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The best advice I ever got: “Don’t let anyone tell you that you can’t make it in the arts.”

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courage me from pursuing an artistic career growing up, and I listened to them. I enjoyed doing creative things in school and in my free time, but I always sought a practical job over an artistic career. In the past year or so, I really started believing in myself for the first time, and I’ve had a very successful year. I’ve been featured in numerous shows, I’m booking lots of photography gigs, and I became creative director of this wonderful organization.

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een fundraiser with Cancervive KC at Belvoir Winery has kind of been my baby. The other members of Cancervive KC have been great and made amazing contributions — it’s incredibly collaborative, but they’ve really let me run wild with this event creatively, and I’m so, so grateful to them. I can’t imagine anywhere else I’d want to be on Halloween night than at a haunted winery, especially for a good cause. It really is going to be the best place to spend Halloween Night in KC! Cancervive KC hosts Nightmare at Oddfellows Thursday, October 31, from 7 p.m. to midnight, at the Belvoir Winery (1325 Odd Fellows Road, Liberty). Expect performance art, live music, local artists and craftspersons, short films, psychics, drinks and more. Admission is $15. Hoops and a few friends started the nonprofit organization in the spring of 2012, after their friend Michael Frank Corte died following a long fight with leukemia. Cancervive KC raises money for local people who are struggling to afford cancer treatments.

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iberty University’s law school has a Web page dedicated to Phill Kline. It heralds the former Kansas attorney general's work on such matters as Internet predators, murder prosecutions, water-rights cases and Medicaid fraud. It goes on to say that, despite Kline’s accomplishments, the media cared only about his abortion crusade, which triggered the spending of “millions of dollars” by the “national abortion industry” to “attack and vilify him.” It’s a statement as disingenuous as the person in question. A Kansas Supreme Court ruling published October 18 shows that the media were probably barking up the right tree. Kline was suspended indefinitely from practicing law in Kansas because of his conduct as Kansas attorney general and, later, as Johnson County district attorney. The Kansas Supreme Court found “clear and convincing evidence” that the man who was once the state’s top lawenforcement official was repeatedly dishonest in how he carried out his investigation against abortion providers. The 154-page opinion makes for a withering read. The discipline itself is relatively meaningless because Kline’s law license is already suspended; he had already stopped paying the annual fee to keep it active. He has told the court that he doesn’t want to send money to Kansas and doesn’t plan to practice law here again. Nevertheless, the opinion marks something of a reverse coronation of Kline’s time as a public servant in the Sunflower State. It shows that, despite Liberty University’s claim of a wide range of accomplishments as a law-enforcement official, Kline seemed preoccupied with just one concern: abortion. Kline used an opinion — that any child younger than 16 who is pregnant was automatically a rape victim — to go after abortion providers, including George Tiller in Wichita and Planned Parenthood in Overland Park, with a blanket search of abortion records. He said the search would uncover instances of crimes. The main thing it did, however, was make women in Kansas think twice about seeking a private and legally protected medical procedure. The Kansas Supreme Court cites 11 instances in which it found Kline in violation of the ethics code for lawyers. Most of the findings deal with the former AG’s struggle to tell the truth. Perhaps the most illuminating charge involved how Kline looked after the abortion records once he had them. Kline was Kansas attorney general for four years, until Kansans grew tired of his grandstanding and elected Paul Morrison, the longtime Johnson County district attorney and freshly minted Democrat,

by a very wide margin. Thanks to an arcane system for appointing a new district attorney in Johnson County, Kline found himself taking Morrison’s old job in Olathe the same day that Morrison moved into Kline’s office in Topeka. When that switcheroo happened, on January 8, 2007, Kline was supposed to tell Shawnee County Judge Richard Anderson where all the abortion patient records were, then send what he had to the judge’s chambers. Kline told his staff to go to a copy store in Topeka and duplicate all those patient files for him to keep when he became Johnson County district attorney. He never told Anderson about those copies, which he wasn’t supposed to have. Those copies sat around in the apartment of one of Kline’s staffers for more than a month — not exactly a secure location for sensitive medical information. Kline quickly resumed his investigation of abortion clinics in his new job. When Anderson wanted to talk with Kline about that, the DA showed up with a copy of a patient’s records. Anderson, recalling that Kline had said all the records were with the judge, asked where Kline got the file. Kline said he had copies and that the judge knew it. That angered Anderson, who ordered that Kline return all the files. In response, Kline told one of his staffers to make handwritten copies of all the abortion files. He didn’t tell Anderson about that, either. Anderson asked Kline: “But the point is clear now, those records are on the table and those are the records that — all of the records that are subject to this present dispute, is that right?” Kline said “all copies” were there with him and would go back to Anderson. Months later, Kline was asked under oath whether he had any summaries of patient records. He said he had three. The truth was, he had 62. Kline later tried to say he had forgotten about the other 59 records. Besides, he said, they didn’t matter anyway. “We find this suggestion wholly unconvincing,” the Supreme Court’s opinion reads. Kline has been teaching law at Jerry Falwell’s Liberty University since 2009. Among his professed areas of expertise: “pro-life legal advocacy” and “lawyering skills.” That means Liberty law students paying $32,000 a year in tuition can learn lawyering skills from a man whose law license is suspended for not telling the truth.

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t’s just before midnight on a Friday in early October — excellent drinking weather — and the Waldo bars hubbed around the intersection of 75th Street and Wornall are teeming with partiers. Don’t be fooled by its casual name: Quinton’s Bar & Deli is a hulking nightclub after dark, with strobe lights, beefy bouncers, and hiphop and dance music blaring over the speakers. Fifty feet across Wornall, in front of the Shot Stop, you can hear every word of every song: Hey, say hey, baby I got your money. The Shot Stop, an import from the nearby

college town of Manhattan, Kansas, serves somewhere in the vicinity of 80 specialty shots, most of them designed to get the people who drink them as fucked up as possible in the shortest amount of time. An entire column on the menu is reserved for “bombs”: various combinations of liquor and energy drinks. Also available for those seeking a pick-me-up is the “Liquid Cocaine” shot, a mélange of Bacardi 151, Jägermeister and Rumple Minze. A wobbly 20-something in a halter top clutches a man’s arm as they stumble out of the Shot Stop and head a few doors north.

They walk past Tanner’s, a neighborhood sports bar that, like Quinton’s, stays open until 3 a.m. They cross 74th Terrace and head into the Well, an upscale restaurant-lounge where post-collegiate dating rituals are playing out in real time. Later, they’ll flag one of the many taxis circling this square block or cross Wornall for some late-night eats at Pickleman’s (open until 3 a.m.). Hookah Haven, a recently opened tobacco lounge at 7424 Wornall, also welcomes guests until that hour. “It’s more of a late-night crowd here in Waldo lately,” says Bette Smith, co-owner

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of Dave Smith the Lamp Maker, a business operating in the heart of Waldo for going on 45 years. “But if you think about it, Waldo has always been a bit of a bar district.” Smith is right. Quinton’s was previously Hannibal’s, and before that Fin’s, and before that just plain old Waldo Bar. Tanner’s and Bobby Baker’s Lounge also go back decades in this stretch of the neighborhood. But those were mostly dive bars, the kind where old men sat on bar stools in silence and stared at crummy TVs. In recent years, the Waldo bar crowd has continued on page 11 o c to b e r 24 -3 0 , 2 0 1 3

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Greetings From Waldo continued from page 9 grown younger and wilder: The bar patrons are in their 20s and 30s, and many of them come in from suburbs such as Olathe, Blue Springs and Leawood. Pub crawls, like the Waldo Crawldo, draw crowds in the thousands to the neighborhood. Gentrification typically follows a rough pattern: Artist types move into a cheap neighborhood, open coffee shops and music venues; yuppies seeking authenticity follow, driving up rents and bringing with them wine bars and boutique shops; artist types get priced out; then come the Jäger bombs and the sports bars. But that’s not really the story of Waldo, which seems to have skipped a few of those steps. How does a sleepy, family-friendly business district become a major nightlife destination without any formal city planning, à la Power & Light? And what does this new landscape mean for this independently minded neighborhood moving forward?

