This Week in KC | Cedric the Entertainer, Kathy Griffin, Blue Man Group

cedric the entertainer | sunday

With a starring role in “Barbershop” and a voice gig on “Madagascar,” Cedric the Entertainer has been marginally successful in his occasional forays onto the big screen. But stand-up seems to be the rotund comedian’s bread and butter. He starred alongside Bernie Mack, Steve Harvey and D.L. Hughley in the 2000 Spike Lee documentary “The Original Kings of Comedy,” which follows the foursome during a performance in Charlotte, N.C. And in 1994, his work on the show Def Comedy Jam landed him BET’s Richard Pryor Comic of the Year Award. Ceddy Bear takes the stage at 7 p.m. Sunday at the Midland. Tickets are $49.50 to $69.50 at



kathy griffin | saturday

Maybe the most impressive aspect of Kathy Griffin’s decorated career is how the longtime stand-up comic has improved with age. Her reality show, “Kathy Griffin: My Life on the D-List,” earned her a pair of Emmys for outstanding reality program in the mid-2000s, and the first comedy album of her career, 2008’s “For Your Consideration,” debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard Top Comedy Albums chart. She has stopped by “Curb Your Enthusiasm” for some face time with Larry David, and she has even appeared — curiously enough — in an Eminem music video. This week, she hits the Music Hall in Kansas City for an 8 p.m. show. Tickets are $35 to $99.99 through



q104’s holiday hoedown | friday

True, Christmas and country music don’t exactly make for a natural combo, but this weekend’s Holiday Hoedown, presented by local country station Q104 at the Beaumont Club, will make the union work. Headliner Jerrod Niemann, a Liberal, Kan., native, is a rising presence in the country scene, thanks to his work with Garth Brooks, Jamey Johnson and Neal McCoy. Garden City, Mo., native Tyler Farr serves as the event’s special guest. The concert kicks off at 8 p.m., with doors opening an hour earlier. Advance tickets are $24 at



blue man group | tuesday

It’s tough to imagine that a group of dudes in blue paint could create such a buzz. But more than 17 million people have experienced the group’s unique multisensory performances, which have been carried out across the globe. Blue Man Group has been nominated for a Grammy Award, it has appeared on “The Tonight Show” with Jay Leno and played a small role in the narrative of the popular — and now defunct — Fox series “Arrested Development.” The group stops by the Music Hall Dec. 13-18 for eight performances. Tickets are $25-$70 at


. No word on Tobias Fünke’s involvement.

gingerbread village | through dec. 31

An elaborate gingerbread village is among the holiday offerings at Crown Center. The North Pole village, created by chefs at the Westin Crown Center hotel, includes three trains, a reindeer stable and Santa’s sleigh garage. The shopping center also has a Crayola Christmas Land, where kids can play on super-sized Crayola products while they wait to tell Santa their Christmas wishes. Both exhibits are free. Details,



Compiled by Kris Knowles, The Star, with contributions from Ink’s Dugan Arnett