The Greater Kansas City International Auto Show starts Feb. 28. TAMMY LJUNGBLAD | tljungblad@kcstar.com

12 events to hit in February, from KC Ballet to John Cusack at Planet Comicon

Lenexa native and Northwest Missouri State grad Tom Pestock is making a name for himself as professional wrestling's villainous Baron Corbin. The WWE SmackDown will be Feb. 6 at Sprint Center. WWE
“Disney Live! Mickey and Minnie’s Doorway to Magic” will be Feb. 10 at Silverstein Eye Centers Arena. Feld Entertainment
Comedian Kathleen Madigan will be at Arvest Bank Theatre at The Midland Feb. 10. BRIAN FRIEDMAN
The Harlem Globetrotters will be at Silverstein Eye Centers Arena Feb. 24 and Feb. 25 and Sprint Center Feb. 24. Kai-Huei Yau | Tri-City Herald
Darci Lynne & Friends will be at Arvest Bank Theatre at The Midland on Feb. 18. TRAE PATTON | NBC
Tim Allen will appeart Feb. 2 at Arvest Bank Theatre at The Midland. Chris Pizzello | AP
Kansas City Ballet will present “New Moves” Feb. 15-18 at Todd Bolender Center. Elizabeth Stehling

“C.S. Lewis Onstage: The Most Reluctant Convert”

7:30 p.m. Jan. 2 and 4 p.m. Jan. 3 at Muriel Kauffman Theatre

Max McLean, founder and artistic director for the Christian-oriented Fellowship for Performing Arts, adapted and stars in this one-man play about British poet and novelist C.S Lewis. The play follows Lewis’ transition from debunker of faith to one of the most influential Christian intellectuals of the 20th century. Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts. 816-994-7222. Tickets are $45.50-$65.50 through kauffmancenter.org.

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Tim Allen

8 p.m. Feb. 2 at Arvest Bank Theatre at The Midland

Before he became America’s favorite fake TV handyman on the ABC television series “Home Improvement” and before he voiced Buzz Lightyear in the “Toy Story” movies, Tim Allen toured the nation as a standup comic. With last year’s cancellation of “Last Man Standing” after six seasons on ABC, he now has more time to again perform on stage, with frequent shows at the Mirage in Las Vegas. 816-283-9921. Tickets are $59.50-$99.50 through midlandkc.com.

Baron Corbin

WWE SmackDown

6:45 p.m. Feb. 6 at Sprint Center

When last in Kansas City on Labor Day, WWE gave us the legendary John Cena defeating Bray Wyatt in a “Kansas City Street Fight” and plenty of other big-time action. Wrestlers listed as competitors for the return of WWE to the Sprint Center for its SmackDown brand include WWE champion A.J. Styles, former world champion Randy Orton, Kansas City’s own Baron Corbin and women’s SmackDown champion Charlotte. 816-949-7100. Tickets are $18-$113 through sprintcenter.com.

Kansas City Symphony, “A Tribute to Kansas City Jazz: From Basie to Bebop featuring Bobby Watson”

8 p.m. Feb. 9-10, 2 p.m. Feb. 11 at Helzberg Hall

Saxophonist, composer and arranger Bobby Watson, who grew up in Kansas City, Kan., will help the symphony honor our homegrown jazz musicians. Also appearing will be vocalists David Basse and Deborah Brown, trumpet player Hermon Mehari and Chuck Haddix, the producer of KCUR’s “Fish Fry.” Presented in association with the American Jazz Museum. Kauffman Center. 816-471-0400. Tickets are $40-$88 through kcsymphony.org.

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“Disney Live! Mickey and Minnie’s Doorway to Magic”

12:30 and 3:30 p.m. Feb. 10 at Silverstein Eye Centers Arena

Mickey and Minnie Mouse will headline the 25 characters, also to include Snow White, Tinker Bell and Aladdin’s Genie, who will present unforgettable Disney moments and grand illusions. The audience will see the Fairy Godmother transform Cinderella’s rags into a beautiful ball gown in a split second and will watch Rapunzel and Flynn rise into the sky amid floating lanterns. 816-442-6100. Tickets are $23-$53 through silversteineyecentersarena.com.

