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KNOW YOUR MLS ALL-STARS GOALKEEPERS

Raul Fernandez (FC Dallas)

Fernandez, who sometimes gets playing time with the Peruvian national soccer team, arrived in MLS early this year and earned the starting job. Dallas, which started hot, entered the All-Star break mired in a slump. Very little of the blame goes to Fernandez, who has posted six clean sheets (soccerspeak for a shutout) in 18 games.

Nick Rimando (Real Salt Lake)

Goalkeepers are U.S. soccer’s best exports — American Tim Howard, for a time, started for Manchester United. As such, Rimando sometimes gets overlooked among the top U.S. goalkeepers. But he has strung together a long and successful MLS career and has helped guide RSL to a strong first half. Rimando also boasts one of the more colorful Twitter accounts among MLS players (@nickrimando).

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Aurelien Collin (Sporting Kansas City)

Collin’s play on defense for Sporting can be thrilling and entertaining and also maddening. His rare combination of size and speed gives opponents fits inside the penalty box. But he also has a penchant for getting caught out of position farther upfield and getting smoked by other team’s attackers.

Omar Gonzalez (L.A. Galaxy)

Gonzalez would be easier to cheer for if he didn’t play for MLS’s most unlikable team. The Galaxy is like the New York Yankees; it seems to find money lying around everywhere to buy high-priced players. Good thing Gonzalez stars often for the U.S. back line, where he looks to become a mainstay for the national team’s weakest position.

MIDFIELDERS

Kyle Beckerman (Real Salt Lake)

Beckerman looks more like a Subway employee or a Widespread Panic roadie than one of the United States’ most accomplished defensive midfielders. A somewhat less-known fact about the dreadlocked starter for Real Salt Lake: He once launched a high-end clothing line.

Tim Cahill (New York Red Bulls)

Matt Besler (Sporting Kansas City)

Making it to the All-Star Game is, relatively speaking, a modest accomplishment for Kansas City’s favorite (soccer) son. A trip to the 2014 World Cup in Brazil is likely in the cards for the United States, and the straight-laced Besler has spent 2013 cementing his candidacy as a starter at the big event. Starting at Sporting Park will have to do for now.

Corey Ashe (Houston Dynamo)

Ashe anchors Houston’s notoriously stingy defense, which is often criticized as boring and plodding in style. But it works; Houston appeared in its second MLS Championship Game last year (losing both to the Galaxy).

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elcome to Kansas City: the soccer capital of America,” proclaims a huge Major League Soccer All-Star Game mural on the north wall of 1712 Main, in the Crossroads Arts District. Such a claim is impossible to quantify, and there’s plenty of room for debate. Soccer fans by the thousands in Portland, Oregon, and Seattle would have good reason to claim that their towns are the futbol meccas of the United States — where the sport is inching into the country’s sportscentric consciousness.  The July 31 All-Star Game, at Sporting Park, may represent less an ascendancy to soccer-capital status than a coronation for the remarkable foothold that soccer has made in Kansas City over the last three years. Not long ago, the then–Kansas City Wizards played in the embarrassing outfield of a minor league baseball stadium in Wyandotte County. Voters in Johnson County rejected a proposed soccer stadium in south Overland Park. CommunityAmerica Ballpark’s stands were populated by a small but vociferous crowd of followers but few, if any, casual fans. The Wizards played their last game at the baseball park (and under that moniker) on October 23, 2010, before a paltry crowd of 11,518; the team missed the playoffs that year. Fast-forward to June 9, 2011, when the rebranded Sporting Kansas City opened Livestrong Sporting Park (as it was then known). The team had spent its first 10 games on the road — waiting for construction on the new stadium to conclude — and limped into the grand opening against the Chicago Fire with the league’s worst record. The game ended in a 0-0 draw and didn’t live up to the bombast (fireworks, Lance Armstrong and the packed crowd), begging this question: Could Sporting Kansas City hold on to the city’s enthusiasm for a sport that for so long had been on the fringe? The answer, clearly, is yes. Through a combination of affordability, savvy marketing, a (mostly) winning record, and players and owners who interact with fans rather than avoid them, Sporting has become this town’s third professional sports team rather than an afterthought. A small token of proof: On July 13, Sporting Park hosted a record 21,126 fans, who witnessed Sporting Kansas City dismantle Toronto FC 3-0. Toronto is one of the league’s worst teams, a squad of unrecognizable players who prefer a bland style of play. Scalpers may have feared offloading their tickets. It was the type of game for which a Columbus Crew or New England Revolution fan would have no trouble scoring a ticket. At Sporting Park, it was the largest crowd ever. Soccer capital? Maybe.

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Graham Zusi (Sporting Kansas City)

This isn’t hometown boosterism talking: Zusi might be the best player in MLS. He has a clean, effective style that gives Sporting’s often-struggling attack many of its chances. In a game at Chicago earlier this year, Zusi offered what looked to many to be a service cross to Kei Kamara in the box, but the ball kept floating past the outstretched arms of Chicago’s goalkeeper for one of the stranger goals so far this season.

Cahill typifies one of the more annoying aspects of Major League Soccer: its habit of attracting European stars long after their prime and then endlessly marketing them. That’s not to say that the Australian, who scored 56 goals for English Premier League’s Everton, has been a slouch this year. With five goals and three assists, he enters the break as one of the two All-Star Game selections by MLS Commissioner Don Garber.

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Brad Davis (Houston Dynamo)

Robbie Keane (L.A. Galaxy)

For local fans, Davis’ appearance at Sporting Park might be a nagging reminder of his role in Houston’s twice dismantling Sporting Kansas City’s MLS Cup dreams. The big-eared midfielder is one of the most underrated players in MLS, but the folks around here are well aware of how Davis can lead a suffocating midfield.

Thierry Henry (New York Red Bulls)

Since David Beckham’s departure from the Galaxy, Henry has been the rest of the world’s best reminder for the existence of MLS. The former Arsenal and Barcelona legend is usually the star of the show for New York, though he does have a tendency to show up to games occasionally looking entirely disinterested in what’s going on around him. Like Henry, Keane left his best playing days behind him in Europe, where he was a prominent striker for the English Premier League’s Liverpool and Tottenham. Unlike Henry, Keane still plays a fair bit of international soccer for his home country (Ireland).

Chris Wondolowski (San Jose Earthquakes) Mike Magee (Chicago Fire)

Magee was a big reason for the Galaxy’s last two MLS Cup titles. He figured prominently in their lineup in their quest for a third straight championship this season, then the Galaxy inexplicably traded him to Chicago in exchange for often-injured Robbie Rogers. Since Magee’s debut with one of Sporting Kansas City’s bigger rivals, the Fire’s moribund attack has found its spark.

Last year, Wondolowski set the MLS record for goals scored in a single season, with 27 over the course of 32 games. He’s one of the few finesse players on the thuggish San Jose Earthquakes, a team that had the best record in MLS last year before flaming out in the playoffs. His scoring touch has put him back on the U.S. national team roster during this year’s Gold Cup, where his scoring streak has him in the conversation for a trip to Brazil for the 2014 World Cup.


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Roma is a prominent but perhaps second-tier team in Italy — behind the likes of Juventus, Milan and Internazionale. Roma finished sixth last season in Italy’s Serie A, the top league in that nation’s soccer pyramid. The allure of having Roma square off for the All-Star Game is seeing American Michael Bradley, who is one of the United States’ marquee players (and son of former U.S. head coach Bob Bradley). Bradley briefly played for the New York Metro Stars (the precursor to the New York Red Bulls) before joining a couple of German clubs. Last year, he wound up with Roma, which is probably why Roma is now headed to KC.

ROMA PLAYERS TO WATCH Francesco Totti

This attacking midfielder has played with Roma his entire professional career, dating back to 1993. Totti has at times been a leading player for Italy’s national squad, picking up a World Cup title in 2006.

Pablo Osvaldo

Fans can look to Osvaldo as a likely source for goals in the All-Star Game — if he makes the trip. Roma’s striker racked up 16 goals and led the team in scoring last season. (This is the offseason for European club teams.)

Erik Lamela

If Osvaldo can’t score, look to Argentinian Lamela to pick up the pace. He went toe to toe with Osvaldo during Roma’s last season as the club’s top scorer, only to come up a goal shy, with 15.

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KC soccer fans with long memories might remember De Rossi from Italy’s 2006 World Cup match with the United States. De Rossi caught former U.S. mainstay Brian McBride with a nasty elbow to the head and was tossed from the match. The game ended in a 1–1 tie, a good result for the United States. Since then, De Rossi has been a consistent performer for Roma and a fi xture on the Italian national squad.

WHERE TO WATCH IF YOU DON’T HAVE A TICKET

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Saturday, July 27

10 a.m.–3 p.m. The Legoland Discovery Center at Crown Center hosts All-Star Game activities for the kids, including watching Lego buff Jeremiah Boehr build a plastic-brick All-Star Game logo.

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4–5 p.m. The National Soccer Coaches Association of America brings local coaches and players together for “Chalk Talk” to discuss — what else? — soccer. 6–8 p.m.  Sporting Kansas City’s last game before the All-Star break is on the road against the Montreal Impact. Stop by the P&L District to watch as SKC tries to avenge a loss earlier in the season. (The Impact left KC with a 2–1 victory.) 8 a.m. Run through downtown KC for the Volkswagen 5k Jersey Run. 3–5 p.m. Catch another viewing party in the P&L: the 2013 CONCACAF Gold Cup final match. The Gold Cup pits North America’s national team against Central America’s, for bragging rights.

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ulsa has thrown its Stetson into the 2024 Summer Olympics ring. Well, until Mayor Dewey Bartlett yanked his support from the Tulsa2024 movement, likely signaling the end of the push to get the Olympics in Tulsey Town. Seriously, that’s what they call it. In Kansas City, we’re Midwest hayseed dreamers, goddamn it. Former Mayor Mark Funkhouser timidly supported bringing the 2020 games here — “if the numbers work.” Ultimately, a bid was never submitted. Hey, if Salt Lake City and Lake Placid could host the world’s best athletes, then so could we. We’ve put together a list of ways Kansas City would benefit from hosting the megasports event. Step aside, T-Town, here comes the Cowtown Olympiad.

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Abandoned schools become an Olympic Village.

The city has been trying for years to unload dozens of shuttered schools. Empty buildings make for blight — no different from abandoned homes or overgrown lots. The Olympics would be our excuse to renovate a few vacant schools and turn them into housing for the 2,000 visiting athletes. After the games, the E R MO village quarters could be sold as condos or rented as apartments. T A INE We’re eyeing J.S. Chick ONL .COM PITCH Elementary, on East 53rd Street. Or Switzer Elementary and Switzer Annex, on Madison Avenue near the Crossroads District. Bonus: Instead of the vagabonds using the schools as flophouses, notoriously randy Olympians (each athlete at the London Games was given 15 condoms when moving into the village) could bump their toned uglies in the formerly abandoned buildings.

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Downtown convention hotel gets built.

