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At Vulpes Bastille, three artists offer a new view through Other Windows.

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hen the news is good, Kansas City loves to throw a party. Take, for example, the jubilant September 10 announcement that the Shriners would hold their 2020 convention in Kansas City, two years after the projected opening date of the new convention hotel, which is slated to go up next to Bartle Hall. A band made up of men in funny hats, including former Kansas City Councilman Chuck Eddy on the drums, played in the foyer of Municipal Auditorium as Mayor Sly James lauded the fraternal order’s decision to return to Kansas City. Sometimes, though, the news isn’t so good, and the fezzes and the drums stay in the cupboard. Last week, three organizations wrote to members of the Kansas City, Missouri, City Council to express reluctance about coming to Kansas City in the future. The conventionhotel deal, all three groups say, comes with a big, problematic Easter egg: an exclusive contract for Hyatt to cater any event in Bartle Hall’s Grand Ballroom. The Hyatt catering deal will nudge several local companies out of lucrative Grand Ballroom contracts. City Manager Troy Schulte has said the exclusive catering contract was the stickiest part of protracted negotiations for the 800-room, Hyatt-flagged conventionhotel proposal. But he has said the agreement was necessary in order to craft a financing package that would keep the city’s general fund out of the hotel project. Such arrangements aren’t necessarily unusual in cities that are vying to book conventions. But at least one event planner told council members that one reason he had picked Kansas City in the past was because he had catering choices. “As someone that has planned large conventions for over 18 years, I can tell you very few convention centers have open catering policies,” writes Scott Hartman, planning coordinator for the Mennonite Church USA’s convention. “Having the opportunity to look at multiple caterers and have them bid on our business helped us control costs.” What kind of costs? Hartman’s letter to the council doesn’t say. But a letter from Educational Testing Service does. “In 2015, our catering spend was just short of $2.3M to a combination of three KC caterers, so you can see the impact of not being able to competitively bid out this work could be considerable,” writes Patric Mills, contracts manager for the education nonprofit. “ETS is very concerned about the potential for allowing the proposed new hotel to have exclusivity for catering in the Grand Ballroom and Convention Meeting Space.”

The Evangelical Free Church of America comes to Kansas City every four years. It last arrived in 2014, a visit that local officials say brought a $4.7 million economic impact from 7,000 conventioneers. “If the open catering policy changes, we will definitely revisit our plans,” EFCA event director Laurie Seay writes in a letter to the City Council. Kansas City probably won’t heed these concerns, not least because leaders are hungry for bigger conventions. The 2020 Shriners convention — the occasion for that boisterous announcement back in September — promises about three times as much economic impact as the EFCA meeting. Mike Burke, the Kansas City real estate lawyer who is shepherding the convention-hotel deal, says he’s confident that the Hyatt catering contract will be good for conventioneers. “I’m aware there’s an organized effort by some of the caterers to write letters,” he tells The Pitch. “Hyatt is a customer-service organization. They’re going to work with their customers and clients to produce a product the city can be proud of.” Not that anyone will have a choice about it.


ne Light, downtown’s ultra-shiny new apartment building — touted as the first residential high-rise construction project here since the San Francisco tower went up at Crown Center in the 1970s — opens to its tenants this week. Press reports have suggested that move-in day will be a busy affair. The Kansas City Star and other sources have quoted the Cordish

An imagining of Kansas City’s skyline with a convention hotel Companies, the project’s developer, as confirming that One Light is 98 percent leased — with a 1,000-person waiting list. But some advertising visible on local social-media users’ pages says units are still available for lease. Doesn’t a giant waiting list convey the idea that anyone not already signed up to live at One Light is out of luck? Actually, no. Nick Benjamin, executive director of Cordish’s Power & Light District, tells The Pitch that One Light is 80 percent leased. And that waiting list, he says, is more of a “hey, maybe I’m interested” list. “Our messaging has been consistent throughout. From early after our construction start, in April 2014, we had a rapidly growing waiting list of people who had expressed interest in leasing in One Light but had not yet signed leases,” Benjamin says. “We did not actually start signing leases until November 2014, at which point there became a distinction between those on the waiting list and those who had signed leases.” By April, 35 percent of One Light’s 315 apartment units had been leased, Benjamin says. One Light’s pace of weekly leasing, he explains, allows Cordish to put that figure at 95 percent by March 2016. That means, if you don’t want to wait for Two Light, Cordish’s planned nearby sequel, you might still have a shot. “If you were to walk into the leasing office today and say you wanted a onebedroom, you would need to fill out an


application,”Benjamin says. “If your application was approved, you would put down a deposit and then could sign a lease for one of the available units.” And if you’re on the waiting list? Benjamin says that gives you priority information and an invitation to One Light events. That list, he adds, is up to 3,500 people now.


at Roberts is grandstanding again. The senior senator from Kansas is upset that President Obama wants to shut down prison camps on U.S.-controlled land in Cuba and transfer detainees to select prisons in the lower 48 states. Closing Guantánamo, where detainees with suspected ties to international terrorism are held (often with no formal charges or regular access to lawyers), was one of the first things that Obama said he wanted to accomplish when he reached the White House. During the president’s first presidential campaign, the prison was already widely viewed as an international symbol of America’s disregard for human rights and its increasingly misguided war on terror. Things haven’t gotten better — and Roberts is a big reason. The senator has been perhaps the most vocal opponent to detainee transfer, particularly because his home state’s prison complex in Leavenworth is a potential home to at least some of the detainees. Last week, Roberts cited the issue again. After having learned that the Pentagon had visited Leavenworth to see whether it could hold the detainees, he put a hold on Obama’s secretary of the army nominee, Eric Fanning. “There are a lot of concerns,” Roberts spokeswoman Sarah Little tells The Pitch in an e-mail. “First, he is worried about putting a high value target in Leavenworth (or anywhere else). It would certainly be a significant target with several of these detainees in one spot on American soil. There [sic] friends and

Residents start moving in to One Light. sympathizers would be in our communities, in our airports, etc.” There already is one place in the continental United States where prisoners who have committed terrorism, or been linked to it, are held. That’s Florence, Colorado, which is reputed to have the highest-security lockup in the Federal Bureau of Prisons system. That, for example, is where Ramzi Yousef is spending the rest of his days. Convicted for his role in the 1993 World Trade Center bombing, Yousef was also linked to a plan to hijack several commercial-airline flights in the United States and blow them up simultaneously. Called Project Bojinka, it’s widely seen as a precursor to the 9/11 plot. (Oklahoma City bombing conspirator Terry Nichols was in the Philippines while Yousef was planning Project Bojinka, fueling conspiracy theories that there was a Middle East connection to the 1995 bombing of the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building. Nichols is also imprisoned in Florence.) There have been no reports of terrorism in Florence. There has been no talk about the presence of terrorist sympathizers there, either. Still, Roberts says he’s worried that participation in the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College in Leavenworth would decline if GTMO detainees were nearby. “He does not want Leavenworth to be simply ‘GITMO [sic] North,’” Little continues. “He does not agree with the President’s argument that closing GITMO will remove a recruitment tool for terrorists. There will still be indefinite detention if GITMO is closed since the Administration does not have a comprehensive detainee plan. So rather than calling it GITMO, the terrorists will simply recruit and call it Leavenworth.” If only Roberts had always been so prescient about just what terrorists were going to do and why.


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A billboard owner has the West Side choppin’ mad.



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hirty years ago, the West Side neighborhood was a crime-infested hilltop just across the highway from downtown. Now, it is to the creative community what Mission Hills is to the metro’s business community: a sought-after enclave with a clubby vibe and a finite amount of suitable housing stock. Progressive restaurants and cute shops have taken root at its center, the intersection of 17th Street and Summit, a few blocks from the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts. Modestly sized modern homes mix with elegant, well-preserved older houses. Residing in them are liberal-minded lawyers, graphic designers, gay power couples, and owners of beloved local businesses. (Disclosure: I used to live on the West Side. I rented.) Some West Side residents, having contributed to the property-value-boosting eclecticism of the neighborhood, espouse rather strong opinions about the neighborhood they helped build. Liberal values are guarded on the West Side in much the same way that visual uniformity is enforced in a suburban homeowners association. In this world, what Gary Tauvar did two weeks ago is akin to cousin Eddie parking his camper on the front lawn of a Mission Hills mansion and emptying its septic tank into the street. According to Jackson County records, John Tauvar, a registered sex offender who owes $6,500 in delinquent taxes to the county, owns the property at 1703 Jefferson. There’s no structure on the land, just a pole that rises about 70 feet into the sky, where it widens to become a billboard visible to motorists on

Interstate 35. Gary Tauvar owns the billboard. Public records that The Pitch has reviewed do not confirm that the men are related; neither Tauvar could be reached for comment. Jefferson is the first north-south street in the West Side neighborhood west of I-35. Between Jefferson and I-35 is a narrow strip of land that runs from 16th Street to 20th Street. This land is owned by the Missouri Department of Transportation (MoDOT). About 15 years ago, as part of an urban forestry project carried out in conjunction with MoDOT, trees were planted on this land. “They were planted by volunteers to serve as a sound and pollution barrier between the highway and the West Side,” recalls Kathy Kirby, a longtime resident on the 1600 block of Jefferson. Gary Tauvar (hereafter Tauvar) recently obtained a permit from Outdoor Advertising, the arm of MoDOT that regulates billboards, to trim parts of the trees that were obstructing views of his billboard. Instead, Tauvar hired a crew that chopped down dozens of large trees between 16th and 20th streets. “It totally surprised everybody,” says Ari Aytar, who also lives on the 1600 block of Jefferson. “One afternoon I’m sitting on my porch, and I look out, and there’s guys downing trees left and right. For days in a row, they’d fire up their chainsaws at 4 p.m. — around the time city and codes people aren’t at the office — and work until it got dark.” Concerned residents called MoDOT, which issued a stop-work order to Tauvar. But by then, the damage was done.

