This weekend in Kansas City: ‘Swan Lake,’ the KC Golf Show, Mike Epps and DevFestKC

Mike Epps will be at the Music Hall on Saturday.
Mike Epps will be at the Music Hall on Saturday. file photo

Kansas City Golf Show

Friday, Feb. 19, through Sunday, Feb. 21 at the Overland Park Convention Center

If the parking lot of the Topgolf entertainment complex in Overland Park is a trustworthy indicator of popular sentiment, golf is in the midst of a massive resurgence in the Kansas City area. Securing a parking space near the entrance of the busy new driving range can be as rare as hitting a hole in one. This weekend’s Kansas City Golf Show is likely to attract thousands of new duffers as well as longtime golfing enthusiasts. Instructors, fitness specialists and professional golfers are among the experts giving presentations. Visitors can participate in long drive and putting challenges and take free lessons. Exhibitors include golf vacation destinations, sporting goods outlets and representatives from the nearby Topgolf complex.

11 a.m.-5 p.m. Friday, Feb. 19, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 20, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 21. Overland Park Convention Center. 425-412-7070. kansascitygolfshow.com. $13. $11 for those 50 and older. Free for children 12 and younger.

Kansas City Ballet, “Swan Lake”

Opens Friday, Feb. 19, at Muriel Kauffman Theatre

“Swan Lake” never went out of favor, but the 2010 film “Black Swan” returned the ballet to the forefront of public consciousness. As a result, many members of the audiences who were captivated by Natalie Portman’s performance as a tormented dancer will be seeing “Swan Lake” for the first time in the coming days. The Kansas City Ballet’s production of the classic work will give them plenty to ponder. The enormous cast and the Kansas City Symphony’s live performance of Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky’s beautiful work will dazzle newcomers to “Swan Lake” and ballet connoisseurs. Depending on the night, either Sarah Chun, Tempe Ostergren or Molly Wagner will appear in the role of Odette-Odile.

David Basse and Joe Cartwright

Sunday, Feb. 21, at Pilgrim Chapel

Mainstays of Kansas City’s jazz scene, David Basse and Joe Cartwright have combined their talents for a new project that will further burnish their already formidable legacies. They’ll celebrate the release of “Live at Pilgrim Chapel,” a duet album that features Cartwright’s powerful piano work and Basse’s distinctive vocals, on Sunday afternoon.

Tickets are $11.50 in advance through eventbrite.com.

“You and the Night and the Music”

Thursday, Feb. 18, at the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art

The galleries and atriums of the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art will resound with music on Thursday evening. The musical theme of this month’s Third Thursday function — a series of free gatherings that cater to young adults — includes performances by a host of musicians. The most intriguing option might be the opportunity to hear the Uptown Violins serenade the luminous image of the prophet depicted in Michelangelo Merisi da Caravaggio’s “Saint John the Baptist in the Wilderness.” Other entertainment choices include outings by the bracing indie-pop band Yes You Are and a music and dance collaboration titled Moving Songs. Cocktails and a chance to sketch posed dancers are among the event’s additional diversions.

5-8:45 p.m Thursday, Feb. 18. Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art. 816-751-1278. nelson-atkins.org/things-to-do/events/third-thursday. Free.

Professional Bull Riders

Saturday, Feb. 20, and Sunday, Feb. 21, at the Sprint Center

On any given night in the Power & Light District, urban cowboys belly up to the bar at the PBR Big Sky tavern. The rodeo enthusiasts will need to make room for thirsty men and women who are participating in the affiliated Professional Bull Riders event across the street at the Sprint Center this weekend. Rather than goofing around on mechanical bulls, professional riders will attempt to stay atop dangerous bucking beasts for eight seconds on Saturday and Sunday. Competitors born in the United States were getting trounced in recent PBR standings. Brazilian cowboys including Paulo Lima are among the top money-winners this season. The trend isn’t new. The Brazilian rider Silvano Alves has won PBR’s championship three of the last five years.

