More Machine Than Man is a "cybergoth, electrofetish and industrial multimedia project" that is working its way into the North American goth/fetish/industrial club scene. The band plays guitar-driven, industrial dance music reminiscent of goth-industrial mainstays like KMFDM, Ministry, Lords of Acid and Nine Inch Nails. Lyrically, MMTM's songs are dark celebrations of B&D relationships, sci-fi imagery, the fetish scene, pervy sensuality and post-alternative rage. More Machine Than Man joins Vibralux, God Project and LiD at 7:30 p.m. today at The Granada, 1020 Mass.
Twelve bands will showcase at the first Big Creek Festival in Pattonsburg, Mo. (an hour north of KC). If the name of the place sounds familiar, it was the flooded and abandoned town dressed up to look like Lawrence in Ang Lee's Civil War epic "Ride With the Devil." Bands include The Bottle Rockets, Hairy Apes BMX, Jesse Dayton, Nace Bros., The Gaslights, Silvermen, Zeerok, The Holy Ghost, Monkey Boy, Mathematics, Billy Beale and the Whiskey Shivers, and Fuzzy Buddies Boogen Dance Party. The festival kicks off at 1 p.m. Saturday.
In the midst of a massive tour with Green Day, Jimmy Eat World managed to squeeze in an unlikely club date in Lawrence. The band's amped-up power emo made a splash with 2001's "Bleed American" and evolved with the release of "Futures" in 2004. This show promises to be a tight ticket on account of Jimmy Eat World's mainstream stature, but those lucky enough to get in the door will be treated to a rare intimate performance from one of MTV's most credible and road-tested acts. Jimmy Eat World performs at 8 p.m. Sunday at Liberty Hall, 642 Mass.
With Roe v. Wade hanging in the balance and two openings on the U.S. Supreme Court pending, "Words of Choice" is focusing attention on women's reproductive freedom. The play, created by New Yorker Cindy Copper, weaves together comic and serious stories by 15 writers about such hot-button topics as emergency contraception, sexual assault, unintended pregnancy, abstinence education, fetal anomalies and safe and legal abortion. "Words of Choice" will be performed at 7 p.m. today at the Lawrence Arts Center, 940 N.H., followed by a discussion led by the Lawrence chapter of the National Organization for Women.
'Right Between the Ears'
Kansas Public Radio's comedy show "Right Between the Ears" (formerly "The Imagination Workshop) had its first live broadcast in May 1985. Now it's celebrating its 20th anniversary with a special "greatest bits" show. Liane Hansen, host of National Public Radio's "Weekend Edition Sunday," will guest star in the 90-minute performance of topical satire, TV and movie takeoffs, and commercial spoofs. Among the bits to be included are episodes of Buck Naked-Frontier Scout, The Legion of Stupid Heroes, The Antonio Banderas Show and Incompetents Hospital, along with commercial spoofs. The show will be at 8 p.m. Saturday at Kansas City's historic Folly Theater, 12th and Central.