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Best of the Week: Shirley MacLaine, the Oscars, Professional Bull Riders

Shirley MacLaine as Martha Levinson in Downton Abbey on PBS.

Chaz Bundick, also known as Toro y Moi.

The Professional Bull Riders series returns to the Sprint Center.

2013 Oscar host Seth MacFarlane

Missouri guard Keion Bell.

More sports

20

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

23

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

23

: Kansas men’s basketball vs. TCU @ Lawrence

25

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

More arts

20 -March 31

: Maria and the Pueblo Pottery Tradition: The Sosland Collection @ Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art

27-March 3

: Kansas City Fashion Week @ 28 Event Space

27-March 24

: “Good People” @ Unicorn Theatre

More entertainment

20

: Wednesday 13 @ Granada

23

: Yo Gabba Gabba Live! @ Midland

25

: G-Eazy @ Granada

27

: Maroon 5 @ Sprint Center

More miscellaneous

21

: Extension Master Gardeners of Greater Kansas City present “Invasive Tree Pests are Changing Our Landscape” @ Kauffman Foundation Conference Center

24: “Once Upon a Time” fundraiser for St. Luke’s Hospital @ Downtown Marriott

2-3: Arenacross @ Sprint Center

Even more events

FEBRUARY

20-March 31 — Maria and the Pueblo Pottery Tradition: The Sosland Collection @ Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art

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 are Changing Our Landscape” @ Kauffman Foundation Conference Center

22 — Talib Kweli @ Granada

23 — Yo Gabba Gabba @ Midland

23 — Shirley MacLaine @ Johnson County Community College’s Yardley HallCarlsen Center

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

24 — “Once Upon a Time” fundraiser for Saint Luke’s Hospital @ Downtown Marriott

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

27-March 24 — “Good People” @ Unicorn Theatre

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

28 — Matt Stell @ Granada

MARCH

2-3 — Arenacross @ Sprint Center

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

2 — Variety KC presents “Variety Show 2013” @ Midland

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.

9 — Miranda Lambert & Dierks Bentley @ Sprint Center

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

15 — Ryan Bingham @ Granada

16 — Sporting KC vs. Chicago @ Sporting Park

17 — Designers Choice Fashion Show @ 1828 Walnut

18 — Yes @ Midland

21 — Animal Collective @ Midland

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

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

25 — Lindsey Stirling @ Granada

26 — Ben Rector @ Granada

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

28-29 — “Spank! The Fifty Shades Parody” @ Midland

30 — Sporting KC vs. Montreal @ Sporting Park

APRIL

2 — As I Lay Dying @ Granada

3 — Logan Mize @ Granada

4 — Mike Tyson: The Undisputed Truth Tour @ Midland

5 — Sporting KC vs. D.C. United @ Sporting Park

8 — Bad Religion @ Granada

9-14 — “Mary Poppins” @ Music Hall

12 — Chuck Ragan @ Granada

13 — Lewis Black @ Midland

13 — Bon Jovi @ Sprint Center

13 — Chef’s Classic Knock Out ‘Bout @ Saint Thomas Aquinas High School in Overland Park

