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.
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
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.
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.