Food & Drink (General), Shopping
Woebetide the forlorn middleman. With a supercluster of midweek farmers markets, Wednesday has shaped up as one of the best days of the week to buy produce directly from the farmers who pulled it out of the ground, thereby eliminating and sticking it to the middleman. Theres daily produce at the City Market (20 East Fifth Street, 816-842-1271), and the 39th Street Farmers Market at 39th Street and Genessee offers vegetables, fruits and meat from 5 to 8 p.m. Joes Community Market opens for the season today, selling produce in front of Terrace Lake Liquors (3601 East Red Bridge Road). The Liberty Farmers Market takes over the parking lot at Crowleys Furniture, at the intersection of Missouri highways 152 and 291, from 7 a.m. to 12 p.m. The Independence Farmers Market is open from 7 a.m. until 1 p.m. on the square at Truman Road, between Main and Liberty.
Third Wednesday of every month
75th Street and Wornall Road (map
Kansas City Waldo
From Gregory Boulevard to 91st Street, from State Line to Holmes, Waldo is one of Kansas City's largest and most eclectic neighborhoods. Retail in the area dates back at least 100 years, when a streetcar stop at 74th Terrace and Wornall sold groceries and became known as the "Grand Central Station of Waldo." Now it's a bus stop surrounded by bars, restaurants and shops. On the third Wednesday of every month, get your hands on deals when the area hosts Waldo Wednesdays. Businesses such as 75th Street Brewery (520 West 75th Street, 816-523-4677), City Looks Salon (7441 Broadway, 816-444-4600) and Pampered Paws Grooming (7238 Wornall, 816-333-2522) offer specials and incentives for shoppers from open to close. For a list of participating businesses, go to waldomo.com.
store prices vary
First Monday, Tuesday, Saturday of every month, 10:30 a.m. & 12:30 p.m.
Public Interest, Cultural Events, Free Events
Those who braved the open house for the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts
might tell you that the experience could have been more agreeable. The lines were prohibitively long, and there was rain. But they'll also tell you that the Kauffman Center is something to behold. The glass-walled Brandmeyer Great Hall (the other name for the lobby) is larger than a football field, with Guggenheim-like circular walkways leading up to the balconies of Helzberg Hall and the Muriel Kauffman Theatre. If you skipped out on the grand opening, you haven't missed your chance. The center offers free, small tours (of 15 or fewer people) on Mondays, Tuesdays and Saturdays at 10:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. Reservations are required. Call 816-994-7200 or see kauffmancenter.org