House Proud

SAT 4/30
The heart of the Kansas City Art Institute campus, Vanderslice Hall, is hurtin’ for restoration. Built in 1896, the red-brick colossus looming over 44th Street and Warwick was originally the estate of parks and boulevards pioneer August Meyer. It was purchased for the college in 1927 by Howard Vanderslice. Neither man is around anymore to bankroll ongoing maintenance for the 26-room mansion, so the building has been the recipient of school fund-raising efforts for 40 years with the annual Vanderslice Kitchens and Homes Tour. This year, $15 buys the chance to snoop around four sweet pads in the Loose Park neighborhood. Proceeds from the tour, which runs from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., go toward the makeover of Vanderslizzy Hizzy, which houses the Art Institute’s administrative staff and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Tickets are available in advance at area Hen House stores. On tour day, tickets cost $20, and students pay $12. For tour details, call 816-802-3339. — Sarah Smarsh

Free for All
One thing’s fair for the uninsured.

SAT 4/30
On a weekend morning, our heads are usually pounding so hard from the night before that the thought of our own impending death looms large. Saturday’s Health Fair could help us figure out just how bad off we really are. Starting at 7:30 a.m. at City Market (20 East Fifth Street), the fair promotes Cover the Uninsured Week, a nationwide effort to aid the 45 million citizens who live without health insurance. Cover the Uninsured hopes to mobilize thousands of people, from doctors to small-business owners, to demonstrate to the government that maybe there’s a better way to spend 80 billion bucks right here in the United States. The free event offers cholesterol, blood-pressure, dental and body-mass-index screenings along with more traditional fair fare — food, music and clowns. Call 816-922-7227 for details. — Christopher Sebela

Most Likely to Succeed

THU 4/28
We admire Katlyn Toronto‘s ambition — she demonstrates none of the burnout many college students experience. The Kansas City Art Institute fiber major began creating Victorian costumes at age 12 and has two small online fashion companies under her belt (Bleugirl Designs and Hey Sailor! Clothing). She also studied photography at the California College of Art in Oakland, was a professional fetish model from 2001 to 2004, and is throwing one helluva party Thursday to showcase her senior thesis collection of burlesque- and circus-inspired designs. Miss Viola’s Sideshow of Salacious Beauties, sexed-up further with performances by Etta Vendetta and the Broken Umbrellas, starts at 8 p.m. at the Empire Room (334 East 31st Street, 816-561-2640) and includes a silent art auction. Admission is $5. — Annie Fischer

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