The Pitch: April 10, 2014
The Pitch, April 10-16, 2014. Kansas City's alternative weekly. Featuring KC 2020: Developers Lay Out Their Visions.
APRIL 10-16, 2014 | FREE | VOL. 33 NO. 41 | PITCH.COM DEVELOPERS LAY OUT THEIR VISIONS for the KANSAS CITY of TOMORROW. by STEVE VOCKRODT ALSO : LOOSEN YOUR BELT — THE PITCH'S BACON & BOURBON FESTIVAL IS HERE. a p r il 10 -16 , 2 014 | V ol . 3 3 no. 41 E d i t o r i a l Editor Scott Wilson Managing Editor Justin Kendall Music Editor Natalie Gallagher Staff Writers Charles Ferruzza, David Hudnall, Steve Vockrodt Editorial Operations Manager Deborah Hirsch Events Editor Berry Anderson Proofreader Brent Shepherd Contributing Writers Tracy Abeln, Jen Chen, Liz Cook, April Fleming, Larry Kopitnik, Angela Lutz, Dan Savage, Nick Spacek a r t Art Director Jeremy Luther Layout Editor Dillon Kinnison Contributing Photographers Angela C. Bond, Barrett Emke, Chris Mullins, Lauren Phillips, Sabrina Staires, Brooke Vandever P r o d u c t i o n Production Manager Christina Riddle Multimedia Designer Vu Radley a d v E r t i s i n g “A SUMPTUOUS TREAT. 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NiCK AND JAKE’S, the midtown version, opens this month, say owners. EL BuRRiTO LOCO Mexican Café is now open. Questionnaire Melissa lenos T H U R S D AY MAY 22 Assistant professor of English, Donnelly College presents Hometown: Norton, Ohio. I know you haven’t KC LIVE! BLOCK heard of it; it’s south of Cleveland. Current neighborhood: Old Hyde Park P O W E R film studies and popular culture to the most amazing students in Kansas City. When I’m not doing that, I research and write. What’s your game? Kingdom Hearts. It’s a What’s on your KC postcard? A landscape painting by one of the members of the Kansas City Plein Air Coterie. W itness six of KC’s most talented chefs as they battle for the Gold Fork along with samplings from 15+ restaurants. Early bird tickets available! S a b r i n a S ta i r e S Where’s dinner? Westport Café Finish this sentence: “Kansas City got it right when …” We decided to continue investing “Kansas City screwed up when …” We failed the students in our public school system. My brush with fame: I worked as a barista when I was in grad school in Pittsburgh, and once I made a latte for Richard Gere. I am aware that this is a totally pathetic “brush with fame,” but it’s all I’ve got. “Kansas City needs …” Extensive, affordable, reliable public transportation on both sides of the state line. “In five years, I’ll be …” Teaching, researching and writing. I have it pretty good. My 140-character soapbox: We must do better by K-12 teachers and higher-ed contingent faculty. When we shortchange education, we run our future further into the ground. What was the last thing you had to apologize for? Oh, constantly — usually for making in- asking for it. appropriate, borderline-offensive or stupidly obscure jokes. “I’ve been known to binge-watch …” Twin Who’s sorry now? Connie Francis “I always laugh at …” The humorless. They’re Peaks, at least once a year. “I can’t stop listening to …” Iggy Azalea. “I just read …” A big ol’ stack of student papers and Michael Chabon’s Telegraph Avenue. The best advice I ever got: “No regrets” Worst advice: “Screwdrivers have so much orange juice in them, they’re basically a healthy drink.” My sidekick: Corey Antis and one small gray cat. Sponsored by: My dating triumph/tragedy: On our second date, I took him to see a 35 mm print of The Adventures of Robin Hood. (The film is gorgeous but also sort of ridiculous.) He didn’t hold it against me, and 10 years later, here we are. in the arts. We don’t always do it perfectly, but the arts are a consistent focus, which is terrific. D I S T R I C T Save over $15 on the door price by purchasing tickets now! VIP includes early entrance & a goodie bag valued over $100 for the first 100 VIP attendees. forever. What’s your drink? Buffalo Trace, neat. 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It started with the Velvet Dog, in 1994. Then there was Empire Room. Buddha Bar. Dragonfly. Café Trocadero. Mint. All had different concepts, but if there was a through-line, it was about trying to emulate ostentatious nightlife ideas popular in Las Vegas, Los Angeles and New York during the go-go ’90s and pre-recession ’00s. The Velvet Dog billed itself as a “martini lounge.” Empire Room started out as a “movie house/martini bar.” Mint, a successor to Empire Room before the space reverted to being Empire Room (it’s complicated), was a “fashion lounge.” (“People are going to enter through the back door like in L.A.,” Seferyn hilariously told Hearne Christopher Jr. of Mint, in a 2008 Kansas City Star gossip column.) I don’t think anybody ever knew what the fuck Dragonfly was. Those concepts have aged about as well as a Sex and the City episode, which is why it was no huge blow when the Dog suddenly closed last October. Seferyn has apparently skipped CTF Chris mullins M town, though nobody wants to say so on the record. Six bars are now on the block: Besides Empire Room, there are the sportsy Tower Tavern, the German beer-and-sausage joint Haus, wine-and-martini bistro the Drop, and beachy Baja bar Sol Cantina. Also, as of last week, there is Barrel 31. Chris Ridler owns the Drop, Sol Cantina and Barrel 31. He is more or less the new Seferyn, but his territory isn’t Martini Corner. An effort is under way to rebrand the block and get away from that name. It’s a quiet effort, though. “There’s been some conversations about what Union Hill is and where our concepts fit into that,” is the most interesting thing I could get Ridler to say on the topic. I’m not sure how you get people to stop calling a nightlife district one thing and start calling it another — my vote would be to call Whiskey, neat and otherwise this one simply “Union Hill” — but perhaps it starts with changing the tone of the places doing business within it. That seems to be Ridler’s goal with Barrel 31, a whiskey-centric gastropub that opened in the Velvet Dog space (400 East 31st Street) last week. His new place offers something on the order of 80 whiskeys, including what the menu calls “Seldom Seen” rarities such as Jack Daniel’s Sinatra Select ($25 a pour), Elijah Craig 20-year Single Barrel ($23), and Aberfeldy 21-year Single Malt ($30). The food is reasonably priced pub fare, with dishes like duck-fat fried chicken and bourbon-barbecue pork sliders. I stopped in twice during its first week. The remodel, at least, is impressive. Velvet Dog was just plain gross at the end — I remember, the By D av iD HuDn a l l last time I visited, not only vowing never to return but also questioning the life decisions that had led me through its doors. I felt no such inner turmoil at Barrel 31, which has scrubbed off Velvet Dog’s broken dreams. Apart from a highly questionable painting of a dude smoking a joint, the décor is smart: a lot of wood and exposed brick, and chandeliers with silver-dipped light bulbs. We wanted to taste some whiskeys, so our server recommended one of Barrel 31’s eight whiskey flights. Choosing the $11 Bootlegger was on me, but I didn’t put it together, until the tray arrived, that I had asked for moonshine. I ended up pouring all but a sip of the Backwoods Habanero shot into my water glass and pushing it to a far corner of the table. If I could do it over again and was flush, I’d go for the Stormin’ the Castle (Knappogue 12-year, 14-year and 16-year, $20). The “Hand Crafted Heavy Pours” (a corresponding asterisk on the menu warns that “having more than one may lead to an unexpected loss of clothing” — groan) are serviceable. My Curl Up & Rye (Rittenhouse, absinthe moonshine, aromatic bitters, big ice cube) was superior to my companion’s “Down & Dirty Old Fashioned,” which was several notches below what you’d get at a place like Westport Café or Grünauer. But that’s the end of my quibbling. Barrel 31 is a major improvement over the Velvet Dog, and I suspect it will be good for business everywhere else on the block — whatever everyone finally agrees to call the block. E-mail email@example.com LOSS & DESIRE Johnson County Library presents a series of events addressing the impact loss and desire have on our understanding of the world. Featured Event: A Day in the Life Experience the day-to-day realities and struggles of life below the poverty line. 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THE PITCH THURS. 