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What career would you choose in an alternate reality? A Starship captain What was the last local restaurant you patronized? The Mixx Where do you drink? Fred P. Ott’s on the Plaza ($3 Long Islands on Friday nights!)

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What local phenomenon do you think is overrated? Argyle Where do you like to take out-of-town guests? Jack Stack Barbecue

Finish this sentence: “Other than the Kauffman Center, Kansas City got it right when ...”

The layout, in terms of the number of boulevards and the highway system we have, making it easier to travel through the city.

“Kansas City screwed up when it ...” Interstate 70. That’s all.

“Kansas City needs ...” A better public-transit option than the bus system, especially in the areas from Plaza, north to downtown.

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“People might be surprised to know that I ...” Was the King of the Kansas City Renais-

What is your most embarrassing dating moment? An awkward handshake at the end

“If I were in charge ...” People would learn per-

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sance Festival last year, having been prince for two years prior.

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What movie do you watch at least once a year? V for Vendetta (on November 5) Favorite day trip: To the lake for swimming

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Celebrity you’d like to ride the Mamba with at Worlds of Fun: Anderson Cooper

Interesting brush with the law? Being pulled over on my way to prom in my dad’s Mercedes. Reason? I only had the parking lights on. Scared me to death at the time.

take up a lot of space in my iTunes:

Person or thing you find really irritating at this moment: Lack of free time

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What subscription — print, digital, etc. — do you value most? The LEGO Catalog

Jeremiah Boehr was named Master Model Builder in January.

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Last book you read: The Hunger Games

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Michael Gelphman assembles an app-building crew this weekend.

ichael Gelphman found a way out. After 12 years of working in IT, for companies such as Embarq and H&R Block, the 35-year-old took the leap in February and devoted himself full time to his passion. Gelphman is the founder of Kansas City IT Professionals, a grassroots networking group. He started it on LinkedIn in 2008, after reading a blog on career building. “I didn’t see anything on LinkedIn about IT in Kansas City,” he says. “We got to 500 or 600 members, and I realized we might be on to something.” He’s putting his hard work on display this weekend with Hack the Midwest, a two-day Hackathon (June 2 and 3). Gelphman expects 70 to 100 developers and designers from all over the Midwest — Kansas City, St. Louis, Omaha, Des Moines — to show up and build apps from scratch at the Heartland Golf Club (8200 Hillcrest Road, 816-523-8601). “When you get people like that in a room and working together and you get this energy, you don’t know what will come out of it,” he says. “I’m hoping to see something awesome.” The Hackathon starts Saturday at 9 a.m. and wraps IES up Sunday at 11 a.m., E STOERA T MORL N I ON O G with contest winners anL P / M O nounced at 3 that afterP IT C H .C noon. The all-star judging panel includes OpenAir Equity Partners’ Thad Langford, AgLocal founder Naithan Jones, outgoing Kauffman Foundation Manager of Entrepreneurship Nick Seguin and others. (Register at hackthemidwest.com.) The session is part of Gelphman’s plan to foster a culture of what’s possible in Kansas City. It’s also an opportunity for developers and designers to network, show off their skills and claim some booty (an iPad 3, two Amazon Kindle Fire tablets, Amazon gift cards, Jawbone Jambox and more). “The more successes that you have with start-ups locally, then you can sort of change that culture, and getting people to take more risks and believe that it’s possible,” he says.

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“In Silicon Valley, the start-up that you work at might fail. You’ll just go to another. We don’t have that kind of density here. So there’s lots of risk.” Gelphman knows firsthand about risk. He took a chance arranging KCITP’s first happy hour, in February 2009. It paid off: About 200 of the then 1,000 members attended. Since then, KCITP has put on job fairs, the Zaarly launch party, mentorship meet-ups, and several networking events and educational presentations by developers.

Gelphman: Connecting KC's tech community. “I realized it was the thing that I was most passionate about,” Gelphman says. “I don’t want to be 60 and looking back at my life and going, ‘Could I have done that?’ I wanted to at least give it a try. I knew once I got to that point where I didn’t have sort of an alternative, I’d figure out a way to make it work.” KCITP held a social-accountability happy hour in January. Gelphman wanted people to think about their futures. So he asked the

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attendees to write down three professional goals and how they planned to accomplish them. Everyone shared their goals with someone else at the happy hour. The idea: See if the members could help one another accomplish their goals. “Every new year, people are like, ‘I’m going to do this. I’m going to do that.’ It ends up being just talk,” Gelphman says. “Sometimes with people’s careers, there’s not a natural progression. They graduate from college, and then they get a good job, and to them, that’s good enough. They don’t really know what next steps to take.” The economy tanking in 2008 didn’t help, Gelphman says. “They’re fearful,” he says. “And just getting people to be entrepreneurial about their career, just trying to fi nd opportunities and build themselves up so that they don’t have to be scared anymore and they can go wherever they want to. It’s all about how much work they put in.” Kansas City IT Professionals has grown to more than 8,500 people. Gelphman says some group members have found work through networking, and he’s made a lot of connections. “It’s been an amazing experience,” he says. “There’s been people’s lives who have changed because of the group.” Other tech-, innovation- and entrepreneur-themed events this summer include iKC, billed by its organizers as “Kansas City’s innovation and entrepreneurship conference.” It’s June 20 at H&R Block headquarters. The keynote speaker is Michael E. Raynor, a director with Deloitte Consulting LLP, and among the day’s events are sessions on creativity, innovation, pitches and monetization. Tickets cost $189 (corporate), $119 (start-up, small business and nonprofit) or $75 (student). And the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts is the site of TEDxKC 2012 August 28. Tickets go on sale the second week in July.

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Fairs, fests, films, the Flaming Lips and more: The Pitch's guide to the hottest season.

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omething happened while we were all waiting for snow this year: Summer arrived. Like, back in March. Quite sensibly, however, the rituals that go with the season of tank tops and charcoal briquettes and mosquito bites have held off until … now. Today’s later dusk, the way a little pooling in your shirt’s underarm feels somehow right this afternoon, the bright mustard stain on your khaki shorts — school’s out, people. You have plans, right? There’s the usual: a drive-in movie, staring at the fi rst fi refly that lands on your arm, brushing grass clippings off your shins. Great plans. But there’s more, and here’s where we tell you about it. The brats that someone just put on a grill for you. The tomatoes waiting for your inspection. The Fringe Festival and the outdoor musicals with the crickets singing along. The big, dumb movies in the dry, cold (thank you, thank you, thank you) movie houses. The Flaming Lips and a bunch of other ass-kicking bands (and The Pitch’s own Music Showcase and Awards), and — oh, yeah — the Flaming freaking Lips. OK, so those are our summer plans. Turn the page, and we’ll see you there.

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he glow of 50 hot-air balloons once again dazzles Olathe’s evening sky August 10-12. The Great Midwest Balloon Fest’s airships make way — weather permitting — for a sunrise fly-in balloon competition and spectacular visual displays (balloon inflation, mass ascension and glow). Entertainment isn’t all hot air; look for country music’s Clay Walker, food vendors, children’s activities and a rock-climbing wall. Want to maximize your balloon experience? Jason Jones is your man. The festival’s balloonride purveyor oversees tethered balloon rides ($5 per person, 10 minutes, 100 feet into the air) and untethered balloon rides ($195 per person, 50 minutes, a few thousand feet high, complete with champagne and expansive views). Jones spoke with The Pitch about his uplifting job. The Pitch: How did you get your start in ballooning? Jones: My family has been in ballooning since the mid-1970s. Growing up in Iowa, I was part of the chase crew for my mom, who helped 10

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start Old World Balloonery. I went on to get my hot-air-balloon pilot license, and now I live in Overland Park and own Old World Balloonery. We take people on hot-air balloon rides in Kansas and Missouri. I also do commercial flying — I’ve done the RE/MAX balloon — and I race around the country. And I’m a schoolteacher. Kansas City weather isn’t like Albuquerque or Phoenix, where you can fly year-round. I have to have income outside of ballooning. Walk us through what balloon riders (untethered balloon riders versus tethered balloon riders) will experience at the fest. They’ll be from several thousand feet in the air to the tops of the corn. It’s an experience like nothing else. There’s no noise. You are part of the wind. It’s a very peaceful ride. For most people, this is a once-in-a-lifetime experience. We want it to be memorable, comfortable, and we want people to walk away and say, “Wow, that was worth it.” What does Kansas City look like from a balloon?

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On a clear day, you can see the downtown skyline, Longview Lake, the stadiums. You can see to Hillsdale Lake and Lake La Cygne. You have tremendous visuals. People often think fall is the time to see the Midwest. But you can always see awesome colors. In the summer, the wheat is changing colors. What are some of your most memorable balloon flights? Flying in Red Rock State Park in Gallup, New Mexico. If the winds are just right, you can literally fly through the canyons. Flying around the cactuses in the Arizona desert would be another highlight. You’re all dirty and dusty when you’re packing up, but man, it’s a gorgeous place to fly. Or the beautiful Midwest with the patchwork quilt below. Sounds like a job where all your troubles float away. I can have a day where a lot of things go wrong. But if I can get in the balloon basket, the day will end well. What do you enjoy most about the festival? pitch.com

I love that it’s an event in our hometown. I get to see a lot of old friends. This isn’t an industry with hundreds of thousands of people. We are a small community, and we all look out for each other and have a lot of fun together. As the ride operator, our balloons may be the only balloons launching in the evenings at the festival, which will be pretty cool. It will be just us and the big glows.

Great Midwest Balloon Fest August 10–12 Great Mall of the Great Plains Interstate 35 and 151st Street, Olathe greatmidwestballoonfest.org Hot-air balloon festival includes balloon shows, rides, food, children’s activities and entertainment. Advance tickets from Hy-Vee cost $10 for adults and $5 for children (aged 5 and younger get in free). Tickets at the gate cost $15 for adults and $5 for children. M O N T H X X–X X , 2 0 0 X

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Jayhawker Days

Missouri State Fair

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June 15–17 Main Street, Williamsburg, Kansas (southwest Franklin County along Old Highway 50 and Interstate 35) Free Search “Jayhawker Days Williamsburg Kansas” on Facebook

August 9–19 Missouri State Fairgrounds 2503 West 16th Street, Sedalia Adults, $8; seniors, $6; children aged 6-12, $2; children 5 and younger, free 660-530-5600, mostatefair.com

September 7–16 Kansas State Fairgrounds 2000 North Poplar Street, Hutchinson Adults, $10; seniors, $6; children 6–12, $4 620-669-3600, 800-362-3247 kansasstatefair.com

The day on the course begins with a shotgun start at 10 a.m. and includes sponsor giveaways, and lunch and dinner.

A true country weekend with a parade, camel rides, hog roast, kids’ ranch rodeo, re-enactors, street dance with live music, and fireworks.

The state’s 110th annual agricultural showcase includes livestock shows, competitive exhibits and entertainment. See fair website for discount ticket information.

The annual fair celebrates 100 years with agricultural events, a carnival, vendors and music. See the fair website for discount ticket information.

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KC RiverFest

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July 4 Richard L. Berkley Riverfront Park 1298 East Riverfront Drive (between the Heart of America and Paseo bridges) $4 online, $5 at the gate; $10 for parking kcriverfest.com

August 24–26 Massachusetts Street in downtown Lawrence 785-749-2226, lawrencebuskerfest.com

Local county fairs’ lineups include livestock shows, carnivals, food and craft vendors, and music. See individual websites for more information.

Street performers — including a sword swallower, a comedy contortionist, fi re-eaters, musicians and acrobatic dancers — show off their talents. There is no admission, but the performers work for tips.

Platte County Fair

June 8–9 Mike Onka Memorial Building 11520 East Putnam, Sugar Creek $3 (children under 12, free) slavicfest.com

This cultural celebration features polkas, kielbasas, art and history.

The West 18th Street Fashion Show June 9 West 18th Street, between Baltimore and Wyandotte streets $40–$100; standing-room general admission, free 816-842-2473 (tickets) westeighteenthstreet.com

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Young Friends of Art White Party July 13 Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art 4525 Oak, 816-751-1278 $20 museum members, $30 nonmembers nelson-atkins.org

Geared toward young professionals, the 2012 party is 1980s-themed. All-white attire is preferred. A ticket includes two beverages and small bites.

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KC Renaissance Festival September 1–October 14 (Saturdays and Sundays, plus Labor Day and Columbus Day) Wyandotte County Park 633 North 130th Street, Bonner Springs See website for ticket and discount information. 913-721-2110, kcrenfest.com

More than 1,000 costumed characters, more than 16 entertainment stages and more than 100 juried artisans celebrate the Renaissance era. And there’s armored jousting and plenty of food and drink.

