Advice from minimalist design disciples: Own less stuff

A Brookside couple find that living small means less to clean and more to experience. Their advice? Own less stuff. Plus, holiday gift ideas for the simple minded.

No hateration, holleration to be had at Sprint Center

The shared bill of Mary J. Blige and Maxwell promises to uplift and empower fans of soulful music. Blige is a cultural icon whose songs have inspired millions. Maxwell is the smooth voice behind the baby-making music of choice for countless lovers. New York based crooner Ro James opens.

This Lenexa student’s hilarious email to her teacher goes viral

Lenexa teen Abby Jo Hamele was recovering from wisdom tooth surgery when she wrote a hilarious email to her college T.A. that ended with the words “love you bye.” The email went viral on Twitter, and now the 19-year-old freshman at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln is #internetfamous.

KC events for Dec. 8-14: Michael Winslow, Scotty McCreery, Maxwell & Mary J. Blige

Also: Chiefs vs. Raiders at Arrowhead, “The Santaland Diaries,” For King & Country, Julia Othmer with Quixotic, Jim Brickman with Kansas City Symphony, Mannheim Steamroller Christmas, “Jazz! A KC Holiday Tradition” at Union Station, Washington State vs. Kansas State

KC concerts Dec. 8-13: Asleep at the Wheel, Scotty McCreery, Tove Lo, Lupe Fiasco

Also: For King & Country, Marshmello, The Noise FM, Mannheim Steamroller, Jon Bellion, Maxwell and Mary J. Blige, Jason Bonham’s Led Zeppelin Experience, Helmet and Local H

Setting money goals for 2017? Start by looking at 2016.

The new year is a great time to set personal finance goals for debt, budgeting and net worth. But first, recap your year in money with this five-minute exercise.

How Scribe — graffiti artist, hospital artist — has made his mark on Kansas City

Scribe, aka Donald Ross, has spent 14 years as the staff artist at Children’s Mercy Hospital. His whimsical and colorful murals have helped ease and distract countless patients. But his work is not limited to the hospital; his murals can also be seen on buildings across Kansas City.

Bryan Ferry tour to come to Kansas City in 2017

Bryan Ferry, former lead singer of the British glam-rock band Roxy Music, will perform at Kansas City’s Uptown Theater in March. Tickets go on sale Dec. 9.

Sara Watkins gives Knuckleheads a portrait of an artist who plumbs several genres

Watkins is best known as a member of Nickel Creek, a trio that for nearly two decades took bluegrass into new terrains and in front of younger audiences.

KC restaurants update for December: What just opened, what will open

JoyceKC’s list of new places to eat and drink. Stock Hill steakhouse is now open south of the Plaza. Aep Thai restaurant opened Thursday on 39th Street. Lifted Spirits distillery opens for First Friday Coming soon: Brewery Emperial and more.

Chris Hazelton and his Boogaloo 7 release live Kansas City jazz album

Home to live jazz in Kansas City seven days a week, the Green Lady Lounge is the inspiration behind the first full-length record from Chris Hazelton’s Boogaloo 7.

KC crafter shows how to turn box fans into something with moxie

Theodis “Sonny” Williams — model, emcee and light-maker — will share his DIY projects with readers in a series of videos called “Sonny Revisions.” His first project: gussying up a simple, inexpensive box fan with spray paint.

New Nelson exhibit uses song to inspire hope in uncertain times

“Janet Cardiff: Forty-Part Motet,” by Canadian-born artist Janet Cardiff, is the latest special exhibit at the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art. Visitors stand inside an oval of 40 speakers, each emitting the voice of one singer.

New restaurant by Country Club Plaza wants to be KC’s steakhouse

At 14,000 square feet, the new locally owned restaurant Stock Hill will be one of the largest in the metro area and offer such items as dry-aged steaks, Wagyu cuts and Akaushi short ribs.

Chaz on the Plaza names a new executive chef

Joseph Cizek, a Blue Springs native, will assume responsibility for menu development, sourcing of all food items, culinary team leadership, food quality for Chaz, hotel in-suite dining and banquets, and building the restaurant’s culinary reputation.

Downtown Kansas City updates: new juicery, pop-up pizzeria

Ruby Jean’s Juicery plans to open in the Town Pavilion in March. Heartwood Pizzeria will do a weekend pop-up pizzeria in the new Plowboys Barbeque location in the Town Pavilion.

Fine art meets tattoos in this handcrafted jewelry

Cheryl Eve Acosta’s handmade metal pieces stick to the skin with makeup adhesive, mimicking a tattoo, but removable. The Kansas City metalsmith’s Tattuage line of jewelry — on display this First Friday — was inspired by her time working in the deserts of New Mexico.

Sara Watkins isn’t afraid of challenging comfort, and her new album shows it

Sara Watkins, formerly of Nickel Creek, will play Friday at Knuckleheads. She’ll perform as part of a trio that also includes David Garza and Michael Libramento.

KC-area native Jermel Nakia guest stars on hit TV show ‘This is Us’

Actor Jermel Nakia has a recurring role on the NBC family drama “This is Us.” The former student at Lee’s Summit High School moved to L.A. in the mid-1990s. His mobile phone number is still affixed with the 816 area code.

These KC bartenders are elevating cocktails with smoke, olive ice balls

The art of bartending is getting a creative spin from these Kansas City bartenders who are challenging themselves to come up with brave new cocktail recipes.