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Fall Events Guide

KC Beer Fest Sept. 28: Even the most dedicated consumers of beer need an occasional break. After a hiatus in 2012, the KC Beer Fest returns in a new location and under new management. Overseen by the beer emporium Flying Saucer, this year’s event allows patrons to sample more than 60 craft beers in the KC Live! area of the Power & Light District. A portion of the proceeds will benefit the Kansas City CARE Clinic and the AIDS Service Foundation of Greater Kansas City. Tickets are $30 in advance through missiontix.com.

Michael Chabon Sept. 19: A literary author with a populist streak, Michael Chabon claimed a Pulitzer Prize for “The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay” in 2001 and contributed to the screenplay of the hit 2004 movie “Spider-Man 2.” Chabon’s versatility makes him one of the most intriguing figures in contemporary fiction. “Telegraph Avenue,” his latest novel, revolves around the lives of the co-owners of a record store. Chabon will discuss the book and field questions from the audience during his presentation at Unity Temple on the Plaza. Admission packages of $16.99 plus tax include one paperback copy of “Telegraph Avenue,” an autograph admission ticket and two admission tickets through rainydaybooks.com.

Terry McMillan Oct. 3: Few authors have disrupted the publishing world as dramatically as Terry McMillan. Her landmark 1992 novel, “Waiting to Exhale,” definitively proved that there’s an enormous audience for black American fiction. McMillan’s “How Stella Got Her Groove Back” cemented her reputation as a commercial powerhouse in 1996. The groundbreaking writer is currently promoting “Who Asked You?” McMillan’s eighth novel examines the challenges imposed on a woman by her troubled family. Admission packages are $27.95 plus tax at rainydaybooks.com and include one hardcover copy of “Who Asked You?,” an autograph admission ticket and two admission tickets to her talk at Unity Temple on the Plaza.

Dead Girl Roller Derby Sept. 21: Raquel Welch starred in the 1972 roller derby film “The Kansas City Bomber.” Real-life versions of Welch’s character will duke it out at the Dead Girl Derby league championship at Kemper Arena. The Lovely Lethals are pitted against the Deadly Sirens on the undercard. The title match features the Shotgun Sheilas and the Royal Pains. Interaction between fans and athletes is encouraged at the raucous family-friendly event. Tickets are $15 in advance through ticketmaster.com.

Charlotte Bobcats vs. Miami Heat Oct. 11: Without a National Basketball Association franchise to call their own, professional basketball fans in Kansas City have to content themselves with a single preseason exhibition game at the Sprint Center. But what a game! The Miami Heat claimed a second consecutive NBA championship on June 20. The team boasts LeBron James, Dwayne Wade, Chris Bosh and Mario “the Shot” Chalmers. The roster of the Charlotte Bobcats includes the towering rookie Cody Zeller and point guard Kemba Walker. Tickets range from $16 to $251 in advance through axs.com.

The Owen/Cox Dance Group Sept. 21-22: The artistic daring and innate playfulness of the Owen/Cox Dance Group makes it one of the most vital artistic entities in Kansas City. The troupe opens its seventh season with Jennifer Owen’s interpretation of Igor Stravinsky’s “Petrouchka” at Polsky Theater. Students and faculty from Park University’s International Center for Music will join the members of the Owen/Cox Dance Group in a performance set to solo piano. Tickets are $20 in advance through jccc.edu/theseries.com.

Kathleen Madigan Nov. 15: Raised in St. Louis as one of seven children in an Irish-American family, Kathleen Madigan brings a dry Midwestern wit to her off-color observations of everyday life. Her knack for finding humor in domestic drama has landed her dozens of appearances on national television. In the folksy tone of a talkative neighbor, Madigan pokes gentle fun at topics including the foibles of celebrities, alcohol abuse and hypochondria. Tickets to her Midland appearance are $29.50 and $34.50 in advance through axs.com.

Eddie Griffin Sept. 21: Eddie Griffin opens his 2011 comedy album, “You Can Tell ’Em I Said It,” with a graphic proposition to first lady Michelle Obama. The Kansas City native’s complete disregard for political correctness has made him one of the nation’s most remarkable comedians. His incendiary social commentary is simultaneously hilarious and offensive. A frequent target of commentators including Al Sharpton, Griffin is one of only a handful of comedians capable of making audiences laugh until they cry. Tickets to his show at the VooDoo Lounge at Harrah’s Casino range from $25 to $65 in advance through ticketmaster.com.

Tech N9ne Oct. 30: Tech N9ne has been hailed as the Kansas City King for years. The rest of the world is beginning to discover the thrills provided by the rapper’s rapid flow and dark vision. “Something Else,” Tech N9ne’s latest release, debuted at No. 4 on Billboard’s album chart. It includes collaborations with stars ranging from Kendrick Lamar to the Doors. Tech N9ne will be joined by fellow Strange Music artists Krizz Kaliko, Mayday, Stevie Stone, Prozak and Ces Cru at the Midland. Tickets are $30 in advance through axs.com.

Neko Case Oct. 15: Neko Case is far more than the owner of a pretty voice. In combining uncommon intelligence, tough swagger and profound vulnerability, Case has vastly expanded the possibilities for roots-based music in the new millennium. Her forthcoming album, “The Worse Things Get, the Harder I Fight, the Harder I Fight, the More I Love You,” her first in four years, is one of the most highly anticipated projects of the season. Tickets to her Liberty Hall performance are $24 and $29 in advance through ticketmaster.com.

Drake Oct. 6: By seamlessly combining hip-hop and R&B in his confessional music, Drake has become one of the most prominent and influential figures in popular music. The charismatic Canadian has even managed to outshine his mentor Lil Wayne. Drake is touring in support of his third album “Nothing Was the Same.” Opening acts for the Sprint Center performance include the clever R&B artist Miguel and the hit-making producer Future. Tickets range from $47.75 to $97.75 in advance through axs.com.

Buzz Beach Ball Sept. 27: The cancellation of June’s Kanrocksas festival was a significant setback for the region’s live music scene. The remarkable array of talent at the 2013 edition of Buzz Beach Ball at Berkley Riverfront Park goes a long way toward compensating for that loss. The bill at the main stage of the ambitious concert sponsored by radio station 96.5 the Buzz is topped by the frothy French band Phoenix. The second stage is headlined by the metal-tinged band Coheed and Cambria. British sensations Alt-J are among the dozen additional acts slated to perform. Tickets are $45 in advance through axs.com.

