Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Stuff We Like This Week: Royals! Protests! Banned Books!

After last night's thrilling come-from-behind victory, EVERYONE loves the Royals today!  But who knows? We may hate 'em before the night is over.  Photo via @MLB.

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There's not enough good old-fashioned ANGRY protesting in LFK these days.  So stop by the lawn of Strong Hall at KU today for the "Sit Down to Stand Up For Survivors of Sexual Assault" protest.  It's happening right now!  The FB event page is here.


And LPL's Banned Book trading cards have quickly become a beloved LFK tradition.  The new set will be unveiled at a ceremony Thursday evening at the library.  It's hosted by Edgar Allen Poe.  Details here.


Monday, September 15, 2014

Lawrence Restaurant Week Picks: From Shrimp and Grits to Giant Banana Splits (and Corndogs).

Broke scenesters can't afford to do too much in the way of Restaurant Week prix fixe sampling (with many of the prices hovering around $35).  But there are certainly more affordable prices out there as well for various specials.  Keep an eye on the official site for updated menus throughout the week.

Here are a few  items that caught our eye.

Terrebone is busting out the shrimp creole and grits!  $8.50

Ladybird dishes up a "giant banana split" for $12.99.  We're anxious to see a pic of this beast! (but they are closed today).

And Free State's dinner special (quoted below) sounds like a sophisticated feast fit for a king, though it contains no price listing..  We were hoping for a return of the old wedge-cut fries this week, but no such luck.

"Choucroute Garnie:  The classic meal from the Alsace region of France. Cured pork loin and our own thick cut bacon are grilled, along with smoked bratwurst and kielbasa sausage. They’re placed over seasoned and white wine sautéed sauerkraut and boiled baby potatoes.
Recommended beer pairing: Octoberfest or our special wine feature, Alsatian Riesling

Chip:  "I'm not sure if the 23rd Street Sonic is officially part of Restaurant Week, but they've promised 50 cent corndogs this evening. Ask them about it @23rdStreetSonic." 

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Thursday, September 11, 2014

Weekend Picks: Comedy, Clipping, Vinyl, Foodies, and a Wonder Fair Patio Show

There's a surprising amount going on in LFK this weekend besides the big Seedco Harvest Fest we already showcased.

Kick off the weekend with a very special 9/11 edition of "Good Time" at the Replay, showcased (appropriately enough) by LFK's "master of melancholy," Mr. Chance Dibben.  The FB event page is here.

A better chance for actual political commentary kicks off after the comedy, with a stellar hip-hop show featuring LA's Clipping and LFK's Ebony Tusks and Heartfelt Anarchy. The FB event page is here.

There is always a music nerd stampede at the first night of the Audio Reader sale, which kicks off at the fairgrounds on Friday.


Put a bird on it!  Here's a poster for our pal Til Willis' show at Frank's on Friday.  FB event page here.

Saturday is reserved for SeedCo, obviously.

And on Sunday, Mount Eerie pops up on the patio at...Wonder Fair.  Yes, Wonder Fair has a patio.  Some of you may have discovered La Guerre playing out there during a recent summer Final Friday.  It's pretty cool, except for the Burger Stand grease smells wafting through.  But that's a small price to pay to see Mount Eerie and Your Friend.  Actually, it's a rather large price by Wonder Fair standards ($12).  The FB event page is here and 78 people claim to be going even though the space only holds 60.  We'll be listening from the Burger Stand back patio or possibly near the dumpsters.

And Lawrence Restaurant Week kicks off on Sunday.  We'll have more coverage next week.  Chip is excited about sampling the prix fixe menu at Pickleman's.

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Nerd Nite 31 Preview: Nick at (Nerd) Nite

Last month's Nerd Nite was full of old-school ELFK community activists who don't tweet but tonight's pop culture-centric edition is sure to be full of social media-savvy folks waxing nostalgic about Saved By the Bell and such.  The FB event page is here.

The presentations are:

Mathew Klickstein: "Boogers, Burps and Farts: Revisiting Classic Nickelodeon Because It Was Just That Fucking Rad(ical)"

Jon Niccum: "The Worst Gig: Failure as an Art"

Paul Santos: "Unexpected Felt: Puppets, Beards, and Dramatic Tension"

This may be the first time the word "fuck" has been included in a presentation title, but don't quote us on that.  Either way, the presentation itself is still unlikely to drop more f-bombs than Jai Nitz's legendary "fuck"-filled lecture.

We're particularly excited about Niccum's lecture, especially since we've been too lazy to read his book thus far.  Maybe we'll win a copy as a door prize?  Plus, we hear Nerd Nite beer coozies are now on sale!  And stay late for screenings of Nick at Nite material (there better be drinking games involved!).


Buy the book! 

