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atasha Kothari stares at the sign on the door, trying to will it to read “open” instead of “closed.” She’s standing 10 feet from the storefront at 4535 West 119th Street, in Leawood, with her boyfriend, Glenn Dunne. She wants to get — needs to get — inside this building. It’s full of ice cream. Ice cream by Christopher Elbow, whose second Glacé location is the latest tenant at the One Nineteen shopping center at the intersection of Roe and 119th Street. “We’ve been stalking this place,” Kothari says. She was here on the first Friday in August, before the sign had been installed out front, just in case it opened early. Inside, Elbow is making sure that there are enough tasting spoons. His black T-shirt and jeans — his usual uniform — make him stand out from his staff, all clad in white. He waves in Kothari and Dunne, and they eagerly push through the door. Elbow is behind the counter, comfortable, a little amused. The young couple look at the gleaming Sevel freezer that holds the ice cream. Hovering over the display case, Kothari first asks to sample rosemary caramel. Then she tries lemon verbena. There are plenty of freshly unpacked spoons. This could go on awhile. She leans her head back slightly, eyes closed, savoring the flavor. When she opens them and looks up, her concentration shifts from the product to who is serving it. “Are you Christopher Elbow?” she asks. He nods. “Oh, my God, can I shake your hand?”

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his confectionery flagship in the Crossroads, has spent the past five years making it safe to utter that dreaded foodie adjective, artisan, in this town. This summer, Glacé was named one of the 25 best ice creameries in the country by Food & Wine magazine. In February, his Chocolate Ale collaboration with Boulevard Brewing caused a mini market panic that saw the limited-release bottles selling on eBay for triple their retail price. “We thought about how much we normally make,” says Steven Pauwels, Boulevard’s brewmaster. “We just forgot about Christopher’s customers. And, my God, he’s got a lot of customers.” Seven hours before Kothari becomes the first Leawood Glacé customer, Elbow waves to another visitor. He’s carrying a mop handle outside to a rented Hertz van in the One Nineteen parking lot. Its rear compartment is packed with paper goods, furniture and equipment. The building inspector has just left, after turning up minor issues — outlet covers that need to be fixed, a bathroom sign missing Braille. The inspector has promised to return later in the day and sign off on the opening if everything is corrected. Until four months ago, this space was home to Mochi-Yo, a frozen-yogurt shop awash in bright pink and green and lousy with candy toppings — the opposite of Glacé’s cool blue and stark-white interior. “Think you’ll have 300 people lined up, like Trader Joe’s?” jokes Josh Hoddap, a food and beverage director with Dean & Deluca, which carries Elbow’s ice cream and chocolate. An outpost of Trader Joe’s opened at One Nineteen in July to a crowd of shoppers mad for frozen Indian entrées and inexpensive cheese. “No,” Elbow says with a laugh. “It won’t be like Main Street, where the health inspector was waiting on the fridge to be hooked up.” Main Street is 4960 Main, Elbow’s first Glacé location, which

opened in May 2010. There, the pans were filled only minutes before the doors swung open to a waiting crowd. “We didn’t even know how to scoop ice cream,” Elbow says. “The first one that one of the young guys filled up looked like the Matterhorn.” It’s a good-natured reference to the towering dessert at nearby Andre’s. Elbow grew up in Liberty, where ice cream came from Baskin-Robbins, Dairy Queen or the porch of his childhood home. He remembers churning the black-handled crank on his family’s White Mountain ice-cream machine for hours, with neighborhood kids taking turns until their forearms began to burn, all for the magic instant when dessert was apportioned directly from the beater. On Saturday mornings, he plopped in front of the television to watch Great Chefs instead of cartoons. “The show was broken up into appetizer, entrée and dessert,” he says. “And I could never wait for them to get to the dessert.” But if it’s television, a meal or a career, it always seems to start with appetizers. Elbow found that out when he took his first kitchen job, at the Lincoln Country Club. Executive chef Mike Miller saw something in the University of Nebraska undergraduate with no kitchen experience. “I told him I’d work for free,” Elbow says. ”Thankfully, he didn’t take me up on that offer.” Elbow worked at the country club for two and a half years, learning each station and discovering how to deal with the stress of being on the line. After graduation in 1996, he intended to go to culinary school, but the allure of a job in the kitchen at Shiraz (which closed in 2008, after 14 years in business) and being closer to home brought him to Kansas City. Shiraz was Elbow’s first taste of the Crossroads. Owner Ali Shirazi, a native of Iran, introduced him to Persian spices over the six-burner stove wedged in the back. Elbow wasn’t yet making chocolate, but he began to experiment with continued on page 10


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sorbet and ice cream. Saffron and black pepper were some of his early attempts to push his own boundaries and those of Shiraz’s diners. He’d been at Shiraz almost three years when his father guided his career in a new direction. While on vacation, David Elbow was having dinner with Christopher’s mother, Linda, at Emeril’s in Las Vegas. Elbow told the general manager that his son was a chef. Emeril Lagasse was preparing to open Delmonico Steakhouse at the Venetian and was hiring. Christopher Elbow called the manager and sent a resumé. A week later, he was driving his Toyota pickup and a U-Haul trailer to Las Vegas. He shared an apartment just off the strip with a roommate from Liberty High School who, two weeks earlier, had secured a position in the nightly show at Treasure Island. The role: pirate. Elbow’s friend was in the process of growing a curlicue mustache. “I was there a year on the nose, and that was probably nine months too long,” Elbow says. “He’s still a pirate to this day.” While still at Delmonico, Elbow took a second shift under chef Jean Joho at the brandnew Eiffel Tower Restaurant in the Paris Hotel. It was there that he learned to make chocolates from a French pastry chef in a kitchen that served up 200 soufflés a night, in seven flavors. “It was brutal, but I discovered I could cook in a kitchen with people who had gone to culinary school,” Elbow says.

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o you have toilet paper?” asks Pamela Henry, environmental compliance manager with the Johnson County Environmental Department. It’s 11:06 a.m., and she has just checked the temperature of the ice-cream freezer and noted her findings in a small voice recorder. “Yes, it’s out in my van,” Elbow says. “OK, I’ll see you in about 60 days for the first routine inspection,” Henry says. She walks out the front door, catching it before it snicks closed behind her. “Actually, when will you be opening?” “This afternoon, if all goes right.” Elbow taps his iPhone, concerned that he

hasn’t yet heard from the menu-board printer. Meanwhile, the building inspector returns and is satisfied with what he sees. It’s 11:45 a.m., and Glacé is set. Elbow texts his manager, J.K. Hufford, who splits time between Main and One Nineteen, and tells her to begin bringing over ice cream. “The last place didn’t make it. We wish you the best of luck,” the building inspector says. “We’re going to give it a go,” Elbow replies.

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fter Las Vegas and a return trip to the kitchen at Shiraz, Elbow was hired as a pastry chef at the American in 2000. Within three years, his signature at that downtown restaurant had become his chocolates. The American’s menu was the first to feature his rosemary caramels, a marquee item for his retail operation today. “It was the perfect storm of falling in love with the craft of making chocolate and having

all these new single-origin chocolates come to market,” Elbow says. He left the American with two wholesale accounts — Halls and Dean & Deluca — and no idea how to run a business. In the beginning, it was just Elbow in the back of a building that once held the High Cotton furniture store, at 118 Southwest Boulevard. He struggled to keep up with demand, which was high from the start and has seen double-digit growth every year. He was reluctant to use his moniker in the chocolate shop’s name, but his wife, Jenifer, convinced him that it was his name that should stand for his work. The look of Christopher Elbow was born on the West Side, and Jenifer Elbow has served as his creative partner. His color whirls are painted in the chocolate, while her sense of typography and balance defines the packaging. (She’s a graphic designer at Hallmark.) “I thought it would become something because everything he does is so perfect,” Jenifer

Glacé’s scoops stand at attention. says. “I don’t think he ever thought in a million years that would happen, that people would be banging down the door to get it.” People were hungry for more than his chocolate, though. They wanted access to him. The crisp storefront at 1819 McGee, the Elbow store that opened in April 2007, made him visible in a new way. He was no longer toiling in a small back room. On McGee, he and his product are on display through a window wall that shows the production kitchen to customers waiting in line. (There is often a line.) The transparency allows Elbow to highlight what he values most: process. The ice-cream concept developed as a complementary idea to the chocolate shop — a way to keep his employees busy during the slower summer season. The first batches were sold in the summer of 2009 at the McGee store, a test to see if Kansas City was ready for $7 pints. His expansion, while continued on page 12

