The Need for Seed


Wave a magnet in front of a television, and the picture spins and scrambles — a cathode fuck-up that can be hysterical and beautiful. Ron Megee is like that magnet, his Late Night Theatre the TV screen fragmenting culture as we know it. After recent tales of glam-rock vampires and the great sex dwarf known as Prince, the company brings us its own version of the ’50s schlock classic The Bad Seed. Actress Corrie Van Ausdal says the story (which has been a novel, a film and a play) marked a pop-culture first: evil kids. “It was a reaction to the McCarthy era,” she explains. “The fear that evil exists under the façade.”

The Bad Seedling is ape-shit, with all the gender-bent shtick we’ve come to expect from Late Night. Van Ausdal, as the mother, gets to lose her mind and sing “Que Sera Sera.” As for the titular seedling, a young girl named Rhoda — well, no surprise, she’s played by Megee. The play premieres at 8 p.m. Friday at Late Night Theatre (1531 Grand); call 816-235-6222. — Alan Scherstuhl

Street Cred

Though the phrase street blues conjures unhappy images of down-on-their-luck buskers playing acoustic shuffles in the hope that spectators will toss some spare change in their guitar cases, the Kansas City, Kansas, Street Blues Festival ranks among the area’s most joyous annual events. Held in front of juke joint Club Paradox (2006 North Third Street), this year’s three-day celebration showcases hometown talents such as D.C. Bellamy, Cotton Candy and Lester “Wizard” King, with a special Living Heritage Tribute show to honor Ida McBeth. Mississippi’s Bobby Rush, whose songs blend funk riffs and folk wisdom, headlines. Other acts fill out the lineup from 12:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. Friday and 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday. Staying true to the genre’s spiritual roots, the festival closes with Gospel Sunday, from 2 p.m. to 8 p.m., with 17 amazingly graceful clap-happy choirs. Call 816-247-2316 or see for a complete schedule. — Andrew Miller

It Girl

MON 6/27
Bar Natasha doesn’t care about country cutie and American Idol winner Carrie Underwood. Or runner-up Bo Bice — and his long locks — for that matter. The only Idol on this downtown spot’s mind is Bar Natasha Idol II winner Johnna Lowther, who showed up week after week, crooning her little heart out and leaving her cabaret competitors in the dust. Now Lowther reaps the rewards with her grand-prize performance at 8 p.m. Monday at Bar Natasha (1911 Main, 816-472-5300). Cover is a mere $2, so you’ll have plenty of cash left over to buy martinis for the gang. — Rebecca Braverman


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