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June 24, 2014

More than fireworks fill the air in July

‘Spamalot,” golf and reggae are part of the summer scene in Johnson County.

July 4

Star Spangled Spectacular

Thousands are expected to attend the Star Spangled Spectacular, Overland Park’s celebration of our country and those who serve it. A mighty fireworks show anchors the patriotic gathering, which features food and drink vendors and plenty of activities for the young’uns. This year’s event benefits Sheffield Place, CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates) of Johnson & Wyandotte Counties and the Overland Park Rotary Club Foundation. 4 p.m.-11 p.m., July 4. Corporate Woods (Building 40), 9401 Indian Creek Parkway. Free.

July 6

Zvuloon Dub System

Western Caribbean meets the Middle East. Zvuloon Dub System is the Holy Land’s leading reggae act. The 8-piece band emerged from the Israeli underground scene, displaying a passion for socially conscious reggae influenced by Ethiopian jazz and American soul. The band sings in English and Amharic. KC’s Eccentric Fish opens. 7 p.m., July 6. One Block South, 7300 W. 119th St. $10.

July 12-27

Monty Python’s Spamalot

No one sings the praises of Spam or skewers the legend of King Arthur with quite the zeal of Monty Python. The British comedy troupe’s “Spamalot” (adapted from their 1975 film “Monty Python and the Holy Grail”) offers the irreverent tale of limbless knights, rabid rabbits, lewd Frenchman and catchy musical ditties such as “I Am Not Dead Yet” and “Always Look on the Bright Side of Life.” Be prepared for PG-13 humor. 7:30 p.m., July 12, 17, 19, 24, 26; 2:30 p.m., July 13, 20, 27. Jewish Community Center of Greater Kansas City, 5801 W. 115th St. $11-$22.

July 18

Masters of Darkness

Despite the ominous title, Masters of Darkness presents a kid-friendly program that showcases how the human body adapts to the onset of night. Patrons will learn how the body’s five senses alter to enhance the surrounding world. They’ll also meet fascinating nocturnal animals that excel at hunting and surviving in a low-light environment. 7 p.m., July 18. Ernie Miller Park Amphitheater, 909 North Kansas 7 Highway. $3. Free for children 2 and under.

July 21-27

Midwest Classic Golf Tournament

A.A. Milne wrote, “Golf is so popular simply because it is the best game in the world at which to be bad.” But when the Midwest Classic returns for its fourth year as a stop on the Tour, fans will get to witness actual good golf in a hometown setting. The event — the area’s only official PGA Tour tourney — features a field of 156 players competing for 50 PGA Tour cards. All proceeds from the sale of grounds passes benefit KC-area charities registered in the Tickets Fore Charity program. July 21-27 (see website for schedule). Nicklaus Golf Club at LionsGate, 14225 Dearborn Avenue. $10-$300. Free for children 14 and under.

Jon Niccum, Special to The Star

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