Looking for something to do this weekend? Check out our top picks for December 11-13.
Celebrate Hanukkah with the always charming “Hershel and the Hanukkah Goblins” Friday, Saturday and Sunday at White Theater. Presented by Paul Mesner Puppets, the creative adaptation of an ancient Hanukkah story in which the Syrians forbade the Jews to worship as they wanted shows clever Hershel working to outwit holiday-hating hobgoblins.
Secure your place on Santa’s nice list at the Angel in the Sky Foundation’s 13th annual Toasted for Tots Toy Drive tonight at Knuckleheads. Cover is a $15 donation to Toys for Tots or a toy of equal or greater value and lets you enjoy live music all night from Dallas Wayne, Outlaw Jim & The Whiskey Benders and more, plus a live auction, food and a Christmas photo booth.
You’ll have the time of your life at “Dirty Dancing,” the musical adaptation of the 80s favorite presented by Broadway Across America now through Sunday at Kansas City Music Hall. Will the performers playing Johnny and Baby nail the iconic lift? Will somebody try and fail to put Baby in a corner? Find out for yourself.
Raise a glass for adoptable pets noon to 11 p.m. at Torn Label Brewing Co. A portion of proceeds will benefit Great Plains SPCA, and the taproom will have a fresh batch of dog treats made from its spent brewers’ grain for sale—we hear they make perfect presents for pups. Even after the event ends, your trip to Torn Label can help out homeless pets in KC—throughout the month, every donation made through the brewery will be matched twice.
The Jammin’ at the Gem concert series returns early this year, and just in time to celebrate the season with KC native Julian Vaughn. The musician quickly gets jazz fans’ attention with his 6-foot-7 frame, but its the lead bass player’s music that makes a strong statement. Catch his Christmas show at the Gem Theater at 8 p.m.
Only two weekends left to finish your Christmas shopping. Don’t panic: There are once again plenty of sales where you can pick up locally made gifts for family and friends. Halls welcomes designers from 74 Harley Street, Janesko, Charlie Hustle, Sock 101, Easy, Tiger, Loyalty KC and Tomboy to the store for its Love KC. Buy Local. shopping event 1-4 p.m. Natasha’s Mulberry & Mott hosts the Gingerbread Jubilee Holiday Pop-Up Shop 10 a.m.-4 p.m., featuring sweet gifts such as caramels from Champagne Sucre as well other finds ideal for your favorite foodie. Mission Farms’ holiday pop-up, KC Design Collaborative, invites shoppers to meet various designers and learn how to repurpose jewelry during a workshop, and Thou Mayest goes from coffee shop to holiday shop with Thouliday Mart, featuring Burgundy Circus, Cable and Company, Dear Society and others on its second floor 1-6 p.m.
Sunday’s forecast shows a high chance of rain, but that won’t matter one bit to participants in the Arthritis Foundation’s Jingle Bell Run. The 9 a.m. race is one of few in the country that’s entirely underground (at Meritex Lenexa Executive Park), so you’ll be warm and dry as you run 3.1 miles to raise money for the organization. Seasonal costumes are encouraged, but not required.
The Marjorie Powell Allen Chapel provides a breathtaking venue for Powell Gardens’ annual holiday concert series Saturday and Sunday. Today’s festive performance from 4 to 5 p.m. comes from Central Standard, a nationally-recognized 25-man a capella ensemble. Tickets ($10/members, $14/GA) include Garden admission, trolley service and Gardens by Candlelight: A Luminary Walk. 5-7:30 p.m., stroll through the Gardens aglow with the light of hundreds of luminaria, then warm up at the visitor center with hot chocolate, homemade cookies and s’mores.
Tired of holiday-focused entertainment? The Unicorn Theater offers two very alternative alternatives. Now through Dec. 27, see how “The Simpsons” and pop culture of today become the mythology of tomorrow in “Mr. Burns, a post-electric play,” a dark comedy following a group of survivors building a community after the apocalypse. Also playing is “Buyer & Cellar,” a campy one-man show about an out of work actor who becomes the lone shopkeeper in the private mall beneath Barbra Streisand’s Malibu mansion.
Check back next week for info on more events you won’t want to miss!