Art Westport, featuring works from local artists, runs Friday, Sept. 8, through Sunday, Sept. 10, at Westport Road and Pennsylvania Avenue in Westport. Tammy Ljungblad |

KC events Sept. 7-13: Art Westport, ‘Grease,’ Johnson County Old Settlers

Dick Gregory Tribute

7:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 7, at Kansas City Improv

On the night the legendary comedian and activist was scheduled to perform at the Improv, the comedy club instead will pay tribute to Dick Gregory, who died Aug. 19 at the age of 84. Featured comedians will be Mark Gregory (Dick Gregory’s nephew) and Jay Phillips. Dick Gregory appeared frequently in Kansas City, including as recently as last summer. 816-759-5233. Tickets are $15 through

Johnson County Old Settlers

Noon-10 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 7; 10 a.m.-11 p.m. Friday, Sept. 8; 9 a.m.-11 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 9; in downtown Olathe

With a carnival, arts and crafts, ice cream social and live music, Old Settlers has all the ingredients of a traditional fall festival. What sets it apart are a parade (10 a.m. Sept. 9) billed as the largest in Kansas and an event called Gabfest (noon Sept. 9), in which folks gather to tell tall tales. Other highlights are a flower show (1 p.m. Sept. 8) and an antique car show (9 a.m. Sept. 9). Free (except for carnival).

Royals vs. Minnesota

7:15 p.m. Thursday-Friday, Sept. 7-8; 6:15 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 9; 1:15 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 10; at Kauffman Stadium

Even the most optimistic Royals fans must be realizing by now that the boys in blue probably are not a team of destiny in 2017. But they aren’t dead yet. If they could beat the Twins, whom they are chasing for the second American League wild-card spot, four consecutive times, they still might have a chance. But time is running out; after this seven-game homestand, the Royals have only six more home games this season. Also, vs. Chicago White Sox, Monday-Wednesday, Sept. 11-13. 800-676-9257. Tickets are $12-$200 through

Art Westport

1-9 p.m. Friday, Sept. 8; 10 a.m.-9 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 9; 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 10; at Westport District

Kicking off the unofficial autumn arts season will be the 38th annual Art Westport, which is limited to local artists. The best painters, sculptors, photographers and ceramists from the Kansas City area will line the streets of historic Westport to showcase their original art, jewelry, fine crafts and more. Westport Road and Pennsylvania Avenue. Free.

“Between the Lines”

Opens 8 p.m. Friday, Sept. 8, at Spencer Theatre

Who hasn’t read a book and imagined himself or herself becoming part of the story? In this world premiere play presented by the Kansas City Repertory Theatre, 17-year-old Delilah doesn’t have to imagine: the handsome hero in her favorite book really does start talking to her. From that point, romance, adventure and humor ensue, and Delilah learns some important life lessons. Runs through Oct. 1. 816-235-2700. Tickets are $25-$81 through


Opens 8 p.m. Friday, Sept. 8, at Starlight Theatre

So the performers might look a bit old to be in high school. (Olivia Newton-John was 29 when the movie was filmed, and she was a huge hit.) With “Grease,” what really matters is the fun music and the relationship between new girl Sandy Dumbrowski and greaser Danny Zuko. Interesting fact: Including the musical’s original Broadway run in 1972 and revivals in 1994 and 2007, “Grease” has been nominated for 11 Tony Awards but hasn’t won any. Runs through Sept. 14. 816-363-7827. Tickets are $14-$142 through

Kansas City Symphony, Screenland at the Symphony

7 p.m. Friday, Sept. 8, and 4 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 10, at Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts

The Symphony will begin its new season with “Star Trek Into Darkness” Live. For those unfamiliar with the Screenland at the Symphony format, director J.J. Abrams’ 2013 movie will play on the big screen while the Symphony re-creates Michael Giacchino’s score live. In case you’re not a Trekkie, this is the flick in which Benedict Cumberbatch portrays a supervillain. Helzberg Hall, Kauffman Center. 816-471-0400. Tickets are $35-$80 through

“The Vietnam War”: An Evening With Ken Burns and Lynn Novick

7 p.m. Friday, Sept. 8, at Arvest Bank Theatre at the Midland

Ken Burns calls “The Vietnam War” his most ambitious project, and that’s saying something coming from the filmmaker responsible for documentaries such as “The Civil War” and “Baseball.” Burns and partner Lynn Novick will be on hand for a first look at their documentary, and fans will see clips from the 18-hour series that will premiere Sept. 17 on PBS. 816-283-9921. Tickets are $35-$80 through

Rugged Maniac 5K Obstacle Race

10 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 9, at Snow Creek Ski Area

The Rugged Maniac isn’t so much a race as a survival contest. Organizers promise at least 25 obstacles on the mud-filled 5-kilometer course near Weston, where competitors will jump over fire, climb walls, cross cargo nets and crawl through pipes, among other physical tests. As part of the event, there also will be a mechanical bull, beach volleyball and beer. In fact, each entrant will receive one beer to go with a T-shirt, medal and photo. Entry is $79-$100 at

