Reality Rights

 

SAT 10/1
Watching marginally famous people humiliate themselves on reality TV has become a national pastime. There’s something satisfying about seeing washed-up sitcom actors forfeit all remaining dignity in exchange for a tiny boost of fame and small amounts of cash. As the host of VH1’s Celebrity Fit Club — a show that forces overweight “celebrities” into diet regimens — the comedian Ant has had the privilege of witnessing firsthand the hopelessly confused spirituality of Gary Busey as well as an intense emotional meltdown by Willie Aames (Buddy from Charles in Charge). We are jealous. But sharing the screen with such outlandish characters can make Ant look tame, an inaccurate impression considering his animated appearances on Last Comic Standing. On Saturday he headlines the fourth annual Human Rights Campaign Comedy Night at Pearl Gallery (1818 McGee). Hosted by local comedian Cathy Barnett and featuring modern cabaret act Alacartoona, the 7 p.m. show is a benefit for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender equal rights. Ticket prices range from $35 to $125; call 816-474-1731. — David Hudnall

Heavy Metal
Argentine, ho!

SAT 10/1
One effect of sprawl is that historic, centrally located neighborhoods are in danger of being forgotten. Kansas’ Argentine district has one of the city’s richest histories. It’s home to the Sante Fe rail yards and the grave of the Shawnee prophet Tenskwatawa, and it was once the site of the nation’s largest silver smelter. Yet many of us know it only as something we drive by on our way down Interstate 635. Remedy that situation on Saturday, when Argentine holds its 57th annual Silver City Day festival. Everything kicks off at 10 a.m., with a parade up Strong Avenue. Then it’s off to Emerson Park (29th Street and Strong Avenue) for a full day of food and live music. Perhaps in a nod to the neighborhood’s future, the “Little Argentine Idol” contest, for two age groups (4-6 and 7-11), starts at 1:30 p.m. — Colin Torre

Let’s Talk About Sex
Chucky Lou, where are you?

SAT 10/1
Saturday’s installment of the Chucky Lou AV Club is Hong Kong cinema cult classic Sex and Zen, about a monk-to-be and his prosthetic horse penis. We’ll let that sink in. The dude has his schlong removed and replaced, then goes on a vision quest of sorts. Seriously. Did we mention that director Michael Mak based this on a 17th-century novel called The Carnal Prayer? We don’t make these things up. The show starts at 11 p.m., but get to Screenland (1656 Washington) early for highlights from the documentary 101 Embarrassing Sexual Accidents —and to claim a spot in one of the coveted cushy red chairs. Call 913-522-8870 for more information. — Rebecca Braverman

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