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ee’s Summit is thinking about you. Leaders of this suburb, located 16 miles southeast of Kansas City, are spending thousands of dollars on plans to get you to drop by the 65 square miles of city and stay for a while. On October 18, the Lee’s Summit City Council voted 6-2 to spend $80,000 on a “brand manager,” who will develop a plan over the next seven months for the city’s new slogan, “Yours Truly.” “We think it’s very important to come up with one brand identity,” says Nancy Bruns, Lee’s Summit Chamber of Commerce president. The chamber is expected to announce the hire in the coming weeks. “People see the same message, and it resonates more.” City building is no longer just infrastructure improvements and trash removal. Cashstrapped communities are betting their budgets that community branding matters. Even suburbs like Lee’s Summit are getting into the business of destination marketing. “Before the downturn, Lee’s Summit was totally hopping,” Bruns says. “We didn’t have to market the community as much as we may need to in the future.” The future of Lee’s Summit is in the “Yours Truly” slogan. Selling cities with slogans is nothing new, but the pitches have dramatically changed in the last three decades. In 1977, graphic designer Milton Glaser sandwiched a heart between the letters “I” and “NY,” creating the world’s most iconic city slogan (although it was initially designed for the entire state). Though Glaser worked pro bono on the “I heart NY” project, he gave birth to an entire industry.

And cities still come to him to make their names. In 2008, the city of Glen Falls, New York, paid Glaser $25,000 for a logo and poster design (he signed 100 posters for the city to sell in order to recoup some of his fee). The most recognizable modern-day campaign — the “What happens in Vegas, stays in Vegas” motto — was backed by a $118 million budget last year from the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority. Atlantic City has spent about $30 million on its “Do AC” campaign. While the costs of a branding campaign are easy to calculate, it’s harder to quantify how well a campaign works. A big budget doesn’t always translate to success. In 2005, the city of Leeds, England, spent $200,000 on the “Leeds — Live It, Love It” campaign. Leeds scrapped the message after discovering that Hong Kong had used the same slogan two years earlier. When Malibu, California, determined that it couldn't control its own brand — the “Malibu” name is already used by liquor manufacturers, Chevrolet and Hollywood — the city went in search of a logo that it could license. The City Council agreed to hire a licensing agent for $90,000 to design and sell a city logo. Locally, the Kansas City Convention & Visitors Association (along with economicdevelopment and arts organizations) claimed the title of “America’s Creative Crossroads” prior to this summer’s MLB All-Star Game. The city of Shawnee spent the better part of five years promising, “Good Starts Here.” North Star Destination Strategies — the Nashville, Tennessee, company that spearheaded the Shawnee campaign — also put together the initial survey and proposal (price

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Today a logo and motto, tomorrow a brand tag: $75,000) that went before the Lee’s Summit City Council’s budget committee in August. North Star suggested that it would cost the city $260,000 for a proper rollout of the campaign. After two months of debate, the City Council committed half of that figure, although it plans to revisit the issue during spring budget talks for fiscal year 2014. “How can we tell if this is a good taxpayer investment for the Lee’s Summit community?” asks City Councilman Bob Johnson, who provided one of the two dissenting votes. “There’s nothing specific to measure this program’s success. We need performance measurements.” “Anytime you’re spending marketing dollars, it’s a challenge to come up with true measurable statistics,” Bruns says. “You can quote how many cars go by a billboard but can’t say how many of those cars come into the community.” Johnson says Lee’s Summit’s brand man-

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host Adventures’ formula is simple: Tatted-up host Zak Bagans and his buds blow into a supposedly haunted place, set up a bunch of cameras, chat up the locals and try to fi nd ghosts. It’s must-see TV for dude-bros with a weakness for the paranormal and a cable package that includes the Travel Channel. And sooner or later, it was bound to find KC’s Union Station. We ran across the recently broadcast Union Station episode (also viewable on YouTube) and watched it so that you wouldn’t have to. Spoiler alert: The only spirits are behind the bar at Pierpont’s. No, the chills in this episode are pretty earthbound. The part, for instance, when a security guard named Marcus tells Bagans (who is, surprisingly, not a hobbit — more like Guy Fieri trying out for the Scooby gang) that he once saw a woman’s legs in high heels, and Bagans asks if they were nice legs. Icky. (Marcus says he tried to talk to her, but she

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disappeared — because obviously she was a ghost. “Ain’t nobody can evaporate,” he tells Bagans.) Later, Bagans chills with John, a member of the Union Station audiovisual team and something of an over-sharer. John explains that his run-in with the other side came while he was … indisposed. “I was going number two,” he tells the camera crew. While sitting on the

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ager will cost more than the $80,000 earmarked by the City Council — approximately 0.13 percent of the $59.4 million general-fund budget for the 2013 fiscal year. The real cost, he says, is $130,000, with the city’s Economic Development Council pledging $30,000 and the chamber pitching in office space and $20,000 (money earmarked for tourism from the city’s general fund). And Johnson isn’t sold on the “Yours Truly” slogan. “People are at a loss for what ‘Yours Truly’ truly means,” he says. “I don’t mind marketing the city. I’m just not sure how this creates jobs.” If “Yours Truly” fails, it’ll join a host of the city’s discarded mottos: “There’s More Here,” “A City Bountiful” and “Where Quality Comes to Life.” Lee’s Summit has also struggled with follow-through. A 2008 Gateway Master Plan recommended putting up signs along major highways and intersections to help define the city limits. No such signs have been erected. “Yours Truly” is different because of the potential for “community buy-in,” Bruns says. And having someone with branding experience will help the campaign move from the initial survey phase to a more active — and interactive — presence online and in the community. For Johnson, it’s all about getting people inside those city limits. “People here understand this is a great city,” Johnson says. “Hopefully other people will come here and see that … and buy some lunch while they’re here.”

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re-create the scene that brought out the handwashing ghost, he pops a squat in the bathroom and asks the ghost to show itself. No ghost appears. John explains: “You have to dump.” Whether the spirit was there, no one’s bowels were willing. The matter is dropped. Per protocol, Bagans and his crew spend the whole night in the station with a man he describes as both a “hard-core skeptic” and a “full-blown skeptic.” The crew hunts ghosts on unused floors of the building and finds a spot where Bagans thinks a ghost is, and tries to make it move a ball. No dice. Back on the main floor, they freak out when they see some movement inside Pierpont’s. Alas, it’s just two employees working at the restaurant, unaware that the show requires an empty building. With that information, Bagans labels the investigation “contaminated.” And because this is reality TV on a shoestring budget, not science, Bagans and the ghost bros don’t stick around to try it again. If there are ghosts in Union Station, they know how to keep a secret.

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obody wakes up and thinks, Today is the day I’m gonna cheat on my girlfriend,” Davy Rothbart writes at the outset of “Tarantula,” an essay in his recently published debut collection, My Heart Is an Idiot. “The shit just kinda happens — a series of small, bad decisions that leads to one larger, pivotal collapse.” Some people commit the act, repent, confess and try to recover the broken trust, but “then there are the rest of us, who carry our treacheries in silence for weeks, months and years at a time, like a low-grade fever, always aware of our own rotten cores, but not too caught up in it all to blunt the joys of everyday life.” Rothbart, the 37-year-old creator of Found magazine, is an engaging enough writer that “Tarantula” would work simply as a piece of doomed-relationship navel gazing. Yet, like just about every other piece in My Heart Is an Idiot, it transcends the merely personal to become a soulful, actionpacked dispatch from some dark but familiar province of the modern American experience. And no one else seems to have visited those provinces as extensively as Rothbart. He has spent most of the past decade crisscrossing the country to promote Found, which gathers strangers’ discarded lists, letters, photographs and other ephemera and assembles from them a sort of collective poetry. In 2009, though, he parked the van and turned his attention to recalling his own adventures. “We didn’t do a Found tour for about three and a half years, and I was working on this book, among other things, for most of that time,” Rothbart tells The Pitch. The result is the endlessly readable My Heart Is an Idiot, a set of stories about open roads and open hearts, and the dizzy victories and spectacular failures that pile up in the search for true romance. In “Shade,” for instance, Rothbart falls in love over the phone, sight unseen, with Sarah, a

college newspaper reporter assigned to interview him about Found. After months of intimate daily phone calls, he flies out to visit Sarah and finds her … less than desirable. But this isn’t a Tucker Max story. Rothbart’s disappointment leads him to a place that muddies the border between honorable truth and blundering cruelty. “Yeah, that was defi nitely one of the challenges of this book,” Rothbart says. “It’s one thing to put myself out there on the line and spill my guts, but when it involves other people, you have to make sure you portray them generously and honestly. With a lot of the people I wrote about, I reached out beforehand to ask for their recollection of things, details. And for their — I guess you would say I asked for their blessing to write about things, as opposed to their permission. Those were sometimes strange phone calls.” The book also sheds light on what in Rothbart’s case might be labeled a disorder: his search for Shade. A sad, beautiful, ethereal teenager from the 1992 film Gas Food Lodging, Shade is a character, not a woman who exists in real life. “I still compare every girl I meet to Shade,” he writes. Throughout the essays here, Rothbart idealizes the women he meets, then fi nds himself let down by their inevitable humanity, their non-Shade-ness. He’s self-aware enough to recognize this blind spot as an obstacle to lasting, meaningful relationships. But that doesn’t halt his absurd, quixotic search. Did assembling My Heart bring him any closer to getting over Shade? continued on page 10

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continued from page 9 “I think writing the book was a way for me to examine my experiences and see patterns emerge — patterns that your friends may have told you about but that you ignored before,” Rothbart says. “Now, there’s this whole book, this sort of personal self-history book, and so I guess that stuff is a little harder to ignore. That’s why you study history, right? To not repeat the same mistakes. At the same time, I wouldn’t say I’m immune to repeating those mistakes or acting in same ways, falling in love at first sight and all that. But I can recognize it for what it is.” If there’s a test for that sense of history and recognition, Rothbart is taking it now. He’s back on the road, in the midst of a 75city tour plugging My Heart and celebrating Found’s 10th anniversary. And he has been reencountering some of the people who became characters in the book. “So far, I haven’t heard from anybody that’s been unhappy with the way they were portrayed, which is good,” he says. “But there’s definitely been nights when I’ve been nervous. At our Brooklyn show, Hakim, the hitchhiker I pick up in ‘Canada or Bust,’ was there, and so was his mom. That was a little uncomfortable.” In that essay, Rothbart reveals that Hakim’s mom sold her son’s video games to buy drugs. “Obviously it was a time in her life she isn’t proud of.” And the women? “I’m still friends with Sarah,” Rothbart says. “She saw an earlier draft of ‘Shade,’ but I haven’t seen her yet. It’ll be interesting.” While Rothbart is in Kansas City this weekend, he plans to see another character from My Heart, though it won’t be at his Saturday RecordBar show or his Sunday appearance at the Johnson County Central Resource Library. Instead, he’ll drive to the Crossroads Correctional Center, in Cameron, Missouri, to visit with Byron Case. As a teenager, Case was an early Found reader and submitter. He picked up notes he found at places like the Broadway Café in Westport and sent them on to Rothbart. The two soon struck up a correspondence, writing and sending each other letters the oldfashioned way, via post. After an extended silence on Case’s end, Rothbart sent him a new issue of Found, which contained some of his submissions. A few weeks later, he received a note from Case’s mother explaining that

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her son had been convicted in the murder of Anastasia WitbolsFeugen. The teenage girl was found with a bullet in her head at Lincoln Cemetery, near Truman Road and Interstate 435, in October 1997. Case was sentenced to life in prison in 2002. His mother believes that the conviction was wrongful. In “The Strongest Man in the World,” the longest and most sober essay in My Heart, Rothbart tells the story of his relationship with Case and his ongoing role in the effort to reverse the guilty verdict. Case knew the victim — she was the girlfriend of his best friend, Justin Bruton, who killed himself the day after WitbolsFeugen was found dead. Case was convicted despite a lack of physical evidence tying him to the crime. The most incriminating evidence was a taped phone call between

