Watch the mesmerizing “Reflecting Motion” kinetic artwork at Union Station
“Lexicon: The Language of Gesture in 25 Years at Kemper Museum”
Opening reception, 6-8 p.m. Thursday, May 16, at Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art
Kemper Museum’s 25th anniversary year will continue with this exhibition featuring 41 works from the museum’s permanent collection, including well-known pieces by artists such as Louise Bourgeois, Deborah Butterfield, Petah Coyne and Frank Stella and relatively new works by Liza Lou (including the recently acquired “Noctilucent”) and Do-Ho Suh. Artist talk with Liza Lou, 6 p.m. May 17; runs through Aug. 25. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Tuesday-Wednesday and Saturday-Sunday, 10 a.m.-9 p.m. Thursday-Friday. 816-753-5784. kemperart.org. Free.
“The Moth Mainstage”
7:30 p.m. Thursday, May 16, at Folly Theater
“The Moth Radio Hour,” a Peabody Award-winning public radio program that airs locally on KCUR, presents people from all walks of life telling true stories about their experiences — live and without notes. The stage version will feature five storytellers who have developed and shaped their stories with “Moth” directors. 816-474-4444. follytheater.org. Sold out.
“The Last Podcast On The Left”
8 p.m. Friday, May 17, at Arvest Bank Theatre at the Midland
If you have a thing for horror movies, cults, serial killers or anything gruesome, “The Last Podcast on the Left” can scratch your itch — and provide some laughs along the way. The stars of the weekly podcast, longtime friends Ben Kissel, Marcus Parks and Henry Zebrowski, are touring the nation with live shows where they discuss horrors both real and imaginary. 816-283-9921. Tickets are $25-$50 through arvestbanktheatre.com.
Kansas City Symphony, “Stern Conducts Mahler’s Third”
8 p.m. Friday-Saturday, May 17-18, and 2 p.m. Sunday, May 19, at Helzberg Hall
Voted the 10th greatest symphony of all time in a BBC Music Magazine survey of conductors last year, Mahler’s Symphony No. 3 from 1896 is his longest piece and will be the sole focus of the Kansas City Symphony and director Michael Stern. They will be joined by the women of the Kansas City Symphony Chorus, the Allegro Choirs of Kansas City and mezzo-soprano Kelley O’Connor. Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts. 816-471-0400. Tickets are $25-$90 through kcsymphony.org.
Kansas City T-Bones vs. Fargo-Moorhead
7:05 p.m. Friday-Saturday, May 17-18, and 1:05 p.m. Sunday, May 19, at T-Bones Stadium
After winning the American Association championship last year, the T-Bones appear to be loaded with talent as they open the 2019 season and begin their effort to repeat. Leading the returning players is right-handed pitcher Tommy Collier, who went 12-3 during the 2018 regular season. Among the T-Bones’ newcomers is former major league pitcher Randall Delgado, who went 13-6 with Arizona in 2015 and 2016. The team will have a trophy and ring ceremony at Friday’s opener. Also, vs. Lincoln, 7:05 p.m. May 20-22. 913-328-5618. Tickets are $6.50-$16 through tbonesbaseball.com.
Turkey Creek Festival
7:30 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, May 18, at Antioch Park
The highlight of the Turkey Creek Festival will be a kids’ zone featuring pony rides, a petting zoo, inflatables, wood projects, games and DJ The Balloonman. Other attractions will be roving Star Wars characters, a trackless train, live music and Creek Chic — where visitors can buy handmade, vintage and repurposed treasures — along with a pancake breakfast ($4-$6) and 5K run/walk and youth sprint ($12-$35). merriam.org/320/merriam-turkey-creek-festival. Free.
11 a.m.-8 p.m., Saturday, May 18, at 3100 block of Troost
Live music will play virtually nonstop at the Troost Festival, which is designed as a family event for local businesses, artists, schools, churches and other community members to showcase themselves and network with each other. In addition to performances by acts such as Zydeco Tougeau, Max Groove, Rusty Knutts Band and Stonegood Beats, there will be children’s activities and a “Wall of Respect” interactive art exhibit. troostvillage.org. Free.