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don’t like that term, ‘nightlife district,’ ” says Chris Lewellen, owner of Lew’s Grill & Bar and the Well in Waldo. “I think it makes us apprehensive here in the neighborhood. We don’t want to be what Westport was in the ’80s or what the Power & Light District is now. We don’t have large clubs and piano bars. We don’t have food trucks outside. I think if people want to do a bachelor party, they think P&L. If they want a mellower party, there’s Waldo.” That’s debatable. Few would describe the mood inside the Shot Stop as “mellow,” for example. And what else would you call a twoblock radius of 10 establishments serving alcohol to young-skewing crowds well after midnight but a nightlife district? Lewellen’s reluctance to define Waldo by its bar scene is understandable: He sits on the boards of the Waldo Area Business Association and the Waldo Community Improvement District (CID). Still, he’s arguably the person most responsible for the evolution of nightlife in Waldo. Lewellen grew up in south Kansas City, near 120th Street and Wornall. After college, he bought a house at 67th Street and Oak “mostly because it was walking distance to Charlie Hooper’s,” the long-running Brookside tavern. In those days, the ’90s, Brookside was a gradually gentrifying first-ring suburb, not unlike Waldo today. Hooper’s was, and still is, an old-school neighborhood bar pulling in both local residents and young professionals. Lewellen wanted to open a restaurant-bar that would attract a similar clientele. Waldo is a neighborhood that already had in place the infrastructure for a bar district: bars clustered within walking distance of one another, a handful of 3 a.m. liquor licenses. It was one of the last remaining areas, if not the last, in the metro with those raw assets. But the neighborhood didn’t have the broad appeal to make use of them in the way Westport, the Plaza or, to a lesser extent, Brookside could.

Because Lewellen was already close to the neighborhood, his gaze turned toward Waldo. “I always loved going out in Waldo,” he says. “But my wife, at the time my girlfriend, would never come with me. I’d say, ‘How come you won’t ever come to Waldo with me?’ And she’d say the bars were all smoky and dirty and served bad food. And I had kind of an epiphany. I thought, ‘There’s a lot of women in this area like my wife.’ I figured if I opened a cleaner place with nicer TVs and better food, I could get some of the females who were otherwise going to Brookside or the Plaza to come to my place instead. And if you get those women to come, then the guys will come, too.” So in 2004, Lewellen and his brother, Andy, opened Lew’s, in a strip mall near the southeast corner of 75th Street and Wornall. “We had the first flat-screen TVs in Waldo or Brookside — two of them,” Lewellen says. “Pretty soon, every bar in Waldo and Brookside had flat-screen TVs. And what we saw was that we rose the standard in the neighborhood. One by one, most of these other restaurants and bars either changed hands or the owners got smart and remodeled. Within five years, the whole neighborhood was looking better. It wasn’t just us. Neighborhoods need options. My bars benefit from there being other options in Waldo.” The Lewellens opened the Well in 2009, on a lot across from Tanner’s formerly occupied by Roscoe TV and Video. “I felt Waldo could use a really nice place, nicer than Lew’s,” Lewellen says. “Lew’s was getting people stopping in after softball games on Tuesdays, but those same people were going to Kona on the Plaza on Friday.” With its rooftop deck, fancy fire pits, sleek interior and beyond-bar-fare menu, the Well was an immediate hit. “It blew up all the projections I’d given to the bank,” Lewellen says. “And it accomplished what I wanted: It made Waldo a destination. The people who come

to the Well are coming from Lee’s Summit, Olathe, the Plaza, downtown. They’re coming to the Well and checking out all the other spots in Waldo while they’re here. It’s good for all the businesses in Waldo.” Not every Waldo business necessarily views proximity to the 75th-and-Wornall heart of the neighborhood as a boon, though. Dan McCall and Jason Rourke (the latter previously was a manager at Lew’s and the Well) recently opened the District Pour House + Kitchen four blocks south, at Gregory and Wornall. Along with Louie’s Wine Dive a few doors down and Bier Station a few blocks east, the District is meant to appeal to Waldo residents looking to avoid the aggressive crowds that sometimes populate Quinton’s, the Well, et al. “When I go out there [around 75th and Wornall] now, it doesn’t feel like a neighborhood anymore,” McCall says. “It’s not people you recognize from down the street. That’s kind of the opposite of what we’re trying to do with the District. We’re not into that latenight Waldo scene. We want to be a place for dinner and drinks, and then if you want to really party and stay out late, you can head up to Waldo after.” Phil Bourne started running Waldo Pizza, an anchor of the neighborhood, in 1987. It sits at 7433 Broadway, between the Shot Stop and Tanner’s. “I’m not a big fan of binge drinking, and Waldo seems to be attracting more people into the area that are bent on consuming mass quantities of alcohol,” Bourne says. “It’s good to see the area becoming more vibrant, but I’m a little concerned about how the younger, rowdier drinking crowd impacts Waldo. I think we need to stay vigilant about the nightlife here becoming overwhelming.” Other business owners privately grouse about the arrival of Hookah Haven. Hookah bars, which have a reputation as seedy magnets for underage late-night crowds, aren’t the kind

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Greetings From Waldo continued from page 11 that the corner was originally one of the first mixed-use spaces in Kansas City when it was erected in the early 20th century — a nexus of residential, commercial, office and entertainment on the same block. Today, the northwest corner of 75th and Washington is anchored by a modern, twostory structure. Remedy, a gastropub, and Coffee Girl’s Café are the ground-floor tenants; a beauty salon, an investment company, and a video-graphics marketing firm reside upstairs. “The demographics of the neighborhood are changing,” Botwin says. “My feeling is that if I keep renovating and keep my buildings moving forward, there’s going to be demand for that in Waldo.” The Waldo neighborhood has historically been a haven for young families buying their first homes. But home ownership isn’t such a viable option for many people in their 20s and 30s, an age group that is renting longer than previous generations. That, combined with Waldo’s increased visibility, has convinced Botwin that the area is ripe for new apartments. “It’ll be a building with 14 small, one-bedroom apartments,” Botwin says about a vacant lot at 76th and Washington. “Hopefully the apartments will have a wonderful aesthetic appeal — lean and mean but with sustainable amenities, nice landscaping, very contemporary. We’re finalizing the construction budget right now and hope to start leasing them by the end of 2014.” Botwin also owns some property in the Crossroads District. She sees some parallels between Waldo today and the Crossroads a decade ago. “They’re both very organically developed and they both have forward-thinking property owners and business owners,” she says. “It’s not this super-planned, cookie-cutter type of thing. As a result, you get this wonderful influx of different personalities, different sensibilities. It makes for an interesting mix.”