04/10/14 4 COLOR 2.305” X 4.822” RM ALL.TRC-P.0410.PITCH YOUR LOGO HERE B y 2020, Kansas City’s downtown may more resemble a neighborhood than a business center. “I’d say it already is,” says Kansas City, Missouri, City Councilman Ed Ford, whose district once included downtown. “We have more residents and probably less jobs than we did 10 years ago. I think we’ll see that trend continuing.” Not probably. Definitely. Downtown Kansas City lost 16,000 jobs between 2001 and 2011, despite City Hall’s pouring billions of dollars into sprucing up the once-seedy core. Much of the employment loss is attributed to an aging stock of office buildings in the south loop, from which companies have fled in large numbers. town: New construction and old-building rehab are devoted to creating new places to live. This glut of new projects, both proposed and under way, has risen from the need for living spaces in a market in which the existing apartments are virtually all leased. These projects include massive new construction, such as Cordish Co.’s 25-story luxury apartment high-rise in the heart of the Kansas City Power & Light District and the more modest 24-unit complex along Gillham Road near 37th Street. Longtime River Market developer George Birt is planning something in the middle: a $15 million, 137-apartment dwelling at Fourth Street and Wyandotte. Birt picked the spot in part due to its relative proximity to the start Kansas City, Missouri, City Council members are stridently behind the $100 millionplus starter line as a means of catalyzing downtown development. That’s $50 million a mile, so they had better be right. The investment has been brandished as a means to lessen the future need for tax incentives on new projects. “It should,” Ford says. “We approved that new downtown hotel without tax abatements.” Ford is referring to the 10-story hotel that Tennessee’s Chartwell Hospitality plans to build at 16th Street and Baltimore. Chartwell declined what otherwise would likely have been a hefty incentive package from City Hall, prompting a seemingly incredulous of people earning between $40,000 and $60,000, but the bulk of your workforce are those in the $20,000 to $30,000 range — teachers, bank tellers, policemen. Spending $1,100 a month in rent is pretty pricey for some people.” One Light is expected to fetch between $950 and $1,800 in rent, translating to about $1.75 a square foot. In bigger cities, high-end apartments fetch more than $2 a square foot. “I don’t think by 2020 that we become a Chicago or Minneapolis, where you can charge over $2 a square foot,” Mouton says. Still, downtown boosters hope for a more cosmopolitan south loop and Crossroads District by that time. They envision a city core populated less by men in pinstriped suits and women in pantsuits and more by city dwellers wearing Chuck Taylors and maybe students from a proposed University of Missouri–Kansas City Downtown Arts Campus. Developers lay out their visions for the Kansas City of tomorrow Parking shortages and outmoded building configurations have made cheaper locales, such as Overland Park’s Sprint Campus, or newly renovated buildings like Union Station preferable to stodgy skyscrapers from the 1960s, like Commerce Tower. But even Commerce Tower’s forthcoming redevelopment illustrates downtown’s changing nature, from a place where lawyers and bankers work behind oaken desks to one that lures a younger generation with after-work outlets for spending discretionary income. Last year, Kansas City Sustainable Partners, a consortium of luminaries including BNIM’s Bob Berkebile, Screenland impresario Butch Rigby and EPR Properties CEO David Brain, bought the 30-story Commerce Tower, at Ninth Street and Main, which was in foreclosure. Instead of trying to lease the increasingly empty building to office tenants, the group plans to convert vacated floors to apartments, build out retail space and renovate some of the offices. Commerce Tower’s move to residential use reflects a larger development pattern down- by Steve vockrodt of the downtown streetcar line, which he believes will appeal to 20- and 30-somethings. “They’re going to glom on to mass transit,” Birt tells The Pitch. His thinking reflects that of other transit backers, who insist that the two miles of rail under construction will transform the look of downtown by 2020 and beyond. Sean O’Byrne, vice president of the Downtown Council of Kansas City, says the streetcar could help fill empty spaces in those old office buildings along Main Street. One example: City Center Square, at 11th Street and Main, home mostly to plaintiffs’ attorneys, investment bankers, empty floors and Jason’s Deli. “City Center Square was built severely under-parked,” O’Byrne says, referring to the two floors of underground parking serving a 30-story building. “Now you’re going to have a streetcar that goes a mile in either direction that opens up all sorts of parking options.” story in The Kansas City Star that marveled at the prospect of taxpayer-free downtown development. Yet Chartwell’s project was followed by Cordish’s One Light high-rise, at 13th Street and Walnut, which commanded an $8 million subsidy from City Hall, coupled with a tax abatement. Ford explains Cordish’s subsidy as a means to usher in a higher tolerance for downtown rental rates, which would help bridge the gap between land and development costs and income from tenants. “Next time someone constructs something new, hopefully it can be done without a subsidy,” Ford says. Not everyone is buying that philosophy. “It’s a little tough for some people, especially when you look at the workforce,” says Donovan Mouton, once an aide to former Kansas City Mayor Kay Barnes who now works as a housing consultant for prospective developers. “You only have x number Updates on the potential Downtown Arts Campus have been few and far between since Julia Irene Kauffman, daughter of the late KC business mogul Ewing Kauffman, pledged $20 million for the campus’s initial phase of construction, contingent upon UMKC raising $70 million on its own within three years. Bringing the arts campus downtown, along with its 600 students, is viewed as adding another cultural attraction to a downtown that had virtually none a decade ago. “For something like the Cordish tower, you get out and you walk and you have your choice of bars, restaurants, cultural attractions and schools,” O’Byrne says. “It’s worth it to be able to catch a movie or a play and a dinner rather than hop in your car and drive across suburbia to find those amenities that are generally downtown.” pitch.com continued on page 8 april 10 -16, 2014 the pitch 7 1. Downtown yMca 4 T. 3RD S T. 5TH S 7 70 35 3 7TH ST. 2. PoweR & ligHt BuilDing 8TH ST. 2 9TH ST. location: 13th Street and Baltimore PRoject value: $60 million DeveloPeR: NorthPoint Details: The Gotham-style Power & Light Building is one of the city’s most unusual architectural displays and most compelling sights on the downtown Kansas City skyline, but it has housed only an architectural firm on the first floor and pigeons on the rest. New York owner Gailoyd Enterprises has tried to sell it several times in the last three years, but each time the deal has fallen through. NorthPoint has announced plans for turning the building into apartments, contingent upon the city’s help. 10TH ST. 11TH ST. 1 12TH ST. 14TH ST. 670 3. coMMeRce toweR ReDeveloPMent 8 the pitch april 10 -16, 2014 pitch.com 8. aRgyle BuilDing location: 12th Street and McGee PRoject value: $20 million DeveloPeR: Arghom LLC Details: Louis Curtiss, born in Canada the year that the Civil War ended, became an architect in the Midwest. His work earned him the moniker “The Frank Lloyd Wright of Kansas City.” Among the buildings to his name is the Argyle. Parking was always problematic for a residential conversion until City Hall sold developer Jim Wiss a small surface lot and leased 150 parking spaces in a parking garage that municipal employees use. That should help the boarded-up building become about 120 market-rate apartments. 8TH ST. 11 9. Beacon Hill GRAND MAIN STREET 35 BALTIMORE 10 WYANDOTTE location: Ninth Street and Main PRoject value: $70 million DeveloPeR: Kansas City Sustainable Development Partners Details: Commerce Tower was left with huge vacancies after the Greater Kansas City Chamber of Commerce and the Kansas City Area Development Council moved to Union Station and KeyBank left for Overland Park’s Sprint campus. The Tower’s Los Angeles owner, Hertz LLC, couldn’t lease or sell the aging, asbestos-laden building, so it fell into foreclosure. A local development consortium wants to refashion it as a “vertical neighborhood,” converting empty offices into apartments and possibly adding some retail to the mix. location: Seventh Street and Broadway PRoject value: $30 million DeveloPeR: O’Reilly Development Co. Details: Downtown lost one of its more charming aspects when Folgers Coffee shut down its roasting plant on Broadway, thus cutting off the sweet odor of roasting beans that wafted over the city. A Wisconsin company bought the roasting complex with an eye toward a residential conversion but couldn’t garner support for the plan’s affordable-housing component. Now Springfield, Missouri’s O’Reilly Development wants to turn the former coffee plant into market-rate lofts and apartments in downtown’s northwest quadrant. 