Sunday, February 28, 2010

Concert Review: Elton John and Billy Joel

Posted By on Sun, Feb 28, 2010 at 10:07 PM

By GORDON GUILD

Saturday night at the Sprint Center, Elton John and Billy Joel performed their rescheduled "Face 2 Face" show; but, it could have been dubbed "Face Off" between these two veteran piano men. There were vast differences in John's and Joel's performances: From a frontman's perspective, Sir Elton had a more theatrical stage presence, while B.J. was a true showman by way of his sincere interaction with the crowd.

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  • Billy Joel

To open, two pianos rose from below the stage. The nearly sold-out crowd (median age: mid-forties) stood, applauding and screaming. Joel strolled out to the "Yankee Doodle Dandy," waving to the crowd. Sir Elton marched out to "Rule Britannia," baowing continuously to the audience. After hugging each other at center stage, John and Joel retreated behind their respective pianos.

Let the games begin.

The first four songs were an even exchange of John's "Your Song," then Joel's "Just the Way You Are," then back to EJ with "Don't Let the Sun Go Down On Me," and finally to BJ's "My Life." Above the stage a screen showed a live shot of the two men face to face. Elton looked dolled up (wig and make-up to the hilt), while Joel looked real and impassioned. During the forty-five minute opening, both performers exchanged out on each other's lyrics.

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  • Elton John
It was obvious from the beginning that Joel was the much stronger vocalist (even though only 3 years separate the two in age difference: Elton, 63, and Joel, 60.) During the evening, John struggled with the high falsetto notes, relying on his backup vocalists and even Joel.

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Friday, February 26, 2010

Video: Cash, "Do Da John Wall"

Posted By on Fri, Feb 26, 2010 at 4:02 PM

The University of Kentucky's John Wall has his own dance, and it's gotten to the point where one might be able to say that it's jumped the shark. Being as how Magic Johnson busted it out on the court during halftime of yesterday's Kentucky/South Carolina game, we can officially say everyone involved in sports has had their shot at getting it on tape.

Yep. It's the NCAA version of the Macarena. Too bad Cash took his sweet time getting the video for "Do Da John Wall" up on YouTube. It might be too late to cash in. Although, if Kentucky can rally to make it into the tournament, expect to hear this ad nauseum.

(Courtesy Buster Sports)

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Comment of the week: Add Sluggerrr to the rotation

Posted By on Fri, Feb 26, 2010 at 3:15 PM

Sluggerrr
  • Sluggerrr

It's a dark fucking period for Sluggerrr. A couple of weeks ago, the Royals advertised for a new Sluggerrr. This left us scratching our heads, wondering what happened to the old Sluggerrr. Kitty heaven is not the correct answer. Flying wiener poking out a man's eye might be.

A man named John Coomer claimed in a lawsuit that Sluggerrr lost control of a hot dog thrown into the stands and that the wiener smacked him in the left eye,

"leaving him with a detached retina and the development of cataracts." Coomer is suing the team for $25,000.

Royals Fan 2 saw potential in the big cat's Ricky Vaughn-like arm.

Sluggerrr can really throw that hard, the Royals should sign him up. They need some help with their starting rotation.
Here's to Royals Fan 2. And remember, keep your eyes on the sky at the K. You never know when Sluggerrr's wiener will fly.

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Now you have plans for the weekend

Posted By on Fri, Feb 26, 2010 at 2:30 PM

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

The Johnson County Home and Garden Show comes to the Overland Park Convention Center today through Sunday. Gardening, kitchen and home-decor tips abound. The show is 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Friday and Saturday, and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Sunday. Tickets are $8.50 with a $1 discount for a Price Chopper Shopper or Ace Rewards Card -- the box office will be cash only.  

Westport's Main Street Tobacco hosts a free hookah demonstration every Saturday from 2 to 4 p.m. You can not only learn the proper way to use a hookah, but also discover just how good a mixture of tobacco and dried fruit can smell. 

The PBR Poker Race kicks off at 3 p.m. on Saturday. You ride your bike between five bars, purchase a Pabst Blue Ribbon and receive a poker card. The best poker hand wins $150, with second- and third-place hands taking home $75 and $25, respectively. It's no Little 500, but it will take some endurance and tolerance. Register as a race participant at the Broadway Cafe for $5.

