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Hometown: Drexel, Missouri Current neighborhood: Westport What I do (in 140 characters): I combine activism, public service, performance art, and music to make Kansas City a radder city and inspire youth to be themselves. What’s your addiction? Mud Pie cupcakes What’s your game? Katamari. The King of All What’s your drink? Whiskey water. Nothing fancy.

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“I just read …” I just got named to the American Library Association’s Stonewall Book Awards Committee, so the only books I have time to read this year are queer books. When I get the chance, I sneak in some early gothic fiction. The best advice I ever got: “Get it.” Worst advice: I come from a very low-income background and have supported myself since I was a teenager and heard a lot of “It’s OK to pay for your education in student loans.” My sidekick: My library card. I never leave home

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mit Raizada’s net worth is $69 million, according to divorce papers recently filed in Johnson County. That puts him in pretty rarefied financial air, even in tony Mission Hills, where until recently he parked a 2012 Porsche Turbo (valued at $188,000) and a 2012 McLaren ($270,000) at a $3.6 million home. A good rule of thumb, when encountering substantial wealth in Kansas City, is to consider the possibility that it flows from the tap of online payday lending. As noted in a series of Pitch articles, a lot of people in town have made millions in a very short period of time by operating or investing in businesses that charge short-term borrowers across the nation exorbitant interest rates and hidden fees. Raizada is one such person. Raizada’s KC-based private investment firm, Spectrum Business Ventures, had a 17 percent stake in eData Solutions, a payday operation that grossed $54 million in 2010. That was back when the industry was flush. In the last year, though, the federal government has brought down the hammer on these operations. Most banks are too scared to process the transactions, and the Federal Trade Commission is now going after the American Indian tribes that operators typically have hidden behind. For payday profiteers, the party is more or less over. But not all the guests are leaving quietly. Around here, some angry investors never saw the promised 30 percent annual returns on their investments in these operations. Horror stories abound about doctors and lawyers who put millions in these portfolios, thinking they were a sure bet, only to see the money evaporate following the government’s crackdown. (Such stories, of course, might elicit more sympathy if these people had invested in, say, biotechnology rather than businesses that prey on poor people’s paychecks.) According to multiple sources, at least two lawsuits against Raizada are in the works that charge Spectrum Business Ventures with deceiving its investors. Parties in those potential lawsuits have been negotiating possible settlements for several months. A few weeks ago, however, a different group of investors formally filed suit against Raizada in Miami, where he recently moved. Adore, an opulent, 12,000-square-foot Miami Beach nightclub that opened last month, is at the center of this new dispute. The creative force behind Adore is club mogul Cy Waits, known to Us Weekly readers as a former boyfriend of Paris Hilton’s. The pair were arrested together in Las Vegas in 2010 — she for cocaine possession, he for marijuana and driving under the influence.

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“No expense was spared in developing the nightclub,” the complaint reads. It “features ornate decorations (cathedral ceilings, antique mirrors, a candle bar, etc.) spread across multiple levels; it was designed to evoke the feel of a gothic cathedral.” Adore also boasts a floor-toceiling LED display and a lighting-and-sound system used previously at the Super Bowl and the Olympics. South Beach Magazine calls it a “garden of hedonism.” The plaintiffs — FML LLC, SouthB LLC and the David J. Vittor Revocable Trust, all of whom claim to be investors in Adore — allege that, although Raizada has zero nightclub experience and was affiliated with Adore only to raise money, he has interfered with the development of the club, diverted its funds to Raizada-affiliated entities, and charged inappropriate expenditures to Adore’s books. The specifics in the complaint include some doozies. Raizada, the lawsuit says, rang up a tab totaling $36,000 at a nightclub called Fluxx during a weekend trip to San Diego. There’s also, among the grievances, a mysterious $860,000 payment made to a “Raizada affiliate” last November. And Raizada, the lawsuit claims, restructured Ocean First Group, the LLC that owns Adore, to reduce his own risk while maintaining an ownership stake. “Despite having no operational role in

OFG [Ocean First Group], Raizada holds himself out to municipal authorities, the public and the staff of the Adore Nightclub as the ‘manager’ and as the ‘general partner’ of the venture, and, at times, he has represented that he is the ‘sole owner’ of the venture,” reads the complaint. “Raizada has claimed that he was freezing OFG/Adore’s bank accounts, canceling its credit cards and calling its vendors to instruct them to cease the production or delivery of goods and services. The purpose of these threats was and is to force members of the staff, including Cy Waits, to ignore Raizada’s grossly excessive ‘business expenses,’ to accede to his manipulation of the capital structure of OFG for his benefit and to agree to Raizada’s demand that he be given credit for development of the nightclub.” Such behavior, the lawsuit contends, resulted in expenditures that were millions of dollars over budget, putting the plaintiffs’ investments at risk of bankruptcy. Raizada’s attorney, Pete Smith, of the Plaza firm McDowell Rice Smith & Buchanan, filed a strongly worded opposition to the lawsuit late last week. It contends that the plaintiffs are simply limited partners in OFG, which is merely a creditor of Adore, and as such they have no grounds to dictate how the business is operated. The suit, Smith writes, is “replete

with unfounded accusations, misrepresentations, and unsupported legal conclusions” and “devoid of actual admissible facts supported by competent evidence.” E-mails, included as exhibits in Smith’s opposition, reveal tension between Waits and Raizada at various stages of the construction process. “Your inappropriate conduct not only jeopardizes the investors’ interests and the club’s opening, but also places your company (SBV) … in a compromising position,” Waits wrote to Raizada on February 16 of this year. “I strongly suggest you reign in your emotions and think clearly — namely focus on opening the club and protecting the investors.” (Waits did not respond to a request for comment.) Smith says everything is smooth-sailing now that Adore is open for business. “The club is open and operating, and Cy Waits says everything’s good,” he tells The Pitch. “The facts are opposite of what their suit says. It’s fiction.” (Michael Foster, attorney for the plaintiffs, could not be reached for comment.) Smith also denies awareness of any looming local legal action — filed by, say, spurned online-payday-lending investors — against Raizada.

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n March 27, the longtime chief counsel for the Johnson County Board of Commissioners, Don Jarrett, met with county commissioners in the basement of the county administration building in downtown Olathe. Jarrett was bringing them news and no news at the same time. He filled in commissioners on the status of the Sunflower Army Ammunition Plant: No remediation work was under way to clean up the polluted soil on 9,000 acres of property south of De Soto, along Kansas Highway 10. The property’s owner, Sunflower Redevelopment LLC, occasionally talks with the U.S. military about what to do with the former government property, but no agreement is forthcoming. Hardly any of the property is usable in any way. Sunflower Army Ammunition Plant today looks more like it did in 1950 than what it was supposed to become.

Men and women by the thousands used to travel to Sunflower each day to work at the plant, which made rocket propellant for the U.S. military. Jobs were plentiful during the decades that encapsulated World War II and the Korean and Vietnam wars.  Like a lot of military property, Sunflower outlived its usefulness. By the 1990s, the federal government wanted to get rid of the land. Robert Kory, a Los Angeles lawyer who claimed to have a large book of celebrity clients but seems to have had a connection only to Canadian songwriter Leonard Cohen, became one of many men who came to Kansas City with a big idea and left with nothing to show for it. Kory wanted to build a futuristic Wizard of Oz–themed amusement park in Wyandotte County. But he stiffed government officials for the cost of a study he was supposed to cover and later set his sights on Sunflower in Johnson County.

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He almost pulled it off, despite having little in the way of fi rm fi nancial data about his plans. But enough officials worried that he was just going to try to flip the land and sent him packing back to California. Later, county leaders thought that if someone could clean up the environmental contamination endemic to the manufacture of war chemicals, the 9,000-acre Sunflower site would make a fine place for a new progressive community along the K-10 corridor. But the property has languished. To the untrained eye, the factory looks as though it could start making smokeless gunpowder again at the flip of a switch. Kansas City is full of these unrealized dreams, all attached to long-dormant parcels of land. Last week in this space, The Pitch discussed and displayed what Kansas City might look like in 2020, a time when new

developments coming out of the ground now should all be operational (KC 2020, April 10, 2014). Any vision of the future comes with realities, though, and this city’s real-estate market is pockmarked by projects that never materialized, long-decaying strips subject to missteps and disagreements among bureaucrats and developers. You know the spots: the faint-pulsed Great Mall of the Great Plains, the cold, dead Indian Springs Mall, the Walking Dead–looking Citadel. Behind each such structure, a broken promise or 10. Metcalf South Mall is one example of a place where new ownership might result in a relatively swift reincarnation. The Great Mall is another. But you don’t have to be a pessimist to look at the properties listed this week, and see how Kansas City in 2020 could still look a lot like Kansas City in 2014. 