5 13TH ST. 670 7. RoasteR’s Block 8 WALNUT location: 10th Street and Grand PRoject value: About $40 million DeveloPeR: YMCA Details: YMCA of Greater Kansas City is trying to raise $40 million to build a new facility. UMB Bank donated a parking lot at 10th Street and Grand for the proposed building. Peter deSilva, UMB Bank president, is leading the fundraising charge. A downtown Y fits with the city’s dream of making the core more like a neighborhood. location: Troost Avenue, from 22nd to 27th streets PRoject value: $50 million-plus DeveloPeR: Beacon Hill Developers Details: Sixteen years ago, the Beacon Hill neighborhood was supposed to become a harbinger of downtown redevelopment. But money was misappropriated, and Kansas City’s housing program couldn’t get the project started. A joint venture among JE Dunn, Zimmer Real Estate and Taliaferro & Browne has gotten Beacon Hill’s act together. Last year, UMKC started building student housing there to serve the Hospital Hill campus. More apartments are on the way, along with townhouses. 4. river MarKet west 12 n 29 35 LoCation: Fourth Street and Wyandotte ProjeCt vaLue: $16 million DeveLoPer: Consolidated Development Partners DetaiLs: Developer George Birt plans to build a 137-unit, high-end apartment project in an empty lot near the headquarters of Populous, one of the early adopters of River Market redevelopment. Birt’s project has the benefit of being new construction, meaning added amenities, such as outdoor balconies, that historic renovation projects typically can’t accommodate. 7TH ST. 5. one Light 8TH ST. 9TH ST. LoCation: 13th Street and Walnut ProjeCt vaLue: $79 million DeveLoPer: Cordish Co. DetaiLs: Cordish announced that it will break ground later this month on One Light, a 25-story high-rise, which will replace a curious little parking lot at the northwest corner of 13th and Walnut. Officials anticipate that 450 people will pay top dollar to live at One Light. Cordish is also planning to redevelop the Midland office space, at 13th Street and Baltimore, into high-end apartments, and someday build more living quarters at the Power & Light District’s southern edge along Truman Road. 10TH ST. 6 11TH ST. 12TH ST. 13TH ST. 14TH ST. 70 6. east viLLage 71 THE PASEO CHARLOTTE 9 Downtown Kansas City 10. thoMas Corrigan buiLDing LoCation: 18th Street and Walnut ProjeCt vaLue: $22 million DeveLoPer: Alan Waterman DetaiLs: Thomas Corrigan and his brothers were streetcar developers in Kansas around the turn of the 20th century. Some years later, streetcars went out of style in Kansas City, but they’re now back in vogue, with a two-mile downtown starter line under construction just a block from a building named after Corrigan. Developer Alan Waterman has told reporters that the forthcoming streetcar line inspired him to buy the Corrigan Building and refashion it into 80 loft-style apartments. Location: Generally east of City Hall Project value: $350 million Developer: VanTrust Real Estate, Swope Community Builders Details: The East Village has languished since the city announced plans to replace an empty bus station and seedy hotel with new buildings. JE Dunn built its new headquarters in 2010 and Swope Community Builders finished the East Village Apartments, a 50-unit affordable-housing project, in 2011. But not much else has happened in the proposed eight-block redevelopment. VanTrust, a developer backed by the estate of late auto-dealer magnate Cecil Van Tuyl, has announced rough plans for a large apartment project and a possible office building. 11. Kansas City Marriott Downtown LoCation: 16th Street and Baltimore ProjeCt vaLue: $46 million DeveLoPer: Chartwell Hospitality LLC DetaiLs: Kansas City elected officials rejoiced, and some development lawyers groaned, when Tennessee’s Chartwell Hospitality rejected incentives for a 250-room hotel. The empty lot has long been considered a contender for a hotel, but developer Whitney Kerr Sr. finally made it a reality. It’s a far cry from the 1,000-room convention hotel that city officials still covet, but it is the first new hotel construction in downtown in decades. Land has been cleared at 16th Street and Main for a parking garage and possible retail development associated with the Marriott. 12. CoLuMbus ParK LoCation: Between Third and Fifth streets, from Gillham Road to the Heart of America Bridge ProjeCt vaLue: $70 million DeveLoPer: Columbus Park Developers DetaiLs: It’s rare to see single-family housing pop up in a downtown core dominated by apartments and condos, but Columbus Park Developers (a consortium that includes Kite Singleton and Zimmer Real Estate) has designs on a 20-acre redevelopment that would turn into a neighborhood within a neighborhood. 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IKEA LOCATION: Interstate 35 and Johnson Drive PROJECT VALUE: $80 million Developer: IKEA DETAILS: Kansas City’s obsession with IKEA, fueled by the Swedish furniture retailer’s exclusivity, had locals barking at officials across the metro to get a big-box storefront here fast. Merriam landed the seller of meatballs and cheap, build-it-yourself furniture. Good thing for Merriam, too, which prior to landing the massive retailer had developed a reputation as a place where strip-mall dreams go to die. IKEA replaces the embarrassing Merriam Village project: a strip mall built upon a massive retaining wall whose anchor, Circuit City, couldn’t open before the electronic retailer’s 2009 bankruptcy and liquidation. IKEA says it will produce $80 million in sales for Merriam. Completion date: later this year. 14. CERNER CAMPUS AT BANNISTER MALL LOCATION: The old Bannister Mall site at Blue Ridge Boulevard and Bannister Road PROJECT COST: $4.3 billion DEVELOPER: Cerner Corp. DETAILS: Bannister Mall was once a nice attraction in southeast Kansas City but became dilapidated when people stopped shopping there. The blight spread to the surrounding area, becoming a portrait of what dead malls can do to a community. The then-Kansas City Wizards (owned by Cerner principals) were supposed to build a new stadium there, but KCMO officials couldn’t get their act together, and KCK lured the franchise away with a hefty tax-incentive package. But the type of incentive that has Sporting Kansas City playing in KCK is fairly minor compared with the offering that KCMO and Missouri have lent Cerner to build another office expansion at the Bannister Mall site. At least these incentives will clear up the hard-to-remove blight that Bannister Mall left behind. And if Cerner can produce the promised 15,000 jobs, the incentive may pay off. 15. PRAIRIEFIRE LOCATION: 135th Street and Nall PROJECT VALUE: $575 million DEVELOPER: Merrill Companies DETAILS: Every city, it seems, pines for a type of outdoor, all-inclusive lifestyle center. These pricey projects typically include high-end apartments, several blocks of shopping centers, entertainment venues, and on and on. Prairiefire might be one of the largest such projects in the metro area, on 60 acres of land in south Overland Park. In order to obtain STAR bonds — the powerful Kansas inducements that plow state sales taxes back into projects that fetch out-of-town tourists — Fred Merrill Jr. decided to build a museum that would furnish traveling exhibits from the American Museum of Natural History. Other tenants include REI and a Cinetopia Theater abutting Nicklaus Golf Club at LionsGate. 16. EMBASSY SUITES & CONFERENCE CENTER LOCATION: Ridgeview Road and Kansas Highway 10 PROJECT VALUE: $51 million DEVELOPER: Heart of America Group DETAILS: Workers recently broke ground on Olathe’s long-coveted conference center that’s set to open in 2015. The 200-room hotel is one thing for the city, but the adjoining 1,000-person conference room is something that Olathe officials tried to get hotel developer John Q. Hammonds to build on the city’s southern edge. Hammonds couldn’t come up with the money, but Illinois-based Heart of America Group saved the day for Olathe leaders hungry for a place to host seminars, conferences and other large-attendance events. City officials defend the 40 percent public subsidy for the project, saying the city itself won’t own the project. (Overland Park owns and subsidizes its much larger convention center.) N 35 435 29 435 635 DOWNTOWN 70 435 13 35 70 16 14 35 69 435 17 435 71 18 15 19 17. CORBIN PARK LOCATION: 135th Street and Metcalf PROJECT VALUE: $270 million DEVELOPER: Mike Schlup DETAILS: Corbin Park was supposed to become the big retail development along 135th Street. But in 2010, Omaha developer Cormac Co. plunged the project into bankruptcy after getting tagged by a long line of mechanic’s liens for unpaid contractor work. Mike Schlup, a developer who went to prison in the 1990s for loan fraud and was busted again in the mid-aughts for not withholding taxes on worker paychecks and employing illegal immigrants, bought the bankrupt retail center in 2011. Corbin Park has been slow to fully develop after anchor tenants Von Maur and J.C. Penney opened their doors. Forthcoming tenants include Scheels and Off Broadway Shoe Warehouse. 