar full. “They’re the reason people keep coming back,” Mayor Sly James says. “Not to mention that the city is kick-ass.” S A B R I N A S TA I R E S EDITORIAL NEWSLETTER T he Kansas City Southern Railroad building maintains its old-fashioned sensibilities, with a door attendant and a first-floor modelrailroad window display. The Kansas City Sports Commission occupies the fourth floor of the brick building, which is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. On a late-March Thursday, much of the commission’s headquarters are dark, many of the staffers working outside the office or taking a day off after the busy basketball season. Nelson isn’t. Her office shows the war trophies of a career in sports. There’s a wedding gift from broadcaster Frank Boal, a customized Louisville Slugger autographed by former Chiefs defensive end Neil Smith, who famously celebrated sacking quarterbacks by pantomiming a bat swing. Two regional Emmys for producing Chiefs games sit on another shelf. Nelson hesitates when asked the year that she won her fi rst Emmy. “You’d think I would know the year, right?” she says, before reading the inscriptions: 2004 and 2005. She previously worked in TV production for more than two decades, holding various positions at WDAF Channel 4 when it was an NBC affiliate. “Fox didn’t even exist,” she says. At Channel 4, she spent weekends freelancing in broadcast trucks at football games and various college games throughout the area. “It was even prior to the ESPN era, when sports was fun on TV,” Nelson says. “But no one had caught on to the hot commodity that it is now.” In the late 1990s, colleagues from her Nelson keeps Kansas City in the game. freelance production gigs started work on Metro Sports, the local all-sports cable channel. They wanted her to work with them on building a 24-hour sports station. Nelson wasn’t sold. “I’m like, ‘Cable is never going to make it,’ ” she says. Metro Sports’ early success changed her mind. In 2000, she was hired to expand the all-sports station’s programming from six hours a day to 24. While working for Metro Sports, Nelson was also volunteering at Sports Commission events. She also served on the advisory board for the commission’s WIN for KC. The commission’s then president, Kevin Gray, tried to hire her away from Metro Sports to run the Women’s Intersport Network for Kansas City (WIN for KC). “I had known Kevin for at least 10 years,” Nelson says. “Our daughters played basketball together. I’d see him on the weekends all the time.” Gray had been with the nonprofit for 21 years. By August 2010, he had persuaded Nelson to join the commission, which was headquartered in a four-story, red-brick house at 1308 Pennsylvania. Their professional collaboration would be brief. While watching a Big 12 men’s basketball game at Sprint Center in spring 2011, Gray experienced hip pain. On June 15 — 10 weeks later — he died of cancer. “Losing a family member is what it was,” Nelson says. “You know, you have your daytime spouse. Kevin was one of our daytime kind of spouses.” 10 the pitch A P R I L 1 1 - 1 7, 2 0 1 3 pitch.com 12 the pitch A P R I L 1 1 - 1 7, 2 0 1 3 pitch.com WEEK OF APRIL 11–17 | BY BERRY ANDERSON PAG E 17 Fashion by House of Cochon STAGE Bill Maher: behind enemy lines. PAG E 21 DAY SATUR ird at Get we ia. Artop FILM ANN K BROWN 4 .1 3 42 revives Jackie Robinson’s legend. 23 PAG E CREATIVE BLISS The Pitch presents Artopia — the annual explosion of local art, music, fashion, dance, film, burlesque and, of course, naked painted women — at the Screenland Crossroads (1656 Washington, 816-287-0114). This year’s slate of artists (on indoor and outdoor easels) includes Red Bull painter Becky Buznedo, West Bottoms Art Society’s Ryan Drake, and action illustrator Chris Sembower. Enjoy a can of Tallgrass Brewing’s Halcyon Wheat while watching a fashion show (with dresses by Little Shell Designs and WM Couture) or listening to DJ sets from Joc Max and Brad Ireland. Whatever you do, get there early — the event starts at 7 p.m. for VIPs and 7:30 for everyone else. If it gets too crowded, meet us for the official after-party at Aura (3832 Main), where you might run into an inebriated Pitch staffer. Good times! Buy tickets ($25, or $30 day of event) at secure.pitch.com. Hang out from 6 to 9 p.m. For more information, see kemperart.org. CAFÉ Quindaro: good food among the ruins. T H U R S D AY | 4 . 11 | This weekend, the Royal Academy of Arts in London closes the first retrospective of French artist Edouard Manet. If you haven’t yet seen the paintings in person, you probably won’t. Instead, experience them at one of three area theaters when Fathom Events begins its Exhibition: Great Art on Screen series with Manet: Portraying Life. See more than 50 works collected from Europe, Asia and the United States, along with behind-the-scenes moments from the Royal Academy show. Adult tickets cost $12.50 for the one-night-only screening at 7:30. For the list of theaters, see fathomevents.com. F R I D AY | 4 . 1 2 | GET LOST IN THE ARTS It’s rough out there for college kids: accumulating debt; increasing competition in the job market; Four Loko without caffeine, guarana and taurine. No wonder they need to recharge their mental batteries. We recommend College Night at the Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art (4420 Warwick, 816-753-5784) and the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art (4525 Oak, 816-751-1278). The free event features tours with local hip artists; a cash bar; the S’mores Cart; hands-on art projects; and a performance by KC’s new jazz ensemble, the Hot Club of Kansas City. ABSINTHE AND POPCORN THE NEO-NERD HERD Instead of a gathering of dorks, Super Nerd Night is a monthly respite for everyone 18 and older — whether a nerd or not — with drawing; Magic: the Gathering; old-school video gaming; music from Wichita’s Japanese Game Show and Lawrence’s Something and the Whatevers; tabletop games; and Geekaraoke, which features randomly chosen theme songs and geek anthems. The Big Bang Theory’s theme song, perhaps? Spring into awesome from 7 p.m. to 2 a.m. at the Bottleneck (737 New continued on page 14 A P R I L 1 1 - 1 7, 2 0 1 3 the pitch 13 pitch.com r shirt se you Don’t lo sh. ton Ba at Ben 4 .1 2 FRIDAY continued from page 13 Hampshire, Lawrence, 785-841-5483). Cover is $3 if you’re older than 21, or $5 for those 18–20. Search “Super Nerd Night” on Facebook for more info. with one free drink, cake and a few of Benton’s Roanoke-neighborhood folks, from 5 to 7 p.m. S AT U R D AY | 4 . 13 | HARDER, BETTER, FASTER, STRONGER After squelching rumors of a performance at Coachella 2013, Daft Punk has left many EDM fans wondering whether the duo will even tour for its late-May release, Random Access Memories. Bullshit, right? Bring your hard feelings to the dance floor of the Granada (1020 Massachusetts, 785-842-1390) for One More Time, a Daft Punk tribute act from Phoenix. Last month, the DJ-and-producer team told Vegas Seven that it had never seen Daft Punk live. Eh, we’ll take it anyway. Look for the signature helmets, pyramid stage and original remixes beginning at 8 p.m. The all-ages show costs $12 at the door or $10 in advance. See thegranada.com. HBD, ENEMY OF MODERNISM We’re not sure if Thomas Hart Benton ever stepped into the Wrestler’s Inn (the postProhibition joint on the corner of Westport Road and Pennsylvania) in the late 1930s for a beer or three after a long day of teaching at the Kansas City Art Institute. We bet that if he were still alive, he’d stop at Kelly’s Westport Inn (500 Westport Road, 816-561-5800) for his 124th birthday party. The annual Benton Bash leads up to next year’s 125th birthday bash, says organizer Bob Maines. “Then, we’re hoping to have an original piece of his on hand to view,” Maines says. Toast the famous American painter and front-runner of the Regionalist movement, S AT U R D AY | 4 . 1 3 | ew topics are off-limits for comedian Stephen Lynch ’s songs. However, his double album Lion , released last November, shies away from such subjects as trannies, butts and putting things in said butts. This time around, he’s going for that rich Americana sound so popular these days. “Astute listeners will detect a slight shift of direction, comedywise,” he writes on his website. “Musically, it’s the best work I’ve ever done.” Experience a matured Lynch at VooDoo Lounge at Harrah’s Casino (1 Riverboat Drive). Tickets run $25–$50; buy them at voodookc.com. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. 14 the pitch A P R I L 1 1 - 1 7, 2 0 1 3 F ADULT SONGS pitch.com quarterly. “We are both passionate about locally grown food, sustainability and ecofriendly living,” Marler says. “There are such amazing things happening in Kansas City right now with regard to the local-food revolution, and we felt that the community was ready for an Edible magazine of our own.” Look for profiles on Local Pig and Powell Gardens in the debut issue, which can be found at grocery stores, restaurants, and such homegrown locations as Amigoni Urban Winery (1505 Genessee) and Little Freshie (811 West 17th Street), as well as at ediblekansascity.com. What’s this “certain rules apply” crap about? T U E S D AY | 4 . 16 | HUSTLE AND FLOW The American Jazz Museum’s latest exhibit, Beyond Words: A Fusion of Poetry, Visual Art and Jazz (closing April 26), was inspired by the work of L.A. visual poet and performer Douglas Kearney. “I was interested in having Kearney perform at Jazz Poetry Jams because I read his book, The Black Automaton,” museum poetin-residence Glenn North says of the monthly MORE spoken-word night at the Blue Room AT (1616 East 18th Street, INE ONL .COM 816-474-8463). Likened PITCH to the synthesizing of hip-hop production styles (YouTube “Big Thicket Pastoral”), Kearney’s internationally recognized work will be chopped, layered and backed by the Blue Room’s house band beginning at 7 p.m. Admission costs $5 per person. For more information, see americanjazzmuseum.org. Over 3000 white gold diamond engagement rings to pick from. Surely we can ﬁnd a ring at Joslins and often at 1/2 the cost. S U N D AY | 4 . 