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Tell us about your work with Green Works: We educate urban high school students about the environment and then raise money to place them in paid summer internships in the environmental field. The goal is to get these students involved in meaningful environmental projects and introduce them to careers that most of them have never considered. We are the only nonprofit in Kansas City doing this work. Hometown: I grew up in the Flint Hills, in the town of Wamego, Kansas. Current neighborhood: Southmoreland neighborhood northeast of the Plaza Who or what is your sidekick? My sidekick is a

What career would you choose in an alternate reality? I have so many: film director, comedian, saxoE R O M

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What was the last local restaurant you patronized? I accompanied friends from L.A. right

across the state line to Oklahoma Joe’s.

Where do you drink? I like the cocktails at Westport Café, the Majestic, Extra Virgin, Bluestem, and the Justus Drugstore patio. What’s your favorite charity? Green Works! The one I started.

Favorite place to spend your paycheck: The Tivoli for independent films and Nature’s Own market in my neighborhood for local and organic food. I also have a weakness for hand-knotted rugs, Mexican art and really good street tacos. What local phenomenon do you think is overrated? It brought a lot of life back to down-

town, but the architectural design of the Power & Light District is underwhelming, and it looks like it could be in Anywhere, USA.

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rescue beagle named Scout. Scout does yoga at around 4 p.m. on her favorite rug and eats as many vegetables as I do. And she reminds me to have fun.

developed the Central Library and the parking garage featuring the community bookshelf.

“Kansas City screwed up when it …” Eliminated the trolley system, didn’t build the stadiums downtown, and didn’t set aside funds over the years for replacement of our sewer and storm-water system. “Kansas City needs …” More neighborhood

gathering places that people can walk to (small parks and locally owned coffeehouses, restaurants, bookstores, etc.). These become the places where community building occurs — neighbors get to know one another and eventually care for one another.

“People might be surprised to know that I …”

Am an introvert.

“On my day off, I like to …” Read; garden; walk my beagle, Scout; take pictures; work on an art project; write; shop at a used-clothing store; see an independent fi lm; talk to my neighbors; watch the art students from my front porch; make ice cream in the summer and soup in the winter. “In five years, I’ll be …” Wiser and a better

gardener. It’s inevitable about gardening, anyway.

Where do you like to take out-of-town guests?

The Nelson-Atkins Museum, preferably in the evening when the Bloch buildings are lit. We walk over from my house across the lighted sidewalk at the KC Art Institute.

Finish this sentence: “Other than the Kauffman Center, Kansas City got it right when …” We

What TV show do you make sure you watch?

Would you believe I do not watch TV? There are so many other fun things to do. Right now, I spend a lot of my evenings working on a community-development project in my neighborhood and planting my backyard with native plants.

take(s) up a lot of space in my iTunes:

No iTunes, but I’ve been listening to my Van Morrison CDs quite a bit lately.

What movie do you watch at least once a year?

I like to watch Grumpy Old Men around the holidays.

What local tradition do you take part in every year? I always attend the UnPlaza Art Fair

in my neighborhood and support the local artists.

Celebrity you’d like to ride the Mamba with at Worlds of Fun: I’ve always been interested in

the “business” of the Rolling Stones, so I’d like to meet Mick Jagger. I would ask him to teach me a few dance moves while we waited in line and I would like to hear about his inspiration for “Gimme Shelter.”

Favorite person or thing to follow on Twitter:

Who has time?

Person or thing you find really irritating at this moment: Facebook/Twitter. Sometimes

it feels like people have become obsessed with making sure everyone knows they are interesting, successful and cool. It’s like a constant barrage of annoying holiday letters.

Favorite day trip: It may be a little far for a day trip, but I love to visit St. Louis and wander around the old neighborhoods. I also like to hike at Weston Bend State Park and I enjoy visiting Omaha. What is your most embarrassing dating moment? I had friends who set me up for a lunch

date on a very windy day in February. I arrived at the restaurant, and my date came over, introduced himself and shook my hand. Then he reached up and flattened his hair and said, “I can’t believe how windy it is outside. Look what it did to your hair.” I explained to him that wind or no wind, my hair pretty much looked this way all the time.

Interesting brush with the law? I actually called the police on a ghost. My dog started growling in the middle of the night, and I woke up and heard distinct footsteps on my third floor. I grabbed my dog and the phone and stood next to the front door and called the police. The police came over and went up to the third floor, and there was no sign of an intruder, just a very small window that was open. (The window was too small for a human to get through.) I was the president of the neighborhood association at that time, and it was rather embarrassing.

to keep up on local politics, neighborhood issues, and funding or partnership opportunities for my nonprofit.

Describe a recent triumph: Green Works just turned five years old! We are getting ready to celebrate this fall with a service day in September and a fundraiser event Thursday, October 11, at KCP&L’s Energy Center. In this economy, it’s a big accomplishment.

Last book you read: Freefall by Joseph Stiglitz. I cannot recommend it as an easy, uplifting read.

For information about Green Works and tickets to the anniversary party, see greenworkskc.org.

What subscription — print, digital, etc. — do you value most? I read The Kansas City Star

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ack Wu discovered the Westboro Baptist Church’s YouTube videos while studying at California State University-East Bay. Wu, who is running for the Kansas State Board of Education’s 4th District seat, identified with the church’s extremist brand of Christianity. Wu says Westboro’s bent— that everyone but church members will go to hell — matched his own views. “It’s not all about God loving everyone,” Wu tells The Pitch. “Clearly in the Bible, they talk about hell and people going to hell. So it’s not all love and roses and flowers and all that.” Wu, who was born near Taipei in China and moved to California as a young child, relocated to Topeka in 2008 so he could attend Westboro Church services. Four years later, he says he worships G O weekly in the church’s L P E R MO INE AT pews but still isn’t an ofONL M / P L O G ficial member. P IT C H .C O “ I’ve a sked about membership before,” Wu says. “But right now, I don’t think I’m ready for membership. I’m not sure if I’m 100 percent in agreement with them on certain things.” Such as? “Their core things, like ‘God hates fags, God hates America’ — those things I’ll agree on,” Wu explains. “But there are certain, maybe minor issues that I’m not sure of.” Trivial matters such as whether Westboro’s claims that President Barack Obama is the antichrist are true. Wu says that question “is not settled yet.” Member or not, Wu’s association with the Phelps family has earned notoriety for his state school board campaign, which is based on a single controversial issue: evolution. Wu once believed in evolution. “When I was presented with evolution in public school, I thought, ‘Wow, this all made sense,’ ” he says. In the seventh grade, he transferred to a Christian school, and his view changed. “When I went to the Christian 6

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school, it was like, ‘Wow, those guys at the Wu: Believes in hell, not in evolution. public school were completely wrong. Why “I’ve had a few conversations with him, teach these absurd things?’ ” and he seems like a friendly, well-educated, Wu adds that there are crucial parts of evolution that “we don’t really have a lot of evidence intelligent, informed person,” Phelps says. “I for, like Homo erectus, Homo blah-blah-blah, don’t have any dislike of the guy.” Nonetheless, Phelps says he would be all those precursors to Homo sapiens.” “surprised” if church members rallied beWu says he’s running for the seat because hind Wu. of his opponent Carolyn Campbell’s belief in Despite Wu’s steep odds and lack of supevolution, which he says is bad for Kansas porters, Campbell says she’s going to keep students. campaigning hard. “If she was just a normal, typical lady and “I never say I’m confident,” she says. “I’m didn’t talk about evolution at all, I don’t think I would have any reason to run against her,” Wu working just as hard to make sure that I’m re-elected.” says. “I don’t think that she’s a Christian. Any Much like the Westboro Baptist Church, Christian that claims to be a Christian and also Wu has found himself the target of Internet believes in evolution, they’ve got something ridicule. The Topeka Capital-Journal pubtwisted in their head.” lished a blog post mocking Wu for asking for Campbell’s response: “Well, bless his heart.” directions to the state Capitol. Seven years after Kansans argued over evo“The Internet trolls, lution and intelligent design they’re just haters,” Wu in hearings, Campbell says says. “They hate God. They most people she has spoken “Any Christian don’t like me because I with support teaching evothat claims to be might tell them a little bit lution in schools. a Christian and about God.” “The majority of people In online message that I’ve visited with did not also believes in boa rds a nd com ment want us to be the laughingevolution, they’ve got sections of stories about stock of the world again,” Wu’s candidacy, a comshe says. something twisted in mon thread by anonymous So far, support for Wu’s their head.” p o s te r s h a s e me r ge d: campaign is sparse. He says Wu is gay, closeted and “a nice lady from one of ashamed. those rural areas” donated “I’m not gay,” Wu says with a small laugh. $5 to his campaign. However, Kansas Gov. Sam Wu says he thinks his voice — he describes Brownback publicly stated that he wouldn’t be it as distinct, high-pitched and effeminate supporting Wu, a registered Republican. Even the members of the Westboro Baptist Church — and manner of speaking might lead some people to assume that he’s gay. aren’t supporting his campaign. “I can’t really change my voice now,” Wu “They said that they’d vote for me, a few of them,” Wu says. “I don’t know if all of them says. “Those people that are speculating about that, they don’t want to obey the stanwill vote for me.” Fred Phelps Jr., son of the Westboro dard of God. I do. I am very sad that they’re trying to spread rumors about me.” preacher, says he supports politically oriented congregants who run for office. But Westboro won’t be supporting Wu. E-mail ben.palosaari@pitch.com

