American Epics: Thomas Hart Benton and Hollywood @ Bloch Building - The Nelson Atkins Museum of Art
Oct 10 2015 – Jan 3 2016 all-day

The first major exhibition on Thomas Hart Benton in more than 25 years, American Epics: Thomas Hart Benton and Hollywood reveals the fascinating but overlooked relationship between Benton’s art, movie making and visual storytelling in 20th-century America.

Benton’s early experiences on silent movie sets in Fort Lee, New Jersey—the first “Hollywood”—and later in Hollywood itself influenced his acute awareness of contemporary storytelling’s shift toward movies and inspired his signature style of painting that melded centuries-old traditions with more recent movie-production techniques to tell stories that appealed to a broad range of Americans.

The exhibition brings together nearly 100 works by Benton including 50 paintings and murals, as well as a selection of his drawings, prints and illustrated books. It also presents related ephemera and film clips that highlight the allure of his paintings’ cinematic content, composition and technical underpinnings.

Crown Center Ice Terrace @ Crown Center
Nov 6 2015 – Mar 5 2016 all-day

Regular admission is $6, or free for adults over age 60 and children age 4 and under. Skate rental is $3, or skaters may bring their own.

Skaters age 12 and under must be under the supervision of a parent or guardian (21 or older).

November, December and January:
Sunday – Thursday, 10 a.m. – 9 p.m.
Friday – Saturday, 10 a.m. – 11 p.m.

February through mid-March:
Sunday, 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.
Monday – Thursday, noon – 9 p.m.
Friday, noon – 11 p.m.
Saturday, 10 a.m. – 11 p.m.

Holiday Hours:
Thanksgiving Day, 3 p.m. – 10 p.m.
Christmas Eve, 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Christmas Day, CLOSED
New Year’s Eve, 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.
New Year’s Day, noon – 9 p.m.

Two-for-One Tuesdays! After 5 p.m., pay one full price admission and receive a second for FREE. (Skate rental not included, but it’s just $3 per person.)

Group rates Monday through Thursday for groups of 20 or more people. Reservations are required. Call for more details about group rates and private parties.

Call 816-274-8411 for more information.

“Through the Lens: Visions of African American Experience, 1950-1970.” @ The Nelson Atkins Museum of Art
Nov 18 2015 – Apr 3 2016 all-day

This exhibition features over sixty works by seven photographers active during the civil rights era (1950-1970). Organized to underscore different artistic intentions and photographic approaches, Through the Lens highlights various aspects of African American experience during this time of tremendous social and political change.

Photographers Danny Lyon, Bruce Davidson, and Charles Moore bore witness to the activities and struggles of the civil rights movements as a means to effect social change. W. Eugene Smith, Gordon Parks and James Karales produced extended photo-essays that brought stories about the lives of ordinary African Americans to the national public. Drawing inspiration from music and literature, Roy DeCarava and Gordon Parks made original, creative photographs as purely artistic expressions.

The Ice at Park Place @ Park Place
Nov 20 2015 – Jan 19 2016 all-day

Admission: $8 (all ages)
Skate Rental: $3 (but you’re welcome to bring your own skates!)

Regular Schedule:
Friday, November 20, 2015 – Tuesday, January 4, 2016*
Monday-Saturday: 11am-10pm
Sunday: 12-8pm
*(Tuesday, Jan 6th Hours: 11am-9pm)

2015 Kappa Kappa Gamma Holiday Homes Tour @ Various Locations
Dec 2 – Dec 3 all-day

Join us for the 64th annual Kappa Kappa Gamma Holiday Homes Tour. This year, five of Kansas City’s finest homes are on display, decorated for the holidays by outstanding local florists. The tour has raised about $1.9 million for area non-profits and the Kappa Foundation since its inception. The two-day event will be held Wednesday, December 2nd and Thursday, December 3rd.

Tour tickets are $25 in advance at local outlets, including Hen House markets and tour florists, as well as from area Kappas and online. Tickets also are available for $30 on the days of the tour at thefeatured homes.

David Yurman Trunk Show at Meierotto’s Midwest Jewelry @ Meierotto Jewelers
Dec 3 – Dec 5 all-day

Shop the latest collections and meet with a David Yurman stylist.

