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Where do you drink? With four kids, I don’t get to trawl the city imbibing that much. But on occasion, I have been seen at the Blue Moose in Prairie Village, and my world was recently turned upside when I entered the doors of the Flying Saucer in the Power & Light District. I need to go back there! What local phenomenon do you think is overrated? Those self-serve frozen-yogurt joints sprouting up across the metro. Where do you like to take out-of-town guests? Renaissance Festival in September, Jack Stack and the Kansas City Zoo anytime. Many of my visitors come from the U.K. where they have arts and history out the wazoo, so we tend to do a lot of quintessentially American stuff they can’t experience there … like Worlds of Fun and big shopping malls like Oak Park. Finish this sentence: “Kansas City screwed up when it ...” Failed to resolve the future role of Kemper Arena before constructing Sprint Center. Finish this sentence: “Kansas City got it right when ...” There’s more to the metro than just KC, of course. I want to extend the glow of credit to the city of Overland Park, which built a phenomenal, state-of-the-art youth-soccer complex, all without taxpayer support, that is bringing in national-level tournaments to the metro. If you’ve played at this complex or simply seen it, you’ll know what I’m talking about. It’s first-class. pitch.com

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Finish this sentence: “Kansas City needs ...” To stop beating up on itself all the time. I’ve lived other places. This is an easy, amenityfilled city without the annoying ego of the East and West Coasts. Enjoy it! What TV show do you make sure you watch? Restaurant: Impossible on the Food Network. Of course, all the other shows I religiously watch are on KCPT. take up a lot of space in my iTunes: Bob Marley and K’naan What movie do you watch at least once a year? National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation What local tradition do you take part in every year? A Christmas Carol at the Kansas City Repertory Theatre Celebrity you’d like to ride the Mamba with at Worlds of Fun: Mmm, I’m not sure. But it would have to be a personality I don’t like because I’m going to be throwing up on them! Person or thing you find really irritating at this moment: Waiting behind someone at Redbox while they painfully decide which movie they want! pitch.com

What subscription — print, digital, etc. — do you value most? The Week magazine Last book you read: Switch: How to Change Things When Change Is Hard by Chip and Dan Heath Favorite day trip: Overland Park Arboretum. Even many people in Overland Park are unaware of this free treasure in their midst, a gorgeous 300-acre wooded oasis where, even on the hottest of summer days, you can walk or run on the trails and be completely shaded by the trees. Finish this sentence: “People might be surprised to know that ...” I attend WWE wrestling events at Sprint Center with my two sons, and I am first in line at Kansas City’s haunted houses when they open in the fall. Describe a recent triumph: Just won a second Emmy Award for coverage of mental-health issues on KCPT. The hardware on the mantelpiece isn’t as important as the chance to be able to tell these important stories when funding of services for the mentally ill is being decimated.

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Uncomfortably Numb f you want to know what’s happening in Kansas City’s drug culture, just ask the narcs. The third-quarter report of the Kansas City Police Department’s Narcotics and Vice Division reads like a Zagat guide to what people around here are smoking, snorting and shooting. In 2011, more Kansas Citians were shooting heroin. And they weren’t doing it as a retro nod to the KCassociated jazz legend Charlier Parker, either. Why the dance with Mr. Brownstone? The cops say smack is back because of a crackdown on the prescription drug OxyContin. Who likes speedballs? The kids, of course. Police say young people are becoming addicted to junk in greater numbers because they can’t get Oxy. The KCPD says undercover detectives are seeing more heroin on the street (where a gram sells for $100-$150, according to the report). In 2009, undercover cops bought 38.8 grams of heroin. That increased to 94 grams in 2010. In 2011, it jumped to 334 grams, making smack the rare surefire business opportunity in a bleak economy. The cops are seeing mostly black-tar heroin, though the KCPD reports having picked up some brown powder as well. The method of choice among users, the report says, is injection, though some snort, smoke or swallow. The KCPD counted three heroinoverdose deaths in 2011. Kansas City drug users are still happy to play lab rat, the report adds. Despite new laws banning “bath salts,” the trade in synthetic drugs has remained stable. Cops say the latest synthetic drug selling in convenience stores and online is the erotically named “Pump-It! Powder,” which comes in a case whose cover depicts shadowy dancing figures, apparently at a rave. (Picture the logo for So You Think You Can Dance.) It’s advertised as an “enhanced plant vitamin” and a “50 state legal substitute for bath salts,” but the packaging also says it’s “not for human consumption.” Of course, stern warnings have never stopped people from smoking, snorting or swallowing anything, and this powder is no different. Authorities aren’t sure what’s in Pump-It, but they believe the main ingredient is geranamine, which is similar in effect to amphetamines and ephedrine. What’s the high like? Kinda like meth’s. It might not be a long-lasting high, though. Legislators here and nationwide don’t waste

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2011 Killa City Update Last week’s Pitch cover story looked at homicides in Kansas City, Missouri, across 2011. By the time the issue went to press, the statistics in the story were already outdated. Kevin Thomason, 37, became victim No. 114 around 11:30 p.m. Tuesday, December 27. Police officers found Thomason mortally wounded in a driveway at East 68th Street and Bales. He was rushed to an area hospital, where he died a short time later. At press time this week, detectives were following up on several leads, though no suspects were in custody. The final homicide count for 2011 was 114 — the fourth highest figure of the last 10 years. Kansas City police have solved 75 of 2011’s homicides. As of press time, KCMO had yet to experience a homicide in 2012. — JUSTIN K ENDALL The latest highs at pitch.com/plog

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The Kansas City Chiefs went down hard in 2011. | By Ben Palosaari

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he Kansas City Chiefs’ 42nd season in the National Football League began with a lockout and ended with the team outside the playoffs. The season is mercifully over, and only one word properly describes the 2011 campaign: cursed. This season will be remembered for torn ACLs. (Chiefs players could probably get a bulk discount on the surgical procedures. At least they won’t be lonely during rehab.) But Kansas City’s pain wasn’t just on the field. The Chiefs suffered off-the-field debacles, including front-office PR blunders, ego-fueled catfights, fan buffoonery and embarrassing lawsuits. The Chiefs managed to play spoiler to history, ending the Green Bay Packers’ bid for a perfect season. But with every victory on the way to a mediocre 7-9 record, the team played itself out of the running to draft Stanford quarterback Andrew Luck. In an effort to exorcise the 2011 season’s demons, we begin the offseason’s self-flagellation with a timeline of the season’s lowest and strangest moments. Help us, Hank Stram!

P R E S E A S O N Punch Out, Go Home July 20, 2011 It’s important when running a business to keep overhead low. Sometimes management needs to trim costly benefits like health insurance and 401(k)s. But cutting an employee perk during a recession? That’s just cruel. Yet the Chiefs did just that.

For years, ticket takers, parking attendants and other seasonal, hourly employees could clock out, go inside Arrowhead and watch the games, reportedly in the standing-room section. The team discontinued the benefit last season. “We’re working to develop policies and practices that provide the best possible experience for our fans; and fair and appropriate compensation and benefits for our employees,” the Chiefs organization said in a statement. The Chiefs apparently believe that watching the game after sweating or freezing while helping fans is unfair and inappropriate. The move made Internet headlines, giving the Chiefs just enough bad karma before the start of training camp. It was especially miserly given rich-person magazine Forbes’ assessment that the Chiefs are the 27th most valuable prosports team in the world — in the world! — worth $965 million. The franchise was also further from the salary cap than any other team in the league, meaning that the chintzy organization was willing to go into the season with journeyman Tyler Palko and rookie Ricky Stanzi as its backup quarterbacks. Better pray that Matt Cassel doesn’t get injured. Maybe the penny-pinching will help the club climb to No. 26 in 2012.

Never Forget … to Charge Admission July 22, 2011 A local firefighter told 610 Sports’ Nick Wright that the Chiefs were charging 100 firefighters, who would be taking part in a pregame ceremony, to stay and watch the game — on September 11. The rumored price to stay: $25.

Hours after Wright tweeted the information and the news spread, Wright reported that the Chiefs called him and said the firefighters could stay for free. The baffling plan was the team’s second PR boner in two days, and the season hadn’t even started yet.

Bye-Bye, Brian Waters July 28, 2011 Releasing guard Brian Waters after 11 seasons was like putting down a beloved family pet. At age 34, Waters was on the backside of his career. Waters was a class act to the end. “This was a mutual decision between us,” Waters told The Kansas City Star of his departure. “We both felt the time was right. There’s no ill will. There’s no bad blood. I think it’s a good move for both parties.” The New England Patriots snapped him up, and he had himself a hell of a season. “He’s really worked hard, just doing everything that you would want a player to do,” Patriots coach Bill Belichick told the Providence Journal. “He’s worked hard in studying his plays and being in his notebook and watching film and asking questions. He’s very well prepared. He’s a true professional and he really works hard at his job. He takes a lot of pride in it.” The Chiefs, a team that allowed 33 sacks and 72 hits on the quarterback, definitely couldn’t use a guy who had a Pro Bowl season (his sixth).

Rookie Fight Card August 19, 2011 The Chiefs needed a wide receiver to complement Dwayne Bowe. So the franchise

abandoned its previous strategy of drafting “good citizens” and used its first-round draft pick on Jonathan Baldwin, a wideout from the University of Pittsburgh with a troubled past, which included charges of assault and harassment. Baldwin claimed that he had matured. “I won’t be a problem,” he told the Chiefs in April. Four months later, Baldwin was brawling in a locker room with veteran running back Thomas Jones. In the scuffle, Baldwin hurt his thumb, causing him to miss the Chiefs’ final three preseason games. In a press conference following the Chiefs’ 3113 preseason loss to the Baltimore Ravens, Chiefs coach Todd Haley wouldn’t explain why Baldwin was held out of the game, saying only that it was “family business.” Instead, the tough-on-the-outside, touchy-on-theinside Haley took time out to whine about the Ravens running up the score. At least Haley shook Baltimore coach John Harbaugh’s hand. Does that count as progress?

Stark Raven Mad August 19, 2011 Chiefs-related violence wasn’t limited to the team’s locker room. After the Ravens beat up the Chiefs on the field, a rowdy Kansas City fan tussled with a group of Ravens fans in the stadium. Outnumbered 3-to-1, the Chiefs fan started throwing punches. A cellphone video of the fisticuffs showed the Chiefs fan knocking one man to the ground with a couple of thundering blows before a group of Ravens fans jumped in. It was almost as ugly as the game. With several injuries to continued on page 8

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Tony Moeaki’s Season Ends September 1, 2011 Kansas City’s preseason ended with a 20-19 loss to the reigning Super Bowl champs, the Green Bay Packers. The loss on the field paled in comparison with losing promising secondyear tight end Tony Moeaki for the season. Moeaki, who caught 47 passes and scored three touchdowns as a rookie, tore his ACL in the second quarter. The injury cost the offense its second most prolific receiver from 2010 and was just the first injury domino to fall.

THE SEASON BEGINS An Ugly Start September 8, 2011 A cosmetic study of NFL players found that the Chiefs were the butt-ugliest of all NFL squads. The Wall Street Journal commissioned a study from Ursinus College to analyze the facial symmetry of 320 football players, and the findings only wounded the Chiefs’ pride. A couple of days after the results were released, Team Ugly lived up to its reputation with a 41-7 loss to the Buffalo Bills — the most attractive team in the NFL, according to Ursinus.

The Injury List Swells September 11, 2011 The Chiefs’ pathetic season opener — the most lopsided opening-day loss in team history — came with lasting consequences. Three plays into the game, Buffalo wide 84 TTHH EE PPII TT CC HH

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receiver Stevie Johnson dived to block Pro Bowl safety Eric Berry and ripped up ligaments in Berry’s left knee. Berry was lost for the season. Some fans grumbled that Johnson’s block was dirty. Haley tried to put on a bold face, saying the team wouldn’t let the injury “in any way, shape or form drag down our team or our ability to have a successful, exciting season.” The season turned out to be neither. Despite all of the franchise’s salarycap space, the Chiefs went with Sabby Piscitelli, leaving Chiefs fans to Google a name straight out of Grease 2. Haley immediately threw Piscitelli under the bus. “If you lose somebody, you’ve got to have somebody ready to step in and fill the void,” Haley said after the game. “In some cases, as history shows, those guys that step in that you’re thinking are a stop-gap to fill the void become better players. But today that didn’t occur.”

