April 2014


From Mozart to Martinu

The Kansas City Symphony presents a Free Happy Hour Concert: From Mozart to Martinu. With a cash bar open in the Kauffman Center lobby one hour before the concert. kcsymphony.org

Forks & Corks

Eat, drink and help feed Kansas City’s hungry at Harvesters’ Forks & Corks. The 18th annual Forks & Corks food and wine tasting event is Thursday, April 24, 6:30 – 9 p.m., in the Grand Ballroom of the Kansas City Convention Center. More than 40 of the city’s finest restaurants and beverage purveyors will delight your palate with their signature dishes and wines. Tickets are on sale now at www.harvesters.org.


Shave to Save

Dare to be bare—for a good cause at the Shave to Save event, where men and women shave their heads to help raise money for the American Cancer Society’s Hope Lodge of Kansas City, a free home away from home for cancer patients and their families during treatment. shavetosave.org

Go Red For Women

See red (but in a good way). The American Heart Association’s Go Red For Women Half Day For Your Heart luncheon features a health expo and speakers focused on women’s health issues, among other things. heart.org/kc

Benjamin Grosvenor

Twenty-year-old British pianist Benjamin Grosvenor won the BBC Young Musician of the Year at age 12. Come see why when the Friends of Chamber Music brings him to town. chambermusic.org

Recipe for Success

It’s all in the title. Operation Breakthrough holds its annual fundraiser, Recipe for Success. operationbreakthrough.org

Challenge Your Fashion

April 26 On the catwalk. Local sports celebrities model the latest fashions at YMCA of Greater Kansas City’s Challenge Your Fashion event, the proceeds of which give more children with special needs the opportunity to play sports. With a special performance by the Chiefs’ Dexter McCluster. challengeyourfashion.com

A Night At the Races

A Night At the Races: The Stakes Have Never Been Higher raises funds for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. lls.org/aboutlls/chapters/mid/events/ball

Heartstrings In Bloom

The proceeds of the Heartstrings In Bloom event go to the Heartstrings Community Foundation, which employs adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities in jobs that are interactive with the general public. heartstringscf.org

Caritas Celebrates

The 15th Annual Caritas Celebrates event benefits the St. Vincent and Duchesne clinics, which serve the uninsured poor. caritasclinics.org

Rock Chalk Ball

A winning combo. The Rock Chalk Ball: Jayhawks and Juleps benefits the KU Alumni Association. kualumni.org


See a different side of K.C.—and help support Gift of Life, too, at the organization’s GoSeeDoKC event, where guests enjoy a choice of K.C. tours, then reconvene for a celebration and auction. giftdonor.org


Twenty-six on the 26th. The 26th Annual AIDS WALK Kansas City is the largest HIV/AIDS fundraising and awareness event in a five-state region. aidswalkkansascity.org

Yevgeny Sudbin

April 26 The Harriman-Jewell Series presents pianist Yevgeny Sudbin in recital. hjseries.org

The Greatest Big Band Hits of All Time!

The Kansas City Jazz Orchestra presents its Annual Gala Concert: The Greatest Big Band Hits of All Time! at the Kauffman Center. kcjazzorchestra.org



Modern acrobatic dance that’s dubbed “crash-and-burn” choreography? This has got to be good! The Performing Arts Series at Johnson County Community College brings Diavolo to town. jccc.edu/performing-arts-series


Taste of Park Place

The Taste of Park Place will be held April 26th with activities from 2-6:30pm as a benefit for the Newhouse Women's Shelter. Prior to the event, vote online for one-of-a-kind tote bags designed by local artists displayed in the windows of Park Place stores and restaurants, then purchase your favorites in a silent auction at the event. On April 26th from 2-4pm, attendees will take a culinary journey with special tastings at the Park Place restaurants. From 4:30-6:30pm at Mestizo, join emcee Chef Jasper Mirable for a cooking competition judged by Food Network and James Beard Award winning chefs, including Aaron Sanchez, Michael Smith and Celina Tio. From 2-7pm, enjoy special offers exclusively for attendees at Park Place stores and services. Purchase tickets online at http://www.newhouseshelter.org/events/ as sales are limited and expected to go fast. Any remaining tickets will be available to purchase at the event.

Dining by Design

Dining By Design on Saturday, April 26 includes a daytime preview with interactive panelist discussion featuring industry experts for $20 per person. Event includes wine and complimentary cookies from Swoon Bakery. Doors open at Noon. Panel begins at 1 PM. Be inspired and get your tickets at diffakc.org today! The Dining By Design (DBD) Gala, one of the area’s premier fundraisers for HIV/AIDS prevention and education is Saturday, April 26 at The Gallery in downtown KC. For 24 years, DBD has been raising money for local programs that make a difference in the fight against HIV/AIDS.

Trolley Run

RUN through BKS. The Children’s Center for the Visually Impaired’s 26th Annual Sabates Eye Centers Trolley Run also features an After-Bash on the Plaza and a Kids’ Trolley Run at Mill Creek Park. ccvi.org


Tee It Up for SAFEHOME” 2014 Golf Tournament

OVERLAND PARK, Kan. – On Monday, April 28th, come join the fun at the “Tee It Up for SAFEHOME” 2014 Golf Tournament. This exciting day of fun and prizes will be located at the Nicklaus Golf Club LionsGate in Overland Park, KS. All proceeds go to SAFEHOME, Johnson County’s only comprehensive provider of services to victims of domestic violence and their children. Early Bird Registration ends Friday, April 11th. For more information or to register online, go to www.safehome-ks.org or contact Susan Lebovitz at 913-378-1518 or slebovitz@safehome-ks.org.

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Wind Serenades

Windy in the city. The Kansas City Symphony is joined by UMKC Conservatory musicians for its one-hour concert Wind Serenades by Mozart and Dvorak. kcsymphony.org

Die Fledermaus

The Lyric Opera of Kansas City stages a new production of Die Fledermaus. kcopera.org

May 2014

The Rice Gallery's First Friday Series

The Rice Gallery of Fine Art presents this month's First Friday Series: Plein Air Masters...A group showing of some of the best plein air artists around!

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April 2014


Designers’ Showhouse

Get ready to covet thy neighbor’s goods. The Kansas City Symphony Alliance’s 45th Symphony Designers’ Showhouse, which raises funds for the symphony, showcases a redecorated house in a historic K.C. neighborhood. With a boutique to shop to boot. showhouse.org


Roads of Arabia

April 25-July 6 The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art presents “Roads of Arabia: Archaeology and History of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia,” an exhibition of more than 7,000 years of largely unknown cultural history of the Arabian Peninsula. nelson-atkins.org

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