First Friday gets a dose of churchin'.

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First Friday gets a dose of churchin'.

FRI 7/2
I wanted to call it 'Blessed Is He Who Is Not Offended,' but by the time I thought of that, I already had the cards printed," Kansas City artist Dylan Mortimer says of his one-night-only performance piece Cautionary Church. The cards are the same bright-yellow and orange of road-construction signs and carry the warning label "Spiritual content may involve specifications." It's those spiritual (particularly Christian) convictions that the artist is concerned with -- in his artist's statement, he notes that if there is anything our society needs to be cautious of, it's that "there is a highly populated belief system that has as its core a specific, historical truth which invalidates alternate truths."

Mortimer has planned a full-blown church service, enlisting help from the pastor of River City Church as well as from the Posse for Christ, a hip-hop-gospel choir that performs from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Cube at Beco (1922 Baltimore) wearing robes made out of fabric those same fluorescent colors. For more information, call 816-582-8997. -- Theresa Bembnister

Deceive the Eye

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Nostalgia is a complicated feeling, because it's simultaneously happy and sad. Artist Bill Shaffer describes his recent work as "humorous melancholia." He paints classic motels and swimming pools, skewing size relationships so that the buildings are gigantic and the people tiny. The resulting huge, empty spaces create a feeling of loneliness, yet the kitschy roadside architecture and '50s colors are warm and funny. The Sherry Leedy gallery pairs Shaffer's work with still lifes from Jerry Kunkel, whose paintings depict memory-rich souvenirs such as photographs, postcards and jewelry in an attempt to create narratives of the past. He uses trompe l'oeil (a fancy art term that means deceive the eye) by positioning the objects he paints on tables or pinning them to walls, then rendering them with nearly photographic detail. For information, call 816-221-2626. -- Bembnister

Learn to Salsa

FRI 7/2
We definitely recommend First Friday for folks who are around, but we also realize that the summer exit season stifles some of the Crossroads action. So consider also Flirt Friday, First Friday's coy cousin, from 9 p.m. to 1:30 a.m. at the Madrid Theater (3810 Main). Instead of playing darty eyes with the hipster across the gallery, boldly saunter up to your night's objective and demonstrate your sexy moves. Don't have any? Check out the free salsa lesson at 8 p.m. Admission is $6 in advance (through Ticketmaster, 816-931-3330) or $7 at the door. Call 816-753-3495 for information. -- Annie Fischer

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