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or its first exhibition, Haw Contemporary — the gallery that has opened in the former Dolphin space, in the West Bottoms — looks at how new beginnings can be forged from the artifacts of the past. Curator Peregrine Honig says the selections she has lassoed for Mount embody the “romanticized Americana” that she observed during her travels from Santa Fe, New Mexico, to Kansas City. The works she has chosen stretch tonally from mordant critiques of Western iconography to deeply personal relics. What strikes you first is just how varied in size these objects are. Honig has staged a miniature coin across from a 9-foot-by-12-foot Guernica. The latter, Donna Huanca’s “Cuban Rebels (The Last Supper),” offers a nostalgic peek into Huanca’s family, one that shows her father alongside Che Guevara during the revolution in Bolivia. Using a historical photograph as a source and her father’s own clothing as her material, Huanca has assembled a detailed fabric depiction of rebels camped in front of a fire in the jungle. Slashes of felt, fleece and denim provide shading and visual texture in the enormous portrait. The men’s faces dance in front of the fabric flames, their stoic expressions and sharp jawlines richly defined by the cloth collage.

That material focus continues in Sara value. In Daws’ miniature work, the fake is Xeno’s “Gilded Gloves,” an intricate pair more valuable than the real. The same blurriness is at work in John of boxing gloves crafted from copper, gold Woods’ kitschy collages of found objects. leaf and lace. Xeno transforms a symbol of In “Handguns and Replica Relics,” a busy strength and aggression into something combination of fossilized gun detritus drips fragile and delicate. with congealed Elmer’s glue. Some of the Throughout, the pieces at Haw elevate guns bear labels of Western icons: “Buffalo the mundane and ask us to consider familiar tropes as objects of beauty and contempla- Bill,” “Gene Autry.” Trapped under the cloudy tion. Adriane Herman’s installation culls sub- sheen of glue, though, the real weapons and the toys can hardly be distinguished from one jects from her own to-do lists and personal another. Telling them apart notes. Handwritten lines seems almost beside the — “Meat/Bank,” “Workout Mount point. As Daws and Huanca at 8:20” — are etched on Through November 2 do elsewhere, Woods here square panels where glossy, at Haw Contemporary bends our shared concepmonochromatic clay swirls 1600 Liberty, 816-842-5877 tions of history to challenge on knotted wood. The highhawcontemporary.com notions of authenticity. contrast colors and clean, Ter r y A l len’s sheetnear-clinical presentation music suite of hand-printed lithographs, on sound somewhat discordant notes against the layered harmonies of the rest of the the other hand, feel very much of the moment. Maybe it’s the mortgage-crisis lyrics that leap show. from the oversized sheaves of paper. Maybe It’s not the only tension here. Jack Daws’ it’s the font’s clean lines. But Allen’s beauticounterfeit penny perhaps best underscores fully adorned scores shift classical Western the tension at the center of the exhibition. tropes into a contemporary landscape of spot Daws’ coin is almost indistinguishable from color and modern design. “Queenie’s Song,” a actual currency. Unlike an ordinary cent, country ode to Allen’s deceased dog, keeps the however, his replica is crafted from 18-karat art understated. In lieu of color, a single bullet gold and then plated in copper to mask its

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From left: Huanca’s “Cuban Rebels (The Last Supper),” five images by Herman, and Allen’s “Angels on the Wind” hole permeates the score — an indictment, perhaps, of the S.O.B. who shot the animal. Other lithographs foreground the design: “Bottom of the World” fragments the musical staves to form an image of a red chair, outlined in a collage of quarter notes. The road-map rigidity of musical notation shatters, and ordered lines drift into playful brush strokes. This is music reimagined for the canvas, made looser as it becomes visual. (The music doesn’t suffer from the treatment — Allen includes a vinyl recording of each song, and you can follow along with the score.) Allen’s images are a visual feast, surprising in their range and depth. Honig’s exhibition as a whole is no less varied, combining the disorienting qualities of the historical and the hyperreal to examine icons and authenticity. Images of westward expansion and new frontiers seem at the heart of our collective history. Honig invites us to reconsider how these images are constructed — and to question how we preserve and chronicle our past.

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hese days, pro wrestling is incredibly selfaware — in and out of the ring. WWE’s main story line is the McMahon family’s rejection of Daniel Bryan (real name: Bryan Danielson) as “the face of their company.” WWE COO Triple H has screwed Bryan out of the WWE championship twice because the 5-foot-10-inch, 210-pound grappler with shaggy hair and a bushy beard doesn’t look like his company’s vision of a wrestler. (Think Venice Beach bodybuilder Hulk Hogan or ripped and veiny The Rock.) “It’s been a stigma for me for my entire career,” Bryan tells The Pitch. “Even when I started. You’re 5-foot-8, 170 pounds. You don’t look like a wrestler. And it’s interesting to go out there and just through hard work and dedication and skill be able to prove to people and see the WWE Universe all over the world really get behind me.” WWE crowds have rallied around Bryan as an underdog challenger in his feud with Randy Orton, whose genetics are decidedly more company-approved: 235 pounds of lean, chiseled muscle standing at 6 feet 5 inches. In arenas around the world, fans scream Bryan’s signature “Yes” chant in unison as his “Ride of the Valkyries” theme plays. “I feel very connected to the crowd,” Bryan says. “And there’s no size or height or amount of muscle that can create that. That just happens organically. It’s sad that some people don’t see it that way.” Bryan will likely still be fighting the WWE’s power structure when the wrestling promotion tapes SmackDown at the Sprint Center on Tuesday, October 15. Bryan spoke with The Pitch by phone less than 24 hours after Orton dropped him on his head through an announcers’ table as Bryan’s fiancée, Brie Bella, begged him not to on Monday Night Raw. Here are excerpts. The Pitch: By the time you arrive in Kansas City, you may be WWE champion again. What would that mean to you? Bryan: Even though I’ve won it twice, I’ve held it for less than 24 hours total. I want to come into Kansas City as the WWE champion. That’s been one of my dreams and aspirations ever since I was a little kid to be able to go into all of these great cities and come in as champion and leave as champion. It’s crazy to see the people in the arenas doing your “Yes” chant in unison when you come out. It’s so bizarre. It feels like it’s not even real. It feels like it’s not my life. It feels like I am a character watching my life unfold, and I’m walking down and looking at all of these people and I’m doing the motion myself, but I’m also looking at them going, “What are these people doing? Why are they doing it with me?”

Sometimes you get that moment of complete escapism, where it’s almost like I’m looking down on myself in this arena as all this is going on, going, “What did I do to deserve something as awesome as this?” You mention the surreal feeling. Now you’re also on a reality-TV show, Total Divas. Oh, my God. [Laughs.] I imagine your free time is about nonexistent. I’d say nonexistent is an understatement because right now, we’re on the road usually five days a week. And then I come home, and those cameras are right there. I’m very lucky that I am not featured on the reality show. I am a guest that comes in and out of the shots based on them filming Brie. But Brie, they’re filming her all the time, and it’s brutal. [Laughs.] But it’s a good show, and it’s been doing really well, and I think a lot of good stuff is going to come of it. Is it hard to sort out your wrestling character from your personal life when you’re on two shows? No, but it does feel like I live my life for the public as opposed to myself, which is very different from how I lived my life before I came to WWE. Before, I would wrestle all over the world, but then I could go back to my little house in Aberdeen, Washington, and just be me, just be a normal human, and nobody recognized me. I didn’t have to live up to any sort of public persona. Now, even going

Goat-faced Killah: Bryan lays the SmackDown. to the grocery store, people will come up to you, and they expect you to be this character that they’ve seen on TV, whether it’s from Total Divas or wrestling. And the truth is, I’m neither. I’m just this normal dude. You proposed on a hike. When did you know that’s how you’d propose? I actually got Brie’s ring back in May, so it’s been several months. The problem is, with our schedule, is finding time to do something special. And no offense to Bowling Green, Kentucky, but I don’t want to propose to Brie in Bowling Green, Kentucky, while we’re doing a live event on a Friday after taking a red-eye flight, and we’re both exhausted. We were both ready to get engaged earlier this year, but I wanted it to be special, and it was worth the wait. What was it like to have the Total Divas cameras there? Quite frankly, by the time that that happened, they were barely there because we’d just done a 5-mile hike. Imagine those people, they don’t know where I’m proposing, right? They’re hoping that it’s at the beginning of the hike, but absolutely not. [Laughs.] I waited until we’re at the top of the cliff overlooking the Pacific Ocean, and everybody’s drenched in sweat, and they’ve got the cameras and sound stuff, and nobody was even sure that’s

