Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Kansas City Bier Co. taps first keg of HopfenSack at 4 p.m.

Posted By on Wed, Apr 30, 2014 at 1:33 PM

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Hop heads will want to be at Kansas City Bier Co. tonight. The German-style brewery at 310 West 79th Street is tapping its first keg of HopfenSack at 4 p.m. 

KC Bier Co. touts on Facebook that HopfenSack was "inspired by Boulevard Brewing Company's legendary and elusive 'Nutsack,'" and the brew will be a "very limited, very hoppy, and very special version of our German IPA HopfenDoof."

Here's the description of how HopfenSack came to fruition: "When we dry hop HopfenDoof, we stuff Centennial and Mandarina Bavaria hop cones into big sacks and toss them into our conditioning tanks. Upon emptying the conditioning tank from our latest batch of HopfenDoof, we took those super-saturated hop sacks and let them drain into a barrel to collect the hop-oil-infused bier."

KC Bier Co. opened in the Waldo area in February. I finally got to try KC Bier Co.'s Hefe-Weizen this weekend at the Parkville Micro Brew Festival, and it was amazing. 

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Cloud Nothings weathered a storm of technical difficulties at Riot Room last night

Posted By on Wed, Apr 30, 2014 at 10:31 AM

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Cloud Nothings with Promartyr and The Ray-tones
Riot Room, Kansas City
April 29th 2014

The Ohio post-emo outfit Cloud Nothings returned to the Riot Room in Westport last night in support of its just-released third LP Here and Nowhere Else. Singer-songwriter Dylan Baldi's trio began as a home recording project in the late '00s, but has quickly blossomed into a powerful and visceral touring act.

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Chelsea Handler will be signing her latest book at Rainy Day Books this Friday ahead of her show at Starlight

Posted By on Wed, Apr 30, 2014 at 10:15 AM

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Chelsea Handler's brand of humor is probably not for everyone. I'm sure there are certain people who wouldn't be entertained by, say, her explicitly detailed account of how she discovered masturbation (at a sleepover in the third grade, where all the girls called it "getting the feeling"), or the story of how she briefly attempted to foster a little person named Kimmy (whom Handler likened to a small child and a "chicken nugget"). I'm sure there are huge groups of people who don't think Handler's late-night television show, the E!'s Chelsea Lately, adds anything valuable to television (in a world where late-night talk shows are dominated by men). And I'm sure there are people who don't appreciate Handler's devil-may-care, lascivious nature. 

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Temples are at RecordBar on Thursday night

Posted By on Wed, Apr 30, 2014 at 9:36 AM

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One look at English psych-rock band Temples and you'd assume the four-piece had spent an afternoon rolling around in a costume chest stuffed with garments from the late 1960s and '70s: all mock turtlenecks, jeweled sweaters, faded denim, velvet shirts and fringed sleeves. Lead singer James Bagshaw's hair is a mesmerizing mass of curls, and he usually appears onstage with some sort of body jewelry adorning his face.

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Tina Smithers and Katie Rensing, event co-chairs for Relay for Life of KCMO, answer The Pitch's questionnaire

Posted By on Wed, Apr 30, 2014 at 7:48 AM

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  • Katie Rensing and Tina Smithers, event co-chairs for Relay for Life of KCMO


What's your occupation?
Smithers
: Freelance writer
Rensing: I guess I also work at Hallmark in my free time.

Where's your hometown?
Smithers and Rensing
: Independence

What's your current neighborhood?
Smithers
: Lower Hyde Park
Rensing: South Plaza

Explain what you do (in 140 characters).
Smithers and Rensing
: Organize a 12-hour, citywide party each spring that celebrates survivors, remembers those we've lost and fights back against the disease.

What's your addiction?
Smithers
: Local coffee shops
Rensing: Chipotle; those stupid coin-pusher games; and my cat, Bingo

What's your game?
Smithers
: Texas hold 'em, though my poker face sucks.
Rensing: Cards Against Humanity. My friends are wildly inappropriate.

What's your drink?
Smithers
: Iced snickerdoodle latte from Mildred's Coffeehouse
Rensing: Coffee, red wine, Jameson - not necessarily in that order

Where's dinner?
Smithers
: Garozzo's
Rensing: I love to cook, but if you could just drop me off on Southwest Boulevard, that would be great. I'm also a sucker for Gram & Dun and Port Fonda.

