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Weekend Agenda

Looking for something to do this weekend? Check out our top picks for November 13-15.

Photo by Paul Andrews

Friday

If you’ve ever wondered what it takes to launch a startup, get a taste at Startup Weekend. For 54 hours, beginning at 6:30 p.m. tonight, participants will pitch their business ideas and form teams around the best ones, developing the concepts before presenting them to a panel of judges. The event marks is part of Global Entrepreneurship Week, which officially kicks off Monday.

You learned about the pioneers in school, but teachers seem to have left out one fascinating group: the Whiskey Pioneers. Get schooled tonight at the Alexander Majors Barn for an educational event that begins with a cocktail hour, ends with a guided Dark Horse Distillery whiskey tasting and includes a presentation from Dr. Matthew Osborn, an assistant professor of history at UMKC who will discuss whiskey and its history and use on the frontier and during the Civil War.

‘Tis the season for holiday shopping. Enjoy holiday sales and open houses all weekend at Brookside, and make sure to stop by STUFF, which is donating 15 percent of each sale to Wayside Waifs tonight. Shopping opportunities also abound at the Lake Quivira Holiday Bazaar today and tomorrow. The event features more than 50 local vendors selling handmade gifts, jewelry, gourmet foods, home decor and more.

Saturday

Now that you’re presumably in the holiday spirit, take it a step further with Park Place’s holiday open house. Take advantage of specials and discounts at stores and restaurants, taking in the beautiful holiday decor and sounds of strolling Dickens carolers between stops. Plus when you spend $100 or more at Park Place during the festivities and you get a free poinsettia (make sure to present this coupon). Or celebrate with French flare at Trapp & Company’s Christmas Market and holiday open house, where you’ll find fresh candles and fragrances, ornaments and gifts perfect for your favorite Francophile all weekend. If there are still somehow names to cross off your list, check out Gift Gallery 9 a.m.-4 p.m. at Curé of Ars Catholic School in Leawood with thousands of pieces for sell at all price points, with proceeds going to local charities.

Treat yourself to a new (or gently-used) designer purse at It’s in the Bag, the annual fundraiser auction benefitting Love Fund for Children. This year’s event kicks off at 11 a.m. at the InterContinental Kansas City at the Plaza and features a presentation from Maddy Nash as well as a chance to bid on a bag donated by Oprah BFF and CBS This Morning Host Gayle King.

The Kansas City Symphony boldly goes where few orchestras have gone before with a performance accompanying 2009′s “Star Trek.” The film will be played in full on Helzberg Hall’s giant screen during this installment of Screenland at the Symphony. May the series live long and prosper.

Sunday

Craving a taste of New Orleans? Jax Chef de Cuisine Theresia Ota combines the restaurant’s sustainable, New Orleans-inspired seafood with brunch  staples to create a new menu with more than 30 items, including shrimp and grits, brioche French toast and blackened catfish eggs Benedict.  Try it from 10:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. every Sunday, starting this week.

Veteran’s Day may have passed, but this morning offers another great way to show your gratitude for those who served our country. The first War Horses for Veterans 5K Run/Walk starts at 8 a.m. at Liberty Memorial and money raised helps support War Horses for Veterans’ mission to provide three-day equine and networking experience that allows veterans to bond with horses and each other in a safe, comfortable country environment.

Musical Theater Heritage’s latest production will have you laughing before you even enter the Crown Center theater: Tony Award-winning “Urinetown” parodies musical and theater conventions while offering up social commentary through the story of a greedy corporation that owns all the toilets in a city. Catch a performance today at 2 p.m. or next weekend before the show closes.

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