Monday Mixer: KC’s David Dastmalchian hits a jackpot with ‘Twin Peaks’

David Dastmalchian and his wife, Evelyn Leigh, attended the Showtime “Twin Peaks” premiere May 19 in Los Angeles.
David Dastmalchian and his wife, Evelyn Leigh, attended the Showtime “Twin Peaks” premiere May 19 in Los Angeles. Showtime


KC’s David Dastmalchian made his debut appearance in the second hour of Sunday’s “Twin Peaks” on Showtime.

(Skip ahead a bit if you’re not interested in spoilers.)

On David Lynch’s revival of his cult TV series, Dastmalchian plays a casino cop who helps corral Special Agent Dale Cooper (Kyle MacLachlan), who’s still trying to re-orient himself to the outside world. Coop gets the attention of the casino’s authorities because he has visions of which slot machines are ready to pay out.


Dastmalchian, who has appeared in “The Dark Knight” and “Ant-Man,” has remained mum about his role in the series. He did tell Entertainment Weekly last week that what he knew of the upcoming “Ant-Man” sequel, “Ant-Man and the Wasp,” was amazing.

“I can say ‘Ant-Man and The Wasp’ is going to do things in the Marvel universe that they haven't gotten an opportunity to do yet and I just got some tidbits the other day and they're mind-blowing,” he said.

No word on whether Dastmalchian makes another appearance on “Twin Peaks,” and we’re still awaiting KC’s other “Twin Peaks” actor, Tipton., Mo., native David Koechner, to make his appearance.

▪  From an interview with Uproxxx, it sounds like director Patty Jenkins is still surprised she was able to make “Wonder Woman,” which opens this week.

“I am so thrilled I got to be the one who did it,” said Jenkins, who grew up in Lawrence. “But what was sitting in the palm of our hands? The chance to make something beautiful and say something beautiful about being a hero in the times we are in. It was just too important not to try for exactly what we hopefully gave and what you’re reflecting back to me – that thrills me.”

▪ Kansas City-based comic book writer Jason Aaron told a panel last week at Orlando’s MegaCon that while some creators have problems with one comics publisher or another, he’s just fine working with Marvel and Image Comics, which are two very different publishers.

Aaron writes “The Mighty Thor” for Marvel, who owns the characters Aaron rights. For Image, he writes “Southern Bastards” and “The Goddamned,” stories and characters he owns and to which he retains rights.

“I’m happy I don’t have to choose,” he said. “I’m very happy with the stuff I do at Marvel, love what I do at Image. If that changes then I’ll do something different....Ultimately I don’t work for either one of them. I’m not an employee of Marvel. I’m not an employee of Image. I work for myself.....They’re not gonna take care of me in my old age. That’s my job. But as long as everything’s cool I’m happy to work at both of them and I’m really happy with the stuff I’m doing.”

Read the full panel discussion at

Weekend report

▪  The American Jazz Museum hosted its new Kansas City Jazz and Heritage Festival this weekend. Read music correspondent Bill Brownlee’s reviews of Day 1 and Day 2 at our music blog, Back To Rockville.

▪  Roger Waters’ anti-Trump sentiment surprised quite a few people who haven’t listened very closely to Roger Waters. Our review of his Sprint Center show is here.

▪  Samantha Fish heated up a hometown crowd at Crossroads KC on Friday, her first of two performances this weekend. Read music writer Timothy Finn’s review here.

▪ If you’re kicking yourself for missing these shows, fear not: We have a list of all the summer music and other happenings here.

Stuff to do

▪  Rockfest starts at noon Saturday at Kansas Speedway. On the bill: Sammy Hagar, Godsmack, Halestorm and Collective Soul. Tickets are $69.50 through

▪  KC Pridefest is Friday through Sunday at Berkley Riverfrotn Park. Admission is $10. More at

▪  Old Shawnee Days is Thursday through Sunday at Old Shawnee Town. Night Ranger performs on Saturday. Admission is free. More info at

▪  If you’re planning to run the Hospital Hill Run, you probably already know the 5K is Friday and the 10K and half-marathon are Saturday. Registration and info at

▪  The Latino Arts Festival is Saturday in downtown Kansas City Kan. Admission is free. More info at

On the way

▪  The Shins perform Thursday at Arvest Bank Theatre at the Midland. Tickets are $37 through

▪  Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers perform Friday at Sprint Cetner. Tickets are $49.50-$145 in advance through

▪  Future performs Sunday at Sprint Center. Tickets are $29.50-$99.50 through

▪  Looking ahead to next week, St. Paul and the Broken Bones perform Tuesday, June 6 at Crossroads KC with J.D. McPherson. Tickets are $21.50-$76.50 through

New this week

▪ Books: David Sedaris, “Theft by Finding”; Al Franken, “Al Franken: Giant of the Senate”; Nora Roberts, “Come Sundown”; Clive Cussler, “Nighthawk.” More here.

▪ Music: Roger Waters, “Is This the Life We Really Want?”’; Saint Etienne, “Home Counties”; North Mississippi Allstars, “Prayer for Peace”; Dan Auerbach, “Waiting on a a Song.” More here.

▪ Movies: “Wonder Woman”; “Captain Underpants: The First Epic Movie”; “The B-Side”; “The Wedding Plan”; “Churchill.”

▪ Video: “The Shack”; “Fist Fight”; “Before I Fall”; “Collide.” More here.

David Frese: 816-234-4463, @DavidFrese