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Thursday, December 18, 2003

How did Thursday night become so notorious for shameless drunken antics? This is the last Thursday you can call your own for a good few weeks. With Christmas next week and New Year's the week after, you will have to stay far, far away from your dive bar of choice for quite a while. Sorry to be the bearers of bad news if this hadn't occurred to you, but as we all know, failing to prepare is preparing to fail. It's best you find out while you still have time to do something about it. For a good Thursday-night bar adventure to tide you over until '04, there's always Jilly's, offering its weekly Latin and Salsa Night with DJs Fat Sal and Senior Oz. And the really sweet thing about Jilly's is that there's this guy who keeps tabs on the status of your popcorn, vigilantly providing free refills as though it were bad coffee. The fun's at 1744 Broadway. For information, call 816-221-4977.

Friday, December 19, 2003

Astrology might be a crock of shit. Shakespeare would probably have denied its validity with that whole business of the fault lying not in our stars but in ourselves. On the other hand, all the Sagittarians we know are totally chill, disarmingly friendly and honest in a way that borders on excessive, though they're not very skilled when it comes to long-distance correspondence. That these traits are shared among all of our friends born between November 22 and December 21 makes us think there might be something to this zodiac thing. Our Sagittarian pals are the guests of honor at tonight's Sagittarian Style Hip-Hop Dance Party at the Granada (1020 Massachusetts Street in Lawrence), brought to you by DreadzThreads. Also contributing to their happiness is the fact that they get in free until 10 p.m. Admission for the rest of you costs $5. For information, call 785-842-1390.

Saturday, December 20, 2003

When it comes to gift exchanges among roommates, there's the selfless gift (the CD you know she wants, the very sound of which will torment you), and then there's the selfish gift (the new DVD player that will conveniently be hooked up to the TV in the shared living room). The selfish gift could be the answer to all kinds of issues you'd just rather not bring up. Say you want a cat but have this feeling your roommate would be against the idea. As long as you haven't asked her, though, you can't know for sure, right? Would it really be your fault if you got her a cat for Christmas, thinking she'd love it even though she's allergic? No, it wouldn't. So don't ask how she feels about cats, dumbass, just get one. Do it today. Humane Society pets are hanging out in Brookside hoping to find homes from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. For information on pet adoptions, call 913-596-1873.

Sunday, December 21, 2003

God hates the suburbs. OK, God just strongly dislikes the suburbs. Still too much? Fine. God loves the urban core, enjoys seeing street-level activity in all downtowns and sure would be happy if people embraced diverse neighborhoods and learned to get along. That may be nicer, but it's a pretty lame-ass slogan. Sigh. Why do right-wingers get away with saying God hates stuff they don't like, but we have to be all nice about it? At any rate, a group in town is organizing religious congregations "to combat social inequalities caused by urban sprawl." If you want to know more about this local crusade, head to the All Souls Unitarian Universalist Church (4501 Walnut) today at 10 a.m. for a lecture called "Urban Sprawl and Racism," led by Keith Washburn, a member of the Metropolitan Organization on Racial and Economic Equality. For information, call 816-523-7666.

Monday, December 22, 2003

The Swope Park Greenhouse (69th Street and Elmwood) is holding its 22nd Annual Poinsettia Show, which includes 2,000 plants, all of them poisonous. Pour yourself a cup of cocoa and check out 31 varieties of poinsettias, with names such as "freedom salmon" and "heirloom peach." In our humble opinion, "freedom salmon" is the best name ever -- if not for a lethal-but-festive plant, then for a band. It just sounds right. Freedom Salmon rocks! The show is open from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., and we should mention that you can actually buy the plants at $20 a pop. For information, call 816-513-8970.

Tuesday, December 23, 2003

They do it every year, but it's pretty cool, so we'll recommend it again. If you read about the Very '50s Christmas at the Johnson County Museum of History's All-Electric Model Home last year (or the year before), skip to Wednesday. For those of you who didn't: The model home built by General Electric in the 1950s, which reveals how people in the 1950s imagined the home of the future, features a special Christmas display offering retro decorations for the young vintage fiend -- or the nostalgic old person. Visitors learn -- or remember -- how Christmas was celebrated in the typical 1950s suburban home. Today's hours are 1 to 4 p.m. For information, call 913-631-6709. The Johnson County Museum of History is located at 6305 Lackman Road in Shawnee.

Wednesday, December 24, 2003

Did you forget that special someone on your Christmas list -- the one who wants a kilt? Dude, you really dropped the ball this time. But you're in luck, because the locally based Highland XPress has a Web site dedicated to making your own kilt. Just to let you know before you excitedly aim your browser at Scottishdance.net/highland/makingkilt.html, kilts are made of tartan wool, which is expensive -- it starts at about $55 a yard. And the average man's kilt needs about 9 yards. As kilt-site guy Ian Brockbank explains, "You can see why a kilt is a lifetime investment." Good luck. Follow the instructions. You'll be sewing all night. Ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha! Sorry, we meant ho ho ho!

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