Friday, June 25
Buried Child, the Pulitzer Prize-winning drama by Sam Shepard, is a dark comedy about the American family in decline. It's set in a squalid farmhouse occupied by the boozy patriarch Dodge, his sanctimonious wife, Hailie, and their sons, Tilden (a former college football star) and Bradley (a one-legged psychopath). Enter Vince, a grandson nobody recognizes or remembers, and his girlfriend, Shelly, who is astonished -- and angered -- at the lack of familial ties. We'll break it down for you: Shepard is mocking the idea of family as comfort as well as the concept of the American dream. Buried Child opens tonight at 8 at the Barn Players (6912 Martway in Mission) and runs this weekend and next. Tickets are $10 for adults, $9 for students and seniors. For more information, call 913-432-9100.
Want the entertainment of Buried Child but feel too antsy to sit through a play? The Hometown Cooperative, a Lawrence-based filmmaker's coalition, screens 19 original shorts from local filmmakers and animators at 8 p.m. at Screenland (1656 Washington). Admission is $5. For information, call 785-218-7695.
Sunday, June 26
We don't want you to think that Thursday's blurb about the River Market was in any way disdainful of farmers' markets. In fact, we're really excited about KC Organics and Natural Market's new location at Minor Park (111th Street and Red Bridge Road). From 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. every Saturday from now until October 16, vendors stock fruits and vegetables, baked goods, fair-trade coffee, eggs and natural meats. Peter Stauffacher, the market's manager, tells us the market has added a stone jewelry designer to the stable of "eco-product artists." And he's thinking about putting on a chess series and hosting tai chi and yoga events. As always, lawn chairs and picnic blankets are encouraged, and there's plenty of shade and nearby parking. For more information, call 816-444-3663.
Sunday, June 27
Michael Moore's greatly anticipated Fahrenheit 9/11 opened in theaters Friday (see review, page 33). As if that isn't enough harsh truth for one weekend, Amy Goodman, award-winning journalist and host of Democracy Now!, stops in town to blow some minds with her 30-minute documentary Independent Media in a Time of War. Goodman, who has been labeled "a threat to national security" by the Indonesian military, also signs and discusses her book The Exception to the Rulers: Exposing Oily Politicians, War Profiteers, and the Media That Love Them at the Community Christian Church (4601 Main Street) at 6 p.m. Advance tickets, which cost $12 and benefit KKFI 90.1 (which broadcasts Goodman's show weekdays at 9 a.m.), are available at Rainy Day Books (2706 West 53rd Street in Fairway, 913-384-3126). Tickets at the door cost $15.
Monday, June 28
We usually go to the upstairs bar at Louise's Downtown (1009 Massachusetts Street in Lawrence, 785-843-9032) for the huge freaking beers. The last time we were there, we found out exactly why the gigantic chalices were called "schooners." After three, we were out to sea, afloat with pee. Whoa -- that rhymes! And what could go better with a big beer than rhymes and big beats? CGZ, of KJHK 90.7's Hip Hop Hype, brings this Monday-night triple play to life by spinning big beats and rhymes while we sip on big-ass beers and play foosball. Louise's upstairs bar opens at 11 p.m.
Tuesday, June 29
As much as we like to go out, we really need to conserve our energy for the dreaded hump day. So we usually find ourselves at home on Tuesday nights with nothing to do. Nothing to do, that is, until 10 p.m. rolls around and we tune to 90.1. That's when the station's Brit Schitt spins straight-up punk rock on his show, Season of Our Discontent. "If it's punk, I'll play it, as long as it's not mall punk or just complete garbage," he tells us by e-mail. If you run into him out on the town, Schitt will take your request on the spot; he'll also accept them through his Web site (www.youngloudsnotty.tripod.com) or over the phone during the show (816-931-5534). He has the credentials to go with the show: He did a 'zine, owned a record store and played in a slew of bands. So back off ... and tune in.
Wednesday, June 30
Are you and your love-ah having problems? Maybe you find yourselves bickering over nothing important, or perhaps your sex life has gone to shit. Whatever your issues, it's probably because you aren't communicating. Sign up for Communication and Relationships Between the Sexes from 7 to 9 p.m. at the University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Medicine (Theatre B, 24th Street and Charlotte). The class fee is $9, and you should bring an additional $16 for books and materials. Instructor Jerry White says you can "learn how to interrupt a man, how not to and why." Hmmm ... we sort of thought that was a no-brainer. Call 816-331-4715 to enroll.