“Becoming a Man in 127 Easy Steps”
7:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 9, at Lied Center
Writer, performer and educator Scott Turner Schofield will take to the stage to discuss the subject of literally becoming a man — and have some fun in the process. Schofield was the first openly transgender actor on daytime television, starring as Nick on CBS’ “The Bold and the Beautiful.” While creating theater about gender and sexuality, he allows audience members to decide which stories they will hear. 785-864-2787. Tickets are $14-$25 through lied.ku.edu.
Cedric the Entertainer
7:30 and 10 p.m. Friday, Feb. 9, and 7 and 9:45 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 10, at Kansas City Improv
Born in Jefferson City and with a degree in mass communication from Southeast Missouri State University, Cedric Antonio Kyles was a natural to work for State Farm Insurance. Fortunately, he discovered comedy while toiling in St. Louis, and the rest is history. One of “The Original Kings of Comedy,” Cedric the Entertainer has been a fixture on TV and in movies for more than 25 years. 816-759-5233. Tickets are $45-$75 through improvkc.com.
Dance Theatre of Harlem
7:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 9, at Muriel Kauffman Theatre
Shortly after the assassination of Martin Luther King Jr., Arthur Mitchell started a school to teach children — especially those in Harlem, where he was born — about dance and the allied arts. Now in its fourth decade, Dance Theatre of Harlem has grown into a multicultural institution that tours around the world. It will perform here as part of the Harriman-Jewell Series. Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts. 816-415-5025. Tickets are $20-$70 through hjseries.org.
KC Remodel and Garden Show
10 a.m.-9 p.m. Friday-Saturday, Feb. 9-10, and 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 11, at American Royal Center
Paige Davis and tiny houses will be the big attractions at the annual KC Remodel and Garden Show. Attendees will be able to see Davis, a star of Broadway musicals who is the host of the hit TLC show “Trading Spaces,” as well as Zack Giffin, co-host of “Tiny House Nation” on the FYI network. They can also tour the Veterans Community Projects tiny home, get ideas from experts on the Fresh Ideas Stage and check out hundreds of exhibitors. 816-513-4325. Tickets are $8-$10 through kcremodelandgarden.com; 12 and under free.
Kansas City Symphony, “A Tribute to Kansas City Jazz: From Basie to Bebop Featuring Bobby Watson”
8 p.m. Friday-Saturday, Feb. 9-10, and 2 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 11, at Helzberg Hall
Saxophonist, composer and arranger Bobby Watson, who grew up in Kansas City, Kan., will help the Symphony honor our homegrown jazz musicians. Also appearing will be vocalists David Basse and Deborah Brown, trumpet player Hermon Mehari and Chuck Haddix, the producer of KCUR’s “Fish Fry.” Presented in association with the American Jazz Museum. Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts. 816-471-0400. Tickets are $40-$88 through kcsymphony.org.
“Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood” Live
2 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 10, at Muriel Kauffman Theatre
The stage version of the popular PBS children’s program is in its third year of touring with an all-new adventure in the Neighborhood of Make-Believe, where Daniel learns what it takes to be king. All the show’s favorite characters will be on hand to captivate the audience with new songs, magical moments and surprise guests. Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts. 816-994-7222. Tickets are $33.50-$83.50 through kauffmancenter.org.
“Disney Live! Mickey and Minnie’s Doorway to Magic”
12:30 and 3:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 10, at Silverstein Eye Centers Arena
Mickey and Minnie Mouse headline 25 characters, also to include Snow White, Tinker Bell and Aladdin’s Genie, who will present Disney moments and grand illusions. The audience will see the Fairy Godmother transform Cinderella’s rags into a ball gown in a split second and will watch Rapunzel and Flynn rise into the sky amid floating lanterns. 816-442-6100. Tickets are $23-$53 through silversteineyecentersarena.com.
8 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 10, at Arvest Bank Theatre at the Midland
Originally from St. Louis, Kathleen Madigan has been getting paid to make people laugh for nearly 30 years. She is a pure stand-up comic, spending 250 nights a year in clubs while doing occasional TV specials (“Bothering Jesus” on Netflix is her fifth) and making frequent appearances on “The Tonight Show,” “Conan” and every other late-night talk show. 816-283-9921. Tickets are $29.50-$36.50 through midlandkc.com.
Professional Bull Riders Caterpillar Classic
6:45 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 10, and 1:45 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 11, at Sprint Center
Considering that seven of the top 10 riders in the PBR standings entering February were from Brazil, the name at No. 4 stuck out even more than it would have anyway: Ryan Dirteater. Known as the “Cherokee Kid,” Dirteater is from Hulbert, Okla., and he says that is the name he was born with. The idea in bull riding, of course, is to avoid eating dirt, so he’ll try not to live up to his name. 816-949-7100. Tickets are $18-$403 through sprintcenter.com.
