Friday, January 23, 2015

Pitch publisher Joel Hornbostel resigns; Chris Sexson named interim publisher

Posted By on Fri, Jan 23, 2015 at 3:11 PM

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Longtime Pitch publisher Joel Hornbostel has resigned, The Pitch's parent company, SouthComm Inc., announced today.

SouthComm founder and President Chris Ferrell said the search for a permanent publisher was under way, and he announced that Chris Sexson had been named interim publisher of The Pitch. Sexson joined SouthComm last year as the group publisher overseeing The Pitch and its sister paper in Cincinnati, CityBeat

In a statement he shared with The Pitch before posting to his personal Facebook page, Hornbostel said: "I will enjoy watching The Pitch continue to grow and prosper, and I look forward to a new issue every Wednesday."

Hornbostel's full statement:

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You are now free to flash your headlights at other drivers to warn them about police speed traps in Grain Valley

Posted By on Fri, Jan 23, 2015 at 3:04 PM

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As a result of a settlement reached today between parties, the police department in Grain Valley, Missouri, will cease issuing tickets to drivers who flash their headlights as a way of communicating with other drivers.

Last month, the American Civil Liberties Union filed a lawsuit against the Grain Valley Police Department on behalf of motorist Jerry Jarman, who warned oncoming traffic of an upcoming speed trap by flashing his headlights and was subsequently given a ticket for doing so. Under Grain Valley's existing city code, such an action is illegal — or, at least, it was until today. The city will repeal that portion of its ordinance and pay damages and attorney's fees to Jarman as part of a settlement agreement. 

“We are pleased that Grain Valley agrees that drivers should not be penalized for warning others to drive cautiously,” Tony Rothert, legal director of the ACLU of Missouri, said in a release. “Flashing headlights is a readily understood way of communicating a message and is protected by the First Amendment.”

The ACLU's lawsuit can be found here

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At last, Boulevard Brewing Co. plans to start offering select beer in cans

Posted By on Fri, Jan 23, 2015 at 12:58 PM

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For those who wanted to enjoy a cold Boulevard beer while floating down the river, sitting poolside or in some other setting where glass bottles won't do, good news is here.

Boulevard announced on Friday that it is finalizing plans to offer four beers in 12-ounce cans.

Boulevard Wheat is sold in those bottle-shaped cans at sports venues like Sporting Park, where glass isn't such a good idea, and in liquor stores around town. Wheat will matriculate to the 12-ounce can, along with the Ginger Lemon Radler, Pop-Up IPA and Heavy Lifting IPA.

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Sugar Rush 2015: An evening of wines and beer brownies, among other good things

Posted By on Fri, Jan 23, 2015 at 7:05 AM

Waldo Pizza's Gooey Butter Cake. - JEN CHEN
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  • Waldo Pizza's Gooey Butter Cake.


A new participant in this year's Pitch Sugar Rush event — held on Thursday, January 29, at the Promise Wedding & Event Space at 1814 Oak — will be Coopers Hawk Winery & Restaurant (4686 Broadway on the Country Club Plaza) which will be serving, according to the company's marketing specialist Jill Giacomino, tastings of six different wines bottled at the Illinois-based winery.

"We'll be serving some of our fan favorite wines," Giacomino says, "two reds, two whites, a fruit wine and a sparkling wine."

And after a heady portion of wines, one can collect his or her equilibrium with a chewy brownie, in particular the chocolate stout beer brownies that Waldo Pizza (7433 Broadway in Waldo) will be serving at Sugar Rush.

Phil Bourne, Waldo Pizza owner, says he also plans to be serving his popular Gooey Butter cake, Gooey Butter cookies, and butterscotch custard.

A mouth-watering array of sweets, wines, beers, coffees and novelties — Tropical Sno cones! — will be featured at the sweets-centric event, which begins at 6 p.m. 

For Sugar Rush tickets, see pitch.com or call 816-561-6061.

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Thursday, January 22, 2015

Restaurant Week: four more nights, lots of choices

Posted By on Thu, Jan 22, 2015 at 12:30 PM

The Beer Kitchen has some latkes for you.
  • The Beer Kitchen has some latkes for you.


Restaurant Week, the popular fundraising event presented by US Foods, has been filling 150 local restaurants over the last seven days and continues through Sunday, January 25. There's an impressive list of participating restaurants offering prix fixe menus for lunch or dinner, or both.

This year's Restaurant Week has three charitable beneficiaries: BoysGrow, the Children's Center for the Visually Impaired, and Cultivate Kansas City. The Kansas City Regional Destination Development Foundation and the Greater Kansas City Restaurant Association Education Foundation will receive a portion of the proceeds as well.

