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Weekend Agenda

Looking for something to do this weekend? Check out our top picks for September 11-13.

Friday

KC pays tribute to Latin jazz with a performance from Kansas City’s own La Fonda All-Stars at the Berg Event Space 8-11 p.m., one of tonight’s Paris of the Plains Cocktail Festival events. The band won’t be the only all-stars there: Some of the best bartenders from Chicago, Miami and Kansas City will be serving up handcrafted George Dickel Rye and George Dickel #12 cocktails. After the party, Paris of the Plains puts its spin on Ireland during Rebirth Reverb at The Brick, a celebration of resurrected L.L. Kinahan’s Whiskey and J. Rieger & Co.’s Kansas City Whiskey with music by Flanagan’s Right Hook and Loaded Goat.

Top artists from around the metro will line the streets of Westport showcasing their original art, unique jewelry, fine crafts and much more during the 36th annual Art Westport event. The weekend-long festivities run Friday 5-9 p.m., Saturday 10 a.m.-9 p.m. and Sunday 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Plan your visit around one of Westport’s happening for a perfect outing.

Cirque Eloize, a sister company of Cirque du Soleil, latest production, “iD,” blends circus acts and urban dance for a show that crackles with daring. Set in the heart of a city, the production features 15 performers from 13 different disciplines. Catch “iD” at Starlight Theatre this weekend, when temperatures in the 60s and 70s will make for an ideal outdoor entertainment experience.

Saturday

It’s all about Blues, Brews and BBQ at B.B.’s Lawnside BBQ today. The iconic KC restaurant is hosting a fundraiser for Gillis, a local nonprofit that helps at-risk children and kids. Live entertainment starts at 3 p.m. and goes until 10 p.m. and B.B.’s is serving up a new menu, including BBQ nachos and a BBQ sundae, via food truck, with the full menu inside. Admission is $5 and proceeds benefit the more than 3,000 children served at Gillis.

Bring a blanket or lawn chairs, a picnic and some friends and prepare to be dazzled at Dance in the Park. This year’s performance at Roanoke Park features professional dancers from the area specializing in styles from modern and ballet to salsa and Vietnamese dancing. The free concert starts at 7 p.m., but arrive a 6:30 p.m. to participate in a free dance class (and get a good seat).

Crossroads Music Fest returns today with a lineup that includes Mountain Sprout, Not A Planet, She’s a Keeper and dozens of other local music outfits taking the stage at seven venues. A fundraiser for 90.1FM, event performances start at 6 p.m. and continue until the wee hours of Sunday morning.

Sunday

Whether you want to support cancer research and awareness or raise money to help local AIDS organizations provide much-needed services, there’s a way to do it today. The AIDS Bicycle Cruise lets you pedal to stops around town for food and fun, while Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure will have you running through Worlds of Fun. Either way, you get in a workout—and make a difference.

A true community collaboration, the 8th annual Kansas City Chalk and Walk Festival will turn Crown Center Square into a vibrant outdoor gallery Saturday and Sunday. The free festival features colorful masterpieces from professional, amateur, student and regional artists. This year also features internationally known 3D and traditional master chalk muralists, plus vertical murals.

With the work week right around the corner, Sundays can be a bit of a bummer. That’s why we wholeheartedly endorse Slice of Sundays at Parkville’s French Bee Bakery. Every second Sunday of the month, stop by for a slice of something sweet or savory to make the most of your last weekend day. The event debuts 11 a.m.-1p.m. today with quiche, pie and Shatto ice cream.

Check back next week for info on more events you won’t want to miss!