Tuesday, May 5, 2015

The American Royal is moving its annual barbecue to Arrowhead Stadium

Posted By on Tue, May 5, 2015 at 11:53 AM

The Royal takes its pits and meats out to Truman Sports Complex. - WESTBOTTOMS PHOTOGRAPHY
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  • The Royal takes its pits and meats out to Truman Sports Complex.
Following a contentious year in which the American Royal struggled to justify a $60 million ask of Kansas City, Missouri, taxpayers to tear down Kemper Arena and build new facilities for the American Royal, the organization announced today that it is moving its biggest event — the World Series of Barbecue — to the Truman Sports Complex this fall. 

“We’ve enjoyed many great years in the West Bottoms. However, to continue to enhance the American Royal’s World Series of Barbecue for all competitors and patrons, we must go,” John Mitchell, Jr., chairman of the American Royal, said in a release. “We couldn’t be more excited to partner with Arrowhead Stadium at the Truman Sports Complex.”

“We are continuing to create a sports and entertainment destination for fans of all ages, interests and backgrounds through our Arrowhead Events business,” said Mark Donovan, president of the Kansas City Chiefs. “There’s no event like the American Royal barbecue competition. There’s nothing like the tailgating experience at Arrowhead on gameday. Combining the best barbecue event and the best tailgating in Kansas City was an easy decision and we are really excited to work with the American Royal.”

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You can stream the new Kristen Wiig movie for free through the KCK Public Library

Posted By on Tue, May 5, 2015 at 11:24 AM

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Welcome to Me, a dark comedy starring the unrelentingly great Kristen Wiig, opens in theaters this week. But thanks to a partnership between the Kansas City, Kansas Public Library and a streaming service called Hoopla, it will also open in the homes of any and all KCKPL members this Friday. For free. 

Details:
To watch Welcome to Me, people will simply need a KCKPL library card or eCard. If they have neither, they can sign up for an eCard in less than a minute on the eCommunity site at http://ecommunity.kckpl.org. The eCard offers instant access to thousands of movies, television shows, music, and books. Anyone in the metro who is eligible for a library card can sign up for an eCard.   

A link to stream the movie will be posted on the eCommunity on the morning of Friday, May 8, when the movie opens. Card holders can then stream the movie instantly at their convenience. Until then, people who sign up for an eCard can access any of the other great entertainment options offered through KCKPL’s eCommunity.  
The film tells the story of a woman named Alice, a "TV-obsessed hermit with borderline personality disorder who wins $86 million dollars in a lottery and uses it to fund her dreams of becoming Oprah." Watch the trailer below. 

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Crossroads Summer Block Party lineup announced

Posted By on Tue, May 5, 2015 at 10:31 AM

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As your summer calendar fills up with concerts and weddings, make room for one more sweet event: the annual Crossroads Summer Block Party. The event is free, and is taking place at its usual location at the corner of West 19th Street and Wyandotte Street on Friday, June 5.

This year, the mostly local lineup features eight delightful acts, including Lawrence's Your Friend and St. Louis' Illphonics. Full schedule after the jump.

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New Belgium Clips of Faith is coming to Theis Park later in May

Posted By on Tue, May 5, 2015 at 7:44 AM

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There's not much better than watching a movie outdoors under the stars. OK, there is — watching a movie under the stars while drinking a beer. New Belgium Brewing Co. is going to take care of the movie and the beer when its Clips of Faith film tour stops at Theis Park (533 Emanuel Cleaver II Boulevard) Thursday, May 21.

The whole night — from 7 to 10:30 p.m. — is a fundraiser for BikeWalk KC, the nonprofit that tries to make this city a better place for bicyclists. 

This year's beer list goes 17 deep. Here's what to expect:

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Monday, May 4, 2015

The Who postpones its Sprint Center date on Tuesday night

Posted By on Mon, May 4, 2015 at 7:09 PM

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Fans of the Who are going to have to wait a little bit longer to see Pete Townshend, Roger Daltrey and the rest of the gang perform. Doctors have put vocalist Daltrey on vocal rest for the next three tour dates, including tomorrow night's show at the Sprint Center. All three shows will be rescheduled and tickets will be honored when the new dates are announced.

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The Kansas economy is lagging, even by Sam Brownback's own standards

The Kansas economy is lagging, even by Sam Brownback's own standards.

