Thursday, September 11, 2014

Mills Record Co. prepares for expansion into the old Vapor Up space in Westport

Posted By on Thu, Sep 11, 2014 at 12:17 PM

The new platform stage will go in front of the window.
  • The new platform stage will go in front of the window.

Construction begins today at 312 Westport Road, the former home of e-cigarette shop Vapor Up. The new tenant? The second room of next-door neighbor Mills Record Co., which will feature an expanded record selection and a proper stage. 

Continue reading »

Tags: , , , , , ,

Nashville's Field Division is at the Tank Room on Friday

Posted By on Thu, Sep 11, 2014 at 10:26 AM

field.jpg

Justin Vernon did a great thing for Midwestern folksters when he bared his lovelorn soul seven years ago as Bon Iver: His global success validated our romantic interest in songs that reminded us of nature. Since then, singer-songwriters the world over have tried to cure their heartbreak with high falsettos and synth machines. A few are pretty good, like the Des Moines, Iowa, duo of Evelyn Taylor and Nicholas Frampton.

Continue reading »

Tags: , , , ,

Missouri Legislature overrides Gov. Nixon's veto of needlessly punitive abortion bill

Posted By on Thu, Sep 11, 2014 at 6:14 AM

A really bad bill slips by the goalie in Missouri.
  • A really bad bill slips by the goalie in Missouri.
Missouri last night officially became the third state in the union to pass into law a bill requiring a 72-hour waiting period for women seeking an abortion. In doing so, MIssouri joins ranks with Utah and South Dakota, proud states that humiliate and heap undue financial hardship on women during an already difficult time in their lives. 

Nixon vetoed the bill back in July, calling it "insulting to women." He pointed out that state law already required Missouri women to make two trips to the health center and wait at least 24 hours before having an abortion. 

In a special session held Wednesday in Jefferson City, Republicans in the Legislature were determined to override Nixon's veto. A filibuster of the bill, led by outgoing Democratic state Sen. Jolie Justus, was interrupted after two hours by Republicans. A vote was then held, and the Republicans in the Legislature succeeded in overriding the veto. 

Continue reading »

Tags: , , , ,

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

IKEA wasn't the only grand opening today; Walmart replaces old Superfund site in Argentine

Posted By on Wed, Sep 10, 2014 at 4:19 PM

Ann Murguia's district gets a long-sought after redevelopment.
  • Ann Murguia's district gets a long-sought after redevelopment.
While Merriam's IKEA grand opening soaked up the headlines on Tuesday for turning a barren property into an outlet for an international retailer, Kansas City, Kansas' Argentine neighborhood christened its own real-estate turnaround on the same morning.

A crowd of dignitaries heralded the opening of a Walmart Neighborhood Market near 24th Street and Metropolitan Avenue. The scaled-down version of Walmart opens a grocery outlet in the underserved Argentine community.

The Walmart, like many developments in the Kansas City area (and Walmart stores in general), was brought along with the help of taxpayer money. And while wealthier enclaves of town have lent public assistance to wealthy companies, the development of the Walmart-anchored La Plaza Argentine reflects the true intent of taxpayer-assisted redevelopments.

Continue reading »

Tags: , , , ,

Boulevard releases Za'Tart, KC Bier Co. taps an Oktoberfest, Screenland Armour starts a book club and more

Posted By on Wed, Sep 10, 2014 at 3:17 PM

zatart.jpg
Boulevard released its collaboration with Cambridge Brewing Co. earlier this week: Za’Tart spiced sour ale.

Boulevard ambassador brewer Jeremy Danner announced the new beer on the brewery’s website last week. The genesis of Za’Tart came about during this year’s Boulevardia festival, when Cambridge brewmaster Will Meyers — in town for Boulevardia’s Taps & Tastes beer event — approached Boulevard about a collaboration.

“Having known Will (and his beers) for several years, we weren’t surprised when he suggested a less than conventional beer,” Danner wrote. “Described quite loosely as a low ABV, sour rustic blonde with spices, Za’Tart is the beer that resulted from our collaboration.”

Za’Tart (4.7 percent ABV with 8.6 IBUs) will be available only in kegs in Kansas City. Boulevard spokeswoman Julie Weeks tells us that Za’Tart “is a very limited distribution, similar to Tripel Julep, so it won’t be around long.”

Continue reading »

Tags: , , , , , , , , , ,

Clipping is at the Replay Lounge this Thursday

Posted By on Wed, Sep 10, 2014 at 1:31 PM

clipping020614.jpg

Los Angeles' Clipping — MC Daveed Diggs and producers Jonathan Snipes and William Hutson — seems content under the rap umbrella. Or, at least, it doesn't really make a big deal of genres. That's fine, but the group's latest full-length, July's Clppng, is not an album that can be easily labeled and filed away.