1. SUNFLOWER ARMY AMMUNITION PLANT

2. TRUMAN’S MARKETPLACE

The Sunflower Army Ammunition Plant greased the U.S. military’s wheels during World War II and the conflicts in Korea and Vietnam. The plant employed more than 14,000 at one point, making rocket propellant and smokeless gun powder. The federal government decommissioned the site in the early 1990s and made plans to sell it. But the man who wanted to buy it was a Los Angeles lawyer who wore out his welcome in Wyandotte County pitching an idea to erect, in the plant’s place, a Wizard of Oz–themed amusement park. Kansans weary of being associated with the film proved a tough sell, but Robert Kory nearly convinced Johnson County elected officials to approve his idea before he made them angry, too. The Sunflower site was later sold to a joint venture between Kessinger/Hunter and International Risk Group. Today, no environmental remediation work is being done at the site, and county officials say there’s no agreement on the horizon for what to do with what otherwise would be prime real estate along Kansas Highway 10.

Grandview wants badly to rebuild the north gateway to change the largely industrial city’s image. The sleepy southern Jackson County suburb has been in prolonged discussions with shopping-center developer RED Legacy to reshape the old Truman Corners into Truman’s Marketplace, something resembling the new strip malls in Independence along Interstate 70. The project’s marketing materials say it would stand across Highway 71 from a future sprawling, 125-acre International House of Prayer campus. Questions have arisen about a city with a $12 million general fund at one point considering a guarantee of nearly $40 million worth of bonds, which would leave the city on the hook if the project itself doesn’t generate enough revenue to repay bondholders. Worse, former Grandview Mayor Steve Dennis, who was a cheerleader for the project, is headed to prison for using a bogus nonprofit to solicit IHOP money. continued on page 8

LOCATION: South of De Soto, Kansas OWNER: Sunflower Redevelopment LLC

LOCATION: Blue Ridge Boulevard and U.S. Highway 71, Grandview OWNER: RED Legacy

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LOCATION: Shawnee Mission Parkway and Johnson Drive, Mission OWNER: Cameron Group It’s difficult to name another development project that has proceeded with as much ineptitude as Mission Gateway. Many retail developments have gone up in Johnson County since New York–based developer Cameron Group bought the old Mission Center Mall and tore it down, in 2005. During that time, CG principal Tom Valenti has followed a pattern: Announce a construction start date, produce glossy images of the latest version of the project, and return a few months later with a new start date and a number of subtractions from the original design. Today, Wal-Mart is supposed to anchor the development. Beyond that, who knows? A site that was once supposed to have a hotel, an aquarium and office space may well lose yet another key attraction: apartments. Mission’s long, odd wait to see this most visible development site reborn may yield an ordinary strip mall. Or maybe nothing at all.

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The Great Mall opened in 1997, to much Olathe fanfare. City officials then expected that charter buses would roll around the Midwest, corralling eager rural shoppers ready for an exciting day trip to southern, retail-intensive Olathe. But the out-of-towners never arrived in substantial numbers, and the mall was and remains too far south for Kansas Citians who’d just as soon visit the revitalized Oak Park Mall. (Another liability: The Great Mall–feeding I-35 interchange has always been confusing.) Little in the way of investment has been made in the Great Mall over the past 10 years, so the structure still features much of its original signage and what feels like miles of outdated carpet. Olathe has dangled the site as a redevelopment lure, once for a Kansas City Wizards stadium and later for an IKEA, to no effect. VanTrust, a well-heeled developer backed by resources from late auto magnate Cecil Van Tuyl’s estate, bought the mall from a real-estate investment trust and now says it’s working to somehow reuse the site.

Not long after voters approved a sales tax to save the supposedly much-needed Kemper Arena in 1997, Kansas City’s leaders insisted that the city needed a new arena downtown. Once the Sprint Center found approval, city leaders reassured Kansas Citians — who were wondering why they’d just passed a tax to save Kemper — that the West Bottoms oddity would retain all kinds of events. You know: rodeos and monster-truck rallies. Kemper Arena once housed the Kansas City Kings and the Kansas City Scouts, but today it opens the doors to little aside from high school graduations and the American Royal. And the city still pays $1 million a year to keep it open. Two competing plans mean to dictate Kemper Arena’s future. One involves developer Steve Foutch, who wants to convert it into an ambitious youth sports complex. The other comes from the Kemper family, which wants the building demolished and turned into a year-round American Royal complex, owing to the West Bottoms’ stockyard heritage. Neither plan seems to have become a major priority at City Hall.

LOCATION: 20700 West 151st Street, Olathe OWNER: VanTrust Real Estate

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locatIon: Interstate 70 and Northeast Adams Dairy Parkway, Blue Springs owner: Blue Springs, Missouri Blue Springs leaders got excited in 2008, believing that sleepy eastern Jackson County was about to get in on the Kansas City “innovation” game. The University of Missouri signed an agreement to put an extension of the flagship university’s campus in a new building near the Adams Pointe Golf Course. Blue Springs bought some vacant land to make the project happen. But nothing has been built, and it doesn’t look like anything is going to happen soon. MU announced that it was abandoning its so-called Mizzou Innovation Center, greatly reducing Blue Springs’ prospects here for realizing the dream of acres upon acres of research and manufacturing.

7. IndIan SprIngS Mall

locatIon: Interstate 635 and State Avenue, Kansas City, Kansas owner: The Unified Government of Wyandotte County/Kansas City, Kansas The metro has its share of dead malls — none deader than Indian Springs, where development dreams come to die. Politicians continually pledge demolition and revitalization, but nothing changes. Indian Springs Mall used to be fairly popular, easily accessible as it was. But crime, a lousy parking lot, and the business misfortunes of prime tenants such as Montgomery Ward eventually rendered the shopping center hospitable only to a police substation. Today, like most enclosed malls, this 750,000-square-foot behemoth is all but unusable. And it has become a festering bureaucratic sore for the Unified Government, which has concentrated much of its development effort in western Wyandotte County. UG Mayor Mark Holland said recently on KCPT Channel 19 that an announcement for Indian Springs Mall may be coming this summer.

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locatIon: Somewhere in downtown Kansas City, Missouri owner: ?

A 1,000-room hotel is one of those expensive projects that City Hall wants but residents haven’t really requested. That lack of public will is partly why no big hotel proposal has come forth in Kansas City. Taxpayers would likely be on the hook for $100 million or more, an enormous commitment to the idea of reeling in out-of-town conventioneers. Convention business has been in steady decline, even as the city has had a shiny new downtown to show off. Four years ago, former Mayor Mark Funkhouser threw cold water on efforts to pursue a hotel operator, saying it was a bad financial gamble. Now Kansas City is pushing hard to land the 2016 Republican National Convention. If that doesn’t materialize, look for city leaders to say the RNC’s booking elsewhere is evidence that the city needs a massive new hotel.

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locatIon: 88th Street and Metcalf, Overland Park owner: Johnson County The ski-lodge-style King Louie West building exuded suburban appeal when it housed bowling lanes and an indoor ice rink. But the building eventually got worn down, and its operator moved out. Its size, condition and now-tired kitsch became liabilities that held private developers at bay along this heavy-traffic corridor. Somehow, though, it looked good to JoCo’s Board of County Commissioners; in 2011, six of its seven members decided to buy the old King Louie building for $1.9 million, then toss another $1.6 million at sealing it off from the elements. County officials justified the purchase at the time because they wanted to move the Johnson County Museum there and even add a larger National Museum of Suburbia. Then some elections happened; new commissioners joined the board, and they didn’t like the deal. A national museum sounded fishy to some of them, and the need to get the county museum out of Shawnee wasn’t persuasive enough to convince a majority of commissioners to spend more millions on making King Louie useful again. It sits empty today, dethroned and bereft of money or solid ideas. Some commissioners say the county should sell it.

