Opens Thursday, Oct. 20, at Metropolitan Ensemble Theatre
This mystery comedy has a lot of twists and turns — and laughs. It involves the relationship between a writer of Broadway thrillers who is struggling to generate a new play and a college student who has penned a very good new play. Written by Ira Levin in 1978, “Deathtrap” remains the longest-running comedy-thriller in Broadway history. 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 20; runs through Nov. 5. Metropolitan Ensemble Theatre. 816-569-3226. metkc.org. $15-$49.
Thursday-Sunday, Oct. 20-23, at Bartle Hall
You probably can take care of all your Christmas shopping with one trip to the Holiday Mart. More than 200 specialty retailers and 20,000 attendees are expected for the four-day upscale shopping event. The Junior League of Kansas City, Missouri, has raised nearly $10 million for community projects since the event’s inception in 1988. 9 a.m.-9 p.m. Thursday-Friday, Oct. 20-21; 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 22; 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Sunday, Oct. 23. Bartle Hall. jlkc.org/?nd=holiday_mart. $8-$30.
Kansas City Symphony, “Stern Conducts Mozart’s Requiem”
Thursday-Sunday, Oct. 20-23, at Kauffman Center
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart died in 1791 before he finished composing Requiem in D Minor, and it was completed by his friend Franz Xaver Süssmayr. The Kansas City Symphony, under the direction of Michael Stern, will perform the masterpiece with help from the Kansas City Symphony Chorus. Organist Paul Jacobs also will join the Symphony for Alexandre Guilmant’s Symphony No. 1 for Organ and Orchestra. 7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 20; 8 p.m. Friday-Saturday, Oct. 21-22; 2 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 23. Helzberg Hall, Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts. 816-994-7222. kcsymphony.org. $38-$88.
Thursday, Oct. 20, at Folly
Chances are you have heard Maria Bamford even if you’ve never seen her. The comedian provides the voices of characters in multiple animated series, including “WordGirl” on PBS and “Adventure Time” on the Cartoon Network. She also stars in her own semi-autobiographical comedy series on Netflix, “Lady Dynamite,” and is known for her unique stand-up comedy act, which features jokes about depression and anxiety. 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 20. Folly Theater. 816-474-4444. follytheater.org. $30-$35.
Friday, Oct. 21, at Uptown
It was a long trip from playing Tim Whatley the dentist on “Seinfeld” to playing Walter White the drug dealer on “Breaking Bad.” Bryan Cranston, the actor who was responsible for both characters and many more on TV and in movies, will no doubt discuss all of them when he appears for his memoir, “A Life in Parts.” 8 p.m. Friday, Oct. 21. Uptown Theater. 816-753-8665 or 913-384-3126. uptowntheater.com or rainydaybooks.com. $35.
Friday, Oct. 21, at Yardley Hall
Although he has retired from “A Prairie Home Companion,” Garrison Keillor hasn’t retired from performing. In fact, his solo show features a lot of the storytelling, insights and music that made his radio show so popular. He might even sneak in an update of Lake Wobegon, where all the women are strong, all the men are good looking and all the children are above average. 8 p.m. Friday, Oct. 21. Yardley Hall in the Carlsen Center, Johnson County Community College. 913-469-4445. jccc.edu/theseries. $24-$88.
Art of Time Ensemble, “Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band”
Saturday, Oct. 22, at Yardley Hall
This is the final stop of a monthlong tour for the Art of Time Ensemble, a 12-member Canadian group led by concert pianist Andrew Burashko that fuses high art and popular culture. The show re-imagines the Beatles’ album, “Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band,” which Rolling Stone magazine called “the most important rock ’n’ roll album ever made.” 8 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 22. Yardley Hall in the Carlsen Center, Johnson County Community College. 913-469-4445. jccc.edu/theseries. $17-$45.
Saturday, Oct. 22, at Kauffman Center
Baby boomers who listened to radios in 1977 might still have the Kansas song “Carry on Wayward Son” stuck in their heads. That ditty was from the album “Leftoverture,” and the Topeka-born band (which now includes two original members) is touring to celebrate the album’s 40th anniversary. The concert also will feature new songs from the group’s recently released album, “The Prelude Implicit.” 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 22. Muriel Kauffman Theatre, Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts. 816-994-7222. kauffmancenter.org. $39-$49.
Missouri Mavericks vs. Indianapolis
Saturday, Oct. 22, at Silverstein Eye Centers Arena
The Mavericks will open their 2016-17 season with a bit of a chip on their shoulders. Last season they had the best record in the ECHL, won the Central Division and set a franchise record for most victories, but they lost in the second round of the playoffs. The team, which is affiliated with the National Hockey League’s New York Islanders, start the new season with three road games before playing this home opener against the Indianapolis Fuel. 7:05 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 22. Silverstein Eye Centers Arena. 816-252-7825. missourimavericks.com. $16-$39.
Chiefs vs. New Orleans
Sunday, Oct. 23, at Arrowhead Stadium
When the Chiefs take the field against the New Orleans Saints, it will have been nearly a month since they last played at home. After games at Pittsburgh and Oakland sandwiched around an off week, they no doubt are ready for some home cookin’ at Arrowhead. The defense-challenged Saints could be just the recipe for success. Noon Sunday, Oct. 23. Arrowhead Stadium. 816-920-9300. chiefs.com. $45-$315.
Sporting Kansas City vs. San Jose
Sunday, Oct. 23, at Children’s Mercy Park
This will be the final match of an up-and-down regular season for Sporting, which still has hopes of reaching the Major League Soccer playoffs. Kansas City lost 1-0 to the Earthquakes on April 24 but beat them 2-1 on Sept. 24; both games were in San Jose. 3 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 23. Children’s Mercy Park. 913-387-3400. sportingkc.com. $20-$280.
World Series of Barbecue
Wednesday-Sunday, Oct. 26-30, at Kansas Speedway
After one year at Arrowhead Stadium, the world’s largest barbecue competition will move to Kansas and will be held four weeks later. Last year’s event set records with more than 600 teams competing and nearly 50,000 people attending. The Invitational Grand Champion will take home $10,000. Wednesday-Sunday, Oct. 26-30. Kansas Speedway. 816-221-9800. americanroyal.com. $15-$20.