This week, assistant features editor Sharon Hoffmann shares what she’s into right now.
“Evita” at Kansas City Repertory Theatre: Not every song in this Andrew Lloyd Webber musical is a winner. But Mauricio Martinez, a suave telenovela star, makes narrator Che a sexy rock god. And Mariand Torres singing “Don’t Cry for Me Argentina” is worth the price of admission. Bring tissues. (The show runs through Oct. 2.)
“Bridget Jones’s Baby”: I was prepared to hate this sequel. Why hasn’t Bridget settled down with Mark Darcy — Colin Firth! Why is she stuck in a “Twilight”-style fantasy love triangle with Patarick Dempsey? But Renee Zellweger is her bumbling, charming self, and I fell for this one.
Free Roasterie tours: My whole family was in town over Labor Day weekend, and this perked us all up. Now I know why coffee packages at the grocery store have those little valves (so they don’t explode). Now I get what the big deal is about air-roasted beans (consistent flavor). The daily hourlong tours at the factory off Southwest Boulevard are packed with trivia, incredible aromas and free tastings, which only whet your appetite to head to the in-house cafe for another cup or two.
“Luxury: Treasures of the Roman Empire” at the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art: A gold bracelet encrusted with pearls and bright jewels. A silver goblet bedecked with various gods lounging about. Shimmering coins strung into ostentatious necklaces. This traveling exhibit is filled with statement pieces created for the elite of ancient Rome, and the message is always: “I’m filthy rich!” OK, but were these people happy as well? Probably. (The exhibit runs through Oct. 2.)
Pokemon Go: Don’t scoff. Outside the Nelson, I chatted with a 50-something woman about her recent Pikachu sightings. At Kauffman Stadium, a millennial guy and I compared battle moves. At the Deanna Rose playground, a dad helpfully pointed me to a Magikarp around the corner. I admit this is a silly video game. But it’s a community. It gets us outside walking and exploring. Is that so wrong?