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to him. Lisa Monyakula, the owner of Lulu’s Thai Noodle Shop, remembers him from his days at Shiraz but thinks they originally connected through the sign shop owned by her husband, Dennis Baughman. (Midtown Signs has made both front signs for Glacé.) Lulu’s carries exclusive ice-cream and sorbet flavors, including fried banana, lemongrass with ginger, and lychee. “You can approach a table and tell them you have Christopher Elbow ice cream and just see them get excited,” Monyakula says. “It’s said that everything he touches turns to gold.” For now, he’s touching cardboard — boxes filled with cups and spoons, and kits for tables that he’ll build himself. He’s still in physical therapy, recovering from back surgery in March to repair a ruptured disk. After carrying in a 24-pack of Charmin for the bathroom, Elbow hears back from his menu-board maker, who thought Glacé would be opening the following week. Elbow pauses a minute and asks if printed mock-ups can be made in the next few hours. They can. Elbow begins stocking the countertop refrigerator with Izze sodas, his hands moving deftly to arrange the bottles in tight, even lines. “I’m craving ice cream right now,” he says. “The blueberry and coffee ice creams are really good together.” Hufford arrives at 1:22 p.m., exactly four hours before the first cup will be sold. “It better be blueberry,” Elbow says, smiling, as he opens the door. The ice cream is in the back of Hufford’s black SUV, the pans packed over dry ice inside enormous white Igloo coolers ready to be wheeled in on a dolly. “I’ll be excited when the freezer truck is done,” Hufford says. The recent heat wave has meant that the foam insulation inside the freezer truck has refused to expand; without it, the truck can’t maintain an ice-cream-friendly temperature. Hufford has brought one of everything, each shrink-wrapped and marked with a sticky note to show its flavor and its location in the freezer. After unloading, Hufford leaves to retrieve backups of each flavor as well as a banner from Digigraph Xpress, another of his Crossroads neighbors. Elbow dips a taster spoon in the blueberry-cream-cheese pan. His right cheek yields to a small smile. This is lunch, a meal he often forgoes.

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he weirdest thing for me is that I didn’t do this to become famous,” he says. The famous guy is sitting cross-legged on the tile floor, the metal base of a cocktail table in front of him. “I remember this being a challenge,” Elbow says as he threads a rod that will support the stem of the table. He abandons the instructions and hops into a crouch, remembering how he set up the tables on Main. It’s the closest he’ll get today to playing mechanic in his garage. At the home he recently purchased in south Kansas City, he keeps the five motorcycles that he has bought over the past two years. The first: a 1971 Honda CB 350

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Natasha Kothari: customer No. 1 that has gone from rust-colored to shiny silver and black. He rebuilds the bikes so that he can escape into the night, riding a two-lane farm road in Excelsior Springs or Kearney. “I approach everything the same way,” Elbow says. “I take it all apart and then I figure it out.” He has figured out the table. But it’s 3 p.m., and he has three tables to go. Hufford arrives with the second run of ice cream, and Elbow sits down with a label maker in front of the imported Italian freezer. The first to be labeled is fleur de sel caramel, the top seller in his ice-cream and chocolate shops. Elbow, who calls himself a “salt junkie,” knows that we love salt in our desserts, whether or not we know it. Venezuelan dark chocolate and French lavender are next. Glacé’s flavors come from fresh herbs, mostly from Lulu’s Garden in Lawrence, which provides Elbow with cilantro, purple basil, rosemary, and the sage he’s thinking of pairing with blackberry in a sorbet. Elbow eventually wants to sell his ice cream to other cities. In February 2008, he unveiled a satellite chocolate store in San Francisco, after discovering that a high concentration of his Web sales came from that area. He found a willing local partner in CocoaBella Chocolates, and it’s a natural spot to put his ice cream. He’s curious about other cities, too, particularly Portland, Oregon, and Seattle. “You’d have the Glacé experience, just with regional ingredients,” Elbow says. “I’d love to be in Napa, not just for the wine but because of all they grow out there.” The technology to significantly increase production of his chocolates doesn’t exist, but ice cream can be produced in larger batches and be held for longer periods of time without losing quality, he says. With a new production facility on Southwest Boulevard, he seems ready to teach people all over the metro how to pronounce Glacé. “You don’t want to get so big that the quality goes down,” Jenifer Elbow says. “The minute you have your product everywhere, it isn’t the same. We talk about just how big we need to be.”

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best sources means that his vanilla beans have come from Tahiti and Mexico and, right now, from Madagascar. (There’s always a little bit of extract, too, which he says “makes all the difference.”) And his constant tinkering leads him to regular discoveries: for one, the notion that the Roasterie’s Ethiopian blend neatly brings out the flavors in his blueberry-cream-cheese ice cream while accentuating the fruit notes in the coffee. The Roasterie is one of Elbow’s partners. His chocolate is sold in Roasterie’s cafes, and Roasterie coffee is sold at Glacé on Main. The partnership was born out of a chance meeting in New York City, when Roasterie founder Danny O’Neill ran into Elbow in Times Square and wondered why they’d never paired coffee and chocolate. They attended Penn State’s Ice Cream Short Course in January 2010, and O’Neill lent Elbow the use of his trucks for setting up the first ice-cream freezer on Main Street. “Christopher is successful because he’s curious,” O’Neill says. “He’s always pushing boundaries, and I love that.” Elbow has a specific approach to ice cream. He serves it only in cups, and the toppings are limited to two sauces: chocolate and caramel. “I’ve just never been a cone guy,” Elbow says. “I didn’t want that overpowering smell of cones when you walked in.” Still, there are signs that he won’t leave the freezer case alone forever. He’s working on ice-cream bars in four flavors (one of them: a blackberry-swirl ice cream that’s flash-frozen, dipped in chocolate and rolled in almonds). And pitch.com

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he’s reconsidering sundae toppings, but nothing you’d find at Dairy Queen. At the top of his list: olive oil and sea salt, the savory elements he first embraced during his line-cook days. It’s also perhaps a concession to sugar-shock buffets like Mochi-Yo and Yogurtini. Elbow admits that the latter, a neighbor of his Main Street store, has hurt sales a bit. Not every experiment will make it out of the back room. Elbow is still trying to perfect a Neapolitan, one that would give the eater a layer of chocolate, strawberry and vanilla in a single scoop. The staff has also been treated to batches of avocado, glazed doughnut, and Cap’n Crunch. “It’s just ice cream,” he says. “You’re supposed to have fun with it.” Moments after wondering what he’ll do with sage, he professes his love for Whitey’s Ice Cream in Moline, Illinois. The parlor serves light, fluffy American ice cream. When grandparents Bob and Josie Larson took him there in the summer as a child, Elbow always ordered cookies and cream. Grandpa Bob called his nightly dessert at home “bed lunch.” He can still picture his grandfather at the kitchen table with an Old Style and a scoop of vanilla ice cream covered in Hershey’s syrup. “I understand why people like Russell Stover’s,” Elbow says. “It’s always great because it’s nostalgic. I don’t want to compete with that.”

“We don’t have a back door,” Hufford says, a little amused. “What time do you open?” the guard asks. Hufford looks at Elbow. “Five p.m.,” Elbow says. “So I’m going to be your first customer?” the guard says. He moves on to the Apple Store. Elbow looks down at a wasted pile of labels. “The ‘r’ button on the label maker was sticking. That’s why I kept getting only one ‘r’ in ‘berry.’ ” And “vanila”? He pauses. “Well, the ‘l’ wasn’t working, either,” he says, and laughs. A woman stops outside the front door and taps her fingers to her wrist, the pantomine for “What time do you open?” Elbow walks out to

greet her. This time, he adds an “around” before the “5 p.m.” pledge. He could open Saturday or Sunday or Monday, but he’s determined not to let the evening pass without a sale. “This is just my own doing,” he says. “We could be opening tomorrow. But we can open, so we’re doing it.” At 4:54 p.m., the last of the four tables has been assembled. His first employee, a brownhaired teenager named Annie, has arrived in her white Glacé T-shirt. Hufford is sweeping the floor. Elbow shuttles his tools and the remaining boxes of tables to the back room. “I don’t ever see things like this going away,” Elbow says. “I expect my staff to work hard, so I do the same.” Kothari is in front with Dunne. They’re

Elbow at the ready students at the University of Kansas, spending the summer in their hometown. The security guard is a no-show. This moment belongs to the young ice-cream lovers. Dunne takes a bite of the peanut butter and jelly. “That one is so good,” he says. “You just need to put some bread on it,” Elbow jokes. Kothari asks if he’ll pose with her for a photo. Dunne takes out a camera. The shutter clicks. At 5:22 p.m., the suction-cup sign on the door switches from “closed” to “open.” Elbow is behind the counter again, ready for the next in line. E-mail jonathan.bender@pitch.com

