7:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 1; 7:30 and 10 p.m. Friday, Feb. 2; 7 and 10 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 3, at Kansas City Improv
Many comics take on roles in television and movie comedies, but few have compiled a resume that compares to Adam Ferrara’s. Not only was he a regular on the FX series “Rescue Me” and the Showtime series “Nurse Jackie,” but he also served as co-host on the U.S. version of “Top Gear.” His stand-up career has taken him to clubs around the country, and he has twice been nominated for the American Comedy Award for best male stand-up. 816-759-5233. Tickets are $20-$50 through improvkc.com.
“C.S. Lewis Onstage: The Most Reluctant Convert”
7:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 2, and 4 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 3, at Muriel Kauffman Theatre
Max McLean, founder and artistic director for the Christian-oriented Fellowship for Performing Arts, adapted and stars in this one-man play about British poet and novelist C.S Lewis. The play follows Lewis’ transition from debunker of faith to one of the most influential Christian intellectuals of the 20th century. Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts. 816-994-7222. Tickets are $45.50-$65.50 through kauffmancenter.org.
Red Dress Dash
5-9 p.m. Friday, Feb. 2, at Power & Light District
Men and women of the Kansas City area, this is your chance to wear your favorite red dress and help support the American Heart Association. The event involves running a four-block course, followed by photo booths, face painting, music with DJ Ashton Martin, drink specials and awards, including the “Red Dress Diva” for the woman or man who sports the best red dress during the dash. powerandlightdistrict.com or facebook.com/events/1814733412158800. Free.
8 p.m. Friday, Feb. 2, at Arvest Bank Theatre at the Midland
Before he became America’s favorite fake TV handyman on the ABC television series “Home Improvement” and before he voiced Buzz Lightyear in the “Toy Story” movies, Tim Allen toured the nation as a stand-up comic. With last year’s cancellation of “Last Man Standing” after six seasons on ABC, he now has more time to again perform onstage, with frequent shows at the Mirage in Las Vegas and around the country. 816-283-9921. Tickets are $59.50-$99.50 through midlandkc.com.
“25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee”
Opens 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 3, at Lewis and Shirley White Theatre
Any play with a character named Logainne Schwartzandgrubenierre has got to be funny, and “25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee” certainly is. But it’s also a musical. The winner of two Tony Awards after it premiered on Broadway in 2005, it involves six adolescents competing in a spelling bee and three adults who serve as judges. Runs through Feb. 18. Jewish Community Campus. 913-327-8054. Tickets are $14-$25 through thejkc.org.
“A Modern Night at the Folly”
8 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 3, at Folly
City in Motion Dance Theater will celebrate its 15th annual presentation of modern and contemporary dance. “Modern Night at the Folly,” Kansas City’s only adjudicated choreographers’ showcase, will feature the works of 12 of the region’s most talented choreographers as well as some of the area’s best professional dancers. 816-474-4444. Tickets are $15-$20 through cityinmotion.org or follytheater.org; $30 at door.
“Civility in Public Dialogue”
9 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 3, at Atonement Lutheran Church
Now, here is a timely topic for discussion. The League of Women Voters of Johnson County will sponsor an event featuring Allan Katz, founder of American Public Square, who will share tips and techniques for holding civil conversations. American Public Square’s mission is to bring together non-like-minded people for fact-based, civil conversations about issues. lwvjoco.org. Free.
Discover the Dinosaurs
9 a.m.-7 p.m. Saturday-Sunday, Feb. 3-4, at Bartle Hall
For the second time in less than a month, dinosaurs will invade Kansas City. Not to be confused with Jurassic Quest, which appeared at Hale Arena last month, Discover the Dinosaurs is an interactive exhibit with theatrically designed displays allowing the public to experience realistic dinosaurs and other epic creatures, including sharks and dragons. Tickets are $23 through discoverthedinosaurs.com.
