Though the city's name would seem to suggest otherwise, Independence residents must still—by law—interact with each other occasionally. Luckily, Independence Events Center serves to bring the community together, hosting everything from national concert tours to youth hockey leagues within its walls. Such stars as Kelly Clarkson have graced the stage within the 5,800-seat arena, also home to local sports teams such as the Central Hockey League's Missouri Mavericks and the Major Indoor Soccer League's Missouri Comets. Additionally, a community rink lets residents and nonresidents alike hit the ice for programs ranging from open-skating sessions and lessons to private rentals for Civil War reenactments.
Zipping at a faster pace and racking up higher scores than their grass-stained outdoor cousins, the iconic Missouri Comets streak through MISL play from the inner orbit of the new Independence Events Center. From their midfield seats, footsport fans can enjoy an unobstructed view as they brush up on their knowledge of indoor soccer, which features six players to a side, legal plays off of walled sidelines, and the frenzied neon lights of the multi-ball round. Visitors will get to cheer on the newly resurrected team led by former Danish soccer star Kim Roentved as they go head-to-head against the Chicago Riot or the Omaha Vipers—teams that weave Midwestern footwork narratives that rival the toe-typed tales of "Handless" Studs Terkel.
No Coast KC will assemble locally produced technology, art, food, and live entertainment in the midst of the Crossroads arts district, granting creative Kansas Citizens the opportunity to display their work to appreciative crowds. General-admission tickets grant access to a blocked-off stretch of 19th Street bookended by two stages sporting live entertainment, ranging from spoken-word artists to local bands to all-pigeon burlesque troupes. Street performers will roam the event acting out spontaneous small-group routines that could entertain attendees with circus acrobatics, choreographed dance, or digital art. An outdoor drink garden supplies thirsty ticketholders with coffee specialties from Mildred's Cafe as well as hand-muddled libations made by regional mixologists.
Silencing collection calls and burying bank statements in the backyard won't fix financial faux pas. Learn to pull yourself out of the red with today's penny-pinching Groupon. For $25, you'll get admission to Dave Ramsey's Total Money Makeover LIVE on Saturday, January 30, from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. at Reliant Arena.
In a city rich in jazz heritage, the Kansas City Jazz Orchestra culls some of the finest saxophonists, trumpeters, trombonists, and rhythm players from the local scene to revivify music from jazz's booming big-band era. During the "Tribute to Gerry Mulligan" concert, the orchestra revisits the legendary baritone saxophonist's repertoire, backed up by the musician's longtime rhythm section of bassist Dean Johnson and drummer Ron Vincent. Along with Miles Davis, Mulligan helped fuel the cool-jazz movement, inspiring other players to tone down their tempos, lighten the tones, and wear sunglasses at night. Although his songs marked a sophisticated revolution for the genre, they also contained gritty, soulful elements mimetic of Mulligan's edgy personal life, including a drug arrest that the Guardian named the 20th key event in the history of jazz music, coming in right behind the day Charlie Parker blew a newborn dove out of his saxophone.
Harrah’s VooDoo Lounge hosts distinguished evenings of upscale boogying on an immense dance floor bathed in light shows and thumping, DJ-spun beats. After stepping to the front of the line, VIP guests traipse to their velvet-roped private table, where servers present a bottle of wine or liquor such as Belvedere vodka, Tanqueray gin, or Captain Morgan rum. Patrons can combine their chosen libations with four complimentary cans of Red Bull and nonalcoholic mixers, or sample cocktail selections spilled forth from three bars and the glasses of compulsive hand wavers (not included with today’s Groupon). Rhythms of top 40 dance, house, and hip-hop lay the soundtrack as go-go dancers and silk aerialists illuminate the visual landscape with graceful athleticism and misplaced fabric swatches.