Friday, July 29, 2011

Cowboys & Aliens: Don't let anyone make you feel bad for thinking this is fun

Posted By on Fri, Jul 29, 2011 at 4:54 PM

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I'd forgotten how much I missed Harrison Ford. When he makes his first appearance in Cowboys & Aliens to punish an incompetent ranch hand, people applauded. A girl next to me swooned, which I didn't know was possible to do in a movie-theater seat.

In the '70s, Ford helped invent the Hollywood summer blockbuster with his part in Star Wars. But if I try and fit my image of the young Han Solo into the last decade of action films, I have a hard time finding a place for him.
His last Indiana Jones co-star Shia Labeouf, however, is everywhere. There, I think, is the problem. Young Harrison Ford still carried himself like an adult, and Shia LaBeouf comes off like a kid, and will probably stay that way well into his 30s. We don't have men actors anymore; we have boy actors.

I hate to think what that will lead to. Woe to the generation that has no Robert Mitchum.

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Unidentified woman shot to death in KCK

Posted By on Fri, Jul 29, 2011 at 3:30 PM

Another one.
  • Another one.

Here's hoping this is the last murder news before we go off for the weekend. Jesus Christ.

A woman's body was found early this morning on the deck of a house near North 17th St. and Cleveland Ave. in KCK, police say. An official cause of death has not been released, but media reports indicate that the woman had been shot multiple times.

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Chiefs say Tony Moeaki is now physically unable to perform

Posted By on Fri, Jul 29, 2011 at 2:40 PM

One of the best moments of Chief football in 2010
  • One of the best moments of Chief football in 2010

This feels like it came out of nowhere. The Chiefs announced today that they were putting tight end Tony Moeaki on the physically unable to perform list.

Moeaki had a hell of a first year with the Chiefs in 2010. His stunning one-handed catch into the end zone against San Francisco was a season highlight. Moeaki is one of the reasons I'm looking forward to the new season, along with the fact that the Chiefs signed his former Iowa Hawkeye QB, Ricky Stanzi. If I can digress for a second here, Stanzi is erratic, yes, but that dude keeps his cool and he can come back when he's in a hole. Which I can't say about certain nameless players with arrowheads on their helmets ...

Watch your back, Cassel.

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Stretch, Part Three: 'Stretchifying' your television screen

Posted By on Fri, Jul 29, 2011 at 1:35 PM

The Bengal Tiger pizza at Grinders
  • The Bengal Tiger pizza at Grinders

With two restaurants up and running, a regular series of traveling chef gigs and steady sculpture commissions, Stretch has set his sights on television. He's determined to "Stretchify" the small screen, figuring out how to squeeze his oversized personality and diverse interests into 22 compelling minutes of programming.

On Wednesday, he talked about leaving Philadelphia to pursue a career as a toy designer, and yesterday, he shared the events that led him to eating goat from the back of a pickup trick.

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Bill Murray's Cousin, tonight at Vulcan's Forge

Posted By on Fri, Jul 29, 2011 at 12:31 PM

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Fringe Festival continues through the end of this weekend. One of the more musical performances is Bill Murray's Cousin, the premise of which is a guy who is Bill Murray's cousin trying to contact Bill Murray via a seance. Scenes from What About Bob and Ghostbusters are projected onto hanging bed sheets as a soundtrack of looping, experimental lullabies is performed.  

This is the third year at Fringe for producers the Buran Theatre Company, who have contributed cerebrally wonky plays in the previous two years. See the final performance at 9:30 tonight at Vulcan's Forge (3936 Broadway).


Odd Future headed to The Granada in October

Posted By on Fri, Jul 29, 2011 at 11:44 AM

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The year's most blogged-about hip-hop act, Odd Future, has announced its fall North American tour dates, and we landed one. They hit the Granada October 11. That is gonna be one berserk show. No word yet on when tickets are on sale. 

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The Coathangers: show at RecordBar, free download

Posted By on Fri, Jul 29, 2011 at 10:51 AM

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Forgot to mention: All-lady quartet the Coathangers will bring their playful, searing punk rock to the RecordBar on August 2. The band's recent Daytrotter session was a fine one. Take a listen. Doors open at 10 p.m. 18-plus. Maren Parusel and Parts of Speech open.

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Tim Kasher, The War on Drugs, Crossfade and a handful of other incoming artists

Posted By on Fri, Jul 29, 2011 at 10:41 AM

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Tim Kasher, frontman of Cursive, is returning to Lawrence. He'll play a solo gig at the Jackpot Saloon on September 9, where he'll sell his EP, Bigamy: More Songs from the Monogamy Sessions, which is a show/Saddle Creek webstore exclusive -- joys!. The Jackpot will also host The War on Drugs on November 1. Purling Hiss and Carter Tanton will support.


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