This Week in KC: Plaza Art Fair, Mo’Nique, Symphony plays David Bowie

Mo’Nique will perform four shows Friday, Sept. 23, and Saturday, Sept. 24, at Kansas City Improv.
Mo’Nique will perform four shows Friday, Sept. 23, and Saturday, Sept. 24, at Kansas City Improv. File photo

This weekend’s festivals are highlighted by the Liberty Fall Festival on the Liberty Square. About 175 arts and crafts booths will line the streets, which also will be the site of a parade at 11 a.m. Saturday. Highlighting the entertainment will be 6 Degrees West on Friday night and Cherry Bomb on Saturday night.

Other big events include Lee’s Summit’s Oktoberfest and Overland Park’s Fall Festival.

Raymore Festival in the Park, Sept. 22-24, Raymore. raymorefestival.com

Kansas City Juggling Festival, Sept. 23-25, Rockhurst High School. kcjugglingfest.com

Liberty Fall Festival, Sept. 23-25, Liberty. libertyfallfest.com

Oktoberfest, Sept. 23-25, Downtown Lee’s Summit. downtownls.org

Shawnee Great Grillers Blues and Barbeque State Championship, Sept. 23-24, Shawnee Town. shawneegreatgrillers.com

Fall Festival, Sept. 24, Downtown Overland Park. downtownop.org

Grand Festival of Chez les Canses, Sept. 24, Fort Osage. jacksongov.org

Harvest Festival and Chili Cook-Off, Sept. 24, Paola Town Square. paolachamber.org

High Plains BrewHoff, Sept. 24, Downtown Overland Park. highplainsbrewhoff.com

KCI Cruise, Sept. 24, Ambassador Building. flykci.com/cruise

Louisburg Ciderfest, Sept. 24-25 and Oct. 1-2, Louisburg Cider Mill. louisburgcidermill.com

Tobacco Festival, Sept. 24, Weston. westonmo.com

Wild West Days, Sept. 24-25, Mahaffie Stagecoach Stop & Farm. mahaffie.org

American Indian Cultural Celebration, Sept. 25, Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art. nelson-atkins.org

“Have You Met Miss Jones?”

Opens Thursday, Sept. 22, at New Theatre Restaurant

The title comes from a 1937 song, later recorded by the likes of Frank Sinatra and Robin Williams. But the show is an original production designed to showcase the talents of another Miss Jones — Shirley Jones. The 82-year-old Broadway, movie and TV legend will tell stories and perform songs from her career. She will be joined by her son Patrick Cassidy. 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 22; runs through Nov. 27. New Theatre Restaurant. 913-649-7469. newtheatre.com. $34-$59.

Drive-By Truckers

Friday, Sept. 23, at Crossroads KC

This marks the 20th year of performing for the Drive-By Truckers, which originated in Athens, Ga., and still features founders Patterson Hood and Mike Cooley. The band’s alternative country/Southern rock style has developed a faithful fan following. Its appearance here is in advance of the Sept. 30 release of its new album, “American Band.” 8 p.m. Friday, Sept. 23. Crossroads KC. crossroadskc.com. $25-$71.50.


Friday-Saturday, Sept. 23-24, at Kansas City Improv

It’s rare that an Academy Award-winning actress doubles as a standup comic, but that’s the unique story of Mo’Nique. The Baltimore native earned an Oscar for her 2009 supporting role in “Precious,” and she has been busy as a TV and movie actress since 1999. 8 and 10:30 p.m. Friday, Sept. 23; 7 and 10 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 24. Kansas City Improv. 816-759-5233. improvkc.com. $40-$50.

Plaza Art Fair

Friday-Sunday, Sept. 23-25, at Country Club Plaza

For those who have never attended the nationally respected Plaza Art Fair, you don’t know what you’re missing. Nine city blocks are closed off to encompass 240 artists and more than 250,000 visitors over three days. Even if you’re not the artsy type, you’ll find plenty to enjoy, with three live music stages and more than 25 restaurant booths. 5-10 p.m. Friday, Sept. 23; 10 a.m.-10 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 24; 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 25. Country Club Plaza. plazaartfair.com. Free.

