Monday, September 15, 2014

Stephen King stops in Kansas City in November to discuss his new book, Revival

Posted By on Mon, Sep 15, 2014 at 1:33 PM

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International best-selling author Stephen King - basically the father of modern American horror and fantasy, for anyone who hasn't heard of the novelist - is touring this fall and winter in support of a new book, Revival. He stops at Unity Temple on the Plaza on Thursday, November 13, to discuss the book and his career with Rainy Day Books founder and president Vivien Jennings. 

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Preservation Market takes on table service, cheaper beer, bigger menu

Posted By on Mon, Sep 15, 2014 at 12:33 PM

There will still be a large selection of domestic and imported beers at Bridger's Bottle Shop, but the primary focus will be on chef Alex Pope's cuisine. - DAVID HUDNALL
  • David Hudnall
  • There will still be a large selection of domestic and imported beers at Bridger's Bottle Shop, but the primary focus will be on chef Alex Pope's cuisine.

Get ready for some big changes at the venue known as Bridger's Bottle Shop at 510 Westport Road.

The five-month-old beer emporium has become, since it opened, better known for the restaurant inside the venue — Alex Pope's popular Preservation Market — than for the beer selection. Pope and his crew, including head chef Devin Campbell, are taking a more active role in the business (including the management of the business) now that two of the original managing partners, Phil Theis and Aaron Beatty, are currently more focused on their karaoke saloon, Offkey Karaoke Lounge & Suites; the third managing partner, Eric Flanagan, is now working for the Westport Ale House.

"In the short term, patrons will see very few changes," Pope says. "But we'll be introducing quite a few changes over the next few weeks. Starting this week, Adam Northcraft is the general manager, and we'll have a full-time host welcoming visitors. It was very confusing for people walking into the place for the first time."

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S. Carey, drummer for Bon Iver, brings his solo tour to RecordBar on Tuesday

Posted By on Mon, Sep 15, 2014 at 10:35 AM

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S. Carey may be the drummer for Bon Iver, but he's also a highly capable artist in his own right. For proof, look no further than his latest full-length, Range of Light. It's a quiet stunner, full of songs that capture the essence of the places where they were conceived: Texas prairies, Minnesota lakes, Arizona deserts. In these cases, Carey proves a master of imagery.

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The Flaming Lips are at Crossroads KC on Tuesday

Posted By on Mon, Sep 15, 2014 at 8:40 AM

The Lips minus Kliph.
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Tuesday night's Flaming Lips show should be interesting, and not because frontman Wayne Coyne may wear some ridiculous feather-boa-and-pimp-coat ensemble and try to pretend that LSD hasn't made him certifiably insane while he rolls through the crowd in a human-sized hamster ball.

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Friday, September 12, 2014

Swope Soccer Village was built on broken promises

Posted By on Fri, Sep 12, 2014 at 3:12 PM

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Swope Soccer Village is back in the news this week. Various media outlets are preceding Friday afternoon's dedication of the Swope Park soccer complex with stories about how the project is another way for Kansas City to claim that it's the soccer capital of the United States.

What today's dedication probably won't mention is how a nearby neighborhood got worked over in order to make high-priced soccer fields a reality in Kansas City. What's more, that same neighborhood remains on the business end of unfulfilled promises.

It's great that Kansas City has soccer fields to call its own after watching places like Overland Park capitalize on soccer's popularity among youngsters in the Midwest.

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SeedCo Studios in Lawrence celebrates new location with a local music fest on Saturday

Posted By on Fri, Sep 12, 2014 at 1:22 PM

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SeedCo Studios in Lawrence has a brand-new space, and to celebrate the grand opening this weekend, the fine folks over there decided there was no better way than to throw a party. This Saturday, September 13, at Eighth Street and Delaware in the Warehouse Arts District, 21 visual artists and eight local musicians will gather alongside a slew of food vendors and retailers to deliver some good, all-ages fun for the first-ever SeedCo Harvest Festival. 

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The Drop serves lite versions of Lehane, Gandolfini and Hardy

Posted By on Fri, Sep 12, 2014 at 12:02 PM

Gandolfini and Hardy are reason enough to see The Drop.
  • Gandolfini and Hardy are reason enough to see The Drop.

Tom Hardy holds the screen like no other actor of his generation. He combines coiled physical tension with a light vocal timbre that lends unsettling purpose to a disquietingly intelligent gaze. Unfortunately, most of the movies in which he has appeared so far hold him

James Gandolfini, who died last year, suffered from a similar imbalance outside his endlessly rich portrayal of Tony Soprano on TV. His sheer command — a looming stature that he could expand and contract in subtle ways, eyes and a voice that found complex shades of wit in menace and vice versa — often overpowered material made for less nuanced performers.

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Thursday, September 11, 2014

Neal Patterson wants all the public incentives

Posted By on Thu, Sep 11, 2014 at 2:06 PM

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Neal Patterson has a tempting offer for Kansas City: The $1.6 billion man said he would chip in to pay the $5 million cost to bulldoze Kemper Arena once and for all.

The Cerner co-founder made the announcement Wednesday during an American Royal luncheon. The offer is the latest salvo in the municipal tug-of-war between two developers on what to do with the future of the West Bottoms. Patterson and UMB Financial Corporation CEO Mariner Kemper want to jettison the hardly used arena and replace it with a smaller facility and adjoining complex they say would better serve the American Royal.

Patterson's offer sounds nice, but it goes only so far to whittle away at the estimated $30 million that City Hall would have to contribute to make his and Kemper's plan work under their financing proposal.

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Trampled Under Foot retires this winter, bassist Danielle Schnebelen talks about what's next

Posted By on Thu, Sep 11, 2014 at 1:31 PM

A really blurry photo from TUF's Valentine's show at Knuckleheads, but hey, at least it's a recent one. - ANDREINA BYRNE
  • Andreina Byrne
  • A really blurry photo from TUF's Valentine's show at Knuckleheads, but hey, at least it's a recent one.

Rumors have been circulating lately that beloved local blues champions Trampled Under Foot are dissolving the band after 12 years together. This was sad news to our ears, but before we rushed off to lock ourselves away for a day of weeping, we decided to check with the band. Over the phone, bassist and singer Danielle Schnebelen confirmed our fears. 


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