Bodies turn and twirl in the air, suspended from the rafters with colorful silks. Whether during a performance or class, the staff and students of Voler?Thieves of Flight Aerial Academy inspire awe with aerial dance and acrobatics. The academy?s professional ensemble includes ballet and modern dancers, along with circus artists, all of whom add their skills to lofty choreography on swings, silks, and hoops. The Voler ensemble has also performed at more than 30 notable locations including the Kansas city and Chicago fringe festivals and the Kansas City Renaissance Festival.
The academy?s primary purpose is teaching, of course, and three levels of classes instruct participants on the finer points of contorting on silks and practicing spirals, suspension, and falls.
The Westside Local Restaurant & Beer Garden satiates ravenous diners by utilizing an extensive selection of beer and a dinner menu that suggests drinks to complement each entree. Barons of the brewski can start by guzzling down a European beer, with intercontinental selections including Belgium's Hoegaarden ($6), Germany's Henniger Premium ($4), and Canada's Unibroue Ephermere Apple ($6). Domestic craft brews such as Kansas City's Boulevard Dry Stout ($6) and Bell's Two Hearted Ale ($5) from Michigan are also available for patriotic palates, as is a wide array of wines. Pair your barley pop with one of Westside Local's large entrees—the grilled chicken breast unites its poultry with a jalapeño-infused sweet potato hash ($19), and the grilled cheese sandwich, a melty amalgamation of brie, emmentaler, and white cheddar, leads gourmands on a gondola ride through cheesy canals ($9).
Sponsored by the ACF Kansas City Chef’s Association, the annual Best of Kansas City Chefs benefit lets guests meet and taste the signature dishes of the area's best culinary masterminds. This year’s food venues—which range from Jon Russell’s Barbeque to the Dark Horse Distillery—satisfy appetites with samples from some of Kansas City’s best restaurants, and pairs of celebrity chefs—including Kevin Gillespie from Bravo’s Top Chef and multiple James Beard nominee Colby Garrelts of bluestem Restaurant—throw down in epic duels between skillets. During the three-hour event, attendees may also participate in live and silent auctions for a chance to win a BeefEater two-burner grill from event sponsor Smoke 'n' Fire—a prize valued at $800.
With an extensive American-grill menu, 17 beers on tap, and daily food and drink specials, 64 Tavern & Grill is well equipped to handle game days. Most morsels are crafted from scratch in the kitchen, which produces four signature burgers, four specialty pizzas, and three sauces to smother on wings. As diners cut into chicken-fried chicken or 10-ounce, USDA Choice KC strip steaks, they gaze at high-definition flat screens to watch football games or groove to the tunes of live DJs, depending on the event calendar.
Bearing the name of its two owners, Nick & Nino's Pub is welcoming and unpretentious, serving up scratch-made food and cold craft beers on tap in a 7,000-square-foot loft-like space that hosts live music every Thursday, Friday, and Saturday night. Open from 11 a.m. to 2 a.m., the chefs serve up a menu of classic American pub fare, including hand-formed burgers and fries, the fan-favorite stuffed and fried mushrooms, and hefty entrees such as a 14 oz. ribeye.
The Wine Bar is all about opening up to possibilities. Delicious possibilities. During their tasting events, staffers pour out several samples of wine along with appetizers. That way?at the end of the evening?patrons will know which wine varietal warrants a full bottle to take home.