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the book and at worst a disturbing revelation of Scroggins’ mental state. Author Judy Blume, herself no stranger to book bans, also came to Anderson’s defense. The board agreed with the authors that Speak was not pornographic. The rape was depicted “tastefully, not graphically,” according to Superintendent Vern Minor. Minor was harder on Vonnegut. He described Slaughterhouse-Five as a book more suited to college students because of its crude language and adult themes, though he charitably added: “I’m not saying it’s a bad book.” Regarding Ockler, the argument was stickier. “I just don’t think it’s a good book,” the superintendent told reporters. “If the book had ended on a different note, I might have thought differently.” Minor, presumably, would have preferred that a book depicting consensual teen sex conclude that it’s dirty and shameful. The board voted 4-0 to remove Slaughterhouse-Five and Twenty Boy Summer from the curriculum and libraries. Students can still read and use the books for classwork, provided they have parental approval. No word yet on whether those parents will have to ask for Scroggins’ permission first. — PETER RUGG

Chiefs head coach Todd Haley foreshadowed the move in March. Applauding Waters for a “terrific” 2010 season, the coach all but made creaking noises as he went into a discussion about the toll that age takes on all players. News of Waters’ release pulled tears out of the Chiefs blog Arrowhead Pride. Joel Thorman wrote that he had trouble processing the move “because, when it comes down to it, Brian Waters is the Kansas City Chiefs.” Really? An offensive lineman is the Chiefs? Don’t misunderstand: Waters has had a great career, especially for a guy who went undrafted out of North Texas. In addition to his outstanding play, Waters forged a bond with fans, who felt that they knew him because he spoke frankly when the notepads and microphones came out. But he’s a guard, for Pete’s sake, and an aging one at that. Training camp might feel a little different at first, without Waters holding court. But when the real games start on September 11, ol’ No. 54 is going to be missed only if his replacement sucks in a way that a casual fan would notice. — DAVID MARTIN

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The Kansas City Chiefs opened training camp last week in St. Joseph. The work began without veteran offensive lineman Brian Waters. The Chiefs released the five-time Pro Bowler on the night that players began reporting to Missouri Western State University. Organization and player are calling the separation a mutual decision. “There’s no ill will,” Waters, 34, told The Kansas City Star. “There’s no bad blood.”

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HOW DOES A REPORTER END UP ON THE JURY FOR A MURDER TRIAL?

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e start watching the video again, and I know by the timer in the upper-left part of the screen that Jacob Higgs has less than three minutes to live. The footage is from a security camera in a corner of the bar. “Is he reaching for the assault rifle there?” asks Nancy, whom I first met two weeks before in the Jackson County Courthouse, at the corner of 12th Street and Oak in downtown Kansas City, Missouri. She renovates houses for a living and wears her frayed work boots to court every day. None of us can answer her question. The footage captures just seven frames of action per second, in coarse black and white. There is no audio. For the past few minutes, we’ve watched Higgs and his friend Reno Dillard argue with two brothers, Tony and Vess Sisco, in the darkened back poolroom of a bar called the Filling Station. Higgs has walked from behind a minibar to the back end of a pool table with even less illumination than the rest of the room. Dillard sits on the edge of the same table, near the center pocket. The brothers wait on the other side. Higgs’ white shirt floats in the dark, below a face the camera can’t see. Higgs comes out of the black carrying an AR-15 assault rifle that he has picked up out of camera range. He’s holding it the way a soldier in an honor guard would. He hands the gun to Dillard, who slides it onto the table, by his side. “See, that’s a threat,” Jessica says. “Not guilty.” She’s one of two black women on the jury. Sequestered in our 8-foot-by20-foot jury room above the court, she has been splitting her time between drawing pictures with crayons left on the long table and playing blackjack. “The gun hasn’t been a threat to anyone for the last two hours it’s been out,” Amy says. She’s Jessica’s age and white, another of this jury’s nine women. On the video, Higgs and Tony Sisco keep up their argument. Higgs sways as he absently pokes at the cash register and lets his hand slide

over the beer tap. Tony talks, but we never hear what he says. When the coroners examine Higgs’ body, they will find that his blood alcohol level when he died was three times the legal limit. In a slow, four-second draw, Vess Sisco takes a pistol from his pocket and aims it at Dillard’s back. The camera doesn’t record frames fast enough to capture the muzzle flash when he fires, but we see Dillard spill from the pool table. Higgs and Tony Sisco both jump, presumably at the sound of the shot. By the time Tony turns to face his brother, Vess is already advancing on Higgs. This time, the camera catches the explosion from the barrel when Vess pulls the trigger. Higgs joins his friend on the floor. Tony Sisco circles the minibar, tugs a pistol from the belly pocket of his sweatshirt, and fires two shots into Higgs’ back. When the footage stops, the jury foreman gets up from the polished wood table. Tony Sisco and his two defense attorneys spent the past two weeks seated at this table, where we view the video numerous times during deliberation. The courtroom is empty now except for the jury. Three hours earlier, after closing arguments ended in Tony Sisco’s firstdegree murder trial in the death of Higgs, the judge sent us to deliberate, with instructions on how to communicate from the jury room. Ring the buzzer once to summon the court clerk, three times when we’ve reached a verdict. So far, it’s been used to ask that smokers be allowed to take a break on the steps of the Jackson County Courthouse and to ask that the video monitors be set up in the courtroom. “Does anyone want to change their vote?” the foreman asks. A few people shake their heads. No one speaks. Then Nancy asks, “Did anyone catch the light fixture moving over the pool table? Was that from a gunshot?” I walk to the courtroom’s thick, oak door and knock to signal the clerk. I know from experience that she’s waiting on the other side of the door, sitting in an office chair and reading a paperback. “I think we need to watch that again,” I say when she opens the door. continued on page 8

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hen the jury-duty summons arrived in the mail, everyone told me that I wouldn’t be required to serve. Reporters talk to too many lawyers, cops and convicts to be attractive to trial attorneys. So when I answered the call at the courthouse that late-June morning, I expected to lose a few hours, get bounced and then go back to work. The waiting room full of potential jurors is divided into groups, then not much happens. Everyone watches a video about jury duty, shot like an office orientation film, with George Brett and Kansas City Star columnist C.W. Gusewelle in cameos. Smarter people have remembered to bring a book or a laptop. I settle for a stack of waiting-room magazines. I’m halfway through a story on trout fishing in Men’s Journal when my group number is called, five hours later. We’re taken to a courtroom on the fourth floor, where we see the prosecution team: a balding man in a suit and a blond woman in a blazer and a skirt. At the defense table is a tall, lean man with silver hair. Seated next to him is a young black man in a red buttondown shirt and a tie. His dreadlocks are tied back, and he smiles at us. This is my first look at Tony Sisco. In the waiting room, people joked about drawing a property-line dispute — neighbors arguing over a tree. The judge tells us that this is a first-degree murder case, with a mandatory sentence of life in prison without parole. For the rest of the afternoon and most of the next day, the lawyers question us: Do you know police? Do you know Tony Sisco? Do you have any knowledge of a shooting that took place at the Filling Station in October 2006? Maybe two dozen people have asked to be excused for reasons they ask to discuss with the lawyers in private. Some in my group are obviously going to be dismissed because they’ve answered every third question. There’s the retired police officer who says he presented cases to the same prosecutor’s office trying this case. There’s the man with the assault charge on his record and 52 guns in his house. For my part, I make sure both sides know that I work for The Pitch. Any minute, I’ll be excused. “Number 32, you raised your card earlier when we asked if anyone thought the justice system isn’t fair. Why is that?” the balding attorney asks me. “I don’t think everyone can afford the same defense,” I answer. He looks at me blankly for a moment. “And?” “That’s it. That’s all. Some people can afford great representation. Some people get a public defender who’s got an overbooked caseload.” “OK,” he says, apparently satisfied. Afterward, I wait outside the courthouse with two other potential jurors. One, James, is in his 40s and ships electric guitars for a living. He has watery eyes and smokes cheap cigarettes. “I don’t want to be judging anybody,” he says. We go back to the courtroom and wait for another hour. James is one of the fi rst jurors called. Any worries I still have about being picked are soothed. They won’t call both of us, not when there are 63 people left, not when I’m a working journalist.

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Then I hear my name. I don’t even know who reads it. My stomach folds over. The woman next to me, her eyes as round as the buttons on a doll’s face, gives me a taut, teasing grin. In the jury box, a chair is waiting for me. On top of the seat is a blue notebook with the numeral 2 written and circled in black marker on the cover.

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omeone has made the assumption that a juror will want to remember this experience. On the table in the jury room is a stack of posters with the words “Twelve People, One Justice” imposed over the silhouettes of a jury, walking shoulder to shoulder like the cast of a gangster film. One of my fellow jurors reports having seen T-shirts like this elsewhere in the building. As if this were a cruise, and we would need tacky souvenirs to remember it. Then again, maybe I could have used a memento. I won’t have any records from the trial to confirm my memories of it. Once the trial is over, the court clerk will collect and destroy our notebooks, and the transcript will be sealed. (The intensity and closeness

court, was used to threaten the Siscos, and they acted to save their lives. He tells us that the police department never mentioned the gun in any of their reports on the shooting. We spend a day on video recovery techniques, two hours on Higgs’ autopsy report, endless unrecoverable minutes on ballistics. The overflow of information leads to a discovery I didn’t expect. Being a juror can be mentally, even physically, exhausting. Because there’s no way to know what will be important during deliberation, and because misunderstanding the testimony could unfairly send the defendant to prison for the rest of his life, every detail invites obsession. And I can’t talk about the case with the people who are as obsessed with these details as I am — the other jurors. Under that restriction, people find ways to talk about the case without actually talking about the case. “Did you see the defense attorney’s Mickey Mouse tie?” someone asks. “What a disrespectful thing to wear in a case like this.” A few of the women talk about the woman prosecutor, rating her pearls and commenting how cute she’d be if she tried a little harder. Then there’s the stress of a dozen strangers packed together into a small room for

“NOT GUILTY! I THINK IT’S SELF-DEFENSE, AND IF THEY’D THREATENED ME WITH AN ASSAULT RIFLE, YOU BETTER BELIEVE I’D DO THE EXACT SAME THING!” of a jury room makes it easier to remember conversation than most other circumstances allow, but the dialogue in this story is nevertheless a reconstruction of our deliberation.) The prosecution’s case is the video: Tony Sisco shot Jacob Higgs, no doubt about it. Over the next two weeks, they call police who had arrived at the scene, and they play a recording from the 911 call that Dillard was able to make after he’d been shot and beaten. On the tape, the critically injured Dillard moans into the phone for 10 minutes before mumbling that he’s been shot. There’s testimony from the police video expert who helped recover data from the security cameras. The mother of Tony Sisco’s baby is there to say she knew that Tony sometimes carried a gun, but it was only because he’d been shot in 1998. She was there that night at the bar, invited to have drinks after hours, but she says she left before anyone started fighting. Dillard’s mother appears at the trial, too. She testifies that her son’s injuries have affected his memory. She says he lives alone and drives himself around town without trouble. She doesn’t know where he is most days. The defense attorney, Pat Peters, argues that this was an act of self-defense. He tells us that the assault rifle, which he holds up in

two weeks. This has nothing to do with how friendly or interesting each of us is, and the group gets along well. There’s Jack, a retiree who teaches physical fitness at a YMCA and has definite opinions about long-distance runners in their 80s and 90s. Dee wants to be a writer and covers hip-hop for an underground publication available only at 7th Heaven. A Mary Kay rep becomes foreman on a coin toss. Another woman tells us that she was legally emancipated and married at age 15, divorced at 25 with two children, and now worries that her baggage keeps men away. It’s like being seated at a wedding-reception table where no one knows anyone else, except there’s no open bar and the small talk lasts two weeks. We know that two of us are alternates, but we don’t know who. For most of us, the idea of being dismissed after the trial without being able to talk about it together is legal blue balls, a punishment on the order of a film reel breaking just before the killer is revealed. Cell-phone numbers are exchanged so that the dismissed can find out what happens. Not everyone wants to know the ending, though. “I don’t want to be here. I want to be an alternate,” says Michael, who spends his two weeks playing games on continued on page 10


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his laptop and bringing in a Superman comic the day after he overhears a discussion about superhero movies. “I’m afraid of karma. It could be the universe is using me as a tool to dispense karma, but I don’t know that. And if it’s not me acting on the universe’s wishes, that will come back on me threefold.” At the end of the trial, the universe lets Michael get back to being Michael. He’s one of the alternates, dismissed along with a blond woman with a yin-yang tattoo over her right breast. Someone promises to call her when the verdict is reached. She won’t hear from us.