Entries for the 11th annual 2010 BarStool Open are closed for the Brookside course, but you can still cheer (or jeer) the competitors at Saturday's benefit for United Cerebral Palsy. The pub crawl involves costumes, putters and "nine-hole courses" of miniature golf at bars in Waldo, Westport and Johnson County. 

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It's the season of Friday fish fries

Posted By on Fri, Feb 26, 2010 at 1:04 PM

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The religious observance of Lent continues until Saturday, April 3, which means that for many locals, each Friday between now and then is supposed to be a meatless meal. For Kansas City's Catholic churches, that means a chance to put on a community dinner of fried fish or shrimp.

One of the more elaborate offerings is put on by the Knights of Columbus Council 11067 of Leawood's Church of the Nativity. From 5 to 7 p.m. every Friday during Lent, at 2800 West 119th in Leawood, there's baked tilapia, battered fried cod, catfish nuggets, boiled shrimp (for an additional charge), seasoned red potatoes, Tater Tots, tossed salad, green beans, cheese pizza, macaroni and cheese, dinner rolls, a beverage and dessert. The charge is $9 for adults, $5 for children between 5 and 12 year and $5 for the additional plate if you want the all-you-can-eat boiled shrimp. The family meal price is $35 or $50 to include the boiled shrimp. Children ages 4 and under eat free.

If that's not enough, here's a couple more.

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Top 5 macaroni-and-cheese dishes in Kansas City

Posted By on Fri, Feb 26, 2010 at 12:00 PM

Say goodbye to orange macaroni and cheese.
  • Say goodbye to orange macaroni and cheese.

Macaroni and cheese has gone from a side dish to a headliner -- and with bigger portions come bolder ingredients. It's your move, Kraft, because chefs in Kansas City are changing the definition of the comfort food.

A great bowl of macaroni and cheese is an antidote to winter and depression and the latest pledge to eat right. It is also almost universally liked, meaning that you'll find a version of it on plenty of menus in the city -- even if you have to track it down on the kid's menu.  

Charles Ferruzza and I have picked up fork and spoon in an effort to determine the Top 5 mac and cheese dishes in Kansas City. The results are after the jump. 

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Tweet of the Week: Soft Reeds on the Olympics

Posted By on Fri, Feb 26, 2010 at 12:00 PM

Every week, we'll spotlight the wittiest, weirdest, wildest, and all-around most interesting posts from local acts' Twitter accounts. We refrained from calling it "Tweeked." Be thankful.

This week is a soft launch, so we're just highlighting one post. And, appropriately enough, a soft launch gets a tweet from Soft Reeds (@softreeds), who are playing this weekend in support of their new album, Soft Reeds Are Bastards.

Without further ado, here is Mr. Ben Grimes' views on the events in Vancouver lo these past couple of weeks:

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Post any Twitter feeds (local bands only) in the comments. We'll add 'em to the roll.

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Mark Parkinson's approval rating bounces back

Posted By on Fri, Feb 26, 2010 at 12:00 PM

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  • Mark Parkinson

Kansas Republicans last month delighted at a poll result indicating that Gov. Mark Parkinson was becoming unpopular. But a more recent survey by the same polling outfit shows that those who approve of the job he's doing outnumber those who disapprove.

The poll, by Survey USA, puts Parkinson's approval rating at 47 percent, with 38 percent casting a frown and the rest undecided. Parkinson's approval/disapproval ratio was 42/43 in a poll taken in January. 

The Kansas GOP said the January poll reflected distaste for Parkinson's suggestions for raising sales taxes in order to plug budget shortfalls. Kansas Democrats, meanwhile, noted that the poll was conducted before Parkinson proposed the tax increases in his State of the State speech, making the cause-effect claim seem pretty dubious.

Hat tip: Dome on the Range

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Henry Scott IV found dead in burning house Thursday; foul play suspected

Posted By on Fri, Feb 26, 2010 at 11:31 AM

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The man found dead in a burning house at East 44th Street and Wayne Avenue Thursday was Henry Scott IV, and police suspect foul play, The Kansas City Star reported today.

Firefighters were called to the home around 2 a.m. and found the 28-year-old in a bedroom. From the Star:

Bomb and arson investigators determined that someone set the fire, with more than one ignition point, in the house in the 4400 block of Wayne Avenue, Police Capt. Rich Lockhart said. An autopsy is pending.


Reports say Scott was a 1999 graduate of Southeast High School and worked at Quick Cash and later at Speedy Cash.

If Scott's death is ruled a homicide, he will be Kansas City, Missouri's 14th homicide victim of 2010.

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