Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Beers of the Week: Zombie Monkey at Burger Stand; The Cowboy at Ted's Taphouse; and Miller High-Life (On Ice) / Also: Kansas Gets Naked

Our "beers of the week" column has been absent of late, but we had to bring it back in time for tonight's release of "Zombie Monkey" at Burger Stand (along with a Tallgrass Tap Takeover). 

And since there are a fair amount of gun battles on Lawrence streets these days, Evil Twin's The Cowboy down at Ted's Taphouse might be just the beer if you are heading to a duel (but not a high-noon duel, since Ted's doesn't open prior to noon).


And what else?  Well, we spotted Monzie Leo drinking a Miller High-Life on ice with a twist of lime at the Replay last night.  We know a Hamm's on ice is called a "Doorkno" but we don't know what this is called.  A "Monzie" perhaps?

Enjoy this fun Mad Libs-style game via this site.


When a nude man strolled the streets of Top City last week, many were surprised to learn that there's no Kansas law forbidding it (except "in the context of sexual arousal," and no one was likely to be aroused by this fellow).  But of course the Top City fathers aren't willing to take any risks that such nudity, arousing or not, will spread like wildfire, so they are taking quick action against it.

In the meantime, surely you can strut your bare ass around LFK with impunity.  We've been seeing these signs around town lately if you'd like to get "nude positive."

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Weekend Picks: Comedy, Hip-Hop, More Buskers, Kawehi, and Pie

With KU back in session, expect some zingers about new students at tonight's Harpoon Presents.  We recommend some weed-related bro jokes about this week's fire at Sigma Chi. The FB event page is here.

MORE buskers in downtown LFK? Say it ain't so.  But it's so. KC's Moondrop Circus performs outside the Granada all evening as part of Final Friday. 

The Replay turns into a full-on dance party not just on the patio but inside as well on Saturday.  Is this like ASSJAMZ but for scenesters?  The FB event page is here.

Interweb sensation Kawehi visits the Bottleneck on Saturday for her first official "hometown" show (though  she played on the street for free a few weeks back).  It costs $10-ish bucks, but she seems nice and some people seem quite excited about it!  The FB event page is here.

Finally, holy shit, the Ladybird Diner opens Friday.  You can bet we stopped by the "soft opening" last night to eat a slice of coconut cream pie before the crowds land this weekend.  We predict lines around the block for a week or two, but who knows?   Pro tip: make sure to read the menu carefully and look for the WKRP in Cincinnati reference.  Here's the beautiful black and white photo from Aaron Paden via their FB page.
It's like hanging out inside the movie The Last Picture Show...but happier!

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Final Friday Picks: Art Emengency; Music Art; and Art for the Children!

Believe it or not, Final Fridays are still a thing.  Let's take a look at a few art options if you're spending a lazy Labor Day weekend in LFK.

Our weird friends out at ELFK's Art Emergency have a cool event and also win the Final Friday poster of the week award.  Check out the FB event page here.

Love Garden serves up art about music (and also some music) at Fally's "I Heart Local Music" photography exhibit.  FB event page here.

For something different, how about the "Kids-A-Bunga" show at Henry's, a show created and curated by kids.

Chip: "I'm hoping this will finally be an unpretentious art show, yet I suspect the child-artists of LFK will be there drinking sangria and explaining how their stick figures and paint splotches symbolize the fragility of human nature in an incomprehensible world."

The FB event page is here.

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Tuesday Night Picks: The Wizard of Speed and Time at Trash Nite and Comedy at Johnny's Tavern

It's a quiet Tuesday in LFK. What should we do while sitting around waiting (impatiently) on Ladybird Diner to open?

Trash Nite at the Bottleneck could be an option. The FB event page description certainly sounds intriguing:

"TRASH NITE presents the comedy-fantasy cult classic THE WIZARD OF SPEED AND TIME in an exclusive, feature-length, never-before seen EXTENDED CUT, never released in theaters, home video or the internet!"

How have we never seen this before. Check out the Wiki page here.



And the LFK comedy boom continues with an event at...Johnny's Tavern in NoLaw?  This one costs $10 so it damn well better be funny!  There is a FB event page here and hopefully more than 7 people are attending.

