The Pitch: December 26, 2013
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From LeFt: Jordan Siebenmorgen, Quinn mahLer, Jeremy Luther PhotograPhy by ChriS muLLinS 4 the pitch December 26, 2013 -January 1, 2014 pitch.com pitch.com m o n t h x x–x x , 2 0 0 x THE PITCH 2 Questionnaire Sonja Garrett Occupation: My career path is higher education. I’m not an artist, but I’m a problem solver, like the creative people I work with every day. Associate director, Continuing and Professional Studies at the Kansas City Art Institute Hometown: Lake St. Louis, Missouri Current neighborhood: New Longview with my best friend, her husband, two kids and two dogs. One big happy family. I wanted roommates, and I’m a great baby sitter. It works well for everyone. What I do (in 140 characters): I promote the continuing-education classes at KCAI. We offer classes like painting, woodworking, graphic design and printmaking for all ages, all skill levels. What’s your addiction? Online shopping What’s your game? I don’t play games. What’s your drink? Dirty martini with bluecheese-stuffed olives and Tito’s vodka. Or champagne, any kind! Republic, the Mixx S a b r i n a S ta i r e S Where’s dinner? Blanc, Café Gratitude, Taco What’s on your KC postcard? A picture of plan to have kids. I know everyone wants things to change. How can we start? a hiking yoga class on the Nelson lawn (hikingyoga.com). Do it! We are lucky to have it in KC! “In five years, I’ll be …” Old enough to be the president of the United States. “I always laugh at …” David Sedaris, Chelsea Handler, Tosh.O. The best advice I ever got: My dad tells me to say my negative thoughts out loud in a positive voice. It’s silly, but it changes your attitude. “Be positive” is always the best advice. other. My 140-character soapbox: Join me for Meat- less Mondays! Choose veggie options you enjoy for one day a week. The meat industry has a huge impact on the environment and water supply: We must change. Worst advice: Goes in one ear and out the My sidekick: Madeline, my BFF’s 3-year-old What was the last thing you had to apologize for? A sarcastic text message. Sarcasm doesn’t translate well via text. Lesson learned! Finish this sentence: “Kansas City got it right when …” They focused on the arts. KCAI, the “I’ve been known to binge-watch …” Dexter. “I can’t stop listening to …” JT. High school. Now. Forever. Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts, the Nelson, first Fridays … I love this city! daughter. She does things like watching me run an entire mile on the treadmill … and some days, it sure is nice to have a fan club. Who’s sorry now? Everyone. That miscommunication reached extremes. My recent triumph: Driving to work this morning without road rage. The left lane is for passing, people! “Kansas City needs …” To focus on our public schools. I hate hearing my friends say they have to move out of the city because they “I just read …” Lean In by Sheryl Sandberg. 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It wasn’t a true meeting — four members don’t constitute a quorum — but an official meeting had been scheduled for that day until board chairman and Johnson County District Court Judge Kevin Moriarty canceled it. The four board members — Ben Hodge, Stuart Conrad, Cynthia Neighbor and Mary Uhl — thought the timing of the cancellation was poor form. Two days later, the Johnson County Board of Commissioners would vote on whether to scrap the board and assume oversight of the Johnson County Mental Health Center. So the four members met informally, before local activist Ken Dunwoody and three members of the media, at the Johnson County Mental Health Center. The board members, representing a minority of the eight-member council overseeing the Johnson County Mental Health Center, explained that they had been kept in the dark for years about the department’s finances and had tried to alert county staff about problems with the center. They said a vote by county commissioners to dissolve the board would be illegal. And yet that’s what happened. On December 19, a 6-1 majority of the Johnson County Board of Commissioners voted to do away with the mental-health board, an appointed body that oversees operations and maintains some authority over the county’s mental-health program. The Johnson County Mental Health Center, which opened in 1962, provides mental-health and substance-abuse services to Johnson County residents. It makes its money from grants, county taxes, and fees from clients and Medicaid. It’s viewed as a valuable resource for Johnson Countians but has emerged this year as a troubled agency. While the county was assembling its 2014 budget, commissioners discovered that the JCMHC was at risk of running a $6 million deficit in 2014. Commissioners decided to trim 78 vacant (but funded) JCMHC positions, along with other services, for an estimated savings of $6 million. The center also revealed that its reserve fund (kind of like a savings account) was nearly gone. JCMHC’s finances remain unsettled. Last month, the commissioners voted to send $1 million to the mental-health center to keep the department afloat until the end of 2013. The bleak financial picture emerged not SAT & SUN 9 : 30 pm-1 am S t e v e v ock rod t 1523 W 89th St, Kansas City, MO • 816.363.2700 • wardparkwaylanes.com Johnson County gets rid of its troubled mental-health board. Ward ParkWa y Lanes F long before JCMHC executive director Maureen Womack left her position, less than two years after coming to Johnson County from a similar job in Virginia. Womack was put on paid administrative leave after an October meeting of the mentalhealth board. She resigned in November. Prior to Womack’s departure, Kansas City law firm Spencer Fane Britt & Browne investigated allegations of discrimination and harassment within JCMHC. In a redacted summary of the investigation, dated July 25 and obtained by The Pitch, Spencer Fane lawyers found that no laws or county policies had been violated. But they hinted at a lousy work environment within the mental-health center. That finding was reaffirmed to some degree in a November report requested by the county. The report was written by Ron Denney, a retired mental-health director, with help from other mental-health executives who interviewed JCMHC staff. The report uncovered a number of problems with the center and pinned much of the blame on the mental-health board. “The current MH [mental health] has created an unhealthy, unproductive atmosphere through a combination of perceived inaction and inappropriate actions,” the report says. The report recommended that the board be dissolved, adding that JCMHC staff were underproductive and did a poor job of billing and collecting payments from clients. “It almost came across that the center [JCMHC] is ashamed to accept money from individual citizens, even for high cost care,” the report says. Some board members disagree with Denney’s report and suggest that it was a pretext for dissolving the board. Board member Neighbor says county officials failed to alert the board about JCMHC’s finances. She says board members were the ones who started asking tough questions about the budget. “I think the concern for me is, we didn’t have true numbers,” Neighbor says. But some county commissioners thought the board diluted communication between the agency and county staffers. County commissioner Steven Klika says the mental-health board was split ideologically. 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Those who have the urge to make something can now seek out their own kind, pooling their resources in community studios and sharing better facilities and equipment than any one practitioner typically can afford. Along the way, knowledge is handed down, experience is gained and friendships are formed. No matter your chosen material, there’s a group somewhere in the metro ready to help you get started, hone your skills or share your expertise. RED STAR STUDIOS 2011 Tracy, 816-474-7316, redstarstudios.org Established: 1998 Notable equipment: Pottery wheels, electric storage) are available for $35 a month. There’s a waiting list for shared and private studio space. Workshops and classes for adults and children are open to nonmembers for an additional cost. Materials: Available for purchase next door at Crane Yard Clay. With all the gleaming concrete and metal surfaces at Red Star Studios, you’d have no idea that the facility is dedicated to making objects out of mud. After a three-year renovation, the place opened in September, relocating from the Crossroads. “The new space has energized people to 8 the pitch Usage fees: Day passes (studio use without and gas kilns, slab roller, spray booths come in at any hour we are open,” studio manager Tommy Frank says. Frank has divided the open, light- lled area (windows overlook the downtown skyline) into a large shared studio with smaller cubicles for members and resident artists, including professional ceramists from across the country. Projects commonly include hand-building, wheel-throwing and slip-casting processes, and the studio often doubles as an informal classroom. “The residents are very generous with their time and knowledge,” Frank says. “They lead the making environment.” A combination break room and meeting space, as well as a glazing room and a kiln room complete the spacious facility. Those in need of inspiration can simply stop in at Red Star’s adjacent gallery space, which exhibits both emerging and legendary ceramists, such as Akio Takamori. Red Star members (top) make the most of the spacious facility. pitch.com December 26, 2013 -January 1, 2014 Kansas City WoodWorKers’ Guild 3189 Mercier, kcwoodworkersguild.org wide belt sander, SawStop table saw with skin-sensing technology Usage fees: A $75 “Sawdust Maker” yearly membership gets you open-shop privileges. Classes are open to members at an additional charge. Materials: Bring your own wood. Established: 1984 Notable equipment: 30-inch planer, 37-inch- White, green and orange name tags cover one wall of the foyer inside the Kansas City Woodworkers’ Guild. This color-coding system is a visual testament to KCWG’s commitment to safety and education. White means that the member has yet to finish the safety-orientation class and pass a quiz. (“True or false? You must use both safety glasses and a face shield while using the bench grinder.”) Those with a green tag awaiting them are safety-certified. Shop foremen wear orange. According to KCWG vice president Chuck Saunders, education is key. “We’re here to promote the craft of woodworking and to get people past the ‘No, I can’t do that’ hump,” he says. “Woodworking is a skill. You can learn any skill.” So you’ll also find a library here, as well as a classroom that doubles as a meeting area — and, of course, a wood shop, originally equipped by the guild to provide its members with a “try before you buy” experience and that now includes tools and machines not found in most home work spaces. Apartment dwellers with little or no space for their own tools make up a growing membership segment. Common member projects include furniture, cabinetry and box work Great planes and other tools draw woodworkers here. (think jewelry boxes and blanket chests). Many members are retirees, several of whom labored in the woodworking trade. “What other club would they belong to?” Saunders asks. The shop is busiest on weekends — except during football season. “As long as the Chiefs are winning, we aren’t very busy on Sundays,” Saunders says. Kansas City textile studio 924 East Fifth Street, 913-912-3105, kctextilestudio.com hood, four-harness loom (loom use requires an additional fee) Usage fees: Open-studio use costs $5 an hour or $15 for any amount of