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Weekend Agenda

Looking for something to do this weekend? Check out our top picks for October 23-25.

Photo by Paul Andrews

Friday

You’ll find dozens of spectacular hot air balloons at the Great Midwest Balloon Fest this weekend at the National Agricultural Center and Hall of Fame (next to Cricket Wireless Amphitheater). With kids activities, costume contests, a bier garden and a Sunday 5K, there are plenty of ways to stay entertained, but make a point to check out the mesmerizing balloon glows 6:30-8 p.m. Friday and Saturday. Hello, family photo op.

Travel to the darkly comic world of composer Kurt Weill and and writer Bertolt Brecht with “What Keeps Mankind Alive,” performed by Tango Lorca and vocalist Lucas Pherigo Friday, Saturday and Sunday at Musical Theater Heritage. The program also the world premiere of “Fuga Tanguera,” an Owen/Cox work inspired by Argentine Tango and contemporary jazz. A free artist talk and Q&A with the dancers, musicians and artistic director will follow each of the performances.

Grammy-nominated country artist Ty Herndon brings 20 years of hits and the local debut of music from his latest album to The Folly Theater tonight. The concert, his first in KC in more than seven years, begins at 8 p.m. and tickets start at $20.

Saturday

Something wicked this way comes—that is if you’re harboring ill will against wine tastings and small plates. The Wicked Wine Walk offers guests opportunities to enjoy both 3-6 p.m. at seven participating venues, including Cleaver & Cork and Bristol Seafood Grill, along with live music on 14th Street and a souvenir glass. Definitely not wicked: A portion of proceeds benefit Boys Grow.

Instead of listening to Ira Glass during “This American Life,” mix things up and hear him in person tonight at the Muriel Kauffman Theatre. The creator of one of the country’s most beloved radio shows will talk about his program and how it’s put together, what makes a compelling story and how he and his staff are trying to push past the boundaries of broadcast journalism.

If you dream of cozying up with a furry companion this fall, now is the time to take the leap and adopt a pet. This Friday, Saturday and Sunday, Great Plains SPCA, Wayside Waifs and KC Pet Project are all offering $25 adoptions for the Mega-Match-A-Thon, the biggest adoption event of the year sponsored by the ASPCA and Subaru. Pet adoptions include the spay/neuter surgery, a microchip, deworming, age-appropriate vaccinations and 30 days of free pet insurance.

Sunday

The weekend is full of races, including two very different events happening today. Best balance beams, mud pits and other obstacles at the KC Timber Challenge course’s first-ever family run event, designed for kids 5 and up, or strut your stuff at the OVERRUN Ovarian Cancer Foundation’s 5K and 1-mile Teal Trail Walk.

The Coterie’s production of “The Miracle Worker” has won raves and it’s the last weekend to catch it. Telling the story of Helen Keller, deafblind since infancy, and Anne Sullivan, the teacher who helps her overcome the obstacles, every performance is fully accessible on two levels thanks to American Sign Language shadow interpretation and audio description by the acting company.

‘Tis the season to start your holiday shopping—if only for this weekend—with Junior League of Kansas City’s Holiday Mart. This year’s shopping extravaganza at Bartle Hall features gift possibilities from more than 200 shops and vendors. Once you’ve crossed all the names off your list, go ahead and buy something for yourself guilt free—as always, the event is a fundraiser supporting the Junior League’s community projects.

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