18. CITY PLACE LOCATION: U.S. Highway 69 and College Boulevard PROJECT VALUE: $350 million DEVELOPER: Ken Block DETAILS: Despite all the vehicle traffic traversing the area where College Boulevard, Highway 69 and Interstate 435 roughly meet, one big swath of land has sat empty. A developer back in the 1980s wanted to put an office complex and a hotel there and call it the Galleria, but the project never took off. Like a lot of Overland Park projects, City Place will be an amalgamation of office space, apartments, parking garage, retail and senior housing. 19. NEW SANCTUARY FOR UNITED METHODIST CHURCH OF THE RESURRECTION LOCATION: 137th Street and Roe PROJECT VALUE: $90 million DEVELOPER: United Methodist Church DETAILS: In three years, Leawood’s Church of the Resurrection drummed up $63 million from members to improve the church in Leawood. While many of these projects have just been announced or are close to becoming reality, many others have languished for years. 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Daily listings on page 26 pitch.com april 10 -16, 2014 the pitch 13 2014 RELAY FOR LIFE OF KCMO benefiting American Cancer Society SATURDAY May 3, 2014 12 pm-12 am Berkley Riverfront Park Grand Boulevard & River Front Road K A N S A S C I T Y, M O 6 4 1 2 0 To celebrate the lives of people who have battled cancer, remember loved ones lost & ďŹ ght back against the disease. 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What the barrier encircles has been a military-industrial nexus for generations, including a Department of Defense dump and a production facility for nuclear-weapons components. The stories from people who have worked at the site are as varied and mysterious as a season’s worth of X-Files plots. Mo Dickens, gallery assistant at the Belger Arts Center, has heard more than a few of those stories since February, when the gallery opened an exhibition centered on the first structure erected on what was once a racetrack in unincorporated Dodson, Missouri. The Belger routinely mounts well-curated exhibitions that draw from its own vast collection. (The striking William Christenberry show there now is a representative example.) This time, it has opened a show whose centerpiece cracy dictates that everything be evaluated is a masterwork that drew from its host comand cataloged for posterity — per the National munity. Many who have viewed it can’t help but recall aloud their own memories of the Historic Preservation Act of 1966. That’s where pre-eminent local architecplace, whatever it was when they worked there. tural historian Cydney E. Millstein comes The show’s title, Velocity of Change: The Evoin. She was commissioned to help prepare lution of Albert Kahn’s Pratt & Whitney Plant in documentation of the site during its transfer Kansas City, is lengthy and academic, but it’s an out of federal inventory, and this exhibition accurate summation. The texts accompanying represents four years of her work and that the photos in this show, also long and scholarly, of Richard Welnowski, an make a convincing case for a award-winning filmmaker, work of architectural genius. digital media entrepreneur, Kahn built his reputation Velocity of Change Through May 3 at Belger Arts and former Kansas City Art designing factories for the Center, 2100 Walnut, Institute instructor. All of U.S.S.R. and was behind 816-474-3250, that labor means that there’s the success of American belgerartscenter.org a lot to read in the Belger’s giants Packard, Chrysler and smaller upstairs gallery — General Motors. When he texts that accompany small died, in December 1942, The black-and-white photographs of the plant’s Detroit News called him “the fastest and most construction, shots of empty work spaces (such prolific builder of modern industrial plants in as inside the engine-testing tunnels), views of the world.” His last military project would turn the old racetrack, and an old site map. out to be the plant here, after Kansas City won Most arresting, though, are the large-format out over St. Paul, Minnesota, and Chicago to photos produced by Welnowski over the course become the new branch of the Connecticutof a few blazing summer days in 2011, under based Pratt & Whitney Aircraft Corp. The company is still in business, making strict supervision of the site’s managers. In approximately 20 black-and-white images, he engines and turbojet propulsion products, but offers us a glimpse of something we’d otherits presence in Kansas City faded with the end of World War II, which was won in large part wise be unable to see outside the Library of Congress, something haunting to behold even thanks to the Twin Wasp engine that powered if you don’t at first know what you’re looking at. U.S. Navy planes. At the height of production, 21,000 workers clocked in at the KC plant. It Devoid of human activity, except for a pickup truck and eerie signs hinting at exit locations closed on V-J Day, September 2, 1945. or cryptic regulations, the photographs endow KC’s Pratt & Whitney plant was a marvel the geometry of the storage tanks, the funcbecause it was built so quickly and with so tional yet elegant tracery of the piping, and the little steel or even wood — materials needed for other parts of the war effort. Because it’s a blocky anonymity of the test cells with respect for their functions. federal site about to go offline for good, bureau- Need “Storage Tank; view facing east” The “West Boiler House” view contains so much detail that you might spend half an hour exploring its miniaturized secrets, as if scrutinizing an elaborate dollhouse. Pipes, beams, tanks, ceiling cranes and valves repeat in eye-pleasing ways. At the left of the image that Welnowski has composed are grids of light, waffles of sun coming down from an unseen window. Within this sprawling monument to wartime industry, his photos find peace in the surety of Kahn’s structural design. Like the defunct steel plant rusting away at the top of the Blue River valley, or the Farmland fertilizer site whose corroded tanks east of Lawrence were finally torn down in late 2010, Kahn’s factory is not a work of beauty. It was built on practical rather than aesthetic principles, and time has rendered it bleak. Yet the place exudes an inner strength that can still be admired. Something happened, something that’s over now — and not just the war. Like the fallengiant U.S. auto industry, in which Kahn’s legacy is palpable, the rest of the nation’s manufacturing apparatus has changed radically in our lifetime. The photographs lined up for inspection here — artfully composed, careful in their contrast and symmetry and line convergence — show us the change as it happened locally. These are not “let’s document this place and be done with it” snapshots. They convey a certain mortal sympathy for a thing whose usefulness has come to an end. Find happy hours by time, feature, name or location on your iphone/ blackberry/android. Check out mobile happy hour app E-mail firstname.lastname@example.org pitch.com april 10 -16, 2014 the pitch 15 Come Celebrate SongKran! The Traditional Thai New Year - April 10-12th WINNER 917 W. 44TH ST. 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From 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. Thursday, April 10, eight Kansas City restaurants — including Accurso’s, Anton’s Taproom, Barrel 31, Blue Bird Café, EBT restaurant, and the Rock & Run Brewery and Pub — join more than 25 whiskeys to fry and pour their wares at the Guild (1621 Locust). That means plenty of sampling, right down to Anthony Accurso’s blueberry-infused-rye ice cream and bacon-stuffed ravioli. Bulleit Bourbon, Johnnie Walker, George Dickel, Angry Orchard Hard Cider, Four Roses, Fireball, Talisker, Bushmills, Crown Royal, Dark Horse Distillery, Pinckney Bend Distillery and Tallgrass Brewing are among the purveyors scheduled, as of press time, to be on hand. For tickets ($25 in advance, $45 at the door) and additional information, call 816-561-6061 or see baconandbourbonfestival.com. ne of the businesses appearing at Bacon & Bourbon is Our Sassy Pantry, which offers among its jams a savory concoction starring bacon. I was trying to figure out how best to deploy it when inspiration struck: Farm to Market dropped off a loaf of its limitededition banana-nut bread. The bread is available in select supermarkets through April 20. That’s Easter Sunday — and Easter is the reason for this particular batch. “We’ve been offering limited runs of sweet breads for the past 10 years,” says Farm to Market vice president John Friend. “We do the chocolate-cherry bread around Valentine’s GREAT FOOD & DRINK SPECIALS HAPPY HOUR MON - FRI 2PM - 6PM 4010 PENNSYLVANIA KCMO 816.216.7682 GREENROOMKC.COM | GREENROOMKC BECOME A INSIDER SIGN UP FOR OUR NEWSLETTER AngelA c. bond O BREWER http://www.pitch.com/kansascity/NewsletterInfoRegistration/Page Day and Irish soda bread for St. Patrick’s Day. We wanted to do something special for Easter and kicked around the idea of hot cross buns, but my father has a great