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where the KU Alumni Association and Kansas Athletics sponsor the sixth annual KU KickOff, a family-friendly event with giveaways, bounce houses, vendors, live music (by the KC All Stars from 8 to 10 p.m.) and rally cries from football coach Turner Gill, basketball coach Bill Self, Chancellor Bernadette Gray-Little and newly appointed athletic director Sheahon Zenger. The Jayhawk Nation needs you, people. Festivities begin at 6 p.m. See kualumni.org for more details. — BERRY ANDERSON [ F E S T I VA L ]

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peal, you can get your busking fill by taking in the new documentary Busking the System at the Screenland Crown Center (2450 Grand, 816-545-8034). Today’s 7:30 p.m. screening is followed by a Q&A with director Justin Michael Morales and a performance by Philip Bradley, one of the musicians appearing in the film. The Lawrence Busker Festival goes through Sunday. See lawrencebuskerfest.com for details, including performance times and locations. — NICK SPACEK

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In order to raise $3,500, the organizers of the Lawrence Busker Festival turned to the fundraising website Kickstarter. Unfortunately, they were able to rustle up just $520 in pledges. According to the festival’s Richard Renner, “People who show up won’t notice a difference.” Returning acts such as Mama Lou Strongwoman and the aerial ensemble Voler – Thieves of Flight are ready to join the festival’s first sword swallower, Thom Sellectomy, and an assortment of magicians, musicians, fire-eaters and jugglers. If hanging out on a Lawrence sidewalk in August lacks ap-

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Kansas City honky-tonk mainstays Rex Hobart and the Misery Boys perform as part of the Northeast Arts KC performance series In the Pink of the Evening. It’s named for the beauty of the sunset at the outdoor performance venue, at the north end of Concourse Park at the colonnade, just west of the traffic circle at St. John Avenue and Benton Boulevard. The band’s sound, which echoes but never imitates the Bakersfield sound pioneered by the late country star Alvis Edgar “Buck” Owens Jr., recalls Wynn Stewart, Bud Hobbs and George Jones, weaving truck-stop heartbreak and Kansas City cool. The show, from 7 to 9 p.m., is free, as is the sunset. See northeastartskc.org. — CHRIS PACKHAM [FUNDRAISER]

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Kevin Bacon and Elizabeth McGovern are inseparable. (See Saturday.) Uncle Buck. This is a tighter, more personal film, often overlooked amid noisier Hughes backdrops Ferris Bueller’s Day Off and The Breakfast Club. Starring Kevin Bacon and Elizabeth McGovern, it looks not just at the biological adventure of conception and birth but also at the grown-up compromises of marriage. Flashes of Hughes’ signature humor appear, as Bacon’s pensive father-to-be experiences exaggerated childhood flashbacks and momentary fantasies. As a bonus, She’s Having a Baby features a scene-stealing Alec Baldwin as Bacon’s dissolute and haunted best friend. It screens at 1:30 p.m. as part of the John Hughes film series, “Inventing the American Teenager,” at the Kansas City, Missouri, Central Library (14 West 10th Street, 816-701-3400). Admission is free. See kclibrary.org. — CHRIS PACKHAM

The word frolic sounds carefree, but the Lawrence dance party of the same name is grounded in real-world concerns. “My generation was the first to face the idea of a deadly sexually transmitted disease,” says William Welch, who curated the party for the Douglas County Aids Project (DCAP). “Back in the day, there were no answers, just labels.” Fittingly, Welch has planned an event that defies classification: Frolic, at The Granada (1020 Massachusetts, Lawrence, 785-842-1390), includes dancing, chair massages, and a silent auction of art that includes photography prints from Dawn Wirth, an L.A. punk photographer associated with the legendary California rock club Whisky a Go Go. The Hoop Mamas spin, and so does Lawrence native DJ Alan Paul (first: hula-hoops; second: records). The cause is close to Welch’s heart. He’s paying tribute to his best friend, Jerry Marley, who died of AIDS in the mid-1990s. “My last words to him were not kind and loving words, so this is, in a way, an amends to him,” Welch says. For more information, see thegranada.com or douglascountyaidsproject.org. Doors open at 9 p.m., and the cover is $7 for this 18-andolder event. — ELKE MERMIS

Bluestem Restaurant’s by-reservation-only barbecue may be the poshest version of a neighborhood street party ever. Bluestem owners Megan and Colby Garrelts are erecting a tent in the parking lot behind their restaurant at 900 Westport Road and closing off the adjacent stretch of Roanoke. The party, which runs from 4 to 8 p.m., features fried chicken and grits, boiled shellfish, fruit cobbler, brisket, and macaroni and cheese. “We’ve been so stuffy doing so many upscale things, this was time to do something we like to do,” Colby Garrelts says. For $50, patrons get a raucous good time eating, sipping Four Roses bourbon and Boulevard “Hoppy Wheat” brew, and dancing to the music of Bad Disposition. For advance tickets — the only way into the festivities — call Bluestem at 816-561-1101. — CHARLES FERRUZZA

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Flames will flash, glassware will quake, shakers will blur — and liquor, of course, will flow. Cocktails may be crafted to appeal to a sophisticated palate, but at this year’s annual Greater Kansas City Bartending Competition, local drink masters won’t skimp on the


showmanship. This year’s regional finalists (including three from St. Louis and one from Nashville) go head to head, beginning at 7 p.m., on the stage of the Uptown Theater (3700 Broadway, 816-753-8665), crafting cocktails for judges and audience members. Taste tests and bites from local restaurants sweeten the deal for spectators; you can score food, drinks and live grooves for $15. Bartenders have been handpicked from such local institutions as Manifesto, Extra Virgin and Tannin Wine Bar. Find out more — and if your favorite local drink slinger is nominated — at gkcbc.com. — ELKE MERMIS

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Downtown Kansas City’s artistic renaissance continues this week with the grand opening of the Todd Bolender Center for Dance & Creativity (500 West Pershing, 816-931-2232), the new headquarters of the Kansas City Ballet. The building was designed by local architectural firm BNIM, with a central studio the same size as the Kauffman Center stage, where the ballet will perform its major shows. “Kansas City Ballet is entering an exciting new era,” says Artistic Director William Whitener. “We are grateful to our community for helping establish a permanent home where dance and related arts can flourish.” To celebrate and show off that gratitude, the ballet is offering 100 free dance and fitness classes to the public through September 2. Attendees need not preregister. Just show up 15 minutes early and sign a waiver. See kcballet.org for a complete schedule. Classes continue, at a cost, throughout the year. — CRYSTAL K. WIEBE

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advances and drunken rants ensue — just as in real life. This year’s all-star revival features Stephen Colbert, Christina Hendricks, Jon Cryer, Neil Patrick Harris and Martha Plimpton. And it gets the big-screen satellite treatment at Tivoli Cinemas (4050 Pennsylvania, 816-561-5222) tonight at 7 p.m. (and Sunday, August 21, at 2 p.m.). Tickets cost $18 for adults or $13 for seniors and students; buy them in advance at tivolikc.com. — BERRY ANDERSON

