Zookeeper Ron Magill of the Miami Metrozoo hosts the three-hour adults-only event beginning at 5:30 p.m. He's joined by the country music band Outlaw Junkies. The cost ($35, or $25 for Friends of the Zoo) includes two drink tickets and appetizers.
Paris might not be in the cards this year, but you can still close your eyes and forget where you are for a moment with a plate of Brasserie fries. The Aixois Brasserie (1006 Walnut) has a happy hour, from 2 to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday, that's like a vacation. Grab a plate of those fries for $2.50 ($3 with a dash of truffle oil) or the mussels a la mariniere ($5), mini croque monsieur ($3), bay scallops ($5) or fried duck wontons ($5). The house champagne, and red and white wine cost $5, and well cocktails are $4. It might just be enough to make you forget about Paris for a little while.
Not many places make it to their 50th anniversary, but not many places are like V's Italiano Ristorante. V's spaghetti and meatballs are a classic, and the restaurant remains one of the first places in the city to serve toasted ravioli. To celebrate the 50th anniversary, V's is running a series of monthly specials through October (this month, it's one of five wine bottles for $19.63). We should all look this good at 50 years old.
The Lee's Summit Chocolate Crawl is Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. It's where you're given chocolate just for coming to downtown Lee's Summit. Balloons around Main Street indicate which retailers are participating, and City Hall will be giving out 500 city-branded chocolate bars beginning at 10 a.m.
And, of course, there's the American ode to beer drinking and cheese dip this Sunday. Where will you be watching the Super Bowl?