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he first vote finally releases us to talk about everything we’ve seen and heard, and it’s that moment when we realize just how much we’ve assumed about one another in all that small talk. We’ve been together five days a week, eight hours a day, yet it’s as if I’m now meeting entirely new people. “Self-defense. Not guilty. Self-defense. I’m done. I don’t need to hear anything else, and you can’t convince me otherwise. Not guilty.” These are the first words out of Jessica’s mouth when she sits down at the jury’s table. Before deliberation started, Jack had told

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Jackson County Courthouse me that he was having dreams about the case. Now he’s shouting. “Not guilty! I think it’s self-defense, and if they’d threatened me with an assault rifle, you better believe I’d do the exact same thing!” I vote guilty. Sisco shot a wounded man in the back. We’re split: Five vote guilty; seven vote for acquittal. The first day of deliberation is a mess. Pam, a woman I figure to be in her mid-50s, is one of the oldest women on the jury. Her eyeglasses dominate her face, and she wears a metal brace on her left foot. She waits for others to move ahead of her on the staircase, knowing she’ll need more time. On her cell phone, she keeps portraits of friends and family whom she has carefully rendered in oil and acrylic, along with her other paintings: of empty forests with trees soaked in champagne-colored sunshine. “If he was so afraid of that AR-15, why’d he invite his girlfriend to have a drink at the bar?” Pam says. “If it was so scary, why didn’t he just leave?” “They weren’t fighting then,” Dee answers. “When it did start going down, I don’t think he wanted to shoot. He’s trying to talk his way out of it. He ain’t going to turn his back


and run — they’ll shoot him.” She’s convinced that what happened is a drug deal gone bad. The Siscos, she says, probably owed Higgs money. “Do you think he deserves to spend the rest of his life in prison?” She asks me. We watch the video again and argue like this for another hour before we agree to break for the day. “All these people are treating me like I’m this old white woman, and I just don’t get black culture and they need to explain things to me,” Pam tells me as we go to our cars. I don’t think she’s wrong. “My ex-husband is black, OK? I have four black children. I’m not going to say that. I shouldn’t have to tell them that to justify myself.”

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night away changes one vote. “I was watching the Casey Anthony verdict on the news yesterday, and one of the jurors was on,” Nancy says. Her words come slow and even, as though she’s been rehearsing them. “The juror said she didn’t like the decision, but she had to go with the law as she was instructed and not her heart. I think if you look at it that way, our decision is clear.” “So are you changing your vote?” the Mary Kay saleswoman asks. “Yes. I think under the instructions, it’s not guilty.” That initiates a reread of the jury instructions, which everyone seems to agree on, and then an examination of the coroner’s report. I don’t understand how the trajectory of the bullet proves or dispels intent, but I don’t want to say anything. Talking hasn’t gotten easier on day two, and we’ve decided to raise our hands to be called on by the foreman to keep the discussion civil. It’s clear that we’ll have to call the clerk to set up the video yet again. It’s during our second viewing of the day that I realize I’ve been watching the wrong part of the video, concentrating on Vess’ point of view. I stand up. “If we were trying Vess, I think we might have a different story. But I think it’s fair to say Tony didn’t see the shooting start, and if there’s an assault rifle in the

room, it’s reasonable to assume he could’ve thought his brother was reacting to that. So if that’s the case, I’m going to have to say not guilty.” “How can you say that?” Anne hisses. “I think it’s like Nancy said. I have to go with the instructions I have.” We play the video again. And again. And again. It takes the afternoon for everyone to agree about what’s happening and when. One by one, the rest of the guilty votes start to turn. By the time we’re eating the deli sandwiches ordered for us by the court, Pam is the lone holdout. “Those boys were someone’s children. Higgs is somebody’s baby, and it shouldn’t be OK to just shoot him in the back and walk on with your life like nothing ever happened,” Pam tells me outside the jury room. “I don’t like it, either,” I say. “But I think we have to go with the instructions they gave us.” The next hour, we talk in circles. “I’ll just vote the way you all want me to,” Pam says. “Nobody cares what I think.” Jessica opens the jury instructions. “Instruction 17,” she tells Pam. “See, if you just read that, you’ll get it. Instruction 17: selfdefense. That’s what I tell my boys — you have to watch out for each other. You should read Instruction 17.” “I’ve read it, Jessica,” Pam says, and retreats to the coffeepot. “I’m just trying to figure this out, because maybe you’re seeing something I’m not seeing,” I say to Pam. “It’s absolutely possible. So if Sisco and Higgs are talking, like you and I are, do you think he can see what Vess is doing behind him?” She considers this. “No,” she says. “OK, we agree on that. In Sisco’s mind, what do you think the last threat he saw was?” “Probably the AR-15.” “OK, we agree on that, too. So if we agree he’s seen the rifle brandished like a threat, is it reasonable to think that when he hears gunfire, he might think it’s the rifle being pointed at him, or that his brother started shooting because the rifle was being pointed at him?” I realize that we are the only two people in the room talking.

“I guess that’s reasonable,” she finally says. We take votes on every count — there are eight in all, including battery and a possible second-degree murder charge if we don’t like first-degree. We vote with a show of hands. Pam is the only person whose palm never goes higher than her shoulder. Then the foreman presses the buzzer three times. The smokers go out to smoke when it’s done. Pam and Anne head to the women’s restroom, where there is a couch. I sit at the top of the stairs leading back to the courtroom, put my head in my hands, and stay there until I can hear the smokers coming back.

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acob Higgs was homicide No. 78 in 2006. There would be 25 more before that year ended. In 2010, 19 homicide cases were tried in Jackson County Court — not even one-fifth of the murders reported in the same county

of accused “Waldo rapist” Bernard Jackson that began on our first day of deliberation. The Jackson case has been covered constantly in print and on TV. A serial rapist terrifies people. The day after we hand down our verdict, I search newspapers, blogs and TV-station websites for mention of the Tony Sisco case. There is none.

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e tried not to watch the courtroom gallery during the trial. Thinking too much about who’s there — family and friends of the accused, of the victim — might have affected our judgment. When we assemble in the courtroom to render our verdict, the room is fuller than at any other time during the trial. Police who testified are here, along with young professional-looking people in suits. The foreman hands over the verdict, and

“THOSE BOYS WERE SOMEONE’S CHILDREN. HIGGS IS SOMEBODY’S BABY, AND IT SHOULDN’T BE OK TO JUST SHOOT HIM IN THE BACK AND WALK ON WITH YOUR LIFE LIKE NOTHING EVER HAPPENED.” over the same time period. (Most homicide charges here, and in most cities, are resolved via plea bargain.) Of those cases, 14 resulted in guilty verdicts, two defendants were acquitted, and three ended in mistrials. If every case starts with roughly the same pool of registered voters, the county sifts through about 1,000 potential jurors every year. As we wait for Pam’s decision, the television-news trucks have parked outside. They aren’t waiting on our verdict. There’s another crop of potential jurors, this time for the trial

the judge reads it aloud. Tony puts his head down and starts to cry. The people behind him, on the defense side of the room, smile and grip one another, trying not to shout. Spectators on the other half of the room look numbly at the floor. “It’s not right,” I hear a voice say behind the prosecutors’ table. The defense attorney is waiting for us, a warm smile on his face. “So, did you all become friends?” he asks. “Come on back here with me. I’ll answer any questions you might have.” continued on page 12

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I look for Pam, but she’s already gone. Peters leads us to a room only slightly bigger than the one we worked in and takes a chair in the corner. Of course, everyone wants to know: Why us? “There’s no real art to jury selection,” Peters says. “You walk in the courtroom, and, based on how I feel about you when I see you, I write down a letter grade, A to F. Tony writes one down, too, and then we compare. I might change your grade based on what you say, but most of it’s gut feeling.” What happened to Vess? “He was tried separately. I wasn’t his attorney. He’s serving life in prison right now.” “So Tony goes home now?” Anne asks. “Tony’s serving 40 years on a drug charge,” Peters says. “It wasn’t related to this. It was a totally different thing. He was caught selling crack cocaine. Didn’t you guys know that? I thought the guards were a dead giveaway.”

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The Electric Daisy Carnival, which originated in Southern California, is the biggest electronic music festival outside Europe. The event brings in one-day crowds of more than 100,000 people and has featured some of the biggest names in the business: Moby, Groove Armada and FIND Paul Oakenfold, among MANY MORE others. This year, the affair has spread out to five different locales, Las Vegas LISTINGS including and Puerto Rico, and ONLINE AT inspired a documenPITCH.COM tary, Electric Daisy Carnival Experience, made by music-video director Kevin Kerslake (Depeche Mode, Smashing Pumpkins, Nirvana, Sonic Youth). The film — featuring live performances by more than 20 acts, including Deadmau5, Steve Aoki and Benny Benassi, along with a special tribute to DJ AM — plays nationwide at 9 p.m., including Cinemark Palace at the Plaza (526 Nichols Road), Cinemark 20 in Merriam (5500 Antioch) and Hollywood South Wind in Lawrence (3433 Iowa). Tickets cost $13–$15 and can be bought at participating theaters. See the list at fathomevents.com. — BERRY ANDERSON [ART]

THE ORIGINAL MAGIC EYE

Time is running out to see the Monet triptych at the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art (4525 Oak, 816-751-1278). The three “Water Lilies” panels, not exhibited together since 1979, come down on August 7. “This could be your only chance to see ‘Water Lilies’ as Monet intended it to be seen, with all three paintings together, surrounded by one frame,” says the NelsonAtkins’ Kathleen Leighton. Since its April 9 opening, the show has passed the 75,000visitors mark. Although endlessly replicated on coffee mugs, dorm-room posters and T-shirts, the world’s most famous Impressionist work still generates a Zen-like effect when seen up close. “Monet had a great feeling of peace when he was at Giverny, and this is translated through his work,” Leighton says. Admission is free for museum members; for

