Pitch: May 30, 2013
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A corner of the damp, unfinished cellar of this rental house on Rockhill Road is cordoned off with opaque plastic sheeting, which glows from the lights within. A ventilation tube juts upward to a window. It’s not a drug lab. Matlock, a 21-year-old business student at UMKC, toils in the corner, airbrushing colorful custom designs onto Xbox controllers. He started painting controllers while still in high school in West Plains, Missouri. He customized controllers on the weekends. “I had a huge LAN party,” he says, referring to local area network gatherings that allow many people to play video games in one place. “There was, like, 16 of us playing Xbox in one house.” Before the party, Matlock discovered a tutorial on YouTube on how to paint Xbox controllers. “I thought: That’s really neat,” he says. “I immediately went to the store and bought some paint to try it.” Matlock’s initial paint jobs weren’t masterpieces. “All my friends were there that night, and, of course, it [the paint job] was terrible,” he says. “But they had never seen anything like that before. So they were all like, ‘Do mine, do mine!’ ” Matlock launched Envy in January 2011. When he moved into the Rockhill Road home, his two roommates weren’t thrilled with his business venture. In the first-floor dining room, Matlock explains that there were some fume issues before his current studio was built. “My previous setup, it would ventilate a lot of it out, but not enough of it. Sometimes it would come up here,” he says. “Now they’re a lot more stoked about it.” The shop is much more professional, too, with proper ventilation, four airbrushes and Alec Matlock’s Envy Controllers put a new face on video-game peripherals. BY BE N PA L O S A A R I A dozens of cans of paint. He paints controllers in sets of 10 at a time, which takes three hours. “If I’m not in class, I’m here working,” Matlock says. “It’s a full-time gig right now. Sales have been consistent for me to be comfortable in college.” Envy’s sales have blossomed in the last seven months; the company has sold more than 3,000 controllers and earned more than $100,000. Matlock offers three tiers of controllers: basic controllers with generic colors and designs; others with choices of colors and the customers’ gamer tags painted on them; and fully customized controllers with personalized graphics. “We have a really awesome design team,” he says. “So all you have to give us is a theme or something to go off of.” His customer base for personalized controllers is professional and semiprofessional gamers who attend huge competitions with prize pots occasionally topping $1 million. “They’re in a giant convention center with 2,000 other gamers with the exact same con- troller as them,” Matlock says. “So being able to brush shoulders with people and have a product that really stands out and personalizes them, makes them more individualistic, seems to be really popular.” Envy has taken over his house. The living room is filled with supplies and boxes of controllers that he buys from an electronics distributor. He designs logos and graphics in Photoshop and Illustrator at a living-room desk. Then he uses a large vinyl plotter to print off the designs, which he adheres to controller shells before he paints them. As Envy starts to really take off, Matlock will have to make a significant business pivot. Last week, Microsoft introduced the Xbox One next-generation console, to replace the Xbox 360. It will come with new controllers that have a slightly longer middle section, smaller analog sticks and new buttons. Matlock has already talked with his supplier about getting them as soon as they’re available. He hasn’t held one yet, but he likes what he has seen. Left: Matlock with a new shipment of controllers. Above: a Hulk-themed custom. “It’s a really clean controller," Matlock says. "It’s super-flat, and the thumb sticks, the holes are a lot less obtrusive. That gives us more area, too. There’s a lot more real estate to do some cool designs.” But there’s one problem with the controllers: It appears that Microsoft will make only wireless controllers, and gamers insist on using wired versions in competition. For that reason, Matlock says, Xbox One’s future as the console of choice for serious players is “kind of bleak.” “I would speculate right now that the competitive gamers will just stay on the Xbox 360 for as long as possible,” he says. And that’s good news for Envy, which has already established a strong reputation with the older controllers. “Honestly, chances are, we’re going to be painting Xbox 360 controllers for quite a while," he says. E-mail firstname.lastname@example.org THURSDAYS 7pm pitch.com M AY 3 0 - J u n e 5 , 2 0 1 3 the pitch 7 8 the pitch M AY 3 0 - J u n e 5 , 2 0 1 3 pitch.com Big The Looking for KC’s coldest beer, one (sometimes) frosty mug at a time. W e are not scientists. We fear numbers. Unavoidably, however, once we set out to find a truly cold beer — thereby answering a serious and quantifiable summer need — a metric was required, a system, a tool. Hello, $8.95 Taylor digital instant-read pocket thermometer. Each volunteer outfitted with one such device, and with zero further guidance beyond a tipsy “Go where you think you’ll taste the Rockies, maybe,” we left the building. A couple of weeks and an oxhoft of carby pint pulls later, we can tell you a couple of things with near-laboratory certainty. First, we’re all moving to Idaho. The Boise Weekly, from which we stole this idea, has been dip-testing brews for more than a decade, and that august paper keeps finding sub32-degree beers by the dozen. Last year, its winning glass was a frigid 27.1 degrees. (All temperatures in this story are Fahrenheit; we are not Canadian.) We thought we’d find a place around here where the suds did more than just fl irt with beer’s freezing point (about 27 degrees). We were wrong. Second, and more important, we know that the cross-section of local, nonchain establishments sampled in the pages that follow misses a few bars. More than a few. Probably someone’s favorite, and that someone’s going to have a word with us in the comments section at pitch.com. (A pre-emptive confession: Beer-dampened and all scienced out, we succumbed to the siren call of the cocktail when we got to some of our favorite spots. Keep a stein on ice, Port Fonda. Next time, Harry’s.) By all means, tell us where the beer is colder than the beer we drank. We somehow found room in our sad waterbed bellies for this many, so give us a little time and we’ll go out again. Meanwhile, here’s to cold-ish beer, organized from warmest to chilliest. We’d toast, but we don’t want to touch the glass and warm our drink. This outpost of Lawrence’s well-known Mass Street bar and restaurant looks and feels like its older brother to the west. For some reason, the beer isn’t terribly cold, but the throngs of customers who congregate here to watch a game don’t seem too concerned. O’DOWD’S LITTLE DUBLIN 4742 Pennsylvania 8:05 p.m. Saturday Beer: Guinness 46.1˚ bottles, rigged upside-down, taplike, behind the bar. We resisted, settled up. Outside it was dark. Our battle with daylight was won. The rooftop patio, with its Plaza views, is the draw at O’Dowd’s when the weather’s nice. But even near dusk, sometimes the sun is a little too ... sunny? So we sat at the downstairs bar and ordered what you’re supposed to here: a Guinness. Was it especially cold? No. But the presentation was perfect, and it tasted crisp, and that’s all that matters with a Guinness. At 8:15, the lights dimmed. At 8:30, they dimmed just a smidge more, in advance of the party people. We eyed the Bushmills and Powers THE PEANUT ON MAIN 5000 Main Noon Tuesday Beer: Boulevard Pale Ale 44.7˚ We’d never seen the Peanut looking so clean as when we stopped by this Tuesday afternoon, the bar’s first customers. The tables, freshly wiped down, shone. The air smelled of sprayed cleaning products. Two baseball games competed for our attention: White Sox vs. Twins and Astros vs. Tigers. Twins-Sox, a matchup with more division implications, was awarded the audio. A split order was executed: a halfdozen wings and a BLT. Also, some beers. Also, some tequila shots. We indulged a daydream: many more beers, many more tequila shots, another four hours watching baseball. Instead, we ate, settled up, walked out the back door and past the kitchen. Out back, the cook was smoking in the shade. He nodded, took a last drag of his cigarette. Then we all went back to work. THE FOUNDRY QUINTON’S WALDO BAR 7438 Wornall 5:45 p.m. Saturday Beer: Boulevard Pale Ale 43.9˚ pitch.com 424 Westport Road 9 p.m. Wednesday Beer: Artie (mix of McCoy’s Brown Ale and McCoy’s Raspberry Wheat) The Foundry’s patio, in the center of Westport, is a high-demand continued on page 10 M AY 3 0 - J u n e 5 , 2 0 1 3 the pitch 9 43.7˚ The Big Chill continued from page 9 spot when the weather’s fi ne. We waited a few minutes for a table, ordered our beers, and said nothing to each other for roughly 20 minutes. The people-watching was sufficient. Young women at an adjacent table sipped at various colored straws poking from a massive fishbowl. We consulted our menu: Their concoction was full of vodka, coconut rum, pineapple juice, Sierra Mist and homemade sour. It cost them $26. A most summery beverage and likely quite cold, though we did not verify. leg, but he’s still drinking and shit.” The price of admission: $1.75 pints of Blarney Brew. FRED P. OTT’S BAR & GRILL MIKE’S TAVERN 5424 Troost 6:15 p.m. Monday Beer: Troost Light 42.3˚ 4770 J.C. Nichols Parkway 4:30 p.m. Monday Beer: Boulevard Pilsner 42.1˚ LUCKY BREWGRILLE 5401 Johnson Drive, Mission 6:25 p.m. Saturday Beer: Boulevard Boss Tom 41.1˚ THE MAJESTIC 931 Broadway 5:45 p.m. Thursday Beer: Boulevard Pale Ale 43.4˚ Tonight, we’re on the verge of summer. It’s breezy and 73 degrees and sunny. UMKC students, fresh off their finals, wander through the open front door at Mike’s and crowd around long tables, order pints and talk about freedom. The beer comes like the weather, just short of too warm: 42.3 degrees. Tomorrow, the high will be 91. The air conditioner will be on full blast. The door will be closed. Before the witching hour, anyway, Fred P. Ott’s is sometimes an overlooked Plaza drinking spot. Working against it, for instance, is its obscure entrance. Inside, the weird, jigsaw setup keeps the small rooms separated by staircases. Then again, that can make the place feel oddly intimate, as on a humid Monday afternoon when a couple of friends of the bartenders’ are watching Oklahoma tornado coverage and nursing cool beers. At this still-bright hour, every man isn’t a Wildcat inside this K-State hangout — every man is a dad. But past family-piled booths, the bar itself is scarcely attended, the better to whip out a digital thermometer within sight of a puzzled-looking diner (who turns out to be the significant other of the bartender, no less puzzled). A game flashes on one overhead monitor, just out of easy view. A police procedural unspools, muted, on another screen, and many quiet minutes go by before it becomes clear that we’re dealing with a non– Law & Order product. That’s our cue. One of the best happy-hour deals in town can be found at an unlikely establishment: the Majestic, the old-school, sorta fancy jazz steakhouse downtown on Broadway. (It runs from 2 to 6 p.m. weekdays.) We had a pair of lamb sliders (with goat cheese and roasted red peppers, and a side of the Majestic’s unique wedge fries) and a Boulevard, and the total with tax was about $10. Majestic, indeed! Around 6, diners began to filter in, and a jazz duo, Paul Shinn and Joe Lisinicchia, quietly started a set for the upstairs crowd. We waited until the end of a Duke Ellington song and made our way to the door, full and happy. THE BLACK & GOLD TAVERN 3740 Broadway 4 p.m. Monday Beer: Leinenkugel’s Summer Shandy 42.2˚ FRIC & FRAC 1700 West 39th Street 1 p.m. Wednesday Beer: Pabst Blue Ribbon 40.7˚ WESTPORT CAFÉ & BAR 419 Westport Road 7 p.m. Saturday Beer: Kronenbourg 1664 43.4˚ When you go to the Black & Gold, it doesn’t hurt to fi rst brush up on Mizzou sports. If business is light, co-owner and Mizzou optimist Adam Cartwright is ready to break down the Tigers’ future in the SEC for you. He knows all the reports on every football recruit. The space is cheerier than it was when occupied by the former News Room. In fact, Cartwright says some News Room regulars are turned off by the new cleanliness. We like it better now, though — there’s a lot to learn before football season. GRANFALLOON 608 Ward Parkway 3 p.m. Tuesday Beer: Boulevard Wheat 42.0˚ A late lunch at Fric & Frac offers a chance to sit in the deserted game room. The cool space, lighted mostly by neon beer signs, has a blue pool table, a trio of pinball machines and bright vinyl tablecloths. When it’s empty, it feels like a clubhouse. Our lunch beers come in jumbo juice glasses rather than traditional pint glasses. There’s a counter where people with laptops are using Google Fiber for work or for play. Order two beers at once, though. The service is decidedly dial-up. We’re comfortable in our boorish American ways, but it’s still nice to pretend we’re in Paris once in a while. It didn’t feel very Continental slogging through Rockfest traffic to get here on this Saturday, but a certain European ease finally arrived when we settled in at a table near the window. The Pimm’s Cup at Westport Café looks more like a flower than a cup of booze, and the Kronenbourg is très refreshing. Suddenly everyone seemed so pretty and effortless: the servers, the 50-something couple at the next table, the guy with the paperback at the bar. We wanted to hug them all and say: Je t’aime! Because it was true, and because we don’t know how to say anything else in French. The relatively new makeover to this longtime Plaza bar has delivered a major aesthetic upgrade over the older, grungier vintage. But we have to wonder: Are they still paying for it? A $6 Boulevard Wheat near happy hour? Of course, you’re also paying for a seat at a show, this being one of the Plaza’s better windows onto the pedestrian traffic along Ward Parkway. Maybe just nurse this one good beer for a while. MIKE KELLY’S WESTSIDER 1515 Westport Road 5:30 p.m. Tuesday Beer: Mother’s Brewing Co.’s Three Blind Mice Brown Beer A Jew, an Asian-American and a woman walk into Mike Kelly’s Westsider. And they’re all promptly the punch lines of blue jokes. Four regulars sit at the bar, cracking wise like it’s 1957, while the beer and the red wine flow and jokes predating our PC culture (that maybe caused our PC culture) bounce off the walls. Steaks arrive from the kitchen. One guy says he had a $34 strip recently at a Plaza restaurant. “It wasn’t as good as the steak here.” See? Another punch line. 40.6˚ MICHAEL FORBES BAR & GRILL 128 West 63rd Street 2 p.m. Saturday Beer: Hoegaarden 42.0˚ GILHOULY’S FITZ’S BLARNEY STONE 3801 Broadway 4:15 p.m. Tuesday Beer: Blarney Brew 42.8˚ 1721 West 39th Street 4:45 p.m. Monday Beer: Boulevard Wheat (with a lemon) 42.2˚ When we set off for Fitz’s, a bartender at another, more upstanding midtown establishment told us, “Oh. Good luck.” But it isn’t luck that you need at this hardscrabble corner bar. No, you just need a pair of ears, the better to overhear Fitz’s regulars gab about life. “Pam came in crying today. … You could be on fi re and not give a shit. … They chopped off his 10 the pitch M AY 3 0 - J u n e 5 , 2 0 1 3 It’s a good day to keep the blinds closed at this dive. The Moore tornado just smeared a chunk of Oklahoma across the prairie, and there’s a lot of grim news on the way. But in an act of pure denial, the bar’s TVs are tuned to ESPN and an old Western. Ray Manzarek’s death gets more recognition at Gilhouly’s just now. A block of Doors songs plays on the jukebox. When you’re strange, no one remembers your name floats through the bar. This new-ish Brookside establishment makes our cut for its distinct bar area, well separated from the dining room that replaced the old Sharp’s 63rd Street Grill last year. The bar is a meeting place for a regular and conspicuously eclectic group of regulars from the Brookside and Waldo areas, particularly on Friday and Saturday nights. On a warm spring Saturday afternoon, a row of streetside patio furniture offers an easy vantage for the general gawking that comes with daytime drinking, for watching the Brookside Barkery’s sidewalk pet adoption, and for the consumption of some not terribly cold craft brews. DUKE’S ON GRAND 1501 Grand 6:15 p.m. Thursday Beer: Mirror Pond Pale Ale 40.6˚ The cute brunette bartender who sometimes wears purple pants — “Purple Pants,” as she’s known to those of us who cut out of work early on Thursdays for Duke’s $2 drafts (any draft, all day) — carried a sidewalk chalkboard outside and set it up near the door. Five out-ofplace gutter punks at a hightop ordered three beers among them and exited quickly. On the flat-screen TVs: hockey continued on page 12 pitch.com Ad Name: Select 55 Item #:PSF201310430 Job/Order #: 249671 pitch.com M AY 30 -June Closing Date: 4/9/13 QC: CS Pub: Kansas City Pitch 5 , 2Trim: 0 1 39.72x9.8125 the pitch Bleed:None Live: 9.22x9.3125 11 The Big Chill continued from page 10 playoffs. The garage-style front windows opened out onto Grand, giving way to a view of the jazz murals in the Power & Light District and, above them, atop the Hotel President, the letters PRESIDENT, spelled out like downtown KC’s version of the Hollywood sign. absence persists. A Pale Ale was ordered, a Wheat received. We drank it quietly, watched Harry Potter 6 on mute, stared at Keno grids. Somebody new commandeered the jukebox, and out came a Buzzcocks song. You can’t repeat the past? Why, of course you can. THE WELL THE RIOT ROOM 4048 Broadway 9:45 p.m. Wednesday Beer: Santa Fe Happy Camper IPA 40.2˚ 7421 Broadway 4:30 p.m. Saturday Beer: Boulevard 80-Acre 40.1˚ room in your hot hand without damaging the goods. Not spilling any of your yellow nectar while busting an accidental move to Duran Duran’s “Rio,” part of an improbably solid block of ’80s pop playing at an improbably humane volume … well, that’s just this much harder to do. for less than $10. A limited selection of draft beers here comes in pilsner-style, hourglassshaped glasses. An older crowd watches golf and, mysteriously enough, out-of-market Major League Soccer on television. THE KEYHOLE BLANC BURGERS + BOTTLES (PLAZA) Beer culture has reached even scuzzy music venues, at least in the case of Westport’s Riot Room, which now offers some 50 beers on tap. Sometimes the breadth of the selection intimidates more than it encourages. When we visited recently to see Ra Ra Riot, a bartender with a gauge piercing pointed at us. We froze up, then pointed at the coolest-looking tap: a Santa Fe Happy Camper IPA. A very excited young woman pushed her way toward the stage, spilling perhaps a fifth of the contents of her beverage on our shirts. It was muggy in the room, and the spill made it appear as though we had some strange disease that causes you to sweat from an unusual part of your back. We watched the show from a bench near the merch table, keeping our back hidden from view. Now that the long winter has ended and an almost equally cold spring has dissipated, competition is hot again for rooftop tables at the Well. The upstairs patio at this Waldo bar often provides a stunning view of the Main Street– line MAX buses as they idle and the drivers take well-deserved breaks. If you don’t mind talking over the sound of bus engines, this a good place to start some day drinking before migrating to Waldo’s other watering holes. 