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caught the wind.” The manager of the Hobbs Building has been waiting, standing at the loading dock. He’s used to this. The wind has just pulled up in a black Ford F-150, 20 minutes late. The truck’s front fender curls like a cartoon villain’s mustache. The engine coughs like a coal miner. The wind steps out of the vehicle, 133 pounds in a Lewis Library T-shirt and carpenter pants. Adam Jones breezes into the West Bottoms building, which he co-owns with Jeff Krum, CFO of Boulevard Brewing Co. The Hobbs is the seven-story centerpiece of Jones’ three decades spent remaking — often with his own hands — buildings and even whole blocks in the West Bottoms, the West Side and the Crossroads. On the upper floors are 40 art studios, and on the lower floors, a series of high-profile nonprofit nameplates: Ripple Glass, Make It Right, Bridging the Gap, Metropolitan Energy Center. The first floor has been transformed into an event space. “When we moved down here, it was no man’s land,” Jones, 53, says of the building he bought with Krum in 1997. “Now, the city has advanced socially and culturally. People understand this place is a lot better and are willing to take risks.” Developer Wayne Reeder is spending $30 million to redevelop three buildings, including a nine-story property at 933 Mulberry that

he wants to turn into nearly 200 apartments. The Missouri Department of Transportation replaced the 12th Street bridge viaduct in July. The sidewalks and curbs in front of the Hobbs are among the dozens of blocks bettered by newly poured concrete. So what does Jones, who has spent his career bringing properties back from the edge, do when he finds that the edge has moved to the middle? He goes off the map. Jones points north, past Ninth Street, past a line of trucks steaming by the Woodsweather Café, past the blocks of antique vendors that used to be distributors and warehouses, and the blocks that still hold working distributors and warehouses. On a forgotten strip of land between the Missouri River and Interstate 70, Jones is developing his concept of what could be Kansas City’s first food hub. With poles in the East and West Bottoms and the City Market at the center of what he calls his “food trail,” he envisions a network of food producers, supplying restaurants and consumers with sustainable produce, fish, meat and sundries. “Bells are tolling in our area,” Jones says. “Has the city figured it out all yet? No. That’s what guys like me do.”

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view mirror as he cranks down his window. He steers up 17th Street toward the West Side, his hands rolling over the wheel like he’s helming a boat as he turns onto Summit. “It was wilder than hell up here on top of the hill,” he says. “There were thieves and bad guys and old gandies and nasty vacant lots.” Gandies — that’s what he calls the old drunks who occupied the former rooming house that has been his home since he graduated from the Kansas City Art Institute in 1982. It’s where he and Noori, his wife of 31 years and a fellow KCAI graduate, raised their son, Navid. “Good to see you working here. I love it,” Jones tells a laborer in overalls who has come to look at a banister on the rental property he owns across the street. Jones pops out of the car and grabs two apples from the trees that he keeps on a lot on the south side of his home. The West Side is where the bulk of Jones’ real-estate holdings are, and it’s here that he has formed the friendships that evolved into lasting business partnerships. This is his neighborhood. He sits on the board of the Westside Housing Organization. He’s helping guide the renovation of West High. “He puts people together for conversations,” says Boulevard founder John McDonald. “It’s all kind of crazy stuff at first. But then, the more you kind of think about it, the more it has a reason and path.” Jones and McDonald have found their paths intertwined since their sons were born a few

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weeks apart. They have traveled together (“These old Indian women in Peru literally got down on their knees with their rosaries out because I really think they thought he was Jesus Christ come to Cuzco,” McDonald recalls), invested in property together (the Carnival Building, at Eighth Street and Broadway) and launched a business together (Ripple Glass). Boulevard keeps its marketing department in one of Jones’ buildings, and he’s helping renovate the old Heim bottling plant owned by McDonald and Krum in the East Bottoms. “He can go into a building that literally everyone else looks at and sees as only fit to be demolished,” Krum says. He and Jones haven’t bought a building together in 15 years, but they still jointly own seven pieces of property. “He sees the essence and is able to strip away everything else in a way that’s really remarkable. I just follow behind with a dustpan and broom.” Jones first made his name here with a restaurant, repurposing a shuttered gas station to open the West Side Café on Southwest Boulevard. (That space is now the tattoo shop called Irezumi.) “They used to call it the postage-stamp restaurant,” says former partner Ali Shirazi, who now runs the test kitchen for Original Juan. “It seemed like overnight, it became so popular. It was like a destination for Kansas City.” The tiny restaurant had a menu that changed daily to feature cuisines from around the globe. Jones’ gas-station retrofitting predated restaurants that continued on page 11

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Trailing Jones continued from page 9 would make the idea fashionable: Oklahoma Joe’s, the Filling Station, Pizza 51. “It’s always easier to destroy things,” Shirazi says. “It’s harder to keep and make things beautiful. But Adam is one of those people. He can make beauty out of trash.” The success of the West Side Café led Jones and his wife to open the adjacent Blvd. Café. (They would also briefly operate Noori’s Café, on the first floor of the Marietta Chair Building, at 20th Street and Baltimore.) Jones still owns the building at 703 Southwest Boulevard; La Bodega is the tenant. “The restaurant caused me to meet up with all these big business people,” he says. “I’m not from here. My dad’s not from here. But that was my way in.” Jones was born in Texas, where his adoptive dad (Jones’ biological father is from Iran, toms, a two-story brick building with a brightas is his wife) worked as a computer engineer green door on Saint Louis Avenue. A railing for Texas Instruments. The family briefly from his rental property on Summit sits just lived in the Kansas City area, in a house off inside the door, awaiting another coat of paint. Pflumm Road, when he was in junior high, a The bathroom, made of reclaimed wood, has time he recalls as one of riding a bike through half walls and is marked only by an exit sign. “a neighborhood of 30 houses and cornfields.” In the custom-fabrication shop that he calls his His parents moved the family again, eventulumberyard — because there is a lumberyard ally settling in Dallas. Jones applied to the Art here, where wood and architectural salvage Institute and returned to KC. are protected from the elements by old vinyl At the base of Summit, Jones encounters billboards — he’s building windows for the fellow West Side developer Ryan Gale. They Ridge Top Apartments, a stand in the road and chat residential reimagining of brief ly before Gale gives “When we started the Civil War–era veterans Jones an egg from the chickcomplex, in Leavenworth. ens in his backyard. Jones looking into the idea of “I help prepare things hands Gale one of the apples he just picked. studying a food hub, his for standard construction,” Jones says of the vintage The egg rolls around on name kept coming up.” doors and windows that he the cab’s bench seat until shapes for residential and Jones pulls over at a house commercial projects. “You on Holly. The roof has rescrape off a bit and you’re like, ‘My God, this cently been reframed by builder Jamie Jeffries, part of what Jones terms a “massive attack” is beautiful.’” On the move again, Jones swings through that will lead to the abandoned home’s comdowntown, pointing out a live-work art space plete rehab over the next four months. he’s renovating with Jeffries in a pair of build“This will be a bedroom,” Jones says as he ings at 17th Street and Oak that last served as looks up at blue sky from a roofless room, his feet spread wide on boards soft with rot. “We paper warehouses for The Kansas City Star. He pulls into an alleyway, cuts off the enjust can’t let shit like this get destroyed.” gine, and walks up a loading dock and into a Jones keeps a workshop in the West Bot-

