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Weekend Possibilities | Chiefs, Comedy and Lunar New Year Year of the Dragon

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Above image credit: The Lunar New Year celebration, Jan. 29, 2023, at The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art. (Dana Anderson | Media Services)
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The Chiefs are back in the AFC Championship game and a big watch party is set for Sunday afternoon at J. Rieger & Co. distillery.

Before the big game, weekend warriors can check out a few comedy shows, the annual Lunar New Year party at the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art or Whiskey Dynamite.

Friday, Jan. 26

7:30 a.m. – 3 p.m. Bloom Baking Co., 7500 College Blvd., is now open at Lighton Plaza in Overland Park. The local bakery’s third location sells the same sweets, savory breakfast bites and sandwiches that have treated Kansas City since 2010. Learn more about Bloom’s catering and delivery options online.

7 p.m. February is fast approaching, which means it’s time for the Rent’s Due! Comedy Show at Cinder Block Brewery, 110 E. 18th Ave. The North Kansas City brewery will serve the drinks, while local comedians Cassie Duncan, Dustin Slentz and Susanna Lee dish out laughs. There is no cover. Tips are appreciated.

8:30 p.m. Whiskey Dynamite is back at The Grand Theater at Crown Center, 2450 Grand Blvd. Quixotic touts Whiskey Dynamite as a “nonsensical neo-Western fantasy” in which “Americana takes a psychedelic sideroad” that blends acrobatics, interactive multimedia visuals and live music. Tickets are available starting at $60.

Saturday, Jan. 27

11 a.m. The state of Kansas turns 163 years old next week and Paola Free Library, 101 E. Peoria St., will celebrate early with a Kansas Legends and Folktales Presentation. Led by Jim Hoy from Humanities Kansas, the presentation will explore the Sunflower State’s most outrageous legends and folktales. Local musicians The Cowboys will play folk music at 1 p.m. The event is free.

11 a.m., 3 & 7 p.m. Three performances of Disney On Ice: Into the Magic will bring decades of beloved characters and their stories to life at T-Mobile Center, 1407 Grand Blvd., on Saturday. Prepare to be wowed as world-class ice skaters put their spin on stories like “Coco,” “Frozen,” “Beauty and The Beast,” “Moana” and more. Tickets to each show are available starting at $17, plus tax and fees.

7:30 p.m. Ira Glass, creator and host of the National Public Radio program “This American Life,” will speak at The Lied Center, 1600 Stewart Drive, in Lawrence, Kansas, on Saturday night. Tickets are available starting at $35 for adults and $19 for students/youth.

8 p.m. Comedian and podcast host Nikki Glaser’s The Good Girl Tour comes to Uptown Theater, 3700 Broadway Blvd., on Saturday night. The show will be a homecoming of sorts for Glaser, a graduate of the University of Kansas. You can familiarize yourself with her brand of comedy ahead of time with an episode of “The Nikki Glaser Podcast” or Glaser’s HBO comedy special “Good Clean Filth.”  Tickets are available starting at $40.50, plus tax and fees.

Sunday, Jan. 28

10 a.m. – 4 p.m. There’s a full day of activities and entertainment on deck for the Lunar New Year celebration at Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, 4525 Oak St. It’s the Year of the Dragon and the Nelson’s schedule of events includes a yo-yo demonstration, multiple dance and musical performances, including a K-Pop concert, plus Tai Chi and Tae Kwan Do demonstrations. Away from the stage, organizers plan for cultural conversations, hands-on art projects and special exhibits. The Lunar New Year celebration is free.

11 a.m. – 1 p.m. Kids can get ready for the Kansas City Chiefs game day with Face Painting & Balloon Art at Hy-Vee in Shawnee, 13550 W. 63rd St. After picking up snacks for the watch party, find SA Entertainment set up in the grocery store dishing out game faces and decorations ahead of kickoff between the Chiefs and Baltimore Ravens in the AFC Championship game at 2 p.m.

2 p.m. Fans can watch the Chiefs try to punch their ticket to the Super Bowl on Sunday afternoon at the Official Chiefs Watch Party at J. Rieger & Co., 2700 Guinotte Ave. KC Wolf, Chiefs cheerleaders and Chiefs alumni will be at the distillery providing the vibes. The Rieger will roll out its game day menu, offering discounted drinks and snacks from the kitchen. Be sure to grab a raffle ticket for the chance to win an autographed Skyy Moore or Leo Chenal football. Arrive early, seating is not guaranteed. The watch party is free.

Clarence Dennis is audience and digital content strategist with Flatland.

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