This Week in KC | ‘The Nutcracker’; ‘Holiday Glee’; big-band tribute

‘The Nutcracker’ | Opens Saturday

The Kansas City Ballet’s 39th production of the Christmas staple makes its debut at the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts this weekend, when a three-week stretch of performances opens with a 2 p.m. show. The Kansas City Symphony performs the score under the direction of Kansas City Ballet music director Ramona Pansegrau. Tickets range from $29 to $119 at


, and group rates are also available. Earlier in the day, from 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., the company holds its annual Sugar Plum Fairy Luncheon, a kid-friendly event at the Westin Crown Center. Individual luncheon tickets start at $70.

John Prine and Jason Isbell | Friday at the Midland

Two of the best songwriters of their generations perform at the Midland on Friday. Alternately capable of eliciting tears and laughter, John Prine’s vast catalog of original songs is a musical treasure trove. “Hello in There,” “Unwed Fathers” and “Souvenirs” are utterly devastating, while songs like “Aw Heck,” “In Spite of Ourselves” and “That’s the Way the World Goes Round” are fall-down funny. Opening act Jason Isbell, above, may be half Prine’s age, but the former member of Drive-By Truckers has an old soul. Songs like “Cigarettes and Wine” are worthy of Prine’s legacy. Tickets cost $35 to $59.50 in advance. Showtime is 8 p.m.

‘Holiday Glee’ | Friday-Sunday

This year’s holiday concert by the Heartland Men’s Chorus is inspired by the TV show “Glee” and will feature traditional men’s chorus numbers and some highly staged numbers with dancers and costumes. The set list includes “Do You Hear What I Hear?” plus comic songs such as “The Manger Polka” and a holiday version of Journey’s “Don’t Stop Believin’.” Shows are at 8 p.m. Friday-Saturday and 4 p.m. Sunday at the Folly Theater, 300 W. 12th St. Tickets are $15-$60. Details,



‘A Tribute to the Big Band’ | Through Dec. 11

Big band hits such as “In the Mood” and “Pennsylvania 6-5000,” plus some holiday favorites, are part of this tribute show at Olathe’s Chestnut Fine Arts Center, 234 N. Chestnut. The show stars Jon Daugharthy (from left), Julie Shaw and Leah Berry. Performances are at 8 p.m. Thursdays-Saturdays, 3 p.m. Saturdays and 2 p.m. Sundays. Tickets are $23 with discounts for seniors, students and groups. Reservations are recommended. Details,



TEDx Women | Thursday

TED, a nonprofit organization aimed at sparking meaningful dialogue, holds panel discussions during its TEDx Women event at the Paley Centers in New York and Los Angeles. Jane Fonda is among the speakers, and you can see the broadcast live in the Atkins Auditorium at the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art. A panel of curators from the Nelson will discuss gender and women in art. A cash-bar happy hour will also be held in the evening in the Bloch Building. There are two sessions: 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. and 4:15 to 7:45 p.m. Details at