TOPEKA’S PREMIER 'ZINE FOR ART, ENTERTAINMENT, LIFESTYLE + LOCAL FLAVOR APRIL + MAY 2017 • Vol. XI Issue V
An updated look
A new CULT for change
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CONTENTS // CONNECT //
APRIL / MAY 2017 | VOL XI • ISSUE V
17 // FARM TO TABLE
10 // SWAN LAKE
22 // 5 THINGS
12 // JAYHAWK UPDATE
26 // SPECIALS
18 // CREATE/UPLIFT
27 // @TOPEKABEER
20 // INAPPROPRIATE
28 // #SUNDAYFUNDAY 30 // FOOD NINJA
24 // LIVE MUSIC EVENTS
COVER // photo by Jeff Carson // design by Kerrice Mapes Jeff Carson is co-owner of Gizmo Pictures, located in the historic 1888 Thacher building. Jeff is passionate about historic preservation. He serves as president of the Historic Jayhawk Theatre board of directors.
CONTRIBUTORS Alison Beebe // Bill Blakenship // Sunshine Blue // Jarrad Boyer // Rio Cervantes-Reed // EJ Drake // Ali Hanlon // Daryl Hendrix // Michael Hooper // Amber Farmer // Michelle Leivan // Andrea Leon // Gerald R. "Jerry" Loney // Karen Morse // Noah Neff // Elicia Marie Nichols // Travis Owens // Gary Piland // Amanda Reynolds // Ashley Reynolds // Ni’Cole Revell // Brandon Rison // Martie Rison // Tom Krebs
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2017 Rupe, I’m totally embarrassed. Yes, I voted for Trump but I was sucked in by his big promises and a lot of my friends told me he was going to do a bunch of great stuff. Now I realize he’s a just a lazy huckster who likes to play golf all the time. What do I do now? - Suckered In Dear Sucker(ed), Yer not alone, Bucko. Lots of people regretting their DT votes. First, stop listening to Faux News get your news from multiple sources. BBC and NPR are good. Second? Think before ya vote! Ya suspected this guy was a fraud. Now ya know. - RR ____________________________ A R I E S Sure llama grooming was a neat idea, but tequila goggles might have affected yer judgement. Again. Ebay the clippers and gift the shampoo. All 500 gallons. T A U R U S No one knows yer wearing a Batman suit under yer business casual. Just make sure the mask and cape don’t spill out of yer briefcase when yer dragging out the annual report. G E M I N I It’s been a scary few months for the majority of Americans. The good news? Trump turns out to be an incompetent buffoon. The bad news? Trump turns out to be an incompetent buffoon. C A N C E R So dang. Yer rockin’ the top knot. Cool. But yer also hating people calling it a man bun. Bummer. Ya could switch to the latest craze: long on top, really short shaved on the sides, but people will probably start calling it the Hitler Youth cut. So dang.
L E O Ya decided to spend less time on Facebook. But now yer lurking more and enjoying it less. Maybe ya meant less quality time? V I R G O When someone promises to only use US-based support people, it doesn‘t mean the support will be good. Crappy support is the same all over the world. L I B R A Don’t let YOU KNOW WHO drive ya crazy. Snippy, selfish people eventually go away. Okay, except for Congress. And the Presidency. S C O R P I O What’s next for Scorpio? More absolute fabulousness. It’s what ya do best. S A G I T T A R I U S Bland is dangerous. Why? Well, bland can lead to boredom which leads to reading crazy stuff online that can radicalize perfectly sane people into shooting strangers because they have unibrows. So, bottom line: bland is dangerous. Avoid bland. C A P R I C O R N Avoid bland. (See Sagittarius...) A Q U A R I U S If yer wondering if everything is going to come unravelled and there’s something yer NOT doing that would prevent yer whole life from collapsing in a big heap of failure, just remember: that is what everyone thinks all the time. Scary, huh? P I S C E S Democracy’s sworn enemy is ignorance. It is the darkness that threatens to destroy all of our futures. Fight it with everything you’ve got, Bucko. ___________________________ Question for the Blue Guru? Something on yer mind? Need an answer to a burning (and itching) personal question? Find out before it’s too late. Email me! Ruprecht@PsychicChicken.com ___________________________ * Astrological predictions are to reality what Donald Trump is to being a decent president. Ya can’t lead America on permanent vacation at a golf resort. - Ruprecht
L E O Ya decided to spend less time on Facebook. But now yer lurking more and enjoying it less. Maybe ya meant less quality time?