marble hallway. A few steps later, he’s standing in the middle of the bullpen at the architectural firm BNIM. Jones stops at Steve McDowell’s desk. The firm’s director of design offers a greeting and springs up to grab an elbow-shaped piece of orange ceramic. McDowell put a piece like this in a corner of the newly completed Henry W. Bloch Executive Hall for Entrepreneurship and Innovation on the University of Missouri– Kansas City campus. “This is my color stone,” McDowell says. “That is so cool,” Jones tells him. The two connect over the architectural detail but don’t discuss the other 67,998 square feet of the $32 million project. “Jones isn’t out there on Facebook. He’s out there running the streets,” says Patrick Ottesen, who with Jones has operated Foundation, an architectural reclamation retail store and event space in the West Bottoms, for the past seven years. “Jones knows everybody, and everybody knows Jones.”

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e call it Beirut,” Jones says. Today it’s a different ride. He’s in the passenger seat of a rented Nissan. The driver is Kathy Nyquist, a principal with New Venture Advisors, a Chicago business-

Reck (above, at right) and Jones are working together. development group that specializes in launching food hubs. She has turned on the Intercity Viaduct Road, which runs underneath I-70 in the West Bottoms. She steers past concrete barriers set up by the Missouri Department of Transportation in an attempt to stop people from dumping tires under the highway, along the new bike path that follows the Riverfront Heritage Trail. Nyquist and an associate are on an informal tour of Jones’ food trail, along with KC Healthy Kids’ Policy & Planning Associate Emily Miller and Don Reck, a former employee of Bridging the Gap and Habitat ReStore who is now working on the food-hub project in the West Bottoms. Jones and Reck attended a conference the previous afternoon in Lawrence to discuss the kickoff of a feasibility study by the Midwest Regional Food Hub Partnership. New Venture is consulting on the study, due next July, which outlines what a Kansas City area food hub — a centralized connector for producers, consumers, restaurants and markets — might entail. “When we started looking into the idea of studying a food hub, his name kept coming up,” Miller says. “It’s continued on page 13

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Trailing Jones continued from page 11 almost like six degrees of separation, except with Adam Jones instead of Kevin Bacon.” Jones points to a gap in the barriers, and Nyquist stops the car beside a 3,000-squarefoot plastic greenhouse that sits incongruously behind a chain-link fence and next to a concrete-block building that looks bombed out. Jones had it and a second greenhouse at Goode Acres (his partner John Goode’s farm in Wathena, Kansas) put up by a team of Amish builders in May. He plans to have spinach growing in raised beds within the next 60 days. “The idea is to grow food through the winter months,” Goode says. “That’s the biggest vision, is that this is not just a seasonal thing.” Goode Acres already sells to about two dozen restaurants, making deliveries once a week and offering Saturday pickup at its City Market stall. “No one is going to corner the market on farming,” Goode, 57, says. “But he’s a visionary. He’s got that yeast to make things rise.” In the rock-strewn ground next to the greenhouse, Jones wants to plant fruit trees. He explains that the gray, hole-pocked building he’s pointing toward is the future site of a café, to be run by Noori. “It’s an ugly little building,” Jones says. “But this is really about what you can view from here.” He sees a commissary kitchen and a washing station for produce. The sheet metal to repair the building’s roof is already waiting in the bed of Jones’ truck. A secondary structure with a loading dock could serve as a communitysupported agriculture pickup location. Across the hood of the Nissan, Jones opens a set of plans drawn by BNIM. This is the food hub. Jones’ view also includes a 6-acre plot of land near the Faultless Starch headquarters on West Eighth Street, where Jones has plans for an additional 27,000 square feet of greenhouses, and a nearby 4-acre piece of land that could hold another urban-farm plot. He says one might be staffed by the population of the Kansas City Community Release Center on Mulberry Street. Nyquist

asks if he has had problems with theft. Jones’ mood briefly darkens. “Bastards,” he says. Some reclaimed items he was storing here — beams, cladding — are gone. With his fingers he traces a week-old graffiti portrait of Spider-Man’s Venom along the building’s south wall. “They came in the middle of the night, and it’s just so sad. That’s stuff that can never be replaced, and they’ll sell it for scrap. And even worse, people aren’t as stupid as they once were. They’ve learned not to throw those things away. “The only way to win is through attrition,” he says. “You have to show them you’re not going anywhere.”

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his is just like Fulton Street in Chicago or the Meatpacking District in New York City,” Nyquist says as Jones directs her back out of the West Bottoms. She drives through the City Market, where Jones hawks produce on Saturdays for Goode Acres. “I think I picked him up five or six years ago, and he’s been a main part of our success Saturdays at the City Market,” Goode says. The City Market features prominently in Jones’ plans for the empty building off Intercity Viaduct Road. For the past few years, he has watched farmers spend the height of tomato season struggling with excess produce. In that

Jeffries’ mushrooms are ready for harvest. commissary kitchen he means to build, farmers or a dedicated staff could can and process tomatoes and other produce, and turn potential waste into a commodity. The group picks up Jones’ food trail again in the East Bottoms on Guinotte Avenue, where seafood vendor Fabulous Fish is tucked between the river and the railroad. Heavy industry and the memory of it give way here to mobile homes until a tiny pocket of development comes into view at the intersection of Guinotte and North Montgall. Across from the Local Pig butcher shop, Jones enters the former Heim Brewing Co.’s bottling hall and spends a minute sorting out how to silence the alarm. It’s a place he’s familiar with — he spent last month on the roof to help cut out a 100-foot skylight. The former warehouse, owned by McDonald and Krum, is mostly empty but tidy. It’s being used for brewery storage with kegs, signage and an old company-branded pickup truck parked inside. A small cluster of oak barrels contains test batches of vinegars. “I think there’s a lot we can do with fermentation in the next year or two,” McDonald says. “There’s scotch and balsamic vinegar and sausage.” “It’s this idea of bringing all these local

