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Johnnie’s This KCK joint boasts an easygoing staff, cheap drinks, vintage décor, and restrooms like a Bosnian prison. You try standing at that double trough (pictured) with your waist touching another man’s waist and see if anything flows out of your body.

The Red Balloon Now here is a scene. This Shawnee bar (which offers karaoke every night of the week) is not so much a party venue as it is a magnet for lost souls and dashed dreams. The bartenders eye strangers with suspicion, and the DJ/MC announces the next singer in line with the hollowest enthusiasm. Yes, the burden is on you and your group to bring the fun. You may also consider bringing sanitary items, such as a Health Gards toilet-seat cover, or maybe a diphtheria vaccine, because the restrooms are atrocious. Last time we stopped in, we discovered the following: the women’s toilet seat pictured here; a sink spotted with yellow stains that we pray to Jeebus were not urine; stripped, filthy, garagelike flooring; and the sentence “Please stop throwing toothpicks in the toilet … the crabs have learned to pole vault!” etched in Sharpie on the wall.

to be the floor-length urinal. Is there a correlation between such urinals and horrible odors? Because you can catch a whiff of that same stank standing in front of Manifesto’s to-the-floor urinals, and that’s the type of classy joint (we love it) where the clientele is less enamored of old pee smells. There’s a sign above those Manifesto urinals that reads, “Al Capone Pissed Here.” Is his piss still there? Is that why it smells like somebody dissected a frog in there?

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A cautionary tale. Having lost both its most popular bartender (John Yuelkenbeck) and the finest jukebox in the city (which Yuelkenbeck curated) in 2011, the ’Coach is staring down a future in which its gross washcloth machine (you tug on the dirty part of the towel to get

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Earthy Huff Jr.’s killer didn’t try to cover his tracks. The shooter spray-painted the words “12th ST F1 WAS HER(E) 5ACE2” on the snow-covered concrete driveway at 3523 Garfield where 55-year-old Huff was mortally wounded January 18. A family member of Huff’s told detectives that “F1” was a Five Ace Deuce gang member who used the nickname “Knuckles.” Behind all the nicknames, they say, is 18-year-old Jerrim Johnson, who has “F1” tattooed on his neck. The family member told detectives that Johnson and Huff’s son were engaged in an ongoing feud. Detectives were just a quick Google search from finding a website with photos of Johnson calling himself “F1” and “Knuckles.” The Pitch also found the info on blackplanet.com, where the user writes that he’s from “Killa City and clearly spells out his identity: ‘5AceDeuce knuckles A.K.A. F1 that’s Me Frm 51street Euclid M.O.B. THE Boss OF 51street Gangs.’ ” Authorities arrested Johnson at his parents’ home and found a 9 mm handgun in his bed. The soles of his shoes matched footprints found near Huff’s body and the graffiti. Johnson is charged with second-degree murder and armed criminal action.

Teen Killed Following Dance Party

Orlando Smith ran for his life in a parking lot after a teen dance party. Witnesses told police that they saw Bruce Cunningham and Roland Wayne Mitchell III chasing the 19-year-old and firing a handgun. Smith’s body was found in a parking lot near 15th Street and Holmes around 1 a.m. January 17.

As many as 200 people were at the party. Witnesses said a confrontation involving four black males led to the killing, and they identified Cunningham and Mitchell as the shooters. After Smith’s shooting, Cunningham and Mitchell met up with a group of people at IHOP in Grandview, court records say. Cunningham and Mitchell are both charged with second-degree murder and armed criminal action.

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Court records are discreet and don’t reveal what Yuri Ives and the teen charged with his slaying, 17-year-old Ali Cubba, discussed after meeting on Craigslist, but they do say Cubba’s intentions weren’t pure. Ives, a 48-year-old realtor, was found dead inside his renovated Northeast-neighborhood mansion February 28. He had died from multiple gunshot wounds and cuts. Court documents say a second suspect, 18-year-old Zachary Kimbrell, admitted driving Cubba to Ives’ home so that Cubba could rob him. Kimbrell told police that he knew Cubba was armed with a knife. And when Cubba came back to Kimbrell’s vehicle, he was “covered in blood and carrying a gun.” Cubba allegedly told Kimbrell that he had stabbed Ives but ended up cutting his own hand. The plan, according to Kimbrell, was to sell Ives’ handgun. Detectives investigating the scene found a knife sheath near a fence and a knife with blood on it. Ives’ cell phone, wallet and silver revolver were missing. But detectives found a cell phone at the crime scene and checked the last number called, which went to a number

The darkest moments of the year appeared to be a 10-hour span on the weekend of November 11, when Kansas City police opened investigations on six new homicides. One crime scene was a triple homicide that claimed, as one of its victims, a friend of newly sworn-in police chief Darryl Forté’s. That Saturday morning, Forté announced that he had dispatched additional police officers throughout the city. It was a savage 10 hours. The following look back at another hard year in Killa City reveals many equally staggering moments. The list is incomplete, but not because some killings touched fewer people or had less power to shock. These are the cases that, when we set out to compile the statistics below, made us angry all over again. belonging to Cubba. Detectives checked Ives’ computer and found e-mails between Ives and Cubba, agreeing to meet at Ives’ home on the night of the killing. Police searched Cubba’s home March 2 and found a silver .44-caliber revolver in his bedroom. Cubba and Kimbrell are charged with second-degree murder, first-degree robbery and two felony counts of armed criminal action.

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DeAnthony Clemons was shooting hoops with friends at a 5-year-old’s birthday party April 8. Someone sneaked up beside the home, near 114th Street and Delmar, and started shooting. Clemons, 17, tried to run but was struck. He died at the scene. Police are still looking for his killer.

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Hours after he graduated from Paseo Academy, Cortez Williams was shot and killed. Williams, 18, was found slumped over the wheel of a green Honda Passport at 4828 East 40th Terrace around 8:27 p.m. May 22. He was rushed to a hospital, where he later died. Terry Smith, 19, told detectives that he believed he was responsible for Williams’ death. Smith explained that a dispute over a stolen gun led him to fire shots into a black SUV. He said he kept firing as the Honda driven by Williams passed into his line of fire. Smith said he didn’t know that he had shot anyone when he fled the scene. He’s charged with second-degree murder, unlawful use of a weapon and armed criminal action.

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Child Killed By Stray Bullet on Independence Day

Blair Shanahan Lane, 11 years old, was celebrating the Fourth of July at her uncle’s home, near 43rd Street and Pittman, when she was struck in the neck and killed by a stray bullet. The bullet was fired by 50-year-old Aaron Sullivan, who was a security guard at the Whispering Lakes Apartment Complex. Sullivan pleaded guilty to involuntary manslaughter December 1, admitting that he fired the gun and also allowed three friends to shoot it. His sentencing is slated for February 3. Lane’s killing has led Jackson County Prosecutor Jean Peters Baker to ask Missouri lawmakers to pass Blair’s Law, making it a felony (with a few exceptions) to fire a gun within city limits.

Killing Outside Chubby’s

A double shooting outside Chubby’s restaurant, at 3756 Broadway, left one person dead and another in critical condition July 21. Police received reports of the shooting at 2:34 a.m. Anthony Hill, 30, was found shot to death in the midtown diner’s parking lot. Witnesses reported seeing an argument and hearing several gunshots.

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Marcus Robinson, 27 (January 5) • Salvatore Mandacina, 28 (January 9) • Orlando Smith, 19 (January 17) • Earthy Huff Jr., 55 (January 18) • Ephrem Merritt-Esquivel, 43 (January 22) • Andre Steele, 19 (January 22) • Eric Jones, 46 (February 17)* Rodney Russell, 29 (February 19) • Brent Humphreys, 19 (February 22) • Yuri Ives, 48 (February 28) • Maurice Robinson, 24 (March 5)* • Raymond Pettaway, 28 (March 10) • James Ivy, 31 (March 12)* • Gary Waloke, 21 (March 18) • John Marquez, 23 (March 19) Jason Rodriquez, 15 (March 20) • Steven Jackson, 19 (March 20) • Keith WIlliams, 34 (March 23) • Monte Wedd, 17 (March 26) • Anthony Adgers, 17 (March 31) • Deanthony Clemons, 17 (April 9)* • Steven Smith, 50 (April 10)* • Jose Morales-Xocicale, 26 (April 11) Debeney Kreiling, 22 (April 11) • Robert Howard, 39 (April 20)* • Cesar Vargas, 18 (April 24) • Julie Johnson, 40 (April 26) • Maurice Clark, 24 (May 10) • Jeannette Carroll, 33 (May 11)* • David Bledsoe, 50 (May 12) • Sorie Mansaray, 29 (May 15) Mohamed Hussein, 25 (May 19) • Alphonso Pankey, 26 (May 21)* • Cortez Williams, 18 (May 25) • Anthony Rose, 42 (May 25) • Marlin Garrett, 16 (May 29) • Brian Washington, 19 (May 31)* • Ronald Oliver, 40 (May 31) • William Carter, 27 (June 3) Sheree Perkins, 50 (June 4) • Linda Neal, 60 (June 5) • Reginald Allen, 25 (June 6) • Scott Smith, 19 (June 19) • Oscar Owens, 26 (June 19)* • Aeshon Griffin, 24 (June 19)* • Tyrone Williams Jr., 21 (June 19)* • Marshall Blacksure, 26 (June 22)* Rodney Curtis, 29 (June 25)* • Paul Nelson, 24 (June 29)* • Blair Shanahan-Lane, 11 (July 5) • Keith Handson, 33 (July 7)* • Lealon Muldrow II, 27 (July 9)* • Jerry Johnson, 33 (July 10)* • Michelle Seale, 37 (July 10) • Kadeem Robinson, 21 (July 10)*

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opened fire on James’ vehicle, which crashed into a tree. James died behind the wheel.

Sex-for-Money Killing

Lloyd Houston was found naked, bloody and covered in feces in an upstairs bedroom of his home August 8. The 93-year-old was confused and disoriented. Two handguns and a large amount of cash were missing from his home. Houston was taken to a hospital and later transferred to an extended-care facility. His condition improved, but he experienced breathing problems August 29 and died a day later. The Jackson County Medical Examiner’s Office ruled Houston’s death a homicide due to a head injury with complications. A month later, a witness told police that 41-year-old Lisa Wilson had admitted stealing guns and money from Houston. In an interview with police, Wilson told a sordid tale of sex for money and betrayal. Wilson said she saw Houston sitting on his porch. Three times before, she had traded sex for money. On this day, Houston agreed to pay $60 for sex. Wilson said they went inside Houston’s home, and she went into a bathroom. When she came out, Houston was holding a handgun and demanding his money back. Wilson said she gave Houston the money. She said he told her to take off her clothes, and he set down the handgun. Wilson ran. Houston, naked but unarmed, chased her. Wilson reached the front door but hit Houston with a lamp. She wasn’t sure how many times she hit him, but it was more than once. Wilson admitted running upstairs and taking Houston’s guns and an envelope with $700-$800 inside. She is charged with second-degree murder and armed criminal action.

Stray Bullet Kills Bystander Trying to Protect Children

Samir Clark, 19, was in the wrong place at the wrong time on August 16, when someone opened fire near his cousin’s apartment, in the 6400 block of Northeast 43rd Street. Two men were arguing outside the building around 11 p.m. The situation escalated, and Clark and his cousin, who weren’t involved in the dispute, went inside the apartment. Soon they heard a knock on the door and a woman saying, “Let my kids in.” Clark and his cousin rushed the woman and her children into a bathroom when shots were fired. A bullet struck Clark in the neck. Clark was a 2010 graduate of University Academy, where he was a standout athlete and an Eagle Scout. He also played football at Grand View University in Des Moines, Iowa. He was preparing to transfer to Tennessee State University to play football and study for a degree in physical therapy.

Man Kills Mother-in-Law

Michael Tittone told detectives that he shot his mother-in-law, Pamela Graves, in the abdomen August 22 after the 52-year-old woman punched him. Graves’ body was found in the kitchen of

a home in the 3500 block of St. John. She was rushed to a hospital, where she was pronounced dead. Tittone, 27, was charged with seconddegree murder and armed criminal action.

S E P T E M B E R Man Shot 22 Times at Car Wash

Jose Jenkins was shot 22 times at a car wash at 42nd Street and Prospect September 25. Jackson County prosecutors charged 34-year-old Timothy McClendon with firstdegree murder and armed criminal action in Jenkins’ death. Court records say surveillance cameras captured Jenkins initiating a gunfight with McClendon, who returned fire and hit Jenkins. Jenkins, wounded, couldn’t get to his feet. Police say McClendon walked to his tan Subaru, reloaded his gun and fired multiple shots at Jenkins. McClendon is accused of then getting in his vehicle, driving up to Jenkins’ body and firing again. McClendon then allegedly backed up the car and fired more shots before finally driving off. According to court records, McClendon didn’t know who was shooting at him, but he admitted returning fire.

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A month after Kansas City Police Chief Darryl Forté was sworn in, the chief’s best friend was killed in a triple homicide November 11 near 24th Street and Lister. Police say Derek Hubbard killed his estranged girlfriend, Stephanie Brown, along with Anthony Richardson and Richardson’s wife, Mary. According to statements, Hubbard argued with Brown and Anthony Richardson inside the Richardsons’ home while trying to force Brown to leave with him. Richardson came to Brown’s defense, and a fight ensued. Richardson’s son told police that he saw Hubbard shoot his father twice in the chest, shoot Brown twice in the head at close range, and shoot his mother once in the mouth. Hubbard, 46, turned himself in. Asked why he was surrendering, Hubbard replied, “For whatever.” He’s charged with first-degree murder, two counts of second-degree murder, three counts of armed criminal action and a count of first-degree robbery.

