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Missouri basketball, Sunflower Showdown, barista competition

Kansas and Kansas State play in Tuesday's Sunflower Showdown in Manhattan, Kan.

More sports

16: Kansas State men’s basketball vs. TCU @ Fort Worth, Texas

16: Missouri men’s basketball vs. Georgia @ Columbia

19: Missouri men’s basketball vs. Florida @ Gainesville, Fla.

19: Kansas State men’s basketball vs. Oklahoma @ Manhattan

19: Kansas men’s basketball vs. Texas @ Austin, Texas

22: Missouri men’s basketball vs. South Carolina @ Columbia

22: Kansas men’s basketball vs. Kansas State @ Manhattan, Kan.

More arts

16-Feb. 10: “Bonjour Picasso!” @ Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art

16-Jan. 20: “Heartland: The Photographs of Terry Evans” @ Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art

19: Harriman-Jewell Series presents Michael Fabiano @ Folly Theater

19: “Human Be-In: A Gathering of the Tribes” @ Uptown Arts Bar

22-27: “Billy Elliot” @ Music Hall

23: “BlackTop Sky” @ Unicorn Theatre

24-26: KC Symphony featuring Heartland Men’s Chorus presents “Broadway Rocks!”

More entertainment

16: The Used @ Beaumont Club

18: Kevin Fowler @ Granada

20: Keane @ Midland

20: Eliot Lipp @ Granada

23: Trampled By Turtles with My Morning Jacket’s Carl Broemel @ Granada

24: No Justice @ Granada

25: Winter Jam Tour Spectacular @ Sprint Center

More miscellaneous

18: Comedian Rodney Carrington @ Midland

18-27: Kansas City Restaurant Week 2013

19: 2013 Kansas City Royals Fanfest @ Overland Park Convention Center

19: Jazz Interlude featuring The Candace Evans Trio @ Johnson County Community College

21 — Presidential inauguration

21: Battle of the Bean 5K @ Leawood

26: Harlem Globetrotters @ Sprint Center

26: Party Arty @ Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art

Even more events

JANUARY

16-Feb. 10 — “Bonjour Picasso!” @ Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art

16-Jan. 20 — “Heartland: The Photographs of Terry Evans” @ Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art

16 — Kansas State men’s basketball vs. TCU @ Fort Worth, Texas

16 — The Used @ Beaumont Club

16 — Missouri men’s basketball vs. Georgia @ Columbia

18 — Comedian Rodney Carrington @ Midland

18 — Kevin Fowler @ Granada

18-20 — Specialty Coffee Association of America presents the Big Central barista competition @ The Guild KC

18-27 — Kansas City Restaurant Week 2013

19 — Missouri men’s basketball vs. Florida @ Gainesville, Fla.

19 — Kansas State men’s basketball vs. Oklahoma @ Manhattan

19 — Kansas men’s basketball vs. Texas @ Austin, Texas

19 — Harriman-Jewell Series presents Michael Fabiano @ Folly Theater

19 — 2013 Kansas City Royals Fanfest @ Overland Park Convention Center

19 — “Human Be-In: A Gathering of the Tribes” @ Uptown Arts Bar

20 — Keane @ Midland

20 — Eliot Lipp @ Granada

21 — Battle of the Bean 5K @ Leawood

22 — Missouri men’s basketball vs. South Carolina @ Columbia

22 — Kansas men’s basketball vs. Kansas State @ Manhattan, Kan.

22-23 — Shen Yun @ Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts

22-27 — “Billy Elliot” @ Music Hall

23 — Trampled By Turtles with My Morning Jacket’s Carl Broemel @ Granada

23 — “BlackTop Sky” @ Unicorn Theatre

24 — No Justice @ Granada

24-26KC Symphony featuring Heartland Men’s Chorus presents “Broadway Rocks!”

25 — The Russian National Ballet performs “Swan Lake” @ Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts

25 — Winter Jam Tour Spectacular @ Sprint Center

26 — Kansas State men’s basketball vs. Iowa State @ Ames, Iowa

26 — Harlem Globetrotters @ Sprint Center

26 — Party Arty @ Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art

26 — Missouri men’s basketball vs. Vanderbilt @ Columbia

26 — Kansas men’s basketball vs. Oklahoma @ Lawrence

28 — Kansas men’s basketball vs. West Virginia @ Morgantown, W.Va.

