The weekend starts now

Kansas City Juggling Festival is sure to give a thrill

Updated: 2013-09-12T21:32:58Z

By LISA GUTIERREZ

The Kansas City Star

“Don’t drop it!”

(What not to yell during a juggling demonstration.)

Especially when the juggler is hurling knives and flaming torches through the air.

So remember that at the Kansas City Juggling Festival, Friday through Sunday at Rockhurst High School, 9301 State Line Road.

The weekend is hosted by the more than 200 members of the Kansas City Juggling Club, which calls itself the largest such club in the country.

Members invite the public to juggle with them from 6 to 8 p.m. every Wednesday at Kansas City Young Audiences, 5601 Wyandotte St.

In recent years, the club has flown in top-flight jugglers from around the world for its annual festival of flinging.

You can watch demonstrations and take a workshop to learn how to juggle something other than the appointments on your calendar.

Festival hours: 5 p.m. to 2 a.m. Friday; 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. and 9 p.m. to midnight Saturday; and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday. Most of the games and events happen Saturday.

The festival is free, but admission to a two-hour show, at 7 p.m. Saturday in the school’s Rose Theatre, is $15. Tickets at the door. Find more info at KansasCityJugglingClub.com

Dance in the Park

Everyone’s invited to the 15th anniversary of this free concert staged by several metro dance companies in Roanoke Park, 3699 E. Roanoke Drive, Kansas City. Free dance class at 6:30 p.m. Saturday; performance at 7. Info: City in Motion Dance Theater, 816-561-2882.

Take Five Tour

Get to know the American Jazz Museum, 1616 E. 18th St., with these free, hourlong tours at 6 p.m. the first Thursday and third Tuesday of every month. Afterward – free jazz in the Blue Room. Take tonight’s tour. Groups are limited; RSVPs requested. 816-474-8463, Ext. 238.

To reach Lisa Gutierrez, call 816-234-4987 or send email to lgutierrez@kcstar.com.

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