11. the cItadel

locatIon: 63rd Street and Prospect owner: Tax Increment Financing Commission of Kansas City Kansas City taxpayers have invested millions in the Citadel and have gotten only a trashed field in return. The Community Development Corporation–Kansas City was supposed to build a grocery store-anchored strip mall in a part of town that doesn’t see much commercial development. But the men running the CDC-KC were in over their heads, didn’t honor contracts, buried asbestos at the development site, and kept asking the city for more money to start their project. The whole thing exploded when federal authorities indicted the CDC-KC’s principals right after City Hall nearly rejiggered the municipal budget to hand them a $20 million advance. Since then, the Citadel has somehow gotten even worse. The gas station there closed, and the city is still trying to finish decontamination of the site. Still, City Hall paid $15 million to settle a lawsuit brought by CDC-KC. The TIF Commission now owns the site, and the city has hired real-estate firm Kessinger/Hunter to market the property to some future developer.

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locatIon: 95th Street and Metcalf, Overland Park owner: The Kroenke Group and Lane4 Property Group Enclosed malls have become a highly visible casualty of shoppers’ shifting habits. In the 1970s and ’80s, nobody seemed to mind parking a quarter mile from a door to spend hours inside dark, ominous retail arcades. Today, open-air centers mimic small-town strips such as Massachusetts Street in Lawrence. Metcalf South has lingered in a coma for years, fed by a handful of tenants. This year, Macy’s closed shop at Metcalf, pulling the plug on, and creating a potential headache for, one of Overland Park’s busiest intersections. Stan Kroenke, billionaire real-estate magnate from Columbia, Missouri, recently bought the mall but hasn’t announced what he will do with the property.

locatIon: South bank of the Missouri River, between the Heart of America Bridge and the Christopher “Kit” Bond Bridge owner: Kansas City, Missouri The riverfront north of downtown Kansas City is a confounding place. A decent park faces the dirty Missouri River, and a fine concrete trail rolls out of the River Market, only to abruptly end once it reaches the Kit Bond Bridge. An occasional jogger or cyclist uses the park, but aside from the rare festival and fireworks show, the whole area seems out of place, like an idea that never came to fruition. The Port Authority controls development just south of the park and is trying to market the property for some type of use; so far, there has been no substantial interest along the Missouri River.

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Tuesday, the Kansas City Central Library (14 West 10th Street) opens Cowtown: History of the Kansas City Stockyards, an exhibition including maps, blueprints, photos and other documents recovered from the Livestock Exchange Building. More than just a fascinating record of the West Bottoms’ evolution as a livestock hub, the newly archived materials show a Kansas City emerging on the stage of national commerce. It’s on display daily through January 4, 2015. Details at kclibrary.org.

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Guys were dolls in the glory days of the Jewel Box Lounge, in the 1950s and ’60s. with several well-known entertainers (including the late Skip Arnold, a Jewel Box star), in various festive situations. Many of the same faces and interiors are in both Heishman’s and Boles’ collections of slides. Most of the subjects in the photographs would be well into their 60s and 70s today (or older). Kansas City’s longest-surviving female impersonator, Tommie Temple (the Jewel Box show director for years and then, decades later, the cashier wearing the cockeyed wig at the Linwood Super Mart), died three years ago, Boles says. Others in the party shots presumably died or moved to some other city a long time ago. Heishman and Boles say no one has come forward to identify himself or herself in the photos. “But we’ve listed a hotline number on our website for people who might recognize some of the men and women in the slides,” Boles says. “We’ve had a dozen voice mails so far from callers saying, ‘I knew the guy in suchand-such photo. He was an old friend of mine.’ Or ‘The man with the bouffant wig and black dress was so-and-so. I recognized him immediately.’ We’re hoping to meet some of those callers and, even better, some of the people who were actually in the photographs, on the night of our fundraiser.”

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Micachu and the Shapes), and the punishingly specific sound design (if you can’t imagine what an empty, collapsing human epidermis sounds like now, you won’t forget this movie’s idea of it later) do as much as Glazer’s visuals to make Under the Skin an experience of pure dread. But what are we to dread? A dark-wigged, dead-eyed Johansson, tooling around industrial Scotland in a big van, looking for loners with boners? Malevolent aliens with the power to assume not-quite-anatomically-correct human form? An earthbound loneliness so pervasive that even aliens find it alienating to walk among us? Any of those makes an ample topic for, say, five minutes of post-movie conversation. The longer talk, though, centers on how minimal is too minimal. Much of Under the Skin simply traces and retraces the same long-beat rhythm. Spider collects fly, spider collects fly, spider collects fly. Some will find this hypnotic, primal. (I did, at first.) And some will find that even a spell not quite fully cast deserves a sharper last act. But two sequences make Under the Skin impossible to set aside. One involves a rocky beach, a deadly tide and a young couple with a toddler and a dog. That’s a predictable enough template, yet Glazer’s choices (particularly lighting and editing) make this

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of ahead-of-its-time engineering, aided by the love of a good woman and a lot of expensive CGI. Yeah, that’s Noah — which now has bad-movie company at the multiplex thanks to Transcendence, in which a man of singular sensitivity and intelligence, aided by the love of a good woman and a lot of expensive CGI, touches the face of Max Headroom. Wally Pfister, the cinematographer who helped give Christopher Nolan’s Dark Knight trilogy its epic scale, makes his directorial debut here with a junky mash-up of Nolan actors and memes. It plays for a promising few minutes as a sly parody of Inception’s grave fetish for exposition, but no. Transcendence is instead an IMAX gloss on Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein story, fatally stitched onto a rigid Johnny Depp nonperformance. Jack Paglen’s screenplay might have had something in mind about artificial intelligence, the surveillance state or rain-barrel gardening (probably not, though, judging by the claptrap that poor Paul Bettany must deliver), but Pfister makes too much look too cool — and then too ridiculous. (Big points off for the all-powerful sentient computer insisting

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Depp gets in your head. that one henchman use a clipboard to keep track of names.) And let’s be real: If someone had uploaded Steve Jobs’ brain to the cloud, and the Apple founder used his newfound immortality to design the iTerminator, the U.S. government wouldn’t get in his way. It would invest. —S.W.

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eviewing restaurants is not like reviewing film or theater — and I’ve done all three. There aren’t many variables in watching a movie. The movie that you sit through on Saturday will be exactly the same film, frame by frame, when you go watch it again on Sunday. Theater is slightly different. The actors depend on each other’s energy and spontaneity, as well as that of their live audience, to galvanize their performances. But pros don’t typically show us wild swings in mood from night to night. A restaurant, on the other hand, can feel utterly different from night to night, or even from hour to hour. Behind the scenes are numerous variations in market availability, recipe tinkering and staffing. And out front, another complex set of variables: the patrons. A couple sitting at one table can have a dramatically different dining experience from that of a couple sitting just a few inches away, sometimes because they’ve brought their own dining baggage to the table. That’s why so many Americans value the consistency and stability of corporate chain restaurants. Say what you want about Applebee’s, e r Mo where the food and service are purposely dull; everybody who goes t a ine Onl .com there can at least depend pitch on a comfortably predictable experience. Of course, a dining room can suffer from too much personality. Overland Park’s fourmonth-old Sawasdee Thai Cuisine, for instance, presents an excess of visual style that’s impossible to ignore. Its soothing, kaffir-limecolored walls and sleek blond-wood platforms (as hard as church pews and not the most comfortable way to sit for any length of time) make for an immediately striking interior. That design is one reason that I loved Sawasdee on my first visit. I was dining alone and didn’t sample the menu very deeply. But this isn’t Applebee’s. Different days brought different results, and I was less impressed by two follow-up meals, which revealed food not nearly as lively, spicy or bold as the space in which it’s served. Not everything on the menu here is bland, mind you. But other suburban Thai restaurants not far from here offer a broader, more potent flavor palette, rather than more colorful walls. Sawasdee (the word, pronounced saw-watdee, derives from a Sanskrit term meaning well-being and is used as an affectionate form of hello or farewell) is the creation of Salisa “Ann” Chatani. She’s the charming restau-

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Shiva the teacher ties — as well as internships on the Juniper Gardens Training Farm located near downtown Kansas City, Kansas — to grow the movement and teach residents and transplanted refugees how to become independent organic farmers. Shiva believes that the world’s population could be fed with food grown on small farms by combining those farms with gardens and encouraging farming through government policies and subsidies. This may sound like a lofty goal, but Shiva has witnessed a burgeoning desire to do the work. “Whenever I come to the United States, I notice how hungry young people are to do gardening and organic farming,” she said. “Not only do you reclaim seed freedom and seed sovereignty, your garden becomes a seed sanctuary and a provider of freedom, self-reliance and quality food. It also builds community. This is something all of us can do.” Change needs to begin at a very local, personal level, Shiva said. For many of us, it begins by saving seeds. For those with limited time and space, a couple of potted herbs in a kitchen window or a few tomatoes on a balcony are good starts. “Everyone can be a seed saver,” she said. “You just need to have one little pot with a seed and say, ‘This is a seed I absolutely love — a seed I will defend with all of my love and all of my life.’” Shiva speaks at 7 p.m. Thursday, April 17, at Unity Temple on the Plaza (707 West 47th Street), and at 6:30 p.m. Friday, April 18, at Johnson County Community College (12345 College Boule­ vard, Overland Park). For more information and ticket prices, see cultivatekc.org.

