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Weekend Agenda

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

Photo by Paul Andrews

Friday

Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art’s Young Friends of Art turn their regular happy hour into a party with puppies and pints. Bring along your four-legged friends and mingle on the West Terrace while sampling beers from Santa Fe Brewing Company, Martin City Brewing Company, Cinder Block Brewing Company, and Crane Brewing Company. No pet? No problem. KC Pet Project will be set up by the South Stairs with adoptable dogs.

LEGO-loving kids are about to be in seventh heaven. At LEGO KidsFest, happening at Bartle Hall Friday, Saturday and Sunday, they can participate in challenges and competitions, learn new skills as they connect with master builders and walk amongst LEGO models of all sizes.

Catch fresh plays at Kansas City Repertory Theatre’s OriginKC New Works Festival. Two world premieres alternate nights Tuesdays-Sundays now through May 22, with both shows on Saturdays. A trip this evening will land you at “Fire in Dreamland” by the playwright behind “Saved!” while Sunday features “Lot’s Wife,” a meta-theatrical murder mystery penned by KC Rep Artistic Director Erin Rosen.

Saturday

The American Jazz Museum’s 2016 Lifetime Achievement Concert is an impressive double-billing: local legend Ida McBeth and the McFadden Brothers, Lonnie and Ronald. The honorees take the Gem Theater stage at 8 p.m., McBeth bringing her repertoire of standards, jazz and blues and pop-style ballads while the McFadden Brothers show why they’re triple threats.

The Kansas City Museum collaborated with local talents for an exhibition that’s the first of its kind at the Historic Garment District Museum. “Fashioning Kansas City Icons: The Art & Inspiration of Heidi Herrman, Steve Gibson & Amina Marie Hood” features contemporary dresses and collaborative hats from Herrman’s “KC Icons Collection” alongside a display of Gibson’s photos showcasing the dresses and their icons reunited today through July 16.

Master one of the most important skills a person can have heading into summer: grilling. L’École Culinaire hosts a grilling techniques class for beginners 1-4 p.m. today for those coveting perfect diamonds on a grilled steak or simply an intact piece of fish.

Sunday

At the third annual Cook for Courage, five of KC’s top chefs will compete in the West Bottoms to see who can prepare the best smoked ribs and you can get a taste of what they’re cooking. Better than topnotch barbecue is the cause the event supports—the Child Protection Center, which helps children who have experienced abuse. A VIP pre-party starts at 5 p.m., with the main event kicking off 6 p.m.

The Kansas City Royals pay tribute to the Negro Leagues with a Dressed to the Nines-themed game against the Atlanta Braves. The first 10,000 fans through the gate will receive a Kansas City Monarchs fedora, and a special ticket gets you an exclusive Charlie Hustle T-shirt in addition to giving $5 to the Negro League Baseball Museum.

Stock up on summer accessories at Kendra Scott noon to 2 p.m. and you’ll be supporting the American Cancer Society. Twenty percent of sales will go toward the organization during the Kendra Scott Gives Back Party, where you can also enjoy sips, sweets and giveaways, such as two free tickets to the Midwestern Cattle Baron’s Ball.

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