Monday, January 31, 2011

The beatnik goes on at the Great Day Cafe

Posted By on Mon, Jan 31, 2011 at 11:32 AM

The Great Day Cafe uses Italian bread -- and egg custard -- for its French toast.
  • The Great Day Cafe uses Italian bread -- and egg custard -- for its French toast.


When Greg Tugman was downsized from his job at the Lawrence-based document-scanning company Vangent last year, his wife, Sandy, saw the writing on the wall. Her teaching job at Baker University wasn't all that stable, either. And then Greg couldn't find another corporate job.

"So I told Greg that it was time to open our cafe. It had been a dream of ours for years," Sandy Tugman says.

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Minden, Mr. History and Soft Reeds showcase local sound at Crosstown Station

Posted By on Mon, Jan 31, 2011 at 11:13 AM

Minden
  • Minden

Fresh off the success of the Sonic Spectrum David Bowie tribute show, local indie rockers Soft Reeds headlined their own local showcase to a packed house Saturday night at Crosstown Station. Also on the bill were rock outfit Mr. History and Minden, the much-anticipated new project from former Kelpie frontman Casey Burge.

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School bus slides off road, hits pole and then gets hit by fire truck

Posted By on Mon, Jan 31, 2011 at 11:00 AM

Yes, the snowpocalypse is upon us.
  • Yes, the snowpocalypse is upon us.

Just how bad are the roads? How about bad enough for a school bus to slide off the road and hit a utility pole at 107th and Bales? And how about a firetruck responding to the scene crashing into the bus? Yeah, it's that bad, according to KMBC.

Two students reportedly suffered minor injuries from the first crash, according to KMBC. However, KSHB cited school officials at Warford Elementary School in the Hickman Mills

School District who said there were no injuries. KSHB has a crew on the way to the scene. Let's hope they don't join the pileup.

Tony DiPardo, longtime Chiefs bandleader, has died at age 98

Posted By on Mon, Jan 31, 2011 at 10:58 AM

Tony DiPardo has died at age 98.
  • Tony DiPardo has died at age 98.

UPDATE: The public visitation for longtime Kansas City Chiefs bandleader Tony DiPardo is scheduled for Tuesday, February 1, from noon to 9 p.m. in the Chicago Ballroom of the Hyatt Regency Hotel (2345 McGee in Kansas City, Mo.).

Original Story (January 27):
Longtime Kansas City Chiefs bandleader Tony DiPardo has died, his family told Fox 4.

"Our grandpa passed away this morning at St. Luke's," DiPardo's family said in a statement posted by Fox 4.

"It was very peaceful, surrounded by family and friends. He was a wonderful man, a great grandfather, great husband, great father and he will be missed by all."

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Ron de Jeremy rum is an alcoholic ode to the adult film star

Posted By on Mon, Jan 31, 2011 at 10:00 AM

Ron de Jeremy rum is sophisticated?
  • Ron de Jeremy rum is sophisticated?

Adult-film star Ron Jeremy continues to dabble in food and drink. Fresh off a controversial porn shoot in a Los Angeles food truck, Jeremy will apparently be the face of a new spirit -- Ron de Jeremy Rum [h/t Uncrate]. While it's not yet on Web store shelves, the "adult rum" from Panama appears to be a very real product.

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Man shot in home invasion Sunday morning; gun reportedly held to child's head

Posted By on Mon, Jan 31, 2011 at 10:00 AM

Terrifying story on the East Side.
  • Terrifying story on the East Side.

A Kansas City man is in critical condition after being shot at least twice during a home invasion early Sunday morning. KCTV5 reported that the man "was trying to protect his family and home" at East 86th Street and Winchester Avenue.

The man was reportedly shot at least twice during a struggle with an intruder. It's a scary story that only gets more disturbing when you find out that there were several children in the home, and a gun was reportedly held to the head of one child.

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Rex Hobart and the Misery Boys and the Hearts of Darkness team up at Davey's

Posted By on Mon, Jan 31, 2011 at 9:42 AM

The Hearts of Darkness was only half the fun.
  • The Hearts of Darkness was only half the fun.


"Let's hear it for Davey's Uptown," said Rex Hobart, to a rowdy crowd raising plastic cups of whiskey toward the stage of the midtown dive bar. "What the hell are you guys doing here?"

It was a good question. Despite the fact that Davey's showroom is a bit of a cave, a brief glance at the crowd made it clear that it was difficult to think of another opportunity for this assortment of people to be in one bar. A grizzled guy and his wife clapped and swing-danced near an amp; a bespectacled hipster couple in plaid traded whispered jokes; a dude in an embroidered cowboy hat clinked glasses with a guy in a button-up shirt and a fleece vest. But that's the power of the Hearts of Darkness and Rex Hobart and the Misery Boys, who teamed up for one night of powerhouse live local music in Kansas City on Saturday night.

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CSA options abound for those looking for local produce, eggs and meat

Posted By on Mon, Jan 31, 2011 at 9:15 AM

Community-supported agriculture programs might be the only way to get your daily recommended fruits and vegetables.
  • Community-supported agriculture programs might be the only way to get your daily recommended fruits and vegetables.

It's a good time to be in the market for local produce, eggs and meat. A number of area community-supported agriculture programs are now taking deposits for the upcoming season. With a CSA, you pay a fee for a portion of the harvest on a given farm or collective of farms. Some require members to work a few hours on the farm or even pick the produce themselves, but many are simply subscription services that have a weekly pickup or delivery of goods.

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Slideshow: Air Guitar Championships at the Uptown

Posted By on Mon, Jan 31, 2011 at 9:09 AM

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Local Air Guitar Championships are always a good way to score a little joy at your fellow music nerds' expense. Folks brought the rock (and the absurd antics) to some beloved tracks this weekend.

Check out a slideshow after the jump.

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Maps for Travelers' video for 'Static' is covered in red tape (and red bras)

Posted By on Mon, Jan 31, 2011 at 9:08 AM

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Aren't We Clever has cooked up a pretty sexy new video for Maps for Travelers' new single, "Static." Red bras -- and panties! -- are flashed, someone gets tied to a bed, and the band drops a seriously sensual saxophone riff into the song's bridge.

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