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orty-five seconds into a minute-long plank, as your trainer counts down the time and your sweat pools under your face, you remember why you’re really working out. So you can eat more pizza. This is the last day, you tell yourself, the third of three breakfast-lunch-dinner-snack pizzathons. You and your colleagues are taking on slice after pie after slab, tasting the familiar along with the new. You’re wondering how Savannah, Georgia, sneaked onto Travel + Leisure’s “Best Cities for Pizza” list two spots ahead of Kansas City. (We’re No. 10.) You’re thinking you need to eat a lot of salad for the rest of your life. Together you’re trying to eat all the pizza in the metro, and together you’re experiencing the same symptoms of what’s now a full-on bender. First there was bliss (pizza all the time!). Then disbelief (more? I just flossed!). Today: a nagging shortness of breath and the occasional blackout. It’s worth it. Because you’ve found proof of what you always knew: In Kansas City, you’re never farther than a mile or two from a good pizza. Sometimes, in fact, you’re a short walk from a great pizza, a pizza that defies the usual taxonomy — is this New York-style? St. Louis? Why doesn’t anyone around here do Providence? — and establishes its own identity. There’s no KC-style pizza in Savannah, and that’s fine. We’ve got all the KC-style pizza right here. (All of it except the one that got away, the one we figure you’ll tell us about.)

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All Star Pizza & Pub

6100 Northwest 63rd Terrace, 816-587-6000, allstarpizzaandpub.com

The Art of Pizza

1801 Baltimore, 816-421-1888, theartofpizzakc.com

$$ Amore? Craft-beer and pizza lovers’ refuge in

the Northland Signature pie: The Dot.com Special — a weekly selection from creations suggested on the restaurant’s website Noteworthy deal: A salad and mini pizza with two toppings for $7 (11 a.m.–2 p.m. Monday– Friday) Toppings: Bait (white anchovies), sweet-pepperpesto and roasted-garlic-butter sauces, grilled squash, avocado and sun-dried tomatoes. All Star’s bar is inviting, running the length of the restaurant, beneath a ceiling filled with upside-down umbrellas from sports teams. Go for the beer list — 31 taps plus another 10 that will be installed soon — but you’ll be ordering pizzas after seeing them come out of the kitchen. The pub pizza is closer to flatbread, with the Thai Pie (a homemade peanut sauce and red-chili chicken) and the Shrimpy (grilled shrimp and chorizo in a jalapeño cream sauce) regularly appearing on plates. The classic pizza has housemade red sauce and a fair bit of grease, but it grows on you after another round.

$$ Amore? For Art of Pizza fans, a long wait never

Signature pie: The Windy City is the only pizza

on the menu.

Noteworthy deal: Plan your pie around whatever beer special is available that day.

Toppings: Meat is a smart choice for the sake

matters.

of structural integrity.

pepperoni, sausage, ham and ground beef, is not for the faint of artery. Noteworthy deal: All-you-can-eat pasta on Mondays for $5.95 Toppings: Feta is as exotic as Art gets. This Crossroads pie joint is home to tortured pizza-maker Victor Almo, whose pies reflect his mood swings. When Almo is content, his pizza lives up to the claims that this is the city’s best New York–style version. Other days, an order of crackling garlic knots is best. Roll the dice with a $12 carryout special on Fridays (order between 4 and 6 p.m. every week except First Fridays).

Chicago-style pizza is on few local menus and is done well by even fewer restaurants. The crust on the version at Barley’s, light brown and tantalizingly flaky around the top, suggests that someone in the kitchen here knows the basics. But the heavy, chunky sauce and the pie’s inner architecture stray from what a purist demands without compensating with strong flavors. On the other hand, you can drink a lot of beer — good beer, given that this is Barley’s — in the 40 minutes it takes to bake one of these bastards, by which time this pizza is about cushioning. And claiming to be a purist about Chicago pizza in a KC bar is a dick move anyway.

Barley’s Brewhaus

Bella Napoli

Signature pie: The Meataholic, topped with

11924 West 119th Street, Overland Park, 913-663-4099 16649 Midland Drive, Shawnee, 913-268-5160, barleysbrewhaus.com

$$$ Amore? People come for the beer first and the pizza … not quite first.

6229 Brookside Boulevard, 816-444-5041, kcbellanapoli.com

$$ Amore? A taste of Rome in Brookside Signature pie: The Giovanni (sausage, onion, peppers, tomato and mozzarella)

Noteworthy deal: 10-inch pies for $5 on Monday nights Toppings: Great selection of Italy-centric cured meats Part café, part grocery, part classy restaurant, Bella Napoli is one of those quiet, easy-to-miss Brookside spots that makes the neighborhood a coveted place to live. The authentic Italian sandwiches are the star menu items, but the pizza is a close second. The crust is chewy (in a good way), and the mozzarella is always fresh. (The recipe and all ingredients for the dough are imported from Italy, the menu notes.)

Blue Grotto

6324 Brookside Plaza, 816-361-3473, bluegrottobrookside.com

$$$ Amore? Progressive wood-fired pies Signature pie: Quattro Formaggio (bubbling

ricotta, asiago, aged gouda, goat cheese, extravirgin olive oil) Noteworthy deal: Half-price 8-inch pizzas 3–6 p.m. weekdays Toppings: Hard to beat the lamb sausage.

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continued from page 7 of place where you feel a little silly ordering it. If you’re going to shell out $15 for a 12-inch pizza, you might as well go with something like the Merguez: lamb sausage, tomato, roasted pepper, olives and pecorino. Upscale is the name of the game here — the wine list is a cut above, and the Visitation moms who order glasses of it from the bar don’t have any trouble paying for it — but the thin, adventurously conceived wood-fired pizzas are worth the price.

This independently owned pizzeria is surrounded by acres of chain restaurants. Owner Robert Borberg is proud of his oven — a round, candy-apple-red Remco Millennium 2000 that evokes something out of Blade Runner. The “brick” part of the oven is a heavy, round fired object that mechanically rotates inside the oven at a properly crust-scorching temperature.

Caddy Shack  

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Coal Vines

616 Ward Parkway, 816-912-2690, coalvines.com

700 East Third Street, 816-421-4742, caddyshackkc.com

$$ Amore? It’s a hole in the wall. Signature pie: Supreme with pepperoni, Ital-

ian sausage, mushrooms, red onion and green pepper Noteworthy deal: 9-inch Meat Lovers for $11 Toppings: Limited but include anchovies.

Caddy Shack, a dusty dive east of the River Market, attracts the type of clientele that prefers the comforting haze of a few glasses of Maker’s. Maybe that’s why the city’s drinkers rave about the pies here. Caddy Shack’s grid-cut 9-inch pizza is the perfect size for a drinker. The crust is thin, without the saltine texture that snakebites other joints. The toppings are plentiful, with mounds of meats and veggies peeking out. It’s good pizza to pair with a few drinks — and a solid sober lunch, too.

$$$ Amore? The dining room is dark and sexy at night, particularly in the balmy months when the windows facing Brush Creek are open. Signature pie: The White Pizza, topped with mozzarella, ricotta, parmesan and oregano. Noteworthy deal: In addition to the regular menu, there are daily pasta, pizza and seafood specials. Toppings: The list isn’t very extensive, considering the pretensions of this Plaza pizzeria.

Signature pie: Polish and Kraut (Polish sausage and sauerkraut) and the BLT (bacon, mayo, lettuce and tomatoes) Noteworthy deal: On Thursday, all large pizzas come with a pitcher of soda. Toppings: Very kid-friendly; few vegetarian selections outside the norm Much like a trip to Fun House, eating Fun House pizza is a little messy, heavy on sensory overload and surprisingly gratifying. Locals pack the long, family-style tables for pies that hang over the edge of the dish. The crust is crisp on the bottom, with toppings piled high. Pizzas are called out from the counter, so listen closely when the joint is packed. While you wait, kick back with a cold $2.50 domestic draft, watch the kids on the coin-operated horse, and recall the good ol’ days when a trip to the pizza parlor with the fam was as good as it got.

Café al Dente

Grinders

417 East 18th Street, 816-472-5454, grinderspizza.com

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Amore? Good downtown pizza delivery is hard

to find.

Signature pie: Several, but the Gray Cup

stands out (white sauce, chicken, mushrooms, Canadian bacon and pepperoncini). Noteworthy deal: Happy hour 4–7 p.m. with $2.25 domestic bottles Toppings: Smoked Cajun sausage, broccoli, eggplant, zucchini Nestled on a cozy corner of one of Kansas City’s best streets (Delaware), Café al Dente quietly slings some of the tastiest pies in the metro. This is the place for speciality pizzas — with 12 options, all bearing football-themed names — like the 1st & 10 (pepperoni, Canadian bacon, hamburger, sausage, Italian sausage, mushrooms, green pepper, onion and black olives). The pizzas come on a firm crust with golden brown cheese and toppings stuffed inside. Don’t have time to dine in? Café al Dente delivers downtown for $1.50. Tip your driver.

Chiusano’s Brick Oven Pizzeria 1713 Village West Parkway, Kansas City, Kansas, 913-299-8787 chiusanospizza.com

$$ Amore? Offbeat and unexpected topping choices

Signature pie: The KC Chiefs Cheesesteak, with sliced sirloin, green pepper, caramelized onion, mushrooms, cheddar and mozzarella. Noteworthy deal: A slice of cheese pizza costs $3, but you can get a 9-inch cheese pizza for $7. 8 TC CH H 2 T TH HE E P P II T

D’Bronx

3904 Bell, 816-531-0550; other locations, see dbronxkc.com

$$ Amore? Off the chart Signature pie: It all starts with the plain cheese pizza …

Noteworthy deal: … which is big (16 inches) but only about $14 with tax.

Toppings: This is where big, grindery meatballs

really know how to ball.

Amore? Hipsters and the business crowd sit elbow to elbow. Signature pie: Chili Bomb Pie, with tater tots, chili, cheese, and scallions piled high in the center. Noteworthy deal: The Show-Me Pie Package — a small specialty or large two-topping pizza plus a cold, domestic six-pack for $25 Toppings: Tandoori chicken and smoked salmon are just the start. Grinders is never subtle or minimalist. The pies come with outlandish combinations — cream cheese, smoked salmon, capers and pesto sauce on the Goldberg “Phats” comes to mind. There’s real thought in the madness. The salty capers cut the cream cheese, and the pesto ensures that this isn’t an open-face sandwich but a crisp flat slice of a New York–style pie.

Nothing in this cruel, bitter life is certain, but a d’Bronx pizza racks up three facts you can count on: a crisp yet buttery crust, a tangy sauce and smartly proportioned cheese. Is it fair to count these items separately? Is it blasphemy to dissect a little miracle, as though such a thing can be understood? Not everywhere, no. But here, yes, where crust and sauce and cheese make a holy trinity, and we can’t remember a slice ever letting us down.

Amore? For those who crave square pie Signature pie: Square slices smothered in

Fun House Pizza & Pub

Noteworthy deal: An 8-inch one-topping pizza,

9120 East 350 Highway, Raytown, 816-356-5141, funhousepizza.com

$ Amore? Big with kids’ sports teams, smokers,

and Raytown alumni

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Italian Delight by Avelluto

6522 Martway, Mission, 913-262-7564, theitaliandelight.com

$$ Amore? Diners like this casual, family-owned Italian diner.