30 — Missouri men’s basketball vs. LSU @ Baton Rouge, La.

30 — The Darkness @ Beaumont Club

30 — Kansas State men’s basketball vs. Texas @ Manhattan

FEBRUARY

1-17 — “An Otherwise Hopeless Evening” @ The Jewel Box Lounge

2 — Kansas State men’s basketball vs. Oklahoma @ Norman, Okla.

2 — Missouri men’s basketball vs. Auburn @ Columbia

2 — Kansas men’s basketball vs. Oklahoma State @ Lawrence

2 — Kid Rock @ Sprint Center

3 — Ed Sheeran @ Midland

4 — Lady Gaga @ Sprint Center

5 — Kansas State men’s basketball vs. Texas Tech @ Lubbock, Texas

6 — Kansas men’s basketball vs. TCU @ Fort Worth, Texas

6 — Savoy @ Granada

7 — Missouri men’s basketball vs. Texas A&M @ College Station, Texas

8 — Jason Boland & The Stragglers @ Granada

8-10 — Monster Jam @ Sprint Center

9 — Kansas men’s basketball vs. Oklahoma @ Norman, Okla.

9 — Kansas State men’s basketball vs. Iowa State @ Manhattan

9 — Missouri men’s basketball vs. Ole Miss @ Columbia

11 — Kansas men’s basketball vs. Kansas State @ Lawrence

11 — Mushroomhead @ Granada

13 — Missouri men’s basketball vs. Mississippi State @ Starkville, Miss.

15 — The Walking Dead Live @ Midland

15 — Zac Brown Band @ Sprint Center

16 — Missouri men’s basketball vs. Arkansas @ Fayetteville, Ark.

16 — Kansas men’s basketball vs. Texas @ Lawrence

16 — Kansas State men’s basketball vs. Baylor @ Manhattan

18 — Kansas State men’s basketball vs. West Virginia @ Manhattan

19 — Missouri men’s basketball vs. Florida @ Columbia

20 — Keane @ Midland

20 — Kansas men’s basketball vs. Oklahoma State @ Stillwater, Okla.

20 — Wednesday 13 @ Granada

21 — Extension master gardeners of greater Kansas City present “Invasive Tree Pests and Changing Our Landscape” @ Kauffman Foundation Conference Center

22 — Talib Kweli @ Granada

23 — Yo Gabba Gabba @ Midland

23 — Kansas State men’s basketball vs. Texas @ Austin, Texas

23 — Missouri men’s basketball vs. Kentucky @ Lexington, Ken.

23 — Kansas men’s basketball vs. TCU @ Lawrence

23-24PBR: Professional Bull Riders @ Sprint Center

25 — G-Eazy @ Granada

25 — Kansas State men’s basketball vs. Texas Tech @ Manhattan

25 — Kansas men’s basketball vs. Iowa State @ Ames, Iowa

26 — 999 Eyes Freakshow @ Granada

27 — Maroon 5 @ Sprint Center

27 — “Good People” @ Unicorn Theatre

27-March 3 — Kansas City Fashion Week @ 28 Event Space

28 — Missouri men’s basketball vs. South Carolina @ Columbia, S.C.

MARCH

2-3 — Arenacross @ Sprint Center

2 — Kansas State men’s basketball vs. Baylor @ Waco, Texas

2 — Kansas men’s basketball vs. West Virginia @ Lawrence

3 — Missouri men’s basketball vs. LSU @ Columbia

4 — Kansas men’s basketball vs. Texas Tech @ Lawrence

5 — Missouri men’s basketball vs. Arkansas @ Columbia

5 — Kansas State men’s basketball vs. TCU @ Manhattan

6 — Murs @ Granada

9 — Kansas State men’s basketball vs. Oklahoma State @ Stillwater, Okla.

9 — Kansas men’s basketball vs. Baylor @ Waco, Texas

9 — Pentatonix @ Midland

9 — Missouri men’s basketball vs. Tennessee @ Knoxville, Tenn.

