Missouri men’s basketball vs. Kentucky
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.
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.
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
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