A downtown convention hotel has been KC politicians’ white whale. They hunt it, not out of need but out of pride, and a misguided belief that a convention-zilla would fi nally make KC a real city. Enter the Olympics. Kansas City has about 32,000 hotel rooms, but the International Olympic Committee requires host cities to have 45,000 rooms. We’re going to need a lot of Holiday Inns and Marriotts to pop up in addition to a precious convention hotel. Make that two hotels. Or 10. City officials would fi nally get the chip off their civic shoulders.

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You want the Olympics? You better dream big. How about replacing Kemper Arena — the little-used, rusting alien spacecraft — with a gigantic track-and-field edifice for the opening and closing ceremonies? And after Kansas City’s 17 days in the international spotlight are over, board it up and stop using it, just like Kemper. A big expense for a short-term project? Sure. But then we’d have a newer, shinier, more impressive sports complex to ignore in the West Bottoms. Imagine, we could have Bird’s Nest all to ourselves.

Convert Liberty Memorial to actual flame.

Maybe the most compelling reason for Kansas City to host the Olympics: We have a built-in Olympic cauldron at Liberty Memorial. Well, kinda. The monument appears to have a flame flowing out of the top, but it’s really steam that’s colored with lights. If we converted it to a gas-burning f lame, it would make a helluva Olympic cauldron. And, at 217 feet, it would easily beat Torino’s 187-foot cauldron for the record of highest flame to loom over the summer games. Take that, other Summer Olympic host cities. Ours is bigger.

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ere come the cops. The five people drinking in this North Kansas City bar — a place not yet open for business — see a telltale flash of red and blue flickering outside as a black SUV parks. They register the guilty looks of high-schoolers whose parents have just arrived to bust up a party. Cinder Block owner Bryce Schaff ter walks toward his business’s open garage door to meet the police officer headed inside. The 30-year-old straightens his shoulders and evens his gait as he prepares to explain what

exactly is going on in this former auto repair shop behind Neon Wild. But there’s no need. “This is so intriguing,” the officer says. “I just had to see what was happening here.” Schaff ter smiles. He has found a beer nerd in uniform. “Let me give you a tour,” he says. U.S. microbreweries are growing at a stunning rate. Last year, according to a Brewers Association estimate, the number of breweries nationwide increased by 18 percent, to 2,403. Yet none of those breweries were in Kansas City, where beer drinkers have practically had to call the authorities to track down products like Schaffter’s. In 2012, the Brewers Associa-

tion ranked Missouri 23rd among states for breweries per capita. (Kansas was 30th.) But hops spring eternal, especially now that Missouri and Kansas legislators have begun to ease restrictions on brewers, and the Kansas City, Missouri, City Council has liberalized KC’s liquor ordinances. In a move that made bottle shops possible in Kansas City, the council amended tavern licensure last summer to allow up to 40 percent of beer sold at a bar to be taken off-site. And last month, the council voted to permit alcohol producers, including microbreweries, to sell their beverages directly to the public at the point of manufacture.

The results are already showing. In January, Green Room Burgers & Beer began brewing its own beer. Big Rip Brewing Co. opened in North Kansas City in May. Another four operations — Cinder Block; the Kansas City Bier Co.; Martin City Brewing Co.; and the Rock & Run Brewery, in Liberty — should be online by year’s end. (Day trippers, take note: Broadway St. Brewing Co. opened in May 2012 in Concordia, Kansas, and Defiance Brewing Co. expects a fall launch in Hays, Kansas. Also in the Sunflower State, Wakarusa Brewery is headed to Eudora next summer.) continued on page 10

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More than $2 million will be invested in brewing operations around the metro this year. For those looking to leap from hobbyist to commercial manufacturer, this is shaping up to be their moment.

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can’t think of another large market that is so underserved by local brewers,” Steve Holle says. “Boulevard is the only large-scale craft brewer, and they’ve created this beer culture here where people are open to trying craft beers.” With his new business, KC Bier Co., Holle means to change that. On a recent Wednesday morning at Brookside’s Roasterie Café, he explains his venture with the comfortable grin of a dad in a CW dramedy and the paperwork of a CPA. Holle, 55, has spent the past year lining up 25 investors and $1.7 million to transform the former Babyland & Kids’ Room, at 310 West 79th Street (where that street meets Wornall, along the Trolley Track Trail), into a brewery, beer hall and beer garden. “I want this to have an urban feel and be a place people could walk or bike,” he says. “Prohibition created the image of a dark, smoky place where men go to get drunk. But when you go to Munich, a beer garden is part of a public park where people go to have a beer. “I love German beer for its simple depth of flavor and approachability,” he adds. “I think there’s a niche in the middle between light and really extreme beers. It’s simple beer, like eating fresh bread. If it’s served fresh, it’s always good.” Holle’s name is well-known in the beer community. His A Handbook of Basic Brewing Calculations can be found in countless craft breweries around the country (Boulevard among them), and he’s a regular judge at the Great American Beer Festival. He also has developed a Beer Steward Certificate Program for the Master Brewers Association of the Americas, a way to teach wholesalers and retailers how to talk about and serve beer And he has seen this formula work. Urban Chestnut — the St. Louis brewery that counts Holle as an investor and a board member — is in the midst of a $10 million expansion after opening its doors only two years ago. So after a 20-year career in real-estate fi nance, the Hickman Mills graduate moved here in January from Plano, Texas, to open a German-style brewery in his hometown. The day that KC Bier Co. opens, in November, it will already be tied with Mothers Brewing Co. as the fourth-largest brewery in Missouri, behind Anheuser-Busch InBev; Boulevard; and the Saint Louis Brewing Co., which makes Schlaf ly. Like Mothers, KC Bier is using a 30-barrel system. (A barrel is equivalent to approximately 31 gallons of beer; Boulevard, the 12th-largest U.S. craft

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brewer by sales volume, expects to produce about 188,000 barrels this year.) KC Bier’s Munich-style lagers, dry German Pilsners and a hefeweizen (made, Holle says, with a strain of yeast from a monastery brewery in Bavaria) will be poured in-house and sent to taps around the city. Holle is considering adding bottling in the second year. “Craft-beer drinkers aren’t like my father,” he says. “We don’t just order the same beer. We’re always looking for something new.”

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hat’s new may well come from a few ambitious craft-beer devotees, thanks to an unlikely beer ally: the Missouri General Assembly. Last month, Gov. Jay Nixon signed a law that allows home brewers to legally share their batches outside their immediate families. (In Kansas, a pair of similar bills have stalled.) Now, your beer-brewing neighbor can bring her suds to festivals, contests or dinner at your house (as long as money doesn’t change hands for a taste). The legislative shift could lead to a deluge

of nanobreweries. The American Homebrewers Association estimates that there are 13,000 amateur brewers in Missouri. Each can now produce 200 gallons per calendar year, in a household with two adults of legal drinking age (100 gallons for those who live alone). “This taps into our foodie culture, and people that just love making,” says Clay Johnston, chief marketing officer for Brew Lab, a brewon-premises business set to open in August in downtown Overland Park. “Now people that have been doing this for years don’t have to worry about it being legal.” As Johnston offers this opinion, he is joined by Brew Lab CEO Kevin Combs, who has just finished cutting a hole in their shop’s floor, making way for a hoist to lower beer into a basement fermenting room. The makeyour-own operation acts as a commissary, giving home brewers access to commercial equipment, staff advice and recipes so they can leave with two cases of beer that they’ve brewed and bottled themselves. Johnston and Combs and their two partners, CIO Matt Hornung and CFO Justin Waters, took over the former video-production space in April, tearing out tile and carpet to reveal a concrete floor, and removing a drop ceiling to expose wooden rafters. The aluminum-clad brick walls and concrete floor give the place a Chipotle feel. A pair of brewing stations can be seen through the front window. A matching set of stainless-steel sinks and prep tables toward the rear serve as the bottling area. Malt and barley, the building blocks of beer, line another wall, waiting in rows of plastic dispensers like those that contain nuts and cereal at Whole Foods. Brew Lab is the first operation of its kind in the metro, and it’s a different take on the traditional home-brew supply shop. Its found-


ers mean to tap into the same demand that led a pair of beer hobby shops to open in KC over the past year: Cowtown Brew Supply, an online retailer, and Grain to Glass, a home-brew shop inside Market 3, where owner Jennifer Helber also leads workshops. ���A lot of people don’t know somebody that home brews but want to learn,” Combs says. “Skillwise, it’s going to be an incubator. Breweries could start here.”

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uring the Wednesday dinner hour, Bier Station is as packed as a Tokyo subway car. Tonight’s crowd has gathered for the Boulevard Brewing Co.’s tap takeover, but owner John Couture’s eight-month-old bottle shop and bar in Armour Hills has become an unofficial gathering place for wholesalers, distributors and brewers. The Brew Lab partners settled on their company name here, and the organizers of the Kansas City Nanobrew Festival are meeting with home brewers as they ready for this weekend’s fest. “People want the most unique thing you can get, and it’s not going to get more unique than 60 beers that will never exist again,” Frank Rydzewski says. He’s the only one of the festival’s five organizers who has managed to snag a seat at a communal table upstairs. This is the fourth year for the home-brew celebration, which began as the Brookside Nanobrew Festival. Rydzewski, 36, expects to have 60 beers on tap, including a brew made with Tootsie Rolls, to the 400 people who gather in the parking lot outside Big Rip Brewing Co. Big Rip is among the event’s alumni, suggesting that KC’s beer future is about to be poured on the North Kansas City blacktop. “Kansas City has this discerning palate,” Rydzewski says. “There’s this great cocktail culture. I feel like this town can sustain a lot of nanobreweries,” he says. “It would be awesome if North Kansas City could turn into brew town.” “If you ask any home brewer, they’ll tell you the same thing,” Chad Moats, a fellow organizer, says. “The more breweries there are, the better.”

Steve Holle’s KC Bier Co. is coming to Waldo. Ask Cinder Block’s Schaff ter, for instance. A year ago, he was one of the home brewers at the Kansas City Nanobrew Festival, when the event was held in Original Juan’s parking lot. He’d been making his beer in his cinderblock basement (hence his beer’s name), and he worked the festival that day with John Baikie, 36, husband of one of Schaffter’s co-workers at Cerner. Cinder Block drew a strong response from drinkers and fellow brewers at the fest, so last August, Baikie and Schaffter drove to the Great Nebraska Beer Fest with 60 gallons of beer in a pair of SUVs, the air-conditioning turned up full-blast. It was a good idea. The night before the festival, Schaffter met Bryan “Bucky” Buckingham, a veteran brewer who got off a bus from Oregon 20 years ago and started working his way up from a dishwashing position at Lawrence’s Free State Brewing Co. “It was 1 a.m., and I remember he told me he was thinking about starting a brewery,” says Buckingham, now Cinder Block’s director of brewing operations. He pours himself

“The more breweries there are, the better.”

a glass of beer from a black growler. “I hear that a lot. But this is going to be rad.” Buckingham’s encouragement and the response of festivalgoers convinced Schaffter that his hobby might be a viable business. “We talked to a lot of people from Kansas City and we realized that people were really looking for something new. It was really energizing,” Schaff ter says. “So I started doing research on construction, and then I was like, ‘Wow, no, this is going to be crazy.’ ” The numbers, at least, are crazy. Since April, Schaff ter and Baikie have hauled more than 8,000 pounds of concrete out of the brewery space. Kansas City Power & Light had to install a new utility pole outside Cinder Block in order to meet the brewery’s utility needs, which are almost four times greater than the auto body shop that preceded it. There's a showpiece wall in the front taproom with barrels of wine and spirits. Cinder Block will open with a barrel-aging program, an uncommon investment for startup breweries because it means an even longer delay in revenue coming in the door. Because the brewery is opening between hop seasons, Buckingham, Baikie and Schaff ter are each storing 100 pounds of the key beer ingredient in his basement.

