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FRED BAUTERS Current neighborhood: Prairie Village Who or what is your sidekick? My wife, our

two cats (which are the size of small dogs) and my Brooks Ghost running shoes.

What career would you choose in an alternate reality? An FBI agent who retires to become

Where do you like to take out-of-town guests? The views from Liberty Memorial and Oklahoma Joe’s give people an idea what KC has going on.

“Kansas City screwed up when it …” Let land

development spin out of control.

“Kansas City needs …” More parks and green space around downtown.

“People might be surprised to know that I …”

a high school cross-country coach. That was my coach, and he remains the coolest person I know. His nickname was “Jesus” because he’d appear out of nowhere when we were on long runs, and he had a remarkable beard. I can see myself doing that.

Have a slightly shortened sternum, meaning I have a “divot” in my chest. It’s funny more than anything.

What was the last local restaurant you patronized? Tacos El Matador. Great Mexican

“In fi ve years, I’ll be …” Having kids, telling tales of my vigorous youth.

Where do you drink? Preferably a Boulevard

Breaking Bad isn’t something I watch anymore. It plagues me for weeks.

is hard to beat.

12-pack sampler at home with friends, but Nara’s reverse happy hour is a can’t-miss. The only thing better than drinks is drinks with sushi.

What’s your favorite charity? Great Plains SPCA and Harvesters do great work here locally. My sister is involved in Girls on the Run, and I think any charity devoted to helping kids early in life is important.

“On my day off, I like to …” Get away from technology and be outside as much as possible.

What TV show do you make sure you watch?

take up a lot of space in my iTunes:

I’m all over the place — Tears for Fears, Explosions in the Sky, Deftones, Muse, Kid Cudi, Led Zeppelin, Andrew Bird, Kenna. If it resonates, it’s there.

Favorite person or thing to follow on Twitter:

What movie do you watch at least once a year?

Die Hard — it’s my annual Christmastime must. And Rocky IV multiple times a year.

Favorite place to spend your paycheck:

Garry Gribble’s and food, in a dead heat.

What local phenomenon do you think is overrated? Snowstorms. Cleveland gets dumped

on regularly, so it’s interesting to see a whole city shut down.

Finish this sentence: “Kansas City got it right when …” It embraced the arts and cuisine cul-

ture blowing up right now. And Sporting Park. Absolutely addicted, and I knew nothing about soccer a year ago.

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What local tradition do you take part in every year? Still pretty new to KC, but First Fridays

are a priority when it’s decent outside.

Celebrity you’d like to ride the Mamba with at Worlds of Fun: Jennifer Lawrence. She seems

like a celeb who wouldn’t mind screaming her head off.

Person or thing you find really irritating at this moment: Winter temperatures. I’d much rather

run when it’s 100 degrees than 20.

Aaron Paul (see: Breaking Bad)

What subscription — print, digital, etc. — do you value most? Netflix, for my ’80s addiction

and Chappelle’s Show.

Last book you read: The Whore of Akron by Scott Raab. It’s really much more about the writer himself than LeBron James. Brutal humor. If you’re from Cleveland, it’s mandatory reading. Favorite day trip: My wife and I sometimes head north or south and decide random spots to pull off. Weston and Louisburg are top-notch.

Interesting brush with the law? We used to jump off a lighthouse in high school at a beach on Lake Erie. Completely illegal, but it was always a pretty big crowd. The Coast Guard would yell from the boat on one side, and we’d switch to jumping off the other. Looking back, that was incredibly dangerous and idiotic, but that’s what you’re supposed to do, right? Describe a recent triumph: This job, obviously. Also, after years of trying and failing to floss regularly, I discovered the wonder that is the Waterpik.

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he Big 12 men’s basketball tournament hasn’t sold out yet. And that has to be a first in collegebasketball-loving Kansas City. At press time, all-session nosebleed tickets remained available through sprintcenter.com for $195 apiece (plus fees) — bad news for conference officials, KC Big 12 supporters and scalpers, and a reminder of the University of Missouri’s Southern secession. Then again, maybe University of Kansas fans just can’t stomach paying to see the Jayhawks wear those ugly Zubaz shorts. Nah. Blame this on Mizzou. Even without a potential Border War matchup, though, the 2013 Big 12 Tournament has plenty of intrigue. KU and Kansas State share the regular-season crown, and a Sunflower Showdown fi nale looms as an odds-on possibility. Oklahoma State, Iowa State, Oklahoma and Baylor look to play spoiler to the crimsonand-blue vs. purple-and-silver party. The Cowboys spent the season perfecting a hardnosed defense. The Cyclones have come on

with a dizzying 3-point attack. The Sooners hit KC in need of a win to boost their NCAA tourney résumé. And even the Bears, resting on the thinnest of NCAA Tournament bubbles, might have a shot. And because a tournament championship is a Wonka-like golden ticket to the Big Dance, even Texas, Texas Tech, Texas Christian or West Virginia could turn into Cinderella by somehow pulling off an upset. If it’s individual performance that excites you, the next few days offer what might be your last NCAA glimpses at two of the best players in the nation. Ben McLemore and Marcus Smart could realistically go No. 1 and No. 2 in this year’s NBA draft. All of which means that, even without the gold and black, the Power & Light District should be packed. In honor of this year’s tournament, then, The Pitch has compiled its second-annual unofficial Big 12 program. Read on for stats, opinions, and suggestions on where to watch if the Sprint Center sells out. continued on page 10

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Myck Kabongo, Texas

The Jayhawks’ shot-swatting senior provides interior defense like no other player in the league.

The 6-foot-1-inch sophomore guard was MIA for the majority of the Longhorns’ season (missing 23 games due to an NCAA suspension for receiving impermissible benefits) but has returned with a vengeance, averaging 15.8 points, 5.3 rebounds, 5.3 assists and 1.9 steals, and hooking a 5–3 record.

Pierre Jackson, Baylor

Romero Osby, Oklahoma

21 PLAYERS TO WATCH Jeff Withey, Kansas

The preseason Big 12 Player of the Year is a mighty mite. The senior scores at will (a league-high 19.4 points) but also unselfishly dishes (also a league-high 6.57 assists).

Angel Rodriguez, Kansas State

The shifty point guard became a leader for the Wildcats in his second season. He’s also one of the league’s top passers (5.48 per game).

Melvin Ejim, Iowa State

The Cyclones’ undersized double-double machine leads the conference in rebounding (9.3).

Elijah Johnson, Kansas

Rock Chalkers have had a love-hate relationship with the senior guard, but it’s all love after a 39-point effort and win on the road against Iowa State.

The 6-foot-8-inch senior forward leads the Sooners in scoring (15.7) and rebounding (6.9), and he’s playing his best basketball late in the season.

Tyrus McGee, Iowa State

The Cyclones’ sixth man is a deep, deep threat from beyond the arc. If McThree gets hot, Iowa State has a shot.

Markel Brown, Oklahoma State

The Cowboys’ junior guard may not get the headlines of teammate Marcus Smart, but he led Okie State in scoring (15.6) and has been a consistent force.

Rodney McGruder, Kansas State

The 6-foot-4-inch senior guard leads the Cats in points (15.1) and rebounds (5.2), showing why he is an All–Big 12 selection.

Le’Bryan Nash, Oklahoma State

The 6-foot-7-inch sophomore wing has all the tools to be a future pro, if only he could put them together more consistently.

Steven Pledger, Oklahoma

The 6-foot-4-inch senior guard doesn’t have to carry the scoring load like he did last season. His points may be down, but he’s still wreaking havoc. And OU is better than it was last year.

Eron Harris, West Virginia

The 6-foot-2-inch guard is trying to provide scoring to an offense that ranks 210th in the nation.

Cory Jefferson, Baylor Will Clyburn, Iowa State

The lanky 6-foot-7-inch senior forward has pro potential but struggles to score on the road. Still, he can put up points in bunches and leads the fourth-best scoring team in the nation with his 15.2 points per game.

Kyan Anderson, Texas Christian

The hapless Horned Frogs’ only hope is this 5-foot-11-inch sophomore.

