CBE Hall of Fame Classic
MONDAY AND TUESDAY
Kansas Citians can get their first look at this year’s University of Kansas men’s basketball team next week when the College Basketball Experience hosts a four-team tournament at the Sprint Center. On Monday, Texas A&M takes on St. Louis at 6:30 p.m. and Kansas faces Wichita State immediately afterward. The two winning teams will take the floor against each other on Tuesday, immediately following the 6 p.m. consolation game. Tickets to each day’s session run $17 to $252 at sprintcenter.com. Additionally, the National Collegiate Basketball Hall of Fame will induct its class of 2012 on Sunday at 7:30 p.m. at the Midland. Among those scheduled to be in attendance are Patrick Ewing, Earl Monroe, Willis Reed and Clyde Lovellette. Tickets to the induction are $50 at midlandkc.com.
As its Shakespeare-derived name suggests, Titus Andronicus is a word-drunk band with literary ambitions. Like critically acclaimed the Hold Steady, Titus Andronicus specializes in adrenaline-fueled punk rock that’s commandeered by an excitable vocalist who sounds as if he’s speed reading. The New Jersey quintet’s new album “Local Business” may lack the luster of the band’s previous releases, but the Jackpot will seem Tuesday like the epicenter of the rock ’n’ roll universe. Ceremony, an excellent California-based act that revives the sloppy majesty of the Sex Pistols, opens the show.
Tickets are $12 in advance.
WEDNESDAY THROUGH SUNDAY
The Australia-based group has rocketed to international success since premiering at the Sydney Theatre Festival in 1995, and Kansas City gets an up-close look this week when the performance arrives at the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts. The group, which offers a high-energy brand of tap dancing, was part of the 2000 Olympic opening ceremony in Sydney and has been touring for 18 years across the globe. The first performance here was Tuesday, but there are more performances scheduled through Sunday. Tickets range from $36 to $76 at kauffmancenter.org or by calling the Kauffman Center box office at 816.994.7222.
North Face Endurance Challenge
There’s a race for everyone in this annual event, which kicks off at 7 a.m. at Theis Park near the Plaza. The Challenge features 5K, 10K, half-marathon, marathon and 50K distances, as well as a kids run and marathon relay. Though the series’ other five stops are typically on trails or rugged terrain, the Kansas City stop is set up as a road-running festival. Races vary by distance, but the longer distances take runners past the UMKC campus, through historic Westport and north to downtown. Registration runs from $55 to $110 at thenorthface.com.
Winter Warm-Up at Park Place
THURSDAY THROUGH SATURDAY
Park Place in Leawood kicks off the holiday season with a three-day festival aimed at ramping up the winter cheer. In addition to daily specials from local stores and restaurants, the event includes live music, a one-man circus and a cocktail contest. Things kick off Thursday with free ice skating and complimentary hot chocolate from Cupcake a la Mode from 5-8 p.m. Charity groups will be on hand throughout the day Friday and Saturday, collecting donations. Go to pitchengine.com and search Winter Warm-Up for a full list of events and participating businesses.