Rupe, I’m totally embarrassed. Yes, I voted for Trump but I was sucked in by his big promises and a lot of my friends told me he was going to do a bunch of great stuff. Now I realize he’s a just a lazy huckster who likes to play golf all the time. What do I do now? - Suckered In Dear Sucker(ed), Yer not alone, Bucko. Lots of people regretting their DT votes. First, stop listening to Faux News get your news from multiple sources. BBC and NPR are good. Second? Think before ya vote! Ya suspected this guy was a fraud. Now ya know. - RR ____________________________ A R I E S Sure llama grooming was a neat idea, but tequila goggles might have affected yer judgement. Again. Ebay the clippers and gift the shampoo. All 500 gallons. T A U R U S No one knows yer wearing a Batman suit under yer business casual. Just make sure the mask and cape don’t spill out of yer briefcase when yer dragging out the annual report. G E M I N I It’s been a scary few months for the majority of Americans. The good news? Trump turns out to be an incompetent buffoon. The bad news? Trump turns out to be an incompetent buffoon. C A N C E R So dang. Yer rockin’ the top knot. Cool. But yer also hating people calling it a man bun. Bummer. Ya could switch to the latest craze: long on top, really short shaved on the sides, but people will probably start calling it the Hitler Youth cut. So dang.
V I R G O When someone promises to only use US-based support people, it doesn‘t mean the support will be good. Crappy support is the same all over the world. L I B R A Don’t let YOU KNOW WHO drive ya crazy. Snippy, selfish people eventually go away. Okay, except for Congress. And the Presidency. S C O R P I O What’s next for Scorpio? More absolute fabulousness. It’s what ya do best. S A G I T T A R I U S Bland is dangerous. Why? Well, bland can lead to boredom which leads to reading crazy stuff online that can radicalize perfectly sane people into shooting strangers because they have unibrows. So, bottom line: bland is dangerous. Avoid bland. C A P R I C O R N Avoid bland. (See Sagittarius...) A Q U A R I U S If yer wondering if everything is going to come unravelled and there’s something yer NOT doing that would prevent yer whole life from collapsing in a big heap of failure, just remember: that is what everyone thinks all the time. Scary, huh? P I S C E S Democracy’s sworn enemy is ignorance. It is the darkness that threatens to destroy all of our futures. Fight it with everything you’ve got, Bucko. ___________________________ Question for the Blue Guru? Something on yer mind? Need an answer to a burning (and itching) personal question? Find out before it’s too late. Email me! Ruprecht@PsychicChicken.com ___________________________ * Astrological predictions are to reality what Donald Trump is to being a decent president. Ya can’t lead America on permanent vacation at a golf resort. - Ruprecht
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he quintessential ballet "Swan Lake" set to Tchaikovsky's timeless score was met with disfavorable reviews 140-some years ago. Today, it's revered as one of ballet's most challenging, rewarding and celebrated pieces. Have you attended a Ballet Midwest performance in the last 40 years? If so, then you are in company with over 160,000 other people and know the beauty of live, classical ballets. If you haven't, change that this year and be a part of Ballet Midwest's 40th anniversary celebration and the final production under the artistic co-directorship of Barbara Ebert. Ebert is retiring as founder and artistic director of Ballet Midwest, leaving her daughter Lacee to carry on the family tradition. Lacee, already an artistic co-director, has added new choreography to delight Ballet Midwest audiences and challenge dancers.