Crackhead “Put Out of His Misery”

Bronson Joyce told detectives that he committed a double homicide for two reasons: (1) One of the victims was infected with AIDS and was spreading the disease to multiple partners, and (2) the other victim was a crack user. Joyce, 19, is charged with two counts of first-degree murder in the double homicide of 42-year-old Alphonso Nicholson and 61-year-old Claude Carson, who were found shot to death inside an apartment near East 25th Street and Benton November 12. continued on page 10

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Perdomo-Paz allegedly shot Hamidovic in the head before also killing Dejan Joksimovic and Delfino Elizondo, who were also shot in the head. The three homicide victims had been partying in Independence before moving to the Northland Red Roof Inn. Police were called to the hotel room at 3:19 a.m., where they found Hamidovic, 18, next to the door to the room. He was pronounced dead at a hospital. Joksimovic, 18, was dead at the scene. His body was slumped over in a chair next to a bed. Elizondo, 22, was lying on another bed in the room. He was taken to a hospital; the father of two was removed from life support early the next day. Five .380-caliber automatic shell casings were found in the room. Clay County authorities charged Perdomo-Paz with three counts of first-degree murder and three counts of armed criminal action.

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A witness told police that Joyce sold crack cocaine to Nicholson and an unidentified woman. Court records say Joyce shot the woman in the left arm and shot Nicholson six times in the chest. Joyce then went inside the apartment and shot Carson three times. Joyce admitted to detectives that he had planned for more than a month to kill Nicholson. He explained that Nicholson had AIDS and was having unprotected sex with multiple partners. Joyce added that he killed Carson because he was a witness, couldn’t be trusted and was a crack-cocaine user. “I had to put him out of his misery,” Joyce told police. Joyce is also charged with three counts of armed criminal action and one count of first-degree assault.

Barbershop Homicide

Joseph Jackson worked at Barbershop 67 to support his brother, who has a mental disability. Jackson, 53, was fatally shot November 16 during a robbery at the shop, near East 34th Street and Troost. He was found bleeding on the shop’s floor next to money and spent shell casings around 6:10 p.m. Security cameras led police to a nearby apartment complex. They followed drops of blood to an upstairs apartment, where they found 19-year-old Georgio White and 22-year-old David Waters. White and Waters had been seen in the video trying to clean up the blood, court records say. White told detectives that he and Waters waited until the last customer left the shop, then went in and asked for haircuts. White then demanded money from Jackson, who took out his cash but grabbed White’s left arm. Police say White pulled a gun, shot Jackson and accidentally shot himself in the arm. Prosecutors charged White and Waters with second-degree murder, first-degree attempted robbery and two counts of armed criminal action.

Convicted Killer Turned Anti-Violence Counselor Slain

Terrance Jackson joined Aim4Peace in March. The 43-year-old had spent nearly 21 years in prison after a conviction for killing a 17-year-old in a 1988 drive-by shooting. The Kansas City Star reported that Jackson converted to Islam in prison. He was paroled in September 2010 and joined the anti-violence

group to work as a gang mediator. Jackson was shot to death November 18 in the parking lot of the Epicurean Lounge, at 75th Street and Troost. His killing remains unsolved.

Homicide Victim No. 100

On November 19, Rickey King became Kansas City, Missouri’s 100th homicide victim of 2011. King, 17, was killed at Blue Hills Park at 53rd Street and Brooklyn. King was with three friends when someone with an assault rifle opened fire on them around 10:15 p.m. King and another person were struck. A backseat passenger steered the car, which crashed into a fire hydrant at 53rd and Prospect. King was a Boy Scout on the verge of receiving several new badges. He was on track to graduate in May from Southwest Early College Campus, where he was involved in ROTC. He played sports and tutored junior high school students. He had talked about joining the Navy after graduation and returning to Kansas City after his service to become a police officer.

Thanksgiving Triple Homicide

Jerry Petty is suspected of killing his wife and two other people on Thanksgiving Day before Kansas City police fatally shot him. Loretta Petty, 53, and Deja Davis, her 16-year-old goddaughter, were found dead in the Pettys’ home, near 66th Street and Bellefontaine. Davis’ mother sent her son to check on Davis, who had missed dinner and hadn’t

been heard from all day. The Kansas City Star reported that when Davis’ brother arrived at the Pettys’ home, Jerry Petty, 64, was inside (apparently attempting to make the killings look like a burglary gone awry). Davis’ brother called police after seeing a broken window. Police encountered Jerry Petty inside the home. Petty opened fire on officers, who returned fire and killed Petty. Deja Davis was a junior at Ruskin High School, where she was on the debate team. She was visiting Loretta Petty to help her cook. Jerry Petty is also believed to have killed 56-year-old Denise Hall, who was found dead at 2916 East 69th Street on the Saturday after Thanksgiving, while robbing her for money to buy crack, according to the Star. Police believe Hall was killed a couple of days before the discovery of her body. She was an acquaintance of Petty’s.

E L S E W H E R E I N T H E M E T R O Red Roof Inn Triple Homicide

Armin Hamidovic was sitting next to Isaac Perdomo-Paz’s ex-girlfriend on a bed at a Red Roof Inn February 26. This didn’t go over well with Perdomo-Paz, 18. He argued with Hamidovic, lifted his shirt, pulled a black handgun from his waistband and pointed it at Hamidovic.

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Skateboarding Feud Ends With Death of Teen

Ryder Spillman was looking for a fight April 23. Spillman, 16, went alone to Thomas A. Edison Elementary School in Kansas City, Kansas. He was there to meet Stephen and Shane Reed. The Reed cousins were waiting in a vehicle when they spotted Spillman. Stephen, 17, says he believed that Spillman was armed. Shane handed Stephen a gun, and Stephen fired at Spillman, who was running toward their vehicle. Spillman wasn’t armed. The bullet struck Spillman in the heart, killing him. His body was found the next day. In August, Shane Reed was sentenced to 18 months in a juvenile correctional facility for his role in the killing. He had previously pleaded guilty to aiding a felon and to possession of a firearm by a juvenile. In September, a Wyandotte County jury convicted Stephen Reed of second-degree murder for killing Spillman. He was sentenced to more than 13 years in prison. Theresa Reed, Stephen’s mother, told KSHB Channel 41 that her son told her the killing was an accident. She explained that the Reed boys were members of a group of Shawnee Mission East High School students called “the new mafia” who weren’t on friendly terms with Spillman, who was a member of a rival group of skateboarders from Shawnee Mission North High School who called themselves “Ro-Po.” The two groups had clashed at skate parks in Roeland Park and Prairie Village.

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Husband of 16-Year-Old Girl Says He Killed Her Lover

Justin Cannon told detectives that he killed Michael Griggs because he believed that Griggs had been sleeping with his 16-year-old wife while he was serving in the U.S. Army. Cannon’s wife, Amber, was found dead in a Grandview motel room July 27. The Jackson County Medical examiner ruled that Amber’s death was caused by acute drug intoxication. Her family believes that she overdosed on a drug called “blueberry.” Amber’s parents told KCTV Channel 5 that they didn’t believe Amber had been sleeping with Griggs. Amber married Cannon in March, the month that she turned 16. She would have been a junior at Belton High School in the fall. Cannon, 21, was stationed in Italy and returned to the Kansas City area for Amber’s funeral. On July 30, at Truman Lake, he confronted Griggs, who was camping there. Cannon told detectives that he sneaked up on the 24-year-old the next morning when Griggs went to use the bathroom. Cannon said he hit Griggs in the back of the head with a rock and dumped Griggs’ body in the lake to hide it. An hour later, he reportedly told fellow campers that Griggs was missing. Prosecutors in St. Clair County charged Cannon with first-degree murder and armed criminal action.

Murder-Suicide at Overland Park Shooting Range

The Bullet Hole shooting range was the scene of a murder-suicide September 6. Police believe that Victor Ocampo, 42, killed Bambi Hilburn, 38, before turning the gun on himself. Ocampo and Hilburn were a couple, according to Ocampo’s Facebook page. They had reportedly met on a dating website and had been together for a couple of months. Hilburn was a mother of two daughters, ages 5 and 16. The homicide was the first in Overland Park since 2009.

Man Who Beat Three Murder Charges Killed in Kansas City, Kansas

Markus Lee beat three murder raps in eight years. But on a Sunday evening in late October, the 27-year-old was found shot to death

in the 1000 block of Ann Avenue in KCK. Authorities believe that Lee had strong ties to East Side gangs. Profiled by The Pitch in November 2010, Lee admitted: “I’m not trying to tell you I have a halo and angel wings. I might have half a wing. I’m not disputing that I’m a street dude, but I’m not this monster they try to say I am. Does it make me a bad guy because I’m from where I’m from?” In June, Lee was sentenced to 120 days of “shock time” for resisting arrest and leading police on a 10-minute chase in a Prius.

K I L L A C I T Y C A S E S R E S O L V E D Michael Tutera

Joseph Hendrix paid his older brother, Matthew Hendrix, an extra $20 from money stolen during the murder of Kansas City businessman Michael Tutera. Joseph Hendrix, 17, pleaded guilty in January to his role in the killing. He was sentenced to 14 years for seconddegree murder, three years for armed criminal action and 12 years for burglary. The trigger man, Matthew Hendrix, received a 25-year sentence. His total take from the murder: $60.

Andrew Eli and Justin Budreau

Eria Doss asked a Kansas City police detective, who was questioning him about the homicides of Andrew Eli and Justin Budreau, “How long am I gonna be down here?” The answer: life times two. Doss, 19, was sentenced in May to two consecutive life sentences for the April 2009 execution-style slayings in an apartment near 59th Street and Tracy. In February, a Jackson County jury convicted Doss of two counts of first-degree murder, two counts of first-degree robbery and four counts of armed criminal action. Doss told investigators that he, Larry Marshall and Michael Gunn went to Eli’s apartment because the “white boys” had good weed and wouldn’t be armed. In a videotaped interview, Doss told a homicide detective that Gunn “wasn’t supposed to kill ’em.” Doss said Gunn ordered the men to lie facedown on the

floor while Doss searched a bedroom for marijuana. He found a small sack and was on his way out of the bedroom when the sound of two gunshots made his ears ring. In December 2010, a jury convicted Gunn of two counts of second-degree murder, four counts of armed criminal action and two counts of first-degree robbery. He was sentenced to 50 years in prison. Marshall pleaded guilty in December 2010 to two counts of second-degree murder, two counts of first-degree robbery and four counts of armed criminal action. He received a 16-year sentence.

Brian Euston

In September, a jury found Stanford Griswold not guilty of involuntary manslaughter for throwing the punch October 10, 2010, that killed Brian Euston in Westport. A drunk Euston — his blood-alcohol level was .387 — had tried to talk to Griswold and Griswold’s girlfriend outside America’s Pub around closing time. Griswold and his girlfriend told Euston multiple times to leave. Euston wouldn’t go away. Griswold’s girlfriend testified that she felt threatened by Euston, who asked Griswold, “Why do you want me to leave? Is it because I’m white?” Griswold punched Euston in the mouth, causing him to fall and hit his head on the pavement. Euston died October 12.

Randy Stone

Former pastor David Love pleaded guilty in November to second-degree murder charges in the death of one of his parishioners, Randy Stone, and was sentenced to life in prison. Love won’t be eligible for parole for more than 25 years. Stone, 42, was found shot to death in March 2010 inside his Farmers Insurance office. Stone’s family members believed that his wife, Teresa, was having an affair with Love, who was the pastor of New Hope Baptist Church, where the Stones were members. Love had delivered the eulogy at Stone’s funeral. A grand jury indicted Teresa Stone, 39, earlier this year on charges of conspiracy to commit firstdegree murder, alleging that she had conspired with Love to kill her husband.

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This year kind of sucked for a lot of people, but only a few more days of 2011 remain. Take a deep breath and yuk it up at one of these final comedy shows of the year. Nikki Glaser at Stanford’s Comedy Club (1867 Village West Parkway, in Kansas City, Kansas, 913-400-7500). Nikki Glaser left KU in 2006 with a degree in English and a stint as a semifinalist on Last Comic Standing under her belt. Today, the blond-haired, blue-eyed comedian has a comedy podcast called You Had to Be There and makes jokes about rape (you have to be there), interracial dating and not being a lesbian. See her tonight at 8, Friday and Saturday at 7:45 and 9:45 p.m., Sunday at 7 p.m. or Wednesday at 8 p.m. Tickets cost $12-$35, except Saturday; call for New Year’s Eve pricing. See stanfordscomedyclub.com. Tony Rock at the Kansas City Improv Comedy Club and Dinner Theater (7260 Northwest 87th Street, 816-759-5233). Tony Rock, a regular at comedy clubs in New York City and Los Angeles, is the younger brother of Chris Rock, so he’s got to be at least slightly funny by proxy, right? See him at the Improv in Zona Rosa tonight at 7:30, Friday at 7:30 and 9:45 p.m., or Sunday at 7 p.m. Tickets cost $18-$20. Call the club for more information on New Year’s Eve shows Saturday night. See improvkc.com. Taylor Thompson at Raoul’s Velvet Room (7222 West 119th Street, Overland Park, 913-469-0466). This show’s formal name is the “2nd Annual Nuckin’ Futs Holiday Show and End of the World Party.” Even though it’s the week after Christmas, UMKC student and Cheesecake Factory employee Taylor Thompson promises elves, carolers and pictures with a “Naughty Santa.” Brad Ellis, Grasshopper and Scott Shaffer open. See it all at Raoul’s tonight at 7:30. Tickets cost $10, or $5 with a three-can donation to Harvesters. See raoulsvelvetroom.com. Major League New Year’s Eve at Comedy City (817 Westport Road, 816-842-2744). This comedy club inside Westport Flea Market presents two all-ages shows on Saturday. Tickets cost $13 for the early 7:30 p.m. show and $20 for the later one at 10 p.m., which includes a champagne — or cider — toast. Buy tickets at the door or at comedycity.cc. — BERRY ANDERSON

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Employees at Indigo Wild liken their work environment to recess, with dancing and laughing and sometimes dogs — up to 16 at a time. The old brick warehouse that’s home to Zum Bar offers tours at 1 p.m. Thursdays by appointment. Inside the playground-cum-business (3125 Wyandotte, 800-361-5686), you can witness the from-scratch soap-making process, which includes something that sounds complex and mysterious: “saponification.” If the heavenly scents provoke you to purchase some Zum, be sure to look in the scrap bin, where soaps with imperfections — bars that came out as ovals rather than circles, for instance — are sold at a discount. We can hope that the tour concludes with a game of Red Rover. For more information, call 816-285-4224. — NANCY HULL R IGDON