Schaff ter, a former shop hand at his family’s John Deere dealership in Iowa who holds a degree in agricultural systems technology, has made the brewery feasible by acting as his own general contractor and forklift operator. The back half of the building has been converted into a production brewery with a mill room, a cooling room and a brewhouse. He has installed a 15-barrel system that will be run by Buckingham, who left the 23rd Street Brewery last month. For its launch, Cinder Block is putting five year-round beers in its tap room: Weathered Wit, Pavers Porter, Prime Extra Pale Ale, Northtown Native Steam Beer and Block IPA. Schaff ter expects to begin brewing in early August, to open in September, and to send kegs out by the end of the year. “I’ve watched Bryce during this whole process,” Buckingham says. “And I can tell that, for him, this is a lifetime commitment.” “You see people talking about the beer and loving it,” Schaff ter says. “That’s what it’s all about.” That and being a good neighbor. On this day, Schaff ter is preparing to lend a cooling unit to Big Rip. The young two-barrel brewery’s homemade cooler, a retrofitted window air conditioner, has conked out while battling the July heat. The two breweries, which are less than 10 blocks apart, off Swift Avenue, are part of the new face of a manufacturing neighborhood that until recently was more likely to confuse a GPS than be your car’s destination. “You look at Fort Collins [in Colorado], and this is how it happens,” Schaff ter says. “People know Odell and New Belgium now. Big Rip started something. North Kansas City is prime for the picking. There’s cheap rent in an industrial area, and yet you have this neighborhood thing, a small-town vibe.” He pauses, brushes a hand over the smooth top of the wood bar that he built himself. “And here we are.”

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THE SHOWS GO ON The Fringe Festival is still rolling. Performances continue through Sunday afternoon (when venues host final “best of” shows). We found three more to keep on your radar. Remember that for admittance, theatergoers must purchase a ticket to each show and have a Fringe Festival button (which is a one-time cost of $5). For the list of festival shows, costs and times, see kcfringe.org. Devoured By Tigers, at the Just Off Broadway Theatre (3051 Central). This original play by Michael Ruth, directed by Taylor St. John

(both from KC), deals with grief, regret and personal pain when a mother on her deathbed must meet with her estranged daughter one last time. Showtimes: 6:30 p.m. Thursday and 9:30 p.m. Saturday. The Legend of White Woman Creek, at the Fishtank (1715 Wyandotte). This musicaltheater piece (performed by the Coldharts out of Twentynine Palms, California) is told from the point of view of a white woman captured by the Cheyenne Dog Soldiers and later killed by Americans at Fort Wallace,

in western Kansas. By Nick Ryan and Katie Hartman, the 13-folk-song narrative tells the dark story. Showtimes: 7:30 p.m. Thursday and 10:30 p.m. Saturday. Rhythm and Boobs Loves the ’90s, at the Unicorn Theatre (Jerome Stage, 3828 Main). Backed by a live band, this zaftig burlesque troupe promises an hour of dances to the songs you came of age with. Expect lots of T&A, fishnets, colored hair and smudged eyeliner. Showtimes: 8 p.m. Thursday and 9:30 p.m. Saturday.

is necessary (although we do endorse the pot brownies and anything covered in the poblano salsa). The event begins at 11:30 a.m.

sidewalk sale, photo ops with superheroes, board-game playing and free comics. The creators of the locally produced Bad Karma project are also in-store to sign copies of their 200-page hardcover. (Google it. It’s kind of awesome.) The free party runs from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. See elitecomics.wordpress.com.

organizer Ciara Salinas says. “We love music and our city, so what better way to show that than planning a good ol’ block party? All types of crowds are invited.” Expect performances by Gutta Noise Entertainment, Cuddy Mac, Rick Maun and Lyric Reddick. BYOB, y’all. The good times start at 2 p.m. For information, search “Hoodstock Kansas City” on Facebook.

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Comic books aren’t dead. At least, not in KC. Head over to Elite Comics (11842 Quivira, Overland Park, 913-345-9910) for the store’s first Independents Day. “I think the best part is the chance to mingle with local creative talent,” says William Binderup, Elite’s shopkeeper. “We’ll have lots of comic-book artists and writers plus sculptors, toy designers, game designers out today.” Look for a huge

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Expect around 400 people on Forest between 54th and 55th streets for the fourth annual Hoodstock, which has grown from a house party and beatboxing rap battle to a full festival with food and clothing vendors, DJs and local bands. “We do this to support and showcase local music that hasn’t been heard,”

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continued from page 15 productions. It’s a roller coaster of comedy, rock, soft ballads and dirty jokes. Tonight, he covers 40 years of hits, including “Wind Beneath My Wings,” “Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy” and “Otto Titsling” for Experience the Divine at Missie B’s (805 West 39th Street, 816-561-0625). “This show is a way to introduce a new generation to one of today’s living legends and gay icons, who first got her start performing in a gay bathhouse,” Brown says, “and to bring back that theatrical style of a concert in a 90-minute cabaret-type setting.” The 21-and-older show begins at 8 p.m.; enter cover-free before 9.

to 6 p.m. at the Alexander Majors Barn (8201 State Line). See strawberryswing.org.

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We don’t have enough column inches for all the intricacies of Bronies, the male aficionados of the My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic franchise. However, you can find out during this weekend’s Midwest Brony Fest, the expo formerly known as the “Silly Filly Convention,” at the Overland Park Convention Center (6000 College Boulevard, 913-339-3000). Tickets for today cost $30 ($20 on Sunday) and include a general-admission badge for “foals” (kids 12 and younger). Events begin at 10 a.m. For an extensive list of rules, policies and general dos and don’ts, see mwbfkc.net.

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Heather Baker, creator of the Strawberry Swing Craft Fair, likes to fill her twice-a-year event with self-taught artists and crafters who offer different or unusual items. “We have had a great response from shoppers, stating that they see a big difference in the quality of vendors and their wares compared to typical craft fairs,” Baker says. This time around, look for Reading FanGirl (Harry Potter, Hunger Games and Great Gatsby–inspired jewelry and accessories) and This Kills the Man (tentacleshaped earrings and eyeball-decorated headbands) for conversation-starting pieces. “It’s important to create a unique feel in order to brand the event,” she says. Find her, and 75plus vendors she finds awesome, from 10 a.m.

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County fairs aren’t always about the kettle corn, throw-up rides and carny watching. They’re showcases of livestock, agriculture and old-fashioned home economics. Get your fill through the end of week at the Douglas County Fair (2110 Harper, Lawrence, 785-841-6322). Today, expect poultry and goat shows, and judging of quilts, fine arts, and food prep and preservation. Appreciate the simplicity starting at 8 a.m. See dgcountyfair.com.

W E D N E S D AY | 7. 31 | MIAMI HEAT

“Quartet in Residence at Kent State University” doesn’t have the ring of the Miami String Quartet. But the two violinists, one cellist and one violist comprising the highly acclaimed group from Kent, Ohio, but founded in Miami, Florida, in 1988, are sticking with it. They perform at Johnson County Community College’s Yardley Hall (12345 College Boulevard, Overland Park, 913-469-4445) as part of their guest faculty residency at the Heartland Chamber Music Festival. Tickets cost $10 in advance or $15 at the door for everyone over 18; see jccc.edu. The show begins at 7 p.m. E-mail submissions two weeks in advance to calendar@pitch.com. Search our complete listings guide online at pitch.com.

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weekend highlight. The acrobatic performers weave skillful movement work and vocal sound effects into an imaginative underwater adventure. From a two-man submarine to warring birds of paradise, the mimes are crisp and witty, sculpting a vivid landscape out of thin air. Prepare for audience interaction — Friday’s performance featured magpie thefts of personal belongings and a competitive mating display for the crowd’s attentions. I had high hopes for Phillip Low’s metaphysical storytelling in The Concept of Anxiety, a spoken-word show at the Uptown Arts Bar that Low describes as a “macabre cabaret of scientific geekery.” The cabaret is wellcurated: Low mixes black humor, heady prose poems and quantum fiction in a one-man act that tries valiantly but never quite leaves the realm of grad-student pillow talk. (Walter Benjamin? Check. Schrödinger’s cat? Check.) Low’s stories are well-spun, engrossing modern myths, but as a performer, he seems too taken with their profundity, eschewing tonal variety and intellectual specificity for Poet Voice. “Don’t you get coherent on me now,” a voice-over warns near the end of the show. Low doesn’t.

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late the planet), the actors keep the energy high and the farce amusing. I’ll be honest: Spoken-word poetry isn’t speed dates. Four bite-sized plays capture romance in all its icky splendor, from glow- my preferred literary cocktail. So a certain dread led me to expect Poetic Underground, in-the-dark dildos to Much Ado-quoting gorillas. “Peggy,” Michael Ruth’s comic at the Uptown Arts Bar, to consist of airy love letter to pegging, puts a delightfully odes to Gaia and cliché-larded rants on fluodeviant spin on a disastrous first-date trope. ride in the water supply. Nicholas Sawin’s “Górecki in Silence” turns I’m glad to be proved so thoroughly wrong. the dramatic tables, spinning lush language The three poets who took the stage Saturday and tense confrontations with the titular evening shattered my cynicism with a rhythcomposer’s music. Actress mic dose of sincerity. The Briana Marxen-McCollom evening’s host, Miss ConKC Fringe Festival is a common denominator ception, flowed freaky fast Through Sunday, July 28 in two of the plays and a rhymes with poise and hipkcfringe.org pleasure to watch, relaxed hop soul. The two featured and confident as both an poets, Mz Angela Roux and unlikely dominatrix and a tender-hearted Sheri “Purpose” Hall, delivered solid sets that gorilla (though not in the same show). mixed the topical with the autobiographical, Also at the Unicorn, Outta Beer and Outta with passion pulsing through each line. Roux, Space thrusts two country boys (predictably in particular, stood out in both her linguistic named Jeb and Earl) into a goofy galactic innovation and her performance style. The quest to save the human race. Alien quiz lineup of performers changes at each show, so bowls and audience-inspired improv keep your results may vary, but if any of these three the laughs coming in Forrest Attaway’s play- powerhouse poets is a common denominator, ful redneck, buddy comedy. If the jokes are the show is well worth your time. sometimes too easy (a Celine Dion sound cue when they fi nd out that they must repopuE-mail feedback@pitch.com

