JENEÉ OSTERHELDT

From Jason Aldean to zombies, big events are on the March calendar for KC

Updated: 2014-02-27T02:09:30Z

By JENEÉ OSTERHELDT

The Kansas City Star

March might come in like a lion (brrrrrr), but we can still have a roaring good time.

We’re slowly waking up from a winter slumber, and the city is quietly starting to buzz with events. This weekend alone is packed with things to do: Jason Aldean at the Sprint Center, Maria the Mexican at the Brick, the Zombie Run 5K, the Kansas City Ballet’s “Dracula” and so much more.

It’s still Restaurant Week in Power & Light. Don’t miss out on that pretzel-crusted trout at Bristol Seafood Grill. And we haven’t even gotten past the weekend. Did I mention that the incredible Childish Gambino (Donald Glover of “Community” fame) brings his talents to the Midland in a few weeks, come March 17?

Yes, the coming month looks good. Shake off that winter chill and have some fun. Find all events in the Kansas City area in our new calendar tool.

Pound Slam

There’s no shortage of poetry in Kansas City. We have an open mic at the Blue Room, Soul Sessions at the Juke House and the Uptown Arts Bar, too. The Poetic Underground of Kansas City hosts our only open mic registered with the national Poetry Slam, Inc.

It goes down the first Wednesday of every month at the Uptown Arts Bar, 3611 Broadway. Bring your A-Z game, because they are creating a team to send to the national competition. With Jen Harris and Jeanette Powers hosting on March 5, there’s a $100 cash prize for the poet with the best skills. The show starts at 9 p.m. $5 cover. UptownArtsBar.com

Valerie June

We could dance to Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings for 100 days and 100 nights, but when the soulful band comes to Lawrence next month, there’s another reason to see the show: opening act Valerie June. Her album, “Pushin’ Against a Stone,” was among my 2013 favorites. The Tennessee singer-songwriter plays the guitar and stays true to her country roots, mixing in a pinch of bluesy soul. She’s equal parts June Carter Cash and India Arie. If you needed any more convincing, the Black Keys’ Dan Auerbach worked with her on the album.

To preview her music, go to ValerieJune.com. See her live March 8 at Liberty Hall, 644 Massachusetts St. in Lawrence. Doors open at 7 p.m. Tickets start at $21 at Ticketmaster.com

Greens Eggs and Ham Breakfast

Last year, Reach Out & Read put books into the hands of more than 30,000 children. The Kansas City nonprofit is dedicated to early childhood literacy, and at 7:30 a.m. March 7 at the Westin Crown Center, it hosts the 8th Annual Green Eggs and Ham Breakfast to raise funds for literacy efforts.

And if you’ve never seen Bryan Busby, yes, that Bryan Busby, read a book out loud, you are missing out on one of our city’s best storytellers. He is a whimsical delight. Not only do you get to eat an actual plate of green eggs and ham, you get to hear the story and see kids get lost in the magic of Seuss and reading. Tickets are $60. Purchase by Sunday. ReachOutAndReadKC.org

Golden! Girls Gone Wild!

Late Night Theater is back with a parody like no other. Ron Megee takes “The Golden Girls” to new heights with this lost episode of the groundbreaking ’80s favorite. Megee will play Dorothy, Chadwick Brooks takes on Rose, while Jon Cupit embodies Blanche and Gary Campbell gives us Sophia. Without “The Golden Girls” we would have never seen “Sex and the City.” And the return of Late Night Theater brings back gut-busting laughter and a good time to Kansas City.

The show runs March 7-31 at Missie B’s, 805 W. 39th St. Tickets are $15. $10 extra gets you cheesecake and Crown Royal. I’m just saying. Buy tickets online at UMKC or by calling 816-235-6222.

Beauty & Bow Ties

Nothing says spring like fashion shows and a fierce brand of fun. Some of the city’s brightest designers, stylists and more come together for one glamorous event — Beauty & Bow Ties. The show includes Keefe Kravat, Natalie M, Whitney Manney and more. Get to know your local businesses from 6 to 9 p.m. March 23 at 28 Event Space, 1300 W. 28th St. Tickets start at $35 and include cocktails and appetizers. Buy tickets at KCBBT.Eventbrite.com.

Break and Destroy Tour

If you are a fan of breakers and poppers and the art of dance in general, this tour is for you. CROS1, founder of the Freestyle Sessions, a group hosting breaking events worldwide, brings celebrated breakers the Skill Brat Renegades — Kid David, Casper and Luigi — on a nationwide tour to teach breaking workshops.

It stops in Kansas City from 5 to 8 p.m. March 27 at the Bella Dance Studio, 508 Westport Road, Suite 102. This family-friendly event is a rare chance to get taught by some of the best b-boys in the nation. $30 cover. For more information and registration, look for Break and Destroy Tour Kansas City on Facebook.

Jeneé Osterheldt’s column runs on Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday. To reach her, call 816-234-4380 or send email to josterheldt@kcstar.com. “Like” her page on Facebook and never miss a column. You also can follow her at Twitter.com/jeneeinkc.

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