Monday, June 29, 2015

Downtown convention hotel figures to be a money loser for Kansas City Public Schools, others

Posted By on Mon, Jun 29, 2015 at 1:03 PM

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Public financing for the downtown convention hotel could cost Kansas City Public Schools $4.7 million over 30 years due to public financing for the project, according to an analysis of the project.

On the other side of the equation, Kansas City stands to make nearly $50 million. Jackson County would emerge $23 million ahead, according to the analysis.

Springsted Inc. prepared a cost-benefit analysis of the convention hotel ahead of Tuesday's hearing for the project. Kansas City leaders announced the plan for the long-sought convention hotel as a means to increase the city's standing in the competitive convention business.

The Springsted report shows that KCPS bears the largest total financial risk from a public financing plan for the hotel project, which includes two types of tax increment financing, a sale-leaseback arrangement to redirect property taxes back to the development and other forms of assistance.

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Rolling Stones sightings: Michael Smith Restaurant, the Nelson-Atkins Museum and more

Posted By on Mon, Jun 29, 2015 at 12:00 PM

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If you didn't make it out to Arrowhead Stadium Saturday night for the Rolling Stones concert, perhaps you met one of the boys on the street. We've got some local social-media gems proving that the band members experienced bits of Kansas City in their own way.

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Cacao to juice the 51 Main building

Posted By on Mon, Jun 29, 2015 at 10:00 AM

Esqueda, Mattiella, and Marquez are in a Cacao mood.
  • Esqueda, Mattiella, and Marquez are in a Cacao mood.

Victor Esqueda, owner of Ixtapa in the Northland, and Ivan Marquez, former owner of Frida's Contemporary Mexican Cuisine in Overland Park, want to add some Cacao to a hot neighborhood.

Cacao — that's what the restaurateurs mean to call their proposed Mexican bistro — would open next to the corner space where Jonathan Justus is slated to open Black Dirt. The business partners (who together opened the original Frida's, before having a famous falling out) are in negotiations with developers Van Trust to take the 2,500-square-foot, street-level space in the 51 Main building.

The chef — Victor Esqueda's 25-year-old nephew, Cristobal Matiella, who moved to Kansas City four months ago and is a graduate of the Culinary Institute of Mexico — has some juicy ideas for his breakfast, lunch and dinner menus.

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Sunday, June 28, 2015

The Rolling Stones showed Kansas City how to rock last night at Arrowhead

Posted By on Sun, Jun 28, 2015 at 11:50 AM

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For the full slideshow from last night, go here

Taking a break from scorching temperatures and biblical downpours, the weather was impossibly perfect last night for the Rolling Stones appearance at Arrowhead Stadium. The band was making its first Kansas City appearance since 1999, and for the tens of thousands of fans that tailgated in fine Arrowhead tradition prior to filling up the stadium, the wait was well worth it.

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Friday, June 26, 2015

Kansas City has always been welcoming to gay diners

Posted By on Fri, Jun 26, 2015 at 2:47 PM

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  • Jeff Edmondson is turning a punk club into a gay-friendly sports bar.

As of today, same-sex couples in Missouri will be able to legally marry. But Kansas City already has a long history of welcoming the LGBT community to its restaurants as both patrons and employees. Unlike many Midwestern cities of its size, Kansas City has a tradition of gay-owned, gay-friendly restaurants, dating back at least to the 1960s.

Some of them didn't last very long — does anyone remember the short-lived Sarah Crankankles and its drag-queen waitresses? —  but others, like the original Corner Restaurant in Westport (opened by Stephen Friedman in 1980 and opened again by different people not long ago), live on.

The long-razed Arabian Nights lounge (located where the midtown Costco store stands now) served food. So did a gay bar called the Kon Tiki, which hosted a weekly fried-chicken night. Fried chicken was also the featured dish at another venue with an equally brief, but more recent, lifespan, Opal's Kitchen

Jeff Edmondson, the co-owner of the five-year-old Hamburger Mary's restaurant (in the Uptown Theater building at 3700 Broadway), won't typecast his venue as a gay restaurant: "We just say that we're an open-minded restaurant for open-minded people," he tells me.