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Local singer-songwriter and burgeoning country star Drew Six has been trying his luck in Nashville lately: writing and performing; going to label parties; watching fashion shows with Tiffany and the LoCash Cowboys; and generally doing his best to promote his music, his brand and himself. Six has soul for days. “Country and soul are close cousins,” he says. “This is the kind of music that you feel. It’s just in me. I don’t have to look for it. I just have to let go and feel it.” Fortunately for KC, Six still hangs out and plays his guitar, and sings dreamy music influenced by Chris Isaak, Keith Urban and John Mellancamp. See him at 8 p.m., and the second and fourth Wednesdays of each month, at 77 South (5041 West 135th Street, in Leawood, 913-742-7727). “I play to the crowd but I also make a point of piloting the plane rather than just riding along,” he says of his three-hour set. See youtube.com/ drewsix to see what he’s talking about. — 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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atie Karel singing the lead in Evita, Musical Theater Heritage’s season opener, seemed one of those self-evident announcements, like Friday following Thursday and Lady Gaga modeling an outrageous outfit in her next video. Like the Eva Perón portrayed in Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice’s legendary musical, Karel commands preternatural knock-em-dead brass and star power. She also has a voice that can pulverize concrete, making the musical demands of the role a walk in the park. The question was whether Karel could hold herself back enough to make the quieter passages plausible, and convey the moral and psychological ambiguities that make Evita more than BY just a portrait of monstrosGRACE ity. The news is that Karel can and does. She tamps her SUH delivery at the necessary moments to a crystalline peal, the better to unleash her full belt for the rest. with his mind as with his alert, restless body. With spirited support from Tim Scott as Che, His brain just chugs faster per minute than she carries this stellar production with ease. most people’s. Crawford makes the most of Whatever you think of Andrew Lloyd the tension between Che and the audience. Webber and his musicals, he knows how to We want only to be in love with Evita, to write a tune, and Evita is full of gorgeous, mourn her and sink into the worshipful cult, hooky songs. The unusually curvaceous mel- along with the rest of Argentina, but Che odies and spiky harmonies colonize your keeps goading us to think. Perón is admittedly a small part, but there’s mind and make you burst into song for weeks never a second of chemistry after seeing the show. On between the stolid Christopher the key numbers, especially Evita Sanders and spark plug Karel. “Don’t Cry for Me,” “I’d Be Through August 28 at Sanders has a booming bariSurprisingly Good for You” Musical Theater Heritage, tone, but his smug, humorless and “Eva’s Final Broadcast,” Off Center Theatre Perón is barely serviceable. Karel is unstoppable. (Crown Center), The lyrics are there, but we Karel and Scott make ace 2450 Grand, don’t really see Perón lose his villains, so it should come 816-842-9999, musical theaterheritage.com heart to Evita or understand as no surprise that this is how he becomes increasingly a hard-edged production. dependent on her. No wonder Karel’s Evita is unapologetically calculating from the start, without a there’s very little heartbreak on his big number, scintilla of dewy-eyed girlishness. When she “She Is a Diamond.” Aubrey Ireland, as Perón’s mistress, has approaches Juan Perón, it’s more business proposition than seduction. And Scott’s Che, a very pretty voice, but her “Another Suitdespite his safari-military garb, is no disil- case in Another Hall,” a plum solo, comes lusioned visionary. He’s pure sardonic gadfly. out immature and whiny. Though the lyrics Sarah Crawford’s direction of this con- travel emotional distances with each verse, cert rendition teems with clever theatri- Ireland stays in the same place, each chorus cal flourishes and staging shenanigans, but no different from the last. What should build Scott travels in a fourth dimension all his in poignancy finally just grates. By the fourth own, leaping forcefully in and out of scenes. time she repeats the refrain What happens I find Scott’s vocal instrument thin, espe- now, she sounds like a preschooler wanting cially against Karel’s firepower, but he sells to know when snack time is, not a defeated, his songs completely, committing as much resigned woman questioning her way of life.

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Musical Theater Heritage’s concert stagings are usually costumed just enough to be evocative, and the approach generally works well. Here Karel wears two contemporary dresses that somewhat suggest the period and does the rest with coif and cosmetics. Most of the women in this production do likewise. But what is up with the men? I’m pretty sure one was wearing a worn, baggy polo shirt, and the droopy posture of the generals would land them in the stockade. As for Perón, $4 worth of Brylcreem and a period-appropriate necktie would have gone an awfully long way. Effort, gentlemen, effort! But the men are just the men, and when Karel is onstage, you don’t watch anyone else. This show is all about Evita, and Karel carries the part perfectly. She’s magnetic and then some, and you miss her when she’s away. The orchestra, under keyboardist Jakob Wozniak, may be the best musical-theater ensemble in town this year. This is by far the most gorgeous and intelligent orchestration of Evita I’ve heard, rocking and contemporary in sound while pushing the full dissonance of Webber’s score. Brad Athey’s violin, Tim Thomas’ trumpet, Brian Wilson’s bass and Joe Levens’ guitar are especially ravishing. Watching this production, I often found myself wanting to close my eyes and simply enjoy the music. E-mail grace.suh@pitch.com pitch.com

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hen I consider a visit to Westport or the Plaza as a vacation, I probably need to get out a bit more,” Ryan Maybee jokes. It’s early on a Monday morning, and he’s taking a break from packing his suitcase to cross Main Street and step inside the Rieger Hotel Grill & Exchange, the restaurant he runs with chef Howard Hanna. He’s preparing to leave town, but his getaway won’t be made without work in mind. On a weeklong trip to Oaxaca, Mexico, he’ll learn about BY the many properties of mesJ O N AT H A N cal. That means Kansas City drinkers can expect to find a BENDER number of mescal-inspired cocktails on the menu at the Rieger, and at Manifesto, the speakeasy that Maybee runs in the restaurant’s basement. Maybee grew up in Parkville but was attracted to life in nearby Kansas City, where his mother took him once a month when he was a child. She preached and provided aid to the homeless downtown. “I remember the smells of the Folgers plant coming across the bridge and the steam rising from the sidewalks,” he says. “It was magical. I knew I always wanted to live here.” His introduction to the kitchen was at the helm of a butter churn. His mom was raised on a farm in western Kansas, where the chicken-noodle soup was made from scratch and the butter was churned. In high school, he got a job at the Ramada Inn as a busboy. Nights spent delivering room service helped him buy his first car. “I liked my first job in a restaurant. I made good money and had a good time. But I’m definitely not a chef,” he says. “I’m a bar guy.” He took a job at the Embassy Suites and continued to deliver room service, biding his time until he turned 21 and could become a bartender. In 1999, Hereford House was getting ready to open Pierpont’s in Union Station, and Maybee signed on as an apprentice bartender. There, he learned how to be tough and efficient, and he learned that personality makes a bar. Maybee earned his sommelier certification at Pierpont’s and also worked on the cocktail menu, which then featured more than 100 martinis. After five years behind the bar, Maybee took a job with Cellar Selections, a division of Major Brands. He sold wine for the next 18 months, learning about bar programs and wine lists. Seeing the management side inspired him to open JP Wine Bar in May 2006. The Crossroads space was modeled after wine bars in Chicago. “I wanted to have an establishment that took the seriousness out of wine, and I was

ready to be part of the downtown renaissance,” Maybee says. He left JP in the summer of 2008. A trip to New York City had opened his eyes to the world of speakeasies, and Maybee was eager to bring the concept downtown. Chef Rob Dalzell, then the owner of the restaurant 1924 Main (where the Rieger is today), got wind of Maybee’s idea for a high-end cocktail bar. “He said, ‘You can have my basement.’ No rent? ‘Well, we’ll work something out.’ I took a look at the space, and it was perfect,” Maybee says. Following a refit of the building’s underground space, Manifesto opened in April 2009. When Dalzell closed 1924 Main, the speakeasy was shuttered as well. But Maybee and his head bartender, Beau Williams, had already started thinking about the space upstairs. “It’s the Rieger Hotel,” Maybee says. “It’s been the Rieger Hotel since 1915, and now that’s celebrated and appreciated.” He and Hanna launched their restaurant in December 2010. Manifesto reopened as well. With his craft drinks upstairs and downstairs at the space, Maybee is molding local mixology in his image. Fat City: How should one go about finding his or her perfect cocktail? Maybee: The most important thing is to be open-minded. It’s hard for people because they have their drink — a dirty martini or a vodka soda. Be adventurous. It’s really important to trust your bartender. If a bartender

Ryan Maybee knows a bit about bartending.

asks you questions, they probably know what they’re doing. A bartender shouldn’t just be an order taker. Even with a gin and tonic, they should ask you a number of questions. Let them guide you because they can find you something really good, something that could be your new drink. If you’re making a drink at home, what should you always have on hand? At a bare minimum, you’ll want to have a nice selection of spirits: vodka, rum, gin and tequila. Have some citrus and vermouth on hand. That way, you can make a nice manhattan or martini. That’s always a crowd-pleaser. What’s one book that every bartender should read? The Joy of Mixology [by Gary Regan]. It’s absolutely invaluable. It gives you a sense of hospitality and the wisdom to handle a number of situations. It’s a good and thorough recipe book with a common-sense approach. It’s required reading for all my bartenders. Also, get The Craft of the Cocktail by Dale DeGroff. It will set you up for success with information on the tools of the trade and classic recipes. A bartender is only as good as … The tools that he has behind the bar. If you don’t have the tools of the trade — proper strainers and mixing tins — you can’t make a good drink. What’s your favorite ingredient? To go into a drink? Rye whiskey. Wait, I pitch.com pitch.com

