I was thrilled earlier this year when the six-screen AMC Mainstreet Theater (1400 Main, Kansas City, Mo.) was purchased by the Austin, Texas.-based Alamo Drafthouse Cinema.
In addition to showing cool movies and offering food and adult beverages, Alamo Drafthouse is known for its strict policies on things that make noise — conversations, cellphones and children. But rules are made to be broken, which is why Alamo Drafthouse hosts regular quote-alongs of comedies and cult classics.
A quote-along, for those who aren’t familiar, is an interactive movie screening at which the audience is actually encouraged to recite all of the lines they know by heart. The words are even splashed on the screen, karaoke style. This week, those lines will include “This aggression will not stand, man!” and “You’re my boy, Blue!”
At 7:45 p.m. Monday, sip on $5 White Russians between your favorite scenes of “The Big Lebowski,” the 1998 cult-favorite from the Coen brothers. Before the show, get in on the giant-sized bowling game or dig through a bag of Walter’s dirty whites.
(Note: By the time I found my jelly sandals, this event had sold out. “Life does not stop and start at your convenience, you miserable piece of [stuff].” Showings on Tuesday and Wednesday also sold out. Relax, man; you can still sip on White Russians in the Alamo Drafthouse bar, The Chesterfield, and complain about what the nihilists did to your rug.)
On Saturday, quote your heart out to “Old School.” This 2003 Todd Phillips comedy about three dudes’ pathetic yet hilarious attempt at reliving their frat days is one of the few movies that repeatedly causes me to laugh so hard I cry.
Tickets for the 10 p.m. screening are $12 in advance and are available at drafthouse.com. Streaking and spandex are not required, but make sure you have some cash for the keg.
Food nerds unite
Lawrence has its own Nerd Nite, the monthly gathering at which folks are invited to give 20-minute presentations on the things they really love to nerd out about.
On Wednesday, local nerds will converge upon Midtown’s miniBar (3810 Broadway, Kansas City, Mo.) to talk food and drink. Expect presentations from representatives of Local Pig (Alex Pope’s East Bottoms butcher shop), Urbavore Urban Farm and Dark Horse Distillery. There’s no cover for this 7 p.m. event, but polite nerds always patronize the bar. Learn more at nerdnite.com.
Dropkick Murphys at The Uptown Theater
While I am very good at consuming copious amounts of corned beef and Jameson, and I dye my hair red, I’ve recently come to the conclusion that deep down, I must be a self-loathing Irish lass.
I always turn off NPR when The Thistle & Shamrock (a Celtic music show) comes on, and I refuse to leave my house on St. Patrick’s Day.
Still, I know plenty of perfectly nice people my age who puke green beer every March and play Dropkick Murphys CDs whenever the mood strikes them.
If you are one of them, instead of judging you, I’m going to encourage you. Catch the sometimes kilt-clad Massachusetts punk rockers Thursday at The Uptown Theater (3700 Broadway, Kansas City, Mo.). Doors are at 6:30 p.m. and The Mahones open at 7:30 p.m. General admission tickets for this all-ages show are $35.45 and are available at ticketmaster.com or at The Uptown Theater box office.
The Wallflowers at The Midland
Now it’s your turn to judge me: I had a huge crush on Jakob Dylan, The Wallflowers frontman, before I ever knew anything about his dad. I’ve since had an education in the song-and-dance man. Literally. I took two Bob Dylan classes, for actual credits, in college.
But “One Headlight” has been pleasantly stuck in my head since ’96, so there’s a good chance I’ll be rocking combat boots when the Wallflowers take the stage at The Midland (1228 Main St., Kansas City, Mo.) on Thursday. General admission tickets are $25 in advance at midlandkc.com or $30 the day of the show (unless you show up with a can of food for Harvesters, the community food network, and receive $5 off). Doors are at 7 p.m. My Jerusalem opens.