Rhythm ’N Balloons
Friday-Sunday, Aug. 26-28, at Hodge Park
The former Great Midwest Balloon Festival has been reinvented, with music now getting top billing over the hot-air balloons. Eddie Money will perform Friday, with Travis Tritt, Los Lobos and Jo Dee Messina scheduled for Saturday and local bands such as State Line Drive and Big Time Grain Co. through all three days. The balloon competition will be Saturday and Sunday. 3 p.m. Friday, Aug. 26; noon Saturday, Aug. 27; 1 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 28. Hodge Park. rhythmnballoons.org. $18-$99.
Def Leppard, Dixie Chicks
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Friday, Aug. 26, and Tuesday, Aug. 30, at Sprint Center
The Sprint Center will present dual musical experiences over the next several days. For those who favor classic rock ’n’ roll, Def Leppard and REO Speedwagon will perform Friday. Then comes country act the Dixie Chicks, who gained notoriety in 2003 because of their vocal distaste for President George W. Bush. 816-949-7000. sprintcenter.com.
Def Leppard with REO Speedwagon and Tesla. 7 p.m. Friday, Aug. 26. $27.50-$123
Dixie Chicks. 7 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 30. Tickets to the officially sold-out show were $52-$122
“A Soft Escape”
Opens Friday, Aug. 26, at Just Off Broadway Theatre
Melting Pot Theatre will present this play by S.M. Shephard-Massat about two African-Americans who have been married more than 40 years and face the end of their life together. This is Melting Pot’s second play by the Georgia playwright. The other was “Waiting to be Invited,” for which Shephard-Massat won the 2001 M. Elizabeth Osborn Award, given by the American Theatre Critics Association. 7:30 p.m. Friday, Aug. 26 (through Sept. 10). Just Off Broadway Theatre. 816-226-8087. kcmeltingpot.com. $23-$27.50.
Girls Night In
Friday, Aug. 26, at Folly
The Girls Night In tour features appearances by top female YouTube stars providing an evening of dance, music and opportunities for fans to meet their favorite stars. Among those scheduled to appear are Niki and Gabi Demartino, twin sisters who make fashion, singing, lifestyle and comedy videos, and Alisha Marie, who has nearly 3.6 million subscribers for her lifestyle and comedy videos. 8 p.m. Friday, Aug. 26. Folly Theater. 816-474-4444. follytheater.org. $36.48.
Friday, Aug. 26, at Midland
As a humorist who uses her own experiences as the basis for her act, Jeanne Robertson has had a challenging past year. She suffered a broken femur in December and a heart attack in January. The setbacks caused the postponement of her April 8 date at the Midland, but the 72-year-old former Miss North Carolina is touring again. Don’t expect a stand-up comedy act, however, as much as a series of humorous observations and anecdotes. 8 p.m. Friday, Aug. 26. Arvest Bank Theatre at the Midland. 816-283-9921. midlandkc.com. $19.50-$49.50.
Paris of the Plains Cocktail Festival
Friday-Sunday, Aug. 26-29, at multiple venues
What started as a bartender competition has evolved into a four-day celebration of the art of the cocktail with food and music mixed in. There will be seminars — examples are “Brogues & Bodegas: The Love Story of Scotch and Sherry” and “Gimme Some Air: Oxygen Fortified Wines & More” — along with luncheons and parties. And there is still the bartender competition. Friday-Sunday, Aug. 26-29. Multiple venues. popfestkc.com. Event prices vary; all-access pass $300.
Raytown Arts & Music Festival
Saturday, Aug. 27, at Kenagy Park
Raytown’s one-day event provides healthy doses of both art and music, with artists set up around a walking trail while four bands — Liverpool, Lyin’ Eyes, Barbwire Revolt and the Wildwood Boys — take turns playing. Raytown First Baptist Church will host a kids area with art projects and games. Noon Saturday, Aug. 27. Kenagy Park, Raytown. 816-358-4100. raytownparks.com. Free.
Saturday, Aug. 27, at Rehabilitation Institute of Kansas City
Billed as Bacon-Fest: The Other Fundraiser, this event benefits the Rehabilitation Institute of Kansas City. It is held outside under festival tenting, although VIP ticket-holders have access to the air-conditioned Bacon Lounge. All attendees can sample the bacon creations. Other highlights are a bacon-eating contest and music by Shotgun & Lace. 1 p.m. for VIP ticket-holders, 2 p.m. for general admission, Saturday, Aug. 27. Rehabilitation Institute of Kansas City. baconfestkc.com. $50-$100.
Kansas City Chamber Orchestra
Saturday, Aug. 27, at Kauffman Center
The orchestra kicks off its 30th year with Beethoven’s Concerto for Violin, Cello and Piano, also known as the Triple Concerto, and will feature the orchestra’s founding concertmaster Ben Sayevich, pianist Lolita Lisovskaya-Sayevich and cellist Daniel Veis. The concert, being held in collaboration with the International Center for Music at Park University, also will showcase soloists performing music by Tchaikovsky, Chopin and Wieniawski. 8 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 27. Helzberg Hall, Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts. kcchamberorchestra.org. $36.50-$46.50
Head for the Cure 5K Run/Walk
Sunday, Aug. 28, at Corporate Woods
Brain cancer patients, their families, friends and caregivers are the focus of one of the area’s biggest annual fundraising 5Ks. Whether you run, walk or watch, you can help raise awareness and funding for a worthy cause. Since Kansas City’s first Head for the Cure 5K in 2003, more than 80,000 people have participated and, together with donors, have raised more than $6 million. 8 a.m. Sunday, Aug. 28. Corporate Woods, Overland Park. headforthecure.org/metro-kc. $30-$40; Kids Fun Run, $15.
Kansas City India Fest
Sunday, Aug. 28, at Overland Park Convention Center
“Dance Forms of India” is the theme of this year’s festival, which will be filled with the tastes, sounds and sights of India. In addition to live music, dancing and other entertainment, food will be available for purchase, as will artifacts, jewelry and clothes. A fashion parade is also scheduled. 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 28. Overland Park Convention Center. iakc.org. Free.
Kansas City Royals vs. New York Yankees
Monday-Wednesday, Aug. 29-31, at Kauffman Stadium
Once upon a time, a Royals-Yankees series was the hottest ticket in town as local fans loved to come out to cheer against the American League’s big, bad Yankees. Well, the Yankees haven’t been so big and bad lately. This year, they’re trying to keep their slim playoff hopes alive. The Royals, meanwhile, have revitalized their own playoff hopes. 7:15 p.m. Monday-Wednesday, Aug. 29-31. Kauffman Stadium. 800-676-9257. kansascity.royals.mlb.com. $25-$133.