Monday Mixer: KCK’s Janelle Monáe wins SAG award; Rob Riggle a 2017 veteran to watch

Janelle Monae (left) and Taraji P. Henson hold their awards for outstanding performance by a cast in a motion picture for “Hidden Figures” at the 23rd annual Screen Actors Guild Awards Sunday, Jan. 29, in Los Angeles.
Janelle Monae (left) and Taraji P. Henson hold their awards for outstanding performance by a cast in a motion picture for “Hidden Figures” at the 23rd annual Screen Actors Guild Awards Sunday, Jan. 29, in Los Angeles. Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP

The cast of “Hidden Figures” — which includes KCK native Janelle Monáe — won the top honors at the Screen Actors Guild Awards on Sunday night.

Monáe was a double-nominee for being in the cast of both “Hidden Figures” and “Moonlight.”

Monáe’s costar Taraji P. Henson brought her and castmate Octavia Spencer to tears with her acceptance speech, which honored the real-life American heroes they played — mathematicians Katherine Johnson, Dorothy Vaughan and Mary Jackson.

And, as usual, Monáe owned the red carpet in her trademark black and white at both the SAGs and the Producers Guild Awards (“La La Land” won the big award there, which is usually a big predictor for the Oscars).

In an interview on the way in to the SAG awards, Monáe said she was in tears reading the scripts for “Hidden Figures” and “Moonlight” because they both “encourage you to embrace the things that make you unique even if it makes others uncomfortable.”

▪ So you heard “Hamilton” is coming to Kansas City, right? More here.

▪ The U.K.’s Daily Mail gushed about the style of KC’s Paul Rudd and his wife, Julie, at the premiere of “Fun Mom Dinner” at Sundance. Julie wrote the film’s script, and Paul is an executive producer.

▪ KC’s Rob Riggle was named to’s list of 25 veterans to watch in 2017. Since his retirement from the Marines in 2013, the organization said in a release, “Riggle has done his part to advocate for and raise awareness of our veterans, attending numerous events that support our military family and most recently, co-hosting the first Rob Riggle InVETational Golf Classic with We Are The Mighty, to benefit the Semper Fi Fund.” Also on the list: “Star Wars” actor and Marines vet Adam Driver and U.S. Sen. Tammy Duckworth, an Army veteran. The full list of “The Mighty 25” is here.

▪ Kansas City Repertory Theatre annouced last week that KC actor Claybourne Elder will play the soldier in “Sunday in the Park With George” on Broadway, and will understudy to star Jake Gyllenhaal. The show will reopen the 1903 Hudson Theatre on West 44th Street. Previews begin in February, and the show runs through April 23. More at Playbill here.

Weekend report

▪ The Star’s film and theater correspondent Robert W. Butler says for most of its hour and 45 minutes, the Unicorn’s chef drama “How to Use a Knife” “strafes its audience with a nonstop barrage of profane verbal machine gunfire.” The full review is here. Performances run through Feb. 19.

▪ Theater correspondent Christine Pivovar says the Coterie’s “Hana’s Suitcase” is admirable and worthwhile. Performances run through Feb. 12. The full review is here.

▪ Classical correspondent Libby Hanssen says principal flute Michael Gordon played Mozart’s Flute Concert No. 1 with finesse and precision in the Kansas City Symphony’s weekend concerts. The full review is here.

Stuff to do

▪ KC Weddings Bridal Spectacular is Saturday at the Overland Park Convention Center. Admission is $10-$12 through

▪ Tamara Day of DIY Network’s upcoming “Bargain Mansions” speaks during the Old House Expo, which is Saturday at Kansas City Museum. Tickets are $20 through

See “E.T.: The Extra-Terrestrial” with a live symphony at the Kansas City Symphony’s “Screenland at the Symphony” at Helzberg Hall. Tickets are $53-$113 through

On the way

▪ Jason Boland and the Stragglers perform Thursday at the Granada in Lawrence. Tickets are $15 in advance through

▪ Galactic performs Friday at the Madrid. Tickets are $25-$50 through

▪ Rainbow Kitten Surprise performs Saturday at the RecordBar. The show is sold out.

New this week

▪ Books: Tim Dorsey, “Clownfish Blues”; Elliot Ackerman, “Dark at the Crossing”; Sebastian Barry, “Days Without End”; Terry Goodking, “Death’s Mistress”; Lydia Reeder, “Dust Bowl Girls.” More here.

▪ Music: LeAnn Rimes, “Remnants”; Lower Than Atlantis, “Safe in Sound”; Surfer Blood, “Snowdonia”; The Menzingers, “After the Party.” More here.

▪ Movies: “The Comedian”; “Julieta”; “Rings”; “The Space Between Us.” More here.

▪ Video: “Pinocchio”; “Boo! A Madea Halloween”; “Jack Reacher: Never Go Back”; “Masterminds.” More here.