Signature pie: the $19 Polpette — fresh mozzarella, San Marzano tomatoes, parmigianoreggiano, olive oil, fresh basil, freshly cracked pepper and sliced meatballs Noteworthy deal: The pizza isn’t cheap, but beer is $3. Toppings: Meatballs and Italian sausage rule.

The Avelluto family first opened a pizza joint at Indian Springs Shopping Center in 1977. (That one moved a couple of years ago to 8145 State Avenue, in Kansas City, Kansas.) The Mission satellite, a mainstay since the early 1980s, started as a narrow, Melamine-tabled eatery. After the Avellutos closed their adjoining, more upscale Café Italia, Italian Delight expanded into that space. You still order at the counter and take a number, and your food is served at the tables, which are now dressed up in whiteplastic tablecloths. A recent thin-crust cheese slice with mushrooms, ordered to-go, was flavorful and crunchy, if light on sauce.

Coal Vines’ pizzas are visually pretty here, but as they say in Italy, L’abito non fa il monaco — the cowl does not make the monk.

412D Delaware, 816-472-9444, cafealdentekc.com

and mozzarella cheese. If you’re walking through the door, you’re already committed to Provel. The creamy, white processed cheese dominates the browned cracker crust. Vegetables and meat are swallowed by the fluid tidal wave of cheese product. Imo’s has started offering Provel bites (tater-tot-sized fried cheese sticks), so you can mainline St. Louis.

Imo’s Pizza

4037 Mill Street, 816-931-4667 11552 West 135th Street, Overland Park, 913-529-4667 imospizza.com

$ Provel

side salad and 16-ounce drink for $6.89

Toppings: Jalapeño and anchovy co-exist here.   Imo’s offers small concessions for those who don’t get St. Louis–style pizza: thicker crusts

Jerry’s Bait Shop

13412 Santa Fe Trail Drive, Lenexa, 913-894-9676 302 Southwest Main, Lee’s Summit, 816-525-1871 , jerrysbaitshop.net

$$ Amore? A nautical juke joint with pizza Signature pie: Big Kahuna (Italian sausage, beef, pepperoni, Canadian bacon, sausage, mushrooms, black olives, green pepper, onion and tomato) Noteworthy deal: Small cheese for $6.99 Toppings: Get them in calzones, too.

If you’re getting your pizza fix at the Lenexa outpost of Jerry’s Bait Shop, be prepared for a little ear ringing. The spot has live music six nights a week, lively patrons and trains that rumble by on the tracks outside the front door. The pies here are pretty standard: a bit greasy with adequate toppings and decent cheese. Jerry’s pizzas are also known for “braided” crusts, which look kinda like ropes on a ship, showing thorough commitment to the bait theme.

Joe’s Pizza Buy the Slice 4058 Pennsylvania, 816-931-2777, joespizzakc.com

$ Amore? For Pyramid Pizza nostalgists Signature pie: The Big XII — pork sausage,

beef, Italian sausage, Canadian bacon, onion, green pepper, mushrooms, black olives, sliced almonds, tomato slices, bacon and pepperoni with mozzarella, cheddar and provolone Noteworthy deal: $5.25 gets you a slice, salad and large drink or two slices and a large drink, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. daily.


Toppings: Meats and veggies, but this is Kansas City; you can get barbecue sauce on your pie.

Joe’s Pizza offers the cheapest by-the-slice lunch special in midtown. The little pizza shop in the back of Westport institution Kelly’s offers two daily lunch deals for less than $6. If you can’t make it for lunch, Joe’s sells slices until 3 a.m. for those closing it down in the party district.

Johnny C’s

Johnny’s serves pizza seemingly by the acre. You think you have a concept of the size of an 18-inch pizza. When it arrives, the thin, New York–style pizzas take up 60 percent of the high-top table. The slices can be folded as many times as a Rand McNally map. It’s an uncomplicated, straightforward New York homage that pairs well with sports on the dozens of TVs hanging throughout the bar.

Judge’s Pizza

5171 North Chouteau Trafficway, Gladstone, 816-453-1516

11200 West 75th Street, Shawnee, 913-631-3234

$ Amore? This double-sided joint is packed on weekend nights — the dining room with families and the bar with younger townies, often in KU gear. Signature pie: Cheesy Cheese, made with Provel, mozzarella, cheddar and romano Noteworthy deal: The $4.25 daily lunch special lets you pick two options from a pepperoni or sausage slice, salad, half-sandwich, soup, toasted ravioli and garlic bread. Toppings: Standard St. Louis–style is the name of the game at Johnny C’s. This means a seriously crunchy, hard cracker crust with loads of Provel and spicy sauce. (Crusts can go thicker, and Provel can be replaced by mozzarella.) We suggest the restaurant’s signature sebago burger — a mix of Italian sausage and hamburger (hold the Provel) served with a $3.50 call cocktail or a $7 domestic pitcher with an icy mug. Extremely kid-friendly, Johnny C’s hasn’t changed much since the 1980s. The hanging faux-Tiffany lamps and Spuds MacKenzie doll behind the bar tell the story.

Johnny Jo’s

$ Amore?  Regulars hold court at the copper bar.   Signature pie: Supreme Court (pepperoni, Canadian bacon, hamburger, Italian sausage, mushrooms, green pepper, onion and black olives) Noteworthy deal: All-you-can eat spaghetti and meatballs for $7.99 Monday nights. Toppings: Two kinds of sausage (American and Italian), bacon, red onion and green olives, among the standard set. Nestled between a Pizza Hut and a Papa John’s, Judge’s Pizza is trying to make a case for the independent pizzeria. Inside the A-frame building is a long copper bar anchored by men who know their way around a domestic bottle of beer. The pizzas, affectionately named with courtroom lingo (the meat lover’s is the Jury Selection and the vegetarian pie is known as the Prosecutor’s Preference), are the draw. Opt for the pan crust over the thin; the stretchy cheese extends to the end of a slice, and the final few bites taste of brushed butter. You’ll leave with the verdict never in doubt: full.  

Amore? True love for John Milone’s pies Signature pie: The Meathead (pepperoni,

Virginia ham, Italian sausage and hamburger) Noteworthy deal: An 18-inch four-topping pizza is $17 on Mondays. Toppings: Roma tomatoes, pineapples and grated romano cheese … heavenly. John Milone’s no-frills pizzeria opens at 5 p.m. and closes up shop at 10 (he’s also closed Sundays), but his New York–style pies are worth waiting for. Tucked in a little storefront in the West Plaza, Johnny Jo’s sells slices and whole pies with fresh ingredients. The pepperoni pizza is a divine experience out of the oven and almost as good warmed up the next day.

Johnny’s Tavern

1310 Grand, 816-268-2260, johnnystavern.com

$$ Amore? A slice of KU in Kansas City’s Power & Light District.

Signature pie: The Great Bambino (mush-

rooms, red onion, green pepper, black olives, choice of one meat topping) Noteworthy deal: $2.99 for a cheese slice that’s roughly the size of Greenpoint Toppings: Three kinds of olives

The late Leo Failoni opened his namesake pizzeria the same year that The Godfather: Part II was released — when all things Italian were considered sexy and slightly dangerous. The venue’s tagline is “really Italian,” though Leo’s uses Provel (mozzarella costs extra), and one of the more popular toppings is pineapple. Appropriately, Leo’s is tucked between a barbecue joint and a Weight Watchers office.

Mamma Leone’s

650 East Red Bridge Road, 816-943-1760, mammaleones.com

$$ Amore? All the nostalgia of mall pizza in a

freestanding restaurant Signature pie: Mamma’s special has beef, onion, black olives and ham. Noteworthy deal: A square 16-inch pie costs $14.95. Toppings: The wildest it gets is pepperoncini.   Mamma Leone’s is an adult take on kid pizza — pizza that you never outgrow. It’s the kind of comfortable, Sicilian-style pizza in which the crust (which holds a proper fold like a carb-loaded paper airplane) is the standout. Mamma Leone’s is fast, too. A fully cooked scratch pie is ready in less than 15 minutes. Call ahead and take advantage of Mamma Leone’s drive-thru window.

Kelso’s Northtown

300 Armour Road, North Kansas City, 816-221-8899 kelsoskansascity.com

1209 West 47th Street, 816-401-4483, johnnyjospizza.wordpress.com

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Noteworthy deal: $4.50 for an 8-inch personal lunch pizza served 11 a.m.–3 p.m. Toppings: The traditional options — and shrimp, regular or large

$$ Amore? More loyal fans than the Royals Signature pie: The Jimmy Piersall — mushrooms, black olives, green pepper, onion, garlic

Leo’s Pizza

408 Northwest Englewood, 816-453-6666, leospizzakc.com

$ Amore? A neighborhood pizza joint not that much bigger than a pizza box

Signature pie: The Leo’s Deluxe (sausage, pep-

peroni, mushrooms, black olives, onion, and green pepper)

7102 North Oak Trafficway, Gladstone, 816-436-6600

$ Amore? The Cheers of Gladstone Signature pie: Supreme — all available toppings Noteworthy deal: $24.75 for a medium two-

topping pie and 2 pounds of wings Toppings: Standard

Mark & Michelle’s is a neighborhood bar with the coziness of a basement living room. The pizza, which Mark & Michelle’s contends is the best in Kansas City, is exactly what you would want in your rec room — the best frozen pizza that has never been frozen. The crust is thin, with an even coating of cheese and sauce. Throw in a few bottled beers (there are no beers on tap) and a few games on the two pool tables, and you’ll see why you’d be a regular here if you lived nearby.

McCoy’s Public House

4057 Pennsylvania, 816-960-0866, mccoyspublichouse.com

$$ Amore? Westport’s most comfy dining room Signature pie: Margherita Noteworthy deal: Kitchen Sink (Italian sausage,

pepperoni, mushrooms, basil roasted peppers, caramelized onion, three cheeses) for $12 Toppings: Lobster and citrus crema

With its own beers on tap and cozy booths lining just about every wall, McCoy’s is a homey place to unwind. So it’s fitting that the pizzas here are cooked in a brick oven that’s reminiscent of an old, grand fireplace. The pizza here is flatbread-style, with coastersized pepperoni, freshly torn basil, savory 12hour red sauce, and a delicious salty mixture of cheeses. The more adventurous should stop next door at McCoy’s sister eatery, the Foundry (424 Westport Road), to try the Cheat Lover’s pizza, with faux cheese and meat and lots of veggies ($13).

Minsky’s

Noteworthy deal: $11.95 for a Take & Bake pep-

peroni, cheese or meat combo Toppings: The Tommy Lasorda is delightful in name and appearance, with sliced chicken spiedini, artichoke hearts, cheese and white sauce.     North Kansas City is better off since Jeff Kelso followed in his father’s footsteps and opened a pizza shop after retiring from professional baseball. Kelso’s Northtown has echoes of Bill Kelso’s Liberty joint; the hand-tossed pies have a hint of oregano and piles of mozzarella. The pizza is divided into Signature and Specialty pies, with most named for ballplayers, like the Joe DiMaggio with Italian sausage, salami, pepperoni, Roma tomato and roasted red pepper. Kelso’s is what it has always been: a pizza joint masquerading as a sports bar.

