Thursday, November 20, 2014

Murray's Ice Cream & Cookies ends season Sunday with big sale

Posted By on Thu, Nov 20, 2014 at 4:06 PM

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  • Ice-cream innovator Murray Nixon will close her Westport store for the annual winter hiatus on Sunday.

For the last 30 years, Murray Nixon has operated Murray's Ice Cream & Cookies (4120 Pennsylvania, 816-931-5646). For most of the last 29 years, she has closed the store in the fall for a four-month hiatus during the cold months.

"The first year, I only closed the shop for two weeks," Nixon says. "It's just gotten longer every year."

Nixon plans to reopen Murray's in March, but she's closing out her ice-cream season Sunday, November 23, with her annual end-of-season clearance sale. She'll sell all the leftover ice creams in stock. The sale has become so popular that Nixon says she's usually sold out of everything in 45 minutes.

"We'll open Sunday at noon and stay open until everything is gone," she says. "People get kind of picky at the end, but when we're out, we're out."

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Riff Raff returns to the Riot Room in December

Posted By on Thu, Nov 20, 2014 at 2:57 PM

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That's right. Riff Raff is coming back. It almost feels like he can't stay away. Lucky us. On Wednesday, December 3, hip-hop's oddest star rolls back into the Riot Room. He came through the same venue a year ago, but oh, the memory of him is still fresh

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KC Bier Co. releases Winterbock, Big Rip unleashes Pennywise Sweet Potato Ale and more beer events

Posted By on Thu, Nov 20, 2014 at 1:59 PM

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Thursday, November 20
Chocolate, Cheese and Ale tasting, at 75th Street Brewery (520 West 75th Street), tickets $30 in advance, 6–9 p.m.

Defiance Brewing Co. tasting, at Hy-Vee (310 Southwest Ward Road, Lee’s Summit), 5 p.m.

Martin City Brewing Co. launch party, at Grain to Glass (1611 Swift, North Kansas City), 6:30–8 p.m.

Pennywise Sweet Potato Ale tapping, at the Big Rip Brewing Co. (216 East Ninth Avenue, North Kansas City)

Tap Nite, featuring Bell’s the Oracle, at Flying Saucer (101 East 13th Street), 7 p.m.

Third Thursday at the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art (4525 Oak), featuring Crane Brewing Co., 6:30–9 p.m.

Boulevard Harvest Dance Wheat Wine tasting and meet the brewers at Boulevard Dry Goods Store (412 Nichols Road), 5-7 p.m.

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SUV involved in police chase crashes into building at 18th and Oak, causing partial collapse

Posted By on Thu, Nov 20, 2014 at 11:17 AM

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An SUV involved in a police chase crashed into a building at the corner of 18th Street and Oak, causing the building to partially collapse. Emergency crews are now on the scene.

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Third Thursday at the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, with Not a Planet, is your destination tonight

Third Thursday at the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, with Not a Planet, is your destination tonight.

Posted By on Thu, Nov 20, 2014 at 11:03 AM

This is what a band party looked like the last time the Nelson threw one.
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Before the holidays take over your life, give yourself an evening of preseason music, art and drink at the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art’s Third Thursday event. It’s the first of the museum’s new monthly party series, and it’s starting with a full slate: a DJ, two sets by Not a Planet, some hands-on artmaking, plenty of art talk, serious coffee and even more serious beer. Other than the beer (a $5 ticket), it’s free. Details after the jump.

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Here's former Star columnist Steve Penn's refiled defamation lawsuit against the paper

Posted By on Thu, Nov 20, 2014 at 10:56 AM

The Star isn't done with Penn yet.
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Those interested in media-industry sausage making (guilty!) may recall the firing of Kansas City Star columnist Steve Penn, in 2011, for plagiarism. Penn was caught lifting entire sentences and phrases from press releases and dropping them into his columns. Penn later filed a defamation lawsuit against the Star, claiming that his copy-and-pasting was a widespread practice at the paper, and that his reputation had been harmed as a result of the Star's publishing a story about his firing. 

Penn unexpectedly dropped the suit the day before the trial last November, citing the inability of a star (no pun intended) witness to make it to Jackson County Court to testify at that time. (Former sports columnist Jason Whitlock and Star editor Mike Fannin were among those deposed for the trial.) Last week, Penn refiled the suit, adding an allegation that the Star's actions placed him in a "false light."

"We always intended to refile," Penn's attorney, Lyle Gregory, tells The Pitch. "We ran into unanticipated problems [last year] where critical witnesses were unable to make it there to have their depositions taken. The allegations this time are similar to the original suit." 