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when I was going to propose. They just had to film us that entire time. It was almost like my own practical joke on the reality-show people to make them hike this far with all of this equipment, and then that’s when the biggest moment happens, when they’re completely mentally and physically unprepared for it. Nice work. Thank you. [Laughs.] Your beard has become a big part of your character. Did you foresee that happening when you started growing it? No. Absolutely not. I just started growing my beard because I was tired of shaving. Then I kept growing it, so I could grow out the hair on the top of my head. When you have a shaved head and you start growing out your hair, it goes through that awkward stage. I was like, ‘If I keep growing out my beard, nobody’s even going to notice that I’m growing out my hair.’ And true to form, nobody did until it was past the awkward stage because everyone was looking at my really awkward beard. [Laughs.] How much maintenance does it require? I don’t do anything to it, other than I do have to trim my mustache. The rest, I literally let it freely grow. Brie ... loves the beard, but she thinks that it’s time to start trimming some of the sides and stuff. Will you have to shave it for the wedding? It’ll be interesting to see if she wants me cleanshaven for the wedding or not. I don’t know if I could shave my beard right now if I wanted to. We’re filming SmackDown tonight. Imagine if I just showed up to the arena tonight cleanshaven, how mad everyone would be. [Laughs.] It’s no longer something that I can control myself. I have to accept that this is what I am. I would figure that you’d eventually have to shave it on TV. Right. If it’s gonna go, it’s gotta go on TV, I think. Have you reached the level of a bus guy yet? No, and I don’t know how you get to the level of being a bus guy. I do OK, but I’m somebody who saves my money. It’s hard to justify that expense. Think of this: You’re renting a bus and a driver to take you around 200 days a year. When you’re trying to compute the cost of what that might be, it’s very, very expensive. For me, I’ve been working most of my career not making very much money. [Laughs.] And I’ve been wrestling for about 14 years now. So I need to be able to save for retirement. I don’t have any other job skills. I’ve been wrestling since I was 18. This is it.

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late syrup. She carries her glass beakers to the back of the roasting shop, stopping at a raised wooden table between a pair of drum roasters and pallets of 150-pound burlap bags filled with coffee beans. “Friends don’t let friends drink Starbucks,” reads a green bumper sticker attached to a nearby filing cabinet — a reminder of the neighborhood scuffle that ended with local Broadway surviving and the megacorporation bailing on Westport in 2008. In the wake of that victory, and in need of more space, Cates and his partner, Sarah Honan, opened the second café and roasting plant, on Washington Street, that same year. For this blind tasting, Norton pours the batches into three containers: a Gibraltar (slightly bigger than a shot glass), a snifter and a paper cup. The eight people around the table bury their noses in the first glass. Wholesale manager Brian Phillips closes his eyes briefly before taking a sip. “Brian has gone down the rabbit hole with chocolate,” Cates jokes. Phillips is in the process of developing a chocolate toddy for next month’s Caffeine Crawl; the Washington Street café is a Saturday stop on the tour, which runs November 1–3. Broadway already works with McCoy’s on its milk stout. Phillips wants to create something closer to a Guinness for the toddy drink. “It takes me back to the mocha from this coffee shop in Seattle. I’m right there,” Phillips says after a sip from the Gilbratar. “Vivace?” Cates asks. “Yeah.”

Broadway’s sampler pack in action Cates explains that his own typical order when going to a new shop is a shot of espresso, a macchiato, a short latte (often served in a Gibraltar), and a tall mocha to go. Classes here typically involve cupping a pair of single-origin coffees, making today’s mochas a novelty. In the end, the group of tasters singles out the Gibraltar as its favorite. Norton reveals that it was made with dark-chocolate syrup from California’s Guittard Chocolate Co. The snifter was filled with Ghirardelli dark chocolate. Hershey’s was in the paper cup. Broadway uses Hershey’s in the mochas that are available at the counter. “I wanted something nostalgic that you couldn’t quite put your finger on,” Phillips says. “That was really, really nifty,” says Neil Harris, a class regular. (He refers to himself as a “groupie.”) Norton and Cates have toyed with awarding familiar faces with the designation “Broadway certified coffee expert.” And they keep playing with new concepts for Wednesdays: comparing decaf coffees, assembling fruit pairings (and one unfortunate endeavor involving stale coffee that took on a curry flavor from something on an adjacent stove). Meanwhile, conversations over coffee are turning into conversations about coffee. “Coffee is such a personal experience,” Norton says. “Once you figure out what you like, there’s something so amazing about that.”

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f you travel Main Street with any frequency, you may have seen the little East African restaurant tucked into an aging storefront at 3415 Main, about a block south of a busy midtown McDonald’s. Then again, you can pass Awaze every day and not really notice it. Also working against the place is that it has had three different names in as many years. The owner has remained the same through each of Awaze’s incarnations: Abraham Hadish, a native of Eritrea, the state bordered by Sudan to the west and Ethiopia to the south. Since Hadish opened his first restaurant, Duo, in 2010, he has worked with different business partners, and his concepts have evolved. The one constant has been a simple one, though: excellent Ethiopian food. Hadish never really closed Duo. He just changed the name last year to Hebesha. And then, three months ago, Hadish took on a new business partner, Jamaican-born chef Pablo Brown, who added his own culinary imprint to the venue. The restaurant is now called Awaze (the name comes from a head-spinning berbere mix of spices, including garlic, ginger and salt; say a-wäh-zay), and it serves both Ethiopian dishes and traditional Jamaican favorites, such as jerk chicken and curried shrimp. There’s a big bar on the north side of the long, gray dining room, well-stocked with an

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array of liquor bottles. There’s no bartender, however, and Hadish says customers sometimes volunteer to show him how to mix a certain cocktail. “But I’m learning,” he says. There’s going to be a bartender on duty at least one night soon, though. On Friday, October 11, Hadish and Brown are putting on a grand opening for the not-quite-new Awaze to introduce the updated menu. Alongside Ethiopian favorites such as lamb tibbs, doro watt, and kaey watt, Brown’s Jamaican cuisine will include oxtail and stewed goat. Brown’s moist, mahogany-colored jerk chicken really is tasty, and it finds a good complement with a bowl of Abraham Hadish’s gomen: slow-cooked collard greens without a hint of bitterness. Hadish also creates one of the most lavish vegetarian platters in midtown, an expansive circle of spongy injera bread that he smothers with mounds of atiklett watt (stewed cabbage, carrots and potatoes), fragrant misir watt (a highly spiced lentil stew), the gomen, and puddinglike (but savory and fiery) shiro. Hadish, 33, has been cooking professionally since he was a teenager in his home country. “From the start,” he says, “I had a plan that I wanted to open my own restaurant, and I did have my own small place in Eritrea.” But Eritrea wasn’t the safest place to live, he says, and he filed for political asylum six

Go meatless with the vegetarian platter. years ago, moving first to Saudi Arabia and then traveling to the United States. Settling in Kansas City turned out to be easy for him. “It has a very large East African community,” Hadish says. “They have settled in parts of Johnson County and the Northland.” He learned English, and as soon as he could open a place of his own, he did. Getting customers into his midtown location hasn’t been so simple, though. This stretch of Main Street hasn’t been a serious dining destination since the closure, in 1994, of Jimmy and Mary’s Steakhouse (now Davey’s Uptown Ramblers Club). But Hadish frequently steps out of the kitchen to chat up his diners and turn them into regulars. (Tell him you want a drink, and he’s likely to suggest one of his lesscomplicated alcoholic concoctions, a honey wine that people say goes down easy but packs a dizzying punch.) There’s frequently live music at Awaze on weekends — and dancing, Hadish says, for those who want to work off that wine buzz. Tuesday through Saturday, it’s open from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Sunday the hours are from noon to 8 p.m. Insider tip: Look for a parking lot behind the building.

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huttles were running between Union Station and the American Royal barbecue competition in the West Bottoms Friday night, and parking attendants were directing the long line of cars on Pershing Road out front. I rolled down my window, and someone came over. “American Royal?” he said. “No, Fashion Week party,” I said. He looked at me and then he looked at my car. The little door to my gas tank has been broken since sometime this past spring. Initially the problem was that the door wouldn’t open, and I would have to pry it loose with a screwdriver. Then one day, I was too aggressive with the screwdriver, and I dislodged some part of it. Now it hangs off the side of my car, and people honk at me and point at it when I’m waiting at traffic lights. “Yeah, yeah,” I say, nodding my head and waving them off. “I know, I know.” The parking attendant squinted at me and said, finally, “OK, right at the next light.” I made my way down to the lot, where another attendant informed me that it was $10 to park. “Sure,” I said, handing over the cash. “I wasn’t planning on eating dinner tonight, anyway.” Kansas City Fashion Week got under way last Thursday, October 3, and Friday night the festivities included stage shows for five designers, three of them local: Bridget Julia Couture, Katie Lee and House of Cochon. I will not be critiquing these shows, although my views on fashion have evolved over the years. My position formerly was that fashion is a stupid, empty enterprise driven by arbitrary trends and championed by people born without souls.

