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Puppies on parade, doggie athletics and Penny’s redemption coming this weekend

Pamela Johnston, of Adrian, Mo., grooms her West Highland terrier Cruise, during the 2013 Lawrence Jayhawk Kennel Club Dog Show at the Douglas County Fairgrounds.

Pamela Johnston, of Adrian, Mo., grooms her West Highland terrier Cruise, during the 2013 Lawrence Jayhawk Kennel Club Dog Show at the Douglas County Fairgrounds. by Mike Yoder

The Douglas County Fairgrounds are going to the dogs this weekend. (Sorry, I couldn’t resist.)

I’m talking about the Lawrence Jayhawk Kennel Club’s two-day, all-breed conformation show and obedience trials. The 60th annual event is slated to draw hundreds of dogs to the fairgrounds Saturday and Sunday.

More than 600 breeds ranging from the exotic (ever heard of the Portuguese Podengo Pequeno? How about the Xoloitzcuintli?) to the familiar (12 different kinds of spaniels, by my count) will compete each day.

An online schedule of the show lists the hours as 7 a.m. to 8 p.m., but LJKC board member Jane Tusten says both days should start around 8 a.m. and end by 4 or 5 p.m. at the latest.

Mornings begin with the pre-judging activities (i.e., conformation and obedience) wrapping up by 1 p.m. Based on my countless viewings of “Best in Show,” quite possibly the finest feature-length film about dog shows ever produced, I can tell you a conformation show is based on how well a purebred competitor conforms to their specific breed.

That means the really impressive stuff — daring feats of doggie athleticism, from agility to herding to even search-and-rescue demonstrations — should all take place in the first half of each day, with the group recognitions (i.e., toy, hound, herding) taking place around 2 p.m. and Best in Show being awarded last.

Note that conformation takes place in the community arena at the north end of the fairgrounds. Obedience and rally portions will be held just to the south of the arena in Building 21.

Sunday, especially, promises to be a busy day. For an extra dose of cuteness, check out the puppy competition (for doggies aged four to six months), slated for 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the community arena. The little guys, it should be said, won’t be judged alongside the older dogs — they’re just competing to build experience, Tusten says.

The show’s VIP is Penny, the 2-year-old Labrador Retriever mix who inspired a local social media movement after running away while pregnant with six puppies in February.

Now living with a new foster family, Penny has been attending obedience classes from the Kennel Club (free of charge) for the past few weeks, says LJKC first vice president Deb Duncan.

Around 2:30 p.m. Sunday, the Club will present Penny (and her new foster mom, former Kansas state representative Ginger Barr, who coincidentally spearheaded the passing of the Kansas Pet Animal Act in the 1980s) with a special “VIP dog” award.

“Penny has been a really shy dog, and she’s coming out her shell, according to Ginger. I get constant reports,” Duncan says. “She’s a really sweet dog.”

This event is free and open to the public, though if you're planning on bringing your kids along, organizers suggest leaving the stroller at home. Dogs, too, for obvious reasons.

For more information, including a full list of competitors, visit www.foytrentdogshows.com.


LarryvilleLife’s Picks: Vic Mensa; Fall Freakout Fest; Helmet; ‘An American Werewolf in London’; Nerd Nite; Nobunny

Our column is evolving this week. Instead of focusing only on weekend events, we're broadening the scope to include a full week's worth of happenings.

Vic Mensa, doors at 7 p.m. Thursday at Lied Center

When local hip-hop fans heard that Vic Mensa was coming to town, they probably assumed he'd be at the Granada or Liberty Hall. Guess again. He's coming to the Lied Center thanks to campus sponsors KJHK and SUA.

If any of the Lied's older patrons stumble into the venue hoping for a night at the opera, they'll have to settle for singing along with Mensa's "U Mad?"

Mensa is founder of the hip-hop collective SAVEMONEY and known for collaborations with Kanye West and Chance the Rapper. The Facebook event page currently lists over 350 guests.

Fall Freakout Festival, 6-9 p.m. Friday through Sunday at Rolling J Ranch in Oskaloosa

This is our oddball pick of the week but, hey, perhaps a few folks are reading this and thinking, "You know, I sometimes wish I could get out of Lawrence and camp on a nice fall weekend while listening to four sweet sets of Grateful Dead tunes." Readers, you can do this!

Consider packing the tent and making the short drive to Oskaloosa for the Fall Freakout Festival, which includes the aforementioned Dead cover band (cleverly named Play Dead) along with numerous other regional bluegrass/jam/blues favorites such as Creek Heathens and Brody Buster.

The Facebook event page doesn't list a lot of attendees, but maybe the Deadheads have groovier things to do than tell Mark Zuckerberg where they will be partying.

Helmet, doors at 8 p.m., show at 9 p.m. Saturday at Granada

It's been a big week for metal fans. Ghost dropped by Liberty Hall on Monday (all the way from Sweden!) and now alternative-metal heroes Helmet hit the Granada on Saturday to play their 1994 album "Betty" in its entirety. We saw the Sugar Britches play their new bluegrass album in its entirety on Sunday at the Replay. This will be... a little louder.

While metal fans wait in line for this show, they'll catch some of the Granada's free Stoney LaRue country show going on outdoors. Will they like what they hear? Somehow, we doubt it.

The Facebook event page is here.

'An American Werewolf in London' screening, 7 p.m. Sunday at Liberty Hall

Beware the moon and stick to the road? Nah. Ignore that advice and head to Liberty Hall for this sure-to-be-a-blast screening of John Landis' 1981 scary/funny classic.

As many times as we've seen the legendary cult film, we've sadly never caught it on the big-screen. Expect Rick Baker's classic werewolf transformations to linger in your head for days afterward.

Will Liberty add a few more spooky screenings of other classics as Halloween approaches? Let's hope so. Find more details at the Liberty Hall website.

Nerd Nite 42: CNTRL, ALT, TWEET, 8 p.m. Wednesday at Maceli's

It's the 42nd installment of LFK's Nerd Nite, and you can bet the nerds are going to make some references to the old "Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy" joke that the ultimate answer to 'life, the universe, and everything" is 42. In fact, those references are already being made on the Facebook event page.

The Nerds revealed several promising new "co-bosses" at last month's presentations, and we look forward to seeing what kinds of presentations they curate in the coming months. This installment, with its focus on "narrative," is particularly appealing to us: "We'll be tackling alternative methods of storytelling and communication found in unlikely places, from Sudanese textiles to vinyl movies to microbloggable arts."

Find the presentation titles and more info at the link above.