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Prolific Finnish writer-director Aki Kaurismäki is perhaps the most acclaimed filmmaker many of us have never heard of. One likely reason: He has boycotted more film festivals and awards FIND presentations than MANY MORE most filmmakers ever get invited to, including two Academy Awards at which LISTINGS ceremonies his films were Finland’s ONLINE AT official nominees for PITCH.COM Best Foreign-Language Film. Notwithstanding his feelings this year about U.S. foreign policy, there’s a good chance his latest film, Le Havre, will make a run at an Oscar in February, even if Kaurismäki is a noshow at the Kodak Theatre. A warmhearted, darkly comic tale of a bohemian shoeshine man who gives asylum to a young African refugee and enlists the community to protect the boy from deportation, Le Havre begins a limited engagement at Tivoli Cinemas (4050 Pennsylvania, 913-383-7756). For more information, see tivolikc.com. — BRENT SHEPHERD

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OLDIES FOR ALL AGES

Even if you’re a grown-ass person, a part of you always wants toys. Well, the Toy & Miniature Museum (5235 Oak, 816-235-8000) gives you a little culture while simultaneously feeding your toy fix and your short attention span. The Simple Strings play a variety of holiday songs, mixed with 19th-century folk music, that nicely complements the materials on display. “People wander in, listen for a little bit and then go off to see the rest of the museum,” says Laura Taylor, museum educator. “We’re

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For those dead set on not having a low-key night, something fabulous and wacky abounds at the West Bottoms Foundation (1221 Union), which is hosting “The End Is Nice.” The New Year’s Eve throwdown features music and visual art curated by DJ Sheppa, a fashion show with threads by the local We Are Tribe, Sweast/Coast Clothing and Katharine Erlinger, and a variety show courtesy of the Whoop Dee Doo gang. Doors open at 9 p.m. Models take the catwalk at 9:30, and Whoop Dee Doo whoops it up at 11. Cover is $25 for the whole shebang, but if you’re coming just continued on page 14

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A MARVELOUS PARTY

For the last hours of 2011, why not don your most dapper evening attire, grab your best gal or guy, and make like a character from a Noël Coward play? Soak up jazz and ragtime standards, and new songs, too, at the New Year’s Eve Cabaret at Quality Hill Playhouse (303 West 10th Street, 816-421-1700). Songbird Molly Hammer, bassist Brian Wilson and piano impresario J. Kent Barnhart team up to ring in 2012 with smooth and sultry versions of traditional and modern fare. The first show is at 6:30 p.m. A later show at 10:30 includes a champagne toast at the witching hour. Tickets cost $38, with a $3 discount for seniors. Purchase them online at qualityhillplayhouse.com or by calling 816-421-1700. — MEGAN METZGER

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T.J. Martley isn’t worried about the state of jazz in Kansas City. The 26-year-old eclectic bebop piano player says, “It’s hard to own and operate a business promoting one of the least popular forms of music in our country. Jazz musicians are tough, though. They’ve persevered for almost a century now, so who’s to say people will stop us from playing anytime soon?” See him tonight when he leads his own band (for the first time) and hosts the Blue Monday Jam at the Blue Room (1600 East 18th Street, 816-474-8463). The jam starts about an hour after the band plays a set. “If your horn has been collecting dust in the back of your closet for six months, you probably shouldn’t

sign up,” Martley notes. All ages are invited to join in or hang out. Hear more of Martley at tjjazzpiano.wordpress.com. For more information about the venue and upcoming events, see americanjazzmuseum.org. — BERRY ANDERSON

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Four years ago, alumni of St. Therese School discovered a box that held a tarnished chalice with an inscription: “In loving memory of Dennis J. Whalen by his wife, Anna Whalen.” They did some digging to learn more about the circumstances of Dennis Whalen’s death. On New Year’s Eve 1923, the Kansas City, Missouri, police officer was sent on a stolen-property call to a pawnshop on East 18th Street, where two men began fighting with him. Before he could draw his weapon, a shot rang out. Whalen fell. The next day — New Year’s Day 1924 — he died. St. Therese Little Flower Parish began honoring Whalen and all fallen Kansas City police officers each New Year’s Day, a tradition that lasted decades but stopped several years ago. With the story behind the chalice now rediscovered, St. Therese begins the observance anew with a 9:15 a.m. Mass dedicated to fallen Kansas City police officers at the church (5814 Euclid, 816-444-5406). Afterward, take part in a Chris Cakes pancake breakfast; cost is $5 per person. See sttheresekc.org. — NANCY HULL RIGDON 14 2 TtHhEe PpIiTtCcHh

LOVE IN THE FAST LANE

According to psychologist Arthur Aron, it can take as little as 90 seconds for your brain to decide whether you like someone. That is, like someone. Aron discovered this when he experimented with text subjects by pairing them up for just 34 minutes. Couples who were complete strangers spent 30 minutes revealing intimate details about themselves, and the final four minutes just silently staring into each other’s eyes. Several test subjects came away feeling deeply attracted to their lab partners, and two couples ended up married. Conduct your own experiment during the Connect Quickly Speed Dating event at the Drop (409 East 31st Street, 816-756-3767). “Through speed dating, you are given the chance to physically meet many great people,” says Ahmad Battles, area coordinator for Connect Quickly. The 7 p.m. event is geared for men aged 27 to 38 and women 25 to 36. Registration costs $30. For more information, call 816-298-0020 or see connectquickly.com. — LORNA PERRY

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While some aim to start the year off optimistically or with a resolution to make better lifestyle choices, others just want to get rid of the brutal hangover from the night before. The Brick (1727 McGee, 816-421-1634) salutes the folks in the latter category with its 12th annual Hair of the Dog Day. Headache cures include vitamin-rich smoothies, fresh juice and the Brick’s reliably tasty Brickfast — $1 bloody marys; the biscuitand-gravy bar; all manners of eggs, chicken and waffles; baked macaroni and cheese; home fries; and the monstrous Truckload, with potatoes, sausage, bacon, scrambled eggs, cheddar cheese and gravy. Hair of the Dog Day focuses on comfort, so rest assured that the music will be quiet. See thebrickkcmo.com for more information. — APRIL FLEMING

endurance at their own speed. According to instructor Becky Weaver, the age range of class members generally falls between 46 and 70. (“They are in remarkable shape,” Weaver says. “It shows spin can be done by most everyone.”) But anyone 14 or older is welcome. Classes take place every Tuesday and Thursday from 8 to 9 a.m. For prices and more information, see sylvesterpowell.com. — ANGELA LUTZ

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Thea Augustina Eck’s It Is Never Tomorrow is a series of photographs that retells the story of rescue missions to find Arctic explorer Sir John Franklin and members of his Northwest Passage expedition in 1845. The images recall the Victorian romanticization of a desolate landscape where bold men staked their claim to land. Stark gray-white skies and icy seascapes contrast with the figures, who symbolically reap evidence of the tragedy and reexamine the unknown. Eck’s work is part of the Charlotte Street Foundation’s Re-Search: Three Projects showing at the Paragraph Gallery (23 East 12th Street, 816-221-5115) through January 7. Also showing are KCAI grad Erika Lynn Hanson’s The Icebergs and multimedia artist Hillary Wiedemann’s Sans Soleil (Diffracted). For more information, see charlottestreet.org. — BERRY ANDERSON Night + Day listings are offered as a free service to Pitch readers and are subject to space restrictions. Submissions should be addressed to Night + Day Editor Berry Anderson by e-mail (calendar@pitch.com), fax (816-756-0502) or mail (The Pitch, 1701 Main, Kansas City, MO 64108). Please include zip code with address. Continuing items must be resubmitted monthly. No submissions are taken by telephone. Items must be received two weeks prior to each issue date. Search our complete listings guide online.

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NEW YEAR’S EVE Unless otherwise noted, the following events take place Saturday, December 31. Abe and Jake’s Landing: 8 E. Sixth St., Lawrence, 785-841-5855. Champagne toast at midnight and 700-square-foot balloon drop. Cost is $20 and includes 10 drink tickets and champagne (for those 21 and older only). Doors for the 18-and-older event open at 8 p.m. Aftershock Bar & Grill: 5240 Merriam Dr., Merriam, 913-384-5646. All-ages show with Psychostick, beginning at 6 p.m. Cost is $15. The American Restaurant: 200 E. 25th St., 816-545-8001. Early dinner seatings are at 5:30, 6 and 6:30 p.m. with three-course tasting menu and live music. Cost is $65 per person. Second dinner seatings are at 8:30, 9 and 9:30 p.m. with five-course tasting menu, entertainment by Valery Price and live four-piece band. Party favors and champagne toast at midnight. Cost is $125 per person. Call 816-545-8001 for reservations. Or choose one of two packages with a dinner reservation and entrance to Union Station for the Rock the Clock celebration. Call for information. Angels Rock Bar: 1323 Walnut, 816-896-3943. Angels Rock Bar is participating in the 2012 KC Live all-inclusive party package, beginning at 9 p.m. Cost is $85 in advance or $95 day of event. Contact Carolyn@AngelsRockBarKC.com or call 816-896-3943 to buy ticket or upgrade to VIP, which includes bottle service and a reserved table (for groups of six, eight, 10 or 12). Aura: 3832 Main. Enjoy DJ Andrew Northern, a balloon drop, more than $2,500 in prizes and a champagne toast. Hosted by Marcus Arnone and Sal Palazzolo. For table reservations or more information, contact info@aurakc.com. B.B.’s Lawnside BBQ: 1205 E. 85th St., 816-822-7427. Music by Moreland & Arbuckle, 9 p.m. Cost is $15 in advance or $17 at the door and includes party hat, noisemaker and champagne. The Beaumont Club: 4050 Pennsylvania, 816-561-2560. The Sex Police, 77 Jefferson and Johnny 2-Tone. Tables available by reservation with champagne toast included. Tickets are available through Ticketmaster. Party begins at 8 p.m. Cost is $24.75 for a table for four or $14 for general admission. The Blue Room: 1616 E. 18th St., 816-474-8463. A “Guitar Summit” features Will Matthews, Danny Embrey, Wayne Goins and Stephanie Moore. Prices are $75 for single tickets, $120 for couples, $240 for table of four, and $360 for booth of six. Tickets include door prizes, party favors, hors d’oeuvres, champagne toast, and cash bar. All seats are reserved. Call 816-474-6262 for reservations. The Brick: 1727 McGee, 816-421-1634. On New Year’s Eve, happy hour with Katy G. and Go-Go Ray from 4 to 7 p.m. On New Year’s Day, Hair of the Dog Day with comfort food all day long, movies, and $1 bloody marys. The Brooksider: 6330 Brookside Plz., 816-363-4070. Entertainment by Dolewite, plus food buffet, party favors and champagne toast at midnight for $15 per person in advance or $25 day of event. Event begins at 6 p.m. VIP sections available: Ketel One VIP (inside) costs $1,000 for 10-15 people, and Jägermeister VIP (outside) costs $1,000 for 10-15 people. Call to reserve. Buddha by Kenji Fusion: 8741 N.W. Prairie View Rd., 816-569-0416. Four-course dinner costs $30 per person and includes entry in a three-prize drawing (one being a Vegas trip). Call for more information. Café Provence: 3936 W. 69th Terr., Prairie Village, 913-384-5998. Lunch and dinner menus offered New Year’s Eve. Reservations required. See cafeprovence.net for more information. Café Trio: 4558 Main, 816-756-3227, cafetriokc.com. See the Plaza lights and enjoy a four-course meal, champagne and live entertainment. Cost is based on seating selection and starts at $49.95 per person. Reservations must be guaranteed with credit card. Seating is available from 5 to 10 p.m. Californos: 4124 Pennsylvania, 816-531-7878. Black DJ Overpour, DJ Magnum and the Patrick Lentz Band. General-admission tickets cost $80 per person or $150 per couple and include entry to all entertainment levels, coat check and open bar all night. VIP tickets cost $110 per person or $210 per couple and