producers together,” Krum adds. “Something funky and authentic and gritty where you got sausages and local flowers and vinegar.” Krum has in mind a scaled-down version of New York City’s Eataly or one of the McMenamins properties in Oregon. The “adult playground,” as he calls it, would likely also include a Boulevard tasting room. As the demand for tours has outstripped the capacity at the brewery’s Southwest Boulevard headquarters, the duo has toyed with opening a second “Boulevard experience,” a place not to make beer but to serve test and seasonal brews. “Kansas City needs to play to its strengths,” Krum says. “We’re not Silicon Valley. We don’t have beachfront property. We have an incredibly vibrant food and arts scene. If you could enhance that, you could have something real and sustainable.” Back in the sunshine, Jones introduces the group to Jeffries, the contractor from the house on Holly, who is also Local Pig’s landlord. This is how Jones’ world works. Krum and McDonald, who were eager to see development in the East Bottoms, knew Jeffries from the West Side and sold him the buildings at 2612 Guinotte and 2618 Guinotte (home to Local Pig). “After 30 years, I’m realizing more than anything that my real skill has been to build community,” Jones says. Jeffries’ workshop is on the first floor of the building next door, and Fungi Business, his fledgling shiitake-mushroom operation, is in the basement. In a 210-square-foot space and climate-controlled walk-in cooler, Jeffries can grow a new batch of fungi every 21 days. Just a few weeks ago, Jones made his first restaurant delivery for Jeffries, dropping off 3 pounds of mushrooms at Anton’s Taproom. Connecting the delivery service, the renovation of the Heim plant in the East Bottoms and the greenhouse in the West Bottoms is, for now, nothing more than Jones’ enthusiasm (and the bed of his black Ford). And even if the food trail that would formalize those connections doesn’t take shape the way he envisions, Jones has already set a lot of people walking on his path. That’s the thing about the wind. It changes things.

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Dano gets grilled by Gyllenhaal in Prisoners. there only a little while, so she refrains from making friends. While Marcus seems more deeply troubled — counselors find a bag of pot in his bed, and he assaults someone during a Wiffle ballgame — Jayden’s problems are the ones that bring out Grace’s dormant anxieties. The story’s bait-and-switch, its turn into the tale of Grace and Jayden, is refreshing. American cinema isn’t exactly overflowing with tales of female bonding. But the parallels between the two characters’ lives soon become contrived; you can probably guess their shared secret if you’ve seen many American indie films the past 15 years. Unfortunately, Short Term 12 appears to have been shot on an old camcorder using natural light. The camera, hand-held more often than not, is never very expressive, and Cretton seems afraid to go too long without a close-up. The colors are relatively dim and desaturated, unless the scene takes place in the middle of the afternoon. The movie’s ugly look may be due to budgetary constraints, but Shane Carruth’s Upstream Color and Dan Sallitt’s The Unspeakable Act have recently demonstrated that limited funding doesn’t necessarily result in muddy cinematography. For all of Cretton’s good intentions, the male characters’ lives end up feeling more real because they’re not pressed so hard to fit a narrative template. That sputtering noise you hear in the nobly designed, intermittently moving Short Term 12 is the sound of feminism backfiring as it meets screenplay formulas. — STEVE ERICKSON

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Caribbean-inspired Infused mostly left us lot of people in Kansas City take the art confused,” July 2, 2009). Half of the old of barbecuing very seriously. So seriously Infused sits empty and unleased, and the that, once they’ve amassed a mess of barbeother half is now the Pick. cue prize ribbons and a shelf of trophies, they I don’t think the location is so lousy now. consider opening a restaurant. It’s not an unexpected progression of ambi- The Pick was doing decent business on the tions, although there’s a world of difference two nights I dined there. And the shopping between smoking for a shiny trophy and oper- strip that surrounds it seems to have more ating a restaurant. That’s especially true in the tenants. But I’m not ready to award the Boones a trophy just yet. As gracious as they barbecue-restaurant business, where the iconic brand names have easily outlasted scrappy are, the couple serves hit-or-miss cuisine, upstarts (often poorly bankrolled from the be- and the service could definitely use some polishing. They have one terrific bartenderginning) who learn a fast and hard lesson: No amount of ribbons can overcome inconsistent slash-waiter who knows what he’s doing and a couple of others who march to their own food, sloppy service or a bad location. beat — a funeral dirge. To call them slow and This brings me to Paul and Patty Boone, resinattentive would be an taurant veterans — they opunderstatement. erated a popular Irish pub, The Pick Smoke n Grill Maybe my expectations Pickerings, in Olathe for Combo platter .......................$18.99 were too high. The Pick is more than a decade — who Half-order pork spare ribs ...$14.99 a pleasant, unassuming have been champion barThe Wylie burger ................... $6.99 suburban barbecue shack becue competitors since with inexpensive drink 1989. They’ve brought home a lot of big trophies (including several and food specials. It doesn’t pretend to be American Royal awards) and enough ribbons, anything more. Maybe that’s its selling point. But the brisket certainly won’t be a calling in nearly every hue, to fill a glass display case. That display case hangs in a corner of their card. The slices of smoked beef I tasted on my first visit were nearly as chewy as duct tape. three-year-old saloon and barbecue joint, the Pick Smoke n Grill, in western Shawnee. I was The burnt ends, however, were a find: a slightly crispy exterior that coated tender, succulent familiar with the Pick’s location — which I knew was a lousy spot before I dined there meat still fragrant with oak and hickory smoke. I couldn’t bring myself to love the Boones’ — because I had eaten at its previous incarsignature sauce, which is dark, molasses-thick nation: a short-lived and hilariously terrible and too sweet. If you request the hot version bar and grill called Infused (“Shawnee’s

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What was your favorite school lunch? Chicken-fried steak. It’s my favorite thing in the world. It’s good and crispy. It’s fried steak, for God’s sake. It was on the menu at Rye, but we took it off because I just can’t get the breading to where I want it. What school lunch would you avoid at all costs? When I was little, we lived in Platte City. They had a chicken chow mein, and it was absolutely horrible. I remember hating it. It was mortifying. I can’t even put my finger on it. We called it “chicken chow snot,” and I’m sure that’s because it was really starchy. It had something to do with the texture not being right. Where do you go when you need a fi x of school lunch today? We used to go to Waid’s all the time, but they just closed. We used to go to Nichol’s Lunch, and they closed that. Two fried eggs and chicken-fried steak and gravy. That’s a breakfast. I have to fi nd someplace new. Breakfast is so hard to find in this town.

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Overland Park, Kansas

What was your favorite school lunch? Chicken and noodles with mashed potatoes, I think because it just was more of the homestyle thing you’d have at your grandma’s house on Sunday. The rolls were almost like a homemade yeast roll. They always had corn and put gravy on all of it. Chicken and 20

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noodles is one of my family’s favorite meals today. What school lunch would you avoid at all costs? I wasn’t a very picky eater. I do remember not being wild about the hamburgers. We always raised our own cows, so we always had our own home-grown burgers. I did think the burgers were a little foreign to me. It didn’t even feel like it was real meat. Where do you go when you need a fix of school lunch today? There is a place that is south of where I live in Louisburg. It’s your basic small-town diner: Miss B’s. It’s one of those cafés you walk in and 99 percent of the people there are all from in town. They do the traditional fried chicken and mashed potatoes. I would get that. It’s all really good. There are older women in the kitchen that have probably been doing it for 40 years.