Jamaal Charles: the Unwitting Poster Boy September 18, 2011 Week two of the Chiefs’ season was a bit of déjà vu: The Chiefs were blown out (this time, losing 48-3 to the Detroit Lions), and another key player suffered a season-ending knee injury. This week’s victim: running back Jamaal Charles, who tore his ACL while lunging for a first down. The injury to Charles, who had rushed for more than 1,400 yards in 2010, was a critical blow to an offense that had already lost Moeaki. But Charles’ injury was made worse when the NFL used a picture of a broken, grieving Charles being carted off the field in an advertisement for fantasy football. The ad copy read: “Injury ruin your fantasy season? Start again on NFL.com. It’s not too late.” The NFL pulled the ad almost immediately and called it a mistake. But there was no season reset for the Chiefs.

Jamaal Charles tore his ACL; the NFL slapped him in an ad.

Raiding the Coffers September 19, 2011 Oakland Raiders fan Clifford Trammel went to a game at Arrowhead in 2009, got in a fight with Chiefs fans and got whupped. In 2011, he came back with a lawsuit seeking $250,000 in damages to bite the Chiefs organization in the ass. That’s a bad metaphor, though, considering that Trammel claims to have lost four teeth in the fight. Trammel says he was beaten by two men, fell down two rows of seats and received cuts to his face. You’d think the loss of teeth would make him even scarier in spiked shoulder pads and silver and black face paint.

Taking It From the Chin September 21, 2011 After losing its best offensive and defensive players and losing its first two games by a total of 89-10, the Chiefs were ripe to be made into a national punch line. And Jay Leno came through. During his September 21 monologue, the host of The Tonight Show quipped: “Well, here’s something frightening. Scientists from NASA have said a research satellite the size of a bus will crash into the Earth on Friday. They say they have no idea where it will land, although they say it has better odds of landing in the end zone than the Kansas City Chiefs.” The worst part: There was no way to refute him. Maybe Haley should have focused more on installing the offense than conditioning in the offseason.

Haley and Cassel Shout It Out October 2, 2011 There was plenty of unnecessary drama and infighting, even when the Chiefs won. During

the team’s week-four win over the Minnesota Vikings, Haley and quarterback Matt Cassel got in a shouting match on the sidelines. The argument was so contentious that players and coaches had to separate them. The spat came late in the second quarter after Cassel spiked the ball, forcing the team to attempt a third field goal of the half. Haley wanted Cassel to try a little harder to get the first down. The embarrassing tiff was broadcast live on Fox — and posted to sports blogs around the country as further proof that this was a team in disarray. Haley and Cassel were quick to make nice in the afterglow of the 22-17 win. “You hug, you make up, you do high-fives and you just move on to the next play,” Cassel said. He might have been on to something. The Chiefs reeled off three more victories before falling apart again.

[Insert Sponsor Name Here] at Arrowhead Stadium October 14, 2011 In mid-October, various media outlets reported that the Chiefs would soon be announcing a naming-rights deal for Arrow-

head Stadium. Fans went into a tizzy guessing the new name of Arrowhead. Google Field at Arrowhead? Sprint Stadium? H&R Block Arena of Mediocrity? Turns out, there was no deal. A team spokesperson quashed the rumors and said the team had been looking for a name sponsor since 2006. At least the Chiefs didn’t sell the name of its stadium to a refinancing company subsequent to the bursting of the housing bubble (Quicken Loans Arena); a TARP recipient that took money from the federal government and wanted to charge its customers debit-card fees (Bank of America Stadium); or a company guilty of staggering corporate fraud (Enron Field). Let’s hope that sponsorready Arrowhead Stadium doesn’t catch MF Global’s eye.

Turquoise and the Hair November 6, 2011 Known for a rather disheveled look that included wearing shabby jeans and sweatshirts straight out of the Bill Belichick fall line, Haley began growing a “lucky beard” just before the Chiefs’ continued on page 10

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There was no shortage of people talking shit on the Chiefs this season, most notably former Chiefs defensive end Jared Allen. Allen, who spent four seasons in KC and is now with the Minnesota Vikings, trashed the team when he spoke with reporters before the Chiefs’ home game against the Vikings in week four. “His name was Carl Peterson,” Allen told reporters when he was asked why he wanted to leave Kansas City. “You can write that in caps. Obviously, I guess I had a problem with Clark [Hunt], too, because he chose Carl over me.” Allen didn’t stop there. After ripping the Chiefs’ front office, he went on to praise Minnesota, where he has more than 50 sacks in four seasons. “I should probably thank [Peterson],” he told the St. Paul Pioneer Press. “He did me something awesome by not signing me back when we tried to do an extension. I’m at a great organization now. The Wilfs [owners of the Vikings] are phenomenal. The contract I was going to sign, this one is 10 times more than that one. I’m just truly blessed to be in Minnesota.” That’s a strong statement considering that Allen is “blessed” to play for a team that missed home games in 2010 due to the Metrodome’s roof collapsing under the weight of snow. Team officials have also tried unsuccessfully to convince taxpayers to pay for a new stadium. If he’d rather play there than Arrowhead, he must really hate the Chiefs organization. — BEN PALOSAARI pitch.com J A N U A R Y 5 - 1 1 , 2 0 1 2 pitch.com M O N T H X X–X X , 2 0 0 X

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A HYPOTHETICAL CONVERSATION BETWEEN CHIEFS QUARTERBACK TYLER PALKO AND HEAD COACH TODD HALEY

Broncos Storm the Cassel November 13, 2011 The bad news piled up in the Chiefs’ 17-10 loss to the Denver Broncos in week 10. Under the pile of Broncos defenders Elvis Dumerville and Von Miller, quarterback Matt Cassel suffered an injured throwing hand. After the game, Haley told reporters that he wasn’t sure how long Cassel would be out. “The length of it, we’re not sure, but there’s some optimism.” This level of spin was admirable. Cassel was put on injured reserve days later and wasn’t seen the rest of the season. The future under center belonged to either Palko or Stanzi.

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of everyone who was with [previous GM] Carl Peterson, especially anyone over the age of 40.” Sniezek’s lawsuit names other fired employees by name and includes a line graph illustrating the alleged drop in ages of front-office employees called “How the Chiefs Were Built: Going Young.” The Chiefs denied any wrongdoing. “The allegations in the lawsuit are both baseless and ridiculous,” said Mark Donovan, team president, in a statement regarding the lawsuit. “The plaintiff ’s claims are completely false, and we intend to vigorously defend ourselves.”

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four-game winning streak began. There’s a rich history of sports streaks and hair growth, but Haley broke with tradition when he didn’t shave his hobo beard after the team was blown out at home 31-3 by the previously 0-7 Miami Dolphins. Rather than breaking out the clippers and cleaning up, Haley stubbornly kept the beard. He even missed an easy chance to fault his superstition for the loss. “My grooming habits have nothing to do with the performance of our team,” he told the Star in the week after the defeat. “That’s my own obsession, compulsive disorder, whatever they call it.” Something to remember next time he finds a coaching job: When you lose, blame the beard.

when a longtime front-office employee filed an age-discrimination lawsuit against the team. Brenda Sniezek worked for the Chiefs from 1982 to January 2011, when she was cut loose as the team’s community relations director. Sniezek, 52, was told that her position was being eliminated. But her lawsuit alleges that the Chiefs wanted to weed out those older than 40 from the team’s operations departments. The lawsuit claims in part that Chiefs General Manager Scott Pioli, who was named NFL Executive of the Year a week before Sniezek was given her walking papers, was overheard saying, “We’re going to get rid

Kyle Orton’s finger injury on his first play as a Chief epitomized the team’s season of follies. Kansas City beat the Chicago Bears in week 13, thanks to a Tyler Palko Hail Mary touchdown pass just before halftime. But what TV cameras didn’t capture was the 12 seconds leading up to Orton’s injury at the start of the second quarter. The dialogue that follows is fictional … we think. The first quarter ends, and we go to a commercial break. Haley: Hey, Tyler. Can you come over here a second? Palko (looking up from braiding third-stringer Ricky Stanzi’s hair): Just a second, coach. I’m still working on Ricky’s French braid. Haley: Tyler, it’s kind of important. Palko: You’re right, coach. If I don’t get this done before the quarter starts, he’s going to have a half-done braid on national television. Haley (looking at Romeo Crennel): Romeo, little help here? Crennel: Sorry, Todd, got my hands full here. (Looks down at his hands, which are full of Polish sausages.) Haley (looking at Kyle Orton, who has been soft-tossing a football for the entire first quarter): Carl, get in there. Orton (muttering under his breath as he slides on his helmet): It’s Kyle … or neckbeard. We’re back from the commercial break, and Orton is under center for the Chiefs — it’s second and 10 near midfield. Offensive Coordinator Bill Muir: OK, Carl. We’re gonna give the flea flicker a shot. Orton is injured on the play when the Bears’ Major Wright streaks through on a blitz, leaving the index finger on Orton’s throwing hand resembling Brian Baldinger’s pinky. Orton comes up from the play, holding that finger aloft to the sideline. Haley (inwardly cursing for getting all of one play out of Orton after yanking Palko): Hey, Tyler? How would you feel about going in, buddy? Palko: Great, coach. Look at Carl out there. He’s saying we’re No. 1. That’s awesome. By the way, check out Ricky’s braid — it’s pretty sweet. He said he’ll give me a rattail at the half. Haley: Great … just … great. Bill, he’s all yours. — JONATHAN BENDER

Orton Hears a Boo December 4, 2011 In an almost comical bit of bad luck in week 13, the Chiefs replaced one injured quarterback with another. Palko failed to get the offense into the end zone during his two starts in the weeks prior. He flamed out again in the first quarter against the Chicago Bears. Haley pulled Palko in favor of Orton. On his first snap — a flea flicker — Orton was hit by Chicago’s Major Wright and went down on his right index finger and was lost for the game. A journeyman QB, Palko had failed to catch on in the United Football League, the Canadian Football League and other NFL teams, but he returned and miraculously connected with receiver Dexter McCluster on a Hail Mary touchdown pass to close out the first half with a 7-3 lead. The Chiefs hung on for a 10-3 win. Meanwhile, Stanzi was still thinking about America over on the sidelines.

On-Time Departure December 11, 2011 After the Chiefs’ pathetic showing against the New York Jets, Haley said the first half was the worst that the team had played all season. All season? Try all time. The Chiefs produced only 4 yards of total offense in the first half and headed into the locker room down 28-3. In the second half, they weren’t much better. During the Jets’ final touchdown drive, the Chiefs gave up 81 yards on penalties, with Haley contributing 15 for unsportsmanlike conduct. The game ended with running back Jackie Battle getting gang-tackled in the Chiefs’ end zone for a safety. Final score: Jets 37, Chiefs 10. The loss also signaled the end of the Haley era.

Throw the Bum Out December 12, 2011 Owner Clark Hunt, GM Pioli and the fans had seen enough after the loss to the Jets. Haley was fired. “This was a difficult decision but one that we feel is best for the future of the Chiefs,” Hunt said in a statement announcing that Haley’s sweat-encrusted baseball cap had seen its last bleaching at Arrowhead. “Although there have been bright spots at different points this season, we have not made

meaningful progress and we felt that it was necessary to make a change.” Pioli added: “Todd helped this team in many valuable ways over the past three seasons, and I am thankful for his contributions.” Haley left the Chiefs with a 19-27 coaching record.

show in which football experts answer viewer questions sent via Twitter and Facebook. For his part, Pioli issued a mea culpa to Chiefs fans and took responsibility for the team’s wretched season. During a firing-day press conference, Pioli sat next to Hunt, looking like a sorry dog hoping to avoid punishment. “We have a locker room that has talent. We also have a good makeup of character in that locker room, but it’s abundantly clear that we’re not in a spot we need to be with our record where it is and our team in a position it is. I need to do a better job,” Pioli said. Defensive Coordinator Romeo Crennel was named interim head coach. In four seasons as head coach of the Cleveland Browns, his record was 24-40.

