7 p.m. Thursday, April 26, at Glenwood Arts Theatre
The Irish author of the Charlie Parker mysteries will appear for “He,” a novel about the comedy team of Stan Laurel and Oliver Hardy, who discovered their true selves when they partnered in the early days of Hollywood. This sneak preview event will include a screening of several Laurel and Hardy short films. 913-384-3126. Tickets are $29.95 through rainydaybooks.com (includes book and voucher for future admission to Glenwood Arts Theatre).
Opens 6:30 p.m. Thursday, April 26, at New Theatre Restaurant
Featuring original music by Tony and Oscar winner Alan Menken, “Sister Act” is based on the 1992 movie starring Whoopi Goldberg as a lounge singer who witnesses a murder and enters protective custody in a convent. Needless to say, the lounge singer has a big impact on the nuns. The play was nominated for five Tony Awards in 2011, including best musical. Runs through July 8. 913-649-7469. Tickets are $34-$60 through newtheatre.com.
7:30 and 10 p.m. Friday, April 27; 7 and 10 p.m. Saturday, April 28; 7 p.m. Sunday, April 29; at Kansas City Improv
The man whom The Washington Post called “the greatest impressionist in ‘Saturday Night Live’ history” — he played Bill Clinton, Al Gore and Donald Trump (before losing the gig to Alec Baldwin) — will bring his many characters to Kansas City. Darrell Hammond was an “SNL” regular for 14 years and is now the show’s announcer. 816-759-5233. Tickets are $25-$55 through improvkc.com.
7 p.m. Friday, April 27, at Sprint Center
After the worldwide success of the movie “Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle,” Kevin Hart has signed to star in “Jumanji 2,” “Ride Along 3” and two other movies, and he already has filmed “Night School,” which he also wrote. But he still makes time to tour the nation and the world with his stand-up comedy act. He will perform in the Sprint Center for the first time since August 2015. 816-949-7100. Tickets are $32.50-$128 through sprintcenter.com.
Opens 8 p.m. Friday, April 27, at Copaken Stage
Kansas City Repertory Theatre’s new works program, OriginKC, will present “Brother Toad” by KC Rep resident playwright Nathan Louis Jackson. It is about two families searching for answers to gun violence in our city streets. Also part of OriginKC will be “Welcome to Fear City” (April 28-May 27) and “Letters From Freedom Summer” (May 4-13). Runs through May 27. 816-235-2700. Tickets are $30-$61 through kcrep.org.
10 a.m. Saturday, April 28, at Theis Park
This 30th annual event draws thousands of people to a community celebration that raises awareness and funds in the battle to combat AIDS. Walkers, who cover about 3 1/2 miles starting south of the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, are asked to create fundraising pages online and to recruit friends, family members and others to support the cause. All the money raised remains in Kansas City, helping four major organizations. aidswalkkansascity.org. Free.
Best of Missouri Life Market Fair
10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday-Sunday, April 28-29, at Powell Gardens
As if the springtime blooms weren’t enough reason to spend a day at Powell Gardens, visitors will be able to chat with Mark Twain and Daniel Boone at this inaugural event held in collaboration with Missouri Life magazine. Missouri-made products will be the focus as craftsmen, artists, brewers, distillers and winemakers sell their wares. Actors portraying famous Missourians will be on hand, as will musicians, and food right off the farm will be available. 816-697-2600. powellgardens.org/marketfair. Regular admission, $4-$10.
“The Big Picture”
Opens Saturday, April 28, at Nelson-Atkins Museum
Photographs acquired through a $10 million grant from the Hall Family Foundation in 2015 will go on display in “The Big Picture.” With more than 800 photos in all 3,000 square feet of the photography galleries, the exhibition culminates two years of acquisitions and spans the history of the medium, from an 1826 print by photography inventor Joseph Nicéphore Niépce to a 2016 work by musician and artist Patti Smith. Runs through Oct. 7. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Wednesday and Saturday-Sunday, 10 a.m.-9 p.m. Thursday-Friday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. 816-751-1278. nelson-atkins.org. Free.
Lyric Opera, “The Barber of Seville”
Opens 7:30 p.m. Saturday, April 28, at Muriel Kauffman Theatre
More than 200 years after its 1816 premiere in Rome, Rossini’s “The Barber of Seville” remains perhaps the world’s most popular comic opera. The Lyric Opera’s production will tweak the original story, drawing inspiration from the magical realism of filmmaker Pedro Almodóvar. It will be sung in Italian with English subtitles. Also, 7:30 p.m. May 2 and 4, 2 p.m. May 6. Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts. 816-471-7344. Tickets are $35.50-$190.50 through kcopera.org.
