Thursday at Helzberg Hall and Friday at the Lied Center
Seth Rogen portrays Steve Wozniak in the recent film “Steve Jobs.” Josh Gad was cast as the co-founder of Apple in the 2013 biopic “Jobs.” The people who attend Wozniak’s three area appearances will be able to assess how well the actors captured the essence of the brilliant inventor and philanthropist. Wozniak will help the Helzberg Entrepreneurial Mentoring Program celebrate its 20th anniversary at the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts on Friday. He’ll make two presentations in the Anderson Chandler Lecture Series at the Lied Center on Saturday. Working in tandem with the late Steve Jobs, Wozniak constructed the framework for Apple Inc. in the 1970s. His passions for music, education and technology are imbued with an infectious sense of fun.
7 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 19. Helzberg Hall. 816-994-7200. kauffmancenter.org. $75-$150.
11 a.m. and 2 p.m. Friday, Nov. 20, Lied Center, Lawrence. 785-864-2787. lied.ku.edu. Free.
“The Night Thoreau Spent in Jail”
Opens Thursday at the Metropolitan Ensemble Theatre
Civil disobedience and protests inspired by objections to the status quo have roiled the United States in 2015. Henry David Thoreau would almost certainly have approved of the demonstrations. The author of a 1848 treatise “Resistance to Civil Government,” also known as “On the Duty of Civil Disobedience,” Thoreau was briefly jailed in 1846 for his refusal to pay delinquent taxes as a peaceful protest of governmental policies. The Metropolitan Ensemble Theatre’s production of Robert Edwin Lee and Jerome Lawrence’s play features Jordan Fox in the title role and Robert Gibby Brand as Ralph Waldo Emerson.
Thursday, Nov. 19-Sunday, Dec. 6. Metropolitan Ensemble Theatre. 816-569-3226. metkc.org. $25-$32, $15 for students.
National Collegiate Basketball Hall of Fame Induction Celebration
Friday at the Midland
One-and-done players dominate college basketball. Kansas’ Andrew Wiggins and Kentucky’s Anthony Davis are among the talented athletes who spent single seasons at the collegiate level before seeking fame and fortune in the NBA. The induction ceremony of the National Collegiate Basketball Hall of Fame on Friday will recognize an era in which great players were more than temporary mercenaries. Area hero Rolando Blackman is among the men who will be honored. Before he became a four-time NBA All-Star, Blackman played four memorable seasons at Kansas State. Quinn Buckner, a four-year starter who led Indiana to an undefeated season in 1975-76, is among the other inductees.
8 p.m. Friday, Nov. 20. Arvest Bank Theatre at the Midland. 816-283-9900. collegebasketballhalloffame.com. $30.
Kansas City Symphony, “Beethoven, Mozart and Brahms”
Friday, Saturday and Sunday at Helzberg Hall
Anyone in need of a pick-me-up this weekend is advised to secure a ticket to the Kansas City Symphony’s concerts at Helzberg Hall. A pep talk from a sympathetic friend or psychological advice from a professional counselor may not be as enlivening as the Symphony’s rendition of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s Symphony No. 33. Completed in 1779, the composition is a cheerful, life-affirming stimulant that uplifts listeners like an aural mood elevator. Guest conductor Yoav Talmi, the conductor emeritus of the Quebec Symphony Orchestra, will also lead the Kansas City Symphony in interpretations of Ludwig van Beethoven’s Coriolan Overture and Johannes Brahms’ Serenade No. 1.
8 p.m. Friday, Nov. 20, 8 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 21, 2 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 22. Helzberg Hall. 816-471-0400. kcsymphony.org. $23-$76.
“Faces of Change” by photographer Nick Vedros
Opens Friday at the Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art
Nick Vedros is a prominent commercial photographer based in Kansas City. His clients have included banks, breweries and manufacturers of consumer electronics. On Friday, a very different aspect of his talent will be displayed at one of the region’s most prestigious art museums. “Faces of Change” is a set of Vedros’ photos depicting men and women incarcerated in Kansas who are participants in the Reaching Out From Within self-help program. The 30 photos are black and white and square, artistic choices that reflect the circumstances of the prisoners. Vedros’ portraits are paired with the words of his subjects. Though bleak, Vedros’ photographs contain glimmers of hope.