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hen I ask for Tex at Manifesto, the man in question laughs and darts his eyes around the dark basement bar, as if he’s surprised to hear that a patron might know him by his longtime nickname. But the man known aboveground as Jonathan Bush has a reputation among cocktail-loving Kansas Citians. So my mission — getting savvy bartenders to make me interesting drinks with unusual ingredients — requires that I check in early with Tex. “How do you feel about Chartreuse?” I ask him. He smiles and extends his right forearm, which is tattooed with the liqueur’s logo: a sovereign’s orb. “It’s my favorite,” he says. “Perfect. Something, anything, with Chartreuse, then.” Tex nods and sets about pulling out bottles. I’m early — Manifesto isn’t open yet — and other employees are bustling about, polishing candleholders and proofing glassware, preparing for the evening’s service. I can’t quite keep up with what Tex is doing, but after he has shaken a mixture, he pauses in front of the coupe glass he has selected for the cocktail. He shakes his head and replaces it with a contemporary martini glass. He pours out a cloudy, frothy, green-yellow beverage — the color of the evil smoke that Disney’s Maleficent favors — and garnishes it with a long twist of lime. The fruit peel is humanizing. Without it, this drink would look deadly. As my photographer holds the invention hostage, I ask Tex about the liqueur he’s so fond of. I’ve heard bits and pieces of its interesting history, but he shines a spotlight on the whole legend. “Chartreuse has been around for a long, long time — about 350 years, I think,” Tex says. “It’s got over 130 different spices in the actual liqueur. It’s made in France, by an order of monks [the Carthusian]. There’s a really tiny number of them who know the actual recipe — two or three monks. I’ve heard that only one of them can be in the air — like, on an actual plane — at one time. They can’t both be on a plane because if the plane crashed, the recipe would be lost forever.” I stare at Tex, smiling at his Da Vinci Code tale. “How does the recipe get passed on?” I ask. “When a monk is on his deathbed?” “That’s the story,” Tex says with a laugh. “Pretty crazy. To me, Chartreuse is so complex. It’s got sweetness, almost like honey, and then this warming feeling when you taste it by itself.” He pours me a shot of the liqueur, and the pollen-colored syrup goes down smooth and slow, like an alcoholic elderflower honey.

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n a crisp January day, three of the five members of Rev Gusto pore over bins of records at Mills Record Co. Shaun Crowley, Peter Beatty and Sam Frederick have been discussing the band’s upcoming 7-inch — a partnership with Too Much Rock Singles Series’ Sid Sowder, who chooses a band and pays for a pressing of 500 45 rpm records featuring two songs. Mills is like a candy store for adults, and the members of Rev Gusto, although just barely into adulthood, are delightfully overwhelmed by the options. (Frederick, the band’s bassist, recently turned 21; guitarist Crowley and keyboardist Beatty are both 19; the two members not present — drummer Quinn Hernandez and singer-guitarist Jerry Frederick, Sam’s older brother — are 22.) Crowley, Beatty and Frederick attack different corners of Mills’ Westport store, shout out their discoveries, marvel at the artwork, and contemplate their potential purchases. So far, the success of Rev Gusto’s music career has been about talent and a lot of 19). The record will feature “Still There,” luck. Without Sowder’s 7-inch single, the band wouldn’t have a physical release to an original, unreleased Rev Gusto song on its name. (Its 2012 self-titled debut EP was the A-side, and a cover of Graham Parker’s “Local Girls” on the B-side. digital-only.) “Still There” is catchy, surfy-pop goodNow, four months after that first meeting at Mills, Crowley acknowledges that putting ness shrouded in lo-fi guitar fuzz. It sounds like a track that local pop-rock band the out a record, emblazoned with the band’s ACBs would come out with, and Rev Gusto name, is a big step. It also marks the first time that the band has recorded inside a profes- is pretty proud of that similarity. “I feel like a lot of our new stuff has been sional studio, as opposed to the Frederick influenced by the ACBs,” Crowley says. “I brothers’ basement. feel like ever since we lis“We’ve always wanted tened to the ACBs and the to have somet h i ng out Shy Boys, they changed on vinyl,” Crowley says. Rev Gusto with Bummer, Metatone, our sound, made us focus “And working with Sid is Lazy, Heartfelt Anarchy, on what we really want to awesome. He’s so on-point and more sound like. So the song with everything that he Saturday, April 19, ‘Still There’ is really godoes, and it’s really nice at Mills Record Co. ing in a new direction. It because we’re young and has a lot more instrumenwe’re new to everything, tal parts than what you’re and he guided us along. Even if we goofed up, he was like, ‘Don’t used to hearing from us.” Crowley says the band relished Sowder’s do that. Here’s how to solve that.’ challenge to cover Parker’s “Local Girls.” “It’s a totally different experience being able to hear your song coming from vinyl,” Jerry Frederick’s voice echoes Parker’s offkilter, pop-punched-with-punk spirit. The Crowley continues. “I hadn’t been into vinyl cover is a genuine ode to the fickle nature until I was in this band, and to be able to of local girls — not bad considering that have our own vinyl, it’s — I don’t really know Frederick was the only band member who how to put it into words. It sounds like it had heard of Parker. does when we’re playing in our basement, “Sometimes when I hear a band, I think, and that’s what we wanted to get from these ‘Oh, they’re outside of this, but I would love recordings. It sounds as authentic as it posto hear them do this,’” Sowder says in a sibly could.” The first official pressings of Rev Gusto’s phone conversation. “I wondered if they were aware of that particular Graham Parker Too Much Rock 7-inch will be in hand in song. His heyday was before they were born. time for Record Store Day (Saturday, April

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Crowley (left): “We’ve always wanted to have something out on vinyl.” But it just called out to me, and made so much sense to me because they’re a band that did not have any physical product out at all. In an age when bands can be instantaneously successful [because of the Internet], Rev Gusto is going about it very organically.” On Record Store Day, Rev Gusto celebrates by joining an all-local lineup performing at Mills. “Mills has kind of done a lot for us in terms of opening the door and opening our eyes to vinyl,” Crowley says. “The welcoming vibe is so amazing there. You can go in and look for hours, and I feel like it’s a lot less stressful than the other record stores, because even if you have no idea what you’re doing with vinyl, it’s still fun. “And because of Judy [Mills, owner of Mills Record Co.], we realized that it’s possible for local artists to make vinyl, and that it’s getting popular again. That’s awesome because that’s the route we want to take.” Rev Gusto is also working on a new fulllength album, which the group hopes to release this summer. Crowley says now that they’ve had a taste of vinyl, it’s all they crave. “This was a totally new experience for us, to do that vinyl stuff and do it professionally, because we’re really unorganized,” Crowley says. “But we’re in love.”

