Thursday, May 30, 2013

Pee Party: Chappell's Sports Bar and Museum

Posted By on Thu, May 30, 2013 at 8:17 AM

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Pee Party is an irregular column where we investigate local bar restrooms.

There are a lot of people out there who turn up their noses at the Northland. I don't get it. Sure, there's horrible sprawl, hideous commercial development and soulless subdivisions. But there's also Parkville, which is quaint and cute and situated right on the Missouri River. And there's Armour Road, which is about three minutes from downtown KC and lined with little shops, a Screenland movie house, a Dairy Queen where I sometimes go get Blizzards now that the one on Southwest Boulevard closed, and a handful of restaurants and bars.

One of those, Chappell's Sports Bar & Museum (323 Armour), has a pretty unique angle going. As its name suggests, it serves food and beverages, but also functions as a sort of museum of sports memorabilia. Even if you're not that into sports, the historical artifacts are pretty remarkable. If you're not into sports or old things, I don't know what to say to you. Possibly you do not have a soul.

But what's going on in the restrooms? Follow me, my friends.

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Hugo Tea looks for fans of that other kind of brew

Posted By on Thu, May 30, 2013 at 7:59 AM

The new tins for Hugo Tea should be on store shelves in June.
  • Hugo Tea
  • The new tins for Hugo Tea should be on store shelves in June.
Tyler Beckett is a man of measurements. Visiting The Pitch's offices, he heats water to 180 degrees in the electric kettle he has brought with him. He measures out 2 teaspoons of loose green tea, then lets it steep for just under four minutes, using a timer on his smartphone. He raises the cup to his lips and takes a slow drink. Now he's ready to talk about his business, Hugo Tea.

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Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Cold beer: And now, a word from H&R Block

Posted By on Wed, May 29, 2013 at 5:45 PM

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In this week's Pitch, we attempted to find Kansas City's coldest beer. Not that cold is best! Our search was one part statistical, one part recreational and zero parts qualitative. A cold beer is just one of those things that makes KC's sweltering summer heat bearable.

Not everyone is looking for that kind of relief, though. In fact, the world's largest tax-return preparer just heated up social media with the above-captured burn. We noticed the Tweet as we were clocking out to, you guessed it, belly up to the bar. Next time we get thirsty, we'll make sure to check with Block.

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A bunch of local bands are playing a benefit show for Oklahoma tornado victims next Monday

Posted By on Wed, May 29, 2013 at 1:54 PM

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The tornado that struck Moore, OK, last week left a lot of broken lives in its wake. Folks there still need a lot of help, and next Monday, June 3, you can lend a hand by attending MidCoast Cares presents: Rock for Relief, a benefit for Moore. It's being held at the KC Live! stage in the Power and Light District, and will feature performances from Beautiful Bodies, Six Percent, Antennas Up, Not a Planet, She's a Keeper, Ghost Town Heart, and Cover Me Badd.

The show starts at 6 p.m., and is free with a $10 donation. A $20 VIP package (which gets you two drink tickets and access to a VIP lounge) is also available. All proceeds benefit Heart to Heart International, an organization that's already on the ground in Moore. Facebook event info here.

Third Man's Rolling Record Store stops in KC this weekend

Posted By on Wed, May 29, 2013 at 11:00 AM

Despite appearances, this is not a criminal enterprise.
  • Despite appearances, this is not a criminal enterprise.
Third Man Records - the Nashville-based record store and label founded by Jack White - also operates something it calls the Rolling Record Store. It's a yellow truck that travels the country peddling various limited-edition releases, gear and swag from Third Man. It also has a sound system that allows bands to plug in and play outside of it.

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Beer Kitchen hosts a ten-beer dinner next Monday

Posted By on Wed, May 29, 2013 at 10:56 AM

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A special dinner with ten domestic beers and several creatively-inspired food courses is just the kind of production that Michael Peterson, the executive chef at Beer Kitchen #1 in Westport, likes to do best. Peterson is still accepting reservations to the dinner on Monday, June 3 for patrons who call 816-389-4180. The dinner - which starts at 6:30 p.m. - is priced at $65 and includes taxes and gratuity. The Beer Kitchen #1 is located at 435 Westport Road.

With ten brews, all from the Lips of Faith series of beers produced by Colorado's New Belgium Brewery, will be served to participants in different sizes of pours: "The pour sizes will vary depending on the beer and the course," says Peterson, who will begin the meal with tastings of four beers - Paardebloem, Lost Abbey Brett, Prickley Pear, and Cascara Quad - and a selection of cheeses that complement the brews: California rouge et noir camembert from the Marin French Cheese creamery, Wisconsin-made bandaged aged cheddar, Roth Kase gran queso, and another Wisconsin classic, Sartori's Bellavitano gold reserve cheese, which has a nutty, buttery flavor that works well with cold beer, says Peterson.

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Alec Matlock's Envy Controllers put a new face on video-game peripherals

Posted By on Wed, May 29, 2013 at 9:00 AM

A Hulk-themed Xbox 360 controller Alec Matlock designed and painted.
  • A Hulk-themed Xbox 360 controller Alec Matlock designed and painted.

Alec Matlock's basement may be the strangest of any student's at the University of Missouri - Kansas City. A corner of the damp, unfinished cellar of this rental house on Rockhill Road is cordoned off with opaque plastic sheeting, which glows from the lights within. A ventilation tube juts upward to a window. It's not a drug lab.

Matlock, a 21-year-old business student at UMKC, toils in the corner, airbrushing colorful custom designs onto Xbox controllers. He started painting controllers while still in high school in West Plains, Missouri. He customized controllers on the weekends.

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Download the Crossroads Summer Block Party sampler, featuring unreleased tracks from Akkilles, Hidden Pictures, Shy Boys, more

Posted By on Wed, May 29, 2013 at 8:45 AM

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On Friday, June 7, local label Golden Sound Records and The Pitch will present the second annual Crossroads Summer Block Party. There will be a bounty of food trucks, art, and music on 19th Street between Wyandotte and Baltimore. (Think Mildred's Coffeehouse.)

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Beignet is bringing a taste of New Orleans to the City Market

Posted By on Wed, May 29, 2013 at 8:44 AM

Beignets are on the menu at both Nicas 320 and Beignet.
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  • Beignets are on the menu at both Nica's 320 and Beignet.
A few treats from the South have arrived for your mouth. Beignet opened Saturday in the City Market at 307 Main Street. This is the second restaurant from Bryan and Monica Merker, who opened Nica's 320 (320 Southwest Boulevard) in the Crossroads in August 2011. And just like in the French Quarter, breakfast is an all day affair.

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Tonight in Lawrence: Japandroids at the Granada

Posted By on Wed, May 29, 2013 at 8:21 AM

Neither Japanese nor droids.
  • Neither Japanese nor droids.
Japandroids' Celebration Rock was rightly one of the most, er, celebrated records of 2012. The Canadian duo (fact: 80 percent of Canadian bands today are duos) reinforces its minimalist, drum-and-guitar structure with an aesthetic that values maximum strength: power chords, emo bluster, anthemic choruses. There are also some killer lines, like Remember that night you were already in bed/Said 'Fuck it'/ Got up to drink with me instead? Imagine if the Replacements were weaned on '90s punk, and you're in the ballpark. Noisy shoegaze group A Place to Bury Strangers opens.

Wednesday, May 29, at the Granada. $17.

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