Kansas Citians watching tonight's screening of The Goonies at the new Alamo Drafthouse (1400 Main) just got their first look at the event's special poster (which is quite a bit different from the one that originally accompanied the 1985 film). Now you get to see it. Look! It's right up there!
The one-off image is the latest eye-catching souvenir from Mondo, the beloved-by-movie-and-graphic-art-nerds design firm for which KC native Justin Ishmael is creative director. Ishmael answered some questions from The Pitch by e-mail ahead of tonight's sold-out showing. Meet him after the jump.
Last summer, 13-year-old Nate Muehe threw a perfect four-inning game on 19 pitches for his Little League team. That would be neat by itself, but it's remarkable given that he was born without a left hand. This summer, Muehe is going to be seen by millions of people in a Nike commercial aired during tonight's London Olympics opening ceremony.
Local sports blogger Greg Hall reports that Muehe and his family went to Los Angeles in June to shoot the 17-second spot. And, he writes, the uniform Muehe is wearing is a generic baseball uniform rather than his own, and his teammates seen with him aren't really his. But, the inspiration remains perfectly intact.
"As was the case throughout the recession, all of our papers remain profitable and all continue to publish daily, providing communities with needed news and information in whatever form they wish to receive it," Talamantes said in the release.
The company also reiterated its plan to put its 30 daily newspapers behind a paywall, starting with five charging in the third quarter.
"[W]e intend to roll out a metered plan in the third quarter in five of our markets. We will offer readers a combined print and digital subscription package that will include access to web, certain mobile and replica editions for a relatively small increase to print home-delivery rates. We'll also offer online-only digital subscriptions to users after they read a certain number of pages. Once the first wave is launched, we intend to expand this model to our other markets beginning in the fourth quarter of this year," he said.
We can only hope this means no more — or at least fewer — furloughs.
According to financial reports filed this month, Stouffer has the third most money of all SOS candidates. So how can he afford so many billboards? The Huffington Post has the interesting answer: Outdoor advertising companies have been donating the space to Stouffer, who has sponsored pro-billboard legislation in Jefferson City.
A fundraising disclosure from July 23 shows that billboard giant the Lamar Co. donated $45,000 in outdoor advertising space. That splurge of free advertising brings his total donated billboard amount to $117,809 and Lamar's contribution to $101,609, HuffPo reports.
Charles Ferruzza wrote about the unique fundraising approach in April of last year. If you plan on attending, RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org.
I know we're not dealing with the bastardization of a perfect product. Wings are as likely to be frozen and dipped in neon-red sauce as they are to be tender and crackling with a hot-sauce rub. But still, wings likely deserve a bit better treatment than an ignominious end in the Mickey D's grease bath. Health reasons aside, should we ban certain foods from fast-food menus?
For years, egg custard — that creamy old-school dessert standby — was a staple on American restaurant menus and buffets (the old Putsch's Cafeteria had a great version), but it sort of became unfashionable when the "loving hands at home" style of desserts (tapioca pudding, layer cakes, prune whip) fell out of favor. But a more elegant spin on the same custard concept, creme brulee, was taking over.
Why? Charles d'Ablaing, the executive chef at Chaz on the Plaza, says, "It's a dessert that you can't go wrong with. People love it, it's not complicated to make, and America has always had a love affair with pudding."
Creme brulee — the recipe dates back to at least the 17th century — is technically a baked custard, but it's that wonderful soft consistency, like a rich pudding, that counts.
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