time over three hours. Workshops and classes for adults are available at an additional cost. Materials: Salt, soda ash and Synthrapol are included in rental cost. Dye kits, cotton fabric, yarn, dust masks and gloves are available for purchase. Established: 2013 Notable equipment: Industrial sink, dye In June, quilt artist Kim Eichler-Messmer shared an idea over coffee with her friend Debbie Barrett-Jones. She wanted to open a community-based textile studio. “There are a lot of people in Kansas City who like to dye yarn but can’t do it safely at home,” says Eichler-Messmer, a faculty member in the Kansas City Art Institute’s fiber department. “And because of my teaching schedule, I can’t use my studio all the time.” Barrett-Jones immediately signed on to help. A mother of two, she was relieved to have a place other than her kitchen to conduct the cold-dye process, which she uses to create color gradations for her weavings. The two artists opened the doors of a dye lab and a flexible work and exhibition space in August, having come across the Columbus Park building on Craigslist. They sold their own work in a preview exhibition to raise funds for small but essential purchases: paper-towel dispensers, a nonslip mat. Financial support has trickled in through other avenues, too. A photo of Barrett-Jones hugging the dye hood prompted an unexpected donation from a kindhearted supporter after the image was posted to the studio’s blog. Eichler-Messmer hopes that the fledgling studio becomes a gathering place for the city’s textile artists. “It’s an individual activity,” she says. “You sit alone at your loom or sewing machine. We tend to stay in our homes, but I’m excited to get fiber artists out working communally.” continued on page 10 Eichler-Messmer in the studio, where you don’t have to dye alone. the pitch 9 pitch.com December 26, 2013 -January 1, 2014 Group On continued from page 9 Maker Studio at Science city 30 West Pershing Road, Union Station, sciencecity.com ShopBot CNC (computer numerical control) router Usage fees: Union Station members have access to the studio. A one-year, individual membership costs $45. Science City ticket holders may also use the studio. An adult ticket costs $13.50; tickets for children ages 3–12 cost $11.50 apiece. Materials: Science City provides materials for projects planned and led by staff. For individual projects, bring your own materials. Science City’s Maker Studio grew out of the Maker Faire, a festival for (as its name suggests) people who make stuff. Union Station has been home to the fair for the past three years. To start the Maker Studio, Science City’s staff removed the long-running Body Tours exhibit (a walk through the human vascular system) and replaced it with a shiny new ShopBot. “We got that piece of machinery so we could build out the rest of the space,” explains Luis Rodriguez, process and programming specialist/Maker Studio lead. So far, Rodriguez and his team have used the ShopBot to create materials for familyfriendly technology demonstrations, including 3-D printing and wax casting. Plans for the finished space include separate lab areas for fiber (textiles and sewing), fabrication (traditional methods, such as welding), CNC, 3-D printing and scanning, digital design, and electronics. Rodriquez says Maker Studio complements the educational focus already in place at Science City: “They do science really well. We’ve introduced technology.” Individual members with their own projects use the space, but the studio’s design accommodates school groups and teacher workshops as well. The focus is on learning by doing. “This is totally hands-on interactive.” Rodriguez says. “There’s no hourlong lecture before you begin.” Established: 2013 Notable equipment: 4-foot-by-8-foot PRSalpha Rodriguez makes Science City hands-on. Meet your type at KCCIPA. kanSaS city center for the ink & PaPer artS 1427 West Ninth Street, 816-803-1515, inkknifestudio.org press, Chandler & Price presses, etching presses, paper cutters Usage fees: A $40 annual membership buys studio access; the additional cost of press rental ranges from $5 to $10 an hour. Workshops and classes are available for additional fees. Materials: Black ink and cleaning solvents are provided. Bring your own paper and colored ink. 10 the pitch December 26, 2013 -January 1, 2014 Established: 2006 Notable equipment: Vandercook cylinder For years, local printmakers without press access had trouble practicing their craft. Calligrapher Calvert Guthrie helped alleviate this problem when he moved his personal collection of printing presses into the Hobbs Building in 2006 and opened the Kansas City Center for the Ink & Paper Arts. Over the past seven years, additional printmakers have brought their equipment here to share with the community. The 5,000-square-foot basement holds five paper cutters and more than 20 presses, and walking through the place is like touring a museum of printing history. Among the presses in various states of repair at KCCIPA is at least one that dates back to 1863. “My eyes are a bit bigger than my stomach when it comes to equipment,” Guthrie admits. The space also serves as a hub for printmakers and book artists, with member potlucks and classes and workshops covering calligraphy, letterpress and monoprinting. Members’ projects include posters, wedding invitations, stationery and fine-art prints. Processes supported include letterpress, lithography, intaglio and screen printing. Guthrie or artist-in-residence Kendell Harbin (the KCCIPA offers a one-year residency to recent Kansas City Art Institute graduates) is usually on hand to offer advice and tips. “This is sort of a one-room schoolhouse,” Guthrie says. “I try to encourage an ethos of helping each other, beyond the classes.” pitch.com KC Clay Guild 200 West 74th Street, 816-363-1373, kcclayguildstudios.org Established: 1988 Notable equipment: Pottery wheels, gas and costs $60; a family membership is $98. Studio usage (separate from the membership fee) costs $4 an hour for members, with daily and monthly options available. Classes for children and adults are offered at an additional cost. Materials: Clay and basic tools are available for purchase. The KC Clay Guild’s popular Family Fun Nights attract the clay-curious. From 6 to 9 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, nonmembers can try their hands at wheel throwing or hand building for $5. “We get a lot of people who have always wanted to try working on the wheel,” says Elly Biggerstaff, the guild’s president. “It’s an on-their-bucket-list kind of a thing.” Members hang out for free those evenings, which means that plenty of experienced artists are around to give tips and advice. “Everyone here is really helpful and willing to share ideas,” Biggerstaff says. “A big part of our mission is ceramics education.” Usage fees: A single annual membership electric kilns, slab roller, spray booth More than 300 members, at varying skill levels, use the guild’s facilities, which include a hand-building room, two wheelthrowing rooms, a glaze room and a kiln room. Things are cozy, but the organization is redoing its office, exhibition and storageshelf areas to maximize studio space. And the close quarters, along with the friendly, all-volunteer staff, add to the sense of community. “Everyone watches out for each other,” Biggerstaff says. With a quarter century behind it, the KCCG can claim a certain seniority among open studios — and it celebrates accordingly. For its twice yearly Raku Night fundraiser, the KCCG shuts down an entire block of Wyandotte Street and erects outdoor kilns to put on step-by-step raku demonstrations, showing how the Japanese firing process works. Guild members donate hundreds of pieces of their ceramics, to be fired and taken home by attendees. The guild is crammed full of members’ works. HammerspaCe 440 East 63rd Street, 913-686-6562, hammerspacehobby.com You can see why kids like Dalton (center) and Hammerspace. The snack counter, manned by a friendly robot named IRIS, is a throwback to those at roller-skating rinks and 1980s video arcades. Members gather around, reheating coffee (the oven and the fridge in the studio space are for nonedible substances), bouncing ideas off one another or sharing smartphone photos of projects. “The people here are resources as much as the tools,” Dalton says. (one adult plus children) cost $40; a family membership (two adults plus children) goes for $60. Yearly memberships also are available; classes and workshops are offered for additional fees. Materials: According to founder Dave Dalton, Hammerspace has “what amounts to a convenience store for the weird stuff you need for what you’re making.” Established: 2012 Notable equipment: Uh, everything Usage fees: Monthly individual memberships Hammerspace is the name for the imaginary place where cartoon characters store absurdly large hammers or other weapons that they can pull out at a moment’s notice. It’s a particularly fitting thing to call a community workshop, where, as founder Dave Dalton puts it, “The idea is to provide just about any tool you’ll need for any task.” It would take every last column inch of this article to list all those tools. But a list of recent classes demonstrates Hammerspace’s anything-goes diversity: silversmithing, airbrush painting, chain mail, 3-D printing, woodcarving. Hammerspace is family-friendly, with a space dedicated specifically to kids, with blocks, video games and the Quantum Encabulator (a made-up machine with a console full of blinking lights that was a hit at the 2012 Maker Faire). e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org the pitch 11 pitch.com December 26, 2013 -January 1, 2014 12 the pitch December 26, 2013 -January 1, 2014 pitch.com WEEK OF DECEMBER 26, 2013-JANUARY 1, 2014 NEW YEAR’S EVE Looking for somewhere to ring in the new year — and get that rst kiss? See our New Year’s Eve guide on page 28. 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Inkjet print (printed 2013), 13 15/16 × 20 7/8 inches. Gift of the artist. 