Friday, August 1, 2014

Johnson County won't appoint public health official that anti-abortion group doesn't like

Posted By on Fri, Aug 1, 2014 at 3:15 PM

Allen Greiner
  • Allen Greiner
Johnson County Commissioners on Thursday sank the appointment of Kansas University Medical Center physician and professor Allen Greiner as its public health officer in a move influenced by anti-abortion interests.

Greiner's appointment, like so many others that come before the Johnson County Board of Commissioners, should have glided through their meeting agenda earlier this summer. But Kansans for Life executive director Mary Kay Culp caught wind of the forthcoming vote and made some commissioners jittery about appointing someone whose name could be uttered in the same sentence as the late Wichita abortion doctor George Tiller.

Greiner's loose connection to Tiller goes through Kris Neuhaus, the Nortonville physician who gave legally required second opinions about whether patients had a medically necessary reason to seek a late-term abortion from Tiller. Tiller was shot dead in his church in 2009. Subsequently, the Kansas Board of Healing Arts revoked Neuhaus' medical license after deciding that she hadn't fully examined some of Tiller's patients (that decision got overturned earlier this year). 

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Tori Amos is at the Midland on Saturday

Posted By on Fri, Aug 1, 2014 at 1:51 PM

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It doesn't matter that the reviews for Tori Amos' 14th studio album, Unrepentant Geraldines, released this summer, haven't been especially thrilling. The 50-year-old chanteuse has always done things her own way, and more often than not, the Tori Amos way is weird and alienating.

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The Pedaljets' 'Terra Nova' is your Pitch Music Awards song of the day

Posted By on Fri, Aug 1, 2014 at 11:43 AM

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  • Zach Bauman

The Pitch Music Awards Show is at the Uptown Theater this Sunday, August 3, and hosted by World Air Guitar Champion Eric "Mean" Melin and Mills Record Co.'s Judy Mills (tickets here). To count down to the awards ceremony - and help introduce you to this year's picks - we're debuting a "song of the day" each weekday until the show from one of this year's batch of nominees.

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Warped Tour is for the kids (and other notes from yesterday's fest)

Posted By on Fri, Aug 1, 2014 at 10:40 AM

The kids at Warped tour get enthused. - NICK SPACEK
  • Nick Spacek
  • The kids at Warped tour get enthused.

Warped Tour
Cricket Wireless Amphitheater
Thursday, July 31, 2014


At 34 years old, I think I'm finally too old for Warped Tour. This is despite the fact that, with the weather Thursday afternoon, it was likely the nicest Warped in years. Granted, it's still in a parking lot in direct July sun, but not as bad as it has been. Still, spending my afternoon wandering the Cricket Wireless parking lot where the festival was held, I couldn't help but feel lost.

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The Pitch Music Awards 2014 is Sunday at the Uptown Theater

The Pitch Music Awards show happens Sunday at the Uptown.

Posted By on Fri, Aug 1, 2014 at 10:20 AM

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The winners of the 18th annual Pitch Music Awards will be unveiled Sunday, August 3, at the Uptown Theater (3700 Broadway). Four nominated acts will provide entertainment for the evening: Your Friend (Singer-Songwriter), Outsides (Emerging Act), Kansas City Bear Fighters (Folk Ensemble), and the Bad Ideas (Punk). Join us for a night celebrating the very best of this year’s local music. It’ll be a monster of a show.

VIP party from 6 to 7:30 p.m. with complimentary drinks. Showtime is at 8 p.m. Tickets at ticketmaster.com.

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  • The Pitch Music Awards show happens Sunday at the Uptown.

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City Ice Arts to close next month, reopen next year in the West Bottoms

Posted By on Fri, Aug 1, 2014 at 8:26 AM

The party on Campbell Street is coming to an end. - CITY ICE ARTS WEBSITE.
  • City Ice Arts website.
  • The party on Campbell Street is coming to an end.
City Ice Arts, a hub of spaces at 21st Street and Campbell that includes a gallery, artist studios and various businesses and retail operations, will meet the bulldozer in October, when a new phase of redevelopment for the Hospital Hill North area gets under way.  

“It’s been in the works for a few years now,” Dave Dumay, owner of the City Ice Arts building, tells The Pitch. “We have to be out October 1. Then they’ll knock it down and put up a dialysis center in its place.”