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“To call it devastation is not an exaggeration,” says Jack Reese, who lives on the 1600 block of Summit. “Whatever trees were blocking the billboard were minimal. And they just came in and cleared everything out.” Matt Killion, a MoDOT representative, confirmed to The Pitch that Tauvar was not authorized to remove any trees. “We counted 50 trees that have been removed,” Killion says. Killion did not comment on what kind of fines Tauvar might face for so drastically exceeding the scope of work allowed by his permit. “We are still in discussions with Mr. Tauvar regarding the situation,” he says. “We’re committed to getting trees back in place down there.” That may take awhile. I took a stroll along the path of destruction last week. It vaguely resembled a small logging site. Just west of the I-35 overpass on 17th Street, I spotted a man in the distance lugging thick tree branches. I waved, and he came over and asked who I was and why I was taking pictures. I told him that I had heard from neighbors who were upset about the felling of all the trees. He quickly wrote my name and organization down on his arm. When I asked his name and who he worked for, he declined to say. “I’m just a guy from Craiglist,” is all I could get out of him. He walked to a camper parked on the street, grabbed a jug and took a long sip.




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Through The Looking gLass

Vulpes Bastille’s Other Windows shows a faraway nearby.


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hat came to mind when I first walked through Other Windows, the group exhibition now at Vulpes Bastille, sounds a little grandiose now. Examining the works by Olivia Gibb, Cristina Muñiz and Annie Woodfill (curated here by Kansas City Art Institute painting instructor Jonah Criswell), I thought of Venice. I thought of the kaleidoscopic, impossible Venice of Italo Calvino’s novel Invisible Cities. Told you it was a little grandiose. But the fascinating art here — which adds up to something quite Calvino-like — is not. All three artists use their respective mediums to explore the vague, in-between spaces of history, language and memory. Gibb’s drawings, Muñiz’s oil paintings and Woodfill’s cardboard structures behave in the room together like three narrators comparing three distinctly abstract story notes, not necessarily in the same tongue. None strictly reproduces the art of any specific time or place being referenced — not, per se, the punk zines of Oakland or the abstract expressionism of Spain or the whimsical Dada sculptures of Zurich. Still, many of the works in the show call to mind just those things, with each artist cannily deploying notions of color, play and shape to dismantle norms and erect something new. Other Windows is aptly titled, the phrase reflective of how these three emerging artists use — or hold themselves apart from — what has come before in order to illuminate their individual practices. If images identifiable by their relationship to the empirical world or to our shared human experience represent one way of defining canonical art — images we see through plain glass — then Other Windows offers intriguing distortions. Through Gibb’s, Muñiz’s and Woodfill’s panes, we see a place that floats in a panoramic mist — a thought balloon awaiting, say, the gossamer myths spun by Calvino’s reimagined Marco Polo. The pieces at Vulpes Bastille connect filaments of disparately conceived illogic to light a world just out of reach. Gibb’s detailed pencil drawings adhere to the absurd physics of cut-and-paste logic, distorting perspectives and foregrounds to create multidimensional scenes from calamitous dreams. Faces of women — statuary women — gaze back, surrounded by patterns and markings far removed from ancient sculpture. Timelines condense as we see the detailed statue faces lying still beside flat, mismatched patterns that appear hastily sketched. These could be the cutouts and collages of punk zines shot back in time. Busted statues litter a landscape beside a sinking moon, coming to terms with ideals of figure representation evolved well beyond the simply classical;

Clockwise from left: “Face on Tan Paper” by Gibb, “Smuggled Water” by Muñiz and “Alfiz/Stroop” by Woodfill

Other Windows Olivia Gibb, Cristina Muñiz, Annie Woodfill Through November 28 at Vulpes Bastille, 1737 Locust bodies of stone coexist with the floating faces of our post-digital culture. What is old is not necessarily correct, but neither is what is new. Checker patterns appear in a number of drawings, as castoff fabric blowing through the dark backdrop of space or as a kind of curtain from which limbs and faces emerge. “Face on Tan Paper” contains a number of Gibb’s repeated elements: the checker pattern, the forceful marks, the skin peeled back to reveal patterns. On the left side of the drawing, a reflection hits the face as though from nearby gentle water. The materiality of the marks is just as important as the images on the page (though Gibb knows when to hold back, too, knows when negative space conveys

something more dynamic than marks). Entire quadrants of some drawings are blanketed in graphite, until the sight of the heavy marks becomes something physical as well as emotional for the viewer. You feel the press of the tool against the obedient paper. Muñiz’s refracted narratives echo aspects of works by Willem de Kooning and Arshile Gorky, while her bold and colorful palette owes something to Robert Delaunay. The colorful forms lend few details, offer few hints about what they might represent. “Smuggled Water” presents four quadrants of a canvas as four chapters of a story, one in which shapes

and colors become characters bumping into one another. A pale white mark invades shapes that resemble faces looking at each other. In “When we used to,” a blue tumbler floats on the upper-right side of the painting, though the three brown rectangles jutting from the glass resemble neither ice cubes nor a straw, challenging what seems at last easy to recognize. A glowing, fiery orb below the tumbler begins to look like a summertime grill, the pastel seafoam square on the left a pool — ingredients of a serene outdoor afternoon. Still, it’s hard to be sure, and Muñiz’s art here delights in misdirecting our analysis. She is, above all, an artist at play, happily dodging the history of abstract painting (and occasionally asking permission to play a little longer). Woodfill’s cardboard sculptures resemble periscopes and tablets that project the world she sees down into the gallery. Words scribbled in gold ink across a flat, blue surface on “Alfiz/Stroop” reflect back into themselves as the sentences start to repeat — beginning again in reverse once at continued on page 13 NOVEMBER 19-25, 2015

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ART continued from page 11 the end of a clause. You have to kneel to read the small lettering, and you no sooner make it to the middle than you soon find yourself back at the beginning, scooted along by language. The words are printed by hand rather than spit from a computer algorithm or some other avenue by which the duplicate phrases could have achieved symmetry. Below this piece, the pedestal is made of Styrofoam, a playful nudge from Woodfill and her practice of setting up studio debris in formal gallery spaces — as if she’s saying, “If it’s white and the art is on top, then yes, this is a pedestal.” Other objects are similarly perched here, sometimes with added slats of wood that prop the structures above the surface of the foam. The literal elevation of daily materials shows us the awkward puberty of garbage, the things we consume in their youth but don’t see through to old age. By adding the element of written language to the objects, Woodfill forces us to connect to her medium the same way she has. The action of moving these clusters of meaning and inspiration out of her studio and into the gallery is a sign of an object’s graduation. Interwoven conversations between the words she has written by hand and the manufactured phrases still printed on the cardboard duel like a teenager talking back to a parent. While you’re busy reading some winding testimony that feels inert, computer-sequenced, a series of logical predictions, Woodfill is enveloping you in something greater: a spinning dialogue of art, justice and storytelling. Another Woodfill sculpture — another of her pieces that uses simple materials to make us feel safe even as she means to provoke a little anxiety — instructs simply: “FOLD HERE.” And so she and her peers in Other Windows do: Their art folds our perceptions, striking a balance between what feels familiar and what is alien.

MORE TALK Muñiz and Woodf ill also speak in Tungs.


he Charlotte Street Foundation’s latest guest-curated exhibition at its Paragraph and Project Space galleries includes two of Other Windows’ artists and also ends soon. Joel Damon, half of the curatorial team of Omaha, Nebraska’s Project Project, has titled the show Tungs — a pseudo-etymological take on the organ that is largely responsible for making human speech possible. As he writes in exhibition materials, these works by Cristina Muñiz, Annie Woodfill and Zach Voss (whom Damon chose from a pool of 25 artists) are together here “to encourage these three artists to continue speaking in whatever language they deem appropriate.”

We viewers, however, are usually too impatient to remain unknowing while we look at something, so the insights that these artists provided last Saturday in a talk come in handy — especially when comparing this show with Other Windows, where creations by Muñiz and Woodfill converse with art by Olivia Gibb. In the broken-up space here, Woodfill’s installation of balanced materials, such as repurposed cardboard and Styrofoam, feels more deliberately placed than it seems in Vulpes Bastille’s one vast room. Woodfill told the audience that the lines of the room form a grid, against which these arranged objects ask us to read the space between them. Her favorite piece in the show, “Lyratese,” is a found sycamore branch propped in the northeast corner; catching the light in its gold-adorned plastic drape, it creates fleeting additions to the gallery’s grid and angles. Muñiz’s “The Last Time” and “Passing Timidity” — her latest and large canvases, created after her Charlotte Street studio residency — depict among their narratives the story of the mark-making, of the artistic act itself, what she calls the “autobiography of the hand.” Warren Rosser, chairman of the painting department at the Kansas City Art Institute, was at the talk and has been following Muñiz’s work since she was at school. He told the room that these newer paintings appeared less formal than earlier works and pointed to what he called the characters she was allowing to inhabit the space. Voss has only two works in Tungs, and they emphasize a visual vocabulary of inexpensive and accessible properties: chicken wire, brown paper, glue. His aim, he said, is to address the idea of how homogeneous items — mass-produced furniture, for example — can be profitable and to upset that by casting chair forms (he calls them “floaters”) over and over in paper. Six such forms hang in perfect Tungs Cristina Muñiz, Annie Woodfill, Zach Voss Through November 28 at Paragraph and Project Space galleries, 21-23 East 12th Street,

balance by nearly invisible filament and are recognizable as oval plastic chair seats. They are too high, by design, to accommodate any attempt to sit in them, and they do seem to require, more than the work of the other artists in Tungs, outside interpretation to read. His “Flototype,” around the corner, instead sits on the ground. With a nearly uncountable array of surfaces, the craft-paper boulder is at once too delicate to support anyone as furniture and too engaging to be questioned. — TRACY ABELN