Mark & Michelle’s Bar & Grill

5105 Main, 816-561-5100 Many other metro locations — see minskys.com

$$ Marco Polo’s Italian Market 1201 West 103rd Street, 816-941-6600, jasperskc.com

$$ Amore? Marco Polo’s is the storefront for one

of the most respected Italian eateries in KC — Jasper’s. Signature pie: The Around the Boot, with nine ingredients Noteworthy deal: A slice of white clam, full of bits of clam and white sauce, costs $3.95. Toppings: Sicilian fennel sausage, sweet onion, artichoke hearts, prosciutto Jasper Mirabile Jr. and his kitchen staff don’t mess around when it comes to the traditional favorite: a thin, simple crust with light cheese (a blend of fontina, provolone and fresh mozzarella) and sweet sauce. Get to Marco Polo’s early in the day for fresh slices or call in a whole pie and pick it up — the atmosphere of Marco Polo’s isn’t quite as cozy as at Jasper’s.

Amore? Cheesiest pizza in town Signature pie: Papa Minsky (pepperoni, Italian

sausage, salami, roasted red peppers, sweet “Minskitoni” sauce) Noteworthy deal: Buy one medium, get the second medium half-off. Toppings: This place has everything, but ask for a side of the peppercorn ranch dressing to give the crust a little extra kick.

There are tastier pizza places, and cheaper ones and more sophisticated ones, but no local pizza chain in town is as consistently pretty-damn-good as Minsky’s. Its greatest attribute is its versatility: suitable for after the kids’ soccer games, casual Tuesday dates or lazy Friday-night deliveries. We’re partial to the honey-wheat crust (great with a plain old pepperoni) and the dozen or so “gourmet” pies, like the Cheeseburger (hamburger, sweet “Minskitoni” sauce, onion, sliced pickles, mozzarella, cheddar). Some find the Minsky’s cheese — a thick blanket continued on page 10

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Next Door Pizza & Pub

3385 Southwest Fascination Drive, Lee’s Summit, 816-763-1200 nextdoorpizza.com

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Amore? Both thick-crust Chicago-style and thin-crust pizzas

Signature pie: The N9ne, named for Tech N9ne, promises “red everything.”

Noteworthy deal: On Mondays, three children eat free with the purchase of a large pizza.

Toppings: It’s one of the few pizza venues

(maybe the only one) in the metro that offers a Bacon Explosion pizza: smoked sausage stuffed with bacon and wrapped in bacon. Owners Patrick and Joy Cuezze just wanted a neighborhood pizza parlor that would appeal to both the college students in the neighborhood and the young couples with children living in the surrounding suburbs. If that’s not your scene, don’t go Next Door.

Northern Lights

feed a football team (or a dorm-room party). Order Northern Lights and eat like you’re in college.

Old Shawnee Pizza & Italian Kitchen 6000 Rogers Drive, Shawnee, 913-631-5716, shawneepizza.com

$$ Amore? Loyal customers can show their love with Affliction-style T-shirts, available online and at the store. Signature pie: Creamy Italian — cream cheese, tomato, roasted garlic, Italian sausage, artichoke, sun-dried tomatoes, three-cheese blend Noteworthy deal: On Whiskey Thursdays, get any large specialty pie for $18.99 and any whiskey for $3. Toppings: Nine different sauces, 13 cheeses, 19 meats (including crab and brisket), and 23 herbs and vegetables. Old Shawnee is a crowd-pleaser with its selection of 28 specialty pizzas, a full cocktail menu, and awesome pizza sauce that’s available by the jar for $3.99. Old Shawnee calls its signature-pie style “Midwest,” meaning fresh-daily homemade dough that’s rolled thin and piled high with toppings. We recommend mixing it up with dill pickles and Scimeca’s Italian sausage, and enjoying an Italian margarita — an $8 doozy made with Patrón Silver and Disaronno.

Old Town Pizza

14850 Metcalf, Overland Park, 913-897-9242, kcoldtownpizza.com

$$ Amore? Yippee-ki-yay Signature pie: Among various Wild West-

sounding pizza names, there’s the Stampede, which includes more pork than beef and therefore suggests a good old-fashioned hog trampling. Noteworthy deal: Various daily specials Toppings: Respectably 1980s With its saloon chandeliers and gunfighter logo, Old Town Pizza could have been a stop on the old Santa Fe Trail — if the cattle drive somehow time-warped to the early Reagan administration. (Oddly, though, none of the food here approaches wagon-wheel size; the small pie can be demolished in about 10 bites.) It’s the kind of unfussy, one-crust-fits-all suburban joint where a whole lot of us first fell in love with pizza.

Open Fire Pizza

7811 North Oak, 816-420-9977 7711 Prairie View, 816-587-5050 See northernlightspizza.com for additional locations

$$ Amore? Dorm-room nostalgia Signature pie: The Louisiana chicken supreme Noteworthy deal: A medium two-topping

pizza, breadsticks, two cans of soda, and a choice of wings or dessert for $17.99 Toppings: The usual meats and veggies, but also sauerkraut

Remember the pizza you’d order in college? The hot, fast, cheap and good (at least, you remember it being good) pizza that you’d order and eat for the next 48 hours? That’s Northern Lights. The Missouri-Iowa chain covers those four basics and puts together deals that could 10 4 TTHHEE PPIITTCCHH

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$ Amore? Its mission is earnest without being cheesy.

Signature pie: These are DIY pies. Noteworthy deal: $8.59 for a 10-inch pizza with a salad or soup.

Toppings: Eat your vegetables because the toppings are unlimited — organic onion, roasted mushrooms and red pepper.

The art that decorates Open Fire Pizza’s walls hints at the restaurant’s purpose. Open Fire supports Art Closet Studios, the communitydriven arts workshop and work space operating behind a set of doors off the dining room. With live music and rotating art exhibits, there’s a


lot going on in the space. But the glow and the smell emanating from the wood-fired brick oven make it clear that this is a pizza place. The oven is the room’s centerpiece, producing pies with a bit of chew. The toppings are local and organic, when possible, as part of the art operation’s stated mission of sustainability.

Original Pizza

11134 Antioch, Overland Park, 913-451-9245; other locations originalpizzakc.com

$ Amore? Nearly three decades in the same OP strip mall must mean something, right? Signature pie: Original claims to have “the best New York–style pizza in Kansas City.” Noteworthy deal: The $15 large cheese pie is a whopping 18 inches. Toppings: You could get something besides just cheese or pepperoni, but that would be silly. When the quarters ran out at Fun Factory, the mall kids hustled upstairs to the food court, where a burnout in an apron would take a couple of singles from you and heat a slice of pizza until it was a temperature conducive to further incubating all those joystick germs. Those days are gone, but Original Pizza — ruler of Oak Park Mall teens back then — is still rocking the suburbs at College Boulevard and Antioch. It’s as New York as pizza gets around here, at least in terms of presentation: a long line of pies, ready to be poached from and oven-freshened for you while a kid in an apron tries to upsell you a salad. Get a second slice instead.

The Other Place

7324 West 80th Street, Overland Park, 913-652-9494 16590 West 135th Street, Olathe, 913-791-9500, theotherplace.com

$$ Amore? This could be the busiest place in downtown OP on a Friday night.

Signature pie: The Four Star with pepperoni, sausage, green pepper and mushrooms

Noteworthy deal: Nothing pricewise, but there

are 50 TVs, all tuned to sporting events. Toppings: Standard, plus sauerkraut and cilantro The Other Place’s first location, in Cedar Falls, Iowa, opened in 1970 and was primarily a college bar with pizza. By 2013, the concept has been tweaked enough that the OP location is more a sports bar with pizza on its menu. The

soft crust and tangy sauce don’t stand up too well to sandwiches, subs and salads that are also available, but the atmosphere and drink specials can’t be beat.

Papa Keno’s

1035 Massachusetts, Lawrence, 785-841-7272 7901 Santa Fe, Overland Park, 913-648-1313, ks.papakenos.com

$$ Amore? Trending upward again after some

rocky years

Signature pie: The Steely Dan–sounding Kid

Keno — pepperoni, spinach, feta, romano, roasted garlic Noteworthy deal: Two-topping slice, salad and draft beer for $10 Toppings: Just because sauerkraut is available doesn’t mean it’s a good idea. In the early 1990s, Papa Keno’s imported the big-ass New York slice to Lawrence. By late 1995, there was a PK in Overland Park, and it, too, was an overnight hit. A decade and change later, the business suffered a failed expansion across the state line, a back-taxes quagmire, a labor dispute and a bankruptcy filing — hits you could taste in the frustratingly inconsistent food. Now, though, new ownership is overseeing old recipes, and there’s reason to believe again. The slices are no longer gargantuan, and the prices are more uptown than the décor, but you’d forgive many more trespasses for this sauce.

the toppings are fresh — and the Hawaiian is even better cold the next morning.

Pizza Bar

1320 Grand, 816-221-8466, pizzabarkc.com

$$ Amore? You’re drunk in the Power & Light

District, and it’s the only hot, cheap thing that lets you put your mouth on it. Signature pie: Pepperoni Noteworthy deal: The $8, 32-ounce Miller Lite or Coors Light comes in a cup you keep. Toppings: Nothing exotic Chances are, if you’re eating at Pizza Bar, you’re drunk. The P&L pizza joint’s imitation New York slices are so thin, they’re easiest to eat by folding or rolling. You need two or three napkins just to clear the slicks off each greasy slice. But pizza is pizza when you’re drinking, and Pizza Bar fills a need. Open until 3 a.m., Pizza Bar is the loud, last stop of a late night in the P&L.

Amore? Sliceheads and NY-style adherents wish the place were open 24 hours. Signature pie: The Cowtown Lovers, with pepperoni, sausage, beef, romano and … Canadian bacon? Huh. Noteworthy deal: The Fairway shop opens at 9 a.m. and serves $4.25 breakfast pizza. Toppings: The romano is unusually tasty. With its old filling-station interior and its patios made for people watching, both Pizza 51s feel as though they’ve been fixtures here for decades. But the restaurant is a relatively young player on the scene, and a regular 51’er still witnesses the occasional display of adolescent regression: a distracting bray of gossip from the oven dudes, a slower than usual pie. That’s all part of being a regular, though, and the heaping slices and brash sauce are more than good enough to keep this place at the front of the rotation.

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A new pizza shop has a checklist of items to cross off before it opens: row of booths, bank of arcade games, cheap domestic beer. Opening just last month in a former Pizza Street location, Pie-zanos has the fi rst two covered and is hoping to secure its beer and wine license by next month. Now, it’s serving a bready pie with a brown crust around a pretzel-like interior. The sauce is sweet, and

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black olives and mushrooms) Noteworthy deal: An 8-inch cheese pizza costs $4.99 (lunch only). Toppings: The sauces include Alfredo and buffalo.

Pizza 51

5060 Oak, 816-531-1151 5938 Mission, Fairway, 913-766-1133, pizza51.com

10212 Pflumm, Lenexa, 913-492-2116

7932 North Oak Trafficway, 816-436-5050 , piezanos.net

Amore? Hope bubbles up like good pizza crust. Signature pie: The Bulldog (pepperoni, bacon,

bly cheese. Pizzabella’s thin, wood-fired pie is right for sharing, as long as you snag a bowl of Brussels sprouts or a fish special. And just when you think you’ll have something to take home, poof, it’s gone.