The 6-foot-9-inch power forward is second only to Jeff Withey in shot blocking.

Amath M’Baye, Oklahoma

The 6-foot-9-inch transfer forward was picked as the preseason Newcomer of the Year. He’s helping the Sooners win, which is all that matters.

Travis Releford, Kansas

The 6-foot-6-inch senior guard should be right at home in the Sprint Center. The Kansas Citian is making 57.9 percent of his field goals and averaging 11.9 points.

Jaye Crockett, Texas Tech

The Red Raiders’ 6-foot-7-inch junior forward is the best scorer (11.9 points) on the secondworst-scoring team in the Big 12.

Chris Babb, Iowa State

Welcome to Babb Island! The Cyclones’ defensive stopper makes opposing players feel stranded.

Shane Southwell, Kansas State

Look out if the junior guard gets hot.

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The Sooners are booming. Oklahoma boasts home wins over Oklahoma State and Kansas, and a first-round win over Iowa State would leave no doubt. They need it after a bad loss to TCU. Don’t be fooled: The Big 12 will get at least five teams in, and the Sooners’ résumé is good enough.

FRESHMAN PHENOMS

Ben McLemore, Kansas

KU fans must be wondering: If Ben McLemore had been eligible last season, would the Jayhawks have toppled Kentucky and won a fourth national title? The 6-foot-5-inch shooting guard has shown true moments of greatness in his first season, lifting the Jayhawks on his back, which included banking a 3-pointer to send a home game with Iowa State to overtime. (KU won 97–89, and McLemore finished with 33 points, including six 3-pointers.) The St. Louis native, averaging 16.7 points and 5.3 rebounds, is a top-five pick and No. 1 on some draft boards.

a thief, averaging three steals a game. He’s worthy of an early lottery pick.

Isaiah Austin, Baylor

Isaiah Austin was one of the top recruits in the nation. The 7-foot-1-inch, 220-pound center needs to bulk up his physique to match his goggles. But the Texan has put together a solid freshman campaign, averaging 13.6 points, 8.8 rebounds and 1.6 blocks. He could use more college seasoning, but NBA general managers are salivating over his potential and 7-foot-4-inch wingspan.

Iowa State (21–10, RPI 47, SOS 64)

The Cyclones come into the tournament in good shape, with quality wins over Oklahoma State, Kansas State and fellow bubblesquatter Oklahoma. Had a botched no-call charge against Kansas been whistled, Iowa State likely would have been perfect at home. The Clones’ biggest weakness: road games and blown late-game leads. A first-round win solidifies their case.

Georges Niang, Iowa State Marcus Smart, Oklahoma State

Marcus Smart lives up to his last name. The 6-foot-4-inch, 224-pound point guard is as complete a player as you’ll find. Voted Big 12 preseason Freshman of the Year, Smart averages 15.1 points, 5.7 rebounds and 4.3 assists. But most impressive is Smart’s defense. He’s

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Georges Niang is a gem of a find for the Cyclones. Niang is an inside-outside forward. You gotta be to exist in the Cyclones’ threechucking offense. Niang wasn’t as heralded as McLemore, Smart or Austin, but he’s making an impact for the Cyclones, averaging 11.8 points, 4.5 rebounds and a three.

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Baylor (18–13, RPI 61, SOS 21)

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State banners hanging year-round. Closer to the Sprint Center, Bar Louie is I-State’s “official headquarters.”

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intersection of Southeast Eighth Street and Browning. This year’s theme is Lucky 2013, and festivities include the Strip Run, the Emerald Isle Pub Crawl (right after the parade) and the Head Shave for Hope House. For more information, see downtownls.org/parade. North Kansas City’s 30th Snake Saturday Parade and Festival starts at 11 a.m. at the intersection of 14th Street and Swift. This year’s theme is Irish Roots & Cowboy Boots,

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diverse, well-dressed crowd packs the dance floor at the monthly Flirt Fridays at VooDoo Lounge (Harrah’s Casino, 1 Riverboat Drive, 816-889-4237), where nationally known DJs spin house, hip-hop and merengue. “We’ve been doing this event for the past two years, and it’s taken on a life of its own,” promoter Josh Hernandez says. “It’s the biggest, classiest, most upscale event in the salsa community.” Tonight’s Flirt Friday features NYC DJ Nelson Torres with live percussion from the Timba-Conga Duo and a free 9 p.m. salsa and bachata lesson. Cover costs $5 before 11 p.m. and $10 after. (VIP reservations get $100 off bottle service.) For details, see kcsalsa.com. pitch.com

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e get a take on Margie at the outset of Good People, onstage at the Unicorn. The middle-aged woman cashiers at the Dollar General, where her seniority makes her the top earner at $9-plus an hour. But that’s not why she’s being fired. As this play begins, she and her 20-something boss, Stevie, have stepped out back, downwind from the Dumpster rather than inside an office, where he slowly breaks the news. It’s a fitting setting for Margie’s hard, paycheck-to-paycheck existence. She’s grinding it out in the famously insular workingclass neighborhood of South Boston, where ba rely E MOR scraping by is the norm, not cause for pity. It’s a place where a story of a T A E IN pregnant friend’s shopONL .COM PITCH lifting attempt is retold for its humor, not its morality. We’re drawn in immediately by these folks: sharp-tongued, down-to-earth, a little angry, but self-sufficient and proud. Not too proud, though, to plead for a job. Margie (Jan Rogge) is out of luck with her Margie (Jan Rogge) needs hers, and she tries boss (Phillip Russell Newman). making a deal with Stevie (Phillip Russell years since they last saw each other. He has a Newman) like she’s bargaining with God. Yet successful practice and lives in an upscale secthis drama is no downer; it’s a richly painted tion of Boston with his young academic wife, and often funny portrait of people distinKate (Dianne Yvette), and their small daughter. guished by their class and culture, and defined Margie is the coarse side of an emery board to further by their issues and imperfections. Mike’s trimmed nails, but the former Southie Mark Robbins deftly directs an expert cast isn’t all manicure. in this first-rate production, a collaboration “How’s the wine?” he asks Margie when with Kansas City Actors Theatre (the second she visits his home. “How this season, following Dethe hell would I know?” is cember’s Inspecting Carol). Good People her lightning response, a Playwright David LindsayThrough March 24, at telling reflection of their Abaire, who was a Southie the Unicorn Theatre, differences. (So, too, Mike’s himself growing up, draws 3828 Main, 816-531-7529, elegant office and home — from his past in this work, unicorntheatre.org set design by Jason Coale.) which received a Tony nomiBefore serving cheese, Kate nation for Best Play of 2011. checks whether Margie is lactose-intolerant, Here, the neighborhood escapee is Mike another foreign concept. (Scott Cordes), briefly Margie’s boyfriend in Through these characters and their dishigh school before heading off to college (a parate life courses, this play explores why place Margie and most, if not all, of her crowd fortunes fall as they do, without completely skipped). Margie learns from friend Jean answering the question. What does it take to (Manon Halliburton) that Mike is now a doctor. catch a break and get ahead? Wiser choices, In a whirling coffee klatch in her kitchen that harder work, “being a prick”? At the regular includes Margie’s landlady, Dottie (Kathleen church bingo games that Margie attends with Warfel), the three women hatch job-seeking Jean and Dottie, she wins if she’s lucky. And and moneymaking schemes. Perhaps Margie we understand, from the women’s rapid-fire should go to Mike’s office and ask about a job. retorts during the bingo calls, that Margie’s Lindsay-Abaire has a keen ear for the luck has been anything but regular. changing tempo and tone of interactions Answers aren’t meant to come easily, and the nuances of conversation, though it’s though, because people aren’t all bad, and not the writing alone that draws us in. The they’re not 100-percent good, not always mean actors’ chemistry and smart timing bring or completely nice. They just play the game as these multidimensional and complicated best they can, hoping to hear their numbers characters to life with humor and sensitivity. called out. It’s an awkward meet-up between unpolished, old-neighborhood Margie and “the lace-curtain Irish” Mike, as she calls him, 30 E-mail deborah.hirsch@pitch.com CYNTHIA LEVIN

