The Pitch: January 10. 2013
The Pitch, January 10-16, 2013. Kansas City's Alternative Weekly. This week'd feature: "The Last DIrty Picture Show"
JANUARY 10–16, 2013 | FREE | VOL. 32 NO. 28 | PITCH.COM JANUARY 10–16, 2013 | VOL. 32 NO. 28 STALK US! WE DARE YOU twitter.com/pitchstreet facebook.com/thepitch Editor Scott Wilson Managing Editor Justin Kendall Music Editor David Hudnall Sta Writers Charles Ferruzza, Ben Palosaari Editorial Operations Manager Deborah Hirsch Calendar Editor Berry Anderson Clubs Editor Abbie Stutzer Food Blo er, Web Editor Jonathan Bender Proofreader Brent Shepherd Contributing Writers Tracy Abeln, Theresa Bembnister, April Fleming, Leslie Kinsman, Chris Milbourn, Dan Savage, Abbie Stutzer, Lucas Wetzel Art Director Ashford Stamper Contributing Photographers Angela C. 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BY J O N AT H A N B E N D E R 22 3 4 7 13 16 17 19 21 22 24 26 30 34 QUESTIONNAIRE PLOG FEATURE F I LT E R STAGE ART FILM CAFÉ FAT CITY STREETSIDE MUSIC NIGHTLIFE SAVAGE LOVE C O P Y R I G H T ON T HE COVE R MEANWHI LE AT PI TC H. C O M Kansas City is not one of the 25 DRUNKEST CITIES in America. THE BLACK KEYS, THE FLAMING LIPS play the Sprint Center in April. NICK OFFERMAN, aka RON SWANSON of Parks and Recreation , brings his ham-related one-man show to the Midland. DESIGN BY ASHFORD STAMPER 2 THE PITCH JANUARY 10-16, 2013 pitch.com pitch.com M O N T H X X–X X , 2 0 0 X THE PITCH 2 QUESTIONNAIRE HEATHER WILEY Hometown: Independence Current neighborhood: I just married a hometown boy and moved back to Independence after living in Waldo for 16 years. Art director, Russell Stover Candies RETAIL, REPAIR, SERVICE ITunes U. I listen to lectures all day while I work. I’m sure I’ll receive my doctorate in social welfare from Harvard soon. Right now, I’m also listening to a lot of happy music: Vampire Weekend, Two Door Cinema Club and Elbow. takes up a lot of space in my iTunes: WE BUY USED PHONES! Phone & Computer Repair Free Diagnostic www.goodcallwireless.com 816-421-5300 Who or what is your sidekick? My 11-year- old “mini me” daughter, Avalon. I was a single mom until recently, so she was on my hip E R O M wherever I went for 10 years. These days, I’m almost always on the T A INE ONL .COM sidelines at various local H C PIT soccer facilities watching her play, praying she doesn’t get concussed. Q&As Three Colors trilogy by Krzysztof Kieslowski, especially Blue. I also love anything by Paul Thomas Anderson. In case I sound pretentious, I also watch Center Stage more than anyone should. What movie do you watch at least once a year? To Die For by Gus Van Sant. I love the GLADSTONE 7218 N. Oak Trafficway KANSAS CITY 2518 Vivion Road NORTH KANSAS CITY 502 Armour Road Zona Rosa 7763 Prarieview Road S A B R I N A S TA I R E S What local tradition do you take part in every year? We do Fat Tuesdays at YJ’s every year. Hearts of Darkness, costumes, street dancing and the parade to 18th and Vine make it the coolest KC event of the year. It’s worth the headache at Ash Wednesday service the following day. What career would you choose in an alternate reality? In another life, maybe an art director for a big fashion magazine like W Magazine or Vogue. Anna Wintour without the bad bangs and no furs, and I would be really nice. What was the last local restaurant you patronized? Beer Kitchen. The potpie is worth the un- Finish this sentence: “Kansas City got it right when …” It built the Bloch Building addition to avoidable mouth burn. I like the Rieger Hotel, too. They make their own tonic! Waldo. I lived a few houses down the street for 11 years, so I’m embarrassingly familiar with the sta . They’ve seen me through breakups, power outages and a layo , always there with a gin and tonic. They’re my family now, and I’ve made a point to stop by at least once a week since I moved. the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art and renovated Visitation Parish — for me the most inspired spaces in Kansas City. Where do you drink? Governor Stumpy’s in What’s your favorite charity? Missouri Mission of Mercy. They provide large-scale dental clinics to people who otherwise couldn’t afford care. My husband is a dentist, and last year we spent a weekend in Spring eld volunteering. Thousands of people stood in line for days to get dental care. Fantastic organization. Favorite place to spend your paycheck: I miss Streetside Records! I love Anthropologie and can spend hours in any bookstore. “Kansas City screwed up when …” It failed to pass a light-rail plan to connect the suburbs with downtown and the airport. The downtown streetcar is cool but not quite enough. “Kansas City needs …” To support its new professional women’s soccer team! Listening to my daughter promise that she’ll be a soccer player when she grows up just got a little less painful. I’m hopeful that, unlike the other leagues that failed, this model will work. We’ve already reserved our season tickets, and everyone who loves a female soccer player in this town should do the same. Go, Blues! “In five years, I’ll be …” Researching colleges for our kids and plastic surgeons for me. I don’t want to think about either today, though, thanks. people tell me what to do, so I don’t like being waved through intersections. I know the tra c laws, too, genius. And don’t get me started on those stupid green-plastic stoppers that Starbucks is putting into their co ee lids. And I don’t like John Boehner. Person or thing you find really irritating at this moment: I can get a bit petulant when 1305 Union Ave KCMO 816-221-0711 What subscription — print, digital, etc. — do you value most? I’m a designer. I still love print. I’ve always subscribed to Newsweek, and I’m really sad to see it go. I read Vanity Fair, Real Simple and Rolling Stone every month. I love W Magazine because it’s just plain beautiful. kansas city service Oates Last book you read: On Boxing by Joyce Carol Favorite day trip: My sister lives in Blackburn, “People might be surprised to know that …” What local phenomenon do you think is overrated? I hate to admit that I’m not a huge fan of barbecue. There’s something unsettling about a plate of meat still on the bones, covered with bright-red sauce. Maybe I watch too many zombie movies. Where do you like to take out-of-town guests? I love showing o the art scene in Kansas City. The Kemper Museum (lunch at Cafe Sebastienne) followed by the Nelson and a long walk or picnic on the lawn. Crossroads Arts District is one of my favorite places in KC and has sentimental signi cance since my husband and I were married there in March. The Bloch Building at night is a must-see as well. I am a huge boxing fan. I can’t really explain it, but I’m sure it has something to do with suppressed aggression. My poor husband has watched enough boxing matches in the last four years to last him a lifetime. Right now, I really like Nonito Donaire and Seth Mitchell. Attending a big ght in Vegas is on my bucket list. Missouri, which is a small farming community 13 miles north of Concordia. Once you get o the highway, it’s a gorgeous drive through rolling hills. They have a fabulous Fourth of July festival with German food; a pie stand; and, if you love to run screaming from molten falling debris, the most insane reworks display around. January Special partial or full highlights All services are done by students with supervision 20% OFF who turned out to be the kid I used to babysit when I was 13. What is your most embarrassing dating moment? The night I hit on a local musician, What TV show do you make sure you watch? I haven’t been truly obsessed with a TV show since Battlestar Galactica ended. If you catch me in front of the TV now, it’s probably CNN or an HBO documentary. True Blood and Dexter both jumped the shark recently, so I had to stop watching. Describe a recent triumph: I recently redesigned the packaging for Russell Stover’s line of hard candy. I was really proud of how it turned out when I nally saw it in the stores. It sounds corny, but there is nothing like the pride I feel for my daughter and stepsons. 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It beats wearing a grocery sack on your head. E-mail firstname.lastname@example.org pitch.com 4 THE PITCH JANUARY 10-16, 2013 pitch.com MONTH pitch.com JANUARY 10-16, 2013 THE PITCH 5 A CANDY-COATED COMPETITION TO NAME GET YOUR FIX. KANSAS CITY’S SWEETHEART P KCMO 1621Locust, BENEFITING FEBRUARY 21, 2013 from 6-8PM SALE. N O W O N S T $12 TICKE OF, $15 DAY I BILITY A L A V A G N PENDI CURRENT CONTENDERS/SAMP LE TABLES INCLUDE: NF I E R O FOR M s m o c . h c t i p . e r ecu IT S I V , S T CKE I T R O O 6 THE PITCH JANUARY 10-16, 2013 pitch.com b Cha es Fe u a O | Peop — but ho i come lo KC's onl po t a tu th ter on? can the | Pho g p b Ba e Emke n New Year’s Day, two men, huddled in winter coats, were sitting in a boxy, 90-seat screening room — the main auditorium inside the Strand Theatre, at 35th Street and Troost. It was noon — and, on any other day, a busy hour at the last adult theater operating in Kansas City. Up on the screen — a stretch of vinyl the size of a diningroom table — a woman was fellating a very large penis. Nearly a century ago, a very di erent organ commanded attention in this space: the $10,000 Wurlitzer that accompanied the silent lms people arrived to see in “The newest, most luxurious theater in Kansas City,” according to a Kansas City Times advertisement. The room holding the two men on this cold January afternoon is what remains of the original, 750-seat auditorium, which has been divided and subdivided over the past three decades. There is nothing luxurious about it. In January 1917, the Strand sold tickets to thousands of people a week for Caprice, starring Mary Pickford, known as America’s sweetheart. In September 1984, the big draw at the Strand — by then a 200-seat blight — was Sunday’s “Amateur Strip Night.” In the seats closest to a burlesque-style runway, several fraternity brothers, each holding a ashlight, howled as each of the strippers stepped forward, aiming the beams at the women’s crotches. A pint-sized performer going by Purple Rain used her ngers to spread herself open. Another woman slathered her nude body with oil and slid across the stage, to deafening applause. After the show was over, the lights in the auditorium dimmed, and the projector cranked to life. The porn movie that night showed straight sex. Anyone wanting to see man-on-man action retreated to the Strand’s former second- oor balcony, which had been turned into a smaller, 60-seat screening room showing hard-core gay porn. No one there that night knew it at the time, but this was the high point — if you can call it that — for dirty-movie theaters in Kansas City. By the end of the 1980s, the VCR had completed its conquest of the XXX market, rendering the experience of watching a pornographic movie in a public theater obsolete. Thanks to the videocassette, any living room or bedroom in Olathe or Raytown could instantly become an at-home Pink Pussycat Theater. The old indignities — the shameful drive to a bad neighborhood, the peril of being recognized, the constant threat of being rounded up in a raid — were now for only the most old-fashioned or risk-aroused consumers. (And within another two decades, the Internet upset the marketplace yet again.) “Why do people need to rent films anymore?” wonders Dick Snow, the longtime owner of the Strand Theatre. “They can watch porn — free porn, I might add — on their iPhones.” hen Snow, who owns and operates Bazooka’s Showgirls, bought the Strand Theatre in 1980, it had already been an X-rated house for nearly 20 years. Porn has always been big business in Kansas City. Just ask Jerry Medlin, who owned a percentage of the Strand in the 1970s with the late Charles Setter (who later sold the Strand to Snow). Prior to taking over the Strand in 1972, Setter and Medlin had operated a 150-seat porno house called the Astro — inside Union Station. When the Astro played Deep Throat, Medlin recalls, “We had lines from the theater to the parking lot. It was a huge hit.” Still, for a brief moment during Medlin’s tenure at the Strand, he and Setter tried returning mainstream entertainment to the theater. continued on page 9 pitch.com AN 0 - 1X 6 ,, 2 20 00 13 pitch.com JM OU NA TR H YX1 X–X X T TH HE E P PI IT TC CH H 7 1 IS HIRING! KANSAS CITY, MO MULTI-MEDIA ADVERTISING SALES PRO NEEDED! AND HAVE THE DRIVE TO STAY BUSY? IF YOU HAVE PROVEN TO BE SUCCESSFUL AT: DO YOU LIKE A CHALLENGE ENTER TO WIN A PAIR OF OAKLEY SUNGLASSES AS WELL AS OTHER DOOR PRIZES. ENJOY FREE HOT WINGS AND COLD BEER. 