4701 Jefferson 3:45 p.m. Tuesday Beer: Boulevard 80-Acre 38.3˚ 5902 Woodson, Mission 7:45 p.m. Saturday Beer: Boulevard Pale Ale 37.9˚ Get here before quitting time, and this Plaza bar and restaurant can be a pretty empty place. The largely windowless, tucked-away interior and stark white floors, walls and tabletops somehow amplify the lonely feeling. It’s quiet, too. The bar is stocked with a decent selection of beers, all of which feel colder than they are if you’re sitting at the icy, whitewashed bar. BOBBY BAKER’S LOUNGE 7418 Wornall 5:15 p.m. Saturday Beer: Boulevard Pale Ale 38.8˚ TWIN CITY TAVERN 1815 Westport Road 10 p.m. Saturday Beer: Fat Tire 38.1˚ THE OTHER PLACE 7324 West 80th Street Overland Park 10:25 p.m. Saturday Beer: Coors Light 40.2˚ Watch your step when leaving this Waldo bar, especially if you’re on a walker. An old man leaving this long, narrow bar on a Saturday afternoon had himself a mishap, taking a spill and knocking his head. A helpful bartender got the downed fellow to his car before returning to his watch over this popular lounge. In the low light here, a small crowd can make the place seem packed, especially when dart throwers in the back are taking up most of the wiggle room. There’s a special every day at this cozy brick drinking outpost on the state border. But Saturday night’s offering — bottomless boiled or breaded shrimp for $18 — is probably the most popular. Three middle-aged couples are on dates in the wooden booths, scarfing their refilled plates. The bartender is kind. “Want to go again?” she asks, rather than “Have you eaten your loneliness yet?” There’s no shame here. Our notes say it was a pale ale, but even Boulevard’s least-challenging brew tastes bewilderingly upscale in this holiest of holes in the wall. (A Kansas-blue-law remnant, the members-only Keyhole operates in constant, infectious celebration of its own low barrier to entry.) Surely it was a Miller Lite. How can it be hard to remember at a place with so few taps? Easy: Neil Diamond’s “Sweet Caroline” was battering the air at the moment it was our turn to order, with a table of regulars behind us swatting at the music with their own shoutedalong version of the chorus. The lone bartender — pretty, attentive, bright-faced — was unfazed, of course. She made patient eye contact, and this hectic-looking little room suddenly felt like an efficiently run shot-and-a-beer oasis. CHARLIE HOOPER’S BROOKSIDE BAR & GRILLE 12 West 63rd Street 5 p.m. Monday Beer: Boulevard 80-Acre 37.6˚ Picture a medium-divey bar that’s roomy enough to fit most of the people you went to high school with. Now picture most of the people you went to high school with in that bar. They dress rather as you recall, though time has been a little cruel to physical proportions. Karaoke tracks, pulsing from speakers in the back and waiting for a singer, threaten something crueler still. Would you drink at the bar you have just mentally conjured? And if you had to, wouldn’t you just buy a Coors Light and take a polite sip (and its temperature) and then get the fuck out of there? BURG AND BARREL 7042 West 76th Street Overland Park 8:35 p.m. Saturday Beer: Odell IPA 38.8˚ SWAGGER 8431 Wornall 2:30 p.m. Saturday Beer: Mirror Pond Pale Ale 38.1˚ DAVE’S STAGECOACH INN 316 Westport Road 6 p.m. Saturday Beer: Boulevard Wheat 40.1˚ Behind the bar, T-shirts for sale (on the front: “Dave’s Stagecoach Inn”; on the back: “Drowning your sorrows in beer for 60 years”) hung and swayed in a breeze that swept in through the front door. The descending sun cast an orange hue through the windows. Bad music — angry butt-rock, Daughtry maybe — blasted from the Internet jukebox. The old jukebox, with its mix CDs and Tom Waits and Replacements songs, has been gone more than two years now, though the pang of its 12 the pitch M AY 3 0 - J u n e 5 , 2 0 1 3 The menu is simple, the tight beer list assembled with caution but with obvious intelligence. (Burg and Barrel opened this past spring.) Really, there should be more people here than the handful now dotting the wide space. But the people who are here when we arrive are young and happy, and they stay even after we’ve eaten and drunk, and they look like people we’ll see again whenever we go back. Which we will, because when you ask the server whether there’s anything new on tap, something not on the printed list, the right answer is “Yes.” Even better: “Yes — we have two new beers.” Ever heard Bad Religion over the sound system at a local bar? Neither had we until visiting Swagger early on a Saturday afternoon. A jovial, loud-talking bartender with a mohawk gets pumped up at the opening chords of “Atomic Garden” and is incredulous when a visitor admits not having seen the SoCal punks putting on a show in Lawrence not long ago. The selection of beer here is among Waldo’s most extensive, and the bartender is more than willing to explain various brews, sometimes in more detail than is actually useful. This odd-smelling Brookside institution usually has a large crowd that cuts from old neighborhood regulars, businesspeople and the occasional group of Rockhurst or University of Missouri–Kansas City students. On this particular Monday, even a cheap deal on burgers during happy hour hasn’t filled the place. That only makes it more inviting. THE POINT 917 West 44th Street 4:30 p.m. Tuesday Beer: Boulevard Pale Ale 37.1˚ WALSH’S CORNER COCKTAILS SULLY’S 5436 Johnson Drive, Mission 6:50 p.m. Saturday Beer: Free State Brinkley’s Maibock 38.4˚ 304 West 85th Street Time: 2 p.m. Saturday Beer: Natural Light 37.9˚ The Point is a consistent standby for Westport and Plaza residents looking to avoid the bustle of those entertainment districts. Nestled in a nondescript building, where a somewhat new renovation has shaped up the appeal, the place offers half-dollar wings on Tuesdays. It’s a fi ne inducement to some slow, pre-happy-hour drinking. Fox News on one of the TVs, however, is kind of a drag. BEER KITCHEN The refrigerator behind the bar isn’t as white as it used to be. But it still keeps glassware — in this case, two sizes of Mason jar — cold enough that you can carry a beer across the Walsh’s Corner Cocktails sits, as its name suggests, at the corner of a stealth-bombershaped strip mall at 85th Street and Wornall. The window on the door is the only entrance that daylight finds into the dim tavern. A squared-off bar is set off from an empty dining room where one could easily grab a meal 435 Westport Road 5:05 p.m. Wednesday Beer: Empyrean Brewing Co.’s Carpe Brewem For upscale after-work brews and appetizers, Beer Kitchen is a prime Westport spot. But a tanned Aaron Eckhart look-alike, with shaggy sand-colored hair, is here to work. He’s in a Cheetos-orange performance polo, telling his 37.1˚ pitch.com companions (a paunchy couple in office attire) to order whatever they want. He gesticulates while they sip and eat. What is he pushing? Speedboat insurance? A barge of reflective rainbow-lens sunglasses? Obscure bottled beers and disco fries and entrées come in waves, eating into the salesman’s margins. knows her dad, and the bartender offers a fond reminiscence. Stick around long enough and you can camouflage yourself in barbecue smell; the Stack BBQ is next door, and its smoker odor practically glows in Flo’s darkness. TOMFOOLERIES GOVERNOR STUMPY’S 321 East Gregory 7:30 p.m. Monday Beer: Boulevard 80-Acre 36.9˚ 612 West 47th Street 4:10 p.m. Tuesday Beer: Boulevard Pilsner 36.4˚ A neon sign in front of Governor Stumpy’s reads, “cold beer.” That’s true as far as it goes. The brews on tap here sit in the middle of the temperature spectrum, neither so cold that the beer lacks flavor nor distractingly warm. This often overlooked staple of Waldo’s casual-dining community has one of the better patios in town — it’s covered and out of direct sunlight on bright days. It’s an excellent place to watch a storm roll in on a volatile spring afternoon. Only a few drinkers are here just before happy hour on a Tuesday, one of them a woman nursing a martini and discussing relationship issues with the bartender, who seems to mostly agree with what her customer has to say. The men sitting nearby concentrate on their smartphones, pretending not to listen but not doing a good job disguising their interest. THE BEACON 5031 Main 5 p.m. Tuesday Beer: Boulevard Pale Ale 36.0˚ Vi Tran as the Engineer presents a new production of The successor to Jack Gage has been amassing a reputation as a late-night weekend hot spot. But that’s not so much the case when the place opens right at happy hour on a weekday. Maybe the Plaza business crowd hasn’t yet made its way out of work on this day, but the Beacon turns out to be a quiet place to indulge a little late-afternoon drinking south of the Plaza. KELSO’S THE BROOKSIDER SPORTS BAR & GRILL 6330 Brookside Plaza 6:30 p.m. Tuesday Beer: Boulevard Pale Ale 36.9˚ 300 Armour Road 8 p.m. Monday Beer: Pabst Blue Ribbon 35.8˚ Does a beer arrive colder if the customer receives it in a chilled glass? Almost certainly, which may put some of the temperature readings here at a disadvantage. Normally the province of outdoor concert festivals and backyard beer parties, the Brooksider serves its beer in plastic cups on its patio — a fine idea, given that it’s one of this neighborhood’s more popular destinations for drinkers with dogs in tow. A slightly less chilly beer seems a reasonable offset against the risk of glass shards stuck in paws. As we sipped a $2 PBR at this Northland bar — both PBR and Miller Lite drafts are $2 during Royals games — we had a bizarre premonition. What if the Rookie (that is, small) pepperoniand-green-pepper pizza we’d ordered came out so burnt (just the way we like it) that we got a discount on it? These are the types of premonitions we have; we lead sad lives. Then the pizza arrived, and it was a Veteran (large). And it was burnt! And the pregnant bartender apologized and asked if it was OK and said she’d just charge us for a Rookie. Then a crack of the bat: Miguel Tejada hit his first home run of the season. Then Van Morrison’s “Into the Mystic” pumped out of the jukebox. OK, that last part is a lie, but the rest is true. Kansas city actor Vi Tran was born near Saigon, Vietnam. He began performing as a toddler in the refugee camps of southeast Asia. Vi has performed in venues across Kansas City from Starlight to the Coterie Theatre. The Pitch nominated his band, the Vi Tran Band as Emerging Act of 2011 at the Pitch Music Awards. WesternPlayhouse.com Box Office: 816-271-4452 July 4, 5, 6, 12, 13 - 7 p.m. July 7 - 3 p.m. Tickets: $21.00 Veterans/Military: Free Gala Dinner: July 4 - 5:30 p.m. $15.50 - Call 816-271-4100. (from the creative team that brought you Les Misérables) FLO’S POLK-A-DOT LOUNGE 8934 Wornall 3:15 p.m. Saturday Beer: Budweiser 36.5˚ WALDO PIZZA TAPROOM 7433 Wornall 6:30 p.m. Saturday Beer: Mirror Pond Pale Ale 35.7˚ Music by CLAUDE-MICHEL SCHÖNBERG Lyrics by RICHARD MALTBY Jr. and ALAIN BOUBLIL Adapted from the original French lyrics by ALAIN BOUBLIL Additional Material by RICHARD MALTBY Jr. Orchestrations by WILLIAM D. BROHN Originally produced on the stage by CAMERON MACKINTOSH FREE Fireworks Show, July 5 - 10 p.m. Beer & hot dogs for sale starting at 9:15 p.m. Fireworks provided by: Flo’s is a good place to go if you’re drinking on the sly. The inconspicuous strip-mall bar is dark enough inside that you barely register your closest neighbor. The friendly bartenders can see you just fine, though, and they know their regulars. One visitor asks if the bartender This adjunct to the Waldo institution isn’t always what you expect from a place called a taproom. Rather than beer-bellied middle-aged men sitting around a saloon illuminated by neon signs and sipping craft brews, the Waldo Pizza Taproom is often populated by families with children and tables full of friends. There’s a little bar toward the continued on page 14 July 4-13 Potter Hall Theatre pitch.com Missouri Western State University, St. Joseph, MO Western Playhouse is a unit of the Western Institute at Missouri Western State University. M AY 3 0 - J u n e 5 , 2 0 1 3 the pitch 13 The Big Chill continued from page 13 back, where helpful bartenders walk the uninitiated through a beer lineup that has long been one of the metro’s most far-ranging and eclectic. BIER STATION 120 East Gregory 7 p.m. Monday Beer: Free State Stormchaser IPA 35.5˚ don’t want them to get warm. And soon, you are drunk. Look around, and you’ll find you’re in great company: lawyers, strippers from Bazooka’s having a pre- or post-shift drink, journalists, office drones, shady hustlers. A server with a severe haircut and knee-high socks asks if you want another round. It’s not 8 yet, is it? Then, yes, we will have another round. This dive, nestled in one of Wornall Road’s many strip malls in Waldo, serves its beer in glasses that have been sitting in a tub of ice. That seems to help push down the Fahrenheit on the draft beers. This watering hole has its regulars who seem to love the probably frozen pizzas heating up in small convection ovens hidden behind the bar. ments — what is that unholy stank? — but the beer is actually too cold for a dive bar. More important, Buzzard’s sunny deck is too inviting for the place to be a lowlife magnet. Ask the guy in the Hawaiian shirt sipping a rye and reading a paperback or the guys in their 20s making birthday-party plans (“No girls, just guys!”). This is no dive. It’s just comfortable. D.B. COOPER’S A purveyor of craft beers, some of which are to be enjoyed at less-than-frigid temperatures, Bier Station doles out a notably frosty India Pale Ale. At this Armour Hills bar, the diversity of the beer taps is outdone only by the selection in the drink-it-here-or-take-it-home refrigerator of bottled beers. All those beers, coupled with a stack of board games in the corner, usually makes a stop here last longer than planned. 1804 West 39th Street 5:15 p.m. Wednesday Beer: Bud Light 34.1˚ CHAPPELL’S SPORTS BAR & MUSEUM 323 Armour Road 8:45 p.m. Monday Beer: Bud Light 31.7˚ VOLLEYBALL BEACH 13105 Holmes 8 p.m. Tuesday Beer: Beach Beer 35.1˚ TOWER TAVERN “I saw you put a thermometer in your beer. What’s going on?” the bar manager says. Chill out, dude! On a packed Tuesday, young people in shorts and tank tops order pitchers and mudslides like it’s spring break. The vibe: They’re gonna be diggin’ and spikin’ all fuckin’ night! Maybe we were meant to stay with the beach party in Martin City. As we pull out of the gigantic lot to return to Westport, the GPS claims: “No routes found.” Cowabunga. 401 East 31st Street 7:15 p.m. Thursday Beer: Bud Light 34.6˚ The PBR tap is broken but that doesn’t trouble the group of five gray-haired guys in golf attire at the bar, who instead sip whiskey and Bud Light draws. The bartender snaps a photo of them. The Martin Lawrence joint National Security is playing, muted, on the TV. The pals try to harmonize with “King of the Road” as it spins out of the jukebox. During a sing-along with “Piano Man,” the most senior member of the party tells the bartender, “Hey, get me a jar. I’m going to take my teeth out.” MINIBAR THE BULLDOG 1715 Main 5:45 p.m. Friday Beer: Boulevard Pale Ale 34.8˚ The Bulldog is about a 12-second walk from us here at The Pitch, so we consider ourselves something of an authority on the bar. We’ve imbibed there at literally every hour of the day it’s open, but the best time to soak up the place is between 5 and 8 p.m. Thursdays and Fridays, for two-for-ones. Order just about anything, and they hand you two of them. Naturally, you drink them fast because you We like hanging in bars at odd hours. Usually that means early in the afternoon, when we can get away with it. But there’s another strange time of day at a bar: after happy hour and before the evening crowd settles in. We recently found ourselves at Tower Tavern during this lull. The tables inside were mostly empty. The waitstaff huddled near the server station, still a little flushed from the rush. One idly worked a crossword puzzle; another occupied herself with some kind of iPhone game. Occasionally, they would dart off and check on a table. A boisterous middle-aged fellow wandered in from the back patio. He wanted a shot. That seemed like a bright idea. We ordered a shot of Tullamore Dew. “Shot?” one server asked the other. She nodded. The bartender nodded. Everybody had a shot. 3810 Broadway 8:15 p.m. Wednesday Beer: Kronenbourg 1664 33.8˚ “Bud Light draft,” we said. “Twenty-five ounce?” the bartender replied. Oh, why not. It came in a big, frosty mug. We sat at the bar, in a padded swivel chair, and watched the Royals game. We eyed the old football helmets attached to the ceiling. We admired the old football cleats dangling by their shoelaces near the TV. We read the placards underneath the vintage baseball jerseys behind the bar. We especially admired the black-and-orange vintage Houston Colt 45s hat. “In what world is that not a double play?” a younger gentleman asked from his booth, addressing no one in particular. The lit-up arrow sign outside MiniBar promises: “Cocktails, adventure.” And it definitely serves the former. For the latter, there’s just a Star Trek: The Next Generation rerun playing on the overhead TV. The place is empty. “Nobody comes until 10 p.m.,” bartender and longtime RecordBar booze slinger Clarence Draper says. A single patron wanders in a few minutes later. “What are you up to?” Clarence asks her. “Just working on my whiskey tolerance,” she says. KELLY’S WESTPORT INN 500 Westport Road 9:30 p.m. Sunday Beer: Bud Light 30.1˚ BUZZARD BEACH 4110 Pennsylvania 4:50 p.m. Tuesday Beer: Boulevard Pilsner 32.7˚ PATRICK’S BAR AND NO GRILL 8251 Wornall 3:45 p.m. Saturday Beer: Budweiser 34.3˚ Somewhere along the line, Buzzard Beach gave itself the honorific “dive bar,” which is like the friend who insists on choosing his own nickname. It only ensures that nobody’s going to use it. The place has certain dive ele- The regular Sunday-night crowd at Kelly’s is the kind you might expect to patronize the oldest tavern in the city: men in their 60s, white-bearded, bellied up to the bar. Also, a handful of guys with idiosyncratic drinking habits who look just a notch above homeless and just a notch below sane. And the bartenders’ friends. And a Joe’s Pizza employee. In other words, a good mix for casual drinking, and a far cry from the roaring fratmosphere of weekend nights at Kelly’s. Among the topics discussed: why the oldest building in Kansas City is in Westport, not down by the river somewhere. There was a good answer, which we forget. E-mail email@example.com 14 the pitch M AY 3 0 - J u n e 5 , 2 0 1 3 pitch.com KANSAS CITY ZOO LUNCH & DINNER MONDAY - SATURDAY OPEN FOR: BEST Middle Eastern FOOD IN KANSAS CITY! 1404 Westport Road, KCMO (816) 931-8575 431 Westport Road, KCMO (816) 756-2770 ENJOY THE STOP BY & $5 OFF S S H IP MEMBER Promo Enter H5 Code: PITC Penguin Plaza Opening late 2013! HELZBERG Mediterranean & MEMBERSHIPS available now! 