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Weekend Possibilities | KU Watch Party in Lawrence, Bar K Beer Fest and ‘Jesus Christ Superstar’

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Above image credit: Bar K Beer Fest is Saturday. (Courtesy | Bar K)

College basketball’s biggest weekend (featuring KU), beers and man’s best friend and the beloved “Jesus Christ Superstar” on stage at the Kauffman Center make for a full weekend in and around Kansas City.

Friday, April 1

5 – 7 p.m. First Fridays at CityDogs is back for 2022. What better way to enjoy the end of the work week than with your four-legged friend? Make plans to join pups and people alike at CityDogs, 2001 Walnut St., where the Touring Taps truck will be dishing out drinks and the dogs can play.

6 – 9 p.m. Bring your own chair for Lenexa Public Market’s, 8750 Penrose Lane, Friday Night Sound Bites featuring tunes from The Suburbans. The free, family-friendly night out at the market will have bites from participating merchants and local food truck Danny’s Burger Shack. The Suburbans plan to set up in the LPM Lower Commons. There is no pre-registration or tickets required.

6 – 11 p.m. Local label Manor Records will have a soft opening for its new nonprofit record store and neighborhood bar on Strawberry Hill in Kansas City, Kansas, 401 N. 6th St. Plans for the evening include beats by DJ Tito Fuego, plenty of vinyl to pick through and drinks at the bar. There is no cover charge.

Saturday, April 2

10 – 11:30 a.m. Anita B. Gorman Conservation Discovery Center, 4750 Troost Ave., is inviting little ones out for Saturday morning Target Archery Classes. Open to children ages 9 or older, the classes will include a lesson in archery basics, safety tips and equipment care. The classes are free to attend.

Noon. The Kansas Jayhawks take on the Villanova Wildcats in Saturday night’s NCAA Men’s Final Four and Lawrence should be buzzing. If a trip to Massachusetts Street to watch the big game sounds like a good time, there are multiple watch parties coming to The Granada Theater, 1020 Massachusetts St. Fans can look forward to large indoor and outdoor screens and concert-quality audio, face painting, games and more. Doors for the indoor party open at 2 p.m. with a $5 cover. The outdoor watch party is free before 4 p.m. After that, the cover is $5. Outdoor gates open at Noon.

1 – 4 p.m. Kansas City’s premiere dog-friendly beer fest is set for Saturday afternoon at Bar K, 501 Berkley Parkway. Reserve your spot for Bar K Beer Fest: Unleashed & Untapped, where humans will taste more than 50 selections of local, national, seasonal and limited-edition brews, seltzers and canned cocktails. While the people drink, pups will enjoy unlimited play time in the dog park to the tunes of 77 Jefferson and DJ Hydan all day long. General admission tickets are $35. VIP tickets, granting access to all sorts of goodies go for $65. Be sure to check online for details.

2 and 7:30 p.m. Celebrating its 50th Anniversary, Jesus Christ Superstar returns to Kansas City and the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts, 1601 Broadway Blvd. Fans can witness the legendary score and story of the final weeks of Jesus Christ’s life from the perspective of Judas. Tickets start around $80, plus taxes and fees, for both the matinee and evening performances.

Sunday, April 3

2 – 4 p.m. Kansas City’s LGBTQ+ Short Play Showcase is back at Unity Performing Arts Center, 707 W. 47th St., with a new slate of performances planned for the season. Tickets to Alphabet Soup are $20 and grant access to five short performances in the lower level of Unity Temple on the Plaza. Many of the performances include adult themes. Check online for a preview of each performance.

7 p.m. There’s an opportunity to let out your inner darkness Sunday with Goth Karaoke at Vignettes Bar, 2376 Armour Road. The North Kansas City pop-up space will put out the spooky vibes all night, as the brave belt out their favorite songs, most likely wearing black. Don’t forget to dress the part.

Flatland contributor Clarence Dennis also is a social media manager for 90.9 The Bridge.

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