Tuesday, December 18, 2012

The R Bar becomes Voltaire in 2013

Posted By on Tue, Dec 18, 2012 at 3:44 PM

The old R Bar is becoming the new Voltaire.

Six months ago, Fat City reported that Wes Gartner and Jill Myers, the owners of 11-year-old Moxie Catering, had leased the R Bar location, at 1617 Genessee in the West Bottoms, from the building's owner (and former R Bar operator) Joy Jacobs and planned to move the catering business into the space.

At the time, Wes Gartner told me that he planned to open a restaurant in the venue within a few months and he wasn't ready to reveal the name of the dining spot.

It now has a name, Voltaire - the pen name of French writer and philosopher Francoise Marie Arouet - and a tentative opening date: Valentine's Day, 2013.

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Sporting KC signs South American forward Claudio Bieler; watch highlights here

Posted By on Tue, Dec 18, 2012 at 1:22 PM

Sporting Kansas City announced today that it had signed Ecuadorian and Argentinian striker Claudio Bieler, who just wrapped up the season as the second highest goal scorer in Ecuador's top league. The 28-year-old is leaving the club LDU Quito, where he owns the team record for career goals with 71 in 155 games. This is good news even for the casual Sporting fan, because he scores goals. In 2009, he led the league in scoring with 22 goals. And an electric scoring forward will be a welcome addition to Sporting, which scored 42 goals in 34 games last season, which was 12th most in the league.

Sporting also announced that it will start next season on March 2 at Philadelphia, and host the Chicago Fire on March 16 for their home opener at Livestrong Sporting Park.

And now, highlights! In the above clip, Sporting coach Peter Vermes talking about why he wanted to sign Bieler. After the jump there's a clip of a hat trick Bieler scored earlier this year.

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This is what the long-desired Merriam Ikea will look like

Merriam signs off on the proposed megastore.

Posted By on Tue, Dec 18, 2012 at 11:44 AM

Its coming! Its really coming!
  • It's coming! It's really coming!

The Merriam City Council gave its unanimous approval Monday to the planned Ikea at the Johnson Drive exit off Interstate 35. Today the Swedish furniture manufacturer released a statement saying that construction will begin next summer, and the store will start selling brightly colored home furnishings and meatballs in the fall of 2014. Stubby golf pencils for everyone!

  • Merriam signs off on the proposed megastore.

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Another Mizzou football player arrested for pot possession

Posted By on Tue, Dec 18, 2012 at 10:53 AM

Gary Pinkel should hope for a better 2013.
  • Gary Pinkel should hope for a better 2013.
This was a terrible year for Mizzou football. It bordered on total disaster, actually. Mizzou joined the SEC this year, essentially puffing up its chest and declaring its desire to play tackle football in the backyard with its older brother. And the Tigers got knocked around, including humiliating losses to Texas A&M, Alabama and Vanderbilt (which was the SEC's punching bag before Missouri showed up).

But the Tigers' terrible play was compounded by chronic problems off the field. In October, three Mizzou freshman players (Dorial Green-Beckham, Torey Boozer and Levi Copelin) were arrested for marijuana possession in an MU parking garage. On Monday, safety Ka'ra Stewart became the the fourth Tiger arrested for pot possession. The Star reports that Stewart was arrested Monday afternoon on suspicion of possessing less than 35 grams of pot. Tigers fans can just go ahead and wipe 2012 from their memory banks.

In other news, coach Gary Pinkel named a new offensive coordinator. Josh Henson, the former offensive line coach, takes over an offense that was 11th in the SEC for total yards.

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Mayor Sly James named one of Newsweek's Five Most Innovative Mayors in the U.S.

Posted By on Tue, Dec 18, 2012 at 10:06 AM

James has a lot to smile about these days.
  • James has a lot to smile about these days.
Google Fiber isn't just speeding up the Internet; it's also raising the national profile of Kansas City Mayor Sly James. Newsweek released its list of the five most innovative mayors in the United States, and James is right alongside Mayor Michael Bloomberg (New York City), Mayor Mitch Landrieu (New Orleans), Mayor Rahm Emanuel (Chicago) and Mayor Mick Cornett (Oklahoma City). James is recognized for building an "entrepreneurial infrastructure," and as Newsweek writes:

Mayor Sly James's vision of building "Silicon Prairie" took a quantum leap forward when he successfully lobbied Google to partner with Kansas City in an exclusive test of its ultrahigh-speed fiber network, giving residents access to Internet service 100 times faster than average broadband speeds across the country. As a result, new businesses and entrepreneurs are already starting to come to this Midwestern tech mecca.

Whether technology, as Newsweek later asserts, is directly responsible for a "resurgence in the downtown population" is a debate for another post, but a Kansas City mayor making national headlines for the work he's doing in his office is a nice change of pace.

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A pigeon was the most entertaining part of Sunday's Oakland-Kansas City game

Posted By on Tue, Dec 18, 2012 at 9:34 AM

If you're looking to rate the excitement of Sunday's contest between the Oakland Raiders and the Kansas City Chiefs, then the above video should tell you the entire story [H/T The Big Lead]. A Raiders' fan spends seven minutes tracking a stubborn pigeon that refuses to leave the field at Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum despite the chaos of two tons of men lumbering around it in pads.

The pigeon appears to be running an out pattern before it veers away from the sidelines and heads back for the Raiders' logo at midfield. Interested animal lovers will appreciate that the Chiefs' players ignored the avian intruder. Several Raiders, most noticeably guard Mike Brisiel, were ineffective in their attempts to budge the pigeon from the pitch. It, like all streakers, is eventually led off the field by Raiders' personnel. The pigeon is not tackled; however, it's escorted out in a bucket. This is, sadly, seven of the most entertaining minutes of the Chiefs' season.

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Where do you get your caffeine?

Posted By on Tue, Dec 18, 2012 at 8:30 AM

Wake me up at the ballgame.
  • Wake me up at the ballgame.
I've sat in morning meetings with people hoping to wake up with a large cup of coffee and next to someone slugging down a 20 oz. bottle of Diet Coke. I'm old enough to remember the days of Jolt Cola and have enough friends in the world of programming to understand that if Mountain Dew ever stopped existing, we'd have a serious IT problem on our hands.

Humans rely on a lot of different sources for caffeine. And, as NPR writes, the market is only going to grow - think caffeinated jerky and Cracker Jack'd (the 'd' stands for extreme). I've tried caffeinated gum (a bit like chewing a metallic, wet sock) and a small piece of high-end dark chocolate (delicious but with unclear results). Where do you look besides coffee for caffeine?

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SSION's new video for "Psy-Chic" is awesome, of course

Posted By on Tue, Dec 18, 2012 at 7:16 AM


SSION just keeps turning out next-level dance videos. Cody Critcheloe & co. recently released a video for "Psy-Chic," a track off SSION's LP, Bent. Enjoy above.

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