Friday, Nov. 20 - Sunday, Feb. 7. Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art. 816-753-5784. kemperart.org. Free.
Kevin Locke Native Dance Ensemble
Friday at Yardley Hall
Many music lovers know of Kevin Locke solely through his albums. Recordings featuring Locke’s extraordinarily tranquil flute playing have been staples of New Age-oriented gift shops for a couple decades. Locke is familiar to another constituency through his tireless work as a global ambassador of Native American culture. He’ll give two presentations for audiences dominated by youth at Johnson County Community College on Friday. Locke’s “Drum Is the Thunder, Flute Is the Wind” shows include “soaring powwow vocals, ancient flute songs, powerful drums, cultural insight, Northern Plains sign language” and “authentic stories of the First Nations.”
9:45 a.m. and noon Friday, Nov. 20. Yardley Hall. 913-469-4445. jccc.edu/performing-arts-series. $6.
All Speed Expo
Saturday and Sunday at the KCI Expo Center
Christmas is coming early for gearheads in Kansas City. The two-day All Speed Expo will offer a tantalizing array of car customization gadgets and services. Billed as “Kansas City’s only automotive aftermarket trade show,” All Speed Expo allows visitors to interact with vendors that range from “manufacturers to mom & pop shops” and from “distributors to dealers.” Mechanics specializing in building engines that may or may not be street legal, paint experts, hot rod and truck merchants, and purveyors of wheels and tires will provide plenty of gift ideas. Other diversions include a “family-friendly pinup contest” on Saturday afternoon. The prizes include a spread in Gears and Gals magazine.
10 a.m. - 7 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 21, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 22. KCI Expo Center. (no phone) allspeedexpo.com. $10 per day.
Monday, Nov. 23, at the Lied Center
Love him or hate him, Bill Clinton casts a long shadow that is almost impossible to escape. The polarizing former president may assume the unprecedented role of first man of the United States in January 2017. Clinton will be awarded the 2015 Dole Leadership Prize by the Robert J. Dole Institute of Politics at the University of Kansas on Monday. Bill Lacy, the director of the Dole Institute, explained the selection of Clinton in a press release: “Much of his work as president — including his balancing of the budget and efforts to reach across the aisle — mirrors the mission of the Dole Institute and the values of Senator Dole.” Footage of the event will be streamed online for people unable to secure tickets to the ceremony.
1 p.m. Monday, Nov. 23. Lied Center. 785-864-2700. doleinstitute.org. Free.
Festival of Praise
Monday at Municipal Auditorium
The inspirational music heard in Sunday worship services sometimes isn’t enough to guide believers through the week. Many people listen to religious music every day. The habit is a blessing when the sounds are as wondrous as the output of the stars of the Festival of Praise tour. Supported by a live band and a trio of accomplished backing vocalists, Fred Hammond, Donnie McClurkin, Kim Burrell and Israel Houghton will perform celebratory songs of faith at Municipal Auditorium on Monday. Hammond, McClurkin and Burrell are authoritative R&B-steeped vocalists. Houghton is an accomplished praise-and-worship artist with close ties to Joel Osteen’s megachurch.
7 p.m. Monday, Nov. 23. Municipal Auditorium. 800-653-8000. ticketmaster.com. $37-$67.
College basketball: CBE Hall of Fame Classic
Monday and Tuesday at the Sprint Center
The North Carolina Tar Heels men’s basketball team — a squad that such outlets as Sports Illustrated and ESPN have named as preseason favorites — will showcase its enormous potential at the Sprint Center on Monday and Tuesday. Led by former Kansas coach Roy Williams, the team features a bevy of players bound for the NBA. The tournament opens Monday with an intriguing matchup between two area teams. Former conference rivals the Missouri Tigers and the Kansas State Wildcats, teams that struggled mightily last year, hope to make believers of locally based fans. North Carolina and Northwestern tip off in the second game. The tournament’s championship and consolation games are on Tuesday.
6 p.m. Monday, Nov. 23, 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 24. Sprint Center. 816-949-7000. sprintcenter.com. $12-$152.