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he different personalities and sensibilities inhabiting Waldo rose to the fore, in the context of dispute, earlier this year. At issue was the proposed development of a Wal-Mart on property occupied by Bingham Middle School, a Kansas City public school tucked behind the Trolley Trail, at 7618 Wyandotte. Bingham closed in 2002. The Kansas City school district was weighing Wal-Mart’s plan to purchase the land, raze the building and construct one of its neighborhood markets — a grocery store, not a traditional Wal-Mart — on the property. Wal-Mart would also build a parking lot and cut a new road over the Trolley Trail at 77th and Wornall to provide access to the market. Consensus among Waldo businesses was elusive. “Our board did not agree,” says Melissa Saubers, referring to the Waldo Area Business Association, on which she sits. (Until

recently, Saubers served as the mayor of Waldo, an unofficial title that involves a lot of neighborhood cheerleading. She also owns Cowork Waldo, a community work space, at 7449 Broadway, that rents desks and conference rooms to freelancers and self-employed workers.) “Some were excited about the additional tax revenue Wal-Mart would bring in for the Waldo CID. But the flip side was what it would do to the residential community here in Waldo. And the residential community was really vocal about it.” Yes, it was. Shortly after the proposal was made, six homes associations in the neighborhood banded together to vigorously oppose it. In community meetings, they vocalized their concerns about how hard a commercial development of that magnitude would be on the area in terms of traffic, noise and pedestrian safety. What mostly went unsaid publicly among those who opposed the Wal-Mart plan was the simple fact that many of them just didn’t like the idea of a Wal-Mart in their neighborhood. The company’s corporatism and reputation for wiping out small businesses put it at odds with the independent-minded culture many Waldo residents are trying to preserve. A previous proposal, for a Hen House at the Bingham site, drew virtually no ire from the community. Wal-Mart made some concessions: It would close at midnight, rather than staying open 24 hours, as originally planned. But in September, after nine months of wrangling, Wal-Mart — not an entity that usually forfeits such battles — scrapped its plans for the site following the school district’s announcement that it would not sell to the corporate giant. “Our objection was less about Wal-Mart than I think it appeared on the surface,” says Tiffany Moore, president of the Armour Hills Homes Association, which opposed the Bingham plan. “But I think the takeaway is relatively straightforward: If Waldo neighborhoods remain engaged and informed and have strong leaders, we can ensure that the area will continue to be a great place to live, work, play.” Lewellen says he ended up neutral on the

Is this still “the ugliest street in the world”? topic of Wal-Mart, but he wants to see Bingham developed. “We’re pretty sensitive about the site because it abuts our property line at Lew’s,” he says. “We’ve sat here and watched an empty school deteriorate for 10 years, and we think it’s holding Waldo back. I believe that once the neighborhood figures out how to develop that property, you’ll see Wornall south of 75th Street really take off.” That stretch of Wornall, which KCUR 89.3 personality Walt Bodine once famously dubbed “the ugliest street in the world,” is a gauntlet of automotive shops, fast-food chains, tattoo parlors and blue-collar bars. But lately, there’s movement afoot there, too. Local beer aficionado Steve Holle has cobbled together $1.7 million to turn the former Babyland & Kids’ Room, at 310 West 79th Street (where that street meets Wornall, along the Trolley Track Trail), into a brewery, beer hall and beer garden called Kansas City Bier Co. It’ll open later this year. And hopes are high in the neighborhood that one of the streetcar-extension proposals under review will bring a new mode of transportation into the area, plus new businesses along its line. “That’s the next big conversation,” Moore says. “We’re advocating strongly for the Main Street and Country Club extensions because those could eventually connect to Waldo.” Imagine that: A modern streetcar running alongside a pedestrian path that 70 years ago was a trolley track, connecting riders to Kansas City’s most unlikely entertainment district, a full 70 blocks from downtown. To Botwin, the scenario is the best of both worlds. “I think a challenge for Waldo is to continue to see itself as a contemporary place,” she says. “To keep thinking in a forward manner and not get caught up in the nostalgia that can grip older neighborhoods. A little bit of nostalgia is OK. But you’ve got to keep looking ahead.”

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or the NSA is sweeping up way too much. the top-hatted rich guy on the uppermost tier These recognitions of the ever-widening of “Trickle Down” was the only figure on the gap between this country’s wealthiest and screen I could control. The middle-class and the world’s least fortunate aren’t especially poor characters below him were moving as complex. But participating in his simple programmed, and I needed to see how many fluttering $1,000 bills I could snatch before games still offers some challenges. When you play “Made in China,” for those folks had a chance. I stayed on for a example, you are told to follow a pattern and while to try harder. The artist understands that video games told you can’t hack it in the global economy if you make three mistakes in one shift. If can be addictive, and that compulsory you are at all OCD, or if you loved that 1980s behavior produces participation in our game Simon, this one hooks you, makes you social system. In a video on the Oklahoma want to do better. In this Visual Arts Coalition blog, case, scoring means making Kaney (who graduated this All Fun & Games your avatar work eight year from the University of Matthew Kaney hours doing the same thing Oklahoma) talks about how Through November 2 at Plug over and over to produce gamers playing his works Projects, 1633 Genessee, perhaps 17 units, earn $1.50 might not notice how they plugprojects.com an hour and then get told to are being complicit in a race go back to his dorm. During to acquire wealth or in doing one of my plays, I reached Level 3: a privileged their best as a security agent to capture cell double shift to keep up with demand. I made phones and intercept e-mails. A bystander, mistakes and got fired. he notes, might see through these actions “Data Miner,” the NSA-type game, proved more easily. (Most of us in KC aren’t about to road trip to Oklahoma City to learn about nearly impossible for me. Maybe that’s good upcoming artists, so once again Plug Kaney’s point, though. His whistleblowers are really fast, and my spy had nowhere to Projects has done us a favor.) Players and bystanders are apt to agree run. I did not catch one terrorist. Less straightforward is Kaney’s talkingwith some of the ideas Kaney seems to heads game, “News Cycle,” in which up to front here — that drones are problematic four players can dispute one another using or my iPhone was made by pseudoslaves

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riters aren’t people,” a character says in Seminar. Theresa Rebeck’s latest play — co-produced here by the Unicorn and UMKC Theatre — pivots on that difficult premise: how to dramatize the intrinsically private, silent act of writing. In a New York apartment, four aspiring writers meet for a workshop. They have shelled out $5,000 apiece for the privilege of having their efforts eviscerated by Leonard, a oncesuccessful novelist turned tyrannical editor and teacher. Played with hypnotic control by Robert Gibby Brand, he saunters around the stage in a leather jacket, holding a Starbucks cup and delivering each pronouncement on his pupils’ work as though wielding a straight razor. He can be spiteful and sleazy, but he’s also magnetic, and his sentences surge electrically through the stale apartment air. To survive their time under Leonard’s knife, each writer clings to his or her own brand of neurosis. Kate (Courtney Salvage) has worked on the same story for six years, subsisting on a starvation diet of scant praise. (Frank Conroy once told her the piece was “much better than most.”) Chioma Anyanwu sizzles as Izzy, a self-possessed seductress ready to disrobe if it gives her an edge. Braggart Douglas (Noah Whitmore) exploits family connections to publish his work while name-dropping elite writing colonies and literary journals. “His language is subhuman,” gripes Martin (Logan Black), Leonard’s most reluctant pupil, who refuses to let anyone see his brilliant novel. If we’re meant to relate to a character, it might be Kate, whom Salvage lends smart comedic timing through rants about misogyny and pretension. Still, the script stretches Kate to the point of parody. After a brutal workshop, she emerges from her kitchen with ice cream, Diet Coke, and an open bag of Lay’s. Later, she laps raw cookie dough from an eggbeater, moaning about her commitment to weight

