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Weekend Agenda

Looking for something to do this weekend? Check out our top picks for October 2-4.

Photo by Paul Andrews

Friday

Happy First Friday! Lead Bank celebrates its inaugural First Friday with the Twisted Asian and American Fusion food trucks, live DJ Brooks Brown and a chance to participate in an exciting community art project. Kelly Porter brings her global reputation from Porter Teleo wallcoverings to Blue Gallery for a solo exhibition running through October featuring large-scale paintings and works on paper focusing on the process of abstraction. An element that makes the pieces even more beautiful: 30 percent of the proceeds for the entire show will be donated to Rose Brooks Center. And though Dia de los Muertos is still weeks away, Mattie Rhode Art Gallery’s 17th annual Day of the Dead exhibition opens tonight, with a street festival happening Saturday.

Summer cook-outs are officially out of season, but fall brings its own barbecued delights. Case in point: The World Series of Barbecue, which moved to Arrowhead Stadium this year. In addition to watching hundreds of the best barbecue teams compete in the world’s biggest barbecue competition, attendees can satisfy their hunger at the food court, do good at fundraising events, and, on Saturday, enjoy the Cowtown Family Fun Fest and a performance from country music stars Big & Rich.

“STAND,” a play by Nashville-based playwright Jim Reyland based on the life story of Johnny Ellis, who spent three decades on the streets of Nashville, and a good samaritan who stepped up to help him. The play comes to KC tonight and Saturday at the Homeless Service Coalition of Greater Kansas City. The performances are free, but consider making a donation to the organization.

Saturday

Fight the urge to hit snooze and instead fight to make a difference in the childhood cancer community. Held in honor of 8-year-old Natalie Fleischaker who suffered from a rare tumor in her brainstem, the Natalie’s A.R.T. 5K at Overland Park’s South Creek Office Park starts at 9 a.m., includes a pancake breakfast after you cross the finish line and raises money for pediatric cancer research.

Fall festival options abound this weekend. Love apples and tehir delicious byproducts? Head to Louisburg Cider Mill’s Ciderfest, where you can see how apples are pressed into cider and munch on treats including cider donuts and fresh-dipped caramel apples, or sample the apple dumplings and apple pies at the 27th annual Weston Applefest Celebration, which also includes a parade and more than 60 arts and crafts booths. End the day in a blaze of glory at WaterFire.

Don’t hog all the festival fun. Barktoberfest, billed as KC’s first pet and music festival, is happening 2-8 p.m. at Shawnee Mission Park’s Theater in the Park. The free event features a beer garden, performances from national acts Plain White T’s and Rachel Platten (who you might know from her wildly popular “Fight Song”) and lots of offerings for your four-legged friends.

Sunday

Step aside Taco Tuesday: This year National Taco Day happens to fall on a Sunday. We suggest celebrating at one of these spots, especially Zocalo, which is offering all dine-in guests a complimentary chicken taco, beginning at 11 a.m. during brunch service. Because the time is always right for a taco.

Catch U.S. Senator Claire McCaskill at 12:30 p.m. for a program and book signing at the Harry S. Truman Library and Museum (fun fact: McCaskill holds the senate seat once occupied by Truman). She’ll join the library’s Kurt Graham for a conversation about her uphill battle getting to Washington D.C. Reservations are encouraged—get more info here.

Spend your Sunday with KC Repertory Theatre and take in its final performances of  “Sunday in the Park with George,” Stephen Sondheim and James Lapine’s Pulitzer Prize-winning musical. Georges Seurat’s efforts to complete his famous “A Sunday Afternoon on the Island of La Grande Jatte” are paired with the story of his fictional grandson, also an artist, struggling to find his voice in the play presented at the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art. A classic work also gets new life on a Kansas City stage with Lyric Opera of Kansas City’s stylish modernization of “Don Giovanni,” where the mean streets of a big city stand in for Seville. Performances are Friday night and Sunday afternoon at the Muriel Kauffman Theatre.

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