Monday, February 27, 2012

John Mayer is coming to Starlight Theatre

Posted By on Mon, Feb 27, 2012 at 10:44 AM

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John Mayer and his perverse O-face will be stopping by Starlight Wednesday, May 2, on a tour to support the singer-songwriter's upcoming LP, Born and Raised. Tickets go on sale this Saturday, March 3, at 10 a.m.

George Strait reschedules for this Saturday, March 3

Posted By on Mon, Feb 27, 2012 at 10:38 AM

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Good news and bad news regarding the George Strait concert at the Sprint Center this past Saturday. The good news is that, if you'd been unable to attend, it's been rescheduled for this Saturday, March 3. The bad news is that, for everyone who came from out of town, you're kind of screwed.

Per the Sprint Center's website, the show was canceled "due to illness" and "all original tickets [...] will be honored on March 3." Per my friends who attended, Strait came out, played two songs, said he couldn't go on, and then walked off stage.

Martina McBride will open the rescheduled show, as she did the truncated performance this past weekend. Here's hoping she works up a different set list for everybody seeing round 2.

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What to eat and drink this week

Posted By on Mon, Feb 27, 2012 at 10:15 AM

Fo Thais slow-cooked baby back ribs are half-price during happy hour.
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  • Fo Thai's slow-cooked baby back ribs are half-price during happy hour.
Happy Hour and small plates could be the best way to discover if you're going to be a regular at a new place. You get to sample a lot of what they have to offer without the concern of buyer's remorse. In that vein, Fo Thai (4331 W. 119th St., Leawood) has launched a new cocktail menu, happy-hour specials and Thursday small-plates deals.

Fo Thai now serves more than 20 kinds of martinis and a collection of intriguing cocktails — the Elder 1 ($8) being the top contender for a new spring drink. It's green tea vodka, elderflower liquor, Pimm's, berry juice, lime juice and mint. The Asian fusion restaurant has also launched a series of daily drink specials — mojitos are $4 today, and signature martinis, regularly $10, are $5 on Thursdays.

Happy hour is from 4 to 6 p.m. every day and from 9 p.m. to close Sunday through Thursday. All appetizers are half-price (the tempura rock shrimp should be ordered), and there are three $5 bar menu items — chicken curry balls, Thai chicken and Thai basil margherita pizza. On Thursdays, there are smaller versions of menu standards, including pork pot stickers ($5), an oven-roasted chicken breast with Thai eggplant in a coconut curry sauce ($11), and Peking duck breast in a massaman curry sauce ($15).

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Vagabond Four will be about art: on the walls and on the plates

Posted By on Mon, Feb 27, 2012 at 9:30 AM

Jenny Vergara and Alex Pope will bring their traveling roadshow restaurant, Vagabond, to the Nelson-Atkins Museum in March.
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  • Jenny Vergara and Alex Pope will bring their traveling roadshow restaurant, Vagabond, to the Nelson-Atkins Museum in March.

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When chef Alex Pope and fellow pop-up restaurant creative partner hosted their first Vagabond restaurant/art installation at the Orange Event Space on Grand Boulevard last year, they were introduced to one of their guests: Julián Zugazagoitia, the director and CEO of the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art. "He asked us," Vergara says, "if he could cut through the red tape that comes with hosting an outside event at the museum, if we would be interested in doing a Vagabond there. He said it attracted the kind of crowd he wanted to attract to the museum. Of course, the answer was yes."

For three nights next month — Thursday March 29;Friday, March 30; and Saturday, March 31 — Pope and Vergara will turn a space in Lens 2 of the Bloch Building into a restaurant, with one seating each night. Unlike the previous three dining events, Vagabond Four will be a slightly more formal affair: Each night's dinner will be preceded with a private tour of the Nelson-Atkins Museum, Vergara says. And Pope's menu will be influenced by many of the art treasures in the museum's collections. Vergara says tickets — priced at $100 each (including tax and gratuity) — will go on sale to the public March 1 at Brown Paper Tickets.

"For this Vagabond, we'll be using the museum's staff instead of our own servers and workers," Vergara says. "The dinner will be served in a private space; it's not one of the public galleries."

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Pee Party: Ernie Biggs Dueling Piano Bar in Westport

We go inside the bathrooms of the dueling piano bar.

Posted By on Mon, Feb 27, 2012 at 9:06 AM

From the Ernie Biggs website.
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I hang out in Westport a couple of nights a week, every week, but I don't think I knew that the bar to the west of Buzzard Beach was called Ernie Biggs until last summer. I always just knew it as That Dueling Piano Bar That Of Course I Have No Reason To Walk Into. A few months ago, I learned that Biggs (I call it Biggs for short now) kills it on Wednesdays, when the bar offers $1 wells and $1 drafts ALL NIGHT, which is until 1:30 a.m. That's some college-town shit.

Biggs also turned up on my radar this past December, when I heard that Muscle Worship was scheduled to play there on a Sunday night, which struck me as unusual. That show didn't end up panning out, but then last Sunday, I heard the Claque had a gig there, so I figured it was time to investigate. I went, and I saw the Claque blast some rawk, and I drank some $1 Pabst, and I'll tell you what else I did: I urinated. A couple of times, in fact.