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To that end, the Kansas City Repertory gain. Rebeck places her somewhere between Theatre offers The Foreigner, that old farcical 30 Rock’s Liz Lemon and the punch line of a holiday. Director Jerry Genochio wrings laugh Cathy cartoon. Rebeck has shown signs of a better-tuned after laugh out of Larry Shue’s 1982 comedy, sensibility. In a tongue-in-cheek 2008 essay serving up the theatrical equivalent of a plate on Broadway’s glass ceiling, for instance, she of warm chocolate-chip cookies. The elaborate setup introduces us to a writes: “What art does is celebrate the lives and struggles of men.” Yet Seminar does just host of Chekhov’s-gun elements ready for that — its women are either sleeping their way later deployment. British army demolitions expert Froggy (Rusty Sneary) arrives at the to the top or eating their feelings. When Kate Meeks Fishing Lodge in rural Georgia with pads bare-assed into Leonard’s living room to his buddy Charlie in tow. Charlie (Martin S. collect her panties, we’re surprised. And when she reveals that she has parlayed her tryst into Buchanan) provides the paralyzed panic to Froggy’s casual ease: He freezes when faced a ghostwriting gig, we see that the only writers with strangers, stammers like a skipped record, afforded integrity in this play are its men. and absolves his wife of any But t he lives a nd wrongdoing for her serial struggles of Seminar’s men Seminar adultery. Charlie is, as he are worth examining, if not Through November 10 at puts it himself, “shatteringly, celebrating. Brand delivers Unicorn Theatre, 3828 Main, profoundly boring.” his final monologue as an unicorntheatre.org To assuage his pal’s stage aching elegy to the writing fright, Froggy proposes a life. As his pressure-cooker The Foreigner ruse: He’ll introduce Charlie speech goes on, Brand never Through November 3 at Kanas a foreigner, someone who loses his cultivated cool. sas City Repertory Theatre, doesn’t speak any English. Each beat drips with the self4949 Cherry, kcrep.org The lodge’s residents, they loathing and loss that cling figure, are sure to ignore him. to artists like shadows. The plan works. Believing him incapable of Writers may not be people, but they make for fascinating character studies. The Unicorn understanding, Betty Meeks and her lodgers and UMKC Theatre’s staging lays bare the angst spill a ceaseless gossip column of intimate secrets and slippery schemes in Charlie’s and insecurity of the profession. The result is a wrenching, adrenaline-soaked portrait of a presence. Ex-debutante Catherine Simms (Emily Shackelford) sobs about an unplanned deeply flawed segment of the creative class. pregnancy with her intended, a minister. The Reverend himself (played with salesman ontemporary theater often seems to value smarm by Charles Fugate) connives with politics over performance. We’ve come to property inspector and good ol’ boy Owen Musser (Gary Neal Johnson) to condemn expect some plays to make us squirm in our seats as they shed light on the (usually grim) Betty’s home and buy it for a pittance. Their goal? To transform the lodge into a KKK human condition. headquarters. Sometimes, though, we just want to watch From here, the antics spin into a shape a VW bus full of Ku Klux Klan regalia explode reminiscent of classic crowd-pleasing onstage.

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Seminar(left): Chioma Anyanwu, Logan Black, Noah Whitmore, Courtney Salvage The Foreigner (right): Gary Neal Johnson, Martin Buchanan, Charles Fugate comedies such as Noises Off or vintage Neil Simon — culture shock, sight gags, masquerading villains, a lovable “half-wit” to root for. The formula might be predictable, but, like a favorite family recipe, it yields nostalgic comforts. Buchanan leads the charge with an expressive, physical performance that transforms Charlie from a self-conscious stiff into a foreign raconteur, pontificating in a made-up tongue. Kathleen Warfel is note-perfect as stubborn caretaker Betty, and excellent dialect work from her and Gary Neal Johnson capture the speech rhythms and postures of the rural South. Kyle Hatley turns in a precise and hilarious performance as the not-so-bright Ellard Simms, Catherine’s squirmy, chipmunkchasing brother. The technical elements are similarly skillful. Jack Magaw’s scenic design brings the rustic fishing lodge to life, and the raked cabin roof creates its own proscenium arch. Mark Kent Varns’ lights set the cozy orange glow of the lodge against the flashes of a stormy night outside. Rachel Lartiz’s fine costumes include a beautiful Act II dress for Shackelford. The script occasionally shows its age, and modern audiences might find the ending a little too tidy, the villain’s dialogue (“I was so close!” he howls) a little cliché. Still, this is an intricately plotted whirlwind of fluffy, full-hearted comedy. Save the psyche-probing drama for another night — some theatrical pleasures should remain guilt-free.

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len’s and Stephenson’s favorites (Oklahoma Joe’s and Gates, respectively)? “Ribs, I’m still going Oklahoma Joe’s,” Allen says. “These are close. I’d definitely call this a successful meal.” “Ribs, Gates,” Stephenson says. “I like these burnt ends.” On the way out, Johns asks for himself. “This could be dangerous,” Allen tells him. “You might see me a lot more than you thought.”

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Ribs cleaned to the bone. Every burnt end eaten. Two bowls of beans. Four cups of lemonade finished. Pulled pork picked over. Fries mostly finished.

Cost (for two 300-pound NFL offensive linemen and one skinny ginger): $59.22

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ansas City’s reflexive provincial thinking came into autumn bloom last week when Boulevard Brewing Company’s John McDonald announced the sale of his majority stake in the local beer company to Belgian brewer Duvel Moortgat. Social media surged with lamentations, and disaffected Boulevard enthusiasts took turns pledging they’d enjoyed their last bottles from the plucky local success story. Some have likened the sale to Wal-Mart executive David Glass’ purchase of the Kansas City Royals in the 1990s, a transaction that doomed the team to a string of losing seasons, tidy payrolls and exoduses of future star players to teams that could pay more for talent. For many reasons, that comparison is inapt. Major League Baseball’s financial system, with Easter eggs such as revenue sharing, means Glass can make money on the Royals even when he fields a subpar product. But it’s nearly impossible to see how Boulevard’s beer would degrade as a result of its sale to the European company. For one thing, Belgium knows a little about beer. For a not her, D uvel Moor tgat isn’t the same Belgian company as InBev, the conglomerate that bought Budweiser from the Busch Family in St. Louis a few years back. Like Boulevard, Duvel Moortgat caters to a narrower slice of craft-beer drinkers; its main-label product in the United States is a heavy, high-alcohol ale called Duvel (which tastes not unlike Boulevard’s Long Strange Tripel). It’s hardly the beer of choice for Arrowhead tailgaters. It is not Bud Light. As with most fresh acquisitions, this deal is far too new for anyone to foresee all the things that might happen. But Duvel’s purchase almost certainly stands to provide Boulevard with broader distribution than ever before. Boulevard had fared well on its own in penetrating new markets, even beersaturated ones such as Colorado, where the Kansas City beer is now easily found. Now it seems likely to push beyond its current 25 states (plus Washington, D.C.). Boulevard may also get a capital infusion that would let the company plow ahead on expansion plans in Kansas City. One peg already in place: the brewer’s purchase of an old DST Systems warehouse, at 25th Street and Summit, where the company plans to expand production of its Smokestack series. D uvel ow ns a sta ke i n Brewer y Ommengang in Cooperstown, New York, a generally well-regarded craft brewer. It is unlikely to pare back jobs or production in

