Have you ever gone on a first date and something just wasn't right, but you liked the guy anyway? That sums up Jeneé Osterheldts first impression of Ça Va, the new champagne bar at 4149 Pennsylvania Ave. in Westport, which had its soft opening last Friday.
The cover of Pharrells new album, GIRL, is dredging up the never-ending light-skinned dark-skinned debate. Cant we get past that?
Were slowly waking up from a winter slumber, and the city is quietly starting to buzz with events. This weekend alone is packed with things to do: Jason Aldean at the Sprint Center, Maria the Mexican at the Brick, the Zombie Run 5K, the Kansas City Ballets Dracula and so much more.
Ive never had a massage that was cruel, unusual, fascinating and feel-good. When my friends wanted to celebrate their birthdays at Imperial Foot Care in Westport, they should have just said lets endure 50 Shades of Reflexology.
The backlash against the casting of The Fantastic Four reboot runs deeper than the usual criticism. People are sincerely confused by the fact that a black Johnny Storm and white Sue Storm can be siblings. And angry. It brings back bad memories for me.
A car full of teenagers heads down my street, windows down, music blasting. Their anthem is French Montanas strip club hit Pop That: Dont stop, pop that, pop that. Drop that. What you twerking with? Im outside, bent over, picking up dog poo of all things. The kids yell, Id like to hit that, and other catcalls as the car zooms past. I dont call the police or clutch my imaginary pearls. Or reach for a gun.
I want to thank the Kansas Senate for tapping the brakes on that deplorable anti-gay bill. But were not finished yet. This was just one fight, honey. Were knee-deep in war.
Valentines Day is supposed to be about love and romance, but sometimes Cupids arrow is dipped in anxiety. Maybe youve yet to figure things out. Don't worry, lovebirds. The Star's Jeneé Osterheldt has plenty of last-minute ideas for romance and fun.
I headed straight for the toy aisle. Mission: Lego. Kids and parents were already there, scanning the shelves for kits from The Lego Movie. I couldnt fit my cart down the aisle. But the crowd didnt irritate me. Instead, I smiled.
Is Coca-Colas diverse remix of America the Beautiful that scary? Is it really so hard to accept that despite our differences, we are equally American?
A little winter warmer always helps me ease into the cold. Im talking about hot chocolate and coffee of the spiked variety. Happy hour doesnt have to be all martinis and cold cocktails; put a little heat in your system. You have options. (And call a cab, or a friend, if you have too many.)
Disney is in the middle of a moment. Im talking about The Lion King kind of moment. For years, critics have said that while Pixars fortunes rose, the house that Mickey built lost its magic. But Frozen is spicing, or icing, things up.
MSNBC took a sweet Cheerios commercial and used it as a tool to stereotype conservatives as racists. So disappointing.
Too often we let awards season dictate the movies we should see, but theres so much out there to be celebrated. Screens big and small are embracing different stories, different people. During Black History Month, CinemaKC is hosting a film series at Screenland Crown Center, highlighting local filmmakers.
It used to be we were scared to take pictures sans makeup or perfect hair. With selfies, thats changed, says Sharon Liese of Overland Park, the producer behind Selfie, a seven-minute documentary that debuted at the Sundance Film Festival . Its been on YouTube since Sunday and already has more than 400,000 views.
Savasana has never been more relaxing than the moment I give in to the swinging, silk hammock. Most yoga lovers look forward to Savasana, the corpse pose at the end of every class that requires total relaxation. I usually struggle to turn my brain off, to submit to the peaceful state. Not this time. Im spent. This isnt your average yoga class.
Christmas came early this year for Keisha Austin. For years, she's been asking her mom for something special. Not a car or a game system or some designer purse. What this 19-year-old wanted is more unusual: a new name.
The latest McDonalds Happy Meal toy is not making me happy. At all. Its always bothered me that the fast-food chain feels the need to offer toys for boys Hot Wheels, Ninja Turtles and for girls Barbies, Hello Kitty as if no toy could ever appeal to both. But now comes the Happy Meal tie-in for Adventure Time and its supposed to be for boys.
Do you worry about your husband when he goes for a run after dark? I do. Because when I look at my husband, I see Trayvon Martin.
Winter Sundays in Kansas City are football, church and food. And that makes the Westport Saloons Backsliders Brunch brilliant. Every Sunday afternoon, theres an all-you-can eat buffet, a bloody mary bar and live gospel music.
Its only January, but Im declaring Happy the song of 2014. The infectious tune from the movie Despicable Me 2 didnt make it to the Golden Globes on Sunday, but Pharrell Williams, super producer and artist, is on to something with his spirit-lifting anthem.
Every morning, I have the same routine. I open my eyes, roll over and reach for my iPhone. I dont know when it happened, but somehow, checking my email, Twitter, Facebook and even Instagram is now a part of my day before my feet even touch the floor.
His jokes in Lees Summit North High School led to a comedy career, and now Justin Williams is returning to his hometown this weekend to record his first comedy album, Justin Williams: Kansas City Masterpiece, from 7 to 9 p.m. Saturday at the RecordBar, 1020 Westport Road.
Its here: Christmas crunch, that last week to shop and stuff your stockings. The countdown anxiety can get the best of your gift mojo. Weve all been there. Youre in the store, staring at your list and nothing looks right. Need ideas? A few of our favorite Kansas Citians share their favorite things to give.
Last Christmas, I gave my white, blue-eyed niece a black baby doll. She opened up the package, pulled her out and had one, excited response: Her is cute, said the 2-year-old I call Ducky. She didnt compare her new toy with her own skin. She simply hugged the baby doll, ready to play. So as the great Santa race debate took over these past few days, I thought of my niece.