take that back. It’s, without a doubt, bitters. Bitters are like the salt and pepper of the bar world. When you get into a good restaurant, a chef doesn’t just have one kind of salt and pepper. There’s a ton of flavors out there. Bitters are a nice way to balance cocktails. They can cut sweetness or add a little spice. They can change the aroma or color. They are absolutely a necessary ingredient. What was your best recent food or drink find? We just had [bartender] Angus Winchester in here. He’s the global brand ambassador for Tanqueray gin, and he has some really great practical knowledge. He’s from London, and he was showing me some things that I hadn’t seen before. He was talking about how you zest over a cocktail. With orange or lemon zest, he said, you don’t want to overdo it because you can burn a guest’s palate. So he sprays just a tiny bit over the drink and then rubs the rest around the bottom of the martini glass. The aroma still comes up, but there won’t be that oily sheen resting on the top of the drink. What’s one food you hate? Coconut. I hate it in drinks. There are some craft bartenders, with the whole Tiki thing coming back, that are trying to push quality piña coladas made right. I respect them, but I respectfully disagree. It’s just got a weird flavor and texture. What’s one food you love? Probably pizza. I’ll eat any kind of pizza. I don’t know if I could ever have a bad pizza. I’ll eat everything, except for coconut. Pizzabella has the Bianca Verde with arugula, citrus and cheese. It’s great. What’s never in your kitchen? I have no food at all — literally nothing. It’s just booze and wine, because I live across the street and I eat every meal here. We serve a family meal for the staff twice a day, before the lunch and dinner shift. My only day off is on Sunday, and I usually go out somewhere. I don’t have a single piece of food anywhere in my house. What’s always in your kitchen? Vermouth. Wine. And there is always champagne. There’s never a bad time for champagne. Never too muddled at pitch.com/fatcity

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Fungi Girls (as well as a set at San Francisco’s Total Trash Fest) and a jaunt along the Eastern Seaboard in October. But the band remains a distinctly Lawrence one. “We started like most bands in this town — over a few beers at the Replay,” says Campbell, who has played in a number of Lawrence bands, most recently Rooftop Vigilantes. “It’s just kind of like Lawrence, Kansas,” Shanks says. “Everybody sort of knows everybody. It wasn’t like, ‘We’re all going to play together, and it’s going to be amazing!’ It’s more like, ‘Hey, I’ve got a band. Do you want to play guitar?’ ” “This probably should’ve happened a really long time ago,” bassist Derek Solsberg says. “We talked about starting this band for a good year before we actually started it.” What sounds drew them together? “We all like a lot of the same shit,” Gowdy says. “I think

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a lot of it correlates around early, pre-hardcore punk music, like the early Detroit stuff.” “We all have our favorite bands, but collectively we have a couple of overlapping favorites, like the Wipers and Nirvana and Devo,” Campbell says. The band has been especially prolific thus far; even fairly recent songs get set aside or retired in favor of newer material. “Every time we practice, we seem to write a new song or two,” Shanks says. Explains Campbell: “A lot of songs are an idea that gets kind of sussed out at practice. Several times, it’s just been somebody playing a riff while warming up, and that gets turned into a song. There’s really no method to what we do at this point.” continued on page 26

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he usual crowd — country punks, earnest rappers, midtown scenesters and hangers-on — descended upon the Uptown Theater Sunday night for The Pitch Music Awards. Nominated acts, friends of nominated acts, and high-networth individuals such as myself gathered in the adjacent Conspiracy Room prior to the ceremony for a glorious two-hour open bar. People stood around talking and holding paper plates with different flavors of cubed cheese on them. The bartenders hustled. They poured the wine all the way to the top of our clear plastic cups. “Actually, can you make that five Pale Ales?” I asked. Who wore what? I donned a pair of faded navy slacks; keen observers have scornfully noted that I sometimes wear them all five days of the workweek. But most everybody else was dressed to some version of “the nines.” Some of the guys in Minden wore short khaki shorts, dress shoes, and formal vests with no shirts underneath. Minden did not win Best Emerging Act, and as the last of us were filing out after the ceremony, drummer Ryan Johnson flipped over some tables in what I presume was mock anger. The police officers who escorted him off the premises apparently elected not to arrest him, which is good because I don’t imagine he would have fared very well in that outfit down in the pen. Host Eric “Mean” Melin wore a sport coat

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Mouthbreathers definitely has enough songs for a full-length, which the band plans to record over the winter. Will it be out on In the Red? “It’s always a possibility,” Campbell says. “There are no contracts at In the Red. It’s all handshake agreements. It was just, ‘You want to put out our 7-inch? OK! I don’t need to ask you any more questions.’ We’re definitely going to give the full-length to In the Red, and if they want to put it out, awesome. And if, for some reason, they want to pass on it, we’ll find someone else to put it out. But for now, we’re really thankful that we’ve got something coming out, period.”

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with a T-shirt underneath. Halfway through the show, he bounced onto the stage in tight white pants and a black tanktop to perform the routine that has made him the semiofficial airguitar king of Kansas City. Following him was Peter “Stiff” Dickens — a sort of Andy Kaufman of air guitar — who played two notes and then spent two minutes breathlessly accepting the fake applause that played over the PA. He flung flowers into the crowd. Somebody brought him a fake baby, which he cradled, then flung into the crowd. He had ridiculous bleached-blond Sammy Hagar hair, which I discovered backstage to be a wig. Tech N9ne wore glasses with hypnotic spirals on the lenses; he was beamed in and projected onto the video screen to announce the nominated hip-hop acts. The Latenight Callers — who, along with Stik Figa and the ACBs, treated us to short sets of locally made jams — wore their usual elegant, noir-inspired costumes. You know the rest. The best acts didn’t always win, but many did. Some acts accepted their awards with good humor and dignity. Others made loud, terrible jokes that nobody found cute. A couple of times, Melin had to gently nudge obnoxious winners (or losers) off the stage. But that’s all part of the draw. You cram tons of local music people into the same room, get them all liquored up, and then sit back and see who’s actually cool and who’s just a big dork with tattoos and an H&M card. Throw in some live music, and that’s my kind of night. — DAVID HUDNALL E-mail david.hudnall@pitch.com

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1. I Am Still Music Tour As part of the terms of his probation, Lil Wayne is legally prohibited from drinking alcohol until the year 2013. Booze is banned on the tour bus and backstage at his I Am Still Music tour (which also features Rick Ross, Keri Hilson, Far East Movement and Lloyd). Good for Weezy — a Martian couldn’t have kept pace with his alcohol and drug intake the past half-decade — but I’d be shocked if Ross wasn’t popping bottles somewhere back there behind the scenes. Monday, August 22, at Sprint Center (1407 Grand, 816-949-7000)

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and four nights of music, eco workshops and camping along the Niangua River. Headlining is the Emmitt Nershi Band and EOTO, which features members of the String Cheese Incident. There is also an act on the bill named Stank Nasty, an offense forgivable only in light of the moral integrity of a weekend devoted to sustainable living. Thursday, August 18–Sunday, August 21, at the Mountain Creek River Resort and Amphitheater (11564 Kinfolk Road in Eldridge, Missouri)

tapes that hearkened back to the gangstarap glory days of the 1990s. His ’hood bona fides are well established: He comes from the streets of Gary, Indiana, one of the most blighted cities in America. Young Jeezy is an Atlanta rapper who was implicated in a federal cocaine-trafficking case a few years back. Investigators seeking clues or leads might simply have listened to his songs, many of which are about dealing cocaine. That’s why they call him the Snowman. Saturday, August 20, at the Beaumont Club (4050 Pennsylvania, 816-561-2560)

4. Royal Baths

The last time Janet Jackson was in town, a friend told me, she pulled an 18-year-old guy out of the crowd and spent the next 15 minutes dry-humping him in various positions onstage. “It got kind of uncomfortable after a while,” my friend said. I don’t know; that sounds like a pretty good show to me. Monday, August 22, at Starlight Theater (4600 Starlight Road in Swope Park, 816-363-7827)

The success of acts Ty Segall, Thee Oh Sees, the Fresh and Onlys, and the Mantles has turned San Francisco into a sort of garagerock mecca these past few years. Royal Baths is part of this crowd but dronier and less jangly than the others, like the Velvet Underground at its darkest. Wednesday, August 24, at the Replay Lounge (946 Massachusetts in Lawrence, 785-749-7676)

3. Green Mountain Eco Festival

5. Freddie Gibbs, Young Jeezy

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6. The Prids, with the Latenight Callers, Pretty Good Dance Moves, Sydney Wayser The Prids formed in St. Joseph, then moved to Nebraska, then finally made the big westward haul to Portland, Oregon, which it currently calls home. The band’s sound is a mix of shoegaze, post-punk and, fittingly, Northwest indie-rock, like Built to Spill, whose frontman Doug Martsch played on the Prids’ most recent record. Thursday, August 18, at RecordBar (1020 Westport Road, 816-753-5207)

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Craig Campbell: 7 p.m. KC Live! Stage at the Power & Light District, 14th St. and Grand. The Prids, the Latenight Callers, Pretty Good Dance Moves, Syndey Wayser, : 9 p.m. RecordBar, 1020 Westport Rd., 816-753-5207. Eric Sardinas: 8 p.m., $14 advance, $19 door. Knuckleheads Saloon, 2715 Rochester, 816-483-1456.

