Wednesday, January 30, 2013

The Darkness is at the Uptown tonight

Posted By on Wed, Jan 30, 2013 at 9:31 AM

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The Darkness' theatrical cock rock - a throwback to bands like Aerosmith, Queen and Kiss - was a breath of fresh air back in 2003, when brooding, lifeless new-wave bands like Interpol were the toast of the rock world. The band's shtick is not quite as novel today, but its core argument remains a compelling one: that rock music has been taken over by nerds, and what audiences really want from rock bands is a guy crawling around onstage in a catsuit, with hair down to his ass, singing over monster power-chord hooks. The Darkness broke up for six years (apparently) but returned in 2012 with a new record, Hot Cakes. Based on what I've read on the Internet, the group is still putting on crazy shows and wearing unitards. God bless them. (This performance was originally booked at the now-closed Beaumont Club; it's been moved to the Uptown Theater.)

Wednesday, January 30, at the Uptown Theater, 8 p.m.

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Share your tales of dates and love gone wrong

Posted By on Wed, Jan 30, 2013 at 9:17 AM

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You know, Valentine's Day isn't far off. In just a few weeks, you'll try to cram a year's worth of romantic aspiration into a dinner reservation and a hastily selected greeting card.

We're not about to make fun of all that. Ritual has its place, after all, and we'll be right behind you in line at Target come 4 p.m. February 14.

But whether you're blissfully involved or bitterly sitting out love for a while, one way to get through that cards-and-candy day is to unburden yourself of the past. Old indiscretions, unhealed wounds, last Thursday's hickeys - talk 'em out.

Got a sad or weird or hot story (or one that's all three) about meeting, getting with or having to go without someone special? Send it to letters@pitch.com. No names necessary, privacy assured, all relationship stages encouraged. Especially if your story is funny.

John Mackey set to discuss Conscious Capitalism Thursday in KC

Posted By on Wed, Jan 30, 2013 at 9:00 AM

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"As we become more aware of our emotions, we begin to realize that many of them, such as envy, resentment, greed, bitterness, malice, anger, and hatred ... do not further our well-being." So reminds Conscious Capitalism, the new book co-written by Whole Foods Market co-founder John Mackey.

It's good advice for anyone who may have felt a surge of those feelings whenever Mackey has opened his quinoa hole the past month to talk about, say, what constitutes fascism. Mackey and co-author Raj Sisodia head up a panel at 7 p.m. Thursday, January 31, at Unity Temple on the Plaza (707 West 47th Street), joined by Boulevard Brewing's John McDonald and the Roasterie's Danny O'Neill (among others). Buy the $27 hardcover at rainydaybooks.com to listen in.

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Kei Kamara leaving Sporting KC for Norwich City?

Posted By on Wed, Jan 30, 2013 at 8:31 AM

Kamara may be logging some frequent flier miles.
Update: Sporting KC announced that it has loaned Kamara to Norwich City through May 6 pending the authorization of his work permit. Sporting will receive two-thirds of the "substantial" loan fee, and if Norwich City doesn't acquire Kamara on a full transfer by May 6, he can return and play for Sporting immediately.

Kei Kamara may be trading in his light-blue jersey for a yellow and green shirt. The Norwich Evening News broadcast earlier today that the popular striker for Sporting Kansas City is reportedly set to sign with Norwich City. The Evening News suggested that the deal is only contingent on Kamara securing a work permit to play in England. As The Daily Wiz reports, Josh Gardner, a newly acquired Sporting defender, seemed to confirm during last night's MLSSoccer.com live stream of Kansas City's second preseason game that Kamara is headed abroad. During the broadcast, Gardner said Sporting will miss "Kei a little bit with his size" and "with Kei leaving."

Kamara is one of the hands (his signature move is to place both hands together in the shape of a heart) and faces of Sporting KC. He's the local team's most consistent goal scorer and likely the only player who has his own custom Chipotle card.

The challenge with having success in Major League Soccer is that other leagues and teams with often deeper pockets take notice. If Kamara leaves, he will be the second player lost to a British squad in the past few months. Midfielder Roger Espinoza was signed by the Premier League's Wigan Athletic (where it appears his nonstop motor is starting to win over the locals).