Steve Martin and Martin Short

Friday, Sept. 23, at Midland

Billing this event as “An Evening You Will Forget for the Rest of Your Life” might be selling it a bit short. Maybe “A Night With The Jerk and Jiminy Glick” would be better. In any case, Steve Martin and Martin Short are two of North America’s favorite funny men, and they also happen to be good friends. In addition to jokes and funny stories, the audience can expect music from Martin on the banjo with the Steep Canyon Rangers. 8 p.m. Friday, Sept. 23. Arvest Bank Theatre at the Midland. 816-283-9921. midlandkc.com. Sold out.

Wylliams/Henry Contemporary Dance Company

Friday-Saturday, Sept. 23-24, at White Recital Hall

The local dance troupe is celebrating its 25th year with two performances on the UMKC campus. The program will include three favorite works from the company’s repertoire: “To Have and to Hold” by Danial Shapiro and Joanie Smith, “Church of Nations” by Kevin Iega Jeff and “To Each Her Own” by Paula Weber. 7:30 p.m. Friday-Saturday, Sept. 23-24. White Recital Hall, James C. Olson Performing Arts Center. 816-235-6222. wylliams-henry.org or umkc.edu/cto. $22-$28.

Judy Collins

Saturday, Sept. 24, at Lied Center

If you’ve looked at clouds from both sides now, you might be a Judy Collins fan. The singer/songwriter broke into the American consciousness with the 1967 album “Wildflowers” and her Grammy-winning “Both Sides Now.” She has managed to remain relevant ever since. Her most recent album is this year’s “Silver Skies Blue” with Ari Hest. 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 24. Lied Center, Lawrence. 785-864-2787. lied.ku.edu. $16-$45.

Kansas City Symphony, “David Bowie: A Musical Odyssey”

Saturday, Sept. 24 at Kauffman Center

You know a rock artist has made a significant impact on the music world when a major symphony dedicates a performance to his or her work. David Bowie died in January, but his music lives on, and the Kansas City Symphony will celebrate it. The Symphony will be joined by a full rock band to perform hits such as “Space Oddity,” “Changes” and “China Girl.” 8 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 24. Helzberg Hall, Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts. 816-994-7222. kcsymphony.org. $40-$80.

Sadie Robertson

Saturday, Sept. 24, at Music Hall

Her major claims to fame are being part of the Robertson clan from “Duck Dynasty” and finishing second on “Dancing With the Stars.” Now Sadie Robertson, 19, is bringing “her squad” on the Live Original Tour 2016, and the Music Hall is their second stop. Those attending can expect music, motivational messages and more. 7 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 24. Music Hall. ticketmaster.com or liveoriginal.com. $25-$39.50.

UNplaza Art Fair

Saturday-Sunday, Sept. 24-25, at All Souls Unitarian Universalist Church

This is an art show with a message: Give peace a chance. The UNplaza Art Fair, held annually on the same weekend as the Plaza Art Fair, benefits the local artists who display their works, as well as PeaceWorks and All Souls. On Saturday, there will be a free children’s art play table. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 24; noon-5 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 25. All Souls Unitarian Universalist Church. peaceworkskc.org/unplaza.html. Free.

Chiefs vs. N.Y. Jets

Sunday, Sept. 25, at Arrowhead Stadium

It might have been a good thing the Chiefs didn’t play at home this past Sunday. Fans probably needed a week to recover from the drama of their team’s season-opening, comeback victory over San Diego. The Jets aren’t among the NFL’s elite teams, so the home team will be a solid favorite. 3:25 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 25. Arrowhead Stadium. 816-920-9300. chiefs.com. $35-$305.

Kansas City Royals vs. Minnesota

Tuesday-Thursday, Sept. 27-29, at Kauffman Stadium

Well, it was fun while it lasted. Now that the Royals are out of the playoff race, they will finish the season with six home games, starting with these three against the Twins. The opening game will be T-Shirt Tuesday, and the Thursday game will be a Buck Night. 6:15 p.m. Tuesday-Thursday, Sept. 27-29. Kauffman Stadium. 800-676-9257. kansascity.royals.mlb.com. $15-$112.