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MUSIC

Aug. 29: The English Beat @ Knuckleheads. knuckleheadskc.com

Aug. 29: Noe Palma @ KC Live! powerandlightdistrict.com

Aug. 30: Lynyrd Skynyrd with Kansas @ Starlight. kcstarlight.com

Aug. 30: Strike Back @ KC Live! powerandlightdistrict.com

Aug. 30: Volbeat @ Midland. midlandkc.com

Aug. 31: Chief Keef @ Uptown. uptowntheater.com

Aug. 31: KC Blues Festival @ Lewis & Clark Historic Park at Kaw Point.kcbluessociety.org

Sept. 3: Steely Dan @ Midland. midlandkc.com

Sept. 5: David Nail @ KC Live! powerandlightdistrict.com

Sept. 6: Johnny Mathis @ Kauffman Center’s Murial Kauffman Theatre. kauffmancenter.org

Sept. 6: Poncho Sanchez @ Gem Theater. americanjazzmuseum.com

Sept. 6: The Zeros @ KC Live! powerandlightdistrict.com

Sept. 7: Iron Maiden with Megadeth @ Sprint Center. sprintcenter.com

Prairie Village Jazz Festival

Sept. 7: The Prairie Village Jazz Fest has quickly become the biggest and best pure jazz event in the Kansas City area. The stellar lineup at Harmon Park for the festival’s fourth edition affirms its elite status. A big band led by Kansas City’s premier jazz musician,

Bobby Watson, serves as the headliner. The age-defying cabaret legend Marilyn Maye and a quartet featuring organists Everette DeVan and Chris Hazelton are also among the impressive slate of performers. Additional details about the free event are available at prairievillagejazz.org.

Sept. 8: Michael Bublé @ Sprint Center. sprintcenter.com

Sept. 8: Jazz in the Roses featuring Mike White Quartet @ Loose Park Rose Garden.

Sept. 8: Vince Gill @ Kauffman Center’s Muriel Kauffman Theatre. kauffmancenter.org

Sept. 11: Jim James @ Liberty Hall. libertyhall.net

Sept. 12: Jim Eaton and the Whiskey Benders @ KC Live! powerandlightdistrict.com

Sept. 12: The Mavericks @ Knuckleheads. knuckleheadskc.com

Sept. 13-14: Dancefestopia Music Festival @ Berkley Riverfront Park. dancefestopia.com

Sept. 13: Icona Pop @ KC Live! powerandlightdistrict.com

Sept. 13-14: Flatlands Country Music and Camping Festival with Toby Keith, Miranda Lambert, Luke Bryan, Darius Rucker and more @ Sporting Park. flatlandsfestival.com

Sept. 14: Crossroads Music Festival @ Crossroads Arts District. cmfkc.com

Sept. 14: Murder by Death with Kentucky Knife Fight @ RecordBar. therecordbar.com

Sept. 15: Mickey Hart Band @ Crossroads KC. crossroads. frontgatesolutions.com

Sept. 17: Mobb Deep and Mac Lethal with the Alchemist, DJ Spinstyles and Yukmouth @ Riot Room. theriotroom.com

Sept. 18: Danny Brown and Action Bronson @ Liberty Hall. libertyhall.net

Sept. 19: AFI with Touche Amore and Coming @ Granada. thegranada.com

Sept. 19: Jerrod Niemann @ KC Live! powerandlightdistrict.com

Sept. 20: Against Me with Off With Their Heads and Hop Along @ Riot Room. theriotroom.com

Sept. 20: Blues Traveler @ KC Live! powerandlightdistrict.com

Sept. 20: Kansas City Jazz Orchestra with Deborah Brown @ Kauffman Center’s Helzberg Hall. kauffmancenter.org

Sept. 20: Mumford and Sons @ Cricket Wireless Amphitheater. cricketwirelessamp.com

Sept. 20: Sail Rock 2013 with Christopher Cross, Orleans, Gary Wright and Firefall @ Starlight. kcstarlight.com

Sept. 21: Rancid with Tim Timebomb and Friends and the Interrupters @ Granada. thegranada.com

Sept. 21: Switchfoot @ Midland. midlandkc.com

Sept. 22: Bela Fleck and Abigail Washburn @ Liberty Hall. libertyhall.net

Sept. 22: Morgan Page with Project 46 and Walden @ Midland. midlandkc.com

Sept. 25: Omar Faruk Tekbilek, Turkish folk musician and composer @ Lied Center. lied.ku.edu

Sept. 26: Chris Cagle @ KC Live! powerandlightdistrict.com

Buzz Beach Ball

Sept. 27: The cancellation of June’s Kanrocksas festival was a significant setback for the region’s live music scene. The remarkable array of talent at the 2013 edition of Buzz Beach Ball at Berkley Riverfront Park goes a long way toward compensating for that loss. The bill at the main stage of the ambitious concert sponsored by radio station 96.5 the Buzz is topped by the frothy French band Phoenix. The second stage is headlined by the metal-tinged band Coheed and Cambria. British sensations Alt-J are among the dozen additional acts slated to perform. Tickets are $45 in advance through axs.com.

Sept. 27: Michael Franti and Spearhead @ Crossroads KC. crossroads.frontgate

solutions.com

Sept. 27: Shaman’s Harvest and Evalyn Awake @ KC Live! powerandlightdistrict.com

Sept. 27: Tommy Emmanuel @ Midland. midlandkc.com

Sept. 28: Bill Shapiro and Sam Baker @ Folly. follytheater.com

Sept. 29: Travis with Luke Rathborne @ VooDoo Lounge. voodookc.com

Sept. 30: Nine Inch Nails with Explosions in the Sky @ Sprint Center. sprintcenter.com

Oct. 3: Blake Shelton with Easton Corbin and Jana Kramer @ Sprint Center. sprintcenter.com

Oct. 3: Eli Young Band @ Memorial Hall. baconadifference.com.

Oct. 4: Aaron Neville @ Folly. follytheater.com

Oct. 4: We Came As Romans with Silverstein, Chunk! No, Captain Chunk!, The Color Morale and Dangerkids @ Granada. thegranada.com

Oct. 5: The Fab Four — The Ultimate Tribute @ Midland. midlandkc.com

Drake

Oct. 6: By seamlessly combining hip-hop and R&B in his confessional music, Drake has become one of the most prominent and influential figures in popular music. The charismatic Canadian has even managed to outshine his mentor Lil Wayne. Drake is touring in support of his third album “Nothing Was the Same.” Opening acts for the Sprint Center performance include the clever R&B artist Miguel and the hit-making producer Future.

Tickets range from $47.75 to $97.75 in advance through axs.com.

Oct. 8: Franz Ferdinand @ Granada. thegranada.com

Oct. 8: Vampire Weekend @ Midland. midlandkc.com

Oct. 9: Citizen Cope @ Midland. midlandkc.com

Oct. 10: Barenaked Ladies with Whitehorse @ Uptown. uptowntheater.com

Oct. 11: Big Gigantic with Minnesota @ Granada. thegranada.com

Oct. 12: 18th & Vine Jazz and Blues Festival @ American Jazz Museum. americanjazzmuseum.org

Oct. 12: Deicide with Broken Hope, Disgorge, Necronomicon, Torn the F* Apart and Gornography @ RecordBar. therecordbar.com

Oct. 14: Moody Blues @ Midland. midlandkc.com

Oct. 15: Hanson @ Granada. thegranada.com

Oct. 15: J. Cole with Wale @ Midland. midlandkc.com

Neko Case

Oct. 15: Neko Case is far more than the owner of a pretty voice. In combining uncommon intelligence, tough swagger and profound vulnerability, Case has vastly expanded the possibilities for roots-based music in the new millennium. Her forthcoming album, “The Worse Things Get, the Harder I Fight, the Harder I Fight, the More I Love You,” her first in four years, is one of the most highly anticipated projects of the season. Tickets to her Liberty Hall performance are $24 and $29 in advance through ticketmaster.com.