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include a 10-piece dinner buffet, access to VIP coat checks ($3 per coat), private VIP rooms sponsored by Red Bull and champagne service all night. The Cave at Oread Hotel: 1200 Oread Ave., Lawrence, 785-843-1200. Doors open at 8 p.m. Entertainment by DJ Uso, $40 in advance or $45 at the door includes 15 drink tickets, party favors, champagne toast at midnight, and coat check. Call 785-830-3942 or email smahoney@oliviacollection.com. Enter on Indiana Street. Charlie Hooper’s: 12 W. 63rd St., 816-361-8841. MANY MORE No cover. Complimentary champagne toast and party favors at midnight. Open until 3 a.m. Clarette Club: 5400Martway, Mission, 913-384ONLINE AT 0986. Entertainment by PITCH.COM Albert Flasher. Coda: 1744 Broadway, 816-569-1747. Party features the Promise Makers (7-9 p.m.) and Solid Gold Easy (9 p.m.-1 a.m.). Cover is $8. Crowne Plaza Hotel: 12601 W. 95th St., Lenexa, 913-217-1000. Two packages offered. Adult package costs $229 per couple (must be 21 to purchase). Includes accommodations for two, welcome gift, dinner buffet with cocktails 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., balloon drop at midnight, breakfast for two (starting at 8 a.m.), and late checkout at 2 p.m. Entertainment by DJ Mike Watts and MC Notorious D.I.C. Family Fun Package costs $129 for two adults and two children. Entertainment includes DJ (9 p.m.-midnight), moonwalk, pirate boat, basketball game, caricature artist, balloon artist, indoor pool and breakfast starting at 8 a.m. Czar: 1531 Grand, 816-221-2244. A Party for the People beginning at 9 p.m. costs $15. It’s hosted by Irv Da Phenom with performances by Ava Bella, LEL, Brooks, Dread Swilla, @KCPL, James Christos, and DJs Brian B Shynin and Jamel Rockwell, and includes free champagne toast at midnight. Dark Horse Tavern: 4112 Pennsylvania, 816-931-3663. Power hours from 8 to 11 p.m., with all-you-can-drink wells and PBR, and a free High Life at midnight. Cost is $20. Davey’s Uptown Ramblers Club: 3402 Main, 816-753-1909. Cheap drinks and no cover all day. EBT Restaurant: 1310 Carondelet (I-435 and State Line), 816-942-8870, ebtrestaurant.com. Prix fixe menu ($36-$62) includes choice of appetizer, soup or salad, and entrée. (Desserts are a la carte). Price of package is based on entrée. Live jazz by Noel Scott and Don Warner. Reservations begin at 5 p.m., final seating at 10 p.m. Regular menu not available. Eighth Street Taproom: 801 New Hampshire, Lawrence, 785-841-6918. Candlepants and Morri$ perform, 10 p.m. The Eldridge: 701 Massachusetts, Lawrence, 785-749-1005. DJ Parle entertains in the Crystal Ballroom. Cost is $20 per person and includes door prizes, raffle and champagne toast at midnight. Enjoy an appetizer buffet from 9 to 10 p.m. and a cash bar. Reservations are not accepted. For dinner reservations at Ten or the Jayhawker, call 785-749-1005. Room packages start at $255 and include a room for one night, champagne upon arrival, admission to the party in the ballroom, a New Year’s Day brunch in Ten Restaurant, and overnight valet parking. Call 785-749-5011 to reserve. Ernie Biggs Dueling Piano Bar: 4115 Mill, 816-561-2444. All-inclusive drink special costs $75 a person or $140 a couple. Tables by reservation are available. Fat Fish Blue: 7260 N.W. 87th St., 816-759-3474. Dinner at 6 p.m. and show at 9 p.m. featuring D.C. Bellamy costs $39.99 per person. Cost for show only is $10. Fatso’s: 1016 Massachusetts, Lawrence, 785-865-4055. Annual New Year’s Eve bash features the Kingstonians with Ras Neville, 9 p.m. Cost is $5-$7 and includes champagne and balloon drop. Firefly Lounge: 4118 Pennsylvania, 816-931-3663. An ’80s party costs $10 for guys; women enter for free. A glass of champagne at midnight is included. Fo Thai: 4331 W. 119th St., Leawood, 913-322-3636. Dinner reservations start and lounge opens at 5 p.m. Lounge package ($10, starts at 10 p.m.) features DJ K and Passed Apps with drink specials. Appetizers included. Full menu is available. Balloon drop and champagne toast at midnight plus complimentary hors d’oeuvres. For reservations, call 913-322-3636. See fothairestaurant.com.

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room, party favors, bottle of champagne at check-in, breakfast for two at Lilly’s, and late checkout at 2 p.m. Single party tickets cost $99. KC Live! Block at the Power & Light District: 14th Street and Grand. Features an all-inclusive premium open-bar package and a Times Square atmosphere. DJs at four locations. Confetti cannons, laser shows and a ball drop at midnight. Tickets cost $85 in advance or $95 day of event, and include top-shelf open bar 9 p.m.-1 a.m., food buffets, party favors, and all-access passes to Angels Rock Bar, PBR Big Sky, Mosaic Lounge, Shark Bar, McFadden’s Sports Saloon, the Living Room, Tengo Sed Cantina, Pizza Bar, Maker’s Mark Bourbon House & Lounge, Howl at the Moon and Johnny’s Tavern. Must be 21. For VIP upgrades or table reservations, e-mail parties@powerandlightdistrict.com. Details and tickets available at NYEKansasCity.com or inside participating venues. Kelly’s Westport Inn: 500 Westport Rd., 816-561-5800. Flannigan’s Right Hook performs from 10 p.m. to 2:30 a.m. Cost is $10 and includes champagne at midnight and party favors. Kennedy’s Bar and Grill: 500 W. 75th St., 816-361-9788. DJ begins at 9 p.m., with dancing all night, drink special. There’s no cover. Call to make reservations. The Levee: 16 W. 43rd St., 816-561-5565. Music by the Good Foot, $20 in advance or $25 day of event. Call or purchase in person. Doors open at 7 p.m., general admission only. Lew’s Grill and Bar: 7539 Wornall, 816-444-8080. NYE happy hour (3-7 p.m.), dinner and Das Boot (7 p.m.), and DJ Kilker (10 p.m.-3 a.m.) Champagne toast and Waldo ball drop (midnight). The Well afterparty begins at 1:30 a.m. Lew’s serves food until 2 a.m. and cocktails until 3 a.m. Tickets are $10 presale and $15 at the door. VIP table reservations are available with arrival by 7:30 p.m. and minimum food and drink purchase. Lucky Brewgrille: 5401 Johnson Dr., Mission, 913-403-8571. Ring in the new year with Lost Wax. Drinks and fun all night, plus a champagne toast at midnight. Lucky Strike Lanes: 1370 Grand, 816-471-2316. All-inclusive package from 8 to 10 p.m. costs $35 per person or $65 per couple and includes call bar, appetizer buffet and free bowling. From 10 p.m. to close, there’s a $20 door cover ($15 in advance) to bowl. See bowlluckystrike.com for more information. Majestic Restaurant: 931 Broadway, 816-221-1888. Michael Pagan Duo perform 6-10 p.m, on the main floor; Rod Fleeman, Dominique Sanders and Philip Wakefield perform 7 p.m.-12:30 a.m. in the jazz club, with Bram Wijnands joining in at 9:30. Maker’s Mark Bourbon House & Lounge: 1333 Walnut, 816-442-8115. Ken Lovern’s OJT featuring Bukeka Shoals from 8 to 11 p.m., and DJ Rob DeGeorge from 11 p.m. to 2 a.m. Order off regular menu or choose NYE special or NYE three-course prix fixe dinner. Wine pairings available. Contact fallon@makersmarkrestaurant.com or call 816-674-4137 to buy ticket or upgrade to VIP. Contact christina@makersmarkrestaurant.com or call 816-674-8208 for more information and reservations. Maker’s Mark is participating in the 2012 KC Live all-inclusive party package. Marquee Lounge: 1400 Main, 816-474-4545. General admission or premium drink packages offered. Enjoy the Dave Stephens Band for late-night swing. Entry time and cover charge dependent on package purchased. Contact Lauren Yeager at lauren@marqueeloungekc.com for more details. Cost is $25-$249. Marrakech Café: 4116 Broadway, 816-753-7520. Five-course dinner costs $25 and features music and belly dancers. Marriott Hotel: 200 W. 12th St., 816-421-6800. Pre-New Year’s Eve party Thursday, Dec. 29, begins at 7 p.m. and features music from the 1950s, ’60s, ’70s and ’80s. The Golden Oldies Holiday Dance is 21-and-older and includes DJ, finger foods, coffee and tea, cash bar, and door prizes. Sign up at kcoldiesdance.com. Cost is $35. For group (10 minimum) rates, call 816-531-2539. Marriott Hotel: 200 W. 12th St., 816-421-6800. Celebrate Kansas City Convention Center’s fifth annual New Year’s celebration in the Grand Ballroom with an elegant dinner, casino tables, photobooth and music by Atlantic Express featuring Hal Wakes. Special NYE packages for $299. Get tickets to the Ballroom party, a luxurious room, champagne at check-in, breakfast for two, and late checkout. For details and reservations call 816-421-6800 or see kansascitymarriottdowntown.com. Martini Corner: 31st Street and Oak. Five bars (Velvet Dog, Sol Cantina, the Drop, Tower Tavern and Club Monaco) on one ticket. Each ticket includes unlimited drinks from 9 p.m. to 3 a.m. at all venues. Wristband allows patrons to go back and forth among Martini Corner establishments. For more information, see countdownatthecorner.com. McFadden’s Sports Saloon: 1330 Grand, 816-471-1330. Party begins at 9 p.m. Contact teresa@mcfaddenskc .com or call 816-721-0490 to buy ticket or upgrade to VIP. 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Mosaic Lounge is participating in the 2012 KC Live all-inclusive party package, beginning at 9 p.m. Cost is $85 in advance or $95 day of event. Nick and Jake’s: 6830 W. 135th St., Overland Park, 913-681-8535. New Year’s Eve dinner package costs $60 and includes four-course dinner, a table for the night, DJ, dancing, and champagne toast at midnight. Call to make a reservation. Brunch New Year’s Day is 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Traditional holiday favorites include black-eyed peas, collard greens, red-eye gravy and cornbread. Large-party reservations are available. Nick and Jake’s: 6325 Lewis, Suite 110, Parkville, 816-584-8535. New Year’s Eve celebration includes dinner specials, DJ, dancing and a champagne toast at midnight. Brunch New Year’s Day is 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Traditional holiday favorites include black-eyed peas, collard greens, red-eye gravy and cornbread. Largeparty reservations are available. The Oread, Five21: 1200 Oread Ave., 785-830-3921 Four-course dinner costs $60 per person and features such selections as baked brie, Roquefort Caesar salad, filet and lobster tail, crème brûlée and more. Pachamama’s: 800 New Hampshire, Lawrence, 785-841-0990. A special prix fixe menu costs $75 per person and includes a glass of champagne. Price jumps to $100 with wine pairings. See pachamamas.com/blog for more details. PBR Big Sky Bar: 111 E. 13th St., 816-876-5645. VIP available for groups of six, eight or 12 and includes bottle service and reserved table. Contact info@ pbrbigskykc.com or call 816-876-5645 to buy ticket or upgrade to VIP. PBR Big Sky is participating in the 2012 KC Live all-inclusive party package. Cost is $85 in advance or $95 day of event, beginning at 9 p.m. The Phoenix: 302 W. Eighth St., 816-221-5299. Two dinner seatings (4:30 and 7 p.m.) with music by Monique Danielle. Cost is $100. Reserve by e-mailing jessica@ thephoenixkc.com. Open seating also available at 9 p.m. for $10, which includes party favors, champagne toast and music by Tim Whitmer and the KC Express. Piropos Restaurant: 4141 N. Mulberry Dr., 816-741-3600. Menu includes four courses for $75 (appetizer, soup or salad, entrée and dessert) or five courses for $85 (appetizer, soup, salad, entrée and dessert). Wine pairing available with each course: Four-course wine pairing adds $25, and five-course wine pairing adds $30. Dinner-menu selections also are available. Pizza Bar: 1320 Grand, 816-221-8466. VIP available for groups and includes bottle service and reserved table. Contact luke@pizzabarkc.com or call 816-799-2362 to buy ticket or upgrade to VIP. Pizza Bar is participating in the 2012 KC Live all-inclusive party package, $85 in advance or $95 day of event, beginning at 9 p.m. R Bar & Restaurant: 1617 Genessee, 816-471-1777. New small plates, menu, chef, and vintage cocktails. Ramada Convention Center – Downtown Topeka: 420 S.E. Sixth Ave., Topeka, 785-234-5400. Packages include four rooms of entertainment and access to six live bands, overnight room accommodations, dinner buffet, late-night breakfast, brunch the following day, champagne toast and party favors. A discounted room rate of $69 for New Year’s Eve guests Friday, December 30. Call 785-234-5400 to book a package or see vacationtopeka.com for more information. Raoul’s Velvet Room: 7222 W. 119th St., Overland Park, 913-469-0466. Celebrate the bar’s last night of entertaining Kansas City. Join DJ Xclusive and the Zeros next door (Fuel) for one cover. RecordBar: 1020 Westport Rd., 816-753-5207. Minden, Capybara and Ghosty play, beginning at 9 p.m. Cost of $10 includes party favors and champagne toast at midnight. Replay Lounge: 946 Massachusetts, Lawrence, 785-749-7676. Bash with Fag-Cop, the Devil, Dean Monkey & the Dropouts, DJ Cap’n Ron, 10 p.m. Rhythm and Booze: 423 Southwest Blvd., 816-221-2669. Doors open at 9 p.m., and cover is $5. Power hours from 9 p.m. to midnight cost $15 and include champagne at midnight and party favors. No tickets or reservations are required. The Riot Room: 4048 Broadway, 816-442-8179. Hammerlord, Mansion, Humans and Walking Oceans, with Cinemaphonic DJ/VJs Stevie Cruz and Cyan