14 the pitch December 26, 2013 -January 1, 2014 pitch.com art Moving Pictures Nothing in the KCAC’s latest show stands still. By L i z C ook T C o u r t e s y o f KC A C he Kansas City Artists Coalition’s December exhibition tugs visitors through its three galleries in colliding currents of sensory appeal. Each of the four artists on display plays with different kinetic possibilities, moving us through scenes, swirls and symphonies. Christopher Troutman’s charcoal and ink drawings stage active figures in urban environments. The paper panels loom large in the More Mallin Gallery, where street scenes of neighbors grilling meat and t a e in Onl .com hoist i ng bic yc les up h c it p stone steps play out as buildings converge claustrophobically in the distance. In many of these drawings, Troutman directs our gaze with a cinematographer’s eye for movement and mise-en-scène. “Watching Neighbors” captures an apartment staircase from a tenant’s perspective, placing us in the drawing as an observer: We peer down, hands curled over the railing, as neighbors descend. “Three Times” plays with narrative, capturing the same setting at three different moments. The progression is linear, pulling our eye down the paper to watch the scene change. Here, too, we’re invited into the drawing as an observer, but the effect is much more unsettling. We view the scene from the perspective of a voyeur taking a cellphone pic of a woman in a coffee shop. ART “Crossing, Berlin 1927” conducts images as In a later iteration, we leer down at her as if from a musical score. The screen features a she bends to retrieve a cup from the floor. In this frame, she stares back, challenging us. tiled display, each broadcasting the same foot“Three Times” is one of the more repre- age of a woman walking across a street. In each new iteration, however, Lasater toys with time sentational drawings on display, layering — slowing the footage, skipping forward and soft strokes of charcoal to craft detail in both excising parts of the movement, freezing her content and texture. Troutman’s work is at different points in her journey. As you watch varied, however, and hazier panels, such as seconds tick by (a counter underlines each tile) “Night Walk,” are no less affecting; black ink pools romantically on the paper, contrast- and track the woman’s pace, it’s hard not to lose your own temporal footing. Identifying ing solid swaths of shadow with scratchy the virgin footage from Lasater’s orchestra charcoal marks. Down the hall, in the Charno Gallery, of alterations is harder still. The variations appear as real as the original theme. Michael Lasater’s single-channel highLike much of Lasater’s work in this exhibidefinition videos appeal to different senses. Though each composition uses an individual tion, “Crossing” seems more attuned to sound audio track, the cumulative effect is mes- and rhythm than to image. The varying tempos and repeating patterns merizing. Standing in front of the woman’s progress beof one screen at a time alKansas City come a concerto of spatial lows you to temporarily isoArtists Coalition arrangement that you want late a solo voice, but what December Exhibition to conduct in the air. emerges is an atmospheric Through January 17 at In the Underground Galchoral soundscape. Kansas City Artists Coalition lery, Sarah Krawcheck’s Lasater’s “Tryst” unites 201 Wyandotte “Getting Fit With S&M” demodern figures and my816-421-5222 kansascityartistscoalition.org tails her and her husband’s thology. A sailor from a journey through healthy Wa lter Rut t m a n n f i l m eating and exercise. By way dances on the screen, his of introduction, three photos spell out “S&M” high leg kicks casting shadows on a brick wall behind him. Nearby, a traced nude — with dots of baked goods, a kind of muffin Iphigenia, Lasater suggests — blooms from pointillism. Krawcheck’s “Dessert Substitutions” the wall like neoclassical graffiti. On the audio track, a muffled drum sounds an omi- series offers food porn for hungry gallerygoers. In one photo, a supple, dewy hunk of nous, martial tone over the drone of film cornbread rests near a crumb-flecked knife. ripping through a projector. Left: Bjorn’s “Coming Home” Above: Lasater’s “Crossing, Berlin 1927” She best captures the sensual allure of food with the dimpled, cream-swirled peak of ice cream in “Mountains of Insecurity.” At odds with that interpretation, however, is her near-clinical lighting: Despite the photo’s oceanic backgrounds and sensuous subjects, the colors often appear bleak here, washed out in a chilly glare. Across the gallery, Cynthia Bjorn’s oil paintings drip with abstract eddies of calligraphy. Rogue droplets and comets of color mar Bjorn’s canvases, and the bubbles and imperfections within the paint create a sense of movement and play. Though the calligraphic flourishes can seem more like an overlay than a fully integrated element in some pieces, “Coming Home” coils Bjorn’s colors effectively, sparkling on the canvas in effervescent swirls. “Job’s Test” is among the most dramatic of Bjorn’s works: Wet-look scarlet oils gleam like blood on the edges of the painting, and the emphasis on the center draws us in like a vortex. The works on display in the December exhibition share little in subject or medium, but the artists’ collective energy generates a natural sense of movement through the galleries. The Artists Coalition offers a variety show centered on motion, pushing us downstream on gentle waves of charcoal, calligraphy and chocolate cake. 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You remember the type, right? The kind of Wall Street alpha male of the late 1980s and early 1990s who worked hard, played harder and puffed coke up a hooker’s ass the hardest of all? If that name rings a bell, it’s because either you have read Belfort’s 2007 memoir, The Wolf of Wall Street, or you were among those burned by his pump-and-dump schemes back in the day. As Belfort tells it here e r Mo (via Terence Winter’s screenplay), the young broker was about to emt a ine bark on a stratospheric Onl .com pitch rise at a prestigious brokerage firm when Black Monday hit in October 1987. After that, he joined a small-fry penny-stock joint on Long Island and found his true calling. An instant master of the slick smile-and-dial technique, he also had a knack for inspiring legions of brokers to follow him merrily to hell. The result: success beyond his wildest dreams. Also: FBI investigations, drug addictions, Swiss-banking shenanigans, backstabbing, euphoria, paranoia, rock bottom — and, eventually, reinvention as a Tom Wu-like motivational speaker. Belfort could have been just another handsome prick chasing the go-go ’90s version of the American dream. Instead, he became the ultimate Horatio Alger poster boy for assholes. And who better to recount Belfort’s rise and fall for the big screen than Leonardo DiCaprio and Martin Scorsese? Petulant boy kings, the ones with million-dollar smiles and $5 moral compasses, have become the actor’s post-Titanic specialty, and there’s nothing that our greatest living auteur loves more than tales of empires betrayed and turned to dust. The Wolf of Wall Street has all of this in spades — it’s Satyricon on the corner of Broadway and Morris. The voice-overs that follow the surreally vulgar opening — an office party in which little people are used as human darts — channel the kind of knowing, those-were-the-days wistfulness that lent such an ironic edge to Scorsese’s great magnum opus of men behaving badly. You settle in, thrilled at the prospect of seeing the Goodfellas of boilerroom movies. Then you realize that you’re getting the Casino of boiler-room movies. Wolf is a bloated, rambling, shapeless epic, and it’s way too high on its own excesses. Scorsese’s Wolf of Wall Street makes a bloated mess of a raging bull market. By D av iD F e a r J Film DiCaprio’s Belfort before the fall Now, Marty’s Excellent Vegas Adventure of course has its partisans, and it’s a memorable picture. When you recall Scorsese’s 1995 attempt to throw his arms around Sin City, you think of his swooping camera movements and those God’s-eye shots of chips falling where they may, of salmon-colored suits and Sharon Stone slurring and heads being crushed in vises. Wolf, too, turns glorious douchebaggery into astonishing moments of cinema. But, like Casino, it also blurs the line between reveling in and condemning the characters’ pathological conspicuous consumption, and the storytelling fails. What should be (like Goodfellas) a look at an Icarus in free fall turns into an endless eighth-circle tour, a journey not of narrative but of basic endurance. There are thrilling pinprick moments on this long road to nowhere: snake-oil mentor Matthew McConaughey’s long, “tootsky”-fueled monologue (“How many times you jerk off a week?”), which ends in literal chest-thumping; a sequence of insane post-flush bacchanalia, eerily set to Elmore James’ rendition of “Dust My Broom”; Belfort’s nouveau-riche jerk meeting his Euro-aristocratic counterpart in corrupted values, played by none other than AbFab’s Joanna Lumley; Jonah Hill in a pair of mom jeans, casually riffing on marrying his cousin and cajoling his co-star to “smoke crack with me, bro” in a cramped telephone booth. And let us now praise slightly lessfamous men: If anyone comes out of this a winner, it’s Hill, who goes full-metalgonzo in the role of Donnie Azoff, Belfort’s partner in crime. The Judd Apatow staple has never been shy about proclaiming his love for Scorsese’s work and, given the chance to play a loose cannon for il maestro, the actor invests the supporting role with all the nerdiness, open lust for WASPish belonging, and delight in being handed the kingdom’s keys that the part requires. If DiCaprio really is Scorsese’s new De Niro, as critics have long suggested, it would seem that the filmmaker has now found his new Joe Pesci as well. Yes, it’s churlish to complain when so few modern filmmakers are capable of giving us such sublime, baroque go-for-brokeness, of making us gasp the way Scorsese makes us gasp. But for every one of Wolf ’s undeniably hair-raising moments, you sit through a dozen listless scenes of hedonism for hedonism’s sake, or lengthy sequences like a late-act Quaalude overdose that extends any sense of suspense or black humor or highstakes danger way past the give-a-shit point. Even if you pitch everything at the level of nerve-jangling, it simply becomes three hours of white noise. There’s a reason that the jittery, druggy nightmare in Goodfellas is consigned to the film’s final act. A priest once told the staunchly Catholic director that his films were too much Good Friday, not enough Easter Sunday. The Wolf of Wall Street does narrow its bleary, bloodshot eyes on Good Friday, but only on the centurions who rolled dice for Christ’s robes at the Crucifixion. Fair enough. But how much can the market bear when it comes to watching scumbags get rich and feel no remorse? Are we supposed to somehow learn a lesson by proxy? This could have been a focused, fine-tuned notion of how the “greed is good” ideology gave way to a feral hunger that ate our economy’s bottom out. Instead, we’re left sifting through a predatory tale that’s unwieldy, unsteady and ultimately unsatisfying — a tottering hippo in wolf’s clothing. E-mail firstname.lastname@example.org the pitch 17 pitch.com December 26, 2013 -January 1, 2014 FOOD AT YOUR NYE BASH! ANY LG SPECIALTY PIZZA, 1 SMALL ORDER OF BREAD STICKS, ORDER OF WINGS & A 2-LITER. COUPON EXPIRES CALL US TODAY FOR GREAT NOW THE HOLIDAYS ARE OVER. fat c i t y Changeovers The year in restaurant shake-ups By Ch a r l e s F e r ru z z a ORDER A 2ND PIZZA OF ANY TYPE FOR 1/2 PRICE 01.02.13 (SAVE $10) $23.99 OFFER AVAIL FOR DELIVERY ONLY•816.931.FOOD FREE DELIVERY UNTIL 4AM • DISCOUNTS AVAILABLE ON LARGE GROUP ORDERS SEE FULL MENU AT DOWNTOWNPIZZACOMPANY.COM angela C. Bond angela C. Bond A h, yes, here it comes: the end of another bittersweet year. It’s time once again for Fat City to acknowledge the local restaurants that vanished over the past 12 months, some of them capping long and relatively successful runs (Papa Lew’s Soul Delicious, Lil’s on 17th, Starker’s, the Gaf), others after an inglorious flameout. The short-lived restaurants in the latter category sometimes came and went so quickly that no one but their landlords and me really noticed. This sad roster includes Clark’s American Caribbean Cuisine, the Orange Box e Mor in the Crossroads, Beignet on 39th Street, Milbourn’s Food & Drink t a e in Co. in the Northland, Onl .com pitch and the Woodsweather II diner and nightclub on Vivion Road. The fiercely combative chef Peter Peterman insists that he’s about to close his 39th Street restaurant, Peanches, but as of this writing, the room was still open. More tears were shed over the restaurants that had been around for some time, including the popular Figlio on the Country Club Plaza (it had its fans, but I never understood why), the Jazz District’s Papa Lew’s Soul Delicious, Platte City’s cozy Shields Manor Bistro, and the stylish Plaza boîte known as Starker’s Restaurant. Other casualties of 2013: Hibachi Japanese Steakhouse on the Plaza, the Marrakech Café in Westport, Chacko’s Bakery & Eatery in Mission, and DelHi Soul Food Buffet in Kansas City, Kansas. But for every restaurant that closed, a newer operation popped right up. And some of those