Friday, October 31, 2008

Best Halloween costume ever

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Baby Mangino.

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Shiraz closes

Posted By on Fri, Oct 31, 2008 at 2:30 PM



Tomorrow night, Saturday, will be the final curtain for 14-year-old Shiraz, the cozy and cosmpolitan bistro at 320 Southwest Boulevard. After a long run, owners Ali and Stephanie Shirazi decided the time had come to sell the business.

"It was a combination of a lot of things," says Stephanie Shirazi. "The Power & Light District, the economy. And we got lucky -- we sold the building."

Shirazi won't tell me who bought the building, but apparently the space will continue to be used as a restaurant. The new owner bought all the kitchen equipment too.

It was a quick deal. The final papers, Shirazi says, will be signed on Tuesday. She's been a successful real estate agent for some time, but what will chef Ali Shirazi do after Tuesday?

"We have no plans," Stephanie says. "It all remains to be determined."

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Deadly Briefs: Halloweiner Spooktacular

Posted By on Fri, Oct 31, 2008 at 12:33 PM



Happy Halloween, y'all, 'tis the spooky season to be terrifyingly jolly, if you're into that kind of thing. I'm more of a "Fourth of July"-type guy, myself, what with my Uncle Sam beard and the soaring apple-pie spangled eagles tattooed upon my magnificent biceps, but hey, man, whatever "fries your burger," y'know? I think I'm going to hand out lit sparklers to the l'il ghouls and Spongebobs who knock on my door tonight, or — for safety — unlit sparklers and a pack of matches.

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Another Halloween treat: Scary movie meals

Posted By on Fri, Oct 31, 2008 at 11:44 AM



I'll never forget the terrifying moment in Whatever Happened To Baby Jane when Bette Davis, as the lunatic former child star Baby Jane Hudson, serves a dead rat -- under a silver salver, no less -- to her invalid sister Blanche, played by former Kansas City resident Joan Crawford. I had nightmares about this meal for days.

Movies have long used food as a horror device.

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Planned Parenthood throws anti-Palin party at Plaza

Posted By on Fri, Oct 31, 2008 at 11:28 AM



Planned Parenthood thinks nothing is scarier than John McCain and Sarah Palin haunting the White House. This afternoon at 4, Planned Parenthood advocates will let everyone on Plaza know just how frightening a McCain-Palin presidency would be for the pro-choice movement by throwing an anti-Palin themed party at the J.C. Nichols Fountain.

"While Sarah Palin was mayor of Wasilla, rape victims were forced to pay up to $1,200 for the emergency exams used to prosecute attackers," the release says. "Her positions are clear — and extreme. The last thing women — or the country — need is a president and vice president who are prepared to turn back the clock on women's rights and repeal the protections of Roe v. Wade."

Ralliers are encouraged to dress up as their favorite politician, but maybe you should leave the Phill Kline costume at home.

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I finally get my hands on some Saison-Brett

Posted By on Fri, Oct 31, 2008 at 10:25 AM



As the newest beer in Boulevard's Smokestack Series and the one named after the city's most iconic sports figure (sorry Len Dawson) Saison-Brett has high expectations on its shoulders. Of course, any beer that costs $12 and change for 25 ounces should have high expectations. But Saison-Brett has been declared by those in the know as Boulevard's best beer so I had really high expectations.

Since only 12,000 bottles are being made (about four bottles for every hit Brett had) and inventory seems to be off and on (it was delayed then it wasn't etc.), I picked up two bottles when my liquor-store guy called to say he had it in stock. I took one bottle all for my lonesome and I shared the other bottle with several co-workers.

Basically the response was the same across the board: "This is good! So it's the new Boulevard? It tastes very smooth. I could drink a couple of these. How much did it cost? Really? That much? Well, it's not very strong for that amount of money."

Basically the Saison-Brett is an excellent beer and a standout in the saison category. It pours in the glass like a very cloudy Boulevard Wheat and even though I was holding the glass down by my waist, the aroma was still strong and slightly yeasty.

As for taste, saisons in general are tough to describe. They taste one part pale ale and one part witbier. It's difficult for me to pin down one flavor that the Saison-Brett had because the beer subtly changes with every new sip. Even when I let it sit in the mouth for a couple seconds and actually tried to name one specific flavor I couldn't. This beer is like the greased pig of high-end beers: just when you think you've got it, it moves.

Beer connoisseurs and people who are really into flavor structure will definitely take to this beer. The casual drinker who is just looking for something to sip and to knock his socks off will be disappointed. To appreciate the flavors you have to pay constant attention to the beer and I even found conversation distracting.

Then there's the price. It costs about three or four dollars more than a regular Smokestack bottle, which puts it squarely in the luxury category and out of reach for the normal consumer. As one co-worker said to me, "I won't even pay $12 for a bottle of wine!" My co-worker may not be willing to pay but I bet there are a lot of people out there who are.

Finally, one of my favorite parts of this beer is its name. It got me thinking: What other beers deserve to be named Royals' players? A few of my choices below the jump.

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The Download: New A.C. Newman MP3

Posted By on Fri, Oct 31, 2008 at 10:13 AM



A.C. Newman isn’t wasting any time between New Pornographers albums. His second solo effort is slated for a January release. Download one of the tracks below (thank you, Stereogum), or get it as part of Matador’s Free Intended Play: Fall 2008, which also includes tracks from Belle & Sebastian’s upcoming BBC Sessions and a B-side from Pavement’s Brighten the Corners reissue.

MP3: A.C. Newman, “There are Maybe Ten or Twelve,” from Get Guilty (Matador)

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