1 4 | PET FANCY Earlier this month, New Hampshire Public Radio reported that the number of guinea pigs imported for human consumption is going up in the United States. Don’t mention that at this weekend’s Great KC Pet Expo. Instead, marvel at the “Muttallica Dog and Pony Show,” a rescue-animal entertainment showcase; watch the “Leave It” contest; and line up for vendors selling items ranging from dog dresses to cat trees. One pet per owner is allowed to attend with a consent form (certain rules apply, including no puppies). Admission costs $8 for adults and $4 for kids 6 to 12 years old (free for those 5 and younger). The expo is open today from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Overland Park International Trade Center (6800 West 115th Street). See greatkcpetexpo.com for more information. 9529 Antioch * Overland Park, KS 913. 341.2021 * joslinsjewelry.com EVENTS WHEREFORE ART THOU, KC? W E D N E S D AY | 4 . 17 | FAMILY-STYLE COOKING Chef Curtis Stone has done Today, The Martha Stewart Show and The Nate Berkus Show. He has cooked for Oprah and Conan O’Brien. But, really, he’s just a down-toearth Hollywood dad, inspired by the birth of his son. He even dedicated his fifth cookbook, What’s for Dinner?: Delicious Recipes for a Busy Life, to the joys of easy-to-make meals meant to be enjoyed with family. Stop by Unity Temple on the Plaza (707 West 47th Street) at 7 p.m. to hear Stone talk about what to eat each day of the week, from “Motivating Mondays” through “Family Supper Sundays.” Admission costs $35 and includes a hardcover copy of the cookbook, a guest ticket and a stamped autographing admission ticket (to get that book signed). Buy your package at rainydaybooks.com or call 913-384-3126. E-mail submissions two weeks in advance to firstname.lastname@example.org. Search our complete listings guide online at pitch.com. Before the actors of the Heart of America Shakespeare Festival begin performing in As You Like It in Southmoreland Park June 18, seven of them star in a special, abbreviated version of Romeo and Juliet for Shakespeare to Go at Powell Gardens (1609 Northwest U.S. Highway 50, Kingsville, 816-697-2600). So bring lawn chairs, a picnic and money for a cash bar, and get settled in around 4:30 p.m. for the 50-minute show at 5. Tickets are included in the price of admission: $10 for adults and $4 for kids 5 to 12 years old. (Members of Powell Gardens attend free.) For more information, see powellgardens.org. M O N D AY | 4 . 15 | FOOD FOR LIFE Edible Communities Publications — the award-winning group of magazines celebrating local food in more than 70 cities nationwide — today drops a local version, Edible Kansas City. Tracey Russell and Tamara Marler are co-publishers of the pitch.com A P R I L 1 1 - 1 7, 2 0 1 3 the pitch 15 Creative Proofer 2: AS Proofer 2: And thereâ€™s still no cure. Help us fight AIDS here in Kansas City! Invite people to donate. Join us on April 27th. The course for the event will begin in Theis Park at 10:00AM on Saturday, April 27, 2013. Walkers will head west on Cleaver II, through Main Street, where they will enter Mill Creek Park. Cleaver II will be closed for about 15 minutes from Rockhill Road to JC Nichols Parkway as well as Oak Street from Volker Boulevard to Cleaver II. From Mill Creek Park, the route continues east on 43rd Street to Oak Street, which veers slightly to the right and becomes Rockhill Road, and on to 45th Street. Participants will go west on 45th to Oak Street. At Oak, the route heads south and enters the Nelson Atkins Museum of Art Sculpture Park. They will follow the brick path on the west side of the South Lawn and travel back to Cleaver II. Walkers will proceed east on Cleaver, back to Rockhill Road, and follow Rockhill south to Volker Boulevard. *NOTE: Walkers not able to use stairs on the Nelsonâ€™s South Lawn to Volker will continue south on Oak to Cleaver II. Route monitors will assist persons on which path they should take. At Volker, walkers will be immediately directed down to the Brush Creek walkway on the south bank of the creek where they will cross Oak Street and continue on to Brookside Avenue. The route turns north on Brookside, across the bridge, where walkers will be directed back down to the Brush Creek walkway on the north side of the bank and travel back to Theis where the course ends. Based upon the judgment, and with the assistance, of the Kansas City Police Department, any intersection or portion of street along the route could be subject to intermittent traffic control if it is deemed advantageous for the safe conduct of either foot or vehicular traffic. AIDS Service Foundation of Greater Kansas City, and the many recipients of the donations it collects during this event, thank everyone very much for all the cooperation they have given over the years. Please come out and walk with us! Create a fundraising page www.firstgiving.com/aidswalkkc/aidswalk2013 TROLLEYRUN.ORG INFORMATION ON AIDS WALK ROUTE 2013 Register to Run. Win your Ride. Choose a GMC Terrain or a Buick Encore! Courtesy of the Buick and GMC Dealers of Greater Kansas City 032-1130-TP-TrolleyRunAd-5x5.indd 1 4/3/13 5:27 PM theis park in Kansas City on Saturday, April 27, 2013 Learn more at AIDSWalkKansasCity.org underwriting SponSorS Steve Metzler Brian Williams 16 the pitch A P R I L 1 1 - 1 7, 2 0 1 3 pitch.com S TA G E GOD COMPLEX T Talking Westboro with Bill Maher in advance of his stand-up show at the Topeka Performing Arts Center. BY D AV ID HUDN A L L he last time Bill Maher was in this part of the Midwest, the cretins at the Westboro Baptist Church drove down to Springfield to protest his stand-up show. Saturday, Maher is making it even easier on those trolls: He’s performing in their hometown, at the Topeka Performing Arts Center. The Pitch chatted with the liberal comedian and host of HBO’s Real Time With Bill Maher. The Pitch: I was thinking that maybe I could read you some of the charges the Westboro folks leveled at you in their press release before your stand-up show in Springfield in 2011. Then you could respond to each one individually. Maher: Sure. Actually, today, the Catholic League put out a really long letter about all the horrible things I’ve said about the Catholics over the years. I got so many e-mails from friends who loved it that I wish I’d done it myself before. This Catholic League guy basically went to the trouble of putting out a compendium of some of my best jokes. But, sure, go ahead. “Half-Jew” “Catholic” True. My mother was from a Jewish backWell, I certainly have the history. I paid my ground, although I never saw her go to temple. I dues. Nobody is gonna take that away from me. was raised Catholic. But, yes, half of my family I don’t think I realized that Westboro was is from Jewish stock. Although it’s annoying when people say, “Well if your mother was anti-Catholic … Oh, yeah. That’s very traditional Southern Jewish, then you’re Jewish.” So I have no say bigotry, to not just be racist but also anti-Jew in that, because it’s a law the Romans had 1,000 years ago? That’s something we all follow? and anti-Catholic. “Papists,” they used to call them — “that whore in They also did virgin sacrifice. Rome,” they’d call the Pope. What does everybody think Bill Maher I mean, they gotta make sure about that? Saturday, April 13, at the there’s enough hate to go “Half-pedophile” Topeka Performing Arts around, you understand. [Laughs.] OK, now I’m Center, 214 Southeast Eighth Last time you came to remembering this. Is this Avenue, Topeka, tpactix.org Springfield, and now you’re the one where they Photocoming to Topeka, rather shopped a picture of me Sunday in the Park than more progressive cities where I’m praying to a devil With George in the region like Lawrence or Obama with horns coming Through April 14 at Musical Kansas City. How come? out of his head? Theater Heritage, Off Center I want to bring the good Yes. Theatre (Crown Center), news everywhere! [Laughs.] Right. No, I was never in2450 Grand, 816-842-9999, mthkc.com I’m trying to be an evangeterested in pedophilia. I’ve list for my brand of comedy always said I could be a good and for progressive thinking. pope because I have a proven And what I’ve found in doing this all these record of having no interest in children. years is, there’s literally no place in America “Christ-hating” that doesn’t have a healthy proportion of proNot at all! To a philosopher, it’s a beautiful gressive-thinking people. All they need is a philosophy. I mean, I’m not convinced there reason to come out of the woodwork. And so I was ever a historical figure named Jesus Christ. try to provide that reason. But there’s certainly a lot to be said for what he I saw today that Donald Trump might be preached. The idea that a common man has dropping his lawsuit against you? as much dignity as a powerful man is a truly Trump “sues” me in the same way that his revolutionary philosophy that I admire. “investigators” went to Hawaii to find Obama’s “Rape-Enabler” birth certificate. Do you remember this? He What does that mean? I drove the getaway car while somebody else raped? I don’t even sent these guys to Hawaii and kept telling the media they found “amazing things.” Yeah, know what that means, but I deny it. What can the crowd expect at this show in Topeka? Just