Friday, December 30, 2011

Coda presents year-end singer-songwriter performance night Friday

Posted By on Fri, Dec 30, 2011 at 8:02 AM

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Do you fancy yourself a performer but haven’t actually performed yet? Downtown nightspot Coda may have a spot for you in 2012. Find out at tonight's singer-songwriter open-mic night. "This is a chance for artists to come let us hear what they have to offer, so we can know how if there's a spot for them in our showcases and scheduling,” says Clint Hoffmeier, co-owner of Coda. “It will be first-come, first-serve. The turnout [will determine] how long people will get to play, but I am guessing three or four songs per performer. I want to hear what you got and see if there is a place for you at Coda down the road.”

All types of performers are welcome, beginning at 9 p.m. There's no cover. Also: a perk for registering early — the first five people who sign up get their first drink free.

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New Year's Day: Wake up, eat up, sober up!

Start 2012 off fresh or at least with a lot of coffee.

Posted By on Fri, Dec 30, 2011 at 8:00 AM

Theres nothing like a hot blueberry pancake -- and a Ninja Sunrise -- to start the New Year at Succotash.
  • Angela Bond
  • There's nothing like a hot blueberry pancake — and a Ninja Sunrise — to start the New Year at Succotash.

New Year's Day doesn't have the crazy expectations that cling to the previous night: Excitement! Romance! Drunken brawls! Regrets! The only real requirement of New Year's Day is to eventually crawl out of bed and welcome 2012 with coffee and a piece of Nicorette gum (that is, if you want to try that resolution again). For most people, the day requires at least one solid meal. If you're still mildly intoxicated, the greasier the meal, the better. Here's some good news: The original Town Topic diner, the one at 2021 Broadway, will be open 24 hours on New Year's Eve and New Year's Day.

For more sophisticated tastes, theWestport Café (431 Westport Road, 816-756-2770) will serve New Year’s Day brunch from 10:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Aaron Confessori’s bistro recently introduced two new dishes to the brunch menu: crispy fried chicken served with French toast and a “Crepe Madame,” described as a sweet crepe topped with an egg, sunny side up, Gruyere cheese, creamy béchamel sauce and ham. The latter dish can also be served meatless. Traditional brunch cocktails like mimosas and bloody marys are served, but bar manager Joel Carron’s hangover remedy is spiced rum and orange juice.

Chef Justin Voldan will once again turn the 12 Baltimore lounge and dining room in the historic Hotel Phillips (106 East 12th Street, 816-221-7000) into a well-laden brunch extravaganza featuring a seafood station (scallops, shrimp, mussels, smoked salmon); a grill station offering beef bourguignon, lemon caper chicken, and grilled mahi mahi; a fondue station with assorted breads; an omelette station; salad station; and a table featuring this restaurant’s signature dishes, like whiskey-glazed ham, lobster macaroni and cheese, and banana bread French toast. The brunch is priced at $29, not including tax and gratuity.

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  • Start 2012 off fresh or at least with a lot of coffee.

Thursday, December 29, 2011

Punk Rock Karaoke is happening this Friday at the Replay

Posted By on Thu, Dec 29, 2011 at 12:41 PM

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  • SING!

You typically don’t come across many punk-rock anthems in karaoke books. Punk-rock fans who enjoy belting out mournful cries and rumbling growls in front of fellow punks have an outlet for their angst this weekend, though.

This Friday, Chicago Punk Rock Karaoke descends on the Replay. Arrive, sing and scream, and benefit Lawrence’s Social Service League.

We recently spoke with Belinda Peñaloza, Punk Rock Karaoke founder and crew member.

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Help Cowboy Indian Bear make Daytrotter's Listeners' Choice 2011 playlist

Posted By on Thu, Dec 29, 2011 at 12:35 PM

Not the real Cowboy Indian Bear, but you get it.
  • Not the real Cowboy Indian Bear, but you get it.

