Leukemia & Lymphoma Society Man & Woman of the Year
A number of local fundraisers battle for one of the city’s most noteworthy titles. The honors go to the man and woman who raise the most money for blood cancer research during the competition’s 10-week fundraising campaign. David Tripp and Amanda Holland took last year’s titles, and the winners in this year’s 27-member field, which includes Sporting KC’s Matt Besler, will be announced during a 6 p.m. ceremony at Harrah’s Casino in North Kansas City. Food and drink and live and silent auctions will also be part of the evening. This is an invite-only event, but information on how to donate to the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society can be found at mwoy.org.
Street League DC Pro Tour
FRIDAY AND SATURDAY
Kansas City skateboarder Sean Malto edged out phenom Nyjah Huston to nab last year’s Street League title with a convincing victory. He’ll look to duplicate that success when the event hits the Sprint Center for a two-day competition this weekend. Event prelims kick off at 7 p.m. Friday, with 24 skaters, including Huston, Paul Rodriguez and Chris Cole, slated to participate. There’s a semifinal at 7:15 p.m. Saturday and at 8 p.m., the top eight skaters will compete in the finals. Tickets for Friday’s prelim round start at $17, with Saturday tickets starting at $27. VIP passes, which get you floor seating and access to an autograph session with skate legend Rob Dyrdek, are $179 at sprintcenter.com.
Turn to page 16 for more on Malto and the competition.
Downtown Art Annual
FRIDAY THROUGH SUNDAY
The district known as one of Kansas City’s wildest gets a temporary makeover this weekend when local, regional and national artists set up shop for the fifth annual
downtown art festival. Items start at $15, and you’ll find pottery, paintings, woodwork, jewelry and more. The free event runs 5-9 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Saturday and
More than 50 craft breweries and 250 craft beers will be featured, with representatives to provide background information on the brews. Boulevard Brewing Co., Tommyknocker and Dark Horse Craft Distillery are among those participating in the festival, which runs from 2 to 6 p.m. in a tented beer garden near the Well and Lew’s Grill and Bar in Waldo. Food trucks will be on site throughout the day, and the winners of the Hopfest Home Brewer of the Year competition will be announced as part of the afternoon’s festivities. Advance tickets are $30, and a $50 VIP ticket will get you early access to the festival and samples of five special-release beers.
Go to waldowell.com for more information and a complete list of participating breweries.
‘BURN THE FLOOR’
FRIDAY THROUGH SUNDAY
Friday through Sunday in the Muriel Kauffman Theatre at the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts
It’s sort of like “Dancing With the Stars,” only good. The world’s top ballroom dancers join forces to perform 10 high-energy dances — five standard, five Latin-infused numbers — in Kansas City’s prime performance arts venue. The show, which features such dances as the waltz and the cha cha, runs from Friday to Sunday in the Muriel Kauffman Theatre at the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts. Tickets range from $41-$86 at kauffmancenter.org or by calling the box office at 816.994.7222.