Oct. 15: Sara Bareilles @ Uptown. uptowntheater.com

Oct. 16: Josh Groban @ Sprint Center. sprintcenter.com

Oct. 17: Here Come the Mummies @ Knuckleheads. knuckleheadskc.com

Oct. 17: Pokey LeFarge @ RecordBar. therecordbar.com

Oct. 17: SuicideGirls: Blackheart Burlesque @ Granada. thegranada.com

Oct. 18: Bonnie Raitt with Marc Cohn @ Midland. midlandkc.com

Oct. 18: Hairball @ Granada. thegranada.com

Oct. 18: Les Claypool’s Duo De Twang @ Liberty Hall. libertyhall.net

Oct. 23: Eagles @ Sprint Center. sprintcenter.com

Oct. 24: Hinder @ VooDoo Lounge. voodookc.com

Oct. 25: City and Colour @ Midland. midlandkc.com

Oct. 25: John Vanderslice @ Czar Bar. czarkc.com

Oct. 25: Ricky Skaggs and Bruce Hornsby @ Yardley Hall. jccc.edu/theseries

Oct. 27: World Blues Tour: Taj Mahal, Vusi Mahlasela, Fredericks Brown @ Yardley Hall. jccc.edu/theseries

Oct. 29: Paramore with Metric and Hellogoodbye @ Independence Events Center. independenceeventscenter.com

Oct. 29: Twenty One Pilots with Robert Delong and Sirah @ Granada. thegranada.com

**

Tech N9ne

Oct. 30: Tech N9ne has been hailed as the Kansas City King for years. The rest of the world is beginning to discover the thrills provided by the rapper’s rapid flow and dark vision. “Something Else,” Tech N9ne’s latest release, debuted at No. 4 on Billboard’s album chart. It includes collaborations with stars ranging from Kendrick Lamar to the Doors. Tech N9ne will be joined by fellow Strange Music artists Krizz Kaliko, Mayday, Stevie Stone, Prozak and Ces Cru at the Midland. Tickets are $30 in advance through axs.com.

**

Nov. 1: Lamb of God and Killswitch Engage with Testament & Huntress @ Midland. midlandkc.com

Nov. 2: Deer Tick @ Bottleneck. thebottlenecklive.com

Nov. 2: Global Dub Festival with Flux Pavilion, SKisM, Dirtyphonics, Roksonix and more @ Midland. midlandkc.com

Nov. 3: Straight No Chaser @ Midland. midlandkc.com

Nov. 6: August Burns Red with Blessthefall, Defeater and Beartooth @ Granada. thegranada.com

Nov. 7: Stephen Kellogg @ Bottleneck. thebottlenecklive.com

Nov. 8: Keith Urban with Little Big Town and Dustin Lynch @ Sprint Center. sprintcenter.com

Nov. 8: Ronnie McDowell with Coral Reefer, Doyle Grisham and the Florida Boys @ Knuckleheads. knuckleheadskc.com

Nov. 9: Iron & Wine @ Midland. midlandkc.com

Nov. 12: Pink @ Sprint Center. sprintcenter.com

Nov. 14: Randy Rogers Band with Will Hoge @ Granada. thegranada.com

Nov. 14: Steven Cooper @ Czar Bar. czarkc.com

Nov. 14: Weird Al Yankovic @ Liberty Hall. libertyhall.net

Nov. 15: Janelle Monae @ Uptown. uptowntheater.com

Nov. 16: The Fresh Beat Band @ Midland. midlandkc.com

Nov. 16: Little River Band with Brewer & Shipley and Nace Brothers @ Uptown. uptowntheater.com

Nov. 16: Rita Moreno: An Evening of Cabaret @ Yardley Hall. jccc.edu/theseries

Nov. 17: Selena Gomez @ Sprint Center. sprintcenter.com

Nov. 19: Less Than Jake with Anti-Flag, Masked Intruder, Get Dead and Six Percent @ Granada. thegranada.com

Nov. 23: Wade Bowen @ Granada. thegranada.com

Nov. 25: Rusko with Tonn Piper, RoniSize and Dynamite MC @ Midland. midlandkc.com

Nov. 27: The Lone Bellow @ Knuckleheads. knuckleheadskc.com

Dec. 3: Casey Donahew Band @ Granada. thegranada.com

Dec. 5: The Priests @ Midland. midlandkc.com

Dec. 6-7: Hunter Hayes @ Midland. midlandkc.com

Dec. 6: Lady Antebellum @ Sprint Center. sprintcenter.com

Dec. 6: Vienna Teng with Barnaby Bright @ Lawrence Arts Center. pipe lineticketing.frontgatesolutions.com

Dec. 10: Kansas City Jazz Orchestra with Kelley Hunt @ Kauffman Center’s Helzberg Hall. kauffmancenter.org

Dec. 20: The Lettermen @ Yardley Hall. jccc.edu/theseries

Dec. 31: Samantha Fish with Rick Gibson and the Peacemakers @ Knuckleheads. knuckleheadskc.com

VISUAL ARTS

Aug. 31-March 30: “Echoes: Islamic Art and Contemporary Artists” @ Nelson-Atkins. nelson-atkins.org

Sept. 6: First Friday in the Crossroads @ Crossroads Art District. kccrossroads.org

**

Art Westport

Sept. 6-8: The vast scope of the Plaza Art Fair may garner bigger crowds, but the annual Art Westport festival is no less cherished by many advocates of the arts in spite of its lower profile. Now in its 34th year, the three-day event exclusively showcases the work of artists based in the Kansas City area. Searching for the next version of Thomas Hart Benton or Kate Spade amid the vendors on the streets of Westport is a time-honored tradition. Additional details about the free event are available at artwestport.net.

**

Sept. 6-28: Tyson Schroeder @ Blue Djinn Gallery. bluedjinngallery.com

Sept. 7-8: Kansas City Chalk & Walk Festival @ Crown Center Square. kcchalkandwalk.org

Sept. 7: “Rock Hard and Chiseled: The Nude Male in Western Art” @ Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art. nelson-atkins.org

Sept. 13-15: Brush Creek Art Walk @ Brush Creek walkways. brushcreekartwalk.org

Sept. 13-Dec. 13: “Grim & Ghastly: Oddities From the Collection” @ Wyandotte County Historical Society & Museum. wycomuseum.org

Sept. 13-15: Zona Rosa Arts Festival @ Zona Rosa. zonarosa.com

Sept. 20-22: Plaza Art Fair @ Plaza. country clubplaza.com/events/plaza-art-fair

Sept. 20: Third Friday Art Walk @ Englewood Arts and Entertainment District. englewood station.com

Sept. 21: Shawnee Town Arts and Crafts Fair @ Shawnee Town. shawneetown.org

Sept. 21-22: UNplaza Art Fair @ All Souls Unitarian Universalist Church. peaceworks kc.org/unplaza.html

Oct. 4: First Friday in the Crossroads @ Crossroads Art District. kccrossroads.org