Meek. Also, special guest hosts and performances between bands and after the show. The $25 bar bust includes all-you-can-drink wells and Schlafly wheat beer from 7 to 11 p.m. Bar bust includes a commemorative glass. Cost is $5 without bar bust. Free champagne toast for all attendees. RJ’s Bob-Be-Que Shack: 5835 Lamar, Mission, 913-262-7300. Two seatings for smoked prime rib dinners: First seating is 6:30-8 p.m.; second seating is 8:30-11 p.m. Live music includes bluegrass with Rob Ritter, 7-8:30 p.m., and blues with Jason Vivone, 9-11 p.m. Reservations not required but recommended. Call or e-mail rjscatering@rjsbbq.com. Shark Bar: 1340 Grand, 816-442-8140. Shark Bar goes retro, Studio 54-style. VIP available for groups of four to 20 and includes bottle service and reserved table. Contact kyle@sharkbarkc.com or call 816-679-3892 to buy ticket or upgrade to VIP. Shark Bar is participating in the 2012 KC Live all-inclusive party package, beginning at 9 p.m. Cost is $85 in advance or $95 day of event. Sharks Restaurant & Billiards: 10320 Shawnee Mission Pkwy., Shawnee, 913-268-4006. Event features DJ Lolly at 9 p.m., no cover, and includes $9.99 10-oz. KC strip dinners, champagne toast at midnight and drink specials. Snow & Co.: 1815 Wyandotte, 816-214-8921. ThePhantom* is DJ. All-inclusive drinks and food cost $99 per person and includes table and bar service, and a champagne toast at midnight. Space is limited to ensure VIP service to guests. Social Bar: 1118 McGee, 816-472-4900. Recovery New Year’s Day features DJ Chad Johnson, DJ Trevor Shaw, DJ Mike Dileo. 1-7 p.m. Sunset Grill: 14577 Metcalf, 913-681-1722. Entertainment by Tony Antonucci. Tasso’s: 8411 Wornall, 816-363-4776. Two packages offered: Package one includes assorted appetizers, beef or chicken kabob, dinner, Greek dessert, and a bottle of champagne for $64.95 per person. (Note: one bottle of champagne per two people.) Package two includes all of package one, plus open bar, beer, house wines and mixed drinks, for $120 per person. Tengo Sed Cantina: 1323 Walnut, 816-686-7842. Eyes Wide Shut Masquerade Ball. VIP available for groups of six, eight or 12 and includes bottle service and reserved table. Contact lauren@tengosedcantina.com or call 816-686-7842 to buy ticket or upgrade to VIP. Tengo Sed Cantina is participating in the 2012 KC Live all-inclusive party package, beginning at 9 p.m. Cost is $85 in advance or $95 day of event. Trouser Mouse: 625 N.W. Mock Ave., Blue Springs, 816220-1222. Trampled Under Foot, 9 p.m.-1 a.m. Doors open at 7 p.m.; cost is $15. VIP tickets are $125. For more information, see trousermousebar.com. The Union: 421 Westport Rd. Team Eleven at 10 p.m. is free. Union Station: 30 West Pershing Rd., 816-460-2020. Party packages are available for the Rock the Clock party at Union Station in the Great Hall. Packages start at $79 per person, which include dancing and two drink tickets per person. A package for two includes unlimited drinks, and a VIP package with an ultrapremium bar, a four-course dinner, champagne and snacks. The party features indoor fireworks and live music by the band Flashback from 8 p.m. to 1 a.m. To make reservations, call 816-460-2021. Also, guest rooms at the Sheraton are $149 plus tax per couple. To reserve a room, call 816-841-1000 and ask for the Union Station New Year’s Eve room rate. Uptown Theater: 3700 Broadway, 816-753-8665. Choose one of two New Year’s Eve party packages. VIP tickets ($80) include six rooms of entertainment. Performances by the Allied Saints and DJs. Premium bar open from 7 p.m. to 1 a.m. in all rooms and a dinner buffet in the Broadway Room from 7 to 9 p.m. Champagne at midnight in the Broadway Room and free coat check. “Not So” VIP tickets ($40) include six rooms of activities and entertainment (same performances and rooms except the VIP Broadway Room), snacks in all rooms and coat check. Rooms open at 7 p.m. and include an open well bar until 1 a.m. Hotel package information available at uptowntheater.com. Urban Table: 8232 Mission, Prairie Village, 913-948-6900. Special menu by reservation; see menu on Urban Table’s Facebook page. Choose from three seatings: 5-6 p.m., $45; 7-8 p.m., $55; 9 p.m.1 a.m., $55 or $65 ($65 includes champagne toast and party favors). Add a wine pairing for $20. VooDoo Lounge: Harrah’s Casino, 1 Riverboat Dr., North Kansas City, 816-472-7777. Quixotic 2012 New Year’s Eve features Mini Kiss at 9 p.m. and costs $35. The Well: 7421 Broadway, 816-361-1700. Dinner and cocktails (6- 9 p.m.), DJ CMAC (the stage, 9 p.m.close), DJ Kirby (heated rooftop tent, 9 p.m.-close), champagne toast and Waldo ball drop, midnight). Party moves to Lew’s (1:30 a.m.-3 a.m.) Tickets are $10 presale and $15 at the door. VIP table reservations available with arrival by 7:30 p.m. and minimum food and drink purchase. Wil Jenny’s: 6700 W. 135th St., Overland Park, 913-897-1114. Music by Garry Lincoln, beginning at 8 p.m. Admission is free.

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café Hard Rolls WAS 2011 THE TOUGHEST YEAR YET FOR LOCAL RESTAURANTS? ne of the more poignant moments of the annual Academy Awards ceremony is the brief montage paying tribute to the cinema luminaries and behind-the-scenes talents who had died since the previous Oscars telecast. For a written version of that heartstringstugging montage, I list the names of a few famous restaurants that slipped away from us in 2011: BY Benton’s Prime Steakhouse, CHARLES Skies, the Peppercorn Duck Club, Café Seed, Napoleon F E R R U Z Z A Bakery, Patrikio’s Mexican Restaurant (which died a slow and terrible death after being a fixture in south KC for decades), Muddy’s Coffeehouse, and the beloved original Peachtree Buffet on Eastwood Trafficway. People watching an Oscars-like tribute would inappropriately applaud individually for those restaurants as their images flashed on the screen. But several new restaurants came and went as well — very quickly. It seems that before the final customers had even settled their bills, the closed sign was already posted on the front door. This list includes B-2: A Burger Boutique in Lee’s Summit; the Graffiti Grill; Café Roux; Pizza Oven; Gavino’s Mexican Restaurant; Family Table in Bonner Springs; Los Cabos Mexican Restaurant in Leawood (a few months after the location at the Legends in Wyandotte County bit the dust); El Maguey on 54th Street; the Addis Ababa Café at 11th Street and Oak; the Taco Factory (both the Waldo and UMKC locations); and the promising but short-lived downtown jazz joint with a kitchen, 1911 Main, which closed last week. Hey, no one ever said the restaurant business — even in the best economy — was easy. But this isn’t the best economy, and many restaurants that were barely hanging on, or were undercapitalized from the start, found themselves out of business in a matter of months. “It’s the survival of the fittest out there,” one local developer says. “If someone opens a restaurant and serves great food but doesn’t understand the business side — the marketing, the unexpected costs — it’s a doomed proposition.” Unexpected costs include new city licensing fees as well as the impact of new competition. One midtown Chinese buffet — unassuming but long popular for its cheap prices — has suffered a serious financial hit from a newer, even cheaper buffet that opened just a few blocks away. “Food quality isn’t so important right now,” says the older buffet’s landlord. “If a buffet is new, shiny and offers lots of choices

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for a very low price, that’s what people want.” Chris Youngers, the co-owner of Café Trio on the Country Club Plaza, repeats what many other local restaurant operators are saying: This wasn’t a great year, but 2011 was an improvement over 2010. “There’s still some softness out there, especially in terms of the frequency that our regular customers dine with us,” Youngers tells me. “We have good months and bad months.” “People have been eating out less or not at all,” says Greg Patterson, a commercial realestate agent who lost several restaurant tenants in 2011, including the short-lived Amor Picante, the Latin American bistro opened by synthetic-pot mogul Micah Riggs at 900 West 39th Street. It was Patterson’s third tenant in the space in three years. “I’d say that 2011 was, mostly, a bad year for restaurants in Kansas City.” Many local restaurateurs say the dining economy here has yet to bounce back from the annus horribilis of 2008, when a triple whammy hit the area: (1) The economy plunged into recession; (2) the Power & Light District opened in downtown Kansas City (“It affected more bar business than food sales,” says one restaurant owner, echoing a familiar mantra, “but it has still taken business away from a lot of us”); and (3) the smoking ban became a reality. “Those things did make an impact,” says Buddy Lahl, president of the Greater Kansas City Chapter of the Missouri Restaurant Association and regional director of Treat America Food Services. “The economy has probably

The Peppercorn Duck Club (left) and Café Seed ended before the year did.

had the greatest impact. Food costs are rising, the minimum wage increased, and it’s harder and harder for restaurants to squeeze a profit margin. It also hasn’t helped that our convention business has fallen off. Every convention that we lose, Kansas City restaurants lose thousands of potential customers. “Many of our patrons no longer have the disposable income to pay $50 to $100 for a dinner out,” Lahl adds. “On one end of the spectrum, customers who used to eat at Applebee’s are now eating at McDonald’s or Sonic. And the high-end restaurants, in order to keep customers happy, can’t raise prices. They might have to reduce portion size or offer less elaborate menus. It’s all about adapting.” Adapting has also meant paying closer attention to customer service. “There was much less job turnover in local restaurants in 2011,” Lahl says. “Servers are realizing that if they have a good job, they’re staying. And restaurant owners realize they need trained, seasoned servers.” For some restaurant owners, putting more emphasis on good customer service has been a lifesaver. “I nearly lost my restaurant 10 times over in 2010,” says Beth Barden, who owns Succotash. She knows that Succotash has always had a reputation for hip-looking but occasionally lackadaisical servers. “I had always been someone who believed that you didn’t need a lifetime of restaurant experi-

ence to work for me. I mean, you have to give people their first job. But that ideology wasn’t always the best for me. I realized that I needed the right balance of veteran servers and first-timers to effectively give our customers the attention they needed.” It’s true that good service, like good food and the perception of a good value, is a winning idea for restaurants today, but in this market there’s yet another issue. “Kansas City is saturated with restaurants right now,” Patterson says. “In fact, we have one of the most oversaturated restaurant markets in the country.” “That’s true, to a degree,” Lahl says. Especially, he points out, “if you think of the number of restaurant choices between Zona Rosa south to 119th Street and Metcalf.” He adds: “What’s changing is that many diners today aren’t traveling as far to go to a restaurant. They’re eating in their own neighborhoods.” That theory might be considered a negative for dining destinations that historically have lured patrons from all over the metro. But 2011 was an upbeat year for the Plaza, which added two high-profile chain restaurants, the Florida-based Darden Restaurants’ upscale Seasons 52 and Coal Vines Pizza Wine Bar, and two independently operated concepts, Zócalo Mexican Cuisine & Tequileria and the new gastropub Gram & Dun (created by Urban Table and BRGR operator Alan Gaylin). Does that mini boom bode well for 2012? Lahl says he’s cautiously optimistic. “The economic difficulties of the last few years have really brought the restaurant community closer together,” he says. “We’re all working together more now than I’ve ever seen before, sharing ideas and creating solutions for problems. If that trend continues, I think 2012 could be a very good year.” I’m happy to say that 2011 — for me, anyway — was not the year that I found myself substituting Sonic for Applebee’s. In fact, I didn’t eat at either of those restaurants in the last 12 months. But even I didn’t dine out as frequently as I did in 2010 — I was considerably more frugal in my personal dining choices. Perhaps too frugal because I regret not taking one last spin through the Ultra Chocolatta Bar at the Peppercorn Duck Club or having one last slice of Sky-High Pie while watching the city skyline rotate around me at Skies. Who knew, at the beginning of 2011, that places I had assumed would always be here would soon close forever? That’s why my goal for 2012 is to make frequent visits to all of the restaurants that I love and don’t want to lose. So please excuse me while I step out for a minute. A hot cinnamon roll and a bowl of cottage fries are waiting for me at Stroud’s. Have a suggestion for a restaurant The Pitch should review? E-mail charles.ferruzza@pitch.com

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wo of the more memorable shows of 2011 were the Exile on Main St. tribute and Raising the Titanics: An Evening with Howard Iceberg and Friends. Both occasions saw dozens of local musicians performing together in a positive celebration of their community. And both were held at Crosstown Station, a place that no longer exists. A polished, midsize venue in downtown Kansas City, Crosstown opened four years ago. It closed for good October 2. It started as a jam-band-oriented BY spot but had become, in its last 18 months, a gathering place D AV I D for big shows, like the two H U D N A L L mentioned above. But it wasn’t drawing big enough crowds to keep the lights on. Now it’s something called Church of the Resurrection. When doors close, others inevitably open. So it was that a November show which surely would have been booked at Crosstown — Austin cult singer-songwriter Alejandro Escovedo, backed by many of the same local musicians (Cody Wyoming, Chris Meck, Erik Voeks) who participated in the Iceberg and Stones tributes — was held at 1911 Main. A dinner and jazz club that opened over the summer in the space formerly occupied by Flo’s Cabaret (which shuttered around this time last year), 1911 Main aimed to bring part of the city’s jazz scene back downtown. But apart from a handful of jazz performances and a live broadcast or two of 12th Street Jump, that rollicking Escovedo show is poised to go down as 1911 Main’s finest hour. Because it, too, is set to close at the end of the year. Well, maybe Kansas City doesn’t need another jazz club — we’ve still got Jardine’s. Sort of. On November 30, owner Beena Raja closed the club and fired most of her staff. Jardine’s has since reopened, but the bad blood among Raja, the service industry and members of the local jazz community is still roiling. At press time, the calendar on the Jardine’s website was blank, and there was a shirt for sale in the merchandise section with the tagline “In Memoriam.” The severity of the Kansas City jazz mess makes the transfer of ownership at the Jackpot Music Hall in Lawrence seem relatively insignificant by comparison. Nick Carroll sold the venue in November to a husband-and-wife team in San Francisco. The new owners say they plan to continue booking some live music but also add things like a pool table and food. The

Jackpot was an anchor spot for up-and-coming national touring acts, but Lawrence will live without it. The Bottleneck, the Granada and the Replay Lounge (the latter of which Carroll still owns) can pick up the slack. Speaking of Kansas: This New Year’s Eve marks the end of the road for Raoul’s Velvet Room in Overland Park. But owner Shawn McClenny has big plans for the strip mall that housed it at 119th Street and Metcalf. Raoul’s will be Milieu, a sexy wine-and-spirits bar. Its neighbor Fuel (also owned by McClenny) is being downsized to make way for Red 8, an upscale pool joint. Schmitt Music, on the other side of Fuel, will also be cut back to make way for Kanza Hall, a live-music venue that can hold up to 1,000 people. “My gamble is that nightlife is going to come back south,” McClenny says. About a hundred blocks north, on the same side of the state line, in a neighborhood where the presumed clientele of One Block South probably wouldn’t dare to tread, there are surprising signs of life. FOKL, a new art space on Central Avenue in Kansas City, Kansas, has been catering to a variety of downtown scenester events that might once have been held in such dubiously legal DIY venues as the Studded Bird or the Firehouse, both of which are no longer active. FOKL hosted the We Are Tribe fashion show in November, which included performances from druggy drone acts Expo 70, the Devil and the Conquerors. The Port Fonda truck served tacos to all the beautiful weirdos outside. Around the corner on Seventh Street is Johnnie’s, which former Harling’s bartender Chris O’Connor reopened late last year and which boasts some of the best and oldest bar