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Dressing down at Union Station. DJ with a hat that read “DOPE” in really large letters was perched in a Red Bull booth, jumping around and throwing his hands up to his own beats. There were at least five empty cans of Red Bull Sugarfree scattered in front of him. “That’s the editor of KC Magazine,” somebody in the drink line said, pointing to a richlooking woman whose name I now know is Katie Van Luchene. She must be, like, the Anna Wintour of KC fashion, I figure. I settled into my third-row seat and made chitchat with a woman next to me. Her daughter, a KU student, was one of the models in Bridget Julia Couture’s show. “She’s actually switching her major from business to journalism,” she said. I was getting ready to tell her what a terrible decision that was, but then she said something about broadcasters. Oh, right, I thought. Broadcast journalism. The kind where people make money. Her career path would not include a nose dive into the mud of print media. “That sounds cool,” I said. The show started, and the photographers in the crowd clustered near the end of the runway. Many in the front row sat with their legs crossed and their fists on their chins, deep in thought. Some had notepads, on which I assume they wrote things like “long dress,” “short dress” and “funny hair.” My favorite designer of the evening was House of Cochon because its models wore the least in the way of clothing and had the most sass — lots of bikinis and blown kisses. There are some things that never go out of fashion.

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t’s barely midmorning on a Sunday, but Stik Figa is all smiles and charisma, his eyes bright and alert behind thick-rimmed glasses. He slides into a booth at RecordBar, outfitted in a Cowboy Indian Bear T-shirt, and grins as he orders breakfast: French toast, eggs with extra cheese and salsa. He clasps his hands in front of him and leans forward, ready to talk about his remarkable new album, City Under the City. The Memphis-born Figa has for years been a fixture in the local rap community, one of the scene’s busiest players. City Under the City is his eighth album since he started rapping six years ago. By now, he knows that he could probably go further if he relocated to a coast. But the Midwest, he says, is a large part of his art. City Under the City (out October 15 through Mello Music Group) nods to this area’s thriving but still very underground hip-hop scene, but it’s also a giant step outside it. To make the album, Figa collaborated with producer L’Orange, a rising talent out of North Carolina — “an instrumental producer more often,” Figa says, who “generally doesn’t work with rappers.” The producer, known mostly for his “film-noir production style” (as Figa puts it), stacks Figa’s raps against blaring horns and steamy jazz. “He had more of a linear idea of how this record was supposed to play out than I did,” the rapper adds. “It was kind of out of my comfort zone — a lot out of my comfort zone. It pushed me to look beyond.” City Under the City places Figa on the precipice of a breakthrough. The underground hip-hop world is fluttering with excitement over his collaboration with L’Orange, and the duo’s tracks on SoundCloud are pushing well past 10,000 plays (a mark that Figa calls a “personal best”). The album recalls that pivotal moment in underground rap when MF Doom and Madlib released their Madvillainy nearly a decade ago. It doesn’t sound like anything Figa has put out before, and he isn’t sure yet how he’ll perform tracks off the album live. “That’s kinda the thing about this record,” he says. “I think there are some tracks on there that I will be able to perform because I like them a lot. But I think, for the most part, it’s a record that is just to be played. It’s to be experienced, to be immersed in. I feel like I would be cheating the record if I tried to play it live, and L’Orange would have to be here, and it would all be a different thing. There are a few songs I can do, some tight raps, some 80-million-bar shit, but we’ll see.” The food arrives, and Figa dumps syrup

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Stik Figa breaks down KC’s divisions. all over his French toast. He takes a bite and eases back and sighs. But he’s not about to lose his train of thought; in conversation, Figa leaves no dangling tangents. Figa refers to himself more readily as a writer than as a rapper — a small but significant distinction — so his one-on-one style isn’t a shock. And on City, one of the things he’s doing as a writer is telling a personal story. “Kansas City is the town of division — of all sorts of division,” he says. “Divisions within divisions. Gangs within gangs. It’s all fractured. With music, I’m able to create a separate world for myself. When I was younger, dealing with people who were gangbanging and doing all type of dumb shit … it [music] is about being able to transcend that. Not in some large way — that could be just getting a job at a car-repair shop, you know what I mean? Just being able to navigate that, do something different. … That ended up being the whole theme or the idea.” On “Monochrome,” the album’s second single, Figa talks about growing up with greater ambitions. It’s a secret-weapon kind of track: Figa comes out sly, delivering lines at a pace you can follow, stacking his lyrics for maximum impact. What you see is what you get, kinda like a Rorschach, he raps. The staggered laugh that comes after tells you Figa knows that life, like a Rorschach inkblot, isn’t a get-what-you-see affair. Figa is first a lyricist, one who takes cal-

culated risks with words to achieve a certain effect, but his medium remains the studio. “My process always starts with the beat, the production,” he says. “And then I freestyle — I freestyle everything before I put anything on paper. I count the freestyle as the first draft. The paper is the second draft. And even then, though, the notes, they’re not like raps — I mean, they’re raps. They rhyme, and they’re there. But the third draft is in the proof.” He goes on: “Emotionally, if I’m connected to the words a certain way and differently, I may say it different than what I wrote on paper. That’s how I write records. I keep an emotional mistake, if it ends up being a grammatical or an enunciation thing. I feel like the emotion is more important than the words, in a way.” For Figa, the emotion and the words together are what make City true to his own experiences. “My life is just normal,” he says. “Topeka is provincial. I come from that. I go to the barbershop. I go to the neighborhood. I go to the East Side of town to get Mexican food because that’s where it’s authentic. I’m checking on my nephews, making sure they’re staying out of trouble. That’s what I’m doing, so that’s where the art comes from. “I think it’s a fortunate position,” he adds, “because I actually can tell those stories from a real place. I haven’t amassed a large amount of money or fame, so it’s all very real and raw. I’m not talking secondhand at this point. I’m in the mix.”

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The Empty Spaces What do you get when you toss yelping punk-lite vocals on top of sparse, surf-rock instrumentation? Something that oddly resembles a more electric Violent Femmes, it turns out — at least in the case of the Empty Spaces. The Best Garage Act-winning trio, which grew out of a solo project by frontman Mat Shoare, has been playing shows around town for a few years now, and has opened for national acts like Broncho and the Corin Tucker Band. Shoare’s not just a musician; he’s also a businessman of sorts in his role as one of the founders of Golden Sound Records, one of KC’s most prolific record labels. Introduce yourselves. Hi. We are The Empty Spaces. Ross Brown on Drums. William Wright on Bass. Mat Shoare sings and plays guitar. What have you got in the works currently? We were happy to be a part of the Crossroads Music Fest a while back. Our next show is with Schwervon at RecordBar on October 16th. We have been staggeringly lazy as a band in recent months when it comes to recording. Although, about 80 percent of our live show is comprised of unreleased material. So look for a new release to come out with those songs. Just no timetable for it yet.

Who are some musical heroes? We all listen to pretty different stuff. Mat: The Beatles, Harry Nilsson. Will: Joe Strummer, Johnny Thunders. Ross: Richard Swift, Chris Cohen. Mat, you also release solo albums. How do you delineate between what’s an Empty Spaces song and what’s a Mat Shoare song? It's hard to say. Every song is really different. Generally the songs for The Empty Spaces are more light-hearted and tend to be about drinking alcohol. The songs I release under my own name are typically much more autobiographical and whiny. Can you talk a little about what's going on with Golden Sound and the pains and pleasures of doing a record label in 2013? Golden Sound Records was started as an independent record label in 2010 by Jerad Tomasino, Mat Shoare, and Ross Brown. Originally made to serve as an extra outlet for the owner's various musical projects, the label has grown quickly in the first few years. We now help to release albums for bands we like and also create one of a kind concert experiences in KC (Crossroads Summer Block Party, On The House Concert Series.) It's a pleasure to bring great music to people who would have otherwise never heard it. It's a pain we can't do it more. Best gig TES has played in recent memory and why? We had a really good practice a few weeks back…. pitch.com

