MoMO goes back to the future.

Mr. Roboto 

MoMO goes back to the future.

FRI 9/2
Picture this: In 1,000 years (or perhaps tomorrow), humanity is toast. Dead, gone, forgotten. But here's the silver lining: Art, albeit created by unlearned, untrained robots, survives. For area dwellers prone to apocalyptic visions -- or for those sensitive to a droid's needs -- the future is now.

Oakland-based "naïve art" curator Eliot K. Daughtry makes a trip to our city with an alternate universe in tow. Under Daughtry's auspices, Model_23, an unfeeling yet highly intelligent automaton, gathers the technological regalia of our modern age and turns it into visual treasure. This "Robot City" is composed of small, hanging buildings and lit screens of cityscapes with machines on fire under a perpetual night sky. It looks like an urban playground where robots can romp.

The show's title, which appropriately reads like the first sentence of a postcard sent from the future, is Greetings From Robot City: the Robot Naïve Art of Model_23. The opening reception is from 6 to 9 p.m. Friday at MoMO Studio (1830 Locust), and runs through October 3. While Model_23 is occupied for the evening, Daughtry fields queries about the life and work of his star artist. -- Ray Barker

El Cine
The Rio takes our eyes.

SAT 9/3
Te Doy Mis Ojos (Take My Eyes), a 2003 drama about a woman's abusive marriage, kicks off the Latin American Cinema Festival this weekend. Now in its 15th year, the film series continues to show Spanish-language films, subtitled in English, each Saturday through October 1 at the Rio Theatre (7204 West 80th Street, Overland Park).

Local nonprofit Sociedad Hidalgo presents the festival each September to coincide with Hispanic Heritage Month and the independence celebrations of seven Latin American countries. Movies begin at 11 a.m.; discussions with area professors follow (Washburn's Miguel Gonzalez-Abellas leads this week's). Also, content isn't necessarily family-friendly and is recommended for ages 18 and older. Admission is $5 per film, or $20 for an all-festival pass. Call 913-268-5525. -- Sarah Smarsh

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