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fter a run of increasingly melodic and wellreceived albums, culminating with 2009’s Merriweather Post Pavilion, Animal Collective did an about-face on last year’s challenging Centipede Hz. The record pleased the avantgarde group’s core fans but confused others with its miles-deep layers. It is supposedly about radio waves communicating from space, but it may as well have been telling fans, “Art ain’t fun if it’s easy.” Well, from a band whose sound the past 13 years has influenced countless other experimental acts of the early 21st century, who wants it to be, anyway? The Pitch recently chatted with Animal Collective member Noah Lennox (who has also made a pretty good solo career for himself under the name Panda Bear) in advance of AnCo’s rescheduled October 24 show at the Midland. The Pitch: You’ve lived in Lisbon for quite I think it’s a willingness to push through some time. Do you consider yourself an expat or would you consider moving back to the the harder things, the harder moments or the misunderstandings. I’d say that comes from United States? Lennox: I’d say up until pretty recently, I some of us knowing each other since we were, thought I’d never go back. Not because I don’t like, 8 years old. We kind of set up a foundation, through which to get through the harder times like it there, just me and my family are really and to push through the difficulties. Certainly good here. But over the past year or so, we’ve being in a band and touring shows you the best been talking about maybe going back. And certainly being able to be closer to the band and worst of each other. Do you think it’s any easier because you do guys would be a nice thing, I think. You guys do live quite a ways apart. How do see each other relatively infrequently? Yeah, even though, at the time [when I you collaborate over the distance? Do you mostly moved to Portugal], it seemed a little bit scary write music when you’re together and recording? For the last eight years, up until the last and some of us were kind of dubious about the future of the band, overall it’s been a really posirecord, we’ve just been sending little files and tive thing in terms of when demos and thinking about we’re not in those couple of our own parts or thinking Animal Collective weeks or months between about what we might add to Thursday, October 24, working, we’re not engulfed what somebody was sendat the Midland in each other all the time. I ing, and there was always feel like it’s made us apprecia time before the tour or ate the time that we do have recording when we’d get together and really try to put it all together. together and the time we do work together. You’ve mentioned before that you like to take Up until the last record, it was trading files your time when you work. Is that a result of just over the Internet and stuff like that, sending having a busy life or do you like spending time little skeletons of songs in e-mails. with a lot of little bits and pieces before you’re The last one, Centipede Hz, was recorded in happy with it? El Paso. That seems like a pretty good place to It’s more because I think it just takes me record music about communicating with aliens. awhile to piece things together. The vast maYeah, that was in El Paso, right near the border. It was kind of like, maybe, a 30-min- jority of the time that I’m making songs, it’s culled from seven, maybe six or seven, sort ute drive outside of El Paso toward Mexico. It’s a cool place. I don’t know if I’ve ever been of moments of inspiration or moments where anywhere else quite like it. We were also on I’d done something that I was really excited about, and then gradually over time I put the this guy’s pecan farm, with rows and rows and rows of trees. That kind of added to the puzzle together. It’s really rare that I will just bang something out and be happy with it. It strangeness and weirdness of the place. You’re working on 13 or 14 years or so. just takes me awhile to find all of the pieces. Animal Collective’s music always seems to What do you think has kept Animal Collective be so characteristic of the time and place that it together?

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Lennox: “I just try to do things that I like.” is written. Are you always sort of ready to move on to the next thing, or are there songs that you think you’ll always enjoy playing? I’m pretty much always ready to go on to the next thing. When you write the song — and I spend a lot of time in that zone — and then touring with the song, working with the song, recording the song and mastering the song, I’m pretty much ready to never hear the songs again by the time they’re printed on a CD or vinyl. It’s maybe not the smartest way to do it — we’ve experimented with doing things a little bit differently with this one. We toured a little bit with the songs on Centipede Hz, but it was super-brief compared to the previous however many records there were. We haven’t really worked on any new songs. We’ve kind of just been playing the last record. But that’s been cool. I don’t know if we’ll do it again that way, but we’ll see. How has your work changed as your family has grown and since you’ve had kids? I think the only way, besides kind of providing fodder for songs — like lyrics and the meanings of songs — is how seriously I approach the stuff in terms of not wanting to slack at all. I feel like I’m wary of the fact that, having a family and being more concerned about finances, there’s certainly the temptation to make things that other people are really gonna like, so you can support your family in a more comfortable way. But I’m not smart enough to really think that way. I kind of just try to do things that I like but try to do them in the most bulletproof way, in terms of just making things as good as they can be and hope that people like them.

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Buhs Buzz

New collective the Buhs features a slew of local talent.

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fter midnight on a Thursday, trumpeter and Diverse Jazz co-leader Hermon Mehari is laughing with a group of friends — Kansas City rapper Reach, Hearts of Darkness drummer Brad Williams, soul singer Lee Langston, Good Foot singer Julia Haile — at a beat-up Formica table at YJ’s Snack Bar. Scraps of scribbledon paper are littered around the group. Mehari has partaken in, and partly moderated, a nowwaning brainstorming session among this mix of local music veterans. “We’re here pretty much every week,” he says of these late-night creative conferences. No one seems low on energy, despite the hour. A week later, Mehari is back at YJ’s for lunch, explaining the evolution of a new musical collective called the Buhs (pronounced “buzz”), set to make its official live debut Friday, October 25. That show, at the Kill Devil Club, marks the arrival of a project that has been more than two years in the making. It started when Mehari and the rest of Diverse began working with other genres — local hip-hop was a big one — and then decided to take on pop. “Michael Jackson is one of my favorite artists, so we decided to explore that,” says Mehari, who scouted the local scene for artists to flesh out the “Diverse Plays MJ” project. “We did the MJ thing a couple times, and I remember after the first show [at RecordBar in 2010], I was like, ‘Guys, we have to continue working together.’ ” brains also means having more ideas and more Fast-forward to the Buhs: a pop-centric material. Each member of the group comes project featuring that talented group from from a different musical background — Price’s the midnight YJ’s meeting, plus seven more members: drummer Ryan J. Lee, keyboardist is gospel, for example, and Saunders is a proKinyon Price, guitarist Tim Braun, bass player ducer who has penned songs for the likes of Ben Leifer, singer Anthony Saunders and rap- Justin Bieber. There would seem to be the risk of a “too many cooks in the per Les Izmore. kitchen” scenario. “One of the greatest parts The Buhs Fortunately, Mehari and about this is that I am surFriday, October 25, his cohorts are pros, and the rounded by the greatest muat the Kill Devil Club group has three simple goals. sicians around here,” Mehari “One is to have some sucsays. “We’ve accepted that, with any one of our gigs or projects, anyone cess in songwriting,” he says. “Although we’re within the crew is welcome to come and sit in. a group that forms original material, we want to write songs that can get picked up by an artist I think there are scenes here that are boxed, as well. Two, we want to be in an established and there are people that don’t go out of that. group, where people are following our music We’ve been doing it long enough where people and following us. And three, we want to be a have accepted that. dependable collective, where we’re supporting “I think that the majority of people in these each other and all our individual endeavors. boxes are keeping it [the music] segregated. If Les is going on tour and needs a band, well, There are exceptions but not enough to make it a rule,” Mehari continues. “It [collaboration] is here is a group that he not only works with still a new thing, and I would like to see it hap- regularly but also knows his music.” The Buhs’ songwriting leans toward a pen more often because it benefits everybody to do that. It not only benefits the musicians, kind of socialism. Sometimes a piece that one but it benefits the community to see and hear member has written is taken and reworked by the group. Often, though, a song starts with more stuff.” a collaboration among multiple bandmates. For the Buhs, the meeting of 11 inspired

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The Buhs: busy bees Whatever the method, the results are ready to be aired at the Kill Devil. “This show will be the first time that all of us are together, and we’re featuring our original music,” Mehari says. “It’s pretty eclectic across the board, but this group itself is more pop. There are some songs that are straight-up ’80s MJ. There’s some that are a couple more rock songs, some hip-hop. There’s one small aspect that’s jazz, but it’s not strong enough to call it that. It’s more pop than anything.” With so many members, each a professional musician with other projects going on simultaneously, scheduling shows and booking recording dates can be tough. For now, the Buhs is recording demos and planning to record a full-length album early next year. “We wanted to put our music out there with this initial debut,” Mehari says. “We want to put it out intelligently — we don’t want to just throw it out there. We want to have a smart marketing plan. ... I think my part, other than playing trumpet and writing, is just to keep the momentum going.”

