KC events Aug. 10-16: Rock the Block; UNICO Microbrew fest; Herbie Hancock
“An Evening With George Gershwin”
Opens 7 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 10, at Musical Theater Heritage
George Gershwin was only 38 when he died in 1937, but he left a large and lasting legacy as a composer of popular and classical music. This original revue, written and hosted by MTH founder George Harter, will honor Gershwin’s life and music. The People’s Liberation Big Band, led by Brad Cox, as well as Lauren Braton, Jacob Aaron Cullum, Molly Hammer and Justin McCoy, will perform “Embraceable You,” “I Got Rhythm,” “Swanee,” “Rhapsody in Blue” and other Gershwin classics. Runs through Aug. 27. 816-221-6987. Tickets are $25-$58 through mthkc.com.
Kansas City T-Bones vs. Salina
7:05 p.m. Thursday-Saturday, Aug. 10-12; 1:05 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 13; at CommunityAmerica Ballpark
The Salina Stockade has by far the worst record in the American Association of Independent Professional Baseball (10-56 entering August), but the Kansas team can be forgiven. The players and staff didn’t know they would be playing in the American Association, taking the place of the Laredo Lemurs, until about two weeks before the season started. While Salina struggles, the T-Bones continue to battle Lincoln for first place in the Central Division as the season enters its final four weeks. 913-328-5618. Tickets are $6.50-$16 through tbonesbaseball.com.
7:30 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 10; 7:30 and 10 p.m. Friday, Aug. 11; 7 and 10 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 12; 7 p.m. Aug. 13; at Kansas City Improv
Chances are pretty good you’ve seen Tone Bell on television. He has been a regular on three comedy series (“Whitney,” “Bad Judge” and “Truth Be Told”) in the past five years; unfortunately for him, none lasted more than one season. His latest foray into television, “Disjointed,” will debut on Netflix on Aug. 25. Meanwhile, the Georgia native continues to do stand-up. 816-759-5233. Tickets are $20-$55 through improvkc.com.
Chiefs vs. San Francisco
8 p.m. Friday, Aug. 11, at Arrowhead
It is easy to get pumped up about the home football team’s exhibition opener, even if the regulars probably will play less than a quarter and the outcome is virtually irrelevant. The Chiefs are coming off a 12-4 season that ended with a home playoff loss to Pittsburgh. The 49ers finished 2-14 in 2016. 816-920-9300. Tickets are $28-$213 through chiefs.com.
Rock the Block
10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 12, at Washington Square Park
Kansas City Mayor Sly James will play host to his sixth annual Rock the Block celebration, which is coordinated with the Kansas City Parks and Recreation Department. The event will offer free food to the first 1,500 attendees, as well as a variety of entertainment and family-friendly activities to mark another year of the mayor’s Club KC and Mayor’s Nights summer programs. kcparks.org/event/slys-rock-the-block-2017. Free.
Heart of America Hot Dog Festival
2-11 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 12, at Paseo median near 18th and Vine
The Negro Leagues Baseball Museum will celebrate the connection between two American favorites: baseball and hot dogs. Beyond the franks, wieners and sausages will be music, with funk band Zapp and R&B acts After 7 and Bloodstone scheduled to perform. VIP packages will include premium seating, festival T-shirts, dinner and other offerings. Tickets are $10-$120 through eventbrite.com/event/35241815218.
7:30 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 12, at Muriel Kauffman Theatre
With 14 Grammy Awards and one Academy Award (best original score for “Round Midnight” in 1986) in a career spanning nearly 60 years, pianist and composer Herbie Hancock has safely established himself as a jazz legend. Hancock, who was awarded the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award in 2016, will be joined by Vinnie Colaiuta (drums), James Genus (bass), Lionel Loueke (guitar) and Terrace Martin (keyboards and saxophone). Kauffman Center. 816-994-7222. Tickets are $54.50-$159.50 through kauffmancenter.org.
UNICO Microbrew Festival
4-9 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 12, at Zona Rosa Town Center
Advertising for this event indicates ticket sales will be limited to a whopping 2,000, so you know it’s a big deal. More than 50 microbrews will be available, as will Scimeca’s Italian Sausage and Sugar Daddy’s Lemonade, and the Moats Brothers Band will perform. Proceeds will benefit the local chapter of UNICO, the largest Italian-American service organization in the United States. Tickets are $25 through unicokc.org/microbrew-festival ($30 at the gate).
