As someone who regularly performs with a band, you'd think I'd be steeped in nightlife, but that's not actually the case. When I'm singing, it's all work and when I have a weekend night off, a lot of times I spend it at home or doing something low-key like going out to a restaurant.
Last night I got together with some friends and went to First Fridays for the first time in quite a while. It's getting a little cool out, so there were fewer bands playing than usual, but there were plenty of galleries open.
I'm not usually a big shopper at First Fridays, but I made an exception this time. One of the galleries featured a holiday market with artists from an old workplace of mine. I bought four small skull prints from the 52 Skulls project that artist Michael Schultz is working on this year.
I also bought a beautiful handwoven and hand-painted scarf from Wrinkle in Time Weaving because I couldn't take my eyes off it and I decided I needed a new accessory for fall and winter.
Last but not least, I ran across Madi Apparel for the first time. I loved their "buy one, donate one" model, so I bought something from them as well.
Aside from all the not-buying-Christmas-gifts-but-instead-getting-myself-stuff, I explored numerous galleries with my friends and saw a lot of beautiful and thought-provoking art. This painting by Jessie Fisher was one of my favorites.
Once we'd had our fill of galleries, we strolled by the food trucks lined up on the street and I got a very satisfactory hummus and falafel sandwich. We ended the evening at Thou Mayest, which is a coffee shop and a bar, and one of my favorite hangouts in Kansas City. Because I am decidedly on Team Coffee, even at night, I had a Mason jar full of Ethiopian coffee and a cherry tart to finish my evening meal.
I got home by about 9:30 (not too far past the dog's supper time) and went to bed at my usual time. So maybe "nightlife" is overstating things, but it was fun to go out and do something different.