doing what I do, telling jokes. I think people who watch Real Time will be familiar with the areas I’m interested in. I’ve never been a comedian who was interested in trivial stuff, not that I’m putting that down. Some comedians, like Jerry Seinfeld, do it brilliantly. He can do five minutes on toothpaste, and it’s meaningful and hilarious. I’ve never been that guy. I’ve always been into politics, national events, religion — sex, drugs, and rock and roll, too, but I like stuff that has some intellectual nutrition to it. But, you know, I’m a stand-up comedian. I’m not a humorist or lecturer. You gotta keep ’em laughing. NOW PLAYING Sunday in the Park With George Does God hate Maher? what they found is that this moron sent them on a vacation. If he ever sent them at all. It’s ridiculous. The guy is a clown, and the fact that the media pays any attention to him says more about the media than him at this point. I’m tired of having a feud with Donald Trump. He’s not even a person — he’s a pop-culture reference from the ’80s. It’s like having a feud with J.R. Ewing. Jay Mohr is also talking shit. What? He tweeted, “If you had real balls @billmaher, you’d lay off the Catholics for one show and go after the Muslims and Jews. Oh, that’s right you’d get fired.” On Easter. What a dick. First of all, obviously, he doesn’t watch the show much. I’ve gone after the Muslims plenty. I go after whoever deserves to be gone after that week. It just happens that the Catholics have been in the news lately. I’ve never been shy about Muslims or Jews — go rent Religulous, Jay. I always kinda thought Jay Mohr was a hack. Yeah, what’s he been doing the last 10 years? I don’t know. Tweeting, I guess. You’re executive producing this new Vice show on HBO, which airs after Real Time now. Yeah, we’re really excited for it. They’re doing what I’d guess you’d call a hip 60 Minutes, a 60 Minutes for a new generation. But really, it’s so many generations beyond where 60 Minutes left off. These guys are super-brave, and they’re going to places in the world I don’t see anybody else in news going. A n artist begins with nothing more than an idea or a vision, then creates “order, design, tension, balance, harmony.” And should that artist experiment with a new form, the public — and the critics — may not get the point or appreciate its difficult fulfillment. Such is the canvas of Sunday in the Park With George, Stephen Sondheim’s Pulitzer Prizewinning musical (book by James Lapine) about an artist’s solitary focus and an audience’s reaction to his work. Here, the artist is PostImpressionist pointillist Georges Seurat, whose effort and artwork, misunderstood during his short life, we see through his and others’ eyes. Musical Theater Heritage’s production, directed by Sarah Crawford, incorporates a large cast (17 members) and live music (a 10-piece orchestra) to achieve the company’s characteristic expanded reading. In Act 1’s 1884, Tim Scott channels an emotionally removed Georges; in a more intimate Act 2, he’s 1980s artist George, a fictional Seurat descendant who connects the dots between his heritage and his artistic struggles. As Dot, Seurat’s Act 1 mistress and painting subject, and as Marie, George’s grandmother, in Act 2, Katie Karel is the yin to the two artists’ yang. (Co-stars and musicians also stand out.) “Composition, balance, light” — Seurat transforms an ordinary day in a park into “A Sunday Afternoon on the Island of La Grande Jatte.” A vision’s just a vision if it’s only in your head, George sings. If no one gets to see it, it’s as good as dead, Marie adds. We experience both Sondheim’s and Seurat’s in the much alive Sunday in the Park. — DEBORAH HIRSCH E-mail email@example.com A P R I L 1 1 - 1 7, 2 0 1 3 the pitch 17 pitch.com AIDS KC Artists Against pr oudly pr es en t a benefit for E, n of AUNTIE MAM ! ng A brilliant recreatio di en -b gender crashing, slashing & | Unicorn Theatre May 9 through May 26 or www.KCArtistsAg 6-235-62 Central Ticket Office 81 ainstAIDS.com 22 18 the pitch A P R I L 1 1 - 1 7, 2 0 1 3 pitch.com ART 1051 MERRIAM LANE, KCKS • WWW.BOULEVARDDRIVEIN.COM UNPLUGGED Electromediascope’s latest series — The End — is its last. BY THER E S A B EMBNI S T E R Our 64th Year! THE WORLD’S GREATEST DRIVE IN NOW SHOWING!!! 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The contemporary-art curators working there now — Jan Schall and Leesa Fanning — have organized Bloch presentations of new-media projects, including such well-received works as Bill Viola’s The Raft and the American debut of Chinese artist Cao Fei’s RMB City Opera. But that capacity also may signal a diminished audience for what has become an old-school new-media experience. “We’ve incorporated it into our regular exhibition offerings, enabling new-media art to be experienced over extended periods of time rather than in a singular evening program,” Schall says of how new-media art is being presented at such places as the Whitney Museum of American Art, the Guggenheim Museum — and the Nelson itself. “Our Project Space has become our venue of choice for new-media programming.” Clancy, whose own film and video work focused on gallery installation as early as the mid-1960s, recognizes that, despite changing modes of display, there’s still something special about experiencing artwork in a theatrical setting. “I still really enjoy being in a large space with a high-resolution image and surround sound and other people — their presence in the space,” he says. “I really think that’s amazing.” For at least another three Fridays, it still is. COLLIN KANE APRIL 17 - APRIL 20 • HOWARD STERN DUBBED “BEST LOOKING FEMALE COMIC OF OUR TIME” • THE RED HEAD WITH BLUE EYES ... • SHOWTIMES BAD GIRLS WITH SNOOP • LAST COMIC STANDING FINALS • HOST OF ADULT VIDEO AWARDS THIS SEASON I in the same way they looked at painting and n Sheepwoman, artists Laetitia Sonami and Sue-C make a movie in real time, using mo- sculpture: as visual art. “There was still that modernist idea that tors and computers and projections and such you define content in terms of the media itself,” unexpected objects as cans of compressed Clancy says. Even film and video, he adds, air. If that sounds like something you’d see seemed opposed to each other at the time. at Electromediascope — the Nelson-Atkins Deborah Emont Scott, then curator of Museum of Art’s seasonal program of experimodern and contemporary art at the Nelson, mental film, video, sound, performance and tapped Clancy, who taught across the street new-media art — well, you’re right. at the Kansas City Art Institute, to program And if you like Electromediascope, you’ll a series that would bring new film and video want to see Sheepwoman, the first of April’s works to the museum’s audiences. Philanthrothree Electromediascope events, Friday pist Rheta A. Sosland established a fund in the night. Because this month’s 20th-anniversary series is titled The End for a reason: Gwen late 1990s to support the program. In the early days, gaining access to such Widmer and Patrick Clancy, who have curated the series since its 1993 inception, are retiring, works, which often had just one or two prints in circulation, was a challenge. “If someone and so is Electromediascope. “We wanted to have performance, we else already had that date, you couldn’t have it,” Widmer recalls. “Putting the program towanted to have a feature-length film, and gether was really kind of a crossword puzzle of we wanted to have a bunch of shorts because fitting content with running that’s emblematic of what time — because we could we did,” Widmer tells The Electromediascope only have about 90 minutes Pitch . Following Sonami April 12, 19 and 26 in an evening — and availand Sue-C, then, is a kind of 7 p.m., Atkins Auditorium, ability. Now, with video and greatest-hits package. Before Nelson-Atkins Museum of DVDs, availability is not so Tomorrow, a feature-length Art, 4525 Oak, 816-751-1278, much an issue.” movie about 19th-century nelson-atkins.org Other aspects of putting Inuit, returns to the Nelson on Electro, however, have April 19. Twelve shorts, segrown more complicated. The Internet has lected from the sources most often tapped by Widmer and Clancy over the years (including made it easier to program film and video series with a global reach. Widmer says there’s also Video Data Bank in Chicago, and Marian Goodmore paperwork to fill out, more permissions man Gallery and Electronic Arts Intermix in to seek. New York), close things out April 26. Another challenge was keeping up with Over its 20-year run, Electro (as Widmer and new media’s technical demands. It wasn’t Clancy call their project) has examined — and until during the construction of the Bloch arguably contributed to — changing attitudes Building, when Electromediascope went to in new media, even as an expanding number of Tivoli Cinemas (for the fall 2004 and winter evolving technologies altered what constitutes and spring 2005 series), that Widmer and “new media.” In the early 1990s, museums, the Clancy had the opportunity to select Matthew press and the public didn’t view film and video • SOLD OUT MADISON SQUARE GARDENS • HOTTEST NEW COMEDY STAR • HEADLINED AVN IN VEGAS THIS SUMMER • ON FIRE ... DON’T MISS HIM, YOU’LL BE TALKING ABOUT HIS SHOW LONG AFTER. SPONSORED BY HOLLYWOOD CASINO FALL COMEDY SERIES TUE-SUN 7:45PM & 9:45PM WWW.STANFORDSCOMEDYCLUB.COM 913.400.7500 E-mail firstname.lastname@example.org pitch.com A P R I L 1 1 - 1 7, 2 0 1 3 the pitch 19 There’s a NEW game in town! KC’S ONLY FM SPORTS STATION! 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They were advertising agents, called upon to sell happiness and democracy the way one would market a deodorant — a tough task in 1980s Chile, under Augusto Pinochet’s military dictatorship. Pinochet and his right-wing cronies seized power in a U.S.