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Lisa Henry already had a huge following in Kansas City before she competed in the Thelonious Monk International Jazz Vocals Competition. When she took second place in the contest in 1994, she captured the world’s notice, too. Henry’s vibrant voice, layered with a delightful sass, masterfully swings through jazz standards. On Friday, she joins the Jazz Disciples, a quartet of local jazz masters, led by Gerald Dunn’s fun and thoughtfully inviting alto sax. This is the music of 18th and Vine played with a contemporary sensibility, then interwoven with a voice and a vocal style honored as one of the best. — Larry Kopitnik Jazz Disciples featuring Lisa Henry, 8:30 p.m.–12:30 a.m. Friday, October 25, at the Blue Room, 1616 East 18th Street, $10 cover, club.americanjazzmuseum.org


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Hammerlord With a name like Hammerlord, you’re expected to deliver some serious metal, and this KC group gets it done – it’s one of the thrashingest thrash metal bands in the area. It’s also one of the most visible metal acts, thanks partly to its super-fun, head-banging sets (which has earned the group a handful of Pitch Music Awards, including one in 2013) and partly to the fact that its bassist, Terry Taylor, is also a show promoter for Hunt Industries. We chatted with Taylor about the local scene, booking shows and Hammerween, the group’s growing annual party. Introduce yourselves. Stevie – vocals, Terry – bass, Ty – guitar, JP – guitar, Adam – drums. Tell etc.us about what all you’ve got in the works -- recent and upcoming shows, new recordings, We really try and space out how many shows we play locally, (We only played 4 shows total last year).In December we have some out of town gigs but that is pretty much the rest of the year for us.

We just put out our new CD, We Live, in June and have just been really trying to push that. Our plan for 2014 is to try and get into a studio and start recording another new CD. We felt we waited too long to get our third CD out, so we want to try and get another one out in the next year. Who are some musical heroes? Dio, Alice Cooper, Exodus, Nick Cave, Misfits, Ramones, Turbonegro, Slayer, Katatonia. Hammerween was last weekend. Can you talk about the evolution of that event. I came up with the concept four years ago, when I was trying to think of a cool Halloween show to do but do something a little more original. As local bands know, it’s hard to get all your family and friends to come out to every show. So my idea was to get seven or eight great local bands every year and give out a good amount of comp tickets so all family and friends can get in free and celebrate my personal favorite holiday of the year, Halloween. I like the idea of not necessarily doing a free event, but a mostly free event, and saving people some money. That way they can buy merch, drinks, whatever they want. The first year we did 700 people, the last 2 years have been over 1,500. This year’s lineup included Hammerlord, Troglodyte, At The Left Hand of God, Tennessee Murder Club, Moire, Six Percent, Architects and Hellevete. There are a lot of microgenres within metal. Do you spend much time thinking about where you fit into those worlds? Or are you content with the simple “metal” tag? Honestly, we don’t even think about it. When people ask me, I just say we are old-school Bay-Area thrash with a new-school twist. We obviously like1980s thrash metal but we add our own take on it. Every CD we push the boundaries just a little bit more and expand what we are doing. Thoughts on the metal scene in KC/Lawrence? It is awesome. Just the music scene here in general is amazing. So many great bands, I could go on and on but really we are so lucky to have all the talent in one area. I am extremely proud to announce to people that I live in Kansas and to boast about the amazing scene we have here. Terry, you do a lot of promotions and booking. How does that inform your impression of the local music landscape? I am in an interesting position in that I play in a local band and I am a promoter. So I feel that I am more in tune with what locals bands like and don’t like. Sometimes I have to be the bad guy, which stinks. Things like having to tell bands agents are not allowing locals on a show, or don’t have any money to pay locals to play a show (which I do tell them in advance), are not things I like to do. But to be honest Hammerlord plays shows for free and doesn’t get to play every show we would like, so it’s a double-edged sword. On the other end I love it when I can put locals on a great show or give them an opportunity that they would have not had before. You’ve won a couple of Pitch Music Awards. What’s the secret? Boy, you tell me! Every year I tell the guys, there is no way we are winning this year and we do. I can’t even begin to express how much we appreciate all the people that come to bat for us. We are truly blessed with all the people that support us. pitch.com

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I’ll be honest: I love the Lone Bellow. Lead singer Zach Williams has this incredible vocal range, and when he’s plaintively strumming a guitar and singing about how he has lost everything and he’s all alone or something equally sad, I want to go bake cookies and swallow a bottle of gin. Add to that the lush and powerful harmonies from mandolin player Kanene Pipkin and guitarist Brian Elmquist, and, well, three songs in you’ll be seeing everything in sepia tones through watery eyes. Sunday, October 27, at Knuckleheads Saloon (2715 Rochester, 816-483-1456)

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Thirteen years and 10 albums ago, John Vanderslice burrowed into indie folk with lyrics that were as intelligent and moving as they were politically charged. (For a refresher, Google his controversial tune “Bill Gates Must Die.”) These days, Vanderslice has moved away from condemning technology brainiacs to focus instead on softer, more personal material. His recent Dagger Beach is a collection of heartbreak ballads dressed up in gentle acoustic sounds. Friday, October 25, at Czar (1531 Grand, 816-421-0300)

Local funk masters Hearts of Darkness and Afro-beat kings Sunu take over Davey’s Uptown Friday for a special-edition Halloween show. As if a thumping bass line and a vivacious horn section weren’t enough to make you want to shake it for the world, the joint will also be holding a costume contest with cash prizes. There are so many reasons to add this show to your calendar — being a thoroughly entertained spectator might be the least of them. Friday, October 25, at Davey’s Uptown Rambler’s Club (3402 Main, 816-753-1909)

Joe Pug has this down-on-the-farm, countryboy-with-a-guitar thing down pat. Don’t let his Chicago ZIP code fool you, either. His dirt-road voice bursts from his chest with enough power to quiet a roomful of chatty drunks. He got his start touring with Steve Earle, has opened for M. Ward, and regularly earns comparisons to Bob Dylan and Woody Guthrie. On his latest album, The Great Despiser, the 27-year-old Pug settles comfortably into his role as a young storyteller with an old soul. Saturday, October 26, at RecordBar (1020 Westport Road, 816-753-5207)

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Tech N9ne

One of the biggest names in rap today happens to be a local one, and there’s not a single person in town who isn’t a devout member of the Church of Tech N9ne — with good reason. Tech has built his Strange Music record company into a movement all its own. On his recently released Something Else, Tech serves blow after blow of spitfire raps inside an elaborate conceptual framework, and the accolades just keep pouring in. Wednesday, October 30, at the Midland (1228 Main, 816-283-9921)

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The Boxer Rebellion, Michael Richardson | 8 p.m. Riot Room, 4048 Broadway

PERFORMING ARTS

The Buhs | 10 p.m. The Kill Devil Club, 61 E. 14th St.