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You can’t attend a music festival and not encounter a few shirtless, wasted and obnoxious characters. This weekend’s Dawg Daze of Summer Festival at Lake Paradise Resort (985 Northwest 1901 Road in Lone Jack) is no exception. Event organizers Chanelle Johnson and Andrew Earl have even invited a troupe of actors to create drama in the crowd between the musical sets. The roving hillbilly feud is part of the reason that Johnson describes the first-year festival as “Wakarusa mixed with Silver Dollar City.” The roster includes some

40 bluegrass, blues, rock, reggae and roots acts, and one of the four stages is dedicated to kid-friendly performers. Mountain Sprout, Kasey Rausch and Friends, Dumptruck Butterlips, Shel, Buttermilk Boys, Brody Buster Band and the Hillbenders are among the local and regional bands scheduled. Local, organic produce is offered along with the usual food trucks, and the 230-acre campground includes a pool as well as five lakes full of fish. The first strings get plucked around 2 p.m. Friday, and the harmonies continue through the wee hours Sunday. A ticket costs $60 at the gate and includes campground admission. (Pay more for plush accommodations.) For more info and a complete talent roster, see dawgdazeofsummerfestival.com. — CRYSTAL K. WIEBE [ART]

FIRST-FRIDAY HIT LIST

One3 Studios (419 East 18th Street, 913-568-5355): Artist Monica Davis paints acrylic and mixed-media pieces that are titled only with numbers. She was inspired after

All is quiet at Lake Paradise (Friday). a tour in Iraq, where she found inspiration from the long exposure to the ugliness of war and the blankness of the desert. Her opening reception is from 6 to 9 p.m. and features more than 50 of her works. One3 Studios plans a meet-and-greet with Davis on Thursday, August 4, from 6 to 8 p.m. Nara (1617 Main, 816-221-6272): The upstairs space of the Crossroads sushi house displays and sells the jewelry of Ex-cessories, the prints of Michelle Dreher from Two Tone Press, the paintings and drawings of Wes Benson, and the eatable candy art of Joy Joy Confections, among others. See it all from 7 to 11 p.m. when Nara also offers up drink specials, sushi hors d’oeuvres and a cash bar. Rhythm and Booze (423 Southwest Boulevard, 816-221-2669): Graphic designer Sean “Lugnut” Moore sets up shop and sells his illustrations, T-shirts, button-up shirts, trucker hats, garage jackets, skateboard decks, and selections from his metal cutout collection. See his online continued on page 16

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portfolio at lugnutindustries.com. Rhythm and Booze also features Boulevard draft specials until midnight. — BERRY ANDERSON [EXERCISE]

Who says maintaining a healthy lifestyle has to be expensive? Breathe Holistic Life Center (1407 Massachusetts, Lawrence, 785-218-0174) holds its First Friday free community yoga class for people of all skill levels (including no skill). “At Breathe, our focus is on the local community,” says Melissa Mitchell, Breathe’s owner and director. “We teach the community to heal, balance and live passionately. All the practitioners live in Lawrence, teach in Lawrence, work in Lawrence, play in Lawrence and believe in Lawrence.” Joanie Hart, an instructor at Breathe, teaches the popular free class at 7:30 p.m. See breatheholisticlife.com for more information. — ABBIE STUTZER

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ice cream (and an ice-cream-making churn). Admission costs $3 for adults and $1 for kids 12 and younger. For more information, see shawneetown.org. — CHRIS PACKHAM [NATURE]

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If the idea of taking a walk outdoors has you sweating already, fear not. Susan Bray, senior naturalist at the Lakeside Nature Center (4701 East Gregory Boulevard, 816-513-8960), says she and her charges “take it really slowly” on their monthly Hike With a Naturalist. The excursions, which begin at 10:30 a.m., lead hikers along the various trails adjacent to the center, in Swope Park. Whether on the Lakeside trail or the Fox Hollow, you have opportunities to see what Bray refers to as “natural communities,” which show the area as it was 200 years ago. That means lovely views of the upland oak savannah — still much the same as it was when Lewis and Clark made their way through the area — and prairie wildflowers in bloom among the widely spaced oaks. — NICK SPACEK

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Prior to the advent of air conditioning, people used a natural cooling system called “sweating profusely.” Based on thermodynamic principles in which evaporating water carries away heat, the whole system breaks down when atmospheric humidity achieves equilibrium with the moisture content of the human armpit. That’s a pretty apt description of Kansas City in summer, if you think about it. Going down to the holler and splashing around in the crick wasn’t an option when you were too busy engaging in such activities as scrubbing laundry on the washboard, growing and canning food, making candles and dipping Nellie Oleson’s pigtails in the inkwell. Experience the bygone years of toil and sweat at the Shawnee Town Museum (11501 West 57th Street, Shawnee, 913-248-2360) for Straw Hat Saturday. From 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., museum volunteers hang the wash, do the mending, harvest the beans, and listen to the music of Anchovy Fishermen (from 11 a.m. to noon). Also, there’s M pitch.com AO UN GT UH S TX4X–X - 1 0X, , 22001 0 1 X pitch.com

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Recreational water illnesses are caused by contact with contaminated water, with the most commonly reported RWI being diarrhea. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention advises the practice of good hygiene when swimming: Avoid getting water in your mouth and stay out of the water when afflicted with diarrhea. We recommend doing all that, too, of course, but you should also take water socks to this afternoon’s session of Low Dive at the Riot Room (4048 Broadway, 816442-8179), when the patio is transformed into an adult splash land with kiddie pools, running hoses and lit cigarettes. Hang out from 2 to 5 p.m. and get as many Dos Equis drafts as you can drink for $10 while listening to the poppin’ DJ beats of Shaun Duval. Ladies, carefully consider the color of your T-shirt at this 21-and-older event. Admission is free. — BERRY ANDERSON

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Now in its fourth year, the Wild West Showdown didn’t begin with any sort of grand plan, according to event organizer Zach Lovely. “I decided to do a little show, and, like, 200 cars and 500 people showed up from all over. So, of course, I kept it going every year after that,” he says. And even though the event showcases the chopped, dropped and lowered cars that you’d expect, it’s not a typical car show. Instead of a parking lot, the event site is the heart of the West Bottoms (1217 Union, between Mulberry and Santa Fe). Lovely says the urban blockparty atmosphere makes the showdown something special. “We get a diverse crowd, not just the typical lowrider scene — car enthusiasts, art kids, families, young, old, our neighbors, and people who have never seen a trunkful of hydraulics and batteries.” Spectators get in free, and the car entry fee is $20. Cars need to be registered by noon; the event


minutes to see who can score more goals. Bike-to-bike, person-to-person and mallet-tomallet contact is allowed. No mallets to heads, though — like the rules say, “Don’t be a ‘D.’ ” Newcomers are encouraged, and all supplies but the bikes are provided. See scarylarrykbp. org for more information. — APRIL FLEMING [HOME AND GARDEN]

RIGHTEOUS HERBS

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Guy Pearce’s character in the Christopher Nolan neuro-thriller Memento deals with his brain’s inability to store new memories by tattooing important information onto his body. This is all well and good when you’re trying to solve the mystery of your wife’s murder, but you’d probably be pretty embarrassed if in school you had to ink Spanish conjugations for the irregular verb “to like” on your arm. For memory enhancement, nos gusta the Magical Memory Exercises class at the Matt Ross Community Center (8101 Marty in Overland Park, 913-895-6390). James T. George’s 10-class sequence teaches techniques for recall and memory enhancement. “The exercises are based on the principle of ‘If you don’t use it, you lose it,’ ” George says. “The classes are appropriate for all ages and backgrounds.” The course costs $12 for Johnson County residents or $13 for nonresidents. For more information, call 913-642-6410. — CHRIS PACKHAM

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BAR SPOTLIGHT: MARTIN CITY BREWING COMPANY

In the 1920s, Martin City (the area surrounding 135th Street and Holmes) was a hub of activity. Catering to approximately 250 residents were a dance hall (above the dry-goods store), a men’s gun club and a basketball team. Today, the south Kansas City community is home to Suburban Lawn & Garden, Fiorella’s Jack Stack Barbecue and Beadz Galore. One of Martin City’s newest businesses, the Martin City Brewing Company (500 East 135th Street, 816-268-2222), brings a cheery atmosphere, a full menu, and live music on Fridays and Saturdays. The beer selection — 18 drafts on tap and more than 50 different bottles — focuses on craft brews and smallbatch choices (including Rogue, Lagunitas and Arcadia). “We’ll have our own beers in the near future,” server Josh Stazen says. The bilevel tavern and restaurant also serves cocktails, and its signature beverage is the Polar Ice Cap, a vodka-based lemonade drink served in a glass made of ice. (An MCBC-imprinted glove comes with the drink to prevent numbness.) The place is open Monday through Saturday from 11 a.m. to 1:30 a.m. On Wednesdays after 3 p.m., the specials are $5 glasses of wine, $3 off all wine bottles and $1 off all whiskeys. — BERRY ANDERSON Night + Day listings are offered as a free service to Pitch readers and are subject to space restrictions. Submissions should be addressed to Night + Day Editor Berry Anderson by e-mail (calendar@pitch.com), fax (816-756-0502) or mail (The Pitch, 1701 Main, Kansas City, MO 64108). Please include zip code with address. Continuing items must be resubmitted monthly. No submissions are taken by telephone. Items must be received two weeks prior to each issue date. Search our complete listings guide online.

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Here, he inhabits a version of himself that’s emotional depth with artlessly arrayed impresarrested in immaturity while also in the midst sions of Hugh Grant, Robert De Niro, Al Pacino, of a middle-aged imperative for permanence. multiple James Bonds, Ian McKellen, Dustin Unable to negotiate adult relationships, he Hoffman and others. Winterbottom’s framing of sleeps with women 20 years northern England’s gorgeous younger. He feels dissatisfacThe Trip terrain draws an unexpecttion with the trajectory of his Directed by Michael edly moody, autumnal mist career, believing that his acting Winterbottom. Starring across the film’s thin plot. Beis underappreciated. Steve Coogan, Rob Brydon yond the village settings and Coogan’s ruminative stasis and Claire Keelan. rustic inns, the film’s visual contrasts with Brydon’s sunappeal comes from the food. niness and deep love for his wife and their baby. Perplexed by his friend’s In quick shots, Winterbottom captures the enduring midlife adolescence, Brydon makes preparation of dishes by actual employees of nightly salacious phone calls home to London. these real restaurants. Trendy, artful epicurBy day, he deflects any suggestion of his obvious ism apparently now extends even into the

children and even changing his physical per- and the United States.) Here she spends most son through diet and trainer-supervised exer- of the contemporary story in a coma and most cise. So was it ancestral filial piety or a finely of the historical story as a quietly suffering, honed sense of irony that inspired her to snap brutally beaten wife. It’s the equivalent of up the film rights to Lisa See’s best-selling casting Al Pacino as a paraplegic monk who novel, which follows the suffering-filled lives has taken a vow of silence. Snow Flower moves its plot along mostly of two 19th-century Chinese laotongs (lifeby suggestion, with long interludes in which long sisters of the heart — that is, BFFs)? In an apparent effort to give the original characters stare deeply and intensely into historical story contemporary appeal, it has each other’s eyes. It’s the sort of deep staring been shackled with a clunky modern-day that fuels speculation. Is this really the story of a love that dared not write frame featuring the same two its name, even on a secret fan? actresses, both huge stars in Snow Flower and No doubt director Wayne their respective countries: the Secret Fan Wang was chosen, in the Bingbing Li (China) and GiDirected by Wayne Wang. hopes of reproducing The Joy anna Jun (Korea). The latStarring Russell Wong, Luck Club, his earlier pastter is particularly miscast. Bingbing Li, Gianna Jun present-flipping, picturesque Jun shot to pan-Asian fame and Archie Kao. adaptation of a novel depictwith 2001’s My Sassy Girl, ing Chinese women and their the highest-grossing Korean comedy of all time, thanks to her spectacu- suffering. No such luck. His sluggish direction larly energetic and uninhibited charm. (The and Richard Wong’s lyrical cinematography — film has been remade in India, China, Japan and even an 11th-hour appearance by a pitch.com