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nside an unremarkable three-story building near the intersection of Southwest Boulevard and Broadway, a couple of ShopBots are doing what they’re supposed to: following the programmed instructions of a human. But the industry under way here isn’t the usual manufacturing, and the human has two art degrees. One of the robots cuts at plywood that will be inked onto prints. The other moves along X-Y coordinates to trace topographic-looking patterns with black or white ink onto handtinted watercolor paper. The paper, the bots and the programming belong to Kansas City artist Mike Lyon, who produces striking, larger-than-life portraits of people and nature using machines he has trained. A collection of prints drawn by machine — following millions of lines of code — are on display in a solo show at Sherry Leedy Contemporary Art through April. For Post-Digital Prints and Drawings, Lyon has put up 10 7-foot portraits: the faces of friends and intriguing strangers and wellknown local artists. Lyon takes his own photographs, then selects shots that he says offer moments of insight. The results look like frozen moments from different conversations. Michael Rees appears on the verge of agreeing with you. Archie Scott Gobber could be acting out a tongue-in-cheek reference to his double-entendre word paintings. Miguel Rivera is perhaps getting ready to explain some printmaking concept to his Kansas City Art Institute students. Lyon’s machines may seem labor-saving, but he still spends from eight to 11 hours a day (including weekends) on his art: programming, printing, experimenting and refining the techniques that let him build ideas into pictures. He also has practiced and taught Shotokan karate for decades, and the ground floor of his studio is a gorgeously appointed dojo that’s home to the Kansas City Shotokan Karate Club.

The constantly busy Lyon is an enthusiFrom left: “Michael,” “Rousseau,” astic host when you visit his studio, ready to “Miguel” and “Carlos” show works past, present and in progress. (As trigued by why certain things — the human this story went to press, Lyon e-mailed me form or face, a particular arrangement of patabout one of the latter, “Addy and Arthur,” to say he’d finished it: “I think it’s my best tern — look beautiful or evoke a positive emotional response, while others, even if made up ever — that doesn’t happen often.”) He may also show you some of his ukiyo-e prints from of the same elements, do not. “Some of the content I’m free to explore is 17th-century Japan. how to make image, the ‘location of meaning After about 15 years of working as an engithing,’ ” he says. “These heads, 6-foot high, neer in the commercial sector, Lyon was able to are recognizable, so where [and] how does devote himself full time to making art. In the that happen, that I can squiggle lines on a late 1990s, he went to Japan and studied woodblock printmaking under Hiroki Morinoue. (He paper and it looks like something? How to make a pen, how to make an also cites Leon Harmon, Ken image, how to make areas of Knowlton and Claude Mellan Mike Lyon: light and dark?” as influences.) He has been Post-Digital Prints Crosshatching. When you and Drawings exhibiting his own art since Through April 27 at Sherry step close to these prints, 2001, with his first solo show Leedy Contemporary Art you get lost in their etchingin 2004. His work is the sub2004 Baltimore, like squiggles. Step back from ject of a chapter in the 2012 816-221-2626 the big pieces, and your eyes book Post-Digital Printmaksherryleedy.com tell your brain to see shading, ing: CNC, Traditional and forms, a face. Hybrid Techniques, by Paul In two smaller works, the fact that there Catanese and Angela Geary, and out of a conis less surface area available to convey detail nection with artist Eric Fischl has grown Lyon’s inclusion in the Kansas City Collection. means that the eye-brain transmission is autoThere have also been, he says, some sig- matically filling in lines that are not there. In a long rectangular print of 16 little jumping nificant sales. But despite what Lyon acknowlPeregrine Honigs (dressed in the artist’s sigedges is a certain “rock star” urge, he admits nature bunny ears), outlines of the figures are that he isn’t especially interested in self-promotion. (He does have an unusually compre- missing in some places, though you perceive hensive website.) “There’s making stuff, and a completed form. (Caleb Taylor’s work, some of which is in a solo show in the rest of the then there’s selling stuff,” he says. “Maybe gallery, also plays with this idea of layers and there’s also exhibiting stuff, but they’re diflooking behind them.) ferent, and the skills involved and the motivaIn real life, Lyon points out, we can tell tions are different. I really like making stuff. there’s a tiger hiding in the bushes without I’m driven to make stuff. I’m not nearly as seeing the whole animal. For now, that evoludriven to sell stuff.” tionary trick of human perception still sepaHis technical training allows him to solve rates us from the machines. the problems of creating large-scale images through programming, but Lyon is as interested in science as he is in process. He’s inE-mail feedback@pitch.com

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Pig & Finch • 11570 Ash, Leawood, 913-322-7444 • Hours: 11 a.m.–10 p.m. Monday–Thursday, 11 a.m.–11 p.m. Friday, 9 a.m.–11 p.m. Saturday, 9 a.m.–9 p.m. Sunday • Price: $$–$$$

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tive there. On my first visit to the restaurant, the waiter was missing in action for so long that I assumed he was in the back, watching Downton Abbey. That was the same night I had my lone ritzy name for a fried cheese ball. But I like glorious meal at Pig & Finch. The evening’s this one, which puts a crisp, pankolike crust chill was savage, and chef Travis Pyle’s duck around a hot, milky center. I prefer another cassoulet tasted like the perfect remedy: a melting-pot starter that’s a little bit Gerthick and comforting stew of white beans, man and a little bit hillbilly: heavily salted pretzel bites, which look like tiny loaves of chopped chicken, a deliciously salty duck confit and succulent pork bread, served with a sharp, belly. I also tasted a slowflavorful ale-cheese sauce. Pig & Finch braised lamb shank, which It’s been a few years Pretzel bites .........................$6 had been simmered with since I was in an actual pub Braised snails ......................$13 carrots, turnips, pearl onin England — where almost Short-rib-ragout ions and peas until the tenno such places today are like grilled cheese....................$14 der meat left the bone at the the rowdy bars you see in old Duck cassoulet ..................$22 Lamb shank ....................... $30 fork’s first suggestion. The Hitchcock movies — but the Idaho trout ...........................$19 latter is the costliest entrée décor of Pig & Finch feels here, but even at $30 it’s way more Leawood than worth every penny. London. The walls are, deBesides each night’s special, which pending on the lighting, a sexy aubergine, or the color of a grape Tootsie Pop. There’s a lot of ranges from that puzzlingly hyped fried chicken to a Thursday-only meatloaf and a dark wood and plenty of comfortable booths, but I didn’t see anyone at the long communal Saturday-night porchetta, only seven dishes are featured here. The cassoulet and the table during any of my three visits. lamb shank are the standouts, but I can also I would choose the dark bar over the dinpraise the sautéed Idaho trout. Mine was ing room — the service is much more atten-

Clockwise from above: stout-marinated steak, a grilled “pig chop” and the communal dining table.

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fl aky and deftly cloaked in brown butter, and it came with doughy pillows of very fi ne pan-seared gnocchi. This is a pub, so the menu has the usual saloon sandwiches, including a burger topped with that glossy innovation called American cheese. I recommend one outstanding creation: a “grilled cheese” on fluffy brioche. It does indeed contain cheddar and gruyere, but the sandwich is dominated by a thick, lush ragout of short ribs. It’s almost too rich to eat in one sitting. Almost. The dessert selection veers pointedly away from ye-olde-pub delicacies (no spotted dick or treacle tarts), in favor of traditional American choices: an ice-cream sundae (with a thick chocolate truffle sauce), a fruit crisp, New York cheesecake and paperback-thick chocolate oatmeal cookies. They’re grandmastyle sweets, in much the same style of the old-fashioned desserts now in favor around town, but the recipes are more comforting than memorable. Pig & Finch has time to step up its game — but maybe not much.