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t has been 14 years since a certain Springfield, Missouri, trio with a most unlikely name emerged as an indie-pop underdog. Now, four records in, Someone Still Loves You Boris Yeltsin has found its sweet spot: its own roots. The band recorded its latest album, Fly by Wire, entirely in lead singer Will Knauer’s attic — just as it did for its debut album, Broom. The result is a well-planned assembly of soft, airy pop songs that are catchy without being showy. The audible imperfections give it a cherished, homemade feel — it sounds like something you’d beg your older brother to burn a copy of for you. Ahead of SSLYBY’s show at RecordBar Friday, we chatted with Knauer by phone. The Pitch: So, the attic. Knauer: Yeah. We got back from Russia at the end of January. I had to ask my stepmom of him as well as the Boris Yeltsin Center. I and my dad if I could go back to the house and think for the festival, somebody was probably just searching Boris Yeltsin and found us and record in the attic again because we didn’t have a place to go to, which is kind of a funny conver- thought that we’d be a good band to play. But sation. And they said yes … and it was a pretty then the State Department found out that we big mess. I think I spent February cleaning it were going over there, and they thought it was a good opportunity for us to go to a school and up and started to kind of assemble a little bit of a studio. I think we probably started really meet with the other people that knew Boris seriously recording in late March. About half Yeltsin, and that it would kind of somehow strengthen relationships between us. of the songs may have been written while we Did you get the feeling that they were expectwere recording them, which has never haping a different type of music? pened before. [Laughs.] OK, I don’t know what they were I like the new record, but it feels like you kind expecting. But they were so happy that we de-popified it. were keeping the name Boris Yeltsin alive, I think I’ve seen people describe it as our and even a little bit popular in the U.S. They “dreamiest” record, and I hadn’t really noticed were so happy that people that was happening while had been hearing about him we recorded it. But, looking Someone Still Loves because of us, and so that back at it, it does feel really You Boris Yeltsin really meant a lot to them — dreamy. Our last album was Friday, October 11, especially the president of recorded in a professional at RecordBar the Boris Yeltsin Center and studio, and a lot of the songs Boris Yeltsin’s former minwere tracked live, and I think that kind of captures a different energy than ister of foreign affairs. Both those guys were there, and they both had suits and looked very when we have to do the albums ourselves. I professional, exactly what you would expect a think this album kind of came back to more Russian political figure to look like. That was of how we used to record. Some of our sounds intimidating at first, but they were so nice. And were tracked live together, but others were just they were so curious about Missouri. kind of assembled in different ways. Fourteen years is a long time to keep a band Sometimes when we record, there’s more together, and by industry standards, you haven’t opportunity for our moods to have an effect on hit big. Do you enjoy where you are? how the songs come out. And with it just kind Yeah, I think so. A couple years ago, we were of being the end of winter and just getting back really trying to make a big push to get bigger, from Russia, I think we were all a little maybe and we opened for some bigger bands on tour jet-lagged during the recording. and kind of ran through the circuit of trying You were invited to visit Russia earlier this to do things like that, but I think it never quite year, and it seems like you had a grand old time. It was pretty crazy. We were contacted and happened the way we were trying to make it happen. I think we realized that we were kind asked to perform at a festival, in the city of Ekaterinburg, which is kind of the city where of happy that it never did get crazy because we Boris Yeltsin became famous. There’s a statue were able to fly under the radar at this perfect AAron DurAll

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SSLYBY: From Russia with love altitude. It was always enough just to support us, but it never got so crazy that we fell apart because of it or ever felt overwhelmed. We ended up in a perfect place without trying to. I think we’re all really content with how we’re able to live, which is kind of casually. It’s just nice being here in Springfield and having a screen door and a front porch. I think Springfield is really our home, and the country kind of appeals to us. We’ve just learned to be really appreciative of what we’ve gotten to experience. It took me awhile to learn how to do that.

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For nearly 20 years, pianist Brian Haas has led Jacob Fred Jazz Odyssey (JFJO) into international acclaim. After years of touring, a well-deserved break has inspired Haas to compose a suite of 11 compositions for piano and percussion. The result is a new album called Frames. This music weaves through the 12-note scale, telling the story of an imagined life with an intelligence that sticks in your head. Percussion accents the piano’s intimate and melodic journey. Haas and JFJO drummer Josh Raymer weave into the RecordBar Sunday night to perform selections from Frames and other songs. — Larry Kopitnik Brian Haas and Josh Raymer, 8 p.m. Sunday, October 13, at RecordBar (1020 Westport Road, 816-753-5207), $5 cover.


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Everyone is freaking out about Haim right now, before they’re even sure how to pronounce the name. For the record, you say HIGH-em. The band is led by three sisters, and they’re Jewish, and it’s their last name, OK? Anyway, Haim just popped out a new album called Days Are Gone, and it’s a delightful collection of ’80s-inspired synth-pop beats that blatantly recall the best ballads of Phil Collins while being coated in enough lighthearted sugar to make your teeth hurt. Este, Danielle and Alana Haim — who began their foray into music as children with their parents, in a Partidge Family–style jam band Rockinhaim — are about as entertaining as this kind of thing gets. If this show at the Granada doesn’t feature at least one smoke machine, I’ll be so disappointed. Thursday, October 10, at the Granada (1020 Massachusetts, Lawrence, 785-842-1390)

Neko Case

Neko Case is an odd bird — a magnificent, talented bird, but an odd one. For many of her songs, she chooses to embody elements from the natural world: singing from the point of view of a tornado, for instance, and employing surreal, oblique metaphors. Her lyrics are so fantastical that sometimes you wonder if Case herself really knows what she’s singing about. On her latest album — the formidably titled The Worse Things Get, the Harder I Fight, the Harder I Fight, the More I Love You — Case is at her most vulnerable and personal. (The memorable single, “Man,” is all first-person.) If you’re not already into Case, now is a good time. Tuesday, October 15, at Liberty Hall (644 Massachusetts, Lawrence, 785-749-1972)

Fiona Apple, with Blake Mills

After seven long years away from the music business, Fiona Apple got back on the horse with 2012’s The Idler Wheel, a fierce and poetic album that chews through the word “comeback” and spits it back out like venom. This promises to be a dynamic show that you

Haim shouldn’t miss if you’re a fan. But be prepared: The “Criminal” songstress is not one to sit back and let a distracted crowd ruin her set. Just over a month ago, she cursed a Tokyo audience for its “rude” behavior. Blake Mills is a talented folk singer and songwriter who toured with Fiona Apple as part of her band and as her opener during the original album-release tour last year. This new run of dates sees him hoisted into more of a “shared bill” position. Saturday, October 12, at Liberty Hall (644 Massachusetts, Lawrence, 785-749-1972)

The National, with Tame Impala

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Surfer Blood

You like alt-folk? Americana? Roots-rock? Other hyphenated genres vaguely derivative of country? Awesome. Todd Snider delivers a sound that appeals to all those food groups, and he has been at it for nearly 20 years. Snider’s songs often include a bit of political commentary, and his lyrics unfurl like the words of a wizened storyteller drawing in a skeptical child. Sometimes he’s even funny. He sounds genuine, in other words. Wednesday, October 16, at Knuckleheads Saloon (2715 Rochester, 816-483-1456)

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Between the two of them, the National and Tame Impala make up 90 percent of the soundtrack at your nearest Urban Outfitters. It’s not their fault that they’re both so cool. Blame it on the apathetic baritone of the National’s lead singer, Matt Berninger, or the fact that Tame Impala is from Australia. Plenty of people also find actual musical qualities to like about these two bands. Friday, October 11, at Starlight Theatre (4600 Starlight Road, 816-363-7827)

Surfer Blood waited three years to follow up their excellent breakthrough album, Astro Coast, with the recent Pythons, and the majorlabel bow glosses over a lot of the raw emotion that made Surfer Blood sound so promising back in 2010. Add a domestic-battery charge filed against frontman John Paul Pitts — a charge later dropped — and the band has had a hell of a rough patch. Still, Pythons is a good listen, and the band is young. Tuesday, October 15, at the Riot Room (4048 Broadway, 816-442-8179)