Pizzabella

1810 Baltimore, 816-471-3300, pizzabellakc.com 4000 Indian Creek Parkway, Leawood, 913-341-7700

$$$ Amore? Passion for this pizza runs as hot as Pizzabella’s 700-degree oven.

Signature pie: Biancoverde with fresh mozzarella, parmesan, ricotta and arugula

Noteworthy deal: Little Freshie sodas for $3 Toppings: Potatoes, leeks, eggs and chorizo —

the whole farmhouse

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Amore? For Chicago ex-pats, the only thing better is Ditka. Signature pie: A 16-inch Kitchen Sink (Italian sausage, ground beef, pepperoni, Canadian bacon, mushroom, onion, green olives and pineapple) for $20.30 Noteworthy deal: A 9-inch cheese costs $5.50. Toppings: Dill pickles and anchovies are available. Combine at your own risk.   Pizza Man owner Mike Klaersch, often clad in Chicago sportswear, takes the orders, cooks the pizzas and serves the food in the blueand-red-painted space dedicated to the Cubs, Bulls, Bears and Blackhawks. The sauce here is more pepper than sugar, an added kick that punches up thinly sliced vegetables or crumbled hamburger. continued on page 12

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RecordBar

1020 Westport Road, 816-753-5207, therecordbar.com

$$ Amore? Good music and creative pizzas Signature pie: The Reuben Kinkaid — corned

beef, sauerkraut and sliced potatoes over Thousand Island dressing, Swiss cheese and mozzarella Noteworthy deal: A small pizza with three toppings goes for $7. Toppings: With 13 cheeses and meats and 18 vegetables, the combinations seem endless. It’s impressive when a bar or restaurant offers a decent-sized menu and still gets pizza right. RecordBar is one such place. The Westport club with an exhaustive concert schedule has a rockthemed menu of sandwiches, salads and pasta that comes bound in a classic LP sleeve. But it’s the pizza that makes us twist and shout. The crust is chewy, the sauce is savory (not overly sweet), and the variety of specialty pies is wider than at most high-end spots. Bonus: We’re glad that MiniBar (3810 Broadway) also serves the pies.

Red 8

7300 West 119th Street, Overland Park, 913-451-0444 oneblocksouthkc.com

$ Amore? Crowds are just now getting ac-

quainted with Shawn McClenny’s south JoCo entertainment district. Signature pie: The Dragon, made with Canadian bacon, pineapple, onions and cilantro Noteworthy deal: $1 happy-hour slices Toppings: Standard The thin-crust pizzas at Red 8 take a backseat when it comes to the small bar’s fancy cocktails and by-the-hour billiard tables. However, after a couple of hours of hard drinking at either of the bars next door — Fuel or Kanza Hall — the soft crust and greasy cheese come alive in your mouth.

Ricco’s Italian Bistro

11801 College Boulevard, Overland Park, 913-469-8405, riccoskc.com

$$ Amore? An intimate dining room fragrant with

the aroma of a wood-fired pizza oven, which burns white oak to bake the thin-crust pies. Signature pie: The Garbage Truck, topped with pepperoni, spicy Italian sausage, mushrooms, onion, green pepper, mozzarella, provolone and house-made marinara 12 T H E P I T C H 6 THE PITCH

Noteworthy deal: Half-price pizza on Saturdays from 9 to 11 p.m. Toppings: Two of the house pies include artichoke dip as an ingredient. Ricco’s pizza crust is nearly tissue-thin and crackly, under mostly Mediterranean-style toppings. For wood-fired fans, it’s worth a trip south.

Rudy’s

704 Massachusetts, Lawrence, 785-749-0055, rudyspizzeria.com

$ Amore? Ever heard of Danny Manning? Like

that.

Signature pie: We’re partial to the Hampy — spinach, tomato, black olives, onion and feta.

Noteworthy deal: Daily specials, the best of

Noteworthy deal: The Mini Mia — a 6-inch, two-topping pie and a side salad or cup of soup for $8.75 Toppings: They understand pork pairings here — apples, pecans and onion-fig marmalade are great complements. The white pies brushed with a roasted-garlic olive-oil glaze make the toppings the star, while the pizza rossa (made with Roma tomatoes) celebrates sausage (Italian and chicken). The stone pizza oven produces a bubbly crust that crackles when bitten into. Spin has a reasonably priced and good wine list, selected with guidance from Cellar Rat’s Ryan Sciara. In the spring, roll on over during the organized bike rides, which happen as often as four nights per week.

which might be Wednesday’s small $3.75 pie.

Santora’s

$ Amore? Unrivaled affordability Signature pie: Lasagna pie (sausage, ham-

burger, ricotta-herb blend, and mixture of romano and shredded parmesan) Noteworthy deal: $1 lunch slices Toppings: Standard Italian selections; sausage and meatballs from Scimeca’s Home to the cheapest slice in KC, Santora’s caters to starving artists from the Kansas City Art Institute; midtown commuters waiting for the next Main Street bus to arrive; and late-night runover from the dance club next door. The draw here is the price; nothing about the crust, sauce or cheese will bowl you over. It’s also a tiny space, with carryout and delivery only. While you wait for your slice, you can browse the charming, Olan Mills-style family photos, which dot the walls and offer about as homey an atmosphere as can be found on this stretch of Main.

Spin Neapolitan Pizza 4950 Main, 816-561-7746 Many other metro locations — spinpizza.com

$$$ Amore? One of the few KC exports other than barbecue, with good reason. Signature pie: Salsiccia — Scimeca’s Italian sausage with caramelized onions

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3834 Main, 816-756-1616, santoraspizzas.com

We don’t need excuses to go to Parkville. But when we make the trip, and a pizza craving hits, we target Stone Canyon Pizza Co. The pizza joint offers so many choices, for such a fair price, that we can’t resist. You want options? There are 13 specialty pies, for starters. But we like to build our own, keeping it simple with an original crust, classic sauce, mozzarella and American sausage or choosing from mix-and-match crusts, sauces, cheeses, meats and veggies. Get it to go and eat in neighboring Riverfront Park in the spring.

13386 Metcalf, Overland Park, 913-685-1667, sugoscucina.com

Toppings: More than you probably need on Whatever other experimentation goes on among KU students (and alumni), Rudy’s is where a lot of us had our first pizza trip. Maybe your spirit animal was they-neverhad-this-at-Pizza Hut feta. Maybe trying a whole-wheat crust blew your Little Caesar’s-addicted mind. Or maybe you always knew good pizza but didn’t expect to fi nd your new favorite in a basement restaurant with the ambience of a tricked-out 1976 Ford Econoline. However you ended up here, the perfectly chewy, cheese-heavy, sauce-rich pies at Rudy’s are distinctively flavored and earnestly served, and they generate pretty much boundless loyalty.

cheeses (goat, feta, asiago, romano), and crusts (gluten-free and crispy cracker)

Amore? This is almost classic St. Louis–style

pizza, baked on a paper-thin, slightly crispy crust. If it were authentic St. Louis pizza, the crust would be yeast-free. Signature pie: The Babbo, topped with tomato sauce, sausage, caramelized onion, balsamic glaze, and oregano Noteworthy deal: The pies average about $11. Toppings: Limited but stylish

Square Pizza

208 West Maple, Independence, 816-461-2929 squarepizzasquared.com

$$ Amore? If Richie Cunningham and Potsie were

working behind the counter, it could pass for a 1950s malt shop. And all the pies are baked in square brownie pans. Signature pie: The Square House Supreme, with pepperoni, Italian sausage, beef, red onion, green pepper and fresh mushrooms Noteworthy deal: The 10-inch Six Cheese Pizza costs just $2 more than the 10-inch Three Cheese Pizza. Toppings: On the exotic end of the spectrum — banana peppers, roasted garlic and pine nuts Owned by Independence powerhouse lawyer Ken McClain, this small-town pizzeria serves a pizza with a deliciously doughy crust — not unlike the kind served in your high school cafeteria, but less greasy.

The Stone Canyon Pizza Co. 15 Main, Parkville, 816-746-8686 8630 Northwest Prairie View Road, 816-741-4444 stonecanyonpizza.com

$$ Amore? Big-league pizza in a small-town

setting

Signature pie: Stone Canyon Choice (classic pizza sauce with mozzarella, pepperoni, Canadian bacon, ground beef, American sausage and sliced Italian meatballs) Noteworthy deal: A two-topping mini pizza, a fountain drink and a choice of side salad or cup of soup for $7.95 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Toppings: A deep roster of meats, veggies with some premiums — sauces (KC Masterpiece, basil pesto, Alfredo, roasted garlic, olive oil),

Sugo’s is the brainchild of St. Louis–based restaurateur Michael Del Pietro, the grandson of Roy Russo — who is credited with serving the fi rst pizza in St. Louis in 1954. Sugo’s may have the closest thing in KC to St. Louis-style pizza. The pies here — the kinds that Dean Martin used to sing about — are inexpensive enough that ordering an additional salad or entrée to share can make a very fi lling meal.

Sutera’s

4730 Rainbow, Westwood, 913-262-7883, suteras.com

$ Amore? Casual dining for frugal Mission Hills

types

Signature Pie: Stick to the basics; a supreme will get you where you want to go. Noteworthy deal: A 7-inch, two-topping personal pizza with a salad for $8.99 Toppings: Sliced sausages

Its locations in the West Bottoms and Brookside are long gone, but Sutera’s lives on in a strip mall off Rainbow Boulevard in a nexus of Fairway, Westwood and Mission Hills. The casual vibe — lots of middle-aged men wearing polo shirts drinking Bud Lights after 18 holes — is a welcome one considering the affluent neighborhoods that surround it. As for the pizza: The sauce is sweet, the crust is on the thin side but pleasantly moist, and the slices are cut into squares. If you’re looking for evidence of Mission Hills snobbery, you won’t fi nd it here.

Tim’s Pizza

17201 East Highway 40, Independence, 816-478-0777, timspizza.com

$$ Amore? It’s a casual hangout for amateur ath-

letes — you know, Little League — and the sign on the door warns: “No cleats.”


Signature pie: The House Special, topped with pepperoni, sausage, mushrooms, beef, onion and green pepper. Noteworthy deal: A 6-inch luncheon pizza with a choice of three toppings for $6.05 is available 11 a.m.–2 p.m. Toppings: If the Polish sausage-and-sauerkraut combination doesn’t tempt you, maybe the Mexican pizza, with refried beans and taco meat, will. The original owners still run this joint, which doesn’t accept credit cards, so bring cash or your checkbook. Tim’s Pizza still uses housemade pizza dough (the tomato sauce is canned) to create a solidly Midwestern, generously topped pie.