Nobunny/The Sluts/Stiff Middle Fingers, doors at 8 p.m. Wednesday at Jackpot

We're suckers for masked singers, and you just can't go wrong when a band has a lead singer who wears a freaky bunny mask. It's not as creepy as Frank in "Donnie Darko," but giant bunnies are still pretty creepy.

The man behind the mask is Justin Champlin, who is prone to insisting he IS a bunny, born in the desert on the day Joey Ramone died.

Nobunny brings its well-received "slop pop" to town along with LFK favorites The Sluts and Stiff Middle Fingers.

The Facebook event page is here. And watch this simultaneously terrifying/cute video of Nobunny performing on a Chicago children's show here.

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New Cowgirl’s Train Set video takes viewers into the studio for a fun, saxy time

It's hard to stay inside when the weather is nice, but local (and self-proclaimed) "Bluesy Boogie Gypsy Punkgrass" band Cowgirl's Train Set has been doing just that.

The folky group has been diligently plugging away at recording their new album over at Mike West's (of Truckstop Honeymoon) 9th Ward Pickin' Parlor, a popular recording studio for bands along the bluegrass circuit.

The video offers a playful and unique look into what goes on during a recording session. The band has many members, so no doubt the antics were high. We were particularly fond of the sax player belting out his solo from the kitchen.

Enjoy Cowgirl's Train Set's "Toes In The Mud" below, created by photographer Brian Pitts.

— Photo courtesy Pitts Photography and Cowgirl's Train Set


Friday’s Happy Homes Happy Hour to benefit Lawrence Habitat for Humanity Women Build program

Lawrence Habitat for Humanity's Women Build program (the national initiative aims to recruit and support more female volunteers in its construction efforts) is gearing up for the construction of its seventh house in the area.

Organizers hope to break ground on the five-bedroom home, which will go to one local family in need, next month in East Lawrence.

To make that happen, they’re asking for your help. On Friday, Lawrence Habitat for Humanity will host a Happy Homes Happy Hour fundraiser at the Carnegie Building, 200 W. Ninth St., from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.

Design Brilliance owner Daryl Bugner rolls up her sleeves in the 2016 Women Build Calendar. Proceeds from the calendar benefit Lawrence Habitat for Humanity's Women Build program.

Design Brilliance owner Daryl Bugner rolls up her sleeves in the 2016 Women Build Calendar. Proceeds from the calendar benefit Lawrence Habitat for Humanity's Women Build program.

As you might’ve guessed, the evening entails plenty of drinks (and eats!) courtesy of local eateries. That list includes Merchants Pub and Plate, Liz Karr Catering, Yankee Tank Brewing and Eileen’s Colossal Cookies. Local crooners Sugarfoot Detour will provide the jams — of the musical variety, that is.

There’s also a silent auction and a live auction (Journal-World sports editor Tom Keegan is slated to emcee) with a wide range of items up for bid, including artwork from local artists, jewelry, gift cards and special packages from local businesses.

New this year: the 2016 Women Build Calendar, which will be unveiled Friday evening. Maddie Hinds, Lawrence Habitat’s community outreach coordinator, says the project features “amazing women from all walks of life and professions,” all done up “retro pinup” style (minus the raunch factor, Hinds stresses) and shot by Emmalee Schaumburg of Dolled Up by Schaumburg Photography.

Here’s a full list of the honorees, in case you’re curious:

  • Laura Blanchard, engineer and vice president at Hoss & Brown Engineers
  • Judy Brynds, Realtor at McGrew Real Estate, 2010 Lawrence Board of Realtors Sales Person of the Year
  • Daryl Bugner, owner of Design Brilliance and 2014 Kansas Young Entrepreneur of the Year
  • Bobbie Flory, executive director at Lawrence Home Builders Association
  • Marci Francisco, state senator, State of Kansas
  • Trisha Brooke-Fruendt, supervisor of maintenance, Lawrence Public Schools
  • Meghan Heriford, owner/operator, Ladybird Diner
  • Dr. Christina Salazar, cardiologist at Lawrence Memorial Hospital
  • Diane Stoddard, interim city manager, City of Lawrence
  • Eve Tolefree, division chief of emergency medical services, Lawrence-Douglas County Fire Medical
  • Kay Traver, marketing coordinator at Theatre Lawrence
  • Toni Wheeler, city attorney, City of Lawrence

Calendars are $25 and will be available for purchase at Friday’s event or at local Women Build sponsors, which include Meritrust Credit Union, Hy-Vee stores, Paradise Floors, Stephens Real Estate and KB Painting.

Tickets for the Happy Homes Happy Hour cost $15 in advance and $20 at the door. For more information, including where to purchase tickets and how to donate items for the auction, visit www.lawrencehabitat.org.


Stiff Middle Fingers to play four shows in four cities in one day

The first time we saw Stiff Middle Fingers, the punk band’s frontman was stuck the to the tinted glass windows of the Replay, like a decal. He was half screaming, half singing at a man using the ATM outside until he noticed. The startled passerby giggled, pointed at Arey, looked at his friends and shrugged.

This was a classic maneuver from Stiff Middle Fingers. The band always seems to be pushing it when trying to get their audience’s attention. Saturday, Oct.10, will be no different. That’s when, for the first time, Stiff Middle Fingers will perform four shows in four cities in one day.

“We’ve always wanted to do the thing where you do it guerrilla style and play random shows around town,” says guitarist Cameron Hawk, who pointed out that the band decided to play four shows in one day instead. “For me, it’s the best way to express myself, and expressing oneself is really important.”

They’ll start at a house venue in Manhattan, then play Boom Comics in Topeka in the afternoon. In the early evening, they’ll play the Replay before going to Holy Cow Market in Kansas City for a “traditional” night show. The day will no doubt be full of those fast and furious, under two-minute songs peppered in with physical antics from Arey (who almost always finds a way to stretch the mic cord outside and serenade passersby).

“I try to take something that, if it’s bothering me, then I pour it all into this song. Then I don’t have to talk about it anymore. I can just scream about it. Then other people can relate to it," Arey says. "That was important to me when I was finding that outlet, songs that I could relate to. Instead of letting it be something that destroys you, you can make something that people can relate to.”

See how you relate to the band this Saturday when they play an early show at the Replay as part of their marathon, four-show-day, to celebrate their EP release.

To read the full interview with Hawk and Arey, visit I Heart Local Music.***


Lawrence Libations: Mole mocha at La Prima Tazza

Mole mocha at La Prima Tazza, 638 Massachusetts St.

