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Weekend Agenda

Looking for something to do this weekend? Check out our top picks for March 11-13.

Photo by Paul Andrews

Friday

Ring in the weekend—literally—at TallulahBelle’s. The Park Place boutique is hosting a ring bar with artist Colleen Mauer, where you can pick up a set of her favorite stacks or create your own from a menu of different shapes, sizes, textures and finishes. Since it happens to be National Girl Scout Cookie Day, the event will also feature bourbon and Girl Scout cookie pairings.

Discover Folly Theater Spotlight Artist Alicia Olatuja, who performs with her quintet at the theater tonight at 8 p.m. The singer attracted attention with a solo during the 2013 presidential inauguration and continues to build buzz. Tonight’s show marks the first performance in Kansas City for the St. Louis native.

The Big 12 Basketball Tournament has taken over Power & Light, and it’s not just local teams with the chance to score big wins. At Hoops for Hounds, an event at Boulevard Brewing Company, guests can watch the games while enjoying appetizers and desserts from Cupini’s, Boulevard beer and games while raising money for KC Pet Project. The shelter is also taking advantage of the basketball excitement with its March Madness adoption special—all dogs 40 pounds or more are $40 now through Sunday, and adult kittens are $25.

Saturday

Basketball fanfare continues through Saturday, when the final two teams compete for the tournament title at 5 p.m. Get in on the action with Miller Lite Fan Fest at Kansas City Power & Light’s KC Live! Block—it’s the perfect opportunity to try out new addition Leinenkugel’s KC. Not content with just watching feats of athleticism? Register for the Big 12 Run at 10 a.m., featuring 5K and 12K courses.

Five designers are getting a boost from Rightfully Sewn, a local organization dedicated to increasing the number of local women in KC’s fashion and design sectors. The designers won the inaugural Kauffman FastTrac NewVenture scholarship competition, and you can toast to their success during an event at Anaphora. Shop the Prairiefire store from 6-7 p.m., when 10 percent of proceeds benefit Rightfully Sewn, then learn more about the designers and enjoy appetizers, drinks and music.

In other local fashion news, Finefolk cleaned out its closet and is offering deals from past seasons as well as its fall merchandise for 60-90 percent off. The in-store sale runs through today and provides the perfect opportunity to restock your wardrobe.

Sunday

Start your St. Patrick’s Day celebration early with a host of weekend events, including Saturday’s Brookside’s Warm-up Parade, The Elders’ Hoolie at Knuckleheads Garage and more. Get your blood pumping today with the Martin City Whiskey Run 5K at 8:30 a.m., followed by Irishpalooza. If you’re more inclined to begin the day with a delicious doughnut, Doughnut Lounge is serving up specials now through March 17 in honor of the holiday, including the Leprechaun Loot, a chocolate Bailey’s and cream cake doughnut with a Bailey’s glaze. Find details and more ways to celebrate St. Paddy’s here.

A 600-pound man tries to reconnect with his estranged daughter in “The Whale,” the latest production by Unicorn Theatre. Written by Samuel D. Hunter, the show runs through March 27, with post-show discussions with actors and the director following Sunday performances, which begin at 3 p.m.

Take a hike…a seasonal hike that is. Powell Gardens invites guests to take in the sights and sounds of early spring with an adventure along the 3.25-mile Byron Shutz Nature Trail with Alan Branhagen, director of Horticulture, naturalist and plantsman 1-4 p.m. Advanced registration is required. While you’re there, pay a visit to the spring butterfly exhibit, which opens this weekend.

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