Torre’s Pizzeria 4112 Pennsylvania, 816-931-3663 torrespizza.com

$$ Amore? It’s Kansas City’s pizza speakeasy. Signature pie: The All White — white sauce,

mozzarella, feta, parmesan, garlic, chicken, onions, pineapple and almonds Noteworthy deal: The Sunday special is a large specialty pizza, large order of breadsticks, chicken wings and 2-liter soda for $20.99. Toppings: Chorizo and capicola, anyone? Torre’s is Westport’s phantom pizza joint. The brick-walled shop isn’t much more than a delivery-dispatch desk and an oven in the back of the Dark Horse Tavern. A Dark Horse regular might not even know Torre’s exists. The service isn’t great — on a recent trip, a delivery driver accidentally absconded with our pizza — but the pizza is so good that families bring their children through the tavern to pick up orders. The crust is crunchy on the bottom, chewy in the middle, and buttery and garlicky on the edges. Torre’s delivers until 3 a.m., but if you order delivery after a late-night binge, set an alarm. As the pizzeria’s website warns: “We are not responsible if you fall asleep waiting for a delivery. Your credit card will be charged.”

U-Gene’s Deli and Pizza 11202 North Ambassador Drive, 816-270-1480

$ Amore? The taste of Riverside Signature pie: Meaty Gene (Canadian bacon, pepperoni and Italian sausage)

style pies for the past 52 years. Steve makes everything (but the cheese) in-house, so his sausage pie — crumbled and rich with fennel seed — is as old-school and endearing as the red-checked tablecloths and black-light murals on the walls.

Noteworthy deal: A two-topping combo (two

slices, or one slice and a side, plus a 20-ounce fountain drink) costs $6.09. Toppings: Meats are the main draw, but also available are banana peppers and zesty green olives. Gas-station food gets elevated by the potential to discover a culinary gem amid the beef jerky and hot-dog rollers. U-Gene’s Deli & Pizza, which is a half hallway from the convenience end of a Conoco filling station, kicks out hoagies and pizza all day. The slices have enough orange grease to turn a napkin translucent, but the meat toppings are generous and the crust is pleasantly reminiscent of a much thicker pizza. The best way to look at U-Gene’s is just why you would stop at a gas station: fuel.

Villa Capri

8126 Metcalf, Overland Park, 913-648-7770

$$ Amore? “My customers aren’t just numbers to me,” Steve Scudiero says. “If you want something special, call ahead and I’ll have it ready for you.” Signature pie: The Villa Capri Special, with hamburger, sausage, pepperoni, onion, green pepper, mushrooms and anchovies Noteworthy deal: The prices don’t seem to have changed much since the old White Haven Motor Lodge across the street was in full operation. Toppings: Standard The new owners of Villa Capri, Steve Scudiero and his wife, Diana, took over in August 2012, and they claim that their restaurant is the oldest operating pizza joint in Johnson County. If that’s true, it means that folks have been eating the thin crust, napoletana-

V’s Italiano Ristorante

10819 East Highway 40, Independence, 816-353-1241 vsrestaurant.com

$$ Amore? A classic 1960s Italian restaurant with an arbor of plastic grapes and the best earlybird dinner deal in town Signature pie: The Super Deluxe, topped with mushrooms, sliced Italian sausage, pepperoni, hamburger, fresh onion, and black olives Noteworthy deal: The 7-inch personal pizza is, at $7.95, available during the dinner hour but not listed on the dinner menu. Toppings: Seafood pesto pizza with crab, shrimp, sautéed spinach and garlic on a whitewine sauce The Totta family’s pizza recipe is old-school New York Italian: a very thin crust smothered with house-made tomato sauce.

Waldo Pizza

7433 Broadway, 816-363-5242 1543 Northeast Douglas, Lee’s Summit, 816-875-2121, waldopizza.net

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— Scimeca’s Italian sausage, bacon, pepperoni, hamburger and Canadian bacon (add spicy beef) — is like doing a set of dumbbell curls. Noteworthy deal: Various coupons and daily specials, plus that buffet Toppings: If you’ve ever hankered to try figs, turkey sausage or taco sauce on a pizza, Waldo is the only place in KC it’s going to happen. There’s no getting bored with the menu at Phil Bourne’s KC institution. Waldo’s expansive beer list is constantly refi ned, the place’s gluten-free crust has caught on big in a short time, and the pizzas balance wellexecuted staples (the sausage is Scimeca’s) with more exotic choices that reward experimentation. To wit: a wheat-crust pie with spinach and Roma tomatoes and cheddar, excellent for dinner and good again cold for breakfast.

Wheat State

2820 West 47th Avenue, Kansas City, Kansas, 913-281-9000 wheatstatepizza.com

$$ Amore? Ah, Kansas. Signature pie: The aggressive-sounding “Strangler” asks you to choke down chicken, barbecue sauce, hot sauce, bacon, red onions, mushrooms and a three-cheese blend. Noteworthy deal: Coupons on the website Toppings: Meaty

It’s a sleazy feeling, the urge to order Papa John’s during NFL season. You think: No, I am not going to put money in Camaroloving, Romney-boosting John H. Schnatter’s pocket. Well, here’s how you beat the sleaze. Wheat State’s doughy crust, pleasantly nondescript sauce and indiscriminate deployment of mozzarella add up to a strong simulacrum of red-state chain product. Which we mean as a compliment, at least during the crucial first five minutes of pizza rage. (As though you need more than five minutes. Please.)

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T H U R S D AY | 3 .7 | IMAGINATION STATION

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Beleganjur is a style of Balinese music that features heavy drums and big cymbals. “It’s also used the day before Nyepi — an annual day of silence — to ward off evil spirits,” says Patrick Conway, free from 5 to 8 p.m. For more information, see toyandminiaturemuseum.org.

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Not all great writers are easy on the ears. From the lectern sometimes comes nasal bleating or earnest mumbling or gassy cliché. This evening, though, one of the best living American writers is in town, and he also happens to be a charismatic speaker with a mesmerizing voice. Richard Ford, whose haunting 2012 novel, Canada, is just out in paperback, is at the Plaza Branch of the Kansas City Public Library (4801 Main) for a can’t-miss 6:30 p.m. installment of the Writers at Work series (sponsored by the library with Rainy Day Books and UMKC English Department). It’s a free event, but you need to make a reservation; see kclibrary.org or call 816-701-3407. — SCOTT WILSON continued on page 16

director of the 12-member Gamelan Genta Kasturi, which performs at 12:30 p.m. during Charlotte Street’s Open Studios Weekend. The performance, at the Black Box Theater in Town Pavilion (1111 Main, sixth floor), is free. For more information, see charlottestreet.org and click “Open Studios.”

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Richard Wagner’s original version of The Flying Dutchman was written without an intermission. Fortunately, there are two breaks during the Lyric Opera and Kansas City Symphony production at the Kauffman Center (1601 Broadway, 816-994-7222). You’ll need a breather to digest the tale of a doomed sea captain whose only salvation from a life adrift is true love. Tickets for the 7:30 p.m. show start at $55. See kcopera.org.

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S U N D AY | 3 . 10 | FROLF IN THE ’DOTTE

The home of three previous worldchampionship tournaments and one of the largest “Ice Bowls” in the country, Kansas City is E MOR a disc-golf destination. “Kansas City is known as a mecca of disc golf AT INE with the large amount of ONL .COM PITCH quality courses within a short range of each other,” says Scott Reek, general manager of Dynamic Discs in Emporia. Today’s Rosedale Open Tournament welcomes players of all ages and levels to Rosedale Park (West 41st Street and Mission, Kansas City, Kansas). “Rosedale is moderately open with well-placed trees to make for some difficulty,” Reek says. The tourney tees off at 9:15 a.m. for two rounds of 18 holes per person. Registration costs $20–$50. Sign up at dynamicdiscs.com, and click on “Tournaments.”

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It’s the 26th year of the Martin City St. Patrick’s Day Parade, which draws about 20,000 watchers every March to south KC. Grand Marshal Kathy Quinn leads as many as 65 floats, drill teams, auto clubs, groups and more through the center of the 300-acre subdivision, starting at 2 p.m. at 135th Street and Washington. For more information (including details on how to register for the coinciding 5k Whiskey Run), see irishpalooza.com.

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A clowder is the term used to describe a group of cats. A fancier is a person who breeds a particular animal for excellence. See both at the Mo-Kan Cat Club’s Spring Cat Show, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Kansas City College and Bible School (7020 West 74th Street, Overland Park). “There will be 30 to 35 breeds of purebred cats and six rings of judging,” says Bob

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A typical Irish breakfast includes at least six items — bangers, rashers, eggs, potatoes, tomatoes and brown bread — or enough to get through a long day of sheepherding, IT work or boozin’. Hook yourself up today from 8 to 11:30 a.m. (and next Sunday at 7 a.m.) when Browne’s Irish Marketplace (3300 Pennsylvania) offers its traditional Irish breakfast starting at $6.95. A full breakfast with fresh


OJ, Irish tea and Roasterie coffee costs $10.95. For more information, call the store at 816-561-0030 or see brownesmarket.com.

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Last year on NPR, classical pianist Jeremy Denk called Bach’s much-loved Goldberg Variations — mostly performed in G major — “a recipe for monotony and failure.” But we can vouch that any concert by the Owen/Cox Dance Group is hardly humdrum. Selections from The Goldberg Variations features the KC modern-dance ensemble, with pianist Kairy Koshoeva, doing portions of the 80-minute piece. The free performance, part of the Ruel Joyce Concert Series at Johnson County Community College, begins at noon in the Carlsen Center’s Polsky Theatre (12345 College Boulevard, Overland Park). For more information, see owencoxdance.org.

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T U E S D AY | 3 . 12 | EXCUSE ME, MR. PRESIDENT

NPR White House correspondent Scott Horsley, who keeps public-radio listeners in the know about American politics, recently told Dole Institute of Politics director Bill Lacy that “we should vow not to begin covering the 2016 presidential campaign until 2016.” We would drink to that. Hear more of the conversation when Horsley visits the Dole Institute (2350 Petefish Drive, Lawrence) for a free 7:30 p.m. discussion. For more information, call the center at 785-864-4900 or see doleinstitute.org.

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The Kill Devil Club (31 East 14th Street, 913-908-0406) is living up to its status as a real-life nightclub with the addition of Homegrown Wednesdays. General Manager Scott Tipton says it’s the club’s way of supporting the local-music scene: “All genres are on the table.” And so are the drinks for this coverfree show; get specialty cocktails for $5. “At those prices, we’re just looking to break even,” Tipton adds. Tonight’s act is Nicolette Paige, a local singer-songwriter and guitarist whose performances are smooth and easy to listen to. The show starts at 9 p.m. See killdevilclub.com.

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two bike shops at the 130 West 18th Street location, there won’t be room for Spray Booth anymore. One or two more exhibitions might open before the store’s lease agreements change. Lyles admits that he’s ready to put more time into his own drawing and writing. (His ideas are already finding their way into things that other artists are organizing, including Sean Starowitz’s Byproduct: Laundromat project.) But the Brooklyn native (who was raised in Chicago) says he’s not going anywhere yet. “I remember reading something [KC photographer] Ahram Park wrote, that if you really want a community, you have to build one,” Lyles says. And he agrees: “If you really want something here, you can find supporters who are willing to take the time and make it happen.” Lyles competes in cycling events around the country (he recently moved up to CAT 2 status in road and cyclocross), and he doesn’t rule out opening another gallery someplace else. But he figures that he would end up coming back here. “I just think Kansas City’s my home.” — TRACY ABELN

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SUNDA Y, M A RCH 10 Martin City: 135th Street and Washington. “Kansas City’s Biggest Little Fun Parade” begins at 2 p.m., at 135th Street and Washington. The event tent (across from Jess & Jim’s on 135th Street) opens at 11 a.m. with face painting and DJ Jeff Holmes. Other events include bestdressed dog contest (11:30 a.m.) and Prince & Princess contest (12:30 p.m.). Tailgating along 135th Street begins around noon. The inaugural Martin City 5k Whiskey Run starts at 1 p.m. at State Line Point Shopping Center. (Register at sportkc.org.) For more information, see irishpalooza.com.

