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Universal Film Festival
Thursday-Saturday, Aug. 22-24, at Alamo Draft House
This event’s title sounds grandiose for a reason. The “Universal” in the title reflects that the festival is open to all filmmakers, and more than 100 will be on hand for the 40-plus screenings that are open to the public. Nearly 1,130 independent shorts and feature films were submitted from 107 countries. Awards will be given in categories such as Best Comedy, Best Director, Best Animation and many more. 816-474-9988. Tickets ($10 per day, $20 for all three days) are available through universalfilmfestival.com.
“Bad In Bed Live”
8 p.m. Thursday-Saturday, Aug. 22-24, at RecordBar
The main event will be a unique stage show by author Shelby Simpson, who has adapted her book, “We’re All Bad In Bed,” into an evening of taboo conversation and naughty comedy. But don’t arrive late. The opening act will be Calvin Arsenia, a Kansas City native who is beginning to take the modern music world by storm with his harp and classically trained voice. 816-753-5207. Tickets are $35 through therecordbar.com.
Opens 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 22, at Arts Asylum
The songs of Abba were hits before British playwright Catherine Johnson incorporated them into the musical that premiered in 1999. But after “Mamma Mia” played for 14 years on Broadway and was turned into a hit movie in 2008, audiences are liable to be singing along to every tune in the Barn Players’ production of the story of a young woman on a Greek island seeking to solve the mystery of who her father is. Runs through Sept. 1. 913-432-9100. Tickets are $15-$20 through thebarnplayers.org.
“Coloring within the Lines”
6:30 p.m. Friday, Aug. 23, at Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art
Kansas City playwright Michelle Tyrene Johnson will bring characters from “30 Americans” to life in a short play celebrating the last days of the exhibition. “30 Americans,” which will close Aug. 25, has traveled the country for a decade showcasing many of the most important African-American artists of the last four decades. Atkins Auditorium. 816-751-1278. nelson-atkins.org. Free.
8 p.m. Friday, Aug. 23, at Muriel Kauffman Theatre
Iyanla Vanzant was a frequent guest on “The Oprah Winfrey Show” and host of “Iyanla Fix My Life” on OWN, but she might have made her biggest impact as author of the bestselling “Acts of Faith,” which she has released in a 25th anniversary edition. The spiritual teacher, author and television personality will return to the stage with her “Acts of Faith Remix Tour.” Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts. 816-994-7222. Tickets are $41.75-$86.75 through kauffmancenter.org.
7 p.m. Friday, Aug. 23, at Starlight
Since 2001, Kidz Bop has made 39 albums, sold some 17 million copies and has been Billboard’s No. 1 Kids’ Album Artist for eight consecutive years. Not bad for an always-changing bunch of kids singing other people’s popular songs (altering the lyrics when appropriate). The Kidz Bop Kids are touring the world this summer with a new show that is an interactive experience for the entire family. 816-363-7827. Tickets are $15-$59.50 through kcstarlight.com.
12:30 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 24, at Gem Theater
With millions of YouTube subscribers and Instagram followers, the Dobre Brothers are at the forefront of the success-through-social-media approach to show business. The four brothers — 20-year-old twins Lucas and Marcus and older siblings Darius and Cyrus — are known for their stunts, pranks, gymnastics and original music. They are in the midst of a 21-stop live stage tour this summer. Tickets are $29.99-$199.99 through dobretour.com.
American Royal Cutting Horse Showcase
6 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 24, at Hale Arena
The National Cutting Horse Association show is the first big event of the annual American Royal, which will run through mid-November. The cutting horses will compete Friday, Aug. 23, through Sunday, Aug. 25, but the prime spectator event will be the Open and Non-Pro Showcase on Saturday evening. If you’re not familiar with cutting horses, they and their riders separate specific cows from a herd, resulting in a dance-like showdown between cow and horse. 816-221-9800. Tickets are $12 through americanroyal.com.
