Coach Q better have some A's.
University of Missouri-Columbia basketball coach Quin Snyder travels to St. Joseph Tuesday to recap last season. He'd better come prepared, because notoriously raucous Tigers fans can't be happy with his team's performance. After failing to make the NCAA tournament, the Tigers were knocked out in the first round of the N.I.T. and finished the season with a 16-17 record. This "Tiger Talk" kicks off a weeklong promotional tour around the state; school administrators will be on hand to answer questions regarding Missouri athletics. We'd like to know why Synder got a contract extension. And now that the NCAA has barred the Tigers from recruiting off-campus for one year, how does the coach plan to attract top-notch talent? Cars? Hookers?
Anyway, the reception is followed by a barbecue dinner and raffle for Tiger merchandise. The event starts at 5:30 p.m. at the St. Joseph Country Club (50 Ridgeland Road). Tickets are $20. (MU alumni get in for $17.) Call 816-364-2117 to reserve tickets. -- Todd Broockerd
Star expert William Koch explores the mysteries of the unseen "dark matter" that supposedly accounts for 90 percent of the universe in his lecture "The Dark Side of the Force." (Sci-fi fans, this is your chance to unabashedly become aroused over brown dwarfs and black holes.) Afterward, the public is invited to observe by telescope what's actually visible in the night sky -- Jupiter, Saturn and the Orion Nebula. The lecture and viewing are free, though the latter will be canceled if the sky is overcast. Koch speaks at 8 p.m. Saturday at the Craig Community Auditorium at Johnson County Community College (12345 College Boulevard in Overland Park). Call 913-469-8500, ext. 3725. -- Sarah Smarsh
This year's AIDS Walk is more important than ever, organizers tell us, because recent cuts in AIDS funding by the Kansas City, Missouri, and Jackson County governments have affected local groups. And this year, the 17th annual show of support has returned to the site of the first event, Theis Park (47th Street and Oak). Those who haven't signed up yet can register the morning of the walk, beginning at 8 a.m. The event begins at 9:30. Call 816-931-0959 or see www.aidswalkkansascity.org for information. -- Fischer