SWAN LAKE THE HENDRIX OF THE BALLET WORLD Even if you have two left feet, you've heard of "Swan Lake." It's ballet's version of "Purple Haze" or "Stairway to Heaven." It's a must-see for aficionados and a cultural enlightenment for the casual fan, a chance to witness one of the genre's most definitive works. Beyond the classical, live Tchaikovsky score is the ridiculous and famous sequence at the end of the third act when the lead ballerina performs a move called ouettés en tournant. More specifically, spinning en pointe 32 times in a row. It's a feat of sheer strength and agility; the pinnacle of dance athleticism. (Etiquette states that that audience should start applauding after the first dozen spins.) While the music is timeless, live theatre is always evolving, which is part of the joy and excitement of attending. Ballet Midwest is continually enlightening audiences, even after 40 years of production. Ballet is such a unique art form and has the ability to reach people on a deep, abstract level. Ballet is live and in the moment. While rehearsed, it's unedited and unfiltered, it is real and tangible. Expand your artistic viewpoint and join thousands this April at Topeka Performing Arts Center for Ballet Midwest's "Swan Lake." aseveneightfive
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ADDING TO TOPEKA'S C U LT U R A L RENAISSANCE by Michael Hooper freelance writer // thoughtfulinvestors.blogspot
ecent developments at the Historic Jayhawk Theatre, 720 S. Jackson, Topeka, are breathing new life into the 90-year-old theatre. The board’s volunteers and friends are working to revive the classic theater. Musicians, filmmakers and dancers have graced the stage in recent months, shining a spotlight on the theatre and its potential. Advocates believe a fully restored theatre would deepen the cultural renaissance taking place in Topeka. “We believe a key component to downtown revitalization is the restoration of the Jawhawk Theatre,” said Jeff Carson, president of the Historic Jayhawk Theatre
photo by Amanda Reynolds
Board of Directors. “There is a lot of momentum for downtown Topeka. The Streetscape improvements really help. It’s all about quality of life. The Jayhawk Theatre is a big part of this.” The theatre has been owned by a nonprofit organization, Historic Jayhawk Theatre, since the mid-1990s. The organization’s 501(c)(3) status had been suspended by the Internal Revenue Service because it had not filed tax returns for several years. Those tax returns have since been filed and the IRS granted the organization’s 501(c)(3) status as a nonprofit in 2015, according to Guidestar.org. Carson said the Jayhawk Theatre recruited new board members and paid off some liabilities to the previous architect and selected a new architect,
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RESTORATION OF THE JAYHAWK THEATRE photo by Jeff Carson // Gizmo PIctures
Vance Kelley of TreanorHL’s Preservation Studio. The board also hired new contractor Mike Greir of Eby Construction Co. Historic Jayhawk Theatre raised $1 million in grants and cash donations, including a $680,000 grant from the City of Topeka using transient guest tax dollars, and hired a new executive director, John Holecek. “Financially, we’re the strongest we’ve been in years,” said Mark Burenheide, treasurer of Historic Jayhawk Theatre. “People had lost faith in the project, but now we’re overcoming that,” said Carson, who, as president of the board of directors, is a non-paid volunteer at the Jayhawk. Carson works in media himself as owner at Gizmo Pictures, located just a block away. Carson often spends more time at the Jayhawk than his own business, but he loves the Jayhawk and believes that its transformation would be a wonderful addition to Topeka. The Jayhawk Theatre opened in 1926 at a cost of $750,000 to $1 million. It was designed by the famed Boller brothers. The theatre was host to many live performances and movies over the years, but closed in 1976, due, in part, to flight from downtown. Jim Parrish acquired the theatre in 1994, and then Jim and Nancy Parrish deeded the theatre to the Historic
Jayhawk Theatre organization in 1994. One of the early advocates was The Rev. Richard Taylor, who fought for Jayhawk’s preservation. Bob Hope performed at the Jayhawk Theatre. “It’s the last of the great movie palaces,” Topeka historian Douglass Wallace said of the Jayhawk Theatre. At one time, Topeka had four big-scale movie houses, the Jayhawk, the Grand, the Dickinson and the Orpheum. “The Jayhawk and The Grand were spectacular,” said Wallace, who attended the theaters beginning in the early 1950s. Wallace remembers seeing a lot of Westerns at the Jayhawk in the 1950s. The entire movie experience included watching newsreels, previews of coming attractions, and cartoons, before the main event. “I always looked forward to the cartoons,” he recalls. “My parents and I always sat in the balcony, looking down at the movie.” Wallace sees the Jayhawk as a part of Topeka’s rich history in the performing arts, from the early 1900s to more recently the recognition of Jayne Houdyshell -- a Tony Award winner for her work in “The Humans” on Broadway in New York. “The Jayhawk would be a marvelous match for all of this,” Wallace said. continued >>
photo by Jeff Carson | Gizmo Pictures
'...why not raise $2 or $3 million and get as much done with that and then hold more events?' That's a fair question, but..."
