.Sporting KC vs LA Galaxy | Saturday
Kansas City’s powerhouse sports franchise picked up right where it left off in 2011. After advancing to the Eastern conference championship a year ago, Peter Vermes’ team has jumped to a 4-0 record this season and currently sits in first place in the Eastern conference with 12 points. Sporting hosts international soccer golden boy David Beckham and the Los Angeles Galaxy (1-2) on Saturday at 3 p.m. at Livestrong Sporting Park. Tickets are $20-$67 through sportingkc.com.Easter events | Saturday Zona Rosa: Kansas City’s annual Easter parade returns for its seventh year at Town Square and the streets of Zona Rosa. The parade beings at 11 a.m., and there will also be an awards ceremony, petting zoo and a performance by Mr. Stinky Feet. Details at zonarosa.com
The Legends Outlets: A kid-friendly Easter event includes giveaways, a petting zoo and games. Details at legendsshopping.com
You can eat a pancake breakfast with the Easter bunny and hunt for Easter eggs. Admission is $16 for adults and $11.25 for children. Reservations are required and can be made by calling 816-697-2600, ext. 209.Giada De Laurentiis | Thursday Celebrity chef and New York Times-best selling cookbook author Giada De Laurentiis comes to Kansas City to talk about her new book, “Weeknights With Giada: Quick and Simple Recipes to Revamp Dinner.” She has had her own Target product line since 2010 and hosts “Giada at Home” on the Food Network as well as several programs on the Cooking Channel. See her at 8 p.m. at the Midland. Tickets to the Rainy Day Books event are $25-$45 at midlandkc.com
.‘James and the Giant Peach’ | Opens Tuesday
Performances begin Tuesday for the Coterie Theatre production of “James and the Giant Peach,” a family show based on a Roald Dahl story featuring, among other things, talking insects and a giant rhinoceros. Ernie Nolan directs a cast that includes Walter Coppage, Molly Denninghoff, Ryan Emmons, Enjoli Gavin, Marshall Hopkins, Ron Megee and Matt Weiss. The show officially opens April 13 and runs through May 18. Call 816-474-6552 or go to www.coterietheatre.org.
Compiled by Ink’s Dugan Arnett with The Star’s Robert Trussell contributing