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 | tljungblad@kcstar.com

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 improvkc.com.

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). johnsoncountyoldsettlers.com. 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 kansascity.royals.mlb.com.

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. westportkcmo.com. 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 kcrep.org.

“Grease”

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 kcstarlight.com.

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 kcsymphony.org.

“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 midlandkc.com.

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 ruggedmaniac.com/events/kansascity.

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 follytheater.org.

U2

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 ticketmaster.com.

“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 kcactors.org.

Also this week

Classical music and dance

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

Theater

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

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

Music (rock, pop, jazz)

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

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

Busta Rhymes, Sept. 9, Crossroads KC. crossroadskc.com

KKFI Crossroads Music Fest, Sept. 9, RecordBar. kkfi.ticketfly.com

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

Prairie Village Jazz Festival, Sept. 9, Harmon Park. pvkansas.com/jazzfest

The Schwag, Sept. 9, Granada. thegranada.com

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

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

Seu Jorge, Sept. 11, Liberty Hall. libertyhall.net

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

Bobby Rush, Sept. 13, Knuckleheads. knuckleheadskc.com

Visual art

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

Events/festivals/etc.

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

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

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

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

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

KC West Bottoms haunted houses, Sept. 8-Nov. 4, West Bottoms. kcwestbottoms.com/hauntedhouses.htm

Beerfest, Sept. 9, Power & Light District. kcbeerfest.com

Carnival for CASA, Sept. 9, Paradise Park. jacksoncountycasa-mo.org

Heritage Antique Show, Sept. 9-10, Overland Park Convention Center. heritageeventcompany.com/event/overlandparkantiqueshow

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Sprint Family Fun Days, Sept. 9, Power & Light District. powerandlightdistrict.com/familyfun

Summer Fest, Sept. 9, Grinter Place. kshs.org/event/kansas-city-grinter-place-summer-fest/19905

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

Book talks

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

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

Sports/recreation

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

Women’s Triathlon & Duathlon, Sept. 9, Kill Creek Park. jcprd.com/special_events/jcprdwomenstri.cfm


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