My first experience inside the Jayhawk was attending a rehearsal of a song and dance act by the Topeka Bar Association, with Ed Bailey, script writer, and Tuck Duncan, director, in 2008. Their Topeka Bar Show was political satire lampooning the Governor, the Legislature, and the Kansas Supreme Court.
The cost to restore the Jayhawk Theatre was estimated at $8.2 million, according to an Opinion of Costs, by Slemmons Associates Architects. Carson said that estimate is five to six years old. Carson said an updated estimate is $10 to $12 million. About $3.5 million would come from Historic Tax Credits.
More recently, the Jayhawk Theatre has been host to locally produced films by Gary Piland, rap and hip hop, folk music, Rocky Horror Picture Show and Kansas Ballet Academy. A hip hop show featuring Bizzy and Stick Figa raised $900 Feb. 25 at the theatre, Carson said.
Much of the restoration work is related to installing proper HVAC, fire safety sprinklers, plaster repair, flooring, plumbing, electrical, lighting and restoration of finishes in the main theatre, lobby, walkway, mezzanine and balcony. Each area needs an extensive amount of work. Some roof work has been done, but additional roofing would be needed during restoration, Carson said.
The board of directors decided to hire someone with expertise in theatre renovation. John Holecek, executive director, has experience in historic theatre management and development. He raised $10.5 million for the restoration of the historic McPherson Opera House and served as executive director for six years. Funding from local transient guest tax is paying for his salary in Topeka during his first year.
I’ve heard some critics say, “why not raise $2 million or $3 million and get as much done with that and then hold more events?” That’s a fair question, but when you look at what other theatre renovations have cost, $10 million is not uncommon, Carson said.
Professional seating, lighting, sound and production equipment are not cheap, Carson said. Several other theaters in the country have been renovated in the range of $8 million to $15 million to $30 million, depending how elaborate the design, Carson said. It’s clear that Jayhawk Theatre advocates believe so wholeheartedly in the building’s promise, they are willing to give time, money and equipment to make it better. Warehouse 414 donated two couches and a table to the Jayhawk to dress up an empty corner. Dave’s Lights donated lighting for the stage and gallery, Carson said. Art, music, theatre and film play a critical role in lifting up the spirit of a community. We can see this in Topeka where activists have been building up the art scene in NOTO. The renovation of the Jayhawk Theatre would deliver a valuable contribution to quality of life here. A capital campaign is underway to raise funds to further the renovation of the theatre. aseveneightfive
B AL L ET MI DW EST PR ESENTS
Barbara Ebert & Lacee Ebert, Artistic Co-Directors
Bravo to the Past; Setting the Stage for the Future
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hef Forrest Frazier Wright invites you on a culinary escapade just 10 miles south of Topeka, at Stirring Soil Farm in Berryton. Imagine farm-to-table fine dining held in the garden where your meal's organic ingredients were lovingly cultivated. Dedicated to restoring biodiversity in the soil and supporting other local businesses, the farm also raises Mangalista pigs. As stated on the farm's Facebook page, "By providing access to flavor dense foods, the community becomes healthier, more vested in itself and the land." Coming from a creative family of artists, photographers and painters, Forrest's craft began in the kitchen at age 15. "Just creating the excitement that avante-garde cuisine is alive and well in Topeka. I'm wanting to bring my influences from travel and the
work I've done in Latin America to Kansas and keep the energy flowing in this creative renaissance. As this project has grown over the years, it's becoming a staple of fine dining for the area and I'm excited about its future". Using only nutrient-rich ingredients from Stirring Soil, the chef will create one-of-a kind meals in a series of seasonal dining experiences beginning this June. He is also available for private parties of eight or more. "My approach is modern, pro-Kansas and very grass roots. These events are my path towards elevating local businesses, like Stirring Soils Farm and bringing new culture to Kansans." Contact this innovative and talented chef at firstname.lastname@example.org, on Facebook or Instagram. Find their products at a farmer's market near you or stirringsoilfarm.com aseveneightfive 17
Create, uplift, learn, t e a c h
CREATE / UPLIFT 18
CULT's original concepts and the basis for their current foundation. by Tom Krebs photos by Ali Hanlon
MAKING IT HAPPEN IN THE TOP CITY