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Rothbart’s Heart has muscle. Case and his ex-girlfriend (who also was close with Bruton and WitbolsFeugen at the time of their deaths), which strongly suggested that Case was familiar with the details of the crime. (“Cemetery Plot,” May 16, 2002, The Pitch story about the trial, is accessible at pitch.com.) But new revelations, dug up by J. Bennett Allen, an author of a book about the crime (The Skeptical Juror and the Trial of Byron Case), cast doubt on the legitimacy of the phone call and its transcript. Allen’s reporting has given Rothbart and Case’s supporters (centralized online at freebyroncase.com) a fresh glimmer of hope. “It’s strange for me when we’re doing a Found thing in Kansas City,” Rothbart says. “You walk around Westport and can’t help but

think of it as Byron’s old stomping grounds. His absence from Kansas City is really noticeable to me. And it just seems like such a massive injustice — knowing Byron, it’s just incomprehensible to me that anyone could think he’s capable of committing that crime. If he did it, I would have to be getting duped by an absolute mastermind criminal.” He goes on: “And I think that is what the family and friends of the victim think — they believe that justice was served. But I feel like they don’t really know Byron. Imagine if your best friend was locked up for a murder, and he’s telling you he didn’t do it? I don’t know how else to explain it. And he has just stayed so optimistic throughout. He’s found a way to endure this nightmare. “John Allen continues to uncover important, scientific problems with Byron’s conviction, and the Innocence Project does amazing work,” Rothbart continues. “But since he wasn’t convicted with much physical evidence, there isn’t much physical evidence to overturn.” Case’s best shot at release is a pardon from Gov. Jay Nixon. Case’s attorneys have applied for a pardon and met with Nixon’s legal team. “I’m not very familiar with the process, so I don’t really know exactly what’s going on,” Rothbart says. “But from what I’ve heard, it sounds like they were at least an attentive audience. Whether that will move into action is hard to say. It’s rare for governors to pardon.” It's true: A felon who has a hard time readjusting to the outside world, struggles to find employment, and eventually commits a crime makes bad PR for a sitting politician. In a letter he recently wrote to Nixon on Case’s behalf, Rothbart assured Nixon that Case would have a soft landing if he were let out. Rothbart says, “I told him if Byron were released, he would have a full-time job waiting for him with Found magazine.”

E-mail david.hudnall@pitch.com Rothbart reads from My Heart Is an Idiot and shares Found items twice this weekend: 7 p.m. Saturday, December, 1, at RecordBar (1020 Westport Road, 816-753-5207), $8 admission; 2 p.m. Sunday, December 2, at  the Johnson County Central Resource Library (9875 West 87th Street, Overland Park, 913-826-4600), free admission. Rothbart’s brother, Peter Rothbart, a musician who plays songs inspired by Found stories, performs at both events.


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Sitting through another performance of The Nutcracker sounds about as appealing as untangling yards of Christmas lights. However, the spin put on the holiday classic by the Owen/Cox Dance Group is peppermint-fresh. Tonight at 6:30, Jennifer Owen and Brad Cox, of the contemporary-dance company, break down their version, The Nutcracker and the Mouse King (including a live jazz arrangement of Tchaikovsky’s music), at the Plaza Library (4801 Main, 816-701-3481). “Primarily the event will be an analysis of the original classical ballet and Tchaikovsky music score and discussion of how the original source materials were used in the Owen/Cox Dance and People’s Liberation Big Band version of the piece,” Cox tells us. A Q&A with the audience follows the 40-minute presentation to prep you for the show’s December 22 premiere at the Folly Theater. Admission is free. RSVP at kclibrary.org.

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he 2012 election cycle wasn’t the same without Chocolate News, David Alan Grier’s sketchcomedy show about African-American culture. Comedy Central canceled the satirical news-magazine program after one season — following the 2008 election. We hope that Grier drops some of that humor tonight when he begins a fournight stand at the Improv Comedy Club in Zona Rosa (7260 Northwest 87th Street, 816-759-5233). Tickets cost $20, and the show begins at 8 p.m. See improvkc.com for more information.

Your shot nerves may be crying for a cocktail, but what you really need is some exercise. Thirty minutes a day, folks. The KC Parks and Recreation Department is making it easy for you with Healthy Hour every MORE Friday through the end of December. Get free access to seven commuT A INE ONL .COM nity centers: Gregg/Klice H C PIT (1600 John “Buck” O’Neil Way, 816-513-0652), Southeast (4201 East 63rd Street, 816-513-0632), Tony Aguirre (2050 West Pennway Terrace, 816-784-1300), KC North (3930 Northeast Antioch Road, 816-784-6100), Brush Creek (3801 Emanuel Cleaver II Boulevard, 816-513-0730), Westport-Roanoke (3601 Roanoke Road, 816-784-5200) and Hillcrest

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Wishing you were a little more fabulous? Switch off the E cable channel and swing by Tivol (220 Nichols Road, 816-531-5800) from 6 to 8 p.m. for Couple’s Night Out, the fine jewelry store’s collaboration with the Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art. Try on engagement rings, sip cocktails and snack on appetizers at the soiree. A $20 donation to the museum enters you in a raffle for a free dinner on the Plaza with your sweetheart. See tivol.com for more information. continued on page 14

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The festive winter-outerwear makers of yesteryear never could have imagined that their labor would one day be considered holiday fun-time fodder. So sad. Celebrate cold weather today at the Ugly Sweater 5k in Lawrence — officially sponsored by Winter Lager slinger Samuel Adams. The completely noncompetitive race, which includes hot-chocolate E R O M stations and sledding hills, begins at 2 p.m. at Watson Park (Seventh T A INE ONL .COM Street and Tennessee), H PITC then weaves through Old West Lawrence. After the race, drink beer, wear a fake mustache and party like it’s December 2012. Registration costs $35. Find more information about the “race” and post-race activities under the Lawrence tab at theuglysweaterrun.com.

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Rock on. It’s what Dimebag would’ve wanted. remember his legacy to groove metal at Kansas City Rock & Comic-Con at Aftershock Bar & Grill (5240 Merriam, Shawnee, 913-384-5646), where local Pantera tribute band Far Beyond Driven takes the stage alongside Facelift (an Alice in Chains tribute band) and original bands Branded Fate and the Family Band Massacre. Included in the $10 admission price is access to the vendor village, featuring graphic novels, vinyl records, CDs, T-shirts, jewelry and art. Doors open at 5 p.m. Buy advance tickets through stubwire.com. For more information, see rockandcomic.com.

Vegan, Vietnamese, slow cooking, sushi and possibly even Southern are all types of guides you might find at today’s used cookbook sale at the Plaza Library (4801 Main, 816-701-3481). Dig through more than 2,000 old, new and used cookbooks from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Proceeds benefit the Friends of the S U N D AY | 12 . 2 | Library. Bonus: From 10 to 11 a.m., Pete Dulin Dancer: Arielle Espie. Photography: Kenny Johnson. is signing copies of Last Bite, his aggregation SANTA SING-ALONG of recipes from local chefs and cooks. For Today is your last chance to hear the 150more information, see kclibrary.org or conplus singers in the Heartland Men’s Chorus tact kclibraryfriends@gmail.com. throw down their holiday catalog with Marilyn Maye in Cool Yule. The classic brassy, big-band numbers are sure to get COMICS AND COWBOYS FROM HELL your logs alight and your toes a-twinkling. December 1 is exactly one week short of HMC performs today at 4 (and Friday, the eighth anniversary of the murder of November 30, and Saturday, December 1, at “Dimebag” Darrell Abbott, the Pantera 8 p.m.) at the Folly Theater (300 West 12th guitarist who was fatally shot while Street, 816-474-4444). Tickets start at $15. performing onstage in Columbus, Ohio, See hmckc.org or call 816-931-3338. with his other band, Damageplan. Today,


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If Harvesters can feed five people with a dollar, how many folks do you think it could feed with the proceeds from tonight’s Hillbilly for Harvesters show? “Over the past four years, we’ve been able to raise about $20,000 and collect approximately 3,000 pounds of canned goods,� says organizer and country-dancehall queen Julie Minor. “Everything we earn at the door, and from the live and silent auctions, we donate to Harvesters. It’s 100 percent donations — everybody’s time and efforts, the bands, the auctioneer, our emcee. It really is an incredible shared effort by people who believe in the same simple idea of feeding people who need fed.� Beginning at 7:30 p.m., Minor performs alongside Rex Hobart and Adam Lee & the Dead Horse Sound Company at Knuckleheads (2715 Rochester, 816-483-1456). Admission is $10 or $10 worth of canned goods. See knuckleheadskc.com for more information, including details on the Hillbilly for Harvesters New Year’s Eve raffle. E-mail submissions to Filter editor Berry Anderson at calendar@pitch.com. Search our complete listings guide online at pitch.com.

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ou’re getting 20 years and a bath, says a cop to a dirty, bedraggled smack addict he’s busting in the 1974 novel Cogan’s Trade. It’s a more generous prediction than most George V. Higgins characters get, and it’s one of the only memorable lines from the author’s third book that hasn’t made it into Andrew Dominik’s flinty, funny, furious adaptation. The New Zealand writer-director’s version is called Killing Them Softly — weak but not much worse than Higgins’ original title, even if star Brad Pitt’s recent Chanel debacle is what the phrase now calls to mind — and it’s set not during Watergate’s coda but deep inside the crater of the 2008 financial crisis and that fall’s presidential election. Skidding across a landscape pocked with McCain and Obama billboards and going-out-of-business signs and ramshackle neglect, Higgins’ small-time hoods and midlevel operators are in for a different kind of bath. The warnings are audible all around. Their conversations compete with, or else snake through, that moment’s loud speechifying, which sound mixer Leslie Shatz has bricked into a Spectorian wall of rhetoric. Car radios and bar TVs emit the too-big-to-fail drone of talking heads and politicians. And because most of those cars are old Detroit dreadnoughts and all the watering holes are dives (and the wardrobe is timeless denim and leather, and the phones all look coin-operated), the drone cuts a Nixon groove. Dominik (given a big assist by rising cinematographer Greig Fraser, who also shot the soon-to-open Zero Dark Thirty) has made the first period picture about the dim, cloudy dawn of the Obama years. The economic crisis at Killing’s core is a far

Brad Pitt, recession-proof badass. simpler matter than derivatives and creditdefault swaps. It’s Markie Trattman’s mobbedup poker game. Trattman (Ray Liotta) robbed it once himself, a fact that makes him an ideal fall guy for a second heist. So believe the dullwitted wanna-bes behind the new crime: Frankie (Scoot McNairy); his friend, that previously mentioned heroin stooge, Russell (Ben Mendelsohn); and dry-cleaning non-mogul Squirrel (Vincent Curatola, much missed since his time as The Sopranos’ Johnny Sack). If the credit crunch is about to screw the rest of the country, these luckless ex-cons are about to be well and truly fucked. A couple of briefcases

half full of small bills? It’s not the Powerball, but it sounds good to them. Sounds good to a lot of people even now. There’s fallout, though, and of course it starts with a man in a suit. In the book, he has a name, but here we know him only as a corporate face (Richard Jenkins, at his most blessedly Richard Jenkins-y), the better to frustrate hired gun Jackie Cogan (Pitt). Cogan, something of a small-business job creator, outsources part of his enforcement duties to New York Mickey (James Gandolfini, magnetically dissipated). The intersections of these six characters (along with Trattman, for whom Liotta draws from his special reserve of feral grace) form

the supremely dude-centric mechanics of Killing Them Softly (basically the Dr Pepper Ten of movies), but what drives Dominik’s film isn’t kinesis but a uniquely masculine inertia. The stolen guns, the hulking engines, the shaky honor code — these things are just camouflage to mask a lonely and self-pitying ache, a personal Great Depression that’ll do till the fiscal one gets there. Higgins’ men are almost exclusively of the too-small-to-succeed stripe, especially when it comes to women. Cogan lets Mickey talk out some major marital disappointments, and Russell and Frankie compare notes on the dates who have instantly regretted being with them. The scenes between Pitt and Gandolfini, and between McNairy and Mendelsohn (both excellent), are less about the job and more about the confusions of sex, with Pitt becoming straight man, analyst and maternal (not paternal) figure. (The lone speaking part for a woman in this movie is a hooker, but Linara Washington makes the most of her moment.) A similar dynamic animated Dominik’s previous movie, The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford, another testosterone derby centered on Pitt. But the inertia there felt unintentional; for all its beauty, the thing just kind of sat there. Killing Them Softly, running about an hour shorter than Jesse James without seeming rushed, is streamlined and utterly confident. It’s been almost 40 years since Higgins’ first book, The Friends of Eddie Coyle, became Robert Mitchum’s last great film. Killing Them Softly isn’t a sequel, but it’s Dominik’s first great movie. Q

OUT THIS WEEK apply to any work of literature drawn from a hat, with similar justification (and results). The artfully upholstered movie never risks camp or kitsch, like one of Baz Luhrmann’s Fabergé-egg spectaculars. The style maintains its cockedeyebrow remove throughout. But that’s just another way of saying it lacks the one element required for liftoff: passionate abandon.