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We are an Equal Opportunity Employer that values diversity in the workplace. 8 THE PITCH JANUARY 10-16, 2013 pitch.com COURTESY OF THE JACKSON COUNTY HISTORICAL SOCIETY The Last (Dirty) Picture Show continued from page 7 “I can’t quite remember why, but we stopped showing X-rated lms and we played Mandingo,” he says. The R-rated 1975 movie, involving James Mason and slaves trained to ght, wasn’t exactly the return of Mary Pickford. “It didn’t do so well,” Medlin says, “so we went back to X-rated movies.” Porn had by then become something of a civic booster — it kept old, sometimes historic buildings erect. Screening dirty movies was a cheap way to pro tably use what once were family-friendly neighborhood movie theaters, structures that had by the 1960s become obsolete and expensive to maintain. Places like the Strand had aged from glistening meccas to respectable second-run movie houses. Hollywood sent its hottest releases rst to the big palaces in a city’s urban core, and next to smaller, neighborhood theaters — places that were, in Kansas City, built along thriving streetcar lines. KC’s busiest streetcar routes followed Main, Troost, Prospect, and Independence Avenue; dozens of movie theaters dotted those thoroughfares. But the U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling in the 1948 United States v. Paramount Pictures antitrust case leveled the old distribution platform, and within a couple of decades the second-run cinema would be a thing of the past. “We get a lot of customers who come in and remember watching movies here when they were kids,” says Michael Inman, who has worked behind the front counter of the Strand for ve years. He was one of those children himself. “I grew up near here,” he says. “A relative would bring me here to watch movies in the late 1950s.” The Strand was a popular family theater for decades. A newspaper advertisement from January 10, 1953, lists that day’s shows — a double feature of The Asphalt Jungle, with Marilyn Monroe, and The Skipper Surprised His Wife, with Robert Walker — and a further incentive: “A free comic book for every boy and girl.” When the Strand Theatre opened in 1916, there were 25 other neighborhood movie houses operating in the city. Many of those small theaters are still standing, though not in use. Some have been converted to churches , 200X (the Prospect, the Oak Park) or warehouses. When Snow bought the Strand, two other historic small theaters were ourishing as porn palaces: the 1912 Kimo Theater, at 3319 Main (Snow turned it into the Dove in 1979), and the 1923 Rockhill Theater (at 46th Street and Troost). Both structures have since been razed. “They didn’t show movies at the old Rockhill,” Snow says. “They had peep-show arcades and naked girls who danced behind glass windows.” There was also the Old Chelsea, in the River Market, but that structure had been built as a warehouse. Until it stopped showing adult lms in 2000, it was the most glamorous place in town to see an X-rated lm — relatively speaking, anyway. “It always seemed clean,” one regular customer says. “It didn’t smell like the Strand.” he Strand does have its own peculiar fragrance, the smell of old arousal. It’s a suite of disinfectant, bodily uids, cheap aftershave — and popcorn. A 1931 Strand ad (left) and the theater in 2013 A forlorn, coin-operated vending machine now sits near the auditorium entrance. There isn’t much of a selection — a couple of candy bars, a few bags of chips — for the patron who might feel hunger pangs after watching scenes of anal sex. Originally, two storefront businesses anked the Strand: a barbershop to the south and a beauty salon to the north. The space once occupied by the beauty salon is now stocked with a few novelties (an easy-to-install sex swing, for example) and a modest selection of rental DVDs, including Fat Hos and Black Cock and I Like ’Em White, Volume 4. “We don’t get much rental business anymore,” Snow says. “It used to be very lucrative.” Strippers (women or gay men) haven’t performed regularly at the theater since the late 1980s. “We have occasional female strippers for special occasions,” Snow says. When the Strand auditorium was divided up again in the 1990s, the other half of the space was turned into four peep-show booths — without doors — where X-rated videos could be viewed without a lot of privacy. A former Strand regular says: “Part of the fun of the peep booths in the 1980s was that you could stumble in drunk, buy a handful of tokens, and have a lot of risky sex behind closed doors. Those days are long gone.” VALENTINE’S DAY GUIDE COMING: JAN 24 JAN 31 FEB 7 T “W do peop n d —f e — on films anymo ? They can w ch po po , I might a their iPhones.” CALL FOR INFO T There’s a small popper at the front counter, near the entrance. The bags of popcorn are small but free for the asking, and they sit near the space where the original concession stand used to be, when this was a prouder kind of cinema. “The Strand had a wonderful candy assortment,” says a 70-something woman who attended matinee shows at the theater in the 1940s, “much better than the one at the Isis, down the street.” he Strand’s grand opening, on July 1, 1916, showcased Bobbie of the Ballet, with Louise Lovely, an event advertised in that day’s newspaper as full of “pleasing surprises.” The ad promised: “With its ventilation and fan system, cool evenings are assured.” Fast-forward 88 years: A not-so-pleasing surprise awaits a Strand patron named Dan Renzi, the Kansas City native who achieved national fame as a housemate on the 1996 season of MTV’s Real World series. Renzi was arrested for indecent exposure in the Strand’s second-floor theater in May 2004. “He was pleasuring himself, exposing his genitals,” Sgt. Brad Dumit later told The Pitch. Renzi’s TV celebrity assured that the vice bust earned plenty of continued on page 10 816.218.6735 pitch.com pitch.com JANUARY 10-16, 2013 THE PITCH 9 WEDDING GUIDE COMING FEBRUARY 28th The Last (Dirty) Picture Show continued from page 9 publicity (“Real World Housemate Pulls a PeeWee,” the Smoking Gun website reported) — something he should have known. The Strand’s gay mini-cinema had a reputation for occasional public pee-wee-pulling since the balcony theater had opened in 1981. To publicize the new gay attraction that year, Snow flew in filmmaker Joe Gage, creator of the popular X-rated Kansas City Trucking Co., which was filmed in Los Angeles and Palm Springs. “I remember my visit to Kansas City very well for two speci c incidents,” Gage says. “I had just completed work on a movie called Heatstroke and I took it to Kansas City to hold its rst public screening. When the print arrived at the Strand, I discovered that the fourth reel was missing. There was no time to have it sent from New York, so I gritted my teeth, and the show went on without it. No one in the audience noticed. “Afterward, everybody went to a local gay watering hole, where various fellows were brought over to the bar and introduced to me,” Gage continues. “When I asked one gentleman how he liked the lm, he shrugged and said, ‘Not much. Nobody was very good.’ Just then, there was a commotion at the front entrance, and a group of uniformed policemen appeared. I turned to my host and asked, “Is this …?’ He nodded and said, ‘A raid.’ ” Gage recalls that he and everyone else in the bar were held for 30 minutes while IDs were checked. “Then the cops left, and socializing resumed.” Gage recalls his Strand personal appearance as the only one of his career outside New York and San Francisco. hat makes the Strand a local cultural icon is the simple fact of its survival. Through two world wars and the changing fortunes of its neighborhood, it outlasted all of the other cinemas in the area. The Barrymore, the Bancroft, the Glory, the Mozart, the Gillham — they’re all parking lots now. But does the Strand have a future? The place isn’t nearly as nancially successful today as it was even two decades ago. The Internet has crushed the adult-theater business. “I’m not sure what the new business model is,” says Snow, who admits that he’d consider selling the place if a buyer emerged. “It’s an old building,” he says. “They’re costly to maintain.” Jori Sackin, a 32-year-old painter, musician and video artist, loves the place. “For about a year, I was totally obsessed with the Strand,” he says. Sackin rented the Strand’s auditorium two years ago for a one-night screening of Space Thang, a short movie he made with collaborator Pat Vamos. “It was a film made specifically to be shown at the Strand, combining animation and clips of old 1970s sexploitation movies. Not the sex scenes but the parts in between. We had music and performance art that night, and we oversold the place. It only seats between 80 to 90 people, and we had 150 people show up. Everyone was so excited to be in the Strand.” Sackin sees the 96-year-old theater as a future urban multicultural arts center. “I Sackin sees a porn-free future. Troost needs new businesses making money and attracting people.” For him, though, the Strand has no stigma. “The interesting story to me about the Strand is what people think it is and what it really is,” he says. “When I was putting together my project, I really got to know the place and the people who work there. The guys working in the theater are the sweetest, nicest guys. It’s this great small-business story.” But how long can this theater continue as it is? Sackin’s arts-center vision would require a kind of gentri cation that seems virtually impossible for this stretch of Troost. But at least one Hyde Park resident says seismic shift is on its way. Jinx Wallace, a 25-year resident of Hyde Park, a few blocks from the Strand, points out that the redevelopment of her neighborhood from blighted to sought-after singlefamily homes “didn’t happen overnight.” “All positive changes take awhile,” she says. “Look, the evolution of the Crossroads as an arts district didn’t happen overnight, either. And now that rents in that area are so expensive, artists are looking at other neighborhoods, including Troost. One of my neighbors has already turned a building on Troost into artist studios. And with so many of the old buildings on Armour being turned into market-rate apartments, there are possibilities that we couldn’t imagine 20 years ago.” So what, she wonders, does Troost need in order to become a viable retail community again. “There’s still a lot of disagreement about that,” she says. “But yes, I’d like to see the Strand continue to operate in some fashion on Troost, especially if it brings more creative people to the neighborhood.” When the Strand marks its 100th anniversary in three years, it may not be open anymore — as a porn theater, anyway. Snow says he isn’t planning that far ahead. But after so many years grinding away in the shadows, this stubborn piece of KC history may nd its way into the light again. The Strand’s sexiest days might be ahead. “The i e me ab i t o t the peop think a .” a W have considered buying it,” he says. “I go back and forth on the idea. I mean, there are issues. There’s no parking, and the location is kind of strange. It’s not that it’s a bad neighborhood — in fact, it’s almost desolate at night. But the building’s not in good shape, and it hasn’t been fully utilized in a long time. There are four apartments upstairs and the two retail spaces on each side of the lobby. You would have to imagine what the neighborhood might be in the next 20 years. E-mail email@example.com pitch.com 10 THE PITCH JANUARY 10-16, 2013 pitch.com MONTH GIVE THE GIFT OF 5 PARTIES Over 3000 white gold diamond engagement rings to pick from. Surely we can ﬁnd a ring at Joslins and often at 1/2 the cost. 9529 Antioch * Overland Park, KS 913. 