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TRAVIS SCHLITTER Hometown: Hays, Kansas Current neighborhood: Union Hill Who or what is your sidekick? I can’t imagine anyone being more supportive than my wife, Sarah. My cat, Laika, is also quite the crony.
What career would you choose in an alternate reality? I’ve been a licensed pilot since high
school, so I imagine something in the field of aviation. However, I would hope a parallel universe would be much more advanced, so my day job would likely be designing and building personal flying vehicles.
Royals do look good this year, and the Chiefs have a new coach. I often use out-of-town guests as an excuse to try a new restaurant. If not, a place like Grinders or Le Fou Frog is always fun. If they want barbecue, it’s down the road to Jack Stack or a venture out to Oklahoma Joe’s. Depending on the guest, the Nelson, Union Station and WWI Museum are usually on the list.
House Charities and Project Warmth. Both are great.
Favorite place to spend your paycheck: I like to
“Kansas City needs …” More and improved
Martini Corner has a lot of good options within walking distance, and when I want to drink the good stuff, the bars at Pierpont’s and Manifesto are solid.
What’s your favorite charity? Ronald McDonald
eat, so good portions of the paycheck end up at all the neighborhood restaurants. I enjoy cooking, also, which usually involves a Costco run. And I can’t get out of there without a bunch of other crap. What’s left goes toward the latest Apple products or handmade Italian footwear.
What local phenomenon do you think is overrated? The belief that this year is the year for the Chiefs or Royals is getting old. But the
Last book you read: Consilience by Edward
What is your most embarrassing dating moment? I’d been holding some fierce gas at
bay through an entire movie and ride home. As soon as she was out of the car, I unleashed hell. Then I looked down and saw she left her coat in the car. Before I could think to grab it and take it to her, the door opened. It was probably something like stepping into the guys’ bathroom at Arrowhead when they used to have the troughs.
Finish this sentence: “Kansas City got it right when …” We reinvested in downtown. Through
“Kansas City screwed up when it …” Sprawled out. Following the lead of every other city and participating in one of the greatest misallocations of resources in our nation’s history, Kansas City began the suburban sprawl. The metro is a huge area for the amount of people who actually live here. I guess that’s what makes it appealing to a lot of people, but to me, if you can’t walk, bike or jump on easy public transit to get anywhere in the city, then it’s not a city.
Where do you drink? Anywhere close to home.
video accounts: Netflix, Amazon Instant Video, VUDU, Hulu, HBO GO.
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the hard work and generosity of many Kansas Citians, the downtown and surrounding areas have changed drastically over the last 10 years. I remember not long ago, after five and on weekends, this place was a ghost town. Now the city has life. We need to keep that going.
sail-trike accident when I was only about 3 years old. I still think sail trikes are badass.
take(s) up a lot of space in my iTunes:
Pearl Jam bootlegs
What local tradition do you take part in every year? Opening day at the K. I’m a Royals season-ticket holder, and I love this day.
Celebrity you’d like to ride the Mamba with at Worlds of Fun: Alison Brie
transportation options. A major sports championship. To stop apologizing.
Favorite person or thing to follow on Twitter:
“In ﬁ ve years, I’ll be …” Launching the SS Design Is Right for its maiden voyage. That is all I can share at this time.
Person or thing you ﬁnd really irritating at this moment: Whoever decided to plant those
“People might be surprised to know that I …”
Have only nine toes. The big toe on my right foot was claimed by an unfortunate tandem
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bombs in Boston. Why can’t everyone just express their anger through art? And I’ll be irritated with America if we overreact again and start erecting monuments. And the weather. Where the fuck is spring?
Interesting brush with the law? Back in the day, I used to host this massive annual party that inevitably ended up with me in jail. Every year. Describe a recent triumph: I’m extremely
proud of a recent project called “The Blue Balls Blues.” This safe-sex PSA was the result of a collaboration with creative types from San Francisco, L.A., Boulder, NYC and São Paulo. There are safe-sex PSAs, and then there’s “The Blue Balls Blues.” Rather than conjure up fears of STDs and unwanted pregnancies, we introduced an entirely different risk. Their names are Rusty and Vern. And their very existence is a colorful, SFW reminder to always bring protection. So do your boys a favor and listen up: blueballsblues.com All the video production and animation were done right here in KC at T2 Studios. It was a blast to create and, with people all over the world viewing the video and sharing Rusty and Vern’s message, a truly rewarding experience.
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company one of the world’s largest corporations. But most people didn’t hear the name Petro America until 2010, when federal prosecutors dismissed the enterprise as a sham and indicted Hawkins and others on charges including fraud and money laundering. Hawkins, prosecutors say, collected a $7.2 million kitty from the alleged racket. Many of Petro America’s investors were members of Kansas City’s African-American churches who saw Hawkins as a trustworthy man of the cloth. Bax, who bought 20 million shares of Petro America, is still one of the Hawkins faithful. “I believe this is nothing more than a stronghold against a company with considerable assets,” he testified last week. If only the government would get out of Petro America’s way, Bax said, then he might see a return on the thousands of dollars he has invested in the company. “When the company trades, it’s going to offer me all kinds of opportunities,” he said on the stand. His testimony veered into the realm of abstract finance theory, suggesting that U.S. fiat currency was about to be supplanted and that Petro America’s supposed gold-mine contracts looked good to federal authorities. “Let’s face it, our government is broke,” Bax told the court. “And the gold mines are an attractive asset.” Prosecutors say the land containing Petro’s supposed gold mines holds piles of dirt. U.S. District Judge Brian Wimes had to interrupt Bax a few times to get him focused on answering Hawkins’ questions and not disappearing down conspiracy rabbit holes.
Owen Hawkins tries to talk his way out of the Petro America mess.
Hawkins: the defendant and his defense attorney But he stopped Hawkins many more times, mainly to remind the defendant about court procedures and rules — things that Hawkins’ attorney would have known, if he’d had one. Hawkins’ best shot at defending himself came when he cross-examined Devin Fields, a special agent for the Internal Revenue Service’s criminal division, whose testimony laid out why the IRS believed Petro America to have been bogus. (Hawkins at one point called his sister to the stand, but that didn’t go his way. He couldn’t get her to agree that Petro America had once shared office space with her company.) Fields spent the opening moments of his testimony taking questions from Executive Assistant U.S. Attorney Dan Nelson. Then he played recorded telephone conversations in which Hawkins claimed that a Hollywood
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producer was interested in the company’s success. Hawkins said the Lord favored his oil company. “That’s a frequent statement on the calls,” Fields testified, “that God blessed the company.” Hawkins failed to land any significant blows when he had his chance to query Fields, though he did get the agent to acknowledge that no evidence existed to suggest that Hawkins implored investors to buy Petro America stock. To the IRS, that hasn’t mattered much. For one thing, securities regulators in Kansas and Missouri had issued cease-anddesist orders to stop the company from selling stock. “You never gave any risk analysis,” Fields told Hawkins. “It was all, ‘This is going to happen.’ ” Hawkins managed to duck the potentially awkward situation of testifying in his own defense, which, given that he’s acting as his own attorney, could have resulted in his answering his own questions. (None of the other four defendants in the Petro America case testified on their own behalf.) He presented his case directly to the jury. “I may not be as sophisticated as some lawyers, but I can only speak to you from my heart,” he told jurors while explaining how he tried to take care of shareholders. He said he had run Petro America like a family business. The trial is expected to conclude this week, almost a month after its April 17 start. Oh, those poor jurors.
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omeone is always trying to tell us that a given year is the year of the sandwich. These clever people suggest that the sandwich has overtaken bacon, the slider or the cupcake as the new it food. But the sandwich isn’t the dish of any one year — it’s an everyday food, a workaday meal. The sandwich is where we blend tradition and innovation without conflict. It’s where we’re free to discover the limits of peanut butter and to forever wage the battle with melted cheese to not burn the ever-loving almighty out of our mouth. Still, sandwiches are on a roll in 2013. Earlier this month, consulting firm Technomic released its 2012 “Sandwich Consumer Trend Report,” in which it says sandwiches are worth an annual $27.7 billion to restaurants (mostly the big chains) because we buy 49 percent of our sandwiches out. I decided to spend a month buying 100 percent of my sandwiches from local restaurants. For the purposes of this experiment, I disallowed burgers, hot dogs and tacos and set aside chain operations. There were just two simple criteria: (1) Did I enjoy my sandwich as
much, if not more, when I ate the last bite as I did upon the first bite? (2) Did I want another one, even if I was full? Beyond that, it was just a question of finding some balance — I wouldn’t advise you to spend an entire week mauling a line of pork tenderloins. So get out your calendars and ready your ketchup packets. You have some dates to circle.
