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).
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
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 here. It'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?
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 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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
Do this. Do it now.
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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