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Best of the week: Aziz Ansari, Bike Week, Festival of Smoke

The Culinary Center of Kansas City through their Midwest BBQ Institute will hold its second annual “Festival of Smoke” on May 12th 2012.

Mayhem, a Fringe Festival preparty, will include a performance by Voler.

Kansas City Bike Week (bikeweekkc.org)

Actor/comedian Aziz Ansari.

Miranda Lambert

more entertainment:

9: Kittie @ Beaumont Club

11: Chris Botti @ Midland

11 : Madeleine Peyroux @ Folly Theater

12: Tennis @ RecordBar

17: Leukemia & Lymphoma Society Man & Woman of the Year @ Harrah’s Kansas City Casino North

18: Daughtry @ Midland

20: Country Throwdown featuring Gary Allan @ Cricket Wireless Amphitheater

21-22: Creed @ Midland

22: Van Halen @ Sprint Center

27: Celebration at the Station @ Union Station

29: Heartless Bastards @ Granada

more sports/outdoors:

12: World Body and Fitness Federation Central US Championships @ Midland

16-17: KC Royals vs. Baltimore Orioles @ Kauffman Stadium

18-19: Street League DC Pro Tour @ Sprint Center

18-20: KC Royals vs. Arizona Diamondbacks @ Kauffman Stadium

20: Tour de Brew @ Knuckleheads Saloon

26: KC Command vs. Georgia Force @ Sprint Center

more food and drink:

10: Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s ’80s Party @ The Well

18: Downtown is Happy @ Power & Light District

19: Hopfest @ The Well and Lew’s Grill and Bar in Waldo

20: “A Conversation With Food Network’s Ted Allen” @ Unity Temple on the Plaza

24 : Un-Chef Cook-Off benefitting Newhouse @ Studio 2131

more arts:

10: Whitney Manney Spring/Summer Runway Show @ 1819 Central Gallery & Event Space

10-27: “The Fantasticks” @ Crown Center Off Center Theatre

11, 13: Byrd Productions presents Fools’ Fortunes VI @ Just Off Broadway Theatre

11-13: Kansas City Ballet presents “Masters of American Dance” @ Kauffman Center

18-20: Downtown Art Annual @ Power & Light District

18-20: Burn the Floor @ Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts

18-20 : Spectrum Fantastic Art Live! @ Bartle Hall

Even more events

MAY

9 — James Morrison @ The Granada

9 — Kittie @ Beaumont Club

10 — Whitney Manney Spring/Summer Runway Show @ 1819 Central Gallery & Event Space

10 — Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s 80s Party @ The Well

10-27 — “The Fantasticks” @ Crown Center Off Center Theatre

11 — Chris Botti @ Midland

11 — Madeleine Peyroux @ Folly Theater

11, 13 — Byrd Productions presents Fools’ Fortunes VI @ Just Off Broadway Theatre

11-13 — Kansas City Ballet presents “Masters of American Dance” @ Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts

12 — Hitch Fit/World Body and Fitness Federation Central US Championships @ Midland Theater

12 — “Festival of Smoke” barbeque competition @ The Culinary Center of Kansas City

12 — Tennis @ RecordBar

13 — Mother’s Day

16-17KC Royals vs. Baltimore Orioles @ Kauffman Stadium

17 — Leukemia & Lymphoma Society Man & Woman of the Year @

18 — Daughtry @ Midland

18 — Downtown is Happy @ Power & Light District

18-19 — Street League DC Pro Tour @ Sprint Center

18-20 — Downtown Art Annual @ Power & Light District

18-20 — Burn the Floor @ Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts

18-20 — Spectrum Fantastic Art Live! @ Bartle Hall

18-20KC Royals vs. Arizona Diamondbacks @ Kauffman Stadium

19 — Hopfest @ The Well and Lew’s Grill and Bar in Waldo

19 — “Everyday Rapture” opens @ Unicorn Theatre

20 — “A Conversation with Food Network’s Ted Allen” @ Unity Temple on the Plaza

20 — Country Throwdown featuring Gary Allan @ Cricket Wireless Amphitheater

20 — Tour de Brew @ Knuckleheads Saloon

21 — National Geographic Live Series presents primatologist and Net Geo Wild TV host Mireya Mayor @ Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts

21-22 — Creed @ Midland

22 — Van Halen @ Sprint Center

24 — Un-Chef Cook-Off benefitting Newhouse @ Studio 2131

26 — Psychostick @ Beaumont Club

26KC Command vs. Georgia Force @ Sprint Center

27 — Celebration at the Station @ Union Station

27 — Sporting KC vs. San Jose @ Livestrong Sporting Park

28 — Memorial Day

29 — Heartless Bastards @ Granada

30 — Author Dorothy Wickenden discusses “Nothing Daunted: The Unexpected Education of Two Society Girls in the West” @ Unity Temple on the Plaza

31 — Eli Young Band @ Power & Light District

31 — Author Frank Deford discusses “Over Time: My Life as a Sportswriter” @ Unity Temple on the Plaza

31-June 3 — Wakarusa @ Mulberry Mountain in Ozark, Ark.

JUNE

1 — Jazzoo @ Kansas City Zoo

1 — First Friday @ Crossroads Arts District

1 — New Edition @ Sprint Center

1-2 — Dancefestopia with Wiz Khalifa @ Riverfront Park

1-3 — Kansas City Wide Open Professional Disc Golf Tournament @ multiple venues

1-3 — Prairie Village Art Fair

1-3KC Royals vs. Oakland Athletics @ Kauffman Stadium

2 — Hospital Hill Run @ Crown Center Square

2 — Pat Green @ CrossroadsKC

2 — Screenland Slams “Fame” (1980) @ Screenland Crown Center

2KC Command vs. Utah Blaze @ Sprint Center

4-6KC Royals vs. Minnesota Twins @ Kauffman Stadium

5 — Nickelback, Bush, Seether @ Sprint Center

5-10 — “In the Heights” @ Starlight Theatre

9 — West 18th Street Fashion Show @ Crossroads Arts District

9 — John Wornall House Museum Garden Tour @ various locations

10 — Kenny Chesney and Tim McGraw with Grace Potter & the Nocturnals @ Arrowhead Stadium

10 — Heartland Heat Triathlon @ Tiffany Hills Park

10 — Rachael Ray discusses “The Book of Burger” @ Unity Temple on the Plaza

12-14KC Royals vs. Milwaukee Brewers @ Kauffman Stadium

15 — Rock & Rumble Rally featuring Alice Cooper @ Midland

16 — Sporting KC vs. Toronto FC @ Livestrong Sporting Park

16 — Kevin Gray Father’s Day Run 5K @ CommunityAmerica Ballpark, Kansas Speedway, Livestrong Sporting Park

17 — Father’s Day

17 — City of Fountains Bicycle Tour @ Washington Square Park

17 — Don Williams @ Uptown Theater

17KC Command vs. San Jose Sabercats @ Sprint Center

19 — Idina Menzel @ Midland

19-July 15 — Heart of America Shakespeare Festival @ Southmoreland Park

21REO Speedwagon, Styx and Ted Nugent @ Starlight Theatre

22-23 — Big Slick Celebrity Poker Tournament

22-24KC Royals vs. St. Louis Cardinals @ Kauffman Stadium

22-28 — Kansas City Gay & Lesbian Film Festival @ Tivoli Cinemas

23 — Missouri Chainsaw Grassacre featuring Cornmeal, Split Lip Rayfield and more @ CrossroadsKC