here's a new CULT in town, one that invites and accepts everyone who is interested. The preaching can be heard through spoken word, poetry, rhythms and lyrics captured on video. Ideas and events are created to promote social change and are archived via social media. A unified viewpoint of change for Topeka and Northeast Kansas, one which celebrates diversity and cultural awareness, can be felt through photography and graphic design. CULT or CREATE/UPLIFT is the local creative company from partners Tobias Harvey and Marcelino Gonzalez III (Marcy) with office space in 712 Innovations, downtown Topeka. But it's more than just a creative agency or a couple of young entrepreneurs picking up some freelance jobs. Marcy and Tobias have been collaborators since 2013, and been in business together since March 2016. Tobias brings experience and expertise in clothing design, graphic arts and music, where his production work has been nationally recognized. Marcy has documented the hip-hop music scene in the tri-city area for almost a decade. It was The Midwest Invasion, Marcy's video start up, which came together with Well Cultured to form CREATE/ UPLIFT.
THE ENTREPRENEURIAL SPIRIT IS ALIVE AND WELL IN THE TOP CITY Marcy was born in San Bernardino and is a 2006 Topeka High graduate. Tobias is a Topeka native from the Highland Park area and graduated from Topeka West in 2008. Like most entrepreneurs, the two burn the candle at both ends. Marcy works full time as a leasing agent, and Tobias works for a national drug store chain. “Our work ethic is big. This is the age of the infinite information,” said Tobias. As a result, many of their skills are ones they learned on their own, which is not surprising given their basic creed. “The acronym CULT has been spread everywhere we go. It's what we are built on and what we are still made of. Create, uplift, learn, teach - the four original concepts during our start up continue to be our foundation today," states the founders on their website. With their creed as a foundation, CULT's deliverables are a multimedia company serving Topeka, Lawrence, Kansas City and beyond. They provide "professional photography, videography, graphic design, website development, interactive marketing and creative consulting to brands and businesses." The theme that ties these disparate services together, however, is the duo’s immersion in hip-hop music and the culture from which it emerged. It doesn’t take much time on their website to see CREATE/UPLIFT’s clients and services reflect the diversity that is found in the artists and devotees from Topeka down the Kansas
River to Kansas City. Tobias tied his early clothing line to it, and Marcy eagerly documented it.
HOW CREATE/UPLIFT CAME ABOUT
Tobias tells the story on the Web page: In my senior year of high school, my close friend Jarrod Mason and I spent a lot of time daydreaming about running our own clothing line we called "Creative Culture,” and subsequently doodled some designs and illustrations for it. It wouldn't be until 5 years later that I would have the opportunity and resources to actually try and make those daydreams a reality. In 2013, I registered a domain and launched what was known as Well Cultured, or CULT, an online platform that served as a home base for everything creative. I didn't have any plan or path for success, it was just something I started as a hobby. Later that same year I was on a road trip heading from Kansas to New York City, when I brought up my website and ideas to a couple close friends. When we got back home from NYC, the three of us started to put a plan in motion. In early 2014, Chris Partee, Jermaine Adams, Jarrod Mason, and I launched a full campaign for Well Cultured, and debuted our clothing line at the annual 'KC Sole Sneakfest' where we brought our brand to thousands of sneaker and streetwear enthusiasts. Our brand was well received and met with praise from fellow creatives in the community. Things were going well as we continued to grow through our main outlet, music. It wouldn't be until later that year we were faced with adversity, when in September, Christopher 'Eightball' Partee passed away in a car accident traveling through Oklahoma. Disheartened from Chris' sudden passing, Jermaine and I were left to pick up the pieces and try to keep the brand moving forward. Things staggered for quite some time until mid 2015, when the CULT brand acquired a small Topeka video start up called "The Midwest Invasion.” Adding Marcy Gonzalez and his TMI platform to the team, Well Cultured relaunched in early 2016 as what is now known as CREATE/UPLIFT. Current and past clients include Mulvane Arts Fair, ARTSConnect, Jayhawk Theatre restoration project, including producing shows and most recently Reser's Food to produce a training video. Two other recent projects include work with the City of Topeka and the USD 501 summer meals program.
