Friday, August 24, 2012

Paris of the Plains and other weekend possibilities

Posted By on Fri, Aug 24, 2012 at 8:00 AM

Bartenders Brawl is back.
  • Martini Corner
  • Bartenders Brawl is back.
Kansas City is reclaiming its nickname of "Paris of the Plains." The five-year-old Greater Kansas City Bartending Competition has grown into the Paris of the Plains Cocktail Festival, a weeklong celebration of the revitalized cocktail culture in Kansas City. Don’t miss the opening of the Kill Devil Club in the Power & Light District tonight. Tickets to the premiere night party cost $40.

Take a walk on the wild side at Hale Arena from 7 to 10 p.m. tonight, with Art Unleashed 2012. The benefit for the Humane Society of Greater Kansas City features pet-themed original artwork and complimentary appetizers. Tickets cost $25 in advance, and there is a cash bar.

Happy hour has been back in Kansas for two months after a quarter-century hiatus. Discover one of the newest at the Gaslight Grill (5020 W. 137th St., in Leawood) from 4 to 7 p.m. Monday through Friday. Chef Thom Zoog has created a bar-bites menu with such dishes as lollipop shrimp (skewered tempura shrimp with a sweet gingered chili sauce) and drinks like the JoCo Cooler (cucumber-infused Hendrick’s gin, Riesling, fresh lime and mint). Gaslight Grill also has a reverse happy hour after 8 p.m. Thursdays in the back room.

We all eat, so food is usually a great entry point to understanding someone else’s culture. Discover more about Burma and Somalia via the KCK Greenmarket at Juniper Gardens (1979 N. Second St., in Kansas City, Kansas) — every Monday, from 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., through September 25 — where immigrants from those nations sell meat and produce as part of the mission of Cultivate Kansas City.

It's usually the patrons who duke it out, but for one night, bartenders from around the region will step in the ring and try and knock each other's block off. Bartenders' Brawl returns to Martini Corner Sunday at 6:30 p.m. Tickets for the kickboxing and MMA event range from $20 general admission to $50 ringside seats.

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