Friday, May 21
We love Rex Hobart so much, we might have to kill him. That's how we felt a few years ago before the self-pitying honky-tonk balladeer high-tailed it outta Kansas City for more miserable pastures. As far as we know, Hobart still lives in Buffalo, New York -- a perfectly desolate setting. He still manages to make it back to KC on what seems like a monthly basis to get together with his Missouri boys, or, as they are better known, the Misery Boys. In town for six shows in eight days, he'll leave us high and dry again, forcing fans to undergo a little process we call "the Rex and purge." Catch Rex Hobart and the Misery Boys out of their usual dive-bar context at the Stray Cat, 1319 Grand, at 9 tonight. There's no bar at the Stray Cat, so it might be a little weird not being able to chuck your empty Old Style cans at the band. Admission is $8. For details, call 816-283-3338.
Saturday, May 22
Live music? Check. Free mint juleps? Check. Great food? Check. Rebroadcast of the Kentucky Derby? Check. Wait -- what? Are we on a real-life time delay here? Call us crazy, but if we really cared to watch the derby, we probably would have caught it the first time around. And we tried mint juleps and thought they were kind of gross. However, watching 1,700 partygoers vie for the primo spot on the dance floor, where they can spill their watered-down beer, sounds like excellent people watching. For that reason, you should join us from 7 p.m. to midnight at Union Station (30 West Pershing Road) -- bring $30 and please note that "themed attire" is "encouraged." We've got ten bucks on Smarty Jones. The proceeds benefit Union Station. Call 816-460-2020 for more information.
If you still can't fit into your pants because you ate too much at the Kentucky Derby party that your friends threw three weeks ago, skip the Union Station shindig and check out the 7 p.m. lecture by Udo Erasmus, author of Fats That Heal, Fats That Kill. He's going to debunk the Atkins myth with "What the Heck Is in That Low-Carb Chocolate Bar?" In other words, if you've been drinking only Michelob ULTRA and eating only No Pudge Brownies and can't understand why you haven't yet lost 40 pounds, consider your Saturday night plans made. The lecture takes place at the Hilton Garden Inn, located at 19677 East Jackson Drive in Independence. Call 800-446-2110 for more information.
Sunday, May 23
Before summer officially arrives and we spend the next three torrid months avoiding large insects, we're seeking them out. The latest exhibit at Powell Gardens (1609 NW U.S. Highway 50), Big Bugs, opens this weekend, and the grounds are teeming with 17-foot-wide dragonflies, a 1,200-pound praying mantis and a 300-square-foot web that houses a giant spider. Creator and artist Dave Rogers offers tours at 1 and 3 p.m. Call 816-697-2600 for more information.
Monday, May 24
For readers who enjoy old-fashioned Westerns with a little mystery, a little romance and a lot of fast-paced action, A.H. Holt must be your god or something. Which might make Silver Creek your bible, huh? The Tallahassee-based author, whose book tour is titled My Heroes Are Still Cowboys (ours, too, Anne), makes an appearance from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Barnes & Noble at Interstate 29 and Barry Road in another cleverly named presentation: "What?? I Have to Promote My Own Books??" We think the double question marks must indicate genuine shock on Holt's part. Call 816-741-8330 for more information.
Tuesday, May 25
We have a hard time understanding that there are still some holdouts who don't know how to use the Internet. We must wear our kid gloves when approaching these technophobes with the following suggestion: Learn the Internet or be forever doomed to a life without link-laden e-mails and high-resolution pics of Janet Jackson's right tit. Give it a try today at the Main Branch of the Kansas City, Kansas, Public Library at 625 Minnesota Avenue. The free one-hour class starts at noon and promises to be nonthreatening. Class size is limited, so call 913-279-2077 to register or for more details. And, remember, if a little box pops up and asks if you want to join anything, click on the "X."
Wednesday, May 26
What's the smallest country in the world? Trivia fanatics who think they know the answer need to start looking for seven like-minded buffs to accompany them to World Quest: an International Trivia Competition. For $35 each, or $280 for a table of eight, masters of minutiae can compete in what is described as a global brainteaser at the Arrowhead Club at Arrowhead Stadium, One Arrowhead Drive. Fox 4 anchor Phil Witt will be there emceeing -- as in asking the questions, not rhyming over beats. The cost includes a buffet that starts at 6 p.m. with a social hour; the games are at 7. Proceeds benefit the youth and school programs of the International Relations Council. For details or to RSVP, call 816-221-4204. For reading this all the way through, we'll reward our faithful readers with this: Vatican City.