S AT URDA Y, M A RCH 16 Howl at the Moon: 1334 Grand, 816-471-4695. Open at 2 p.m. with $5 UV Mean Green Bombs, $4 green beers and two-for-one car bombs. Dueling pianos all night. Uptown Theater: 3700 Broadway, 816-753-8665. The Elders 11th Annual Hoolie, 7 p.m.

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The Beacon Tavern: 5031 Main, 816-960-4646. First annual St. Patrick’s Day celebration begins at 7 a.m. with kegs and eggs. A $12 Irish buffet begins at 11 a.m., plus $3 Guinness and Smithwick’s, $3 leprechaun shots and $4.50 Jameson all day. Appearances by St. Andrew’s Pipes and Drums, and live music at 2 and 8 p.m. Best Irish outfits win a $50 bar tab. Black & Gold Tavern: 3740 Broadway. Open at 8 a.m. for kegs and eggs. Specials on Irish nachos, whiskey shots and the house drink, the Black & Gold (Guinness over Tank 7). Live music in the back beer garden from Jumpin’ James & Good Company, 8 a.m.–3 a.m. 403 Club: 403 N. Fifth St., 913-499-8392. Open 11 a.m.–2 a.m. with $5 car bombs, $3.50 Jameson cocktails and shots, and $2.50 Boulevard Irish Ale drafts. Howl at the Moon: 1334 Grand, 816-471-4695. Open at noon on St. Patrick’s Day with $5 UV Mean Green Bombs, $2 green beers and two-for-one car bombs. Dueling pianos all night. The Irish Pub House: 6332 Raytown Road, 816-353-5700. All day, get $2.25 domestic beers, $5 20-ounce Guinness drafts and $1 Jell-O shots. Specials on corned beef and cabbage and shepherd’s pie. (All proceeds from food sales go to the Down Syndrome Guild of Greater KC.) Special giveaways all day. KC Live Stage at the Power & Light District: 13th Street and Grand. Events in the Living Room, 11 a.m.–3 a.m., include

contests, giveaways, green beer, shot specials, games and more. Live music from Patrick Woolam & the Transients, the Pat Lentz Band, Dolewite and DJ Pauly D. Lew’s Grill and Bar: 7539 Wornall, 816-444-8080. Lew’s and the Well are hosting their ninth-annual St. Patrick’s Day Hoolie, beginning at 8 a.m. for breakfast and going till close at 3 a.m. Presale tickets ($6) and tickets at the door ($10) buy unlimited access to both locations for 19 hours of food, drinks and live music. Entertainment includes the Kelihans, Jonathan Ramsey, Short Leaf Band, and DJs Ashton Martin and C-Mac. Tickets available at the venues or at waldowell.com. Mike Kelly’s Westsider: 1515 Westport Road, 816-931-9417. Live music with John Morris at 1 p.m. and Brother Bagman at 4 p.m. Irish food and drinks available. Rhythm and Booze: 423 Southwest Boulevard, 816-221-2669. From 7 a.m. to noon, all-you-can-eat car bomb pancakes for $5, then 50-cent wings from noon to midnight. Beer, cocktail and shot specials 7 a.m.–3 a.m. RJ’s Bob-Be-Que Shack: 5835 Lamar, Mission, 913-262-7300. Open for breakfast at 7 a.m. Live music from 3 to 5 p.m. Regular menu available plus smoked corned-beef sandwiches and drink specials 7 a.m.–9 p.m. Saints Pub + Patio: 9720 Quivira, Lenexa, 913-492-3900. Party 8 a.m.–2 a.m. inside, on the patio and in the parking lot. Free Irish breakfast 8–10 a.m. Drink specials include $2 shamrock shots, $4 Jameson, $5 Guinness and Harp drafts, and $9 pitchers of green beer. DJs, games and giveaways. Free shuttles to and from Saints beginning at 8 a.m. Call 913-553-7911 to schedule a ride. The Uptown Arts Bar: 3611 Broadway. Uptown Arts Bar is hosting the secondannual Fringe Kegs & Eggs breakfast (9–11 a.m.) to benefit the KC Fringe Festival. Tickets are available the morning of March 17 and include breakfast and two drinks. Parking is available in the Uptown Arts Bar’s back lot for $20 per car. The Well: 7421 Broadway, 816-361-1700. The Well and Lew’s are hosting their ninthannual St. Patrick’s Day Hoolie, beginning at 8 a.m. for breakfast and going till close at 3 a.m. Presale tickets ($6) and tickets at the door ($10) buy unlimited access to both locations for 19 hours of food, drinks and live music. Entertainment includes the Kelihans, Jonathan Ramsey, Short Leaf Band, and DJs Ashton Martin and C-Mac. Tickets available at the venues or at waldowell.com.


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ent Left’s first show was March 7, 2003, at a paintball shack called Insomnia in Rolla, Missouri. The band celebrates its birthday one decade later on an equally punk stage: Art Closet Studios, a new all-ages venue in the back of a quiet pizza place, Open Fire Pizza, at 3951 Broadway. Bent Left recently released Fabergé, a gruff, hooky album of politically charged songs that establishes the band as one of Kansas City’s best punk acts. But the members also operate Club Mustache, an underground DIY venue; publish a zine; and run a community garden. How do young punks balance so much responsibility? The Pitch recently checked in with singer-songwriter-bassist William Malott. The Pitch: Does it feel weird having been a band for 10 years? Does it make you re-evaluate things? Or does it feel good and proud, or both, or what? E MOR Malott: For the past seven years or so, we’ve joked that doing this AT INE ONL .COM makes you twice as old PITCH in half the time. It’s rare for me to take a step back and really evaluate my feelings because 10 years of touring and writing records numbs you to just about everything. I can honestly say, and I’m sure I speak for everyone, that it feels pretty great to still be traveling and making music with my best friends after 10 years. What would you say are three or four of the most important things you’ve learned by being a band for a decade? When we first started touring, I was 17 years old. We played up to the Northwest with a coolerful of clear liquors we’d poured into water bottles. Some Vietnam vet gave us a handful of weed outside the Black Forest Tavern in Eugene, Oregon. We nearly died at several points. We lived off of shoplifted tuna. We were having the time of our lives. Looking back on the early history makes me enormously thankful that I’m not in jail or dead or paralyzed, but it also gives me a great appreciation for everything that happens now. Bent Left has given me the ability to truly appreciate the present. I guess the most important quality I’ve developed is humility. Playing music for us is a constant evaluation of our faults, in an effort to achieve some degree of perfection. Studio time has a great way of exposing everything you can’t quite execute. Road time is an excellent reminder that, every now and then, no one really cares. Taking yourself too seriously has a way of crushing an effort like this, and maintaining modesty throughout has attributed to our longevity. That constant evaluation of faults gives way to a drive to achieve at the next level. There are so many great bands around these days that if you aren’t constantly pushing yourself to write, tour, record and generally refine your craft, you will be left behind. We’ve wallowed in obscurity our entire career, and it’s always been the internal progression that keeps it

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fun and interesting. The drive to create and Bent Left enters its cubist phase. develop, both personally and musically, is one I hear echoes of bands like Against Me on of the best qualities Bent Left has given me. Fabergé — punk but with sturdy, memorable Fabergé is a pretty political punk record, or at least compared with, like, the Ramones or hooks. But maybe you hate those guys? Just curious what kind of punk you gravitate toward, something. There are lots of academic-sounding and what kind of nonpunk music you gravitate lyrics: “Professora Emeritosa,” “Byzantine Horlogerie,” “Transpecies Dysphoria Appreciation.” toward. We are all huge Against Me fans. I’ve always What are some ideas you’re trying to get across? loved the simplicity of a sturdy fist to the jaw, All of our lyrics are written by our drummer, and their music has that quality. The closing Josh [Nelson]. He is a very smart guy and is able to translate intelligence into art in ways that track of Fabergé is actually a sort of response to the response to Tom [Gabel, Against Me singerhave consistently impressed me for 10 years. guitarist] coming out as transgender. That said, a huge part of what Bent Left wants I will be the first to admit that I do not have you to take away from our music is empowerthe most diverse musical knowledge. I can’t ment. I love the idea of a group of friends each listening to Fabergé and then getting together name 60 percent of the shit I listen to. I can tell you, I started digging to discuss its sociopolitical Lagwagon, NOFX, the Vanimplications. Punk-rock Bent Left, with Sink dals and Green Day around book club for drunks. the Bismark, Red Kate, third grade; learned to play After the record was writand Bad Mouth bass with Miles Davis and ten and recorded, I spent a Friday, March 8, Mozart in sixth grade; got few months working in the at Art Closet Studios to see Pearl Jam in seventh Berkshire Mountains and grade; and went to see AFI, wrote at least three differAgainst Me, Anti-Flag, the Code, the Explosion, ent interpretations for each song. Beauty is definitely in the eye of the beholder here, and Bouncing Souls and a ton more in high school. These days, it’s our contemporaries that I feel like there are points made throughout inspire me. The Rackatees and Smash the the record that will trigger all kinds of varying State are local bands that recognize the imneurons in different folks. portance of community in a beautiful way. I For me, the record examines the artist’s was at Making Movies’ record-release show place in a culture where success is based on the recently, and the level of professionalism accumulation of power and influence. Scrapthose guys display is amazing. The skill and ing by on the fringe of society and performing precision demonstrated by bands like Mr. Hisat the center of it simultaneously allows for a tory and Diverse is always fun to watch. I got unique examination from the inside out and to see Propagandhi in Florida last year, and I vice versa. The artist’s existence is a fragile one don’t think there are enough hours in my life but, like Peter Carl Fabergé’s eggs, it’s beautito practice that much. ful, priceless and defines how our generation I also think that despite its intellectual qualiwill be viewed by history. The main thing I ties, Fabergé is more accessible musically than hope Fabergé accomplishes is to help people the average punk record. Is that something you go from blaming their problems on systemic aim for, to make the music accessible to audiforces to focusing their improvement efforts ences outside of the usual punk crowd? inwardly on themselves, their families and Accessibility is something we definitely distheir communities.