Oct. 4-6: Summit Art Festival @ Downtown Lee’s Summit. summitartfest.org

Oct. 4-Nov. 29: “Visions of the Flint Hills” @ Buttonwood Art Space. buttonwoodartspace.com

Oct. 6: Jewish Arts Festival @ Jewish Community Center. jcckc.org

Oct. 11-April 13: “Dressed Up” by Hope Gangloff, Marcia Kure and Neeta Madahar @ Kemper Museum. kemperart.org

Oct. 18: Third Friday Art Walk @ Englewood Arts and Entertainment District.

englewoodstation.com

Oct. 19-Feb. 9: “Impressionist France: Visions of Nation From Le Gray to Monet” @ Nelson-Atkins Museum. nelson-atkins.org

Nov. 1: First Friday in the Crossroads @ Crossroads Art District. kccrossroads.org

Dec. 6: First Friday in the Crossroads @ Crossroads Art District. kccrossroads.org

COMEDY

Aug. 28-31: Tim Gaither @ Stanford’s Comedy Club. stanfordscomedyclub.com

Aug. 29: Paul Mooney @ Kansas City Improv. improv kc.com

Aug. 30-Sept. 1: Amazing Johnathan @ Kansas City Improv. improvkc.com

Sept. 6-14: KC Improv Festival @ Off Center Theater and Kick Comedy Theater. kcimprovfestival.blogspot.com

Sept. 13-14: Kevin Nealon @ Kansas City Improv. improvkc.com

Sept. 13: Jim Breuer @ Midland. midlandkc.com

Sept. 19: Dane Cook @ Midland. midlandkc.com

Sept. 19-21: Carlos Mencia @ Stanford’s Comedy Club. stanfordscomedyclub.com

Eddie Griffin

Sept. 21: Eddie Griffin opens his 2011 comedy album, “You Can Tell ’Em I Said It,” with a graphic proposition to first lady Michelle Obama. The Kansas City native’s complete disregard for political correctness has made him one of the nation’s most remarkable comedians. His incendiary social commentary is simultaneously hilarious and offensive. A frequent target of commentators including Al Sharpton, Griffin is one of only a handful of comedians capable of making audiences laugh until they cry. Tickets to his show at the VooDoo Lounge at Harrah’s Casino range from $25 to $65 in advance through ticketmaster.com.

Sept. 26: Anthony Jeselnik @ Midland. midlandkc.com

Sept. 28-29: Arnez J @ Kansas City Improv. improvkc.com

Oct. 2-5: Otto and George @ Stanford’s Comedy Club. stanfordscomedyclub.com

Oct. 10-12: Tim Meadows @ Stanford’s Comedy Club. stanfordscomedyclub.com

Oct. 16-20: Greg Warren @ Stanford’s Comedy Club. stanfordscomedyclub.com

Oct. 24-26: Chris Franjola @ Stanford’s Comedy Club. stanfordscomedyclub.com

Oct. 25-26: The Kinsey Sicks @ Polsky Theater. jccc.edu/theseries

Oct. 26: Stand Up for Synergy with Jim Belushi and the Chicago Board of Comedy @ Kansas City Improv. standupforsynergy

Nov. 2: Pat Hazell’s “The Wonder Bread Years” @ Polsky Theater. jccc.edu/theseries

Nov. 8: Brian Regan @ Uptown. uptowntheater.com

Nov. 8-9: Bobcat Goldthwait @ Stanford’s Comedy Club. stanfordscomedyclub.com

Nov. 9: Impractical Jokers Tour @ Uptown. uptown

theater.com

Nov. 13-17: Dan Cummins @ Stanford’s Comedy Club. stanfordscomedyclub.com

Kathleen Madigan

Nov. 15: Raised in St. Louis as one of seven children in an Irish-American family, Kathleen Madigan brings a dry Midwestern wit to her off-color observations of everyday life. Her knack for finding humor in domestic drama has landed her dozens of appearances on national television. In the folksy tone of a talkative neighbor, Madigan pokes gentle fun at topics including the foibles of celebrities, alcohol abuse and hypochondria. Tickets to her Midland appearance are $29.50 and $34.50 in advance through axs.com.

Nov. 21-23: Josh Wolf @ Stanford’s Comedy Club. stanfordscomedyclub.com

Dec. 6-7: Carlos Alazraqui @ Stanford’s Comedy Club. stanfordscomedyclub.com

EVENTS/FESTIVALS/MISC.

Aug. 29: Kansas City Wine Opener @ Union Station. cff.org

Aug. 30-Sept. 1: Kansas City Irish Fest @ Crown Center. kcirishfest.com

Aug. 30-Sept. 2: Santa-Cali-Gon Days

Festival @ Independence Square. santa

caligon.com

Aug. 31: Von Boulevard Fashion Show @ K.C. Convention Center Grand Ballroom.

liavonapparel.com

Aug. 31-Oct. 14: Kansas City Renaissance Festival, weekends, Labor Day and Columbus Day, @ Bonner Springs. kcrenfest.com

Sept. 5-Nov. 16: American Royal @ American Royal Complex. americanroyal.com

Quarter Horse Show, Sept. 5-8; Arabian Horse Show, Sept. 19-21; Youth and Open Horse Show, Sept. 21-22; International Youth Rodeo, Sept. 24-27; Pro Rodeo, Sept. 27-28; Parade, Sept. 28; World Series of Barbecue, Oct. 3-6; Wine Competition, Tasting and Auction, Oct. 9; Hunter/Jumper Horse Show, Oct. 15-20; Livestock Show, Oct. 23-Nov. 3; Cutting Horse Show, Nov. 6-8; UPHA American Royal National Championship, Nov. 12-16.

Sept. 5-7: Johnson County Old Settlers @ Downtown Olathe. johnsoncounty

oldsettlers.com

Sept. 6-7: Full Boar Open House @ Harley-Davidson Vehicle Assembly Plant.

harley-davidson.com

Sept. 6-8: Greek Festival @ Annunciation Greek Orthodox Church. annunciationkc.org

Sept. 6-8: Home Show Fall Edition 2013 @ Overland Park Convention Center.

kchomeshow.com

Sept. 6: Treads & Threads, University of Kansas Cancer Center benefit @ Kansas Speedway. treadsandthreads.org

Sept. 6-7: Weston Tunes and Tobacco Weekend @ 17985 Missouri 45 N. weston

tunesandtobaccoweekend.com

Sept. 7: Challenge Air Fly Day @ Charles B. Wheeler Airport. challengeair.com

Sept. 7: Fall Family Festival @ Kansas City Community Gardens. kccg.org

Sept. 7: Kansas City Cigar Festival @ Plaza. kccigarfestival.com

Sept. 7: Kansas City Symphony Ball @ Union Station. kcsymphony.org

Sept. 7: Spinach Festival @ Sar-Ko-Par Trails Park. ci.lenexa.ks.us/parks/festivals_

spinach.html

Sept. 7: Village West WineFest @ Village West. villagewestwinefest.eventbrite.com

Waldo Crawldo

Sept. 7: Several of Kansas City’s most beloved watering holes are within a stone’s throw of the intersection of 75th Street and Wornall Road. Revelers can apply their thirsts to a good cause at thes annual Waldo

Crawldo. The money raised will benefit efforts to battle pancreatic cancer. Participating establishments include 75th Street Brewery, Lew’s Grill & Bar and the Well Bar, Grill & Rooftop. Prizes and beer and drink specials will enhance the festive atmosphere. Tickets are $7 in advance through waldowell.tix.com.

