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Best of the Week: Alt-J, MLB and a Fifty Shades parody

Alt-J

Kansas City Royals starting pitcher James Shields

SPANK! The Fifty Shades Parody” comes to the Midland March 28--29.

More sports

** 30: Sporting KC vs. Montreal @ Sporting Park

April 5: Sporting KC vs. D.C. United @ Sporting Park

April 8-10: Kansas City Royals vs. Minnesota Twince @ Kauffman Stadium

April 12-14: Kansas City Royals vs. Toronto Blue Jays @ Kauffman Stadium

April 26-29: Kansas City Royals vs. Cleveland Indians @ Kauffman Stadium

April 27: Sporting KC vs. Portland @ Sporting Park

More arts

27 -31: Maria and the Pueblo Pottery Tradition: The Sosland Collection @ Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art

** 27-July 21: Brad Kahlhamer: Bowery Nation @ Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art

30: City in Motion Dance Theater presents “An Evening of Wine and Chocolate” @ Greenlease Cadillac Building

** April 9-14: “Mary Poppins” @ Music Hall

** April 17-May 12: “My Name is Asher Lev” @ Unicorn Theatre

April 20: Gilda’s Club KC @ Midland

More entertainment

2: As I Lay Dying @ Granada

3: Logan Mize @ Granada

** 8: Bad Religion @ Granada

** 12: Chuck Ragan @ Granada

** 13: Bon Jovi @ Sprint Center

13: One More Time @ Granada

More miscellaneous

27: Garrison Keillor @ Johnson County Community College

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

7: “Sushi Showdown” eating contest @ Ra Sushi

** 13: Lewis Black @ Midland

13: Chef’s Classic Knock Out ’Bout @ Saint Thomas Aquinas High School in Overland Park

16: Bam Margera @ Granada

Even more events

MARCH

27 -31

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

27-July 21

: Brad Kahlhamer: Bowery Nation @ Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art

27: Garrison Keillor @ Johnson County Community College

27-31

: Disney on Ice: Rockin’ Ever After

28-29

: “Spank! The Fifty Shades Parody” @ Midland

30

: Sporting KC vs. Montreal @ Sporting Park

30: City in Motion Dance Theater presents “An Evening of Wine and Chocolate” @ Greenlease Cadillac Building

APRIL

2: As I Lay Dying @ Granada

2: Alt-J @ Midland

3: Logan Mize @ Granada

5

: Sporting KC vs. D.C. United @ Sporting Park

7: “Sushi Showdown” eating contest @ Ra Sushi

8

: Bad Religion @ Granada

8-10: Kansas City Royals vs. Minnesota Twince @ Kauffman Stadium

9-14

: “Mary Poppins” @ Music Hall

12

: Chuck Ragan @ Granada

12-14: Kansas City Royals vs. Toronto Blue Jays @ Kauffman Stadium

13

: Lewis Black @ Midland

13

: Bon Jovi @ Sprint Center

13: Chef’s Classic Knock Out ‘Bout @ Saint Thomas Aquinas High School in Overland Park