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cussed while writing and recording Fabergé. It was sort of a make-or-break record for us. This is our eighth release, and we have never quite pulled it off before. None of us are great musicians or singers, and we’ve just sort of grown up playing together. This is not a formula for instant success, but as we’ve aged, I think we are slowly starting to master the sound we’ve always looked for. Interesting that you say it’s accessible despite its intellectual tendencies, because that’s one of the underlying problems we are trying to address. Our society has veered so far from celebrating intelligence that smart people are looked down upon as uncool in a culture where the blingiest car bullshit or new dance move is more important than developing one’s ability to understand and solve life’s basic academic challenges. How’s Club Mustache going? What are your thoughts on the state of punk in KC at the moment? Club Mustache is running strong in its fifth year, and the spring is filling up as we speak. When we moved into our current place, the basement was just too perfect not to be a show space. It was pretty messy, so we spent two months cleaning and building it and had our first show on July 24, 2008. We’d had the opportunity to tour Japan a little while before that and modeled it off the Japanese venues we had played. We wanted to bring a degree of professionalism to the basement-show culture and make it a consistently great experience for the bands. When we started doing shows, I think Kansas City was in need of a DIY space with standards that consistently brought in good acts. These days, there are great places, like the Roost, that have stepped up to the plate and are doing amazing things for the houseshow community. There are also a few all-ages spaces opening now, like Art Closet Studios and FOKL. We’ve needed places like this for a while to encourage younger bands to develop. I am hoping these new spaces will help bridge the gap between the younger crowd and the bar crowd to give KC a more well-rounded support structure for local artists. You also have a community garden and a newsletter-magazine thing. In some ways, it seems like Bent Left is kind of an extension of a large movement that you are working toward. Can you elaborate on that? Bent Left has always been the part of my life I’m most excited about. We’ve been together through schools and jobs, always maintaining a drive behind the band, and have taken our extracurricular development seriously throughout. When we got back to KC from a disastrous eight-month tour in 2008, we came home to an amazing group of friends and moved into a nice building with great neighbors. For the first time in our lives, we were out of school, 98-percent broke and had nothing to do but play music. That’s when we moved 400 pounds of continued on page 30 M O N T H X X–X X , 2 0 0 X

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continued from page 28 dirt out of our basement to open Club Mustache, we tilled up a 1,200-square-foot plot of land in our back yard to plant a garden with our friends, and that’s when the Insider’s Guide to Midtown Mayhem was born. All of our projects are extensions of the band and who we are as people. The constant traveling we’ve been lucky enough to do with Bent Left has given me a great appreciation for hospitality. Literally thousands of people have put us up and taken care of us over the years. Complete strangers have brought us into their homes, fed us, drank with us and offered everything they had to keep us going for that one extra day. We are trying to give that sense of belonging back, in as big a way as possible to both Kansas City and the national punk-rock community.

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F R I D AY, M A R C H 8 Jimmie Bratcher CD-release show: 9:30 p.m. Knuckleheads Saloon, 2715 Rochester, 816-483-1456. Jagged Edge: 7Hundred, 700 Southwest Blvd., 816-699-1547. J.B. and the Moonshine Band: 7 p.m. The Granada, 1020 Massachusetts, Lawrence, 785-842-1390. Pentatonix: 7 p.m. The Midland, 1228 Main, 816-283-9900. Reverend Peyton’s Big Damn Band with Jimbo Mathis & Alvin Youngblood Hart: 9 p.m. Knuckleheads Saloon, 2715 Rochester, 816-483-1456. Young Kings of Comedy Tour with Tony Roberts, Michael Blackson, Alex Thomas and Mike Brooks: 8 p.m. The Midland, 1228 Main, 816-283-9900.

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One spin through last year’s double album The Clearing/The Final Epoch, by Chicago drone duo Locrian, puts you in a dark place. It’s full of proper apocalyptic noise driven by doom and disaster — breathtaking blackmetal-influenced tunes with the power to raise evil spirits and drop testicles. This bill, which also includes metal locals Boreas and Jason Zeh, is the first UFO Show, a new series at Davey’s curated by local experimental music sage Pat Hopewell. “Booking shows that other venues are too chickenshit to attempt” is the promise that Hopewell shot us when he announced the series, and it looks like he’s on his way to making good on it. Monday, March 11, at Davey’s Uptown Ramblers Club (3402 Main, 816-753-1909)

Sound Tribe Sector 9 has been fucking around with computers and dance music since Skrillex was getting wedgies out on the playground. The Santa Cruz, California, quintet started out on the periphery of the jam-band scene, but as the popularity of electronic music in the United States has skyrocketed, so has that of STS9. The group integrates live instrumentation into its space-funk EDM, and in doing so has earned itself the kind of loyal following that can pack a place like Liberty Hall two nights in a row. Tuesday, March 12, and Wednesday, March 13, at Liberty Hall (644 Massachusetts, Lawrence, 785-749-1972)

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All the words you’d use to describe Psychic Ills — trippy, hazy, spacey, droning, hypnotic — have vague drug connotations. (Come to think of it, so does its name.) The New York group has been doing its no-rules freak-rock for more than a decade and is now releasing its albums via violently hip label Sacred Bones Records, which is also home to opener Follakzoid. With Blues Control. Friday, March 8, at the Jackpot (943 Massachusetts, Lawrence, 785-832-1085)

Alabama Shakes Caveman

Like Real Estate or the War on Drugs, Caveman advances a calm, reverby rock agenda that brings to mind an overcast day at the beach. The Brooklyn band adds synths and kinky percussion to the equation, too, so it basically hits for the current-trends-in-indierock cycle. That sounds like a backhanded compliment, but I don’t really mean it that way. “Old Friend,” from Coco Beware, was one of my favorite songs of last year. Caveman’s new, self-titled album, is out on Fat Possum in April. With Computer Magic and Vehicles. Thursday, March 7, at RecordBar (1020 Westport Road, 816-753-5207)

Freedy Johnston

Freedy Johnston is a 1990s one-hit wonder (“Bad Reputation”) who deserves far better than he has received from the music industry. The Kinsley, Kansas, native and University of Kansas dropout is a singer-songwriter with a terrific ear for pop melody, and all his albums are damn solid. Rain on the City, from 2010, is his most recent — an unassuming, finely tuned mix of alt-country, folk-pop and rock songs. Tuesday, March 12, at Czar (1531 Grand, 816-421-0300)

Garage-soul quartet Alabama Shakes was one of the most buzzed-about bands of 2012, and 2013 is looking like the year it conquers America. The Athens, Alabama, group slides seamlessly among country, roots and rock, and is led by Brittany Howard, who channels Janis Joplin’s bluesy howl — but don’t tell her that. “I’ve grown tired of the Janis Joplin comparisons,” Howard tells The Pitch. “I don’t really know her music very well. This is the only way I know how to sound, really.” Opener Michael Kiwanuka also looks to be on his way up, and his Bill Withers–by–way– of–Bon Iver songs are pretty hard not to like.  Sunday, March 10, at the Uptown Theater (3700 Broadway, 816-753-8665)

Mac Lethal: 8 p.m. The Bottleneck, 737 New Hampshire, Lawrence, 785-841-5483. Scotty McCreery: Uptown Theater, 3700 Broadway, 816-753-8665. Joshua Nelson and His Kosher Gospel Band: 7:30 p.m. The Jewish Community Center, 5801 W. 115th St., Overland Park, 913-327-8054. Ol’ Yeller, Arthur Dodge & the Horsefeathers: 10 p.m. Replay Lounge, 946 Massachusetts, Lawrence, 785-749-7676. Wet Willie with Kate Moss & Friends: 9 p.m. Knuckleheads Saloon, 2715 Rochester, 816-483-1456.

S U N D AY, M A R C H 10 Jucifer, Medicine Theory, VSA: 8 p.m. The Riot Room, 4048 Broadway, 816-442-8179. Joshua Nelson and His Kosher Gospel Band: 2 p.m. The Jewish Community Center, 5801 W. 115th St., Overland Park, 913-327-8054. Irene Torres & the Sugar Devils, Das Furbender: 8 p.m. Jackpot Music Hall, 943 Massachusetts, Lawrence, 785-832-1085.

M O N D AY, M A R C H 11 The Aggrolites, the Pinstripes, Tastebud G-Spot: 8 p.m. The Bottleneck, 737 New Hampshire, Lawrence, 785-841-5483. Caspian, Sundiver, Native: 9 p.m. Jackpot Music Hall, 943 Massachusetts, Lawrence, 785-832-1085. Marshall Crenshaw: 8 p.m. Knuckleheads Saloon, 2715 Rochester, 816-483-1456.

T U E S D AY, M A R C H 12 Brit Floyd - The World’s Greatest Pink Floyd Show: 7 p.m. The Midland, 1228 Main, 816-283-9900. Hoodie Allen, Aer, Jared Evan: 7 p.m. The Granada, 1020 Massachusetts, Lawrence, 785-842-1390. Off With Their Heads, Teenage Bottlerocket, Masked Intruder, Kill Noise Boys: 9:30 p.m. RecordBar, 1020 Westport Rd., 816-753-5207.

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DJ The Bottleneck: 737 New Hampshire, Lawrence, 785-8415483. Team Bear Club’s Goomba Rave, 11 p.m., $3/$5. The Brooksider: 6330 Brookside Plz., 816-363-4070. DJ Jolly. The Foundry: 424 Westport Rd., 816-960-0866. DJ Boyfriend. The Gusto Lounge: 504 Westport Rd., 816-974-8786. Thumpin Thursdays with *thePhantom. MiniBar: 3810 Broadway, 816-326-8281. DJ Tequila Bear. The Uptown Arts Bar: 3611 Broadway. Playe, 10:30 p.m.

JAZZ The Brick: 1727 McGee, 816-421-1634. The Outer Circle with Miles Bonny, Project H, Born in Babylon. Chaz on the Plaza: 325 Ward Pkwy., 816-802-2152. Joe Cartwright & Nedra Dixon, 6 p.m. The Kill Devil Club: 61 E. 14th St., 816-877-8312. Brandon Draper, 7 p.m. The Phoenix: 302 W. Eighth St., 816-221-5299. Rod Fleeman & Dan Bliss, 7 p.m.

F R I D AY 8 ROCK/POP/INDIE Bar West: 7174 Renner Rd., Shawnee, 913-248-9378. Travelers Guild. Black & Gold Tavern: 3740 Broadway. Water Dog Nation, Hotel Coffee. The Bottleneck: 737 New Hampshire, Lawrence, 785-8415483. Quiet Corral, the Envy Corp, the Noise FM, 8 p.m., $9. The Brick: 1727 McGee, 816-421-1634. Hidden Pictures. Czar: 1531 Grand, 816-421-0300. Moire David Hasselhoff on Acid, the Uncouth, the Summit, Band 13, Robert Paulson, 8 p.m., $5. The Landing Eatery & Pub: 1189 W. 152 Hwy., Liberty, 816792-5230. Cherry Bomb. RecordBar: 1020 Westport Rd., 816-753-5207. The Doo Dads, 6 p.m., $5; Cherokee Rock Rifle, Bad Ideas, Appropriate Grammar, 10 p.m. Replay Lounge: 946 Massachusetts, Lawrence, 785-749-7676. OBN IIIs, 10 p.m. The Riot Room: 4048 Broadway, 816-442-8179. The Sluts, the Devil. Up the Academy, Til Willis, 8 p.m., $5. The Uptown Arts Bar: 3611 Broadway. Heroes + Villains, Clairaudients, Sons of Great Dane, Cadillac Flambe, 8 p.m.