July 18–21 414 Missouri Highway 92, Tracy 816-431-FAIR, plattecountyfair.com

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Johnson County Fair August 7–11 136 East Washington, Gardner 913-856-8860, jocokansasfair.com

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wo years ago, Bill Haw Jr. quit a job with Amazon in Tokyo to run Hotel Frederick, a boutique lodge that his cattleman father had bought in Boonville, Missouri. The hotel offers environmentally conscious accommodations and old-fashioned hospitality with an oyster bar and Cajun restaurant and 25 rooms decked out with antique furniture and contemporary art. As owner and frequent guest, Haw prefers room No. 6 when he visits. (He doesn’t live in the little town intersected by the Missouri River and the Katy Trail). The 47-year-old husband, father and investor makes his home in Kansas City, and he spoke with The Pitch about how he and Bill Haw Sr. are busy bringing new life to other old buildings. The Pitch: What’s a brief history of Hotel Frederick? Haw Jr.: The property itself is really special. It was built in 1905 as what was probably a very grand hotel overlooking the river in Boonville,

The Hotel Frederick offers an old-fashioned getaway. By Crystal K. Wiebe which at the time was a very prosperous town. The building went through many stages. In 2005, when my family bought into it, it was pretty much derelict. Some other investor in Kansas City had purchased it with a comb of forgivable loans and grants, and they ran out of money before the renovation was even close to done. At that time, Bill Sr. stepped in as a partner and worked with them to pretty much get the job finished, and we opted to go ahead and assume full ownership. How did you react to your father’s invitation to leave Japan to run a hotel in a Missouri river town? It came out of the blue. I actually remember when I was talking to Bill Sr. on the phone. I was still in Tokyo when he told me about it, and I might have hung up on him. Boonville isn’t exactly a tourist hot spot, is it? If we moved the hotel to Aspen, we’d do big business!

What other projects are you involved in? Bill Sr. has been refocusing on our main business, which is our ranching, and we’re ganging up on the West Bottoms. My family owns the Livestock Exchange Building and several other buildings and a fairly extensive acreage down there, and we’re just finishing up development of the Telegram Building at 1505 Genessee. The Livestock Exchange Building is 90 percent occupied, which is unheard of right now, and the Telegram Building is completely full, and we haven’t even finished working on it. It houses the Bill Brady gallery, and Amigoni Urban Winery is moving in with a tasting space and event space. We’ll also have KEM architecture and Diamond Merckens Hogan, an up-and-coming marketing firm. Under your leadership, Hotel Frederick is doing better, too. I kind of like to think of 2011 as the year of getting people through the door and the year

of 2012 as the year of ringing the cash register. In 2011, we did some pretty aggressive promotions. We worked with Groupon several times. We really did an array of promotions, which brought down the average room rate but still increased the revenue. This year, we’ve pulled back on the promotion but are still seeing revenue increase. A lot of those people we got in the door are coming back as repeat guests. They understand the value of the hotel, and they’re happy to pay full price. What makes them come back? We really focus on guest service. In our online reviews, you’ll see that a lot of the people go to great lengths to talk about guest service and mention the employees by name. We’ve had almost no turnover of our main employees. They are personally vested in the hotel. In a really good way, I think it’s a big part of their identity. The hotel also has a historical charm — kind of unexpected, modern, unique twists. One thing a lot of people mention are the etchings on the glass shower doors and walls in some of the rooms, which were designed by artist Peregrine Honig. Of the 25 rooms at your disposal when you’re at the hotel, why are you partial to room No. 6? Room No. 6 has got the beautiful glass bathroom walls. It’s got only one bed and several chairs and a table. It has kind of a sitting area as well. It’s also got a great view of the courthouse. Does the room become your de facto office? No, we have Wi-Fi throughout the hotel, so I usually just wander and work wherever I sit down. Besides staying at your hotel, what is there to do in Boonville? For sure, the Katy Trail. It’s great even if you’re not a cyclist. It’s great just to walk. It’s so beautiful with the bluffs and the river. Glenn’s Café is right in the hotel, and Cooper’s Oak Winery has a tasting room a few blocks away. Warm Springs Ranch, where AnheuserBusch has the Clydesdales, is in the area and is great for the whole family. The town of Rocheport is very charming, too. It’s only about 10 miles away. It’s great to take the tour at Les Bourgeois Vineyards, and they’ve got a fantastic bistro.

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The Katy Trail offers 237 miles for hiking, bicycling and running through Missouri wildlands, farmlands and wine country. (Portions of the trail allow horseback riding.) Pick up the converted rail line about 80 miles outside Kansas City. Plan your route at bikekatytrail.com.

Hotel Frederick 501 East High Street, Boonville 888-437-3321, hotelfrederick.com

Offering old-fashioned hospitality and modern amenities with sensitivity toward the environment, this rehabilitated historic building overlooks the Missouri River and downtown Boonville. At the bar, wash down oysters on the half shell with a drink that’s sweet, strong and garnished with homegrown herbs. Dine Cajun style at the hotel restaurant, Glenn’s.

Arrow Rock Lyceum Theatre 114 High Street, Arrow Rock 660-837-3311, lyceumtheatre.org

For performances in a rural setting, catch a musical or play at one of the state’s oldest regional theaters. Arrive early in the day to allow time for a hike around the nearby state park.

Warm Springs Ranch 25270 Highway 98, Boonville 888-972-5933, warmspringsranch.com

Those monster-hoofed horses on your aunt’s collection of Budweiser beer steins are bred and raised at Warm Springs Ranch. Wear your walking shoes and tour the place that 100 Clydesdales call home. Admission costs $10, and reservations are required 24 hours in advance.

Les Bourgeois Vineyards 14020 West Highway BB, Rocheport 800-690-1830, missouriwine.com

The river-bluff hamlet of Rocheport is about 90 minutes from Kansas City, but a leisurely lunch or dinner at Les Bourgeois Vineyards, featuring a spectacular view of the curving Missouri River from inside the Bluff top Bistro or the outdoor patio, is worth the drive. A chilled glass of white wine and the gorgonzola cheesecake only enhance the view. 2

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Wellsville is just a few miles east of the oldfashioned college town of Baldwin City, and its great claim to fame is Black Jack Battlefield where, on June 2, 1856, abolitionist John Brown led a free-state militia attack on pro-slavery militia forces; the battle lasted three hours. It’s re-created (sort of) Saturday, June 2, at 5 a.m. Have a cup of java and take a tour of the battlefield, led by “John Brown” or a reasonable facsimile.

Holy-Field Winery 18807 158th Street, Basehor 913-724-9463, holyfieldwinery.com

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Father and daughter Les and Michelle Meyer planted their first vines in 1986. Now they produce upward of 7,000 gallons of fine Leavenworth County wines each year. The tasting room serves samples year-round. Check the calendar for frequent theater and musical performances in the vineyard.

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The famous pilot who disappeared 75 years ago remains very visible in her hometown. In 1997, land artist Stan Herd captured her visage in “Amelia Earhart Earthwork,” a one-acre mixed-media project composed of living plants and natural elements. She hangs out in life-sized bronze at the International Forest of Friendship, which consists of trees planted to honor all aviators. Visit the house where she was born, now known as the Amelia Earhart Birthplace Museum. Hit the town for the annual Amelia Earhart Festival July 15-16 — you may run into some breathing doppelgängers.

Kansas Underground Salt Museum 3504 East Avenue G (at Airport Road), Hutchinson 620-662-1425, 866-755-3540 undergroundmuseum.org

There’s more to the simple mineral that we use to preserve and flavor food. And there’s a lot of it underneath the prairie. Located 650 feet below the surface, Hutchinson’s museum is one of only three like it in anywhere in the world. pitch.com

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hat skills does it take to run a topnotch farmers market? A market manager needs to love local fruits and vegetables, of course, and have the ability to tolerate all those early — way early — mornings. Customer-service expertise is a must. But the X factor might be a background in cafeteria management. “I know it seems a little strange, but both jobs are pretty similar,” says Deb Connors, market manager of the City Market’s farmers market. Connors has held this job — her first as a farmers-market manager — for several years. But her enthusiasm for studying vendors and going on routine farm checks still sounds fresh. We asked her how she makes the City Market a standout. The Pitch: How did you become the market master? Connors: I actually have a food-service background managing cafeterias. I managed

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the cafeteria at the federal building in Kansas City and the GSA cafeteria on Bannister Road for many years. Both jobs are pretty similar in that I handle customers’ issues, oversee the vendors, deal with the health department and government agencies. I have to be very organized at all times and keep very good records. I oversee the SNAP program at the market, which is similar to handling sales in a cafeteria. Have you ever been on the growers’ side and produced for a market? No, but I grew up in Michigan, in the fruit belt, so I was always surrounded by farms and picked produce with my mom, who canned or froze everything we ate. What goes on at a farm check? I usually check farms every Thursday. The vendor typically does not know when I am coming. The visits last week went well. I mainly checked greenhouses who are bringing bedding plants to the market. I also checked

on a contracted vendor who sells plants and produce, and a waiting-list vendor who grows produce. I must check all the new vendors’ farms before they are allowed to rent a space at the market. I also check all the contracted vendors every year. I try to visit them at different times of the season, to make sure what they have at the market is what they are harvesting. The vendors in the “Farmer with Local Supplement” category must grow 50 percent of the produce they sell, and can purchase 50 percent of their produce from a local farmer or one of the Amish auction houses in the area. The City Market has a 500-mile radius, May through September. I typically check to see if the farm has greenhouses, hoop houses or high tunnels; tractors; a way to cool their produce; a water source; and that the produce they sell matches up with the produce they are growing. Did you discover anything new going on with the vendors you visited?

Nothing this week. Sometimes the vendors have added another high tunnel or have had issues with deer, raccoons or bugs. Farming is never predictable. Your success has a lot to do with Mother Nature. What’s your favorite type of produce sold at the market? I love every kind of produce, but when I am checking farms, my favorite is cabbage. It is just beautiful — nothing like you see in the grocery store. I also think okra is very cool and has a beautiful flower. The market carries flowers and plants that thrive in this region, too. Any suggestions on what new gardeners who want to self-landscape their houses should buy? I would suggest they stick with native plants in their landscape and use annuals in pots and hanging baskets for a pop of color. The City Market vendors have a great selection of native plants and annuals and can give the customer tips on how to keep their plants thriving in the hot summer. This exchange of information is something you don’t get when shopping at the big-box stores. Plus, the plants at the market are healthy and well-cared-for before they are purchased by the customers. How does the City Market differ from other area markets? Most farmers markets have a much smaller radius, usually 50 to 100 miles. The City Market is open year-round … and, in order to include the entire state and ensure customers have produce to purchase, has a 500-mile radius. The definition of local varies with every farmers market. The City Market, in addition to the farmers market, also has year-round shops, which makes it possible for the customer to purchase all their items in one stop. The market offers shipped-in produce — never under the farmers’ sheds — so customers can purchase bananas, avocados or other produce that does not grow in Missouri or Kansas. We also have quite a few ethnic grocery stores on the property, which carry those hard-to-find items. We currently have 88 contracted vendors on Saturday, 36 contracted vendors on Sunday, and 60 approved waiting-list vendors. So we offer a great selection and variety. Any new vendors this year? We have a new cheese vendor who has a dairy farm in David City, Nebraska, who has a great selection of cheeses, even cheese curds. A new vendor from Lawrence grows lavender and makes products from the lavender. We have a new, Sunday-contracted vendor who makes coffeecakes in a commercial kitchen. Any new plans for the market this summer? The market will continue to have monthly celebrations the first Saturday of each month through October. June 2 is “Get Your Sweet On,” July 7 is “Groovalicious Fruit,” August 4 is “Veg Out,” September 1 is “For the Love of Meat,” and October 6 is “Pumpkins, Gourds and Apples, Oh My.” There’s also the Picnic Project, June 23, and the Glow Run on July 14 and the Broadway Bridge Run on September 9. The City Market now has a commercial kitchen, which we will be using throughout the summer for cooking classes and foodpreservation classes. Every weekend feels like a festival, so I think the market itself stands out as interesting.

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Lawrence Farmers Markets 7–11 a.m. Saturdays, through September, then 8–11 a.m. October 6–November 17 (parking lot between Eighth and Ninth streets and New Hampshire and Rhode Island) 4–6 p.m. Tuesdays, through October (parking lot between 10th and 11th streets on Vermont) 4–6 p.m. Thursdays, through October (southwest corner of Sixth Street and Wakarusa) 785-331-4445, lawrencefarmersmarket.com

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7:30 a.m.–1 p.m. Wednesdays, through September 26 6:30 a.m.–1 p.m. Saturdays, through October 27 7950 Marty 913-895-6391, opkansas.org

Load up on produce, breads, flowers and other products while perusing vendor tables in downtown Overland Park. Payment options include EBT/SNAP program, senior vouchers program, and debit card token program (Saturday only).

City Market 6 a.m.–3 p.m. Saturdays, 8 a.m.–3 p.m. Sundays, through October Fifth Street and Walnut 816-842-1271, thecitymarket.org

The weekend market carries artisan, organic, biodynamic, heirloom, locally grown and vegan products, and more. Live entertainment, special tasting events and weekly flea markets round out the experience. SNAP and EBT cards are accepted (until 2:30 p.m. Saturday or 2 p.m. Sunday). 2

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Kansas City Organics and Natural Market 8 a.m.–12:30 p.m. Saturdays, through October 13 Minor Park (just east of Holmes on Red Bridge Road) 816-444-3663, kcorganics.com

Find a bounty of organic and locally grown produce, and other Fair Trade and ecoproducts at this market in south Kansas City.

Brookside Farmers Market 8 a.m.–1 p.m. Saturdays, through October 20 Border Star Montessori School, parking lot at 63rd Street and Wornall brooksidefarmersmarket.com

Brookside market shoppers are likely steadfast supporters of the “farm to fork” organic-produce movement; that’s this market’s specialty.

Troostwood Youth Garden & Market 3–8 p.m. Fridays, 9 a.m.–3 p.m. Saturdays, through October 5142 Paseo 816-444-5788, troostwoodyouthgarden.info

Everything here is grown on-site with organic methods by neighborhood youth.

