Kansas City DerbyFest 2013
Since Louisville, Ky., is a formidable 480 miles away, the best method of enjoying its signature sporting event without leaving the comforts of Kansas City is DerbyFest 2013. Beginning at 3 p.m. at KC Live in the Power & Light District, DerbyFest offers patrons a chance to watch the Kentucky Derby on a giant screen while enjoying mint juleps, live music and a parade of race horses from Saddle Creek Stables. An auction and raffle boast great prizes. The event is hosted by Maker’s Mark Restaurant and The Kansas City Sertoma Club. Suggested attire is “Southern formal individual.” Tickets are $35 and $75. Proceeds go to KU Alzheimer’s Disease Center for the research of finding a cure for Alzheimer’s and related dementias.
Hitchcock! Screenland at the Symphony
Few filmmakers understood how to incorporate music with images better than Alfred Hitchcock. The master of suspense proves the perfect subject for the latest Screenland at the Symphony event. As scenes from his classics “North By Northwest,” “Strangers on a Train,” “Dial M for Murder” and “To Catch a Thief” fill the screen, the Kansas City Symphony performs selections from Hitch’s timeless scores. Aram Demirjian will conduct and Screenland’s Butch Rigby will narrate. The show begins at 8 p.m. at the Kauffman Center. Tickets are $35. For more info, go to kauffmancenter.org.
The confounding void created by Outkast’s ongoing hiatus has frustrated fans for years. The duo of André 3000 and Big Boi was at the peak of its popularity when Outkast disbanded near the end of the last decade. Big Boi, often misjudged as the thuggish component of Outkast, has surprised many observers by forging the more productive solo career. He’s a pithy lyricist with an adventurous sound that ranges from futuristic funk to rapturous indie rock. Killer Mike, another native of Georgia, is Big Boi’s tour mate. “R.A.P. Music,” Killer Mike’s searing avowal of the music’s power, was one of 2012’s most powerful albums. Tickets to the 8 p.m. show are $25 in advance.
Kansas City Chihuahua Parade
“I hope if dogs ever take over the world and they choose a king, they just don’t go by size, because I bet there are some Chihuahuas with some good ideas,” claims a memorable Deep Thoughts musing by Jack Handy. No doubt the organizers of the Kansas City Chihuahua Parade would agree. Sunday’s gathering of tiny dogs has attracted the big ears of the Guinness Book of World Records, which has officially sanctioned the event’s attempt to break the Most Dogs in Costume record. Thus, the rules about being a Chihuahua are a little lax — if it sort of looks like one, the dog is more than welcome to participate. The parade takes place at 10 a.m. at the Barney Allis Plaza, 301 W. 12th St. Admission is $5 and benefits the Great Plains SPCA.
Comedian Tracy Morgan believes his “sense of humor is a turkey, and I pull it out of the oven and baste it in reality.” Such is the approach of the former “Saturday Night Live” star known for creating characters such as Brian Fellows and Astronaut Jones. Following that, Morgan harnessed his super-sized persona for an Emmy-nominated run on Tina Fey’s sitcom “30 Rock.” Now he’s revisiting his standup roots with his Excuse My French tour — an apt title for a man constantly drumming up controversy because of the things he says. Morgan performs at 8 p.m. at the Uptown Theater, 3700 Broadway.