341.2021 * joslinsjewelry.com TO ALL PITCH EVENTS ARE PASSPORTS •HI T E V E RY • NOW AVAILABLE! •EV E N T I N 2013• TASTE OF KC MUSIC SHOWCASE • MUSIC AWARDS SUGAR RUSH •ARTOPIA FIRST 100 PASSPORTS PURCHASED ARE ONLY $45 AT SECURE.PITCH.COM WE KNOW TIMES ARE TOUGH SO WE’RE MAKING OUR EVENTS MORE AFFORDABLE FOR YOU! CALL 816.561.6061 FOR INFO pitch.com JANUARY 10-16, 2013 THE PITCH 11 ‘ s 12 THE PITCH JANUARY 10-16, 2013 pitch.com WEEK OF JANUARY BY BERRY ANDERSON PAG E 16 17 SONS OF ANARCHY Y S U N DA STAGE Wrestling icon Mick Foley does comedy at Stanford’s. 1 .1 3 t y up a Cowbo ter. n e C t Sprin PAG E ART Layet Johnson chisels into Lawrence. PAG E 19 FILM Zero Dark Thirty choppers in. Dirt-bike rider Mike Mason is pretty much a badass. His Twitter pro ile includes a photo of his name tattooed under a woman’s breast, but we’re referring to his 2012 X Games gold medal and his spot on the Nuclear Cowboyz tour: the futuristic freestyle motocross extravaganza of pyro, lasers and female dancers (the Nuclear Cowgirlz) set to a soundtrack of heavy metal and dubstep. The Pitch caught up with the 31-year-old Las Vegas resident to talk about the show, which runs at 2 p.m. (and Saturday night at 7:30) at the Sprint Center (1407 Grand, 816-949-7000). Tickets cost $34–$75 ($10 children’s tickets are available in limited areas). Buy them at sprintcenter.com. The Pitch: How does the training differ between preparing for the X Games and your role as a Nuclear Cowboy? Mason: Both are pretty similar. With X Games, you need the seat time on your bike to feel good on all your hardest tricks. With Nuclear Cowboyz, we do a lot of technical stuff like three-wide flips, so you want to make sure you’re comfortable and con ident. This is your fourth year in the show. Have you always been one of the Soldiers of Havoc? Are they the good guys? All four years I have been on the tour, I’ve been one of the Soldiers of Havoc. Yes, they are deemed as the “good guys.” We try to shut the Metal Mulisha down and make them realize they aren’t as tough as they think they are. There’s obviously a difference between the motocross of yesteryear and today. The X Games and Nuclear Cowboyz are pretty extreme. Where does the sport go from here? I think the sport is heading towards tours like Nuclear Cowboyz. The X Games is cool, but I feel like it has ran its course from a spectator’s standpoint. When you come to a Nuclear Cowboyz show, it’s awesome! You have so many bikes jumping at any given time, the pyro, the music, the lasers and riders flipping while on ire; it’s all more visually pleasing to the fans in the stands. T H U R S D AY | 1 . 10 | TRUE VALUE Scarcity, sentimentality, imperfections — these are a few things to consider when determining an object’s value, says Colin Mackenzie, the NelsonAtkins Museum of E R MO Art’s senior curator of Chinese art. A jade pendant from Hong AT E N I ONL .COM Kong, an inlaid piece of PITCH South Korean pottery, a mounted hand scroll of Chinese seals, and pieces of Lingbi stones are a few of the items from Mackenzie’s personal collection that he’s bringing to Take 5, a new monthly series at the NelsonAtkins (4525 Oak, 816-751-1278) in which museum curators and community members share artifacts from their collections with the public. “It’s interactive to the point where it becomes a discussion,” Mackenzie says. This month’s topic is value. (February’s is healing.) Participation is free, but tickets are required for the hourlong event that begins at 6 p.m. Get more information at nelson-atkins.org. F R I D AY EVENTS F R I D AY | 1 . 11 | TRAFFICKING PROBLEMS Today is National Human Traf icking Awareness Day. In KC, there are approximately 1,700 victims. From 7 to 10 p.m., the Leedy-Voulkos Art Center (2012 Baltimore, 816-474-1919) hosts One Eleven Cocktails for a Cause, which One by One Project Executive Director Andrea Shelton says is “a night to honor those who have been enslaved and now have their freedom.” Support them by buying a ticket ($35 for individual, $65 for couple, or $5 more at the door) to this blackand-white event. “We continued on page 14 ntermediate School 318 is the setting for Brooklyn Castle , the much lauded documentary about five members of the national champion chess team. Watch them survive multiple budget cuts and the determination of their competitors at the Tivoli (4050 Pennsylvania, 816-561-5222) alongside The House I Live In , a documentary about America’s failure in the war on drugs. Tickets cost $8. Call 913-383-7756 or see tivolikc.com for showtimes and information. pitch.com JANUARY 10-16, 2013 THE PITCH 13 I CHECKMATE CHILDREN 1.11 n i k g c ht u b SUNDAY: MISSION OLATHE 8pm to 11pm missionbowl.com 5399 MARTWAY MISSION, KS 913.432.7000 8pm to Midnight $1.00 per game $1.00 per shoes $1.00 10oz Rolling Rock or PBR Draft Beer $1.00 food specials at Strike Zone Grill 1020 S. WEAVER ST. OLATHE, KS 913.782.0279 new Year’S reSOLutiOn: Learn to be more fLexibLe to possibilities Need a drink? Mobile HAPPY HOUR APP Find Happy Hours by: Time, Feature, Name or Location on your IPhone, Blackberry or Android continued from page 13 hope that when people leave, they are not only made aware of what is happening here locally, but they felt called to action in whatever capacity that means for them,” Shelton says. For more information, see onebyoneproject.org. S AT U R D AY | 1 . 12 | GET IN SHAPE, GIRL This year is the 100th anniversary of Delta Sigma Theta, an internationally recognized black sorority with a commitment to physical and mental health. To this end, the Kansas City, Missouri, Alumnae Chapter is hosting today’s Total Woman: Mind, Body and Spirit Health Fair for Women and Girls at the Linwood Family YMCA (3800 East Linwood Boulevard, 816-923-5675). “To commemorate this monumental achievement, we wanted to host an event that is representative of our organization as a whole: sisterhood, service and sacri ice to the communities we serve,” says Danielle Jenkins, the chapter’s community action committee co-chairwoman. Participate in health screenings, Zumba sessions, expert talks and more from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Admission is free. For more information, see dstkcmo.org. F R I D AY 1.11 Open Check out P cutline here OOKIKU FURIKABUTTE Our Studio program offers: Beginning Ballet, ZUMBA®, Jazz, Yoga & more with the best teachers in town! Call 816-931-2299 for a class schedule: Union Station Pershing Rd. Bolender Center 500 W. Pershing Rd. Kansas City, MO here aren’t enough column inches to cover the concepts and subgenres of yaoi , the Japanese term for illustrated, homoerotic fan fiction generally written for women by women. Matt Weston and Jared Presler’s vision for the first annual Ahn!Con, the Midwest Yaoi Convention is for it to grow into a sort of “gay-geek event.” “In my experience, most yaoi takes graphic novels and fits them into the same niche as romance novels,” Weston says. “If you want it to be a substitute for porn, you can find explicit yaoi. But with the censorship laws Japan has, it’s hard to find, and most sex scenes never show much.” Explore more starting at 2 p.m. today. It goes through Sunday at the Ramada Conference Center (1601 North Universal Avenue, 816-245-5500). See ahn-con.com for more information. 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The four-day event ends today, 10 a.m.–5 p.m. See a full schedule and exhibitor list at kansascitysportshow.com. offers eight different types of tacos (from 99 cents to $2.50) and four varieties of “overstuffed burritos” (from $4.50 to $6.50) to pair with $3 Mexican beers and margaritas, $3.50 Lime-A Ritas and $4 Sauza Hornitos shots all day long. Moxie Bar & Grill (4011 North Oak Traficway, 816-455-9600) hooks you up with $3 Corona bottles and $4.99 taco platters and taco salads. Tanner’s Bar & Grill (10146 West 119th Street, Overland Park, 913-345-1217) sells hard-shell and soft-shell beef tacos (99 cents and $1.49) and Lots-O Nacho platters and Tannerito burritos for $5.99. Domestic draws, bottles and wells are half-price from 4 to 7 p.m. KANSAS CITY’s largest and most popular bridal show Meet over 180 of KC’s Wedding Experts Relax & Enjoy HONEYMOON 14 WEDDING GOWNS 6 GROOM'S RINGS $3000 PWG BUCKS GIVEAWAYS PW G BU CK S HI DD EN IN ON E OF TH E FIR ST BR IDE BA GS AT RE GI ST R AT IO N $500 10 0 2 Stunning Runway Shows! PRE-REGISTER & BOGO TICKETS AT KC.PWG.COM W E D N E S D AY | 1 . 16 | FANTASY IN F MINOR With its 5,548 pipes, the Julia Irene Kauffman Casavant Organ, Opus 3875, could easily be the crown jewel of the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts (1601 Broadway, 816-994-7200). Tonight, Helzberg Hall resonates with sounds of the instrument, designed in the French romantic tradition, when Dr. Jan Kraybill plays her inaugural recital at 8 p.m. But irst, she is joined by Michael Barone, host of American Public Media’s Pipedreams (the only nationally distributed weekly radio program celebrating the art of the pipe organ), for an hourlong discussion and Q&A session at 7. Tickets cost $25 or $35. See kcsymphony.org. M O N D AY | 1 . 1 4 | TAKING BACK MONDAY The Bottleneck’s Monday-night house band, Sovereign States, remembers ’90s rock for you — and with you. If you’ve ever wanted to sing a 10- or 15-year-old pop-punk hit in person with musicians, write the words on your hand and get up there. “ ‘Devotion and Desire’ by Bayside, ‘My Friends Over You’ by New Found Glory and ‘Cute Without the E’ by Taking Back Sunday are really popular with the crowd,” says the States’ Quinn Brabender. 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Search our complete listings guide online at pitch.com. *member price 15 pitch.com JANUARY 10-16, 2013 THE PITCH EAR CANDY? HARDCORE COMEDY I Sign up for MUSIC NEWSLETTER Need some S TA G E Mick Foley is in KCK to tell his funniest wrestling road stories. BY JUS T IN K E NDA L L IN CROWD? Sign up for Want to be part of the PROMOTIONAL NEWSLETTER n the wacky and wicked world of professional wrestling, Mick Foley is regarded as the hardcore legend. Known for his multiple personalities — brawler Cactus Jack, ’70s burnout Dude Love and maniacal Mankind — Foley left fans wondering if he felt pain as his opponents battered him with barbed-wire baseball bats and steel chairs or threw him o — and through — a 16-foot steel cage known as Hell in a Cell. Mrs. Foley’s Baby Boy didn’t just win over fans with his bloody brawls. He proved to be the funniest grappler in the game, dispatching his enemies with his tube-sock tag-team partner, Mr. Socko. His humorous autobiographies became best-sellers. So it’s no surprise that Foley’s life after competing in wrestling rings has led him to comedy festivals and clubs around the world, including a two-night, fourshow performance January 11–12 at Stanford’s Comedy Club. (Shows are at 7:45 and 9:45 p.m. Tickets cost $15–$50.) Fourteen years to the day after WWE televised his rst WWE Championship victory over the Rock, Foley spoke with The Pitch. The Pitch: What’s pushing you to try your hand at comedy? Foley: I really enjoy being up onstage. It reminds me of my days as commissioner in WWE in 2000 when I had a microphone and could here, that means that it’s di erent. It’s not the type of show that casual comedy fans basically say anything I wanted to. I miss those wander into. So it’s really going to take some days, so I take advantage of the opportunity to participation from my wrestling audience to re-create that feeling. make these shows work. Who comes to the shows? Your name has been thrown out as the rst It is predominantly a wrestling audience, but I try to make it very welcoming to those inductee in the 2013 WWE Hall of Fame class. What would that mean to you? brave enough to wander in from the cold. ProbIt would mean that the rumors that I started ably my favorite review of one of my shows was spreading about it were effrom a decidedly non-wresfective. It would be a huge tling fan, reviewing me for a Mick Foley honor, especially in Madidecidedly non-wrestling onJanuary 11–12 son Square Garden. WWE line magazine called BroadStanford's Comedy Club does a great job of trying to way Babies. Her final line 1867 Village West Parkway induct people in geographic was, “If you’re interested Kansas City, Kansas areas that mean something in wrestling, you’ll love it. 913-400-7500 stanfordscomedyclub.com to them. For me, being inAnd if you’re not, you’ll like ducted in an arena that I speit.” A lot of reviewers have ci cally used to hitchhike to gone out of their way to state and take trains alone to would be a