12 — Brit Floyd @ Midland

13 — Here Come the Mummies @ Granada

13-16 — Big 12 Men’s Basketball Championship @ Sprint Center

13-17SEC men’s basketball tournament

18 — Yes @ Midland

22-24 — NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament @ Sprint Center

25 — Lindsey Stirling @ Granada

27-31 — Disney on Ice: Rockin’ Ever After

APRIL

4 — Mike Tyson: The Undisputed Truth Tour @ Midland

9-14 — “Mary Poppins” @ Music Hall

13 — Lewis Black @ Midland

13 — Bon Jovi @ Sprint Center

20 — That 1 Guy @ Granada

26 — Mindless Self Indulgence @ Granada

30 — Fleetwood Mac @ Sprint Center

MAY

1 — Diana Krall @ Midland

1 — Carrie Underwood @ Sprint Center

5 — Jim Henson’s Pajanimals @ Midland

10 — The Tenors @ Midland

31-June 6 — “Spamalot” @ Starlight Theatre

JUNE

1 — Color Run @ Arrowhead Stadium

11-16 — “Catch Me If You Can” @ Starlight Theatre

JULY

19 — One Direction @ Sprint Center

27 — Rick Springfield @ Midland

AUGUST

2-3 — Taylor Swift @ Sprint Center

Ink

KU MEN’S BASKETBALL VS. K-STATE

TUESDAY

The Sunflower Showdown once again represents a marquee college basketball matchup. Kansas has been its usual dominant self this season, boasting a No. 4 national ranking after rattling off 14 straight victories. The surprise, though, has come with Kansas State. Under first-year coach Bruce Weber, the Wildcats have jumped to a 13-2 record and No. 16 national ranking, despite entering the season with a number of question marks. Rodney McGruder and Angel Rodriguez have led the Wildcats to victories over then-No. 8 Florida and then-No. 22 Oklahoma State and will look to do the same against the Jayhawks on Tuesday in

Manhattan. Tip-off is scheduled for 7 p.m.

Missouri men’s basketball vs. Florida

SATURDAY

The Tigers slid from the top 10 following an underwhelming overtime loss to UCLA on the road, but they’ll have a chance to make up for it Saturday against Florida in Gainesville. Mizzou had a strong December, finishing the month 5-1, and Frank Haith’s team looked good in its Southeastern Conference debut against Alabama. Florida, though, enters the game 10-2 and as recently as December was ranked as high as fifth nationally. Kenny Boynton and Patric Young lead the Gators, who haven’t yet lost at home this season. Tipoff is scheduled for 1 p.m.

Shen Yun

TUESDAY AND Jan. 23

The classic Chinese dance and musical production is about as large scale as it gets. Featuring everything from drums to vocals to ethnic dancing, the 100-member performance seeks to honor 5,000 years of Chinese culture. The group was founded seven years ago, in 2006, and though the Chinese government has tried to have performances canceled, Shen Yun has performed in more than 130 cities across the globe. The group will perform at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday and 7:30 p.m. Jan. 23 in the Muriel Kauffman Theatre in the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts. Tickets range from $56 to $126 at kauffmancenter.org.

Bloc Party

SUNDAY

The indie rock credentials of Bloc Party may be impeccable, but the heart of a mainstream pop act pulses underneath its slightly discordant guitar attack. The London-based band’s deployment of insinuating melodies, relatable lyrics and irresistible dance beats polishes the harsher approaches of seminal British acts like Joy Division, Gang of Four and the Jam into a smoother sound. Bloc Party may not be the best band of the past decade, but it’s certainly one of the most likable. IO Echo, a Los Angeles-based ensemble with a dreamy sensibility, opens the show.

Tickets to the 8 p.m. show are $37.50 and $25 in advance.

Bill Brownlee, Special to Ink

Big Central Barista Competition

FRIDAY THROUGH SUNDAY

The Specialty Coffee Association of America rolls into town this weekend as Kansas City plays host to the annual North and South Central Regional Barista Competition. The event features more than 35 of the region’s best professional baristas, including local representation from Latteland, Oddly Correct and Parisi. The winner moves on to the U.S. Barista Championship in April. Sixteen states — including Missouri and Kansas — will be represented at this weekend’s competition, which runs 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and 10:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday at The Guild KC, 1621 Locust St. Go to usbaristachampionship.org for more information.

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