came with a lot more potential. That was certainly the case with the trans- Fat City formation of Trelle Osteen’s Lil’s on 17th (perhaps the only downtown restaurant with a pet-friendly patio) into the miraculously sophisticated Novel restaurant, from the very inventive chef Ryan Brazeal. The Saffron Indian restaurant in the Northland was quickly replaced by another Indian bistro, Moti Mahal, with a slightly different menu (but the same ugly décor). Merchants Pub & Plate took over the unlamented Teller’s restaurant in Lawrence, and the old Paddy O’Quigley’s saloon in Leawood was gutted to create a new operation, the Red Door Grill, headed by former American Restaurant chef Debbie Gold. Another American Restaurant alumna, Celina Tio, bought the brick structure at 1532 Grand once occupied by the Kansas City Café and turned it into a lunch-and-dinner operation named for a gathering spot at her childhood boarding school: Collection. Another homage to her schoolgirl days, a combination lounge and coffeehouse called the Belfry, is due to open in the same building. Restaurateur Ray Dunlea — best known for his Irish-inspired pub, the Gaf (7122 Wornall) — stepped away from both of his Waldo properties over the past two years. The Gaf became District Pour House + Kitchen in the fall, and the seemingly cursed corner spot at 7100 Wornall, which Dunlea had leased for an unremarkable Mexican café called Cantina del Ray, finally found success as an outpost of the Des Moines–based Louie’s Wine Dive. The latter is noisy, but at least it has a sense of joie de vivre. Another property with a lousy track record was the Mission Farms venue at 10551 Mission, in Leawood, which housed an unsuccessful Cajun restaurant, then an unmemorable Tex-Mex joint and, finally, From left: Collection, Novel and the Orange Box the awful Lakeside Tavern, before Bluestem owners Colby and Megan Garrelts showed up. The couple revamped the suburban space to create Rye, an instantly successful paean to Midwestern comfort cooking (thick steaks, deep-fried chicken). Chef Bryan Merker didn’t make many interior changes to his bistro at 320 Southwest Boulevard. He simply (and smartly) abandoned the mix-and-match culinary philosophy that was hobbling Nica’s 320, then reopened with a more straightforward vision of New Orleans–inspired cuisine. The place is now called Lagniappe, and it’s much-improved. Not all recent dining innovations have felt quite so inspired. A combination upscale restaurant and movie multiplex in Prairie Village, Standees, opened with delusions of grandeur that had nothing to do with the movies playing in the cozy auditoriums. The opening menu was ambitious but poorly executed, and the behind-the-scenes drama spilled out of the kitchen in an unsavory way. Of course, restaurants have a way of working out their kinks, and Standees, which has been trying to do just that for months, could still turn things around. Sometimes all it takes is replacing a chef. That definitely worked for the Reserve, the tasteful dining room and lounge on the lobby level of the new Ambassador Hotel. What had been a dining nonentity has benefited enormously with the addition of Irish-born executive c h e f S h au n B r a d y. continued on page 20 18 the pitch December 26, 2013 -January 1, 2014 pitch.com B r o o k e Va n d e V e r pitch.com December 26, 2013 -January 1, 2014 the pitch 19 MISSOURI’S SMALLEST BREWERY VOTED BEST LOCAL NANO Farm to Bottle Winter is here, but so is a last taste of autumn: 4 Hands’ Late Harvest. BREWER (ALMOST) & BEER FOR $9 MON - FRI 11AM - 2PM 4010 PENNSYLVANIA KCMO ANY BURGER he says. “We’ll absolutely be doing this again.” Meanwhile, 4 Hands has acquired a whiskey barrel formerly used by St. Louis’ Big O distillery for aging its ginger liqueur. A batch of Late Harvest is already being aged in that barrel and will be released in 22-ounce bottles, likely sometime in 2014. “I’m excited about the bourbon and vanilla notes, as well as the ginger,” Lemp says. “Bourbon with it [Late Harvest] sounds fantastic. In six months, we’ll see where we are at and give it a taste.” — Jonathan Bender GREENROOMKC.COM | 816.216.7682 GREENROOMKC Karaoke NEW YEAR'S EVE PARTY $ FIRST 50 TO RESERVE PAY 9 th A N N U A L Just for you, KC. t’s been ages since you last drank fresh persimmon juice. Wait, you’ve never had that? St. Louis’ 4 Hands Brewing Co. can remedy your oversight. The brewery, which recently celebrated its second anniversary, has released Late Harvest Saison — and made it available only in Kansas City. “The goal was to create a Kansas City– specific beer with every aspect of it being Kansas City–based,” 4 Hands president Kevin Lemp says. Lemp became acquainted with chef Josh Eans (who took over Happy Gillis earlier this month) on Twitter. The two started bouncing ideas back and forth, with an eye to an ingredient list suggested by Linda Hezel of Prairie Birthday Farm, in Clay County. “The inspiration is farm to bottle,” Eans says. “It gives a whole new meaning to local craft beer,” Hezel adds. “It’s not just on the label that it’s from a local brewery. It has a local base in the soil.” Lemp and Eans hit on wild persimmon right away, then added ginger and honey to create a beer that would represent fall. “You get a bit of the earthiness of the persimmon,” Lemp says. “The ginger works really nicely, and the honey adds a bit of gravity for a nice mouth feel.” Eans visited St. Louis for a brew day in November, and the team tapped Kansas City artist Holly Hayden to design the label. The beer has just arrived on store shelves (Gomer’s Midtown and Lukas Liquor have bottles), but it isn’t going to stick around long — the collaboration yielded just 15 barrels of the saison. “We don’t believe this is a one-time project,” I ALL YOU CAN EAT BURGERS and ALL YOU CAN DRINK 29 Westport $39 (+tax & gratuity) (+tax & gratuity) Bar & Grill CALL FOR DETAILS 816.931.1986 39th Street Market, formerly known as World of Spirits, invites you to join us at our new home! Kansas City, MO 64111 816.931.7579 Mon-Sat: 7am-1:30am Sun: 9am-midnight 1850 W 39th St continued from page 18 Restaurateur Anton Kotar, of Anton’s Taproom and Restaurant at 1610 Main, went through several chefs before hiring young Brian Bromwell to oversee his steak emporium and butcher shop. Other talent shifted in 2013, too. Chef Hope Dillon recently took her apron and tools from the kitchen of the Vivalore restaurant in Independence after guiding its owners through the difficult early months of their business. Tate Roberts left his role as executive chef at EBT Restaurant to work as sous chef under the guidance of executive chef Brian Archibald at the Rosso restaurant, on top of the Plaza’s new boutique Hotel Sorella. Dean Smith, the former general manager at Starker’s, is also now at Rosso. Michael Corvino, formerly of the Mansion at Turtle Creek in Dallas, took over Debbie Gold’s former spot at the American, and then Josh Eans left the American to purchase Happy Gillis Hangout & Café, in Columbus Park, from Todd Schulte. Marcheski Hervey replaced Max Watson in the kitchen of Remedy Food + Drink in Waldo. The biggest surprise of 2013 was probably the return of the Corner, the breakfastand-lunch joint at 4059 Broadway that was wildly popular two-plus decades ago but died slowly and pitiably before sitting empty for three years. Young entrepreneurs Dawn Slaughter and Michael Pfeifer reopened the restaurant this past spring, with liquor among the draws. Corner chef Natasha Sears didn’t care for her long hours (the Corner was open for dinner, too, for a time) and gave notice, but Mickey Priolo, formerly of Bluestem and the President Hotel, replaced her in November. Priolo’s arrival might allay some of the complaints against the place — people seem to have expected greasy-spoon prices — but the Corner is doing a brisk business regardless. And for anyone who lost a beloved food destination in 2013, the Corner is a comfort, proof that some places come back from the dead. Can a new Gold Buffet be next? Same Friendly, Knowledgeable Staff Follow Us On 20 the pitch Beer, Wine & Spirits Grab & Go Groceries Market Café & Deli pitch.com E-mail email@example.com Charles Ferruzza returns to Café next week. December 26, 2013 -January 1, 2014 from the cold! Breakfast: Mon-Sat 7am-12pm, Sun 8am-1:30pm Lunch: Mon-Sat 11am-3pm, Sun 11am-1:30pm Come in Breakfas t • Lunc h • Caterin g • Gifts Baskets (816) 444-1933 • www.theclassiccookie.com 4 0 9 W. 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And plenty of surprises are sewn in: “Does Anybody See You Out?” is a dreamy slice of electro-pop, driven by synths and weighed down by lead singer C.J. Calhoun’s sullen vocals. On the seductive “I Want a Stranger’s Heart,” backup vocalist Katlyn Conroy’s devastating, powerful voice is somewhat obscured by static, casting long, lonely shadows on the rest of the album. At times, Live feels impossibly heavy, though Cowboy Indian Bear seems to celebrate that. — Natalie Gallagher stIk FIga The City Under the City There’s something diabolically sharp about Topeka rapper Stik Figa’s latest full-length, The City Under the City. For this 15-track monster, Stik collaborated with North Carolina producer L’Orange, and they created a sound that mashes up jazzy, hornheavy instrumentals with vintage samples taken from 1930s-era movies and programs. The result is dynamic and revelatory, with Stik patrolling his rhythmic raps like a tiger stalking prey. The thoughtful lyricist doesn’t disappoint on City. On “Monochrome,” Stik delivers a showstopping thesis statement, setting the scene for his underground city and the realities he faces there. He continues this on “Blind Tiger,” emphasizing socioeconomic issues with wit and impactful delivery. With The City Under the City, Stik establishes himself as a true architect — the kind of artist with new discoveries for listeners on every click of the “repeat” button. — N.G. Josh berwanger Strange Stains Strange Stains, former Anniversary frontman Josh Berwanger’s debut solo recording, is pure, unabashed pop. It takes a clever musician to begin a record with lyrics like Why is life so mean, end with Everybody knows that you’ve been untrue, and make them catchy, happy-sounding gems. It helps that Berwanger has fused his power pop with a country lope on these 10 original cuts (and one excellent cover of the Breakups’ “Sweet Little Girl”). It’s an album with deceptive simplicity. Each successive listen reveals another flourish — be it a cowbell here or a handclap there — that sets the lyrical hooks deeper into your ears. But especially the handclaps. — Nick Spacek the aCbs Little Leaves Little Leaves, the March-released indie-pop album by local favorites the ACBs, reminds us that sensitivity is still a good attribute in songwriting. The heartbreaking “Under Weight” communicates the isolated feeling of wanting someone you can’t have, while the fun “Ocean” has a quality — dare we say it? — ready for mainstream radio. Though lead singer Konnor Ervin may sound like his pants are a little too tight, he captains the eccentricities of his voice with confidence. The upbeat “Xanies” informs listeners that young lads with really high voices can be on drugs, too, while simultaneously hinting that a darker sensibility lies beneath this candy-coated layer of indie-rock packaging. On the whole, Little Leaves is an album that makes its listeners sad in an optimistic way: Love may be around the corner, after all — once the loneliness subsides and the xanies kick in. — Phil Diamond lazy Obsession Something raw and weird about Obsession demands repetition. These nine punk nuggets, nestled between odd samples, cut hard and deep enough to make listening to them their own obsession. The