Digital Ally Open
Thursday-Sunday at LionsGate
The professional golf equivalent of the top tier of minor-league baseball, the Web.com Tour features golfers who just missed the cut in qualifying school play or didn’t perform well at major events. The Digital Ally Open, consequently, features motivated athletes who are eager to break into the primary tour. The financial stakes aren’t small. Participants will be competing for portions of a $600,000 purse. Locally based country artists Noe Palmer and Casi Joy are among the entertainers slated to perform at the conclusion of the rounds. Trophies will be awarded on Sunday afternoon.
Thursday, Aug. 6-Sunday, Aug. 9,. Nicklaus Golf Club at LionsGate. 913-652-6912. digitalallyopen.org. Daily passes range from $10 and $150. Weekly passes are $25 and $375.
“Hiroshima-Nagasaki: 70 Years Beyond the Bombings” and “Remembering Nagasaki: Propagating Hope”
The “Hiroshima-Nagasaki: 70 Years Beyond the Bombings” exhibit opens Thursday at the Miller Nichols Library of UMKC
The “Remembering Nagasaki: Propagating Hope” presentation is Sunday at Community of Christ Temple in Independence
An exhibit at the Miller Nichols Library of UMKC and an event at the Community of Christ Temple in Independence are among the area functions that will commemorate the 70th anniversary of the atomic bombings of Japan. Richard Rhodes, the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of “The Making of the Atomic Bomb” and “The Twilight of the Bombs,” will speak in Independence on Sunday. He’ll attempt to answer an imposing question: “Is it possible to eliminate nuclear weapons from the world’s arsenals?” The “Hiroshima-Nagasaki: 70 Years Beyond the Bombings” exhibit is intended to serve as “a reminder of the impact of these events and the dangers of nuclear weaponry.”
“Hiroshima-Nagasaki: 70 Years Beyond the Bombings”: Aug. 6-Oct. 4, Miller Nichols Library of UMKC. 816-719-5583. peaceworkskc.org. Free.
“Remembering Nagasaki: Propagating Hope”: 2 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 9, Community of Christ Temple in Independence. 816-719-5583. peaceworkskc.org. Free.
Southwest x Central Street Fest
Friday at Southwest Boulevard and Central Street
First Friday celebrations in Kansas City offer plenty of happy surprises. Thousands of unsuspecting visitors in the Crossroads District on Friday evening are likely to be delighted by the ambitious Southwest x Central Street Fest. Hosted by Imagine That!, an “innovative creative arts studio” that serves “individuals with developmental disabilities,” the festival is built around a printmaking exhibition of works by about 50 Imagine That! artists. The party also includes poetry readings, musical performances, a traditional tea ceremony, a photo booth and customized T-shirt screenings.
6 p.m.-10 p.m. Friday, Aug. 7, Imagine That! 816-474-4200. imaginethatkc.org. Free.
Friday at the Sprint Center
After almost completely disappearing from the public eye for a decade, most artists would be required to rebuild their careers from the bottom. Popular culture moves so rapidly that even loyal fans of an entertainer are apt to move on. Shania Twain, however, has picked up where she left off. The crossover country superstar hasn’t released a studio album since 2002. And aside from an extended residency at a Las Vegas casino, Twain has been off the radar in recent years. Yet thousands of people eager to hear the Canadian revive peppy hits like “That Don’t Impress Me Much” and “Any Man of Mine” will flock to the Sprint Center on Friday.
7:30 p.m. Friday, Aug. 7, Sprint Center. 816-949-7100. sprintcenter.com. $44-$134.
Kansas City Comic Con
Friday, Saturday and Sunday at Bartle Hall
From their humble roots as gatherings of comic book collectors, comic conventions have gone mainstream. The nation’s biggest Comic-Con in San Diego is an integral component of the entertainment cycle. Kansas City Comic Con also attracts thousands of geeks, gamers and celebrity hounds. Older attendees may flock to an appearance by Butch Patrick, the actor who played Eddie on the 1960s television series “The Munsters.” Others will be eager to meet Pam Grier, the star of the movies “Foxy Brown” and “Jackie Brown.” Many conventioneers will huddle with their fellow game, cosplay and comics enthusiasts instead.
1 - 7 p.m. Friday, Aug. 7, 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 8, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 9, Bartle Hall. kansascity-comiccon.com. Festival passes are $60. Admission is $25 on Friday, $35 on Saturday and $30 on Sunday.
Kansas City Royals
Friday-Wednesday at Kauffman Stadium
Royals stars such as Lorenzo Cain, Eric Hosmer and Mike Moustakas won’t be the main attractions for many fans at Kauffman Stadium during the team’s home stand that begins Friday. After making an extended road trip with their new team, recent trade acquisitions Johnny Cueto and Ben Zobrist are likely to get their first opportunities to play in Royals uniforms in front of hometown fans. The series against division rivals the Chicago White Sox and the Detroit Tigers will allow fans to analyze the team’s upgrades. A Star Wars-themed promotion on Sunday is among the special events during the home stand.
vs. Chicago White Sox: 7:10 p.m. Friday, Aug. 7, 6:10 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 8, 1:10 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 9.
vs. Detroit, 7:10 p.m. Monday, Aug. 10, 7:10 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 11, 7:10 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 12.