great honor. that they enjoyed the show despite not being a In wrestling, the peak is being champion or wrestling fan. I take a lot of pride in that. main-eventing WrestleMania. What is your How much of your act is wrestling stories? WrestleMania of comedy? Almost all of it. And if it’s not a wrestling I really enjoyed a couple of my Edinburgh story, I try to base it on something that I learned shows last summer, and I enjoyed my Montreal during my 27 years on the road traveling the shows. I think the idea that I could go into the world. Basically, if people have enjoyed my books, which had plenty of non-wrestling sto- two biggest and most prestigious comedy festivals in the world and impress people in the ries in them, they’ll enjoy the shows. comedy world and be accepted by people in Are you nding that you enjoy this as much that world as being a good performer, as opas wrestling? It’s not a vast departure. It’s just an exten- posed to a curiosity, was probably my WrestleMania moment in comedy so far — until I set sion of wrestling. Do I enjoy coming to Kansas City as much foot on the stage of Stanford’s. Louis C.K. has famously gone out of his way as I enjoyed winning the WWE title 14 years ago? Nothing’s going to stack up to that. But I to say how much he hates Kansas City. [Laughs.] That’s right. He had that great spot really enjoy it. I’ll be cutting way back in 2013 with the morning zoo. on the number of dates I do. I believe KC is the Do you have any reservations about comrst show where I’m doing multiple dates. It’s usually one and out. The idea of doing four ing to KC? Comedy: one giant leap for Mankind Not until you mentioned that. I don’t know. Did he single it out on any occasion other than that? Yeah, he went on The Tonight Show and told Jay Leno how much he hated coming to Kansas City, that it’s a dump and he wasn’t telling the people anything they didn’t already know. Then he worked it into an episode of his FX show with the morning zoo. But he kept plu ing Stanford’s. No kidding. I met Louis years ago. He’s a big wrestling fan. And I was asked to be on the show, and I couldn’t get the time o — this was a few years ago before I went back to WWE. Wish I’d have done it. I’ll have to judge for myself. You end up making your own good time. I’ve had some of my best times in comedy with some of the smallest crowds in some of the worst places. I’m not calling Stanford’s one of the worst places by any means as I’ve never been there. They had the faith to book me for four shows in two nights, so I’m looking forward to it. Probably now more than ever. E-mail firstname.lastname@example.org STONE SOUP SUPPER Help the Metropolitan Ensemble Theatre keep the heat on. For a minimum donation of $10, feed on soup and salad, prepared by MET actors and supporters, from 6 to 8 p.m. Monday, January 14, in the MET lobby (3614 Main). Call 816-569-3226 or see metkc.org for more information. Proceeds go, MET says, “directly to the furnace.” pitch.com 16 THE PITCH JANUARY 10-16, 2013 pitch.com MONTH ART REVERENCE, IRREVERENCE BY THER E S A B EMBNI S T E R Mark McHenry’s sculptures inspire awe, while Layet Johnson’s get laughs. , ve sing i o t l r dve . you a , Do d .. g n n i a t ng rke nni ma a l nt p eve P If you have an interest in marketing/advertising and are able to receive college credit, then you are in luck! P is looking for an intern who is able to handle multiple projects at once and experienced in MS Excel/ Word. If you qualify, send your resume to: email@example.com M ark McHenry designs buildings for a Above: “X” (left) and “Fireplace 2” living, but you wouldn’t guess that by by Layet Johnson; right: “#6” by looking at his six sculptures on display at the Mark McHenry Late Show. The exhibition is so solid that it’s di cult to picture McHenry doing anything “Sculpture #5” showcases his talent for balbut making work in a studio. It’s also surprising anced design, with a con guration that’s both to learn, then, that those six sculptures make planar and angular. A post connected to a slab up his entire artistic output. of concrete supports a wishbone-shaped form, McHenry has worked as an architect in from which another post rises at a 90-degree Kansas City since 1987, but this is his firstangle. Two more posts jut forward from the ever solo gallery exhibition anywhere. A fall front of the wishbone as ropes loop in and out 2011 American Institute of Architects Art by of metal rings attached to the pole, securing Architects show included one of his sculptures, another form that resembles an upside-down which caught the eye of Tom Deatherage, sickle and hammer. Late Show gallerist, through the window of the McHenry’s Late Show exhibition is a strong AIA o ce. (The architect also makes furniture debut from an accomplished artist. Another and musical instruments in his spare time.) four decades would be an unfair wait to see McHenry made these big, abstract sculpmore from him. tures over the past 40 years, assembling much of the work from salvaged, rough-sawn walnut that he and his father purchased at he ve sculptures and single print in Little a farm auction in the mid-1970s. The artistRock, Arkansas, artist Layet Johnson’s architect incorporates other materials colsolo exhibition are ludicrous — which is the lected from buildings, too, including metal, point. His entertaining show, Sacred Jests, limestone and rope. He reregisters as a series of quick, fashions these weathered, witty one-liners, starting Mark McHenry: Sculpture reused bits and pieces into with the conceptual play in Through January 31 sculptures large enough to its title’s two loaded words. The Late Show Gallery dominate a room, pieces Johnson likes paradox, 1600 Cherry, 816-474-1300 that would refuse to get and he finds it by combinlost even in an open, rural ing contradictory qualities Sacred Jests: landscape. to make his art. The sculpLayet Johnson His sculptures demonture “Bob Saves” consists of Through January 22 strate many qualities that the letters spelling the word Invisible Hand Gallery one would expect from an slack carved out of marble — 846 Pennsylvania, Lawrence 785-813-1803 architect: attention to decomplete with a surface texinvisiblehandgallery.com tail, a sense of scale, a sure ture that appears to include control of disparate formal chisel marks — sitting on the elements, a deep undergallery oor. But no slacker standing of his materials. The latter shines would choose to make artwork out of such a through in “Sculpture #2,” which suggests heavy, expensive, labor-intensive medium. a pommel horse in shape. Its hand-carved Some of the sculptures here rob would-be texture allows the wood’s natural color to aputilitarian objects of their usual jobs. In “Firepear underneath the darker stain, signaling place No. 2” and “Fireplace No. 3,” Johnson McHenry’s reference for the salvaged walnut’s places ceramic logs on top of grates created natural beauty. with slender steel cylinders. The clay logs have If you are goIng to go out, you mIght as well get paId seen the inside of a kiln that reaches temperatures in the thousands of degrees, but that means they’re useless as fuel. They’ve been red but won’t burn. The joke continues in “X,” an altered wheelchair with a seat as long as a church pew. It’s an aid vehicle capable of helping no one, with wheels and handles so far apart that maneuvering the contraption would take two people. With this piece, especially, Johnson su uses his drollness with futility and disappointment. “Read Cabinet Like MAD” hits a more speci c target. Johnson has taken the fall 2012 issue of Cabinet, a quarterly art and culture magazine, and creased each interior page as though toying with one of Al Ja ee’s classic Mad magazine Fold-Ins, altering the source’s sentences and photos so that they run together in nonsensical ways. An overt reference to a beloved source of juvenile humor, “Cabinet” is also Johnson’s method for subverting information in a magazine that takes itself seriously. It’s an arty gag whose ingredients — setup, punch line, callback — are well-attuned to a form with its own time-honored strictures: the joke. 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NKC, MO. 64116 816.421.9700 www.Screenland.com/Armour Stanley Kubrick Retrospective FULL METAL JACKET: JAN 14 THE SHINING: JAN 21 DR. STRANGELOVE: JAN 28 COLUMBIA PICTURES PRESENTS A KATHRYN BIGELOW FILM “ZERO DARK THIRTY” JESSI CA CHASTAIN JASON CLARKE JOEL EDGERTON EXECUTIVE MUSIC BY ALEXANDRE DESPLAT PRODUCERS COLIN WILSON TED SCHIPPER GREG SHAPIRO PRODUCED WRITTEN BY MARK BOAL KATHRYN BIGELOW MEGAN ELLISON BY MARK BOAL DIRECTED BY KATHRYN BIGELOW starts friday, january 11 18 THE PITCH JANUARY 10-16, 2013 CHECK LOCAL LISTINGS FOR THEATERS AND SHOWTIMES Screenland Roasts BATMAN AND ROBIN: JAN 18 Bigscreen Classics GONE WITH THE WIND: JAN 19 BEETLEJUICE: JAN 26 HomeGrown Comedy Tour WITH AJ FINNEY, DUSTIN KAUFMAN AND THE CALAMITY CUBES: JAN 31 Judah Friedlander: Feb 9 Trivia: EVERY WEDNESDAY AT 7PM Sunday Night: & VIDEO GAMES ON THE BIG SCREEN BOARD GAMES 7PM pitch.com FILM STANDARD OPERATING PROCEDURE Torture isn’t what’s most troubling about Zero Dark Thirty. BY MIC H AEL S I CI NS KI INVITES YOU TO A SPECIAL ADVANCE SCREENING! TUESDAY, JANUARY 15 – 7:30 PM Left: Chastain; above: Chris Pratt and Joel Edgerton Many film critics and intellectuals love Bigelow because she used to be a painter and has avant-garde credentials. And, as action lmmakers go, she has a better than average command of cinematic space. The fact that she has recently turned to military subjects is not all that surprising. High-tech reconnaissance devices are the endpoint of a Renaissance perspective and its abstraction of lived space into mappable patterns and elds. Nevertheless, her storytelling exhibits a fascination with power, particularly male power. On the one hand, ZDT is a kind of blank slate, much like Maya — content to show certain things that happened, without inquiring about their meaning or providing much context. But the forms of action lmmaking inevitably provide their own explanations. The 20-minute sequence in which the SEALs raid the bin Laden compound, in almost complete darkness, is masterful lmmaking, composed in the hold-nothing-back vernacular of the blockbuster combat movie. Bigelow shows a U.S. stealth craft blowing up from four di erent angles, a classic multiple detonation that would make Michael Bay blush. The muscular editing, the play of sickly green light across a pitch-black screen, the tense awareness of jeopardy — she uses these familiar tools to help us cope with images of Arab women being shot. Does Zero Dark Thirty tell us that torturing our enemies is OK? It has often been said that the 9/11 attacks, which bin Laden helped organize, resembled some sort of horrible real-life Hollywood action movie. If it was necessary to track and kill bin Laden, and if it was equally necessary to perform unsavory acts to do it, it is perhaps even more necessary that those acts and that killing be depicted in a Hollywood movie. 