Score a double-header at the Westport Coffee House.

Twice the Fun 

Score a double-header at the Westport Coffee House.

10/6-10/8
Opening-night notices don't get much worse than "After us, the savage God," which was W.B. Yeats' summation of Ubu Roi, one of two plays CinnamonEye Productions is staging at the Westport Coffee House Theatre (4010 Pennsylvania, 816-756-3222). With its then-shocking obscenity, Alfred Jarry's 1896 play assaults language, theater and art itself using avant-garde scat and Brechtian sign-speak. Similarly, Good Will Hunting, the screenplay written by Matt Damon and Ben Affleck — the title characters of Matt and Ben (the company's other offering) — was dismissed by an aunt for having "all that salty language." Ubu Roi concerns an everyman whose despotism, once he's anointed king of Poland, condemns us all. Mindy Kaling and Brenda Withers' Matt and Ben presents everymen whose good fortune, once their fame is assured, gives us Surviving Christmas. The swipes at the stars are hilariously harsh, if dated — Affleck continues profitably to suck, but Damon is, like, a real actor now. Performances are at 8 p.m. Thursday, Friday and Saturday. Any savage God dropping by is invited to try the focaccia. — Alan Scherstuhl

Ramalama br> Score a double-header at the Westport Coffee House.

SAT 10/8
In the movie Pretty in Pink, Molly Ringwald's character takes a '60s bouffant prom dress and transforms it into an '80s masterpiece that has Andrew McCarthy looking twice. We like to call Kansas City designer Heather Rama a modern Molly, though the shoulder pads are optional. For her Castoffs line, Rama culls vintage clothing from several eras and gives it a reworked update; it takes her from three to ten hours to hand-stitch each piece. Accented with beads, lace and antique jewelry, her one-of-a-kind designs are vibrant, with bold colors and a feel that's part old Hollywood, part Asian fusion. Models take their turns on the catwalk to showcase about 80 of Rama's offerings in her first fashion show at 8 p.m. Saturday at the Brick (1727 McGee, 816-421-1634). Admission is free; buyers can purchase pieces that night or from the Castoffs Web site (www.castoffs1977.com). — Libby Page

Kiddin' Around
Score a double-header at the Westport Coffee House.

SAT 10/8
Spring 2001: We're eating brunch at the Park in New York's Chelsea. While we pick at our French toast, a guy with goofy hair starts playing funny, quirky songs. Kids begin dancing, parents clap appreciatively, and we notice our longtime crush, David Duchovny — and then his beautiful wife, Téa Leoni, and their daughter. The dude with the coif? Dan Zanes, former frontman for the Del Fuegos, who now makes music for little people that doesn't make big people wince. Zanes appears at the Lied Center (1600 Stewart Drive in Lawrence, 785-864-2787) at 11 a.m. Saturday. Duchovny, however, we can't promise.— Rebecca Braverman

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