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Thursday, August 7, 2014

The U.S. Air Guitar National Finals is Saturday night at the Midland; tonight is the dark-horse competition

Posted By on Thu, Aug 7, 2014 at 1:33 PM

Saturday is "Air Guitar Day" in Kansas City. - CAMERON GEE
  • Cameron Gee
  • Saturday is "Air Guitar Day" in Kansas City.
Kansas City Mayor Sly James has offically declared Saturday, August 9, as "Air Guitar Day" in Kansas City. There was a fancy proclamation and James even rocked out and the good folks in Finland even took notice. For real.

That's because on Saturday, for the first time in 11 years, Kansas City hosts the U.S. Air Guitar National Finals at the Midland (1228 Main). The best faux guitar players in the nation — such as Tyranicus, Lord of the End Times; Airistotle; the Shred; and KC’s own CorpAIRation — are each vying for a golden ticket to the World Championships in Oulu, Finland.

But first, U.S. Air Guitar throws a dark-horse competition tonight at a yet-to-be-named but prominent Kansas City gay bar. It's a last gasp for air guitarists to play their way into Saturday's show. We're told to keep watch of U.S. Air Guitar's Twitter page for the location. Showtime is 8 p.m. 

Saturday's finals at the Midland gets started with Me Like Bees. Doors open at 7:30 p.m. Shenanigans to follow, including a special performance by World Champion (and Kansas Citian) Eric "Mean" Melin.

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Thursday, July 31, 2014

The World's First Air-Guitar Museum and 3-D Interactive Experience opens Friday at Sprint Accelerator

Posted By on Thu, Jul 31, 2014 at 2:01 PM

Mean Melin attempts to break the "Wall of Rock" down with his air guitar.
  • Mean Melin attempts to break the "Wall of Rock" down with his air guitar.

We're nine days away from Kansas City hosting the U.S. Air Guitar's National Finals at the Midland (Saturday, August 9; tickets available here). It didn't hurt our chances of hosting the event after our own Eric "Mean" Melin hopped a plane to Oulu, Finland, last year, competed in and won a dark-horse competition for a slot in the Air Guitar World Championship and then won the whole damn thing. 'Merica!

The build to the American finals begins this First Friday (August 1) with the world's first air-guitar museum and 3-D interactive experience at the Sprint Accelerator (210 West 19th Terrace) in the Crossroads Art District. The one-night-only exhibition runs from 5 to 9 p.m. with special guest appearances by Melin and Mayor Sly James, who will make an official proclamation, likely declaring Kansas City the air-guitar capital of the world.

What's on display? We haven't seen anything yet (and we're guessing we won't because air guitar) but we've been told that the display will include Keanu Reeves’ restored air guitar from Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure, the air guitar played by Joe Cocker at Woodstock, and at least one of Melin's axes.

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Friday, July 25, 2014

The Pitch Music Showcase Night No. 2 is tonight at Knuckleheads

Posted By on Fri, Jul 25, 2014 at 11:08 AM


Join us tonight at Knuckleheads Saloon (2715 Rochester) for night No. 2 of The Pitch Music Showcase. Get there early for sets from A.J. Gaither, the Pedaljets, Katy Guillen and the Girls, the Grisly Hand and Not a Planet.

Doors open at 6 p.m. Click here for tickets.

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Friday, July 11, 2014

Screenland Armour's Arts & Crafts festival returns August 22 and 23 with more beer, bands, films and art

Posted By on Fri, Jul 11, 2014 at 10:00 AM

Screenland Armour's Arts & Crafts Festival returns on August 22 and 23.

What should you expect in year No. 2?

* More than 100 different craft beers, including samples from Jolly Pumpkin, Prairie Artisan Ales, Crooked Stave, Mikkeller, Perennial. Screenland's Adam Roberts tells me that he's working on securing some special kegs of beers not available in Kansas City.

* The Kansas City premieres of Life After Beth (Aubrey Plaza, Anna Kendrick, Dane DeHaan), Frank (Michael Fassbender, Maggie Gyllenhaal), Happy Christmas (Lena Dunham, Anna Kendrick), Coherence (Emily Baldoni, Maury Sterling), and Stop Making Sense (the Talking Heads documentary). 

* A special screening of Craft, a documentary about, what else, craft beer, thanks to Tallgrass Brewing Co. 

* After Craft, a Q&A with brewmasters from Mother's, New Belgium, Tallgrass, Cinder Block and more. 

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Thursday, July 10, 2014

Raygun debuts an 'Insta-llation' of photos from Kansas City's Instagram community tonight

Posted By on Thu, Jul 10, 2014 at 1:17 PM

Sofie Heuser's photos and a sneak peek at Raygun's limited-edition T-shirt - RAYGUN
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  • Sofie Heuser's photos and a sneak peek at Raygun's limited-edition T-shirt

Our Crossroads neighbor Raygun is throwing a party tonight in honor of the 10 winners of the T-shirt shop's Instagram contest.

Raygun put out the call to Kansas City's Instagram community to submit their four best photos taken with the app and hashtagged #igkansascity. They then picked the winners from more than 140 submissions. Those winners each get five photos professionally printed and displayed in the store through August 29. So tonight from 5 to 8, you get to see Raygun's "insta-llation." 

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Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Dozer Barrel-Aged Coconut Porter taps Thursday at Martin City Brewing Co.; proceeds go to Unleashed Pet Rescue and Adoption

Posted By on Wed, Jul 9, 2014 at 2:00 PM

Patrick Mullin's Dozer pays tribute to a friend who died. - SABRINA STAIRES
  • Sabrina Staires
  • Patrick Mullin's Dozer pays tribute to a friend who died.