Mole mocha at La Prima Tazza, 638 Massachusetts St. by Joanna Hlavacek

Even the most casual of chocolate lovers among us are probably aware of the sweet treat’s origins.

A quick Google search (or a viewing of the excellent 2000 flick “Chocolat” — really, I’m in favor of any excuse for “Chocolat”) will give you a quick rundown of its history: The earliest use of cacao traces all the way back to the Mokaya people of Mexico and Guatemala, who were drinking bitter chocolate beverages as soon as 1900 BC.

La Prima Tazza carries on this lineage with a drink that mixes coffee, chocolate and Free State Brewing Co.’s earthy, rich mole sauce.

This mocha involves about a scoop (La Prima Tazza manager Rob Schulte was tight-lipped about the exact mocha-to-mole ratio) of Ghirardelli chocolate powder, which is mixed with milk and then steamed.

The result, once you integrate the coffee and mole, is all chocolate goodness at first, followed by a zesty aftertaste that lingers in the back of your throat.

It’s sweet, spicy and, above all, incredibly rich. Drink one of these bad boys for a nice pick-me-up in the mornings or slow workday afternoons. Or, you know, movie nights on the couch with a copy of “Chocolat.” Like I said, any excuse.

The hard stuff: No alcohol in this one.

Where it's served: La Prima Tazza, 638 Massachusetts St.

What you'll pay: $4.75

Other libations at this location: Plenty of coffeehouse classics, from café au lait to different variations on espresso to cappuccino and mocha offerings. Plus, specialty drinks galore (La Prima's minty Grasshopper is a longstanding favorite), and, for us coffee abstainers, lots of tea options.

— Drink up. Stay classy. Don’t forget to tip your bartender. And let us know if you want to suggest a libation for this feature — email jhlavacek@ljworld.com or Tweet her at Twitter.com/hlavacekjoanna. Cheers.


In case you missed it: Ladybird Diner owner won, took home $14,000 on ‘Guy’s Grocery Games’

Last weekend was something of a watershed in the way of Lawrence culinary news, it turns out.

Monday, we reported on Free State Brewing Co.’s gold medal at the Great American Beer Festival. Joining Free State in the winner’s circle is Ladybird Diner’s very own Meg Heriford, who beat out three other chefs to win $14,000 in an episode of “Guy’s Grocery Games” that aired Sunday on Food Network.

Ladybird Diner - Timeline Photos | Facebook

Ladybird Diner - Timeline Photos | Facebook

In case you missed it, the episode — aptly titled “Blue Plate Blues” — entailed three high-stakes rounds, the last of which asked competitors to create a pork dinner using an ingredient from each aisle of the titular grocery store.

Heriford’s episode airs again at 3 p.m. Saturday. Until then, I’ve reached out to the Ladybird owner-chef to hear her thoughts on the competition. (Given my complicated fascination with host Guy Fieri, this really can’t come soon enough.)


Weekend Picks: The band formerly known as Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr.; Midwest Fallfest; Sugar Britches’ CD release; ‘Psycho’ screening; spooky bonus pick

We're all about the "new" this week.

Learn some new dances. See an old band with a new name. Check out a new fall festival. Buy a new CD from local favorites. Watch an old movie (which still retains the power to reveal new things). That's our advice for this weekend.

Hispanic Heritage Week: dance exhibition and dance party, 7 p.m. Thursday at Cider Gallery

We're not sure how most of our readers choose to spend their Thursday evenings, but we're guessing it's not watching a selection of Latin American dances in East Lawrence. But why not?

Stop by the Cider Gallery on Thursday night for this event celebrating Hispanic Heritage Week and make sure to stick around for the dance party with DJ Jalapeno and show off the moves you learned earlier in the evening. After enough cocktails, we just might convince ourselves we can dance a Brazilian Samba!

The Facebook event page is here and check out this LJ-World article that details other Hispanic Heritage Week events, such as our pals from Cucharada performing as a five-piece in the Eldridge's Big 6 bar on Friday.

Jr. Jr./Hippo Campus, doors at 8 p.m., show at 9 p.m. Friday at the Bottleneck

If you like bands with odd names, this double-bill is sure to satisfy.

The band formerly known as Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr. actually dropped the reference to the NASCAR legend from their moniker earlier this year and now want to be called just Jr Jr.

Confused yet? Don't worry about it. They'll still be serving up the same quirky indie-pop fans have come to expect.

Openers Hippo Campus describe their sound as "kinda pop" and their album "South" arrives in stores and on the Web on the very day of this show. But why not just pick up a copy in person?

The Facebook event page is here. We love the cheeky tour poster which reflects the Dale Earnhardt name change.

Midwest Fallfest, 5:30-10:30 p.m. Saturday at Lied Center

Are you missing the myriad music festivals of summer? KJHK and KU's Student Union Activities (SUA) try to fill that void with the debut of a new fall festival at the Lied Center.

Four bands will perform, including the excellent Shy Boys and La Guerre, and the festival will also showcase work from local filmmakers and artists. The Lied is booze-free, of course, but there's plenty of time to hit the bars after the festival ends at 10:30.

Check out an interview with Katlyn Conroy of La Guerre on Lcom, and the Facebook event page is here.

Sugar Britches CD release, 5-8 p.m. Sunday at Replay Lounge

We like to boast about having covered all the milestones of the Sugar Britches' rapid ascent to the top.

We were there for their first show at the Gaslight way back in March. We were there for their first busking performance outside Free State. We were there for their first kisses (OK, not really, but we needed one more funny thing for this list). So now we'll surely be on hand this evening for the Britches' first album release party.

Tireless troubadour Nicholas St. James opens this likely-packed evening of high-energy folk and bluegrass.

The Facebook event page is here (look, all your friends are going!), and the image above serves as the Britches' debut album cover (art by Matthew Asbury). Follow the band's Facebook page for other fun teasers leading up to the show.

'Psycho,' 7 p.m. Sunday at Liberty Hall

Hitchcock's "Psycho" turns 55 years old this year, but it's lost none of its power to freak you out. Head to Liberty Hall Sunday to witness what's arguably cinema's most famous murder on the big-screen in glorious black-and-white.

Our friends at Liberty must be in the Halloween spirit early this year. They've also got Jon Landis' classic "American Werewolf in London" on tap for Oct. 11. Too bad it wasn't scheduled to coincide with last week's supermoon/blood moon eclipse! But, hey, we'll watch "American Werewolf" any time it plays.

Find more information at the Liberty Hall website.