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Urban Provisions crafts its first monthly pop-up night

Posted By on Thu, Nov 20, 2014 at 10:50 AM

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A recent visit to Urban Provisions reminded me that I don’t make it to the East Bottoms enough.

Located on an industrial street corner where trains rumble up and down the nearby railroad tracks, the cozy general store is packed with one-of-a-kind goods, all locally sourced or American made. I lost track of time sniffing the richly scented soaps and candles and daydreaming in front of the design-your-own-light-fixture station before purchasing bacon jam and some chewing gum that tastes like birthday cake.

This eclectic union of old and new is exactly what co-owner Savannah Northcraft is going for. She describes the shop’s aesthetic as “modern-day Americana.”

“We are lovers of the midcentury modern style and a pop of fresh, bright color, whether that be for your house or your wardrobe or something fun and fresh like a cocktail mixer,” she says. “We’re also big-time vintage lovers.”

This weekend, Urban Provisions announces that love a little louder with the first of what Northcraft says will be monthly pop-up events. It’s an extension of Columbus Park’s Third Friday Art Walk, and it features several local vendors, including I Loaf You, Porch Pots, KC Bravery, Monstrosity, Crane Brewing Co., Perilin Jewelry, and CartWheel. It’s a way for Northcraft to highlight the wares of even more local craftspeople.

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Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Thanksgiving: where to go when you don't want to cook

Posted By on Wed, Nov 19, 2014 at 12:46 PM

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  • The French Market in Prairie Village is taking orders for holiday pumpkin pies.

One of my favorite Thanksgiving memories dates back to my earliest years in Kansas City, when I dined by myself at a Chinese restaurant and ordered all the dishes I loved — and a few exotic cocktails. I had to take a taxi home, but that was its own pleasure. There's nothing better than a mess of cold Szechuan beef to sober you up the next morning.

On that note, I could find only one Chinese restaurant open this Thanksgiving: the ABC Cafe at 10001 West 87th Street in Overland Park, which is open from 11:30 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. (If I'm missing something, please tell me in the comments.)

But plenty of other restaurants are serving meals on Thursday, November 27. In all cases, it pays to make a reservation. We'll be updating this post frequently, but feel free to add your suggestions in the comments.

Jax Fish House & Oyster Bar, 4814 Roanoke Parkway, 816-437-7940. The six-week-old Plaza restaurant marks its first Thanksgiving on the Country Club Plaza by hosting a "Thanksgiving Stone Crab Celebration." That means stone-crab claws served with lemon, Jax mustard sauce, whipped parsnips, red-cabbage slaw and a roll. The restaurant serves food from 4 to 10 p.m. The regular Jax Fish House menu is also offered that night as well as happy-hour food specials available all night. The crab claws cost $18 each; side dishes are a la carte.

Lidia's Kansas City, 101 West 22nd Street, 816-221-3722. The restaurant serves from noon to 6 p.m., and reservations are still available. The meal — priced at $45 each for adults and $15 each for children — includes a family-style antipasti, a choice of a primi course (three salads or soup) and a choice of one entree from four options, including a roasted turkey breast with sausage-and-apple dressing and mashers. There's also the pasta-tasting trio, the herb-roasted pork shoulder, and a grouper a la Matalotta. A family-style dessert platter is included with the meal.

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Sampling Taco Bell's Sriracha menu — without alcohol

Sampling Taco Bell's Sriracha menu — without alcohol.

Posted By on Wed, Nov 19, 2014 at 11:30 AM

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Like a booze-fueled mirage, Taco Bell appears in my line of sight only if I’ve had at least three strong drinks. Come that fifth shot, there it is: a hazy, nacho-cheese-colored beacon, lighting up a cloud that rains watery hot sauce.


Until very recently, in fact, I’d never eaten Taco Bell sober. (And really, how often have you?)

But then last month, the restaurant chain began testing a Sriracha-spiked menu at 70 Kansas City–area locations. Oh, Sriracha, if anything was ever going to make me want to eat something called a “gordita,” it’s you, you rust-colored savior of food.

For a while, I was such a terrible cook that dinner functioned solely as a Sriracha delivery system. The condiment’s all-encompassing chili-garlic flavor is strong enough to satisfy hot-sauce aficionados, yet it’s not too overpowering for softer taste buds. Like ketchup, it instantly makes any dish at least satisfactory.

But is Sriracha enough to make Taco Bell palatable on an alcohol-free Sunday afternoon? I suddenly needed to know.

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