Saturday, July 28, 2012

Alamo Drafthouse debuts latest Mondo poster: The Goonies

KC native Justin Ishmael talks design.

Posted By on Sat, Jul 28, 2012 at 8:32 PM

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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.

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Friday, July 27, 2012

Olathe boy will be in a Nike commercial aired during the London Olympics

Olathe's Nate Muehe, 13, is Nike's TV pitchman.

Posted By on Fri, Jul 27, 2012 at 2:50 PM


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.

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Kansas City Star will implement a paywall by the end of the year

Posted By on Fri, Jul 27, 2012 at 12:17 PM

Kansas Citians should prepare themselves to --gasp! -- pay for news.
  • Kansas Citians should prepare themselves to — gasp! — pay for news.
The McClatchy Co., which owns The Kansas City Star, announced that it had income of $26.9 million, or 31 cents per share, during the second quarter of this year. In a press release, CEO and President Pat Talamantes also indicated that McClatchy was not following the much-derided plan by newspaper publisher Advance Publications, which announced in May that it was cutting The New Orleans Times-Picayune to publishing three days a week.

"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.

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The Avett Brothers, last night at Crossroads KC

Posted By on Fri, Jul 27, 2012 at 12:12 PM

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I suppose we should all be thankful that yesterday wasn’t as intensely hot as it has been recently. Still, the prospect of spending hours outside at Crossroads KC at Grinders seemed a bit grim. Thankfully, the Avett Brothers did us a bit of a favor last night and spared the audience having to sit through an opening act, jumping right into things at 8:30 p.m. with “Will You Come Again." I don’t know what the capacity at Crossroads KC is, but even at the back of the venue there was little wiggle room. There would have to be no hula activity for the summer, hula hoop girls. There just wasn't enough room.

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Bruce Springsteen headed to the Sprint Center this fall

Posted By on Fri, Jul 27, 2012 at 10:33 AM

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Been thinking about Bruce Springsteen on and off all week after reading the New Yorker's very long, very readable, not hugely enlightening if you're already a fan but nonetheless delicious profile of him in this week's issue. Today comes word of Springsteen's fall tour with the E Street Band, or what's left of it. It hits the Sprint Center on Saturday, November 17. Tickets on sale next Friday, August 3, through AXS.

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Bill Stouffer, candidate for Missouri Secretary of State, banks free billboard ads

Candidate for Missouri secretary of state plasters billboards.

Posted By on Fri, Jul 27, 2012 at 10:17 AM

The billboard industry is quite fond of Stouffer.


The Republican primary for Secretary of State is just a few days away. And in terms of exposure, one candidate — Bill Stouffer — is easily trouncing the others. Stouffer, a state senator and farmer from Napton, has aired commercials locally, but more conspicuous is how he has saturated the state with billboards showing off his mug.

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.

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Bread! KC and other weekend possibilities

Posted By on Fri, Jul 27, 2012 at 9:30 AM

Bread! KC is looking to raise some dough for local artists.
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Arts and eats come together again Sunday, July 29, at Coffee Girls during the latest Bread! KC event. Coffee Girls (7440 Washington) will host the program at 2 p.m. with Remedy Food + Drink executive chef Max Watson providing the food. Diners donate money in exchange for a meal and a ballot to determine which local arts projects will be receiving the proceeds from the event.

Charles Ferruzza wrote about the unique fundraising approach in April of last year. If you plan on attending, RSVP to breadkc@gmail.com.

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Google Fiber may very well be the reason you learn your neighbor's last name

Getting Google may tear down some fences.

Posted By on Fri, Jul 27, 2012 at 8:00 AM

Football and rainbow bunnies, two of our favorites here in the Midwest.
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As we work toward changing this blog from Plog to the all-Google-Fiber-all-the-time blog (it'll be awhile because Google Fiber won't be here until at least September, and the service actually has its own blog), I figured why not keep a good thing going. Ben Palosaari extensively covered the launch of the service yesterday with a breakdown of the event itself and the services that Google intends to offer, which neighborhoods (Google calls them "fiberhoods") have already prequalified and the lengths that Zaarly's Bo Fishback is willing to go to get Google Fiber. But the big takeaway from the last 24 hours is that Google might just bring together neighborhoods together in real life.

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Should we ban certain foods from fast-food menus?

Posted By on Fri, Jul 27, 2012 at 7:45 AM

Its like the unholy baby of a Mcnugget and a wing.
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McDonald's is apparently considering a deep-fried chicken-wing option — the Mighty Wings (a short-lived menu item two decades ago) is being test marketed in Atlanta [h/t Chicago Tribune]. While a McDonald's spokeperson asserted that there are no plans for a national rollout, that doesn't preclude chicken wings from coming to KC.

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?

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Thursday, July 26, 2012

Friday is National Creme Brulee Day

Posted By on Thu, Jul 26, 2012 at 4:52 PM

Creme brulee has become so popular, you can almost find it everywhere...except Applebees.
  • Creme brulee has become so popular, you can almost find it everywhere...except Applebee's.

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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