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Exploring the limits of human consciousness from another angle, Project Nim chronicles the 1970s experiment led by Herbert Terrace, a Columbia University psychology professor who set out to disprove Noam Chomsky’s famous theory that humans possess an innate and unique ability to acquire language. Thus the name of its chimpanzee test subject: Nim Chimpsky. Torn from his mother at infancy, Nim is shuffled from one to another in a series of homes, mostly unsuitable. The first is perhaps the strangest: the Upper West Side brownstone of Terrace’s former student (and lover) Stephanie LaFarge, now wife of a “rich hippie” and mother of six undisciplined children and stepchildren. Nim is breast-fed by Stephanie (yes, there’s video) and dressed in diapers and overalls, but learns little sign language — one reason could be that no one in the family knows it. Director James Marsh gives Terrace plenty of rope with which to hang himself, and the documentary raises fascinating questions on the meaning of language and the responsibility of scientists who research animals. — GRACE SUH

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café Watered Down THE FORMER POWER PLANT SINKS EXPECTATIONS AND DROWNS ITS DISHES. River’s Bend Restaurant & Bar 2 Main, Parkville, 816-880-9999. Hours: 11 a.m.–9 p.m. Sunday–Thursday, 11 a.m.– midnight Friday and Saturday. Price: $–$$

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here’s a lot of water in Parkville these days. The Missouri River has aggressively swept over its banks, flooding English Landing Park and dampening local businesses. That would include River’s Bend Restaurant & Bar, which didn’t seem very busy on any of BY my three recent visits to the CHARLES nine-month-old venue. There could be other reaF E R R U Z Z A sons, though. This restaurant operated for eight years as the Power Plant Restaurant and Brewery before closing in 2008. It sat empty for a couple of years, give or take a few private-party rentals, before the same owner reopened it last The menu is dominated by sandwiches, November as River’s Bend. Who would have guessed last fall that the river would bend some of which are fine. The Reuben, in fact, practically to the edge of this restaurant’s is first-rate, made with tender corned beef on grilled rye. (The Thousand Island dressing parking lot by summer? When it first opened, the Power Plant Res- comes on the side — a subtlety that’s othtaurant was an ambitious contender. The erwise thoroughly out of character here.) menu boasted prime rib, chops, steaks, and River’s Bend also serves burgers (the tasty a superb lemon-roasted chicken. Five years sliders are better), chicken wings, mozzalater, when I reviewed it again, the fancier rella “stix” and forgettable salads. The dinner entrées include three variadishes were gone, replaced tions on fettuccine Alfredo, a by more traditional tavern couple of steaks, a fried pork River’s Bend fare: a sirloin marinated Restaurant & Bar tenderloin, and beef brisket. in the brewery’s own ale, Crab-stuffed Perhaps in answer to all a good marinated rib-eye, mushrooms ............. $7.99 that nearby water, River’s bangers and mash, fettucMini sliders ............... $7.99 Bend also offers the least cine Alfredo with chicken. Asian salad ............... $9.99 appetizing fish creation The River’s Bend recedes Reuben sandwich ..... $8.49 I’ve tasted in any metro still further. The new restauRib-eye .................... $17.99 restaurant. The almondrant no longer operates as a Beef brisket dinner ....................$13.99 roasted tilapia is described brewery. “They sold all the Almond-roasted on the menu as a “fresh tibrewing equipment to the tilapia ....................$11.99 lapia fillet lightly breaded people who own the 75th with a brown sugar-almond Street Brewery,” a waitress breading and baked to flaky here told me. Whether it’s the absence of house-made beer or something perfection.” I’m still apologizing to my friend else, whatever allure the place may have had Carol for encouraging her to order it. She shuddered after the first bite and as the Power Plant has been short-circuited. What before was the primary dining room pushed her plate in my direction. “It tastes — once the coal bin, when this 1918 building as if it was sprinkled with salt, cinnamon served as the power station for what was then and sugar,” she said. And slivered almonds, Park College — has been turned into a second- I noted, after taking a bite, trying to guess ary dining area for large groups. Now most din- what was in the strange spice mixture. There ers are seated in the spacious bar area, with the did seem to be a cinnamon note, along with usual neon beer signs and unforgiving concrete something else vaguely familiar. Clove? “Oh, no,” the waitress insisted. “There’s floor. The tables and chairs look as though they might have been hauled out of an old VFW hall. no cinnamon in it. It’s Old Bay seasoning.”

Old Bay? I once worked in a restaurant where the crusty old cook doused everything, desserts included, with Old Bay, so I know there’s cinnamon, clove, ginger and allspice in its proprietary blend. A heavy hand on the Old Bay shaker in the River’s Bend kitchen ruins what should be a perfectly nice piece of tilapia. Carol made do with the runny garlic mashed potatoes instead. My hickory-smoked beef brisket was sliced too thin, but the meat was tender. It might have been flavorful, too, but there was no way to know fore sure. The meat was smothered by a molasses-rich barbecue sauce. I chose my two accompanying side dishes unwisely: The macaroni and cheese was too dry, and the baked beans were too mushy. The inexpensive rib-eye dinner was, at least relative to the sorry brisket and unforgivable fish, the choice meal of the night. It was perfectly grilled and properly flavorful. The side was another loser, though: no doubt the tiniest “loaded baked potato” in U.S. restaurant history. On the other hand, River’s Bend serves up the biggest stuffed mushroom caps I’ve ever seen. The gargantuan deep-fried mushrooms — bigger than most crab cakes in town — are allegedly stuffed with crabmeat. The filling is actually a Rangoon-style blend of cream cheese and bits of crab. Another crab dish on the menu, an Alfredo pasta that also includes shrimp, is prepared with imitation crab, but the pieces in the mushroom caps are so small, it matters little whether they’re real or fake.

The pecan pear salad (left) and the nachos are pretty to look at but quickly forgotten.

I’d say the less exotic your selection here, the better, though the kitchen does what it can to undo whatever esoteric touches the menu promises. The “Asian salad” wastes a surprisingly tasty house-made ginger vinaigrette on a mess of chow-mein noodles and some sticky-sweet teriyaki chicken. The young servers here are so eager to please that you can’t help but want this place to succeed, if only for them. But they’re working against an overwhelming deluge of annoyances. Even the piped-in music assaults the hungry. A nearly empty dining room is no place for Warren Zevon. Then again, something has to battle the insect buzz. Heat and encroaching river water have turned all of Parkville into a magnet for flies, so River’s Bend isn’t alone in its punishment, but I had to leave the restaurant one afternoon before I ordered. There are flies, and then there’s biblical onslaught. This won’t be an issue when the weather cools and the river recedes. But can River’s Bend last that long? Several restaurants in Parkville — Café des Amis, the Piropos Grille, the eccentric Café Cedar — make this hamlet a destination for discerning metro eaters. For River’s Bend to join their ranks and stick around, it needs a serious bailing out. Have a suggestion for a restaurant The Pitch should review? E-mail charles.ferruzza@pitch.com

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he Philly kid wanted to design toys. Jeff Rumaner chose the Kansas City Art Institute because its dedicated campus and well-known design program seemed perfect. But in 1984, the design department wasn’t quite ready for the man who would be Stretch. “You had to be the clean-and-pressed type, and I wasn’t that clean,” Stretch says. “In design, they were listening to Kenny G and drinking Diet Cokes. The boys over in sculpture were drinking Jack Daniel’s and listening to ZZ Top. It was a little more my style.” BY While working all hours J O N AT H A N in the sculpting studio, he was also developing his BENDER own style of cooking, using shop tools and scrap metal to breathe life into leftovers in the days before molecular gastronomy — hamburgers cooked on an iron, hot dogs skewered with nails and grilled over an industrial grating fired by charcoal. After graduating with a degree in sculpture, Stretch moved to Richmond, Virginia, and got a master’s degree from Virginia Commonwealth University’s School of Arts. His willingness to fix anything endeared him to local and traveling bands, and soon he was, he says, “a rock-and-roll repairman.” He’d go to a show and then head over to his studio at 3 a.m. to weld and fix vans and trailers that had clipped a sign or broken an axle. He hit it off with a local group, GWAR, which had a wild stage show that was perfect for the MTV generation. Stretch the repairman was thus introduced to the possibilities of television. A job and the developing Crossroads Arts District brought him back to Kansas City in 1994. He became the tech in the shops at the Art Institute and opened his first art space: Zone Gallery in the Crossroads. Stretch’s studio had a kitchen, where he made Thanksgiving dinner and cooked eggs on his grill for his neighbors. But when he got a call from sculptor Mark di Suvero, offering him a position, he dropped it all and moved to New York City. “I kissed my girlfriend goodbye and told her I’d see her in four or five months,” Stretch says. “Five years later, I came back.” In August 2001, he returned to Kansas City for the third time. He soon had two studios and purchased the buildings that would become his restaurants, Grinders and Grinders West. “I was missing my New York pizza and my Philly cheese steaks,” Stretch says. He worked on the original recipes with a

partner from the Art Institute, Martin Frannea, who had graduated from the Culinary Institute of America. Grinders opened in November 2004. Grinders West — a deli concept featuring soups and sandwiches — opened next door four years later. The quirky decor is a mix of items that he has picked up from his own travels and local art. In 2007, the show Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives introduced Stretch and Grinders to reality-cooking audiences — and to Guy Fieri. Stretch has since appeared on Fieri’s Big Bite and been a mainstay of the Guy Fieri Roadshow, a traveling blend of rock and roll, cooking and barnstorming chefs. St re t c h ’s re l a FIND tionship with Fieri’s MUCH MORE production company helped him meet executives at the Food CONTENT Network and the ONLINE AT PITCH.COM History Channel. He then landed a development deal with Spike, which has yielded Hungry Men at Work, a show that pairs topflight chefs with men working dangerous jobs. He hopes it will debut next February. Later this year, Stretch will appear on the season finale of Bar Rescue, a pub version of Gordon Ramsay’s Kitchen Nightmares but tailored to Spike. (The premise: Struggling tavern owners get a bar makeover and advice on how to turn things around.) Stretch views his deals as potential showcases for Kansas City, selling the place to the rest of the country.