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T he challenge is that most people really don't know all that much about Scottish culture outside of kilts and bagpipes, and that's not enough to get them involved,” says Kristi Peterman, field chairwoman of the Kansas City Scottish Highland Games. “Most people are interested in some aspect of their culture already,” she adds. “They may not know much, but they usually know that someone somewhere in their family tree came from Scotland. That alone is usually enough to get someone to come over and ask questions. With young people though, there has to be a 'cool' factor.” And this is where the games come in. The three-day full-on display of Scottish culture does it all: Highland wrestling, dancing, whiskey tastings, steel sword fighting, and more. “It's really for everyone,” says Sherry Grant, the festival’s organizer. It's her fi fth year putting it together. “We're always hoping to attract new members into the clan. People are genuinely interested in our heritage.” Formed in 1914, the Kansas City Saint Andrew Society once had nearly 600 members. But that figure has ebbed with time. Especially compared with KC's steady Irish (or Irish-identifying) community, the numbers of those claiming, and officially supporting, their Scottish roots are rather small. “The Scottish and Irish were kissing cousins, hello,” says Cindy Murray, a bagpiper with the KC Saint Andrew Pipes and Drums. She has been with the group for 10 years, and once again it’s set to be an integral part of the weekend's festivities. The ticket price for the games has been lowered to attract more people: $5 on Friday and $10 for Saturday or Sunday buys festivalgoers access to authentic food (think meat pies, haggis and Scotch eggs), kids' activities, a “History and Culture” tent, the formal dance competition, live music and the athletic contests. The latter is open to all skill levels, with participants competing in the Sheaf Toss, the Hammer Throw, Putting the Stone, and the crowd-favorite Caber Toss. “It really feels like a big family,” Grant says. “The Scottish love to share their culture with everyone.” — BERRY ANDERSON The Kansas City Scottish Highland Games: Friday, June 7, through Sunday, June 9, at E.H. Young Park (1001 Northwest Argosy Parkway, Riverside). See kcscottishgames.org. continued from page 17 Parkville Fourth of July Celebration Downtown Parkville parkvillemo.org/independenceday.html Through Saturday, July 6 THURSDAY, JULY 4 KC Riverfest Berkley Riverfront Park Grand and Riverfront Road kcriverfest.com FRIDAY, JULY 12 Young Friends of Art Summer White Party Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, 4050 Oak 816-751-1278, nelson-atkins.org FRIDAY, JULY 19 Big Slick Celebrity Wifﬂe Ball Tournament Kauffman Stadium, 1 Royal Way bigslickkc.org SATURDAY, JULY 20 Big Slick Texas Hold ’em Poker Tournament Harrah’s Casino, 1 Riverboat Drive, North Kansas City bigslickkc.org Party in the Park Swope Park Meyer Boulevard and Swope Parkway 816-513-7500, kcparks.org TUESDAY, JULY 23 Platte County Fair Platte County Fairgrounds 15730 Fairgrounds Road Tracy, Missouri 816-431-3247, plattecountyfair.com Through Saturday, July 27 FOR MORE INFORMATION VISIT THECITYMARKET.ORG Wyandotte County Fair Wyandotte County Fairgrounds 13700 Polfer Road, Kansas City, Kansas 913-788-7898, wycofair.com Through Saturday, July 27 continued on page 21 pitch.com M AY 3 0 - J u n e 5 , 2 0 1 3 the pitch 19 • Taste and purchase handcrafted KANSAS wines! • Live music by The Cathy Hunt Trio, Mistura Fina and Rod Fleeman & Dan Bliss! • Chef prepared cuisine • Beautiful local art • More info on facebook.com/WinesongAtRiverfest The Waxies, St. Dionysios Greek Orthodox Church Heart of America Shakespeare Festival JUNE 7-9, 2013 8100 w. 95th St. Overland Park stdionysios.org/festival 20 the pitch M AY 3 0 - J u n e 5 , 2 0 1 3 Major Sponsors kcshakes.org Muriel McBrien Kauffman Foundation; Edward P. 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Griswold Foundation; Jack & Karen Holland; Stephen Chick & Kevin Chick For More Info: 913.341.7373 pitch.com continued from page 19 SUNDAY, JULY 28 Trails West The Strawberry Swing Indie Craft Fair Alexander Majors House & Barn 8201 State Line, strawberryswing.org 1100 Frederick, St. Joseph trailswest.org, 816-233-0231 Through Sunday, August 18 WEDNESDAY, JULY 31 Douglas County Fair Douglas County Fairgrounds 2110 Harper, Lawrence 785-843-7058, dgcountyfair.com Through Saturday, August 3 WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 21 Through Sunday, August 25 Paris of the Plains Cocktail Festival THURSDAY, AUGUST 22 Tiblow Days Downtown Bonner Springs bsedwchamber.org Through Saturday, August 24 AUGUST TUESDAY, AUGUST 6 Johnson County Fair Johnson County Fairgrounds 136 East Washington, Gardner 913-856-8860, jocokansasfair.com Through Saturday, August 10 TRUMAN MUST-SEE FASCINATING WORTH THE TRIP! – TripAdvisor Reviews TRU HERO. TRU HISTORY. TRU INSPIRATION. FRIDAY, AUGUST 23 Lawrence Busker Festival Downtown Lawrence 785-330-5110, lawrencebuskerfest.com Through Sunday, August 25 THURSDAY, AUGUST 8 Missouri State Fair Missouri State Fairgrounds 2503 West 16th Street, Sedalia 800-422-3247, mostatefair.com Through Sunday, August 18 SATURDAY, AUGUST 24 Bacon-Fest Rehabilitation Institute of KC parking lot 3110 Main 816-751-7781, baconfestkc.com FRIDAY, AUGUST 9 THURSDAY, AUGUST 29 SantaCaliGon Days — Carnival Great Midwest Balloon Fest Great Mall of the Great Plains 20700 West 151st Street, Olathe greatmidwestballoonfest.org Through Saturday, August 10 Independence Square Independence, Missouri 816-252-4745, santacaligon.com Through Monday, September 2 FRIDAY, AUGUST 16 Crypticon Kansas City Ramada Conference Center 1601 North Universal Avenue crypticonkansascity.com Through August 18 FRIDAY, AUGUST 30 Kansas City Irish Fest Crown Center Square, 2425 Grand 816-561-7555, kcirishfest.com Through Sunday, September 1 LEGAL LANDMARKS and other free special events at TrumanLibrary.org ON SPECIAL EXHIBIT Benton and Truman: Legends of the Missouri Border SATURDAY, AUGUST 31 Kansas City Renaissance Festival Ethnic Enrichment Festival Swope Park Meyer Boulevard and Swope Parkway 816-513-7500, kcparks.org/calendar, eeckc.org Through Sunday, August 18 633 North 130th Street, Bonner Springs 913-721-2110, kcrenfest.com Through Monday, October 14 Ranked #1 attraction ! Read ead more Museum reviews.. EXPLORE AMERICA’S “BEST PRESIDENTIAL MUSEUM” OPEN DAILY | $8 Adult, $3 Youth (6-15); 0-5 FREE E-mail email@example.com pitch.com 816.268.8200 TrumanLibrary.org the pitch 21 M AY 3 0 - J u n e 5 , 2 0 1 3 22 the pitch M AY 3 0 - J u n e 5 , 2 0 1 3 pitch.com Where the Grass Grows Taller There’s way more to Manhattan than just K-State. BY NANCY HULL RIGDON hen Kansas State University’s football team made an unprecedented run toward the national championship last fall, some national media outlets painted Manhattan, Kansas, as the set of Little House on the Prairie. But the city isn’t storybook-quaint — in fact, its prairie heritage inspires an innovative, thriving cultural scene. Soak this up at the Marianna Kistler Beach Museum of Art, on the K-State campus. Behind the museum sits a strip of lawn set to blossom into a meadow. When complete, the building’s mirrored archway will give way to native grasses amid a backdrop of limestone buildings, a scene intended to highlight the commonalities between art and science. “Looking carefully, noticing details, finding words to describe visual discoveries, thinking about meaning and significance — these activities go on when people study the world scientifically, experience it through art, or just enjoy nature,” says Linda Duke, the museum’s director. Step inside, and you’ll see the “Museum of Wonder,” an exhibition that uses spontaneous juxtapositions to honor the college’s 150th anniversary. For instance, white-plaster replicas of famous sculptures from ancient Greece and Rome that students studied in the late 1800s (a recent flashlight-led journey into a campus attic uncovered these) appear behind a find from the animal science department: a cow skeleton. The inspiration for the exhibition dates back to the 16th century, when wealthy, European travelers displayed their objects in what were called cabinets of curiosities. “This was before our time where everything is so categorized. In labeling and separating everything, we’ve lost something that is part of creativity,” Duke says. “So we borrowed all these weird things from every department on campus, and they end up bumping against each other in unexpected, intriguing ways.” Aggieville — a district packed with bars, restaurants and shops that serves as the heart of this college town — sits a short walk from the museum. The name of the six-square- JOYERIA/JEWELRY STORE Mexican Jewelry Silver & Gold Repair Miriam & Charles Velasquez 816.651.1538 (Espanol) 913.406.4503 (English) 400 Grand Suite 416 W K A N S A S C I T Y, M O 6 4 1 0 6 firstname.lastname@example.org W block area is an ode to the Aggies of the Kansas State Agricultural College days. (In 1931, the college name changed to Kansas State University, and the Wildcats soon replaced the Aggies as mascot.) The district attracts several thousand people for the annual Little Apple New Year’s Eve celebration as well as a spring Fake Patty’s Day party (an event that has become a source of much debate locally due to rowdiness). On a summer day, we recommend a few stops. The assortment of wacky merchandise at Acme Gift makes shopping an amusement. Options include a cookbook titled Booze Cakes; old-school slide whistles; a lip balm line called Lip Shit; and pint glasses that read “Ski Kansas” and picture a skier riding behind a cow, tail in hand. The space doubles as a flower shop. Head to Rock-a-Belly Bar & Deli for a cold summer beer (beer, lemonade and vodka) in a tall glass out on the cozy back patio. Or order an Oasis (a dry-hopped Imperial ESB), on tap from Manhattan’s Tallgrass Brewing Co. The microbrewery opened on the edge of the Flint Hills in 2007, and the beer is now sold in cans and on tap in 14 Midwestern states. There are juicy burgers — made with bison from the Flint Hills Prairie Bison Reserve — at the So Long Saloon, a space dominated by funky cowboy décor. The Resist Temptation burger, topped with a fried egg, crispy bacon, melted cheese and mayo, is a sinful favorite. The chipotle-raspberry-and-black-bean dip is addictive. For live music, Auntie Mae’s Parlor is the spot. (National act the Dirty Bourbon River Show, which bills its sound as “New Orleans gypsy brass circus rock music,” plays here June 13.) The cavernous basement that houses the stage served as a speakeasy during Prohibition. As the story goes, Dora Mae cleared out the grimy and tiny basement of Walters’ Plumbing in 1930 and discreetly served liquor for four years. To truly understand the area, you must visit the hiking trails at Konza Prairie Biological Station. The trails are part of an 8,600- acre native tallgrass prairie preserve, owned by the Nature Conservancy and K-State and managed as a field research station by the university’s biology department. The area has avoided the plow all these years and brings rare and stunning views. A big sky spans rolling hills blanketed in native grasses and wildflowers. Deer abound, and buffalo graze in the distance. Limestone outcroppings overlook a river valley. The area is, as Pamela Kulokas says, “an endangered ecosystem.” Kulokas serves as outreach coordinator of the Flint Hills Discovery Center. The center (think of it as a prairie-focused museum) opened last year to promote the history of the Flint Hills, a swath of land that includes the Konza and is considered the last remaining tallgrass prairie in North America. Witnessing the serenity of the tallgrass prairie firsthand has been known to spur action. “We’re trying to educate visitors so that they will go out and take care of it, so we can preserve it for many future generations,” Kulokas says. • Marianna Kistler Beach Museum of Art, 701 Beach Lane, 785-532-7718, beach.k-state.edu. Admission is free. “Museum of Wonder” exhibition runs through October. • Acme Gift, 1227 Moro, 785-539-8899 • Rock-a-Belly Bar & Deli, 718 North Manhattan, 785-539-8033, rockabellydeli.com • So Long Saloon, 1130 Moro, 785-537-9292, solongsaloon.com • Auntie Mae’s Parlor, 616 North 12th Street, 785-539-8508, auntiemaes.com • Konza Prairie Biological Station, 100 Konza Prairie Lane, 785-539-1961, keep.konza.ksu .edu. Open dawn to dusk; no pets or bikes. • Flint Hills Discovery Center, 315 South Third Street, 785-587-2726, flinthillsdiscovery.org. Cost is $9 for adult; $4 for youth; $7 for military, student and senior; free for children 2 years old and younger. 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But it won’t be easy. It never is when Nyjah Huston is competing. JULY TUESDAY, JULY 2 Through July 4 Kansas City Royals vs. Cleveland Indians, Kauffman Stadium continued on page 28 11215 HOLMES RD KANSAS CITY, MO 64131 pitch.com M AY 3 0 - J u n e 5 , 2 0 1 3 the pitch 27 continued from page 27 If the Royals are going to get back in contention, they’re going to need to take care of business at home against the tribe. The Indians and Tigers were sitting on top of the Central at press time. Win, and the playoff dream comes closer to reality. Kansas City T-Bones vs. Sioux Falls Pheasants Through Friday, July 5 a World Cup qualifying match between the U.S. Men’s National Soccer Team and Jamaica in October. It also showcases Kansas City’s darling soccer community. Did you guys hear that we like soccer in this town? Turns out, we really like soccer. AUGUST SATURDAY, AUGUST 3 MONDAY, AUGUST 5 Sporting KC vs. New York Red Bulls Kansas City Royals vs. Minnesota Twins Through Wednesday, August 7 WEDNESDAY, JULY 3 FRIDAY, JULY 5 Sporting KC vs. Vancouver Whitecaps FC Kansas City Royals vs. Oakland Athletics Through Sunday, July 7 THURSDAY, AUGUST 8 SUNDAY, JULY 7 FRIDAY, JULY 12 FC Kansas City vs. Western New York Flash Kansas City T-Bones vs. Wichita Wingnuts Through Sunday, July 14 Kansas City Royals vs. Boston Red Sox Through Sunday, August 11 FRIDAY, AUGUST 9 Kansas City T-Bones vs. Fargo-Moorhead RedHawks Through Sunday, August 11 SATURDAY, JULY 13 Invicta FC 6: Marloes Coenen vs. Cris Cyborg AmeriStar Casino and Hotel SATURDAY, AUGUST 10 FRIDAY, JULY 19 Kansas City Royals vs. Detroit Tigers Through Sunday, July 21 If you’re not a soccer fan, you probably don’t understand how Major League Soccer’s AllStar Game works. The league’s best players from one conference don’t play the best from the other, as in most American sports. In MLS, the stars take on a club from one of the best leagues in the world. When it comes to the July 31 match at Sporting Park, MLS’s best 18 players are scheduled to take on … wait for it. No, really, you’ll have to wait to find out. The league hasn’t announced an opponent yet. From past years, we know it will be a global powerhouse, and the rumor mill points toward a French or Spanish club. The U.K.’s Premiere League has furnished the last five years’ opponents, including Manchester United twice (which brings back bad memories for Kansas City). Last year, Chelsea FC lost after a thrilling, second-half MLS rally. The game isn’t getting the citywide hype that last year’s Major League Baseball midsummer classic did, but it’s still a cool deal for KC. The nation’s attention is once again focused on Sporting Park, which also hosts Metro Pro Wrestling, at Turner Rec Center Sporting KC vs. New England Revolution The biggest fight of the summer is Cris Cyborg’s second in KC for upstart women’s MMA promotion Invicta. Cyborg dominated her first fight — and it was scary how badly she brutalized her opponent. Coenen won’t go easily, especially with the Featherweight Championship on the line. Sporting KC vs. Toronto FC Metro Pro Wrestling at Turner Rec Center Kansas City Roller Warriors bout four: Rink of Fire SATURDAY, JULY 20 MONDAY, JULY 22 FC Kansas City vs. Seattle Reign FC Kansas City Royals vs. Baltimore Orioles Through Thursday, July 25 MONDAY, AUGUST 12 Kansas City Royals vs. Miami Marlins Through Wednesday, August 14 Kansas City T-Bones vs. Lincoln Salt Dogs Through Wednesday, August 14 WEDNESDAY, JULY 24 FRIDAY, JULY 26 FC Kansas City vs. Boston Breakers Kansas City T-Bones vs. El Paso Diablos Through Sunday, July 28 FRIDAY, AUGUST 16 Kansas City Chiefs vs. San Francisco 49ers Arrowhead Stadium MONDAY, JULY 15 Kansas City T-Bones vs. Grand Prairie AirHogs Through Wednesday, July 17 MONDAY, JULY 29 THURSDAY, JULY 18 Midwest Classic, PGA Web.com Tour Nicklaus Golf Club at Lionsgate Through Sunday, July 21 Kansas City T-Bones vs. Laredo Lemurs Through Thursday, August 1 The new era of Chiefs football is finally here. The fi rst preseason game at Arrowhead features Super Bowl losers the San Francisco 49ers. New Chiefs quarterback Alex Smith may not see a lot of action, but he’ll defi nitely be looking to show up his old comrades. WEDNESDAY, JULY 31 MLS All-Star Game Sporting Park, Kansas City, Kansas SUNDAY, AUGUST 18 FC Kansas City vs. Chicago Red Stars B-ADVENTUROUS Kansascity.Bcycle.com 28 the pitch M AY 3 0 - J u n e 5 , 2 0 1 3 BikeShareKC pitch.com TEN BIG RUNS hether you want your ass kicked or just lightly spanked, there’s a distance with your name on it pretty much every weekend for the next three months. For details and registration, see sportkc .org and kcrunningcompany.com. W “To relax, I go skydiving. For sheer terror, I date.” - Paul Burton SUNDAY, JUNE 2 Color Run Arrowhead Stadium SATURDAY, JUNE 8 Missouri River Valley Skydivers in business for over 30 years 42938 W. 64th Street |Henrietta, MO 64036 | www.skydivemrvs.com Holiday Gift Certiﬁcates Available! Jazz in the Woods 5k, 10k Corporate Woods, Overland Park Sounds laid-back, doesn’t it? SATURDAY, JUNE 15 Boots and Daisy Dukes 5k Bass Pro Shops, Independence This event adds a “vintage trucker’s hat” to the usual participation shirt. SATURDAY, JUNE 22 Stadium Challenge Sporting Park, Kansas City, Kansas It’s not the Empire State Building stairs, but clambering up 3,200 steps is no picnic. MONDAY, AUGUST 19 SATURDAY, JUNE 29 Glow Run 5k Truman Sports Complex This one is at night, you guys. Kansas City T-Bones vs. Can-Am League Through Wednesday, August 21 TUESDAY, AUGUST 20 Kansas City Royals vs. Chicago White Sox Through Thursday, August 22 THURSDAY, JULY 4 Stars & Stripes 5k & Lil’ Firecracker Fun Run Summit Fair Shopping Center Lee’s Summit Get up early and earn that extra cookout hot dog later. FRIDAY, AUGUST 23 Kansas City Royals vs. Washington Nationals Through