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elsey Wroten’s illustrations are easy to like and, increasingly, easy to spot. The 2015 Kansas City Art Institute graduate has already worked with brands such as Nike, Nickelodeon, DC Comics, Bitch magazine and Vice. (Also, full disclosure, she recently contributed an illustration to The Pitch.) Her characters, stylish and youthful, can sometimes appear bored, in an amusingly exaggerated way. Look closer, though, and there’s tenderness on display as well. That tenderness comes through in the noncommercial art now on view in the intimate gallery at the back of Artist & Craftsman Supply. The works showcase Wroten’s broad appeal with a mere fraction of illustrations selected from what’s becoming a very productive studio practice. Among the well-chosen samples here are images that dip into her work in longer narratives, particularly comics. In that medium, she paints women as contemporary badasses, vibrating with attitude as they charge down streets eating Doritos or ignoring texts from friends. These characters seem to share a mission: to be simultaneously loved and left alone. It’s an honest, self-aware portrayal of a generation — or a whole culture, take your pick — preoccupied with the craving first for one and then the other. Stilled in moments of reflection, rejection and rebellion, the women on Wroten’s gauche panels aren’t necessarily comfortable, yet they’re utterly unashamed. They flaunt pit hair and tattoos, indulge their

“Whatever” by Wroten languor, revel in their poor dietary choices. In these details, the artist shows us singular moments while making it easy to imagine the previous and the next events in her story lines. Hanging from a clothesline to substitute for a second wall in the tiny gallery are fantasy and adventure illustrations, which hold nothing back as they reveal another facet of Wroten’s talent. Here, the relative kindness of her paintings is cast away in favor of otherworldly excess: dramatic scenarios in which characters, some of them not altogether humanoid, are poised on the cusp of action within a story arc. When you see a cowboy, gun at the ready, standing before a graveyard of fallen friends littered with empty bottles of booze, all that’s missing is the deep-voiced “In a world…” of a movie trailer. The prints and paintings on display aren’t for every budget, but the show also includes plenty of Wroten’s zines. At $5 a copy, you can own a piece of this young artist’s thrilling imagination. Kelsey Wroten Hand Work: Paintings and Process Work Through December 4 in the gallery at the rear of Artist & Craftsman Supply, 229 Southwest Boulevard

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few years ago, a small reissue label put out the first commercial recording of David Shire’s score for All the President’s Men. The album is brief, its music minimal, quiet, repetitive — motifs more than themes, instrumental color more than melody, the sound of thread being steadily unraveled. The tones are low, like Hal Holbrook’s Deep Throat impatiently giving up a secret to Robert Redford’s Bob Woodward. The trombone section sounds draped in one damp trench coat. The strings sweat like Richard Nixon at an Ivy League barbecue. At no point does even one note suggest sunshine or resolution. (Recall that, in the movie, the teletype is the exit music — ours and, sometime later, offscreen, the president’s.) Howard Shore composed the music for Spotlight, the best true-life newsroom procedural since All the President’s Men, which opens here Friday. Give or take Shore’s distractingly insistent score — a musically anonymous instruction manual for certain feelings of institutional shock and dismay — the studiously plain but utterly gripping Spotlight is also one of 2015’s best movies. It seems frivolous to dwell on something as conspicuously artificial as movie music when we’re talking about a film that dramatizes a moment of historic import. And yet, some historic moments count twice when we view them through the prism of drama rather than through the lens of documentary. Then they count a third or a fourth time, depending on how much we discuss, tout, rewatch and (come late winter, maybe) reward such dramatization. As with the news — its gathering and reporting, not its business — everything depends on accuracy. Shore has worked for David Cronenberg and Jonathan Demme — creepiness is on his palette, even if he wields no dissonance here, no noir. And stories come no creepier and no darker than the Boston Archdiocese’s generations-long cover-up of child sexual abuse by priests. What we hear instead while watching Spotlight — too much musically but just the right amounts of talk and nagging silences — is the slow discovery of the crimes, the conspiracy and the cover-up, and the heroic and stringently accurate reporting of same. (Heroic, yes: There’s no better adjective for stringently accurate reporting that prompts a community to recognize — and to halt — wrongdoing.) Spotlight’s matter-of-fact title is simply a recitation of a department name, an investigative desk at The Boston Globe. Its four journalists work for months on one thing at a time, one story eventually published as a series of long, deeply reported articles. There were big stories before the Boston Archdiocese news

broke, in 2002, and there were big stories after. But the moral and religious breakdown at the center here packs a universal and scarring terror — one that could, even in the most wellmeaning dramatization, lead to overacting that patronizes the audience. But under director Tom McCarthy, there’s a kind of music in Spotlight’s storytelling. The dialogue is staccato and sharply percussive, some of it necessarily expository but none of it dumbed-down or perfunctory. You may find yourself waiting for volume, for raised voices, for confrontation and fire- or waterworks. But the drama (if not Shore’s music) is quieter and subtler than that, made up of data crunching, pattern analysis, shoe-leather detective work and tireless interviewing. Pianissimo descents into archives and spreadsheets, atonal confessions. Michael Keaton, as the team’s leader, editor Walter “Robby” Robinson, has long been a master of stop-start rhythms like those in newsrooms, and he’s career-best here. As his boss, Ben Bradlee Jr. (whose dad was Woodward and Bernstein’s Watergate editor), John Slattery wears the pleated Dockers honorably and lends welcome traces of Roger Sterling wah-wah to the ensemble. As Bradlee’s new boss, Liev Schreiber offers legato counterpoint. (An uncredited Richard Jenkins, a disembodied voice on a couple of key phone calls — and a veteran of McCarthy’s The Visitor — is as good as anyone else you can see.) If the acting isn’t perfect, the one dereliction is its own kind of fascination. Mark Ruffalo, playing reporter Michael Rezendes (who wrote the first of the eventual stories), rushes the tempo, never falling in as he should with Rachel McAdams and Brian d’Arcy James (rounding out the team). At first, you want to e-mail him at his onscreen desk and remind him that this isn’t a star vehicle. But just as

Keaton (left) and Ruffalo: buttoned-down Ruffalo approaches maximum ham, McCarthy and Josh Singer’s script sends him to meet crusading lawyer Mitchell Garabedian, whom Stanley Tucci plays like … well, I’m out of musical metaphors. Tucci just plays the shit out of this one, and he’s good enough to get Ruffalo back in line, as though you’re watching these events unfold in real time. At its considerable best, Spotlight maintains that temporal illusion until, at the end, you see a long list of cities that have endured similar crises. A list that, of course, includes ours.

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justice are admitted with minimal interrogation. Looming malice fomented behind closed doors lifts away like a high cirrus cloud with just a light wind of dialogue. Whatever’s in these people’s eyes, the secrets in their mouths tumble forth like weather reports. The forecast calls for pain. To sum up the original, a guy who kind of looks like Dos Equis’ Most Interesting Man in the World spends many years trying to solve a cold case and set aside an unrequited love, then writes a novel about a brokenhearted guy trying to solve a cold case in the shadow of tragedy and ill-starred romance. There’s a second murder. The man must flee, under threat of a junta. Eventually, he shows the novel to the lost paramour, they drink a lot of coffee, and their sadness goes on and on. It is sweeping. It is ridiculous. To sum up the U.S. version, Chiwetel Ejiofor and Nicole Kidman, drinking zero coffee, make nonsecret eyes at each other while Julia Roberts, in a Joey Ramone wig, slouches toward revenge. Ray makes the story’s central crime more personal to the main characters, allowing him to dump any, how you say, subplots. The result is ridiculous but, mostly for the better, not at all sweeping. No furious tropemongering here, no shameless melodrama. Just Roberts attempting a version of the Sean Penn Mystic River “Is that my daughter in there” howl tempered with mid-period Sally Field (Not Without My Daughter, Eye for an Eye), the 1,000-watt smile flashed only in short flashbacks to her character’s very ABC Family Channel kind of motherhood. Jeopardy is

Secret in their eyeS


ell, this could have been way, way worse. Not much less silly, but way, way worse. Writer-director Billy Ray’s who-asked-forthis remake of El secreto de sus ojos — Argentina’s 2009 Oscar winner for Best Foreign Language Film — dispenses with much of its source material’s sap, along with a welcome chunk of its running time. At a lean 105 minutes or so, however, and despite much expository handholding, Secret in Their Eyes also whacks the very conceit of its title. One way it does this is by minimizing a crucial element of the story: a photograph in which a young psycho gives away — with his eyes! with his EYES! — a sexual obsession that will lead to murder. In the original, the eyes thing is given quasi-religious weight; here, it goes by like part of an ad for a C.S.I. rerun. Beyond that, Ray’s characters are abysmal at keeping secrets. Long-simmering (nonhomicidal) obsessions are freely acknowledged. Pivotal alliances that run counter to righteous

Roberts and Ejiofor minimal, junta absent. Ejiofor doesn’t go into exile. In a movie that refers often to 9/11 and needs the Los Angeles Dodgers for its best scene, he hides out by working for the New York Mets. It’s that kind of movie. — S.W.

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Leslie Stockard’s Classic Cookie retirement turns out to be a mere pit stop. “My family has been working every day, helping me to get the restaurant open,” Leslie Stockard says. “My 85-year-old mother has been rolling up silverware since I took the place back over.” In the meantime, the dining room and the kitchen are being repainted, and Stockard has begun planning a reintroduction of Classic Cookie’s baked goods (which took a sabbatical under the Peattie regime). Stockard’s longtime cookie baker, Donald Petre, is making dough again. Not every kind, though. “I’m doing away with the decorated sugar cookies,” Stockard says. “They were just too labor-intensive. But we’re bringing back the chocolate-chip cookies, the snickerdoodles, the chocolate-peanut-butter chip and the oatmeal scotchies.”


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Stockard has decided to discontinue daily specials but plans to add four of the Classic Cookie’s most popular specials to the regular menu: the corned-beef hash, the “painted porch pancakes” (potato-cornmeal flapjacks), fresh egg salad, and a breakfast burrito. And, yes, the basket is coming back, too. That Classic Cookie staple, the small basket of muffins and cookies that greeted each lunch party’s table, makes its return when the restaurant reopens. In fact, on November 27 — and only that day — even breakfast patrons get the basket treatment. “It will be a celebration for all of us,” Stockard says. “I’m expecting that will be a very, very busy day for us.”