-backed 1973 coup that overthrew democratically elected Socialist President Salvador Allende. The new regime suspended, banned or criminalized political parties; dissenters were arrested, tortured and beaten in the streets or they simply “disappeared.” In 1988, the government announced a plebiscite, calling on voters to legitimize Think Argo told a ripping true-life political yarn? The word is No . BY M I CH A E L S I CI NS KI C Pinochet’s rule. As part of the imposed process, each side was allotted 15 minutes of nightly TV time for a month leading up to the vote. The left assumed that this yes-or-no referendum would be rigged. Consensus formed that because “No” was a clear loser, someone might as well use that airtime (in the middle of the night) to expose Pinochet’s crimes. Bernal knows “no.” Enter hotshot ad exec René Saavedra (Gael García Bernal). After seeing the dour stats-and-brutality infomercial that the “No” campaigners have worked up, he lets them have it. “This won’t sell,” he says. “It’s too negative.” So with the help of an activist film- maker (Néstor Cantillana) and a sympathetic Democratic Socialist leader (Luis Gnecco), René refashions “No” into a message: a logo (with a rainbow, signifying the various parties), a jingle (“Chile, happiness is coming!”) and a set of sturdy talking points. Director Pablo Larraín shot his film on Umatic, a defunct video format used in late-1980s TV broadcasting, which allows the archival material (the “No” ads, which are both hilarious and poignant) to blend seamlessly with his original footage — everything is equally blurry and distant-seeming. U-matic’s tendency to produce flares and hot spots puts prismatic rainbows into otherwise average shots, covertly emphasizing the “No” logo’s message. Larraín also made Tony Manero, the jetblack satire about a pro-Pinochet fascist (Alfredo Castro, also in No) obsessed with impersonating John Travolta’s Saturday Night Fever protagonist. That 2008 film is a challenging, idiosyncratic allegory, but No is in a different league, partly because it more closely reflects the ways in which Chile’s recent history is not some isolated event. Could this happen again, or are we living in times more defi ned by sí ? ■ OUT THIS WEEK omplaining about a movie’s score is like carping about how a game is refereed. Neither music nor officiating ends up mattering all that much if the talent is working. But: A solemn orchestral motif to heroize the occasion of Jackie Robinson showering for the first time alongside his teammates is a blown call. You can picture 42 writer-director Brian Helgeland in the editing bay, dialing composer Mark Isham on his iPhone and yelling, “Have you watched the shower scene? I need brass!” And we haven’t yet come to the movie-capping slow-motion homer, tracked to a cue as loud and boorish in its Americana striving as Randy Newman bludgeoning Aaron Copland with Wonderboy. Roy Hobbs’ trusty bat is among the few baseball clichés absent from 42, a rigorously competent, “based on real events” version of Robinson’s story that’s very much in line with Barry Levinson’s serious, burnished — and hollow — The Natural. It’s lovely picture making (thanks to Don Burgess’ camerawork and some impressive CGI), assembled with journeyman skill and acted without undue flourish. You get your flannel uniforms and vintage rides, you get your baseball ownership as shadowy starchamber villainy and fizzy pep talks, and you get your precision-timed triumphal wallops. 42 C Boseman looks the part. But even though we’re watching two key years in the barrier-breaking life and career of Robinson (Chadwick Boseman, charismatic and capable but not entrusted with much), a lot of the victory on display belongs to white people — mainly Branch Rickey, baseball’s most titanic pragmatist (and the man who stole Robinson from the Kansas City Monarchs). That means Harrison Ford, who plays Rickey, is onscreen a lot. The man has been cashing checks without ID for maybe a decade and a half, and he hasn’t seemed involved in a role since he was The Fugitive, back in 1993. But here he gives his best performance since at least that movie, and maybe since his mannered-tothe-snout turn in 1986’s The Mosquito Coast. At 70, padded out and bow-tied and in the care of a not especially talented milliner, Ford seems to have wandered in from a road production of Inherit the Wind. His Rickey is grampsy and crinkly, with double-wide eyebrows glued on and a cigar always at the jab (a variation on the actor’s usual don’t-make-me-keep-pointing-at-you brand of spleen). But once you get past waiting for him to hold up a bag of Pepperidge Farm Nantuckets or offer directions to Grover’s Corners, he wears the role fine and does what’s expected of him: Anchor Helgeland’s movie with likably gruff paternalism. the camera to outline the plan, a typically coy but effective trick that Boyle abandons with typically frustrating coyness), shifts into a mind game involving hypnosis and power, then becomes a bizarre love triangle pitting Dawson and McAvoy against Vincent Cassel (brawn and ooze). It’s a long, ludicrous way to go for a climax that even Brian De Palma would say is a bit much. — S.W. THE PLACE BEYOND THE PINES D — SCOTT WILSON y the time director Danny Boyle sends Rosario Dawson off-camera to shave her hoohah, the only suspense left in his Mad magazine version of Inception is whether he’ll show the results. (He does. And the fact that Boyle and Dawson are reportedly a couple is a Hitchcock joke that’s more amusing than anything in this movie.) Trance starts as a buzzing heist procedural (with James McAvoy addressing TRANCE B irector Derek Cianfrance, working from a script co-written with Ben Coccio and Darius Marder, recasts his Blue Valentine star Ryan Gosling (still waiting for one great part) in a daddy-issues version of Crash. The torsion here involves the fated working class, the morally compromised privileged, various legacies of failure and violence … and some exceptionally odd voice coaching. Cianfrance again has auteurism to burn (his name alone is like something from a Cahiers du Cinéma word jumble), and so burn it he does — on ooh-ahh tracking shots, on conspicuous improvisation, on portent. But not on narrative that escapes thematic boilerplate. Oh, the humanity. Oh, the ungodly coincidence. Oh, the Bradley Cooper. — S.W. E-mail email@example.com A P R I L 1 1 - 1 7, 2 0 1 3 the pitch 21 pitch.com couscous•tagines•kabobs NEW SUMMER MENU! MON-SAT 11AM -11PM | SUN 3-9PM 4116 Broadway Street, KCMO 816.753.7520 marrakechcafekc.net GROUP OFF! NO MINIMUM PER PERSON NO LIMIT PER VISIT NO PREPAY 1ST THURSDAY OF EVERY MONTH FRENCH-FUSION BISTRO & NIGHTCLUB 7300 W.119TH ST . OVERLAND PARK KS 913.451.0555 | ONEBLOCKSOUTHKC.COM 22 the pitch A P R I L 1 1 - 1 7, 2 0 1 3 pitch.com CAFÉ BEYOND THE RUINS Stopping for food — good food — along the Quindaro. BY CHARLES FERRUZZA n the summer of 1857, J.V. Fitch, proud resident of Quindaro, sold ice-cream sodas in his shop, one of many new businesses in the fast-growing hamlet on the banks of the Missouri River. Ground had broken on the freshly platted community only six months earlier, but by August, Quindaro’s population was more than 600, primarily runaway slaves and free blacks, members of the Wyandot Indian tribe, and free-state white settlers. There were soon 100 buildings, including a large hotel. Thank goodness for Fitch’s ice-cream sodas — by the following year, Quindaro had outlawed liquor. But it was something else that turned a fast-booming river city into a ghost town. “The Civil War really gave Quindaro its knockout blow,” one of the last residents wrote in a letter. “All the young men left to join the Union Army.” War emptied Quindaro, but Ricardo Khan, a visiting professor at the University of Missouri–Kansas City who mounted an original play, Quindaro, in 2008, says yet another factor brought the community to a halt. “It was bypassed by the railroad, which built tracks closer to Leavenworth,” he says. Today, Quindaro’s ruins remain on the banks of the river, on the northeast side of Kansas City, Kansas. “There’s little left to evoke the dramatic events that took place there in the days of slavery,” Khan says. Quindaro was a pivotal stop on the Underground Railroad. “The town was created in a wooded, hilly setting that was ideal for the runaway slaves that came there to be free after the passage of the Fugitive Slave Act.” That 1850 law mandated that runaway slaves be returned to their owners, no matter where they were captured. By the 1900s, two areas in KCK were known as Quindaro: the crumbling ruins of Fitch’s 19th-century town and a middle-class neighborhood beyond the bluffs. The latter’s more I ANGELA C. BOND prosperous stretch, bordered by Quindaro Boulevard, included stores, movie theaters, restaurants and churches. “It was an AfricanAmerican community from about Seventh Street to 18th Street,” says Richard Mabion, longtime historian and booster of the Quindaro neighborhood. It’s still primarily an African-American community, but the modern Quindaro has had much more drama than the old one did, including crime, abandoned homes and businesses, and a serious economic downturn. The movie theaters along Quindaro Boulevard were either razed or turned into churches years ago, as have the supermarkets (one of which is now a rental hall called the Nefertiti Ballroom). A decade ago, Mabion took me to a new restaurant in the heart of Quindaro, Food for Life Supreme Diner, a primarily vegetarian restaurant (give or take organic salmon and white fish) operated by members of the United