What's on your KC postcard?
Smithers
: The location of this year's Relay for Life: Berkley Riverfront Park!
Rensing: So many options! It has to include the view from the Scout, overlooking the city skyline at sunset. I also love the grittiness of the West Bottoms - the graffiti and train tracks. And maybe a tiny image of my cat, in the distance, waving a Royals flag. Yep, perfect.

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Love Garden Sounds celebrates 24 years in business with a star-studded lineup this Sunday at the Granada

Posted By on Wed, Apr 30, 2014 at 7:40 AM

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This Sunday, May 4, Love Garden Sounds - one of the area's best-loved record stores, open since 1990 - celebrates a (somewhat belated) 24th birthday with an exciting lineup of out-of-town bands and local favorites: Woods, Quilts, Blood on the Wall, Your Friend, Oils, Psychic Heat, Gnarly Davidson and CS Luxem. It's a pretty big celebration, taking place at the Granada in Lawrence and utilizing two stages. It's a lineup that Love Garden owner Kelly Corcoran calls "totally bananas."

Because Love Garden Sounds is nearly a quarter-century into its existence, we caught up with Corcoran over the phone to discuss his plans for the celebration and to get some insight into the history of the shop. 

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Bartender's Notebook: Enjoying absinthe at Ça Va

Posted By on Wed, Apr 30, 2014 at 6:50 AM

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Champagne is a dangerous liquid for me. Too often, I've forgotten that it does, in fact, contain alcohol. So it was with some minor trepidation that I slinked into the new champagne bar Ça Va at 5 p.m. on a Tuesday, reminding myself that restraint was essential for the evening's task.

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Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Here's the petition asking the mayor and City Council to allow ride-sharing companies like Lyft to do business in KC

Posted By on Tue, Apr 29, 2014 at 3:55 PM

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Lyft launched here in Kansas City last week, and shit has been hella dramatic ever since. The local taxi lobby, led by Bill George, is not pleased about a ride-sharing service coming to town and not having to pay the same fees as taxis do. The city's Regulated Industries Division sent Lyft a letter informing the company it is operating illegally. And KCPD has been instructed to issue citations to Lyft drivers, who are particularly visible given the bright-pink mustache its drivers stick onto the front of their cars.

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Ubuntu Cafe - carryout soul food - now open on Troost

Posted By on Tue, Apr 29, 2014 at 3:24 PM

Leland Thomas is the chef at the new Ubuntu Cafe on Troost, and Rashida Royster runs the front counter.
  • Leland Thomas is the chef at the new Ubuntu Cafe on Troost, and Rashida Royster runs the front counter.


The Swahili word ubuntu has many meanings but is frequently translated as "humanity to others" or "a universal bond of sharing." A one-month-old soul-food shop - it's really not much more than a carryout window - at 4327 Troost, in the space formerly occupied by Royce's Beauty School, is offering the spirit of hospitality as well as daily specials.

The Ubuntu Cafe is on the ground level of a two-story building that will become, eventually, the Ubuntu Center, says Leland Thomas, who operates the cafe with his mother, Ann Thomas. The menu is limited and changes almost daily. Today was "Salad Tuesday" with a variety of chilled salads (chicken, tuna, chef's salad) as well as grilled basa, succotash made with beef and sausage, and a hefty portion of pinto beans with cornbread.

"Tomorrow is our 'Pasta Wednesday,' and we'll serve spaghetti, garlic toast and a salad for $8," says Thomas.

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Ikea: I shopped there once, and it wasn't a big deal

Posted By on Tue, Apr 29, 2014 at 3:03 PM

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Back in 2012, when I was working as the real-estate reporter for the Kansas City Business Journal, I got a tip that Ikea was snooping around town looking for a location.

I told my editor about it, and his eyes lit up. He said that "Ikea" was a common search term popping up on the newspaper's online archive, which made him wonder whether something was afoot locally with Ikea.

So I made some calls, sifted through some documents and came away fairly certain that Ikea would land in Merriam, despite the company's backpedaling away from my inquiries about the matter. A few months later, the Swedish furniture retailer announced that it would build one of its monstrous blue cubes in Merriam off Interstate 35 and Johnson Drive.

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