production rewards the lonely audiophile with jagged guitar, bass thump and eerie samples. But the songs themselves are of a party-mixtape pedigree, danceable enough for claustrophobic living rooms and caustic enough to warrant renter’s insurance. Go ahead, stomp along with “Grave” or revel in the pandemonium of “Silence in Crisis.” Compare it with U.K. post-punk if you like, but find proof of Obsession’s singular aesthetic in the album’s last track, “Psychic Jelly,” an avant-punk throwaway that suckerpunches you with the line White buffalo … innuendo. Its spunk outweighs its length, and we leave Obsession wanting to flip the record and start over again. — Nathan Clay Barbarick betse ellIs High Moon Order Between her spirited fiddle playing and rustic, mountain-girl vocals, Betse Ellis stands as a charming captain for Kansas City folk. Though High Moon Order features a couple of old-timey covers — “When Sorrows Encompass Me ’Round” is especially haunting — it’s more than a tribute to Ozark music. The appeal lies not in the familiar sounds but in the unexpected ones. Ellis deftly weaves a musical narrative from a blend of fiddle, guitar, viola, cello and piano arrangements, over which she airs out her dusty voice. On “Twilight Is Stealing,” Ellis is gentle, singing what might be taken as a lullaby; on “The Complainer,” she injects a raucous hillbilly flavor and lets her talents fly wild. With its subtle diversity, High Moon Order is an easy folk treasure. — N.G. 22 the pitch your FrIend Jekyll/Hyde Sometimes this Lawrence act’s name is noted as Your Friend, sometimes Y[our] Fri[end]. Yet with or without the brackets, Taryn Miller’s August 2013 release, Jekyll/Hyde, earns high marks for its dreamy atmospherics and simple, mellow beauty. Particularly strong is “Tame One,” in which Miller’s voice, with the assistance of a touch of tasteful distortion, floats above muted percussion, shimmering guitars and some surprising sonic flourishes. Her vocal delivery on the album ranges from a shadowy whisper to a full-throated yowl — perfect for songs that address longing and looking back. Fans of acts such as Beach House, Bon Iver and Youth Lagoon will adore this short-but-sweet release. — April Fleming bloodbIrds The highlight of Bloodbirds’ busy year has to be the digital and vinyl self-release in April of Psychic Surgery. Guitarist Mike Tuley, drummer Brooke Tuley and bassist Anna St. Louis coalesce as a unified force on the full-length. Psychic Surgery is a sonic escape, mixing psychedelic and sludgy sounds. The trio’s 11-song LP comes at you from a place seemingly imagined by someone under a violent form of hypnosis. There are moments of respite in the brief and melodic “Patterned Sky” and the lighthearted, pop-driven “Rings.” Amid the structured chaos, there is an undeniable standard of care — a testament to Mike Tuley’s painstaking production. — Leslie Kinsman Psychic Surgery e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org December 26, 2013 -January 1, 2014 pitch.com pitch.com December 26, 2013 -January 1, 2014 the pitch 23 daveysuptown.com open til’ 3am Music 3402 Main 753-1909 WI•FI Blue Collar MC S Hot off the release of his biggest album yet, Approach plans an epic new year. 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On a recent chilly midafternoon, he sits at a window booth in Lawrence’s Replay Lounge and flips through a newspaper. Known to most as the rapper Approach, he wears a black crewneck sweatshirt emblazoned w it h t he e r Mo logo for Maryland rapper Logic. Hunt speaks with an t a ine Onl .com easiness about him. His pitch warm brown eyes make his unfaltering gaze appear soft and friendly. Dimples and a silver nose ring give him a look of youthfulness that’s less than his 35 years. Age is on Hunt’s mind a lot these days. The hip-hop world, he says, is not particularly generous when it comes to older artists. “Rock-and-roll musicians are allowed to have careers until they’re 80 or 90,” Hunt says. “But in hip-hop, if you’re not in the 16-to-25 age range, it’s like you should be the electronic stuff I’d discovered,” Hunt done with it. But this music is only 36 years says. “I had to go through a couple years of old or so. I feel like when you write words knocking my influences out of my head and or play music, the older you get, the better discover my own sound. The influences are you should be at it.” there — I’m paying homage to them — but In October, Hunt released Make-Out with it’s still me presenting me, giving the nod Violence, his most ambitious full-length to the music that I loved.” album to date. The 16-track beast of a project Hunt adds that Violence is far more honest runs more than an hour in length. Of the than anything he did before. last nine albums Hunt has made, Violence is “I’m kind of known as a high-energy guy the first on which he has created all of the and a party groover,” he says. “But I really music on his own. wanted to tackle some more personal issues “My last eight albums have been me and here: some of the experiences I’d had, some another producer — someone handling the of the relationships I was putting to rest music, me handling the vocal work, so I when I moved [back from San Francisco], could focus on the song and the structure,” and some relationships I was finding again Hunt says. “But I wanted to start engineerwhen I returned.” ing and recording my own material, which Hunt pauses and laughs a little: “It took gives you more control. I wanted to do it all me about four years for me the way through, and I feel to get comfortable with the like I owe it to the people New Year’s Tease idea of what I was actually that have stuck with me Approach, with the Lawrence doing.” to become a more wellBurlesque Collective Violence hasn’t been out rounded artist.” Tuesday, December 31, two months, and Hunt is Hunt spent nearly five at Liberty Hall already piecing together years working on Violence, an elaborate and aggresstarting in 2008, when he sive plan for 2014 — a big to-do list filled was living in San Francisco, and continuwith boxes for self-improvement and more ing when he relocated back to Lawrence in releases. 2011. It took a homecoming for Hunt to find “For the next year, we’re going to be his groove. The result is stunning. Violence working this record,” Hunt says. “There are is markedly different from any of Hunt’s nine videos that are going to drop. This sumprevious releases, blending electronic beats mer, we’ll have a documentary that shows that evoke mid-1990s trends (listen for the the tours and the stuff that comes after the electric organ on “Parade”) with smooth, release, because I think a lot of the time we undeniable R&B hooks. miss that part in music. “The music on there is a lot more soul“I wanted to do a couple projects to show ful, and I still wanted to play with some of M us i c Approach: “I really want to show people how to do this for themselves.” that I am my own label, and this is what it takes,” he continues. “I’m showing people the day-to-day, from a blue-collar perspective, what it is to subsist. I want to show the many levels of how it works. Making music and being a superstar is like going to the NBA: Only a select few make it there, and it takes a lot of different things for that to happen. But there’s a lot of room to do something you love and be able to do it for a long time and make money at it and still live a good life.” Since the release of his first mixtape in 1999, Hunt has put out an overwhelming amount of material and founded Lawrence music label Datura Records with his sister, Rolanda Suter. (The label celebrated 10 years in 2012.) If stardom came knocking, he says he probably wouldn’t say no. But that has never been a priority for him. His desires run deeper than fame and fortune. “My ultimate goal is, in the next five or six years is, to start nurturing new talent,” Hunt says. “I really want to show people how to do this for themselves, if that’s what they really want. I want to give some insight into what it really takes — what you think you want to do when you’re 18 and then what it looks like when you’re 35. That’s why it was important for me to step back in to making the music, because that provided a new hunger for me.” E-mail email@example.com 24 the pitch December 26, 2013 -January 1, 2014 pitch.com ENJOY RESPONSIBLY ©2013 A-B, Bud Light® Platinum Lager (Ale in OR & TX), St. Louis, MO Brand: Bud Light Platinum Item #: PBP20139137 Job/Order #: 256978 Closingpitch.com Date: 12/5/13 QC: CS Dece mb e rx 9.8125” 26, 2013 -January 1, 2014 Trim: 9.72” Bleed: none Live: 9.22” x 9.3125” the pitch 25 Publication: The Pitch KNUCKLEHEADS F re e S h u tt le in th e S u rr o u n d in g A re a WHERE THE BEST MUSICIANS IN THE WORLD PLAY Music Music Forecast Perfect Pussy At first listen, Syracuse’s Perfect Pussy comes across as a noisy, hot-tempered, garage-rock band. Lead singer Meredith Graves shouts violently throughout the band’s debut EP, I Have Lost All Desire for Feeling, her words obscured by her bandmates’ fast-paced chords and formidable volume. Despite impressions — and the EP title — Perfect Pussy is a tangle of raw emotion and unflinching honesty. Graves’ ultra-personal lyrics fearlessly tackle breakups and broken hearts. Feeling has already garnered much Internet attention — not bad for a four-song demo — and Perfect Pussy has a reputation for putting on incendiary live shows. Friday, December 27, at Czar (1531 Grand, 816-421-0300) By n ata l ie G a l l a Ghe r DECEMBER: 27: Jeff Bergen’s Elvis Show 27: Atlantic Express feat. Hal Wakes 28: The Living Deads & Terry Hancock SUN. DEC 29TH Split Lip Rayfield instruments like lunatics. This band eats other bluegrass bands for breakfast. The Bottleneck (737 New Hampshire, Lawrence, 785-841-5483) royal southern with mike zito, cyril neville & devon allman brotherhood Benjamin Cartel JANUARY: 2: American Aquarium 3: 4 Fried Chickens & a Coke 19: Michael Martin Murphey COMING SOON: 1.30: Jason Boland & The Stragglers 1.31: Jason Eady 2.1: Gregg Brown 2.14: Trampled Under Foot & Carrie Rodriguez 4.11: Rev Horton Heat 4.18: The Mavericks 5.16: Johnny Rivers You may recognize singer-songwriter Benjamin Cartel as one-half of Brooklyn indie-folk duo Kaiser Cartel. If not, all you really need to know is that Money & Love, Cartel’s debut solo EP, is a rock-solid folk-pop creation. The six-song collection stands on strong guitar legs and fleshes out with Cartel’s expansive vocals as he infuses slow-burning blues with elements of 1960s power pop. Some songs on Money & Love were written 10 years ago. Here’s hoping that we won’t have to wait quite that long for a full-length. Friday, December 27, at the Replay (946 Massachusetts, Lawrence, 785-749-7676) joined by fellow blues musician Rick Gibson and his band the Peacemakers. (This show is sold out, so unless you scored tickets early, be prepared to pay a little extra.) Knuckleheads Saloon (2715 Rochester, 816-483-1456) Hearts of Darkness, Lazy What kind of music do you want to usher you into a new year? If the answer is “every single kind of music ever,” Hearts of Darkness comes awfully close. Kansas City’s favorite 15-member supergroup has found a joyful balance of swing, big band, hip-hop, Afrobeat, soul, funk, jazz and even a little samba. Local punk band Lazy is also on deck for this NYE gig, and the band’s raucous, loud energy will ensure that you are wide-awake well past midnight. RecordBar (1020 Westport Road, 816-753-5207) Charles Williams’ Motown Review, with Doug Talley — — — — New Year’s eve — — — — Tuesday, December 31 Split Lip Rayfield No use hemming and hawing about it: Wichita’s Split Lip Rayfield is scary talented. The alt-country three-piece features Eric Mardis on banjo, Wayne Gottstine on mandolin and Jeff Eaton on a homemade upright bass. On paper, Split Lip Rayfield seems like a bluegrass band — and has roots in the genre, no doubt. But don’t get it twisted. These guys play their Samantha Fish, Rick Gibson and the Peacemakers Even before winning a Blues Music Award last year for Best New Artist Debut, Samantha Fish was something of a local blues legend. This past September, Fish released Black Wind Howlin’, a square-shouldered, confident album that finds the 24-year-old artist incorporating more country and rock sounds into her music. On New Year’s Eve at Knuckleheads, Fish is Whether pianist Charles Williams is anchoring the rhythm section of the Kansas City Jazz Orchestra or leading his own group, you always hear a warm elegance that keeps things swinging. Tuesday, Williams’ Motown Review welcomes 2014 at the Blue Room, and features singer Chavonna Adams, whose voice has enough power and soul to bring any room to its feet, and Sinatra stylist Ron Gutierrez. Commanding the stage earlier is Doug Talley, who plays a masterful sax, augmented by singer Julie Turner and trumpeter Al Pearson. This New Year’s Eve, jazz greets 2014 where KC has celebrated for 90 years. Tickets cost $75 (or $125 per couple) and include buffet. — Larry Kopitnik Doug Talley, with Julie Turner and Ron Gutierrez, 8–10 p.m. Charles Williams’ Motown Review, 10 p.m.