Sunday, August 25 TUESDAY, AUGUST 27 SATURDAY, JULY 20 Color Storm 5k Kemper Arena If you do only one race involving hurled temporary dye this summer, why not an event in the West Bottoms? Kansas City T-Bones vs. Gary SouthShore RailCats Through Friday, August 30 THURSDAY, AUGUST 29 FRIDAY, AUGUST 30 FAMILY FUN IN THE BEST PUBLIC POOL Kansas City Chiefs vs. Green Bay Packers SUN! SATURDAY, JULY 27 Rock the Crossroads 5k Grinder’s Starting about 12 hours after most runs gun it, this one’s how you sweat out whatever you drank last night. Kansas State Wildcats vs. North Dakota State Bison Bill Snyder Family Football Stadium, Manhattan, Kansas Saturday, August 31 Missouri Tigers vs. Murray State Racers Faurot Field, Columbia, Missouri. SATURDAY, AUGUST 3 Brew 2 Shoe 10k, 5k Manhattan Running Company Manhattan, Kansas As we say elsewhere in this issue, we really like Manhattan. Bust out the grill and get to the parking lots in Manhattan and Columbia. The Wildcats and Tigers open the season with a couple of tasty cakes. SATURDAY, AUGUST 31 Sporting KC vs. Colorado Rapids SATURDAY, AUGUST 24 Parkville Days Run by the River 5k SEPTEMBER MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 2 Kansas City Royals vs. Seattle Mariners Parkville City Hall Not only is this course riverside (and mostly flat or downhill) but the run also starts at an exceptionally civilized 10 a.m. kcparks.org 7101 Longview Rd • Kansas City, MO 64134 • 816.965.9218 • thebaykc.com OPEN MEMORIAL DAY WEEKEND THROUGH LABOR DAY E-mail firstname.lastname@example.org MON-SAT: 12-7pm • SUN: 1-6pm • Holidays: 1-6pm pitch.com M AY 3 0 - J u n e 5 , 2 0 1 3 the pitch 29 30 the pitch M AY 3 0 - J u n e 5 , 2 0 1 3 pitch.com Spamalot, May 31 VENUES Barn Players Theatre 6219 Martway, Mission 913-432-9100, thebarnplayers.org Coterie Theatre Crown Center 2450 Grand, first floor 816-474-6552 coterietheatre.org Heart of America Shakespeare Festival Southmoreland Park Oak Street and Emanuel Cleaver II Boulevard 816-531-7728, kcshakes.org Kansas City Actors Theatre City Stage Theatre, Union Station 30 West Pershing Road 816-235-6222, kcactors.org Kansas City Fringe Festival 816-359-9195, kcfringe.org The Living Room Theatre 1818 McGee 816-533-5857, thelivingroomkc.com Metropolitan Ensemble Theatre 3614 Main 816-569-3226, metkc.org Stage MAY THURSDAY, MAY 30 Ragtime, Metropolitan Ensemble Theatre Through June 16 Musical Theater Heritage Off Center Theatre, Crown Center 2450 Grand, third floor 816-842-9999, mthkc.com Project Playwright facebook.com/projectplaywright Quality Hill Playhouse FRIDAY, JUNE 7 Children of Eden, Theatre in the Park Through June 9, June 13–15 Through June 23, June 27–29 303 West 10th Street 816-421-1700, qualityhillplayhouse.com WEDNESDAY, JUNE 26 SATURDAY, JUNE 8 FRIDAY, MAY 31 A Feminine Ending, She & Her Productions Through June 1 Great Big Broadway: The Rise of the Big Broadway Musical, Quality Hill Playhouse Through June 30 Sordid Lives, The Barn Players Theatre Through June 16 Spamalot, Starlight Theatre Through June 6 Project Playwright, Just Off Broadway Theater Through June 9, June 15–16 Death of Cupid, The Living Room Through July 14 She & Her Productions JULY FRIDAY, JULY 5 Peter Pan, Theatre in the Park Through July 7, July 11–13 Just Off Broadway Theatre 3051 Central, 816-405-9200 sheandherproductions.com TUESDAY, JUNE 11 Starlight Theatre Catch Me if You Can, Starlight Theatre Through June 16 Swope Park 4600 Starlight Road 816-363-7827, kcstarlight.com MONDAY, JUNE 17 Musical Mondays, Musical Theater Heritage TUESDAY, JULY 9 TUESDAY, JUNE 18 Flashdance, Starlight Theatre Through July 14 Theatre in the Park As You Like It, Heart of America Shakespeare Festival Through July 7 Lyle the Crocodile, Coterie Theatre Through August 4 SATURDAY, JULY 13 Shawnee Mission Park 7710 Renner Road 913-236-1237, theatreinthepark.org Hairspray, The White Theatre Through July 28 Unicorn Theatre JUNE WEDNESDAY, JUNE 5 The Mountaintop, Unicorn Theatre Through June 30 THURSDAY, JULY 18 3828 Main 816-531-7529, unicorntheatre.org FRIDAY, JUNE 21 9 to 5: The Musical, Theatre in the Park Kansas City Fringe Festival, multiple venues Through July 28 continued on page 33 The White Theatre, Jewish Community Center of Greater KC 5801 West 115th Street, Overland Park 913-327-8000, jcckc.org/boxoffice M AY 3 0 - J u n e 5 , 2 0 1 3 the pitch pitch.com 31 A drifter, an unexpected encounter, lives changed forever experience Picnic... at Union Station’s H&R Block City Stage kansas city August 6 - 25, 2013 For tickets call: 816.235.6222 or online at kcactors.org Getaway BarBQ & Brats Festival | September 28-29 Oktoberfest | Every Weekend in October Voted Best Small-City Destination Holiday Fare Wine Trail | November 17-18 —AAA Best of the Midwest Poll Kristkindl Markt | First two weekends of December Say Cheese Wine Trail | December 8-9Town Voted Missouri’s Most Beautiful —Rural Missouri Magazine Readers’ Poll Wineries • B&Bs • Historic District • Old-World Charm FROM KC I 70 WEST TO HIGHWAY 19 SOUTH, JUST AN HOUR PAST COLUMBIA AUG 5–11 Vintage Charm Timeless Beauty MISSOURI WINE COUNTRY Directed by Mark Robbins by William Inge Phillip Shinn as Hal & Emily Peterson as Madge 800-932-8687 • VisitHermann.com I 70 EAST TO HIGHWAY 19 SOUTH JUST AN HOUR PAST COLUMBIA VisitHermann.com • 800-932-8687 MAY 31– JUNE 6 JUNE 11–16 JULY 23–28 JULY 9–14 Single Tickets As Low As $10! kcstarlight.com Season sponsors: Presenting sponsors: SEPT 7–13 816.363.STAR 32 the pitch M AY 3 0 - J u n e 5 , 2 0 1 3 pitch.com 5/22/13 2:17 PM 13-STAR-0647_SglTkt_Ptch_RUN.indd 1 HARD FEELINGS The Kansas City Actors Theatre looks into the American psyche. Miss Saigon September 7 T he Kansas City Actors Theatre pretty much has the market cornered on experience. Its list of founders and its core artistic company include some of the city’s most celebrated players. But they haven’t let it go to their heads. “We have an unusual model,” says Audrey Porsche, the group’s development and marketing director. “There is no artistic director. It’s an ensemble instead of an individual that makes the decisions.” As part of that autonomous hive mind, KCAT decides on a theme for each of its summer seasons. In 2011, it was “A Summer of Mystery,” featuring Agatha Christie’s The Mousetrap and Tom Stoppard’s The Real Inspector Hound. Light stuff compared with 2008’s “Oppression and the Human Spirit.” “That was a heavy year,” Porsche recalls. In 2013, the company is set to perform a pair of Pulitzer Prize winners for what it has labeled “A Classic American Summer.” That means Picnic, by William Inge, and Long Day’s Journey Into Night, by Eugene O’Neill. (So this is going to be a heavy year, too.) “Nobody ever does his stuff here,” John Rensenhouse says of O’Neill. The KC native, who joined KCAT in 2007, is at the helm of O’Neill’s masterwork. “I think the tension, drama and angst of Long Day’s Journey Into Night all come from the heart of being a family — something everyone can always relate to,” he says. “This show perhaps defi nes the concept of dysfunction long before the term was ever used to describe certain families.” Unlike other families, though, the one in O’Neill’s autobiographical play can occasionally have its story tuned up a bit. “I’m cutting the sucker down from an overbearing four hours to a more manageable two and a half,” Rensenhouse says. Picnic, directed by Mark Robbins, a KCAT founder, skews more steamy than somber. It’s a summer play, and this 2013 staging commemorates Kansas-born Inge’s centenary. “There are still large swaths of America that are rural, small-town locations where the modes of life haven’t changed much at all,” Robbins says. Picnic is loosely based on the women Inge grew up around in his mother’s Kansas boardinghouse — women who were learning to live with the memory of their compromised dreams. “We all strive for something greater in our lives, and Inge has given this theme a lovely rendering in this romantic story of life in a small Kansas town and the drifter who ignites the passion there,” Rensenhouse says. “Picnic seemed the perfect companion [to Journey] — a truly American piece, lighter in tone, full of romance and born out of our hometown region.” — BERRY ANDERSON continued from page 31 FRIDAY, JULY 19 Damn Yankees Theatre in the Park Through July 21, July 25–27 Dangerous Liaisons The Barn Players Theatre Through August 4 TUESDAY, JULY 23 Disney’s The Little Mermaid Starlight Theatre Through July 28 MONDAY, JULY 29 Musical Mondays Musical Theater Heritage HOTEL PERSONALITY WE ARE THE AUGUST MONDAY, AUGUST 5 Footloose, Starlight Theatre Through August 11 WITH TUESDAY, AUGUST 6 Picnic, KC Actors Theatre Through August 25 THURSDAY, AUGUST 8 Hello, Dolly! Musical Theater Heritage Through August 25 SEPTEMBER TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 3 Long Day’s Journey Into Night KC Actors Theatre Through September 15 1215 WYANDOTTE STREET KANSAS CITY, MO 64105 TEL: 816-421-8888 FAX: 816-817-1883 SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 7 Miss Saigon, Starlight Theatre Through September 13 E-mail email@example.com FOR MORE INFO GO TO HIALADDIN.COM pitch.com M AY 3 0 - J u n e 5 , 2 0 1 3 the pitch 33 This Is the End Man of Steel Summer Movie Roundup BY BRENT SHEPHERD T he season of sequels, prequels, franchises, reboots, origin stories, “true” stories and coming-of-age dramedies is upon us. Wretched excess and shoestring-budgeted counterprogramming abound. Consider these offerings when plotting your refuge from the heat or — given the metro’s recent propensity for Mike Thompson–defying meteorological phenomena — the occasional summer snowstorm. JUNE 7 The Internship Vince Vaughn and Owen Wilson reteam as washed-up salesmen competing for jobs at Google against younger, more tech-savvy interns. Co-written by Vaughn, who also penned Couples Retreat and The Break-Up, so how bad could it possibly be? The East If corporations are people, my friend, then the East is those people’s worst nightmare. It’s Occupy Wall Street with saboteurs instead of drum circles. Brit Marling, Ellen Page and Alexander Skarsgård star. need more zombie stories like we need a hole in the head (braaaaains!), but admittedly, WWZ ’s fast-moving CGI waves of undead appear terrifyingly badass. JUNE 28 The Heat By-the-book Sandra Bullock and break-therules Melissa McCarthy are the odd couple behind the badge in this latest good-cop-badcop, buddy-comedy–type thing from Bridesmaids director Paul Feig. We already saw this movie back in March (the dreadful Olympus Has Fallen). But if we know one thing about WHD director Roland Emmerich, it’s this: That Teutonic sumbitch knows how to blow up the White House. This time, Channing Tatum answers the call to rescue President Jamie Foxx. Man of Steel MAY 31 After Earth M. Night Shyamalan directs Will Smith and Smith’s sequel, Jaden, as a father and son shipwrecked and alone against the highly evolved elements. It’s 1,000 years after the end of the world as we know it. (And they don’t feel fine.) The Purge The writer of the Assault on Precinct 13 remake imagines a future in which there are no legal consequences for any crime committed one night every year. In other words, it’s Assault on Precinct 13: Suburban Home Invasion Edition. With Ethan Hawke and Lena Headey. With 300’s Zack Snyder directing a script by Dark Knight scribe David S. Goyer, Henry Cavill wears the S on his chest and leads a stellar cast in this origin story whose trailers are more epic than Bryan Singer’s 2006 reboot. JUNE 21 The Kings of Summer A hit at Sundance, this comedy follows three teenage friends who assert their independence by building a house in the woods and spending their summer living off the land. White House Down At Any Price JUNE 12 This Is the End No longer content to act like themselves (see: respective filmographies), Seth Rogen, James Franco, Jonah Hill, Jay Baruchel, Danny McBride and Craig Robinson star as themselves in this apocalyptic comedy, the inevitable next step in an evolutionary trend we can blame on Adam Sandler and Judd Apatow. Hard times down on the farm strain the relationship between a father and his rebellious son. Dennis Quaid and Zac Efron star. Monsters University Now You See Me Four young magicians — well, three young magicians and Woody Harrelson — employ their Vegas act to rip off corrupt corporate fat cats, while staying ahead of the law. Jesse Eisenberg, Isla Fisher and Mark Ruffalo also star. Clark Kent isn’t the only one with an origin story. Pixar takes us back to the school days of James P. Sullivan and Mike Wazowski (John Goodman and Billy Crystal), because great scarers aren’t born — they matriculate. JULY 3 Despicable Me 2 With minions and daughters in tow, a kinder, gentler Gru (voiced again by Steve Carell) is recruited by the Anti-Villain League to thwart a new criminal mastermind. JUNE 14 Before Midnight Ethan Hawke, Julie Delpy and director Richard Linklater close out a romantic trilogy two decades in the making, catching up with Jesse and Celine in Greece, nine years after Jesse missed that plane. Much Ado About Nothing Scatter My Ashes at Bergdorf’s A mash note to the legendary New York department store, featuring interviews with fashion icons whose careers weren’t complete until their designs made their way to Bergdorf Goodman’s legendary window displays. 34 the pitch M AY 3 0 - J u n e 5 , 2 0 1 3 Comic-Con idol Joss Whedon throws a change-up, assembling a thoroughly modern adaptation of Shakespeare’s comedy about friends who conspire to trick prickly pair Benedick and Beatrice into falling in love. JULY 5 The Way, Way Back Adventureland with a pedigree, this summervacation comedy-drama features a more prominent adult cast, including Steve Carell, Toni Collette and Sam Rockwell, and a script World War Z Brad Pitt battles a worldwide pandemic. We pitch.com by Oscar winners Jim Rash and Nat Faxon (The Descendants). JULY 12 Paciﬁc Rim It’s essentially Transformers versus sea monsters and five whole movies’ worth of sound and fury rolled into one. The selling point here is writer-director Guillermo Del Toro, who’s demonstrably more talented, creative and likable than Michael Bay. ble nuclear device. Apparently, the moviegoing public hasn’t yet tired of old people with ordnance: Red 3 is already in preproduction. R.I.P.D. Dead cops Jeff Bridges and Ryan Reynolds lay down the law in the afterlife. Watch Bridges leave teeth marks all over the scenery in this adaptation of the popular graphic novel. Neill Blomkamp’s follow-up to 2009’s excellent District 9 finds the healthy, wealthy 1 percent inhabiting the titular space station, while the 99 percent suffer on the ravaged Earth below. Matt Damon embarks on a dangerous mission to even the playing field. Sounds like socialism. We’re the Millers JULY 26 The Wolverine Take Hugh Jackman in his signature nonmusical role. Send him to modern-day Japan. Make him vulnerable. Send samurais after him. We’re optimistic about James Mangold’s direction of a script co-credited to Scott Frank ( Minority Report) and Christopher McQuarrie (The Usual Suspects). JULY 17 Turbo Endowed with incredible speed after a freak accident, a snail sets out to compete in the Indy 500. We’d bet the farm that this animated feature’s entire premise is based on the old joke whose punch line is, “Look at that ‘S’ car go!” As a small-time pot dealer turning big-time smuggler to cancel a debt to his supplier, Jason Sudeikis enlists cynical stripper Jennifer Aniston and two teens to pose as his family and points the RV to Mexico to turn a profitable Fourth of July weekend. Coveting its own Twilight knockoff, Sony Pictures optioned this property “based on the worldwide best-selling book series,” set in New York City and trading deadpan Kristen Stewart for doe-eyed Lily Collins as a descendant of the Shadowhunters, halfangel warriors protecting our world from demons. The World’s End AUGUST 16 Kick-Ass 2 So you killed off batshit-crazy Nicolas Cage in the original? Replace him with batshit-crazy Jim Carrey in the sequel. Problem solved. But the real draw here continues to be Chloë Grace Moretz’s acid-tongued, ass-kicking Hit Girl. The Shaun of the Dead and Hot Fuzz team (director Edgar Wright, Simon Pegg, Nick Frost et al.) reunite for this action comedy about five pub-crawling friends who discover that their old stamping grounds have been infi ltrated by malevolent robots. AUGUST 30 Getaway To rescue his kidnapped wife, burned-out race-car driver Ethan Hawke teams up with teen hacker Selena Gomez and takes orders from the mysterious voice who’s watching his every move via cameras mounted on his car. AUGUST 2 2 Guns It’s a game of mouse and mouse when DEA agent Denzel Washington and naval intelligence officer Mark Wahlberg discover that they’ve been pitted against each other by the very organization both men have been stealing from while undercover. JULY 19 The Conjuring Patrick Wilson and Vera Farmiga are married paranormal investigators who help a family being terrorized by a demonic force. Paranoia Cutthroat CEO Gary Oldman promotes eager young noob Liam Hemsworth from cubicle to corner office, having him spy on rival and onetime mentor Harrison Ford. As stakes mount higher, the kid grows a brain and a conscience. One Direction: This Is Us Red 2 Retired CIA agent Bruce Willis reteams with fellow AARPeratives John Malkovich and Helen Mirren to track down a missing porta- AUGUST 9 Elysium AUGUST 23 The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones Startling factoid about the British pop confection’s 3-D concert fi lm: It was directed by Morgan Spurlock of Super Size Me fame. E-mail firstname.lastname@example.org KANSAS CITY Theis Park Thursday, June 6th at 7:00pm a FUNdraiser for FILMS BEERS handmade handmade Films begin at dark. High ﬁve to those who ride. www.newbelgiumclips.com pitch.com M AY 3 0 - J u n e 5 , 2 0 1 3 the pitch 35 36 the pitch may 3 0 - j u n e 5 , 2 0 1 3 pitch.com VENUES Aftershock 5240 Merriam Drive, Merriam 913-384-5646, aftershockshows.com Corporate Woods 9401 Indian Creek Parkway Overland Park, jazzinthewoods.com Crossroads KC at Grinders 417 East 18th Street 785-749-3434, crossroadskc.com Cricket Wireless Amphitheater 633 North 130th Street, Bonner Springs 913-721-3400, cricketwirelessamp.com English Landing Park Franklin Park 173 Main, Parkville, parkvilleriverjam.com Somerset Drive and Roe Avenue Prairie Village, barknblues.org Music JUNE THURSDAY, JUNE 6 They Might Be Giants and Moon Hooch, Crossroads KC Frontier Park 15501 West Indian Creek Parkway 913-971-8563, olatheks.org/parksrec/ events/summerconcerts The Granada 1020 Massachusetts, Lawrence 785-842-1390, thegranada.com FRIDAY, JUNE 14 Reverend Horton Heat, Ha Ha Tonka, Dirtfoot, and the Rumblejetts, Crossroads KC Parkville River Jam, with Natalie Moyeron, Lee McBee & the Confessors, Scotty Daniel Band, and Knock Kneed Sally, English Landing Park Jazz in the Woods, with Greg Adams and East Bay Soul, Tony DeSare and Marc Antoine, Corporate Woods Mary J. Blige Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts 1601 Broadway 816-994-7222, kauffmancenter.org