Don’t worry, there’s no map required. | Photo via Pexels
Whether you’re eager to learn more about different cultures across the globe without stepping foot in an airport, or you want to spend your lunch break doing something other than scrolling social media — we’ve got a pretty neat activity for you to try.
Google Arts & Culture, a digital initiative to make the world’s art and culture more accessible, has partnered with 2,000+ cultural institutions and artists to create a free online platform with high-resolution images and videos of art and artifacts.
There’s no place like KC. Learn a little about Kansas and a little about Missouri... while learning a lot about both Kansas Cities via Google Arts & Culture’s ~5,000 photos and collections from spots like:
If “P. Sherman, 42 Wallaby Way, Sydney” has been stuck in your head since Disney’s “Finding Nemo” was released in 2003 — we’re right there with you. In lieu of a 15-hour flight, digitally travel across the globe by viewing Google Arts & Culture’s 3,400 images, 18 collections, and seven stories about the iconic New South Wales city. We especially recommend checking out the Sydney Opera House and the Biennale of Sydney collections.
Tree Lighting Ceremony | Friday, Nov. 17 | 6-8 p.m. | Ward Parkway Center, 8600 Ward Pkwy., Kansas City, MO | Free | Take photos with Santa and listen to live music performances by students before watching the 30-ft tree light up.
Roger Deakins LIVE In Conversation | Friday, Nov. 17 | 7 p.m. | Unity Temple, 707 W. 47th St. , Kansas City, MO | $65 | The Oscar winning cinematographer behind “Skyfall,” “True Grit,” and “The Shawshank Redemption” gives a glimpse into his career as he discusses + signs his new book.
Saturday, Nov. 18
Tai Chi in the Park | Saturday, Nov. 18 | 8:30-9:30 a.m. | Pendleton Arts Block, 2300 Independence Ave., Kansas City, MO | Free | Once you’ve finished a session you can head over to Core Coffee where your order is discounted by 20% for attending.
Sunday, Nov. 19
KC Pickleball Series Tournament | Sunday, Nov. 19 | 9 a.m. | Overland Park Racquet Club, 6800 West 91st St., Overland Park, KS | $70 | Grab your partner and your paddle for four round robin games followed by a single elimination tournament.
“Digging In” Film Screening | Sunday, Nov. 19 | 3-5 p.m. | Screenland Armour Theatre, 408 Armour Rd., North Kansas City, MO | Free | From KC filmmakers, “Digging In” travels around the country to understand who controls our food and whether our systems can adapt to a changing climate.
The Pinnacle Prize awarded two Kansas City humanitarians $100,000 each — no strings attached. Kyle Hollins, Founder and Executive Director of Lyrik’s Institution, was honored for his work with at-risk youths. Josh Henges, the City of KCMO’s first Houseless Prevention Coordinator, won for his work helping people experiencing homelessness.
Ahoy, mateys. Prairie Sailor Co. is officially open in downtown Mission. The 5811 Johnson Dr. shop sells outdoor clothes designed in-house as well as bike accessories. Swing by for bike rides at 10 a.m. on Sundays. (Shawnee Mission Post)
For the Swifties. A new McLain’s Market opens Monday, Nov. 20 at 15102 Travis St., Overland Park, KS. The bakery will also open a location next year at 1720 Swift St., North Kansas City, MO. The Travis and Swift street bakeries will offer breakfast bowls, wraps, and sweets. (Kansas City Star)
Coffee without the bitterness — that’s the experience newly opened Take Care hopes to provide. Located at 419 E. 18th. St, KCMO, the coffee shop asks for no tips and offers slightly larger portions than the standard. (Kansas City Star)
Shawnee Mission School District (SMSD) unveiled its preliminary open enrollment plan. The plan was created to comply with a new Kansas law which allows parents to enroll children in any public school, regardless of zone. A public hearing will be held at the Monday, Dec. 4 SMSD board meeting. (Shawnee Mission Post)
Prairie Village wants to put a lid on the pickleball jar. The city plans to dull the noise coming from courts at 7200 Windsor St., weighing options like an “acoustifence” and large vinyl sheets. The city will seek bids, then determine costs + next steps. (Shawnee Mission Post)
The College Baseball Hall of Fame Night of Champions will be hosted in Overland Park for the first time ever. The 2023 National Champions will be inducted at 6 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 15 at the Marriott (10800 Metcalf Ave). Tickets start at $250.
The Antioch Library is turning a new page. Officials announced the branch will close on Sunday, Jan. 28 to make way for the Merriam Plaza Library (6120 Slater St.). All materials will be transferred to the new library, which is set to open in spring 2024.
The Missouri Department of Conservation recently stocked several KC metro lakes with rainbow trout — which means its time to go fish. MO residents 15-65 need a fishing permit, starting at $13.
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I am super stoked about the Roger Deakins event happening today which we mentioned in the Events section. Too bad I’ll be out of town and missing it. One of you tell me how it is so I can live vicariously through you.