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Weekend Agenda

Looking for something to do this weekend? Check out our top picks for February 21 – 23.

Photo by Paul Andrews.

Friday

You wouldn’t want to be caught dead anywhere other than the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts, where the Kansas City Ballet is premiering its production of “Dracula.” While it might not be the most traditional ballet, the combination of spectacular costumes and spooky special effects make it a show not to be missed.

Craving food instead of blood? Now through March 1, enjoy exclusive menus from 11 restaurants, including Drunken Fish, Bar Louie and the Kill Devil Club, during the Power & Light District’s Dine Downtown winter restaurant week.

Celebrate Mardi Gras early at Arti Gras, an exhibition at Leawood City Hall highlighting the work of local artists selected by Janet Kuemmerlein. Awards will be presented at tonight’s Fat Tuesday-themed opening reception, which also includes music, appetizers and beverages. The showcased works will be available to view all weekend.

Saturday

It’s almost time to take off those winter gloves and let your green thumb see the light of day. Pick up some tips at the Kansas City Garden Symposium, and learn how to create your own gardening style with help from four experts speaking at the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art throughout the day.

If you’d rather spend your afternoon in the kitchen than the garden, learn how to prepare the perfect roast beef (and delicious side dishes) at Farm to Table Kitchen in City Market. Local spice mavens from Wood + Salt are leading the cooking class, which features one key ingredient—Wood + Salt’s popular Cascavel Rose Rub made with rose hips and Cascavel chilis. Small plates will be provided along with a short break to go explore.

Revisit the cinematic legacy of Academy Award-winning actor Phillip Seymour Hoffman, who died earlier this month, with a memorial double feature at the Alamo Drafthouse. The lineup includes “Punch Drunk Love” and Paul Thomas Anderson’s 2012 film “The Master,” featuring Hoffman as the charismatic Lancaster Dodd in a performance that earned him his last Oscar nomination.

Sunday

Love a good deal? Don’t forget to stop by the consolidation sale at Halls Crown Center, which ends today. Merchandise from both Halls locations is available for 75 percent off sale prices. You’ll also want to take a trip to Feng’s pop-up sale, where the boutique is giving shoppers 20 percent off already deeply reduced prices.

Don’t wait until St. Patrick’s Day to show your Irish pride or appreciation. Paul Byrom, an alum of Irish mega group Celtic Thunder, is performing at the Folly Theater. A professional singer since the age of 12, Byrom earned the nickname “The Swanky Tenor” from fans thanks to his suave and romantic vocals. Find out if he lives up to the hype.

Downton Abbey fans have a lot to look forward. The season finale of the British period drama about the lives of an aristocratic family and its servants airs tonight, and KCPT is partnering with Hotel Phillips to make sure the evening is unforgettable. Enjoy drinks and appetizers at the hotel’s watch party (costumes are encouraged), then head to 12 Baltimore for a special dinner menu inspired by the show.

Check back next week for info on more events you won’t want to miss!