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“It’s huge for me,” he says. “It’s huge for Kansas City. I’ve spent a lot of time here, even though I’m not from Kansas City. I think this could be part of the welcome wagon,” Stretch says. His ambassador work isn’t limited to TV. On the day he talks to The Pitch, Stretch is readying for a tour of Japan, Korea and Guam with the nonprofit group America’s Chefs, which cooks for military members and their families. Crossroads KC, his concert venue behind Grinders, is in the middle of another busy summer music series. His cell phone chimes every few minutes — reminders of meetings or people hoping to pitch him a new project. It’s 10 a.m. on a Monday, and Stretch is almost eight hours into his day. The Pitch: What are your culinary inspirations? Stretch: When I’m cooking, I’m a totally hands-on guy. When it goes in the oven, I don’t have any more control. I’m a stovetop guy. I like pots and pans and spatulas and open flames. That’s action to me. It’s like when I cast glass. It’s molten and tangible. That’s why baking doesn’t interest me: It’s too much of a science. Bakers are like jewelers. What’s your favorite ingredient? Anything spicy from the pepper family. Peppers can go with anything, from avocado to a shrimp dish. I’m not a fan of green peppers — they give me gas. [Laughs.] But a red bell pepper or a yellow pepper — a lot of a plate is visual. You eat with your eyes before your taste buds. What’s your best recent food find? I recently found mango again. Mangoes to pitch.com

Clockwise from top left: Stretch, his Bengal Tiger pizza, and his joint

me are walking the streets of New York City and going into a bodega. Picking one up and munching on it, all that flesh and juice on your face. Mango is in all of our sauces at Grinders. We use a mango base; it goes well with shrimp. It’s just wonderful and refreshing. What’s your favorite local ingredient? Is a rib considered an ingredient? The ribs here in town from Heritage Meats are really good. Their products are fantastic. What’s one food you hate? I’m not a big fan of mushrooms, man. I’m not a huge fan of mushrooms and liver — things that had a job. Where do you like to eat out? I eat almost every meal out. I love the food down at La Bodega. They have great food down there. Nara’s bento boxes are good. It’s a good deal and a good price. Cafe Sebastienne, with Jennifer Maloney, is one of my favorite places. Her staff is a lot of fun. And one of my favorite new places is the Genessee Royale Bistro. What’s your guilty pleasure? Ice-cream sandwiches. I cut them in half and slip a Hershey bar in the middle before eating it. What’s always in your kitchen? I always have hot sauces. I love the exotics, like the Scotch bonnet [a variety of chili pepper] stuff. I love tenderloin. I love it. There’s always beer and always whiskey. Diners, dives and dealmakers at pitch.com/fatcity M O N T H X X–X X , 2 0 0 X

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ing through town is in full swing. You know Whitesnake isn’t gonna miss a party like that. Frontman David Coverdale — arguably the owner of the finest rock mane of that decade — is still in the driver’s seat, and the band is stopping by in support of its latest, Forevermore. I haven’t gotten around to listening to it, but my gut tells me that this show will feature plenty of monster rock riffs, power ballads and double-entendres. Also: single-entendres. Tuesday, August 9, at the Midland (1228 Main, 816-283-9921)

Above, Those Darlins; at right, Sugarland

For whatever reason — possibly because they’re from Murfreesboro, Tennessee, or because they tend to wear boots in promo photos — Those Darlins often get tagged as a cowpunk act. The sound of this three-fourths girl group has traces of country and punk, but if you put on a blindfold and listen to its latest, Screws Get Loose, you’ll probably say it sounded like 1960s pop music: like the Ronettes backed by the Sonics. Those Darlins were in town just a few weeks ago, opening for Old 97’s at Crossroads KC, but this RecordBar date should be a much better setting for their rowdy live show. Wednesday, August 10, at RecordBar (1020 Westport Road, 816-753-5207)

2. Sugarland, with Sara Bareilles Modern country acts love to play up their love for the simple pleasures in life: cold beer, God, pairs of jeans that fit just right, pickup trucks,

voting against one’s own best economic interests. But the way a lot of these bands are recording lately suggests that they might not be entirely satisfied just playin’ songs on a front porch. Manwoman duo Sugarland’s latest, The Incredible Machine, has a broad studio gloss rivaling acts like the Black Eyed Peas and Bon Jovi — coastal elites! — making it clear that the band is officially gunning for arenas. It ain’t what I’d call country music, but that hardly seems to be the point. Sunday, August 7, at the Sprint Center (1407 Grand, 816-949-7000)

3. Brewer and Shipley, with the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band In the late 1960s, Michael Brewer and Tom Shipley quit their jobs as staff songwriters in Los Angeles and moved to Kansas City to work shitty jobs and focus on creating music together. That

partnership yielded “One Toke Over the Line,” one of the most famous songs ever associated with an act from our fair city. It was a big enough hit to be included on the AM Gold compilation (the Nuggets of the 1970s folk-rock/easy-listening scene) and quoted in Hunter S. Thompson’s Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas. Have some fucking respect for your elders and get your ass down to Crossroads KC to see these guys. Friday, August 5, at Crossroads KC at Grinders (417 East 18th Street, 785-749-3434)

4. Whitesnake, with Bang Tango It’s summer in Kansas City, which means the parade of reunited, reassembled or otherwise over-the-hill ’80s hair-metal acts march-

5. Big Smith, with King Harvest A couple of years back, a documentary called Homemade Hillbilly Jam made the festival rounds. The film explored how “hillbilly” music has survived and evolved in the cradle of the Ozark Mountains, and the primary act it spotlighted was a southern Missouri folkbluegrass band of cousins called Big Smith. The group certainly pays quite a bit of respect to its geographical musical heritage, but its oldtime sound has a liveliness and an energy that translate nicely in a bar setting — particularly a bar like Knuckleheads. Friday, August 5, at Knuckleheads (2715 Rochester, 816-483-1456)

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concerts EVERY WEDNESDAY Lonnie Ray Blues Band EVERY THURSDAY Live Reggae with AZ One FRIDAY, AUGUST 5TH The Good Foot - 10pm SATURDAY, AUGUST 6TH Camp Harlow - 5pm Patrick Lentz - 10pm NIGHTLY SPECIALS

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Nightlife listings are offered as a service to Pitch readers and are subject to space restrictions. Contact Clubs Editor Abbie Stutzer by e-mail (abbie.stutzer@pitch .com), fax (816-756-0502) or phone (816-218-6926). Continuing items must be resubmitted monthly.

THIS WEEK FRIDAY, AUG. 5 Big Smith, King Harvest: 7:30 p.m., $10. Knuckleheads Saloon, 2715 Rochester, 816-483-1456. Clint Black: Crown Center Square, 2450 Grand. Kanrocksas, with Eminem and more: Kansas Speedway, 400 Speedway Blvd., Kansas City, Kan., 913-328-3300. Brewer and Shipley, Nitty Gritty Dirt Band: 7 p.m., $28-$76.50. Crossroads KC at Grinders, 417 E. 18th St., 816-472-5454.

SATURDAY, AUG. 6 Kanrocksas, with Muse and more: Kansas Speedway, 400 Speedway Blvd., Kansas City, Kan., 913-328-3300. Ruby Jane, the Cowboy Dave Band, Miss Major and Her Minor Mood Swings: 8 p.m., $10. Knuckleheads Saloon, 2715 Rochester, 816-483-1456.

SUNDAY, AUG. 7 Sugarland, Sara Bareilles: 7:30 p.m., $23.50-$51.50. Sprint Center, 1407 Grand, 816-283-7300.

MONDAY, AUG. 8 DMS: 7 p.m. Uptown Theater, 3700 Broadway, 816-753-8665. In Flames, Straight Line Stitch, Kingdom of Sorrow, Trivium: 7:30 p.m. VooDoo Lounge, Harrah’s Casino, 1 Riverboat Dr., North Kansas City, 816-472-7777. Sanjaya: 8 p.m., $8-$10. The Riot Room, 4048 Broadway, 816-442-8179.

TUESDAY, AUG. 9 John Butler Trio, Mama Kin: Crossroads KC at Grinders, 417 E. 18th St., 816-472-5454. Typhoon, Spirit is the Spirit, More Like Georgia: 8 p.m. The Riot Room, 4048 Broadway, 816-442-8179. Whitesnake, Bang Tango: 8 p.m., $39.75. The Midland, 1228 Main, 816-283-9900.

WEDNESDAY, AUG. 10 Jonny Lang, J.J. Grey & Mofro: Crossroads KC at Grinders, 417 E. 18th St., 816-472-5454. Sugarwall, Appropriate Grammar, Syn City Cowboys: 8 p.m. The Riot Room, 4048 Broadway, 816-442-8179. Those Darlins: 9 p.m., $8, $10. RecordBar, 1020 Westport Rd., 816-753-5207.

UPCOMING Avenged Sevenfold, Three Days Grace, Seether, Bullet for My Valentine, Escape the Fate, Sevendust, Black Tide, Art of Dying, the Black Cloud Collective: Sat., Sept. 24, 2 p.m. Capitol Federal Park at Sandstone, 633 N. 130th St., Bonner Springs, 913-721-3400. The Black and White Years, the Caves: Sat., Sept. 3, 10 p.m. Replay Lounge, 946 Massachusetts, Lawrence, 785-749-7676. Blink-182, My Chemical Romance: Fri., Sept. 9. Capitol Federal Park at Sandstone, 633 N. 130th St., Bonner Springs, 913-721-3400. Celtic Thunder: Tue., Oct. 18. The Midland, 1228 Main, 816-283-9900. Roger Daltrey performs the Who’s Tommy: Fri., Oct. 14. The Midland, 1228 Main, 816-283-9900. Electric Six, Kitten, Drop a Grand: Sun., Sept. 25, 7 p.m. RecordBar, 1020 Westport Rd., 816-753-5207. EOTO, Vibesquad, Mouth, EZ Brothers: Sat., Aug. 13, 7 p.m. Crossroads KC at Grinders, 417 E. 18th St., 816-472-5454. The Ettes, Heavy Cream, Hans Condor: Sat., Aug. 13. Replay Lounge, 946 Massachusetts, Lawrence, 785-749-7676.