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times, that he has bills and rent due, that at least one family member needs a hand. He briefly contemplates selling a stash of weed. But after we follow him in flashback as he recalls a heartbreaking prison visit from his mother (Octavia Spencer), he changes his mind. He’ll figure out something — “something legal,” he later assures Sophina (the always reliable Melonie Diaz), his girlfriend and the mother of his daughter. Meanwhile, Grant and Sophina and their friends want to spend their New Year’s Eve in the city. But as the countdown to the new year commences, the group is stuck on a crowded, halted BART train. And with midnight imminent, Grant aids in getting the party started in his car. He and fellow passengers, black and white, assemble a makeshift stereo system, rousing other people into celebrating and having a good time. It’s a wonderful, subtly orchestrated scene of racial and social unity that is rarely seen in movies. Directed by fi rst-time fi lmmaker Ryan Coogler — doing a stunningly confident job behind the lens — Fruitvale forgoes the stereo types and tropes usually found in “hood” fl icks. Instead, it gives us a human and fully realized study of a distressed, empathetic Everyman who happens to be black. Coogler keeps his camera focused on Grant as he interacts with family, friends, strangers — fl ashing a million-watt smile when he’s around friendly people but also

Stopped and frisked: Michael B. Jordan in Fruitvale Station. capable of hard scowls when facing down another hassle. This is where Jordan, who has already gained fans with his performances in the acclaimed TV dramas The Wire and Friday Night Lights, truly shines. We see Jordan activate Grant’s charm in a scene in which he helps a white woman (Ahna O’Reilly) at the supermarket by giving her proper fi sh-fry advice. The young woman is won over by Grant’s playful charisma, especially when he calls his grandmother during their interaction and urges her to offer directions on just what to buy and how to cook it. Later, we see Grant bond with another white person (Darren Bridgett) outside a closed restaurant as their dates use the restroom inside (after Grant’s successful plea to the owner, who has already locked up for the night). In these moments, as in the train-party sequence, Fruitvale Station captures an idealistic, we’re-all-in-the-same-gang optimism, a feeling that lingers past its harrowing climax. Throughout, it’s a moving, well-done piece of cinema. And in a time when white men can still get away with killing black men in this country, it’s also a relevant work of popular art that puts you inside the struggle.

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rian Bromwell is hoping that 4 will be his lucky number. He is, after all, the fourth executive chef to oversee the kitchen at Anton’s Taproom & Restaurant since it opened 10 months ago. But if that turnover sounds a bit dramatic, Bromwell is philosophical. He knows that owner Anton Kotar has a reason for everything he does. And he’s finding the gig to be a fitness booster. Since he joined the staff at Anton’s two months ago, Bromwell has lost 20 pounds. “It is a very physical job,” Bromwell says, “and I’m working a lot harder than I ever have before.” Kotar, a larger-than-life personality with a snappish temper, knows what he wants and exE MOR pects his staff to meet his expectations. When a previous chef failed AT INE to deliver a couple of ONL .COM PITCH promised additions to the menu, Kotar all but swept him out the front door. But the 39-year-old Bromwell is a tough cookie in his own right. “I came somewhat late to the culinary profession,” he says. “I didn’t get caught up in a lot of the stuff that brings down young chefs.” You know: drink, drugs, women. Bromwell graduated from the University of Kansas with degrees in French and English, and he planned to start an academic career. He kicked around Europe for a few years (four, actually), and even taught English to German stockbrokers for a while. (Bromwell says he speaks German, French “and a smattering of Italian.”) With a move to New York City in 2002, Bromwell started teaching English and cooking professionally after taking a few culinary classes. “I learned the most from working at the Modern,” he says. That upscale restaurant, located inside the Museum of Modern Art, serves chef Gabriel Kreuther’s cuisine from two different menus: one in the stylish dining room overlooking the Abby Aldrich Rockefeller Sculpture Garden, the other in the more energetic Bar Room. Bromwell trained in the latter’s kitchen before moving on to work for celebrity chef Gordon Ramsay at the London NYC hotel. “Gordon has great people working for him,” Bromwell says. “It was very exhilarating to be a part of it.” After eight years in New York, the Olathe native was ready to move home. Back in the Kansas City area, he decompressed, then took a job with Jennifer Coniglio, the

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young restaurateur behind the short-lived Bromwell: Lucky No. 4 Leawood venture Café Roux. The Cajun food was good. Business was not. wanted me to do. It wasn’t that complicated. “I checked out before the restaurant It’s about staying organized and positive.” closed,” Bromwell says. “It was clear what The first order of business was cutting direction the restaurant was headed.” down the menu — with Kotar’s blessing — by After a temporary job with the Carriage at least 30 percent. “We didn’t need dishes Club, Bromwell took a position with chef like steak fingers or pastrami tacos,” Bromwell Linda Duerr at the exclusive River Club, in says. “I wanted to focus on the steaks. One of downtown Kansas City, perhaps the poshest the reasons that I was interested in taking this culinary gig in the metro. job is that I like beef. I like big flavors.” “It afforded me a great lifestyle for a Bromwell’s tinkering has yielded meaty time,” Bromwell says. “I could have time for results with tomatoes, too. The ones planted hobbies again, including in the back of the restauplaying the piano and the rant go into fresh gazpa“I wanted to focus on the guitar and teaching myself cho each day. And there steaks. One of the reasons the blues harmonica. I had are now some rotating time to sit back and smoke specials (including a fine that I was interested in a pipe and cigars.” “beer can chicken”) and a taking this job is that I like There, he also worked few Southern-influenced beef. I like big flavors.” with pastry chef Carter vegetable dishes, like colHolton, who convinced him lard greens. to take a look at Anton’s K o t a r, d e s p i t e h i s Taproom after Kotar’s third chef abruptly prickly reputation, has been easy to work departed. with, according to Bromwell: “He challenges “Yes, I was somewhat concerned with you to be your best.” the chef turnover at the restaurant when I He adds, “The restaurant staff has been met with Anton,” Bromwell says. “There are really supportive, too. A couple of them have always red flags in a situation like that. But I told me, ‘We hope you stick around.’ I’m go into a restaurant showing what I can bring taking that as a compliment.” to the table. And Anton was very lucid in explaining to me what he needed and what he E-mail charles.ferruzza @pitch.com


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than the suggested two at a time sounds potentially hazardous. To extend Twinkies’ shelf life, the treats are frozen en route to the grocery store — the cream fi lling does not activate until it achieves a core temperature of 75. Now, for some good news: The new version has 135 calories, compared with 150 before. But none of that health crap really matters. We’re talking about Twinkies here, folks, which are basically sponges soaked in high-fructose corn syrup and Red No. 40. The unwrapped cake looked naked and inappropriate sitting on my desk in my very corporate office. But what mattered was how it tasted. And, in a word, it tasted weird. An odd glossy sheen coated my mouth and made my taste buds burn as I chewed. Thinking maybe it was just me, I asked my co-workers to try them. One man, who has an affi nity for Tahitian Treat (the insanely sugary soda that was popular in the 1980s) thought they were delicious. A woman I work with agreed that the Twinkie was greasy. Later, she said she could feel her heart slowing down. Another woman left a sticky note on my desk: “I found the new Twinkie to be completely tasteless.” Everyone who tried one said it had been “like a decade” since they had eaten one. Everyone, that is, except my boyfriend, who is well-versed in modern junk food and eats deep-fat-fried Twinkies at home. “I sucked the cream right out of the sponge,” he said, after eating a cake for lunch. “Delicious.” While Hostess Twinkies are enjoying a renaissance, there’s a local version, concocted from joyous experimentation, that never went away. The mastermind bakers at Mud

Hostess is Mud Pie’s Mostess. Pie Vegan Bakery & Coffeehouse baked up their ersatz twinkies last year on a whim before they even knew about the whole Hostess conundrum. Their version has only 11 ingredients — instead of the original’s 35plus — and it’s vegan. “We just thought it would be a funny thing to do,” says Ashley Valverde, who coowns Mud Pie with her husband, Michael Valverde, and her mother, Sharon Hughes. “It stems from remembering those things from being a kid. Sometimes we like to recreate something that is far from vegan.” The vegan twinkies are heavier, the sponge cake heartier, and the filling creamier — which is exactly what Valverde was going for. “We weren’t trying to get it dead-on, just as long as we thought it tasted good and was pretty close to the original,” she says. “Hopefully it’s better, too.” Word on the street is that Mud Pie’s sponge cakes might be more delicious than the original. Valverde has heard as much from a few Hostess employees who stopped by the shop one day. I have a lot of love for Mud Pie’s version, as well as their cream-filled chocolate Mostess cupcakes, which also improve on the Hostess ones. These days, when it comes to reliving the snack cakes of my youth, I will always prefer the grown-ass-woman vegan version. But I’ve still got a half box of the real deal in my desk drawer, and its contents will probably be gone by the end of the day.

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band than New York,” she says. “People seem excited to hear music here, to hear different stuff, and that’s really refreshing. In bigger cities, it’s more saturated, and it’s harder to stand out and get people to hear you. You’re like, ‘I’ve gotta write a great song because if I don’t, no one is going to fucking listen.’ ” Since their move, Turner and Roth have spent only a couple of months at home. Taking advantage of their new launching pad, Schwervon has gone on five tours in the United States. For a couple, spending so much time together can be trying, so they’ve also fought frequently. But just as makeup sex is a harbinger of restored peace, a good Schwervon performance helps navigate rough spots in their partnership. “The music and the relationship — it’s usually not a good idea, but [with us] it seems to really work,” Roth says. “I can see the progress in our music, and I can feel the progress in our relationship.” Schwervon has a Midwestern and a European tour planned for later this year, and they hope to start work on a follow-up to their most recent album, Courage, in 2014. And they haven’t been shy about booking shows in their new hometown. They want to see some locals out on the floor. “That’s our mission, maybe,” Turner says. “We have to get more people dancing.”

