OUR PICKS OF THE WEEK’S EVENTS
Mo Rocca 6 p.m. Thursday, March 12, at Unity Temple on the Plaza
Those who listen to NPR’s “Wait, Wait … Don’t Tell Me!” or watched Comedy Central’s “The Daily Show With Jon Stewart” know Mo Rocca has a wicked sense of humor. He exhibits it in “Mobituaries: Great Lives Worth Retelling,” an entertaining book about dead people (and things). Rocca will discuss his best-seller with Emmy-award winning journalist Matt Stewart, then will sign books afterward. 816-2688000. trumanlibraryinstitute.org. The event is sold out.
“The Bachelor” Live on Stage 8 p.m. Thursday, March 12, at Arvest Bank Theatre at the Midland
If you’ve ever thought it would be fun to be a part of the most successful reality romance series in television history, this will be your opportunity. Sporting Kansas City player Dániel Sallói has been named the hometown bachelor who will be introduced to women from the audience for a chance at love, with Becca Kufrin and Ben Higgins, favorites from past “The Bachelor” and “The Bachelorette” seasons, serving as hosts. 816-283-9921. Tickets are $38.50-$68.50 through arvestbanktheatre.com.
Big 12 Women’s Basketball Tournament Opens 6 p.m. Thursday, March 12, at Municipal Auditorium
While the men’s tournament was set to begin Wednesday at the Sprint Center, the Big 12 Conference women’s championships will return to Municipal Auditorium after an eight-year absence. But not much has changed in that time. Baylor was the team to beat in 2012 and, as the No. 1 seed, also will be in 2020. The Lady Bears were the top-seeded team the past nine years and won the tournament title all but once.
Also, 11 a.m. and 5 p.m. Friday, March 13; 11 a.m. Saturday, March 14; 3 p.m. Sunday, March 15. Full-tournament tickets are $70-$90 and single-session general-admission tickets are $10 through sportkc.org/big12wbb.
Daniil Trifonov 7:30 p.m. Thursday, March 12, at Folly Theater
The Harriman-Jewell Series will present perhaps the world’s most ballyhooed pianist. The Times of London called Daniil Trifonov “without question the most astounding pianist of our age,” and The New York Times wrote, “Few artists have burst onto the classical music scene in recent years with the incandescence of the pianist Daniil Trifonov.” The 28-year-old Russian won a Grammy Award in 2018 for best instrumental solo album and was Musical America’s 2019 artist of the year. 816-415-5025. Tickets are $31.50-$82 through hjseries.org.
Rhea Butcher 7 p.m. Thursday, March 12, at Comedy Club of Kansas City
As a non-binary comedian, Rhea Butcher approaches the craft from a unique perspective. Butcher’s observational comedy focuses on vegetarianism, feminism, love of baseball and life as a lesbian. The native of Akron, Ohio, who now lives in Los Angeles has appeared on “The Ellen DeGeneres Show” and “Conan” and was a recurring performer on the TruTV series “Adam Ruins Everything.”
816326-8776. Tickets are $20 through thecomedyclubkc.com ($25 stage-side seats sold out).
Jon Lovitz at Kansas City Improv and Alex Moffat at Comedy Club of Kansas City Lovitz: 7:30 p.m. Thursday-Friday, March 12-13, and 7 and 9:45 p.m. Saturday, March 14
Moffat: 7 and 9 p.m. Friday-Saturday, March 13-14, and 7 p.m. Sunday, March 15
It will be a battle of two “Saturday Night Live” mainstays — one from yesteryear, one from the current cast — this weekend in Kansas City. Jon Lovitz appeared on “SNL” from 1985 to 1990, when he portrayed characters such as Tommy Flanagan of Pathological Liars Anonymous, Master Thespian and others. Moffat joined the “SNL” cast in 2016 and is perhaps best known for the Guy Who Just Bought a Boat.
Lovitz: 816-759-5233. Tickets are $30-$60 through improvkc.com
Moffat: 816-326-8776. Tickets are $20-$25 through thecomedyclubkc.com.
