For those about to rock, we beseech you: Bring a toy along. Melding the magic of Christmas giving with the majesty of rock, Benders (1118 McGee) hosts a Toys for Tots rock show Saturday. It's the rare charity event that encourages drinking, smoking and dancing.Starting at 8 p.m., the members of Federation of Horse Power, As Memphis Burns, Midwintre, the Primetime Heroes, Velvet Freeze and Honeywagon rock out with their stockings out. Admission is a new toy costing $5 or more or an $8 cover, with proceeds going toward women's shelters and foster homes this holiday season. You might come home deaf and drunk to your annoyed significant other, but you'll have a foolproof excuse and that warm, fuzzy feeling you usually get only from mixed drinks. Call 816-221-7722 for more details.-- Chris Sebela
Once upon a time ...
It's time to look back and consider all the corn the Indians shared with the Pilgrims long before you could just buy some in a can. Such sharing of bounty is, indeed, worthy of a national holiday.Not everyone digests the tale that easily, though, considering that the colonial settlers pushed those generous Indians off their land. Not to make anyone feel guilty, but overlooking that genocide detail is for wusses.
The weekly Peace and Justice Teach-In, usually held on Thursdays, won't convene Thanksgiving Day. But the December 11 session will be led by Cornel Pewewardy, a Native American professor at the University of Kansas. Pewewardy delivers a lecture called "Terrorism on the Tribal Homeland Since 1492: An Indigenous Perspective" at 7 p.m. For a schedule of weekly discussions, call 816-931-5256.-- Gina Kaufmann
Glory and Praise
It was really nice of you to thank your deity of choice for the bountiful spread on the dinner table. But even though omniscient holy beings really love toasts in their name and everything, they prefer those honors in the form of song. Keep those thanks coming at Saturday night's gospelpalooza in the Gem Theatre (1615 East 18th Street). Givin' Thanks: Gospel on the Vine displays the joyful sounds of Kansas City's contemporary Christian artists, including the likes of High Praise, the 7, Chrystal Rucker, Dawayne Woods and When Singers Meet. Tickets for the 7:30 p.m. show cost $12. For details, call 816-474-8463.-- Michael Vennard