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all Nan Turner a pioneer of punk-rock tap dance. At a recent show at the Brick, the Schwervon drummer stepped out from behind her cymbals and strapped on a pair of shiny leather tap shoes. Sporting bleached-blond hair and short shorts, she joined the audience on the floor, heels clicking and jazz hands waving. Matt Roth, Turner’s boyfriend of 14 years and the other half of the rock duo, strummed a jaunty tune on his guitar. The audience responded well to the impromptu recital: Several hipster types, who had been casually nodding along, actually moved their hips and shuffled their feet. “That’s a Kansas City influence,” Roth later tells The Pitch, of Turner’s enthusiasm for tap dance and Independence Day-parade-style prancing at their live shows. (Turner started taking lessons following their move to Kansas City from New York City in April.) “We’ve decided to incorporate some of these extra talents into the act. It makes us play better. It’s a little secret: If you want a band to get better, just start dancing and get people moving, and they’re going to go crazy.” An upbeat pop-garage-rock-punk hybrid vaguely reminiscent of the Pixies, Schwervon favors driving beats, incandescent harmonies, and solid song structures that never lose sight of the point, whether it’s overcoming selfdoubt or loving someone so much that you hate him or her a little. The duo’s sound is lo-fi and intentionally imperfect, with edges as rough as hand-chiseled granite. And it’s loud. For two people, Turner and Roth can make a lot of noise. That seems appropriate for a band whose name sounds like a dance move, but rocking out hasn’t always been the goal. Turner and Roth met in New York in the mid-1990s after their move — Turner from Washington state, Roth from KC. They both got their start playing at the Sidewalk Café, a coffee shop in a bad part of town that catered to quirky singer-songwriters who, Roth says, “couldn’t get a gig anywhere else.” At the time, Roth was playing solo acoustic shows. He billed his anti-folk act as Major Matt Mason. “A friend told me to go check out Major Matt, and I was like, ‘He’s probably another lame songwriter,’ ” Turner says. “But I went and I loved it. He was so good. And then I asked him out.” The two budding musicians soon started playing together, with Roth putting aside his acoustic guitar for an electric and Turner taking up drums. Their early songs were cute and lighthearted, an expression of their young romance. From the beginning, their music

and their relationship were intertwined, with dates and jam sessions often overlapping. “You have to pay for practice space in New York,” Roth says. “You can’t do it in your apartment because it’s so small. So as a date, we’d go rent practice space.” As their relationship progressed, so did their musical aspirations. Thanks to Roth’s European connections from his solo career, Schwervon released two albums on Shoeshine Records, the Scottish label run by Teenage Fanclub drummer Francis Macdonald. The duo embarked on multiple European tours, making stops in 10 countries and developing a worldwide network of friends and supporters. But at home, they struggled to make ends meet. They worked day jobs in order to afford the apartment they shared with their cat, Gummo, whose face graces the cover of their 2009 album, Low Blow. Gummo had his own way of welcoming new friends into the fold. “It used to be a rite of passage: If Gummo made you bleed, you were part of the family,” Roth says. “Everybody who came over eventually got attacked.” Living in New York provided Turner and Roth with plenty of artistic inspiration, but without a car, they couldn’t gain footing

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Roth and Turner find a spark in KC. around the country. They knew that they needed to tour to build a fanbase, but months on the road required time and money, and Turner and Roth had neither. “We’d been sort of banging our heads against the wall, figuring out how to tour the States,” Roth says. “It’s like starting a new business — you’re making no money for the first year or two, so you have to commit to it that way.” Part of making that commitment meant living more affordably. When Roth visited KC in 2011, he was surprised by how much the city had changed for the better since he had left in 1993. Living in the Midwest, he realized, could give Schwervon access to multiple venues and new audiences. They could live in a house and practice in their basement for free. They could finally buy a car. “It’s hard to appreciate what’s cool about here unless you went away,” Roth says. The plan to relocate made sense, so this past April, Turner and Roth moved to Shawnee. New to the area, Turner misses the energy of the city, but she recognizes the benefits of a smaller market. “I think it’s a much easier place to be a

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Jimmy McFadden was a hoofer through the 1930s and ’40s, tap-dancing onstage with the likes of the Count Basie Orchestra and Jay McShann. He began teaching his sons to tap when they were 3; one of his sons, Lonnie, added trumpet to his talents. Today, you can see the secondgeneration McFadden continuing the family tradition — blowing that trumpet, singing and tap-dancing — every Friday, at what may be Kansas City’s most distinctive happy hour. Backed by prolific and versatile jazz pianist Mark Lowrey and drummer Donovan Bailey, Lonnie McFadden kicks off the weekend with one joyous and raucous jazz show. — LARRY KOPITNIK Lonnie McFadden, 4:30–8:30 p.m. Fridays, at the Phoenix (302 West Eighth Street, 816-221-5299)


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After 15 years, Lawrence’s Will Averill and Jerry Mitchell retire the slimy, suave Victor Continental Show.

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ip that martini glass and pour a little out — the long-running Victor Continental Show is coming to a close. The live sketch-comedy musical show, hosted by Jerry Mitchell’s oversexed European playboy, has built up a loyal audience over the past 15 years in Lawrence. Will Averill, the head writer, director and coartistic director of Card Table Productions (the company that produces the performances) says the timing is right. “If we’d had a kid when the Victor show started, it’d be in high school now. And we can’t afford to pay for college.” We recently e-chatted with Mitchell (in character as Victor, naturally) and Averill about the end of this era in Lawrence comedy. The Pitch: Has Victor learned anything over the years? I mean, has there been much character evolution going on? Will Averill: There definitely has. In our first show, way back in 1998, Victor was much more reserved. He didn’t wear a tux, didn’t have ladies, and, in fact, the first show he didn’t swear much at all. As the shows evolved, so did some of the iconic parts of the character: the tux with a vest that matches the band; the two ladies who assist him throughout the show; his bodyguard, Giuseppe, the bodyguard that announces him; and in 2008, the inclusion of the drinking game with the audience. These all changed and shaped him into the sexy, smarmy, bleary-eyed Casanova we have today. Victor Continental: Ah would like to consider mahself a scholar, always striving to learn new things — oils, wheelbarrows, breath control, thumbs, zero gravity, bacon. Ah’m like a shark. When Ah cease expanding mah sexual horizons, Ah die. As for evolvement, mah suits are nicer, mah alcohol bills are larger and mah orgies are better attended. Speaking of which, what are you doing on Tuesday? The Pitch: I’m embarrassed to admit that I haven’t seen a show for years. However, I felt that even back then, you guys set the bar pretty high for local comedy. Has it been difficult to keep things fresh? Averill: We do try to mix it up. Every three to four years, the cast and crew kind of collectively throw out any patterns we’ve been sunk into and restructure the show anew. The only constants through the whole process have been the big opening musical number, Victor himself and Shitty Deal Puppet Theatre. Everything else has come and gone and, as Victor would approve of, sometimes come again. Continental: Well, Berry Anderson, Ah’m embarrassed to realize we haven’t had sex since 2000! Ah think as long as Kansas keeps doing things that are funny, it’s easy to keep things pretty fresh. Boxer briefs help, too. 28

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preshow cast orgy will be more nostalgic and complimentary than in years past. And the traditional postshow cast orgy will probably be more tearful and emotionally charged than before. But, in the end, even if we’re not doing the show again, Ah know we will still all be having sex together again. Perhaps not all at once and perhaps not in Liberty Hall’s basement, but life and love, you never know! The last Victor Continental Show: Big Finish, Happy Ending, 8 p.m. Friday, July 25, and Saturday, July 26, at Liberty Hall (644 Massachusetts, Lawrence, 785-749-1975). Tickets for the all-ages show cost $12-$25. See libertyhall.net.

GUERILLA MANOR Slick Rick and Spice 1 are among Victor Continental: the last orgy They’re the right combination of firm and yielding, and they promote freshness in one’s man basement. Oh-kay! The Pitch: Do you think that Victor will inspire any imposters going forward?   Averill: I’ve hoped for a long time that someone would! It would be great to see more sketch comedy happening, particularly sketch comedy with a local flavor. There was this one unnamed emcee for a variety show I saw in Lawrence once who was suspiciously like Victor — but I’m not naming names. Continental: Ah think that Don Draper is quite obviously an American Victor Continental. But as long as he keeps being a sexy bitch, Ah will not seek legal recompense. The Pitch: Can you think of some highlights over the years that still continue to amaze you? Averill: There’s nothing better than the feeling of something risky which works — for example, a sketch about a troupe of mimes going into WWII, an upset Aunt Jemima being let go as a spokesperson because she’s too offensive for contemporary marketing, or the secret explanation of where ladies really keep their umbrellas. In addition to that, I’m always amazed and amused by the work Jerry Mitchell does as Victor. Victor gets very little writing done for him; most of his segments are off the top of his head and part of his character. Finally, I’m always amused by recurring characters who show up during the show: Victor’s brother, Enrico; Johnson County gangster wannabes Flaky-T and Spooncreek; the Justice League of Lawrence. It’s fun to watch the audience enjoy

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characters that some have a history with and some are seeing for the first time. The Pitch: Was there a subject that was ever too taboo for Victor to cover? Averill: We have crossed the line often enough that I’m not entirely sure. We don’t do denigrating humor. It may be scathing and offensive, but it’s always been in good spirit and with a positive spin. That being said, there have been times when people have walked out, but we try to be offensive to everyone equally, including ourselves. And we haven’t yet walked out on ourselves. That I know of. Continental: We ended up having to cut Female Circumcision Beach Party and Pedophile Godzilla News Hour in the past, but that was mostly due to prop and costume concerns rather than offensiveness. The Pitch: Will there be an emotional goodbye onstage? offstage? Averill: It’s gonna be tough. Fifteen years is a long time, and most of us in the cast have grown up with this as a staple of our lives and summers for most, if not all, of the last 15 years. We’re definitely a family — a wonderful, wonky, sometimes dysfunctional family. After this, we won’t have that yearly touchstone to come back to, and I think that’s gonna be pretty rough. Onstage, it’s going to be EXTREMELY difficult to keep it together. Having a show that can bring 1,100 of our closest Lawrence friends together over the course of one weekend is a unique and special place to be, and I think we’ll, all of us — audience and actors — have a laugh and a few tears by the end of it. Continental: Ah’m sure that the traditional

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t’s a hip-hop lover’s dream,” says Dallas Gutschenritter of the second-annual Guerilla Fest, to be held this weekend at his club, the Riot Room. That’s particularly true if old-school characters such as Slick Rick, Spice 1, PMD and MC Eiht (who will all perform) match your flavor of rap. Or if you’re looking to brush up on local hip-hop talent: Gee Watts, the Popper, Heartfelt Anarchy, MilkDrop and Louiz Rip, plus dozens of others, will be doing their thing from Friday through Sunday. The fest was put together jointly by the Riot Room and Anarchy Movement, rapper James Christos’ new venture. “It went well when we debuted it last year, and we made some relationships through that process that were helpful in making this year bigger,” Gutschenritter says of expanding from one day to three. “Some of these guys have never even played here. And a lot of these cats don’t tour that much, if at all, anymore. So you might never have the opportunity to see a guy like Spice 1 anywhere in the Midwest again.” Friday and Saturday are the big nights — check the Facebook page for the full schedule — but there’s also a wind-down party on Sunday, from 2 to 6 p.m. “A lot of the talent is sticking around to hang out on Sunday,” Gutschenritter says. “So you might have Slick Rick just kind of hanging around at Riot Room all day. It might be pretty mind-blowing.” — DAVID HUDNALL

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M U S I C F O R E CA S T Give Up, the surprise 2003 electro-emo hit record from the Postal Service, is now 10 years in the rearview — you’re old as dirt — and to celebrate, creators Ben Gibbard and Jimmy Tamborello are touring the country and playing the old songs. In New York City, where many of the college kids who bought Give Up the first time around moved after graduation, the Postal Service recently drew 18,000 to the Barclays Center. Here, they’re doing a generous two-night run at the Midland. The Wednesday concert is sold out, but tickets are still available for Tuesday. Mates of State open both shows. Tuesday, July 30, and Wednesday, July 31, at the Midland (1228 Main, 816-283-9921)

