COE August 2019

COE August 2019

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– MORE events for TODAY and LATER are after you see these “plus” signs again:
Through Aug 1-
⚾ Kansas City T-BONES vs Sioux Falls Canaries, CommunityAmerica Ballpark, 1800 Village W Pkwy, Kansas City, KS 66111; MAP ; Facebook Page ; Lil’ Chops Club Facebook ; www.tbonesbaseball.com
SCHEDULE
Aug 1-7:05pm
Through Aug 1- REGISTRATION DEADLINE for the 4th Annual
Run For the Raptors on August 3 , Lakeside Nature Center, 4701 E. Gregory Blvd., Kansas City, MO 64132; MAP ; 7:30am; 816-513-8960; folnc@crn.org ; KC Parks Website ; Lakeside Nature Center Website
5K Walk/Run; 6.7 Mile Trail Run ; A challenging and beautiful 5K set in the wooded dirt track of the Swope Trails, designed and built by Heartland Outside. During the run, you will encounter limestone rocky outcroppings as you meander through a mature Oak/Hickory forest. Give yourself a chance to explore one of the nicest trail systems in the city.
Raising funds to help build new and improved housing for Lakeside’s educational raptors (birds of prey)
REGISTER ONLINE HERE
Through Aug 3- Heartland Chamber Music Festival , Johnson County Community College, Overland Park, KS; Website
Festival Daily Schedule: 9:00am-4:00pm, and evening concerts
Through Aug 3- Johnson County Fair , Johnson County Fairgrounds, 136 E Washington St, Gardner, KS 66030; MAP ; FREE fair, except the carnival and nightly arena events; Dog show, youth rodeo, carnival, concerts, goat milking, police & fire demonstrations, bull blast, barrel racing, parade and demolition derby; www.jocokansasfair.com
Through Aug 4- A BRONX TALE ♪ , Starlight Theatre, 4600 Starlight Road, Kansas City, MO 64132; MAP ; Gate Time: 7:00pm, Show Time: 8:00pm; Broadway National Tour; kcstarlight.com
Based on Academy Award nominee Chazz Palminteri’s story
Academy Award® winner Robert De Niro and Tony® winner Jerry Zaks direct
Dance numbers and original doo-wop tunes from Alan Menken, the songwriter of Beauty and the Beast
The national tour recommends this show for ages 12 and up.
Show content includes:
–Strong language
–Gunshot effects
–Scenes of violence
Duration: 2 hours 10 minutes, with intermission
SYNOPSIS:
Takes you to the stoops of the Bronx in the 1960s — where a young man is caught between the father he loves and the mob boss he’d love to be. Ultimately a tale about respect, loyalty, love and above all else: family.
PARKING: Grass parking is $7/advance, $10 cash only upon arrival; Paved parking is $12/advance, $15 cash only upon arrival; RESERVE PARKING ONLINE
RESERVE DINING ONLINE
TICKETS: Starlight Ticket Services ; TICKETS ONLINE
SEASON TICKETS : 816-363-7827
GROUPS: Groups of 10 or more receive up to 25% off tickets! Toni Talley: 816.997.1137; groups@kcstarlight.com
Through Aug 4-
Grand Carnivale , Worlds of Fun, 4545 Worlds Of Fun Ave, Kansas City, MO 64161; MAP ; Festivities start at 5pm each evening; The largest summer event in park history ; Sections of the park will transform into worldly regions with native food, beverages, music, dance, crafts and entertainment; Celebrate the sights, sounds, smells and tastes from cultures around the world including India, China, Italy, France and Germany; something for everyone – from crafts and games, to delectable food and drink, to live music and astounding entertainment. Take part in our Spectacle of Color interactive light parade , complete with dazzling floats, authentic music and mesmerizing street performers. And finally, top off the night at the Carnivale Street Party, a magnificent party filled with international music and merrymaking until the park closes; Website
Through Aug 4- The Coterie is Celebrating 40 years!
ELEPHANT AND PIGGIE’S “WE ARE IN A PLAY!” ♪ , The Coterie Theatre, Crown Center, 2450 Grand Blvd, Suite 144, Kansas City, MO 64108-2520; Map TO Crown Center ; Map INSIDE Crown Center ; www.thecoterie.org
PARKING is free for patrons with ticket validation at the Coterie Box office
Script and Lyrics by Mo Willems
Music by Deborah Wicks La Puma
ALL ages
Length: 60 minutes
SYNOPSIS
One of the most popular & beloved shows The Coterie has ever done returns to the stage! Gerald the Elephant is cautious and Piggie is not. Along with the three nutty Squirrelles, these “bestus” friends might get invited to a swimmy fancy costume dancey pool party or decide to spend the day playing ping-pong in silly hats. This lively and irresistibly charming musical look at friendship has become one of the best-selling and loved young readers’ series of the past decade.
Through Aug 10-
GRATEFUL DEAD EVENTS : As we enter the “days between” time of the year between 8/1 and 8/9.
“You do not merely want to be considered the best of the best. You want to be considered the only ones that do what you do.” – Jerry Garcia
THURSDAY AUG 1-
9th Annual
Grateful Dead Meet-Up at the Movies (Showing June 17, 1991 concert from Giants Stadium); https://www.meetupatthemovies.com/
showing locally at
Cinemark 20 , 5500 Antioch Rd, Mission, KS 66202
AMC Town Center 20 , 11701 Nall Avenue, Leawood, KS
Alamo Drafthouse Cinema , 1400 Main St, Kansas City, MO 64105
FRIDAY AUG 2-
KC Bones at RJ’s Bob-Be-Que Shack, 5835 Lamar Ave, Mission, Kansas 66202; 7:30-10:30pm; (913) 262-7300; Facebook Page
LIke barbecue AND the Grateful Dead?
Get the best of both that Kansas City has to offer!
SATURDAY AUG 3-
Jerry Fest with Better Off Dead , Roxy Bar, 13410 W 62nd Terrace, Shawnee, Kansas 66216; 9pm-1am; Facebook Page
Celebrating the late Jerry Garcia – This is the first time the Roxy will be hosting Jerry Fest. Hunter Burrell starts us out at 8:00pm (or 9:00pm? Start time is approximate.) followed by B.O.D.
SUNDAY AUG 4-
Sunday Service:
Celebrating Jerry Garcia , Stockyards Brewing Co., 1600 Genessee St Ste 100, Kansas City, Missouri 64102; 3-6pm; Facebook Page
In Jerry Garcia’s honor, our pals, Counter-Culture , are heading up a special edition of Sunday Service at Stockyards Brewing Co. to celebrate Jerry and the Grateful Dead.
In addition to the band, there will be some special guests sitting in as well! Plus, a little piggy told us there may be some special edition limited tees available.
We’ll also have the folks from Cheesy Street set up out front from 2-5pm, so make sure you come hungry!!
You don’t want to miss it!
FRIDAY AUG 9-
Jerry Fest , Mike Kelly’s Westsider, 1515 Westport Rd, Kansas City, Missouri 64111; 9pm-1am; Facebook Page
Join us and celebrate one of the people who started it all!
Local heroes Better Off Dead will bring the house down like they always do so well!
Also featuring an opening set by Tracer Heights , with special guests Ruthie Becker on vocals, Chris Symmonds on drums, Jamey Hilleary on keys, and a performance by Scott Stanton.
Don’t miss this!
9:00pm – Tracer Heights
10:30pm – Better Off Dead
SATURDAY AUG 10-
Jerry Fest , Davey’s Uptown Rambler’s Club, 3402 Main St, Kansas City, Missouri 64111; 9pm-1:30am; Cover: $8; Facebook Page
Featuring Better Off Dead – KC
Through Aug 10- FREE CONCERTS ON THE SQUARE , Town Square of Zona Rosa, 8640 N Dixson Ave, Kansas City, MO 64153; MAP ; 6:30-8:30pm; Cool music at Zona Rosa makes those hot summer nights more enjoyable, so grab your lawn chair and come enjoy a FREE concert on the square; (816) 587-8180; www.zonarosa.com
SCHEDULE
THURSDAYS – Live Karaoke Jam session with the Troubadour Retrievers
All new this year! Ever wanted to play with the band? Thursday are live karaoke-style jam sessions with the Troubadour Retrievers. Sign-up to sing or play a few songs with the band or just listen to favorite hits from all genres.
FRIDAYS
August 2 – Right on Red*
August 9 – High Voltage (AC/DC Tribute Band)
*Denotes Burger & Brew Nights. Grab a bite and a beer at the Hereford House tent at Town Square, available starting at 5pm!
SATURDAYS
August 3 – Gypsies, Dreams and Doves (Stevie Nicks Tribute Band)
August 10 – Big Time Grain Co (School of Rock House Band Opener)
Through Aug 11- Festival of Butterflies , Powell Gardens, 1609 NW US Highway 50, Kingsville, Missouri; MAP ; 9am-6pm; Flit and flutter out to Powell Gardens for this annual event focused on a favorite pollinator! Enjoy hands-on activities, interact with expert community partners, and walk among the winged beauties in the tropical conservatory display and Native Butterfly Habitat; Kid Friendly; 816-697-2600; Info@PowellGardens.org ; Facebook Page ; Website
DAILY:
● Walk through the tropical conservatory display and Native Butterfly Habitat.
● Two FREE family-friendly drop-in hands-on activities.
● Access to view the Minteer Collection Butterfly Display.
FRIDAY-SUNDAY:
● 11:00am and 2:30pm – Conservatory Butterfly Release and Short Talk; Meet a Powell Gardens butterfly expert to release newly emerged species into the conservatory; approximately 15 minutes
● 1:00pm – Butterfly Fashion Parade; a marching parade with a giant caterpillar.
● 1:30pm – Native Butterfly Show and Tell; learn about native species in our native butterfly habitat; a short butterfly hunt in the garden with butterfly nets follows.
● Drop in all day! – Resource Center; various like-minded groups interested in promoting native butterfly habitats and conservation.
The Idalia Society will be featured August 2, 3, 5 and 9, 10, 11 only.
TICKETS: Festival Admission Applies | Members are FREE
Adult: $12.00
Senior Festival-60 & better: $10.00
Child Festival (age 5-12): $5.00
Child Free (age 4 & under)
$5 Parking Fee
TICKETS ONLINE
Through Aug 25- 2018-2019 CHESTNUT SEASON
FIRST LADIES OF COUNTRY MUSIC ♪ , Chestnut Fine Arts Center, 234 N Chestnut, Olathe, KS 66061; MAP ; Ticket Information and Reservations: 913-764-2121; chestnutfac@comcast.net ; www.chestnutfinearts.com
Directed by Brad Zimmerman
Rated G
TICKETS: Ticket Information and Reservations: 913-764-2121
BOX OFFICE POLICIES/ FAQS
SEATING CHART
Adult Tickets – $30; Senior/Student Tickets – $27
SHOW TIMES:
Thurs-Sat: 7:30pm
Sun and select Sat matinees: 2pm
Select Wed: 7:30pm
Through Sept 3- Jackson County’s Beaches ; Sandy beaches, certified lifeguards, restrooms and shower facilities; Scott Hall, (816) 503-4878; shall@jacksongov.org
FEES : Adults $6; Children (15 and younger) & Seniors $4; Group Rates: $1 off per person is available for groups of 20 or more. This discount is only available with 48 hours notice; Season Passes and Birthday Parties available
Longview Lake Beach: MAP for directions ; Lake Map ; 816-767-0727; Lake Info
Rowdy Ribbits Water Sports Park ; When inflatable bounce equipment meets the lake, everybody wins! Kids and adults alike will have a blast making a splash! sales@rowdyribbits.com ; +1 816-351-0447; Rowdy Ribbits Website
Blue Springs Lake Beach: MAP for directions : Lake Map ; 816-795-0822; Lake Info
DAILY HOURS for both beaches :
May 25-Aug 11 – 11am-7pm (7 Days a Week)
Aug 12-Sept 3 – 11am-7pm (OPEN WEEKENDS ONLY)
Through Sept 7- 1st Saturdays at
Shoal Creek Living History Museum , 7000 Northeast Barry Road, Kansas City, MO 64156; 10:00am-3:00pm; FREE admission ; Shoal Creek Re-enactors bring the village to life with Gunfighters, Outlaws, Civil War Soldiers, and Mountain Men roaming the streets. Enjoy family fun activities and historical demonstrations of life in Missouri during the 19th century. Skits and gunfights throughout the day. Shop the Mercantile and visit the newspaper office located in the Crossroads Inn; Website
August 3rd
September 7th
Through Sept 14- Summer Concert Series , KCPL District at KC Live! under the age of 21, you must be accompanied by an adult; after 9:00pm, you must be 21+; Website
The Miller Lite Hot Country Nights ; 6pm
Aug 1-Brett Young
Aug 8-TBA
Aug 15-Aaron Watson
Coors Light Block Party
Aug 16-Galantis; 6-11pm
Aug 23-Phantogram with Bob Moses; 8-11pm
11th Annual KC Beer Fest
Sept 14-over 200 craft beers from around the world, live music and entertainment
Through Sept 20- MOVIES IN THE PARK , movies begin at dusk; Sarah Sooter: 913.477.7139, ssooter@lenexa.com; Website
To stay notified of event cancellations, call our notification line at 913.477.7170
Aug 16- Movie: WALL-E (Rated G)
Electric Park, Loiret Boulevard and 95th Street, Lenexa, KS 66219; 8pm: live music by Kansas City Latin Jazz All-Stars, and lawn games
Sept 20- Movie: Inside Out (Rated PG)
The Commons, Lenexa civic campus, 17101 W. 87th St. Pkwy., Lenexa, KS 66219
6pm: lawn games
7pm: live music by Stage 5 Clinger
Through Sept 20-Fifth year of
Food Truck Fridays at
Union Cemetery , 227 E. 28th Terrace, Kansas City, MO 64108; MAP ; 11:00am-1:30pm; A benefit for The Union Cemetery Historical Society
Come enjoy a tasty and affordable lunch in downtown’s most peaceful park space; 2017 article in the Kansas City Star
● August 16 ● September 20
Through Sept 28- (Friday and Saturday evenings)
Summer Music Series at Ward Parkway , Ward Parkway Center, 8600 Ward Pkwy, Kansas City, Missouri 64114; 7:00-9:00pm; FREE outdoor concert series; Lineup highlights local bands with genres ranging from jazz and classic rock to Irish and indie. Guests are invited to relax on our lawn area or enjoy the show from the patios of Charleston’s Restaurant or Garage Burgers & Beer! Facebook Page ; Website
CALENDAR OF PERFORMERS …MORE TO BE ANNOUNCED!
Aug 2 – Alex Sons – singer/songwriter
Aug 3 – Zachary Garland-Foster
Aug 9 – Quite Frankly The Band – Classic rock. All members are between 13 and 15 years old.
Aug 10 – Seyko
Aug 16 – Deynelle Nicholle
Aug 17 – Chris Foster
Through Sept 29-(Sundays)
LENEXA OUTDOOR CONCERT SERIES , the Lions Memorial Shelter, Sar-Ko-Par Trails Park, 87th Street Parkway & Lackman Road, Lenexa, KS 66215; 5:00-6:30pm; Free admission; Bring your lawn chairs or blankets and a picnic dinner and enjoy a variety of live music in a lovely outdoor setting; Website
New this year: The Rub Bar-B-Que food truck will be in the park selling concessions.
2019 Concert Schedule
Sept 15 – Rusty Laffoon (country)
Sept 22 – Lyin’ Eyes (Eagles tribute)
Sept 29 – Vigil Annie (country western)
Through Oct 12- SOUNDS ON THE SQUARE , Linden Square, 602 N. 70th St., Gladstone, MO 64118; MAP ; All concerts begin at 7pm and are family friendly; Bring a blanket or lawn chair for seating. You may bring in outside food and non-alcoholic beverages. No outside alcohol is allowed, but No. 9 Saloon will have a pop-up bar for alcohol purchases; Website
Aug 9-Steamboat Bandits
Aug 10-Goddesses of Rock
Aug 16-Switch
Aug 23-State Line Drive
Aug 30-Anne Lee & The Lucky So and Sos
Sept 13-Gorilla Dance Club
Sept 14 – Fiesta on the Square ; 6-9:30pm; KC Latin/Jazz Allstars; Food from Mi Ranchito
Sept 20-Women of Rock
Sept 27-Rusty Laffoon Band
Oct 12 – Whiskey Fest ; 4:30-9:30pm; Taste whiskey from local distilleries, food from local eateries;
• 4:30pm – Boxcar Brethren
• 6:00pm – Lyin’ Eyes
• 7:30pm – Outlaw Jim and the Whiskey Benders
Through Oct- Events at Lakeside Nature Center , 4701 E. Gregory Blvd., Kansas City, MO 64132; MAP ; 816-513-8960; folnc@crn.org; KC Parks Website ; Lakeside Nature Center Website
ANIMAL ASSISTANCE
If you have a native Missouri animal in need, please call the Center 816-513-8960 and leave a message. You will be contacted shortly and given instructions on what to do.
DONATIONS NEEDED:
Please check the WISH LIST Page for other items the center needs, including:
Wicker baskets (various sizes for mock bird nests), Thick mesh bags – laundry bags or hunting decoy bags (for waterfowl slings); dog food (both dry and canned), cat food (both dry and canned), black oil sunflower seed, Unsalted peanuts, and unsweetened applesauce. Towels of all sizes are always needed in the hospital. Please drop off your donations at the center.
Hike Swope Park with a Naturalist:
● Aug 17 ● Sept 14
Aug 3- Run For the Raptors ; 7:30am; Register on-line
Aug 17- What’s out at Night ; 10am-2pm
Sept 14- Wilma’s Birthday Party ; 10am-2pm; Free Admission; Wilma, the Ornate Box Turtle doesn’t look a year over 70! Sing Happy Birthday to her
Oct 12- Magic Woods ; 4-9pm; $5 per person, children under 3 are free
PROGRAMS:
● Fantastic Frogs ● Radical Reptiles ● Birds of Prey ● Wildlife Connection
● Bugs Among Us ● Boy Scout Programs ● Girl Scout Programs
● Feathers, Furs, Scales and Slime ● Wildlife and Environmental Education
● Habitat Hikes ● Mother Nature Reads
Through Dec 14-
Second Saturday
Cave Distillery Tours , S.D. Strong Distilling, 8500 NW River Park Road #136A, Parkville, Missouri 64152; MAP ; 1-3pm; $15; The world’s only distillery in a cave is open for tour; events@sdstrongdistilling.com ; Website
TICKETS ONLINE
Through Dec-
The National World War I
Museum and Memorial , 2 Memorial Drive, Kansas City, Missouri 64108;
THURSDAYS
1:30pm – Museum Tour , Complimentary with paid admission; Sign-up on Thursdays at the Museum ticketing window; Space is limited on a first come, first serve basis; Explore the Main Gallery with one of our knowledgeable Museum Guides on a tour
SATURDAYS
11am – Hands-on History , Near Paul Sunderland Glass Bridge; Complimentary with paid admission; History is brought to life in this family‑friendly program in which kids of all ages are invited to handle Great War artifacts.
KCKS – Visitors Guide ; Information on things to do, dining and lodging options and a map to help you navigate through the city.
KCMO PARKS Spring & Summer Fun Guide
UNION STATION , 30 West Pershing, KCMO 64108; MAP ; Admission to the Union Station building is FREE, but there is a charge for most attractions; (816) 460-2020; www.unionstation.org ; EVENTS CALENDAR
TICKETS: TICKETS ONLINE or
UNION STATION TICKET OFFICE , Level B; Purchase Tickets Here For Science City, Touring Exhibitions, Planetarium Extreme Screen and other Theatre/Special Events
HOURS (Subject To Change)
Mondays: Closed
Tuesdays – Thursdays: 9:45am-4pm
Fridays and Saturdays: 9:45am-5pm
Sundays: 11:45am-4pm
MODEL RAILROAD EXPERIENCE FREE for all Union Station visitors!! What does 8,000 square feet of toy trains look like? From tiny N-scale model trains to the big G-scale giants of the model train world
REGNIER EXTREME SCREEN THEATRE ; TICKETS ONLINE
• Seats 440 for 2D movies and 380 for 3D movies
• MDI silver screen, 80 feet by 53 feet
• Two 4K digital DCI-compliant Barco projector
• Two lenses with 6.6K lamps
• GDC 4K digital server
• Three 9-foot-tall JBL stage speakers behind the screen
Through Aug 8-
The Lion King ; Simba idolizes his father, King Mufasa, and takes to heart his own royal destiny on the plains of Africa. But not everyone in the kingdom celebrates the new cub’s arrival. Scar, Mufasa’s brother — and former heir to the throne — has plans of his own. The battle for Pride Rock is soon ravaged with betrayal, tragedy and drama, ultimately resulting in Simba’s exile. Now, with help from a curious pair of newfound friends, Simba must figure out how to grow up and take back what is rightfully his.
2D
General Admission $5 (12:30pm only), Adults $8, Children $7
Show Times: 12:30pm, 6:30pm, 9:30pm
3D
Adults $10, Children $9
Show Time: 3:30pm
Through Sept 29- STONEHENGE , in the Bank of America Gallery
Ancient Mysteries • Modern Discoveries; Facebook
VIDEO ; Union Station Info
“Stonehenge harkens back to prehistoric times. The sacred, magical monument in Wiltshire, England is one of the most famous landmarks in the United Kingdom. With several rings of standing stones—some weighing 25 tons each —the famed tourist attraction has long been one of the world’s greatest “who-done-its.” – inkansascity.com
Stonehenge, celebrated by scholars, writers and artists for countless generations comes to life in this large-scale exhibition, suitable for all ages and featuring multiple hands-on interactives to amplify key elements of the monument’s mysteries. So much more than a massive marvel of ancient engineering, Stonehenge and it’s immense stones have captured our imaginations and dared us to explore and explain prehistoric unknowns like never before. Join as we dig into these ancient mysteries and present the latest in modern discoveries. This must-see exhibition is here for a very limited time.
Encounter 300 original artifacts (150 of which have never traveled outside Europe) and learn what 20 years of groundbreaking scientific research has revealed. World-renowned archeologist, Mike Parker Pearson, is your guide as you look beyond the mystery and dig into the definitive details that have eluded the world for over 5,000 years. The silent icon that is Stonehenge will be transformed into a monumental story rivaled only by that of the Great Pyramid of Giza.
Over 1.5 million people annually travel to the south of England to experience this mysterious wonder and World Heritage site, dating back 5,000+ years. Now, within this America’s premiere exhibition, step back into ancient civilizations and ask the “Who”, “How” and “Why” yourself. Consider the evidence. Meet the fascinating people behind the stones. Study their nearly-impossible efforts. Explore how their history reshaped our entire understanding of the ancient world. An unprecedented and unexpected journey into the unknown is just ahead . . .
TICKETS ONLINE
H&R BLOCK CITY STAGE ; TICKETS ONLINE
a live performance venue equipped with sophisticated sound and lighting systems and audio visual technology, providing the ideal location for business presentations, seminars and live entertainment.
ARVIN GOTTLIEB PLANETARIUM –
Light-years of improvement:
♦ Dual-4K RSA Cosmos projection system
♦ 5.1 surround sound system ♦ 150 brand-new custom dome recliners
♦ Audience area fully accessible with ramps, companion seating, booster seats, and giant bean-bag chairs
♦ The Midwest’s most detailed and clear 360-degree views of the cosmos.
♦ The new system delivers 11-times the resolution, over 5-times higher contrast ratio and up to 3-times greater brightness than the previous system. Get in under the 60-foot-diameter dome, and get ready for a 3D trip projection!
–General admission $7.00 (all ages); Union Station Members FREE; One of the largest planetariums in the Midwest. Combining interactive astronomy education with spectacular public shows and night sky viewing opportunities
Through Sept 2- Capcom Go! – The Apollo Story
Through Sept 2- Sky Station LIVE: Seasonal Star Tour
Through Sept 2- Mars 1001
Through Sept 2- Magic Tree House: Space Mission
Through Aug 31- Big Bird’s Adventure
SCIENCE CITY –The mission of Science City is to help motivate young people to become interested in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) education.
– Adults $13.50; Youth (3-12) $11.50; Senior (60+) $13.50; Union Station Members FREE; Science City Map ; Features interactive exhibits and offers a hands-on experience that’s so much fun you won’t realize how much you’re learning. Train to be an astronaut, dig for fossils, or ride a bicycle 30 feet off the ground, there’s a whole world of discovery waiting to be explored in Science City!
💲THE MONEY MUSEUM , Federal Reserve Bank Of Kansas City, 1 Memorial Drive, Kansas City, Missouri 64198; FREE admission ; Learn about the economy through our hands-on exhibits for all ages; Cameras welcome, but please…no photos of our security equipment, personnel or Cash operations.; 816-881-2683; KCMoneyMuseum@kc.frb.org ; Website
💲 VALID PHOTO ID Required for guests 18+:
U.S. residents: State issued ID or passport
International guests: Valid passport
X-ray screening and metal detection are required for all visitors.
💲 HOURS
9:30am-4pm Monday-Friday; Closed on weekends and Bank holidays. (We will be closed on April 6, 2017.)
💲 SELF-GUIDED TOURS
Walk-in guests are welcome any time. Reservations are not required. Our free, walk-in experience allows you to see all of the exhibits and use our audio and iPad guided tour options.
💲 GUIDED TOURS
Guided tours are available to student groups with 12-50 attendees and require 15-day of advance registration. To schedule a tour, complete our
tour form .
Year-Round !!
Mondays- Jazzbo’s One-Man Band , Jazz (a Louisiana Kitchen), 1823 West 39th Street, Kansas City, MO 64111; MAP ; 6-9pm every Monday night; (816) 531-5556; Jazz Kitchen Website ; Jazzbo’s Facebook Page
Bill “Jazzbo” Hargrave studied at University of Missouri-Kansas City’s Conservatory of Music .
He’s great with kids and went to clown school at Penn Valley Community College, attending a few clown camps, too. He learned about makeup, costuming, balloon and parlor tricks – standard clown fare, except for one thing. “I didn’t learn how to ride a unicycle,” he said.
This seasoned musician also plays the conch shell . the different sounds are made by sticking his hand in and out of the shell. His repertoire includes jazz and blues stuff, including Miles Davis and Duke Ellington. He can also play “ Riders On the Storm ,” complete with rolling thunder claps
Jazz KCMO SCHEDULE