13: One More Time @ Granada

13: Stephen Lynch @ VooDoo Lounge

16: Bam Margera @ Granada

17-May 12

: “My Name is Asher Lev” @ Unicorn Theatre

18: Katey Sagal: An Evening of Music and the Case of Sons of Anarchy @ Midland

18: David Jeremiah @ Sprint Center

19: Wade Brown @ Granada

19: Quiet Corral @ RecordBar

20

: That 1 Guy @ Granada

20: Gilda’s Club KC @ Midland

21: Granger Smith @ Granada

21: Tate Stevens @ Midland

22

: Black Angels @ Granada

23: Kansas City Pub Pedal for Earth Day @ multiple locations

25: Ghostface Killah @ Granada

25: Adults Only Night @ Toy & Miniature Museum of Kansas City

26

: Mindless Self Indulgence @ Granada

26-29: Kansas City Royals vs. Cleveland Indians @ Kauffman Stadium

27

: Sporting KC vs. Portland @ Sporting Park

27: G-Eazy @ Granada

27

: Comedian Bill Burr @ Midland

28

: The Black Keys featuring The Flaming Lips @ Sprint Center

30

: Fleetwood Mac @ Sprint Center

30: Cory Smith @ Granada

30: The Devil Makes Three @ RecordBar

30-May 2: Kansas City Royals vs. Tampa Bay Rays

MAY

1: Diana Krall @ Midland

1

: Carrie Underwood @ Sprint Center

1

: Papadosio @ Granada

1: Comida 2013: A World Tour of Latin Flavors @ Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art

