In The Loop - August

Antiques Roadshow

One of Public Television’s most popular shows, the Antiques Roadshow, is coming to Kansas City for the first time in 11 years. Though tickets have been sold out for some time, there is still a chance to meet the stars and appraisers who bring your favorite show to life, including host Mark L. Walberg and executive producer Marsha Bernko.
The meet-and-greet will be held in KCPT’s main building in the studio. The exclusive event brings you closer than ever to your favorite stars. A donation to public television will secure your spot and help continue to bring Antiques Roadshow to Kansas City every Monday.
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Prairie Village Jazz Festival Features KC Legends of Jazz

The Prairie Village Jazz Festival, hosted by the Prairie Village Municipal Foundation and the City of Prairie Village, will be held Sept. 7 in the city’s Harmon Park. Thousands of people are expected to attend the evening full of free music. In its fourth year, the festival has become a recognized jazz event not to miss.
This year the event will feature two outstanding headliners: Marilyn Maye & Trio followed by the Bobby Watson All-Star Big Band with special guest Jon Faddis.
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Annual Ethnic Enrichment Festival at Swope Park

Now in its 34th year, the Ethnic Enrichment Festival will once again take over historic Swope Park on Aug. 16-18. The event features more than 60 different cultures sharing food, crafts, music and dance. The festival is one of the largest of its kind in the country, and truly fosters understanding and appreciation of Kansas City’s rich cultural diversity. Attendance is expected to exceed 35,000. Each country involved is represented by a booth, many of which sell food, crafts and jewelry.

Stage entertainment includes a variety of culture-specific music and dance and is held from 4 to 5 p.m. On Saturday, there will be a “parade of flags” in which representatives from all participating countries will walk across the main stage.

The event is family-friendly with many children’s activities.

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Nelson-atkins Exhibit Highlights Contemporary Portraiture

A fascinating study of contemporary photographic portraiture will be on display at The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art in Kansas City Aug. 9 through Jan. 9, 2014.

“About Face: Contemporary Portraiture” highlights the breadth and global diversity of portraits produced since 2000. This exhibition includes 36 works by 29 artists from around the globe: the U.S, England, Canada, France, Germany, Russia, Japan, Iran and South Africa.

“Most of these works were acquired for our permanent collection in the last three years, which is very exciting,” says Julián Zugazagoitia, chief executive officer and director of the Nelson-Atkins. “They add depth and breadth to our already outstanding photography collection.”

“About Face” offers a provocative and engaging forum for considering the question: how do we define portraiture today?

The Nelson-Atkins also offers visitors the opportunity to engage with a digital exhibition of recent portraiture, “Making Pictures of People,” curated by creator Andy Adams. This online presentation includes a selection of works from 27 photographers sourced from the Web-based photo/arts community.

Visitors will be able to access the FlakPhoto exhibition, which will also be publicly accessible to audiences worldwide, via touch screens in the gallery and on mobile devicesoutside the museum.

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Third Barley’s Brewhaus & Restaurant Opens words Allyson Wilson

Banking on the idea that “the best things come in threes,” KC Hopps Ltd. opened its third Barley’s Brewhaus & Restaurant June 24 in Leawood, Kan.

The newest Barley’s is located in the Cornerstone of Leawood retail center at 5041 W. 135th St.
The 6,700-square-foot restaurant combines rustic and urban decor, using reclaimed wood from an 80-year-old barn in Emma, Mo., and stainless steel elements throughout the restaurant.

“I like to think we helped save a tree by reusing the old wood,” says Chris Sutton, KC Hopps’ chief executive officer. “At the same time it offers a beautiful look for the restaurant.”

Vlad Vergara, who’s been a chef with the company for six years, is largely responsible for crafting Barley’s made-from-scratch, fresh-ingredient menu. Highlighted options include $2 micro plates — made to share — and 600-calorie and under “lighter side” dishes.

The new Barley’s has a private dining room with an elegantly restored sycamore table, a lounge patio and three garage doors that open to a dining patio flanked by two TVs.

The restaurant is sticking with tradition, offering its signature plethora of beer — 66 taps, to be exact.

Barley’s other Kansas locations are at 119th and Quivira in Overland Park and Midland Drive and I-435 in Shawnee.


Kansas City parrot Fest Comes to Kansas City live!

Calling all Parrotheads and beach bums! Kansas City Live! is hosting the Kansas City Parrot Fest Saturday, Aug. 10.

The party starts at 11 a.m. and features live music from the Boat Drunks, Glen Mock & The Tropical Dreamers, and the Doo Dads. The event is family-friendly with children and grown-ups participating in a luau from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Guests will enjoy tropical frozen cocktails, games and contests, including the limbo. Face painting, glitter tattoos, water activities, hula hooping and bounce houses are among the other attractions.

Admission is free and the event is open to people of all ages. Be sure to arrive early, as space is limited. Parking is $2.

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Power & Light District to Host Summer Restaurant week

The annual summer restaurant week is back by popular demand from Aug. 23 through Sept. 2 at the Power & Light District. The event will feature $10 lunch menus and $25 to $30 dinner deals from a variety of restaurants.

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American Restaurant Introduces New Chef

The American Restaurant announced the appointment of Michael Corvino as its new executive chef. Prior to joining the award-winning team at Kansas City’s only Forbes Four-Star and AAA Four Diamond Award recipient, chef Corvino served as the executive sous chef at the Rosewood Mansion on Turtle Creek in Dallas.

Over a decade of five-star hospitality experience and a passion for taking diners on a culinary journey have contributed to the development of chef Corvino’s signature flavorful cuisine.

“Chef Corvino is a vibrant young chef whose focus of giving guests a luxury product, a modernā€elegant style of dining, makes him a perfect fit for our restaurant,” says Jamie Jamison, general manager of The American Restaurant. “His culinary vision and unique perspective will bring a new level of luxury to every dining experience. We are excited to add a new outlook to the culinary landscape of Kansas City.”

The American’s former executive chef, James Beard award-winner Debbie Gold, has returned to 119th and Roe with the opening of Red Door Grill, the first of several planned restaurants.