Overland Park & Leawood

Diversions: December events

Updated: 2013-11-27T01:39:34Z


Special to The Star

Dec. 4

An Evening With Chuck Haddix

Few people grasp the Kansas City music scene like Chuck Haddix. The author, historian and radio personality has hosted the popular “Fish Fry” program on KCUR since 1985. He’s also the director of UMKC’s Marr Sound Archives, a collection of 250,000 recordings. Haddix discusses and signs his latest book, “Bird: The Life and Music of Charlie Parker,” a biography that incorporates firsthand accounts of those who knew the saxophone legend. 7 p.m., Barnes & Noble, Town Center Plaza, 4751 W. 117th St. barnesandnoble.com. Free.

“The Sound of Christmas,” starring Elisabeth von Trapp with the Carolian Brass

Not only are the hills alive with the sound of music, but so is the JCCC campus. Elisabeth von Trapp is the granddaughter of the famed Maria and Baron von Trapp, whose story inspired “The Sound of Music.” She carries on the family legacy with “The Sound of Christmas,” performing Bach, Handel, Broadway melodies and, of course, tunes from the signature Rodgers and Hammerstein musical. 8 p.m., Johnson County Community College’s Yardley Hall, 12345 College Blvd. jccc.edu. $27-$80. (A pre-show dinner package is also available.)

The Nutcracker Tea Party

Tchaikovsky’s “Nutcracker” has nestled into holiday tradition as much as mistletoe and eggnog. Families are invited to experience the Nutcracker Tea Party, which delivers a one-hour version performed by the Legacy School of the Arts Dance Company. Patrons indulge in an enchanting tea party as well. Proceeds benefit public arts programs in Overland Park. Noon-2 p.m., Dec. 7; noon to 2 p.m. and 4 p.m.-6 p.m., Dec. 8. Ritz Charles, 9000 W. 137th St. artsandrec-op.org. $40 for adults; $25 for children; Free for children 3 and under.

Shooting Star Xmas Benefit Show for Harvesters

The early ’80s music scene in KC was dominated by Shooting Star. The rock act built a strong following on the strength of tunes such as “Last Chance,” “Breakout,” “Tonight” and “You Got What I Need,” enjoying airplay courtesy of being the first American band signed to the fledgling Virgin Records. The group — slimmed down to a quartet lineup — performs a benefit for Harvesters, the KC-based community food network with a mission to “feed hungry people today and work to end hunger tomorrow.” 8 p.m., Dec. 12. Kanza Hall, 7300 W. 119th St. oneblocksouthkc.com. $15-$20.

The 6th Annual 6x10 Play Festival

The Barn Players are known for their longevity, having maintained a troupe since 1955. Yet one of their signature events is an ode to brevity. The 6x10 Play Festival presents original works by regional playwrights. Each 10-minute play features its own director and cast. This year’s lineup includes: “Derek Jeter and the Blonde in the Tight Black Shirt with the Shiny Things on It” by Mark Bonavia; “The Birthday” by Teresa Leggard; “The Chargemaster” by Sofiana Olivera; “Finding Amelia” by Amanda Petefish-Schray; “Wishing Well” by Elissa Schrader; and “Good Timing For Bad Karma” by Mary L. Wilkens. 7:30 p.m., Dec. 13-14; 2 p.m., Dec. 15. The Barn Players Community Theatre, 6219 Martway. thebarnplayers.org. $10.

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