Chiefs vs. San Francisco
7 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 24, at Arrowhead Stadium
As both teams’ third exhibition game, this should be something of a dress rehearsal for the regular season. The regulars likely will see more action than in any of the other preseason games before resting in the exhibition finale, meaning quarterback Patrick Mahomes might actually play into the second half. The Chiefs will open their regular season Sept. 8 at Arrowhead against Jacksonville. 816-920-9300. Tickets are $27-$183 through chiefs.com.
Head for the Cure 5K Run & Walk
8 a.m. Sunday, Aug. 25, at Corporate Woods
One of the largest stand-alone 5K races in the area, Head for the Cure will draw about 5,000 participants this year in its annual effort to raise awareness and funds for brain cancer research. The 2018 event generated more than $450,000. Nationally, with races in 25 markets, Head for the Cure has raised more than $13 million since 2003. Entry fee is $35 through Aug. 22 then $40 through headforthecure.org/metro-kc.
KC SuperStar finals
7 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 25, at Yardley Hall
Ten singers from area high schools have advanced from among more than 200 in the preliminaries and will vie for first place and a $10,000 scholarship in a fundraiser for the Jewish Community Center of Greater Kansas City. Serving as celebrity host and performer will be Phillipa Soo, who was nominated for a 2016 Tony Award for Best Actress in a Musical after originating the role of Eliza Schuyler in the Broadway smash “Hamilton.” 913-981-8895. kcsuperstar.org. Sponsorships start at $250 (includes two tickets).
8 p.m. Monday, Aug. 26, at Folly Theater
Yekaterina Petrovna Zamolodchikova (better known simply as Katya) will bring her “Help Me, I’m Dying” drag show to town, complete with comedy, storytelling, video and dancing. Katya, the stage name of Brian McCook, placed fifth and was named Miss Congeniality on Season 7 of “RuPaul’s Drag Race” and starred with Trixie Mattel on “The Trixie & Katya Show” on Viceland. 816-474-4444. Tickets are $25-$150 through follytheater.org.
Also this week
CLASSICAL MUSIC AND DANCE
KC Baroque Summer Season, Concert III, Aug. 23, St. Paul’s Episcopal. kcbaroque.org
KC Dance Day, Aug. 24, Bolender Center. kcballet.org
Piano Quartet Concert, Aug. 27, 1900 Building. 1900bldg.com
Godfrey, Aug. 22-25, Kansas City Improv. improvkc.com
Matt Braunger, Aug. 22-24, Comedy Club of Kansas City. thecomedyclubkc.com
MUSIC (ROCK, POP, JAZZ)
Dierks Bentley with Jon Pardi, Tenille Townes and Hot Country Knights, Aug. 22, Starlight. kcstarlight.com
Polo G, Aug. 22, Uptown. uptowntheater.com
The Reverend Horton Heat with The Delta Bombers and Lincoln Durham, Aug. 22, Knuckleheads. knuckleheadskc.com
Banda MS de Sergio Lizarraga, Aug. 23, Sprint Center. sprintcenter.com
G. Love & Special Sauce, Aug. 23, CrossroadsKC. crossroadskc.com
Joe Nichols, Aug. 23, Ameristar. ameristarkansascity.com
Phantogram with Bob Moses, Aug. 23, Kansas City Live! powerandlightdistrict.com
Bird’s 99th Birthday Bash, Aug. 24, Mutual Musicians Foundation. jchs.org
Kansas City Summer Fest featuring Dovey Magnum, Mavado and Konshens, Aug. 24, Visions Reception Hall. eventbrite.com/event/62783205257
Papa Roach, Aug. 24, Providence Amphitheater. providenceamp.com
