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1. Don't just stand there and pontificate, take part in the art! The creativity demands interactivity during the Charlotte Street Foundation's Art Downtown happenings. Barter at the art yard sale at City Center Square, create your own holiday card at Partnership Place or make a zine at the Paragraph.
2. In honor of Jim Morrison's posthumous pardon for indecent exposure, head to the Jazzhaus in Lawrence and love madly some renditions of all those songs that the shaman of blues-rock made famous. Moonlight Drive: A Tribute to the Doors wants to be your backdoor band tonight.
Tonight: Just recall Billy Bob Thornton in a Santa suit for evidence that jolly old St. Nick might not actually be so sweet. The latest from local theater company She and Her Productions offers another take on the creepy Kris Kringle angle. The Eight: Reindeer Monologues by Jeff Goode is kinda like the Vagina Monologues meets The Accused at the North Pole. Experience the tell-all with antlers at the Crane Building, 1107 Hickory in the West Bottoms, at 8 p.m. The run concludes this weekend.
Tuesday: Leave the hoof-bearing vixens to the old, fat guy. Thighs that aren't covered in fur -- or much of anything, really, besides smooth, soft skin -- will prance around the Beaumont Club for a red hot night of burlesque and bands during the Pretty Things Peep Show, which is guaranteed to put stripes on your candy cane. Just keep your mittens to yourself.
1. It's the last first Friday of the year! That means this is your final chance to experience a First Friday art crawl in the Crossroads during 2010. The awesomeness on the agenda includes -- of course -- visual art exhibitions, such as F-- X-mas at the Keyhole Gallery. Also: Hustle over to the Fishtank Performance Studio for local actors like David Wayne Reed reading from their actual teenage diaries.
2. Want more art? Go to college! The Kansas City Art Institute holds its end-of-semester show and sale today through Sunday. You can pay for your favorite piece any time throughout the weekend, but it has to remain on display 'til the show's over.
Reading or listening to an outsider's assessment of Kansas City can be excruciating. The Show-Me State showed me lot of a hot barbecue and cool jazz!
So credit Brian Lambert, a contributor to Mpls.St.Paul Magazine, for recognizing Kansas City as something more than a plate of burnt ends and a place where Charlie Parker developed a taste for narcotics. Describing ways to spend a weekend in our "legendary cow town," Lambert provides crisp takes on the World War I Museum, the Living Room at the Pearl (2010's Best New Theater, according to us) and the Broadway Café, said to concoct "the best lattes anywhere."
Today: Get a Christmas tree that's already decorated. The 24th Annual Lawrence Festival of Trees kicks off at Liberty Hall. The show and auction includes trees and wreaths that have already been gussied up.
Tuesday: Discuss elements of style with local clothes whores during the Fashion Group International Trend Event, a networking event for fashionistas and a general de-briefing on what was hot in 2010.
Today: Let's face it, we'll only ever get to see pro basketball players slam dunk at the Sprint Center during exhibition games.
However, during the two-night College Basketball Experience Classic, we might get to see some future pros dribbling down our court. Tickets start at $10. Tonight's game between Duke and Marquette starts at 6:30.
Wondering what to do this weekend?
1. Put on your swimsuit one last time before the winter weight-gain totally sets in. Thanksgiving isn't for a few more days, which means your stuffing isn't showing yet, and therefore you still stand a chance of enticing someone to take you home for the holidays. At the very least, maybe you can entice them into your room at CoCo Key Water Resort, where just for tonight, everyone under 18 is banned from the water park area (hello, swim-up bar) and rooms are $49.
Today: Is it Chrimbus yet? Not quite. But you can get into a Chrimbus spirit when the Tim & Eric Awesome Tour brings uncomfortable humor and ridiculous costumes to the Midland tonight -- a couple weeks before the Tim & Eric Chrimbus Spectacular airs on Adult Swim. By the way, in case you hadn't started, it's a good idea to start growing out your Chrimbus bush.
Tuesday: For anyone feeling a little hamstrung by
the American dream, Metropolitan Ensemble Theatre offers a look back at
that other rough economic period -- the 1930s -- with the play Awake & Sing by Clifford Odets.
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!
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