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What was your favorite school lunch? It fl ipped between chicken-fried steak or anything with tater tots. This is the early 1980s, and anything deep-fried was good. I’m sure the gravy was instant, but it was

Making memories one tray at a time. deep-fried, so it was all good. There’s a kind of alchemy, magic, that happens when you add whatever substance, plus batter, plus whatever oil. What school lunch would you avoid at all costs? Salisbury steak. If you could find me one person that likes Salisbury steak, I have to shake their hand. Where do I start? It was like boot leather. It was sinewy. It was chewy. Normally, it’s barely recognizable as an animal byproduct. Nothing about it was good. If it had tater tots on the same plate, I might be able to forgive it for a while. Where do you go when you need a fix of school lunch today? I’m still searching for the right place. Obviously, I don’t eat quite like that anymore. I haven’t been able to find the place that has satisfied that itch yet. I have yet to try Stroud’s. I hear, for the fried food, it’s a good place to start. I have had some pretty tasty fried food at Niecie’s. I think I had chicken and waffles. I would defi nitely do it again. Every now and then, you find yourself at a place that has a deep-fried gem in the works and you have to go after it. There is plenty of time to eat salads, and I figure I drink enough red wine to counteract it.

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Blanc Burgers is taking a Leap of faith. Smith, who Werner says has moved to “another restaurant in Johnson County.” Werner says Eggers will not be making any immediate changes to the Jacobson menu, which was a collaboration between Smith and Werner. “We’ll be working together on the fallwinter menu that will come out at the end of October,” Werner says. “Of course, he’ll want to put his own stamp on the menu, but I think the changes will be very subtle at first. We know Jayson’s skill set and are pleased he’s coming onboard.” Meanwhile, Aaron Mulder has been appointed executive chef for both Blanc restaurants. Just don’t expect immediate changes to the Blanc menu. “We won’t be making any changes coming out of the gate,” Werner says. “We’re still in the process of working out the details of the deal. I can say that, at first, we’ll be focusing on operational efficiencies and training. We’ll look at the menu later, although Jayson Eggers will still be involved in menu development.” Peralta remains interested in expanding the Blanc brand to different parts of Kansas City. “The Plaza will still be our flagship location,” he says, “but we want to open smaller venues, like the original Westport restaurant had been and the Leawood location still is. We’ve learned some valuable lessons in the last five years. Those are much more manageable restaurants. “The primary reason for bringing in Leap Hospitality was to create a new model that will attract potential investors so we could keep going like we wanted to do before,” Peralta continues. “With Leap Hospitality, we’ll have more access to investors and have more ability to open additional locations.”

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his time last year, singer Kristen May was chipping away at a goal: writing her own music. The Blue Springs native was taking a break from a life of touring, following the 2011 breakup of KC band Vedera. She was working part time at a coffee shop, writing and recording an electronic pop solo album. She was not picturing a 2013 spent traveling the world. “It was cool at that time because I had a good two years of just writing whatever I wanted,” May says. She’s sipping an organic soda in the West Plaza rental home she shares with her husband, Brian Little, who was in Vedera with her. “I still had a publishing deal and I still, at that time, had my manager who managed Vedera. I had a lot of good context for writing, so I wrote all over — New York, L.A., Nashville and little bit here as well. For me, just writing was the best place to be.” But in late 2012, Steve Smith, who still managed May then, called about a gig, some radio shows with a band. Her plans changed. After a decade, Lacey Sturm had left the hard-rock group Flyleaf. Last October, when Smith called May, a handful of other singers had auditioned but hadn’t made the cut. May felt unprepared, despite listening to a dozen of the band’s songs ahead of time and practicing four of them. But she needn’t have been nervous. “It just felt really natural,” she says. “I think it was a good time for me to have that audition, for sure. I had to focus on singing — my passion — and just kind of let everything else go and not worry. I feel like I came through for myself.” The radio-show one-off turned into a permanent offer, starting with the group’s 2013

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tour. To May, it felt “just right,” a welcome experiment with a different genre from that of Vedera. “It’s good, on one token, just to get out there and play shows again and just kind of flex that muscle,” she says. “It’s fun to just work on being a performer for a while.” For some in May’s position, being a performer includes pressure to dress differently, to amplify sex appeal. It’s the kind of change that can draw focus away from the music, and she knows that fans might be skeptical of a pop-rock singer joining a heavier band. “I haven’t felt pressure for a while,” she says. She smiles. “Maybe that is something about getting older — I don’t know. Or maybe it’s just doing yoga and being more comfortable with myself and who I am and taking those two years off and not knowing if I was ever going to tour again. “You just kind of grow with time and you learn to choose your battles,” she continues. “I think I’ll do that forever in my career. I’ll have to face things that could potentially be trying to who I am as a person, but I think as long as I take them case by case and I don’t allow them to overwhelm me, I’ll be able to be in the business for a while.” May, who turns 31 on September 28, seems to have adopted the mantra of the Icona Pop hit “I Love It,” which plays in the background as she talks in her kitchen: I don’t care/I love it. “As a kid, I wanted to be a successful musician so badly that I think I looked to anyone who I thought was high up in the food chain to give me some kind of advice,” she says. “Now, I can look back and maybe be a little bit more

Her future is so bright … objective about the advice that I’ve taken. I think you just have to know where your priorities are and what really matters to you at the end of the day. Is it having a hit single or is it having a song that you love personally? Is it going on tour 365 days a year, or is it being able to spend some time at home as well?” May wants to balance those extremes, wants to find time for family and friends even as the band has toured Australia and Japan this year and leaves for Russia this week. After that, in November, May heads to Texas to write and begin preliminary work on a new Flyleaf album. Most of the group’s members live outside Austin, and May jokingly refers to herself now as an “honorary Texan.” She pulls back her purple flannel tank top to reveal a black tank top bearing the image of Texas and the message “We will shine.” Meanwhile, May conducts writing sessions with Nashville folks on Skype. She’s disciplined enough to write or play something every day, and she says she draws on other artists and shows for creative inspiration. “For me, it’s just a really natural process to stay creative, and it’s a therapeutic process for me as well,” she says. “I love it enough that it makes me not want to be lazy about it. I’ll set goals — I’ll write out in a planner what I’m going for.” But, May says, she has also learned not to plan too far ahead. Once those plans are set aside, that’s when life happens.

