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KU's Jeff Withey (middle) battles K-State's Thomas Gipson (left) and Rodney McGruder.

The Power & Light District will host its fifth annual Mardi Gras celebration featuring various street performers, including a fire breather.

Willy Moon

A Modern Night at the Folly

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

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

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

More arts

6-10: “Bonjour Picasso!” @ Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art

6-10: “BlackTop Sky” @ Unicorn Theatre

6-10: “Hair” @ Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts

6-March 31: Maria and the Pueblo Pottery Tradition: The Sosland Collection @ Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art

More entertainment

6: Savoy @ Granada

8: Jason Boland & The Stragglers @ Granada

11: Mushroomhead @ Granada

15: Zac Brown Band @ Sprint Center

20: Keane @ Midland

20: Wednesday 13 @ Granada

More miscellaneous

8-10: Monster Jam @ Sprint Center

9: First Jason vs. The Haunted Creepys @ Czar

14: “Laughter and Reflection with Carol Burnett” @ Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts

15: The Walking Dead Live @ Midland

17: Comedian Nick Offerman @ Midland

18: Oscar Night “Dress to Impress” @ Legoland Discovery Center

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FEBRUARY

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

6 — Savoy @ Granada

6-10 — “Bonjour Picasso!” @ Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art

6-10 — “BlackTop Sky” @ Unicorn Theatre

6-10: “Hair” @ Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts

6-March 31 — Maria and the Pueblo Pottery Tradition: The Sosland Collection @ Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art

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

8 — Jason Boland & The Stragglers @ Granada

8 — “Journey Through Mountains and Rivers: Chinese Landscapes Ancient and Modern” opens @ Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art

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

9 — Fifth Annual Mardi Gras Festival @ Power & Light District

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

11 — Mushroomhead @ Granada

12 — Mardi RA @ Ra Sushi in Leawood

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

14: “Laughter and Reflection with Carol Burnett” @ Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts

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

18 — Oscar Night “Dress to Impress” @ Legoland Discovery Center

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 Are Changing Our Landscape” @ Kauffman Foundation Conference Center

22 — Talib Kweli @ Granada

23 — Yo Gabba Gabba @ Midland

23 — Shirley MacLaine @ Johnson County Community College’s Yardley Hall

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 — G-Eazy @ Granada

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

26 — 999 Eyes Freakshow @ Granada

27 — Maroon 5 @ Sprint Center

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

27-March 24 — “Good People” @ Unicorn Theatre

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.

9 — Miranda Lambert & Dierks Bentley @ Sprint Center

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

15 — Ryan Bingham @ Granada

16 — Sporting KC vs. Chicago @ Sporting Park

18 — Yes @ Midland

21 — Animal Collective @ Midland

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

22-July 21 — Brad Kahlhamer: Bowery Nation @ Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art

25 — Lindsey Stirling @ Granada

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

28-29 — “Spank! The Fifty Shades Parody” @ Midland

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

8 — Bad Religion @ Granada

9-14 — “Mary Poppins” @ Music Hall

12 — Chuck Ragan @ Granada

13 — Lewis Black @ Midland

13 — Bon Jovi @ Sprint Center

17-May 12 — “My Name is Asher Lev” @ Unicorn Theatre

20 — That 1 Guy @ Granada

22 — Black Angels @ Granada

26 — Mindless Self Indulgence @ Granada

27 — Sporting KC vs. Portland @ Sporting Park

27 — Comedian Bill Burr @ Midland

28 — The Black Keys featuring The Flaming Lips @ Sprint Center

30 — Fleetwood Mac @ Sprint Center

MAY

1 — Diana Krall @ Midland

1 — Carrie Underwood @ Sprint Center

1 — Papadosio @ Granada

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

16 — Rodney Carrington @ 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

5-23 — “The Mountaintop” @ Unicorn Theatre

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

16 — Father John Misty @ Granada

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

Kansas men’s basketball vs. Kansas State

MONDAY

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’

SATURDAY

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.

Willy Moon

FRIDAY

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

Monster Jam

FRIDAY-SUNDAY

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.

Mardi Gras

TUESDAY

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.

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