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Powerman 5000, Xiu Xiu, Woods, Marilyn Manson and other incoming artists

Posted By on Mon, Feb 27, 2012 at 8:54 AM

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Weird mix of shows this week.

Let's start with the industrial-rock explosion that's going to happen this spring, and then again this fall:

The L.A. electronica/punk '90s band Powerman 5000 plays the Beaumont Thursday, September 13, at 7 p.m. (all ages). Support from Swill, Syn City Cowboys and Razorwire Halo.

And you've probably heard by now that Marilyn Manson is headed to the Uptown Theater. See if he has amped up his shock value Wednesday, May 16. Doors open at 7 p.m. doors. (all ages). Tickets are on sale tomorrow at 10 a.m.

The Jackpot hosts two very awesome but very different types of shows this spring. Catch the odd, experimental pop group Xiu Xiu May 22, at 9 p.m. (18 and older). Support from Dirty Beaches. Then, Wednesday, April 25, the psychedelic folk band Woods, performs. Support from MMOSS, 8 p.m. (18 and older).

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What's a great, if unexpected, hamburger topping?

Posted By on Mon, Feb 27, 2012 at 8:45 AM

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I've had my share of carnivorous experiences in Kansas City, but the best surprises haven't come from the ingredients with four legs — it's what folks around here decide to pair with their hamburger patties that is eye-opening.

I won't claim to be first to the party with these discoveries, but I will admit that I understand all the fuss. Two years ago, I downed my first goober burger, courtesy of the now departed Chef Burger (the current home of the Whopper Bar). I've since ventured to the Wheel Inn in Sedalia for what many would consider the ultimate peanut-butter-topped creation.

And this weekend, I learned that Fritz's Gen Dare — a hamburger topped with grilled onions, ketchup, mustard, pickle and hash browns — should be much more mainstream. The salty, crunchy potatoes add a nice layer of depth to the brunch burger just begging for a fried egg on top.

What should be next in the name of hamburger experimentation?

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Celebrity cake star Mike Elder doubles his recipe for KC CakeFest

Posted By on Mon, Feb 27, 2012 at 8:00 AM

Cake-creating star Mike Elder is going to race a cake car this weekend.
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  • Cake-creating star Mike Elder is going to race a cake car this weekend.
Last year, professional cake baker Mike Elder — he's one of America’s best-known cake designers, thanks to cable television; he's three-time champion of the TLC Channel’s reality series The Ultimate Cake-Off — created a charity fundraising event that was all about cakes: Icing on the Cake. The one-day event raised funds for Newhouse, Kansas City's shelter for abused women.

The cake party was successful enough that Elder has decided to double the fun. This Saturday and Sunday, Elder will be flying in a quartet of his TV baking-competition pals to mount a public challenge and even a Guinness Book of World Records attempt when he hostsKC CakeFest at the Kansas City Convention Center. (You can find more details about the schedule of activities here). Proceeds from this year's cake festival will be donated to the Whole Person.

Before establishing himself as a cable culinarian and bake-shop owner (Elder's Black Sheep Custom Cakes is located in Clinton, Missouri), Elder was a master auto mechanic in Clinton. On Sunday afternoon, Elder attempts to break a world record that combines his two best-known talents: cars and cakes. Elder is creating the “fastest cake car” for the final day of KC CakeFest. The Whole Person’s Christi Campos says that to break the world’s record, Elder must drive a car covered with “at least 95 percent edible ingredients” at least 10 miles an hour. Elder will take his custom cakemobile down Wyandotte Street (by the convention center) at 1 p.m.

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Help KJHK get a Woodie

Posted By on Mon, Feb 27, 2012 at 6:53 AM

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After a Twitter hashtag competition, KJHK made it to the top 25 college-radio stations competing for a Woodie. Woodies are the awards given out by mtvU, a version of MTV available only on college campuses. So, what the fuck does that mean to you, who has obviously already graduated from, dropped out of, or simply opted out of college? Voting ends at 11 a.m. today, so the kids at the Sound Alternative could use your help in a last-minute push.

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Here's how the Kansas City Chiefs sign Peyton Manning

Here's how the Chiefs bring Peyton Manning to KC.

Posted By on Mon, Feb 27, 2012 at 6:00 AM

The Chiefs have to sell out to sell Peyton Manning.
  • The Chiefs have to sell out to sell Peyton Manning.
The idea that Peyton Manning could be suiting up in the home locker room at Arrowhead Stadium didn't feel particularly likely before the weekend. But a whirlwind of rumors, beginning with 610 Sports' Bob Fescoe's tweet that Chiefs general manager Scott Pioli had talked to Tom Condon, Manning's agent, twice, and a barrage of analysis over head coach Romeo Crennel's obvious statement that the Chiefs would be interested in Manning as a free agent, makes it hard not to think about what could happen next season.

Let's assume that Manning is healthy (enough). And because half the fun of football is debating the off-field decisions of your team, I figured we should offer the Chiefs a blueprint for signing Manning.

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  • Here's how the Chiefs bring Peyton Manning to KC.

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