can order mild or mixed if you prefer), is a testament to building a balanced sandwich. The salt from the capicola, salami and prosciutto is cut by the provolone. The creaminess of the meat and cheese is, in turn, well met by the crusty Italian roll. And the slowly building heat of the giardiniera lingers in the back of your mouth — a muted fi re that you can tame with one of the Italian cookies near the register. (9 East Third Street, 816-474-1860)
den apartment), order a shake (peanut butter is the newest among nine flavors) to pass the time while you wait. (1405 South 55th Street, Kansas City, Kansas, 913-287-2800)
Pork Tenderloin Christy’s Tasty Queen
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Two bites in and your hands are covered with a light sheen of olive oil, like you’re about to give a massage. Yup, things are going to get a bit messy. The Napoletano, or No. 1 Hot, as it’s called by all of Kansas City (the “hot” comes from the sandwich’s giardiniera, which you
This is the kind of pork tenderloin that turned “Heartbreak Hotel” Elvis into Vegas Elvis. Christy’s offers it grilled or fried, but just say tenderloin, and they’ll know what you want: a pounded-flat filet, roughly the size and shape of Delaware, with a bun somewhere around its middle. A crunchy exterior envelops the juicy pork center, and a simple dress of mayo, onion and chopped lettuce lets the pork do the heavy lifting. As you hear the sizzle of the grill from behind the black-iron grate on top of the counter (think diner meets Brooklyn gar-
Lamb Roll Chai Shai
Stew lovers who are ready to leave winter behind, meet the lamb roll: a luscious, warm piece of paratha overstuffed with tender cubes of lamb generously spiced with cumin and black cardamom. This sandwich builds heat like Ryan Gosling at a singles bar, sending an unshakable message to your brain that you need to keep taking bites. After experiencing it unadulterated, apply a dollop of the evergreen mint chutney (it comes with a continued on page 8
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continued from page 7 side of pakoras) to lighten up a lamb that melts like beef bourguignon. (651 East 59th Street, 816-260-5203, chaishaikc.com)
Dagwood Dagwood’s Café
I fell in love with the Dagwood when the waitress asked if I would like ham, bacon or sausage — or all three — on my sandwich. This is no kitchen-sink gimmick but rather a beautifully layered, greasy breakfast. Crisp hash browns and American cheese lead to a fried egg with the right amount of salt and pepper and that trio of meats. Because you do, in fact, want all three. It’s a lunch-pail meal served hot enough to sear the roof of your mouth, so take a moment to admire it before you commence devouring. (1117 Southwest Boulevard, Kansas City, Kansas, 913-677-0747)
Po Jack Mad Jack’s on Troost
The Po Jack is an envelope-sized slab of catfish, perfectly coated in a peppery cornmeal batter, sticking out from both ends of a white hoagie roll. The condiments and toppings — lettuce, tomato and white onion, tucked into a white french-fry bag with a single of American cheese — are served on the side, meaning that the cooked-to-order fish is never soggy. Throw on a splash of Louisiana hot sauce and raw onion, and remember why you don’t give a damn that we don’t live near an ocean. (6200 Troost, 816-361-6999, madjacksontroost.com)
makes your slice, it’s just a bit bigger. The bread is the draw here, freshly baked and as soft as the inside of a new hoodie. Forgo eating the French dip as a sandwich and instead dunk the soft white bread into a jus that’s just the right shade of RC Cola. (11120 Antioch, Overland Park, 913-661-9247; 16201 West 95th Street, Lenexa, 913-438-8560; adrianscafe.net)
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Z-Man Oklahoma Joe’s
Fried, smoked and cheese-covered — these are the three husky legs of the Kansas City food pyramid. And the Z-Man rings the triangle with two crisp onion rings, melted provolone and heaps of smoked brisket. (There’s a pulled-chicken version as well.) Traditionalists balk at the cheese, and some outliers insist that the Z-Man is overrated. Whatever. Just remember to call ahead to skip the line of out-of-state suckers. (3002 West 47th Avenue, Kansas City, Kansas, 913-722-3366; other locations; oklahomajoesbbq.com)
French Dip Adrian’s Café
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Beef piled high like a stack of boards waiting to be built into a fence. A squeeze bottle of a vinegar concoction that strips away all the sweet rubbish others pass off as barbecue sauce. The chance to understand why the finest meals are cooked by someone else, at a low temperature, for a long time. A sandwich that, at its best, is worth not just a drive but a flight. (1727 Brooklyn, 816-231-1123; other locations; arthurbryantsbbq.com)
Pahk ya cah next to the bright-yellow food truck and learn why roast-beef shops in Boston are second only to Dunkin’ Donuts. Drop the word sandwich (the way an NFL announcer drops the word injury) and just say junior, medium or large beef. You’ll get piles of rare-to-medium sliced meat, stacked like a winding mountain road that’s able to withstand a deluge of vinegary, sweet barbecue sauce inside a sesame-seed bun. It’s punchBen Affleck-in-the-face good. (816-510-0087, monksroastbeef.com)
The only prepackaged offering on this list (day-old sandwiches are $1 cheaper) is in the refrigerator at Waldo’s One More Cup, but Nutty Girl products aren’t so much plasticwrapped as they are cared for. The Very Veggie marries garlic-and-dill cream cheese with swiss cheese in a well-suited, albeit unlikely, union. Tomatoes, carrots and cucumber slices fill out the rest of the space between multigrain bread for a sandwich that’s uncommonly refreshing. (Sold at One More Cup, 7408 Wornall, 816-994-3644, onemorecupkc.com)
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This Reuben belongs in a museum because it’s meant to be enjoyed in reverent silence. You won’t want to use your mouth for anything other than chewing after your teeth sink into the buttered, toasted marble rye. American Kobe corned beef here comes bedazzled with red cabbage, gruyère cheese and the familiar tang of Thousand Island dressing. Don’t let the $14.50 price tag stop you. Art appreciates. (4420 Warwick, 816-561-7740, kemperart.org)
Take a cue from When Harry Met Sally and have what she’s having. She, in this case, is co-owner Jalene Berger, and her off-menu creation is chicken salad, pickles and lettuce, buttressed by two slices of provolone on a toasted everything bagel. The thing single-handedly rehabilitates chicken salad’s image, which has been ravaged by years of plastic-wrapped, airport-terminal failure. (310 Southwest Boulevard, 816-255-2402, kccrossroadscoffee.com)
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Chicken Salad Crossroads Coffeehouse
Don’t try to eat this one behind the wheel. Stick around the tiny taqueria attached to the big supermarket and absorb the flavors: the sauce, the spice, the creamy avocado, the plump spoonful of mayo. You’ll be in good company, alongside road workers still wearing their neon vests and mothers trying to entice toddlers to eat. There’s music in the air as the kitchen crew whistles and sings and your pork sizzles on the griddle. (1409 Central, Kansas City, Kansas, 816-668-2471, 1wp.com/go/eltoritosupermart)
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tell you what you want from the taps. Less thought is required for your sandwich, though, because whatever you’re drinking probably goes with this herb garden encased in grilled sourdough. The yolk runs with the slow precision of Nicolas Cage, mingling with the garlic and the garlic aïoli and the tomato and the mozzarella. This is why we eat breakfast for dinner (with beer). (500 East 135th Street, 816-268-2222, martincitybrewingcompany.com)
BLT The Peanut
Bar food is like comedy — it usually improves after a few drinks. But the BLT is the rare pub sub that you find yourself craving even when you’re sober as a judge. The Peanut version is the best we’ve had of the kind you might make in your own kitchen. No fancy ingredients are involved, just the right fixings (toasted wheat bread, for instance). Ask for crisp bacon, but don’t otherwise mess with the sandwich that generates its own bacon craze. (5000 Main, 816-753-9499; other locations; peanutkc.com)
Fried Gulf-Shrimp Po’boy The Fish Market
Did a New Orleans fishing boat beach somewhere off Route 291? That’s the only way to explain how the South so easily reaches Liberty. The fried gulf-shrimp po’boy at the month-old fish joint in the former Liberty Bend Fish Market has heaps of crunchy, zesty shrimp on lettuce, pickles, mayo, ketchup and a generous splash of Crystal Hot Sauce. Tell them that you want a side of hush puppies; here, those gloriously fried golf balls set you back just one more dollar. (1120 East Old State Route 210, Liberty, facebook.com/ FishMarketLiberty)
It can be hard to get one of the nine tables at this deli in downtown Liberty — and not just because the place is so petite. For one thing, Sorella’s makes its own green- and black-olive spreads. The former goes on its hot muffaletta; the latter joins havarti cheese, roasted red peppers and balsamic vinaigrette in the veggie. Get it on pumpernickel. A half-sandwich is plenty, especially if you’re getting one of the house-baked cookies. (7 North Missouri, Liberty, 816-781-1200, sorellasdeli.com)
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Croque Madame Aixois
A lovely intersection of breakfast and lunch occurs daily in Aixois’ croque madame. The French bistro adds an over-easy egg to its bubbly, cheese-covered ham sandwich (the croque monsieur). Things start feeling like Scrooge McDuck swimming in a pool of money when you realize there’s also a decadent béchamel sauce to finish it off. Aixois’ patio is kid- and dog-friendly, meaning parents of two- or four-legged children don’t have to sacrifice when going out. (251 East 55th Street, 816-333-3305, aixois.com)
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The Salvadoran restaurant in downtown Overland Park serves chicken that’s as saucy as Rue McClanahan. Make sure you lean back because this one gets juicy. Hand-pulled chicken, topped with a red chile sauce, slowly softens the baguette that holds it, and the other stuff — beets, lettuce, tomato and mayo — complement the dominant flavors. Pile on a side bowl of escabeche (pickled cauliflower, onions, carrots and continued on page 10
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Il Parma Bella Napoli
Call ahead, walk up to the deli counter, and grab the best five-ingredient sandwich in the city. Buttery prosciutto di Parma, creamy fresh mozzarella, roasted red peppers, basil and a brush of olive oil — that’s what goes in an Italian sub. And come to think of it, don’t even worry about calling fi rst; just walk in and order an espresso to sip while you wait. (6229 Brookside Boulevard, 816-444-5041, kcbellanapoli.com)
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Ham Happy Gillis
There’s a symphony in Columbus Park, a pig opus. Happy Gillis’ ham sandwich uses pickled shallots, swiss cheese and cornichon butter, and the result is a nearly celestial harmony. The perfect finishing notes: a fat chocolate-chip cookie and a cold beer. (549 Gillis, 816-471-3663, happygillis.com)
Vietnamese Dim Sum Chicken Ingredient
This restaurant’s booths are an awkward height, and the décor suggests Crate & Barrel outcasts, but the Vietnamese dim-sum chicken wrap renders those things irrelevant. Inside it: spicy coconut-curry chicken, carrot slivers, cucumber, glass noodles, roasted peanuts and chopped napa cabbage. It’s a warm, portable cousin of pad Thai. (4807 Jefferson, 816-994-3393; other locations; ingredientrestaurant.com)
Thai Chicken Longboards