Hey! Remember Cowboy Indian Bear's Daytrotter Session? Good times and sweet tracks, right? Well, now you can help CIB win a slot on Daytrotter's Listeners' Choice 2011 playlist.

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Saveur's James Oseland believes KC will "have its moment in 2012"

Posted By on Thu, Dec 29, 2011 at 11:00 AM

Oseland has tapped KC for greatness next year.
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  • Oseland has tapped KC for greatness next year.
Get ready to hear Boston accents at the American and see Yankees caps at the bar in Julian — the word is out that Kansas City is the next dining city on the rise.

Saveur's editor-in-chief James Oseland (whom you likely know as a critic on Top Chef Masters) has loosened his bow tie and declared, in a piece today on MSNBC about the top food trends of 2012, that Kansas City will have "its moment in 2012."

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Around the stove: Pumpkin ravioli, Bluestem and Toddy Stout

Posted By on Thu, Dec 29, 2011 at 10:37 AM

The bigger the pumpkin? The more ravioli.
  • Karmic Kitchen
  • The bigger the pumpkin? The more ravioli.
We're living in the golden era of food photography and news — it's a righteous time to be a good eater. And beyond what's in this space, there has been an avalanche of crave-worthy posts the past week. A brief compendium of the top results is after the jump. Just make your lunch plans before you click through because you'll be hungry after this round of delicious procrastination.

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Who serves 'endless steaks' in Kansas City?

Posted By on Thu, Dec 29, 2011 at 9:58 AM

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I've heard of shrimp until you quit and never-ending pasta bowls, but endless steaks [seen above in @genericsoda's Tweet]? I'm guessing this is Fogo de Chao, but I've never quite heard its all-you-can-meat buffet described as "endless steaks." Does anybody have another idea about what restaurant might be helping perpetuate the cowtown myth of Kansas City, courtesy of a never-ending supply of beef?

The Filling Station has a secret breakfast dessert

Posted By on Thu, Dec 29, 2011 at 9:24 AM

Chocolate lovers, add this one to your list.
  • Chocolate lovers, add this one to your list.
The Filling Station is hiding dessert in plain sight every morning. This is no off-menu, special-password dessert. Instead, it's the chocolate muffin (a regular in the rotation) that is, in actuality, a moist, rich brownie with a smattering of powdered sugar on top.

But because it's labeled a muffin, you can simply pass it off as a regular breakfast option. "Honey, I was being healthy. I had a muffin this morning," you can say when you get home. But this is no regular muffin. It's a decadent brownie that would be comfortable in the case at Andre's or Dolce. Forget the box of sweets this Valentine's Day. Just seal the deal with a bag of these muffins.

Man gets reduced sentence for trading meth for sex with underage girl

Posted By on Thu, Dec 29, 2011 at 9:03 AM

Its not OK to trade sex for meth or salt.
  • It's not OK to trade sex for meth or salt.
A creep in Salina, Kansas, received a hell of a Christmas gift yesterday when his sentence for trading fake meth for sex with a 13-year-old girl was reduced from 15 years to 12. This sick tale dates to 2005 when Kendall T. Brown, 43, was indicted for telling middle school girls that he would give them meth for sex. The girls he approached then convinced another 13-year-old girl to have sex with Brown to complete the transaction.

The Salina Journal reports, "The girl recruited to have sex with Brown testified at his trial that she did not want to have sex with Brown but did it because she feared her classmates." And the story gets worse. After the girl was coerced into having sex with Brown, he gave the girls a baggie of salt rather than meth.

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Wednesday, December 28, 2011

The year in nightlife, restrooms, restaurants, and murder, in this week's Pitch

Posted By on Wed, Dec 28, 2011 at 12:28 PM

In this week's Pitch: surveying changes in the bar and club scene, remembering departed restaurants, cruising nasty restrooms, and chalking up the murder rate. And the Forecast. And some New Year's Eve ideas. See y'all in 2012.

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