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Magdalena Abakanowicz’s Standing Figures (Thirty) at the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art
magdalena abakanowicz/courtesy the nelson-atkins museum of art

Although Kansas City is synonymous with barbecue, it’s time to think outside the sauce. Once you do, you’ll find a thriving cultural district with funky public art and swank galleries, a historic Gatsby-esque home district, happening jazz venues and a Godfather-friendly culinary scene that would make Vito Corleone’s tummy rumble.
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claes Oldenburg and Coosje Van Brugge/courtesy the nelson-atkins museum of art

Outdoor art Kansas City Sculpture Park at the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art is a 22-acre urban park with thought-provoking works, including 13 pieces by Henry Moore. The Country Club Plaza, known for shopping, features more than $1 million in outdoor statues, sculptures and murals.

Go-to galleries Kansas City’s Crossroads Art District ranks up there with the Power & Light District as the new neighborhood to watch. Here, contemporary art collides with café culture. Go directly to the Blue Gallery and Sherry Leedy Contemporary Art for the biggest hits.

Houses with history Known as the Grand American Avenue (and featured in the Paul Newman film Mr. & Mrs. Bridge), homes along Ward Parkway Boulevard represent some of the most refined pieces of real estate in the country. A gawker’s paradise.
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the Blue Room

Jazz hot The American Jazz Museum in the revitalized 18th & Vine Jazz District is the jumping-off point for smokin’ juke joints. We like the Blue Room; Jardines Restaurant and Jazz Club; Jazz, A Louisiana Kitchen and the Phoenix Jazz Club.

That’s Italian One word — Lidia’s. As in, Lidia Bastianich. Also, get yourself to Carmen’s Café on charming Brookside Plaza for classic cooking and a bistro vibe. Finally, the chicken Spiedini at Garozzo’s Ristorante is legendary.

Helpful Links www.nelson-atkins.org | www.countryclubplaza.com
www.bluegalleryonline.com | www.sherryleedy.com | www.americanjazzmuseum.com | www.visitkc.com/things-to-do/entertainment/jazz-clubs/index.aspx
www.lidias-kc.com | www.carmenscafekc.com | www.garozzos.com