Tuesdays- Abel Ramirez Big Band Dance , Camelot Ballroom 6635 W. 151st St., Overland Park (2 blocks east of Metcalf on 151st street); 7:30-9:30pm; $10 cover; Bring extra dancing shoes! We have East Coast, West Coast, Fox Trot, Cha Cha, Rumba, Tango, Mambo, Samba, and Waltz waiting for you!! Classic Big Band Jazz in the same tradition and style that made Kansas City famous on the biggest and besy wooden ballroom dance floor in Kansas City at social Ballroom Dance Tempos!!! Also an “Evening Of Sinatra Shows” with various vocalists! Full Bar, Business Casual attire; 913-897-4622; abelramirez@everestkc.net ; Facebook Page ; www.abelramirezbigband.com
WINTER: IF THE WEATHER GETS BAD WE CANCEL! Notifications at our website or FB Page no later than 3pm day of.
Third Thursday of every month-
Adult Skate Night in Overland Park! Skate City, 10440 Mastin St, Overland Park, Kansas 66212; MAP ; 8:00pm; $6 Admission $2.50 Skate Rental; 18 and up ONLY! Website
First Friday of the month- FIRST FRIDAYS AT 18TH & VINE ; 4:00pm; Website
Spring, Summer, and Fall : Enjoy First Fridays between Vine and Woodland with outdoor jazz, blues, and neo-soul.
November : First Friday moves into the Museums of 18th & Vine Atrium to keep First Fridays hot even if the weather is cool.
A cultural experience of music, art, food, and shopping – local artists and a diverse array of food trucks, The Historic 18th & Vine Jazz District present lively entertainment! Stop in to the American Jazz Museum and Negro Leagues Baseball Museum, check out live music at the Juke House, Blue Room, Mutual Musicians Foundation, Vine Street Studio, and dance at Kansas City Friends of Alvin Ailey
Every Saturday and Sunday-
City Market Farmers’ Market , 20 E. 5th Street, Suite 201, Kansas City, MO 64106; MAP ; thecitymarket.org
March – October:
Saturdays: 6:00am-3:00pm; Sundays: 8:00am-3:00pm
November – February
Saturdays: 7:00am-3:00pm; Sundays: 8:00am-3:00pm
Rain or shine, the region’s largest farmers’ market can be found at the City Market. More than 140 vendor stalls burst with bedding plants, fruits, vegetables, herbs, fresh baked goods and other sweets, cut flowers and crafts made by local artisans; the finest produce and many organic foods all fresh from Missouri and the surrounding region.
Great benefits and value can be found here while also supporting local farmers.
Other Farm Markets in the KC area (by KC Parent)
Various Dates/Locations- GEEKS WHO DRINK TRIVIA NIGHTS ; Website
• A homegrown Pub Trivia Quiz modeled after those in Ireland and the UK.
• Our quizzes cover everything from celebrities in trouble to wordplay to bad television. You can get a feel for the questions we ask by playing a sample round here .
Each quiz has two audio rounds: a “Name that Tune” style round, and another round comprised of soundbites from movies and TV.
• Play in teams of up to six or by yourself if you’re some kind of savant.
• If you want to play but don’t have a team, come anyway. We can usually get single players recruited onto an existing team.
• Winning teams gets street cred, bar cash and other prizes depending on the venue. Bonus Questions for free pints are sprinkled throughout the quiz.
• You don’t have to be a trivia God to enjoy the quiz. Since you’re playing on a team, the collective knowledge base makes for more fun, less pressure. It’s not final friggin’ Jeopardy!
Quizzes in Missouri
Quizzes in Kansas
Aug 1- Colorado Day ; Local observance: Colorado
Aug 1- Red Cross BLOOD DRIVE ; Emergency need for blood and platelets; Access RapidPass (must be done day of donation); www.redcrossblood.org
Mid-Continent Public Library – Kearney Branch
100 S. Platte-Clay Way
Kearney, MO 64060
3:00-7:00pm
Aug 1- Special Committee on
Criminal Justice Hearing – KC , Robert J. Mohart Multipurpose Center, 3200 Wayne Ave, Kansas City, Missouri 64109; MAP ; 9am-3pm; This hearing will focus on the issues of racial profiling and civil asset forfeiture. We would like to hear input from law enforcement, community leaders, prosecutors, elected officials and members of the public about possible legislative reforms; Hosted by State Representative Shamed Dogan; Facebook Page
Aug 1- August 1st, the Universal Birthday for All Rescue Dogs!
Dogust Pawty! Bar K Dog Bar, 501 Berkley Parkway, Kansas City, Missouri 64120; 5-9pm; If you’re not a Bar K member, Day Passes are $10 for your first dog, and $5 for each additional dog in your household; Facebook Page
● Free yappetizers, dog birthday cake, and a party favors bag for the first 100 dogs attending.
● Drink specials benefitting rescue, and more
● Northland Animal Welfare Society (NAWS) will be on site offering microchipping for $20. NAWS registers the chips for the clients and there is no annual registration fee.
● We’re inviting special Guest Of Honors dogs from local rescues to come out and celebrate their special day and celebrate all dogs in Kansas City – no matter their birthdate.
Guests of Honor from:
Melissa’s Menagerie’s Second Chances
Chain of Hope
The Rescue Project
Midwest Animal Resq
Pawsitive Tails Dog Rescue
Great Plains SPCA
Aug 1- Plaza Live! Courtyard Concert Series ; MAP ; 5-8pm; FREE ; Website
Mike Wheeler Band – Valencia Courtyard, near Banana Republic
Max Groove – Penguin Courtyard, near Banana Republic
Aug 1- FREE YOGA + FREE FUN
Yogis on the Loose , Loose Park, Kansas City, Missouri 64112; 5:30-8pm (Community at 5:30pm / Yoga at 6:30pm); Whether you finish the summer 20/30 Challenge or not, this is one party you don’t want to miss! This FREE event will be fun for the whole family. Activities will include yoga, pop-up shops, a silent auction, food samples, and more! Stefan H. will lead the yoga class; Facebook Page
100% of proceeds from the raffle and silent auction will be donated to
The Hannah Geneser Foundation . The Hannah Geneser Foundation, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, was launched in 2011 to honor the memory of Hannah and to help prevent the accidental death or serious injury of other young children.
RAFFLE BASKETS available in all studios the week of July 8. Get your tickets at the studio!
Aug 1- Poolside Happy Hour Benefiting SAVE, Inc. , Parker at The Fontaine, 901 W 48th Pl, Kansas City, Missouri 64112; 5:30-7:30pm; Come join us at the rooftop bar, enjoy cocktails, appetizers and music by Dj Ashton Martin, and don’t forget to bring your swimsuit and take a dip in the rooftop pool! Facebook Page
The proceeds will all be donated back to SAVE, Inc.
TICKETS: $20 entrance ticket includes two complimentary drinks
About SAVE, Inc.
Since 1986, SAVE, Inc. has provided permanent supportive housing to Kansas City’s most vulnerable populations. SAVE, Inc. seeks to improve the health and quality of life of Kansas City’s most vulnerable individuals and families by offering a comprehensive approach to housing stability. We believe that by providing this basic need of safe, stable housing, our clients can improve their health and situation in life. Learn more at saveinckc.org
Aug 1- Bike Night: Caprice Classic , Worth Harley-Davidson®, 9400 NW Prairie View Road, Kansas City, MO 64153; MAP ; 6:00-9:00pm; FREE ; 800.799.BIKE (2453); 816.420.9000; Website Calendar
Outdoor park-like Events Center has a 28×16 ft stage, state-of-the-art sound, light, video equipment, and a 17 ft high-definition video board,
Enjoy food and beverages, as the Center includes a full kitchen to prepare delicious BBQ. Inclement weather need not deter anyone. There is a “wall of fire” and fire pit for cool nights,as well as misters to beat the summer heat.
Aug 1- Music at the Farmstead –
Percussion Magic , Deanna Rose Children’s Farmstead, 13800 Switzer Rd, Overland Park, Kansas 66221; 6:30-7:15pm; Music begins at 6:30pm – The Farmstead stays open till 8:00pm; A FREE concert! We’ll be dancing and drumming along with Percussion Magic; Gather your family and neighbors to start a new summer tradition – Music at the Farmstead! Facebook Page
Aug 1- MuleNation Rocks the Rooftop , Three Points Bar, 1511 Baltimore, Kansas City, Missouri 64108; 7-11pm; Food, drinks and live music from Random Access (classic rock, country and pop music); The band includes proud graduates of UCM. Watch the sunset on a wrap-around patio offering spectacular views of the city’s favorite landmarks while reconnecting with fellow UCM alumni and friends; Hosted by University of Central Missouri Alumni Foundation; Facebook Page ; www.ucmfoundation.org
TICKETS: $45 includes entertainment, light appetizers and two house drinks.
TICKETS ONLINE
Aug 1- Meditation & Chanting , on the second floor inside the Chinese Temple, The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, 4525 Oak St, Kansas City, Missouri 64111; Meditation begins at 7:00pm sharp. Please plan to arrive a few minutes early to find a comfortable seat; Join Rev. Ronn Pawo McLane the first Thursday of each Month for a remarkable opportunity to meditate and chant in front of the beautiful GuanYin of the Southern Sea. Bring a mat and cushion to sit on the marble floor; Facebook Page ; kansascitybuddhistcenter.wildapricot.org
Space is limited due to art safety.
Registration fee is $5 (a portion is donated to the Museum for continuing support)
REGISTER ONLINE or contact Ronn Pawo McLane at ronn@ronnmclane.com
Aug 1- Music in the Park , Dennis Park, 5000 Rainbow Boulevard, Westwood, Kansas 66205; 7-8:30pm; Westwood’s own Mike Smith & the Sax Pistols will be performing; This casual event encourages neighbors to get together and enjoy live music outdoors; Facebook Page
During the July 11, 2019 City Council meeting the Governing Body voted to allow alcohol in Dennis Park for this event.
Attendees are welcome to bring their own snacks, coolers and beverages to Music in the Park
Aug 1- Film Screening:
Legacy Spirit of the Black Panthers , Bruce R. Watkins Cultural Heritage Center and State Museum, 3700 Blue Pkwy, Kansas City, Missouri 64130; 6-7:30pm; FREE and open to the public; The film focuses on the Kansas City Chapter of the Panther Party founded by Pete O’Neal (now in exile) and the variety of services they provided including the free breakfast program, health screenings, and political education; Facebook Page
The evening will begin with a light reception
Following the screening there will be a special guest panel including Jacquey “JD” Valentine (Cinematographer/Editor), Professor Albert Lowe (Historian), and Lyle Gibson (Producer/Writer/Narrator)
To RSVP or for more info contact Glenn North at glenn.north@kcmo.org
Aug 2- Red Cross BLOOD DRIVE ; Emergency need for blood and platelets; Access RapidPass (must be done day of donation); www.redcrossblood.org
Gregg/Klice Community Center
1600 John Buck O’Neil Way
Kansas City, MO 64108
1:00-7:00pm
Overland Park Racquet Club
6800 W 91st St
Overland Park, KS 66212
9:00am-1:00pm
Aug 2- KC Aces Band , the Levee, 16 W 43rd St, Kansas City, Missouri 64111; 5-8:30pm; Bring your dancing shoes! Great venue for a great party!! We’ll be the lucky hosts of the best party in KC! Fun, fun, fun! Facebook Page
* Jay MowBray – vokes
* Terry Swope – guitars & vokes
* Joe Miquelon – keys & reeds
* Oscar Polk – reeds
* Cliff Eveland – bass
* Tommy Sutherland – drums
Aug 2- First Fridays Rooftop Party , On Broadway: A Rooftop Event Space, 2101 Broadway, Kansas City, Missouri 64108; 6-11pm; Music by Lost Wax food by Taste Catering and bar by Embrace The Grape; Come celebrate First Friday’s with the best view in KC! Hosted by Skyline Rooftops; Facebook Page
If you purchase tickets ahead of time you will stand in the “PRE SOLD” line; pre sold tickets go ahead of “pay at the door” tickets
$12 TICKETS ONLINE
Aug 2- FREE Blues Fest , Legacy Park Amphitheater, 901 NE Bluestem Dr, Lees Summit, Missouri 64086; Gates open at 5pm; concert 7-9pm; Enjoy the blues sounds of “Jason Vivone and the Billy Bats” and “The Heather Newman band” jamming out; Facebook Page
Aug 2- 90.9 The Bridge Presents:
JASON ISBELL AND THE 400 UNIT
/ BRANDI CARLILE , Providence Medical Center Amphitheater, 633 North 130th Street, Bonner Springs, KS 66012 (aka Cricket Wireless, Sandstone); MAP ; Doors 5:00pm, Show 6:30pm; Website
Aug 2- American Idiots w/ Synchronicity , CrossroadsKC, 417 East 18th Street, Kansas City, MO 61408; Doors 7:00pm, Show 8:00pm ; FREE GA ; All ages; Website
Aug 2-4- ⚾ Kansas City T-BONES at Lincoln Saltdogs; Facebook Page ; Lil’ Chops Club Facebook ; www.tbonesbaseball.com
SCHEDULE
Aug 2-7:05pm
Aug 3-7:05pm
Aug 4-5:00pm
Aug 2-4- ⚾ Kansas City ROYALS at Minnesota Twins; TV: FSKC; www.mlb.com/royals
Aug 2-7:10pm CDT
Aug 3-6:10pm CDT
Aug 4-1:10pm CDT
Aug 2-10- TIP is Celebrating 50 Years!!
Wizard of Oz ♪ , Theatre in the Park (TIP), 7710 Renner Road, Shawnee, KS 66217; MAP ; Gates 7:00pm, Curtain 8:30pm; bring blankets, lawn chairs and picnic baskets (your own food and soft drinks) and come early; No pets (service animals accepted); www.theatreinthepark.org
FACT SHEET ● GENERAL INFO
HANDICAPPED: accessible with reserved parking, ramps and wheelchair seating areas (entrance at Gate 3)
SIGN LANGUAGE: Interpretation second Saturday performance of each show.
TICKETS: $8 GA, $6 ages 4-10, age 3 and under free (but require a ticket).
On performance nights, box office opens 6:30pm; 913.826.3012; TICKETS ONLINE
ALL SALES ARE FINAL; RAINOUT POLICY
SYNOPSIS:
Dorothy Gale, a young girl living on a Kansas farm with her Aunt Em and Uncle Henry, dreams of escaping her mundane life (“Over The Rainbow“). The family’s mean neighbor, Miss Gulch, threatens to impound Dorothy’s cherished dog, Toto, so Dorothy and Toto run away. They meet up with kindly Professor Marvel, who subtly convinces Dorothy to return home. Suddenly a cyclone hits, and Dorothy and Toto, seeking shelter in the house, are transported to the Land of Oz.
Aug 3- The BonTon Soul Accordion Band LIVE
at The Riot Room (formerly “The Hurricane”) ; Outdoor Stage, 4048 Broadway St, Kansas City, Missouri 64111; MAP ; Doors at 3pm, Concert 4-6pm; $10 cash admission at the door only; Get there early for seating; 21+ w/valid ID (no matter how old ya are!); Join Richard Lucente, Willie Combs, Oscar Polk, Cliff Eveland, Tom Sutherland, James Albright, and Steve Hall as they shake off your summertime blues and inject your soul with spectacular Creole R&B!! Riot Room: (816) 442-8179; Facebook Page
THE BON TON SOUL ACCORDION BAND…You know who they are…
Aug 3- My So-Called Murder Mystery Mixed Drink Walk , Historic Downtown St. Joseph, MO, Saint Joseph, Missouri 64501; 4pm-9pm; downtownfirststj@gmail.com ; www.downtownfirst.org ; Facebook Page ; Event info
Experience 13 drink/clue stops , each themed as a different 90s TV show! At each stop, you’ll enjoy a delicious boozy drink sample and a light snack, while you question the 90s TV character hanging out at that location, and try to figure out “who dunnit!”
Each ticket holder will receive background info on the “murder victim,” a map for navigating downtown, and pen to keep notes on mystery clues.
Think you solved it?
Turn in your guess at the end and if you’re correct, you could win a prize!
90’s attire is highly encouraged and prizes will be awarded for:
Best Dressed 90’s TV Character
Best 90’s Hair
Best 90’s Attire
TICKETS
Advance tickets at retailers $20 when paying with cash or check.
TICKETS ONLINE $21.50 (with $1.50 processing fee)
DAY-OF TICKETS WILL ONLY BE SOLD AT NESTING GOODS…if any are left.
This event sold out 2 weeks in advance last year. Please get your tickets early!
Aug 3- Hairball w/ Hot Suede , CrossroadsKC, 417 East 18th Street, Kansas City, MO 61408; Doors 7:00pm, Show 8:00pm; All ages; Website
Aug 3- Allied Saints , Mike Kelly’s Westsider, 1515 Westport Rd, Kansas City, Missouri 64111; 8pm-Midnight; It’s always cool and hoppin’ at the Westsider! See you there! Facebook Page
Aug 3-4-
Kansas City Zoo Events , 6800 Zoo Dr, Kansas City, Missouri 64132; MAP
Art for Animals
● Our animals will be showing off their artistic skills.
2:00pm – See our orangutan “Picassos” paint
2:30pm – See our elephant “Monets” paint
2:30pm-4:30pm –
● Pinot’s Palette will be hosting a painting class at the Zoo. Painting will be $45 per person and includes a $15 donation to the Zoo. ONLINE REGISTRATION
● On Saturday and Sunday, artists from The Jones Gallery will be painting throughout the Zoo. Their creations will be available for purchase at First Fridays on October 4.
10:30am-10:45am –
Cheetah Enrichment ; Included with any membership or general admission ticket; Enrichment includes anything out of the normal routine for our brothers, Rhaegal and Viserion. It will “enrich” their senses and stimulate their natural instincts; Website
Aug 4- Coast Guard Birthday
Aug 4- SiriusXM The Pulse Presents:
The Mighty OAR w/ American Authors , Crossroads KC, 417 East 18th Street
Kansas City, MO 61408; 7pm; crossroadskc.com
Aug 4- ⚽ SPORTING Kansas City at Seattle Sounders FC, Centurylink Field; 9:00pm CT; MLS; FS1; Facebook Page ; Twitter ; www.sportingkc.com
Aug 4- SiriusXM The Pulse Presents:
The Mighty O.A.R. w/ American Authors , CrossroadsKC, 417 East 18th Street, Kansas City, MO 61408; Doors 6:00pm, Show 7:00pm; All ages; Website
Aug 5- Red Cross BLOOD DRIVE ; Emergency need for blood and platelets; Access RapidPass (must be done day of donation); www.redcrossblood.org
Platte City United Methodist Church
14040 N. Highway
Platte City, MO 64079
3:00-7:00pm
Aug 5- 101 The Fox Presents
Peter Frampton FINALE – The Farewell Tour with Jason Bonham , Starlight Theatre, 4600 Starlight Road, Kansas City, Missouri 64132; Gates Time: 6pm, Show Time: 7pm; Facebook Page
Frampton began his musical career when he was 16 years old as a member of the psychedelic rock band The Herd. By 18, he had joined rockers Humble Pie and had played with artists like George Harrison and Harry Nilsson. But it wasn’t until 1976 that he truly became an international breakthrough rock artist with the release of Frampton Comes Alive! The album has been certified platinum eight times over and, at the time, was the biggest selling live album. It includes hits like “ Show Me the Way ,” “ Baby, I Love Your Way ,” and “ Do You Feel Like We Do ,” which continue to be staples of classic rock radio today.
Drummer Jason Bonham to open Frampton’s performance. Jason Bonham’s Led Zeppelin Evening celebrates one of music’s most iconic bands while also paying tribute to the life of his late father, Led Zeppelin’s original drummer John Bonham, who died in 1980.
TICKETS ONLINE
Aug 5-7- ⚾ Kansas City ROYALS at Boston Red Sox; TV: FSKC; www.mlb.com/royals
Aug 5-6:10pm CDT
Aug 6-6:10pm CDT
Aug 7-6:10pm CDT
Aug 6- Wyandotte County Primary Election Day
Aug 6- Red Cross BLOOD DRIVE ; Emergency need for blood and platelets; Access RapidPass (must be done day of donation); www.redcrossblood.org
North Kansas City Community Center
1999 Iron Street
Kansas City, MO 64118
1:00-6:00pm
Reece and Nichols Lee’s Summit
1153 NE Rice Rd
Lees Summit, MO 64086
12:30-4:30pm
Aug 6-8- ⚾ Kansas City T-BONES at Cleburne Railroaders; Facebook Page ; Lil’ Chops Club Facebook ; www.tbonesbaseball.com
SCHEDULE
Aug 6-7:06pm
Aug 7-7:06pm
Aug 8-7:06pm
Aug 6-10- 113th Annual
Atchison County Fair , Effingham, KS; Facebook Page ; Website
Aug 7- Purple Heart Day
Aug 7- Red Cross BLOOD DRIVE ; Emergency need for blood and platelets; Access RapidPass (must be done day of donation); www.redcrossblood.org
Rolling Hills Presbyterian Church
9300 Nall Avenue
Overland Park, KS 66207
3:00-7:00pm
Aug 8- Red Cross BLOOD DRIVE ; Emergency need for blood and platelets; Access RapidPass (must be done day of donation); www.redcrossblood.org
Centerpoint Medical Center
19600 E 39th Street
Independence, MO 64057
8:00am-1:00pm
Belton Regional Medical Center
17065 S. 71 Highway
Belton, MO 64012
10:00am-3:00pm
Genesis Health Clubs
17800 W 106th Street
Olathe, KS 66061
3:00-7:00pm
Aug 8- Plaza Live! Courtyard Concert Series ; MAP ; 5-8pm; FREE ; Website
Rocket Fuel – Valencia Courtyard, near Banana Republic
Sisters and Strings – Penguin Courtyard, across from Brio
Aug 8- FREE Summer Concert
Atlantic Express , YaYa’s Euro Bistro Overland Park, 7021 W 135th St, Overland Park, Kansas 66223; 6:30-9:30pm; Facebook Page Aug 8- Bike Night: Damien Gunn , Worth Harley-Davidson®, 9400 NW Prairie View Road, Kansas City, MO 64153; MAP ; 6:00-9:00pm; FREE ; 800.799.BIKE (2453); 816.420.9000; Website Calendar
Outdoor park-like Events Center has a 28×16 ft stage, state-of-the-art sound, light, video equipment, and a 17 ft high-definition video board,
Enjoy food and beverages, as the Center includes a full kitchen to prepare delicious BBQ. Inclement weather need not deter anyone. There is a “wall of fire” and fire pit for cool nights,as well as misters to beat the summer heat.
Aug 8- Strangers In Town Film Screening , Johnson County Community College, Craig Auditorium, GEB Building; 7-8:30pm; FREE and open to everyone; Come see the movie and participate in a discussion following the screening; Facebook Page
Aug 8- The Writers Place Improv Jazz and Poetry Night , Westport Coffee House, 4010 Pennsylvania Ave, Kansas City, Missouri 64111 (Enter from the coffeehouse and go downstairs or enter from the Green Room); 7-10pm; This event is a collaboration with River Cow Orchestra and The Writers Place. Poets will read, and the improvisational band will interpret the music; Plenty of parking beside the building; Facebook Page
Aug 8- Boomerz at Touché , Touché The Night Club, 6820 West 105th Street, Overland Park, Kansas 66212; 7-10pm; This will be Boomerz’ first-time at this nightclub; come on out! Facebook Page
Aug 8-11- U.S. Gymnastics Championships 2019 , Sprint Center, 1407 Grand Boulevard, Kansas City, MO 64106; MAP ; 816.949.7000 (Box Office); www.sprintcenter.com
Aug 8-11- ⚾ Kansas City ROYALS at Detroit Tigers; TV: FSKC; www.mlb.com/royals
Aug 8-6:10pm CDT
Aug 9-6:10pm CDT
Aug 10-5:10pm CDT
Aug 11-12:10pm CDT
Aug 8-25- IN THE HEIGHTS ♪ , Musical Theater Heritage (MTH), Crown Center Shops, Level 3, 2450 Grand Blvd, Kansas City, MO 64108; MAP to Crown Center ; MAP inside Crown Center ; Come early to enjoy MTH’s lobby and bar, and bring anything you purchase into the theater with you! musicaltheaterheritage.com
SYNOPSIS:
From the creator of HAMILTON, Lin-Manuel Miranda’s IN THE HEIGHTS tells the universal story of a community on the brink of change, full of hopes, dreams and pressures, where the biggest struggles can be deciding which traditions you take with you, and which ones you leave behind. IN THE HEIGHTS is the winner of the 2008 Tony Awards for Best Musical, Best Score, Best Choreography and Best Orchestrations.
TICKETS General Admission; BOX OFFICE: 816.221.6987; TICKETS ONLINE
Aug 9- Red Cross BLOOD DRIVE ; Emergency need for blood and platelets; Access RapidPass (must be done day of donation); www.redcrossblood.org
Bass Pro Shop Independence
18001 Bass Pro Drive
Independence, MO 64055
10:00am-2:00pm
Clay County Public Health Center
800 Haines Drive
Liberty, MO 64068
9:30am-1:30pm
Aug 9- Yonder Mountain String Band w/ The Samples & The Magic Beans , CrossroadsKC, 417 East 18th Street, Kansas City, MO 61408; Doors 6:30pm, Show 7:30pm; All ages; Website
Aug 9- Silent Disco at the Library ; Kansas City Public Library – Plaza Branch, 4801 Main St, Kansas City, Missouri 64112; Boogie down at the Plaza Branch! Attendees dance simultaneously to the different beats that move them. Donning special headphones, they choose from several DJ-hosted channels and tunes . The result is a lot of dancing and singing like no one’s watching— a floor full of personal dance parties ; Hosted by Kansas City Public Library – Plaza Branch, Embrace The Grape and the Positive People Posse; Facebook Page ; Website
6:30-7:30pm – All Ages ; Friday Night Family Fun version
9:30pm-Midnight – Adults-Only (ages 21 and up); FREE, but tickets are required ; ID’s will be checked; after hours for a special silent disco
FREE ADULTS ONLY TICKETS ONLINE
PARKING: From July 8 through early August, 2019, the Main Street entrance to the parking lot and garage will be closed. Alternate parking is available via the garage entrance on 49th Street.
Aug 9- FREE Summer Concert: Laura Noble , on the East Lawn, Kansas City Museum, 3218 Gladstone Boulevard, Kansas City, Missouri 64123; 7-9pm; Bring blankets, lawn chairs, and picnic on the museum grounds. Dogs are allowed in a designated area! Paul Gutierrez: 816.513.0726; paul.gutierrez@kcmo.org ; Facebook Page
● The Kansas City Museum, the mansion, is closed to the public as we are building a museum of KC History + Cultural Heritage with plans reopen Stage 1, the mansion in late 2020*
● Laura Noble is a versatile singer who was born in Dominican Republic. She has an international sound, expanding from bachata to Motown to fun party music and sings in both Spanish and English.
Aug 9- The Long Live Love Tour:
KIRK FRANKLIN and Koryn Hawthorne , Arvest Bank Theatre at The Midland, 1228 Main Street, Kansas City, MO 64105; Show 8:00pm; Website
Aug 9-11-
⚾ Kansas City T-BONES vs Texas AirHogs, CommunityAmerica Ballpark, 1800 Village W Pkwy, Kansas City, KS 66111; MAP ; Facebook Page ; Lil’ Chops Club Facebook ; www.tbonesbaseball.com
SCHEDULE
Aug 9-7:05pm
Aug 10-7:05pm
Aug 11-1:05pm
Aug 10- Vette Ryders Dream Machines
