Looking for something to do this weekend? Check out our top picks for May 15 – 17.
Dinosaurs and cocktails make for an evening that’s hard to beat, and both are the stars of A Range of Raptors, a science happy hour presentation at the Museum of Prairiefire. Delivered by Dr. David Burnham, a preeminent paleontologist at KU whose work you can see at the museum’s current dino exhibition, the presentation will discuss how raptors’ evolution has coursed through their lineage to create little monsters with big brains and sharp talons. The evening includes light appetizers and beverages ($10 for non-members, free for members). While you’re at Prairiefire, stop by Made in KC, a new addition to the district that’s focused on locally made goods.
Enjoy four performances in one at KC Ballet’s Dances Daring. Featuring works from well-known names like George Balanchine, Todd Bolender and Edwaard Liang as well as emerging choreography Amy Seiwert, the production runs Friday, Saturday and Sunday, bringing the ballet’s 2014-2015 season to an artful close.
Are you a Missouri Bank customer? As part of its effort to support local businesses, mobank started a #SwipeLocal campaign. Shop at The Sundry 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. today and you’ll get up to $5 of your purchase paid for when you charge it to your mobank card. We highly recommend the insanely delicious cinnamon rolls—even if you aren’t getting the discount.
Waldo is the place to be for beer lovers today. At the 5th Annual Hopfest, you can snag unlimited samples from more than 50 breweries from the U.S. and Europe. Cajun Cabin, Pie Hole, Plantain District and other fab food trucks will be at the event to make sure you’re not drinking on an empty stomach.
Decor favorite Coveted Home is throwing a grand opening party 5 – 8 p.m. to celebrate its move to the Country Club Plaza. The store still carries all of your beloved lines, plus some exciting new additions. We can’t wait to check them out (and see how the new space is decorated).
Shake up your Saturday morning routine and step outside for the Brookside Saturday Yoga series. Led by Fit Formula owner and fitness guru Sharon Prothe, the $10 classes ($5 for kids) at Brookside Court Park’s tennis courts are open to all skill levels. Don’t worry if you can’t make it this Saturday—the stretchy sessions happen every week now through July 25 9 – 10 a.m. If yoga isn’t your ideal workout, KC is bursting with other fitness opportunities today, whether you want to run the Martini Mile (and enjoy the post-race party) or pedal over to the Cycle in the City street festival.
Fitness fun continues Sunday with the Girls on the Run 5K. A pre-race bash features stations designed to get girls excited to run, such as colored hair spray and face painting, and their enthusiasm is contagious, plus your registration helps fun scholarships that ensure all metro area girls who want to participate can. Looking to push yourself to the limit? You can still sign up for the Kansas City Triathlon at Longview Lake.
Break out a cute day dress and a chic chapeau for Dressed to the Nines, the Royals’ annual celebration of Salute to the Negro Leagues Day. The Boys in Blue are facing the Yankees at 1:10 p.m., but show up early to get an autograph from Negro Leagues alumni and honorary alumni. And with the purchase of a brunch voucher, you can get access to an exclusive pre-game buffet in the Hall of Fame Pavilion with live jazz by Kenny Glover and the BMW Band as well as a specially designed pair of socks from Sock 101.
Meet the next generation of playwrights at The Coterie’s Young Playwrights Festival. On stage will be the work of four staged readings including plays, a monologue and a musical excerpt. This year’s festival also includes nine moments of new opera created by The Coterie’s Young Playwrights Roundtable members, UMKC Conservatory composers and Lyric Opera performers called the WORDS + MUSIC Project. All works are considered PG-13 and tickets are a steal at $5.
Check back next week for info on more events you won’t want to miss!