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1. “Testify” by Beauregarde, 7-inch: Pro wrestler turned rock-and-roller. Unstoppable. 2. Roots by the Everly Brothers, LP: This album doesn’t turn up enough. Nice choice for a reissue. 3. RPM Turntable Football, 12-inch (a twoplayer game played at 33-1/3 rpm): Just when you thought the world was running out of gimmicks … 4. “Dirty Water” by Standells, 7-inch: Maybe this reissue will convince the city of Boston to stop overplaying this song? Wishful thinking, I’m sure. 5. The Muppet Movie soundtrack, LP: Rainbow connection. Juice boxes. Cheez-Its. Party. — Compiled by Kelly Corcoran Love Garden Sounds 822 Massachusetts, Lawrence, lovegardensounds.com 1. “Brightside”/“In the Picture” by the Julie Ruin, 7-inch: Unreleased songs recorded during the making of her last album. This Riot Grrl warrior makes you want to dance. 2. The Bloodbirds Live at Mills Record Company by the Bloodbirds, cassette: 100 percent locally sourced, four songs, and the same blistering sound you remember and miss dearly. 3. 9 Lives at the 100 Club by Radkey, cassette: It’s live and it includes a cover of the Misfits’ “Last Caress.” 4. Jupiter by Cave In, limited LP plus 12inch: Reissue of the seminal Jupiter release includes an exclusive bonus 12-inch with rarities. This is the record on which they traded their Slayer riffs for Rush wizardry. 5. Dap-Dippin’ with Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings: This long OOP debut album, remastered and reissued on clear blue wax (for the nerds) includes an unreleased duet with Lee Fields. — Compiled by Judy Mills and Christian LaBeau Mills Record Co. 314 Westport Road, millsrecordcompany.com


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Barry Lee shakes things up at KKFI 90.1.

arry Lee is a talker — a good one. Since January, when he took over as station manager at community-radio station KKFI 90.1, he has run his mouth nonstop, telling as many people as he can about his vision for community radio. Lee’s involvement marks a significant turning point for KKFI, which spent seven years without a station manager, run instead by a board of directors. Lee — involved with the station since its inception in 1986, before it even began broadcasting, and the host of Sunday night’s free-form Signal to Noise since 1988 — recognized the need for a leader: someone to answer questions, represent the station with authority and make quick decisions. So he volunteered. The station already sounds a little different. Lee has added a couple of new shows with familiar hosts. Jason Vivone holds down Thursday-afternoon blues show The Boogie Bridge, and Mikal Shapiro and Kasey Rausch co-host Sunday-morning folk show River Trade Radio. When I called Lee at his Lawrence home, he told me that more changes are coming. The Pitch: Where did your original interest in radio come from? Lee: I’ve always loved music. When I was a kid, I used to buy 45s because they were like 18 cents back then. And I had my own “Top 10” every week: On Friday, I’d play my top-10 records in my bedroom. “This is number one this week,” I’d say [to no one]. And you know when you’re at a party, someone might commandeer the music? I used to do that. I’ve always been involved in music in some way and always loved it. When I retired [from his full-time management job] about four years ago, I was just doing my show [Signal to Noise] and some benefits for KKFI. How did you get the station manager position? Well, I had kind of already been thinking of offering my services as a manager, and I went to a luncheon with Louis Meyers [former Folk Alliance International executive director], and he said something to the effect of, “I’d like to work with KKFI, but I don’t know who to speak to.” And I knew the Folk Alliance was going to be important, and I knew it was something we would need to do. I went to the personnel committee and board of directors and said, “Hey, I think we need to have someone in charge. I think I can do the job.” I spent an hour and a half outlining what I wanted to do. I was hired as of January 1. What are some of the ideas you have for the station or changes you’d like to make? 22

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KKFI is in a unique position. We are a Lee: “There are no boundaries.” 100,000-watt station, which means we have gone now or they’re getting up there in a signal that reaches an 80-square-mile radius beyond the city, and we’re online. years. The time has come for the station to start transforming itself, and I wanted And because we’re a community station, to rewrite how we accept show proposals we aren’t married to any specific genre or and how we get people to come do shows. style of talk. I wanted to make it a little harder to get a It’s an exciting time in the city right now. show, and I wanted the people that we do get The Folk Alliance seems to have galvanized a lot of people with the idea that we could to be talented. I want young people, people that have an audience, that will bring their work together, and it’s really cool about how own audience to the station. excited everybody is for the high quality It seems like you’re really pushing for new of the art being produced in the city now. I things and big changes. want to unite people and use KKFI as a focal When people come to me with ideas, my point for that. One of the things I want to do is live default answer is “yes.” My thing is, “Let’s broadcasts. In February, we did a Kick- do it, let’s try it, let’s see what happens.” If it doesn’t work, we won’t starter campaign to get audio try it again. That’s the viewbroadcasting and equipment point I’ve been bringing to for live broadcasts, and we The annual KKFI the station. broadcast t wo n ig hts live on-air band auction I n my m i nd, I don’t from the Folk Alliance — our Through Monday, think I’ve accomplished local stage on opening night April 28. See kkfi.org. anything yet. For me, it’s and then Red House Records. moving at much too slow We’re working on stuff like a pace, but I need to take that. Next year, we’ll probably things one step at a time. We’ve just hired do three nights. a new events coordinator — it’s not official The other thing that I wanted to do was focus on transitioning the station into hav- yet, so I can’t give you the name — but I think it’s going to be a real game-changer for us. ing younger programmers. The folks that started the station, many of them are long We’re going to be able to do more interesting

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and cool and different little events around town, some big, some small. And the other thing, down the road, is that we need to get our own building. How do you see the legacy of KKFI — 26 years old this past February — fitting into Kansas City today? We’ve always been undervalued in the community, this itty-bitty station over in the corner that does some weird stuff. And for the longest time, the arts community didn’t really take much notice. We’re an undiscovered treasure in Kansas City. We started from nothing, and now we’re 100,000 watts. That’s really uncommon. To have a station with that kind of power and signal is unusual in the United States when you’re not corporate. One of the things that I’m attempting to do is raise our profile a little bit. I’ve really spent half my life working in community radio. We’re going back to the original intent of radio, aside from selling things — the idea that radio is local and the community is involved in it. There are no boundaries. We can literally do anything. It’s interesting to see how the station has not only embraced local music but given it a home. Beyond that, it’s just a matter of us getting better sound and getting a space together.

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This year, the Sons of Brasil turns 23, and there is hardly another Kansas City jazz ensemble that matches its longevity. Blending Brazilian jazz, bossa nova and samba through both traditional and original compositions, this group plays Latin jazz with passion. The style of founder and leader Stan Kessler can flow sensuously smooth on trumpet or flugelhorn or swing hard to a Brazilian beat, driven by Doug Auwarter on drums, beautifully embellished with Roger Wilder’s piano, and held together tightly with Greg Whitfield’s bass. Now, Sons of Brasil has claimed a new home base, performing every other Thursday at Broadway Jazz Club. — Larry Kopitnik Sons of Brazil, 7–11 p.m. Thursday, April 17, at Broadway Jazz Club (3601 Broadway, 816-298-6316), $5 cover.


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Music Forecast In January 2012, the two-person clamor called In the Whale released an EP titled Cake, whose four songs deliver face-splitting, reckless punk that’s surprisingly harmonious. The Denver scene swallowed all of it like a dangerous drug. In the Whale — guitarist and lead singer Nate Valdez and drummer Eric Riley — have followed Cake with two more EPs, including the latest: April’s Nate, a blistering, basement-produced collection as angry as a misfit teenager. You’re gonna burn, sucker, burn, Valdez taunts on “Robert Johnson,” a fiery warning intensified by propulsive drums. The occasional clapping chorus and hidden melody sometimes offer balance, but don’t expect to stay upright at Czar when In the Whale wants you to get down and dirty. Friday, April 18, Czar (1531 Grand, 816-421-0300)

Ben Kweller

You’ve got to admire Ben Kweller — for his dedication, if not always for his songs. The style of music he offers, a Warheadslike brand of off-kilter power pop, peaked around the time that bands like Ben Folds Five and Weezer were really, really cool. Yet here Kweller is, years later, still doing his thing: a nostalgic breed of alt rock. Go Fly a Kite was full of that a couple of years ago, with a bunch of songs fueled by a smug sensitivity out of the Tom Petty playbook. But hey, that’s fine. The early aughts were full of ups and downs, and if Kweller reminds you of the better parts of that decade, good for him and good for you. Friday, April 18, the Riot Room (4048 Broadway, 816-442-8179)

The Invisible World

After nearly a decade playing together, the four members of Kansas City’s the Invisible World are ready to unveil a reincarnated sound. The band, once known as A Dead Giveaway, is back with a brand-new EP

titled Welcome to the Invisible World, and it’s a smooth, assured effort from a group that finally seems to have it figured out. Lead singer Jesse Collins has a rich, goldhued voice that rolls over the gentle guitar of “Bad Company Corrupts Good Behavior” and soars through the upbeat folk pop of “Juliet.” It’s a record ready to usher in the calendar’s first unbroken run of sunny days, and you can feel the warmth as the Invisible World celebrates the EP’s release Saturday. Saturday, April 19, Czar (1531 Grand, 816-421-0300)

Ghost B.C.