Westport Plaza Farmers Market 4:30–7:30 p.m. Wednesdays, through October Northwest corner of Westport Road and Wyoming Street farmersmarketkc.org, 913-461-9151

Get your organic and sustainable produce and farm products midweek in midtown. Debit cards are taken, and vendors accept Missouri food-stamp cards for double value.

Parkville Farmers Market 7 a.m.–noon (or until sellout) Saturdays, through October English Landing Park, in the parking lot off Highway 9 downtown (behind the fire station) 816-330-3279, parkvillefarmersmarket.com

The Parkville Farmers Market offers all localfarmer-produced fruits and vegetables, meats, eggs, honey and more.

Rosedale Farmers Market 12–3 p.m. Sundays, through September 340 Southwest Boulevard 913-645-7826, rosedalefarmersmarket.com

The Rosedale Market has family activities, information on community resources, and a nutrition-education booth. It’s a Beans & Greens participant and accepts SNAP/SFMNP. pitch.com

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f KC’s Fringe Festival has a face, it might be Tara Varney’s. For the past four years, the playwright, director and producer has been involved with at least one of the festival’s 10 most-attended shows. Among the big scores: 2008’s Jesus Christ, King of Comedy; 2009’s Lingerie Shop; 2010’s Khaaaaan! The Musical; and 2011’s Hexing Hitler. This year, she and her creative partner, Bryan Colley, have received an Inspiration Grant from the ArtsKC Fund for their latest Fringe work, Sexing Hitler. The Pitch: How do Hexing Hitler and this year’s Sexing Hitler complement each other? Varney: Sexing Hitler is this crazy story we found about how the Third Reich invented infl atable pleasure dolls to prevent soldiers from fraternizing with French prostitutes. The project is led by Heinrich Himmler, who sees it as a way to inspire his Aryan dream in the SS soldiers and keep the Nordic blood pure. Last year’s play, Hexing Hitler, told the true story of a group of Americans who tried to kill Hitler by using a voodoo effigy to put a death spell on him. Both plays can stand alone, but they are designed to be performed together, utilizing the same cast. They are very different, but there are a lot of parallels. Obviously, both are set during World War II and indirectly involve Adolf Hitler. Both involve people trying to harness a fantasy as a means to an end: one for murder and the other to create a master race. Both explore power struggles between people, and both are about using imagination to affect world events. And both use a doll as a focal point for these fantasies. At the same time, Hexing Hitler is fairly realistic and tells a believable story within a single time frame and single location. Sexing Hitler does away with realistic constraints. It spans several years and also uses poetry, music and dance to tell the story. In terms of style, they are complete opposites. What’s the most outrageous scene you’ve ever witnessed at a Kansas City Fringe Festival? A lot of people are going to think that nearly everything in the Fringe Festival is outrageous, and, to a certain extent, it is because it’s riskier theater than you’re going to fi nd pretty much anywhere else. And that’s the purpose of Fringe: for artists to have a space where they can challenge themselves and their audiences, and not stick with something tried-and-true because they have bills to pay. Not that there’s anything wrong with traditional theater — it’s just that most companies aren’t in a fi nancial position to be able to take artistic risks. There’s a lot riding on every decision they make. They’ve got to keep selling tickets. They’ve got boards of directors to please. And many don’t want to do any other types of theater anyway because they love what they put up, and that’s cool, too. What gets me excited about Fringe is that I know we can try anything. It’s a breeding ground for creativity. Anything can happen. Fringe doesn’t censor its artists, so it’s a really wonderful place to say yes to possibilities, to say, “This really scares me. It may fail spectacularly. I’ll do it.” Fringe is usually pretty raw. There isn’t the luxury of rehearsing in the performance space or polishing the technical aspects for days before the show goes up. Things go wrong all the time. They just do. And the really great thing is, you just deal with it — you move on. Fringe audiences understand that. They kind of thrive on it. They root for you, so it’s like we’re all on the same team. It makes it a really supportive, party atmosphere. What local summer productions are you excited about? I’m not able to see a lot of the shows that I’d like to, due to my weird schedule and fi nances. Honestly, there are a lot of plays on the Fringe schedule that I’m interested in: Skillet Tag, Thank You Notes, Cultural Confrontation and a collection of 10-minute plays by different authors called Fourplay. What are you going to do this summer for fun? What are you going to do professionally? Summers are incredibly busy for me. I teach a lot of summer camps for the Coterie Theatre and Young Audiences. My days are filled with teaching theater, and my nights and weekends are filled with doing theater, so having free time is a real oddity. I’ll probably spend some time here and there watching birds visit my backyard feeders. Pretty geeky, I know, but it’s fun and relaxing for me. I will probably collapse for a couple of days after Fringe is over, but Bryan and I have already started working on our Fringe show for 2013, and there is already a lot to do. Sexing Hitler, part of the Fringe Festival, will be performed at Off Center Theatre in Crown Center (2450 Grand) at 6:30 p.m. Friday, July 20; 8 p.m. Saturday, July 21; 7:30 p.m. Monday, July 23; 9:30 p.m. Tuesday, July 24; 8 p.m. Thursday, July 26; and 10 p.m. Saturday, July 28.

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See websites for show descriptions, showtimes and prices (where they apply).

Starlight Theatre June 5–September 2 Swope Park 4600 Starlight Road 816-363-7827, kcstarlight.com

This longtime theater under the moon and stars offers award-winning Broadway shows. In the Heights — June 5–10 The Addams Family — July 3–8 Memphis — July 10–15 Peter Pan — July 24–29 Aida — August 3–12 La Cage aux Folles — August 28–September 2

Theatre in the Park June 8–August 12 Shawnee Mission Park 7710 Renner Road, in Shawnee 913-236-1237, theatreinthepark.org

This summer’s season, in one of the largest outdoor community theaters in the country, is a mix that includes two PG-rated shows and one R-rated production (according to Theatre in the Park’s own film-style, age-appropriate rating system). Sweeney Todd: the Demon Barber of Fleet Street — Rated R — June 8–10, 14-17 Legally Blonde —Rated PG — June 22–24, June 28–July 1 The Jungle Book, Sleeping Beauty Both shows are performed each night as separate one-act musical plays (approximately 40 minutes each) Rated G — July 6–8, 12–15 Urinetown — Rated PG — July 20–22, 26–29 You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown — Rated G — August 3–5, 9–12

The Coterie Theatre Crown Center 2450 Grand 816-474-6552. coterietheatre.org

The Coterie’s summer production, written by Mary Rodgers (daughter of famous composer Richard Rodgers), is based on the children’s story The Princess and the Pea by Hans Christian Andersen. Only this show has Ron Megee in it, plus Julie Shaw as the queen. Once Upon a Mattress — June 19–August 8

Heart of America Shakespeare Festival Tuesdays–Sundays, June 19–July 15, and Monday, July 2 No performance July 4

Southmoreland Park Oak Street and Emanuel Cleaver II Boulevard 816-531-7728, kcshakes.org

Two plays this summer are performed in rotating repertory, each production shown every other night. A Midsummer’s Night Dream Antony and Cleopatra

The Barn Players 6219 Martway, Mission 913-432-9100, thebarnplayers.org

Prelude to a Kiss — June 1–17 Parallel Lives — July 20–August 5 Revolution: A Tribute to the Beatles — August 10–12 (2012 fundraiser) Blood Brothers — September 14–30

Kansas City Fringe Festival July 19–29 816-359-9195, kcfringe.org

Third Saturdays in June, July and August Music from 7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. Concourse Park in the Colonnade Bldg

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Fringe originated in Edinburgh, Scotland, and has spread around the world. Shows range from the amateur to the more established — and you don’t always know which you’re seeing (which is part of the fun). But all offer artists the freedom to express themselves however they wish. See the website for information.

Kansas City Actors Theatre August 4–September 16 H&R Block City Stage Union Station 35 West Pershing Road 816-235-6222 (tickets), kcactors.org

Last year, this professional local ensemble took on Harold Pinter. This year, it’s “A Summer of Mystery.” Agatha Christie’s The Mousetrap — August 4–26 Tom Stoppard’s The Real Inspector Hound — September 1–16

Musical Theater Heritage Off Center Theatre at Crown Center 2450 Grand 816-842-9999 (tickets), 816-221- 6987 (information), mthkc.com

Following April’s production of Sweeney Todd, this third show of MTH’s 10th season fi nds its semi-staged footing in River City with a 25-member cast. The Music Man — August 9–26

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June 1 Snow White and the Huntsman Recipe for a remake: Distance yourself from Disney and embrace your fairy tale’s dark side, with a resourceful, ass-kicking princess (Kristen Stewart), her intrepid protector (The Avengers’ Chris Hemsworth), dwarves who are far from dopey, and a diabolical queen (Charlize Theron) whose narcissism knows no bounds.

June 8 Prometheus The Alien franchise comes full circle with this stand-alone quasi-prequel directed by Ridley Scott, who made his name on the 1979 original. No Ripley this time, as visionary industri-

alist Guy Pearce bankrolls an exploration into the unknown led by Charlize Theron, Michael Fassbender and Noomi Rapace.

June 15 Rock of Ages If you can endure Glee-style covers of 1980s glam rock and hair metal for two hours, your reward is Tom Cruise as a golden god and Alec Baldwin in hair extensions as a tour manager, plus Paul Giamatti, Russell Brand and Catherine Zeta-Jones in this musical about young wannabes chasing their rockand-roll fantasy.

June 22 Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter Producer Tim Burton and director Timur Bekmambetov serve up this high-octane adaptation of Seth Grahame-Smith’s genrebending novel about the Great Emancipator’s moonlighting gig. Just try watching Steven Spielberg’s upcoming Lincoln biopic with a straight face after this. Brave The elevator pitch: It’s Mulan in Scotland. The deal-closer: It’s Pixar. Seeking a Friend for the End of the World It’s love in the time of the asteroid, as Steve

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Carell and Keira Knightley make one last road trip before the lights go out forever. We already know, more or less, how this one ends, but isn’t getting there half the fun?

June 29 Moonrise Kingdom Wes Anderson turns his singularly timeless flair for production design to his fi rst real period piece: a tale of runaway tweens in love in the summer of 1965 and the harried adults on their trail, including Bill Murray, Frances McDormand, Bruce Willis, Edward Norton and Tilda Swinton. Your Sister’s Sister Mark Duplass fi nds himself at the center of a love triangle with best friend Emily Blunt and her sister, Rosemarie DeWitt. Emotional complications ensue. On the other hand, dude, as complications go, that’s nice work if you can get it. Magic Mike Steven Soderbergh keeps postponing his retirement plans, this time typecasting onetime male stripper Channing Tatum as — wait for it — a male stripper, albeit one with strong business acumen and an eye on the future. And, oh, look — they paid Matthew McConaughey to take his shirt off when he was going to do it anyway.

July 3 The Amazing Spider-Man Is this reboot necessary? No. Does it look very different from the Sam Raimi trilogy it replaces? No. Is it how we’re spending July 4th after we exhaust our fireworks? Yeah, probably.

July 6 Savages Director Oliver Stone takes a break from history and conspiracy theories for this fast-paced tale of easygoing marijuana growers who wage war on the Mexican cartel after their girlfriend is kidnapped. Starring Blake Lively, Benicio Del Toro, Salma Hayek and John Travolta. To Rome With Love Woody Allen’s escape from New York continues, with Alec Baldwin, Penélope Cruz, Judy Davis, Jesse Eisenberg, Greta Gerwig, Ellen Page and — God help us all — Roberto Benigni.

July 13 Ted Family Guy creator Seth McFarlane writes, directs and voices the title character in this raunchy buddy comedy about a grown man (Mark Wahlberg) and his bond with the talking teddy bear he grew up with. Our inner 12-yearold can’t freaking wait.

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July 20 The Dark Knight Rises Inception’s Tom Hardy is the poor bastard who must follow Heath Ledger’s Joker as the new terror of Gotham in the conclusion of Christopher Nolan’s Batman trilogy. Nolan usually merits the summer tentpole hype.

July 25 Ruby Sparks The Little Miss Sunshine team of Jonathan Dayton and Valerie Faris directs real-life item Paul Dano and Zoe Kazan in a bit of magical realism about a struggling writer who creates the girl of his dreams on paper, then unwittingly wills her into existence.

July 27 The Watch Formerly Neighborhood Watch, this Ben Stiller–Vince Vaughn comedy received a marketing-campaign makeover in the wake of the Trayvon Martin killing. But seriously — when’s the last time anyone looked for subtext in a movie starring those two?

August 3 The Bourne Legacy Writer-director Tony Gilroy has found a way

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August 10 The Campaign Four-term congressman Will Ferrell squares off against family man Zach Galifianakis in a battle for the hearts and minds of the North Carolina electorate. It’s exactly as ridiculous as it sounds. In other words: politics as usual.

August 24 Premium Rush In writer-director David Koepp’s action thriller, NYC bike messenger Joseph Gordon-Levitt absolutely, positively has to make a delivery across town in 90 minutes or less. Dirty cop Michael Shannon wants what’s in his backpack before he can get it there.