7 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 20, 2 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 21. Sprint Center. 816-949-7000. sprintcenter.com. $15-$400.

National Pheasant Fest & Quail Classic

Friday, Feb. 19, through Sunday, Feb. 21 at the Kansas City Convention Center

Gourmands who have never held a gun or walked through a field in an attempt to flush game birds may have an interest in this weekend’s National Pheasant Fest & Quail Classic. One of the most compelling components of the show will transpire at the wild game cooking stage. Chefs well known among outdoorsmen will give cooking demonstrations for recipes including Sriracha Thai pheasant, game bird sausage and sweet home Alabama bobwhite quail. The event that’s “the nation’s largest trade show and convention for upland hunters, farmers, sport dog owners, and wildlife habitat conservationists” will feature additional forums and exhibitors representing goods and services that include firearms, hunting dogs and habitat management.

1-8:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 19, 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 20, 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 21. Kansas City Convention Center. 877-773-2070. pheasantsforever.org. $10 per day.

Mike Epps

Saturday, Feb. 20, at the Music Hall

Comedian Mike Epps’ “Don’t Take It Personal” tour stops Saturday in Kansas City. As a standup comic, Epps balances vulgar jokes about sex and bodily functions with insightful social commentary. General audiences are most familiar with Epps for his prominent roles in movies. He played Black Doug in “The Hangover” comedies and Ed Norton in a 2005 remake of “The Honeymooners.” A parody version of “The Purge” franchise titled “Meet the Blacks” will hit theaters in April. Don DC Curry and Cocoa Brown, entertainers who share Epps’ talent for acting and standup comedy, open the show.

7 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 20. The Music Hall at Municipal Auditorium. 800-653-8000. ticketmaster.com. $54-$77.

DevFest KC

Saturday, Feb. 20, at the Reardon Civic Center

Web developers are an unusual lot. The prospect of getting up early on a Saturday for an opportunity to stare at a screen in a conference room is not most people’s idea of a good time. For programmers and their computer-savvy kin, that’s the definition of a good time. DevFest KC will act as a geek playground on Saturday. Organized by Google Developer Group, DevFest functions are billed as “the largest Google-related events in the world.” A few of Saturday’s presentations seem daunting. A talk by the California-based Sandeep Dinesh is titled “Scalable Microservices with Containers, Kubernetes and gRPC.” Other DevFest KC components, such as a segment titled “Screen Size and You,” may be more accessible for novices.

9 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 20. Reardon Civic Center. devfest.gdgkc.org. $30.

“The Skin of Our Teeth”

Opens Thursday, Feb. 18, at the Metropolitan Ensemble Theatre

Sabine, the lead character of “The Skin of Our Teeth,” expresses her reservations about Thornton Wilder’s play in the first scene: “I can’t invent any words for this play and I’m glad I can’t. I hate this play and every word in it. As for me, I don’t understand a single word in it anyway. All about the troubles the human race has come to — there’s a subject for you.” The selection committee of the Pulitzer Prize disagreed with Sabine. “The Skin of Our Teeth” won the prestigious award for best drama in 1942. Wilder’s thoroughly modern play is based on biblical themes. The Metropolitan Ensemble Theatre’s production promises to combine the best of the old and the new.

Thursday, Feb. 18-Sunday, March 6. Metropolitan Ensemble Theatre. 816-569-3226. metkc.org. $15-$29.

Friday, Feb. 19-Sunday, Feb. 28. Muriel Kauffman Theatre. 816-931-8993. kcballet.org. $55-$125.

Richard Goode

Friday, Feb. 19, at the Folly Theater

Richard Goode is responsible for one of the most acclaimed musical events to transpire in Kansas City during the 1980s. His performance of the complete cycle of Beethoven piano sonatas at the Folly Theater captured the imagination of classical music aficionados and music journalists around the world. A Grammy-nominated 10-album box set that re-created Goode’s ambitious feat was released by Nonesuch Records in 1993. Goode will return Friday to the stage on which the New York pianist elevated his stature. Three compositions by Beethoven comprise the first half of the program. Goode will tackle Franz Schubert’s A Major Sonata No. 20, D. 959, after an intermission.