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teve Sweitzer takes his music — and his The Black Crowes root down in Columbia. barbecue — seriously. You’d expect nothing less from the man who that genre. It’s just that’s not the point of the show. It’s to represent artists that aren’t has grown Columbia’s annual Roots N Blues necessarily breaking artists, to represent artN BBQ Festival over a decade, but Sweitzer ists that maybe have been around for a while has good reason to sound downright bubbly about this weekend’s three-day lineup. He and and haven’t done anything until recently. Like Mavis Staples, for example, who was co-organizer Richard King (of the Blue Note helped along by Jeff Tweedy, and now a new and Mojo’s) are putting more than 27 acts on two stages, including the Black Crowes, Mavis generation knows her name. I think that’s Staples, Steve Earle, Samantha Fish, Phospho- great. We have Mavis coming for the Gospel Brunch on Sunday. rescent, Béla Fleck, and Johnny Winter. At its core, there are a lot of singer-songwritThe Pitch: Give me a little history on the Roots ers this year. That was intentional. Like Steve N Blues N BBQ Festival. Sweitzer: This is our seventh year do- Earle, who’s been around forever. The fact of the matter is that the guy’s brilliant. Nikki ing the show. The overall mission, when we Hill’s an up-and-comer — there’s a really cool created it all those years ago, was to have a soul thing she does with her very eclectic mix of genres. band. We have Johnny WinBelieve it or not, we did reRoots N Blues N ter, who’s still singing and search 10 years ago, and a lot BBQ Festival playing like when he was a of people still didn’t underSeptember 20–22 at Stephens kid, and he’s no youngster. stand what roots music was. Lake Park, Columbia, There’s Keller Williams, a They thought it was part of rootsnbluesnbbq.com brilliant singer-songwriter, blues music. It seems odd, and he’s teamed up with the right, because we’ve been Travelin’ McCourys, and their dad is one of the hit over the head with roots music, but that’s elders of bluegrass music — really one of the really the origin of the name — originally it was godfathers of that category. just going to be the Roots N BBQ Festival, and Is there anyone you particularly think we when people didn’t realize what that was, we should know about? decided to add blues to it. ZZ Ward. She’s a good example of someEclectic means something beyond roots and thing I try to do every year. When artists come blues music? to the show, I always try to spend some time Every category of music has been reprewith them and find out who they’re listening sented in that roots world: folk, bluegrass to — you know, up-and-coming young artists old and new, country old and new. Really, — and that’s the case with ZZ Ward. We had the mission was to build an eclectic show and feature what I like to call “the real deal.” Fitz and the Tantrums here a couple years ago, We’re gonna have guys like Dale Watson — he and I was talking to Fitz, and he talked about plays old time honky-tonk, and he’s influ- how he was producing a couple songs for ZZ Ward, and we immediately put her on our list. enced by all the country greats, back when The festival is at a new location this year, country was country and not pop or whatever Stephens Lake Park. How did that move happen? it is now. I’m not saying anything bad about

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This is the first festival we’ve hosted there. We did a test concert last year about this time. What we wanted to see was how things looked and sounded and how people reacted to those surroundings, and it was very positive. Who wouldn’t want to be out on 50 acres under the stars watching these great acts on two giant stages? There’s also a big race that you do. How does that fit in with the festival? That’s a feature that’s really growing in popularity for us. It’s a 10k race, and we’ve got over a thousand runners signed up now. It’s a really good course, and it’s professionally timed. But maybe the main feature is the live music on the race route, and the part where, when the runners are done, they get a big old can of beer and barbecue. [Laughs.] Is there anything else about the show this year that’s different for you? The other thing that is brand-new for us is that we’ve never had a Sunday show. We’ve always just been Friday and Saturday and then done, so this year, for your weekend pass, we have two and a half days of music. On Sunday, we’ll have the Gospel Brunch, and several of the food vendors are creating some special brunch items that you can enjoy while you’re watching the show.

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You could argue that Passport’s music isn’t jazz. With Latin, Cuban and South American motifs, perhaps it’s world music meets jazz. Trumpeter Stan Kessler is certainly one of the most prolific jazz musicians in Kansas City. And versatile guitarist Beau Bledsoe, through his group Alaturka and stints in Matt Otto’s sextet, stakes many claims to KC’s jazz scene. In their duo Passport, Bledsoe lays down intricate, mesmerizing rhythms while Kessler glides above them with perfect tone. Thursday, percussionist Pat Conway adds yet another dimension. These are master musicians, ideally complementing one another with a repertoire that moves from melancholy to exhilaration. Book your ticket today. — LARRY KOPITNIK Passport, 8–11 p.m. Thursday, September 19, at the Green Lady Lounge (1809 Grand, 816-215-2954)


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New Riddim The New Riddim is ultimately a reggae band — the word "riddim" is there in its name — but its members seem to understand that the best way to inhabit a genre is to draw from outside it. Kidnapped!, the Kansas City seven piece’s 2012 LP, includes a cover of "Barbados," a Charlie Parker tune, and a few tracks have more in common with 1960s soul than Peter Tosh. Its members also play in bands that explore other styles: trombonist Mike Walker with the country revivalists Starhaven Rounders, bassist Kian Byrne with Celtic-rockers the Elders. Referencing the old quote about white boys like Mick Jagger and Paul McCartney earnestly playing black music, frontman-organist Dan Loftus calls the New Riddim a "plastic soul" band. Introduce yourselves. We are a band of fellow travelers dedicated to bringing you the finest in ska, rocksteady, reggae, and soul music -- collectively known as the New Riddim. Daniel Loftus - lead vocals / organ Rico Pierce - drums Kian Byrne - bass Conor Loftus - guitar Nick Howell - trumpet Mike Walker - trombone Marshall Tinnermeier - tenor saxophone

You’ve won a couple Pitch Music Awards now. What’s the secret? We don’t try to be anything that we’re not. What you see and what you hear is who we are and what we do. We try to bring the same level of passion and energy every night, regardless if we’re playing to five people or 500 people. Tell us about what all you’ve got in the works -- recent and upcoming shows, new recordings, etc. Just got finished playing in Lawrence, KS, for the first time in a couple years, and it felt great. We got a good response. We’re currently in the process of booking tour dates and recording a follow-up to our first album with Joel Nanos at Element Recording in the near future. Who are some musical heroes? Tommy McCook, Don Drummond, Roland Alphonso and the entire Skatalites band. James Brown. The Rolling Stones. Favorite Slackers album? The Question. Ska? Reggae? Rocksteady? Soul? How would you describe your approach to genre(s)? We specialize in what we like to call Jamaican rock & roll. Equal parts soul, jazz, and rock & roll with a 1960’s-era Jamaican influence. Thoughts on the reggae scene in KC? There are lots of great bands and DJs playing reggae in Kansas City. We support anyone around here that brings reggae and soul music to the people. Big up to DJ Johnny 2Tone, DJ Jabberock, 77 Jefferson, Arm The Poor and Born In Babylon, among others. pitch.com

