KC events May 3-9: Royals, Sporting KC, ‘Lion King,’ Martin Lawrence, Audra McDonald

“The Lion King” opens at the Music Hall on Wednesday, May 9. It runs through May. 27.
“The Lion King” opens at the Music Hall on Wednesday, May 9. It runs through May. 27. Disney

Royals vs. Detroit

1:15 p.m. Thursday, May 3; 7:15 p.m. Friday, May 4; 3:15 p.m. Saturday, May 5; 1:15 p.m. Sunday, May 6; at Kauffman Stadium

The home team will provide something for almost everybody on this homestand. Thursday’s game will be School Day at The K, complete with a meteorology lesson on the field before the game. Friday will bring Star Wars Night featuring a Sal (Salvador Perez) Solo bobblehead for those purchasing a special ticket. There also will be giveaways Saturday (Sluggerrr bobbleheads) and Sunday (Kansas City Monarchs vintage hats), when the teams will wear throwback Negro Leagues uniforms. 800-676-9257. Tickets are $19-$139 through mlb.com/royals.

Brookside Art Annual

5-9 p.m. Friday, May 4; 10 a.m.-9 p.m. Saturday, May 5; 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday, May 6; at Brookside Shopping District

Artists from around the region and beyond will exhibit their works at what has become one of the Midwest’s top spring art shows. In addition to the dozens of booths with paintings, sculptures, photographs and more, there will be food booths operated by local restaurants. The show also will include children’s activities on Saturday and Sunday, as well as music in the evenings. 63rd and Brookside between Main and Wornall. 816-523-5553. brooksidekc.org/art-annual.

Kansas City Burlesque Festival

7 and 9:30 p.m. Friday, May 4, at Opera House and 7:30 p.m. Saturday, May 5, at Folly

The three shows over two nights at two venues will bring the best of variety and burlesque to Kansas City. Spectacularly Burlesque at 7 p.m. Friday will feature an open category of performance, followed by the Late Night Stage Strut “sexy” show. The Burlesque & Variety Extravaganza and the Classic Performer Competition will highlight Saturday’s entertainment. Tickets are $25-$100 through kcburlesque.com.

Kansas City Plein Air Art Festival

Friday, May 4, through May 12 at Penn Valley Park

Visitors to Penn Valley Park can watch artists creating their own masterpieces over this eight-day event, which also will include quick-paint competitions at Union Station (7:30-9:30 p.m. May 4), Roanoke Park (5-8 p.m. May 6), Penn Valley Park (6-8 p.m. May 8) and Union Cemetery (5-8 p.m. May 10). An awards reception will be held 6-9 p.m. May 12 at Buttonwood Art Space. pleinairkc.com. Free.

LIT AF Tour hosted by Martin Lawrence

7:30 p.m. Friday, May 4, at Sprint Center

You can enjoy five comics for the price of one as Bruce Bruce, Jay Pharoah, Adele Givens and Benji Brown will join Martin Lawrence at this comedy extravaganza. Lawrence, who has starred in films (“Big Momma’s House,” “Bad Boys,” “Wild Hogs” and “Life”) and television (“Martin”), serves as the master of ceremonies for the 16-city tour that started March 31 in Atlantic City. 816-949-7000. Tickets are $35-$150 through sprintcenter.com.

Wings Over Weston

9 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday, May 5, at Weston Bend State Park

You don’t have to be a serious bird-watcher to appreciate our many feathered friends. Wings Over Weston, the state’s largest annual birding festival, will include plenty of educational elements at 30-plus interactive stations, as well as games, arts and crafts, bird banding and visiting birds of prey from Operation Wildlife and Raptor Rehab. mostateparks.com/event/70806/wings-over-weston. Free.

Audra McDonald with Kansas City Symphony

8 p.m. Saturday, May 5, at Helzberg Hall

Having earned a record six Tony Awards as well as two Grammy Awards and a National Medal of Arts in 2015, Audra McDonald is perhaps Broadway’s biggest star. But she also has performed dramatic roles on television (“Private Practice” and “The Good Fight”) and movies. She is now on a North American concert tour that will bring her here for a one-night-only performance with the Kansas City Symphony. Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts. 816-471-0400. Tickets are $49-$69 through kcsymphony.org.

Sporting Kansas City vs. Colorado

7:30 p.m. Saturday, May 5, at Children’s Mercy Park

Early in a March 24 match at Colorado, Sporting trailed 2-0 and had surrendered a whopping nine goals through three games and eight minutes. Then something clicked. Kansas City rallied to tie the Rapids 2-2, then won three of its next four games with shutouts — including 6-0 over Vancouver on April 20 in its most recent home match — to take a healthy lead in the Western Conference of Major League Soccer. Sporting’s seven-match unbeaten streak ended with a 1-0 loss at New England on April 28. 913-387-3400. Tickets are $35-$64 through sportingkc.com.

“Whose Live Anyway?”

8 p.m. Saturday, May 5, at Arvest Bank Theatre at the Midland

The show’s title is a bit awkward, but that’s because it is a takeoff on the name of the long-running improvisational TV show on which it is based, “Whose Line Is It Anyway?” Cast members Ryan Stiles, Greg Proops, Jeff B. Davis and Joel Murray will provide 90 minutes of improvised comedy and song based on audience suggestions. 816-283-9921. Tickets are $38-$78 through midlandkc.com.

Truman Day

Saturday, May 5, at Truman Library and throughout Independence

All of Independence will celebrate its native son’s 134th birthday, although President Harry Truman’s actual birthday is May 8. In addition to $1 admission at historic sites such as the Truman Library and Museum, Truman Home, National Frontier Trails Museum, Vaile Mansion, Bingham-Waggoner Estate, Chicago & Alton Depot and 1859 Jail and Marshall Home, there will be activities on the Independence Square. visitindependence.com/event/harry-trumans-birthday.