You might have guessed that Swedish metal band Ghost — or Ghost B.C., as it is now known in this country — didn’t get popular by handing out lollipops and kissing babies. The six-piece is led by pope-parodying Papa Emeritus II, who prefers gothic garb and skeletal makeup to a white sheet. The Papa leads an order of five Nameless Ghouls, all similarly costumed in creepy-looking, religious-cult robes. It’s a delightfully ominous cast, even without the sinister soundtrack of Ghost

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Schoolboy Q

In the video for Schoolboy Q’s “Man of the Year,” the Los Angeles rapper — dressed in his usual campy bucket hat and some cargo capris, and flanked by a handful of scantily clad Kim Kardashian–looking beauties — wanders around what appears to be the island where Lost was filmed. The lyrics are crude and don’t make much sense, but Q makes a solid point as he professes his title. After all, “Man of the Year” is a track off his February-released full-length, Oxymoron — a smart record full of thematic elements that stay true to the title — and has positioned Q for a breakthrough. Wednesday, April 23, Liberty Hall (644 Massachusetts, Lawrence, 785-749-1972)

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The Discovery of King TuT

Art Exhibits & EvEnts Edgar Degas Pastels | Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, 4525 Oak, nelson-atkins.org

Performing Arts

Classics Uncorked: April in Paris, with Debussy,

Offenbach, Bizet and Gershwin | 7 p.m., $25. Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts, 1601 Broadway

Dressed Up | Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art, 4420 Warwick Blvd., kemperart.org

Aysenur Kolivar: music from the turkish Black sea | 7:30 p.m. Lied Center of Kansas, 1600 Stewart

dy/nas/ty • Ebony G. Patterson | Nerman

Comedy

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

Museum of Contemporary Art, 12345 College Blvd., Overland Park, nermanmuseum.org

Dr., Lawrence

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

History & Hope: Celebrating the Civil Rights Movement | Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art,

4525 Oak

the recess Players improv showcase | 10 p.m. The Uptown Arts Bar, 3611 Broadway

Home, Land: Paintings by Joshua Gann | 6 p.m. Friday, Kiosk Gallery, 3951 Broadway

Chaunte Wayans | 7:30 p.m. Improv Comedy Club

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

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The Discovery of King Tut | Union Station, 30 W. Pershing Rd., unionstation.org/tut fall 2014 ready-to-Wear trend Presentation from fashion group international — KC | 6 p.m.

Atkins Auditorium, Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, 4525 Oak, kansascity.fgi.org CommUnity Benefits

Brew for Books, benefiting the Family Conservancy | 5:30 p.m., $30, Boulevard Brewing Co., 2501 Southwest Blvd., tfckc.org food & drinK

hot Caution | 10 p.m. RecordBar, 1020 Westport Rd. Jabber Josh, $Badger, Cs luxem | 10 p.m. Replay Lounge, 946 Massachusetts, Lawrence

Bram Wijnands duo | 6 p.m. The Majestic, 931

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BBQ, 1205 E. 85th St.

King Bruiser, onward to glory, the last glacier | Jackpot Music Hall, 943 Massachusetts, Lawrence sonny landreth | 8 p.m. Knuckleheads Saloon, 2715 Rochester

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Brodioke | 9 p.m. Bulldog, 1715 Main dJ soulnice and Ben sigrah | 10 p.m. MiniBar, 3810 Broadway

indoor farmers market | 4-6 p.m. Cottin’s Hardware Store, 1832 Massachusetts, Lawrence

garry lincoln | 8 p.m. PBR Big Sky Bar, 111 E. 13th St.

spirits dinner: Courses prepared by Renee Kelly and

Room, 4048 Broadway

loudness, Cimino, Bad Wheels | 8 p.m. The Riot

music trivia bingo | 9:30 p.m. The BrewTop Pub & Patio, 6601 W. 135th St., Ste. A1, Overland Park

mBird songwriter’s showcase with megan Birdsall | 8-10:30 p.m. The Uptown Arts Bar, 3611

rockabilly thursdays with dJ Public exposure | 10 p.m. Black & Gold Tavern, 3740 Broadway

Brian Archibald and desserts made by Carter Holton | 6:30 p.m., $60, Dark Horse Distillery, 11740 W. 86th Terr., Lenexa, dhdistillery.com

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B Vibe | 9 p.m. Green Lady Lounge, 1809 Grand Combichrist, William Control, new year’s day, razorwire halo | 6:30 p.m. The Granada, 1020 Massachusetts, Lawrence

Demencha Magazine’s spring ’14 issue-release show with nicolette Paige, the Jorge Arana trio, Wstend girl | 9 p.m. Czar, 1531 Grand everette deVan trio | 5:30 p.m. Green Lady Lounge, 1809 Grand

millage gilbert Big Blues Band | 7 p.m. Danny’s

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geoff muldaur: A living room session | 8 p.m.

Friday | 4.18 |

In the Looking Glass: Recent Daguerreotype Acquisitions | Nelson-Atkins Museum, 4525 Oak

mCC-Penn Valley student Art show & sale

| Carter Art Center, Penn Valley Community College, 3201 Southwest Tfwy.

Other Faces: Paintings and Drawings by Jane Mudd and Nora Othic | Thornhill

Gallery, Avila University, 11901 Wornall, avila.edu

Reality and Fantasy: Land, Town and Sea | Nelson-Atkins Museum, 4525 Oak

Re-Tread: Matthew Dehaemers | Through Friday, Studios Inc., 1708 Campbell, thestudiosinc.org third thursday at the nerman | 3:30-

4:30 p.m. Nerman Museum of Contemporary Art, 12345 College Blvd., Overland Park. jccc. edu/museum

Comedy

This American Life | Fridays and Saturdays, Kemper East, 200 E. 44th St.

damon Parker | 7-11 p.m. The Phoenix, 302 W.

rob delaney | 7 & 10 p.m. RecordBar, 1020 West-

James Turrell: Gard Blue | Spencer Museum

Chase rice | 6:30 p.m., free. VooDoo Lounge, Harrah’s Casino, 1 Riverboat Dr., North Kansas City

fortune feimster | 7:30 & 9:45 p.m. Improv Comedy

sons of Brasil | 8 p.m. Broadway Jazz Club, 3601

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

tropic thursdays with Bartholomew | The Kill

exPos

Knuckleheads Saloon, 2715 Rochester

Eighth St.

Broadway

Devil Club, 61 E. 14th St.

Von stomper, tyler gregory, 40 Watt dreams | 8 p.m. The Bottleneck, 737 New Hampshire, Lawrence

port Rd.

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

of Art, 1301 Mississippi , Lawrence

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dinner with dr. Vandana shiva | 6:30 p.m., $50. Johnson County Community College, 12345 College Blvd., Overland Park sPorts & reC

Creative infusion hair show | 7 p.m., $25-$40.

Sheraton at Overland Park Convention Center, 6100 College Blvd., Overland Park

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TheaTer Dates and times vary. A Little More Alive | Kansas City Repertory Theatre, Copaken Stage, 13th St. and Walnut, kcrep.org Contemporary One Acts / Discovery #2 |

Starting Wednesday, UMKC Theatre, Studio 116 of the James C. Olson Performing Arts Center, 4949 Cherry

Follies | Starting Friday, the Barn Players, 6219 Martway, Mission, thebarnplayers.org Schoolhouse Rock: Live | The Coterie Theatre, Crown Center, 2450 Grand, coterietheatre.org

Steel Magnolias | Metropolitan Ensemble

CommUnity eventS

Antique and rummage sale fundraiser for Douglas Schwietert | 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Locust Factory, 504 E. 18th St.

mUSiC

Chad Abernathy Band, the Sexy Accident | Coda, 1744 Broadway

Boogaloo 7 | 10 p.m. Green Lady Lounge, 1809 Grand the Creighton organization | 5:30 p.m. Broadway

Jazz Club, 3601 Broadway

Dolls on Fire, Paper Buffalo, island Apart, the Westerners | Jackpot Music Hall, 943 Massachusetts,

Lawrence

Theatre, 3614 Main, metkc.org

Dan Doran Band | 9 p.m. The Phoenix, 302 W. Eighth St.

Water by the Spoonful | Starting Wednesday, Unicorn Theatre, 3828 Main, unicorntheatre.org

escape to old Havana with making movies Social Club | 7 p.m. The Kill Devil Club, 61 E. 14th St.