Monday, August 25, 2014

LFK Gets a Speakeasy: John Brown Underground

Readers, if you're like us you've been saying for a long-time that LFK needs a speakeasy.  Lucky for us, the John Brown Underground opened up on Friday with no fanfare, no sign, and no advertising, just like a good speakeasy should.  From the comfort of this underground lair, we had no idea that a Busker Festival was raging just above our heads.  So stop by (if you can find the place) and order a $9 Pimms Cup and a $6 "sack o' nuts" and a $2.50 Hamms (their four-beer menu is NOT going to please craft-beer lovers).  The front area is smallish, with several spacious booths and a few comfy chairs.  The back area features a mysterious "poker room" (which doesn't seem to allow illegal poker playing, damn it) and a "family room," both of which must be reserved, though opening-weekend visitors were allowed to take a look.

Here's the cool John Brown mural on the wall via @steve_dahlberg.

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But where IS this place, you might be asking?  We can give you a two word hint:  Game Guy.

Supposedly they open every night at 5:00.


Thursday, August 21, 2014

Weekend Picks: Comedy, Comedy Freakouts, Pickers and Fiddlers, Hot Rods, Shy Boys, Major Games, and Sleepy Kitty

If you're somehow able to navigate 100 degree temps, new student drivers, #LFKGridlock, and the Busker Fest, there are plenty of things to check out this weekend.  Here are some worthy ones.

Thursday = Replay comedy.  After last week's out-of-town showcase, tonight looks to be mostly about the local yokels.  But they're funny too.  Hopefully no buskers will attempt to perform during the open mic portion. The FB event page is here.


Once you're nice and stoned on Friday night, Frank's is the best place to hear drug jokes.  Comedy Freakout is back in session.  In addition to the comedy, Narkalark is the house band, providing some music to help your freakout experience.  Here's some info:
"It may not be a "Back to School" Spectacular, but we're Back to bringing you some of the most whiz-bang visiting headliners, psychedelic sounds, and hacky Smothers-Brothers-style jokes about hippie/drug culture this side of the Kansas River (North) and train tracks (the wrong side)."

The FB event page is here.

We're scared of buskers, but we're quite fond of the old-fashioned charm of the annual picking and fiddling contest in South Park.  And this year there's a pre-party at the Replay for the Friday matinee.  Come down and stomp along.

It's gonna be hot for the Hot Rod Hullabaloo on Saturday in South Park.  But greasers thrive in the heat.  Warning: there will be at least one busker at this event (Bekah Smith, comedy juggler).

And there are several great scenester rock shows this weekend, starting with the OILS 7' release party at Replay with Drakkar Sauna and This is My Condition on Friday.  The FB event page is here.  

Check out BARRRR's cool poster:

And Mr. Berwanger is back from tour and ready to rock the Bottleneck with headliner Major Games on Saturday.  Luckily, we stumbled across this gig from one of the bands' FB pages,  because we sure as shit wouldn't learn about it via the Bottleneck's mostly non-functional Twitter account now that our good pal Rob moved on.

And Shy Boys have a Replay release party on Saturday with our friends Rev Gusto and the excellent Sleepy Kitty from St. Louis.  The FB event page is here.  And you can read our fun 2013 interview with Sleepy Kitty here "Our band name inspires people to show us pictures of their cats." 

Here's an odd poster:

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Question of the Day / Busker of the Day / Recess Records' 25th Anniversary Tour at Replay

With so much sad news in the world, LFK is in dire need of...pie.  But when exactly will the Ladybird Diner take flight (if you catch our wordplay)?  This remains uncertain.

One of Chip's most-awaited dishes (aside from all the ones with gravy on top) is this mac-and-cheese omelet with sausage they recently teased us with on Facebook:


Only two more days till the Busker Fest and our busker of the day is Bobby Maverick, escape artist.   Read his profile here.  But could he escape from the terror of #LFKgridlock road construction?  No fucking way.

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Here's a handy map of #LFKgridlock via the rascals on Twitter:

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Are you in need of three bands for $3 bucks on a Wednesday.  The Recess Records "Cavalcade of Clowns" 25th anniversary tour rolls through LFK tonight with three bands from the label. Find details here.  The best preview of the show we've read is from KC's You've Got a Killer Scene:

"This tour offers a showcase of three Recess Records bands: Lenguas Largas, The Treasure Fleet, and White Night. All three bands play a 60s psychedelic-inspired, garage rock that has resurfaced as of late. Lenguas Largas, from Tuscon, play desert influenced jams that would make a great soundtrack to an acid trip."