KC events Feb. 21-27: KC Symphony’s ‘The Music of Michael Jackson’; Western Farm Show

The Kansas City Symphony is presenting “The Music of Michael Jackson.”
The Kansas City Symphony is presenting “The Music of Michael Jackson.” AP, file

“The Full Monty”

Opens 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 21, at Arts Asylum

The play, as well as the term, “The Full Monty” came to us from Great Britain, where it originated as a hit 1997 movie. The Americanized musical, with a score by David Yazbek, followed in 2000 and earned 10 Tony Award nominations (winning none). It transplants the story to Buffalo, N.Y., but the plot remains the same: Unemployed steelworkers decide to form a troupe of male strippers. Runs through March 3. 913-432-9100. Tickets are $15-$20 through thebarnplayers.org.

“Seven Guitars”

Opens 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 21, at Warwick Theatre

Metropolitan Ensemble Theatre will present the sixth in August Wilson’s American Century Cycle, a decade-by-decade exploration of the black experience in America. “Seven Guitars” is set in 1948 in a Pittsburgh tenement, where friends gather to mourn the death of a blues guitarist and singer who recently had been released from jail and become an overnight sensation with his record “That’s All Right.” Runs through March 10. 816-569-3226. Tickets are $15-$54 through metkc.org.

Sporting Kansas City vs. Deportivo Toluca FC

7 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 21, at Children’s Mercy Park

If it seems a bit early in the year to be playing soccer, it is. This CONCACAF Champions League match will be Sporting Kansas City’s earliest-ever competitive match. Seven days later, the squad will travel to Toluca, Mexico, for the second-leg fixture that will take Sporting to another extreme — 8,750 feet, its highest altitude for a match. Sporting will open Major League Soccer play March 3 at Los Angeles FC. 913-387-3400. Tickets are $35-$80 through sportingkc.com.

Kansas City Symphony, “The Music of Michael Jackson”

8 p.m. Friday-Saturday, Feb. 22-23, at Helzberg Hall

The King of Pop will be the star of the show as the Kansas City Symphony traces the musical history of Michael Jackson from his emergence as a 10-year-old lead singer for the Jackson 5 to his death 40 years later. Among the hits the symphony will perform are “ABC,” “I’ll Be There,” “Got to Be There,” “Beat It,” “Thriller” and “Billy Jean.” Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts. 816-471-0400. Tickets are $40-$95 through kcsymphony.org.

Lil Duval

8 p.m. Friday, Feb. 22, at Arvest Bank Theatre at the Midland

Standing 5 feet 2 and hailing from Jacksonville, Fla., in Duval County, comedian Roland Powell’s nom de guerre seems to be a good fit. Lil Duval, who has been a regular on the MTV2 shows “Guy Code” and “Hip Hop Squares,” also has dipped his toe into the musical world. His debut solo single “Smile (Living My Best Life)” reached No. 1 on the R&B/Hip-Hop Airplay chart last year. 816-283-9921. Tickets are $52-$75 through arvestbanktheatre.com.

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“School Girls; Or, The African Mean Girls Play”

Opens 8 p.m. Friday, Feb. 22, at Copaken Stage

This will be the regional premiere for “School Girls; Or, The African Mean Girls Play,” which became a hit after it debuted Off-Broadway barely 15 months ago. Kansas City Repertory Theatre will present the comedy that reimagines the nasty-teen-girls genre of “Mean Girls” and “Heathers” in Ghana, where a new arrival from America challenges the hierarchy of teen royalty at an exclusive boarding school. Runs through March 17. 816-235-2700. Tickets are $35-$63 through kcrep.org.

Seraphic Fire with American Brass Quintet

8 p.m. Friday, Feb. 22, at Yardley Hall

The internationally renowned American Brass Quintet will join Miami-based vocal ensemble Seraphic Fire to explore the Spanish tradition of music for voice and brass. In addition to being an ensemble-in-residence at the Aspen Music Festival since 1970, the American Brass Quintet was the 2013 recipient of the Richard J. Bogomolny National Service Award, Chamber Music America’s highest honor. Seraphic Fire will close the Aspen Music Festival’s eight-week 2019 season. Johnson County Community College. 913-469-4445. Tickets are $21-$35 through jccc.edu/theseries.


7:30 and 10 p.m. Friday, Feb. 22, and 7 and 10 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 23, at Kansas City Improv

“Jackass” ran on MTV from 2000 to 2002, and perhaps no television show was more aptly titled. Stephen Glover (Steve-O) was one of the show’s leading sadomasochists willing to do almost anything for a laugh. The graduate of clown college has gone on to write a memoir and act in movies and TV shows. Now he is taking his Bucket List Tour — featuring footage of new stunts — to comedy clubs around the nation. 816-759-5233. Tickets are $25-$50 through improvkc.com.

Western Farm Show

9 a.m.-5 p.m. Friday-Saturday, Feb. 22-23, and 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 24, at American Royal Complex

OK, the Western Farm Show might not appeal to everybody. But if you’re a farmer or rancher — or think you might someday want to become a farmer or a rancher — this event is almost nirvana. With 500 exhibitors and 400,000 square feet of exhibit space, the show will provide displays of the latest products, new equipment, farm structures and tools, as well as demonstrations, health screenings and more. Tickets are $10 at westernfarmshow.com

Ethel with Robert Mirabal

7:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 23, at White Recital Hall

The New York-based Ethel is not your typical string quartet. Ralph Farris (viola), Kip Jones (violin), Dorothy Lawson (cello) and Corin Lee (violin) play with the flair of a rock band, using amplification and integrating improvisation into their concerts. Joining them in performing “The River” will be renowned Native American flute player Robert Mirabal. James C. Olson Performing Arts Center. 816-235-2799. Tickets are $25 through conservatory.umkc.edu.