recipe for banana-nut bread, so we’re using that.” Mark Friend’s recipe yields a very moist bread, almost cakelike in texture. It uses fresh mashed banana, sugar, butter, walnuts, sea salt, and a dash of nutmeg. It’s good toasted (under the oven broiler works best — the bread is somewhat crumbly) and spread with butter, and it goes well with coffee. Or you can give it a kick and add bacon. I cut a loaf into quarters, slicing sandwichwidth portions from that, and spread the pieces with Our Sassy Pantry’s bacon jam, a satiny combination of bacon, onion, garlic, brown sugar, maple syrup, cider vinegar and chili flakes. Between the bread: Applewood Smoked Bacon from Burgers’ Smokehouse in California, Missouri (purchased from the Broadway Butcher Shop, 3828 Broadway) and a thick slice of nutty Pleasant Prairie cow’s-milk cheese from Skyview Farm and Creamery in Pleasanton, Kansas. Now, I don’t want to brag, but The Pitch staffer who tried my sandwich gave it a good review. “I can’t lie,” he began. “I approached this sandwich with trepidation. I don’t like nuts in my bread. I like my bacon alone, unadulterated. And yet, the flavors in this sandwich came together unexpectedly well. None overpowered another, and while sweet and salty can often combine for an odious result, this sandwich blended it together nicely.” All he needed was some bourbon. E-mail email@example.com Charles Ferruzza’s Café review returns next week. pitch.com april 10 -16, 2014 the pitch 17 FAT C I T Y Time OuT Paris France-bound Maija Diethelm-Floyd wants By to leave her Boozefish in good hands. Ch a r l e s F e r ru z z a o one expects to find Paris along Westport Road, especially as it bends away from the night lights toward the state line. But for 12 years, Maija Diethelm-Floyd has made her address along this stretch an unlikely portal to the 7th arrondissement. Boozefish Wine Bar (1511 Westport Road), with its cozily narrow space and dark woodwork and moody lighting, is as close to Left Bank leisure as midtown (or any part of the metro) gets — casual in the afternoon and seductive at night. Diethelm-Floyd and I have the room mostly to ourselves the afternoon that she tells me about her own Parisian vision: one that includes her living there. “In the next five years,” she says, “I see myself in the south of France, Aix-en-Provence to be exact, with Steve [Floyd, her husband], having lots of new adventures, reconnecting with family, and eating local foods and drinking fabulous French wines.” Diethelm-Floyd has thrown open the bar’s back door to let the day’s waning sunlight flood a table spread with papers and bills and notes. Sipping a cup of coffee, she picks up a folder and shows me her original business plan. It’s a good plan, one for a bistro that would become vital to a circle of neighborhood regulars. Now she’s writing a denouement for that business plan. She wants Boozefish’s evolution to continue — she just doesn’t need to see it for herself. “This has been an incredible journey for me,” she says. “But I’m ready to start another adventure. I’d like to help another young restaurateur come in here and create his or her own vision in this space — someone who is ready to start his or her own story.” Not that a buyer would much mind simply writing herself into Diethelm-Floyd’s tale. She celebrated Boozefish’s 12th anniversary last October, an occasion that — given that this address defeated the efforts of its previous two tenants — was as much a triumph as a milestone. Over those dozen years, Boozefish (“The name comes from a word we used in college to describe students who drank with fervor,” Diethelm-Floyd says) became a reliable destination for people who like good wine, eclectic cuisine and no pretense. As she recaps her original business plan for me, Diethelm-Floyd credits local veteran restaurateur Forbes Cross (founder of the Michael Forbes Grill) with giving her advice and confidence back then. “At that time, I had a three-year plan to open my own wine bar,” she says. She was 25, a recent graduate of Kansas State University. “And suddenly I was opening a place far ahead of my schedule.” A few basics were in place: that business 18 the pitch april 10 -16, 2014 chris mullins N Diethelm-Floyd has Paris in mind. plan with, she says, a logo that she’d designed in college. “But I was so naïve,” she tells me. “I thought I’d just find a space, get a liquor license and open the doors.” But that’s essentially what DiethelmFloyd and her original business partner, Caine Kreimendahl (she later purchased his interest in the restaurant), did, having leased the former O’Connor’s Pub on the outer ring of Westport. “The interior had this beautiful antique bar and some beautiful fixtures,” DiethelmFloyd says. “But it required a lot more work than we expected. We had to rip up carpeting, tear out a rotting wall. We did most of the work ourselves.” Diethelm-Floyd’s vision for an intimate, sexy boîte emphasizing a wide variety of wines called for a level of sophistication foreign to the turn-of-the-century version of this neighborhood, with its functionover-style mix of hair salons, gas stations and Budweiser bars. But Boozefish was an immediate success. “For the first seven years, we were far exceeding our expectations for sales,” Diethelm-Floyd says. “And then the economy tanked in 2008, and it took a few years to get back in the groove.” To do that, Diethelm-Floyd refined her pitch.com business plan, with an eye toward becoming, she says, “more committed to being part of the community.” “We began using more locally sourced ingredients for our kitchen,” she says. “And I developed partnerships with local artists and started hosting ‘shop local’ events at the restaurant, where customers could dine and purchase locally made jewelry and art.” Two years ago, however, Diethelm-Floyd began formulating another three-year plan. This time, the goal was to leave behind midtown, the Midwest — the United States. By then, a regular named Steve Floyd, who stopped into Boozefish for a drink shortly after the restaurant opened and never left, had become her husband. After the couple’s 2008 wedding, they traveled to France, where Diethelm-Floyd’s father, Alsaceborn Yves Diethelm, lives. (She was raised in Hutchinson, Kansas, by her mother and her stepfather.) Yves and his second wife fêted the newlyweds at a reception in southern France. “It was an amazing experience,” Diethelm-Floyd says. “Everything was done in traditional Provence style.” The opportunity to spend time with her father and his family led Diethelm-Floyd to an epiphany. “I realized: This is where I want to live now, and this is the time to do it,” she says. “I wanted to reconnect with my European roots, and I had to be determined enough to take that next step. “I have a few ideas of what I can do when I move there,” adds Diethelm-Floyd, who holds dual citizenship. “My degree is in hotel and restaurant management. I’d like to stay in some facet of the hospitality industry. I love being around people and developing relationships. That’s been one of the greatest benefits of my years at Boozefish, developing friendships with my customers. That will be the hardest part about leaving.” First, though, there’s the not-easy matter of finding a new owner. Not just any buyer will do. Diethelm-Floyd is proud of the food served at her bistro, and she says it’s time for someone to take the menu to the next level. “This place really needs to have a chef-owner to put his or her own stamp and identity on the place,” she says. “After 12 years, I feel like I need to let someone else have that opportunity.” No buyer has come knocking yet, but Diethelm-Floyd says she’s “not on a serious timeline.” “I don’t need to start packing now. But I want to put the word out there that I’m ready to start the next part of my journey, so that someone who wants to own their own bistro can begin the next step of theirs.” E-mail firstname.lastname@example.org DINNER FOR TWO! 