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The Beast Haunted House: 7:30 p.m. Thu.-Sun., $27, 1401 W. 13th St., 816-842-4280, kcbeast.com. Black and Orange Bash: Proceeds benefit Child Abuse Prevention Association. 7-11 p.m. Fri., Oct. 25, $50. Boulevard Brewing Co., 2501 Southwest Blvd., 816-474-7095, blackandorangebash.org. The Chambers of Poe Haunted House: 8 p.m. Fri.-Sat., 1100 Santa Fe, 816-474-3845, chambersofpoe.com. The Edge of Hell Haunted House: 7:30 p.m. Thu.-Sun., $12, 1300 W. 12th St., 816-842-4279, edgeofhell.com. Fall Cemetery Tours: Meet at Northview Elementary School, 905 N. Walker, Olathe, Thu., Oct. 10; Fri., Oct. 11; Sat., Oct. 12; $5 (adults), $4 (kids 5-11), Mahaffie Stagecoach Stop and Farm, 1100 Kansas City Rd., Olathe, 913-782-6972; times at olatheks.org/parksrec/Mahaffie/Events. Frankenstein: 3:45 & 7 p.m. Thu., Oct. 31, Tivoli Cinemas, 4050 Pennsylvania, 913-383-7756, tivolikc.com. Friday Fright Night: 6-10 p.m. Fri., Oct. 25, Gladstone Amphitheatre in Oak Grove Park, 76th St. and N. Troost, gladstonechamber.com/events/fright-night. Halloween Haunt 2013: 8 p.m. Fri.-Sun., Worlds of Fun, East Loop I-435, 816-414-0235. HillOween 2013: Benefiting TeamSmile of KC, 7 p.m. Sat., Oct. 19, $100/$175, Starlight Theatre Stage House, 4600 Starlight Rd., 816-363-7827. hilloween.org. Macabre Cinema Haunted House: 8 p.m. Fri.-Sat., $27, 1222 W. 12th St., 816-471-2250, macabrecinema.com. Nightmare on Waldo Street: 75th St. and Wornall; Lew’s Bar & Grill, the Well, Tanner’s Bar & Grill, Quinton’s, Bobby Baker’s. 8 p.m. Sat., Oct. 26, $5-$20, mydrinkon.com. Not-So-Spooky Ghost Stories and Autumn Festival: 1-4 p.m. Sun., Oct. 27, $10, Alexander Majors House, 8201

State Line Rd., wornallmajors.org. Party Monster XIII: 9 p.m. Sat., Oct. 26, $10, VooDoo Lounge, Harrah’s Casino, 1 Riverboat Dr., North Kansas City, 816-472-7777, voodookc.com. Pumpkins on Parade: 4:30-9 p.m. Sat., Oct. 19, free, Cave Spring Historic Site & Nature Center, 8701 E. Gregory Blvd., 816-547-9679, cavespring.org. Pumpkin Patch and Corn Maze: Includes hayride, straw fort, Sunflower Slide, farm animals, teepees. 8 a.m.6 p.m. Thu., 10 a.m.-10 p.m. Fri-Sat., 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Sun., $8 (children under 3 free), Louisburg Cider Mill, 14730 Hwy. 68, Louisburg, 913-837-5202. Screenland at the KC Symphony presents The Phantom of the Opera: Live organ accompaniment to the 1925 silent film starring Lon Chaney. 7 p.m. Thu., Oct. 31, Kauffman Center, 1601 Broadway, 816-994-7200, kcsymphony.org. Something Wicked This Way Comes — the Dark Fashion Show & Circus: 7 p.m. Fri., Oct. 25, $15, Pop Up Art Gallery, 2100 Grand, 816-237-0319. Spirits From the Past: 6-9 p.m. Fri., Oct. 25, 6-9 p.m. Sat., Oct. 26, $9, reservations required, Missouri Town 1855, 8010 E. Park Rd. (in Fleming Park), Lee’s Summit, 816-503-4860. T11: Temptation at the Station: 7-11 p.m. Fri., Oct. 25, $45/$75, Union Station, 30 W. Pershing Rd., 816-460-2020, terrorparty.org. 3rd Street Asylum Haunted House: 7 p.m. Fri.-Sat., $18, Third and Cedar streets, Bonner Springs, 3rdstreetasylum.com. Trick or Treat on the Farm & Boooo Barn: 1-4 p.m. Sat., Oct. 26, 1-4 p.m. Sun., Oct. 27, $5, The National Agricultural Center and Hall of Fame, 630 N. 126th St., Bonner Springs, 913-721-1075, aghalloffame.com.

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Thursday | 10.10 |

THE EDGE OF HELL

FOOD & DRINK

10th Annual Cookin’ on the Kaw Blues & BBQ Contest | 5 p.m. De Soto Riverfest Park, 33440 W, 79th

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Author Nicholas Sparks | 7 p.m., Unity Temple, 707 W. 47th St., rainydaybooks.com/NicholasSparks

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Charlotte Bobcats vs. Miami Heat | 7:30 p.m. Sprint

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U.S. National Soccer Team vs. Jamaica | 5:30 p.m. Sporting Park, 1 Sporting Way, KCK

Health, Wealth and Leisure Expo | 9 a.m.-noon,

Legacy Park, 901 N.E. Bluestem Dr., Lee’s Summit, lsparks.net

MUSIC

Big Gigantic, Minnesota | 8 p.m. The Granada, 1020 Massachusetts, Lawrence

Kansas City National College Fair | Bartle Hall, 301 W. 13th St.

Casey Brett | PBR Big Sky Bar, 111 E. 13th St.

Rotary Club of Johnson County’s Oktoberfest | 6-10 p.m., $45, Boulevard Brewing Co., 2501 Southwest Blvd.

Brody Buster | 9 p.m. B.B.’s Lawnside BBQ, 1205 E.

FILM

Cadillac Flambe, Doghouse Daddies | 5:30 p.m. Quasimodo, 12056 W. 135th St., Overland Park

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We Are Superman DVD release | 6 p.m., $30, Screenland Armour Theater, 408 Armour Rd., NKC MUSIC

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Dirtfoot, Matt Dillon Band | 9 p.m. The Bottleneck, The Edge of Hell | 7:30 p.m., 1300 W. 12th St. For more spooktacular events, see our Halloween Guide on page 25.

Pretty Lights, Zeds Dead, Paper Diamond | 7 p.m.

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Cowgirls Trainset, 40 Watt Dreams, Tyler Gregory | 8 p.m. The Bottleneck, 737 New Hampshire,

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7:30-10:30 p.m. The Uptown Arts Bar, 3611 Broadway

Gerald Spaits Quartet featuring Charlie Perkins | The Blue Room, 1616 E. 18th St.

Cas Haley, Arm the Poor | 9:45 p.m. RecordBar,

1020 Westport Rd.

Hot Caution | 9 p.m. The Kill Devil Club, 61 E. 14th St. John Keck’s Angels and Devils featuring Robert Paulson, David Regnier and Mikal Shapiro | 8 p.m. Coda, 1744 Broadway

GB Leighton: A Living Room Session | 8:30 p.m.

Knuckleheads, 2715 Rochester

Phil Neal & the Wornalls | The Brick, 1727 McGee Organs, Blk/Blk, Lazy| 10p.m.MiniBar,3810Broadway 26

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Fred Ermentrout, Fields, Riverrock, Denver Locke, Jolly Brothers & New Medicine | 6:30 p.m.

The Bach Aria Soloists: Zarabanda, Music from Spanish Baroque and Beyond | 8 p.m., $25 ($15 for students), Polsky Theatre, JCCC, 12345 College Blvd., Overland Park, jccc.edu/TheSeries

Kansas City Ballet: “Fancy Free” | 7:30 p.m., $29-

David George and a Crooked Mile, Filthy 13 |

9 p.m. Davey’s Uptown, 3402 Main

Heartfelt Anarchy, Parts of Speech, Vertigone, Jorge Arana Trio | 8 p.m. Riot Room, 4048

$99, Kauffman Center, 1601 Broadway

Broadway

The Physical Flow Show: Presented by New Century

Matt Kane, Dave Stryker and Kyle Kohler |

NIGHTLIFE

Follies and Byrd Productions | 8 p.m. Just Off Broadway Theatre, 3051 Central

Clockwerk & DJ Archi | Gusto Lounge, 504 West-

F E S T I VA L S

Laura Meyer, the Clementines | 6 p.m. Replay Lounge, 946 Massachusetts, Lawrence

Y(our) Fri(end), Horse Lords | 10 p.m. Replay Lounge, 946 Massachusetts, Lawrence

Haim, IO Echo | 8 p.m. The Granada, 1020 Massachu-

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Dolewite | The BrewTop Pub and Patio, 8614 N. Board-

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Freaky Fall Fest | 5-9 p.m. Leawood City Park, 10601 Lee Blvd., Leawood

Restorations, Maps for Travelers, Noah’s Ark Was a Spaceship | 7:30 p.m. Czar, 1531 Grand

Feel Good | 8 p.m. The Bottleneck, 737 New Hampshire,

Weston Irish Festival | 5 p.m.-midnight, O’Malley’s 1842 Irish Pub, 500 Welt St., Weston

Rob Scheps/Jim O’Connor Quintet | 7 p.m. Take Five Coffee + Bar, 5336 W. 151st St., Overland Park

Luxury Bump | 10 p.m. Firefly Lounge, 4118 Penn-

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Run With It, Brett Copeland | The Brick, 1727 McGee

DJ Highnoone | Empire Room, 334 E. 31st St.