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Explosions in the Sky, Wye Oak: Thu., Oct. 13. Uptown Theater, 3700 Broadway, 816-753-8665. Five for Fighting: Fri., Aug. 12, 8 p.m., $5. Crown Center Square, 2450 Grand. Foo Fighters, Rise Against, Mariachi el Bronx: Fri., Sept. 16. Sprint Center, 1407 Grand, 816-283-7300. Fruit Bats, Vetiver: Tue., Sept. 20, 9 p.m. Davey’s Uptown Ramblers Club, 3402 Main, 816-753-1909. Selena Gomez: Thu., Sept. 1, 7 p.m., $20-$85. Starlight Theatre, 4600 Starlight Rd., 816-363-7827. Janet Jackson: Mon., Aug. 22, 9 p.m. Starlight Theatre, 4600 Starlight Rd., 816-363-7827. Journey, Foreigner, Night Ranger: Wed., Sept. 28. Starlight Theatre, 4600 Starlight Rd., 816-363-7827. Tim Kasher, Aficionado: Fri., Sept. 9. Jackpot Music Hall, 943 Massachusetts, Lawrence, 785-832-1085. Ke$ha, LMFAO, Spank Rock: Fri., Sept. 2, 7:30 p.m., $35, $49.50. Starlight Theatre, 4600 Starlight Rd., 816-363-7827. Kid Congo & the Pink Monkey Birds: Sun., Sept. 4. Replay Lounge, 946 Massachusetts, Lawrence, 785-749-7676. Kottonmouth Kings, D Loc, the Dirtball, Johnny Richter, Kingspade, DJ Bobby B: Sat., Aug. 13, 7 p.m. The Beaumont Club, 4050 Pennsylvania, 816-561-2560. Alison Krauss and Union Station, Jerry Douglas: Thu., Sept. 15. The Midland, 1228 Main, 816-283-9900. Cyndi Lauper: the Halloween She Bop: Mon., Oct. 31. The Midland, 1228 Main, 816-283-9900. Lil Wayne, Rick Ross, Keri Hilson, Far East Movement, Lloyd: Tue., Aug. 23. Sprint Center, 1407 Grand, 816-283-7300. Little Big Town: Sat., Oct. 8. The Midland, 1228 Main, 816-283-9900. Kathleen Madigan: Fri., Sept. 16. The Midland, 1228 Main, 816-283-9900. Brian McKnight: Fri., Aug. 12, 8 p.m. Uptown Theater, 3700 Broadway, 816-753-8665. Pat Metheny: Thu., Sept. 29, 8 p.m., $24, $98. Liberty Hall, 644 Massachusetts, Lawrence, 785-749-1972. Mister Heavenly: Sat., Aug. 27. The Bottleneck, 737 New Hampshire, Lawrence, 785-841-5483. 100 Monkeys, Kissing Club, Not a Planet: Thu., Aug. 11, 6:30 p.m. The Beaumont Club, 4050 Pennsylvania, 816-561-2560. Opeth, Katatonia: Thu., Oct. 6. The Beaumont Club, 4050 Pennsylvania, 816-561-2560. Katy Perry: Wed., Aug. 17. Sprint Center, 1407 Grand, 816-283-7300. Pierced Arrows, Don’t, the Spook Lights: Sun., Oct. 16, 9 p.m. Davey’s Uptown Ramblers Club, 3402 Main, 816-753-1909. Polar Bear Club, Fireworks, Balance & Composure, Such Gold: Sat., Oct. 1, 10 p.m. Davey’s Uptown Ramblers Club, 3402 Main, 816-753-1909. A Prairie Home Companion: Wed., Aug. 31, 7:30 p.m. Starlight Theatre, 4600 Starlight Rd., 816-363-7827. Gleny Rae Virus and Her Tamworth Playboys: Wed., Oct. 12. Replay Lounge, 946 Massachusetts, Lawrence, 785-749-7676. Return to Forever IV with Zappa Plays Zappa featuring Dweezil: Fri., Aug. 26. The Midland, 1228 Main, 816-283-9900. St. Vincent: Fri., Oct. 7. Liberty Hall, 644 Massachusetts, Lawrence, 785-749-1972. Steely Dan: Thu., Aug. 25, 7:30 p.m. Starlight Theatre, 4600 Starlight Rd., 816-363-7827. Straight No Chaser: Sun., Oct. 23, 2 & 7 p.m. The Midland, 1228 Main, 816-283-9900. Jackson Taylor and the Sinners, County Road 5, Outlaw Jim and the Whiskey Benders: Fri., Sept. 23, 7 p.m. The Beaumont Club, 4050 Pennsylvania, 816-561-2560. Theory of a Deadman, Black Stone Cherry, Adelitas Way, Emphatic: Fri., Aug. 12. The Midland, 1228 Main, 816-283-9900. True Widow, Mansion, Actors & Actresses: Fri., Aug. 19. Jackpot Music Hall, 943 Massachusetts, Lawrence, 785-832-1085. TV on the Radio, !!! (Chk Chk Chk): Sat., Aug. 27. Crossroads KC at Grinders, 417 E. 18th St., 816-472-5454. Keith Urban: Fri., Aug. 19. Sprint Center, 1407 Grand, 816-283-7300. Gillian Welch: Sun., Sept. 4. Liberty Hall, 644 Massachusetts, Lawrence, 785-749-1972. Wild Flag: Wed., Oct. 5, 9 p.m. RecordBar, 1020 Westport Rd., 816-753-5207. Yonder Mountain String Band: Wed., Aug. 17. Crossroads KC at Grinders, 417 E. 18th St., 816-472-5454.


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nightlife T H U R S DAY 4 ROCK/POP/INDIE Aftershock Bar & Grill: 5240 Merriam Dr., Merriam, 913-384-5646. Hear Kitty Kitty, My First Born, Burning Tide, 7 p.m. Davey’s Uptown Ramblers Club: 3402 Main, 816-7531909. Pizza Party Massacre, Switchitter, Sloppy Seconds. Replay Lounge: 946 Massachusetts, Lawrence, 785749-7676. Small Bones, Scammers, Lazy. Tomfooleries: 612 W. 47th St., 816-753-0555. Gov’t Cheez. Tomfooleries North: 8680 N.W. Prairie View Rd., 816746-8668. The Transients, 10 p.m. Trouser Mouse: 625 N.W. Mock Ave., Blue Springs, 816220-1222. King Harvest.

BLUES/FUNK/SOUL B.B.’s Lawnside BBQ: 1205 E. 85th St., 816-822-7427. Levee Town. Jazz: 1823 W. 39th St., 816-531-5556. Grand Marquis.

DJ Gusto Lounge: 3810 Broadway, 816-974-8786. DJ Ben Grimes at Gusto; Say-10 (DJ Billy Smith) at Topshelf. Raoul’s Velvet Room: 7222 W. 119th St., Overland Park, 913-469-0466. Ladies’ Night with DJ C-Mac. Replay Lounge: 946 Massachusetts, Lawrence, 785749-7676. DJ Shanks on the patio.

HIP-HOP The Granada: 1020 Massachusetts, Lawrence, 785842-1390. Culture Clash with Winner’s Circle, 9 p.m.

JAZZ Jardine’s: 4536 Main, 816-561-6480. Mark Lowrey, 5:30 p.m. The Phoenix Jazz Club: 302 W. Eighth St., 816-2215299. Mark Montgomery.

WORLD Jardine’s: 4536 Main, 816-561-6480. Sons of Brasil, 8 p.m.

A LT E R N AT I V E Czar: 1531 Grand, 816-221-2244. Early dinner show with Nolan Rhyne, Tyler Gosnell, the Clementines, 6 p.m.

ROOTS/COUNTRY/BLUEGRASS KC Live! Stage at the Power & Light District: 14th St. and Grand. Sunny Sweeney. Knuckleheads Saloon: 2715 Rochester, 816-483-1456. Mike McClure band, Jesse Harris and the Gypsy Sparrows, 8 p.m.

DRUNKEN DISTR ACTIONS/COMEDY/ BAR GAMES Knuckleheads Saloon: 2715 Rochester, 816-483-1456. Knuckle Vanilli Night, lip-synching and air guitar in the Retro Lounge. RecordBar: 1020 Westport Rd., 816-753-5207. Trivia Clash, 7 p.m., $5. Shark Bar: 1340 Grand, 816-442-8140. Quality Hill Happy Hour.

ELECTRO Jackpot Music Hall: 943 Massachusetts, Lawrence, 785-832-1085. Blasian! Electro Dance Party, 10 p.m.

OPEN MIC/JAM SESSIONS Aftershock Bar & Grill: 5240 Merriam Dr., Merriam, 913-384-5646. Bike Night Open Jam. Czar: 1531 Grand, 816-221-2244. Vi Tran and Katie Gilchrist’s Weekly Jam, 10 p.m. Jerry’s Bait Shop: 302 S.W. Main, Lee’s Summit, 816525-1871. Jerry’s Jam Night, 9 p.m. Mike Kelly’s Westsider: 1515 Westport Rd., 816-9319417. Lonnie Ray Blues Jam, 9 p.m.

SINGER-SONGWRITER The Brick: 1727 McGee, 816-421-1634. KC Songwriter Forum, 7-9 p.m.

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VARIET Y Jazzhaus: 926-1/2 Massachusetts, Lawrence, 785-7491387. King Dong’s Variety Hour. RecordBar: 1020 Westport Rd., 816-753-5207. Pitch Music Showcase: Hearts of Darkness, Hammerlord, Vi Tran Band, Federation of Horsepower, Them Damned Young Livers, 7 p.m. The Riot Room: 4048 Broadway, 816-442-8179. Pitch Music Showcase: the Caves, Making Movies, Cherokee Rock Rifle, Thee Water MoccaSins, the Bleach Bloodz, London Transit, Hidden Pictures, Nomathmatics, Dutch Newman, Reach, thePhantom*, Root and Stem, 7 p.m.

F R I DAY 5 ROCK/POP/INDIE Aftershock Bar & Grill: 5240 Merriam Dr., Merriam, 913-384-5646. Club Wars: Battle for Freaker’s Ball, 7 p.m. The Brooksider: 6330 Brookside Plz., 816-363-4070. The Magnetics. Clarette Club: 5400 Martway, Mission, 913-384-0986. Albert Flasher. Club 906: 906 W. Liberty Dr., Liberty. Cover Me Bad, 9 p.m., free. Czar: 1531 Grand, 816-2212244. Early dinner show MANY MORE with Darren Raser, Elaine McMilian, Jerad Tomasino, 6 p.m. Davey’s Uptown Ramblers Club: 3402 Main, 816-7531909. Empty Spaces, O, ONLINE AT Giant Man, Millions of Boys, PITCH.COM Desodean. Jerry’s Bait Shop: 13412 Santa Fe Trail Dr., Lenexa, 913-894-9676. Bad Disposition. John’s Big Deck: 928 Wyandotte, 816-572-9595. Nicky G. KC Live! Stage at the Power & Light District: 14th St. and Grand. Perpetual Change, 8:30 p.m. RecordBar: 1020 Westport Rd., 816-753-5207. KC/DC: AC/DC Tribute, 10 p.m. Replay Lounge: 946 Massachusetts, Lawrence, 785749-7676. Swanson, Signals Midwest, Roman Ships, 10 p.m.

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BLUES/FUNK/SOUL B.B.’s Lawnside BBQ: 1205 E. 85th St., 816-822-7427. John Lisi and Delta Funk. Crosstown Station: 1522 McGee, 816-471-1522. Marc Broussard album-release tour, Scars on 45, Sarah Christian Duga, 8 p.m. Jazzhaus: 926-1/2 Massachusetts, Lawrence, 785-7491387. Sonic Sutra, 10 p.m. Jerry’s Bait Shop: 302 S.W. Main, Lee’s Summit, 816525-1871. Brandon Miller Band. Trouser Mouse: 625 N.W. Mock Ave., Blue Springs, 816220-1222. Terry Quiett.

ROOTS/COUNTRY/BLUEGRASS Crossroads KC at Grinders: 417 E. 18th St., 816-4725454. Brewer and Shipley, Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, 7 p.m., $28-$76.50. Crown Center Square: 2450 Grand. Clint Black. Jackpot Music Hall: 943 Massachusetts, Lawrence, 785-832-1085. Tyler Gregory, Monzie Leo and the Big Sky, Whiskey Dik, Ashes to Immortality.