Let’s be honest: This place could slather its peanut sauce and pepper-jack cheese on a napkin, and I’d still gladly fork over $10 for a lick. The sandwich shop with Hawaiian and Asian influences thrives on unconventional combinations (California roll and teriyaki pork here, mac and cheese plus sausage there), but it earns the right with masterful pairings of sweet and spicy. Case in point: the Thai chicken sandwich. (6269 North Oak Trafficway, Gladstone, 816-454-0008; 1173 West Kansas, Liberty, 816-407-9528) 10
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Tucked as it is in a blocky shopping center behind a gas station, the Olive Café would be easy to miss — if it didn’t have a half-dozen signs proclaiming its name in big bold letters. You may be tempted to put up a sign of your own after you eat a sandwich from the small Middle Eastern market. It’s handed to you in an Einstein Bros bag, but there’s no trace of chain bagels here. No, what you’re about to taste is delicate falafel, brimming with green specks of parsley and nestled amid lettuce, pickles and hummus in a soft, incredible pita. (9530 James A. Reed Road, 816-763-0009)
crust on the outside. The normal domain of the cheese — in this case, inside toasted ciabatta — is here taken up with a sweet and spicy tomato relish. This is as close as humankind may get to Wonka’s threecourse-dinner gum. (8232 Mission, Prairie Village, 913-948-6900, urbantablekc.com)
The prehistoric, massive chickens that once roamed Kansas and Missouri must be in the deep freezer at Sandy’s. The family restaurant advertises its tenderloins with a neon sign in the window (it reads: “Tenderloins”), but the chicken-fried-chicken sandwich is the freak show you want. It’s a bird of unusual size, and you order more than one at your own risk. Better, probably, for you and a friend to Lady and the Tramp this one. The exceptionally moist chicken comes topped with lettuce, raw onion and mayo. May it never become extinct. (1428 Southwest U.S. Highway 40, Blue Springs, 816-295-1325)
Lulu’s knows how to pickle things. But before your mouth has a chance to pucker from the vinegary carrot, cucumber and daikon radish in this sandwich, the Sriracha aïoli (medium is plenty hot) arrives in full, liptingling force. The ground tofu has enough body to effectively mimic the absent pork pâté. You could call it the Ba’nh Meatless, but no f lavor is missing. (2030 Central, 816-474-8424, lulusnoodles.com)
Inside-Out Grilled Cheese Urban Table
Reinvention is usually difficult, so something called an Inside-Out Grilled Cheese gets points for sheer vision. But the thing actually works, an even more impressive feat. Urban Table’s combination of gruyère, fontina and provolone mingles to form a cracker
It’s not on the menu, but ask for the mahi mahi tacos as a wrap. There’s a spicy slaw, and some cayenne in the grill seasoning, but the craving stems from the sweetness imparted by the Sriracha honey aïoli. It’s fi lling but light, like a good summer blockbuster. (22030 West 66th Street, Shawnee, 913-441-0444, twistedfresh.com)
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Chicken-Fried Chicken Sandy’s Restaurant
Vegetarian Ba’nh Mi Lulu’s Thai Noodle Shop
Egg Salad You Say Tomato
You don’t expect a sandwich with such a dainty rep to answer the sheer raw power of your hunger, but this one does. Inside halves of a buttery croissant floats an egg salad rich with plenty of onion and a dash of pepper. It’s not a small sandwich, but it goes down in the blink of an eye. And it goes well with pie — something else at which You Say Tomato excels. Cross your fingers for rhubarb. (2801 Holmes, 816-756-5097, ystkc.com)
Open-faced sandwiches are as rare in KC as throwback steakhouses, but you can experience both in the West Bottoms. Saddle up to a leather-buttoned booth, order an Old Fashioned in a lowball glass, and rejoice in having successfully brought your cattle in from the trail. Then proceed to eat someone else’s cattle when you order this rare slab of prime rib, which you get to dredge in a salty jus as you like. (1600 Genessee, 816-842-2866, goldenox.com)
House-Cured Pastrami The Rieger Hotel Grill & Exchange
The soul of a tiny Jewish deli lives within the Rieger. How else to explain the posh downtown dinner destination producing what might be the ultimate constructionworker lunch: its sandwich of house-cured pastrami. Served hot on toasted marble rye, with coarse-grain mustard, it's good enough to justify its own sandwich shop. (Personal to Howard Hanna: Please open a sandwich shop.) Bonus for Baltimore natives: The house chips come dusted with Old Bay Seasoning. (1924 Main, 816-471-2177, theriegerkc.com)
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T H U R S D AY | 5 . 16 | GRAPES OF KANSAS
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Last October, we pinned our Best Local Wine of the year award on Somerset Ridge’s Aphrodite, a dry rosé from the limestone hills of Paola. Tonight, it returns for the 2013 season at the Overland Park Arboretum (8909 West 179th Street, Overland Park, 913-685-3604), which hosts a wine tasting featuring seven vintages from the Somerset Ridge line. Also a favorite: Flyboy Red, a blend of Cabernet Franc and Chambourcin grapes that’s a good pick for sippers of merlot and pinot noir. Try it and the others alongside locally produced cheeses and the easy-listening hits of guitar-
If we had a quarter for every person in the city claiming to be a foodie, we’d be rich. Really rich. If we had a quarter for every restaurant participating in The Pitch’s 2013 Taste of Kansas City at the Power & Light District’s KC Live block (14th Street and Walnut), we’d totally have enough for dinner at Clark’s American Caribbean Restaurant, one of the more than 20 restaurants offering sample dishes at Taste. We caught up with co-owner Joseph Clark, a featured chef in Taste’s Iron Fork competition, who told us about his restaurant’s eats and about goat. Mmm, goat. ist Jordan Brown, from 6 to 8. Tickets cost $25 (an additional $3 at the gate will be requested of nonmembers). Buy them at opabg.org.
F R I D AY | 5 . 17 | CROWN CENTERED
The body’s seven-chakra system — which goes from the base of the spine to the top of the head — is the theme of Root to Crown, a show put together by the Blue Hand Art Collective at the 1819 Central Event Space + Gallery (1819 Central). “Our collective is different in that we are more loose, less stuffy and throw raging parties instead of dry gallery events,” says BHAC continued on page 14
The Pitch: What does Clark’s serve that no one else in town does? Clark: We serve a combination of foods — Southern soul food and Caribbean food in the same restaurant. Traditional soul food as well as Cajun, Creole, low country and good ol’ country cooking from Alabama, Georgia and Mississippi. Our Caribbean roots [enable us] to provide food from Cuba, Jamaica and other islands. It’s our background, the way we season our food and the love that we put into making our food that makes us special. What will you be serving at Taste? We will be serving samples from both
our Southern and Caribbean menus: jerk chicken, Cuban-style roast pork, fried chicken, beef brisket and a few other items. Talk to me about eating goat. What does it taste like? I like eating goat because it reminds me of my father’s roots and our many family gatherings. The flavor and texture is like a cross between beef brisket and lamb shanks. It has a distinctive rustic flavor that often is influenced by the grasses and grains it has eaten. It’s a really versatile meat. Goat can be cooked many ways — barbecuing, baking, frying, or our preferred method: stewing.
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ore than 50 breweries from Missouri and beyond are in Waldo today when the Well and Lew’s Grill & Bar host Hopfest, a craft-beer festival with unlimited sampling. In addition to brews, long lines and food trucks, this year’s event promises speakers Seth Adams (brewer from Boston Beer Co.) and Doug Riddle (brewer from Mother’s Brewing Co. in Springfield, Missouri). General-admission tickets cost $35, while VIP tickets are $55 and include admittance one hour earlier and samples of special-release beers. Hopfest runs from 2 to 6 p.m. in a tented beer garden one block east of the Well (7421 Broadway). For more information, see waldowell.com. pitch.com
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Think local fashion when the Power & Light District hosts the fourth-annual Rock the Block Fashion Show. Imagery, Eye Candy Boutique, Reign Shop and others show off their designs on the catwalk. KC’s own Kara Laricks, who won the first season of NBC’s Fashion E R O M Star and introduced drop-crotch pants on the final episode, is T A INE ONL .COM scheduled to appear and H C PIT accept the Impression Award. It all begins at 8 p.m. at the P&L’s KC Live stage (14th Street and Walnut). Admission is free, but VIP experiences are available starting at $20. Buy tickets at missiontix.com/rocktheblock. Black House Improvisors’ Collective is unleashing all new sounds this weekend for Rites of Being, the premiere of six new chamber operas concentrating on the theme of ritual. “They can be pretty mundane, like morning coffee, or terrifying and ancient, like human sacrifice,” says BHIC artistic director Hunter Long. “We’re basically using the This American Life method of programming: several disparate stories based on a common theme.” See the operas tonight (and Thursday) at Paragraph Gallery (23 East 12th Street, 816-221-5115) at 7:30. Tickets cost $20 for a seat or $5 for standing room. See blackhouse.typepad.com for more information.
WALL OF PAUL
The Kansas City Public Library’s Off-theWall run of outdoor screenings is dedicated this summer to locally spawned actor Paul Rudd. The slate, heavy on the multiplexgeared, R-rated comedies of the past halfdecade, starts tonight with 2008’s Role Models. Not a bad way to get into your weekend, especially if you don’t start the weekend clock till dusk on Friday. The free movie starts at 8:45 p.m. on the Central Library’s rooftop terrace (14 West 10th Street, 816-701-3400). Blankets and folding chairs are fine, and the library’s doors open at 8. RSVP (and look at the rest of the lineup) at kclibrary.org. — SCOTT WILSON
S AT U R D AY | 5 . 18 | PUBLIC EXHIBITIONISTS
Today is International Museum Day. Visit one of these spots for free. Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art (4525 Oak, 816-751-1278). The Nelson has been offering free weeklong memberships, which mean free parking in the garage and discounts in the Museum Store and at the Rozzelle Court Restaurant. From 1 to 4 p.m., explore the modern and contemporary galleries and participate in the sculpture-based, familyfriendly activities. Spencer Museum of Art (1301 Mississippi, Lawrence, 785-864-4710). Open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., the Spencer shows episodes of Art:21, which features contemporary artists in the University of Kansas museum’s collection. Also, stop by the Art Cart, a drop-in activity station with hands-on projects for all ages. National Archives at Kansas City, Missouri (400 West Pershing Road, 816-268-8000). The recently opened Fred Harvey: The Man, the Brand, and the American West is open to the public from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. View the original materials from the days of the Harvey Girls, the cornerstones of high-quality hospitality in the 19th century.
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In the 1880s, KC claimed Ninth Street between Genessee and State Line as the “Wettest Block in the World.” Bike down it and other streets holding beer-soaked histories when Bike Walk KC sponsors its annual Tour de Brew, starting and ending at Knuckleheads Saloon (2715 Rochester, 816-483-1456). For a $60 registration fee, riders can choose from among three routes — the Lager (15 miles), the IPA (33 miles) and the Dunkel (63 miles) — and traverse through several metro neighborhoods, which may also include mansions of former beer magnates. Start times vary; commuter, touring, hybrid or mountain bikes are recommended. For more information, see tourdebrewkc.com.
