Cinco de Mayo | Saturday
A Kansas City party district ensures that your Cinco de Mayo weekend doesn’t lack for options. On Friday, things kick off with Cinco de Cabot, a fundraiser for the Cabot Westside Medical and Dental Center featuring live performances by Making Movies (pictured) and Sister Hazel. The following night, Cinco de Drinko takes over, where $25 advance tickets get you drinks from 8 to 11 p.m., plus free cover at 12 Power & Light District bars throughout the night. Making Movies also performs a free 9 p.m. show on the KC Live! stage. Go to powerandlight district.com for tickets.
Art Bra KC | Friday
The brassiere moonlights as art in this second annual benefit honoring the bra as a symbol of strength in the battle against breast cancer. A collection of artists and celebrities, as well as friends and families of breast cancer survivors, have created 70 elaborate bras to be auctioned off at 7 p.m. Friday at the Midland, with proceeds going to Missys’ Boutique Patients in Need Fund. There’s also a runway show at 8 p.m. and music from the band Nervous Rex from 9:30 to 11:30 p.m. Tickets are $95 in advance. VIP tickets — which include entrance into a 6-7 p.m. sponsor and patron party — are $175. Go to artbrakc.com for more information.
Brookside Art Annual | Friday-Sunday
The art show marks its 27th year in one of Kansas City’s most iconic neighborhoods. Works will be judged in a number of categories, including ceramics, glass, and prints and drawing. The show, which is at 63rd Street and Brookside Boulevard between Main Street and Wornall Road, runs 5-9 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m.-9 p.m. Saturday and 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday. brooksidekc.org.
‘Jersey Boys’ | Through May 20
Broadway Across America presents this Tony Award-winning musical about the rags-to-riches ascension of 1960s pop band the Four Seasons. Divided into four “seasons,” the musical follows the group from its infancy, to its stretch as one of the decade’s most successful acts, to its eventual demise. The show continues through May 20 at Kansas City’s Music Hall. Ticket prices vary; go to ticketmaster.com.
Aretha Franklin | Tuesday
In some circles, Aretha Franklin’s ill-fated 2010 booking at the KC Live! stage in the Power & Light District eclipsed anticipation for the forthcoming opening of the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts. For that crowd, Aretha’s undisputed status as the Queen of Soul was far more significant than the construction of a building. A family crisis prevented Franklin from appearing at the 2010 concert, an event that was part of a campaign to heighten awareness of the Kauffman Center. Tuesday’s concert at the Kauffman Center provides a rare opportunity to hear one of the greatest voices in the history of American music perform at one of the world’s most celebrated new spaces. Tickets to the sold-out 7:30 show range from $95 to $155.
Compiled by Dugan Arnett with Bill Brownlee contributing