Haley Finds Work; Pioli Apologizes December 13, 2011 Haley didn’t go quietly. He told the Star that he had considered quitting so that he would be able to publicly gripe about the team’s front office rather than being silenced by a severance agreement. He decided to get fired instead. The scruffy coach didn’t keep his mouth shut for long. Three days after being fired, ESPN hired Haley to be a guest analyst on Audibles, a

2011 REGULAR SEASON SCHEDULE Week 1: September 11 vs. Week 2: September 18 @ Week 3: September 25 @

Buffalo Bills L 41–7 Detroit Lions L 48–3

Minnesota Vikings W 22–17

Week 5: October 9 @

Indianapolis Colts W 28–24

Perhaps the worst thing to come out of the Chiefs’ year of being hexed is the uncertainty of the looming offseason. With a 2-1 record as the Chiefs’ head coach, will Crennel lose the “interim” tag? With proven winners like Jeff Fisher and Bill Cowher available, it would be foolish to assume that the Chiefs will promote Crennel without at least testing the A-list waters. Then again, we’ve learned this season that if the team spots a way to save money, it’ll take it. With the draft almost four months away, Pioli is no doubt already feeling his blood pressure rising. The Chiefs sucked but didn’t suck enough to play the Andrew Luck sweepstakes. So that leaves the Chiefs likely drafting 11th or 12th in the first round. There’s also the uncertainty of how Cassel, Moeaki, Charles and Berry will return from serious injuries. And will the Chiefs sign Bowe to a contract extension? The only sure thing about next season: It has to be better than 2011. Right?

Week 6: Bye Week Week 7: October 23 @ Week 8: October 31 vs.

Oakland Raiders W 28–0 San Diego Chargers W 23–20 OT

Week 9: November 6 vs. Week 10: November 13 vs. Week 11: November 21 @ Week 12: November 27 vs.

Miami Dolphins L 31–3 Denver Broncos L 17–10 New England Patriots L 34–3 Pittsburgh Steelers L 13–9

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Chicago Bears W 10–3

Week 14: December 11 @

New York Jets L 37–10

Week 15: December 18 vs.

Green Bay Packers W 19–14

Week 16: December 24 vs.

Oakland Raiders L 16–13 OT

Week 17: January 1 @

Of course, in a season filled with this much bad karma, the trouble had to follow players home. On December 20, prosecutors announced that Daniel LaBlance had been charged with breaking into McCluster’s home and stealing $25,000 worth of property while the Chiefs played the Broncos on November 13. McCluster and his girlfriend returned home to find the door kicked in and electronics, clothing and jewelry missing. The bounty that LaBlance allegedly got away with included $300 Prada shoes, $350 Beats headphones, a $260 pair of Versace sunglasses, a $300 pair of True Religion jeans, and a $15,000 diamond Chiefs helmet pendant. It’s unclear where the hell the thief was planning on fencing that last piece of bling. LaBlance, who reportedly was convicted of murder as a juvenile, was charged with firstdegree burglary.

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San Diego Chargers L 20–17

Week 4: October 2 vs.

Home Is Where the Bling Was December 20, 2011

Denver Broncos W 7–3

RECORD: 7–9

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SPRINGTIME FOR STALIN

Best known for his early collaborations with director Danny Boyle and actor Ewan McGregor (Shallow Grave, Trainspotting, A Life Less Ordinary), Glaswegian screenwriter John Hodge makes his first foray into theater with the dark comedy Collaborators at the National Theatre of London. The play imagines a meeting in 1938 between Josef Stalin and Mikhail Bulgakov, a Faustian arrangement by which the latter reluctantly agrees to write a play about Stalin as a young man, and Stalin promises not to have Bulgakov’s new production shuttered and his wife detained. High jinks ensue when the dictator takes over the writing duties and delegates some of his administrative tasks to the playwright. This high-definition presentation of the National Theatre Live series screens at 7 p.m. and again Sunday at 2 p.m. at Tivoli Cinemas (4050 Pennsylvania, 816-561-5222). Regular adult admission costs $15. See tivolikc.com for details. — BRENT SHEPHERD

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It’s a wonder, really, that there aren’t more rap songs dedicated to Marcus Garvey, the Jamaican-born founder of the Universal Negro Improvement Association. Nearly 100 years ago, Garvey’s soapbox speeches on the streets of Harlem empowered the downtrodden. Unfortunately, being loud, black and proud in the 1920s proved too unsettling for authorities, who prosecuted Garvey for $25 worth of “mail fraud” and deported him back to Jamaica in 1927. “I feel like people in their 20s and 30s need to know about the revolutionaries of the past,” says James Saffold III, a Heet Mob-affiliated musician who also goes by Huey P. Nuisance. “I’m all about the empowerment of the people, not just black people,” he says. “It’s time to stop complaining about how terrible things have become and do something about it.” To that end, Saffold organized tonight’s tribute, “The Resurrection of Marcus Garvey,” which he describes as “a great night of local hip-hop and positive energy” featuring artist Dan Matic; crooner

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Reggie B.; DJ Hylanda; and MCs Joe Carter, Brother Neves, Negro Scoe, Lester Brown and Natural Mic. It all goes down at Czar (1531 Grand, 816-421-0300). Doors open at 9 p.m., and the cover for the 21-and-older event is $5. — NADIA PFLAUM [SPOKEN WORD]

SPEAK, SHOUT, SCREAM

The poetry reading called Bold New Poets is a big, serious experiment. The event puts 19 poets onstage in the Atkins Auditorium at the NelsonAtkins Museum of Art (4525 Oak, 816-751-1278) for two long reading sessions. The organizers — the Music and More Foundation and Terance Williams — have set out to prove that the spoken word hasn’t lost its artistic cachet, so don’t expect bongos, berets, slams, battles or other poetry-reading clichés. Not that you won’t laugh. In fact, expect a full range of emotions elicited by readings that feel like stand-up comedy as well as stand-up tragedy. Free and open to the public, the sessions begin at 5:30 p.m. See themusicandmorefoundation.org. — K ENT SZLAUDERBACH

Jane Deschner’s “Polka Dot (mother & me),” at Sherry Leedy (see Friday). [ART]

FIRST-FRIDAY ROUNDUP

• Sherry Leedy Contemporary Art (2004 Baltimore, 816-221-2626). Three exhibits are running this month: Often, All That Remains by Jane Deschner (found photographs with threaded embroidery), Below the Surface by Steve Gorman (painted ceramics) and I Am an Indian First and an Artist Second by Tom Jones (photography). The opening reception is from 7 to 9 p.m. • EventPort Gallery Space (208 West 19th Street, 816-994-7311). Artist Rachel Brown makes an attempt at cathartic release with {resolutions}, her exhibit of abstract paintings. Brown hopes that by lifting herself through personal messes made in 2011, she can begin to make positive offerings to the world around her. The opening reception goes from 6 to 9 p.m. • Missouri Bank Crossroads Branch (125 Southwest Boulevard, 816-881-8280). KC-based artists Jon Scott Anderson and Derrick pitch.com pitch.com

The resumption of post-lockout NBA play on Christmas Day was promoted as a present to basketball fans, but let’s be real: The NBA season is irretrievably damaged. Whichever team emerges victorious from the finals will be stuck with a big, fat asterisk next to its title to denote the lockout-abbreviated schedule. Basketball fans who suffer from a jaded ’tude may find that the best cure is to watch the local American Basketball Association team, the Missouri Rhythm. According to its website, Missouri Rhythm “utilize(s) biblical principles to build spiritual and moral character throughout the metropolitan area.” Forward Dwayne Blakely says, “It’s an up-and-down game. It’s fast-breaking, a lot of 3s. We’re all grown men out here. The average age is probably 25 years old.” There’s no denying their skills — on December 17, the Rhythm took it to the Little Rock Lightning to the tune of 10691. Tonight, the Rhythm faces the Oklahoma Stallions at Raytown’s First Baptist Church (10500 East 350 Highway, 816-353-1994), with tipoff at 7 p.m. Tickets cost $10 at the door for adults, and $5 for kids under 18 and IDbearing military and college students. Parking is free, as are tickets for kids under 6. — NADIA PFLAUM [THEATER]

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In 1964, a milkman named Tevye first announced onstage, “Without our traditions, our lives would be as shaky as ... as a fiddler on the roof.” Today, veteran actor John Preece (who has played the role of Tevye more than 1,700 times) utters the famous line inside Yardley Hall at continued on page 14 J A N U A R Y 5 - 1 1 , 2 0 1 2 t h e p i t c h 13 M O N T H X X–X X , 2 0 0 X T H E P I T C H 1

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A MUPPET OF A MAN

In all of children’s television, there is perhaps no more polarizing character than Elmo. You either love him or hate him. (Whereas we all agree that we hate Barney, right?) But it’s hard not to love the man who makes the wide-eyed, high-pitched, bright-red, eternal 3-year-old tick, because Sesame Street senior puppet coordinator Kevin Clash is living his childhood dream, while most of us surrendered our own to bitterness and whiskey years ago. Derided by other kids for “playing with dolls,” Clash never wavered from his desire to work alongside his hero, Jim Henson, and ultimately found himself manning the controls of the cultural and commercial juggernaut that is Elmo. His story is recounted in the acclaimed documentary Being Elmo: A Puppeteer’s Journey, which opened Friday for a limited release at Tivoli Cinemas (4050 Pennsylvania, 913-383-7756). For details and showtimes, see tivolikc.com or call 913-383-7756. — BRENT SHEPHERD

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Johnson County Community College (12345 College Boulevard, Overland Park, 916-469-8500) alongside the rest of the Tony Award-winning cast as they perform Fiddler on the Roof. The musical makes a two-night tour stop at the theater and features Jerome Robbins’ original Broadway direction and choreography. Based on the stories of Sholom Aleichem, the musical about Jewish life in a pre-revolutionary Russian village includes such songs as “Sunrise, Sunset” and “If I Were a Rich Man.” The show begins at 8 tonight and at 7 p.m. Sunday. Tickets, available for $40 and $50, may be purchased online at jccc.edu/ TheSeries or by calling 913-469-4445. — NANCY HULL R IGDON

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Written in three days in 1924, Noël Coward’s play Hay Fever is as relatable today as it was during the days of World War I. Watching the Bliss family — a foursome of self-involved, over-the-top personalities — and their four separately invited houseguests, feels more like an exercise in melodramatic disaster than high art. See the spin that Equity Actors’ Readers’ Theatre puts on it when nine local actors perform their script-in-hand version tonight at St. Teresa’s Academy (5601 Wyandotte, 816-501-0011). John Rensenhouse, Merle Moores, Emily Peterson and Seth Golay play David, Judith, Sorel and Simon Bliss, respectively, and the production is directed by Doug Weaver. “Some people wonder why you’d want to see a bunch of actors stand in front of music stands, reading [ SAT U R DAY 1 .7 ]

from scripts, but I must say that’s it’s pretty entertaining, and we’ve been blessed with an awesome cast,” says Kip Niven, E.A.R.Th’s project coordinator. The play begins at 7:30 p.m. in the school’s Music and Arts Building. Admission is free (but donations are accepted). — BERRY ANDERSON

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MASTERMIND

In 1988, Terry Martin had difficulty formulating, much less expressing, her ideas in conversation. She found it too hard to focus on her thoughts. “I wanted to learn how to concentrate better,” she says. Martin began taking classes to quiet her mind and understand her own thinking through meditation and intuition development. Today, Martin comfortably speaks in front of others as a teacher and director of the School of Metaphysics (4323 Rainbow Boulevard, Kansas City, Kansas, 913-236-9292), where folks have gone since the mid-1970s to improve the power of their minds — and their lives. Martin helps people listen better, to each other and to themselves. “Think the thoughts that will create the life you want,” she urges. What better time to start doing that than the beginning of the year? Whether you want to enhance personal relationships or your tennis game, the weekly, ongoing Mastery of Consciousness classes may help. The first class begins at 7:30 p.m. A $20 donation is requested. For more information, call the school or see som.org. — CRYSTAL K. WIEBE

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The “RedNek Wine Glass” — a Mason jar perched atop a Libbey candleholder — is all the rage these days in DIY circles. The low-maintenance chugger brought $5 million in sales in 10 months and tops Amazon’s best-selling glassware and drinkware list, according to CNN Money. Kansas City has its own way of rebelling against prim-andproper wine traditions: the Wine Barn Winery and Vineyard (2850 North 119th Street, Kansas City, Kansas, 913-721-5577). The 16-acre property near the Kansas Speedway pairs wine-lover delights, such as a scenic vineyard and wine made on-site, with casual charm — a metal barn with a concrete-slab patio serves as the winery. “We’re a break from the snobby little wine club,” Wine Barn co-owner Celeste Mikijanis says. The threeyear-old, family-owned business has 17 wine varieties and makes each bottle one at a time. Tastings are free of charge and available during regular hours, typically 12 to 5 p.m. Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays. (The winery is closed Friday, January 6.) The facility also is open by appointment. For more information, see winedottebarn.com. — NANCY HULL RIGDON

