We know what happened when you moved into that co-op back in college. It was supposed to be an idyllic picture of sharing and kindness. But the dude who thought chocolate was the work of the devil refused to pay for his share of the chocolate-chip-cookie fund, and the straight-edge contingency wouldn't contribute to the booze stash. A bunch of voodoo math followed, in hopes that everyone could agree on who owed what, but the foundation for dispute had been established. All you could say in your defense was that it was just as wrong to judge cookies as it was to eat them, and you had trouble substantiating your claim. (We at the Pitch believe you were right.) Thankfully, cooperatives, as in business cooperatives, are redefining their visions and creating new strategies, and leaders from some of the most successful co-ops make presentations at the Sixth Annual Farmer Cooperatives Conference today and tomorrow. If you are not a farmer, you probably won't want to pay $320 to register for this conference at the Fairmont, and you sure as shit aren't going to pay an additional $40 so your spouse can join you at the banquet. After all, you don't believe in monogamy. But if you hang around the Plaza today, maybe you'll meet some of the friendly folks who have been attending the conference. Do you think it would be hard to identify the farmer in the Granfalloon? Of course not. So you strike up a conversation, get a few co-op strategy pointers, and bam, you're back on track.
Friday, October 31, 2003
Adult Halloween activities -- getting shitfaced while dressed as a devil, getting shitfaced while dressed as a gypsy and getting shitfaced while dressed as Kurt Cobain -- are not particularly wholesome. For revelers wishing to breathe in a little fresh air tonight, there's the Outdoor Movie Series, which projects The Rocky Horror Picture Show against the side of the Music Hall (301 West 13th Street) at 9:45. People wishing to throw things can do so in a socially acceptable manner at this event. Bring rice, toast, playing cards, newspapers and water pistols for maximum enjoyment. Show up an hour early to get in on a costume contest and to hear the Kansas City Symphony play scary music. Judging by the fact that we started getting e-mails from readers a week ago asking where The Rocky Horror Picture Show would play on Halloween, arriving early might not be a bad idea. For information, call 816-421-1539.
Saturday, November 1, 2003
This month's Chucky Lou AV Club offering is a perfect marriage of science fiction and film noir: 1955's Kiss Me Deadly. The protagonist, Mike Sneer, calls himself a "bedroom dick," which is even more suggestive than just a plain old private dick. And anything that was deemed the No. 1 menace to youth in 1955 must be good. Prizes to be given away at tonight's screening are an original movie poster from and a paperback first edition of Mickey Spillane's Kiss Me Deadly, on which the film was based. The movie begins at 11:45 p.m. at the Dickinson Top Two (5909 Johnson Drive in Mission). Tickets cost $6. Get there on time or you'll miss the vintage nuclear safety film. For information, call 816-471-1190.
Sunday, November 2, 2003
If $75 is burning a hole in your pocket, consider attending Bon Appetit at the Art Institute at Café Nerman, a new on-campus coffeehouse located in Vanderslice Hall, 4415 Warwick. Guests can sample treats from different countries while enjoying music and other arty entertainment. The money raised during this grand opening celebration for Café Nerman will be directed toward Kansas City Art Institute scholarships. And anyway, it's pretty exciting that all those kids slaving away in their studios can get the caffeine they need to go on without wandering all the way to QuikTrip. For information, call 816-472-4852.
Monday, November 3, 2003
Are you often caught mistaking windmills for adversaries? Are you a muleteer? (Note: This does not mean you wear your hair short in front and long in back. A muleteer is simply one who drives mules, just as a musketeer is one who is armed with a musket.) If you answered yes, you may be just right for the City Theatre of Independence's production of Man of La Mancha, the musical based on Cervantes' Don Quixote. Auditions are today and tomorrow from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Roger T. Sermon Center at the corner of Truman and Noland roads (201 North Dodgion in Independence). Auditioners must prepare a two-minute musical selection, preferably not from the show, and wear clothing suitable for acting out a combat sequence. Heels are out; we don't imagine that Sancho and Don fight by kicking windmills in the groin. That would never work. For details, call 816-325-7367.
Tuesday, November 4, 2003
For those of you who don't expect to fly to India anytime soon, today's installment of Johnson County Community College's Windows on the World Travelogue is India, Beyond Imagining. The program begins at 2 p.m. at the Carlsen Center (12345 College Boulevard in Overland Park). Tickets cost $5. For information, call 913-469-4445.
Wednesday, November 5, 2003
Anything that incorporates live accordion music wins our approval. But Paul Mesner Puppets' Strega Nona offers even more than that. This Italian folk tale is the story of a magic pot that can make infinite quantities of pasta -- a product that we, like Big Anthony, would very much like to possess. Strega Nona leaves Anthony alone with the pot, warning him not to touch it, but of course he disobeys, and pasta floods the town. Only Strega Nona can save the day. If this weren't such a timeless tale, we'd have guessed it was the product of some Atkins dieter's ultimate nightmare. Performed with traditional Sicilian-style marionettes, the puppet show begins at 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. today and runs through November 16 at Unity Temple on the Plaza, 707 West 47th Street. For information, call 816-235-6222.