3-5: Kansas City Royals vs. Chicago White Sox @ Kauffman Stadium

5

: Sporting KC vs. Chivas USA @ Sporting Park

5

: Jim Henson’s Pajanimals @ Midland

5: Big Boi @ Granada

6: Zion I @ Granada

8

: Sporting KC vs. Seattle @ Sporting Park

10

: The Tenors @ Midland

10: Talib Kweli @ Granada

10-12: Kansas City Royals vs. New York Yankees @ Kauffman Stadium

11: Tech N9ne @ Midland

12: Jillian Michaels @ Midland

15: Asking Alexandria @ Granada

16

: Rodney Carrington @ Midland

17: Jay and Silent Bob @ Midland

22: Soundgarden @ Midland

23-26: Kansas City Royals vs. Los Angeles Angels @ Kauffman Stadium

25: WBFF 2013 US Fitness Show @ Midland

26

: Sporting KC vs. Houston @ Sporting Park

27: Falling in Reverse @ Granada

27-28: Kansas City Royals vs. St. Louis Cardinals @ Kauffman Stadium

29 : Detroit Cobras @ RecordBar

31-June 6

: “Spamalot” @ Starlight Theatre

JUNE

1: Color Run @ Arrowhead Stadium

1

: Sporting KC vs. Montreal @ Sporting Park

3-6: Kansas City Royals vs. Minnesota Twins @ Kauffman Stadium

5: Foals @ Granada

5-23

: “The Mountaintop” @ Unicorn Theatre

6 : Black Flag @ Granada

7-9: Kansas City Royals vs. Houston Astros @ Kauffman Stadium

10-12: Kansas City Royals vs. Detroit Tigers

11-16

: “Catch Me If You Can” @ Starlight Theatre

15 : Kevin Gray Father’s Day Run 5K @ CommunityAmerica Ballpark

16

: Father John Misty @ Granada

21-23: Kansas City Royals vs. Chicago White Sox @ Kauffman Stadium

22: Bill O’Reilly & Dennis Miller Bolder & Fresher Tour @ Midland

25-26: Kansas City Royals vs. Atlanta Braves @ Kauffman Stadium

27: Rick Springfield @ Midland

29

: Sporting KC vs. Columbus @ Sporting Park

JULY

2-4: Kansas City Royals vs. Cleveland Indians @ Kauffman Stadium

3: Sporting KC vs. Vancouver @ Sporting Park

5-7: Kansas City Royals vs. Oakland Athletics @ Kauffman Stadium

13

: Sporting KC vs. Toronto FC @ Sporting Park

16: Major League Baseball All-Star Game

19 : One Direction @ Sprint Center

19-21: Kansas City Royals vs. Detroit Tigers @ Kauffman Stadium

21: NKOTB with 98 Degrees and Boys II Men @ Sprint Center

22-25: Kansas City Royals vs. Baltimore Orioles @ Kauffman Stadium

27

: Rick Springfield @ Midland

30-31: The Postal Service @ Midland

AUGUST

2-3: Taylor Swift @ Sprint Center

3

: Sporting KC vs. New York @ Sporting Park

4: Rush @ Sprint Center

5-7: Kansas City Royals vs. Minnesota Twins @ Kauffman Stadium

8-11: Kansas City Royals vs. Boston Red Sox @ Kauffman Stadium

9: Bruno Mars @ Sprint Center

10

: Sporting KC vs. New England @ Sporting Park

12-14: Kansas City Royals vs. Miami Marlins @ Kauffman Stadium

20-22: Kansas City Royals vs. Chicago White Sox @ Kauffman Stadium

23-25: Kansas City Royals vs. Washington Nationals @ Kauffman Stadium

31

: Sporting KC vs. Colorado @ Sporting Park

SEPTEMBER

2-5: Kansas City Royals vs. Seattle Mariners @ Kauffman Stadium

6-8: Kansas City Royals vs. Detroit Tigers @ Kauffman Stadium

7: Sporting KC vs. Columbus @ Sporting Park

12-14: Flatlands Country Music Festival @ Sporting Park

13 : Kamelot @ Granada

16-18: Kansas City Royals vs. Cleveland Indians @ Kauffman Stadium

20-22: Kansas City Royals vs. Texas Rangers @ Kauffman Stadium

27

: Sporting KC vs. Philadelphia @ Sporting Park

OCTOBER

18: Sporting KC vs. D.C. United @ Sporting Park

Ink

NCAA Men’s Basketball

Thursday through Sunday

No surprise here: Kansas, which earned a No. 1 seed in the NCAA Tournament after going 26-5 and winning a ninth straight regular-season Big 12 title, beat North Carolina 70-58 Sunday at the Sprint Center to advance to this week’s Sweet 16. More shocking, though, has been the success of ninth-seed Wichita State, which bullied its way past No. 1 seed Gonzaga to set up a 9:17 p.m. matchup with 13th-seed La Salle on Thursday. A win would push the Shockers into the Elite Eight for the first time since 1981. The Jayhawks, meanwhile, take on fourth-seed Michigan at 6:37 p.m. Friday.

Dugan Arnett, Ink

Major League Baseball opening day

Sunday

The Major League season kicks off Sunday with a Texas-centric showdown between the Houston Astros and the Texas Rangers, but local fans will be more interested in the following day’s action. The new-look Royals take the field Monday on the road against the American-League Central rival Chicago White Sox. Kansas City made waves this past offseason, trading promising prospect Wil Myers for pitchers James Shield and Wade Davis, but whether the team will be able to improve upon last year’s 72-90 record remains to be seen. First pitch in the Kansas City-Chicago game is scheduled for 3:10 p.m.

‘Spank! The Fifty Shades Parody’

Thursday and Friday

Hate it or love it, “Fifty Shades of Grey” is everywhere, including onstage at the Midland. This unauthorized musical revue of the book series is being billed as a “naughty and hilarious night out.” A few stiff drinks before the show could surely help with this assertion . It seems that fans and detractors of E.L. James’ wildly popular “Twilight” fan fic turned bestselling novels can enjoy this irreverent and improvisational performance. If audience members stick around after the show, they can take a photo with the parody’s Christian Grey, “Mr. Dangerous.” Tickets are $35.

Alt-J

Tuesday

Fans of Alt-J are advised to ignore the naysayers who accuse the British rock sensation of sounding like Dave Matthews fronting Radiohead. Alt-J was one of the most notable breakout bands of 2012. Its debut album, “An Awesome Wave,” won the prestigious Mercury Prize last year. Although opening act Hundred Waters is signed to dubstep star Skrillex’s record label, the band’s lush approach evokes Bjork and the Dirty Projectors. Tickets to the sold-out 8 p.m. show at the Midland have a face value of $9.65.

Bill Brownlee, Special to Ink

Rockabilly Prom

Saturday

Nostalgic for the formal dances of high school? Not really? Well, what if the concept of formal dress plus music was reinvented to actually be fun? Mokan Twang has accomplished this goal: The 2013 Rockabilly (Everybilly) Prom is going down at the Riot Room on Saturday. Two stages will be packed with music all night long — more than 10 acts will represent many different rockabilly sounds. Burlesque dancer Sophie Sassafras perform on both stages. Tickets are $10 or $15 for couples.

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