Ballet, Mardi Gras, Michael J. light up Big Town this week

The Kansas City Ballet presents the tragic love story ‘Lady of the Camellias’ over three final performances this week at the Kauffman Center.

Let’s roll the highlight reel for a breathtaking week in arts, ballet, music and theater in the Big Town – Monday to Sunday, Feb. 18-24:

Folly Theater, 300 W. 12th St. – Next up, I’m With Her at 8 p.m., next Wednesday, Feb. 27.

Kansas City Tornadoes take on Tampa Bay at 7 p.m. Sunday and next Monday (Feb. 25) at HyVee Arena.

Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts, 1601 Broadway, will light up the KC arts scene with 7 performances this week, including:

  • Lady of the Camellias – The Kansas City Ballet presents Alexandre Dumas’ tragic love story that inspired Greta Garbo’s Camille and Baz Luhrman’s Moulin Rouge! The three final performances are set for 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and 2 p.m. Sunday in the Muriel Kauffman Theatre.
  • Sounds Relaxing: Refresha music and meditation event featuring the Kansas City Symphony and certified Relax and Renew® trainer Anita Bailey, begins at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday in Helzberg Hall.
  • National Geographic Live presents Mark Synnott, a big wall rock-climber of the highest order. The adventure writer uses his skills to break scientific ground, reaching incredibly inaccessible environments in search of rare species. He will share stories and images of his travels at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday in Kauffman Theatre.
  • Music of Michael Jackson will be showcased by the Kansas City Symphony, guest conductor Brent Havens and vocalist James Delisco in two long-awaited performances at 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday in Helzberg Hall.

Knuckleheads, 2715 Rochester, will feature 12 blazing shows this week including Victor & Penny at 7 p.m. Wednesday; and Rumblejetts Reunion with Tri County Band and Lloyd McCarter & The Honky Tonk Revival at 8 p.m. Friday.

The Midland, 1228 Main, presents comedian Lil Duval with Karlous Miller and Chico Bean at 8 p.m. Friday.

MTH Theater at Crown Center stages two performances (in addition to those featured under Live Theater), including an evening of stories and songs with Joel Nichols at 7 p.m. Friday and a musical evening with Sara Sommerer at 7 p.m. Saturday.

The Record Bar, 1520 Grand, will feature Le Butcherettes with Stars at Night and New Obsessions at 8 p.m. Monday and Jaenki with The Free Years and Y God Y at 8 p.m. Saturday.

Sprint Center, 1407 Grand, will feature 2Cellos with special guest Jon McLaughlin at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday.

The Truman, 801 E. Truman Rd., presents Boombox Cartel at 8 p.m. Wednesday.

World of Wheels returns for its 59th annual edition this Friday through Sunday at Bartle Hall.

‘School Girls’ opens Friday at the Copaken Stage of the KC Rep.

LIVE THEATER is thriving on Downtown stages, including five productions this week:

For more of what’s happening in Downtown and Kansas City, check out ArtsKCGo and