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Party Arty, a young professionals benefit for the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, regurns to the Block Building.

Kansas guard Ben McLemore (23) shoots during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game against Oregon State Friday, Nov. 30, 2012, in Kansas City, Mo. Kansas won the game 84-78.

Free Energy

Bill Elliot comes to the Music Hall.

More sports

26: Kansas State men’s basketball vs. Iowa State @ Ames, Iowa

26: Missouri men’s basketball vs. Vanderbilt @ Columbia

26: Kansas men’s basketball vs. Oklahoma @ Lawrence

30: Missouri men’s basketball vs. LSU @ Baton Rouge, La.

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

Feb. 2: Kansas State men’s basketball vs. Oklahoma @ Norman, Okla.

Feb. 2: Missouri men’s basketball vs. Auburn @ Columbia

Feb. 2: Kansas men’s basketball vs. Oklahoma State @ Lawrence

More arts

23-Feb. 10: “Bonjour Picasso!” @ Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art

23: Shen Yun @ Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts

23: “BlackTop Sky” @ Unicorn Theatre

24-26: KC Symphony featuring Heartland Men’s Chorus presents “Broadway Rocks!”

25: The Russian National Ballet performs “Swan Lake” @ Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts

Feb. 9: “A Modern Night at The Folly” @ Folly Theater

More entertainment

23: Trampled By Turtles with My Morning Jacket’s Carl Broemel @ Granada

24: No Justice @ Granada

25: Winter Jam Tour Spectacular @ Sprint Center

30: The Darkness @ Uptown Theater

30: Stone Sour with Otherwise and Isaac James @ Midland

Feb. 2: Kid Rock @ Sprint Center

Feb. 3: Ed Sheeran @ Midland

Feb. 4: Lady Gaga @ Sprint Center

More miscellaneous

26: Harlem Globetrotters @ Sprint Center

1-17: “An Otherwise Hopeless Evening” @ The Jewel Box Lounge

8-10: Monster Jam @ Sprint Center

Feb. 9: First Jason vs. The Haunted Creepys @ Czar

Feb. 15: The Walking Dead Live @ Midland

Feb. 17: Comedian Nick Offerman @ Midland

Feb. 21: Extension master gardeners of greater Kansas City present “Invasive Tree Pests and Changing Our Landscape” @ Kauffman Foundation Conference Center

Even more events

JANUARY

23-Feb. 10 — “Bonjour Picasso!” @ Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art

23-27 — Kansas City Restaurant Week 2013

23 — Shen Yun @ Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts

23-27 — “Billy Elliot” @ Music Hall

23 — Trampled By Turtles with My Morning Jacket’s Carl Broemel @ Granada

23 — “BlackTop Sky” @ Unicorn Theatre

24 — No Justice @ Granada

24-26KC Symphony featuring Heartland Men’s Chorus presents “Broadway Rocks!”

25 — The Russian National Ballet performs “Swan Lake” @ Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts

25 — Winter Jam Tour Spectacular @ Sprint Center

26 — Kansas State men’s basketball vs. Iowa State @ Ames, Iowa

26 — Harlem Globetrotters @ Sprint Center

26 — Party Arty @ Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art

26 — Missouri men’s basketball vs. Vanderbilt @ Columbia

26 — Kansas men’s basketball vs. Oklahoma @ Lawrence

28 — Kansas men’s basketball vs. West Virginia @ Morgantown, W.Va.

30 — Missouri men’s basketball vs. LSU @ Baton Rouge, La.

30 — The Darkness @ Uptown Theater

30 — Kansas State men’s basketball vs. Texas @ Manhattan

30 — Stone Sour @ Midland

FEBRUARY

1-17 — “An Otherwise Hopeless Evening” @ The Jewel Box Lounge

2 — Kansas State men’s basketball vs. Oklahoma @ Norman, Okla.

2 — Missouri men’s basketball vs. Auburn @ Columbia

2 — Kansas men’s basketball vs. Oklahoma State @ Lawrence

2 — Kid Rock @ Sprint Center

3 — Ed Sheeran @ Midland

4 — Lady Gaga @ Sprint Center

5 — Kansas State men’s basketball vs. Texas Tech @ Lubbock, Texas

6 — Kansas men’s basketball vs. TCU @ Fort Worth, Texas

6 — Savoy @ Granada

7 — Missouri men’s basketball vs. Texas A&M @ College Station, Texas

8 — Jason Boland & The Stragglers @ Granada

8-10 — Monster Jam @ Sprint Center

9 — “A Modern Night at The Folly” @ Folly Theater

9 — Kansas men’s basketball vs. Oklahoma @ Norman, Okla.

9 — Kansas State men’s basketball vs. Iowa State @ Manhattan

9 — Missouri men’s basketball vs. Ole Miss @ Columbia

9 — First Jason vs. The Haunted Creepys @ Czar

11 — Kansas men’s basketball vs. Kansas State @ Lawrence

11 — Mushroomhead @ Granada

13 — Missouri men’s basketball vs. Mississippi State @ Starkville, Miss.