23KC Command vs. Chicago Rush @ Sprint Center

25-27KC Royals vs. Tampa Bay Rays @ Kauffman Stadium

29 — Sporting KC vs. Chicago @ Livestrong Sporting Park

30KC Roller Warriors @ Municipal Auditorium

JULY

3-4KC Riverfest @ Richard L. Berkley Park

3-8 — The Addams Family @ Starlight Theatre

4 — Independence Day

4— KC Riverfest @ Richard L. Berkley Park

6 — First Friday @ Crossroads Arts District

6-10 — Major League Baseball All-Star Week

7 — Screenland Slams “The Birds” (1963) @ Screenland Crown Center

7KC Command vs. Iowa Barnstormers @ Sprint Center

8MLB All-Star Game Charity 5K & Fun Run @ TBA

9 — Vans Warped Tour @ Cricket Wireless Amphitheater

10-15 — “Memphis” @ Starlight Theatre

13-15KC Royals vs. Chicago White Sox @ Kauffman Stadium

14 — Back in the Swing Cookbook Party featuring Sheryl Crow @ Johnson County Community College’s Carlsen Center

14KC Command vs. Spokane Shock @ Sprint Center

16-19KC Royals vs. Seattle Mariners @ Kauffman Stadium

17 — Fiona Apple @ Midland

17 — Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Festival featuring Slipknot, Slayer and Anthrax @ Cricket Wireless Amphitheater

17-19 — Ethnic Enrichment Festival @ Swope Park

18DJ Kaskade @ Uptown Theater

19-29KC Fringe Festival

20 — Chicago and The Doobie Brothers @ Starlight Theatre

20-21 — Global Dance Festival @ Midland

20-22KC Royals vs. Minnesota Twins @ Kauffman Stadium

21 — James Taylor @ Starlight Theatre

24-29 — “Cathy Rigby is Peter Pan” @ Starlight Theatre

25 — Childish Gambino @ Beaumont Club

26 — The Avett Brothers @ CrossroadsKC

27 — Big Time Rush @ Sprint Center

27-29 — Brush Creek Art Walk @ Brush Creek Trail

28KC Roller Warriors @ Municipal Auditorium

31-Aug. 2KC Royals vs. Cleveland Indians @ Kauffman Stadium

AUGUST

3 — First Friday @ Crossroads Arts District

3-5KC Royals vs. Texas Rangers @ Kauffman Stadium

3-12 — Elton John & Tim Rice’s “AIDA” @ Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts

4 — Screenland Slams “Legend” (1985) @ Screenland Crown Center

14 — Yanni @ Midland

14-16KC Royals vs. Oakland Athletics @ Kauffman Stadium

16 — Il Divo @ Starlight Theatre

17-19KC Royals vs. Chicago White Sox @ Kauffman Stadium

18KC Roller Warriors @ Municipal Auditorium

18 — Summerdaze Festival @ Cricket Wireless Amphitheater

22 — Phish @ Starlight Theatre

25 — Dawes @ CrossroadsKC

28-30KC Royals vs. Detroit Tigers @ Kauffman Stadium

28-Sept. 2 — “La Cage Aux Folles” @ Starlight Theatre

31-Sept. 2KC Royals vs. Minnesota Twins @ Kauffman Stadium

SEPTEMBER

3 — Labor Day

3-6KC Royals vs. Texas Rangers @ Kauffman Stadium

7 — Boston with Night Ranger and Starship @ Starlight Theatre

7 — Cover Wars @ VooDoo Lounge

8-9 — Kansas City Chalk and Walk Festival @ Crown Center

12 — Jason Mraz @ Starlight Theatre

13 — Powerman 5000 @ Beaumont Club

14-15 — Quixotic presents “Surfaces” @ Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art

14-16KC Royals vs. Los Angeles Angels @ Kauffman Stadium

15-23 — Lyric Opera presents “Madame Butterfly” @ Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts

15KC Roller Warriors @ Municipal Auditorium

18-20KC Royals vs. Chicago White Sox @ Kauffman Stadium

21-23KC Royals vs. Cleveland Indians @ Kauffman Stadium

28 — Comedian John Caparulo @ Midland

OCTOBER

1-3KC Royals vs. Detroit Tigers @ Kauffman Stadium

5 — First Friday @ Crossroads Arts District

6 — Screenland Slams “I Know Who Killed Me” (2007) @ Screenland Crown Center

8 — Columbus Day

12-13 — 2012 College Hockey Ice Breaker Tournament @ Sprint Center

20NASCAR Nationwide Series Kansas Lottery 300 @ Kansas Speedway

21NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Chase for the Sprint Cup Hollywood Casino 400 @ Kansas Speedway

30 — Madonna @ Sprint Center

31 — Halloween

NOVEMBER

1 — All Saints’ Day

2 — First Friday @ Crossroads Arts District

3 — Screenland Slams “Barb Wire” (1996) @ Screenland Crown Center

3-11 — Lyric Opera presents “Il Trovatore” @ Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts

4 — Daylight Saving Time ends

6 — Election Day

11 — Veterans Day

19-20 — College Basketball Experience Classic @ Sprint Center

22 — Thanksgiving

23 — Black Friday

DECEMBER

24 — Christmas Eve

25 — Christmas Day

26 — Kwanzaa begins

31 — New Year’s Eve

Ink

May 10Aziz Ansari THURSDAY

On its own, Ansari’s portrayal of Tom Haverford on the NBC series “Parks and Recreation” has established him as a man of note in the entertainment industry. Couple that with the success he has had in film (“30 Minutes or Less”) and in stand-up (his new one-hour comedy special “Dangerously Delicious” earned buzz earlier this year), and it’s hard not to count him among the nation’s top young comedians. The 29-year-old South Carolina native performs at the Midland as part of his “Buried Alive!” tour. Tickets are $31.50 to $36.50 at midlandkc.com.

Kansas City Bike Week MONDAY THROUGH NEXT FRIDAY

Ditch the car and grab the old bicycle for Kansas City’s Bike Week, which runs Monday through May 18 and is highlighted by a number of two-wheeled festivities. The week’s schedule includes a kick-off at Kansas City’s City Hall on Monday, a May 16 “Ride of Silence” for fallen bikers through Brookside and a “bike-in” movie May 17 at Boulevard Drive In. The week is capped by “National Bike to Work Day” on May 18. You can also head over to bikewalkkc.org for a complete list of the week’s events or to take the “Car Free Challenge” — a competition in which cyclists keep a tally to see who can replace the most car trips with bike rides.

Festival of Smoke SATURDAY

There are worse ways to welcome the summer than a crash-course in backyard grilling — and there are worse teachers than those at the Culinary Center of Kansas City. Through its Midwest BBQ Institute, the culinary center presents its annual smoking and grilling festival from 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. at 7920 Santa Fe Drive in Overland Park, and the nearby Overland Park Clocktower pavilion. Hone your skills with free demonstrations throughout the day, or serve as a judge in the Culinary Center’s “Pig-Off,” a competition between chefs who’ll be attempting to prepare the best pork. Various barbecue dishes are also available to purchase, courtesy of the center’s chefs.

MayHem 2012 FRIDAY

Kansas City’s annual Fringe Festival is still two months away, but you can get a jumpstart during this weekend’s fashion fundraiser at Uptown Theater. A dozen designers and boutiques will be on hand, including WM Couture, Inner Hippie and It’s a Beautiful Day. Entertainment will be provided by DJ Dan, Voler: Thieves of Flight, Rhythmic Flames and the Vi Tran Band. General admission tickets are $15 in advance ($20 at the door), with VIP tickets — which include food and drink tickets and early admission — for $25 in advance ($30 at the door). The show runs from 8:30 to 11:30 p.m. in the Valentine Room at the Uptown, and proceeds benefit the Fringe Festival as well as local radio station KKFI 90.1. Get tickets at kcfringe.org.

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