Imagine a drive-in without the driving part and you’d have the 2015 Off the Wall film series. A collaboration between the Kansas City Public Library and The Pitch kicks off the season tonight on the Rooftop terrace of the Central Library. They’ll be showing Time Bandits at 8:45 p.m. and serving beer samples from the KC Bier Co. You can bring your own blanket or lawn chair and parking in the library lot will be validated. The series runs on the third Friday of every month through September (August is Bill and Ted’s Excellent Adventure, FYI).
It’s Dressed to the Nines at the Boulevard Tasting Room (2501 Southwest Boulevard) at 5 p.m. today. You can buy a Boulevard logo Mason jar and get a full pour of beer, as well as a raffle ticket for a shot to win prizes from Boulevard, Royals or the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum. Figgy Franks will be selling hot dogs and serving free popcorn. It’s also Buck Night at Kauffman Stadium ($1 hot dogs and peanuts). The Yankees are in town and the game starts at 7:10 p.m. The actual Dressed to the Nines event is Sunday at The K.
If you’ve had a beer since Monday, you’ve been celebrating American Craft Beer Week. Give yourself a pat on the beer tummy. Then, get out and drink more beer. Flying Saucer (101 E 13th Street) has Perennial Night tonight at 7 p.m. Start with the Sump and then move on to Funky Wit or Regalia.
Hopfest returns Saturday to the Well Bar Grill & Rooftop from 2 to 6 p.m. It’s become a big old craft beer festival with more than 50 breweries participating and five food trucks on hand. The full list of beers is here. General admission tickets are $40. VIP tickets, which get you in at 1 p.m., are $60.
In newish restaurant news, Zoe’s Kitchen (100 Ward Parkway) opened last month on the Plaza. The chain out of Texas dishes up fast casual (you order at the counter) Mediterranean fare — salads, pita, sandwiches (including pimento cheese) and kabobs. They don’t yet serve beer and wine, but intend to do so.
Gather & Grow is this Sunday at the Boys Grow Farm. The meal, a whole hog roasted by The Rieger Hotel Grill & Exchange’s Howard Hanna, begins at 4 p.m. and features campfire roasted sides and libations from J. Rieger, Boulevard, and Owen Roe Winery. It’s BYOP — bring your own plate. Tickets are $100 and the proceeds benefit the farm.