Friday, April 27, 2012

Going Big: The Kansas City Chiefs take defensive tackle Dontari Poe in the NFL Draft

Posted By on Fri, Apr 27, 2012 at 9:41 AM

Dontari Poe got up close and personal with NFL commissioner Roger Goodell. Let us hope hes this physical in pads.
  • Dontari Poe got up-close and personal with NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell. Let us hope he's this physical in pads.
You never forget your first nose tackle. At least not if you're Chiefs General Manager Scott Pioli. Faced with a prospect that had to call to mind Vince Wilfork - the erstwhile run stopper for the New England Patriots - Pioli selected Dontari Poe out of Memphis with the 11th pick in the NFL Draft last night.

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Do you have small-plate fatigue?

Posted By on Fri, Apr 27, 2012 at 9:15 AM

Even the Cheesecake Factory has small plates.
  • Nibbles of Tidbits
  • Even the Cheesecake Factory has small plates.
In a reaction to the economy and the concept that we don't all need to eat like the Flintstones, restaurateurs seem to be shoehorning the idea of small plates into every concept. I wouldn't want to be a dishwasher at Barley's Brewhaus, which has micro plates, apps and small plates.

The Amateur Gourmet has had enough, writing a diatribe about how small plates are just a secret attack on our wallets and make for some awkward sharing. Are you over the small-plates trend or are you still excited to sample a bunch of dishes on a restaurant's menu?

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Talking with Susanna Lee, aka Lucky Deluxe, about Los Angeles, hustling, and the Kansas City Burlesque Festival

Posted By on Fri, Apr 27, 2012 at 9:03 AM

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Maybe you picked up a copy of The Pitch this week and noticed that the Filter section was all about the ladies? There's a women's MMA, Daisy Bucket, Russian ballerinas, and Gina and Tanya. Yes. Meow.

Which brings us to Susanna Lee, the burlesque comedian, also known as Lucky DeLuxe. Lee recently moved out to Los Angeles from KC, and she very graciously accepted my request for an e-mail interview. Because she's very funny and thoughtful, she gave me long answers, which I had to edit for print and was unable to include in this week's Filter. Below, see the uncut, unadulterated version of our discussion.

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Food Truck Festival and other weekend possibilities

Posted By on Fri, Apr 27, 2012 at 8:30 AM

Its officially food truck season.
  • It's officially food-truck season.
If someone would just bring a whole gaggle of food trucks together, you'd have quite a rolling buffet. That's the idea behind the Westport Food Truck Festival, an event sponsored by The Pitch and the Boulevard Brewing Co., from 3 to 10 p.m. Saturday. More than a dozen food trucks will be at the Back Yard at the Beaumont Club, including the Good You, Pocos on the Boulevard, and the Funnel Cake Truck. Parking is free, and admission costs $5.

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Baby Birds Don't Drink Milk returns to town this weekend, ready a cassette release

Posted By on Fri, Apr 27, 2012 at 7:21 AM

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  • Paul Skomsvold
Former Lawrence act Baby Birds Don't Drink Milk is now based in Chicago, but the band returns to KC and Lawrence this weekend as part of a tour that's had them hoofin' across the country for the past month or so.

"The current tour has been going amazingly well," says BBDDM's Drew Gibson. "Saturday we're playing at a new spot in Lawrence called Studio B with Agent X12 and Vehicle Blues. I believe it's the first show at the spot, should be killer. Super stoked to play with Goodwillies at FOKL this Sunday. Our plan after the FOKL show is to release a new cassette titled Soda on Chicago's Lillerne Tape Club before setting off on a monthlong East Coast adventure this summer, where we'll go camping in Akron for a week to record our next album."

Take a listen to "Jeremy Irons Couple Skate," a track off the band's last record:

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Thursday, April 26, 2012

Chef Martin Heuser hopes to create an Affare to remember

It's a May opening for chef Martin Heuser's new restaurant.

Posted By on Thu, Apr 26, 2012 at 6:10 PM

The former Bar Natasha becomes chef Martin Heusers Affare restaurant in May.
  • The former Bar Natasha becomes chef Martin Heuser's Affare restaurant in May.

I could have sworn that the sign in front of 1911 Main had been painted with the word bagatelle - a trifle, a short musical composition - a month or so ago. The sign now boasts the upcoming restaurant Affare. Both concepts were the creation of chef Martin Heuser, former executive chef and food and beverage manager at the Westin Crown Center. Heuser decided to nix Bagatelle as a possible name when, he says, "a very upset French restaurateur in a different city called me, threatening me with lawyers because he owns the right to use that word for a restaurant. That's when I changed my plans to open a semi-French restaurant to a completely German restaurant."

So there.

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  • It's a May opening for chef Martin Heuser's new restaurant.

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Electric Guest is at the Granada tonight

Posted By on Thu, Apr 26, 2012 at 2:14 PM

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If we're taking bets on this year's indie-rock crossover summer jam (past winners include Foster the People and MGMT), I'd give good odds on Los Angeles duo Electric Guest. The band's falsetto-heavy funk is charming, but its connections are why I think we might have a radio hit on our hands. One of the members is Asa Taccone, brother of the Lonely Island's Jorma Taccone and co-writer of "Dick in a Box." Danger Mouse has produced Electric Guest's debut, Mondo, and imbued it with the lazy, acoustic psychedelia that he brought to Broken Bells ("American Daydream") and the oddball soul of Gnarls Barkley ("This Head I Hold").

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Glen Campbell is at the Uptown tonight

Posted By on Thu, Apr 26, 2012 at 2:06 PM

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Country legend Glen Campbell announced last year that he had been diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease. Rather than taking a bow, he followed up that news with a new album, Ghost on the Canvas, which includes collaborations with '90s rock icons Chris Isaak, Paul Westerberg, Jakob Dylan and Robert Pollard. Somewhat incredibly, he decided to embark on a goodbye tour, on which he's been accompanied by family members (some of whom play in his backing band) and lyric prompters. I suspect there won't be many dry eyes in the house by the end of this show. Tonight (Thursday, April 26) at the Uptown Theater.

Michaelangelos Grill is putting filling back in the former Independence filling station (Slideshow)

Posted By on Thu, Apr 26, 2012 at 9:15 AM

Spaghetti and meatballs...meet mouth.
  • Spaghetti and meatballs...meet mouth.
In this week's review, Charles Ferruzza discovered larger-than-life characters and oversized sandwiches at Michaelangelos Grill in Independence. In addition to loading up on fried meatballs and pasta dishes, Ferruzza found a rarity in the Kansas City area: a good Reuben. Click here or on the picture above for photos by Angela C. Bond.

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What if you could only have one side dish for the rest of your life?

Posted By on Thu, Apr 26, 2012 at 8:30 AM

Were nearing sweet corn season. Youre really giving up corn and black bean salsa?
  • Pantry Collective
  • We're nearing sweet corn season. You're really giving up corn and black bean salsa?
It can often feel as though a restaurant is playing out the motions with its side dishes. Sure, you'll get a plate of cottage fries or a pasta salad with a high degree of mayonnaise. But what's lost in that shuffle of Tupperware is the fact that great side dishes, like beautiful character actors, can turn around an entire performance.

How many times have you ruined a meal but found yourself delighted by its unheralded accompaniment? Sides are the amuse-bouches of the bar world - case in point: the simply dressed cucumber and tomato salad (just a nice dash of balsamic vinegar) from Charlie Hooper's. Well today is the day that the supporting roasted, pickled and cheese-covered vegetables get to be front and center. If you could have only one side dish for the rest of your life - and yes, fries and macaroni and cheese are sides - what's it going to be?

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