Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Tedeschi Trucks Band at Crossroads KC Thursday night

Posted By on Wed, Aug 31, 2011 at 6:45 AM

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Tedeschi Trucks Band is really, really big. Like 11 members big, including husband and wife Derek Trucks (slide guitar) and Susan Tedeschi (guitar, vocals). The band is touring in celebration of its first album, Revelator, and stops by Crossroads KC on Thursday night with Trampled Under Foot and Scrapomatic.

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Air cargo expert says St. Louis wants a $360 million 'ransom'

Posted By on Wed, Aug 31, 2011 at 6:00 AM

Michael Webber thinks St. Louis is delusional.
  • Michael Webber thinks St. Louis is delusional.
Business and political leaders in Missouri want Lambert-St. Louis International Airport to become a major receptacle for stuff made in China. State lawmakers are considering an incentive package worth $360 million in an effort to remake Lambert into an international trade hub.

The St. Louis Regional Chamber & Growth Association says Aerotropolis, as it’s being called, will generate thousands of new jobs and billions of dollars in new economic activity. The skeptics include the liberal Missouri Budget Project, the libertarian Show-Me Institute, and a guy who co-wrote a recent book with the very title Aerotropolis. “Calling some cargo flights and warehouses an aerotropolis doesn’t make it one,” Greg Lindsay, the author and Fast Company writer, said in a tweet in July.

One of the fiercest opponents of Aerotropolis lives in Prairie Village. Michael Webber, an air cargo consultant and self-described “insurgent,” spent a portion of his summer pelting the media with criticism of the project, which he has described as a “boondoggle” and a “white elephant.”

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Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Local chefs mix it up ... with sweet peaches and hot peppers

Posted By on Tue, Aug 30, 2011 at 3:23 PM

Ambitious chef Tate Roberts didnt prepare one dish for last weeks competition, he made three.
  • Ambitious chef Tate Roberts didn't prepare one dish for last week's competition; he made three.

Hatch green chile peppers are no ordinary peppers. Named for the New Mexico town, Hatch, where most of these distinctive peppers are grown, the chiles are harvested in late August and September. (Hatch has declared itself, modestly, to be the Chile Capital of the World; the city's annual Chile Festival is this weekend, if you're traveling in that direction.)

Last Saturday, at the Hen House Market at Interstate 29 and 64th Street, I watched a customer wheeling a cart piled with six big crates of the peppers. He says he roasts them and freezes them so he can use them all year. Saturday was the first Hen House "Peach and Pepper Throwdown" featuring Hatch peppers and Missouri-grown Bader peaches. There was even a representative from Hatch, New Mexico, to give a little lecture on that city's best-known export.

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LeRoi Johnson, king of reviewers, rides into the sunset

Posted By on Tue, Aug 30, 2011 at 1:19 PM

Pitch pioneer LeRoi Johnson in his PennyLane days.
  • Pitch pioneer LeRoi Johnson in his PennyLane days.

LeRoi Johnson, whose two-fisted record reviews and thoroughgoing curiosity helped define The Pitch in its first decade, has died. He was 57 and in recent years had suffered congestive heart failure, diabetes and kidney disease.

Last year, to help this paper mark its 30th anniversary, I called Johnson to talk about his days in KC record stores and alt-weekly publishing. He was gracious and funny, and his recollections and opinions — given more airing than a conversation limited by my deadline and his health allowed — could have, and should have, filled a book.

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Stats guys don't know what to make of 2011 Chiefs

Posted By on Tue, Aug 30, 2011 at 1:00 PM

Chiefs perplex big computer.
  • Chiefs perplex big computer.
Football Outsiders takes an objective look at the NFL. The analysts who contribute to the website and yearly almanac break down every single play of the season in an attempt to understand offensive players' true value. It's the Bill James Baseball Abstract in thigh pads.

Smart guys that they are, the Outsiders are unsure of what to make of the 2011 Chiefs. When the analysts fed Kansas City's numbers into the STRAM 6000*, the computer began to smoke and wheeze. This is from the 2011 almanac:

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The Low Anthem rises and Balmorhea swells, last night at RecordBar

Posted By on Tue, Aug 30, 2011 at 11:13 AM

The Low Anthem
  • The Low Anthem
Last night, the Low Anthem’s Ben Knox Miller made an announcement: It was the late Charlie Parker's birthday (he would have been 91), and so the show would be played in Bird’s honor. We all gave this sober nod, recognizing his nice first-time-in-Kansas City gesture. But as the Low Anthem performed, the nice gesture became an act of real reverence — the kind only good priests and ministers usually perform.

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Dennis White from Rock Paper Scissors on the band's monthly gig at RecordBar

Posted By on Tue, Aug 30, 2011 at 10:40 AM

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Every last Tuesday of the month at RecordBar, Rock Paper Scissors bends and twists rock favorites into acoustic pieces. The members' voices and a single violin meld together, creating warm harmonies and melodies. The three-piece group has performed together and separately around the Kansas City area since the band's formation five years ago. We recently checked in with member Dennis White about the band, which plays tonight at RecordBar.

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The chefs are coming with books and stories in hand this fall

Posted By on Tue, Aug 30, 2011 at 10:30 AM

Bobby Flay is part of a pack of celebrity chefs coming to KC.
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  • Bobby Flay is part of a pack of celebrity chefs coming to KC.
Perhaps they can just sense a burgeoning food culture or the presence of a collection of kitchen citizens hungry for more than tips doled out 30 minutes at a time.

Whatever is in the air, just about every big-name chef is set to visit Kansas City in the next three months as part of an avalanche of new cookbooks and food personality tours. And whether you're the one responsible for dinner nightly or simply setting the DVR to record a nightly reality cooking show, odds are that you're going to want tickets to see some of the celebrity chefs coming to town.

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Another allegation surfaces of abuse at Republic School District

Posted By on Tue, Aug 30, 2011 at 10:30 AM

Home of very troubling allegations.
  • Home of very troubling allegations.
What the hell, Republic School District? What the hell? Weeks ago, the district was outed for banning books principally because some guy who doesn't have kids in the district complained about them. Then last week, news broke that a former Republic School District special-ed student and her family are suing the district because the student was allegedly raped and sexually harassed by another student, then forced to write a letter of apology to the boy. How, oh, how, will the district follow that up?

With allegations that a special-needs 9-year-old student was hit by his teacher, that's how. KSPR-TV out of Springfield reports that the teacher assaulted the boy before taking him to get help. From the station:

"He told her [it's unclear from the story who this is] that the teacher hit him in the head with a taco. He said she had to take the lettuce out of his ear before they went to the school nurse," his grandmother said.

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You don't have to play hard to get, In-N-Out

Posted By on Tue, Aug 30, 2011 at 9:35 AM

Just get the lights on, well do the rest.
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  • Just get the lights on, we'll do the rest.
I don't know if you're worried about being rejected. Or if you've been burnt by a bad municipality in the past. But the truth is, In-N-Out, you don't have to play hard to get with Kansas City.

I get that you don't want to come right out and say you're moving here. That's probably why Jeff Russell, your real-estate manager, told the Fort Worth Star-Telegram that a potential regional distribution center "would support expansion into Texas and possibly into neighboring states."

But we're about as easy a burger-eating town as you're going to find. We don't want frills. We don't want gimmicks. We just want a proper burger, the way you've been making them for more than 60 years.

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