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From outraged leftist blogs all the way to the oor of the Senate, people are asking: Does ZDT make a clear case that the torture of al-Qaida–a liated detainees provided speci c information leading to the location and killing of Osama bin Laden? So many answers are oating around the contemporary Van Allen belt of bloviation that I hesitate to add any more air, hot or cold. But the media ap has forced us to overlook some MORE equally important considerations. Has the OscarT winning director made a A E IN ONL .COM work of ham- sted, proPITCH Bushie propaganda, or is ZDT a complex, ambivalent work of art that abjures easy answers? After two viewings, I am inclined to say neither. Zero Dark Thirty chronicles various phases in the hunt for bin Laden — from roughly 2003 through the siege on his Abbottabad compound in 2011. Bigelow begins the movie with audio recordings of 9/11, and her lm takes care to punctuate its bin Laden-centered detective story with clearly labeled, meticulously staged al-Qaida hits (the July 2005 London bombings, the 2008 Marriott Islamabad attack, the suicide bombing at Camp Chapman), as if to indicate by sequence and concatenation that bin Laden was behind each. It’s a narrative staged almost exclusively through the point of view of a young CIA operative named Maya (Jessica Chastain), no last name given. She is ctional, a composite of many CIA employees involved in bringing bin Laden to justice, and her lack of stated personal history and her relentless drive to get bin Laden make her ideal to Bigelow’s needs. K FILM Maya is the perfect point of identi cation for a lm that, without some nesse, could have bewildered audiences, stranding them in procedural arcana. Because she is essentially a blank, though, either side of the torture debate can claim her as a gure of pro-torture propaganda or poker-faced rebuke. Yes, the movie says, torture happened. And, yes, we got bin Laden. But did torture give us bin Laden? This is where our political thinking collildes with Hollywood lm style, our favored means of turning complex events into easily digested storytelling. ZDT could be said to depict the transition from a Bush-Cheney doctrine to an Obama doctrine, marking a hinge, a moment when the CIA had to turn a corner into a more technological (and technocratic) form of intelligence gathering than mere torture. ZDT clearly depicts actionable intel resulting from so-called enhanced interrogation. It also depicts a CIA that grasps (not without some carping) that its day is done. Maya embodies this change. But in creating Maya, and articulating these pivotal events through the lens of Chastain’s charisma, writer Mark Boal and director Bigelow have performed a sleight of hand. Presenting this attractive composite as the face of the CIA apparatus demands an unproblematic identi cation with both the CIA and the hunt for bin Laden. It also lets us lose sight of the broader stakes. One of the things that ZDT takes as a given, just as Maya does, is that “getting bin Laden” was always worth it, no matter the cost. In practical terms, bin Laden had long since been sidelined in the daily activities of al-Qaida, so his killing was a function of closure. Yet while pundits and politicians get wrapped up in whether the lm “defends” torture as the means to taking him out, they are failing to examine Bigelow’s lmmaking as a rhetorical method and a symbolic form. IN THEATERS JANUARY 18 www.mamamovie.com WHO IS THE HOMETOWN HERO IN YOUR LIFE? 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They named their fivemonth-old spot with T A INE ONL .COM Melendy’s title in mind, H C PIT but maybe not her counsel: Pork and pastries are on the menu, which might present more dangers to the waistline than to the complexion. “It’s full of old wives’ tales about health and beauty and what women should do on their wedding night,” Ross says of the book. “Disappointment too deep to be expressed comes to the bride,” Melendy advises, “who has found herself in the embrace of a human gorilla.” A human gorilla, like the proverbial bull in a china shop, might be cautioned against muscling into Vivilore, where paintings in gilded frames are hung on every wall, and delicate antique china and fragile knickknacks occupy nearly every available surface. Having a meal in one of the street-level dining rooms is like eating in a set designed for a Merchant Ivory lm. And though Vivilore may look prissy, it’s a terri c small-town dining room. Englewood isn’t short on quirky charm. The arts district has a 1940s movie theater that may yet reopen, a wonderful old-fashioned diner (the Englewood Café, which serves the best homemade pies in Kansas City) and a very good South American café and market. Vivilore gives the neighborhood a snazzy alternative to chicken-fried steak and green beans, and it also saves one of the more fascinating architectural artifacts in the area. Until the 1980s, the townhouselike structure, with its immense front doors and big windows, was the showroom for one of the classiest interior-design rms in the Midwest: Sermon-Anderson Inc. It was T. Sermon (the son of a former Independence mayor) and his partner, Mitch Anderson, who ripped the front o a 1928 bungalow in 1969 and replaced the façade with a brick Butler building. The entrance hall is paneled in rare pecky cypress — one of the few details left from the days when Sermon and Anderson entertained wealthy customers and celebrities (“Jim Nabors was one of their friends,” Ross says) with cocktails and decorating advice. After the decorators died, in the early 1990s, their offbeat structure fell on hard times. “It was in very poor condition when Vivilore piles on the oldschool style in Independence. BY CHARLES FERRUZZA Vivilore • 10815 East Winner Road, Independence, 816-836-2222 • Hours: Lunch 11 a.m.–5 p.m. Tuesday–Saturday; dinner 5–9 p.m. Tuesday–Thursday, 5–10 p.m. Friday–Saturday; closed Sunday–Monday • Price: $$–$$$ I CAFÉ ANGELA C. BOND Cindy and I bought the building,” Ross says. Dillon may break the rules by using chopped “The roof was leaking, the electric work was cucumber — according to a Maine chef who dined with me here, classic lobster salad can antique, there was no air conditioning and the be dressed only with mayonnaise, pepper plumbing was shot. We spent thousands of dollars just bringing the building up to code.” and salt — but her lobster salad, tucked into yeasty rolls split down the center, works. It also had no kitchen — which would have I have a couple of quibbles with Vivilore. been a problem for veteran chef Hope Dillon Meals are served with a basket of baguette (the Grille on Broadway, Poco’s Latin American slices and a little dollop of pecan butter, but the Grill), one of Ross and Foster’s rst hires for their dream restaurant. But Dillon now over- tawny concoction that dominates the bread is a strange, gooey banana jam that calls for hot sees a smartly out tted commercial kitchen, biscuits rather than Gallic crusts. And another big enough to handle both the main dining of Dillon’s French touches needs a little atroom and the sunny banquet room on the third tention. On the starters list is oor. (At least I think it’s the that 1970s favorite, coquille third oor; Vivilore seems to Vivilore St. Jacques: browned scalhave as many sets of stairs as Wild-mushroom lops in creamy wine sauce. the Ei el Tower). cheesecake........................$10 “Is the dish made with A talented chef who has Coquille St. Jacques ..........$12 the little bay scallops or the never really gotten her due Lamb shank ........................$22 fat sea scallops?” asked one over the years, Dillon has Pork porterhouse ............. $28 Polenta .................................$15 of my dining companions. crafted imaginative but Apple cake............................. $7 “The little bay scallops,” accessible lunch and dinthe waitress assured my ner menus. Her spin on the friend. The same server was standby Reuben, for instrangely silent when she served the dish, prestance, tops house-cured pastrami with a slice pared with big scallops sliced into quarters. of creamy fontina cheese and a heap of “slaw” These are small gripes, however. Dillon’s (marinated red cabbage, apples and red onion simmered in a reduction of apple-cider and days of cooking with the late, great Lorenza “Poco” Gutierrez are reflected in several balsamic vinegars). It’s wonderful, one of the dishes, including an outstanding, fork-tender best versions of this sandwich in town. pork porterhouse, flattered by its glaze of There’s nothing more boring than a grilled bourbon-ancho-chile sauce. I also like her chicken breast, but Dillon gives her bird a steamed tamales, made with profoundly Southwestern drawl, slathering the tender assertive French Comté cheese. And the meat with a sultry, tart blanket of fresh salsalamb-shank osso buco, served with a silky verde paste and feta cheese and serving it mushroom risotto, is succulent enough to with a sweet, u y corn pudding. The lobster rolls are almost authentic but fully delicious. make you consider gnawing on the bone. Seeking perfection: the pastrami Reuben (left) and lemon cake with berries (above) My favorite starter is a mushroom “cheesecake”: a hot, bubbly casserole of cream cheese, smoked gouda, mushrooms, peppers and onion. It’s an addictively ne excuse to eat more bread. It’s vegetarian-friendly, but the menu here doesn’t o er much else for meatless diners. In addition to the tamales, the other vegetarian entrée — triangles of airy baked polenta — are satisfying, thanks to a hearty mushroom sauce. And a delectable meal can be made from Dillon’s best side dish: a mash of roasted root vegetables including golden beets, parsnips, red onion, carrots, potatoes and sweet potatoes. It’s buttery and comforting. The dessert list changes frequently. I was underwhelmed by a dry triangle of an alleged “chocolate torte” but seduced by a slab of crumbly, fresh apple cake. It’s easy to eat too much at Vivilore, which must have the namesake’s author spinning in her grave. After all, she spends two chapters discussing a “beauty diet” that recommends small portions, very little meat, and lots of fruits and vegetables.” “She was way ahead of her time,” Ross says. Vivilore is not ahead of its time, and it isn’t supposed to be. It’s a throwback to a time when people wanted to eat in gracious, genteel dining rooms, places with soft music and banana jam. Have a suggestion for a restaurant The Pitch should review? E-mail email@example.com pitch.com N U A YX 1X–X 0-16 3X TT HH EE PP II TT CC HH 21 pitch.com J A M O N TR H X,, 2 20 010 1 A CANDY-COATED COMPETITION TO NAME FAT C I T Y KANSAS CITY’S SWEETHEART P p CRAFT EXPRESS Bier Station taps into Armour Hills. BY JON AT H A N BENDER HAWAIIAN PUNCH he days of the average wheat-threshing, meat-eating midlander pining for the craft brews of his honeymoon are over. Kona Brewing Co. is sur ng onto shelves and taps across the Kansas City area over the next week. Fat City said aloha to Mattson Davis, the president of Kona Brewing, to ask what KC drinkers can expect from the Hawaiian import. The Pitch: Is there a beer that you would recommend to those unfamiliar with Kona, for them to get a sense of your brewery? Davis: Longboard Island Lager is our flagship beer, and medalwise it’s the most decorated Kona brew in our portfolio. It’s also usually craft-beer drinkers’ rst taste of liquid aloha. Longboard Lager is a great session beer and goes down extra easy on a hot day. Second to Longboard would be Big Wave Golden Ale for a beer that really sums up the Hawaiian experience. For ale lovers, this beer has pronounced citrus notes and has won over locals in Hawaii since we first began brewing it. Travelers to Hawaii loved it so much that they often requested it upon their return, and this summer we made it available year-round on the mainland. We have a lot of barbecue here in Kansas City. Any recommendations on pairing smoked meats (brisket, pork, ribs) with your beers? Easy. Koko Brown Ale is excellent with smoked meats and cheeses. We serve it in Hawaii with Kalua pork and spare ribs at our restaurants and pubs. Do you have a sense of the Midwest drinkers or why Kona might appeal to them? We have similar values when it comes to family and family gatherings around food and drink in Hawaii. We hope this will come through as Midwesterners become more familiar with Kona. Many Midwesterners have traveled to Hawaii, where they have likely had their rst taste of Kona beer. Tastewise, Midwesterners have a sophisticated palate for handcrafted beers. Our brewers’ use of tropically inspired ingredients like toasted coconut, 100 percent Kona co ee, and passion fruit gives our beers a taste that’s not often found in colder climates. T FEB 21 6-8PM 2013 @ Info on tickets & sampling your sweets call 816-561-6061 NOW OPEN Any Meal. Any Time. Y 24/7 IN WESTPORT 3959 Broadway 816.931.3333 HuddleHouse.com ou want a taste?” John Couture asks, gesCouture mans the beer board. turing to a line of 21 taps. He reaches for “Our goal is to have fun, rotate the taps a small, silo-shaped glass. and make sure you can always nd something I do. And I’m not alone — there has been new,” Isch says. a constant flow of curious drinkers at Bier “Brad has a fantastic eye for the unusual,” Station, the Armour Hills bottle shop and craftCouture adds. beer bar that Couture opened in late December. So do the customers so far. “The craft-beer “We opened on a Saturday, and when my wife pulled into the parking lot, there were demographic is much wider than I expected,” Couture says. “We had this people sitting in idling cars die-hard beer-geek grandma waiting to get in,” Couture Bier Station in here the other night grabsays. “It’s been steady dur120 East Gregory Boulevard, bing these obscure Belgian ing the day, and then as soon bierstation.com beers.” as people get o work, it’s, Hours: 11 a.m.