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Hearne: Chris Tucker Comeback Saga Unfolds @ Stanford’s

Make no mistake, Hollywood heavyweight Chris Tucker’s appearance at Stanford’s this weekend is a very big deal… Say what you will about Tucker’s tax problems with the Internal Revenue Service and the 42 year-old “actor, comedian and humanitarian’s” somewhat stalled movie career, … Continue reading

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Sutherland: Checking in with the Romance Writers of America

 I was at a party with my son and his wife two years ago when a young couple came up and introduced themselves. Their names were Sydney and Beatriz Williams.  Beatriz told us about a book she’d just finished and … Continue reading

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Hearne: Ex Star Columnist Steve Penn to Refile Case Against Newspaper, Working on Documentary

Game on… Looks like former Kansas City Star columnist Steve Penn will be going forward after all with his defamation lawsuit against the newspaper. Penn was axed in July of 2011 for allegedly quoting from news releases without attribution. According … Continue reading

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Starbeams: Royal Tearjerker, Sex & The City, JOCO Health

The Royals lost their season opener 4-3 in walk-off fashion.  It was nice to get my first cry of the baseball season out of the way during the month of March for a change.             … Continue reading

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Hearne: Trouble on the Network

Ever had a hard drive go out? Apparently I’m one of an elite few that this has never happened to…until recently. Whereupon the excellent staffers at the Apple Store on the Plaza totally made things right in mere minutes, before my … Continue reading

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Sounds Good: Alejandro Escovedo @ Knuckleheads, St. Vincent @ Liberty Hall, Arlo Guthrie @ Liberty Hall

The big news in the KC music scene right now is the appearance of Lauryn Hill this summer at the Uptown Theater. After exploding onto the scene and winning five Grammys with her debut album, Hill’s career took some weird … Continue reading

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Hearne: A Gentleman’s Club in Downtown Lawrence? Could Happen

What’s in a word? Plenty when it comes to words like “gentlemen’s club” and “speakeasy.” Because while the definition of the former, for example, “is a members-only private club of a type originally set up by and for British upper class … Continue reading

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Sounds Good: Lorde @ Midland, Spoonfed Tribe @ Bottleneck

If you can rip yourself away from your TV and the college basketball tournament that’s currently sapping this country’s GDP by billions per second, then you’re a better man than I. We’ve already had several OT games, and a bunch … Continue reading

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Hearne: KC Madam Weighs in on Sex in the Cowtown

About that mostly information-less examination of sex in Kansas City… The Urban Institute’s recent eight city sex study was long on information and data on larger cities like Atlanta and Washington, D.C. but short on the specifics here in Kansas City. Comes … Continue reading

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Donnelly: Last Second Drama Burns Sporting Again

You know it’s a big game when Marlon Wayans is in the house… Wayans was in town to promote his new movie Haunted House 2. Unfortunately, Sporting Kansas City couldn’t harness that Wayans energy for most of the game, providing the … Continue reading

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Donnelly: Cruz Azul Heads Back to Mexico With a One-Goal Deficit

Mexican powerhouse Cruz Azul rolled into town Wednesday to take on Sporting KC in the first leg of the CCL. And what would have been thought of as a major mismatch a few years ago certainly was not that on … Continue reading

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Hearne: Whatever Happened to Former TV 9 Weather Dude Joel Nichols?

It’s not easy being an aging weather wonk… Not to be confused with a meteorologist. Times have changed and the days when sappy, fun-loving weathermen and comely, buxom weather babes could plight their troughs in the the wide world of … Continue reading

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Donnelly: It’s Time. Sporting Kicks Off This Saturday.

Not so long ago I was standing in my coveralls, huddled up with about 20,000 freezing fans at Sporting Park, watching Lovel Palmer drill one off the crossbar. That chokejob sealed the deal for Sporting Kansas City.  The players stormed … Continue reading

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Hearne: No Way Wichita State is No. 2

Think overrated… Does Wichita State really deserve to be ranked 2nd in college basketball? No way, says sports scribe Craig Glazer of Stanford & Sons fame. Not with a schedule as soft as the one the Shockers have played this season. “They don’t … Continue reading

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Hearne: Can Radio Disc Jockey Randy Miller Rise from the Dead?

Is there life after death for legendary Kansas City radio disc jockey Randy Miller? For more than a decade the former ZZ99 and Q104 radio bad boy has been on ice – as in off-the-air – after a two decade … Continue reading

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Hearne: The (Near) End of an Era for Legendary Audio / Video Dealer Kief’s in Lawrence

It’s like this… Damn few living legends that still matter walk the earth once their prime has passed. Time and market conditions change. One minute they’re Blockbuster Video - king of kings – the next, obsolete, gone. Such is life. Take … Continue reading

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Hearne: KU Confidential Meets KC Confidential

Some of you may have noticed a tweak to the KC Confidential masthead… A year or so ago, after moving to Lawrence, I kind of half-assed launched a companion website called Lawrence Confidential. The objective; take advantage of my being stationed … Continue reading

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Sounds Good: Olassa @ Jazzhaus, Amon Amarth @ Granada, Pixies @ Midland

Middle of the Map Fest – the local, multi-venue indie rock, film, art, and technology showcase – has recently announced its lineup for this spring’s throwdown.  The music portion takes place on April 3-5 and features a bunch of local … Continue reading

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Hearne: ‘Alice’ Owner Wilks Goes for the Gold with KC102.1 FM

As tangled webs go, the behind the scenes demise of Alice 102.1 FM was a lively one… Juxtaposed alongside the rebirth of competing AAA station The Bridge 90.9 FM made for one soap opera albeit a short lived one. Then there … Continue reading

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James Brinsfield: And the Worst Super Bowl Ad Award Goes to…Bob Dylan

The worst Super Bowl ad? Hands down the Bob Dylan ad for Chrysler. Dylan departed from irony and his poetic ability to make profound statements to swim in the bathos of psuedo-patriotism for the American made (but Italian owned) new … Continue reading

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