Depending on whether you have cable or network TV and whether you're willing to watch either, you may recognize comedians Rich Vos and Dave Mordal from NBC's reality series Last Comic Standing or Comedy Central's Tough Crowd With Colin Quinn. Vos and Mordal, both divorced, single fathers in their forties, bonded on the sets of those shows. Now they're appearing at Stanford and Sons (504 Westport Road, 816-561-7454) for five shows in three nights, and the comics swear up and down that their stand-up doesn't consist of stuff you've already seen on TV.Mordal has another NBC show in the works. He says that's good for his kid. "God, what if he wants to go to college?" he says. "I'll have to talk him out of it."
Vos says he'd like to secure a sweet TV deal himself. Can't his pal Colin Quinn hook it up? "Colin, hook it up?" he snorts. "Colin can't get me free food at Comedy Central. Colin can't even get me a cab!"-- Nadia Pflaum
If you haven't seen Alvin Ailey, you don't know Newton's laws. Dancers maneuvering in the region between "up" and "down" complicate matters significantly. We once marveled at an Ailey performer who moved his entire body wildly, keeping one foot pinned to a spot, undisturbed. Catch the troupe at the Folly (300 West 12th Street, 816-474-4444).-- Gina Kaufmann
If straightforward pop isn't enough, Namelessnumberheadman can dress it up. The band's self-professed philosophy is "to add as much textured noise as is humanly possible to a beautiful pop song." The band is joined by the Capsules and Red Authentic at the Bottleneck (737 New Hampshire Street in Lawrence, 785-842-5483) at 9 p.m.-- Michael Vennard