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Weekend swings with big bands

We need to stay in touch with our musical past to feel the swing again in its most exciting form, to be reminded of when that old music was new and edgy, to be reminded of what worked then and what still works now. We have two great opportunities to do that this weekend, with the Kansas City Jazz Orchestra and a return appearance by the Count Basie Orchestra.

Bieber trial delayed on DUI, other charges to July

Trial was delayed Wednesday until July for pop star Justin Bieber on driving under the influence and other charges after his lawyers asked for more time to examine evidence and discuss whether to accept a possible plea deal.

Back to Rockville

Pre-sale for McCartney tickets starts Friday morning

Early birds get the best seats or at least the seats they want. So if you’re planning going to the Paul McCartney show at the Sprint Center on July 16, you can jump into the presale from 10 a.m. Friday to 10 p.m. Sunday. Go here for the presale. The password will be MARTHA. The regular sale starts at 10 a.m. Monday. | Timothy Finn, The Star

Arcade Fire’s Starlight Theatre show highlights a busy week for live music

Live music’s busy season is now upon us. Here’s a look at some of the best shows rolling into town over the next week or so. Arcade Fire’s previous Kansas City show, in April 2011, topped many best-concert lists that year. This time, the seven-member band is touring on “Reflektor,” its most-recent album, and one that requires a larger ensemble of musicians.




Unicorn Theatre enters a new stage: building owner

The Unicorn Theatre passed a milestone a week ago. After almost a solid year of fundraising, the nonprofit theater company owns its physical home near 39th and Main streets outright. The company also paid tribute to longtime artistic director Cynthia Levin and it announced its 2014-15 season.

Arts and books

Saudi Arabian prince promotes Nelson-Atkins exhibit, and his own nation, on a visit to Kansas City

His Royal Highness Prince Sultan bin Salman bin Abdulaziz Al-Saud, a grandson of Saudi Arabia’s ruler, came to Kansas City for opening ceremonies of the “Roads of Arabia” exhibition at the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art on Wednesday. Museum officials and the prince himself say the collection of 200-plus artifacts, excavated over the last four decades, shows that Arabia was not some distant desert outpost but a center of culture and innovation.