This is probably the only hair salon where patrons get upset when they don't have to wait for a stylist. That's because the reading material in the waiting area includes well-fingered copies of Playboy.The Haircut (3727 East Sixth Street in Lawrence, 785-856-9000) is a walk-in salon -- for men only. But even though its ads depict naked women dancing on a barber's pole, the stylists do not pole dance. They might shoot a game of pool with you when your haircut's done, and they will hover over you while massaging your scalp, but dance? On a pole? No.
Do first-time customers have unusual expectations? "Mostly they just come in with curiosity," says stylist Valerie Pederson. Sometimes, she says, guys from KU come in groups.
While we were visiting, the only guy who came in was offering special packages on golf-course memberships. "This is great!" he exclaimed. "A pool table in a men's salon? I love it!" He went on to advertise his wares, using the phrase bottom line is with astounding frequency, often inappropriately. "Bottom line is," he began, "if you're a golfer, it's a great deal. If you're not a golfer, it's no deal at all." Stylist Sherman Loges responded by simply handing the man a stack of coupons.
Anyway, it's almost Thanksgiving. Don't wait for mom to tell you to cut your goddamn hair. Be a man, and take yourself. To a place that smells of leather upholstery. Where sports competitions air on four television sets at once. A place so manly we're surprised it hasn't sprouted testicles -- yet.-- Gina Kaufmann
If a listener requests an old country song during Mat Adkins' Wednesday night Slimm Spins Old Style set at Davey's Uptown (3402 Main Street) and Adkins doesn't have it in his crate, he'll make it his mission to find that record for the next 7 p.m. session. (The song must have been pressed in the '70s or earlier, so that it's guaranteed to be on vinyl.) Slimm will even take advance requests by e-mail (firstname.lastname@example.org). The old-style country gets spun on a junky old record player, but that's part of the charm. "The vinyl and the music are simple, so I'm going to keep it that way," Adkins says.-- Michael Vennard
In every used bookstore, the question exists: To whom did these once belong? At Seldom Seen Books (3828 Broadway), chances are, the answer is owner Robert Stratton. Of the three books we bought, he happily informed us that one had been his own. Housed in a newly renovated storefront, Seldom Seen is a mix of rare collectibles and affordable used books. Stratton is still stocking the shelves, and sections range from history to short stories to romance of the non-Harlequin variety. The warm atmosphere and good selection, combined with Stratton's enthusiasm for bookselling, make Seldom Seen exactly that in the used-book world. For information, call 816-531-1320.-- Christopher Sebela
Anyone who watched Al Pacino jettison his television from a car in 1995's Heat knows that the sound of a shattering medium is as destructively harmonious as, well, a Pacino monologue. With the interactive Shockproof, local filmmaker Ben Meade demonstrates why TV-bashing is so cathartic. Avila University students helped Meade build a massive TV, the inside of which serves as the theater for an eight-minute barrage of media mayhem so nauseating that viewers at the exhibit's opening took sledgehammers to defenseless televisions (both provided by Meade). The remains are now part of the exhibit, which runs through December 18 at Avila's Thornhill Gallery (11901 Wornall Road, 816-501-2443).-- Casey Logan