Summertime is supposed to be hot.

Let's Dance 

Summertime is supposed to be hot.

SAT 6/5
Flamenco is a dance of rhythm and passion. Learning it in a second-floor studio downtown with an exotic instructor and the authentic music of live flamenco guitar sounds pretty steamy to us. We imagine those fabulous red, ruffly skirts flipping and flying through the air. And we imagine sweat -- lots of sweat. Manos Rojas Escuela de Flamenco (1717 Wyandotte) was founded by dancer Miel Castagna and guitarist Beau Bledsoe of the group Esencias Flamencas, regular performers at La Bodega and Shiraz. Students learn not only technique and choreography but also the culture and history of the sexy dance. The first eight-week session starts Saturday and costs from $130 to $200. There are also decidedly less steamy classes for children as well as private guitar and percussion lessons. Preregistration is encouraged to guarantee enrollment. Call 816-769-0299 for more information. -- Annie Fischer

Out With the Old

SAT 6/5
Hunting for antiques has become rather trendy recently, probably in part because of television programs such as PBS's delightfully uncool Antiques Roadshow, and the Style Channel's Rachel Ashwell's Shabby Chic, which offers tips on how to find hidden treasures at flea markets. True scavengers, however, have long enjoyed the annual spring Westport Outdoor Antique Fair. This year's fair is from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday on Pennsylvania Avenue from Westport Road to Archibald Street. More than twenty antique dealers exhibit their collections, including linens, china, jewelry, furniture and architectural artifacts. For more information, call 816-531-4370. -- Annie Fischer

It's So Gay
This year's festival is more than just fun and games.

6/3- 6/6
The 2004 Gay Pride Festival is scheduled this week through Sunday. There will be sunshine (hopefully), rainbows (certainly) and a soirée so significant that organizers "couldn't even call it a block party." It's Streetblast '04, baby. And even though the national musical acts scheduled (Pansy Division, Crystal Waters) might be straight outta the '90s, the events' planners have put a markedly modern spin on things. President John Koop explains that the theme, "Back to the Basics," is about paring down the nonessentials. This year's festival is at Liberty Memorial instead of Barney Allis Plaza, allowing planners to cover their asses financially. It's also more than just a huge party -- there's a human-rights mass scheduled, and Sandra Bernhard will perform. See www.kansascity gaypride.com for more information and event details. -- Fischer

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