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décor in the city. And farther into Strawberry Hill is the 403 Club, which former Riot Room bartender Artie Scholes opened in May. It has been drawing a respectable share of midtown musician types to KCK. Like Strawberry Hill, Waldo is historically a working-class neighborhood, but the last decade has seen shiny new changes to the area. It’s not gentrification exactly, because it seems to have skipped the part where gay people and artists move in and gone directly to the part where hulking nightclubs crowd the landscape. Hannibal’s (formerly Fin’s Waldo Bar, or simply Waldo Bar to locals) was transformed into the college-town chain Quinton’s. A tavern that once bore a strong resemblance to Moe’s on The Simpsons now blares Rihanna on the weekends and is staffed by young women in knee-high socks. Kennedy’s, once a fixture of Kansas City’s underage drinking scene, hasn’t been quite the same since it burned to the ground in 2007. It’s now a sleek, clean, dark bar that largely lacks charisma. This past summer, Kennedy’s began lining up jam bands in an effort to carve out some identity in Waldo, but with the bar’s recent sale — it’s expected to move quietly in a more upscale direction — those Widespread Panic tribute bands on Thursday nights are likely a thing of the past. Mike Flaherty, Kennedy’s original owner, opened Taco Factory last December in the old Sweet Guy space. It closed last month and recently reopened as Point Loco, a more booze-drive fusion of Taco Factory and Flaherty’s other bar, the Point. We’ve written at length about the dynamics at Gusto Lounge (Google it). It moved in late October from the Broadway corridor to Westport pitch.com

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proper — into the space formerly occupied by Hell Bar, which both opened and closed in 2011. So far, things seem to be going OK at the new Gusto. The small patio overlooking Westport Road teems with smokers on weekends, and the DJs are generally on point. Its neighbor to the west, America’s Pub, hasn’t been so fortunate. Despite steady business, the club has remained under fire for drawing unruly behavior to the area. Its lease expires at year’s end, at which point Westport won’t have America’s Pub to kick around anymore. Rumors are flying about what will replace it — the most interesting one I’ve heard is that gay-club and bacheloretteparty magnet Missie B’s will move in — but it seems safe to assume that whatever replaces America’s Pub will not be providing a, shall we say, hip-hop-friendly environment. Some establishments are holding steady. Take Knuckleheads. On a Saturday night in August, the East Bottoms roots-blues venue hosted what was, for my coin, the best local show of the year, a split bill with beloved KC acts the Grisly Hand and Hearts of Darkness. A large crowd of friendly, laid-back folks turned up. The bands played the outdoor stage. People sat on the bleachers and talked, or they moved up front and danced. A cool breeze blew through. We sipped on Boulevards and Budweisers and bounced along to those glorious HOD horns. Were there train whistles blowing in the distance? That’s how I remember it. E-mail david.hudnall@pitch.com or call 816-218=6774 M O N T H X X–X X , 2 0 0 X

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electronic, art-punk, New York, weirdo, unibrow, Kansas City Art Institute, performance art, cow suit, pop. Critcheloe and company released a new album, Bent, earlier this year, but Ssion is best experienced live, where all of those above words begin to cohere a little bit. Wednesday, January 4, at RecordBar (1020 Westport Road, 816-753-5207)

Ssion, with Shock Diamond Cody Critcheloe’s long-running project, Ssion, is a complicated thing to explain. Here is a list of words and phrases that might be used to describe it: sleazy, multimedia, disco, queer,

Kelley Hunt, with Kirsten Paludan Going on five years now, the singer-songwriter Kelley Hunt has held a holiday hunger-relief benefit in the area. This year it’s at the Beaumont Club, and in addition to Hunt’s boogiewoogie blues and soul jams, the $25 ticket buys you a performance from former Olympic Size member Kirsten Paludan, who plays soulful Americana with an arty lining. All proceeds benefit Harvesters. Bring a nonperishable food item and get $5 off anything at Hunt’s merch table. Friday, December 30, at the Beaumont Club (4050 Pennsylvania, 816-561-2560)

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THIS WEEK THURSDAY, DEC. 29 Antennas Up, Not a Planet, Margo May: 9 p.m. RecordBar, 1020 Westport Rd., 816-753-5207. Makuza: 7 p.m. The Blue Room, 1616 E. 18th St., 816-474-8463. The Jeremy Nichols Band: PBR Big Sky Bar, 111 E. 13th St.

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Ad Astra Arkestra, the Caves, the Grisly Hand: Davey’s Uptown Ramblers Club, 3402 Main, 816-753-1909. Kelley Hunt: Ring Out For Hunger Relief. The Beaumont Club, 4050 Pennsylvania, 816-561-2560. Motorboater, La Guerre, Deadringers, Ebony Tusks: 9 p.m. RecordBar, 1020 Westport Rd., 816-753-5207. Mr. Marco’s V7: Revival through the ages with all members past and present. The Brick, 1727 McGee, 816-421-1634. New Year’s Eve Eve featuring Jeff Bergen’s the Elvis Show: In the Retro Lounge. 8 p.m. Knuckleheads Saloon, 2715 Rochester, 816-483-1456. New Year’s Eve Eve with Trampled Under Foot: 9 p.m. Knuckleheads Saloon, 2715 Rochester, 816-483-1456. Son Venezuela: The Granada, 1020 Massachusetts, Lawrence, 785-842-1390.

MONDAY, JAN. 2 Apocalypse Theatre, Mercury Mad: Davey’s Uptown Ramblers Club, 3402 Main, 816-753-1909. Bad Weather California: 9 p.m. RecordBar, 1020 Westport Rd., 816-753-5207.

WEDNESDAY, JAN. 4 SSION, Shock Diamond: 9 p.m. RecordBar, 1020 Westport Rd., 816-753-5207.

UPCOMING Ryan Adams: Wed., Feb. 1. Municipal Auditorium/Music Hall, 301 W. 13th St. (in the Convention Center Complex), 816-513-5000. Allstar Weekend, the After Party: Sat., Jan. 14, 5:30 p.m. The Beaumont Club, 4050 Pennsylvania, 816-561-2560. Anthrax, Testament, Death Angel: Thu., Jan. 26. The Midland, 1228 Main, 816-283-9900. Dave Aude: Fri., Jan. 13. Aura, 3832 Main. Emilie Autumn: Wed., Jan. 25. The Beaumont Club, 4050 Pennsylvania, 816-561-2560. Avicii: Thu., Jan. 12. The Midland, 1228 Main, 816-283-9900. Awolnation: Sun., Jan. 22, 7 p.m. The Riot Room, 4048 Broadway, 816-442-8179. Drake Bell: Wed., Jan. 18. The Bottleneck, 737 New Hampshire, Lawrence, 785-841-5483. Boondox, Cousin Cleetus, the Drp, Mars, Wicked Wayz, Freddy Grimes, Deranged: Tue., Jan. 17. The Beaumont Club, 4050 Pennsylvania, 816-561-2560. Children of Bodom, Eluveitie, Revocation, Threat Signal: Mon., Feb. 6. The Granada, 1020 Massachusetts, Lawrence, 785-842-1390. The Civil Wars: Tue., Jan. 17. Liberty Hall, 644 Massachusetts, Lawrence, 785-749-1972. Doomtree: Thu., Jan. 19. The Granada, 1020 Massachusetts, Lawrence, 785-842-1390. Dr. Dog: Thu., Feb. 2, 8:30 p.m., $15. The Granada, 1020 Massachusetts, Lawrence, 785-842-1390. D.R.U.G.S., Hit the Lights, Like Moths to Flames, Sparks the Rescue: Sun., Feb. 19. The Beaumont Club, 4050 Pennsylvania, 816-561-2560. Jeff Dunham: Controlled Chaos: Thu., Feb. 2. Sprint Center, 1407 Grand, 816-283-7300. Elephant Revival: Wed., Feb. 22. The Bottleneck, 737 New Hampshire, Lawrence, 785-841-5483. Every Avenue: Thu., Feb. 23. The Granada, 1020 Massachusetts, Lawrence, 785-842-1390.

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Excision, Liquid Stranger, Lucky Date: Mon., Feb. 20. The Midland, 1228 Main, 816-283-9900. Falling in Reverse, Oh Sleeper, Skip the Foreplay: Sun., Feb. 5. The Granada, 1020 Massachusetts, Lawrence, 785-842-1390. Craig Finn: Sat., Feb. 11, 9 p.m. RecordBar, 1020 Westport Rd., 816-753-5207. The Fresh Beat Band: Fri., Feb. 24, 5 p.m. The Midland, 1228 Main, 816-283-9900. Hail Hornet, Zoroaster, and Slow Southern Steel (a film): Wed., Feb. 1, 7 p.m. The Beaumont Club, 4050 Pennsylvania, 816-561-2560. Reverend Horton Heat, Larry and His Flask, the Goddamn Gallows: Sat., Feb. 25. The Bottleneck, 737 New Hampshire, Lawrence, 785-841-5483. In Flames, Trivium, Veil of Maya, Kyng: Sat., Feb. 11. The Beaumont Club, 4050 Pennsylvania, 816-561-2560. Jack’s Mannequin, Jukebox the Ghost, Allen Stone: Fri., Jan. 20. The Beaumont Club, 4050 Pennsylvania, 816-561-2560. Junius, O’Brother: Sun., Feb. 26, 8 p.m. Jackpot Music Hall, 943 Massachusetts, Lawrence, 785-832-1085. Mat Kearney: Tue., Feb. 7. The Beaumont Club, 4050 Pennsylvania, 816-561-2560. The Kills, Jeff the Brotherhood, Hunters: Sat., Jan. 21. The Midland, 1228 MANY MORE Main, 816-283-9900. The Lemonheads: Fri., Jan. 27. The Granada, 1020 Massachusetts, Lawrence, 785-842-1390. Aaron Lewis: Fri., Jan. 6, ONLINE AT 8 & 10:30 p.m. VooDoo PITCH.COM Lounge, Harrah’s Casino, 1 Riverboat Dr., North Kansas City, 816-472-7777. LoCash Cowboys, Burford, Lucas Cook: Fri., Feb. 17. The Beaumont Club, 4050 Pennsylvania, 816-561-2560. A Lull, Deleted Scenes: Thu., Jan. 12, 10 p.m. Replay Lounge, 946 Massachusetts, Lawrence, 785-749-7676. Stephen Lynch: Fri., Feb. 17. VooDoo Lounge, Harrah’s Casino, 1 Riverboat Dr., North Kansas City, 816-472-7777. Shelby Lynne: Fri., Jan. 13. Folly Theater, 300 W. 12th St., 816-474-4444. Moe: Sun., Feb. 12. Liberty Hall, 644 Massachusetts, Lawrence, 785-749-1972. Mutemath: Thu., Feb. 16. The Beaumont Club, 4050 Pennsylvania, 816-561-2560. Nurses: Tue., Jan. 17. Jackpot Music Hall, 943 Massachusetts, Lawrence, 785-832-1085. The Old 97’s: Wed., Feb. 1. The Bottleneck, 737 New Hampshire, Lawrence, 785-841-5483. Brad Paisley: Thu., Jan. 19, 7:30 p.m. Sprint Center, 1407 Grand, 816-283-7300. Railroad Earth: Wed., Feb. 8. The Granada, 1020 Massachusetts, Lawrence, 785-842-1390. Randy Rogers Band, Kip Moore, Sam Sliva and the Good, Travis Marvin: Sat., Jan. 28, 6 p.m. The Beaumont Club, 4050 Pennsylvania, 816-561-2560. Rusko, Nmzee: Wed., Feb. 29. Liberty Hall, 644 Massachusetts, Lawrence, 785-749-1972. Billy Joe Shaver: Sun., Jan. 15, 8:30 p.m. Knuckleheads Saloon, 2715 Rochester, 816-483-1456. SOJA, the Movement, Kids These Days: Thu., Feb. 23. The Bottleneck, 737 New Hampshire, Lawrence, 785-841-5483. J.D. Souther: Sat., Jan. 28. Knuckleheads Saloon, 2715 Rochester, 816-483-1456. George Strait, Martina McBride: Sat., Feb. 25. Sprint Center, 1407 Grand, 816-283-7300. Supersuckers, the Spittin’ Cobras: Wed., Feb. 8. The Bottleneck, 737 New Hampshire, Lawrence, 785841-5483. Symphony X, Iced Earth, Warbringer: Sun., Feb. 26. The Midland, 1228 Main, 816-283-9900. This Will Destroy You: Mon., Jan. 30, 9 p.m. Jackpot Music Hall, 943 Massachusetts, Lawrence, 785-832-1085. Tomorrows Bad Seeds, Pacific Dub: Wed., Feb. 15. The Bottleneck, 737 New Hampshire, Lawrence, 785-841-5483. Jimmy Webb, Bob Walkenhorst, Jeff Porter: Fri., Feb. 10. Knuckleheads Saloon, 2715 Rochester, 816483-1456. William Elliott Whitmore: Fri., Feb. 10. The Granada, 1020 Massachusetts, Lawrence, 785-842-1390. Zola Jesus: Fri., Feb. 24. The Granada, 1020 Massachusetts, Lawrence, 785-842-1390.

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B.B.’s Lawnside BBQ: 1205 E. 85th St., 816-822-7427. John Paul’s Flying Circus. Fat Fish Blue: 7260 N.W. 87th St., 816-759-3474. Phil Callier Open Jam. Jazz: 1823 W. 39th St., 816-531-5556. Grand Marquis. Jazzhaus: 926-1/2 Massachusetts, Lawrence, 785-7491387. Mouth, 10 p.m. Knuckleheads Saloon: 2715 Rochester, 816-483-1456. Doghouse Daddies. The Phoenix Jazz Club: 302 W. Eighth St., 816-2215299. Solo blues guitar with Rick Bacus. Trouser Mouse: 625 N.W. Mock Ave., Blue Springs, 816220-1222. Kyle Elliott.