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f KC’s Fringe Festival has a face, it might be Tara Varney’s. For the past four years, the playwright, director and producer has been involved with at least one of the festival’s 10 most-attended shows. Among the big scores: 2008’s Jesus Christ, King of Comedy; 2009’s Lingerie Shop; 2010’s Khaaaaan! The Musical; and 2011’s Hexing Hitler. This year, she and her creative partner, Bryan Colley, have received an Inspiration Grant from the ArtsKC Fund for their latest Fringe work, Sexing Hitler. The Pitch: How do Hexing Hitler and this year’s Sexing Hitler complement each other? Varney: Sexing Hitler is this crazy story we found about how the Third Reich invented infl atable pleasure dolls to prevent soldiers from fraternizing with French prostitutes. The project is led by Heinrich Himmler, who sees it as a way to inspire his Aryan dream in the SS soldiers and keep the Nordic blood pure. Last year’s play, Hexing Hitler, told the true story of a group of Americans who tried to kill Hitler by using a voodoo effigy to put a death spell on him. Both plays can stand alone, but they are designed to be performed together, utilizing the same cast. They are very different, but there are a lot of parallels. Obviously, both are set during World War II and indirectly involve Adolf Hitler. Both involve people trying to harness a fantasy as a means to an end: one for murder and the other to create a master race. Both explore power struggles between people, and both are about using imagination to affect world events. And both use a doll as a focal point for these fantasies. At the same time, Hexing Hitler is fairly realistic and tells a believable story within a single time frame and single location. Sexing Hitler does away with realistic constraints. It spans several years and also uses poetry, music and dance to tell the story. In terms of style, they are complete opposites. What’s the most outrageous scene you’ve ever witnessed at a Kansas City Fringe Festival? A lot of people are going to think that nearly everything in the Fringe Festival is outrageous, and, to a certain extent, it is because it’s riskier theater than you’re going to fi nd pretty much anywhere else. And that’s the purpose of Fringe: for artists to have a space where they can challenge themselves and their audiences, and not stick with something tried-and-true because they have bills to pay. Not that there’s anything wrong with traditional theater — it’s just that most companies aren’t in a fi nancial position to be able to take artistic risks. There’s a lot riding on every decision they make. They’ve got to keep selling tickets. They’ve got boards of directors to please. And many don’t want to do any other types of theater anyway because they love what they put up, and that’s cool, too. What gets me excited about Fringe is that I know we can try anything. It’s a breeding ground for creativity. Anything can happen. Fringe doesn’t censor its artists, so it’s a really wonderful place to say yes to possibilities, to say, “This really scares me. It may fail spectacularly. I’ll do it.” Fringe is usually pretty raw. There isn’t the luxury of rehearsing in the performance space or polishing the technical aspects for days before the show goes up. Things go wrong all the time. They just do. And the really great thing is, you just deal with it — you move on. Fringe audiences understand that. They kind of thrive on it. They root for you, so it’s like we’re all on the same team. It makes it a really supportive, party atmosphere. What local summer productions are you excited about? I’m not able to see a lot of the shows that I’d like to, due to my weird schedule and fi nances. Honestly, there are a lot of plays on the Fringe schedule that I’m interested in: Skillet Tag, Thank You Notes, Cultural Confrontation and a collection of 10-minute plays by different authors called Fourplay. What are you going to do this summer for fun? What are you going to do professionally? Summers are incredibly busy for me. I teach a lot of summer camps for the Coterie Theatre and Young Audiences. My days are filled with teaching theater, and my nights and weekends are filled with doing theater, so having free time is a real oddity. I’ll probably spend some time here and there watching birds visit my backyard feeders. Pretty geeky, I know, but it’s fun and relaxing for me. I will probably collapse for a couple of days after Fringe is over, but Bryan and I have already started working on our Fringe show for 2013, and there is already a lot to do. Sexing Hitler, part of the Fringe Festival, will be performed at Off Center Theatre in Crown Center (2450 Grand) at 6:30 p.m. Friday, July 20; 8 p.m. Saturday, July 21; 7:30 p.m. Monday, July 23; 9:30 p.m. Tuesday, July 24; 8 p.m. Thursday, July 26; and 10 p.m. Saturday, July 28.

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The Coterie’s summer production, written by Mary Rodgers (daughter of famous composer Richard Rodgers), is based on the children’s story The Princess and the Pea by Hans Christian Andersen. Only this show has Ron Megee in it, plus Julie Shaw as the queen. Once Upon a Mattress — June 19–August 8

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e’ve pared down the summerrelease slate to 20 movies that we think may be worth your two hours and ticket price. If you don’t see a major summer blockbuster listed here, don’t worry — the big-studio marketing hacks will compensate by carpetbombing you with trailers, TV spots and Taco Bell promotions. Hell, we probably could have fed Africa or financed a U.S. health-care system with what Universal spent on Battleship alone. (Release dates are subject to change.)

June 1 Snow White and the Huntsman Recipe for a remake: Distance yourself from Disney and embrace your fairy tale’s dark side, with a resourceful, ass-kicking princess (Kristen Stewart), her intrepid protector (The Avengers’ Chris Hemsworth), dwarves who are far from dopey, and a diabolical queen (Charlize Theron) whose narcissism knows no bounds.

June 8 Prometheus The Alien franchise comes full circle with this stand-alone quasi-prequel directed by Ridley Scott, who made his name on the 1979 original. No Ripley this time, as visionary industri-

alist Guy Pearce bankrolls an exploration into the unknown led by Charlize Theron, Michael Fassbender and Noomi Rapace.

June 15 Rock of Ages If you can endure Glee-style covers of 1980s glam rock and hair metal for two hours, your reward is Tom Cruise as a golden god and Alec Baldwin in hair extensions as a tour manager, plus Paul Giamatti, Russell Brand and Catherine Zeta-Jones in this musical about young wannabes chasing their rockand-roll fantasy.

June 22 Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter Producer Tim Burton and director Timur Bekmambetov serve up this high-octane adaptation of Seth Grahame-Smith’s genrebending novel about the Great Emancipator’s moonlighting gig. Just try watching Steven Spielberg’s upcoming Lincoln biopic with a straight face after this. Brave The elevator pitch: It’s Mulan in Scotland. The deal-closer: It’s Pixar. Seeking a Friend for the End of the World It’s love in the time of the asteroid, as Steve

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Carell and Keira Knightley make one last road trip before the lights go out forever. We already know, more or less, how this one ends, but isn’t getting there half the fun?

June 29 Moonrise Kingdom Wes Anderson turns his singularly timeless flair for production design to his fi rst real period piece: a tale of runaway tweens in love in the summer of 1965 and the harried adults on their trail, including Bill Murray, Frances McDormand, Bruce Willis, Edward Norton and Tilda Swinton. Your Sister’s Sister Mark Duplass fi nds himself at the center of a love triangle with best friend Emily Blunt and her sister, Rosemarie DeWitt. Emotional complications ensue. On the other hand, dude, as complications go, that’s nice work if you can get it. Magic Mike Steven Soderbergh keeps postponing his retirement plans, this time typecasting onetime male stripper Channing Tatum as — wait for it — a male stripper, albeit one with strong business acumen and an eye on the future. And, oh, look — they paid Matthew McConaughey to take his shirt off when he was going to do it anyway.

July 3 The Amazing Spider-Man Is this reboot necessary? No. Does it look very different from the Sam Raimi trilogy it replaces? No. Is it how we’re spending July 4th after we exhaust our fireworks? Yeah, probably.

July 6 Savages Director Oliver Stone takes a break from history and conspiracy theories for this fast-paced tale of easygoing marijuana growers who wage war on the Mexican cartel after their girlfriend is kidnapped. Starring Blake Lively, Benicio Del Toro, Salma Hayek and John Travolta. To Rome With Love Woody Allen’s escape from New York continues, with Alec Baldwin, Penélope Cruz, Judy Davis, Jesse Eisenberg, Greta Gerwig, Ellen Page and — God help us all — Roberto Benigni.

July 13 Ted Family Guy creator Seth McFarlane writes, directs and voices the title character in this raunchy buddy comedy about a grown man (Mark Wahlberg) and his bond with the talking teddy bear he grew up with. Our inner 12-yearold can’t freaking wait.

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July 20 The Dark Knight Rises Inception’s Tom Hardy is the poor bastard who must follow Heath Ledger’s Joker as the new terror of Gotham in the conclusion of Christopher Nolan’s Batman trilogy. Nolan usually merits the summer tentpole hype.

July 25 Ruby Sparks The Little Miss Sunshine team of Jonathan Dayton and Valerie Faris directs real-life item Paul Dano and Zoe Kazan in a bit of magical realism about a struggling writer who creates the girl of his dreams on paper, then unwittingly wills her into existence.

July 27 The Watch Formerly Neighborhood Watch, this Ben Stiller–Vince Vaughn comedy received a marketing-campaign makeover in the wake of the Trayvon Martin killing. But seriously — when’s the last time anyone looked for subtext in a movie starring those two?

August 3 The Bourne Legacy Writer-director Tony Gilroy has found a way

around what Matt Damon jokingly called The Bourne Redundancy, extending the franchise’s shelf life by introducing Jeremy Renner as one of multiple Jason Bournes operating within Treadstone. This specimen also takes many names and kicks much ass. Total Recall Twenty-two years after Paul Verhoeven’s groundbreaking F/X showcase, Colin Farrell and Kate Beckinsale step into the roles originated by Arnold Schwarzenegger and Sharon Stone. Eh, couldn’t hurt. If nothing else, expect Farrell’s enunciation to be excellent.

August 10 The Campaign Four-term congressman Will Ferrell squares off against family man Zach Galifianakis in a battle for the hearts and minds of the North Carolina electorate. It’s exactly as ridiculous as it sounds. In other words: politics as usual.

August 24 Premium Rush In writer-director David Koepp’s action thriller, NYC bike messenger Joseph Gordon-Levitt absolutely, positively has to make a delivery across town in 90 minutes or less. Dirty cop Michael Shannon wants what’s in his backpack before he can get it there.

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musical art that he makes nearly every day at home in Oklahoma City, where he has lived for most of his life. This year, he put out one of the Lips’ most unconventional albums yet, Heady Fwends, a vinyl-only release that captures some spectacularly peculiar collaborations. Only Coyne can claim to have assembled, on one record: Coldplay’s Chris Martin, Erykah Badu, Nick Cave, Ke$ha, Biz Markie, Lightning Bolt, Yoko Ono, Neon Indian, Prefuse 73 and Bon Iver. And what might have been an aural nightmare finds a common thread that somehow makes the album cohesive. It’s still plenty weird. It’s also very good.

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The band’s 2012 has an impressive array of festival dates all over the world, with a doublewide stop in Lawrence June 21 and 22. Over those two nights, the Lips’ immersive concert experience comes to Liberty Hall as the band helps that institution mark its 100th anniversary. Coyne joined The Pitch by phone earlier this month to talk about his band’s summer shows, Heady Fwends, and the way he wants his art to be perceived. The Pitch: Have you spent much time in Lawrence? Kliph [Scurlock, drummer for the Lips] lives there. Coyne: Well, you know, the Flaming Lips

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“We booked toward dancing, movement, merica’s appetite for music fesactivity,” says Doug Bordegon, who, along tivals has proved remarkably with his brother, Kevin, operates Borda Prostrong over the past decade, and there’s been no shortage of pro- ductions, the fi rm staging the event. “We didn’t want lawn-chair artists. We wanted moters and organizers cashing in on the dea consistent, high-energy party both days. mand. But festivals don’t always work out: And we wanted artists that had maybe not Attendance at Kanrocksas, a two-day party at the Kansas Speedway last year, was shy of traditionally visited Kansas City, which we expectations, and it is not returning in 2012. got with Wiz and Flo Rida.” The New Jersey-raised brothers started This year, another goofily named festival is throwing parties back in college at the dipping its toes in the Kansas City live-music University of Dayton and have gradually market: Dancefestopia, a two-day event at upped the scale. “We do a Richard L. Berkley RiverNew Year’s Eve event evfront Park. Where Kanrockery year at the Scottish Rite sas aimed to please everyone DancefesTopia June 1–2, $59–$129 Temple here in town that (Black Keys, Bassnectar, Richard L. Berkley draws 10,000 people. We Eminem), Dancefestopia is Riverfront Park do Halloween events, lots focusing mostly on hip-hop, dancefestopia.com of club promotion,” Kevin pop and dance acts. Friday Bordegon says. The pair night’s headliner is Flo Rida, had been kicking around followed by a late-night dance set from Australian, big-in-Europe the idea for a music festival in Kansas City dance act Yolanda Be Cool. Saturday’s main for a couple of years and started developing the concept last May. draw is weed-rapper Wiz Khalifa, after which “We looked at just about every venue house DJ Morgan Page spins. Saturday’s bill in Kansas City and the three-hour radius also includes Yelawolf (a sort of Southern around it — national parks, state parks, Eminem) and millennial-friendly party-pop larger venues,” he says. “Ultimately, we from 3OH!3.  