FRIDAY, AUG. 19 Acoustics for a Cure with Kenneth Duncan, a benefit for Juvenile Diabetes: Live music, raffle and silent auction, 7 p.m. The Beaumont Club, 4050 Pennsylvania, 816-561-2560. Boxcar Music Fest: Swamp Cabbage, Stone River Boys, Megan Boyer Band: $10 advance, $15 door. Knuckleheads Saloon, 2715 Rochester, 816-483-1456. Buzz Beach Ball: Incubus, Jane’s Addiction, Bush, Awolnation, the Nightwatchman, Middle Class Rut, Company of Thieves, Quiet Corral: 3:30 p.m., $45, $55. Livestrong Sporting Park, 1 Sporting Way, Kansas City, Kan. La Playa Tour: Minnesota, Freddy Todd, Omega: 9 p.m., $12 advance, $15 door. The Granada, 1020 Massachusetts, Lawrence, 785-842-1390. True Widow, Mansion, Actors & Actresses: Jackpot Music Hall, 943 Massachusetts, Lawrence, 785-832-1085. Keith Urban: Sprint Center, 1407 Grand, 816-283-7300.

SATURDAY, AUG. 20 Young Jeezy, Freddie Gibbs, Jvanizz, Gee Watts, NoLeaks: 7 p.m. The Beaumont Club, 4050 Pennsylvania, 816-561-2560.

MONDAY, AUG. 22 I Am Still Music Tour, with Lil Wayne, Rick Ross, Keri Hilson, Far East Movement, and Lloyd: 7 p.m. Sprint Center, 1407 Grand, 816-949-7000. Janet Jackson: 9 p.m. Starlight Theatre, 4600 Starlight Rd., 816-363-7827.

TUESDAY, AUG. 23 Bass Drum of Death, Mars Lights, Deadringers: 8 p.m., $8. The Riot Room, 4048 Broadway, 816-442-8179. Carbon Leaf, Chamberlin: 8 p.m., $11. The Bottleneck, 737 New Hampshire, Lawrence, 785-841-5483. Diamond Head: 8 p.m., $15 advance. Knuckleheads Saloon, 2715 Rochester, 816-483-1456.

WEDNESDAY, AUG. 24 The Clevelrys: 8 p.m., $10 advance. Knuckleheads Saloon, 2715 Rochester, 816-483-1456. Royal Baths: 10 p.m. Replay Lounge, 946 Massachusetts, Lawrence, 785-749-7676.

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. Pato Banton and the Now Generation, Jah Lion: Fri., Aug. 26, 8 p.m., $10, $15. Crosstown Station, 1522 McGee St., 816-471-1522. 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. Blue October: Fri., Sept. 30, 7 p.m. Crossroads KC at Grinders, 417 E. 18th St., 816-472-5454.

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Bon Iver, Kathleen Edwards: Fri., Sept. 9, 7 p.m. Uptown Theater, 3700 Broadway, 816-753-8665. Anthony Bourdain: Sat. Oct. 22. The Midland, 1228 Main, 816-283-9900. 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. Explosions in the Sky, Wye Oak: Thu., Oct. 13. Uptown Theater, 3700 Broadway, 816-753-8665. 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–$85. Starlight Theatre, 4600 Starlight Rd., 816-363-7827. Journey, Foreigner: Wed., Sept. 28. Starlight Theatre, 4600 Starlight Rd., 816-363-7827. Tim Kasher, Aficionado: Fri., Sept. 9. Jackpot Music Hall, 943 Massachusetts, Lawrence, 785-832-1085. Ke$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. 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. 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. 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. Opeth, Katatonia: Thu., Oct. 6. The Beaumont Club, 4050 Pennsylvania, 816-561-2560. 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. The Quebe Sisters Band: Thu., Aug. 25, 8 p.m., $8 advance. Knuckleheads Saloon, 2715 Rochester, 816-483-1456. 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. Boz Scaggs, Michael McDonald: Fri., Oct. 7, 8 p.m. Starlight Theatre, 4600 Starlight Rd., 816-363-7827. 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. STS9: Sat., Oct. 1. Liberty Hall, 644 Massachusetts, Lawrence, 785-749-1972. Labretta Suede and the Motel 6, the Spook Lights, Them Damned Young Livers: Fri., Sept. 16, 10 p.m. Replay Lounge, 946 Massachusetts, Lawrence, 785-749-7676. 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. Tedeschi Trucks Band, Trampled Under Foot, Scrapomatic: Thu., Sept. 1, 7 p.m. Crossroads KC at Grinders, 417 E. 18th St., 816-472-5454. Trentemoller: Wed., Oct. 19. Liberty Hall, 644 Massachusetts, Lawrence, 785-749-1972. TV on the Radio, !!! (Chk Chk Chk): Sat., Aug. 27. Crossroads KC at Grinders, 417 E. 18th St., 816-472-5454. 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. Yallapalooza: Eric Church, Dirt Drifters, Hunter Hayes, and more: Sat., Aug. 27, 4 p.m. Capitol Federal Park at Sandstone, 633 N. 130th St., Bonner Springs, 913-721-3400.


nightlife T H U R S DAY 1 8 ROCK/POP/INDIE Replay Lounge: 946 Massachusetts, Lawrence, 785749-7676. The Hips, 10 p.m. The Riot Room: 4048 Broadway, 816-442-8179. Santah, the Wind-Up Birds, Grenadina, 9 p.m.

BLUES/FUNK/SOUL The Bottleneck: 737 New Hampshire, Lawrence, 785841-5483. Sister Sparrow and the Dirty Birds. Jazz: 1823 W. 39th St., 816-531-5556. Grand Marquis. Knuckleheads Saloon: 2715 Rochester, 816-483-1456. Jimmie Bratcher, 7 p.m.; Eric Sardinas, 8 p.m., $14 advance, $19 door. The Phoenix Jazz Club: 302 W. Eighth St., 816-2215299. Ron Fleeman and Dan Bliss, 7 p.m. Trouser Mouse: 625 N.W. Mock Ave., Blue Springs, 816220-1222. Kyle Elliott.

DJ Gusto Lounge: 3810 Broadway, 816-974-8786. DJ Ben Grimes at Gusto. Raoul’s Velvet Room: 7222 W. 119th St., Overland Park, 913-469-0466. DJ Kirby. Replay Lounge: 946 Massachusetts, Lawrence, 785-749-7676. Full Moon Reggae on the patio, 10 p.m. The Riot Room: 4048 Broadway, 816-442-8179. Barbaric Merits on the patio, 10 p.m.

HIP-HOP Jazzhaus: 926-1/2 Massachusetts, Lawrence, 785-7491387. Chirpin’: Local Hip-Hop, 10 p.m.

DRUNKEN DISTRACTIONS/COMEDY/ BAR GAMES Buzzard Beach: 4110 Pennsylvania, 816-753-4455. Trivia and ladies’ night, 8 p.m. Double Nickel Bar: 189 S. Rogers, Ste. 1614, Olathe, 913-390-0363. Texas Hold ’em, 7 p.m. Fuel: 7300 W. 119th St., MANY MORE Overland Park, 913-4510444. Bike Night with MC Ashley. Knuckleheads Saloon: 2715 Rochester, 816-4831456. Knuckle Vanilli Night, ONLINE AT lip-synching and air guitar in PITCH.COM the Retro Lounge. R Bar & Restaurant: 1617 Genessee, 816-471-1777. Garden to Glass, booze infused with local ingredients. RecordBar: 1020 Westport Rd., 816-753-5207. Trivia Clash, 7 p.m., $5.

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EASY LISTENING Jerry’s Bait Shop: 13412 Santa Fe Trail Dr., Lenexa, 913894-9676. Interactive Acoustic with Jayson Kayne, 9 p.m.

Mike Kelly’s Westsider: 1515 Westport Rd., 816-9319417. Rob Foster and Dudes. RecordBar: 1020 Westport Rd., 816-753-5207. The Doo-Dads, 6 p.m. Replay Lounge: 946 Massachusetts, Lawrence, 785-749-7676. The F Holes, Shawn Bruce and the Horsebite Tears, 6 p.m.; the Generals, Fatty Acids, Dry Bonnet, 10 p.m. The Riot Room: 4048 Broadway, 816-442-8179. Yam, Chunky Swanson, Paradise Affliction patio show, 8 p.m.; Molly Picture Club, Science Parkway, the Fluorescent, the Dial, 9 p.m. Trouser Mouse: 625 N.W. Mock Ave., Blue Springs, 816220-1222. The Slowdown Rockshow, 9 p.m. VooDoo Lounge: Harrah’s Casino, 1 Riverboat Dr., North Kansas City, 816-472-7777. Red Eyed Bob, Bad Disposition.

