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Thursday, July 3, 2014

July 4's First Friday still offers plenty of options

Posted By on Thu, Jul 3, 2014 at 3:01 PM

Page through Friday and Saturday at Plug.
  • Page through Friday and Saturday at Plug.

First Friday falls on July 4, so some gallerists are expressing their freedom by concentrating on cookouts and fireworks instead of on art. But that doesn’t mean Independence Day comes without new things to see — and lots to read. 

Before taking a monthlong break, Leedy-Voulkos Art Center (2012 Baltimore) has extended its shows through July 6. That means this weekend is your last chance to see Skyler Bieberly’s figurative — twisted figures — paintings, dozens of smaller ones and several mural-sized machinations of bright colors that belie the darkness of what is being expressed. Look closely to find the skulls throughout. Travis Porter’s Synchetizes Patterns, on the other hand, consists of clean, refreshing and attractively designed linocuts and screen prints. In Skin and Bones, Marcy Lally presents ghostly reminders of mortality, decorating blanched animal skulls with ceramic flowers in muted tones; the other half of that two-person show includes Apryl McAnerney’s take on the mysteries of death: a display of rows of white plaster masks tenderly made from the faces of more than 100 friends, artists and family members. On the wall nearby, simple lists identify people, along with their self-crafted epitaphs.

The likely reduced crowds means you’ll have a better opportunity to study all the details in Michael Young and Ian Young’s paintings at Todd Weiner Gallery (115 West 18th Street). Son Ian’s work is wildly popular — his entire show sold out opening night. Father Michael’s art is reviewed in this week’s issue, and we also spoke to the artist.

Elsewhere in the Bauer Building, Garcia Squared Contemporary has added some new pieces by Juan Chawuk, whose strong Un Ser Universal Maya is only his second U.S. solo show.

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Monday, March 31, 2014

Jill Sixx's Call Girl and other lookers: Screenland Armour's perfectly 'Horrifying' night

Posted By on Mon, Mar 31, 2014 at 3:03 PM

Tristan Risk in Call Girl
  • Tristan Risk in Call Girl

Saturday, the Screenland Armour lured the metro's most bloodthirsty out for the evening - and they all turned out to be, you know, nice.

That's the first thing you notice when you're elbow-to-elbow with your fellow supporters of Midwest horror moviemaking. These fans are a supportive bunch, and so they packed the Screenland, ready to absorb every nasty sight and sound in five featured stomach-turning shorts. The sold-out "Horrifying Night of Short Films" was co-presented by Screenland Armour and Downright Creepy.

Beforehand, talkative patrons huddled at the bar to order craft beers and buttery popcorn, and Adam Roberts - Screenland co-owner and director of one of the night's films - delivered a quick rundown in the auditorium. There were cheers as the lights went down and Patrick Rea's Counter Parts started.

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Wednesday, March 5, 2014

Jordan Stempleman's A Common Sense Reading Series returns this Saturday

Posted By on Wed, Mar 5, 2014 at 12:58 PM

Jordan Stempleman: poet, lecturer, organizer, hat wearer.
  • Jordan Stempleman: poet, lecturer, organizer, hat wearer.

"I remember a quote from Clement Greenberg: 'As we get older, our tastes should widen as they become more refined.'" So says 
Jordan Stempleman when you ask him how he chooses the participants in his ongoing A Common Sense Reading Series.

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Friday, January 17, 2014

Screenland Armour is hosting a Firkin Fest this weekend, starting with Fight Club

Posted By on Fri, Jan 17, 2014 at 9:57 AM


Do you know Robert Paulson? Do you like beer? Then tonight you'll want to be at the kickoff for Screenland Armour's Firkin Fest

Screenland (408 Armour Road, North Kansas City) is partnering with KC Beer Blog to throw the festival of beers and classic movies. I'll let Screenland's site explain what exactly a Firkin is: "A firkin is a cask of beer, typically filled with ingredients altering it. Example a cask of milk stout that has mint leaves added to create a one time only mint milk stout." Screenland is promising six firkins from Left Hand, New Belgium, Tallgrass, Emperyan, Summit, and Lagunitas.

The festival gets started tonight with the tappings of two casks at 8:30 p.m. and a screening of Fight Club at 9 p.m.

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Tuesday, January 7, 2014

Hershel from The Walking Dead is coming to Crypticon Kansas City; and Panic Fest returns to Screenland Armour

Posted By on Tue, Jan 7, 2014 at 12:14 PM

Hershel Greene lost his head in  the midseason finale of The Walking Dead - and the AMC hit lost its moral compass. But Scott Wilson, the man who made Hershel so likable, is coming to Kansas City for this year's Crypticon horror convention August 15-17.

This year's Crypticon will take place at the Ramada Kansas City Hotel and Convention Center (1601 North Universal Avenue). Wilson headlines a guest list that includes Eric Roberts, Kane Hodder (Jason Vorhees of Friday the 13th), C. Thomas Howell and more. 