BOTTOM LINE: These are two creative, focused, energetic and hard-working young men. Watch for big things from them in the years, even decades, to come. No doubt, whatever they choose to create in Topeka will have an uplifting effect. They are just those kind of people. aseveneightfive
T H E INAPPRO P R I AT E CROSS STITCHER by Ni'col Revell + Kerrice Mapes
t's 2a and I'm lurking on LetGo.com, a website and mobile app that allows you to buy and sell your used stuff, when I stumble upon BJ's Basement Creations, a new local home furnishings store. Their unique, simple pieces marry old world embroidery with today's risquĂŠ jargon. Needless to say, they caught my eye, and I fell in love immediately. BJ's Basement Creations is an upcycled home furnishings business developed from the hobbies of Jeni Moss and Brian Meyer. Jeni creates her own cross stitch patterns that are as catchy and relatable as those inspirational posters adhered to the ceiling in your dentist's office, but a little (or a lot) dirtier. Brian creates the one-of-a-kind frames that capture the sentiments, which include lovely phrases like, "We had sex in this room," or, "Please don't do coke in the bathroom," presented in classic cross stitch technique. "I hear phrases and think, 'That would look good in my living room,'" said Jeni. "I think it's funny to take something that's viewed as crotchety, old lady - but talk about anal sex. I
Traditionally female handicrafts created by edgy, urgan, educated, NON-FILTERED women goes back....
started making my own patterns, since the ones I saw weren't dirty enough for my liking," continued Jeni. What started as a hobby is quickly becoming a passion and small business for the duo, who have gone from a post or two on LetGo to a Facebook page and, well, this article. "I have no expectations," said Jeni, "Even this interview is way more than expected. I put them on LetGo because it would be ridiculous to have them all in my house,’ Jeni says about her cross stitch handiwork. “I would give them away, but, I've got a lot of time into each and every one. And the extra money would be a nice cushion to go to law school." The art pieces are a reflection of Jeni's personality; she claims she is more disgusting than the average person. I'm not sure I agree with her, but I do know that the juxtaposition of a classic craft with a sailor's tongue is just nasty and ridiculous enough to make me purchase every piece she has. At $15 to $40 a piece, it seems like a small price to pay for the amazing conversation at my next ladies' brunch.
Jeni, a.k.a. “The Sweet Ass Cross Stitcher” isn't the first to take the classic cookie-baking housewife craft to aesthetic new places. The broader embrace of the traditionally female handicrafts by edgy, urban, educated, non-filtered women goes back to the '90s, according to Emily Matchar, the author of the "Homeward Bound: Why Women Are Embracing the New Domesticity." During that time, the Riot Grrrl movement began taking “iconically old-fashioned domestic work” like sewing and knitting, and reclaiming it as edgy and political. Hence, the feminist patterns you now see available, and why former senator and presidential candidate Hillary Clinton had political cross knit patterns as part of her swag during the last campaign. But Jeni seems to take the sugar-andspice art to a whole new level. BJ's Basement Creations aims to please, and Jeni will create custom pieces so you can fully express your own words and proudly hang them on your wall. Just don't blame us if you have to hide the art when grandma comes to visit. aseveneightfive
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Art of Murder // Downtown
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ummer brews are starting to hit the stands and they are fruity, fruity, fruity. Staying in note all these beers are lighter for hotter days, but have pronounced floral and fruity tones. If you don't like fruit in your beer, perhaps you shouldn't venture off too much this summer. If you do, then plan an extra float trip, because this is your beerdrinking season. American Wheat, 5.8% ABV, hazy gold pour, lacy head, fruity aroma with a spicy (think cloves) taste. A full mouthfeel makes this a very satisfying wheat, perfect for a lazy summer night around a bonfire or on the front porch.