Greater Kansas City Home & Lifestyle Show Noon-8 p.m. Friday, March 13; 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Saturday, March 14; 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday, March 15; at Bartle Hall
Bobby Berk of Netflix’s “Queer Eye” and hometown TV hero Tamara Day of HGTV’s “Bargain Mansions” will highlight the Greater Kansas City Home & Lifestyle Show. Berk will appear at 11:30 a.m. Sunday, Day at 2 p.m. Saturday. The three-day show also will feature more than 300 exhibitors, the Parade of Playhouses, Smart Home 2.0, the Cooking Stage and Kids Zone. Tickets are $10 through kchomeshow.com; $12 at door; free for veterans, children under 12 and fans with tickets to Big 12 men’s or women’s basketball tournaments.
Kansas City Symphony, “The Music of the Rolling Stones: Mick Jagger & Keith Richards 1969” 8 p.m. Saturday, March 14, at Helzberg Hall
A full rock band from Windborne Productions will join the Kansas City Symphony to time travel more than 50 years back for a concert of music from the Rolling Stones’ albums “Beggar’s Banquet” (1968) and “Let It Bleed” (1969). Among the hits they will perform are “Gimme Shelter,” “You Can’t Always Get What You Want,” “Brown Sugar” and “(I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction.” Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts. 816471-0400. Tickets are $35$95 through kcsymphony.org.
“Disney Dance Upon a Dream” 4 p.m. Sunday, March 15, at Arvest Bank Theatre at the Midland
Fifteen-year-old dancing/ singing/social media sensation Mackenzie Ziegler will star in “Disney Dance Upon a Dream,” which will present live dancers with video and music from Disney films such as “Beauty and the Beast,” “Moana” and “Cinderella.” Ziegler, who has more than 30 million followers across several social media platforms, released an album in 2018 and competed on ABC’s “Dancing With the Stars: Juniors” last fall. 816-283-9921. Tickets are $39.50-$59.50 through arvestbanktheatre.com.
“Fiddler on the Roof” Opens 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 17, at Muriel Kauffman Theatre
One of the world’s most popular musicals of all time will return to Kansas City as part of the Broadway Series. “Fiddler on the Roof” enjoyed a revival on Broadway in 2015, 50 years after it won nine Tony Awards. With familiar hits such as “Tradition,” “Sunrise, Sunset” and “If I Were A Rich Man,” it tells the story of a Jewish family in Russia in the early 1900s. Also, 7:30 p.m. March 18-20, 2 and 7:30 p.m. March 21, 1 and 6:30 p.m. March 22. 816-9947222. Tickets are $87-$122 through broadwayinkc.com.
Kansas City St. Patrick’s Day Parade 11 a.m. Tuesday, March 17, on Broadway
Thousands of the area’s Irish and Irish wannabes will be out in force for the 48th edition of Kansas City’s largest annual parade and one of the nation’s biggest St. Patrick’s Day parades. The route will begin at Linwood and Broadway and head south on Broadway to 43rd Street. “Irish Wit & Whimsy” is the 2020 theme. kcirishparade.com. Free.
NAIA Division I Men’s Basketball National Championship Starts Wednesday, March 18, at Municipal Auditorium
The NAIA basketball tournament is one of Kansas City’s oldest sports traditions, dating to 1937. Aside from the years 1974-93 in Kemper Arena and 1994-2001 in Tulsa, the event has always been held in Municipal Auditorium. Defending champion Georgetown College of Kentucky will head the 32 small-college teams that will converge for this year’s tournament. Runs through March 24. Full-tournament tickets are $90-$320 and single-day general-admission tickets are $20-$60 ($6 for ages 5-12) through naia.org.
Sporting Kansas City player Dániel Sallói is the hometown star of “The Bachelor” Live on Stage at the Midland.
Yehezkel Lazarov plays Tevye in “Fiddler on the Roof.”
Jon Lovitz appeared on “SNL” from 1985 to 1990.
Mo Rocca has a wicked humor.