2019 Car Bike and Truck Show , Streets of Westport, 4500 Pennsylvania, Kansas City, Missouri 64111; 8am-4pm; Community all Car, Bike & Truck Show; Hosted by Vette Ryders K.C.; 816-588-2885; 816-531-4370; Facebook Page
REGISTRATION: 8:00am-Noon; $20
EVENT FLYER
Aug 10- 2019 Vettes on the Plains ; Bass Pro Shop, 18001 Bass Pro Drive, Independence, MO 64055; 8:00am-3:00pm; EVENT FLYER
Pre-registration $35 ($40 after Aug 1st); Sal Donze: 816-260-4559
Aug 10- 15th Annual
Car Show , First Baptist Church of Blue Springs, 4500 Little Blue Parkway, Independence, MO 64057; 9:00am-2:00pm;
$15 entry fee; Dash plaques to first 200 registrants; Awards for Top 25, Best of Show, People’s Choice and Zane’s Choice; Ron Schafer: 816-200-3258; EVENT FLYER
Aug 10- 31st Annual Camaro Club of Kansas City’s
Midwest Camaro-Fest , T-Bones Stadium, 1800 Village West Pkwy, Kansas City, KS 66111
Registration 9:00-11:00am; $35 entry fee; Pre-registration by July 1st gets you an free event t-shirt and one ticket to the T-Bones game (additional tickets $15 each); Judging 11:00am-1:00pm; Awards at 3:00pm
Tailgate party after awards; Game time 7:00pm; ENTRY FORM
Aug 10- VegOut Second Saturdays with VegLife KC , El Torreon KC, 3101 Gillham Plz, Kansas City, Missouri 64109; 11am-7pm; a monthly plant-based food and drink festival, promoting an accessible and approachable health-oriented and eco- friendly lifestyle; showcase of approx 20 vendors, offering a variety of plant-based foods, clothing and accessories, handmade craft products, local art, and more; Join us for a fun-filled day of good food, drinks, and entertainment! hosted by VegLife KC; Facebook Page
With the increasing success of our largest annual event, VegFest KC, the demand for veg-inspired events in Kansas City is on the rise. This foodie event will meet and continue to grow that demand for the expanding veg-curious community to learn, celebrate, and discover more about the many benefits of a plant-rich lifestyle
Aug 10- The Underachievers Run – 0.5k , Start at Kelly’s Westport Inn, 500 Westport Rd, Kansas City, MO 64111; 12-4pm; Facebook Page ; Website
This event takes you across 0.31 miles – 1,640 feet – 19,685 inches. It’s unlike any other run (and more like a walk to the next bar)!
● Start off with a pizza party at Kelly’s Westport Inn. There, you can carb load for the “big race” and participate in underachiever games
● “Warm-up” with music from Zack Mufasa before the “run”.
● At race time, you’ll be sent off with a “boom” to Off Key KC and Throwback KC.
● Don’t worry, we will keep you hydrated along the way with a water station.
● Fear you may need first aid? Don’t worry, we have that covered too. The kit may or may not contain Barbie bandaids and lollipops , but hey, it will be there!
● Upon finishing this clearly physically and mentally taxing 0.5k, you’ll celebrate crossing the finish line with – what else but champagne and donuts! Oh and some victory music by Dj Ashton Martin.
What you get:
–Awesome race bib to prove you actually participated
–1 free slice of pizza
–1 free donut from Hurts Donut – Kansas City
–1 free glass of champagne
–A fanny pack to keep all of your belongings in
–A “medal” (that’s really a koozie) that will keep your celebratory drinks cold.
TICKETS · $25 – $30
TICKETS ONLINE
Aug 10- REACH Car & Bike Show , 10058 Raytown Road, Kansas City, MO 64134; Noon-4:00pm; kids’ activities; 50/50; door prizes
$10 pre-registration; $15 day of show; Trophies; REGISTRATION FORM
Aug 10- 2nd Annual
Car Show ; Local Lodge 778, 9404 Grandview Road, Kansas City, MO 64132; Car Show Noon-3:00pm; Picnic Noon-5:00pm; Chiefs Watch Party 7:00pm; Food, games and raffles; EVENT FLYER ;
Pre-registration $15; $20 day of show; all makes and models welcome; REGISTRATION FORM
Aug 10- Hy-Vee, Pepsi, and Bar S Hot Dogs present
Heart of America Hot Dog Festival ; Negro Leagues Baseball Museum (NLBM), 1616 E 18th St, Kansas City, Missouri 64108 (Outdoor festival bordered by 18th Street, Truman Road and Paseo Blvd); 2-11pm (Festival gates open at 2:00pm, First musical performance scheduled for 3:00pm); Created by the NLBM in 2013, the Hot Dog Festival celebrates the historical connection between our national pastime and baseball fan’s favorite ballpark food; the hot dog. Proceeds benefit the NLBM ; BRING: Lawn chairs and umbrellas can be brought into the festival grounds. Please be mindful of umbrellas that may obstruct the view of other patrons; A staffed First Aid tent will be provided; RAIN OR SHINE
NO outside food, drinks, coolers or large cooler bags, outside alcohol tents or canopies; NO PETS (Only assistive animals as well as those part of any entertainment) are allowed on the festival grounds; NO SMOKING under festival tents (discouraged on the festival grounds)
CHILDREN must be accompanied AT ALL TIMES by an adult while on the festival grounds
MUSIC:
● R&B/Rock legends WAR
● Funk/R&B masters THE GAP EXPERIENCE (The Gap Band)
● Soul singing legend HOWARD HEWETT
More entertainment to be announced Please watch this page and the NLBM Facebook page for the final schedule
TICKETS: $10 – $130; includes 9:00am-6:00pm admission to the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum (one half block away from the festival site); No refunds or rain checks on the day of the event
● SAVE ON ADVANCED GENERAL ADMISSION TICKETS EXTENDED TO AUGUST 2!: Save up to $15.00 off your single adult admission tickets if you purchase online by the end of Friday, August 2. Prices will increase at midnight!
● SKIP THE LONG LINES: Extra entrances for ADVANCE TICKETS holders only: near 18th Street on the South/Main entrance and near Truman Road on the North
● VIP EXPERIENCE PACKAGES: Packages will be available for premium seating and food access near the front of festival, closest to the performance stage.
TICKETS ONLINE (ticket fees will apply on all online sales); Online Sales end 8/8/19
● Limited number of tickets will be sold onsite the day of the event
PARKING: on 18th Street just west of MLK (one-two blocks walking from the festival), in lots east of the museum at 18th & Woodland (old Attucks School), and on street throughout the district (Truman Road east near Parade Park and South on Paseo Blvd). Please note signage for no parking areas.
SECURITY AND WEAPONS: The festival grounds and parking areas will be patrolled by uniformed members of the Kansas City Police Department and contracted private security. A security checkpoint will be placed at each entrance to the festival. No concealed weapons of any kind will be allowed on the festival grounds.
Aug 10- 11th Annual
UNICO Microbrew Festival , Zona Rosa Courtyard Area (Behind Bravo), 8640 North Dixson Avenue, Kansas City, MO (northwest corner of I-29 and Barry Road); MAP ; 5:00-9:00pm; Serving up Ambers, IPAs, stouts, porters, wheats – more than 60 microbrews from 30 brewers for you to enjoy; Must have ID; Rain or Shine; Designated drivers may attend at no charge; www.zonarosa.com ; kellyfricker@yahoo.com ; Facebook Page ; Website
6:30pm – Live music by the Big Time Grain Co.
Scimeca’s will be selling their tasty Italian sausages at the event and Sugar Daddy’s Lemonade will have ice-cold lemonade for sale. Be sure to stop by the Northland Rugby Team tent to get your pretzel necklace for a donation. Weston Tobacco is back again this year for those who enjoy a good cigar. Plus, we have Beer Paws, Crystal Ramirez Jewelry, Show Me Pottery, Thermal King Windows, and We Got Your Back Apparel.
All proceeds benefit the local Kansas City UNICO Chapter – a not-for-profit under 501©3. Every dollar generated by UNICO events supports its charitable endeavors.
TICKETS: include a commemorative glass used for sampling beers and brewer beer list map; No refunds
Advance: TICKETS ONLINE $25 (plus service fee); sales end Friday, August 9th at 11:30pm – OR – Purchase advance tickets at the Zona Rosa Guest Services (cash only)
Day of Admission is $30.
Aug 10- Food Truck Fest , CrossroadsKC, 417 East 18th Street, Kansas City, MO 61408; Doors: 4:00pm, Fest: 5pm; Facebook Page ; Website
GA ADVANCED: $10.00 *
VIP: $30.00 * Free Parking, VIP only entrance, A/C Lounge w/ bar & restroom, VIP front viewing area
* Does not include convenience or handling fees.
TICKETS ONLINE
Aug 10- The KC Aces LIVE , The New Roxy, 13410 W 62nd Terrace, Shawnee Mission, KS 66216 (Shawnee Mission Pkwy & Pflumm!); 6-9pm; Facebook Page
* Jay MowBray – vokes
* Terry Swope – guitars & vokes
* Joe Miquelon – keys & reeds
* Oscar Polk – reeds
* Cliff Eveland – bass
* Tommy Sutherland – drums
Aug 10- First tailgate of the season!
Mizzou Tiger Tailgate , Hy-Vee Arena, 1800 Genessee Street, Kansas City, Missouri 64102; 5:30-8:30pm; Join Mizzou alums and friends of Mizzou for a night of black & gold fun. Dinner from Stroud’s, live & silent auctions, Marching Mizzou Alumni band, new activities for the whole family! Proceeds go to MU scholarships for KC area kids; Hosted by Mizzou Alumni in Kansas City; Facebook Page ; TICKETS ONLINE
Aug 10- (Preseason)
🏈 Kansas City CHIEFS vs Cincinnati Bengals; Arrowhead Stadium, Kansas City, MO; 7:00pm; KCTV5; Radio: 101 The Fox, 100.5 Spanish; www.chiefs.com
Aug 10- ⚽ SPORTING Kansas City vs Real Salt Lake, Children’s Mercy Park; 7:30pm CT; MLS; FSKC Plus (Joined in progress on FSKC after KC Royals game); FSMW Plus; Facebook Page ; Twitter ; www.sportingkc.com
TICKETS:
BOX OFFICES ; TICKETS ONLINE
PARKING INFO
Aug 10- Jerry Fest , Davey’s Uptown Rambler’s Club, 3402 Main St, Kansas City, Missouri 64111; 9-1:30am; Cover: $8; Start your weekend off right; This is the first night of a 3-day celebration the life and music of Jerry Garcia; Facebook Page
Aug 10-11- World Elephant Day , The Kansas City Zoo, 6800 Zoo Dr, Kansas City, Missouri 64132; MAP ; Included with any membership or general admission ticket; Website
11:30am – Elephant ZooKeeper Chat
2:30pm – Elephant Painting!
10am-3pm – In the lobby; Hands-on activities and create a craft to take home with you. You will learn all about elephants through biofacts then test your knowledge at the elephant-themed Wheel of Wonder game. You will receive special trading cards of the zoo’s elephants.
Aug 11- Tisha B’Av ; Jewish holiday
Aug 11- Eid al-Adha ; Muslim Observance
Aug 11- Red Cross BLOOD DRIVE ; Emergency need for blood and platelets; Access RapidPass (must be done day of donation); www.redcrossblood.org
Pleasant Valley Church
1600 N. 291 Hwy
Liberty, MO 64068
8:30am-1:00pm
Aug 11- Art of the Machine:
Santa Fe Trail Antique Motorcycle Club , just inside the entrance to City Market at 5th & Walnut; The City Market, 20 E. 5th Street, Kansas City, MO 64106; MAP ; 10am-2pm; local car clubs and enthusiasts on Sundays; Enjoy a great day in the City Market! Sue Patterson: 816-842-1271; spatterson@thecitymarket.org ; thecitymarket.org
Aug 11- Summer Swing , Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art; thestrawberryswing.org
Aug 12- Victory Day ; State holiday: Rhode Island
Aug 12- Red Cross BLOOD DRIVE ; Emergency need for blood and platelets; Access RapidPass (must be done day of donation); www.redcrossblood.org
Olathe Indian Creek Library
13511 South Mur-Len Road
Olathe, KS 66062
1:00-7:00pm
Aug 12-14-
⚾ Kansas City T-BONES vs Cleburne Railroaders, CommunityAmerica Ballpark, 1800 Village W Pkwy, Kansas City, KS 66111; MAP ; Facebook Page ; Lil’ Chops Club Facebook ; www.tbonesbaseball.com
SCHEDULE
Aug 12-7:05pm
Aug 13-7:05pm
Aug 14-7:05pm
Aug 13- Red Cross BLOOD DRIVE ; Emergency need for blood and platelets; Access RapidPass (must be done day of donation); www.redcrossblood.org
The Guidance Center
500 Limit St.
Leavenworth, KS 66048
10:00am-2:00pm
Aug 13- The Faint w/ Ritual Howls and Closeness , The Madrid Theatre, 3810 Main St, Kansas City, MO 64111; 8pm; madridtheatre.com
Aug 13- Gary Clark Jr w/ Greyhounds , CrossroadsKC, 417 East 18th Street, Kansas City, MO 61408; Doors 7:00pm, Show 8:00pm; All ages; Website
Aug 13-14- ⚾ Kansas City ROYALS vs St. Louis Cardinals, Kauffman Stadium, 1 Royal Way, Kansas City, Missouri 64129; 7:15pm CDT; TV: FSKC; www.mlb.com/royals
Aug 14-Student Night
TICKETS ONLINE
Aug 14- Raksha Bandhan ; Hindu Holiday
Aug 14- Red Cross BLOOD DRIVE ; Emergency need for blood and platelets; Access RapidPass (must be done day of donation); www.redcrossblood.org
Sylvester Powell Jr Community Center
6200 Martway
Mission, KS 66202
2:00-7:00pm
Olathe Main Library
201 E. Park St
Olathe, KS 66061
1:00-6:00pm
Aug 14-
BUCK O’NEIL
GOLF CLASSIC , Held annually in August, the Buck O’Neil Golf Classic attracts an All-Star roster of baseball and sports legends who tee-it-up in support of the NLBM; 816-221-1920; info@nlbm.com ; Website
REGISTER BY CALLING 816-221-1920
Aug 14- ⚽ SPORTING Kansas City at Orlando City SC, Orlando City Stadium; 6:30pm CT; MLS; FSKC Plus; FSMW Plus; Facebook Page ; Twitter ; www.sportingkc.com
Aug 14- VATICAN , The Encore Room, Uptown Theater, 3700 Broadway, Kansas City, MO 64111; Show 8:00pm; $2 minor surcharge at door; General Admission; All Ages; Website
Aug 15- Assumption of Mary ; Christian Observance
Aug 15- Red Cross BLOOD DRIVE ; Emergency need for blood and platelets; Access RapidPass (must be done day of donation); www.redcrossblood.org
Spring Hill Civic Center
401 N Madison St
Spring Hill, KS 66083
2:00-6:00pm
Aug 15- Plaza Live! Courtyard Concert Series ; MAP ; 5-8pm; FREE ; Website
Red Guitar – Valencia Courtyard, near Banana Republic
Brian Ruskin Quartet – Penguin Courtyard, across from Brio
Aug 15- Trad Music Seisiun , Browne’s Irish Marketplace, 3300 Pennsylvania Ave, Kansas City, Missouri 64111; No cover; Magical nights that feel like you are back home in Ireland, Just sit back and enjoy; Facebook Page
5:00-9:00-food and drink available
6:30ish-music starts
Aug 15- Bike Night: Fast Times , Worth Harley-Davidson®, 9400 NW Prairie View Road, Kansas City, MO 64153; MAP ; 6:00-9:00pm; FREE ; 800.799.BIKE (2453); 816.420.9000; Website Calendar
Outdoor park-like Events Center has a 28×16 ft stage, state-of-the-art sound, light, video equipment, and a 17 ft high-definition video board,
Enjoy food and beverages, as the Center includes a full kitchen to prepare delicious BBQ. Inclement weather need not deter anyone. There is a “wall of fire” and fire pit for cool nights,as well as misters to beat the summer heat.
Aug 15- Toast to the Wornall House! The John Wornall House Museum, 6115 Wornall Road, Kansas City, Missouri 64113; 6-7pm; Raise your glass to the Wornall House during this special after-hours drink in hand tour and Q&A with the curator of our newest exhibit, “Withstanding the Storms of War & Time”: Architecture of the Wornall House. Sip champagne as you get a special tour with information not included in the exhibit. Learn the architectural secrets and features of the historic Wornall farmstead; Facebook Page
TICKETS $10 – $15; include up to two glasses of champagne or white wine; TICKETS ONLINE
Aug 15- VINCE GILL and Jedd Hughes , Arvest Bank Theatre at The Midland, 1228 Main Street, Kansas City, MO 64105; Show 7:30pm; Website
Aug 15- Three Dog Night with Charlie Farren , Uptown Theater, 3700 Broadway, Kansas City, MO 64111; Show 8:00pm; Reserved Seating; All Ages; Website
Aug 15-24-(weekends)
Kansas City Improv Festival , Kick Comedy Theater, 4010 Pennsylvania Ave, Kansas City, MO 64111; KCImprovFest@gmail.com; Website
SCHEDULE with TICKET LINK
Aug 16- Statehood Day in Hawaii ; State holiday: Hawaii
Aug 16- Bennington Battle Day ; State holiday: Vermont
Aug 16- Red Cross BLOOD DRIVE ; Emergency need for blood and platelets; Access RapidPass (must be done day of donation); www.redcrossblood.org
Medical Plaza West
12200 W 106th Street
Overland Park, KS 66215
10:00am-4:00pm
Platte County Community Center North
3101 Running Horse Road
Platte City, MO 64079
2:00-7:00pm
Aug 16- Minnesota w/ My Brothers & Sisters, Prismada & More! CrossroadsKC, 417 East 18th Street, Kansas City, MO 61408; Doors 6:00pm, Show 7:00pm; All ages; Website
Aug 16- Off-the-Wall Summer Rooftop Film Series:
Mars Attacks! Rooftop Terrace, Kansas City Public Library – Central Library, 14 W 10th St, Kansas City, Missouri 64105; 8-11pm; Doors open at 8pm (Note: The Central Library closes at 5pm on Fridays, but the doors reopen at 8pm for Off-the-Wall audiences.) All movies begin at dusk (approximately 8:45pm); Sample local brews courtesy of Kansas City Bier Company. Popcorn is provided by Velvet Creme Popcorn; Bring blankets, folding chairs, outside food and non-alcoholic beverages (no glass containers, please!); Facebook Page ; Website
MOVIE SYNOPSIS: Out of this world, featuring interstellar and interdimensional adventures and a constellation of memorable characters; Neighbors from the Red Planet arrive under a pretense of peace, but it soon becomes clear their real intent is to colonize and conquer. Maybe vaporizing Congress was the first clue. Tim Burton directs. Cast includes Jack Nicholson, Glenn Close, Annette Bening, Pierce Brosnan, and Sarah Jessica Parker. Slim Whitman upstages them all; (1996, PG-13, 1h 50 min)
FREE PARKING at Library parking garage at 10th and Baltimore. Bring your parking ticket for validation.
TRANSIT: take KC Streetcar to the Library stop at 9th / Main or Ride KC buses to 10th / Main transit plaza.
RSVP now
Aug 16- Ben Folds & Violent Femmes , Starlight Theatre, 4600 Starlight Road, Kansas City, MO 64132; MAP ; 8pm; Tickets start at $25; kcstarlight.com
Aug 16- THE LALAS , Star Pavilion, 3200 Ameristar Dr, Kansas City, MO 64161; 8:30pm; Website
Aug 16- Future Fields Festival with Minnesota, Quixotic, My Brothers & Sisters, Prismada and more, CrossroadsKC, 417 East 18th Street, Kansas City, MO 61408; Website
Aug 16-17- ⚾ Kansas City T-BONES at Texas AirHogs; Facebook Page ; Lil’ Chops Club Facebook ; www.tbonesbaseball.com
SCHEDULE
Aug 16-7:05pm
Aug 17-7:05pm
Aug 16-18- 40th Annual
ETHNIC ENRICHMENT FESTIVAL! 40 Years of Connecting Pieces of the World to make Peace in the World , near the front entrance of historic Swope Park (Meyer Blvd and Swope Parkway), around Swope Park Shelter 3; MAP ; crafts and performing ethnic music and dances. The festival is held during the third full weekend of August; 816-513-7553; One of the largest festivals of its kind in the country and features more than 60 different cultures selling their native foods; Sorry, NO pets allowed; instagram.com/ethnickc/ (@EthnicKC); Facebook Page ; Ethnic Enrichment Commission Info
FREE PARKING
HOURS
Friday: 6-10pm
Saturday: Noon-10pm
Sunday: Noon-6pm
ADMISSION: Adults – $5; 12 & Under – Free
KIDS WORLD playground and shelter
VENDORS – Enjoy a show with a Mango Shake from Pakistan or Bangladesh, or refresh yourself with a Coffee Shake from Colombia or Shaved Ice from Hawaii. Maybe you’re hungry for Bacon Buns from Lithuania. There will be Moussaka from Serbia, Shrimp and/or Pork Spring Rolls from Vietnam and Fish Cakes from St. Lucia…Many more options will be available…Even a Beer Garden!
MAP OF BOOTHS
FESTIVAL MENUS
FEEL THE WORLD BEAT IN THE HEART OF AMERICA
LIVE Ethnic music and dances:
ALL performances are included with admission
If the schedule below is illegible, go to STAGE SCHEDULE ONLINE
Aug 16-18- ⚾ Kansas City ROYALS vs New York Mets, Kauffman Stadium, 1 Royal Way, Kansas City, Missouri 64129; TV: FSKC; www.mlb.com/royals
Aug 16-7:15pm CDT; Buck Night
Aug 17-6:15pm CDT; 610 Saturday
Aug 18-1:15pm CDT; Family FunDay Sunday
TICKETS ONLINE
Aug 17- KC Taste – 2019 , Crown Center, 2450 Grand Blvd, Kansas City, MO 64108; Noon-10pm; A food and music festival featuring more than 30 restaurants showcasing their most creative signature dishes; food demonstrations; RAIN OR SHINE; Facebook Page
Live music from Cherry Bomb
MORE ACTS to be announced soon!
Sip on a beer or cocktail from local wineries and distilleries.
TICKETS · $20 – $75; Children 12 and under are FREE
GA Ticket – $20.00, Includes 10 tasting tickets.
VIP Ticket (Limited Available) – $75.00, Includes 30 tasting tickets, Climate controlled space with view of the stage, Private bar, Private port-a-potties.
Additional tasting tickets are available for purchase on-site.
TICKETS ONLINE
Aug 17- Hip Hops Hooray Beer Festival , New Axiom Brewing Co, 949 NE Columbus St, Lees Summit, Mo 64086; 5:00-8:00pm CDT; Come enjoy great food, great beer, and good music; There will be samples from both commercial and home brewers! We will also be doing a competition for the homebrewers, we are asking them to bring a candy inspired beer so be ready to drink some crazy concoctions! Facebook Page
Slater’s Wings & Things and The Melt food trucks will be on site to satisfy your need for food.
VIP tickets will provide an extra hour of beer enjoyment with early access and designated parking
All for a great cause, Rettsyndrome.org
TICKETS $10 – $50
TICKETS ONLINE
Aug 17- St. John the Baptist Parish
KCK Croatian Festival , 708 N 4 St, Kansas City, KS 66101; MAP ; In the heart of Strawberry Hill; starts after 4pm Mass (around 5pm); All proceeds go to St. John the Baptist Parish ; Festival is more than a century old with its beginnings shortly after the opening of St. John the Baptist Catholic Church; Join us for music and dance, food and traditions featuring the sarma dinner, booths for Povitica and apple strudel, plus the Kids’ Area; Facebook Page ; Website
Strawberry Hill Boutique
Strawberry jewelry, T-shirts, aprons and other items; Check out our new designs from Kansas City artist Mike Savage; Follow our LINK to the boutique!
Maxi and Mini Raffles
Back by popular demand! We sold out of both raffles last year. So…this year, we added a twist to the Maxi Raffle. Follow our LINK for entry forms.
Kansas University Basketball Raffle
Win a cool piece of Jayhawk history – and the best gift for someone who is red and blue, through and through! Win this 2017-2018 basketball signed by the team ; The winning ticket will be drawn at the Croatian Festival, Saturday, Aug 17; No need to be present to win – but we would like to see you!
Raffle tickets are 3 for $10 or 7 for $20.
DOWNLOAD BASKETBALL RAFFLE TICKETS
Aug 17- Slipknot: Knotfest Roadshow With Volbeat, Gojira, and Behemoth , Providence Medical Center Amphitheater, 633 North 130th Street, Bonner Springs, KS 66012 (aka Cricket Wireless, Sandstone); MAP ; Doors 3:00pm, Show 5:30pm; Website
Aug 17- (Preseason)
🏈 Kansas City CHIEFS at Pittsburgh Steelers, Heinz Field, Pittsburgh, PA; 6:30pm; NFLN/KCTV5; Radio: 101 The Fox, 100.5 Spanish; www.chiefs.com
Aug 17- ⚽ SPORTING Kansas City vs San Jose Earthquakes, Children’s Mercy Park; 7:30pm CT; MLS; FSKC Plus; FSMW Plus; Facebook Page ; Twitter ; www.sportingkc.com
TICKETS:
BOX OFFICES ; TICKETS ONLINE
PARKING INFO
Aug 17- Stephen Marley w/ Jo Mersa Marley & DJ Shacia Payne , CrossroadsKC, 417 East 18th Street, Kansas City, MO 61408; Doors 7:00pm, Show 8:00pm; All ages; Website
Aug 17- The Schwag & Nonstop Reggae , Uptown Theater, 3700 Broadway, Kansas City, MO 64111; Show 8:00pm; General Admission; All Ages; Website
Aug 17- The Parkville Chamber 5k/10k River Run ; Our beautiful Parkville Parks took a beating this year from the floods and unfortunately they will not be ready to use by race time. We continue to look for alternatives for this event. Please check back for further information; Website
Aug 17-18- Kansas City Zoo Events , 6800 Zoo Dr, Kansas City, Missouri 64132; MAP
9:00am-4:00pm –
Melon Summer Smash ; Included with any membership or general admission ticket; Residents of the Kansas City Zoo get a surprise summertime treat – smooshable, smashable, stompable melons. Watch the zoo’s animals gobble up every piece of cantaloupe, musk, honeydew, and watermelon their (big) little stomachs can handle; Website
10:30am-10:45am –
Cheetah Enrichment ; Included with any membership or general admission ticket; Enrichment includes anything out of the normal routine for our brothers, Rhaegal and Viserion. It will “enrich” their senses and stimulate their natural instincts; Website
Aug 18- Red Cross BLOOD DRIVE ; Emergency need for blood and platelets; Access RapidPass (must be done day of donation); www.redcrossblood.org
American Legion Post 327
6521 Nieman Rd
Shawnee, KS 66203
1:00-5:00pm
Aug 18- Seize the Day 5K ; ***PLEASE NOTE: DUE TO FLOODING AT ENGLISH LANDING PARK, THE KANSAS CITY SEIZE THE DAY EVENT IS POSTPONED UNTIL FALL 2019 . We will announce the new date ASAP and all registrations will be valid for the new date.
Aug 18- Art of the Machine:
Kansas City MG Car Club , just inside the entrance to City Market at 5th & Walnut; The City Market, 20 E. 5th Street, Kansas City, MO 64106; MAP ; 10am-2pm; local car clubs and enthusiasts on Sundays; Enjoy a great day in the City Market! Sue Patterson: 816-842-1271; spatterson@thecitymarket.org ; thecitymarket.org
Aug 18- $uicideBoy$ With special guests Denzel Curry, Shoreline Mafia, City Morgue, GERM, Night Lovell, Shakewell, and Trash Talk , Providence Medical Center Amphitheater, 633 North 130th Street, Bonner Springs, KS 66012 (aka Cricket Wireless, Sandstone); MAP ; Doors 5:30pm, Show 6:30pm; Website