Thieves Guild drawing session: "While My Ghoul-Tar Gently Weeps," 7 p.m. Monday at Fatso's

Let's add a bonus pick this week, just in case your weekend is over but you still want to go out for something mellow yet spirited (if you catch our spooky Halloween/booze wordplay).

This month's installment of the ever-odd Thieves' Guild drawing/sketching series will focus on model Dale Cordes "doing double duty playing some eerie melodies on his guitar while striking dynamic poses for your drawing pleasure!"

Fatso's has $2 beers and calls every Monday. After a few of those, your pen may be a little unsteady, but perhaps it will only add to the eerie fun.

The Facebook event page is here.

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Off the Beaten Plate: Bulgogi beef at Oriental Bistro

Bulgogi beef at Oriental Bistro, 1511 W. 23rd St.

Bulgogi beef at Oriental Bistro, 1511 W. 23rd St. by Joanna Hlavacek

Literally meaning “fire meat” in Korean (sounds fairly Neanderthalian, no?), this dish consists of thinly sliced beef that’s been marinated (traditionally in a mixture of soy sauce, sesame oil, garlic and other ingredients) until tender and then grilled.

The scallions — equally tender and coated in a savory sauce — are pretty to look at, and tasty, too.

Where to get it: Oriental Bistro, 1511 W. 23rd St.

What you'll pay: $8.99, or $6.99 for a lunch special with your choice of rice (steamed or fried) and egg roll or crab rangoon, like we did. Our plate also included a smattering of tempura veggies as well as a choice between side salad or various soups — we opted for the miso.

Try it with: You won't be hurting for food with the combo option, but this meaty dish might pair well with a nice order of spring rolls or lettuce wraps to lighten things up.

Also on the menu: This place is basically a "greatest hits" collection of the Asian culinary pantheon, boasting everything from Chinese-American classics (moo goo gai pan and the like) to Thai, Korean and Japanese, which probably has the biggest presence on the menu. Oriental Bistro offers a truly dizzying selection of sushi (as in, dozens and dozens of inventive creations like the Kansas roll or the BMW roll) as well as sashimi, noodle soups and bento boxes.

— Off The Beaten Plate highlights some of the more exotic, oddly named or inventively concocted dishes from local menus. Know of an offbeat item we should check out? Email reporter Joanna Hlavacek at jhlavacek@ljworld.com. Follow her at Twitter.com/hlavacekjoanna. Check back weekly and monthly, respectively, for more Off the Beaten Plate and Lawrence Libations.


Radkey returns to Lawrence, immediately melts faces

Friday was one for the books at the Bottleneck.

Radkey, a band of brothers that got their start years ago in Lawrence when they couldn’t book shows anywhere else, returned to the city full of LFK love. This was a special night for Lawrencians because the band’s popularity has grown so much that they had to move up to a stage the size of the Bottleneck’s. Turns out, this was a special night for Kansas City-based Radkey as well. After years of touring the world and playing famous festivals, they’re finally out on their first headlining tour in North America.

They didn’t come empty-handed, arriving with loads of new music from their new album and a well-thought-out performance. Radkey doesn’t mess around. It takes all of two minutes to come out and set their pedals onstage and check their mics. Then, they immediately dive into the rock, interjecting only to make comic book references now and again.

Radkey is a band that grew up on Lawrence music, and in return many of the local musicians they love came out to support them. This resulted in a hodgepodge of rockers in the audience, gleefully recounting former bands and past shows while sipping their drinks and nodding their heads to the music.

With every return to Lawrence for a show, Radkey’s stage presence grows more impressive. Drummer Solomon Radke bangs the drums a little faster, bassist Isaiah sprints back and forth across the stage a little wilder, and guitarist Dee’s backbends and splits get a little deeper. In essence, the town of Lawrence is watching this band grow up right before their very eyes. But you can’t get too emotional about it yet, because you know they’ve got an even wilder journey ahead.

Gnarly Davidson, as promised, brought it (and brought it big). The crowd for Gnarly Davidson was wall-to-wall with gruff dudes clad in black band shirts. They were burly and they were surly… and a band like Gnarly Davidson was really just MADE for them. Even the smokers outside were chatting excitedly, talking up the brutal vocals from both guitarists.

The People’s Punk Band, one of the most unruly acts in town right now, opened up the night. This band will not only thrash with you, they’ll thrash with each other. We don’t know how the hell this is even possible, but somehow they’ve grown even more menacing on this bigger stage. Between the glorious hair of the steady drummer and the guitarist stomping back and forth across the stage, there’s no reason anyone can’t enjoy this classic sound from a classic band.

Note: This post originally appeared on I Heart Local Music.

— Fally Afani is a freelance writer and editor of I Heart Local Music. She enjoys long walks, photography and rock and roll. She does not like cats, but makes exceptions for the ones at Love Garden. For more local music coverage, visit iheartlocalmusic.com.


Free State Brewing Co. takes home gold medal in Great American Beer Festival

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Lawrence’s beloved Free State Brewing Co. scored big at last weekend’s Great American Beer Festival in Denver, taking home the gold medal in the Herb and Spice Beer category for its limited edition Garden Party lager.

"It feels great, it really does. It's a pretty prestigious recognition, a jury-of-your-peers sort of thing," says Steve Bradt, Free State's director of brewing operations. "When you manage to win a gold medal in a category with 142 entries in it, you feel like you did OK."

Free State released the light and refreshing brew (it’s flavored with cucumber and basil from Linwood's Irick Farms, plus juniper berries) back in July as part of the outfit’s limited-release Front Porch series.

Bradt says the winning lager ended its run on-tap at Free State (which is closed Monday and Tuesday for scheduled maintenance and repairs, it should be noted) a few weeks back, though he's hoping an extra keg or two might resurface. Cork and Barrel is still selling bottles at its Mississippi Street and 23rd Street locations.

Free State's third Front Porch outing, Yakimaniac, should hit Lawrence liquor stores as early as Monday or Tuesday, Bradt says. Named for hop hotspot Yakima, Wash., the unfiltered IPA boasts some "hoppy" and "fresh, citrus-y flavors," he says.

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Locally, Kansas City’s McCoy’s Public House and KC Bier Co. also performed well at the festival, earning a gold and silver medal, respectively, for Ursa Minor (an imperial brown ale) and Weizenbock in the Other Strong Beer and German-Style Wheat Ale categories.

Held every year in Denver, the Great American Beer Festival is the largest of its kind in the U.S., and this year awarded 275 gold, silver and bronze medals in 92 categories.

Check out a full list of winners here.