–12:30 a.m., at the Blue Room (1600 East 18th Street, 816-474-2929) f o r e c a s t K e Y Party Time Something for Everyone Bring on the Country Free Snacks For more info & tickets: knuckleheadshonkytonk.com 2715 Rochester, KCMO Pick of the Week Band to Watch It’s Gonna Get Loud Not a Porn Star Folk-pop Not Your Daddy’s Bluegrass Eat Your Wheaties Locally Sourced 816-483-1456 26 the pitch December 26, 2013 -January 1, 2014 pitch.com NYE PARTY BRYANT CARTER BAND January 10, 2013 December 31, 2013 CHIPPENDALES February 15, 2014 SH T W OW O S AARON LEWIS February 19, 2014 UPCOMING SHOWS: 12/27 12/28 1/3 Kilroy Presents: Wayman’s Revelation Sexy Saturday Elvis Bash 1-800-745-3000 § VooDooKC.com 1/4 1/16 Magic 107.3 KC Groove Party Cold Nights Hot Country featuring Chris Jansen Subject to change or cancellation. Phone and online orders are subject to service fees. Must be 21 years . ©2013, Caesars License Company, LLC. or older to gamble, obtain a Total Rewards ® card or enter VooDoo ® Know When To Stop Before You Start.® Gambling Problem? Call 1-888-BETSOFF. pitch.com December 26, 2013 -January 1, 2014 the pitch 27 V2_98285.17_4.776x9.8125_4c_Ad.indd 1 12/20/13 8:45 AM Live Music Live Music 7 nights 7 nights a week All listed events take place Tuesday, December 31, unless noted. Beer Kitchen 435 Westport Rd. | A $10 cover after 9 p.m. with access to McCoy’s and the Foundry, DJ Marvel “Boomer” Simington at 9:30 p.m., dinner The Foundry 424 Westport Rd. | A $10 cover after 9 p.m. with access to Beer Kitchen and McCoy’s, DJ Leo Night Us at 9:30 p.m., dinner specials and free midnight beer or champagne toast. a week 816.561.2444 www.erniebiggs.com nsas 4115 Mill Street West Port Ka specials and midnight beer or champagne toast. Grinders 417 E. 18th St., grinderspizza.com \ Ball drop and champagne toast at midnight, bonfire, food, drink and shot specials, no cover. Black & Gold Tavern 3740 Broadway | DJ Rico and City Boss Hooligan Soundsystem, champagne toast at midnight, secret dancers from 11 p.m. to 1 a.m., no cover. Irish Pub House 6332 Raytown Rd. | Starts at 5 p.m. Champagne toast at midnight. Open New Year’s Day with bloody mary and mimosa specials. Californos 4124 Pennsylvania, blackpartykc.com | APPEARING LIVE THIS WEEK fri 12.27: DINNER SHOW 6 PM TO 9 PM THE BRENDAN MACNAUGHTON BAND 10 PM GRACE MAHER AND THE WAYWARD SONS, THE CRYBABY RANCH, JD AND THE CHASERS sat 12.28: CLAWHAMMER, LETS USE TEAMWORK, THE KANSAS CITY BEAR FIGHTERS, FAMOUS SEAMUS AND THE TRAVEL BONGS The Black Party X: three packages with access to four entertainment venues that include open bar with specialty cocktails, champagne toast and DJ sets. Event sponsored by NightlifeKC, 9 p.m., $85 and up. Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts 1601 Broadway, 816-994-7222, evekc.com | EVE 2013, with three distinct ticket packages offering unlimited food and drink, and performances by Govinda, Victor Bluestem Restaurant 900 Westport Rd., bluestemkc.com | Seven-course menu with seatings at 6 and 8:30 p.m. Bluestem lounge offers limited menu, showcasing a surf-and-turf special for $30 per person, plus tax and gratuity. Reservations required. and Penny, Dave Stephens Band and DJ Earworm. KC Live Block at the Power & Light District 14th St. and Grand | All-Inclusive New Year’s Eve Party: fireworks show, Times Square ball drop at midnight, live music by the Patrick Lentz Band, top-shelf cocktails and • SERVING FOOD TILL 3AM • 8 PM THE FLOOD BROTHERS, THE KENTUCKY GENTLEMEN, COYOTE BILL BOOGIE BAND, BILLY BEALE • New years eve • The Brooksider 6330 Brookside Plz., brooksiderbarandgrill.com | Dolewite New Year’s Eve, from 9 p.m. to midnight, with free appetizer buffet, party favors and champagne toast, $15 presale, $20 at the door. beers, and all-access passes from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. to 14 participating bars, plus complimentary food from 9 to 11 p.m. The Landing 1189 W. Kansas St., Liberty | Honky Tonk New Year’s Eve, $20 in advance, $25 at the door, with barbecue buffet, light appetizers, Busch Light, cham- 816.960.4560 4112 Pennsylvania Ave westportsaloon.com Mon-Fri 4p-3am Sat-Sun 12pm-3am Club 1000 1000 Broadway, club1000kc.com | GA ticket, $90, includes access to four floors with premium-label-hosted bars, 9 p.m.; VIP Penthouse 1000, $120, includes access to five floors and 8 p.m. entry. Food is included. pagne drinking fountains, Boone’s Farm toast, party favors. Music by Outlaw Jim & the Whiskey Benders. Liberty Hall 644 Massachusetts, Lawrence | New Year’s Tease, with the Lawrence Burlesque Collective, live music by Approach and Hissyfit, Crowne Plaza 12601 W. 95th St., Lenexa | Package includes deluxe accommodations for two, starting at $179, or Family Fun Night accommodations for two adults and two children, starting at $159. Call Priscilla Graves at 913-217-1004 for more information. dancing with DJ DG Boogie, 8 p.m., $13. DAILY MENU MONDAY-FRIDAY Madrid Theatre 3810 Main | NYE Ball 2014, from 8 p.m. to 1:30 a.m., $89 and up: Tickets include Chipotle buffet, full premium open bar, hors d’oeuvres, optional bottle service and coat check, and confetti cannons, HAPPY HOUR SPECIALS UPCOMING LIVE MUSIC: Ernie Biggs 4115 Mill, erniebiggs.com | A $15 cover and $5 drinks; advance registration of $25 guarantees a seat. Dueling pianos begin at 7:30 p.m. music by DJ Architekt, 21 and older for women, 24 and older for men. Old No. 5’s 12/27/2013 - 9:00pm Levee Town 12/28/2013 - 9:00pm McCoy’s 4057 Pennsylvania | A $10 cover after 9 p.m. Finnegan’s Hall 503 E. 18th St., North Kansas City, 816-813-9654, kcmysterytrain.com | The Mystery Train presents Dead Air, an interactive murder-mystery dinner theater. Seating and role-playing begin at 6:30 p.m. Tickets cost $54 each. Reservations required. with access to Beer Kitchen and the Foundry, DJ Titties at 9:30 p.m., dinner specials and midnight beer or champagne toast. The Melting Pot 450 Ward Parkway, meltingpot.com/kansas-city | Dinner from 4 to 11 p.m. A 28 the pitch December 26, 2013 -January 1, 2014 pitch.com package of $139 per person includes five-course dinner, gift bag with party favors, a picture and a champagne toast. An upgrade to $159 includes a personalized bottle of wine. From noon to 3 p.m and from 10 to 11 p.m., a cheese, chocolate and champagne toast for $25. table reservations, appetizer buffet from 8 to 9 p.m., prizes and party favors, and first access to complimentary shuttle service. Music by DJ Pure. Scottish Rite Temple 1330 E. Linwood Blvd., nyekc.com | The Temple IV — Kansas City New Year’s Eve Party includes unlimited drinks with three levels, 10 bars, six DJs, eight party areas, laser light show, shadow dancers, balloon drop, shadow cannons and free parking, 9 p.m., VIP at 8 p.m., $70 and up. Mestizo 5270 W. 116th Pl., Leawood, mestizoleawood.com | NYE dinner menu, $75 per person, one glass of champagne included. Michael Smith 1900 Main, michaelsmithkc.com | First seating 6, 6:30 & 7 p.m., four courses, $75 plus tax and tip, wine pairing $35 extra; second seating 8:30, 9, 9:30 p.m., five courses, $95 plus tax and tip, wine pairing $45. Reservations at 816-842-2202 or firstname.lastname@example.org. 64 Tavern & Grille 6312 N. Chatham, 816-741-6444 | Open bar from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m., full-size buffet, champagne toast at midnight, party favors and DJ Ray Peña, $59 per person or $109 per couple. Mike Kelly’s Westsider 1515 Westport Rd. | Beginning at 7 p.m., with music by Allied Saints and special guests, party favors, midnight champagne toast, plus drink and dinner specials. Cover is $10. Tanner’s Bar & Grill 7425 Broadway, tannersbarandgrill.com | Champagne toast, party favors, balloon drop, music by DJ Rokstar Kim, and steak-night specials. Cover is $5. Mission Bowl 5399 Martway, Mission; 1020 S. Weaver, Olathe; missionbowl.com | Packages include unlimited bowling, shoe rental, barbecue buffet, party favors and one bottle of champagne per lane, plus drink specials all night, $35 per person or $150 per lane. Uptown Arts Bar 3611 Broadway, uptownartsbar.com | Poets vs. Comics New Year’s Blowout, 7 p.m., hosted by Norman Dexter and Sara “MissConception” Glass, featuring comics Colby Cusick, Lisa Peters, Ace the Comedian, Dennis Chanay and James Inman, and poets Nicolle Wilson, Doug Rosenbrook, Jeanette Powers, O’Dowd’s Little Dublin 4742 Pennsylvania, odowdslittledublin.com | Irish toast with Eddie Delahunt at 6 p.m. Complimentary champagne toast at midnight. Mark Matzeder Ezhno Martín: the Abomination; buffet and champagne toast with $5 cover. Uptown Theater 3700 Broadway, 816-753-8665, One Block South 7300 W. 119th St., Overland Park | Featuring the Zeros at Fuel. Advance tickets at oneblocksouthkc.com. DJ Kirby at Kanza Hall, 913-415-0444 or email@example.com for table reservations. DJ Brent Tactic at Milieu. uptowntheater.com |Laser light show, five rooms and five DJs, six-hour open well bar and premium beer, hotel packages available at the Q Hotel. ncork U the r ea Y w e N PRE-MIXED SYNTHETICURINE KIT • 3.5 oz of the highest qualit y sunthetic urine available • Adjustable belt • T wo heat pads • Temperature label Kit Contains: The View at Briarcliff 4000 N. Mulberry Dr., 816-820-2541, visionskc.com | Champagne Chic, including buffet dinner from 7 to 9 p.m., party from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m., with music by Cherry Bomb and DJ Ron, champagne toast at midnight. Tickets start at $99. Orlando’s Crazy Horse 126 S. Clairborne Rd., Olathe | Admission $10, Top 40 dance, champagne, food, 18 and older to enter, 21 and older to drink. 