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Liberty Hall is a much smaller venue than you typically play now. How do you adapt your huge stage show to a smaller theater? We’ve played places where, even though they can hold a lot of people, staging and stuff can be small. The last show that I saw there, I think, was Sigur Rós quite a few years back. A lot of times, we don’t worry about it too much. Something will work. And to me, it’s never about stuff as much as it’s about love and the people. It’ll be fuckin’ crazy, I’m sure. When it’s smaller like that, it’s crazy. Have you played with Deerhoof before? Yeah, we’ve played quite a few shows with

them. We did a tour with them maybe three or four years ago, maybe longer than that. We’ve played shows with them and seen them and know them and do all kinds of stuff. Is there anything that you particularly like or dislike about festival settings? What we like about it is that it’s not all about people coming to see the Flaming Lips. You kind of feel like you’re invited to this giant party. And a lot of times, we’ll be at the end of the thing where we get to come out when everyone’s already having a great time. Our music is, you know, it’s set to a sort of optimistic joyness — an event — and it’s meant to sort of be more of a party. Having all the lights and volume and all of that stuff helps. That and … lots of types of people who want to go hang out with their friends and do crazy shit. It isn’t just the setting — it’s the mindset of those people that make it. We’re some of them, you know. What does it feel like to cruise around in the big hamster ball? The first couple times that I did it, I worried that I was gonna get killed. Once I realized that I wasn’t gonna get killed, now I really worry more about the audience because sometimes it’s a very — well, not violent, but there’s a big crowd of people trying to push each other and shove each other. We don’t want that. We want it to be a lot of fun. I try to make it like I’m just trying to walk on top of you, but sometimes it’s just not possible to keep people from going a little bit crazy. I’m mostly worried that there are some small women at the front, and this big kind of avalanche of people can overwhelm them. So I don’t worry about myself anymore. It is a lot of fun, and you can really see how people are excited by it, even though they’ve seen pictures of it forever. They’re just excited maybe to see it in real life, and all that junk. I think people wonder if I’m ever gonna get sick of doing the bubble. I’m just glad that people like it. I do worry about the audience, though. I’ve heard your live shows described almost religiously, with all of the extra visual components that you bring to each show. What do you aim or hope for at these performances, as far as the whole package coming together? You have to remember that we’ve been doing shows for a long, long time. Next year is the 30th year that the Flaming Lips have been together. We’ve always done, you know, a show — something that’s a happening. I think we’ve always felt conscious about this thing of performing. We just like a happening — we’re mostly doing it to entertain ourselves. That’s what a lot of art does: You just kind of do your thing and hope people like it. We can always tell that it’s having an effect, you know. We do a lot of different things, and the things that don’t work, you change. And the things that do work, you try to make them better. What we’re trying to do for the most part is have your complete attention. Whenever you go to anything with a large group of people where they’re all paying attention to the same thing, it is, in a sense, a powerful vortex of energy, having everybody experiencing the same thing at the same time. That’s really what we’re trying to do. When we play a big outdoor festival, luckily we’re able to bring laser beams and other things so that even a great distance back, you can still get the magic. Maybe it’s not the exact same message as if you were standing

onstage with us, but it’s a pretty good resemblance of this message that we’re putting out because it’s just pure, big, and it’s bright, and you can see it from a ways away. It’s difficult to communicate if people aren’t engaged. You just want their full attention. You, I’m sure, have been to see a movie at a movie theater where people are talking on their cellphones behind you during the movie. As much as the screen is big and you can tell what’s going on, you just don’t like this distraction of them not being into the same thing that you’re into. You want them to shut up. I think that’s what we’re doing. We’re just gonna create something that if you’re not paying attention to it, you’re probably gonna want to leave. And when we play a place like Liberty Hall, it should be about as overwhelming as it can get, which I think is pretty fun. Changing gears a bit: Heady Fwends is one of the most random collaborative albums maybe ever. How did you assemble the group for it? Was it all through Twitter?

“What we like about it is that it’s not all about people coming to see the flaming lips. you kind of feel like you’re invited to this giant party.” Well, I like this word random. It’s the first time someone has said it, and it’s exactly fucking right. I could have never, even in a ridiculous imagination, thought that I could have gotten Chris Martin, Ke$ha, Lightning Bolt and Neon Indian all together within fuckin’ 12 minutes of each other. I would say some of it was because of Twitter, but all of it is based on [the idea that] you kind of reach out to people and hope that they’re already aware of, and like, what you’re doing. I don’t think it would work, regardless of Twitter or anything, if you reached out and asked, “Would you like to do a song with the Flaming Lips?” And they said, “No, I hate you guys. I don’t want to.” It just wouldn’t work. Like, Justin Vernon, from Bon Iver — that was definitely a connection through Twitter. But the minute that we were able to connect with each other, I realized that he was a big fan of the Flaming Lips, and he realized I was a big fan of what he was doing. So that, I think, is mostly what it is, liking each other’s work and liking being around each other and to be around their energy and creativity and their way of being. I know these things sound hokey, but they’re very true. It’s really amazing being around people who do cool music.

And then others would be based around friendship. … Most of the people I’m working with are pretty busy, and I’m here interrupting them, saying, “Here, do this thing with me.” So it’s probably mostly that people like each other’s music, and then, secondly, convenient schedules. Mostly I’m texting people, and am relentless in that way. When I say I care about something, I don’t just care about it once. I care in every way that I can. And if I want something to happen, I let people know that I really want it to happen. I’ll do everything that I can. It’s not anything other than sheer will, and it’s important that we try. I’m getting more out of it than they are. I love the energy and unpredictableness of this type of work. The results of this were very interesting. It’s a surprisingly cohesive album, considering how different all of the artists are. Thank you, that’s a great compliment. Some of it, I think, we just got lucky that there were some Flaming Lips-type themes running through this — you know, insects, this idea of living in a world that is separate from this other world. It’s everybody being so like-minded that we can sing one of my songs that sounds very much like one of my songs, and Justin Vernon can sing one of his songs, and it sounds very much like one of his songs, and yet they sort of sound like they belong together. You also have a generous attitude with your fans. Do you think artists should be as accessible as possible, within reason? I think they should just do what they like. For anybody in the audience, that’s what is of the greatest benefit. When I’ve been around artists, I feel like it’s a luxury to be able to hear the truth. People aren’t obligated to tell you the truth, even in your life. There are people in your life that won’t tell you the absolute truth. For me, the artists that I really relate to, they cannot live anyway else. They have to live what they think the truth of their own lives is, and that’s important. For me it’s not about whether I agree or don’t. I just love being in the presence of people who are really living their own trip. They’re not worried about what’s cool or being embarrassed or making money or any of those things. They’re doing their thing, and it tells you how to live. It tells you, this is the way that we should live our lives. We like some artists because they’re generous, and they give love and they have a lot of really cool-sounding ideas, but we really want them to say, “I am what I am, and I hope you love me.” That’s what makes great art. I think that’s why I’m so drawn to animals and nature — there’s nothing fake, you know? Humans are very hard to read, but it’s very rewarding to read them as well. When I run into people that I relate to, it’s like a volcano going off — it’s great. To run into someone like Ke$ha or Erykah Badu — I mean, they’re like my sisters. We could sit there and talk for weeks about music and art and crazy shit that they do. I get more out of it than they do. I think they’re thinking I’m just a weirdo, but it’s fact. People should be the way they wanna be and hope it works. I would always say that it’s better to be kind, whether you’re famous or not, or live alone. Just be a kind person, and the world is already a better place because of that.

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“We booked toward dancing, movement, merica’s appetite for music fesactivity,” says Doug Bordegon, who, along tivals has proved remarkably with his brother, Kevin, operates Borda Prostrong over the past decade, and there’s been no shortage of pro- ductions, the fi rm staging the event. “We didn’t want lawn-chair artists. We wanted moters and organizers cashing in on the dea consistent, high-energy party both days. mand. But festivals don’t always work out: And we wanted artists that had maybe not Attendance at Kanrocksas, a two-day party at the Kansas Speedway last year, was shy of traditionally visited Kansas City, which we expectations, and it is not returning in 2012. got with Wiz and Flo Rida.” The New Jersey-raised brothers started This year, another goofily named festival is throwing parties back in college at the dipping its toes in the Kansas City live-music University of Dayton and have gradually market: Dancefestopia, a two-day event at upped the scale. “We do a Richard L. Berkley RiverNew Year’s Eve event evfront Park. Where Kanrockery year at the Scottish Rite sas aimed to please everyone DancefesTopia June 1–2, $59–$129 Temple here in town that (Black Keys, Bassnectar, Richard L. Berkley draws 10,000 people. We Eminem), Dancefestopia is Riverfront Park do Halloween events, lots focusing mostly on hip-hop, dancefestopia.com of club promotion,” Kevin pop and dance acts. Friday Bordegon says. The pair night’s headliner is Flo Rida, had been kicking around followed by a late-night dance set from Australian, big-in-Europe the idea for a music festival in Kansas City dance act Yolanda Be Cool. Saturday’s main for a couple of years and started developing the concept last May. draw is weed-rapper Wiz Khalifa, after which “We looked at just about every venue house DJ Morgan Page spins. Saturday’s bill in Kansas City and the three-hour radius also includes Yelawolf (a sort of Southern around it — national parks, state parks, Eminem) and millennial-friendly party-pop larger venues,” he says. “Ultimately, we from 3OH!3.  

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felt that having it at Berkley Park was the best option. It’s on the river, and there’s this beautiful park setting, but being downtown also gives it an urban feel. And it’s a way to showcase some of Kansas City’s greatest assets, like the River Market. A lot of people don’t even know about Berkley Park. The feeling you get at that park,” he continues, “you can’t get that in Overland Park or at the Legends. It’s got a real community feeling to it.” Naturally, the goal is for Dancefestopia to evolve into an annual event, but that all depends on how many people show up at the gate. “We’re going for the college students, Power & Light crowd, young-activeprofessionals crowd,” Doug says. “Any festival, the fi rst year, people will either say it was too crowded or not crowded enough,” Kevin adds. “We’ve gone to a lot of festivals to try and research this and work it all out. I think we’ve got it at a good starting place. We’re keeping it very affordable. Beer is $5, liquor is $6, water is $2. We’re not trying to scam everybody. We want to be around next year.” 

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Buzz Under the Stars August 8, $35 Richard L. Berkley Riverfront Park 1298 East Riverfront Drive (between the Heart of America and Paseo bridges) buzzunderthestars.com

Dance the weekend away to Wiz Khalifa, Flo Rida, Matisyahu, Yelawolf and dozens more, then safely (though probably not quietly) camp in the glow of Kansas City’s downtown skyline.

See the impeccable Shirley Manson and crew in Garbage, along with Fun, Silversun Pickups, Alabama Shakes and Electric Guest, with the Mighty Mo and the KC skyline as your backdrops.

The Flatlanders June 12, $28.50 Knuckleheads Saloon 2715 Rochester 816-483-1456, knuckleheadskc.com

Featuring Joe Ely, Jimmie Dale Gilmore and Butch Hancock, with special guest Jason Eady.

Jimmy Cliff June 15, $30 Crossroads KC at Grinders 417 East 18th Street 816-472-5454, crossroadskc.com

Country Stampede June 21–24, $75-$545 Tuttle Creek State Park 5800 A River Pond Road, Manhattan countrystampede.com

The Country Stampede returns this year with an impressive lineup for those who like their music with a side of twang. Acts include the Zac Brown Band, Toby Keith, Travis Tritt, the Band Perry and many others.

Missouri Chainsaw Grassacre June 23, $21.50–$61.50 Crossroads KC at Grinders 417 East 18th Street 785-749-3434 (ticket information) crossroadskc.com

Split Lip Rayfield, Deadman Flats, Truckstop Honeymoon, Cornmeal, and Sons of Fathers are among those featured at this annual rowdy, boozy day dedicated to local bluegrass.

Sonic Spectrum Tribute to the Minutemen

Def Leppard, Poison, and Lita Ford June 27, $30–$120 Sprint Center 1407 Grand 816-949-7000 (tickets), sprintcenter.com

Don your pleather and leopard prints and party like it’s 1989 at this arena offering, which is sure to be gloriously heavy on pyrotechnics, guitar solos and big hair.

Young the Giant July 6, free KC Live Stage, the Power & Light District 14th Street and Grand powerandlightdistrict.com

Lawrence Field Day Festival July 6–7, price TBD The Bottleneck 737 New Hampshire, Lawrence 785-841-5483, bottlenecklive.com

This brand-new two-day music event focuses on the local and promises to grow larger as it nears. Featured acts include Drag the River, the ACBs, Approach, and JabberJosh, among others.

My Brothers and Sisters July 7, $7 The Brick 1727 McGee 816-421-1634, thebrickkcmo.com

June 24, $7 RecordBar 1020 Westport Road 816-753-5207, therecordbar.com

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Starlight usually manages to book something for everyone, and this summer’s highlights include the following:

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My Morning Jacket, Band of Horses August 6, $36–$46

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Hank Williams Jr., George Thorogood and the Destroyers August 18, $30–$50 Missouri State Fair 2503 West 16th Street, Sedalia 660-530-5600, mostatefair.com

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The Gaslight Anthem July 12 The Bottleneck 737 New Hampshire, Lawrence 785-841-5483, bottlenecklive.com

Lucinda Williams July 24, $28 Stephens Lake Park, $28 2001 East Broadway, Columbia 573-777-1897

Los Lobos July 26, $34.50 Knuckleheads Saloon 2715 Rochester 816-483-1456, knuckleheadskc.com

The Avett Brothers July 26, $36.50 Crossroads KC at Grinders 417 East 18th Street 816-472-5454, crossroadskc.com

The Pitch Music Showcase in Westport August 4 $6 July 2–27, $8 July 28–August 3 $10 at door

In among the pie-eating contest, steer judging and a Larry the Cable Guy look-alike contest (no, really), see these two biggerthan-life country and rock artists at the Pepsi Grandstand.