Neil Berg’s “101 Years of Broadway”
8 p.m. Saturday, May 18, at Yardley Hall
After successfully touring since 2017 with “100 Years of Broadway,” the natural next step for composer, lyricist and producer Neil Berg is “101 Years of Broadway.” The revue starring five Broadway singers will present classic tunes from Irving Berlin, Andrew Lloyd Webber and many more. Berg is best-known for the rock musical “The 12” and the off-Broadway musical version of Mark Twain’s “The Prince and the Pauper.” Johnson County Community College. 913-469-4445. Tickets are $23-$38 through jccc.edu/theseries.
Sporting Kansas City vs. Vancouver
7:30 p.m. Saturday, May 18, at Children’s Mercy Park
It’s been a long time since Sporting won a match — almost seven weeks, in fact. After the team’s 7-1 victory over Montreal on March 30, it has gone 0-5-3 (including two losses in Champions League play) to see their Major League Soccer record drop to 2-4-4. The Vancouver Whitecaps (3-5-3) will be playing their third match in eight days. 913-387-3400. Tickets are $35-$66 through sportingkc.com.
Piff the Magic Dragon
8 p.m. Saturday, May 18, at Arvest Bank Theatre at the Midland
For those unfamiliar with Piff the Magic Dragon, he’s just your typical grumpy guy in a dragon suit who performs magic tricks and tells jokes with the assistance of a Chihuahua named Mr. Piffles. Piff (aka John van der Put of London) appeared on “America’s Got Talent” in 2015, has performed at venues such as Radio City Music Hall, Shakespeare’s Globe and Sydney Opera House and headlines at the Flamingo’s Piff the Magic Dragon Theatre in Las Vegas. 816-283-9921. Tickets are $29.50-$39.50 through arvestbanktheatre.com.
Rockin’ Rockhill: Sunday Street Party
1-4 p.m. Sunday, May 19, at Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art
“Walking Wall,” Andy Goldsworthy’s moving work of art that began life across the street from the Nelson-Atkins Museum, will work its way across Rockhill Road and cause the street to be closed for a few weeks. The Nelson-Atkins and the Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art will take advantage of the closure to stage a street party featuring a free concert by one of Kansas City’s premier bands, Making Movies. Food trucks also will be on hand. nelson-atkins.org/events/rockin-rockhill-sunday-street-party or kemperart.org/news/2019/apr/rockin’-rockhill-sunday-street-party. Free.
Opens Sunday, May 19, at Union Station
Created by artist Patrick Shearn and his Poetic Kinetics team, “Reflecting Motion” is a silver-form work designed to evoke the synchronized movements of flocks of birds, schools of fish or insects in nature as it appears to float in midair. The artwork will cover some 40,000 square feet and will rise and fall with the wind from 18 to 72 feet. This event was rescheduled from an earlier date. Haverty Family Yards. Opening party featuring Quixotic, 7 p.m. Saturday, May 18 ($100-$250). Building hours 6 a.m.-midnight daily. 816-460-2020. unionstation.org. Free.
“Morning’s at Seven”
Opens 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, May 22, at City Stage Theater
Kansas City Actors Theatre will produce a classic comedy by Paul Osborn, “Morning’s at Seven.” (The title, taken verbatim from a Robert Browning poem, means, “Morning is at seven,” thus retaining what appears to be an incorrect apostrophe.) The story follows four no-longer-young sisters living in a small Midwestern town in 1938, using a light touch to examine some of the unique complications of aging. “Morning’s at Seven” premiered on Broadway in 1939 and had Broadway revivals in 1980 and 2002. Runs through June 9. 816-235-6222. Tickets are $22-$47 through kcactors.org.
