Bach Aria Soloists
Friday, May 6, at Karbank Building
As their name suggests, the Bach Aria Soloists are big on the works of Johann Sebastian Bach. But the chamber music ensemble will expand its artistry with its BAS Spectrum, which will include French songs, tangos and other non-Bach compositions. The concert will be followed by a Meet the Soloists Reception.
7:30 p.m. Friday, May 6. Karbank Building at Shawnee Mission Parkway and State Line Road. bachariasoloists.com. $17-$35.
Ink’s Middle of the Map Fest
Concludes Saturday, May 7, at multiple venues
Charles Bradley & His Extraordinaires, Aimee Mann, Manchester Orchestra and others will perform in several venues downtown and in the Crossroads as the festival draws to a close on Saturday. Scheduled to perform Friday are Cold War Kids, Zhu, Vince Staples and the Struts, among others. Thursday bands include Spirit Is the Spirit, San Fermin and the Besnard Lakes.
Through Saturday, May 7. Multiple venues. middleofthemapfest.com. Single day, multi-day and VIP passes are available, prices vary.
Kansas City Burlesque Festival
Thursday, May 5-Saturday, May 7, at multiple venues
With four shows over three nights at three venues, the Kansas City Burlesque Festival will bring in performers from throughout the Midwest and beyond. Opening night will be at the Opera House KC in the River Market, followed by two shows Friday night at Musical Theater Heritage in Crown Center and one show Saturday night at the Folly. The Folly finale will feature competition among burlesque performers accompanied by a live jazz band.
7:30 p.m. Thursday, May 5; 7 and 10 p.m. Friday, May 6; 8 p.m. Saturday, May 7. Opera House Kansas City, Musical Theater Heritage and Folly Theater. 816-545-6000. kcburlesque.com. $15-$65.
Friday, May 6, at Yardley Hall
This is a chance to see a different side of America’s favorite 6-foot blond comic actress. In her show at Johnson County Community College, “See Jane Sing,” Jane Lynch will focus her humor on show tunes and American standards. Lynch hit it big playing Sue Sylvester in “Glee,” but the 55-year-old Illinois native had appeared in TV shows and movies over the years before “Glee.” Friday’s show also will feature Kate Flannery, who appeared in “The Office,” and a five-piece band.
8 p.m. Friday, May 6. JCCC Yardley Hall. 913-469-4445. jccc.edu/performing-arts-series. $55-$175.
Friday, May 6, at Crossroads Arts District
What with the opening of the streetcar, this might be the most crowded First Friday of all time. Among the galleries that will have openings are Hilliard Gallery (Guinotte Wise), Plenum Space Gallery (Zachary Laman), Sherry Leedy Contemporary Art (Jane Booth, Cathy Logan and Stanley Goldberg), Todd Weiner Gallery (Martin Cail) and Weinberger Fine Art (Hunt Slonem). The ArtsKC Block Party also will be going on at 18th and Baltimore.
4 p.m. Friday, May 6. Crossroads Arts District. kccrossroads.org. Free.
Kansas City Ballet “Rite of Spring”
Opens Friday, May 6, at Kauffman Center
This will be your last chance until October to see the local troupe perform, so you might want to get your ballet fix while you can. The program will feature four Kansas City premieres: “Petal” by Helen Pickett, “Diving Into the Lilacs” by Yuri Possokhov, “Vesna” (also a world premiere) by Viktor Plotnikov and “Rite of Spring” by Adam Hougland. The Kansas City Symphony will perform the music.
7:30 p.m. Friday, May 6 (through May 15). Muriel Kauffman Theatre, Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts. 816-931-2232. kcballet.org. $35-$125.
Kansas City Wide Open Disc Golf Tournament
Friday, May 6-Sunday, May 8, at multiple venues
Watching a bunch of people throw Frisbees … sorry, flying discs … around a city park might not sound like an exciting way to spend a weekend. But these guys and gals are professionals. Plus, it’s free. This is the third stop of the season on the Professional Disc Golf Association tour, and it will draw players from across the country. The final round will tee off at about 1:30 p.m. Sunday at the Swope Park course.
8 a.m. Friday, May 6-Saturday, May 7, 7:30 a.m. Sunday, May 8. Blue Valley, Swope and Waterworks parks. kcwideopen.com. Free for spectators.
Friday, May 6-Saturday, May 7, at Kansas Speedway
It used to be that fans went to hockey games waiting for a fight to break out. Now they go to NASCAR races. That’s what can happen when drivers of cars traveling 200 mph make split-second decisions that can cause multicar wrecks. Carl Edwards of Columbia is having one of his best Sprint Cup seasons, and he will lead Jimmie Johnson, Kevin Harvick and all the others into Kansas Speedway for Saturday night’s Go Bowling 400 (not to be confused with the SpongeBob SquarePants 400 in 2015 or the 5-Hour Energy 400 in 2014). The Toyota Tundra 250 truck race will take place Friday night.
7:30 p.m. Friday, May 6, and 6:30 p.m. Saturday, May 7. Kansas Speedway. 866-460-7223. kansasspeedway.com. $15-$149.
Kansas City Derby Fest
Saturday, May 7, at Kansas City Live
Pop quiz: What was the name of thoroughbred racing’s most recent Triple Crown winner and when did it happen? If you knew it was American Pharoah just last year (bonus points if you spelled his name correctly), then you might be an actual horse racing fan. For everybody else, the Kentucky Derby is probably just a good excuse to party. The Derby Day event at the Power & Light District will include food, live music, raffles and, of course, mint juleps. Proceeds benefit the KU Alzheimer’s Disease Center.
3 p.m. Saturday, May 7. Kansas City Live. kcderbyfest.com. $35-$75.
Mother’s Day for Mother Earth
Sunday, May 8, at Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art
Nothing says Mother’s Day like giant puppets. StoneLion Puppet Theatre will use them as it performs “A Mermaid’s Tail (Tale)” at 2 p.m. on the museum’s south lawn as part of the area’s biggest Mother’s Day celebration, which also will feature roving entertainment. Inside the museum will be art activities and demonstrations, tours and storytimes.
Monday, May 9, at Overland Park Sheraton
The Asian American Chamber of Commerce of Kansas City will bring journalist Juju Chang to town to serve as the keynote speaker for this awards event. Chang, who was born in Seoul, South Korea, raised in California and educated at Stanford University, is co-anchor of ABC’s “Nightline” and also reports for “Good Morning America” and “ 20/20.” She has won two Emmy Awards.
5:30 p.m. Monday, May 9. Overland Park Sheraton. 913-338-0774. asianchamberkc.com/celebrasian-2016. $125.
Monday, May 9, at RecordBar
Kyle Kinane is one of those guys you have seen on TV but can’t place his name. He has appeared in shows such as “Love” and “Those Who Can’t” and did a Comedy Central special called “I Liked His Old Stuff Better” last year. He’ll do his stand-up act as part of a RecordBar pop-up comedy event at 1520 Grand Blvd., site of the Terrace on the Grand. Don’t go to the old RecordBar on Westport Road; it has closed.
7 p.m. Monday, May 9. RecordBar, 1520 Grand. 816-753-5207. therecordbar.com. $18.