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We’re about halfway through our conversation, and so far it has been about something that is, in fact, uncommon: leading a double life. Birdsall is a jazz singer who also fronts a folk-rock project. Writing original music for the latter — MBird, she calls it — has taken up most of her energy lately. She looks comfortable, leaning in a booth at Grinders, but her eyes stay sharp and her often blunt answers come quickly. I have just asked her what kinds of experiences flavor the songs for MBird, and her hand — grasping a forkful of salad — freezes en route to her mouth. “I write about stuff that I think everybody writes about: love and loss and life and death and transitions, balancing between light and dark, growing up,” Birdsall says. “I’ve lived my whole life as an artist. That’s all I’ve been around. I’ve been in life-and-death situaBirdsall: “This is a vehicle to face things tions and experienced that with myself and on my own.” other people, and I’ve seen ups and downs. specific in mind. Over the Bones, the record But I think everybody pulls from those kinds from that period, reflected her new ambiof experiences when they write.” tion, leaning toward gentle alt-country, with It’s fitting that Birdsall doesn’t view her work as anything extraordinary. She grew touches of fiddle, slide guitar and mandolin. The songs that Birdsall and her crew up in a creative family, the daughter of an actor turned voice-over artist (Jim Birdsall, run through in practice are without those a founding member of the Missouri Reper- Southern flourishes. In the years since Over the Bones — in particular since Birsdall’s tory Theatre) and a singing, dulcimer-playing return to Kansas City over the past year — mother (Jeri Birdsall). Her younger sister and she has transformed MBird’s sound into brother, both of whom live in the Kansas something less easily categorized. Smith’s City area, are also musicians. She attended the Boston Conservatory with a triple major guitar playing drifts between blues and jazz, and the Leifers were raised on rock and roll. in voice, theater and dance, and took jazz Birdsall has a mature voice, classes at Berklee College of like a smoother version of Music. MBird Lucinda Williams: dark honey That’s all to say that Birdsall, with DTCV and no rough edges. now 33, is perhaps a more qualiWednesday, “By the time I made it to fied critic than most who claim April 16, at Nashville, I was able to really the profession. Later that evethe Riot Room understand what felt right and ning, at band practice, she’s what didn’t,” Birdsall says. “I casual but firm when she correspected what I was doing without trying rects her MBird bandmates — guitarist to be a star.” Michael Smith, bassist Ben Leifer and his Stardom, she says, is the furthest thing brother, drummer Matt Leifer — when their from her mind. She relays an old joke: tuning is off or the harmonies are out of place. “What’s the difference between rock musiThese are things that aren’t distinct the first time through a song, but the difference is clear cians and jazz musicians? Rock musicians play three chords to a million people, and the second time, the music richer for Birdsall’s jazz musicians play a million chords to meticulous ears. three people.” Birdsall has played to enough Birdsall first released a collection of nonempty rooms to understand that the value jazz tunes as MBird in 2010, four years after of art can’t be measured in audience size. her full-length jazz debut and a few months after she had relocated from Kansas City to Now, her aspirations are simple. “The music is honest,” Birdsall says. Nashville. She hadn’t abandoned jazz — she “It’s not necessarily regular-genre — you returned to her hometown for frequent gigs — don’t hear it and go, ‘Oh, yeah, it’s rock!’ But but she set out for Tennessee with something Zach Bauman WHERE THE BEST MUSICIANS IN THE WORLD PLAY pitch.com people feel good when they hear it. Coming here [to Kansas City] for the second time, nobody knew me at all as an original artist here — just for jazz. When they hear about it [MBird], usually the response is, ‘Why didn’t you tell me you were doing this?’ “My interpretation with jazz music comes through improvisation,” she continues. “That’s just musical. Or it’s me channeling my own energy through someone else’s lyrics. But MBird gives me the opportunity to cross genres and put myself in a different situation with different kinds of sounds. It lets me express myself in my own words, which is something that I don’t get to do with jazz music. If we keep playing shows and making records, I’m good with that because that means we’re still writing. I’m a musician, and that’s all there is for me.” She shrugs. All of this is as obvious to her as the weather. Writing is what she cares about most. It gives her room to breathe. “There’s some stuff that’s happened recently, and I can feel it,” she says. “I can feel it in my stomach, right?” She makes two fists, pushes them into her gut. “But I don’t know what I’m gonna say about it yet. And what I say might not have anything to do with what I’m feeling. It’s like a negative image.” Birdsall pauses, reflecting on her analogy. She laughs after a moment, her mind caught on something that she decides not to explain. “The juxtaposition of life is so interesting, and things get turned upside down so quickly,” she says. She smiles. “But this is a vehicle to face things on my own.” E-mail email@example.com pitch.com april 10 -16, 2014 the pitch 21 music Confession Booth The Reverend Horton Heat’s Jim Heath hears all kinds of things. APRIPLAT9RICK IMMING N ata l ie G a l l a Ghe r J im Heath is full of stories. As the frontman for the Reverend Horton Heat, he has been witness to — or had a role in — plenty of roadhouse antics over the band’s two decades plus. And like any good songwriter, Heath catalogs his stories on disc. TH So the Reverend Horton Heat’s latest fulllength, Rev, is full of tragic characters (the heartbroken Santa Fe man of “Spooky Boots”), TH tough-as-nails matriarchs (“Hardscrabble Woman”) and the occasional odd health nut D E G G EY UNPLU S (“Let Me Teach You How to Eat”). It’s a brawlA C & Y COLB ing, riotous, rock-heavy follow-up to the oldTH fashioned country of 2009’s Laughin’ and Cryin’ With the Reverend Horton Heat, and one that puts dancing neck and neck with listening. Friday, April 11, the Reverend Horton Heat Heath (center): “We just let it rip.” H T headlines Knuckleheads’ annual Rock N Roll Prom. We phoned Heath, the Rev himself, to he was asking for gas money, and he scared her nieces. So she got a gun and went out there, talk about his latest tales. The Pitch: I can’t decide if “Let Me Teach You and the guy started walking toward her, and How to Eat” is supposed to make the listener she said, “You better stop or I’m gonna shoot you.” And the guy didn’t stop. So she shot past hungry or horny. Where is that song from? Heath: So, the guy that actually named us him. And I was thinking, “Man, she’s a hardReverend Horton Heat was this kind of hip- scrabble woman.” But she’s actually a lot cuter and funnier than the girl in the song. pie club-owner guy, and he was always going And there’s a little of my grandmother in around telling people what they should be eating and not be eating. And one day, he came up that song, too. My grandmother was this supersweet lady, and she was a ton of fun. When I to me and he said, “Jim, let me teach you how to was 12 years old, she let me drive her car on the eat.” And I thought, “Well, OK, if I didn’t know highway. When she was a little girl, they were how to eat already, I’d be dead.” [Laughs.] But he was talking about vegan and macrobiotic so poor that during her summer vacation, they drove by covered wagon for four days straight or something, and I’m sure it was all good, WED. 3/6 THURS. 3/7 1020 WESTPORT RD WWW.THERECORDBAR.COM 816-753-5207 LIQUORBUDDIES CAVEMANCOMPUTER but him saying that to me never left me, and to get to an area that is now Arlington, Texas, HOTDOG SKELETONS MAGIC VEHICLES WED. 4/9 SUPER SECRET SOMETHING where they made money picking cotton. And so now, 25 years later, it’s a song about sex. FRI. 3/8THE MELODICSAT. 3/9 THURS. 4/10 from THE UK that’s what she did for her summer vacations. Speaking of sex, is the woman in “Hard6PM DOODADS 7PM WIRES JANITORS 10PMSCRUFFY CHEROKEE & THE That’s pretty hardscrabble, too. scrabble Woman” based on anyone specific? 10PM SOFT REEDS ROCK RIFLE NOISEFM It has been four years since Laughin’ and Not really. I got the idea for the song from FRI. DANNY COX BAD4/11 IDEAS 7PMGENTLEMANSAVAGE APPROPRIATE GRAMMAR ANDREAPERDUE 10PM DARSOMBRA/EXPO ‘70 this girl that I know who is always doing this Cryin’. What has filled your days between your RIVER last record and this one? wild stuff. Like, the sewage line from her house SUN.ANCIENT 3/10 MON. 3/11 DESERT NOISES to the city sewage line busted, and she knew SAT. 8PM 4/12 FINGERPRINTS SHOWCASE Well, we’re on the road at least a third of a ALATURKA 2 SHOWS 4PMMELISMA AND 6PM TICS year, and that’s quite a lot already. But on the it would cost thousands of dollars to have a CD RELEASE SO COW 10PMPARTY DAVID GEORGE & A(IRELAND) CROOKED MILE crew come out and bust up her backyard and other hand, Reverend Horton Heat is a small THE TALBOTT BROTHERS/JOHN MCKENNA fix it, and she didn’t want to business — a successful small TUES. 3/12 WED. 3/13 SUN. 4/13THEIR 8PM HEADS THE RUDEMIDWEST REVUE AND BURLY Q pay thousands of dollars, so GOTNEXT OFF WITH business. And that’s great on TWO4ONE The Reverend TEENAGEBOTTLEROCKET MON. 4/14 DELETED SCENES she went to Home Depot and one hand, but on the other, DOMCHRONICLES Horton Heat MASKEDINTRUDER BUMMER/KNIFECRIME PETER SENSAY it’s really become an overrented a jackhammer and all KILL NOISEBOYS STEDDYP with Nekromantix TUES. 4/15 7PM THE CRAYONS whelming thing to have to this stuff and started tearand Deke Dickerson 10PM 40 WATTUPCOMING DREAMS/GOOD TIME CHARLEY ing up her backyard. She deal with the tax-compliance Friday, April 11, 3/14 EXPENDABLES 4/8 FU MANCHU WED. 4/16 CLOCKWORK 3/18 DARWIN DEEZE 4/16 MOWGLIS issues, filing bookkeeping, actually took the jackhamat Knuckleheads Saloon CHRIS AYTES & THE GOOD AMBITION 3/19 LYDIA LOVELESS 4/23 BLACK MT. just general business stuff. mer and got her whole patio TO GLORY 4/3 THAO&ONWARD TGDSD 4/30 DEVIL MAKE 3 It’s really amazing how broken up to find the sewage WEEKLY much of that I do. It’s pretty intense. I could leak. And for a girl to just go, “No, I’m gonna fix SUN. 12-5PM BARTENDER’S BRUNCH & BLOODY MARY BAR pull 10-hour days in my office in my house very this” — I mean, that’s one of those deals where MON. 7PM SONIC SPECTRUM MUSIC TRIVIA TUES. 7PM HONKY TONK SUPPER CLUB you’ve got a crew of 10 guys out there to fix it. easily, all the time. I try my best to practice my WED. 7PM BOB WALKENHORST & FRIENDS THURS. 