Benton Bash and other weekend possibilities

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Raise a toast to Benton at Kellys tonight.
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  • Raise a toast to Benton at Kelly's tonight.
The only way to truly honor Thomas Hart Benton is with free beer and cake. Celebrate what would have been the painter's 124th birthday tonight with the Benton Bash at Kelly's Westport Inn (500 Westport Road). The party runs from 5 to 7 p.m. and includes one free drink and cake.

The Pitch's Artopia 2013 is Saturday at the Screenland Crossroads (1656 Washington) from 7:30 to 11 p.m. Tickets cost $25 in advance ($30 at the door).

Eat your way around the world at the WyCo Ethnic Festival on Saturday from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. The multicultural celebration with dancing, crafts and food vendors is at the KCKCC Field House (7250 State Avenue, Kansas City, Kansas). Admission and parking are free.

Gomer's Midtown (3838 Broadway) has a free tasting of Empyrean Brewing Co.'s beers today from 4 to 7 p.m. Try the Nebraska brewery's Watchman IPA, Third Stone Brown, Dark Side Vanilla Porter, and Burning Skye Scottish.

When the sun's out and the flowers begin to bloom, you're meant to be leisurely enjoying a glass of wine on a patio somewhere. That somewhere could very well be Carmen's Café (11526 Ash, in Leawood). The Park Place Italian bistro has a tapas menu that's just right for grazing and a happy hour that runs from 3 to 6 p.m. Monday through Thursday, with tapas and draft beer for $4 and house wine for $5.

What have you got on tap for the weekend?

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