Maks, Val & Peta Live on Tour: “Confidential”
7:30 p.m. Sunday, April 29, at Arvest Bank Theatre at the Midland
Fans of ABC’s “Dancing With the Stars” know them by their first names, but for the uninitiated our local stage will be graced by brothers Maksim and Valentin Chmerkovskiy and fellow professional dancer Peta Murgatroyd. Promotional material for the tour says, “ ‘Confidential’ will be their most honest show yet, revealing secrets, hopes and dreams.” 816-283-9921. Tickets are $39.50-$89.50 through midlandkc.com.
“Weird Al” Yankovic
8 p.m. Sunday, April 29, at Folly
The son of Nick Louis Yankovic, who was born in Kansas City, Kan., has been singing funny parody songs (“My Bologna,” “Eat It,” “Like a Surgeon” and dozens of others) for more than three decades. In 2014, “Weird Al” Yankovic’s “Mandatory Fun” became the first comedy album to debut at No. 1 on the Billboard Top 200 chart, and it won a Grammy Award for best comedy album. He will be honored with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame later this year. 816-474-4444. follytheater.org. Sold out.
7:30 p.m. Tuesday, May 1, at Muriel Kauffman Theatre
One of only four astronauts to have piloted a space shuttle, flown on a Russian Soyuz spacecraft, performed space walks and commanded the International Space Station, Terry Virts also took more photographs than any previous astronaut. Many of those images were used in the National Geographic book “View From Above: An Astronaut Looks at the World” and in the IMAX film “A Beautiful Planet.” Virts will appear as part of the National Geographic Live Series. Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts. 816-994-7200. kauffmancenter.org. $41.50-$64.50.
Also this week
Classical music and dance
City in Motion Dance Theater, “Homage,” April 27-28, H&R Block City Stage. cityinmotion.org
Kansas City Chamber Orchestra, “New Spring Horizons,” April 27, Kauffman Center. kcchamberorchestra.org
Störling Dance Theater, “Greatest Hits 2.0,” April 27-28, Culture House Stage. storlingdance.org
Soprano Julia Bullock, April 28, Folly. hjseries.org
St. Joseph Symphony, “Made in America,” April 28, Missouri Theater. saintjosephsymphony.org
Truls Mørk and Behzod Abduraimov, May 1, 1900 Building. 1900bldg.com
UMKC Finale, Conservatory Orchestra and Choirs, May 1, Kauffman Center. kauffmancenter.org
James Johann, April 24-28, Stanford and Sons. stanfordscomedyclub.com
Music (rock, pop, jazz)
Alvvays, April 26, Record Bar. therecordbar.com
Chicano Batman with Amasa Hines, April 26, Madrid. madridtheatre.com
Denny Laine and the Cryers, April 26, Knuckleheads. knuckleheadskc.com
Jessie Ware, April 27, Madrid. madridtheatre.com
Marian Hill with Michl, April 27, The Truman. thetrumankc.com
Rogue Wave, April 27, Riot Room. theriotroom.com
SFJAZZ Collective, April 27, Folly. follytheater.org
Travis Tritt, April 27, Ameristar. ameristar.com
Vance Joy with Lovelytheband, April 27, Arvest Bank Theatre at the Midland. midlandkc.com
Cris Williamson, April 28, All Souls Unitarian Universalist Church. brownpapertickets.com/event/3368089
The Elders, April 28, Kanza Hall. oneblocksouthkc.com
Franz Ferdinand, April 28, The Truman. thetrumankc.com
John Mueller’s 1950’s Dance Party, April 28, VooDoo. voodookc.com
Riff Raff, April 28, Bottleneck. thebottlenecklive.com
YFN Lucci, April 29, Granada. thegranada.com
Jonathan Davis, May 1, The Truman. thetrumankc.com
As the Crow Flies, May 2, The Truman. thetrumankc.com
David Lindley, May 2, Knuckleheads. knuckleheadskc.com
Patty Griffin with AHI, May 2, Liberty Hall. libertyhall.net
ArtPop, April 26, Kansas City Art Institute. donate.kcai.edu/events/artpop/tickets
Vintage Market Days, April 26-28, Zona Rosa. zonarosa.com
City Wide Bike Ride, April 27, West Bottoms. westbottomsreborn.com
Olate Dogs, April 27, Lied Center. lied.ku.edu
Downtown Wine Walk, April 28, Downtown KC. powerandlightdistrict.com
Parkville Microbrew Fest, April 28, English Landing Park. parkvillemicrobrewfest.com
Spring Parade of Homes, April 28-May 13, throughout area. kcparadeofhomes.com
Keegan Allen for “Hollywood: Photos and Stories From Foreverland,” April 27, Unity Temple on the Plaza. rainydaybooks.com
Clemantine Wamariya for “The Girl Who Smiled Beads: A Story of War and What Comes After,” May 2, Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art. rainydaybooks.com
Royals vs. Chicago White Sox, April 26-29. Kauffman Stadium. mlb.com/royals
Trolley Run, April 29, Waldo. trolleyrun.org