Toughies to celebrate EP release with show at Replay Lounge

It’s hard not to think of Toughies as an adorable box of kittens. The relatively new band full of young musicians tend to make eyes at each other and smile or giggle when their mouths aren’t busy at the mic. But they're finally beginning to shake that image thanks to their new EP. They'll celebrate the release Friday at the Replay, and you have every reason to go.

Toughies is really just a few months old. The very first time they played a show, the community got hyped up and came out by the dozens to watch them play the Replay (on a weeknight, if you can believe it). Half of the band had plenty of live experience with their previous stint in Haunt Ananta, yet they all still took the stage doe-eyed and a little nervous. On that Wednesday night in April, they nailed every song they performed. Turns out, the hype was real and the audience was thrilled.

Since then, Toughies have been a great summer escape thanks to their breezy, swaying numbers. "What Are Hands For?" is a particularly lovely song full of harmonies and choruses that will happily make themselves at home in your memory. This also holds true for their other tunes, including the ever-upbeat "Horsefeather." That song is brimming with cool thanks to the wailing guitar bits breaking up all the "Uh huh"s and "all right"s. The song made a lasting impression at Toughies' last show (below).

That last show is moving Toughies away from the "box of kittens" image and portraying them as a band with songs that are quickly and professionally developing. In fact, much of their music is taking a turn, exploring into other genres. Toughies can be poppy, bluesy, or even romantic… but they're always in style.

Right now, this town loves Toughies. You can see what the hype is all about when they play the Replay at 10 p.m. Friday with Dream Girl and Maybe Not.


Weekend Picks: Lawrence Arts Center turns 40; Bootlegger’s Fur Ball; Radkey’s back; Kirk Rundstrom tribute; Card Table tackles ‘Twilight Zone’

With the exception of Radkey's present-tense punk fury, this week's column turns its attention toward the past. If you're looking for a reason to dress like a 70's swinger or a Prohibition-era gangster, you're in luck. Or perhaps you prefer to relive the early days of Split Lip Rayfield or watch local actors perform a classic "Twilight Zone" episode in a local basement? We've got that too.

Lawrence Arts Center 40th Anniversary Bash, 5-9 p.m. at Lawrence Arts Center

The Lawrence Arts Center has become a major New Hampshire Street fixture and community hub since the new building opened in 2002, but don't forget the fact that the LAC had a long history in the Carnegie Building prior to that.

Stop by (and dress appropriately) for a '70s-themed street party Friday to celebrate 40 years of the LAC. Truckstop Honeymoon and hometown hero Chuck Mead will provide some tunes. Other activities include a "70's Sitcom-A-Thon," children's games from the '70s, and a screening of Tim Burton's recent "Big Eyes." Maybe you'll find yourself at an "Ice Storm"-like "key party" before the night is over.

And don't forget to step inside the LAC to check out the Final Friday opening reception for the new and important Albert Bloch exhibition.

[Pro-tip: While you're in the vicinity, make your way to the Percolator for the sure-to-be-stellar Final Friday opening of Norman Akers' "Contested Territories" exhibit. Get the scoop here.].

Find a full lineup of events at the Facebook event page.

Bootlegger's Fur Ball (Lawrence Humane Society Fundraiser), 7 p.m. Friday at Abe and Jake's

Another weekend brings another big fundraiser for a beloved LFK institution, so consider supporting your fuzzy friends (and their human caretakers) from the Lawrence Humane Society at Friday's intriguing Prohibition-themed fundraiser.

The Bootlegger's Fur Ball promises to transform Abe and Jake's big space into a speakeasy full of "specialty cocktails and hors d’oeuvres, great silent and live auction items, raffles and entertainment." The shindig is hosted by Lawrence fitness legend Red Dog and Channel 6's Tabatha Mills.

Dress accordingly (can we borrow a fedora or homburg?) and booze it up for the pups and kitties. General admission tickets are $50. The Facebook event page is here.

Radkey, doors at 8 p.m., show at 9 p.m. Friday at the Bottleneck

Sure, Saturday's Beach House show at Liberty Hall may be the "biggest" touring show this weekend for many scenesters, but punk fans would beg to differ. Radkey hasn't graced a Lawrence stage in awhile, and they are sure to be treated as conquering heroes at a packed Bottleneck on Friday.

This band of three (very young) brothers from St. Joseph, Mo., have been touring extensively to wild acclaim and now have a debut album, "Dark Black Makeup," under their belts, an album which Consequence of Sound memorably describes as "a 13-track clinic in why the leanest, meanest punk rock always seems to come from kids who aren’t old enough to play half the venues in town."

LFK's People's Punk Band and Stiff Middle Fingers join forces Friday night to help rip the roof clean off the joint. The Facebook event page is here with fun descriptions of each of the Radke brothers, such as, "Please don’t mention X-Men 3 around Isaiah because it may cause a rant that will make you wish you had never been born."

For more about Radkey and the band's history in Lawrence, check out this Lcom interview with Isaiah Radke.

Card Table Theatre's "Twilight Zone: To Serve Man," 8 and 10 p.m. Saturday at Frank's North Star Tavern

It's possible that there are greater theatrical events in LFK than Card Table's occasional re-creations of old television episodes, but it's NOT possible that there are stranger theatrical events.

If you were on hand in Frank's basement to witness the group's full-tilt performances of "Saved by the Bell" and "Full House" episodes, you're certainly itching for more. For this installment, Card Table drops the comedy nostalgia for a frightening evening of the legendary "To Serve Man" episode of "Twilight Zone" (along with a mini re-imagining of "X-Files" and probably some television commercial parodies).

We haven't spotted a cast list yet, so perhaps you'll want to take bets on which Card Table luminary gets to yell "IT'S A COOKBOOK!!" Our bet is Sarah Matthews.

The Facebook event page is here.

Nation: The Kirk Rundstrom Legacy, doors at 8 p.m., show at 9 p.m. Saturday, the Bottleneck

Our personal favorite music pick for the weekend is unquestionably this massive Bottleneck barnburner, a tribute to the late great Kirk Rundstrom of Split Lip Rayfield fame (or infamy, if you prefer).

The evening will feature a wealth of artists performing an array of Kirk's songs that span his various musical projects over the years, so concertgoers will be treated to much more than just Split Lip tunes. Bring on the Scroat Belly and Grain and Demise!

This evening's show at the Bottleneck is a follow-up to a Friday evening shindig at Wichita's Fisch Haus. That one is a BYOB affair that we suspect will be truly legendary. But don't worry: the Bottleneck will be rowdy too. Split Lip to this day refers to it as their favorite bar to play.

