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Friday, July 29, 2011

The Coathangers: show at RecordBar, free download

Posted By on Fri, Jul 29, 2011 at 10:51 AM


Forgot to mention: All-lady quartet the Coathangers will bring their playful, searing punk rock to the RecordBar on August 2. The band's recent Daytrotter session was a fine one. Take a listen. Doors open at 10 p.m. 18-plus. Maren Parusel and Parts of Speech open.

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Friday, June 4, 2010

Win a pair of tickets to that Bamboozle thing at Uptown this Wednesday

Posted By on Fri, Jun 4, 2010 at 1:30 PM


Now, you guys are lucky I'm not snagging these myself, because you know I want to see my boy Stephan Jenkins. The man is an inspiration. I digress. We have two tickets to the show, and here's how to win them: 

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Do you want free tickets to the Backstreet Boys show at the Midland on June 21?

Posted By on Fri, Jun 4, 2010 at 9:00 AM


Wait, wait! Do you have a lonely sister aged 22-35? Nice - well, this is just a guess, but might she be interested in free tickets to the show? Do you have any divorced aunts? Gay cousins? Just because you're not into hot hunks like Brian Littrell -- God dammit can he wear the heck out of a scarf -- doesn't mean the rest of your family is cold and dead to the world like you are! Why don't you think about somebody else for once in your damn life? 

Ahem. We have some tickets to give away. Here's how to get your soft hands on them:

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Friday, March 5, 2010

Go outside and listen to some new tunes

Posted By on Fri, Mar 5, 2010 at 2:22 PM

It's gorgeous, and we don't want to be inside any more than you do this afternoon. So, why don't you download these MP3s that we got sent to us this week, burn yourself a little playlist, and grab a seat on the porch while you knock back the adult beverage of your choice?


Recommended Beverages for This Weather

* Ska Brewing's True Blond

* Boulevard's Tank 7

* Schlafly's Hefeweisen

Man/Miracle plays the Bottleneck with Rogue Wave on April 14. This track's from their last album, The Shape of Things.

MP3: Man/Miracle, "Above the Salon"

Math rock is a fairly underutilized term these days, but it fits Rooftops to a T. This song's from their forthcoming A Forest Of Polarity, on Topshelf Records and Clickpop Records (the former will handle the vinyl release, the latter the compact disc).

MP3: Rooftops, "Raft Easily"

Dammit. The tour Fin Fang Foom's doing with Lovitt Records' labelmates the Mercury Program isn't coming anywhere close to here. Thankfully, there's a new album to ease the pain. From that album, entitled Monomyth, comes this track.

MP3: Fin Fang Foom, "Magnetic North"

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Friday, February 19, 2010

Free clinic with Andy McKee at Mass Street Music Saturday afternoon

Posted By on Fri, Feb 19, 2010 at 12:00 PM

Tomorrow afternoon at 12:30 p.m., Andy McKee will make an in-store appearance at Lawrence's Mass Street Music. In addition to a performance, McKee will be giving a clinic and meet-and-greet.


Topeka native McKee's specialty is fingerstyle guitar playing, which he gained international fame for through videos posted to YouTube. The event is free, but donations are appreciated.

All proceeds will go to the Americana Music Academy, located just a few doors south from Mass Street Music, a non-profit school dedicated to providing lessons to everyone, regardless of financial status (full disclosure: my eldest son received mandolin lessons at Americana for several years, courtesy of the Douglas County ARC). In addition to the meet-and-greet, clinic, and performance, there will be giveaways from D'Addarrio and Yamaha.

Read Richard Gintowt's 2008 profile of McKee., whose new album, Joyland is out next week on February 23.

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Friday, February 5, 2010

Friday Freebies

Posted By on Fri, Feb 5, 2010 at 2:00 PM

Tonight is Kansas City's First Fridays. As per usual, you can check out our weekly First Friday Hitlist right here for all the hottest, coolest, and best exhibitions going on in and around the Crossroads.