ABITA BREWING CO. // Strawberry // Harvest Series Lager, 4.2% ABV, strawberry-blond pour, lightly carbonated resulting in a soda-like fizz. Strawberry juice is added late in the brewing process, resulting in the distinct flavor. Enjoy this crisp lager with a summer salad or dessert.
NEW BELGIUM // Juicy Watermelon Lime Ale 5% ABV, clear gold pour, lacy head, lime-scented aroma, and a tart, fruity taste. Light mouthfeel. If you're looking for the watermelon flavor, go straight to the source; this is more lime than melon. Goes well with spicy, Mexican, Thai, or Indian food offerings, though, so not all bad. And the label is gorgeous, so this may find it's way to the beer bucket at the season's first summer soirÃ©e. aseveneightfive
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hen Konner Slattery, GM at Quinton's, called claiming he had the best burgers in town, I almost hung up the phone. "I've had several customers tell me, hands down, this was the best burger they have ever had," said Konner. I still doubted him, but I accepted his offer to buy me dinner that Sunday so I could judge myself. Rewind several weeks; Jarrad Boyer, from Five Minute Rant From the Quiet Room and seveneightfive contributor, created a challenge between us to post at least one Facebook Live video each week. Since inception, I had posted two, total. The third ingredient to this story of how #SundayFunday came to be is that Jarrad has publicly stated his distaste for Quinton’s. I had reached out numerous times, inviting him to check out the “new” Quinton’s / Q’s Live to no avail. But I knew now, I had a different weapon.
JEREMY RALPH NIOCE // BOSS BRUNCH CREW
Within 10 minutes of arrival on Sunday, Jarrad let Konner know his thoughts of Quinton’s, as I looked for the nearest exit. Konner, with poise and confidence, genuinely listened and eagerly awaited our response to his new menu. Jarrad set his phone up on a mini tri-pod, anchored to our table by a chewing tobacco tin lid, and we were off. Three short videos captured our intro: a look at the food (we tried the Hot Hawaiian and Truffle Shuffle burgers and their specialty Mochiatto drink), a quick interview with chef Dallas Dunn and a wrap up. Over 1,000 people viewed the feed collectively the first night alone.
Watch past videos of #SundayFunday at Quinton’s, Oscars, The Landing, Speck’s, The Dugout and The Palette. Let us know where you’d like to see us next and be sure to try out the food and events we discuss for yourself and consider doing your own Facebook Live review.
Now, with the help of special guest Jeremy Ralph Nioce and other business owners, self-proclaimed foodies and random friends who just happen to be in the area (John Bond), you can tune in (or join us) around 8p each week as we eat our way through the city. aseveneightfive
#SUNDAYFUNDAY JARRAD BOYER // FIVE MINUTE RANT FROM QUIET ROOM KERRICE MAPES // THE QUEEN OF SEVENEIGHTFIVE WITH SPECIAL GUEST
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B I L L Y FRIDLEY by Tobias Harvey // photo by Marcy Gonzalez for create/uplift
illy shows up to his interview nearly two hours late, and seems tired and worn out. He doesn’t have the look of a typical rapper; his only giveaway might be a small Wu Tang logo on the front of his hat. The look on his face is familiar, I can tell from his expression that he has been busy working, a lot, and all his hard work seems to be finally paying off. Billy Fridley, who goes by Billy Early, was born in San Diego, but seems a Kansan through and through. Over the last year he has traveled from coast to coast and worked night and day on his latest album, The Early EP. With a lacking market in the Midwest, Billy decided to put his talents to the test in one of the world’s biggest arenas, Los Angeles. L.A. is a place Billy is familiar with, but this time heading out there had a different feel as his sound had changed drastically in the recent years. While still living in Kansas, he jumped into a contest held by one of the genres most reputable producers, Ramon Ibanga, commonly known as !llmind. Billy’s submission into the contest won him the opportunity to converse with !llmind personally, subsequently receiving support from Ibanga’s Roseville Music Group. The record that caught the Grammy-nominated producers ear was “Watch Out”, a gritty hip-hop cut that Billy absolutely shined on. Continuing his success, Billy was invited to perform live at Ibanga’s birthday event in New York City where he took the stage alongside nationally recognized performers like AraabMuzik and Skyzoo. Following his performance in NYC, Billy returned home to Burlingame, Kansas with what felt like a new energy and sense of determination. Billy polished up and finished his debut project, ‘The Early EP’. The Early EP, which I was able to listen to ahead of its release, is one of the best projects any artist in the area has put out. Talking with him about where his music comes from, he discussed how the music that invokes emotion is the music that matters. He talked about how issues regarding mental health are a large motivating factor in his