The vast lineup includes Split Lip (obviously) along with Truckstop Honeymoon, the Dewayn Brothers, and many other special guests.

Info on both shows can be found at the Facebook event page.

Tweet us @LarryvilleLife and live it up this weekend.


A drummer’s diligence: Why Mark Osman could be the busiest drummer in Lawrence

Never has there been a more admired drummer in the current local music scene than Mark Osman. All the drummers here are top notch, but this is the one that’s been known to dive into a band and get them to positively channel their energy to operate at full gallop.

On Sunday night, Mark tested his own limits when he played with not one, but THREE bands on the lineup at the Replay. This wasn’t some sort of stunt, and it wasn’t the first time he’s done something like this. Mark is legitimately in all three of these bands at the moment.

He started off with Arc Flash, a band that is fairly physically challenging for all involved (even the fans, who always show up with their dancing shoes on). This was actually Arc Flash’s third set of the week (which means guitarist James Thomblison also pushed his limits with live performances this week). They had opened for The Coathangers on Tuesday, then headlined the Replay on Thursday. Right after that Thursday set, Mark hit the road and played with Baby Birds Don’t Drink Milk in Denver. Upon returning to Lawrence, he headed to the Replay once again for this lineup.

After Arc Flash’s fast and furious tempos, he stepped in to play with CS Luxem (possibly his longest running musical project here). Luxem’s songs are intricate and complicated. It’s no easy task playing with a musical mastermind like this, and Mark keeps it interesting. Sometimes, he even plays standing up.

During the set, his stool broke and he substituted it with a bucket. Because he’s surrounded by such a loving community, different musicians in the audience occasionally stepped in to help out (removing his stool, adjusting mics when they fell over while he was playing).

Mark is the only drummer in town that we know of who positions his kit at the front of the stage. He’s constantly thinking about his setup and how it affects the band. He might stay in the traditional setup when he plays with Oils, move it to the side for Arc Flash, and play at the front of the stage with his back to the audience for Luxem.

But when Baby Birds Don’t Drink Milk came on, they had their own interesting setup (one guitarist plays with his back to the audience), and Mark’s drums headed to the back of the stage. That’s a lot of moving around for one show. Additionally, Mark only recently started playing with Baby Birds Don’t Drink Milk. These songs could very well be a little new to him, but you wouldn’t be able to tell by the way he mastered them so gracefully.

We could go on, but by now you should have gotten the point. Mark is nothing short of a titan, with strength that rivals that of Hercules and Arnold Schwarzenegger, but with the speed of Usain Bolt. But most importantly (and this is key when it comes to joining and revitalizing bands), Mark has the overly positive attitude of Andrew W.K. Offstage, he’s chill and more level-headed than his peers. But onstage, he’s an animal in it for the fun. Party hard, Mark.

Note: This post originally appeared on I Heart Local Music.

— Fally Afani is a freelance writer and editor of I Heart Local Music. She enjoys long walks, photography and rock and roll. She does not like cats, but makes exceptions for the ones at Love Garden. For more local music coverage, visit iheartlocalmusic.com.


Weekend Picks: Ballard B3; I Heart Local Music Showcase; Wayzgoose at Wonder Fair; Backyard Bash; ‘Metropolis’ with orchestra

This week's column doesn't have a theme but, as SNL's Stefon would once have said, this weekend does have everything: a fundraising feast full of BBQ and hushpuppies, some "doe-eyed" Toughies, silent films with orchestral accompaniment, a picnic serenade from a gang of printmakers, and even a Wayzgoose. See you out there.

Ballard B3: Blues, Brews, and Barbecue, 6 p.m. Friday at Abe and Jake's

Can we persuade you to shell out $60 for a Friday night event? Perhaps. Consider the following:

1) B3, an evening of "blues, brews, and barbecue," is the "signature fundraiser" for LFK's beloved nonprofit organization Ballard Community Services, which has been providing education and assistance to children of low-income families since 1964.

2) Three blues bands, including the raucous Mad Kings, will provide tunes while you scarf down a spread of pulled pork tacos, brats, chicken wings, smoked turkey, and brisket accompanied by side dishes that are prepared by some of LFK's best restaurants (including potato salad from Limestone and hushpuppies from Terrebonne).

3) The ticket price also grants you access to all-you-can-drink craft beer. That's right! Put aside the PBR for a night and live it up.

Convinced yet? Do it for the children! (Or the chance to see how much craft beer and BBQ you can guzzle and gobble for $60.)

The Facebook event page is here and check out the full tasty menu at the official website.

I Heart Local Music Showcase: Toughies/No Cave/Sona, 10 p.m. Friday at Replay

Friday night brings the first installment of I Heart Local Music's fall/winter showcase series, designed to mix established bands with fresh-faced newcomers to the scene.

We're starting to think that this new band Toughies may not be quite as tough as their name suggests! I Heart Local Music describes them as "a box of kittens disguised as a band." Give a listen to the crisp, bright, pop harmonies of Toughies' "What Are Hands For?" at their Soundcloud page.

Mix in the popular, danceable psych-rock of No Cave and Sona's shoegaze and you're more likely to find yourself swaying along and/or zoning out than getting in a rumble with Toughies in the alley after the show. Then again, this IS a Replay show, so who knows?

The Facebook event page is here with full band bios. Dress tough. Or dress twee. Whatever works for you.

Print Week Wayzgoose and Future Wonder Fair, 6:30-10 p.m. Saturday in the new Wonder Fair space, 841 Mass.

It's Restaurant Week AND Print Week in LFK. Hopefully you are making the most of both. Consult the LJ-World for a full list of Print Week events which focuses especially on Saturday's major Print Fair from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Lawrence Arts Center.

After the Print Fair, however, considering spending the evening at our most-anticipated Print Week event to experience a "Wayzgoose" (what??) and scope out Wonder Fair's cool new street-level digs. For those unschooled in super old-school print terminology, a Wayzgoose is a "traditional printmaker's fete," which possibly dates back as far as Gutenberg himself.

Wonder Fair's take on the Wayzgoose "will feature music, drinks, a new exhibition of mokuhanga prints by artists Yoonmi Nam, Katie Baldwin and Mariko Jesse, and an on-site letterpress where you'll be able to print your own souvenir Print Week coaster."

Find much more information on the Facebook event page.

Backyard Bash, 4-7 p.m. Saturday, in Marvin Grove behind Spencer Museum of Art

There's no football game this weekend, so it's a good time to spend a MUCH more relaxing evening on campus at this family-friendly event hosted by the Spencer.