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he supermarket’s frozen-pizza section, which takes up damn near an entire side of a freezer aisle, keeps evolving. New brands push in among the familiar (though most are owned by a handful of multinational corporations — Nestlé manufactures Jack’s, Tombstone, DiGiorno and, weirdly, California Pizza Kitchen), adding new crusts and engineering new topping combos. DiGiorno, for instance, offers packages that include pizza, cookies and something called chicken “wyngz.” How are ordinary citizens supposed to keep up with all this madness? Which brands are worth an extra couple of bucks, and which cause immediate regret? Why do they spell “wings” funny? Is it like how Kentucky Fried Chicken had to change its name to KFC because it wasn’t technically serving chicken anymore? We don’t know the answers to all these questions. But we know a lot about frozen pizza, and we have the high cholesterol and low self-esteem to prove it. Here, then, is Fat City’s trusty, bottom-up guide to your next frozen pizza.

Totino’s

A Totino’s Party Pizza is to frozen pizza what White Castle sliders are to hamburgers: a perverse, Soylent Green imitation of actual food. Really, including Totino’s on a list of frozen pizzas means that we almost have to include other peripheral pizza items, such as Jeno’s Pizza Rolls or pepperoni-flavored Hot Pockets. But if it looks like a frozen pizza and kind of tastes a little bit like a frozen pizza, then we say, OK, maybe it is technically a frozen pizza. A bad frozen pizza, sure, but the savings! These babies were going for $1.38 at Hy-Vee the other day. At that price point, it’s easy to ignore its weird, croissantlike crust and unnaturally sweet sauce.

Palermo’s

Palermo’s is a relative newcomer, but its pies usually retail for an entitled $6. Uh, hey, Palermo’s: You need to either up your game or kick those prices down. You’re skimping on the crust, your traditional pizzas (pepperoni, supreme) are fatally basic, and your specialty varieties (spinach, bacon and feta; chicken Caesar) use lousy ingredients. We don’t expect absolute freshness from frozen pizzas, but we also don’t expect chicken that chews like a pencil eraser. Workers on the Palermo’s line in Milwaukee went on strike last summer, citing hazardous working conditions and antiunion threats made by management. Taste the disgruntled labor.

Jack’s

Jack’s has earned its market share by manufacturing consistently bad frozen pizzas and pricing them accordingly. You can usually find Jack’s pies bundled in three-for-$10 deals, and your wallet stretches still further if you eat only half a pizza at a time. Tip: If you break it in half before cooking and save the other side in the 26

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freezer for later, you’re looking at about $1.70 a meal. The bacon-cheeseburger pizza is not horrible. Still, in general, we should all try to do a little better than Jack’s.

Tony’s

You know the part in Cocktail when Bryan Brown’s character says to Tom Cruise’s character, “Bartenders are the aristocrats of the working class”? Well, Tony’s is the aristocrat of value-brand frozen pizzas. The sweet, tangy sauce is better than it has any right to be, and there’s rarely a long wait for the next fivefor-$10 sale. But don’t be one of those dopes who confuses Tony’s with Totino’s. Show some respect.

California Pizza Kitchen

California Pizza Kitchen is a boring chain restaurant that serves froufrou pizzas to people who think the pizzas are better than the ordinary, sausage-and-pepperoni variety. Because these frozen pizzas are made by Nestlé, they come in such flavors as “Sicilian” and “Hawaiian.” There’s nothing intrinsically wrong with this. No, the wrong comes when you pay $4.99 for an insultingly wee personalsize pie with a too-crackery crust and not enough cheese. We’re reluctant to indulge in generalizations, but if you buy California Pizza Kitchen frozen pizzas at the grocery store, you’re probably a huge wuss.

Red Baron

A Red Baron “Special Deluxe” supreme (pepperoni, sausage, mushrooms, black olives, onion, red and green peppers) tastes the way

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frozen pizzas are supposed to taste. Nothing sophisticated here — just a simple, salty, flavorful pizza. It’s affordable (usually less than $4 if you catch a sale) and it’s a respectable enough brand that you don’t have to hide the thing under vegetables and bread loaves in your shopping cart. Cook it long — err on the side of crispy — and enjoy.

Tombstone

In many ways the godfather of the modern frozen pizza, Tombstone began ceding its hegemony sometime around the turn of the millennium. It has made a few missteps over the years — cubed pepperoni? That’s bush league — but remains a vital middlebrow player. Along with Red Baron, Tombstone is one of the last remaining links to a simpler time in the frozenpizza industry. And sometimes it tastes like an iced-in missing link, too, but not often enough to keep us from buying it.

DiGiorno

DiGiorno pizzas are typically cost-prohibitive, but sometimes a $5 deal can be worth your coin. (This is definitely another break-it-inhalf pizza.) DiGiorno could be said to have pioneered the rising-crust trend, and that remains a major draw. (Don’t know what to do with all that extra crust? Try dipping it in some ranch or Italian dressing.) And its innovations haven’t stopped there. The company is at the forefront of the half-and-half movement, allowing a cheese side and a pepperoni side on the same pie. And, as previously noted, some packages now include cookie dough and chicken wings. Mystery solved: They’re called pitch.com

Freeze! We’ve got you covered. “wyngz” because they do not contain actual wing meat. They taste like McDonald’s chicken nuggets … but nastier.

The Dish

You run up against a quality barrier when you deal with mass-produced frozen pizza. But a couple of regional pizza joints break the boundary with frozen versions of their pies in grocery stores. Oddly, Liberty deep-dish mainstay the Dish has made its thin-crust pizzas most visible in the freezer case. Those are just OK — similar to a Tombstone thin crust but pricier. What you want is the stuffed pie, which sets you back about $8 but is super-filling and delicious. Follow the instructions (microwave it for five minutes before putting it in the oven) and you’ll have yourself a restaurant-quality pizza.

Shakespeare’s

The legendary Columbia restaurant stocks a frozen version of its pizza at area stores (mostly Hy-Vees and McGonigle’s), and it barely tastes refrigerated. The ingredients seem so fresh, the crusts so lovingly made, the cheese so cheesy, that every one of these we’ve bought has felt suspiciously close to the real thing. Considering that Shakespeare’s serves arguably the best pizza in the Midwest, that’s a serious feat, one well worth whatever cost is involved. This stuff isn’t cheap, but as far as we’re concerned, there is no sexier status symbol than a freezer with a Shakespeare’s pizza in it.

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Born and raised in the Northland, house-music guru Amjanda played her first gig in December 2004, after spending three years honing her command of the decks in her bedroom. Though an admittedly weak self-promoter, she was persistent enough to win an opening slot before Chicago house legend Derrick Carter in the West E R Bottoms in 2008. She has O M been grinding ever since. “Over the years, the E AT misconception has been N I L ON M that female DJs get by on PITCH.CO their looks,” she says. But she believes this stereotype is fading. “You are seeing big-name female DJs, who actually know how to mix records, showing up on the main stage at large festivals like Movement,” she says, name-checking the massive, annual electronic-music gathering in downtown Detroit each spring. She also points to another veteran Midwestern spinner, Chicago’s DJ Heather, as an inspiration.

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WestEndGrl (above) and DJ Kimbarely Legal “My father exposed me to a lot of oldies — Motown, country, classic rock,” she says. “But as I got older, my influences drifted toward indie music — punk, alternative rock, ska, industrial, hardcore.” She shrugs off gender politics and sexism in the DJ world. “I am rarely reminded of being a female,” she says. But noting that flat bills, hoodies and jeans constitute much of her wardrobe, she allows, “Then again, I am not girly at all, in most respects.”

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continued from page 34 instrumentals for singer Emily Frost as part of their group, Sweet Down Deep. She cites local male DJ Joc Max as a “DJ mentor on the local level.” She acknowledges a certain amount of sexism in the game — she recalls a promoter whom she describes as wanting to literally pimp her out — but takes the long view. “There are people that really like you since you are kind of an underdog in the business or because you could be a hot commodity, or because they just genuinely enjoy what you do,” she says. “And there are people that hate you because you can potentially be competition or you aren’t interested in them romantically, or they just do not understand what you do.”