MUSeUM exhibiTS & evenTS

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

Citizen Soldiers on the Prairie | Johnson County Museum of History, 6305 Lackman Rd., Shawnee, jocomuseum.org

Fortunate youth, Arm the Poor, true Press |

Convergence: Jazz, Film, Dance and the Visual Arts | American Jazz Museum,

BBQ, 1205 E. 85th St.

1616 E. 18th St., , americanjazzmuseum.org

Cowtown: History of the Kansas City Stockyards | Kansas City Central Library, 14 W. 10th St., kclibrary.org

Hands-on History | 1 p.m. Friday, National

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

Katy Guillen and the Girls | 9 p.m. B.B.’s Lawnside

molly Hammer | 9 p.m. Broadway Jazz Club, 3601

Broadway

ted Hefko and the thousandaires, Billy Beale, Joe Price, von Stomper | Westport Saloon, 4112

Pennsylvania

World War I Museum, Liberty Memorial, 100 W. 26th St., theworldwar.org

in the Whale, Uncountable Kings, Airport novels | 6 p.m. Czar, 1531 Grand

The Land Divided, the World United: Building the Panama Canal | Linda Hall Library,

Room, 4048 Broadway

5109 Cherry

100 Years of Genocide | Friday-Saturday,

Campanella Gallery, McAfee Memorial Library, Park University, 8700 N.W. River Park Dr.

Ben Kweller, Sons of Great Dane | 9 p.m. The Riot

L Game, Dutch newman, s.o.l.d.i.e.r., Dr. Dilznik and Last Rekrute, Renzo da menace, Gone n the Game, mack malone & Chilly Willy | 9:30 p.m. Czar, 1531 Grand

On the Brink: A Month That Changed the World | National World War I Museum, Liberty

the m80s | 9 p.m. Jerry’s Bait Shop, 13412 Santa Fe

Outstanding Women of Missouri | Fort Osage

Lounge, 946 Massachusetts, Lawrence

Memorial , 100 W. 26th St., theworldwar.org

Education Center, 107 Osage St., Sibley

The Discovery of King Tut | Union Station, 30

W. Pershing Rd., unionstation.org/tut

Trail Dr., Lenexa

the matchsellers, Signal Ridge | 6 p.m. Replay

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

the Rob Scheps and eliot Zigmund Quartet | continued from page 26 2014 State Line Showdown High School AllStar Basketball Game. | 6 p.m. Rockhurst University, 1100 Rockhurst Rd.

Ultimate Blue Corner Battles | 6:30 p.m. VooDoo Lounge, Harrah’s Casino, 1 Riverboat Dr., North Kansas City 28

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South Side Souls | 8 p.m. Trouser Mouse, 410 S. Hwy.

7, Blue Springs

Switch | 9:30 p.m. The BrewTop Pub & Patio, 6601 W. 135th St., Ste. A1, Overland Park


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James Ward Band | The Blue Room, 1616 E. 18th St. Wonderland | 10 p.m. The BrewTop Pub and Patio,

Grand Court Farmers Market | 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Grand Court Retirement Center, 501 W. 107th St.

8614 N. Boardwalk Ave.

NIGHTLIFE

Brodioke | 9 p.m. Bulldog, 1715 Main Twist & Shout with Madeline & Wilson | 10 p.m. MiniBar, 3810 Broadway

2014 Pirates Ball | 6:30 p.m., $18.95-$54.95, Drexel Hall, 3301 Baltimore, piratesball.org

Saturday | 4.19 |

COMMUNITY EVENTS

Antique and rummage sale fundraiser for Douglas Schwietert | 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Locust Factory, 504 E. 18th St.

15th annual Laidback Fundraiser for Byrd Productions, adults only | 7 p.m. Just Off Broadway

Theatre, 3051 Central, byrdproductions.org

Party for the Planet | 10 a.m.-3 p.m. The Kansas City Zoo, 6800 Zoo Dr., kansascityzoo.org

SPORTS & REC LITERARY EVENTS

Poetry Is a Drag, with Daisy Buckët, Jen Harris, Angela

Roux, Steph Castor, Philip Hooser, Alyssa Bennett-Smith, Ryan Wilks and Nicolle Wilson | 8 p.m. The Uptown Arts Bar, 3611 Broadway

Royals vs. Twins | 1:10 p.m. Kauffman Stadium KC Roller Warriors: Rink of Fire | 5 p.m. Municipal Auditorium, 301 W. 13th St., kcrollerwarriors.com MUSIC

COMEDY

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

KC Improv presents Fountain City Sketch | 10 p.m. Kick Comedy Theater, 4010 Pennsylvania, kcimprov.com

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

Bad Wheels, Folkicide, Lonely Product | 8 p.m. Black & Gold Tavern, 3740 Broadway

Boyfrndz, Sobriquet, Groovethemasses, the Lucky | 9 p.m. Jackpot Music Hall, 943 Massachusetts,

Lawrence

Burlesque Prom featuring the Lawrence Burlesque Collective, the Cave Girls and Card Table Theater | 9 p.m. The Granada, 1020 Massachusetts,

Lawrence

FOOD & DRINK

City Market | 6 a.m.-3 p.m., 20 E. Fifth St.

The Collective featuring Brother John | 8 p.m.

Mestizo, 5270 W. 116th Pl., Leawood

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continued from page 29 The Conquerors, the Blessed Broke, Dead Voices Trio | 10 p.m. RecordBar, 1020 Westport Rd. Dead Mocking birds, the ACB s, Mace Batons | 10 p.m. Replay Lounge, 946 Massachu-

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Everette DeVan Quartet | 9 p.m. Green Lady Lounge,

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Diles Mavis Group 4/18/2014 - 9:00pm Coyote Bill Band 4/19/2014 - 9:00pm

5336 W. 151st St., Leawood

Flanigan’s Right Hook | The BrewTop Pub & Patio, 6601 W. 135th St., Ste. A1, Overland Park Four Fried Chickens and a Coke | 9 p.m. B.B.’s

Lawnside BBQ, 1205 E. 85th St.

The Gleaners, the Heavy Figs | 10 p.m. Coda, 1744

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The Summit, Hoot Hoots, Friends and Family, Black Stacy | Davey’s Uptown Ramblers Club,

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Troglodyte, Vore, Rimjob | 8 p.m. Czar, 1531 Grand Truckstop Honeymoon CD-release show | The

Brick, 1727 McGee

Tim Whitmer & KC Express | 4:30 p.m. The Phoenix, 302 W. Eighth St.

Wonderfuzz | Kelly’s Westport Inn, 500 Westport Rd. NIGHTLIFE

DJ Rico | 10 p.m. MiniBar, 3810 Broadway DJ Mike Scott | Hotel Nightclub, 1300 Grand Hip to Be Square Party | 8-10 p.m. Shark Bar,

Broadway

1340 Grand

Hazard County | 10 p.m. The BrewTop Pub and Patio,

Meta Hi-Fi Beta | 10 p.m. The Uptown Arts Bar, 3611

8614 N. Boardwalk Ave.

Katie Herzig | 6 p.m. Kanza Hall, 7300 W. 119th St.,

Overland Park

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Howard Iceberg & the Titanics, Rev Gusto | 7 p.m. RecordBar, 1020 Westport Rd.

open Mic Comedy: Stoner Edition | 10 p.m. Jackpot Music Hall, 943 Massachusetts, Lawrence

The Invisible World album-release show with Dsoedean, the Monarchs | 6:30 p.m. Czar, 1531 Grand

Trampled Under Foot, Jim Suhler & Monkey Beat, Cassie Taylor, Nick Moss & More

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Antique and rummage sale fundraiser for Douglas Schwietert | 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Locust Factory, 504 E. 18th St.

Hyde Park Spring Frolic and Egg Hunt , with pony

Ida McBeth | 6:30 p.m. Broadway Jazz Club, 3601

r i d e s , crafts, games and the traditional egg hunt | 12:30 p.m. Hyde Park, 38th St. and Gillham

David Nail, Sam Hunt | 7 p.m. Uptown Theater,

SPoRTS & REC

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

The New Suits, the Quivers, Devil Baby, the Well Diggers dinner show | 6 p.m. Westport Saloon, 4112 Pennsylvania

MuSIC

Rich Berry | Jazz, 1823 W. 39th St.

The Rob Scheps and Eliot Zigmund Quintet | 8:30 p.m. The Blue Room, 1616 E. 18th St.