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o Thai, the new Siamese-inspired restaurant at 119th Street and Roe in Leawood, is so theatrical that even going to the bathroom is a dramatic experience. One doesn’t merely make a couple of sharp turns to find the restroom. No, the journey requires a religious pilgrimage past a giant Buddha statue bathed in colored lights, over a little BY arched bridge perched above a bubbling stream, and into a CHARLES dimly lighted hallway decoF E R R U Z Z A rated with a pretty mural of an Asian hamlet. By the time I slid open the heavy wooden door — curved because this softly illuminated chamber is round — I wasn’t sure if I was in there to pee or pray. To be safe, I did both. Fo Thai’s interior does, in fact, trump Once I’d traversed the Silk Road back to my seat, I half-expected the waitstaff — tall, executive chef Chee Meng So’s tasty food. slender non-Asians in starched white shirts That’s not for lack of So’s presentation and and topaz-colored neckties — to burst into skill, but let’s be real about this. With its “Getting to Know You,” from The King and I. sleek, metal-tipped chopsticks and charming No, wait: This dining room is so dark, particu- pagoda, Fo Thai is a palace compared with larly the booths tucked into the western side the charmless Hot Basil, a Thai restaurant of the space, that “We Kiss in the Shadows” several blocks to the west. But the menu of Hot Basil chef Lee Chai has a wider variety would be a better choice. Alas, the servers at Fo Thai don’t sing (a cou- of more flavorful (and less costly) dishes. “But Hot Basil is a traditional Thai restauple of them can barely wait tables), but there are disc jockeys spinning tunes on weekends rant,” says a friend of mine who travels frein the “swanky ultra-lounge,” as the publicist quently to Thailand. “Fo Thai doesn’t pretend to be that. The chef has said puts it. And that’s the differthat it’s a fusion of cultural ence between Fo Thai and Fo Thai influences.” every other Thai restaurant Lazy crepes .....................$8 Thailand’s best-known in the city. In this space where Green-papaya culinary exports are on the the décor hews closer to Las and mango salad ....... $10 menu — tom yum soup, pad Vegas than to Bangkok, the “Wok” Thai basil soy-glaze Thai, and green-papaya and presence of a swanky ultrashrimp ........................ $25 Crispy fish of the day ... $26 mango salad — so if the food lounge isn’t a shock. Pad Thai isn’t traditional Thai cuisine, “It doesn’t matter if the with vegetables ......... $10 what is it? I’d call it a meltfood is sensational or not,” ing pot of cultural refersaid a visual artist who ences — panethnic. Dishes dined with me at Fo Thai one night. “Sometimes it’s just a pleasure to include pizza topped with salsa and fresh tuna, a warm-goat-cheese salad, a couple of steaks eat in a visually stimulating environment.” I agree that a visually pleasing setting is an (including the $59 charred chili-rubbed Kobe important component to a great meal — one beef sirloin), and even all-American surf and important component. The Savoy Grill, for turf with prime Angus tenderloin splashed example, has one of the city’s most gorgeous with a Thai basil beef jus. Oh, and an angeldining rooms, but that still doesn’t enhance hair creation with French beans, cherry tomaits cuisine. And I hate eating in an antiseptic, toes and crispy chicken strips atop the pasta. badly lighted space no matter how fabulous If that sounds a little Applebee’s to you, well, you’re not alone. the food might be.

But I’m getting ahead of myself. On both of my dinner visits to Fo Thai, I was greeted with the “we do things a little differently here at Fo Thai” speech. I detest introductory speeches under the best of circumstances, and this one was especially long-winded. The gist: Instead of serving all the meals at one time, each dish would be delivered individually so that everyone at the table could share. This kind of timing requires very patient diners with a lot of time to eat a leisurely meal. On my first visit, dinner was a two-hour affair, from starter to dessert. On another visit, I was waited on by a shy young man who announced that he would bring out my table’s two appetizers, salad and three entrées one at a time. It didn’t quite work out that way. First came the salad, then all the entrées at once, and then one appetizer for dessert. The second appetizer never arrived because he had forgotten to turn it in to the kitchen. On the plus side, it was a much faster meal. In retrospect, the fumbling waiter probably had the right idea. That salad — a jumble of jicama and green-papaya matchsticks with segments of tart pink grapefruit and bits of candied tamarind in a sweet-spicy chili-lime-and-truffle dressing — may have been the best way to begin a meal here. The “lazy crepes” starter is more interesting as a concept than as a dish to share. A bowl of deliciously creamy curried broth, dappled with mushrooms and chicken, arrives sided with a crisp, feather-light crepe (more like an Indian dosa, really) that can be torn into pitch.com pitch.com

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pieces and dunked into the soupy “sauce.” But the crepe had stayed on the griddle a shade too long and was hard and crumbly — well beyond good dipping consistency. On one visit, the fish of the day was red snapper, and the preparation was extraordinary: flash-fried with a dazzlingly light crust. On a more recent visit, the fish was a Mediterranean branzino that was simply too frail and thin to have been breaded and fried. It had so little flesh on it that I thought I was eating a fishy cottage-fried spud. The pad Thai here had some heat but was otherwise indistinct (and the vegetarian version was prepared with fish sauce). The wok-fried jumbo shrimp, with a vibrant red basil-soy glaze, was wonderful, the best shrimp dish I’ve tasted in months, tossed with translucent onions and red bell peppers. I’d order it again in a minute. My friends who joined me on my second visit told me that they liked Fo Thai, but they felt that the menu lacked focus and the service was annoying. (It didn’t help when the waiter dropped a hot metal serving-dish lid onto a companion’s lap.) She didn’t like the Buddha statue, though. “He looks like Nicolas Cage.” Fo Thai being so theatrical, maybe it’s supposed to look like Nicolas Cage. Have a suggestion for a restaurant The Pitch should review? E-mail charles.ferruzza@pitch.com JMAONNUTAHR Y 5 - 1 1X, , 2200102X tThHeE pPi ItTcChH 17 X X–X 1

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ome of Kansas City’s kitchens, like some rock bands, have engendered unusual collaborations, leading to unexpected dining choices at bars around the city. One example: the short-lived but fondly remembered Broadway Crepes inside the now shuttered Gusto Lounge at 3810 Broadway. So it seems fitting that music helped make a new collaboration between Czar (1531 Grand) and the Magical Meatball Tour. The meatball truck’s BY proprietors, Venus Van Horn J O N AT H A N and Ceasar Reyes, debut a new meatball menu at the BENDER Crossroads bar January 5. The menu is launching with five sandThe selection of sandwiches and appetizers will be available Thursdays, wiches. The Bleu Balls (pork and beef balls with Buffalo-style sauce, slaw and blue cheese, Fridays and Saturdays. “I’ve known Venus’ husband, Troy, for a for $9.50) and the Giuseppe (pork and beef balls long time,” says Tim Gutschenritter, who with spicy marinara and a parmesan and basil owns and operates Czar with his brother, chiffonade) will be familiar to fans of the truck, Dallas. “She needed a place to operate, and while the Matador (ground pork, beef and corn I knew she was a super-talented, really cre- tortilla balls with Spanish spices, a fire-roasted tomato sauce and Mexican cheeses) is likely to ative chef.” “Czar owners Tim and Dallas [are] kindred be embraced by Czar patrons. Vegetarians also spirits who want to provide their clientele have options: the Matador (made with sweetwith a more adventurous take on bar food. potato and black-bean balls) and Green Balls (chickpea and walnut balls with a cucumberIt’s really a perfect match,” Van Horn says. The idea for the partnership was launched yogurt dressing and an heirloom-tomato salad). during the Crossroads Music Festival last The two appetizers include a sampler of each September, when the Magical Meatball Tour magical meatball, sans bread ($10), and the used the Czar kitchen as a commissary. Over Chorizo Gusher Balls, which are for adventurthe past few months, the truck has been ous eaters. “Chorizo Gusher Balls are spicy balls with a parked in front of Czar, slinging meatballs and luring hungry downtown patrons. The Fruit Gusher candy baked inside. It’s kind of a different take on the appetizer Czar owners debated about your mom may have made turning their kitchen into a with meatballs and grape revolving pop-up restaurant The menu of the Magical Meatball Tour debuts this jelly,” Van Horn explains. featuring a rotating cast of week at Czar on Thursday, The meatball menu is just chefs, but they kept returnFriday and Saturday. part of the culinary makeing to the idea of bringing in The menu is served from over that Czar’s owners the Magical Meatball Tour 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Thursday have planned for the next to kick off a new menu. and Friday, and is available few months. “They were just kick-ass; after 4 p.m. Thursday– I n S e p t e m b e r, t h e it made sense to work toSaturday. Sandwiches cost $9.50 ($1.50 more with Gutschenritters opted to stop gether,” he says. Kettle chips), and the serving food. The brothers For Van Horn, the idea of appetizers are $10. took over Czar Bar in March getting out of the cramped of last year, rebranding it as mobile kitchen was welCzar and calling it an “upscale come because she could bring more of her meatball recipes to life. dive.” The kitchen was open six days a week, and The result is a collection of dishes that go the beer selection improved markedly, reflectway beyond the traditional hoagie drowning ing the same attention to craft brewers that has turned the brothers’ other bar, the Riot Room, in sauce and cheese. “At Czar, we will be able to expand our into a favorite of beer geeks across the city. Gutschenritter intends to have food six menu and offer more choices to our customdays a week again, using the meatball menu ers,” Van Horn says. ANGELA C. BOND

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to re-introduce bargoers to the idea that they can get a bite to eat at Czar. The owners are playing around with new dishes that are tasty but quickly prepared — like a salad that can be dressed and garnished by a bartender — and with the concept of a “Meatless Monday” that would feature vegan and gluten-free dishes from vegan chef Jade Gutschenritter (who is married to Dallas). One item that will return to Czar’s menu from the bar’s food served last spring: the hot wings. “They’re traditional, Buffalo-style wings,” Gutschenritter says. “They have a little bit of a sweet zing, and they were one of the flagship items that had people coming in every day to eat them.” He also has found inspiration from working with Van Horn and Reyes, seeing the meatballs as symbolic of the new direction for Czar, a philosophy that Gutschenritter sums up as “deconstructing food into one bite.” In the weeks after the meatball menu launches, Gutschenritter intends to unveil a set of cocktails. Among Czar’s developing liquor experiments is the Martini Sirin, a combination of Yellow Chartreuse, cranberry bitters, a splash of sparkling white wine and lemon. “It’s got that lemon refreshing flavor with carbonation and herbaceousness,” Gutschenritter says. “We’re going to move toward seasonal cocktails. We’re really into simple flavors and layers. We don’t want to get too complex and confuse and lose people.” Czar’s wine program is designed, in part, to reflect a change in the acts coming to the stage of this Crossroads bar, including jazz musicians. Meat friends at pitch.com/fatcity pitch.com

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out of our record deal and out of interest and, really, energy. It went south for a long time this time, over 10 years.” Ringenberg went solo and spent much of the next decade releasing children’s albums, but he and Hodges reunited with a new rhythm section for a series of shows in 2008. The freshness and energy of playing out together got their juices flowing again. In 2009, they went into the studio, returning with their finest album in 20 years, Halcyon Times. It’s also probably their most serious album, surveying our culture’s growth engine (“Mother of Greed”), faltering fortunes (on the lively, lighthearted “Gettin’ Nowhere Fast” and the Southern-rockish forgottenvets ode, “Land of the Free”) and more innocent times (“Days of Wine and Roses,” “Golden Days”). Most of all, it cranks up the volume and crunch with an assurance, ease and skill unseen since their first releases. pitch.com

