Thursday, June 28, 2007

Wednesday, June 27, 2007

Crankytown

Posted By on Wed, Jun 27, 2007 at 2:18 PM

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Did anyone else see a connection between these two seemingly unrelated stories – from far opposite ends of town – in this morning’s Star?

The first was this one, about how the grand opening for downtown’s prefab new Power & Light District has been moved back to next spring. Developers blamed the city for not transferring land quickly enough to keep the development on time, while Mayor Mark Funkhouser and City Manager Wayne Cauthen sent letters to the tenants they’d already booked, begging them to open earlier. In any event, here’s the point: “Long-term plans for the district call for 450,000 square feet of bars, restaurants, entertainment venues and specialty retail that would bring sizzle back downtown. Blake Cordish, the official in charge, promised a grand opening this fall when his company took over construction of the public-private venture last July.”

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Sprint-Nextel: Edgy like Mama's Family

Posted By on Wed, Jun 27, 2007 at 11:26 AM

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The marketing team for Overland Park-based Sprint has a whole new attitude! By which I mean that they’re executing a carefully planned new digital consumer outreach strategy that somehow combines the Bratz-style bitchiness of Gawker.com with those toothless Coca-Cola slide shows that run before movies start (“Unscramble ARPIS HILTON! Name the movie in which Michael Keaton says, 'I’m Batman!'”)

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Tuesday, June 26, 2007

New Ssion Video

Posted By on Tue, Jun 26, 2007 at 1:12 PM

The Ssion's* new video, for the song "ASAP," is a study in kitsch, weirdness, pop homoerotica, sports, disco violence, and the art of busting a move, and we at the Wayward Blog are pleased to present it for your viewing entertainment.

Jaimie Warren's dance solo at 4:13 will set your face on fire.

The Ssion on MySpace: www.myspace.com/ssion

The Ssion in our archives: go history

*Informed Kansas Citians already know that "Ssion" is pronounced like the second syllable in "passion."

Monday, June 25, 2007

Feats of Nuptials

Posted By on Mon, Jun 25, 2007 at 7:56 PM

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Last Saturday night, Julianne Donovan and Nathan Wyman got married. Since both are creative, crafty types, I knew that their wedding would be pretty spectacular, and my suspicions were confirmed when I got the invitation. It encouraged guests to wear costumes and comfortable shoes for the after-ceremony parade, and it also included two tickets to the debut performance of Love Shall Endure, the play that they wrote and directed.

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Concert Review: Menomena

Posted By on Mon, Jun 25, 2007 at 3:08 PM

Menomena. Friday, June 22, at the Bottleneck

By Richard Gintowt

It's been awhile since I got really excited about a show. Maybe it's just bad luck, but most of the bands I've been digging lately -- Field Music, Crystal Skulls, Chromeo, Mice Parade, Rotary Downs, Voxtrot -- haven't ventured anywhere near the area. That's not to slight the fine folks bringing shows to Kansas City and Lawrence, but more and more it seems exceptional when I get amped up for a national act like Menomona.

Needless to say, I had high expectations for the Seattle band's show at the Bottleneck on Friday night. I've been digging the band's latest LP Friend and Foe, which reminds me of what Captain Beefheart would sound like if I actually liked Captain Beefheart. I was eager to see how the band's many nuances would translate live, and the multi-tasking trio proved to be up to the challenge.

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Menomena wouldn't refuse a doggy a sandwich, nor Lawrence a good show. Photo by Pavlina.

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Follow the Mermaid

Posted By on Mon, Jun 25, 2007 at 6:06 AM

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Starbucks heard the “predator” taunts when it plopped a new store next to the Broadway Café in 1998. But the onslaught of green-aproned baristas hasn’t been all bad for independents. By ritualizing the consumption of fancy coffee drinks, Starbucks has made caffeine peddling an attractive business. As Starbucks boss Howard Schultz said on 60 Minutes, “[W]e created an industry that did not exist ... ”

A few places around town seem to support Schultz’s theory.

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Saturday, June 23, 2007

Where You At, Master Shake?

Posted By on Sat, Jun 23, 2007 at 8:01 AM

Yes, the episode is old – it first aired December 11, 2005. But a few nights ago, I caught the Aqua Teen Hunger Force spoof of Sprint’s Boost Mobile youth brand of cell phones. For those with lives, jobs and ambition, Aqua Teen Hunger Force is a late-night cartoon about the misadventures of a floating box of French fries (Frylock), a rolling ball of meat (Meatwad) and a shit-talking milk shake (Master Shake).

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Friday, June 22, 2007

Counting by Couliers: Your Bullwinkle-Voiced Guide to a Coulier Weekend

Posted By on Fri, Jun 22, 2007 at 2:35 PM

FRIDAY

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Giant celebrity funnyman and Bullwinkle impersonator Dave Coulier (pictured) performs his inimitable brand of Bullwinkle-imitation-based comedy tonight at Stanford and Son's (1867 Village West Parkway, Kansas City, Kansas) and will be, perhaps, the only man in the city limits who has been seen on television somewhere in the world every single day since, like, 1987. Go experience the cognitive dissonance that can come only from seeing in person a man doing a Bullwinkle impression who, previously, you had seen doing a Bullwinkle impression only on TV. Coulier takes the stage at 7:30 p.m.

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