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Weekend Possibilities | A Plethora of Holiday Season Festivities

Sports, Theater, Dining and Drinking Options Galore

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Above image credit: Kansas basketball coach Bill Self and the Jayhawks return to Kansas City Saturday to take on the University of Kansas City-Missouri Kangaroos. (Tony Gutierrez | AP)

Kansas City’s holiday season is in full swing heading into December’s second weekend, and whether you’re looking for family friendly cheer or where to get a holiday beer, there’s no need to look far. 

However, if you’re saving the celebration, weekend plans could include Jayhawks vs. the Roos, a takeout option in the Crossroads that’s brand new, or a day at the matinee. 

Friday, Dec. 13

11 a.m. – 2 a.m. Chef Michael Corvino’s new fast-casual diner Ravenous, which had plans to open last summer, is now slinging cheeseburgers and fried chicken sandwiches, in addition to tasty veggie options like broccoli and carrot avocado salads out of the Corvino Supper Club, 1830 Walnut St. Although dining in isn’t an option just yet, you can call in for takeout or place an order with Door Dash on meals. You can walk in and grab desserts like the peach fried pie and milk chocolate malt to go.

3 p.m. – 1:30 a.m. There’s a new holiday-themed pop up at Julep KC, 4141 Pennsylvania Ave.. Pick something off of Sippin’ Santa’s pair of drink menus, which include holiday cocktails like “Kris Kringle Colada” and “Papa Noel” served in tiki-themed glassware, plus select shooters like the “Sugarplum Whiskey” or “Cinnawhiskey.” There are no reservations required, Sippin’ Santa is first come, first serve. The pop up runs through New Year’s Eve.

Seven women perform on a dim blue stage.
Ntozake Shange’s choreopoem enters its final weekend. (Courtesy | Thomas Kimble)

7:30 p.m. The KC Melting Pot Theatre at Just off Broadway, 3051 Penn Valley Drive, heads into its final weekend of “For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide When The Rainbow Is Enuf.” The powerful on-stage choreopoem written by Ntozake Shange tells the stories of seven different women of seven different colors facing oppression, racism and sexism. If you can’t make the show Friday night, you can catch it Saturday at 7:30 p.m. or Sunday at 2:00 p.m. Tickets start at $27.

Saturday, Dec. 14

4 p.m. College basketball fans will take over the Sprint Center, 1407 Grand Blvd., Saturday evening as the No. 2-ranked Kansas Jayhawks will host the UMKC Roos for a home game away from home in the heart of downtown. The Jayhawks will look to improve to 9-1, riding the shoulders of sophomore point guard Devon Dotson and senior big man Udoka Azubuike. As for the hometown road team Kangaroos, first-year head coach Billy Donlon has the chance to pull off a big-time upset, as his squad hovers around the .500 mark on the season. Tickets start at $35.

6 p.m. The KC Roller Warriors are are set for the second night of their 15th season as Kansas City’s premier flat track roller derby league. Make it out to Memorial Hall, 600 N. 7th Street Trfy. in Kansas City, Kansas, to see bout one, featuring Dreadnought Dorothys vs. Victory Vixens, followed by The Knockouts taking on the Black Eye Susans. Doors open at 5 p.m. Child general admission tickets are $5, adults get in for $10.

7 p.m. A pair of country music legends are helping 90.9 The Bridge throw a Christmas Party Saturday night at the Uptown Theater, 3700 Broadway Blvd. Headliner Wynonna and The Big Noise will play all of her hits, but be sure to get there in time to see openers Kelsey Waldon and Tanya Tucker. Tucker’s recent album “While I’m Living,” co-produced by Brandi Carlisle and Shooter Jennings, is her first record in 10 years and recently earned the No. 1 spot on Rolling Stone’s list of the top country and americana albums of 2019. Tickets are still available and start at $35. 

Country music legend Tanya Tucker poses with pink hair.
Country music legend Tanya Tucker plays the Uptown Theater Saturday night. (Courtesy | Mammoth Live)

8 p.m. The Living Room Theater, 1818 McGee St., is back with its family friendly musical comedy “Milking Christmas” for the holiday season. Created by Friend Dog Studios and Ryan McCall, director Missy Koonce tells the tail of Macey Maid-a-Milking uncovering out-of-the-ordinary activity going on in Christmastown. Tickets to find out if Macey keeps the holiday alive, while laughing all the way, are $35. 

Sunday, Dec. 15

10 a.m. – 7 p.m. Legoland Discovery Center at Crown Center, 2475 Grand Blvd., is in the spirit with its Holiday Bricktacular. Lego lovers can check out holiday displays, meet Lego Santa, build their own mini creations, write letters to Santa, participate in a scavenger hunt and much more. Tickets to Legoland start at $19.95 online and $24.95 at the door. Attendees must be accompanied by at least one child under the age of 16.  

1 and 1:45 p.m. Hear Christmas stories from around the world told by pro storyteller Jim “Two Crows” Wallen as The National Museum of Toys and Miniatures opens its doors for an afternoon with Father Christmas. Wallen will take guests on a guided tour of the museum, which holds the largest collection of fine-scale miniatures and one of the most expansive toy collections in the world. When the tour is complete, be sure to pose for a photo with Father Christmas. Adult general admission tickets are $8, children age 6-17 are $5. Members are free.

1 and 6:30 p.m. Broadway Across America’s“Miss Saigon”, the story from the creators of Les Miserables about a Vietnamese woman in love with an American G.I. as Saigon falls, is in its final weekend at the Music Hall, 301 W 13th St. Tickets for the Tony-award winning musical celebrating its 25th anniversary start at $37. Just a heads up, Miss Saigon contains mature content. 

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