work. I could tell Billy is driven by something deeper than your average artist’s desire for success. His music is honest and rugged, and he carries himself with a soft-spoken demeanor. I hear the phrase ‘student of the game’ thrown around quite a bit and I think those words may define Billy's current state. The jeans and shoes he wore to the interview were gifts to him, donated by his mentor, Mike Schpitz. Mike lives in Chicago, but his roots in Topeka are deep, so deep his album is named Topeka, High. I know Schpitz personally as well, and him and Billy are quite the team. Mike is older and has perhaps been through some of the music trials Billy is going through now, so he is able to speak from experience, and that is where the ‘student’ aspect of Billy comes into play. He is an artist who knows who he is, but is open to collaboration from his peers. When I first met Billy, he went by the stage name Billy The Kid and had a Kidz Bop-like dance record out called SWURQ. Since then his sound has transformed, and so has he. The sound of Billy Early is real and transparent, constructed well by the producers and tastemakers he works with. His journey to get to where he is now is filled with risk, something many artists are afraid of. Billy is a determined artist, and I don’t see anything slowing him down on the road he’s traveling. Be sure to watch for The Early EP coming later this year, and keep up with Billy on his social media accounts by following @billyearly. aseveneightfive
food NINJA Grandma Woks 3.75 Fists
estled against the impenetrable outer wall overlooking the common path, it lies in wait, seeking its next challenger. I cautiously approach the perimeter and decide how best to make my attack. My enemy is close.
5331 SW 22nd Pl FAIRLAWN PLAZA
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I am greeted with a smile and a familiar tone as if I am a member of a family that dwells here. Laughter and mirth ensue and my defenses are immediately torn apart. A song in my head escapes my lips and is recognized by the attendant and a common bond is formed that prevents any recovery from this volley of blows. Here I stand, weakened.
I procure a meal fit for the Emperor for less than $15. Two beroks, side, two desserts, and a coffee. Surely for prices this low, something is amiss. I am the Food Ninja and I will prevail. If there is weakness in this stronghold, I will find it. I will exploit it. I will come out of this battle victorious.
Specializing in good food, made from scratch by grandmas.
Atmosphere The decor is simple, almost like a patio. Charming, but thrifty. Simple accouterments adorn the area in and around this eatery of Fairlawn Plaza. It feels somewhat like a meal in the fields of my childhood training. Plastic flatware, paper napkins, and single serving condiments give an economic tint to the surroundings. Unimpressive, but not off-putting. I am quite comfortable here. I begin to nestle in before I remember I am a ninja and should keep vigilant in battle to avoid defeat.
Menu NINJA’S RECOMMENDATION
TRADITIONAL BEROK w/bacon + cheese
I must fuel up to attempt a recovery and regain the upper hand in this battle by a surprise attack of a large order. Beroks (Bierocks) and sides, pies and cinnamon rolls, there is plenty to satiate this ninja's hunger and once again I am staggered by this formidable foe who has caught me unawares.
Once again, I am momentarily knocked off balance. I recover quickly to find I have consumed everything. Like some warstarved leech, I have eaten every item I ordered. I sit, dazed, empty containers in front of me with only glimpses of the battle that preceded my present circumstance. The side, a salad, was fresh and crisp, full of delights for my taste buds. The beroks, with the exception of what I’m sure was an arbitrarily missed doughy center on one, were savory and hearty, flavorful and filling. The desserts were succulent and satisfying, the pie crust is among the best I’ve tasted. The coffee, well, it can be difficult to make a simple cup of coffee poorly and this cup is just the right addition to my dessert and sits warm in this ninja’s full belly. aseveneightfive
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