DJ Mosaic Lounge: 1331 Walnut, 816-679-0076. Mike Scott and Spinstyles. Raoul’s Velvet Room: 7222 W. 119th St., Overland Park, 913-469-0466. DJ Kirby. The Union of Westport: 421 Westport Rd. DJ Clockwerk, 10 p.m.

JAZZ Great Day Café: 7921 Santa Fe Dr., Overland Park, 913-642-9090. Greg Tugman, 11 a.m; Customer Quartet, 7 p.m. Jazz: 1859 Village West Pkwy., Kansas City, Kan., 913328-0003. Rich Berry. The Majestic Restaurant: 931 Broadway, 816-2211888. Bram Wijnands, 6 p.m. Sunset Grill: 14577 Metcalf, Overland Park, 913-6811722. Tony Antonucci, 7:30 p.m. Take Five Coffee + Bar: 5336 W. 151st St., Overland Park, 913-948-5550. Sir Threadius Mongus.

WORLD The Levee: 16 W. 43rd St., 816-561-2821. Live Reggae with AZ-ONE.

DRUNKEN DISTR ACTIONS/COMEDY/ BAR GAMES Bleachers Bar & Grill: 210 S.W. Greenwich Dr., Lee’s Summit, 816-623-3410. Ladies’ Night. Bulldog: 1715 Main, 816-421-4799. Brodioke, 9 p.m. The Buzz Coffee and Bar: 12056 W. 135th St, Overland Park. ABCs of Improv Comedy Show, 9 p.m. Buzzard Beach: 4110 Pennsylvania, 816-753-4455. Trivia, Ladies’ Night, 7 p.m. Davey’s Uptown Ramblers Club: 3402 Main, 816-7531909. The Last New Year Movie Party, 8 p.m. Double Nickel Bar: 189 S. Rogers, Ste. 1614, Olathe, 913-390-0363. Texas Hold ’em. Ernie Biggs Dueling Piano Bar: 4115 Mill, 816-5612444. “You Sing It” Live Band Karaoke. Fuel: 7300 W. 119th St., Overland Park, 913-451-0444. Bike Night with the Star Blues Band. Hamburger Mary’s: 101 Southwest Blvd., 816-8421919. Charity Bingo with Valerie Versace, 8 p.m., $1 per game. Hurricane Allie’s Bar and Grill: 5541 Merriam Dr., Shawnee, 913-217-7665. Ultimate DJ Karaoke, 8:30 p.m. Improv Comedy Club and Dinner Theater: 7260 N.W. 87th St., 816-759-5233. Tony Rock, 7:30 p.m. Jake’s Place Bar and Grill: 12001 Johnson Dr., Shawnee, 913-962-5253. Trivia. Johnny’s Tavern: 13410 W. 62nd Terr., Shawnee, 913962-5777. Live Trivia, 9 p.m. Johnny’s Tavern: 8262 Mission, Prairie Village, 913901-0322. Boogie Bingo, 8 p.m. JR’s Place: 20238 W. 151st St., Olathe, 913-254-1307. Karaoke with Mad Mike, 9:30 p.m. McFadden’s Sports Saloon: 1330 Grand, 816-4711330. All In Thursdays. Missie B’s: 805 W. 39th St., 816-561-0625. Karaoke on the main floor, 10 p.m. MoJo’s Bar & Grill: 1513 S.W. Hwy. 7, Blue Springs. Pool and dart leagues; happy hour, free pool, 4-6 p.m.

RecordBar: 1020 Westport Rd., 816-753-5207. Trivia Clash, 7 p.m., $5. Saints Pub + Patio: 9720 Quivira, Lenexa, 913-4923900. Ladies’ Night. Skeeter’s: 6505 Nieman Rd., Merriam, 913-912-1191. TakeOver Thursdays With Mysunderstood, 8 p.m. Westport Flea Market: 817 Westport Rd., 816-9311986. Trivia, 9 p.m.

EASY LISTENING Jerry’s Bait Shop: 13412 Santa Fe Trail Dr., Lenexa, 913-894-9676. Interactive Acoustic with Jason Kayne, 9 p.m.

OPEN MIC/JAM SESSIONS Czar: 1531 Grand, 816-221-2244. Vi Tran and Katie Gilchrist’s Weekly Jam, 10 p.m. The Indie on Main: 1228 Main, 816-283-9900. Open Mic, Low Dough Beer Night, 8 p.m. Jerry’s Bait Shop: 302 S.W. Main, Lee’s Summit, 816525-1871. Jerry’s Jam Night, 9 p.m.

VARIET Y The Brick: 1727 McGee, 816-421-1634. KC Songwriter Forum, 7-9 p.m. The Roxy: 7230 W. 75th St., Overland Park, 913-2366211. Live music.

F R I DAY 3 0 ROCK/POP/INDIE Clarette Club: 5400 Martway, Mission, 913-384-0986. Lenny Mink & the Lost and Found. Jerry’s Bait Shop: 13412 Santa Fe Trail Dr., Lenexa, 913-894-9676. Johnny Rampage. Jerry’s Bait Shop: 302 S.W. Main, Lee’s Summit, 816525-1871. The Naughty Band. The Levee: 16 W. 43rd St., 816-561-2821. The Patrick Lentz Band. Raoul’s Velvet Room: 7222 W. 119th St., Overland Park, 913-469-0466. Disco Dick and the Mirror Balls. RecordBar: 1020 Westport Rd., 816-753-5207. Allied Saints, 6 p.m. MANY MORE The Riot Room: 4048 Broadway, 816-442-8179. Dirt, For the Broken, Mad Libby, Alice Sweet Alice, Broken Divide, a benefit for the Day x Day Foundation, 6 ONLINE AT p.m., $7-$10. PITCH.COM Sunset Grill: 14577 Metcalf, Overland Park, 913681-1722. Brett Blakemore. VooDoo Lounge: Harrah’s Casino, 1 Riverboat Dr., North Kansas City, 816-472-7777. Switch, Under the Covers.

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BLUES/FUNK/SOUL Fat Fish Blue: 7260 N.W. 87th St., 816-759-3474. Phil Callier Open Jam. Jazz: 1823 W. 39th St., 816-531-5556. The Big Three with John Paul Drum. Jazzhaus: 926-1/2 Massachusetts, Lawrence, 785-7491387. Sonic Sutra. The Phoenix Jazz Club: 302 W. Eighth St., 816-2215299. Shannon and the Rhythm Kings, 9 p.m. Trouser Mouse: 625 N.W. Mock Ave., Blue Springs, 816220-1222. The Bluz Benderz.

DJ The Bottleneck: 737 New Hampshire, Lawrence, 785841-5483. Bear Club presents the Pregame featuring Rich Brown, Tyga Style. Club Monaco: 334 E. 31st St., 816-753-5990. DJ Soap. Jake’s Place Bar and Grill: 12001 Johnson Dr., Shawnee, 913-962-5253. DJ night. Mosaic Lounge: 1331 Walnut, 816-679-0076. Mosaic Fridays: hosted by Joe Perez featuring DJ Spinstyles and DJ Mike Scott. Saints Pub + Patio: 9720 Quivira, Lenexa, 913-4923900. DJ Naylor. The Union of Westport: 421 Westport Rd. Speakeasy: Pat Nice, Jason Kidd, Shenanigans, Budded.

JAZZ The Blue Room: 1616 E. 18th St., 816-474-8463. Indigo Hour, 5:30 p.m.; Kerry Strayer with Kathleen Holman, 8:30 p.m. Great Day Café: 7921 Santa Fe Dr., Overland Park, 913642-9090. Greg Tugman. Jazz: 1859 Village West Pkwy., Kansas City, Kan., 913328-0003. Brendan MacNaughton Band. Lucky Brewgrille: 5401 Johnson Dr., Mission, 913-4038571. Live jazz.

ROOTS/COUNTRY/BLUEGRASS Wil Jenny’s Tables and Tap: 6700 W. 135th St., Overland Park, 913-897-1114. Phil Vandel.

DRUNKEN DISTRACTIONS/COMEDY/ BAR GAMES Bleachers Bar & Grill: 210 S.W. Greenwich Dr., Lee’s Summit, 816-623-3410. Karaoke, DJ, drink specials. ComedyCity at Westport Flea Market: 817 Westport Rd., 816-842-2744. Major League Improv, 7:30 p.m. Hurricane Allie’s Bar and Grill: 5541 Merriam Dr., Shawnee, 913-217-7665. Ultimate DJ Karaoke, 8:30 p.m. Improv Comedy Club and Dinner Theater: 7260 N.W. 87th St., 816-759-5233. Tony Rock, 7:30 & 9:45 p.m. The Indie on Main: 1228 Main, 816-283-9900. Ladies’ Night, Low Dough lady specials, 10 p.m. JR’s Place: 20238 W. 151st St., Olathe, 913-254-1307. Debbioke, 9:30 p.m. Missie B’s: 805 W. 39th St., 816-561-0625. The Early Girlie Show, 8 p.m., free; Ab Fab Fridays on the main floor, 10 p.m. MoJo’s Bar & Grill: 1513 S.W. Hwy. 7, Blue Springs. Happy hour, free pool, 4-6 p.m. Replay Lounge: 946 Massachusetts, Lawrence, 785749-7676. Punk Rock Karaoke: a Benefit for Social Service League. Retro Downtown Drinks & Dance: 1518 McGee, 816421-4201. Trivia Riot, 7 p.m. Sharks: 10320 Shawnee Mission Pkwy., Merriam, 913268-4006. Dart tournament, 8 p.m. Take Five Coffee + Bar: 5336 W. 151st St., Overland Park, 913-948-5550. Fifth Wall Improv Comedy Troupe. Westport Flea Market: 817 Westport Rd., 816-9311986. Deelightful karaoke, 9 p.m. Wilde’s Chateau 24: 2412 Iowa, Lawrence, 785-8561514. Dance Party.

EASY LISTENING 77 South: 5041 W. 135th St., Overland Park, 913-7427727. Drew6.

OPEN MIC/JAM SESSIONS Great Day Café: 7921 Santa Fe Dr., Overland Park, 913642-9090. Open Mic, 7 p.m.

SINGER-SONGWRITER Coda: 1744 Broadway, 816-569-1747. End of the Year Songwriter Gathering.

S U N DAY 1 BLUES/FUNK/SOUL Jazz: 1823 W. 39th St., 816-531-5556. Rich Berry.

DJ Hamburger Mary’s: 101 Southwest Blvd., 816-8421919. Recycled music with Brett Dietrich, 3:30 p.m.

ACOUSTIC Tomfooleries: 612 W. 47th St., 816-753-0555. Phil and Gary, 9 p.m.

DRUNKEN DISTRACTIONS/COMEDY/ BAR GAMES Bulldog: 1715 Main, 816-421-4799. Game night, beer pong, TV trivia, shot dice. Clarette Club: 5400 Martway, Mission, 913-384-0986. Texas Hold ’em, 7 & 10 p.m. The Fox and Hound: 10428 Metcalf, Overland Park, 913-649-1700. Poker, 7 & 10 p.m. Fuel: 7300 W. 119th St., Overland Park, 913-451-0444. SIN. Hurricane Allie’s Bar and Grill: 5541 Merriam Dr., Shawnee, 913-217-7665. Ultimate DJ Karaoke, 8:30 p.m.; Double Deuce Poker League, 4 p.m. Improv Comedy Club and Dinner Theater: 7260 N.W. 87th St., 816-759-5233. Tony Rock, 7 p.m. Jake’s Place Bar and Grill: 12001 Johnson Dr., Shawnee, 913-962-5253. Free pool, 3 p.m. Jerry’s Bait Shop: 302 S.W. Main, Lee’s Summit, 816-525-1871. Juggalos, 7 p.m.

JR’s Place: 20238 W. 151st St., Olathe, 913-254-1307. Karaoke with Mad Mike, 9:30 p.m. McFadden’s Sports Saloon: 1330 Grand, 816-4711330. Sindustry Sundays, 8 p.m. Missie B’s: 805 W. 39th St., 816-561-0625. Show Stopper Karaoke, 12:30 a.m. Saints Pub + Patio: 9720 Quivira, Lenexa, 913-4923900. Free pool. Wallaby’s Grill and Pub: 9562 Lackman, Lenexa, 913541-9255. Texas Hold ’em, 6 & 9 p.m. Westport Flea Market: 817 Westport Rd., 816-9311986. Texas Hold ’em, 3 & 6 p.m.

OPEN MIC/JAM SESSIONS The Hideout: 6948 N. Oak Tfwy., 816-468-0550. Open blues jam. R.G.’s Lounge: 9100 E. 35th St., Independence, 816-358-5777. Jam Night hosted by Dennis Nickell, Scotty Yates, Rick Eidson, and Jan Lamb, 5 p.m.

PUNK Davey’s Uptown Ramblers Club: 3402 Main, 816-7531909. Bent Left, New Souls.

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ROCK/POP/INDIE Tomfooleries: 612 W. 47th St., 816-753-0555. The Goods.

BLUES/FUNK/SOUL The Phoenix Jazz Club: 302 W. Eighth St., 816-2215299. Millie Edwards and Michael Pagan, 7 p.m.

DJ Davey’s Uptown Ramblers Club: 3402 Main, 816-7531909. One Eye Jacks with DJs Ilya & Troy, 10 p.m. The Riot Room: 4048 Broadway, 816-442-8179. Cinemaphonic with DJ Stevie Cruz, DJ Cyan Meeks, free.

JAZZ The Blue Room: 1616 E. 18th St., 816-474-8463. Blue Monday Jam featuring T.J. Martley, 7:30 p.m. Great Day Café: 7921 Santa Fe Dr., Overland Park, 913642-9090. Greg Tugman, 11 a.m. Jazz: 1823 W. 39th St., 816-531-5556. Jazzbo.