Aug 18-20- ⚾ Kansas City T-BONES at Sioux City Explorers; Facebook Page ; Lil’ Chops Club Facebook ; www.tbonesbaseball.com
SCHEDULE
Aug 18-4:02pm
Aug 19-7:12pm
Aug 20-7:12pm
Aug 19- National Aviation Day
Aug 19- Red Cross BLOOD DRIVE ; Emergency need for blood and platelets; Access RapidPass (must be done day of donation); www.redcrossblood.org
Nexus Church
15101 College Blvd
Lenexa, KS 66219
1:00-5:00pm
Aug 19-21- ⚾ Kansas City ROYALS at Baltimore Orioles; TV: FSKC; www.mlb.com/royals
Aug 19-6:05pm CDT
Aug 20-6:05pm CDT
Aug 21-6:05pm CDT
Aug 20- Red Cross BLOOD DRIVE ; Emergency need for blood and platelets; Access RapidPass (must be done day of donation); www.redcrossblood.org
Lee’s Summit Medical Center
2100 SE Blue Pkwy
Lees Summit, MO 64063
1:00-5:00pm
Elm Grove Baptist Church
15774 Linwood Rd.
Bonner Springs, KS 66012
3:00-7:00pm
Aug 20- CHRIS ISAAK , Uptown Theater, 3700 Broadway, Kansas City, MO 64111; Show 7:30pm; Reserved Seating; All Ages; Website
Aug 21- Senior Citizens Day
Aug 21- PARKVILLE DAYS , Downtown Parkville MO & South Main Street; FREE Admission ; features a variety of family-friendly entertainment. Browse and enjoy arts & crafts, retail, food, and specialty booths. Enjoy live music at the festival and on Main Street in Pocket Park.
All 3 days:
The Evans Midland Empire Carnival
Sidewalk Sale and Specials
Arts & Crafts, Retail, Food & Specialty Vendors
Beer Garden
Live Music
Friday – 6:00-10:00pm
Saturday – 10:00am-10:00pm
7-11am – Pancake Breakfast; American Legion
10am – Parade; 63rd Street & 9-Hwy to Main Street
Sunday – 12:00-5:00pm
9am – Parkville Days Yoga; FREE; Hosted by Om Prana Yoga at their new studio, 102 Main Street
Sept 21-22- 29th Annual
UNplaza Art Fair and Fundraiser! Southmoreland Park, 4600 Oak St, Kansas City, MO 64111; MAP ; family & pet friendly; food trucks will be on site; peaceworkskc@gmail.com ; Facebook Page
🕊️ If you’re thinking of going to the Plaza Art Fair, hike a couple blocks over.
WALKING MAP FROM THE PLAZA
🕊️ Over 100 local artists featuring, ceramics, jewelry, glass art, wood carving, mixed media, fiber art, photography, and paintings! This year, there will be a performing arts space & community organization info tables
🕊️ PeaceWorks Kansas City
began in 1982 as the Nuclear Weapons Freeze committee of the Kansas City Interfaith Peace Alliance and became the Kansas City Nuclear Weapons Freeze Coalition, the metropolitan area’s leading voice against the nuclear arms race.
The fair is staffed by volunteers. All proceeds go to the artists and peace-related projects , such as conflict resolution training for the Urban Ranger Corps of KC, Mo., support for The Learning Club of KC, and peace studies awards for Avila University students.
Volunteer opportunities
Aug 21-23-
⚾ Kansas City T-BONES vs Lincoln Saltdogs, CommunityAmerica Ballpark, 1800 Village W Pkwy, Kansas City, KS 66111; MAP ; Facebook Page ; Lil’ Chops Club Facebook ; www.tbonesbaseball.com
SCHEDULE
Aug 21-7:05pm
Aug 22-11:05pm
Aug 23-7:05pm
Aug 22- Red Cross BLOOD DRIVE ; Emergency need for blood and platelets; Access RapidPass (must be done day of donation); www.redcrossblood.org
CreativeOne
11460 Tomahawk Creek Pkwy
Leawood, KS 66211
9:00am-2:00pm
Anthony Plumbing, Heating and Cooling
15203 W 99th St
Lenexa, KS 66219
10:00am-2:00pm
JoCoLibrary – Blue Valley
9000 W 151st Street
Overland Park, KS 66221
10:00am-2:00pm
Aug 22- Plaza Live! Courtyard Concert Series ; MAP ; 5-8pm; FREE ; Website
Kathleen Kunkler and the One Night Stand – Valencia Courtyard, near Banana Republic
Will Hutchinson – Penguin Courtyard, across from Brio
Aug 22- Bike Night: Rockshow , Worth Harley-Davidson®, 9400 NW Prairie View Road, Kansas City, MO 64153; MAP ; 6:00-9:00pm; FREE ; 800.799.BIKE (2453); 816.420.9000; Website Calendar
Outdoor park-like Events Center has a 28×16 ft stage, state-of-the-art sound, light, video equipment, and a 17 ft high-definition video board,
Enjoy food and beverages, as the Center includes a full kitchen to prepare delicious BBQ. Inclement weather need not deter anyone. There is a “wall of fire” and fire pit for cool nights,as well as misters to beat the summer heat.
Aug 22- FEAST on KC 2019 , The Abbott, 1901 Cherry Street
Kansas City, MO 64108; 6:00-9:30pm; A celebration of the Kansas City-area winners of our annual Feast 50 Awards! Enjoy samples including the city’s best restaurants, breweries, wineries and distilleries; Must be 21+; Free Parking; Cash Bar; Sponsored by Feast Magazine – Midwest; (314) 340-8539; Website
TICKETS include: Unlimited samples from Feast 50 Winners
$30 General Admission (Early Bird Sold Out)
TICKETS ONLINE
Aug 22- ⚽ SPORTING Kansas City vs Minnesota United FC, Children’s Mercy Park; 8:30pm CT; MLS; ESPN; Facebook Page ; Twitter ; www.sportingkc.com
TICKETS:
BOX OFFICES ; TICKETS ONLINE
PARKING INFO
Aug 22- DIE A LEGEND TOUR: POLO G , Uptown Theater, 3700 Broadway, Kansas City, MO 64111; Show 8:00pm; GA FLR/ Reserved BALC; All Ages; Website
Aug 22-24- 40th Annual
Tiblow Days , Downtown Bonner Springs; Activities and events take place at K-32 (Cedar Street) and Second Street, K-32 and Third Street, Oak Street, Second Street and Elm; MAP ; Celebrating Bonner Springs’ Heritage: Bonner Springs was originally named Tiblow in honor of Henry Tiblow, a Delaware Indian who operated a ferry across the Kansas River. The city was renamed Bonner Springs in the 1880s; craft and food booths; local entertainment; 913-422-5044; info@bsedwchamber.org ; Facebook Page ; Chamber of Commerce Website
FESTIVAL MAP
FESTIVAL SCHEDULE
Craft Fair, Carnival, Parade, Mayor’s Dinner, City Band Concert & Ice Cream Social, Bonner Springs Rotary Tiblow Trot, Group Performances, Model Train Display, Car Show, Special Film Viewing Documentary, and Live Music by 455 Rocket, Johnny Dollar Band, and headliners, THE RAINMAKERS!
CARNIVAL all 3 days
SATURDAY
7:00am-9:00am – TIBLOW TROT , 5-Mile and 5K Run/2-Mile Walk; Rain or shine; www.tiblowtrot.com
9:30am-11:00am – PARADE ; Route: begins at Lions Park on Morse Ave, then proceeds down Nettleton towards Downtown, to Oak Street to K-32.
11:00am-2:00pm – CAR SHOW in the parking lot located at 3rd and Cedar; Overflow parking, if needed, will be along Cedar; All Makes and Models
PARKING in surrounding the downtown area. There is no dedicated parking. Please be mindful of closed streets and pedestrians.
• No outside adult beverages are allowed.
• Pets are allowed, however… please consider leaving your wonderful pet at home. There are numerous people, children, loud noises (carnival, children, vehicles, music, etc.). Your beloved pet might enjoy a quiet time at home instead.
Aug 22-Sept 1- 64th Season of The Barn Players:
MAMMA MIA ♪ , The Arts Asylum, 1000 E 9th St, Kansas City, MO 64106; MAP ; www.thebarnplayers.org
A Kansas City community theatre premiere!
Music & Lyrics by Benny Andersson & Bjorn Ulvaeus, with Stig Anderson
Book by Catherine Johnson
Originally Conceived by Judy Craymer
Additional Material and Arrangements by Martin Koch
Directed by Eric Magnus
Musical Direction by Michelle McIntire
Choreography by Valerie Martin
Rated PG13, some material may not be suitable for children
SYNOPSIS:
The storytelling magic of ABBA’s timeless songs propels a bride-to-be’s quest to find her true father. Could it be one of the three men from her mother’s past she brings back to the Greek island they last visited 20 years ago?
Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays at 7:30pm, Sundays at 2:00pm
TICKET INFO
Aug 23- Janmashtami ; Hindu Holiday
Aug 23- Red Cross BLOOD DRIVE ; Emergency need for blood and platelets; Access RapidPass (must be done day of donation); www.redcrossblood.org
University Academy
6801 Holmes Road
Kansas City, MO 64131
9:00am-2:00pm
Security Bank of Kansas City
7500 W. 95th St.
Overland Park, KS 66212
9:00am-1:00pm
Aug 23- Ensemble Iberica presents
“Taste of Cuba” , Culinary Center of Kansas City, 7920 Santa Fe Dr, Overland Park, Kansas 66204; 7-10pm; A unique and rare evening of Cuban food and music. Cuban chef Frank Lammoglia will prepare a night of Cuban cuisine paired with the music of Cubanisms and Ensemble Iberica; 816-471-5107; info@ensembleiberica.org ; Facebook Page ; Website
General admission $150.00
TICKETS ONLINE
Aug 23- G Love & Special Sauce w/ Jack Cloonan Band , CrossroadsKC, 417 East 18th Street, Kansas City, MO 61408; Doors 7:00pm, Show 8:00pm; All ages; Website
Aug 23- Carl Worden FREE CD Release Party , , The Encore Room, Uptown Theater, 3700 Broadway, Kansas City, MO 64111; Show 8:00pm; General Admission; All Ages; Website
Aug 23- JOE NICHOLS , Star Pavilion, 3200 Ameristar Dr, Kansas City, MO 64161; 8:30pm; Tickets from $25.00; Website
Aug 23-24- THE LAWN Grand Opening , Legends Outlets Kansas City, 1843 Village West Pkwy, Kansas City, Kansas 66111; Facebook Page
FRIDAY – Ribbon Cutting & Young Professionals Night
9-11am – Private event . Closed to the public. Ribbon Cutting with city officials, Village West neighbors, Legends Outlets employees, etc.
4-7pm – Free to attend; Young Professionals Night featuring yard games, a live DJ, prize giveaways, complimentary appetizers, and more; Must be 21+ to consume alcohol.
SATURDAY – Family Fun Day
10-11am – Free “mommy and me” workout class. Registration information will be available soon; Registration required.
11am-3pm – Free Family-friendly entertainment and activities, mascot appearances, back-to-school prize giveaways, swag, snacks, and more.
Aug 23-24- 30th Annual
Paola Roots Festival , Paola Park Square, Paola, KS. MAP ; Website
Bring: your Lawn Chair. Coolers are allowed for food & drink, including alcohol. No glass please. Must be 21 to consume alcohol.
What’s not allowed: No weapons, No pets, No bicycles, No skateboards.
BBQ
This is one of the premier BBQ cook-offs on the KCBS circuit. This year will be our 21st year of sanctioning of the Roots Festival’s BBQ Cook-off aka East Central KS State BBQ Championship. The competition will feature maximum of 65 teams smoking up what promises to be some of the best BBQ in the world.
FRIDAY
Noon The Silver Streak Band
5:30pm – Jeremiah Johnson Band
6:40pm – The Nace Brothers
8:00pm – Victor Wainwright & the Train
9:30pm – Samantha Fish
SATURDAY
11:00am – Fake ID
12:10pm – Turner Blues Experiment
1:20pm – Blue Moon Allstars
2:30pm – KC Marching Cobras
3:50pm – Weda Skirts
5:10pm – The Derailers
6:30pm – Popa Chubby
8:00pm – Lucie Silvas
9:30pm – Robert Randolph & the Family Band
TICKETS – Rain or shine!
Admission Price: $15 Friday, $20 Saturday. Advance 2 Day Pass for only $25. Kids 10 and under get in free. No Online Tickets. Tickets available at the gate.
2 DAY PASS Available beginning Aug. 1st at these local Banks: First Option Bank, Great Southern Bank and Security Bank of KC.
Aug 23-25-
ALL ABOARD !!!
3-5 course dinner, train ride, with optional Murder Mystery! Kansas Belle Dinner Train, Midland Historic Railroad Depot, 1515 High St, Baldwin City, Kansas 66006; MAP ; The goal of the Kansas Belle Dinner Train is a nostalgic trip back into the 1940’s era; office@kansasbelle.com ; Facebook Page ; kansasbelle.com
MENU
LIVE ENTERTAINMENT OPTION: A murder mystery titled “Casablanca Express”, performed by “The Likely Suspects” who come to us all the way from Omaha Nebraska! The format is your typical “who done it”. Each table of 4 will be a detective team of sorts. Your level of involvement is completely up to you.
DINING ONLY OPTION: If a more intimate setting is what you are looking for ask us about our dining only option where you enjoy a table for 2 And you have music from the 1940s big band era style playing softly overhead to complete your environment.
TICKET PRICING
Please consider booking well in advance, as our live entertainment car generally book quickly and seating is limited!
RESERVATIONS: 785.594.8505
8/23 & 8/24 – 7:00-10:00pm; 5-Course Dinner
8/25 – 1:30-4:30pm; 3-Course Dinner
Each day includes a 3-hr plus Train Ride with Optional Murder Mystery
Aug 23-25- ⚾ Kansas City ROYALS at Cleveland Indians; TV: FSKC; www.mlb.com/royals
Aug 23-6:10pm CDT
Aug 24-6:10pm CDT
Aug 25-12:10pm CDT
Aug 24- Red Cross BLOOD DRIVE ; Emergency need for blood and platelets; Access RapidPass (must be done day of donation); www.redcrossblood.org
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints
1020 Limit St.
Leavenworth, KS 66048
10:00am-2:00pm
Aug 24- 4th Annual
ALS Poker Run In memory of the late Jennifer Beckerman , start and end at Red Eye, 6102 State Ave, Kansas City, Kansas 66102; 11am-9pm (Registration begins at 11am, with kick stands up promptly at 1pm); Raffles, 50/50 and Live Auction followed by LIVE Music by Villain’s Dance beginning at 7pm; All Kansas Ride; Hosted by Steel Horses Kansas City; Additional information will be added as determined; Follow the page to get more updates of future events: Facebook Page
Benefit for the ALS Association – Mid America Chapter
Registration is donation, $20/person suggested
Aug 24- KC Labor Car Show , Providence Amphitheater in Bonner Springs; Show: 9am-Noon, Awards: Noon-1pm; Door Prizes; 50/50 Raffle; Rain or Shine; sponsored by the Greater KC AFL-CIO; 816-221-6163; https://www.carshowkc.com/
All Proceeds Benefit Working Families Friend a Kansas City 501(c)3
$25 entry fee for cars and motorcycles. No foreign vehicles are allowed to participate
REGISTER ONLINE
Aug 24- 8th Annual
Raytown Arts and Music Festival , C. Lee Kenagy Park, 9608 E 79th Street, Raytown MO; 11am-7pm; Bring your lawn chairs, blankets and cooler and settle in to listen to some great music; Facebook Page ; Website
● Multiple bands. Confirmed so far are: Riverrock, Outlaw Jim & the Whiskey Benders and the Nigel Mack Blues Band. Watch for updates! Riverrock will be on the bill 1-3pm
● Artists include members of the Luke LeTourneau Photography, Wine and Design by Kathryn Edwards, Messner Family Farm and many more. Vendors will display their works for sale along the walking trails.
● Connection Point will host art activities for kids in the shelter house.
● Food and beverages will be available on site by food trucks – Lufti’s Fish, Chunky Al’s, Pita for Good, KC Cooler Express and Crane Brewing will be selling adult beverages.
Aug 24- .1K Beer Run & Block Party , Mcfadden’s Kansas City, 1330 Grand Blvd, Kansas City, Missouri 64105; 1-4pm; Facebook Page
–Run .1k from Pizza Bar to McFadden’s
–(1) Food Voucher for either a Hot Dog or Hamburger
–All-inclusive party cups for domestic and craft beers or call cocktails
–Yard Games: Cornhole, bar pong, inflatable obstacle course, and life-size hungry hippo
–DJ entertainment
TICKETS: GA $40 and $50 the day of the event.
Aug 24- Wine Walk for Wildlife , The Kansas City Zoo, 6800 Zoo Dr, Kansas City, Missouri 64132; MAP ; 6:00-9:00pm; Enjoy a summer evening at Wine Walk For Wildlife at the Kansas City Zoo. Guests will stroll through the Zoo, sip and savor more than 20 wine varietals, enjoy live music, and hear from our animal experts. Custom wine bottles supporting our conservation projects will also be available for purchase; Website
GA Tickets: $45
VIP Tickets: $100 (only 100 tickets available); Includes:
• 5:00 – 6:00 early entrance
• All day Zoo admission
• 10 exclusive wine tastings
• Appetizers
• Custom souvenir bottle of wine by Mano’s Wine
• Animal Encounter
• Large bottle raffle, provided by Major Brands
Aug 24- Kemper Museum’s Fifth annual
Block Party to celebrate the museum’s 25th anniversary , Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art, 4420 Warwick Blvd, Kansas City, Missouri 64111; 6-10:30pm; Facebook Page ; Website
6:00–8:30pm:
● Explore LEXICON : The Language of Gesture
● LOWRIDERS of Kansas City are rolling art objects. Hydraulic pumps make these lowrider cars balance on three wheels or hop in the air; custom hand-crafted interiors, sound systems, and beautiful murals painted on their exteriors make them entirely unique. Lowriding is a family lifestyle bringing works of art to the KC streets, riding low, and slow.
MUSIC:
● Hi-Lux is a modern-soul band from Kansas City. By blending and bending the boundaries between soul and funk, funk and reggae,
FOOD AND DRINK:
● Kansas City’s favorite food trucks. Be sure to RSVP for the event to be eligible for complimentary food truck items!
● Café Sebastienne will host a cash bar with ice cold beer, soda, wine, and cocktails available for sale.
ART ACTIVITIES:
● ART-astic Face Painting – Have your face painted with a design inspired by artwork from Kemper Museum’s Permanent Collection.
● Pinback Button Making with Students from St. Paul’s Day School
● Enjoy an all-ages collage activity using paint skins (paint that is poured onto a glass surface and then peeled off) and other materials inspired by the new Atrium Project installation by Puerto Rico-born, New York-based artist Angel Otero.
● Kansas City Art Institute (KCAI) Ceramics Department Tours
● Pop Up at the Museum Shop ; purchase locally-made jewelry, ceramics, paper goods, and more
MOVIE:
Disney/Pixar’s COCO (2017) on the museum lawn at sundown (approximately 8:30pm); Synopsis: An aspiring young musician named Miguel (voice of newcomer Anthony Gonzalez) embarks on an extraordinary journey to the magical land of his ancestors. The charming trickster, Hector (voice of Gael Garcia Bernal), helps Miguel uncover the mysteries behind his family’s stories and traditions.
Aug 24- 98.9 The Rock Presents:
PAPA ROACH “WHO DO YOU TRUST?” TOUR with special guests Asking Alexandria and Bad Wolves , Providence Medical Center Amphitheater, 633 North 130th Street, Bonner Springs, KS 66012 (aka Cricket Wireless, Sandstone); MAP ; Doors 6:00pm, Show 7:00pm; Website
Aug 24- Fountain City Roller Derby Season 10:
Women’s Division Game 3 , B&D Skating Rink, 13903 E Noland Ct, Independence, MO 64055; MAP ; Doors open at 6pm. First whistle starts the action at 6:30pm! All games double headers – match-ups announced on
Facebook Page and at Website
TICKETS: FREE admission under 18; Advance /$10.00 ($11.34 w/service fee); Door/$15
Aug 24- (Preseason)
🏈 Kansas City CHIEFS vs San Francisco 49ers; Arrowhead Stadium, Kansas City, MO; 7:00pm; KCTV5; Radio: 101 The Fox, 100.5 Spanish; www.chiefs.com
Aug 24- 92.9 The Bull presents:
Redneck Throwdown , CrossroadsKC, 417 East 18th Street, Kansas City, MO 61408; Doors 6:00pm, Show 7:00pm; All ages; The LACS, Moonshine Bandits, and more TBA; Website
Aug 24-25- Kansas City Zoo Events , 6800 Zoo Dr, Kansas City, Missouri 64132; MAP
Humboldt Penguin March ; Included with any membership or general admission ticket
11:00am-11:15am – Our birds parade around the Helzberg Penguin Plaza, enjoying the fresh outdoor air. Get an up-close encounter with Humboldt penguins as they strut their stuff for all Zoo guests to see; Website
Dog Days of Summer ; Included with any membership or general admission ticket; Website
Visit the painted dog exhibit:
9am – Zookeeper chat and watch the dogs enjoy new enrichment items.
11am – a training session with our painted dogs
10am-3pm – enjoy painted dog activities that will be fun for the whole family at the exhibit in Africa.
2pm – watch them receive ice treats
Visit Our dingo exhibit in the Australia section
11am and 1:30pm – Zookeeper chats
Aug 24-26- ⚾ Kansas City T-BONES at Sioux City Explorers; Facebook Page ; Lil’ Chops Club Facebook ; www.tbonesbaseball.com
SCHEDULE
Aug 24-6:05pm
Aug 25-4:02pm
Aug 26-7:12pm
Aug 25- Red Cross BLOOD DRIVE ; Emergency need for blood and platelets; Access RapidPass (must be done day of donation); www.redcrossblood.org
City Center Church
17500 W. 87th Street Pkwy.
Lenexa, KS 66219
8:00am-2:00pm
Aug 25- Tour de Shawnee Bike Ride , The tour will start and end at Power Play Family Entertainment Center, Shawnee Mission Parkway and Pflumm; Check in begins at 6:30am and the ride will start at 7:30am; This event benefits the JDRF ; Shawnee Parks and Recreation Department: (913) 631-5200; Website
● Riders can choose from two family friendly routes: 5 mile or 12 mile, or a more challenging 25 mile route. All riders who wish to continue on to the 12-mile route must reach 61st and Rosehill by 8:15am; All riders who wish to continue on to the 27-mile route must reach Midland and Maurer by 8:40am
● Full price entry fee includes a T-shirt*, rest stop snacks and drinks, medical assistance, SAG vehicle support, mobile bike repair and a post ride Chris Cakes Pancake Feed! *To be guaranteed a shirt, registration must be received by August 12
EARLY BIRD REGISTRATION thru AUGUST 23 – $30
DAY OF RACE – $35
Pre-registered children 12 and under ride free with a paid adult registration. Please note the free 12 and under registration does not include a t-shirt or pancake breakfast.
Additional adult size t-shirts can be purchased for $10 each. Additional pancake breakfast tickets can be purchased for $8 each.
REGISTER ONLINE
Aug 25- India Fest 2019 , Overland Park Convention Center, 6000 College Blvd, Overland Park, KS 66211; 10:00am-6:00pm; Admission & parking are completely FREE ; The theme for the year 2019 is “The Pursuit of Happines” and this event will represent all the regional organizations of the Indian community who are collectively hosting this festival; Experience tastes, sounds and sights of India, live music, dance, food and entertainment; This festival gives the local community a glimpse of India through arts, culture, history and people; Celebrate with artifacts, food, jewelry, clothes, sales, dances, and a gala fashion parade! info@iakc.org ; Convention Center Website ; IAKC Website
India Association of Kansas City (IAKC) is a non-profit volunteer organization that represents the people of Indian heritage in and around the greater Kansas City area – It works closely with various other organizations in the area representing different regions and cultures of India. It thrives to provide a common platform to enhance and foster the Indian heritage and build a sense of unity between Indian community and other Asian and American communities. IAKC provides information to people about the Indian community, and holds many events which are open to the public!
Aug 25- Art of the Machine:
Mid-America Falcon Club , just inside the entrance to City Market at 5th & Walnut; The City Market, 20 E. 5th Street, Kansas City, MO 64106; MAP ; 10am-2pm; local car clubs and enthusiasts on Sundays; Enjoy a great day in the City Market! Sue Patterson: 816-842-1271; spatterson@thecitymarket.org ; thecitymarket.org
Aug 25- 98.9 The Rock presents:
ZAKK SABBATH and Don Jamieson , Arvest Bank Theatre at The Midland, 1228 Main Street, Kansas City, MO 64105; Show 8:00pm; Website
Aug 26- Women’s Equality Day
Aug 26- Red Cross BLOOD DRIVE ; Emergency need for blood and platelets; Access RapidPass (must be done day of donation); www.redcrossblood.org
Overland Park Church of the Nazarene
9030 Lamar Ave
Overland Park, KS 66207
2:00-7:00pm
JoCoLibrary – Central Resource Center
9875 W 87th St
Overland Park, KS 66212
3:00-7:00pm
Aug 26- BLACK FLAG , CrossroadsKC, 417 East 18th Street, Kansas City, MO 61408; Doors 7:00pm, Show 8:00pm; All ages; Website
Aug 26-29- ⚾ Kansas City ROYALS vs Oakland Athletics, Kauffman Stadium, 1 Royal Way, Kansas City, Missouri 64129; TV: FSKC; www.mlb.com/royals
Aug 26-7:15pm CDT; Price Chop Monday
Aug 27-7:15pm CDT; T-Shirt Tuesday
Aug 28-7:15pm CDT; Student Night
Aug 29-12:15pm CDT
TICKETS ONLINE
Aug 27- Lyndon Baines Johnson Day ; State holiday: Texas
Aug 27- Red Cross BLOOD DRIVE ; Emergency need for blood and platelets; Access RapidPass (must be done day of donation); www.redcrossblood.org
Jackson County Truman Historic Courthouse
112 W Lexington Ave
Independence, MO 64050
10:00am-2:00pm
City Wide/ODDO/BASYS
15423 W. 100th Terrace
Lenexa, KS 66219
11:00am-3:00pm
Johnson County Library
22435 W. 66th St
Shawnee, KS 66226
10:00am-2:00pm
151st Street Church of Christ
13875 W. 151st Street
Olathe, KS 66062
4:00-8:00pm
Aug 27- Nicole Dollanganger with Infinity Crush , The Encore Room, Uptown Theater, 3700 Broadway, Kansas City, MO 64111; Show 8:00pm; $2 minor surcharge at door; General Admission; All Ages; Website
Aug 27-29- ⚾ Kansas City T-BONES at Texas AirHogs; Facebook Page ; Lil’ Chops Club Facebook ; www.tbonesbaseball.com
SCHEDULE
Aug 27-7:05pm
Aug 28-7:05pm
Aug 29-7:05pm
Aug 28- Red Cross BLOOD DRIVE ; Emergency need for blood and platelets; Access RapidPass (must be done day of donation); www.redcrossblood.org
Casa De Fuentes Apartments
11700 Stearns Street
Overland Park, KS 66210
3:00-7:00pm
Zaxby’s
10430 NE Cookingham Dr.
Kansas City, MO 64157
11:00am-3:00pm
Aug 28- MARK KNOPFLER , Arvest Bank Theatre at The Midland, 1228 Main Street, Kansas City, MO 64105; Show 8:00pm; Website
Aug 29- Red Cross BLOOD DRIVE ; Emergency need for blood and platelets; Access RapidPass (must be done day of donation); www.redcrossblood.org
Mid-Continent Public Library – South Independence Branch
13700 E. 35th Street South
Independence, MO 64055
3:00-7:00pm
Lowes Home Improvement
1920 N. Stewart Rd.
Liberty, MO 64068
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5 Restaurants to Try This Weekend in NYC