15 — The Walking Dead Live @ Midland

15 — Zac Brown Band @ Sprint Center

16 — Missouri men’s basketball vs. Arkansas @ Fayetteville, Ark.

16 — Kansas men’s basketball vs. Texas @ Lawrence

16 — Kansas State men’s basketball vs. Baylor @ Manhattan

17 — Comedian Nick Offerman @ Midland

18 — Kansas State men’s basketball vs. West Virginia @ Manhattan

19 — Missouri men’s basketball vs. Florida @ Columbia

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 and Changing Our Landscape” @ Kauffman Foundation Conference Center

22 — Talib Kweli @ Granada

23 — Yo Gabba Gabba @ Midland

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

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 — “Good People” @ Unicorn Theatre

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

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.

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

16 — Sporting KC vs. Chicago @ Sporting Park

18 — Yes @ Midland

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

25 — Lindsey Stirling @ Granada

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

30 — Sporting KC vs. Montreal @ Sporting Park

APRIL

4 — Mike Tyson: The Undisputed Truth Tour @ Midland

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

9-14 — “Mary Poppins” @ Music Hall

13 — Lewis Black @ Midland

13 — Bon Jovi @ Sprint Center

20 — That 1 Guy @ Granada

26 — Mindless Self Indulgence @ Granada

27 — Sporting KC vs. Portland @ Sporting Park

27 — Comedian Bill Burr @ Midland

30 — Fleetwood Mac @ Sprint Center

MAY

1 — Diana Krall @ Midland

1 — Carrie Underwood @ Sprint Center

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

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

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

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

27 — Sporting KC vs. Philadelphia @ Sporting Park

OCTOBER

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

Ink

KC Restaurant Week (Through Sunday)

Founded in 2010 to highlight the city’s culinary accomplishments, Kansas City Restaurant Week enters its fourth year. And for diners dying to try one of the area’s restaurants, this is the perfect time to do it. Michael Smith, Bluestem, Story and Gram & Dun are among the 126 restaurants participating in this year’s version of Kansas City Restaurant Week, which runs through Sunday at locations throughout the greater metropolitan area. The restaurants feature a $15 prix fixe lunch menu and a $30 prix fixe dinner menu, in addition to their normal menus. A complete list of participating restaurants, along with menus and restaurant details, is available at kcrestaurantweek.com.

Kansas men’s basketball vs. West Virginia (Monday)

Ben McLemore became a household name in college basketball following a 33-point outburst in a victory over Iowa State this month, and he is perhaps the biggest reason that the Jayhawks currently rank third nationally with a 16-1 record. The redshirt freshman from St. Louis has more than helped ease the loss of Tyshawn Taylor and Thomas Robinson, last year’s standouts who are currently playing in the NBA. McLemore is averaging a team-high 16.4 points per game and has chipped in with 5.4 rebounds and 2.1 assists per game, as well. West Virginia, on the other hand, has experienced an uncharacteristically shaky start, losing four of its past five games to fall to 8-9 overall and just 1-3 in the Big 12. Tipoff is scheduled for 8 p.m.

‘Billy Elliot’ (Through Sunday)

The lovable boxer-turned-dancer hits Kansas City this week for a collection of performances at the Music Hall. Based on the 2000 film of the same name, the musical tracks the story of a boy’s unconventional dream of becoming a dancer — and the effect his passion has on his small town. The 45-person production is directed by Stephen Daldry, choreographed by Peter Darling and scored by Elton John. Performances are at the Music Hall on Wednesday and Thursday (7:30 p.m.), Friday (8 p.m.), Saturday (2 and 8 p.m.) and Sunday (1 and 6:30 p.m.). Tickets range from $25 to $75 at Ticketmaster.

Free Energy (Monday)

More cowbell! The opening track of Free Energy’s effervescent new album, “Love Sign,” takes the satirical mantra to heart. The ballyhooed band from Philadelphia evokes the relative innocence of 1970s acts like Cheap Trick, the J. Geils Band and the Cars. Two Kansas City-based bands on the verge of attracting national attention open the show. Not a Planet offers drama-tinged garage rock. The vital pop of Rev. Gusto recalls the fresh-faced vigor of British invasion acts like the Kinks. Tickets to the 7:30 p.m. show at Czar Bar are $10 in advance and $12 on the day of the show.

Bill Brownlee, Special to Ink

Party Arty (Saturday)

Kansas City’s young professionals will pack the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art this weekend for the venue’s annual Party Arty. DJ Eric Coomes spins, and Spin! Pizza, Boulevard Beer, Cooper’s Hawk and North supply the food and fun. Attendees of the traditionally upscale party, which runs from 8 p.m. to midnight, are encouraged to bring out the bright-colored cocktail fashion in honor of this year’s theme — “Eternal Spring” — and attend the after-party from midnight to 3 a.m. in Westport. General admission tickets are $90, and VIP tickets, which include free valet parking and access to exclusive entertainment, are $160. Go to nelson-atkins.org for more information.

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