Redneck Throwdown featuring The Lacs, Moonshine Bandits and more, Aug. 24, Crossroads KC. crossroadskc.com
Zakk Sabbath with Don Jamieson, Aug. 25, Arvest Bank Theatre at the Midland. arvestbanktheatre.com
Black Flag, Aug. 26, CrossroadsKC. crossroadskc.com
Mark Knopfler, Aug. 28, Arvest Bank Theatre at the Midland. arvestbanktheatre.com
Milk Carton Kids, Aug. 28, Knuckleheads. knuckleheadskc.com
Atrium Project: Angel Otero, Aug. 23-Aug. 2, 2020, Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art. kemperart.org
Tonganoxie Plein Air Art Festival, Aug. 28-31, Downtown Tonganoxie. eventbrite.com/event/66928467849
LenexaTiblow Days, Aug. 22-24, Downtown Bonner Springs. bsedwchamber.org /tiblowdays
Mission Sunflower Festival, Aug. 23-24, Downtown Mission. missionsunflowerfestival.com
Parkville Days, Aug. 23-25, English Landing Park. parkvillemo.org
Roots Festival, Aug. 23-24, Paola. rootsfestival.org
Secret Circus Aerialist Dinner Show, Aug. 23, Venue508. eventbrite.com/event/65538620779
1856 Election Day, Aug. 24, Missouri Town 1855. makeyourday.com
Block Party, Aug. 24, Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art. kemperart.org
“Living the Great War,” Aug. 24-25, National WWI Museum and Memorial. theworldwar.org
Raytown Arts & Music Festival, Aug. 24, C. Lee Kenagy Park. unctionmedia.com/rp2019/index.php/community-events
India Fest, Aug. 25, Overland Park Convention Center. iakc.org/india-fest
We B-e-e Spelling, Aug. 28, RecordBar. therecordbar.com
Michael Kranish for “The World’s Fastest Man: The Extraordinary Life of Cyclist Major Taylor, America’s First Black Sports Hero,” Aug. 22, Kansas City Public Library-Plaza Branch. kclibrary.org
Sporting Kansas City vs. Minnesota, Aug. 22. Children’s Mercy Park. sportingkc.com
Royals vs. Oakland, Aug. 26-29. Kauffman Stadium. mlb.com/royals
FAC MMA Fight Night, Aug. 24, Silverstein Eye Centers Arena. silversteineyecentersarena.com
Go Girl Run, Aug. 25, Westport District. gogirlrun.com
Tour De Shawnee, Aug. 25, Shawnee. visitshawneeks.com/event/tour-de-shawnee-19
Feast on KC with samples from Feast 50 winners. 6-9:30 p.m. Aug. 22. $30. The Abbott, 1901 Cherry. tixtoparty.com/e/feast-50-kc
Artist Dinner Series: Angel Otero. 7:30 p.m. Aug. 23. $125. Café Sebastienne, Kemper Museum, 4420 Warwick. kemperart.org/artist-dinner-series, 816-753-5784
Taste of Cuba with Ensemble Iberica. 7 p.m. Aug. 23. $150. Culinary Center of Kansas City, 7920 Santa Fe, Overland Park. ensembleiberica.org
Chow Down Downtown. 5-8 p.m. Aug. 22. $25. Downtown Overland Park, 7315 W. 79th, Overland Park. facebook.com/events/438370963425595
Cheese and Charcuterie with chef Vaughn Good. 3 p.m. Aug. 25. $85. Green Dirt Farm, 19935 Mount Bethel, Weston. greendirtfarm.com, 816-386-2156
Wine Walk for Wildlife. 6-9 p.m. Aug. 24. $45-$100. Kansas City Zoo, 6800 Zoo Drive. kansascityzoo.org, 816-595-1234
Sans Wine Company Dinner. 6-9 p.m. Aug. 21. $95. The Restaurant at 1900, 1900 Shawnee Mission Parkway, Mission Woods. therestaurantat1900.com, 913-730-1900
Tasting on the Terrace: Around the World in 80 Vines. 3-6 p.m. Aug. 25. $50-$75. Trezo Mare, 4105 N. Mulberry. trezomare.com, 816-505-3200
Classic American tasting. 5:30-7:30 p.m. Aug. 21. $25. The Venue at Willow Creek, 3150 N. 91st, Kansas City, Kansas. eventbrite.com/event/65827384479