Out With the Old
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.
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