“Dixie’s Never Wear a Tube Top While Riding a Mechanical Bull …”
Opens 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 13, at Starlight Cohen Stage
“… and 16 Other Things I Learned While I Was Drinking Last Thursday.” After “Dixie’s Tupperware Party,” which was part of Starlight’s indoors series in 2016, Dixie Longate returns for a sequel boasting a considerably longer title. Kris Andersson debuted his one-person, adults-only show at the 2004 New York International Fringe Festival, and he has been portraying the redheaded Dixie around the country since. Also, 7:30 p.m. Feb. 14-16, 2 and 7:30 p.m. Feb. 17, 2 p.m. Feb. 18. 816-363-7827. Tickets are $31-$76 through kcstarlight.com.
Mardi Gras: Beads, Beans & Booze
5:30 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 13, at 18th & Vine District
If you want to celebrate Fat Tuesday in these parts, this celebration presented by the Northeast Kansas City Chamber of Commerce and American Jazz Museum is your best bet. In addition to Cajun food and a live brass band, highlights will include a King and Queen of Mardi Gras costume contest. VIP tickets will provide transportation to and from the event from multiple stops throughout the area. Tickets are $20-$35 through americanjazzmuseum.org/event/mardi-gras-18th-vine or nekcchamber.com.
“Barefoot in the Park”
Opens 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 14, at New Theatre Restaurant
Cindy Williams, who played Shirley Feeney on the hit sitcom “Laverne & Shirley” in the 1970s, will return to New Theatre to star in the Neil Simon comedy that premiered on Broadway in 1963. The movie “Barefoot in the Park” was a hit in 1967, with Jane Fonda and Robert Redford in the lead roles as young newlyweds who move into a New York City apartment. Runs through April 22. 913-649-7469. Tickets are $34-$60 through newtheatre.com.
Also this week
Classical music and dance
Bach Aria Soloists, “Opus 22: The Organ and BAS,” Feb. 10, Village Presbyterian Church. bachariasoloists.com
Tesla Quartet, Feb. 10, 1900 Building. 1900bldg.com
Lara St. John, violin, and Matt Herskowitz, piano, Feb. 11, Polsky Theatre. jccc.edu/theseries
Kansas City Chamber Orchestra, “Valentine Serenades,” Feb. 13, Californos. kcchamberorchestra.org
“Violet,” Feb. 9-25, Olathe Civic Theatre Association. olathetheatre.org
“Music Musical Monday and Tuesday, Feb. 12-13, MTH Theater at Crown Center. mthkc.com
“Jersey Boys,” Feb. 13, Lied Center. lied.ku.edu
“Junie B. Jones Is Not a Crook,” Theatre for Young America, Feb. 13-March 24, H&R Block City Stage. tya.org
Rodney Carrington, Feb. 9-10, Ameristar. ameristar.com
Music (rock, pop, jazz)
Alan Jackson, Feb. 8, Silverstein Eye Centers Arena. silversteineyecentersarena.com
Blackberry Smoke, Feb. 8, Uptown. uptowntheater.com
Seasons of Blizzard featuring Brillz, 12th Planet and more, Feb. 9-10, Granada. thegranada.com
Jagged Edge with Michael Blackson, Keke Wyatt and Tammy Rivera, Feb. 10, Uptown. uptowntheater.com
Mickey Avalon and Dirt Nasty, Feb. 10, Riot Room. theriotroom.com
Stokley, Feb. 10, VooDoo. voodookc.com
Alasdair Fraser and Natalie Haas, Feb. 11, Lied Center. lied.ku.edu
Big Wild, Feb. 11, RecordBar. therecordbar.com
Jacob Sartorius, Feb. 11, The Truman. thetrumankc.com
Black Rebel Motorcycle Club, Feb. 13, The Truman. thetrumankc.com
Neck Deep, Feb. 14, The Truman. thetrumankc.com
World of Wheels, Feb. 9-11, Bartle Hall. autorama.com/attend/kansascity
“Funville: What Do You Want to Be?” Feb. 10-May 6, Crown Center. crowncenter.com
KC Brew Fest, Feb. 10, Union Station. kansascitybrewfest.com
Emily Ecton for “The Ambrose Deception,” Feb. 13, Rainy Day Books. rainydaybooks.com
Kansas City Comets (indoor soccer) vs. St. Louis, Feb. 9. Silverstein Eye Centers Arena. cometsindoorsoccer.com
UMKC men’s basketball vs. Seattle, Feb. 8; vs. Utah Valley, Feb. 10. Municipal Auditorium. umkckangaroos.com
Kansas City Tornado’s (basketball) vs. Kentucky, Feb. 11. Municipal Auditorium. napbasketball.com
Dragon Invitational Gymnastics Competition, Feb. 9-11, Gage Center. gagecenterevents.com/dragon-invite