I’ll never forget the night in 2010 that Boz Scaggs sang Teddy Pendergrass’ “Love TKO” at the Dukes of September Rhythm Revue show at Starlight. I’d never really thought too much of that song before then, but Scaggs’ silky voice turned it into something like a religious experience for me that night. He’s got some damn excellent songs of his own, too — Silk Degrees is pretty much stacked — that he’ll doubtless perform at this Uptown gig. Thursday, July 25, at the Uptown Theater (3700 Broadway, 816-753-8665)

Rodrigo y Gabriela

In the same way that some former punks do gruff alt-country albums when they hit 40, Rodrigo y Gabriela have moved on from the thrash-metal scene, where they met in Mexico in the 1990s, into an artsy mélange of classical guitars, world music, jazz and pop. They still play their guitars super-fast, though. Friday, July 26, at the Uptown Theater (3700 Broadway, 816-753-8665)

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Parts of Speech, the latest from Dessa, is very much a rap album of 2013, which is to say it

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Macklemore and Ryan Lewis sounds only vaguely like a rap album. Dessa is a member of the Minneapolis hip-hop collective Doomtree, where she’s surrounded by strong rappers such as P.O.S. and has been steadily honing both her lyrical eye and her skills on the mic. On Parts of Speech, she’s unwed to traditional ideas of what hip-hop is: She tries on ballads as well as raps, and even covers a Bruce Springsteen track (“I’m Going Down”). It’s pretty accessible stuff, and I wouldn’t be surprised to see Dessa on the pop charts in a few years. She’ll almost certainly be playing bigger venues than RecordBar — although, bully for us that she is this time through. Saturday, July 27, at RecordBar (1020 Westport Road, 816-753-5207)

Spirit Is the Spirit, with Palace

In March, the Record Machine released Baktun Baby, an EP from locals Spirit Is the Spirit, whose lead track, “Only After Dark,” I am totally digging. The record is kind of all over the place — there are echoes of gentle AM pop, Afro-pop and the Flaming Lips — but it’s a pretty sturdy four-song collection. Palace, another Record Machine act, hails from St. Louis; its happy-go-lucky indie pop is a little

In case you’ve forgotten: Filter is the one that did “Hey Man, Nice Shot.” Sponge did “Molly (16 Candles)” and “Plowed” (and both actually hold up OK). Live did Throwing Copper, which was a pretty big album in 1995 on account of “I Alone” and “Lightning Crashes.” Everclear, of course, is the biggest band on this ’90s revival bill, though it sure would be interesting to poll 100 college freshmen and see if any of them can name a single song by any of these bands. Sunday, July 28, at Cricket Wireless Amphitheater (633 North 130th Street, Bonner Springs, 913-721-3400)

Macklemore and Ryan Lewis

The video for the Macklemore–Ryan Lewis track “Thrift Shop” had 375 million views as of press time. If the Seattle rap duo — Macklemore raps, and Lewis produces — aren’t the breakout stars of 2013, I don’t know who is. They’re playing this outdoor show at KC Live as part of the Major League Soccer All-Star Game festivities (the game is July 31, at Sporting Park). This is a free show, but tickets are required. Your best bet is to win them through giveaways at 95.7 the Vibe or Mix 93.3, or at MLSsoccer.com/allstar. (But be warned: The MLS website says, “Ticket does not guarantee admission.”) Clinton Sparks opens around 7:30 p.m.; Macklemore and Lewis go on at 9. Also, it’s an 18-and-older show (though anyone younger than 21 must be accompanied by a guardian and won’t be admitted after 9 p.m.). Monday, July 29, at KC Live Stage at the Power & Light District (14th Street and Grand)

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FUTURECAST AUGUST SUNDAY 18 Peter Frampton and B.B. King: Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts SATURDAY 24 Journey: Kansas Star Arena, Mulvane

SEPTEMBER TUESDAY 3 Steely Dan, Deep Blue Organ Trio: The Midland TUESDAY 17 Andrew W.K., Six Percent, American Ghouls: The Granada, Lawrence THURSDAY 19 Dane Cook: The Midland

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Every Time I Die, Chelsea Grin, Veil of Maya, Terror, Stray from the Path, Capture Crown, Restleda Bearonce, For All Those Sleeping, Dayshell, Volumes: 2 p.m. The Granada, 1020 Massachusetts, Lawrence, 785-842-1390. Guerilla Fest 2013 with Slick Rick, Spice 1, PMD, MC Eiht, GLC: 2 p.m. The Riot Room, 4048 Broadway, 816-442-8179. Josh Turner, Backroad Anthem: 7 p.m. Crossroads KC at Grinders, 417 E. 18th St., 816-472-5454.

Tab Benoit: 8:30 p.m. Knuckleheads Saloon, 2715 Rochester, 816-483-1456.

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Alpha Rev, the Problems, Brent Lee: 7:30 p.m. Czar, 1531 Grand, 816-421-0300. Kim Lenz and the Jaguars: 8:30 p.m. Knuckleheads Saloon, 2715 Rochester, 816-483-1456. Locash Cowboys, the Magnificent Bang Bangs, 6 Degrees West: 5:30 p.m. Aftershock Bar & Grill, 5240 Merriam Dr., Merriam, 913-384-5646. RX Bandits, Northern Faces: 7:30 p.m. The Granada, 1020 Massachusetts, Lawrence, 785-842-1390.

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Winners will be announced August 11 at The Pitch Music Awards at the Uptown Theater and August 15 in The Pitch. HIP-HOP ❑ Gee Watts ❑ infO Gates ❑ MilkDrop ❑ Reach ❑ Rich the Factor ❑ Stik Figa ❑ The Popper JA Z Z ENSEMBLE ❑ Alaturka ❑ Diverse ❑ The KC Sound Collective ❑ Parallax ❑ The People’s Liberation Big Band ❑ Shades of Jade JA Z Z SOLO ❑ Brandon Draper ❑ Eddie Moore ❑ Hermon Mehari ❑ Jeff Harshbarger ❑ Mark Lowrey

AMERICANA /BLUEGR ASS ❑ Dollar Fox ❑ John Velghe & the Prodigal Sons ❑ Olassa ❑ The Silver Maggies ❑ The Blackbird Revue ❑ The Grisly Hand ❑ Tiny Horse ❑ The Clementines AVANT-G ARDE ❑ Continents ❑ CS Luxem ❑ Expo ’70 ❑ Jorge Arana Trio ❑ Your Reflection ❑ Metatone

BLUES ❑ Grand Marquis ❑ Jason Vivone and the Billy Bats ❑ Katy Guillen ❑ Samantha Fish ❑ Trampled Under Foot ❑ Jeremy Butcher & the Bail Jumpers COUNTRY/ROCK ABILLY ❑ Adam Lee & the Dead Horse Sound Company ❑ Crybaby Ranch ❑ The Rumblejetts ❑ St. Dallas & the Sinners ❑ Starhaven Rounders ❑ The Blue Boot Heelers ❑ The Nace Brothers

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G AR AGE ❑ Bloodbirds ❑ The Conquerors ❑ The Empty Spaces ❑ Lazy ❑ Up the Academy

POP ❑ The ACBs ❑ Antennas Up ❑ Ghosty ❑ Hidden Pictures ❑ Shy Boys

PUNK ❑ Bent Left ❑ Nature Boys ❑ No Class ❑ Pizza Party Massacre ❑ The Rackatees ❑ U.S.Americans REGG AE ❑ 77 Jefferson ❑ Arm the Poor ❑ Born in Babylon ❑ The New Riddim ROCK ❑ Cherokee Rock Rifle ❑ Gentleman Savage ❑ Man Bear ❑ Not a Planet ❑ Soft Reeds ❑ Sons of Great Dane ❑ The Caves ❑ Claque SINGER-SONGW RITER (FEMALE)

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Coda: 1744 Broadway, 816-569-1747. Dream Wolf, Solid Gold Easy, the Ned Ludd Band, 9 p.m. Davey’s Uptown Ramblers Club: 3402 Main, 816-753-1909. Torn the Fuck Apart, Abolishment of Flesh, Marasmus, Despise the Sun, 8 p.m.

B.B.’s Lawnside BBQ: 1205 E. 85th St., 816-822-7427. John Paul’s Flying Circus. Danny’s Big Easy: 1601 E. 18th St., 816-421-1200. Millage Gilbert Big Blues Band, 7 p.m. Jazz: 1823 W. 39th St., 816-531-5556. Grand Marquis. Jazz: 1859 Village West Pkwy., Kansas City, Kan., 913-328-0003. Rich Berry. Quasimodo: 12056 W. 135th St., Overland Park, 913-239-9666. Lonnie Ray Blues Band, 7 p.m.

I N D I E / P O P / E X P E R I M E N TA L Jackpot Music Hall: 943 Massachusetts, Lawrence, 785-8321085. The Capsules, Monster, Dark Seas, 9 p.m. RecordBar: 1020 Westport Rd., 816-753-5207. The Monarchs, Huntronik, After Nations, Vandal? Vandal!, 9:45 p.m.

DJ The Bottleneck: 737 New Hampshire, Lawrence, 785-841-5483. Feel Good with NMEZEE, WestEndGrl, Dreadheadedslut, Thumpur, APLSOZ, 8 p.m. The Foundry: 424 Westport Rd., 816-960-0866. DJ Boyfriend. The Gusto Lounge: 504 Westport Rd., 816-974-8786. Pop Shots with Clockwerk & DJ Archi. Port Fonda: 4141 Pennsylvania, 816-216-6462. Live Free or Die with DJ Keenan, 9 p.m.

JAZZ/LOUNGE Knuckleheads Saloon: 2715 Rochester, 816-483-1456. Tinsley Ellis & Hazy Ray, 8 p.m. The Majestic Restaurant: 931 Broadway, 816-221-1888. Rich Hill and Joe Lisinicchia, 6 p.m.

WORLD/REGGAE The Blue Room: 1616 E. 18th St., 816-474-8463. Mambo DeLeon, Carte Blanc. The Levee: 16 W. 43rd St., 816-561-2821. Live reggae with AZ-One, 9:30 p.m.

COUNTRY/BLUEGRASS Davey’s Uptown Ramblers Club: 3402 Main, 816-753-1909. JP Harris & the Tough Choices, 9 p.m. Fuel: 7300 W. 119th St., Overland Park, 913-451-0444. Drew Six, 8 p.m. KC Live Stage at the Power & Light District: 14th St. and Grand. Craig Campbell, Chris Janson, 7 p.m.

EASY LISTENING/ACOUSTIC Coda: 1744 Broadway, 816-569-1747. Laura Lisbeth presents, 7 p.m. Green Lady Lounge: 1809 Grand, 816-215-2954. Victor & Penny, 8 p.m. Jerry’s Bait Shop: 13412 Santa Fe Trail Dr., Lenexa, 913-8949676. Jason Kayne, 9 p.m. Sunset Grill: 14577 Metcalf, Overland Park, 913-681-1722. Tony Antonucci, 7:30 p.m.

