14 events you should check out this October in KC
7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 5, at Unity Temple on the Plaza
The author of “The Da Vinci Code,” “Inferno,” “The Lost Symbol,” “Angels & Demons” and other international bestsellers will appear for “Origin,” the fifth installment in his Robert Langdon series, to be released Oct. 3. Although Dan Brown has more than 200 million books in print worldwide, this will be his first U.S. book tour since “The Da Vinci Code” in 2003.
913-384-3126. Tickets are $29.95 (includes hardcover of “Origin”) through danbrown-rainydaybooks.brownpapertickets.com.
Thursday, Oct. 5, at the Brick
Friday, Oct. 6, at the Replay
Colin Halliburton distills the essence of Midwestern sincerity as the Roseline. The unassuming voice and gentle country-rock of the singer/songwriter reflects the rugged independence and understated graciousness associated with his home state of Kansas. The approach resonates in Europe. The Roseline’s new album, “Blood,” placed No. 3 on the EuroAmericana Chart in September. With Chase the Horseman and Justin Klaas at the Brick on Thursday. With Toughies and Jasper at the Replay on Friday.
816-421-1634. The cover charge is $5. Details are available at thebrickkcmo.com.
785-749-7676. The cover charge is $3. Details are available at replaylounge.com.
Saturday, Oct. 7, at the Truman
Lecrae has long expressed his unease with being one of the most notable members of the Christian music community. On his contentious new album, “All Things Work Together,” the rapper all but declares war on the faction of the genre that objects to his social commentary. Lecrae raps that “I will not oblige to your colonized way of faith/My Messiah died for the world, not just USA” on the incendiary “Facts.” With Aha Gazelle and 1K Phew.
816-205-8560. Tickets are $27.95 through thetrumankc.com.
Chicago Symphony Orchestra
7:30 p.m. Oct. 11 at Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts
Celebrating its 127th season, the Chicago Symphony Orchestra is consistently hailed as one of the world’s leading orchestras. Italian conductor Riccardo Muti, its 10th music director, will bring the symphony to Helzberg Hall for the second time in three years as part of the Harriman-Jewell Series. Among the works scheduled are Rossini’s “Overture to William Tell” and Bruckner’s Symphony No. 4, also known as the “Romantic.”
816-415-5025. Tickets are $30-$85 through hjseries.org.
Oct. 11, at the Madrid Theatre
Mike Gordon has been the bassist of Phish for 34 of his 52 years. No one would blame him if he relaxed at home during the occasional breaks in the schedule of the titanic jam band. Instead, Gordon is touring in support of “Ogogo,” a solo album that’s filled with off-kilter funk songs that fall somewhere between the Grateful Dead’s “Shakedown Street” and Vampire Weekend’s “A-Punk.” The notoriously uninhibited dancing associated with Phish concerts will likely seem subdued compared to the capering at Wednesday’s dance party.
816-753-8880. Tickets are $30-$55 through madridtheatre.com.
Oct. 11, at Arvest Bank Theatre at the Midland
Jon Bellion doesn’t recognize musical boundaries. The mix-and-match sensibility of the native New Yorker makes the distinctions between hip-hop, electronic dance music, R&B, indie-rock, gospel and pop seem meaningless. Rather than creating confused jumbles, Bellion crafts meticulous hits for himself and other artists. He collaborated with Eminem and Rihanna on the 2013 smash “The Monster.” “The Human Condition,” Bellion’s 2016 debut album, was certified gold in September. With Blaque Keyz and Travis Mendes.
816-283-9921. Tickets are $29.50 through midlandkc.com.
Kansas City Ballet, “Romeo and Juliet”
Opens 7:30 p.m. Oct. 13 at Muriel Kauffman Theatre
The Kansas City Symphony will provide the music composed by Sergei Prokofiev in 1935 for the ballet version of “Romeo and Juliet” as the Kansas City Ballet opens its 60th season. The world premiere choreography by Kansas City Ballet artistic director Devon Carney will complement Prokofiev’s music for William Shakespeare’s centuries-old tale of young romance.
