This Week's Day-By-Day Picks 

Thursday, February 20, 2003

In honor of the current exhibit of Pulitzer Prize-winning photographs Capture the Moment, the Beach Museum in Manhattan, Kansas, begins its three-session screening of the PBS series American Photography: A Century of Images at 11:15 a.m. Faux Pas No. One: We're recommending a PBS series. But whatever assumptions people might have about PBS being dull and educational, we'd like to clarify something right now -- PBS documentaries totally rock. Faux Pas No. Two: Worse than sending you to the Versailles that's not in France, we're encouraging a trip to the Manhattan that's not in New York. Look, these photographs are amazing, and if you're going to make the trip, you might as well give it the old one-two punch and see the photos and the video series (which explores work by Edward Weston, Dorothea Lange and Robert Capa, among others). It's a brown-bag-lunch screening, so bring something to eat. The Beach Museum is located at 701 Beach Lane. For information -- including directions -- call 785-532-7718.

Friday, February 21, 2003

If your idea of a driver is the person who will cart your drunk ass home rather than the club with which one whacks a little white ball, try the Bar Stool Open. In that sporting event, four-person put-put teams spend the afternoon barhopping -- safely, via shuttle -- to the Brooksider Bar & Grill, Charlie Hooper's, Granfalloon Bar & Grill, Harpo's Restaurant Bar, Kelly's Westport Inn, the Levee, Mike's Tavern, Molloy Brothers Irish Pub and the Westport Flea Market Bar & Grill. It's too late to enter a team without a late fee, but proceeds benefit Understanding Disabilities Creating Opportunities. Plus some drunken swingers (get it?) wear kilts. The event starts at 11 a.m.; call 816-753-7850.

If those particular bars aren't your style, you might set up shop in a downtown dive for the night. If The Brick (1727 McGee) is your bar of choice, don't go with hopes of finding peace and solitude. You will find nothing of the sort tonight, when Bob Log III of Doo Rag fame rolls into town to take us all on a wild slide-guitar ride. He might even help you make his famous "boob scotch," which involves the pouring of whiskey over breasts that have been shoved into a cup. Log insists that the drink cures everything. Here's how to make your own, in the event that a bartender won't help you out. First, fill a tumbler with ice. Pour GOOD scotch into the tumbler, then insert a girl's boob into the glass, making sure the boob forms a tight seal. Lean the girl back until the glass is upside down and the scotch and ice are resting completely on her boob -- if the boob is properly inserted into the glass, nothing will spill. Hold it there as long as you can, then turn the girl back until the glass is right-side up again. Remove boob and repeat the process until you run out of boobs. Enjoy! For information on tonight's show, call 816-421-1634.

Saturday, February 22, 2003

Late Night Theatre (1531 Grand) brings 1930s black-and-white films to the stage with Rickshaw Rosie and the Geisha Gashers, loosely based on the Thin Man movie series. The show promises Nazi spies, cocktails, geishas and wirehaired terriers -- in black and white. In this version, the Nazis and the women have more in common underneath their costumes than meets the eye. (Yup, the geishas are in drag.) The show starts at 8 p.m.; tickets cost $18. For information, call 816-474-4568.

Sunday, February 23, 2003

Today's the second day of free back-to-back screenings of Spike Lee movies at the Gem Theater (located at the legendary intersection of 18th and Vine). For anyone who really wants to make it to the festival but can fit in only one day of fun, today offers the better selection, with Four Little Girls showing at 1 p.m., Crooklyn at 3 p.m., Jungle Fever at 5 p.m. and Malcolm X at 7 p.m. Renting these movies is neither free nor as much fun. For information, call 816-474-8463.

Monday, February 24, 2003

Monday nights aren't generally the most exciting. But anything could happen while skiing on a fake mountain in the dark, and that certainly adds a little pizazz to the much-dreaded Monday. Snow Creek is keeping the slope open until, tentatively, March 16. That means there are just a few weeks left for skiing in Missouri this season. Tonight, thrill-seeking snow-sports fiends (skiers and snowboarders alike) can race over moguls until 9 p.m. Snow Creek is located five miles north of Weston on Highway 45. For information, call 816-640-2200.

Tuesday, February 25, 2003

We already know that DJ Señor Osgood (who spins records weekly at Jilly's Latin-funk-and-jazz Wednesdays) can show Bottleneck visitors a good time tonight. And he's the main attraction, so that's recommendation enough. But on top of that, the opening act is called Electric Lettuce, which sounds fantastic. The image of lettuce (we picture iceberg, but romaine would probably be funny, too) convulsing with power surges is so entertaining that we can't help but love this act in advance. The Bottleneck is located at 737 New Hampshire in Lawrence. For information, call 785-841-5483.

Wednesday, February 26, 2003

Cheerleaders -- friends or foes? You say friends, we say foes: Friends! Foes! Friends! Foes! Anyone who enjoyed that brief descent into singsong peppiness might want to consider heading over to today's Wizards Girls Tryouts. To be a Wizards Girl, one must be, well, a girl. But beyond that, Wizards Girls should be talented, physically fit and older than eighteen. We'd like to add that they should be comfortable with doing halftime shows during which they wear little sequined outfits and flutter about to pop music. Tryouts take place at the Arrowhead Indoor Facility at 5:45 p.m. Candidates sit for personal interviews and give public-speaking and dance auditions. For information and an application, call 816-920-4236.

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