All Mixed Up
Underground MCs and under-21 music fans share common ground when it comes to local nightspots. Many club owners won’t let rappers onstage, and most bouncers stop teens at the door. At the Minor Mix-Up, however, lyricists have the freedom to freestyle, and all-ages audience members can wave their hands in the air without worrying about stage lights catching fraudulent stamps. The Mix-Up unites local heavyweights such as Approach, Deep Thinkers, the Guild, C.E.S. CRU, Human Cropcircles, Anti-Crew and Talysman, all of whom combine socially conscious wordplay with soulfully organic, decidedly noncrunk backdrops. Each act gets 20 minutes to showcase its skills, building up to a posse-cut session in which members of the assorted ensembles (they all fall under the Style Network Cru umbrella) swap verses and beats. Mike master Reach hosts the event, and Sike Style spins between sets. The show starts at 8 p.m. Saturday at El Torreon (3101 Gillham, 816-509-0550). Tickets are $8. —Andrew Miller
Take Us Out
But drop the balm.
At 7 p.m. Saturday, the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum (1615 East 18th Street) conducts its Fifth Annual Legacy Awards ceremony, in which Major League Baseball’s best players receive accolades named for Negro League stars. Along with some other notables, New York Yankee Gary Sheffield makes an appearance to receive the Oscar Charleston Legacy Award, the museum’s version of the MVP. We were suspicious about the museum’s decision to award alleged dopers (Barry Bonds shares the Charleston Award with Sheffield), and we wondered why so many non-African-American players are on the winners list. But Andrea Morrison, the museum’s marketing assistant, assures us that the awards committee sticks strictly to the stats and that the group is pleased that the winners are multicultural. Admission is $100 for museum members and $150 for nonmembers. Call 816-221-1920. — Jason Harper
In Greek mythology, Clio was one of the nine muses who presided over the arts and sciences, inspiring excellence in these pursuits. And though advertising probably wasn’t quite as celebrated in ancient times as it is these days, the prizes honoring the world’s most clever commercials are named after her all the same. KC’s Art and Copy Club hosts a party Thursday at Take Two Productions (300 West 19th Terrace) to screen a collection of the 2004 Clio Award winners. Drinks and hors d’oeuvres are slated for 5:30 p.m., followed by a 6:30 showing of the Clio reel. Yeah, we know it seems strange to pay $25 to watch commercials, but these are the very best commercials. Call 816-822-0300 for more information. — Fischer