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Thursday, July 31, 2014

Changing Spaces: Your August First Friday Hit List

Changing Spaces: Your August First Friday hit list.

Posted By on Thu, Jul 31, 2014 at 5:19 PM

"A Momentary Balance" by Christine LaValley
  • "A Momentary Balance" by Christine LaValley
August’s First Friday is the summer’s latest to include a notable last hurrah. The evening’s biggest party, the 25th anniversary of Midwestern Musical Co., also marks the store’s closing. Matt Kesler wraps up his years of being the Crossroads’ anchor for buying, selling and trading instruments with a big night, which includes a raffle to play the store’s famous “bash guitar” with the Guitar Bash Band and have the privilege of smashing it to pieces. (Expect additional instrument destruction.)  

In September, Luis Garcia’s Base Gallery is moving from 2011 Baltimore. Tonight’s opening — for a show by Robert Tapley Bustamante and Clark Joel — is the last of Garcia’s nine years there.

So that’s one closure and one impending move, but here’s a new spot: Heinrich Toh’s Fraction Print Studio (130 West 18th Street). Breathing fresh life into the former Spray Booth Gallery location, Toh plans to open his doors every First Friday and this month shows his own work alongside Alessandra Dzuba’s. Their collaborative exhibit uses nature and texture to explore ideas of evolution, life, death and connections (or disconnections).

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Big Grill & More: Best barbecue you've never heard about

Posted By on Thu, Jul 31, 2014 at 3:36 PM

A slab of house-smoked ribs -- with lots of pickles -- is the Thursday special at Big Grill & More at 501 N. Sixth Street in Kansas City, Kansas. The slab goes for $16.99 on Thursdays.
  • A slab of house-smoked ribs -- with lots of pickles -- is the Thursday special at Big Grill & More at 501 N. Sixth Street in Kansas City, Kansas. The slab goes for $16.99 on Thursdays.

My task at hand, earlier this week, was to make another visit to Slap's BBQ in Kansas City, Kansas (it's my review subject for next week), but I discovered that Slap's has a problem: it's too popular.

In June, veteran barbecue-team competitors Mike and Joe Pearce and Brandon Whipple opened the lunch-only barbecue shack, which frequently sells out of smoked meats a couple of hours after opening. That's great for Slap's (an acronym for Squeal Like a Pig, the name of this trio's barbecue team) but not so terrific for hungry customers who show up too late for a brisket sandwich.

It was on one of those days that I was driving around downtown Kansas City, Kansas, and stumbled upon the five-year-old Big Grill & More at 501 North Sixth Street. It's located in a two-story brick storefront that was, six years ago, occupied by the Skillet Licker Cafe, a diner that made its own little fried doughnuts each day.

I'm ashamed that it has taken me so long to find restaurateur Ray Dantzler's venue, a combination barbecue restaurant and old-fashioned diner. The food is very good, and the house-made pear cobbler is, to put it mildly, sensational.

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Mark Gonzales and Curtis Kulig roll up at Escapist

Posted By on Thu, Jul 31, 2014 at 3:16 PM

"But it's still working itself out" by Curtis Kulig
  • "But it's still working itself out" by Curtis Kulig

If you skate, you’ve been influenced by Mark Gonzales. And even if you don’t, much of what you know about skating comes from him. He was a career skater before you could make a career of skating. And he’s one of the godfathers of street style.

For First Friday, Escapist Skateboarding is bringing the Gonz (as he’s known) to town, along with New York photographer and artist Curtis Kulig — known for his Love Me campaign and for documenting contemporary young artists. Their collaborative exhibition features Gonzales’ KC City Racers and large-scale paintings by both men. Gonzales figured into the 2008 film, book and exhibition Beautiful Losers, which examined various forms of DIY street artists, and he’s represented these days by New York’s fancy Franklin Parrasch Gallery. It’s rare to see both him and his work this far inland — as Escapist owners Nick Owen and Dan Askew can tell you. Since moving their shop in 2010 from the retail ghost town of Metro North Mall to the west edge of the Crossroads, they’ve wanted to book him for a Kansas City show. After years of casual conversations at trade shows, their wish has finally come true.

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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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