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Weekend Possibilities | Panic Fest, Brookside Brunch, The Globetrotters Have A Ball

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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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North Kansas City’s freaky film festival brings screams to the screen this weekend with Panic Fest at Screenland Armour. Spring’s social butterflies might also enjoy brunch in Brookside, First Friday in the Crossroads or a day at “The K.”

Friday, April 5

Noon – 11 p.m. Panic Fest is underway at Screenland Armour, 408 Armour Road. The horror, thriller and sci-fi film festival will screen more than 100 short and feature films, both online and in person at the North Kansas City theater. Be sure to check out the full schedule for filmmaker sessions and live podcast recordings. A virtual online-only pass is $135. Single film tickets are $15, plus tax and fees.

7 p.m. If you make it out for First Friday in the Crossroads, stop by Double Shift Brewing Co.’s, 412 E. 18th St., Happier Hour. From 7 p.m. to close, get $1 off select draft pours and enjoy live music from Maggie Boone. If beer isn’t your thing, Equal Minded Cafe plans to pop up with craft drinks of their own. Happier Hour is free to attend.

8 p.m. Tommy Prine is playing tunes from his debut 2023 album, “This Far South,” at Knuckleheads, 2715 Rochester Ave., Friday night. The son of the late legendary songwriter John Prine will play the East Bottoms venue with support from folk and roots singer-songwriter Kiely Connell. Tickets are $20.

Saturday, April 6

9 a.m. – 1 p.m. Time for a little spring cleaning? Un-Dumpster Day at South Broadland Presbyterian Church, 7850 Holmes Road, should help with de-cluttering. Local nonprofits will be there to collect used clothing, furniture and other household items that can be put to use. The free services include document shredding, used tire disposal and electronics recycling. Check out the full list of accepted items online in advance.

10 a.m. – 1 p.m. The Brookside Brunch Walk will make its debut Saturday morning across multiple locations near the Brookside Shops, 63rd Street and Brookside Boulevard. Restaurants like Red Door Grill, Brookside Barrio and Meddy’s Brookside are offering brunch/lunch deals during the walk. Both alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages can be found at Michael Forbes Bar & Grille, The Roasterie and The Grove Spa. Be sure to check out the full list of participating businesses in advance. Brookside Toy & Science will be set up outside with activities for kids.

10 a.m. – 6 p.m. The 16th Annual Wyandotte County Ethnic Festival at Pierson Community Center, 1800 South 55th St., will celebrate the diversity and “common humanity” shared by the cultures that live, work or go to school in Wyandotte County. Stop by to check out dozens of culture booths, on-stage performances by local musicians and dance groups and fill up on authentic cuisine from around the globe. A full list of performances and vendors is available online.

11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m. Saturday’s Nuestro Legado, or “Our Legacy,” series discussion at the Kansas City Museum, 3218 Gladstone Blvd., will focus on the Influence of Mexican Art on Artistic Styles in the U.S. Guadalajara teacher, designer, artist, author and wife of the late Dr. Jorge E. Fregoso Torres, Rebeca Cortés Valdez, will lead the discussion. The program is free with an RSVP. Space is limited.

2 p.m. The Harlem Globetrotters will once again take on their regular rivals in the Washington Generals on the court at T-Mobile Center, 1407 Grand Blvd. If the Globetrotters pull off the victory, it will be the usual blend of the elite athletic and dunking ability, precision shot making and hilarious crowd interplay that take them there. Tickets are available starting at $30, plus tax and fees.

Sunday, April 7

10 a.m. – 6 p.m. Paris Banh Mi Café Bakery,1106 Westport Road, is open in Westport and the chain’s first Kansas City location serves a little bit of everything. Paris Banh Mi’s menu offers a handful of different banh mis and other sandwiches, in addition to French treats and pastries, plus specialty drinks like boba teas and slushes.

1:10 p.m. It’s baseball season in Kansas City and on Sunday the Royals will wrap up a four-game series against the White Sox with a day game at Kauffman Stadium, 1 Royal Way. If you’re bringing the family, check out the Sunday 4-Pack, which includes four tickets, four hotdogs, four sodas and a parking pass starting at $60. Kids under the age of 14 can run the bases for free following the game.

Clarence Dennis is audience and digital content strategist with Flatland.

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