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Kathleen Madigan

8 p.m. Feb. 10 at Arvest Bank Theatre at The Midland

Originally from St. Louis, Kathleen Madigan has been getting paid to make people laugh for nearly 30 years. She is a pure standup comic, spending 250 nights a year in clubs while doing occasional TV specials (“Bothering Jesus” on Netflix is her fifth) and making frequent appearances on “The Tonight Show,” “Conan” and every other late-night talk show. 816-283-9921. Tickets are $29.50-$36.50 through midlandkc.com.

Kansas City Ballet, “New Moves”

7:30 p.m. Feb. 15-16, 2 and 7:30 p.m. Feb. 17, 2 p.m. Feb. 18 at Todd Bolender Center

This is a different kind of show for the Kansas City Ballet, which will give audiences the chance to see tomorrow’s sought-after choreographers today. Emerging choreographers, including Kansas City Ballet company dancers Christopher Costantini and Michael Davis, will present new choreography in an intimate venue. The Ballet’s Second Company will open the performances. 816-931-8993. Tickets are $41 through kcballet.org.

Planet Comicon

Noon-7 p.m. Feb. 16, 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Feb. 17, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Feb. 18 at Bartle Hall

Rock icon Alice Cooper is the big-name celebrity expected for the 19th annual Planet Comicon, the region’s largest pop culture and comic book convention. In addition to comic books, exhibitors will come from the worlds of fantasy, sci-fi and superhero television and film. Dozens of other celebrities are scheduled, including actors Pom Klementieff, Sonequa Martin-Green, John Cusack and Danny Trejo. 816-598-5334. Tickets are $25-$199 for three-day passes and $8-$41 for daily passes through planetcomicon.com.

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Darci Lynne & Friends Live

7 p.m. Feb. 18 at Arvest Bank Theatre at The Midland

Ventriloquists normally don’t embark on national tours, especially 13-year-old ventriloquists. But then there’s Darci Lynne Farmer. She won over the judges — even Simon Cowell — and the nation with her talent and enthusiasm last fall while winning the NBC competition show “America’s Got Talent,” and she’s now on a tour that began with five cities but was expanded to 16 because of demand for tickets. 816-283-9921. Tickets are $25-$35 through midlandkc.com.

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Harlem Globetrotters

Noon Feb. 24 and 2 p.m. Feb. 25 at Silverstein Eye Centers Arena, 7 p.m. Feb. 24 at Sprint Center

More than a basketball team, the Harlem Globetrotters have become a national treasure since their founding in 1926, having entertained nearly 150 million people in more than 120 countries. Local fans will have three chances over two days at two venues to see the Globetrotters’ antics, showmanship and an almost-guaranteed victory. Tickets are $21.50-$138.50 through silversteineyecentersarena.com and sprintcenter.com.

“Finding Neverland”

Opens 7:30 p.m. Feb. 27 at Music Hall

The Kansas City Broadway Series will return with a musical that tells the story of playwright J.M. Barrie as he creates the legend of Peter Pan. Based on the 2004 Johnny Depp movie of the same name, “Finding Neverland” ran on Broadway for 17 months in 2015 and 2016. It is directed by Tony Award winner Diane Paulus (“Pippin” and “Hair”), with music and lyrics by Gary Barlow and Eliot Kennedy and a book by James Graham. Runs through March 4. 816-421-7500. Tickets are $38-$95 through broadwayinkc.com.

Greater Kansas City International Auto Show

5-10 p.m. Feb. 28, 10 a.m.-10 p.m. March 1-3, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. March 4 at Bartle Hall

If you like to check out new cars but don’t necessarily want to buy one, this is the show for you. Visitors will see the latest in innovation and styling for SUVs, trucks, cars, vans and crossovers from dozens of manufacturers. Other attractions will include classic cars, food trucks, a Paradise Park kids corner and a beer and wine garage. Tickets are $6-$11 through kcautoshow.com.


12 events to hit in February, from KC Ballet to John Cusack at Planet Comicon