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.