DRUNKEN DISTR ACTIONS/COMEDY/ BAR GAMES The Brick: 1727 McGee, 816-421-1634. Rural Grit Happy Hour, 6 p.m. Clarette Club: 5400 Martway, Mission, 913-384-0986. Texas Hold ’em, 7 & 10 p.m. Hamburger Mary’s: 101 Southwest Blvd., 816-8421919. Mary-oke with Chad Slater, 8 p.m. The Hideout: 6948 N. Oak Tfwy., 816-468-0550. Industry night. Jazzhaus: 926-1/2 Massachusetts, Lawrence, 785-7491387. Karaoke Idol with Tanya McNaughty. JR’s Place: 20238 W. 151st St., Olathe, 913-254-1307. Texas Hold ’em, 7:30 p.m. Missie B’s: 805 W. 39th St., 816-561-0625. MANic Monday on the main floor, 10 p.m., free. MoJo’s Bar & Grill: 1513 S.W. Hwy. 7, Blue Springs. Pool and dart leagues, 4-6 p.m. Nara: 1617 Main, 816-221-6272. Brodioke, 10 p.m. RecordBar: 1020 Westport Rd., 816-753-5207. Sonic Spectrum Music Trivia, 7 p.m., $5. Sharks: 10320 Shawnee Mission Pkwy., Merriam, 913268-4006. Pool tournament, 7:30 p.m. The Union of Westport: 421 Westport Rd. DJ Rico and DJ Sweeny: service industry night. Westport Flea Market: 817 Westport Rd., 816-9311986. Texas Hold ’em, 8 p.m.

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T U E S DAY 3 ROCK/POP/INDIE The Bottleneck: 737 New Hampshire, Lawrence, 785-8415483. The Lost Colors, Five to Midnight, the B Team. Jerry’s Bait Shop: 13412 Santa Fe Trail Dr., Lenexa, 913-894-9676. Travelers Guild. Jerry’s Bait Shop: 302 S.W. Main, Lee’s Summit, 816525-1871. Drew6. The Riot Room: 4048 Broadway, 816-442-8179. Last Night Regret, Sure Fire Method, Solace and Stable, 8 p.m. Tomfooleries: 612 W. 47th St., 816-753-0555. The Transients, 9 p.m.

DJ Coda: 1744 Broadway, 816-569-1747. DJ Whatshisname, service industry night, 10 p.m. Ernie Biggs Dueling Piano Bar: 4115 Mill, 816-5612444. DJ night. The Gusto Lounge: 504 Westport Rd., 816-974-8786. The Dropout Boogie.

JAZZ Great Day Café: 7921 Santa Fe Dr., Overland Park, 913642-9090. Greg Tugman, 11 a.m. Jazz: 1823 W. 39th St., 816-531-5556. Rick Bacus and Monique Danielle.

ROOTS/COUNTRY/BLUEGRASS RecordBar: 1020 Westport Rd., 816-753-5207. Rex Hobart and friends, 6 p.m., free.

DRUNKEN DISTRACTIONS/COMEDY/ BAR GAMES The Brick: 1727 McGee, 816-421-1634. Scrabble Club. Coda: 1744 Broadway, 816-569-1747. Coda Pursuit Team Trivia with Teague Hayes, 7 p.m. The Drop: 409 E. 31st St., 816-756-3767. Brodioke, 9:30 p.m. Flying Saucer: 101 E. 13th St., 816-221-1900. Trivia Bowl, 7:30 & 10 p.m., free. Jackpot Music Hall: 943 Massachusetts, Lawrence, 785-832-1085. Karaoke. Johnny’s Tavern: 13410 W. 62nd Terr., Shawnee, 913962-5777. Bingo Boogie Nights, 9 p.m. Johnny’s Tavern: 11316 W. 135th St., Overland Park, 913-851-5165. Texas Hold ’em. JR’s Place: 20238 W. 151st St., Olathe, 913-254-1307. Buttwiser’s Bash with DJ Double D, 10 p.m., free. Missie B’s: 805 W. 39th St., 816-561-0625. Gayme Night upstairs, in-house tournament, Wii and NTN Trivia, 7:30-10 p.m.; karaoke on the main floor, 10 p.m. MoJo’s Bar & Grill: 1513 S.W. Hwy. 7, Blue Springs. Pool and dart leagues; happy hour, free pool, 4-6 p.m. RecordBar: 1020 Westport Rd., 816-753-5207. Karaoke with Baby Brie, 9 p.m., free. The Roxy: 7230 W. 75th St., Overland Park, 913-2366211. Karaoke. Saints Pub + Patio: 9720 Quivira, Lenexa, 913-4923900. Karaoke, 9 p.m. Westport Flea Market: 817 Westport Rd., 816-9311986. Chess Club, 7 p.m.

OPEN MIC/JAM SESSIONS Bleachers Bar & Grill: 210 S.W. Greenwich Dr., Lee’s Summit, 816-623-3410. Open Mic Acoustic Jam. The Phoenix Jazz Club: 302 W. Eighth St., 816-2215299. Open Jam with Everette DeVan, 7 p.m. Stanford’s Comedy Club: 1867 Village West Pkwy., Kansas City, Kan., 913-400-7500. Open Mic Night.

PUNK Davey’s Uptown Ramblers Club: 3402 Main, 816-7531909. Girls Only Punk.

SINGER-SONGWRITER Harleys & Horses: 7210 N.E. 43rd St., 816-452-2660. Scott Ford Songwriter Showcase, 7 p.m.

W E D N E S DAY 4 ROCK/POP/INDIE RecordBar: 1020 Westport Rd., 816-753-5207. Bob Walkenhorst, 7 p.m. Tomfooleries: 612 W. 47th St., 816-753-0555. The Mickey Finn Band, 9 p.m.

The Phoenix Jazz Club: 302 W. Eighth St., 816-2215299. The Brian Ruskin Quartet, 7 p.m. Trouser Mouse: 625 N.W. Mock Ave., Blue Springs, 816220-1222. Shinetop Jr.

DJ The Bottleneck: 737 New Hampshire, Lawrence, 785841-5483. Global Pants Festival. Buzzard Beach: 4110 Pennsylvania, 816-753-4455. Live DJ, midnight. Czar: 1531 Grand, 816-221-2244. James Christos, DJ Rockwell, @KCPL, and more, 9 p.m. Davey’s Uptown Ramblers Club: 3402 Main, 816-7531909. Punker Than Hell DJs, 10 p.m., free. Saints Pub + Patio: 9720 Quivira, Lenexa, 913-4923900. DJ Pure.

JAZZ B.B.’s Lawnside BBQ: 1205 E. 85th St., 816-822-7427. New Vintage Big Band. Great Day Café: 7921 Santa Fe Dr., Overland Park, 913642-9090. Greg Tugman, 11 a.m.

DRUNKEN DISTR ACTIONS/COMEDY/ BAR GAMES Angels Rock Bar: 1323 Walnut, 816-896-3943. Wednesdays Reloaded: Service Industry Night. Beer Kitchen: 435 Westport Rd., 816-389-4180. Brodioke. Danny’s Bar and Grill: 13350 College Blvd., Lenexa, 913345-9717. Trivia and karaoke with DJ Smooth, 8 p.m. 403 Club: 403 N. Fifth St., 913-499-8392. Pinball tournament, 8:30 p.m., $5 entry fee. Hamburger Mary’s: 101 Southwest Blvd., 816-8421919. Charity Bingo with Valerie Versace, 8 p.m., $1 per game. Hurricane Allie’s Bar and Grill: 5541 Merriam Dr., Shawnee, 913-217-7665. Ultimate DJ Karaoke, 8:30 p.m. The Indie on Main: 1228 Main, 816-283-9900. Karaoke, 9:30 p.m. Jake’s Place Bar and Grill: 12001 Johnson Dr., Shawnee, 913-962-5253. Karaoke. Jerry’s Bait Shop: 302 S.W. Main, Lee’s Summit, 816-525-1871. Club Jerry’s, MANY MORE reverse happy hour, 9 p.m.midnight. Johnny’s Tavern: 6765 W. 119th St., Leawood, 913451-4542. Texas Hold ’em. JR’s Place: 20238 W. 151st ONLINE AT St., Olathe, 913-254-1307. PITCH.COM Karaoke with the Queen, 9:30 p.m.-1 a.m. Missie B’s: 805 W. 39th St., 816-561-0625. The Dirty Game Show, 10 p.m. MoJo’s Bar & Grill: 1513 S.W. Hwy. 7, Blue Springs. Pool and dart leagues; happy hour, free pool, 4-6 p.m. Nara: 1617 Main, 816-221-6272. Ladies’ Night. The Roxy: 7230 W. 75th St., Overland Park, 913-2366211. Karaoke. Tonahill’s South: 10817 E. Truman Rd., Independence, 816-252-2560. Ladies’ Night with DJ Thorny, 6 p.m. Westport Flea Market: 817 Westport Rd., 816-9311986. Trivia, 8 p.m. Wilde’s Chateau 24: 2412 Iowa, Lawrence, 785-8561514. Pride Night, 8 p.m.

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OPEN MIC/JAM SESSIONS Bleachers Bar & Grill: 210 S.W. Greenwich Dr., Lee’s Summit, 816-623-3410. Open Blues and Funk Jam with Syncopation, 7 p.m. The Hideout: 6948 N. Oak Tfwy., 816-468-0550. Open blues jam, 7 p.m. Jazzhaus: 926-1/2 Massachusetts, Lawrence, 785749-1387. Fresh Ink open-mic poetry with Miss Conception, $3. Jerry’s Bait Shop: 13412 Santa Fe Trail Dr., Lenexa, 913-894-9676. Jam Night, 9 p.m. Tonahill’s 3 of a Kind: 11703 E. 23rd St., Independence, 816-833-5021. Open Jam hosted by Crossthread, 7:30-11 p.m.

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savage love Fantasy Files Dear Dan: I’m a 25-year-old gay man. I’ve always accepted my homosexuality and never felt bad about it, but I’ve recently been going through a hard time psychologically because I’m exposing myself to graphic homophobic online content. There are blogs, online groups and websites that cater to gay men who like to be abused and degraded by BY “straight” men. I’m disturbed because I’m DAN aroused by content that shows S AVA G E supposedly straight men degrading gay men. I’ve spent hours reading these homophobic posts and staring at graphic homophobic pictures, and I always come away feeling disturbed, insecure and unhappy. But when I’m horny, I go right back. A lot of those people don’t seem to recognize it as just a fantasy but instead believe in the homophobic views they express. This type of dom/sub thing is disturbing because it’s playing with a real-world violent and powerful hate ideology. Is this something I need to control or get help dealing with? Are the people who contribute, participate in, and produce such gay-bashing sexualized content just indulging in a version of acceptable BDSM/kink or is it dangerous to use a prevalent hate ideology in sex play? Not an Inferior Faggot Dear NAIF: You’re not inferior, and you’re not alone. You have lots of horny soul mates out there: strong feminist women with rape fantasies, faithful Jews with Nazi fetishes, empowered African-Americans who get off on master-slave role-play scenes. Think of all the gay men turned on by vaguely threatening male archetypes. All those cliché gay-male sex symbols — truckers, skinheads, marines, cops, firemen, gangbangers — don’t represent the kinds of people or professions historically associated with tolerance. A person can safely explore degrading fantasies, even fantasies rooted in “hate ideology,” but you have to build a firewall between your fantasies and your self-esteem. (And between your fantasies and your politics.) Successfully building that firewall and enjoying your fantasies without shame can leave you feeling stronger and more empowered for having these fantasies in the first place. Call it the sub’s paradox: A D/s sub who can enjoy his fantasies without being shredded by them is in control, not being controlled, regardless of how things might appear. You don’t really hate yourself any more than the feminist with rape fantasies really wants to be raped or the Jewish guy with Nazi fantasies really believes that Germans are the master race. It might help if you reminded yourself of that before, during and after you rub one out. It also might help if a sex-positive counselor reminded you of that during some regular sessions over a period of months.

You know what else might help? Finding a nice, out, proud gay man who gets off on this shit, too, who wants to explore degradation fantasies with you in real time — safely, respectfully, consensually. Cuddling after a hot, crazy, kinky D/s sex session with the “straight” guy who minutes ago was “degrading” you for being a “worthless faggot” would go a long way toward helping you see that your fantasies can bring intimacy, companionship and connection, instead of self-loathing and self-recrimination. But don’t explore your fantasies with a boyfriend until that firewall is well under construction. Dear Dan: Three months ago, I started a fuckbuddy relationship with an old friend. My assumption was that the relationship was “open.” But when I asked how he’d feel about me dating another guy, he got defensive and said if I fucked other guys, he would never sleep with me again. I asked him if he was sleeping with other girls, and he said no. I don’t know whether to be happy (he likes me enough to be monogamous) or freaked (at his communication style). I have feelings for him, and the sex is progressing from good to great. Confused Canadian Chick Dear CCC: You have feelings for him, and he has feelings for you (however poorly articulated), the sex is great, the relationship is exclusive. You two may not have been seeking romance, but it looks like romance found you. Dear Dan: I’m a straight male in a committed live-in relationship. My girlfriend and I have sex once a week, usually on Saturday mornings. During the week, she’s too tired or too full after dinner. She often says she wants to have sex, but come 9:30 p.m., she’s ready to get in bed and watch TV until she falls asleep. She asks me on a daily basis if I’ve masturbated in her absence. If I say no, she accuses me of lying. She has demanded to smell my hands to see if she can smell lube on them. I resent feeling interrogated and guilt-tripped over this. When I do masturbate, I always clean up after myself, and I’m doing it before she gets home or after she’s gone to bed. So, again, why the guilt? Browbeating OK, Meat Beating Another Story Totally Dear BOMBAST: I don’t know who’s crazier, your controlling, psychotic, hand-sniffing girlfriend or you, for sticking around and putting up with this. There’s nothing wrong with having a low libido and wanting sex only once a week. But terrorizing a higher-libido partner is borderline abusive behavior. DTMFA, and be so kind as to pass this bit of advice on to your soon-to-be ex-girlfriend: If you want a companion animal you can castrate, get a dog. Not a boyfriend, not a husband. A dog. Have a question for Dan Savage? E-mail him at mail@savagelove.net

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