Looking for something to do this weekend? Check out our top picks for March 7 – 9.
Get a first look at the latest styles from some of KC’s top boutiques at Fashion for a Cause, a runway show hosted by international supermodel, humanitarian and philanthropist Petra Nemcova. The event at the Grand Ballroom of the Kansas City Convention Center benefits Truman Medical Center’s Women’s Health Services, making the $150 ticket well worth the cost.
Your last name doesn’t have to be Bond to attend the Kill Devil Club’s License to Kill event. The 007-themed evening features a performance of the franchise’s iconic music by local swing king Dave Stephens as well as London Vodka specials.
It’s also the first Friday on the month, which means the Crossroads will have plenty of entertaining options. Stop by the opening reception of KU professor emeritus Roger Shimomura’s exhibition at the Belger Crane Yard Studios, or take a quick trip to Paris via the Lyric Opera of Kansas City’s “La Bohème” preview, complete with French-inspired cuisine.
Several Crossroads events also offer opportunities to give back this month. Check out Sensory Overload at Buttonwood Art Space, an exhibition celebrating the creativity and intelligence of those with autism. Fifty percent of art purchases will be donated to the Golden Hat Fund, actress Kate Winslet’s nonprofit organization that aims to highlight the capabilities of people on the autism spectrum. Or help support Shave to Save and Hope Lodge at an art exhibition and auction including pieces from 25 local artists at VML Wise Gallery. See the full lineup of First Friday events here.
Grammy Award-winning violinist and conductor Joshua Bell returns to the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts to tackle Édouard Lalo’s “Symphonie Espagnole.” The second half of the show highlight the talents of KC Symphony musicians as they tackle Béla Bartók’s “Concerto for Orchestra,” one of the 20th century’s most popular scores.
If you’re in the mood for a less traditional performance, Lucia Aerial Performing Arts will present its first-ever solo shows at Kansas City Ballet’s Bolender Center. The March 7 and 8 events will feature 18 company members who will dazzle with performances in aerial silks, trapeze and lyra blended with contortion and dance.
Break out your best green ensemble and celebrate St. Patrick’s Day a little early at the Leprechaun Lane 5K/10K in Blue Springs. Racers get a vintage t-shirt and finisher medal, and kids can participate in a costume contest before celebrating at a post-race party.
St. Patty’s Day festivities continue on Sunday, when you can travel to the Emerald Isle with a selection of Celtic music performed by the Grammy Award-winning Kansas City Chorale. If you can’t catch the Saturday performance at St. Michael the Archangel in Leawood, make sure to get tickets for the Sunday show at Visitation Church in Kansas City.
Or stick to the classics and enjoy the Overland Park Orchestra’s performance of works from greats like Beethoven and Schubert. The best part about this event at the Matt Ross Community Center? It’s free.
Car fanatics won’t want to miss the 2014 Greater Kansas City International Auto Show, happening this weekend at Bartle Hall. This year’s show features over 500 new cars, trucks, SUVs, crossovers and minivans, giving you a golden opportunity to comparison shop or check out the latest and cars local dealers have to offer.