13 — One More Time @ Granada

17-May 12 — “My Name is Asher Lev” @ Unicorn Theatre

20 — That 1 Guy @ Granada

21 — Granger Smith @ Granada

22 — Black Angels @ Granada

26 — Mindless Self Indulgence @ Granada

27 — Sporting KC vs. Portland @ Sporting Park

27 — Comedian Bill Burr @ Midland

28 — The Black Keys featuring The Flaming Lips @ Sprint Center

30 — Fleetwood Mac @ Sprint Center

30 — Cory Smith @ Granada

MAY

1 — Diana Krall @ Midland

1 — Carrie Underwood @ Sprint Center

1 — Papadosio @ Granada

5 — Sporting KC vs. Chivas USA @ Sporting Park

5 — Jim Henson’s Pajanimals @ Midland

8 — Sporting KC vs. Seattle @ Sporting Park

10 — The Tenors @ Midland

16 — Rodney Carrington @ Midland

26 — Sporting KC vs. Houston @ Sporting Park

31-June 6 — “Spamalot” @ Starlight Theatre

JUNE

1 — Color Run @ Arrowhead Stadium

1 — Sporting KC vs. Montreal @ Sporting Park

5 — Foals @ Granada

5-23 — “The Mountaintop” @ Unicorn Theatre

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

16 — Father John Misty @ Granada

29 — Sporting KC vs. Columbus @ Sporting Park

JULY

3 — Sporting KC vs. Vancouver @ Sporting Park

13 — Sporting KC vs. Toronto FC @ Sporting Park

19 — One Direction @ Sprint Center

27 — Rick Springfield @ Midland

AUGUST

2-3 — Taylor Swift @ Sprint Center

3 — Sporting KC vs. New York @ Sporting Park

10 — Sporting KC vs. New England @ Sporting Park

31 — Sporting KC vs. Colorado @ Sporting Park

SEPTEMBER

7 — Sporting KC vs. Columbus @ Sporting Park

12-14 — Flatlands Country Music Festival @ Sporting Park

27 — Sporting KC vs. Philadelphia @ Sporting Park

OCTOBER

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

Ink

Missouri men’s basketball vs. Kentucky

Saturday

This might be Missouri’s final regular-season opportunity to impress the NCAA selection committee. The Tigers, who have lost six of their last 14 and are just 1-6 on the road this season through Monday, have quickly plummeted from the top 25. A road victory over the Wildcats, without injured star Nerlens Noel, would give the Tigers a boost heading into the final portion of their schedule. A loss would represent another blow in a season that has been full of them. Tipoff is at 8 p.m. in Lexington, Ky., on ESPN.

Shirley MacLaine

Saturday

If you’re into “Downton Abbey,” you’ll be psyched about the next guest at Johnson County Community College’s Performing Arts Series. Shirley MacLaine, aka Lady Grantham’s mother on “Downton,” will be at JCCC’s Yardley Hall for one night only. The Oscar-winning actress will use her well-known wit and charm to tell the audience all about her six decade-long career as a performer, writer, director and producer, and may even throw in a few tidbits about working on the PBS hit “Downton Abbey.” Tickets are available through the JCCC website and range from $55 to $150.

The Oscars

Sunday

From the amazing (and sometimes disastrous) fashion to the inspiring (and sometimes disastrous) acceptance speeches, there’s no shortage of entertaining moments when Hollywood’s big names get together for the Academy Awards hosted this year by Seth MacFarlane. And there’s nothing more fun than getting together with a group of friends, indulging in a few cocktails and watching the spectacle go down. A watch party, complete with ballots and prizes, will be at Screenland Armour. Admission is free, and a cash bar with food and drink will be available. Rye restaurant in Leawood will have its own watch party for $35 dollars, which includes appetizers and champagne. Reservations are required.

Professional Bull Riders

Saturday and Sunday

If you’ve witnessed the drunken fun that is mechanical bull riding at PBR Big Sky in the Power & Light District, then perhaps you owe it to yourself to check out the real thing at Sprint Center. The Professional Bull Riders Live Series bucks into town this weekend for a two-day showcase featuring some of the country’s top bull riders. Staying on a 2,000-pound bucking bull for an 8-second ride can’t be a picnic, and the PBR promises an adrenaline-packed night. Check the PBR Big Sky website for details about before and after parties. Tickets to the Sprint Center event are available through its box office and range from $10 to $100.

Toro y Moi

Thursday

Toro y Moi’s gamble is paying off. The South Carolinian born as Chaz Bundick has largely abandoned chillwave, a sound he helped to popularize. In part because of Toro y Moi’s essential contributions, the laid-back sub-genre of electronic music has become inescapable in commercials and nightclubs. Yet Toro y Moi moved into pop territory with his bold and commercially successful new album “Anything in Return.” Ahmed Gallab, the primary force of the Brooklyn-based opener Sinkane, uses disparate elements including electro-funk, free jazz and African roots music to create dazzlingly fresh grooves. Atlanta’s Phil Jones, formerly of chillwave pioneer Washed Out, rounds out Thursday’s bill.

Tickets to the 9 p.m. show are $15 in advance.

Bill Brownlee, Special to Ink

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