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Weekend Possibilities | Juneteenth, Father’s Day And Pride Marking the Summer Solstice in Style

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Above image credit: Panic Fest returns to Screenland Armour this week for six days of thrillers, horror and sci-fi short and feature films. (Contributed | Screenland Armour)
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Online or in person, summer solstice weekend in Kansas City calls for all sorts of celebration.

Friday, June 19

6:30 p.m. Fans of Hollywood jack-of-all-trades Jordan Peele are in for a treat Friday evening at Screenland Armour in North Kansas City, 408 Armour Road. The theater will show a double screening of Peele’s horror-comedy-thriller hybrids “Us” and “Get Out.” Tickets to the 219 minutes of film plus an intermission are $20.

7 – 8:30 p.m. InterUrban ArtHouse is inviting anyone and everyone to a digital exhibition dubbed the Queer Experience, a virtual showcase of visual art, music, spoken word and performances from members the LGBTQ community. The show will open with a performance from local singer-songwriter Ivory Blue. The stream is accessible through the InterUrban ArtHouse Facebook and website.

9:15 p.m. Boulevard Drive-In, 1051 Merriam Lane, Kansas City, Kansas, is up and running for its 70th season with plans to show classic films while the movie industry has been put on pause during the COVID-19 pandemic. The drive-in will screen 1984 film “Footloose” on Friday night at half capacity and with special rules in place for high-touch surface areas like restrooms. Admission is $10. Children under the age of 11 get in free. Boulevard Drive-In is cash only.

Saturday, June 20

Noon. Twenty years of live music in the East Bottoms is worth celebrating. Knuckleheads Saloon, 2715 Rochester Ave., Kansas City, Missouri, is throwing a 20th anniversary party the only way they know how. A day of live music kicks off with Levee Town at noon, with the weekly blues jam to follow before a ticketed portion featuring music from Louis John Lipari, the Instamatics, Paul Thorn and Danielle Nicole Band. Tickets start at $30.

7:30 a.m. – Noon Area cyclists are coming together Saturday morning for the Juneteenth Bicycle Tour, a group ride to celebrate the holiday marking the emancipation of the last remaining slaves of the Confederacy in 1865. The tour will be about 19 miles at a relatively easy pace, with a few marked stops along the way at Kaw Point, Freedom Mall and the Quindaro Townsite. The tour will also provide some historical context when it comes to the emancipation in Kansas City. Be sure to bring water, a helmet and your wallet for a few tasty pit stops at black-owned local businesses like Gates, Smaxx and Arthur Bryants. Joining the ride is free.

The historic 18th & Vine district was the scheduled home for in-person Juneteenth celebrations (Cody Boston | Flatland KC)

Digital workshops in celebration of Juneteenth in Kansas City are scheduled for throughout the month of June. Saturday’s online workshops will include a discussion with Mayor Quinton Lucas on local COVID-19 issues, Protesting Through the Arts, The Death of Malcolm X, a writing workshop with author LeAndrea Mack and many more. Be sure to check online for more Juneteenth happenings in Kansas City.

Sunday, June 21

11 a.m. – 9 p.m. Bristol, 51 E. 14th St., Kansas City, Missouri, is cheersing the dads out there with a special Father’s Day Menu available for both carryout and dine in. The seafood and steak kitchen is rolling out a fixed-price, three-course meal for $52 per person, plus $10 Manhattans from the bar. If you don’t feel like dining in, call and ask for the carryout option. Meal kits for two are available, containing Bristol seasoning, yukon mashed potatoes, biscuits, two slices of carrot cake and a choice of steak, scallops or filets.

Noon – 5 p.m. If your old man is a car guy, an afternoon at the KC Auto Museum is a no-brainer for Father’s Day. Dads get into the museum for free all weekend long, where early Chevys will be the featured display throughout the month of June. Be sure to book a tour online as visits are appointment only. Adult tickets are $9. Youth tickets are $7. Virtual museum exhibits are also available.

Noon – 6 p.m. Twisted Vineyard in Lawrence, Kansas, 24305 Loring Road, also has special plans for dads, with its Father’s Day Family Fishing & Outdoor Fun event. Fathers are invited to enjoy the outdoors with free catch-and-release fishing (bring your own fishing rod), food available for purchase, plus drinks. Leashed pets are allowed. Non-dads can fish for $5.

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