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Weekend Agenda

Looking for something to do this weekend? Check out our top picks for March 14 – 16.

Photo by Paul Andrews.

Friday

Math nerds and lovers of baked goods will appreciate several events being held in honor of Pi Day. Put your stomach to the test with a hand pie eating contest at 3:14 p.m. at Whole Foods Market on Metcalf, or head to The Upper Crust, where you will find apple, blueberry, cheery and hot oatmeal pies for $3.14 per slice. Whole pies and cutie pies will also be available.

Pay a visit to Rockhurst University’s Greenlease Gallery for “Sunday Painter,” an exhibition showcasing the work of the Kansas City Plein Air Coterie, a group of local artists that gather every Sunday for breakfast and an outdoor painting session. Curated by Michael Michael Schonhoff, the exhibition also includes the ephemera that shapes the two-year old group, which has come together rain or shine for more than 100 consecutive Sunday sessions. Take a look behind the scenes before the exhibition closes on Saturday.

Help nonprofit organization Change the Truth provide life-changing opportunities to Ugandan children in the form of better food and education. Enjoy all-you-can-eat pizza from SPIN! Neapolitan Pizza and all you can drink beer and wine at the organization’s annual Friendraiser/Fundraiser being held at Boulevard Brewing Company. The evening includes an art exhibit and auction featuring the work of children from St. Mary Kevin Orphanage who benefit from the money raised.

Saturday

If you couldn’t make it to Power & Light’s KC Live Block during the week for Basketball Fan Fest, take advantage of the final day. Start things off with the Big 12 5K and Family Stroll at 10 a.m. Need extra motivation to get out of bed? The first man and woman to cross the finish line win $1,000 in gas and tickets to the championship game. If you’re not one of the lucky winners, catch the 8 p.m. game at the Fan Fest watch party.

For those who are more interested in runways than fadeaways, Saturday also marks the beginning of Kansas City Fashion Week. Seats are still available for the 2 p.m. designer showcase featuring American Prep Clothing Company, L.O.D. and Elle Inspired, among many others, and standing room admission is available for the 8 p.m. show, which includes featured designer Laura Kathleen’s fall collection and jewelry line. Start planning your outfit now.

Or take a trip to Paris in the 1800s with the Kansas City Lyric Opera’s performance of Puccini’s beloved “La Bohème,” the story of a group of struggling Parisian bohemians and their tragic romances. Catch the first show tonight at the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts or get your tickets to one of next week’s performances.

Sunday

St. Patrick’s Day starts early with the Martin City Whiskey Run and 5K, the beginning of the day’s Irishpalooza celebration, which includes a parade at 2 p.m. Find more ways to celebrate Irish pride this weekend in our St. Pat’s event roundup.

Try your hand at butchering with a lengthy lesson from the team at Local Pig. A handful of students will help break down a side of beef weighing in at roughly 375 pounds. Since butchering is hard work, snacks and drinks are provided, and participants get to take home 25 pounds of freshly cut steaks, roasts, rib and ground beef. If you can’t make this class, keep an eye of Local Pig’s schedule to see which upcoming educational event sparks your interest.

Let your inner geek run wild at Planet Comicon, Kansas City’s largest pop culture convention. Swing by Bartle Hall during the festivities, which run Friday through Sunday, to hear from local comic and cartoon artists, meet the stars of some of television and film’s biggest science fiction and super hero franchises and marvel at the costumes (or dress up yourself). Live long and prosper.

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