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Steve Trevino | 7:30 p.m. Improv Comedy Club and Dinner Theater, 7260 N.W. 87th St.

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Horror on the Boulevard: Horror triple feature, music

by the Haunted Creepys | 4 p.m. Boulevard Drive-In Theatre, 1051 Merriam Ln., KCK

Someone Still Loves You Boris Yeltsin, A Great Big Pile of Leaves, Grisly Hand | 10 p.m. RecordBar,

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Terminator 2, Faultfinder, Sobou Shuu, Llambs | 10 p.m. MiniBar, 3810 Broadway

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ZZ Ward, the Wild Feathers, James Bay | 7 p.m.

Oktoberfest | Noon-4 p.m. Holy-Field Vineyard and Winery, 18807 158th St., Basehor

The Wheelers, Psychic Heat, the Sluts, DJ Proof

| 10 p.m. Replay Lounge, 946 Massachusetts, Lawrence

Oktoberfest | 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Mercedes-Benz of Kansas City, 13851 Madison

NIGHTLIFE

Shawnee Indian Mission Fall Festival | 10 a.m.-

The Midland, 1228 Main

Flirt Friday | 9 p.m. VooDoo Lounge, Harrah’s Casino, 1 Riverboat Dr., NKC

Indigo Hour with Gray Matter | 5:30 p.m. The Blue Room, 1616 E. 18th St.

Park, 601 Kentucky, Lawrence

4 p.m. Shawnee Indian Mission State Historic Site, 3403 W. 53rd St., Fairway

Weston Irish Festival | 11 a.m.-midnight, O’Malley’s 1842 Irish Pub, 500 Welt St., Weston

COMMUNITY EVENTS

Tim Meadows | 7:45 & 9:45 p.m. Stanford’s Comedy

Club, 1867 Village West Pkwy., KCK

Steve Trevino | 7:30 & 9:45 p.m. Improv Com-

edy Club and Dinner Theater, 7260 N.W. 87th St.

Saturday | 10.12 |

Ability Quest | 8:30 a.m. Berkley Riverfront Park, N. Lydia and E. Front St. The Main Event – A Celebration of Health and Wellness | 1 p.m., Pershing Rd. and Main

MUSEUM EXHIBITS & EVENTS

PERFORMING ARTS

The Big Damn Dirty Clown Show presented by Byrd

Productions & the New Centuries Follies | 8 p.m. Just Off Broadway Theatre, 3051 Central

Hungarian State Folk Ensemble | 8 p.m., $18-$44, Yardley Hall at JCCC, 12345 College Blvd., Overland Park

Kansas City Ballet: “Fancy Free” | 7:30 p.m. Kauff-

man Center, 1601 Broadway

American Sabor: Latinos in U.S. Popular Music | American Jazz Museum, 1616 E. 18th St. Harmonies of the Homefront |National World

War I Museum, 100 W. 26th St.

Music Is My First Love: Lupe M. Gonzalez Dance Orchestra | Opening Saturday, Kansas City Museum, 3218 Gladstone Blvd. Real Pirates | Union Station, 30 W. Pershing Rd.

F E S T I VA L S

Harvest Festival | 10 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Shoal Creek Living History Museum, 7000 N.E. Barry Rd.

Kansas City Renaissance Festival | 10 a.m.-7 p.m.,

633 N. 130th St., Bonner Springs, kcrenfest.com

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Take Five Tours | 6 p.m. Thursday, American Jazz Museum, 1616 E. 18th St.

Truman Home Tours | 219 Delaware,

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45th Annual Johnson County Numismatic Society Coin, Stamp & Card Show | Lenexa Community

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Horror on the Boulevard: Horror triple feature, live music by the Haunted Creepys | Boulevard Drive-In Theatre, 1051 Merriam Ln., KCK FOOD & DRINK

Beerfest at the Ballpark | 1:30-7 p.m., $35, Community America Ballpark, 1800 Village W. Pkwy., KCK Crawl for Cancer | Westport Rd. and Pennsylvania

Tim Meadows | 7:45 & 9:45 p.m. Stanford’s Comedy Club, 1867 Village West Pkwy., KCK

SPORTS MUSIC

The Dirty Run 5k | 9 a.m., $60, 230th St. and Hwy. 32, Linwood, Kansas

Kansas City 2013 Walk to Cure Diabetes | 8 a.m. Truman Sports Complex, I-70 at Blue Ridge Cut-Off

Mummy Run: A family-friendly 5k, costumes encour-

aged, I-35 and Tennessee Rd., Ottawa

Mustache Dash 5k | 8:30 a.m. Park Place, 117th St.

and Nall, Leawood

Approach’s “Make-Out With Violence” CDrelease show | 10 p.m. Replay Lounge, 946 Massa-

chusetts, Lawrence

Deco Auto, Pale Hearts, Rev Gusto | The Brick, 1727 McGee

Deicide, Broken Hope, Disgorge, Necronomicon, Torn the Fuck Apart, Gornography | 7 p.m. The Riot

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ART EXHIBITS & EVENTS About Face | Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, 4525 Oak, nelson-atkins.org

Marc Bosworth & Eric Dodson: Tactile Diagrams | 6-9 p.m. Thursday-Saturday, Kiosk Gallery, 3951 Broadway

Echoes: Islamic Art and Contemporary Artists | Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, 4525 Oak

Russell Ferguson: “New World Ionas” | Satur-

days, Telephonebooth, 3319 Troost

Hobbs Building Artists’ Open Studios | 6 p.m.

Friday, 1 p.m. Saturday, 1427 W. Ninth St.

L’Hourloupe, artwork by Anthony Baab, JosephineHalvorson, Gabriel Hartley, David Livingston and Scott Wolniak | Greenlease Gallery, Rockhurst University, 1100 Rockhurst Rd.

Nomads: Traversing Adolescence | Kemper

Our People, Our Land, Our Images | 11 a.m. Thursday and Friday, Mid-America Arts Alliance, 2018 Baltimore, maaa.org Permanent Collection Highlights Walk-in Tour, Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, 4525 Oak Second Friday Troost Art Hop | 6-10 p.m. Ubuntu Village Community Center, 4327 Troost, troostarthop.com Thirsty Thursday Art Crawl | 5 p.m. Waldo,

75th St. and Wornall

James Turrell: Gard Blue | Spencer Museum of Art, 1301 Mississippi , Lawrence Under Arabian Skies: A Celebration of Art, Science and Astronomy From the Islamic World | 5-9 p.m. Saturday, Nelson-Atkins Museum

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GRUESOME PLAYGROUND INJURIES

FOOD & DRINK

Harvest Potluck Dinner & Slow Food KC 10th Anniversary Celebration | 5:30-8 p.m. Somerset Ridge Winery, 29725 Somerset Rd., Paola

DAY SATUR

10.12

St. and Vine Historic District

Foster, Currey & Lisinicchia | 5:30 p.m. Green Lady Lounge, 1809 Grand

SPORTS

Ad Astra Run | 7 a.m. Broken Arrow Park, 2800 Louisiana, Lawrence

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Funk Trek | The Kill Devil Club, 61 E. 14th St.

Bracket of Death | 8:30 a.m., $37, Plaza Tennis Center, 4747 J.C. Nichols Pkwy.

Sarah Lee Guthrie & Johnny Irion with Song Preservation Society & Olassa: A Living Room Session | 8:30 p.m. Knuckleheads, 2715 Rochester

7 p.m. The Bottleneck, 737 New Hampshire, Lawrence

Hermon Mehari Trio | 8 p.m. Take Five Coffee + Bar, 5336 W. 151st St., Overland Park

Metatone, Bloodbirds, Zorch, the Hips | 9 p.m. RecordBar, 1020 Westport Rd.

B R I A N PA U L E T T E

Hammerlord, Wrath and Ruin, Stiff Middle Fingers, the Soylent Doves, A Light Within |

Chiefs vs. Raiders | Noon, Arrowhead Stadium MUSIC

Peabo Bryson | KC Live Stage at the Power & Light District, 14th St. and Grand

Gruesome Playground Injuries | The Fishtank, 1715 Wyandotte, 816-809-7110, fishtanktheater.blogspot.com

KC Improv Company | 8 p.m. Kick Comedy Theater,

4010 Pennsylvania

Shawnee Indian Mission Fall Festival | 10 a.m.-

Old Sound, Wells the Traveler, Brother Bagman

| 10 p.m., Davey’s Uptown, 3402 Main

Rock Down Drag Out: Rock vs. Billy | 7 p.m. Czar, 1531 Grand

Linda Shell’s Blues Thang | 9 p.m. B.B.’s Lawnside

BBQ, 1205 E. 85th St.

