Kansas City LGBT Film Festival
Opens 7 p.m. Thursday, June 22, at Tivoli
Billed as “the Midwest’s Most Fabulous Film Festival,” this annual event will present an array of shorts and full-length flicks over eight days. Among the highlights are the opening-night showing of “The Lavender Scare,” a screening of “Something Like Summer” with special guests at 7:30 p.m. Saturday and “Hello Again,” an adaptation of Michael John LaChiusa’s celebrated 1994 off-Broadway musical, at 7:45 p.m. Monday. Runs through June 29. outherenow.com. $9.
Big Slick Celebrity Weekend
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Softball game, 5 p.m. Friday, June 23, at Kauffman Stadium
Big Slick Block Party and Bowling Tournament, 8:30 a.m. Saturday, June 24, at Prairiefire
Big Slick Party and Auction, 6:30 p.m. Saturday, June 24, at Arvest Bank Theatre at the Midland
Your best chances to see hosts Rob Riggle, Paul Rudd, Jason Sudeikis, Eric Stonestreet and David Koechner along with other celebrities: Buy a ticket for the Royals-Blue Jays game Friday and arrive early enough to watch the softball game, or check out arriving stars on the red carpet Saturday morning at Prairiefire. bigslickkc.org. Auction sold out; check website for other events.
“Dignity vs. Despair: Dorothea Lange and Depression-Era Photographers, 1933-1941”
Runs Friday, June 23 through Nov. 26 at Nelson-Atkins Museum
One of the most iconic photos in U.S. history is Dorothea Lange’s “Migrant Mother,” which she captured in 1936 as part of a Farm Security Administration project documenting Americans’ struggles during the Great Depression. This exhibition highlights Lange’s images from the era, as well as those of Walker Evans, Arthur Rothstein, Marion Post Wolcott and Peter Sekaer. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Wednesday and Saturday-Sunday, 10 a.m.-9 p.m. Thursday-Friday. 816-751-1278. nelson-atkins.org. Free.
Royals vs. Toronto
7:15 p.m. Friday, June 23, and 1:15 p.m. Saturday-Sunday, June 24-25, at Kauffman Stadium
The Royals escaped the funk they experienced in April when they endured a nine-game losing streak, and now they’ve finally put together a stretch that makes you think they can surge to the top of the American League Central Division. Entering this week, they were in third place, just 3 1/2 games behind first-place Cleveland. The Blue Jays have an identical 33-35 record, so this should be a good matchup. 800-676-9257. kansascity.royals.mlb.com. $22-$140.
Opens 8 p.m. Friday, June 23, at Starlight Theatre
The musical that combines ABBA songs with the tale of a woman, a daughter and three possible fathers has been around for nearly 20 years and has become a surefire hit wherever in the world it plays, including long runs on Broadway and in London’s West End. “Dancing Queen,” “S.O.S.,” “Super Trouper,” “Take a Chance on Me” and “The Winner Takes It All” are among the featured songs. Runs through Sunday, June 25. 816-363-7827. kcstarlight.com. $14-$137.
Kansas City Dance Festival Main Event
7:30 p.m. Saturday, June 24, at Folly
Artists from the Kansas City Ballet, Miami City Ballet, Pennsylvania Ballet, Richmond Ballet and Finnish National Ballet will combine to present contemporary dance and classical ballet performances designed to inspire passion for the arts. Among the dances will be five world premieres and Christopher Wheeldon’s “Polyphonia” pas de deux. 816-474-4444. kcdancefestival.com or follytheater.org. $45-$100.
Maker Faire Kansas City
10 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday, June 24, and 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday, June 25, at Union Station
Creative folks ranging from crafters to physicists will show off the products of their imaginations, research and hard work at this gathering. In addition to projects, experiments and inventions, there will be special presentations such as the Katjes Magic Candy Factory, the Strawberry Swing Indie Craft Fair and the Maker Couture Fashion Show. Other highlights: the KCPT kidszone, Lowriders Car Show and Competition, and live entertainment. 816-460-2091. kansascity.makerfaire.com. Single day, $13-$16; weekend, $20-$25.
Tour de Lakes
7 a.m. Saturday, June 24, in Lee’s Summit
If bikes and lakes are your thing, this is the event for you. With a choice of courses covering 10, 32, 56 and 64 miles, riders will have the option of circling as few as one lake (Longview) and as many as five lakes (Longview, Raintree, Lakewood, Blue Springs and Jacomo). The start and finish for all routes will be in the parking lot of the Longview Recreation Center on the campus of Longview Community College. Register online or by calling Lee’s Summit Parks and Recreation at 816-969-1500. tourdelakes.org. $25-$30.
