Sly James, Kansas City’s new mayor, knows how to party

Sly James’ election-night watch party at the American Jazz Museum at 18th and Vine was the most entertaining political event in decades. It had everything: jazz musicians, rappers, free

food, dapper volunteers and supporters, an ice sculpture that doubled as a shrimp platter, and

freeloaders in droves.

Guests were firmly encouraged to don name tags at the entrance to the museum. The logic behind the mandate quickly revealed itself. Name tags are Awkward Moment Repellent! No more panicky seconds spent racking your brain for that nice lady’s name as she descends upon you faster than your $3-domestic-beer-soaked synapses can fire.

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