What’s Up, Joeli? Oct. 4-Oct. 10

Here is your curated itinerary for the week. You’re welcome. (Daniel Thomas)

Joeli Toscano

You know it’s October when nearly every event for the week is outside. This week is all about connecting with new people and new cultures right at home. I moved to Kansas City only two years ago, and prior to that I could not have pointed to it on a map. Now I think it may be the greatest American city to live in (a hot take, I know). We are surrounded by food from every nook of the planet, festivals are popping up all over town celebrating a different heritage, and at work I hear five languages a day I cannot understand a lick of. Being a tourist in the place you live is fascinating, and I have been shocked at the diversity of culture one can find in the center of the United States.

(Randy Fath)

Student Org Spirit Week: Board game cafe

Student Organization Spirit Week kicks off this Monday with board games on the rooftop of the Student Union. Join other students for a cup of steaming hot coffee in the morning and some light fun while discussing all there is to know about UMKC’s student organizations. Check in with RooGroups for more ways to celebrate student organizations all week long.

Category: Entertainment

When: Monday, Oct. 4, 11 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

Location: Student Union

More information: https://roogroups.umkc.edu/event/7372076 

(Visit KC)

Tuesday night restaurant feature: La Bodega

Nestled comfortably under the bustling Interstate 35, any Kansas Citian can find themselves smack-dab in the heart of Northern Spain at La Bodega. A small bowl of assorted olives and a crisp glass of Cava is the way I like to begin an evening of round-by-round tapas. Get an early start from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. for happy hour deals and don’t forget to check out their newest culinary venture, Blu Hwy on Main Street in South Plaza. 

Category: Food & Drink

Happy hour: Monday – Friday, 2 p.m. – 6 p.m.

Location: Southwest Boulevard

Menu: https://labodegakc.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/05/DinnermenuSpring2021-2.pdf 

(Sydney Rae)

KC Crew golf pickup

Print out a stack of resumes and shove them in your golf bag for this networking event. Every Wednesday morning, KC Crew hosts a golf game for people looking to make new connections around town and lovers of the sport. Golf balls historically have been stellar at shattering 

windshields, now we put them to the test on breaking the ice.

Category: Sports

When: Wednesday, Oct. 6, 8 a.m. – 10 a.m.

Location: Heart of America Golf Course

More information: https://kccrew.com/pickup/golf/ 

(Wallpapers DSC)

Concert: St. Vincent with Ali Macofsky

This one was an unexpected find for me this week. I hadn’t heard of St. Vincent prior to our involuntary run-in on Grinders KC’s website, but this is where writing an events’ column could have led me into a lifelong fandom. I was both rocked and rolled sitting on my living room couch listening to her genre-nonconforming style, and I look forward to the real deal this Thursday.

Category: Music

When: Thursday, Oct. 7, 8 p.m.

Location: Grinders KC

Tickets and information: https://www.ticketmaster.com/st-vincent-kansas-city-missouri-10-07-2021/event/06005AB88D9027CB 

(Blox Images)

Comedy show: One Night with Nikki Glaser 

Nikki Glaser is a woman of many verbal arenas. She is the voice of a television show, podcast and a comedia working to wring out laughs on stage. We all could use a little laughter in our lives, so come on out!

Category: Entertainment

When: Friday, Oct. 8, 7 p.m.

Location: Uptown Theater

Tickets and information: https://www.ticketmaster.com/event/06005A9AA7FB2955

(Unico KC)

Festa Italiana

Festa Italiana is only a natural place to find an Italian lady like me on the weekend. They have this event mapped out hour-by-hour with a range of activities. A meatball eating contest (sounds like a choking hazard, but a tasty one at that), live music, cannoli eating contest, Catholic mass and a disco experience are just some of the festivities that will take place.

Category: Food & Drink

When: Friday, Oct. 8, 5 p.m. – 11 p.m. / Saturday, Oct. 9, 11 a.m. – 11 p.m. / Sunday, Oct. 10, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Location: Zona Rosa’s North Park

Tickets and information: https://unicokc.wordpress.com/home-3/festaitaliana/ 

(Ciff Calgary)

Saturday movie night: “Donnie Darko”

When a demon rabbit named Frank tells you the world will end in 28 days, proceed with caution. This eerie classic will be shown in the back parking lot of the Screenland Armour Theatre. Bring a lawn chair, a blanket and a date for this cozy flick under the stars.

Category: Entertainment

When: Saturday, Oct. 9, 7:30 p.m.

Location: Screenland Armour Theatre

More information: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/backyard-movies-donnie-darko-tickets-166836980901?aff=ebdsoporgprofile 

(Boulevard Brewing Co.)


This Latin American spin on a German tradition is a great charitable way to wrap up the week. The event is a benefit for the Mattie Rhodes Center and will consist of bingo, arts and crafts, an evening of live music from The Three Amigos KC Mariachi Band, an assortment of food, and the annual masskrugstemmen stein-holding competition.

Category: Food & Drink

When: Sunday, Oct. 10, 11 a.m. – 6 p.m.

Location: Boulevard Brewing Co.

Tickets and information: https://www.boulevard.com/event/8th-annual-oktoberfiesta-benefit-for-the-mattie-rhodes-center/ 

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