BLUES/FUNK/SOUL Clarette Club: 5400 Martway, Mission, 913-384-0986. Eight O’Clock Al. Jazzhaus: 926-1/2 Massachusetts, Lawrence, 785-7491387. The Brody Buster Band. Tonahill’s South: 10817 E. Truman Rd., Independence, 816-252-2560. Roadhouse Band, 8 p.m.

ROOTS/COUNTRY/BLUEGRASS The Brick: 1727 McGee, 816-421-1634. Adam Lee and the Dead Horse Sound Company, Tyler Gregory.

DJ The Eighth Street Taproom: 801 New Hampshire, Lawrence, 785-841-6918. Mingle. Mosaic Lounge: 1331 Walnut, 816-679-0076. Mosaic Fridays: hosted by Joe Perez featuring DJ Spinstyles and DJ Mike Scott. Replay Lounge: 946 Massachusetts, Lawrence, 785749-7676. Love Garden Sound System on the patio. Saints Pub + Patio: 9720 Quivira, Lenexa, 913-4923900. DJ Naylor.

HIP-HOP RecordBar: 1020 Westport Rd., 816-753-5207. S.H.A.D.O.W., Rockwila, True Spittaz Click, J.R.O.C.K. and Davey Jones, Legion the Legend, Milkdrop, Keed tha Heater, Doc Dilz, Six 6 Pack, Last Rekrute, 9 p.m.

JAZZ Take Five Coffee + Bar: 5336 W. 151st St., Leawood, 913-948-5550. Kane and Shults Ensemble.

A LT E R N AT I V E Czar Bar: 1531 Grand, 816-221-2244. Scratch Track CD-release show, Sons of Great Dane, 8 p.m.

DRUNKEN DISTR ACTIONS/COMEDY/ BAR GAMES The Brick: 1727 McGee, 816-421-1634. Trivia Riot, 7 p.m. JR’s Place: 20238 W. 151st St., Olathe, 913-254-1307. Debbioke, 9:30 p.m. Sharks: 10320 Shawnee Mission Pkwy., Merriam, 913268-4006. Dart tournaments, 8 p.m. Wallaby’s Grill and Pub: 9562 Lackman, Lenexa, 913541-9255. Texas Hold ’em, 9 p.m. Westport Flea Market: 817 Westport Rd., 816-9311986. Deelightful karaoke, 9 p.m.

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Czar Bar: 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.

77 South: 5041 W. 135th St., Leawood, 913-742-7727. Drew Six.

VARIET Y The Granada: 1020 Massachusetts, Lawrence, 785842-1390. BARRR Extravaganza with Girl Prov, 8 p.m.

F R I DAY 1 9 ROCK/POP/INDIE Club 906: 906 W. Liberty Dr., Liberty. Salamander. Coda: 1744 Broadway, 816-569-1747. The Future Kings, Nuthatch-47, the Cosmic Tady Brothers, 9 p.m. Jerry’s Bait Shop: 302 S.W. Main, Lee’s Summit, 816525-1871. Saucy Jack, Here Come the Mummies, 9 p.m. KC Live! Stage at the Power & Light District: 14th St. and Grand. Patrick Lentz, 4-7 p.m.; Hot Chelle Rae, 8:30 p.m., free.

VARIET Y La Esquina: 1000 W. 25th St., 816-221-5115. Blackhouse Improv Collective Summer Concert, 8 p.m.

S AT U R DAY 2 0 ROCK/POP/INDIE The Brick: 1727 McGee, 816-421-1634. The Hansom Cabs, Saint Lux. The Brooksider: 6330 Brookside Plz., 816-363-4070. The Shanks. Davey’s Uptown Ramblers Club: 3402 Main, 816753-1909. The Sour Babies, American Catastrophe, Randall Shreve and the Sideshow. Jerry’s Bait Shop: 302 S.W. Main, Lee’s Summit, 816-525-1871. Back 2 School Blowout: the Clique, Submytion, Lost Dog. RecordBar: 1020 Westport Rd., 816-753-5207. Truett and the Traitors, Potomac Accord, Arthur Dodge and the Horsefeathers, 9 p.m.

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BLUES/FUNK/SOUL Jazz: 1859 Village West Pkwy., Kansas City, Kan., 913328-0003. Billy Ebeling and the Late for Dinner Band. Knuckleheads Saloon: 2715 Rochester, 816-483-1456. Hearts of Darkness, the Grisly Hand, 9 p.m., $10 advance. Mike Kelly’s Westsider: 1515 Westport Rd., 816-9319417. Allied Saints. Tonahill’s South: 10817 E. Truman Rd., Independence, 816-252-2560. Roadhouse Band, 8 p.m. Trouser Mouse: 625 N.W. Mock Ave., Blue Springs, 816220-1222. Bluz Benderz, 9 p.m.

ROOTS/COUNTRY/BLUEGRASS Coda: 1744 Broadway, 816-569-1747. A Fine Kettle O’ Fish, 7 p.m. R Bar & Restaurant: 1617 Genessee, 816-471-1777. Sky Smeed.

DJ The Eighth Street Taproom: 801 New Hampshire, Lawrence, 785-841-6918. Gold Label Soul. Raoul’s Velvet Room: 7222 W. 119th St., Overland Park, 913-469-0466. DJ C-Mac. Replay Lounge: 946 Massachusetts, Lawrence, 785749-7676. Thrift Store 45s on the patio, 10 p.m. Saints Pub + Patio: 9720 Quivira, Lenexa, 913-4923900. DJ Brad Sager. 77 South: 5041 W. 135th St., Leawood, 913-742-7727. DJ Andrew Northern.

WORLD Take Five Coffee + Bar: 5336 W. 151st St., Leawood, 913-948-5550. Mistura Fina Quartet.

A LT E R N AT I V E Coda: 1744 Broadway, 816-569-1747. 2Twenty2, Alice Sweet Alice, 9:30 p.m.

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Bullseye Bar: 1169 Rice Rd., Lee’s Summit, 816-5254641. Karaoke, 9 p.m. Comedy City at Westport Flea Market: 817 Westport Rd., 816-842-2744. Comedy Sports, 7:30 p.m.; Chaos Theater: 2 Much Duck, 10 p.m. Double Nickel Bar: 189 S. Rogers, Ste. 1614, Olathe, 913-390-0363. Karaoke, 9 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.

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

METAL The Riot Room: 4048 Broadway, 816-442-8179. Troglodyte, Hammerlord, Vore, Apehanger, 8:30 p.m.

PUNK Jackpot Music Hall: 943 Massachusetts, Lawrence, 785-832-1085. The F Holes.

REGGAE Jazzhaus: 926-1/2 Massachusetts, Lawrence, 785-7491387. Checkered Beat.

SINGER-SONGWRITER RecordBar: 1020 Westport Rd., 816-753-5207. Thom Hoskins, David Bennett, 7:30 p.m.

VARIET Y The Back Yard at the Beaumont Club: 4050 Pennsylvania, 816-931-2224. The Westport Marketplace: food trucks, vendors and drinks, all ages 5-10 p.m., 21 and older after 10 p.m., $3. The Bottleneck: 737 New Hampshire, Lawrence, 785841-5483. Foxy by Proxy. Club 906: 906 W. Liberty Dr., Liberty. Retro Active.

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S U N DAY 21 ROCK/POP/INDIE The Beaumont Club: 4050 Pennsylvania, 816-5612560. Crossfade, Red Line Chemistry, New Medicine, Quietly Violent, 7 p.m.

The Eighth Street Taproom: 801 New Hampshire, Lawrence, 785-841-6918. Utopia Park, Baiowolf, Mumford. Replay Lounge: 946 Massachusetts, Lawrence, 785749-7676. County Bucks, This Is My Condition, 10 p.m.

BLUES/FUNK/SOUL Knuckleheads Saloon: 2715 Rochester, 816-483-1456. The Good Foot, 7 p.m., $8 advance.

DJ Hamburger Mary’s: 101 Southwest Blvd., 816-8421919. Recycled music with Brett Dietrich, 3:30 p.m. Replay Lounge: 946 Massachusetts, Lawrence, 785749-7676. KVKL DJs: Shaher & the Goat on the patio, 10 p.m.