T U E S D AY | 5 . 21 | GAME OF THRONES
Emporia native and University of Kansas alumnus Wendell Castle was just in Lawrence to accept an honorary degree, so it was a good time for the Spencer Museum of Art to set out some of the artist’s work — including the upended bronze chair below, titled “Hanging in the Balance.” (And it’s a good time to be a Castle fan; the Artist Book Foundation has just issued a catalogue raisonné, which includes an unexpected appreciation from the humorist Dave Barry.) “Balance” as well as “Monty,” “Table” and “Nefertiti” are in the Spencer’s 20/21 Gallery (1301 Mississippi, Lawrence, 785-864-4710) through July 28; watch a new interview with Castle at spencerart.ku.edu.
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n a city where the mic is king, the DJ is a loyal servant to its followers. And to the early-in-the-week beat. Name: Gary Hall DJ alias: DJ Pure Hometown: Kansas City, Missouri Previous residencies: The Monaco, Velvet Dog, Tengo Sed Cantina, McFadden’s, Fox & Hound, Paddy O’Quigley’s Current residencies: Saints, Sol Cantina, Z-Strike, BrewTop Lee’s Summit, BrewTop North Beat vehicle: Serato, with Pioneer CDJs and a Pioneer 800 mixer Set description: “An always-changing, high-energy intermixture set!” Current Top 5: “Get Lucky” by Daft Punk, “I Love It” by Icona Pop (Cobra Starship remix), “Money Makin’ ” by A-Trak and Dillon Francis, “Wild for the Night” by A$AP Rocky featuring Skrillex, “Pour It Up” by Rihanna (the Cataracs & Borgeous remix) DJ Pure spins Mondays from 10 p.m. to close at Saints Pub + Patio (9720 Quivira, Lenexa, 913-492-3900).
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We’re willing to bet a lot of money that you know at least one person who uses cannabis products on the reg but doesn’t talk about it. Encourage your pot-smoking peers to go to the Uptown Arts Bar (3611 Broadway) for the KC stop of the Weediculous Comedy Tour, a ganja-tinged giggle fest featuring Los Angeles comedian (and former KC performer) Dustin Kaufman. Filmed live, the event also incorporates interviews with medical and recreational users, growers, head-shop owners and regular folks about the state of legalization and how it affects them. Tickets for the 8 p.m. event cost $10. For more enlightenment, see weediculouscomedy.com. E-mail submissions two weeks in advance to firstname.lastname@example.org. Search our complete listings guide online at pitch.com.
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Cody Rhodes keeps his family’s tradition alive on WWE’s Monday Night Raw.
he Rhodes wrestling family has spilled a lot of blood in rings around the world, including Kansas City. Patriarch “The American Dream” Dusty Rhodes was a champion in the 1960s, ’70s and ’80s (holding the NWA Central States Heavyweight Championship in ’68, and dropping the NWA World Heavyweight Championship to Ric Flair in September 1981 at Memorial Hall). Cody Rhodes was destined to follow his father and his half-brother, Dustin “Goldust” Rhodes, into the business. As a teenager, he refereed matches for his dad’s now-defunct independent promotion and sneaked into mini matches when he thought his dad wasn’t looking. “I never imagined doing anything else,” Rhodes says. The second-generation star is keeping his family tradition alive in the world’s biggest wrestling company. On May 20, Rhodes is one of the featured grapplers on Monday Night Raw, broadcasting live from the Sprint Center on the USA Network. After a lengthy tour of the United Kingdom, Rhodes called The Pitch from his home in Johns Creek, Georgia, to talk about his memories of Kansas City, his mustache and his challenge to Morgan Freeman. The Pitch: You grew up in the business. Do you have any memories of Kansas City wrestling? Rhodes: I have tons of memories of different events that I went to with my father, specifically Kansas City. Kansas City was a hotbed for the NWA. This was something he told me when I was real young about Kansas City and St. Louis: The ring was traditionally way harder in Kansas City. Certain guys, you’d see them flying all around the ring maybe in Virginia or Georgia, but you’d get to Kansas City, and it was a slower pace. This was the ’70s and ’80s. I don’t know why they always had the harder ring. Harley Race hails from that area, and he’s probably the toughest guy in wrestling history. Maybe that ring is the reason why. You have a fantastic mustache. Whose idea was it to grow it? Well, my fiancée is sitting right next to me, and she hates the mustache. So I don’t know if it’s as fantastic as you say, but thank you very much. It was mine, but it wasn’t really this huge overreaching grand design. The only time that I’ve ever been injured in my career — I had x amount of days that I didn’t have to be on television, and in that time I grew, originally, a very poor mustache. It’s grown into being rather full-bodied now. It was something that when I came back, everyone appreciated the fact my partner at the time, Damien Sandow, had the massive 19th-century beard, and I had the mustache with the intent of taking it away
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The Essence of Mustachioed Magniﬁcence from the modern hipster and putting a little civility back into it. Is this something that is going to be put on the line in a stipulation match, say at Extreme Rules pay-per-view that night before Raw in KC? I know that you can’t shave anything — your head, your facial hair. You can’t do anything like that in sports entertainment unless it’s public. I’m pretty confident you’ll see the mustache on the line somewhere down the line. Extreme Rules would be a wonderful venue for it. I don’t know if the WWE Universe would be very stoked about a mustache being on the line when the title of the pay-per-view is Extreme Rules. But I guess I extremely want to keep it. Maybe you could put it on the line against Daniel Bryan’s beard? You know what, I’d be doing everybody a service. Man, from when he showed up cleancut, all-American guy to this now, it’s ridicu-
lous. I was on a plane with him a few days ago, and people are always staring at him. In this case, they’re just looking at how this man with this legitimate cavemanlike beard is sitting up in first class. I want to know his story. You recently challenged Morgan Freeman to a fight. Has he answered? That was such a bizarre thing. I did an interview in London, and that’s where the challenge was laid out. A young man asked me who was a celebrity that I’d like mixing it up with, and I tried to give him an answer other than an action star. Now look what I’ve gotten myself into. Now I’m going to see Morgan Freeman somewhere down the line, and he’s going to end up cold-cocking me in the face, and I’m going to feel horrible. I just kind of, off the top of my head, said Morgan Freeman because of his outstanding voice, and he could do a March of the Penguins– type documentary on our match. But the fact that it got such buzz about it, now at this point
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I’m hoping for some rebuttal from Morgan Freeman and his camp. That would make my day, as a huge fan. What is the pinnacle of what you want to do in WWE? Anyone who knows me well enough knows that I don’t do this for the money. I’d like to headline multiple WrestleManias, and I’d like to be WWE champion, and I’d like to be world heavyweight champion. Anything that describes the top of my field at the time is where I’d like to be. It’s kind of ambiguous because what we do is entertainment, but certainly those top-tier titles are not something that are given. They’re earned. That’s where I’d like to be. Do you feel that you’re ready? I think so. The WWE Universe, they’ve seen me grow up on their television. I didn’t show up a fully polished superstar. I showed up rather undersized and underwhelming and had to grow. People who thought that they might move ahead of me, I moved ahead of them. It’s been quite a ladder to climb already, but I think in their eyes that I’m ready, and that’s all that matters because they truly dictate what’s happening on television, and that’s a good thing. You and your brother, Goldust, had an encounter at this year’s Royal Rumble. Would you like to feud with him? I think WWE moving forward is focusing more now on developing its younger talent. And that kind of leaves Goldust out. But it got such a good response that I’m pretty confident that you will see something somewhere down the line. I don’t know when and I don’t know where. Any other challenges you want to throw out? Oh, no. I’ve got a full plate ahead of me, especially in case I ever see Morgan Freeman.
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efore Raw at the Sprint Center, Kansas City artist Rob Schamberger shows some of his bigger paintings of wrestling champions, including the Rock, Sheamus and Rey Mysterio, at the River Market Event Space (140 Walnut, 816-591-4346). Schamberger is selling prints for $15 (or two for $25) with 100 percent of the proceeds going to WWE Champion John Cena’s favorite charity, Make-A-Wish. The show goes from 3 to 6 p.m.