1 YEAR SHELF LIFE champagne, wine & craft brews, gourmet cheese, crackers & meats Come taste and shop for your event Everything you need for New Year’s Eve is right here Gift Cards also available in any amount The Quaff Bar & Grill 1010 Broadway, 816-471-1918 | Party with champagne toast at midnight, party favors, DJ E, food and drink specials. VooDoo Lounge at Harrah’s Casino 1 Riverboat Dr., North Kansas City, voodookc.com | Music by DJs Ashton Martin, Highnoone and K-Hamma. Doors at 9 p.m., must be 21 to enter. Rhythm & Booze 423 Southwest Blvd. | A $20 Power Hour from 9 p.m. to midnight with champagne toast, party favors and balloon drop, kitchen open till 2:20 a.m. Call 816-889-4237 for VIP reservations. Westport Saloon 4112 Pennsylvania, 816-960-4560, westportsaloon.com | Drink specials and live music with the Flood Brothers, the Kentucky Gentlemen, Coyote Bill Boogie Band, and Billy Beale, 8 p.m. BEST Selection of Glass in KC! 11-8 Mon - Sat • Noon - 6 Sun 3617 Broadway KCMO 64111 Saints Pub + Patio 9720 Quivira, Lenexa, 913-492-3900 |Advance $15 tickets include drink specials, 816.931.7222 facebook.com/coopersbroadway 1701 BALTIMORE, KCMO 816.221.9463 www.cellarratwine.com the pitch 29 pitch.com December 26, 2013 -January 1, 2014 AGENDA continued from page 13 Thursday | 12.26 | COMEDY MEGAN BIRDSALL ART EXHIBITS & EVENTS About Face: Contemporary Portraiture | Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, 4525 Oak, nelson-atkins.org Lynn Benson: Sidetrip | 12-4 p.m. Saturday, Kiosk Gallery, 3951 Broadway Jon Schieszer | 8 p.m. Stanford’s Comedy Club, 1867 Village West Pkwy., KCK SPORTS & REC for skate rental), 2450 Grand Crown Center Ice Terrace | 10 a.m.-9 p.m., $6 ($3 rental), 117th St. and Nall, Leawood The Ice at Park Place | 11 a.m.-10 p.m., $7 ($3 skate Museum of Art, 4525 Oak Celebrating Picasso: Through the Lens of David Douglas Duncan | Nelson-Atkins SEASONAL EVENTS DAY THURS ith Sing w . Me ga n Christmas in the Park | 5:30-10 p.m. Longview Lake Campground, 10711 W. Scherer Citywide Kwanzaa | 6 p.m. Gem Theater, 1615 E. 12.26 Charlotte Street presents We’ll Make Out Better Than Okay | La Esquina, 1000 W. 25th St. Charlotte Street’s 2013 Visual Artist Awards Exhibition | Grand Arts, 1819 Grand, charlottestreet.org 18th St., nbufkc.org of Art, 4525 Oak Edgar Degas Pastels | Nelson-Atkins Museum FOOD & DRINK Indoor farmers market | 4-6 p.m. Cottin’s Hardware Store, 1832 Massachusetts, Lawrence MUSIC M-Bird Songwriter’s Showcase with Megan Birdsall | 8-10:30 p.m. The Uptown Arts Bar, 3611 Broadway Dressed Up | Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art, 4420 Warwick Blvd., kemperart.org Echoes: Islamic Art and Contemporary Artists | Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, 4525 Oak Final Friday Art Walk | downtown Lawrence. Massachusetts between Seventh and 11th streets NIGHTLIFE SPORTS & REC Brodioke | 9 p.m. Bulldog, 1715 Main Be/Non (v.1997), Nikki & the Rooftop Punch, Modern Day Fitzgerald | 10 p.m. RecordBar, 1020 Christmas Bonus with DJ A:42 | 10 p.m. MiniBar, 3810 Broadway Crown Center Ice Terrace | 10 a.m.-11 p.m., $6 ($3 for skate rental), 2450 Grand Westport Rd. The Ice at Park Place | 11 a.m.-10 p.m., $7 ($3 skate rental), 117th St. and Nall, Leawood sachusetts, Lawrence Blue Tick Hounds | 10 p.m. Jazzhaus, 926-1/2 Mas- Feel Good | 8 p.m. The Bottleneck, 737 New Hampshire, Lawrence of Art, 4525 Oak Impressionist France | Nelson-Atkins Museum SEASONAL EVENTS INE ONL EVENTS M PITCH.CO MORE The Bluz Benderz | 7 p.m. Trou- ser Mouse, 410 S. Hwy. 7, Blue Springs 4048 Broadway Le Castle Vania, Spinstyles | 8 p.m. The Riot Room, Citywide Kwanzaa | 6 p.m. Gem Theater, 1615 E. 18th St., nbufkc.org Kaws • Ups and Downs; Dylan Mortimer • Illuminate | Nerman Museum of Contemporary Art, JCCC, 12345 College Blvd., Overland Park AT 8:30 p.m. Davey’s Uptown Ramblers Club, 3402 Main Carioglyphs with Ryan Forrest, Rap Band | Mondo Beat with DJ Martin Bush | 10 p.m. Replay Lounge, 1020 Massachusetts, Lawrence Playe | 10:30 p.m. The Uptown Arts Bar, 3611 Broadway MUSIC Lawrence Creates Makerspace | 5:309:30 p.m. Friday, 512 E. Ninth St., Lawrence Czar, 1531 Grand Antennas Up, Not a Planet, Middle Twin | 8 p.m. Hot Caution | The Kill Devil Club, 61 E. 14th St. John Paul’s Flying Circus | B.B.’s Lawnside BBQ, Friday | 12.27 | PERFORMING ARTS Knuckleheads Saloon, 2715 Rochester Atlantic Express with Hal Wakes | 8:30 p.m. Projects, 1613 Genessee Lost and Found: A Group Show | PLUG 1205 E. 85th St. Ring Out the Old, Sing in the New | 8 p.m. Chestnut Fine Arts Center, 234 N. Chestnut, Olathe COMEDY Jeff Bergen’s Elvis show | 8 p.m. Knuckleheads Saloon, 2715 Rochester Neeta Madahar: Falling | Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art, 4420 Warwick Blvd. SNIPE HUNT | 12-6 p.m. Saturday-Sunday, Percolator, alley between Arts Center and Ninth St., Lawrence Test Patterns and Floor Samples: New Work by Garry Noland | Studios Inc., 1708 Campbell James Turrell: Gard Blue | Spencer Museum of Art, 1301 Mississippi , Lawrence KC Latin Jazz All Stars | 7 p.m. The Blue Room, 1616 E. 18th St. Benjamin Cartel, Chris Tolle, Heidi Gluck | 6-9 p.m. Replay Lounge, 946 Massachusetts, Lawrence College Takeover with the Phoenix Club and DJ Eric Coomes | Mosaic Lounge, 1331 Walnut Everette DeVan Quartet with Eboni Fondren | 8:30 p.m. The Blue Room, 1616 E. 18th St. Legend of Red Ghost, Admiral of the Red, Vela | 8 p.m. Czar, 1531 Grand Travis Marvin | 7 p.m. Kanza Hall, 7300 W. 119th St., Overland Park Club, 1867 Village West Pkwy., KCK Jon Schieszer | 7:45 & 9:45 p.m. Stanford’s Comedy Dinner Theater, 7260 N.W. 87th St. Michael Yo | 8 & 10:30 p.m. Improv Comedy Club and Eddie Moore & the Outer Circle | 9 p.m. Green Lady Lounge, 1809 Grand FOOD & DRINK Dave Shelton’s Holiday Jamboree | 10 p.m. The Eighth Street Taproom, 801 New Hampshire, Lawrence 30 the pitch 1909 McGee Friday Farmers Market at BadSeed | 4-9 p.m., walk Ave. Dolewite | The BrewTop Pub and Patio, 8614 N. Board- Eric, Filthy 13 | 9 p.m. Davey’s Uptown Ramblers Club, 3402 Main 88ers, Sovereign States | 4 p.m. Jazzhaus, 926-1/2 Massachusetts, Lawrence Magfuckingnificent 10th-anniversary show | The Brick, 1727 McGee, December 26, 2013 -January 1, 2014 pitch.com THE SONIC SPECTRUM TRIBUTE SERIES thebroadwayjazzclub.com 12.29 it up, Shake baby. Y S U N DA The Sonic Spectrum Tribute Series: The Music of John Hughes Films | 8 p.m. RecordBar, 1020 Westport Rd. Danny McGaw Band | The Kill Devil Club, 61 E. 14th St. Moaning Lisa, Outhouse, Bipolar Magnets, Echo Collider | 7:30 p.m. The Riot Room, 4048 Broadway Mouth, 3 Son Green | 8 p.m. The Bottleneck, 737 New Hampshire, Lawrence Justin Williams: Kansas City Masterpiece | 7 p.m. RecordBar, 1020 Westport Rd. Michael Yo | 7 & 10 p.m. Improv Comedy Club and Dinner Theater, 7260 N.W. 87th St. FOOD & DRINK Perfect Pussy | 11 p.m. Czar, 1531 Grand Starhaven Rounders | 7 p.m. RecordBar, 1020 Westport Rd. City Market | 6:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m., 20 E. Fifth St. Grand Court Farmers Market | 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Grand Court Retirement Center, 501 W. 107th St. SPORTS & REC Steddy P, Joey Cool, the Abnorm, Tef Poe, Stylez | 10 p.m., RecordBar, 1020 Westport Rd. Wayman’s Revelation | 8:45 p.m. VooDoo Lounge, Harrah’s Casino, 1 Riverboat Dr., North Kansas City for skate rental), 2450 Grand Crown Center Ice Terrace | 10 a.m.-11 p.m., $6 ($3 Drew Williams Quintet | 8 p.m. Take Five Coffee + Bar, 5336 W. 151st St., Leawood The Ice at Park Place | 11 a.m.-10 p.m., $7 ($3 skate rental), 117th St. and Nall, Leawood Second Annual Operation Jack KC run/walk in the snow | 8 a.m. Theatre in the Park, 7710 Renner The Broadway Jazz Club NIGHTLIFE Brodioke | 9 p.m. Bulldog, 1715 Main Check Your Head with Johnny Quest | The Eighth Road, Shawnee NEW YEAR’S EVE CELEBRATION! Tues., December 31 • 8 pm - 1 am Street Taproom, 801 New Hampshire, Lawrence W. 13th St. UMKC vs. South Dakota State men’s basketball | 7:05 p.m. Municipal Auditorium/Music Hall, 301 Featuring Megan Birdsall Ticket price includes: 4 Course Meal • Entertainment • Champagne Toast at Midnight • Party Favors DJ Sike | MiniBar, 3810 Broadway Raqs Boheme Bellydancing | 6 p.m. Czar, 1531 Grand SEASONAL EVENTS Saturday | 12.28 | PERFORMING ARTS Christmas in the Park | 5:30-10 p.m. Longview Lake Campground, 10711 W. Scherer Citywide Kwanzaa | 6 p.m. Gem Theater, 1615 E. 18th $120.00 per couple • $60.00 for singles Price does not include tax or gratuity For more information and to make reservations go to: St., nbufkc.org Ring Out the Old, Sing in the New | 3 & 8 p.m. Chestnut Fine Arts Center, 234 N. Chestnut, Olathe COMEDY FILM The Late Show: Gremlins | 10:30 p.m. Alamo Drafthouse, 1400 Main thebroadwayjazzclub.com and click on reservation tab or call 816-298-6316 Tuesday through Saturday from 3 pm to midnight Maggie Parker’s Christmas Comedy Spectacular | 10 p.m. The Uptown Arts Bar, 3611 Broadway Jon Schieszer | 7:45 & 9:45 p.m. Stanford’s Comedy Club, 1867 Village West Pkwy., KCK MUSIC Band 13, Chasing Fire, Green River Kings, Attic Light | 8 p.m. Davey’s Uptown Ramblers Club, 3402 Main continued on page 32 3601 Broadway, KCMO 64111 pitch.com December 26, 2013 -January 1, 2014 the pitch 31 continued from page 31 Battle for I-70 with ThorHammer, Vanlade, Death May Die, Hellevate, Whoracle, Nefirum and Meatshank | 7 p.m. Black Label Cycles, 825 Mulberry Sexy Saturday | 9 p.m. VooDoo Lounge, Harrah’s Casino, 1 Riverboat Dr., North Kansas City Mark Lowrey jazz jam | 6 p.m. The Majestic Restaurant, 931 Broadway TheaTer Dates and times vary. A Christmas Carol | Ending Thursday, Sunday | 12.29 | PERFORMING ARTS Lee McBee and the Confessors | 6-9 p.m. B.B.’s Lawnside BBQ, 1205 E. 85th St. Grand Marquis | The Kill Devil Club, 61 E. 14th St. Bryan Hicks Quartet, Bow Dog Quartet | 5 p.m. Green Lady Lounge, 1809 Grand Ring Out the Old, Sing in the New | 2 p.m. Chestnut Fine Arts Center, 234 N. Chestnut, Olathe COMEDY Royal Southern Brotherhood | 8:30 p.m. Knuckleheads Saloon, 2715 Rochester Kansas City Repertory Theatre, 4949 Cherry, kcrep.org Bram Wijnands stride piano | 7 p.m. Green Lady Lounge, 1809 Grand Best Laid Plans: A Murder Mystery Dinner | 7 p.m. Saturday, KCMT Tiffany Ballroom, 903 Harrison. grimprov.com/kansas-city Hissy Fit, Voodoo Stew | Jazzhaus, 926-1/2 Massachusetts, Lawrence Jon Schieszer | 7 p.m. Stanford’s Comedy Club, 1867 Village West Pkwy., KCK Monday | 12.30 | PERFORMING ARTS Clybourne Park | Unicorn Theatre, 3828 Main, unicorntheatre.org The Iron Question, Blondi Brunetti performing as the Cramps, Rockets to Russia, a tribute to the Ramones | The Brick, 1727 McGee Ben Leifer Quartet with Kevin Cerovich | 8 p.m. Michael Yo | 7 p.m. Improv Comedy Club and Dinner Theater, 7260 N.W. 87th St. Ring Out the Old, Sing in the New | 7 p.m. Chestnut Fine Arts Center, 234 N. Chestnut, Olathe COMEDY Dead Air | $54/$64, the Golden Ox, 1600 Genessee, kcmysterytrain.com Outta Beer Outta Space | 8 p.m. The Living Room, 1818 McGee, thelivingroomkc.com SPORTS & REC Take Five Coffee + Bar, 5336 W. 151st St., Leawood Garry Lincoln | The Dubliner, 170 E. 14th St. The Living Deads & Terry Hancock Band with the Garage Kings | 8:30 p.m. Knuckleheads Saloon, Crown Center Ice Terrace | 10 a.m.-9 p.m., $6 ($3 for skate rental), 2450 Grand Zach and Pat’s Live Comedy Podcast | 9 p.m. The Uptown Arts Bar, 3611 Broadway The Ice at Park Place | Noon-8 p.m., $7 ($3 skate rental), 117th St. and Nall, Leawood SPORTS & REC 2715 Rochester ’Twas the Night Before Christmas | Through Saturday, Theatre for Young America, City Stage Theater, 30 W. Pershing Rd., Union Station, tya.org KU vs. Yale women’s basketball | 2 p.m. Allen Fieldhouse, 1651 Naismith Dr., Lawrence Crown Center Ice Terrace | 10 a.m.-9 p.m., $6 ($3 for skate rental), 2450 Grand Mouth, Thumpr, Brother Bagman, Taste Bud G-Spot | 9 p.m. The Riot Room, 4048 Broadway My Oh My | 6 p.m. Czar, 1531 Grand Noe Palma | The BrewTop Pub and Patio, 8614 N. Boardwalk Ave. The Wiz | The Coterie, 2450 Grand, Crown Center, thecoterie.org Rockhill Rd. UMKC vs. Western Illnois women’s basketball | 2 p.m. Swinney Recreation Center, UMKC, 5100 The Ice at Park Place | 11 a.m.