February is right around the corner—check out things to do around Kansas City this month.
Thursday Night Arts
The pandemic has been tough on everyone—especially for those in the arts and entertainment industry. Arts KC Regional Arts Council has partnered with KC Crew to spotlight four artists each week in a virtual showcase. February 4th’s showcase artists include Ryan Wilks, Vania Soto, Lee Langston, and Vincent Orsolini.
6 pm. artskc.org.
MadTV alum Aries Spears has had an exceptionally long comedy career without ever really breaking through. The standup has been in everything from Malcolm X to Josie and the Pussycats without a signature role. With his spot-on impressions of celebrities like Snoop Dogg and Jean Claude Van Damme and bits about the legendary comedy writer Paul Mooney, Spears remains a great show.
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Disco Dick and the Mirrorballs
The concert calendar remains pretty light as major touring acts wait for widespread vaccination, but this KC-based tribute band is still suiting up in purple leisure suits to play a tribute set that features songs from KC & the Sunshine Band, Kool & the Gang, Earth, Wind & Fire and Michael Jackson at Knuckleheads.
Gerrymandering & Fair Representation: What Kansans Need to Know About Redistricting
Gerrymandering will be one of the hottest topics in politics over the next year as the redistricting process that follows the once-a-decade census begins. Join the local League of Women Voters for a crash course in efforts to push for fair reforms to the process in Kansas, which would allow Johnson County voters to maintain a voice in Congress rather than being split up to serve partisan ends.
9 am. For more information, go to lwvjoco.org.
The Super Bowl
The biggest event of the month is also maybe the biggest of the year: Your Kansas City Chiefs are back in the Super Bowl, with a chance for all-world QB Patrick Mahomes to avenge that still-smarting overtime loss to Tom Brady in the 2019 AFC Championship game. Brady’s Buccaneers have a fearsome defense and the game’s all-time great QB, now in the twilight of his career. The Chiefs have Mahomes, Tyreek Hill and Travis Kelce, which should make this an instant classic. Tony Romo is lined up to provide the game’s best color commentary from Tampa.
Watch on CBS, KCTV5, at 5:30 pm.
Dyani White Hawk: Speaking to Relatives
Opening at the Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art this month, this major solo show features the work of Minneapolis-based artist Dyani White Hawk, who is known for combining techniques of abstract expressionism with Indigenous art forms. The ten-year survey showcases White Hawk’s painting, sculpture photography, video and installation work. The show will run through May.
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Jiji virtual concert from the 1900 Building
Jiji (Jiyeon Kim) is a guitar prodigy who plays both acoustic and electric guitar and performs across genres from traditional and contemporary classical music. The Harriman-Jewell Series brings her to perform at the gorgeous mid-century modern 1900 Building in a free livestream concert (no in-person attendance).
7 pm. Free. For more information or to watch go to hjseries.org.
Oprah Winfrey at virtual HALO benefit
HALO is a KC-based nonprofit that helps homeless and at-risk children. This year’s “Main Event” fundraiser for the group will be headlined by Oprah Winfrey, who will conduct an exclusive interview with a HALO alumni who started with the program at age ten and now, as a young adult, has made a short-form documentary about the organization.
Event is free but donations are encouraged. For more information go to haloworldwide.org/themainevent.