Friday, June 4
Oh, dude -- this is some good stuff. Can you feel it yet? That was such a good idea to eat those pills and come down to the Kemper Museum (4420 Warwick, 816-753-5784) today between 5:30 and 7:30 p.m. Shit, man, the art, like, totally melted off the walls and is creeping toward us on the floor. Dude, that's so fucked up. Whoah, look over there! The floor is covered with psychedelic splatters. It looks like somebody ate a bunch of tie-dyed shirts and spewed 'em all over the floor. What? Those weren't the crazy raver pills you were talking about? We've been eating Tic-Tacs? You jerk. So, why's the floor all trippy and shit? Those are installations by Polly Apfelbaum made out of synthetic velvet and dye? And that's the artist right there in person? That's cool.
Saturday, June 5
Rumor has it that the folks at Danny's Big Easy (1610 Main) got a good deal on the Spirit Fest's old PA system. There's a lot less room at Danny's than at Penn Valley Park, but the huge sound system should feel right at home broadcasting more than twenty local bands playing on two stages over two days. The Catfish Festival started yesterday, but we're more excited about tonight's big finish. The north stage hosts a high school band competition from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. before more seasoned acts, such as guitarist D.C. Bellamy, take the stage. We'll be posted up over at the south stage, absorbing a marathon six-plus hours of local beats coming from the experimental T.J. Dovebelly Ensemble (5 p.m.); local hip-hop philosophers Deep Thinkers (6:30 p.m.); champion beat-boxer A-train (8 p.m.); the jazz-influenced beats-and-rhymes duo SoundsGood (9:30 p.m.); and the producer-DJ-bassist trio known as 3-0, featuring Bill McKemey manipulating the hell out of his bass over beats by Tommylift and Flotilla. Tickets cost $10 at the gate the day of the show. Advance tickets, available at Danny's or by calling 913-302-4627, get you in both days for $15.
Sunday, June 6
If you're looking for a road trip this weekend, you could head to Rocheport for River Days, which commemorates (gasp!) the Lewis and Clark bicentennial. However, if you're completely and utterly burned out on that dazzling duo and just want to drink some wine, skip the re-enactment bullshit and head to Les Bourgeois Vineyards for the 4 p.m. Bluegrass on the Bluff, with the Rank Sinatras (not a typo -- just a really disgusting name) and Split Lip Rayfield. We have some very fond -- OK, fuzzy -- memories of this winery: eating a delicious meal, drinking a bottle of wine, watching the sunset, bumming cigarettes off the poor little busboy. Anyway, the stage is located on the point looking directly over the Missouri River, and it's a rain-or-shine show. For more information call 573-698-2133; tickets are $10 at the door or $8 in advance through Ticketmaster, 816-931-3330.
Monday, June 7
Remember that terrifically heinous movie The Craft, in which those four high school girls, including the chick from Party of Five, cast spells to make cute boys like them, ruin Nearly Perfect's hair and advance their own skin conditions? We loved those girls. Until that whole creepy freak-out scene, of course. And as much as we like to consider ourselves mature adults now, we still wonder if any of that shit could actually happen. Wicca 101: The Basics is a 12-session beginner's class from 7 to 10 p.m. at the University of Missouri-Kansas City's Royal Hall, room 312. The instructor is the "high priestess of the Luna Lushede coven," (read: superwitch), and the fee is $16, not including $5 for handouts. Call 816-761-9393 to sign up.
Tuesday, June 8
One week after O Brother, Where Art Thou? came out way back in 2000, we'd already had our fill of old-timey music. Enough with the nostalgia, already! No offense to the old-timers who like old-timey, but we want something that speaks to our time and our experience. Enter the Mammals, a new old-timey three-piece that includes the offspring of such folk luminaries as Pete Seeger and Jay Ungar. The older generation taught them their string-playing chops, but the Mammals inject the genre with rock-and-roll vigor at 7 p.m. at Mass Street Music (1347 Massachusetts Street in Lawrence). Admission to the in-store show costs $12. Call 785-843-3535 for details.
Wednesday, June 9
Novelist Meghan Daum, whose work has also appeared in The New Yorker and Vogue and on NPR's This American Life, speaks at 7 tonight at Unity Temple on the Plaza (707 West 47th Street) with Sarah Strohmeyer and Karen Brichoux as part of Rainy Day Books' Girls Night Out. In 1999, Daum moved from New York City to Lincoln, Nebraska, settling into a small farmhouse on the rural outskirts of town. She writes and lectures frequently on the nature of radical life changes, and tonight's talk centers on her new book, The Quality of Life Report, the heroine of which makes a similar choice. The New York Times Book Review says Daum "manages the near impossible: to make fun of people without judging them." We think we've found a kindred spirit! Call 913-384-3126 for more information.