Friday, July 27, 2007

Like Shark Week, Fringe Fest Comes But Once a Year

Posted By on Fri, Jul 27, 2007 at 3:14 PM

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Yes, the Fringe Festival is this weekend. Yes, there’s a lot going on. Why not learn about the weekend’s public arts events at the official Web site of the Kansas City Fringe Festival? Because you’re not going to learn about it here. For information on other subjects not covered by this blog, check out the television in your living room. Television has a lot to offer by way of Axe Body Spray commercials, market updates and uplifting news programs about pedophile entrapment. Have you watched television today?

I’m a lifelong aficionado of the art of the entertainment lede -- and anything else that causes the buildup of neurodegenerative amyloid plaque in the frontal cortex. So when a comedian named Earthquake comes to Kansas City, it gives me the opportunity to produce sentences such as “Seismologists predict Earthquake will register a 9.0 – on the funny scale! Or “Earthquake comes to Kansas City; kills hundreds!” At any rate, Earthquake, who was born Nathaniel Stroman and who is the subject of the shortest entry on Wikipedia, plays the Improv at the Majestic (7430 Northwest 87th Street) tonight. Call 816-587-4500 for tickets and show times.

On Saturday, the Main Street Cafe (3111 Wyandotte) hosts Jam Fest 7, a hip-hop dance competition where, for a $7 entry fee, you can demonstrate the circa-1999 pop-and-lock routine that made you so popular at junior high dances. Also, this was totally your haircut:

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Sorry to bring that to the world’s attention, but somebody needs to remind you where you came from now and then. Anyway, categories include "popping one-on-one," "breakdance B-boy/B-girl one-on-one," "hip-hop freestyle dance one-on-one," "krumping one-on-one," and "MC one-on-one battles." It’s open to all ages, so don’t take it personally that we’re secretly hoping some 12-year-old absolutely Roombas the floor with your loose-fit-jeans-wearing ass. Because we totally are.

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