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City Market | 8 a.m.-3 p.m., 20 E. Fifth St.

KJHK 90.7’s 20th Annual Farmers’ Ball SemiFinals | 8 p.m. The Bottleneck, 737 New Hampshire,

The Mavericks | 9 p.m. Knuckleheads Saloon, 2715

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Skinny Jim & the No. 9 Blacktops | 8 p.m. Trouser

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Candyland, Kill Paris, Medusa, Chilling Spree | 7 p.m. The Granada, 1020 Massachusetts, Lawrence Compositions by Arnold young/Roughtet | 8 p.m. RecordBar, 1020 Westport Rd.

Foundation 627 Big Band | 9 p.m. Green Lady

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

Broadway

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Massachusetts, Lawrence

Sonic Spectrum Music Trivia | 7 p.m. RecordBar, 1020 Westport Rd.

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

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El Barrio Band | 7 p.m. Danny’s Big Easy, 1601 E. 18th St.

Bike Night with cover Me Badd | 6-10 p.m. American Garage Bar, 1 S.E. Fourth St., Lee’s Summit

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

101 Southwest Blvd.

Tap Room Trivia | 8-10 p.m. Waldo Pizza, 7433 Broadway

Wednesday | 4.23 | FiLM

Bob Bowman Trio | 9 p.m. Green Lady Lounge, 1809 Grand

Busker’s Banquet | 9 p.m. The Uptown Arts Bar, 3611 Broadway

Peter Gabriel: Back to Front | 7:30 p.m. Cinemark Palace at the Plaza, 500 Nichols Rd., and at Cinemark Merriam and AMC Olathe Studio 30, fathomevents.com

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Giraffage, Branchez | 7 p.m. The Bottleneck, 737 New

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Organ Jazz Trio | 9 p.m. Green Lady Lounge, 1809

Grand

Naughty Pines Happy Hour Band | 6-9 p.m. Coda,

Red Kate, Ese, the Electric Lungs | 8 p.m. Black

Oc45 | 9 p.m. Davey’s Uptown Ramblers Club, 3402

shinetop Jr. | 7 p.m. B.B.’s Lawnside BBQ, 1205 E.

Open Blues Jam with the coyote Bill Boogie Band | 9 p.m. Westport Saloon, 4112 Pennsylvania

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Kelly Werts & Paul Elwood | 7 p.m. Czar, 1531

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Barclay Martin Ensemble with Tommy Womack | 7 p.m. Broadway Jazz Club, 3601 Broadway

Troubadour Tuesdays with Anthony Ladesich and John Velghe | 7 p.m. RecordBar, 1020 West-

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Roger Wilder Trio | 7 p.m. Broadway Jazz Club, 3601

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dating. more, please friend is bi. I assumed he would be less jealous than the average man. After all, a lot of bi men have faced irrational jealousy from women. But my BF is more jealous than average. He accuses me of having slept with my male friends in the past. He makes negative comments about how many people I’ve hooked up with. Whenever I won’t divulge something, he says, “Well, obviously that means you did hook up with that guy before we met/you do think that waiter was cute/ you were looking at porn on your phone.” If I do admit I was involved with someone (or even that I think someone is cute), he gets really upset. He knows he’s insecure. He says he’s working on it. But do people grow out of this kind of thing? Also, this is especially unfair given that I don’t object at all to the shirtless snapchats he gets from guys he used to hook up with.

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Dear Dan: I am a 22-year-old bisexual female,

and I have a boyfriend whom I love. He says he wouldn’t mind if I hooked up with other girls, as long as it was a one-night thing. That’s not what I want. Ultimately, I want to have a boyfriend and a girlfriend. He is not keen on the idea. He says he feels like he is not enough for me. I reassure him constantly that this is not the case. He is everything I want in a man, but I still crave a woman’s company. How can I approach this subject with him so that he will understand and be willing to accept it? I love him and want to be

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of his way to talk to him. The waiter responds with flirtation, and all the while, the gay waiter ignores and is rude to me. I asked my boyfriend if he had a crush on this waiter, and he got mad at me. What does this mean?

Dear Dan: I’m a 26-year-old girl, and my boy-

Dear TIRED: Your boyfriend is not insecure. He is an asshole. You shouldn’t have to put up with slut-shaming or emotionally abusive behavior, not even when — especially not when — it comes disguised as “jealousy and insecurity.” Your boyfriend is not, as he would have you believe, the tormented victim of his own psychic demons. He is tormenting and victimizing you — he is abusing you — and conning you into giving him a pass by crying to you about his bullshit insecurities. It usually takes being dumped several dozen times before a guy like your boyfriend starts to do the hard work of unpacking and dismantling his assholery. The longer someone like him gets away with this kind of assholery, the longer he’ll be an asshole. So do your boyfriend and yourself a favor and DTMFA. I have a hunch your jealous, controlling, emotionally abusive boyfriend is playing a “good offense is the best defense” game with you. By which I mean: He’s probably doing more than just swapping shirtless pics with guys he “used to” hook up with. His jealous fits about your imaginary infidelities may be meant to distract you from his actual ones.

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with him, but I also want a woman in my life, and I am not willing to sacrifice that.

Feeling Emotionally Maligned Dear FEM: Your boyfriend may be everything

you want in a man, but he’s not everything you want. If you won’t sacrifice your dream of having a woman in your life — for him or any other man — then stop encouraging him to hope otherwise. When he says, “I worry that I’m not enough for you,” you should be saying, “You’re all the man I need, honey, but it’s true: You’re not enough for me.” Instead, you’re saying, “You’re everything I want! You’re enough for me! But, um, I totally need a girlfriend, too!” No more mixed messages. Say this to him: “I don’t wanna have one-night stands with random women. I wanna have a relationship with one woman and a concurrent relationship with one man. I’d like that man to be you, sweetheart. But you’ll have to compromise on the only-one-night-stands-with-women thing if you want to be with me. Because, like I told Dan Savage, I’m simply not willing to sacrifice that. Not even for you.” If you’ll settle for nothing less than polyamory, your boyfriend has to be told that in unambiguous terms. The risk is that he’ll dump you. But if he doesn’t want what you want, then he’s not the right guy for you, is he?

Dear Dan: I am a heterosexual woman. There is no doubt in my mind that my boyfriend of four years loves women. Or that he loves me. My boyfriend says he is straight, but I sometimes think he is attracted to men. My gay best friend also thinks my boyfriend is attracted to men. Example: My boyfriend loves getting attention from this one gay waiter. My boyfriend goes out

Dear WORRY: Your boyfriend could be straight and comfortable with his sexuality and attracted to the occasional (rude) gay waiter. Some (rude) gay waiters are simply irresistible, and some straight-identified guys aren’t 100 percent straight, just as some gay- and lesbian-identified folks aren’t 100 percent gay or lesbian. While some folks are bi and closeted, lots of people are only so rarely attracted to someone of the same or opposite sex that the straight label (or the gay/lesbian label) feels more comfortable and more accurate than the bi label. As for your gay best friend: Some (dumb) gay men are convinced that all straightidentified men are gay, bi or persuadable. The more attractive the man, the more convinced these (dumb) gay men are. The fact that some straight-identified men have been known to fuck the odd (rude) gay waiter or (dumb) gay best friend only fans the flamers. Dear Dan: I’m a 23-year-young woman, and I’ve

been with my boyfriend for more than five years. We have a toddler together. We are best friends, and I love him very much. However, when we got together, I hadn’t had many partners, and he’d already been around the block. And now he’s just not doing it for me in the bedroom. The things that used to make my toes curl now just make them twitch a little. I think I want to have sex with other people. It’s not that I’m not sexually attracted to my boyfriend anymore. I just want something different. But I don’t want to break up with my boyfriend. I love him and I love our family. I’m just too damn horny. What do I do?

She’s Horny and Growing Dear SHAG: You start by telling your boyfriend that the things you’ve been doing in bed for five years — the shit that used to curl your toes — isn’t doing it for you anymore. Tell him you don’t want to break up. Tell him you’re still attracted to him, but you’re also bored by your routine. Get to work on expanding your repertoire, developing new moves and sharing your fantasies. One fantasy you can toss on the table: your desire to have sex with other people. If he’s opposed, ask him how feels about you two being with other people together, e.g., threesomes, sex parties and swingers clubs. Have a question for Dan Savage? E-mail him at mail@savagelove.net


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