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n 1993, Damien Echols, Jason Baldwin and Jessie Misskelley Jr. were charged with killing three 8-year-olds in West Memphis, Arkansas. Despite its slapdash case, the prosecution convinced a jury in 1994 to send Echols to death row, and Baldwin and Misskelley to life in prison. Joe Berlinger and Bruce Sinofsky’s 1996 documentary, Paradise Lost: The Child Murders at Robin Hood Hills, revealed the flaws in those convictions and drew national attention to the botched prosecution. A 2007 DNA analysis eventually ruled out the West Memphis Three as the killers, but it took another three years for the Arkansas Supreme Court to clear the way for the Alford pleas that would set the men free. They walked out of prison in 2011. Echols has written a memoir, Life After Death, which details his imprisonment. He speaks and signs copies of the book at 7 p.m. Friday at Unity Temple on the Plaza (707 West 47th Street). See rainydaybooks.com for tickets ($26) and information on the Midwest Innocence Project fundraiser that precedes the talk. The Pitch spoke with him by phone; the complete interview is at pitch.com. The Pitch: In the book, you note that many of the people in prison should probably be in a mental institution instead. Echols: The average IQ for the guy on death row is 85 … . The worst case in Arkansas was this guy who had shot himself in the head and given himself a lobotomy [Ricky Ray Rector, who was executed in 1992]. He survived it, but he was arrested, put on trial and sentenced to death. They were getting ready to ask him what he wanted to have for his last meal, and he says pecan pie. So he eats half of the pie. When they’re getting ready to execute him, he wraps up the other half of it and says he’s going to save the rest of that until after the execution. The guy does not even comprehend that they’re about to kill him. It still happens all the time.

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t’s Wednesday afternoon in Merriam, and there’s no traffic around one of the city’s nicest shopping districts. Zero traffic. Wait, here comes someone. A blue PT Cruiser ventures into the parking lot at Merriam Village, along Interstate 35, just south of Johnson Drive. The car lingers a moment in front of the storefronts, then loops back out again. The storefronts are empty. No businesses are here — just a broken promise. In 2004, the city approved a plan by DDR Corp. (then called Developers Diversified Realty) to erect a fancy new “urban village.” Up went the strip mall. Then down went the U.S. economy. At the time of its completion, Merriam Village had signed only one tenant: Circuit City. But the electronics retailer collapsed into bankruptcy before it could occupy its brand-new store, leaving only “CIRCUIT CI” on the mall’s otherwise blank marquee, a ghost visible to highway drivers long after the deal fell apart. As former Pitch managing editor David Martin described luckless Merriam Village in 2008, “It’s a village in the same way a prison is a community.” But even prisons have people living in them, and over the past four years, this sad strip mall has remained empty. It’s an embarrassment visible from the front steps of Merriam’s City Hall, just up the hill, a daily poke in the eye of a suburban city’s ambitions. Now, though, that staggering failure may have led to a metrowide success. 8

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On October 24 last year, Merriam City Administrator Phillip Lammers got a call from a lawyer working for IKEA. The Swedish furniture giant wanted to set up a meeting with the city. “These guys knew more about us than we knew about them,” Lammers says, recalling that fi rst meeting with IKEA’s reps. “They had been studying it” — Merriam Vil-

tomers are happy to drive hundreds of miles to visit IKEA’s big blue stores. The outlets closest to Kansas City are in Dallas, Minneapolis, Denver and Chicago — each at least a workday’s drive away, making Johnson County the bull’s-eye of a continental IKEA desert. On top of that, Merriam Village’s owner, DDR, has been shedding dead weight since

“They put us on the map. Outside of our community, if they say, ‘Where you work, where you live?’ and they say, ‘Where is that?’ You say, ‘That’s where the IKEA is,’ and they’re like, ‘Oh, right!’” lage — “for a couple years. They liked the market.” IKEA favors building along highly visible and accessible interstate highways, in suburbs just outside major metropolitan areas. Retail sites don’t get much closer to that model than Merriam Village. And retailers don’t get much closer to a sure thing than IKEA does. The company’s clean-lined, inexpensive furniture inspires an almost cultish consumer loyalty — cus-

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the recession began. It has sold at least 55 of its properties (numbering more than 400) since 2011, according to its latest quarterly filing. Meanwhile, Merriam Village still sits in a tax-increment-financing district, designed to cut costs for development. “This is a privately held company, one of the largest in the world,” Lammers says of IKEA, “and they don’t make a habit of telling everyone what their business is. But they are pitch.com

in the habit of landing in TIF districts, and so they know what to expect.” So how much of the IKEA hype should you believe? According to other cities where the company put down stakes, a lot of it. In Canton, Michigan, a Detroit suburb not far from Ann Arbor, IKEA bulldozed a dead Kmart and turned the property into a big blue downtown anchor. “You can go there almost any day of the week and see license plates from all over the state of Michigan,” says Kathleen Salla, a development coordinator for downtown Canton. “We’re very close to Canada here, so Canadian plates come over, and we also have people that come from Ohio and Indiana to shop, so we do bring in a lot of people outside our market area.” “They put us on the map,” says Thomas Paden, president of the Canton Chamber of Commerce. “Outside of our community, if they say, ‘Where you work, where you live?’ and they say, ‘Where is that?’ You say, ‘That’s where the IKEA is,’ and they’re like, ‘Oh, right!’” When IKEA decided to open in Portland, Oregon, in 2007, a reporter for The Oregonian wandered down the coast to West Sacramento, California, and found overnighters from Nevada who had driven in, eaten at local restaurants and stayed at local hotels to buy from IKEA. Other big-name retailers had also chased IKEA into town. Kay Fenrich, CEO of the West Sacramento Chamber of Commerce, said at the time that IKEA had brought in $1 million in sales tax in its first year, 7 percent M O N T H X X–X X , 2 0 0 X

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of the city’s overall take. (The chamber did not respond to a message from The Pitch seeking an update.) Yet IKEA’s plan for a store in Somerville, Massachusetts, just outside Boston, carries a mixed message for KC’s IKEA devout. The bad news: IKEA bought property in Somerville in the 1990s but never built a store there. After years of wrangling between IKEA and the city, the company built a store 25 miles away instead, demonstrating that political friction can kill the golden goose. (IKEA eventually agreed to a land swap to help make room for a scenic riverfront-park development. “Our experience with IKEA was, although we

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They will build it, and we will come. some Merriam residents probably won’t be thrilled about all the new traffic. (Not Merriam Mayor Ken Sissom. “We are going to have the busiest QuikTrip in the world right down the hill,” he crowed to The Kansas City Star after IKEA announced its proposal.) How long will it take for IKEA to bring Merriam enough business to make up for all that the Merriam Village development siphoned from the city? Those numbers aren’t known yet because the IKEA doesn’t exist yet. IKEA is still negotiating to buy the property from DDR, so Merriam’s golden egg

“Our experience with IKEA was, although we were really disappointed they didn’t build, they were quite a good public citizen, a good corporate presence.” were really disappointed they didn’t build, they were quite a good public citizen, a good corporate presence,” says Tom Champion, Somerville city spokesman.) The good news: Merriam is nothing like Somerville. The Massachusetts city has in recent years made itself a model for walkable, mixed-use urban communities — the opposite of car-crazy Johnson County. Not that building an IKEA in Merriam is a plan without warts. A Merriam IKEA looks likely to be a “category killer,” in the parlance of retail consultants such as JRM Sales & Management’s Joe Milevsky, who tells The Pitch that an IKEA would threaten the viability of nearby furniture outlets. And

is, for now, just a few sheets of paper sitting in the city’s planning department. The proposal goes to the city’s planning commission November 7 for approval — the moment when Merriam’s pursuit of the Next Big Thing begins in earnest. “The frustration we’ve experienced for nearly the past four years has really paid off in terms of patience,” says Merriam’s Lammers. “This is a pretty nice reward.” If all goes well, all your friends’ home furnishings will start to look alike in 2014. And the view from Merriam City Hall will fi nally look a little different.

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CRAFTY COUNTERCULTURE The rural commune founded in 1965 in Trinidad, Colorado “was a spectacular experiment in public art, architecture, resourcefulness and community.” So says filmmaker Joan Grossman, co-director (with Tom McCourt) of the documentary Drop City. The title, she says, refers not to acid but rather to art: the idea of dropping art into everyday life. “What I love about the people who were there is that they all have

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What’s the main difference between the National Circus of the People’s Republic of China and a traditional big-top experience? No animals. This show skips the elephants and the lions in favor of acrobatic feats with fantastic names: the Great Teeterboard, the Grand Flying Trapeze, Girls’ Balance With Bowls, etc. Tonight, the award-winning troupe brings its Cirque Chinois to Yardley Hall at Johnson County Community College (12345 College Boulevard, Overland Park, 913-469-4445). The show starts at 8 p.m., and tickets cost $37 or $46. See jccc.edu/theseries.

