Gallery owners can be funny about installations. When an artist has grand ideas about transforming the walls and floors of a space, the person in charge generally asks whether the show warrants all that mayhem. Not Mott-ly, the man behind the scenes at the MoMo Gallery (1830 Locust). His proof is in this Friday's opening, the dual-titled Fool's Theory and Freakout, featuring artists Joe Bussell and Cara Walz, respectively. "It was important for us to find a space where we could work on-site," Walz says of her collaboration with Bussell. "Installations are fragile, fleeting -- and then gone." This observation is evidently an integral aspect of the artists' objective; they arranged the entire exhibit in the confines of the gallery in the last week.
Walz's part includes "Organica," a 36-foot-wide charcoal piece that incorporates internal anatomy from medical illustrations and is drawn directly onto the MoMo's cinder-block walls. Bussell, meanwhile, brought in pieces he had painted in his own studio, many of them influenced by the book The Botany of Desire. As part of the installation process, he assembled and added to them at the gallery.
The opening is scheduled from 6 to 9 p.m. Call 816-474-4814 for more information. --Annie Fischer
Getting Off isn't always easy.
Julie Lynch's film Getting Off is about remembering sex -- like the sex you wish you didn't remember or the sex you were too drunk to remember. It's set in 1992, when straight women finally had to start worrying about AIDS, so it feels a little dated, but it's no less compelling than Sex and the City. The TV show was significant for bringing sex talk out in the open by making it all jokey; but unlike Carrie Bradshaw and her fashionable girlfriends who wittily debrief over Manhattan lunches, Lynch's boozy, jean-shorted, sexed-up artist Josie (ER's Christine Harnos) and her New York gal pals commiserate over trips to the health department. Lynch involves so many subplots that it's a little annoying, but that's how sex is, too.
The Independent Filmmaker's Coalition brings Lynch to town to talk about her work at 6:15 p.m. Thursday at the Westport Coffee House (4010 Pennsylvania) with local filmmaker Lisa Evans. A screening follows at the Tivoli Cinemas, 4050 Pennsylvania, at 7:30. For more information, call 816-753-7243. -- C.J. Janovy
Open-mike night maintains positivity.
It's hard to say whether open-mike nights have gotten a bad rap. Perhaps they've just been overshadowed by karaoke. After all, when there's an audience involved, getting drunk and singing words from a screen seems easier than reading your own soul-baring words. But after experiencing Urban Lit 101 at Trago (1108 Grand), we gained a new respect for the spoken word. The evening starts around 9 p.m., but after things really get going (closer to 11), it becomes obvious that what Urban Literation cofounders Griouard Weddington and Randi McCreary have put together is no amateur hour. Admission is $5. For more information, call 816-221-2055. -- Sarah Steele
Three Dog House
The organizers of this weekend's Downtown Homes Tour would like people to think that they know what makes downtown living exciting. The tour starts in a tent at Barney Allis Plaza (12th and Central streets) and visits more than 35 properties. It's hard to say who they're trying to trick into leasing an overpriced loft, but they must expect the average buyer to be impressed by the free Three Dog Night concert back at Barney Allis at 7 p.m. Saturday. For details, call 816-421-1539. -- Steele