OPEN MIC/JAM SESSIONS The All-Star Rock Bar: 7210 N.E. 43rd St., 816-452-2660. Shut Up and Rock Jam, 7:30 p.m. Quasimodo: 12056 W. 135th St., Overland Park, 913-239-9666. Acoustic open jam with Billy Ebeling, 7 p.m.

VA R I E T Y The Chesterfield: 1400 Main, 816-474-4545. Geeks Who Drink Pub Quiz, 8 p.m. Improv Comedy Club and Dinner Theater: 7260 N.W. 87th St., 816-759-5233. Hypnotist Rich Guzzi, 7:30 p.m. Slow Ride Roadhouse: 1350 N. Third St., Lawrence, 785-7492727. Karaoke with DJ John. Stanford’s Comedy Club: 1867 Village West Pkwy., Kansas City, Kan., 913-400-7500. Willie Barcena, 8 p.m. Westport Flea Market: 817 Westport Rd., 816-931-1986. Trivia, 9 p.m.

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I N D I E / P O P / E X P E R I M E N TA L Jackpot Music Hall: 943 Massachusetts, Lawrence, 785832-1085. Dolls On Fire, the Clementines, Something or the Whatevers, Automatic Wolf, 9 p.m. RecordBar: 1020 Westport Rd., 816-753-5207. Hidden Pictures, Capsules, Twinsmith, the Lonelyhearts, 9:30 p.m. RJ’s Bob-Be-Que Shack: 5835 Lamar, Mission, 913-262-7300. The Lucky.

DJ Beer Kitchen: 435 Westport Rd., 816-389-4180. DCal. The Gusto Lounge: 504 Westport Rd., 816-974-8786. I <3 Gusto. The Jones Pool: 10 E. 13th St. Splash with J.T. Quick and DJ Remix. Mosaic Lounge: 1331 Walnut, 816-679-0076. DJ E-Rock, DJ Parle, Allen Michael. The Quaff: 1010 Broadway, 816-471-1918. DJ E.

JAZZ/LOUNGE The Blue Room: 1616 E. 18th St., 816-474-8463. Indigo Hour with James “Fuzzy” West, 5:30 p.m.; Doug Talley Quintet with Julie Turner, 8:30 p.m. Chaz on the Plaza: 325 Ward Pkwy., 816-802-2152. Jimmy Dykes & The Blisstonians. Max Groove Trio, 7-11 p.m. Green Lady Lounge: 1809 Grand, 816-2152954. Mark Lowrey, 9 p.m. Johnny Cascone’s Italian ResMORE taurant: 6863 W. 91st St., Overland Park, 913-381-6837. Jim Mair Duo, 6:30 p.m. S The Majestic Restaurant: 931 ING LIST E AT Broadway, 816-221-1888. Patrick IN ONL Gilbert, 5 p.m.; Bram Wijnands Trio, M PITCH.CO 7 p.m. Mutual Musicians Foundation: 1823 Highland Ave., 816-471-5212. Late-night jam session, 1 a.m. The Phoenix: 302 W. Eighth St., 816-221-5299. Lonnie McFadden, 4:30 p.m.

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COUNTRY/BLUEGRASS The Brooksider: 6330 Brookside Plz., 816-363-4070. Hazard County, 10 p.m. Knuckleheads Saloon: 2715 Rochester, 816-483-1456. Grisly Hand, Al Scorch & the Country Soul Ensemble, 8 p.m.

COVERS The BrewTop Pub and Patio: 8614 N. Boardwalk Ave., 816584-9292. Switch. Jerry’s Bait Shop: 13412 Santa Fe Trail Dr., Lenexa, 913-8949676. Bad Disposition, 9 p.m. The Landing Eatery & Pub: 1189 W. 152 Hwy., Liberty, 816792-5230. Dolewite, 9 p.m. Paul and Jack’s Tavern: 1808 Clay, North Kansas City, 816221-9866. The Zeros.


EASY LISTENING/ACOUSTIC Bar West: 7174 Renner Rd., Shawnee, 913-248-9378. Dan Brockert. The Brick: 1727 McGee, 816-421-1634. The Blackbird Revue, Month of May, the Welding, 9 p.m. Duke’s on Grand: 1501 Grand, 816-527-0122. Dustin Walker CD-release show, 8 p.m. The Kill Devil Club: 61 E. 14th St., 816-877-8312. Frank Rardon, 7:30 p.m.; Danny McGaw Band, 10 p.m. RecordBar: 1020 Westport Rd., 816-753-5207. Drunkard’s Dream, 7 p.m. Sherlock’s Underground Coffeehouse & Pub: 858 S. 291 Hwy., Liberty, 816-429-5262. Earl Baker Band, 9 p.m. Take Five Coffee + Bar: 5336 W. 151st St., Overland Park, 913948-5550. Victor & Penny, 8 p.m.

VA R I E T Y Aftershock Bar & Grill: 5240 Merriam Dr., Merriam, 913-3845646. Crybaby Ranch, Jason Vivone & the Billybats, St. Dallas & the Sinners, Cowtown Playboys, 6 p.m. The Bottleneck: 737 New Hampshire, Lawrence, 785-8415483. Elite Summer Bash, 8 p.m. Czar: 1531 Grand, 816-421-0300. Jess Williamson, Colin Martin, 7 p.m.; Janet the Planet, Wrong Kata Trio, the Phantastics, Parts of Speech, 9:30 p.m. Improv Comedy Club and Dinner Theater: 7260 N.W. 87th St., 816-759-5233. Hypnotist Rich Guzzi, 7:30 & 9:45 p.m. Stanford’s Comedy Club: 1867 Village West Pkwy., Kansas City, Kan., 913-400-7500. Willie Barcena, 7:45 & 9:45 p.m.

S AT U R D AY 2 7 R O C K / M E TA L / P U N K Aftershock Bar & Grill: 5240 Merriam Dr., Merriam, 913-3845646. Metal Wars Final, 7 p.m. The Bottleneck: 737 New Hampshire, Lawrence, 785-8415483. The Millions, the Invisible World, 8 p.m. Davey’s Uptown Ramblers Club: 3402 Main, 816-753-1909. Federation of Horsepower, Knife Crime, the Mad Kings, 9:30 p.m. Jackpot Music Hall: 943 Massachusetts, Lawrence, 785-8321085. Black on Black, the Sluts, Bruiser Queen, 9 p.m.

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DJ Ambassador Hotel: 1111 Grand, 816-298-7700. Gossip at Reserve Bar, 8 p.m. The Foundry: 424 Westport Rd., 816-960-0866. DJ Kidtwist. The Gusto Lounge: 504 Westport Rd., 816-974-8786. Superb! Bass Party with Brent Tactic, NMEZEE, DJ B-Stee & DJ Archi. Jerry’s Bait Shop: 13412 Santa Fe Trail Dr., Lenexa, 913-8949676. DJ Sinnister, 9 p.m. Milieu: 7300 W. 119th St., Overland Park. DJ Mike Scott. Mosaic Lounge: 1331 Walnut, 816-679-0076. Party Monster with Allen Michael and Vinyl Richie. O’Dowd’s Little Dublin: 4742 Pennsylvania, 816-561-2700. DJ Highnoone. The Quaff: 1010 Broadway, 816-471-1918. DJ Chris. Replay Lounge: 946 Massachusetts, Lawrence, 785-749-7676. Steddy P. & DJ Mahf, Antimosity, 10 p.m.

JAZZ/LOUNGE The Blue Room: 1616 E. 18th St., 816-474-8463. The Jazz Disciples with Clint Ashlock and Jason Goudeau, 8:30 p.m. Chaz on the Plaza: 325 Ward Pkwy., 816-802-2152. Angela Hagenbach Trio, 7 p.m. Green Lady Lounge: 1809 Grand, 816-215-2954. Kathleen Holeman Trio, 9 p.m. Johnny Cascone’s Italian Restaurant: 6863 W. 91st St., Overland Park, 913-381-6837. Jim Mair Duo, 6:30 p.m. The Majestic Restaurant: 931 Broadway, 816-221-1888. Joe DeFio, 5 p.m.; Bram Wijnands Trio, 7 p.m.

COVERS The BrewTop Pub and Patio: 8614 N. Boardwalk Ave., 816584-9292. Drew Bartlett Band, 10 p.m. The Brooksider: 6330 Brookside Plz., 816-363-4070. Dolewite. Danny’s Bar and Grill: 13350 College Blvd., Lenexa, 913-3459717. Velvet Jackson, Roadtrip. Jazzhaus: 926-1/2 Massachusetts, Lawrence, 785-749-1387. The Crumpletons, 7:30 p.m. The Landing Eatery & Pub: 1189 W. 152 Hwy., Liberty, 816792-5230. The Jeremy Nichols Band, 9 p.m. Paul and Jack’s Tavern: 1808 Clay, North Kansas City, 816221-9866. One Night Stand. RJ’s Bob-Be-Que Shack: 5835 Lamar, Mission, 913-262-7300. The SKUs, 8 p.m. Shots: 11703 E. 23rd St., Independence, 816-833-5021. Supercell.

EASY LISTENING/ACOUSTIC The Landing Eatery & Pub: 1189 W. 152 Hwy., Liberty, 816792-5230. Jeremy Nichols, 9 p.m. RecordBar: 1020 Westport Rd., 816-753-5207. Missouri Woodlands, 7 p.m. Shots: 11703 E. 23rd St., Independence, 816-833-5021. Earl Baker Band, 2-6 p.m. Trouser Mouse: 410 S. Hwy. 7, Blue Springs, 816-220-1222. Bob Reeder.

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Mutual Musicians Foundation: 1823 Highland Ave., 816-4715212. Late-night jam session, 1 a.m. The Phoenix: 302 W. Eighth St., 816-221-5299. Tim Whitmer & KC Express, 4:30 p.m. Take Five Coffee + Bar: 5336 W. 151st St., Overland Park, 913948-5550. Bill Crain Group, 8 p.m.

S U N D AY 2 8 R O C K / M E TA L / P U N K The Riot Room: 4048 Broadway, 816-442-8179. Cherokee Rock Rifle, Keef Mountain, 8 p.m.

B L U E S / R O C K A B I L LY B.B.’s Lawnside BBQ: 1205 E. 85th St., 816-822-7427. Pat Recob & the Confessors, 6 p.m. Jazz: 1859 Village West Pkwy., Kansas City, Kan., 913-328-0003. Billy Ebeling. Slow Ride Roadhouse: 1350 N. Third St., Lawrence, 785-7492727. Blue 88.

I N D I E / P O P / E X P E R I M E N TA L Jackpot Music Hall: 943 Massachusetts, Lawrence, 785-8321085. A Wolf. A Liar, 9 p.m.