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Sail Rock 2013

Yacht rock has reached a cultural benchmark: The genre’s minor acts are now buddying up and hitting the road together for memory-lane tours. Christopher Cross (“Ride Like the Wind”; the theme song to Arthur) is the headliner on this outing. Supporting him are Orleans (“Still the One,” “Dance With Me”), Gary Wright

(“Dream Weaver”) and Firefall (“You Are the Woman,” “Just Remember I Love You”). Saturday, September 21, at Starlight Theatre (4600 Starlight Road, 816-363-7827)

Against Me

One of the more interesting stories in the world of punk last year was Against Me bandleader Thomas James Gabel’s coming out as a transsexual woman. Gabel now goes by Laura Jane Grace and is undergoing hormone-replacement therapy (her ferocious voice will be unaffected), and Against Me is expected to release its new album — the aptly named Transgender Dysphoria Blues — later this year. If it’s anything like the wordy, anthemic punk of the group’s previous output, sign me up. Friday, September 20, at the Riot Room (4048 Broadway, 816-442-8179)

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A quiet breed of folk icon, David Bromberg collaborated with some of the greats in the 1960s and ’70s: Dylan, the Dead, George Harrison. In the ’80s, he quit touring and recording in order to study violin making. He has since returned to the biz and releases occasional albums, like 2011’s Use Me (which featured appearances by Levon Helm, Los Lobos and John Hiatt) and his new roots-blues album, Only Slightly Mad. He’ll be appearing as a solo act at this Knuckleheads show. Saturday, September 21, at Knuckleheads Saloon (2715 Rochester, 816-483-1456)

Rancid

Rancid’s hooky, fuck-you ska punk still sounds pretty energized 20 years along. Tim Armstrong and Co.’s last album was 2009’s Let the Dominoes Fall, but they’ve got a new one slated for next year and will likely be previewing some of that material — and playing old chestnuts like “Time Bomb” and “Ruby Soho” — at this show. Saturday, September 21, at the Granada (1020 Massachusetts, Lawrence, 785-842-1390)

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Thursday | 9.19 |

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Royals vs. Rangers | 7:10 p.m. Kauffman Stadium

FOOD & DRINK

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Briarcliff Village Farmers Market | 3-7 p.m. Briarcliff

Against Me, Off With Their Heads, Hop Along |

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Blue Riddim CD-release show with Rougher Allstars and DJ Pat | 9 p.m. Davey’s Uptown, 3402 Main

Power of Reading: A Celebration of the Written Word | 6 p.m. Kansas City Plaza Library, 4801 Main,

Blues Traveler | KC Live Stage, 14th St. and Grand

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Book of Gaia | 8:30 p.m. The Blue Room, 1616 E. 18th St. F E S T I VA L S

Jeremy Butcher & the Bail Jumpers | 9 p.m. B.B.’s

Lawnside BBQ, 1205 E. 85th St.

Hispanic Heritage Festival | 6-8 p.m. Kansas City,

Kansas, Public Library, South Branch, 3104 Strong Ave., KCK

The Buttermilk Boys, Man in the Ring | The Brick, 1727 McGee

SPORTS

Albert Castiglia with Shannon and the Rhythm Kings | 8:30 p.m. Knuckleheads, 2715 Rochester

The American Royal Arabian Horse Show | Hale Arena, 1701 American Royal Ct.

Dirty Fences | 9 p.m. Replay Lounge, 946 Massachusetts, Lawrence

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AFI, Touche Amore, Coming | 6 p.m. The Granada,

Filthy 13 | Jazz, 1823 W. 39th St.

1020 Massachusetts, Lawrence

The Airborne Toxic Event, American Authors | 7 p.m. Czar, 1531 Grand

Big James & the Chicago Playboys | 8 p.m. Knuck-

leheads, 2715 Rochester

The Bluz Benderz | Trouser Mouse, 410 S. Hwy. 7,

Blue Springs

Michael Chabon’s Telegraph Avenue is one of those big books that deserves its big-deal status. It’s just out in paperback, and a $17 copy from Rainy Day Books lets you hear the author tonight at 7, when he speaks and signs books at Unity Temple on the Plaza (707 West 47th Street). See rainydaybooks.com.

Jerrod Niemann | KC Live Stage, 14th St. and Grand Chuck Ragan, Jamestown Revival, Dead Ven | 8 p.m., $12/$14. The Riot Room, 4048 Broadway

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Crippled Kings, Scott Schuman, Too Late for Satellites | 10 p.m. RecordBar, 1020 Westport Rd. Disappears, Weekend | 10 p.m. Replay Lounge, 946 Massachusetts, Lawrence

Millage Gilbert Big Blues Band | 7 p.m. Danny’s Big

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DJ Highnoone | Empire Room, 334 E. 31st St. Luxury Bump | 10 p.m. Firefly Lounge, 4118 Penn-

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Stoney Larue, Phil Hamilton, Ryan Manuel | 7 p.m.

Troostwood Youth Garden Market | 3-8 p.m.,

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Lonnie McFadden | 4:30 p.m. The Phoenix, 302 W.

Mumford & Sons, Johnny Flynn and Mystery Jets | 6 p.m. Cricket Wireless Amphitheater, 633 N. 130th

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Viva Paws Vegas — Pawsible Dream Auction for the Lawrence Humane Society | 6:30 p.m., $75, Oread Hotel, 1200 Oread, Lawrence

Women Veterans Benefits Fair and Resource Expo | 2 p.m. Roger T. Sermon Center, 201 N. Dodgion, Independence

Old No. 5’s | Trouser Mouse, 410 S. Hwy. 7, Blue Springs Sail Rock 2013 with Christopher Cross, Orleans, Firefall and Gary Wright | 6:30 p.m. Starlight Theatre,

4600 Starlight Rd.

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

The American Royal Arabian Horse Show | Hale Arena, 1701 American Royal Ct.

Luminosity, NewEar Contemporary Ensemble

KC Trumpet Summit featuring Mike Metheny, Stan Kessler & Hermon Mehari | 8 p.m. Take Five

The Granada, 1020 Massachusetts, Lawrence

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Stan Kessler’s Passport | 8 p.m. Green Lady Lounge,

Hearts of Darkness, SUNU | 8 p.m. The Bottleneck,

737 New Hampshire, Lawrence

Friday Farmers Market at BadSeed | 4:30-9 p.m.

