Kansas City Connection: A new place for pigging out
Unless you’re headed to the riverboat casinos to gamble or to Knuckleheads Saloon to see a concert, there probably aren’t a lot of good reasons to visit the East Bottoms of Kansas City. At least not until Pigwich opened last spring.
Pigwich is the food stand extension of Local Pig, the highly regarded butcher shop opened by chef Alex Pope in 2012. While Local Pig itself serves a delicious variety of sausages, steaks and specialty cuts, you have to wait until you get home to cook and eat them, a prospect that even the most patient meat-eater can find unbearable while perusing the charcuterie’s mouth-watering selections.
With Pigwich, a sort of permanent food truck in the back lot at 2618 Guinotte, visitors can immediately dig into sandwiches that include a cheese steak, a 1/3 pound cheeseburger, a falafel sandwich (no meat, but served with a delicious olive paste and tzatziki) and a meaty take on the Vietnamese bahn mi sandwich, as well as rotating specials.
With a drink and a side of homemade chips, a meal at Pigwich runs about $8, and there are benches and picnic tables to eat at on site. The food stand is open from 10:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. seven days a week.
Celebration at the Station
This Sunday, Union Station is hosting Celebration at the Station, the largest free Memorial Day weekend event in the Midwest, which begins at 8 p.m. in front of the station.
The centerpiece of the annual event is the Kansas City Symphony, which will be performing patriotic favorites under the direction of Michael Stern. Special guests include the Texas Tenors, General Richard B. Myers, actor Jim Birdsall and the Air Force Band of Mid-America Brass Ensemble.
The celebration concert will be followed up by a fireworks show over Liberty Memorial, and the whole event will be broadcast live on KCPT and shown again on the Fourth of July. Coolers, blankets and lawn chairs are welcome, but glass containers and pets are not allowed.
Nearby, the Jiggle Jam family fun festival will engulf Crown Center with an expansive array of stages, bouncy castles, activities booths and more.
Over 25 musical acts will be performing at the Jiggle Jam, which is essentially a Lollapalooza for little ones. The Jam runs Saturday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
On Friday, Tony Bennett, the winner of 17 Grammy Awards who is often referred to as “the world’s most boyish octogenarian,” will perform at the Muriel Kauffman Theatre in the Kauffman Center. His daughter, Antonia, who has been singing with her father for most of her life, will open the evening with a set of jazz and pop standards. Tickets start at $110 for the 7:30 p.m. concert. For more information visit kauffmancenter.org.
And on Thursday at the Kansas City Library’s central branch (downtown at 14 W. 10th St.), author John Nichols will discuss his book “Dollarocracy: How the Money and Media Election Complex is Destroying America,” which examines the ways he believes incredibly wealthy individuals and corporations are radically redefining our electoral process to the detriment of democracy.
Nichols is the Washington correspondent for The Nation magazine. The program begins at 6:30 p.m., preceded by a reception at 6 p.m. RSVP at kclibrary.org.
Library patrons who’d rather relish in a bit of mid-’80s cinema should show up on Friday instead to see “Footloose,” the first installment of the 2014 “Off-The-Wall” film series, which this year will feature musically-themed films from 1984 including “Purple Rain,” “Repo Man” and “Stop Making Sense.”
All movies begin at dusk (approximately 8:45 p.m.) and are screened on the library’s rooftop terrace. Lawn chairs and blankets are welcome, and admission to all films is free. Visit kclibrary.org for more information.