Thursday, October 31, 2013

Green Lady Lounge has a traffic accident, reopens tonight

Posted By on Thu, Oct 31, 2013 at 1:47 PM


And yes, it was a hit-and-run accident. Sort of.

  • And, yes, it was a hit-and-run accident. Sort of.


If you had made plans to attend tonight's Halloween party at the Green Lady Lounge at 1809 Grand, don't be put off by the boarded-up windows in front of the club. Yes, the nightclub is still open; it survived an early Thursday-morning accident when a pickup truck was hit by a black Escalade (which, Green Lady Lounge owner John Scott says, left the scene of the crime) and then smashed into the front window of the venue at midnight.

No one was seriously hurt says Scott. But he says that drummer Kevin Frazee, playing at the front of the house, was literally thrown off of his drum stool into the wreckage.

"Things were really rocking in the club when it happened," Scott says. "Mark Lowrey and the band were playing the jazz version of 'Layla.' And then, suddenly..."

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Deer Tick will be bringing plenty of attitude to the Bottleneck this Saturday

Posted By on Thu, Oct 31, 2013 at 12:37 PM

There's McCauley, in the center back, looking all coy and shit. - PHOTO BY ANNA WEBBER
  • Photo by Anna Webber
  • There's McCauley, in the center back, looking all coy and shit.

Funny story about Deer Tick. About a year ago, I got on the phone with lead singer John McCauley for an interview. I'd heard things about how he could be a douche with the press, but I was confident in my angle. I had tons of questions prepared and sectioned off according to the degree to which McCauley was hungover. Turns out all my prep was for nothing.

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Mike Donovan is heading to FOKL this Friday

Posted By on Thu, Oct 31, 2013 at 11:42 AM

PHOTO BY CHRISTIAN FAUSTUS
  • Photo by Christian Faustus


When the Sic Alps broke up, back in August, the sound of heartbreak echoed throughout the garage-rock community. Tears were shed and many whiskey toasts were consumed as indie kids remembered almost a decade of strange experimental noise. Then, out of the ashes, came Sic Alps frontman Mike Donovan with a solo record and a reassuring nod, as if to say that the magic would, indeed, continue.

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Maria the Mexican celebrates Day of the Dead with two local CD release shows this Friday and Saturday

Posted By on Thu, Oct 31, 2013 at 10:14 AM

PHOTO COURTESY OF THE ARTIST
  • Photo courtesy of the artist

Sisters Maria and Tess Cuevas have been making music together since they were big enough to hold instruments. Call it a family tradition: For a decade, Maria and Tess toured with their grandmother's Mexican folk band, Mariachi Estrella. When Mariachi Estrella came to an end, the Cuevas sisters took the opportunity to begin a new project.

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Get spooky with Josh Berwanger, Not a Planet, and Akkilles at RecordBar tonight

Posted By on Thu, Oct 31, 2013 at 9:15 AM

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There was an interesting little aside last week when I was interviewing Josh Berwanger and Michael Hutcherson ahead of the band's album-release show tonight at RecordBar. These two dudes, with faces that will suggest they are eternally going to look like they fall in the "under 30" category, got very quiet and very serious when I asked them how old they were for real.

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Chef Peter Castillo tells Kansas City: Eat Me

Posted By on Thu, Oct 31, 2013 at 9:00 AM

Chef Peter Castillo plans to start serving soups, including menudo and pho, in Westport.
  • Chef Peter Castillo plans to start serving soups, including menudo and pho, in Westport.

When chef Peter Castillo (Tenerife Cafe, Great Plains Catering) decided to call his new restaurant Eat Me, he got some flack immediately.

"This one lady told me that the name was crass," Castillo says. "But I asked her, 'Doesn't food - delicious-looking food in particular - talk to you? I think it does. When food looks really enticing, it's saying, 'Eat me.'"

Eat Me customers will line up outside the old Torre's Pizza window, in the alley off Pennsylvania in Westport. The carryout menu is heavy on sandwiches (including a chicken-and-waffles sandwich). Castillo's kitchen is also providing the food for the Westport Saloon, in the former Dark Horse Tavern at 4112 Pennsylvania.

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Woman leaves purse in Liberty Hall basement; ten years later, it's returned

Posted By on Thu, Oct 31, 2013 at 8:50 AM

So many important documents. - FACEBOOK
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  • So many important documents.

A local woman named Jodi Gentry received quite the surprise when the good folks over at Liberty Hall returned a purse that she had lost at their venue a decade ago.

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Crafts & Drafts: cool goods and cool beer

Posted By on Thu, Oct 31, 2013 at 8:44 AM

Crafts & Drafts hearts Foldedpigs.
  • Crafts & Drafts hearts Foldedpigs.

When beer brings on a shopping craving - or shopping makes you thirsty - The Pitch's first Crafts & Drafts has you covered.

Saturday's event features close to 60 arts-and-crafts vendors ready to complement the local and national beers on tap. The vendor list for this free event makes drinking and browsing your weekend's one-two punch.

You'll find handmade jewelry, such as Wildfire's penny pendants; niche items, including guitar straps by Jaykco and vibrant bow ties from Haberdash: Wit + Style; and food, such as vegan and gluten-free cookies from Rawxies.

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Larry Moore will soon no longer be a nightly anchor at KMBC

Posted By on Thu, Oct 31, 2013 at 7:10 AM

Moore will scale back his duties at KMBC.
  • Moore will scale back his duties at KMBC.
Larry Moore, the beloved longtime news anchor at KMBC, announced last night that his role at the station will be moving into what he's calling an "emeritus" one, effective November 27. He says he wants to spend more time with his grandson, Emmett, and the rest of his family.

"I'm not leaving the station, I'm not retiring, my health is good," Moore told viewers. "However, I have chosen to step away from the demands of a nightly broadcast."

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Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Another Kansas City employee fesses up to involvement in insurance scam

Posted By on Wed, Oct 30, 2013 at 3:05 PM

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The U.S. Attorney's Office in Kansas City acknowledges that hundreds of Kansas City employees played a part in scamming the city's insurance provider, but so far only five have had to answer to federal authorities, until a sixth did so on Wednesday.

Crystal Burgin-Woods, a (former) 43-year-old Municipal Court employee, pleaded guilty to stealing $185,000 from Blue Cross/Blue Shield, an insurance company whose motto is "live fearless," but not "live fraudulently."

Burgin-Woods was one of the many moving parts in an absurd scheme in which participants lied about their exercise regimens to exploit the insurance company's policy of rewarding people who work out (and are thus less likely to file claims for medical conditions associated with sedentary lifestyles) with gift cards. 

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