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Tuesday, September 24, 2013

The Pitch's first Crafts and Drafts takes place November 1, and we're looking for craft vendors

Posted By on Tue, Sep 24, 2013 at 7:16 AM


Do you like crafts? How about beer? Then keep your Saturday, November 1, open. The Pitch's first Crafts and Drafts takes place from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. at the Uptown Shopping Center (36th Street and Broadway). Expect more than 75 craft vendors and more than 25 beers. Best of all, the event is free to attend. That's right. Free.

Craft vendor, we're still accepting vendors. Apply here by October 2.

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Thursday, September 19, 2013

Bill Cosby is coming to Kansas City

Posted By on Thu, Sep 19, 2013 at 12:07 PM

Fashion icon/legendary comedian Bill Cosby is touring the country this fall, doing more dates on the road than is probably healthy for a man of 76 years. He's taking a short break in January and then heading back out again February 1, when he starts back up with a show at the Midland (now officially known as Arvest Bank Theatre at the Midland). That's a Saturday night. Tickets are on sale now. I watched Himself about a month ago. It still delivers the laughs. 

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The Granada celebrates 80 years of entertainment

Posted By on Thu, Sep 19, 2013 at 11:45 AM


With its star-spangled marquee and movie-house lineage, the Granada has been a Lawrence staple for more than three-quarters of a century. Today, two decades into its life as a music venue, it's a destination for such indie darlings as Best Coast and such punk-rock heavyweights as Rancid. For a place that has seen a lot of history, the Granada has adjusted to the times remarkably well.

That hasn't been without the savvy vision of Mike Logan, who became the owner of the retro-cool space in 2003. Since then, he has worked to continue the transformation of the Granada into one of the area's leading live-music stages. September 17-30, the Granada celebrates both 80 years in business and 20 years as a home of concerts.

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Friday, June 28, 2013

Nancy Jo Sales talks The Bling Ring in her new book

We talk with Nancy Jo Sales, whose writings formed the basis of The Bling Ring.

Posted By on Fri, Jun 28, 2013 at 3:42 PM

  • Photo by Jayne Wexler

In writer-director Sofia Coppola's The Bling Ring, a troupe of spoiled California teens tries to wriggle into Paris Hilton's world by breaking into her house (along with a bunch of other celebrity homes) and stealing armloads of swag. It sounds like a broad comedy (and it's an effective laugh generator), but Coppola is telling a true story - one based on Nancy Jo Sales' 2010 Vanity Fair article "The Suspect Wore Louboutins."

An alumna of Yale and Columbia who has profiled Russell Simmons and Angelina Jolie in magazines such as Harper's Bazaar and New York, Sales has just published The Bling Ring: How a Gang of Fame-Obsessed Teens Ripped Off Hollywood and Shocked the World. In the book, she updates readers on the fate of those hapless adolescents and examines their crimes in the chilly context of our media-saturated world.

Sales answered our questions in an e-mail exchange.

The Pitch: You point out in the book that founding father Alexander Hamilton was 19 when his first anti-colonial essays were published - making him a founding juvenile delinquent. How do we go from someone like Hamilton to the participants in The Bling Ring?

Sales: Some of the founding fathers were barely more than teenagers themselves, as were members of the Boston Tea Party and the Sons of Liberty, a revolutionary group at the time of the American Revolution. The rebelliousness of teenagers played a big part in the many protest movements that occurred over the centuries in America. Now, in a strange twist of history, we have teenagers who are not so rebellious - at least not politically, generally speaking. We have teenagers who are interested in making money and maintaining the status quo, teenagers who are interested in becoming a part of the "lifestyle" lived by rich people and celebrities.

You can't really blame the teenagers for this, the values of wealth and fame have been pushed by their culture and pop culture for the better part of 30 years, since the so-called Reagan revolution, which actually the opposite of a revolution. Teenagers today grew up watching shows like Gossip Girl and Entourage and 90210 and The Hills, all which promote a luxe lifestyle. A lot of teenagers these days want money and things, not change - certainly the teenagers in The Bling Ring did. They wanted to live like celebrities and have the things that celebrities have, even if they had to steal it.

Rachel Lee, the alleged Ringleader ("Rebecca" in the movie), has never granted an interview. How tough was it for you to get all the stories straight?

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  • We talk with Nancy Jo Sales, whose writings formed the basis of The Bling Ring.

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Thursday, May 16, 2013

Jim Gaffigan, Dad Is Fat author, on his way to our fat town

Dad Is Fat author Jim Gaffigan comes to KC.

Posted By on Thu, May 16, 2013 at 2:21 PM

Gaffigan: portly paterfamilias
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  • Gaffigan: portly paterfamilias
"People keep bringing up wistfulness," Jim Gaffigan says. We're on the phone, talking about Dad Is Fat, the comedian and actor's first book. Like Gaffigan's act, it's sharply observed and quotably droll, a steady drip of high-quality chuckles rather than a wave of gut laughter. "I have five children, and I don't even own a farm," he writes in one late chapter.