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Canned beer — canned food drive, benefiting Harvesters, at the Boulevard tasting


ack in March, Leslie Stockard sold her business, the Classic Cookie, to former McLain’s Bakery owner Don Peattie. Recently, however, she once again took over the restaurant. This, she says, isn’t a failed deal. The past eight months count instead as the best vacation she has ever had — one that was a long time coming. Stockard purchased the Classic Cookie (409 West Gregory Boulevard) in 1998, and for most of the nearly two decades since, she says, she was up each morning at 4. She rarely took more than a week away from the café and bakery business — and raised four children as a single mother. With the kids grown, she decided it was time for her own graduation. “I was burned out,” Stockard says. “It’s not an easy job, running a restaurant for 17 years,” she explains. “The drama — employees not showing up for work, machinery breaking down — really took a toll on me after so many years. When Don Peattie offered to buy the business, I was ready. Or, at least, I thought I was ready.” She didn’t hesitate to, as she puts it, recharge her batteries: “I was able to sleep late; to travel to see my children in Cincinnati and Orlando; to see family in Phoenix, Indiana,

Stockard: not ready for the checkered flag Chicago and Omaha; and to drive to several NASCAR races — I’m a huge fan.” Stockard was no longer burned out. Peattie, meanwhile, found that the Classic Cookie wasn’t for him. “Things didn’t really work out the way I thought it would,” Stockard says. “Don had a change of heart about buying the business, so I took it back. I announced the news on the Classic Cookie Facebook page on November 6 that I was taking the restaurant back over. The outpouring has been very positive and very excited. And I’m honestly ready and excited to start over again. Now that I have it back, I don’t think I’ll sell it again. But that could change. If someone offered me a million dollars cash, I would in a heartbeat.” Until that million arrives, Stockard is back to her old 4 a.m. schedule — and, when she has gotten used to it again, a grand reopening on Friday, November 27. (She may try a soft opening a little ahead of that day, she tells me.) This time, though, there’s family help on the way: Stockard’s eldest daughter, Rachael Redler, is joining her mother in the restaurant as the front-of-the-house manager. And sisterin-law Kathy Stockard is also coming aboard.

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Firestone Walker Velvet Merkin tapping, at Flying Saucer (101 E. 13th St.), 7 p.m.

Tallgrass tap takeover, at Lone Elm Taproom in Whole Foods Market (14615 W. 119th St., Olathe), 6–8 p.m.

Bottle Share with Dan the Beer Man, benefiting Dan Simmons and family with a bottle share and potluck, at Screenland Armour (408 Armour Rd., North Kansas City), 1 p.m. Recommended donation of $10 at the door. Prairie Artisan Ales tasting, at Grain to Glass

(1611 Swift, North Kansas City), $15, noon– 4 p.m.

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New Holland Brewing beer school, with Mischievous, Mad Hatter IPA, Dragon’s Milk Triple Mashed, Hatter Royale, Beer Barrel Bourbon, at Barley’s Brewhaus (11924 W. 119th St., Overland Park), $20, 6 p.m.

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Black Mesa Kölsch infusion, at Bier Station

Entrepreneur Storytime: “The Business of Microbrew,” with Pete Dulin, and local brewers from Double Shift, Rock & Run, KC Bier Co. and Martin City Brewing Co., at Woodneath Library Center (8900 N.E. Flintlock Rd.), 7 p.m.

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Chocolate, Cheese and Ale tasting, at 75th

Street Brewery (520 W. 75th St.), $30, 4–7 p.m.

Boulevard 26th anniversary Class of ‘89 Pub Crawl, with Odell and Free State, on

39th Street, 1–6 p.m.

Free State tasting, at Lukas Liquors (12140 Blue Valley Pkwy., Overland Park) 4–6 p.m. Tallgrass tasting, at Lukas Liquors (12140 Blue Valley Pkwy., Overland Park) 4–6 p.m.

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razilian-born husband and wife Edson and Leonice Ludwig, formerly with the Fogo de Chão churrascaria on the Country Club Plaza, are just weeks away from opening their own Brazilian steakhouse: Espirito Do Sul at 11900 Metcalf, in Overland Park, site of the former Elephant Bar. This won’t be the first Brazilian steakhouse to operate in this suburban shopping center. Eight years ago, former Kansas City Chiefs star Neil Smith opened his own variation on the churrascaria theme: Amor de Brazil, next door, in the building now occupied by the Joy Wok Chinese Buffet. Amor was a short-lived enterprise, but the metro’s other two Brazilian meateries, the Plaza’s Fogo de Chão and the Northland’s Em Chamas Brazilian Grill, continue to do for rotisserie-broiled beef, lamb, pork and chicken what the Joy Wok does for General Tso’s chicken and chow mein. Not at the same price point, of course, but all you can eat. “I prefer to say,” Edson Ludwig tells me, “all you can experience. We’re not a buffet. We’re more like dinner theater.” The most striking artful touch at Espirito Do Sul — which translates from the Portuguese, Edson Ludwig says, as “spirit of the south” — is what the couple calls a “Harvest Table.” Think seasonal salads, cheeses and vegetables alongside a hot station boasting eggplant parmesan, pasta offerings and the Brazilian rice-pork-and-beans dish feijoada. All of that, of course, remains mere prelude to the broiled meats, served by handsome passadores wielding sharp knives and steaming skewers. But that tradition gets a tweak here, too. Leonice Ludwig, the restaurant’s co-owner and executive chef, says Espirito Do Sul will be the first Brazilian steakhouse in the metro to have female passadores working alongside the knifemen.

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cludes both the meats and the Harvest Table, but Leonice Ludwig’s desserts will be extra. “I’m going to have a passionfruit mousse,” she says, “and a rich chocolate brownie topped with a brigadeiro. We’ll also have tres leches cake — although I use more than three kinds of milk — and both flan and crème brûlée.” The bar at Espirito Do Sul — where you’ll be able to order the potent Brazilian cocktail known as the caipirinha — will have its own, more moderately priced menu, free of the roving passadores and their skewers of hot meat. When Espirito Do Sul opens, the kitchen hours will be 11 a.m.–2 p.m. and 5–10 p.m. Sunday–Thursday, 5–10:30 p.m. Friday and 4–10:30 p.m. Saturday.

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The Ludwigs bring experience to the experience. “I’m here to change things,” she says. The changes to the Elephant Bar, a big space that had been closed for seven months when the Ludwigs took over the lease last summer, have been extensive. The Ludwigs, who say they’ve dreamed for years of opening a restaurant together, have poured a lot of money into Espirito Do Sul ahead of its December opening. Besides new floors, walls, tables and chairs, they’ve closed off the bar from the main dining room, built out three private dining rooms and installed a woodburning fireplace. Naturally, they’ve also put two costly roasting ovens in the kitchen. The couple moved to Kansas City in 2008, after a few years working together at a Fogo de Chão in Chicago. By then, Edson Ludwig was well into what would be a 15-year career with the company, having started at one of the restaurants in Brazil. The two worked together at KC’s outpost of the chain before giving notice earlier this year to start their own place. Both had long wanted to do their own version of a Brazilian churrascaria, using Leonice’s recipes. When a local investor, Clint Burkdoll, offered to partner with them, they bid Fogo farewell and signed a lease on the Elephant Bar space. (Edson Ludwig says neither he nor his wife was ever asked to sign a noncompete clause by their former employer.) “We drive by this shopping district all the time,” Leonice Ludwig says. “I see what kind of traffic is going by here: a lot. I told Edson that if he wanted to keep me here in Kansas City, this is the building that I wanted.” When the 82-seat Espirito Do Sul opens, the price for the churrascaria side of the restaurant will be $37.50 per person at lunch and $44.50 per person at dinner. That price in-


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Lawrence’s Toughies show a softer side.


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arl Smith stands over the grill in his front yard, tongs in one hand, beer in another. Strips of marinated chicken breasts are cooking, but Smith, our wayward “grill master” — as he insists on being called — has not glanced down at these pieces in some time. He has been too busy answering my questions about his band, Toughies, to be truly attentive. “Do you want to flip that?” bassist Joe Gronniger says gently. Smith, the band’s lead singer and guitarist, obliges. “I think you burnt it, babe,” drummer Caroline Lohrenz — also Smith’s girlfriend — tells him, eyeing the blackened skin. “I charred it,” he replies. Lohrenz, Gronniger and guitarist Brad Girard make faces at him while his back is turned. When they aren’t playing music together, the band members are eating, and on this unseasonably warm Sunday afternoon in November, I’ve been invited to join what the Toughies assume is their last cookout of the season. Smith, who is “a pusher,” Lohrenz warns me, has twice offered to make me a bloody mary before I’ve found a seat. I remind myself that I’m on assignment, so I accept only Smith’s third offer. “He thinks he’s a hot-shot bartender,” Lohrenz tells me as Smith happily ducks inside to prepare my drink, abandoning the fresh row of brats that he has just set on the grill. It’s easy to forget that I’m here to interview the Toughies about their September-released debut EP, Tough Enough, or their forthcoming EP, which is out Tuesday. We mostly discuss food and argue over who gets to select the next song on Spotify, playing from Smith’s docked iPhone. The four bandmates must return to real life tomorrow: Gronniger to his accounting job in Kansas City, Lohrenz to her kindergarten classroom, Smith to his graphic-design work. Girard has only a few hours before he must leave for an afternoon shift as a hotel concierge. I feel a little guilty infringing upon this precious and rare period of tranquility. Though Toughies has been a band for about a year, the men have known each other since they were in high school in Topeka. Lohrenz, a Wichita native, has been dating Smith for nearly four years; the band began with them. “We wanted to be in a band when we first started dating,” Lohrenz tells me, “but it wasn’t really working with just the two of us.” Gronniger can’t resist: “The relationship was failing, so they invited Brad and I on.” “It’s very polyamorous,” Smith adds dryly, resuming his position at the grill. “Carl was making a website for our old band, Haunt Ananta,” Girard says. “And Carl

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Toughies Friday, November 20, at the Replay Lounge showed us these demos he had written with Caroline, and we were like, ‘These are amazing. You guys should play a show with us.’ And it just made sense to flesh out these demos that they had already been working on, so we kind of started doing that. And then our old band broke up. So there we were, the four of us, ready to be a unit.” The six songs on Tough Enough were recorded “the hard and fast way,” Girard says, in a friend’s basement (belonging to Quinton Cheney, who fronts the nerd-rock ensemble Panda Circus, of which Lohrenz was a member for a time). A few surfy elements — breezy ooh-ooh-ooh choruses, rollicking rhythms — appear in the comfortable pop rock. Toughies keeps it mellow, despite the band name, its sound sometimes approaching the psychedelic dream tones of Real Estate. Lohrenz is careful not to overwhelm with her drumming, preferring the lighter work of brushes. But for all that glitters in Tough Enough’s 29 minutes, Smith’s singing is a grainy, corrosive element, a punch to the melody. Yet there’s something tender in the way he works the apologetic “What Are Hands For.” In “Birthday Party,” he’s plaintive, a convincing victim of age as he begs the listener to attend. Smith’s voice isn’t beautiful, but he more than makes up for it with character.

