Weekend Agenda

Looking for something to do this weekend? Check out our top picks for January 15-17.

Photo by Paul Andrews


Put on your stretchy pants and prepare to spend the next 10 days chowing down. That’s right: Kansas City Restaurant Week is finally here with more than 175 restaurants offering $15 lunch menus and $33 dinner menus, and 10 percent of proceeds benefitting local organizations. Start by seeing what your favorite restaurants in town are offering, or take a look at six menus that caught our attention.

There are plenty of good reasons to grab a beer on a Friday night, but here’s our favorite: supporting local animals. Tonight from 7 to 10 p.m. on the patio of Harpo’s, warm up with offerings such as Leinenkugel’s Snowdrift Vanilla Porter and Charleville Whiskey Scented Santa and a portion of proceeds go to KC Pet Project.

The world lost a legend when David Bowie passed away this week. Celebrate his legacy with a free memorial sing-along at Alamo Drafthouse tonight at 9:40 p.m.; to reserve a seat, purchase a $5 food and drink voucher here. For a different big screen Bowie experience, see him “Magic Dance” as the Goblin King in “Labyrinth,” playing tonight at 7 p.m. and tomorrow night at 9:30 p.m. at Screenland Armour.


Another music legend’s legacy is spotlighted today as the KC jazz community fêtes the centennial of jump blues, mainstream jazz and swing bandleader, pianist and singer Jay McShann’s birth. At the Gem Theater 7-11 p.m., attendees can learn more about McShann’s life, see a new exhibition about him and enjoy music from guests including Bobby Watson and his All Stars, Benny Green, and Joe Cartwright and Company.

Few things have the power to quickly improve a frigid day like a cup of coffee or hot chocolate. There will be plenty of both from The Roasterie at the Battle of the Bean 5K Run/Walk. The race starts at Foo’s Fabulous Frozen Custard in Brookside bright and early at 8 a.m. (kids 8 and under can sign up for the Jelly Bean Dash), and a portion of proceeds will go toward KC diaper bank Happy Bottoms.

Last weekend, the Kansas City Chiefs extended their winning streak and won their first playoff game in decades. Can they keep the streak alive and topple the New England Patriots? Find out as you watch the game from Gram & Dun, which is offering specials including $3 local draft beers such as Boulevard Wheat and KC Bier Co. Dunkel 2-6 p.m., or enjoy $1 off beers at Double Shift Brewing Company while catching the action.


There are still months to go before the next Marvel film, but young fans will be delighted by Marvel Universe LIVE!, featuring Spider-Man and The Avengers and plenty of cutting-edge special effects, pyrotechnics, aerial stunts, martial arts and more. Performances run Friday, Saturday and Sunday at Sprint Center.

You’ll find aerial stunts of a different kind at Lucia Aerial Performing Arts this weekend. Stop by Saturday at 4:30 p.m. or Sunday at 1:30 p.m. to get an intro to trapeze, silks and lyra for free and promptly scratch trying new things off your list of 2016 resolutions.

Starlight Theatre isn’t just a summer venue; thanks to some creative use of space and the new Indoor Series, you’ll want to keep an eye on its schedule throughout January, when four different shows grace the stage. On deck this weekend: “Dixie’s Tupperware Party,” an adults-only show with giveaways and audience participation, and “Late Nite Catechism,” one of the longest-running shows in U.S. theater history.

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