On the Road
Home is where the art is.
For kids who are traveling, familiar items such as pillows and journals often remedy homesickness. Rumor has it that photographer (and Pitch contributor) Christopher Sebela never leaves the house without his camera we wonder whether it's a stand-in security blanket, one that helped inspire his joint photo exhibit with Harold Sipe. Finding Home, which opens from 7 to 10 p.m. Friday at the Taxidermy Gallery (1229 Union Avenue in the West Bottoms), examines the ups and downs of life on the road. A sample of Sebela's work shows four boys from behind as they stare into an undulating ocean from a pier the churning tide's hypnotic effect on the group is noticeable. (We find it hard to believe this is Sebela's first show.) In a Sipes shot, we glimpse a roadside general store that possesses an Edward Hopper-like loneliness but also advertises that rarest of commodities: hope. Call 816-421-6889. Ray T. Barker
Kiss the Cook
Forget Betty Crocker we want Jennifer Maloney.
It's been a few months since we've lunched at Café Sebastienne, but we consider chef Jennifer Maloney's pumpkin ravioli a perfect fall choice. In fact, we enjoy most of her creations; who better to finally teach us how to cook? Maloney offers instruction one night a month, teaming up with general manager Pam Tibbs, who discusses complementary wines. November's installment, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Thursday at Kemper East (200 East 44th Street), covers Italian cuisine. (Next up, on December 8, is a class on holiday entertaining.) The cost is $50 a person; call Angela Dennis at 816-457-6103 to reserve a spot. Annie Fischer