Carlos Mencia | 8 p.m. Stanford’s Comedy Club, 1867 Village West Pkwy., KCK

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Foster, Hiatt & Currey | 5:30 p.m. Green Lady Lounge,

Firefly Run | 5:30 p.m., $55/$60, Kemper Arena, 1800 Genessee

Stagnant Pools, Various Blonde, Sundiver | 9 p.m. Czar, 1531 Grand

Starhaven Rounders | 7 p.m. RecordBar, 1020 Westport Rd.

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David Bromberg | 7:30 p.m. Knuckleheads, 2715

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Celebration of the Hammond B-3 with Will Matthews and Reggie & Mardra Thomas | 8:30 p.m.

NIGHTLIFE

The Blue Room, 1616 E. 18th St.

Clownesque with Mary Magdalene, Molly Thunder, Lil’ Red Danger, Olivia Tall Tale, Ruby Love, Annie-Mae Allure, Phoebe Pheromone | 10 p.m. Uptown Arts Bar

The Grahams, Old No. 5’s, Sky Smeed, the Box Herders | 6 p.m. Czar, 1531 Grand

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

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Mingle with Tim Richman & Team Bear Club | 10 p.m. The Eighth Street Taproom, 801 New Hampshire, Lawrence Roast of Top Gun | 8:30 p.m. Screenland Crown Center, 2450 Grand

Roy Wood Jr. | 8 & 10:30 p.m. Improv Comedy Club and Dinner Theater, 7260 N.W. 87th St.

Saturday | 9.21 | PERFORMING ARTS

Friends of Shawnee Town Arts & Crafts Fair |

Rancid, Tim Timebomb, the Interrupters | 6:30 p.m. The Granada, 1020 Massachusetts, Lawrence

9 a.m.-4 p.m. Shawnee Town 1929, 11501 W. 57th St., Shawnee

Strutt With Your Mutt 5k Race & 3k Walk |

7 a.m., $35/$45, 63rd St. and Brookside Plz.

Harvest Moon American Indian Festival | Noon,

Baths | 10 p.m. RecordBar, 1020 Westport Rd.

Parktoberfest | 12-8 p.m. English Landing Park, First

Megan Birdsall Quintet | 9 p.m. Green Lady Lounge,

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

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City Market Farmers Market | 6:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m., 205 E. Fifth St.

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Grand Court Farmers Market | 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Grand

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The American Royal Arabian Horse Show | Hale

Borruso, Jonah Criswell, Scott Dickson, Ari Fish, and Colin Leipelt, plus a collection of vintage Philip K. Dick paperbacks | 5 p.m. Monday, UMKC Gallery of Art, 5015 Holmes, Room 203

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

Court Retirement Center, 501 W. 107th St.

Arena, 1701 American Royal Ct.

KC Organics and Natural Market | 8 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

Dot to Dot 5k/10k | 6 a.m., $28/$35, Corporate Woods

Troostwood Youth Garden Market | 9 a.m.-3 p.m.,

Humane Society of Greater Kansas City Golf Classic | 6:30 a.m. Deer Creek Golf Course, 7000 W.

Josephine Halvorson, Gabriel Hartley, David Livingston and Scott Wolniak | Greenlease Gallery, Rockhurst University, 1100 Rockhurst Rd.

Making Tracks for Celiacs Walk | 9 a.m. Commu-

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Minor Park, Holmes at Red Bridge Rd.

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Office Park, 8717 W. 110th St., Lenexa

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ART EXHIBITS & EVENTS

Saturday swap meet | 11 a.m.-4 p.m., Cowtown Mallroom, 3101 Gillham Plz.

Studebaker John and the Hawks | 9 p.m. B.B.’s

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Slow Food KC Culinary Garage Sale | 8 a.m.-3 p.m.

Downtown Overland Park Farmers Market |

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

Star Montessori, 6321 Wornall

Backroad Anthem | 8 p.m. The Bottleneck, 737 New

Waldo Fall Festival | 10 a.m.-5 p.m., 75th Street and Wornall Road.

Prometheus, My Marionette, Striving for Cairo, What I’ve Become, DeVos, Nicolette Paige | 7 p.m.

Lawnside BBQ, 1205 E. 85th St.

633 N. 130th St., Bonner Springs

FOOD & DRINK

Lady D | 8 p.m. Danny’s Big Easy, 1601 E. 18th St.

Davey’s Uptown, 3402 Main

Petrouchka , Owen/Cox Dance Group | 8 p.m. Polsky

at JCCC, 12345 College Blvd., Overland Park

KC/DC | 9 p.m. The Brooksider, 6330 Brookside Plz.

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Santa Fe & the Fat City Horns | 8 p.m. Yardley Hall

Nikki Hill | 9:30 p.m. Knuckleheads, 2715 Rochester

On An On, Saint Lux, Pioneer | 7:30 p.m. The Riot

Opera, Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts, 1601 Broadway

Theatre at JCCC, 12345 College Blvd., Overland Park

Lawrence

Room, 4048 Broadway

MUSIC

The Capulets & the Montagues | 7:30 p.m. Lyric

The Heroine, Federation of Horsepower, Bad Wheels | 10 p.m. Replay Lounge, 946 Massachusetts,

Lawrence Print Fair | Saturday, Lawrence Arts Center, 940 New Hampshire, Lawrence L’Hourloupe , artwork by Anthony Baab,

Nomads: Traversing Adolescence | Kemper

Plaza Art Fair | September 20-22, 47th St. and

JC Nichols Pkwy., countryclubplaza.com

Third Thursday at the Nerman | 3:30-4:30 p.m. Nerman Museum of Contemporary Art, 12345 College Blvd., Overland Park Thirsty Thursday Art Crawl | 5 p.m. in Waldo, 75th Street and Wornall

39th Street Artwalk | Friday, Prospero’s Books,

1800 W. 39th St.

James Turrell: Gard Blue | Spencer Museum of Art, 1301 Mississippi , Lawrence The 2013 KCXX Video Showcase features short-format videos from nine KC artists | Tivoli Cinemas, 4050 Pennsylvania Under Arabian Skies: A Celebration of Art, Science and Astronomy From the Islamic World | 5-9 p.m. Saturday, Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, 4525 Oak

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THEATER Best Laid Plans — A Murder Mystery Dinner | 7 p.m. Saturday, KCMT Tiffany Ballroom,

DJ Brent Tactic | 10 p.m. MiniBar, 3810 Broadway

903 Harrison

DJ E | The Quaff, 1010 Broadway

The Fox on the Fairway | Opens Friday, Paradise Playhouse, 101 Spring St., Excelsior Springs, paradiseplayhouse.org

Gold Label Soul with Hector the Selector |

10 p.m. The Eighth Street Taproom, 801 New Hampshire, Lawrence

Ol’ Blue Eyes | 8 p.m. Chestnut Fine Arts Center, 234 N. Chestnut, Olathe, chestnutfinearts.com