Stolen Winnebagos | The BrewTop Pub and Patio,

8614 N. Boardwalk Ave.

Jim Suhler & Monkey Beat | 9 p.m. Knuckleheads,

2715 Rochester

Watson Park, 601 Kentucky St., Lawrence

Masquerade Ball hosted by Kansas City Culture

| 7 p.m., The Levee, 16 W. 43rd St.

Steve Trevino | 7 & 9:45 p.m. Improv Comedy Club and Dinner Theater, 7260 N.W. 87th St.

Sunday | 10.13 | PERFORMING ARTS

Kansas City Ballet: “Fancy Free” | 2 p.m. Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts, 1601 Broadway

4 p.m. Shawnee Indian Mission, 3403 W. 53rd St., Fairway

Weston Irish Festival | Noon-10 p.m. O’Malley’s 1842 Irish Pub, 500 Welt St., Weston

Dropout Boogie | 10 p.m. MiniBar, 3810 Broadway

Mother Earth News Fair | 9 a.m.-6 p.m., $18-$35,

Brian Haas & Josh Raymer’s Frames, Boomclap

| 8 p.m. RecordBar, 1020 Westport Rd.

Rich Hill’s jazz brunch | 11 a.m. The Majestic, 931

45th Annual Johnson County Numismatic Society Coin, Stamp & Card Show | Lenexa Community

Broadway

Center, 13420 Oak, Lenexa

Day of Indigenous Resistance: Journey to Mictlan | 5 p.m. Garcia Squared, 115 W. 18th St., Studio 209

Kansas City Renaissance Festival | 10 a.m.-7 p.m.,

633 N. 130th St., Bonner Springs, kcrenfest.com

Lounge, 946 Massachusetts, Lawrence

Broadway

FILM

DJ E | The Quaff, 1010 Broadway

Crazy Eyes, Something & the Whatevers, the Travel Guide, Japanese Game Show | 10 p.m. Replay

COMMUNITY EVENTS

F E S T I VA L S NIGHTLIFE

Classixx, DJ Sheppa | 8 p.m. The Riot Room, 4048

Broadway

15th Annual Kansas City Jewish Film Festival

| The Lewis and Shirley White Theatre at the Jewish Community Center, 5801 W. 115th St., Overland Park

Mark Lowrey jazz jam | 6 p.m. The Majestic, 931

Lee McBee and the Confessors | 6-9 p.m. B.B.’s Lawnside BBQ, 1205 E. 85th St.

Mengel Brothers Duo | 5-9 p.m. Chaz on the Plaza, 325 Ward Pkwy.

Dominique Sanders Trio | 10 p.m. Green Lady Lounge,

1809 Grand

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Dracula: The Journal of Jonathan Harker

| Opening Wednesday, the Coterie Theatre, 2450 Grand, Crown Center, thecoterie.org

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Fall Shorts with Phillip Newman: 7 p.m. Sunday, Fishtank Performance Studio, 1715 Wyandotte The Foreigner | Opening Friday, KC Repertory

GIFT GUIDE

Theatre, 4949 Cherry, kcrep.org

The Fox on the Fairway | Opening Friday, Para-

dise Playhouse, 101 Spring St., Excelsior Springs, paradiseplayhouse.org

Gruesome Playground Injuries | Fishtank Performance Studio, 1715 Wyandotte, fishtanktheater.blogspot.com

The Mistakes Madeline Made | The Living Fiona Apple | 8 p.m. Saturday, October 12, at Liberty Hall, 644 Massachusetts, Lawrence

Room, 1818 McGee, thelivingroomkc.com

Ol’ Blue Eyes | Chestnut Fine Arts Center, 234 N. Chestnut, Olathe

Slow Motion Commotion, the Drunken Cuddle, Jerkface | 7 p.m. The Riot Room, 4048 Broadway Tribal Seeds, Fortunate Youth, Hirie | 8 p.m. The Bottleneck, 737 New Hampshire, Lawrence

Cute Is What We Aim For, Turnover, Tallhart, We Are Voices | 6 p.m. The Granada, 1020 Massachusetts,

Lawrence

Rumplestiltskin | Opening Wednesday, Paul Mesner Puppet Studio, 1006 E. Linwood Blvd.

Westport Rd.

Le Jupe, Burdock Kings | 10 p.m. RecordBar, 1020

Seven Guitars | UMKC Theatre, Studio 116 James C. Olson PAC, 4949 Cherry, umkctheatre.org

| 6 p.m. Replay Lounge, 946 Massachusetts, Lawrence

Makusa | 7 p.m. The Blue Room, 1616 E. 18th St.

The Three Sisters | Opening Friday, UMKC

Bram Wijnands | 7 p.m. Green Lady Lounge, 1809 Grand

The Moody Blues | 7 p.m. The Midland, 1228 Main

Truckstop Honeymoon, Japanese Game Show

NIGHTLIFE

Steve Trevino | 7 p.m. Improv Comedy Club and Dinner Theater, 7260 N.W. 87th St.

Monday | 10.14 |

Rural Grit Happy Hour | 6-9 p.m. The Brick, 1727 McGee Shameless Management Showcase | 7 p.m. Czar,

1531 Grand

Flea Market, 817 Westport Rd.

Wicked | Music Hall, 301 W. 13th St., theaterleague.com

Your Hit Parade: The American Songbook | Quality Hill Playhouse, 303 W. 10th St.,

qualityhillplayhouse.com

Singer/Songwriter open mic with host Jon Theobald | 7 p.m. Davey’s Uptown, 3402 Main

COMMUNITY EVENTS

KC Mutual UFO Network | 6:30 p.m., $5/$10, Westport

Theater, Grant Hall, 5227 Holmes, umkctheatre.org

Waldo Jazz Collective | 7-10 p.m. The Piano Room, 8410 Wornall

Trivia with Matt Larson | 8 p.m. Bulldog, 1715 Main

Tuesday | 10.15 |

NIGHTLIFE

LITERARY EVENTS

Blue Monday poetry and open mic | 8-10 p.m. The

Writers Place Poetry Series | 7 p.m. Johnson County

Geeks Who Drink Pub Quiz | 7:30 p.m. Rhythm and

COMMUNITY EVENTS

Geeks Who Drink Pub Quiz | 8 p.m. Green Room

Genevieve Byrne Speaker Series with Meredith Vieira | 8 p.m. Folly Theater, 300 W. 12th St.

F E S T I VA L S

Kansas City Renaissance Festival | 10 a.m.-7 p.m., 633 N. 130th St., Bonner Springs, kcrenfest.com FILM

15th Annual Kansas City Jewish Film Festival

| The Lewis and Shirley White Theatre at the Jewish Community Center, 5801 W. 115th St., Overland Park

Uptown Arts Bar, 3611 Broadway

Booze, 423 Southwest Blvd.

Burgers & Beer, 4010 Pennsylvania

FILM

Karaoke | 10:30 p.m. The Brick, 1727 McGee

MUSIC

Automatic Wolf | 7:30 p.m. Gaslight Gardens, 317 N.

Second St., Lawrence

Central Resource Library, 9875 W. 87th St., Overland Park

Sonic Spectrum Music Trivia | 7 p.m. RecordBar,

1020 Westport Rd.

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FOOD & DRINK

Jack Daniels and Woodford Reserve Dinner | 6:30 p.m. Rye, 10551 Mission, Leawood

The Irieplaceables | 8 p.m. Mike’s Tavern, 5424 Troost

WWE Smackdown | 7 p.m. Sprint Center, 1407

Jam Night | 9 p.m. Jerry’s Bait Shop, 13412 Santa Fe

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Trail Dr., Lenexa

Marasmus, Rottenness, A Plague in Faith, Molasar | 8 p.m. Davey’s Uptown, 3402 Main

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March Fourth Marching Band, DJ vs. Drums | 9 p.m. The Bottleneck, 737 New Hampshire, Lawrence

Grand

Organ Jazz Trio with Ken Lovern | 9 p.m. Green Lady Lounge, 1809 Grand

MUSIC

Rick Bacus Trio | Jazz, 1823 W. 39th St.

Shinetop Jr. | 7-9 p.m. B.B.’s Lawnside BBQ, 1205 E. 85th St.

