Issachar's Surveillance remains on display until July 30. For information, call 816-802-3423. -- Neil Mulka
Want a famous face?
Only the rich and the royal have ever had much of a chance to be immortalized in art. While emperors got bronze busts and the high-society set sat for portraits, slaves, soldiers and factory workers got their names on stones, if they were lucky. So we think it's pretty awesome that a new public-art project memorializes Kansas City bus riders. Artists Davin Watne and Dylan Mortimer have been commissioned to create the $75,000 project, the first site-specific endeavor by the Art in the Loop Foundation. They've invited Metro riders to the Transit Plaza at Tenth and Main from 2 to 5 p.m. today for a photo shoot. Riders will pose as if they're standing and gripping overhead straps on a bus; Watne and Mortimer will transform the photographs into life-sized metal cutouts to be permanently installed at the bus station. Call 816-522-6024. -- Sarah Smarsh
The Olive Gallery conducts an experiment in art.
Back on June 1, the Olive Gallery started an art project, giving members of the public five written instructions for making figural drawings and postcards on which to follow those directions. As the postcards came back in, gallery co-owner Jill Kleinhaus and her crew documented the installation. The result is an exercise in process versus product. But even more interesting to us are the variations in perception -- the different ways people can interpret the same set of guidelines. See the finished product at the closing reception from Something Similar to Happenstance from 6 to 10 p.m. Saturday at the Olive Gallery (15 East Eighth Street in Lawrence). Call 785-331-4114. -- Annie Fischer
Sometimes, how-to books seem to exist for a narrow sliver of the population. Not so with Larry Roth's Political Frugality: Guerrilla Economics for the Demonized, Devalued, and Disenfranchised & Money-saving Tips for Everyone Else. Which pretty much describes everyone and likely guarantees a full house for Roth's reading at 7:30 p.m. Friday at the Writers Place (3607 Pennsylvania). Call 816-753-1090. -- Rebecca Braverman