KC events June 16-21: David Sedaris, Boulevardia, Juneteenth, ‘Mummies of the World’

The Paul Mesner Puppets bring their own twist to “The Wizard of Oz,” which runs Tuesday, June 20, throught July 9 at Musical Theater Heritage.
The Paul Mesner Puppets bring their own twist to “The Wizard of Oz,” which runs Tuesday, June 20, throught July 9 at Musical Theater Heritage. .

David Sedaris

7 p.m. Friday, June 16, at Rainy Day Books

Simply put, David Sedaris is a funny person, and that trait evidently runs in the family. His younger sister is the hilarious Amy Sedaris. David Sedaris, a regular contributor to The New Yorker and public radio’s “This American Life,” has written several humor books and will appear for his most recent, “Theft by Finding: Diaries 1977-2002.” 913-384-3126. rainydaybooks.com. $28.


10 a.m.-8:30 p.m. Friday, June 16, at Kansas City Irish Center

If you have managed to read James Joyce’s “Ulysses” in its entirety, congratulations. But even if you haven’t, you aren’t disqualified from attending (and enjoying) the celebration of the one day — June 16 — in the life of Leopold Bloom that Joyce chronicles in his masterpiece. The event is primarily a tribute to Irish literature and music, with food and drink on the side. 816-474-3848. irishcenterkc.org. Free.


4 p.m. Friday, June 16, and 11 a.m. Saturday, June 17, in Stockyards District

Three stages showcasing live musical acts should be enough to attract festival-goers, but music is only part of the equation at Boulevardia. Beer and food are the other main ingredients, with local and national craft beers available along with a wide variety of dining options. Other highlights are the Makers’ Market, carnival, bicycle race and craft vendors. boulevardia.com. $20 general admission; special experiences extra (Taps & Tastes and Father’s Day Beer & BBQ Brunch sold out).

Frontier Days

4 p.m. Friday, June 16, and 10 a.m. Saturday, June 17, at Edgerton

It wasn’t exactly the Wild West in Edgerton in Johnson County when Frontier Days began in 1971, but this festival recalls those days of yore. The parade at 10 a.m. Saturday will be among the draws, but what sets this event apart from other community celebrations will be the frog and turtle races at 7 p.m. Friday. A carnival runs throughout, as do craft and food booths. Live music headlined by Saving Abel on Friday and Josh Thompson on Saturday will begin at 8 p.m. each day. 913-238-9539. frontier-days.com. Free except for carnival rides.

“Mummies of the World: The Exhibition”

Opens Saturday, June 17, at Union Station

Just as the latest movie version of “The Mummy,” complete with Tom Cruise, hits theaters, local fans can see the real things. Naturally and intentionally preserved human and animal mummies dating as far back as 4,500 years will be presented in the largest such exhibition ever assembled. Included are multimedia exhibits featuring 3-D animation. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Thursday, 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Friday-Saturday, noon-5 p.m. Sunday. Runs through Dec. 15. 816-460-2020. unionstation.org/mummies. $12.95-$24.95.

Juneteenth KC

Noon-8 p.m. Saturday, June 17, at 18th and Vine District

Kansas City’s largest free African-American heritage celebration will feature vendors, a variety of entertainment on the main stage and a KidZone with inflatables, face painters, giveaways and free resources. Juneteenth is the oldest known celebration commemorating the end of slavery in the United States. 816-739-9314. juneteenth-kc.com. Free.

Michael McDonald and Boz Scaggs

7:30 p.m. Saturday, June 17, at Muriel Kauffman Theatre

Two of the most familiar voices of major bands in the 1970s are teaming up for a series of summer concerts. Michael McDonald (Steely Dan and the Doobie Brothers) and Boz Scaggs (Steve Miller Band) both have had long, successful careers since going solo. McDonald and Scaggs joined with Donald Fagen to tour as the Dukes of September in 2010. Kauffman Center. 816-994-7200. kauffmancenter.org. $65.50-$145.50.

Kansas City T-Bones vs. Fargo-Moorhead

7:05 p.m. Monday-Wednesday, June 19-21, at CommunityAmerica Ballpark

The T-Bones entered the 2017 American Association of Independent Professional Baseball season with an almost entirely new roster, so it isn’t surprising they struggled a bit early. They were 1-5 at one point but then put together a 7-3 road trip to reach .500 and were 12-10 heading into this week. Meanwhile, the RedHawks zoomed to a 12-5 start but have cooled down and were 14-10 entering this week. 913-328-5618. tbonesbaseball.com. $6.50-$16.

Royals vs. Boston

7:15 p.m. Monday-Tuesday, June 19-20, and 1:15 p.m. Wednesday, June 21, at Kauffman Stadium

With David “Big Papi” Ortiz having retired, the Red Sox don’t seem like the Red Sox anymore. But they’re still in contention in the American League East thanks to the likes of Mookie Betts, Xander Bogaerts and Hanley Ramirez. The Royals, meanwhile, continue their quest to keep their heads above water in the AL Central. 800-676-9257. kansascity.royals.mlb.com. $10-$142.

“The Great Fourth of July Race of the Hare and the Tortoise”

Opens 10 a.m., Tuesday, June 20, at H&R Block City Stage Theater

Theatre for Young America takes the familiar Aesop’s fable and runs with it, so to speak. This version of the showdown between the rabbit and the turtle also involves a skunk, a butterfly and a raccoon in a ragtime musical comedy with fireworks and patriotic songs, topped off by a farcical race through the forest. Runs through July 8. 816-460-2020 or 816-460-2083. unionstation.org or tya.org. $11.