At the request of my photographer, the band sets out for an impromptu acoustic jam. Gronniger is at first upset that he has nothing to contribute — his bass is electric, and there’s no point in bringing it out — but Smith insists that he take up the crucial shaker. Lohrenz grabs a tambourine. Girard and Smith pick up guitars, and the four arrange themselves alongside the house. I observe them as they run through a new song, “What Are Hands For,” that is featured on a forthcoming EP (which they plan to release in January, if the home recording goes as planned). Through the trees, the sun casts patterns on their faces. Smith is buoyant, like a child at recess; he could do this all day. Gronniger, bless him, is taking his shaker duties more seriously perhaps than he has taken our entire interview. It’s perfect. Later, after we’ve stuffed our faces with charred chicken (there were no leftovers), potato salad and brownies (that a friend of Lohrenz’s had swooped in and dropped off, like a personal picnic angel), the band decamps around Smith’s patio table. “The goal is to make Toughies the best it can be,” Gronniger tells me as he scrolls through his phone. (He’s in the middle of finding the perfect Bee Gees song for our afternoon soundtrack.) “It’s not like I want to be the most well-known bass player in Lawrence. That’s not going to happen. But I think, when you’re younger and in bands, it’s much more of like a ‘Let’s go out and drink really hard and be rock stars’ thing. This is

Toughies play nice. like everyone is in a good place in their lives. And we’re just trying to make stuff that we’re going to be proud of.”


J a z z B e at ThE Julian lagE Trio, aT ThE Folly ThEaTEr

Guitarist Julian Lage was an acclaimed child prodigy. At age 11, he began a professional recording career. At 13, he performed at the Grammy Awards. And when he was 15, he joined the faculty of Stanford. Now in his 20s, Lage has established himself as one of his generation’s premier guitarists, with stylings that bring together elements of jazz, classical and bluegrass. His technique can dive and weave, pulling you in with stunningly smart and intricate passages, then unexpected pauses that blend into a compelling guitar voice. The second show in the Folly Theater’s 2015–16 jazz series is the Julian Lage Trio, with bassist Orlando Flemming and drummer Kenny Wollesen. — Larry Kopitnik The Julian Lage Trio, 8 p.m. Saturday, November 21, at the Folly Theater (300 W. 12th St., 816-474-4444); tickets start at $20.

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back in black

Post-Cowboy Indian Bear, Marty Hillard grows into his voice with Ebony Tusks.


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fter lauded Lawrence’s Cowboy Indian Bear called it quits in 2014, co-frontman and guitarist Marty Hillard refocused his creative energy. Ebony Tusks, Hillard’s socially conscious hip-hop group that started as a side project in 2010, moved to the foreground. Over the past year, rapper Hillard has pushed Ebony Tusks further than he imagined possible with more shows, including a summer tour that found him spreading his gospel across the Midwest. His group, which includes hype man Nathan Giesecke and DJ Daniel B. Smith, has become the go-to local opener for national acts: Shabazz Palaces (at the Riot Room in June), Talib Kweli (at the Granada in July) and Vince Staples (at Liberty Hall in September). They’ve managed all of this with little more than a handful of songs on a SoundCloud page. With only a few weeks left in 2015, I called Hillard at his Topeka home to talk about his future plans for Ebony Tusks. The Pitch: Tell me what the end of Cowboy Indian Bear meant for Ebony Tusks. Hilliard: With the end of Cowboy Indian Bear, there was a little more of an opportunity to focus on Ebony Tusks. The catalyst for a lot of what we’ve done over the last year stemmed from getting to support Clipping last September at the Replay. It was cool because of all the national acts that we had opened up for prior to them. It was great to meet one that was so down-to-earth and positive. They really encouraged us to go and tour, and that was the furthest thing from my mind at the time. I’d just found out that my girlfriend was pregnant with our first child, so I wasn’t thinking about it. But we just kind of plotted things from there. Once we confirmed some of those shows [for a summer 2015 tour], that’s when we really started looking forward to what the possibilities were. Tell me about that tour. It was your first with Ebony Tusks, right? Yeah. It wasn’t like we did seven weeks of straight touring. It was intermittent, doing a weekend here and there every couple weeks. For us, that was a more suitable pace. … But we enjoyed the time that we spent traveling to these Midwest communities and performing for people who had no idea what we were about. It keeps us sharp. And the response was really gratifying. Your daughter, your first child, just turned eight months old. What have you had to adjust in your life to make room for her? I was already headed in that direction before I knew I was going to have a child. It’s something that we — me and my girlfriend of eight years — spent a lot of time talking about. For me, it’s about enjoying a quality of life that I wasn’t able to when I was per-

Rebecca DReyfus


Ebony Tusks Sunday, November 22, at RecordBar forming more and writing more music. I’ve grown accustomed to it [having less creative output]. It means making the music count when it does happen. More than anything, I’m grateful for a place to call home and a partner and a child to enjoy it with, and the responsibilities that come with that. There’s something to be said for having stability. It’s also afforded me the presence of mind to be able to be creative in different ways. And, slowly but surely, we’ve been writing some new material. All three of us produce now, which is three times as challenging for us because all three of us work full time in different cities. It’s not always easy to carve out the time. Which is something I felt toward the end of Cowboy Indian Bear — it was really hard to get to Lawrence for practice and contribute creatively to the music. That hasn’t changed much, honestly, but we’re still able to find ways to keep ourselves engaged in what’s going on. We’ve got opportunities now that we wouldn’t have an-

ticipated a year ago. We’ve opened for some incredible people. We’ve managed that largely by our reputation as live performers. At some point, we’ll have to reconcile that with the other side, with writing and recording, but right now we’ve been able to enjoy what it is. So there is no plan for an album? We’ve been talking about it for the better part of the year, what we want to do. There just seems to be a lot of pressure around releasing a full-length project, and that’s something that we’ve talked about wanting to subvert. We’re really committed to doing things that feel good and resonate with us, and that’s something that you almost feel obliged to do because it’s what people expect. I think that’s the goal, eventually, but we haven’t put a ton of pressure on it because not having one hasn’t hindered us from doing anything we’ve wanted to do. I’m grateful that people seem to care and are interested in us putting something like that together, and we are, too, but not if it doesn’t feel right. A lot of your lyrics are charged with social commentary, mixed with a lot of personal experiences. You bring attention to racial and class conflicts. But that also seems like a lot of

Hillard (right) takes it easy. brutal honesty you’re imparting about yourself, sometimes to an audience of strangers. I find it to be really cathartic to express myself in this way. I think the challenge, now that I’ve been doing this for a while, is how to push that further and how to go deeper into those places. But once you open that door, it’s really hard to close it. I do find myself, as I’m writing newer stuff, trying to figure out if this is a part of me that I’m willing to expose. Am I willing to go deeper and bare more of myself? But it’s been so nice that time and time again, as we’ve gone into different communities, that having a willingness to be vulnerable with an audience really opens up a lot of opportunities for there to be a deeper connection. I think the challenge is that as long as you’re willing to bare a portion of who you are, that that’s going to open up the door to all kinds of energy that people aren’t really expecting to tap into, and that’s a really beautiful thing. As long as we’re willing to take that first step and open up the dialogue, it feels really good for us.


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Music Forecast

Darwin Deez

There was something adorably twee about Darwin Deez (Darwin Smith to his mom) when he emerged in 2010 with a self-titled album that delivered twinkling pop songs with a side of starry-eyed innocence. September’s Double Down doesn’t change that formula, which makes for a nice slice of pop nostalgia with some delightful dance chords. In a live setting, it surely will get bodies moving. Friday, November 20, the Riot Room (4048 Broadway, 816-442-8179)

Caroline Rose

It’s not hard to imagine 24-year-old singersongwriter Caroline Rose as a woman on her own, living out of her van and roaming from city to city at her leisure. That was how she wrote the songs for her gorgeous 2014 debut album, I Will Not Be Afraid. She can turn a phrase like she’s summoning an inner Joni Mitchell, and the effect is impressive. The Long Island native confidently integrates elements of folk and rockabilly throughout I Will Not Be Afraid, with powerful harmonica melodies and freewheeling guitar chords that wrap around her reedy voice. Don’t miss your chance to hear an

exciting new talent Saturday at the Bottleneck. Saturday, November 21, the Bottleneck (737 New Hampshire, Lawrence, 785-841-5483)

Diana Krall

The funny thing about Diana Krall’s latest album, Wallflower, is that the singer is a far cry from what the title suggests. Granted, it’s a covers album — Krall lends her voice to Doug Sahm’s “Wallflower” (which Bob Dylan wrote) as well as to the Eagles’ “Desperado” and Elton John’s “Sorry Seems to Be the Hardest Word” — but these songs are transformed into slowburning gems in her care. Her smoky voice keeps an even pace throughout, and even the album’s saddest moments (Krall didn’t exactly pick romantic ballads) hold hints of pleasure and promise. It’s a new turn for the jazz singer — one we’re pleased she took. Saturday, November 21, the Midland (1228 Main, 816-283-9921)

Rob Garza

Thievery Corporation is on pause at the moment, but that doesn’t mean co-founder Rob

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Rose parks it in Lawrence. Garza needs a breather. Earlier this year, he delivered the Palace of Mirrors EP — a short, sweet study in house music, sampling international flavors. It’s a life-giving, trance-inducing exploration that will, at least, have you grinding against a stranger; at most, Garza’s music will convince you that you’re a newly baptized cult leader. Sunday, November 22, the Riot Room (4048 Broadway, 816-442-8179)

The Shadows of Knight

You don’t need a reason to throw a ’60s dance party, but it helps when the Shadows of Knight comes to town — that’s the attire the group prefers at its shows. Wednesday-night at RecordBar, the Chicago band performs cuts from its seminal 1966 album, Gloria, as well as a number of lesser-known tunes. Local garage-rock band the Cave Girls and the Joey Skidmore Band open. Wednesday, November 25, RecordBar (1020 Westport Rd., 816-753-5207)

Pick of the Week

Artist to Watch

Pretty in Pop

Folk Yeah

Solo Spotlight

Dance Pants

Date Night

I Heart the ’60s

Tweedle Twee

Pazz and Jop

Long Live Rock and Roll

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THEATER SHOWS & EVENTS Dates and times vary.