“The first two records, there was a commonality of purpose in how this band needed to sound and be,” Ringenberg says. “Then Warren and I diverged in different directions. One of the reasons I think we came back together was because we found that commonality of purpose again with Halcyon Times. I’ll put the writing up next to Lost & Found. A lot of it [is about] kind of small people being swallowed up by much bigger things and fighting through that.” Another new Scorchers album will have to wait. Ringenberg’s kids’-music alter ego — Farmer Jason — is now a major-label act with a big release planned for February. But we’ll eventually see more releases from the band, Ringenberg says. “I told the guys I’ve been singing about dead Confederates for the last 15 years. If you want to make a quiet, spooky, Southern gospel record, you’re talking to the wrong guy. I want to rock,” he continued on page 22 M O N T H X X–X X , 2 0 0 X

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A fruitful collab from Izmore and D/Will

says with a laugh. “We do seem to run in three-record cycles, so we have a couple more records in us for sure.”

pretty close friends, of course, and he’s always over at my house. He’ll play Madden, and I’ll make beats, and then he’ll stop and write some raps, and we’ll record.” The first track the duo recorded was The Big Apple “Smile,” a stand-alone single that floats on rack No. 9 on the latest album from Les a soulful chorus by Smoov Confusion and a Izmore and D/Will is just the Drake radio guest verse by singer Cordell Mallett. “Plankin hit “The Best I Ever Had” with verses added on These Hoes” is a serious beat propelled by to it that transform it into an ode to Izmore’s gritty 16s; the lyrics are a tongue-in-cheek nod to the “planking” phenomenon that has since best girl. “He always got a Granny Smith with him,” given way to even goofier iterations (ahem, says D/Will, who produced the record, fittingly Tebowing?). D/Will and Izmore’s efforts jelled the titled The Granny Smith Theorem. “During the summer, I’d drive down and pick him up quickest in the making of “The Line,” when I was done with work, and we’d stop by D/ Will recalls. “It’s probably one of my QuikTrip and he’d get a green-apple Freezoni favorite joints on there, just one of them thing — you know those Slurpees they have? joints where it all just kinda happened. I honIt was just unbelievable how he’s obsessed estly think we couldn’t make that song again. It’s just a soulful loop that I with anything Granny Smith. chopped in a couple places, That’s what would power and I didn’t add anything our studio sessions. Not like Download: dwill.bandcamp.com/ to it — no drums, nothing. Hennessey, at other studios.” album/the-grannyLes wrote the verses in the Izmore (the vocalist best smith-theorem car on the way to and from known as the frontman of my place. He recorded it in zillion-piece Afro-beat act one or two takes, just all one Hearts of Darkness) and D/ Will (Denzel Williams) released the long verse. I liked how he did it. If you really 12-song record this past Halloween. It’s a listen to that joint, it’s all really real to him. galaxy of highbrow vocab and street slang, with Each little verse of it is about a different time Izmore’s fighting words gripped firmly by in his life. “At the bare bottom of all this is, we just D/Will’s seamless production, which keeps the drums dirty and the cuts crisp, weaving get tired of everything (in today’s hip-hop) spoken sound bites with cascading piano sounding so polished, and even though we’re loops and scratchy needle noise. going to put together a record in that vein next, Working with Izmore was, D/Will says, it will still have a you can do it, too, feel to it,” “like if you put two kids in a toy store for a D/Will says. — NADIA PFLAUM while and told ’em to make something out of all the toys. That’s what happened. We’re E-mail feedback@pitch.com

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The Bootheel, with JabberJosh and Muscle Worship The Bootheel is a band from Springfield, Missouri, that makes its own barbecue sauce. The sound is kind of minimalist, post-trip-hop, pre-dubstep. Just kidding. The group plays country-soaked classic rock and is joined at this show by two of Lawrence’s loudest acts: JabberJosh, a bass-and-drums duo whose sonic aesthetic is not unlike a helicopter landing, and Muscle Worship, a five-piece that makes thoughtful, controlled and extremely heavy rock. Wednesday, January 11, at the Riot Room (4048 Broadway, 816-442-8179)

The Cave Girls, with Interstate Astronauts Fewer people attend, but First Friday events continue in the Crossroads even in the deepest, darkest depths of winter. The best approach is to pick an event where it’s acceptable to hunker down for a couple of hours, rather than roam the streets as one might in more temperate times. Czar is offering up a solid block of entertainment

with photography from Rebecca Armstrong accompanied by live music between 5 and 9 p.m. The Cave Girls — a female trio playing fast, fundamental garage rock — share the bill with honky-tonk barroom-rock act Interstate Astronauts. The kitchen will be open, so you can really settle in. Friday, January 6, at Czar (1531 Grand, 816-421-0300)

The Dropsteppers, with the New Riddim and Z.A.P. The ’90s, as we now know, are back. So where’s the ska revival? I’m not seeing nearly enough Pietasters T-shirts at the clubs. There might be some rudeboy Doc Martens in the house, though, at this Riot Room show, where Minneapolis’ Dropsteppers play a set of rocksteady ska with soul undercurrents. Opening is local reggae group the New Riddim, whose debut album is expected to arrive sometime this spring. Friday, January 6, at the Riot Room (4048 Broadway, 816-442-8179)

Muscle Worship (left) and Aaron Lewis

Aaron Lewis Speaking of the ’90s: Remember how depressing the late ’90s were for popular music? Back when post-grunge was dominating MTV and the airwaves? Back when fucking Staind was popular? Well, guess what? The main dude in Staind is back, and … wait … wait … he’s gone country! Aaron Lewis (born in Longmeadow, one of the most affluent towns in the state of Massachusetts) has studied the spreadsheets and identified the prideful, rural redneck crowd as his new target demographic. He’s enjoying success with songs like “Country Boy,” which is sung in the key of Bon Jovi’s “Wanted Dead or Alive” and contains a refrigerator-poetry-magnet smorgasbord of threadbare conservative declarations. I said it before but I’ll say it again/’Cause I never needed government to hold my hand. Had enough? Oh, we’re just getting started: The biggest things in life are your friends and family/And I like my jeans and my old T-shirts/And a couple extra pounds never really hurt/’Cause a country boy is all I’ll ever be. All this and more. Friday January 6, at VooDoo Lounge at Harrah’s Casino (1 Riverboat Drive, North Kansas City, 816-472-7777)

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The Dropsteppers, the New Riddim, Z.A.P.: 8 p.m. The Riot Room, 4048 Broadway, 816-442-8179. The Cave Girls, Interstate Astronauts: 7 p.m. Czar, 1531 Grand, 816-221-2244. Elvis Birthday Bash featuring Bobby Simkins, Jeff Bergen, Michael D., Rich Vickers, Mario Manzini, with MC Stevie Ray: 6 p.m. RecordBar, 1020 Westport Rd., 816-753-5207. Aaron Lewis: 8 & 10:30 p.m. VooDoo Lounge, Harrah’s Casino, 1 Riverboat Dr., North Kansas City, 816-472-7777.

SATURDAY, JAN. 7 Elvis Birthday Bash: Images of the King: 3 p.m. VooDoo Lounge, Harrah’s Casino, 1 Riverboat Dr., North Kansas City, 816-472-7777. Elvis Birthday Bash: Images of the King: 8 p.m. Knuckleheads Saloon, 2715 Rochester, 816-483-1456. Killing in the Name (Rage Against the Machine Tribute), Collapse: 7 p.m. The Beaumont Club, 4050 Pennsylvania, 816-561-2560. Rebecca Rego, Danny McGaw, the Dirt Kings, the Mad Kings: Davey’s Uptown Ramblers Club, 3402 Main, 816-753-1909.

SUNDAY, JAN. 8 Silent Civilian, 3 Quarters Coma, In the Shadow, the Night He Came Home, Visions of Exile, After-party with Sir Knucklehead: 6:30 p.m. The Riot Room, 4048 Broadway, 816-442-8179.

MONDAY, JAN. 9 Canasta, Dojo for Crooks: 9 p.m. RecordBar, 1020 Westport Rd., 816-753-5207.

TUESDAY, JAN. 10 The Goddamn Gallows, Them Damned Young Livers, Whiskey Breath: 9 p.m. The Riot Room, 4048 Broadway, 816-442-8179.

WEDNESDAY, JAN. 1 1 The Bootheel, JabberJosh, Muscle Worship: 8 p.m. The Riot Room, 4048 Broadway, 816-442-8179. Jason and the Scorchers: 8 p.m. Knuckleheads Saloon, 2715 Rochester, 816-483-1456. Spence: 9 p.m. Jerry’s Bait Shop, 302 S.W. Main, Lee’s Summit, 816-525-1871.

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Ryan Adams: Wed., Feb. 1. Municipal Auditorium/ Music Hall, 301 W. 13th St. (in the Convention Center Complex), 816-513-5000. Allstar Weekend, the After Party: Sat., Jan. 14, 5:30 p.m. The Beaumont Club, 4050 Pennsylvania, 816-561-2560. A Lull, Deleted Scenes: Thu., Jan. 12, 10 p.m. Replay Lounge, 946 Massachusetts, Lawrence, 785-749-7676. Anthony B., Zamunda, Delly Ranx: Sat., Jan. 28, 8 p.m. The Granada, 1020 Massachusetts, Lawrence, 785-842-1390. Anthrax, Testament, Death Angel: Thu., Jan. 26. The Midland, 1228 Main, 816-283-9900. Dave Aude: Fri., Jan. 13. Aura, 3832 Main. Emilie Autumn: Wed., Jan. 25. The Beaumont Club, 4050 Pennsylvania, 816-561-2560. A Valentine from Bach: Pre-concert talk, 7 p.m. Bach Festival with pianist Konstantin Lifschitz and soprano Sarah Tannehill Anderson, Tue., Feb. 14, 8 p.m. Helzberg Hall, Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts, 1601 Broadway, 816-994-7200. Avicii: Thu., Jan. 12. The Midland, 1228 Main, 816-283-9900.

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Awolnation, White Wives: Sun., Jan. 22, 7 p.m. The Beaumont Club, 4050 Pennsylvania, 816-561-2560. Bach Festival: Tue., Jan. 24. Folly Theater, 300 W. 12th St., 816-474-4444. Cosmo Baker, Brent Tactic: Fri., Jan. 20, 9 p.m., $5, $7. The Riot Room, 4048 Broadway, 816-442-8179. Drake Bell: Wed., Jan. 18. The Bottleneck, 737 New Hampshire, Lawrence, 785-841-5483. John Berry: Thu., Jan. 19, 8 p.m. Knuckleheads Saloon, 2715 Rochester, 816-483-1456. Andrew Bird, Eugene Mirman: Fri., March 23. Uptown Theater, 3700 Broadway, 816-753-8665. Jared Blake: Thu., Feb. 2, 8 p.m. Knuckleheads Saloon, 2715 Rochester, 816-483-1456. Blind Pilot: Sat., March 3. The Granada, 1020 Massachusetts, Lawrence, 785-842-1390. Boondox, Cousin Cleetus, the Drp, Mars, Wicked Wayz, Freddy Grimes, Deranged: Tue., Jan. 17. The Beaumont Club, 4050 Pennsylvania, 816-561-2560. California Voodoo: Fri., Jan. 13, 9 p.m. The Riot Room, 4048 Broadway, 816-442-8179. The Chieftains: Wed., March 7. Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts, 1601 Broadway, 816-994-7200. Children of Bodom, Eluveitie, Revocation, Threat Signal: Mon., Feb. 6. The Granada, 1020 Massachusetts, Lawrence, 785-842-1390. The Civil Wars: Sold out. Tue., Jan. 17. Liberty Hall, 644 Massachusetts, Lawrence, 785-749-1972. Cloud Nothings, Mr. Dream, O Giant Man: Mon., March 12, 8 p.m., $10. The Riot Room, 4048 Broadway, 816-442-8179. Cursive, Ume: Fri., March 2, 9 p.m. RecordBar, 1020 Westport Rd., 816-753-5207. Doomtree: Thu., Jan. 19. The Granada, 1020 Massachusetts, Lawrence, 785-842-1390. Dr. Dog: Thu., Feb. 2, 8:30 p.m., $15. The Granada, MANY MORE 1020 Massachusetts, Lawrence, 785-842-1390. D.R.U.G.S., Hit the Lights, Like Moths to Flames, Sparks the Rescue: Sun., Feb. 19. The Beaumont ONLINE AT Club, 4050 Pennsylvania, PITCH.COM 816-561-2560. Jeff Dunham: Controlled Chaos: Thu., Feb. 2. Sprint Center, 1407 Grand, 816-283-7300. Elephant Revival: Wed., Feb. 22. The Bottleneck, 737 New Hampshire, Lawrence, 785-841-5483. Estelle: Mon., Feb. 6, 8 p.m. The Riot Room, 4048 Broadway, 816-442-8179. Every Avenue: Thu., Feb. 23. The Granada, 1020 Massachusetts, Lawrence, 785-842-1390. Excision, Liquid Stranger, Lucky Date: Mon., Feb. 20. The Midland, 1228 Main, 816-283-9900. Falling in Reverse, Oh, Sleeper, Skip the Foreplay: Sun., Feb. 5. The Granada, 1020 Massachusetts, Lawrence, 785-842-1390. Craig Finn: Sat., Feb. 11, 9 p.m. RecordBar, 1020 Westport Rd., 816-753-5207. The Fresh Beat Band: Fri., Feb. 24, 5 p.m. The Midland, 1228 Main, 816-283-9900. Jim Gaffigan: Thu., March 22, 7 & 9:30 p.m. The Midland, 1228 Main, 816-283-9900. Galactic: Thu., March 15. Liberty Hall, 644 Massachusetts, Lawrence, 785-749-1972. Hail! Hornet, Zoroaster, and Slow Southern Steel (a film): Wed., Feb. 1, 7 p.m. The Beaumont Club, 4050 Pennsylvania, 816-561-2560. Hate Eternal, Goatwhore, Fallujah, Troglodyte, Gornography: Wed., Feb. 29, 6:30 p.m., $14. The Beaumont Club, 4050 Pennsylvania, 816-561-2560. The Head & the Heart, Drew Grove & the Pastors’ Wives: Sun., March 4. The Granada, 1020 Massachusetts, Lawrence, 785-842-1390. Katie Herzig: Mon., March 5. RecordBar, 1020 Westport Rd., 816-753-5207. In Flames, Trivium, Veil of Maya, Kyng: Sat., Feb. 11. The Beaumont Club, 4050 Pennsylvania, 816-561-2560. Jack’s Mannequin, Jukebox the Ghost, Allen Stone: Fri., Jan. 20. The Beaumont Club, 4050 Pennsylvania, 816-561-2560. Junius, O’Brother: Sun., Feb. 26, 8 p.m. Jackpot Music Hall, 943 Massachusetts, Lawrence, 785-832-1085. Mat Kearney: Tue., Feb. 7. The Beaumont Club, 4050 Pennsylvania, 816-561-2560.