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Here's some local reaction to today's Supreme Court decision legalizing gay marriage in all 50 states

Posted By on Fri, Jun 26, 2015 at 11:17 AM

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It was inevitable. 

For years, the domino pieces that stood in the way of gay couples getting married in the world's most powerful, supposedly advanced nation kept falling.

The last one tumbled today when a majority of U.S. Supreme Court justices ruled that the Constitution does not say marriage is only between a man and a woman. The ruling clears the way for gay couples nationwide to get married.


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Sam Brownback isn't happy about the Supreme Court's decision to legalize same-sex marriage

Posted By on Fri, Jun 26, 2015 at 10:03 AM

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Today, marriage equality is the law of the land. All 50 states — even Kansas.

But in the Sunflower State, frowny-faced Gov. Sam Brownback isn't thrilled that people who love each other can get married. Above is the official word from Brownback. 

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KCAI's Art of the Car Concours tunes up Sunday

Posted By on Fri, Jun 26, 2015 at 9:52 AM

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For one summer day each year, the Kansas City Art Institute’s grounds (4415 Warwick Boulevard) become a museum to all things souped up, sleek and sexy. The Art of the Car Concours, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, June 28, puts about 200 highly nonstandard vehicles (including the one shown here) on display. Your $20 ticket benefits the school’s scholarship fund. For information, including other Art of the Car events this weekend, see artofthecarconcours.com.

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The NHL is expanding ... just not to Kansas City

Posted By on Fri, Jun 26, 2015 at 8:20 AM

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Once again, hockey fans, please calm down. We have documented very well over the years how Kansas City is not and never will be in the hunt for an NHL franchise. Sure, the city has the arena. Sure, Kansas City was essentially promised a team a couple of times. But it’s not going to happen. Now or ever.

For Kansas City hockey fans, there has been no better proof of that fact than this week’s announcement that the NHL — against all logic — is officially taking bids from cities and ownership groups for expansion franchises. Why are they looking to add to their 30 teams now? It’s unclear.

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A new program for young artists debuts tonight at Haw Contemporary

Posted By on Fri, Jun 26, 2015 at 7:26 AM

Marijke Groeneveld's work will be featured as part of "That Used To Be Us."
  • Marijke Groeneveld's work will be featured as part of "That Used To Be Us."
Two new exhibitions debut at Haw Contemporary (1600 Liberty, in the West Bottoms) tonight. As the gallery's owner, Bill Haw Jr., tells The Pitch, they're part of a new program called ENABLE, which aims to give young artists, designers and curators the opportunity to show fresh and exciting work in a major space like Haw's. 

"I wanted to enable creative young people here to show their stuff in a serious space and get serious attendance instead of the just seven or eight people kind of passing through that they might get somewhere else," Haw says. "Hopefully this will be an annual thing. I imagine it will."

Haw says next year, the gallery may put out a call for submissions. "We haven't set any hard guidelines yet, but it'll probably be seeking people under 30 and working in creative areas," he says. "Possibly nationwide. And not necessarily wall artists. We're interested in music, furniture, fashion, objects. We want to mash all that up. Basically we want it to be open to young creative people who have real chops." 

This year, though, Haw handpicked both shows. Downstairs is "That Used to Be Us," curated by Carrie Riehl, who edits the art-culture-fashion magazine The Bohemian. That exhibition features prints and multimedia works from artists all across the globe, as well as some Kansas City-based ones. Riehl says it "delves into the economy of our bodies, labeling theory, and the need for cultural reinvestment." There'll also be a performance element called "High and Dumb," by Blanket Undercover's Megan Mantia and Leone Reeves. 

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