Full Moon Productions sends shivers and tickles of terror up spines with four haunted attractions. Classic- and contemporary-horror flicks jump off the screen into hair-raising reality at the Macabre Cinema, a 1930s movie palace that includes sets from Hellraiser and other movies. Frightful cinematic characters dwell among the seats and scrims, waiting to elicit particularly desperate screams from hapless couples that thought they were there to see Gigli. The Chambers of Edgar Allan Poe revisits the brilliant author’s ominous imagination inside an actual supposed haunted building, as profiled on the Discovery Channel’s Ghost Lab. The most horrifying excerpts from Poe’s famous tales are re-created to saddle visitors with unsettling sensations, such as being buried alive or moving back in with your parents.
Celebrating their 10th anniversary, the Kansas City T-Bones follow manager Tim Doherty as they attempt to smash their Central Division rivals and park the American Association title on their mantel. Kansas City baseball legend Frank White dons a #20 uniform all season long as the T-Bones first-base coach. Veteran offensive powerhouse Kala Ka’aihue looks to repeat last season's 22-home-run output, dispiriting opposing pitchers and making outfield walls desperately question their very purpose. Right-hander and Kansas City native Kyle Dahman also blazes back to the mound after a 2011 season of smoking opponents with his mid-90 mph fast ball and team second-best save record. The T-Bones will take on Central Division rivals from Sioux City and Gary as well as the 2009 league champion Lincoln Saltdogs, hoping to get to the playoffs to prove their mettle and get out of the September weddings of loose acquaintances.
Witness high-flying college teams making it rain from three-point range while defending shots with their armbrellas. Established in 1937, the inaugural NAIA Tournament has called Kansas City home for 74 years. Featuring 32 teams pivoting and sprinting atop a lustrous hardwood battlefield, it has grown to be known as the longest-running collegiate national championship tournament in the country, not counting the infamous Skull and Bones Underground Cavern Games that took George Washington's real teeth. This year’s tourney will feature several trophy-hungry NAIA teams, such as potential participants Martin Methodist College, Texas Wesleyan University, and NAIA top-ranked Mountain State. Behold a flurry of high-flying buzzer beaters and frustrating defensive schemes at the Kansas City tradition that has featured such big names as John Wooden, Dennis Rodman, and Terry Porter.
At Screenland, campy and classic are rarely mutually exclusive terms. The movie theater serves as a cinematic time machine, transporting spectators through the history of Hitchcock's mysteries and straight into the heyday of The Rocky Horror Picture Show. Though it also shows current titles, its schedule is often beholden to audience whims—the Crossroads location hosts new independent films that are uniquely screened at this sole location. This dual devotion to cherished and modern flicks helped Screenland earn the 2012 Readers' Choice award for Best Movie Theater from the Pitch.
Even outside the projection room, nostalgia rules. More than 40 games, from Donkey Kong to Missile Command, test dexterity at the Crossroads location's retro arcade, where guests can purchase passes to play indefinitely or until Frogger finally flags down a cab. Photographs taken by former Kansas City mayor Dick Berkley accompany historical trivia in the adjacent gallery, and celebrity handprints mark the outdoor patio. Greeting cinephiles out front is a marquee salvaged from the Isis Theatre, just as it once greeted a young Walt Disney when he shared his early animations there.
Wedding receptions and corporate meetings alike have taken advantage of the theater's capacity for private functions. At both exclusive and public events, however, a full-service bar supplies guests with libations, cracking open bottles of Boulevard Pale Ale and Tallgrass Velvet Rooster.
Associate conductor Steven Jarvi channels the combined melodious might of the Kansas City Symphony and Symphony Chorus, KC Brass, Allegro Children’s Choir, and Rezound Handbell Ensemble through an all-new holiday celebration of sound. Mobs of merry musicians, rumored to include 12 drummers drumming and a possible 11 pipers piping, will feed hungry ossicles symphonic arrangements of Christmas traditions. Families coasting on waves of Yuletide joy will yearn to sing along with timeless carols perfected by years of door-to-door focus testing. To complete each holly-jolly evening, Santa Claus himself will make an appearance to play a 30-minute free jazz solo on his signature fur-fringed soprano saxophone.
Sporting Kansas City enthralls fans with powerful punts and nimble goalkeeping as it seeks to defend its season-long success at home. Attendees will enjoy prime views of the goals, gasping during high-stakes penalty kicks and vultures' attempts to seize the opposing team's out-of-breath halfbacks. This season, star Omar Bravo—one of the most decorated players from superstar Mexican squad Chivas Guadalajara—leads KC with four goals after 21 games, and Danish goalkeeper Jimmy Nielsen prevents soccer balls and extremely lost badminton birdies from entering the net, sporting 50 saves in more than 1,300 minutes played. Defender Matt Besler, the fans' selection for this year's MLS All-Star Game, promises to valiantly shield the goal box during his quest to head the ball to the moon.