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Best of the Week: Comicon, Final Four and a sushi-eating contest

Botanica is created by MOMIX, a company of “dancer-illusionists.”

Ra is hosting a sushi-eating contest.

Actor George Takei, left, who played the role of helm officer Sulu in the original television series, Star Trek, gives a "live long and prosper" gesture as he stands next to a Klingon character from "Star Trek The Next Generation", right.

More sports

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

6-8: NCAA Men’s Basketball Final Four @ Georgia Dome (Atlanta)

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

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

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

** 27: Sporting KC vs. Portland @ Sporting Park

More arts

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

** 9-14: “Mary Poppins” @ Music Hall

11 — Screening of “42” with actor Harrison Ford @ Negro Leagues Baseball Museum

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

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

More entertainment

3: Logan Mize @ Granada

** 8: Bad Religion @ Granada

** 12: Chuck Ragan @ Granada

** 13: Bon Jovi @ Sprint Center

13: One More Time @ Granada

13: Stephen Lynch @ VooDoo Lounge

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

More miscellaneous

12 — Bloom Party benefitting Kansas City CARE Clinic @ West Bottoms

** 13: Lewis Black @ Midland

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

16: Bam Margera @ Granada

20: Gilda’s Club KC @ Midland

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

Even more events

APRIL

3: Logan Mize @ Granada

3-July 21

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

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

11 — Screening of “42” with actor Harrison Ford @ Negro Leagues Baseball Museum

12

: Chuck Ragan @ Granada

12 — Bloom Party benefitting Kansas City CARE Clinic @ West Bottoms

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

21-22: Tate Stevens @ Midland

22

: Black Angels @ Granada

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

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

13 — Fabolous and Pusha-T @ 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

1 — Chris Mann @ Midland

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

15 — Ben Kenney @ Granada

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

13-14 — Dancefestopia @ Berkley Riverfront Park

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

** 5 — The Fab Four @ Midland

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

Ink

NCAA Final Four

Saturday through Monday

A lot of people predicted that a Kansas program would advance to this weekend’s Final Four in Atlanta. Just not this Kansas program. Wichita State, which entered the NCAA tournament as a lowly No. 9 seed, has rattled off (WHAT) straight victories to earn its first Final Four berth in school history. The Shockers knocked off No. 1 seed Gonzaga in the tournament’s first weekend, then held off red-hot two seed Ohio State 70-66 on Saturday to set up a matchup this Saturday with another No. 1 seed in Louisville. Tipoff is scheduled for 5:09 p.m. on CBS.

Planet Comicon

Saturday and Sunday

Planet Comicon serves as additional evidence that the nerds shall inherit the earth. The 2013 edition at Bartle Hall features appearances by celebrities including “Star Trek” actor and social media superstar George Takei. A crew from the SyFy television network will be on hand to film a costume contest for a forthcoming reality show about “cosplay,” the oddly popular phenomenon of costume play. Tickets are $25 on Saturday and $20 on Sunday. Two-day passes are $40.

Thao & the Get Down Stay Down

Wednesday (April 3)

“We the Common,” the new album by Thao & the Get Down Stay Down, contains elements of jazz, blues, Appalachian folk and psychedelic rock. The project’s remarkable eclecticism is indicative of the boundless imagination that’s made the California-based collective one of the most critically acclaimed indie rock acts of recent years. Opening act Sallie Ford & the Sound Outside is Portland’s version of the Alabama Shakes. The ensemble’s raw sound is based in rockabilly rather than blues, but powerhouse vocalist Ford possesses has the same swagger that’s made Brittany Howard of the Alabama Shakes a rising star. Tickets to the 10 p.m. show at the RecordBar are $12 in advance.

Ra Sushi’s Sushi Showdown

Sunday

Forget about college basketball. A local set of bracket busters—or in this case, gut busters— will display their unique talents at Ra Sushi on Sunday. In a format inspired by the season-ending basketball tournament, 24 hardy people will engage in a sushi-themed competitive eating contest. The person who slams down the most Tootsy Makis, the signature Ra Sushi roll, claims bragging rights and free sushi for the year. Unlike the competitors, spectators won’t need to skimp on the wasabi. The event runs from 3-6 p.m. Participation is limited to the first 24 entries.

MOMIX’S Botanica

Friday and Saturday

Modern dance aficionados partial to Cirque du Soleil and Kansas City’s Quixotic may soon add Momix to their lists of favorite theatrical experiences. The spectacularly hypnotic work of the “dance illusionists” in the Connecticut-based company is capable of altering viewers’ perception of reality. Inspired by nature, Momix’s lavish multi-media Botanica production displays the ensemble’s pursuit of “another gravity.”

Tickets to the 8 p.m. performances are $40 and $50.

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