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n elephant as white as the Siberian tundra, Joe Wright’s lavish new filming of Anna Karenina would be the movie of the year if cleverness and visual legerdemain trumped all. Whisking aside the curtains, Wright and screenwriter Tom Stoppard frame the Tolstoy source material with a theatrical flourish. As if to underscore the artifice and withering scrutiny of social life among the 19th-century Russian nobility, the actors take their positions on a literal stage that yields to real locations and exteriors as the action moves (by toy train) from oppressive city to restorative country. On paper, that’s an inspired idea, and Wright’s pictorial effects are initially dazzling: actors stepping through fake flats onto real steppes; showily choreographed, whirling long takes, apparently meant to settle bets with Max Ophüls and Brian De Palma. Instead of intensifying the characters’ emotions, however, the sleeve-tugging stylization renders them abstract and distant. The effect is of trying to become engrossed in a play while a hammy magician does tricks on the apron. That leaves a viewer free to wonder why Keira Knightley’s

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W Keira Knightley feels it all. Anna seems such a self-centered ditz or why she’d doom herself for the discreet charm of Aaron Taylor-Johnson’s Count Vronsky, pallid as a cave-dwelling fish. Wright has an extravagant talent, but here, as in the flashiest, least convincing parts of Atonement, he’s a style in search of a movie. The visual ornamentation is draped over the story like fondant — as it registers, the method could

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riter and director Bradley Rust Gray’s loose, rambling Jack & Diane grafts a little horror-movie gore onto a basic girl-meetsgirl scaffold. Between squishy emotional outbursts are interstitial bits of animated squish (by Stephen and Timothy Quay), like peeks inside some dark-hearted and carnivorous Victorian doll. It’s not a bad idea — the rushingblood tumult of love at first sight illustrated with cutaways to throbbing innards (and appearances by a werewolflike creature ready to pulp and devour the characters). But in Gray’s hands, the metaphor collapses, unable to pull the weight of a script that’s a refrigerator-magnet potpourri of forehead-smacking naïveté, pitch.com

tearful declarations and mean-girl dismissals. As Diane, a childlike Brit visiting New York City, Juno Temple wobbles through the punishments that Gray has set up for her: nosebleeds, vomiting spasms, blackouts. Riley Keough doesn’t fare much better as Jack, the skateboard-riding young lesbian who falls under Diane’s blank pixie spell and must make pronouncements such as, “I wish I could unzip myself and put you inside me.” Well, Jack, you may get your wish. The performances veer from music-video remoteness to posed cool to moments of organic clarity, but the acting isn’t the problem. Temple and Keough are believable enough, mostly when Gray’s script calls for their characters to argue and misbehave. (Neither Jack nor Diane is likable, and there are moments when you could be forgiven for wishing that they both could be sent to the Magdalene laundries.) It’s the story that doesn’t work, all that true fear and fantasy choking on dubious words and fake blood, until you want to shout at the screen, “Don’t go there!” Just like a real horror movie after all. — SCOTT WILSON

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ax Watson was running food long before he was eating it. “My mom was running food up and down stairs while she was pregnant with me,” Watson says of his mother, Leslie, who had no choice but to take him to work with her at Annie’s Santa Fe on the Plaza. “She said I got her so many tips. I’ve been in the business since before I was born.” Twenty-six years later, Watson is back running food — his food. Watson, the executive chef at Remedy Food + Drink, leans back from a table in the Waldo dining room and watches plates leave his kitchen on a recent Thursday. He can’t help but begin his story with his mother’s kitchen. “My mom had every intention of being a chef,” Watson says. “She attended the CIA [Culinary Institute of America] but didn’t graduate for fi nancial reasons. So when I was growing up, we would spend an entire Sunday morning making pâte à choux. She set the groundwork that it was OK to cook.” As a boy, Watson imagined coming home from a long day of work as a Navy SEAL or a fi refighter to make dinner. “I was 12 years old and I knew I didn’t want to be a chef,” Watson says. “I didn’t think I’d want to go to work and cook and then have to come home and cook. I didn’t want to lose how much fun I was having.” After graduating high school in 2004, Watson went to work for his uncle building homes in Kansas City. Then the recession hit, and work dried up. Mike McGonigle, a family friend, hired Watson to deliver meat to the local grocer’s restaurant clients. Watson realized that his 12-year-old self might have been wrong after seeing what the chefs did with his deliveries. So he called the number of the first restaurant he remembered. “I grew up by the old Room 39, and it was one of my mother’s favorite restaurants,” Watson says. “I called them up and told them I have no experience, that I’d never worked in a restaurant in my life. I said that I just wanted a job and I wanted to work there.” Five years later, Watson can still rattle off Room 39’s phone number from memory. He also remembers why chef and owner Ted Habiger hired him. “Ted told me I was a little ball of clay, that I had no bad habits and just wanted to learn the right way it’s done,” Watson says. But before things went right, they went very wrong. Watson burned an entire pot of soup his fi rst week. “I quickly learned the cost of ingredients,” Watson says. “And also the cost of profits, based on what the soup sold for.” Surrounded by budding and ambitious young chefs — Howard Hanna, Craig Howard and Patrick Ryan, among others — Watson excelled after his soup mishap. Within a year, he was working the grill line and calling out tickets. And his kitchen mates were pursuing their own culinary paths. 18

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From the cradle to the ladle: Watson “Some people want to work on the line, and that’s fi ne,” Watson says. “I discovered there that I wanted to have my own place.” In 2010, Watson left Room 39 to help launch Port Fonda with Ryan in a classic Airstream trailer in need of a serious overhaul. “I spent my days building out the trailer and my nights working at the Rieger,” Watson says. The Rieger Hotel Grill & Exchange — opened by fellow Room 39 alumnus Hanna — was the prep kitchen for Port Fonda, the Mexican restaurant parked in the Rieger’s Crossroads District parking lot on weekends. It was there that Watson became friendly with Andrew Heimberger, one of the Rieger’s prep cooks, who stayed afternoons to help him roll sausage for Port Fonda. “As an owner, I learned that you have a constant level of stress and worry,” Watson says. “I demanded perfection of myself and also saw what it was like to catch lightning in a bottle.”

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When Port Fonda became a brick-andmortar restaurant this year, Watson decided that it was time to move on. In April, he became the executive chef of Kennedy’s. The bar and grill became Remedy in June, and Watson was free to design the menu. He added Heimberger as his chef de cuisine. “I wanted a small menu of things you couldn’t get anywhere else,” Watson says. “Andrew and I really enjoy reinventing things we love from our past. We do what we like and then use our knowledge to do it at the highest level we can.” Remedy’s stock is family-made — Watson’s cousin is a dishwasher and prep cook — in a kitchen where he hopes to grow his family. And now he’s the one bringing his mom to work. “Cream puffs were her dessert,” Watson says. “And now they’re on our menu.”

The Pitch sat down with Watson at Remedy recently to talk inspiration, ingredients and ice cream. The Pitch: What’s one food you hate? Watson: I don’t like black licorice. I just don’t. It’s the f lavor. I like fennel. I like anise. I was a fussy eater growing up, and now I’m not a big fan of oysters — they make my mouth itch. But now that I’m older, I try to eat everything. What’s one food you love? I really like vinegary stuff. That’s my favorite flavor, tart vinegar. A wine taster stopped by and was selling some 32-year aged sherry vinegar. That was the best I’ve ever had. I was drinking it from my tasting glass. It’s really such a heavy flavor on your tongue. I like spicy stuff, too. A friend of mine on Facebook asked, what if each of the fingers on your hand could dispense a different condiment. I picked ketchup, mustard, Sriracha, a Mexican-style hot sauce, and my favorite barbecue sauce.” What’s your favorite barbecue in town, and what are you ordering? My favorite barbecue sauce is between Oklahoma Joe’s and Gates. But I’ll eat at Oklahoma Joe’s. I don’t like the name — we’re not in Oklahoma — but they’re the best barbecue. I get the Z-Man with spicy slaw and fries. What’s your guilty pleasure? Ice cream. I’ll eat way too much ice cream in any sitting. I really like pie. I wish we had the facilities here to do more pies. What’s always in your kitchen? Vinegar. We always have eight to 10 different types of vinegar, and beans, Rancho Gordo beans, and bacon. Besides your own place, where do you like to eat? The Rieger. I eat there a lot. I usually don’t have the same dish twice. A lot of times, I’ll just get the special. I did have the catfish po’boy twice in a row and I was pretty happy with it. The meatballs are good at the Jacobson. My kids’ favorite is Winstead’s. We’ll get the chocolate skyscraper — everybody gets the chocolate skyscraper. If you could steal one recipe in town off any menu, which one would you steal? I wouldn’t. It’s just one of those things. You really don’t do that. That’s why you go there to eat. What’s one book that every chef should read? I think Rick Bayless’ first cookbook, One Plate at a Time. It was written so well, and he thinks about every detail. It’s really about his process, how he focuses on flavors and combinations and the execution of dishes. I met him once. My wife and I went to Chicago. We didn’t have a lot of money. I was

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John-Alan “MilkDrop” Suter. “Over the next ine years between recordings is a long three years, I watched us, as a collective, grow stretch for any group. Even one that refrom five core members to having an umbrella mains visible in the meantime risks falling not just out of favor but also permanently off of 15 different, eclectic artists,” Suter says. “And as we got bigger, so did both the chalthe dial. For Stacy “Reach” Smith, though, lenge and responsibility to carry the proverthe near-decade silence between his Soul Providers releases has run alongside his bial Soul Provider brand. Each song, release, ascendance from hip-hop artist to something show, and even the smallest appearance garnered a different intensity and purpose.” like elder statesman. That brand started to fully blossom in April The imposing 34-year-old rapper — and lifelong KC resident — is a veteran whose work 2008, with the inception of the Soul Providers’ Summer Block Party, a free outdoor gathwith Kansas City Young Audiences and UMKC’s ering held on First Fridays Upward Bound Program has in the Crossroads District earned him respect outside Soul Providers (Les outside Birdies on West 18th hip-hop circles. Izmore, Hozey-T, Show Street. “We were able to But 2013, Smith tells The and DJ Skeme), with create a crowd for a couple Pitch, is shaping up to mark Abnorm and MC Storm of hours, and it happened a Soul Providers renaisFriday, November 30, at the Brick to be the right block with sance, with a full-length the right business owner,” album in the works and a Smith says, referring to serious rebranding effort. The group, he says, is ready to be reintro- performing adjacent to Peregrine Honig’s underwear empire. duced to KC’s hip-hop landscape. But in the years since, Smith says, KanTo take it back to the early ’00s: The Soul sas City’s hip-hop scene has become overProviders started out as a three-man DJ group saturated. “People are just playing to play, — Bryan “Ataxic” Fisk, Kiz-One and Mix-o-Flix and there’s really no hip-hop community,” he — with Smith as MC. “The original thought was says, admitting, “I’ve been one of those artists simply to be known as a crew of hip-hop heads who’s kept a busy local performance schedule. that all shared the same taste and passion for But I think for a while there were more shows the music,” Fisk explains. “As time progressed, we started meeting like-minded MCs and DJs than a sometimes finicky fanbase can handle.” Enter — re-enter — Soul Providers. The that we wanted to partner with, so we began accepting additional members into the group.” current lineup boasts a collection of local In 2004, Soul Providers picked up rapper artists that Smith calls “left of anything else 20

