World of Wheels opens Friday at Bartle Hall
Wednesday, Feb. 10, through Sunday, Feb. 14, at Stanford’s Comedy Club
The sitcom “Good Times” had a profound impact on how mainstream America perceived black Americans in the 1970s. In the role of J.J. Evans, actor and standup comic Jimmie Walker did far more than shout the catchphrase “Dy-no-mite!” His relatable acting played a role in the improvement of race relations.
8 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 10, 8 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 11, 7:45 and 9:45 p.m. Friday, Feb. 12, 7:45 and 9:45 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 13, 7 and 9 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 14. Stanford’s Comedy Club. 913-400-7500. stanfordscomedyclub.com. $12-$50.
Thursday, Feb. 11, at Liberty Hall
Henry Rollins is a blowhard. Unlike most people with a propensity for offering ostensibly authoritative opinions on every topic that crosses their minds, Rollins possesses keen insights and a wealth of uncommon experiences that often support his loud appraisals. Raised in Washington, D.C., Rollins became the vocalist of groundbreaking California punk band Black Flag in 1981. Although his aggressive singing continues to influence fledgling screamers 35 years later, Rollins began cultivating his talent as a spoken-word artist while he was still a member of the band. His appearance at Liberty Hall is likely to include anecdotes about his life in the music industry as well as barbed commentary about the current election cycle.
8 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 11. Liberty Hall, Lawrence. 785-749-1972. libertyhall.net. $25-$39.50.
Melanie Benjamin for “The Swans of Fifth Avenue”
Thursday, Feb. 11, at Nell Hill’s
Why is a meet-and-greet with a novelist taking place at a home decor store? The unusual pairing makes perfect sense when the writer is Melanie Benjamin and the retailer is the celebrated Nell Hill’s. As one of the most popular creators of historical fiction, Benjamin enjoys a strong connection with her avid readers. Mary Carol Garrity, the taste-making proprietor of Nell Hill’s, is the regional equivalent of Martha Stewart. Benjamin is promoting “The Swans of Fifth Avenue,” an acclaimed new novel about Truman Capote’s complicated relationship with a New York socialite. Her fans will bask in the compelling ambiance of Nell Hill’s as they interact with the best-selling author.
1 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 11. Nell Hill’s. 913-384-3126. rainydaybooks.com. The reception is free, but reservations are recommended. Hardcover copies of “The Swans of Fifth Avenue” will be available for $28.
Opens Thursday, Feb. 11, at Just Off Broadway Theatre
The pronounced absurdity of the drama that comes along with being 13 years old doesn’t make the anxieties and heartbreaks that transpire in that most awkward of ages any less formidable. The creators of “13,” a musical that opened on Broadway in 2008, capture the fears and excitement of American kids who are stumbling toward adulthood. Every one of the 19 youths in the cast of the Spinning Tree Theatre’s production of “13” can probably relate to the themes addressed in clever songs like “A Little More Homework” and “What It Means to Be a Friend.” Even the most fortunate 13-year-olds have probably felt as if they live in “The Lamest Place in the World,” and every teen outcast knows the pain of “Being a Geek.”
Thursday, Feb. 11-Sunday, Feb. 28. Just Off Broadway Theatre. 816-569-5277. spinningtreetheatre.com. $30-$45.
Friday, Feb. 12, and Saturday, Feb. 13, at Ameristar Casino and Hotel
Rodney Carrington delivers profanity-laden jokes about life in the South with a sharp nasal twang. Unintelligent “goobers” and people who defecate “in their britches” are among his targets. Carrington also has a musical side. His 2015 country album “The Hits” includes “Show Them to Me,” a desperate plea for women to expose themselves. The full range of Carrington’s talent will be revealed on the “Here Comes the Truth” tour.
8 p.m. Friday, Feb. 12, 8 p.m. Saturday, Saturday 13. Ameristar Casino and Hotel. 816-414-7000. ameristar.com. $45-$60.
Women of Faith
Friday, Feb. 12, and Saturday, Feb. 13, at the Sprint Center
After 20 years of providing “a glimpse into God’s delight in women,” Women of Faith events are coming to an end. This weekend’s “Loved: The Farewell Tour” conference at the Sprint Center is the second to last Women of Faith event. More than 5 million women have found inspiration at previous Women of Faith conferences. Speakers on Friday and Saturday include businesswoman and author Thelma Wells and recovered agoraphobic Patsy Clairmont. Anita Renfroe, a musical comedian with a repertoire that includes “Momisms,” a laundry list of parenting clichés set to “The William Tell Overture,“ and the contemporary Christian trio Point of Grace will provide uplifting entertainment.