–11 p.m. Bavarian-style pretzels like, boom.” Monday–Thursday and 11 a.m.–midnight hang from opaque pegs Part of why the place feels Friday–Saturday behind a Lucite window in busy is that the bar itself — the small kitchen just off with its meadow-green backthe bar, a display made by splash and an appealing look Farm to Market, which also makes the edidesigned to mirror Marienplatz, a train station in Munich — is the only place to get service ble pretzels that can be ordered here. A jalapeño-cheddar version is an early top seller, here. Bier Station has forsaken waitsta in faas is a dipping sauce made with Deschutes vor of full-tilt beer geekery. A hand-lettered Obsidian Stout and Dijon mustard. (The chalkboard explains how the shop works: Draft other dips: cheese, garlic aïoli, and yellow and bottled beer are poured on-site, and botmustard.) Bier Station also has a cheese-andtled beer is also available to-go. The bottles are stored in a row of coolers, charcuterie plate, designed by Paris Brothers. Couture says he plans to add a few light lunch with laminated tags on the shelves providing options. descriptions of each beer and recommended On a January Thursday, Couture hands me food pairings. Beer by the glass is priced as it a tulip glass of Evil Twin Über Tart, a Shirley would be at most other bars around town, and Temple–colored sour beer. The half-dozen or six-packs to-go cost what they might at a liquor so patrons in the room are putting o their store, with one exception. after-lunch return to work or conducting a “We’ve really focused on trying to keep our pricing down for our bombers and 750 ml deal over a cold one. Couture and Jake Iversen bottles,” Couture says. “We want people to be are behind the bar pouring samples, eager to nd out about their customers and the beers able to sample and share.” they prefer. What you sample or share falls to Brad It’s a little after 4 p.m., and Bier Station Isch. Couture has hired the former Royal Liquor manager to help curate the beer cool- is starting to get crowded. Between pours, ers and taps. Isch’s longstanding relation- Couture chats with a woman from Pittsburgh. ships with distributors and breweries have Her husband is interviewing with the Kansas already brought Bier Station limited releases City Chiefs, and she’s here on a recommendafrom regional breweries, such as St. Louis’ 4 tion from a Flying Saucer bartender. A few seats down, two men in baseball caps lament Hands Brewing Co. The 21st tap, which Isch has nicknamed “the wild one,” isn’t listed on the Chiefs’ performance this season. All of them could be sharing a bench in a busy train the rotating menu board. He intends to stock station. The men move on from football to it with small-run barrels and styles meant to push beer drinkers’ boundaries. The tap debate the hop pro le of what they’re drinksystem, installed by Boulevard, is built to ing. It’s the kind of conversation you can have when there’s no train to catch. hold as many as 40 taps. 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The Green Lady Lounge is located at dance halls with a guy named Colorado at 1809 Grand, an address you might recognize from the police blotter: It’s the former home Pete,” Scott says. “And my Aunt Carol has been a fan of Kansas City jazz for as long as I of Balanca’s. remember. I’ve grown up with a lot of music Balanca’s had been on a wild ride over the in my life, and I’m really passionate about jazz last decade. In its early years, it catered to a downtown LGBT crowd. Over time, it morphed in particular.” His original idea was to reopen a jazz lounge into more of an anything-goes swingers scene and then into a tweaked-out swingers scene. in the old Jardine’s space, but after scouting the building and crunching the numbers, he (Contributing to the block’s overall sleaziness, decided to pass. “I think it would be tough an underground sex club reportedly operated, until recently, in the alley behind Balanca’s.) In to stay in business under the circumstances recent years, the bar began to attract, on certain at that location,” he says. “It obviously has a rich jazz history, but I don’t nights, a troublemaking hiphave enough experience to hop crowd. In 2010, a ght Mark Lowrey, have made what I’m trying broke out inside Balanca’s solo piano performance to do work there.” that spilled into the street 9 p.m.–midnight Friday, January 11 Scott’s gaze turned toand ended in the shooting wa rd dow ntow n. A f ter death of Jeremy Mott, an unlooking at a few spaces, derage patron. Owner Lori Rob Fosterhe got curious about 1809 Burroughs agreed to close Kevin Hiatt Duo, Grand. Sheri Parr, owner of the club for 45 days. This past vintage swing jazz the Brick, put him in touch March, less than 18 months 8–11 p.m. Saturday, with Burroughs, who owns after the venue reopened, January 12 the building. (Burroughs 31-year-old Wayne Steward hasn’t exited the bar busiwas shot inside Balanca’s. ness; she recently bought Norm & Betty’s, in He later died. After that, the bar slowly faded Independence.) They negotiated a deal, and the away, opening only on certain nights, before Green Lady Lounge quietly opened for busifinally closing its doors for good sometime ness in mid-December. over the summer. At rst blush, not much has changed inScott, a tall, middle-aged guy with wild eyes, has never owned a bar before, but he has side since the Balanca’s days. There are redleather booths, and a sexy veil of red lighting been doing business in Kansas City for 17 years blankets the bar. But improvements have been as the owner of Scott Fitness. Last year, he sold made. For one, it’s cleaner. And a 1940s Wm. three of his gyms to Jonetta Stewart, a business Knabe & Co. vintage baby grand is plunked partner (he still operates one in Briarcli ), who renamed them TheGymKC. (Full disclosure: I down in the center of the room, which lends some class to the joint. Right now, at least, am constantly blasting my lats, traps and delts the ambience is on-point: a little bit of that at TheGymKC, where I am a member.) Finding Grand Boulevard seediness (you can never himself with some extra time on his hands, wash that away) paired with the nostalgic, Scott started thinking about a new venture. He Downtown’s new Lady of the night middlebrow aesthetic of a jazz club. And it has a 3 a.m. liquor license, which is great news for downtown residents like me, who often nd themselves lamenting the lack of non-Power & Light nightcap options. Scott says he has purposely been slow out of the gate. (“We wanted to open really soft so we had time to gure out what we don’t know and make improvements.”) But last week brought a few con rmations of regular gigs. Pianist Bram Wijnands (from whom Scott bought the bar’s piano) holds court at the Green Lady Lounge for a jazz matinee every Sunday from 4 to 7 p.m., and Mark Lowrey performs every Friday night from 9 p.m. to midnight. “I’m so freaking happy to have Mark onboard. I’ve been trying to get him down here to look at the space for months,” Scott says. Drinkswise, Scott is focusing on local beers — Boulevard and Mother’s at the moment, with plans to bring Free State and Tallgrass into the fold. For food, Kelli Daniels is moving her Good You food-truck operation down the street from Czar and is serving dinner at the Green Lady Lounge from 4 to 10 p.m. Wednesday through Sunday. (General hours for the bar are from 4 p.m. to 3 a.m. Tuesday through Sunday, though Scott says those hours might expand.) The long-term goal is to work up to six nights of live music a week, but Scott says he’s not trying to replicate the formal jazzvenue business model of Jardine’s. (He’s not charging at the door, though he allows that that, too, might change at some point for certain shows.) Scott stresses the word lounge. “I think ‘lounge’ suggests a comfortable, casual, quiet tone,” he says. “We’re not stu y. We just want people to be comfortable, listen to some music and not shout. We’re trying to impart that this is not a fraternity party. We’re here to have a drink and relax.” E-mail email@example.com pitch.com 24 THE PITCH JANUARY 10-16, 2013 pitch.com MONTH pitch.com JANUARY 10-16, 2013 THE PITCH 25 MUSIC CREATURE COMFORTS T here aren’t really “studio bands” anymore, at least not ones that make any money. Touring is where the pro t is in the music industry these days. But for a certain type of musician, the studio remains a fun place to tool around if cashing in isn’t a high priority. Alex Courtney is one such specimen. The local trio he fronts, Man Bear, performs around town infrequently but has released three EPs in the past 15 months. “I think about us more as going the Guided By Voices route,” Courtney says. “They were putting out albums for 10 years before they started really playing live a lot. A lot of it comes down to me, I guess — I don’t like playing live as much because we can’t do stu as a threepiece that we do on our records. Also, I don’t think I’m a competent enough guitar player or singer for live playing.” He’s being modest, though self-deprecation is part of Man Bear’s charm. The group’s sense beat, happy-go-lucky half of Big Star’s catalog. “I de nitely wanted it to have a ’70s rock of humor is evident in its album titles: Talking vibe to it, yeah,” Courtney says. “For us, a Drunk at 2 a.m., Feeling Kind of Lo(Fi) and, most ’70s rock record is about bands like Big Star recently, In nity Cat. Man Bear makes what and T. Rex as opposed to, I don’t know, REO people tend to call power-pop records, though Speedwagon or something. that’s a label that increasingly Tom Petty is another guy I requires a more precise exMan Bear, with Me think we were all thinking planation. The debut, Talking Like Bees, Gentleman about, too. There’s a song Drunk, worships at the 1990s Savage and Burrowss on In nity Cat called ‘Gotta alt-rock altar of Superchunk. Friday, January 11, Go,’ and that’s sort of our Lo(Fi) is a fuzzy homage to at the Riot Room attempt to write a song like the Replacements. And conPetty’s ‘Hometown Blues.’ ” tinuing its pattern of working Courtney has known bassist Aaron backward through the decades, In nity Cat is Nickless for more than a decade. They recruited Man Bear’s ode to the 1970s. It’s a tight, hooklled record tailor-made for fans of the more up- drummer Keith Howell via Craigslist about B R O O K E VA N D E V E R Man Bear, back in the ’70s power-pop wild with its latest EP, Infinity Cat. BY D AV ID HUDN A L L Riding in cars with Bears. three years ago and started rehearsing on and o , mostly for fun. In 2011, they picked up the pace and readied Talking Drunk, which they recorded with Chris Cosgrove at Cosgrove Audio. “The rst one was us guring out how you record music as a band, which took awhile,” Courtney says. “The second one we recorded ourselves — ve songs scattered out across ve months, recorded in our drummer’s basement and at my house on a computer. Those songs, I think, are more oddball, more like B-sides, more stylistically di erent than what we are probably typically going for. “With this new one, I think we’ve done something that represents us more accurately,” he continues. “Although it’s not like there’s a ton of thought put into it — really, we just had some new songs.” Courtney says to expect another Man Bear EP relatively soon. “The way the business works now, I think it’s good to keep a steady stream of content coming out, and EPs are good for that,” he says. “They’re fast and easy. We could take our time and do a full-length, but that would take 10 months, and people would completely forget about us.” What about more gigs? “I guess we’ll probably start doing more live shows,” he says. “We need to keep our drummer happy. Recording all the time isn’t as much fun when you’re the drummer.” Download at manbear.bandcamp.com. ALBUM REVIEWS LEONARD DSTROY & KUTTY SLITZ The LennySlitz Project Part 2 (Self-released) n 2010, producer Leonard Dstroy and rapper Kutty Slitz released the synergistically titled album The LennySlitz Project