Screenland at the Symphony: The Wizard of Oz
By BILL BROWNLEE
Special to The Star
The sudden shift from black and white to color in The Wizard of Oz is one of the most famous moments in the history of cinema. A spectacular special effect of a different sort will be presented this weekend at Helzberg Hall as the treasured film is accompanied by the Kansas City Symphony. Using new transcriptions of Harold Arlens lost scores, the symphony will provide a fresh take on Arlens Academy Award-winning work for the 1939 film. Enthusiasts of the classic movie will follow the proverbial yellow brick road to the Kauffman Center of the Performing Arts on Thursday and Friday for the celebration of the 75th anniversary of The Wizard of Oz.
7 p.m. Thursday and 7 p.m. Friday. Helzberg Hall. 816-471-0400. kcsymphony.org. $20-$75.
MTVs Girl Code
Move over, Miss Manners. The stars of MTVs Girl Code administer a more modern form of advice. Viewers of Girl Code receive bawdy and blunt tips on everything from the ins and outs of manicures to the travails of doing the laundry of unkempt men. Two stars of Girl Code are taking their show on the road. Standup comedian Carly Aquilino is known for her neon red hair. When someone comments on a photo of me saying Im the Wendys girls fat sister I am so done, she joked in a recent Twitter update. Jessimae Peluso is perhaps the harshest of the Girl Code commentators. She doesnt pull any punches as she discusses her contempt for inconsiderate men.
7:30 p.m. Thursday, 8 p.m. Friday, 7 p.m. and 9:45 p.m. Saturday and 7 p.m. Sunday. Kansas City Improv. 816-759-5233. improvkc.com. $20-$25.
African-American art expert David C. Driskell
David C. Driskell is a fine artist, masterful educator and pre-eminent historian. A distinguished scholar of African-American art, Driskell has been awarded a National Humanities Medal. Driskell will discuss his work and share his thoughts on the Convergence: Jazz, Film, Dance exhibit on Thursday. A collaboration between the American Jazz Museum and the David C. Driskell Center at the University of Maryland in College Park, the display includes pieces from Driskells collection.
6 p.m. Thursday. American Jazz Museum. 816-474-8463. americanjazzmuseum.org. Free, RSVP requested.
Johnson County Home and Garden Show
The same organization that produces the popular Metropolitan Lawn and Garden Show is also responsible for the Johnson County Home and Garden Show. Its not surprising that the county thats widely viewed as a bastion of suburbia merits a separate event. More than 17,000 people are expected to attend this weekends affair. Hundreds of exhibitors ranging from garage door manufacturers to lawn care providers will present an array of goods and services. Dozens of product demonstrations and appearances by a pair of television personalities Kimberly Lacy of HGTVs Curb Appeal: The Block and Alison Victoria of DIYs Kitchen Crashers will entertain.
Friday through Sunday. Overland Park Convention Center. 816-931-4686. johnsoncountyhomeshow.com. $8-$10. Children 12 and younger are free.
Top Shelf Comedy Tour
Comedy fans can be divided into two groups: people who love Rudy Ray Moore and people who are unfamiliar with the man who is also known as Dolemite. Bruce Bruce, one of the entertainers featured in the Top Shelf Comedy Tour, works in the hilariously vulgar tradition of Moore. Bruce a man who proudly says that he hails from the lowdown dirty South jokes about the short fuses of gun-toting urban youth, the advantages of being a heavy man and the proper way to romance prospective partners. Arnez J, Gary Owen and Dominique round out Fridays bill.
7 p.m. Friday. Music Hall. 800-745-3000. ticketmaster.com. $44-$77.
Kansas Music Hall of Fame induction and concert
The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame is in Cleveland. Nashville, naturally, is home to the Country Music Hall of Fame. The Kansas Music Hall of Fame in Lawrence is considerably less prominent. While theres no physical site to display the relics of musicians hailing from towns between Dodge City and Atchison, there is a festive annual induction event. This years will recognize the contributions of musicians and music professionals including Beast, the Bon Ton Soul Accordion Band, Clif Major, Glow, Jimmy Dee & Fabulous Destinations, Junior Brown, Sanctuary, Wichita Linemen and Ed Down. Theyll join Brewer & Shipley, Melissa Etheridge, Big Joe Turner and others.
6:30 p.m. Saturday. Liberty Hall. 785-749-1972. ksmusichalloffame.org. $30.
Tuxedos and gowns will replace throwback sports jerseys at Saturdays 101 Awards. The tony black tie ceremony is hosted by The Committee of 101, and the annual event benefits the Truman Medical Centers community health and wellness program. The NFLs outstanding offensive player, defensive player and coach of the year are honored. This years famous names include quarterback Peyton Manning and Andy Reid, the head coach of the Kansas City Chiefs.
5:30 p.m. Saturday. Westin Crown Center. 913-563-5412. 101awards.com. Sponsorship packages range from $5,000 to $52,500.
The annual benefit for Kansas Citys Medicine Cabinet at the Uptown Theater is becoming one of the regions most enjoyable charitable traditions. Thompson Square is the latest young country act to perform at the event. The married duo of Keifer and Shawna Thompson is best known for the bouncy 2010 hit Are You Going To Kiss Me Or Not. They were named the Academy of Country Musics Vocal Duo of the Year in 2013. The Medicine Cabinet provides emergency medical assistance for people who can not otherwise afford the services.
8 p.m. Saturday. Uptown Theater. 800-745-3000. ticketmaster.com. $35-$100.
Jan-Philipp Sendker for A Well-Tempered Heart
The German-born author Jan-Philipp Sendkers sensuous love story The Art of Hearing Heartbeats is set in Burma. A Well-Tempered Heart is a sequel to his best-selling novel. In the new work, Julia Win has become a successful attorney in Manhattan. Her unhappy personal life and a past she cant leave behind compel her to return to Burma. Sendker contrasts Wins inner turmoil with the havoc war has wreaked on the troubled nation.
7 p.m. Monday. Unity Temple on the Plaza. 913-384-3126. rainydaybooks.com. $15.95 (plus sales tax) purchases one softcover book, one stamped autograph admission ticket and two passes to the talk.
Kansas City Auto Show
The opinions on the best time of year to buy a new car has a tendency to fluctuate. Its a safe bet, however, that many informed purchases will immediately follow the thorough education provided at this weeks Kansas City Auto Show. Potential buyers will be able to comparison shop on a massive scale as they assess the merits of more than 500 new vehicles. An Eagles tribute band, 7 Bridges, will play four sets and noted car aficionado Jay Leno will perform at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday in a benefit for Childrens Mercy Hospital.
Wednesday-March 9. Bartle Hallkcautoshow.com. $11. $6 for children 8-12. Wednesdays benefit for Childrens Mercy Hospital featuring a Jay Leno concert is $75.
Bill Brownlee, Special to The Star