Looking for something to do this weekend? Check out our top picks for March 28 – 30.
The Boys & Girls Club of Greater Kansas City invites you to say hello to its little friend—special guest Al Pacino. Join the Academy Award-winner for the annual Kids Night Out event benefiting the organization. The evening at the Overland Park Convention Center will kick off with drinks at a cocktail party followed by dinner and ending with the main program, which includes both a live and silent auction.
See the world premiere of six works choreographed by rising talents at KC Ballet’s “New Moves,” a performance event designed to find, develop and showcase emerging choreographers. The performance includes pieces from four KC Ballet company members as well as Erin Novak-Lustig, the artistic director for KC’s Seamless Dance Theatre, and former Houston Ballet soloist Ilya Kozadayev. The $20 ticket includes an after party where you can meet the artists. Can’t make it Friday? Catch an encore performance Saturday or next weekend.
Start your weekend off with wellness at the Westin Crown Center’s 2.5 mile Wellness Walk being held at 4 p.m., then return to the hotel for healthy snacks and a free t-shirt. The event is part of the global launch of Westin’s Well-being Movement, meaning your future travels are about to get a little bit healthier.
Fitness events continue on Saturday. Looking to brighten things up? Gather a group of friends and head to Kemper Arena for Run or Dye, a 5K where runners get blasted with non-toxic, plant-based powdered dyes every kilometer. Or head to the Ability 5K Run, Walk and Roll, a race through Swope Park that will have you passing by the Kansas City Zoo and Starlight Theatre. Proceeds go toward scholarships for college students studying developmental disabilities and higher education for the people served by the Developmental Disability Services of Jackson County. Check out several other races happening this weekend on the KC Running Company’s website.
Catch the Musical Theater Heritage’s performance of “Bernstein’s Broadway,” a salute to legendary composer and conductor Leonard Bernstein. The performance, hosted by Broadway historian and radio host George Harter, will feature a cast of 15 performing the composer’s most popular songs from “West Side Story,” “On the Town” and other theater classics at Crown Center’s Off Center Theater. The show debuted this week, and performances run Thursday through Sunday until April 13.
If Broadway isn’t your style, consider making a trip to Lawrence for a spooky evening at the Eldridge Hotel. Join Ghost Tours of Kansas and local medium Jo Flowers as they discuss the historic hotel’s rumored haunting over dinner and drinks from the Eldridge’s restaurant. You’ll also come away with a personalized psychic reading, making the evening one you’re sure to remember.
Enjoy an afternoon of entertainment courtesy of powerhouse female performers like local jazz legends Ida McBeth, Mary Moore and many others at the American Jazz Museum’s Blue Room as Women in Jazz Month comes to an end. Proceeds from the event benefit True Light Family Resource Center’s Emancipation Station, a day shelter for abused or homeless women.
Harvey Milk made history by becoming the first openly gay person to be elected to public office in California. Now the San Francisco civil rights icon’s story is coming to KC through a very special concert from the Heartland Men’s Chorus and Gateway Men’s Chorus. See a performance of Tony- and Grammy Award-nominated composer Andrew Lippa’s “I Am Harvey Milk” Saturday or Sunday at the Folly Theater.
Spring is finally here, so why not spend an afternoon picking up ideas at the Greater Kansas City Home Show and Kansas City Flower, Lawn and Garden Show at Bartle Hall? Visit with exhibitors to see what’s new this season (check out our tips for avoiding information overload), and meet HGTV star and refurbishment expert Cari Cucksey as well as KC’s own HGTV “Design Star” winner, Jennifer Bertrand, who is sharing tips and trends in design and decor.
Check back next week for info on more events you won’t want to miss!
Mackenzie Leander contributed to this story.