A St. Patrick’s season tradition on par with Chicago turning its river green or undergrads skipping classes to pound green beer, Flogging Molly’s annual spring tour finds the Celtic punk act playing “Drink and Fight” for aged punks who do more of the former than the latter at this stage of their life.
Friday, March 11. 8 pm. The Truman.
Steve Jobs, the late CEO of Apple, is as close as modern Americans get to universal deification. That includes an operatic treatment of his life story, to be produced by the Lyric Opera of Kansas City. The piece was composed by Mason Bates and librettist Mark Campbell and is making its local premiere.
Friday, March 11–Sunday, March 13. Various times. Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts.
Back in 2020, the annual Brookside St. Patrick’s Day Warm-Up was one of the first things canceled to “flatten the curve.” This is the third try at celebrating forty years with community groups, drill teams, Irish dancers, bagpipers and the mounted patrol parading down 63rd Street between Main Street and Wornall Road.
Saturday, March 12. 2 pm.
Beer festivals are slowly coming back, and that includes the tenth edition of the biggest one in Lawrence: this fest featuring forty breweries at Abe & Jake’s Landing. It’s your chance to try beers from some of the Sunflower State’s smallest and farthest-flung operations, including Gellas Diner & Liquid Bread Brewing Company of Hays, Walnut River of El Dorado and Center Pivot of Quinter (pop. 927).
Saturday, March 12. Noon–3 pm and 4:30–7:30 pm. Abe & Jake’s Landing, 8 E. Sixth St., Lawrence. $40.
March 12, 8 pm
The Kansas City Jazz Orchestra stages a breezy performance of “Just the Two of Us” featuring Grammy-winning saxophonist Kirk Whalum. The show features songs from the genre of contemporary jazz (“Breezin,” “Mister Magic,” and the title cut “Just the Two of Us”) arranged for a jazz orchestra.
Saturday, March 12. 8 pm. Helzberg Hall of the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts.
The newest exhibit at the Nelson-Atkins Museum is a show featuring fifteen works of artists who worked under Spanish colonial rule in Ecuador, Bolivia and Peru in the 1600s and 1700s. The show, which runs through September 4, has works pulled from the holdings of Chicago’s Thoma Foundation, which has an emphasis on work from the Spanish Americas.
Now-September 4. Nelson-Atkins Museum.
Charlotte Street’s Moving in Place is a site-specific show that features nine artists and includes performance, video art, sculpture and photography. The show was curated by Kimi Kitada, who gathered pieces in which the artists “use their own bodies as material and vessel for performance-based works.” The show includes work from artists based in Chicago, New York, L.A. and two locals (Haley Kostas and Johanna Winters), and in each work, the “presence of the body is integral to the realization of each piece.”
Opening reception on Friday, March 4, 6–9 pm. Charlotte Street Gallery, 3333 Wyoming St., KCMO. Show continues until March 19.