Tonight: Just recall Billy Bob Thornton in a Santa suit for evidence that jolly old St. Nick might not actually be so sweet. The latest from local theater company She and Her Productions offers another take on the creepy Kris Kringle angle. The Eight: Reindeer Monologues by Jeff Goode is kinda like the Vagina Monologues meets The Accused at the North Pole. Experience the tell-all with antlers at the Crane Building, 1107 Hickory in the West Bottoms, at 8 p.m. The run concludes this weekend.
Tuesday: Leave the hoof-bearing vixens to the old, fat guy. Thighs that aren't covered in fur -- or much of anything, really, besides smooth, soft skin -- will prance around the Beaumont Club for a red hot night of burlesque and bands during the Pretty Things Peep Show, which is guaranteed to put stripes on your candy cane. Just keep your mittens to yourself.
Wednesday: And now for something a lot less sexy yet still somewhat related to the theme of this post. Fifty-five years ago, a woman mistreated by Santa Claus or any other man couldn't hire a female (or a black lawyer of either sex) to represent her in court. Apparently, back then the Kansas City Bar Association didn't approve of women performing as lawyers. At 6 p.m. at the downtown library, Judge Howard Sachs will reflect on that time for the round table discussion Desegregating the Bar: 55 Years On.
Thursday: Damn the theme, the art show Perceptions of Time: Examining Past, Present and Future doesn't fit at all -- except maybe that the three artists represented are all women. But that's OK. Everything doesn't have to be about sex. Yoonmi Nam, Sarabeth Duntin, Diane Henk and Elaina Wendt Michalski fill the Cocoon Gallery with awesome images, like this. The shows goes through Christmas Eve.
For more weeknight entertainment, see pitch.com/calendar.