BLUES/FUNK/SOUL B.B.’s Lawnside BBQ: 1205 E. 85th St., 816-822-7427. Back Porch Blues Band, 9 p.m. Jazz: 1823 W. 39th St., 816-531-5556. Billy Ebeling & the Late for Dinner Band. Jazz: 1859 Village West Pkwy., Kansas City, Kan., 913-328-0003. Cold Sweat. The Kill Devil Club: 61 E. 14th St., 816-877-8312. Brody Buster. Quasimodo: 12056 W. 135th St., Overland Park, 913-239-9666. Rick Bacus, 5:30 p.m.; JLove Band, 9 p.m.

ROOTS/COUNTRY/BLUEGRASS Czar: 1531 Grand, 816-421-0300. Starhaven Rounders, 6 p.m. Davey’s Uptown Ramblers Club: 3402 Main, 816-753-1909. Loaded Goat, Shivering Timbers, Crybaby Ranch, 9 p.m., $6. PBR Big Sky Bar: 111 E. 13th St. Aaron Blumer, 7 p.m. Replay Lounge: 946 Massachusetts, Lawrence, 785-7497676. Sunflower Colonels, Jonathan Warren & the Billy Goats, 6 p.m.

JAZZ The Blue Room: 1616 E. 18th St., 816-474-8463. Book of Gaia. Chaz on the Plaza: 325 Ward Pkwy., 816-802-2152. Jimmy Dykes & the Blisstonians, 7 p.m. The Phoenix: 302 W. Eighth St., 816-221-5299. Lonnie McFadden, 4:30 p.m. Take Five Coffee + Bar: 5336 W. 151st St., Overland Park, 913948-5550. Chris Hazelton with Cory Weeds, 8 p.m.

S AT U R D AY 9 ROCK/POP/INDIE Black & Gold Tavern: 3740 Broadway. SubFrozen, Beating Wooly Bully, the Summit, Autumn of Apologies, $5. The Brick: 1727 McGee, 816-421-1634. Drew Black and Dirty Electric, Monarchs of Speed. The Brooksider: 6330 Brookside Plz., 816-363-4070. The Zeros. Czar: 1531 Grand, 816-421-0300. We are Voices, Not a Planet, Me Like Bees, State & Madison, 9:30 p.m., $5. Danny’s Bar and Grill: 13350 College Blvd., Lenexa, 913-3459717. Found a Job, Spud Patrol. Davey’s Uptown Ramblers Club: 3402 Main, 816-753-1909. Your Favorite Hero, More than Money, 9 p.m., $7. Double T’s Roadhouse: 1421 Merriam Ln., Kansas City, Kan., 913-432-5555. Shades of Grey. The Granada: 1020 Massachusetts, Lawrence, 785-842-1390. Ashes of Tyranny, Nicolette Paige, Vaughn and the Billionaires, Flight, Don’t Know Dorothy, /encode, Roughstump & the Hooligans, 5 p.m., $11/$13. Jackpot Music Hall: 943 Massachusetts, Lawrence, 785-8321085. Forrester, Tom Sauk, LiON, 9 p.m. The Levee: 16 W. 43rd St., 816-561-2821. Camp Harlow, 5 p.m. E RecordBar: 1020 Westport Rd., MOR 816-753-5207. The Wires, 7 p.m.,; Soft Reeds, Noise FM, Gentleman Savage, Andrea Perdue, 10 p.m. INGS T T IS The Riot Room: 4048 Broadway, L A INE L 816-442-8179. Night Creation, N O M O Gornography, At the Left Hand of God, PITCH.C Marasmus, In the Shadow, 8 p.m., $5. The Uptown Arts Bar: 3611 Broadway. Quirk & Ruckus, 10:30 p.m. The Well: 7421 Broadway, 816-361-1700. Perpetual Change.

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ROOTS/COUNTRY/BLUEGRASS The Levee: 16 W. 43rd St., 816-561-2821. The Patrick Lentz Band. Skylight Restaurant and Sports Bar: 1867 S.W. State Rt. 7, Blue Springs, 816-988-7958. Matt Snook CD-release show, 9 p.m., $5.

DJ 7Hundred: 700 Southwest Blvd., 816-699-1547. DJs Macc and Hi Eyed. The Eighth Street Taproom: 801 New Hampshire, Lawrence, 785-841-6918. DJ Candlepants. The Foundry: 424 Westport Rd., 816-960-0866. 2LiveCruz. Hotel: 1300 Grand, 816-226-3232. DJ Eric Coomes. Johnny’s Tavern: 6765 W. 119th St., Leawood, 913-451-4542. DJ Dave Step, 9 p.m. Milieu: 7300 W. 119th St., Overland Park. DJ Mike Scott. The Quaff: 1010 Broadway, 816-471-1918. DJ Chris.

JAZZ The Blue Room: 1616 E. 18th St., 816-474-8463. Denise Thimes. Chaz on the Plaza: 325 Ward Pkwy., 816-802-2152. Angela Hagenbach Trio, 7 p.m. The Kill Devil Club: 61 E. 14th St., 816-877-8312. Shay Estes & Mistura Fina, 9 p.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. Gerald Spaits Quartet, 8 p.m.

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Dear Dan: My girlfriend and I read your column

religiously, and I have you to thank for being comfortable enough with my kinks to tell her about my interest in BDSM. She is very GGG and has indulged all my kinky fantasies and discovered some of her own. Our latest adventure has her locking up my dick in a CB-6000 male chastity device. The play/sex has been super-fun so far, but we want to be aware of any health and safety concerns, specifically damage to my penis. We’ve had the device for almost a week, and I’ve been doing a ton of research. There is no shortage of information on proper hygiene and cleaning while locked, and the effects of infrequent ejaculation/orgasm denial. What we’re most concerned about is not the effects of not coming, but whether restricting my erections with a chastity device can cause nerve damage, erectile dysfunction or other issues. Should I be concerned about having my erections constricted by the device while being teased or wearing it overnight? (My research tells me that in REM sleep, the typical male will get from three to five erections.) We plan on taking off the device for sexual play, which we do about five times a week, so there would be plenty of opportunities for my guy to stretch out. Besides worrying about limiting erections, is there any issue with having the device on long term while soft, in regard to the cock ring that serves as the back end of the device? If it is fitted properly, are there any negative effects to having this on for a day? a week? a month? I find it odd that there isn’t more information provided by manufacturers. From what I’ve read online, there seem to be a lot of guys who stay locked way more long term than I’m planning, and I hope they have had questions like mine answered before engaging in that.

Lock on Cock Kausing Erectile Dysfunction? Dear LOCKED: There are more submissive guys out there blogging about their lockedup cocks than there are submissive guys out there whose cocks are locked up. By which I mean to say … Whether you’re talking about food, politics or locking a dude’s cock in a male chastity device, you’ll find more anonymous liars online pretending to be experts than you’ll find actual experts. Of course, there are kinky guys out there who’ve had their cocks locked up for extended periods. Male chastity play is a real kink, not some freaky bullshit made up by a high school kid to gross people out, e.g., “Dirty Sanchez,” “Donkey Punch,” “Michelle Malkin.” But the number of men enjoying this kind of play is relatively small, and the number of chastity players blogging about their experiences is smaller still. So it’s probably best not to take health-and-safety advice from the anonymous chastity players you run across online. So how about some health-and-safety advice from an actual board-certified urologist instead? “I’ve never had a patient ask me about using or admit to using a male chastity device,” said Stephen H. King, M.D., a urologist in 38

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Washington state. “And I cannot find a single reference in the medical/urological literature.” What would King advise a patient who asked him about wearing a male chastity device? “As a urologist, my primary concern is long-term health and preservation of erectile function ‘down the road,’ so I tend to err on the cautious side, especially in someone young with many good erections ahead of him,” King said. “So if LOCKED came to my clinic with this question, I’d certainly caution against any long-term or continuous use of such a device, anything more than four to six hours, if it places any significant compression on the tissue directly.” Some guys who wear male chastity devices for extended periods invest in custom-fitted devices because a custom device is less likely to put “significant compression on the tissue” than a semi-adjustable, one-size-fits-all, easyto-break-out-of CB-6000. The device you’ve got is fine for newbies and short-term play, but the expensive chastity devices they sell at steelwerksextreme.com — devices with names like “The Exoskeleton,” “The Torture Puzzle” and “The Grinder” — have the benefit of being both safer and impossible for the wearer to remove without the key. So let’s say you invest in a hardcore, expensive chastity device that doesn’t rely on potentially tissue-compressing rings to be held in place. What does King say now? “With no compression from the cock ring, it might be safe for somewhat longer use,” King said. “Overnight use may still be problematic. Nocturnal/spontaneous erections are hypothesized to exist to encourage blood flow and stretching of the vascular and erectile tissue to keep it healthy and prevent atrophy. Like any other tendon, ligament or muscle in the body, use it or lose it. I can’t see how preventing these spontaneous nocturnal erections can be healthy. But I can’t prove any long-term damage.” Of course, if we listened only to doctors, no one would ever eat sugar, smoke cigarettes or let his girlfriend lock up his cock in “The Grinder, because something “bad” might happen. (Diabetes, cancer, impotence, respectively.) So I got a second and a third opinion for you.

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The second opinion is mine: The manufacturers of CB-6000s and other male chastity devices don’t provide information about risks because they’re not required to. Male chastity devices, like all sex toys, are sold as “novelty items.” They’re not medical devices, and the FDA doesn’t regulate them. But as long as your CB-6000 isn’t so tight that it’s cutting off circulation, pinching nerves or rubbing you raw, and as long as you’re not wearing it for extended periods of time (I wouldn’t wear one overnight, myself), you’ll be fine. There are, after all, thousands of CB-6000s in circulation — it is the most popular male chastity device on the market — and if they were injuring men or rendering them impotent, then we’d be hearing from unhappy chastity players and their lawyers. King backs me up on this. He consulted another doctor whose specialty is “urology trauma,” and his colleague hadn’t heard of any issues related to chastity devices. “Perhaps that speaks to the relative safety of them,” King said. “If they were messing up lots of penises, surely we urologists would be the first ones to know.” The third opinion is from a kinky blogger. Metal served for six years on the board of Gay Male S/M Activists, an organization dedicated to promoting safe, sane and consensual BDSM, and he now runs the popular BDSM site metalbondnyc.com. He’s also a keyholder to several men locked in long-term chastity devices. “I’m not a medical doctor,” Metal said, “so I can’t speak with authority on potential long-term physical effects. But I can tell you that many, many men use chastity to enhance their sex lives. There are whole websites devoted to just that one aspect of BDSM play, and some of the most popular entries on my site are about chastity.” None of the men Metal has personally locked up — some for months at a time — have had any trouble getting hard once their chastity devices were removed. “When guys are first locked up, they often complain of waking up in the middle of the night with painful erections,” Metal said. “But that usually passes in a week or so. What I would suggest to this couple is to go ahead and experiment. Lock him up for a day or two initially, then a few days, and then maybe work up to a week or more. Rules are good. Maybe he gets unlocked only when he’s chained to the bed. Then right after he comes — if he’s allowed to come — his dick gets locked back up before he’s unchained.” Metal urges you to be cautious, take it slow, but not fear chastity play. “Think of chastity as a really, really long form of foreplay,” Metal said. “The possibilities and the long-term sexual rewards can be endless.” Find the Savage Lovecast (my weekly podcast) every Tuesday at thestranger.com/savage.

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