The Heat Is On

THU 8/4
We won’t cry for you, Argentina, but only because photographer Daniel Laurine’s Buenos Aires Heat opens at Café Trio (3535 Broadway, 816-756-3227) from 5 to 8 p.m. Thursday. The $20 donation benefits the AIDS Service Foundation of Greater Kansas City. Hot! — Rebecca Braverman

Art Films
Is it interpretation or just projection?

SAT 8/6
Get ready for First Friday II: The Next Day. At Saturday’s Every Picture Tells a Story festival — not to be confused with the Do Ya Think I’m Sexy festival or the Love Touch festival — KC filmmakers debut short movies that comment on locally displayed paintings and sculptures by area artists. (The entry deadline for the third-annual event was last week, so that minidocumentary about the drawings on the break-room refrigerator will have to wait until next year.) Joe Heyen, president of the Independent Filmmakers Coalition, says the contest’s theme has its roots in a familiar reaction. “I was walking through a gallery, and I started wondering what the artist was thinking,” he says. Who better to answer that question than people with movie cameras?

Heyen expects to screen 18 three-and-a-half-minute entries. Some are narrative shorts, others are documentaries, and a few, Heyen says, are experimental. A panel of judges will name a winner, and the audience will choose its own favorite. Doors at the Uptown Theater (3700 Broadway, 816-753-8665) open at 7 p.m., and the projector lights up at 7:30. —Scott Wilson

Free Country
Crown Center makes Friday a free-day.

FRI 8/5
Free Friday-night movies? Crown Center (2450 Grand Boulevard, 816-274-8444) had ’em in July. Concerts, though, haven’t been part of its summer for 12 years. But 2005 ends those quiet nights, because Free Friday Night Concerts are starting again. Country star Jamie O’Neal kicks off the series at 8 p.m. — Braverman

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