A Charlie Brown Christmas | The Coterie The-

atre, Crown Center, 2450 Grand,

Hooray for Benton .

A Christmas Carol | Kansas City Repertory

Theatre, UMKC campus, 4949 Cherry,

303 W. 10th St.,

Good People | Through Sunday, Olathe Civic Theatre, 500 E. Loula, Olathe, Mamma Mia! | 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Lied Center of Kansas, 1600 Stewart Dr., Lawrence, Missing You, Metropolis | Through Sunday, InPlay Inc., at Just Off Broadway Theatre, 3051 Central Misunderstanding the Candy Game | Sold out,

C O U R T E S Y O F T H E N E L S O N - AT K I N S M U S E U M O F A R T

Christmas in Song | Quality Hill Playhouse,

6 p.m. Sunday, Westport Coffee House Theatre, 4010 Pennsylvania,

Third Thursday at the Nelson: Old Hollywood | 6-9 p.m. Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, 4525 Oak,

The Night Thoreau Spent in Jail | Metropolitan Ensemble Theatre, 3614 Main,

Greg Warren | 7:30 p.m. Improv Comedy Club and

The Producers | Through Sunday, the Barn

Dinner Theater, 7260 N.W. 87th St.

Players, 6219 Martway, Mission

Urinetown: The Musical | Musical Theater Heritage at Crown Center, 2450 Grand,


Steve Wozniak | 7 p.m. Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts, 1601 Broadway, FILM

You Can’t Take It With You | New Theatre Restaurant, 9229 Foster, Overland Park,

What Is Synchronicity? followed by audience

Q&A with director David Strabala and panel discussion | 7 p.m. Tivoli Cinemas, 4050 Pennsylvania,

MUSEUM EXHIBITS & EVENTS A Centenary of Australian War Art | National World War I Museum at Liberty Memorial, 100 W. 26th St.,

Thursday | 11.19 |


Festival of Trees and Holiday Boutique, benefiting the Johnson County Christmas Bureau | 10 a.m.-9 p.m. Overland Park Convention Center, 6000 College Blvd., Overland Park,

Diamond Empire | The Brick, 1727 McGee Andy Frasco & the UN, Aaron Kamm & the One Drops | 9 p.m. The Bottleneck, 737 New Hampshire,

Harpoon’s Good Time | 6-9 p.m. Replay Lounge, 946

Massachusetts, Lawrence

Ice skating | 10 a.m.-9 p.m. Crown Center Ice Terrace, 2425 Grand


KU Hilarity for Charity variety show | 6:30 p.m.

Liberty Hall, 644 Massachusetts, Lawrence

Adriana Nikole | 7 p.m. Coda, 1744 Broadway

Kira Soltanovich | 8 p.m. Stanford’s Comedy Club,

Brody Buster | 7 p.m. The Phoenix, 302 W. Eighth St.

7328 W. 119th St., Overland Park

Spencer and Kyle | 7 p.m. Uptown Arts Bar, 3611 Broadway

Cyberpunk | 10 p.m. MiniBar, 3810 Broadway

Massachusetts, Lawrence

Outshyne, Backroad Anthem | 8 p.m. Kanza Hall,


7300 W. 119th St., Overland Park

Grand Marquis | 7 p.m. Jazz, 1823 W. 39th St.

Kasey Rausch, Candy Lee & the Sisters Sweet | 8 p.m. Knuckleheads Saloon, 2715 Rochester

Hail the Sun, Picturesque, Not Like Igor, Paper Champion, Chess Club | Jackpot Music Hall, 943

Massachusetts, Lawrence

Jesse Harris, Sara Morgan, John Goolsby, Fritz Hutchinson, Amanda Fish, Tommy Donoho, Tyler Giles, Damon Bailey | 10 p.m. RecordBar,

1020 Westport Rd.

Scotch Hollow | 8 p.m. Davey’s Uptown Ramblers Club, 3402 Main

Snuff Jazz | 9:30 p.m. The Ship, 1217 Union Seth Walker | 6:30 p.m. Knuckleheads Saloon, 2715


Matt Hopper Trio | 9 p.m. Green Lady Lounge, 1809



DJ G Train | 10 p.m. Replay Lounge, 946 Massachu-

Cody Jinks, Outlaw Jim & the Whiskey Benders | 8:30 p.m. Knuckleheads Saloon, 2715 Rochester


The Outfit, Narkalark | 10 p.m. Replay Lounge, 946

Dustin Lynch, Chris Lane, Tyler Rich | 8 p.m. The

Midland, 1228 Main

setts, Lawrence

Geeks Who Drink | 8 p.m. Tapcade, 1701 McGee Mondo Disco with Ray Velasquez | 10 p.m. The

Foundry, 424 Westport Rd.

Mask and Glove, Dose, Stunna, Nemo, PayneKC | 8 p.m. The Riot Room, 4048 Broadway Logan Mize, Tim Strathman Band | 8 p.m. The Granada, 1020 Massachusetts, Lawrence

The Old Crows featuring Mo’ Paul | 7:30 p.m. B.B.’s Lawnside BBQ, 1205 E. 85th St.

Friday | 11.20 | PERFORMING ARTS

Kansas City Symphony Classical Series: Beethoven, Mozart and Brahms | 8 p.m. Kauff-

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Everette DeVan | 7 p.m. The Blue Room, 1600 E. 18th St.

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Art Exhibits & EvEnts

mountain Sprout, Kansas City Hustle, Grassfed | 7:30 p.m. Davey’s Uptown Ramblers Club, 3402 Main

one touch of nature: the four seasons

American Epics: Thomas Hart Benton and Hollywood | Nelson-Atkins Museum of

my oh my, Timbers, David George, Amanda Hughey | 7 p.m. Coda, 1744 Broadway

Art, 4525 Oak

Autumn Twilight, Dwelling Among Mountains | Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art,

oil Boom, Toughies, monster | 10 p.m. Replay

The Center Is a Moving Target: If You Lived (T)Here | Fridays and Saturdays, Kemper at the

Dr., Merriam

Lounge, 946 Massachusetts, Lawrence

4420 Warwick Blvd.

razorwire Halo | 7 p.m. Aftershock, 5240 Merriam

Crossroads, 33 W. 19th St.

Sons of Great Dane, Squids KC, Nate Allen |

9:30 p.m. RecordBar, 1020 Westport Rd.

Dark Days, Bright Nights: Contemporary Paintings from Finland | Kemper Museum of

Tokimonsta, Leikeli47, Sigrah | 9 p.m. The Bottle-

neck, 737 New Hampshire, Lawrence

Contemporary Art, 4420 Warwick Blvd.

Freak Power: Hunter S. Thompson |



Saturday, Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art, 4420 Warwick

Wo rd the


Til Willis & Erratic Cowboy, Josh Winter | Replay

Lounge, 946 Massachusetts, Lawrence

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Hang CHen

Gallery Conversations Drop-in Tour | 1 p.m.

Tim Whitmer Quartet, molly Hammer, Boogaloo 7 | 5:30 p.m. Green Lady Lounge, 1809 Grand

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Lawrence Arts Center, 940 New Hampshire, Lawrence

Philip Haas: The Four Seasons | Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, 4525 Oak

Intimate Riot : Peregrine Honig’s viewer-

friendly interpretation of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland | Kansas City Central Library, 14 W. 10th St.

Third Thursday at the Nerman | 3:30-

One Touch of Nature: The Four Seasons , featuring the Bach Aria Soloists and actors from the Heart of America Shakespeare Festival | 7:30 p.m., Kansas City Central Library, 14 W. 10th St.,,, sold out

Jackson Browne and Band | 7:30 p.m. Municipal Auditorium/Music Hall, 301 W. 13th St.

Kryder | Mosaic Ultra Lounge, 1331 Walnut

9 p.m. The Ship, 1217 Union


The Chainsmokers, matoma, Shaun Frank, Super Duper | 7 p.m. Liberty Hall, 644 Massachusetts,

1018 Baltimore

Yardley Hall at JCCC, 12345 College Blvd., Overland Park,

Vienna Boys Choir | 7 p.m. Folly Theater, 300 W. 12th


Metcalf, Overland Park, H o L I D Ay

Festival of Trees and Holiday Boutique | 10 a.m.9 p.m. Overland Park Convention Center, 6000 College Blvd., Overland Park, SPorTS & rEC

Club, 7328 W. 119th St., Overland Park


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Darwin Deez, the Sluts, Tim york | 8 p.m. The Riot


Ensemble Ibérica | 8 p.m. St. Paul’s Episcopal Church,

Room, 4048 Broadway

11 E. 40th St,

Iris Dement, Pieta Brown | 9 p.m. Knuckleheads

Kansas City Symphony Classical Series: Beethoven, mozart and Brahms | 8 p.m. Kauff-

Saloon, 2715 Rochester

Filthy 13 | Jazz, 1823 W. 39th St.

man Center, 1601 Broadway,

Katy Guillen and the Girls | 9 p.m. B.B.’s Lawnside

BBQ, 1205 E. 85th St.

missouri Comets vs. St. Louis Ambush | 7:35 p.m.