The Ryerson [Official] Weekly inspiration for last-minute dining
Welcome to your weekend planner, where Eater editors recommend restaurants, cafes, and bars — whether they’re new and hot or the old standbys. As always, please let us know if you’d like to see something specific .
August 9 For new, comforting Southern food in Brooklyn : The Ryerson is a newish Southern restaurant in Crown Heights from the alums of a long list of New York City standbys, like Jean Georges and Gramercy Tavern. And from the decor, full of dark wood and brick, it’s clear they’re trying to evoke a classic feel, but the menu of comfort foods isn’t at all staid. There’s wonderfully crisp fried chicken served with mashed potatoes; eggplant rounds that convincingly look like scallops atop a bed of grits; mac and cheese with the unusual addition of pecan pesto. Most unexpected, though, was a bear-shaped bottle of blueberry hot honey, meant for the fried chicken, but surprisingly good on just about everything. 698 Nostrand Ave., between St. Marks Avenue and Prospect Place, Crown Heights — Monica Burton, associate restaurant editor
For old-school Italian in the South Bronx : Photos of the City of Canals line the walls of this South Bronx Italian old-timer, founded in 1951 in a neighborhood once dominated by wholesale markets. The Original Venice Restaurant’s dining room is cavernous in a charming, no nonsense sort of way. And the prices are inexpensive, on a menu that combines pizzas, pastas, heroes, and seafood. The cheesy garlic bread is legendary, and the baked stuffed clams shouldn’t be missed. Even the pizza is better than average, and the hot heroes some of the best in the Bronx. If you go by car — the place has a parking lot. 772 E 149th St, at Wales Avenue, Mott Haven — Robert Sietsema, senior critic
For filling, casual Mexican fare: When I lived in Jersey City nearly a decade ago, I was obsessed with a fun and casual taco spot called Taqueria Downtown. I’ve missed it being a part of my regular repertoire, but I was delighted this week to find out that Taqueria Gramercy and Taqueria St. Mark’s are both from the same owners. Now, I can walk to get the same tacos, meat plates, and quesadillas that I grew to love. And so should you, this weekend, at whichever location is nearest! 218 Third Ave., between 18th and 19th streets, Gramercy — Stefanie Tuder, senior editor
For new dumplings on the Lower East Side : The dumpling scene on the Lower East side has been moribund the last few years, as some of the joints which peddled the bulging four-for-a-dollar pork and chive dumplings closed down, presumably as a result of real estate pressures. Now it comes alive again at newcomer King Dumplings . Yes, the dumplings are slightly more expensive (four for $1.50), but that’s still an unbelievable bargain. The usual steamed dumplings with a choice of fillings are also available, as are sesame pancake sandwiches and soups. As an added bonus, a $3 version of dan dan noodles is also provided, suggesting the way forward for dumpling stalls might lie in expanding their menus. 74 Hester St., at Allen Street, Lower East Side — Robert Sietsema, senior critic
For a group hang in Gowanus : There’s nothing better than dinner outside when the weather is nice in NYC — everyone knows this. But it’s also hard to find a place that will let you make a reservation for the outdoor space without any too-wild minimums or logistical hoops to jump through. Enter Pig Beach , a super chill (albeit a little loud) spot near the Gowanus canal with plenty of long picnic tables inside and in the giant backyard. It’s still popular and still worth going to if you haven’t tried it yet. The wait’s never too long at the bar, and because all the food is barbecue-style, it’s ready fast. There’s a solid veggie burger for non-meat eaters, and the mac-and-cheese is cheekily topped with goldfish crackers. 480 Union St., between Nevin and Bond streets, Gowanus — Sonia Chopra, director of editorial strategy
August 2 For Thai brunch on the Lower East Side: Don’t miss the brunch at Wayla , the new, labyrinthine underground Thai restaurant, which occupies the space of the former Birds and Bubbles facing Sara D. Roosevelt Park. On a menu that runs to nine platters and four shareable sides, many of the dishes represent brunch adaptations and accumulations of Thai standards. An example is the sai ou and pork belly set ($21), which includes a pair of fried eggs, a basket of black sticky rice, two sour Isan sausages, two thick rashers of smoked bacon, and a tangle of papaya salad, making for a very satisfying meal. 100 Forsyth St, between Broome and Grand streets, Lower East Side — Robert Sietsema, senior critic
For a raucous time in Koreatown that’s not barbecue: Don’t be confused when you walk into this address and find yourself in what seems like an office building. Continue up to the second floor, where you’ll find Soju Haus , a young and fun Korean restaurant that serves various pancakes, tabletop stews, and rice dishes — and, of course, tons of soju. The atmosphere is casual and fun, full of young diners. Hope that there’s a birthday going on while you eat, for some pretty wild music and lights. 315 Fifth Ave, Second Floor, at 32nd Street, Koreatown — Stefanie Tuder, senior editor
For pizza at Port Authority: Detroit style pizza flies again but at much more reasonable prices at the Port Authority sensation Upside Pizza, which draws crowds at lunchtime. It’s really just a corner stall with a few round standing tables pushed into the street, but the place has a Roberta’s pedigree. A giant rectangular pie ($5 per square) scattered with faddish cupping pepperoni was very deep dish with lots of fat in the crust, giving it a profound crunch. “What kind of pie is that?” I asked the pizza wrangler. “That’s a Sicilian pie,” he replied, though it seemed very Motor City. Other pies exhibit other agreeable styles. 598 Eighth Ave, at West 39th Street, Garment District — Robert Sietsema, senior critic
For faultless weekend lunch or early dinner that’s BYO : I mostly only crave seafood in all its forms when I think about summertime dining, and Astoria Seafood is an experience I can’t recommend enough. While the staff is quirky, you’re definitely not there for the service; what you’re there for is platters of the freshest seafood (it’s a seafood market) in a setting where you can bring your own booze. The move here is to arrive in the off hours, or at least about an hour before you’ll be hungry, where you then pick from options like mussels, red snapper, oysters, langoustines, and turbot. At checkout, the staff will ask you how you want it cooked, and then quote you on your table wait. It’s the most organized shit show and the most fun. 3710 33rd St., near 37th Avenue, Long Island City — Patty Diez, editorial coordinator
For a cool oasis in a bustling part of Soho : It’s been a while since Michael White’s name has popped up, but every time someone asks me for a Soho rec, I look at the map and say “maybe Osteria Morini ?” The kitchen stays open at the weird dead time between lunch and dinner, and the rustic, spacious room is an escape from the bustle of the shopping district, especially with warm service. The torcia — a popular squid ink pasta with a shrimp ragu — isn’t among the best pastas in the city anymore, but it’s a solid meal. More importantly for a hot summer day, there’s cold, refreshing glasses of lambrusco. 218 Lafayette St., between Spring and Broome streets, Soho — Serena Dai, editor
July 26 For standout tacos on the LES: East Harlem’s legendary Taco Mix set out on an ambitious expansion plan in 2018, and I checked out the Jackson Heights outpost soon after it opened. The tiny place was disappointing due to high prices for the neighborhood and an al pastor not up to par. Imagine my delight when visiting the Lower East Side’s new Taco Mix that I found it superb. All tortillas are made by hand, and yes, the tacos are small for the price ($4), but they are overstuffed, and the al pastor every bit as good as the uptown branch. Goat barbacoa and beef tongue are also worth ordering. Multiple spicy condiments provided, including a squirtable guacamole. 158 Delancey St, between Suffolk and Clinton streets, Lower East Side — Robert Sietsema, senior critic
For a worthy, massive roast beef sandwich: I frequently think about the Saturday-only roast beef sandwich at 116-year-old Hoboken deli Fiore’s , and I highly recommend a weekend jaunt there. You pick your bread in line and then tell the counter what you want, which is the roast beef special, filled with soft, medium-rare meat, milky mozzarella, and savory gravy. One is likely enough for two, and if you want my opinion, you should add garlic-roasted red peppers for some tang. 414 Adams St., between Fourth and Fifth streets, Hoboken, NJ — Stefanie Tuder, senior editor
For icy cocktails and live music near the Staten Island Ferry : The vaguely Cuban-themed BlackTail continues to rank with (sister spot) Dead Rabbit as one of the best places to drink in FiDi. A small jazz band plays in the dark, windowless space most nights, while staffers greet you with mini-frozen cocktail amuses. The courtesy is a thoughtful one that lets patrons imbibe a touch as they peruse the list — and as bartenders work through their busy queue. The sweet-tart banana daiquiri, sporting just whiff of tropical fruit flavor, remains the throwback classic of choice, while an elevated rum & coke reimagines the oft-cloying drink with studied balance and fancy effervescence. Bartenders make the cocktail with strong Bahamian rum, herbal Fernet Branca, cola syrup, aromatic bitters, and nicely fizzy brut Champagne. One could knock back a few of those bubbly tipples on a hot July night. Pier A Harbor House, 22 Battery Place, 2nd Floor, FiDi — Ryan Sutton, chief critic
For a cocktail or local wine at a neighborhood bar : Fifth Avenue in Park Slope is full of (great) divey neighborhood bars, and at first glance, Lizzie King’s Parlor looks about the same as the rest of them. But it’s a relative newcomer and is paying more attention to craft cocktails and sourcing than most. Wines come from the North Fork and the Finger Lakes, and the beer and cider list zeroes in on local options too. Cocktails include an “illicit tryst” with tequila, ginger, amaro, lemon, and bitters, plus classics like a Moscow mule and a tom collins. There’s also a roomy backyard and a food menu. Be sure to check out the specials board, too. 75A 5th Ave., between St Marks Place and Warren Street, Park Slope — Serena Dai, editor
For cooling summertime noodles: Hot noodles don’t hold quite the same appeal come summer, but that’s what cold noodles are for. And Chinese chain Xi’an Famous Foods is the place to go for that. Its liang pi , or wheat noodles and gluten slices drenched in chile oil, “might be New York’s single finest noodle preparation for days above 85 degrees,” my fine coworker Ryan Sutton has written . “The sauce, with its sour-spicy overtones — a signature of Shaanxi cuisine — only loosely adheres to the cool, bouncy noodles. It’s not until patrons start masticating on the spongy seitan that the heat and acidity really starts to vibrate on the tongue. And just when things become intensely heady with cumin and other spices, the crunch of the vegetables and perfume of the cilantro paves the way for repeat slurping.” Get yourself a plate. Multiple locations — Stefanie Tuder, senior editor
July 19 For snacks, sweets, and full meals in Elmhurst: There’s no more modest Thai café in town than Tea Cup Cafe . Cooking is done on a pair of hot plates behind the high counter, seating is at picnic tables on wooden benches, and when the weather is good the entire front of the place is flung open to Elmhurst breezes. You can refresh yourself with coffees or sweet cold teas, or graze on fruit-filled crepes or Thai toasts, which come lathered with sweetened condensed milk. Then there are noodles, soups, and daily specials printed on a chalkboard outside. On a recent visit, I lunched on a fish rice soup with a delicate herbal flavor. I’d surely order it again. 76-23 Woodside Ave., at 77th Street, Elmhurst — Robert Sietsema, senior critic
For a seasonal Long Island brunch: Tom Colicchio’s Garden City restaurant Small Batch is practically made for brunching. Adjacent to a mall, the cavernous interior is decorated in whites and pastels, with large paintings of geese on the walls. The food showcases Long Island producers and seasonal produce. Last weekend, this meant an heirloom tomato salad and toast topped with rhubarb jam. The menu is made up of solidly American fare, like steak salad and hot chicken sandwiches, but there are also brunch staples, like a creamy shrimp and grits. The brunchiest touch of all, though, is a full section of the drinks menu dedicated to variations on the mimosa with names like the Mineola and the Manhasset — one more nod to the restaurant’s suburban setting. 630 Old Country Rd., Garden City, Long Island — Monica Burton, associate restaurant editor
For the ultimate crispy, savory clay pot in Chinatown: Clay pot rice is a popular Cantonese dish, known for its crispy rice with meat and sauce toppings. The dish is on full display at Noodle Village , tucked into a corner on Mott Street, with various options for toppings. The pork spare ribs with black bean sauce is a standout: the meat falls off the bone and is excellent on its own, but it plays a supporting role for the main star of the dish: rice. The juice from the pork is steeped throughout the rice, coating each grain. The rice on the bottom of the pot has a similar texture to crackling chicharrones. Be sure to drizzle extra sauce for even more umami. 13 Mott St., between Worth and Mosco streets, Chinatown — James Park, social media associate
For sushi in the middle range: It sometimes seems like your choices are paying too little for sushi — plucked from a buffet where it’s been lingering an hour or more — or way too much, with a price tag that’s a multiple of $100, even when you’re not actually sitting at the sushi bar. The remedy is Hasaki , a classic Little Tokyo sushi bar dating to 1984 that you have to walk down to get into, and one with an elegant but somewhat shopworn interior. Omakases run $60, $80, or $110, which is quite a bargain given the freshness of the fish and the panache the sushi chefs put into it. 210 East Ninth Sts, at Stuyvesant Street, East Village — Robert Sietsema, senior critic
For drinking and hanging amid very strong air conditioning: Nowadays near the end of Ridgewood is more known for it’s large outdoor space and weekly Mister Sunday party, but the Brooklyn hangout opened a taproom on the lot that is an ideal venue for imbibing with a group this weekend. Every weekend night promises a fun music line-up, but the early evening hours here are just as lively. Consider getting there early and grabbing food from the truck outside; definitely go with a group and stay late into the evening. 56-06 Cooper Ave #1, Ridgewood — Patty Diez, editorial coordinator
July 11 For eclectic multi-cuisine brunch in Little Italy : The unceasingly cheerful name is a point in its favor at the decade-old cafe Lovely Day , which presents an eclectic menu featuring Thai, Japanese, and European eats. The décor is similarly agreeable, with furniture — a marble-topped oak bar and red leatherette booths — that seem ripped from a restaurant 70 years older. No matter, the food is good, and the menu easy enough to negotiate, whether you want a big Western breakfast, plate of ginger fried chicken, or a wonderfully elemental pad Thai with no extraneous ingredients. 196 Elizabeth St, between Spring and Prince streets, Little Italy — Robert Sietsema, senior critic
For Italian pastries and a biscuit egg sandwich between Nomad and Midtown : The charming standing-only Roman cafe Caffe Marchio , a project from Danny Meyer, serves its morning menu until 2 p.m. on the weekends, meaning that its buttermilk biscuit sandwiches are available for much longer. They’re not the round, fast food-style breakfast biscuit sandwiches that are more common; instead, the biscuit is flatter and more rectangular, making the ratio of biscuit to filling far more palatable. The biscuit portion is fluffy, moist, and buttery, and it’s available in four iterations, including one with a thick bacon. Be sure to get one of the pastries while you’re there, too. 30 East 30th St., between Madison Avenue and Park Avenue South, Nomad — Serena Dai, editor
For taking visitors out to brunch this weekend : Alvin Cailan’s Nolita restaurant the Usual serves a prix-fixe brunch that is more eye-catching than eye-roll-inducing like the shitty brunch deals that come with watered-down mimosas. The set up here is four courses for $25, which, if you play your cards right, could include eggs, yogurt and fruit, pancakes, memorable fried chicken, and potatoes. You can add things on and even get a boozy carafe; but the other, very clear move here is to revel in the wine program: an impressive list that’s thoroughly full of hits from around the globe. 30 Kenmare St on the corner of Elizabeth St, Nolita — Patty Diez, editorial coordinator
For Venezuelan breakfast, lunch, or dinner in Jackson Heights : Arepas Burger is not the first Venezeulan fast food shop to add hamburgers to its menu, but the burgers here are way better than usual. They come lavishly topped with possibly conflicting things like Taylor ham, bacon, crushed potato chips, pineapple, smoked pork chop, multiple colorful sauces, etc. Amazingly, the strong hamburger patty flavor shines through. Then there are the usual stuffed arepas and cachapas, with a parallel line of toppings and condiments to the burger. The large contingent of cooks in the kitchen will clue you to why the food here is better than at many similar places in Queens, Brooklyn, and Manhattan. 81-05 Northern Blvd, between 81stand 82nd streets, Jackson Heights — Robert Sietsema, senior critic
For chill Italian with a glass of wine in Prospect Lefferts Gardens: During the day, Bonafini acts as a pretty straightforward brunch spot with pretty egg dishes and sunlight, but at night, it’s a cozy Italian wine bar with some lovely gems, like a gnocchi and clams dish that marries two perfectly chewy foods. Grab a spot in the backyard, which features a mural of ferns and leaves. 663 Flatbush Ave., near Hawthorne Street, Prospect Lefferts Gardens — Kayla Kumari Upadhyaya, associate reporter
July 5 To see a lingering vestige of Hungary on the Upper East Side : The sign on the outside says Budapest Café & Restaurant , but the storefront also goes by the name of Andre’s Bakery , identifying itself as an offshoot of a Hungarian Bakery located in Forest Hills that dates to 1976. The Upper East Side establishment is more café than bakery, though you can get Andre’s famous strudel in varying flavors, as well as fruit squares, babkas, and linzer tarts. Savory fare runs to veal goulash, stuffed cabbage, chicken paprikash, and the highly recommended turoscsusza tepertovel , egg noodles layered with bacon, sour cream, and farmers cheese. Save room for dessert! 1631 Second Ave., between 84th and 85th streets, Yorkville — Robert Sietsema, senior critic
For a pastry-filled breakfast in Gowanus : South Brooklyn is lucky to have Runner & Stone in its life, popping up at farmers market, supplying bread to other restaurants, and, of course, serving breakfast, lunch, and dinner on 3rd Avenue. With its emphasis on community and local produce coupled with its excellent bakery operations, the real move at the brick-and-mortar is to pop in for an early breakfast and get coffees and the savory seasonal danish (recently it was brussels sprout pesto with goat cheese), as well as whatever other pastries strike your fancy. 285 3rd Ave., between Carroll and President streets, Gowanus — Sonia Chopra, director of editorial strategy
For a tasting of Nepalese fare in Queens : The Mustang region in the north central part of Nepal has culinary riches including Indian, Chinese, and Indian-Chinese influences, in addition to a diet rich in buckwheat, root vegetables, greens, and various sorts of meat jerkies and vegetable pickles. Sure there are momos at Mustang Thakali Kitchen with several stuffing combinations and a variety of dipping sauces, but most meals come on a thali, a metal tray in which 10 or so small dishes are deposited. While these make perfect meals, there are also stir fried noodles, noodle soups, and Indian style curries and chaats. Alas, no yak. 74-14 37th Ave, between 74th and 75th streets, Jackson Heights — Robert Sietsema, senior critic
For ice cream with delightful non-American flavors : Cobble Hill is an ice cream neighborhood, and newcomer Malai stands out for its international-focused flavors. Try the mango-rose, inspired by some favorite South Asian flavors, or the baklava, which is as satisfying as you dream it will be. Be sure to check out the rotating ice cream pie slices found in the freezer next to the counter before you place your order. 268 Smith St., between Degraw and Sackett streets, Cobble Hill — Sonia Chopra, director of editorial strategy
For simple Italian on the Upper West Side : Weekend brunch or a cozy dinner with friends at Piccolo Cafe ’s Amsterdam Avenue location is always a lovely time, especially at the outdoor tables. The pastas are very reasonably priced, several of them clocking in at $16 to $19. It’s mostly simple, homey classics like spaghetti and meatballs and lasagna bolognese. But there’s also a rich lobster fettuccini and three kinds of ravioli (all $25). The wine list mostly focuses on Italy. 313 Amsterdam Ave., near West 75th Street, Upper West Side — Kayla Kumari Upadhyaya, associate reporter
June 27 For Philly cheesesteaks on the Lower East Side: The cramped premises is lavishly bemuraled at Izzie’s Cheesesteaks , the successor to the now-defunct 99 Miles to Philly. The eponymous sandwich is available in a half or full size, both furnished with a lavish quantity of delicately shaved beef smothered in a choice of cheeses that include the usual (American, provolone, or Wiz) and one unusual variety (mozzarella). Fried onions are optional, but of course you should say yes. Burgers, chicken wings, brioche sandwiches, chicken fingers, and empanadas round out a menu that is perhaps too ambitious, but do take advantage of the potato selection, which runs to waffle fries, tater tots, sweet potato fries, and steak fries. 47 Clinton St., between Rivington and Stanton streets, Lower East Side — Robert Sietsema, senior critic
For no-frills Mexican on the Upper West Side: Waits typically aren’t an issue at Cilantro , even if dining with a mid-sized group. It stays busy but never too wild, and the sidewalk seating is prime. Expect straightforward Mexican and Southwestern food, including fajitas, enchiladas, and sizable nachos. The portions are generous, and the complimentary tortilla chip baskets also include plantain chips. The seafood soup is a surprising gem on the menu, and the frozen margaritas are the way to go for drinks. 485 Columbus Ave., between West 83rd and 84th streets, Upper West Side — Kayla Kumari Upadhyaya, associate reporter
For a multi-cultural food stop on the LES: The addition of Essex Market to the LES has been a boon for dining in that nook where the Williamsburg Bridge exits. After the craze of the opening, the market has slowed down to the point where it’s easy to stroll right in and order from an array of places, ranging from Dominican plates at Dominican Cravings or khao man gai at Eat Gai to black sesame ice cream at L.E.S. Ice Cream Factory or Italian sandwiches at Heros & Villains. Take your pick, and then take a walk across the bridge because why not. 88 Essex St., at Delancey Street, Lower East Side — Stefanie Tuder, senior editor
For a Dominican picnic in Inwood Hill Park: There’s no better place for a real uphill and downhill hike through a primeval forest than Inwood Hill Park. But provisioning the hike has always been a dilemma. For this noble purpose, check out Bello Deli Food , on Broadway a couple of blocks north of the park entrance at Isham Street and Seaman Avenue. Pick from the pristine steam table such dishes as roast chicken, fried fish, or the pork roast pernil , which can be eaten with rice and beans or placed in a sandwich. For pocket fare, there are empanadas, or make a late breakfast of eggs scrambled with salt cod, all easy to carry into the park in your backpack for a mid-hike picnic. 5009 Broadway, between 213th and 214th streets, Inwood — Robert Sietsema, senior critic
For a takeout sandwich in Williamsburg : Dedicated fans of Saltie may want to go check out the new “Saltie-esque” menu at Marlow & Daughters , the gourmet grocer and butcher shop in South Williamsburg. Caroline Fidanza, who owned the shuttered sandwich shop, is now working at the Andrew Tarlow empire and helped to create the lineup. Meats for options like a roast pork sandwich are made in-house, while bread comes from Tarlow’s She Wolf Bakery. The meatball sandwich in particular, which has a little spicy kick, could be an indulgent pick to bring to the park this weekend. 95 Broadway, near Berry Street, South Williamsburg — Serena Dai, editor
June 21 For a sun-drenched but indoor meal in Fort Greene: One of the loveliest dining settings I’ve found in Brooklyn is Colonia Verde — a Latin American restaurant set against airy rooms with rustic corners and green vines. And while I think the prime seating options overflow in the Dekalb Avenue space, requesting a seat in the greenhouse would definitely be a move. Mushroom arepas followed by achiote chicken and “gringo churros” for dessert all from chef Felipe Donnelly are an ideal dinner here; and not ordering the duck chilaquiles or the steak and eggs during lunch would be a shame. Willing to bet that you’ll find yourself coming for the food, service, and space and staying to find out what natural and organic wines Tamy Rofe is opening. 219 Dekalb Ave., between Clermont Avenue and Adelphi Street — Patty Diez, editorial coordinator
From some Peruvian sandwiches: A sangucheria is a Peruvian sandwich shop, and mural-bedecked Juanita’s is the city’s most complete example, with beer on tap as a bonus. Made on a nice crinkly demi-baguette, butifara is the most famous sandwich, featuring sliced pork roast drenched in its dark marinade, with a chunky onion relish and the hot sauce called aji (and, boy, is it hot!). Other sandwiches deploy roast chicken, turkey, and eye of round roast beef, and a selection of salads, leaf-wrapped tamales, and salchipapas — sliced hot dogs tossed with Juanita’s terrific French fries — are also available. Outdoor dining is in an enclosed garden out back, and it’s cash only. 84-15 Northern Blvd., between 84th and 85th streets, Jackson Heights — Robert Sietsema, senior critic
For an after-work margarita and a light bite: I grabbed a post-work cocktail at Jean-Georges Vongerichten’s ABC Cocina this week and it was quite a pleasant experience. My margarita was on point, though the two small dishes we ordered to share were the true stunners. The mezcal-cured salmon was as cool as the tart cucumber-filled yogurt underneath it, and crispy potato flakes added a satisfying crunch to each bite. The shrimp, sitting in a pool of blood-orange chile oil, were equally as good. 38 East 19th St., between Park Avenue South and Broadway, Flatiron — Carla Vianna, reporter
For a quick and satisfying dinner-for-one : There are six Manhattan locations of chicken chain Chirping Chicken , with another on the way. I recently popped into the Upper West Side shop on my way home from work and scooped up a quarter-chicken meal, which comes with a salad, a side, and pita for $12.75. Make sure to add a sauce of some sort — I opted for tzatziki. There are plenty of sides to choose from, all simple and straightforward like fries, rice and beans, and mac and cheese, as well as cold sides such as grape leaves or a potato salad. The Greek salad is well dressed, and the chicken is seasoned and juicy with excellent skin. It’s a very easy (and filling!) meal to grab to go. 355 Amsterdam Ave., at West 77th street, Upper West Side (and other locations) — Kayla Kumari Upadhyaya, associate reporter
For fried clams on Long Island: Whether you find yourself at Long Beach, Jones Beach, or Robert Moses, Bigelow’s New England Fried Clams is not far away. Since its founding by Russ Bigelow in 1939, it has retained its Depression-era diner atmosphere, and turned out wonderful chowders and bisques, fish and chips of several species, and full-belly Ipswich fried clam sandwiches in the New England style, using soft shell clams — the kind often used for steamers. Calamari, soft shell crabs, and crab cakes are further specialties at this no frills palace of seafood. 79 North Long Beach Rd., between Milton Court and Sunrise Highway, Rockville Centre — Robert Sietsema, senior critic
June 14 For a special-feeling yet still affordable brunch with a view : There’s a lot of great options to parse through in our new summer package out today, but I’ll go out and re-endorse Celestine , which I went to for brunch for the first time recently. The outdoor patio is one of the best I’ve ever been on, with a clear view of the city and and the bridges, but without the sceney-ness that such places sometimes have. Reservations are a breeze, and the options are affordable. Entrees are all under $18 with the exception of the burger. The maast o musir mezze — a yogurt-based dish — was particularly good, as was the avocado side, which had a slightly sweet sauce that made it far more interesting than it sounds. It’s an easy place to impress a visitor, but a lovely place to go as a local, too. 1 John St., near Pearl Street, Dumbo — Serena Dai, editor
For a waterside meal at Rockaway Beach : My first trip to Rockaway Beach was a bit premature — despite it being sunny, the wind chill was still too cold for my Floridian self to sunbathe. So I decided to eat instead. While not directly on the boardwalk, Bungalow Bar sits on the right on the bay, awarding me the beachy, waterside afternoon I was looking for. Our lobster roll and fried chicken sandwich arrived soon after we ordered; I chose the latter, and it was one of the best I’ve had so far. The crispy bird was topped with tangy slaw and pickles, plus hot honey and bacon butter — and it was huge. Live music was added to the mix for a pleasant afternoon away from the city. 377 Beach 92nd St., Rockaway Beach — Carla Vianna, reporter
For knockout arepas, empanadas, and more in Ridgewood: Not even a full block from the Seneca Avenue stop is the Brooklyn location of Inwood Venezuelan haven Cachapas y Mas . The priciest thing on the full-of-hits menu is $10, and some of the best things come well under that — like the $7.25 Reina Pepiada arepa (that’s chicken salad with avocado), barely able to contain its creamy filling between the arepa; or the ground beef empanadas for $2, and really any of the cachapas (sweet corn pancakes). The restaurant is ideal for a casual weekend lunch or dinner, including late night. Sample all the sauces on offer. 678 Seneca Ave., at Gates Avenue, Ridgewood — Patty Diez, editorial coordinator
For a chill night of Neapolitan pizza and wine uptown: I have been on a bit of a pizza kick lately. The neighborhoody vibes of Motorino ’s Upper West Side outpost make it an ideal spot for a chill dinner with friends, and I spent a lovely warm summer evening there recently. Snag one of the sidewalk tables if there’s one available and order the baby kale caesar — which is heavy on the anchovies — alongside a pizza or two. When going for the soppressata, opt for the extra spicy. The other draw is the wine, which is reasonably priced especially for the area: All bottles are $45. There are some by-the-glass options, too, which clock in at $10 or $12. 510 Columbus, near West 85th Street, Upper West Side — Kayla Kumari Upadhyaya, associate reporter
For dim sum and cocktails uptown: The Upper West Side location of Jing Fong looks and feels much different from its behemoth original Chinatown flagship. It’s significantly smaller, and the menu is tighter. But it also offers some things the original doesn’t — namely, really great craft cocktails. The black walnut old fashioned and the five spice cucumber-fennel martini are two standouts. Unlike the original, it also has soup dumplings. 380 Amsterdam Ave., near West 76th Street, Upper West Side — Kayla Kumari Upadhyaya, associate reporter
June 7 For a fancy ice cream treat: Most of the buzz lately has been for the bigger new Morgenstern’s flagship on Houston, especially with its new cocktail and sundae bar on weekends, but the original on Rivington is also doing a special that’s worth trying if you’re in the area. The crème brûlée treat comes torched on top for a crispy, caramelized crunch in addition to the classic, ultra-creamy texture of Morgenstern’s. Share it; it’s definitely an indulgence. 2 Rivington St., near Bowery, Lower East Side — Serena Dai, editor
For a pancake brunch in Clinton Hill: The other weekend, all I wanted was pancakes. There are a bunch of great, buzzy restaurants in Brooklyn that serve them, but when I made brunch plans with friends at noon, we were too hungry to deal with hours-long waits. We ended up at Aita , in Clinton Hill, a restaurant in a beautiful, airy corner space on Greene Avenue. The service was excellent, and they let us linger for as long as we wanted. And the food was great, too: well-sized portions and lots of good options, including a breakfast plate that comes with two eggs, bacon, a small salad, potatoes, and a single berry pancake. We opted to get our own entrees and share a stack for the table, like any good brunch order should have. 132 Greene Ave., on Waverly Avenue — Sonia Chopra, director of editorial strategy
For summer-appropriate Japanese desserts: While ice cream can easily be enjoyed all year round, I don’t feel exactly the same way about kakigori, the Japanese shaved ice dessert. But, it’s finally warm now, and so, to celebrate, I stopped by the Little One on the Lower East side this week. The small, sit-down shop serves primarily Japanese desserts like kakigori, dorayaki, and monaka ice cream sandwiches, and you should get at least two. On this visit, I opted for the strawberry kakigori, topped with cream and streusel with a strawberry core, and an ice cream sandwich made up of black sesame ice cream between a layer of mochi and crisp monaka wafers, both completely satisfying without feeling particularly indulgent. 150 East Broadway, near Rutgers Street, Lower East Side — Monica Burton, associate restaurant editor
For a last-minute meal in Clinton Hill: After putting in some serious eating time here, I can officially confirm that Otway is wonderful for pretty much any meal. I’m writing this on a weekday morning, eating a scone and drinking cold brew in its light-filled, sparsely populated dining room, and it’s perfect. Last Saturday, I came for an impromptu 8 p.m. dinner for four and was reminded how affordable and impressive the wine list is (and how easy it is to walk in given the food quality). Sunday brunch with a girlfriend? Also a great choice. Want to bring some messy kids on a weekend afternoon? They’re ok with that too. 930 Fulton St., on St. James Place, Clinton Hill — Amanda Kludt, editor in chief
For a quick weekend breakfast bagels and fish in Brooklyn: Appetizing shop Shelsky’s now has a location on Fourth Avenue on the border between Park Slope and Gowanus, and the shop has a full lineup of bagels, fish, and sandwiches. The location near a train stop is primed for commuters, but for a hangover meal, the chewy bagels here are a step above the local bodega. Besides basic deli options, it also has pastrami cured in-house and spicy Sichuan bialys and cream cheese. 453 Fourth Ave., on Tenth Street, Gowanus/Park Slope — Serena Dai, editor

