Monday, March 2, 2009

The Give-a-Shit List

Posted By on Mon, Mar 2, 2009 at 6:00 AM

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This week: a female-centric filmfest for those with short attention spans, taking it to the pews and then parading through the streets for HIV awareness y taco baratos para ayudar a los equipos de Guadalupe Center.  


Kansas is still arguing about coal, but Missouri utilities are looking to expand nuclear power. Mark Haim, of Missourians for Safe Energy, will discuss the costs associated with the current slate of energy choices, including energy efficiency vs. nuclear, at 7 p.m. on Tuesday at the Discovery Center.

The start of March marks the "Black Church Week of Prayer for the Healing of AIDS." Wednesday concludes a month-long TIPS -- "Taking it to the pews" -- Revival with a sermon from Wallace Hartsfield Sr. at Kansas City Community Church at 7 p.m. Other "Week of Prayer" events include a New Orleans-style funeral procession starting from Swope Health Central at 10 a.m. Saturday, followed by a block party at Central High School through the afternoon.

A little bird told me recently that if a resident requests a certain book, the Kansas City Public Library is more than likely to order the item and get it on the shelves. See if that's true on the other side of the state line when Johnson County Library hosts a series of informal focus groups this week -- including Thursday at 7 p.m. at the Antioch Neighborhood Library -- aimed at getting citizens' input on its collection and future.

Help support athletic teams sponsored by the Guadalupe Center by dining on Mexican food this Friday. From 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. pick up four tacos and rice for $6 bucks at the Center -- which will also give you an excuse to check out their gorgeous building.

Ed Chasteen has stood toe-to-toe with the KKK and cycled across the country banking on strangers' good will to keep him fed and housed. Each year, his organization, HateBusters, hosts a Human Family Reunion, bringing together different faiths and cultures to simply get to know each other. Bring a dish and join the diverse party on Saturday at Barker Memorial Cathedral of Praise (11410 E. 47th St., KCMO) starting at noon. 

A fine start to Women's History Month, One Hundred Good Women are presenting Lunafest, a traveling festival of nine short female-centric films, in Lawrence this Sunday. All the proceeds from the $10 tickets go to a national breast cancer fund and local causes, like scholarships for lady moviemakers in KU's Theatre and Film Department. Screenings at 3 and 7 p.m. at Liberty Hall.

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