Liam Kazar loves live music. It’s why he spent the past five years touring with artists such as Knox Fortune, Steve Gunn and Jeff Tweedy. It’s also what shaped the playful, groovy and catchy sounds of his debut album, Due North, which was released August 6. Kazar started touring at seventeen,when he missed school… Continue reading Liam Kazar talks touring with Jeff Tweedy and cooking Armenian food in KC
Years ago,there was a Simpsons episode where Lisa and Homer bonded over watching pro football. At one point, Homer lets it slip that he bet fifty bucks on the game to make it more exciting. Lisa was shocked and disillusioned. “What could be more exciting,” she asks, “than the savage ballet that is pro football?… Continue reading Legalized sports betting is going to change how you watch the Chiefs this season
The house at 815 W. 17th St. was never meant to be a restaurant. Built at the turn of the twentieth century, the architecture of this historic Westside structure is probably still best suited to its original purpose—a duplex. The granite steps that lead from the sidewalk to the front door are narrow and steep.… Continue reading Review: Clay & Fire makes ‘rapturous’ pizza—and great mezze, too
When Tara and Kyle Davis started working on their traditional Brookside three-bedroom, their neighbors weren’t quite sure what to make of it. The couple, owners of Cicada Co. Construction Company, started by painting the exterior a striking and modern flat black. “We decided to be bold,” Tara says. “It was a kind of quick decision,… Continue reading A traditional Brookside home gets a bold black renovation from Cicada Co.
As I write this, it has been seventy-one days since I got married.Unopened Target gift registry boxes still border the walls of my storage room, and cards from guests line my desk. My wedding dress hangs in my closet, still brown at the skirt’s edges from our reception’s beer-covered dance floor, but I can’t bring… Continue reading What are post-wedding blues, and why do they happen?
Growing up in Southwest Missouri, Courtney Hill was taught everything about cooking from her mother, who learned from her mother. With relatives who are farmers, Hill was surrounded by good food and loved to create dishes with her family. After getting her master’s degree in family and consumer sciences, she taught high schoolers for four… Continue reading Courtney Hill’s new cookbook puts a fresh spin on mid-century Midwest cooking
An unmistakable booming laugh announces that gregarious brewer Bryan “Bucky” Buckingham is at 3 Halves Brewing, which shares space with Jousting Pigs Barbecue on the courthouse square in Liberty. If you’re into local craft beer, chances are you’ve consumed something made by Buckingham over the course of his two decades in the business. Buckingham worked… Continue reading Why 3 Halves tapped veteran Bucky Buckingham to take over its Liberty brewery
Pro football marks its years with memorable games and records that withstand the test of time. The epic playoff game between the Miami Dolphins and the Kansas City Chiefs at the old Municipal Stadium on Christmas Day, 1971, certainly ranks as memorable. Fifty years later, it is still remembered and celebrated—and still holds the record… Continue reading Fifty years ago, the Chiefs played the longest NFL game ever—and then collapsed
Atchison, Kansas, is probably best known for being the hometown of aviator Amelia Earhart. But lately, it’s also become a big draw for ghost hunters, who go to the small city an hour northeast of downtown KC because of the numerous places there that report paranormal activity and hauntings. Atchison is now advertising itself as… Continue reading Atchison is the most haunted town in Kansas
Dwight Yoakam September 4 The best top-to-bottom country album ever re-corded? I’m not going to tell you Dwight Yoakam’s Buenas Noches from a Lonely Roomclaims the crown, but it’s surely in the conversation next to No Fences, At Folsom Prisonand Wide Open Spaces. The Ohio-raised Yoakam was Johnny Cash’s favorite singer, and being weathered by… Continue reading Oktoberfest Lee’s Summit in Lee’s Summit and 7 more KC events in September 2021
The days of subtle, nude-colored nails are long gone. Fingernails have quickly become tiny canvases, and talented nail artists are creating manicure masterpieces with detailed hand drawings, abstract patterns and marbled designs. French manicures have even made their own revival, but people are ditching pale pinks and whites for neon colors and adding intricate design… Continue reading Neon colors and abstract designs replace last year’s subtle manicures
“I was like a deer in headlights,”says jazz vocalist and bandleader Eboni Fondren, remembering the first time she took a scat solo on the bandstand. Fondren’s mentor, the late Everette DeVan, knew that she was hesitant to scat. DeVan was always pushing Fondren out of her comfort zone; that’s how you grow. “We went over… Continue reading Jazz vocalist Eboni Fondren learned to scat the hard way