Welcome to our weekly round-up of upcoming concerts, events and projects featuring our area celebrities and stars.
▪ KC’s Rob Riggle — or at least his voice — made an appearance on Sunday’s episode of “The Simpsons.”
Riggle voiced parenting expert Dr. Fenton Pooltoy, a parenting expert all of Springfield turned to when the previous parenting fad of handing out participation trophies proved ineffective.
“Parents, I warn you, too much praise creates millennials,” Pooltoy said. “A generation of soft, entitled, narcissists who drop out of college to become DJs.”
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The full episode should be on Fox.com later this week.
▪ Sweet moves: KC’s Katherine McNamara, who plays Clary Fray on Freeform’s “Shadowhunters,” tweeted a short vid of herself working on her fight choreography last week. See it below.
▪ Tough cast: “Wonder Woman” director Patty Jenkins, who grew up in Lawrence, revealed on Twitter that boxer Ann Wolfe plays Artemis in the film. In the comics, Artemis is one of the Amazons’ fiercest warriors and actually takes over the role of Wonder Woman for a time.
And, in case you missed it when it was released last week, here’s the new trailer for the film, which is due in theaters June 2.
▪ Roster addition: Mark Strong of “Sherlock Holmes” and “Green Lantern” has joined the cast of “The Catcher Was a Spy,” which stars KC’s Paul Rudd. The film is an adaptation of Nicholas Dawifoff’s non-fiction bestseller about Moe Berg, a major league catcher who also was an agent for the pre-CIA agency OSS.
▪ Space ranger: KCK singer and actress Janelle Monae will appear on the next season of Neil DeGrasse Tyson’s “StarTalk.” Eurweb.com says the series will return this fall and also feature appearances by NBA star Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, director Ted Melfi, cyclist Lance Armstrong and conservationist Fabien Cousteau. More here.
▪ Out of the weeds: The TV adaptation of “Sharp Objects,” KC author Gillian Flynn’s first novel, has added Elizabeth Perkins of “Weeds” to the cast. HBO is turning the book into an eight-episode series, directed by Jean-Marc Vallee, who is currently directing the premieum cable net’s “Big Little Lies.” No air date has been set.
▪ Ariana Grande, her four-piece band and a small army of dancers filled Sprint Center with nonstop music and motion, a barrage of visuals and sounds that at times threatened to overwhelm Grande and her powerful voice. Read the review from The Star’s Timothy Finn here.
▪ Patti LaBelle poured everything she had into “If You Don’t Know Me By Now” and several other standards Friday at the Kauffman Center. Read the review from music correspondent Bill Brownlee here.
▪ Akademie für Alte Musik Berlin performed its program “Foreign Affairs” with wit and personality Saturday night at Yardley Hall. Read the review from classical correspondent Libby Hanssen here.
▪ Rodney Crowell performs Thursday at Knuckleheads. Tickets are $29.50 through knuckleheadskc.com.
▪ Bryan Ferry performs Friday at the Uptown Theater. Tickets are $45-$69.50 through uptowntheater.com.
▪ Aaron Neville performs Saturday at the Ameristar Casino. Tickets are $45-$60 through Ameristar Casino.
Stuff to do
▪ The Heartland Men’s Chorus performs “Identity” Saturday and Sunday at the Folly. Tickets are $15-$40 through hmckc.org.
▪ “A Raisin in the Sun” opens Friday at Spencer Theatre. Tickets are $25-$67 through kcrep.org.
▪ “Fahrenheit 451” opens Saturday at the Lewis and Shirley White Theatre. Tickets are $11-$21 through thejkc.org.
New this week
▪ Books: Megan Hart, “All the Lies We Tell”; Kate White, “The Secrets You Keep”; Lauren Grodstein, “Our Short History”; Patrick Downes, “Ten Miles One Way.” More here.
▪ Music: Drew Holcomb and the Neighbors, “Souvenir”; James Blunt, “Afterlove”; Craig Finn, “We All Want the Same Things”; Trey Songz, “Tremaine the Album.” More here.
▪ Movies: “CHiPs”; “Life”; “Power Rangers”; “Wilson”; “Personal Shopper”; “The Last Word.” More here.
▪ Video: “Sing”; “Master of None: Season 1”; “Assassin’s Creed”; “Live by Night.” More here.