Cool Kansas City Events: October

by Cathy on October 1, 2012 · 0 comments

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Kansas City has slowly moved beyond its “fly-over-state” status to become a fairly interesting place to live. With that spirit in mind, here is the first monthly calendar of interesting things coming up in and around Kansas City. I plan to roll this out at the beginning of each month, with occasional updates. Check back often and send me any additional “cool kid” activities.

Oct. 2, 11:30-1:30: The Culinary Institute of KC’s “Staff” Lunch – Join the Culinary Institute on the first Tuesday of every month from 11:30-1:30 for a “open to the public” Staff Lunch where you get an incredible lunch at a great price. You eat whatever the chefs want to make (and they are VERY competitive!) It’s a full lunch including drink and dessert. They  serve until the food is gone and don’t take reservations.

Oct 5, 2-8:30 pm, First Friday at the Crossroads District – the granddaddy of all art districts. In addition to the usual gallery open houses, the night includes the Contemporary Autumn Showcase that highlights new artists Nina Irwin, Jeff Robinson and PMK. There will also be new works by returning artists. The showcase will play with the swirling light of dreams, the dark fantasies of humanity and the blending of reality with the surreal.

Oct 5, Owl City, the Beaumont Club — The doors open at 7 pm and the show begins at 8 pm.

Oct. 6, Noon – 9 pm, Parktoberfest — October festival at English Landing Park in Parkville, Mo. featuring food, drink, music and family fun.

Oct. 12, 3Oh!3, the Beaumont Club — Doors open at 6:30 pm and the show begins at 7 pm.

Oct. 12, Seinfeld Live, the Midland Theater – Doors open at 6 pm and the show begins at 7 pm.

Oct. 13, 12-2 pm, Farm to Table Kitchen Cooking Class at the City Market (River Market area): The Culinary Institute will teach a cooking class that uses the abundance ingredients found in the City Market including imported spices, Italian products and winter produce. Sign up early to ensure your spot. The price includes the cooking class, recipes and a market bag filled with produce.

Oct. 14, 7 pm, District Rhythyms: The Sequel — Free concert on the KC Live Stage in the Power & Light District

Oct. 26: Final Fridays, Art in Downtown Lawrence: Art, music and performances by hundreds of artists all over the downtown area as well as the new Warehouse Arts District. Maps can be found the evening of Final Friday at The Lawrence Arts Center, the Warehouse Arts District and many local galleries and venues. Events are free and open to the public from 5 until 9 pm, so pick up a map and start walking!

Ongoing Fun:

La Bodega Happy Hour ( two locations: Southwest Boulevard and Leawood): 50 percent off tapas, sangria, wines by the glass, well drinks, draft beer and domestic bottles. Monday-Friday, 2-6 p.m. and Saturdays, 2-4 p.m.. The Leawood location has a lovely outdoor seating area with fireplaces, cushy seating, and plenty of tables.

Homer’s Coffee House Weekend Live Music Live music every Friday and Saturday night, 7:30-9:30, no cover charge. Oct. 6: Moon City Big Band; Oct. 12: Charles David Smart; Oct. 13: Hallelujah Cowboys; Oct. 20: Sky Blue; Oct. 26: Brent Lee.

Leave a comment and let me know of other things going on around town. We’ll add it to the page. Thanks!




Kansas City has become a rich stew of flavorful local artists but when we visited Art Westport a few years ago, we found it, well, a bit bland. Last night, though, we sampled the various art from local artists and found it quite tasty. The funky Westport area was alive with artists’ booths full of photography that makes you want to travel the world, crafted jewelry that makes you want to blow your paycheck in one night and paintings that are so varied, I couldn’t begin to describe them. Here’s just a brief sampling:

(Photography by Karen Geisler of Photographic Escapes)

(Work from artist Nyle Gordon)

(Jewelry by Michelle Babcock of Michelle’s Enamels)

Then we ate a late dinner at the Beer Kitchen, where we split a Reuben sandwich that a reviewer on Yelp.com said was “the best reuben you will ever eat. Period.” It was pretty darned tasty. We also split a “build-your-own mac and cheese” that we topped with burnt ends and bacon. It was so bad for ‘ya that it was GOOD. This place had over 200 reviews on Yelp — I know, 200! I don’t even like beer but this place is great. I did have a blackberry pear cider, though, and I liked it — a lot.

So, if you head over there today during this gorgeous weather, you can catch Art Westport on its last day. If you don’t make it this year, be sure to mark your calendar for next September. It was a winner.




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