Leftridge: Google Fiber Fails Downtown Core

Click to enlarge. Seriously.

First, this: Never has Kansas City’s cultural/economic divide been so colorfully illustrated than with Google Fiber’s map of the “Haves and Have-nots.” Look at that line! The greens are in—they’ve had enough Fiber pre-registrants that they now count as “Fiberhoods,” or something. The yellow—the color of sour milk, a giraffe’s tears (I made that one up) and psychiatric hospital walls—covers the east side like a fine, urine soaked blanket.

It’s not like I’m SURPRISED, really, but… wow.

Look at that perfect line! Continue reading

Posted in Brandon Leftridge | Tagged , , | 28 Comments

Stargazing: David Glass; Leave KC or Bring Back Krispy Kreme

A group of Kansas City Royals fans bought a half-page ad in the Kansas City Star thanking David Glass for keeping the team in town…and asking him to sell it to someone who wants to win.  I’d be happy enough if he’s just would bring back the dozen Krispy Kreme donuts when the team gets a dozen hits promotion.

******* Continue reading

Posted in Starbeams | 2 Comments

Hearne: How ‘Expendables’ Screening @ Alamo Mainstreet Changed My Life

Hard as it is imagine, I had an epiphany while watching Expendables 2

It came to me at the Alamo Drafthouse Mainstreet downtown during the theater’s Van Dammage promotion. The Alamo gang wheeled out four cheesy Jean-Claude Van Damme action films as foreplay for the new Expendables.

Suffice it to say, it was a total dude fest. Continue reading

Posted in Hearne_Christopher | 4 Comments

Hearne: Best Buy’s Founder Flounders & Costly French Kiss

Remember the Nine Great American Companies that will never recover a few weeks back?

Well, Best Buy is way too nouveau to qualify as a “great American company,” but it’s big enough and bad enough off to join Sprint, JC Penney and the seven others on the endangered species list.

Not to mention that the fur’s been flying in the business press where Best Buy’s concerned.

Take the headline in Business Week a couple days back: “Analysts take skeptical view of Best Buy.”

Or the dust up over Best Buy’s hiring of a French dude with a hospitality pedigree and no retail experience to head the company. Continue reading

Posted in Hearne_Christopher | 3 Comments

Jack Goes Confidential: ‘Killer Joe’ Takes Trailer-Trash Completely Over the Top

I had heard about KILLER JOE but didn’t give it much thought until receiving a press screening invite the other day at the Alamo Drafthouse
 
What would I be in for? WOW! Where do I BEGIN?

KILLER JOE is basically a poor-white, Texas trash splatterfest featuring one of the most hard to describe sex/torture scenes that’s ever come across on the big screen. Suffice it to say I’ll never look at a chicken drumstick the same way again.

But these are not little league filmmakers we’re dealing with both in front and behind the camera. Continue reading

Posted in Jack_Poessiger | 2 Comments

Glazer: Curley Was Cool But Otis Taylor Was Sublime, Deserves NFL Hall

It’s official, former Chiefs star Curley Culp is a finalist for the NFL Hall of Fame…

A senior finalist. Hey, Culp totally deserves the honor. I believe he’ll be elected and into the Hall because he was one of the better defenders on what I still believe was, in its day, the BEST DEFENSE in pro football.

But the crime continues because the best player on the team was Otis Taylor. Continue reading

Posted in Craig_Glazer | 9 Comments

Donnelly: Phish at Starlight Theater, August 22, 2012

I walked through the grass parking area looking for Shakedown Street

I was wondering what kinds of treats and trinkets I might find.  I stepped around a group of laughing people with balloons and a guy sitting on the ground selling “dank beers” out of a cooler.

“How are you, friends?” asked a mid-20s girl in a long, flowy sun dress.

I snagged a dank beer and strolled toward some white, pop-up tents where burritos and grilled cheese where the specials of the day.  Lots of people were looking to get rid of tickets to the sold out show, but it looked like few were having any success.  Several dudes ended up giving away handfuls of tickets, not wanting to remain in the lot as Phish’s first set crept closer and closer.

Around 8:05, the legendary Vermont band came out swinging.  Continue reading

Posted in Matthew_Donnelly | 3 Comments

Glazer: Scribe Lassos Hottie, Goes Phish-ing @ Starlight

It all went HOT last night!

My LA business partner took me – dragged me, pulled me – to see Phish at Starlight. And now I’m so glad Jake Ryan made me go to the show.  It was crazy fun! Hey, thanks to him, I met a smoking hot new babe.

Yes, I know who Phish is, but was never a big fan. I am now. TIGHT!

Maybe it was just the atmosphere, but man it brought me back 20 years or more. Sold out show, all white, toasted, baked, moving and swaying with the sounds.

Everyone was either on shrooms, baked, boozed or all three.

Lots of smiling faces. Continue reading

Posted in Craig_Glazer | 112 Comments

Glazer: Bobcat Goldthwait Splashes Down in Stanford’s This Weekend

Even by today’s standards Bobcat Goldthwait is a genius stand up comedy act…

When he did Johnny Dare last year, even Johnny – who sees them all – said, “You blew me away dude, you are one of the all-time best.”

The guy is much more than just one of the stars from Police Academy 2,3 and 4.

The man has had a fantastic career. Continue reading

Posted in Craig_Glazer | 11 Comments

Starbeams: Todd Akin and Clay Aiken both…

Todd Akin and Clay Aiken both…

#5.  Were voted out before completely destroying America.

#4.  Sing better than William Hung.