to raves from just about every hip-hop head in midtown Kansas City. Dstroy is perhaps best known for his beats on records by Deep Thinkers and CES Cru. Slitz, a founding member of CES Cru (now composed of just the duo of Godemis and Ubiquitous), is incarcerated, but last month they teamed up again to drop The LennySlitz Project Part 2 as a free Bandcamp download. While the raw power of their rst collaboration is turned down just a notch here, tracks like the hyper-political restorm “No I in We” and the open letter to his son on “Role Model” nd Slitz expanding his reach as a lyricist. He works through a range of emotions that are somber (“Role Model”: I’m sitting in my cell heart crying out, picture in my lap/Praying for him, hoping I can bring him back/ Look, son, this is the truth/The streets are not for you, just look what I’ve been through) and proud (“Bounce”: Been doing this since mama was wiping your snotty nose/Man, I’m one of the 26 THE PITCH JANUARY 10-16, 2013 DOLLAR FOX Little Mother’s Things I Am Keeping (Money Wolf Music) I L sickest spitters nobody probably knows). And Dstroy’s smoother, more polished, less brash beats this time around allow more room for these ideas to be heard. On balance, this latest e ort may be overshadowed by the shock and awe of its predecessor. Still, The LennySlitz Project Part 2 is a worthy, mature sequel from Kansas City’s most mysterious and uncanny producer-rapper tandem. — CHRIS MILBOURN Download at leonarddstroy.bandcamp.com. etter,” the lead track on Little Mother’s Things I Am Keeping, is about as busy as roots rock gets. A blistering banjo line, the thumping of snare drums, and the honkytonk-meets-Rubber Soul guitars swirl around in a tornado of Americana. It’s a declarative opening statement but maybe not the best example of Dollar Fox’s strengths. For that, skip to song two, “Josephine,” which gallops at a slower gait. Here, the buttery, unwavering voice of lead vocalist Tommy Donoho and the sing-along hooks are streamlined and on full display. Generally speaking, this is the lane in which Dollar Fox drives steadiest — when Donoho takes on laid-back altcountry ballads. Less compelling are tracks in which Donoho cedes the mic, as on “Don’t Remember Name,” which veers into powerpop territory (albeit with a mandolin in tow), and closer “Keep It Straight,” which runs too hot and twangy. It adds up to an uneven second album, though one that shows a lot of promise. There’s nothing wrong with trying pitch.com on new speeds and sizes, of course, but Dollar Fox is most on the money when it slows down, strips down and mellows out. — BERRY ANDERSON Download at dollarfox.bandcamp.com. E-mail firstname.lastname@example.org M O N T H X X–X X , 2 0 0 X THE PITCH 1 pitch.com GIRL’S NIGHT OUT SHOW The WORLD FAMOUS FRIDAY, Jan. 11, 2013 @ 9:30 p.m. SMUGGLERS INN 1650 UNIVERSAL PLAZA THE ULTIMATE LADIES’ NIGHT OUT Tickets: $20/ door ~ Call for tickets & information:(816)483-0400 pitch.com JANUARY 10-16, 2013 THE PITCH 27 MUSIC RADAR BY Other shows worth seeing this week. F R I D AY, J A N U A R Y 11 Mick Foley: 7:45 & 9:45 p.m. Stanford’s Comedy Club, 1867 Village West Pkwy., Kansas City, Kan., 913-400-7500. M U S I C F O R E CAST D AV ID HUDN A L L S AT U R D AY, J A N U A R Y 12 Mick Foley: 7:45 & 9:45 p.m. Stanford’s Comedy Club, 1867 Village West Pkwy., Kansas City, Kan., 913-400-7500. S U N D AY, J A N U A R Y 13 The Sharrows, Tom Skora, Tyler Gregory: Jackpot Music Hall, 943 Massachusetts, Lawrence, 785-832-1085. M O N D AY, J A N U A R Y 1 4 Language Room, Randall Shreve and the Sideshow: 9 p.m. RecordBar, 1020 Westport Rd., 816-753-5207. W E D N E S D AY, J A N U A R Y 16 Convergence, Anthemous, Ace the Czar, King Kihei, and more: The Bottleneck, 737 New Hampshire, Lawrence, 785-841-5483. The Used, We Came as Romans, Crown the Empire, MindFlow: The Granada, 1020 Massachusetts, Lawrence, 785-842-1390. CHRIS MULLINS FUTURECAST FRIDAY 18 Rodney Carrington: The Midland Jeff Mangum: sold out. Liberty Hall, Lawrence Billy Joe Shaver, with Bryant Carter: Knuckleheads Saloon SATURDAY 19 Murali Coryell: Knuckleheads Saloon SUNDAY 20 Bloc Party, IO Echo: Liberty Hall, Lawrence Keane, Youngblood Hawke: The Midland SATURDAY 26 Frost: The Midland MONDAY 28 Sum 41, and more: The Granada, Lawrence Clockwise, from left: John Fullbright, Me Like Bees and Soul Providers The Architects The Architects closed 2012 strong, dropping a live album, Live in Los Angeles, this past fall. And on New Year’s Eve, the group announced a new studio LP, Border Wars, which will see release sometime this spring. This is all pretty huge news if you are a fan of the local boys’ earth-shaking, punk-in ected rawk music. And this show, with Appropriate Grammar and Drew Black and Dirty Electric, ought to be an excellent opportunity to sample some of their new tunes. Saturday, January 12, at Riot Room (4048 Broadway, 816-442-8179) John Fullbright Me Like Bees One of the new great hopes of the No Depression/alt-country scene is John Fullbright, a 24-year-old singer-songwriter wunderkind. He’s been compared with everybody from Steve Earle to Townes Van Zandt to Randy Newman to Woody Guthrie, with whom he shares a hometown of Okemah, Oklahoma. But I think his work most resembles the literary Southern wisdom you find in Mike Cooley’s songs for the Drive-By Truckers. (See: “Jericho” from 2012’s From the Ground Up.) Fullbright is playing with a full band for this Knuckleheads show; it’s a special “living room session” — high on intimacy, low on seating. Tuesday, January 15, at Knuckleheads Saloon (2715 Rochester, 816-483-1456) year with a new one, Candy Coated Fury, on which it is currently touring. It contains songs called “Your Girlfriend Sucks,” “I Love/You Suck” and “P.S. I Hate You.” Anybody have a noose handy? Monday, January 14, at the Granada (1020 Massachusetts, Lawrence, 785-842-1390) Soul Providers Showcase FEBRUARY SATURDAY 2 Morrissey: Liberty Hall, Lawrence MONDAY 4 Lady Gaga: Sprint Center SUNDAY 10 Emilie Autumn: The Granada, Lawrence FRIDAY 15 Galactic: Liberty Hall, Lawrence SUNDAY 17 Electric Six, the Dead Girls: The Riot Room THURSDAY 21 Toro Y Moi, Sinkane: The Granada, Lawrence FRIDAY 22 Talib Kweli: The Granada, Lawrence WEDNESDAY 27 Maroon 5: Sprint Center THURSDAY 28 Yonder Mountain String Band: Liberty Hall, Lawrence Fans of mid-’00s indie rock will warm to Me Like Bees. The Joplin quartet conjures the nervous bombast of Cold War Kids, and singer Luke Sheafer’s voice recalls Modest Mouse’s Isaac Brock at his most deranged. Openers Gentleman Savage and Man Bear tra c in Beatlesesque psych and power pop, respectively. With Burrowss. Reel Big Fish Friday, January 11, at Riot Room (4048 Broadway, 816-442-8179) Does the pairing of juvenile punk lyrics with horns and upstroked guitars sound like a real hoot to you? Then two things: (1) You are probably a 15-year-old boy, and (2) you will totally love Reel Big Fish, which has been swerving around in this busted-ass lane for about two decades now. Following its 2009 album of ska-fueled covers of pop hits (by acts like Van Morrison, John Mellencamp and Poison — how cheeky!), the SoCal group returned last Will 2013 be the year of the Soul Provider? That’s what we asked back in December, when we put the local hip-hop collective on the cover of this here magazine. This Saturday, a few of the crew’s talent have their rst chance in this new year to make that case. On the slate: DJ Jamel Rockwell, plus rappers MilkDrop, Dutch Newman, Stik Figa, Gage and BBP. Women get in free; for the men, it’s $5 before 11 p.m. and $7 after. 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PINT NIGHT WITH DJ HIGHNOONE AND ASHTON MARTIN pitch.com JANUARY 10-16, 2013 THE PITCH 29 NIGHTLIFE Send submissions to Clubs Editor Abbie Stutzer by e-mail (email@example.com), fax (816-756-0502) or phone (816-218-6926). Continuing items must be resubmitted monthly. BLUES/FUNK/SOUL Jazzhaus: 926-1/2 Massachusetts, Lawrence, 785-749-1387. Sticky Clutch. Knuckleheads Saloon: 2715 Rochester, 816-483-1456. Atlantic Express, 8:30 p.m.; Jason Eady, 9 p.m. Quasimodo: 12056 W. 135th St., Overland Park, 913-239-9666. J.Love, 9 p.m. ROOTS/COUNTRY/BLUEGRASS Davey’s Uptown Ramblers Club: 3402 Main, 816-753-1909. Country Swing and Rock-a-Billy Party. Jazzhaus: 926-1/2 Massachusetts, Lawrence, 785-749-1387. Tyrannosaurus Chicken. •A LITTLE SLICE OF IRELAND• IN DOWNTOWN KANSAS CITY Come Shake Your Shamrocks! THURS January 10th: Pat Lentz 8-12 FRI January 11th: Lost Wax 10-2 SAT January 12th: Retroactive T H U R S D AY 10 BLUES/FUNK/SOUL B.B.’s Lawnside BBQ: 1205 E. 85th St., 816-822-7427. John Paul’s Flying Circus. The Phoenix: 302 W. Eighth St., 816-221-5299. Danny McGaw. Quasimodo: 12056 W. 135th St., Overland Park, 913-239-9666. Kris Bruder’s Freight Train, 7 p.m. RecordBar: 1020 Westport Rd., 816-753-5207. Spongecake and the Fluff Ramblers, the Summit, Monarchs, 9 p.m. DJ Beer Kitchen: 435 Westport Rd., 816-389-4180. DJ Finius. The Eighth Street Taproom: 801 New Hampshire, Lawrence, 785-841-6918. DJ Candlepants. MiniBar: 3810 Broadway, 816-326-8281. Dropout Boogie. The Quaff: 1010 Broadway, 816-471-1918. DJ Chris. The Well: 7421 Broadway, 816-361-1700. DJ Highnoone. ROOTS/COUNTRY/BLUEGRASS Davey’s Uptown Ramblers Club: 3402 Main, 816-753-1909. Adam Lee and the Dead Horse Sound Company. Replay Lounge: 946 Massachusetts, Lawrence, 785-7497676. Sky Smeed, Cowgirl’s Trainset, 6 p.m. ROOTS/COUNTRY/BLUEGRASS The Brick: 1727 McGee, 816-421-1634. Jack Grelle and the Johnson Family. Eddie’s Lounge: 3512 S.W. Market, Lee’s Summit, 816-537-4148. Tracy Allison. The Riot Room: 4048 Broadway, 816-442-8179. Brother Bagman, Starroy, the Associates. DJ Mosaic Lounge: 1331 Walnut, 816-679-0076. Mosaic Friday hosted by Luke Rich, with DJ Allen Michael. The Quaff: 1010 Broadway, 816-471-1918. DJ E. The Uptown Arts Bar: 3611 Broadway. DJ Todd Howard, 10 p.m. The Well: 7421 Broadway, 816-361-1700. DJ Mike Scott. ACOUSTIC Take Five Coffee + Bar: 5336 W. 151st St., Overland Park, 913948-5550. Fedora. JAZZ The Blue Room: 1616 E. 18th St., 816-474-8463. Jazz Disciples. Jazz: 1823 W. 39th St., 816-531-5556. Midtown Quartet. The Phoenix: 302 W. Eighth St., 816-221-5299. Tim Whitmer & KC Express, 4:30 p.m. 170 E. 14TH ST. KCMO IN P&L DISTRICT 816-268-4700 • THEDUBLINERKC.COM FACEBOOK.COM/THEDUBLINERKC ACOUSTIC Take Five Coffee + Bar: 5336 W. 151st St., Overland Park, 913948-5550. Dan Bliss with Rod Fleeman. HIP-HOP Jackpot Music Hall: 943 Massachusetts, Lawrence, 785-8321085. Johnny 2 Cold, the Winner’s Circle, Dizzy Fuelo, Lyric Reddick, Yung Beetle, Reyn. JAZZ The Blue Room: 1616 E. 18th St., 816474-8463. Darcus Gates, 8:30 p.m. The Kill Devil Club: 61 E. 14th St., 816-877-8312. The Sons of Brasil. Quasimodo: 12056 W. 135th St., S G IN Overland Park, 913-239-9666. LIST E AT Monique Danielle, 5:30 p.m. IN ONL M Thai Place: 9359 W. 87th St., OverPITCH.CO land Park, 913-649-5420. Jerry Hahn. COMEDY Improv Comedy Club and Dinner Theater: 7260 N.W. 87th St., 816-759-5233. Christina Pazsitzky, 7 & 9:45 p.m. JAZZ The Blue Room: 1616 E. 18th St., 816-474-8463. Peter Schlamb, Hermon Mehari Group. Jazzhaus: 926-1/2 Massachusetts, Lawrence, 785-749-1387. Addison Frei Group. Westport Coffee House: 4010 Pennsylvania, 816-756-3222. Parallax. CLUB MORE BAR GAMES/DRUNKEN DISTRACTIONS The Bottleneck: 737 New Hampshire, Lawrence, 785-8415483. Ass Jamz. The Red Balloon: 10325 W. 75th St., Overland Park, 913-9622330. Karaoke, 8 p.m., free. Sharks: 10320 Shawnee Mission Pkwy., Shawnee, 913-2684006. Pool tournament, 1 p.m. Westport Coffee House: 4010 Pennsylvania, 816-756-3222. The Kick Comedy Theatre: the Kick-Off Improv Comedy Show, 8 p.m. BLUES in Johnson County Wed JAN 9 The SPOT for The COMEDY Improv Comedy Club and Dinner Theater: 7260 N.W. 87th St., 816-759-5233. Christina Pazsitzky. COMEDY Improv Comedy Club and Dinner Theater: 7260 N.W. 87th St., 816-759-5233. Christina Pazsitzky, 7:30 & 9:45 p.m. Skylight Restaurant and Sports Bar: 1867 S.W. State Rt. 7, Blue Springs, 816-988-7958. Mike’s Comedy Club, 8 p.m. BAR GAMES/DRUNKEN DISTRACTIONS Buzzard Beach: 4110 Pennsylvania, 816-753-4455. Trivia, Ladies’ Night, and DJ HoodNasty. Czar: 1531 Grand, 816-421-0300. Hot Caution Thursdays, 10 p.m. Ernie Biggs Dueling Piano Bar: 4115 Mill, 816-561-2444. “You Sing It” Live Band Karaoke. RecordBar: 1020 Westport Rd., 816-753-5207. Trivia Clash, 7 p.m. Sherlock’s Underground Coffeehouse & Pub: 858 State Rte. 291, Liberty, 816-429-5262. Karaoke, ladies’ night specials. The Uptown Arts Bar: 3611 Broadway. Uptown Heat, 10:30 p.m. The Velvet Dog: 400 E. 31st St., 816-753-9990. Skeeball League. Westport Flea Market: 817 Westport Rd., 816-931-1986. Trivia, 9 p.m. OPEN MIC/JAM SESSIONS Sherlock’s Underground Coffeehouse & Pub: 858 State Rte. 291, Liberty, 816-429-5262. Open Blues Jam with Earl Baker, 4 p.m. BAR GAMES/DRUNKEN DISTRACTIONS Hamburger Mary’s: 101 Southwest Blvd., 816-842-1919. Maryoke with Monique. Helen’s Just Another Dive: 2002 Armour Rd., North Kansas City, 816-471-4567. Trivia Riot with Roland, 7:30 p.m., $5 per person. Hurricane Allie’s Bar and Grill: 5541 Merriam Dr., Shawnee, 913-217-7665. Karaoke, 8:30 p.m. J. Murphy’s Irish Pub and Grille: 22730 Midland Dr., Shawnee, 913-825-3880. Karaoke, 9 p.m. Missie B’s: 805 W. 39th St., 816-561-0625. Ab Fab Fridays, 9 p.m. Billy Ebeling 7-10 Thur JAN 10 Fri JAN 11 VA R I E T Y The Granada: 1020 Massachusetts, Lawrence, 785-842-1390. Thumpur, Going to Hell in a Leather Jacket, Taste Bud G-Spot, 3 Son Green. The Uptown Arts Bar: 3611 Broadway. 