Charity Chili Cook-off: At VolunteerMark’s cook-off — 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. Saturday at Hope Faith Ministries, 705 Virginia Ave. — sign up to volunteer for a cause and eat chili. $5, or a donation of a toiletry item (soap, shampoo, socks, undergarments, etc.) 816-471-4673.
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The Crown Center Ice Terrace opens for the season on Friday. Yep, you read that right. The public outdoor skating rink opens for its 41st season this weekend. Where did the year go? Regular admission is $6; free for adults over 60 and children 4 and younger. Watch for two-for-one admissions on Tuesdays after 5 p.m., skate rental fees not included. For group rates, group reservations and info about private parties, call 816-274-8411.
— The Kansas City Star
Downtown Lee’s Summit Holiday Open House: Shop. Take a class from a merchant. Shop more. Downtown will be dressed for the holidays: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturday, noon to 5 p.m. Sunday. downtownls.org.
KC Black Expo: The three-day KC Black Expo is devoted to “diverse and inclusive community growth, economic empowerment and family enrichment while enhancing and celebrating the African-American community, legacy and culture.” In addition to shopping and dining opportunities, attendees will have access to a medical mall and computer training. A lot of people, however, will come solely for the music. Friday’s Teen Swaggfest show showcases young artists Coco Jones, Young Marcus, Lela Brown and Torion. Saturday’s Master of Funk concert features hit makers including the Bar-Kays, the Dazz Band, Brick and a Taste of Honey. Nov. 1-3. Bartle Hall. 816-561-3730. kcblackexpo.com. Ticket prices are TBA.
From the artist
— From the artist
Jordi Savall and Hespèrion XXI: The Indiana Jones of classical music, Jordi Savall has spent decades unearthing hidden works that have been lost to time. During Thursday’s program, “Blood and Honey: The Cycles of Life in the Mosaic of Christians, Sephardic Jews and Muslims of the Balkans,” Spanish native Savall will collaborate with musicians from seven nations in a performance that seeks to examine the ways in which music connects people of different faiths and ethnicities. The members of the elite, early-music ensemble Hespèrion XXI will employ instruments, including ouds and duduks, during the ambitious presentation. 8 p.m. Oct. 31. Folly Theater. 816-561-9999. chambermusic.org. Tickets are $30 and $40.
Screenland at the Symphony: “The Phantom of the Opera”: In spite of the amazing advances in special effects that have occurred in the past 88 years, few filmmakers have captured anything as disturbing as Lon Chaney’s character in the 1925 version of “The Phantom of the Opera.” The immortality of Chaney’s performance is based less on his unnerving makeup than on his talent as a thespian. The similarly accomplished Aaron David Miller will help transport the audience to Paris’ Palais Garnier as he accompanies a screening of the film on the Julia Irene Kauffman Casavant organ in Helzberg Hall. 7 p.m. Oct. 31. Helzberg Hall at the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts. 816-994-7200. kcsymphony.org. Tickets range from $25 to $45.
The Squidling Bros. Circus Sideshow: An updated celebration of sideshow freaks and agile bally girls, the Squidling Bros. Circus Sideshow is a fast-moving exhibition that capitalizes on the burlesque revival and the steampunk craze. Originating in Philadelphia, the troupe focuses less on dazzling feats than on horrifying stunts. In addition to time-honored exploits (sword-swallowing and fire-breathing), members of the cast insert staples and drills into various parts of their bodies. Other attractions include a “pin cushion girl” and an “inflatable boy.” Burlesque performances by locally based talents Annie Cherry and Violet Vendetta will complement the show. 10 p.m. Nov. 1. RecordBar. 816-753-5207. therecordbar.com. Tickets are $10 in advance.
Great Pumpkin Smash: With countless wild animals to feed and care for, the staff of the Kansas City Zoo knows the value of recycling. Rather than tossing decorative Halloween pumpkins in dumpsters, the orange fruit are presented to the zoo’s featured attractions on Saturday. Visitors will be able to watch animals including tigers, meerkats, monkeys and hippopotamuses interact with the orange orbs. In addition to viewing the animal enrichment activity, visitors may also check in on Ru and Junjie, the red pandas that were born at the zoo over the summer. Nov. 2. Kansas City Zoo. 816-513-5800. kansascityzoo.org. Admission to the zoo is $11.50 for adults, $10.50 for seniors, $8.50 for children ages 3-11. Residents of Clay and Jackson County pay reduced rates.
