The Kansas City Chinese Association's Chinese New Year Celebration is so popular that the pre-show banquet was already sold-out at press time. So hurry to kcca-online.org to reserve a $10 seat to tonight's dance and cultural performance (7 p.m.) in the Bell Cultural Events Center (MidAmerica Nazarene University, 2030 East College Way in Olathe). Good luck — there's a lottery at the end of the night.
The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art (4525 Oak, 816-751-1278) hosts tea demonstrations, Chinese games, calligraphers, performances and more on Friday, January 28 (plus a children's dance performance January 29). Some events require tickets. See nelson-atkins.org.
The Society for Friendship with China Inc. puts on a fancy party January 30 at the InterContinental Hotel (401 Ward Parkway). Individual tickets cost $80 and include a feast, as well as performances by a drum roller and the Silk Road Dance Troupe. See chinagardensociety-kc.org.
The Confucius Institute of the University of Kansas teams up with the Edgar Snow Memorial Fund and the Kansas City Chinese American Association for a 7 p.m. gala on February 5 at Johnson County Community College's Yardley Hall (12345 College Boulevard in Overland Park). See kcca-ks.org. — Crystal K. Wiebe