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going right now.” It includes Dutch Newman, an outspoken, high-energy hype man; Les Izmore, a restless rapper (he moonlights in Hearts of Darkness and, more recently, Heartfelt Anarchy Project) whom Smith likens to “a controlled explosion”; MilkDrop, a self-described “diligent worker bee” whose second-in-command status helps steer the crew straight on logistical matters; Hozey-T, a sharp-spitting MC with a strong background in the spoken word; Show, a powerful lyricist whose execution translates to wide listener appeal; DJ Skeme, a turntablist who has an ear for gems before they hit the street; and the youngest member, Head Fella, a 20-yearold Johnson County MC, producer and DJ who started out as one of the Young Lions, an informal group of young up-and-coming talent handpicked by Smith himself in 2010. Next year, they’re “re-upping the SP Block Party for a sixth year, in April,” Smith says. “We’ve got some new wrinkles planned for it.” After that, the group will release its first full-length album since 2004. And how else could Smith send the signal but with a lead track titled “Worth the Wait.” Produced by Smith, this product of what he calls the band’s “fourth or fifth iteration” features mic turns by Izmore and Suter. That song is in the can, he says, and more are in the pipeline. “Our new songs will build momentum,” Smith says. “We’re finally going to start making music as a crew. This is about camaraderie, not about setting trends.” pitch.com

Soul Providers get the band back together. But why such a long wait? “Imagine trying to gather 15 of your friends for a lunch, much less a recording session,” Suter says.

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continued from page 20 The songs are more cohesive. I just think they’re better songs. We’ve become better songwriters. Our musicianship has gotten better. I think we all understand how to play off each other better. Whereas when you first start a band, it’s almost like who can show off on their instrument more or who can come up with the cooler part. Now I think we are playing for the song instead of playing for ourselves. We’re getting better at that.

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Green: Austin City Limits was everything I dreamed of. That was definitely a big highlight. We saw Ryan Gosling. Flynn: That man could turn a straight man into something else. Green: We also toured down South and got to meet Jim’s family in Mississippi. Flynn: We were fortunate to play at Cosmopolitan in Vegas for five nights, and they gave Jesse Braswell Roberts (guitar, mandolin): us the royalty treatment, which is something we are not accustomed to. We usually sleep on We’ve had a lot more time playing together, beour friends’ floors and that type of thing, but ing around each other, and we know how each they gave us each individually our own suite. other works better, and I think all of that shines through in the record. We like to take our time Green: Hot tubs, bed, TVs. and get our arrangements right. We’ve had a Braswell Roberts: Most comfortable bed on tough time narrowing down songs. tour. That will do it. Some of you guys dropped out of KU to pursue Matt Green (bass): We’ve stuck to the fourpart harmonies and a lot of acoustic — Jesse the band. Where does school figure into your plays a lot of mandolin and acoustic guitar on future plans? it. But I think we’ve branched out a little bit Mehl: We’ll go back someday. more. Isaac put in a lot of work on electrics, and Green: I had to forgo my exciting career as adding Zach [Mehl]’s piano parts now, there are a geologist, but I can always go back. a few songs where it’s really featured. It adds Braswell Roberts: Rocks last a long time. to a whole band sound. Flynn: It’s kind of frightening taking a break Jim Barnes (drums): I think the idea is to from school because people our age are gradukind of find what your band’s identity is. I still ating now, pursuing careers and getting real jobs. My goal is that hopedon’t think we have found it fully the album can provide 100 percent, but we are a lot Quiet Corral, some supplemental income. closer than the EP. with She’s a Keeper It’s just like if you’re graduatYou’re pretty young and and the Natural State ing with a degree, you want have seen a little success. Thursday, November 29, to go straight into the work What do you credit most at RecordBar field or start a career. So I am for it? hoping this thing can flourBarnes: Isaac. Isaac is ish and become our careers. That’s the objeca great communicator with people. A lot of tive at least. If it doesn’t, I’ll return to Kansas people can play music well, and they stay in their room all day and just practice their instru- University J-School, and we’ll have had some life experience. ment and they feel their passion for their art, How have you been supporting yourselves but they aren’t necessarily communicating with people. And you have to get to know all financially in the meantime? different people to create opportunities. Isaac Flynn: Zach and Matt work construction. is naturally really good at that, and it helps a Garrett [Childers, guitar] works at the Burger lot because I am not. I sit in my room all day Stand in Lawrence. Isaac fills in at Mass Street and play music. Music in Lawrence — his dad owns the store. Has touring met your expectations? Any big Jim does some freelance work mixing tracks. memories so far? We do fine on the road. We’re not losing money Braswell Roberts: You always hear about and we’re not spending money, but we aren’t really profiting individually yet. All we ask is bands’ vans breaking down, but we’ve been blessed with good traveling and good shows that we can make enough to survive — pay the bills, be able to pay for the burger at the Burger in fun towns. Flynn: We did lose one automobile. I lost my Stand that Garrett is serving you. ’99 Dodge Durango. It was tragic. Thankfully — NADIA IMAFIDON now we have Clifford, the big red band van. He’s been a trouper. E-mail feedback@pitch.com


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T H U R S D AY, N O V E M B E R 2 9 Coheed and Cambria, the Dear Hunter, Three: The Midland, 1228 Main, 816-283-9900. The Faceless, Revocation, the Haarp Machine, Sicadis, Conflicts, Aerodyne Flex: The Beaumont Club, 4050 Pennsylvania, 816-561-2560. David Alan Grier: Improv Comedy Club and Dinner Theater, 7260 N.W. 87th St., 816-759-5233. Anna Lunoe, Bill Pile, Jeffery B, LC, KC/DC, Avant Garde: 7 p.m. The Riot Room, 4048 Broadway, 816442-8179. Joanne Shaw Taylor: Knuckleheads Saloon, 2715 Rochester, 816-483-1456. Tyler Ward, Paul Klein, Ty Mayfield: The Granada, 1020 Massachusetts, Lawrence, 785-842-1390.

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A California kind of Renaissance man — musician, actor, surfer, talk-show host — Chris Isaak has maintained a steady, if slightly below-radar, presence for 25 years now. (“Wicked Game” was on the charts in 1991.) You’d think a handsome guy with a pompadour and a retro-hip aesthetic wouldn’t be built to last, but Isaak has an effortless, almost magical timelessness about him. His suave, crooning country rock is reminiscent of the songs of Roy Orbison, to whom Isaak pays tribute, along with other Sun Studio recording artists Johnny Cash, Elvis Presley and Carl Perkins, on his most recent album, 2011’s Beyond the Sun. Saturday, December 1, at the Uptown Theater (3700 Broadway, 816-753-8665)

Kendrick Lamar

One of the best-reviewed hip-hop albums of 2012 is Good Kid, M.A.A.D. City, the major-label debut from Kendrick Lamar. The Compton, California, rapper is a protégé of Dr. Dre and is being hailed as an heir to the West Coast hiphop throne. But Good Kid is not The Chronic 2012; it’s more catholic than that. Lamar’s flow is like a bridge between the smooth, G-funk tones of old Death Row stars and the moody croons that guys like Drake, Kanye West and now Frank Ocean have ushered into the mainstream. Elsewhere you can detect echoes of everyone from Nas to Lil Wayne. It’s a pretty

uneven album when it comes down to it — but in an impressive, swing-for-the-fences type of way. Sunday, December 2, at the Midland (1228 Main, 816-283-9921)

Kinky Friedman

The thread that runs through Kinky Friedman’s schizophrenic career is satire. The Jewish Texan has composed and performed country songs, written books and magazine columns, and run for governor of the Lone Star State. (He lost, in 2006, to Rick Perry, a man whose behavior we have come to learn is not intentionally satirical.) Friedman stops by Knuckleheads this week as part of his 2012 Bi-Polar Tour. He’ll be performing classic songs, like “Ride ’Em Jewboy,” and possibly discussing a second run at the Texas governor’s office, which he has been hinting at lately. Friday, November 30, at Knuckleheads Saloon (2715 Rochester, 816-483-1456)

Kreayshawn

In recent years, the Internet has presided over a rise in what I’ve been calling “grotesque pop stars” — acts like Riff Raff, Die Antwoord and Kreayshawn. Basically, these are people who are mocking the idea of stupid pop stars by dressing up and making videos in which they pretend to be stupid pop stars. In some cases,

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record executives have come to believe that these people might actually become pop stars and have signed them to lucrative contracts — as in the case of Kreayshawn, a 22-year-old Oakland film-school dropout who inked a $1 million deal with Sony on the strength of a single viral hit called “Gucci Gucci.” Are you exhausted yet? Well, take a breath: Kreayshawn’s album dropped earlier this year, and it broke the record for lowest-selling major-label debut of all time. It turns out that the Internet-to-IRL exchange rate for irony is not quite as favorable as Tumblr sometimes leads one to believe. Tuesday, December 4, at the Granada (1020 Massachusetts, Lawrence, 785-842-1390)

Frankie Ballard, Jon Pardi, Miss Willie Brown: The Beaumont Club, 4050 Pennsylvania, 816-561-2560. Blueprint, Steddy P, DJ Mahf, Approach, Winner’s Circle, Vital Nerve Crew: The Granada, 1020 Massachusetts, Lawrence, 785-842-1390. Sara Evans: Yardley Hall at JCCC, 12345 College Blvd., Overland Park, 913-469-8500. David Alan Grier: 8 & 10:30 p.m. Improv Comedy Club and Dinner Theater, 7260 N.W. 87th St., 816-759-5233. New Found Glory, the Story So Far, Seahaven: The Bottleneck, 737 New Hampshire, Lawrence, 785-841-5483. Punk Bunny, Wick and the Tricks, Multi/Nax, Absurdum: 9 p.m. RecordBar, 1020 Westport Rd., 816-753-5207. Trey Songz, with Miguel and Elle Varner: The Midland, 1228 Main, 816-283-9900.

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S U N D AY, D E C E M B E R 2 David Alan Grier: Improv Comedy Club and Dinner Theater, 7260 N.W. 87th St., 816-759-5233.

Broncho

Tulsa’s Broncho runs on the twin engines of classic power pop and punk rock; the band wouldn’t have been out of place on the muchloved Kansas City label Titan Records in the late 1970s and early ’80s. Regionally, the quartet has been gigging its ass off for the last few years — Oklahoma, Arkansas, Texas, Kansas and Missouri — and has accumulated a growing fanbase of garage-rock diehards in the process. With local openers the Empty Spaces, Interstate Astronauts and the KC Bear Fighters. Friday, November 30, at Czar (1531 Grand, 816-421-0300)

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M O N D AY, D E C E M B E R 3 The Sword, Gypsy Hawk, American Sharks: 9 p.m. RecordBar, 1020 Westport Rd., 816-753-5207.

