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Friday, January 16, 2015

Pro Wrestling event Saturday night will raise money for Bo Macan, a little boy with a rare genetic condition

Posted By on Fri, Jan 16, 2015 at 9:14 AM

"Super" Bo Macan is a fighter, and Saturday night there will be a pro wrestling show at the Impact Fellowship Church (12011 West 127th Street, Overland Park) to raise money for the 5-year-old Roeland Park boy who has a genetic condition so rare that it was named after him.

Among Bo Macan's extensive list of health issues in "Bo's Syndrome" are type I diabetes; growth hormone deficiency; thyroid problems; seizures; chronic lung disease; Immunoglobulin A; and permanent granulomas on his lungs, liver and in his bone marrow. Bo's body struggles to fight off infections, and he spends upward of 100 days a year — including birthdays — in a hospital.

Derek McQuinn, a local personal trainer at Team Fitness and former professional wrestler, started organizing the show after reading a Facebook post by Bo's mother, Carolyn.

"I thought it'd be a cool thing for him," McQuinn tells The Pitch. "The night would be about him, and maybe it'll take away some stress for at least a few hours."

McQuinn, also known as "Dangerous" Derek, attended middle and high school with Carolyn at Shawnee Mission North. When he heard about Bo's condition, he wanted to help. So he called in some favors and put together the wrestling show, which will feature six matches.

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Wednesday, December 3, 2014

4 Hands Brewing Co.'s Movies Without Borders Tour stops Saturday at Bier Station with a showing of The Thing

Posted By on Wed, Dec 3, 2014 at 4:01 PM

The stars have aligned for you to see Kurt Russell and WIlford Brimley Saturday night at Bier Station (120 East Gregory Boulevard).

4 Hands Brewing Co.'s Movies Without Borders tour stop at Bier Station, and Screenland Armour is busting out its 16-foot inflatable screen for the outdoor screening of The Thing. So don't forget to bring a blanket and a chair. 

Bier Station will also have happy-hour prices on 4 Hands pours of Blackberry Chocolate Milk Stout and Peanut Butter Chocolate Milk Stout. 4 Hands is also sending a custom firkin of Bonafide Imperial Stout with extra vanilla bean.

The three-day tour of outdoor screenings starts Thursday with a double feature of The Thing and The Shining at the brewery (1220 South Eighth Street, St. Louis). The show starts at 6 p.m.

Friday, the tour moves to Columbia with a rooftop showing of Die Hard at the Roof (1111 East Broadway, Columbia). The show starts at 7 p.m.

Tickets for each night cost $10. Get them here.

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Monday, November 10, 2014

John Cleese, at the Midland Wednesday, talks killer rabbits, Pythons and funny business

Posted By on Mon, Nov 10, 2014 at 11:32 AM


Four decades after Monty Python’s Flying Circus left the air, writer-performer John Cleese still can’t get away from it. Lately, though, that doesn’t seem to bother him.

Cleese, whose TV shows and movies created with fellow Pythons Eric Idle, Terry Gilliam, Terry Jones, Michael Palin and the late Graham Chapman influenced everything from Saturday Night Live to The Simpsons, participated this year in 10 sold-out reunion shows at London’s 16,000-seat O2 arena. Those were broadcast live all over the world, and the results come to DVD this week. He has also lent his voice to a new game for tablets and smartphones based on his classic Python sketch “The Ministry of Silly Walks.”

On top of all that, Cleese is now on tour to promote his first memoir, a pre-Python autobiography titled So, Anyway…. Wednesday, November 12, his schedule brings him to Kansas City, where he’ll be at the Midland at 8 p.m. to take questions about the book and his long career from Rainy Day Books co-owner Vivien Jennings and from the audience. (Tickets, which come with a signed copy of the book, can be had via

The Pitch called Cleese on the road.

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Friday, October 31, 2014

The Pitch Street events app is out now

Posted By on Fri, Oct 31, 2014 at 3:10 PM


The Pitch's new events app, Pitch Street, is now available for iPhone and Android (or text "Pitch" to 77948 to get it). So if you're looking for something to do this weekend, next Tuesday or anytime, we have you covered. Search for restaurants, concerts, happy hours, art exhibits, plays and pretty much whatever you're looking for. And it's free. 

More info here.

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The Pitch's Crafts & Drafts is Saturday at the Uptown Shoppes

Posted By on Fri, Oct 31, 2014 at 8:09 AM


Saturday we celebrate the love of craft with our second annual Crafts & Drafts festival at the Uptown Shoppes (36th Street and Broadway). This year’s event is bigger than the last, featuring more than 80 craft vendors and more than 25 beers.

Signed on to serve are Boulevard, Tallgrass, Kansas City Bier Co., Crane Brewing Co. (see this week’s feature, “Tank Town"), Urban Chestnut, 4 Hands, Cooper’s Hawk Winery, Tito’s Handmade Vodka and Crown Royal. So there will be plenty to drink while you get your holiday shopping started. The event is free to attend and goes from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.

For more information, see the Facebook event page here.

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Tuesday, October 28, 2014

The Blair Witch Project and Exists director Eduardo Sanchez hosts a double feature of his films Wednesday at Screenland Armour

Posted By on Tue, Oct 28, 2014 at 7:56 AM


There will be a Sasquatch sighting Wednesday night at Screenland Armour. The North Kansas City theater (408 Armour Road) will host a double feature of found-footage films, including the Kansas City premiere of director Eduardo Sanchez's latest found-footage film Exists, in which Bigfoot plays a big role. Sanchez will be in attendance to discuss Exists and the other half of the double feature — and his most well-known film, The Blair Witch Project.

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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
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  • 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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