- 10 p.m., $7 ($3 skate rental), 117th St. and Nall, Leawood KU vs. Toledo men’s basketball | 7 p.m. Allen MUSeUM exhibiTS & evenTS A Very Fifties Christmas | Johnson County Museum of History, 6305 Lackman Rd., Shawnee Citizen Soldiers on the Prairie | Johnson County Museum of History, 6305 Lackman Rd., Shawnee, jocomuseum.org Convergence: Jazz, Film, Dance and the Visual Arts | American Jazz Museum, 1616 E. 18th St. SEASONAL EVENTS Fieldhouse, 1651 Naismith Dr., Lawrence Paper Buffalo, Hansom Cabs | 10 p.m. Replay Lounge, 1020 Massachusetts, Lawrence Campground, 10711 W. Scherer Christmas in the Park | 5:30-10 p.m. Longview Lake SEASONAL EVENTS 119th St., Overland Park A Smooth Christmas with Summer Breeze — A Tribute to Yacht Rock | 8 p.m. Kanza Hall, 7300 W. Citywide Kwanzaa | 6 p.m. Gem Theater, 1615 E. 18th St., nbufkc.org Christmas in the Park | 5:30-10 p.m. Longview Lake Campground, 10711 W. Scherer Citywide Kwanzaa | 6 p.m. Gem Theater, 1615 E. 18th FILM The Stolen Winnebagos | Fuel, 7300 W. 119th St., Overland Park St., nbufkc.org Citizen Kane | 8 p.m. Alamo Drafthouse, 1400 Main Girlie Night: Sixteen Candles | 7:20 p.m. Alamo COMMUNITY EVENTS 3700 Broadway Tribute to Amy Winehouse | 7 p.m. Uptown Theater, Drafthouse, 1400 Main Zoological District Free Day for residents of Jackson and Clay counties | 9:30 a.m.-4 p.m. Kansas City Zoological Park, 6800 Zoo Dr., kansascityzoo.org MUSIC Ultimate Fakebook, Jim Crego, the Hillary Watts Riot | 10 p.m. RecordBar, 1020 Westport Rd. Vice Versa | 7:30 p.m. The Uptown Arts Bar, 3611 1939: Hollywood’s Greatest Year | 2 p.m. Kansas City Plaza Library, 4801 Main, kclibrary.org Royal Shakespeare Company’s Richard II | 1:30 p.m. Tivoli Cinemas, 4050 Pennsylvania FOOD & DRINK Gladstone Blvd., kansascitymuseum.org Music Is My First Love: Lupe M. Gonzalez Dance Orchestra | Kansas City Museum, 3218 Real Pirates | Union Station, 30 W. Pershing Rd. Broadway James Ward Band | 8:30 p.m. The Blue Room, 1616 E. 18th St. Chris Aytes & the Good Ambition, Westerners, Paper Buffalo, Something and the Whatevers | 8 p.m. Czar, 1531 Grand Weakwick, Eunuch | 10 p.m. MiniBar, 3810 Broadway NIGHTLIFE E. Fifth St. City Market Farmers Market | 8 a.m.-3 p.m., 20 Blaze Malaise, Clockwork | 10 p.m. RecordBar, 1020 Westport Rd. 25th Anniversary Holiday Exhibit | Strawberry Hill Ethnic Museum and Cultural Center, 12-5 p.m. Saturday-Sunday, 720 N. Fourth St., KCK, strawberryhillmuseum.org MUSIC Audio Alchemy with DJ Proof | 10 p.m. The Eighth Street Taproom, 801 New Hampshire, Lawrence Riot Room, 4048 Broadway Guilty Lovers, Slight Right, Riala | 8:30 p.m. The Brian Myers, OT Watts, City Watts, Kristian Keltner, Trouble, Kent Cline, Nino featuring the NWE Family | 8 p.m. The Riot Room, 4048 Broadway Mark Lowrey Trio | 6 p.m. The Majestic Restaurant, 931 Broadway 1111 Grand Gossip at Reserve Bar | 8 p.m. Ambassador Hotel, Rich Hill’s jazz brunch | 11 a.m. The Majestic Restaurant, 931 Broadway shire, Lawrence Taking Back Mondays live karaoke with Sovereign States | 8 p.m. The Bottleneck, 737 New Hamp- Broadway Saturday’s Got Soul with DJ Rico | MiniBar, 3810 the pitch Steve Lambert Quartet | 10 p.m. Green Lady Lounge, 1809 Grand McGee Rural Grit Happy Hour | 6-9 p.m. The Brick, 1727 Waldo Jazz Collective | 7-10 p.m. The Piano Room, 8410 Wornall 32 December 26, 2013 -January 1, 2014 pitch.com Tuesday | 12.31 | See also The Pitch listings for New Year’s Eve events, page 28. PERFORMING ARTS OTTO AND GEORGE AY TU ESD 12.31 1515 WESTPORT RD. • 816-931-9417 9 p.m. Chestnut Fine Arts Center, 234 N. Chestnut, Olathe SPORTS & REC Ring Out the Old, Sing in the New | 2, 5:30 & for skate rental), 2450 Grand Crown Center Ice Terrace | 10 a.m.-6 p.m., $6 ($3 CHECK OUT THE NEW ALL DAY HAPPY HOUR WIFI NOW AVAILABLE! Each week, Pitch Street Team cruises around to the hottest clubs, bars and concerts. You name it, we will be there. While we are out, we hand out tons of cool stuff. So look for the Street Team... We will be looking for you! The Ice at Park Place | 11 a.m.- 10 p.m., $7 ($3 skate rental), 117th St. and Nall, Leawood Missouri Mavericks vs. Tulsa Oilers | 7:05 p.m. Independence Events Center, 19100 E. Valley View Pkwy., Independence Red Dog’s Dog Days | 6 a.m. Allen Fieldhouse, 1651 Naismith Dr., Lawrence Otto and George | 8 & 10 p.m. Stanford’s Comedy Club, 1867 Village West Pkwy., KCK SEASONAL EVENTS Christmas in the Park | 5:30-10 p.m. Longview Lake Campground, 10711 W. Scherer Team Bear Club | 10 p.m. The Eighth Street Taproom, 801 New Hampshire, Lawrence St., nbufkc.org Citywide Kwanzaa | 6 p.m. Gem Theater, 1615 E. 18th Wednesday | 1.1 COMEDY mon: rur thu 12/26 al grit 6pm // kara fri 12/27 bingo, beer & bac oke 10pm magfuxxin o gnific n 7pm sat 12/28 10 year anniversaent, the iron ry rockets tquestion, o russ tue 12/31 & blondi brunettia i mark rey nolds 5 wed 1/1 & listening party0th b-day sat 1/4 hair of the dog d ay attic salt, house ru / open 10am les Hooligan Holiday @ Uptown FILM p.m. Tivoli Cinemas, 4050 Pennsylvania MUSIC Royal Shakespeare Company’s Richard II | 1:30 Otto and George | 8 p.m. Stanford’s Comedy Club, 1867 Village West Pkwy., KCK Jeff Tweedy @ Uptown SPORTS & REC Massachusetts, Lawrence The Crumpletons | 7-9:30 p.m. Jazzhaus, 926-1/2 Commitment Day 5k | 10 a.m. Overland Park Life Time Fitness Center, 6800 West 138th St., Overland Park Crown Center Ice Terrace | Noon-9 p.m., $6 ($3 for Saloon, 2715 Rochester Samantha Fish, Rick Gibson and the Peacemakers with Tom Hall | 8:30 p.m., $47.50. Knuckleheads skate rental), 2450 Grand Justin Fresh | The Dubliner, 170 E. 14th St. Hearts of Darkness, Lazy | 10 p.m. RecordBar, The Ice at Park Place | 11 a.m.- 10 p.m., $7 ($3 skate rental), 117th St. and Nall, Leawood COMMUNITY EVENTS The Priests @ Indie 1020 Westport Rd. 926-1/2 Massachusetts, Lawrence The Majestics Rhythm Revue | 10 p.m. Jazzhaus, Memorial mass for KC Police Officers who have died in the line of duty | 10 a.m. St. Therese (Little Flower Parish), 5814 Euclid FOOD & DRINK McGee Mark Reynolds listening party | The Brick, 1727 Hair of the Dog Brunch | 9 a.m. The Brick, 1727 McGee NIGHTLIFE Gerald Spaits Quartet, Mark Lowrey | 6 p.m. Green Lady Lounge, 1809 Grand Night the Buzz St ole Xmas @ Indie Lawrence Split Lip Rayfield, Granny Tweed, the Sunflower Colonels | 7 p.m. The Bottleneck, 737 New Hampshire, Rock Bar, 1323 Walnut New Year’s Eve for the Service Industry | Angels Upcoming Events Spud Patrol: A Tribute to Devo, Stay Sick! A Tribute to the Cramps, Dean Monkey & the Dropouts | Replay Lounge, 946 Massachusetts, Lawrence E-mail submissions to firstname.lastname@example.org or enter submissions at pitch.com, where you can search our complete listings guide. 12.31: The Pitch Presents New Year’s Eve Bash @ Uptown 12.31: The Pitch Presents New Year’s Ever Party @ KC Live Block 01.08: The Hell Pop Tour @ Indie the pitch 33 See more on the “promotions” link at p pitch.com December 26, 2013 -January 1, 2014 S ava g e L o v e The CliT’s The Thing! dating. DEAR READERS: Sophia Wallace, the NYCbased conceptual artist behind the Cliteracy project, was a recent guest on my podcast (episode 371). During our chat, she said a column I wrote years ago about the importance of the clit had a big impact on her as a teenager. I’m reprinting that column this week for three reasons: Ignorance about the clit is still rampant, reprinting the column allows me to plug Wallace’s work (see sophiawallace.com), and I’m taking the week off. For newer readers: Letter writers addressed me as “Hey, Faggot” for the first few years. These days, only my husband talks to me that way. Happy New Year! By D a n S ava ge Hey, Faggot: My present girlfriend and my ex- girlfriend, as I’ve had the same problem with both. Both say I’m a good lover. Lovemaking sessions have lasted hours. However, neither could have an orgasm via intercourse alone. Each can come in a second by masturbation, and in minutes from oral sex. They say they’ve come very close during intercourse with me. They also say I shouldn’t worry. But if I didn’t worry about it, wouldn’t I be one of those guys women complain about all the time? I’m beginning to get a complex. I wonder what I’m doing wrong. I wonder if they would be more satisfied if they were with someone better endowed. During intercourse, I feel myself becoming discouraged: I think she will never enjoy this as much as I do, and sometimes these thoughts have caused me to go soft in the middle of the act. Please tell me what to do. Brooklyn Hey, Brooklyn: Your desire not to be “one of those guys women complain about all the time” is commendable, but it would be more so if you’d educated yourself about women’s bodies and women’s orgasms before you started fucking women. News flash: Most women are unable to “have an orgasm via intercourse alone.” Because the business end of the clitoris — which plays as central a role in her sexual pleasure as the head of your cock plays in yours — is located outside and above the vagina, not inside and up it. It doesn’t matter how big your dick is, how hard your dick is, or how far you manage to get it in. (OK, those things do matter, but not for the sake of this argument.) The clit’s the thing! While some women’s clits are angled in such a way that bumping and grinding provide enough direct clitoral stimulation to get them off, most are not so conveniently angled, and you have to go out of your way to make her orgasms happen. Many heterosexual men don’t know these basic vagifacts. According to Cosmo, fully 70 percent of women need stimulation above and beyond vaginal intercourse in order to achieve orgasm. I’m going to let you off the hook a bit: You most likely aren’t entirely responsible for your ignorance or your predicament. The women you’ve slept with may have contributed to your ignorance. A lot of women, when they first start having sex, believe they should be able to have orgasms from intercourse alone because that’s the way women’s orgasms work in movies, porn and romance novels, and it’s the way their ill-informed young boyfriends insist women’s orgasms work. Some young women psych themselves out, convincing themselves that they’re having orgasms while their boyfriends huff and puff; other women fake orgasms for fear that their boyfriends will think they’re damaged goods if they can’t come from intercourse alone. Since inexperienced young women tend to have sex with inexperienced young men, these psyched/faked orgasms can leave young men with a false impression of the way women’s bodies work and, sadly, of their own sexual abilities. When a boy finds himself in bed with a woman who demands that her orgasm (and her clit) play as central a role as his orgasm (and the head of his dick), these boys freak out. They think the new girlfriend is some sort of psychotic nympho, or, like you, they think their lovemaking skills have deteriorated or their cocks suddenly aren’t big enough. But the new girlfriend is just a doormat. And the boy’s lovemaking skills haven’t deteriorated; they never developed in the first place. Almost all women need stimulation in addition to fucking to achieve orgasm, regardless of their manfriend’s cock size. Your girlfriend will enjoy the fucking as much as you do, so long as you remember to pay attention to her clit while you’re fucking her. Reach down or around and finger her clit while you bang away; encourage her to play with herself when you’re fucking; try different positions to see if different angles of penetration provide more direct stimulation to her clit, and then let her control the speed and pace of the grind; get her off with your mouth or your hand before you fuck; buy some “clit grapes” at a sex-toy store — the possibilities are endless. Learn more about women’s bodies, listen to your partner’s verbal cues, watch for her physical ones, and make her pleasure a priority — that’s how you avoid being one of those men women complain about all the time. Good luck. The Savage Lovecast is at savagelovecast.com. Have a question for Dan Savage? 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