Each participating restaurant offers a special, multicourse lunch menu (priced at $15) and/or a $33 dinner menu. Reservations are highly recommended.

Last week, when Restaurant Week started, we posted this list of enticing possibilities. Some of our other favorite local restaurants serving up special dishes for the next four nights include the following.

Beer Kitchen (435 Westport Road, 816-389-4180) is offering a two-course lunch menu (a choice of Boulevard Tank 7 cheese soup, cheesy ancho corn dip or zucchini-potato latkes and, for the entree course, a choice of 8-hour corned beef hash, an eggplant muffuletta or a Smokestack burger). There are three choices on the dinner menu, with a first-course starter (choice of house-made ricotta with tomato jam and sourdough toast points, cheesy ancho corn dip or zucchini-potato latkes), second-course entree (choice of Kobe burger, lobster risotto, jackfruit tamales or BBQ Creekstone short rib). The dessert choices are pie of the day and brioche bread pudding.

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Mission City Council turns the screws on Mission Gateway developer, tacks on a $12 million assessment on undeveloped property

Posted By on Thu, Jan 22, 2015 at 10:17 AM

Debbie Kring, the long-serving Mission councilwoman, has lost patience with the Mission Gateway delays.
  • Debbie Kring, the long-serving Mission councilwoman, has lost patience with the Mission Gateway delays.
Debbie Kring, a Mission councilwoman since 1999, remembers the first time that Mission Gateway developer Tom Valenti came before the council dais nearly a decade ago to propose a grand idea to replace the Mission Center Mall.

"I had such high hopes for him," Kring said on Wednesday night.

And now?

"I'm just totally disappointed right now," Kring said.

Kring heard a bunch of messages from Valenti on her voicemail this week. She didn't return any of them.

Kring's mood seemed to reflect a shift in Mission's attitude toward Valenti, the purveyor of the evermore stalled Mission Gateway project at Shawnee Mission Parkway and Johnson Drive. The Mission City Council unanimously passed an ordinance that slaps a $600,000 annual property assessment on Valenti's Gateway tax bill.

The vote establishes a 20-year time frame for the city to recoup $12 million it spent in 2007 on stormwater improvements to ready the land for Valenti to get to work.

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Boulevard's Imperial Stout “X” slated to hit store shelves February 10

Posted By on Thu, Jan 22, 2015 at 10:08 AM

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The first of Boulevard Brewing Co.'s series of imperial stouts will be in stores Tuesday, February 10. 

Imperial Stout “X” with Coffee is the first in a new wave of Boulevard stouts, and this one was infused with Ethiopian Sidamo Coffee from the Roasterie, giving the "robust stout a subtle, wine-like smoothness."

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Big Rip and Martin City Brewing Co. announce anniversary parties

Posted By on Thu, Jan 22, 2015 at 9:41 AM

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This year's beer-fest calendar is filling up fast. The latest: The Big Rip Brewing Co.'s second-birthday party is set for Saturday, June 6.

Big Rip co-founder Josh Collins tells The Pitch to expect "only local breweries from the four-state area." 

Last year's party sold out, and tickets for this year's event may be even harder to come by, as Collins says they're considering making this year's event a little more intimate and selling fewer tickets. Nothing is set in stone, though, and more details are to come. But add Get Ripped Brewfest to the growing list of beer fests in Kansas City this year.

In other anniversary news, Martin City Brewing Co. is celebrating its first birthday with a shrimp boil on Saturday, February 7. Expect special barrel-aged beer tappings, all-you-can-eat shrimp, giveaways and bands from 5 p.m. to midnight. Tickets cost $10.

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Rush stops at Sprint Center in July on its 40th anniversary tour

Posted By on Thu, Jan 22, 2015 at 9:33 AM

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Rock and Roll Hall of Famers and Canadian heroes Rush have just announced a massive North American tour this summer in support of the band's 40th anniversary. The Rush: R40 Live Tour stops at Sprint Center on Thursday, July 9. Concertgoers can expect cuts and hits from the band's entire catalog. 

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Throwback Thursday: Tech N9ne rapping on the Venice Beach boardwalk

Posted By on Thu, Jan 22, 2015 at 8:15 AM

Please excuse the poor video quality of the mid-'90s.
  • Please excuse the poor video quality of the mid-'90s.

You should be friends with Sean Hunt — also known as Approach, one of the area's finest MCs — on Facebook. In addition to getting all the necessary information about his upcoming projects, the man is a never-ending stream of fantastic hip-hop-related links. He's like a way more laid-back World Star Hip Hop.

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