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remained very engaged with their work, with social justice, with ideas about building and community,” Grossman says. The film premieres at 7:30 p.m. at Liberty Hall (644 Massachusetts, Lawrence, 785-749-1972). Both filmmakers are slated to be there and lead a discussion after the screening. Tickets cost $6. (Grossman also discusses the film at a free screening Friday night at 7 in Atkins Auditorium at the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, 4525 Oak, 816-751-1278, as part of this fall’s Electromediascope series.) See the trailer at dropcitydoc.com. — NADIA IMAFIDON

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continued from page 11 a 200-voice chorus, a full symphony orchestra and a children’s choir of more than 50. It’s big, is what we’re saying.) At 7:30 p.m., 28 members of the Kansas City Ballet, 84 singers from the KC Symphony Chorus, a 20-member children’s chorus and the entire Kansas City Symphony come together for the Toni Pimble-choreographed production of “Carmina Burana,” set to Carl Orff’s intense score. The evening also includes “Mercury” and “End of Time.” Tickets cost $29–$99, and additional performances are this weekend and next. See kcballet.org for more information.

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Kansas City’s Italian community has celebrated Columbus Day since as far back as 1884. But Daughters of Columbus member Jody Valet says most of the holiday festivities have died out over the years. “We are hoping to bring back a little of that tradition with the first annual Columbus Day Social,” she says. Today’s event at the American Sons of Columbus (2415 Independence Avenue, 816-483-7201) has a little something for everyone: an Italian auto show, homemade cannoli, performances by Malena Marcase and Mango Yango, wine tastings and, of course, a live broadcast of Live From Jasper’s Kitchen with Jasper Mirabile. Asked why it’s still important to honor Columbus, Valet explained: “I don’t think I could sum it up any better than my friend Carl DiCapo did in a Kansas City Star article in 1992: ‘Columbus was an Italian, but what he did was make [the United States] an ethnic celebration. … Columbus didn’t discover America; he founded America and allowed all great 12

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ethnic groups to come to America.’ ” The Columbus Day Social runs from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Admission is free.

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A BIGinsight report says 170 million people (around 71.5 percent of Americans) have Halloween plans this year. And they’re going to spend some dough, projected at $79.82 per person. If you’re going to drop that kind of coin on a holiday, why not put it toward a good cause, like one of these spook-tacular fundraisers. Death Becomes Hair Masquerade Ball at the VanNoy Mansion (6800 Elmwood, 816-523-8177). Deep within Swope Park, the American Cancer Society and the Rose Brooks Center are hosting this Halloweenthemed fashion show and party. Tickets cost $25 in advance or $35 at the door and include appetizers and desserts. Purchase them at hookmyweddingup.net (click on “event RSVP”). Doors open at 6 p.m. Masquerade Charity Ball for Bread KC at the Levee Carriage House (20 West 43rd Street, 816-561-5565). This party features costume contests, a photo booth, tarot-card readings, a live DJ, games, drink specials (from 7 to 8 p.m.), raffles and, most important, apple bobbing. The cover is $5, and all monies go to Bread KC. Find out more about them at breadkc.wordpress.com. The party starts at 7 p.m. Masks are requested, but full costumes aren’t required.

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Tuesday night’s United States-Guatemala World Cup qualifying match at Livestrong Sporting Park (1 Sporting Way, Kansas City, Kansas, 913-912-7600) is sold out. However, you can see the U.S. Men’s National Team today when they run drills and hold an open practice for free at Livestrong starting at 10:30 a.m. Keep getting down with soccer sickness at the Legends Outlets (1843 Village West Parkway) across the way when the outdoor shopping venue presents SoccerFest, a kid-friendly extravaganza with Sporting KC players, inflatables, and autograph and photo ops, from noon to 2 p.m. Admission is free. For more information, see legendsshopping.com/octoberfest.


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he Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art (4420 Warwick, 816-753-5784) has a large holding of works, 110 paintings, by African-American artist Frederick James Brown. This week, the Kemper opens Frederick James Brown: Modern American Storyteller, featuring his well-known portraits of Count Basie; Charlie Parker; and Brown’s mentor, Willem de Kooning. Each portrait is punctuated with Brown’s fearless and colorful palette. The show runs through April 7, 2013. See kemperart.org for more information.

M O N D AY | 10 . 15 | CREWEL FATE

When Kansas author Gennifer Albin pitched her latest young-adult novel, Crewel, to literary agents, she described it as Mad Men meets The Handmaid’s Tale and The Hunger Games. The first in Albin’s trilogy, Crewel E MOR is about a 16-year-old girl named Adelice Lewys, who isn’t interested in T A E IN her time-weaving abiliONL .COM PITCH ties. She doesn’t want the responsibility that goes with controlling others’ destinies. Would you want to determine where they lived or what they ate? Neither does Adelice. Find out more at 7 p.m. when Albin speaks at Unity Temple on the Plaza (707 West 47th Street, 816-561-4466). Admission costs $17.99 plus Kansas sales tax and includes two admission tickets and a hardcover copy of Crewel. To order ticket packages, see rainydaybooks.com or call 913-384-3126.

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TED is HOT. So hot, in fact, that the “riveting talks by remarkable people” concept is selling out venues worldwide. The latest: TEDxOVERLAND PARK at the Nerman Museum of Contemporary Art (12345 College Boulevard, Overland Park, 913-469-3000). “What drives the wild ticket sales?” organizer Sherri Jacobs wonders aloud. She knows the answer: “Hanging out with a few hundred curious minds to hear something new, informative and occasionally mind-blowing

— with some swag thrown in for good measure — is a formula that can’t be beat.” Today’s TEDx theme is “Game Changers,” and the event includes speakers Eduardo P. Dolhun, M.D. (president of Doctors Outreach Clinics and CEO of Drip Drop Inc., a business dedicated to reducing dehydration deaths), and Cathy Malchiodi, Ph.D. (a leading art-therapy expert and educator). It may be sold out, but you don’t have to be there to watch. Stream it live at ustream.tv/channel/tedxoverlandpark, from 3 to 7 p.m.

AD LIBATION

At a certain point during his lyrical, very English “Phantasy Quartet for Oboe and Strings,” Benjamin Britten directs that the oboist play ad libitum, meaning: Cut loose, double reed! For, like, a measure or two! Feel that spirit of relative youthful abandon (the composer was just 19 when the piece was first performed, 80 years ago) when four Kansas City Symphony musicians perform it for your after-work pleasure. Johannes Brahms’ “String Sextet No. 2” (dude was 33 when it premiered) rounds out the program for this first installment of the symphony’s Happy Hour Chamber Music Series. It’s at the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts (1601 Broadway, 816-994-7200), so it’s instantly classier than whatever you were planning this evening. A cash bar precedes the 6 p.m. recital, just the way Britten and Brahms would have wanted. The music is free, but you need a ticket from kcsymphony.org. — SCOTT WILSON 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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istory calls Jimmy Carter’s presidency a failure for two primary reasons: the era’s crippling inflation (which began under Nixon and spiked under Ford, though Carter’s policies certainly didn’t help) and his administration’s response to the Iranian hostage crisis that began in November 1979. Argo, actordirector Ben Affleck’s new film, revisits the latter by telling the inside story of an unorthodox rescue mission, the details of which were declassified during the Clinton administration. The movie’s own stealth mission seems to be the rehabilitation of Carter’s term. This hazardous, impromptu rescue attempt required split-second presidential approval — it was not for wusses. And as Argo’s opening sequence makes E R MO clear, the hostage crisis itself was a fairly direct result of this country’s AT E N I ONL .COM longtime support of the PITCH shah’s savage regime and the asylum he found here following the Islamic Revolution. (Our other puppet thugs around the world needed to see that we would back them up in a jam.) So that’s Jimmy Carter, folks: no apologies. Apology is a recurring theme this election year, when Americans must choose between a president some claim apologizes too much and a billionaire rival many feel hasn’t apologized enough. (Naturally, Mitt Romney is the one with a book titled No Apology.) There’s something bigger and thornier underlying this issue: American exceptionalism and its demand that our leaders radiate resolve. But it’s a complicated world. Resolve is just another word for steely machismo, and a show of it isn’t always the way to get things done. Sometimes it takes diplomacy; sometimes subterfuge is required. And, yes, sometimes, a wrong must be acknowledged, along with a pledge that we’ll get it right next time. (Carter tested that last strategy, and look where it got him.) Argo shrewdly plays up the diplomacy and the subterfuge, seizing upon an odd historical footnote that presented the president with both circumstance and opportunity. Just before the fall of the U.S. Embassy in Tehran and the roundup of American hostages, six foreignservice employees managed to sneak out a side exit and make it to the home of Canadian ambassador Ken Taylor (Victor Garber), who concealed them while the U.S. government hatched an extraction plan. When the State Department’s rescue options prove laughable, CIA “exfiltration” operative Tony Mendez (Affleck) devises a far-fetched scenario. He’ll land in Tehran and, with the six U.S. citizens, pose as a Canadian film crew scouting locations for a B-grade Star Wars rip-off. With the help of Hollywood makeup artist John Chambers (John Goodman), Mendez sets up a phony production firm in Los Angeles, plants a notice in Variety, then heads to Iran to turn petrified ex-bureaucrats into a plausible preproduction team. (Presum-

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ably for additional verbal byplay, Chris Terrio’s screenplay adds a fictional character to the real-life tale, washed-up Hollywood producer Lester Siegel, played by Alan Arkin.) The story is undeniably rousing, all the more so for being (mostly) true. What’s more, the tension of multiple lives hanging by the thread of preposterous lies — spiced with Terrio’s pungent Wag the Dog-isms (“You scared of the ayatollah? You haven’t gone up against the WGA!”) — all but guarantees riveting cinema. Affleck the director navigates several complex plot strands, negotiating around them like an ace air-traffic controller. Nevertheless, Argo leaves a somewhat sour taste. In its exacting re-creation of the sounds and textures of the hostage crisis, as well as its aggressive mood, the film seeks to return us to a moment when the geopolitics of the