Continue reading »

Tags: , , , , ,

This weekend's Latino Gay Pride Festival has a message — and Jujubee

Posted By on Wed, Sep 10, 2014 at 12:16 PM

The founder and producer of Kansas City's Latino Gay Pride Festival, Mario Canedo, has watched his family-friendly event get bigger every year -- but not without growing pains and frustration. - SABRINA STAIRES
  • Sabrina Staires
  • The founder and producer of Kansas City's Latino Gay Pride Festival, Mario Canedo, has watched his family-friendly event get bigger every year -- but not without growing pains and frustration.


Last year, as the fifth annual Latino Gay Pride Festival was winding down in Hyde Park, the event’s founder and organizer, Mario Canedo, stepped on the stage, took the microphone and made an emotional speech.

He recalls: “I was crying at this point and said, ‘It’s time for me to say goodbye. I can’t do another festival. It’s too much hard work to produce this thing, to build it up every year.’ I was angry, exhausted — done.”

Canedo, who has always mounted the festival without a committee or many volunteers, was angry that five local drag performers had canceled at the last minute, leaving him with few acts to fill the one-day event’s rented stage. Canedo played recorded music instead, and other performers added encores to their sets. The show went on. And Canedo soon changed his mind.

“Everyone was having such a good time, and so many people asked me not to quit,” he tells me. “So I agreed to keep doing it.”

He also increased the festival’s scale. For the first time since Canedo started the event, in 2009 — 25 people showed up that first year, and 600 came last year — the festival is a two-day party. Friday night marks an adults-only street fair in Westport, with alcohol for sale and a national headliner, Jujubee, the Laotian-born veteran of RuPaul’s Drag Race.

Continue reading »

Tags: , ,

Ariana Grande stops at the Independence Events Center in February

Posted By on Wed, Sep 10, 2014 at 12:07 PM

Screen_shot_2014-09-10_at_12.06.26_PM.png

One-time Nickelodeon starlet and now full-fledged pop diva Ariana Grande has just announced a 2015 tour in support of her latest album, My Everything. The 21-year-old singer will be stopping at the Independence Events Center next year, on Wednesday, February 20. 


Continue reading »

Tags: , , , ,

Dennis Edwards keeps his family's grocery store alive in KCK

Posted By on Wed, Sep 10, 2014 at 11:58 AM

Dennis Edwards makes a terrific spicy Reuben and a classic Philly cheesesteak in Kansas City, Kansas. He sells groceries too.
  • Dennis Edwards makes a terrific spicy Reuben and a classic Philly cheesesteak in Kansas City, Kansas. He sells groceries too.


Dennis Edwards was barely out of his teens, a young felon in Leavenworth Penitentiary, when he got a solid piece of advice from a fellow inmate and veteran Chicago mobster.

“His name was Joey Lombardo,” Edwards says. “He looked at me and said, ‘Kid, you’re too smart and too nice to be in a place like this. You need to get out of here and stay out.’”

The problem, Edwards says, was that he didn’t know what he wanted to do when he was finally released from prison after 13 years.

“I’m a very good mechanic. I can do that,” he says. “But my only other skill was working in my father’s grocery store, and he had closed that down.”

The two-story building that formerly housed the family store was still standing at 81 North Mill in Kansas City, Kansas. Edwards’ father, Cedric “Walkie Talkie” Edwards, was living on the second floor, in the big apartment where he had raised his four sons. However, the first-floor grocery store, which the senior Edwards operated from 1959 to 1985, was filled with junk.

Continue reading »

Tags: , , , , ,

Competitive eater Jamie McDonald bears down on Succotash’s Sumo

Posted By on Wed, Sep 10, 2014 at 11:20 AM

McDonald makes all gone.
  • McDonald makes all gone.

Jamie “the Bear” McDonald did not come to Succotash for a leisurely Sunday brunch. Wearing a black baseball cap that complemented his dark, close-cropped beard, the world-record-holding competitive eater and KC native sat unsmiling at a corner table. All business, he ordered a Sumo. The bleary-eyed server suddenly snapped awake.

“The sumo is, like, this big,” she said. She spread her hands 2 feet apart. “It’s, like, a food challenge.”

Weighing in at 10 pounds, the Sumo contains scrambled eggs, potatoes, ham, peppers, onions, and cheese, wrapped in a giant pancake and topped with sausage gravy. It’s the equivalent of eating a small bowling ball for breakfast, and it’s mostly carbs. When it expands in your stomach, it hurts.

McDonald nodded. “I’ll take two,” he said.

Continue reading »

Tags: , , , ,

Most Popular Stories

Recent Comments

Slideshows

All contents ©2014 Kansas City Pitch LLC
All rights reserved. No part of this service may be reproduced in any form without the express written permission of Kansas City Pitch LLC,
except that an individual may download and/or forward articles via email to a reasonable number of recipients for personal, non-commercial purposes.

All contents © 2012 SouthComm, Inc. 210 12th Ave S. Ste. 100, Nashville, TN 37203. (615) 244-7989.
All rights reserved. No part of this service may be reproduced in any form without the express written permission of SouthComm, Inc.
except that an individual may download and/or forward articles via email to a reasonable number of recipients for personal, non-commercial purposes.
Website powered by Foundation