En Garde!

SAT 9/24
Stephen Malkmus handpicked Portland’s Swords Project to open for his first solo tour. That’s good enough for us. The Oregonians — who look like sextuplets and sound like Mogwai — play with Jon Sheffield at 8:30 p.m. Saturday at Mojo’s (1018 Park in Columbia, 573-875-0588). Don’t complain; it’s not a school night. — Annie Fischer

Debbie Does Dance
Song and dance, that is.

We can’t begrudge Debbie Reynolds the occasional cartoon voice-over. After all, maintaining unsinkability can take a lot out of a gal. She has to trot out all those Gene Kelly anecdotes every time Robert Osborne calls. She hears filthy smack coming from her own daughter. (And what a piece of work she is, huh, with her little books and that talk in The Aristocrats about how her mother was the golden-shower queen of the MGM lot?) She’s taken ribbing for doing TV mysteries — back when TV mysteries weren’t all about sex crimes. And now she sings and dances, reminiscing professionally. Sometimes she winds up hauling her one-woman show to a community college — she just leaves it off her Web site’s “Upcoming Appearances” page. Her latest off-the-radar appearances are at 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday at Johnson County Community College’s Yardley Hall (12345 College Boulevard in Overland Park, 913-469-4445). But no worries, Debbie; gravy’s gravy. And you, darling, you not only don’t sink in that gravy — you swim in it. — Alan Scherstuhl

A Shaw Thing

The Rep repeats itself.

FRI 9/23
The Kansas City Repertory Theatre has been working its way through George Bernard Shaw’s oeuvre with recent productions of Major Barbara and Saint Joan. Now director Sharon Ott starts the Rep’s fall season with Man and Superman, Shaw’s romantic comedy about John Tanner, a young writer, and Ann Whitefield, the rich beauty who loves him. Of course, Tanner doesn’t want her affection, and hilarity ensues. Ain’t unrequited love grand? Performances begin at 8 p.m. Friday at the University of Missouri-Kansas City’s Performing Arts Center (4949 Cherry Street) and continue through October 16. Tickets start at $22; students pay $14 with ID. See www.kcrep.org for more information. — Rebecca Braverman


James Spooner’s got punk is his trunk.

FRI 9/23
We’re thankful that James Spooner included some laughs in his conflicted-subculture film study. It’s not that we don’t appreciate complexity; we just don’t think documentaries always have to be so damned serious. Afro-punk, Spooner’s exploration of race identity within the punk scene, boasts performances by Bad Brains, interviews with TV on the Radio — and humor. Catch the screening at 7 p.m. Friday at the Kansas City Art Institute’s Epperson Auditorium (4415 Warwick, 816-474-5224) alongside performances by Ad Astra Per Aspera, the Get Wild Five and Crap Corps. — Fischer

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