1. Hear celebrity art critic Jerry Saltz talk about judging art for New York Magazine and Bravo's Work of Art. He speaks today at 1 p.m. at KCAI. Five bucks says Peregrine Honig introduces him.
2. See some slam dunking. Since it seems that no pro basketball team will ever make Kansas City its permanent home, catch the Miami Heat and the Oklahoma City Thunder pass through for a 7:30 p.m. exhibition game at Sprint Center (if you're lucky enough to have tickets; the game is sold out).
3. Put on your Princess Mononoke costume. Or at least prepare to see some real anime during Motaku, an anime convention happening today through Sunday at Park Place Hotel.
1. Practice your "I'm thinking deeply about what the color, shapes and texture of this painting mean" face. Yep, it's First Friday.
2. Eat until you cry barbecue sauce. Smoke rises from the American Royal Barbecue tents through Sunday.
3. Watch some rasslin'. Handsome Harley Race, the king of wrestling,
could be cracking skulls at the Metro Pro Wrestling TV taping at the Turner Recreation Center in Kansas City,
Kansas, on Saturday.
Today: Do the robot! Some peeps at UMKC are attempting to organize the world's largest Robot Dance Party.
Tuesday: Get a "Current Perspective" on life as an artist from John Buck, who gives a public lecture at UMKC.
Wednesday: Eat nachos until the cheese squirts out of your bellybutton. $35 gets you all-you-can-eat seats at Kauffman Stadium for the Royals' game against Minnesota.
Thursday: Bid adieu to September with melodrama. Neil Berg's 100 Years of Broadway brings musical theater hooks to the Lied Center of Kansas.
For more midweek distractions, see pitch.com/calendar.
1. Contemplate the purpose of zombies and idea of artists as cowboys. Both themes get interpreted visually at Lawrence art galleries during Final Fridays.
2. Tune in to music with a message. Proceeds from Barclay Martin Ensemble's new album -- and tonight's accompanying release party -- help get water to thirsty people in Africa.
Tonight: Get served by a Chief. Corey Mays and other footballers don aprons for Celebrity Waiter Night at 801 Chophouse.
Tuesday: Exhale in the presence of a pro. Author Terry McMillan, famous for Waiting to Exhale, reads from new novel Getting to Happy at Unity Temple.
1. Laugh at a native-ish son. January Jones' boyfriend -- famous funnyman Jason Sudeikis, who grew up in Overland Park -- performs at the Kansas City Improv Festival tonight and Saturday with the group Der Monkenpickel.
2. See some censored art. Chinese artists the Gao Brothers show off at the Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art what they can't in their home country.
Today: Meet author John Shors, who visits the Plaza Branch of the Kansas City Public Library to discuss his latest book, The Wishing Trees.
Tuesday: Pretend to be a KU student -- they get cheaper admission to see it-boy comedian Aziz Ansari at the Lied Center in Lawrence. Tickets for the public are only $15, though...if any remain.
1. Make someone cry -- if you can score one of the few spots available to interview a family member on the StoryCorps bus while it's in Brookside and the recording gets played on NPR someday.
2. Run for a good cause. The first Hopkins, Skip and Run Memorial 5k
is set for Saturday morning at Rockhurst University. Registration money
goes to a scholarship fund in the name of homicide victim Nelson
3. Road trip to Warrensburg. That's where the Show Me Social Justice International Film Festival happens through Sunday.
Today: Throw your dog in the pool. Several metro swimming holes are celebrating the end of the summer season by letting dogs paddle.
Wednesday: Salute the grammar police. Two nerds on a mission to eradicate the nation's typos visit the library.
Thursday: Have a sausage-free dinner theater experience. A new play about women premieres at the vegan Cafe Seed.
For more weeknight fun, see pitch.com/calendar.
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