DJ Raoul’s Velvet Room: 7222 W. 119th St., Overland Park, 913-469-0466. DJ Ashton Martin. Replay Lounge: 946 Massachusetts, Lawrence, 785749-7676. DJ G Train on the patio. Saints Pub + Patio: 9720 Quivira, Lenexa, 913-4923900. DJ Naylor. Shark Bar: 1340 Grand, 816-442-8140. DJ Mitch.

JAZZ Beer Kitchen: 435 Westport Rd., 816-389-4180. Heather Thornton, 10 p.m. Jardine’s: 4536 Main, 816-561-6480. Mike White Quartet, 6 p.m.; Ida McBeth, 8:30 p.m., $12. Jazz: 1823 W. 39th St., 816-531-5556. Cold Sweat. The Phoenix Jazz Club: 302 W. Eighth St., 816-2215299. Dan Doran Band; Lonnie McFadden, 4:30 p.m. R Bar & Restaurant: 1617 Genessee, 816-471-1777. T.J. Martley Jazz.

AMERICANA The Bottleneck: 737 New Hampshire, Lawrence, 785841-5483. The Brothers Comatose. Knuckleheads Saloon: 2715 Rochester, 816-483-1456. Big Smith, King Harvest, 7:30 p.m., $10.


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FOLK Replay Lounge: 946 Massachusetts, Lawrence, 785749-7676. Danny Pound & friends, 6 p.m.

METAL The Riot Room: 4048 Broadway, 816-442-8179. Collapse Fest day 1: Collapse, Malikai, Kingshifter, Meatshank, Warlike Earth, Beezlefeast, Kaotic Circle, the Sacred Have Fallen, Death Valley Wolf Riders, Dressed for a Funeral, the Tards, Harvest the Flesh, Hellevate, 6 p.m.

R&B RecordBar: 1020 Westport Rd., 816-753-5207. People Depot, 6 p.m.

VARIET Y The Brick: 1727 McGee, 816-421-1634. First Friday: Art by Maggie McLaughin, DJs Malcolm Velvin Shanthrax. Kansas Speedway: 400 Speedway Blvd., Kansas City, Kan., 913-328-3300. Kanrocksas: Eminem, the Flaming Lips, Bassnectar, Ween, Kid Cudi, Ellie Goulding, Primus, D12, Major Lazer, Arctic Monkeys, Jack’s Mannequin, Fitz and the Tantrums, the Joy Formidable.

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John’s Big Deck: 928 Wyandotte, 816-572-9595. Runner Up.

DRUNKEN DISTR ACTIONS/COMEDY/ BAR GAMES Clarette Club: 5400 Martway, Mission, 913-384-0986. Karaoke, 9 p.m.-1 a.m. Missie B’s: 805 W. 39th St., 816-561-0625. Dirty Dorothy, 10 p.m. The Riot Room: 4048 Broadway, 816-442-8179. The Low Dive: a Day-Drinking Experience hosted by Shaun Duval, $10 all you can drink Miller Lite, 2-5 p.m. Sharks: 10320 Shawnee Mission Pkwy., Merriam, 913268-4006. Free pool with purchase, 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Westport Flea Market: 817 Westport Rd., 816-9311986. Deelightful karaoke, 9 p.m.

OPEN MIC/JAM SESSIONS Knuckleheads Saloon: 2715 Rochester, 816-4831456. Open Jam with Billy Ebeling and Duane Goldston, 1 p.m.

METAL RecordBar: 1020 Westport Rd., 816-753-5207. Ringworm, Nails, New Lows, Cruel Hand, 7 p.m. The Riot Room: 4048 Broadway, 816-442-8179. Collapse Fest day 2: Collapse, Marasmus, Ancient Creation, In the Shadow, Drek, Terror Tractor, Kaotic Circle, the Family Band Massacre, My Father’s Gun, Eminent Remains, Vanlade, the Night He Came Home, Othis, 6 p.m.

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VARIET Y Kansas Speedway: 400 Speedway Blvd., Kansas City, Kan., 913-328-3300. Kanrocksas: Muse, the Black Keys, A Perfect Circle, Girl Talk, STS9, Flogging Molly, Cage the Elephant, Tinie Tempah, Ok Go, Best Coast, John Digweed, Grace Potter and the Nocturnals, the Black Angels, Kerli.

B.B.’s Lawnside BBQ: 1205 E. 85th St., 816-822-7427. Blue Orleans. The Phoenix Jazz Club: 302 W. Eighth St., 816-221-5299. Monique Danielle, 4:30 p.m.; Cold Sweat, 9 p.m. Slow Ride Roadhouse: 1350 N. Third St., Lawrence, 785-749-2727. Billy Ebeling, 9 p.m. Trouser Mouse: 625 N.W. Mock Ave., Blue Springs, 816220-1222. The Hatchlings.

ROOTS/COUNTRY/BLUEGRASS Davey’s Uptown Ramblers Club: 3402 Main, 816-7531909. Deadman Flats, Mountain Sprout. Knuckleheads Saloon: 2715 Rochester, 816-483-1456. Ruby Jane, the Cowboy Dave Band, Miss Major and Her Minor Mood Swings, 8 p.m., $10.

DJ The Eighth Street Taproom: 801 New Hampshire, Lawrence, 785-841-6918. Saturday Soulclap with Josh Powers. Gusto Lounge: 3810 Broadway, 816-974-8786. DJ Rico at Gusto. Raoul’s Velvet Room: 7222 W. 119th St., Overland Park, 913-469-0466. DJ C-Mac. Replay Lounge: 946 Massachusetts, Lawrence, 785749-7676. Dirty Stomp on the patio. The Riot Room: 4048 Broadway, 816-442-8179. FreeKing and Josh C. with videos from vJones on the patio, 11:30 p.m., free. 77 South: 5041 W. 135th St., Overland Park, 913-7427727. DJ Andrew Northern.

JAZZ The Brick: 1727 McGee, 816-421-1634. Mike Dillon’s Go-Go Jungle, Snuff Jazz, Matt Skates.

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Club 906: 906 W. Liberty Dr., Liberty. Never Ending Fear Project, Falling Down, 9 p.m., free. Crosstown Station: 1522 McGee, 816-471-1522. Headly Grange, Silas Dogan, Jason Vivone. Jackpot Music Hall: 943 Massachusetts, Lawrence, 785-832-1085. Major Games, Craft Spells, Umberto, 10 p.m. Jerry’s Bait Shop: 13412 Santa Fe Trail Dr., Lenexa, 913-894-9676. The M80s. Jerry’s Bait Shop: 302 S.W. Main, Lee’s Summit, 816525-1871. The Naughty Band. Lucky Brewgrille: 5401 Johnson Dr., Mission, 913-4038571. Brendon MacNaughton, 8 p.m.

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Czar: 1531 Grand, 816-221-2244. Mark Lowrey + Drums with Brandon Draper, Leonard Dstroy, 10 p.m. Jardine’s: 4536 Main, 816-561-6480. Steve Gray Trio with Shannon Lipps, 6 p.m. Jazz: 1823 W. 39th St., 816-531-5556. Heather Thornton Band. Take Five Coffee + Bar: 5336 W. 151st St., Overland Park, 913-948-5550. Ron Carlson Trio featuring Matt Otto, 8-10 p.m.

S U N DAY 7 ROCK/POP/INDIE Jerry’s Bait Shop: 302 S.W. Main, Lee’s Summit, 816525-1871. Patrick Stout. Replay Lounge: 946 Massachusetts, Lawrence, 785749-7676. Bad Sports, Wax Museums, 10 p.m.

BLUES/FUNK/SOUL B.B.’s Lawnside BBQ: 1205 E. 85th St., 816-822-7427. Lee McBee & the Confessors, $4. Jazz: 1823 W. 39th St., 816-531-5556. Dan Bliss.

DJ Hamburger Mary’s: 101 Southwest Blvd., 816-8421919. Recycled music with Brett Dietrich, 3:30 p.m. Replay Lounge: 946 Massachusetts, Lawrence, 785-7497676. KVKL DJs Shaher and the Goat on the patio.

JAZZ Jardine’s: 4536 Main, 816-561-6480. Kerry Strayer’s Big Band featuring Kathleen Holeman, 6 p.m. RecordBar: 1020 Westport Rd., 816-753-5207. Jeff Harshbarger presents an Alternative Jazz Series, 7 p.m.

ROOTS/COUNTRY/BLUEGRASS Sprint Center: 1407 Grand, 816-283-7300. Sugarland, Sara Bareilles, 7:30 p.m., $23.50-$51.50.

DRUNKEN DISTR ACTIONS/COMEDY/ BAR GAMES Bulldog: 1715 Main, 816-421-4799. Game night. Fred P. Ott’s: 4770 J.C. Nichols Pkwy., 816-753-2878. Karaoke, 10 p.m. JR’s Place: 20238 W. 151st St., Olathe, 913-254-1307. Karaoke with the Mad Man DJ Mike, 9:30 p.m. KC’s Neighborhood Bar: 10201 W. 47th St., Merriam, 913-262-7211. Open-mic night. Missie B’s: 805 W. 39th St., 816-561-0625. Dirty Dorothy, 10 p.m.


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Power & Light Grill: 417 E. 13th St., 816-283-3434. Beats, Burgers & Birds, 8 p.m.

EASY LISTENING The Landing: 1189 W. Kansas St., Liberty. Scooter Sundays featuring the Bob Harvey Band on the patio.

OPEN MIC/JAM SESSIONS Jazzhaus: 926-1/2 Massachusetts, Lawrence, 785-7491387. Speakeasy Sunday, 10 p.m., $3. Knuckleheads Saloon: 2715 Rochester, 816-483-1456. Open jam with Levee Town, 2 p.m., free.

SERVICE INDUSTRY Fuel: 7300 W. 119th St., Overland Park, 913-451-0444. SIN.

VARIET Y Californos: 4124 Pennsylvania, 816-531-7878. Sunday Solace, 2 p.m. KC Live! Stage at the Power & Light District: 14th St. and Grand. Family Reunion Festival: C’Note, Anthony Payne and friends, Eugene Smiley’s ESB Band, 1:30-4 p.m.

M O N DAY 8

Crossroads KC at Grinders: 417 E. 18th St., 816-4725454. John Butler Trio, Mama Kin.

DJ Coda: 1744 Broadway, 816-569-1747. DJ Whatshisname, service-industry night, 10 p.m. Raoul’s Velvet Room: 7222 W. 119th St., Overland Park, 913-469-0466. DJ Jazzy Jess. The Riot Room: 4048 Broadway, 816-442-8179. DJ Cooper on the patio, 8 p.m.

Czar: 1531 Grand, 816-221-2244. Jamie Kent and the Options, Cadillac Flambe, Me Like Bees, the B’Dinas, 9 p.m. Jerry’s Bait Shop: 302 S.W. Main, Lee’s Summit, 816525-1871. Zig Zag Shirley. The Riot Room: 4048 Broadway, 816-442-8179. Sanjaya, 8 p.m., $8-$10. Tomfooleries: 612 W. 47th St., 816-753-0555. The Goods.

Jardine’s: 4536 Main, 816-561-6480. Stan Kessler Quartet with Todd Strait, 8 p.m. Jazz: 1823 W. 39th St., 816-531-5556. Mark Montgomery.