Sharon Van Etten, with Hospital Ships August 20, $12 Riot Room 4048 Broadway 816-442-8179, theriotroom.com

Kansas State Fiddling and Picking Championships August 26, free South Park 1141 Massachusetts, Lawrence kansasfiddlingandpicking.org

At the close of each summer, South Park fills with hundreds of folk musicians, eager to share their talents in categories including fiddling, flatpicking and fi ngerpicking guitar, banjo and mandolin. Enjoy the music as they vie to be among the best in their fields.

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August 30, $55 Knuckleheads Saloon 2715 Rochester 816-483-1456, knuckleheadskc.com

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Sherry Leedy Contemporary Art (2004 Baltimore, 816-221-2626). The bold, high-contrast work of Tom Huck always gets a strong reaction: People either love it or hate it. The dramatic black-andwhite prints are produced from hand-cut linoleum blocks, and Sherry Leedy has been showing his work for years. It’s art that takes years to make, too. Huck’s first portfolio series came out in 1998, and his latest, The Hillbilly Kama Sutra, is a riotous limited edition of 14 16-by-16-inch prints. Other works at the gallery offer colorful opportunities for more restful contemplation: the haunting “dot-faces” of Marcus Cain, in Wonder & Dread, and the delicate ink and wash drawings of Anne Austin Pearce, in Undertow, glimpse emotional states of being. H&R Block Artspace (16 East 43rd Street, 816-561-5563) The 2012 Kansas City Flatfile show opens today. The biennial invitational is probably best seen without the crowds — viewers don white gloves and pore over drawers of unframed two-dimensional works, and the table space runs out — but there’s something to be said for having lots of people around to spark discussion. Art & Frame Warehouse (2015 Grand, 816-471-7444) brings indoors the delightful paintings by a group of artists experimenting with the spontaneity of working “en plein air.” You could follow the outings of the KC PAC on Facebook, but it’s an interesting chance to see the finished works all in one spot, with the added quirk of having electro-acoustical music instead of traffic and park sounds “framing” watercolors by Lee Piechocki, Nicole Mauser, Robert Josiah Bingaman and others. Blue Gallery (118 Southwest Boulevard, 816-527-0823). The ongoing group exhibition NUDE features confrontational portraits — they look back at you — by Rachel Stuart-Haas, Renée Cinderhouse, Peregrine Honig and others. Windhorse Tattoo & Gallery (1717 Wyandotte, #200, 816-283-0500). Alisa Ross, who constructs plushies, uses cuddly materials to portray the usually bleak stuffed animals of natural history museums and trophy hunters’ walls. Her new solo exhibition, Head Games, opens tonight. — TRACY ABELN

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T H U R S D AY | 5 . 31 | BELIEVE IN THE BEER

We love it when drinking beer means supporting a good cause. New Belgium brings its annual nonprofit Clips of Faith film-and-beer show to Theis Park (48th Street and Rockhill Road) at 7 p.m., with all proceeds benefiting BikeWalkKC. The event features short films made by New Belgium fans, as well as 16 varieties of brew from the Fort Collins, Colorado, brewery (available in 3- or 16-ounce pours). Look for games, contests, soft drinks and food trucks. Admission is free, and the beer bar is cash-only. See bikewalkkc.org for more information. — APRIL FLEMING

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Before approximately 7,500 runners take through the streets of midtown, the Plaza, Crown Center and Brookside at 7 a.m. Saturday morning for KC’s biggest road race, the Hospital Hill Run Health and Fitness Expo runs at the Crown Center Exhibit Hall (2323 McGee) 3–7 p.m. today and 11 a.m.– 8 p.m. tomorrow. Besides more than 75 booths of retailers, vendors and race information, it’s your last chance to sign up for the UMKC School of Medicine 5K. “There should definitely be spots open,” says race director Beth Salinger. For more information, see hospitalhillrun.com. — BERRY ANDERSON

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The organizers of tonight’s Kansas City Zombie Walk for Hunger want you to consider the following as you walk through the Crossroads. First, zombies don’t walk — they lurch, crawl or limp. Second, zombies don’t tweet, use Instagram or even smile. Can your undead soul handle those simple rules? If so, meet in The Pitch parking lot (1701 Main) at 7 p.m. with five nonperishable food items. “We offer a ‘blood bath,’ where you can be sprayed down with blood prior to the walk, for a minimum donation,” says event organizer Jamie King. The walk begins at 8; see kczombiewalk.org for more information. — ABBIE STUTZER

S AT U R D AY | 6 . 2 | PURE IMAGINATION

Once the site of an abandoned church, the corner of Ninth Street and Harrison is now home to the Arts Asylum (1000 East Ninth Street, 816-301-7444), a 32,000-square-foot performing and visual arts center that contains 22 studio spaces, three performance/ gallery spaces, and a performance-hall sanctuary called the James and Marjory Russell Theater. Sounds awesome, right?

“Our grand opening will feature local visual artists, culinary artists who will provide the spread, and showcase some amazing performances from Voler–Thieves of Flight, the Living Room and the Coterie,” says founding member Courtney Perry. The preview event begins at 7:30 p.m. For more information, see theartsasylum.org. — BERRY ANDERSON

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Kansas City’s Italian community has been a cultural force for more than a century. Celebrate its music, culinary traditions and la dolce vita at Festa Italiana, a three-day party running this weekend at Zona Rosa (8640 North Dixson Avenue, 816-587-8180). The Jerry Viviano Variety Show is a staple of the annual event, and tonight’s 8:30 headliner is the Rat Pack Reprise. “They sound so close to Sinatra and Martin, it’ll knock your socks off,” Viviano says. Don’t miss the meatball-eating contest at 1:45 p.m. Admission is free. For a schedule of events, see unicokc.org. — CHARLES FERRUZZA

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t’s safe to say the east Crossroads’ MoMo Gallery — run by the late, beloved KC artist Mott-ly Tisdale — was the metro’s rawest, most eclectic space during the time it was open. And though he made his own art at a restless pace, across a broad spectrum of media, he never exhibited his own pieces there, instead spotting and shepherding new talent. Tonight at 6:30, filmmaker Chris Snipes debuts his affectionate new documentary, My Friend Mott-ly, at Screenland Crossroads. An afterparty at the Late Show Gallery (1600 Cherry) follows at 8. See screenland.com for tickets. — S COTT WILSON

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Attention, fellow sinners. The new weekly offering Sunday Salvation, at Jazzhaus (962-1/2 Massachusetts, Lawrence, 785-749-3320), is here to start your week afresh. Drink, dance and wail with Booty Bass, the new Sunday-night house band. “Expect to hear a lot of invigorating funk music designed to get your soul right,” says promoter Anthony Edmondson. Traditionally a service-industry staple, Sunday night at the Jazzhaus is a top-notch place to hang with lovable townies.“It’s definitely a friendly vibe. Everyone knows everyone and is super open-minded.” The redemption begins at 10 p.m. and, praise be, costs only $3. — ABBIE STUTZER

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From letterpress-printed notecards to hand-designed scarves, local artists — many of them women in their late 20s and early 30s — craft modern, brightly colored pieces. “Ric Rac feels young and fresh, and I think the vendors are trailblazers in the world of Kansas E MOR City craftiness,” says Betsy Blodgett, Ric Rac Roundup organizer T A E IN ONL .COM and owner of Bon Bon PITCH Atelier. Find 27 vendors (some will have food alongside their crafts) at the free annual event that runs 9 a.m.–4 p.m. in the parking lot at 300 Westport Road. Call 816-756-0855 or see ricracroundup.com for more information. — NANCY HULL RIGDON

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A lot of comedians do impressions, but few have the range of Pablo Francisco. The longtime comedian can bounce from Arnold Schwarzenegger to teenage girl to movie-trailer voice-over guy to Telemundo actress with such hyper, frantic energy, you wonder if something actually might be wrong with him. Sure, it’s a schtick, but he actually pulls it off — Francisco has long been featured on Comedy Central specials and late-night talk shows and alongside Carlos Mencia. See for yourself when he wraps up a four-night stint at the KC Improv (7260 Northwest 87th Street, 816-759-5233). Tickets cost $22. See improvkc.com. — APRIL FLEMING

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hanks to London’s National Theatre Live, audiences can see two encore performances of last year’s hot-ticket show Frankenstein, directed by Oscar winner Danny Boyle. The draw? Victor Frankenstein and the Creature are played by both Jonny Lee Miller and Benedict Cumberbatch (above). In tonight’s showing at 7 at Tivoli Cinemas (4050 Pennsylvania, 816-561-5222), Miller does Frankenstein while Cumberbatch is the creature. On Sunday, June 10, at 1:30 p.m., the roles — B.A. reverse. Tickets cost $15.

T U E S D AY | 6 . 5 | TRY THE TAPAS

Ever wish there was a way to sample a restaurant without having to plunk down the full price of a meal or two? Beginning today through Friday, June 8, more than 20 local restaurants are taking part in TapasFest, a chef competition and benefit for Harvesters. Participants purchase a “passport” for $12.50, good for one tapa at up to three different locations (with the purchase of a beverage), and vote for their favorites, like maybe the ruby red smoked trout crostini at Michael Forbes Bar and Grille (128 West 63rd Street, 816-333-4355) or the serrano ham croquette from RC’s Restaurant and Lounge (330 East 135th Street, 816-942-4999). See tapasfest .com for more details. — APRIL FLEMING

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For years, the orange-and-purple stucco building at Fifth and Elm streets (formerly home to the Latino Si nightclub) in North Lawrence was considered an eyesore. In early March, neighbors gave it a muchneeded makeover. Frank’s North Star Tavern (508 Locust, 785-856-5080) has become the newest drinking destination in Lawrence, and it’s a far cry from the Latino Si days. Frank’s is cozy, featuring comfortable vintage couches, natural stone walls, pool tables and arcade games. Premium drafts are on special tonight for $3. Find Frank’s on Facebook. — APRIL FLEMING

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T H U R S D AY, M AY 31 Tommy Castro and the Painkillers with Billy Ebeling doing Dylan: 7 p.m. Knuckleheads Saloon, 2715 Rochester, 816-483-1456. The Devil Makes Three, Spider John, Not in the Face: Crossroads KC at Grinders, 417 E. 18th St., 816472-5454. Tribal Seeds, Through the Roots: 9:30 p.m. RecordBar, 1020 Westport Rd., 816-753-5207. Eli Young Band: KC Live! Stage at the Power & Light District, 14th St. and Grand.

F R I D AY, J U N E 1 Dancefestopia with Wiz Khalifa, Flo Rida, 3OH!3, Matisyahu, DEV, New Boyz, Outasight, Morgan Page, and more: 4 p.m. Berkley Riverfront Park, at Lydia and Front Streets, 816-221-0636. G-Love & Special Sauce: KC Live! Stage at the Power & Light District, 14th St. and Grand. Amy LaVere: Living Room Sessions, 8:30 p.m. Knuckleheads Saloon, 2715 Rochester, 816-483-1456. StarKid: Uptown Theater, 3700 Broadway, 816-753-8665.

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Blitzen Trapper is not touring on a new album, and that's probably a good thing. The Portland act has released four albums in six years, and its most recent, last September’s American Goldwing, was a little light on new ideas. But there’s still a huge audience for the band’s wayward Americana, which borrows liberally from guys like Dylan, McCartney, Petty and Young. Thursday, May 31, at the Riot Room (4048 Broadway, 816-442-8179)

Valient Thorr

Chapel Hill, North Carolina’s Valient Thorr is notorious for its energetic live shows, at which the band blends political and intergalactic lyrics into boogie metal and MC5style rock. This approach has netted Valient Thorr its own rabid fanbase — Thorriors, who travel around the country, following the band like some cross between Deadheads and Turbojugend. Wednesday, June 6, at the Riot Room (4048 Broadway, 816-442-8179)

Ozgood, Fat Sal, Nezbeat, Miles Bonny

It’s like 2005 all over again at this reunion party, which brings together current San Franciscans Ozgood (formerly Señor Oz) and Nezbeat (of Lawrence hip-hop act Archetype) on a bill with local DJs Fat Sal and Miles Bonny. The poster calls the lineup the “Funk Soul Brothers,” which gives you an idea what

to expect from the decks, give or take some reggae and tropical beats. Friday, June 1, at RecordBar (1020 Westport Road, 816-753-5207)

New Edition

His body and mind ravaged by 30 years of excessive drinking and drugging, Bobby Brown is nevertheless suiting up for this (fully reunited) New Edition tour. Can he still sing? Possibly. Will he hit his choreographed marks? Almost certainly not. Will the classic R&B boy band play “Mr. Telephone Man,” and will that be enough to justify attending this show? Probably, and maybe. Friday, June 1, at Sprint Center (1407 Grand, 816-949-7000)

the movie studio’s biggest hits, accompanied by singers and video projections. Friday, June 1, and Saturday, June 2, at Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts (1601 Broadway, 816-994-7200)

Danzig

The current Danzig tour sees frontman Glenn Danzig reunited with Doyle Wolfgang von Frankenstein, his former Misfits bandmate. That means a full set of terrifying Misfits tunes, plus heavy devil rock from the Danzig and Samhain catalogs. Thursday, May 31, at the Uptown Theater (3700 Broadway, 816-753-8665)

Disney in Concert: Magical Music from the Movies

I don’t know spit about all these fancy newfangled 3-D Pixar movies that Disney makes nowadays. When I was growing up, we communicated using land-line telephones, and we watched The Lion King and Aladdin on VHS tapes, and we sure as the dickens didn’t have access to Internet videos explaining the hidden sexual images contained within them. This special Kauff man Center performance is a special treat to us children of the 1990s who effortlessly memorized the songs from those Disney cartoons The Little Mermaid, Beauty and the Beast and more. The Kansas City Symphony will be presenting

Buzz Beach Ball, the annual concert thrown by 96.5 the Buzz, returns to Livestrong Sporting Park this year, and with a much more vibrant lineup than 2012’s 1990s-fetishizing bill (which featured Incubus, Jane’s Addiction and Bush). There’s still a little of that — Sublime with Rome is a main draw — but there’s also some newer, fresher, indie-er names: the Shins, Foster the People, Metric, the Antlers, the Kooks and the Joy Formidable, among them. It’s allages and kicks off at 3:30 p.m. Saturday, June 2, at Livestrong Sporting Park (1 Sporting Way, Kansas City, Kansas, 913-912-7525)

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A Triumph of the Spirit: Harriett Tubman: 2 & 7 p.m. Gem Theater, 1615 E. 18th St., 816-842-1414. Scott H. Biram, Lydia Loveless: The Riot Room, 4048 Broadway, 816-442-8179. Dancefestopia with Wiz Khalifa, Flo Rida, 3OH!3, Matisyahu, DEV, New Boyz, Outasight, Morgan Page, and more: noon. Berkley Riverfront Park, at Lydia and Front streets, 816-221-0636. Pat Green, Hudson Moore, Tyler Farr: Crossroads KC at Grinders, 417 E. 18th St., 816-472-5454. The Lowrider Band, Jimmy Thackery: 8 p.m., Knuckleheads Saloon, 2715 Rochester, 816-483-1456. The McClymonts, Noe Palma: Kearney Amphitheater at Jesse James Park, 3001 N. Missouri 33, Kearney, 816-903-4730. White Ghost Shivers, Clyde and Clem’s Whiskey Business, the Kansas City Bear Fighters: The Granada, 1020 Massachusetts, Lawrence, 785-842-1390.

