First Friday @ Crossroads Smooth jazz and soulful ballads fill the air, floating around street corners and parking lots as a crowd gathers to watch a break dancer. Food trucks are corralled like chuck wagons of old while the tantalizing smell of street tacos and gourmet appetizers wafts through the crowd, accompanying intricately displayed artwork in funky studios and multi-story art emporiums.
These are the sights, sounds and flavors of First Fridays in the Crossroads Arts District, one of KC’s most unique events in one of its most unique neighborhoods. Visitors and locals alike take to the streets, walking from a pop-up party to a craft brewery to a fine art gallery, a stone’s throw from one another. On the first Friday of each month, venture south of Downtown KC—either by KC Streetcar, car, bike or by foot—to experience the avant-garde neighborhood that the arts built.
Kansas City Black History Bus Tour The “Kansas City Black History” Bus Tour is a provocative version of America's history in a nutshell, from an African American perspective. Tourists will witness the Moors’ enlightening presence in Spain, seen throughout the architectural style of the Country Club Plaza. Kansas City’s pride and joy, designed exclusively for whites, the plaza was part of the first master planned community and the first retail shopping district accessible by automobile in the nation. Tourists will be awarded the opportunity to absorb and visualize the world famous 18th and Vine Historic District. Frequented by Roy Wilkins, Joe Louis, Jesse Owens, Lena Horne, Ella Fitzgerald, Jackie Robinson, Cab Calloway, Charlie Parker, Count Basie, Mary Lou Williams, Satchel Paige, Lester Young, Billie Holiday, Langston Hughes and Jackie Robinson just to name a few, 18th and Vine was an international point of destination from the early 1900’s to the beginning of the Civil Rights Movement. Tour cost is $30 per person.
Cooking Demo in the Gardens: Shanita McAfee-Bryant, Magnolia's Powell Gardens Join us for a fresh cooking demo! Chef Shanita McAfee-Bryant, owner and executive chef of Magnolia's and Kansas City's own Cutthroat Kitchen winner (Food Network) will share her expertise as she creates simple, delicious recipes using fresh produce from the Heartland Harvest Garden. Meet her at the Missouri Barn for cooking tips, tricks, and tastes! More details here: http://bit.ly/1SMje6Z
Underground Watch Party @ Black Archives of Mid-America
Set in a desperate and dangerous time, Underground tells the story of revolutionaries on the Underground Railroad who use their ingenuity, power, and perseverance to attempt the greatest escape in history despite the dire consequences that awaited them on the other side. While many believe they truly understand the institution of slavery or feel that they are tired of seeing the shuffling "yessa massa" archetypes portrayed in many slave narratives, the television series Underground seeks to subvert those stereotypes and to offer a counter-narrative that provides compelling new ways to investigate and interpret this turbulent period of American history. Each Monday, for next 10 weeks, the Black Archives of Mid-America will host a series of Underground Watch Parties to offer attendees the opportunity for fellowship and discussion inspired by the series before its Season 2 premiere in 2017. Bring you own snacks (BYOS), bring your friends and family, and come "be down with the Underground."
Travel back in time and partake in a Kansas City Tradition since 1977. Pay heed to the exploits of Jousting Knights on thundering steeds, roam the village shops for unique crafts, delight in comedy, music, magic and more on our 20 stages of non-stop entertainment, and feast on delicious food and drinks from the far reaches of the globe! There’s something for the whole family in our enchanted 16-acre village.
Open Weekends September 3rd – October 16th
NEXT WEEK DOE
September 8th - 10th @ 7:30pm Paseo Performing Arts Center 4747 Flora Ave, Kansas City, MO 64110
SOMETHIN' ON THE SIDE
KANSAS CITY URBAN FARMING CO-OP Eat. Grow. Sell. The Kansas City Urban Farm Co-op seeks to build a locally-owned, member-operated, economic engine that is fueled by sustainable urban agriculture.
This foods-based economic system will connect neighborhoods through urban farming; improve mental & physical health; and transform previously toxic abandoned lots into beautiful life-sustaining green spaces. http://kcufc.com/
Have a great weekend!
-- The Wire is designed to keep KC Black professionals up to date on everything happening around the city. Please use it for birthdays, performances, turn ups, BBQs, kickbacks, and all ratchet (and unratchet) affairs in between.