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Weekend Agenda

Looking for something to do this weekend? Check out our top picks for August 7 – 9.

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Friday

Missouri Bank isn’t your average financial institution, thanks to its innovative practices, particularly local business-centric specials like today’s Fresh Friday. Mobank customers can swing by the bank’s Prairie Village location with their card and get treated to a basket of farm-fresh goods from KC farmers. You don’t have to be a client to visit the Crossroads location for a unique First Friday event, The Art of Saving Energy. As part of program from Kansas City Power & Light showcasing ways to save energy and money, local artists Allan Chow, Phil Shafer and Anastacia Drake will be turning old refrigerators into works of art.

Of course that’s only the tip of the First Friday iceberg. Start your day with a leisurely three-course lunch at The American paired with half-price wine, then start shopping the West Bottoms. Crossroads events this evening include a beach party at our 2015 City’s Best coffeehouse winner, Thou Mayest (tropical drinks and tiki torches will definitely be there; no word on sand and waves) and a look inside Sandlot Goods’ factory for the first time ever. At Leedy-Voulkos Art Center, the Kansas City Art Institute celebrates the 50th anniversary of its foundation year program with a national group exhibition on view through Sept. 26 featuring works from more than 60 artists across the country who taught in the college’s foundation program at some point since its inception. Find more First Friday fun here.

The Heart of America Shakespeare Festival came and went, but it’s not your only opportunity to see The Bard’s work in a local park. Just Off Broadway Theatre in Penn Valley Park brings “Othello” to KC this weekend with a script-in-hand reading at 7:30 p.m. tonight and tomorrow night and 2 p.m. performances tomorrow and Sunday. For a less tragic park production, take in the family-friendly “Seussical the Musical” at Gladstone Theatre in the Park, with 8:30 p.m. performances every night this weekend.

Saturday

During this month’s World War II Weekend at Harry S. Truman Library and Museum, President Truman comes alive through archivist Niel Johnson’s portrayal and plenty of other thought-provoking historical events. Visitors can also step into the White House Decision Center to examine intelligence and top-secret documents. Make your way to the museum by 11 a.m. to hear the story of Michiko Okada, one of the few who witnessed the devastation of downtown Nagasaki on August 9, 1945. Her survival, experiences of the aftermath and personal thoughts of the bombing will be recounted by her son Gayle Thomas June.

The time is right for Hint + Harvest’s Magic 8 Ball event tonight in front of Municipal Auditorium—after all, it is the 8th day of the 8th month. Join Hint and Harvest Productions for interactive games and projection. Starting at 9:30 p.m., the Magic 8 Ball will answer questions, so start tweeting yours today with #AskMagic8Ball.

Get your glam on at the soft opening for Kendra Scott’s first KC area store at the Country Club Plaza (located at 412 Nichols Road). Take a first look at the new space and the colorful merchandise. Need an extra reason to shop? Spend $50 before tax today and get a free pair of the designer’s Danielle earrings in cobalt (perfect for stylishly cheering on the Royals or Sporting).

Sunday

Back to school lists at the ready: It’s tax-free weekend in Missouri. Friday, Saturday and Sunday, clothing up to $100 per item as well as other items such as school supplies and computers, are exempt from sales tax. Our first stop? The Bridge at Halls, which will even have a DJ spinning for a fun shopping experience Saturday, or if you have little ones, KiD OH!, where you’ll get 20 percent off all of the store’s stock. Not all metro cities and counties are participating, so check for more details before embarking on your tax-free weekend shopping bonanza.

A trip to the land down under is within your reach—just head to the Kansas City Zoo today at 1:30 p.m. for Boomerang Bash. Hear fascinating stories about animals and watch the kangaroos from the Bluey’s deck while you sip on beer and wine and listen to a performance from Victor & Penny. Zoo keeper chats and a host of other events are happening today too. See the full schedule online.

In a summer slump? Yelp KC has a plan for helping you break free. Its Tour of KC events include free fun that celebrates all of the local goodness the city has to offer. Today Yelp is hosting a private tour of The Roasterie Factory and cupping. RSVP with your Yelp account (or sign up for one) and see if you’re one of the lucky 25 chosen for the outing. Mark your calendar for these upcoming Tour of KC events.

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