Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Half St. Patty's Day at the Beaumont

Posted By on Tue, Aug 31, 2010 at 7:33 AM

Exhibit A.
  • Exhibit A.

Why should one celebrate Half St. Patty's Day? Because once a year isn't often enough to enjoy green beer. (Or to suffer the subsequent foamy green vomit.) This year's Half St. Patty's Day is on September 17, and you can catch the Dead Girls, Steddy P and Sons of Great Dane -- a solid lineup of non-Irish acts -- at the Beaumont for free. There will also be St. Patty's Day Activities (not sure what those are besides drinking), which will probably result green beer-vomit (see above).  

Watch drunk people talk to a news anchor in Westport on St. Patty's Day 2010 after the jump.

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Redistricting forcing 1st District candidate Scott Wagner to move

Posted By on Tue, Aug 31, 2010 at 7:01 AM

Scott Wagner's going the distance
  • Scott Wagner's going the distance

Scott Wagner knew from the start of his campaign that the city's council redistricting could affect him personally.

Wagner is gunning to replace termed out 1st District At-large Councilwoman Deb Hermann. Wagner lives in the Indian Mound neighborhood north of Independence Avenue and is the president of its neighborhood association. He's rallied his neighbors to support the concept of a Northeast Community Center to be built in the area, and spearheaded efforts to improve residents' usage of Budd Park. A city council run makes sense, given his experience with neighborhood issues.

But to serve the 1st District, Wagner has to live in the 1st District. Now, redistricting threatens to shift his neighborhood's council

designation.

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Listen to Matt and Kim's new single, 'Cameras'

Posted By on Tue, Aug 31, 2010 at 6:45 AM

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​Kinetic Brooklyn girl-and-guy duo Matt and Kim rock the Granada in Lawrence on September 23. You won't be able to hear a full recording of the band's third record, Sidewalks, until it comes out on November 2, but here's the first single, "Cameras." Listen to it hereIt's rich with instrumentation, including horns and synths! (Thank the album's producer, Animal Collective's Ben Allen.) 

But let's talk about what everyone really thinks of when we mention Matt and Kim: Remember when the band got naked in Times Square, for its "Lessons Learned" video in 2009?

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Arcade Fire knows where you live -- at least, their video does

Posted By on Tue, Aug 31, 2010 at 6:45 AM

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Try out Arcade Fire's mind-blowing new video for "Used to Wait." It's for a track off of their new album, The Suburbs, and it actually sets the video in the neighborhood where you used to live. (Which, if you're like me, is fittingly in the suburbs.)


The video is centered around a kid in a hoodie running down a suburban street. After several different windows open and zoom out and in, you realize, hey, that's your neighborhood. It's eerie. And it's much better experienced than explained. Click here to check it out. 

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Monday, August 30, 2010

Missouri's Adam Smith Foundation raises eyebrows with $500K donation to stop tougher California pollution laws

Posted By on Mon, Aug 30, 2010 at 3:55 PM

Springfield's Adam Smith Foundation found plenty of cash for a California cause.
  • Springfield's Adam Smith Foundation found plenty of cash for a California cause.

The Adam Smith Foundation, a conservative, Jefferson City-based political nonprofit started by some of Matt Blunt's pals in 2007, just wrote a $498,000 check to California political cause Yes On 23, which is trying to stop California's tougher pollution regulations. Now a whole lot of people are asking questions of Adam Smith.

The mystery at the center of the uproar is why a political group that has never engaged in any action beyond the state border is suddenly sending oodles of cash out west.

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Crossroads graffiti vandalized by mysterious advertising

Posted By on Mon, Aug 30, 2010 at 3:37 PM

Edgy? Not so much
  • Edgy? Not so much

Graffiti is obviously not discouraged in the alleys that branch northward from West 18th Street between Baltimore Avenue and Wyandotte Street. These walls have been splashed and coated again and again by spray-can artists (with varying degrees of talent) for a decade, at least.

Advertising agencies commonly co-opt street art for the commercial interests of their clients. Now, an ad has shown up on a wall typically reserved for street artists. The question is: What the hell is it for?

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Bacon Fest slowed hearts, quickened loins this weekend

Posted By on Mon, Aug 30, 2010 at 3:16 PM

Now get in my belly!
  • Now get in my belly!

Bacon is like Kanye West -- either you love it full-heartedly and support everything it does (even if it seems a little off), or you wish other, more talented meats would get their due. There's no need to question what camp I'm in. I would begin every morning lathering up with bacon soap if a fear of being trampled by men didn't deter me.

So when a strip of bacon falls into my beer, my day just feels complete. Where does that happen? Bacon Fest, that's where.

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Escaped sex offender on the loose in KCK

Posted By on Mon, Aug 30, 2010 at 3:12 PM

Update: Police captured Dudley yesterday afternoon in Kansas City, according to Police Chief Jim Corwin's blog. He had purchased a used car and told the dealership staff that he was planning to drive it to Kentucky. They told him he needed to go to the DMV, and then called the police. Dudley was duped, and police captured him in the DMV parking lot, where he was kicking it with two homeless men and a guy with a parole violation. Both were arrested.

Original item:

George Dudley escaped from the courthouse this morning.
  • George Dudley escaped from the courthouse this morning.
60-year-old George Dudley, a thrice convicted child solicitor, is on the run in KCK.

He was about to go to a hearing at the Wyandotte County Courthouse to discuss the possibility of being released from prison, where guards decided it was a good idea to leave him totally alone. One guard went to get the van, while the other went to the restroom. Bet that's a leak he'll remember taking for the rest of his life.

Because Dudley decided to predict the verdict early, and ran. Police are calling Dudley "extremely dangerous." If you see this man, lock up the kids and call 911.

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Last day to RSVP for Scion Garage Fest [updated with a tentative schedule]

Posted By on Mon, Aug 30, 2010 at 2:34 PM

King Khan will be pissed if you don't show.
  • King Khan will be pissed if you don't show.

Do this. Do it now.

Click here, and RSVP for Scion Garage Fest -- a free festival in Lawrence on October 2 that includes Best Coast, the Raveonettes, Thee Oh Sees, King Khan and the Shrines, Times New Viking, the Oblivions, the Gories, Hunx and His Punks -- oh, hell, just see the whole lineup for yourself. 

This is a Brooklyn-caliber festival, right here in our own little local college town. It's like a gift from the garage gods. Don't miss this.

Update, 2:51PM: Our friends over at Love Garden Sounds also may have found a tentative schedule for the festival on a message board. 

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The new Arrowhead Stadium and three more things to experience this week

Posted By on Mon, Aug 30, 2010 at 2:34 PM

What an innocent-looking milkshake.
  • What an innocent-looking milkshake.

Monday: Catch a fly ball. The Royals take on the Texas Rangers at 7:10 p.m.

Tuesday: Practice for the hangover headache with an ice cream headache. Several local burger joints offer boozy milkshakes.

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