1. Chances are, you'll be asleep, in the shower or already in your cubicle by the time Temple Grandin finishes her bound-to-be-empowering speech during the Kansas City Autism/Asperger's Syndrome Conference at the Kansas City Airport Hilton.
Grandin is a posterwoman for autism, which hasn't stopped her from becoming a best-selling author and leader in the animal welfare movement. As an autism advocate, she's also responsible for inventing the hug machine, which you may need to visit for missing her appearance. Her lecture begins at 8:30 a.m. Go!
2. Don't let the moniker fool you, the Lied Center in Lawrence is not staging Stanley Kubrick's Dr. Strangelove. But because it's a re-telling of real history, The Real Dr. Strangelove: Edward Teller and the Battle for the H-Bomb is freakier. See the explosive story at 7:30 p.m.
3. Belly dancers will use their hips to invoke such famous seductresses as Marilyn Monroe and Josephine Baker during Enchantress, a performance on the H&R Block City Stage at 7:30 p.m. Saturday.
4. Ebenezer Scrooge got a sex change. Sort of. In a new take on the old tale, A Christmas Carol: An Urban Cautionary Tale, the old miser is a businesswoman named Abbenezer Scrooge who racks up a long list of code violations and makes her assistant Barb Cratchit dumpster dive. Accompany Lady Scrooge on those trips into Christmas past, present and future during performances at 7 tonight and Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday at the Granada Theatre at 1015 Minnesota in Kansas City, Kansas (not the one in Lawrence).