“Testimony” exhibit, Joseph A. Newton painting. Courtesy Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art.

A mountain-themed coffeeshop, modernized comfort food, and a zoo painting party

 Testimony: African American Artists Collective – Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art4525 Oak St., KC – Website

Through March 27, the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art will display the works of thirty-five members of the Kansas City-based African American Artists Collective. Through a variety of media and the artists’ own words, Testimony explores how telling and receiving truths lays the foundation for community.

Clay County in the Early Years – Clay County Museum & Historical Society – 14 N. Main St., Liberty – Website

 Historian Tony Meyers will discuss Clay County’s 1822 founding, early communities, historic sites, influential people, and more. His presentation, which celebrates Clay County’s bicentennial, will take place at 7 p.m. Thursday, March 10.

Paint at the KC Zoo – Kansas City Zoo – 6800 Zoo Dr., KC – Website

This creative event is a fundraiser for the Kanas City Zoo’s new aquarium, slated to open in 2023. From 2-4 p.m. on Sunday, March 27, join an artist from Pinot’s Palette as they walk you through the steps of painting a colorful jellyfish. The $45 per person registration ($15 per seat will be donated to the zoo) includes a 10X20 canvas, all painting supplies, and free admittance to the zoo before painting.

Happy Hour fare. Photo courtesy Blu Hwy.

Blu Hwy – 5070 Main St., KC – Website

Global influences flavor the menu at this restaurant, bar, and patio that emphasizes America’s melting pot culture. Here you’ll find modern, elevated interpretations of classic comfort foods such as tempura-fried pork tenderloin sliders, buttermilk-yogurt biscuits served with chile de árbol honey butter, and roasted chicken with soy butter mushrooms, duck fat-braised collard greens, and smashed fingerling potatoes. Blu Hwy is open for dinner, brunch, and happy hour.

Front Range Coffeehouse & Provisions – 400 E. Gregory Blvd, KC – Website

Sip your morning coffee and enjoy a pastry in the mountains without leaving Kansas City. The owners of Front Range designed the space to resemble a cozy, rustic cabin. Pair your coffee, tea, or non-caffeinated beverage with something to eat off the breakfast and lunch menus. Front Range will also offer beer, wine, and seasonal cocktails when its full-service bar opens this spring.

Before you leave, check out the selection of local goods for sale, including candles, soaps, food products, and more.

Photo courtesy Front Range Coffeehouse Provisions