On Tap This Weekend 🍻

Time for another weekend roundup of what's going on around the district this weekend!


Highlights include a killer lineup of music and movies courtesy of KC's Middle of the Map Fest!

Part One of the fest, beginning Wednesday Night, showcases 20+ films from around the world, playing at NKC's home for film-- Screenland Armour Theatre: feature films, independent flicks, award-winning movies, rockumentaries, documentaries, and a mini music fest, and collection of shorts.

Headlining the fun is legendary 1992 Saturday Night Live adaptation "Wayne's World", a satirical look at the rise and fall of two friends' public access TV show. Party on!

More info on other showings, including 1979's Ramones teen flick "Rock n Roll High School" and dozens of local, indie, and festival-circuit films available on Facebook.

In addition to Screenland Armour, MOTM Fest is also partnered up with The Rino and Old Shawnee Pizza at Repeal 18th, featuring special concerts to pair with the film fest like The Love Family Band, playing on OSP's outdoor stage after the screening of their documentary "This is Love".

Film Fest passes are available to purchase online at Screenland's website here!

VIP Full Film Fest pass: $60
(includes full Film Fest pass, a Film Fest poster, and entry to 3 nights of special events at The Rino)

Full Film Fest pass: $35 (Includes entry into as many films possible during the fest

Single Film Pass: $10

Each Night at The Rino: $5 cash at the door
*OR* free with VIP film festival pass
18+ | Minors must have adult
Doors at 7, music at 8.


1) If you missed Ari Aster's "Midsommar" last month, A24 Nation brings it back for a week-long engagement in a Director's Cut format! It's a great addition to your MOTM schedule!

2) Down the street on Friday night, it's Suntory Time! Cocktail supply bar Mitch e Amaro will be hosting their weekly tasting-- this time focusing on Japanese whisky from Suntory and two other labels.

3) The RINO has several bands playing each night of MOTM brought to you by Ink Magazine, The Record Machine and Fine Dining Productions-- with 3-4 bands Thursday, Friday and Saturday night, including soul singer Soultru (pictured at the top); and stand-up comedy from Danny Neely and Aaron Naylor on Sunday.

4) Naylor is also headlining a free show down at Velo Garage & Tap House Friday night, with Ty Clay, Lynn Navratil and Aaron Scarbrough.

5) Live music from Chris Foster will be at Chef Tito's American Fusion restaurant Thursday night. Now's a good time to check out their revamped and expanded menu of favorites from Latin Bistro, American Fusion food truck, and brand new recipes including vegan dishes, seafood and tamales.

6) College Football starts this weekend, and the biggest watch party in NKC is the Mizzou vs. Wyoming party on the Chicken N Pickle rooftop Saturday evening. Rotisserie chicken, appetizers, half yard glasses and summertime yard games will give you plenty to do.

7) Recording artists Stray Grays and Flatpenny Review will be heading up a concert on the Repeal 18th stage at Old Shawnee Pizza NKC Friday night! Each band plays a mix of folk, Americana, country and blues. Wet your whistle with Repeal's fancy list of summer cocktails from their expert bar staff, and try OSP's new Nashville hot chicken pizza.

***Come back to Repeal's stage Saturday afternoon after you watch the documentary "This is Love" at MOTM Fest for a LIVE performance from the Love Family Band!!

8) Prepare for the return with Stephen King's IT Chapter 1 this weekend, ahead of Chapter 2 closing out the story next week. Multiple showtimes this weekend at Screenland.

9) Catch some funky blues, rock and soul music down at Christine's Firehouse. It's always a hopping joint with nearly nightly blues jams, modest drink prices, and hearty comfort food like their fried chicken and their famous giant pork tenderloin. Friday night act is the J.D. Summers Band.

10) Check out NKC's local BBQ and brewery scene

Welcome PETE DULIN to the RiverNorth Business League's content department!
A 30-year veteran writer for the Kansas City food & drink scene, Pete freelances for regional publications like Feast Magazine and KCPT's Flatland. Pete, a Northland Native, is releasing 1-2 articles per month for, including coverage for the 2nd Saturday Newsletter! Check out his most recent post! 


Grain to Glass Hosts Picnique Belgique

Published by Pete Dulin on August 28, 2019

Grain to Glass owner Jennifer Helber organizes and hosts Picnique Belgique, a Belgian-inspired beer festival held on Saturday, September 7, 5-9 pm. The festival has limited ticket sales to minimize lines at the taps. Award-winning homebrewers will pour Belgian-inspired beers. Beers from Boulevard Brewing and Duvel USA will also be on tap and served in a souvenir taster glass. Nosh on Belgian-inspired foods, starting with Belgian fries, along with a salad and main course. The meal concludes with a special dessert catered by neighbor Chef Tito’s American Fusion

Grain to Glass Picnique Belgique festival 2018
Scenes from Picnique Belgique 2018. Photo Credit: Grain to Glass

Guest speaker Keke Gibb, a microbiologist at Boulevard Brewing, will discuss the yeast evolution of saison and abbey beer styles, and Belgian yeast flavor production. Finally, winners of the Picnique Belgique homebrew competition will be announced and awarded after the speaker.

Picnique Belgique winners 2016
Winning homebrewers showing off their medals in 2016. Photo Credit: Grain to Glass

Guests may participate in a raffle of special Belgian beer items. Proceeds will help Michael Wells, a local homebrewer battling cancer, and his family. Picnique Belgique takes place both outdoors under a tent and inside the shop. Admission is $45 in advance, $50 day of the event.

Grain to Glass owner Jennifer Helber
Proprietor Jennifer Helber pouring from the selection of craft beers 
on tap at Grain to Glass. Photo Credit: Claire Gibson

About Grain to Glass

Helber originally opened Grain to Glass, a homebrewing supply retail shop, in August 2012 when Greater Kansas City’s craft beer boom was on the rise. She moved the store from the River Market to North Kansas City in March 2014 where it continues to operate. 

Helber previously worked for nine years as a quality assurance sensory specialist and microbiologist at Boulevard Brewing. She established and equipped the brewery’s quality assurance laboratory. She also worked as a microbiologist for the U.S. Department of Agriculture. When it comes to homebrewing, Helber thoroughly understands the yeast and bacteria involved with brewing. 

Grain to Glass homebrewing ingredients and supplies
Grain to Glass carries over 50 malts and 30 hop varieties, by the pound or 
pre-packaged in home brewing kits. Photo credit: Claire Gibson

Grain to Glass provides equipment, supplies such as milled grain and yeast, and classes for homebrewers. Helber is a key resource for newcomers to the hobby. 

“Our best-selling categories include brewing equipment, packaged craft beer, grains for brewing, draft supplies, and brewing ingredient kits that feature our own recipes,” Helber says. “Newcomers to the shop should know that we aim to help new brewers through customer service and classes. We also do weekly tastings on Thursdays to teach beer styles.”

Craft beer fans may also visit and drink beer in the modest taproom. Grain to Glass has a rotation of four beers on tap. The selection highlights beers that are local/regional, limited-release, and seasonal beers that are fun to explore. The shop carries a curated collection of craft beer, local wine from Fence Stile Vineyards and Winery, and cider.

Click here for store hours and turn-by-turn directions

Grain to Glass, 1611 Swift, North Kansas City, 816-472-0516

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