Nation of Islam. The restaurant was an attempt to breathe new life into the community. Today the building is occupied by the Gotti Boyz Motorcycle Club. “Restaurants come and go in the Quindaro,” Mabion says. “It’s hard to keep a business going when most of your clientele comes from the neighborhood — and it’s not a wealthy neighborhood.” It’s hard, yes, but Ruth Scover has run her tiny soul-food restaurant, Ms. R’s Café (720 Quindaro Boulevard, KCK, 913-371-7611), for 28 years. “It used to be the R &R Café,” she says, “but I got divorced.” Other things have changed, too, but she has kept going. “I used to stay open late and got a lot of business when the clubs in the area closed,” she says. “But there aren’t as many clubs as there used to be, so I close early now.” There are only a couple of tables inside the café, which is dominated by two counter areas. Most of Scover’s business is carryout. She sells a lot of burgers and chicken wings and does a good business offering full dinners, a revolving list of daily specials, including smothered chicken, neck bones and pig ears on Mondays and fried chicken or liver and gravy on Fridays. Patrons order from a window that has a framed “Serenity Prayer” hanging above it. Pictures of Martin Luther King Jr., Nelson Mandela and Malcolm X hang on the walls. I’ve eaten the best Salisbury steak of my life at Ms. R’s. Hers comes smothered in gravy, with greens and macaroni and cheese. Great cornbread, too. Another veteran of Quindaro’s restaurant scene is Wilson’s Pizza & Grill (1801 Quindaro Boulevard, KCK, 913-621-4066), which has been in the neighborhood for two decades and in its current location, a former drugstore, since 1998. Owner Gary Wilson says he sells just as many burgers and fried-chicken and shrimp baskets as he does pizza, but his thick-crust pies are excellent. Wilson is generous with his toppings — the 18th Street Special, thick with pepperoni, sausage and ground beef, is the best-seller. And his prices are very modest. “Most of my clientele comes from the Quindaro neighborhood,” Wilson says, “but business has been good.” Veteran barbecue restaurateur Ricky Smith, who runs Ricky’s Pit Bar-B-Que (3800 Leavenworth Road, KCK, 913-371-8088), has operated a couple of locations in Wyandotte County over the years and served some celebrities along the way (including President Bill Clinton). He took over a former ice-cream parlor on Leavenworth Road (Quindaro Boulevard flows into this street) four years ago, and it’s the smallest space he has run: five tables and a counter. He no longer serves smoked catfish (“It got to be too expensive,” he says), which was one of his signature dishes in better times. But his The Quindaro crawl brisket sandwich is still a winner — thick and tender and dripping with a sharp, cayennespiced sauce. And the burnt-ends platter, at less than $10, is one of the best barbecue deals in the metro. (The peach cobbler here, when it’s available, is fantastic.) Not too far from Ricky’s is the newest snack shack in the community, J’s Chicken and Fish Market (3012 North 27th Street, KCK, 913-233-0203), in a former Church’s Chicken building. You can buy fried chicken (with a light, peppery crust) or fried shrimp, catfish, perch and tilapia — or you can buy raw chicken, shrimp and fish from a refrigerated case and have the kitchen crew fry it for you for a buck. (“They do that so customers can pay with food stamps,” Mabion says. “You can’t use them for prepared foods, but if you buy it raw and have them fry it, it’s legal.”) Mabion says he expects more restaurants — and more residents — to move into Quindaro. (Next to join is likely to be Louisiana Smoke Bar-B-Que, which has been closed for renovation. “We’ll be open again in about a month,” the owner tells me.) He points out that home construction along Quindaro Boulevard is up these days. “Maybe the people who buy these houses will demand a new supermarket in the neighborhood and other new businesses,” he says. The Quindaro of 2013 doesn’t need a railroad to keep it alive, but a good 19th-century-style ice-cream soda might help. So would an influx of customers from the other side of the river for Wilson’s Pizza and Ms. R’s Café and Ricky’s and whatever worthy places next join them. Have a suggestion for a restaurant The Pitch should review? E-mail firstname.lastname@example.org pitch.com NP TR H X X–X 20 01 03X tTh HeE pPiIt Tc Ch H 23 1 pitch.comM OA IL 1 1 - 1X 7,, 2 FAT C I T Y TAPPING SOCCER FANS 10540 South Ridgeview Rd. Olathe, KS 66061 • 913.897.1188 ENJOY A GOURMET BURGER & A LOCAL BEER ON WESTPORT’S NEWEST PATIO BY JON AT H A N BENDER Futbol comes to OP, Artopia feeds you and Twin Peaks boots up. 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The Futbol Club Eatery & Tap — a grill and pub dedicated to showcasing local and global soccer — is set to open the third week of April at 12030 Blue Valley Parkway. It’s managed by Leap Hospitality and Pat Phelan, owners and operators of the Jacobson. “There are a loyal group of people watching soccer on their computers at 7:30 a.m. or making a bar change a TV from SportsCenter to Fox Sports to watch a match,” says Michael Kricsfeld, Futbol’s marketing manager. “Now they’ll have a place to go.” Futbol is already the official bar of FC Kansas City, the new professional women’s soccer club that debuts this spring, and it’s providing concessions for the team’s games at the Shawnee Mission North District Stadium. “The soccer atmosphere of Kansas City has grown exponentially in the past few years, to the point where it can sustain a soccer-only sports bar,” Kricsfeld says. Expect all 16 of the bar’s TVs to be tuned to soccer, including the 12-foot-by-16-foot projection screen in the lounge area called the Pitch. That space (available for private parties) is set up like a beer hall, with long communal tables. The staff has been in training the past week, and Kricsfeld expects the tap lineup and menu to be finalized in the coming days. He describes the food as “casual American with a lot of English influence”: pizzas, burgers, pot roast, pasta dishes and sandwiches. Twenty beers will be on tap, along with a full liquor selection. Kricsfeld says Futbol Club plans to stock imports from Australia (not Foster’s) and Venezuela. “We’re trying to be global,” he says. “We want to have a representation of soccer countries in the games and the beer.” “Gooooooooooal!” Futbol’s hours are 11 a.m.–midnight Tuesday and 11 a.m.–2 a.m. the rest of the week; on Saturdays and Sundays, when English Premier League games are broadcast live, doors open at 7:30 a.m. In order to encourage future athletes, Futbol Club plans to donate 1 percent of its loyalty-program proceeds to the diner’s choice of local youth-soccer programs. Arts & Eats Discover the art of eating and catching a bartender’s eye at The Pitch ’s Artopia on Saturday, at the Screenland Crossroads (1656 Washington). The arts celebration runs 7:30– 11 p.m. and features food from Accurso’s, Blue Bird, Grace’s Best Cookies and the Melting Pot. Wash down that food with Tallgrass beer and Smirnoff vodka. 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BY D AV ID HUDN A L L APRIL: 10 : Miss Major 11 : RJ Mischo Band 11 : Electric Rag Band CD Release 12 : Jason Eady & John D Hale 13 : Cassie Taylor 13 : Fred Eaglesmith’s Traveling Steam Show 17 : Micky & The Motorcars 18 : Atlantic Express w/ Hal Wakes Garry Mac’s B-Day Party 6:30-10:30 19 : Jimmy Thackery Living Room Session 19 : Samantha Fish 20 : Bobby Simkins 20 : Webb Wilder w/ Moreland & Arbuckle T bj thomas FRIDAY, MAY 10TH Raindrops Keep Fallin’ on My Head I’m So Lonesome I Could Cry Hey Won’t You Play Another Somebody Done Somebody Wrong Song Rock & Roll Lullaby Hooked on a Feeling For more info & tickets: knuckleheadskc.com 26 the pitch A P R I L 1 1 - 1 7, 2 0 1 3 he music industry continues to collapse, but booze sales are holding steady. In the last decade, there has been a marked increase in the number of musicians peddling their own alcoholic products. Sammy Hagar blazed the trail with Cabo Wabo tequila. Diddy has Ciroc vodka. Train offers a line of wines. (I’m “calling all angels,” praying that the new 2011 Soul Sister Pinot Noir is as brawny and fullbodied as the 2009 Drops of Jupiter Petite Syrah, am I right, you guys?) The list goes on: Willie Nelson, Whitesnake, the guy from Tool. Marketing food products is a less explored revenue stream for bands. But Gwar, a satirically grotesque thrash-metal group that regularly stages beheadings at its shows, is getting in on that action. It has a new barbecue sauce, Gwar-B-Q. And there’s a local angle: Its guitarist, whose parents named him Balsac the Jaws of Death, created Gwar B-Q at Original Juan’s, the sauces-and-spices manufacturing operation on Southwest Boulevard. On Monday night, Gwar debuted Gwar-B-Q on the back patio at Grinders, in an event billed as a “Meat and Meet.” I didn’t have a whole lot else going on. Turnout was strong — easily more than a hundred people! Many were clad in black; some wore jackets with pins and patches on them; one guy donned a T-shirt that read, “Gwar: A Bloody Good Time.” (Fake blood abounds at Gwar shows. Also common: fake jizz.) The crowd sat at picnic tables and chatted, waiting for Gwar to arrive. I got in a line and bought a bottle of Gwar-B-Q for $10. I found a bench, flagged down a waitress and ordered an “Intergalactic Gwarbage” sandwich — non-Gwar fans might call it a “pulledpork sandwich.” It came with chips. According to info on the side of the Gwar-B-Q bottle, “Whether you slather it on ribs, chicken, seafood, or roadkill, it makes all dead things taste better.” I poured some onto my sandwich. It was spicy, and it did make my