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eople keep bringing up wistfulness,” Jim Gaffigan says. We’re on the phone, talking about Dad Is Fat, the comedian and actor’s first book. Like Gaffigan’s act, it’s sharply observed and quotably droll, a steady drip of high-quality chuckles rather than a wave of gut laughter. “I have five children, and I don’t even own a farm,” he writes in one late chapter. Also like his act, the book forswears profanity — not least because Dad Is Fat isn’t just kid-friendly but kid-centered. But now an unexpected oath hangs in the air: the W-word. He wonders why people keep saying his contribution to goofy-father lit feels so … “Sentimental?” he asks. “Does wistful mean, I don’t know, a sentimentality, a sincerity?” I make some fumbling defensive noises while scrolling through a mental thesaurus for a more flattering alternative, something less Proustian. But Gaffigan isn’t really complaining. This comic, whose lens is perhaps second only to Jerry Seinfeld’s in terms of clarity and polish, is just doing what he does: observing. “I don’t know if I said this in the book, necessarily, but I didn’t want to do a book that’s ‘I hate my kids’ or ‘I love my kids’ — a sappy love letter to them,” Gaffigan explains. (He succeeds: Dad Is Fat is neither sarcastic nor anodyne.) “I wanted to go about it as a comedian, an observational guy. I wasn’t perfectly programmed to be a dad, but I’m trying.” Read the book and you’ll see where the trying comes in. There are degrees of difficulty to Gaffigan’s parenthood beyond the mere fact of a five-child brood. He and his wife, Jeannie Noth (“She really has ended up being a fantastic first wife,” reads Gaffigan’s dedication), live in New York City. On the Bowery. In a walkup. In a two-bedroom apartment. (Among the better visual gags in Dad Is Fat: floor-plan illustrations demonstrating just how this works, or is supposed to.) For a stand-up, New York is where the regular work is. It’s also where Gaffigan has taken on steadily bigger roles, acting in all three Law & Order series and appearing alongside Brian Cox and Kiefer Sutherland on Broadway in a 2011 revival of the Pulitzer Prize–winning That Championship Season. “The amazing thing is that I had more time with my kids as a standup [than during the play’s run],” he says. Between author appearances, he’s working on his next stand-up set. “There’s a fair amount of improvising and talking through,” Gaffigan says of his process. “It’s kind of like needlepointing it together and fixing the language. I like to attack a topic in a manner where I can delve in and get all the meat off the bone. I’m
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he Kansas City Repertory Theatre’s revival of American Buffalo, one of David Mamet’s earliest plays, still has the power to shock. The Rep uses its program and a prominent sign to warn audiences about the 1975 play’s raw language, but I still heard a few nervous titters as one of its rougher characters burst into a manic, profane monologue early on. That monologue belongs to Teach, fasttalking poker buddy of Don, the gruff owner of a Chicago resale shop who feels cheated after he sells a rare buffalo nickel to a savvy customer. Furious, Don plans a heist to lift the customer’s coin collection. To pull it off, he enlists help from Teach, who’s an aspiring thug, and Bobby, a young junkie whom Don cares for. As the job grows near, tensions run high. The trio’s feuds are explosive, and their friendships unsentimental; at times, American Buffalo plays like a blue-collar opera of frustrated masculinity. Brian Paulette makes a solid Teach, sauntering around the stage in a leather jacket and leading with his pelvis while he sermonizes on friendship and free enterprise. He rants: “Without this, we’re just savage shitheads in the wilderness, sitting around some vicious campfi re.” Teach has some of the play’s funniest lines, and Paulette delivers them with a distinctive style that suggests Jeff Bridges’ Big Lebowski with a hint of Boston street tough. The character’s high-tension hysterics are easy to overplay, but Paulette instead taps into the desperation and insecurity that Mamet’s characters all seem to mask. “Are you mad at me?” he nags Don after every heated exchange. For all of these guys, vulnerability lurks behind the bravado. This is especially true for Bobby, a recovering addict who looks to Don for guidance (and for cash handouts). Robbie Tann is relaxed and believable in the role, rendering Bobby with stooped posture, a slow-shuffling gait and subtle withdrawal tremors that creep into his hands from time to time. Rep veteran Robert Elliot gives a standout performance as Don, junk-shop maven and paternalistic mentor to Bobby. Elliot’s controlled curmudgeonry is pitch-perfect, allowing flashes of tenderness through Don’s coarse exterior. His lines are clipped but careful, brash without being cruel. Jerry Genochio — a first-time Rep director — keeps Mamet’s dialogue from becoming mere staccato banter. This production doesn’t overemphasize the playwright’s rhythmic conversation or make it too slick; the lines sound natural. Scenic designer Donald Eastman’s deep,
ers. But distance is more in keeping with one of this work’s themes — that walls remain even after two people come together — and asymmetrical set expertly exploits the Spinning Tree Theatre’s production, at Off Copaken Theatre’s smaller, more intimate Center Theatre, is relatively restrained. Its stage space, giving Genochio and his actors minimalist set keeps the actors safely behind room to work while still crafting an authentic and meticulously detailed vision of Don’s the fourth wall, masked by clothing, bedding or physical positioning. shop. The stage is littered with appropriately Spinning Tree’s Andy dramaturgical clutter: milkParkhurst and Michael glass vases, broken appliAmerican Buffalo Grayman direct a comances, the famous “dead pig Through May 19 at Kansas pany of 10 actor-singers sticker” (a sinister-looking City Repertory Theatre’s who commingle through butcher’s gambrel) that beCopaken Stage, 13th Street 10 scenes, each in a difcomes a crucial prop. and Walnut, 816-235-2700, kcrep.org ferent decade of the 20th The program notes recentury. The chronology fer to the play’s characters jumps around — from the as “Mamet’s creatures.” It Hello Again 1960s to the 1930s to the sounds like a curious phrase, Through May 26 at Off Center 1950s back to the 1910s, but it’s also accurate. “We live Theatre, 2450 Grand, Crown etc. — and characters relike the cavemen,” Teach Center, 816-842-9999, turn, but in different eras. spits at the end of the play, spinningtreetheatre.com They don’t have names; surrounded by the evidence we know them simply as of his own destructive temthe Actress, the Husband, the Soldier, the per. By then, the Rep’s successful revival has Young Wife, etc. This makes them transposlaid bare an anguish that’s guttural, violent able, more prototypes than individuals, and and animal. it underscores the constancy of the need for human contact. Whether expressed as love or the desire for gratification, the connections sought in this play’s casual trysts have similar outcomes: Physical needs are satisfied, but the hen Viennese playwright Arthur spiritual side is left wanting more. Schnitzler’s La Ronde debuted, around There is, for example, the 1950s Husband the turn of the 20th century, it was seen as so risqué — well, pornographic — that it went (Jerry Jay Cranford), who’s more interested in getting to the opera than having sex with unproduced again for two decades. But yesterhis Young Wife (Stefanie Wienecke). Their day’s shock is today’s prime time, and Michael scene is one of the show’s most poignant. As John LaChiusa’s 1993 musical adaptation, he goes through the motions of lovemaking, Hello Again, now appears no more barriershe dreams of might-have-beens in the movbreaking than your average HBO series. ing and memorable “Tom.” That’s not for want of trying. In a 2011 The 1970s Writer (Seth Jones) says it well: staging in New York, partially clad actors “Don’t we all need something, anything, that carried on within touching range of view-
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Hello: Cranford and Wienecke will quench our thirst for beauty and end our search for happiness?” But not all seek, or find, that happiness, chasing after pleasure that’s ephemeral or an ideal that may not exist. Says the disillusioned Senator (Charles Fugate): “The Constitution guarantees people the right to spend their whole lives pursuing a lie.” For others, pursuit is its own reward. Shelby Floyd’s appealing Nurse is a coquettish innocent in the 1940s, cajoled into a liaison with Jacob Aaron Cullum’s Soldier. She shows up again in the 1960s, this time as a fully charged, sexy helper out to control the encounter with College Boy (Steven Eubank). Somebody took what was mine, she sings. I’m gonna steal a little bit of you. But the threat is understated, the quick sex scene humorous. A seven-piece orchestra, led by pianist and conductor Kevin Bogan, ably accompanies this talented and capable cast, though it occasionally threatens to overpower them. The vibrant and complicated score morphs to represent the respective eras. Dialogue is spoken but mostly sung, and La Chiusa’s tunes set the tone — sometimes harmonious, sometimes not — to signify the status of his characters’ experiences. Symbols and refrains (as well as characters) reappear in this intelligent work about our ache to seek love, or moments of it. The Young Thing (Tyler Eisenreich) in the 1970s, the Husband in 1912, the Actress (Lena Andrews) in the 1980s — all try to hold on. In an honest arc, the entertaining Hello Again begins and ends with the Whore (Julie Shaw), whose encounters show us someone who isn’t disappointed by unmet expectations. — DEBORAH HIRSCH
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tar Trek Into Darkness opens, in typical J.J. Abrams style, in medias res, with Captain Kirk (Chris Pine) and Bones McCoy (Karl Urban) running through a bright-red jungle, chased by natives covered in white war paint. Meanwhile, a volcano nearby is about to blow, and Commander Spock (Zachary Quinto) races to stop it. We never find out who these natives are, exactly, but that isn’t the point. The point is that we’ve been thrust into a story that owes a lot more to Raiders of the Lost Ark and Star Wars than to Gulliver’s Travels. And there, in a nutshell, is what drives old-school Trekkers so batty about Abrams’ new iteration of the classic sci-fi series. It also happens to be why the director’s 2009 reboot worked so well — and why Into Darkness, for the most part, does, too. The cheap sets, simple characters, and goofily self-important dialogue of the original Star Trek worked in the service of episodic morality tales whose surreal, intergalactic backdrops often helped clarify the issues and ideas at stake. It was only later, after the popularity of Star Wars, that Trek gained a more epic dimension, particularly in the film series. At their best, as with 1982’s The Wrath of Khan, those fi lms mixed the allegorical qualities of the show with the imaginative possibilities that had come with next-generation FX wizardry. And there remained just enough soap opera to keep viewers emotionally engaged. Abrams basically completed the Star Warsification of Trek, with the moral dilemmas taking a backseat to operatic tales of fathers and sons and intergalactic combat. These were no longer fables but myths. Star Trek Into Darkness continues in that vein, carrying over our heroes and all their character conflicts from the previous movie (chiefly, Kirk the hothead versus Spock the hyper-rational spoilsport). Such conflicts go out the window, however, when a new threat emerges: mysterious former Starfleet member named John Harrison (Benedict Cumberbatch). Harrison blows up the Starfleet Archives in what appears to be a random terror attack. Then, however, he shoots up the high command, à la the helicopter strike on the Five Families in The Godfather, Part III — and shit starts to get real. Kirk and company track Harrison to an uninhabited region of the Klingon planet Kronos … which is as far as your humble critic can go without wondering what constitutes a spoiler. For one thing, Harrison’s real identity means way less to this movie’s heroes than it will to a certain set of Trekkers. (I won’t say more, but keep away from the film’s IMDB page.)