Knuckleheads Saloon FRIDAY, JUNE 7 Crossroads Summer Block Party, with Cowboy Indian Bear, Fullbloods, Shy Boys, Hidden Pictures, Millions of Boys, Oils, Opossum Trot and Akkilles, 19th Street and Wyandotte Gladstone Bluesfest with the Cedric Burnside Project, J.P. Soars and John Paul’s Flying Circus, Oak Grove Park 2715 Rochester, 816-483-1456 knuckleheadskc.com The Midland 1228 Main, 816-283-9921, midlandkc.com SATURDAY, JUNE 15 Oak Grove Park Kenny Chesney, Eric Church, Eli Young Band, and Kacey Musgraves, Arrowhead Stadium Parkville River Jam, with the Bel Airs, Book of Gaia, 200 Proof, Lonesome Hank & the Heartaches, and Everette DeVan, English Landing Park Jazz in the Woods, with Peter White, Julian Vaughn, the David Wells & Chris Geith Project, and Vincent Ingala, Corporate Woods 76th Street and North Troost Avenue 816-436-4523 gladstonechamber.com/bluesfest.aspx SATURDAY, JUNE 8 Hearts of Darkness and Monophonics, Crossroads KC Gladstone Bluesfest with the Nighthawks, Eugene “Hideaway” Bridges, Selwyn Birchwood Band, Jason & the Billy Bats, Brandon Hudspeth and Shinetop Jr., Oak Grove Park Bark N Blues, with Samantha Fish, the Josh Vowell Band, Jeremy Butcher and the Bail Jumpers, Junebug and the Porch Lights, and Taylor Kline, Franklin Park RecordBar 1020 Westport Road 816-753-5207, therecordbar.com Sprint Center FRIDAY, JUNE 21 SUNDAY, JUNE 16 O.A.R., Andrew McMahon and Allen Stone, Crossroads KC Snowden, the Granada 1407 Grand, 816-949-7000 sprintcenter.com Starlight Theatre Mary J. Blige, Sprint Center Swope Park, 4600 Starlight Road 816-363-7827, kcstarlight.com TUESDAY, JUNE 18 THURSDAY, JUNE 13 Saliva, Aftershock Kenny Wayne Shepherd, Knuckleheads Saloon Tedeschi Trucks Band and the Revivalists, Crossroads KC SATURDAY, JUNE 22 Widespread Panic, Starlight Theatre Missouri Chainsaw Grassacre with Mountain Sprout, Whistle Pigs, Hillbenders, Tragic Prelude, Tyler Gregory, and Cowgirls Train Set, Crossroads KC continued on page 40 The Uptown Theater 3700 Broadway 816-753-8665, uptowntheater.com THURSDAY, JUNE 20 Turnpike Troubadours, Jason Isbell & the 400 Unit, and American Aquarium, Crossroads KC VooDoo Lounge Harrah’s Casino, 1 Riverboat Drive, North Kansas City, 816-472-7777, voodookc.com M AY 3 0 - J u n e 5 , 2 0 1 3 the pitch 37 pitch.com 38 the pitch M AY 3 0 - J u n e 5 , 2 0 1 3 pitch.com pitch.com M AY 3 0 - J u n e 5 , 2 0 1 3 the pitch 39 Jason Isbell & the 400 Unit continued from page 37 Rock ’n Rage with Opiate, Township Rebellion, and Far Beyond Driven, Cricket Wireless Amphitheater Jonathan Richman MONDAY, JUNE 24 Cursive, RecordBar TUESDAY, JUNE 25 Fall Out Boy, the Uptown Theater Jonathan Richman, RecordBar FRIDAY, JUNE 28 Olathe Summer Concert Series, with Mike Zito and Samantha Fish, Frontier Park David Allan Coe, VooDoo Lounge The Dirty Heads and the Expendables, the Midland SATURDAY, JUNE 29 Los Lobos and Los Lonely Boys, Knuckleheads Saloon SUNDAY, JUNE 30 FRIDAY, JULY 12 American Idol Live Tour, Sprint Center David Byrne & St. Vincent, Crossroads KC Matchbox Twenty, the Goo Goo Dolls Sprint Center JULY TUESDAY, JULY 2 311, Cypress Hill, and G. Love and Special Sauce, Starlight Theatre Dark Star Orchestra, Crossroads KC SATURDAY, JULY 13 Rock n’ Roll Dream Concert with Last Child, Houses of the Holy, KC/DC, and Edge of Forever, Cricket Wireless Amphitheater FRIDAY, JULY 5 FRIDAY, JULY 19 Red, White and Boom, with Carly Rae Jepsen, Emblem 3, MKTO, Hot Chelle Rae, and Stefano Langone, Starlight Theatre Marshall Tucker Band, Brewer & Shipley, Crossroads KC A Prairie Home Companion, Starlight Theatre Olathe Summer Concert Series with Mingo Fishtrap and the Band of Heathens, Frontier Park One Direction, Sprint Center SUNDAY, JULY 7 SATURDAY, JULY 20 Buddy Guy and Jonny Lang, VooDoo Lounge Train, Michael Franti & Spearhead, Starlight Theatre WEDNESDAY, JULY 10 THURSDAY, JULY 11 John Mayer, Cricket Wireless Amphitheater Brandi Carlile, the Lone Bellow, Crossroads KC 40 the pitch M AY 3 0 - J u n e 5 , 2 0 1 3 SUNDAY, JULY 21 Bachman & Turner, Shooting Star and Foghat, Cricket Wireless Amphitheater NKOTB, Boyz II Men and 98 Degrees, continued on page 42 Sprint Center pitch.com pitch.com M AY 3 0 - J u n e 5 , 2 0 1 3 the pitch 41 EAR CANDY? 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Put yourself in Merrick’s shoes at 7:30 p.m. at Prospero’s Uptown Books (3600 Broadway, #107, 816-931-2665). A $5 donation is requested. For more information, search “Upstage Initiative” on Facebook. still packs a few big winces, but it’s also funny, even charming. It opens today at the Glenwood Arts (9575 Metcalf, Overland Park, 913-642-4404, fineartsgroup.com), among other theaters. Read The Pitch’s interview with Gerwig on page 51, and look for a review at pitch.com. —SCOTT WILSON nately, Lyssa “Baby Lyssa” Chapman, Dog’s ninth child and cohort in Da Kine, has written a tell-all, Walking on Eggshells. Of course, her brothers are but an ancillary piece of this autobiography. The book focuses on Lyssa’s teenage pregnancy and escape from poverty, addiction, abuse and neglect. See Lyssa at Books-A-Million (1859 Village West Parkway, Kansas City, Kansas, 913-299-1778), where she signs copies of her book from 7 to 9 p.m. MUSIC Baroness hits the road again. T H U R S D AY | 5 . 3 0 | FREAK SHOW Is there enough love in your heart to sympathize with the Elephant Man? Joseph Merrick, the Englishman who died at 27 of complications from his condition, had thick, lumpy skin; a large bony protrusion on his forehead; and enlarged lips. He also had a permanent limp. However, the stage adaptation of his life, written by Bernard Pomerance, used an actor with no prosthetic makeup so that the audience could imagine how disfigured he was. Tonight, the Upstage Initiative, a new group of local performers that educates through dramatic readings, tackles Pomerance’s Baby Lyssa F R I D AY | 5 . 31 | MERCIFUL FATE, BRA Last year, Da Kine Bail Bonds — the Honolulu company owned by Duane “Dog, the Bounty Hunter” Chapman and his wife, Beth — was thrown into a state of turmoil when Chapman’s sons, Duane Lee and Leland, left the family business for greener pastures. Fortu- TRY THE SALAMI, TOMMY In 2010, then-Mayor Mark Funkhouser announced that henceforth, the first week of June in Kansas City would be known as American Italian Heritage continued on page 48 pitch.com M AY 3 0 - J u n e 5 , 2 0 1 3 the pitch 47 CELEBRATE THE ARTS IN Ironwoods Park 14701 Mission Road • Ironwoods Park Amphitheater • Leawood, Kansas For details go to www.leawood.org or phone 913.339.6700 x 157 FRee ADMISSIOn 5 .3 1 p at Carb u . aliana It ta s Fe FRIDAY Grinnin’ & Groovin’ Tuesdays • 9:30 am June 4 Doo Dads Concert June 11 Stone Lion Puppets “It’s a Jungle Out There” June 18 Dino O’Dell Concert June 25 Brian Wendling Comedic Juggling The Sound of Music July 11, 12, 13, 14 & 18, 19, 20 8:00 pm nightly A classic Broadway musical production presented by the Leawood Stage Co. and the City of Leawood. Sunday evenings • 6:00 pm August 18 Grand Marquis August 25 Hard@Play September 1 David Basse AT Presented by LINE ONLeawood M O the Arts Council .C H PITC EVENTS MORE Sundays in the Park Jazz Series continued from page 47 Week. So it’s fitting that tonight is the start of Festa Italiana, one of the metro’s biggest ethnic festivals. (Last year’s attendance was 105,310.) “This year, we have a pasta-eating contest,” says Frank Cherrito, one of the organizers. “Last year, we did meatballs. We’ve also expanded our car show and wine tasting.” Look for lots of food, kids’ activities, and live entertainment by the Bronx Wanderers (a tribute band that covers Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons and Dion). The festivities go from 5 to 11 p.m. in the main courtyard of Zona Rosa (8640 North Dixson Avenue, 816-587-8180). Admission is free through Sunday. For more information, see unicokc.org. FARMERS MARKET VENDOR SPOTLIGHT: NUTRESSANT AT BROOKSIDE Pitch Ad 2013 r3.indd 1 No one should ever get that late-night phone call from the police telling you your loved one has died due to an impaired driver. 5/22/2013 9:08:14 AM S AT U R D AY | 6 . 1 | CHUGGIN’ FOR THE CURE Sorry to disappoint you, folks: Registration is closed for the 2013 Crawl for Cancer. Before you pooh-pooh the for-profit operation, try to remember that it’s a fundraiser. In fact, in fiscal year 2012, Crawl for Cancer brought in $1,235,985 in gross receipts and distributed the money to cancer-fighting organizations across the country. This year, the pub crawl of approximately 10,000 drinkers moves north to the Power & Light District (14th Street and Walnut), and they’re going for a Guinness World Record. The organized drinking goes from noon until 6 p.m., and the party officially ends at 8, so plan accordingly. For more information, see crawlforcancer.org. We pledged our allegiance to John and Sandy Francis — makers of Nutressant spa, beauty and body-care products — in last year’s Best of Kansas City issue. We have yet to try anything we haven’t liked, like their chemical-free toothpaste, leave-in conditioner and green-tea face cream. Now we have a new reason to hit their stand Saturdays at the Brookside Farmers Market (63rd Street and Wornall): Ferme, a face-strengthening and anti-wrinkle cream made with avocado and grapeseed oils. “Over several months, I compiled a list of oils that all have a firming effect on the skin,” Sandy reports. “The Ferme is the result. No other oils were used, and together they are very effective. Overnight, you will see a result which continues to improve with consistent use.” This latest product costs $8 for 1 ounce and $15 for two. Buy it today from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. For more information about the market, see brooksidefarmersmarket.com. BOHEMIAN BROWSING MOVING ART Buzzed Driving is Drunk Driving www.modot.org/kansascity (888)ASK-MoDOT or (888)275-6636 48 the pitch M AY 3 0 - J u n e 5 , 2 0 1 3 www.savemolives.com facebook.com/modot.kansascity pitch.com Lawrence’s Art Tougeau began in 1997 as an art car parade. Each year, it has grown a little bigger, attracting participants from as far away as Boston and Houston. The pre-parade block party starts Friday at 5 p.m. (surrounded by Final Friday art openings and events) at Ninth Street and New Hampshire. The parade today begins at noon at 11th Street and New Hampshire, running slowly south through downtown, until circling back to 10th Street, where the post-parade party goes from 2 to 5 p.m. Everyone is welcome. For more information, see arttougeau.org. In between Amigoni Urban Winery (1505 Genessee) and Genessee Royale Bistro (1531 Genessee), Gypsy Market Royale — founded by Jessica Rogers of CartWheel (mobile retail and gallery space) and Garnet Griebel of Scarlett Garnet Jewelry — sets up on the first Saturday of every evennumbered month. This month’s open-air market features live music from the Caves and Dreamwolf and goods from more than 40 vendors, including Penmark Potions, a purveyor of high-quality homemade oils infused with organic ingredients. This month’s market runs from noon to 6 p.m. See gypsykc.blogspot.com for more info. S U N D AY | 6 . 2 | KEEPING IT KAW The Kansas River is the world’s longest prairie river and a source of drinking water for more than 800,000 people. Friends of the Kaw is the only conservation organization in the state committed to preserving it, and it needs money. So today it’s hosting the fourth annual River City Cook Off, an eatingand-drinking party from 6 to 9 p.m. at Abe & Jake’s Landing (8 East Sixth Street, Lawrence, 785-841-5855) featuring food from five Lawrence restaurants: Free State Brewing Co., Tortas Jalisco, Genovese, WheatFields Bakery Café and the Basil Leaf Café. The suggested donation for this event is $18 or $22 for adults (kids under 12 are admitted free). “We are also celebrating the designation of the Kansas River Trail as part of the National Water Trail System with a new boat ramp in Belvue,” says Laura Calwell, Kansas Riverkeeper. “We are within one boat ramp of fulfilling our goal of having a boat ramp at least every 10 miles on the Kansas River between Junction City and Kansas City, Kansas.” Buy tickets at kansasriver.org; click “Donate.” Ride on … Tuesday. levels are encouraged to attend — the group breaks up into groups based on pace. The rides start at 6 p.m. For more information, look for “Blazing Saddles KC Cycling” on Facebook. The Brewery Ride. This 19-mile fast ride begins and ends at 75th Street Brewery (520 West 75th Street) and has large consistent turnouts. Weaving south through Leawood and Overland Park, the ride is recommended for experienced cyclists. The afterparty, however, is for everyone. Meetup is at the brewery at 6:30 p.m. every Tuesday. The Red Robin Ride. This is a familyfriendly ride with several options on length and difficulty. It starts at 6:30 p.m. at Red Robin (8657 West 135th Street, Overland Park) and ends there. For more information, see facebook.com/redrobinrides. CRACKING THE HACK Fifty-one cities, including KC, are participating in this weekend’s National Day of Civic Hacking, a community thinkathon intended to improve cities through coding, drawing, organizing, envisioning and planning. It doesn’t take credentials or higher education — all you need is a laptop, ideas and enthusiasm for change. Still have no idea what we’re talking about? Participate in Saturday’s Writeathon, a mass recording of oral histories about neighborhoods, not Fiberhoods. Hack Kansas City also happens from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. today at Union Station (30 West Pershing Road). It’s free to attend. See hackforchange.org/ hack-kansas-city for more info. W E D N E S D AY | 6 . 5 | Are you smarter than a fifth-grader? One-up the kids this summer at Alien Worlds and Androids at Union Station’s Science City (30 West Pershing Road, 816-460-2020). Nine different areas, including Artificial Intelligence and Robots, I-Cyborg, and the Human Microbiome, explain the intricacies of exploring life within and beyond our solar system. The interactive exhibit is open today from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tickets cost $10 for everyone older than 3. See sciencecity.com. Those with a healthy dose of respect for the roots of acoustic folk music will most likely be taken with Greenwich Village: Music That Defined a Generation, a documentary that follows the revolutionary scene from 1961 to 1973. There are no cameos by Bob Dylan, but firsttime director Laura Archibald nailed down interviews with Kris Kristofferson; Steve Earle; Carly Simon; and Pete Seeger, who’s now 93. Tickets for the one-night-only showing at the Tivoli (4050 Pennsylvania, 816-561-5222) cost $8.50. The film begins at 7. See tivolikc.com and click on “Upcoming Films.” E-mail submissions two weeks in advance to firstname.lastname@example.org. Search our complete listings guide online at pitch.com. M O N D AY | 6 . 3 | AFTERLIFE ART Every first Monday, Lawrence artist collective Thieves Guild hosts a live drawing session open to all skill levels. The theme this month is Draw Like an Egyptian. “One of our goals is to foster a spirit of camaraderie that we feel is lacking in traditional, academic life drawing,” says Matthew Lord, Thieves Guild founder. “I think the term ‘alternative life drawing’ sums it up nicely, but really it’s just an excuse for us to have some beers and talk shop with our fellow art nerds.” From 7 to 10 p.m., two live models, lots of props and a DJ summon the spirit of the Nile alongside $2 calls and bottles at Fatso’s (1016 Massachusetts, Lawrence, 785-865-4055). For more information, see facebook.com/thievesguildarts. ARE WE ALONE? PEACE, BROTHER T U E S D AY | 6 . 4 | EASY RIDER National Bike Month is officially over, but the cycling goes on — and on and on — around the city almost every day. Today is no exception. Show up for one of these three rides. They’re open to the public and promise beer at the end. The Blazing Saddles Ride. This group meets up at the Buffalo Wild Wings in Independence (20110 East Jackson Drive) and has 18-mile and 32-mile routes. All pitch.com M AY 3 0 - J u n e 5 , 2 0 1 3 the pitch 49 50 1051 MERRIAM LANE, KCKS • WWW.BOULEVARDDRIVEIN.COM Our 64th Year! THE WORLD’S GREATEST DRIVE IN 4k Digital Projection & dts DIGITAL SOUND MERRIAM LANE, KCKS WWW.BOULEVARDDRIVEIN.COM Friday1051 through Sunday - May 31- June 2 Fast & Furious 6 (PG-13): 9:10pm Hangover 3 (R): 11:10pm Movie Infoline: 913.262.0392 FIND MOVIE TIMES P ON p 408 Armour Rd. NKC, MO. 64116 816.421.9700 www.Screenland.com/Armour Trivia: EVERY WEDNESDAY AT 7PM 50 the pitch M AY 3 0 - J u n e 5 , 2 0 1 3 JUNE 6TH GIRLS NIGHT OUT: MAGIC MIKE ROCK ROCK ROCK: ROCK N ROLL HIGH SCHOOL W/ SCHOOL OF ROCK LIVE JUNE 12TH JUNE 13TH: HATCHET MARATHON JUNE 16TH FATHER’S DAY BRUNCH & MOVIE: NATIONAL LAMPOON’S VACATION 8TH JUNE pitch.com 51 FILM GRETA HA here’s a moment in Frances Ha when a young woman tells Greta Gerwig’s 27-yearold Frances that she has the face of someone older than that. Gerwig is older — she’s 29. And in conversation, the star and co-writer of director Noah Baumbach’s movie has the voice of someone more mature still. Not the speaking voice — she doesn’t sound worn or aged — but something else. A knowledge, an authority. The veteran of Hannah Takes the Stairs, Greenberg, Baghead, Damsels in Distress, To Rome With Love, Lola Versus, Nights and Weekends and the Russell Brand remake of Arthur cites influences who died before she was born or left this world when she was still a child. And she doesn’t simply name-drop; she uses such references to amplify points that she’s ready to make about her own career and process. Frances Ha, which opens in Kansas City May 31, comes loaded with Gerwig’s strong sense of cinematic heritage. The movie, in which Frances awkwardly juggles the gradual loss of best friend Sophie (Mickey Sumner) and a more sudden stagnation in her career as a dancer, is set in a contemporary New York. But Gerwig and Baumbach (the maker of The Squid and the Whale and Greenberg, and Frances Ha’s co-writer) have imbued their project with oldschool sensibilities. The film is shot in Woody Allen black-andwhite. It doesn’t shy from physical comedy, and it favors Georges Delerue and 1980s David Bowie on the soundtrack. Gerwig and Baumbach (the two are also a couple) have put Gerwig’s own sensibilities front and center. As she tells The Pitch by phone, even the rare scenes in which Gerwig isn’t on camera bear her stamp. The Pitch: There have been a lot of movies and TV shows lately that deal with young people who haven’t found their way in life, but Frances seems a lot more sympathetic. Gerwig: It’s not that she’s without direction. It’s just that her direction is not working out. The things that she had at 21 seemed really great — they seemed positive and going in the right direction. At 27, those things seem less positive and less promising. For example, her apprenticeship with the dance company. At 21, it’s a big deal. At 27, when she’s never going to join the main company, it just seems less good. It’s something everyone can relate