Middle East were fairly cut and dried, at least as far as most Americans were concerned. We were the good guys, and a bunch of angry barbarians chanting “Death to the great Satan!” was holding our people. Nothing much mattered beyond that. Argo’s prologue explains the U.S. role in installing the shah (and in the 1953 overthrow of Mohammad Mosaddegh), but the thrust of the film is about seeing postrevolutionary Iranians as an angry, non-subtitled horde, just as they were on TV in the 1970s. And, of course, liberal Hollywood saves the day. Part of the subtext of Argo is that, though hardliners and butchers they may be, these gun-toting Shiites are no more immune to the charms of American storytelling than anyone else. In a pivotal scene, the escapees must clear one more hurdle: the Revolutionary Guardsman questioning the veracity of their

Affleck (standing) briefs his charges. cover story. He presses them: What is this scifi movie, this Argo? Under threat of death, Joe Stafford (Scoot McNairy), the only member of the embassy team fluent in Farsi, explains the plot as a tale of peasant revolt, in which a wise man leads emboldened farmers to rise up against a tyrannical alien king. That’s right: He sells a cheap-ass fantasy B-movie as an allegory of Khomeini’s vanquishing of the shah. Thirty-plus years later, President Ahmadinejad will return the favor, by trying to confiscate every satellite dish in Iran and sending master filmmakers like Jafar Panahi to jail. Argo, for what it’s worth, reminds us of the links between cinema and power. It simply puts back what the CIA left on the cutting-room floor: the cinema. ■

OUT THIS WEEK KANSAS CITY JAZZ AND BLUES: PAST, PRESENT AND FUTURE rying to cram decades of music history into just over an hour is difficult, and director Sue Vicory (pictured) deserves credit for even trying. Her fi lm would have benefited from less name dropping and more music, but she has coaxed some formidable local artists — the McFadden Brothers, Karrin Allyson and Bobby Watson among them — to talk about their craft. Vicory, a former Kansas Citian, is scheduled to be on hand when Past, Present and Future closes the Kansas International Film Festival October 11. A Q&A with the director and some of the fi lm’s musicians follows Thursday’s 7:30 p.m. screening. A party afterward features food from B.B.’s Lawnside BBQ and a jam session led by Hermon Mahari. See kansasfi lm.com for tickets and details.

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man wearing an apron and a camouflage-patterned hunter’s cap tore apart a pork butt with his rubber-gloved hands, oblivious to the Marilyn Monroe look-alike onstage at the other end of the room. The singing blonde belted out Aerosmith’s “Walk This Way,” and the 33rd annual American Royal World Series of Barbecue was under way in the West Bottoms. Last Friday, a record 545 teams set up their smokers and hoped to claim the unofficial title as the world’s best barbecue team — and the $12,500 check that went with it. “Friday night is what we call the drunk-and-stupid night,” said Joni Smith of Kansas City’s Chickenbutt 10 Cents a Cut. “The rest of the weekend is when we get down to the serious business.” Teams ringed the American Royal exhibition hall and Kemper Arena, banners affixed to tent poles and chain-link fencing announcing their names or contest victories. Chickenbutt was set up west of Kemper, just as the squad had done for the past 11 years. This is a second-generation team. Dave Reitz first competed alongside his father, Don, on a team sponsored by the Diester Company. The younger Reitz is responsible for this team’s bible, a collection of notes from previous competitions: cooking times, rubs used, results. continued on page 20

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shamrock-shaped Kanye glasses. (It was near St. Patrick’s Day.)” Ben Palosaari (staff writer): “Didn’t a bomb go off there a few years ago?” (Yes, in the summer of 2010, a bum loitering outside the gas station dropped an unidentified item into the clothing donation box in Valero’s parking lot, and an explosion followed shortly thereafter. Authorities were called. No one was injured.) Peter Rugg (former staff writer) on Valero’s “No Single Beers” sign and policy: “I’ve never thought about taking one bottle of Miller High Life and trying to barter for it, but it happens so often at this gas station, they needed to write declarations,” Rugg wrote in a 2009 blog post. He asked the cashier how often customers attempt to haggle over single beers. “All the time,” she said. “They pull one beer out of a six-pack and bring it up and try to pay for it. Even with the signs up, they try to do it, and we keep telling them no.” Berry Anderson (Filter editor): “I thought their ‘no single beer’ policy was a bunch of horseshit. Sometimes, a tallboy was all I needed for inspiration at work. I suppose the rule was in place to keep the creeps, crackheads and other assorted ne’er-do-wells from loitering in the parking lot, but really, it didn’t work. I hope the new owners are more sensitive to the needs of the working stiffs, like me, in the community.” Your move, Phillips 66. We welcome you to the community and await your policy on tallboy cans.

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here’s not a huge amount of overt Beatle worship going on in our local scene these days. You’re more likely to recognize the influence of acts — David Bowie, R.E.M., Big Star, Wilco — that borrowed inspiration from the Beatles. But occasionally, a group gets all primary-source on you, and that’s what’s going on with the new, self-titled three-song EP from Gentleman Savage. Particularly so on opening track “Overlord”: With its fuzzy jangle and druggy-high harmonies, it’s a dead ringer for something off Rubber Soul or Revolver. “That’s actually a song that was written for, but never really used in, our old band,” says Nick Talley, drummer. “When we started working on Gentleman Savage, it seemed like it fit in with the sound we were going for.” That previous act was called Mother Culture, and when it disbanded a few years ago, Talley, guitarist and primary songwriter Holden Simpson, and bassist Kyle Anthony regrouped and started hammering out some new song ideas in Talley’s basement. (David Kelly joined later on keys.) They played their first show as Gentleman Savage about a year ago, at the Roost, an art space in the West Bottoms. On Friday, Gentleman Savage celebrates the release of the EP with a show at the Riot Room. The other two songs on Gentleman Savage up the psych ante a bit: The electronic piano on “Open Eyes” has a distinctly Zombies-like bounce, and “Death in the Springtime” traffics in dark, sweeping atmospherics. Talley says the group has the wheels rolling on a 7-inch that it’ll record this winter, with a full-length planned beyond that. Same ’60s-pop vibe? “Yeah, pretty much,” Talley says. “We’ve got some varying tastes. Our bassist likes more rock type of stuff. He likes ZZ Top. I like Motown — the Four Tops are one of my faves. Holden likes more psychedelic stuff, and then also the Beach Boys, Beatles. I mean, yeah — we all really like the Beatles.”

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T H U R S D AY, O C T O B E R 11 Brown Bird, Olassa: The Granada, 1020 Massachusetts, Lawrence, 785-842-1390. Three Days Grace, Cavo, New Medicine: The Midland, 1228 Main, 816-283-9900. Two Door Cinema Club, Friends, Guards: The Beaumont Club, 4050 Pennsylvania, 816-561-2560.

F R I D AY, O C T O B E R 12 Ott., the All Seeing I, Clandestine: 9 p.m. The Granada, 1020 Massachusetts, Lawrence, 785-842-1390. Jerry Seinfeld: The Midland, 1228 Main, 816-283-9900. 3OH!3, Outasight, Silas, Steddy P: The Beaumont Club, 4050 Pennsylvania, 816-561-2560.

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There’s some confusion, it seems, about whether Die Antwoord is a joke. Having spent some time with the South African electro-rap crew’s music and videos, I’m not sure how anybody could see them as anything other than a subversive comedy act à la Ali G. I am not a gay/ This penis is for the girls/My penis is clean/My penis is strong, goes a line from “Evil Boy,” one of Die Antwoord’s bigger hits. On a more recent track, this year’s “Fok Julle Naaiers,” their DJ, Hi-Tek, closes the song with a super-offensive, hard-ass rap, taken verbatim from that press conference in which Mike Tyson screams at a heckler that he will “eat his asshole alive.” They pair these hilarious ideas with a warped, purposely moronic version of Top 40 music, also hilarious, and sometimes even catchy. Wednesday, October 17, at Liberty Hall (644 Massachusetts, Lawrence, 785-749-1972)

Rhythm & Ribs Jazz & Blues Festival

R&B icon Brian McKnight gets top billing at this year’s Rhythm & Ribs festival in the historic 18th & Vine Jazz District. Also lined up to play the annual jazz and blues party: Arturo Sandoval, Joe Louis and Angie Stone, the McFadden Brothers and Claire Daly. (See the full schedule at americanjazzmuseum.org.) All in all, there are three stages, 15 performances, and however much meat you can cram into your body over the course of a day. Saturday, October 13, at the American Jazz Museum and Jazz District (1616 East 18th Street, 816-474-6262)

Crystal Castles

Crystal Castles sounds like the name of an old video game, which it is (Atari, 1983). And the Canadian duo’s dance music would work well as theme music to a video game — it would just have to be an extremely intense, probably violent one. Their third consecutive album, eponymously titled (III), is out in November, and based on the Web teasers, it’ll be another screeching, thumping, chaotic collection of electro terror. Speaking of video games: Opener HEALTH, also a transmitter of noisy, pulsing electronic music, is fresh off scoring the soundtrack to Max Payne 3. Tuesday, October 16, at Liberty Hall (644 Massachusetts, Lawrence, 785-749-1972)

