That sounds a bit lofty, doesn’t it? And these days it rings unrealistic and quaint, too — particularly in Kansas City, where there are numerous ad agencies but virtually no job opportunities in mainstream media.
The Kansas City Star, like many daily newspapers in the United States, has spent the past decade bulldozing its editorial staff. At first, its corporate parent, the McClatchy Co., undertook layoffs to maximize short-term profits. Now the Star is struggling simply to stay afloat, stymied by the lack of a clear business model in the age of digital news consumption. Following furloughs and round after round of layoffs, it’s only natural that the shell-shocked survivors at the Star might cast about for cushier PR gigs. It’s less natural, and somewhat alarming, that a few of them seem to be auditioning for these jobs in the pages of the newspaper.
Childish anticipation aside, autumnal pastimes are just generally delightful. For example, the fast approaching season makes violently butchering gourds and squash socially acceptable! Also, in a few weeks, you will be able to buy and ingest ungodly amounts of orange-hued candies and local pumpkin-spiced consumables.
One local, autumn hot spot that sells seasonal treats and hosts myriad fun activities is the Louisburg Cider Mill & Country Store (14730 K68 Highway, 913-837-5202).
We recently spoke with Shelly Schierman, one of the mill owners, and asked her how the mill's pumpkin, corn and apple crops have faired during this dry summer, and about the new fall festivities the mill has planned for this year.
Alas, all of you are not getting a toaster. But today, we channel our inner Jerry Springer and bring you five recent food stories from around the Interwebs that are nothing but empty (delightfully empty) calories.
Olathe-ites are 15.2 percent less likely to get into a crash as the average driver and go 11.8 years between crashes. So if you live in Olathe and are approaching a decade of crash-free driving, maybe try and put off that new car purchase for a few years.
Peyton Hillis. The Avalanche cometh. For KC fans, the only thing prettier than Hillis running over somebody at the 1-yard line is Brady Quinn. (Seriously, Quinn is beautiful.) Round to pick ’em: seventh.
The Rehabilitation Institute threw Bacon-Fest last Saturday, with proceeds from ticket sales going to the “nonprofit medical rehabilitation employment placement provider for children and adults with disabilities.” Tickets went from $20 (thanks, Groupon!) to $100 (VIP style — early admission, private beer stands, bathrooms, and access to an air-conditioned indoor area).
Name: Ryan Davis
Occupation: Creative manager, Alamo Drafthouse Mainstreet
Hometown: Kansas City
Current neighborhood: Blue Springs
Who or what is your sidekick? In life, it’s my wife, Angela, but if I were to turn into a masked vigilante, I would have to go with my dog, Tyler Durden. Mostly because I want to see him in a cape and mask.
What career would you choose in an alternate reality? As a film fanatic, it doesn’t get much better than working for the Alamo Drafthouse. It’s the kind of job that makes you feel like you’re already living in an alternate reality. One moment you’re discussing your favorite film, and the next you’re ordering the pyrotechnics for the next Action Pack event. I can’t imagine a better job.
What was the last local restaurant you patronized? I have to admit, I’m a little obsessed with Port Fonda. I’m always up for suggestions, though, when it comes to the tortilla arts.
In that vein, Bon Appetit has recently put together the "15 Most Insane Vintage Recipes Published By Bon Appetit." While there's the obligatory food trapped in Jell-O, a few of the dishes look like they could be delicious with a few tweaks — hamburger cups (traditionally filled with sour cream) with a scoop of double-baked potatoes in the middle and a bourbon cocktail called the Tropical Itch.
What's the recipe skeleton in your closet?
“I haven’t been the biggest fan of this project,” Gov. Sam Brownback told reporters at the Capitol yesterday. "But it’s just time to wrap it up."
But did wrapping it up really require the approval of $17.4 million on the construction of a visitors' center shell that isn't expected to be complete until 2014?
"It's amazing what's happened in just a year. People are really focused on finding a great cup of coffee," Burton says.
The Sunday tour — tickets costs $30 — will feature stops at E.F. Hobbs, the Filling Station, Latteland, Mud Pie, Quay Coffee, Revocup Coffee Roasters and the Roasterie. Each will have a signature drink and offer insight into how they select and pour their coffee. Children are welcome on the tour; there will be caffeine-free options, but they have to purchase a ticket.
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Pickleman's doesn't serve any alcohol.
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