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Weekend Agenda

Looking for something to do this weekend? Check out our top picks for February 28 – March 2.

Photo by Paul Andrews.

Friday

If you’re feeling charitable, there are plenty of ways to help local organizations this weekend, starting on Friday. Head to the Berg Event Space in the Crossroads to support the 6th Annual Mardi Growl Party, a fundraiser to help the Missouri Alliance for Animal Legislation end abuse and neglect in puppy mills. Costumes and masks are encouraged at the party, which also includes tarot readings and a Mardi Gras candy buffet.

Or make your mark on the lives of at-risk youth in Kansas City and orphans worldwide at the 9th Annual HALO ArtReach Auction. Enjoy an evening of fun featuring cocktails, dinner and entertainment at Arrowhead Stadium Tower Club East while bidding on great art and supporting the HALO Foundation.

KC Design Week is hosting a very different kind of art event as part of its 5th Annual celebration, which runs through March 8 and offers opportunities to witness local talent at work. See designers and illustrators develop a design from beginning to end at a fast-paced live design battle beginning at 6 p.m. at 28 Event Space.

History buffs can take a look back at streetcars in KC and get a fresh perspective on their potential future with an event at The Rieger Hotel Grill & Exchange hosted by Phantoms of Kansas City, an organization dedicated to celebrating the city’s forgotten history. Hear a presentation by Vince Gauthier, director of planning at architecture firm BNIM, and enjoy curated cocktails and complimentary hors d’oeuvres.

Saturday

Run through the historic West Bottoms at the inaugural Mardi Gras 5K. All participants get live results, a racing shirt, a Mardi Gras mask and, of course, beads. Stick around after the race for a street festival featuring live music and food from Jazzy B’s, Cajun Cabin and ChickHoovenSwine BBQ food trucks. With activities for children and a 200-yard kids’ fun run, this celebration is sure to delight the whole family.

Mardi Gras festivities continue Saturday night at the Power & Light District’s KC Live Block, where you can find fire jugglers, street performers, fortune tellers and a crawfish eating contest. Power & Light is also the home of the Be You Bash, a fundraising event for nonprofit organization REbeL. Stop by The Dubliner for food, drinks and a chance to meet former Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Trent Green.

Looking for a more low-key evening? Award-winning Canadian jazz vocalist and pianist Laila Biali takes the stage at the American Jazz Museum’s Blue Room with special guest Greg Carroll, the CEO of the museum as well as an award-winning jazz performer and educator. Expect to hear a few of her innovative covers (past performances have included everything from David Bowie and Frank Sinatra to Feist and Joni Mitchell).

Sunday

Despite the frigid temperatures, we’re hoping sunnier days are coming soon. Make sure you’re ready to tackle your home and garden improvement projects when spring finally does get here by checking out the latest products and professional tips at the Johnson County Home and Garden Show at the Overland Park Convention Center this weekend. Avoid getting overwhelmed by following this advice from a remodeling expert.

See who wears what and takes home the golden statues at the 86th Academy Awards. Not a big fan of awards shows? Join comedians from Cheap Shots and Alamo Drafthouse’s Movie Interruption series for a live roast of the ceremony at the Screenland Armour Theatre.

If you’re in the mood to be wined and dined, reserve your spot at Tannin Wine Bar & Kitchen for a guided “Taste the Terroir” tasting of more than 40 wines. And don’t worry if you can’t make it. The special event kicks off Tannin’s La Paulee Burgundy Week, so you can sample the Burgundy wines being showcased now through March 15.

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