7 p.m. Friday, Feb. 12, 9 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 13. Sprint Center. 816-949-7000. sprintcenter.com. $99-$199.
Störling Dance Theater, “Underground”
Friday, Feb. 12, and Saturday, Feb. 13, at Muriel Kauffman Theatre
The Störling Dance Theater’s annual production of “Underground” adds depth and nuance to a ballet dealing with increasing divisiveness over race. The Olathe-based company has an ambition goal for “Underground”: “We want to bring this experience to everyone in America that is looking for solutions, unity and opportunity for all our citizens.”
7:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 12, and Saturday, Feb. 13. Muriel Kauffman Theatre. 816-994-7200. kauffmancenter.org. $20-$60.
World of Wheels
Friday, Feb. 12, through Sunday, Feb. 14, at Bartle Hall
Gearheads as well as pop culture obsessives with only nominal interests in tricked-out cars will congregate at the World of Wheels exhibition at Bartle Hall this weekend. The longstanding traveling custom car show that displays “America’s finest hot rods, customs, trucks and motorcycles” also features a variety of celebrity appearances. Daniel Bryan, one of the most dynamic wrestlers in the WWE, will meet fans on Friday. Catherine Bach, who played Daisy Duke on TV’s “The Dukes of Hazzard,” will attract admirers on Sunday. A performance by a hard rock band led by Danny Koker, a custom car specialist who rose to prominence in the reality shows “Pawn Stars” and “Counting Cars,” will entertain visitors on Saturday.
3-10 p.m. Friday, Feb. 12, 10 a.m.-10 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 13, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 14. Bartle Hall. 248-373-1700. autorama.com. $18. $6 for children 6-12.
KC Remodel and Garden Show
Friday, Feb. 12, through Sunday, Feb. 14, at the American Royal Complex
Leanne Lee, the self-styled “diva of DIY,” summarizes the primary attraction of the annual KC Remodel and Garden Show for many visitors in three words: “drab to fab.” The Kansas City-based contractor who proudly professes an affinity for “junk-lovin’, Dumpster-diving (and) curb-shopping” will give daily “Drab to Fab” presentations at the three-day event this weekend. Additional speakers will address topics ranging from Kansas City’s food scene to pet adoption. Visitors can find further inspiration in five landscape gardens. Representatives of more than 200 exhibitors will be on hand to field questions about products and services ranging from relatively mundane essentials like gutters to proposals for alluring bathroom overhauls.
10 a.m.-9 p.m. Friday, Feb. 12, 10 a.m.-9 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 13, 10 a.m.-6 p.m Sunday, Feb. 14. American Royal Complex. 816-931-4686. kcremodelandgarden.com. $10. Children 12 and younger are free.
Amy Grant with the Kansas City Symphony
Friday, Feb. 12, through Sunday, Feb. 14, at Helzberg Hall
People familiar with Amy Grant only through her output as a Christian artist probably find it odd that the vocalist is performing with the Kansas City Symphony on Valentine’s Day weekend. Grant racked up a string of secular hits in the 1980s and 1990s. “The Next Time I Fall,” a duet with Peter Cetera that was Grant’s first significant foray into the world dominated by the likes of Madonna and Prince, topped the pop chart in 1986. The delightful trifle “Baby Baby” achieved the same feat five years later. Just as her crossover success wasn’t a surprise, neither is her collaboration with the Symphony. Grant has long demonstrated an affinity for orchestral sounds.
8 p.m. Friday, Feb. 12, 8 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 13, 7 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 14. Helzberg Hall. 816-471-0400. kcsymphony.org. $40-$95.
Valentine’s Day Pop-Up Shop
Friday, Feb. 12, at Westport Flea Market
Customers at the Valentine’s Day Pop-Up Shop in the Buffalo Room of the Westport Flea Market aren’t merely seeking gifts for their loved ones. Every item purchased at the event also represents a Valentine’s Day gift to the city. One of the most quietly disruptive cultural developments of recent years is the effort of conscientious consumers to spend discretionary income with locally based merchants. About two dozen area clothiers, jewelers, designers and producers of other goods will offer their wares at the Valentine’s Day Pop-Up Shop. Offerings include Kansas City-themed T-shirts from Scout City Studio, beer bottle openers from Head & Heart Designs and beard oils from Messner Family Farm.