Also this week
Classical music and dance
Chamber in Chamber: Opus 76 Quartet, May 17, City of Prairie Village. pvkansas.com
Choral Spectrum, “Bridges,” May 18-19, Immanuel Lutheran Church. brownpapertickets.com/event/4078304
“Hecho en Puelto Rico,” May 18, Johnson County Art And Heritage Center. eventbrite.com/event/58124880081
AJ Finney and Mike Baldwin, May 16-18, Comedy Club of Kansas City. thecomedyclubkc.com
JP Sears, May 17-18, Kansas City Improv. improvkc.com
Samuel J. Comroe, May 19, Kansas City Improv. improvkc.com
Music (rock, pop, jazz)
Aaron Lewis, May 16, VooDoo. voodookc.com
Hunter Hayes, May 16, Arvest Bank Theatre at the Midland. arvestbanktheatre.com
Pete Yorn, May 16, Madrid. madridtheatre.com
Bluegrass In The Bottoms, May 17-18, Knuckleheads. bluegrassinthebottoms.com
Boosie Badazz and more, May 17, Uptown. uptowntheater.com
Dr. Zhivegas, May 17, CrossroadsKC. crossroadskc.com
L7 with Le Butcherettes, May 17, The Truman. thetrumankc.com
Slayer with Lamb of God, Amon Amarth and Cannibal Corpse, May 17, Providence Amphitheater. providenceamp.com
Walk Off the Earth, May 17, VooDoo. voodookc.com
Griz, May 18, CrossroadsKC. crossroadskc.com
Keke Wyatt with Sam Bostic & The Truth Band, May 18, VooDoo. voodookc.com
Kelley Hunt, May 18, Folly. follytheater.org
Ozark Mountain Daredevils, May 18, Ameristar. ameristarkansascity.com
Valentine Porchfest KC, May 18, Valentine neighborhood. facebook.com/events/38388757885438
Burton Cummings, May 19, Knuckleheads. knuckleheadskc.com
Chicago, May 19, Starlight. kcstarlight.com
Colter Wall, May 19, Madrid. madridtheatre.com
Iration, May 19, Uptown. uptowntheater.com
The Devil Makes Three, May 21, Madrid. madridtheatre.com
Deicide with Origin, Jungle Rot and The Absence, May 22, Riot Room. theriotroom.com
The Hives with Refused, May 22, Liberty Hall. libertyhall.net
Shinedown, May 22, Arvest Bank Theatre at the Midland. arvestbanktheatre.com
Todd Snider with Elizabeth Cook, May 22, Folly. knuckleheadskc.com
Slava Korolenkov, May 17, Natonal WWI Museum. theworldwar.org
Chalk Walk, May 18, Concourse Fountain. kcparks.org/event/chalk-walk-northeast
“Marshals, Thugs and Outlaws in Jackson County,” May 16, Midwest Genealogy Center. mymcpl.org
Kansas City Nanobrew Festival, May 18, Berkley Riverfront Park. kcnanobrewfest.com
Tour de Bier KC, May 19, Knuckleheads. bikewalkkc.org/tourdebier
Rick Atkinson for “The British Are Coming: The War for America, Lexington to Princeton, 1775-1777,” May 21, Unity Temple on the Plaza. rainydaybooks.com
Van Jones for “Beyond the Messy Truth: How We Came Apart, How We Come Together,” May 22, Unity Temple on the Plaza. rainydaybooks.com
Downtown Open Urban Golf Tournament, May 18, Washington Square Park. kcparks.org/event/downtown-open2019
Queso y Vino. 7 p.m. May 19. $50. The Better Cheddar, 604 W. 48th. thebettercheddar.com, 816-561-8204
Raven’s Nest Winemaker Dinner Series with Marty Clubb of L’Ecole, Walla Walla, Wash. 6 p.m. May 21. $165. Corvino Supper Club & Tasting Room, 1830 Walnut. corvino.com, 816-832-4564
Wine and Whiskey Tasting. 7:30 p.m. May 17. $25. Hillcrest Country Club, 8200 Hillcrest. eventbrite.com/event/56585923019