EASY LISTENING/ACOUSTIC Chaz on the Plaza: 325 Ward Pkwy., 816-802-2152. Les Mengel Duo, 5-9 p.m. Jazz: 1823 W. 39th St., 816-531-5556. Rich Berry. Jerry’s Bait Shop: 13412 Santa Fe Trail Dr., Lenexa, 913-8949676. Lauren Anderson, 9 p.m. Shots: 11703 E. 23rd St., Independence, 816-833-5021. Earl Baker Band, 8-11 p.m. Tomfooleries: 612 W. 47th St., 816-753-0555. Phil and Gary, 8 p.m.

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M O N D AY 2 9 R O C K / M E TA L / P U N K RecordBar: 1020 Westport Rd., 816-753-5207. Eschatones, the Bad Ideas, the Quivers, 10 p.m. The Riot Room: 4048 Broadway, 816-442-8179. Major Major Major, Dolls On Fire, Sundiver, 7:30 p.m.

B L U E S / R O C K A B I L LY Jackpot Music Hall: 943 Massachusetts, Lawrence, 785-8321085. Marbin, 3 Son Green, Andrew and the Dudes, 9 p.m.

JAZZ/LOUNGE The Blue Room: 1616 E. 18th St., 816-474-8463. Seth Lee. 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 friends, 7 p.m.

W E D N E S D AY 31 RecordBar: 1020 Westport Rd., 816-753-5207. Bob Walkenhorst, 7 p.m.; Fake Fancy, Werewolf Nebula, Chekhov’s Gun, 10 p.m.

R O C K / M E TA L / P U N K Davey’s Uptown Ramblers Club: 3402 Main, 816-753-1909. American Discord, KC Thieves, Hudson Falcons, Smash the State, 8 p.m. RecordBar: 1020 Westport Rd., 816-753-5207. Groondale, the Vedas, Handsome Cabs, 10 p.m. The Riot Room: 4048 Broadway, 816-442-8179. A Light Within, Escape Device, Set The Setting, Across The Earth, 7:30 p.m. Tomfooleries: 612 W. 47th St., 816-753-0555. The Transients, 9 p.m.

B L U E S / R O C K A B I L LY Czar: 1531 Grand, 816-421-0300. The Kyle Sexton Band, 7:30 p.m. Jazz: 1859 Village West Pkwy., Kansas City, Kan., 913-3280003. Billy Ebeling.

DJ The Gusto Lounge: 504 Westport Rd., 816-974-8786. Tape Deck Tuesdays with DJ HoodNasty, 10 p.m., no cover. Sol Cantina: 408 E. 31st. St., 816-931-8080. DJ Highnoone and DJ Ashton Martin, 9 p.m.

JAZZ/LOUNGE Green Lady Lounge: 1809 Grand, 816-215-2954. Chris Hazelton Trio, 7 p.m. Jazz: 1823 W. 39th St., 816-531-5556. Max Groove. The Majestic Restaurant: 931 Broadway, 816-221-1888. Hermon Mehari Trio, 6 p.m.

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The Bottleneck: 737 New Hampshire, Lawrence, 785-8415483. Taking Back Mondays with Sovereign States, 9 p.m. Davey’s Uptown Ramblers Club: 3402 Main, 816-753-1909. Singer-Songwriter open mic with Host Jon Theobald, 7 p.m. Thirsty Ernie’s: 1276 W. Foxwood Dr., Raymore, 816-322-2779. Acoustic open mic with Brad Allen, 7-10 p.m. The Uptown Arts Bar: 3611 Broadway. Jonny Green and Jake Stanton open mic and jam session, 8 p.m.

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The Bottleneck: 737 New Hampshire, Lawrence, 785-8415483. Music Against Cancer, 6 p.m. The Brick: 1727 McGee, 816-421-1634. Rural Grit Happy Hour, 6-9 p.m. Czar: 1531 Grand, 816-421-0300. Stand Up Comedy Series with David Nickerson and Brandon Patrick, 8 p.m. Jazz: 1823 W. 39th St., 816-531-5556. Jazzbo, 6-9 p.m. Jazzhaus: 926-1/2 Massachusetts, Lawrence, 785-749-1387. Karaoke Costume Night, 9:30 p.m. RecordBar: 1020 Westport Rd., 816-753-5207. Sonic Spectrum Music Trivia, 7 p.m. Replay Lounge: 946 Massachusetts, Lawrence, 785-749-7676. Sam’s Club Karaoke, 10 p.m. Rhythm and Booze: 423 Southwest Blvd., 816-221-2669. Geeks Who Drink, 7:30 p.m.

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B L U E S / R O C K A B I L LY B.B.’s Lawnside BBQ: 1205 E. 85th St., 816-822-7427. Shinetop Jr., 7-9 p.m. The Levee: 16 W. 43rd St., 816-561-2821. The Lonnie Ray Blues Band, 8 p.m. Quasimodo: 12056 W. 135th St., Overland Park, 913-239-9666. Kris Bruder’s Freight Train, 7 p.m.

I N D I E / P O P / E X P E R I M E N TA L Jackpot Music Hall: 943 Massachusetts, Lawrence, 785-8321085. Brave Song Circle, Abi Robins, Sissy, Sniple, 9 p.m.

JAZZ/LOUNGE Chaz on the Plaza: 325 Ward Pkwy., 816-802-2152. Max Groove Trio, 6 p.m. Green Lady Lounge: 1809 Grand, 816-215-2954. Organ Jazz Trio with Ken Lovern, 8 p.m. The Kill Devil Club: 61 East 14th Street, 816-877-8312. Project H. The Majestic Restaurant: 931 Broadway, 816-221-1888. Rich Hill, 6 p.m. The Phoenix: 302 W. Eighth St., 816-221-5299. A La Mode.

COUNTRY/BLUEGRASS Frank James Saloon: 10919 N.W. Hwy. 45, Parkville, 816-5050800. MOKAN Twang Vinyl Country Night, 8 p.m. Knuckleheads Saloon: 2715 Rochester, 816-483-1456. Eilen Jewell with Miss Major, 8 p.m.

OPEN MIC/JAM SESSIONS Jazzhaus: 926-1/2 Massachusetts, Lawrence, 785-749-1387. Acoustic jam session with Tyler Gregory. Jerry’s Bait Shop: 13412 Santa Fe Trail Dr., Lenexa, 913-8949676. Jam Night, 9 p.m. The Uptown Arts Bar: 3611 Broadway. Poetic Underground poetry slam, 9 p.m. Woodsweather Café: 1414 W. Ninth St., 816-472-6333. Blues Jam with the Dave Hays Band, 7-10 p.m.

VA R I E T Y Californos: 4124 Pennsylvania, 816-531-7878. Westport Girlz, 8 p.m. Charlie Hooper’s: 12 W. 63rd St., 816-361-8841. Geeks Who Drink Pub Quiz, 7:30 p.m. Coda: 1744 Broadway, 816-569-1747. Tango Dance Night, 8 p.m. Michael’s Lakewood Pub: N. 291 Hwy. and Lakewood Blvd., Lee’s Summit, 816-350-7300. Humpday Comedy Night, 9 p.m. The Quaff: 1010 Broadway, 816-471-1918. Karaoke. Snow & Co.: 1815 Wyandotte, 816-214-8921. Geeks Who Drink Pub Quiz, 7:30 p.m. Stanford’s Comedy Club: 1867 Village West Pkwy., Kansas City, Kan., 913-400-7500. Ryan Stout, 8 p.m. Westport Flea Market: 817 Westport Rd., 816-931-1986. Trivia, 8 p.m.


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Blow Job Secrets Dear BJS: (1) I wouldn’t call you gay or bi, seeing as you’re concentrating on straight porn during those enthusiastic man-on-man blowjobs. What you describe sounds like a mild case of “situational homosexuality,” that is, something that otherwise straight men are sometimes forced to do “for gratification or release in a single-sex environment,” as the sex-ed website SexInfoOnline puts it. You’re not locked in prison or stuck on a pirate ship or sweltering away in a shithole like Saudi Arabia, places characterized by the “the prolonged absence of partners of the opposite sex.” You’re just a blowjob-deprived married man with access to the Internet who figured out that accepting blowjobs from gay or bi men is cheaper than paying female sex workers to blow you and less entangling than entering into an affair with a woman. But you probably don’t want to describe yourself as “situationally homosexual” because that sounds pretty gay, so let’s just go with “opportunistically heteroflexible,” OK? (2) Yes, I’m afraid you do have to stop. I would be inclined to give you a pass if you were not having sex with your wife at all — or having sex with her once or twice a year, or if your wife announced she was asexual — but you and the wife are having quite a lot of sex. If you were to contract gonorrhea or syphilis from one of your 38

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male sex partners, you would almost certainly pass the infection on to your wife before you became symptomatic and got treated. (Sorry, but unless you’re using condoms during those blowjobs, they’re not “safe.”) If telling your wife about the blowjobs now would result in the end of your marriage, imagine the results if you have to tell your wife about the blowjobs after you’ve passed a sexually transmitted infection along to her. (3) You should get your wife’s permission — maybe she’d be down with outsourcing oral duties that she finds tiresome, maybe she’d like to have an adventure or two of her own — or you should knock it the fuck off.

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Wondering If Faithfulness Endures Dear WIFE: Would it be a good idea to marry a possibly asexual man you don’t find attractive,

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a guy who’s lousy in bed on those rare occasions when you do have sex, because you could see yourself being happy with him … so long as you can wrap your morals around lying to him for the next three or four decades? Don’t do it. The amount of stress that will pile up over the years — all that working to convince him that you’re not only not having sex with him but also not having sex with anyone else, either — will soon outweigh the stress of one knock-down, drag-out, open-and-honest conversation about the role of sex in your marriage. But instead of saying, “I’ll marry you, but only if I can fuck other people,” go with this instead: “Sex has never really been important to us as a couple. It doesn’t define our connection, honey, and it never has.” Then tell him that you won’t consider any sex that happens outside the marriage — so long as it’s safe and completely discreet — grounds for divorce. Hopefully he’ll agree. If not, don’t marry him.

Dear Dan: In your response to FURFAG last week, the guy who has been in an online relationship with another furry guy whom he has never met, you focused on their need to meet in person at least once (to confirm their connection) before moving across the country to be with each other. Good advice for someone in a similar circumstance, perhaps, but I believe you focused on the wrong part of FURFAG’s letter. His real problem was revealed in the last part of his letter: “Sex doesn’t hold a big interest for me, and porn doesn’t do ANYTHING for me — gay, straight, it’s like watching a sweaty, breathy anatomy class. I’ve never even masturbated. Am I going about this wrong?” That just screams POSSIBLE MEDICAL ISSUE. A 21-year-old man who is not aroused by visual stimuli and has never masturbated? This man needs to see his doctor and get referrals to an endocrinologist and a urologist. It’s not normal for a 21-year-old man to have no sexual urges. (I know the asexuals will skewer me for this, but until someone has explored all possible medical and psychological explanations for a disinterest in sex, then I have to politely disagree with their assessment of their sexual orientation. The only places in nature where you find completely asexual creatures are in hive communities where there is a queen that does all the reproducing.) The likelihood of FURFAG having a spark with his online boyfriend when they do finally meet is nil if he didn’t find that spark with a gym sock at age 12.

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