Norah Jones

Norah Jones’ latest, Little Broken Hearts, is a breakup album produced by Danger Mouse. Though that sentence is one of the most boring I have ever typed, it’s not as bad as it sounds. It’s actually kind of a good album. Danger Mouse pushes Jones’ snoozy aesthetic into more dynamic territory — less wine-bar jazz and Americana and more pop flourishes. And some of these songs have real teeth. Like “Miriam”: Miriam, that’s such a pretty name/I’m gonna say it when I make you cry. Also, Jones is looking super-hot lately — I’m totally feeling the makeover. Wait, I think I might be a Norah Jones fan now? Saturday, October 13, at the Midland (1228 Main, 816-283-9921)

House of LaDosha, with Ssion

Queer rap is on the rise, and Dosha Devastation and Cunty Crawford LaDosha — rapper and producer, respectively, for Brooklyn’s House of LaDosha — are near the top of the heap, tossing crass rhymes over crunk beats. It’s hard to imagine a more complementary touring partner than former, maybe-kindastill Kansas Citian Cody Critcheloe, aka Ssion. I have listened to “My Love Grows in the Dark,” a Madonna-style club single from Ssion’s recent Bent, probably 100 times this year. I also honestly believe that Critcheloe might be the most progressive fashion icon in America. Don’t even get me started on his amazing Fila shirt in the “Dark” video. Locals Lazy open. Saturday, October 13, at the Riot Room (4048 Broadway, 816-442-8179)

El Ten Eleven: Jackpot Music Hall, 943 Massachusetts, Lawrence, 785-832-1085. Stars on 45s with Jonathan Toubin, Superwolf, Joc Max, Boss Hooligan: 9 p.m. RecordBar, 1020 Westport Rd., 816-753-5207. Taking Back Sunday, Bayside, Mansions: The Granada, 1020 Massachusetts, Lawrence, 785-842-1390.

S U N D AY, O C T O B E R 1 4 Rasputina, Faun Fables: The Granada, 1020 Massachusetts, Lawrence, 785-842-1390. Wolf Gang, the Royal Concept, Frank & Derol: 8 p.m. RecordBar, 1020 Westport Rd., 816-753-5207.

T U E S D AY, O C T O B E R 16 Motion City Soundtrack, Jukebox the Ghost, Now, Now: The Granada, 1020 Massachusetts, Lawrence, 785-842-1390. Shearwater, Cowboy Indian Bear: The Riot Room, 4048 Broadway, 816-442-8179. Sic Alps, Rooftop Vigilantes, Lazy: Jackpot Music Hall, 943 Massachusetts, Lawrence, 785-832-1085. Teenage Bottlerocket, Smoke or Fire, Masked Intruder, Bent Left: 9 p.m. RecordBar, 1020 Westport Rd., 816-753-5207. ZZ Top: The Midland, 1228 Main, 816-283-9900.

W E D N E S D AY, O C T O B E R 17 Funk Volume featuring Dizzy Wright, and more: The Granada, 1020 Massachusetts, Lawrence, 785-842-1390.

Danny Brown, with A$AP Rocky

Like his crumbling hometown of Detroit, rapper Danny Brown is terrifying in a distinctly modern way. He dresses the part of indie-rock star (asymmetrical haircut, tight jeans), smokes blunt after blunt, has battled depression, and raps almost exclusively about sex and Adderall. He’s 31 years old, a little bit mean, and way too good at telling the truth about his lifestyle. Headliner A$AP Rocky is younger (23) and from Harlem and, like Brown, has been tagged as one of rap’s Next Big Things, which probably won’t end well. With ScHoolboy Q. Sunday, October 14, at the Beaumont Club (4050 Pennsylvania, 816-561-2560)

FUTURECAST FRIDAY 19 Vicente Fernandez: Sprint Center SATURDAY 20 Deftones: Harrah’s Casino, North Kansas City TUESDAY 23 Sleigh Bells, Araab Muzik: The Granada, Lawrence FRIDAY 26 Justin Bieber: Sprint Center SATURDAY 27 Red Hot Chili Peppers: Sprint Center TUESDAY 30 Madonna: Sprint Center WEDNESDAY 31 EOTO, NMEZEE: 9 p.m. The Granada, Lawrence

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DECEMBER SATURDAY 8 Lamb of God, In Flames, Hellyeah, Sylosis: Uptown Theater

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COMEDY Stanford’s Comedy Club: 1867 Village West Pkwy., Kansas City, Kan., 913-400-7500. Mo Mandel.

BAR GAMES/DRUNKEN DISTRACTIONS

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

Bleachers Bar & Grill: 210 S.W. Greenwich Dr., Lee’s Summit, 816-623-3410. Ladies’ Night. Bulldog: 1715 Main, 816-421-4799. Brodioke, 9 p.m. Buzzard Beach: 4110 Pennsylvania, 816-753-4455. Trivia, Ladies’ Night, 7 p.m. Californos: 4124 Pennsylvania, 816-531-7878. Political debate watch party. Club Rain: 8015 Troost, 816-361-2900. Ciroc Star Thursdays, Ladies’ Night, $7 Ciroc drink specials, free Ciroc samples 9-10:30 p.m., hosted by Big Rich and Her Majesty, 9 p.m., free. E R Czar: 1531 Grand, 816-421-0300. Hot MO Caution Thursdays, 10 p.m., free. Davey’s Uptown Ramblers Club: 3402 Main, 816-753-1909. GS IN T Fat Thursday, cheap drinks. LIS AT E N I Double Nickel Bar: 189 S. Rogers, ONL M Ste. 1614, Olathe, 913-390-0363. PITCH.CO Texas Hold ’em. Ernie Biggs Dueling Piano Bar: 4115 Mill, 816-561-2444. “You Sing It” live-band karaoke. 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. Jake’s Place Bar and Grill: 12001 Johnson Dr., Shawnee, 913-962-5253. Trivia. Johnny’s Tavern: 8262 Mission, Prairie Village, 913-901-0322. Boogie Bingo, 8 p.m. JR’s Place: 20238 W. 151st St., Olathe, 913-254-1307. Karaoke with Mad Mike, 9:30 p.m. Mac’s Place: 580 S. Fourth St., Edwardsville. Karaoke. Michael’s Lakewood Pub: N. 291 Hwy. and Lakewood Blvd., Lee’s Summit, 816-350-7300. DJ Pure, beer pong, pitcher specials, 9 p.m. Missie B’s: 805 W. 39th St., 816-561-0625. Karaoke on the main floor, 10 p.m. MoJo’s Bar & Grill: 1513 S.W. Hwy. 7, Blue Springs. Pool and dart leagues; free pool, happy hour, 4-6 p.m. PBR Big Sky Bar: 111 E. 13th St. Jacked Up Jello Wrestling. RecordBar: 1020 Westport Rd., 816-753-5207. Trivia Clash, 7 p.m. The Red Balloon: 10325 W. 75th St., Overland Park, 913-9622330. Karaoke, 8 p.m., free. Saints Pub + Patio: 9720 Quivira, Lenexa, 913-492-3900. Ladies’ Night. Sherlock’s Underground Coffeehouse & Pub: 858 State Route 291, Liberty, 816-429-5262. Karaoke, ladies’ night specials. Smokehouse Bar-B-Que: 6304 N. Oak, Gladstone, 816-4544500. Happy hour, 4-6 p.m. The Uptown Arts Bar: 3611 Broadway. M. Bird’s Writer Showcase, 7:30 p.m.; Uptown Heat, 10:30 p.m. The Velvet Dog: 400 E. 31st St., 816-753-9990. Skeeball League Night. Westport Flea Market: 817 Westport Rd., 816-931-1986. Trivia, 9 p.m.

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Barnyard Beer: 925 Iowa, Lawrence, 785-393-9696. Panda Circus, Man Bear, FM Pilots. The Beaumont Club: 4050 Pennsylvania, 816-561-2560. Two Door Cinema Club, Friends, Guards. Jackpot Music Hall: 943 Massachusetts, Lawrence, 785832-1085. The Lighthouse and the Whaler, Ewert and the Two Dragons. The Midland: 1228 Main, 816-283-9900. Three Days Grace, Cavo, New Medicine. Replay Lounge: 946 Massachusetts, Lawrence, 785-749-7676. Acorn Bcorn, Lazy, Hissy Fit, 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. The Phoenix: 302 W. Eighth St., 816-221-5299. Brother Bagman. Trouser Mouse: 625 N.W. Mock Ave., Blue Springs, 816-2201222. The Clementines.

ROOTS/COUNTRY/BLUEGRASS Knuckleheads Saloon: 2715 Rochester, 816-483-1456. The Electric Rag Band.

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

ACOUSTIC RecordBar: 1020 Westport Rd., 816-753-5207. One Night Stand: an Acoustic Evening with KC’s Rock and Roll Bad Boys, 9 p.m.

JAZZ The Blue Room: 1616 E. 18th St., 816-474-8463. Claire Daly CD release. The Majestic Restaurant: 931 Broadway, 816-221-1888. Bram Wijnands, 6 p.m. Star Bar at Pachamama’s: 800 New Hampshire, Lawrence, 785841-0990. Floyd the Barber with Tommy Johnson, 8:30 p.m. 12 Baltimore: 106 W. 12th St., 816-346-4410. The Stan Kessler Duo with Kathleen Holeman.