Posted By on Mon, May 4, 2015 at 1:23 PM

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Last week, we reported how the Kansas economy continues to swirl around the drain, based on findings released by the U.S. Census Bureau that found only two states had steeper revenue declines than the Sunflower State.

A few critics of the report responded that state budgets don't equal overall economic health. Then again, cash-strapped school districts don't contemplate ending the school year prematurely in a strong economy.

Gov. Sam Brownback's office last week lamented the water-torture drip, drip, drip of bad economic news with a statement that accused "the left" of manufacturing claims of a sour state economy, even though many on "the right" have similar concerns.

OK, fine, let's throw out the state budget and instead look at a set of economic indicators. Specifically, look at some of the indicators that Gov. Sam Brownback himself said would bear out the state's economic progress. 

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Kornitzer Capital Management hit with fine from Securities and Exchange Commission

Posted By on Mon, May 4, 2015 at 1:09 PM

A local investment juggernaut runs afoul of the SEC.
  • A local investment juggernaut runs afoul of the SEC.
With about $11.3 billion in assets under management, Mission, Kansas-based Kornitzer Capital Management is one of the largest, if not the largest, fee-based investment advisers in the metro area. 

Two weeks ago, the firm was fined by the Securities and Exchange Commission for misrepresenting financial information to the board of Buffalo Funds, a mutual fund that Kornitzer Capital Management advises (and of which KCM chief executive officer John Kornitzer is also CEO). 

The fine relates to actions by Kornitzer's chief financial officer and chief compliance officer, Barry Koster. He's accused of violating Section 15(c) of the Investment Company Act, which "makes it the duty of an investment adviser to a registered investment company to furnish such information as may reasonably be necessary for the investment company’s directors to evaluate the terms of any contract whereby a person undertakes regularly to serve or act as investment adviser to such company."

Here, Koster is accused of fudging internal salary expenses in reports to the Buffalo Funds board. From the administrative proceeding:

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LiveKC is bringing a leisure sports league and more to Barney Allis Plaza

LiveKC is bringing a leisure sports league and more to Barney Allis Plaza.

Posted By on Mon, May 4, 2015 at 11:20 AM

Tennis used to rule Barney Allis Plaza. Now ... a whole lot of nothing. LiveKC is trying to change that. - JEN CHEN
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  • Tennis used to rule Barney Allis Plaza. Now ... a whole lot of nothing. LiveKC is trying to change that.

Barney Allis Plaza is one of the most underutilized spaces in downtown Kansas City. Ever since the Explorers left town ... you don't remember Kansas City's pro tennis team? 

Sports is coming back to BAP. Well, sports may be a bit of a strong word for the competitions being held in the city square between 12th and 13th streets and Wyandotte and Central. LiveKC, through the KC Crew, is putting together leisure sports leagues: croquet, bocce ball and badminton. It all starts Thursday, May 14, and runs through Thursday, June 25. 

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Kraftwerk is coming to Kansas City for the first time in 40 years

Posted By on Mon, May 4, 2015 at 11:04 AM

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Kraftwerk hasn't played a concert in Kansas City since 1975, according to Consequence of Sound, which got the jump on the band's tour announcement this morning. (Looks like it was at Memorial Hall? Anybody out there remember this show? Would love to hear about it.)

The German electronic-music trailblazers somewhat improbably return, 40 years later, to Kansas City on Friday, October 9, of this year. The show — one of only 12 North American dates; you should be flattered —  is at the Midland. Tickets are on sale this Friday (May 8) at 10 a.m.

The traveling Kraftwerk show has been described as a "pure electronic art-rave." 3-D glasses are involved. More info here

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Saturday, May 2, 2015

A relaxed Billy Joel serenaded the Sprint Center last night

Posted By on Sat, May 2, 2015 at 11:23 AM

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In 1978, on the 52nd Street tour, Billy Joel was still playing colleges, and his shows were manic. At a stop at the old Ahearn Fieldhouse at Kansas State, for instance, Joel, in his then-standard swept-back black hair, button down shirt, straight-leg jeans, sport coat and white K-Swiss tennis shoes, sprinted constantly and frantically up and down and across layers of stage ramps.

Back then, he rode himself hard.


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