to, whether they’re in their 20s or beyond, is this idea of sometimes you have to give up the life you were planning to live the life that you have. Frances hangs out with a lot of people who say things like, “The last couple of times I’ve been to Rome or Paris,” while she’s barely able to cover her rent, much less afford to travel. Frances Ha’s Greta Gerwig writes out loud. BY D A N LY B A R G E R T Gerwig, out of character Sometimes there’s a real blitheness to people who are successful and doing well, and they don’t realize it’s a heartbreaker when someone is listening to it. During your amusingly clumsy dance sequences, I was reminded of silent comics like Buster Keaton, in that while it’s funny to watch you take the falls, there’s an evident risk. I’m a huge Buster Keaton fan — and Chaplin — but particularly Buster Keaton with that kind of acrobatic looseness and then precision. You need to be a dancer and an athlete in some way. I always thought about the performance being a full-body performance, that it wasn’t just my face or my voice. The way Noah shot the movie really allowed me to do that. That was kind of where that idea of a physical comedic persona came out of with this character, and dressing her in all these specific ways: with the clogs, and the bomber and the backpack, and watching her run. There’s something about that that feels almost like a movie from the ’30s. I grew up dancing and I love dancing. We obviously made her a dancer, and I’ve never been a professional dancer, but I love it a lot. We almost wanted to treat her like a dancer, like the way Fred Astaire said you need to shoot a dancer from head to toe at all times. We were like, let’s shoot like that as much as we can. That really influenced the look of the movie. Orson Welles said that black-and-white was “the actor’s friend.” Do you think that’s true? I’ve heard that. I think one of the things it does is, it creates this sense of almost timelessness and nostalgia, which I think takes you out of something that feels really ephemeral and makes it seem like it’s part of the tradition of film. It’s also so beautiful, and I think people look beautiful in black-and-white, too. Obviously, I love a lot of color films, and I think color can be very emotional and used very well. But there’s something almost impressionistic about blackand-white because it makes you almost able to experience more the emotions of the film and the faces of the characters more purely because it’s not literal to life. I think it gives the film this thing that Orson Welles is spot-on about. There’s an autobiographical edge to your work and to Baumbach’s. When Frances goes home, she goes to Sacramento, your hometown, and those are really your parents. In some ways, I felt really safe doing it, and it was the right decision because it’s so written and because it’s so structured. Not a single word in the movie is improvised. It’s all very scripted and tightly controlled. Because of that, I felt quoting directly from my life felt that I was putting it in something that was real and built a fictional world around it. It felt like I was using it in a way that was more like the Al Hirschfeld drawings, where he did caricatures of Carol Channing and he always hid his daughter’s name in them. Oh, yeah. Nina. You look for the “Nina” because it’s in there. Obviously, everybody with the Internet can look it up and know that’s where I grew up. But if you were just watching the film, and you had no idea — I just like having some ideas that are real, that are really, truly resonant for you. To me, the landscape for Sacramento is so specific. We talked about not shooting it there because it’s a pain in the ass. We had to move the entire production to Sacramento for a week to shoot these little scenes. It was as inconvenient as going to Paris. But what was great about it was, we could have gone to Connecticut or something and just shot a suburb. But to me, that landscape doesn’t look the same. There’s something about the way that Sacramento looks and feels to me, like those first suburban houses that are right after World War II that are low to the ground, ranch-style houses. She’s [Frances is] literally the size of the landscape in Sacramento, and in New York she’s dwarfed by the landscape. Originally, the Sacramento section was much longer. So when it was long, we figured we would have had to hire actors. Because we winnowed it down to almost be an impressionistic montage, I convinced my parents to actually be the parents, because I love them and I think they have great faces. Read a longer version of this interview at pitch.com. 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There used to be a second barbecue place, the waitress reminded me when I stopped in one day. “We ran ’em off,” she said. I can’t say whether All Slabbed Up owes its monopoly to attractive servers or especially skilled pitmasters. But I do think it’s possible that the place literally blew its rival out of town by serving the gassiest appetizer ever conceived: a crock of beans, served with corn chips, called “Blazin’ Saddles.” “Eat a bowl of that,” the waitress told me, “and people will know you’re coming.” It used to be that any good pit barbecue needed no more than the basics: smoked meat, cheap white bread, cold beer, maybe some fries. These days, though, with wave after wave of barbecue dreamers opening restaurants around the metro, the old standbys apparently aren’t enough. So if the difference between success and failure rests on a $4 fart kettle of “bunkhouse beans,” well, I guess that’s the new capitalism. New or lesser-known barbecue spots, particularly at the edges of the metro, really do have to work harder to lure eaters past their usual feedlots. The traditional outlay (beef brisket, pork ribs, pulled pork, smoked chicken) must not only run with KC’s icons (Arthur Bryant’s, Gates, Oklahoma Joe’s, Jack Stack) but also taste distinct enough to keep people coming back. Are the three upstart ventures I sought out this month ready for a little regional recognition? I started with Glenn Yeager’s month-old Kansas City SmokeShack BBQ (900 Swift, North Kansas City, 816-416-8100), and my journey just about ended before it began. It was easier for Howard Carter to find Egypt’s lost tomb of Tutankhamun than it was for me to find Yeager’s joint. The place is in a highly unconventional setting: a 1920s-era yellow brick building, where welding gas was sold, on a mostly industrial stretch of Swift Road. A tiny sign on the glass front door is all that indicates you’ve found a barbecue restaurant rather than a tank of flammable material. Most people end up finding it after they’ve passed by; a big, brassy banner tacked up behind the building (“BBQ Now Open”) looms in your rearview mirror just as you start to abandon hope. Before opening his restaurant in late April, Yeager — who was in the construction business with his son, Josh, who’s now his partner in the barbecue business — conducted some demographic research on the surrounding neighborhood. He found that his building was positioned to become a prime lunch location. So far, he says, he’s doing a fair lunch trade (the ribs tend to sell out long before the place closes each day at 2:30 p.m.), and things have gone well enough that he may keep the doors open till 8 p.m. on Fridays for the carryout crowd. (You can eat at one of the tables in the lower-level dining area, but even on bright days it stays as dark as King Tut’s resting place.) Leave the glamour to Jack Stack in the Crossroads. If you want a solid brisket sandwich in a utilitarian but spotlessly clean location, Yeager’s place is the ticket. Fragrant from the red-oak and hickory wood that he burns in his smoker, the SmokeShack brisket is moist and flavorful. (The pulled pork needs work, though; I found it stringy and dry.) Yeager packs his side dishes with a little heat (unlike his sauces, which lean toward the sweet end of the spectrum), so his housemade, mayo-driven cole slaw is punched up with Ro-Tel diced tomatoes and green chilies. (If I had known this in advance, I might not have ordered the slaw, but I’m glad I did; it’s really good.) His creamy “smoked” macaroni and cheese isn’t as smoky as it is spicy; Yeager tosses a bit of his meat rub, which has an aggressive but tasty cayenne component, into the pasta. Yeager has applied for a liquor license and hopes to offer cold beer this summer. For now, sweetened iced tea is as stiff as things get. It says volumes that the desserts at the four-year-old Pork ’N’ Pit BBQ (1803 Northeast Colbern Road, Lee’s Summit, 816-525-7427) are nearly as good as the restaurant’s ribs, smoked brisket, pulled pork and fried catfish. The house-made cheesecake slices sold here (in a variety of flavors, including Key lime, strawberry swirl and chocolate peanut butter) are so good, you’re well-advised to consider skipping the fries to leave room. It’s not like you’re going to go hungry here. The $12.75 basket meals include one of the hickory-smoked meats, two side dishes, a slab of Texas toast and a pickle. There are the usual thick sandwiches, too, and baked potatoes stuffed with pork or brisket. The ribs here are a little fatty, but in a good way. It’s a tiny place, easy to miss as you drive Colbern Road. “If you get to Lake Jacomo,” a woman who answered the phone told me, “you’ve passed us.” The dining area is dominated by a “sauce bar” featuring the tangy, hickory-flavored house sauce, a more interesting (but not much hotter, unfortunately) habanero version, ketchup, mustard and pickled peppers. The Pit sells more soda than beer, but there’s Boulevard here, along with $1 Miller Lite cans. The restaurant stays open only until 8 p.m. and shifts into carryout-only mode at 7:30. Ah, but you’re still wondering about the Blazin’ Saddles in Leavenworth. All Slabbed Up ’s (405 Muncie Road, Leavenworth, 913-727-5227) baked beans, loaded with big hunks of beef, are in fact outstanding — with or without corn chips. A sign is posted above the bar in the knottypine-and-corrugated-steel dining room here: From left: All Slabbed Up, SmokeShack and Pork ’N’ Pit “Grab a cold one if you’re waiting ’cause fast food ain’t what we’re serving here.” But the kitchen at this three-year-old barbecue shack isn’t slow, and the waitresses are all veterans. Much of the food is tasty, though perhaps not as much as the many awards decorating the place suggest. Blue, red, green, pink, yellow — every prize color appears represented among the dozens of ribbons tacked up near the ceiling, from competitions such as Tonganoxie Days and the North Kansas City BBQ cook-off. The place, as its name suggests, is bestknown for ribs — modestly priced full slabs, short ends and long ends — that are meaty, with a bracing peppery rub. They’re a little too chewy for greatness. Burnt ends are meant to be fatty, crunchy scraps, but the dish at All Slabbed Up consists of chopped-up cubes of tender brisket ready to be doused with one of the two sauces served here (a jarringly sweet, molasses-based concoction that’s acceptable, or a spicier version, still too damned sweet but with a low-grade punch on the back end). I like All Slabbed Up’s pulled pork, which arrives in rustic, succulent chunks that haven’t been mangled to the point of unsatisfying stringiness. The brisket is also very good. The gimmick of those beans notwithstanding, the menu at All Slabbed Up is somewhat limited (ribs, brisket, pulled pork, smoked ham and turkey). I think that’s as it ought to be. When I asked one of the servers what a vegetarian might eat at All Slabbed Up, she barely took a second before firing back just right: “We have fried pickles.” Have a suggestion for a restaurant The Pitch should review? E-mail firstname.lastname@example.org M AY 3 0 - J u n e 5 , 2 0 1 3 the pitch 53 pitch.com FAT C I T Y NEW LEAVES Hugo Tea looks for fans of that other kind of brew. BY JON AT H A N BENDER T yler Beckett is a man of measurements. Visiting The Pitch’s offices, he heats water to 180 degrees in the electric kettle he has brought with him. He measures out 2 teaspoons of loose green tea, then lets it steep for just under four minutes, using a timer on his smartphone. He raises the cup to his lips and takes a slow drink. Now he’s ready to talk about his business, Hugo Tea. “Kansas City has a dearth of tea companies,” Beckett says. “We have all these local coffee roasters, but for the nearest tea company, you have to go to Chicago. That just didn’t make any sense to me. “Tea has been marketed as some sort of enlightening beverage,” he adds — as though “if you do yoga with a cup in your hand, it will send you straight to Nirvana.” He disagrees. “It’s really an Everyman drink.” Of course, not every man is as exacting as Beckett. In a small annex off his parents’ house in Cameron, Missouri, he mixed and sampled 150 blends of black tea before pronouncing the 151st fit to be the standard-bearer for his year-old company. “I feel like we’ve somehow all been fooled into not drinking tea,” Beckett says. “So I’ve made our tea mellow and approachable. I want you to be able to pick it up and enjoy it even if you’re not a tea drinker.” Like his tea, Beckett, 26, is approachable. But with a rate of speaking rarely seen outside of Aaron Sorkin dramas and fingers that constantly flutter, you’d swear he’s a two-pots-aday man. He doesn’t drink coffee, but in an average workday, he puts away about 10 cups of tea (six of which are usually test blends). As he neared graduation from the the University of Missouri’s Trulaske College of Business in May 2012, Beckett found himself thinking not about career fairs and job interviews but about the tea samples he’d asked the pitch M AY 3 0 - J u n e 5 , 2 0 1 3 international students to send him from India and China. He measured his options, and tea won. What began as a few DHL-delivered packets of single-origin loose-leaf tea turned into months of blending. Beckett saw an opportunity to differentiate his company by using only certified-organic tea — and by moving to Kansas City. (There’s no mascot, though Beckett has pledged to get a dog and call it Hugo, in order to retrofit an origin story for his company’s name.) Last October, Hugo Tea launched its website with five teas — black, white, green, jasmine green and Earl Grey black — sold in copper tins that convey what he calls an “old-world industrial chic.” By November, Beckett had nearly sold out of his fi rst 1,000 tins. Since then, he has been doling out small batches, enough to tide over tea drinkers until his expanded line arrives in June. “When you buy our tea off the shelf, there’s a really good chance it’s only been harvested a few months ago,” he says. “That can really only happen with a local tea company.” The new line adds two teas: a caffeinefree herbal that’s chamomile-based, with spearmint and lemongrass, and a fruit blend with Rooibos, hibiscus flowers, blueberries and blueberry flavoring (which Beckett applies by hand, with essential oils). Beckett Hugo Tea is poised to take off. has settled on two iced-tea flavors, black and mango black, and is tweaking a version of his blueberry blend. Hugo Tea is on shelves at Hen House stores and Nature’s Own on Main, as well as Green Acres Market in Briarcliff. Mildred’s Coffeehouse has tins and hot tea on its menu. “You walk into any coffee shop, and they use local bread and Shatto milk,” Beckett says. “The coffee will be from a local roaster. But the tea is an afterthought. It doesn’t have to be that way.” The coffee community is starting to agree. The Filling Station plans to use Hugo for its hot and iced tea in mid-June at both of its locations. “My dream is that Hugo will provide me with enough income to travel to origin as a business expense, so that I can interact with the farmers in the way I want to,” Beckett says. He pauses, takes another sip. “I love tea so much.” ugo Tea is releasing its iced-tea line at the end of the su mmer. Until then, Beckett recommends making a hot cup of tea and then pouring it over ice. All you need PRO TEA TIPS H is a heat source, a strainer and a measuring spoon. Only you know how much ice you like, but here are his three tips for brewing a proper cup. 1. Time and temperature: There are only three variables in making tea — the leaves, how long you let them steep and the temperature of the water. Green tea and white tea should be brewed at around 180 degrees, well below the boiling point of water. “A lot of people have had green tea and hated it,” Beckett says. “It’s really grassy or godawful because it was oversteeped or the water was too hot.” 2. Following instructions: Each tin of Hugo Tea, like nearly every commercial boxed tea, comes with specific directions for preparing a cup of tea. “You wouldn’t buy Easy-Bake cookies and then crank the oven to 600 degrees and throw them in for five hours,” Beckett says. 3. Measuring up: Beckett notes that tea leaves are reusable, so your fi rst cup could also be your 15th cup. “Measurements are highly variable,” he says. “If you want a stronger cup, you can use more tea. 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Olathe, KS 66061 • 913.897.1188 BY CHARLES FERRUZZA Gold Fork winner Jason Wiggin returned to KC for another challenge. and Baldknobbers Backstabbers Tickets now available at The Central Ticket Office: Moonshine and Murder! The Mystery Train 816-235-6222 www.kcmysterytrain.com ANGELA C. BOND J ason Wiggin, who just won this year’s Gold Fork competition at The Pitch ’s Taste of Kansas City, prefers not to talk about how he came to leave his job as executive chef at the Raphael Hotel in 2011. Let’s just say that the normally unfl appable professional found himself at odds with hotel management. So he moved to California and worked for the Hotel Erwin. But he wasn’t there long before the owners of the InterContinental Hotel Kansas City — “My No. 1 competitor when I worked for the Raphael,” Wiggin says — called to lure him back to KC. Chris Hall was leaving the hotel’s restaurant; Wiggin, who grew up in Leavenworth, was eager to be closer to his two young children from his fi rst marriage, and to raise his third child, Grayson, in this area. The new post came with distinct challenges. The InterContinental Hotel does a multimillion-dollar banquet business, but its Oak Room restaurant had lost its luster. Dinner business had fallen off sharply. But in just eight months, he has already made headway. “I took steps right away, bringing in a new kitchen crew and changing the style and the dynamics in the front of the house,” Wiggin says. “I changed all three menus — breakfast, lunch and dinner — almost immediately. A lot of the regulars are coming back, particularly people who live in and around the Plaza. I gave them an opportunity to tell me what they liked about the Oak Room and what they didn’t like. It was all very useful in guiding our decisions.” Wiggin answered a few questions last week before getting back to work. (He’s tweaking a summer menu set to debut in July.) Wiggin’s fork is golden. The Pitch: Is it true that the Raphael Hotel’s Chaz on the Plaza, across the street, now does more business than the Oak Room? Wiggin: Chaz on the Plaza was a busier restaurant even back when I was there. They have a great reputation, and [executive chef] Charles d’Ablaing is doing a great job. There are some things that I did there — a quick, modestly priced lunch special — that I’d like to introduce here. Our breakfast business is already back on track. The dinner business is going to take more time. What about Sunday brunch? Before you returned, it had gotten very mediocre. I’ve totally revamped the Sunday brunch. It’s currently a buffet brunch, but I’m contemplating making it a more European-style meal, with a display of sweets and pastries and a table of other things, like fruits and salads, but with a menu of hot brunch dishes made to order. What is your primary concern right now? The InterContinental Hotels have a reputation for excellent restaurants. It’s a big part of the brand. I’m focused on reviving that brand, bringing customers back to the Oak Room. Our new menu is comparable, in value and quality, to the menus in any other restaurant on the Plaza, if not better. I’m also sourcing more and more meats and produce from some of our best local vendors, like Green Dirt Farm. And I’m planning to work with Alex Pope at Local Pig. This is a Kansas City restaurant. I want the best ingredients from this area. E-mail firstname.lastname@example.org 56 the pitch M AY 3 0 - J u n e 5 , 2 0 1 3 pitch.com There’s a NEW game in town! 