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SUN 11/6

Sunday may be a day of rest, but faithful E! watchers know that it’s also the day of choice for awards shows. And Kansas City’s gallery crowd knows that our own art-world equivalent is the Charlotte Street Awards Exhibition. Every year, the Charlotte Street Foundation honors local artists with cash grants of $8,500 — and exposure, for the artists as well as for KC’s scene. This year’s recipients — Callyann Casteel, Craig Subler, Sean Ward, Max Key and Miles Neidinger — were announced at the beginning of the year, but their creations finally hang side by side in this group show. Neidinger crafts huge sculptures from seemingly mundane objects such as wire hangers. Key’s folk-artsy paintings sneak in references to botanical paintings and wallpaper. UMKC art professor Craig Subler’s sly drawings comment on the experience of viewing art by portraying museumgoers as disconnected, and Sean Ward’s multimedia pieces have combined disparate materials such as pantyhose and weapons. Casteel often dresses up as a giant hamburger — find out if she wears one as a party frock at Sunday’s opening, from 3 to 5 p.m. at the Johnson County Community College Gallery of Art (12345 College Boulevard in Overland Park, 913-469-8500, ext. 3972). — Rebecca Braverman

Bowl Cut
It’s right up our alley.

FRI 11/4

Technically, The Big Lebowski is a “cult classic” — it did poorly at the box office, but after its video release the movie became an obsession among dorm-room audiences and film geeks (the House and Senate of the movie-snob world). It didn’t take long for word to spread about the Coen brothers’ sublimely surreal world of bowling, nihilists, White Russians and a man called “Dude.” Nowadays, though, Lebowski is so universally appreciated for its hilarious dialogue and faux-noir story that it has earned the right to drop the “cult” handle and settle into the canon of classic comedy. In case you’ve been wedged underneath a boulder for the past half-decade and haven’t seen the film, the Screenland (1656 Washington, 816-421-2900) offers an opportunity to catch it on the big screen at 8 and 10:45 p.m. Friday as part of the theater’s First Friday film series. Attendees are encouraged to dress as their favorite character; White Russians are the special of the night. Admission is $6. — David Hudnall

Here’s to You
Nadine Robinson draws conclusions.

FRI 11/4
In college, we took a class called “Endtime Prophets.” We also think that fairy tales are lovely, and we spend a large part of each day studying the past 24 hours’ pop-culture developments. So we feel well-equipped to handle New York artist Nadine Robinson‘s latest show, which opens this weekend at Grand Arts (1819 Grand, 816-421-6887). OK, perhaps we’re oversimplifying. But historically, Robinson has drawn inspiration from points as varied as doomsday predictions, German folklore and the rise of hip-hop; it’s often said that her sound-and-light exhibitions meld black musical customs with white modernist traditions. Check out the Conclusion of the System of Things from 6 to 9 p.m. Friday; the show runs through December 17. — Annie Fischer

Electric Slides

Next, please.…

WED 11/9
November’s installment of the Slideshow series — in which three hometown artists offer abbreviated glimpses into the creative process — includes area instructors Barry Anderson (UMKC) and Deanna Skedel (the Kansas City Art Institute) alongside sculptor Matt Dehaemers. The mini-lectures, followed by a reception, begin at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday at the Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art (4420 Warwick, 816-753-5784). Dehaemers opens his multimedia Look Better; Feel Better from 5 to 9 p.m. Friday at the Barbershop Gallery, 33rd Street and Gillham, 816-200-4698. — Fischer

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