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Special Sauce: Matt Rodbard and Max Falkowitz on Becoming Food Writers

August 9, 2019 [Pasta photographs: Vicky Wasik]
In the next two episodes of Special Sauce, we take a deep dive into the challenges and triumphs of building a career in food media. I invited former Serious Eats editor/current contributor Max Falkowitz , and founding TASTE editor Matt Rodbard to share their perspectives. As two people who have co-written cookbooks with chefs, been on staff as editors and writers at food publications, and freelanced extensively, I thought they’d offer unique insights into what it takes to become food writer. And sure enough, they had no shortage of thoughts to share.
Max started us off with a hilarious tale about life at the Falkowitz family table: “So my dream story is to write one of those really tender, loving, emotional pieces about my dad’s pasta sauce, which he spends all day making. He has these giant cauldrons that his aunt used to only used to boil gefilte fish in and they’re probably 30 gallon cauldrons. He chops up all of his olives and he browns his ground beef and he gets special types of tomatoes and he spends all day making the sauce. He invites his old college buddies to have the sauce. It’s a whole thing, and the sauce is terrible…It’s so bad. It tastes like canned olive juice…which is effectively what it is. Both of my parents are wonderful cooks, and they were for the most part raising me as independent single parents and did a fantastic job and gave me a life long love of food, but they have their missteps and one of them is the sauce.”
Matt’s advice for aspiring food writers is quite simple: “Write all the time. It’s like a muscle. It’s like riding a bike. I mean, it’s cliché, but it’s true. You have to stay in shape. I think that’s why I said the Yelp review was such a good thing to start with, because I was Yelping literally every meal I had and I think often with Twitter and with Social, people assume that’s writing, but it’s not writing. That isn’t writing. That’s something else.”
Max added this bit of pointed counsel: “Give a fuck. There’s so much writing that feels totally dispassionate and procedural. If you’re not doing this because you love it, you’re not going to get paid doing this.”
Anyone who has contemplated pursuing this fulfilling but challenging career path should give these next two episodes a listen.
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Ed Levine : Welcome to Special Sauce, serious eats podcast about food and life. Every week on Special Sauce, we talk to some of the leading lights of American culture, food folks and not food folks alike. What’s the one indispensable piece of advice you would have for an aspiring food writer, Matt?
Matt Rodbard : Write all the time. That’s why I said the Yelp review was such a good thing to start with because I was Yelping literally every meal I had.
EL : What about you, Max?
MF : I think that’s an excellent point, and I would add to it, give a fuck.
EL : Today, we are going to talk about the decidedly nonlinear career path to becoming a food writer with two of food writing’s finest practitioners. First of all, Matt Rodbard , the editor in chief of the online food magazine Taste, host of the Taste podcast, and the author of Koreatown Cookbook. Welcome to Special Sauce, Matt.
EL : We are waiting for our mutual friend, Max Falkowitz.
MR : Where is Max?
EL : Where is Max? Who knows, but when he gets here, we will welcome him with open arms and with an open mic.
EL : So tell us about life, Matt, at the Rodbard family table.
MR : It was… Rick and Cheryl, my parents. I have to go back to a story about pasta.
EL : Okay.
MR : They washed it.
EL : Wait…
MR : They would rinse it with water, like in the strainer, they would rinse it with water, like the pasta after it was cooked.
EL : That’s really weird. Maybe that’s a custom that I’m not familiar with.
MR : Okay. So backing up, west Michigan is where I was raised.
EL : Okay.
MR : Very Midwestern upbringing. You know, Paul Newman’s sauce is probably what was being put onto that pasta, but they were very adamant about washing that pasta after it came out of it.
EL : Was it like we’re talking food safety?
MR : I don’t know where it became a legend in our household, but I know it had something to do with getting the starch off of the pasta, which later we found out via Mario Batali—I know we don’t want to talk about Mario—but factually my father watched Malta Mario. Then he finally started saying, “Okay, we’re going to use some pasta water in the sauce.” That was around the mid ‘90s. So until that moment happened, we were washing pasta.
EL : So who was cooking?
MR : My parents were great cooks. I kid, I kid, I kid. They really were, they really are. They’re both here. They’re definitely listening right now. They are great cooks.
EL : They’re scratch cooks?
MR : I would say my father more than my mother. My father had staples. Chicken soup on Sundays. Really, really loved doing mirepoix, loved dicing, loved the pageantry of it. My mom was a little more improvisational growing up. She would have all sorts of Mexican food in the early ‘80s, I remember as a young child eating Mexican food, which is really cool.
EL : Yeah, that’s awesome. So did they both work?
MR : Absolutely. So they were working. My dad owned businesses. He was a salesman. So he’d come home after a long day at the office, have his couple fingers of Jim Beam White Label, and sit back and tell us about business. He talked a lot about work at the table, which is really…
EL : Unusual.
MR : It’s a little unusual, but I think it really informed me as a thinker and definitely got me thinking about my career in the future talking about all these stresses. I learned at an early age that I did not want to be a salesman.
EL : Yeah. Speaking of someone who doesn’t want to be a salesman, here’s
MF : You know, Max Falkowitz is coming into the house.
MR : What’s up, buddy?
Matt Falkowitz : I haven’t heard that intro in a few years.
MR : What’s up, man?
MF : Hi, Matt.
MR : Good to see you.
EL : So we’ve just been joined by Max Falkowitz, former Senior Features Editor at Serious Eats. I think the digital editor of some more and the coauthor of the Dumping Galaxy cookbook. These two guys know each other really well, so we’re just going to get right into it, and we’re not going to chastise Max for being late.
MF : Thank you.
EL : We just heard about Matt’s family’s predilection for rinsing the pasta after it was cooked. It’s a little weird. Even though he said in the next breath that his parents were both good cooks. So he started with the evidence that confounded that notion, and then backed into it. So what about you? Tell us about the Falkowitz family table.
MF : So my dream story is to write one of those really tender, loving, emotional pieces about my dad’s pasta sauce, which he spends all day making. He has these giant cauldrons that his aunt used to only used to boil gefilte fish in and they’re probably 30 gallon cauldrons. He chops up all of his olives and he browns his ground beef and he gets special types of tomatoes and he spends all day making the sauce. He invites his old college buddies to have the sauce. It’s a whole thing, and the sauce is terrible.
EL : Wait a minute. I was totally drawn in. I was buying the whole thing, and then you tell me the sauce is terrible.
MF : It’s so bad. It tastes like canned olive juice, and you’re just down for five hours, which is effectively what it is. Both of my parents are wonderful cooks, and they were for the most part raising me as independent single parents and did a fantastic job and gave me a life long love of food, but they have their missteps and one of them is the sauce.
EL : So we know if we want to guarantee a truly terrible deal, we start with the Rodbard pasta, and then we put the Falkowitz sauce on it.
MF : That’s exactly. I need to ask him now if he rinses his pasta because he probably… because I think that was what you were supposed to do.
MR : Really, this is like, this is 1988. I don’t know. I mean, Midwest this is what they were doing back then.
EL : So it sounds like both of you, and I’ll start with you, Matt, you were pretty obsessed with food even at an early age.
MR : Oh, for sure. I was a chunky little kid. I loved food.
EL : I shopped in the husky section, okay?
MR : Indeed, me as well. I had husky jeans, but I absolutely loved food as a kid. It was because my parents did take me out to restaurants. My dad’s from Chicago. So I would go to the city and I would go to Jewish delis. I would go to Greek town in downtown Chicago. They just really raised me to eat and eat often.
EL : And appreciate the food.
MR : Absolutely.
EL : Yeah. What about you, Max?
MF : It’s exactly the same story. It was really through going out to restaurants that my parents taught me what appreciating good things meant and that there’s a dollar value to this and good food costs money and you should feel grateful for it. You should appreciate what you have to give up for it, or in this case, what my parents are giving up for it. Growing up in Queens, going out to eat just kind of made more sense than cooking. Why cook at home when you have the world outside your kitchen?
EL : Yeah, that’s interesting. Matt, you didn’t have the world outside your kitchen.
MR : No. Not in Kalamazoo, Michigan. We had a Schlotzky’s, and we had a couple pizzerias.
EL : Schlotzky’s does not count, okay? Can we just say that? Schlotzky’s, it’s just a made up name for a deli.
MR : That’s true. The only time I would really have adventurous food in Kalamazoo I think was when I would go to the Big Joe’s, the sandwich shop and there would be a few cured Italian meats there. I would have a few of these cool city sandwiches.
EL : Even though it was Queens a long time ago, Max, or relatively long time ago, he’s a young dude, you were conscious that there was an entire culinary universe a subway stop away.
MF : There was a dark period where I was only eating Kraft mac ‘n’ cheese I think for every meal. My parents would have to bring it to restaurants in little Tupperware portions for me to then eat covertly under the table. Something happened, and it began with the Jackson Diner in Jackson Heights. At one point was better than it is now.
EL : Yeah. It was ground zero for sort of serious Indian food in the Indian neighborhood of Jackson Heights, Queens.
MF : And it really… it was kind of a door opener, and it wasn’t really the sense of, “Oh, this is what the wonders of the world can taste like.” It’s like that this is what food is. This is going out. It was so… living in such proximity to so many great ethnic communities meant that the mundaneness made it extra special because it didn’t have to feel like this special occasion. It was just, “Of course we’re going to go out and eat.”
EL : Yeah, you know, what’s funny is when I wrote New York Eats in 1992, people thought I was the Leif Erikson of food explorers because, “He went to Queens. He went to Brooklyn.” All I knew was… I knew and I was just getting to the tip of the iceberg. It was this incredible thing, even for me. Every weekend, I would go and explore a different neighborhood. When I discovered Jackson Heights, it was like, “Okay, this is pretty amazing and there are chop shops, and right next to the chop shop is a Uruguayan steak house, and right next to the Uruguayan steak house is a Paraguayan bakery.” People who have never explored Queens, and I know Max just wrote a piece for the Times about this, that it is really like going around the world on a subway token. Actually, the world has gotten bigger and better, I think. The bar has been raised probably since you were in high school, Max, in terms of you have to bring your A game. It’s not enough to be an Indian restaurant in Jackson Heights. No, no. You actually have to be a good Indian restaurant in Jackson Heights.
MF : There are parts of… Jackson Heights, it’s an interesting situation, but there are parts of Flushing where the commercial rents are higher than comparable rents in Manhattan. So it’s so competitive, yeah, there’s no opportunity to just be a mediocre noodle shop anymore.
MR : Do you gentlemen feel that Sunset Park has maybe taken over the Jackson Heights of the 90’s as the new place?
EL : Well, you know what’s weird about sunset park is there are many Chinatowns as you guys know in New York. Sunset Park is one of them, and it is a place that you can get all kinds of Chinese food that you can’t get in other places. Although, there’s probably an equivalent in Flushing, you know, because Flushing is the largest Chinatown now I believe in the country. Maybe Monterey Park in the San Gabriel Valley.
MR : Yeah, SGV probably.
EL : Sunset park is also weird because it’s…
MR : Your office is there, yeah.
EL : We’re in sunset park at industry city, but we’re pretty far removed from either the Mexican…
MR : Yeah, I was going to say Tacos El Bronco place is legit.
MF : But there are some interesting new places in Sunset Park that I need to do some more scouting that feel like they are very representative of what wealthy mainland Chinese people are eating and the way that they’re eating in major Chinese cities. There’s versions of that in Flushing, but there’s a somewhat different market in ways that I don’t totally understand yet.
EL : So you guys go off to college. Max, you went to University of Chicago.
MF : That’s right.
EL : Matt went to the University of Wisconsin. I’ve done my homework.
MR : You have.
EL : You guys are in serious trouble. Okay, I’m just telling you that. When you graduated, what did you think you were going to do?
MR : Well, I’ll tell you this. Before I graduated, it would be the summer between my sophomore and junior years, I was an intern at a small television station called the Fox News Channel in New York City.
EL : Heard of it.
MR : You’ve heard of it? This is like Roger Ailes was in our meetings. This is 1999. I mean, this is a different Fox News. So I thought I was going to be a television producer. I really wanted to …
EL : Oh, right, and you ended up working at Core TV.
MR : Yeah, I did.
EL : See, I did my homework.
MR : You have. I worked in television early in my career. That was the beginning of my career. So I thought I was going to do television, yeah.
EL : Yeah, and what about you, Max?
MF : I was dead set to work in the genre publishing industry editing science fiction and fantasy titles.
EL : That’s awesome, and you ended up, if I remember correctly, for a summer, you ended up working for Johnny Temple at the Akashic Press editing Ryan Adams’ poetry.
MF : Yeah, I was a big fan of small and independent publishing back when that seemed like something that could theoretically exist and save the book industry. We were so young. I graduated school right after the big economic collapse and the publishing industry was just in shambles, and I had three job interviews at one company where I interned and where I was I believe pretty well liked. I was turned down for each one. I thought at that point as I was leaving the third interview, “The universe is telling me this isn’t working.” So I put that aside and wound up tutoring and doing some PR consulting and freelancing for this little site called Serious Eats.
EL : Oh, wait. But first, you were working at the Carnegie Foundation.
MF : That’s right. The Carnegie Corporation, which is separate from Andrew Carnegie’s 20 odd…
EL : I remember talking to you and you’re like, you know, it’s kind of weird here. I know you’re sick of this, but I did bring your pitch letter to me, which is so awesome. I have to read it just a little bit.
MF : Excuse me while I go put my head in the oven, Ed.
EL : “Dear Mr. Levine.”
EL : First of all, that’s so sweet.
MR : So respectful.
EL : “I’m a senior at the University of Chicago, and I’ve been posting as M.Falk on your boards for a while. I’m graduating in June, and as a devout reader of Serious Eats who’s fascinated by publishing new media and food, I’d like to inquire about any job opportunities that may be available come summer. I’ve attached a resume, but here’s my background in brief. I’ve worked across publishing in books, literary journals, and online reviewing from mainstream giants to genre fiction to niche independents.” You go on to say, “I’m fascinated by and familiar with publishing in several forms and I want my career to be in worthwhile creative forms of media like Serious Eats.” Man, this was so awesome. “I believe my experience would be a great asset to your team in a range of positions. I’m also crazy about food.” This is my favorite. “I’m also crazy about food. I’m usually making it, eating it, thinking about it, or reading about it.” So right there, he had me, and I always… I even mentioned this in Serious Eater , which I’m sure Max is still embarrassed about, but it is still the greatest pitch letter I’ve ever received.
MR : Yeah, you did talk about that in the book.
MF : So earlier today, I was having breakfast with a former Serious Eats intern, Jen, who sends her best.
EL : Oh, right. Yeah.
MF : We were…
EL : An editor at Clarkson Potter?
MF : That’s right. We were reminiscing about the sense of wonder first hit from walking into the Serious Eats office and thinking, “Wait, I get to work here? I get to write about styles of pizza for a job or an internship, and people will read this all across the country?” It still… among the alums, there’s been a lot of reminiscing happening in group text messages.
EL : Yeah, yeah, yeah. You wrote actually a beautiful series of tweets as reminiscence, which I’ve been meaning to tell you, I don’t know if I did send you an email, but I was…
MF : No, you did.
EL : I was really moved by it because it was really great. So you both eventually, I guess we can leave the pitch letter behind.
MF : Thank God.
EL : You started TV.
MR : Mm-hmm.
EL : So how did you make your way from TV to food writing? Because Core TV has nothing to do with food.
MR : It doesn’t. I actually took a little detour. I worked in music. I worked at Spin Magazine. I was an intern there and that was kind of my career path. I worked at a couple magazines, consumer electronics magazine. I did a lot of culture and music reporting. But how did I get into food writing? Honestly, this is the truth. I’ve said this to a lot of young writers. I started a Yelp account.
EL : Wow.
MR : Started writing restaurant reviews for Yelp.
EL : That doesn’t even count as writing.
MR : I mean, for some, true. But for me, I wanted some … I just wanted to get my thoughts out there, my opinions out there, and it really helped kind of refine or define a style that I then took to Time Out. So I’ve been writing about lots of things before then like music reviews and restaurant coverage. Somebody at Time Out gave me a nice assignment, yeah.
EL : So Max, you were freelancing for us, and it was an exciting time. That was Serious Eats in full bloom. It was just one of those moments that shows faith, one of our editors calls it the punk rock days of Serious Eats. As I say in the book, I say sure, but here’s the thing, Sid Vicious story didn’t end well and the Sex Pistols really didn’t end well, but there was this amazing manic energy that people felt. That’s the energy that you and Jen were talking about.
MF : I think that the internet still was a niche entity rather than something that has circumscribed our lives. I think we felt, as young people, or at least as a young person, that the world of professional media was so closed off to the common person and so inaccessible to young people trying to get into it. CF me failing to get a publishing job and a dozen different publishing houses that the opportunity to create something new with new media was just thrilling in a way that… and just to meet other like… it was still a time when meeting like minded people from the internet felt new and exciting to I think a specific generation. I think we’re getting into another phase of that now as a group of folks are realizing that a lot of the older media positions they’ve been fighting for equality in aren’t necessarily places they need to be in when they can build an alternative.
EL : That’s true, and of course, for me, it was a weird thing because I was the old school old guy journalist. You know, a 52 year old first time entrepreneur because I just didn’t know any better. Anyone who’s read Serious Eater will know that I really had no clue. All I had was a lot of passion and I sensed that things were changing. Lastly, I just wanted to get rid of all the gatekeepers in my life. Those were the… what’s the plural of impetus?
MF : I think impetus. Like apparatus is the plural of itself.
EL : Yeah, for Serious Eats. So you guys both start writing and you’re doing well and you end up at Metro Mix and then Food Republic and you were at Serious Eats and then Saveur. What’s the one indispensable piece of advice you would have for an aspiring food writer?
MR : My advice is always write all the time. It’s like a muscle. It’s like riding a bike. I mean, it’s cliché, but it’s true. You have to stay in shape. I think that’s why I said the Yelp review was such a good thing to start with because I was Yelping literally every meal I had and I think often with Twitter and with Social, people assume that’s writing, but it’s not writing. That isn’t writing. That’s something else.
EL : You’re right, and it could be great, but it’s not writing.
MR : It’s not writing. You really got to stay in shape, I think, as a writer.
EL : Yeah, I think so, too. What about you, Max?
MF : I think that’s an excellent point. I would add to it, give a fuck. There’s so much writing that feels totally dispassionate and procedural. If you’re not doing this because you love it, you’re not going to get paid doing this.
EL : It’s true. It’s interesting because I agree with both of you obviously because what I used to tell people is the reason to start a blog is not to get famous or rich. The reason to start a blog is so you can exercise your writing muscle as often as possible. Even if nobody reads it… you know I always tell the story of Robyn Lee who started as a Serious Eats intern as a 20 year old or 19 year old. She was still at NYU getting her bachelors in food studies. She’d been blogging since she was 15. So by the time she ran into me, and I read her stuff, her voice was fully formed. She couldn’t report because she was a blogger, but a brilliant blogger with a totally original point of view. The only way she could do that was by writing for herself. I think that’s such an important thing that people tend to ignore, especially these days because I’ll just start an Instagram account. No, there’s really nothing like writing. And it’s not writing about this is what I had for dinner. It just needs to go at least one step beyond that.
What are the most important skills to have these days as an aspiring food writer?
MF : Oh, God, a really good therapist. I don’t know, is that a skill? I think there’s… it’s a gift to work… I mean, any act of reporting or writing is an intimate relationship between you and your editor or at least it should be. There’s an intimacy between you and your sources, especially if you’re covering difficult subject matter and it’s emotionally draining to put a part of your heart on the page and actually mean it. There are days that I have to just take off and recover because writing can be an intense kind of… you need your… you have leg day, and you have—
EL : So give us an example of that.
MF : So I as a working freelancer, I guess, I try to have days where I will write for most of the day, and then a few days where I force myself out of the apartment and don’t look at a computer screen and really force myself to get out of my head. I think it’s so easy as a writer to get stuck in your own thoughts and just lost in this recursive element. Just the act of talking to people and being out in the world, having friends who aren’t journalists or writers.
EL : For food writers, it’s really important. So when you get out of your head and you go outside, are you in search of food, or not necessarily?
MF : It’ll be as simple as running errands, but the thing that you taught me, it’s literally follow your nose. If something looks good or if something seems interesting. The most interesting food writers I know to read who write about restaurants and communities are people who just follow their nose and walk into stuff.
MF : One of my neighbors in my neighborhood is Anya Von Bremzen who wrote that amazing—
EL : Long time travel and leisure writer or food and wine. I can’t remember. She had a column, I think it was travel and leisure, for years.
MF : She’s kind of my role model of a hard party who just refuses to do anything she doesn’t want to do.
MR : Anya is dope.
MF : She wound up… she lives in the neighborhood about a third of the year. Then she goes to Istanbul and all of her other travels. She wound up taking me to this wonderful Chinese-run bakery in Jackson Heights that happens to have the best Columbian Empanadas I’ve ever tasted.
MR : That’s awesome.
MF : Because she just saw these two things together and thought, “Huh, that’s weird. These types of businesses don’t go together.” She was probably just running errands and it just brought her in. That kind of natural curiosity I think is so important.
EL : Yeah.
MR : So for a skill, I come from a little different angle because I’m a full time editor. So I’m working on like 30-50 stories at a time and different levels of process. I think for me, the writer should really have the package. It’s not just the words on the page. It’s thinking about aesthetics, thinking about how this story is going to be shot. It’s thinking about the recipe in the headnote. Really, I look for people, individuals who think the story through from the pitch all the way through the manuscript page to the publish. Those are the folks that I keep going back to who have that strong… they have that suggestion of where to shoot or that recipe, how to tweak the headnote in the right way. Those are the people I need to work with.
EL : But those people tend to be more experienced, right? Because the beginning writers are concerned with the word or the pictures in some cases now, but don’t you think that people that you’re talking about who can put the whole package together and see the story the way you…
MR : Possibly. I think what you brought up a point of folks who have blogs who have already published a lot of material. So maybe not professional experience, but more of a casual experience. They definitely, a lot of those individuals have thought through a visual element to a story.
MR : Yeah, I think you’re right.
EL : You’ve both co-written cookbooks. You wrote a Korean cookbook, a great Korean cookbook. You wrote a terrific book with Helen, who has been on the show thanks to you, who is…
MF : She’s my favorite.
EL : Yeah. Helen Yu, who owns Dumpling Galaxy in Flushing. How important, and I say this as someone who has very basic skills as a cook. I mean, I’m a good home cook, but I’m not special for sure. I’m unspecial. How important are cooking chops to becoming a food writer?
MF : It really varies. I think it depends on what food writer you want to be and there’s ways to write about food that don’t require a knowledge of cooking at all, and there’s types of stories that you can tell are totally valid that way. There’s also types of stories where if you don’t have an understanding of critical theory or postmodernism, you’re also not going to be able to write those food stories. So I think it can only help, and for writing a cookbook, you have to both know how to cook well, but also know how to think like someone who does not necessarily cook with particular skills. Helen would get very frustrated by our recipe tester who would ask these questions about like, what do you do at this stage to fold a dumpling? I’d have to say, “No, Helen. That’s the point. She’s doing her job well. That’s exactly the type of questions we answer.”
MR : Right. I wrote Koreatown with Deuki Hong chef, my good friend, my role there was to be the journalist, to ask all the questions. I had very minimal experience cooking East Asian cuisine when I started the project. I certainly knew a lot about Korean food because I had written a book before about Korean restaurants. So I had an understanding of the fundamentals, but in terms of getting ginger, garlic, scallions into the wok, I really didn’t have a lot of experience. What I did learn through the process was that as you repeat and repeat and repeat and you test, you learn and it’s like osmosis. It gets into your body. I think with all home cooking and really at Taste, we think about this with our stories, it’s really about habits. It’s getting those habits. You slice a scallion three times a week, cooking anything in your kitchen three times a week, it just gets easier over time. So I felt that that was really what I unlocked when I started that book project.
MF : And we’re a generation that learned how to cook through primarily visual means, that even if we weren’t doing the cooking ourselves, we were watching Good Eats, we were watching all those food network shows. Even if you don’t know how to properly slice a scallion on the bias, you can know why it’s important.
EL : Well, we’re going to have to leave it here for this episode of Special Sauce. For the next episode, we’re going to delve deeply, and I mean really deeply, into your present lives. For now, thank you Matt Rodbard and Max Falkowitz for sharing your past with us. So long, Serious Eaters. We’ll see you next time. This post may contain links to Amazon or other partners; your purchases via these links can benefit Serious Eats. Read more about our affiliate linking policy . Ed Levine Founder of Serious Eats and Missionary of the Delicious

