College basketball: Missouri @ South Carolina State
The Tigers learned the hard way that there’s still a lot to be done if they hope to return to last year’s level of prominence. Despite a lopsided 84-61 loss at the hands of then-No. 2 Louisville, however, Missouri has jumped to its second consecutive hot start. The No. 12 Tigers are 8-1, with victories over Stanford and Virginia Commonwealth University, and before next week’s annual rivalry game with No. 10 Illinois in St. Louis, they’ll take on South Carolina State in Columbia. Guard Phil Pressey has emerged as arguably the team’s top player this year, leading the team in assists (5.8) and ranking second in points (13.0) per game, and Connecticut transfer Alex Oriakhi has provided a strong front-court presence, as well. Tip-off against South Carolina State is 7 p.m. in Columbia.
‘Heartland: The Photographs of Terry Evans’
Kansas City native Terry Evans built her reputation as a widely celebrated national landscape photographer largely on her work on the Midwest prairie. Evans’ career began in 1971, and since then her work has been featured at the Chicago Art Institute, the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History and the Museum of Modern Art in New York City. Her newest exhibition includes photographs of the Heartland and runs through Jan. 20 at the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art. “Heartland” features 100 of Evans’ photos and serves as her first career retrospective. Adult admission is $8 (free for members of the museum) and $5 for students. nelson-atkins.org.
Tuba Christmas 2012
THURSDAY AND FRIDAY
Interest in Kansas City’s annual Tuba Christmas event was so overwhelming that the Kansas City Symphony, the event’s host, had to schedule a second performance. The concert idea, which first came to fruition in 1974 at Rockefeller Plaza in New York, is simple enough: Anyone who plays the tuba or euphonium is invited to take part in an afternoon concert at the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts. The noon performances in Helzberg Hall are free to attend, although there are no more reservations available for Friday’s show. To RSVP for Thursday’s performance, go to kcsymphony.org.
This Seattle-spawned play offers a unique alternative to the typical holiday productions filling theaters across the city. A struggling community theater must pass an inspection from the National Endowment for the Arts before its funding is returned, and a curious new inspector has just arrived on-set. John Rensenhouse, Cathy Barnett and Robert Gibby Brand star in this Theodore Swetz-directed production that’s co-produced with the Kansas City Actors Theatre and features performances from members of UMKC’s theater department. Shows run daily, except Monday, through Dec. 23, and this weekend’s schedule includes shows at 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 3 p.m. Sunday. Weekend tickets are $37.50 at unicorntheatre.org.