Hairball: A Celebration of Arena rock | 8 p.m. VooDoo, Harrah’s Casino, 1 Riverboat Dr., North Kansas City


Kira Soltanovich | 7:45 & 9:45 p.m. Stanford’s Comedy

Saturday | 11.21 |


2425 Grand

Wendy Ho, Tammie Brown | 8 p.m. Missie B’s, 805

Uptown Arts Bar, 3611 Broadway

Curren$y | 8 p.m. The Granada, 1020 Massachusetts,


Ice skating | 10 a.m.-11 p.m. Crown Center Ice Terrace,


Kansas City Tonight with Danny Boi | 8 p.m.

Soul Preservers featuring Dropout Boogie |


Local Life Third Fridays in Downtown overland Park | 5-9 p.m., between 79th and 80th streets, west of

Silverstein Eye Centers Arena, 19100 E. Valley View Pkwy., Independence

W. 39th St.

DJ Proof | 10 p.m. Replay Lounge, 946 Massachusetts,

Greg Warren | 7 & 9:45 p.m. Improv Comedy Club and

Dinner Theater, 7260 N.W. 87th St.

continued from page 27 Kevin Locke Native Dance Ensemble: Drum Is the Thunder, Flute Is the Wind | 9:45 a.m. & noon,

DJ E | Quaff Bar & Grill, 1010 Broadway


Waterplaces: 100 Works on Paper by Lynn Benson | Kansas City Design Center,

Andrzej Zielinski: Open Sourced | Nerman Museum of Contemporary Art, 12345 College Blvd., Overland Park

DJ martin Bush | 10 p.m. MiniBar, 3810 Broadway

943 Massachusetts, Lawrence


Nerman Museum of Contemporary Art, 12345 College Blvd., Overland Park

Cream Dance Party with 2Live Cruz and yung Grandpa | 11 p.m. The Riot Room, 4048 Broadway

The Unusual Suspects: An Improvised murder mystery | 10-11 p.m. Kick Comedy Theater, 4010 Penn-

4:30 p.m. Nerman Museum of Contemporary Art, 12345 College Blvd., Overland Park

Robert Zakanitch: Ephemeral Beauty |

A Brothers Fountain, Witfield | Jackpot Music Hall,


Atlantic Express | 8:30 p.m. Knuckleheads Saloon, 2715 Rochester

Bob Bowman & ottobow, the Truth | 5 p.m. The Blue Room, 1600 E. 18th St.

Wendy Ho, Tammie Brown and Pandora Boxx | 8 p.m. Missie B’s, 805 W. 39th St. Samantha richardson | 7 p.m. Uptown Arts Bar,

3611 Broadway

Lonnie mcFadden, Jason Vivone & the Billybats | 4:30 p.m. The Phoenix, 302 W. Eighth St.

Kira Soltanovich | 7:45 & 9:45 p.m. Stanford’s Comedy

Chris meck & the Guilty Birds album-release show | The Brick, 1727 McGee

Greg Warren | 7 & 9:45 p.m. Improv Comedy Club and Dinner Theater, 7260 N.W. 87th St.

Club, 7328 W. 119th St., Overland Park

29 The Kentuckian | 2 p.m. Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, 4525 Oak,

julian lage

Saturday, 63rd St. and Wornall

H o l i d Ay

Festival of Trees and Holiday Boutique | 10 a.m.9 p.m. Overland Park Convention Center, 6000 College Blvd., Overland Park,

City market | 6 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday, 8 a.m.-

legendary Tree lighting Ceremony | 6-8 p.m.

1909 McGee

Legends at Village West, 1843 Village West Pkwy., KCK

Northern lights Ceremony: tree lighting with the

Kansas City Museum’s Fairy Princess | 4-10 p.m. Zona Rosa, 8640 N. Dixson Ave.

Tree lighting Ceremony with Quixotic | 10 a.m.-

ur sat


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8 p.m. Union Station, 30 W. Pershing Rd. sporTs & rEC

ice skating | 10 a.m.-11 p.m. Crown Center Ice Terrace, 2425 Grand

Kansas vs. West Virginia football | Memorial

The Julian lage Trio | 8 p.m. Folly Theater, 300 W. 12th St., (See Jazz Beat, page 21.)

Stadium, 11th and Maine, Lawrence

Boyd Coddington Garage All speed Expo |

10 a.m.-7 p.m.,


Anaconda | 1:30 p.m. Kansas City Central Library, 14 W. 10th St.,

3 p.m. Sunday, 20 E. Fifth St.

Friday Night market | 4-8 p.m. The BadSeed,

lawrence | 8-noon, Saturday, 824 New Hampshire, Lawrence

lee’s summit | 7 a.m. Saturday and Wednesday, corner of Second and Douglas, Lee’s Summit

overland park | 7 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday,

7:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Wednesday, between 79th and 80th streets, west of Metcalf

CmT suits & Boots Tour, featuring Brett Eldredge and Thomas Rhett | 7:30 p.m. Silverstein Eye Centers Arena, 19100 E. Valley View Pkwy., Independence Cs luxem, ratboys, Bedroom sons | 10 p.m.

Replay Lounge, 946 Massachusetts, Lawrence .

musiC Expos

farmers markets Brookside Farmers market | 9 a.m.-noon

Bass Face, organ Jazz Trio | Green Lady Lounge,

1809 Grand

Brody Buster Band | 9 p.m. B.B.’s Lawnside BBQ,

rick dimuzio Quartet featuring lisa Henry & Jo Ann daughtery | 8:30 p.m. The Blue Room, 1600 E. 18th St.

1205 E. 85th St.

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Thunder from Down Under | 8 p.m. VooDoo, Harrah’s Casino, 1 Riverboat Dr., North Kansas City

Monday | 11.23 | L i T E R A R y/ S P O K E N W O R D

Sunday | 11.22 | PERFORMiNG ARTS

East Hills Singers, presented by Arts in Prison | 4 p.m.

Jackson Galaxy, in discussion of Catify to Satisfy:

Simple Design Solutions for Creating a Feline-Friendly Home | 7 p.m., $21.95, Unity Temple on the Plaza, 707 W. 47th St.,

Old Mission United Methodist Church, 5519 State Park Rd., Fairway,


Planes, Trains and Automobiles quote-along |

Kansas City Symphony Classical Series: Beethoven, Mozart and Brahms | 2 p.m. Kauff-

7 p.m. Alamo Drafthouse, 1400 Main

man Center, 1601 Broadway,

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D av i D G r e u s e l

More m outhing off

Comedy All-Stars | 7 p.m. Stanford’s Comedy Club,

7328 W. 119th St., Overland Park

Greg Warren | 7 p.m. Improv Comedy Club and Dinner


Expassionates | The Ship, 1217 Union

Salted Blue | Red Door Grill, 11851 Roe, Leawood

Flannigan’s Right Hook | 10 p.m. Kelly’s Westport

Seasons After, Everybody Panic, Murder FM, Saint Diablo | 9 p.m. Davey’s Uptown Ramblers Club,


Inn, 500 Westport Rd.

Grand Marquis | 9 p.m. The Kill Devil Club, 61 E. 14th St. Jason and the Punknecks, the Blue Boot Heelers | The Brick, 1727 McGee Kathryn King, Dean Monkey & the Dropouts, John Benda | 7:30 p.m. The Bottleneck, 737 New

Hampshire, Lawrence

Diana Krall | 8 p.m. The Midland, 1228 Main Ana Marcela, Chico Sierra, Drew Black | 9 p.m.

MiniBar, 3810 Broadway

One Night in Havana, featuring the Kansas City

Latin Jazz All Stars | 7 p.m. American Jazz Museum, 1616 E. 18th St.

The Quivers, Thunderclaps, Grey Dog | Jackpot

Music Hall, 943 Massachusetts, Lawrence

Reptar, Breathers, RLT, Pink Royal | 8:30 p.m.

The Riot Room, 4048 Broadway

Jason Ricci | 9 p.m. Knuckleheads Saloon, 2715


Caroline Rose | 10:30 p.m. The Bottleneck, 737 New Hampshire, Lawrence


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1020 Westport Rd.

3402 Main

Stolen Winnebagos | Local Tap, 7300 W. 119th St., Overland Park

2015 CBE Hall of Fame Classic | 6 p.m. Sprint Center, 1407 Grand


A La Mode | 8 p.m. The Tank Room, 1813 Grand Blue Monday Jam with Matt Hopper | 7 p.m. The


Tommy Castro & the Painkillers, the Danielle Nicole Band | 7 p.m. Knuckleheads Saloon, 2715

Bridget Jones’ Diary | 4:45 p.m. Alamo Drafthouse, 1400 Main

Blue Room, 1600 E. 18th St.


Rural Grit Happy Hour | 6-9 p.m. The Brick, 1727

H O L i D Ay


Festival of Trees and Holiday Boutique | 10 a.m.5 p.m. Overland Park Convention Center, 6000 College Blvd., Overland Park,


Paul Shinn Trio | 9 p.m. Green Lady Lounge, 1809


Underground Massacre 3, featuring Mad Marlon, L-Game & Big, Tipper da Great, $hredd, Fat Jangles, Influence & U-Neek and more | 8:30 p.m. Aftershock, 5240 Merriam Dr., Merriam

David Bromberg | 8 p.m. VooDoo, Harrah’s Casino,

1 Riverboat Dr., North Kansas City

Ebony Tusks, Heartfelt Anarchy, Dev3n | 8 p.m.

Tim Whitmer and KC Express, Molly Hammer | 4:30 p.m. The Phoenix, 302 W. Eighth St.

RecordBar, 1020 Westport Rd.

Webb Wilder CD-release show with Jessica Lee Wilkes | 9 p.m. Knuckleheads Saloon, 2715 Rochester

Riot Room, 4048 Broadway


Cinemaphonic with Cruz & Cyan | 10 p.m. Replay Lounge, 946 Massachusetts, Lawrence

DJ E | Quaff Bar & Grill, 1010 Broadway Gold Label Soul with Hector the Selector |

Rob Garza of Thievery Corporation | 8 p.m. The

Heatwave: A Tribute to Linda Ronstadt, Elton Dan & the Rocket Band | 7 p.m. Kanza Hall, 7300

W. 119th St., Overland Park

Jimmy Hill Benefit, featuring Knock Kneed Sally, Jason Vivone and Paula Crawford, Connie & the BluesWreckers, Amanda Fish Band | 1 p.m. B.B.’s Lawnside BBQ, 1205 E. 85th St.