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T H U R S D AY 2 9 ROCK/POP/INDIE Aftershock Bar & Grill: 5240 Merriam Dr., Merriam, 913-3845646. Another Lost Year, Screaming For Silence. Czar: 1531 Grand, 816-421-0300. Gold Fields, the Way Back, Is Paris Burning, 7 p.m. The Granada: 1020 Massachusetts, Lawrence, 785-842-1390. Tyler Ward, Paul Klein, Ty Mayfield. The Hideout: 6948 N. Oak Tfwy., 816-468-0550. Rob Foster and Dudes. Knuckleheads Saloon: 2715 Rochester, 816-483-1456. The Crayons, 7:30 p.m. The Midland: 1228 Main, 816-283-9900. Coheed and Cambria, the Dear Hunter, Three. Replay Lounge: 946 Massachusetts, Lawrence, 785-749-7676. The Von Ehrics, Vehicles, 10 p.m. Tomfooleries: 612 W. 47th St., 816-753-0555. Gov’t Cheez.

BLUES/FUNK/SOUL B.B.’s Lawnside BBQ: 1205 E. 85th St., 816-822-7427. John Paul’s Flying Circus. Jazz: 1823 W. 39th St., 816-531-5556. Grand Marquis. Jazzhaus: 926-1/2 Massachusetts, Lawrence, 785-749-1387. Slow Ya Roll. Knuckleheads Saloon: 2715 Rochester, 816-483-1456. Joanne Shaw Taylor. Quasimodo: 12056 W. 135th St., Overland Park, 913-239-9666. The Josh Vowell Band, 8 p.m.

ROOTS/COUNTRY/BLUEGRASS The Eighth Street Taproom: 801 New Hampshire, Lawrence, 785-841-6918. Arthur Dodge and the Horsefeathers, Heidi & the Kicking Heels.

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The Bottleneck: 737 New Hampshire, Lawrence, 785-8415483. Goomba Rave, with Team Bear Club. Dark Horse Tavern: 4112 Pennsylvania, 816-931-3663. Live DJ. Mosaic Lounge: 1331 Walnut, 816-679-0076. Mosaic Thursdays. Saints Pub + Patio: 9720 Quivira, Lenexa, 913-492-3900. DJ Brad Sager.

HIP-HOP Jackpot Music Hall: 943 Massachusetts, Lawrence, 785-8321085. Don Dilla.

ACOUSTIC Trouser Mouse: 625 N.W. Mock Ave., Blue Springs, 816-2201222. Bob Reeder.

JAZZ The Blue Room: 1616 E. 18th St., 816-474-8463. Miguel DeLeon. Chaz on the Plaza: 325 Ward Pkwy., 816-802-2152. Charles Williams Duo. The Majestic Restaurant: 931 Broadway, 816-221-1888. Bram Wijnands, 6 p.m. The Phoenix: 302 W. Eighth St., 816-221-5299. Rod Fleeman and Dan Bliss. Sunset Grill: 14577 Metcalf, Overland Park, 913-681-1722. Tony Antonucci, 7:30 p.m.

WORLD The Levee: 16 W. 43rd St., 816-561-2821. Live Reggae with AZ-ONE.

AMERICANA RecordBar: 1020 Westport Rd., 816-753-5207. Quiet Corral, She’s a Keeper, the Natural State, 9:30 p.m.

COMEDY Improv Comedy Club and Dinner Theater: 7260 N.W. 87th St., 816-759-5233. David Alan Grier. Stanford’s Comedy Club: 1867 Village West Pkwy., Kansas City, Kan., 913-400-7500. Eddie Ifft.

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BAR GAMES/DRUNKEN DISTRACTIONS Bleachers Bar & Grill: 210 S.W. Greenwich Dr., Lee’s Summit, 816-623-3410. Extreme Bingo. Bulldog: 1715 Main, 816-421-4799. Brodioke. Buzzard Beach: 4110 Pennsylvania, 816-753-4455. Trivia, Ladies’ Night, and DJ HoodNasty.

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Davey’s Uptown Ramblers Club: 3402 Main, 816-753-1909. Music Roulette. Ernie Biggs Dueling Piano Bar: 4115 Mill, 816-561-2444. “You Sing It” Live Band Karaoke. Fatso’s Public House and Stage: 1016 Massachusetts, Lawrence, 785-865-4055. Electro Therapy Thursdays. Hamburger Mary’s: 101 Southwest Blvd., 816-842-1919. Charity Bingo with Valerie Versace, 8 p.m., $1 per game. Hurricane Allie’s Bar and Grill: 5541 Merriam Dr., Shawnee, 913-217-7665. Karaoke, 8:30 p.m. J. Murphy’s Irish Pub and Grille: 22730 Midland Dr., Shawnee, 913-825-3880. Ladies’ night. Jake’s Place Bar and Grill: 12001 Johnson Dr., Shawnee, 913-962-5253. Trivia. Johnny’s Tavern: 8262 Mission, Prairie Village, 913-901-0322. Bingo. Mac’s Place: 580 S. Fourth St., Edwardsville. Karaoke. Missie B’s: 805 W. 39th St., 816-561-0625. Karaoke on the main floor, 10 p.m. RecordBar: 1020 Westport Rd., 816-753-5207. Trivia Clash, 7 p.m. The Red Balloon: 10325 W. 75th St., Overland Park, 913-962-2330. KaraE R oke, 8 p.m., free. MO Sherlock’s Underground Coffeehouse & Pub: 858 State Route 291, Liberty, 816-429-5262. S G IN Karaoke, ladies’ night. LIST E AT N I The Uptown Arts Bar: 3611 BroadONL M way. MBird’s Artist Showcase, PITCH.CO 7:30 p.m.; Uptown Heat, 10:30 p.m. The Velvet Dog: 400 E. 31st St., 816-7539990. Skeeball League. The Well: 7421 Broadway, 816-361-1700. Thursday Night Football. Westport Flea Market: 817 Westport Rd., 816-931-1986. Trivia, 9 p.m.

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EASY LISTENING Jerry’s Bait Shop: 13412 Santa Fe Trail Dr., Lenexa, 913-8949676. Interactive Acoustic with Jason Kayne.

ELECTRO The Riot Room: 4048 Broadway, 816-442-8179. Anna Lunoe, Bill Pile, Jeffery B, LC, KC/DC, Avant Garde, 7 p.m.

OPEN MIC/JAM SESSIONS Double T’s Roadhouse: 1421 Merriam Ln., Kansas City, Kan., 913-432-5555. Blues Jam hosted by RocknRick’s Boogie Leggin’ Blues Band, 7 p.m. Jerry’s Bait Shop: 302 S.W. Main, Lee’s Summit, 816-525-1871. Jerry’s Jam Night, 9 p.m.

M E TA L / P U N K The Beaumont Club: 4050 Pennsylvania, 816-561-2560. The Faceless, Revocation, the Haarp Machine, Sicadis, Conflicts, Aerodyne Flex.

REGGAE Afrobeat: 9922 Holmes, 816-943-6333. Reggae Rockers, 10 p.m.

F R I D AY 3 0 ROCK/POP/INDIE Aftershock Bar & Grill: 5240 Merriam Dr., Merriam, 913-3845646. Viasava, and more. The Bottleneck: 737 New Hampshire, Lawrence, 785-8415483. New Found Glory, the Story So Far, Seahaven. Czar: 1531 Grand, 816-421-0300. Broncho, the Empty Spaces, the Kansas City Bear Fighters, Interstate Astronauts, 7 p.m. Jazzhaus: 926-1/2 Massachusetts, Lawrence, 785-749-1387. The Magnetics. Jerry’s Bait Shop: 302 S.W. Main, Lee’s Summit, 816-525-1871. The M80s. Knuckleheads Saloon: 2715 Rochester, 816-483-1456. Jeff Bergen’s Elvis Show, 7 p.m. RecordBar: 1020 Westport Rd., 816-753-5207. The Doo-Dads, 5 p.m. Replay Lounge: 946 Massachusetts, Lawrence, 785-7497676. Netherfriends, Heartscape Landbreak and Dan Ryan. Take Five Coffee + Bar: 5336 W. 151st St., Overland Park, 913948-5550. On the Record.

BLUES/FUNK/SOUL Californos: 4124 Pennsylvania, 816-531-7878. Nathan & Roz. Davey’s Uptown Ramblers Club: 3402 Main, 816-753-1909. Plissken, Ira Grace & the Bible Belt Prophets, Filthy 13. The Hideout: 6948 N. Oak Tfwy., 816-468-0550. The Nace Brothers. Icons Restaurant & Lounge: 1108 Grand, 816-472-4266. The Boss Kingz, 8 p.m. Jazz: 1823 W. 39th St., 816-531-5556. The Big 3. Jerry’s Bait Shop: 13412 Santa Fe Trail Dr., Lenexa, 913-8949676. Groove Therapy.

Knuckleheads Saloon: 2715 Rochester, 816-483-1456. Moreland & Arbuckle, 10 p.m. The Levee: 16 W. 43rd St., 816-561-2821. The Good Foot. The Phoenix: 302 W. Eighth St., 816-221-5299. Brother Bagman, 9 p.m. Quasimodo: 12056 W. 135th St., Overland Park, 913-239-9666. Shinetop Jr., 5:30 p.m.; Levee Town, 8 p.m.

ROOTS/COUNTRY/BLUEGRASS The Beaumont Club: 4050 Pennsylvania, 816-561-2560. Frankie Ballard, Jon Pardi, Miss Willie Brown. Knuckleheads Saloon: 2715 Rochester, 816-483-1456. Kinky Friedman, Brian Molnar, 7:30 p.m. Yardley Hall at JCCC: 12345 College Blvd., Overland Park, 913-469-8500. Sara Evans.

DJ Beer Kitchen: 435 Westport Rd., 816-389-4180. DCal. Club Monaco: 334 E. 31st St., 816-753-5990. DJ Shaun Flo. The Eighth Street Taproom: 801 New Hampshire, Lawrence, 785-841-6918. Thrift Store 45s, Ian Wolfe. Mosaic Lounge: 1331 Walnut, 816-679-0076. Mosaic Friday hosted by Luke Rich, with DJ Allen Michael. The Quaff: 1010 Broadway, 816-471-1918. DJ E. Replay Lounge: 946 Massachusetts, Lawrence, 785-749-7676. DJ Modrey Hepburn, 10 p.m. Saints Pub + Patio: 9720 Quivira, Lenexa, 913-492-3900. DJ TA. Strikerz Entertainment Center: 18900 E. Valley View Pkwy., Independence, 816-313-5166. DJ night. Z Strike: 1370 Grand, 816-471-2316. Fabowlous Fridays with DJ Nuveau, 9 p.m.

HIP-HOP The Brick: 1727 McGee, 816-421-1634. Les Izmore, Soul Providers Crew. The Granada: 1020 Massachusetts, Lawrence, 785-842-1390. Blueprint, Steddy P, DJ Mahf, Approach, Winner’s Circle, Vital Nerve Crew.

ACOUSTIC Quasimodo: 12056 W. 135th St., Overland Park, 913-239-9666. Solo acoustic matinee show, 5:30 p.m.

JAZZ Accurso’s: 5044 Main Street, 816-753-0810. Bob Bowman and Joe Lisinicchia. B.B.’s Lawnside BBQ: 1205 E. 85th St., 816-822-7427. Ernest James Zydeco. The Blue Room: 1616 E. 18th St., 816-474-8463. Lori Andrews, Millie Edwards. Chaz on the Plaza: 325 Ward Pkwy., 816-802-2152. Max Groove Trio. Lucky Brewgrille: 5401 Johnson Dr., Mission, 913-403-8571. Stan Kessler, with the Ron Carlson Trio. The Majestic Restaurant: 931 Broadway, 816-221-1888. Bram Wijnands, 7 p.m. Nica’s 320: 320 Southwest Blvd., 816-471-2900. Jessica Fichot, 7 p.m. The Phoenix: 302 W. Eighth St., 816-221-5299. Lonnie McFadden, 4:30 p.m. Thai Place: 9359 W. 87th St., Overland Park, 913-649-5420. Jerry Hahn.

