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Best of the week: Kansas City DerbyFest, Big Boi, Tracy Morgan

The Power & Light District will host a Kentucky Derby watch party.

On Sunday, a parade of dogs, most of them Chihuahuas, will again attempt to break the record for most cosumed dogs.

Tracy Morgan performs at the Uptown.

More sports

3-5: Kansas City Royals vs. Chicago White Sox @ Kauffman Stadium

** 5: Sporting KC vs. Chivas USA @ Sporting Park

** 8: Sporting KC vs. Seattle @ Sporting Park

10-12: Kansas City Royals vs. New York Yankees @ Kauffman Stadium

** 18-19: Kansas City T-Bones vs. Wichita @ CommunityAmerica Ballpark

18: FC Kansas City vs. Boston @ Shawnee Mission District Stadium

** 19: Kansas City Triathlon @ Longview Lake

** 20: WWE Monday Night Raw @ Sprint Center

More arts

1: Comida 2013: A World Tour of Latin Flavors @ Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art

** 1-12: “My Name is Asher Lev” @ Unicorn Theatre

1- July 21: Brad Kahlhamer: Bowery Nation @ Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art

1-Aug. 11: “The Feminine Mystique: Portraits of and by Women” @ Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art

3: First Friday @ Crosstown Arts District

** 3: Brookside Art Annual @ Brookside Shopping District

** 3-5 and 10-12: Kansas City Ballet presents “Hey-Hay, Going to Kansas City” @ Kauffman Center

** 10-June 23: “Miss Abigail’s Guide to Dating, Mating and Marriage” @ American Heartland Theatre

** 16-June 23: “With a Banjo on My Knee” @ Chestnut Fine Arts Center

** 17-Sept. 22: “Laura McPhee: River of No Return” @ Kemper Museum

** 17-19: Downtown Art Annual @ Power & Light District.

More entertainment

1: Diana Krall @ Midland

** 1: Carrie Underwood @ Sprint Center

** 3: Kansas City Jazz Orchestra with the Four Freshmen @ Kauffman Center

4: Merle Jam with Delbert McClinton, Samantha Fish and Kris Lager Band @ Knuckleheads

** 10: B.J. Thomas @ Knuckleheads

** 10: The Tenors @ Midland

** 10: Reo Speedwagon, Styx and Ted Nugent @ Starlight

** 11: Restless Heart with the Kansas City Symphony @ Kauffman Center

** 11: Rockfest @ Liberty Memorial

11: Tech N9ne @ Midland

More miscellaneous

** 1-5: Kansas City Spring Parade of Homes

3: Author Robert Edsel discusses “Saving Italy: The Race to Rescue a Nation’s Treasures from the Nazis” @ Unity Temple on the Plaza

** 4: Missouri Life Festival: Art, Food, Wine and Fun @ Nelson-Atkins Museum

** 8: Animal Planet Star Jackson Galaxy discusses “Cat Daddy: What the World’s Most Incorrigible Cat Taught Me About Life, Love, and Coming Clean” Unity Temple on The Plaza

10: Author Michael Pollan discusses “Cooked: A Natural History of Transformation” @ Unity Temply on the Plaza

** 10-12: Christopher Titus @ Kansas City Improv

** 12: Jillian Michaels @ Midland

** 16: Rodney Carrington @ Midland

17: Jay and Silent Bob @ Midland

** 18: Heart of America Concours d’Elegance @ Crown Center

** 24: David Sedaris discusses “Let’s Explore Diabetes with Owls” @ Rainy Day Books

** 25-26: Jiggle Jam Family Fest @ Crown Center Square

25: WBFF 2013 US Fitness Show @ Midland

Even more events


22: Soundgarden @ Midland

22 — Trapt @ Granada

23-26: Kansas City Royals vs. Los Angeles Angels @ Kauffman Stadium

25: FC Kansas City vs. Sky Blue FC @ Shawnee Mission District Stadium


: Sporting KC vs. Houston @ Sporting Park

27: Falling in Reverse @ Granada

27-28: Kansas City Royals vs. St. Louis Cardinals @ Kauffman Stadium

29 : Detroit Cobras @ RecordBar

31-June 6

: “Spamalot” @ Starlight Theatre


1: Color Run @ Arrowhead Stadium


: Sporting KC vs. Montreal @ Sporting Park

1 — Chris Mann @ Midland

1 — First Friday @ Crosstown Arts District

3-6: Kansas City Royals vs. Minnesota Twins @ Kauffman Stadium

5: Foals @ Granada


: “The Mountaintop” @ Unicorn Theatre

6 : Black Flag @ Granada

7-9: Kansas City Royals vs. Houston Astros @ Kauffman Stadium

9 — Street League Skateboarding @ Sprint Center

10-12: Kansas City Royals vs. Detroit Tigers


: “Catch Me If You Can” @ Starlight Theatre

12 — Logic @ Granada

12-Dec. 15 — “Mythological Subjects” @ Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art

