Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Dale Schowengerdt, legal prodigy who opposed Roeland Park anti-discrimination ordinance, will defend the Catholic church in Colleen Simon lawsuit

Posted By on Tue, Aug 19, 2014 at 12:34 PM

In hot water for discriminating against gays? Schowengerdt is your go-to guy.
  • In hot water for discriminating against gays? Schowengerdt is your go-to guy.
In May, The Kansas City Star's Mary Sanchez wrote an excellent column about Colleen Simon, the former director of social ministry at St. Francis Xavier Church who was fired by the church after a previous Star article had revealed in passing that she was a lesbian. 

Simon has since filed a lawsuit against Bishop Robert Finn and the Catholic Diocese of Kansas City-St. Joseph, claiming that she was terminated because of her same-sex marriage, despite the fact that the church was aware she was a lesbian when it hired her.

Simon's lawsuit was filed in mid-July. Over the weekend, her attorney, E.E. Keenan, sent over a request for discovery to the lawyer representing Finn and the church. Guess who that is? 

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Christian Lee Hutson plays Davey’s Uptown Ramblers Club on Wednesday

Posted By on Tue, Aug 19, 2014 at 11:49 AM

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Nashville is never short on young singer-songwriter types dipping their toes in the ever-promising waters of the blues, but there’s something more to 24-year-old Christian Lee Hutson’s sparse, tentative songs.

Hutson’s second album, Yeah Okay, I Know, is being released one song at a time, one month at a time, over the course of 2014. The songs released so far are full of lush, lonesome melodies, flooded by Hutson’s billowy country singing. For someone so young, Hutson writes songs caked with the regret of bad decisions and worse consequences; whether he’s lived that way or not, he keeps you listening.

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KC Psych Fest is back this October at RecordBar

Posted By on Tue, Aug 19, 2014 at 11:49 AM

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It started in May two years ago, when the co-founders of art-music-DIY space FOKL decided that they wanted to get together a handful of underheard local acts - some of which tended toward psych rock. A common interest and a little bit of organizing, and KC Psych Fest was born

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Audit dings Missouri education department for steering contract in favor of a vendor proposing overhaul of Kansas City Public Schools

Posted By on Tue, Aug 19, 2014 at 11:00 AM

DESE top administrator Chris Nicastro
  • DESE top administrator Chris Nicastro
The Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education ignored several conflicts of interest when it directed a contract to CEE-Trust, the high bidder among four prospective vendors that sought to improve underperforming school districts, Missouri auditors say.

CEE-Trust, an Indianapolis-based local education nonprofit, received a $385,000 contract from DESE on August 8, 2013, to study the state's struggling school districts and state legislation affecting those districts, which includes Kansas City Public Schools.

CEE-Trust got the contract, even though it was easily the highest among four bidders and despite that DESE had been in communication earlier in 2013 with CEE-Trust and Kansas City's Kauffman Foundation about strategies to help poor-performing school districts before the contract went out to bid. In fact, DESE seemed ready to hand CEE-Trust the contract outright, without any bidding process, before the Missouri Board of Education raised concerns about the arrangement, according to a review out Tuesday by the Missouri Auditor's Office.

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Jack White put on a guitar clinic last night at the Midland

Posted By on Tue, Aug 19, 2014 at 10:54 AM

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Monday, August 18, 2014

For the full slideshow from last night, go here. 

It's hard not to be impressed with the expanse of Jack White's 15-year career. White has released nearly 20 albums among three bands and now, at last, his solo work. He has produced for legendary performers including Loretta Lynn and Wanda Jackson. He has set up a record shop and label (Third Man Records). In a single song, his music may traverse across garage, country, bluegrass, metal and back. All of this is just the front page of his vita. And last night at the Midland, White showed us a little bit of everything, with a ramped-up fervor and intensity that reflect the man's seeming genius and relentless hunger for music, its history and performance. He was, in short, masterful. 

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Monday, August 18, 2014

Nickel Creek comes to the Uptown Theater on Tuesday

Posted By on Mon, Aug 18, 2014 at 10:46 PM

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Nickel Creek shattered hearts of Americana fans across the country in 2007 when it announced an “indefinite hiatus.” The band had risen to the same commercial fame as the craftsmen behind O Brother, Where Art Thou? only to hit the brakes. Reigning Americana queen Alison Krauss had even produced the band’s seminal 2000 self-titled album and its 2002 follow-up, This Side.

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d'Bronx has its own house baker, Alvero Medina

Posted By on Mon, Aug 18, 2014 at 2:24 PM


Mexican-born Alvero Medina arrives at the Overland Park d'Bronx restaurant at 5 a.m. every morning to begin baking the array of sweets -- including scratch-made carrot cake -- for all of the d'Bronx locations.
  • Mexican-born Alvero Medina arrives at the Overland Park d'Bronx restaurant at 5 a.m. every morning to begin baking the array of sweets -- including scratch-made carrot cake -- for all of the d'Bronx locations.

Last month, The Pitch ran a story about how few local restaurants could afford to employ a staff pastry chef, and that many new restaurants bought their desserts from commissary kitchens or big-box stores, like Costco. The dining spot that surprised us for having its own in-house baking program was d'Bronx Authentic Deli and Pizzeria, the locally owned chain of four popular metrowide pizzeria/delicatessens. (The original venue is still at 3904 Bell; the others are at Crown Center, in Mission and in Overland Park.) 

When Don Foringer purchased d'Bronx from its founders, Robert and Janet Bloom, in 2005, he says very few of the signature desserts were made by the culinary staff; the cheesecake and apple pie were made in-house, but some of the sweets were outsourced.

All outsourcing ended, Foringer says, immediately after he opened the Overland Park location at 7010 West 105th Street (in the former Hannah Bistro location) and created a fully equipped house bakery to supply all of the d'Bronx restaurants. To oversee the bakery, Foringer hired longtime Hy-Vee baker Alvero Medina to create a full range of standard desserts (cheesecakes, pies, layer cakes) and seasonal desserts — lemon cookies during the summer and maple sugar cookies or pumpkin bars during autumn, for example.

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Why does Jack White look so annoyed in Kansas City?

Posted By on Mon, Aug 18, 2014 at 1:44 PM

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The only thing that remains constant among Jack White's visits to various different baseball venues this summer is his scowl. 

Late in July, the guitar virtuoso was spotted at Wrigley Field in Chicago wearing an expression of contempt. He hardly flinched from a surly gaze as he threw out the first pitch at a Detroit Tigers game three days later.

And Monday, White took on a churlish look as he stood before the mural outside the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum near 18th Street and the Paseo in advance of his evening show at the Midland.

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Kansas City B-Cycle expansion going slowly; new stations hopefully by the end of the year

Posted By on Mon, Aug 18, 2014 at 1:25 PM

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At the beginning of this year, bike-share program Kansas City B-Cycle announced an expansion strategy for 2014 that would include eight new stations in the Westport and Plaza areas, with more on the way in other parts of the city, like Brookside, Waldo, and 18th Street and Vine.

That has not yet come to pass. 

Sarah Shipley, director of communications for Kansas City B-Cycle, says the delay is due to the usual challenges of nonprofit bureaucracies. B-Cycle is run by nonprofit BikeWalkKC and largely funded by Blue Cross Blue Shield, but is also trying to use federal funds to partially offset the costs of bike-share stations.

"It's a learning curve for everybody," Shipley says of the program. "We've been caught up a little with the Buy American Act, which requires us to have American-made steel on the bikes. And in other cases, the forms required for some of the things we're trying to do don't even exist because what we're doing is a new idea. So we're looking to states where this has already been adopted and trying to bring those practices here." 

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