Tastes of the Town Tuesdays

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Arrowhead Guys Tribute to Everything Kansas City

Hey guys, I’m back for another edition of Tastes of the Town! I hope everyone had a wonderful weekend and did something nice for their mothers on Sunday.

A new week always means more to do in Kansas City. Some people from the bigger cities may call this “flyover country”, but I love our town and wouldn’t change a thing. There’s plenty to do, it’s all about where you look. So without further ado, let’s find out what’s going on this week.

Look out for Lopez

I know that this is a Chiefs website, so talking about the Royals may be a bit taboo here. However, any time a new prospect gets their shot at the major league dream, it’s exciting.

The Royals made the decision on Monday to call up second basemen Nicky Lopez from Triple-A Omaha. It’s expected that he will make his much anticipated major league debut during this series against the Texas Rangers.

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The 24 year-old was the Royals 5th round pick back 2016. He was batting an impressive .351 with three home runs and nine stolen bases so far with the Omaha Storm Chasers. Those stats and the fact some veterans are underperforming make it very clear why the fan base has been begging for his call up.

All signs point to Lopez being a solid everyday player at the major league level. Sure, the Royals are having another bad season of baseball. That being said, I think as long as they show the ability to trend in the right direction, there is reason to believe this team will be back in contention in a couple of years. Watching the new younger core develop before your eyes should be a reason to tune in for Lopez’s debut this series.

First Fridays

I’m sure the folks who live downtown are familiar with this event, but for those in the Northland who may be unfamiliar, you’ve got to check this out.

Located in the Crossroads District, this unique event occurs on every first Friday of the month. Starting at 5 p.m., visitors take to the streets to soak in the live music, art galleries, pop-up parties, and craft brewery scene.

There are a ton of places to indulge in food and cocktails such as Manny’s, Grinders Pizza, and the Blvd Tavern. If you’re interested in craft beer like I am, check out Torn Label. Even better, if you like old-style arcade games and craft beer, go down to Tapcade and Up-Down.

Great venues such as the Green Lady Lounge, the Tank Room, and the Crossroads KC provide soothing jazz and other local live music to enjoy as you experience the unique culture that downtown Kansas City has to offer.

Only a short walk from the Crossroads, the Crown Center’s MTH theatre has a First Friday Film Festival that includes free movie showings shortly after most art galleries close. There is no shortage of fun activities to participate in. I advise anyone who hasn’t taken the chance to experience First Fridays to scope out what you’ve been missing.

Weekly Debate Fire Starter

With the recent success of the Avengers: Endgame movie at the box office, it might be time to discuss an age-old question. Marvel or DC?

DC is known more for having almost god-like characters with incredible powers with the focus on protecting humanity, with heroes like Superman, the Flash, and Wonder Woman. Each one is pushed to the limit to keep up with their peers as well as their incredibly powerful nemeses.

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On the other hand, Marvel adopted the more human approach. Peter Parker was given superhuman abilities to become Spiderman, and Bruce Banner had to learn how to cope with his rage fueled catastrophic alter-ego. Even Thor was exiled to earth to be taught a lesson in humanity. Marvel characters have to overcame major flaws within themselves to achieve great things.

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In terms of movie production, both Marvel and DC are almost level ratings wise. According to Rotten Tomatoes, the score for DC Comics averages out to 67.7 percent while Marvel’s average comes out to around 64 percent. Although Marvel has had the edge lately, DC has had many great movies including the Dark Knight Trilogy.

Let’s bring out the inner child maybe and see who’s better. Let me know in the comments what you think!

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tecmo_sb35
tecmo_sb35

DC has done well with dark Batman (Burton/Nolan) and the animated series.
Robert Downey Jr. launched Marvel to the forefront over the last 10 years. Without Downey Marvel has another Daredevil/Fantastic 4 on the books.
If DC can lighten the mood yet still cast villains meaningfully they might find their way on the big screen.
DC introduced us to Teri Hatcher as Lois so they have that going for them.

probablyamistake
probablyamistake

The people that call the middle of our Country “fly over country” aren’t worth listening to. Would never do that, even though people call where I’m from a lot worse. Either way, it’s just arrogant jerks. Looking foward to when I can come out and catch a game with my friends of the Kingdom. πŸ™‚

Team Player
Team Player

Every time I drive to Denver I agree it is flyover country when possible

HawaiiFiveOh
HawaiiFiveOh

Western Kansas, Nebraska, and eastern Colorado was some of the most boring country I’ve ever driven through. Wyoming was the only thing that topped it, outside of Yellowstone.

Spider
Spider

It’s all flyover country to me.

