Arts & Entertainment in Independence

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In 1988, potter Michael Smith invited a small group of peers to his home to share ideas and further explore the art of clay manipulation. After just a few meetings, the group quickly grew to include around 70 craftspeople, who started meeting at the Kansas City Art Institute instead of inside Smith's giant conch shell. These regular get-togethers laid the groundwork for the initial incarnation of KC Clay Guild, a place where artists could socialize, buy materials in bulk, and learn from one another.

Now, the volunteer-run co-op is even larger. It occupies its own facility and has vastly expanded the number of services it provides. Amidst the changes, KC Clay Guild has remained true to its initial goals, guided by a mission statement to support the clay community. Artists of all skill levels enroll in classes that cover an array of techniques, such as wheel throwing, hand building, and slip casting. Members take part in regular meetings, open-studio time, and monthly shows, and visiting artists stop by to lead workshops and repair their ceramic automobiles. The guild even offers a scholarship to high-school seniors and hosts birthday parties, team-building exercises, and family-fun nights for casual potters.

200 W 74th St
Kansas City,
MO
US

Explorers Percussion specializes in all forms of drumming, be it drumset, hand percussion, timpani to xylophones. We offer lessons as well as an 8000sq foot retail space full of drumming equipment.

8050 Wornall Rd
Kansas City,
MO
US

We have been pouring candles since 1992 and loving every minute of it. Being self-taught, we use the wrong wax, wrong wick, WAY too much fragrance and it all works together in harmony to create the most fragrant, clean, happy candle you could ever find!

6231 Brookside Plz
Kansas City,
MO
US

You can strum a guitar while blowing a French horn and clinking your cymbal-knees together, but no one will pay a lick until you can play two full pianos at once. Today’s Groupon doubles your musicology with $20 worth of admission and beverages at Ernie Biggs Dueling Piano Bar for $10. Singing “Piano Man” is all well and good, but making it “Piano Men” is arguably better.

4115 Mill St
Kansas City,
MO
US

1111 S Broadway
Oak Grove,
MO
US

A nickel might not buy what it used to, but that doesn’t stop the folks at We B Nuts and Stuff from trying to recapture the charm of the golden age of candy stores. They satiate sweet teeth with an array of treats such as locally made chocolates, nuts and toffees, and dried fruit harvested from trees that were meticulously never watered. The team sells its confections individually or artfully assembled in gift baskets.

9437 Mission Rd
Overland Park,
KS
US