AnDa Union presents The Wind Horse | 7:30 p.m. Lied Center of Kansas, 1600 Stewart Dr., Lawrence

City and Colour, Sleepy Sun | 7 p.m. the Midland, 1228 Main

Vermeer and Music | 1:30 p.m. Tivoli Cinemas, 4050 Pennsylvania

A.J. Cronk | PBR Big Sky Bar, 111 E. 13th St. The Doo Dads | 6 p.m. RecordBar, 1020 Westport Rd.

COMMUNITY EVENTS

American Royal Livestock Show | American Royal

Anthony Gomes & Biscuit Miller | 8 p.m. Knuckle-

Complex, 1701 American Royal Ct.

heads, 2715 Rochester

Current Perspectives lecture series with Stuart Hinds | 7 p.m. Epperson Auditorium, 4415 Warwick

Room, 1616 E. 18th St.

Jazz Disciples with Lisa Henry | 7 p.m. The Blue

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Blvd. (at Kansas City Art Institute).

Kansas City Healthcare Career Fair & Expo |

10 a.m.-1 p.m. Overland Park Convention Center, 6000 College Blvd., Overland Park

Walker McGuire | 8 p.m. The Granada, 1020 Massachusetts, Lawrence

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Medicine Theory, Filth Pro, Bloodfeast | 10 p.m. MiniBar, 3810 Broadway

Trails Park, 87th St. and Lackman Rd., Lenexa

P.R.O.B.L.E.M.S., DJ Darin | 10 p.m. Replay Lounge, 946 Massachusetts, Lawrence

FOOD & DRINK

Roast of Halloween III | 8:30 p.m. Screenland Crown Center, 2450 Grand, 3rd Floor, fireroastedfilms.com Best of Kansas City Chefs Harvest for Harvesters | 6 p.m., $50. Sheraton Crown Center, 2345 McGee,

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Eddie Moore & the Outer Circle | 9 p.m. Green Lady Lounge, 1809 Grand

Orgone, Making Movies | 7:30 p.m. The Bottleneck,

Kansas City Symphony presents Symphonic Poetry | 8 p.m. Kauffman Center, 1601 Broadway, kauffmancenter.org

737 New Hampshire, Lawrence

The Kinsey Sicks | 8 p.m. Polsky Theatre at JCCC,

Wayne Sharp & the Sharp Shooters, Michael Burks Band | 8 p.m. Knuckleheads, 2715 Rochester

Soprano Deborah Voigt | 8 p.m. Folly Theater, 300

12345 College Blvd., Overland Park, jccc.edu/TheSeries

W. 12th St., follytheater.org

NIGHTLIFE

Q Dot, Durazzo, Rabbit Eater | 9 p.m. Jackpot Music Hall, 943 Massachusetts, Lawrence

Starhaven Rounders, Silver Maggies | 10 p.m. The

Brick, 1727 McGee

The Stolen Winnebagos | VooDoo Lounge, Harrah’s Casino, 1 Riverboat Dr., North Kansas City

Sunu, Hearts of Darkness | 9 p.m. Davey’s Uptown, 3402 Main

The Zeros | 9 p.m. The Brooksider, 6330 Brookside Plz.

EXPOS MUSIC

Animal Collective, Deradoorian | 8 p.m. The Mid-

DJ Robert Moore | 10 p.m. MiniBar, 3810 Broadway Feel Good | 8 p.m. The Bottleneck, 737 New Hampshire,

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Roger Creager, Charlie Robison | 7 p.m. The

Steve Hytner | 8 p.m. Stanford’s Comedy Club, 1867

Flaming Death Fearies, Felix Greene, Rooms Without Windows | 5:30 p.m. Jackpot Music Hall,

Luxury Bump | 10 p.m. Firefly, 4118 Pennsylvania

NIGHTLIFE

Overland Park Antique Show | Overland Park Inter-

national Trade Center, 6800 W. 115th St.

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

FOOD & DRINK Granada, 1020 Massachusetts, Lawrence

943 Massachusetts, Lawrence

Hinder, Candlebox | 8 p.m. VooDoo Lounge, Harrah’s Casino, 1 Riverboat Dr., North Kansas City

Jacuzzi Boys, Uzis, Admiral of the Red | 8 p.m. Czar, 1531 Grand

KC Latin Jazz All Stars | 7 p.m. The Blue Room,

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BeWitched! | Burlesque Downtown Underground, 8 p.m. Lagniappe, 320 Southwest Blvd., kcburlesque.com DJ Sike | MiniBar, 3810 Broadway

COMMUNITY EVENTS

Tiki Thursday with Hot Caution | 7 p.m. The Kill Devil Club, 61 E. 14th St.

Timmy Williams, Ian Douglas Terry, Zach Peterson, 10 p.m. Replay Lounge, 946 Massachusetts, Lawrence

Friday | 10.25 |

JL of BHood, Joey Cool, Dutch Newman, Shag, Versatile, Team Hyphy, Ill Nino, Second Hand King, Deuce | 9 p.m. Riot Room, 4048 Broadway

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Opening of the Helzberg Penguin Plaza | 9:30

a.m. The Kansas City Zoological Park, 6800 Zoo Dr., kansascityzoo.org. MUSIC

PERFORMING ARTS

Hal Holbrook in Mark Twain Tonight | 7:30 p.m.

Lied Center of Kansas, 1600 Stewart Dr., Lawrence, lied.ku.edu

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Boss King | Danny’s Big Easy, 1601 E. 18th St.

Steve Hytner | 7:45 & 9:45 p.m. Stanford’s Comedy Club, 1867 Village West Pkwy., Kansas City, Kan. DJ Todd Howard | 10 p.m. The Uptown Arts Bar, 3611 Broadway

Raqs Boheme Bellydancing | 6 p.m. Czar, 1531 Grand Trivia Riot with Roland | 7:30 p.m. Helen’s Just Another Dive, 2002 Armour Rd., North Kansas City, Timmy Williams, Ian Douglas Terry, Zach Peterson | 10 p.m. RecordBar, 1020 Westport Rd. continued on page 34


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

Charlotte Street presents We’ll Make Out Better Than Okay by Curator-in-Residence Danny Orendorff | 6-9 p.m. Friday. La Esquina,

1000 W. 25th St., better-than-okay.tumblr.com

Día de los Muertos/Day of the Dead , featuring Scribe | Mattie Rhodes Art Gallery, 919 W. 17th St., mattierhodes.org

FRIDAY

10.26 a sos of Virtuo age in ta r ce

Dreams and Journeys | Carter Art Center, 3201 Southwest Tfwy., mcckc.edu/pvart Echoes: Islamic Art and Contemporary Artists | Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, 4525 Oak Final Friday Art Walk | Massachusetts Street between Seventh and 11th Streets, Lawrence

Ricky Skaggs and Bruce Hornsby, Kentucky Thunder | 8 p.m., $50-$125, Yardley Hall at JCCC, 12345

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Kansas City Symphony presents Symphonic Poetry | 8 p.m. Kauffman Center, 1601 Broadway The Kinsey Sicks | 8 p.m. Polsky Theatre at JCCC, 12345 College Blvd., Overland Park, jccc.edu/TheSeries

Pacifica String Quartet | 8 p.m. Folly Theater, 300 W. 12th St.

EXPOS

27th Annual Fall Muster | 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m.