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The Kills, Jeff the Brotherhood, Hunters: Sat., Jan. 21. The Midland, 1228 Main, 816-283-9900. The Lemonheads: Fri., Jan. 27. The Granada, 1020 Massachusetts, Lawrence, 785-842-1390. The Life and Times (album-release show), Waiting for Signal, Major Games: Wed., Jan. 18, 8 p.m., $8, $10. The Riot Room, 4048 Broadway, 816-442-8179. LoCash Cowboys, Burford, Lucas Cook: Fri., Feb. 17. The Beaumont Club, 4050 Pennsylvania, 816-561-2560. Hamilton Loomis: Sun., Jan. 22, 8 p.m. Knuckleheads Saloon, 2715 Rochester, 816-483-1456. Lord T & Eloise: Thu., Jan. 12, 8 p.m. The Riot Room, 4048 Broadway, 816-442-8179. Stephen Lynch: Fri., Feb. 17. VooDoo Lounge, Harrah’s Casino, 1 Riverboat Dr., North Kansas City, 816-472-7777. Shelby Lynne: Fri., Jan. 13. Folly Theater, 300 W. 12th St., 816-474-4444. Mimosa: Sun., Jan. 29, 9 p.m. The Granada, 1020 Massachusetts, Lawrence, 785-842-1390. Mindless Self Indulgence: Wed., March 21. The Beaumont Club, 4050 Pennsylvania, 816-561-2560. Moe: Sun., Feb. 12. Liberty Hall, 644 Massachusetts, Lawrence, 785-749-1972. Mutemath: Thu., Feb. 16. The Beaumont Club, 4050 Pennsylvania, 816-561-2560. Needtobreathe, Ben Rector: Sun., March 11. The Midland, 1228 Main, 816-283-9900. Nurses: Tue., Jan. 17. Jackpot Music Hall, 943 Massachusetts, Lawrence, 785-832-1085. The Old 97’s: Wed., Feb. 1. The Bottleneck, 737 New Hampshire, Lawrence, 785-841-5483. Brad Paisley: Thu., Jan. 19, 7:30 p.m. Sprint Center, 1407 Grand, 816-283-7300. Punch Brothers: Sat., March 3. Liberty Hall, 644 Massachusetts, Lawrence, 785-749-1972. Puscifer: Tue., March 6. Municipal Auditorium/Music Hall, 301 W. 13th St. (in the Convention Center Complex), 816-513-5000. Radiohead: Sun., March 11. Sprint Center, 1407 Grand, 816-283-7300. Railroad Earth: Wed., Feb. 8. The Granada, 1020 Massachusetts, Lawrence, 785-842-1390. Reverend Horton Heat, Larry and His Flask, the Goddamn Gallows: Sat., Feb. 25. The Bottleneck, 737 New Hampshire, Lawrence, 785-841-5483. Right Between the Ears: Sat., Feb. 11. Liberty Hall, 644 Massachusetts, Lawrence, 785-749-1972. Randy Rogers Band, Kip Moore, Sam Sliva and the Good, Travis Marvin: Sat., Jan. 28, 6 p.m. The Beaumont Club, 4050 Pennsylvania, 816-561-2560. Rusko, Nmzee: Wed., Feb. 29. Liberty Hall, 644 Massachusetts, Lawrence, 785-749-1972. Billy Joe Shaver: Sun., Jan. 15, 8:30 p.m. Knuckleheads Saloon, 2715 Rochester, 816-483-1456. SOJA, the Movement, Kids These Days: Thu., Feb. 23. The Bottleneck, 737 New Hampshire, Lawrence, 785-841-5483. J.D. Souther: Sat., Jan. 28. Knuckleheads Saloon, 2715 Rochester, 816-483-1456. George Strait, Martina McBride: Sat., Feb. 25. Sprint Center, 1407 Grand, 816-283-7300. Supersuckers, the Spittin’ Cobras: Wed., Feb. 8. The Bottleneck, 737 New Hampshire, Lawrence, 785-841-5483. Symphony X, Iced Earth, Warbringer: Sun., Feb. 26. The Midland, 1228 Main, 816-283-9900. This Will Destroy You: Mon., Jan. 30, 9 p.m. Jackpot Music Hall, 943 Massachusetts, Lawrence, 785-832-1085. Paul Thorn and Ruthie Foster: Wed., March 28. Knuckleheads Saloon, 2715 Rochester, 816-483-1456. Tomorrows Bad Seeds, Pacific Dub: Wed., Feb. 15. The Bottleneck, 737 New Hampshire, Lawrence, 785-841-5483. Josh Turner: Thu., March 1, 6 p.m. Uptown Theater, 3700 Broadway, 816-753-8665. The Ultimate Doo-Wop Show: the Contours, Sylvester Potts, Jimmy Clanton, the Marcels, the Edsels, Paul & Paula, the Volumes, the Eldorados, Blue Suede Orchestra: Fri., March 2. The Midland, 1228 Main, 816-283-9900. Ventana, As Summer Dies, Circus of Dead Squirrels, In the Shadow, High Rise Robots: Wed., Feb. 15, 6:30 p.m. The Beaumont Club, 4050 Pennsylvania, 816-561-2560. VNV Nation, Straftanz: Thu., March 1. The Granada, 1020 Massachusetts, Lawrence, 785-842-1390. Jimmy Webb, Bob Walkenhorst, Jeff Porter: Fri., Feb. 10. Knuckleheads Saloon, 2715 Rochester, 816-483-1456. Ron White: Sat., March 10, 7 & 9:30 p.m. The Midland, 1228 Main, 816-283-9900. Whitechapel, Miss May I, After the Burial, the Plot in You, Structures: Fri., March 16, 6:30 p.m. The Beaumont Club, 4050 Pennsylvania, 816-561-2560. Whitehorse: Fri., March 9. RecordBar, 1020 Westport Rd., 816-753-5207. William Elliott Whitmore, Drakkar Sauna, Horse Weapons, Me for Radness: Fri., Feb. 10, 8:30 p.m., $10 advance, $12 door. The Granada, 1020 Massachusetts, Lawrence, 785-842-1390. Youth Lagoon: Mon., March 12. Jackpot Music Hall, 943 Massachusetts, Lawrence, 785-832-1085. Zola Jesus: Fri., Feb. 24. The Granada, 1020 Massachusetts, Lawrence, 785-842-1390.

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BLUES/FUNK/SOUL B.B.’s Lawnside BBQ: 1205 E. 85th St., 816-822-7427. Samantha Fish Blues Band. Jazz: 1823 W. 39th St., 816-531-5556. Grand Marquis. Knuckleheads Saloon: 2715 Rochester, 816-483-1456. Brother Bagman, 8 p.m. The Phoenix Jazz Club: 302 W. Eighth St., 816-2215299. Rod Fleeman and Dan Bliss, 7 p.m. Trouser Mouse: 625 N.W. Mock Ave., Blue Springs, 816220-1222. Levee Town.

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EASY LISTENING Jerry’s Bait Shop: 13412 Santa Fe Trail Dr., Lenexa, 913-894-9676. Interactive Acoustic with Jason Kayne, 9 p.m.

OPEN MIC/JAM SESSIONS Czar: 1531 Grand, 816-221-2244. Vi Tran and Katie Gilchrist’s Weekly Jam, 10 p.m. The Hideout: 6948 N. Oak Tfwy., 816-468-0550. Karaoke Open Mic, 8 p.m. The Indie on Main: 1228 Main, 816-283-9900. Open Mic, Low Dough Beer Night, 8 p.m. Jerry’s Bait Shop: 302 S.W. Main, Lee’s Summit, 816525-1871. Jerry’s Jam Night, 9 p.m.

SINGER-SONGWRITER The Bottleneck: 737 New Hampshire, Lawrence, 785841-5483. Spencer Ward, Bekah Zachritz, Vi Tran. Knuckleheads Saloon: 2715 Rochester, 816-483-1456. Sky Smeed in the Retro Lounge, 8 p.m.

F R I DAY 6 ROCK/POP/INDIE Bar West: 7174 Renner Rd., Shawnee, 913-248-9378. Drew6. The Bottleneck: 737 New Hampshire, Lawrence, 785841-5483. Abandon Kansas, Don’t Give Up the Ship, Andrew and the Dudes, the Average Black Bears. Davey’s Uptown Ramblers Club: 3402 Main, 816-7531909. Andrew Black, Red Kate, Steady States, the Brannock Device, 9 p.m. Jerry’s Bait Shop: 13412 Santa Fe Trail Dr., Lenexa, 913-894-9676. The ReHabaneros. Jerry’s Bait Shop: 302 S.W. Main, Lee’s Summit, 816525-1871. Patrick Lentz Band. RecordBar: 1020 Westport Rd., 816-753-5207. Evalyn Awake, the Devil’s Marmalade, Killing the Calm, 10 p.m.

BLUES/FUNK/SOUL B.B.’s Lawnside BBQ: 1205 E. 85th St., 816-822-7427. Blue Orleans. The Hideout: 6948 N. Oak Tfwy., 816-468-0550. The Pete Carroll Group. Jazz: 1823 W. 39th St., 816-531-5556. Lonnie Ray Blues Band. Knuckleheads Saloon: 2715 Rochester, 816-483-1456. The Good Foot, 8 p.m. Trouser Mouse: 625 N.W. Mock Ave., Blue Springs, 816220-1222. The Mojo Roots.

ROOTS/COUNTRY/BLUEGRASS Clarette Club: 5400 Martway, Mission, 913-384-0986. Ashes to Immortality.

DJ Club Monaco: 334 E. 31st St., 816-753-5990. DJ Soap. Mosaic Lounge: 1331 Walnut, 816-679-0076. Mosaic Fridays: hosted by Joe Perez featuring DJ Spinstyles and DJ Mike Scott. Replay Lounge: 946 Massachusetts, Lawrence, 785749-7676. First Friday with DJ G Train (inside).

HIP-HOP Czar: 1531 Grand, 816-221-2244. The Resurrection of Marcus Garvey featuring Huey P. Nuisance, Dan Matic, Joe Carter, Reggie B., Brother Neves, Negro Scoe, Lester Brown, Natural Mic, DJ Hylanda, 9 p.m.

