The NHL lockout is still hanging around. There have been no games played, and only a fool would get their hopes up about recent negotiations between the players and the league. And even if a partial season is salvaged, a 48-game season is weak sauce. But, hockey fans can get 2013 off to a fantastic start on Saturday by posing with the Stanley Cup. The legendary drinkware will be in town Saturday night at The Rink at Burlington Creek (6109 NW 63rd Terrace Kansas City, MO 64151) for a fundraiser for KCIce's charity organization, UnCommons Community and Harvesters Community Food Network.
There's a private dinner with sport's most legendary hardware and former New York Islander Ken Morrow (who had his name etched into the trophy four times as a member of the juggernaut Iles team in the 1980s) at Em Chamas restaurant (6101 NW 63rd Terrace Kansas City, MO 64151) 4-6:30 p.m. Saturday for $100 or $120 with a commemorative photo. Morrow's gold medal from the 1980 Olympic "Miracle on Ice" hockey team (he's in the chill-inducing video above) will also be on display.
After the dinner the Cup will be at the rink 6:30-9:30 p.m., the cost to pose with the Cup is three canned food items or $5. From 9:30 to 10:30, $15 will get you the chance to skate with the cup on the rink. See a flier for the events after the jump.
Local charity Care of Poor People says it's in a bind. People are donating cash and supplies to help the millions of people in the Northeast that were harmed and displaced by freak storm Sandy. That's great! Unfortunately for the local needy, Care of Poor People sent out a press release today stating, "Thousands of dollars of winter clothing and hygiene supplies scheduled to go to the poor and homeless of Kansas City have been diverted to the hurricane ravished Northeast." That's not so great.
The charity is asking everybody to chip in to bridge the gap. "We are still in need of new and used winter type clothing for men, women, and children, especially; long johns, hats, gloves, socks, and personal care items such as shampoo, soap, razors, deodorant, toothpaste, toothbrushes. However, we are accepting donations of all types of winter clothing," the press release says. They're also seeking clothing for women and children, as well as shoes. You can make a cash donation through PayPal on their site.
Care of Poor People is also holding its potluck and clothing-distribution dinner, Winter Survival Event 2012, on Saturday from 12 to 4 p.m. at the Midland Metals Building (1219 Lydia, in Kansas City, Missouri). They ask for volunteers to bring cooked food - hot dogs, ham, chili, baked beans, casseroles, pies, cakes, cookies, etc. Or, they say, "If there is a special item that you make, we have a place for it." Food can be warmed up on-site, and they ask that all dishes be brought in disposable containers.
See their website for more information.
I have been told that the tech revolution is coming along with the possibility of Wi-Fi downtown, courtesy of an unnamed rainbow rabbit. I just hope that we have enough juice to power it. And so, my humble suggestion is to take a page from my former stomping grounds in Brooklyn, New York, and set up shade-covered, solar-powered USB chargers on the street. Street Charge is a new kind of charging station created by Pensa! [h/t to Swiss Miss].
Imagine a First Friday where you used all the juice on your phone finding the Truck Stop in the Crossroads. Next thing you know, you're plugging in your Android phone and wolfing down a meatball sub at the same time. Humans and technology getting energy at the same time? That's called multitasking, people. Go forth, webpreneurs. Share this on the social media and the Facebook and then make this happen.
Kansas City loves trivia. Everyone knows it. This week, actually tonight (Wednesday) at 7:30, Geeks Who Drink are bringing Arrested Development trivia back to the Drop (409 East 31st Street).
"Basically, we're quizzing on all things Arrested Development for eight rounds, including two audio and one visual," Josh Johnson tells The Pitch. "Can't really say more, because it's a cash prize and really competitive."
Only six players per team (admission is $5 per player). Winners take home between $200 and $500 (it all depends on the number of players).
Also, tune in to Central Standard on KCUR 89.3 for a trivia-focused show this Thursday at 10 a.m. Lined up for the show are Michael Forester from RecordBar's Trivia Clash, Kris Siriwangchai from Sceenland’s ReelSmart Trivia, Roland Reschke from Retro, and Cassie Niemeyer, who does a trivia night at Flying Saucer. The quiz masters will be quizzing the audience. Should be a fun show.
And if you miss the show, it should be archived here.
On Saturday afternoon, Tristan Tebbetts, the winner of an Anheuser-Busch sweepstakes, will be receiving a special beer delivery from the iconic horses as well as two tickets to Major League Baseball's Home Run Derby. Oh, and two tickets to the All-Star Game. Not a bad haul.
If your name isn't Tristan Tebbetts and you want to see the horses, well, here's your chance. On Sunday (July 8), the horses will also make a stop at a Price Chopper in Belton, Missouri, from noon to 1 p.m. Closer to KCMO, the Clydesdales will deliver beer to establishments on the Country Club Plaza from 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday. It's all part of Major League Baseball's All-Star Week festivities.
But if you've got a few bucks in your pocket still and can make your way down to the Charles B. Wheeler Downtown Airport, you can get a glimpse into the history of a local flier: Trans World Airlines. The TWA Museum is scheduled to open today at 10 Richards Road with a 5:30 p.m. ribbon-cutting ceremony and an open house until 7.
In the raging national shit storm over contraception, one major medical story has been lost in the shuffle. KU Medical Center has had a breakthrough in its noble effort to create a male birth-control pill, which would prevent men from producing mature sperm cells. While most media outlets have trained their focus on the congressional catfight over employer-provided contraception, the always-sharp Stephen Colbert brought KU's brilliant biological alchemy to the public's attention during his "Tip of the Hat/Wag of the finger" segment Wednesday. As you can see, he's not a fan. After all, every sperm is special.
... avoids the feds together?
Kidding, of course. But I'm annually amused by the city's Community Shredding Event, which invites KCMO residents to grind up their confidential documents at the Metro North Community Recycling Center and at the Three Trails Community Recycling Center tomorrow from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
All of us, united as one by the fear of identity theft.
This is brilliant. Kansas City-based AMC Theatres is banking on the fact that (1) you haven't seen all 10 Best Picture nominees for the 2011 Academy Awards or (2) you're a total movie geek who needs to see them all again in order to know which film to root for.
Lots of movie houses, banking on annual Oscar fever, are showing the nominees right now, including titles that came out earlier in the year and are now available on DVD, such as the southern Missouri-set Winter's Bone. But the AMC Best Picture Showcase is the easiest way to catch all 10, on an actual theater screen, for a not-unreasonable price.
Animals don't make love. Just ask Trent Reznor.
Nevertheless, "Love and the Animals" is the coyly named highlight of an upcoming event at the Kansas City Zoo that's all about animal sex. We all know what doggy style looks like, but what about froggy style? Elephant style?
Beyond the actual mechanics of doing the deed, how do animals manage to hook up? For that matter, how do identical-looking creatures tell one another apart once they do?
Armed with an X-rated-if-you-aren't-human slideshow, animal courtship expert Ron Magill will offer scientific answers to these and other burning questions during Kiss & Tail on February 5. The event includes heavy appetizers and a raffle but is only open to adults age 21 and over. (Explaining mammalian polyamory to the kids is your job, not the zoo's.)
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