The Tivoli is one of Kansas City's little wonders, a cozy theater where you can see foreign and independent films, films you might not even hear about otherwise. It's nestled in Westport, which transforms from a popular Saturday drinking spot to a lively place of arts and culture, seemingly overnight. I've long wanted to pay the Tivoli a visit, but just got around to it this past weekend. It seems I've been missing out!
A friend is visiting from out of country, and I've been trying to introduce him to a bit of our fine city's culture. We've been to the Nelson-Atkins. We've walked around the Plaza. We've spent a few evenings in Westport and explored the Independence Square. But last night, he really got a taste of what Kansas City has to offer. We went down to 18th and Vine to enjoy a little night-life, complete with some local jazz!
Wow! Need any fancy boots, Mexican music, or cane sugar cones? I have discovered a tiny store in Raytown with all these items and more.
I decided to stretch my horizons and go to a few local places that are out of my comfort zone. El Chaparrita (petite in English) really packs a lot into a tiny space. The fresh pastries and breads looked yummy. I also saw cheeses, tamales, spices, peppers, salsas, and piñatas.
I love visiting museums and historical sites near my home. In fact, it is one of my all-time favorite pastimes. (A trait, I might add, that my husband has reluctantly grown to love about me.) These little mini adventures help me learn a lot about a city’s history and culture, and also provide me with some amazing photo ops. It is pretty much my favorite way to spend a weekend!
Looking for something to do around the city to get ready for the Christmas season? There’s plenty going on! Here are only a few things offered around town to get you in the mood to celebrate.
For Dickens lovers, the Kansas City Repertory Theatre offers their production of "A Christmas Carol." Take the whole family for a fun theater experience. The show runs through December 26 with both evening and matinee shows.
For those of you looking for something to warm yourself in this cold weather, and for something fun and unique to do with friends or family, consider a long lingering meal at The Melting Pot. For those of you who have never been there, The Melting Pot is a restaurant located at 450 Ward Parkway, Kansas City, MO. They specialize in one type of food – fondue!
So, the weather still isn’t cooperating for outdoor activities and you are getting cabin fever? One way to get some of that excess energy out is to head over to a dance club in Kansas City called Funky Town. Here you will find a unique dancing experience.
Sunday evening, I attended a free event at the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art. I didn’t know what it was about. All I knew was the title, Quixotic Fusion. Since Kansas City had such beautiful weather on Sunday, I didn’t even bother to look it up; I didn’t care as long as it was outside.