In addition to numerous kid-friendly activities, the Print Week fun continues here as well with interactive events and tunes from LFK's merry band of printmakers A la Poupée & the Chine-Collés. The prolific CS Luxem is also on the bill.

Guests are invited to enjoy free snacks or pack their own picnic dinner. The Facebook event page is here.

String and Return vs Major Games, 10 p.m. Saturday at Bottleneck

If the Toughies' sound isn't tough enough for you, consider Saturday evening's main rock and roll event.

KC's mighty String and Return make a rare Lawrence appearance, and joining them in the ring (or stage, as the case may be) is LFK's massively-heavy Major Games. Many Moods of Dad and Maybe Not round out the bout (or bill).

We love the clean and simple design of the poster above but you'll find a much sillier and more cluttered poster at the Facebook event page. That one reminds us of the wacky imaginary poster that Nicholas St. James described in our column last week.

"Metropolis" screening with Alloy Orchestra, 7:30 p.m. Sunday at Lawrence Arts Center

Can we convince you to pay nearly $20 for a movie that you can easily see at home? Perhaps.

It's not likely, after all, that you can convince Boston's esteemed Alloy Orchestra to drop by your house and accompany your lonely Netflix small-screen experience. Plus, even aside from the stellar musical backdrop, "Metropolis" is one of the greatest of all science-fiction films and fully deserves to be seen at least once on a big-screen where its incredibly-detailed vision can be fully processed.

Lawrence's Footprints has been sponsoring this stellar silent film series with musical accompaniment for years now at the LAC. We caught Murnau's amazing "Sunrise" a few years back and can assure you the experience is memorable.

Visit the Footprints website for more details and to order tickets.

Tweet us @LarryvilleLife and we'll see you at the Wayzgoose!


The Coathangers deliver vigorous performance at the Jackpot with Arc Flash and Vedettes

There are bands that have forgotten how to have fun, and then there are Coathangers. These three punky garage rockers are entirely likable and very much setting an example among their peers.

The gals brought life to the Jackpot on Tuesday with a vigorous set that left many of their fans bursting at the seams. The beats are contagious and conjured up perky movements from the crowd while the guitarist bounced along onstage to her surf rock-approved strumming. She took turns on the mic with the drummer and bassist. With eyes flung wide open, her statuesque frame accentuated her high-pitched squawking and deep growls, which she impressively switched back and forth from effortlessly.

The Coathangers, it turns out, are charming as hell. They’re the band you’d want to watch any night of the week, then go out for tacos with after the show. Of all the acts on the road right now, these are the lovable misfits that will animate any complacent crowd.

They were preceded by Arc Flash, a band that very well could have brought out just as many dedicated fans on a weeknight thanks to their intensely growing popularity in this town. The band, which recently became a duo, has left some wondering how a band so small can make so much noise. They even debuted a new song full of their signature crunchy guitar noises, reverb-heavy vocals, and viciously fast (yet perfect and clean) drums.

Vedettes started off the night, and continued to show LFK that this is a band that cannot be ignored. These folks are rockers down to their very sturdy core, so much so that you may not even notice the blues-infused riffs. All of those Aerosmith music videos from the '90s starring Alicia Silverstone could have very well been set to Vedettes’ in-your-face and attitude heavy numbers. We’re having a hard time finding bands that rock harder than Vedettes, which is impressive considering they only recently emerged in the scene.

Note: This post originally appeared on I Heart Local Music.

— Fally Afani is a freelance writer and editor of I Heart Local Music. She enjoys long walks, photography and rock and roll. She does not like cats, but makes exceptions for the ones at Love Garden. For more local music coverage, visit iheartlocalmusic.com.


The Cave Girls bring feminist fanfare to the Replay

Here's to the women on top of the world, most of which had to have been at the Replay on Saturday night.

The Cave Girls found themselves in the middle of an all-female lineup featuring Schwervon! and Heidi Gluck. The entire night was dedicated to celebrating the birthday of Schwervon!'s drummer, Nan Turner. But the whole thing felt like a celebration of women.

The women in Cave Girls turn stereotypes on their heads thanks to their commanding stage presence. They're experts in fun garage rock with just the right amount of alternative style, and the country music background of some of their members gives them a rockabilly edge. With enough pounding drum beats and bass face to slay a room, the gals rocked and rolled the Replay.

In the middle of their set, they invited Nan onstage to dance. She then proceeded to pull female members of the audience onstage to dance with her. This grew with intensity, resulting in coordinated moves and eventually a conga line around the venue featuring some of the most prominent women in the local music scene, including members of The Ovaries-Eez, The Quivers, and organizers of the Lawrence Girls Rock! Camp.

When the conga line reached its destination, the Cave Girls' frontwoman leaned into the mic and growled "Gentlemen! The ladies have you beat in the dance contest. Step it up, boys!" This statement, along with the rest of the set, was met with happy whoops and cheers from an audience brimming with strong, confident women, sipping on male tears (we will from now on refer to these fans as "Cave Dwellers."

Note: This post originally appeared on I Heart Local Music.

— Fally Afani is a freelance writer and editor of I Heart Local Music. She enjoys long walks, photography and rock and roll. She does not like cats, but makes exceptions for the ones at Love Garden. For more local music coverage, visit iheartlocalmusic.com.


Carswell & Hope release two new songs before weekend show

Here are a couple of smooth tunes to help you along this morning.

Carswell & Hope recently wrapped up a busy weekend of shows, including a couple of sets at Kansas City Irish Fest. But they'll be headed to the Replay this weekend for a matinee on the patio.

In anticipation of all this excitement, the band released two new songs. “Glass Doors” is a lovely instrumental track, and “The Flood” comes off as effortlessly fluid. These songs come to us from the crooning indie folk rockers fronted by local Irishman Nick Carswell.

“The Flood” is particularly guitar-heavy, yet maintains a mild and gentle tone with polished high notes from the vocals (and plenty of “oohs” to guide you to a peaceful state of mind).

What’s important to note is that Carswell & Hope have never produced anything less than splendid. We’ve come to know this local act as an accomplished set of songwriters with foolproof hooks and excellent approaches to music.

You can listen to the music below after the link below, and check them out at the Replay at 6 p.m. Friday

Glass Doors/The Flood by Carswell & Hope

Weekend Picks: Audio-Reader sale; Folk at Fatso’s; Stik Figa; The Merc’s “Grand Reveal”; Restaurant Week; and Nerd Nite bonus pick

Here's a tip. We're more likely to "pick" your event for Weekend Picks if it has a cool flier combining memorable imagery with the necessary info about your event. This week's installment offers five events with standout promotional imagery (as well as a family-friendly affair at the Merc and a sneak preview of Lawrence Restaurant Week).