Sept. 8: Fustercluck Chicken Wing Eating Contest and Blues Festival @ Grinders.

grinderspizza.com

Sept. 11-15: Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey: Dragons @ Sprint Center.

sprintcenter.com

Sept. 13-14: Belton Fall Festival @ Main Street. beltonfallfestival.com

Sept. 13-15: Blue Springs Fall Fun Festival @ Downtown Blue Springs. blue

springsfallfestival.com

Sept. 13-14: Buffalo Bill Days @ Leavenworth. visitleavenworthks.com

Sept. 13-14: Mission Arts & Eats Festival @ 6200 Martway. missioncvb.org/events/

arts-eats

Sept. 14: Harvest Day @ Deanna Rose Children’s Farmstead. drfarmstead.org

Sept. 14: Independence Uncorked Winefest @ Bingham Waggoner Estate. independenceuncorked.com

Sept. 14, 17 and 19-22: Jesse James Festival @ Kearney. jessejamesfestival.com

Sept. 14: Museum Crawl @ Wyandotte County. wycokck.org

Sept. 14-15: Fiesta Hispana @ Barney Allis Plaza. fiestahispanakansascity.com

Sept. 14: Music Fest and Back Porch Jam @ Watkins Woolen Mill State Park & Historic Site. watkinsmill.org

Sept. 14: Sprint Family Fun Days Carnival @ Power & Light District. powerandlight

district.com

Sept. 15: The Gardens at Sunset @ Kansas City Community Garden. thegarden

satsunset.com

Sept. 15: Kansas City Pagan Pride Day and Craft Fair @ Merriam Marketplace.

kcpaganpride.com

Sept. 21: Fall Bird Expo @ Overland Park International Trade Center. beaksnwings. org

Sept. 21: Parktoberfest @ English Landing Park, Parkville. parktoberfest.net

Sept. 21: Waldo Fall Festival @ Waldo Area, 75th and Wornall. waldokc.com

Sept. 27-28: Lee’s Summit Oktoberfest @ Downtown Lee’s Summit. lschamber.com

Sept. 27-29: Liberty Fall Festival @ Downtown Liberty. libertyfallfest.com

Sept. 27-28: Shawnee Great Grillers Blues & Barbeque State Championship @ Shawnee Town. shawneegreatgrillers.com

Sept. 27-29: Tobacco Festival @ Weston.

westonmo.com

Sept. 27-29: Wild West Days @ Mahaffie Stagecoach Stop & Farm. olatheks.org/parksrec/

mahaffie

Sept. 27-28: Women of Faith @ Sprint Center. sprintcenter.com

Sept. 28: ChezGrand Festival of Chez lez Canses @ Fort Osage National Historic Landmark.

jacksongov.org/fortosage

Sept. 28: Concert for the Climate @ Lewis & Clark Park at Kaw Point. concertfortheclimate.org

KC Beer Fest

Sept. 28: Even the most dedicated consumers of beer need an occasional break. After a hiatus in 2012, the KC Beer Fest returns in a new location and under new management. Overseen by the beer emporium Flying Saucer, this year’s event allows patrons to sample more than 60 craft beers in the KC Live! area of the Power & Light District. A portion of the proceeds will benefit the Kansas City CARE Clinic and the AIDS Service Foundation of Greater Kansas City. Tickets are $30 in advance through missiontix.com.

Sept. 28: Overland Park Fall Festival @ Santa Fe Commons Park. opkansas.org

Oct. 4-6: Gladfest @ Gladstone. glad stonechamber.com/?events/gladfest

Oct. 4-10: Kansas International Film Festival @ Glenwood Arts Theatre. kansas film.com/festival/guide.php

Oct. 4: Oktoberfest @ Shawnee Civic Centre. shawneegermanclub.org

Oct. 5-6: Applefest @ Weston. westonmo.com

Oct. 5: Farmers Market Harvest Fest @ Downtown Lee’s Summit. downtownls. org

Oct. 5: Greater Kansas City Japan Festival @ JCCC’s Carlsen Center. kcjapanfestival.com

Oct. 5-6: Festival of Arts, Crafts and Music @ Missouri Town 1855. jacksongov.org/missouritown

Oct. 10-12: Fall Cemetery Tour @ Olathe Memorial Cemetery. mahaffie.org

Oct. 11: Freaky Fall Fest @ Leawood City Park. leawood.org/parks/fallfestival.aspx

Oct. 11-13: Weston Irish Festival @ O’Malley’s Pub & Courtyard. westonirish.com

Oct. 12: Beer Fest at the BallPark @ CommunityAmerica Ballpark. beerfestattheball park-efbevent.eventbrite.com

Oct. 12-20: Kansas City Jewish Film Festival @ Jewish Community Center. jcckc.org

Oct. 12: Sprint Family Fun Days Carnival @ Power & Light District. powerandlightdistrict.com

Oct. 12: WaterFire @ Plaza. waterfirekc.com

Oct. 17-20: Holiday Mart 2013 @ Bartle Hall. kcconvention.com

Oct. 18-19: Lenexa Chili Challenge @ Old Town Lenexa. ci.lenexa.ks.us/parks/festivals_chili.html

Oct. 19: Paranormal Investigation @ Harris-Kearney House. westporthistorical.com

Oct. 19: Pumpkins on Parade @ Cave Springs Park. jacksongov.org

Oct. 20: Dogtober Fest @ Kemper Outdoor Education Center, Fleming Park. jacksongov.org/kemper

Oct. 24-26: Battle of Westport Re-enactment @ Swope Park. battleofwestport150.org

Oct. 25: Friday Fright Night @ Gladstone Amphitheatre. gladstone.mo.us

Oct. 25-26: Spirits From the Past @ Missouri Town 1855. jacksongov.org/missouritown

Oct. 26-27: Boo at the Zoo @ Kansas City Zoo. kansascityzoo.org

Oct. 26: Boos & Barks Halloween Parade @ Downtown Lee’s Summit. downtownls.org

Oct. 26: Celebrate Old Westport and Re-enactment of Order No. 11 @ Harris-Kearney House. westporthistorical.com

Oct. 26-27: Fall Muster @ Fort Osage National Historic Landmark. jacksongov.org/fortosage

Oct. 26: Holiday Treasures Craft Festival @ Shawnee Civic Centre. cityofshawnee.org

Oct. 26-27: Trick or Treat on the Farm & Boooo Barn @ National Agricultural Center & Hall of Fame. aghalloffame.com

Oct. 31: Trick or Treat Street @ Brookside. brooksidekc.org

Nov. 1: Crown Center Ice Terrace Opening Day @ Crown Center. crowncenter.com

Nov. 2: Crafts & Drafts @ Uptown Shopping Center. uptowntheater.com

Nov. 2: Great Pumpkin Smash @ Kansas City Zoo. kansascityzoo.org

Nov. 3: Day of the Dead Festival @ Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art. nelson-atkins.org

