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Weekend Possibilities | ‘The Office! A Musical Parody,’ KC Brew Festival and an Oscars Watch Party

Your Guide to Living Without Football

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Above image credit: Oscar statues are pictured at the Governors Ball Press Preview for the 92nd Academy Awards at the Dolby Theatre, Friday, Jan. 31, 2020, in Los Angeles. The Oscars will be held at the Dolby Theatre on Sunday, Feb. 9. (AP Photo/Chris Pizzello)

With a Super Bowl win and one heck of a party under its belt, Kansas City heads into a football- free February. But have no fear, there’s plenty to fill the weekend, from an on-stage ode to “The Office,” to Black History Month happenings at the American Jazz Museum. 

Friday, Feb. 7

6:30 – 8:30 p.m. Bar Method KC is teaming up with REMIX Consignment, 3 W. 63rd St., for a Galentine’s Day Happy Hour. The exclusive girls night out kicks off the weekend at the designer consignment shop with snacks, wine and sales for Bar Method community members. The event is free, though, registration is recommended. 

7:30 p.m. The Office! A Musical Parody is bringing the Dunder Mifflin gang to Cohen Community Stage House at Starlight Theatre, 4600 Starlight Rd. The Off-Broadway musical featuring Michael, Jim, Pam and Dwight will treat audience members to many of the hit television show’s top moments set to music. Tickets start at $52. The show runs all weekend long and is intended for adult audiences.

Saturday, Feb. 8

11 a.m. – 7 p.m. If you’re looking for a little something for that special someone, swing by Parlor, 1707 Locust St., for The Strawberry Swing Valentine’s Pop-Up. Voted one of the top 35 indie craft fairs in the world, The Swing is bringing 20 local makers, plus bouquets, on-the-spot poetry and handmade cards to the Crossroads food hall. Factor in a few drinks and a full stomach, Parlor has two bars and seven different restaurant options, ranging from Korean to Detroit-style pizza.

11:30 a.m. Brunched is back! Get a ticket to Kansas City’s annual brunch extravaganza at the Madrid Theatre, 3810 Main St., to try plates and cocktails from local spots like Austin Eastciders, Another Broken Egg Cafe, Plate Restaurant, The Waffler and many more. Ticket prices vary. You must be 21 to attend.

2 – 9 p.m. The busy week at Union Station, 30 W. Pershing Rd., rolls on with Saturday’s Kansas City Brew Festival. Beer lovers will be treated to more than 45 craft and international breweries, more than 120 different pours, plus live music and food. Early Admission (1 p.m.) is available with the purchase of a VIP ticket. General admission tickets are $40. Food is sold separately. 

9 p.m. If you ask 90.9 The Bridge’s Jon Hart, Illiterate Light is the real deal. Hart tabbed the Virginia duo as one of NPR Music’s 2020 Slingshot Artist to Watch, saying that if you close your eyes, the pair “sounds like a five-piece band.” See the two-man band for yourself Saturday night at recordBar, 1520 Grand.

Sunday, Feb. 9

1 – 3 p.m. KC Sustainable Living’s Intentional Learning Cohort is meeting Sunday at the Central Library, 14 W. 10th St. The monthly meeting will discuss recommendations for local action that came out of the Global Sustainability Strategy Forum, plus Earth Day events across the metro. The event is free.

3:30 – 5:30 p.m. The American Jazz Museum, 1616 E. 18th St., is set to host African Americans & The Vote, a 2020 Black History Month program exploring the month’s national theme determined by Association for the Study of African American Life and History. Join the free event, where Blue Springs Mayor Carson Ross and former Kansas City Mayor Sly James will sit down for a chat moderated by KCUR’s Michelle Tyrene Johnson. Expect light snacks and refreshments. An RSVP is recommended.

6 p.m. Get off the couch and find out who takes home the hardware at Kansas City’s biggest Oscars Watch Party. North Kansas City’s Screenland Armour Theatre, 408 Armour Rd., will have the 92nd Academy Awards on the big screen and blank ballots for movie-lovers to cast votes of their own. Outside food or drink is prohibited. The watch party is free.

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