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FOLK The Granada: 1020 Massachusetts, Lawrence, 785-842-1390. Brown Bird, Olassa.

OPEN MIC/JAM SESSIONS The Brick: 1727 McGee, 816-421-1634. Open Mic with Chris Tady. 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. Improv Comedy Club and Dinner Theater: 7260 N.W. 87th St., 816-759-5233. Open mic night. The Indie on Main: 1228 Main, 816-283-9900. Open mic, Low Dough Beer Night, 8 p.m. Jerry’s Bait Shop: 302 S.W. Main, Lee’s Summit, 816-525-1871. Jerry’s Jam Night, 9 p.m.

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

VA R I E T Y The All-Star Rock Bar: 7210 N.E. 43rd St., 816-452-2660. Family Night with Jason Dean the Magician, 9 p.m. The Brick: 1727 McGee, 816-421-1634. KC Songwriter Forum, 7 p.m.

F R I D AY 12 ROCK/POP/INDIE Bar West: 7174 Renner Rd., Shawnee, 913-248-9378. Travelers Guild. The Beaumont Club: 4050 Pennsylvania, 816-561-2560. 3OH!3, Outasight, Silas, Steddy P. The Bottleneck: 737 New Hampshire, Lawrence, 785-841-5483. White Ghost Shivers, the Latenight Callers, Zach Clancy. The Brooksider: 6330 Brookside Plz., 816-363-4070. The 4Sknns Band, 10 p.m. Clarette Club: 5400 Martway, Mission, 913-384-0986. Counter Culture. Coda: 1744 Broadway, 816-569-1747. The Heavy Figs, the Hilary Watts Riot. Czar: 1531 Grand, 816-421-0300. The Sunrise Revolt, the Prolific, Daffy’s Elixir. RecordBar: 1020 Westport Rd., 816-753-5207. Drunkard’s Dream, 6 p.m.; the Caves, Spring Standards, John McKenna Band, 9 p.m. Replay Lounge: 946 Massachusetts, Lawrence, 785-749-7676. The Latenight Callers, Pale Hearts, Monzie Leo & the Big Sky, 6 p.m. The Riot Room: 4048 Broadway, 816-442-8179. Gentlemen Savage, FM Pilots, Bears and Company, Le Grand.

BLUES/FUNK/SOUL B.B.’s Lawnside BBQ: 1205 E. 85th St., 816-822-7427. Blue 88. The Brick: 1727 McGee, 816-421-1634. Yojimbo. Knuckleheads Saloon: 2715 Rochester, 816-483-1456. Stacy Mitchhart, 8:30 p.m.

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ROOTS/COUNTRY/BLUEGRASS Jerry’s Bait Shop: 13412 Santa Fe Trail Dr., Lenexa, 913-8949676. Art Bentley. Knuckleheads Saloon: 2715 Rochester, 816-483-1456. The Plateros, Living Room session, 8 p.m.

DJ Club Monaco: 334 E. 31st St., 816-753-5990. DJ Soap. Hotel: 1300 Grand, 816-226-3232. Rockwell Fridays with Salvatore Palazzolo featuring the Jukebox Heroes (DJ Mike Scott and Spinstyles). MiniBar: 3810 Broadway. The Record Machine Party. 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. Saints Pub + Patio: 9720 Quivira, Lenexa, 913-492-3900. DJ Naylor. Strikerz Entertainment Center: 18900 E. Valley View Pkwy., Independence, 816-313-5166. DJ night. VooDoo Lounge: Harrah’s Casino, 1 Riverboat Dr., North Kansas City, 816-472-7777. Flirt Friday. Z Strike: 1370 Grand, 816-471-2316. Fabowlous Fridays with DJ Nuveau, 9 p.m.

JAZZ The Blue Room: 1616 E. 18th St., 816-474-8463. Matt Otto, Steve Lambert, TJ Martley, Seth Lee, Sam Wisman. EBT Restaurant: 1310 Carondelet (I-435 and State Line), 816-942-8870. Candace Evans. Gran-Daddy’s Barbeque: 1447 W. 23rd St., Lawrence, 785-830-8665. Glen Simpson. Lucky Brewgrille: 5401 Johnson Dr., Mission, 913-403-8571. Rob Scheps and Ron Carlson Trio. The Majestic Restaurant: 931 Broadway, 816-221-1888. Paul Shinn, 5 p.m.; Bram Wijnands, 7 p.m. Take Five Coffee + Bar: 5336 W. 151st St., Overland Park, 913948-5550. Tyrone Clark Ensemble. 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.

AMERICANA Jazz: 1823 W. 39th St., 816-531-5556. Billy Ebeling & the Late for Dinner Band.

CLASSICAL The Raphael Hotel: 325 Ward Pkwy., 816-756-3800. Strings on the Green with Paul Roberts Trio.

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COMEDY Improv Comedy Club and Dinner Theater: 7260 N.W. 87th St., 816-759-5233. Bill Bellamy, 8 & 10:30 p.m. The Midland: 1228 Main, 816-283-9900. Jerry Seinfeld. Stanford’s Comedy Club: 1867 Village West Pkwy., Kansas City, Kan., 913-400-7500. Mo Mandel, 7:45 & 9:15 p.m.

BAR GAMES/DRUNKEN DISTRACTIONS Aftershock Bar & Grill: 5240 Merriam Dr., Merriam, 913-3845646. Oktoberfest. 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. Cronin’s Bar and Grill: 12227 W. 87th St. Pkwy., Lenexa, 913322-1000. Karaoke with Jim Bob, 9 p.m. Davey’s Uptown Ramblers Club: 3402 Main, 816-753-1909. The Fetish Ball. Fuel: 7300 W. 119th St., Overland Park, 913-451-0444. Bras for a Cause. Great Day Café: 7921 Santa Fe Dr., Overland Park, 913-6429090. Happy Fridays, 10 a.m.-9 p.m. 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. JR’s Place: 20238 W. 151st St., Olathe, 913-254-1307. Debbioke, 9:30 p.m. McFadden’s Sports Saloon: 1330 Grand, 816-471-1330. NWMSU Bearcats pre-game party. Missie B’s: 805 W. 39th St., 816-561-0625. Ab Fab Fridays on the main floor, 10 p.m. The Red Balloon: 10325 W. 75th St., Overland Park, 913-9622330. Karaoke, 8 p.m., free. Retro Downtown Drinks & Dance: 1518 McGee, 816-4214201. Trivia Riot, 7 p.m. Sharks: 10320 Shawnee Mission Pkwy., Merriam, 913-2684006. Dart tournament, 8 p.m. Smokehouse Bar-B-Que: 6304 N. Oak, Gladstone, 816-4544500. Happy hour, 4-6 p.m. The Uptown Arts Bar: 3611 Broadway. Filipino Karaoke, hosted by Sundae Domingo Halog Jr., open to persons of all nationalities, 7 p.m., $5. Wilde’s Chateau 24: 2412 Iowa, Lawrence, 785-856-1514. Dance Party.

ELECTRONICA The Granada: 1020 Massachusetts, Lawrence, 785-842-1390. Ott, the All Seeing I, Clandestine, 9 p.m.

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M E TA L / P U N K Replay Lounge: 946 Massachusetts, Lawrence, 785-749-7676. Iron Guts Kelly (10th anniversary show), Hipshot Killer, 10 p.m.

S AT U R D AY 13 ROCK/POP/INDIE The Bottleneck: 737 New Hampshire, Lawrence, 785-8415483. The Bright Light Social Hour, the Monarchs.

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The Brooksider: 6330 Brookside Plz., 816-363-4070. The 4Sknns Band, 10 p.m. Coda: 1744 Broadway, 816-569-1747. Me Like Bees, the Ned Ludd Band, 9:30 p.m. Czar: 1531 Grand, 816-421-0300. The Collide & Conquer Tour with Hunter Valentine, Queen Caveat, Amy Farrand, 8 p.m. Davey’s Uptown Ramblers Club: 3402 Main, 816-753-1909. Federation of Horsepower, the Heroine, Drew Black and the Dirty Electric. The Granada: 1020 Massachusetts, Lawrence, 785-842-1390. Taking Back Sunday, Bayside, Mansions. Jackpot Music Hall: 943 Massachusetts, Lawrence, 785-8321085. El Ten Eleven. Jake’s Place Bar and Grill: 12001 Johnson Dr., Shawnee, 913962-5253. Live music. Jerry’s Bait Shop: 302 S.W. Main, Lee’s Summit, 816-525-1871. Johnny Rampage. The Levee: 16 W. 43rd St., 816-561-2821. Camp Harlow. RecordBar: 1020 Westport Rd., 816-753-5207. On the Record, 6 p.m. The Riot Room: 4048 Broadway, 816-442-8179. Ssion, House of LaDosha, Lazy, 8 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.; Samantha Fish, 9 p.m. Knuckleheads Saloon: 2715 Rochester, 816-483-1456. Curtis Salgado, 8:30 p.m. The Levee: 16 W. 43rd St., 816-561-2821. The Groove Agency. The Midland: 1228 Main, 816-283-9900. Norah Jones, Corey Chisel, the Wandering Sons. The Phoenix: 302 W. Eighth St., 816-221-5299. The Brody Buster Band, 9 p.m. Trouser Mouse: 625 N.W. Mock Ave., Blue Springs, 816-2201222. Indigenous, the Plateros.