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says. “I saw him at the Folly last year, and I’ve never been around such a silent, respectful audience in my life. People were Chris Milbourn writes about local music at just blown away.” demencha.com. “Sam’s a really engaging performer, and we knew we wanted to create a situation with HomeGuard where you could have a totally intimate experience,” Donoho says. “So we thought, Why not do a house show? Put Sam in a 45-person room, have a meet and greet, HomeGuard Festival holds serve food and drinks?” Donoho has some experience putting on it down in KC this weekend. house shows. The local label he runs, Money Wolf Music, regularly stages shows at surprise locations around town. Seating is typically his week, hundreds of Kansas City musicians travel down to Austin to eat tacos, limited, and the location is revealed 24 hours beforehand. That’s basically the deal with drink Tecates and pray that somebody imporBaker’s performance Thursday, except that tant notices their band at South by Southwest, the $65 ticket price — tickets were still availthe city’s annual music-industry festival. able as of press time — also gets you entry into The critically acclaimed singer-songwriter every other HomeGuard event. Sam Baker lives in Austin. But on Thursday Somewhat ironically, one of the sponsors — right in the thick of the SXSW party — he’s of HomeGuard is Folk Alliance International, heading north, to Kansas City, where he’s the a folk-music-promoting organization helmed anchor act at the inaugural HomeGuard Fesby Louis Jay Meyers, one of the original foundtival, a three-day event being held at various ers of South by Southwest. Last year, Folk locations around the city. The idea for HomeGuard has been incubat- Alliance International announced that it was moving its headquarters in 2014 from Meming since about this time last year. Tommy phis to Kansas City. Donoho and Christian Hankel, bandmates in “They’re in the process of moving up local group the Hillary Watts Riot, scheduled a here, so we thought HomeGuard could show at RecordBar with that act and Donoho’s work as their first big step into the Kanother band, Dollar Fox. The Latenight Callers sas City scene,” Hankel says. “And they rounded out the bill. really wanted to be involved in taking care of “It was the Saturday of the week everybody was in Austin, and we called it South by the musicians, so they’re helping pay for food and drink for musicians at Southwest Trafficway,” RecordBar and at the SatDonoho says. “And it sold HomeGuard Festival 2013 urday party. out. There were still a lot Thursday, March 14, through “That’s the main thing of people left in Kansas Saturday, March 16, we want to emphasize City who wanted to see at various locations with HomeGuard,” Hansome music. So that got kel continues. “It’s about us thinking about exSee homeguardfestival.com the musicians. We want panding into something for details. them to come out of this that could keep Kansas weekend feeling like it City’s live-music heritage was a positive event — alive while a lot of people that they made money, had a good time and are doing their thing down in Austin. And were treated well. I think it’s great that all it quickly went from one night last year to the bands go to Austin, but it’s just so big flying a guy in from California and bringing and maybe not as much about the musia guy up from Austin.” cians as it should be. So I foolishly envision On the docket for the weekend: Sam HomeGuard as a festival where, five or 10 Baker Thursday night, a sprawling lineup of bands (Dream Wolf, Be/Non, M. Incroyable years from now, musicians say, ‘Well, we can of L.A.’s Peculiar Pretzelmen, Nuthatch-47, go to South by Southwest, or we can go to HomeGuard,’ and they choose HomeGuard Molly Picture Club, and the Rumblejetts) on because they know they’ll be taken care Friday, and a wrap party Saturday night at of here.” Midwestern Musical Co. — DAVID HUDNALL “I think it’s fair to say Sam Baker is one of the greatest living songwriters,” Hankel E-mail david.hudnall@pitch.com

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T H U R S D AY, M A R C H 1 4 The Expendables, Pacific Dub, Jon Wayne & the Pain, Root & Stem: 10 p.m. RecordBar, 1020 Westport Rd., 816-753-5207. Kottonmouth Kings, Dogboy, Freddy Grimes, Deranged, Sa Crunkk: 7 p.m. The Granada, 1020 Massachusetts, Lawrence, 785-842-1390. Eric Sardinas & Popa Chubby: 8 p.m. Knuckleheads Saloon, 2715 Rochester, 816-483-1456. Yakov Smirnoff: 7 p.m. Kansas City Improv, 7260 N.W. 87th St., 816-759-5233.

F R I D AY, M A R C H 15 Ryan Bingham, Honeyhoney: 7 p.m. The Granada, 1020 Massachusetts, Lawrence, 785-842-1390. Marcus Foster, Ruston Kelly: 7 p.m. The Riot Room, 4048 Broadway, 816-442-8179. HomeGuard Festival with Be/Non, Dream Wolf, Molly Picture Club, the Rumblejetts, M. Incroyable, Nuthatch-47: 6 p.m. RecordBar, 1020 Westport Rd., 816-753-5207. Yakov Smirnoff: 7:30 & 9:30 p.m. Kansas City Improv, 7260 N.W. 87th St., 816-759-5233.

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Morrissey

There was so much sadness when Morrissey postponed his Lawrence show in early February, due to a bleeding ulcer. But he quickly recovered, and now he’s returning, a little more than a month later, to make good on his original promise. What can we expect from this performance besides a scarcity of meat products? Moz’s solo catalog is plenty strong enough, but he has been throwing in some Smiths classics on this tour for good measure. Also, I heard that the merch booth is selling pillowcases with the words Last night I dreamt that somebody loved me etched on them. My birthday is in April, in case you’re wondering. Monday, March 18, at Liberty Hall (644 Massachusetts, Lawrence, 785-749-1972)

Lydia Loveless

A new star on Chicago’s venerable “insurgent country” label Bloodshot Records, Lydia Loveless is a petite rural Ohioan who writes honky-tonk shitkickers and twangy two-steps with punk undertones. She’s only 23, but her powerful, throaty voice and weary worldview put her in league with such forebears as Neko Case and Loretta Lynn. With Tiny Horse and Two Cow Garage. Tuesday, March 19, at RecordBar (1020 Westport Road, 816-753-5207)

Dirt Nasty, Killer Cam, Bacon Shoe, WestEndGrl, HoodNasty: 8 p.m. The Riot Room, 4048 Broadway, 816-442-8179. Ash Reiter, the Dull Drums: 10 p.m. Replay Lounge, 946 Massachusetts, Lawrence, 785-749-7676. Yakov Smirnoff: 7 & 9:15 p.m. Kansas City Improv, 7260 N.W. 87th St., 816-759-5233.

The Elders

The Elders, arguably our most successful band, have exported their Celtic rock the world over, but every year they keep St. Patrick’s Day open for Kansas City. Their annual “hoolie” at the Uptown is a reliably rowdy and rollicking affair. Picture the world’s largest Irish pub at full tilt and you’re in the ballpark. Saturday, March 16, at the Uptown Theater (3700 Broadway, 816-753-8665)

Mac DeMarco

“Jizz jazz” is how 22-year-old Canadian Mac DeMarco describes his sound, which goes a little way toward capturing the sleazy swagger of his songs. What he’s really doing, though, is merging a spare, scraggly glam aesthetic with 1950s croon rock. Lyrical topics range from his father’s cooking meth to his favorite brand of cigarettes (Viceroys) to just chillin’ and takin’ it slow. DeMarco’s 2012 release, 2, was a highlight in an otherwise boring year for white-boy indie rock. With Naomi Punk and Calvin Love. Monday, March 18, at the Replay Lounge (946 Massachusetts, Lawrence, 785-749-7676)

Rattle and Hum

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Houndmouth (left) and Lydia Loveless records, and the traces of the old homeland are more evident. That’ll be true, too, of this St. Patrick’s Day show featuring local U2 cover band Rattle and Hum, at which you’ll be more likely to hear “Sunday Bloody Sunday” than, I don’t know, “Vertigo.” Sunday, March 17, at the Riot Room (4048 Broadway, 816-442-8179)

Houndmouth

Houndmouth hails from the Louisville area; I caught its set at Forecastle last year and was impressed with both its bouncy, Band-like Americana and its ridiculously hot — like, she should be playing Don Draper’s secretary wife on Mad Men; she is that hot — singer-instrumentalist Katie Toupin. It’s looking like 2013 might be a breakthrough year for the quartet. It’s fresh off some dates with Drive-By Truckers (with a few lined up with Alabama Shakes), and Rough Trade is soon to release its debut LP. Wednesday, March 20, at the Bottleneck (737 New Hampshire, Lawrence, 785-841-5483)

Heavy Times, Nature Boys: 10 p.m. Replay Lounge, 946 Massachusetts, Lawrence, 785-749-7676. Yakov Smirnoff: 7 p.m. Kansas City Improv, 7260 N.W. 87th St., 816-759-5233.