“Mr. Popper’s Penguins”

Opens 10 a.m. Tuesday, Feb. 26, at Coterie Theatre

If you’ve seen the 2011 movie by the same name starring Jim Carrey, forget about it. There is no Manhattan real estate mogul in the musical “Mr. Popper’s Penguins,” which more closely follows the 1938 children’s book by Richard and Florence Atwater. The musical is set in the town of Stillwater, where times are tough for Mr. and Mrs. Popper before the unexpected arrival of a flock of penguins changes their lives. Runs through March 31. 816-474-6552. Tickets are $13-$17 through thecoterie.org.

Spire Chamber Ensemble, “Brahms’ Requiem”

7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 26, at Village Presbyterian Church

The Spire Chamber Ensemble, a choir and orchestra composed of artists who travel to Kansas City to perform together, will present one of the great choral works of the Romantic era. Composer, conductor and concert pianist Johannes Brahms enjoyed playing piano duets with his friend Clara Schumann, and that joy emerges from his German Requiem for two pianos, soloists and chorus. Tickets are $25 through spirechamberensemble.org.

Also this week

Classical music and dance

Overland Park Orchestra, Winter Concert, Feb. 23, Atonement Lutheran Church. oporchestra.org

Mid America Freedom Band: Black, White, and Gray, Feb. 24, National WWI Museum. theworldwar.org

Trombones of the St. Louis Symphony, Feb. 25, White Recital Hall. conservatory.umkc.edu


“Vagina Monologues,” Feb. 21-22, UMKC Student Union Theatre. tickets.cto.umkc.edu

Joel Nichols, Feb. 22, MTH Theater at Crown Center Stage Two. mthkc.com


Raybould Brothers, Feb. 21-23, Red Front Bar & Grill. eventbrite.com

Jiggy Jigarjian and Nate Armbruster, Feb. 22-23, Clint’s Comedy Stop. clintscomedystop.com

Music (rock, pop, jazz)

Space Jesus with Boku, ToadFace and Huxley Anne, Feb. 21, Madrid. madridtheatre.com

Turnpike Troubadours with Vincent Neil Emerson, Feb. 21, Granada. thegranada.com

Aaron Watson, Feb. 22, Uptown. uptowntheater.com

Abbamania, Feb. 23, Uptown. uptowntheater.com

Gene Watson, Feb. 23, Ameristar. ameristarkansascity.com

Hot Club KC, Feb. 24, Polsky Theatre. jccc.edu/theseries

BJ Barham, Feb. 25, Knuckleheads. knuckleheadskc.com

Ella Mai, Feb. 27, Granada. thegranada.com

Kiss, Feb. 27, Sprint Center. sprintcenter.com

Kurt Vile and the Violators, Feb. 27, The Truman. thetrumankc.com

Sara Watkins, Sarah Jarosz and Aoife O’Donovan: I’m with Her, Feb. 27, Folly. knuckleheadskc.com


Overland Park RV & Outdoor Show, Feb. 22-24, Overland Park Convention Center. opconventioncenter.com/event/overland-park-rv-and-outdoor-show-2019

World of Wheels, Feb. 22-24, Bartle Hall. autorama.com/attend/kansascity

Kansas City Japanese Film Festival, Feb. 24, Alamo Drafthouse. brownpapertickets.com/event/4047841


Kansas City Mavericks (hockey) vs. Toledo, Feb. 22; vs. Kalamazoo, Feb. 23; vs. Idaho, Feb. 27. Silverstein Eye Centers Arena. kcmavericks.com

Kansas City Comets (indoor soccer) vs. Orlando, Feb. 24. Silverstein Eye Centers Arena. cometsindoorsoccer.com

Kansas City Tornadoes vs. Tampa Bay, Feb. 24-25. Hy-Vee Arena. kctornadoes.com

Rivalry at the Rink, Feb. 21, Silverstein Eye Centers Arena. silversteineyecentersarena.com

Indoor Triathlon, Feb. 24, Jewish Community Center. thejkc.org/indoortri

Stanley Cup, Feb. 26-27, Summit Ice. lsparks.net


Taco Topia. 5-10 p.m. Feb. 22. $15-$50. Toyota Plaza, Children’s Mercy Park, One Sporting Way, Kansas City, Kan. tacotopiaevent.com

Raven’s Nest Winemaker Dinner Series with Jerry Seps of Storybook Mountain, Napa Valley, Calif. 6 p.m. Feb. 26. $165. Corvino Supper Club & Tasting Room, 1830 Walnut. corvino.com, 816-832-4564

Grand Opening Party. 6 p.m.-midnight Feb. 21. Guy Fieri’s Dive & Taco Joint, 1333 Walnut. powerandlightdistrict.com/eat-and-drink/guy-fieris-dive-and-taco-joint

Pink Strawberry Sangria Sunday. 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Feb. 24. Jowler Creek Winery, 16905 Jowler Creek Road, Platte City. jowlercreek.com, 816-858-5528

Boulevard Beer Dinner. 6-9 p.m. Feb. 25. $50. Lazia, 2101 Central. eventbrite.com/event/55975304643 or crossroadshotelkc.com/food-and-drink/lazia-restaurant, 866-531-2400

Wassail Celebration and Feast. 5-9 p.m. Feb. 23. $75. Powell Gardens, 1609 NW U.S. 50, 30 miles east of Kansas City. powellgardens.org, 816-697-2600

Clos de la Chapelle Wine Dinner with Mark and Lynn O’Connell. 8:30 p.m. Feb. 26. $185. The Restaurant at 1900, 1900 Shawnee Mission Parkway, Mission Woods. therestaurantat1900.com, 913-730-1900