Open your eyes and look within. Are you satisfied with the life you're livin'? Would a Friday-night reggae fix make things better? Of course, it would. So it's fortunate that Patrick Brown and his Kansas City Reggae Uprising Fridays are in the house.
Specifically, Brown's event is on the patio at Californos (4124 Pennsylvania, 816-531-7878). Featuring one band and one DJ each Friday (through the second week of August), Brown and his partners, Mike Dunn and Richard Faught, showcase local as well as regional talent from Omaha, St. Louis and beyond. Bands such as Liv Stat, Jah Lion and Vibenhai pair up with such midtown staples as DJ Rico, Johnny2tone and DJ Richmo to let loose steamy beats and smokin' grooves.
The only surprise of the NFL Draft for Missouri Tigers Blaine Gabbert and Aldon Smith was the order in which they were selected.
Gabbert, who was projected to go high in the first round, slipped to the 10th overall pick to the Jacksonville Jaguars. Smith, projected to go high but after Gabbert, was grabbed by the San Francisco 49ers with the seventh pick.
Fat City received a phone call this week from Ritchie, who was introduced to the Chapala restaurant at 5224 Truman Road after reading last month's review of the restaurant in The Pitch.
"I've eaten at Chapala several times since I first read about it and I love it," he said, "but my wife and I took some friends to the restaurant last Saturday night, and it was closed. Did the restaurant close for good?"
How many times do you get to see a Kansas City native who has won 18 Grammy Awards? Not often, I'd guess, so you might want to jump on this opportunity. On September 29, Pat Metheny, improvisational jazz musician, composer and music educator, will perform at Liberty Hall in Lawrence. The show is at 8 p.m., and tickets are $24-$98.
Hayes were in the midst of a divorce when the husband shot his wife in the back of the head, killing her on August 5, 2010. A jury convicted Terry Hayes yesterday of premeditated first-degree murder as well as aggravated assault for threatening a friend of his wife's.
Tiffani Hayes' body was found outside an Olathe home in August
2010. She was 28 years old. According to the Star, prosecutors argued that Terry Hayes planned to kill Tiffani Hayes after luring her to an Olathe home by threatening to throw away her property. Terry and Tiffani Hayes argued for less than a minute before Terry retrieved a pistol from his truck, loaded a bullet in the chamber, chased Tiffani down and shot her in the back of the head. Then he fled.
Three days of interviews with chef James Landis of Blue Grotto creates craving for a piece of pizza. He recommends the Guanciale.
"It's basically a bacon and jalapeno pizza," Landis says. "But it's not spicy to where it's stupid. I don't want to start crying. I'm not doing a tough-man competition when I'm eating."
Today, he talks about the key to making a proper pizza. On Wednesday, he explained why an open kitchen is as much a stage as he'll ever need, and yesterday he made the case for why everyone should love sweetbreads.
It's time to find your beer for the summer. Parkville's eighth annual Microbrew Fest is 1-5 p.m. Saturday in English Landing Park. There's a solid mix of regional craft brewers that will be attending. Stone Brewing Co., which just began distributing in Missouri last week; Little Apple Brewing and High Noon Saloon and Brewery from Kansas; 75th Street, Schlafly and the August Brewing Company from Missouri; and Lucky Bucket and the Upstream Brewing Company from Nebraska. Tickets are available online or are $20 at the gate (cash only).
The Kansas City Chiefs needed another wide receiver to pair with Dwayne Bowe, and they got one Thursday night. The Chiefs selected Jonathan Baldwin out of Pittsburgh with the 26th pick. The Chiefs swapped first-round picks with Cleveland and will get a third-round pick from the Browns as part of the deal.
Baldwin comes with "character issues." He was charged with indecent assault, disorderly conduct and harassment in May 2009 for slapping a woman's butt on a bus. Although he admitted that he slapped the woman's butt, Baldwin was acquitted. His defense attorney reportedly said the ass slap "was meant to be a playful gesture -- not an insult."
Don't let this show's name fool you: the Crossroads' Spring Dance has nothing in common with the hormone-addled formal you attended in high school. This jam features three of Kansas City's best-known dance bands. Hearts of Darkness brings progressive Afrobeat tunes, Making Movies supplies foot-tapping Latin rock, and the Good Foot serenades the crowd with soul-swinging classics. In short, groove-inducing music played at an outdoor venue that serves booze. Sounds better than the cover band that played your prom and the spiked punch you ingested at the after-party, doesn't it?
Nothing bolsters an artist's popularity like a smidgen of controversy. In 2000, John Vanderslice released a moody rock number called "Bill Gates Must Die" on his debut solo album, Mass Suicide Occult Figurines. Rather than letting this faux death threat fade into obscurity, however, Vanderslice orchestrated a hoax that included an angered Microsoft threatening legal action over the song. (In the end, the joke was on Vanderslice: Manufacturers were wary about publishing the album's Windows-inspired artwork after the charade.)
More than 10 years later, though, singer and storyteller John Vanderslice's influence in the indie-rock landscape is vast. His recording studio, Tiny Telephone, nestled in the Mission District of San Francisco, is home to landmark albums by Death Cab for Cutie, the Mountain Goats, Okkervil River, Deerhoof and Spoon.
Earlier this year, Vanderslice released his eighth studio album, White Wilderness, written and recorded with Minna Choi and her Magik*Magik Orchestra. Rich layers of string arrangements adorn Vanderslice's signature lyrics -- always narrative and often suggestively charged with morality and politics. Vanderslice took time away from his nationwide tour to chat with The Pitch about his new album, his dreams of living like Henry David Thoreau, and life on the road without cats.
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