Patrick Mullin wanted to pay tribute to his friend Jordan Fields, who died last November. So, with the help of Martin City Brewing Co., he created Dozer, a barrel-aged imperial coconut porter named after Fields’ adopted pup.

The beer taps at 7 p.m. Thursday at Martin City Brewing Co. (500 East 135th Street), with 100 percent of the proceeds going to Unleashed Pet Rescue and Adoption, which faces eviction from its home in Mission.

Also Thursday: live music, raffles and a puppy-kissing booth. 

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Friday, June 27, 2014

Joshua Hoffine's Black Lullaby scares you like a child at Screenland tonight

Posted By on Fri, Jun 27, 2014 at 8:30 AM

Joshua Hoffine knows what creeps you out because it's essentially what makes anybody's skin crawl. But what he does with fundamental childhood fears is masterful. His photographs are, simply put, captivating. And now, he's about to debut his first short film.

Hoffine's visual storytelling skills stem in part from a childhood spent devouring classic horror films. "My mom took us [Hoffine and his sisters] to Poltergeist, and it blew our minds," he says. "We would play Poltergeist like it was a game - my little sister would get sucked into the fan, and we had to go in and get her from the other side. When I did get into horror as an adult, it made me feel like a kid again."

To celebrate Hoffine's Black Lullaby, which doubles as the conclusion of his photo series After Dark, My Sweet, the Screenland Armour is showing the hometown artist's movie at 8:30 tonight, just before a Night of the Living Dead screening.

The Pitch: How did you create After Dark, My Sweet?

Hoffine: I started making the photographs 10 years ago. I made a dozen photographs that dealt with childhood fears. I kept thinking that a movie could allow me to go even bigger with this basic horror idea. To prove that I could do a movie, I started thinking about doing a short film.

I got the footage with my daughter when she was still young, in 2005. I didn't know how to finish the film. I had it all photographed, but I didn't know any film or makeup people, and I had everything finished but the last shot. It sat unfinished for a long time as I started making more photographs dealing with other subjects. Now, though, I have more opportunities to make a movie, so I thought, I better finish this. I did a Kickstarter campaign, got my special-effects man to make the monster for me, and then I knew enough people that I could finish the sound, and everything else. I finally have it done.

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Friday, June 20, 2014

Breakin' up on the roof: Off-the-Wall's June installment, now with actual dancing

Posted By on Fri, Jun 20, 2014 at 2:33 PM

This just handed to me: Actual break dancing is happening on the Central Library's roof before tonight's screening of Breakin' (courtesy of this guy). As though you need another reason to hang out five floors up tonight at 14 West 10th Street.

The 1984 movie, a time capsule of early hip-hop culture, headband-forward fashion and a fighting-trim Ice-T, is the second installment of this summer's Off-the-Wall series, co-presented by The Pitch and the Kansas City Public Library. It's also your only chance all season to see a former Miss Kansas contestant (star Lucinda Dickey) act in proximity to, in what's generally agreed to be his U.S. movie debut, Jean-Claude Van Damme (dancey and bulgy as an uncredited extra), on a big screen. Skip it at your peril, because most people agree that even most people who kind of love it don't think it's a classic. (It's not even 90 minutes long, making it a fine appetizer for whatever you usually do on a hot Friday night.)

Co-sponsor KC Bier Company returns with more free beer, and there's still a good deal on dinner at the neighboring Milwaukee Delicatessen Company, so your food-and-beverage needs are basically covered. Doors at 8, with a couple of shorts from the Independent Filmmakers Coalition of Kansas City your preview reel, ahead of Breakin' (which starts around 9, after the sun goes down). 

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Thursday, May 29, 2014

Mother's Brewing Co. is taking over Screenland Armour's taps Friday night

Posted By on Thu, May 29, 2014 at 3:16 PM


Mother's Brewing Co. is bringing some special beers to Screenland Armour (408 Armour Road, 816-421-9700) Friday night for the premiere of A Million Ways to Die in the West

The Springfield, Missouri, brewery is taking over the North Kansas City theater's taps and bringing along Black Cherry Sherry Thang and Askinosie Chocolate Imperial Three Blind Mice, in which we're told the chocolate is "super limited." 

Also incoming: Raspberry Imperial Three Blind Mice, Sandy Hopped Up Wheat and Doozy Double IPA. 

Screenland will be offering a flight of 5-ounce glasses of each Mother's beer for $15, so you can sample each of the beers. Glasses of  Black Cherry Sherry Thang and Askinosie Chocolate Imperial Three Blind Mice cost $10 each, and you get to keep the glass. 

This all gets started around 6:30 p.m. with carnival games - think beer toss (a take on ring toss), a Nerf shooting gallery and bean bag toss - and a cookout (hot dogs and beer brats). But you might want to get there sooner as the rare beers are likely to go fast.

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Wednesday, May 21, 2014

B Bop opens a pop-up comic shop at Screenland Armour for X-Men: Days of Future Past debut Thursday night

Posted By on Wed, May 21, 2014 at 2:57 PM


Screenland Armour is doing the theater's X-Men: Days of Future Past premiere up big Thursday night. 

For starters, B Bop Comics is opening a pop-up comic book shop at the North Kansas City theater (408 Armour Road, 816-421-9700) at 8 p.m. Screenland will be serving "Wolverine's Spicy Carnitas Tacos" while Rock & Run Brewery will be offering samples of its Apricot Hefeweizen IPA. 

Before the feature, Screenland will play the 1990s Fox cartoon version of Days of Future Past. On top of that, there will be a costume contest (calling all Magnetos, Mystiques and Jean Greys) and classic Marvel video games in the lobby. 

X-Men: Days of Future Past starts at 10 p.m. Per usual, Screenland will have more than 100 craft beers to buy, comfy couches and a sentinel-like robot pulling back the curtain. More info here.

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