Wednesday, May 30, 2012

New Belgium's Clips of Faith is tomorrow

Posted By on Wed, May 30, 2012 at 10:00 AM

Clips of Faith is back.
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  • Clips of Faith is back.
We love it when drinking beer means supporting a good cause. New Belgium brings its annual nonprofit Clips of Faith film-and-beer show to Theis Park (48th Street and Rockhill Road) at 7 p.m., with all proceeds benefiting BikeWalkKC.

The event features short films made by New Belgium fans, as well as 16 varieties of brew (Tart Lychee, Cocoa Mole Ale, among them) from the Fort Collins, Colorado, brewery (available in 3- or 16-ounce pours). Look for games, contests, soft drinks and food from the Farmhouse and All-Star Pizza & Pub. It's bring-your-own chair, and dogs are welcome. Admission is free, and the beer bar is cash-only.

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Listen Before the Show: Ringworm

Posted By on Wed, May 30, 2012 at 9:23 AM

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Cleveland's Ringworm is taking a brief jaunt down to Texas for the annual Chaos In Tejas festival in Austin, and Kansas City is lucky enough to get one of the dates on the way. The metallic hardcore sextet plays the Sidecar at the Beaumont this Thursday, May 31, with Everything Went Black, Renouncer, and At Your Throat. If you're coming after the Danzig show at the Uptown, it's only $5 with your ticket stub. Take a listen to the title track to the band's 2001 Victory Records debut, Birth Is Pain, below.

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Downtown farmers market kicks off its season Thursday

Posted By on Wed, May 30, 2012 at 9:00 AM

Vegetables will be back this week at Ilus Davis Park.
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  • Vegetables will be back this week at Ilus Davis Park.
Downtown office workers will have another option besides the City Market this summer for fresh produce as the Downtown Farmers Market kicks off on Thursday at 11 a.m. Vendors will be set up in Ilus Davis Park at 11th Street and Oak. The first day of the market features a cooking demonstration, gardening tips, a 15-minute wellness walk and brief remarks from Mayor Pro Tem Cindy Circo.

"The City is trying to lead by example to bring fresh fruits and vegetables to our employees and the surrounding downtown community," Circo said in a release. "Having access to fresh fruits and vegetables, as well as exercise, are keys to a healthy lifestyle. It improves your physical and mental health."

The Downtown Farmers Market will run from 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Thursdays through mid-October. The market opening is weather-dependent. If it's raining, the kickoff will be pushed back to Thursday, June 7, at 11 a.m.

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The summer is loaded with food and drink festivals. Here's where to go.

Posted By on Wed, May 30, 2012 at 8:00 AM

The grill is always a little fuller during the summer months.
  • The grill is always a little fuller during the summer months.
The joy of summer is not slimming down to fit into a swimsuit or picking at a salad of baby greens. This is about putting on your winter weight with glorious bites of barbecue and deep gulps of wine. There's no shortage of folks in the heartland who want to feed you - or ply you with beer, wine and spirits. Here is a list of food and drink festivals that will keep your belly full and your fork hand busy.

Behind every great meal is often a family tradition. And there's a host of tradition at the 51st annual Greek Festival held by St. Dionysios Greek Orthodox Church (8100 West 95th Street, Overland Park) Friday, June 8, through Sunday, June 10. Fill up on souvlaki, gyro plates, spanakopita and baklava while traditional Greek dancers take the stage. Or walk through the Plaka, a re-creation of an Anthenian marketplace, with clothing, jewelry and ephemera for sale. The festival runs 5 - 10 p.m. Friday, 11 a.m. - 10 p.m. Saturday and 11 a.m. - 8 p.m. Sunday.

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Kansas City is Travel + Leisure's 10th worst-dressed city in the nation

Posted By on Wed, May 30, 2012 at 8:00 AM

This would be high fashion in KC.
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  • This would be high fashion in KC.
It's always casual Friday in Kansas City, at least according to Travel + Leisure. The former print home of jet-setters, now generator of lists that includes Kansas City, has determined that this city is the 10th worst-dressed city in the country. Let's adjust our sweatpants and smooth out the pleats on our mom jeans and get into this one.