M O N D AY, M A R C H 18 The Soft Moon, Parts of Speech, Sinple: 7 p.m. The Riot Room, 4048 Broadway, 816-442-8179. Yes: 6:30 p.m. The Midland, 1228 Main, 816-283-9900.

T U E S D AY, M A R C H 19 Daedelus, Two Fresh, Ryan Hemsworth, Samo Sound Boy: 7 p.m. The Granada, 1020 Massachusetts, Lawrence, 785-842-1390. Howl, Keef Mountain, Abbot, Boreas: 8 p.m. The Riot Room, 4048 Broadway, 816-442-8179. Jaill, Widowspeak: Replay Lounge, 946 Massachusetts, Lawrence, 785-749-7676. The View, Rev Gusto, Michael Owen Rich: 7 p.m. Czar, 1531 Grand, 816-421-0300.

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T H U R S D AY 1 4 ROCK/POP/INDIE The Bottleneck: 737 New Hampshire, Lawrence, 785-8415483. Feel Good, Dread Headed Slut, 8 p.m. Davey’s Uptown Ramblers Club: 3402 Main, 816-753-1909. Bloodbirds, Meat Mist, Peace Warrior, Plack Blague, Violator X, 9 p.m. Replay Lounge: 946 Massachusetts, Lawrence, 785-749-7676. King Dong, the Leotards, 10 p.m. The Riot Room: 4048 Broadway, 816-442-8179. Adam Evolving, Waiting on Forever, Seventh Day. Tomfooleries: 612 W. 47th St., 816-753-0555. Gov’t Cheez, 10 p.m.

BLUES/FUNK/SOUL B.B.’s Lawnside BBQ: 1205 E. 85th St., 816-822-7427. John Paul’s Flying Circus with Kelsey Hill, 7:30 p.m. Jazz: 1823 W. 39th St., 816-531-5556. Grand Marquis. Jazz: 1859 Village West Pkwy., Kansas City, Kan., 913-328-0003. Billy Ebeling, 6-9 p.m. The Levee: 16 W. 43rd St., 816-561-2821. The Lonnie Ray Blues Band, 8 p.m. The Phoenix: 302 W. Eighth St., 816-221-5299. Landon Leist, 7 p.m.

DJ Black & Gold Tavern: 3740 Broadway. DJ Soulnice. The Bottleneck: 737 New Hampshire, Lawrence, 785-841-5483. Team Bear Club’s Goomba Rave, 11 p.m. The Brooksider: 6330 Brookside Plz., 816-363-4070. DJ Jolly. The Foundry: 424 Westport Rd., 816-960-0866. 2LiveCruz. The Gusto Lounge: 504 Westport Rd., 816-974-8786. Pop Shots with Clockwerk & DJ Archi. Milieu: 7300 W. 119th St., Overland Park. DJ Rich B. MiniBar: 3810 Broadway, 816-326-8281. DJ Tequila Bear. The Uptown Arts Bar: 3611 Broadway. Playe, 10:30 p.m.

JAZZ The Blue Room: 1616 E. 18th St., 816-474-8463. A Touch of Class. Chaz on the Plaza: 325 Ward Pkwy., 816-802-2152. Candace Evans Duo, 6 p.m. The Kill Devil Club: 61 E. 14th St., 816-877-8312. Brandon Draper, 7 p.m.

BAR GAMES/DRUNKEN DISTRACTIONS Bulldog: 1715 Main, 816-421-4799. Brodioke. The Bunk House: 17965 Hwy. 45 N., Weston, 816-640-0000. Karaoke, 8:30 p.m. Buzzard Beach: 4110 Pennsylvania, 816-753-4455. Trivia, Ladies’ Night, and DJ HoodNasty. Fatso’s Public House and Stage: 1016 Massachusetts, Lawrence, 785-865-4055. Electro Therapy Thursdays. Hamburger Mary’s: 101 Southwest Blvd., 816-842-1919. Charity Bingo, 8 p.m.

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Hurricane Allie’s Bar and Grill: 5541 Merriam Dr., Shawnee, 913-217-7665. Karaoke, 8:30 p.m. Mac’s Place: 580 S. Fourth St., Edwardsville. Karaoke. Missie B’s: 805 W. 39th St., 816-561-0625. Karaoke, 10 p.m. RecordBar: 1020 Westport Rd., 816-753-5207. Trivia Clash, 7 p.m. The Red Balloon: 10325 W. 75th St., Overland Park, 913-9622330. Karaoke, 8 p.m., free.

EASY LISTENING Coda: 1744 Broadway, 816-569-1747. Robert Paulson, Shawn Sweeny, Jesse Brown. Czar: 1531 Grand, 816-421-0300. Hot Caution Thursdays, 10 p.m. Jerry’s Bait Shop: 13412 Santa Fe Trail Dr., Lenexa, 913-8949676. Jason Kayne, 9 p.m. The Landing Eatery & Pub: 1189 W. 152 Hwy., Liberty, 816792-5230. Noe Palma. The Uptown Arts Bar: 3611 Broadway. Songwriter’s Showcase with Megan Birdsall, 7:30-10:30 p.m.

F R I D AY 15 ROCK/POP/INDIE Czar: 1531 Grand, 816-421-0300. Old Warhorse, Hares on the Mountain, the Big Iron, Demon Lips, Loudmouth, Kill Noise Boys, 8 p.m. Davey’s Uptown Ramblers Club: 3402 Main, 816-753-1909. Fists of Rage, For the Broken, Mad Libby, 9 p.m., $6. Gusto Coffee Bistro: 3390 S.W. Fascination Dr., Lee’s Summit, 816-767-1100. Euphorics. Jazz: 1823 W. 39th St., 816-531-5556. Filthy 13. The Landing Eatery & Pub: 1189 W. 152 Hwy., Liberty, 816792-5230. Teacherz Pet, 9 p.m.

BLUES/FUNK/SOUL B.B.’s Lawnside BBQ: 1205 E. 85th St., 816-822-7427. Junebug and the Porchlights, 9 p.m. Knuckleheads Saloon: 2715 Rochester, 816-483-1456. Murali GS IN Coryell, 9 p.m., $10. T T LIS A Quasimodo: 12056 W. 135th St., INE ONL M Overland Park, 913-239-9666. New PITCH.CO Medicine, 9 p.m.

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DJ Beer Kitchen: 435 Westport Rd., 816-389-4180. DCal. Black & Gold Tavern: 3740 Broadway. DJ Sam Blam. The Foundry: 424 Westport Rd., 816-960-0866. DJ Boyfriend. The Gusto Lounge: 504 Westport Rd., 816-974-8786. The Frenzy with Brent Tactic.

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Milieu: 7300 W. 119th St., Overland Park. DJ Adam Bryce. MiniBar: 3810 Broadway, 816-326-8281. DJ Soulnice. The Quaff: 1010 Broadway, 816-471-1918. DJ E. The Well: 7421 Broadway, 816-361-1700. DJ Ashton Martin. Z Strike: 1370 Grand, 816-471-2316. Fabowlous Fridays with DJ Nuveau, 9 p.m.

JAZZ The Blue Room: 1616 E. 18th St., 816-474-8463. Eboni Fondren and Stephanie Moore, 8:30 p.m. The Brick: 1727 McGee, 816-421-1634. Helen Gillet. Chaz on the Plaza: 325 Ward Pkwy., 816-802-2152. Max Groove Trio, 7-11 p.m. The Phoenix: 302 W. Eighth St., 816-221-5299. Lonnie McFadden, 4:30 p.m.