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Journey to Mehendipur Balaji

“Exorcise you Inner Demons – Mehandipur Balaji Temple is famous for ritualistic healing and exorcism of evil spirits.”
II भूत पिसाच निकट नहिं आवै महाबीर जब नाम सुनावै II
Lord Hanuman also known as Sankat Mochan, Panchmukhi or Balaji is a Hindu God, A devotee of Rama. He is a central character in the Ramayana and its various versions. He also finds mention in several other texts, A vanara (The monkey god who lives in forest i.e. ‘vana’ ie forest), Hanuman participated in Rama’s war against the demon king Ravana
“It is said that the sure antidote of evil effects of Shanee’s (Saturn) or Mangal (Mars) is to worship Lord Hanuman.”
Mehandipur Balaji is known for the special problems of devotees, which are somehow related to supernatural powers and Black magic & Exorcism. Balaji is for overall well being and for wishes to come true. In Mehandipur the idol of Lord is in his childhood state also known as ‘Bal Hanuman’.
“It is also proven that if your loved ones are under a possession of a Evil Spirit or suffering from Black Magic – Balaji Maharaj, Kotwal Bhairav ji & Pretraj Sarkar will themselves do the exorcism of your loved ones.”
SOMETHING STRANGE ABOUT THE TEMPLE
A person who is suffering from evil spirits & ghosts for a long time gets treated partially or completely by required methods inside the temple. Tuesdays and Saturdays are associated with Lord Hanuman that’s why a large number of devotees from all over the country come here for darshan.
MY REAL EXPERIENCE AT MEHENDIPUR BALAJI
“Did you ever think the spirits exist? You must have seen exorcisms in the The Movie Conjuring and its series, The Exorcist, The Nun, or All Hindi Ramsay Movies but I have seen one here with my very own eyes!!”
I have always believed in the presence of evil spirits and ghosts in the past. At the temple I saw the things I have never seen before. The affected people of possession were shouting & screaming badly. They were slamming their heads on the wall. Some were falling intentionally from top of the stairs while a few were holding heavy stones on their body. I saw some of them challenging god “Tu kya Chahtha hai? Kya begad lega mera?” Some were drinking water from the gutter, tearing their clothes off and abusing God very rudely. A few of them were head standing all day long, some women were continuously rotating their head clockwise with their hair open.
When was trying to do darshan of Kotwal Bhairav Ji, I heard man behind me, making scary noises behind like “h ” “h ” completely going insane. I stepped back and let him go in front, that’s how petrified I was!! throughout my darshan I felt confused and lost I never felt like this before in my life.
These were horrifying scenes seemed like they were punishing themselves for a serious crime; a crime the person did not even know about. If you look properly you might find some blood marks on the walls of the temple, It is believed Balaji gives 3rd Degree to Ghosts & Evil spirits here!!
World famous psychriatists, Scientists and Doctors of AIIMS have come here to do a study of the temple. Many scientists of the were able to confirm by Infrared & ultrasound recordings that there was a supernatural identity wearing a crown (Pretraj Sarkar) and fighting back with demons dunking them into fire!!
Video credit: Sanjay RJ 23 on YouTube
HOW TO REACH MEHENDIPUR BALAJI
On 29th July 2019, We started our journey from New Delhi at 11 am in the morning. We booked a Cab from getmecabs.com You can also book a volvo to Dausa. It took us around 5 hours to cover the 270 km distance to Mehandipur Balaji in Rajasthan. We took the route of Delhi-Noida-Agra Expressway to Bharatpur-NH11 Jaipur Highway- to Mehandipur.
Agra Expressway is the most clean & fastest route to the temple though, google maps will display it to be longer than the Gurgoan- Alwar route. There is also great food court on the way to Mathura 7.3 Km from Vrindavan. Where you can eat from a great variety to multicuisine to choose from. If you are non vegetarian please avoid eating any remain vegetarian even on way to the temple.
WHERE TO STAY
At 4 pm we reached our destination The Vedanta Sara Hotel, Mehendipur Balaji where we had already made our reservations through OYO Rooms however you can directly book your’s at the hotel website as well. This cozy hotel is only 10 min walking distance to the Temple. Multi-cuisine veg restaurant is on the first floor, All rooms are equipped with hot and cold showers,Tv and Room service is also available. House keeping will be happy provide you with basic essentials if you have missed to carry them in your luggage. Room rent starts from Rs 1600/- per night.
There are also other Dharamshala’s nearby to the temple where you can stay if you are on a tight budget. They will be happy to accommodate you in their rooms costing Rs 500/- per night. They are also have veg meals avialable for Rs 50/-
ABOUT MEHENDIPUR BALAJI IDOL
It is believed that the present-day forms of the ‘Divine Trinity’ i.e. BalaJi Hanuman, Pret Raj Sarkar and Kotwal Bhairav Ji, was found in the ‘Mehandipur Dham’ appeared around thousands of years ago in a valley, amidst the hills of the Aravali Range. This area was once covered by a thick and dense forest, full of wild animals. A priest had a dream in which Sri Balaji Maharaj had indicated three divine deities and a magnificent temple. He had also heard a divine voice ordering him to serve for Sri Balaji Hanuman. Lord Sri Balaji finally appeared and showed him the place in the forest where the temple and the three Divine Forms were found.
AARTI & VISITING TIMINGS AT MEHANDIPUR BALAJI TEMPLE
SUMMER WINTER Shree Ram Darbar Shree Ram Darbar Morning 6:00- 6:15 AM Morning 6:10- 6:25 AM Evening 7:00- 7:15 PM Evening 7:00- 7:15 PM Shree Balaji Darbaar Shree Balaji Darbaar Morning 6:15 – 6:45 AM Morning 6:25 – 6:55 PM Evening 7:15 – 7:45 AM Evening 6:35 – 7:05 PM
The Temple is closed on Ekadashi and on Eclipse.
VIP entry for INR Rs 700/- is allowed at 10 am
DO’S AND DONT’S IN TEMPLE
Please be a Vegetarian on your visit to the temple, If you can avoid eating Onion – Garlic that would be great otherwise its ok! Do not wear any leather to the temple try to wear loose clothes like Indian Traditional, Plazo, Pyjama or Capri pants, Jeans with loose T-shirt is also fine. Empty all the food packets, water bottles as you leave the village. Do not talk to strangers or even accidentally try to touch inside the temple. Women should totally avoid wearing any short skirts or dresses to the temple. This is a village and people over here are very traditional and conservative. Women can keep their hair open, Men & Women don’t need to cover their head here. Women should also avoid visiting the temple during their monthly cycles it’s a strict NO-NO!! Do not carry any prasad, food or water from this temple back home its Forbidden.
Rituals that can be followed in the Mehandipur Balaji Temple
Durkhasta
Arzi
Savamani
Holy Water of Balaji
Durkhasta:
Any devotee visiting the temple can do this, There is also a VIP entry at 10 am which will cost you INR Rs 700 per head, you can speak to hotel reception for this service they will guide you there.
We attended both the morning and evening prayer before visiting the temple. It took us only 5 minutes to enter the temple through VIP Pass and another 15 min to visit all temples.
When you visit the first time you need to take small durkhasta ladoos for Rs 20/- from any shop outside. You will be provided with two plates of these durkhasta laddoos, each containing 4-5 ladoos. The timing of Durkhasta is after morning prayer. One plate is to inform the god that you have come for his blessings and the second one is for requesting his help to achieve something or solving your key problems. With great respect and clean heart you need to offer these two plates to the priests standing in front of Balaji Hanuman. The priest will pick the offering as much as he wants to add to the fire burning in front of the deity “Balaji”. When you are praying (durkhasta) in front of balaji make a promise to him that if your wishes come true you would come back with Savamani.
You have move with the crowd and then you do the same thing to Pretraj Sarkar and then for Kotwal Bhairav Ji you have to climb the stairs. After last offering, eat 2 ladoo out of the left over bhog in your hand from the 2 plates. There will be more left in your containers even after this. encircle these 2 plates around your head 7 times anticlockwise and throw it backwards and look backwards and keep walking out of the temple!
You will see & hear women and men shouting and screaming, behaving just like patient with mental illness these are devotees that balaji and pretraj ji sarkar are doing exorcism on, they are need of help as they suffering from possession. Don’t stare at them or laugh at them just ignore them do your darshan in the temple and leave. You will find hundreds of people like this the temple.
This is actually very scary experience as many of them bang their heads towards the wall or the ground. Many devotees suffering from violent possessions are often found chain to the walls of the temple to protect them and the other devotees.
Once you are done with your visit to this temple then you need to visit Ram Darbar and “Samadhi”area which is open ground where the idol of the priest who balaji gave darshan to.
Arzi:
Arzi cannot be done by all visitors. There are some strict rules & regulations, to do a Arzi at Balaji
Do not eat any Non-Veg, Onion Garlic for 41 days before visiting temple.
Married devotee couples must follow strict “brahmacharya” for 41 days.
Married or unmarried devotee must sleep on floor mattress for 41 days before visiting the temple.
‘Arzi’ can be purchased from a shop their has a fix cost of Rs 270/- that includes 1.25 kg of ‘ladoo’, 2.25 kg of ‘urad dal’ and 4.25 kg of ‘boiled rice’ that we can buy early morning. Arzi can only be done from 6 am in the morning after morning arti after 10 am no Arzi is accepted.
There is no VIP entry to Arzi. It may take upto 3-4 hours in the queue for the darshan for Balaji. On peak days it may take even more. Tuesday, Saturday and Sunday’s are peak days expect at least a waiting time on week days. Week days are best for arzi if you cannot stand in the que for longer periods of time.
First you need to offer ladoos to all three deities and rest was supposed to be thrown away, Remember to eat two ladoos after praying to Lord Balaji, Pretraj Sarkar ji and Kotwal Bhairav ji. Offer boiled rice and urad dal in two separate containers which only for the Pretraj Sarkar and Kotwal Bhairav Ji. It will take took you few more minutes to do darshan of Kotwal Bhairav and Pretraj Ji Sarka r.
Eat the two ladoos as Prasad. Encircle these 2 plates around around your head 7 times anticlockwise and throw it backwards and don’t look backwards and keep walking out of the temple! You can return the plates to the shopkeeper.
It is important that you NEVER LOOK BACKWARDS after that and then walk out of the area to your bus or car or hotel and get out of the town. The reason for not looking back is that if there are any evil spirits behind you, they will not follow you and you must not eat anywhere in that area after you have done your prayers. You should simply leave and travel out of that town then.
Keep in mind that whenever your wish comes true or some issue to be resolved do tell Balaji that once he grants wishes you will come back again to the temple to offer savamani (done only on Tuesdays and Saturdays).
Savamani:
Savamani means Bhog for the Balaji Maharaj. Once your wishes come true, make sure that you come to the temple for Savamani prasad which includes Halwa Puri and Ladoo Puri Bhog for the gods. The Bhog will be given to the gods Balaji, Pretraj sarkar and Kotwal Bhairav to express your gratitude towards them.
Holy water of Balaji:
Every morning the holy water of Balaji is sprinkled on devotees attending the Aarti. There is pure continuous stream of water flowing through the heart of the idol of Balaji maharaja and nobody has been able to explain its source till now.
Ram Darbur:
Ram darbur is right next to the temple there is que for it so you can visit this temple right after the darshan of Tridevs and you can also take the prasad of ram mandir home. Do not carry prasad of Balaji Temple to home is Forbidden.
Samadhi:
Samadhi area is an open ground with the idol of priest who Balaji gave darshan to. Make sure that you take 7 Parikarma of the Samadhi area and keep praying. Also, here again you will see women and men shouting and screaming they are behave as they are absolutely insane these are devotees that Balaji Maharaja and Pretraj ji sarkar are doing exorcism on (Giving them 3rd Degree), they are need of help as they suffering from possession.
Don’t stare at them or laugh at them just ignore them do your Parikrama and leave. You will find hundreds of devotees behaving like a maniac here.
I saw a man barking like dog and then he tried to dug a hole and dunk his head inside, Also there were countless women and men who cannot just stand the sound of bells from temple go berserk!!
I felt like I was in the “Twilight Zone” itself!! another dimension and another time or world where nothing is in the hands of humans anymore. Everything there is being operated by the divine power!
This temple will overwhelm and humble you. You will finally get see the war of the gods and evil with your very own eyes; As if Invisible Avengers are fighting against the evil Thor and after visiting this temple, you will never deny the existence of spirits again. The most powerful is God and humans are so insignificant!!