S U N D AY, J U N E 3 Buck 65, Busdriver, PL, Negro Scoe: The Riot Room, 4048 Broadway, 816-442-8179.

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M O N D AY, J U N E 4 Balkan Beat Box: The Bottleneck, 737 New Hampshire, Lawrence, 785-841-5483. Grass Widow, Lazy, Schwervon: 9 p.m. RecordBar, 1020 Westport Rd., 816-753-5207.

T U E S D AY, J U N E 5 Flux Pavilion, Cookie Monsta, Brown & Gammon: The Midland, 1228 Main, 816-283-9900. Nickelback, Bush, Seether, My Darkest Days: Sprint Center, 1407 Grand, 816-283-7300.

FUTURECAST SUNDAY, JUNE 10 Kenny Chesney, Tim McGraw, Grace Potter & the Nocturnals: Arrowhead Stadium Destroyer: The Granada, lawrence S AT UR DAY, JUNE 16 Girl Talk: KC Live! Stage at the Power & Light District SUNDAY, JUNE 17 Barry Manilow: Starlight Theatre Don Williams: Uptown Theater TUESDAY, JUNE 19 Idina Menzel: The Midland T HUR SDAY, JUNE 21 The Flaming Lips: Liberty Hall, Lawrence REO Speedwagon, Styx, Ted Nugent: Starlight Theatre

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B.B.’s Lawnside BBQ: 1205 E. 85th St., 816-822-7427. John Paul’s Flying Circus. Jazz: 1823 W. 39th St., 816-531-5556. Grand Marquis. Jazzhaus: 926-1/2 Massachusetts, Lawrence, 785-749-1387. “Funk Off” featuring Tyler Francis & thePhantom*. Quasimodo: 12056 W. 135th St., Overland Park, 913-239-9666. Kyle Elliott and Voodoo Soul.

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HIP-HOP Jackpot Music Hall: 943 Massachusetts, Lawrence, 785-832-1085. KP, Tony Gaines.

JAZZ The Blue Room: 1616 E. 18th St., 816-474-8463. Makuza, 7 p.m.

COMEDY Improv Comedy Club and Dinner Theater: 7260 N.W. 87th St., 816-759-5233. Pablo Francisco, 7:30 p.m.

BAR GAMES/DRUNKEN DISTRACTIONS Aftershock Bar & Grill: 5240 Merriam Dr., Merriam, 913-384-5646. Bike Night with Wildside & the Glitter Boys. Bleachers Bar & Grill: 210 S.W. Greenwich Dr., Lee’s Summit, 816-623-3410. Ladies’ Night. Fuel: 7300 W. 119th St., Overland Park, 913-451-0444. Bike Night with the Star Blues Band. Harleys & Horses: 7210 N.E. 43rd St., 816-452-2660. Thirsty Thursdays Unplugged with Drunk Club Hopper, 9 p.m. RecordBar: 1020 Westport Rd., 816-753-5207. Trivia Clash, 7 p.m. The Red Balloon: 10325 W. 75th St., Overland Park, 913-962-2330. Karaoke, 8 p.m., free. Saints Pub + Patio: 9720 Quivira, Lenexa, 913-492-3900. Ladies’ Night. The Uptown Arts Bar: 3611 Broadway. Sex Trivia with Greg and Val the Love Bunny, 8-11 p.m. Westport Flea Market: 817 Westport Rd., 816-931-1986. 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, 816-421-0300. Vi Tran and Katie Gilchrist’s Jam. Double T’s Roadhouse: 1421 Merriam Ln., Kansas City, Kan., 913-432-5555. Blues Jam hosted by RocknRick’s Boogie Leggin’ Blues Band, 7 p.m. 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, 816-525-1871. Jerry’s Jam Night, 9 p.m.

SINGER-SONGWRITER Coda: 1744 Broadway, 816-569-1747. Songbird Songwriters with Elaine McMilian, Laura Lisbeth, Kasey Rausch, 7 p.m.

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JAZZ Jazz: 1859 Village West Pkwy., Kansas City, Kan., 913-3280003. Dwayne Mitchell Trio.

BAR GAMES/DRUNKEN DISTRACTIONS Cronin’s Bar and Grill: 12227 W. 87th St. Pkwy., Lenexa, 913-322-1000. Karaoke with Jim Bob, 9 p.m. Hurricane Allie’s Bar and Grill: 5541 Merriam Dr., Shawnee, 913-217-7665. Ultimate DJ Karaoke, 8:30 p.m. KC Live! Block at the Power & Light District: 14th St. and Grand. Downtown Is Happy, 4 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. Retro Downtown Drinks & Dance: 1518 McGee, 816-421-4201. Trivia Riot, 7 p.m. The Uptown Arts Bar: 3611 Broadway. First Friday Story Slam, 7 p.m.

M E TA L / P I N K The Riot Room: 4048 Broadway, 816-442-8179. Marasmus, Troglodyte, Stonehaven, Obliterate the Apex.

R O C K A B I L LY Coda: 1744 Broadway, 816-569-1747. First Fridays with the Billy Bats.

VA R I E T Y Aftershock Bar & Grill: 5240 Merriam Dr., Merriam, 913-3845646. Battle for Freaker’s Ball. The Blue Room: 1616 E. 18th St., 816-474-8463. Benefit for Lee Langston, 8:30 p.m. The Uptown Arts Bar: 3611 Broadway. Urban Fashion Fest Kickoff Party, 10 p.m.

S AT U R D AY 2 ROCK/POP/INDIE The Brick: 1727 McGee, 816-421-1634. Across the Earth, Filthy 13, Deadringers. Czar: 1531 Grand, 816-421-0300. Deep Sea Diver, Me Like Bees, Refero, Spirit is the Spirit. Davey’s Uptown Ramblers Club: 3402 Main, 816-753-1909. Quivers, Dreamwolf, the B’Dinas. Jackpot Music Hall: 943 Massachusetts, Lawrence, 785-832-1085. Sona, Olivetti Letter.

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Fat Fish Blue: 7260 N.W. 87th St., 816-759-3474. Brock Alexander Band. The Hideout: 6948 N. Oak Tfwy., 816-468-0550. Gladstone Blues Festival afterparty. Legends at Village West: 1843 Village West Pkwy., Kansas City, Kan., 913-788-3700. Lost Wax, 5-8 p.m. The Phoenix Jazz Club: 302 W. Eighth St., 816-221-5299. Monique Danielle, 4:30 p.m.; Cadillac Flambe, 9 p.m.

ROOTS/COUNTRY/BLUEGRASS Coda: 1744 Broadway, 816-569-1747. The Silver Maggies, Olassa, 9 p.m. Cricket Wireless Amphitheater (formerly Sandstone): 633 N. 130th St., Bonner Springs, 913-721-3400. Wild Country with Outlaw Jim and the Whiskey Benders, 8 p.m., free.

DJ The Eighth Street Taproom: 801 New Hampshire, Lawrence, 785-841-6918. Saturday Soulclap with Josh Powers. Mosaic Lounge: 1331 Walnut, 816-679-0076. Glow 3.0 Dance Party with DVJs Synematix (Power of Pride afterparty). The Quaff: 1010 Broadway, 816-471-1918. DJ Chris. Replay Lounge: 946 Massachusetts, Lawrence, 785-749-7676. Dirty Stomp on the patio, 10 p.m.

JAZZ Jazz: 1823 W. 39th St., 816-531-5556. Heather Thornton Band. Take Five Coffee + Bar: 5336 W. 151st St., Overland Park, 913-948-5550. Origins of Groove.

COMEDY Improv Comedy Club and Dinner Theater: 7260 N.W. 87th St., 816-759-5233. Pablo Francisco, 7 & 9:45 p.m. Missie B’s: 805 W. 39th St., 816-561-0625. Dirty Dorothy on the main floor, 10 p.m.

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403 Club: 403 N. Fifth St., 913-499-8392. Pinball tournament, cash prize for winner, 4:30 p.m., $5 entry fee. Hurricane Allie’s Bar and Grill: 5541 Merriam Dr., Shawnee, 913-217-7665. Ultimate DJ Karaoke, 8:30 p.m. Westport Coffee House: 4010 Pennsylvania, 816-756-3222. The Kick Comedy Theatre: the Kick-Off Improv Comedy Show, 8-9:30 p.m.

M E TA L / P U N K The Bottleneck: 737 New Hampshire, Lawrence, 785-841-5483. White Arms of Athena, Picture It in Ruins.

VA R I E T Y Aftershock Bar & Grill: 5240 Merriam Dr., Merriam, 913-384-5646. Rock for the Cure with Federation of Horsepower, Circle of Trust, Injected Element, Stoneyard, 9 p.m. Jazzhaus: 926-1/2 Massachusetts, Lawrence, 785-749-1387. Roadtrip Reunion, 10 p.m. The Jobsite Bar: 1318 E. Park, Olathe. Aluna, Johnny Rokker, Ancient Creation, Load Point Pull, Crisis 3.0, R&R Carnival, Metal Hearts, a benefit for Children’s Mercy Hospital Cardiology Unit, $10. NorthPoint Church: 8865 Bourgade, Lenexa, 913-745-5527. Battle of the Bands, for youth worship bands or garage bands, to raise money for Harvesters and City Union Mission, no age limit, 5 p.m. Trouser Mouse: 625 N.W. Mock Ave., Blue Springs, 816-220-1222. Benefit for Marlie. The Uptown Arts Bar: 3611 Broadway. KC Cabaret Burlesque, 9:30 p.m.

S U N D AY 3 ROCK/POP/INDIE Trouser Mouse: 625 N.W. Mock Ave., Blue Springs, 816-2201222. Smooth Money Gesture.

The Red Balloon: 10325 W. 75th St., Overland Park, 913-962-2330. Karaoke, 8 p.m., free. Saints Pub + Patio: 9720 Quivira, Lenexa, 913-492-3900. Free pool. Smokehouse Bar-B-Que: 6304 N. Oak, Gladstone, 816-454-4500. Happy hour, 4-6 p.m. Wallaby’s Grill and Pub: 9562 Lackman, Lenexa, 913-541-9255. Texas Hold ’em, 6 & 9 p.m. Westport Flea Market: 817 Westport Rd., 816-931-1986. Texas Hold ’em, 3 & 6 p.m.

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, 6 p.m. The Hideout: 6948 N. Oak Tfwy., 816-468-0550. Open blues jam, 7 p.m. Jazzhaus: 926-1/2 Massachusetts, Lawrence, 785-749-1387. Sunday Night Sermon with house band Booty Bass, and guests, 10 p.m., $3. Knuckleheads Saloon: 2715 Rochester, 816-483-1456. Open Jam with Levee Town, 2 p.m., free. 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.

VA R I E T Y Fuel: 7300 W. 119th St., Overland Park, 913-451-0444. The Wry, Villains Dance, Swill, Quietly Violent, Metal Hearts, a benefi t for Children’s Mercy Hospital Cardiology Unit, $10. VooDoo Lounge: Harrah’s Casino, 1 Riverboat Dr., North Kansas City, 816-472-7777. Cover Wars.

M O N D AY 4 ROCK/POP/INDIE The Bottleneck: 737 New Hampshire, Lawrence, 785-841-5483. Language Love with SunSquabi, Bentone. The Riot Room: 4048 Broadway, 816-442-8179. Runaway Grace, 2Twenty2, the Neverending Fear Project.

DJ Davey’s Uptown Ramblers Club: 3402 Main, 816-753-1909. Liquid Lounge; One Eye Jacks with DJs Ilya & Troy, 10 p.m. The Gusto Lounge: 504 Westport Rd., 816-974-8786. Death Before Dubstep, 10 p.m.

