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Boulevardia 2024: Kansas City's ultimate urban music fest rocks Crown Center
Catie Walker, Staff Writer • June 20, 2024

Kansas City partied last weekend on Grand Boulevard at Crown Center for Boulevardia 2024, KC’s largest urban street music festival. The...

Taking place from June 7-9, the event featured performers, businesses and other organizations.
Kansas City PrideFest: A vibrant celebration of love and acceptance
Catie Walker and Evelyn BergerJune 11, 2024

  Kansas City celebrated the LGBTQ+ community at the 47th annual PrideFest and parade this weekend at Theis Park.    “Pride gives the...

Courtesy of Rosanne Wickman
Remembering G. Fred Wickman: Journalist, Professor and Mentor
Melissa Reeves, Guest Writer • May 16, 2024

On April 27, 2024, former Kansas City Star columnist, UMKC professor and U-News (now called Roo News) advisor G. Fred Wickman passed away after...

Kansas City has a chance to advance to the Summit League Championship for the first time since 2011.
Roos Softball Advances to Championship Semifinal
Zach Gunter, Sports Editor • May 10, 2024

  Kansas City has thrilled viewers in the first three games of the Summit League Softball Championship.   Entering as the third seed,...

A picture of the posters on the University Walkway.
UMKC Students Received University Pushback at Pro-Palestine Protest
Aurora Wilson and Maisy BlantonApril 29, 2024

  Over 150 students showed up to participate in a protest in solidarity with Palestine and other protests across the nation on Monday.   Around...

What’s Up, Joeli? Nov. 15-21

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

We are nearing Thanksgiving break and preparing to spend the holiday with family. Campus will be deserted for a spell, so this week is about spending time at Volker with fellow schoolmates before heading back home. 

On a commuter campus, we might overlook college as a place where fun can occur. Sticking noses in books doesn’t have to be the only activity we participate in at university. Though UMKC may not have a football team or rich Greek life, we do have dedicated students and faculty that organize exciting events each week that we should consider working into our free time. 

This is the college experience, as they call it.

(Element5 Digital)

Friendsgiving canned food drive

This UMKC Friendsgiving will be a combination of fun, food and philanthropy. Guests are asked to contribute to the charity by providing at least one item of canned food when arriving at the celebration of thanks.

Category: Food & Drink

When: Monday, Nov. 15, 11 a.m.

Location: UMKC School of Nursing and Health Studies

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Intramural pickleball

Pickleball lies somewhere between tennis, ping pong and wiffle ball, making it the ultimate intramural sport to play for some light fun. Bring your skills or lack-thereof to the court for some social competition on campus. 

Category: Sports

When: Tuesday, Nov. 16, Noon

Location: Swinney Recreation Center

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(GIO Gix)

Learn embroidery

Looking for a meaningful Christmas gift that won’t break the bank? Learn to embroider this Wednesday and begin crafting custom clothing for your loved ones this holiday season. I recommend scooping up some second-hand jeans and tees for your working canvases.

Category: Art

When: Wednesday, Nov. 17, 2:30 p.m.

Location: Student Union

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Thanksgiving murder mystery dinner

There is nothing that gets me hungry for roasted turkey like a juicy murder. Join others students for a mysterious evening of murder mystery and a Thanksgiving feast at the Atterbury Student Success Center.

Category: Food & Entertainment

When: Thursday, Nov. 18, 6 p.m.

Location: Atterbury Student Success Center

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Friday night restaurant feature: The Antler Room

The Antler Room is up there with the greatest restaurants in Kansas City. Husband and wife duo Nicholas and Leslie Goellener craft small plates that are almost too beautiful to eat — emphasis on almost. Their staple pairing for the food artistry is natural wines from pét-nats to grower champagnes.

Category: Food & Drink

When: Friday, Nov. 19, 5 p.m.-10 p.m.


(anime avenue)

Saturday movie night: “Spirited Away” 20th anniversary

Spirited Away has been long considered one of the best animated movies of all time since its release in 2001. This week we celebrate the film’s 20-year anniversary at the Screenland Armour Theatre with a reshowing on the big screen. If you love anime, this is a must-see classic.

Category: Entertainment

When: Saturday, Nov. 20, 2 p.m.

Location: Screenland Armour

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N0rmal is a show that discusses topics of mental illness while putting on a spectacular performance of pop music and circus arts. The combination of dance, aerial and acrobatics is an artistic portrayal of the distractions and communication tactics we use when dealing with depression and anxiety. Their mission is to make conversations surrounding mental health normal.

Category: Entertainment

When: Saturday, Nov. 20, 7 p.m.

Location: City Stage at Union Station

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(The Truman)


lovelytheband is an indie-pop band that will make an appearance this Sunday at the Truman. Lately, the Truman has become my favorite music venue for its intimate setting and, simultaneously, the ability to house so much energy. Come see this band sing about all things we were too afraid to say out loud.

Category: Music

When: Sunday, Nov. 21, 7:30 p.m.

Location: The Truman

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