The nationwide chain of Improv Comedy Clubs hosts comedians en route to the big time, with an impressive roster of past performers including David Spade, Adam Sandler, and Jerry Seinfeld. At the Kansas City club, burgeoning funsters step up to the mic while company-wide head chef JR Grady sizzles award-winning American fare and barkeeps pour signature cocktails. The schedule hosts upcoming performers include The Daily Show regular Paul Mecurio, whose off-color quips and research in particle physics have won him an Emmy and a Peabody Award. Matt Braunger courts chuckles with material showcased on The Tonight Show with Conan O'Brien and The Late Show with David Letterman. Before the performance starts, plates of southern fried dills ($5.49) or cinnamon roll bread pudding ($5.99) from a brimming menu prep bellies for laughter. Diners begin digging in as soon as doors open, with wait staff dropping by throughout the show to refresh cocktails or give away the answer to a knock-knock joke.
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.
A rigid Western obsession with time tables and organized schedules has left the American spirit dangerously confined. Today's Groupon offers improvisation, the well-paved road to free thinking, with a ticket to see The Trip Fives Improv Comedy live at the Westport Coffeehouse on January 9 at 6:30 p.m. for $5. Welcome in a new year with unstale jokes you can't see coming, despite your resolution to nurture clairvoyance.
A dizzying array of nimble jets and graceful gliders beckons awestruck eyes to the heavens while an impressive collection of grounded planes honors those who once defied gravity in their cockpits. Featured performers at this year’s event include the U.S. Airforce A-10 Thunderbolt, which lets out a booming roar in a display of low-altitude maneuverability, sheer power, and lion impressions. Not to be outdone by a mechanized counterpart, the U.S. Army Golden Knights carve out their own rays of spotlight with golden parachutes and graceful routines. At ground level, a static assemblage of vintage and military planes—headlined by a stately NASA F-18 mission-support aircraft—mingles with the crowd and provides nurturing shade with their extensive wingspans.
As the only NCAA Division I team in town, the University of Missouri-Kansas City Kangaroos not only dazzle with a fury of dribbles, dunks, and dishes in the basketball game, they also provide fun on-court games and promotions that involve Kasey the Kangaroo, cheerleaders, and the dance team. Cram the fam in the van and enjoy a night of thrills that don’t involve a tub of tear-filled ice cream and an oddly specific romance-horror film. A parking shuttle service uses golf carts to pick you up and take you back to your car, saving your precious steps for trips up and down the seating aisle, coaxing cheers from your fellow fans. Today's deal is good for one seat in the premium seating section of the intimate, 1,500-seat Swinney Recreation Center, getting you as close to the floor as possible without having an alley-ooping hoopster dunking in your nachos.
• Thursday, July 7 at 7:35 p.m. vs. the Sacramento Capitals. Gates open at 6:05 p.m. • Sunday, July 10 at 6:35 p.m. vs. the Boston Lobsters. Gates open at 5:05 p.m. The Kansas City Explorers' lineup of male and female racquet jocks serve up entertaining sets of professional tennis as they defend their 2010 World TeamTennis Champions title. During Thursday's and Sunday's tourneys, the Explorers will challenge opponents in myriad matches, featuring women's singles and doubles, men's singles and doubles, and mixed doubles, in which players will imitate a typical, romantic tennis date. Stop by the pre-match meet and greet to interrogate coach Brent Haygarth about his five seasons with the team, then don a Explorers logo T-shirt and head to the stands, where spectators can watch the sultans of swat defeat the competition with serves, forehands, and blindingly white shorts.