12 Things To Do This Weekend In KC: July 14-17 2022

The Night Fair at Crossroads Hotel

This Thursday night, Crossroads Hotel will host “The Night Fair,” the hotel’s fifth Night Market. The event will provide an inclusive space to uplift KC makers while making efforts to support the local economy. The Night Fair, where nightlife meets shopping, will feature sets by DJ Maxx Gruv and DJ Boatss—and you can explore Crossroads Hotel’s Percheron Rooftop Bar while you’re there. 

Thursday, July 14. 7-11 pm. Crossroads Hotel.


America’s foremost appreciator of manicured toes and Parasucos, the St. Louis rapper Nelly hits the KC Live! stage right in the middle of July, when it will be extremely hot in there. 

Friday, July 15. 6 pm. KC Live!

WeekEnder: Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade

Wrap up the workweek by bringing your own blankets and lawn chairs for this free outdoor event for all ages at Crown Center. There will also be food and beverage tents, food trucks, and musical performances by The KC All Stars, before the feature film, Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade, which will play on a big screen under the stars.

Friday, July 15. 6 pm. Crown Center.

Aries Spears

Longtime MADtv alum and the host of podcast “Spears and Steinberg,” Aries Spears comes to Improv Comedy Club for a four-show, two-night stint. His standup jabs at current events, pop culture and includes a wide range of impressions, both new and old.

Friday, July 15, 7:30 and 10:15 pm, and Saturday, July 16, 7 and 9:45 pm. Improv Comedy Club.

Drive-By Truckers

Known to NPR donor audiences as “the guys Jason Isbell used to play with,” this Alabama-bred Southern rock outfit has a deep catalog that draws on regional mythology and big riffs. Like everyone else, the Truckers have become more direct and nakedly political in recent times, grappling publicly with changing their very nineties (and, admittedly, sorta cringe) name while telling opponents of gun control where to stick their “Thoughts and Prayers.”

Saturday, July 16. 8 pm. Knuckleheads. 

Photo by Brantley Gutierrez

Garden to Glass: Rum Edition

Mix botanical gardens with botanical spirits at Powell Gardens’ cocktail-making class. Attendees will learn about what plants go into the production of rum and make their own mojito using mint grown from the gardens.

Saturday, July 16. 3 pm. Powell Gardens.

Mary Chapin Carpenter

New Jersey native Mary Chapin Carpenter has been a prolific folk-rock and country singer-songwriter for over thirty years. Over the years, her work has shifted from chart-topping country singles to more intimate music focused on socio-political issues as the self-proclaimed “tree hugger harmony wench.”

Sunday, July 17, 7:30 pm. Liberty Hall.

Kurtis Conner

Former Vine superstar, podcaster, and multi-million subscribed YouTuber Kurtis Conner is bringing his act from seconds-long bits to a full-on comedy tour at Uptown Theater.

Sunday, July 17, 7 pm. Uptown Theater.

Black Citizenship in the Age of Jim Crow

Starting this Friday Black Citizenship in the Age of Jim Crow, a new and haunting exhibition highlighting the decades between emancipation and the age of Jim Crow, will be on display at the National WWI Museum. The exhibit comes from the New-York Historical Society and has been enhanced by items from the WWI Museum’s collection. “This exhibition is important and relevant especially in light of the Buffalo shooting last week,” Karis Erwin says. “It’s disturbing, and we want people to sit with that and think.”

Through Sunday, Sept. 18, 2022. The Wiley Gallery at the National WWI Museum and Memorial. 

Zeros at Zona

Local new wave cover band The Zeros are opening Zona Rosa’s summer concert series in the open green space right behind Bravo Italian Kitchen. On Friday and Saturday evenings this June, you can bring a chair or blanket and camp out with family and friends to enjoy free concerts. Every Friday, Hereford House will have a tent for burgers and brews. Others in the lineup include The Uproot, Steven Bankey & The Flatlanders and Lily B Moonflower.

Fridays and Saturdays in June and July, 6:30 pm. Zona Rosa Central Park.

Hugo Ximello-Salido at InterUrban ArtHouse

Mexican-American artist Hugo Ximello-Salido has a series exploring the Muxe (moo-shey) community in Oaxaca, where gender fluidity has been part of the local culture for many generations. The panels on display at InterUrban ArtHouse in June and July were created by Ximello-Salido in Mexico using traditional textiles. “The work represents the discovery of gender fluidity as a journey and the awareness that gender can be perceived through many lenses, including through the history of the Zapotec culture that still resonates today,” Ximello-Salido says. 

On display in June and July at InterUrban ArtHouse, 8001 Newton St., Overland Park.

“The Path to Gender Fluidity,” Hugo Ximello-Salido.

Tivoli Under the Stars 

Tivoli Under the Stars is back for its second season, meeting every Friday night to screen a different film. Each ticket purchase includes an eight-foot “pod” of dedicated Nelson Atkins lawn that seats up to four people (five if the fifth is a child under three years old), movie tickets for four, museum admission for four, and garage parking for two cars. Food and drink are available from the Walking Snack Bar. Curated by Jerry Harrington, Tivoli Under the Stars is committed to continuing the legacy of Tivoli Cinema in a new outdoor setting.

Friday, June 10-Friday, July 29. Showtimes vary. The Nelson-Atkins. See more info here

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