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We will be looking for you! ste of KC The Pitch’s Ta ck @ KC Live Blo The Pitch’s Taste of KC @ KC Live Block SeeHo more on the “promotions” link atWa p p Fes t in ldo Pitch Night @ KC Rep Uncoming Events 5.31 - Eve 6 @ KC Live Block 6.4 - The XX @ Uptown 6.6 - Summer Guide Golf Tournament @ Minor Park 6.7 - Crossroads Summer Block Party @ Wyandotte & Baltimore See more on the “promotions” link at p pitch.com M AY 3 0 - J u n e 5 , 2 0 1 3 the pitch 57 MUSIC BUS STOP W Art-metal titan Baroness pushes ahead after a nearly career-ending crash. BY S A B Y R E Y E S- K UL K A R NI hen Baroness got into a serious bus accident last August while on tour in England, the heavy-rock quartet’s ability to move forward with its career was thrown into doubt. At the time, the double-album Yellow & Green had been out for just a month, and the Savannah, Georgia, band had yet to tour the United States to capitalize on the album’s momentum. Nine months, two personnel changes and much physical rehabilitation later, Baroness returns to the road to resume its duties to support the album. With a surprising amount of good humor, guitarist Peter Adams recently spoke to The Pitch about the accident and where things go from here. The Pitch: [Frontman] John Baizley has talked a lot about the accident and the chalmean, we’ve gotten to this point where, after lenges of his physical recovery. Around five all these years, we’ve written a slew of matemonths ago, you guys started to get the inkling that it would be possible to go back on the road. rial that has soft parts and heavy parts. Baizley said in November that he enviWhat discussions took place? Adams: It was really early on in it. I would sioned the band being back on the road in six months. And here we are. How concerned were say about two to three weeks after the accident was when John and I started to talk promoters, your management and label that about that. We never really hesitated. We you would be able to physically handle a trip like this? were like, “What are we gonna do about the Everybody said, “Take your time.” The band?” That was on both of our minds. This support was there, and we definitely never is the fear that bands have. The fi rst thing felt pressure. This was all our decision. It’s that comes to mind is like, “What the fuck been so long since we’ve been off the road — are we gonna be able to do what we’ve put for this amount of time, so everything in our life into?” the excitement’s up, and When we first started to deBaroness everybody’s in it. cide, months went by, and Tuesday, June 4, Baizley had to have his we never heard from the at the Granada arm taken apart and put rest of the guys on how they back together. The doctors felt or what they were going were initially concerned that they might have through. And then, worst-case scenario: Our to amputate it, and he couldn’t walk for a while. bassist Matt [Maggioni] and our drummer How extensive were your injuries? Allen [Blickle] both left the band on the same I was getting my recuperation on the river day. That was the hard pill to swallow. But fishing and in the woods hunting. [Laughs.] from there, it was like, “OK, now what? We That’s where I always seek out all my guidhave to move on.” It’s definitely a position where nobody wants to be, but you make ance in this life. Out of everyone on that bus, I was the only one not hospitalized. My injuries the best of it. were mild in comparison to everyone else’s. I The groove is an essential component of literally landed on my feet. Somehow I landed Baroness’ sound. Can you talk about what standing up straight — after being hit by a new drummer Sebastian Thomson brings to flying refrigerator, a slew of broken bottles the table? What’s amazing is the similarities. Allen and gnarled, twisted-up bunks — with only cuts, burns, bruises and some torn muscles. has always been an extremely hard-hitting drummer. It was always a little bit of a task get- But I’ve always been athletic, and I’ve been beat the fuck down before, much worse than ting Allen to quiet down a little bit. [Laughs.] that. [Laughs.] So I did my own working out But I’ll tell you what, Sebastian’s dynamics are at the house during all that time off. quite fitting. I think what everyone’s worry It sounds like you have full recollection of would be is, “Oh, how is this gonna change the accident. their dynamics?” But he brings a very refreshAbsolutely. I was at the very back of the ing dynamic. To be heavy doesn’t necessarbus, on the last bunk on top. I’d been layily have to mean that drummers just plow ing there awake for some time. We were at through the kit every time they sit on it. I 58 the pitch M AY 3 0 - J u n e 5 , 2 0 1 3 Battered but unbowed: Baroness. the end of this long tour. It was just another day, coffee was on, and I was like, “All right, another rainy day out.” The bus was creepin’ real slow because it was pouring. I knew we only had about another hour to get to where we were going. And then the bus started to crest the top of this hill. I felt the bus gearing up and gearing down. Then I felt the bus picking up speed, and I heard this metal-on-metal sound, this whining and grinding of the brake pedal being depressed and nothing taking. That’s when I totally realized something was fucked. I came out of the bunk a little bit, and I saw John coming up the aisle and I saw a couple of people dive in their bunks, and I was like, “Oh, shit.” We were starting to fly down this hill, and the bus was going side to side to side to side as we were picking up more and more speed. I knew there was no happy ending no matter how this bus ended up or whatever the fuck was at the bottom of this hill. So I just rolled over in my bunk and got into a fetal position and said, “Man, it’s been real.” [Laughs.] Then there was impact, and it was like being a shoe in a dryer. Of course, it ended as quickly as it happened. Next thing you know, it’s over, and I’m just standing there. When I’d gotten hit by the refrigerator [a few moments beforehand], I was like, “Aw, fuck, just make it [dying] quick. Don’t make this a long one, man.” But honestly, when I landed, the first thing I said to myself was [laughing], “I just won again, yeah! That one didn’t get me.” And, you know, at the end of it all, it didn’t get us — it didn’t get anybody! Look, man, we all still have life, limb and eyesight. Yeah, but Matt can’t pick up a bass now. Lemme clarify that. Both Matt and Allen are doing much better than the initial reports indicated. Matt’s gone through extensive physical therapy. I just recently saw him a couple of weeks ago, and he’s doing very well. Will he be able to do any strenuous heavy lifting? No, doubtful. But he’s back on his feet and doing well. At the time that he made his decision, he was still in a back brace. I don’t think it’ll ever be the case where he can never play the bass again. How is your relationship with him and Allen in the wake of their decision? The relationships are good. Because I’ve never expected anyone to stay if this is something they don’t want to do. How aware were you of how the album was doing? At that point, we needed to get home for some much-needed rest, so it didn’t really settle in for me until I was home. In the fall, I realized that, wow, this album’s actually doing really well. But it actually made it harder because we couldn’t support it. That’s the one thing that, if anything, started to get me down at the very beginning there: “What’s going to happen when or if this thing loses steam?” I was terrified of that. What are your impressions of the American health-care system after being treated in England? We’ve still got a long way to go in America to get things right with our health-care system. [Laughs.] That’s the feeling it left me with, absolutely. They have a pretty wellworking system over there, and we could stand to take a few notes. E-mail email@example.com J A Z Z B E AT EVERETTE DEVAN TRIO WITH DIONNE JEROUE Whether fusing a contemporary lilt and old standards or rousing an audience with jazz-infused twists of pop, Dionne Jeroue has a voice that soars. She's one of two jazz singers emerging at Everette DeVan’s Tuesday-night jams at the Phoenix. (DeVan is the master swinging a Hammond B3 organ.) But a jam session limits exposure. The solution: an entire evening of Jeroue with Everette’s trio (adding Matt Hopper on guitar and Danny Rojas on drums). This Thursday, they’re swinging and rousing the Green Lady Lounge, where stepping inside feels like time traveling 70 years into KC’s jazz past. — LARRY KOPITNIK pitch.com pitch.com M AY 3 0 - J u n e 5 , 2 0 1 3 the pitch 59 MUSIC RADAR BY Other shows worth seeing this week. T H U R S D AY, M AY 3 0 Anamanaguchi, Chrome Sparks, Stiff Middle Fingers: 9 p.m. Jackpot Music Hall, 943 Massachusetts, Lawrence, 785-832-1085. Eve 6: 8 p.m., free. KC Live Stage at the Power & Light District, 13th St. and Grand. Dustin Lynch: 7 p.m., free. KC Live Stage at the Power & Light District, 13th St. and Grand. The Murder Junkies, American Dischord, 5 Star Disaster, the Rackatees: 7:30 p.m. The Riot Room, 4048 Broadway, 816-442-8179. Skytree: 8 p.m. The Bottleneck, 737 New Hampshire, Lawrence, 785-841-5483. M U S I C F O R E CA S T Buzz Under the Stars Night One Newly minted pop stars the Lumineers have been delighting audiences across ye olde land with all their hoin’ and heyin’. The Denver neo-folk group has played both Riot Room and Liberty Hall in the past year, and this weekend it steps up to the stage at Cricket Wireless Amphitheater for the fi rst installment of KRZB 96.5’s annual Buzz Under the Stars concert series. Also on the bill: the piano-heavy indie-rock act Cold War Kids; the very Buzz-like alt-rock of the Neighbourhood; the Mowglis, who are working the same 1960s flower-power folk-throwback terrain of Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros; and the Southern, piano-driven boogie rock of J Roddy Walston and the Business. Saturday, June 1, at Cricket Wireless Amphitheater (633 North 130th Street, Bonner Springs, 913-721-3400) D AV ID HUDN A L L F R I D AY, M AY 31 The Black Crowes: 8 p.m. VooDoo Lounge, Harrah’s Casino, 1 Riverboat Dr., North Kansas City, 816-472-7777. Star & Micey, Naomi What?: 8 p.m. The Bottleneck, 737 New Hampshire, Lawrence, 785-841-5483. The xx The xx (left) and the Lumineers the reason I dug its set so much was because it wasn’t what I thought it would be. My understanding was that the Athens, Georgia, trio trafficked in semicorny Southern rock, but really what they do is smart, hooky rock and roll with some Southern flavor. They can fucking play: I lost my shit as they tore through “Staying Alive,” an eight-minute song that whips into a balls-out rock frenzy. It’s the opener on the group’s most recent album, Enjoy the Company, which is worth looking into if you dig Buffalo Tom, early Kings of Leon records, or straightforward American rock music in general. Wednesday, June 5, at Riot Room (4048 Broadway, 816-442-8179) S AT U R D AY, J U N E 1 The Gourds: 10 p.m. Knuckleheads Saloon, 2715 Rochester, 816-483-1456. Chris Mann: 7 p.m. The Midland, 1228 Main, 816-283-9900. Mace Batons, with Nature Boys and Uzis The Mace Batons (formerly the Pink Socks, sorta formerly the Litigators) is a garage-rock group led by Jeremiah Kidwell, a practicing lawyer whose onstage convulsions call to mind Elvis peaking on angel dust. Joining the band here are two very badass local punk groups: Uzis and Nature Boys. Prediction: It will be an extremely loud evening on Broadway. Saturday, June 1, at MiniBar (3810 Broadway, 816-326-8281) A brooding, British band that wears all black and stands more or less motionless in the dark while playing ambient music is basically the opposite of what I’m looking for in a live show. The xx’s textured, minimalist songs — in which you can hear a bit of Portishead’s watery triphop, the indie-rock R&B of the Weeknd, and some classy-smooth Sade tones — is, for me, better experienced alone and on headphones. But: Different strokes for different folks, y’all. Tuesday, June 4, at the Uptown Theater (3700 Broadway, 816-753-8665) S U N D AY, J U N E 2 Limp Bizkit: 7:30 p.m. The Granada, 1020 Massachusetts, Lawrence, 785-842-1390. M O N D AY, J U N E 3 The Staves, Mike Musikanto: 9 p.m. RecordBar, 1020 Westport Rd., 816-753-5207. T U E S D AY, J U N E 4 Baroness, Coliseum: 7 p.m. The Granada, 1020 Massachusetts, Lawrence, 785-842-1390. Surfer Blood, with Foals Phil Neal & the Wornalls Phil Neal has been fronting KC bands for something like 30 years now. His latest venture, Phil Neal & the Wornalls, finds him performing the kind of pleasant power-pop songs that you might hear the Jayhawks or Roger Clyne and the Peacemakers play. It should be an ideal soundtrack for a Friday-night, happy-hour wind-down. (This is an early show, 6 p.m.) Friday, May 31, at Czar (1531 Grand, 816-421-0300) Surfer Blood’s 2010 album, Astro Coast, is one of the better guitar-rock albums in recent memory, borrowing some Pixies rock structure, infusing it with some of Weezer’s Blue Album-era tunefulness and presenting it all with a fresh, youthful breeziness. Its followup, Pythons, due out in June, is one I’m eagerly awaiting. Foals’ sound is harder to pin down with each record; its Cure fetish has given way to a grander, dancier sound on its latest, Holy Fire — think early Phoenix by way of U2. Wednesday, June 5, at the Granada (1020 Massachusetts, Lawrence, 785-842-1390) FUTURECAST Guns N’ Roses JUNE SATURDAY 8 Sarah Lee Guthrie and Johnny Orion, Ruddy Swain: Davey’s Uptown Ramblers Club SUNDAY 9 The Psychedelic Furs, My Jerusalem: The Midland THURSDAY 13 Hospital Ships, Cowboy Indian Bear, Lucas Oswald: Replay Lounge, Lawrence MONDAY 17 Mumford & Sons, Michael Kiwanuka, Mystery Jets: Cricket Wireless Amphitheater, Bonner Springs FRIDAY 28 Grand Marquis CD-release show: Knuckleheads Saloon Kanrocksas: Kansas Speedway, Kansas City, Kan. SATURDAY 29 Kanrocksas: Kansas Speedway, Kansas City, Kan. The Whigs Guns N’ Roses is set to release a 3-D concert film this summer titled, LOL, Appetite for Democracy. Can’t wait till then for your Axl fix? This Midland show is your jam. (Speaking of jam: Google “fat Axl meme” for some hilarious photos and captions mocking Axl’s recent weight gain; my favorite is Welcome to the bakery, we’ve got pies and cakes.) I kid, but last time GNR was here, in November 2011, the band played a rocking arena show that shook Sprint Center until nearly 2 a.m. Sunday, June 2, at the Midland (1228 Main, 816-283-9921) The Whigs was one of the best bands I caught at Middle of the Map back in April, and part of J U LY THURSDAY 4 Fourth of July: Replay Lounge, Lawrence THURSDAY 11 The Dirty Heads, the Expendables, Big B: The Midland SATURDAY 13 Ian Anderson: Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts FRIDAY 19 One Direction: Sprint Center TUESDAY 30 The Postal Service: The Midland F O R E C A S T ..................................................Pick of the Week ................................................... Folk Revivalism .................................. Unfortunate Porkpie Hats ................................................................Panting 60 the pitch M AY 3 0 - J u n e 5 , 2 0 1 3 K E Y ............................................ 