Ink’s Middle of the Map Festival
Opens Thursday, April 28, at multiple venues
With his work on “Portlandia” and “Late Night With Seth Meyers,” Fred Armisen is one of the busiest men in show business. But he’ll find time to come to Kansas City for the Middle of the Map Festival. The “Saturday Night Live” alum will appear at 7 p.m. Saturday at the Uptown Theater. The festival covers three categories: film, music and ideas. The film portion kicks off things and runs through Sunday. Then comes music May 4 to 7. The ideas portion, which includes Armisen as well as author Tom Vanderbilt with Nolan Gasser, chief musicologist for Pandora, on May 3, is mixed throughout.
Opens Thursday, April 28 (through May 7). Multiple venues. middleofthemapfest.com. Prices vary.
Opens Thursday, April 28, at Kansas City Zoo
Coedie and Burra, two male koalas, will spend their summer vacation in Kansas City. They have arrived from the San Diego Zoo and will remain through the end of September. Visitors can check them out in their new exhibit, Koala Flats, but don’t expect them to do much more than eat and sleep. And don’t call them “koala bears” to their faces. They’re marsupials.
Open to the public at 9:30 a.m. Thursday, April 28 (through September). Kansas City Zoo. 816-595-1234. kansascityzoo.org. $11.50-$14.50 zoo admission.
Brookside Art Annual
Friday, April 29, through Sunday, May 1, at 63rd and Brookside
One of the nice things about the Brookside Art Annual is that you don’t have to be an artsy type of person to enjoy yourself. Sure, more than 180 artists will display their works in a wide range of media, but the festivities also will include booths for food and drink, live music, children’s activities and shopping in the Brookside district’s stores. Organizers expect more than 70,000 to attend over the festival’s three days.
5-9 p.m. Friday, April 29; 10 a.m.-9 p.m. Saturday, April 30; 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday, May 1. 63rd and Brookside. brooksidekc.org/art-annual. Free.
Friday, April 29, at Overland Park Convention Center
Lesley Stahl has been with CBS News for more than 25 years, serving as a White House correspondent, as a host of “Face the Nation” and as a correspondent for “60 Minutes.” Her latest role has nothing to do with journalism, however. She’s all about being a grandmother. Having written “Grandma: The Joys and Science of the New Grandparenting,” Stahl will appear at a luncheon at Books & Boutiques, a benefit for St. Luke’s South, to promote the book.
Saturday, April 30, at Theis Park
Hundreds of folks will come together just south of the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art for this 3.5-mile event, the chief fundraiser of the AIDS Service Foundation of Greater Kansas City. There’s no charge to walk, but participants are asked to create an online fundraising page. The website also has a place for virtual walkers to participate. Prizes are available to those who raise at least $100.
10 a.m. Saturday, April 30. Theis Park. 816-931-0959. aidswalkkansascity.org. Free.
Saturday, April 30, at Sprint Center
Growing up in Chicago, Robert Sylvester Kelly began singing in a church choir. He eventually turned to music as a career, shortening his name to R. Kelly and becoming one of the world’s most successful recording artists. Although most of his music is far from church-choir-appropriate, his biggest hit is the family-friendly “I Believe I Can Fly,” which won three Grammy Awards. The King of R&B also has won six American Music Awards while selling more than 40 million albums.
8 p.m. Saturday, April 30, Sprint Center. 816-949-7000. sprintcenter.com. $67-$127.
Kansas Cowboy Jubilee
Saturday, April 30, at Carlsen Center
It’s hard to find a Western movie that doesn’t include at least a reference to Kansas, cows and cowboys. The state was even the setting for TV’s “Gunsmoke.” Nowadays you’re not quite as likely to see a desperado wandering the streets with a six-gun on his hip. If you’ve ever wondered whether cowboys still exist, however, you’ll see that they do at the Kansas Cowboy Jubilee. The event will include demonstrations, workshops and performances all day, covering activities such as chuck wagons, trick roping, poetry and visual art. It will be capped by a concert by Hot Club of Cowtown in the evening.
11 a.m. Saturday, April 30. JCCC Carlsen Center. 913-469-4445. jccc.edu/performing-arts-series. $10-$20; Hot Club of Cowtown, $10-$20.
Parkville Microbrew Fest
Saturday, April 30, at English Landing Park
Parkville’s riverfront park is a fun place to visit at any time, but add handcrafted beer, great food and live music, and you might want to stay all day. Officials expect more than 50 breweries from Missouri, Kansas, Nebraska, Iowa, Minnesota, Colorado, Oregon and California. Guests will be provided commemorative tasting glasses and custom-tasting note sheets.
1-5 p.m. Saturday, April 30. English Landing Park, Parkville. 816-505-2227. parkvillemicrobrewfest.com. $35-$45.
Sporting Kansas City vs. Los Angeles
Sunday, May 1, at Children’s Mercy Park
Our boys in blue will return to Children’s Mercy Park after three straight road games trying to re-establish their home dominance. Sporting KC won its first two home games of the season but since has suffered two home losses, including most recently 2-1 to Colorado on April 13. The last time Sporting KC played the Los Angeles Galaxy, in October, Sporting won 2-1 to secure a Major League Soccer playoff spot.
7 p.m. Sunday, May 1. Children’s Mercy Park. 913-387-3400. sportingkc.com. $50-$280.
Woofstock: A Festival for Dogs and People
Sunday, May 1, at Zona Rosa
Who can resist a day with the dog for a good cause? The Northland Animal Welfare Society event will begin with a 5K run or 1-mile walk, and will continue into the afternoon with activities about and for pets. Among the activities will be microchipping, a dog wash, a fashion show and photos. Vendors and pet-rescue groups will be on hand.
9 a.m.-2 p.m. Sunday, May 1. Zona Rosa Town Center. 816-336-1888. pcnaws.com. $30 for run/walk.
Tuesday, May 3 at Sprint Center
Think of WWE Smackdown as the live filming of a reality show/soap opera in which all the stars have big muscles and all the conflicts are choreographed. WWE promotes the local event using the names of world heavyweight champion Roman Reigns as well as Dean Ambrose, AJ Styles, Sheamus, Chris Jericho and Kevin Owens, but it also says, “All talent subject to change,” so you can’t be sure who will appear. USA Network carries the show on Thursday nights.
7 p.m. Tuesday, May 3. Sprint Center. 816-949-7000. sprintcenter.com. $17-$107.