A rigid Western obsession with time tables and organized schedules has left the American spirit dangerously confined. Today's Groupon offers improvisation, the well-paved road to free thinking, with a ticket to see The Trip Fives Improv Comedy live at the Westport Coffeehouse on January 9 at 6:30 p.m. for $5. Welcome in a new year with unstale jokes you can't see coming, despite your resolution to nurture clairvoyance.
Improv Trick's goal is to make Improv more accessible. Yes, you can learn how! It's a lot of fun and even if you never want to perform improv, you'll learn memory tricks, teamwork skills, and confidence-building techniques used by professional improvisers.
Young comedians from across the Midwest throw their microphone-callused thumbs into the air to hitch a ride on the Truckload O'Comics monthly comedy showcase. Springfield native Kenny DeForest hosts each show with up to three performers whose adult-themed material doesn't shy away from taboos on sex, religion, or which hand sanitizer to use after holding a friend's baby. On February 25, two opening acts tip the room's humor scales for headliner and Chicago comic Drew Michael. Then in March, the absurdist verbosity of writer-turned-comedian Adam Burke delivers clever quips that have been likened to the '70s standup routine of Steve Martin. In a Chicago magazine profile, the English-bred Burke admits that his "accent is weird … It's not exactly Irish and it's not exactly Scotch. It's more like bourbon."
Fresh from opening its doors earlier this year, The Wood's friendly neighborhood noshing quarters envelopes incomers in tasty pub eats, a comfy vibe, and lively local music. Hungry patrons excitedly wobble their dowsing rods over the varied menu, which yields a wide array of edible treasures. Stoke dormant taste buds with a pound of jumbo hot wings ($8), then fan the flames with each tasty leaf found in the stacked house salad ($3 small, $5 large). The 16-inch cheese pizza ($10) is outfitted with a flavorful garlic- and herb-brushed crust that's perfectly equipped for sharing and thwarting small-time crooks, and lonely tongue boxers can find an adequate sparring partner in the Not Quite French Dip sandwich ($8).
City Bistro specializes in hearty American sandwiches. Its menu catalogs a Tuscan grilled chicken wrap with provolone and aioli sauce, as well as a steak sandwich with grilled portabella mushrooms and on a toasted bun. Beyond their cheddar bacon cheeseburgers and BLTs, the team pours wine, mixes cocktails, and chills bottles of imported and domestic beer at their newly remodeled and expanded bar area that features a stage for live blues and Motown music.
Stemming from its building's late 19th-century origins in downtown Kansas City's bustling Garment District, The Phoenix now celebrates over 20 years as a showcase for top local music acts. Billed by The Pitch as a top music venue, these artists energize the musical palette of the historic club with soulful sounds of blues, funk, bluegrass, jazz, and folk.
While absorbing the local sounds of Kansas City, it's only appropriate that guests can take advantage of several local food offerings from The Phoenix's new menu as well. Kicking off with appetizers such as Avocado Fries and Mac Bites, diners can round out their meals with entree favorites such as Steak Diane, Firehouse Chicken, and Downtown Dip. For earlier risers, patrons can indulge in the club's Jazz Brunch, held every Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.