Quality Hill Playhouse parts its curtains through October 23 for Noël and Gertie, devised by Sheridan Morley and featuring the words and music of Noël Coward. One of six musicals and cabaret revues the theater puts on annually, Noël and Gertie is based on Coward's own diaries and musical compositions and delves into the friendship of two former stage personalities, Noël Coward (Robert Gibby Brand) and Gertrude Lawrence (Melinda MacDonald). The witty and occasionally heartfelt performance celebrates the fun and sophistication of the roaring '20s without the drawback of state-mandated lessons to learn the Charleston. Quality Hill Playhouse's intimate 153-seat theater ensures patrons don't miss a single sight or sound, and the newly renovated lobby bristles with casual elegance. Multiple performances take to the stage each week in order to accommodate busy schedules and revisit important plot points for forgetful goldfish.
The Brick serves American-style cuisine in the middle of Kansas City's Crossroads district. None of the fare at The Brick is low-fat, so you'll have to put the diet aside for a visit here. The Brick has a BYOB policy, so feel free to share a bottle of your best wine or bring your favorite six-pack. With The Brick's wide selection of refreshments available, you can tap into the drink menu early in the evening. Parents appreciate The Brick's kid-friendly attitude, and little ones are often seen dining out with the adults. Make those early evening hours happy ones and swing by for some discounted food and drink deals after work. There's no need to winnow the guest list for a night out at The Brick — the restaurant has tons of space for big parties. For no extra charge, utilize The Brick's free wifi. Live musical acts often perform, and guests take advantage of the spacious dance floor. A relatively loud restaurant, this is not the place for a quiet night out.
Weekend visitors to the restaurant should prepare for crowds as well as the occasional line for a table. It doesn't get much more laid-back than The Brick, so dress for comfort when you come. For those in a hurry, the restaurant lets you take your meal or snack to go. A catering menu is also available if you're looking to dazzle the diners at your next shindig.
Bring your car to dinner and easily find a space in the area — street parking is available, as is a nearby lot.
There's no need to spend a fortune on a delicious meal at The Brick — most prices are under $15. You can pay with Visa, Mastercard, Discover, American Express or any major credit card. Stop by for breakfast, lunch, or dinner — The Brick serves up all three meals.
The next time you’re at Paul & Jack’s Tavern, sidle up to the bar and ask the local sitting next to you to describe the tavern’s original owners. Following an initial smile, you’re likely to be met with a blank stare. That’s because brothers Paul and Jack founded their eponymous bar and grill all the way back in 1948—a time when North Kansas City still lacked a laid-back tavern where the neighborhood’s diverse crowd could gather for live entertainment and old-fashioned American burgers and chili.
Though the tavern’s popularity has climbed steadily in the six decades since the brothers opened their doors for business, its menu remains a testament to mid-century Americana. The dining room tends to be rowdiest around lunchtime, when crowds descend to sample footlong hot dogs, deli sandwiches, and bowls of chili still made according to a 50-year-old recipe. Later in the evening, after dinners of USDA Choice steaks and deep-fried catfish, guests can head out to the enclosed back patio and throw bouquets of hot wings at the live-music performers they most enjoy.
Most orchestras have 80?100 members, but a true chamber orchestra is smaller. The 10?33 instrumentalists that take the stage at the KCCO's concerts harken back to the small-ensemble, pretzel-stick-baton days of Bach, Mozart, Handel, and Vivaldi. The orchestra pays further tribute to these artists by regularly performing their works in addition to more unconventional programs: they've collaborated with artists as diverse as Paul Mesner Puppets, Owen/Cox Dance, and the Kansas City Chorale. Led by Music Director/Conductor Bruce Sorrell, KCCO is celebrating its 27th season of concerts.