JAZZ The Blue Room: 1616 E. 18th St., 816-474-8463. Indigo Hour featuring Gray Matter, 5:30 p.m.; Everette DeVan, 8:30 p.m. Knuckleheads Saloon: 2715 Rochester, 816-483-1456. Dan Doran Trio, 10 p.m. The Phoenix Jazz Club: 302 W. Eighth St., 816-2215299. The Garrett Nordstrom Situation. Take Five Coffee + Bar: 5336 W. 151st St., Overland Park, 913-948-5550. Drew Williams, 8 p.m.

DRUNKEN DISTR ACTIONS/COMEDY/ BAR GAMES The Brick: 1727 McGee, 816-421-1634. First Friday, kitchen open late. ComedyCity at Westport Flea Market: 817 Westport Rd., 816-842-2744. Major League Improv, 7:30 p.m. Hurricane Allie’s Bar and Grill: 5541 Merriam Dr., Shawnee, 913-217-7665. Ultimate DJ Karaoke, 8:30 p.m. Improv Comedy Club and Dinner Theater: 7260 N.W. 87th St., 816-759-5233. Tony Roberts, 8 & 10:30 p.m. The Indie on Main: 1228 Main, 816-283-9900. Ladies’ Night, Low Dough lady specials, 10 p.m. JR’s Place: 20238 W. 151st St., Olathe, 913-254-1307. Debbioke, 9:30 p.m. Missie B’s: 805 W. 39th St., 816-561-0625. The Early Girlie Show, 8 p.m., free; Ab Fab Fridays on the main floor, 10 p.m. Power & Light District: 13th St. and Main, 816-8421045. Downtown Is Happy, $1 beers at Johnny’s Tavern, McFadden’s Sports Saloon, Pizza Bar, Tengo Sed Cantina, and Fuego, 4-6 p.m. Retro Downtown Drinks & Dance: 1518 McGee, 816421-4201. Trivia Riot, 7 p.m. Wilde’s Chateau 24: 2412 Iowa, Lawrence, 785-8561514. Dance Party.

SINGER-SONGWRITER Great Day Café: 7921 Santa Fe Dr., Overland Park, 913642-9090. KC Songwriters Circle, 7 p.m.

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Jazzhaus: 926-1/2 Massachusetts, Lawrence, 785-7491387. Making Movies, $5. Jerry’s Bait Shop: 13412 Santa Fe Trail Dr., Lenexa, 913-894-9676. KC Groove Therapy. Jerry’s Bait Shop: 302 S.W. Main, Lee’s Summit, 816525-1871. Switch. RecordBar: 1020 Westport Rd., 816-753-5207. Drunkard’s Dream with Joy Zimmerman, 6 p.m.; O Giant Man, Gentleman Savage, Sewer Rats, Fullbloods, 9 p.m. The Riot Room: 4048 Broadway, 816-442-8179. The Killian Family, Appropriate Grammar, Bombs Over Broadway, Brokenmast. Thirsty Ernie’s: 1276 W. Foxwood Dr., Raymore, 816322-2779. Bad Disposition, 9 p.m.

BLUES/FUNK/SOUL B.B.’s Lawnside BBQ: 1205 E. 85th St., 816-822-7427. Mama Ray Jazz Meets Blues Jam, 2 p.m.; Four Fried Chickens and a Coke, 9 p.m. Czar: 1531 Grand, 816-221-2244. The Dirt Daubers, Big Iron. The Phoenix Jazz Club: 302 W. Eighth St., 816-2215299. Cadillac Flambe, 9 p.m.

ROOTS/COUNTRY/BLUEGRASS Trouser Mouse: 625 N.W. Mock Ave., Blue Springs, 816220-1222. The Nace Brothers.

DJ 77 South: 5041 W. 135th St., Leawood, 913-742-7727. DJ Andrew Northern, 9 p.m. Beer Kitchen: 435 Westport Rd., 816-389-4180. Furious Palace. The Eighth Street Taproom: 801 New Hampshire, Lawrence, 785-841-6918. Saturday Soulclap with Josh Powers. Saints Pub + Patio: 9720 Quivira, Lenexa, 913-4923900. DJ Brad Sager. VooDoo Lounge: Harrah’s Casino, 1 Riverboat Dr., North Kansas City, 816-472-7777. DJ Tina T, 10 p.m.

JAZZ The Blue Room: 1616 E. 18th St., 816-474-8463. Eclipse, 8:30 p.m. The Brick: 1727 McGee, 816-421-1634. Brian Ruskin Trio. The Phoenix Jazz Club: 302 W. Eighth St., 816-221-5299. Monique Danielle, 4:30 p.m. Take Five Coffee + Bar: 5336 W. 151st St., Overland Park, 913-948-5550. The Phonologotronic, 8 p.m.

DRUNKEN DISTRACTIONS/COMEDY/ BAR GAMES The Brooksider: 6330 Brookside Plz., 816-363-4070. College Hoops, MU vs. KSU at 12:30 p.m., KU vs. Oklahoma at 1 p.m. The Cashew: 2000 Grand, 816-221-5858. KU watch party: KU at Oklahoma, 1 p.m. ComedyCity at Westport Flea Market: 817 Westport Rd., 816-842-2744. Major League Improv, 7:30 p.m.; ComedyCity After Dark, 10 p.m. Hurricane Allie’s Bar and Grill: 5541 Merriam Dr., Shawnee, 913-217-7665. Ultimate DJ Karaoke, 8:30 p.m. Improv Comedy Club and Dinner Theater: 7260 N.W. 87th St., 816-759-5233. Tony Roberts, 7 & 10 p.m. The Indie on Main: 1228 Main, 816-283-9900. Karaoke with KJ David, 9:30 p.m. Johnny’s Tavern: 6765 W. 119th St., Leawood, 913-451-4542. Trivia Bingo, 9 p.m. Missie B’s: 805 W. 39th St., 816-561-0625. Dirty Dorothy on the main floor, 10 p.m. MoJo’s Bar & Grill: 1513 S.W. Hwy. 7, Blue Springs. Happy hour, free pool, 1-4 p.m. Wallaby’s Grill and Pub: 9562 Lackman, Lenexa, 913541-9255. Karaoke, 9 p.m. Westport Flea Market: 817 Westport Rd., 816-9311986. Deelightful karaoke, 9 p.m.

S U N DAY 8 BLUES/FUNK/SOUL B.B.’s Lawnside BBQ: 1205 E. 85th St., 816-822-7427. Lee McBee and the Confessors, 9 p.m. The Phoenix Jazz Club: 302 W. Eighth St., 816-2215299. Second Sunday FUNdays: Gina and Chloe McFadden, 3 p.m.

JAZZ RecordBar: 1020 Westport Rd., 816-753-5207. Jeff Harshbarger presents an Alternative Jazz Series: the People’s Liberation Big Band, 7 p.m.

ROOTS/COUNTRY/BLUEGRASS Jerry’s Bait Shop: 302 S.W. Main, Lee’s Summit, 816525-1871. Scott Peery, the Neverending Fear Project.

DRUNKEN DISTR ACTIONS/COMEDY/ BAR GAMES Bulldog: 1715 Main, 816-421-4799. Game night, beer pong, TV trivia, shot dice. Clarette Club: 5400 Martway, Mission, 913-384-0986. Texas Hold ’em, 7 & 10 p.m. The Fox and Hound: 10428 Metcalf, Overland Park, 913-649-1700. Poker, 7 & 10 p.m. Fuel: 7300 W. 119th St., Overland Park, 913-451-0444. SIN. Hurricane Allie’s Bar and Grill: 5541 Merriam Dr., Shawnee, 913-217-7665. Double Deuce Poker League, 4 p.m.; Ultimate DJ Karaoke, 8:30 p.m. Improv Comedy Club and Dinner Theater: 7260 N.W. 87th St., 816-759-5233. Tony Roberts, 7 p.m. Jake’s Place Bar and Grill: 12001 Johnson Dr., Shawnee, 913-962-5253. Free pool, 3 p.m. JR’s Place: 20238 W. 151st St., Olathe, 913-254-1307. Karaoke with Mad Mike, 9:30 p.m. McFadden’s Sports Saloon: 1330 Grand, 816-4711330. Sindustry Sundays, 8 p.m. Missie B’s: 805 W. 39th St., 816-561-0625. Dirty Dorothy on the main floor, 10 p.m.; Show Stopper Karaoke, 12:30 a.m. Saints Pub + Patio: 9720 Quivira, Lenexa, 913-4923900. Free pool. Wallaby’s Grill and Pub: 9562 Lackman, Lenexa, 913541-9255. Texas Hold ’em, 6 & 9 p.m. Westport Flea Market: 817 Westport Rd., 816-9311986. Texas Hold ’em, 3 & 6 p.m.

OPEN MIC/JAM SESSIONS Bleachers Bar & Grill: 210 S.W. Greenwich Dr., Lee’s Summit, 816-623-3410. Open Blues and Funk Jam with Syncopation, 6 p.m. The Hideout: 6948 N. Oak Tfwy., 816-468-0550. Open blues jam. Jazzhaus: 926-1/2 Massachusetts, Lawrence, 785-7491387. Speakeasy Sunday, 10 p.m., $3. Knuckleheads Saloon: 2715 Rochester, 816-483-1456. Open Jam with Levee Town, 2 p.m., free. R.G.’s Lounge: 9100 E. 35th St., Independence, 816-358-5777. Jam Night hosted by Dennis Nickell, Scotty Yates, Rick Eidson, and Jan Lamb, 5 p.m. Take Five Coffee + Bar: 5336 W. 151st St., Overland Park, 913-948-5550. Jazz Jam with Nick Rowland and Sansabelt.

REGGAE Fat Fish Blue: 7260 N.W. 87th St., 816-759-3474. Jah Lion.

VARIET Y Ernie Biggs Dueling Piano Bar: 4115 Mill, 816-5612444. Local Music Sunday, DJ Dropout Boogie, 8 p.m.

M O N DAY 9 ROCK/POP/INDIE Tomfooleries: 612 W. 47th St., 816-753-0555. The Goods.

BLUES/FUNK/SOUL The Phoenix Jazz Club: 302 W. Eighth St., 816-2215299. Millie Edwards and Michael Pagan, 7 p.m.

DJ Davey’s Uptown Ramblers Club: 3402 Main, 816-7531909. DJ Amanda and Big Brother, 9 p.m. The Riot Room: 4048 Broadway, 816-442-8179. Cinemaphonic with DJ Stevie Cruz, DJ Cyan Meeks, free.

JAZZ Jazz: 1823 W. 39th St., 816-531-5556. Jazzbo.

DRUNKEN DISTR ACTIONS/COMEDY/ BAR GAMES The Brick: 1727 McGee, 816-421-1634. Rural Grit Happy Hour, 6 p.m.; Karaoke with Kelly Bleachmaxx, 10:30 p.m., free. Clarette Club: 5400 Martway, Mission, 913-384-0986. Texas Hold ’em, 7 & 10 p.m. Hamburger Mary’s: 101 Southwest Blvd., 816-8421919. Mary-oke with Chad Slater, 8 p.m. The Hideout: 6948 N. Oak Tfwy., 816-468-0550. Industry night.

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Jazzhaus: 926-1/2 Massachusetts, Lawrence, 785-7491387. Karaoke Idol with Tanya McNaughty. JR’s Place: 20238 W. 151st St., Olathe, 913-254-1307. Texas Hold ’em, 7:30 p.m. Missie B’s: 805 W. 39th St., 816-561-0625. MANic Monday on the main floor, 10 p.m., free. MoJo’s Bar & Grill: 1513 S.W. Hwy. 7, Blue Springs. Pool and dart leagues; happy hour, free pool, 4-6 p.m. Nara: 1617 Main, 816-221-6272. Brodioke, 10 p.m. RecordBar: 1020 Westport Rd., 816-753-5207. Sonic Spectrum Music Trivia, 7 p.m., $5. Westport Flea Market: 817 Westport Rd., 816-9311986. KC Mutual UFO Network, 6:30 p.m., free, low-cost donation; Texas Hold ’em, 8 p.m.

