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
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.
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
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.