7PM TRIVIA CLASH guitar and my singing and do it, but I really It’s not an easy job. And you know what? She OPENDAILY wish my life could be more of that and less of did it. It was incredible. SUN. 12PM-12AM WED-FRI being a tax complier. Another time, there was — she lives out in 12PM-1:30AM MON.TUES.SAT. You’ve been playing with bassist Jimbo the country, and there was some drugged4PM-1:30AM KITCHEN OPEN LATE Wallace and drummer Scott Churilla for more WWW.THERECORDBAR.COMFOR FULL SCHEDULE looking guy who comes up to her house, and TH By RYAN 0 APRILK1W OOLAM PATRIC APRIL 13 Gene Ambo APRIPLAT1R6ICK IMMING RYAN APRIL&2C0 ASEY COLBY Forum! kcmo 22 the pitch april 10 -16, 2014 pitch.com than 20 years. What’s the glue that keeps you interested in playing with these guys? Well, you know, we love to play music. We’ve taken this band from being just three guys driving around in a band, all the way up to this whole thing with a crew and tax compliance and all that stuff. All that being said, we just love playing music. One thing that I really like about my life right now is that playing gigs is actually easier than it’s ever been. When we were starting out, it was nerve-racking. Now we can go out in front of 20,000 people and say, “Well, it’s just another gig. Just like we did last night.” And we just let it rip. E-mail firstname.lastname@example.org J a z z B e at KEllEy Gant EnsEmblE, at thE broadway Jazz Club Kelley Gant’s website used to read, “Unfortunately, Kelley is not yet a mainstay in the Kansas City jazz scene.” Fortunately, that has been updated. Mentored by Everette DeVan, Gant had co-hosted, with Dionne Jeroue, DeVan’s Tuesdaynight jams at the Phoenix. Now Gant is breaking out with her own group, including expert bassist Bob Bowman and guitarist Rod Fleeman. Twenty years ago, Bowman and Fleeman were backing singer Karrin Allyson in Kansas City and on Grammy-nominated albums. They know how to support a female singer who is becoming — as anyone who hears Gant will understand — a jazz-scene mainstay. —Larry Kopitnik Kelley Gant Ensemble, 9:30 p.m.–1 a.m. Saturday, April 12, at the Broadway Jazz Club (3601 Broadway, 816-298-6316), $5 cover. pitch.com april 10 -16, 2014 the pitch 23 Music Music Forecast By n ata l ie G a l l a Ghe r SERVING FOOD TILL 4AM 4112 Pennsylvania Ave 816.960.4560 Mon-Fri 4p-3am Sat-Sun 12pm-3am APPEARING LIVE THIS WEEK Every MONDAY Open Mic w/ Brody Buster 7-11pm Every TUESDAY Open Blues Jam w/ The Coyote Bill Boogie Band WEDNESDAY Night Trivia from 7-9pm FRIDAY, APRIL 11TH DINNER SHOW W/ TOMMY DONAHO MIKE SHAPIRO, THE O’S SATURDAY, APRIL 12TH DINNER SHOW W/ LAURA LISBETH THE FLOOD BROTHER, FILTHY 13, THE CULPRITS 816.960.4560 westportsaloon.com In the five or so years since its debut, Real Estate has done a bit of growing up — and it shows on Atlas, the latest album from the New Jersey natives. The effervescent pop and beach rock of Atlas at times sounds at odds with the band’s despondent lyrics. On multiple songs, frontman and father-to-be Martin Courtney breezily delivers his ruminations on domesticity and laments the inevitability of time. It’s a far cry from the summery stuff that first earned the quintet attention, but it’s unlikely that longtime fans will mind much. What followers should wonder instead is whether Real Estate’s reputation remains deserved for live shows that border on the dreary. Thursday, April 10, Liberty Hall (644 Massachusetts, Lawrence, 785-749-1972) JD McPherson When rockabilly hero JD McPherson rolls into Knuckleheads Tuesday night, he’ll be two days shy of the second anniversary of his debut album’s release. Signs & Signifiers is still the only McPherson album in the bins, and no wonder: McPherson has tirelessly stayed on the road. Not coincidentally, his live show is a thing to behold. A rock-and-roll purist, McPherson lives for the stage, and his shows are riotous affairs that have the same raw energy heard on “Fire Bug,” the 1950s-era single that shot McPherson onto the radio. Live, he’s joined by an excellent backing band that includes Doug Corcoran on saxophone and Jimmy Sutton on bass. Crack open the pomade and polish your dancing boots. Tuesday, April 15, Knuckleheads Saloon (2715 Rochester, 816-483-1456) Bailiff, Divino Niño Kansas City gets a taste of Chicago when a trio called Bailiff, specializing in blues-tinged dark rock, takes over Czar. Bailiff’s 2011 debut, Red Balloon, gave off the sweltering, muscular vibe of the Black Keys’ early efforts. It was the sort of thing made to garner label s h aw n b r a c k b i l l Real Estate Real Estate attention. The band is preparing to release a follow-up full-length this spring; Remise, according to Bailiff’s website, has elements of “West African blues, Celtic folk, and jagged electro-pop.” We’re optimistic anyway. Another Chicago band, garage-rock trio Divino Niño, opens. Friday, April 11, Czar (1531 Grand, 816-421-0300) Eisley Currents, the latest by Texas quintet Eisley — made up of three sisters, a brother and a cousin — sounds a bit more dramatic than the earlier material in the family band’s catalog. The album’s songs move up the dial a bit from atmospheric pop rock, eschewing popular electronic elements in favor of a few orchestral flourishes: creepy organ notes, reverberating crescendos, the sirenlike cries of lead singer Stacy DuPree. As the title suggests, a sea theme is at play — and not just because song titles include “Drink the Water” and “Blue Fish.” The whole thing sounds eerily subaqueous, as though someone commissioned the band to create the soundtrack for f o r e c a s t 24 the pitch april 10 -16, 2014 an adult remake of The Little Mermaid. Let’s hope that’s the theme of Eisley’s tour, too. Monday, April 14, Czar (1531 Grand, 816-421-0300) Miley Cyrus Make way for the little wrecking ball that could. On the off chance that you haven’t already made up your mind about Miley Cyrus — whether she’s leading the Disney Channel generation to the gates of hell or simply saving pop culture from tedium — her Tuesdaynight Sprint Center concert still has a few tickets available. And secretly, deep down, aren’t you a little intrigued? Don’t you want to know how many foam fingers will be desecrated onstage and how many innocent teddy-bear costumes will be defiled? 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Patterson | Nerman Museum of Contemporary Art, 12345 College Blvd., Overland Park, nermanmuseum.org The Recess Players Improv Showcase | 10 p.m. The Uptown Arts Bar, 3611 Broadway Aries Spears | 8 p.m. Improv Comedy Club and Dinner Theater, 7260 N.W. 87th St. Kansas City FilmFest | Cinemark Palace at the Plaza, 500 Nichols Rd., and Alamo Drafthouse, 1400 Main, kcfilmfest.org 4.11 M O L LY T H O M P S O N FILM en bloc, by Jorge Garcia Almodovar | UMKC FRIDAY Gallery of Art, 5015 Holmes, Room 203 Echoes: Islamic Art and Contemporary Artists | Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, 4525 Oak into P re s s bbs . o H e th Hobbs Open Studios | 6-10 p.m. Friday and 1-4 p.m. Saturday, 1427 W. Ninth St., hobbsbuilding.com Nfinity Champions League Cheerleading Event | 7:30 p.m. Cinemark Palace at the Plaza, 500 Nichols Rd., and additional locations, fathomevents.com The Pitch’s Bacon & Bourbon Festival | 6:309:30 p.m., $25, The Guild, 1621 Locust MUSIC Arara Azul | 8 p.m. Broadway Jazz Club, 3601 Broadway Archnemesis, Thumpur, Nmezee, Peter Anthony, Azoic Realm | 7:30 p.m. The Granada, 1020 Massachusetts, Lawrence MORE EVENTS ONL INE Cowboy — the Kid Rock tribute band | 7 p.m. Aftershock Bar & Grill, 5240 Merriam Dr., Merriam AT M PITCH.CO Adam Faucett and the Tall Grass, Blackwater ’64 | 8 p.m. Czar, 1531 Grand Millage Gilbert Big Blues Band | 7 p.m. Danny’s Big Easy, 1601 E. 18th St. Jillionaire, Spinstyles | 8 p.m. The Riot Room, 4048 Broadway The Melodic, Scruffy & the Janitors | 10 p.m. RecordBar, 1020 Westport Rd. In the Looking Glass: Recent Daguerreotype Acquisitions | Nelson-Atkins Museum, 4525 Oak Andrea Caspari and Brad Clark and benefiting Hope Lodge of Kansas City | 6 p.m. The Guild, 1621 