Thursday, August 30, 2012

Sorry, Alamo Drafthouse, KC is getting known for cracking wise at the movies

Posted By on Thu, Aug 30, 2012 at 11:34 AM

Dont be shocked. Somebody is supposed to be yelling at the screen.
  • Benjamin Bernard Digital
  • Don't be shocked. Somebody is supposed to be yelling at the screen.
Talking at the Alamo Drafthouse during a movie will earn you a ticket to the curb, but elsewhere in Kansas City, it's helping keep the lights on. The Associated Press has a trend piece on "movie riffs," comedians heckling cult classics before a live movie audience. And the exploits of two comedy troupes in Kansas City are front and center in the story. While those two groups are given the ignominious adjective of "obscure," they are seen as part of the revival and nostalgia for Mystery Science Theater 3000 — a cult classic of its own from the early days of Comedy Central that featured a trio of talking heads hurling one-liners while outdated and poorly made films rolled on a movie screen.

The next "movie riff" in Kansas City is part of the Screenland Slam's series. "I Know Who Killed Me" will be mocked at The Screenland Crown Center (2450 Grand, third floor) at 9 p.m. Saturday, October 6. Tickets are $10 in advance, $12 at the door.

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Five strategies for dealing with the upcoming alcoholic cupcake craze

Posted By on Thu, Aug 30, 2012 at 11:01 AM

Its only a matter of time before we start cracking open a six-pack of cupcakes.
  • Novice Chef
  • It's only a matter of time before we start cracking open a six-pack of cupcakes.
If London is experiencing a hangover, it's not from missing the Olympics. The Daily Mail reports on a trend that is without question going to be heading over the pond: alcoholic cupcakes.

Eliminating the need for a box of cupcakes and a bottle of wine is the de facto American dream. Smallcakes owner Jeff Martin (his doughnut shop Twisted Doughnut just launched) was experimenting with Guinness cupcakes two years ago. You can't fight boozy pastries. Here are five strategies for dealing with the upcoming alcoholic cupcake craze.

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Missouri Tigers fans who made awful 'We are Mizzou' video return with awful 'SEC Bound' song

Posted By on Thu, Aug 30, 2012 at 10:03 AM

The guys who made the dreadful "We are Mizzou" song and video are back with a new song and video that's possibly worse than the first. The video above from Fifth Down is an endurance test called "SEC Bound." Guessing it won't be long before we get a parody from KU fans.

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Melissa Ohden's abortion survivor ad to debut in Missouri

Posted By on Thu, Aug 30, 2012 at 9:45 AM

You're going to be hearing the name Melissa Ohden a lot over the next several days. Ohden, who identifies herself as a survivor of a failed abortion, is the focal point of a new political advertisement that will begin airing shortly in Missouri (Politico noted that the ad debuts with a $150,000 buy in the state). The ad, created and paid for by Susan B. Anthony List Inc., seeks to attack President Barack Obama's voting record on late-term abortions as a state senator in Illinois.

Susan B. Anthony List Inc. is an organization with a stated mission of educating and mobilizing pro-life women in an effort to ultimately end abortion. Emily Buchanan, the executive director for SBA List, told U.S. News and World Report that the ad is running first in Missouri because it is "at the center of the debate on abortion." Considering that we're still discussing U.S. Rep. Todd Akin's comments on "legitimate rape," that's probably an accurate assessment of the Show-Me State. The only question is whether this campaign advertisement will look tame based on what unfolds over the next three months leading up to the elections in November.

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Sprouts Farmers Market to open stores in Mission, Overland Park

Posted By on Thu, Aug 30, 2012 at 8:30 AM

Sprouts is on the way to Mission.
  • Sprouts is on the way to Mission.
Just as restaurant executives once decided the Kansas City area was badly in need of burger joints (just a heads up to execs, we're fairly meated up these days), organic and specialty grocers are being drawn to this market in bunches. And now you can add Sprouts Farmers Market as a potential place to fill your grocery list.

The Mission Gateway development, originally planned as a site for a new aquarium, will now have a Walmart Supercenter (at the intersection of Johnson Drive and Roe) and a Sprouts Farmers Market. The grocery chain headquartered in Phoenix, Arizona, began as a fruit stand more than 70 years ago. There are now close to 150 stores in eight states. Sprouts focuses on fruits and vegetables with a large produce section and organic selections. A second location is in the works at 135th Street and Metcalf in Overland Park's Corbin Park development.

