Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts
7:30 p.m. | Jan. 22-23, 2013
“Shen Yun” brings to life 5,000 years of Chinese civilization through classical Chinese dance and music in a show that moves quickly through regions, dynasties and legends. Ethnic and folk dances fill the stage with color and energy, while tremendous athleticism, thunderous battle drums and masterful vocalists set to animated backdrops transport audiences to another world. The production includes nearly 100 artists, 400 costumes and the only orchestra in the world featuring both classical Western and Chinese instruments. For more information, visit kauffmancenter.org.
39th Annual Snow Ball
Sheraton Kansas City Hotel, Crown Center Exhibition Hall
6 p.m. | Jan. 19, 2013
Guests at Catholic Charities Foundation of Northeast Kansas’ 39th Annual Snow Ball will enjoy a cocktail reception and formal dinner, followed by dancing. Last year, more than $1.6 million was raised from this black-tie gala to help provide basic needs such as food and utilities to children and families in the community. Make your night even more special by purchasing a room package, a portion of which also supports Catholic Charities. For information, visit catholiccharitiesks.org.
“The Gift of Hope — A Night of Giving”
Muehlebach Hotel Imperial Ballroom
6:30 p.m. | Jan. 26, 2013
The Kansas City Young Matrons present the 2012-2013 Philanthropic Benefit Ball to benefit Hope Faith Ministries, an equipping day center providing services to meet the emotional, physical, mental and spiritual needs of the homeless and less fortunate in Kansas City’s urban core. The event includes cocktails, dinner, dancing to the Kokomo, live auction and raffle prizes. For more information, visit kcym.com.
Young Friends of Art present Party Arty
Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art
8 p.m. | Jan. 26, 2013
Bask in the warmth of “Eternal Spring” and dance within an indoor paradise adorned with white peacocks and wild Mexican orchids. The event features entertainment by DJ Eric Coomes, Marimba Sol de Chiapas and muralist Israel Garcia, plus catering throughout by dozens of area restaurants. VIP ticket-holders will enjoy performances by Thieves of Flight and DJ Architekt, as well as valet parking, special seating, easy access to bars and a gift bag. Glamorous and colorful cocktail attire is encouraged. Party Arty continues from midnight to 3 a.m. in Westport. For more information, visit partyarty.org.
6th Annual Challenge Your Fashion
6 p.m.| Jan. 19, 2013
Join Kansas City Royals pitchers Luke Hochevar and Danny Duffy along with other local sports celebrities for an evening of fashion, dining, dancing, and silent and live auctions benefiting the YMCA of Greater Kansas City’s Challenger Program for kids with special needs. Proceeds will help finish construction on a one-of-a-kind sports complex, complete with a baseball and soccer/flag football field specially designed to remove barriers for kids using wheelchairs and walkers. For more information, visit challengeyourfashion.com.