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Jazz History Tour & Other Weekend Possibilities

The sun sets on this pastrami sandwich, as Speak Sandwiches and Uncommon Stock are slated to close this weekend. (Brad Austin I Flatland)
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The Jazz History Tour ($25) begins at 9:30 a.m. Saturday. Chuck Haddix leads the walking tour in two parts that revolve around spots that were instrumental in jazz icon Charlie Parker’s life. There’s also a 2 p.m. chicken feed featuring fried chicken, Parker’s favorite food, at the Bruce R. Watkins Cultural Heritage Center.

The Lawrence Beer Co. (826 Pennsylvania St., Lawrence, Kansas) hosts its opening night party tonight at 5 p.m. It features a concert by the Mighty Mighty Bosstones and a collaboration beer made with Ska Brewing in the Warehouse Arts District.

The Monarch Cocktail Bar & Lounge’s grand opening at 4808 Roanoke Parkway is tonight at 5 p.m. You’ll find mixologist Kenny Cohrs behind the bar, and Theresia Ota is the executive chef. Both were most recently at Jax, the seafood restaurant just next door. The drink menu is a mix of classic, like signature Negroni, and inventive, like Kansas City Ice Water (a carbonated gin cocktail on draft). There are also bar bites, a lobster summer roll, caviar service and boozy ice cream sandwiches.

The Roasterie will open its doors today at the Lenexa Public Market (8750 Penrose Lane, Lenexa, Kansas). The new food hall in the Lenexa City Center will hold its grand opening Sept. 1. and counts Chewology, a dumpling shop; Foo’s Fabulous Cafe, Marilyn’s Mad Treats, and Topp’d Pizza among its tenants.

Roost Market is a craft shopping event with cocktails, Boulevard beer, and makers on Saturday and Sunday at Union Station. On the food side, look for Strongwater (shrubs and bitters) and Jojo’s Sriracha out of Denver. Tickets are $7 and good for both days. It’s free for kids under 12 years old.

The Arts & Crafts Film Fest is in full swing this weekend at the Screenland Armour. Consider checking out “Another Wolfcop,” which stars an alcoholic werewolf cop. That’s not a typo. The movie runs Saturday at 9:50 p.m.

Speak Sandwiches (1000 W. 25th St.) and its sister company Uncommon Stock are slated to close this Saturday. The sandwich shop and soup company are co-owned by Todd Schulte and Tracy Zinn, who also own and operate the Genessee Royale Bistro. You should strongly consider a pastrami sandwich before that happens.

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