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Must be 21 years or older to gamble, obtain a Total Rewards ® card or enter VooDoo ® . ©2013, Caesars License Company, LLC. pitch.com M AY 3 0 - J u n e 5 , 2 0 1 3 the pitch 61 NIGHTLIFE Send submissions to Berry Anderson by e-mail (firstname.lastname@example.org), fax (816-756-0502) or phone (816-218-6775). Continuing items must be resubmitted monthly. Knuckleheads Saloon: 2715 Rochester, 816-483-1456. The Railers, 7 p.m. RJ’s Bob-Be-Que Shack: 5835 Lamar, Mission, 913-2627300. Blue Root, Hillbilly Starship, Blue Moon, 6:30 p.m. Jazz: 1823 W. 39th St., 816-531-5556. Brody Buster Band. Jazz: 1859 Village West Pkwy., Kansas City, Kan., 913-328-0003. Coyote Bill. Jazzhaus: 926-1/2 Massachusetts, Lawrence, 785-749-1387. Real Sugar with Lex Norwood. The Kill Devil Club: 61 E. 14th St., 816-877-8312. Dan Doran, 7:30 p.m. Knuckleheads Saloon: 2715 Rochester, 816-483-1456. Jeff Bergen’s Elvis show, 7 p.m.; the Amanda Cevallos band with special guest Maria the Mexican, 8:30 p.m. The Phoenix: 302 W. Eighth St., 816-221-5299. Grand Marquis, 9 p.m. Quasimodo: 12056 W. 135th St., Overland Park, 913-239-9666. No Cash Value Band, 5:30 p.m.; Greg Krutsinger Band, 9 p.m. Take Five Coffee + Bar: 5336 W. 151st St., Overland Park, 913948-5550. Rick Gibson & The Peacemakers, 8 p.m. Trouser Mouse: 410 S. Hwy. 7, Blue Springs, 816-220-1222. Levee Town, 8 p.m. COUNTRY/BLUEGRASS The Brick: 1727 McGee, 816-421-1634. From the West, Devil’’s Marmalade, Roll on Two. RecordBar: 1020 Westport Rd., 816-753-5207. Drunkard’s Dream, 7 p.m. Replay Lounge: 946 Massachusetts, Lawrence, 785-749-7676. FaceMan, Til Willis, 6 p.m. T H U R S D AY 3 0 B L U E S / R O C K A B I L LY B.B.’s Lawnside BBQ: 1205 E. 85th St., 816-822-7427. John Paul’s Flying Circus. Californos: 4124 Pennsylvania, 816-531-7878. My Six Gun Heart, 8 p.m. Danny’s Big Easy: 1601 E. 18th St., 816-421-1200. Millage Gilbert Big Blues Band, 7 p.m. Jazz: 1823 W. 39th St., 816-531-5556. Grand Marquis. Jazz: 1859 Village West Pkwy., Kansas City, Kan., 913-328-0003. Rich Berry. Knuckleheads Saloon: 2715 Rochester, 816-483-1456. Amy Winehouse tribute show, 8:30 p.m.; the Terry Quiett Band, 10 p.m. Quasimodo: 12056 W. 135th St., Overland Park, 913-239-9666. Justin Andrew Murray, 7 p.m. COMEDY/DRUNKEN DISTRACTIONS Bulldog: 1715 Main, 816-421-4799. Brodioke. Buzzard Beach: 4110 Pennsylvania, 816-753-4455. Trivia, Ladies’ Night, and DJ HoodNasty. The Chesterfield: 1400 Main, 816-474-4545. Geeks Who Drink Pub Quiz, 8 p.m. Fatso’s Public House and Stage: 1016 Massachusetts, Lawrence, 785-865-4055. Electro Therapy Thursdays. Improv Comedy Club and Dinner Theater: 7260 N.W. 87th St., 816-759-5233. Sandman the Hypnotist, 7:30 p.m. MORE Missie B’s: 805 W. 39th St., 816561-0625. Karaoke, 10 p.m. RecordBar: 1020 Westport Rd., 816GS IN T 753-5207. Trivia Clash, 7 p.m. LIS E AT The Red Balloon: 10325 W. 75th N I L ON M St., Overland Park, 913-962-2330. PITCH.CO Karaoke, 8 p.m. Sherlock’s Underground Coffeehouse & Pub: 858 S. 291 Hwy., Liberty, 816-429-5262. Karaoke. The Velvet Dog: 400 E. 31st St., 816-753-9990. Skeeball league night, 8 & 9 p.m. Westport Flea Market: 817 Westport Rd., 816-931-1986. Trivia, 9 p.m. COVERS The BrewTop Pub and Patio: 8614 N. Boardwalk Ave., 816584-9292. Strike Back. The Brooksider: 6330 Brookside Plz., 816-363-4070. Sellout. The Landing Eatery & Pub: 1189 W. 152 Hwy., Liberty, 816792-5230. Under the Covers, 9 p.m. The Levee: 16 W. 43rd St., 816-561-2821. Groove Agency, 10 p.m. CLUB I N D I E / P O P / E X P E R I M E N TA L Jackpot Music Hall: 943 Massachusetts, Lawrence, 785-8321085. Their They’re There, Owen, Into It Over It, 9 p.m. Johnson County Community College: 12345 College Blvd., Lenexa, 913-469-8500. Light Up the Lawn with Clairaudients and Making Movies, 8 p.m. The Riot Room: 4048 Broadway, 816-442-8179. Royal Teeth, She’s a Keeper, Refero, 7:30 p.m. COMEDY/DRUNKEN DISTRACTIONS The Brooksider: 6330 Brookside Plz., 816-363-4070. Trivia, 6 p.m. Bulldog: 1715 Main, 816-421-4799. Brodioke, 9 p.m. ComedyCity at Westport Flea Market: 817 Westport Rd., 816-842-2744. Major League Improv, 7:30 & 10 p.m. Hamburger Mary’s: 101 Southwest Blvd., 816-842-1919. Maryoke, 9 p.m. Helen’s Just Another Dive: 2002 Armour Rd., North Kansas City, 816-471-4567. Trivia Riot with Roland, 7:30 p.m. Improv Comedy Club and Dinner Theater: 7260 N.W. 87th St., 816-759-5233. John Witherspoon, 7:30 & 9:45 p.m. J. Murphy’s Irish Pub and Grille: 22730 Midland Dr., Shawnee, 913-825-3880. Karaoke, 9 p.m. Kanza Hall: 7300 W. 119th St., Overland Park, 913-451-0444. Country dance lessons, 8-9 p.m. The Red Balloon: 10325 W. 75th St., Overland Park, 913-9622330. Karaoke, 8 p.m., free. DJ Black & Gold Tavern: 3740 Broadway. DJ Soulnice. Jazzhaus: 926-1/2 Massachusetts, Lawrence, 785-749-1387. AJ AllStars, Left E, Groove Nightmare. MiniBar: 3810 Broadway, 816-326-8281. Black & Blue Thursdays with Cyan. Port Fonda: 4141 Pennsylvania, 816-216-6462. Live Free or Die with DJ Keenan, 9 p.m. The Uptown Arts Bar: 3611 Broadway. Playe, 10:30 p.m. DJ Beer Kitchen: 435 Westport Rd., 816-389-4180. DCal. Black & Gold Tavern: 3740 Broadway. Jungle Gold with DJ Sam Blam. Californos: 4124 Pennsylvania, 816-531-7878. ThePhantom*, 10:30 p.m. The Quaff: 1010 Broadway, 816-471-1918. DJ E. EASY LISTENING/ACOUSTIC Davey’s Uptown Ramblers Club: 3402 Main, 816-753-1909. Chasing Fire, 8 p.m. Jerry’s Bait Shop: 13412 Santa Fe Trail Dr., Lenexa, 913-8949676. Jason Kayne, 9 p.m. RecordBar: 1020 Westport Rd., 816-753-5207. Hot Caution, 10 p.m. Sunset Grill: 14577 Metcalf, Overland Park, 913-681-1722. Tony Antonucci, 7:30 p.m. The Uptown Arts Bar: 3611 Broadway. Songwriter’s Showcase with M-Bird, 7:30-10:30 p.m. JAZZ/LOUNGE The Brick: 1727 McGee, 816-421-1634. Malachy Papers, Cliff Hines. Green Lady Lounge: 1809 Grand, 816-215-2954. Everette DeVan Trio with Dionne Jeroue, 8 p.m. The Kill Devil Club: 61 E. 14th St., 816-877-8312. John Brewer Experience, 9 p.m. The Majestic Restaurant: 931 Broadway, 816-221-1888. Bram Wijnands and Joe Lisinicchia, 6 p.m. The Phoenix: 302 W. Eighth St., 816-221-5299. Rod Fleeman and Dan Bliss, 7 p.m. HIP-HOP/RAP RecordBar: 1020 Westport Rd., 816-753-5207. Dutch Newman, Frico Suave, Boys Out the Block, 10 p.m. EASY LISTENING/ACOUSTIC Chaz on the Plaza: 325 Ward Pkwy., 816-802-2152. Paul Roberts Trio, 4-7 p.m. Davey’s Uptown Ramblers Club: 3402 Main, 816-753-1909. Mikail Shapiro, Hide in the Shallows, Claire and the Crowded Stage, 9 p.m. The Kill Devil Club: 61 E. 14th St., 816-877-8312. Victor & Penny, 10 p.m. The Uptown Arts Bar: 3611 Broadway. Scott Stuewe, 7 p.m. OPEN MIC/JAM SESSIONS The All-Star Rock Bar: 7210 N.E. 43rd St., 816-452-2660. Shut Up and Rock Jam, 7:30 p.m. Jerry’s Bait Shop: 302 S.W. Main, Lee’s Summit, 816-525-1871. Jam night with Rick Eidson. The Landing Eatery & Pub: 1189 W. 152 Hwy., Liberty, 816792-5230. Thursday Night Patio Jam, 8 p.m. JAZZ/LOUNGE The Blue Room: 1616 E. 18th St., 816-474-8463. Darcus Gates. Chaz on the Plaza: 325 Ward Pkwy., 816-802-2152. Max Groove Trio, 7-11 p.m. Green Lady Lounge: 1809 Grand, 816-215-2954. Mark Lowrey, 9 p.m. The Majestic Restaurant: 931 Broadway, 816-221-1888. Patrick Gilbert, 4 p.m.; Joe DeFio, 5 p.m. The Phoenix: 302 W. Eighth St., 816-221-5299. Lonnie McFadden, 4:30 p.m. WORLD/REGGAE The Blue Room: 1616 E. 18th St., 816-474-8463. Miguel “Mambo” DeLeon and Carte’ Blanc, 7 p.m. The Levee: 16 W. 43rd St., 816-561-2821. Live reggae with AZOne, 9:30 p.m. Trouser Mouse: 410 S. Hwy. 7, Blue Springs, 816-220-1222. Bob Reeder. S AT U R D AY 1 R O C K / M E TA L / P U N K Aftershock Bar & Grill: 5240 Merriam Dr., Merriam, 913-3845646. Battle for Red, White and Boom, 9 p.m. Czar: 1531 Grand, 816-421-0300. The Slowdown, the New Imperialism, the Devil’s Marmalade, 9 p.m. Davey’s Uptown Ramblers Club: 3402 Main, 816-753-1909. Kurmudgeon, Prometheus, 9 p.m. F R I D AY 31 B L U E S / R O C K A B I L LY B.B.’s Lawnside BBQ: 1205 E. 85th St., 816-822-7427. Crosseyed Cat, 9 p.m. COUNTRY/BLUEGRASS Fuel: 7300 W. 119th St., Overland Park, 913-451-0444. Drew Six. WORLD/REGGAE RJ’s Bob-Be-Que Shack: 5835 Lamar, Mission, 913-2627300. Arm the Poor, 8 p.m. 62 the pitch M AY 3 0 - J u n e 5 , 2 0 1 3 pitch.com Knuckleheads Saloon: 2715 Rochester, 816-483-1456. Local tribute to the Beatles with the Dead Girls, Elaine McMilian, Fast Johnny Ricker and more, 7 p.m. RecordBar: 1020 Westport Rd., 816-753-5207. Chance the Arm, Mad Libby, 10 p.m. The Riot Room: 4048 Broadway, 816-442-8179. Drek, Quietly Violent, Unwritten Rulz, the Sibyl, Brimstone Crow, Collapse, Southern Pain, 6 p.m. COMEDY/DRUNKEN DISTRACTIONS ComedyCity at Westport Flea Market: 817 Westport Rd., 816-842-2744. Major League Improv, 7:30 & 10 p.m. 403 Club: 403 N. Fifth St., 913-499-8392. Pinball tournament, cash prize for winner, 4:30 p.m. Hamburger Mary’s: 101 Southwest Blvd., 816-842-1919. Maryoke, 9 p.m. Missie B’s: 805 W. 39th St., 816-561-0625. Dirty Dorothy, 10 p.m. The Red Balloon: 10325 W. 75th St., Overland Park, 913-9622330. Karaoke, 8 p.m. The Uptown Arts Bar: 3611 Broadway. KC Cabaret variety show, 9:30 p.m. Westport Coffee House: 4010 Pennsylvania, 816-756-3222. The Kick-Off Improv Comedy Show, 8-9:30 p.m. COMEDY/DRUNKEN DISTRACTIONS The Bottleneck: 737 New Hampshire, Lawrence, 785-8415483. Smackdown Trivia and Karaoke, 8 p.m. Clarette Club: 5400 Martway, Mission, 913-384-0986. Texas Hold ’em. The Fox and Hound: 10428 Metcalf, Overland Park, 913-6491700. Poker, 7 & 10 p.m. Frank James Saloon: 10919 N.W. Hwy. 45, Parkville, 816-5050800. Karaoke, 6-10 p.m. Improv Comedy Club and Dinner Theater: 7260 N.W. 87th St., 816-759-5233. John Witherspoon, 7 p.m. Knuckleheads Saloon: 2715 Rochester, 816-483-1456. Biker Sunday street party, 1 p.m. Missie B’s: 805 W. 39th St., 816-561-0625. Dirty Dorothy, 10 p.m.; karaoke, midnight. The Red Balloon: 10325 W. 75th St., Overland Park, 913-9622330. Karaoke, 8 p.m. Westport Flea Market: 817 Westport Rd., 816-931-1986. Texas Hold ’em, 3 & 6 p.m. Whiskey Tango: 401 S.E. Outer Belt Rd., Grain Valley, 816-8475650. Karaoke with DJ E-Rock, 6:30 p.m. COUNTRY/BLUEGRASS The Brick: 1727 McGee, 816-421-1634. Rural Grit Happy Hour, 6 p.m. Trouser Mouse: 410 S. Hwy. 7, Blue Springs, 816-220-1222. Deﬁbulators. COMEDY/DRUNKEN DISTRACTIONS The BrewTop Pub and Patio: 8614 N. Boardwalk Ave., 816584-9292. Trivia Bingo, 10 p.m. The Brick: 1727 McGee, 816-421-1634. Karaoke with Nanci Pants, 10:30 p.m. Bulldog: 1715 Main, 816-421-4799. Trivia with Matt Larson, 8 p.m. Clarette Club: 5400 Martway, Mission, 913-384-0986. Texas Hold ’em. Czar: 1531 Grand, 816-421-0300. Slaughter Movie House, 7 p.m. Green Room Burgers & Beer: 4010 Pennsylvania, Ste. D, 816216-7682. Geeks Who Drink Pub Quiz, 8 p.m. Hamburger Mary’s: 101 Southwest Blvd., 816-842-1919. Maryoke, 8 p.m. Jazzhaus: 926-1/2 Massachusetts, Lawrence, 785-749-1387. Karaoke Idol with Tanya McNaughty, 9:30 p.m. Missie B’s: 805 W. 39th St., 816-561-0625. MANic Monday, 10 p.m. Nara: 1617 Main, 816-221-6272. Brodioke. RecordBar: 1020 Westport Rd., 816-753-5207. Sonic Spectrum Music Trivia, 7 p.m. The Red Balloon: 10325 W. 75th St., Overland Park, 913-9622330. Karaoke, 8 p.m. Replay Lounge: 946 Massachusetts, Lawrence, 785-749-7676. Sam’s Club Karaoke, 10 p.m. Rhythm and Booze: 423 Southwest Blvd., 816-221-2669. Geeks Who Drink, 7:30 p.m. The Uptown Arts Bar: 3611 Broadway. Uptown Comedy Night with Norm Dexter, 10 p.m. Westport Flea Market: 817 Westport Rd., 816-931-1986. Texas Hold ’em, 8 p.m. B L U E S / R O C K A B I L LY B.B.’s Lawnside BBQ: 1205 E. 85th St., 816-822-7427. Mama Ray’s Jazz -Meets-Blues Jam, 2-5:30 p.m.; the Sons of Soul, 9 p.m. Californos: 4124 Pennsylvania, 816-531-7878. Los Lobos Locos, Cowgirls Train Set, Jon Eric, 9 p.m. The Phoenix: 302 W. Eighth St., 816-221-5299. Cadillac Flambe, 9 p.m. Quasimodo: 12056 W. 135th St., Overland Park, 913-239-9666. Crosseyed Cat, 5:30 p.m.; Monsters Inc., 9 p.m. RecordBar: 1020 Westport Rd., 816-753-5207. Danny Cox and friends, 7 p.m. Trouser Mouse: 410 S. Hwy. 7, Blue Springs, 816-220-1222. Samantha Fish. EASY LISTENING/ACOUSTIC The Brick: 1727 McGee, 816-421-1634. The Clementines albumrelease show with Root and Stem. Chaz on the Plaza: 325 Ward Pkwy., 816-802-2152. Paul Roberts Trio, 4-7 p.m. I N D I E / P O P / E X P E R I M E N TA L The Bottleneck: 737 New Hampshire, Lawrence, 785-8415483. Vago, Til WIllis, 8 p.m. Replay Lounge: 946 Massachusetts, Lawrence, 785-749-7676. Art Tougeau block party with Das Furbender, 3 p.m. VA R I E T Y Improv Comedy Club and Dinner Theater: 7260 N.W. 87th St., 816-759-5233. John Witherspoon, 7 & 9:30 p.m. The Kill Devil Club: 61 E. 14th St., 816-877-8312. Born in Babylon. Woodsweather Café: 1414 W. Ninth St., 816-472-6333. Amanda Wish Open Mic, 1-4 p.m. EASY LISTENING/ACOUSTIC Chaz on the Plaza: 325 Ward Pkwy., 816-802-2152. Les Mengel Duo, 5-9 p.m. Jazz: 1823 W. 39th St., 816-531-5556. Rich Berry. Johnny’s Tavern: 13410 W. 62nd Terr., Shawnee, 913-962-5777. Chill with Phil. Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art: 4420 Warwick Blvd., 816-753-5784. Victor & Penny, 2 p.m. The Landing Eatery & Pub: 1189 W. 152 Hwy., Liberty, 816792-5230. Bob Harvey, 6 p.m. Tomfooleries: 612 W. 47th St., 816-753-0555. Phil and Gary, 8 p.m. DJ The Eighth Street Taproom: 801 New Hampshire, Lawrence, 785-841-6918. Soul Clap with Josh Powers. 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. The Jones Pool: 10 E. 13th St. DJs Ashton Martin & Highnoone, noon. Milieu: 7300 W. 119th St., Overland Park. DJ Mike Scott. The Quaff: 1010 Broadway, 816-471-1918. DJ Chris. Replay Lounge: 946 Massachusetts, Lawrence, 785-749-7676. Johnny Quest, 10 p.m. S U N D AY 2 R O C K / M E TA L / P U N K Aftershock Bar & Grill: 5240 Merriam Dr., Merriam, 913-3845646. School of Rock: 50 Years of the Rolling Stones, 6:30 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. Knuckleheads Saloon: 2715 Rochester, 816-483-1456. Open Jam with Levee Town, 2-7 p.m. R.G.’s Lounge: 9100 E. 35th St., Independence, 816-358-5777. Jam Night with Dennis Nickell, Rick Eidson and Jan Lamb, 5 p.m. Thirsty Ernie’s: 1276 W. Foxwood Dr., Raymore, 816-322-2779. Rockin’ Blues, Brews & BBQ Jam, 4-8 p.m. B L U E S / R O C K A B I L LY B.B.’s Lawnside BBQ: 1205 E. 85th St., 816-822-7427. Lee McBee and the Confessors, 6-9 p.m. Jazz: 1859 Village West Pkwy., Kansas City, Kan., 913-3280003. Billy Ebeling. OPEN MIC/JAM SESSIONS The Bottleneck: 737 New Hampshire, Lawrence, 785-8415483. Taking Back Mondays with Sovereign States, 9 p.m. Californos: 4124 Pennsylvania, 816-531-7878. Open Mic Night, ﬁrst and second Monday of every month, 7 p.m. Davey’s Uptown Ramblers Club: 3402 Main, 816-753-1909. Open Mic with Jon Theobald, 7 p.m. Thirsty Ernie’s: 1276 W. Foxwood Dr., Raymore, 816-322-2779. Acoustic open mic with Brad Allen, 7-10 p.m. The Uptown Arts Bar: 3611 Broadway. Jonny Green and Jake Stanton open mic and jam session, 8 p.m. JAZZ/LOUNGE Green Lady Lounge: 1809 Grand, 816-215-2954. Oatts Brothers Jazz Quintet, 9 p.m. The Phoenix: 302 W. Eighth St., 816-221-5299. Tim Whitmer & KC Express, 4:30 p.m. Take Five Coffee + Bar: 5336 W. 151st St., Overland Park, 913948-5550. Michael Shanks Trio, 8 p.m. DJ Hamburger Mary’s: 101 Southwest Blvd., 816-842-1919. Bad Music Sundays with Brett Dietrich, 3:30 p.m. The Jones Pool: 10 E. 13th St. Shaun Flo & DJ Dynamic, noon. Replay Lounge: 946 Massachusetts, Lawrence, 785-749-7676. Sunday Funday with DJ G Train. M O N D AY 3 R O C K / M E TA L / P U N K The Riot Room: 4048 Broadway, 816-442-8179. The Lesser Bear, Perelandria, the Author and the Illustrator, 7:30 p.m. VA R I E T Y Czar: 1531 Grand, 816-421-0300. Slaughter Movie House ﬁrst anniversary party featuring Madison County, 7 p.m. Jazz: 1823 W. 39th St., 816-531-5556. Jazzbo, 6-9 p.m. COVERS The BrewTop Pub and Patio: 8614 N. Boardwalk Ave., 816584-9292. Cherry Bomb. Czar: 1531 Grand, 816-421-0300. Copper Creek, 6 p.m. Jazzhaus: 926-1/2 Massachusetts, Lawrence, 785-749-1387. The Crumpletons. VooDoo Lounge: Harrah’s Casino, 1 Riverboat Dr., North Kansas City, 816-472-7777. Cover Wars Final, 7 p.m. JAZZ/LOUNGE Green Lady Lounge: 1809 Grand, 816-215-2954. Bram Wijnands stride piano, 7 p.m. Jazzhaus: 926-1/2 Massachusetts, Lawrence, 785-749-1387. Amp Trio with Addison Frei. The Majestic Restaurant: 931 Broadway, 816-221-1888. Rich Hill’s jazz brunch, 11 a.m.; Mark Lowrey jazz jam, 6 p.m. RecordBar: 1020 Westport Rd., 816-753-5207. People’s Liberation Big Band, 8 p.m. JAZZ/LOUNGE 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. T U E S D AY 4 R O C K / M E TA L / P U N K The Bottleneck: 737 New Hampshire, Lawrence, 785-8415483. My Marionette, Dead Ties, Low Currents, the Lesser Bear, 8 p.m., free. pitch.com M AY 3 0 - J u n e 5 , 2 0 1 3 the pitch 63 The Riot Room: 4048 Broadway, 816-442-8179. Hot Knives, Lantern Hill Nightmare, Ashes Of Tyranny, 7:30 p.m. Tomfooleries: 612 W. 47th St., 816-753-0555. The Transients. B L U E S / R O C K A B I L LY Jazz: 1823 W. 39th St., 816-531-5556. Rick Bacus. Slow Ride Roadhouse: 1350 N. Third St., Lawrence, 785-7492727. Lonnie Ray Blues Band, 6-10 p.m. •A LITTLE SLICE OF IRELAND• IN DOWNTOWN KANSAS CITY Jazz: 1859 Village West Pkwy., Kansas City, Kan., 913-328-0003. Salty Dawg. Knuckleheads Saloon: 2715 Rochester, 816-483-1456. Carl Butler’s Gospel Lounge with Chris Pickering, 7:30 p.m.; the Trishas with the Howlin’ Brothers, 8:30 p.m. The Levee: 16 W. 43rd St., 816-561-2821. The Lonnie Ray Blues Band, 8 p.m. The Uptown Arts Bar: 3611 Broadway. Blues Hour with Briar, 5:30 p.m. JAZZ/LOUNGE Chaz on the Plaza: 325 Ward Pkwy., 816-802-2152. Jaisson Taylor Duo, 6 p.m. Green Lady Lounge: 1809 Grand, 816-215-2954. Molly Hammer & Ken Lovern, 7 p.m. 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 the Everette DeVan Trio, 7 p.m. DJ Coda: 1744 Broadway, 816-569-1747. DJ Robert Moore, 9 p.m. Davey’s Uptown Ramblers Club: 3402 Main, 816-753-1909. The Turntable Matinee with the Cowtown Playboys, 7 p.m. The Gusto Lounge: 504 Westport Rd., 816-974-8786. Smack in the Middle with Brent Tactic & DJ Avant Garde. Come Shake Your Shamrocks! FRI May 31st: Disappointments 10-2 SAT June 1st: Disappointments 10-2 13 lunch items for $7 each • EASY LISTENING/ACOUSTIC Czar: 1531 Grand, 816-421-0300. Vandaveer, Kurt Vee, Storm Circus, Two Headed Cow, 7:30 p.m. Fuel: 7300 W. 119th St., Overland Park, 913-451-0444. Colby & Mole. Nara: 1617 Main, 816-221-6272. Ladies’ Night with Matt Shoaf. Quasimodo: 12056 W. 135th St., Overland Park, 913-239-9666. Dan Bliss, 7 p.m. COUNTRY/BLUEGRASS RecordBar: 1020 Westport Rd., 816-753-5207. Rex Hobart’s Honky Tonk Supper Club, 7 p.m. M-F 11am-2pm 170 E. 14TH ST. KCMO IN P&L DISTRICT 816-268-4700 • THEDUBLINERKC.COM FACEBOOK.COM/THEDUBLINERKC COMEDY/DRUNKEN DISTRACTIONS Black & Gold Tavern: 3740 Broadway. Geeks Who Drink Trivia, 8 p.m. Bleachers Bar & Grill: 210 S.W. Greenwich Dr., Lee’s Summit, 816-623-3410. Texas Hold ’em, 7 & 9:15 p.m. Coda: 1744 Broadway, 816-569-1747. Team Trivia with Teague Hayes, 7 p.m., $5 buy-in. Double Nickel Bar: 189 S. Rogers, Ste. 1614, Olathe, 913-3900363. Poker night. Duke’s on Grand: 1501 Grand, 816-527-0122. Xtreme League Trivia, 8 p.m. Flying Saucer: 101 E. 13th St., 816-221-1900. Trivia Bowl, 7:30 & 10 p.m. 403 Club: 403 N. Fifth St., 913-499-8392. Ladies Night. Hamburger Mary’s: 101 Southwest Blvd., 816-842-1919. Trivia Slugfest, 7 p.m. Jackpot Music Hall: 943 Massachusetts, Lawrence, 785-8321085. Karaoke. Johnny’s Tavern: 13410 W. 62nd Terr., Shawnee, 913-962-5777. Bingo. Missie B’s: 805 W. 39th St., 816-561-0625. Gayme Night upstairs, 7:30-10 p.m.; karaoke, 10 p.m. The Red Balloon: 10325 W. 75th St., Overland Park, 913-9622330. Karaoke, 8 p.m., free. 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. Tower Tavern: 401 E. 31st St., 816-931-9300. Trivia, 8 p.m. The Velvet Dog: 400 E. 31st St., 816-753-9990. Beer pong tournament, 9:30 p.m. Westport Flea Market: 817 Westport Rd., 816-931-1986. Chess Club, 7 p.m. JAZZ/LOUNGE Chaz on the Plaza: 325 Ward Pkwy., 816-802-2152. Max Groove Trio, 6 p.m. Green Lady Lounge: 1809 Grand, 816-215-2954. Organ Jazz Trio with Ken Lovern, 7 p.m. AMERICANA The Brick: 1727 McGee, 816-421-1634. Matt Wood, Tiny Horse, Michael Dean Damron. COMEDY/DRUNKEN DISTRACTIONS The All-Star Rock Bar: 7210 N.E. 43rd St., 816-452-2660. Ultimate Karaoke. Bulldog: 1715 Main, 816-421-4799. Comedy Night, 8 p.m. Charlie Hooper’s: 12 W. 63rd St., 816-361-8841. 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It’s not a Pretty Woman situation. He’s my age and not wealthy, and I’m too old for that anyway. We share a lot of geeky interests and have a great connection, and the sex is awesome. We transitioned to friends with benefits several months back. Then some I love yous were exchanged, and now we are in a monogamous relationship. For context, I did independent escorting for about six months while I was in school. I keep thinking that there must be something “wrong” with the way we met, but maybe that’s internalized attitudes toward sex work? Maybe I just need your OK to feel better. BY D A N S AVA G E Dear SLAVE: Thanks for sharing. Dear Dan: I’m a woman in a relationship with an amazing guy for eight years. We have great chemistry and are best friends. My man has this fantasy about seeing me fuck his friends. It comes up every time we have sex. He begs me to call out their names during sex. I love to please him and I find it super-hot. 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