Tuesday, October 30, 2012

The Broadway Extension is back up and running Wednesday

Posted By on Tue, Oct 30, 2012 at 9:33 AM

Northland drivers get a treat on Halloween.
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  • Northland drivers get a treat on Halloween.
Drivers will breathe a little easier Wednesday morning when the Broadway Extension reopens at 5 a.m. The extension, which carries 35,000 vehicles daily, has been shuttered since July 14.

The Missouri Department of Transportation closed the roadway north of the Wheeler Downtown Airport in order to replace sections of the retaining wall next to the northbound lanes of U.S. 169. Engineers had opted to shut down the lanes because the proximity of rail lines and the Missouri River left no room for the staging of construction equipment. Rusted corrugated steel installed in the 1960s' was replaced with concrete. MoDOT's contractor, Pyramid Construction Co., also improved drainage and performed remediation work on both the north- and southbound lanes. The $13.6 million project finished ahead of the December 16 targeted completion date. The southbound lanes will open first.

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Tonight! David Sedaris at the Kauffman Center

Posted By on Tue, Oct 30, 2012 at 9:29 AM

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Mike Daisey's This American Life segment "Mr. Daisey and the Apple Factory" torpedoed the radio show's credibility for a time earlier this year, but it's fair to remember that one of the program's favorite voices has always been best when the stories are wholly unverifiable. "David Sedaris has never been presented as a journalist," Alicia Shepard, former NPR ombudsman, once reminded The Washington Post. "He's a storyteller. It's acknowledged that he's making things up." And for his appearance at the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts (1601 Broadway, 816-994-7200) tonight, Tuesday, October 30, Sedaris has made up new stories. He locally debuts the fresh material — possibly some from his book Let's Explore Diabetes With Owls, set for release next spring — at 7:30 p.m. For tickets ($43—$52), see kauffmancenter.org or call 816-994-7222.

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Toby Keith's I Love This Bar & Grill coming to Mission

Posted By on Tue, Oct 30, 2012 at 8:32 AM

In case you were confused, this bar is in America.
  • Toby Keith's I Love This Bar & Grill
  • In case you were confused, this bar is in America.
Sometimes a man just needs a place to kick up his cowboy boots, rest his cowboy hat on the bar and wrap his hands around a cold red Solo cup of yellow beer. That place is Toby Keith's I Love This Bar & Grill, which, as the Kansas City Business Journal reported yesterday, is headed for the Mission Gateway development.

The 15,000-square-foot restaurant (named for Keith's 2003 hit) will be the 16th of the singer's branded bars in the United States. The overall decor is somewhere between a country western bar (hosting national and local country acts) and a neon salute to the Mall of America. The prime rib is served by the ounce (you've got to be able to eat at least 8 oz. to step up to the plate), the fries are freedom fries, the corn is creamed and the salmon is smoked (for those cowboys sitting a little low in the saddle). Who's ready to line dance?

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Madonna is in Kansas City right now, you guys!

Posted By on Tue, Oct 30, 2012 at 8:25 AM

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The latest Madonna album, released back in March, is called MDNA. There are, by my count, three interpretations of this title. One is that it's just Madonna's name without the vowels. Another is that it represents the core essence, or DNA, of Madonna (represented here by the letter M). The third is that it's a mischievous twist on MDMA, the chemical name for Ecstasy. I'd buy any and all of these, but I wouldn't buy the album based on its singles. Despite two hot guests (Nicki Minaj and M.I.A.), a reasonably catchy chorus, and a video showcasing Madonna's still-amazing body, "Give Me All Your Luvin' " can't obscure the fact that it's the work of a 54-year-old woman trying to horn in on the market share of pop stars half her age. And good luck finding a memory eraser after listening to "I Don't Give A," which contains, in addition to a shudderingly tasteless dubstep wobble, the lyric Working out, shake my ass, I know how to multitask/Connecting to the Wi-Fi, went from nerd to superb. The most materialistic of girls is at the Sprint Center tonight, Tuesday, October 30. You know you want to get involved. Why pretend like you don't?

Titus Andronicus gets down with local business, shares lots of videos

Posted By on Tue, Oct 30, 2012 at 7:12 AM

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We noted a few weeks ago that Titus Andronicus will be making the trek to Lawrence this November. The beery New Jersey rock crew is at the Jackpot on November 20. Ceremony supports. Consider it a pre-Thanksgiving treat. Watch the band perform two songs ("Food Fight" and "My Eating Disorder") at a pizzeria in Brooklyn after the jump:

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Monday, October 29, 2012

Steve Fitzgerald, Kansas 5th District hopeful, jokes about domestic violence

Posted By on Mon, Oct 29, 2012 at 4:52 PM

Here's your tone-deaf candidate of the week: Steve Fitzgerald.

