Patty Party

SAT 10/25

Somewhere in California there lives a three-year-old punk rocker named Dresden, who may well be the luckiest three-year-old punk rocker in the world. Is he lucky because, at this early stage in his life, he’s already been through his embarrassing mohawk phase (which only lasted three days)? Well, yes. That’s pretty lucky. Elevating young master Dresden from luckier to luckiest, however, is his relationship to his Aunt Callyann. Dresden’s aunt is better known to Kansas Citians as Callyann Casteel, the artist behind the Hamburger Dance Party, a kind of guerrilla-theater art bomb that involves Casteel’s recruits getting dressed as giant hamburgers and gathering at a particular location to shake their booties like giant hamburger booties have never been shaken before. Is she politically motivated, raging against our fast-food culture and assembly-line economy with a processed-patty boogie? Nope. She does it, she says, “just ’cause it’s goofy.”Goofy it is — and hilarious and absurd and fun. All of which brings us back to Dresden, who so charmed his aunt that she put her fiber sculpture skills to work for the benefit of her uniquely natty nephew and came up with four hand puppets of decidedly counterculture character: a hippie, an art student, a punk-rock girl and a punk-rock boy. Grown-up types who’d like to meet for a play date with Casteel’s marginalized Muppets before they wing their way to Dresden may do so from 2 to 6 p.m. Saturday for the closing party at the Telephone Booth gallery (3319 Troost). Also on display are Casteel’s drawings and the works of Lynus Young. Bring your inner child. Be prepared to play: If you’re lucky, you may be invited to samba with a sandwich. For details, call 816-582-9812.— Kelly Sue Deconnick

Stripperific

SAT 10/25

The value of distinctive undergarments is underestimated by many. Paying $10 for a Birdie’s-bought pair of low-riding hipster undies with original art by a local artist silk-screened onto the ass or thigh is a good deal. Plus, the selection is growing, with more local artists contributing their work. (We are excited to see Davin Watne on board!) How much does a pair of similarly fashioned mass-produced underwear — made by somebody whose hand you’ll never get to shake — cost at Target? About $7. But let’s just say $10 is more than you think you ought to pay for a one-of-a-kind robot on the front of your G-string. The value of your dollars might mean more to you on Saturday, when Birdie’s holds a live auction at the Cup and Saucer (412 Delaware), with proceeds going to Planned Parenthood. For information, call the store at 816-304-5477.— Gina Kaufmann

Street Style

FRI 10/24

For many of us, the phrase fashion show conjures scary images of Anna “Nuclear” Wintour and her ilk air-kissing and ogling every detail of outlandishly unaffordable attire. Then there’s Hot Couture: A Cultural Arts Explosion, which sounds more user-friendly. This Friday, local designers exhibit their creations in a fashion-show-meets-street-fair on McGee between 18th and 19th streets. The show is open from 6 to 11 p.m., with the runway sashay from 8 to 10 p.m. To further de-Vogue the affair, local restaurants are setting up booths, and the evening includes a performance by the Marching Cobras — and belly dancers. General admission tickets are $10; VIP tickets are $25. For more information, call 816-519-1484.— Jen Chen

Perfectly Frank

THU 10/23

Plays by local writer Frank Higgins have been staged in Kansas City and beyond. Among them are WMKS: Where Music Kills Sorrow at the Missouri Repertory Theatre and The Company of Women at the Cherry Lane Theatre in New York. Higgins presents a staged reading of his new play, Crazyology: Men and Women at Love, at 7:30 p.m. Thursday in Room 115 of Sedgwick Hall (52nd Street and Troost) as part of Rockhurst University’s Plays-in-Progress Workshop series. Since 1990, 26 regional playwrights have staged readings of their work in front of Rockhurst students and theater lovers, followed by what workshop director Charles Kovich calls “a lively question-and-answer session.” Call 816-501-4607 for more information.— Steve Walker

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