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An unusual benefit helps an ailing artist.

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Psychic Friends Network
An unusual benefit helps an ailing artist.

7/30-7/31
Many psychic fairs involve folding chairs, dingy hotel conference rooms and an unavoidable aura of capitalism. Not this weekend's Benefit Psychic Fair for Joe Palace. Although there's no cost to enter the fair, the money everyone spends there goes directly to Palace, an area artist recovering from leukemia who's mired in medical bills. After his cancer diagnosis last winter, Palace started aggressive radiation treatments; soon, his friend Barbara Criswell started a campaign to help with his myriad expenses. Criswell owns Aquarius (3936 Broadway, 816-931-6303), a new-age store in Westport that sells Palace's silversmith work. That's the site of the unorthodox fund-raiser (hence, no Holiday Inn lobby registration), where fairgoers can choose from tarot, palm, stone, astrological or psychic readings, look through runes and oghams (characters from ancient, mystical alphabets), have their auras photographed, have their energy worked or attend workshops. (We're intrigued by the one on drumming.) The fair runs from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday and from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday. -- Sarah Smarsh

Planet Out
It's performance time at the Planet Café.

SAT 7/30
On The L Word, Showtime's curiously addictive lesbian soap, quirky characters flirt, gossip and occasionally grope each other at a coffee shop called The Planet. Kansas City's hippest homosexuals perform many of the same activities at our own Planet Café, though any heavy petting is respectfully discreet. Both Planets host drag shows, but the nonfiction version (3535 Broadway, Suite D, 816-561-7287) also opens its mike once a month on Saturdays from 7 to 11 p.m. Since this showcase started in December 2004, Planet patrons have shared everything from a cappella Christmas carols to full-band funk. Acoustic singer-songwriter performances dominate the proceedings, with amateurs and professionals alike enjoying the intimate forum. Spoken-word pieces are also common, but L Word viewers wary of Jenny, the show's rambling waif wordsmith, will find that these poets won't babble aimlessly about manatees, and their words won't inexplicably float through the air. -- Andrew Miller

Follow the Light
Keep the sushi -- just give us strong drinks.

FRI 7/29
Lasers, lights and liquor: This is perhaps the only combination of circumstances under which we might actually agree to dance. And we'd need that third element in spades. Fortunately, Chaos Theory 3.0: The Catalyst has it covered: 30 DJs in four spaces, including BT and Junkie XL in the Main Room, Dieselboy and Hive in the Jungle Room, and Chocolate Troy in the VIP Room (where we can pay $50 and get free sushi). The party runs from 7 p.m. to 3 a.m. at the Uptown Theater (3700 Broadway, 816-753-8665). Tickets are $20 in advance or $35 at the door. -- Annie Fischer

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