JAZZ The Blue Room: 1616 E. 18th St., 816-474-8463. Blue Monday Jam with Eddie Moore, 7 p.m. Jazz: 1823 W. 39th St., 816-531-5556. Jazzbo.

BAR GAMES/DRUNKEN DISTRACTIONS The Brick: 1727 McGee, 816-421-1634. Karaoke with Nanci Pants; Rural Grit Happy Hour, 6 p.m. Clarette Club: 5400 Martway, Mission, 913-384-0986. Texas Hold ’em, 7 & 10 p.m. Cronin’s Bar and Grill: 12227 W. 87th St. Pkwy., Lenexa, 913-322-1000. S.I.N., half-price appetizers after 7 p.m., shot and beer specials, 7 p.m. The Gusto Lounge: 504 Westport Rd., 816-974-8786. Service Industry Night. Jazzhaus: 926-1/2 Massachusetts, Lawrence, 785-749-1387. Karaoke Idol with Tanya McNaughty. Nara: 1617 Main, 816-221-6272. Brodioke, 9 p.m. RecordBar: 1020 Westport Rd., 816-753-5207. Sonic Spectrum Music Trivia, 7 p.m., $5.

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B.B.’s Lawnside BBQ: 1205 E. 85th St., 816-822-7427. Lee McBee and the Confessors. Fat Fish Blue: 7260 N.W. 87th St., 816-759-3474. Shades of Jade.

Czar: 1531 Grand, 816-421-0300. Slaughter Movie House presents “Dear God No,” 7 p.m. The Phoenix Jazz Club: 302 W. Eighth St., 816-221-5299. Women of Song Hope House Benefit, 7 p.m.

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BLUES/FUNK/SOUL B.B.’s Lawnside BBQ: 1205 E. 85th St., 816-822-7427. Hudspeth and Shinetop. Jazz: 1859 Village West Pkwy., Kansas City, Kan., 913-328-0003. Cold Sweat.

DJ Coda: 1744 Broadway, 816-569-1747. DJ Whatshisname, service industry night, 10 p.m. Ernie Biggs Dueling Piano Bar: 4115 Mill, 816-561-2444. DJ night. The Gusto Lounge: 504 Westport Rd., 816-974-8786. The Dropout Boogie, 10 p.m., free. The Riot Room: 4048 Broadway, 816-442-8179. Tasteless Tuesdays hosted by Kim and Candice, with DJ Charlie, rock, punk, Nintendo games, Missouri beer specials, and midnight riot, 9 p.m., free.

JAZZ Jazz: 1823 W. 39th St., 816-531-5556. Rick Bacus and Monique Danielle.

BAR GAMES/DRUNKEN DISTRACTIONS Coda: 1744 Broadway, 816-569-1747. Coda Pursuit Team Trivia with Teague Hayes, 7 p.m. Flying Saucer: 101 E. 13th St., 816-221-1900. Trivia Bowl, 7:30 & 10 p.m., free. Improv Comedy Club and Dinner Theater: 7260 N.W. 87th St., 816-759-5233. Clash of the Comics, 7:30 p.m. Jackpot Music Hall: 943 Massachusetts, Lawrence, 785-832-1085. It’s Karaoke Time!. Marquee Lounge: 1400 Main, 816-474-4545. 4 to 7 Cocktail Hour, 4 p.m. 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, 10 p.m., free. The Red Balloon: 10325 W. 75th St., Overland Park, 913-962-2330. Karaoke, 8 p.m., free. The Roxy: 7230 W. 75th St., Overland Park, 913-236-6211. Karaoke. Saints Pub + Patio: 9720 Quivira, Lenexa, 913-492-3900. Karaoke, 9 p.m. Smokehouse Bar-B-Que: 6304 N. Oak, Gladstone, 816-454-4500. Happy hour, 4-6 p.m. Tower Tavern: 401 E. 31st St., 816-931-9300. Trivia, 8 p.m. The Velvet Dog: 400 E. 31st St., 816-753-9990. Beer Pong, team registration starts at 9:30 p.m., tournament starts at 10 p.m. Westport Flea Market: 817 Westport Rd., 816-931-1986. Chess Club, 7 p.m.

EASY LISTENING Finnigan’s Hall: 503 E. 18th Ave., North Kansas City, 816-2213466. Abel Ramirez Big Band, 7:30 p.m.

OPEN MIC/JAM SESSIONS Bleachers Bar & Grill: 210 S.W. Greenwich Dr., Lee’s Summit, 816-623-3410. Open Mic Acoustic Jam. DiCarlo’s Mustard Seed Mexican-Americana Restaurant & Bar: 15015 E. U.S. 40 Hwy., 816-373-4240. Blues, country and classic rock hosted by Rick Eidson and friends. The Phoenix Jazz Club: 302 W. Eighth St., 816-221-5299. Open Jam with Everette DeVan, 7 p.m. Quasimodo: 12056 W. 135th St., Overland Park, 913-239-9666. Dave Hays Band Open Jam. Stanford’s Comedy Club: 1867 Village West Pkwy., Kansas City, Kan., 913-400-7500. Open Mic Night.

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Buzzard Beach: 4110 Pennsylvania, 816-753-4455. Live DJ, midnight. Davey’s Uptown Ramblers Club: 3402 Main, 816-753-1909. Punker Than Hell, 9:30 p.m. Saints Pub + Patio: 9720 Quivira, Lenexa, 913-492-3900. DJ Pure.

ACOUSTIC Dark Horse Tavern: 4112 Pennsylvania, 816-931-3663. Live acoustic.

JAZZ B.B.’s Lawnside BBQ: 1205 E. 85th St., 816-822-7427. New Vintage Big Band. Sullivan’s Steakhouse & Saloon: 4501 W. 119th St., Leawood, 913-345-0800. Candace Evans Duo, 6 p.m.

BAR GAMES/DRUNKEN DISTRACTIONS Beer Kitchen: 435 Westport Rd., 816-389-4180. Brodioke. Californos: 4124 Pennsylvania, 816-531-7878. The Girlie Show with Daisy Bucket, Loretta Martin, Tajma Stetson, Christa Collins, 8 p.m., $5. Danny’s Bar and Grill: 13350 College Blvd., Lenexa, 913-345-9717. Trivia and karaoke with DJ Smooth, 8 p.m. Harleys & Horses: 7210 N.E. 43rd St., 816-452-2660. Karaoke, Ladies’ Night. 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. David Henderdon’s Mind Madness, 7:30 p.m. The Indie on Main: 1228 Main, 816-283-9900. Karaoke, 9:30 p.m. Jerry’s Bait Shop: 302 S.W. Main, Lee’s Summit, 816-525-1871. Club Jerry’s, reverse happy hour, 9 p.m.-12 a.m. Marquee Lounge: 1400 Main, 816-474-4545. 4 to 7 Cocktail Hour, 4 p.m.; Live Music Wednesdays + Guys Night Out with Mark Lowrey, 7 p.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. Outabounds Sports Bar & Grill: 3601 Broadway, 816-2148732. Karaoke with DJ Chad, 9 p.m. The Roxy: 7230 W. 75th St., Overland Park, 913-236-6211. Karaoke. Strikerz Entertainment Center: 18900 E. Valley View Pkwy, Independence, 816-313-5166. Ladies’ Night, DJ, ladies bowl for free in the Spare Room Party Room, 9 p.m. The Union of Westport: 421 Westport Rd. Pop Culture Trivia. Westport Flea Market: 817 Westport Rd., 816-931-1986. Trivia, 8 p.m.

EASY LISTENING Fuel: 7300 W. 119th St., Overland Park, 913-451-0444. Colby & Mole.

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actly your problem is — your pussy-paralyzing insecurities? their pussy-disabling ineptitude? — is to work on conquering your insecurities while at the same time allowing the guy(s) you’re seeing to go down on you once in a while. If you get over your insecurities about your genitals, and then oral — even inept oral — is suddenly awesome, well, then the problem was your insecurities. If you don’t get over your insecurities but find yourself coming like crazy with a new boy between your legs, well, then they — all the other boys who ever ate your pussy — were the problem. And it’s fine for you to think eating pussy is gross — you’re a straight girl, after all, and you’re not attracted to women. But guys who dig women dig pussy, and you don’t have to like the idea of eating pussy to enjoy having yours eaten.

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California, and I really want to be a straight male escort. The problem is, the industry is shrouded with deceptive “agencies” that take advantage of the situation. Also, it’s not like there’s a Male Escort 101 course that I can take to learn how to avoid these traps. I don’t know if you can help, but I really want to get into this industry, hopefully through a reputable agency. Do you have any advice? Can you put me in touch with any male escorts (preferably straight ones) so I can pick their brains, and do you know of a reputable agency in my area?

Dear STUD: “There is no gigolo industry,” says Dominick, the former escort who writes Ask Dominick, an advice column for male escorts and male escort wannabes, at rentboy.com, a gay-escort listings site. While Dominick’s column focuses on issues that gay escorts confront, it’s the “Male Escort 101” course you’ve been looking for. “What STUD is seeking is a fantasy — one that has been fueled by cultural products like American Gigolo and HBO’s Hung,” Dominick says. There are no reputable agencies in Southern California — or anywhere else — that book male escorts to see female clients, just as there are no websites like rentboy.com for straight male escorts. “The fact of the matter is, almost all clients for escorts are male — whether they’re looking for male, female or transgender escorts.” Dominick speaks from experience. When he was working as an escort in New York City, his ads stated that he was available for male or female clients. “Over three years, I went on exactly one call with a female client, an attractive older woman who seemed to be working through some intimacy issues,” Dominick says, “and one call with a married couple for a cuckolding scene, which was initiated by the husband. During that same period, I averaged about 5.5 calls per week with men. That gives you a measure of the demand from female clients.” And no demand from female clients means no escort agencies and no rentboy.com-style websites — at least no legit ones — for straight male escorts. “Because there are many more men clamoring to be gigolos than there is actual demand for gigolos,” Dominick adds, “shadowy scam agencies come and go, ‘guaranteeing’ bookings with female clients to gullible young bucks — in exchange for monthly listing fees. That said, if there are any legitimate agencies out there, they are likely to be in New York or Los Angeles. A quick Google search produced two agencies in L.A.: One had dozens of females and just two men; the other had a stable of six straight male escorts, charging posted rates of $200–$300 per hour. I won’t provide the links, since I have no idea how reputable these agencies are, but you can find them yourself in .25 seconds on Google.”

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Big on HBO: Hung's Thomas Jane is not your escort. Another option: listing yourself as a “sexual healer” at a new-age site like sacrederos.com. “That site lists male and female sexual healers, for male and female clients, for such services as coaching, tantric awakening and sensual massage. If this is a direction you are thinking about, have at it,” Dominick says. “Otherwise, my advice to you is to pursue a profession with the potential to bring you into contact with a wealthy female clientele — business consultant, art handler — and be exceptionally good and loving to all the women in your life.” You can read Dominick’s column at rentboy .com. Dominick has also written for the Red Umbrella Diaries, a sex workers’ reading series in New York City. It takes place on the first Thursday of every month at Happy Ending. Dominick is curating the October Red Umbrella Diaries, and sex workers — escort, massage, porn, phone, stripper — with stories to tell can e-mail him at askdominick@gmail.com.

Dear Dan: I’m a 22-year-old female, and I lost

my virginity in September 2011, but I had experienced everything else before that. My question is about when a guy goes down on me: How come I can never fully enjoy it? How come I find it hard to enjoy any aspect of it? Is the problem that I’ve never experienced oral with someone who knows what he’s doing? Or is it my own mental block? What I mean by “mental block” is this: I personally think it’s gross, and I can’t imagine why a guy would want to do that to me. So the entire time he’s down there, I’m stressing out about whether he really likes it. I try to focus on relaxing and blocking those thoughts out, but in the end, I always end up pulling his head back up, because I don’t see myself ever experiencing an orgasm during it and, frankly, I get bored. Is it my mental block that’s stopping me from enjoying oral? Or am I just having bad luck with guys in that area?

Erotic Anxiety Time

Dear Dan: I am a 26-year-old straight girl and a

virgin. I could delve into the reasons why (shy, late bloomer, average-looking, conservative family), but I will spare you and cut to the chase: I really, really want to lose my virginity. It’s driving me crazy! All I want is a safe, anonymous one-time thing so I can move on, and I’m not outgoing/flirtatious/pretty enough to meet men at bars. My question: Straight male escorts — do they exist? How would I find one? Some people were talking about escorts as an option in a recent column, and being with someone understanding, experienced and professional sounds like exactly what I’m looking for. Honestly, I’ve thought about this for a while. I don’t think people who develop normally can really understand the sort of desperation I feel.

Very Concerned About Retarded Development Dear VCARD: Wannabe straight male es-

corts exist, as STUD’s letter proves. But there aren’t enough straight female wannabe clients out there to support a straight-femalespecific website or agency for straight male escorts, as Dominick’s response to STUD proves. However, a lot of the male escorts on gay-specific escort websites are bisexual; some are even highly heteroflexible gay-forpay straight guys. Spend some time dinking around on a gay escort site, and it won’t be long before you run across an ad posted by a male escort who identifies as bi. The guy could be lying — some gay escorts claim to be straight or bi to attract gay male clients who get off on sleeping with straight guys — so you may not hear back from the first bi or straight escort you send an e-mail to. But keep looking. E-mail any guy who strikes your fancy, and be upfront about who you are and what you’re looking for.

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