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Battle of the Breakfast Stout

Battle of the Breakfast Stout

Brian Hayes, Photo Editor & Beer Critic

January 31, 2018


Filed under Dining, Entertainment, Lifestyle, Things To Do

Everyone loves breakfast. Crispy bacon, shiny eggs, roasted coffee and sweet maple syrup all laid out on the table. The flavors of breakfast are distinctive. So, what could be better than breakfast? A breakfast beer, more accurately a breakfast stout. The stout is the only beer big enough to incorporate...

Sunflower Soundtrack: The Go! Team, Misha Mishajashvelli, Jeff Rosenstock

Sunflower Soundtrack: The Go! Team, Misha Mishajashvelli, Jeff Rosenstock

John Darr, Music Critic

January 31, 2018


Filed under Entertainment, Lifestyle, Music

January is a dead month. The spirit of happy holidays is gone with the wind, trees are bare in the streets and broken New Year’s resolutions hang on cluttered bulletin boards and refrigerators across the world. It’s a time of silence in the entertainment world as well. Best of 2017 lists take...

‘High-tech’ illusionist show coming to Century II

Daniel Caudill, Reporter

January 29, 2018


Filed under Entertainment, Lifestyle, Things To Do

The Illusionists — a group of five performers known for stage magic, stunts and comedy — will perform on Jan. 30 and 31 at Century II Concert Hall as part of their North American tour, “The Illusionists — Live From Broadway.” Producer and original creator Simon Painter called the show “the...

‘I, Tonya’s’ witty cast still coasted through the film

‘I, Tonya’s’ witty cast still coasted through the film

Matthew Garner, Film Critic

January 29, 2018


Filed under Entertainment, Lifestyle, Movies

How does one determine the truth? It's a tough question, one made even tougher when given the context of fame, rivalry, passion and sport, but it's a concept that “I, Tonya” tries to explain while providing an entertaining and superbly acted narrative focused on the infamous figure skater Tonya Harding. Buffered...

Sunflower Soundtrack: Poppy, Kirin J Callinan, Charli XCX

Sunflower Soundtrack: Poppy, Kirin J Callinan, Charli XCX

John Darr, Music Critic

January 29, 2018


Filed under Entertainment, Lifestyle, Music

Pop music has always carved out a little air time for the weirdos. Artists from David Bowie and Björk to Frank Ocean and Gorillaz have managed to crack charts with tracks that are downright bizarre either in vocal delivery, song structure, or musical arrangement. Yet what we think of as pop music has...

‘The Post’ dissapoints

‘The Post’ dissapoints

Matthew Garner, Film Critic

January 29, 2018


Filed under Entertainment, Lifestyle, Movies

When the Pentagon Papers, a classified set of documents detailing the ongoing war in Vietnam, were partially printed in The New York Times in 1971, it set off a firestorm in the American political landscape. Here were a set of highly secretive and sensitive documents describing a war that was currently...

‘The Last Jedi’ leave mixed feelings

‘The Last Jedi’ leave mixed feelings

Matthew Garner, Film Critic

January 15, 2018


Filed under Entertainment, Lifestyle, Movies

I've seen “The Last Jedi,” the latest film in the third trilogy of the Star Wars universe, twice now. The first time I walked out feeling a mixture of apathy and disappointment, confused at some of the choices the director made, not to mention the crushing realization that I may not have liked it...

Three free (or almost free) things to do in KC

Three free (or almost free) things to do in KC

Kylie Cameron, Reporter

January 15, 2018


Filed under Arts & Culture, Entertainment, Lifestyle

Before the end of break hits, deter that cabin fever with a road trip to Kansas City. After an expensive holiday season, here’s a list of free, or almost free, things to do in Kansas City. Ice skating at Crown Center Go ice skating at Crown Center for just $9 or $6 if you bring your own ice skates. If you go...

Garner: ‘Lady Bird’ is film-making at its finest

Garner: ‘Lady Bird’ is film-making at its finest

Matthew Garner, Film Critic

November 29, 2017


Filed under Entertainment, Lifestyle, Movies

Last week, I watched “Lady Bird” on Thanksgiving after a normal day of eating and doing nothing. I saw this movie at a strange time in my life — I’m graduating soon and not completely aware of what I’m going to do, much like the eponymous character in this perfect film. It’s a rare moment...

Foo Fighters rock Intrust for three hours

Foo Fighters rock Intrust for three hours

Marissa Campbell, Culture Editor

November 14, 2017


Filed under Entertainment, Lifestyle, Music

The Foo Fighters packed a punch from the get go Monday night at their “Concrete and Gold” show, filling Intrust Bank Arena with their signature sound as they started the evening off with a lineup of greatest hits — “Everlong,” “Monkey Wrench,” “Learn to Fly,” and “Pretenders.". “Who...

‘Thor’ fun but forgettable

‘Thor’ fun but forgettable

Matthew Garner, Film Critic

November 8, 2017


Filed under Entertainment, Lifestyle, Movies

I imagine most people reading this have seen a Marvel movie — how could anyone have missed one by now? Marvel films and television programs dominate our cultural space, creating a monopoly of spandex and superheroes, and with that monopoly comes a familiarization with the now obvious formula that Marvel...

Terrifying and fascinating, ‘IT’ doesn’t belong in The Loser’s Club

Terrifying and fascinating, ‘IT’ doesn’t belong in The Loser’s Club

Matthew Garner, Film Critic

September 13, 2017


Filed under Entertainment, Lifestyle, Movies

Horror is one of the oldest genres in storytelling. Whether it be the grisly sight of Beowulf's mother, the flap of leathery wings signaling Dracula, or the tattooed knuckles of the Reverend Harry Powell, the horror genre almost universally revolves around a single aspect: the villain. Fortunately for ...