sandwich taste better. But there was a bit of cognitive dissonance going on. Everything about Gwar is repulsive. We’re talking about a band that dresses like mutant barbarians. They have an album called This Toilet Earth. Enjoying the sauce requires the clearing of those facts from one’s mind. As I ate, I eavesdropped on a conversation four metal nerds were having nearby. A few highlights: “I’d definitely see Trouble over Saint Vitus.” “Fuck [Slayer guitarist] Kerry King. He turned his back on everybody.” “[Megadeth frontman] Dave [Mustaine] is not a pussy.” I snickered to my friend. A guy with long gray hair, a Batman T-shirt and an artillery belt gave me the crook eye. I was wearing an oxford button-up with a seersucker pattern. I hung my head, returned to my Intergalactic Gwarbage sandwich. About an hour into the party, Gwar emerged in full monster regalia from its tour bus. One of the members got down on his knees and pretended to vomit on his way in. As he spit and coughed hideously, another Gwar member said, “Somebody help him.” A fan walked over and patted him on the back. “Don’t fuckin’ touch me,” the Gwar guy roared. “You guys make my dick hard!” another fan screamed. “Get the fuck away from me,” said drummer Jizmak Da Gusha. Then he called a woman, who was attempting to take a photo with her iPhone, a “gaping sore.” She swooned. As Gwar set up behind tables to autograph posters and bottles of Gwar-B-Q, I tracked down Jeff “Stretch” Rumaner, owner of Mutant barbarians, meat aﬁcionados Grinders. It turns out that Rumaner and Gwar go way back — they attended Virginia Commonwealth University School of the Arts together back in the 1980s. “Oh, yeah, I was in the ‘Phallus in Wonderland’ video. I would go on tours with Gwar in the late ’80s,” he said. “I built their second tour bus. I was a welder and I taught sculpture at VCU to Bobby [Gorman], who’s one of their main artists. I used to get checks from Slave Pit Inc. — that’s the name of the company they do business as.” Rumaner pulled out his phone and showed me a photo of his seven-week-old twins being cradled by grown men wearing spiked helmets and loincloths. “I heard they wanted to do their own barbecue sauce, so Brad, or I mean Jizmak, and Balzac came down to Juan’s awhile back, and we scoped everything out,” Rumaner continued. “And I figured, what better way is there to start a Gwar tour than here at Grinders, debuting the barbecue sauce? Did you get a sandwich? It’s my meat, my rub, and Gwar’s sauce.” “There’s other stuff happening, too,” Rumaner said. “There might be a Gwar Bar opening in Richmond. And they do a huge Gwar-B-Q gathering in Richmond every year, with food and music, and it’s possible they might be bringing a second version to the Midwest.” An employee working the event came over. “The band wants Jäger shots,” he said. “Will you get a round of Jäger shots for the band?” Rumaner asked a passing waitress. “In plastic cups.” E-mail firstname.lastname@example.org pitch.com pitch.com A P R I L 1 1 - 1 7, 2 0 1 3 the pitch 27 MUSIC ROUNDUP! What’s good and what sucks among recent local releases. BY D AV ID HUDN A L L THE BLACKBIRD REVUE Glow (Self-released) Churchy McLachlanisms abound on Glow, the new four-song EP from husband-and-wife duo the Blackbird Revue. They establish the mood straightaway, on opener “When You Are Mine.” Where you go, I will go/Where you lay your head, I’ll be/Where you go, I will go/I am yours eternally, Jacob Prestidge sings, accompanied by some flavorless folk strums. Then Danielle Prestidge chimes in for a virginal verse of her own. This terrifying earnestness goes on for two and a half minutes, but in the song’s last 30 seconds, we get a blasting guitar solo, suggesting that Blackbird Revue might have aspirations beyond coffeehouse fare. It’s the same deal on “Winter Rest”: three minutes of meadow wandering, and then some scorching guitar work to close it out. The Prestidges needn’t play it so safe: More Ryan Adams, less 7th Heaven. Nobody wants to listen to music that reminds them of their parents’ tender kisses. daveysuptown.com open til’ 3am 3402 Main 753-1909 WI•FI songs. The clearest touchstone is probably the Jayhawks, who also like the way acoustic guitars, jangly electric guitars and vocal harmonies sound together. (Although, what kind of monster doesn’t?) There’s also a bit of pub rock in the proceedings (opener “Bad Boys”) and a few unexpected instrumental flourishes (the pretty accordion on standout cut “In Your Car Tonight”). There’s nothing remotely cool about Lonely Tonight — technically, it’s dad rock — but that doesn’t matter a whit. A nice, warm verse-chorus-verse has a way of transcending fashion. MONDAYS @ 7pM: OpeN Mic SiNger/SONgwriter THU | 04.11 SONic ANgelS frOM Outer SpAce 9PM THE HEAv Y fIGS FRI | 04.12 BONNIE MONTGOMERY • THE SAWYERS 9PM | $7 HOWARD ICEBERG AND THE TITANICS SAT | 04.13 AuStiN McfArlAND 7PM | $3 DEAD NOTE • BuDDAHS GROOvE SHOES 9PM | $6 GREEN RIvER kINGS MON| 04.15 ADAM lee & pete SteiN 10PM | $5 CARRIE NATION AND THE SpEAkEASY THU | 04.18 FRI | 04.19 8PM | $8 SAT| 04.20 9PM | $7 TUE| 04.23 8PM | $5 WED| 04.24 8PM | $3 THU | 04.25 9PM | $7 MAT SHOARE Domestic Partnership tries on a deep, Danzig-lite growl; and sings, quite seriously, the line There’s an empire inside of her. I suppose these unfocused attempts at epic theatricality are why the group cites Bowie as an influence. But until Bowie goes through a butt-rock phase, let’s just call Dead Kings & Queens what it really is: a record that has no reason to exist. The one-dude-with-an-acoustic-guitar road is a tough one to hoe, and it’s littered with the bad poetry and boring chord progressions of a million pseuds. On previous solo outings, Mat Shoare (who also fronts the bratty surf-rock group the Empty Spaces) worked this terrain, and the results were average in a sub-Saddle Creek kind of way. On Domestic Partnership, he has wisely opened up his sound. On opener “Patterns in the Sand,” the acoustic guitar is supplemented by some piano chords and spectral backing vocals, which elevate the track from a folkie moper to something like Radiohead’s “Karma Police.” It bleeds into “Keeping Everyone Happy,” a Kinks-like shuffler with some twangy electric-guitar fills; it’s surely the best song that Shoare has penned to date. Elsewhere, on tracks like “Meadowlark” and “Put That in Your Pipe and Smoke It,” there’s a strong whiff of the nasal folk-pop of Fruit Bats. Domestic Partnership is a bit front-loaded — sadwhite-boy fatigue sets in sometime around the sixth track — but on balance, it’s a win for Shoare and a big step in the right direction. (Golden Sound Records) NExT 2 THE TRACkS 9PM|$5 ADAM LEE • DREW BLACk AND THE ELECTRIC BuRLESquE • THE quIvERS fORSAkEN fEW • GHOST Of NORMANDY BEATING WOOLY BuLLY • fOR THE BROkEN DREW BLACK AND DIRTY ELECTRIC Dead Kings & Queens (Self-released) If you import Dead Kings & Queens, the debut EP from locals Drew Black and Dirty Electric, into iTunes, you’ll find that the group has classified its genre as “Sexy Glam Rock.” Need more reasons to ignore this band? Let’s start with how singer Drew Black is channeling Ed Kowalczyk, from 1990s melodramatic rock band Live. Black never passes over an opportunity to imbue an ordinary word with false weight. As one small example among many, on “Saint Andrew” — a new contender for the worst song I have ever heard in my life — he pronounces “fire” like “fi-yahhh.” Pretty cool, huh? On the title track, he slips into French; PHIL NEAL & THE WORNALLS Lonely Tonight (Self-released) Phil Neal’s résumé as a local pop songwriter dates back to 1979, when his band the Artists played shows with Kenny Loggins and later landed some brief MTV rotation. Nothing much came of the Artists, but Neal has been hobbying around with heartland rock in various bands — the Rockhills, the Phil Neal Band — in the years since. Like the Rockhills, his new outfit is named after some Brooksidearea geography: Phil Neal & the Wornalls. Their recently released debut album, Lonely Tonight, is no great departure for Neal, just another friendly batch of rootsy power-pop 99 bOttleS uNCOuTH fOLkICIDE • RABBITT kILLER MA jOr MAtt cOwbOY iNDiAN beAr AlbuM releASe pArtY "LIvE OLD DIE YOuNG" pALACE • HEARTfELT ARNACHY 9PM (Of THE MISfITS) [fuLL BAND] $10 ADV / $12 DOS AMericAN DiScOrD 28 the pitch A P R I L 1 1 - 1 7, 2 0 1 3 FRI| 04.26 DEMON LIpS • kILL NOISE BOYS 9PM | $7 REx HOBART AND THE MISERY BOYS SAT | 04.27 MICHALE GRAvES E-mail email@example.com pitch.com pitch.com A P R I L 1 1 - 1 7, 2 0 1 3 the pitch 29 MUSIC RADAR BY Other shows worth seeing this week. T H U R S D AY, A P R I L 11 David Allan Coe: VooDoo Lounge, Harrah’s Casino, 1 Riverboat Dr., North Kansas City, 816-472-7777. The Polish Ambassador, Panduh, DJ Oblivious: 8 p.m. The Bottleneck, 737 New Hampshire, Lawrence, 785-841-5483. Sam Adams, T. Mills: 7 p.m. The Granada, 1020 Massachusetts, Lawrence, 785-842-1390. M U S I C F O R E CAST Artopia Artopia, the annual Pitch-sponsored party at Screenland Crossroads, is a reliably weird celebration of art, fashion, food and, yes, music. In addition to burlesque performances, live painting and free shit from Accurso’s Italian Restaurant, the Melting Pot, Grace’s Best Cookies, Tallgrass Brewing and Smirnoff, $25 ($30 day of event) gets you a nice smattering of local music. Slated to perform: heartland rockers John Velghe and the Prodigal Sons, singersongwriter Vi Tran, and DJs Brad Ireland and Joc Max. Saturday, April 13, at Screenland Crossroads (1656 Washington, 816-287-0114) D AV ID HUDN A L L F R I D AY, A P R I L 12 Jason Eady with the John D. Hale Band: 8:30 p.m. Knuckleheads Saloon, 2715 Rochester, 816-483-1456. S AT U R D AY, A P R I L 13 Lewis Black: 