November is here, and the holiday season has been kicked off by Halloween. As we adjust to the cooling weather, we might begin to consider whether to bring the green bean casserole or the pumpkin pie to Thanksgiving or what credit card sign-on bonus will pay for this year’s Christmas gifts. What am I looking forward to most this week? A bag of salty, buttered popcorn and new film releases flickering across the big screen.
Sidewalk slackline shenanigans
My first attempt at a slackline was in Costa Rica on the beach. Despite my supreme athletic capabilities, it is nearly impossible to get two feet on the treacherous line, let alone walk or jump on it. UMKC is daring students to try their hand at this wobbly skill this Monday.
When: Monday, Nov. 1, 11 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Location: Swinney Recreation Center
More information: https://roogroups.umkc.edu/event/7425235
Tuesday night restaurant feature: Extra Virgin
Extra Virgin is one of my favorite dinner spots in KC for unique tapas like beef tongue and rabbit gnocchi. This Mediterranean restaurant offers a generous 50% off the bill on Wednesday nights for service industry folks. For the people of other professions, Tuesday night is a good bet to snag a table.
Category: Food & Drink
Kansas City Poetry Slam
The first Wednesday of the month, the Kansas City Poetry Slam takes place in the late hours at Blip Roasters coffee shop. Poets are chosen at random, and elimination rounds award the best poet of the evening with a cash prize.
Category: Arts & Entertainment
When: Wednesday, Nov. 3, 8 p.m.
Location: Blip Roasters
More information: https://www.kansascitypoetryslam.org/about
Jason Banks at the Kansas City Improv
Jason Banks has taken off on TikTok recently but is keeping it old school touring his hilarious stand-up comedy. Come see him perform at the Kansas City Improv for a night of laughter.
When: Thursday, Nov. 4, 7:30 p.m.
Location: The Kansas City Improv
Are you interested in space? Astro Hour is an informal forum where conversations about astronomy, space science and new scientific discoveries take place. All UMKC students are welcome to attend and learn something new about the curious cosmos.
When: Friday, Nov. 5, 1:30 p.m.
Location: Flarsheim Hall
More information: https://roogroups.umkc.edu/event/7210928
Paint your pet
Your furry friend deserves to be your artistic muse. Happy Trees Painting Co. has instructors ready to walk you through the intricate process of painting your pet, and the results will leave you in awe.
Category: Arts & Entertainment
When: Friday, Nov. 5, 7 p.m.
Location: Happy Trees Painting Co
The Pants Co. presents 30 Plays in 60 Minutes
This theatrical performance combines absurdity with pure talent. The Pants Co. will attempt to squeeze 30 original plays into one single hour, in an order chosen by the audience. Every show is totally unique with this spontaneous style of theatre.
When: Saturday, Nov. 6, 8 p.m.
Location: The Black Box
Movie night: “Last Night in Soho”
“Last Night in Soho” is a psychological thriller that will have us enthralled in the glamour of 1960s London, yet trembling in a story that promises to unfold down a dark and twisted path.
When: Sunday, Nov. 7, 6:30 p.m. or 9:00 p.m.
Location: Screenland Armour Theatre
More information: https://screenland.com/movie/last-night-in-soho