#3.  Don’t want to be seen on Piers Morgan. Continue reading

Posted in Starbeams | 2 Comments

Jack Goes Confidential: ‘Hit and Run’ Signals End of Hollywood Summer

End of summer for movie studios usually means rolling out movies that may have been in the can for awhile…

Translation: Not necessarily their A-titles.

Take this week’s action-comedy HIT AND RUN, written, co-directed and starring Dax Shepard. You may know him from TV’s Punk’d and Parenthood.

Here he’s Charlie Bronson,get it? Continue reading

Posted in Jack Poessiger | 7 Comments

Glazer: Scribe Salutes Tony Scott, Phyllis Diller, Departed Hollywood Icons

Tony Scott directed my good friend TJ Miller in Unstoppable just over a year ago… 

It starred Denzel Washington and Chris Pine. It would be Scott’s last work. He took his own life two days ago. Jumped off a bridge in California. He had a terrible illness that he would not survive, so he decided to end it all, an action director to the very end.

We also lost Phyllis Diller who died in her sleep at age 95 – a life well lived. Continue reading

Posted in Craig_Glazer | 27 Comments

Hearne: Wall Street Journal Bashes Ex Star Sports Scribe Joe Posnanski

No way this wasn’t going to happen…

Sooner or later some of the big boys were bound to take chainsaws to former Kansas City Star sports columnist Joe Posnanski. It was inevitable.

People here for the most part, were expecting the worse from Posnanski, where his Joe Paterno bio was concerned. Because we know him so well. No way would kind-hearted Joe lay the pipe to the fallen Penn State football coach after sucking up to him to get a reported $750,000 book deal and practically living with Paterno’s family for however many months.

Posnanski’s book deal that had the words “puff piece” written all over it. Continue reading

Posted in Hearne_Christopher | 15 Comments

Sounds Good: Phish@Starlight, Mickey Hart@Granada, Shiner@Granada, Noise FM@Oread, Tech N9ne@Crossroads, KS Picking Championships@South Park, Dawes@Crossroads

Talk about an embarrassment of riches…

There’s so much going on this week, if none of these events tickles your fancy I would question whether you actually have a fancy capable of being tickled.

And while we’re on the subject, where the hell did that phrase even come from?  Tickle your fancy?  I’m assuming it’s British and that it’s real meaning is horribly, horribly sexual.

Enough about me, on to the picks…

Continue reading

Posted in Matthew_Donnelly, Uncategorized | 5 Comments

Hearne: Greenfest, It’s What’s for Dinner (Republicans Invited)

A funny thing happened the other day on the way to the office…

I was talking with my real estate agent about what kind of car he was going to buy after he unloads a $2.5 million-plus mansion in Fall Creek in Lawrence, and when I suggested he look at a 42 miles-per-gallon Lexus CT Hybrid he paused and said; “I can’t buy a hybrid, I’m a Republican.”

For the purposes of the following discussion, Uptown Theater main man Larry Sells would like to set that sentiment aside. Conserving natural resources shouldn’t be a matter of party politics, it’s about sustaining things near and dear to everyone in this country…as in the earth. Continue reading

Posted in Hearne_Christopher | 22 Comments

Whinery: The Skinny on Kevin Yoder’s Nude Dip in Galilee Sea

Now for the non-story, story of the day – we have U.S. Rep. Kevin Yoder of Kansas skinny dipping “controversy’…

During a non-taxpayer funded trip to Israel, in the Sea of Galilee- where Jesus performed most of his ministry- the fine Congressman, along with about 20 other lawmakers, decided to take a dip into the water… sans swimsuit.

THE HORROR! Continue reading

Posted in David Scott Whinery | 7 Comments

Whinery: There is a (Missouri) Politician Dumber Than Joe Biden

And his name is Todd Akin - the Republican candidate for Senate in the Great State of Missouri and biggest political idiot the World has ever seen…

See, Akin thinks that women have the magical ability to stop conception while being raped! Long as the rape is “legitimate,” whatever the hell that means.

I had a conversation this morning with a good friend of mine in the ‘Crisis PR” industry and here’s why he thinks Akin needs to leave the race: Continue reading

Posted in David Scott Whinery | 18 Comments

Starbeams: Top 5 Similarities Between Kevin Yoder and Yoda

The Top 5 Similarities Between Kevin Yoder and Yoda

#5.  Both raised a vessel from water with witnesses.

#4.  Bath robes are optional.

#3.  Both sound a little like Miss Piggy. Continue reading

Posted in Starbeams | Comments Off

Glazer: Don’t Look Now but the Chiefs Are Falling Apart

What looked like a playoff season for the Kansas City Chiefs is already falling apart…

It’s just one thing after another. The injury bug has already taken what looked like one of the league’s best defensive backfields down hard. Both starters Brandon Flowers and Kendall Lewis are out for who knows how long.

With those two out for the beginning of the season, that spells big trouble for KC. Continue reading

Posted in Craig_Glazer, Uncategorized | 12 Comments

New Jack City: A La Carte — The Future of Everything

A growing number of industries have changed their business models from “all inclusive” to a la carte…

The most dramatic of those changes have, of course, come in the airline industry where your  base ticket price basically gets you from point A to point B.

Anything beyond that costs extra.

Pillows, blankets, checked luggage, preferred seat assignments, food, drinks, extra legroom—the list goes on and on—can all add significantly to your end price.

And Las Vegas strip hotels have now joined the trend, where all the MGM Entertainment owned and operated properties are now adding a daily resort fee to your stay. That averages an additional $25 per night. Continue reading

Posted in Jack Poessiger, Uncategorized | 8 Comments