You could win a fortune -- or not.
In 1986, Geraldo Rivera got a hot tip about Al Capone's locked safe in the basement of a Chicago hotel. Geraldo's much-hyped, live safe-cracking effort yielded only a few empty gin bottles. Nancy Kwilas of Old Northeast Inc. learned a lesson about safe cracking from that moment in television history. This fall, when the folks at Old Northeast Inc. open the mysterious safe they discovered in the basement at 6612 Independence Avenue, they'll record it. But they won't show the tape until their twentieth-anniversary gala in October, when a drawing will determine who wins the safe's contents -- and end almost a decade of speculation and distraction around the office. "We've put stethoscopes up to it and listened for the click," Kwilas admits. Raffle tickets can be purchased at a 4 p.m. party offering live entertainment this Saturday at the Askew Inn (3600 Independence Avenue). For information, call 816-231-3707. -- Gina Kaufmann
Bill Belzer, New Amsterdams drummer and former Uncle Tupelo member, is sporting that musicians' accessory du jour: the side project. His is called Bill Belzer and the Beauty Operators, and Saturday at the Cope and Drag (4518 Troost), the band hosts a fund-raiser to, Belzer says, "pay past recording debt and finance the completion of an EP, which will be available for the stuffing of stockings by end of year." From 3 to 6 p.m., there's a kid-friendly performance and bake sale, but around 9 p.m., Belzer and company will break out the boxed wine and kegs for a "late-night rumble." Call 816-519-5983. -- Annie Fischer