Kansas men’s basketball vs. Kansas State
In the first installment of the Sunflower Showdown last month, the Jayhawks got the best of Bruce Weber’s squad, eking out a 59-55 victory in Manhattan. But it was clear that the rivalry, which some feared would decline after Frank Martin’s departure to South Carolina, is still very much intact. Kansas has been its typical self this year, going 19-2 en route to a No. 5 national ranking. Meanwhile, before K-State’s loss to the Jayhawks in late January stunted the team’s rise in the national polls, the Wildcats had won eight straight. K-State had also won 10 of its past 12 games through Monday. The teams square off at 8 p.m.
Monday in Lawrence.
‘A Modern Night at the Folly’
City in Motion has been a staple of the city’s dance and choreography scene for much of the past three decades. Since 1985, the group has promoted the work of local choreographers in events like Dance in the Park and the New Dance Series. And this weekend at the Folly Theater, 300 W. 12th St., the group will hold its 10th annual “Modern Night at the Folly” event. The work of 10 area choreographers will be on display, including that of Willie Lenoir, Erin Lustig, Ming Xia and Andrea Skowronek. Tickets to the 8 p.m. show are $18 in advance and $20 at the door. Go to cityinmotion.org or call the Folly Theater box office at 816.474.444 for more information.
The “get what you pay for” maxim will probably be disproved at Friday’s free “Afrentra’s VD Party” at the Midland. Headliner Willy Moon’s sample-heavy sound and sleek pompadour invite unflattering comparisons to Vanilla Ice. Moon has attained a following by brazenly refashioning the music of James Brown, the Wu-Tang Clan and Bo Diddley. Veteran synth-pop act Shiny Toy Guns, rowdy Detroit duo I Am Dynamite and the Beautiful Bodies, a Kansas City band that recently won the national Ernie Ball’s Battle of the Bands for Warped Tour competition, open the show.
Tickets to the free 7 p.m. concert are distributed by radio station 96.5 the Buzz.
Bill Brownlee, Special to Ink
A gang of four-wheeled beasts hits the Sprint Center this weekend when Monster Jam takes over the downtown arena. Circuit favorites Grave Digger, Spider-Man and Captain America compete in various racing and freestyle events. Shows are slated for Friday (7:30 p.m.), Saturday (2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.) and Sunday (2 p.m.). Tickets, which are available at sprintcenter.com, range from $17 to $52. Group rates are available.
Various local venues will be throwing the proverbial beads this week. On Saturday, the Power & Light District hosts its fifth annual Mardi Gras celebration. The party at the KC Live! block, will feature street performers (including a fire breather and mime) and live entertainment from Run Forrest Run and DJ Mike Scott. The KC Live! event is free, but a $20 wristband gets you free access and drinks at 15 P&L bars from 8 to 11 p.m. On Tuesday, meanwhile, Ra Sushi in Leawood offers a Fat Tuesday party with holiday-inspired food and drinks and a DJ from 7 p.m. to close.