Disney Junior Dance Party

6 p.m. Wednesday, May 9, at Arvest Bank Theatre at the Midland

Real kids will join popular Disney Junior characters in a new interactive concert experience. Young audience members can sing along with Mickey and the Roadster Racers, Sofia the First, Puppy Dog Pals, Elena of Avalor, Doc McStuffins, Vampirina, The Lion Guard and others, and kids will be invited to leave their seats to dance and play games. 816-283-9921. Tickets are $34.50-$44.50 through midlandkc.com.

“The Lion King”

Opens 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, May 9, at Music Hall

Broadway Across America will stage Kansas City’s show of the year with its touring production of “The Lion King,” winner of six Tony Awards, including best musical, in 1998. Featuring music by Elton John and Tim Rice, the Disney story of a young lion and his evil uncle features familiar songs and giant puppets. Although the run will include 23 shows, tickets are liable to be scarce. Runs through May 27. 816-421-7500. Tickets are $40-$147 through broadwayinkc.com.

Also this week

Classical music and dance

Kansas City Contemporary Music Festival, May 4, Bauer Event Space. newear.org

KC Contemporary Dance, “Through Her Eyes, May 5, H&R Block City Stage. boxoffice.unionstation.org

Midwest Chamber Ensemble, “Mozart and Ravel,” May 5-6, Community Christian Church and Lutheran Church of the Resurrection. midwestchamberensemble.org

Kansas City Chorale, “Music of the British Isles,” May 6, 1900 Building, and May 8, St. Paul’s Episcopal. kcchorale.org

Overland Park Orchestra, Spring Concert, May 6, Tomahawk Ridge Community Center. oporchestra.com

William Baker Festival Singers, 20th Anniversary Gala Celebration, May 6, St. Mary’s Episcopal Church. festivalsingers.org


“Letters From Freedom Summer,” May 4-13, Spencer Theatre. kcrep.org

Young Playwrights’ Festival, May 6, Coterie. thecoterie.org


Anthony Jeselnik, May 3, Arvest Bank Theatre at the Midland. midlandkc.com

Gus Dapperton, May 3, Encore at Uptown. uptowntheater.com

Music (rock, pop, jazz)

Baile An Salsa, May 4, Drexel Hall. irishcenterkc.org

Blunts & Blondes with Bandlez, Xaebor and more, May 4. VooDoo. voodookc.com

Kansas City Jazz Orchestra, “Off the Wall: Pop Hits of the ’80s,” May 4, Helzberg Hall. kcjazzorchestra.net

Little River Band, May 4, Ameristar. ameristar.com

Merle Jam with Jason D Williams, Slim Hanson and the Poor Choices and more, May 4, Knuckleheads. knuckleheadskc.com

MisterWives with Flor, May 4, The Truman. thetrumankc.com

Ben Gulley, May 5, MTH Second Stage. mthkc.com

Campanas De America, May 5, Ameristar. ameristar.com

Flyover 2018 with Post Malone, Lil Pump, Flatbush Zombies and more, May 5, Providence Amphitheater. providenceamp.com

Merle Jam with Robert Randolph and the Family Band and more, May 5, Knuckleheads. knuckleheadskc.com

Phil Vassar, May 5, Yardley Hall. jccc.edu/theseries

Sofi Tukker, May 5, Riot Room. theriotroom.com

Jazz & Jackie Celebration featuring flutist Althea Rene and saxophonist Jeanette Harris, May 6, Gem. eventbrite.com/event/44500927472

Las Arpias, May 6, Arvest Bank Theatre at the Midland. midlandkc.com

Babymetal, May 8, Uptown. uptowntheater.com

Black Stone Cherry, May 8, Madrid. madridtheatre.com

Day26, May 8, Riot Room. theriotroom.com

Byrne and Kelly, May 9, Drexel Hall. irishcenterkc.org

DigiTour: Arctic Lights, May 9, Bottleneck. thebottlenecklive.com

Soulfly with Nile, May 9, Riot Room. theriotroom.com

Visual arts

First Fridays in the Crossroads, May 4, Crossroads Arts District. kccrossroads.org


May the Fourth Be With You Skating Party, May 4, Line Creek Community Center. kcparks.org

40th Anniversary Celebration, May 5, Deanna Rose Children’s Farmstead. artsandrec-op.org/farmstead

Derby Party, May 5, Kansas City Museum. kansascitymuseum.org

Let’s Play! Festival, May 5, Case Park/West Terrace Park. kcparks.org

Marble Day, May 5, Moon Marble Company Store. marbleday.com

Polski Day Celebration, May 5, All Saints Parish. polskiday.com

Wanderfest! May 6, 31st and Cherry. facebook.com/events/793510454149802

Woofstock, May 6, Zona Rosa. zonarosa.com

Book talks

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

Paula McLain for “Love and Ruin,” May 8, Unity Temple on the Plaza. rainydaybooks.com

Denise Kiernan for “The Last Castle: The Epic Story of Love, Loss, and American Royalty in the Nation’s Largest Home,” May 9, Mid-Continent Public Library-Woodneath Library Center. mymcpl.org or rainydaybooks.com


Lakeside Speedway: Charlie Kraft Memorial, May 4. lakesidespeedway.net

Outpacing Melanoma 5K, May 6, Corporate Woods. outpacingmelanoma.org

Celebrity Golf Classic, May 7, Staley Farms Golf Club. thirdandlong.org