JAZZ Intentions: 7316 W. 80th St., Overland Park, 913-6526510. Live jazz, 5 p.m. Uptown Theater: 3700 Broadway, 816-753-8665. DMS, 7 p.m.

WORLD Jardine’s: 4536 Main, 816-561-6480. Passport, 8 p.m.

ROOTS/COUNTRY/BLUEGRASS RecordBar: 1020 Westport Rd., 816-753-5207. Rex Randall and the Weekend Cowboys, Resurrectionist, Sebastian D’Amico, 9 p.m.

DRUNKEN DISTR ACTIONS/COMEDY/ BAR GAMES The Brick: 1727 McGee, 816-421-1634. Karaoke with Kelly Bleachmaxx, 10:30 p.m., free. Fred P. Ott’s: 4770 J.C. Nichols Pkwy., 816-753-2878. Karaoke, 10 p.m. Jazzhaus: 926-1/2 Massachusetts, Lawrence, 785-7491387. Karaoke Idol with Tanya McNaughty. KC’s Neighborhood Bar: 10201 W. 47th St., Merriam, 913-262-7211. Free pool. Missie B’s: 805 W. 39th St., 816-561-0625. MANic Monday, 10 p.m., free. RecordBar: 1020 Westport Rd., 816-753-5207. Sonic Spectrum Music Trivia, 7 p.m., $5.

OPEN MIC/JAM SESSIONS The Bottleneck: 737 New Hampshire, Lawrence, 785841-5483. Open mic. The Brick: 1727 McGee, 816-421-1634. Rural Grit, 6 p.m., free. The Granada: 1020 Massachusetts, Lawrence, 785842-1390. Mudstomp Monday, 9 p.m.

DRUNKEN DISTR ACTIONS/COMEDY/ BAR GAMES The Brick: 1727 McGee, 816-421-1634. Scrabble Club, 7 p.m. Bullfrog’s: 320 S.W. Blue Pkwy., Lee’s Summit, 816347-9393. Extreme bingo. Fathead & Braindeads Saloon: 514 Main, Grandview, 816-761-6060. Pool tournaments. Fuel: 7300 W. 119th St., Overland Park, 913-451-0444. Music bingo with DJ Danny Collins. Jackpot Music Hall: 943 Massachusetts, Lawrence, 785-832-1085. Karaoke. Johnny’s Tavern: 13410 W. 62nd Terr., Shawnee, 913962-5777. Bingo Boogie night, 9 p.m. RecordBar: 1020 Westport Rd., 816-753-5207. Leo Karaoke Birthday Party with Baby Brie, 9 p.m., free. Saints Pub + Patio: 9720 Quivira, Lenexa, 913-4923900. Karaoke, 9 p.m. The Union of Westport: 421 Westport Rd. Tuesday Pool League, $10.

OPEN MIC/JAM SESSIONS Coda: 1744 Broadway, 816-569-1747. Free-form, freefor-all open-mic night with Teague Hayes, 8 p.m. Mike Kelly’s Westsider: 1515 Westport Rd., 816-9319417. John Johnson Acoustic Showcase. The Phoenix Jazz Club: 302 W. Eighth St., 816-2215299. Open Jam with Everette DeVan, 7 p.m. Stanford’s Comedy Club: 1867 Village West Pkwy., Kansas City, Kan., 913-400-7500. Open-mic night.

VARIET Y Czar: 1531 Grand, 816-221-2244. “Scholars of Squalor” Rock and Roll Spelling Bee hosted by Professor Dutch and the Flunkies, 8:30 p.m.; Sons of Great Dane, Chase Frank, Various Blonde. Jerry’s Bait Shop: 302 S.W. Main, Lee’s Summit, 816525-1871. Pretty Things Peep Show, 7 p.m. R Bar & Restaurant: 1617 Genessee, 816-471-1777. Tiki Tuesdays featuring DJ Fat Sal, 7 p.m., free.

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VooDoo Lounge: Harrah’s Casino, 1 Riverboat Dr., North Kansas City, 816-472-7777. In Flames, Straight Line Stitch, Kingdom of Sorrow, Trivium, 7:30 p.m.

Czar: 1531 Grand, 816-221-2244. Jordan Mack, AJ Young, Aaron Young, 7 p.m. Jerry’s Bait Shop: 302 S.W. Main, Lee’s Summit, 816525-1871. 90 Minutes, 9 p.m. RecordBar: 1020 Westport Rd., 816-753-5207. Bob Walkenhorst, 7 p.m. The Riot Room: 4048 Broadway, 816-442-8179. Sugarwall, Appropriate Grammar, Syn City Cowboys, 8 p.m. Trouser Mouse: 625 N.W. Mock Ave., Blue Springs, 816220-1222. Rick Norman.

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B.B.’s Lawnside BBQ: 1205 E. 85th St., 816-822-7427. Shinetop Jr. Crossroads KC at Grinders: 417 E. 18th St., 816-4725454. Jonny Lang, J.J. Grey & Mofro.

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77 South: 5041 W. 135th St., Overland Park, 913-7427727. Bitchen Mondays with DJ, 9 p.m. Gusto Lounge: 3810 Broadway, 816-974-8786. DJ Robert Moore at Gusto, 10 p.m., free.

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Czar: 1531 Grand, 816-221-2244. Off the Wall Wednesdays with James Christos, 10 p.m., no cover. Gusto Lounge: 3810 Broadway, 816-974-8786. DJ Rico at Gusto. Raoul’s Velvet Room: 7222 W. 119th St., Overland Park, 913-469-0466. DJ B.o.B. Replay Lounge: 946 Massachusetts, Lawrence, 785-749-7676. DJ G Train on the patio. Saints Pub + Patio: 9720 Quivira, Lenexa, 913-4923900. DJ Pure.

JAZZ Chaz on the Plaza: 325 Ward Pkwy., 816-756-3800. Max Groove Trio, 6 p.m. Jardine’s: 4536 Main, 816-561-6480. Bram Wijnands Swingtet, 8 p.m. Jazz: 1823 W. 39th St., 816-531-5556. Mike Runyon and Doc Proctor.

ROOTS/COUNTRY/BLUEGRASS Knuckleheads Saloon: 2715 Rochester, 816-4831456. Bransen Ireland, 8 p.m. RecordBar: 1020 Westport Rd., 816-753-5207. Those Darlins, 9 p.m., $8, $10.

DRUNKEN DISTRACTIONS/ COMEDY/BAR GAMES Aftershock Bar & Grill: 5240 Merriam Dr., Merriam, 913-384-5646. Poker Night. The Bottleneck: 737 New Hampshire, Lawrence, 785-841-5483. Whiskey Wednesday. Clarette Club: 5400 Martway, Mission, 913-3840986. Karaoke, 9 p.m.-1 a.m. Danny’s Bar and Grill: 13350 College Blvd., Lenexa, 913-345-9717. Trivia and karaoke with DJ Smooth, 8 p.m. Fathead & Braindeads Saloon: 514 Main, Grandview, 816-761-6060. Bike night. The Granada: 1020 Massachusetts, Lawrence, 785842-1390. Dark Times with Jay Maus. Hamburger Mary’s: 101 Southwest Blvd., 816-8421919. Charity bingo with Melinda Ryder, 8 p.m., $1 per game. Harleys & Horses: 7210 N.E. 43rd St., 816-4522660. Karaoke With Debby Z. Intentions: 7316 W. 80th St., Overland Park, 913652-6510. Wine and Women Wednesday. KC’s Neighborhood Bar: 10201 W. 47th St., Merriam, 913-262-7211. MANY MORE Darts, 7 p.m. Raglan Road Irish Pub and Restaurant: 170 E. 14th St., 816-9949700. Pub Quiz Trivia, 8 p.m. ONLINE AT Tonahill’s South: 10817 PITCH.COM E. Truman Rd., Independence, 816-252-2560. Ladies’ Night with DJ Thorny, 6 p.m.-1:30 a.m. The Union of Westport: 421 Westport Rd. Midtown Trivia Showdown, 8 p.m.

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EASY LISTENING Fuel: 7300 W. 119th St., Overland Park, 913-4510444. Colby & Mole.

OPEN MIC/JAM SESSIONS Double Nickel Bar: 189 S. Rogers, Ste. 1614, Olathe, 913-390-0363. Open-mic night. Jazzhaus: 926-1/2 Massachusetts, Lawrence, 785749-1387. Acoustic open mic with Tyler Gregory, $2. Jerry’s Bait Shop: 13412 Santa Fe Trail Dr., Lenexa, 913-894-9676. Jam Night, 9 p.m. The Roxy: 7230 W. 75th St., Overland Park, 913236-6211. Jam session with Levee Town, 8 p.m. Tonahill’s 3 of a Kind: 11703 E. 23rd St., Independence, 816-833-5021. Open Jam hosted by Crossthread, 7:30-11 p.m.

LGBT Wilde’s Chateau 24: 2412 Iowa, Lawrence. Pride Night, 8 p.m.

VARIET Y Czar: 1531 Grand, 816-221-2244. Slimm Spins Cheap Thrills. Davey’s Uptown Ramblers Club: 3402 Main, 816753-1909. Amy Farrand’s Weirdo Wednesday Social Club, 7 p.m., no cover.

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of a French guy with an amazing dungeon. I sent pictures and said I’d love to spend a weekend in his dungeon if I ever made it over. He offered to pay for a plane ticket if I’d spend a week, so I headed to Paris. Within 48 hours, I was begging him to let me out. He agreed to let me go if I still wanted out in two hours, but he said in his sexy French accent that the bondage was real now that I wanted out. He told me — while stroking my dick — that I was beautiful, brave and strong and that I could get through the week. Which I did. On my last night in Paris, he took me to an expensive restaurant, ordered a bottle of champagne, and toasted my bravery and strength. Best Week Ever Dear Dan: About 10 years ago, when I was 15, my lenient parents took me and two of my girlfriends to one of those all-inclusive resorts in Mexico. We partied and drank with some Mexican boys we met on the beach. On our final night, we downed a bunch of flaming shots. I ended up falling through a second-story window and cutting my head pretty badly. One of my girlfriends and I got into a drunken fistfight. And I lost my virginity on the beach to one of the boys. I woke up the next morning with a hangover, drunken shits and a pussy full of sand. The plane ride back was miserable … but, oh, what a memory. Good Times Dear Dan: In the Provincetown dunes, my BF and I met another couple with the same first names as ours. They invited us to their campsite that night. That’s when I learned that four bodies can get so tangled, you have to stop to undo yourselves. They had a little propane lamp, and as we were leaving, we could see their shadows from outside the tent. We had done a four-way shadow show for everyone in the campsite. Rob #2 Dear Dan: I’ve just returned from “holiday,” as we say in the U.K. My boyfriend and I love hiking, so we went to the Lake District. The highest mountain in England, Scafell Pike, is there, so we had to climb it, just like every other tourist. Most don’t attempt the two-hour ridge traverse to reach the top of the second-highest mountain in England, Scafell. We did. Scafell Pike was so crowded, there was no space to sit and have lunch, but Scafell was deserted. We had possibly the best sex we’ve ever had on top of that mountain, enjoying spectacular views of the gorgeous English countryside. There’s nothing like being fucked while staring out at the landscape that inspired Wordsworth and Coleridge! Climber Loves Impulsive Fell Fucking

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