— The KANSAS CITY STAR
Missouri Mavericks vs. Denver Cutthroats: More cowbell! The first 1,000 fans at the home opener of the 2013-14 season of the Missouri Mavericks will receive free cowbells. The noisemakers will be used to root on the team that placed fifth in the Central Hockey League last season. The team was knocked out of postseason play in a playoff game in April. After opening the new season with five road matches, the Mavericks will face the Denver Cutthroats in Independence on Saturday. The Mavericks are led by the Quebec native Sébastien Thinel. Named the league’s most valuable player last season, Thinel finished with a league-best 96 points. 7 p.m. Nov. 2. Independence Events Center. 816-252-7825. missourimavericks.com. Tickets range from $16 to $38.
— The KANSAS CITY STAR
Guns N’ Hoses: Team Police or Team Firemen? That’s the decision facing supporters of many of the region’s bravest public servants as they watch over a dozen boxing matches on Saturday. Most of the bouts pit a police officer against a member of the fire department. Fighters represent both sides of the state line as well as both sexes. In addition to cheering on the action in the ring, spectators can bid on auction items that include stays in several rental properties. The money raised at the event goes to the families of public safety officers who were killed on the job. 7 p.m. Nov. 2. Kansas City Convention Center Grand Ballroom. 816-960-6800. kansascitygunsnhoses.com. General admission tickets are $25. Single table seats are $75. Seating for a table of 10 is $1,500.
Courtesy of the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art
— Courtesy of The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art
Day of the Dead Family Festival: Detractors of the arts might suggest that every day is a day of the dead at a museum. The engaging celebration of the Day of the Dead at the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art on Sunday, however, indicates that the arts are very much alive. Festivities acknowledging the traditional Mexican holiday include music by Trio Atzlan, Los Musicos and Mariachi Azteca Juvenil, and a performance by the El Grupo Atotonilco Mexican Folkloric Dance company. Members of the Latino Writers Collective and a storyteller will present their works. Patrons will also be given the opportunity to create Mexican-inspired art. 1 p.m. Nov. 3. The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art. 816-751-1278. nelson-atkins.org. Free.
— Erica Hernandez
Moon Hooch, Friday at Czar Bar: Moon Hooch is a jazz band for people who don’t like jazz. The Brooklyn-based trio delivers its propulsive dance music with the confrontational aggressiveness of a punk band. By applying elements of dubstep, reggae and funk into its loud brand of jazz during its frequent area appearances, Moon Hooch has earned a loyal fan base in Kansas City. Two locally based bands with similarly unconventional interpretations of jazz will open for Moon Hooch. The Wrong Kata Trio and the Jorge Arana Trio approach jazz from a dauntless perspective. Tickets are $5 in advance through czarkc.com.
— CHRISTIAN FAUSTUS
Mike Donovan, Friday at FOKL Center: Sic Alps, a band beloved by indie-rock obsessives, broke up earlier this year. The messy psychedelic sounds of the San Francisco-based band may have been silenced, but principal member Mike Donovan still carries the torch of the Sic Alps with a related form of off-kilter Americana. “Wot,” his new album for the Drag City record label, showcases Donovan as a weirdly compelling acoustic bluesman. The two locally based bands opening for Donovan promise to be significantly louder than the headliner. Lazy revives the original punk attack of the late 1970s. Sneaky Creeps makes intentionally wobbly punk. Cover charge is TBA.
— Stan Golovchuk
Robbie Fulks, Friday at Knuckleheads: Hank Williams was only 29 when he died in the back of a car on New Year’s Day in 1953. While he carries on Williams’ musical legacy, Robbie Fulks, 50, shows few signs of slowing down. Like Williams, Fulks has spent much of his career spitting in the eye of the country music establishment. The traditional sounds and defiant sentiments contained on the Chicago-based Fulks’ new “Gone Away Backward” album wouldn’t have sounded out of place 60 years ago. Dallas Wayne, a Texan who writes hilarious honky-tonk songs, and the Railers, a country band with roots in Missouri, open the show. Tickets are $15 in advance through knuckleheadshonkytonk.com.
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Apocalypse Meow, Friday-Saturday at Midwestern Musical Company (Friday) and Knuckleheads (Saturday): From tragedy comes triumph. Abigail Henderson, a co-founder of the Midwest Music Foundation, died in August after an extended struggle with breast cancer. The organization’s Musicians Health Care Fund has been renamed Abby’s Fund in her honor. The sixth-annual Apocalypse Meow benefit to raise money for the cause is an inspired two-day event. Henderson’s husband, Chris Meck, will lead a band Friday at the Midwestern Musical Co. The gothic country band the Silver Maggies will also perform. Eleven acts will appear on two stages at Knuckleheads on Saturday. Participants include the folk-rockers She’s a Keeper and the beloved singer/songwriter Howard Iceberg. Friday’s all-ages show at the Midwestern Musical Company, 1830 Locust, is free. Tickets to Saturday’s show at Knuckleheads are $10 in advance through knuckleheadshonkytonk.com.