WORLD Blvd. Nights: 2805 Southwest Blvd., 816-931-6900. Good Fridays: International Party Experience, 10 p.m.

COMEDY Improv Comedy Club and Dinner Theater: 7260 N.W. 87th St., 816-759-5233. David Alan Grier, 8 & 10:30 p.m. Stanford’s Comedy Club: 1867 Village West Pkwy., Kansas City, Kan., 913-400-7500. Eddie Ifft, 7:45 & 9:45 p.m.

BAR GAMES/DRUNKEN DISTRACTIONS Bleachers Bar & Grill: 210 S.W. Greenwich Dr., Lee’s Summit, 816-623-3410. Open Juke Box. The Blue Line: 529 Walnut, 816-472-7825. Red Friday. The Brooksider: 6330 Brookside Plz., 816-363-4070. Team trivia. The Chesterfield: 1400 Main, 816-474-4545. Burlesque Downtown Underground, 8 & 10 p.m. Club Rain: 8015 Troost, 816-361-2900. Happy hour, 5 p.m. ComedyCity at Westport Flea Market: 817 Westport Rd., 816-842-2744. Major League Improv, 7:30 p.m. Ernie Biggs Dueling Piano Bar: 4115 Mill, 816-561-2444. KC’s Original Dueling Pianos. Hamburger Mary’s: 101 Southwest Blvd., 816-842-1919. Maryoke with Monique. Helen’s Just Another Dive: 2002 Armour Rd., North Kansas City, 816-471-4567. Trivia Riot with Roland, 7:30 p.m., $5 per person.

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Hurricane Allie’s Bar and Grill: 5541 Merriam Dr., Shawnee, 913-217-7665. Karaoke, 8:30 p.m. J. Murphy’s Irish Pub and Grille: 22730 Midland Dr., Shawnee, 913-825-3880. Karaoke, 9 p.m. The Kill Devil Club: 31 E. 14th St., 816-877-8312. Prohibition Party, with the Dave Stephens Band, 7 p.m. Missie B’s: 805 W. 39th St., 816-561-0625. Ab Fab Fridays on the main floor, 9 p.m. The Red Balloon: 10325 W. 75th St., Overland Park, 913-9622330. Karaoke, 8 p.m., free. Sharks: 10320 Shawnee Mission Pkwy., Merriam, 913-2684006. Dart tournament, 8 p.m. The Uptown Arts Bar: 3611 Broadway. Potluck Productions Dramatic Readings, 8 p.m.; Corkscrews & Canvases, 9:30 p.m. Wilde’s Chateau 24: 2412 Iowa, Lawrence, 785-856-1514. Dance Party.

ELECTRO RecordBar: 1020 Westport Rd., 816-753-5207. Punk Bunny, Wick and the Tricks, Multi/Nax, Absurdum, 9 p.m.

FOLK Great Day Café: 7921 Santa Fe Dr., Overland Park, 913-6429090. Madisen Ward and Mama Bear.

M E TA L / P U N K Replay Lounge: 946 Massachusetts, Lawrence, 785-749-7676. Red Kate, ExtraOrdinary, 6 p.m.

R&B The Midland: 1228 Main, 816-283-9900. Trey Songz, with Miguel and Elle Varner.

SINGER-SONGWRITER Trouser Mouse: 625 N.W. Mock Ave., Blue Springs, 816-2201222. Jason Elmore.

S AT U R D AY 1 ROCK/POP/INDIE The Brick: 1727 McGee, 816-421-1634. Molly Picture Club, the Ned Ludd Band, Dream Wolf. The Brooksider: 6330 Brookside Plz., 816-363-4070. Cherry Bomb. Czar: 1531 Grand, 816-421-0300. The Go-Karts, 6 p.m.; Parts of Speech, Tires, Rev Gusto, 8 p.m. Davey’s Uptown Ramblers Club: 3402 Main, 816-753-1909. Born in Babylon, Nicolette Paige, Brother Leadfeather. Jake’s Place Bar and Grill: 12001 Johnson Dr., Shawnee, 913962-5253. Live music. Jazzhaus: 926-1/2 Massachusetts, Lawrence, 785-749-1387. The Crumpletons, 7 p.m. The Levee: 16 W. 43rd St., 816-561-2821. The Bob Harvey Duo, 5 p.m.; Drew6, 10 p.m. RecordBar: 1020 Westport Rd., 816-753-5207. The Latenight Callers, In Back of a Black Car, Now Now Sleepyhead, Deco Auto, 9 p.m. Replay Lounge: 946 Massachusetts, Lawrence, 785-749-7676. Great American Desert, Oils, Y[our] Fri[end]. Uptown Theater: 3700 Broadway, 816-753-8665. Chris Isaak. The Well: 7421 Broadway, 816-361-1700. Perpetual Change, 9 p.m.

BLUES/FUNK/SOUL B.B.’s Lawnside BBQ: 1205 E. 85th St., 816-822-7427. Mama Ray Jazz Meets Blues Jam, 2 p.m.; Scotty Boy Daniel Blues Band, 9 p.m. Llywelyn’s Pub: 6995 W. 151st St., Overland Park, 913-4020333. Crosseyed Cat. Quasimodo: 12056 W. 135th St., Overland Park, 913-239-9666. Jeremy Butcher and the Bail Jumpers. Sharks: 10320 Shawnee Mission Pkwy., Merriam, 913-2684006. Rock and blues jam, 8 p.m. Trouser Mouse: 625 N.W. Mock Ave., Blue Springs, 816-2201222. Brother Bagman.

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Quasimodo: 12056 W. 135th St., Overland Park, 913-239-9666. Solo acoustic matinee show, 5:30 p.m.

The Majestic Restaurant: 931 Broadway, 816-221-1888. Mark Lowrey Jazz Trio open jam session, 5 p.m. RecordBar: 1020 Westport Rd., 816-753-5207. The People’s Liberation Big Band.

JAZZ Chaz on the Plaza: 325 Ward Pkwy., 816-802-2152. Angela Hagenbach Trio. Knuckleheads Saloon: 2715 Rochester, 816-483-1456. Chubby Carrier, 9 p.m. The Majestic Restaurant: 931 Broadway, 816-221-1888. Bram Wijnands, 7 p.m. The Phoenix: 302 W. Eighth St., 816-221-5299. Rick Bacus and Monique Danielle, 4:30 p.m.

WORLD Take Five Coffee + Bar: 5336 W. 151st St., Overland Park, 913948-5550. Alma Flamenca.

COMEDY ComedyCity at Westport Flea Market: 817 Westport Rd., 816-842-2744. ComedyCity After Dark, 10 p.m. Improv Comedy Club and Dinner Theater: 7260 N.W. 87th St., 816-759-5233. David Alan Grier, 7 & 10 p.m. Missie B’s: 805 W. 39th St., 816-561-0625. Dirty Dorothy on the main floor, 10 p.m. Stanford’s Comedy Club: 1867 Village West Pkwy., Kansas City, Kan., 913-400-7500. Eddie Ifft, 7:45 & 9:45 p.m.

BAR GAMES/DRUNKEN DISTRACTIONS Aftershock Bar & Grill: 5240 Merriam Dr., Merriam, 913-3845646. Kansas City Rock and Comic-Com, 5 p.m. Avalon Ultra Lounge: 5505 N.E. Antioch, 816-452-CLUB. Ladies’ night, no cover for ladies until 10:30 p.m., $2 drink specials, $10. Bleachers Bar & Grill: 210 S.W. Greenwich Dr., Lee’s Summit, 816-623-3410. Live music. ComedyCity at Westport Flea Market: 817 Westport Rd., 816-842-2744. Major League Improv, 7:30 p.m. Ernie Biggs Dueling Piano Bar: 4115 Mill, 816-561-2444. KC’s Original Dueling Pianos. 403 Club: 403 N. Fifth St., 913-499-8392. Pinball tournament, Cash prize for winner, 4:30 p.m., $5 entry fee. Hamburger Mary’s: 101 Southwest Blvd., 816-842-1919. Charity Bingo, 5 p.m.; Maryoke, 9 p.m. Hotel: 1300 Grand, 816-226-3232. Hotel Saturdays. Hurricane Allie’s Bar and Grill: 5541 Merriam Dr., Shawnee, 913-217-7665. Karaoke, 8:30 p.m. Mosaic Lounge: 1331 Walnut, 816-679-0076. Mosaic Saturdays. The Red Balloon: 10325 W. 75th St., Overland Park, 913-9622330. Karaoke, 8 p.m., free. Sharks: 10320 Shawnee Mission Pkwy., Merriam, 913-2684006. Pool tournament, 1 p.m. Wallaby’s Grill and Pub: 9562 Lackman, Lenexa, 913-5419255. Karaoke, 9 p.m. The Well: 7421 Broadway, 816-361-1700. College football. Westport Coffee House: 4010 Pennsylvania, 816-756-3222. The Kick Comedy Theatre: the Kick-Off Improv Comedy Show, 8 p.m.

M E TA L / P U N K The Beaumont Club: 4050 Pennsylvania, 816-561-2560. Killswitch Engage, Shadows Fall, Acaro.

REGGAE Jazzhaus: 926-1/2 Massachusetts, Lawrence, 785-749-1387. Checkered Beat, 10 p.m.

VA R I E T Y The Uptown Arts Bar: 3611 Broadway. KC Cabaret variety show, 9:30 p.m.

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The Bottleneck: 737 New Hampshire, Lawrence, 785-8415483. Greensky Bluegrass, Chicago Farmer. The Granada: 1020 Massachusetts, Lawrence, 785-842-1390. Keller Williams. Gran-Daddy’s Q: 1447 W. 23rd St., Lawrence, 785-830-8665. Tyler Ahlgren.

B.B.’s Lawnside BBQ: 1205 E. 85th St., 816-822-7427. Lee McBee and the Confessors. The Brickyard Tavern: 1001 S. Weaver, Olathe, 913-780-0266. Crosseyed Cat open blues jam, 3-7 p.m. Jazz: 1823 W. 39th St., 816-531-5556. Dan Bliss.

DJ Beer Kitchen: 435 Westport Rd., 816-389-4180. DJ Finius. Club Monaco: 334 E. 31st St., 816-753-5990. DJ Pure. The Eighth Street Taproom: 801 New Hampshire, Lawrence, 785-841-6918. Saturday Soulclap with Josh Powers. Johnny’s Tavern: 6765 W. 119th St., Leawood, 913-451-4542. Live DJ, 9 p.m. MiniBar: 3810 Broadway. DJ Jochen (Hog-In). The Quaff: 1010 Broadway, 816-471-1918. DJ Chris. Saints Pub + Patio: 9720 Quivira, Lenexa, 913-492-3900. DJ Brad Sager. The Union of Westport: 421 Westport Rd. MVMNT with Brent Tactic.

ROOTS/COUNTRY/BLUEGRASS The Granada: 1020 Massachusetts, Lawrence, 785-842-1390. Truckstop Honeymoon, Tyler Gregory, Ashes to Immortality, the Sunflower Colonels, Jazz Cigarettes, Old Fangled, Pickett Paul and Genes, 4 p.m.

DJ Hamburger Mary’s: 101 Southwest Blvd., 816-842-1919. Bad Music Sundays with Brett Dietrich, 3:30 p.m.

HIP-HOP The Midland: 1228 Main, 816-283-9900. Kendrick Lamar.

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CLASSICAL Chaz on the Plaza: 325 Ward Pkwy., 816-802-2152. Les Mengel Duo, 5-9 p.m.

COMEDY Missie B’s: 805 W. 39th St., 816-561-0625. Dirty Dorothy on the main floor, 10 p.m. Stanford’s Comedy Club: 1867 Village West Pkwy., Kansas City, Kan., 913-400-7500. Eddie Ifft.

