OUR PICKS OF THE WEEK’S EVENTS

The Kansas City Star - - Weekend+ - BY DAN KELLY dkelly@kc­star.com

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.

AL­LI­SON LONG The Kansas City Star

Sport­ing Kansas City player Dániel Sal­lói is the home­town star of “The Bach­e­lor” Live on Stage at the Mid­land.

JOAN MAR­CUS

Ye­hezkel Lazarov plays Tevye in “Fid­dler on the Roof.”

CHRIS PIZZELLO AP file photo

Jon Lovitz ap­peared on “SNL” from 1985 to 1990.

ADAM ROSE

Mo Rocca has a wicked hu­mor.

Right An­gle En­ter­tain­ment

Macken­zie Ziegler

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