Eddie Griffin | 6:30 p.m. VooDoo Lounge, Harrah’s

Casino, 1 Riverboat Dr., NKC

FRIDAY

Carlos Mencia | 7:45 & 9:45 p.m. Stanford’s Comedy

9.20

Club, 1867 Village West Pkwy., KCK

Roy Wood Jr. | 7 & 10 p.m. Improv Comedy Club and

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

Sunday | 9.22 |

The Rainmaker | Metropolitan Ensemble Theatre, 3614 Main, metkc.org

Red Badge Variations | The Coterie Theatre, 2450 Grand, Crown Center, thecoterie.org

Romeo & Juliet | She & Her Productions,

Just Off Broadway Theatre, 3051 Central, sheandherproductions.com

PERFORMING ARTS

Beethoven Lives Upstairs | 2:30 p.m. Kauffman

Against Me, Off With Their Heads, Hop Along | 8 p.m. The Riot Room, 4048 Broadway

Botero Bledsoe in Concert | 7 p.m. Metropolitan

Dig in, KC! A Dinner with Farmers & Friends

Center for the Performing Arts, 1601 Broadway

Ensemble Theatre, 3614 Main

Petrouchka, Owen/Cox Dance Group | 2 p.m. Polsky

| 6:30-9:30 p.m., $100, City Market, 205 E. Fifth St., cultivatekc.org

Theatre at JCCC, 12345 College Blvd., Overland Park F E S T I VA L S

Harvest Moon American Indian Festival | Noon,

Springs

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COMMUNITY EVENTS

Bikers for Babies | 8 a.m.-4 p.m., $35/$40, Kansas Speedway, 400 Speedway Blvd., KCK

Dave Creighton Organization | 8 p.m. RecordBar,

1020 Westport Rd.

Late Night Rendezvous, Opossum Trot, Visitor

Linwood Park, 3109 Troost

Kansas City Renaissance Festival: Wonders of the World | 10 a.m.-7 p.m., 633 N. 130th St., Bonner

MUSIC

SPORTS

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

Spring Awakening | Opens Friday, the Barn Players, 6219 Martway, Mission, thebarnplayers.org The Tallest Tree in the Forest | Kansas City Repertory Theatre, Copaken Stage, 13th St. and Walnut, kcrep.org Venus in Fur | Unicorn Theatre, 3828 Main, unicorntheatre.org

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

Free to Breathe Kansas City 6th Annual Lung Cancer 5k Run/Walk & 1/2-Mile Walk | 7 a.m.,

Broadway

War I Museum, 100 W. 26th St.

Royals vs. Rangers | 1:10 p.m. Kauffman Stadium

Morgan Page, Project 46, Walden, DJ Eric Coomes | 8 p.m. The Midland, 1228 Main

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

Whisper Walk for Ovarian Cancer | 9 a.m. Zona

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

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

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KCK Greenmarket | 7:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Juniper Gardens,

The Invisible World, Eros & the Eschaton, La Guerre, the Blackbird Revue | 10 p.m. RecordBar,

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The Phoenix, 302 W. Eighth St.

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Gerald Spaits Quartet with Arnold Young | 9 p.m. Green Lady Lounge, 1809 Grand

MUSIC

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

Stars, High Highs | 7 p.m. Crossroads KC at Grinders,

Second St., Lawrence

417 E. 18th St.

Cancerslug, Painted in Blood, the Uncouth, Mercury Mad, DJ Rico | 9 p.m. The Riot Room, 4048

1205 E. 85th St.

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

Broadway

Tycho Brahe, Organ Trail, Bummer | 8 p.m. The Riot Room, 4048 Broadway

Celebrating the Hammond B-3 with Everette DeVan | 7 p.m. The Blue Room, 1616 E. 18th St.

NIGHTLIFE

Ether Island | 10 p.m. The Eighth Street Taproom, 801 New Hampshire, Lawrence

DJ Highnoone and DJ Ashton Martin | 9 p.m. Sol

Kodascope, Max Jury | 10 p.m. RecordBar, 1020

Wylliams/Henry Fall Concert 2013 | 8 p.m. White Recital Hall at UMKC, 4949 Cherry, wylliams-henry.org

Mark Lowrey Trio | 6 p.m. The Majestic, 931 Broadway

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

Rural Grit Happy Hour | 6-9 p.m. The Brick, 1727 McGee

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

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

Taking Back Mondays with Sovereign States |

Westport Rd.

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

8410 Wornall

1020 Westport Rd.

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

Tuesday | 9.24 |

Cantina, 408 E. 31st St.

DJ HoodNasty, Brent Tactic & DJ B-Stee | 10 p.m. Gusto Lounge, 504 Westport Rd.

SPORTS

The Low End with Nmezee & Sigrah | 10 p.m. The The American Royal Youth Invitational Rodeo |

Hale Arena, 1701 American Royal Ct.

Riot Room, 4048 Broadway

Team Trivia with Teague Hayes | 7 p.m. Coda, 1744 Broadway

MUSIC

Billy Beale’s blues jam | 10 p.m. Westport Saloon, 4112 Pennsylvania

Wednesday | 9.25 | PERFORMING ARTS

NIGHTLIFE

FOOD & DRINK

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

KCK Greenmarket | 7:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Keeler Women’s

Booze, 423 Southwest Blvd.

Center, 2220 Central, KCK

Cyclone Nine, Dawn of Ashes | 8 p.m. Davey’s

Uptown, 3402 Main

Distant Dreams Music with J Bot, CB, Dre Harmony, Adrian Truth, Myeesha, more | 8 p.m. Czar, 1531 Grand

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Poetic Underground poetry slam | 9 p.m. Uptown

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Downtown Overland Park Farmers Market |

7:30 a.m.-1 p.m., on Marty, between 79th Street and 80th streets

DJ Ashton Martin | Gusto Lounge, 504 Westport Rd.

Fresh Promises Farmers Market | 4:30-

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7:30 p.m. Kill Creek Farm, Kill Creek Road, just off K-10, Gardner

Waldo Farmers Market | 3-7 p.m. Habitat for Humanity ReStore, 303 W. 79th St. Westport Plaza Farmers Market | 4:30-7:30 p.m. Westport Rd. and Wyoming

SPORTS

DJs Mike Scott, Spinstyles and Bill Pile | MiniBar,

Irie in KC with DJ Rizzo and Ellen Degenerate |

8:30 p.m. Davey’s Uptown, 3402 Main

Karaoke | The Quaff, 1010 Broadway MOKAN Twang Vinyl Country Night | 8 p.m. Frank James Saloon, 10919 N.W. Hwy. 45, Parkville

Poetic Underground — erotic poetry | 8 p.m.

Uptown Arts Bar, 3611 Broadway

The American Royal Youth Invitational Rodeo |

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