Fall events: KC’s guide to festivals, concerts, games and more

From the Renaissance Festival, to the American Royal World Series of Barbecue, to the Plaza Art Fair, to Amy Schumer and Hannibal Buress, here’s a rundown things to see and do in Kansas City this fall.

Milk Carton Kids bring their sweet harmonies to Liberty Hall

The acoustic musical duo Milk Carton Kids of Joey Ryan and Kenneth Pattengale performs Sunday, Aug. 28, at Liberty Hall in Lawrence.

Behind the scenes with Morgan Dameron, returning to KC for her feature film debut

After working as J.J. Abrams’ assistant (and having a “Star Wars” character named after her), Morgan Dameron is in Kansas City for her movie, which oozes a Midwest sensibility. The sites. The people. And, oh, the humidity. The fledgling writer/director’s movie is called “Different Flowers.”

Royals tattoo and film now shooting in KC prove star’s hometown pride

David Dastmalchian, who co-starred in “Ant-Man” and the upcoming “Blade Runner” and “Twin Peaks,” is back in Kansas City to film his indie drama “All Creatures Here Below” and to reconnect with his roots.

Aussie pop punks 5 Seconds of Summer incites a loud response at the Sprint Center

More than 10,000 girls and young women tested the limits of their lungs and vocal cords as they loudly professed their adoration for the Australian quartet throughout its one hour, 45-minute performance of melodic rock in the vein of Green Day. The concert also included sets from Hey Violet and Roy English.

Beach House enraptures Uptown Theater crowd with waves of ambiance, dissonance

Saturday night, a crowd of about 1,000 gathered at the Uptown Theater to listen to Beach House, whose sound was fortified with a live drummer and another band member who added live and programmed sounds. For 90 minutes, they unleashed ripples and surges of sounds, some of it fuzzy, virulent and stormy, some of it gauzy, tranquil and dreamy.

Pawns and Pints board game cafe plans October opening in the Crossroads

Customers can pay $5 for unlimited board game play and can choose from more than 500 board games — Pandemic, Twilight Struggle, Age of Steam, Pathfinder, chess, Scrabble and more. Pawns and Pints, at 221 Southwest Blvd., also will offer coffee, craft beers, sandwiches and snacks.

Reporter Kacie McDonnell is leaving KSHB for job on East Coast

Kacie McDonnell had been a part of Sporting Kansas City’s telecasts and with KSHB-TV for the better part of two years, but she announced Friday she is leaving for an undisclosed job on the East Coast.

Snoop Dogg, Wiz Khalifa throw a marijuana-themed party in KC

Snoop Dogg demonstrated that he remains capable of creating menacing music and he was clearly energized by Wiz Khalifa, the Pittsburgh rapper and pop star. Both performed at Providence Amphitheater Thursday.

Billy Bob Thornton delivers a spirited evening of well-crafted songs

Billy Bob Thornton brought the Boxmasters to Knuckleheads, where a crowd of more than 900 watched the Oscar-winning actor deliver a 90-minute-plus set of songs that swayed from jangly pop and rock to country/Americana anthems and ballads.

Down the Aisle: Rap, ‘Star Wars’ made this KC wedding special

Kersee and Drew Meyer of Roeland Park are passionate about “Star Wars,” rap and each other. They celebrated their love with a nerd-approved Kansas City wedding in June.

Freddy’s Frozen Custard & Steakburgers opens in Belton

The Wichita-based Freddy’s serves lean ground beer steakburgers, Vienna beef hot dogs, shoestring fries and frozen custard desserts. The company has 210 restaurants in 30 states.

Q39’s bar manager talks barbecue, Bloody Marys, Paris of the Plains festival

Jenn Tosatto is a very busy bartender. Between working on her first cocktail menu for Q39, she’s planning to participate in several events at this weekend’s Paris of the Plains cocktail festival.

The Dixie Chicks hatch a sold-out Sprint Center show

After avoiding the spotlight for much of the last 10 years, the Dixie Chicks are back with a North American tour that stops at the Sprint Center on Tuesday, Aug. 30.

UMKC student is all about that KC jazz

Macy Layne volunteers to do social media for KC Jazz Alive, a nonprofit that promotes and supports the local jazz community. Her latest project: getting the word out about the third annual Charlie Parker Celebration.

Hampton Stevens’ InkTakeover trip around KC

Ink’s guest Instagrammer Hampton Stevens visits Gates, the Ethnic Enrichment Festival, Liberty Memorial and more. Plus, meet Ginger, the cutest pit bull ever.

Chipotle’s Kansas, Missouri happy hour specials offer half-price, BOGO drinks

After a late 2015 foodborne illness crisis, Chipotle has been wooing back customers with free food, a new loyalty program , new menu items and now happy hours specials.

Apple Country Club Plaza — not ‘store’ — aims to be a gathering place

Apple is the first store to open in the redeveloped Halls Plaza building, now called Plaza 211. The new store features a 6K video wall and retail items in a “boutique” setting. Also, Buffalo Wings & Rings is eying the local market.

More Crushed Red pizza, salads for KC; Buffalo Wings & Rings seeks KC franchisees

A Crushed Red franchisee is opening an Overland Park location later this year. Now a new area franchisee plans at least 20 unites in Kansas, Arkansas, Oklahoma and northern Texas. Buffalo Wings & Rings is opening a Wichita restaurant and is eying the Kansas City market.

Neighborhood Cafe plans opening in Waldo, with weekend all-you-can-eat specials

The breakfast/lunch/dinner operation is scheduled to open at 6 a.m. Aug. 25 at 7531 Wornall Road, next to Lew’s Grill and Bar. It will serve breakfast all day, offer handmade shakes and its famous cinnamon rolls, along with weekend specials like Sunday fried chicken. It also will be open 24 hours on Fridays and Saturdays.