may, 2019

sat11may7:00 am11:50 pmFeatured2nd Saturday May7:00 am - 11:50 pm North Kansas City, MissouriEventType:Beer Release,Community Festival,LIVE Music: 70s/80s Rock Cover,LIVE Music: 90s/00s Rock Cover,LIVE Music: Acoustic/Songwriter,LIVE Music: American Folk/Bluegrass,LIVE Music: Blues,LIVE Music: Country,LIVE Music: Indie Rock,LIVE Music: Irish Folk,LIVE Music: Motown/Soul,LIVE Music: Pop Covers,New Film Release,Sports & Recreation

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It’s time again for the monthly 2nd Saturday Showcase of arts, entertainment, food and brewing going on in North Kansas City!

Highlighting this month’s edition are Mother’s Day weekend markets Driftwood Ceramics Spring Pottery Sale! at Driftwood Ceramics and Mother’s Day Weekend Sip + Shop at Tyler Kingston; a 2nd Saturday Beer Randall at The Big Rip Brewing Company, and the return of the all-female comedy show Pomp & HERcumstance May at The Rino.

This month you can also check out Open Studios for Polly Alice’s New Thing Studio & Flying Ketchup Press inside DesignWerx (details below)!

Driftwood Ceramics on the north end of Swift (just north of Expressive and Champion Burritos) welcomes you to come support their member artists with the Driftwood Ceramics Spring Pottery Sale!— deals on merchandise and member pop-up booths inside the studio from 10am-5pm. Get something gorgeous for Mom from featured artists Amy Kennedy, Alie Cat Pottery, Karen Merkel Curt Brought, Nina McDaniel, Ken Stanley and MSG Pottery! Food and booze provided!!

That same morning over on Armour, Tyler Kingston Mercantile will be hosting their Mother’s Day Weekend Sip + Shop, with mimosas for shoppers and beautiful unique bouquet arrangements from Elizabeth Mckenzie Florals!

On the south side of town, (1313 Atlantic Street, west of Burlington), you can check out artist Polly Alice’s New Thing Studio and Flying Ketchup Press at DesignWerx! See what work she’s been up to in the studio, and leave a message on the event page Second Saturday Open Studio to be included in Polly’s guided group tour of the DesignWerx space (time TBD). Polly Alice (aka Polly McCann) is a mixed media artist who blends oil painting and soft sculpture on canvas, utilizing hand-made imperfections and improvisation to piece her works together (and some times back together– a strong theme in her work). Polly, who has an MFA in writing for children and young adults, also spends a fair amount of time curating unpublished work from local poets, playwrights, screenwriters and novelists and blending them into anthologies that capture the local spirit, the times we live in, and the artist’s self-awareness in interpreting their dreams in their work.

Open Studios will run from noon to 4:00. If there is a big enough demand, we will start to expand to multiple Open Studio spaces within walking distance and eventually get transportation to tour spaces on both sides of Burlington every 2nd Saturday. In this industrial town, creativity is one of its biggest and most quiet exports, and we hope 2nd Saturday Open Houses will become a proper showcase for the very cool work being done in these unassuming warehouses and workshops. Know of a candidate who would like to show off their space and sell their goods on-the-spot to tour crawlers? Respond back with studio names and contact info and we’ll reach out! Or you can tag #discoverNKC to your instagram pic of them working in the moment. We’re building a nice stream of re-posts at @discovernkc on instagram as well!

Other arts events going on around NKC on Saturday include Expressive‘s walk-in splatter paint sessions, Walk-up wooden sign-painting classes at Sip and Salvage KC, and antiquing at Treasures of the Past on Swift.

And if you want to pick out a decorative treat for the mom in your life, hop over to Aunt Mary’s Cakes, Cookies & Cupcakes. In addition to treats and gifts, they’ll be serving ice cream sandwiches made from their signature cookies all week long!

If you plan on making it an earlier start– grab some breakfast biscuits and gravy or avocado toast at The Little Store & Cafe on Knox Street and ride your bike down Armour for coffee at Colony KC.

As always, nKCYOGA studio is offering free Community (donation-supported) yoga at 11:00 above Colony. Kick off your morning with some coffee and yoga and wrap up afterwards with a sandwich or burrito from Beerded Man’s Kitchen (in the back of Colony KC).

Across the street, Chappell’s Restaurant and Sports Museum is serving up brunch with a build your own Bloody Mary bar and bottomless mimosas.

You can also catch a movie at Screenland Armour Theater– Kansas City’s highest rated theater, and one of the only ones in town left where you money stays local! Their Saturday lineup has some big summer blockbusters starring Pokemon and Avengers, a Seth Rogan/Charlize Theoron rom-com, and the crowd-pleasing documentary “Hail Satan?” about the ‘Satanic Panic’ of the 1980s. Check for showtimes and tickets.

Screenland is home to dozens of local and regional craft beers, including their collaboration “Snap Back Hazy IPA” they made with KC’s Double Shift Brewing Company. Drink down the cosmic power while watching your favorite superheroes battle it out!

Velo Garage and Tap House is another great place to grab something interesting off a curated list of taps! Whether you’re an avid cyclist or just out for a casual ride, Velo is a place to come cool off, play some ping pong, watch some cycling, BMX and The Chive on TV, and grab up Bonk!, another Double Shift collaboration IPA in partnership with Velo Garage. Check out the bike shop, DIY Fix-It Memberships, and new t-shirt merch!

Down the street, you can get non-alcoholic kombucha or kombucha/beer cocktails on tap at The Brewkery — home brewery for KC’s Lucky Elixir brand! A dozen flavors on tap, growler fills (kombucha only), and you can get taster flights to sample their offerings too! Brewkery also offers up soups, sandwiches and curries for lunch! Keep an eye on their exterior wall off Swift Street this summer– they’re the latest location on Swift to receive public art, with the winning artist to be chosen at the end of this month!