OPEN MIC/JAM SESSIONS Californos: 4124 Pennsylvania, 816-531-7878. Weekly music event: Open Mic Night, 7 p.m. Czar: 1531 Grand, 816-221-2244. Grand Jam hosted by Supermassive Black Holes, 9 p.m.

VARIET Y Trouser Mouse: 625 N.W. Mock Ave., Blue Springs, 816-220-1222. Music Showcase.

T U E S DAY 1 0 ROCK/POP/INDIE Davey’s Uptown Ramblers Club: 3402 Main, 816-7531909. Mile High Club. Jerry’s Bait Shop: 13412 Santa Fe Trail Dr., Lenexa, 913-894-9676. Travelers Guild. Tomfooleries: 612 W. 47th St., 816-753-0555. The Transients, 9 p.m.

BLUES/FUNK/SOUL B.B.’s Lawnside BBQ: 1205 E. 85th St., 816-822-7427. Trampled Under Foot. Jazz: 1823 W. 39th St., 816-531-5556. Mark Montgomery. RecordBar: 1020 Westport Rd., 816-753-5207. Ted Hoffman, Patrick Deveny, the Clementines, Nolan Rhyne, 6 p.m., free.

DJ Coda: 1744 Broadway, 816-569-1747. DJ Whatshisname, service industry night, 10 p.m.

JAZZ Czar: 1531 Grand, 816-221-2244. Dr. Wizard.

ROOTS/COUNTRY/BLUEGRASS RecordBar: 1020 Westport Rd., 816-753-5207. Jason & Polly Punkneck, the Puritans, 9 p.m.

DRUNKEN DISTR ACTIONS/COMEDY/ BAR GAMES The Brick: 1727 McGee, 816-421-1634. Scrabble Club. Coda: 1744 Broadway, 816-569-1747. Coda Pursuit Team Trivia with Teague Hayes, 7 p.m. Flying Saucer: 101 E. 13th St., 816-221-1900. Trivia Bowl, 7:30 & 10 p.m., free. Improv Comedy Club and Dinner Theater: 7260 N.W. 87th St., 816-759-5233. Clash of the Comics, 7:30 p.m. Jackpot Music Hall: 943 Massachusetts, Lawrence, 785-832-1085. Karaoke. Johnny’s Tavern: 13410 W. 62nd Terr., Shawnee, 913962-5777. Bingo Boogie Nights, 9 p.m. Johnny’s Tavern: 11316 W. 135th St., Overland Park, 913-851-5165. Texas Hold ’em. JR’s Place: 20238 W. 151st St., Olathe, 913-254-1307. Buttwiser’s Bash with DJ Double D, 10 p.m., free. Missie B’s: 805 W. 39th St., 816-561-0625. Gayme Night upstairs, in-house tournament, Wii and NTN Trivia, 7:30-10 p.m.; karaoke on the main floor, 10 p.m. MoJo’s Bar & Grill: 1513 S.W. Hwy. 7, Blue Springs. Pool and dart leagues; happy hour, free pool, 4-6 p.m. The Roxy: 7230 W. 75th St., Overland Park, 913-2366211. Karaoke. Tower Tavern: 401 E. 31st St., 816-931-9300. Trivia, 8 p.m. Westport Flea Market: 817 Westport Rd., 816-9311986. Chess Club, 7 p.m.

OPEN MIC/JAM SESSIONS Bleachers Bar & Grill: 210 S.W. Greenwich Dr., Lee’s Summit, 816-623-3410. Open Mic Acoustic Jam. The Phoenix Jazz Club: 302 W. Eighth St., 816-2215299. Open Jam with Everette DeVan, 7 p.m. Stanford’s Comedy Club: 1867 Village West Pkwy., Kansas City, Kan., 913-400-7500. Open Mic Night.

SINGER-SONGWRITER Harleys & Horses: 7210 N.E. 43rd St., 816-452-2660. Scott Ford Songwriter Showcase, 7 p.m.

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W E D N E S DAY 1 1 ROCK/POP/INDIE RecordBar: 1020 Westport Rd., 816-753-5207. The North Decade, the Smile High Club, 9 p.m.; Bob Walkenhorst, 7 p.m. Tomfooleries: 612 W. 47th St., 816-753-0555. The Mickey Finn Band, 9 p.m.

BLUES/FUNK/SOUL B.B.’s Lawnside BBQ: 1205 E. 85th St., 816-822-7427. Shinetop Jr. Jazz: 1823 W. 39th St., 816-531-5556. Mike Runyon and Doc Proctor. Knuckleheads Saloon: 2715 Rochester, 816-483-1456. Gospel Lounge with Carl Butler, 7:30 p.m. Trouser Mouse: 625 N.W. Mock Ave., Blue Springs, 816220-1222. The Bluz Benderz.

DJ Saints Pub + Patio: 9720 Quivira, Lenexa, 913-4923900. DJ Pure.

JAZZ The Bottleneck: 737 New Hampshire, Lawrence, 785841-5483. Barclay Martin Ensemble. Great Day Café: 7921 Santa Fe Dr., Overland Park, 913642-9090. Greg Tugman, 11 a.m. The Phoenix Jazz Club: 302 W. Eighth St., 816-2215299. A La Mode, 7 p.m.

DRUNKEN DISTR ACTIONS/COMEDY/ BAR GAMES Angels Rock Bar: 1323 Walnut, 816-896-3943. Wednesdays Reloaded: Service Industry Night. Beer Kitchen: 435 Westport Rd., 816-389-4180. Brodioke. The Cashew: 2000 Grand, 816-221-5858. KU watch party: KU at Texas Tech, 8 p.m. Danny’s Bar and Grill: 13350 College Blvd., Lenexa, 913345-9717. Trivia and karaoke with DJ Smooth, 8 p.m. Hamburger Mary’s: 101 Southwest Blvd., 816-842-1919. Charity Bingo with Valerie Versace, 8 p.m., $1 per game. Hurricane Allie’s Bar and Grill: 5541 Merriam Dr., Shawnee, 913-217-7665. Ultimate DJ Karaoke, 8:30 p.m. The Indie on Main: 1228 Main, 816-283-9900. Karaoke, 9:30 p.m. Jake’s Place Bar and Grill: 12001 Johnson Dr., MANY MORE Shawnee, 913-962-5253. Karaoke. Jerry’s Bait Shop: 302 S.W. Main, Lee’s Summit, 816-5251871. Club Jerry’s, reverse happy hour, 9 p.m.-12 a.m. ONLINE AT Missie B’s: 805 W. 39th St., PITCH.COM 816-561-0625. Dirty Dorothy on the main floor, 10 p.m. Nara: 1617 Main, 816-221-6272. Ladies’ Night. Outabounds Sports Bar & Grill: 3601 Broadway, 816214-8732. Karaoke with DJ Chad, 9 p.m. The Roxy: 7230 W. 75th St., Overland Park, 913-2366211. Karaoke. The Union of Westport: 421 Westport Rd. Pop Culture Trivia. Westport Flea Market: 817 Westport Rd., 816-9311986. Trivia, 8 p.m. Wilde’s Chateau 24: 2412 Iowa, Lawrence, 785-8561514. Pride Night, 8 p.m.

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EASY LISTENING Fuel: 7300 W. 119th St., Overland Park, 913-451-0444. Colby & Mole.

OPEN MIC/JAM SESSIONS Bleachers Bar & Grill: 210 S.W. Greenwich Dr., Lee’s Summit, 816-623-3410. Open Blues and Funk Jam with Syncopation, 7 p.m. The Hideout: 6948 N. Oak Tfwy., 816-468-0550. Open blues jam, 7 p.m. Jerry’s Bait Shop: 13412 Santa Fe Trail Dr., Lenexa, 913-894-9676. Jam Night, 9 p.m. Tonahill’s 3 of a Kind: 11703 E. 23rd St., Independence, 816-833-5021. Open Jam hosted by Crossthread, 7:30-11 p.m.

R O C K A B I L LY Aftershock Bar & Grill: 5240 Merriam Dr., Merriam, 913-384-5646. KC Jamboree with DJ Hepkat.

VARIET Y Czar: 1531 Grand, 816-221-2244. Indie Hit Makers, 6 p.m. Davey’s Uptown Ramblers Club: 3402 Main, 816-7531909. Amy Farrand’s Weirdo Wednesday Social Club, 7 p.m., no cover.

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Why do most people assume that all nonmonogamous relationships are destined to fail? If a three-way or an affair was a factor in a divorce or breakup, we hear all about it. But we rarely hear from happy couples who aren’t monogamous — they don’t want to be perceived as dangerous sex maniacs destined to divorce. BY To introduce the skeptics to some happily monogamish DAN couples, I invited coupled S AVA G E people who’d had successful flings, affairs, three-ways and swinging experiences to write in and share their stories. I’m turning over the rest of this week’s column to their stories. Dear Dan: My husband and I have issues like any couple, but I still smile when I see him walk into a room, and he still takes my hand when we’re walking down the street. For the past seven years, we’ve been “monogamish.” It started with a discussion: “If you ever cheat on me and it’s a one-time thing, I wouldn’t want to know.” Then when he turned 40, we had a threesome with a female friend. Our relationship is our first priority, but the possibility of a little strange now and then makes him feel like a stud. (And I reap the benefits!) I don’t care for sex without emotion and affection, so my flings have been limited. We haven’t told our families or more than a couple of friends. I don’t want to deal with the judgment of others. Dear Dan: For the first five years of my marriage, everything was great: lots of sex, both GGG, lots of love. Then my wife’s libido failed. After a year where we’d had sex twice, I reached out to someone else. I used Craigslist and was honest: I had no intention of leaving my wife and I was looking for someone in a situation like mine. It took months to find the right person, and we struck up a years-long affair. Then after nearly four years, my wife’s libido came back strong. To this day, she can’t explain why it left or why it came back. With the reason for my affair gone, I ended things with my fuck buddy. She understood; we went our separate ways. I had a four-year affair without getting caught because I never told anyone, I chose a partner who wanted what I wanted, we didn’t film ourselves, we used condoms, I kept my computer clear of any evidence, and we never called or texted each other. Dear Dan: My husband and I are monogamish but also legally married gays. We love each other, we support each other and we have amazing sex with each other — and the occasional cameo performer, who is always treated with respect. (We have a rule about not

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inviting someone into our bedroom whom we wouldn’t be friends with.) If a hetero couple down the street are swingers, it might raise eyebrows, but it won’t impact the legitimacy of mixed-gender marriage. But if Ed and Ted invite a third into their bedroom, it would prove that gays are destroying marriage/the country/the fabric of the universe. Even other gays get judgmental. So our monogamishness is on a need-to-know basis: just our sex-positive doctor and the occasional hot third. Dear Dan: I agree with you that we rarely hear about successful marriages that are open. How do I know? I just discovered that my parents are swingers, and they’ve been married 26 years! Dear Dan: My husband, almost 10 years older than I am, confessed a cuckold fetish to me shortly before our fifth anniversary. I said no, but a seed was planted: Whenever I developed a crush on another man, it occurred to me that I could sleep with him if I wanted. Five years later, my boyfriend of two years, who happens to be 10 years younger than I am, was a guest at our 10-year anniversary party. My boyfriend is a good-looking grad student who adores me and values my husband’s advice about his education and career plans. He treats my husband with the perfect blend of affection and contempt. (“Gratitude and attitude,” my boyfriend calls it.) I enjoy my boyfriend, but I love my husband more than ever. My husband is not allowed to have sex with other women (he doesn’t want to) or to have sex with me without my boyfriend’s permission (which he usually — though not always — gets). Our families would be appalled. We don’t live in a part of the country, or move in social circles, where we could be honest about this with anyone. Dear Dan: From the outside, my husband and I look like a vanilla married couple. But for nearly as long as we’ve been together (threeplus years), we’ve had a semiopen relationship. My husband is bi. He told me after a few months of dating. We worked out rules that were mutually agreeable. Now he can hook up safely with guys and come home to a loving wife with whom he can be completely honest. Dear Dan: I’m a happily married woman, and so is my girlfriend. We do this with our husbands’ blessings. (We even double-date sometimes!) Our parents, relatives, children, friends and co-workers know we’re close, but I don’t see the need to tell anyone the entire truth. I was on the fence about sending this e-mail. Then I thought if enough people send their stories, maybe one day we can go public and it won’t be a big fucking deal. That’d be awesome. Have a question for Dan Savage? E-mail him at mail@savagelove.net

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