Anybody been to a Sprouts and care to share a report from their grocery cart?

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Tonight! Rooftop Vigilantes at the Replay

Posted By on Thu, Aug 30, 2012 at 8:08 AM

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Since one of Rooftop Vigilantes members moved to New York City, local fans haven’t heard much from the band. That aural drought ends tonight at the Replay. The show doubles as the Vigilante’s tour kick-off and celebrates the release of the band’s split 7-inch with Chicago’s Mannequin Men (via Replay Records).

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Aixois Brasserie stops serving breakfast, but it's classy at the Reserve

Posted By on Thu, Aug 30, 2012 at 7:21 AM

You cant get breakfast any more at the Aixois Brasserie downtown, but the lunch menu has a fabulous burger.
  • You can't get breakfast any more at the Aixois Brasserie downtown, but the lunch menu has a fabulous burger.

The owners of the two-month-old Aixois Brasserie — chef Emmanuel Langlade and his wife, Megan — learned quickly, and sadly, that downtown diners don't really want a sophisticated French breakfast in the morning. No croissant, no grapefruit brulee, no cafe au lait, no omelet aux jambon et gruyere. So last week, the urban boite at 1006 Walnut discontinued breakfast service.

"There was no business at all," Emmanuel Langlade says. "And I had to have two cooks in the kitchen and every morning. So we're focusing on lunch and dinner only."

Lunch business, says manager Dennis Collins, is getting healthier every week. "We're packed every day, but usually between noon and 1 p.m. We need to let late lunch diners know that we're here."

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Wednesday, August 29, 2012

So when is Anton's Taproom and Restaurant finally going to open?

Posted By on Wed, Aug 29, 2012 at 7:38 PM

Anton Kotar says hes counting down the days to open his namesake saloon and restaurant.
  • Anton Kotar says he's counting down the days to open his namesake saloon and restaurant.

Seven months ago, I wrote a Fat City post about restaurateur Anton Kotar turning the old Daddy's Backdoor gay bar at 1610 Main into a sophisticated restaurant, saloon and butcher shop. At that time, Kotar said the venue would be open in mid-March.

That was really wishful thinking, as it turned out, but Kotar's vision for the old brick building (which had been the home of Irene's Restaurant & Bar for several decades) was elaborate: a tilapia fish farm in the basement level, a butcher shop and saloon on the street level, and a larger dining room on the second floor. I would peek in the plate-glass windows (after the brown-paper covering was finally taken down) from time to time and check on the progress of the place. The worn wooden floors have been painted, harlequin-style, in a black-and-white diamond pattern, and I think I saw a crystal chandelier or two. The other half of the first floor has been tricked out with ceramic tiles and refrigerated butcher cases, all ready for some chubby lengths of fresh sausages.

So when is this joint opening?

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Tyree Stuckey, killled by stray bullet, identified as homicide victim at 33rd and Jackson

Posted By on Wed, Aug 29, 2012 at 2:45 PM

A shootout left a bystander dead on Monday.
  • A shootout left a bystander dead on Monday.
A rolling gun battle Monday night at 33rd and Jackson left one person dead.

Kansas City police say the victim, 27-year-old Tyree Stuckey, was an innocent bystander. He was shot in the head.

Detectives are looking for the people involved in the shootout. If you know something, call the TIPS Hotline at 816-474-8477.

KCMO's homicide total is at 68 for 2012. After the jump, the latest homicide analysis.

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Gigamesh, Thievery Corporation, Wanda Jackson, and other incoming artists

Posted By on Wed, Aug 29, 2012 at 12:28 PM

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  • Gigamesh
The Gusto Lounge announced a pretty darn impressive show yesterday.

Gigamesh is the headliner for the free, 21-and-older show on September 20, which starts at 10 p.m. Superb local support from Brent Tactic, Bill Pile, JT Quick, DJ C-Mac, KCDC, and DJ Jochen.

A few other notable announcements:

Thievery Corporation is set to play the Midland on October 10. Other musical entertainment includes a DJ set from Afrolicious, with Pleasuremaker and Señor Oz. Door time for the all-ages show is 7 p.m. Tickets are $29.50-$60.

And Wanda Jackson is returning to the Granada on Saturday, September 29. Support from Daniel Romano. Door time for the all-ages show is 8 p.m.

A few other shows that were recently announced:

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