Ongoings, Museum Exhibits & Events
Located in the Bloch Building, Plaza Level, the Creative Café is where visitors create, connect and chill out.
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Discover new activities and favorites from past exhibitions at the Creative Café’s interactive stations.
• Build your gallery.
• Paint like Monet.
• Design a World’s Fair poster.
• Pose your own Rodin sculpture.
Discover how museum professionals do research on new objects. Visitors will be invited to participate in the following:
• Help us test art concepts on the Officer’s Sword
• Answer the questions curators ask to determine if this object belongs in the museum.
• Find the sword’s connections to other works in the museum.
If you're ambulatory and bored by such early-evening television broadcasts as Wheel of Fortune and Seinfeld reruns, join the Westport Walking Group for its weekly wandering around the neighborhood that was, in a year called "yesteryear," the starting point for Western pioneers. Also, did you know that walking around is, like, good for your kidneys or something? Four out of ten doctors recommend walking at least once per day. If you think walking might be right for you, consult your physician. The Westport Walking Group ambles out from its meeting point at the Westport branch of the Kansas City Public Library at 5 p.m. each Tuesday.
Cheap Thrills, Games
With casual-dining restaurants offering fast-food prices, it's becoming easier to avoid drive-throughs at lunchtime. Instead of heading for the nearest T.G.I. Friday's, consider Frito pie or chicken fingers ... at a bowling alley. Every Monday through Thursday from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., Mission Bowl (5399 Martway in Mission, 913-432-7000) serves up its Lunch 'N Bowl Special — for $10, get two games, shoe rental, hamburger, fries and a medium soft drink. The offer is also good at Mission Bowl Olathe (1020 South Weaver, 913-782-0279. So polish off the bowling ball — and lunch. Nailing a 7-10 split is pretty sweet, but doing it in a suit might be one of the greatest feelings in the world. Just remember to put your wingtips or heels back on before returning to the office.
$10 (plus tax) per person
If your creative life so far has been limited to crafting excuses for why you're not using the right side of your brain, today's your chance to turn a constructive corner. Every Tuesday from 8:30 a.m. to who knows when, the textile mavens at The Studio (1121 West 47th Street, 816-531-4466) host Sit & Stitch, a gathering for people who love needles. Cindy Craig, a Studio manager who runs the group, says it's a great opportunity to work on a new or existing project and socialize at the same time. When asked whether the group is akin to so-called stitch-and-bitch circles, Craig says, "We try to be more stitch than bitch." Sit & Stitch is not a class, and all skill levels and ages are welcome. Coffee, muffins and scones are provided. You can bring your own knitting, crochet and/or needlepoint supplies or purchase something from The Studio's stash.
Jazz, All-Ages, Jam Sessions
It's been said that John Coltrane and Charlie Parker met for the first time at the corner of 18th Street and Vine. If you've neglected your civic duties and have yet to see the American Jazz Museum, it's closed today, but musically inclined types can still bring their instruments for the Blue Monday Jam at the museum's attached nightclub, the Blue Room (1616 East 18th Street, 816-474-8463). This week, sit in with — or sit back with a drink and listen to — tenor saxophonist Matt Otto and vocalist Shay Estes Drink specials include a $4 Blue Room martini and $3 beer, wine and wells. There's no cover on Mondays. The Blue Room opens at 5 p.m., and the jam (open to minors accompanied by adults) starts at 7.
Anyone who is smoking age (that's 18, yo) can take a seat and puff delicious apple-mint smoke at Sinbad's Café and Hookah Lounge (3929 Broadway, 816-255-3988). The new Westport hangout — designed for smoking flavored tobacco from beautiful, freestanding glass pipes fitted with snakelike hoses for each inhaler — is not a club. Sinbad's doesn't serve food or alcohol (though the more than 25 varieties of tobacco taste like candy). Owner Sami Mac describes Sinbad's as "a coffee shop, basically," complete with free Wi-Fi access and imported teas served with fresh mint leaves. Mac, who recently moved to Kansas City from Wichita but claims Palestine as "home," often brings the mint leaves straight from his own garden. He has imported his hookahs from Egypt. A session with one of the green beauties that he rents starts at $10.99. For four bucks more, smokers get the establishment's signature offering: the Sinbad Hookah, in which the tobacco burns in an apple instead of a ceramic bowl. "It gives you more flavor because it absorbs the juice from the apple," Mac explains. Sinbad's is open 4 p.m.-midnight Sunday through Thursday and 4 p.m.-2 a.m. Fridays and Saturdays. Go on the right night and you might even catch Mac perched at the synthesizer, adding to the Middle Eastern mood through his original music.—