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Preposterous Sport of the Week: Bubble Soccer Arrives in LFK / Festival of the Week: Seedco Harvest Festival

Sure, the people watching and the hijinks in the stands at KVKL kickball are a lot of fun, but the games themselves are generally boring as dirt unless you're playing in one.  We're looking for a sport that's ridiculous ON the field.  Luckily, Bubble Soccer has arrived in LFK and will be taking over Watson Park for a few weeks of matches.  Yes, it's a game where you're encased in a bubble except for your legs and you smash into each other and roll around and shit.  Like this:

Check out the Lawrence Bubble Soccer page on FB here.


Sadly, summer festival season is over.  But, luckily, fall festival season has arrived.  SeedCo hosts a SeedCo Harvest Festival on Saturday in ELFK and the forecast is looking appropriately autumnal (or maybe more like winter, with lows in the fucking 30s already).  The FB event page promises 8 bands, 21 visual artists, and 16 food and drink vendors. $8 in advance and $10 at the door.   Sure, it's the same bands you see every night at Replay and Jackpot, but they're all in one place, and with music and art.  Don't pretend like you won't attend.  Hopefully Dean Monkey and the Dropouts are planning some kind of pagan harvest ritual in their doo-wop set.  Official website here

Monday, September 8, 2014

Weekly Picks, Campus Edition: Open Forums and Patricia Lockwood

Following last year's embarrassing social media scandal, KU kicked off the fall semester with an embarrassing rape scandal which led to a rather clever and potent bit of hashtivism on Twitter:  the hashtag #AGreatPlaceToBeUnsafe. #AGreatPlaceToBeUnsafe.

Tomorrow's open forum on the issue at ECM borrows the phrase. Visit the FB event page here for  "#AGreatPlaceToBeUnsafe: An Open Forum on KU's Mishandling of Sexual Assault."   We're not entirely sure what to make of this bit of info: "Oh Snap! Photography has graciously donated their talents, and will be bringing a photo booth to this forum."


On Thursday (September 11) LFK's literary darling and very own "slutty metaphor queen" pops up for a reading and Q&A at the Commons. We like to pretend we're pals with her now since we partied with her (briefly) at the Pig this summer.   Will she read the legendary "Rape Joke" poem in connection to the current scandal?  We'd be awfully surprised if she doesn't. Then again, maybe she'll just discuss the events of 9/11.  The FB event page is here.

"The rape joke is if you write a poem called Rape Joke, you’re asking for it to become the only thing people remember about you."

Thursday, September 4, 2014

Weekend Music Picks: A Very Special Message From The Noise FM, Plus Joyce Manor, Muscle Worship, and More

Nobody brings you more unknown bands than Jackpot Saloon, but this weekend they're mixing it up with a buzzy show by Joyce Manor tonight and a stellar quadruple-bill on Friday (you've certainly heard of at least three of the bands). We asked Alex from The Noise FM to send us a preview of the show and discuss the Noise Boys' plans for their big homecoming weekend in LFK.  Enjoy.

Jackpot Music Hall
Friday, September 5
The Sluts, The Noise FM, Westerners, Chambers
Ages 18+

"We’re back home in Lawrence at Jackpot this Friday, September 5 with The Sluts, Westerners and Chambers for the one year anniversary of our record Attraction. We’ll see if Jackpot’s gotten around to rebuilding the stage after our last show when our homemade stage lights, duct-taped together from Home Depot industrial work lamps and coated in flammable spray paint from a Dollar General Store clearance aisle, nearly engulfed Austin’s drum set in a chemical fire. Despite the stench of singed hair, it was a hell of a light show.

It’s nice to have some distance between the release of the last record. It means we can focus less on trying to cram all of the tunes from Attraction into our setlist and more on incorporating some of our (equally brilliant) older material and fan favorites. Much like how Pearl Jam’s back-catalogue of over 180 songs means they never play the same set twice, our vast collection of 19 songs (3 of which are Rod Stewart covers) means fans are in for a night of only the choicest audio nuggets.

If anyone feels like meeting up before the show, we’ll probably get to town early to grab a bite to eat at one of our favorite old haunts. We’ve been craving the El Jefe burrito from Esquina, but if we’ve got enough time we’ll swing by Joe Schmo’s for the burger basket and a round of bocce ball."

Here's a great poster via @lemonaidlassAnd take a look at the video of Noise FM's ice-bucket challenge below. Is it the sexiest ice-bucket challenge so far?

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The FB event page for tonight's Joyce Manor show at Jackpot is here.  Pitchfork says of their new album: "The successes of Never Hungover Again are numerous, and the foremost is how Joyce Manor's most ambitious and diverse album is just like their other ones10 songs, 19 minutes, every second as weird as it is instantly enjoyable."  How long will their set be?


There's a real ruckus of a rock show in the basement at Frank's on Saturday.  We're not sure if Riot! Riot! Riot! is a band or a command.  Let us know.


The Replay offers a blazing weekend of rock and roll as well.   Friday brings umlaut-aficionados Muscle Worship to the Replay. 


And Saturday brings Nato Coles and the Blue Diamond band.  The FB event page is here.  Based on Nato Cole's FB page these guys really like Pearl beer.  But they may have to settle for PBR at the Replay.


Photo: Look at this awesome poster or flyer or whatever ya wanna call it for tonight's show!