BAR GAMES/DRUNKEN DISTRACTIONS The Bottleneck: 737 New Hampshire, Lawrence, 785-8415483. Smackdown Trivia and Karaoke. Clarette Club: 5400 Martway, Mission, 913-384-0986. Texas Hold ’em, 7 & 10 p.m. The Fox and Hound: 10428 Metcalf, Overland Park, 913-6491700. Poker, 7 & 10 p.m. Frank James Saloon: 10919 N.W. Hwy. 45, Parkville, 816-5050800. Karaoke, 6-10 p.m. Hamburger Mary’s: 101 Southwest Blvd., 816-842-1919. Mary’s Drag Brunch, 11 a.m. Hurricane Allie’s Bar and Grill: 5541 Merriam Dr., Shawnee, 913-217-7665. Karaoke, 8:30 p.m. Jake’s Place Bar and Grill: 12001 Johnson Dr., Shawnee, 913962-5253. Free pool, 3 p.m. Jazzhaus: 926-1/2 Massachusetts, Lawrence, 785-749-1387. No band, no cover, great drink specials, $3. Johnny’s Tavern: 13410 W. 62nd Terr., Shawnee, 913-962-5777. Live music. Johnny’s Tavern - Lawrence: 410 N. Second St., Lawrence, 785-842-0377. Poker. Missie B’s: 805 W. 39th St., 816-561-0625. Show Stopper Karaoke, midnight. The Red Balloon: 10325 W. 75th St., Overland Park, 913-962-2330. Karaoke, 8 p.m., free. MORE Saints Pub + Patio: 9720 Quivira, Lenexa, 913-492-3900. Free pool. Wallaby’s Grill and Pub: 9562 S ING Lackman, Lenexa, 913-541-9255. LIST E AT IN Texas Hold ’em, 6 & 9 p.m. ONL M Westport Flea Market: 817 PITCH.CO Westport Rd., 816-931-1986. Texas Hold ’em, 3 & 6 p.m.

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OPEN MIC/JAM SESSIONS Groove Station: 9916 Holmes, 816-942-1000. KC Blues Jam with Crosseyed Cat, 2-6 p.m. The Hideout: 6948 N. Oak Tfwy., 816-468-0550. Open blues jam, 7 p.m. 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.

SINGER-SONGWRITER Ernie Biggs Dueling Piano Bar: 4115 Mill, 816-561-2444. Singer-Songwriter Sundays.

M O N D AY 3 ROCK/POP/INDIE The Bottleneck: 737 New Hampshire, Lawrence, 785-8415483. Taking Back Mondays. Tomfooleries: 612 W. 47th St., 816-753-0555. The Goods.

ROOTS/COUNTRY/BLUEGRASS Barnyard Beer: 925 Iowa, Lawrence, 785-393-9696. Mudstomp Mondays.

DJ Davey’s Uptown Ramblers Club: 3402 Main, 816-753-1909. Liquid Lounge DJs, 10:30 p.m., free.

JAZZ Jazz: 1823 W. 39th St., 816-531-5556. Jazzbo. The Majestic Restaurant: 931 Broadway, 816-221-1888. Mark Lowrey Trio, 6 p.m. The Phoenix: 302 W. Eighth St., 816-221-5299. Millie Edwards and Michael Pagan, 7 p.m.

COMEDY Missie B’s: 805 W. 39th St., 816-561-0625. MANic Monday on the main floor, 10 p.m., free.

BAR GAMES/DRUNKEN DISTRACTIONS The All-Star Rock Bar: 7210 N.E. 43rd St., 816-452-2660. Monday Mancave: sports, drink and food specials. The Brick: 1727 McGee, 816-421-1634. Rural Grit Happy Hour, 6 p.m. Bulldog: 1715 Main, 816-421-4799. Trivia, service industry night. Clarette Club: 5400 Martway, Mission, 913-384-0986. Texas Hold ’em, 7 & 10 p.m. Ernie Biggs Dueling Piano Bar: 4115 Mill, 816-561-2444. Mancave Mondays. Green Room Burgers & Beer: 4010 Pennsylvania, Ste. D, 816216-7682. Geeks Who Drink Pub Quiz, 8 p.m. Hamburger Mary’s: 101 Southwest Blvd., 816-842-1919. Maryoke, 8 p.m. The Hideout: 6948 N. Oak Tfwy., 816-468-0550. Monday Night Football. Jazzhaus: 926-1/2 Massachusetts, Lawrence, 785-749-1387. Karaoke Idol with Tanya McNaughty. MiniBar: 3810 Broadway. Music Bingo. Nara: 1617 Main, 816-221-6272. Brodioke, 9 p.m. RecordBar: 1020 Westport Rd., 816-753-5207. Sonic Spectrum Music Trivia, 7 p.m., $5. The Red Balloon: 10325 W. 75th St., Overland Park, 913-9622330. Karaoke, 8 p.m., free. Sherlock’s Underground Coffeehouse & Pub: 858 State Route 291, Liberty, 816-429-5262. Tell a Joke Mondays. The Uptown Arts Bar: 3611 Broadway. Snazzy Cheap-Ass Drinks, all night. The Well: 7421 Broadway, 816-361-1700. Monday Night Football. Westport Flea Market: 817 Westport Rd., 816-931-1986. Texas Hold ’em, 8 p.m.

OPEN MIC/JAM SESSIONS The Uptown Arts Bar: 3611 Broadway. Jonny Green Open Mic and Jam Session, 7:30 p.m.

M E TA L / P U N K The Bottleneck: 737 New Hampshire, Lawrence, 785-841-5483. No Bragging Rights, Altars, Forever Came Calling, Adestria, and more. RecordBar: 1020 Westport Rd., 816-753-5207. The Sword, Gypsy Hawk, American Sharks, 9 p.m.

SINGER-SONGWRITER Davey’s Uptown Ramblers Club: 3402 Main, 816-753-1909. Songwriter’s Scene, 7 p.m.

T U E S D AY 4 ROCK/POP/INDIE The Beaumont Club: 4050 Pennsylvania, 816-561-2560. Dance Gavin Dance, A Lot Like Birds, I the Mighty, Hail the Sun, the Orphan the Poet. Tomfooleries: 612 W. 47th St., 816-753-0555. The Transients, 9 p.m.

BLUES/FUNK/SOUL B.B.’s Lawnside BBQ: 1205 E. 85th St., 816-822-7427. Trampled Under Foot. Slow Ride Roadhouse: 1350 N. Third St., Lawrence, 785-7492727. Lonnie Ray Blues Band.

ROOTS/COUNTRY/BLUEGRASS Czar: 1531 Grand, 816-421-0300. Elkheart’s Downtown Outlaw Fiasco, 7 p.m. RecordBar: 1020 Westport Rd., 816-753-5207. Rex Hobart’s Honky Tonk Supper, 6 p.m.

DJ Coda: 1744 Broadway, 816-569-1747. DJ Whatshisname, service industry night, 9 p.m. The Gusto Lounge: 504 Westport Rd., 816-974-8786. The Dropout Boogie, 10 p.m., free.

ACOUSTIC Davey’s Uptown Ramblers Club: 3402 Main, 816-753-1909. Loves It.

JAZZ Chaz on the Plaza: 325 Ward Pkwy., 816-802-2152. Mistura Fina. Finnigan’s Hall: 503 E. 18th Ave., North Kansas City, 816-2213466. Abel Ramirez Big Band, 6 p.m. Jazz: 1823 W. 39th St., 816-531-5556. Rick Bacus and Monique Danielle. The Phoenix: 302 W. Eighth St., 816-221-5299. Open Jam with Everette DeVan, 7 p.m.

BAR GAMES/DRUNKEN DISTRACTIONS Bleachers Bar & Grill: 210 S.W. Greenwich Dr., Lee’s Summit, 816-623-3410. Texas Hold ’em Poker Night, 7 & 9:15 p.m. The Bottleneck: 737 New Hampshire, Lawrence, 785-8415483. Gak Attack.


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Each week, Pitch Street Team cruises around to the hottest clubs, bars and concerts. You name it, we will be there. While we are out, we hand out tons of cool stuff. So look for the Street Team... We will be looking for you!

The Brick: 1727 McGee, 816-421-1634. Scrabble Club, 7 p.m. Bulldog: 1715 Main, 816-421-4799. Double-feature movie night. Coda: 1744 Broadway, 816-569-1747. Coda Pursuit Team Trivia with Teague Hayes, 7 p.m. Double Nickel Bar: 189 S. Rogers, Ste. 1614, Olathe, 913-3900363. Poker night. The Drop: 409 E. 31st St., 816-756-3767. Brodioke, 9:30 p.m. Flying Saucer: 101 E. 13th St., 816-221-1900. Trivia Bowl, 7:30 & 10 p.m., free. Hamburger Mary’s: 101 Southwest Blvd., 816-842-1919. Boob Tube Tuesdays, 7 p.m. Jackpot Music Hall: 943 Massachusetts, Lawrence, 785-8321085. It’s Karaoke Time! Johnny’s Tavern: 13410 W. 62nd Terr., Shawnee, 913-962-5777. Bingo. Johnny’s Tavern: 11316 W. 135th St., Overland Park, 913-8515165. Texas Hold ’em. MiniBar: 3810 Broadway. Sonic Spectrum Trivia: the Bizarre, Pop Culture and Travel, 7 p.m. Missie B’s: 805 W. 39th St., 816-561-0625. Gayme Night upstairs, 7:30 p.m.; PHAT Show, 8 p.m.; karaoke on the main floor, 10 p.m. The Red Balloon: 10325 W. 75th St., Overland Park, 913-9622330. Karaoke, 8 p.m., free. The Roxy: 7230 W. 75th St., Overland Park, 913-236-6211. Karaoke. Saints Pub + Patio: 9720 Quivira, Lenexa, 913-492-3900. Karaoke, 9 p.m. Sherlock’s Underground Coffeehouse & Pub: 858 State Route 291, Liberty, 816-429-5262. Country and Western Tuesdays. Tower Tavern: 401 E. 31st St., 816-931-9300. Trivia, 8 p.m. The Uptown Arts Bar: 3611 Broadway. Tango night. The Velvet Dog: 400 E. 31st St., 816-753-9990. Beer Pong, team registration starts at 9:30 p.m., tournament starts at 10 p.m. Westport Flea Market: 817 Westport Rd., 816-931-1986. Chess Club, 7 p.m.

ELECTRO The Granada: 1020 Massachusetts, Lawrence, 785-842-1390. Kreayshawn, Rye Rye, Honey Cocaine, Chippy Nonstop.

OPEN MIC/JAM SESSIONS

Matisyahu @ Uptown

The Australian Pin k Floyd @ Uptown

DiCarlo’s Mustard Seed Mexican-Americana Restaurant & Bar: 15015 E. U.S. Hwy. 40, 816-373-4240. Blues, country and classic rock hosted by Rick Eidson and friends. Quasimodo: 12056 W. 135th St., Overland Park, 913-239-9666. Dave Hays Band Open Jam. Stanford’s Comedy Club: 1867 Village West Pkwy., Kansas City, Kan., 913-400-7500. Open Mic Night.

M E TA L / P U N K The Riot Room: 4048 Broadway, 816-442-8179. All Hail the Yeti, Laid in Stone, Autumn of Apologies, 8 p.m.

SINGER-SONGWRITER The All-Star Rock Bar: 7210 N.E. 43rd St., 816-452-2660. Scott Ford Songwriter Showcase, 7 p.m. Californos: 4124 Pennsylvania, 816-531-7878. Songwriter Series with Jonathan Fleig. RecordBar: 1020 Westport Rd., 816-753-5207. Seth Glier, Claire Adams, 9 p.m.

W E D N E S D AY 5 ROCK/POP/INDIE

Red Elvises @ Knuckleheads

Quasimodo: 12056 W. 135th St., Overland Park, 913-239-9666. Rock Paper Scissors. RecordBar: 1020 Westport Rd., 816-753-5207. Bob Walkenhorst, 7 p.m.; Til Willis and Erratic Cowboy, John Maxfield, Shelley Miller, 9 p.m.