Future Stages Festival
11 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday, June 25, at Kauffman Center
Twenty-seven area youth groups will perform throughout the day in Muriel Kauffman Theatre and Helzberg Hall and on the St. Luke’s Outdoor Stage during this fourth annual free community event. Performance groups were selected through an application process and represent a wide variety of arts disciplines. The festival will include interactive activities for all ages. 816-994-7222. kauffmancenter.org/futurestages. Free.
#Imomsohard: “Mom’s Night Out: Summer Break Tour”
3 and 7 p.m. Sunday, June 25, at Arvest Bank Theatre at the Midland
Unless you find discussions of nipple hair and other such motherly topics unfunny, you’ll probably love the women of #Imomsohard. Kristin Hensley and Jen Smedley, native Nebraskans turned Los Angeles comics turned Facebook and internet sensations, are taking their mom-centric show — and their kids — on the road. You don’t have to be a mom to enjoy them, but it doesn’t hurt. 816-283-9921. midlandkc.com. $38.75-$48.75.
Opens 8 p.m. Tuesday, June 27, at Starlight Theatre
The Broadway run of “Jersey Boys” lasted 4,642 performances and more than 11 years before ending in January. But the Great White Way’s loss is our gain, as the Broadway National Tour arrives at Starlight with the musical about the rise of Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons from blue-collar New Jersey guys to Rock and Roll Hall of Famers. It features hits such as “Sherry,” “Big Girls Don’t Cry,” “Rag Doll” and “Can’t Take My Eyes Off You.” Runs through July 2. 816-363-7827. kcstarlight.com. $15-$146.
7:30 p.m. Wednesday, June 28, at Lawrence Arts Center
Nikki Glaser might be the perfect performer to highlight the Free State Festival, given her background and the free state of her comedy. The St. Louis native and University of Kansas alum is known to be frank about sex during her stand-up act, as she was on “Not Safe With Nikki Glaser,” her Comedy Central show that was canceled after one season last year. Glaser was named one of Variety’s 10 Comics to Watch in 2015. Free State Festival runs Tuesday, July 27, through July 2. 785-843-2787. freestatefestival.org. $30 (prices vary for other festival events).
Also this week
Classical music and dance
Kansas City Baroque Consortium Summer Series, June 24, St. Paul’s Episcopal Church. kcbaroque.org
“The Ironing Man,” KC MeltingPot Theatre, June 22-July 2, Just Off Broadway Theatre. kcmeltingpot.com
Dean Edwards, June 22-24, Kansas City Improv. improvkc.com
Hodge Twins, June 25, Kansas City Improv. improvkc.com
Music (rock, pop, jazz)
Chase Rice, June 22, Kansas City Live. powerandlightdistrict.com
Country Stampede Music Festival, June 22-24, Manhattan. countrystampede.com
Joe Jackson, June 23, Uptown. uptowntheater.com
Members Only, June 23, Kansas City Live. powerandlightdistrict.com
Crossroads Jammin’ Reggae Fest featuring The Wailing Souls, The Itals, Sister Carol and more, June 24, Crossroads KC. crossroadskc.com
Easton Corbin, June 24, Ameristar. ameristar.com
Kansas City Kansas Street Blues Festival, June 24, Kansas City, Kan. facebook.com/KCK-Street-Blues-Fest-449797298438662
Blue October, June 25, VooDoo. voodookc.com
Poptone, June 25, Madrid. madridtheatre.com
Barns Courtney, June 26, RecordBar. therecordbar.com
B.o.B, June 26, Riot Room. theriotroom.com
Great Lenexa BBQ Battle, June 23-24, Sar-Ko-Par Trails Park. lenexa.com/bbq
Heart of America Belly Dance Festival, June 23-25, Camelot Ballroom, Overland Park. heartofamericabellydance.com
Just for Her Event, June 23-25, Overland Park Convention Center. justforherevent.com
Waterfest, June 23-25, Excelsior Springs. exspgschamber.com/waterfest.html
Breakfast & Garden Tour, June 24, Bingham-Waggoner Estate. bwestate.org
Blues & BBQ, June 24, Sherwood Center. sherwoodcenter.salsalabs.org/bbq2017
Jesse James Outlaw Airshow, June 24-25, Midwest National Air Center. nkcairshow.com
Kansas City Nanobrew Festival, June 24, Berkley Riverfront Park. kcnanobrews.com
Stems: A Garden Soirée, June 24, Overland Park Arboretum & Botanical Gardens. stemssoiree.org
Westport Beer Festival, June 24, McCoy’s Public House. beerkc.com/westportbeerfest
Urbana KC, June 25, Power & Light District. powerandlightdistrict.com
Kansas City T-Bones vs. vs. Sioux City, June 22-25, CommunityAmerica Ballpark. tbonesbaseball.com
Youth Triathlon, June 25, Jewish Community Campus. thejkc.org