Tickets are available through Crypticon's website

And for some more immediate frights, our friends at the Screenland Armour are throwing another Panic Fest January 31 through February 2.

The film list includes House of Forbidden Secrets, Here Comes the Devil, Space Balls, Serenity, Deep Red, Pinup Dolls on Ice (and a Q&A with the director) and more. For ticket information, click here

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Friday, October 4, 2013

First Friday Hit List featuring Scribe, Anson the Ornery and more

Posted By on Fri, Oct 4, 2013 at 7:40 AM

Artwork by Scribe
  • Artwork by Scribe
If the Crossroads District seems more crowded than usual this First Friday, you're not hallucinating. October 4's Out in the Crossroads marks the anniversary of the 1987 Washington, D.C., march for LGBT civil rights. Besides that celebration, several shows are worth some extra navigation time and parking hassle.

At the Mattie Rhodes Gallery (915 West 17th Street), the Día de Los Muertos exhibition celebrates its quinceañera with KC's beloved Scribe. What he's done with traditional motifs such as calaveras (skulls) is endearing. The cross-pollination of cultures is one of the best things about this city, and this annual event remains a high point on the calendar.

A man who goes by Anson the Ornery, one of the artists showing tonight at Pop Up (2100 Grand), challenges viewers to mark all over his huge self-portrait. You have permission to grapple with the concept of paying to destroy or preserve artwork by altering smaller pieces that then will be auctioned off. (The more complicated, the lower the starting bid.)

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Wednesday, October 2, 2013

Our primer to Kansas City Fashion Week with Sporting KC's Aurélien Collin and more

Posted By on Wed, Oct 2, 2013 at 10:05 AM

Tom Paolini and Aurélien Collin
  • Tom Paolini and Aurélien Collin
As Kansas City Fashion Week Executive Director Teisha Barber puts it, "Nothing says Kansas City like Union Station." It's fitting, then, she says, that the grand space hosts the local biannual, four-day fashion run that kicks off Thursday.

"We're really excited about having this season there and hope to make it our home in the future," Barber says.

The event has grown to include 31 designers. We take a peek at a few in this weekend's lineup.

Sporting Kansas City defender and MLS All-Star Aurélien Collin spends mornings training for soccer and afternoons designing a menswear collection for fashion week.

"I like that I'm doing something aside from soccer," he says. "When I'm doing fashion, I forget about soccer. When I'm doing soccer, I forget about fashion. This allows me to better focus on each one."

Paris-born Collin is working alongside local designer Tom Paolini on a fashion-week collection for the duo's line, AC78. The collaboration goes back to 2010, when Paolini was tapped to make custom suits for the team. The owner of Paolini Garment District, a Mission shop specializing in custom suits and tuxedos, was impressed with the athlete's attention to detail and eye for style. Collin, Paolini learned, was taking fashion classes. The men kept in touch and rolled out their line this past summer during MLS All-Star festivities. Thursday evening's show marks their Kansas City Fashion Week debut.

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Tuesday, September 24, 2013

The Pitch's first Crafts and Drafts takes place November 1, and we're looking for craft vendors

Posted By on Tue, Sep 24, 2013 at 7:16 AM


Do you like crafts? How about beer? Then keep your Saturday, November 1, open. The Pitch's first Crafts and Drafts takes place from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. at the Uptown Shopping Center (36th Street and Broadway). Expect more than 75 craft vendors and more than 25 beers. Best of all, the event is free to attend. That's right. Free.

Craft vendor, we're still accepting vendors. Apply here by October 2.

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Thursday, September 19, 2013

Bill Cosby is coming to Kansas City

Posted By on Thu, Sep 19, 2013 at 12:07 PM

Fashion icon/legendary comedian Bill Cosby is touring the country this fall, doing more dates on the road than is probably healthy for a man of 76 years. He's taking a short break in January and then heading back out again February 1, when he starts back up with a show at the Midland (now officially known as Arvest Bank Theatre at the Midland). That's a Saturday night. Tickets are on sale now. I watched Himself about a month ago. It still delivers the laughs. 

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The Granada celebrates 80 years of entertainment

Posted By on Thu, Sep 19, 2013 at 11:45 AM


With its star-spangled marquee and movie-house lineage, the Granada has been a Lawrence staple for more than three-quarters of a century. Today, two decades into its life as a music venue, it's a destination for such indie darlings as Best Coast and such punk-rock heavyweights as Rancid. For a place that has seen a lot of history, the Granada has adjusted to the times remarkably well.

That hasn't been without the savvy vision of Mike Logan, who became the owner of the retro-cool space in 2003. Since then, he has worked to continue the transformation of the Granada into one of the area's leading live-music stages. September 17-30, the Granada celebrates both 80 years in business and 20 years as a home of concerts.

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