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f Kansas City has a signature sandwich, it’s surely beef brisket, thickly stacked on cheap, doughy white bread. But humankind cannot exist on barbecue alone — or Wonder bread, for that matter — and any city with cosmopolitan ambitions salutes sandwiches from different regions of the United States. You might not see such interstate creations in abundance, but if you look hard enough, you can fi nd just about anything. Even here, for instance, it’s not impossible to order that mainstay of Maine restaurants, the lobster roll, a cold sandwich made with E MOR very few ingredients — chilled lobster, a bit of mayonnaise, a sprinkle T A E IN ONL .COM of pepper and salt — in a H C IT P recipe not to be tinkered with. Massachusetts-born chef Hope Dillon of the Vivilore Restaurant (10815 East Winner Road, Independence, 816-836-2222) does tinker, just a smidgen, with tradition, adding tarragon and chopped cucumber. And who’s going to argue when Vivilore is one of the few spots where anyone in KC has ever seen this dish? The New Orleans muffaletta is also hard to find in Kansas City, though Pandolfi’s Deli (538 Campbell, in Columbus Park, 816-569-3663) just sold its 10,000th muffaletta last month. Other regional sandwiches are less renowned, though. Maybe that’s how I grew
up in Indianapolis without somehow knowing that it had a signature sandwich. Not until recently did I discover that it’s not just my hometown that’s supposedly famous for breaded and fried pork-tenderloin sandwiches — the whole state of Indiana claims the honor. To be fair, Des Moines, Iowa, also has bragging rights to that concoction, which complicates an already confusing provenance. But no matter who claims to have invented the thing — a tenderloin of pork hammered fl at, dipped in egg and breadcrumbs and, usually, deep-fried — it’s actually based on the Viennese favorite Wiener schnitzel, a sautéed and breadcrumb-coated veal sandwich. It originated in France. I vaguely remember eating an Indiana pork-tenderloin sandwich as a child (or, more likely, sharing one; it has always been a sandwich judged by its size) and thinking it was pretty good. But when you’re 10, anything fried tastes good. I haven’t eaten many local versions lately — you know, that cholesterol thing — but I daydream about the most iconic version of the pork tenderloin in the metro, a bun stacked with golden pork slices that have been washed in an airy, tempuralike batter. It’s at Kitty’s Café (810-1/2 East 31st
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Pigwich's Philly Street, 816-753-9711), a local standard of perfection since 1951. There’s also a very large, hand-pounded and hand-breaded tenderloin at the recently opened Milbourn’s Food & Drink Co. (6409 North Cosby Avenue, 816-382-3850) in the Northland. That sandwich is a traditional, country-style spin on the standard. The pork isn’t pounded too flat, and it’s tender, but the thick, peppery breading (cornmeal-based) should be crunchier. Maybe cracker crumbs? And it isn’t hard to crave the breaded-pork sandwich served at the combination dinernightclub known as Woodsweather II (2510 Northeast Vivion Road, 816-452-2606). Just know that co-owner John Cuezze would be offended if you called it a pork tenderloin. At his place, it’s an Italian steak sandwich — and that’s exactly what it would be, if it were made of beef. Cuezze’s “steak” is a center-cut pork loin, doubledipped in breadcrumbs and Italian seasonings and then grilled on the flattop with a little olive oil. He serves it the way an Italian steak sandwich is supposed to be served: with melted mozzarella and a generous ladling of marinara. continued on page 22
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Now’s a good moment to mention that there’s a world of difference between the Italian steak sandwich — the popular beef version — and the more region-specific iteration known as the Chicago-style Italian beef sandwich. The former, a fried-beefsteak sandwich, is easy to find locally. But the Chicago-style variation? Not so much. That’s a pity because it’s basically the SicilianAmerican version of a French dip — it calls for an inexpensive cut of beef, sliced nearly paper-thin and then left to soak in the roasting pan’s juices — and it makes the best cheap sandwich in the world when it’s done right. (A true Italian beef sandwich must be made with real Italian bread and topped with the distinctively vinegary, crunchy vegetable relish called giardiniera.) The only local restaurateur I know of making a serious Ch icago-st yle beef sa ndw ich is Mike Klaersch, who runs Lenexa’s Pizza Man pizzeria (10212 Pflumm, 913-492-2116). He slices his roast beef very thin, uses a tangy giardiniera and even imports his bread from the Gonnella bakery in the Windy City. Speaking of the French dip: It’s easier to fi nd one of those in Kansas City. The most succulent might be at the Majestic Restaurant (931 Broadway, 816-221-1888). Prime rib from the previous evening is allowed to soak up the pan’s juices overnight and then is thinly shaved before it’s piled on a hard roll from Roma Bakery. It’s served with a cup of hearty au jus (and horseradish sauce). A different kind of steak-based sandwich, the Philly cheesesteak — the signature hand-held dish from the City of Brotherly Love — is visible around here but mostly in not-very-authentic incarnations. It’s nearly impossible to find one made with Cheez Whiz, a key ingredient at Pat’s King of
Steaks in Philadelphia. But that’s easily forgotten when you’re eating chef Alex Pope’s version. Pope, who has installed a food truck called Pigwich outside his butcher shop, the Local Pig (2618 Guinotte Avenue, 816-200-1639), began serving his cheesesteak in late March. It’s smooth and rich, with grilled beef on a crusty baguette from North Kansas City’s Le Monde Bakery, swiped with a bit of Dijon mustard and topped with grilled onions, mushrooms and poblano peppers, and smoked provolone. “It’s a cheesy cheesesteak,” Pope says, “but in a good way.” A very good way. Only one kind of cheese is acceptable on the favored sandwich of Miami and Key West: the swiss that adorns an authentic Cubano. It’s a hot pressed sandwich that squeezes together slices of ham, roast pork and swiss with thinly sliced dill pickles and a swath of yellow mustard (the cheap kind). That’s what you get from Venezuelanborn Jose Garcia, of El Portón Café (4671 Indian Creek Parkway, Overland Park, 913-381-8060), who is a stickler for authenticity (even if the yeasty Cuban-style roll he uses comes from a corporate, commercial food-service company). His roasted pork is tender, the cheese is hot and bubbly, and the pickle slices aren’t too puckery. The rest of the Eastern Seaboard isn’t necessarily so wise about its sandwiches. Massachusetts, for example, has been toying with the idea of making the Fluffernutter — peanut butter and marshmallow creme on white bread — its official state sandwich. I don’t know where to fi nd one of those in the Kansas City area. And I’d just as soon you didn’t tell me.
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have a ton of money,” Shanks says. “But I also he Replay Lounge is a Lawrence institution. really love the format of a 7-inch. It’s more memEveryone knows this. The Mass Street bar and venue, which opened in 1994, is an excel- orable somehow than an LP. You get a band, you get two great songs, and if both sides are lent place to drink, play pinball and hang out good, I feel like people will want to hear more. with dudes who have lived in Lawrence for a “We look at it as a kind of steppingstone,” really long time. It employs musicians, books local bands and national touring acts, always Shanks adds. “Something small that bands can charges a paltry $3 cover, and generally serves sell to fans at shows.” “It was pretty much a no-brainer,” Isaiah as a hub for the college town’s music scene. For Radke says of his St. Joseph punk trio’s deciabout a year and a half now, the Replay has also sion to issue a single through Replay Records. been home to a record label, Replay Records. “I think it’s kind of a unique thing, prob- “[It] was a really cool way to be connected with ably,” says Brad Shanks, who runs the label. “I them. We still remember our very first show don’t know that there are any other bars that [at the Replay]. Radkey’s going to be touring soon, and we’re gonna be stoked to have this put out records.” 7-inch with us. We’re gonna spread our music A Replay bartender, former Love Garden in the best possible format as well as spread the employee and member of punk band Mouthword about Replay Records breathers, Shanks is a natural to everyone that decides to fit to run a Lawrence record Spring Into Summer check it out. Win win.” label. (Replay Lounge owner Saturday, May 18, at A casual record label putNick Carroll bankrolls the opthe Replay Lounge ting out dinky vinyl singles eration.) In November 2011, with Y(our) Fri(end), isn’t a big cash cow, of course. Replay Records issued its Pale Hearts, the Basement, But the symbiosis between first release, the garage- and Naomi What?, Approach, Dry label and bar insulates Repunk-centric local compilaBonnet, Up the Academy, the Regrets, and Mouthbreathers play Records a bit from needtion Cheap Beer. “Nick had (See Facebook for times.) ing to clear much of a profit. always wanted to do a label, “It’s seen as part of the ever since he opened the bar overall advertising budget 20 years ago,” Shanks says. “We went for it with Cheap Beer, and that turned of the Replay, in a way,” Shanks says. “We do have a distribution deal with Revolver, out well, so it’s been kind of rolling ever since.” which gets our name out there a little bit. The label has now released six 7-inch singles And you can get the records at Love Garden (see sidebar). “They’re cheaper to produce, and at our website [replayrecordsusa.com]. which we like because it’s not as though we
Vinyl records, vinyl couches: Shanks But we also sell the records at the bar, which I think works both ways. People sitting at the bar might see the records and buy one just because they like the Replay. Or maybe they hear the record through a friend or they hear the story about the label, and it makes them want to come check out the bar.” Anybody stopping by the bar this Saturday can see a handful of Replay Records acts performing live: Dry Bonnet, Up the Academy and Mouthbreathers, plus some other Lawrence groups that may appear on upcoming Replay releases. Shanks says the next project in the pipeline is a double-album compilation to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the Replay Lounge — a kind of greatest hits, featur-
ing local favorites from the last two decades. It’s still in the planning stages. “Everybody I’ve talked to has been into the idea,” Shanks says. “It’s just a matter of tracking down recordings and getting in touch with these bands, some of whom aren’t even bands anymore. So far, I’ve talked to Arthur Dodge and the Horsefeathers, the Regrets, Approach. We’re just getting going on it. “You know, these things tend to go kind of slow around here,” Shanks continues. “It’s not like we have big dreams of taking over the music business or anything. We’re just trying to keep a cool scene going in Lawrence, and give people a reason to come to the bar and hear some music.”
SOME RECENT 7-INCH RELEASES FROM REPLAY RECORDS song a friendly soul groove, like a bunch of weird white kids trying to do Bill Withers. It’s totally excellent.
ROOFTOP VIGILANTES/ MANNEQUIN MEN
“Spirals” and “N.I.G.G.A.” — the first official release from St. Joseph’s buzzed-about teenage band of brothers — captures the Radkey aesthetic: vaguely ominous, Danzig-deep vocals over a feverish, Descendents-style racket. “Every band has that moment where they’re like, ‘Holy shit, I’m listening to myself on vinyl,’ ” Isaiah Radke says, “and Replay Records gave us that moment.” 24
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“I tend to favor garage-y, punky bands,” Shanks says of Dry Bonnet. “They’re just the ones that trigger my fancy first.” Lawrence’s Dry Bonnet fits that bill. Here, the group offers up an original (“Hey You,” a jangly bit of garage-psych) and, on Side B, a cover of Echo & the Bunnymen’s “Do It Clean.” The latter is a little sloppy — they don’t do it as clean as the original — but still just about as much fun.