Kenny Broberg

4 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 10, at Folly

Park University graduate student Kenny Broberg, the silver medalist at the recent 15th Van Cliburn International Piano Competition, will present his first major local concert at the historic Folly Theater. Broberg, a native of Plymouth, Minn., studies at Park’s International Center for Music under Stanislav Ioudenitch, who won the 11th Cliburn event in 2001. 816-474-4444. Tickets are $20-$50 through


7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 12, at Arrowhead

It has been 30 years since the superstar rock band that formed in Dublin in 1976 released its most popular album, “The Joshua Tree,” and this tour celebrates that anniversary. U2, which was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2005, will play the album in its entirety in front of the largest video screen ever used on a tour. Beck will open. 800-745-3000. Tickets are $35-$365 through

“A Lie of the Mind”

Opens 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 13, at H&R Block City Stage Theater

Just six weeks after the death of playwright Sam Shepard, Kansas City Actors Theatre will present his 1985 off-Broadway play that won both the Drama Desk Award and the New York Drama Critic’s Circle Award for best play. The story of two Montana families linked by an act of violence is marked by Shepard’s trademark dark humor. Runs through Oct. 1. 816-361-5228. Tickets are $15-$40 through

Also this week

Classical music and dance

Dance in the Park, Sept. 9, Roanoke Park.


“A Night on the Town” with Jeremy Watson, Sept. 7-9, Musical Theater Heritage.

“Valley of the Dolls,” Late Night Theatre, Sept. 8, Folly.

Music (rock, pop, jazz)

Dancefestopia, Sept. 7-10, La Benite Riverfront Park.

Buzz Beach Ball featuring Snoop Dogg, Weezer, Foster the People, Run the Jewels and more, Sept. 8-9, Children’s Mercy Park.

Busta Rhymes, Sept. 9, Crossroads KC.

KKFI Crossroads Music Fest, Sept. 9, RecordBar.

Kurtis Blow and Grandmaster Dee, Sept. 9, Ameristar.

Prairie Village Jazz Festival, Sept. 9, Harmon Park.

The Schwag, Sept. 9, Granada.

Ying Yang Twins with John Price, Sept. 9, Riot Room.

Venom Inc with Goatwhore, Toxic Holocaust and the Convalescence, Sept. 10, Riot Room.

Seu Jorge, Sept. 11, Liberty Hall.

Ben Harper & the Innocent Criminals, Sept. 13, Uptown.

Bobby Rush, Sept. 13, Knuckleheads.

Visual art

“Surfaces: 10 Years of Illumination” with Quixotic, Sept. 8, Nelson-Atkins Museum.


Belton Fall Festival, Sept. 8-9, Main Street, Belton.

Gala of the Royal Horses presents Carousel of Dreams, Sept. 8, Silverstein Eye Centers Arena.

Grain Valley Fair, Sept. 8-9, Grain Valley Community Center.

Greek Festival, Sept. 8-10, Annunciation Greek Orthodox Church.

Kansas State Fair, Sept. 8-17, Hutchinson.

KC West Bottoms haunted houses, Sept. 8-Nov. 4, West Bottoms.

Beerfest, Sept. 9, Power & Light District.

Carnival for CASA, Sept. 9, Paradise Park.

Heritage Antique Show, Sept. 9-10, Overland Park Convention Center.

Independence Uncorked Wine Festival, Sept. 9, Bingham-Waggoner Estate.

Kansas City Chalk & Walk Festival, Sept. 9-10, Crown Center Square.

Swift Mile street festival, Sept. 8-9, North Kansas City.

Kansas City Cigar Festival, Sept. 9, Diebel’s roof.

Lenexa Spinach Festival, Sept. 9, Sar-Ko-Par Trails Park.

Lost Arts Fair, Sept. 9, Harris-Kearney House.

Midwest Tea Festival, Sept. 9-10, Ararat Shrine Temple Auditorium.

Missouri Baptist Children’s Home Apple Festival, Sept. 9, First Baptist Church, Raymore.

Sprint Family Fun Days, Sept. 9, Power & Light District.

Summer Fest, Sept. 9, Grinter Place.

Jewish Culture Fest, Sept. 10, Jewish Community Center.

Book talks

Jon Kukla for “Patrick Henry: Champion of Liberty,” Sept. 7, Kansas City Public Library-Central Library.

Bruce Campbell for “Hail to the Chin: Further Confessions of a B-Movie Actor,” Sept. 9, Alamo Drafthouse.


FC Kansas City vs. Chicago, Sept. 9. Swope Soccer Village.

Women’s Triathlon & Duathlon, Sept. 9, Kill Creek Park.

KC events Sept. 7-13: Art Westport, ‘Grease,’ Johnson County Old Settlers