Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Kansas fans parody god-awful 'We are Mizzou' video

Posted By on Tue, Jan 31, 2012 at 5:06 PM

Yesterday, I embedded the awful, awful "We are Mizzou" video to this blog. Now we have an answer from Kansas fans. Now this is a real parody.

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The new Making Movies album will be produced by Steve Berlin of Los Lobos

Posted By on Tue, Jan 31, 2012 at 9:38 AM

Seen in the above video recapping their 2011 shows, Making Movies recently announced they'll record the follow-up to their debut LP, In Deo Speramus. Their sophomore release will be produced by Steve Berlin, saxophonist for Los Lobos, whom the band met when opening for them at Knuckleheads last September.

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WWE's Monday Night Raw was at Sprint Center last night

WWE's Monday Night Raw was at Sprint Center last night

Posted By on Tue, Jan 31, 2012 at 9:20 AM

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The superstars of WWE's Monday Night Raw rumbled at the Sprint Center last night. There were plenty of screaming children and grown men with championship belts in the crowd, rooting for their favorite gladiators. The evening culminated with the return of the Undertaker, who stared down his rival Triple H and restarted their feud leading to their showdown at WrestleMania on April 1.

The Dead Man hadn't been seen since last year's WrestleMania, where he defeated Triple H to keep his 19-0 WrestleMania winning streak alive.

At these events, the fans always add to the atmosphere. Take the fan next to me. During good guy John Cena's brawl with the demented monster Kane, the guy kept yelling for Cena to "take his [Kane's] ass to Swope Park" because that's how we do it in KC. Cena was content to bash Kane's skull with the metal ringside stairs. As Kane retreated, the guy screamed, "Running like a bitch."

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  • WWE's Monday Night Raw was at Sprint Center last night

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Should restaurants have cellphone policies?

Posted By on Tue, Jan 31, 2012 at 8:30 AM

Even small phones raise a big etiquette question.
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  • Even small phones raise a big etiquette question.
Faced with an indeterminate wait, odds are you're going to check your cellphone at some point. Whether it's for work or simply to update your Facebook status, you'll have your nose buried in a tiny blue screen for a few minutes.

The Los Angeles Times looks at how restaurants are attempting to navigate the new dynamic at tables where cellphones are not an issue because they're phones, but for all of the other uses we've managed to pack into our pocket computers. In the story, it's as if every restaurant has unwittingly become a cyber cafe.

While most restaurants might not tolerate an extensive phone conversation, very few are regulating our fingers tapping on tiny keyboards. Do you think restaurants should have cellphone policies for diners?

Kansas City Royals: Contracts, prospects and the next few years at Kauffman Stadium

Posted By on Tue, Jan 31, 2012 at 7:37 AM

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  • Beyond the Boxscore
With pitchers and catchers set to report for the Kansas City Royals on February 20, now is right about the time that baseball begins to creep back into our lives. And Beyond the Boxscore has done a lot of the hard work up front for you, putting together a "Graphic Look at the Window to Win" for the Royals. In addition to looking at the contract status of each major and minor league player in the system, BtB also looks at the ratings for Royals' prospects, which again are strong. The end result is a prediction that 2013 is when the Royals' window (a nod to the Oakland Athletics' ability to compete for a title every few years by restocking their farm system) opens.

What do you think? Is this really "Our Time," as the recently unveiled slogan for the 2012 season suggests?

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The search for Boulevard Chocolate Ale begins: an Open Thread

A guide to getting a bottle of the Valentine's Day brew.

Posted By on Tue, Jan 31, 2012 at 7:30 AM

Chocolate Ale hits store shelves today.
Get your elbows sharpened and your tongue honeyed; it's Chocolate Ale day here in Kansas City. Let's just keep our wits about us, leave the pepper spray at home and instead focus on how we can all end up with a bottle or glass of the collaboration between the Boulevard Brewery and Christopher Elbow (here's the backstory for those of you who have a chocolate-beer deficiency).

