Missouri men’s basketball vs. UCLA
The UCLA program certainly isn’t what it used to be — the team isn’t currently ranked and doesn’t appear to be NCAA tournament-bound, either — but the Bruins still represent a veritable threat, particularly on their home court. Despite the loss of guard Michael Dixon, who the school announced would be leaving the program amid a swirl of controversy last month, the Tigers have shot to a quick start for the second straight season. Senior forward Laurence Bowers and junior guard Phil Pressey lead the Tigers into Pauley Pavilion in the team’s final game of 2012. Tip off is at 9 p.m.
For a glorious but fleeting moment about seven years ago, it seemed as if Golden Republic was about to hit the big time. Yet the sleek indie rock issued on a nationally distributed EP and album failed to resonate with the public. The band subsequently dissolved. Former members are now integral parts of Kansas City bands Republic Tigers and Soft Reeds. This New Year’s Eve reunion for Golden Republic offers the band and its devoted fans an opportunity to relive their glory days. Thee Water Moccasins, an elite quartet of the city’s most accomplished indie rockers, open the show. Tickets to the 10 p.m. show at RecordBar are $12 in advance.
Cirque du Soleil: Quidam
WEDNESDAY THROUGH SUNDAY
Cirque du Soleil’s ninth stage show premiered in 1996, but didn’t hit the North American tour circuit until 2010. In the years since, the show — which follows protagonist Zoe as she navigates the imaginary world of Quidam in an effort to escape the mundane nature of her everyday life — has become a mainstay in the Cirque du Soleil collection. The production hits the Sprint Center this week for a total of eight shows over five days. Tickets range from $39.50 to $115, with family four-pack options available. Go to sprintcenter.com for more information or to purchase tickets.
Comedian Loni Love
FRIDAY THROUGH SUNDAY
You probably know her from her work on the E! talk show “Chelsea Lately,” where she’s a regular panelist. But the Detroit native also has carved out a comedy career of her own. She is currently on a national stand-up tour, “Live, Love, Laugh,” and the host of the E! channel show, “Wildest TV Show Moments.” Her tour stops in Kansas City this weekend, with four days of shows at the Kansas City Improv in Zona Rosa. She’ll perform Friday (8 and 10 p.m.), Saturday (7 and 10 p.m.), Sunday (7 p.m.) and Monday (7 and 10 p.m.). Tickets to Friday, Saturday and Sunday’s shows are $20. Her New Year’s Eve show tickets, which include an appetizer buffet, range from $60 to $70 at improvkc.com.