“The Wizard of Oz,” Mesner Puppet Theater

Opens 10 a.m. Tuesday, June 20, at Musical Theater Heritage

Dorothy, the Scarecrow, the Tin Woodsman and the Cowardly Lion will all be on hand, but the Paul Mesner Puppets tweak the familiar story for this presentation. Storytime at the library is interrupted by an oncoming tornado, and the librarian moves everyone to the basement and tells the famous Kansas tornado tale. Rest assured, no puppets will be harmed in the remaking of this classic. Runs through July 9. 816-235-6222. mesnerpuppets.org. $7-$13.

Def Leppard

7 p.m. Wednesday, June 21, at Sprint Center

With lead singer Joe Elliott leading the way, the heavy-metal rock band is still selling out arenas 40 years after forming in Sheffield, England. Def Leppard has sold more than 100 million records worldwide, with two albums each selling more than 10 million copies in the United States. Poison, which is touring with all its original members (Bret Michaels, CC DeVille, Bobby Dall and Rikki Rockett) for the first time in five years, will open. 816-949-7000. sprintcenter.com. $57.50-$123

Kansas City Symphony, Screenland at the Symphony

7 p.m. Wednesday-Friday, June 21-23, and 2 p.m. Saturday, June 24, at Helzberg Hall

“Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone” is the latest movie that will receive the Symphony’s special treatment. Audiences will be able to watch the 2001 film in high-definition on a 40-foot screen while the orchestra plays John Williams’ score note for note. Kauffman Center. 816-471-0400. kcsymphony.org. $45-$95.

Also this week

Classical music and dance

Kansas City Symphony, “Season Finale: Rachmaninoff’s Second and Barber’s Violin Concerto,” June 16-18, Kauffman Center. kcsymphony.org


“The SINSational Mae West,” Reel Covillo Productions, June 15-18, Olathe Civic Theater. reelcovillo.com

“Crazy for You,” June 16-24, Shawnee Mission Park. theatreinthepark.org

“Sondheim on Sondheim,” Summit Theatre Group, June 16-25, MCC-Longview Cultural Arts Center. summittheatre.org

“Heathers the Musical,” Faust Theatre, June 20-July 2, Arts Asylum. fausttheatre.com


Bert Kreischer, June 15-17, Kansas City Improv. improvkc.com

Elliott Threatt and Michael Joiner, June 15-17, Stanford’s Comedy Club. stanfordscomedyclub.com

Music (rock, pop, jazz)

Buddy Guy, June 15, Crossroads KC. crossroadskc.com

DJ Premier and the Badder Band, June 15, Riot Room. theriotroom.com

Travis Marvin, June 15, Kansas City Live. powerandlightdistrict.com

Kasey Chambers, June 16, Knuckleheads. knuckleheadskc.com

David Allan Coe, June 16, VooDoo. voodookc.com

Portugal. The Man, June 16, Arvest Bank Theatre at the Midland. midlandkc.com

The Righteous Brothers, June 16, Ameristar. ameristar.com

Ruthie Foster, June 16, Folly. follytheater.org

Terri Clark with Bluewater Highway, June 16, Knuckleheads. knuckleheadskc.com

Black & Blue Grass Fest featuring Split Lip Rayfield, Mountain Sprout and more, June 17, Crossroads KC. crossroadskc.com

Funk Fest featuring Keith Sweat, Bel Biv Devoe and more, June 17, Providence Amphitheater. providenceamp.com

Home Free with Scott Duncan, June 17, Kearney Amphitheater. kearneyamphitheater.com

Reverend Horton Heat with Agent Orange and Flat Duo Jets, June 17, Knuckleheads. knuckleheadskc.com

Willie Nelson & Family with Dwight Yoakam and Robert Earl Keen, June 17, Starlight. kcstarlight.com

Ann Wilson, June 19, Uptown. uptowntheater.com

Chicago and the Doobie Brothers, June 20, Starlight. kcstarlight.com

Rooney, June 20, RecordBar. therecordbar.com

Visual arts

“Women to Watch | Metals,” June 16-Jan. 28, Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art. kemperart.org


Kansas City Regional Quilt Fest, June 15-17, Overland Park Convention Center. kcrqf.com

Excelsior Springs Wine Festival, June 17, East Valley Park. visitexcelsior.com/winefestival.html

Fiesta Filipina, June 17-18, Filipino Cultural Center. filipino-association.org

Heart of America Barbershop Chorus Show, “Songs of the Spirit,” June 17, Mid-American Nazarene University. hoachorus.com

Alliance Kansas City, June 17, Kansas Speedway. importalliance.org/importalliance-kansas-city-2017-kansas-speedway

Urban Kids Fishing Derby, June 17, Spring Valley Park Lake. kcparks.org/event/urban-kids-fishing-derby

Book talks

Angela Rye at Women of Color Leadership Conference, June 16, UMKC Student Union. umkcalumni.com/woclc2017

Sharla M. Fett for “Recaptured Africans: Surviving Slave Ships, Detention, and Dislocation in the Final Years of the Slave Trade,” June 19, Kansas City Public Library-Central Library. kclibrary.org

David Baron for “American Eclipse: A Nation’s Epic Race to Catch the Shadow of the Moon and Win the Glory of the World,” June 20, Kansas City Public Library-Central Library. kclibrary.org

Loring Leifer for “Angels With Angles: The Rogue Nuns Behind Operation Breakthrough,” June 21, Kansas City Public Library-Plaza Branch. kclibrary.org


FC Kansas City vs. Seattle, June 17. Swope Soccer Village. fckansascity.com

Ride2Boulevardia, June 17, Stockyards District. boulevardia.com/cycling