Locust The Indie on Main, 1228 Main George Lopez | 8 p.m. The Midland, 1228 Main Other Faces: Paintings and Drawings by Jane Mudd and Nora Othic | Thornhill Particle, Freekbass | 10 p.m. The Bottleneck, 737 Carlos Mencia | 7:45 & 9:45 p.m. Stanford’s Comedy Open Mic hosted by Red Velvet Crush | 9 p.m. 3700 Broadway New Hampshire, Lawrence Club, 1867 Village West Pkwy., KCK Real Estate | 9 p.m. Liberty Hall, 644 Massachusetts, Aries Spears | 8 & 10:30 p.m. Improv Comedy Club Lawrence and Dinner Theater, 7260 N.W. 87th St. Shakey Graves, Esme Patterson | 6:30 p.m. The Bottleneck, 737 New Hampshire, Lawrence Friday | 4.11 | Gallery, Avila University, 11901 Wornall, avila.edu Polychromatic: An Exhibition in Color, works by Melissa Powlas, Jeanne Rittmueller and Lisa Rogers | Friday-Saturday, Kiosk Gallery, 3951 Broadway COMMUNITY EVENTS Ready For Hillary PAC kickoff | 5:30 p.m. La Fonda El Taquito, 800 Southwest Blvd. Reality and Fantasy: Land, Town and Sea | Nelson-Atkins Museum, 4525 Oak Re-Tread: Matthew Dehaemers | Studios Inc., 1708 Campbell, thestudiosinc.org PERFORMING ARTS FILM Akademie Fur Alte Musik Berlin | 8 p.m. Folly Kansas City FilmFest | Cinemark Palace at the Second Friday Troost Art Hop | 6-10 p.m. MUSIC This American Life | Fridays and Saturdays, Kemper East, 200 E. 44th St. Theater, 300 W. 12th St. Brasil Guitar Duo | 8 p.m. Yardley Hall at JCCC, 12345 Plaza, 500 Nichols Rd., and Alamo Drafthouse, 1400 Main,kcfilmfest.org College Blvd., Overland Park Andre Watts Plays Beethoven | 8 p.m. Kauffman LITERARY EVENTS Hamilton Loomis | 7 p.m. Knuckleheads Saloon, Free State Story Slam | 7 p.m. Lawrence Arts Center, april 10 -16, 2014 Comedic Hypnotic, with Brad Meehan, Matt Keck, | Carter Art Center, Penn Valley Community College 3201 Southwest Tfwy. 7 p.m. The Blue Room, 1616 E. 18th St. 10 p.m. Replay Lounge, 946 Massachusetts, Lawrence the pitch Saturday, 1427 W. Ninth St., hobbsbuilding.com MCC-Penn Valley Student Art Show & Sale King Parrot, Vattnet Viskar, the Cast Pattern | 26 COMEDY Comedy night with Jesse Turney and friends | 7 p.m. The Conspiracy Room at the Uptown Theater, Old School Party with Lester “Duck” Warner | Center for the Performing Arts, 1601 Broadway 2715 Rochester 4525 Oak Hobbs Open Studios | 6-10 p.m. Friday, 1-4 p.m. MBird Songwriter’s Showcase with Megan Birdsall | 8-10:30 p.m. Uptown Arts Bar, 3611 Broadway FOOD & DRINK Indoor farmers market | 4-6 p.m. Cottin’s Hardware Store, 1832 Massachusetts, Lawrence History & Hope: Celebrating the Civil Rights Movement | Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, 940 New Hampshire, Lawrence, lawrenceartscenter.org pitch.com Bailiff, Divino Niño, Andrew Bruns | 6 p.m. Czar, 1531 Grand Blue October, Architects | 7 p.m. The Granada, 1020 Massachusetts, Lawrence Boogaloo 7 | 10 p.m. Green Lady Lounge, 1809 Grand Friday, Vibe Tribe Studio, 5504 Troost, troostarthop.com James Turrell: Gard Blue | Spencer Museum of Art, 1301 Mississippi , Lawrence The Tyranny of Good Taste | La Esquina, 1000 W. 25th St., charlottestreet.org TheaTer The John Keck Band, the Dynamite Defense, Dream Wolf | Coda, 1744 Broadway 1051 MERRIAM LANE, KCKS • WWW.BOULEVARDDRIVEIN.COM Enjoy a Double feature under the stars Movie Infoline: 913.262.0392 GATES OPEN AT 6:30PM Dates and times vary. 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In our case, honesty would mean the end to what is now just a great friendship that provides us both with deeply satisfying companionship. I don’t want to hurt her, but revealing my outside activities would certainly do so. (She thinks men using prostitutes is disgusting.) Any comments from a young gay guy? Dear SOS: There aren’t any young gay guys around at the moment, so you’ll have to settle for my lousy advice … Honesty and communication are important, but there are limits. Knowing what to omit and avoid is just as important as honesty and communication. And married people, even longmarried people, get to have their own inner lives, a few secrets they take to the grave, and some zones of privacy and autonomy. But there are limits to those, as well. If your inner life amounts to a double life, that’s a problem. If your secrets place your spouse at risk of grave physical or emotional harm, that’s a problem. If your zones of privacy and autonomy grow so large that your spouse doesn’t know who you are anymore, that’s a problem. But I don’t think what you’re doing is necessarily a problem. If your wife is really and truly content — if she isn’t interested in sex anymore, if you’re not cheating her out of anything she values, if you’re not taking risks with her health, if you’re not depleting your retirement savings to finance your activities — then your visits to sex workers are covered by my standard advice to people in sexless but otherwise solid, loving and fulfilling marriages: Do what you gotta do to stay sane and stay married. You sound like a decent and loving husband. To make sure you’re also a polite and courteous client — for tips on communication, personal hygiene, tipping, and avoiding women who have been trafficked — see savagelovecast.com and listen to episode 387. Dear Dan: I’m a 23-year-old bi woman. I was in a relationship for two years with a guy my own age 32 the pitch april 10 -16, 2014 pitch.com D a n S ava ge relationships and/or commitments that leave you feeling panicky, annoyed and unfulfilled. As for how to break up with him, there’s no reason to tell him you’re not attracted to him. A person can advocate for herself — and extricate herself from a relationship — without being unnecessarily cruel. Just use the standard-issue little white breakup lies: “I’m not ready for a serious commitment.” “It’s not you, it’s me.” “We’re in very different places right now.” And commit those lies to memory for use on any guy who starts talking about marriage and kids four months into a relationship. Dear Dan: I’m an old guy, fast approaching Sin or Salvation By Dear Dan: One of the boys at the restaurant whom I loved but who was immature emotionally. The sex was really out of this world. About six months before we broke up, I met a guy who is 20 years older than me, and we bonded over a lot of mutual interests. When I broke up with my boyfriend, this 40-something guy took it as a sign that I wanted to be with him. We’ve now been dating for four months. This guy wants to get married and have babies. I do love him — I think — but I’m not physically attracted to him. I often feel angry and suffocated by his attention. I’m wondering if these feelings of annoyance and occasional icky repulsion are normal in longer-term “serious” relationships? I’m also physically aching at memories of fucking my ex. Are my desires to get back in bed with him a sign that I’m not into the new guy? It seems insufferably arrogant to say I don’t want to hurt this new guy by telling him I’m not attracted to him, but after six months of being lovers, he would be shocked and angry. Should I do the brutally honest thing or do I lie about why we’re breaking up to protect his ego? Superficial and Prevaricating Dear SAP: You say Mr. Fortyish took your breakup with Mr. Twentyish as a sign that you wanted to be with him. If that wasn’t the case, why did you start dating him? Maybe you felt like you had no choice: Mr. Fortyish made a self-serving assumption about your breakup, and you had to play along to spare his feelings. But you did have a choice. And while you intend to get out of this relationship — you don’t list staying together as a possible option — you’re gonna have to learn to advocate for yourself or you’re gonna find yourself in this position again and again, i.e., manipulated into where I work met up with a dominant gay couple in a regular bar — not a gay bar — during happy hour. They told him to go to the bathroom and strip in a stall. Then one of the guys came in and took his clothing from him. He didn’t know when they would be back or even if they would be back. While he was trapped there naked (and hard), other men were coming in and out. Knowing that other people didn’t know he was in his stall gave my co-worker a big thrill. My problem: This couple and my friend involved other people — without their knowledge or consent — in their little domination game. I say, “Not OK!” We got into a heated argument about it and decided to ask you for a ruling. Co-worker’s Recent Escapade Entirely Perverted Dear CREEP: Let’s say a straight couple comes into your restaurant and they’re seated in your section. They order, they eat, they tip, they leave. All good? Now let’s say that, unbeknownst to you, the man was wearing a locking male chastity device and the woman was wearing the key on a chain around her neck. She was dripping wet all through dinner, his cock was straining against the confines of his chastity device, and a big part of the turn-on was being in public and interacting with, say, a waiter who had no idea. Is that OK? 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