8 p.m. The Midland, 1228 Main, 816-283-9900. Fred Eaglesmith’s Traveling Steam Show: 9 p.m. Knuckleheads Saloon, 2715 Rochester, 816-483-1456. Joshua James, Isaac Russell: 8 p.m. The Bottleneck, 737 New Hampshire, Lawrence, 785-841-5483. Stephen Lynch: VooDoo Lounge, Harrah’s Casino, 1 Riverboat Dr., North Kansas City, 816-472-7777. Now Now, Lonely Forest, Anakin: 9 p.m. Jackpot Music Hall, 943 Massachusetts, Lawrence, 785-832-1085. One More Time: A tribute to Daft Punk: 8 p.m. The Granada, 1020 Massachusetts, Lawrence, 785-842-1390. Soilwork, Jeff Loomis, Blackguard, Bonded by Blood, Hatchet: 7:30 p.m. The Riot Room, 4048 Broadway, 816-442-8179. Cassie Taylor: 9 p.m. Knuckleheads Saloon, 2715 Rochester, 816-483-1456. Akron/Family If there is such a thing as good, modern hippie music (and there is), Akron/Family has been quietly refining the aesthetic for about a decade. The group cuts its noisy psych-rock with cosmic freak-folk and sprinkles a little peak-era Grateful Dead mysticism on top. Its albums are relentlessly unpredictable without sacrificing approachability. What can we expect from the group’s latest, Sub Verses, out later this month? Says singer and bassist Miles Seaton, in an artist’s statement on label Dead Ocean’s website: “From Shamanic hypnomantras to noise-damaged soul anthems to North African street frenzy, from droning microtonal balladry to modular synthesizer destruction to Lynchian doo-wop and back again.” Yeah, that sounds about right. Thursday, April 11, at the Jackpot (943 Massachusetts, Lawrence, 785-832-1085) John Velghe appears at Artopia. it, I prefer these songs to most of the schlock that Bono and Co. have been armpit-farting onto the public for the last decade — as do subSpringsteen populist lyrics about being down for the count and standing strong and never giving up. Yes, it’s cheesy and predictable. Yes, it’s about as rock-and-roll as the checkout lane at Kohl’s. But if you want to turn off your brain, stand in a crowd of about 10,000 people and hear some anthems, you could do far worse. Saturday, April 13, at the Sprint Center (1407 Grand, 816-949-7000) gruff folk-rock act led by songwriter John Greiner. With Bonnie Montgomery. Friday, April 12, at Davey’s Uptown Ramblers Club (3402 Main, 816-753-1909) S U N D AY, A P R I L 1 4 Good for You, Greg Ginn & the Royal We, Brandon Phillips: 8 p.m. The Riot Room, 4048 Broadway, 816-442-8179. Spoken Nerd, Dropjaw: 11 p.m. The Bottleneck, 737 New Hampshire, Lawrence, 785-841-5483. Watsky, Dumbfoundead, Reach: 8 p.m. The Granada, 1020 Massachusetts, Lawrence, 785-842-1390. The Revival Tour Bon Jovi I have now listened to the new Bon Jovi album, What About Now, three times all the way through. Will I ever play any of the songs again on purpose? Probably not, no. But for Bon Jovi, this is not a terrible album; I’d venture that it’s probably the best Bon Jovi album so far this century. Unlike, say, the group’s 2007 countrypop abomination, Lost Highway, What About Now is a rock-oriented record. Shimmering, U2-style guitars abound — come to think of Howard Iceberg and the Titanics, with the Sawyers Sometimes, all you want out of a Friday night are the basics: a couple of gritty Americana acts at a local venue and, let’s say, nine domestic beers. That is actually what I want every Friday night, and this week Davey’s delivers it. Howard Iceberg’s sad-eyed lit-rock tunes have earned him a kind of living-saint status in the Kansas City music community. He sets the stage for the Sawyers, a medium- On tour years ago with his band, Hot Water Music, Chuck Ragan noticed that, most nights, everybody on the bill eventually ended up playing a couple of songs together onstage at the end of the show. He decided to build a tour around that idea of camaraderie, and in 2008, the Revival Tour debuted. It has become something of an annual thing, and it usually features former and current punks playing stripped-down songs on acoustic guitars. (Over the years, it has included Kevin Seconds and members of Lucero and Against Me.) At this stop, we get performances from Ragan, Rocky Votolato, Tim McIlrath, Dave Hause and Jenny O. Friday, April 12, at the Granada (1020 Massachusetts, Lawrence, 785-842-1390) T U E S D AY, A P R I L 16 Kris Allen, Jillette Johnson: 8 p.m. The Bottleneck, 737 New Hampshire, Lawrence, 785-841-5483. The Bam Margera Experience with Fuckface Unstoppable, Hunter Moore, Six Percent, Approach, American Dischord: 7 p.m. The Granada, 1020 Massachusetts, Lawrence, 785-842-1390. The Mowgli’s, Family of the Year: 10 p.m. RecordBar, 1020 Westport Rd., 816-753-5207. W E D N E S D AY, A P R I L 17 Josh Abbott Band, William Clark Green: 7 p.m. The Granada, 1020 Massachusetts, Lawrence, 785-842-1390. Fear Factory, Hate Eternal, Kobra & the Lotus: 7:30 p.m. The Riot Room, 4048 Broadway, 816-442-8179. Fierce Bad Rabbit: 9 p.m. Jackpot Music Hall, 943 Massachusetts, Lawrence, 785-832-1085. Micky & the Motorcars with the Bryant Carter Band: 8:30 p.m. Knuckleheads Saloon, 2715 Rochester, 816-483-1456. F O R E C A S T ..................................................Pick of the Week .......................................... Discreet One-Hitters ........................................................ Neo-Hippies 30 the pitch A P R I L 1 1 - 1 7, 2 0 1 3 K E Y ........................................................... Americana ........................................................ Aging Punks ................................................. All Together Now pitch.com FUTURECAST THURSDAY 18 Katey Sagal: An Evening of Music and the Cast of Sons of Anarchy: The Midland SUNDAY 21 Josh Ritter: Liberty Hall, Lawrence MONDAY 22 Weird Al Yankovic: Uptown Theater ..........................................................Mom Jeans ................................................... Corporate Rock .................................................. 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Karaoke Sundays 6-10 • Happy Hour 3-6 Bloody Mary Bar & Breakfast bar Sundays 11am - 2pm Lunch Buffet, Salad Bar Daily Food & Drink Specials SALOON 4/12 river rock FRANK JAMES Send submissions to Berry Anderson by e-mail (firstname.lastname@example.org), fax (816-756-0502) or phone (816-218-6775). Continuing items must be resubmitted monthly. Martin City Brewing Company: 500 E. 135th St., 816-2682222. Brad Allen, 9 p.m. JAZZ The Kill Devil Club: 61 E. 14th St., 816-877-8312. Chris Hazelton’s Boogaloo Seven, 10 p.m. The Majestic Restaurant: 931 Broadway, 816-221-1888. Patrick Gilbert, 4 p.m.; Bram Wijnands Trio, 7 p.m. The Phoenix: 302 W. Eighth St., 816-221-5299. Lonnie McFadden, 4:30 p.m. Take Five Coffee + Bar: 5336 W. 151st St., Overland Park, 913948-5550. Shay Estes, 8-10 p.m. T H U R S D AY 11 ROCK/POP/INDIE Knuckleheads Saloon: 2715 Rochester, 816-483-1456. Electric Rag Band, 8:30 p.m. RecordBar: 1020 Westport Rd., 816-753-5207. Appropriate Grammar, Prevrat, Thick & the Foolish, 10 p.m. Replay Lounge: 946 Massachusetts, Lawrence, 785-749-7676. Bo & the Locomotive, OILS, Y[our] Fri[end], 10 p.m. The Riot Room: 4048 Broadway, 816-442-8179. Fierce Bad Rabbit, David George & A Crooked Mile, Eyelit, 8 p.m. Tomfooleries: 612 W. 47th St., 816-753-0555. Gov’t Cheez, 10 p.m. CHECK FACEBOOK FOR UPDATES 10919 NW 45 Hwy (3.5 mi west of I-29) Parkville, MO 816-505-0800 COMEDY ComedyCity at Westport Flea Market: 817 Westport Rd., 816-842-2744. Major League Improv, 7:30 p.m. Improv Comedy Club and Dinner Theater: 7260 N.W. 87th St., 816759-5233. Gerald & Isiah Kelly, 8 p.m. INGS Stanford’s Comedy Club: 1867 LIST E AT N I Village West Pkwy., Kansas City, ONL M Kan., 913-400-7500. April Macie, 7:45 PITCH.CO & 9:45 p.m. BLUES/FUNK/SOUL B.B.’s Lawnside BBQ: 1205 E. 85th St., 816-822-7427. John Paul’s Flying Circus, 7:30 p.m. Knuckleheads Saloon: 2715 Rochester, 816-483-1456. R.J. Mischo Band, 8 p.m. Quasimodo: 12056 W. 135th St., Overland Park, 913-239-9666. Kris Bruder’s Freight Train, 7 p.m. CLUB MORE DJ The Gusto Lounge: 504 Westport Rd., 816-974-8786. Pop Shots with Clockwerk & DJ Archi. Milieu: 7300 W. 119th St., Overland Park. DJ Mike Scott. MiniBar: 3810 Broadway, 816-326-8281. DJ Tequila Bear. The Uptown Arts Bar: 3611 Broadway. Playe, 10:30 p.m. BAR GAMES/DRUNKEN DISTRACTIONS The Bottleneck: 737 New Hampshire, Lawrence, 785-8415483. Super Nerd Night, 7 p.m. Hamburger Mary’s: 101 Southwest Blvd., 816-842-1919. Maryoke, 9 p.m. Helen’s Just Another Dive: 2002 Armour Rd., North Kansas City, 816-471-4567. Trivia Riot with Roland, 7:30 p.m. VooDoo Lounge: Harrah’s Casino, 1 Riverboat Dr., North Kansas City, 816-472-7777. Flirt Friday, 9 p.m. JAZZ The Blue Room: 1616 E. 18th St., 816-474-8463. Sons of Brasil. The Kill Devil Club: 61 E. 14th St., 816-877-8312. Brandon Draper, 9 p.m. The Majestic Restaurant: 931 Broadway, 816-221-1888. Bram Wijnands and Joe Lisinicchi, 6 p.m. Take Five Coffee + Bar: 5336 W. 151st St., Overland Park, 913948-5550. Rob Scheps and Jerry Dodgion, 7 p.m. S AT U R D AY 13 ROCK/POP/INDIE The All-Star Rock Bar: 7210 N.E. 43rd St., 816-452-2660. Under the Covers, 9 p.m. The Brick: 1727 McGee, 816-421-1634. Wrong Kata Trio, Jorge Arana Trio, Francis Moss. The Brooksider: 6330 Brookside Plz., 816-363-4070. The Zeros, 10 p.m. Czar: 1531 Grand, 816-421-0300. Vinyls, Spork & Spinster, Hector Anchondo, 6 p.m. Danny’s Bar and Grill: 13350 College Blvd., Lenexa, 913-3459717. Loaded Goat, the Vondrukes, the Silver Maggies, 9:30 p.m. FOKL Center: 556 Central Ave., 913-207-9549. Daytime Party, Bad Mouth, Gay Science, 8 p.m. Replay Lounge: 946 Massachusetts, Lawrence, 785-749-7676. The Tontons, 10 p.m. Sherlock’s Underground Coffeehouse & Pub: 858 S. 291 Hwy., Liberty, 816-429-5262. The Earl Baker Band, 8:30 p.m. EASY LISTENING Coda: 1744 Broadway, 816-569-1747. John Keck’s Devil’s and Angels, 8 p.m. Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts: 1601 Broadway, 816-994-7200. William Baker Festival Singers, 8 p.m., $25. The Uptown Arts Bar: 3611 Broadway. Songwriter’s Showcase with Megan Birdsall, 7:30-10:30 p.m. F R I D AY 12 ROCK/POP/INDIE Coda: 1744 Broadway, 816-569-1747. The Heavy Figs, Uzis, Liquor Buddies, 9 p.m., $5. Czar: 1531 Grand, 816-421-0300. North of Grand, the Dead Girls, Sons of Great Dane, 8 p.m., $5. Jackpot Music Hall: 943 Massachusetts, Lawrence, 785-8321085. Fourth of July, ACB’s, 9 p.m. RecordBar: 1020 Westport Rd., 816-753-5207. Sonic Angels, Big Iron, Hossferatu, Filthy 13, 10 p.m., 7pm. Replay Lounge: 946 Massachusetts, Lawrence, 785-7497676. Tattoo Judi, Paige & the Hardbacks, 6 p.m.; Hot & Ugly, 10 p.m. BLUES/FUNK/SOUL B.B.’s Lawnside BBQ: 1205 E. 85th St., 816-822-7427. Blue 88; Mama Ray’s Jazz -Meets-Blues Jam, 2-5:30 p.m. Coda: 1744 Broadway, 816-569-1747. The Filthy 13, the King Devilles, 9 p.m. Czar: 1531 Grand, 816-421-0300. J.C., the New King of Funk, 9:30 p.m. Davey’s Uptown Ramblers Club: 3402 Main, 816-753-1909. Buddah’s Groove Shoes, Dead Note, Green River Kings, 9 p.m. The Phoenix: 302 W. Eighth St., 816-221-5299. Brody Buster Band, 9 p.m. Quasimodo: 12056 W. 135th St., Overland Park, 913-239-9666. Doghouse Daddies, 5:30 p.m.; Cadillac Flambe, 9 p.m. BLUES/FUNK/SOUL B.B.’s Lawnside BBQ: 1205 E. 85th St., 816-822-7427. J.J. Johnson’s R&B All-Stars. Jazzhaus: 926-1/2 Massachusetts, Lawrence, 785-749-1387. Band That Saved The World, 10 p.m. The Phoenix: 302 W. Eighth St., 816-221-5299. Lonnie Ray Blues Band, 9 p.m. Quasimodo: 12056 W. 135th St., Overland Park, 913-239-9666. J. Love Band, 9 p.m. The Riot Room: 4048 Broadway, 816-442-8179. David Hasselhoff on Acid, Arm the Poor, Janet the Planet, Dogs of Delphi. JAZZ The Blue Room: 1616 E. 18th St., 816-474-8463. Paul Draper Band featuring Brandon Draper. Jazz: 1823 W. 39th St., 816-531-5556. Midtown Quartet. The Phoenix: 302 W. Eighth St., 816-221-5299. Tim Whitmer & KC Express, 4:30 p.m. Take Five Coffee + Bar: 5336 W. 151st St., Overland Park, 913-948-5550. Origins of Groove, 8 p.m. ROOTS/COUNTRY/BLUEGRASS The Brick: 1727 McGee, 816-421-1634. Truckstop Honeymoon. Czar: 1531 Grand, 816-421-0300. Starhaven Rounders, 6 p.m. COMEDY ComedyCity at Westport Flea Market: 817 Westport Rd., 816-842-2744. Major League Improv, 7:30 p.m. 32 the pitch A P R I L 1 1 - 1 7, 2 0 1 3 pitch.com Stanford’s Comedy Club: 1867 Village West Pkwy., Kansas City, Kan., 913-400-7500. April Macie, 7:45 & 9:45 p.m. Westport Coffee House: 4010 Pennsylvania, 816-756-3222. The Kick-Off Improv Comedy Show, 8-9:30 p.m. SINGER-SONGWRITER Davey’s Uptown Ramblers Club: 3402 Main, 816-753-1909. Austin McFarland, 7 p.m. The Uptown Arts Bar: 3611 Broadway. Quirk & Ruckus with Lauren Krum, 10:30 p.m. Hamburger Mary’s: 101 Southwest Blvd., 816-842-1919. Trivia Slugfest, 7 p.m. Jackpot Music Hall: 943 Massachusetts, Lawrence, 785-8321085. Karaoke. MiniBar: 3810 Broadway, 816-326-8281. Robert Moore’s Name That Tune, 7 p.m., $5 entry fee. The Red Balloon: 10325 W. 75th St., Overland Park, 913-9622330. Karaoke, 8 p.m., free. The Uptown Arts Bar: 3611 Broadway. Tango Tuesday, 7 p.m. The Velvet Dog: 400 E. 31st St., 816-753-9990. Beer pong tournament, 9:30 p.m. 1515 WESTPORT RD. • 816-931-9417 VA R I E T Y RecordBar: 1020 Westport Rd., 816-753-5207. Dollar Fox, Old Crows, Camry Ivory, Jennifer Collier & Jessica Bassett, noon; Pedaljets, Filthy 13, Gentleman Savage, Dolls on Fire, 7 p.m. OPEN MIC/JAM SESSIONS Czar: 1531 Grand, 816-421-0300. Elkheart’s Downtown Outlaw Fiasco, 7 p.m., free. Quasimodo: 12056 W. 135th St., Overland Park, 913-239-9666. Dave Hays Band Open Jam. Stanford’s Comedy Club: 1867 Village West Pkwy., Kansas City, Kan., 913-400-7500. Open Mic Night. S U N D AY 1 4 JAZZ The Majestic Restaurant: 931 Broadway, 816-221-1888. Rich Hill’s jazz brunch, 11 a.m. RecordBar: 1020 Westport Rd., 816-753-5207. The People’s Liberation Big Band, 8 p.m. W E D N E S D AY 17 ROCK/POP/INDIE The Bottleneck: 737 New Hampshire, Lawrence, 785-841-5483. Spirit Family Reunion, Fruition, 8 p.m. RecordBar: 1020 Westport Rd., 816-753-5207. Bob Walkenhorst, 7 p.m. Tomfooleries: 612 W. 47th St., 816-753-0555. Flannigan’s Right Hook, 9:30 p.m. CHECK OUT THE NEW ALL DAY HAPPY HOUR WIFI NOW AVAILABLE! 816-561-1099 • 3740 BROADWAY KCMO OPEN MIC MATINEE 6PM-9:30 BANDS 9:30-CLOSE 4/11: LADIES NIGHT W/ DJ SOULNICE 4/13 CROSSED WIRES / AUSTERITY / THE BRANNOCK DEVICE / BOMBS OVER BROADWAY 4/16: EVERY TUES. TRIVIA W/ GEEKS WHO DRINK KC 4/17: WHISKEY & BANDS WEDNESDAYS OPEN MIC MATINEE 6PM-9:30 BANDS 9:30-CL: WICKEN // UMBER 4/18: LADIES NIGHT W/ DJ SOULNICE 4/10: WHISKEY & BANDS WEDNESDAYS EASY LISTENING Chaz on the Plaza: 325 Ward Pkwy., 816-802-2152. Les Mengel Duo, 5-9 p.m. Ernie Biggs Dueling Piano Bar: 4115 Mill, 816-561-2444. 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Some of his friends say he should not be gay at all and that God doesn’t love him because he’s gay. I refuse to hang out with his friends. Sadly, he thinks God really does hate him because he’s gay. I try to reassure him that God doesn’t hate him. One friend insists that God doesn’t approve of his being in a gay relationship. The scary thing for me is, he actually listens. Is our relationship going to work? Should he dump these bigots? Devoutly Gay Washingtonian in the column over the years. But this week’s guest expert is a first. “As a bishop of the church, first let me say that I am convinced that God loves DGW’s boyfriend, loves DGW, loves me, loves all of us beyond our wildest imagining,” says the Right Rev. Gene Robinson, Episcopal bishop (retired) of New Hampshire, the first openly gay priest to be elected bishop in a major Christian denomination. (Robinson is also the first member of the historical episcopate to appear as a guest expert in my column.) I asked Robinson to have a look at your question because I thought the advice of a fellow believer might carry more weight with your boyfriend than the advice of a raving atheistic twatsquat like me. “This young man faces a couple of problems in his relationship, one that touches on religion and one that touches on what it means to be in a healthy relationship,” Robinson says. “His boyfriend seems wed to a religion and to friends who espouse the church’s traditional teaching condemning homosexuality,” he said. “The most alarming thing he said is that his boyfriend is listening to them. Surely this must cause him a great deal of pain.” But it’s pain your boyfriend no longer has to endure. “Today, there are oases of acceptance and inclusion even in the most oppressive and condemning churches,” Robinson says. “And he can find such a church, even in a faith that officially condemns LGBT people. Or he can seek out a different expression of his Christian faith in a denomination that loves, values and rejoices in its LGBT members. But this is work he needs to do for himself. DGW can’t do it for him.” Robinson agrees that your boyfriend’s in34 the pitch A P R I L 1 1 - 1 7, 2 0 1 3 BY D A N S AVA G E ability to break from his emotionally and spiritually abusive friends is a bad sign. “How free is he to be the gay man he knows himself to be if that is accompanied by guilt and shame?” Robinson says. “DGW’s boyfriend needs to deal with his own internalized homophobia before he can commit to anyone.” If your boyfriend can’t break away from these people and refuses to find a church that welcomes him (and you), then you may need to DTMFA. Robinson’s latest book is God Believes in Love: Straight Talk About Gay Marriage. Dear Dan: I’m a 22-year-old straight girl with a Dear DGW: We’ve had all sorts of guest experts lovely boyfriend of four years. We started dating during our freshman year of college. He’s a great guy, we live well together, and I could easily round him up to “the one.” My problem: I’m bored with our sex life, and I don’t know why. He always makes sure I come (which is not always an easy task), he goes down on me more often than I go down on him, he uses his fingers, and he isn’t insecure when I have to use my own fingers or a vibrator to get off. I know I’m lucky, but even after I come, I feel unsatisfied. I don’t have any kinky fantasies, but the lack of passion and interest in our vanilla sex is killing me. I’m only 22. My sex life shouldn’t be boring already! He has voiced concerns that I don’t initiate sex often enough. He worries that I’m not attracted to him. I’m attracted to him. I just don’t want the hassle of waiting for him to make me come when I can do it faster — and I don’t have to worry about his getting tired or bored. Our sex drives are probably about the same. I just need to know where to start to make things more interesting. Bored in Bed Dear BIB: Having a partner who focuses like a laser beam on our pleasure sounds ideal. But always being the focus of sex, always being expected to come first, always being expected to come — that gets exhausting. So order your boyfriend to focus a little more on his own pleasure during sex and a little less on yours, to be less giving and more taking. And if he worries about being selfish, tell him that a study conducted at Kwantlen Polytechnic University in British Columbia found that people with selfish sex partners reported higher levels of sexual satisfaction (“Emerging Adulthood: An Age of Sexual Experimentation or Sexual Self-Focus?” by Hayley Leveque and Cory Pederson, 2010). I suspect that once the focus is off you, you’ll be able to relax and enjoy sex more. You might even initiate once in a while. Good luck. Have a question for Dan Savage? 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