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NIGHT + DAY WEEK OF JANUARY 12–18
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There’s no other media profile quite like the one enjoyed by Thomas Frank, Baffler founding editor, What’s the Matter With Kansas? author and Harper’s columnist. FIND Over the past couple of MANY MORE decades, the Mission Hills native has gone from small-press nerd Lewis Lapham LISTINGS to acolyte to Wall Street ONLINE AT Journal editorialist. PITCH.COM (First published in 1988, The Baffler was basically a big, thinky blog before blogs existed.) For proof that he’s still a wonk’s wonk with a Dennis Miller, stopme-before-I-subreference-again bent, flip to the index of his latest book, the tea-party-andTARP takedown Pity the Billionaire. Under V, find 1920s crooner Rudy Vallee, Ron Paul booster Richard Viguerie and actor Jon Voight
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(among others). Frank speaks at 7 p.m. at Unity Temple on the Plaza (707 West 47th Street). To channel a little recession fury in person, you need to buy Billionaire ($25) from Rainy Day Books (2706 West 53rd Street, Fairway, [ F R I DAY 1 .1 3 ]
t was almost certainly Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart or Detlef Schrempf who first said, “If you want something done right, you have to do it yourself.” Wolfie couldn’t dunk, but he — like most of his contemporaries — preferred to play his own compositions on das Klavier while conducting the other musicians. Not one to be upstaged by a dead genius, Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra Music Director Jeffrey Kahane plays Mozart’s Piano Concerto No. 25 while nodding, winking and occasionally gesturing at the Kansas City Symphony, for which he’s the guest conductor this weekend. Kahane leads the symphony at 8 p.m. today and tomorrow, and at 2 p.m. Sunday at the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts (1601 Broadway, 816-994-7200). When Kahane pulled double duty on that concerto with the New York Philharmonic in 2010, he told The New York Times that it was easier that way. Showoff. The other half of the epic bill: Rachmaninoff’s thrilling and essential Symphony No. 2. At press time, Sunday’s concert was sold out, and the other shows were in high demand. For tickets — SCOTT WILSON and information, call 816-471-0400 or see kcsymphony.org.
Coleman Crenshaw and Ashlee LaPine are Konstantin and Nina in The Seagull (Friday).
913-384-3126) beforehand. Each copy includes two tickets; call the store or see rainydaybooks.com. — SCOTT WILSON [ARTS & CRAFTS]
IT’S A SMALL WORLD AFTER ALL
Local writer Emily Farris continues her tradition of importing unusual and hip activities with a competition at the Honeytree Gallery (504 East 18th Street). This time, the party doesn’t involve casseroles, the cookbook author’s usual obsession, but crafts instead. “You just have to build a magical world inside of a shoebox,” Farris explains. Dioramaland: Part 1 is a tribute to the elementary school art project, which was briefly resurrected as a monthly contest at a Brooklyn bar, where Farris once earned accolades for her microcosm featuring shiny penises and humping dinosaurs. The theme of tonight’s contest is a secret (and so is the prize). The $10 entry fee includes one beer and supplies, but Farris advises, “If you have secret-weapon popsicle sticks and dinosaur figurines and you want to bring them, you should.” (Feel free to bring extra booze, too.) The concept fits the direction that Honeytree owner Kate E. Burke wants to take her gallery. “I want to push the envelope on being creative in the space,” she says, “and opening it up for other events besides First Fridays.” Dioramaland begins at 7 p.m. RSVP at the event page on Facebook. — CRYSTAL K. WIEBE
David Hollond wants us to rethink our storysharing habits, given the latest 140-charactermax attention span. In the tradition of Moth StorySLAMs in other cities, Hollond and the Lawrence Arts Center (940 New Hampshire, Lawrence, 785-843-2787) are bringing together locals for Story Slam, which resembles the oral-storytelling tradition — “a sort of campfire where family, friends, neighbors and strangers gather to hear interesting tales told by family, friends, neighbors and strangers,” Hollond says. The theme for tonight’s event is “Cold,” and it’s open to individual interpretation. Participants can spin a five- to seven-minute true, personal tale in competition or they can share one- to three-minute quickies. Music starts at 7 p.m., and talebearing begins at 7:30. Donations are accepted at the door, and a cash bar helps you loosen up. See lawrenceartscenter.org for more information. — APRIL FLEMING [MUSIC]
The Eighth Street Taproom (801 New Hampshire, Lawrence, 785-841-6918) is a good area bar for seeing an intimate show. Equal parts hipster barroom and basement dive, the joint boasts an upstairs lounge, a smokers’ patio with corner views, and a moody downstairs space illuminated with red Christmas bulbs. If it sounds inviting, then one of the bar’s signature attractions offers further enticement. DJ vs. Drums pits DJ Kimbarely Legal, using actual turntables (bless the DJs who actually DJ), against drummers Dylan Bassett (Sunu) and Sean B. (Hearts of Darkness). Kimbarely Legal picks some funk, salsa, Afrobeat or whatever else is hiding in her crates, and the drummers add their flavor on all kinds of percussion instruments, including dunduns, djembe and talking drums. The results: sultry sounds and plenty of movement. — APRIL FLEMING [THEATER]
Anton Chekhov’s The Seagull is one of those masterworks that doesn’t get produced in town very often. First produced in 1896 to an unappreciative audience, The Seagull later became one of continued on page 12
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