State of Nebraska
The Photo Ark. March 3-July 9. Museum of Nebraska Art, Kearney.
National Geographic photographer Joel Sartore has visited more than 40 countries in the last 20 years to compile an archive of amazing images of animals in their natural environments. His first museum exhibition in the Midwest will focus on North American and prairie animals. Hours vary. 308-865-8559
Guts & Glory: A Parasite Story. Opens April 22. University of Nebraska State Museum, Lincoln.
The temporary science exhibit explores the planet’s “most common mode of life,” i.e., parasitism.
Springfest. April 23. Prairie Loft Center for Outdoor and Agricultural Learning, Hastings.
Celebrate agriculture during Earth Day weekend. Music will greet visitors as they partake in wagon rides, visit with farm animals, see antique and modern farm equipment, and shop among the many vendors. Free admission. 1-6 p.m. 402-463-0565
The Flaming Lips. April 22. Hoyt Sherman Place, Des Moines.
Known for psychedelic alternative rock, The Flaming Lips’ concerts feature stunning visuals (costumes, balloons, puppets, and video projections) along with the band’s iconic sound. 515-244-0507
Pompeii: The Exhibition. Through April 16. Union Station, Kansas City.
Travel back to 79 A.D. in the one-of-a-kind exhibition that has more than 200 preserved artifacts from the catastrophic eruption of Mount Vesuvius. The exhibit includes a simulated eruption that allows visitors to experience the blast that destroyed the Roman city of Pompeii. 816-460-2020
Lionel Richie and Mariah Carey. April 16. Sprint Center, Kansas City.
Lionel Richie and Mariah Carey combine to form a powerhouse of lyrics and vocals on their “All the Hits” tour. 816-949-7100
Lyric Opera of Kansas City Presents: The Pirates of Penzance. April 22, 26, 28, 29, 30. Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts, Kansas City.
Set sail on the high seas for the highly acclaimed operetta.The all-ages show will be performed in English and features fast-paced songs, lavish costumes, and imaginative sets. 816-471-7344