HOSPITAL SHIPS/THE HIPS
“I wanted to venture out and capture a little more of the Lawrence scene,” Shanks says of this release. On Hospital Ships’ upcoming LP, Destruction in Yr Soul, “Come Back to Life” is electric and soaring; here, it’s loose and more acoustic while still communicating the tender, smartly arranged pop at which Hospital Ships excels. The keyboard riff on the Hips’ “Yoo Hoo’s Binoculars” gives the
Cramming four songs onto a 7-inch is an exercise in brevity — four and a half minutes per side is about as high as you can go with the format. This split features a couple of two-minute bursts from Rooftop Vigilantes: “Trouble Making Words,” a characteristic example of the Lawrence group’s unhinged, hooky garage-pop, and “Automatic Trash,” which fleshes out that sound with some sunny surf tones. Chicago’s Mannequin Men is a logical complement to Rooftop Vigilantes: “What’s Yer Favourite Colour?” hits on a strain of post-punk somewhere between early Replacements and the Strokes, and “Dark Cemetery” is like a faster version of a throwaway Guided by Voices track. — DAVID HUDNALL
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Hot Club of Cowtown singer and fiddler — and KC native — Elana James on her band’s latest
think this creepy obsession with new, new, new, personal ‘I wrote it’ stuff is a kind of plague on American traditional music,” Elana James tells The Pitch. “What’s wrong with reinterpreting traditional melodies or, in our case, standards and traditional songs from the early part of the 20th century, in an absolutely current, sincere and thrilling way?” James is referring to her band, the Hot Club of Cowtown, and its latest album, Rendezvous in Rhythm — a 1930s ringer that gathers traditional western swing and Django Reinhardtish standards. Apart from a three-year hiatus in the mid-’00s, the Austin trio (James, vocals and fiddle; Whit Smith, vocals and guitar; Jake Erwin, vocals and bass) has been charming crowds with its virtuoso hot-jazz and swing sound since 1998. On Saturday, Hot Club of Cowtown returns to James’ hometown James: Rendezvous in KC (she grew up in Prairie Village) for a show at The new record, Rendezvous in Rhythm, is Knuckleheads Saloon. (The 10 p.m. show is all standards, no originals. Is there a reason you sold out, but an early show — in Knuckleheads’ intimate, 60-seat Living Room — has been went that route? Well, there are original arrangements added.) We dialed up James last week to chat and interpretations. We’ve been a band for about it. The Pitch: You grew up in Kansas City, then 15 years and put out many kinds of records. The last record was a collection of westernmoved to New York, where you were part of a swing tunes. With this one, we wanted to do kind of arty downtown scene. James: I wouldn’t say I was part of an arty a companion piece and explore the Left Bank, gypsy-jazz side of our influences. But live, it’s downtown scene. I did grow up in a kind of bohemian way in Kansas City. My mom pretty much the same show — lots of originals and former stepdad were in the Kansas City we’ve written mixed with standards. You’ve been mining your sound for a pretty Symphony, and they also played for lots of traveling shows that would come through long time now. Do you feel like lately there are more bands trying to take a town — Pippin, the opera. crack at that sound? My sister and I used to go to Hot Club of Cowtown Well, when you say our all the symphony concerts, Saturday, May 18, at sound, what do you mean? back in the Russ Patterson Knuckleheads Saloon Kind of a folky, jazzy, nosand Bill McGlaughlin eras, talgic, revival type of thing. and hang out backstage. We Yeah … well, that description of our band saw all the operas, all the perfomances of makes me cringe a little bit. The thing about Alexander Nevsky, Cindy Siebert’s Friends of Chamber Music series. Maxim Shostakovich’s us is, throughout the entire time we’ve been a band, we’ve been on the cusp of larger moveson, Dmitri [the pianist], once came and conducted the KC Symphony, and I had a huge ments in the music industry that really we’re only marginally related to, like in the ’90s, with crush on him when I was, like, 9. the swing revival — Big Bad Voodoo Daddy, In New York City, after college, I met Whit through an ad in The Village Voice. He had Brian Setzer Orchestra. We do swing but nothbeen working at Matt Umanov Guitars, in the ing remotely like that. Then later, there was a trend with O Brother, Where Art Thou?, with West Village, kind of the epicenter of rock and hipster guitar activity. Whit played on one of acoustic harmonies and all that. We’re an electric trio, so again, not us. And now there’s this Patti Smith’s records around that time, [in the] Mumford and Sons, Avett Brothers thing going early 1990s, and I was working as the managing editor at a Buddhist magazine called on — soulful, acoustic roots music. We’re more Tricycle. We started playing in clubs in the vintage than that. So even though we do share East Village and had a band for a while, but some traits with some of these bands, nobody really does what we do. And I feel like when it was too big to sustain in New York, so we people write about us, they miss that. left town and relaunched ourselves as a duo, What are they missing? and soon after a trio, in 1997. That’s how the It’s hard to describe what we do because band got started.
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there just aren’t a lot of bands — really any — doing exactly what we do. It’s kind of like bread. Some form of the baguette has been around in France for hundreds of years. Does that somehow make it dated? When songs or a style of music or a particular genre are great, they are simply great. When an orchestra performs a Beethoven symphony or a string quartet plays Mozart, there is not this obsession with “retro” or the sense of a “cover.” There is only the recognition of great music and that people love to hear and play it. Our music basically sounds like if you were out driving in Texas during the late 1930s, just before WWII, and pulled over to a dance at someone’s house or at a local dance hall. That’s about the style we’d be playing: smokin’ fiddle tunes, early blues, standards, hot jazz, ballads, reels, fiery minor European folk melodies, our own songs in that vein. Many bands were into this very popular style back at that time: the Light Crust Doughboys, Hugh and Karl Farr, Milton Brown and Cliff Bruner on the western end of the spectrum, and Stuff Smith, Joe Venuti and Eddie Lang, Django Reinhardt and Stéphane Grappelli on the more hot-jazz side. We like to imagine that we are playing essentially as contemporaries of them in this style, not trying to ape what they did … So you don’t like the idea of being considered a throwback act? We’re not a throwback act. We’re extremely current. We just draw on music that isn’t fashionable or mainstream. I think of us as more like a punk band, as coming from a kind of eccentric urban context. Like, last week Patti Smith played here in Austin, and we sat in with her. We don’t treat the music like some kind of retro folkie undertaking in any way whatsoever. I mean, I noticed the Red Elvises are playing the same night as us at Knuckleheads. Their show is electrifying and really thrilling, and I think we have a lot more in common with them than a lot of bands we sometimes will get lumped in with. Can you explain what you mean when you say you think of Hot Club of Cowtown as a punk band? Well, the band really got started because we love to play. If we were playing electric guitars and had Marshall stacks, we’d have been a rock band, but we were playing fiddle and acoustic guitar. But the energy is the same. [It’s] that compulsion to play, the magic that happens when three people who are very different but somehow on the same page musically come together to make something bigger than the sum of their parts.
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Other shows worth seeing this week.
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After a happy first run in 2012, KC Psychfest returns this weekend. FOKL, the KCK arts space that was the fest’s home last year, has downsized, so the shows will be split among its new lower level and courtyard and Monta HQ, about a dozen blocks away. The lineup again boasts some of the finest avant-garde acts in the area, including MetaTone, Monta at Odds, Conquerors, Your Friend, Expo ’70 and more. (See kcpsychfest.com for the full schedule.) It costs $10 per day. Friday, May 17, and Saturday, May 18, at FOKL (556 Central, Kansas City, Kansas, 816-665-3748) and Monta HQ (40 South 13th Street, Kansas City, Kansas)
F R I D AY, M AY 17 Steve Forbert: 8 p.m. Knuckleheads Saloon, 2715 Rochester, 816-483-1456. Jay & Silent Bob’s Super Groovy Cartoon Movie: 8 p.m. The Midland, 1228 Main, 816-283-9900. The Presets, Dragonette, Classixx: 7 p.m. The Granada, 1020 Massachusetts, Lawrence, 785-842-1390. Bobby Watson’s I Have a Dream Band: 8 p.m. The Blue Room, 1616 E. 18th St., 816-474-8463.
anybody who doesn’t at least kind of like this band, and that’s the way it should be. Wednesday, May 22, at Crossroads KC at Grinders (417 East 18th Street, 785-749-3434)
Michael Benjamin Lerner is a 26-year-old from Seattle who, as Telekinesis, has now released three pretty sturdy indie-pop albums. Fans of Someone Still Loves You Boris Yeltsin and Matthew Sweet should approve. (There’s also a bit of Superchunk in there, which makes sense. Telekinesis is signed to Merge Records, the universally esteemed label run by Superchunk frontman Mac McCaughan.) Live, Lerner sings from behind the drums but enlists a guitarist, a bassist and a keyboardist to bring his cheery songs to life. Saturday, May 18, at the Riot Room (4048 Broadway, 816-442-8179)
Insane Clown Posse
Are you down with the Clown? The FBI, which recently classified Insane Clown Posse as a criminal street gang, is not. But the Detroit buttrap group’s legions of fans aren’t bothered by that kind of notoriety. They’ll continue to spray each other with Faygo (official soft drink of the Juggalos), paint their faces and party to ICP’s horrorcore songs while not giving a single fuck what anybody else thinks about it. Monday, May 20, at the Granada (1020 Massachusetts, Lawrence, 785-842-1390)
Big surprise: Fade, the latest Yo La Tengo record, its 13th, is another gorgeous batch of gently fuzzy, melodic pop songs. (The moment when the strings come in on the chorus of “Is That Enough” is among the most pleasurable things I’ve heard on an album so far this year.) Missteps are rare for the Hoboken, New Jersey, trio, which has been perfecting its sound — one that draws on the Velvet Underground and the Feelies and, live, leaves enough room for screeching, improvised jams and tranquil lullabies — for nigh on 25 years. I don’t know
School’s out! KU students looking to celebrate the last day of finals — or Lawrence residents looking to celebrate the exodus of KU students — should find this triple bill of local acts suitably joyful. KC groups Ghosty and the Shy Boys practice gentle, precise indie rock. Oils has more of a herky-jerky Pavement thing going on. See you next fall! Friday, May 17, at the Bottleneck (737 New Hampshire, Lawrence, 785-841-5483)
On her new record, Wheel, Laura Stevenson calls to mind Sharon Van Etten and Land of Talk’s Elizabeth Powell — women singers who preside over expansive, soaring indie-rock songs. But I like Wheel better than anything those two have done, including, yes, Van Etten’s Tramp. Wheel’s folk ballads are offset by its Crazy Horse scorchers (I like both equally), and Stevenson and her band, the Cans, just sound like they’re excited to be playing these songs. It rubs off on the listener. Thursday, May 16, at the Jackpot Music Hall (943 Massachusetts, Lawrence, 785-832-1085)
A kickoff of sorts to the summer season at the Crossroads KC at Grinders stage, this year’s Spring Dance is rootsy as all hell. Country darling the Grisly Hand is fresh off the release of its new album, Country Singles. Starhaven Rounders revive the sounds of classic-country icons like George Jones and Loretta Lynn. And My Brothers & Sisters is a brassy pop ensemble led by Jamie Searle, formerly of KC folk-rock group It’s Over. Saturday, May 18, at Crossroads KC at Grinders (417 East 18th Street, 785-749-3434)
Katatonia: 7 p.m. Aftershock Bar & Grill, 5240 Merriam Dr., Merriam, 913-384-5646.