JAZZ RecordBar: 1020 Westport Rd., 816-753-5207. Jeff Harshbarger presents an Alternative Jazz Series: Marbin, 7 p.m.

A LT E R N AT I V E Jerry’s Bait Shop: 13412 Santa Fe Trail Dr., Lenexa, 913-894-9676. Bella Clava.

DRUNKEN DISTR ACTIONS/COMEDY/ BAR GAMES The Bottleneck: 737 New Hampshire, Lawrence, 785841-5483. Smackdown Trivia and Karaoke. Clarette Club: 5400 Martway, Mission, 913-384-0986. Texas Hold ’em, 7 & 10 p.m. John’s Big Deck: 928 Wyandotte, 816-572-9595. Rooftop karaoke. Saints Pub + Patio: 9720 Quivira, Lenexa, 913-4923900. Free pool. Uptown Theater: 3700 Broadway, 816-753-8665. Fifth Annual KC Bartending Competition, 6 p.m. Westport Flea Market: 817 Westport Rd., 816-9311986. Texas Hold ’em, 3 & 6 p.m.

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. R.G.’s Lounge: 9100 E. 35th St., Independence, 816-358-5777. Jam Night hosted by Dennis Nickell, Scotty Yates, Rick Eidson, and Jan Lamb, 5 p.m.

REGGAE Replay Lounge: 946 Massachusetts, Lawrence, 785-749-7676. Yuca Roots, DJ Housewife’s Choice, 6 p.m.

VARIET Y Californos: 4124 Pennsylvania, 816-531-7878. Sunday Solace, 2 p.m.

M O N DAY 2 2 ROCK/POP/INDIE The Riot Room: 4048 Broadway, 816-442-8179. Tim York, Geoff Koch, Sara Swenson, Kelcy Mae, 7 p.m.

BLUES/FUNK/SOUL The Bottleneck: 737 New Hampshire, Lawrence, 785841-5483. Yo Mama’s Big Fat Booty Band.

DJ Gusto Lounge: 3810 Broadway, 816-974-8786. DJ Robert Moore, 10 p.m., free. The Riot Room: 4048 Broadway, 816-442-8179. Turntable Accident with DJs Steve Tulipana and Turkish Dan on the patio, 10 p.m.

HIP-HOP The Brooksider: 6330 Brookside Plz., 816-363-4070. Dolewite. RecordBar: 1020 Westport Rd., 816-753-5207. Cold Cuts, Heez on Fire, thePhantom*, Milkdrop, 9 p.m.

JAZZ Jazz: 1823 W. 39th St., 816-531-5556. Jazzbo, no cover. The Phoenix Jazz Club: 302 W. Eighth St., 816-2215299. Millie Edwards, 7 p.m.


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DRUNKEN DISTR ACTIONS/COMEDY/ BAR GAMES The Brick: 1727 McGee, 816-421-1634. Karaoke with Kelly Bleachmaxx, 10:30 p.m., free. Bulldog: 1715 Main, 816-421-4799. Trivia, 8 p.m. Jazzhaus: 926-1/2 Massachusetts, Lawrence, 785-7491387. Karaoke Idol with Tanya McNaughty. 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.

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T U E S DAY 2 3 ROCK/POP/INDIE Davey’s Uptown Ramblers Club: 3402 Main, 816-7531909. The Mile High Club. Jerry’s Bait Shop: 13412 Santa Fe Trail Dr., Lenexa, 913-894-9676. Travelers Guild. RecordBar: 1020 Westport Rd., 816-753-5207. The Cute Lepers, Something Fierce, Hipshot Killers, Puritans, 7 p.m., $10.

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 Meesh. The Riot Room: 4048 Broadway, 816-442-8179. DJ Cooper, DJ Quest on the patio, 10:30 p.m.

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DRUNKEN DISTR ACTIONS/COMEDY/ BAR GAMES 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. The Roxy: 7230 W. 75th St., Overland Park, 913-2366211. Karaoke. Sharks: 10320 Shawnee Mission Pkwy., Merriam, 913268-4006. Pingpong tournament, 8 p.m. The Union of Westport: 421 Westport Rd. Tuesday Pool League, $10 entrance fee. Westport Flea Market: 817 Westport Rd., 816-9311986. Chess Club, 7 p.m.

OPEN MIC/JAM SESSIONS 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 R Bar & Restaurant: 1617 Genessee, 816-471-1777. Classic Cocktail Night featuring DJ Fat Sal, 8 p.m.

W E D N E S DAY 2 4 ROCK/POP/INDIE Jackpot Music Hall: 943 Massachusetts, Lawrence, 785-832-1085. Antennas Up, Heypenny, Tommy and the High Pilots, 9 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.; Hidden Pictures, Atlantic Fadeout, Deco Auto, 9 p.m. Tomfooleries: 612 W. 47th St., 816-753-0555. The Mickey Finn Band, 9 p.m.

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JAZZ Chaz on the Plaza: 325 Ward Pkwy., 816-756-3800. Max Groove Trio, 6 p.m. Jardine’s: 4536 Main, 816-561-6480. HoraceScope, 8 p.m.

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DJ Gusto Lounge: 3810 Broadway, 816-974-8786. DJ Billy Smith upstairs; service-industry night. Raoul’s Velvet Room: 7222 W. 119th St., Overland Park, 913-469-0466. DJ B.o.B. The Riot Room: 4048 Broadway, 816-442-8179. PipeDream with DJ Rhyn, VJ Dirty Joe on the patio, 10 p.m.; Word Up Wednesdays with DJ HoodNasty, 11 p.m. Saints Pub + Patio: 9720 Quivira, Lenexa, 913-4923900. DJ Pure.

A LT E R N AT I V E The Riot Room: 4048 Broadway, 816-442-8179. Mr. History, Humans, the Answer Team, Author and the Illustrator, 9 p.m.

DRUNKEN DISTR ACTIONS/COMEDY/ BAR GAMES Aftershock Bar & Grill: 5240 Merriam Dr., Merriam, 913-384-5646. Poker Night. Beer Kitchen: 435 Westport Rd., 816-389-4180. Brodioke. The Bottleneck: 737 New Hampshire, Lawrence, 785841-5483. Whiskey Wednesday. Danny’s Bar and Grill: 13350 College Blvd., Lenexa, 913-345-9717. Trivia and karaoke with DJ Smooth, 8 p.m. Double Nickel Bar: 189 S. Rogers, Ste. 1614, Olathe, 913-390-0363. Texas Hold ’em, 7 p.m. Harleys & Horses: 7210 N.E. 43rd St., 816-452-2660. Karaoke With Debby Z. JR’s Place: 20238 W. 151st St., Olathe, 913-2541307. Karaoke with the MANY MORE Queen, 9:30 p.m.-1 a.m.; Water pong tournament, 10 p.m. KC’s Neighborhood Bar: 10201 W. 47th St., Merriam, 913-262-7211. Texas Hold ONLINE AT ’em, 7 & 10 p.m.; darts, PITCH.COM 7 p.m. Raglan Road Irish Pub and Restaurant: 170 E. 14th St., 816-994-9700. Pub Quiz Trivia, 8 p.m. R Bar & Restaurant: 1617 Genessee, 816-471-1777. Bottled Beer Night. The Roxy: 7230 W. 75th St., Overland Park, 913-2366211. Karaoke. Sharks: 10320 Shawnee Mission Pkwy., Merriam, 913268-4006. Dart tournaments, 8 p.m. Tonahill’s South: 10817 E. Truman Rd., Independence, 816-252-2560. Ladies’ Night with DJ Thorny, 6 p.m.1:30 a.m. Westport Flea Market: 817 Westport Rd., 816-9311986. Trivia, 8 p.m. Wilde’s Chateau 24: 2412 Iowa, Lawrence. Pride Night, 8 p.m.

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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, 785-749-1387. Acoustic Open Mic with Tyler Gregory, all players, bands and singers welcome, 10 p.m. Jerry’s Bait Shop: 13412 Santa Fe Trail Dr., Lenexa, 913-894-9676. Jam Night, 9 p.m. Tonahill’s 3 of a Kind: 11703 E. 23rd St., Independence, 816-833-5021. Open Jam hosted by Crossthread, 7:30-11 p.m.

METAL The Bottleneck: 737 New Hampshire, Lawrence, 785841-5483. Buried at Birth, the Cast Pattern.

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Czar Bar: 1531 Grand, 816-221-2244. Slimm Spins Cheap Thrills, 6 p.m. Davey’s Uptown Ramblers Club: 3402 Main, 816-7531909. Amy Farrand’s Weirdo Wednesday Social Club, 7 p.m., no cover.


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