WORLD Coda: 1744 Broadway, 816-569-1747. Mufasa, Sri Yantra, Dr. Wizard, 9 p.m., $5. Take Five Coffee + Bar: 5336 W. 151st St., Overland Park, 913948-5550. Passport featuring Pat Conway, 8 p.m. VooDoo Lounge: Harrah’s Casino, 1 Riverboat Dr., North Kansas City, 816-472-7777. Flirt Friday, 9 p.m.

BAR GAMES/DRUNKEN DISTRACTIONS The Brooksider: 6330 Brookside Plz., 816-363-4070. Trivia, 6 p.m. ComedyCity at Westport Flea Market: 817 Westport Rd., 816-842-2744. Major League Improv, 7:30 p.m. Czar: 1531 Grand, 816-421-0300. Raqs Boheme, A Kansas City Bellydance Soirée, 6-9 p.m., $5 cover. 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. J. Murphy’s Irish Pub and Grille: 22730 Midland Dr., Shawnee, 913-825-3880. Karaoke, 9 p.m. The Red Balloon: 10325 W. 75th St., Overland Park, 913-9622330. Karaoke, 8 p.m., free.

EASY LISTENING The Brooksider: 6330 Brookside Plz., 816-363-4070. Jeremy Nichols. The Kill Devil Club: 61 E. 14th St., 816-877-8312. Barclay Martin Ensemble, 10 p.m.

S AT U R D AY 16 ROCK/POP/INDIE Coda: 1744 Broadway, 816-569-1747. Lucky Graves, Filthy 13, 9 p.m. Davey’s Uptown Ramblers Club: 3402 Main, 816-753-1909. Gentleman Savage, the Lower 48, the Summit, Branded Fate. Double T’s Roadhouse: 1421 Merriam Ln., Kansas City, Kan., 913-432-5555. Desert Wine. The Landing Eatery & Pub: 1189 W. 152 Hwy., Liberty, 816792-5230. Vandelyn Kross, 9 p.m. Take Five Coffee + Bar: 5336 W. 151st St., Overland Park, 913948-5550. Hard@Play, 8-10 p.m.

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BLUES/FUNK/SOUL B.B.’s Lawnside BBQ: 1205 E. 85th St., 816-822-7427. Mama Ray’s Jazz -Meets-Blues Jam, 2-5:30 p.m.; King King, 9 p.m. Jazz: 1859 Village West Pkwy., Kansas City, Kan., 913-328-0003. Billy Ebeling and the Late for Dinner Band. Knuckleheads Saloon: 2715 Rochester, 816-483-1456. Chubby O’Carrier St Patty’s Day Party, 9 p.m., $15. Quasimodo: 12056 W. 135th St., Overland Park, 913-239-9666. Crosseyed Cat, 5:30 p.m.; Rick Bacus Blues Band, 9 p.m.

ROOTS/COUNTRY/BLUEGRASS The Brick: 1727 McGee, 816-421-1634. John McKenna Band. Knuckleheads Saloon: 2715 Rochester, 816-483-1456. StonyHogg, 8 p.m., $10. RecordBar: 1020 Westport Rd., 816-753-5207. Halfway to Winfield Stage 7 Reunion, 4:30 p.m.

DJ Czar: 1531 Grand, 816-421-0300. Brett Johnson, Jason Kidd, Mr. Nuro, Panduh, 9 p.m., $5. The Foundry: 424 Westport Rd., 816-960-0866. 2LiveCruz. The Granada: 1020 Massachusetts, Lawrence, 785-842-1390. Will Funk, Pfeieff, Zach Graas, Aplsoz, Taste Bud G-Spot, Thumpur, DJ Audiomattic, 8:30 p.m., $5. The Gusto Lounge: 504 Westport Rd., 816-974-8786. #Cake with DJ G-Train & Approach. Hotel: 1300 Grand, 816-226-3232. DJ Eric Coomes. Johnny’s Tavern: 6765 W. 119th St., Leawood, 913-451-4542. DJ Dave Step, 9 p.m. Milieu: 7300 W. 119th St., Overland Park. DJ Mike Scott. The Quaff: 1010 Broadway, 816-471-1918. DJ Chris.

JAZZ The Blue Room: 1616 E. 18th St., 816-474-8463. JWB with Andrea Tribitt and Bukeka Shoals. Chaz on the Plaza: 325 Ward Pkwy., 816-802-2152. Eboni Fondren Trio, 7 p.m. The Phoenix: 302 W. Eighth St., 816-221-5299. Tim Whitmer & KC Express, 4:30 p.m.

COMEDY ComedyCity at Westport Flea Market: 817 Westport Rd., 816-842-2744. ComedyCity After Dark, 10 p.m. Stanford’s Comedy Club: 1867 Village West Pkwy., Kansas City, Kan., 913-400-7500. Steve Kramer, 7:45 & 9:45 p.m.

BAR GAMES/DRUNKEN DISTRACTIONS ComedyCity at Westport Flea Market: 817 Westport Rd., 816-842-2744. Major League Improv, 7:30 p.m. Hamburger Mary’s: 101 Southwest Blvd., 816-842-1919. Charity Bingo, 5 p.m.; Loreal’s Calendar Girl Contest, 7 p.m.; Maryoke, 9 p.m. Hurricane Allie’s Bar and Grill: 5541 Merriam Dr., Shawnee, 913-217-7665. Karaoke, 8:30 p.m.

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FOLK Unity Church of Lawrence: 900 Madeline Ln., Lawrence, 785-841-1447. Tracy Grammer, 7:30 p.m.

OPEN MIC/JAM SESSIONS Sherlock’s Underground Coffeehouse & Pub: 858 S. 291 Hwy., Liberty, 816-429-5262. Open Blues Jam with Earl Baker, 4 p.m.

S U N D AY 17 ROCK/POP/INDIE The Brooksider: 6330 Brookside Plz., 816-363-4070. Groove Therapy. RecordBar: 1020 Westport Rd., 816-753-5207. Blarney Stoned, Nuthatch-47, Chance the Arm, Arm the Poor, Born in Babylon, 3 p.m.

ROOTS/COUNTRY/BLUEGRASS The Bottleneck: 737 New Hampshire, Lawrence, 785-8415483. Chicago Farmer, 9 p.m. Knuckleheads Saloon: 2715 Rochester, 816-483-1456. Nace Brothers annual St Patty’s Day Parade and Show, 7 p.m., $10.

COMEDY Stanford’s Comedy Club: 1867 Village West Pkwy., Kansas City, Kan., 913-400-7500. Steve Kramer, 7 p.m.

EASY LISTENING The Landing Eatery & Pub: 1189 W. 152 Hwy., Liberty, 816792-5230. Bob Harvey. Tanner’s: 2701 Running Horse Rd., Platte City, 816-858-7444. Roger Pitts, 6:30 p.m. Tomfooleries: 612 W. 47th St., 816-753-0555. Phil and Gary, 8 p.m.

OPEN MIC/JAM SESSIONS Groove Station: 9916 Holmes, 816-942-1000. KC Blues Jam with Crosseyed Cat, 2-6 p.m. The Hideout: 6948 N. Oak Tfwy., 816-468-0550. Open blues jam, 7 p.m. Irish Museum and Cultural Center: 30 W. Pershing Rd., Ste. 700, 816-474-3848. An Seisiun, a traditional Irish jam session, 1-4 p.m., free. Knuckleheads Saloon: 2715 Rochester, 816-483-1456. Back Room Jam, 1-5 p.m.; Open Jam with Levee Town, 2-7 p.m. The Majestic Restaurant: 931 Broadway, 816-221-1888. Mark Lowrey jazz jam, 5 p.m. R.G.’s Lounge: 9100 E. 35th St., Independence, 816-358-5777. Jam Night, 5 p.m.

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M O N D AY 18 ROCK/POP/INDIE Czar: 1531 Grand, 816-421-0300. Vela, Drunker’s Dream, the Monarchs, 8 p.m., $5. FOKL Center: 556 Central Ave., 913-207-9549. Jamaican Queens, Judson Claiborne, Palace Neapolitan, 8 p.m., $5. Replay Lounge: 946 Massachusetts, Lawrence, 785-749-7676. Mac Demarco, Naomi Punk, Calvin Love, Hidden Pictures.