4-8 p.m. Friday, Feb. 12. Westport Flea Market. 816-659-2338. westportfleamarket.com. Free.
“Kiss & Tail”
Saturday, Feb. 13, at the Kansas City Zoo
“Birds do it, bees do it, even educated fleas do it.” The insinuating lyrics of “Let’s Do It (Let’s Fall in Love)” are beguiling 88 years after Cole Porter wrote the sly standard. Frequent visitors to the Kansas City Zoo occasionally spot animals in amorous poses. Prudish guests and parents of children are likely to turn their heads and hike to the next exhibit. Others stare with voyeuristic fascination. The adults-only “Kiss & Tail” presentation will appeal to people in the latter camp. The lighthearted event includes snacks, live music, a dab of zoology and amusing enactments of love in the wild by members of the Living Room Theatre. Organizers warn that a few attendees are likely to blush.
5:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 13,. Kansas City Zoo. 816-595-1234. kansascityzoo.org. $45.
Cupid’s Undie Run
Saturday, Feb. 13, in the Power & Light District
Forget Netflix and chill. There may be no better way to advance the amorous component of a fledgling romance than Cupid’s Undie Run. Rather than relying on the power of seduction to get a bashful partner to disrobe, Saturday’s event employs the powerful pull of an altruistic campaign to convince participants to strip down to their underwear. Organizers pledge that the event features a “wicked pregame and after-party” in the Power & Light District that will help to further relax inhibitions. Proceeds raised during the lighthearted one-mile dash are dedicated to the Children’s Tumor Foundation. Some people take the mission of the playful event very seriously. One Cupid’s Undie Run competitor has raised almost $100,000 for the cause.
Noon Saturday, Feb. 13. Power & Light District. cupidsundierun.com. $55.
Tie the Knot
Sunday, Feb. 14, at City Market
Presenting someone with a box chocolates on Valentine’s Day is a nice gesture. Romantic dinners are almost always welcome. As many as 12 couples will celebrate Feb. 14 by exchanging the far more meaningful gift of commitment. The caretakers of Kansas City’s historic City Market are providing free wedding and renewal-of-vows ceremonies every 15 minutes between 3 and 6 p.m. on Valentine’s Day. The friends and family members of each couple are invited to view the weddings inside a glass pavilion. In addition to the comfort afforded by the heated space, participants will be treated to live background music, atmospheric lighting and an elevated platform on which to say “I do.”
3-6 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 14. City Market. 816-842-1271. thecitymarket.org. Free, advance registration required.
Fahrenheit Valentine Ball
Sunday, Feb. 14, at Sasha’s Baking Co.
Why not spend Valentine’s Day with the in crowd? Many of Kansas City’s most prominent trendsetters will gather at fashionable French bistro Sasha’s Baking Co. for the Fahrenheit Valentine Ball on Sunday evening. Peregrine Honig, one of the organizers of the recurring event, is an acclaimed artist and former television reality show contestant. She’s also a proprietor of Birdies, an “intimate apparel apothecary” in the Crossroads District. A few partygoers will likely prepare for the function’s lace attire theme by shopping at Birdies. Although revelers are encouraged to “dress the hell up,” many will want to wear comfortable shoes. Dance music will be provided by trumpeter Hermon Mehari and DJ Sheppa.
7 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 14. Sasha’s Baking Co., 105 W. Ninth St. 816-474-9935. facebook.com/events/1082856888412676. $10.
The Love Hangover
Monday, Feb. 15, at Coda
Valentine’s Day is a bummer for people who are unlucky in love. The organizers of the Love Hangover understand. Founded 17 years ago in Raleigh, N.C., the event now provides lovelorn music lovers with sympathetic programs of duets in locations around the country. The latest Kansas City edition of the Love Hangover features four collaborations intended to “heal broken hearts and break whole ones.” Participants include accomplished blues slingers Paula Crawford and Jason Vivone, jazz artists Bryan Hicks and Alyssa Murray, and singer-songwriters Chad Brothers and Mikal Shapiro. A pantomime performance by Beth Byrd-Lonski and Patrick Rippeto will be narrated by Philip Hooser.
7 p.m. Monday, Feb. 15. Coda, 1744 Broadway. 816-945-8874. codakc.biz. $12.
Bill Brownlee, Special to The Star