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Corporate FM needs a lot of money

Posted By on Wed, May 30, 2012 at 7:31 AM

We're not usually all that jazzed about Kickstarter projects here. If we posted each and every one that came about locally, we'd probably end up doing nothing else. However, Corporate FM, the film from director Kevin McKinney, has been getting absolutely rave reviews across the board. Corporate FM is the story of "local radio disappeared from communities across the U.S. following the Telecommunications Act of 1996," told via the prism of Lawrence radio station the Lazer. The film's Kickstarter is sadly underfunded, however, and needs to raise over $20,000 by 9 p.m. Saturday, June 2. Throw 'em a few bucks, would you?

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Hacking It: Michael Gelphman assembles an app-building crew this weekend.

Michael Gelphman has organized a serious weekend of app-building.

Posted By on Wed, May 30, 2012 at 7:00 AM

Michael Gelphman is connecting Kansas Citys IT community.

Michael Gelphman found a way out. After 12 years of working in IT, for companies such as Embarq and H&R Block, the 35-year-old took the leap in February and devoted himself full time to his passion.

Gelphman is the founder of Kansas City IT Professionals, a grassroots networking group. He started it on LinkedIn in 2008, after reading a blog on career building.

"I didn't see anything on LinkedIn about IT in Kansas City," he says. "We got to 500 or 600 members, and I realized we might be on to something."

He's putting his hard work on display this weekend with Hack the Midwest, a two-day Hackathon (June 2 and 3). Gelphman expects 70 to 100 developers and designers from all over the Midwest - Kansas City, St. Louis, Omaha, Des Moines - to show up and build apps from scratch at the Heartland Golf Club (8200 Hillcrest Road, 816-523-8601).

"When you get people like that in a room and working together and you get this energy, you don't know what will come out of it," he says. "I'm hoping to see something awesome."

The Hackathon starts Saturday at 9 a.m. and wraps up Sunday at 11 a.m., with contest winners announced at 3 that afternoon. The all-star judging panel includes OpenAir Equity Partners' Thad Langford, AgLocal founder Naithan Jones, outgoing Kauffman Foundation Manager of Entrepreneurship Nick Seguin and others. (Register at hackthemidwest.com.)

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  • Michael Gelphman has organized a serious weekend of app-building.

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The Pitch Questionnaire with LEGOLAND Master Builder Jeremiah Boehr

LEGOLAND Master Builder Jeremiah Boehr talks about his new hometown.

Posted By on Wed, May 30, 2012 at 6:00 AM

Jeremiah Boehr, Master model builder, LEGOLAND Discovery Center, Kansas City

Name: Jeremiah Boehr

Occupation: Master model builder, LEGOLAND Discovery Center, Kansas City

Hometown: Omaha, Nebraska

Current neighborhood: North Plaza

Who or what is your sidekick? My Brick Separator and iPhone

What career would you choose in an alternate reality? A Starship captain

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  • LEGOLAND Master Builder Jeremiah Boehr talks about his new hometown.

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Tuesday, May 29, 2012

The tapas festival requires a passport, but no forms, no photo

Posted By on Tue, May 29, 2012 at 2:45 PM

One of the featured tapa choices at Tapasfest will be the JB Ceviche from Paleo Grill @ House Opera
  • One of the featured tapa choices at TapasFest will be the JB Ceviche from Paleo Grill @ House Opera

Maria A. Perez-Andujar was missing tapas. The native of Spain was pleased that more and more local restaurants were adding small plates to their menus (including chef Martin Hueser's new German restaurant, Affare, which is all small plates), but often as options on the appetizer list. A tapa, Perez-Andujar says, is not a starter. The word actually translates as "lid or cover," referring to the Spanish tradition of offering a slice of cheese or ham to cover the top of a wineglass. To keep out flies? Who knows, it's now a tradition of long standing.

Perez-Andujar will be flipping the lid off Kansas City's perception of the tapa experience when she introduces a new culinary festival to the city: TapasFest.

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The Donkeys, with Advance Base and O Giant Man — tonight at RecordBar

Posted By on Tue, May 29, 2012 at 1:11 PM

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Everybody's got a dark-horse band they firmly believe should be way more popular, and one of mine is the Donkeys, a San Diego act making some of the most likable folk rock I'm aware of currently. The band draws on American Beauty-era Grateful Dead and goes heavy on the Laurel Canyon beach-bum vibes - it's all very mellow and beautiful and California, like a Toastered-out Instagram photo. See 'em tonight (Tuesday) at RecordBar. O Giant Man and Advance Base open.

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