The Black Chippendales better be damned sexy to warrant the $25 admission to their ladies-only show Thursday at Bodyworks Phase II, 8625 Troost. After all, we can see beefcake in Mi Cocina’s VIP room for free. Doors open at 7 p.m., and the show starts at 8. Call 816-363-6910 for tickets. — Annie Fischer
The Comic Creators’ Network goes out to see and be scene.
The last time we participated in a crawl, we capped off the evening curled up in the fetal position, caressing the cold tile of our bathroom. We vowed to avoid any future crawls, regardless of their ilk. Then we came across Saturday’s Sketch Crawl. Presented by the Comic Creators’ Network, the organization that brings artists and writers together for sketchbook parties and Comixtravaganza, the Sketch Crawl is a chance for would-be Frank Millers and aspiring Dame Darcys to draw some of Kansas City’s more notable landmarks. “It’s a great way to look at all the beautiful resources in our beloved city,” says the CCN’s Duane Cunningham.
The Crawl kicks off at 10 a.m. at the rear entrance of the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art (4525 Oak). From there, artists continue their day as illustrating nomads, trekking to destinations such as Crown Center, Liberty Memorial, Union Station and finally Riverside’s Riverfront Park before the day draws to a close. See www.comixclub.com for more information. — Megan Metzger
The Good Girl
After earning a bachelor’s degree from Harvard and a master’s of divinity from Notre Dame, Sheila Provencher did the socially responsible thing and joined the Jesuit Volunteer Corps. After her stint was over, though, she was still eager to take up humanitarian causes. So she moved to Iraq as part of Christian Peacemaker Teams and spent the next 18 months teaching Iraqis and Americans to see each other as people instead of targets. Hear all about it when Provencher attends a rally from 4 to 5:30 p.m. Sunday at the J.C. Nichols Fountain (47th Street and Main), then speaks at Community Christian Church (4601 Main) at 6. Call 816-931-5256. — Fischer
The Vietnam Wall Experience — a traveling replica of Washington, D.C.’s Maya Lin-designed Vietnam Veterans Memorial — makes quite an entrance when it arrives in Kansas City for a three-day stay. The 240-foot-long, 8-foot-tall faux-granite reproduction will be escorted into town by more than 200 motorcyclists. The wall will be open to visitors for viewing and name rubbings continuously from 10 a.m. Friday through 6 p.m. Sunday at Chapel Hill Memorial Gardens (701 North 94th Street). — Rebecca Braverman