ChoralFest 2017: Americana Concert
7:30 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 13, at Lutheran Church of the Resurrection
This preseason warmup for the Midwest Chamber Ensemble is open to all singers, but especially to members of church and community choirs. Rehearsals were scheduled to begin Aug. 6 and will culminate with a concert featuring John Corigliano’s “Fern Hill” and Randall Thompson’s “Frostiana” under the direction of artistic director and conductor Sara McClure. midwestchamberensemble.org/choralfest. Free.
Hy-Vee Pinky Swear 5K & Fun Run
8:35 a.m. Sunday, Aug. 13, at Arrowhead Stadium
The Pinky Swear Foundation raises money for children with cancer and their families, and all it takes to help is a little physical exertion. Competition will take a back seat to fun and fundraising. In fact, neither the 5K nor the 1-mile fun run will be timed, although there will be clocks at the finish line. Those who register and fundraise for Pinky Swear can earn prizes. A Family Fitness Festival will be held in conjunction with the runs. Registration is $15-$40 at pinkyswear.org/hy-vee-pinky-swear-family-fun-runwalk-kc.
Tana Mongeau and Friends
7 p.m. Monday, Aug. 14, at Folly
A 19-year-old native of Las Vegas, Tana Mongeau is known for her storytime videos on YouTube, where she has accumulated more than 1.3 million subscribers since April 2015. She has built a reputation as something of a party person, and this event will no doubt reflect that. Those who purchase VIP packages will receive individual photos and autographs with Mongeau. 816-474-4444. Tickets are $21-$151 through follytheater.org.
7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 16, at Sprint Center
There isn’t a hotter musical act in the world than Kendrick Lamar. The rap and hip-hop superstar won seven categories at the 2016 Grammy Awards and might come close to duplicating that feat with his current album, “Damn,” which debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard charts in April. He will be joined by YG and D.R.A.M. 816-949-7000. Tickets are $37.50-$97.50 through sprintcenter.com.
Also this week
Classical music and dance
Kansas City Baroque Consortium Summer Series, Aug. 11, St. Paul’s Episcopal Church. kcbaroque.org
Music (rock, pop, jazz)
Pat Green with Lanco, Aug. 10, Kansas City Live powerandlightdistrict.com
Tab Benoit, Aug. 10-11, Knuckleheads. knuckleheadskc.com
Green Day with Catfish and the Bottlemen, Aug. 11, Sprint Center. sprintcenter.com
Morris Day and the Time, Aug. 11, VooDoo. voodookc.com
The Elders, Aug. 12, Kanza Hall. oneblocksouthkc.com
Logic with Joey Bada$$ and Big Lenbo, Aug. 12, Silverstein Eye Centers Arena. silversteineyecentersarena.com
Los Lobos and Los Lonely Boys, Aug. 12, Knuckleheads. knuckleheadskc.com
The New Pornographers, Aug. 12, Liberty Hall. libertyhall.net
Tour de Fat featuring Atlas Genius, Aug. 12, Crossroads KC. crossroadskc.com
Coldplay, Aug. 15, Sprint Center. sprintcenter.com
Foreigner with Cheap Trick and Jason Bonham’s Led Zeppelin Experience, Aug. 15, Starlight. kcstarlight.com
The Piano Guys, Aug. 15, Arvest Bank Theatre at the Midland. midlandkc.com
Do You Feel, Aug. 16, Riot Room. theriotroom.com
Idina Menzel, Aug. 16, Starlight. kcstarlight.com
Feast of Fountains: A Food Truck Fest, Aug. 10, Anita B. Gorman Park. kcparks.org/event/feast-fountains-food-truck-fest-2
Missouri State Fair, Aug. 10-20, Sedalia. mostatefair.com
“Shooting the Eclipse” with photographer Reed Hoffmann, Aug. 10, Kansas City Public Library-Central Library. kclibrary.org
Sprint Family Fun Days, Aug. 12, Power & Light District. powerandlightdistrict.com/familyfun
KC Cactus and Succulent Society Show and Sale, Aug. 12, Loose Park Garden Center. kccactus.com
Tails on the Trails Pet Festival, Aug. 12, Ad Astra Pool and Park, Lenexa. lenexa.com
FC Kansas City vs. North Carolina, Aug. 10. Swope Soccer Village. fckansascity.com
Run for Raptors Trail Run, Aug. 12, Lakeside Nature Center. kcparks.org/event/run-for-raptors