Nov. 7: Leavenworth County Veterans Day Parade @ Downtown Leavenworth. visitleavenworthks.com

Nov. 9: Pursuing the Paranormal @ Fort Osage National Historic Landmark. jacksongov.org/fortosage

Nov. 14-17: Ararat Shrine Temple Circus @ Municipal Auditorium. kcshrinecircus.com

Nov. 14-17: Holiday Boutique @ Overland Park Convention Center. kcholiday boutique.com

Nov. 27-Dec. 31: Christmas in the Park @ Longview Lake Campground.

jacksongov.org

Nov. 27: Christmas in the Sky @ Longview Lake Beach. jacksongov.org

Nov. 28: Plaza Lighting Ceremony @ Country Club Plaza. countryclubplazacom

Nov. 29: Mayor’s Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony @ Crown Center Square. crowncenter.com

Nov. 29-Dec. 31: Santa’s Crayola Christmas Land and Santa’s Gingerbread Village @ Crown Center Shops. crowncenter.com

Nov. 29-Dec. 30: “Spirit of Christmas Past” Christmas Tours @ Bingham-Waggoner Estate. bwestate.org

Nov. 30: “1922 Speakeasy,” Holiday Candlelight Tour @ Harris-Kearney House. westporthistorical.com

Dec. 6: Women’s Foundation of Greater Kansas City Grants Awards Luncheon with keynote speaker America Ferrera @ Sheraton Crown Center. wfgkc.org

Dec. 7: Christmas on the Farm @ Watkins Woolen Mill State Park & Historic Site. mostateparks.com/park/watkins-mill-state-park

Dec. 7: Trip the Lights Fantastic @ Longview Lake Campground. jacksongov.org

Dec. 7: Visit from St. Nicholas @ Shoal Creek Living History Museum.

shoalcreeklivinghistorymuseum.com

Dec. 8: Vintage Homes Tour @ Carroll Mansion. visitleavenworthks.com

Dec. 14: A Christmas Celebration @ Missouri Town 1855. jacksongov.org/missouritown

Dec. 14: Talkin’ Truman: Christmas in the White House @ Truman Library. trumanlibrary.org

BOOKS

Sept. 3: Daniel Woodrell for “The Maid’s Version” @ Unity Temple on the Plaza. rainydaybooks.com

Sept. 10: Marisha Pessl for “Night Film” @ Unity Temple on the Plaza. rainydaybooks.com

Sept. 17: Maggie Stiefvater for “The Dream Thieves, Book Two” of “The Raven Boys” series @ Unity Temple on the Plaza. rainydaybooks.com

Sept. 18: Tracey Garvis Graves for “Covet” @ Rainy Day Books. rainydaybooks.com

Sept. 18: Mark Lee Gardner for “Shot All to Hell: Jesse James, the Northfield Raid, and the Wild West’s Greatest Escape” @ Johnson County Library-Central Resource Library. rainydaybooks.com

**

Michael Chabon

Sept. 19: A literary author with a populist streak, Michael Chabon claimed a Pulitzer Prize for “The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay” in 2001 and contributed to the screenplay of the hit 2004 movie “Spider-Man 2.” Chabon’s versatility makes him one of the most intriguing figures in contemporary fiction. “Telegraph Avenue,” his latest novel, revolves around the lives of the co-owners of a record store. Chabon will discuss the book and field questions from the audience during his presentation at Unity Temple on the Plaza. Admission packages of $16.99 plus tax include one paperback copy of “Telegraph Avenue,” an autograph admission ticket and two admission tickets through rainydaybooks.com.

**

Sept. 19: Power of Reading: A Celebration of the Written Word @ Kansas City Public Library-Plaza Branch. kclibrary.org

Sept. 23: Cosmo editor in chief Kate White for “I Shouldn’t Be Telling You This” @ Unity Temple on the Plaza. rainydaybooks.com

Sept. 26: Margaret Peterson Haddix for “Risked: Book Six” in the best-selling “Missing Series” @ Village Presbyterian Church. rainydaybooks.com

Sept. 26: Thomas Keneally for “The Daughter of Mars” @ Unity Temple on the Plaza. rainydaybooks.com

Sept. 27: Bill McKibben for “Oil and Honey: The Education of an Unlikely Activist” @ Unity Temple on the Plaza. rainydaybooks.com

Oct. 1: Anna Dewdney for “Llama Llama and the Bully Goat” @ Village Presbyterian Church. rainydaybooks.com

**

Terry McMillan

Oct. 3: Few authors have disrupted the publishing world as dramatically as Terry McMillan. Her landmark 1992 novel, “Waiting to Exhale,” definitively proved that there’s an enormous audience for black American fiction. McMillan’s “How Stella Got Her Groove Back” cemented her reputation as a commercial powerhouse in 1996. The groundbreaking writer is currently promoting “Who Asked You?” McMillan’s eighth novel examines the challenges imposed on a woman by her troubled family. Admission packages are $27.95 plus tax at rainydaybooks.com and include one hardcover copy of “Who Asked You?,” an autograph admission ticket and two admission tickets to her talk at Unity Temple on the Plaza.

**

Oct. 8: Garrison Keillor for “O, What a Luxury: Verses Lyrical, Vulgar, Pathetic & Profound” @ Unity Temple on the Plaza. rainydaybooks.com

Oct. 8: Ike Skelton for “Achieve the Honorable: A Missouri Congressman’s Journey From Warm Springs to Washington” @ Kansas City Public Library. kclibrary.org

Oct. 10: Nicholas Sparks for “The Longest Ride” @ Unity Temple on the Plaza. rainydaybooks.com

Oct. 17: Stephen Jimenez for “The Book of Matt” @ Unity Temple on the Plaza. rainydaybooks.com

Oct. 23: Robert Sabuda for his latest pop-up masterpiece “The Little Mermaid” @ Unity Temple on the Plaza. rainydaybooks.com

Nov. 5: Fierce Reads 2013! Featuring Gennifer Albin, Leigh Bardugo, Jessica Brody, and Ann Aguirre @ Unity Temple on the Plaza. rainydaybooks.com

Nov. 13: Jared Diamond for “The World Until Yesterday: What Can We Learn From Traditional Societies?”@ Unity Temple on the Plaza. rainydaybooks.com

Nov. 14: Deepak Chopra for “What Are You Hungry For?” @ Yardley Hall. jccc.edu/performing-arts- series

Nov. 14: Pat Conroy for his new memoir, “The Death of Santini”@ Unity Temple on the Plaza. rainyday books.com

Nov. 17: Jan Brett for “Cinders: The Chicken Cinderella” @ Unity Temple on the Plaza. rainydaybooks.com

Nov. 19: Jon Agee and Loren Long for “Little Santa” and “An Otis Christmas” @ Village Presbyterian Church. rainydaybooks.com

SPORTS

Kansas City Royals vs. Seattle, Sept. 2-5; vs. Detroit, Sept. 6-8; vs. Cleveland, Sept. 16-18; vs. Texas, Sept. 20-22; Kauffman Stadium. kansascity. royals.mlb.com