— Will Kennedy
Chanté Moore, Saturday at the Folly Theater: “Chanté’s Got a Man” is one of the most notable self-referential songs in pop music history. The positive message of the enchanting 1999 ballad countered the harsh tone of many of the year’s R&B and hip-hop radio hits. The corresponding music video served as most people’s introduction to Moore’s rare beauty. While “Chanté’s Got a Man” remains her commercial pinnacle, Moore has remained active. She released her eighth studio album earlier this year and is a cast member of the reality show “R&B Divas: Los Angeles.” The captivating vocalist will be joined at the Folly Theater by comedian Damon Williams and aspiring singer Miss Tiff. Tickets range from $27 to $39 in advance through follytheater.com.
— Anna Webber
Deer Tick, Saturday at the Bottleneck: Deer Tick is an archetypal roots-rock band that’s celebrated by a small coterie of fans and is unjustly discounted by everyone else. The Providence-based band is capable of capturing the exuberance of Bruce Springsteen in one song and embodying the down-and-out heartache of Tom Waits on the next. Yet Deer Tick bandleader John McCauley isn’t a traditionalist. The appropriately titled new album “Negativity” evokes indie rock icons ranging from R.E.M. to the Replacements. Robert Ellis, an acclaimed singer/songwriter from Houston, opens the show. Tickets are $15 in advance through thebottlenecklive.com.
— Ryan Elizabeth/Max Kunakhovich
Nuthatch-47, Saturday at the RecordBar: The clever videos for Nuthatch-47’s amusing novelty songs “Facebook” and “Russian Gangster’s Grandma” have failed to attain the popularity of viral sensations by the likes of Ylvis and Psy. The public’s willingness to ignore Nuthatch-47 keep the self-described “angry Russian Midwest band” one of Kansas City’s best-kept secrets. It’s a shame. Nuthatch-47 plays with the manic intensity of the popular gypsy punk band Gogol Bordello. Maria the Mexican, a locally based roots-rock band fronted by sisters Teresa and Maria Elena Cuevas, and Jake Wesley Rogers, a synth-happy teen from Springfield, open the show. Tickets are $8 in advance through therecordbar.com.
— Michael Wilson
Lyle Lovett and John Hiatt, Sunday at the Uptown Theater: Previous collaborations between Guy Clark, Joe Ely, John Hiatt and Lyle Lovett in Kansas City have gradually achieved legendary status among aficionados of singer/songwriters. Hiatt and Lovett (above), the most commercially successful members of the venerable quartet, will revisit those memorable evenings as they trade songs and stories on Sunday. In addition to composing many of the most cherished songs of the past few decades —including Hiatt’s “Have a Little Faith In Me” and Lovett’s “If I Had a Boat” — both men possess droll wits that become even sharper in the other’s company. Tickets range from $23 to $125 in advance through ticketmaster.com.
Yo Gotti: Tuesday at the Uptown Theater: Unless their name is Jay-Z, Lil Wayne or Rick Ross, veteran rappers aren’t supposed to have radio hits. Yet Yo Gotti, 32, has defied the odds with his urgent new hit, “Act Right.” The thuggish Southern rapper has been releasing music for 13 years, an eternity in the hip-hop world. “Act Right” received a boost with a contribution from Young Jeezy, the menacing rapper who has modeled much of his career on the early work of Memphis’ Yo Gotti. Compton’s YG and Memphis’ Zed Zilla are among the plethora of additional rappers on Tuesday’s bill. Tickets are $25 in advance through ticketmaster.com.
— Pixie Mol
Crystal Antlers, Tuesday at the Replay: The seven years the members of Crystal Antlers have spent paying their dues are reaping dividends. “Nothing Is Real,” the California-based band’s third full-length album, has garnered rave reviews. A critic at Pitchfork, for instance, favorably compared the band’s mature new sound to the Pixies. The furious new material also contains elements of the work of luminaries including Nirvana and Pavement. While Crystal Antlers has yet to attain such lofty heights, similarly groundbreaking artistic achievements seem be within its reach. Kansas City’s Various Blonde, a similarly loud band with a penchant for progressive rock, opens the show. The cover charge is $3.