BLUES/FUNK/SOUL Jazz: 1823 W. 39th St., 816-531-5556. Alexis Barclay.

ROOTS/COUNTRYBLUEGRASS The Brick: 1727 McGee, 816-421-1634. Rural Grit Happy Hour, 6 p.m.

JAZZ The Blue Room: 1616 E. 18th St., 816-474-8463. Eboni & the Ivories with Matt Hopper. The Majestic Restaurant: 931 Broadway, 816-221-1888. Mark Lowrey Trio, 6 p.m. The Phoenix: 302 W. Eighth St., 816-221-5299. Millie Edwards and friends, 7 p.m.

BAR GAMES/DRUNKEN DISTRACTIONS The Brick: 1727 McGee, 816-421-1634. Karaoke with Nanci Pants, 10:30 p.m. Bulldog: 1715 Main, 816-421-4799. Trivia, service industry night. Jazzhaus: 926-1/2 Massachusetts, Lawrence, 785-749-1387. Karaoke Idol with Tanya McNaughty. Moxie Bar & Grill: 4011 N. Oak Tfwy., North Kansas City, 816455-9600. Beer Pong Mondays with DJ E-Rock. Nara: 1617 Main, 816-221-6272. Brodioke. RecordBar: 1020 Westport Rd., 816-753-5207. Sonic Spectrum Music Trivia, 7 p.m., $5. The Red Balloon: 10325 W. 75th St., Overland Park, 913-9622330. Karaoke, 8 p.m., free. Replay Lounge: 946 Massachusetts, Lawrence, 785-749-7676. Sam Club Karaoke with Scary Manilow, 10 p.m.

OPEN MIC/JAM SESSIONS The Bottleneck: 737 New Hampshire, Lawrence, 785-8415483. Taking Back Mondays with Sovereign States, 9 p.m. Davey’s Uptown Ramblers Club: 3402 Main, 816-753-1909. Songwriter’s Scene Open Mic with Jon Theobald, 7 p.m. The Uptown Arts Bar: 3611 Broadway. Jonny Green and Jake Stanton open mic and jam session, 8 p.m.; comedy open mic, 10 p.m.

Slow Ride Roadhouse: 1350 N. Third St., Lawrence, 785-7492727. Lonnie Ray Blues Band, 6-10 p.m.

ROOTS/COUNTRY/BLUEGRASS Czar: 1531 Grand, 816-421-0300. Elkheart’s Downtown Outlaw Fiasco, 7 p.m., free.

JAZZ Chaz on the Plaza: 325 Ward Pkwy., 816-802-2152. Candace Evans Duo, 6 p.m. Jazz: 1823 W. 39th St., 816-531-5556. Rick and Monique. The Majestic Restaurant: 931 Broadway, 816-221-1888. Hermon Mehari Trio, 6 p.m. The Phoenix: 302 W. Eighth St., 816-221-5299. Open Jam with Everette DeVan, 7 p.m.

BAR GAMES/DRUNKEN DISTRACTIONS Black & Gold Tavern: 3740 Broadway. Geeks Who Drink Trivia, 8 p.m. Coda: 1744 Broadway, 816-569-1747. Team Trivia with Teague Hayes, 7 p.m., $5 buy-in. Duke’s on Grand: 1501 Grand, 816-527-0122. Xtreme League Trivia, 8 p.m. 403 Club: 403 N. Fifth St., 913-499-8392. Ladies’ Night. Jackpot Music Hall: 943 Massachusetts, Lawrence, 785-8321085. Karaoke. MiniBar: 3810 Broadway, 816-326-8281. Robert Moore’s Name That Tune, 7 p.m., $5 entry fee. The Roxy: 7230 W. 75th St., Overland Park, 913-236-6211. Karaoke. Saints Pub + Patio: 9720 Quivira, Lenexa, 913-492-3900. Karaoke, 9 p.m.

EASY LISTENING Jazz: 1859 Village West Pkwy., Kansas City, Kan., 913-328-0003. Brendan MacNaughton. RecordBar: 1020 Westport Rd., 816-753-5207. The Crayons, 7 p.m.

W E D N E S D AY 2 0 ROCK/POP/INDIE Czar: 1531 Grand, 816-421-0300. Suns, Sundiver, the Author and the Illustrator, 9 p.m., $7. RecordBar: 1020 Westport Rd., 816-753-5207. Bob Walkenhorst, 7 p.m. The Riot Room: 4048 Broadway, 816-442-8179. Elixir on Mute, David Hasselhoff on Acid, Jorge Arana Trio, 8 p.m. Tomfooleries: 612 W. 47th St., 816-753-0555. Flannigan’s Right Hook, 9:30 p.m.

DJ Coda: 1744 Broadway, 816-569-1747. DJ Robert Moore, 9 p.m. The Gusto Lounge: 504 Westport Rd., 816-974-8786. Much Too Much with Ryan Shank.

JAZZ Chaz on the Plaza: 325 Ward Pkwy., 816-802-2152. Max Groove Trio, 6 p.m. The Phoenix: 302 W. Eighth St., 816-221-5299. Brian Ruskin Quartet, 7 p.m.

BAR GAMES/DRUNKEN DISTRACTIONS The All-Star Rock Bar: 7210 N.E. 43rd St., 816-452-2660. Karaoke. The Blue Line: 529 Walnut, 816-472-7825. Karaoke. 403 Club: 403 N. Fifth St., 913-499-8392. Pinball tournament, cash prize for winner, 8:30 p.m. Hamburger Mary’s: 101 Southwest Blvd., 816-842-1919. Charity Bingo, 8 p.m. Hurricane Allie’s Bar and Grill: 5541 Merriam Dr., Shawnee, 913-217-7665. Bike night, 8:30 p.m. J. Murphy’s Irish Pub and Grille: 22730 Midland Dr., Shawnee, 913-825-3880. Karaoke, 9 p.m. Michael’s Lakewood Pub: N. 291 Hwy. and Lakewood Blvd., Lee’s Summit, 816-350-7300. Humpday Comedy Night, 9 p.m. Missie B’s: 805 W. 39th St., 816-561-0625. Dirty Dorothy, 10 p.m. The Quaff: 1010 Broadway, 816-471-1918. Karaoke. The Red Balloon: 10325 W. 75th St., Overland Park, 913-9622330. Karaoke, 8 p.m., free. Retro Downtown Drinks & Dance: 1518 McGee, 816-4214201. Karaoke with DJ Jason, 8 p.m. The Roxy: 7230 W. 75th St., Overland Park, 913-236-6211. Karaoke. Sherlock’s Underground Coffeehouse & Pub: 858 S. 291 Hwy., Liberty, 816-429-5262. Open mic. Westport Flea Market: 817 Westport Rd., 816-931-1986. Trivia, 8 p.m.

EASY LISTENING Czar: 1531 Grand, 816-421-0300. Sarah Slaton, Brave Song Circle, 6 p.m. Fuel: 7300 W. 119th St., Overland Park, 913-451-0444. Colby & Mole. Knuckleheads Saloon: 2715 Rochester, 816-483-1456. Gospel Lounge with Chad Elliott and Bonita Crowe, 7:30 p.m.; Carl Butler’s Gospel Lounge, 7:30 p.m. Nara: 1617 Main, 816-221-6272. Ladies’ Night with Matt Shoaf.

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Black & Gold Tavern: 3740 Broadway. Bourbon & Bands Open Jam. Jazzhaus: 926-1/2 Massachusetts, Lawrence, 785-749-1387. Acoustic Open Mic with host Tyler Gregory. Jerry’s Bait Shop: 13412 Santa Fe Trail Dr., Lenexa, 913-8949676. Jam Night, 9 p.m. Tonahill’s 3 of a Kind: 11703 E. 23rd St., Independence, 816-833-5021. Blues, country and classic rock hosted by Rick Eidson and friends. The Uptown Arts Bar: 3611 Broadway. Poetic Underground.

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