6 Things To Do This Weekend In KC: March 31-April 3, 2022

Big 12 - Kansas vs. TCU at Sprint Center in Kansas City, Missouri on March 9, 2017. Courtesy photo.

KU vs Villanova

The Kansas Jayhawks are in the Final Four for the first time since 2018 and the sixteenth time in the program’s history. This year’s path hasn’t always been smooth, but they are now two wins from claiming one for the thumb. KU plays Villanova on Saturday with the winner facing either UNC or Duke in what would then be Coach K’s final ever game. The all-blue games are at the Super Dome in New Orleans.

Saturday, April 2. 5:09 pm. TBS.

Operation: Celestial Spirits

Fate. Mystery. Fortune. Enjoy a night of celestial delights at the National WWI Museum and Memorial by exploring astrological and metaphysical practices that reached new heights of popularity during WWI and are taking off again today. The evening will begin with a happy hour and lead into a presentation by Patricia Cecil, Specialist Curator for Faith, Religion and WWI, featuring Maddox Gui, Vice President of Programming of the Aquarian Organization of Astrologers.

Thursday, March 31. Doors open at 5:55 p.m. Tickets are required.

Michelangelo’s Sistine Chapel: The Exhibition

Part of the wave of virtual art exhibits sweeping the country, this show is part of a series happening nationally. Organizers promise thirty-four “near life-size” reproductions of the Sistine Chapel in Rome, which was painted by the master Michelangelo. The replicas are high-resolution photos printed onto fabric using “a special printing technique to emulate the look of Michelangelo’s painting on freshly laid lime plaster.”

April 1-May 1. Times vary. Country Club Plaza, 211 Nichols Road, KCMO.

The Sistine Chapel in Kansas City. Photo provided.

Jim Gaffigan

Were Hot Pockets funny before Jim Gaffigan’s classic comedy bit? At this point, it’s hard to remember how the classic American microwave food was perceived before Gaffigan spent four minutes trashing them. We look forward to reconsidering whatever the Michael Jordan of schlubby dad jokes targets next.

Friday, April 1. 7 pm. T-Mobile Center.

The Royale 

Jack Johnson was the first Black heavyweight champ, an American icon of the early twentieth century. KCRep is staging The Royale, a new work by playwright Marco Ramirez (Orange is the New Black, Daredevil) that shows the human cost of making history. This show opened in March at KCRep’s Copaken Stage and now does a small tour around the city, including shows at Mattie Rhodes Cultural Center and the Brush Creek Community Center.

Now–Sunday, April 10. Various times and locations.

Walter Coppage and Semaj Miller in KCRep’s production of The Royale. Photo by Don Ipock.

Crossroads Artboards: Cesar Lopez + Angie Jennings

If you pass by the Charlotte Street space in the Crossroads this month, you’re sure to notice the return of a popular installation project. Charlotte Street’s Artboards series has existed since 2008, with nearly a hundred artists featured during that time. The double-sided billboards will feature works by photographer Angie Jennings, whose work was influenced by the costume from Turkey and the architecture and sky of Santorini, and artist Cesar E. Lopez, whose piece “explores the 3rd space through showcasing fictitious flags and manipulating them into personal interpretations.”

Throughout April outside Charlotte Street, 125 Southwest Blvd., KCMO.

Photo courtesy of Cesar Lopez + Angie Jennings

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