Runs through Oct. 22. 816-931-8993. Tickets are $40.50-$130.50 through kcballet.org.
10 a.m.-5 p.m. Oct. 14-15 at Shawnee Indian Mission, Fairway
The Haskell Native American Dancers and musicians from the Folk Alliance International will provide the entertainment, and this event will feature an educational component through historical presentations. The mission’s 12 acres and three historic buildings, which served as a school for children from Shawnee, Delaware and other Indian nations during 1839-1862, will also be the site of Drum Safari for the kids, games and vendors.
Free concert at 6 p.m. Oct. 13. 913-262-0867. fairwaykansas.org. $2 suggested donation.
Chiefs vs. Pittsburgh
3:25 p.m. Oct. 15 at Arrowhead
If it seems as if the Chiefs never beat the Steelers, that’s because they rarely do. They have lost five of the past six meetings, including a demoralizing 18-16 home playoff loss last year (when Pittsburgh didn’t score a touchdown), and they trail the series 22-11 overall. This matchup might take on added significance in the battle for home-field advantage for the AFC playoffs.
Also, 7:30 p.m. Oct. 30 vs. Denver. 816-920-9300. Tickets are $117-$395 through chiefs.com.
Sporting Kansas City vs. Houston
6:30 p.m. Oct. 15 at Children’s Mercy Park
Because of the teams’ match rescheduled from late August because of Hurricane Harvey, Sporting will conclude its 2017 regular-season home schedule against the Dynamo just four days after the same teams play in Houston. Both teams are among the eight battling for six playoff spots in the Western Conference of Major League Soccer. Sporting will conclude its regular season Oct. 22 at Real Salt Lake.
913-387-3400. Tickets are $35-$77 through sportingkc.com.
Opens 7:30 p.m. Oct. 18 at Unicorn Theatre
In this 2013 Pulitzer Prize-winning one-act drama by Ayad Akhtar, a successful Pakistani-American lawyer and his artist wife hold a dinner party for colleagues. When the conversation turns to politics and religion, themes such as Islamophobia and the self-identity of Muslim-American citizens rise to the surface and the interaction becomes heated.
Runs through Nov. 12. 816-531-7529. Tickets are $32-$42 through unicorntheatre.org.
“Through the Eyes of Picasso”
Opens Oct. 20 at Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art
This exhibition will explore Pablo Picasso’s fascination with African and Oceanic art. It will feature 170 works, with more than 60 paintings, sculptures and ceramics by the 20th century Spanish master and other pieces that were part of his personal collection. Many works will be on view in America for the first time.
Runs through April 8. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Wednesday and Saturday-Sunday, 10 a.m.-9 p.m. Thursday-Friday. 816-751-1278. Tickets are $10-$18 through nelson-atkins.org; free for 12 and under.
Hollywood Casino 400
2 p.m. Oct. 22 at Kansas Speedway
Some new names could be among the contenders when the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series comes to Kansas Speedway for the sixth of 10 playoff races. Martin Truex Jr. started strong in the playoffs, but 25-year-old Kyle Larson, 23-year-old Ryan Blaney and 21-year-old Chase Elliott were among those chasing him.
Also, NASCAR qualifying, 5:15 p.m. Oct. 20, and ARCA Racing Series, 7:30 p.m. Oct. 20 ($10-$15); NASCAR Infinity Kansas Lottery 300, 2 p.m. Oct. 21 ($40-$80). 866-460-7223. Tickets are $29-$139 through kansasspeedway.com.
William Shatner: “Shatner’s World: We Just Live In It”
8 p.m. Oct. 28 at Carlsen Center Yardley Hall
From Capt. James Kirk in “Star Trek” to the title character in “T.J. Hooker” to Denny Crane in “Boston Legal,” William Shatner was a staple on television for more than four decades. At age 86, he remains active on TV and in movies, and as a writer and spoken-word artist. The audience at Yardley Hall can expect anecdotes, songs, jokes and more.
Johnson County Community College. 913-469-4445. Tickets are $40-$135 through jccc.edu/theseries.