Saturday, from 6-9:00 p.m. at Lawrence's Wonder Fair Art Gallery, is the opening reception for Justin Marable's "Why ReThink," a traveling exhibition featuring screen prints of Marable's work that represent sentimental and important places in Topeka. Accompanying the work will be written explanations of why he decided to "ReThink" that location. Also at the reception will be Topeka-centered poetry readings by Matt Porubsky, Leah Sewell, Eric McHenry, and Jeff Fouquet, as well as live music from Topeka band Interior Sea. Visitors will also be able to find out more about the upcoming ReThink Topeka event.


Also on Saturday, the Fairy Tale Village exhibit begins at Crown Center. Running from Saturday until April 25, the Fairy Tale Village offers "a world of make-believe to interact with characters from favorite stories and rhymes" for you and your kids. You'll be able to visit the brick house from "3 Little Pigs," Little Red Riding Hood's grandmother's house, and a reading area, where you can read your kids fairy tales (kudos to Crown Center for offering something that promotes reading, by the way). The exhibit is open during regular Crown Center business hours.

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Friday, January 22, 2010

Friday Freebies

Posted By on Fri, Jan 22, 2010 at 2:00 PM

And once again, we bring you Friday Freebies, wherein we present things to do this weekend that won't cost you any more than the gas it takes to get to 'em.

Lawrence plays host to two art openings on Friday night. Both start at 7:00 p.m. Signs of Life welcomes 12 new artists for it's "New Show." There will be all kinds of media present (oils, watercolor, bronze, mixed media) in a variety of styles. In addition to the 12 new artists, there will be work from established Signs of Life exhibitors like Justin Marable.


Just one and a half blocks south, and one block east is the Lawrence Arts Center is a lecture from Mel Chin regarding his Fundred Dollar Bill Project. The Project has people draw Fundred dollar bills, which are artistic representations of the United States $100 bill. Once they have collected 300 million of these drawings, they will "be picked up by a special armored truck and presented to the U.S. Congress with a request for an even exchange of the creative capital-your Fundreds-for real funding to make safe lead-polluted soils in New Orleans."

Chin will lecture on the Project at 7:00 p.m., and on Saturday, from 10:00-11:30 a.m., there will be a project workshop where people will be able to create their own bills.

There's a lot of free stuff going on Saturday, actually. KCFitness Link, starting at 9:00 a.m., will take part in Yoga Day USA. There will be an open house, as well as free classes. Annie Fischer's write-up with a schedule and details can be found here.


If stripping down to next-to-nothing and contorting your body isn't your idea of fun, how about watching people use blowtorches and chainsaws to cut te shit out of big pieces of ice? Starting at noon, Crown Center will play host to the Seventh Annual Kansas City Winter Ice Fest.

Lastly, come Saturday afternoon at 3:00 p.m., you can participate in "an urban-music-oriented networking and info-sharing event called, simply, the KC Music Forum" (so says our writer Jason Harper in his write-up. At the Southeast Community Center, you'll be able to learn how to better move forward in the hip-hop game. If you've got your rhymes and beats ready to go, you need to figure out how to turn a profit, so as to move your game up to the professional level. This is your place to learn how to do that.

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Friday, January 15, 2010

Friday Freebies

Posted By on Fri, Jan 15, 2010 at 9:00 AM

And once again, we bring you Friday Freebies, wherein we present things to do this weekend that won't cost you any more than the gas it takes to get to 'em.


This weekend, places all over country will be hosting events in celebration of Monday's Martin Luther King Day. Kansas City and Lawrence are no different, and there is a plethora of things in which one can participate. Lawrence's events have their own website, which lists things like Sunday's Gospel Musical at the Free Methodist Church, 3001 Lawrence Avenue, at 6:30 p.m. Hit up the website for a complete schedule of events.

In addition to the various MLK events, you can catch a music and poetry performance at the Writers Place tonight at 7:30 p.m. Kevin Rabas, co-director of the creative writing program at Emporia State University and co-editor of Flint Hills Review will be appearing with singer-songwriter Lisa Moritz.