UMKC Gallery of Art. 5015 Holmes (Room 203), info. umkc.edu/art/umkcgallery/exhibitions

Nomads: Traversing Adolescence | Kemper

Fort Osage Education Center, 107 Osage St., Sibley, makeyourdayhere.com/fortosage

East, 200 E. 44th St., kemperart.org

American Cancer Society’s Making Strides Against Breast Cancer | 9 a.m. Liberty Memorial,

Thursday and Friday, Mid-America Arts Alliance, 2018 Baltimore, maaa.org

American Royal Livestock Show | American Royal

Complex, 1701 American Royal Ct., americanroyal.com

Square, Octagon, Circle, a project by Ellie Ga based on a journey to Alexandria, Egypt | Grand Arts Gallery, 1819 Grand

Demand Change Heartland Conference | 9 a.m.-5

James Turrell: Gard Blue | Spencer Museum

100 W. 26th St.

p.m., Pierson Auditorium at UMKC, 5100 Rockhill Rd., veronicasvoice.org.

FOOD & DRINK

SPORTS

Step Up for Down Syndrome Walk | 9 a.m.-1 p.m.

Our People, Our Land, Our Images | 11 a.m.

of Art, 1301 Mississippi , Lawrence

MUSEUM EXHIBITS & EVENTS American Sabor: Latinos in U.S. Popular Music | American Jazz Museum, 1616 E. 18th St. Music Is My First Love: Lupe M. Gonzalez Dance Orchestra | Kansas City Museum, 3218

Brookside Farmers Market | 8 a.m.-1 p.m. Border

Kansas vs. Baylor Football | 6 p.m. Memorial Stadium, 11th and Maine, Lawrence

Gladstone Blvd., kansascitymuseum.org

City Market Farmers Market | 6:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m.,

Monster Dash 5k | 7 p.m., City Market, 205 E. Fifth

Real Pirates | Union Station, 30 W. Pershing Rd.

Downtown Overland Park Farmers Market |

Rugged Maniac 5k | Snow Creek Ski Area, 5 miles north

6:30 a.m.-1 p.m. on Marty, between 79th and 80th streets

St., kcmonsterdash.com

of Weston on Highway 45, Weston, ruggedmaniac.com

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

MUSIC

Amend | 6 p.m. The Uptown Arts Bar, 3611 Broadway

Court Retirement Center, 501 W. 107th St.

Coyote Bill’s open blues jam | 5:30 p.m. Quasimodo,

Troostwood Youth Garden Market| 9 a.m.-4 p.m. 5142 Paseo, troostwoodyouthgarden.info

Here’s to the Life, Interstate Astronauts, In the Whale | 9 p.m. Davey’s Uptown, 3402 Main

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Arrowhead Stadium, stepupfordownsyndromekc.org

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Knock Loud, I’m Home + Dog and Pony Show |

Overland Park Antique Show | Overland Park International Trade Center, 6800 W. 115th St., overlandparkantiqueshow.com

Star Montessori, 6321 Wornall Rd.

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Copaken Stage, 13th and Walnut, umkctheatre.org

Westport Rd.

Phil Neal & the Wornalls | 7 p.m. RecordBar, 1020

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

Dutch Newman, Joey Cool, Treside | 10 p.m. Mini-

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

Bar, 3810 Broadway

4010 Pennsylvania

Opiate: The Tool Experience, Suckertrain | 8 p.m.

Replay Lounge’s 20th birthday party with the Hips, the Conquereors, Drop A grand, Knife Crime, Oils, CS Luxem and Paper Buffalo | 8 p.m.

The Granada, 1020 Massachusetts, Lawrence

Dracula: The Journal of Jonathan Harker |

port Rd.

The Coterie Theatre, Crown Center, 2450 Grand, thecoterie.org

The Foreigner | KC Repertory Theatre, 4949

Joe Pug, Vandaveer | 10 p.m. RecordBar, 1020 West-

Rat Salad, Maxx Sabbath | 10 p.m. Brick, 1727 McGee

Cherry, kcrep.org

Uncountable Kings, Run With It, Hector Anchondo | 6 p.m. Czar, 1531 Grand

Seminar | $32.50. Unicorn Theatre, 3828 Main.

Winfield Hangover with Loaded Goat, Betse Ellis, the

unicorntheatre.org.

E. Fifth St.

Chiefs vs. Browns | Noon, Arrowhead Stadium

Replay Lounge, 946 Massachusetts, Lawrence

RipperHalloweenParty|6p.m.,$55.BigRipBrewingCo., 216 E.Ninth Ave., North Kansas City. bigripbrewing.com.

DJ Rico | MiniBar, 3810 Broadway

Sunday | 10.27 |

MUSIC

Hearts of Darkness, Approach & the Boogaloo Odyssey | 6 p.m. Replay Lounge, 946 Massachusetts, Lawrence

Kid Congo & the Pink Monkey Birds, Psychic Heat

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

940 New Hampshire, Lawrence, lawrenceartscenter.org

Kansas City Bear Fighters, the John Brown Boys, Wells the Traveler, Cadillac Flambe, Fast Food Junkies, Famous Seamus & the Travel Bongs, Whiskey for the Lady, Kasey Rausch and Friends | 5 p.m. Riot Room, 4048 Broadway

Kansas City Symphony presents Symphonic Poetry | 2 p.m. Kauffman Center, 1601 Broadway

The Zeros | 9 p.m. The Brooksider, 6330 Brookside Plz.

LITERARy EVENTS

Three Viewings | Opening Tuesday, Muehlebach

NIgHTLIfE

National Novel Writing Month Kickoff | 6 p.m.

RecordBar, 1020 Westport Rd.

Pain Street Bodybag Poetry Showcase | 6 p.m.

The Taj Mahal Trio, Vusi Mahlasela, fredericks Brown | 7 p.m., $40-$80, Yardley Hall at JCCC, 12345

Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street | Opening Friday, Lawrence Arts Center,

Funeral Home, 6800 Troost, kcactors.org

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

Ass Jamz | 9 p.m. The Bottleneck, 737 New Hampshire, Lawrence

Owen Benjamin | 7:30 & 9:45 p.m. Improv Comedy Club

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

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Little Hatch tribute with the Hatchlings | 9 p.m. B.B.’s Lawnside BBQ, 1205 E. 85th St.

Justin Andrew Murray CD-release show | Llywe-

lyn’s Pub, 6995 W. 151st St., Overland Park

PERfORMINg ARTS

Writers Place, 3607 Pennsylvania

Prospero’s Books, 1800 W. 39th St.

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

ExPOS

Benzi, DJ Spinstyles, Tracebeats with DJ Jeremy Tracy | 11 p.m. Riot Room, 4048 Broadway

Expo Quinceañera | 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Great Mall of the

BeWitched! | Burlesque Downtown Underground. 8 p.m. Lagniappe, 320 Southwest Blvd., kcburlesque.com

Overland Park Antique Show | Overland Park International Trade Center, 6800 W. 115th St.

Jesse Dayton, Davina and the Vagabonds Haunted Hayride, Costume Contest | 8:30 p.m.

COMMUNITy EVENTS

Knuckleheads, 2715 Rochester

Eddie Delahunt’s Halloween Pooka Party | Har-

ling’s Upstairs, 3941 A Main

Great Plains, 20700 W. 151st St., Olathe

27th Annual fall Muster | 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Fort Osage Education Center, 107 Osage St., Sibley

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Sonic Spectrum Tribute: The Cramps | 8 p.m.

College Blvd., Overland Park

Naoko Takada | 2 p.m. Lied Center of Kansas, 1600 Stewart Dr., Lawrence Steve Vai | 6:30 p.m. VooDoo Lounge, Harrah’s Casino, 1 Riverboat Dr., North Kansas City Vanna, Alpha & Omega, Betrayal, the greenery, Histories, Origins | 6:30 p.m. The Bottleneck, 737 New Hampshire, Lawrence

Monday | 10.28 | MUSIC

American Royal Livestock Show | American Royal

Complex, 1701 American Royal Ct., americanroyal.com

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