Elsewhere on Swift, mead-making veteran Scott Henness will be demonstrating the processes involved in homebrewing mead from 11AM-1:00 at Grain to Glass, LLC. There will also be mead tastings and discounts on Missouri meads and honeys, plus regional craft beers on tap and rare, regional and European imports in cans and bottles to-go!

A couple of NKC favorites, Pat’s Pub and Paul & Jack’s Tavern are a good place to see local residents congregate over a pitcher of beer. Pat’s, known for its bar tacos, also serves up margaritas and frosty cold Flying Monkey Beer (along with yard beers in cans). Paul & Jack’s has Saturday lunch and happy hour specials on domestics, bloody Marys, and hot wings– plus deals on local beer buckets for the evening.

Another exciting lunch development is the addition of Saturday hours for Champion Burritos on Swift by Expressive Studio. Champion specializes in big, fresh made-to-order burritos, green chili pork, and steak taco platters. Order “the special” and you won’t be disappointed!

Over at the Breweries, The Big Rip Brewing Company will be doing a one-day Randall, infusing coconut into their Mango Aisle 12 (West Coast IPA)! Also try their new Lost in Santa Carla Saison or their flagship Hathor’s Sweet Brown– or have them mix you up a beer cocktail! Hawg Jaw Que & Brew is right around the corner, serving up their take on both standard BBQ fare, and also wings, french dip, and specialties like the Irish Hawg (smoked corned beef + smoked sausage and spicy sauerkraut on toasted rye); the Italian Hawg (smoked Scimeca’s sausage + smoked brisket + giarderria and provolone on ciabatta); or the Full Dresser (over a pound of meat including their incredible burnt ends, pulled pork, brisket, sausage, turkey and ham on texas toast…damn.)– Hop inside or order from the kiosk inside Big Rip and have it delivered straight to the taproom!

Callsign Brewing recently debuted their W.A.S.P. Waffle Ale, a malty ale with some sweet butter and syrup tones; and their brand new Bi-Coastal Cerveza– a crushable warm weather beer for you cyclists and patio hoppers out there! Callsign is a couple blocks east of Velo Garage on 14th & Gentry (look for the freestanding brick building next to an open field…this old tire patch factory as been refurbished on the inside to resemble a WWII aircraft hangar).

Cinder Block Brewery have some recent additions, the return of the Hop Cuddle NE IPA (exclusive to the Cinder Block taproom), and their Dreamsicle Lactose “milkshake-style” IPA. Grab a burger from the Cinder Block Kitchen food truck and enjoy their spacious beer garden right in the middle of the 18th & Clay corridor across from Chicken N Pickle!

Calibration Brewery opens for lunch at 11AM and serves up a grapefruit IPA, barleywine, ciders, and a cherry gose. Their food features sauces and rubs made from their beer lineup and comes in pub fair favorites like soft pretzels, wings, fish and chips, and beer brats, and artisanal items like their cheese board and black bean burger.

Smokin’ Guns BBQ & Catering is another lunch and craft beer option– in addition to ribs, brisket and their Saturday Smoked Bologna special, they offer pork belly bites as a great snack while sampling their new spring tap additions in the Smokin Guns Taproom.

Old Shawnee Pizza at Repeal 18th is your pizza hookup for unique pies like the Mac Daddy, the BBQ and the Crab Rangoon, along with sandwiches and family-style Italian pastas. Repeal is home to over 400 whiskeys and bourbons and their expert team of bartenders mix up some next level cocktails that are Instagram-ready. Country music singer/songwriter Ryan Manuel headlines Repeal’s 2nd Saturday live music offering. More information at:

Craft cocktails are also available at Colony KC, or you can hop a couple doors down to cocktail supply store Mitch e Amaro for some Mezcal, Amaro, Bourbon– whatever your pleasure. Be prepared to be blown away by their knowledge of liquor and fine spirits!

Live music is all over NKC this weekend– in addition to mid-day music at Repeal 18th, you can find hammer dulcimer and folk music from Fine & Dandy at Steel’s Used Books (where they’re having a 30% off Spring Clearance sale), live Irish folk music from Into The Sun across the street at Restless Spirits Distilling, Blues from Knock Kneed Sally on the Chicken N Pickle – Kansas City rooftop, and classic rock and blues from The Rukus Band at Christine’s Firehouse Bar & Grill on 20th

For the low-down on local music and bands to watch out for, go visit Faron at FM Music Vintage Sounds (a few doors down from Steel’s on the way to Cinder Block). Free PBR for shoppers and plenty of great tunes being spun from Faron’s vast collection of pre-owned rock albums. Check out the “new” bin for first-run modern artists and sealed re-releases of classic albums!

RINO once again hosts the Pomp & HERcumstance May Comedy Showcase, featuring TWO shows (one at 8pm, one at 9:30pm), lineup TBA. Doors open at 7pm. $10 cash only.

Finish off your night with a single, double, triple or Home Run burger at Tay’s Burger Shack off Armour Road, or pop in to Helen’s J.A.D. bar for some late night eats and a night cap.

We’ll see you again real soon, Kansas City! If you tried out a new place in NKC and like it– be sure to come back and make yourself a regular! There’s a kickass community of independent food and drink people, artists and craftsmen with a D.I.Y. spirit working hard to build up all of this cool stuff, 365 days a year! Become a part of that scene! And follow along on Facebook at, and instagram at @discovernkc and @rivernorthdistrictkc


(Saturday) 7:00 am - 11:50 pm


North Kansas City, Missouri

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