ROOTS/COUNTRY/BLUEGRASS Coda: 1744 Broadway, 816-569-1747. Jeff Smithmier dinner show, 7 p.m.

DJ Beer Kitchen: 435 Westport Rd., 816-389-4180. Furious Palace. The Eighth Street Taproom: 801 New Hampshire, Lawrence, 785-841-6918. DJ Candlepants. MiniBar: 3810 Broadway. The Dropout Boogie. Mosaic Lounge: 1331 Walnut, 816-679-0076. The Captains of Industry. Nara: 1617 Main, 816-221-6272. Samurai Saturdays. The Quaff: 1010 Broadway, 816-471-1918. DJ Chris. RecordBar: 1020 Westport Rd., 816-753-5207. Stars on 45s with Jonathan Toubin, Superwolf, Joc Max, Boss Hooligan, 9 p.m. Saints Pub + Patio: 9720 Quivira, Lenexa, 913-492-3900. DJ Brad Sager.

JAZZ American Jazz Museum: 1616 E. 18th St., 816-474-8463. Rhythm & Ribs Jazz & Blues Festival with Angie Stone, Arturo Sandoval, Joe Louis Walker, Clair Daly, and more. Jazz: 1823 W. 39th St., 816-531-5556. Midtown Quartet. The Majestic Restaurant: 931 Broadway, 816-221-1888. Joe DeFio, 5 p.m.; Bram Wijnands, 7 p.m. The Phoenix: 302 W. Eighth St., 816-221-5299. Tim Whitmer & the KC Express, 4:30 p.m. Take Five Coffee + Bar: 5336 W. 151st St., Overland Park, 913948-5550. Dan Bliss and Rod Fleeman.

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COMEDY Improv Comedy Club and Dinner Theater: 7260 N.W. 87th St., 816-759-5233. Bill Bellamy, 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. Mo Mandel, 7:45 & 9:15 p.m.

BAR GAMES/DRUNKEN DISTRACTIONS Avalon Ultra Lounge: 5505 N.E. Antioch, 816-452-CLUB. Upscale Saturdays with DJ Smiley, no cover for ladies until 10:30 p.m. $2 drink specials, 9 p.m., $10. B.B.’s Lawnside BBQ: 1205 E. 85th St., 816-822-7427. 22 Years in KC Celebration. The Beaumont Club: 4050 Pennsylvania, 816-561-2560. Crawl for Cancer. ComedyCity at Westport Flea Market: 817 Westport Rd., 816-842-2744. Major League Improv, 7:30 p.m. 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, Saturdays, 5 p.m.; Mary-oke with Chad Slater, 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. Improv Comedy Club and Dinner Theater: 7260 N.W. 87th St., 816-759-5233. The Improv’s Comedy Magic Show, 1 p.m. The Indie on Main: 1228 Main, 816-283-9900. Karaoke with KJ David, 9:30 p.m. J R’s Bar & Grill: 9321 N Oak Trfy, 816-468-4450. Karaoke. MoJo’s Bar & Grill: 1513 S.W. Hwy. 7, Blue Springs. Free pool, happy hour, 1-4 p.m. The Red Balloon: 10325 W. 75th St., Overland Park, 913-9622330. Karaoke, 8 p.m., free. The Riot Room: 4048 Broadway, 816-442-8179. Crawl for Cancer, 1 p.m. Smokehouse Bar-B-Que: 6304 N. Oak, Gladstone, 816-4544500. Happy hour, 4-6 p.m. Westport Coffee House: 4010 Pennsylvania, 816-756-3222. The Kick Comedy Theatre: the Kick-Off Improv Comedy Show, 8 p.m.

SINGER-SONGWRITER Californos: 4124 Pennsylvania, 816-531-7878. Nicolette Paige, Planet Beat, and more.

VA R I E T Y The Uptown Arts Bar: 3611 Broadway. 1001 Arabian Nights Bellydance with A’ishah and friends, 8 p.m.

S U N D AY 1 4 ROCK/POP/INDIE The Granada: 1020 Massachusetts, Lawrence, 785-842-1390. Rasputina, Faun Fables. RecordBar: 1020 Westport Rd., 816-753-5207. Wolf Gang, the Royal Concept, Frank & Derol, 8 p.m. The Riot Room: 4048 Broadway, 816-442-8179. Old Lights, Troubadour Dali.

BLUES/FUNK/SOUL B.B.’s Lawnside BBQ: 1205 E. 85th St., 816-822-7427. Lee McBee and the Confessors, 6 p.m.

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The Brickyard Tavern: 1001 S. Weaver, Olathe, 913-780-0266. Crosseyed Cat open blues jam, 3-7 p.m. Californos: 4124 Pennsylvania, 816-531-7878. Funkharp. KC Live! Stage at the Power & Light District: 13th St. and Grand. The Sequel.

DJ The Gusto Lounge: 504 Westport Rd., 816-974-8786. Retox Sundays, 8 p.m. Hamburger Mary’s: 101 Southwest Blvd., 816-842-1919. Bad Music Sundays with Brett Dietrich, 3:30 p.m.

ACOUSTIC Tomfooleries: 612 W. 47th St., 816-753-0555. Phil and Gary, 9 p.m. Trouser Mouse: 625 N.W. Mock Ave., Blue Springs, 816-2201222. Acoustic Showcase.

JAZZ Jazz: 1823 W. 39th St., 816-531-5556. Dan Bliss. The Majestic Restaurant: 931 Broadway, 816-221-1888. Rich Hill, 11 a.m.; Mark Lowrey Jazz Trio open jam session, 5 p.m. The Phoenix: 302 W. Eighth St., 816-221-5299. Second Sunday FUNdays: Gina and Chloe McFadden, 3 p.m.

WORLD La Bodega: 4311 W. 119th St., Leawood, 913-428-8272. The Stan Kessler Latin Trio.

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

COMEDY Improv Comedy Club and Dinner Theater: 7260 N.W. 87th St., 816-759-5233. Bill Bellamy, 7 p.m. Missie B’s: 805 W. 39th St., 816-561-0625. Dirty Dorothy on the main floor, 10 p.m.

BAR GAMES/DRUNKEN DISTRACTIONS B.B.’s Lawnside BBQ: 1205 E. 85th St., 816-822-7427. 22 Years in KC Celebration. The Bottleneck: 737 New Hampshire, Lawrence, 785-8415483. Smackdown Trivia and Karaoke. Bulldog: 1715 Main, 816-421-4799. Game night, beer pong, TV trivia, shot dice. 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. Hurricane Allie’s Bar and Grill: 5541 Merriam Dr., Shawnee, 913-217-7665. Double Deuce Poker League, 4 p.m.; karaoke, 8:30 p.m. Jake’s Place Bar and Grill: 12001 Johnson Dr., Shawnee, 913962-5253. Free pool, 3 p.m. JR’s Place: 20238 W. 151st St., Olathe, 913-254-1307. Karaoke with Mad Mike, 9:30 p.m. Missie B’s: 805 W. 39th St., 816-561-0625. Show Stopper Karaoke, 12:30 a.m.

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The Red Balloon: 10325 W. 75th St., Overland Park, 913-9622330. Karaoke, 8 p.m., free. Saints Pub + Patio: 9720 Quivira, Lenexa, 913-492-3900. Free pool. Smokehouse Bar-B-Que: 6304 N. Oak, Gladstone, 816-4544500. Happy hour, 4-6 p.m. Wallaby’s Grill and Pub: 9562 Lackman, Lenexa, 913-5419255. Texas Hold ’em, 6 & 9 p.m. Westport Flea Market: 817 Westport Rd., 816-931-1986. Texas Hold ’em, 3 & 6 p.m.

OPEN MIC/JAM SESSIONS Bleachers Bar & Grill: 210 S.W. Greenwich Dr., Lee’s Summit, 816-623-3410. Open Blues and Funk Jam with Syncopation, 6 p.m. 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. Jazzhaus: 926-1/2 Massachusetts, Lawrence, 785-749-1387. Sunday Salvation with Booty Bass, 10 p.m., $3. Knuckleheads Saloon: 2715 Rochester, 816-483-1456. Open Jam with Levee Town, 2 p.m., free. R.G.’s Lounge: 9100 E. 35th St., Independence, 816-358-5777. Jam Night hosted by Dennis Nickell, Scotty Yates, Rick Eidson, and Jan Lamb, 5 p.m. Take Five Coffee + Bar: 5336 W. 151st St., Overland Park, 913948-5550. Jazz Jam with Nick Rowland and Sansabelt.

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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.

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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. Karaoke with Nanci Pants; Rural Grit Happy Hour, 6 p.m. Clarette Club: 5400 Martway, Mission, 913-384-0986. Texas Hold ’em, 7 & 10 p.m. Cronin’s Bar and Grill: 12227 W. 87th St. Pkwy., Lenexa, 913-322-1000. S.I.N., half-price appetizers, shot and beer specials, 7 p.m. Davey’s Uptown Ramblers Club: 3402 Main, 816-753-1909. Broadway and Show Tune Sing-Along. Green Room Burgers & Beer: 4010 Pennsylvania, Ste. D, 816216-7682. Geeks Who Drink Pub Quiz, 8 p.m. The Gusto Lounge: 504 Westport Rd., 816-974-8786. Service Industry Night. Hamburger Mary’s: 101 Southwest Blvd., 816-842-1919. Maryoke with Chad Slater, 8 p.m.