Sara Bareilles, Harper Blynn | 7 p.m. Uptown Theater, 3700 Broadway

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Billy Beale’s blues jam | 10 p.m. Westport Saloon,

4112 Pennsylvania

Drew Black and the Dirty Electric, Aotearoa, Hillary Watts Riot | 7:30 p.m. Czar, 1531 Grand J. Cole and Wale | 8 p.m. The Midland, 1228 Main

Todd Snider with the Coal Men | 8:30 p.m. Knuckleheads Saloon, 2715 Rochester

DJ HoodNasty, Brent Tactic & DJ B-Stee | 10 p.m.

Gusto Lounge, 504 Westport Rd.

Futuro with Sigrah, Nmezee and special guests

The Crayons | 7 p.m. RecordBar, 1020 Westport Rd.

| 10 p.m. The Riot Room, 4048 Broadway

Foundation Big Band | 9 p.m. Green Lady Lounge,

Jazz Poetry Jam | 7 p.m. The Blue Room, 1616 E. 18th St.

1809 Grand

Hanson | 8 p.m. The Granada, 1020 Massachusetts,

Lawrence

Hudspeth and Shinetop | 7 p.m. B.B.’s Lawnside

BBQ, 1205 E. 85th St.

Hermon Mehari Trio | 6 p.m. Majestic, 931 Broadway Naughty Pines Happy Hour Band | 6-8 p.m. Coda, 1744 Broadway

Open Jam with the Everette DeVan Trio | 7 p.m.

Open jam with El Barrio Band | 7 p.m. Danny’s Big

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Open-mic comedy night | 9 p.m. Hamburger Mary’s,

101 Southwest Blvd.

Super Nerd Night | 8 p.m. The Bottleneck, 737 New

Hampshire, Lawrence

Trivia | 8:30 p.m. Coda, 1744 Broadway

Wednesday | 10.16 |

FILM

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Bo Burnham Live | 8 p.m. The Midland, 1228 Main DJ Ashton Martin | Gusto Lounge, 504 Westport Rd. DJ Lee | 9 p.m. The Velvet Dog, 400 E. 31st St. DJs Mike Scott, Spinstyles and Bill Pile | MiniBar,

3810 Broadway

Karaoke | The Quaff, 1010 Broadway

| The Lewis and Shirley White Theatre at the Jewish Community Center, 5801 W. 115th St., Overland Park

Tango dance night | 8 p.m. Coda, 1744 Broadway Trivia | 8 p.m. Westport Flea Market, 817 Westport Rd. Trivia | 9 p.m. Lew’s Grill and Bar, 7539 Wornall Greg Warren | 8 p.m. Stanford’s Comedy Club, 1867 Village West Pkwy., KCK

Westport Girlz | 8 p.m. Californos, 4124 Pennsylvania

NIGHTLIFE

Cantina, 408 E. 31st St.

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MOKAN Twang Vinyl Country Night | 8 p.m. Frank James Saloon, 10919 N.W. Hwy. 45, Parkville

Trampled Under Foot | 7 p.m. B.B.’s Lawnside BBQ,

RecordBar, 1020 Westport Rd.

Hall, 7300 W. 119th St., Overland Park

Poetic Underground open-mic series | 9-11 p.m.

6 p.m. RSVP required. Kauffman Center, 1601 Broadway

Surfer Blood, Team Spirit, Andy Boay | 8 p.m. The

Two Cow Garage, Hotdog Skeletons | 10 p.m.

Josh Thompson with Noe Palma | 7 p.m. Kanza

Ladies’ Night Karaoke and VJ Show with DJ McLovin| 8:30p.m.OneEyedJack’s,5044N.E.ParvinRd.

The Royal Opera House Ballet Series:Don Quixote | 7 p.m. Cinemark Palace at the Plaza, 500 Nichols Rd.

1205 E. 85th St.

Drew Six | 6-9 p.m. Cactus Grill, 11849 Roe, Leawood

Free Happy-Hour Concert — Mozart Quintets |

The Uptown Arts Bar, 3611 Broadway

Riot Room, 4048 Broadway

Sir Sly, Bel Heir, A.M.I.M. | 7:30 p.m. The Riot Room,

4048 Broadway

PERFORMING ARTS

Reno Roberts, Kristie Lee | 8 p.m. Davey’s Uptown,

3402 Main

Mat Shoare Band, Schwervon!, Proletariat Chariot | 10 p.m. RecordBar, 1020 Westport Rd.

Karaoke with Paul Nelson | MiniBar, 3810 Broadway

The Phoenix, 302 W. Eighth St.

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Chris Hazelton Trio | 5:30 p.m. Green Lady Lounge,

1809 Grand

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heads, 2715 Rochester

Max Groove Trio | 6 p.m. Chaz, 325 Ward Pkwy.

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I visited Halifax, Nova Scotia, last week — for my geographically illiterate fellow Americans, Halifax is the biggest city on Canada’s Atlantic coast — to help celebrate the 20th anniversary of the founding of The Coast, Halifax’s kickass alternative weekly newspaper. The paper brought me to town to do Savage Love Live. I took questions for two hours in the auditorium of a brand-new Halifax high school that has a full bar. (First you have socialized medicine, and then marriage equality, and now bars in high schools — what’s not to love about Canada? Oh, right: Stephen Harper, tar sands, porn laws.) The place was packed, the audience was rowdy, and things got dirty. Here’s a selection of Halifax’s questions and my answers … Current celebrity crush? Jorge Mario Bergoglio My boyfriend broke up with me 10 times over the last two years. But this time, he says he’s committed. Am I stupid? You may or may not be stupid (impossible to tell from a short question written on a green index card), but you do meet a popular, if somewhat annoying, but sometimes eerily accurate definition of insanity: doing the same thing over and over again — doing this boyfriend of yours over and over again — and expecting different results. Tell him this chance is his last, and don’t take him back a 12th time. My partner is obsessed with Shania. He’s gay. Is this normal? It’s gay normal. Sometimes it’s a Shania, sometimes it’s a Cher, sometimes it’s a Gaga or a Madonna or a Rihanna. My gay husband is currently obsessed with a Katy Perry. Maybe you and I should start a support group? Anal rose budding videos — your reaction? O_o Married straight lady. My husband recently told me that he is bisexual. I couldn’t imagine something hotter! But he is also EXTREMELY monogamous. Suggestions? I want to have fun with this! Strap-ons — like the ones they sell at Venus Envy, Halifax’s education-oriented sex shop and bookstore — are fun. Or, hey, you could push your husband to adopt the “gay normal” definition of monogamy: If you two have threesomes only with each other and one additional hot bi guy, then all your threesomes are EXTREMELY monogamous. I’m a kinky, poly guy who meets awesome kinky, poly girls on the Internet. Everything is great, except I never know when or if to go in for a first kiss. With my girlfriend, it took me six months to build up the courage! Thanks! None of the kinky, poly girls I’ve met in Seattle, New York, Portland, San Francisco, Madison, Toronto, Vancouver, Chicago, etc.,

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idea about your intentions? Use your words to tell your FWB that a serious romance isn’t in the cards. Then make a good-faith effort to be a friend to your FWB. How can I go about financial domination in a smart way? (I’m a 19-year-old girl, and I’m looking to Dom.) Most men who submit to financial domination — making cash gifts to a Dom — expect a little something in return: some attention, some pictures, maybe a Skype session now and then. Be warned: Once your images are out there, they’re out there. And an angry, vindictive “sub” might post your pictures online, or a careless sub could lose his computer and someone else could steal and post your photos or Web chats. Any plans to retire? Give up an advice column? No way. It’s too sweet a gig. They’ll have to pry my column from my cold, dead hands just like they pried Ann Landers’ column from hers. How do I make cum taste better? “Cum” is not a word. We don’t have threeletter alternate spellings for other four-letter words that have sexual and nonsexual meanings. You wouldn’t write, “I know this guy who sucks, and he’s a mean dick, but he’s so fucking hot, I want to suk his dik.” So there’s no need to misspell “come” to give it a sexual connotation. The proper spelling works just fine. But in answer to your question: Come is an acquired taste. No one likes Guinness the first time they drink it, right? But soon you’re happily knocking back pints of the stuff. Same goes for come. My partner is a neat freak and a control freak in everyday life, but in bed she’s a whore. Is this normal? Nope, but it sounds awesome — dirty sex is always more fun in a spotless apartment. Is it true that some men like a finger in the butt during a blowjob? It is true that some men like a finger in the butt during a blowjob. Some men like two fingers, some like more. Some men like it in the butt generally. How to determine if the man you’re blowing likes a finger in the butt? Take his dick out of your mouth and ask. What’s the best place to make love? In the butt. (Individual results may vary.) Thanks, Halifax, for such a great evening. And congrats to Kyle and Christine and everyone at The Coast on 20 great years! The new Savage Lovecast season starts October 22 at savagelovecast.com.

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