Founded and exclusively run by practicing theater artists, the Kansas City Actors Theatre brings peerless artistry to carefully curated seasons of theatrical classics. Eschewing such crutches as flashy effects, ornate costumes, and post-show hypnotists that tell the audience they enjoyed themselves, the Theatre relies foremost on the talent of its actors to bring plays to life.
Founded in 1957, Kansas City Ballet holds rank amongst the top ballet institutions in the U.S. At its two locations—including one at the newly renovated Bolender Center for Dance & Creativity—the company divides its services between two divisions. On the Academy side, more than 20 instructors utilize their varied performing backgrounds to school aspiring professionals in dance, beginning with children ages 3 and up.
But you don’t have to yearn for the spotlight to tap into Kansas City Ballet’s wisdom. For recreational steppers, or those simply hoping to make trips to the grocery store more interesting by pirouetting down the aisles, the company also features a Studio division aimed at dancers of all ages and abilities. There, fitness and fun get blended into a schedule of classes that includes Zumba, flamenco, and jazz, as well as Pilates, yoga, and boot camp-style offerings.
At Nica’s 320, executive chef Bryan Merker and his team plate a diverse menu that blends American comfort fare with upscale Thai, Italian, and Cajun influences. Lighting fixtures dangle from exposed ceilings, casting an amorous glow over thai chicken, korean pork, and jerk-steak slider trios ($11.95) and sticky-rice crab cakes laced with savory cheddar and red chili jam ($12.95). Like choose-your-own-adventure cookbooks, mix-and-match house specialties sic epicurean detectives on the trail of edible henchmen—including french crêpe wraps ($10.95), grilled pizzas ($12.50), and pan-fried lasagna noodles ($11.95)—each abetted by accomplices, such as hulking meatballs, shaved pepperoni, and sausage or candied pecans and succulent roughage. Zeppelin-size appetites deflate under the tutelage of jumbo scallops ($26) and house-made seitan ($18) entrees, flanked with organic greens and adoring sides.
Entering their 85th season, the Harlem Globetrotters have entertained millions of parents, children, and general basketball admirers with a unique brand of athletic precision and showmanship. For their latest “4 Times the Fun” North American tour, the Globetrotters will add a new 4-point shot spots located 35 feet from the basket, which is 12 feet further than the official three-point line but several thousand miles closer than the prime meridian. See the arch-nemesis Generals try to keep up as the Harlem hardwood sorcerers evade gravity’s oppressive clutches and court clairvoyants distribute unassailable alley-oops. Youngsters can learn about the benefits of teamwork while laughing along with the jovial jocks as they perform classic routines of unconventional passing and sudden transmutations of water into confetti.
• For $25, you get one seat in section 101, 102, 121, or 122 (a $49.50 value before fees, or up to a $62.25 value online, including all Ticketmaster fees). • For $45, you get one seat in section 103, 104, 105, 118, 119, or 120 (a $99.50 value before fees, or up to a $113.95 value online, including all Ticketmaster fees).
After five years away from American stages, the immutable hard-rock juggernaut of Guns N’ Roses reuses its illusions to whip crowds into a frenzy during a notoriously raucous live show. Enigmatic siren Axl Rose, beloved for his lack of hubris and punk-rock stance against prolificacy, leads his wrecking crew of Roses through a two-hour tour of greatest hits culled from the band's groundbreaking mainstream debut album, Appetite for Destruction, the long-awaited Chinese Democracy, and everything in between. The group soars and shines throughout a marathon performance, ranging from turbo-charged rockers such as “Welcome to the Jungle” and “Sweet Child O’ Mine” through ballads including “November Rain.” With hatless new axeman Dj Ashba stepping into the shoes of Slash, and The Replacements’ Tommy Stinson replacing Duff McKagan, Guns N’ Roses is recharged and ready to quench destructive appetites with pure organic rock wrung from handpicked bandanas.