Kauffman Stadium. 816-921-8000. kansascity.royals.mlb.com. $9-$460.
Gay Marriage Equality Day
Saturday at Missie B’s
Many of the people who applauded the Supreme Court’s ruling in June that same-sex marriages are legal in all 50 states might feel as if their celebrations are incomplete. Issuing congratulatory posts on social media isn’t nearly as satisfying as engaging in actual wedding ceremonies. Longstanding gay bar Missie B’s has a solution. Members of the public are invited to watch as couples wed at the 39th Street establishment on Saturday afternoon. As of last week, four couples had signed up to participate in the Gay Marriage Equality Day at Missie B’s. Should couples request their services, drag queens will be on hand to participate in the ceremonies.
Noon-6 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 8, Missie B’s. 816-561-0625. missiebs.com. Free.
Rugged Maniac Obstacle Race
Saturday at Snow Creek in Weston
As the Kansas City Chiefs prepare for the upcoming season at their training camp in St. Joseph, amateur athletes will take their lumps at the Rugged Maniac Obstacle Race in Weston on Saturday. The three-mile course at Snow Creek ski resort contains 25 “epic obstacles” that include trampolines, a water slide, underground tunnels and “towers of shipping containers.” A post-race celebration includes “adult bounce houses” and dancing.
Saturday, Aug. 8, start times vary. Snow Creek. ruggedraces.com. $79-$89 in advance. $100 on Saturday.
Summer Fest at Grinter Place
Saturday at Grinter Place in Kansas City, Kan.
Wyandotte County’s oldest home, the house at Grinter Place, is one of the region’s most undervalued historic sites. Moses Grinter owned a ferry that crossed the nearby Kansas River. He was married to Annie Marshall, an American Indian of the dislocated Lenape tribe from Delaware. Their former residence will be open for inspection at Saturday’s Summer Fest. ($3, $1 for students.) A croquet tournament and a motorcycle and car show are among the day’s attractions. The Wyandotte County Community Orchestra will perform during an ice cream social from 2 to 4 p.m. An all-you-can-eat breakfast gets the day started from 8 to 10 a.m. ($8)
8 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 8, Grinter Place Historic Site. 913-299-0373. kshs.org/grinter_place.
FC Kansas City
Saturday and Wednesday at Swope Park Soccer Village
Carli Lloyd was the undisputed star of the Women’s World Cup in Canada this summer, but soccer fans in Kansas City have taken a rooting interest in the career of Sydney Leroux. A striking photo of Leroux and Dom Dwyer, her husband and Sporting KC player, embracing after the team representing the United States won the World Cup has come to be known by their fans as “The Kiss.” Leroux will be in Kansas City on Saturday as a member of the Western New York Flash. Alex Morgan, one of Leroux’s teammates on the championship team, will play for the Portland Thorns in a match against FC Kansas City on Wednesday.
7 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 8 vs. Western New York
7 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 12 vs. Portland
Swope Park Soccer Village. 855-452-4625. fckansascity.com. $13-$25.
Kansas City T-Bones
Wednesday-Mondayat CommunityAmerica Ballpark
Capacity crowds at Kauffman Stadium are a welcome sight to both players and the management of the Kansas City Royals. The mad scramble for tickets to watch the revitalized team may frustrate fans of the sport. There’s an alternative. The level of play in the American Association of Independent Professional Baseball may not be of the same caliber as Major League Baseball, but the cost differential in attending games at Kauffman Stadium and CommunityAmerica Ballpark is dramatic. Many diehard Major League Baseball fans will be tempted to attend Friday’s T-Bones game to witness an appearance by former Royals player Buddy Biancalana.
7:05 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 5, 7:05 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 6, 7:05 p.m. Friday, Aug. 7, 7:05 p.m Saturday, Aug. 8, 7:05 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 9, 7:05 p.m. Monday, Aug. 10, CommunityAmerica Ballpark. 913-328-5618. tbonesbaseball.com. $6.50-$16.
Wednesday at Starlight Theatre
Financial analysts are likely to insist that stockholders of the Walt Disney Co. were the primary beneficiaries of the success of the 2013 animated film “Frozen.” Children and their parents know better. Idina Menzel, a talent previously appreciated primarily among Broadway obsessives, may be the movie’s biggest winner. Menzel sang its show-stopping song “Let It Go.” The inspirational tune is an instant classic. In addition to reprising “Let It Go,” the New York native is likely to interpret pop hits, Broadway standards and cabaret favorites for a multigenerational audience at Starlight Theatre on Wednesday.
8 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 12, Starlight Theatre. kcstarlight.com. $25-$125.
Bill Brownlee, Special to The Star