Tuesday, November 30, 2010

The DREAM Act will pass over Kris Kobach's lifeless, soulless body (video)

Posted By on Tue, Nov 30, 2010 at 12:00 PM

"Stop moving around so much, Juan!"
  • "Stop moving around so much, Juan!"

Almost a decade after it was introduced, the federal DREAM Act -- an immigration-reform bill that would clear a path to citizenship for young undocumented aliens who agree to serve in the military or attend college -- has a shot at passing this week.

The momentum has local immigrants rallying for the cause, which would turn well-behaved young people -- who, being kids and all, didn't likely choose to jump the border -- into tax-paying, educated citizens. Just the kind of people we want around here, right Kris Kobach?

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Hey, remember the Cold War Kids?

Posted By on Tue, Nov 30, 2010 at 11:38 AM

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They're coming to the Granada on March 9. Okay, you've probably heard at least three dozen bands that sound like the Cold War Kids since the Strokes made monotone, fuzzy rock and roll fashionable in 2001; but "Hang Me Up To Dry" is still a pretty fucking great song. (The video? Not so much.) The band is working on its third release, Behave Yourself Mine Is Yours, which is out on January 25, 2011.

Watch a teaser for the band's last EP, Behave Yourself, after the jump.

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'The Night thePhantom* Stole Christmas,' a special holiday album from...thePhantom*

Posted By on Tue, Nov 30, 2010 at 11:18 AM

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"When's the last time a hip-hop holiday album came out?" asks local rapper thePhantom* of visitors to his Bandcamp page. Decent point, although I wouldn't necessarily say hip-hop and Christmas music have a peanut-butter-and-jelly thing going on. 

Nevertheless, thePhantom* has answered his own question, released a six-song, Christmas-themed EP that you can purchase for $5 dollars. It's a dancy, bizarro mix of hip-hop and house; the first track is titled "The Fall of Mr. Elf." 

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You shouldn't be searching for the best deal on a restaurant menu

Posted By on Tue, Nov 30, 2010 at 11:15 AM

Searching for the ultimate value meal.
  • Searching for the ultimate value meal.

I've never met a restaurateur that rubs his hands together and laughs an evil laugh because you've just ordered the steak. But somehow in our value-obsessed universe, we've decided that breaking down the psychology of restaurant menus is critical to make sure that said restaurateur, who has an average salary of $36,000 a year according to SimplyHired, doesn't get one over on us. 

A recent piece on Moneyning looks at the five ways you can decode a menu to make sure you get the best value in what you're ordering. While the idea that a restaurant is trying to push high-margin dishes is absolutely true, it shouldn't affect what you order at all.

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Jane Mobley, the GSA's PR flack, finds new disaster to spin: the convention hotel

Posted By on Tue, Nov 30, 2010 at 11:00 AM

Jane Mobley moves on to the next crisis.
  • Jane Mobley moves on to the next crisis.

Who had Jane Mobley in the Kansas City Public-Relations Person Most Likely to Be in the News pool?

U.S. Sen. Claire McCaskill recently announced an investigation into the government's use of image consultants after KSHB Channel 41 reporter Russ Ptacek revealed that Jane Mobley Associates was paid $234,000 to help the General Services Administration crisis-manage the contamination problem at the Bannister Federal Complex. On Monday, Mobley was introduced as an adviser to the committee studying a potential 1,000-room convention hotel in downtown Kansas City, Missouri.

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There will be a bunch of sexy things happening at the Pretty Things Peep Show next week

Posted By on Tue, Nov 30, 2010 at 10:22 AM

The Pretty Things Peep Show.
  • The Pretty Things Peep Show.
Do you know about the Tucci Boys? It's this pretty cool new group I'm in. Every now and then, the three of us get together and talk about veteran actor Stanley Tucci -- how his career is progressing, past roles of his we've enjoyed, how much class he has. You know, the usj. In case you're interested, the group is currently accepting new members, so if you're into Tucci, it might be something to think about. No pressure, of course. 

I mention the Tucci Boys because we had a totally chill meet-up last week to go see Tucci's new movie, Burlesque -- spoiler alert: Tucci shines -- and as I was enjoying Tucci's performance in the film, I was thinking about how I'd like to see some live burlesque here in Kansas City. Wouldn't that be fun? Then lo and behold I receive word yesterday that there is a burlesque show coming to KC next week!

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It's time to say goodbye to your Thanksgiving leftovers

Posted By on Tue, Nov 30, 2010 at 10:15 AM

Some love has an expiration date.
  • Some love has an expiration date.

It's OK if you need a moment. You've probably bonded with that turkey leg. And that cranberry sauce isn't going to eat itself.

Food safety aside, it's time we moved on from Thanksgiving. Christmas ham is just around the corner, and you can start eating potato pancakes for Chanukkah tomorrow night. If you truly love your leftovers, let them go...into your kitchen trash.

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London Transit's new forthcoming EP, Fake Figures

Posted By on Tue, Nov 30, 2010 at 10:10 AM

London Transit
  • London Transit

London Transit's latest effort is called Fake Figures, and it's available on January 1. (Here's my review of the band's 2009 album, Digital Kid.) I've just copped a sneak peek of Fake Figures. It's still shiny, sleek electro-pop -- which is fading out of style, fast -- but it's more symphonic and euphoric than the sparse, stark bleeps and bloops of Digital Kid. Two years is a long time to refine a sound that's been fermenting since The Postal Service's debut album in 2003; but shades of Passion Pit, Hot Chip and Cut Copy flash-forward the local pop band's electronic compositions into the present. Fans of cotton candy-colored synths and brain-worming melodies will dig London Transit's latest efforts.

Check out a preview of the band's EP after the jump.

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Spider-Man spotted in Overland Park: Photos wanted of the webslinger

Posted By on Tue, Nov 30, 2010 at 10:00 AM

Have you seen Spider-Man?
  • Have you seen Spider-Man?

Webslinger Spider-Man made an unexpected appearance in Overland Park Friday night.

Overland Park Police Chief John Douglass announced the sighting on his Just the Facts blog, writing that Spider-Man appeared near West 144th and Stearns around 7:30 p.m. when a woman stopped her car after noticing tape strung across the street. Could the tape have actually been web?

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Patti Smith, and six other musicians with literary chops

Posted By on Tue, Nov 30, 2010 at 9:22 AM

Patti Smith and Robert Mapplethorpe
  • Patti Smith and Robert Mapplethorpe

Illuminating post-punk figure Patti Smith recently won the National Book Award for her non-fiction account of her relationship with famed photographer Robert Mapplethorpe. But "Just Kids" is only the latest installment of Smith's fruitful writing career; she's published ten previous books of poetry and lyrics. Here are five other artists who have earned their fair share of literary merits.

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