Also like his act, the book forswears profanity - not least because Dad Is Fat isn't just kid-friendly but kid-centered. But now an unexpected oath hangs in the air: the W-word. He wonders why people keep saying his contribution to goofy-father lit feels so ...

"Sentimental?" he asks. "Does wistful mean, I don't know, a sentimentality, a sincerity?" I make some fumbling defensive noises while scrolling through a mental thesaurus for a more flattering alternative, something less Proustian. But Gaffigan isn't really complaining. This comic, whose lens is perhaps second only to Jerry Seinfeld's in terms of clarity and polish, is just doing what he does: observing.

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  • Dad Is Fat author Jim Gaffigan comes to KC.

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Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Dough of the Dead is a zombie movie being filmed at Spin Pizza

Posted By on Wed, Oct 24, 2012 at 10:03 AM

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Zombie movies make reluctant heroes out of everyday people. Now, one of those everyday people is hoping to make his very own zombie film. Brandon Prewitt is filming his zombie comedic short, "Dough of the Dead," at Spin Pizza in Lee's Summit this morning.

The film, Prewitt's graduation project for his master's degree in mass communications from the University of Central Missouri, started as a simple question: What would happen if zombies attacked Spin Pizza while Prewitt (who has been an employee there for four years) was working. The dialogue and characters for the 30-minute movie were inspired by Prewitt's co-workers. He wrote the screenplay last year and began production on the project in 2012.

If you're interested in being an extra in the film, Prewitt needs bodies for the restaurant scenes being filmed at 10:30 p.m. tomorrow and 11 p.m. Friday and Saturday. You can find more information here.

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Friday, March 25, 2011

New HBO series 'Mildred Pierce' takes on literature's most famous waitress

Posted By on Fri, Mar 25, 2011 at 4:19 PM

Oscar winner Kate Winslet plays waitress turned restaurant tycoon in HBO's Mildred Pierce.
  • Oscar winner Kate Winslet plays waitress turned restaurant tycoon in HBO's Mildred Pierce.

There have been a lot of movies over the years with waitresses as leading characters, including a quartet of Oscar-winning performances: Ellen Burstyn in Alice Doesn't Live Here Anymore in 1974, Helen Hunt in As Good As It Gets in 1997, and Halle Berry in Monsters Ball in 2001. And the quintessential film noir waitress of all time: Kansas City's own Joan Crawford as long-suffering Mildred Pierce in 1945.

A new five-part adaptation of the James M. Cain novel, Mildred Pierce, begins airing on HBO this Sunday night. 

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Thursday, October 14, 2010

Eclectics Gallery's latest cookbook out now

Posted By on Thu, Oct 14, 2010 at 1:04 PM

Recipes served with a side of art.
  • Recipes served with a side of art.
Recipes served with a side of art.
Some people say food tastes better with the love baked in. Well, this cookbook wants you to feel the love as soon as you pick it up. Eclectics Gallery (7015 Oak) has once again put together a collaboration of art and food.

The book contains over 60 recipes from nine Eclectics artists. With hand-painted art and embellishments on the pages, each book is different. The covers are each unique quilts made of recycled fabrics and ribbons.

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Friday, June 25, 2010

Now you have plans for the weekend

Posted By on Fri, Jun 25, 2010 at 11:00 AM

Grill out this weekend.
  • Grill out this weekend.

You need plans. Fat City has a recycle bin full of listings. In this post, all our problems are solved.

Get in touch with your inner pit master. The Great Lenexa BBQ

is Friday and Saturday at Sar-Ko-Par Trails Park

(87th Street and Lackman Road). You can talk to any of the 195 teams,

and there's plenty of barbecue to eat -- you just don't have to judge

the ribs, brisket or any of the seven categories. Admission is $5 on

Friday night (5-11 p.m.) and free on Saturday (9 a.m.-5 p.m.).

Bite-A-Burger for Newhouse is tonight at the Westport Flea Market. The event is from 6 to 8 p.m. and it's all you can eat burgers and a side, and all you can drink draft beer for $20 (cash only). All of the proceeds benefit the domestic violence shelter. Bring a used cell phone or $1 to enter a raffle. 

Think you have what it takes to capture the third annual flip cup tournament which begins at 6 p.m. Saturday at Tower Tavern at Martini Corner? The entry fee is $75 for teams of five, which includes your beer for the night. A portion of the proceeds will be donated to Harvesters.

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Fat City on the radio today

Posted By on Fri, Jun 25, 2010 at 8:39 AM

Walt's talking about food festivals today
​Hey folks, I'll be joining Walt Bodine, Chris Becicka, Mary Bloch and Gloria Gale on today's "Restaurant Critics Panel" of the KCUR's Walt Bodine Show (10 a.m. on 89.3-FM) to discuss this summer's Food Festivals. If you've attended events like the Flint Hills Beef Fest in Emporia or the "Little Balkan Days" in Pittsburgh, you can the conversation by calling the studio line at 816-235-2888.

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