Kansas City Restaurant Week
Anyone who’s been meaning to try an exciting new restaurant or revisit an old favorite may find no better opportunity to splurge than during the nine days beginning Friday. More than 150 establishments are participating in Kansas City Restaurant Week, an annual charitable event that allows patrons to enjoy multicourse meals at a moderate price of $15 for lunch and $33 for dinner. The acclaimed new barbecue restaurant Q39, the famous Italian fare at Lidia’s Kansas City and Broadway Jazz Club, a venue that features live entertainment, are among the event’s options.
Friday, Jan. 16 - Sunday, Jan. 25. Dozens of restaurants. 816-753-5222. kcrestaurantweek.com. Most lunches are $15 and most dinners are $33.
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A resident of Prairie Village recently received an anonymous letter from neighbors complaining about the presence of a recreational vehicle that was ostensibly a blight on the area. The writers suggested that the vehicle is appropriate only in “lesser neighborhoods.” Most of the vendors at the Mid-America RV Show would disagree with the disparaging assessment. Some of the vehicles on display at the event boast luxurious amenities that would be the envy of residents in wealthy neighborhoods. Seminars by experts will assist shoppers in the process of acquiring recreational vehicles that are destined to offend the sensibilities of some Johnson County residents.
2 p.m.-9 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 15, noon-9 p.m. Friday, Jan. 16, 10 a.m.-9 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 17, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 18. Bartle Hall. (no phone) gsevents.com. $10. Children 12 and under are free.
KC Irish Center Celebration
The space occupied by the Kansas City Irish Center is one of the most cheerful corners of the sprawling Union Station complex. The nonprofit organization “dedicated to celebrating Irish culture as a vibrant part of the community” attracts jovial volunteers and curious visitors. The focus of the operation will shift to the VooDoo at Harrah’s North Kansas City for a night of raucous music on Friday. Performances by the Celtic-oriented ensembles Chance the Arm, $3 Band and Scarlet Town will be complimented by traditional Ceili dances and raffle drawings.
7:30 p.m. Friday, Jan. 16. VooDoo. 816-474-3848. voodookc.com. $13-$18.
The November release of the largely instrumental album “Endless River” received only a lukewarm response from Pink Floyd fans. The new output of the current version of the band doesn’t hold much interest for aficionados of classic rock. Even so, nostalgia for the prime 1970s and 1980s eras of Pink Floyd continues to grow. El Monstero is cashing in on the phenomenon. The St. Louis-based ensemble features members of prominent Midwestern bands including the Urge. El Monstero’s concerts boast much of the elaborate production associated with more renowned Pink Floyd tribute bands.
8:30 p.m. Friday, Jan. 16. Uptown Theater. 816-753-8665. uptowntheater.com. $20-$35.
Kansas City Symphony, “Stern Conducts Mozart and Brahms”
Music of the 18th, 19th and the current century will resound in Helzberg Hall this weekend. Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart is responsible for the oldest work. Composed in 1782, his rousing Haffner Symphony is a time-tested favorite. Johannes Brahms’ Symphony No. 1, a stellar work more than two decades in the making, was first performed in 1876. The concerts also include appearances by violinist Jaime Laredo and cellist Sharon Robinson on André Previn’s Double Concerto for Violin, Cello and Orchestra, a new work co-commissioned by the Kansas City Symphony.
8 p.m. Friday, Jan. 16, 8 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 17, 2 p.m. Sunday. Jan. 18. Helzberg Hall. 816-471-0400. kcsymphony.org. $23-$73.
David Wayne Reed recently posted a link to Amy Winehouse’s song of the same name at the Facebook event page for “Help Yourself.” The track’s lyrics may provide insights into the inspiration behind Reed’s new production. The ill-fated vocalist sings of her fear that she and her companion will “become what we once hated” before suggesting that “I can’t help you if you can’t help yourself.” The owner of one of Kansas City’s most colorful personalities, Reed directs the new comedy that examines “the infinite economy of self-help, restless ambition, and the aftermath of personal change.”
8 p.m. Friday, Jan. 16, 8 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 17, 8 p.m. Monday, Jan. 19. Through Monday, Feb. 2. Charlotte Street’s Paragraph Gallery. 816-994-7734. charlottestreet.org. $20.
