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Weekend Agenda

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

Photo by Paul Andrews.

Friday

Live local with Downtown Overland Park’s Local Life events. Get special deals from The Upper Crust, Great Day Café, Unique Finds, Ruby Rouge and other stores, or stop by Brew Lab for a mini tour and root beer tasting. In the mood for something a little stronger? The Culinary Center of Kansas City is hosting an Irish whiskey tasting from 6 to 8 p.m.

Reserve a seat at Chaz on the Plaza at the Raphael Hotel and take advantage of a delicious five-course prix fixe menu, the result of an experimental collaboration between executive chef Charles d’Ablaing and Deanna Brazil, director of food and beverage. From now through March 31, enjoy delectable pairings, including Savannah-style crab cakes with a Moscato Mojito and beef short ribs served with a Lawrin, a mixture of Dark Horse Reserve Bourbon, cane sugar, fresh mint, muddled limes and soda named after the only Kentucky Derby winner from Kansas.

Today is National Puppy Day, so why not show your four-legged friend a little extra love with a fab gift? It’s also the perfect opportunity to adopt a new pup or an older dog, so consider paying a visit to your local shelter. Dogs and cats are 50 percent off all weekend at Great Plains SPCA’s Spring BreakOUT Adoption Event (and tickets are currently on sale for its Pawtini fundraiser next weekend).

Saturday

The canine-themed events continue. Grab your best friend (human or dog) and head to Paws March for a Cause, a 4K dog walk and run benefiting Wayside Waifs humane society and the New Longview Foundation, an organization dedicated to preserving the arches and Pergola on the historic Longview Farm property.

TED has become an international phenomenon, attracting some of the most innovative and forward-thinking speakers in the world. TED2014 ends Friday, but don’t worry if you couldn’t make it to Vancouver to hear the latest presentations in person. TEDxKC is re-broadcasting selected talks from the 30th anniversary conference at the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art starting at 9 a.m. If waking up at that hour makes you cringe, never fear—the event includes a mid-morning coffee break with java from The Filling Station.

If your brain needs a break, the American Jazz Museum’s Jammin’ at the Gem concert series continues with the Newport Jazz Festival. The festival is celebrating its 60th anniversary with an all-star tour featuring Anat Cohen, Karrin Allyson, Randy Brecker, Mark Whitfield, Peter Martin, Clarence Penn and Larry Grenadier.

Sunday

Calling violinist Regina Carter a musical genius isn’t an exaggeration. Carter, who draws influence from classical, Motown, swing, funk and world music, received the MacArthur Fellowship in 2006, commonly referred to as the “genius grant.” Now she’s in KC, performing at the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts to support her latest project, “Southern Comfort,” at 7 p.m.

From fashion and beauty to health and wellness, there’s something for both men and women at Beauty & Bow Ties. The event at 28 Event Space features a runway show and cocktails as well as opportunities to sample food from caterers and pastry chefs, snag freebies and get one-on-one time with local beauty and fashion pros.

Regardless of how KU fares during March Madness, you can see the Jayhawks in action on the big screen in “Jayhawkers,” a film by KU professor Kevin Willmott that examines Wilt Chamberlain’s time on the team and the struggles he faced in 1950s Lawrence. Catch a showing at Standees, which has extended the film’s run through Thursday, March 27 by popular demand.

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