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Let 'Em Slide

Curling makes a slow but steady comeback.

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SAT 9/13

There's a whole lot of ice out there, and members of the Kansas City Curling Club aim to fill it. A healthy curling club should have about 40 members, and as it stands, KC's is coming close with a whopping 32 -- more than we might have expected, truthfully, but not quite enough. That's why the group is holding an open house from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. Saturday at Ice Midwest (135th Street and Quivira Road in Olathe). Sliding a disc on ice toward a target -- that's what it's all about. From the point of view of the person releasing the disc (also called a stone or a rock), the sport resembles bowling -- and as with bowling, you get to wear special shoes. But then there's the matter of the brooms and the players who wield them. Because patterns on the ice will make the disc curl, expert players read the ice and know how the disc will curl. Nobody's perfect, so teammates are ready with brooms, which they'll use to speedily sweep the ice's surface, reducing the curl factor for you. Opposing teams take turns, and, in the end, the team whose discs are closest to the target wins.

The best way to support these curlers is by joining them. Check it out; if bowling is destined to remain your heavy-object toss of choice, so be it. At least you will have given curling a fair shot.-- Gina Kaufmann

Vicarious Peaks
Climbers dream during a mountain-themed film festival.

9/12-9/13

If someone forced us to say something bad about Kansas City (something that didn't relate to infrastructure, schools or government), we'd cough up something like "We're not near any mountains." The people at Lawrence's Sunflower Outdoor and Bike (804 Massachusetts) are painfully aware of this, so they picked fourteen films from the Banff Mountain Film Festival to show at Liberty Hall in Lawrence (642 Massachusetts). The films range from 2 to 52 minutes in length and cover adventurous activities, from skiing to avalanche rescue to climbing. Don't miss Cannibals and Crampons, the festival's People's Choice Award-winning documentary on Friday. The films start at 7 p.m.; tickets cost $7.50 a night. (Proceeds benefit the KU and Kansas City Climbing Clubs.) For information, call 785-843-5000.-- Michael Vennard

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