Yes, yes, yes, yes!

Yes, Cremaster 

Yes, yes, yes, yes!

WED 9/8
Whenever we hear Matthew Barney's name, we tend to think of sex -- raw, hungry, male-dominated sex, with bulging goat men and Scottish warriors whose mouths are stuffed with bloody cloths. The first film in his celebrated Cremaster Cycle, however, is all about the sisters. Cremaster 1 is set in Bronco Stadium in Boise, Idaho, and in two blimps that float above the arena. The heroine -- Goodyear, a pale, delicate woman in silk lingerie and high heels -- crouches under a pair of tables draped in white cloth. She occasionally pokes out from under the fabric to ingest grapes, which pass through her and exit from a glass horn on the tip of her shoe, dropping on the floor to form patterns reminiscent of ovaries. By film's end, Goodyear is free and trotting across blue Astroturf, smiling and tugging the floating blimps behind her through a line of chorus girls in orange and blue hoop skirts.

It's all filmed in Barney's impeccably sexy style, through a glimmering, color-saturated veneer. The screening begins at 7:30 p.m. at Tivoli Cinemas (4050 Pennsylvania). Other installments in the five-part Cycle screen on September 15 and 22. Tickets are free but required; for reservations call 816-561-4000. -- Joe Miller

ArtEthnic '04 adds to First Friday's palette.

9/3-9/4
Regarding the monthly First Friday art openings in the Crossroads District: We've noticed a lack of diversity. This weekend, though, a collection of organizations, including the Gem Cultural and Educational Center and the Mattie Rhodes Art Center, addresses the issue with a First Friday first: ArtEthnic '04. The street fair evolved "out of a sense of nonrepresentation of people of color at other outdoor events," says Gem President Pat Jordan. "The way to draw people of color is to exhibit artists of color."

More than twenty African-American, Hispanic, and Caucasian ("We don't want to be exclusionary," Jordan says) artists share the block with musicians, dancers and food vendors. ArtEthnic '04 happens from 6 to 9 p.m. Friday and from noon to 5 p.m. Saturday on Walnut between 20th and 21st streets; call 816-842-2364 for more information. -- Steve Walker

Prepare for the Verse
Life and death in just two hours.

FRI 9/3
As summer drifts away and autumn breezes in, the atmosphere seems ripe for poetry, an art form that excels at eulogizing and celebrating simultaneously. This Friday's readings by Kansas City poets Ann Slegman and Phil Miller at the Writers Place (3607 Pennsylvania) seem like a perfect way to mark the seasonal transition. Miller's most recent collection, Branches Snapping, and Slegman's just-published Conversations gather poems that explore the diametric aspects of existence -- touching on the most serious and most ridiculous facets of life and death. The readings start at 7 p.m., with a suggested donation of $3 for members and $5 for nonmembers. Call 816-753-1090 for more information.-- Christopher Sebela

Film Fiesta

SAT 9/4 The 13th Latin American Cinema Festival of Kansas City starts this weekend, showing films at 11 a.m. each Saturday for the next five weeks. The screenings cost $5 ($20 for a festival pass the first day). Films are in Spanish with English subtitles at the Rio Theatre (7204 West 80th Street in Overland Park); audience discussions follow. This Saturday's installment is Common Places (Argentina, 2002). Call 913-383-8500. -- Annie Fischer

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