Jazzhaus: 926-1/2 Massachusetts, Lawrence, 785-749-1387. Karaoke Idol with Tanya McNaughty. JR’s Place: 20238 W. 151st St., Olathe, 913-254-1307. Texas Hold ’em, 7:30 p.m. MoJo’s Bar & Grill: 1513 S.W. Hwy. 7, Blue Springs. Pool and dart leagues; free pool, happy hour, 4-6 p.m. 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. Sharks: 10320 Shawnee Mission Pkwy., Merriam, 913-2684006. Pool tournament, 7:30 p.m. Smokehouse Bar-B-Que: 6304 N. Oak, Gladstone, 816-4544500. Happy hour, 4-6 p.m. The Uptown Arts Bar: 3611 Broadway. Snazzy Cheap-Ass Drinks, all night. Westport Flea Market: 817 Westport Rd., 816-931-1986. Texas Hold ’em, 8 p.m.

OPEN MIC/JAM SESSIONS Californos: 4124 Pennsylvania, 816-531-7878. Open Mic Night, 7 p.m. The Uptown Arts Bar: 3611 Broadway. Johnny Green Open Mic and Jam Session.

VA R I E T Y Californos: 4124 Pennsylvania, 816-531-7878. Opera Supper, 6-9 p.m.

T U E S D AY 16 ROCK/POP/INDIE The Bottleneck: 737 New Hampshire, Lawrence, 785-8415483. The Soft White Sixties, Baby Boomers, and Gak Attack (after the show). E R Davey’s Uptown Ramblers Club: MO 3402 Main, 816-753-1909. The Concrete Rivals, Foggy Creek Boys, Automatic. GS IN T The Granada: 1020 MassachuLIS AT E N I setts, Lawrence, 785-842-1390. ONL M Motion City Soundtrack, Jukebox the PITCH.CO Ghost, Now, Now. Jackpot Music Hall: 943 Massachusetts, Lawrence, 785-832-1085. Sic Alps, Rooftop Vigilantes, Lazy. The Midland: 1228 Main, 816-283-9900. ZZ Top. The Riot Room: 4048 Broadway, 816-442-8179. Shearwater, Cowboy Indian Bear. Tomfooleries: 612 W. 47th St., 816-753-0555. The Transients, 9 p.m.

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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.

JAZZ 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 Majestic Restaurant: 931 Broadway, 816-221-1888. Hermon Mehari Trio. The Phoenix: 302 W. Eighth St., 816-221-5299. Open Jam with Everette DeVan, 7 p.m.

BAR GAMES/DRUNKEN DISTRACTIONS The Brick: 1727 McGee, 816-421-1634. Scrabble Club, 7 p.m. Californos: 4124 Pennsylvania, 816-531-7878. Political debate watch party. Coda: 1744 Broadway, 816-569-1747. Coda Pursuit Team Trivia with Teague Hayes, 7 p.m. 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. Improv Comedy Club and Dinner Theater: 7260 N.W. 87th St., 816-759-5233. Fall Classic with Mike Smith, Bobby J, B Rich. J R’s Bar & Grill: 9321 N Oak Trfy, 816-468-4450. Karaoke. Jackpot Music Hall: 943 Massachusetts, Lawrence, 785-8321085. It’s Karaoke Time! Johnny’s Tavern: 13410 W. 62nd Terr., Shawnee, 913-962-5777. Bingo Boogie Nights, 9 p.m. Johnny’s Tavern: 11316 W. 135th St., Overland Park, 913-8515165. Texas Hold ’em. JR’s Place: 20238 W. 151st St., Olathe, 913-254-1307. Buttwiser’s Bash with DJ Double D, 10 p.m., free.


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CHOICE WORDS Dear Dan: I recently discovered that my boyfriend of seven months and I have opposing viewpoints on the whole “life begins at conception” issue. He’s not a crazy zealot, but he is strongly against abortion. And while he won’t go so far as to say abortion should be banned, he does believe in the whole “personhood” concept, i.e., that a fetus — from the moment of conception — is a person with the same rights as any other person. This shocked me, and I almost broke up with him. He says disagreeing on issues is fine in a relationship, but I am not so sure. I find his position abhorrent, one that ignores hundreds of real-life factors, and it opens the door for a litany of laws regulating my body. He’s a sweet, loving guy and progressive in every other way. But I’m suddenly unsure about a relationship I viewed as totally solid just a few days ago. I’m not sure if this should be a deal breaker or if this is just a disagreement. Please advise.

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Dear Dan: I found porn on my kid’s computer and I talked to him about being careful about spyware, the difference between actual intimacy and objectification, and that kind of thing. I don’t have a problem with a 15-yearold boy looking at porn, so long as he’s discreet and doesn’t do it to excess. But what my kid was looking at was standard stuff, i.e., garden variety M/F porn and a touch of M/M porn. But a friend found a stash of really kinky violence-against-women stuff on her kid’s computer. I’m thinking a parent can’t let that go as easily. She’s about to confront her kid. I don’t think you can help her with what to say because she’ll already have said something, but what would you have advised her to say?

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Love Is Finding Errors Dear LIFE: Your boyfriend won’t go so far as to say abortion should be banned … or maybe he saw the shocked look on your face and realized that going so far as to say abortion should be banned to you would be a big mistake. Here’s a good way to find out if your boyfriend is serious about not wanting to impose his personal beliefs on others or whether he’s an anti-choice zealot: Tell him you’re pregnant. Some men blithely assume anti-choice positions because “personhood” and other anti-choice arguments appeal to them in the abstract. And, hey, it’s not like their bodies or their futures are on the line, right? Most anti-choice-in-the-abstract men come to a very different conclusion about the importance of access to safe and legal abortion when an unplanned pregnancy impacts them directly. So tell your boyfriend that you’re pregnant. You can present it as a thought experiment if you prefer, but I think you should flat-out lie to him. Then, once the news sinks in, ask him if he’s ready to provide fi nancial support for a child and/or make regular, monthly child-support payments directly to you. Ask him if he’s ready for the responsibilities (and the grind) of full- or even parttime parenting. Ask him if he knows you well enough — just seven short months into this relationship — to make the kind of lifetime commitment that scrambling your DNA together entails. Because even if you don’t get married, even if you don’t live together and raise this child together, you two will be stuck with each other for the rest of your lives if you have the baby. I’m guessing his answers will be “no, no and no,” and he’ll offer to drive you to the nearest abortion clinic himself. As for whether you should date someone who is anti-choice, well, women have to be

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in control of their own bodies — and when and whether they reproduce — in order to be truly equal. I don’t think I could date someone who didn’t see me as his equal or who believed that the state should regulate my sexual or reproductive choices. So, yeah, this shit would be a deal breaker for me if I had a vagina. Actually, this issue is a deal breaker for me, even though I don’t have a vagina. I wouldn’t date a gay dude who was antichoice. Any gay man who can’t see the connection between a woman’s right to have children when she chooses and his right to love and marry the person he chooses is an idiot. And I don’t date idiots. If your hypothetical pregnancy doesn’t shock your boyfriend out of his idiocy, you’ll have to ask yourself if you can continue dating this idiot. And speaking of abortion … Researchers at Washington University in St. Louis released the results of a massive study — more than 9,000 women participated — on the effects of making birth control more widely available. And how did they make birth control more widely available? They gave it away for free. And it turns out that making birth control available to women at no cost, which is what the president is trying to do, reduced the teen birth rate by more than 80 percent (from 34.3 births per 1,000 teens on average to 6.3 births per 1,000 for teens enrolled in the study), and it reduced the number of abortions by 62 percent–78 percent (from 19.6 abortions per 1,000 women on average to 4.4-7.5 abortions per 1,000 women enrolled in the study). A person can’t call himself pro-life and oppose access to birth control (or Obamacare!). If you do oppose access to birth control — or you oppose Obamacare because it expands access to birth control — you’re not really pro-life. You’re just anti-sex.

at kink events and in kink spaces: people who’ve always known they were kinky (people who were jerking off to kinky fantasies and/or porn long before they were 15) and people who got into kink after falling in love with someone who was kinky. Your friend’s son sounds like one of the former. It’s important for your friend to bear in mind that her son, if he is indeed kinky, sought out kinky porn. Kinky porn didn’t make him kinky. And being shamed by his mother for his porn preferences, or his kinks, isn’t going to unmake his kinks. That said, your friend should talk with her son about the difference between porn and real sex — kinky or vanilla — and the difference between erotic power exchange and violence. She should also talk to him about safety and misogyny, and she should encourage him to be thoughtful about his sexuality. And most importantly, she should emphasize the importance of meaningful and informed consent. Your friend’s son isn’t going to want to dialogue with his mom about his porn stash or his kinks, so she should go in prepared to monologue at him. Finally, there’s a chance that your friend’s son isn’t kinky and was just looking for the most appalling shit he could find on the Internet. Mom should acknowledge that as a possibility, and her son, even if he is kinky, is likely to seize on that excuse. If he does claim that he was just looking for shocking video clips, she should say: “I believe you. But there’s a small chance that you’re saying that because you think it’s what I want to hear. So I’m going to say everything I wanted to say about safety, misogyny and consent, just in case. And all of it applies to vanilla sex, too.” Find the Savage Lovecast (my weekly podcast) every Tuesday at thestranger.com/savage.

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