Monday, May 31, 2010

Eluvium at the Jackpot

Posted By on Mon, May 31, 2010 at 3:13 PM

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On the tail end of their spring tour, Eluvium graced the Jackpot's stage last Friday night in Lawrence. Eluvium's creator Matthew Cooper's infrequent vocals, synthesized guitar and keyboard were delicate and gradual. His compositions were enriched with Eric Macey's instrumentation (comprised of a small bowl which he hit like a gong) and Charles Stanyan's MacBook, creating a backstage act turned to the front of the stage.

The set felt like soaring very slowly through Matthew Cooper's mind. People sat on the floor and clapped after each song. The three keyboards were arranged in a circle, facing toward each other instead of the audience, as if the inner structure was more important for the band than being seen. But Eluvium was very welcoming. The audience's view of their shoulders was not threatening. They popped their knuckles between songs and thanked the bartender after he replaced an empty beer. Before starting a song Cooper said, "If you've ever heard a man try, here it is."

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Friday, May 28, 2010

We're taking a three-day weekend ...

Posted By on Fri, May 28, 2010 at 5:17 PM

The Pitch Action News Team is taking a holiday on Monday for Memorial Day. We'll be back bright and early Tuesday. See ya then.

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John and Joseph Hooker, KCMO homicides 42 and 43: Police ID bodies found in shopping cart

Posted By on Fri, May 28, 2010 at 4:27 PM

John Hooker's body was found stuffed in a shopping cart behind a house at 45th and Askew.
  • John Hooker's body was found stuffed in a shopping cart behind a house at 45th and Askew.

Kansas City police say the bodies found in a shopping cart behind a home at 4501 Askew belong to John and Joseph Hooker.

John Hooker was 21; his birthday was just three days away. Joseph Hooker was 19.

A call to the TIPS Hotline led police to the bodies behind a home.



Their cause of death has not been released.

Earlier today, a search warrant was executed in the 4500 block of Monroe.

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Pet Connection, a no-kill animal shelter, faces Friday shutdown (updated)

Posted By on Fri, May 28, 2010 at 4:06 PM

There could be a "closed" sign here Friday.
  • There could be a "closed" sign here Friday.

Update (4:06 p.m. May 28): The Pet Connection's Jason Huff tells The Pitch that the no-kill shelter's 5918 Broadmoor location remains open, and the clinic at 7021 Johnson Drive will temporarily cease veterinary operations and serve as a shelter for the time being.

"Up til Wednesday, the entire operation was threatened

with shutdown," Huff says. "Our

plans are to get the vet clinic back open, we just have to fill out forms to get the clinic filed under another

veterinarian's name. Our attorney worked with the Kansas Animal Health Department to assure

us they wouldn't come confiscate the animals currently housed there while our new

license for that property is in the works."

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Comment of the week: txt n ur car edition

Posted By on Fri, May 28, 2010 at 3:20 PM

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Both thumbs

on the wheel, please.

​To recap the week in symbolic legislation: Kansas has officially outlawed text-messaging while driving. But don't pick up your rotary-dial phone and get on the party line to celebrate your newfound safety just yet. Think about what commenter "Brian Nuevo" writes:

Hey at least it is still perfectly legal to play Tetris on my phone, take pictures with my phone, check my calendar on my phone, make and receive calls, use the calculator on my phone, watch YouTube videos on my phone, etc, etc, etc while driving. (all of which should affirmative defenses unless the state can prove you were texting.)

Your move, Kansas.

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Because you're going to be drunk all weekend

Posted By on Fri, May 28, 2010 at 3:12 PM

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Hey, since you're going to be mainlining beer over the next three days as you start the summer, why not have the perfect big dumb soundtrack to your big dumb fun?

For the price of a tweet, Facebook mention, or e-mail address, Victory Records offers up a sampler of their most recent metal. You can get the first part today, and the second part will be available tomorrow. That way, they get you to shill for them twice. Wonderful.

Get the free loudness here. If you're lucky, your entire weekend can be like that scene with Chris Holmes of WASP in the pool.

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Now you have plans for the weekend

Posted By on Fri, May 28, 2010 at 3:00 PM

Get your rubs out of the pantry, it's grilling season.
  • Get your rubs out of the pantry, it's grilling season.

You need plans. Fat City has a recycle bin full of listings. In this post, all our problems are solved. And because Monday's Memorial Day, we'll be back to our regularly scheduled programming on Tuesday. 

Who doesn't love the '80s? Martini Corner heads back to the beloved decade on Sunday with a Hot Tub Time Machine

event at Sol, the Drop, Velvet Dog and Tower Tavern. Dress in your

favorite period clothing to enjoy two-for-one drinks and half-price

shots. Of course, there will be plenty of '80s music from 6 p.m. to 3

a.m.

And since Memorial Day weekend is the unofficial kickoff for the barbecue season, you can start this year off right by meeting the authors of the Kansas City Barbeque Society Cookbook. Ardie Davis, Paul Kirk and Carolyn Wells stop at I Love A Mystery, an independent book store in Mission, on Saturday at 1 p.m. to sign their cookbook.

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"I Love the '80s" for academics

Posted By on Fri, May 28, 2010 at 2:47 PM

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On Thursday, June 3, at 8:00 p.m., KU Libraries host a special lecture entitled, "My Identity Through '80s Music: Why I Love the Boy" at the Oread Hotel.

The lecture, by instruction and outreach librarian Tami Albin, is a critical look at what '80s music means to Albin. As she states in the press release, "When I was 16, I could not critically look at a Culture Club video. Now, I can step back to critique it -- and still enjoy it all the more."

Following the lecture will be an '80s dance night in the Oread's basement club the Cave. The lecture is free and open to the public, but you need to RSVP by May 31 to Rebecca Smith at rasmith@ku.edu or (785) 864-1761.

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NY Times sends A.G. Sulzberger to KC, to be known as 'Veggieberger'

Posted By on Fri, May 28, 2010 at 2:09 PM

A.G. Sulzberger's bosses say he has an eye for stories.
  • A.G. Sulzberger's bosses say he has an eye for stories.

Somebody better call a doctor -- The New York Times' hard-on for Kansas City has lasted way longer than four hours. In its latest display of unbidden passion for our little patch of flyover country, the Times today announced that its planned local bureau has its man: A.G. Sulzberger.

Sulzberger is the son of Times publisher, chairman and criticism magnet Arthur Ochs Sulzberger Jr., himself the third Arthur Sulzberger to run the Old Gray ... how's that go? mare? Right, Old Gray Lady.

No old gray ladies for hot young media scion A.G. Just look at that eager mug. So young. So hungry. For something without meat, please. Today's Times press release outs Punch's grandson as a vegetarian, ensuring that everyone mocks him before he even leaves New York:

Arthur may be hard pressed to find vegetarian food amid all the barbecue joints, but he'll have no trouble finding stories. He has an eye for spotting unusual and compelling tales, and bringing them to life with deep reporting and lively writing.

Way to haze the boss's son, Times. Hey, kid, from one vegetarian to another: Get yourself the veggie burger at Room 39 -- still the best. Maybe the restaurant can rename it after you.

Hat tip to the New York Observer, which has the rest of the Times' press release.

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