There are two art openings this weekend. The first runs from 6-10:00 p.m tonight, at the Urban Culture Project Space. Entitled "Cumulus," there will be a live performance piece and a video performance piece, as well as more at the Paragraph Gallery next door. The second exhibition is Sunday from 2-4:00 p.m., at Epsten Gallery at Village Shalom. Larry Thomas's exhibition, "Ploys & Decoys" is a solo exhibition of new large-scale mixed media paintings and portfolio prints.

The Pitch's Chris Packham wrote up both events, and you can find more on Larry Thomas here and the Urban Culture Project here.

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Friday, January 8, 2010

Friday Freebies

Posted By on Fri, Jan 8, 2010 at 9:00 AM

And once again, we bring you Friday Freebies, wherein we present things to do this weekend that won't cost you any more than the gas it takes to get to 'em.

The Lawrence Arts Center plays host to not one, but two art openings tonight. Both openings run from 7-9:00 p.m. First, you have Lynda Andrus' "Unwrapping the Past." The artist describes her pieces thusly:


My pieces are created from vintage fabrics and thrift store finds. The materials express subtle tactile qualities of past experiences and make everyday objects take on a sense of the sacred. Nostalgic sentiments emanate from textures of worn cloth, discarded candy wrappers, dishes, toys, and other found objects from the home. These materials become precious links with those who have handled them.

There is also Shawn Bitters' "To and From." Bitters is an Assistant Professor of Art at the University of Kansas. From the work extant on his website, it's difficult to determine what he'll be presenting, as Bitters' pieces run the gamut from photography to screen print to transitory sand installations.

Both Andrus' and Bitters' exhibitions are viewable through February 6.

On Saturday, from 3-5:00 p.m., Aimee's Coffeehouse in Lawrence plays host to L.A. Fahy. The singer/songwriter will take suggestions from those in attendance, and create songs from said suggestions to make songs right there. Much like all improvisation, this has the potential to be a total trainwreck, but Fahy's a weathered veteran and should be able to take any ridiculousness you may throw his way.


Saturday night in Kansas City, at the Savvy Coffee & Wine Bar, you can see a screening of Visioneers, starring Zach Galifianakis. The Pitch's Barry Anderson describes the film:

In 2008's Visioneers, the feature debut of filmmaking brothers Brandon and Jared Drake, beard-of-the-moment Zach Galifianakis plays George Washington Winsterhammerman, a low-level worker at the fictional Jeffers Corporation. The near-futuristic workplace values productivity above all else -- so much so that its workers literally blow up. Threatened by the prospect of spontaneous human combustion, George is forced to examine his complacent, banal life.

The film starts at 8:30 p.m and is followed by a dance party with DJ Mark Jones.

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Friday, December 18, 2009

Friday Freebies

Posted By on Fri, Dec 18, 2009 at 2:06 PM

And once again, we bring you Friday Freebies, wherein we present things to do this weekend that won't cost you any more than the gas it takes to get to 'em.

Today's big event (and one the only free events of note this weekend) is the groundbreaking party for the Town of Kansas Pedestrian Bridge. The party starts at 4:00 p.m., and there will be holiday music and refreshments. RSVP here.


Of course, if you're not into walking a 650-foot bridge along the Missouri River, you can head to Lawrence, and get a copy of the ESPN College Basketball Encyclopedia signed by University of Basketball coach Bill Self. The book is said to be the first authoritative compendium of men's college basketball history. It's a MASSIVE tome, weighing in at 1200+ pages and over five pounds, and will run you a cool fifty bucks. It gets going at 6:00 p.m. inside KU's Oread Books, located within the Kansas Union.

Also in Lawrence this weekend are the final games of the Bleeding Kansas Dodgeball league's current season. Come watch grown adults throw balls at each other and trash talk. It's about the same crowd as plays kickball, but this is inside, and there's less running involved. It gets kicking at the East Lawrence Rec Center at 6:00 p.m.

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