Sporting Kansas City vs. Colorado, Aug. 31; vs. Columbus, Sept. 7; vs. Philadelphia, Sept. 27; vs. D.C. United, Oct. 18; Sporting Park. sportingkc.com

Kansas City Chiefs vs. Green Bay, Aug. 29 (exhibition); vs. Dallas, Sept. 15; vs. N.Y. Giants, Sept. 29; vs. Oakland, Oct. 13; vs. Houston, Oct. 20; vs. Cleveland, Oct. 27; vs. San Diego, Nov. 24; vs. Denver, Dec. 1; vs. Indianapolis, Dec. 22; Arrowhead Stadium.

kcchiefs.com

Sept. 2: Bike 4 the Brain @ Johnson County Mental Health Center. bike4thebrain.org

Sept. 7: Glove Up for Special Olympics @ Title Boxing Club Belton. kcpcu.org

Sept. 8: Broadway Bridge Run @ City Market. broadwaybridgerun.org

Sept. 13: Impact Wrestling Live @ Kemper Arena. impactwrestling.com

Sept 14-15: Bike MS: Kansas City Ride @ Garmin Headquarters. bikeksg.

nationalmssociety.org

Sept. 14: Missouri Classic college football: Grambling vs. Lincoln @ Arrowhead Stadium. kcchiefs.com

Dead Girl Roller Derby

Sept. 21: Raquel Welch starred in the 1972 roller derby film “The Kansas City Bomber.” Real-life versions of Welch’s character will duke it out at the Dead Girl Derby league championship at Kemper Arena. The Lovely Lethals are pitted against the Deadly Sirens on the undercard. The title match features the Shotgun Sheilas and the Royal Pains. Interaction between fans and athletes is encouraged at the raucous family-friendly event. Tickets are $15 in advance through ticketmaster.com.

Sept. 21: Strutt With Your Mutt, 3k Mutt Strutt and 5k Run @ Brookside. waysidewaifs.org

Sept. 22: Free to Breathe 5k Run/Walk and Half-Mile Walk @ Village of Seville Shopping Center. freeto breathe.org/kansascity

Sept. 28: Double Ogg Dare Festival Family Adventure and Challenge @ Shawnee Mission Park. doubleoggdare.com

Oct. 4-6: NASCAR racing (ARCA series, Oct. 4; Nationwide series, Oct. 5; Sprint Cup series, Oct. 6) @ Kansas Speedway. kansasspeedway.com

Oct. 5: Run for the Penguins @ Kansas City Zoo. kansascityzoo.org

Oct. 6: Walk to End Alzheimer’s @ Corporate Woods. alwalkkc.org

Charlotte Bobcats vs. Miami Heat

Oct. 11: Without a National Basketball Association franchise to call their own, professional basketball fans in Kansas City have to content themselves with a single preseason exhibition game at the Sprint Center. But what a game! The Miami Heat claimed a second consecutive NBA championship on June 20. The team boasts LeBron James, Dwayne Wade, Chris Bosh and Mario “the Shot” Chalmers. The roster of the Charlotte Bobcats includes the towering rookie Cody Zeller and point guard Kemba Walker. Tickets range from $16 to $251 in advance through axs.com.

Oct. 11: U.S. Men’s Soccer Team vs. Jamaica in World Cup Qualifier @ Sporting Park.

sportingkc.com

WWE SmackDown

Oct. 15: Soap operas are no match for World Wrestling Entertainment. Each WWE event is a muscle-bound morality play replete with outsized personalities, feigned violence and as much melodrama as an entire season of “The Young and the Restless.” Campy and patently absurd, the nationally televised WWE SmackDown starring self-styled “superstars” including Randy Orton offers spectacularly entertaining sensory overload. Tickets for the Sprint Center showdown range from $15 to $95 in advance through axs.com.

Oct. 19: International Lineman’s Rodeo @ National Agricultural Center & Hall of Fame. aghalloffame.com

Oct. 19: Waddell & Reed Kansas City Marathon @ Washington Square Park. kcmarathon.org

Missouri Mavericks (hockey) vs. Denver Cutthroats, Nov. 2; vs. Wichita Thunder, Nov. 8; vs. St. Charles Chill, Nov. 22-23, vs. Quad City Mallards, Nov. 27; vs. Tulsa Oilers, Nov. 29, vs. Wichita Thunder, Nov. 30; vs. Wichita Thunder, Dec. 6, vs. Arizona Sundogs, Dec. 7 and 10; vs. Allen Americans, Dec. 14; vs. St. Charles Chill, Dec. 20; vs. Tulsa Oilers, Dec. 31; Independence Events Center. missouri mavericks.com

Nov. 25-26: CBE Hall of Fame Classic @ Sprint Center. sprintcenter.com

PERFORMING ARTS

Aug. 30-Sept. 28: “The Tallest Tree in the Forest” @ Kansas City Rep Copaken Stage. kcrep.org

Sept. 2: Kansas City Symphony, “Pops in the Park” @ Shawnee Mission Park. kcsymphony.org

Sept. 3-15: “Long Day’s Journey Into Night,” Kansas City Actors Theatre @ H&R Block City Stage Theater. kcactors.org

Sept. 4-29: “Venus in Fur” @ Unicorn Theatre. unicorntheatre.org

Sept. 6: Kansas City Symphony, Free Happy Hour Concert, “Beethoven and Brahms” @ Kauffman Center. kcsymphony.org

Sept. 6: Perpetual Motion: Aerial Magic, Live! in the Crossroads @ Mid-America Arts Alliance. maaa.org

Sept. 7-13: “Miss Saigon” @ Starlight. kcstarlight.com

Sept. 9: Allegresse @ Carlsen Center Recital Hall. jccc.edu/music/ruel-joyce-jazz.html

Sept. 12-Oct. 6: “The Rainmaker” @ Metropolitan Ensemble Theatre. metkc.org

Sept. 14-15: Kansas City Symphony, “Rewind: Celebrating the Music of the ’80s” starring Sheena Easton and Sam Harris @ Kauffman Center’s Helzberg Hall. kcsymphony.org

Sept. 16-17: Blue Man Group @ Lied Center. lied.ku.edu

Sept. 20-Oct. 6: “Spring Awakening” @ Barn Players Theatre. thebarnplayers.org

Sept. 20-21: Wylliams-Henry Contemporary Dance @ UMKC White Recital Hall.

wylliams-henry.org

The Owen/Cox Dance Group

Sept. 21-22: The artistic daring and innate playfulness of the Owen/Cox Dance Group makes it one of the most vital artistic entities in Kansas City. The troupe opens its seventh season with Jennifer Owen’s interpretation of Igor Stravinsky’s “Petrouchka” at Polsky Theater. Students and faculty from Park University’s International Center for Music will join the members of the Owen/Cox Dance Group in a performance set to solo piano. Tickets are $20 in advance through jccc.edu/theseries.com.

