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SAT 8/7
The Olive Gallery and Art Supply (15 East Eighth Street in Lawrence) has a smart marketing scheme: Encourage customers to buy more paint and sketchbooks by showing what truly talented artists do with theirs. This month the gallery hosts Vacillations of the Art, mixed-media collaborations by Tony Pontius and Jenn Dierdorf. (He paints; she adds collage elements.) In one of their dreamy mock Polaroids, a group of schoolboys follows an upright, dress-clad donkey past a suspension bridge. We aren't sure what it means or how to feel about it, but the artists say that they intended for us to feel that sort of ambivalence. The show opens with a reception from 6 to 10 p.m. Saturday, when visitors will be treated to a free performance by rockabilly band Drakkar Sauna. Vacillations is on display from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily through August 31. Call 785-331-4114 for more information. --Christopher Blunk

All Dolled Up

FRI 8/6
Higher Ground Entertainment always incorporates double-F action into its titles for First Friday events (such as Ffire and Ffantasy). It conjures some disastrous connotations with its latest, XFFL, which references the most notorious sports flop in history. XFFL boasts pom-pom power, though Chiefs cheerleaders typically don evening gowns for the events. Also, jerseys are prohibited, so unless they're stitched into a fine suit, "He Hate Me"-style sentiments must remain unexpressed. The event kicks off at 9 p.m. at Quincy's in the Adam's Mark Hotel, 9103 East 39th Street. For details, see www.hgekc.com. -- Andrew Miller

Park It

SUN 8/8
Nearly 20 years after the 15-minute documentary Heavy Metal Parking Lot debuted, creators Jeff Krulik and John Heyn gained yet another cult following when they cashed in on the reality TV craze and made Parking Lot, a look at the culture of fandom. Whereas the television series explores the devoted admirers of 50 Cent, Dolly Parton and Michael Jackson, the original delved into the lives of beer-guzzling acid-wash fans before a 1986 Judas Priest concert and remains one of the most hysterical accounts of rock shows ever. It screens at 2 p.m. Sunday along with shorts How to Clean the Toilet Without Gagging, Animals Should Wear Underwear and Truck Wrestler as part of the Megariffic Supertron Ultrafuntime Film Festival at the Kansas City, Kansas, Main Library (625 Minnesota). Libriarians will serve waffles and Tang, and costumes are encouraged. Call 913-279-2067. -- Annie Fischer

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