Fitzgerald is the Republican running against incumbent Kansas state Sen. Kelly Kultala. On Friday, October 26, he took part in a candidate forum in Leavenworth, put together and moderated by Ernest Evans, a political science professor at Kansas City, Kansas, Community College. At the end of Fitzgerald's remarks, the candidate asked the audience if there was anything else they wanted to ask him.

"When did you stop beating your wife?" Evans asked, off-camera.

"Who said I stopped?" Fitzgerald replied. Some members of the crowd laughed and applauded as Fitzgerald then left the podium.

"Forum went well," Evans told us Monday in an e-mail confirming that his was the joking voice. "Both Fitzgerald and Kultala on their good behavior!"

But neither man looks good coming out of this one. Evans made a bad joke that leaves us longing for the quiet reserve of Jim Lehrer. And Fitzgerald took the bait on a textbook loaded question, with a response that — especially in this election season's "legitimate rape" climate — wasn't just unfunny but offensive.

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A legendary restaurateur: Victor Fontana (1939-2012)

A look back at the life of Victor Fontana.

Posted By on Mon, Oct 29, 2012 at 4:43 PM

In 2007, bartender Nick Haug poured drinks for Victor Fontana at the downtown nightspot called Seven.
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  • In 2007, bartender Nick Haug poured drinks for Victor Fontana at the downtown nightspot called Seven.

It's not too late to raise a toast to the memory of a great restaurant owner: Victor Fontana. But nothing too fancy.

"Victor wasn't a big drinker," says restaurant veteran Laser Avery, who worked for Fontana, on and off, for over three decades. "But if he did have a drink, it was a scotch and water."

Avery is one of the many, many men and women in Kansas City's restaurant community who got their start working for Fontana, who died last Friday at age 73 after a long and difficult illness. "But he never complained," says restaurateur Michael Garozzo, who began his Kansas City career working for Fontana in the 1970s. "He kept his sense of humor to the end."

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Kansas City Chiefs fans deserve a vacation from this team

Posted By on Mon, Oct 29, 2012 at 11:00 AM

Its time to pretend this was a seven game season.
  • It's time to pretend this was a seven game season.
Sunday has become a day for laundry. A day for pumpkin patches. A day for tending the yard. Sunday is no longer reserved for watching the Kansas City Chiefs. That's what the Chiefs told us in their 26-16 loss to the Oakland Raiders at Arrowhead yesterday.

The Chiefs are ceding that day to you. Their next two games are on a Thursday and a Monday. So use this moment as a clean break. Take them off the calendar and instead start circling some other dates. Missouri fans can circle Saturday, with the Tigers finally getting a win in the SEC. Kansas State fans can circle the same day as the start of a potential path toward the national championship game. And Sporting KC fans know that the team's playoff run begins Sunday, November 4.

There are channels just waiting to be clicked and games where you can once again have a real rooting interest. The Chiefs don't deserve your anger. They don't deserve your attention. They don't deserve you.

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Sporting Kansas City playoff rally set for Tuesday

Posted By on Mon, Oct 29, 2012 at 10:43 AM

There are winners somewhere in this town.

If you're still licking your wounds from the Chiefs' carnival of suck yesterday, there's good news. One of our professional sports teams, Sporting Kansas City, is good and heading to the playoffs as the top seed in the Eastern Conference. And in order to usher the team into the playoffs with momentum, Sporting is hosting a rally at 6 p.m. Tuesday at Crossroads KC at Grinders.

Players will be there, television announcers Callum Williams and Jake Yadrich will host a live version of The Sporting KC Show on WHB Sports Radio 810 from 7 to 8 p.m., and prizes will be given away. Equally important, there will be $3 16-ounce Budweisers (cash only) and $5 slices of pizza. Even if soccer isn't your bag, you should still go, if for no other reason than to be around winners for a change. Try not to be startled by SKC fans' enthusiasm.

SKC will play its first playoff game on the road against either the Chicago Fire or the Houston Dynamo at 2:30 p.m. Sunday, November 4. They'll return to Livestrong Sporting Park on Wednesday, November 7, for an 8 p.m. game.

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Starfucker is in Lawrence tonight

Posted By on Mon, Oct 29, 2012 at 10:24 AM

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That Starfucker can pack midsize venues all across the country is an exceptional feat when you think about it. Here's an indie band that has received virtually no love from new-media gatekeepers like Pitchfork and Stereogum, and has a name that's unspeakable and unprintable by the old-media gatekeepers. How do they do it? By writing very danceable psych-pop songs, performing them with gusto, and letting word of mouth take it from there. The Portland, Oregon, act's latest, 2011's Reptilians, splits the difference between the hit-heavy first MGMT album and the outer-space wall of sounds of Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots. Side note: Say hi to Mike Nolte if you bump into him; the Ghosty bassist and local recording engineer is running sound for the band on this tour.

Starfucker, tonight, Monday, October 29, at the Granada.

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