“That’s Entertainment: The MGM Years”
Already steeped in nostalgia when it was released in 1974, the movie compilation “That’s Entertainment!” seems like a relic from a different era more than 30 years later. The film featured the stars of the great musicals from previous decades introducing classic segments from the backlot of the MGM studios. After its theatrical run, “That’s Entertainment!” became a staple of pre-cable television programming. A cast including J. Kent Barnhart, Lauren Braton and Tim Scott will re-create beloved scenes associated with the likes of Fred Astaire, Judy Garland and Gene Kelly in the monthlong run of “That’s Entertainment: The MGM Years.”
Friday, Jan. 16, through Sunday, Feb. 15. Quality Hill Playhouse. 816-421-1700. qualityhillplayhouse.com. $34.
Trick shots, confetti showers and the ongoing humiliation of the Washington Generals will entertain audiences at two area venues this weekend. The Harlem Globetrotters will exhibit their famous blend of slapstick comedy and dazzling athleticism at two performances at the Sprint Center on Saturday and in one show at the Independence Events Center on Sunday. The current roster features 5-foot 2-inch Too Tall, the shortest player in Globetrotters history, and Sweet J Ekworomadu, a member of the Nigerian women’s national basketball team.
2 p.m. and 7 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 17. Sprint Center. 816-949-7000. sprintcenter.com. $25-$137.
2 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 18. Independence Events Center. 816-442-6100. independenceeventscenter.com. $20-$132.
Shamrock FC Mixed Martial Arts
Much to the chagrin of conventional boxing fans, the sport has been surpassed in popularity by mixed martial arts. Headlocks and leg sweeps have been added to the traditional repertoire of jabs and feints. As with traditional boxing, however, televised bouts are a poor substitute for witnessing mixed martial arts action in person. The thrill of being showered in a splatter of blood and sweat, and hearing the grunts of nearby combatants can’t be replicated by a broadcast. Shamrock, the St. Louis-based presenter of Saturday’s event, promises “fast-paced action and high-quality fights” of locally based fighters.
7:30 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 17. Ameristar. 816-414-7000. ameristar.com. $35-$110.
Russian National Ballet Theatre “Giselle”
Founded as the icy relationship between the Soviet Union and the United States was thawing in the 1980s, the Russian National Ballet Theatre makes its fifth appearance in the Harriman-Jewell Series at a time when Moscow and Washington appear to be flirting with a new Cold War era. A production of “Giselle,” a ballet based on a poem by Victor Hugo that was first performed in 1841, will serve as an artistic detente on Sunday afternoon. The music composed by Adolphe Adam is so sprightly that even the most decrepit members of the audience might be tempted to join the 50-member ensemble on the stage of the Muriel Kauffman Theatre.
3:30 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 18. Muriel Kauffman Theatre. 816-415-5025. hjseries.org. $30-$80.
Price Chopper Basketball Classic
Basketball junkies, college recruiting aficionados, pep band enthusiasts and people who merely enjoy being surrounded by energetic students will flock to the Sprint Center on Monday for 12 hours of high school hoops. The Price Chopper Basketball Classic tips off at 9 a.m. and will run until about 9 p.m. Two girls contests — Ruskin vs. Lincoln Prep and North Kansas City vs. Staley — will be countered by six boys games. Matches pitting Raytown against Raytown South and Grandview against Northeast are particularly promising skirmishes.
9 a.m. Monday, Jan. 19. Sprint Center. 816-949-7100. sprintcenter.com. $12.
Renée Zellweger acquitted herself well in the coveted role of Roxie Hart in the 2002 film version of “Chicago.” Even so, the movie star is no Bianca Marroquin. Although Zellweger was cast against type, Marroquin possesses the naturally dramatic flair associated with the character. The star of the current production of “Chicago” is a longtime theater veteran, pop star and judge on a televised dancing competition. Marroquin’s presence ensures that the latest version of the popular musical about criminals in Prohibition-era Chicago will contain a satisfying amount of razzle-dazzle.
7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 20, 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 21, 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 22, 7:30 p.m. Friday, Jan. 23, 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 24, and 1 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 25. Muriel Kauffman Theatre. 816-994-7222. theaterleague.com/kansascity. $65-$85.