8 p.m. Friday, Feb. 19. Folly Theater. 816-561-9999. chambermusic.org. $15-$35.

Lynn Sherr for “Sally Ride: America’s First Woman in Space”

Wednesday, Feb. 24, at the Robert J. Dole Institute of Politics

Barack Obama mentioned Sally Ride in his final State of the Union speech last month. He likened the astronaut to scientific explorers including Thomas Edison and George Washington Carver as he lauded the American spirit of adventure. Lynn Sherr’s thorough examination of Ride’s public and private life, published two years after Ride’s 2012 death from pancreatic cancer, is billed by its publisher as a “definitive biography.” Sherr, a journalist familiar to television viewers through her contributions to the news magazine “20/20,” divulged the tightly kept secret of Ride’s longstanding romantic relationship with a woman. The biography also examines Ride’s ability to navigate the internal politics of NASA to become the first American woman to enter space.

7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 24. Robert J. Dole Institute of Politics, Lawrence. 785-864-4900. doleinstitute.org. Free.

Opal Tometi

Wednesday, Feb. 24, at the Lied Center

Opal Tometi is the embodiment of the adage that a single individual is capable of changing the world as well as confirmation of the notion that social media plays an enormous role in public discourse. Tometi is co-founder of the Black Lives Matter movement. She’s written that “the challenge is widespread and requires a fundamental transformation of our society … (i)n order to have a democracy that works for all of us we need the entire nation to challenge anti-Black racism and get involved in this movement for all Black lives.” She’ll elaborate on her work and on the significance of the current election cycle Wednesday at the Lied Center in Lawrence.

7 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 24. Lied Center. 785-864-3469. lied.ku.edu. Free.

The Greeting Committee

Friday, Feb. 19, at the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art

The winner of Friday’s Teen Battle of the Bands contest will be awarded a spot in the lineup of Ink’s Middle of the Map Fest in May. The Greeting Committee, a young Kansas City indie-pop band that has quickly earned an avid following, will perform after the Westerns, Theta Intellect, Tall Tales, the Yotes and Counter Culture compete.

Tickets are $5 in advance through nelson-atkins.org.


Opens Tuesday, Feb. 23, at the Music Hall

The readers scanning this item on computer, tablet or phone screens are likely to perceive the premise of “Newsies” as a quaint curio of an antediluvian era. The themes of the production, however, are timeless. As an ambitious reporter in a the musical puts it, “Newsies” is a story about “poor little kids versus rich greedy sourpusses.” Inspired by a 1899 newsboys strike in New York City, “Newsies” is based on a 1992 Walt Disney film that starred Christian Bale. The revised version of the touring show that opens at the Music Hall on Tuesday features the renowned song craft of Alan Menken and a lively book by Harvey Fierstein.

Tuesday, Feb. 23-Sunday, Feb. 28. Music Hall. 816-994-7222. theaterleague.com/kansascity. $35-$100.

“Reflecting Class in the Age of Rembrandt and Vermeer”

Opens Wednesday, Feb. 24, at the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art

The most exceptional work of today’s photojournalists has a profound effect on current events. Striking images illustrating the protests in Ferguson, Mo., the European migrant crisis and the jubilant celebration of an athletic team can heighten awareness of a disaster or deepen a viewer’s emotional connection to aspects of contemporary life. While creating immortal works of art, great painters have documented the social tenor of their times. The 71 priceless works displayed in the “Reflecting Class in the Age of Rembrandt and Vermeer” exhibition are organized in a way to provide insights into the social and economic environment of the Netherlands in the 17th century.

Wednesday, Feb. 24-Sunday, May 29. Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art. 816-751-1278. nelson-atkins.org. $12. $10 for those 55 and older, and $6 for students.