Still, it's fun to daydream, which is why we're heading to the Discovery Center (4750 Troost) at 7 p.m. Thursday to hear her talk about her to-die-for life (and her charity work to preserve the tall-grass prairie). Call 913-384-3126 for details. -- Joe Miller
My Fair Lady
In terms of fashion, propriety and decorum are ... well, hot. Barely-there minis are beyond gone, and midriffs are a mere memory. And though it takes more than reading a book to achieve excellence in etiquette, How To Be Lovely offers timely advice on how to mimic the classic Audrey Hepburn. Author Melissa Hellstern (a University of Missouri-Columbia grad) fuses snippets from Hepburn interviews, behind-the-scenes accounts from friends and colleagues, and rarely seen photographs to present a view of the style icon that encompasses much more than her clothing choices, though that's the best part. Hellstern comes to Borders (9108 Metcalf Avenue in Overland Park, 913-642-3642) at 7 p.m. Wednesday for a reading and book signing. --Annie Fischer
TV Dinners heat up at the Nelson.
7/16 & 7/18
Combining the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art's dramatic photo exhibit Black and White in America: Photography of the Civil Rights Era with a cooking class seems problematic. But Rozzelle Court's executive chef, Dwight Hawkins, is headlining such an effort from 5:30 to 9:00 p.m. Friday and from 1:30 to 5:00 p.m. Sunday with a class called TV Dinners at the Nelson (4525 Oak). Following a 30-minute tour of the exhibit, Hawkins goes retro with a salute to those nuclear-age convenience meals of the '50s. Menu items include fried chicken and mashed potatoes (deceptively difficult to perfect) and apple brown betty. The cost for museum members is $40; nonmembers pay $60. Reservations are required; call 816-751-1278.-- Steve Walker