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Hungry? Here’s everything you need to know about A Taste of West Cork 2019

Hungry? Here’s everything you need to know about A Taste of West Cork 2019 15 Shares
Brought to you by Discover Ireland As if you needed another reason to visit West Cork this summer…
The magic of some places never wears off. You could visit West Cork every weekend for the next decade and still be amazed by its spectacular scenery, welcoming people and fantastic towns and villages.
Do you know what else they love in the Wild West of the Rebel County? Food (and not just the renowned Clonakilty black pudding).
A Taste of West Cork 2019 is running from 6–15 September, and is set to bring people on what they describe as a “culinary adventure” through 41 different towns. From interactive workshops and open air street markets to food tastings and cooking demonstrations, you’ll get to do a lot more than simply eat (which is still enough of a reason to go).
There’s a huge emphasis on local produce and Irish chefs, but you can also expect flavours from all over the world. It was shortlisted for “Best Food Destination” at the 2018 International Travel and Tourism Awards, and we reckon the people of West Cork will be doing everything they can to win it out this year. A Taste of West Cork 2019 schedule
The festival has only been getting better since its inception in 2003, and that doesn’t look set to change this year. Believe us when we say there is something to suit even the fussiest of eaters.
Now we’re no strangers to Italian, Chinese, and Indian food, but Australian Aboriginal food is one of the most unique on offer at the festival. Bush tucker might make you think of a reality TV challenge, but Aussie chefs like David Gray (no, not the singer), true blue Aboriginal Joshua Moore, and brothers Luke & Sam Bourke want to show you otherwise.
Each of them will be offering the very best of Aussie Bush Tucker, and we don’t reckon it’s something that will be very common in West Cork! If you’re feeling adventurous, we highly recommend trying out a kangaroo burger in Skibbereen’s Church Restaurant. READ MORE
Speaking of cuisines you’re not likely to have tried before, there will also be a selection of vegetarian Syrian Food on offer at the festival. Available daily in the Bayleaf Bistro in Bandon, it’ll have everything from falafel and hummus to crispy fried vegetable samosas and lebneh (thick natural creamy yogurt garnished with mint and olive oil).
It’s not all about trying out different foods though, as there is such a fascinating history to delve into as well. It’s only €2 to join in the Historical Bantry Walk , and Skibbereen will play host to the Famine to Feast day tour for anyone looking to discover how the region recovered some of the darkest days in Irish history.
We didn’t even know this was a thing, but Minke Gin School definitely sounds like the kind of education we all need. Not only will you get to sip your own personalised bottle of gin and take it home afterwards, but there will also be a mouthwatering selection of tapas on offer (this is a food festival after all).
Another one that we had no idea was a thing, but there will be a Lobster Garden Party in The Lifeboat Inn in Courtmacsherry on Friday, 6 September. Guest chefs Brendan Murphy and Martin Buckley will be cooking freshly-caught lobster for a group of people who booked their tickets early (take this as a hint to book your tickets ).
You’d be reading this article all day if you wanted to even scrape the surface of how much there is to do. Check out the full schedule to see what interests you the most! Things to do in West Cork
Remember that incredible countryside we may have subtly mentioned several times so far? Yeah, you really should make an effort to take in as much as possible during your time there. READ MORE
The best thing about this festival is how it spans across so much of the county, so it’ll naturally suit anyone willing to travel a bit. We highly recommend using a car to get about, especially if you really want to take in as much as you can.
One town to certainly keep high on the agenda is Clonakilty , which is also one of the towns taking part in the festival. Apart from the facts it’s an incredibly picturesque spot, Woodfield, the birthplace of Irish Republican leader Michael Collins is only a short drive away.
If you’re looking for a base within the town, we highly recommend Inchydoney Island Lodge & Spa . Situated right by the beach, there’s nothing better after a day of eating the very best of food than looking out over the stunning West Cork coastline.
If you haven’t gathered from the programme, you definitely won’t be short of options when it comes to food. That said, two restaurants we’d recommend popping into would be The Stuffed Olive in Bantry and Berehaven Lodge in Castletownbere.
A festival makes your break, so head to head to our Discover Ireland festivals hub to discover even more options to make your break in Ireland something magical.
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Discover multi-million pound newly restored Apex Temple Court Hotel a new type of luxury – Luxuria Lifestyle

Discover multi-million pound newly restored Apex Temple Court Hotel a new type of luxury August 9, 2019
Hidden behind one of London’s famous Temple Inns of Court lays Apex Temple Court Hotel, a mere stones throw from historic Fleet Street. The décor is fashionable, the rooms luxurious, and the hotel is in a tranquil location, but still close to prime Central London spots such as Covent Garden and St Paul’s Cathedral.
Apex Temple Court Hotel is another undiscovered gem. Apex Hotels are a family-owned collection of ten hotels all around the UK. Each hotel is modern with its own unique character; your stay at Apex Hotels will be authentic, warm and tailored just for you. Apex Temple Court Hotel is stylish, luxurious spacious and modern with a two restaurants, a bar, and is the perfect base for a business trip, leisure or time with your loved ones.
The interior is a mix of modern and classic, offering guests a touch of luxury. Apex Temple Court Hotel offers both solace and style, the guest rooms feature ample storage space, complimentary free high-speed WI-FI, for coffee lovers Nespresso coffee machines, music, luxurious bathrobes and toiletries – total bliss. There are a few dining options onsite, including refined dining provided by Chambers Restaurant and Bar with a feature fireplace and a beautiful courtyard. The outside space is perfect for the Summer, offering guests and visitors a place to enjoy an exquisite al fresco dining experience – feeling a little chilly? Staff will be at hand to offer blankets and heaters, during those cooler months. I can taste the fragrance of mulled wine in the air! On trend with the historic fleet street is the brand new stylish ‘The Amicable Society of Lazy Ballerinas’, it sounds how it looks, the place to escape for gentleman and scholars, ballerinas and bankers, socialites and party revellers, all come to connect and dine, drink the finest wines and dance the night away. My Apex Temple Court experience
The invitation to stay at Apex Temple Court came with curiosity, all the hype said that this particular hotel is very Insta-worthy, so selfie stick in hand I went to investigate and could instantly see why! On arrival at the bottom of a grand courtyard is a green elephant! Walking into the reception felt like animation movie set, neon-orange and white Corian. Unafraid textiles, striking red gloss walls, modern and contemporary. It was easy to find, a short walk from the Strand in the perfect location to all the Central London attractions for a memorable stay-cation or a worldwide traveller. The Room
Set within a Grade II listed building on the capital’s Fleet Street, dating back to 1912, the Temple and Grande Suites site alongside ‘The Amicable Society of Lazy Ballerinas, we were booked to stay in the Grand Suite, the décor was modern and luxurious. It includes original fireplaces, bespoke furnishings in rich jewel tones, luxury linens and a bathroom (complete with underfloor heating ). Little touches like complimentary Temple Spa products, Nespresso Vertuo coffee machine, fluffy bathrobes and slippers, as a music connoisseur the Bang and Olufsen bluetooth speakers were a real treat, feeling extra special tearing myself from my new stylish pad we got ready to drink and dine at ‘The Amicable Society of Lazy Ballerinas’. Fine Wine and Small plates at the, ‘The Amicable Society of Lazy Ballerinas’
The Amicable Society of Lazy Ballerinas’ is a new exciting bar restaurant, a world of new and old wines, the décor rich and opulent like a Greek goddess scene, marble, gold accents, teal velvet clad booths and the most stunning marble top bar. The Society’s small plates are perfect for sharing,visually perfect and simply delicious. The wines on offer spanning 12 countries and for the wine connoisseur why not book a private wine masterclass. Weather permitting they have on offer ‘The Secret Garden’ where they spill onto the courtyard serving these most amazing wines. The secret garden is an escapism from the city life, a calm luxurious space to soak up the sun, whilst choosing from the bespoke menu.
On arrival the first thing that I noticed was the décor the high celling with double height dining room and the beautiful hues of colours bright blues, oranges and reds. In keeping with tradition fans created in the most delightful sari fabrics. The magic was unfolded by the vibrant hanging display of highly polished coppers pots, and shelves full of Indian artefacts, all while guarded by a huge elephant, amazing! The host was well versed on the Indian culinary cuisine so assisted us with the choices on the menu, and explained them all in detail. I saved myself the whole day for this experience and made sure I wore something that doesn’t involve a top button! First things first, the wonderful host offered us a chilled glass of Proseco, we didn’t refuse it was perfect!
Taste buds tantalised with a fantastic collection of poppadum’s with a selection of the most flavoursome Mr Todiwala’s chutneys, mango and mint, also on sale at the Deli Counter in the lobby. We decided to pick our selection of starters and main courses, our choices were; Onion bhajee, Tadka Daal, Spicy Potato, Cholay Paneer, Samosa beetroot and coconut, Cheese Tandoori, Tandoori Tikka Platter; Chicken Salmon and Duck taster plate, my taste buds literally exploded everything tasted so good! Lamb shank served pulao and chunks of fried potato that melted off the bone, Tandoori Chicken Curry served with a selection of Naan’s, Peshawari Naan stuffed with a blend of ground almonds, raisins, coconut and cream and Cheese and chilli Naan, stuffed with chopped green chilli and garlic- I bet your mouth is watering! The menu choices were without question very filling and my taste buds have never experienced anything like it! The host insisted we try the homemade selection of Indian dessert. The ice cream selection was pistachio, strawberry and chocolate, oh my! We could hold no more food we were well and truly full… Breakfast in the Food Store Bar Restaurant and Grocer
They say eat a breakfast like a King and we did exactly that the next morning. The restaurant décor was reminiscent of an English countryside with accents of orange, apricot and duck egg my favourite, comfortable duck egg colour corner sofas and wooden table and chairs. The restaurant was adorned with lovely bright green plants adding to the countryside theme. The host served us with freshly squeezed cranberry and grapefruit juice. We opted for the Full English Breakfast and it did not disappoint Cumberland sausage, streaky bacon, and Portobello mushroom, roast plum tomato, Heinz baked beans and scrabbled eggs. Even more special was the serving of fresh mint tea and world famous earl grey. Conclusion
Lincoln Plaza London Curio Collection By Hilton should be definitely on the list for a trip to London. The perfect escape for couples, friends, family and travellers to experience a hotel with modern and contemporary features. The food store restaurant and bar offers a unique grocer store offering a selection of produce used on the menu, which are available to purchase from the store. Embark on an Indian gastronomic Indian experience dining at the award-winning restaurant Mr. Todiwala’s Kitchen.
Discover exclusive cocktails and premium spirits at the navy inspired plush bar, where you can relax on the terrace, the perfect escape after a long day discovering London. This hotel is exceptional; the staff professional and engaging, they made our stay comfortable and relaxing, this is one of the best choices for a fantastic London break. Lincoln Plaza London Curio Collection By Hilton gives back:
The hotel is a proud partner with The Shiva Foundation. The foundation was established to reduce modern day slavery in the hospitality industry.

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Like a Theme Park

I was here with a family of 4 and visiting cousins from a nearby neighborhood. It was a hectic and fun experience overall. nnIt wasn’t boring at all because the hotel was like a theme park with shops and all, next to iconic sights of Singapore. nnWe booked a club room and got all the perks of eating at Club 55. The food was alright but the view was lovely. nnPro:n- great new experience with infinity pool on 57th floorn- hospitality was greatn- staff at Club 55 graciously accepted my family of 6 inside even though only 4 will eat. It was snack time so it wasn’t busy. n- happy with the Garden View. I had extra room to hang wet swimsuits. If it was the city view, it’ll be just a glass wall overlooking the city. n- Never boring. We can walk around. Merlion nearbyn- Food court was nice. Lots of Indian, HK, Local cuisines etc etcnnConsn- not peaceful. Even at daybreak, you can rub shoulders with people. Oh well, it’s a theme park and not Palawan. nnI stayed at Shangri-La in Orchard and been to Shangri-La in Sentosa. The experience at these hotels are predictably hotel-ish. Marina Bay Sands is like a hotel Universal Studio. It was a nice entertaining experience.

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Wine-food matching ideas

I will add to this, as more unusual pairings come to mind …
Tested/updated Wine Food matching suggestion 03/08/19 Chateau Musar red Curry, well Indian cuisine in general, but particularly suiting curry based dishes – the profile of an aged Musar, say 10-15 year, may include eg volatile acidity, brett, sage, curry plant, dried fig and prune – these are quite empathetic to curry based dishes. Chinese dishes based on heavy use of eg black bean sauce or oyster sauce, and I fondly remember long-cooked pig’s trotter stewed in soy sauce, sherry or rice wine, and star anise. However .. from my experience of working in China, beer, Tsingtao preferably, is the optimum accompaniment to all food Chinese.
Moroccan tagine – the dried fruit element of a well aged Musar would suit. 03/08/19 Any (drinkable) white showing early signs of oxididation, eg chardonnay , chenin blanc … Tapas – an oxidised white can have a sherry-like dimension, of eg nuts, dried fruits and bruised apple, which suggests that they may be an interesting alternative to traditional sherry with Spanish cuisine.
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The searing pleasure of roasted eggplant

What do roasted eggplant and sautéed onions have in common?
Both make excellent starting points for many a great dish.
Eggplant, or brinjal as it is usually called in India, may not find itself on many popularity lists. But given its varieties and versatility, spanning cuisines and courses, it is indeed a strong contender in the veggie world.
In my grandparents’ home, this vegetable would be a standard fixture in sambhar , made into a stir-fry, or in combination with potatoes in a very thin sauce to be had with rotis . I disliked all of these with equal gusto. It was one of the few vegetables I could not bring myself to eat, and, to make things worse, it would also give me a bad itch in the throat.
Dislikes were not taken seriously but allergies were. Given that I was otherwise not a fussy eater, my grandmother would indulge me by giving me a free pass to skip any eggplant-based dish.
Turns out, it is not uncommon to experience an itchy mouth and throat after eating eggplant. This could be attributed to the fact that the vegetable has a high concentration of histamine and serotonin. I realized later that roasting an eggplant makes it an allergy-free eating experience—I am assuming the effect of exposure to direct heat for the time it takes to roast the entire eggplant deactivates some of the alkaloids.
I was in my 20s when I fell in love with the very adult smoky flavours of a roasted eggplant, something I cannot fathom children loving. The Punjabi-style baingan bharta with all the regular stand-ins, such as ginger, garlic, onion, tomatoes and ground spices, turned into one of my favourite dishes. A simple meal of parathas with bharta always made it feel like a meal had sitting on a charpoy at a noisy dhaba somewhere on a highway in Punjab.
Later, I was introduced to sutta kathrikkai pachadi , either at a relative’s place or possibly through Samaithu Paar (the iconic set of cookbooks written by S. Meenakshi Ammal). Mashed roasted eggplant, whisked into yogurt, with a generous tempering of green chillies and mustard seeds. This one, while seeming like a raita, has enough flavour and substance to be given the upgraded status of a proper side dish. Another epic Tamil dish (and I do not use this word lightly) that starts off with roasted eggplants is the gothsu . Roasted eggplant mashed and simmered in a spiced tamarind sauce and venn pongal (savoury pongal ) are a match made in culinary heaven.
Fellow food bloggers sharing their regional cooking and recipes led me to the magnificence of a khandeshi bharit from Maharashtra. Roasted eggplant, garlic, green chillies, spring onions and fried peanuts with the unmistakable aroma of groundnut oil, all mixed up and served with a jowar bhakri is simple Indian fare at its finest.
Begun pora love happened to me much later in life—unctuous, with a glug of mustard oil poured by a hand that doesn’t count calories, an unapologetic oomph from onions, garlic, green chillies (all raw) and coriander, is as heady and intense as things can get in the roasted eggplant department. This maximum-flavour, minimum-effort dish is what I make for Sunday dinner, every single week.
Sutta kathrikkai gothsu (Photo: Nandita Iyer) SUTTA KATHRIKKAI GOTHSU
Serves 2
Ingredients
1 large eggplant ( bharta variety)
A piece of tamarind, around 20g
1 cup hot water
1 tbsp oil
A pinch of asafoetida
1/2 tsp mustard seeds
1 tbsp chana dal
2-3 dried red chillies
2 sprigs curry leaves
1 tbsp sambhar masala
1 tsp rice flour (optional)
1 tsp salt
Method
Roast the eggplant on an open flame, turning it occasionally until the skin is charred all over and the flesh is soft and yielding to a knife poked into it. Once cool enough to handle, peel the skin and slice off the stem end.*
Mash the flesh and keep aside. Soak tamarind in hot water for 15 minutes. Squeeze out the tamarind pulp, pass through a sieve and reserve the extract.
In a pan, heat oil and stir in asafoetida. Fry mustard seeds, chana dal , red chillies and curry leaves until the seeds splutter and the dal turns golden brown.
To this, add the tamarind pulp, sambhar masala and salt. Let this simmer over a low flame for 4-5 minutes. Stir in the mashed eggplant and simmer for 2-3 minutes.
If you want a thicker sauce, make a slurry of rice flour in 1 tbsp water and add it to the pan. Allow the mixture to come to a boil. Remove into a bowl and serve with rice or pongal .
BEGUN PORA
Serves 2
Ingredients
1 large eggplant ( bharta variety)
1 medium onion, finely chopped
2-3 green chillies, thinly sliced
1 medium tomato, finely chopped
2-3 tbsp coriander, chopped
2 cloves garlic, finely minced
1 tsp salt
Juice of 1 lemon
2 tbsp mustard oil (or more)
Method
*Follow the first two steps as for the gothsu .
Mash the flesh along with onion, chillies, tomato, coriander, garlic, lemon juice and salt to release flavours from all the ingredients. Allow the eggplant to retain some texture by not mashing it into a soft purée.
Mix in the mustard oil at the final stage. I like to let this marinate for an hour or so before serving.
Serve with rotis or with dal and rice.
Double Tested is a fortnightly column on vegetarian cooking, highlighting a single ingredient. Nandita Iyer is the author of The Everyday Healthy Vegetarian.
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Rixos Hotels signs milestone deal to operate its largest all inclusive resort on Egypt s Red Sea Riviera

Africa Indian Ocean – Egypt – New brands / Affiliations Press release published on 2019-08-08 Since Accor acquired a 50% stake in the company, it has identified opportunities including partnering with the Eastern Company for Investment and Touristic Development to takeover and renovate an existing beachfront property. Scheduled for completion in 2020, it will be re-launched as the Rixos Hurghada Makadi Bay – a 1,636- key mega resort with world-class leisure, sports and entertainment facilities for which the Rixos brand is globally renowned.The stand-out property will boast a stunning location in a secluded bay on the Red Sea, just south of Hurghada – a global hotspot for scuba diving, family getaways and golf breaks.Resort highlights will include individual villas, an extensive indoor and outdoor spa, fitness facilities, kids clubs, a waterpark, beach lounge, large conference centre, vast F&B wide-ranging F&B options and an expansive entertainment area with an amphitheatre.It is expected to become the preferred destination for discerning travellers and corporate group business from key source markets such as Europe and the CIS. “This marks a pivotal moment in the growth story of our brand, bringing to market our largest resort globally and offering our most comprehensive range of facilities and unique and dynamic entertainment experiences yet,” said Fettah Tamince, Founder and Chairman of Rixos Hotels “We are delighted to partner with the Eastern Company for Investment and Touristic Development to launch this flagship project, which will set a new benchmark for luxury all-inclusive all-exclusive resorts in Egypt and the wider Middle East.” Mahmoud El-Sayed Moussa El-Sharkawy, CEO, the Eastern Company for Investment and Touristic Development, added: “Our vision is to transform Makadi Bay into the leading leisure and entertainment destination on the Red Sea and in this respect, the Rixos brand, with its successful one-of-a-kind hospitality concept and proven expertise operating in Egypt’s resort market, makes strategic sense. It’s the perfect fit.” “This unique takeover opportunity strengthens the Rixos offering in Egypt’s Red Sea Riviera and highlights the strong collaboration Accor has established with Rixos team to develop the brand regionally and globally,” said Mark Willis, CEO, Accor Middle East & Africa . “We would like to thank all the parties involved in this landmark project, which offers the right mix of elements in terms of scale of inventory and facilities to embody the Rixos business model and to boost awareness of its exclusive luxury offering in key regional and global markets.” The renovation plan of the existing development in Makadi Bay will be phased in two stages, each spanning a year, with phase one already underway and including the addition of wings and facilities to uplift the hotel in line with Rixos brand standards.When phase one is complete, Rixos Hurghada Makadi Bay will be officially launched and feature 815 keys including villas, 12 F&B outlets, a beach lounge, 1,500 sqm of meeting space, a spa and wellness area covering 2,400 sqm, multiple pools, a small aqua park, kids’ clubs and expansive outdoor areas for fitness and entertainment programmes.Phase two of the renovation plan will start as soon as the property opens its doors and will include a 23,000-sqm water park, as well as upgrades to the remaining hotel inventory.Established in 2000, Rixos Hotels is a Turkey-based luxury brand with a global portfolio of 25 hotels in 7 countries, 17 of which are operated as waterfront resorts and welcomes more than 1 million guest annually. The chain embodies traditional Turkish hospitality and features unique health treatment clubs and entertainment experiences for guests of all ages.Since Accor acquired a 50% stake in the company in 2017 it has identified opportunities to introduce its all-inclusive, all-exclusive fully-integrated entertainment resort model to key Middle East markets where this concept is new but fast gaining traction.Rixos Hurghada Makadi Bay will expand Accor’s footprint in Egypt to 25 properties strong with 13 more projects pipelined across its diversified portfolio of brands including Fairmont and Movenpick.On Egypt’s Red Sea and north coast, the Group’s portfolio currently includes Rixos Sharm El Sheikh, Rixos Alamein and Rixos Premium Seagate in Nabq Bay, as well as Mövenpick El Gouna and Mövenpick Soma Bay. ABOUT RIXOS Established in 2000, Rixos is one of the world’s fastest growing luxury hotel chains. Dedicated to providing unmatched hospitality amid luxurious surroundings, the international hotel employees over 8,000 members of staff worldwide, each dedicated to providing the best in hospitality whilst offering innovative guest experiences that perfectly blend the best of old and new.At the heart of every Rixos hotel and resort is a revitalising wellness spa with an authentic Turkish Hammam, renowned for its unique selection of spa experiences. Each hotel offers a distinctive selection of restaurants and bars, an exciting entertainment schedule and a diverse range of opulently appointed rooms and suites.Celebrated for its incredible hospitality, attentive personalised service and fine cuisine, the award-winning Rixos Hotels have received global recognition from distinguished professional bodies including the American Five Star Diamond Award, Conde Nast, World Travel Awards, Trip Advisor and Great Hotels of the World. Rixos Hotels currently operates four hotels in the United Arab Emirates: Rixos Premium Dubai, Rixos The Palm Dubai, Rixos Bab Al Bahr-Ras Al Khaimah and Rixos Saadiyat Island-Abu Dhabi. ABOUT ACCOR Accor is a world-leading augmented hospitality group offering unique experiences in 4,900 hotels and residences across 110 countries. The Group has been acquiring hospitality expertise for more than 50 years, resulting in an unrivaled portfolio of brands, from luxury to economy, supported by one of the most attractive loyalty programs in the world.Beyond accommodation, Accor enables new ways to live, work, and play, by blending food and beverage with nightlife, wellbeing, and co-working. It also offers digital solutions that maximize distribution, optimize hotel operations and enhance the customer experience. Accor is deeply committed to sustainable value creation and plays an active role in giving back to planet and community via its Planet 21 – Acting Here program and the Accor Solidarity endowment fund, which gives disadvantaged groups access to employment through professional training.Accor SA is publicly listed on the Euronext Paris Stock Exchange (ISIN code: FR0000120404) and on the OTC Market (Ticker: ACRFY) in the United States. For more information visit accor.com. Or become a fan and follow us on Twitter and Facebook.

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