"For Your EARS Only" (annual Audio-Reader sale), Douglas County Fairgrounds, 6-9 p.m. Friday and 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday

Local music geeks never miss this annual sale of all-things audio, and we never tire of the cool James Bond-themed posters that accompany each year's event.

This year's sale will feature "thousands of vinyl records, vintage and modern stereo equipment, musical instruments, CDs and DVDs, all priced to sell." As always, proceeds go to the Audio-Reader program which provides "free reading and information services to the blind, visually-impaired and print-disabled."

The opening night sale on Friday is a ticketed event that includes snacks and prizes. Saturday is free. Make sure to stop by for one or both. Find more info at the Audio-Reader website.

Nicholas St. James/Sugar Britches, 10 p.m. Friday at Fatso's

Friday night's Nicholas St. James and Sugar Britches' double-header certainly caught our eye with its creepy promo image, which is perfectly suited to some of the tales of woe and desperation likely to emanate from the stage tonight.

We asked Mr. St. James to tell us about his choice of imagery. Here is his insightful response:

"I find a fair number of show posters far too cluttered as it seems the pertinent details (who's playing, where and when) are buried somewhere inside what became an art project. In the case of the Fatso's poster, hopefully eyes are being drawn to it because of the simplicity. Both bands on this bill play folk music, which itself can be defined as "simple and uncluttered." It would make very little sense for our logos to be dripping blood and feature a picture of a State Farm agent eating pork chops while a myriad of other detailed things happen around him. The skull-faced woman was chosen because it seems so damn American and suggests the show might be a little darker in lyrical content, which it will be. After that, the only things left are the pertinent details, which is why a poster was made to begin with."

Despite the spooky imagery, don't be afraid to take a break from your usual haunts and pop into this unexpected Friday night Fatso's gig. The Facebook event page is here.

Arthur Dodge/Douglas County Quintet, 8 p.m. Friday at Frank's North Star

We love the retro-appeal of the poster for this rollicking (relatively) early-Friday show at Frank's. Aim your rocket ship across the river and check it out.

However, let's hope that this evening proceeds more smoothly than the last time Dodge and DCQ were booked at Frank's: poor Dodge never got to play at all because of plumbing problems that resulted in the big crowd being evacuated into the night.

The Facebook event page provides this description of what to expect: "Show & Dance, baby. LFK style"

Stik Figa, doors at 8 p.m., show at 9 p.m. Friday at Bottleneck

The eye-catching image for Stik Figa's Bottleneck gig forces the viewers gaze in two directions and seems open to interesting interpretations. Why are the eyes covered in two of the pics?

Discuss your thoughts on Friday as Stik Figa headlines an energetic, jam-packed hip-hop bill that also features Approach and Barrel Maker.

We did a wild and wide-ranging interview with Stik Figa way back in 2012 on our older (much raunchier) blog. Find it here if you are so inclined.

Read Stik Figa's full bio at the Facebook event page.

Merc Co-Op "Grand Reveal," 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday at the Merc

Looking for a family-friendly Saturday outing? Check out what's new at the Merc as Lawrence's beloved institution offers a day of indoor and outdoor activities (including miniature ponies that resemble Lil' Sebastian), food (street tacos!) and music (Zydeco Tougeau).

Giveaways throughout the day will allow visitors a chance to win everything from a year of free coffee to a year of free yoga.

Find full details at the Facebook event page, where the "attending" list suggests this will be a very busy day for the always-busy Merc.

Downtown Lawrence Restaurant Week, Sunday through Sept. 18 at participating restaurants

This is the second year for Downtown Lawrence Restaurant Week, and we think it's a great idea except for the name, which sadly excludes excellent new(ish) establishments such as Hank Charcuterie and Leeway Frank's (not to mention west-edge stalwarts like 23rd Street Brewery and Marisco's) that are making their way just fine apart from the Mass. Street hub

Quibbling aside, however, you'll certainly want to chomp your way through the participating downtown restaurants that will "prepare creative and original dishes not found on their regular menus." Some restaurants are planning $35 tasting menus but budget-conscious foodies can find stand-alone items that start as low as $5.

Keep an eye on the Lawrence Restaurant week website and the Facebook event page to monitor specials and learn which establishments are participating. We've already spotted an intriguing "prix fixe" meal from Limestone for a reasonable $20. And make sure to tweet and Instagram mouthwatering pics of your best food finds at #EatLawrence.

"Nerd Nite 41: Old Is the New...New," 8 p.m. Wednesday at Maceli's

The nerds of Nerd Nite can almost always be counted on to deliver a cool graphic for their monthly events. This installment's intriguing promo image fuses elements that will be covered in the presentations: missiles, weaving, and the slow food movement.

The Facebook event page contains more information on this month's three presentation topics and presenters as well as an overview of the three presentations: "War is the new Peace, Craft is the new Industry, and Slow Food is the new Fast Trend!"

Tweet us @LarryvilleLife and tell us your best Restaurant Week discoveries.


Major hip-hop show to bring together Stik Figa, Approach, Barrel Maker

One of the most celebrated rappers in the state is finally going to perform Lawrence.

Stik Figa is a wizard with words, a magnetic performer, and knows exactly how to make the locals get emotional. The Topeka rapper, who has been cited as a major influence on locals such as Ebony Tusks, will finally be coming out of hiding to play the Bottleneck this Friday. He'll be joined by two of the most admired hip-hop heads around: Approach and Barrel Maker. In between, the audience will also be treated to DJ Johnny Quest and D/Will.

There are a few reasons this event is so celebrated, but it's important to note that Stik Figa is from Topeka, Approach is from Lawrence, and Barrel Maker is from Kansas City. That means this performance could attract music fans from all three cities along I-70 together for one night. Nobody is better at singing about where you come from than rappers, and this will surely be a show that will leave audiences swelling with hometown pride.

These three performers tend to be close, and Barrel Maker is a celebrated video artist who has directed a fair share of music videos for both Stik Figa and Approach's other project, Lincoln Marshall.

The Bottleneck show starts at 8 p.m. Friday. In the meantime, enjoy one of Stik Figa's many music videos below (directed by Barrel Maker).

Some classic Approach (also directed by Barrel Maker):

And here's a taste of Barrel Maker's own music video:


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