Best events of the week: Seinfeld, World Cup qualifier, Norah Jones

The National Circus of China | Friday

The National Circus of the People’s Republic of China has redefined the notion of what a circus consists of. There are no animals, but the people who perform in this troupe regularly turn the laws of physics into mild suggestions. With bold costumes and astonishingly precise synchronized moves, these acrobats should make Yardley Hall at Johnson County Community College seem more like a place of fantasy instead of higher learning. The show starts at at 8 p.m. Tickets are $37 and $46. For more information, call 913.469.4445.

World Cup qualifier | Tuesday

America’s top men’s soccer players come to town next week for the U.S. national team’s 2014 FIFA World Cup Qualifier at Livestrong Sporting Park. The game, which marks the first time the venue has hosted a World Cup qualifier, pits the U.S. against Guatemala in a semifinal round game that will air live on ESPN2. Final rosters for the game won’t be released until shortly before game day. Tickets are officially sold out, but the team’s 10:30 a.m. training session at Livestrong Sporting Park on Sunday is free and open to the public.

Shawnee Indian Mission Fall Festival | Saturday and Sunday

Which fall festival invites you to step back in time with mountain men, blacksmiths and campfires? It’s the 26th annual fall festival at the Shawnee Indian Mission State Historic Site. Living history re-enactors, Native American dancers, storytellers, musicians and a quilt show will conjure days long past; food and handmade crafts will be sold, too. The free fun runs from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at 3403 West 53rd St. in Fairway. A campfire with music and storytelling will be held at 7 p.m. Saturday. For details, call 913.262.0867 or go to the Kansas Historical Society website, kshs.org.

Norah Jones | Saturday

Any lingering notion that Norah Jones is a jazz artist has been nullified by her excellent new rock-based album “Little Broken Hearts.” When her debut album was released by the famed record label Blue Note in 2002, Jones’ demure love songs were often characterized as jazz. Yet Jones never really fit the bill. The notably louder and more varied textures of her current Danger Mouse-produced project should make Saturday’s concert more compelling than the somewhat somnambulant tone of her previous Kansas City appearances. Cory Chisel and the Wandering Sons, a sincere roots-rock act from Wisconsin, open the show. Tickets to the 8 p.m. show range from $48.50 to $60.

Jerry Seinfeld | Friday

The star of one of the most popular series in TV history recently made history at the New York Times when a letter to the editor he wrote topped the paper’s “Most Viewed” list — the first time a letter hit No. 1. The Emmy Award-winning comedian, whose work with Larry David on “Seinfeld” is said to have greatly advanced the traditional American sitcom, has continued to do stand-up as well as semi-regular appearances on television (“30 Rock,” “Curb Your Enthusiasm”). He performs at 7 p.m. Friday at the Midland. Tickets are $64 to $79 at



Compiled by The Star’s Dugan Arnett with Lisa Gutierrez and Bill Brownlee contributing