10 p.m. The Eighth Street Taproom, 801 New Hampshire, Lawrence

Puscifer, Luchafer | 8 p.m. The Midland, 1228 Main

Meta Hi-Fi | 10 p.m. Uptown Arts Bar, 3611 Broadway

1809 Grand

The Monthly Layover with Brenton & Daniel |

10 p.m. MiniBar, 3810 Broadway

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2425 Grand

Boyd Coddington Garage All Speed Expo |

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ice skating | 10 a.m.-9 p.m. Crown Center Ice Terrace,

Theater, 7260 N.W. 87th St.

Right Between the Ears | 5 & 8 p.m. Liberty Hall, 644 Massachusetts, Lawrence,

continued from page 29 Eoto | 9 p.m. The Granada, 1020 Massachusetts,


Geeks Who Drink Pub Quiz | 8 p.m. Green Room Burgers & Beer, 4010 Pennsylvania

Karaoke Sammitch | 10 p.m. Replay Lounge, 946 Massachusetts, Lawrence

Karaoke Wheel of Death with Lady Magic Unicorn | 9:30 p.m. RecordBar, 1020 Westport Rd. Nerd Night | 7 p.m. Uptown Arts Bar, 3611 Broadway Open Mic | 8 p.m. The Bottleneck, 737 New Hampshire, Lawrence

Sonic Spectrum Music Trivia | 7 p.m. RecordBar, 1020 Westport Rd.

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627 Big Band | 8:30-11:30 p.m. Green Lady Lounge,

Allen Stone, Bernhoft | 8 p.m. The Granada, 1020 Massachusetts, Lawrence

Open-Mic Comedy with Rashaad Wright | 8 p.m. The Tank Room, 1813 Grand

Open-mic night | 8 p.m. Stanford’s Comedy Club, 7328 W. 119th St., Overland Park

31 geeks Who Drink pub Quiz | 8 p.m. Hi Dive Lounge,

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1411 W. 39th St.

Love 5 featuring Figure presents gravity | 8 p.m.

Missouri Mavericks vs. Quad city Mallards |

Kris roe of the ataris, Vigil and thieves | Jackpot


Skid-o-rama garage Fest, featuring the Shadows of Knight, the Cave Girls, Joey Skidmore Band | 9:30 p.m. RecordBar, 1020 Westport Rd.

The Granada, 1020 Massachusetts, Lawrence

trip the Light Fantastic bike ride through chistmas in the park | 5:30 p.m. Longview Lake

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Campground, 10711 W. Scherer, makeyourdayhere. com/events

2015 cBe Hall of Fame classic | 6:30 p.m. Sprint

Center, 1407 Grand

Brad ellis | 8 p.m. Stanford’s Comedy Club, 7328 W. 119th St., Overland Park

Comedy Club and Dinner Theater, 7260 N.W. 87th St.

corrosion of conformity, Brant Bjork & the Low Desert punk Band, Saviours, Mothership |

red Front Funnies open-mic contest | 8 p.m. Red

Digg | Jackpot Music Hall, 943 Massachusetts, Lawrence

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Billy ebeling | 7 p.m. Jazz, 1823 W. 39th St. Nick Schnebelen Band | 7 p.m. B.B.’s Lawnside

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Sequel trio | 9 p.m. Green Lady Lounge, 1809 Grand

clint ashlock’s New Jazz order, organ Jazz trio | 7 p.m. Green Lady Lounge, 1809 Grand

Summer Breeze, Hello Weekend | 7:30 p.m. Kanza

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Homecoming for the Holidays | 7:30 p.m. Improv


Music Hall, 943 Massachusetts, Lawrence

7:05 p.m. Silverstein Eye Centers Arena, 19100 E. Valley View Pkwy., Independence

Front Bar and Grill, 310 Admiral Blvd.

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alv Diesel | 10 p.m. MiniBar, 3810 Broadway

Wonderfuzz | 10 p.m. Kelly’s Westport Inn, 500 Westport Rd.

Brody Buster Band | 10 p.m. Replay Lounge, 946 Massachusetts, Lawrence


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John paul’s Flying circus with todd Wilkinson & Jim Beisman | 7:30 p.m. B.B.’s Lawnside BBQ,

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Dear Dan: I’ve always been a big believer in the common-sense obviousness that monogamy is hard. Additionally, I like the idea of my wife getting fucked. I don’t have any desire to be denigrated or emasculated; I just get off on the idea of her being satisfied and a little transgressive. Early in our relationship, we talked about monogamish guidelines: I’d like to be informed and consulted, and she would rather I kept mine to myself. Last weekend we were having sex, and she asked me if I “wanted to hear a story,” code for treating me to a tale of a sexual contact. She had been out of town for work most of the summer, and she told me that one of her roommates had gotten in the shower with her and fingered her until she came. I asked her if she fucked him, and she said yes. It was all hot and awesome. But a few hours later, I was experiencing pangs: Why hadn’t she told me or asked me at the time? Also, I felt very alone and depressed that summer, and when I went to visit her, my wife and this roommate acted very strangely. I told her that I thought it was hot and cool but I didn’t think it was cool that she’d kept this from me for so long. Things got worse from there: Over the last week, we’ve had some great sex and open conversations but also a lot of anger and hurt. The truth is that she carried on with this guy all summer. It’s not the sex that bothers me so much as the breadth of the deception, the disregard for my feelings, and the violation of our agreement. And, yes, I’m feeling a little emasculated. How does a loving husband who intellectually believes that fooling around is OK — and who finds it hot sexually — get over this kind of hurt and anger? Help me get right with GGGesus. Cocked Up Cuckold Keeps Stressing Dear CUCKS: Two things have to happen in

order for you to move on. One thing your wife has to do, and one thing you have to do. Your wife has to express remorse for this affair — and it was an affair, not an adventure — and take responsibility for the anger, the hurt and, um, all the great sex you two have been having since the big reveal. You don’t give her version of events — why she kept this from you — but you were depressed and lonely while she was away, and she may have concluded that informing and consulting you about this guy (first when she wanted to fuck him, and then when she was actually fucking him) would’ve made you feel worse. This conclusion is a massive selfserving rationalization, of course, because she knew that you would veto the affair if she informed and consulted you. Figuring that it would be easier to ask for forgiveness than permission, she went ahead and fucked the guy all summer long and then disclosed when your dick was hard.


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I’m not doing anything wrong. Are they all lying to me? I’m currently seeing someone I really like. When we’re together, it seems like he likes me a lot. But now he’s starting to do the fade. I’m really sad and anxious. It’s killing my soul to be rejected constantly.

Bummed About Dating

Your wife needs to own up to the deception, the dishonesty and the manipulation, and then take responsibility for the hurt she caused — which requires a sincere expression of remorse — and promise that it won’t happen again. She shouldn’t promise not to fuck around on you again. You don’t want that, right? What she’s promising is not to deceive you again, not to go in for self-serving rationalizations again, and not to avoid informing and consulting you again. And one more thing that won’t do: She won’t humiliate you again. You feel emasculated in the wake of this affair because her summer fuck buddy knew what was up when you two met and you didn’t. He knew who you were (the husband), but you didn’t know who he was (the fuck buddy). Now here’s the thing you have to do: You have to forgive your wife. Mistakes were made, feelings were hurt, massive loads were blown. The fact that there was an upside for you even in this messy affair (see: massive loads, blown) should make forgiving your wife a little easier.

Dear Dan: I’m a 27-year-old straight woman.

I’ve spent this last year back on the dating market, and it’s horrible. I have a reasonably pretty face, I’m fit, and I take care of myself. I have my life together — friends, interests, job — and I’m emotionally stable. I go out, I enjoy meeting people, I’m on Tinder. And I keep hearing that with a huge influx of young dudes, Seattle is an easy place to date as a woman. So why am I finding it so hard? I can get casual sex, and that’s fun. But as far as finding a relationship beyond just fuck buddies, it’s depressingly predictable: Guy acts interested, texts me all the time but eventually starts fading away. I’ve asked close friends to be honest with me; I even had a heartto-heart with an ex-boyfriend. Everyone says

Dear BAD: You’ve been “back on the dating market” for one year. Twelve measly months! And in that time, you’ve dated/fucked a handful of men and nothing panned out. That sounds pretty normal. If you expected to be back in a committed relationship within weeks, then your unrealistic expectations are the source of your grief, not your thoroughly typical dating/mating/fading experiences. There are worse things than being single for a year or two in your 20s. Get out there and meet men, pursue those non-men interests, and throw yourself into your work. Being single is not an aggressive cancer — there’s no immediate need for a cure — and panicking about being single isn’t the secret to romantic success. (And being single means being miserable only if you convince yourself that single equals miserable.) So here’s what you can do: Chill the fuck out; listen to your friends, your ex and your advice columnist; and stop melting down about what sounds like a thoroughly normal love life, not an unfolding catastrophe. Dear Dan: This is NGAA, the guy you advised to

make a gay friend and listen to some musicals with him. I didn’t find a gay friend, but I did buy recordings of the shows you suggested and I’ve been listening to the songs you recommended. I don’t know them by heart yet, so I have more listening to do. But Mr. Stephen Sondheim’s message seems to be that I need to quietly move on. Thanks for your answer, Dan. It really helped.

No Good at Acronyms Dear NGAA: Thank you for writing back and

for listening to the shows I recommended: Company, Follies and A Little Night Music. My advice for you made a lot of my other readers angry — really angry. They accused me of blowing you off and not answering your question and failing at this whole advice-column thing. But I didn’t blow you off. I directed you, as I’ve directed many other readers, to the expert I thought could help you. In your case, that person was Mr. Stephen Sondheim. On the Lovecast, Dan chats with Jonathan Eig, author of The Birth of the Pill, at savage

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