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Above image credit: Kansas City Ballet artistic director checks ballerina Amanda DeVenuta, who played the role of Dorothy Gale in a ballet production of “The Wizard of Oz.” (Brad Austin | Flatland)
From the stage to the speedway, the warm weekend forecast comes with a wide variety of fun for the entire family.
Friday, May 13
8 am Crumbl Cookies5247 NE Antioch Road, will cut the ribbon at its new Gladstone, Missouri, storefront Friday. Get to the Grand Opening to try Crumbl’s one-of-a-kind cookie flavors, many of which rotate and refresh on a weekly basis, as part of the bakery’s fluid menu model. Takeout, curbside and delivery options are also available.
5 – 8 pm Black Rose Consignment Booth, 1739 Oak St., is celebrating Friday the 13th with a Grand Opening of its own. The new Crossroads shop will carry all creepy things with goods from spooky vendors ranging from home decor to jewelry, with plenty of oddities in between. The grand opening event will have a raffle and giveaways. Be sure to get there early before the ghoul stuff is gone.
7:30 p.m. Friday marks opening night for The Wizard of Oz from the Kansas City Ballet. The story of Dorothy’s adventure to Oz is fit for the entire family, complete with careful choreography, special effects and the film’s iconic original soundtrack. Tickets to Friday’s performance at Kaufman Center for the Performing Arts, 1601 Broadway Blvd., start at $34, plus tax and fees. The Wizard of Oz runs through May 22.
Saturday, May 14
11 a.m. – 6 p.m. Live music, muralists, local makers and food trucks are headed to one of Kansas City’s most historic neighborhoods for Saturday’s West Bottoms Heritage Days Festival, 14th and Hickory streets. Join the free celebration of history, culture and community to shop more than 75 local makers booths and fill up on local food truck fare from spots like Champ, Burritos and Sugar Skull Grill. Check out the full live music schedule and featured muralists online in advance.
Noon – 5 p.m. KC Street Taco Fest returns to the KC Pumpkin Patch, 13875 S. Gardner Road, this weekend and it’s shaping up to be a party. There will be giant yard games, plus taco samplers, KC Wine Co. frozen wine pops, live entertainment and more on the farm for those ages 21 and up. Stop by anytime between noon and 5 pm Tickets are $30. A portion of the event’s proceeds goes to the Veterans Community Project.
7 p.m. Ballroom Boxing will bring amature boxers to The Kansas City Irish Center at Drexel Hall for a series of tips Saturday evening in Midtown, 3301 Baltimore Ave. Grab a ticket and watch as competitors across Kansas City Golden Gloves peewee, womens and mens divisions take to the ring. Floor and balcony tickets are available starting at $50. Full bars will be in service all evening.
Sunday, May 15
9am – 3pm New and used vinyl, LPs, 45s, tapes, DVDs, posters and more will be available at Sunday’s Kansas Record Show at the Lenexa VFW, 9550 Pflumm Road. Presented by Vinyl Heaven, the show should amount to just that and more for the music lovers out there. Add to the collection or just poke around. Admission is $5.
2 p.m. The AdventHealth 400 is coming to Kansas Speedway, 400 Speedway Ave. Sunday’s NASCAR race in Kansas City, Kansas, will feature the world’s best stock car drivers battling it out on the 1.5-mile track, reaching speeds close to 200 mph. Tickets for Sunday’s race start at $49, plus tax and fees. Ear protection and sunscreen are a must. You can bring your own alcohol. Glass is not permitted. Be sure to check online for pre-race events leading up to the green flag.
2 p.m. The Black Box Theater at the Johnson County Arts & Heritage Center, 8788 Metcalf Ave., will stage its final production of Putting It Together in a Sunday matinee performance. The musical revue of Stephen Sondheim’s body of work brings 30 of the composer’s tunes to the stage from musicals like “Sweeney Todd” and “Follies” — all performed by a cast of five vocalists. Tickets start at $15.
3 p.m. craft drinkery Oak & Steel Pub, 120 W. 17th St., will honor Negro Leagues legend Satchel Paige with the release of a new beer from Festus, Missouri’s Main & Mill Brewery Sunday afternoon. The 3 pm release of the Negro Leagues Celebration Series brew will be paired the debut of the Satchel Paige Talking Baseball Bobblehead Series from the National Bobblehead Hall of Fame and Museum. Stop by to celebrate Paige with a pint and the first look at the officially licensed collection of commemorative bobbleheads.
Flatland contributor Clarence Dennis is also a social media manager for 90.9 The Bridge.