Kansas men’s basketball vs. Temple SUNDAY
Once again, Bill Self’s team is among college basketball’s best entering this weekend’s matchup with Temple. Jeff Withey and Elijah Johnson have been staples, but freshman Ben McLemore might be the team’s most explosive offensive option. The St. Louis native scored 25 points in a victory over Chattanooga in November and dropped 24 against Colorado in December. He has also proven an adept rebounder and assist man for the Jayhawks, who jumped into the top 10 last week following a win over then-No. 7 Ohio State in Columbus. Tipoff against Temple is set for either 12:30 or 3:30 p.m. in Lawrence.
Bonjour Picasso DAILY
Spanish artist Pablo Picasso has remained an intriguing figure since his death in 1973, and David Douglas Duncan provides a behind-the-scenes look into the life of the renowned artist in this Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art exhibit. Duncan captures Picasso’s everyday moments during the artist’s time in Cannes (1955-61), from run-of-the-mill dinner dates to commencement of a new work. Some of Picasso’s high-profile friends and former lovers are also part of the exhibit, which runs until Feb. 10 and is free to the public. Go to nelson-atkins.org for more information.
Father John Misty with Magic Trick MONDAY
Father John Misty, the nom de plume of J. Tillman, is a cosmic folk-rock musician. He overtly references ill-fated troubadours like Gram Parsons, Townes Van Zandt and Harry Nilsson on his acclaimed 2012 album “Fear Fun.” Even as he revels in narcotic-infused gloom, the former drummer of the Fleet Foxes displays a terrific sense of humor. The irony is palpable as Misty delivers lines like “I’m writing a novel because it’s never been done before.” Misty’s haunted sense of foreboding is shared by the opening act Magic Trick of San Francisco.
Tickets to the 9 p.m. show are $13 in advance and $15 the day of the show.
Bill Brownlee, Special to Ink
Elvis Birthday Bash FRIDAY
For the ninth straight year, Jim Kilroy honors The King with a weeklong birthday celebration. Things kick off Friday at RecordBar in Westport, with a 7:30 p.m. show (tickets are $12 in advance, $15 at the door). On Saturday, the party shifts to Knuckleheads for a 7 p.m. show ($15), and continues next Tuesday with a 7:30 p.m. show at Jerry’s Bait Shop ($10 cover at the door) before wrapping up with a show Jan. 11 at VooDoo Lounge at Harrah’s North Kansas City Casino ($15). Elvis tribute shows are slated for each night, and joint ticket packages also are available by calling 913.709.1367. Go to elvisbash.net for more information.