KC Weddings Bridal Spectacular
10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 3, at Overland Park Convention Center
Two fashion shows and more than 100 vendors ranging from catering businesses and reception venues to wedding planners and honeymoon destinations will be the highlights of the KC Weddings Bridal Spectacular. Also on tap will be interactive activities related to wedding planning as well as prizes for every bride. Tickets are $10 through kcweddings.com.
6:45 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 6, at Sprint Center
When last in Kansas City on Labor Day, WWE gave us the legendary John Cena defeating Bray Wyatt in a “Kansas City Street Fight” and plenty of other big-time professional wrestling action. Wrestlers listed as competitors for the return of WWE to the Sprint Center for its SmackDown brand include WWE champion A.J. Styles, former world champion Randy Orton, Kansas City’s own Baron Corbin and women’s SmackDown champion Charlotte. 816-949-7100. Tickets are $18-$113 through sprintcenter.com.
“All the World’s a Stage: Theater and Costume”
Opens Wednesday, Feb. 7, at Nelson-Atkins Museum
Prints and drawings focusing on stage actors and audiences will be gathered for the exhibition “All the World’s a Stage: Theater and Costume.” The show will include works of 19th century French artists Edouard Manet, Paul Gavarni and Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec, as well as 20th century artists such as León Bakst, Marc Chagall and James Ensor. Runs through Aug. 5. 816-751-1278. nelson-atkins.org. Free.
7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 7, at Lied Center
The 2015 Academy Award winner for best picture, “Birdman” features a Grammy Award-winning score by renowned jazz drummer Antonio Sanchez. For this special performance, Sanchez will re-create his score while the film directed by Alejandro Iñárritu and starring Michael Keaton is shown. The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences ruled Sanchez’s score was ineligible for Oscar consideration because it included snippets of Mahler, Tchaikovsky and others. 785-864-2787. Tickets are $14-$25 through lied.ku.edu.
Also this week
Classical music and dance
Kansas City Symphony, Beethoven’s “Eroica” with Bernstein’s Serenade, Feb. 2-4, Kauffman Center. kcsymphony.org
William Baker Festival Singers, Feb. 3, St. Paul’s Episcopal Church. festivalsingers.org
“Bernstein and Beyond,” Free Symphony Happy Hour, Feb. 7, Kauffman Center. kcsymphony.org
“The Toughest Kid in the World,” Theatre for Young America, Feb. 1-7, H&R Block City Stage. tya.org
“Charlotte’s Web,” Folly Kids Series, Feb. 5, Folly. follytheater.org
Music (rock, pop, jazz)
Rory Scovel, Feb. 2, RecordBar. therecordbar.com
Randy Rogers Band, Feb. 3, Uptown. uptowntheater.com
Keys N Krates, Feb. 7, Uptown. uptowntheater.com
Tyler, the Creator, Feb. 7, Arvest Bank Theatre at the Midland. midlandkc.com
Yonder Mountain String Band with the Southern Belles, Feb. 7, Bottleneck. thebottlenecklive.com
First Fridays in the Crossroads, Feb. 2, Crossroads Arts District. kccrossroads.org
“Insuring a Future: The Affordable Care Act and American Health Care Reform,” Feb. 1, Pierson Auditorium. trumanlibraryinstitute.org
Kansas City Chinese Association Chinese New Year Gala, Feb. 3, JCCC Carlesen Center. kcca-online.org/main/home.html
We Love Onesies Bar Crawl, Feb. 3, Power & Light District. eventbrite.com/event/41227451417
Florian Schulz, wildlife photographer, National Geographic Live Series, Feb. 6, Kauffman Center. kauffmancenter.org
Kansas City Mavericks vs. Cincinnati, Feb. 2-3. Silverstein Eye Centers Arena. kcmavericks.com
Kansas City Soul (basketball) vs. St. Louis, Feb. 3. Truman Memorial Building. kansascitysoul.org
Kansas City Tornados (basketball) vs. Albany, Feb. 1. Municipal Auditorium. napbasketball.com
Shamrock FC Mixed Martial Arts, Feb. 3, Ameristar. ameristar.com