Thursday, Dec. 3, 10am-8pm
Friday, Dec. 4, 10am-6pm
Saturday, Dec. 5, 10am-6pm
Holidays in Crestwood with KC Community Gardens @ Crestwood Shops
Dec 3 – Dec 5 all-day

Great shopping, dining and a great cause! On December 3rd, 4th and 5th, a portion of every purchase made at Crestwood Shops will go towards helping Kansas Citians grow healthy, affordable food.

Crestwood Shops Open House
Thursday, December 3rd from 5:00 – 8:00 pm
-Music from the Kansas City Chorale
-Holiday lighting at 6:00 p.m.
-Beautiful window displays
-Treats and surprises behind every door
-A visit from Santa and Mrs. Clause

Breakfast with Santa
Saturday, December 5 8:30 a.m. and 10:00 a.m.
Aixois Bistro

Candlelight Homes Tour @ Various Locations
Dec 4 – Dec 6 all-day

The 34th Anniversary Of Weston’s Candlelight Homes Tour

The Friday evening tour is limited to 300 tickets and will include a light dinner at “Eventful”. The homes will be open from 5:00PM to 8:30PM.  Seatings for light dinner are between 5:00 and 6:30 PM Or 7:00 and 8:30 PM

Saturday tour hours are noon to 8:00PM, and Sunday the homes will be open from noon to 5:00PM. Tickets are good for either Saturday or Sunday.

Start your holiday season off right with a tour through five historic homes in Weston, Missouri – voted Kansas City’s “Best Day Trip” 10 years straight by Ingram’s Magazine.

To celebrate the 34th anniversary of the “Christmas Candlelight Homes Tour”, Weston’s favorite traditions will be back.  The downtown street lamps will be a glow with greenery and lights, the streets leading to the tour homes will be lined with luminaries, and of course Weston’s Father Christmas, who for years has evoked feelings of a Christmas long ago, will be on hand to greet visitors.

No trip to Weston would be complete without visiting the wide array of restaurants, shops, and attractions.  All the homes on the tour are within walking distance of the historic downtown district, so there will be plenty of time to do your holiday shopping!

For more information and to purchase tickets visit or call the Chamber of Commerce office at (816) 640-2909.

PJ Party with St. Nick @ The Grove, Zona Rosa
Dec 4 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Help us welcome Santa and Mrs. Claus to Zona Rosa!

Join us for a magical family night that includes story time with Mrs. Claus, kid-approved entertainment, treats and a special gift. Wear your pajamas and bring your cameras!

Mazzarese Holiday Gallery @ Mazzarese Jewelry
Dec 5 @ 10:00 am – 6:00 pm
Christmas Festival @ Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts
Dec 17 – Dec 22 all-day

Share this joyous concert tradition with family and friends, as your Symphony and Symphony Chorus perform cherished Christmas carols and songs of the season. Amazingly talented special guests plus an early visit from Santa will fill you with holiday spirit. At each performance, we’ll give away a dazzling jewelry prize from Helzberg Diamonds, no purchase necessary.

See website for actual performance times. 

David Benoit Christmas Tribute to Charlie Brown @ Folly Theater
Dec 18 @ 8:00 pm

Celebrate the holidays on Friday, December 18th, when the Folly presents the David Benoit Christmas Tribute to Charlie Brown with special guest Jane Monheit. For three decades, GRAMMY® award winning pianist, composer and arranger, David Benoit has reigned supreme as one of the founding fathers of contemporary jazz. Benoit collaborated with Jane Monheit, a lyrical cool-toned chanteuse who was a finalist in the Thelonious Monk International Vocalist Competition. Together, they create a beautiful Christmas Jazz Program that is a tribute to Charlie Brown!

Kansas City Restaurant Week @ Various Locations
Jan 15 – Jan 24 all-day

Kansas City Restaurant Week is KC’s premier dining event founded by the Greater Kansas City Restaurant Association and the Kansas City Convention & Visitors Association in an effort to support the regional restaurant community. 2015 marks the sixth year for the 10-day dining event, spotlighting KC as one of the country’s premier dining destinations. Each year, KCRW partners with local charities to raise funds for deserving causes. In 2014 alone, the 133 participating restaurants raised nearly $260,000, boosting the event’s five-year charitable total to more than $750,000. 2015 Kansas City Restaurant Week will benefit BoysGrow (, Children’s Center for the Visually Impaired (, Cultivate Kansas City (, Kansas City Regional Destination Development Foundation, and Greater Kansas City Restaurant Association Education Foundation.

For more information, visit or follow on Twitter at @RestaurantWeek.