‘The Capulets & the Montagues’

Sept. 21-29: The casting of opera superstar Joyce DiDonato as Romeo in Vincenzo Bellini’s version of the Romeo and Juliet story adds an additional layer of intrigue to the profoundly dramatic Italian opera. The native of Prairie Village’s gender-bending performance as Romeo garnered rapturous reviews in San Francisco last year. The production at the Kauffman Center promises to be one of the most memorable in the 54-year history of the Lyric Opera. Tickets range from $25 to $140 in advance through kauffmancenter.org.

Sept. 22: Kansas City Symphony, “Beethoven Lives Upstairs” @ Kauffman Center’s Helzberg Hall. kcsymphony.org

Sept. 24-Nov. 9: “How I Became a Pirate” @ H&R Block City Stage. tya.org

Sept. 27-28: “New Dance Partners” @ Yardley Hall. jccc.edu/theseries

Sept. 30: Alan Wenger, trumpet, and Mia Hynes, piano @ Carlsen Center’s Recital Hall. jccc.edu/music/ruel-joyce-jazz.html

Oct. 4-Nov. 2: “Carrie the Musical” @ Off Center Theatre. egadstheatre.com

Oct. 4: Dance Theatre of Harlem @ Kauffman Center’s Muriel Kauffman Theatre.

hjseries.org

Oct. 4-6: Kansas City Symphony, Symphonic Dances, plus Mendelssohn’s Violin Concerto @ Kauffman Center’s Helzberg Hall. kcsymphony.org

Oct. 4: “Men Are From Mars — Women Are From Venus — Live” @ Midland. midlandkc.com

Oct. 6: Accordone: Folk Traditions of Southern Italy @ Folly Theater. hjseries.org

Oct. 9-27: “Dracula: The Journal of Jonathan Harker” @ Coterie Theatre. coterietheatre.org

Oct. 9-27: “Wicked” @ Music Hall. kansascity.broadway.com

Oct. 10-12: Ailey II @ Folly Theater. follytheater.com

Oct. 11-Nov. 3: “The Foreigner,” Kansas City Repertory Theatre @ Spencer Theatre. kcrep.org

Oct. 11-20: Kansas City Ballet, “Fancy Free, Allegro Brillante, Plus 2 Premieres” @ Kauffman Center’s Muriel Kauffman Theatre. kcballet.org

Oct. 16: Kansas City Symphony, Free Happy Hour Concert, “Mozart Quintets” @ Kauffman Center’s Helzberg Hall. kcsymphony.org

Oct. 16-Nov. 10: “Seminar” @ Unicorn Theatre. unicorntheatre.org

Oct. 19: Abyssinian: A Gospel Celebration featuring the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis and Chorale Le Chateau @ Kauffman Center. hjseries.org

Oct. 20: Musica Sacra, “Hayden: Mass in Time of War” @ St. Francis Xavier Church. rockhurst.edu/center-arts-letters/musica-sacra- kansas-city

Oct. 23: “Splat the Cat” @ Folly Theater. follytheater.org

Oct. 25: Hal Holbrook in “Mark Twain Tonight” @ Lied Center. lied.ku.edu

Oct. 25-27: Kansas City Symphony, Symphonic Poetry: Tchaikovsky and Liszt @ Kauffman Center’s Helzberg Hall. kcsymphony.org

Oct. 31-Dec 15: “Forever Plaid” @ Chestnut Fine Arts Center. chestnutfinearts.com

Oct. 31: Screenland at the Symphony: “The Phantom of the Opera” @ Kauffman Center’s Helzberg Hall. kcsymphony.org

Nov. 1-3: Kansas City Symphony, Second Piano Concerto, Tchaikovsky’s “Romeo and Juliet” @ Kauffman Center’s Helzberg Hall. kcsymphony.org

Nov. 6-Jan. 19: “Never Too Late” starring George Wendt @ New Theatre Restaurant. newtheatre. com

Nov. 7-Dec. 1: “How to Succeed in Business Without Even Trying” @ Metropolitan Ensemble Theatre. metkc.org

Nov. 7: Shanghai Ballet “The Butterfly Lovers” @ Yardley Hall. jccc.edu/theseries

Nov. 9-17: “The Magic Flute,” Lyric Opera @ Kauffman Center’s Muriel Kauffman Theatre, kcopera.org

Nov. 9: “Red, Black & Green: A Blues” @ Lied Center. lied.ku.edu

Nov. 10: Wild Kingdom with Peter Gros @ Yardley Hall. jccc.edu/theseries

Nov. 12-Jan. 5: “The Wiz” @ Coterie Theatre. coterietheatre.org

Nov. 15: “Beyond Glory” with Stephen Lang @ Yardley Hall. jccc.edu/theseries

Nov. 22-Dec. 26: “A Christmas Carol,” Kansas City Repertory Theatre @ Spencer Theatre. kcrep.org

Nov. 22-24: Kansas City Symphony, Mozart’s “Paris,” plus Fauré’s “Requiem @ Kauffman Center’s Helzberg Hall. kcsymphony.org

Nov. 26-Dec. 28: “The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe” @ H&R Block City Stage. tya.org

Nov. 29-Dec. 1: Kansas City Symphony, “Symphonie Fantastique,” with Chopin @ Kauffman Center’s Helzberg Hall. kcsymphony.org

Nov. 29-Dec. 22: “The Santaland Diaries,” Kansas City Repertory Theatre @ Copaken Stage. kcrep.org

Dec. 2: Canadian Brass Holiday Concert with organist Douglas Reed @ Kauffman Center’s Helzberg Hall. hjseries.org

Dec. 4-29: “Clybourne Park” @ Unicorn Theatre. unicorntheatre.org

Dec. 5-22: “A Spectacular Christmas” @ Off Center Theatre. mthkc.com

Dec. 6-8: Handel’s Messiah with Independence Messiah Choir and Kansas City Symphony and Chorus @ Kauffman Center’s Helzberg Hall. cofchrist.org/dome_spire

Dec. 6-9: TubaChristmas 2013 @ Kauffman Center. kcsymphony. org

Dec. 7-24: Kansas City Ballet, “The Nutcracker” @ Kauffman Center’s Muriel Kauffman Theatre. kcballet.org

Dec. 7: The Sound of Christmas, Elisabeth Von Trapp with Alpine Brass @ Yardley Hall. jccc.edu/theseries

Dec. 10-15: “Beauty and the Beast” @ Music Hall. kansascity.broadway.com

Dec. 13-15: “6x10: The Annual 10-minute Play Festival” @ Barn Players Theatre. thebarnplayers.org

Dec. 13-15: “The Nativity,” Paul Mesner Puppets @ Grace and Holy Trinity Cathedral. paulmesnerpuppets.org

Dec. 13: Texas Tenors with the Kansas City Symphony @ Kauffman Center’s Helzberg Hall. kcsymphony.org

Dec 20-22: “Dickens Carolers Concert” @ Chestnut Fine Arts Center. chestnutfinearts.com

Dec. 21-22: Owen/Cox Dance Group @ Polsky Theater. jccc.edu/theseries

Dec. 19-22: Kansas City Symphony, Christmas Festival @ Kauffman Center’s Helzberg Hall. kcsymphony.org

Dec. 27-31: “Ring Out the Old, Sing in the New!” @ Chestnut Fine Arts Center. chestnutfinearts.com

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