Decapitated, Unmerciful, the Cast Pattern, Night Creation: 8 p.m. The Riot Room, 4048 Broadway, 816-442-8179.
W E D N E S D AY, M AY 2 2 Band of Heathens: 8:30 p.m. Knuckleheads Saloon, 2715 Rochester, 816-483-1456. Soundgarden: 8 p.m. The Midland, 1228 Main, 816-283-9900. Take Offense, Down Presser, Bitter End, Iron Guts Kelly: 6 p.m. Jackpot Music Hall, 943 Massachusetts, Lawrence, 785-832-1085. Trapt, 3 Pill Morning, Corvus, Years Past, Solus: 7 p.m. The Granada, 1020 Massachusetts, Lawrence, 785-842-1390.
FRIDAY 24 Kelly Rowland and the Dream: The Midland
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Alex Bugnon with Cindy Bradley: 8:30 p.m. Gem Theater, 1615 E. 18th St., 816-842-1414. Hot Club of Cowtown: 7:30 p.m. Knuckleheads Saloon, 2715 Rochester, 816-483-1456. Red Elvises, Hayseed Dixie: 8:30 p.m. Knuckleheads Saloon, 2715 Rochester, 816-483-1456. Spring Into Summer With Y(our) Fri(end), Pale Hearts, the Basement, Naomi What?, Approach, G Train/Approach DJ set, Dry Bonnet, Up the Academy, the Regrets, Mouthbreathers: 3 p.m. Replay Lounge, 946 Massachusetts, Lawrence, 785-749-7676. Bobby Watson’s I Have a Dream Band: 8 p.m. The Blue Room, 1616 E. 18th St., 816-474-8463.
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Telekinesis (left) and Laura Stevenson
Spring Dance Ghosty, with Oils and Shy Boys
Yo La Tengo
Rodney Carrington: 8 p.m. The Midland, 1228 Main, 816-283-9900. Roger Clyne and the Peacemakers: 8:30 p.m. Knuckleheads Saloon, 2715 Rochester, 816-483-1456. Marina and the Diamonds, Charli XCX: 7 p.m. The Granada, 1020 Massachusetts, Lawrence, 785-842-1390. Chris Murray, the New Riddim, DJ Johnny 2 Tone: 9 p.m. The Riot Room, 4048 Broadway, 816-442-8179.
SATURDAY 1 Chris Mann: The Midland SUNDAY 2 Guns N’ Roses: The Midland TUESDAY 4 The XX: Uptown Theater THURSDAY 13 Hospital Ships, Cowboy Indian Bear, Lucas Oswald: Replay Lounge, Lawrence
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The Uptown Arts Bar: 3611 Broadway. Songwriter’s Showcase with M-Bird, 7:30-10:30 p.m. The Velvet Dog: 400 E. 31st St., 816-753-9990. Skeeball league night, 8 & 9 p.m.
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B.B.’s Lawnside BBQ: 1205 E. 85th St., 816-822-7427. Samantha Fish Band. Danny’s Big Easy: 1601 E. 18th St., 816-421-1200. Millage Gilbert Big Blues Band, 7 p.m. Jazz: 1823 W. 39th St., 816-531-5556. Grand Marquis. Jazz: 1859 Village West Pkwy., Kansas City, Kan., 913-328-0003. Rich Berry. Knuckleheads Saloon: 2715 Rochester, 816-483-1456. Jimmie Bratcher, 8 p.m. The Levee: 16 W. 43rd St., 816-561-2821. The Lonnie Ray Blues Band, 8 p.m. The Phoenix: 302 W. Eighth St., 816-221-5299. Damon Parker, 7 p.m. Quasimodo: 12056 W. 135th St., Overland Park, 913-239-9666. John Paul Drum & Bill Dye, 7 p.m. Trouser Mouse: 410 S. Hwy. 7, Blue Springs, 816-220-1222. Hymn for Her.
Davey’s Uptown Ramblers Club: 3402 Main, 816-753-1909. Breaking Even, Drek, Ghost in the Machine, Nine Left Dead, 9 p.m. Jazz: 1823 W. 39th St., 816-531-5556. Filthy 13. Jazzhaus: 926-1/2 Massachusetts, Lawrence, 785-749-1387. The Basement. The Landing Eatery & Pub: 1189 W. 152 Hwy., Liberty, 816-792-5230. Robe, 9 p.m. MORE RecordBar: 1020 Westport Rd., 816-753-5207. Paul Klein & the Whatevers, Heavenly States, INGS T T Standbye Anchors, 10 p.m. IS L A E IN Replay Lounge: 946 MassachuONL M setts, Lawrence, 785-749-7676. PITCH.CO Berwanger, TK Webb, 10 p.m. The Riot Room: 4048 Broadway, 816-442-8179. High Rise Robots, BluntRap, In the Shadow, Dsoedean, the Virucide, 8 p.m.
I N D I E / P O P / E X P E R I M E N TA L MiniBar: 3810 Broadway, 816-326-8281. The Caves, TK Webb, Berwanger, 10 p.m. Replay Lounge: 946 Massachusetts, Lawrence, 785-749-7676. Elusive Parallelograms, High Diving Ponies, Pretty, 10 p.m.
DJ The Gusto Lounge: 504 Westport Rd., 816-974-8786. Think 2wice Thursdays with Brent Tactic & friends. MiniBar: 3810 Broadway, 816-326-8281. Black & Blue Thursdays with Cyan. Port Fonda: 4141 Pennsylvania, 816-216-6462. Live Free or Die with DJ Keenan, 9 p.m. Replay Lounge: 946 Massachusetts, Lawrence, 785-749-7676. Thrift Store 45s, 10 p.m.
B L U E S / R O C K A B I L LY B.B.’s Lawnside BBQ: 1205 E. 85th St., 816-822-7427. Big Joe Turner tribute with Mike Smith, 9 p.m. The Kill Devil Club: 61 E. 14th St., 816-877-8312. Eboni Fondren’s R&B and Soul, 10 p.m. The Phoenix: 302 W. Eighth St., 816-221-5299. Stone Cutters Union, 9 p.m. Quasimodo: 12056 W. 135th St., Overland Park, 913-239-9666. Old Crows, 5:30 p.m.; Monsters Inc., 9 p.m. Trouser Mouse: 410 S. Hwy. 7, Blue Springs, 816-220-1222. Rumblejetts, Mojo Roots. The Uptown Arts Bar: 3611 Broadway. Steamroller Boogie with Richard Lee Wilson, 9:30 p.m.
I N D I E / P O P / E X P E R I M E N TA L Jackpot Music Hall: 943 Massachusetts, Lawrence, 785-8321085. Brain Food, Manhammer, La Guerre, Pink Royal, 9 p.m. MiniBar: 3810 Broadway, 816-326-8281. Bad Ideas, Snake Island, 9:30 p.m. Replay Lounge: 946 Massachusetts, Lawrence, 785-7497676. Carswell & Hope, Pink Royal, 6 p.m.
The Blue Room: 1616 E. 18th St., 816-474-8463. Horace Washington Quartet. Chaz on the Plaza: 325 Ward Pkwy., 816-802-2152. Kathleen Holeman & Roger Wilder, 6 p.m. Green Lady Lounge: 1809 Grand, 816-215-2954. Rich Hill. The Kill Devil Club: 61 E. 14th St., 816-877-8312. John Brewer Experience, 9 p.m.
VA R I E T Y The Chesterfield: 1400 Main, 816-474-4545. Geeks Who Drink Pub Quiz, 8 p.m. Coda: 1744 Broadway, 816-569-1747. Free Form Free for All Open Mic with Teague Hayes, 8 p.m. RecordBar: 1020 Westport Rd., 816-753-5207. Trivia Clash, 7 p.m.; Fortunate Youth, Inna Vision, 77 Jefferson, 10 p.m. Stanford’s Comedy Club: 1867 Village West Pkwy., Kansas City, Kan., 913-400-7500. Rory Scovel, 8 p.m.
Chaz on the Plaza: 325 Ward Pkwy., 816-802-2152. Max Groove Trio, 7-11 p.m. Green Lady Lounge: 1809 Grand, 816-215-2954. Daniel Trombone Trio, 5:30 p.m.; Mark Lowrey, 9 p.m. The Kill Devil Club: 61 E. 14th St., 816-877-8312. Rich Hill, 7:30 p.m. The Majestic Restaurant: 931 Broadway, 816-221-1888. Patrick Gilbert, 4 p.m.; Joe DeFio, 5 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. Matt Otto Quartet with Alan Ferber, 8 p.m.
Bar West: 7174 Renner Rd., Shawnee, 913-248-9378. The Outlaw Junkies. The Brick: 1727 McGee, 816-421-1634. Molly Gene, Ten Foot Pole Cats, Calamity Cubes. The Dubliner: 170 E. 14th St., 816-268-4700. Nikki Scruggs & Garry Lincoln Band. Knuckleheads Saloon: 2715 Rochester, 816-483-1456. The Rainmakers with the Nace Brothers, 8:30 p.m. RJ’s Bob-Be-Que Shack: 5835 Lamar, Mission, 913-2627300. Loaded Goat, 8 p.m.
The Gusto Lounge: 504 Westport Rd., 816-974-8786. #Cake with DJ G Train & Approach. 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. MiniBar: 3810 Broadway, 816-326-8281. DJ Robert Moore. The Quaff: 1010 Broadway, 816-471-1918. DJ Chris.
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