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Teavana will open on the Plaza

Posted By on Wed, Jan 30, 2013 at 8:30 AM

Teavana will join its parent company, Starbucks, on the Plaza.
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Tea drinkers, your cups runneth over with options. Teavana will be opening at 427 Nichols Road on the Plaza in the former home of the Swarovski Crystal boutique. The chain (a subsidiary of Starbucks, which was purchased in 2012) has more than 200 locations in the United States and Mexico.

Teavana is a tea shop and bar that sells loose leaf teas, tea-brewing equipment and cups, and tea drinks. Teavana has two area shops in the Oak Park Mall and Independence Center.

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Gordon Biersch is tapping its Beechwood Blonde Bock this week

Posted By on Wed, Jan 30, 2013 at 8:00 AM

Ah, the excitement of new beer on tap.
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Beer doesn't always have to be dark to be full of surprises. Case in point is the Beechwood Blonde Bock, the new release that will be tapped by Gordon Biersch this week. Brewer James Hudec has crafted a strong Bavarian golden lager aged on Beechwood chips in the German tradition. The brewpub with two local locations is holding tapping parties on consecutive days.

The Gordon Biersch in Kansas City (100 East 14th Street) will have the kickoff tonight from 6 to 9 p.m. The Leawood location (11652 Ash) will tap the Beechwood Blonde Bock on Thursday, January 31, from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Happy Hour starts at 4 p.m. in Kansas City with $5 house-made chips, garlic fries and rosemary chicken flatbread, and $1 off Gordon Biersch lagers and ales.

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Sweet Honey in the Rock is at the Kauffman Center tonight

Posted By on Wed, Jan 30, 2013 at 7:13 AM

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An all-female a cappella gospel group founded in 1973, Sweet Honey in the Rock has in recent years earned Grammys and an invitation to perform in front of President and Mrs. Obama at the White House. The six members' big, booming voices will be a fun test of the pristine acoustics inside the Muriel Kauffman Theatre this evening.

Wednesday, January 30, at the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts, 7:30 p.m.

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Olathe's Tastee Treat turns 50 years old

Posted By on Wed, Jan 30, 2013 at 7:00 AM

A moment of silence for the long-forgotten Tutti-Frutti milkshake
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Two American entrepreneurs claimed to have invented soft-serve ice cream: in 1936, Tom Carvel of the franchise brand bearing his name, and in 1938, inventors John Fremont "Grandpa" McCullough and his son, Bradley, co-founders of the Dairy Queen franchise. No matter who actually invented the product - a lighter, airier frozen confection dispensed from a machine - soft-serve caught on in America in a big way. By the 1950s, there was hardly a city that didn't feature at least one concrete block hut with a cheery name like Tastee Freez (celebrated in John Mellencamp's song "Jack & Diane"), Dairy Freeze, Dairy Dream, and Frosty Freez.

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Long before Sueko "Sam" Silvernale and her husband, Hugh, purchased the red-and-white building in Olathe that is currently home to Sam's Tastee Treat, the little drive-in at 435 S. Parker was one of the original Tastee Freez franchises, which opened in 1963. This snack shack, which sells really excellent double cheeseburgers, burritos, crab rangoon, tacos and pork tenderloin sandwiches (the actual menu is impressively large - and cheap), also offers thick milkshakes and malts but not, alas, in all of the original flavors from 1963.

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The Pitch's Questionnaire with the Photo Bus's John DePrisco

The Photo Bus owner and driver talks about life in KC.

Posted By on Wed, Jan 30, 2013 at 6:00 AM

Name: John DePrisco

Occupation: photographer, the Photo Bus

Hometown: Cincinnati

Current neighborhood: River Market

Who or what is your sidekick? April, my 1970 VW Bus!

What career would you choose in an alternate reality? My mother worked for Delta for 42 years, and I have always loved to fly. So I would be a fighter pilot.

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Tuesday, January 29, 2013

The ACBs' new single 'Record Store' is up on MTV Hive

Posted By on Tue, Jan 29, 2013 at 1:41 PM

The ACBs' new record, Little Leaves, is out in March via new local label High Dive Records. (Also on High Dive's roster: Ghosty, Shy Boys and Fourth of July.) We've already heard one of the singles, "Ocean." Today, another song from the album trickled out onto MTV Hive. It's called "Record Store," and you'll probably recognize it if you've seen the band live anytime in the past couple of years. It's got falsettos, harmonies and an earworm of a chorus. Dig it! Go here for more.

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