Boulevard has a handy beer finder. On Tap KC is a repository of sightings. KC Beer Blog has been on this early and has a list of tappings around town. (The Foundry, Charlie Hooper's and the Flying Saucer are all tapping kegs today.) And because this is an open thread, kindly leave information in the comments on where you found some, what it set you back, and if there's more for fellow Chocolate Ale seekers.

  • A guide to getting a bottle of the Valentine's Day brew.

The Cave Girls, 'I Said Wow!'

Posted By on Tue, Jan 31, 2012 at 7:27 AM

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Kansas City garage-rock trio the Cave Girls release their self-titled debut EP this weekend. The threesome plays Saturday, February 4, at the Brick and is joined by two new local acts: the I'ms (featuring members of the Abracadabras and the ACBs) and Thee Devotion (featuring members of Emma Feel and the New Lost Souls). Because the release of the seven-song CD is kind of a big deal for the Cave Girls, they'll have on hand two "Cave Dancers" to keep the joint moving. And that's not all: For those willing to come "caved out" in animal print and "other Neanderthalesque tendencies," free CDs will go to the best three.

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VS-Mini, Saturday at the Riot Room

Posted By on Tue, Jan 31, 2012 at 6:02 AM

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On Saturday, Versus organizers Reach, Sephiroth, Trystyl and Vertigone hosted well over three hours of DJ and rap battles at a packed Riot Room. If VS-Mini is just the lead-up to Versus 5, we definitely have something to look forward to this summer.

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Monday, January 30, 2012

Now Open: Shahrazad Cafe & Market

Posted By on Mon, Jan 30, 2012 at 5:14 PM

You can easily make a meal out of the Shahrazad Cafe appetizer plate.
  • You can easily make a meal out of the Shahrazad Cafe appetizer plate.

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Rashid Khalaf opened his Middle Eastern market — with its shelves laden with a fragrant array of herbs, spices, coffees and teas, imported candies and sweets, flavored tobaccos and elaborate hookahs — last spring. The adjoining cafe wasn't officially ready until last October. But Rashid is now officially back in the restaurant business: the chef who formerly managed the popular Olive Cafe on Kansas City's east side and, long before that, the Athena on Broadway restaurant at 3535 Broadway (where I first worked with him, over 26 years ago) now is the boss of his own kitchen, serving up a lot of the dishes he originally served at the Athena: marinated lamb chops, grilled kabobs and chicken, and a sumptuous selection of Middle Eastern appetizers.

Before opening the Shahrazad Cafe & Market, says Khalaf, he made some fact-finding trips to Los Angeles, Detroit and Chicago to see what restaurateurs in other cities were doing. He fell in love with the shiny metal trays for appetizer combos that he found in Detroit. So much so that he brought enough of them back to serve in his own dining room. The Shahrazade appetizer combo — $9.99 for two people, $18.99 for four — can be made with his most popular new creation, fried cilantro potatoes as well as creamy hummus, baba ghanoush, stuffed dolmas, falafel patties, pink pickled turnips, and tahini sauce.

Last week Khalaf introduced something completely different: a weekend breakfast deal offered each Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. to noon. "It's all you can eat falafel, hummus, baba ganoush, fava beans, pickles and pita bread and hot tea for $4.99," says Khalaf. He wasn't sure that his American-born customers would find the selection as enticing as his patrons from Syria, Jordan, Saudi Arabia, and Lebanon — but on the first Saturday, the dining room was packed.

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Portugal. The Man, the Lonely Forest, Trace Adkins, Kid Congo and other incoming artists

Posted By on Mon, Jan 30, 2012 at 2:25 PM

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  • Portugal. The Man

I present to you (for the first time in the last few weeks) a big list of incoming artists.

Lots of good stuff, but the best (in my opinion) is the return of Portugal. The Man. The grime-y soul-groovers will perform at the Beaumont on April 30 at 8 p.m. Support from the Lonely Forest.

Here are some other shows that were recently announced:

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