HawaiiFiveOh
HawaiiFiveOh

I’ve been collecting comics for almost 25 years and I think I can say with some authority that the reason why Marvel makes better movies is the same reason why they made better comics: the characters are human. There’s an actual Marvel (the company) history reason for that. Many of the comics that Marvel/Timely published before the Fantastic Four were introduced were romance, war, and horror stories. Several of the early Marvel writers cut their teeth on writing stories about human feelings: love, anger, betrayal, fear, jealousy. They took those formulas they learned and applied them to superheroes. That’s why every Marvel hero from that era had a love interest of some kind. Reed and Sue as the power couple, Johnny Storm and his many adoring fans, Ben Grimm and his monstrous appearance (later learning to accept who he is), Spider-Man who is somehow always portrayed as a dorky teen by casual fans, but dated some of the hottest women? C’mon. Spider-Man gets the girls. Then the X-Men had Jean Grey in an unrequited love situation with Scott Summers (Cyclops.) She went out on dates a few times with Warren Worthington (Angel/Archangel) and who could blame her? Warren was rich, good looking, and charming. But Scott was in her heart. It wasn’t until the 1976 that Jean and Scott finally acknowledged their feelings for each other, and 1986 when they got together for good. Talk about a slow burn romance. Marvel knows how to tell a story about human beings who just so happened to have powers. DC doesn’t hold a candle to that.

BleedingRedAndGold

Don’t recall having permission to edit for RC12, but “Strom Chasers”. Also, it’s “further ado”, as in “Much Ado About Nothing”.

Anthony Stratton

If you see a clear type-o go ahead and fix it. I give you permission for everyone.

BleedingRedAndGold

So noted.

Fire_FG_the_moron
Fire_FG_the_moron

Cant help the debate, never seen any of the marvel or DC stuff outside of the first 2 or 3 xmen movies.

KC Dude (A.K.A Zif)
sportingchiefs

In my opinion, the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) has the golden formula for superhero movies at the moment: a good backstory, action, and comedy sprinkled in here and there – plus the characters are all likeable. Excluding the Dark Knight trilogy, I haven’t cared for a single DC movie that has come out lately – to the point where I just stopped seeing them all together.

But look at the Dark Knight Trilogy, it reality it’s just The Dark Knight that makes the trilogy in my opinion. It’s hands down my favorite batman adapation but at times I feel that Batman Begins and Dark Knight Rises can’t match the overall feel of TDK.

Avengers: Endgame was really well done and I quite enjoyed it. I had several ways in my head that things would play out knowing which actors were out of contract after this movie and I was pleasently surprised that none of the scenarios I had in my head matched what happened on screen.

BleedingRedAndGold

I’m on the MCU side mainly from comics beforehand, but I think where MCU surpassed DC is that they have learned to avoid the “superhero trilogy” trap of origin, greatest foe, comeback story. The Dark Knight was about as good as it gets in that formula, but now Batman’s…awaiting another reboot?

KCChef
KCChef

OT :
I’m headed through Pittsburgh on my way to Port Clinton ,OH / Lake Erie for some Walleye fishing Next Week … Besides Primanti’s Deli , Is there some Culinary Delights I shouldn’t miss in the Area ? … Favorite Ice Cream Stop, Pizza Joint or Local Favorite I should Check Out Whilst about ? … Thanks in Advance… : )

4thQtrMagic
4thQtrMagic

Walleye! That sounds like a good trip. Enjoy.

Anthony Stratton

Yuenglings…tho if you’re an East Coaster it might not be such a rarity for you.

workingmansdead

Can confirm Yuengling is readily available everywhere in the eastern time zone.

Anthony Stratton

Fill your trunk with Black and Tan please.

workingmansdead

Flying, my man. Next time I drive it, I will.

Anthony Stratton

/sobs in corner

KC Dude (A.K.A Zif)

Used to get a growler of Black and Tan every time I went to the Little Apple down in Manhattan, KS. Wonder if that place is still around.

KCChef
KCChef

I lived in Manhattan, MT … AKA ” the Little Apple ” as Well ! … : )

Dave B.
Dave B.

I no longer drink but I always enjoyed mixing my own black and tan. Guiness and Harp. Yuengling was good, too. They sell that all over the place around here.

Anthony Stratton

Guiness and Boulie Wheat is a good combo.

CHIEFSandSABRES

I’m going to miss the beginning part of Nicky Lopez’s debut as our softball league starts tonight. Pretty bummed about missing his first couple at bats, but pumped that softball is starting again. DC or Marvel? Couldn’t tell you. I don’t know the difference between them. I know the kids like Avengers and my 3 year old likes Hulk so I see the stuff in passing.

KC Dude (A.K.A Zif)

Used to go to those First Fridays events all the time when I lived near there on Walnut.

CHIEFSandSABRES

so talking about the Royals may be a bit taboo here

So THATS why no one comes to the Royals open threads on Sundays!

Dave

πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚ no, you just got saddled with a team that people pick mowing their lawn over watching

KC Dude (A.K.A Zif)

I used to drive by the K almost every day and I always thought that the Royals must be playing that day because the place would be empty except for a person or two in the stands.

Dave

Been to Green Lady lounge, had a pretty good time.

Grinders has some good stuff, too. Definitely recommend their calzones.

The Batman movies are the only good thing out of DC. That has to be elevating their overall grade.

Marvel for the win

KC Dude (A.K.A Zif)

Wonder woman, Auquaman, and Suicide Squad did pretty well if I recall.

Anthony Stratton

But they’re all terrible…

Dave

Never saw WW or AM. Suicide Squad was wretched. You know the movie sucks when not even Will Smith can save it

Team Player
Team Player

Neither

The Tick is the best.

BleedingRedAndGold

SPOON!

HawaiiFiveOh
HawaiiFiveOh

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A Lunar Ting

I am already out of spoons πŸ™

HawaiiFiveOh
HawaiiFiveOh

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