Founded in 1932 as a way to boost local spirits in the Great Depression, the fair enters its 81st year. The three-day affair includes 240 artists, live music from three stages and a mobile exhibit from the Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art. Artists from across the country take part, as Kansas City’s premier shopping district is blocked off to accommodate thousands of visitors. It runs from 5 to 10 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday. Find more information, including a complete list of participating artists, atcountryclubplaza.com/Events/Plaza-Art-Fair
.Frankie Valli the Four Seasons | Tuesday
Fifty years ago, the Four Seasons released their first national single, “Sherry.” The ditty raced to the top of the pop and R charts. Frankie Valli, one of the voices behind the timeless smash, will reprise the song with the current version of the Four Seasons on Tuesday at the Kauffman Center. The remarkably long career of Valli and his colleagues serves as the basis for the successful musical “Jersey Boys.” In addition to evergreen hits like the mocking “Big Girls Don’t Cry,” Valli will almost certainly include the sublimely mushy 1967 come-on “Can’t Take My Eyes Off of You” and the disco era gem “December, 1963 (Oh What a Night)” in a tuneful trip down memory lane. Tickets to the 7 p.m. concert range from $49 to $138.Joel Osteen | Friday
Joel Osteen is sort of like the LeBron James of televangelists, with a legion of avid followers and a significant collection of critics. Still, the pastor of Houston’s Lakewood Church regularly draws 38,000 to his weekly sermons, which also are viewed by more than 7 million people per week via television. The New York Times best-selling author will be at the Sprint Center on Friday, with a 7:30 p.m. event titled “A Night of Hope.” Tickets are $17 atsprintcenter.com
.SafeWalk KC: A Walk of No Shame | Saturday
The former SlutWalk returns with a new name but the same purpose: raising awareness about sexual violence while working to create a safer community. The event, which is open to the public, was established in Toronto last year as a protest to the idea that a woman’s appearance or style of dress can be used as a way to excuse rape. It then quickly spread to cities such as Boston, St. Louis and Seattle. The Kansas City version begins at 1 p.m. Saturday at Washington Square Park, near the intersection of Pershing and Grand Blvd.Kansas State vs. Oklahoma | Saturday
So far, so good. Bill Snyder’s Kansas State football team has easily handled its first three opponents. The team will receive its first real test of the young season, though, when it travels to Norman, Okla., on Saturday to open the Big 12 season against the sixth-ranked Sooners. Oklahoma handed the Wildcats one of their two regular-season losses in 2011, so you can bet quarterback Collin Klein and company will be looking for a bit of redemption this time around. Kickoff is 6:50 p.m.
Compiled by Dugan Arnett, The Star, with Bill Brownlee contributing.