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Jazz: 1823 W. 39th St., 816-531-5556. Billy Ebeling. Knuckleheads Saloon: 2715 Rochester, 816-483-1456. Gospel Lounge with Carl Butler, 7:30 p.m. The Phoenix: 302 W. Eighth St., 816-221-5299. The Brian Ruskin Quartet. Trouser Mouse: 625 N.W. Mock Ave., Blue Springs, 816-2201222. Hudspeth and Shinetop.

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The Granada: 1020 Massachusetts, Lawrence, 785-842-1390. Coy Taylor, 6 Degrees West. Knuckleheads Saloon: 2715 Rochester, 816-483-1456. Hillbilly For Harvesters with Miss Major, Rex Hobart, Adam Lee, 7 p.m. The Midland: 1228 Main, 816-283-9900. Jake Owen, with Love and Theft, Florida Georgia Line.

DJ Avalon Ultra Lounge: 5505 N.E. Antioch, 816-452-CLUB. Flashback Wednesdays. Coda: 1744 Broadway, 816-569-1747. Sonic Spectrum with DJ Robert Moore, 10 p.m. The Riot Room: 4048 Broadway, 816-442-8179. Booty Jamz, 10 p.m. Saints Pub + Patio: 9720 Quivira, Lenexa, 913-492-3900. DJ Pure. The Union of Westport: 421 Westport Rd. Random Play Wednesday.

The Uptown Arts Bar: 3611 Broadway. Purusa DJ Electronic Lounge, 10 p.m.

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

JAZZ B.B.’s Lawnside BBQ: 1205 E. 85th St., 816-822-7427. New Vintage Big Band. Chaz on the Plaza: 325 Ward Pkwy., 816-802-2152. Max Groove Trio, 6 p.m. The Levee: 16 W. 43rd St., 816-561-2821. The Grand Marquis. Spirit of Hope MCC: 3801 Wyandotte, 816-931-0750. The Mighty MO Jazz Combo, 8 p.m.

COMEDY Improv Comedy Club and Dinner Theater: 7260 N.W. 87th St., 816-759-5233. Joke Off. Stanford’s Comedy Club: 1867 Village West Pkwy., Kansas City, Kan., 913-400-7500. Carlos Alazraqui.

BAR GAMES/DRUNKEN DISTRACTIONS The All-Star Rock Bar: 7210 N.E. 43rd St., 816-452-2660. Karaoke. Beer Kitchen: 435 Westport Rd., 816-389-4180. Brodioke. The Blue Line: 529 Walnut, 816-472-7825. Karaoke. The Bottleneck: 737 New Hampshire, Lawrence, 785-8415483. Engineers Without Borders Trivia for Charity. Bulldog: 1715 Main, 816-421-4799. Drink specials. Danny’s Bar and Grill: 13350 College Blvd., Lenexa, 913-3459717. Trivia and karaoke with DJ Smooth, 8 p.m. Ernie Biggs Dueling Piano Bar: 4115 Mill, 816-561-2444. Hump Day Party. 403 Club: 403 N. Fifth St., 913-499-8392. Pinball tournament, cash prize for winner, 8:30 p.m., $5 entry fee. Hamburger Mary’s: 101 Southwest Blvd., 816-842-1919. Charity Bingo with Valerie Versace, 8 p.m., $1 per game. Hurricane Allie’s Bar and Grill: 5541 Merriam Dr., Shawnee, 913-217-7665. Bike night; Karaoke, 8:30 p.m. J. Murphy’s Irish Pub and Grille: 22730 Midland Dr., Shawnee, 913-825-3880. Karaoke, 9 p.m. Jake’s Place Bar and Grill: 12001 Johnson Dr., Shawnee, 913-962-5253. Karaoke. Johnny’s Tavern: 6765 W. 119th St., Leawood, 913-451-4542. Texas Hold ’em. Johnny’s Tavern - Lawrence: 410 N. Second St., Lawrence, 785-842-0377. Cajun night. Johnny’s Tavern: 10384 S. Ridgeview Rd., Olathe, 913-3780744. Trivia. Johnny’s Tavern: 8719 W. 95th St., Overland Park, 913-9489500. Trivioke. Missie B’s: 805 W. 39th St., 816-561-0625. The Dirty Game Show, 10 p.m. Nara: 1617 Main, 816-221-6272. Ladies’ Night. Outabounds Sports Bar & Grill: 3601 Broadway, 816-2148732. Karaoke. Qudos Cigar & Cognac Bar: 1116 Grand, 816-474-2270. Red Cup Wednesdays, 5-8 p.m. The Red Balloon: 10325 W. 75th St., Overland Park, 913-962-2330. MORE Karaoke, 8 p.m., free. The Roxy: 7230 W. 75th St., Overland Park, 913-236-6211. Karaoke. S ING Sherlock’s Underground CofLIST E AT IN feehouse & Pub: 858 State Route ONL M 291, Liberty, 816-429-5262. Animal PITCH.CO House Wednesdays; open jam blues, bike night specials. Strikerz Entertainment Center: 18900 E. Valley View Pkwy., Independence, 816-313-5166. Ladies’ Night, ladies bowl for free in the Spare Room Party Room, live DJ, 9 p.m. The Uptown Arts Bar: 3611 Broadway. Uptown Improv, 8 p.m. Westport Flea Market: 817 Westport Rd., 816-931-1986. Trivia. Wilde’s Chateau 24: 2412 Iowa, Lawrence, 785-856-1514. Pride Night, 8 p.m.

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OPEN MIC/JAM SESSIONS Jazzhaus: 926-1/2 Massachusetts, Lawrence, 785-749-1387. Tyler Gregory hosts Acoustic Jam Session. Jerry’s Bait Shop: 13412 Santa Fe Trail Dr., Lenexa, 913-8949676. Jam Night, 9 p.m. Take Five Coffee + Bar: 5336 W. 151st St., Overland Park, 913948-5550. Open Mic with Philip Wakefield. Tonahill’s 3 of a Kind: 11703 E. 23rd St., Independence, 816833-5021. Blues, country and classic rock hosted by Rick Eidson and friends.

M E TA L / P U N K The Riot Room: 4048 Broadway, 816-442-8179. Speedwolf, Meatshank, Vanlade, 8 p.m.

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SOCIAL LUBING the general public still considers me young. Although I’ve attended many weddings, I have no interest in marrying or even being in a relationship. I never have. I’m not asexual. I’ve had and enjoyed sex. I just don’t feel the need to be with anyone. As long as I’ve got music and friends, I’m satisfied. Unfortunately, I seem to be the only one. My parents want grandkids. My friends want to set me up. My television set only ever shows people in or pursuing relationships. My government wants me to father and raise future dead soldiers. I try not to internalize these views, but sometimes I wonder what’s going to happen if I change my mind somewhere down the road. What the hell’s wrong with me? or not wrong with me? What do I tell people who insist that something’s wrong or that I’ll change my mind? And what should I do if I actually do change my mind?

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letters that I have a hard time giving much of a fuck about. Don’t get me wrong: You sound like a nice guy, articulate and pithy, and I typically like people who know what they do and don’t want. But cowards annoy me. Forgive me for working my own sexuality into this, but I have to say: When I was at that age the general public unanimously considers young — still a teenager — I walked into my mother’s bedroom and informed her that I was a faggot. (Begging my parents for tickets to the national tour of A Chorus Line for my 13th birthday somehow didn’t do the job; five years later, I had to come out to them all over again.) If I could work up the nerve to come out to my very Catholic parents about putting dicks in my mouth — at the beginning of the AIDS crisis, at that — then you can find the courage to come out to your parents and friends as not asexual; not unhappy; and not planning to date, cohabit, wed or reproduce. But while I’m not sympathetic to your plight, I found someone who is. “Few young adults say they’re not interested in sex or relationships, but IDGAF’s preference for going solo is hardly unique,” says Eric Klinenberg, professor of sociology at New York University and author of Going Solo: The Extraordinary Rise and Surprising Appeal of Living Alone. “Today, an unprecedented number of people are opting to live alone. Oneperson households represent 28 percent of all households in the United States, and in cities the numbers are higher.” Your coupled-up friends and grandchildstarved parents might have an easier time accepting your lifestyle choices if they knew just how common they are. “In recent decades,” Klinenberg says, “young adults have been the fastest growing group of American singletons. They’re delaying marriage and spending more years single. Moreover, they increasingly recognize the 32

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restraints, a blindfold, etc., for my ex, and she left them behind. It seems a waste to throw them away. Is it a bit squicky for a guy to bust out an arsenal of old toys when a new gal comes along?

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manager of Mr. S Leather in San Francisco (mr-s-leather.com), suggests that you get rid of your bondage gear. Schroder is in the business of selling sex toys — Mr. S is famous for its high-quality bondage gear — but his advice isn’t about his desire to move merchandise. It’s about your desire for gals. “Personally, I think some of the best gear you can get is hand-me-down gear,” Schroder says. “And there’s a great tradition in the gay leather community about passing gear from older folks to younger folks. But my gut tells me that a new girlfriend might wig out about used bondage gear. We have a lot of customers and couples who have a strong preference for cleanliness. But straight women in particular prefer that things be wiped down, well cleaned and shiny. So a woman who opens a dresser drawer and finds restraints with signs of wear and tear — and signs of someone else’s sweat or fluids on them — is probably going to be turned off.” So get rid of your old gear, Schroder advises, but don’t throw it away. “Find someone who wants and can’t afford bondage gear, and give it to them,” Schroder says. “Gear is expensive, and there are people out there who can’t afford it. Help ’em out.”

fact that over their long lives, they’re likely to cycle in and out of different situations: alone, together; together, alone.” And despite the negative stereotypes that slosh around about single people — they’re antisocial, unhappy, isolated — Klinenberg’s research shows that those who live alone do just fine in the friends and social-life departments. “People who live alone tend to be more social than people who are married,” Klinenberg says. “They’re more likely to spend time with friends and neighbors; more likely to spend time and money in bars, cafes and restaurants; and even more likely to volunteer in civic organizations. So much for the myth of selfish singles!” So what should you tell your nagging friends and family? “How about letting them know that going solo is what works best for him right now,” Klinenberg says, “but that he’s hardly made a vow to stay single forever. Or, if he’s feeling feisty, he can remind them that no matter how they’ve arranged their lives at the moment, someday they might find themselves opting out of sex and relationships, too.” What should you do if you change your mind someday? You should date, and you should marry. Don’t describe your current choices as superior — even if it does mean a better social life — and you won’t have to eat crow if you change your mind. “We’ve come a long way in our attitudes about sex and relationships,” Klinenberg says. “Now that living alone is more common than living with a spouse and two children, isn’t it time we learned to respect the choice to go solo, too?” Indeed it is. And the sooner you demand a little respect from your parents and friends for your choices, the sooner you’ll get it. To find out more about Klinenberg’s books and his research, see ericklinenberg.com.

Dear Lily: If all people are naturally nonmonogamous — a point I’ve made about 10 million times — then from my perspective, polyamory and monogamy are relationship models, not sexual orientations. (And if poly and monogamy are sexual orientations, wouldn’t going solo have to be considered one, too?) That was my point. Poly can be central to someone’s sexual self-conception, and it can be hugely important, but I don’t think it’s an orientation in the same way that gay, straight or bisexual are orientations. People can and do, of course, identify as poly. But is poly something anyone can do or something some people are? I come down on the “do” side. Lily clearly disagrees. But as @GetItBigGurl said on Twitter, where Lily and I engaged about my comments in last week’s column, “Openly pondering difference between orientation vs. lifestyle isn’t bigotry, legislating against polyamory is.” No one is legislating against polyamory here. Just thinkin’ about things.

Dear Dan: What’s the etiquette around (nonpenetrative) sex toys after a breakup? I bought

Have a question for Dan Savage? E-mail him at mail@savagelove.net

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