When: Thu., Oct. 4, 7:30 p.m., Fri., Oct. 5, 7:30 p.m. and Sat., Oct. 6, 2 p.m. 2012
What's the Kansas City–Alvin Ailey connection? Just that KC is the official second home of Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater. Ailey first brought his modern-dance company to the city in 1968 and began nurturing relationships with community organizations and leaders, financial partners and arts groups. In 1984, Kansas City Friends of Alvin Ailey became a reality. The company's new artistic director, Troy Powell, introduces three new commissioned dances, each premiering this weekend at the Folly Theater (300 West 12th Street, 816-474-4444). Tonight's 7:30 show includes the never-before-seen performances of "Rusty" and "Virtues." Tickets cost between $25 and $65; buy them and find more information at kcfaa.org.