1001 Arabian Nights Bellydance with A’ishah and friends. Kris Bruders Freight Train 7-10 Monique Danielle 5:30-8:30 JLove Band 9-12 Sat JAN 12 S U N D AY 13 ROCK/POP/INDIE Californos: 4124 Pennsylvania, 816-531-7878. Victor & Penny, 2 p.m. EASY LISTENING Jerry’s Bait Shop: 13412 Santa Fe Trail Dr., Lenexa, 913-8949676. Interactive Acoustic with Jason Kayne. FOLK The Uptown Arts Bar: 3611 Broadway. Lunadaz. OPEN MIC/JAM SESSIONS The Bottleneck: 737 New Hampshire, Lawrence, 785-8415483. Stand-up comedy and open mic. Double T’s Roadhouse: 1421 Merriam Ln., Kansas City, Kan., 913-432-5555. Blues Jam hosted by RocknRick’s Boogie Leggin’ Blues Band, 7 p.m. R O C K A B I L LY B.B.’s Lawnside BBQ: 1205 E. 85th St., 816-822-7427. Jason Vivone and the Billybats. BLUES/FUNK/SOUL B.B.’s Lawnside BBQ: 1205 E. 85th St., 816-822-7427. Lee McBee and the Confessors. Jazz: 1823 W. 39th St., 816-531-5556. Rich Berry. Doghouse Daddies 5:30-8:30 Cadillac Flambe 9-12 Tues JAN 15 Wed JAN 16 S AT U R D AY 12 ROCK/POP/INDIE The Brick: 1727 McGee, 816-421-1634. Phantoms of the Opry, Victor & Penny. Czar: 1531 Grand, 816-421-0300. Various Blonde, Baliff, Jorge Arana Trio. Great Day Café: 7921 Santa Fe Dr., Overland Park, 913-6429090. Mike Ashley. Jackpot Music Hall: 943 Massachusetts, Lawrence, 785-8321085. Sixteen Penny. Jerry’s Bait Shop: 13412 Santa Fe Trail Dr., Lenexa, 913-8949676. The Stolen Winnebagos. RecordBar: 1020 Westport Rd., 816-753-5207. The Rumblejetts, Dollar Fox, 6 p.m. DJ Replay Lounge: 946 Massachusetts, Lawrence, 785-749-7676. Sunday Funday with DJ G Train on the patio. VA R I E T Y The Brick: 1727 McGee, 816-421-1634. KC Songwriter Forum, 7 p.m. Knuckleheads Saloon: 2715 Rochester, 816-483-1456. KCBS Election & Send-Off Party for Jason Vivone, Brandon and Shinetop, 7 p.m. JAZZ Chaz on the Plaza: 325 Ward Pkwy., 816-802-2152. Les Mengel Duo, 5-9 p.m. The Phoenix: 302 W. Eighth St., 816-221-5299. Second Sunday FUNdays: Gina and Chloe McFadden, 3 p.m. Dave Hays Blues Jam 7-10 John Paul Drum & Bill Dye 7-10 135TH ST. & QUIVIRA 12056 W. 135th St. OPKS 913-239-9666 www.quasimodokc.com THE PITCH F R I D AY 11 ROCK/POP/INDIE Bar West: 7174 Renner Rd., Shawnee, 913-248-9378. Travelers Guild. The Brick: 1727 McGee, 816-421-1634. The Brannock Device, Schwervon. Great Day Café: 7921 Santa Fe Dr., Overland Park, 913-6429090. Steve Sterner, Mark Nelson. Jackpot Music Hall: 943 Massachusetts, Lawrence, 785-8321085. Heidi & the Kicking Heels, Hidden Pictures, Electro Foam. Jerry’s Bait Shop: 302 S.W. Main, Lee’s Summit, 816-525-1871. Switch. RecordBar: 1020 Westport Rd., 816-753-5207. Sons of Great Dane, Hotdog Skeletons, Kill Noise Boys, Demon Lips, 9 p.m. COMEDY Improv Comedy Club and Dinner Theater: 7260 N.W. 87th St., 816-759-5233. Christina Pazsitzky. BLUES/FUNK/SOUL B.B.’s Lawnside BBQ: 1205 E. 85th St., 816-822-7427. Mama Ray Jazz Meets Blues Jam, 2 p.m.; Millage Gilbert, 9 p.m. Knuckleheads Saloon: 2715 Rochester, 816-483-1456. Platinum Express, 8:30 p.m. The Phoenix: 302 W. Eighth St., 816-221-5299. The Brody Buster Band, 9 p.m. Quasimodo: 12056 W. 135th St., Overland Park, 913-239-9666. Doghouse Daddies, 5:30 p.m.; Cadillac Flambe, 9 p.m. BAR GAMES/DRUNKEN DISTRACTIONS The Bottleneck: 737 New Hampshire, Lawrence, 785-8415483. Smackdown Trivia and Karaoke. Clarette Club: 5400 Martway, Mission, 913-384-0986. Texas Hold ’em. Frank James Saloon: 10919 N.W. Hwy. 45, Parkville, 816-5050800. Karaoke, 6-10 p.m. 30 JANUARY 10-16, 2013 pitch.com pitch.com MONTH MON: RU RAL THU 1/10 GRIT 6-9, KARAO KE 1 BLUE BO OT HEELE 0PM JA C K R FRI 1/11 S - 9PM, GRE THE BRA LLE, BRIAN FRAM N E N O C SAT 1/12 SCHWERVON, K DEVICE - 10 VICTOR A GOSPEL HAN PM, ND PENN D Y - 10 S THU 1/17 PHANTOMS OF CLIFF HIN THE OPRYPM, ES FRI 1/18 HERMAN MEH,APROJECT H, RI BOX THE CO PAS S, SAT 1/19 OLIVETTI LETM MEDICIN TER, SONA E THEOR WIRED S Y, TORBEN, HUT Congrats Beau Bods! kcmo SPONGECAKE & THE FLUFF RAMBLERS/ THE SUMMIT/ THE MONARCHS FRI. JAN. 11 WED. JAN. 9 RUMBLIN’ JUNE/AMANDA HUGHEY/ FASHIONABLY LATE/STEADY BREATHER THURS. JAN. 10 7PM DOLLAR FOX/RUMBLEJETTS 10PM SOUL PROVIDERS SHOWCASE ART BATTLE 3:1 MUSSMAN VS.HEINRICHS 7PM KAMERA - ALL AGES 10PM SONS OF GREAT DANE/ HOTDOG SKELETONS/ KILL NOISE BOYS/DEMON LIPS SAT. JAN. 12 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. 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I love women. I’ve always loved women; I’ve always loved having sex with women. However, in the last year, here and there, I’ve jerked o to transsexual porn. One night, after drinking with a friend and smoking some hash, I arranged a date with a trans sex worker. She was totally womanly, nothing manly about her, except for, you know. She licked my butt, gave me head and ngered me. I’ve been on the receiving end of anal play before from girls, so nothing new. But somewhere during this encounter, I became the receiving partner during anal sex. At the time, I was too fucked up to care. But the next day, I started to feel really bad. She was very safe and used condoms for everything. I just can’t get past the fact that I did the gayest thing a guy can do. I feel really depressed about this traumatic situation. I can’t seem to enjoy my life anymore. I’ve even felt somewhat suicidal. (I would never kill myself — I wouldn’t do that to my family and friends.) I still want to date women and have sex with women. I don’t regret being with a trans woman because I wanted to experiment. I’ve been tested since the encounter to make sure I didn’t catch anything. What I regret is her sticking her thing in my butt. Can a single act like this make me gay? Please help. BY D A N S AVA G E Wrong Side of Wild Side Dear WSOWS: Give yourself a break. Yes, yes, you did the gayest thing a guy can do — you allowed someone to put a dick in your manbutt — but now you’re doing the second-gayest thing a guy can do. You’re being a huge drama queen about the whole thing. Stop acting so cray, as the kids say, and repeat after me: One dick in the ass does not a gay man make. Look at it this way: The difference between having a woman’s nger in your ass and having a woman’s dick in your ass is a matter of degree. If the woman’s nger was ne — to say nothing of the woman’s tongue — why freak out about the woman’s dick? Remember: You don’t sleep with men; you’re not attracted to men. You made an exception for this woman’s dick because her dick is exceptional: It’s attached to a woman. So maybe you took a longer walk on the wild side than you might have if you’d gone on that walk sober, but thankfully, your sex worker was conscientious and responsible and used condoms. So you didn’t emerge from this encounter with anything more devastating than a touch of gay panic. Be a man about this — be a straight man about this — and walk it o , as the football coaches say. Maybe this will help: Like a lot of gay men, I had sex with a woman before I came out. I did the straightest thing a guy can do — I put my dick in a vag — and it didn’t make me straight. So while you did the gayest thing a guy can do — you let someone put a dick in your ass — that didn’t make you gay because you’re not gay, and one ride on a trans escort’s dick can’t change that. If nothing I’ve said has made you feel better, maybe this will: Gay men don’t hire trans women sex workers. Wanting to be with a woman who has a dick is an almost exclusively straight-male kink/obsession/wild side. Gay men are into dick, of course, but what we’re really into is dudes. There are gay men out there who date and fuck and shack up with trans men — men with pussies — so not all gay men are after dick. What we’re all after is dude. If our gayness can’t be defined solely by dick, then surely your straightness can’t be undone entirely by dick. (2) Some gay people think throuples are odd, some think they’re unremarkable, and some think they’re sensible. And some gay people — some dumb ones — think gay throuples are bad PR at a time when gay couples are ghting for the right to marry. But our ght is for equal rights, not double standards, and no one argues that straight marriage should be banned because of all the straight throuples, quadles, quintles, sextetles, etc., out there. (3) In my experience, yes, that’s usually how it happens. (4) Throupledom presents unique challenges: Major life decisions require buy-in from three people; two can gang up against one during arguments; the partners who were coupled before the third came along may treat the third as a junior partner, not an equal partner, etc. But throupledom presents unique bene ts, too: another set of hands to help around the house, another income to pay down the mortgage, another smiling face to sit on, etc. And it’s not like coupledom is a surefire recipe for success. Half of all marriages — those traditional “one man, one woman, for life ” marriages — end in divorce. Yet discussions of throupledom all seem to begin with the assumption that coupledom is a self-evidently more stable arrangement. Maybe it is, maybe it isn’t. I’d like to see some research comparing throuples with couples before I accept that premise. Dear Dan: I recently used the term “saddle- Dear Dan: I’m a married straight man. I recently spent a lovely day snorkeling with my wife in Mexico. We were grouped with three men who were obviously in a committed three-person relationship. I lacked the cojones to ask directly, but they had an extensive travel history together and lived together. Everything was “we” this or that, and there were various PDA pairings during the day. They were lovely people. I wish we all lived in the same city because it’s hard to meet cool people who aren’t exactly like you when you’re married with kids. Several questions: (1) What do gay people call such a union? (2) Does the gay community think it’s odd? unremarkable? sensible? (3) How does a union like that form? A couple adds a third? (4) Do these relationships last? Lots of pros and cons, just curious how it plays out. backing” to indicate the position where a man rubs his penis between his partner’s ass cheeks as either foreplay or nonintercourse sex. My girlfriend, a regular reader of your column, insists that I used the term incorrectly. Did I? Rubbed the Wrong Way Dear RTWW: You did. “Saddlebacking,” as de ned by Savage Love readers (the Académie Française of sexual neologisms), is when two straight teenagers, endeavoring to preserve an evangelical girl’s virginity, engage in anal intercourse. This is a thing that really happens. Because anal sex isn’t really sex, according to the abstinence educators whom evangelical teens are exposed to, many good Christian teenagers rationalize that getting fucked in the ass doesn’t really count against a girl’s virginity. The act to which you refer — rubbing your penis between someone’s ass cheeks as foreplay or as a substitute for intercourse — is known variously as frottage, outercourse, the Princeton Rub or “the pearl tramp stamp.” But in Chicago, it’s known as “the Cardinal George.” Find the Savage Lovecast (my weekly podcast) every Tuesday at thestranger.com/savage. 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