World of WheelsFriday to Sunday
Many people are perfectly content driving standard-issue cars. Others dream about sitting behind the wheels of something more distinctive. This week’s World of Wheels event at Bartle Hall will fuel the automotive fantasies of thousands of attendees. Many will come to gawk at hot rods, muscle cars, lowriders and motorcycles. Others will focus on the motocross stunt exhibitions. Gene Winfield, a pioneer of auto customization, will give several demonstrations. Celebrities at the show range from champion NASCAR drivers Richard Petty (above) and Kyle Petty to Laura Marano, who plays Ally Dawson on the Disney Channel’s “Austin Ally.” Tickets are $16 to $18 atautorama.com
The large contract Nicola Benedetti signed with the Deutsche Grammophon label in 2004 when she was 17 led to accusations that the violinist was “the classical Britney.” Her accomplished playing has since refuted the implication. One of today’s most appealing crossover classical artists, Nicola Benedetti is just as capable of elevating syrupy pieces from film scores as she is interpreting challenging compositions by Ludwig van Beethoven. The native Scot’s captivating way with melody will be displayed Saturday at the Folly Theater during her appearance in the Harriman-Jewell Series. 8 p.m. Tickets are $25 to $75 athjseries.org
Neutral Milk HotelThursday
Few acts are as revered by their fans as the project led by the reclusive Jeff Mangum. Neutral Milk Hotel’s 1998 album, “In the Aeroplane Over the Sea,” is widely considered to be one of indie rock’s defining statements. The news that Mangum would perform last year at Lawrence’s Liberty Hall was ecstatically received by area fans of the iconic musician. Although Mangum’s appearance at the Uptown Theater hasn’t been greeted with a similar level of giddy excitement, the concert still sold out (though some tickets may be available today through Ticketmaster or ticket brokers). Elf Power, an inspired group of Mangum’s co-conspirators in the Elephant Collective consortium, opens the show.
Cupid’s Undie RunSaturday
Exhibitionists have a prime opportunity to flaunt their predilections in the Power Light District on Saturday. Established in Washington, D.C., in 2010, Cupid’s Undie Run has since spread from Los Angeles to Sydney, Australia. The Kansas City debut of the event will begin at McFadden’s at noon. The noncompetitive outdoor undie run takes place at 2 p.m. Pantless participants will then celebrate their good deeds at McFadden’s until 4 p.m. Their efforts to “put the hilarity in charity” will raise funds for the Children’s Tumor Foundation. Tickets are $50 atcupidsundierun.com