P.E. for Life sounds kind of like a prison sentence, doesn't it? Like, from now on, even when you're 82, you're going to wake up to the shrill sound of a whistle blowing, followed by someone yelling at you to hustle. Then, upon rising, you'll change into ugly, polyester-blend shorts -- all because you've committed a crime against physical education, such as sitting inactive (with the exception of a few phalanges) in front of a computer all day. Although P.E. for Life is not actually a punishment, it does seek to prevent this kind of transgression. With budget cuts looming over schools, P.E. programs are dropping like flies, and kids aren't learning how to stay fit. A representative from P.E. for Life discusses the potential impact this will have, and given the name of the talk -- Obesity: The Physical Education Crisis in Our Schools -- we have a feeling we know what that might be. The talk is part of UMKC's "Women in Sports" lecture series, and begins at noon in the Women's Center, 105 Haag Hall, 52nd Street and Rockhill. For information, call 816-235-1638.
Friday, September 26, 2003
Back in the summertime, members of the once-defunct funk band known as Chickenhoof got back together for a benefit show at Davey's Uptown Ramblers Club. It was a special occasion, and we urged you to go, not only because the band is so much fun to experience live but also because, after the breakup, we figured it might be a one-time-only gig -- a last chance. We were wrong! Chickenhoof plays a set tonight at 11 in the Fahrenheit Gallery (1717 West Ninth Street). Doors open at 9 p.m. And it's worth getting there early, because Chickenhoof isn't the night's only funk act. The beloved Superwolf and Memphis Black haul in their collections of obscure funk and soul 45s for your listening pleasure as well. With its spacious floor, the Fahrenheit is a good venue to catch all three acts and do some dancing for once. For information, call 816-304-5477.
Saturday, September 27, 2003
Putting on new socks is to touch what stepping into a new car is to smell. The good people at the Redemptorist Social Services Center want to spread that new-sock feeling to those who need it the most -- but first, they need help sorting through all the donated socks before sending them to local agencies for distribution. Help Sock It to Poverty by sorting socks and underwear in the gymnasium at Our Lady of the Angels School (211 West Linwood, next to the Redemptorist Social Services Center). Potential volunteers -- not to mention recipients -- should be relieved to note that the donated underwear and socks are new. Be there at 9 a.m. for the sock sorting and stick around at noon for the sock-modeling party (if that's your thing). For information, call 816-931-9942.
Sunday, September 28, 2003
The MoMo Gallery (1830 Locust) hosts its Sybilline Download opening reception with works by David Goodrich and R.L. Miller next Friday at 6 p.m., but that doesn't mean you can't beat the crowds and see their stuff today from noon to 6. It's already hanging on the gallery walls. Goodrich's acrylic-on-canvas paintings swirl with bold brush strokes and have equally bold titles, such as "Clown With a Prostitute" and "Venus (in utero)." Photographer Patricia Reed says Goodrich's paintings remind her of "dark, insane-asylum things." Describing Goodrich's art, according to his promotional materials, prominent local artist Jennifer Field simply says, "Makes me want to fuck." Ah, perfect viewing for a Sunday afternoon. For more information, call 816-474-4814.
Monday, September 29, 2003
In cartoons, a hypnotist is a villain who dangles a pocket watch back and forth in front of an unsuspecting victim's face, saying over and over in a patronizing tone, "You're getting very sleepy." That's when the hypnotist makes the hypnotized (whose eyes have turned into radiating, red concentric circles) rob a bank. Having been raised on such images, many of us consider hypnotists among the scariest individuals in our midst. Fortunately, hypnosis no longer requires a hypnotist. From 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., Blue River Community College (20301 East 78 Highway in Independence) hosts a Stop Smoking Through Self-hypnosis class, which is worth a shot if you've already tried knitting, wearing a patch, jogging, carrying around a pack of smokes wrapped in a mess of duct tape, putting cigarettes in your mouth "without lighting them," and smoking a whole pack until the idea of smoking repulses you. If you end up robbing a bank after hypnotizing yourself, maybe you can blame it on withdrawal, but you sure as shit won't want to go blaming it on the hypnotist. Attendance costs only $15 -- it'll be a wash by the time you skip your first three packs. For information, call 816-220-6500.
Tuesday, September 30, 2003
Anniversaries are usually feel-good celebrations, but the newly renovated Coterie Theatre (level one in Crown Center, 2450 Grand) chose three scary stories to open its 25th season. Gatherings in Graveyards III showcases three short but spine-chilling stories by Edgar Allan Poe, Mark Twain and Shirley Jackson. The second story, The War Prayer, was rejected by Harper's Bazaar as a short story in 1922 and was finally adapted for the Coterie stage from Twain's unpublished manuscripts. The hourlong play debuts today at 10 a.m. and runs through Halloween. Tickets cost $8 for students, seniors and the eighteen-and-under crowd. It's $10 for adults. Call the box office at 816-474-6552.
Wednesday, October 1, 2003
When you go looking for holidays, it's amazing what turns up. In addition to being Cookie Month, Auto Battery Safety Month, Cosmetology Month, Flu and Pneumonia Month, and Clock Month, October happens to be Dinosaur Month. If you're trying to squeeze in all these celebrations, we recommend starting with the last one at KU's Natural History Museum (1345 Jayhawk Boulevard in Lawrence). It seems easier to be aware of dinosaurs if you go where there still are some. Other than television, the museum is the best we can do for you. For information, call 785-864-4450.