Kansas City Ballet, Dracula
By BILL BROWNLEE
Special to The Star
The vampire craze that has gripped American popular culture continues. The Kansas City Ballet has separated itself from the bloodsucking clutter with the striking promotional image for its production of Dracula. Bathed in scarlet, the arresting visual effects reflect the companys contemporary take on the chilling saga. The decidedly sexy version of Dracula was choreographed by Michael Pink. The ballet has advised parents that the production may not be appropriate for children. The Kansas City Symphonys rendition of Philip Feeneys score enhances the gothic drama.
Friday-March 2. Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts. 816-931-2232. kcballet.org. $29-$99.
Kansas City Golf Show
The hardiness of golfers in Kansas City can be witnessed by anyone who drives past a golf course on an inclement day. Diligent men and women regularly hit the links in abhorrent weather. The weekends Kansas City Golf Show, consequently, is likely to be swarmed by impatient athletes. The event provides year-round golfers and seasonal participants with an opportunity to immerse themselves in the sport. Speakers include renowned long driver David Brinker. Representatives of golf courses, country clubs, resorts, sporting goods and golf apparel are among the dozens of exhibitors. The 19th Hole, a makeshift sports bar, will provide golfers with a place to compare notes.
Friday-Sunday. Overland Park Convention Center. 425-412-7070. kansascitygolfshow.com. $11, $9 for 60+, 12 and under are free.
Western Farm Show
Not every area resident embraces Kansas Citys cow town image. Yet the metropolis close connection to agriculture remains an integral aspect of its economy. Hundreds of exhibitors of industrial agriculture will showcase wares including livestock waterers, corrals, cattle chutes and tractors at the Western Farm Show. Demonstrations of livestock handling will update ranchers on the latest techniques. Watching participants in truck and tractor pull competitions vie for a $56,000 purse will provide hard-working farmers with a chance to blow off steam.
Friday-Sunday. American Royal Complex. 816-561-5323. westernfarmshow.com. $8.
Television viewers who were familiar with Bob Sagets work only as the longtime host of Americas Funniest Home Videos and as an actor on Full House were shocked to see his entry in The Aristocrats, a 2005 documentary about the so-called worlds dirtiest joke. The seemingly wholesome comedians rendition of the intentionally offensive gag was exceptionally vile. The title of Dirty Daddy, Sagets forthcoming autobiography, indicates that he embraces his status as a lurid comedian. I dont want to offend anybody. I want to offend everybody, he joked on a recent comedy album. Sagets new show is appropriately titled Rated R-ish.
7:30 p.m. and 9:45 p.m. Friday, 7 p.m. and 9:45 p.m. Saturday and 7 p.m. Sunday. Kansas City Improv, 7260 N.W. 87th St. 816-759-5233. improvkc.com. $30-$35.
Professional Bull Riders
Helmet-to-helmet collisions are a mainstay of football. Competitive skiing is inherently hazardous. Playing hockey can take a physical toll on participants. Yet the main attraction of Professional Bull Riders events is appropriately characterized as the most dangerous eight seconds in sports. Bull riders accept the risk of enduring debilitating kicks to the head and getting mauled under the hooves of enraged beasts. The sport is so popular that even its bulls enjoy celebrity status. Bushwhacker, one of Professional Bull Riders most feared animals, has a Facebook page with more than 12,000 likes.
8 p.m. Saturday and 2:50 p.m. Sunday. Sprint Center. 816-949-7000. sprintcenter.com. $15-$100.
David Finckel, cello, and Wu Han, piano: The Unfolding of Music
Characterized by National Public Radio as the hardest working couple in classical music, pianist Wu Han and cellist David Finckel are persuasive ambassadors for chamber music. The married couple own and operate a record label and serve as the artistic directors of the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center. The exceptional quality of their many endeavors led Musical America magazine to name the couple its 2012 musicians of the year. Saturdays The Unfolding of Music program features the accomplished duos renditions of works by Johann Sebastian Bach, Ludwig van Beethoven and Benjamin Britten.
8 p.m. Saturday. Yardley Hall, Johnson County Community College. 913-469-4445. jccc.edu/theseries. $28-$38.
Kansas City Garden Symposium
Most people have limited aspirations for their lawns and gardens. They simply hope to keep their tomatoes free from pests and their lawns a respectable shade of green. Serious gardeners, on the other hand, want to understand the science of horticulture and to challenge themselves with the maintenance of exotic foliage. The Garden Symposium, an outreach effort of Gardeners Connect, appeals to people with such ambitions. Fridays events, including a dinner and a workshop by plant breeder Joseph Tychonievich on Plant Propagation for Home Gardeners, are sold out, but Tychonievich will be back Saturday for a presentation titled Hummingbirds Dont Actually Like Red Flowers. Other speakers will focus on landscaping and low-maintenance gardens.
8 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday. Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, 4525 Oak St. 913-302-4234. gardensymposium.org. $89 for Saturdays events. Fridays events are sold out.
Public television may transform even more unknown musicians into celebrities than prominent competitions like American Idol. Paul Byrom first made an impression on American audiences as a member of Celtic Thunder, seen frequently on PBS. The Irish vocalists emotive style and good looks made Byrom an instant favorite among television viewers. After leaving the ensemble in 2010, Byrom released 2011s This Is the Moment, which topped Billboard magazines World Albums chart. His forthcoming album, Thinking of Home, features beloved Irish standards like Danny Boy. Sundays concert is presented by the Kansas City Irish Center.
7 p.m. Sunday. Folly Theater. 816-474-3848. follytheater.org. $30-$125.
National Geographic Live! with Bryan Smith
Anyone with a smartphone and a few downloadable apps can fancy themselves a filmmaker. Bryan Smith is an example of someone with both the daring and the wherewithal to make truly distinctive works. Smith characterizes himself as an adventure filmmaker. As he travels to remote locations ranging from Newfoundland to Peru, Smith engages in what he calls full-on risk-taking to capture spectacular sights. Smiths The Lens of Adventure presentation part of the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts National Geographic Live! series will inspire filmmakers and photographers and awe intrepid thrill-seekers.
7:30 p.m. Tuesday. Muriel Kauffman Theatre. 816-994-7222. kauffmancenter.org. $23-$58.