15 : Kevin Gray Father’s Day Run 5K @ CommunityAmerica Ballpark

15 — Ben Kenney @ Granada


: Father John Misty @ Granada

16: FC Kansas City vs. Chicago Red Stars @ Shawnee Mission District Stadium

17 — Mumford & Sons @ Cricket Wireless Amphitheater

19 — Authority Zero @ Granada

20 — Huey Lewis and the News @ Midland

21-23: Kansas City Royals vs. Chicago White Sox @ Kauffman Stadium

22: Bill O’Reilly & Dennis Miller Bolder & Fresher Tour @ Midland

22 — Bill O’Reilly and Dennis Miller: Bolder & Fresher Tour 2013 @ Midland

23: FC Kansas City vs. Washington Spirit @ Shawnee Mission District Stadium

25-26: Kansas City Royals vs. Atlanta Braves @ Kauffman Stadium

27: Rick Springfield @ Midland


: Sporting KC vs. Columbus @ Sporting Park

30: FC Kansas City vs. Portland Thorns FC @ Shawnee Mission District Stadium


** 1 — First Friday @ Crosstown Arts District

2-4: Kansas City Royals vs. Cleveland Indians @ Kauffman Stadium

3: Sporting KC vs. Vancouver @ Sporting Park

5-7: Kansas City Royals vs. Oakland Athletics @ Kauffman Stadium

7: FC Kansas City vs. Western New York Flash @ Shawnee Mission District Stadium


: Sporting KC vs. Toronto FC @ Sporting Park

16: Major League Baseball All-Star Game

19 : One Direction @ Sprint Center

19-21: Kansas City Royals vs. Detroit Tigers @ Kauffman Stadium

20 — Matchbox 20 and Goo Goo Dolls @ Sprint Center

20: FC Kansas City vs. Seattle Reign FC @ Shawnee Mission District Stadium

21: NKOTB with 98 Degrees and Boys II Men @ Sprint Center

22-25: Kansas City Royals vs. Baltimore Orioles @ Kauffman Stadium

23 — Six Feet Under @ Granada


: Rick Springfield @ Midland

30-31: The Postal Service @ Midland


** 1— First Friday @ Crosstown Arts District

2-3: Taylor Swift @ Sprint Center


: Sporting KC vs. New York @ Sporting Park

4: Rush @ Sprint Center

5-7: Kansas City Royals vs. Minnesota Twins @ Kauffman Stadium

8-11: Kansas City Royals vs. Boston Red Sox @ Kauffman Stadium

9: Bruno Mars @ Sprint Center


: Sporting KC vs. New England @ Sporting Park

12-14: Kansas City Royals vs. Miami Marlins @ Kauffman Stadium

18: FC Kansas City vs. Chicago Red Stars @ Shawnee Mission District Stadium

20-22: Kansas City Royals vs. Chicago White Sox @ Kauffman Stadium

23-25: Kansas City Royals vs. Washington Nationals @ Kauffman Stadium


: Sporting KC vs. Colorado @ Sporting Park


2-5: Kansas City Royals vs. Seattle Mariners @ Kauffman Stadium

4-29 — “Venus in Fur” @ Unicorn Theatre

6-8: Kansas City Royals vs. Detroit Tigers @ Kauffman Stadium

7: Sporting KC vs. Columbus @ Sporting Park

11-15 — Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey: Dragons @ Sprint Center

12-14: Flatlands Country Music Festival @ Sporting Park

13 : Kamelot @ Granada

13-14 — Dancefestopia @ Berkley Riverfront Park

16-18: Kansas City Royals vs. Cleveland Indians @ Kauffman Stadium

20-22: Kansas City Royals vs. Texas Rangers @ Kauffman Stadium


: Sporting KC vs. Philadelphia @ Sporting Park


Oct. 3 — Blake Shelton @ Sprint Center

** 5 — The Fab Four @ Midland

8 — Vampire Weekend @ Midland

18: Sporting KC vs. D.C. United @ Sporting Park

24 — Animal Collective @ Midland

Special to Ink

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.

Big Boi


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.

Tracy Morgan


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.


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