This Week in KC: The Great Lenexa BBQ Battle, Le Freak Crossroads Circus Extravaganza, Maker Faire and Art of the Car Concours

A production of “Bullets Over Broadway” will be performed at the Starlight Theatre June 28-July 3.
A production of “Bullets Over Broadway” will be performed at the Starlight Theatre June 28-July 3. MATTHEW MURPHY

“Fritz Scholder: Super Indian”

Opens Thursday, June 23, at Nerman Museum

More than 40 paintings and lithographs by 20th century American Indian artist Fritz Scholder will be part of an exhibition organized by the Denver Art Museum. Scholder’s work is known for dealing with perceptions of native people as created by Hollywood. The exhibition will include two portraits of Scholder by Andy Warhol. Opening reception, 6-8 p.m. Thursday, June 23; runs through Sept. 18. Nerman Museum. 913-469-3000. nermanmuseum.org. Free.

Great Lenexa BBQ Battle

Friday-Saturday, June 24-25, at Sar-Ko-Par Trails Park

Cooks from across the country will gather for the chance to be crowned Kansas state champion at the Great Lenexa BBQ Battle, which is expected to draw 185 competitors and 240 judges. Winners will be named about 5 p.m. Saturday in seven meat categories as well as baked beans. Non-competitors can enjoy live music and children’s activities. 4:30-11 p.m. Friday, June 24; 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday, June 25. Sar-Ko-Par Trails Park. lenexa.com/parks/festivals_bbq.html. Friday $5; Saturday free.

Kansas City Dance Festival Main Event

Saturday, June 25, at Folly

Performances by dancers from the area and from around the country will cap a week of events celebrating dance forms from ballet to contemporary. The main event will feature a world premiere from choreographer Garrett Smith. 7:30 p.m. Saturday, June 25. Folly Theater. 816-474-4444. kcdancefestival.com/performances or follytheater.org. $40-$100.

Le Freak Crossroads Circus Extravaganza

Saturday, June 25, at Crossroads KC

The rock music will come with circus acts, stunts, comedy, dancing and performing artists of all sorts at Le Freak Crossroads Circus Extravaganza. The Hellzapoppin Circus Sideshow will perform, along with Kansas City’s own Bohemian Cult Revival and Lawrence-based Foxy By Proxy Revue. 8 p.m. Saturday, June 25. Crossroads KC. 785-749-3434. crossroadskc.com. $11.50-$46.50.

Maker Faire Kansas City

Saturday-Sunday, June 25-26, at Union Station

From electronic gadgets to quilts, this event is a chance for people to show off the things they are creating. The Maker Faire will have displays and presentations all over Union Station, including in Science City and the parking lots. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday, June 25; 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday, June 26. Union Station. 816-460-2000. unionstation.org/events/maker-faire-kansas-city or makerfairekc.com. $11-$14 per day.

Art of the Car Concours

Sunday, June 26, at Kansas City Art Institute

More than 200 vintage, classic and special-interest vehicles, including race cars and pedal cars, will be on display on the campus of the Kansas City Art Institute. Unlike most concours events, there will be no judging, so the emphasis is purely on the art of the vehicles. The event benefits the Kansas City Art Institute scholarship fund. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday, June 26. Kansas City Art Institute. 816-531-2711. artofthecarconcours.com. $20.

Future Stages Festival

Sunday, June 26, at Kauffman Center

Young performers of all ilks will have a chance to perform on the biggest stage in town at the Future Stages Festival. Forty-five acts ranging from dance troupes and orchestras to a traditional Chinese music group and a jazz band are scheduled to appear in Muriel Kauffman Theatre and Helzberg Hall and on an outdoor stage. 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday, June 26. Kauffman Center. 816-994-7222. kauffmancenter.org. Free.

Kansas City Royals vs. St. Louis Cardinals

Monday-Tuesday, June 27-28, at Kauffman Stadium

Missouri’s two major league teams will renew their I-70 series with two games at the K, followed by two in St. Louis on Wednesday and Thursday. Like the Royals, the Cardinals have had their ups and downs this season. Unlike the Royals, they have played much better on the road than at home. 7:15 p.m. Monday-Tuesday, June 27-28. Kauffman Stadium. 800-676-9257. kansascity.royals.mlb.com. $45-$180.

“Bullets Over Broadway”

Opens Tuesday, June 28, at Starlight

Take a story written and filmed by Woody Allen, add songs from the 1920s and 1930s, and you have a musical comedy worthy of its name. The plot of “Bullets Over Broadway” follows a playwright in need of financing who makes a deal with a mobster who wants his not-so-talented girlfriend to play the lead role. 8 p.m. Tuesday, June 28 (through July 3). Starlight Theatre. 816-363-7827. kcstarlight.com. $11-$135.

Guns N’ Roses

Wednesday, June 29, at Arrowhead

Founder and lead singer Axl Rose filled in with AC/DC earlier this year despite a broken foot, but he’s back with Guns N’ Roses this summer. The group’s Not in This Lifetime ... Tour also features his reunion with guitarist Slash. The two hadn’t performed together in more than 20 years. 8 p.m. Wednesday, June 29. Arrowhead Stadium. ticketmaster.com. $45-$250.

Dan Kelly, dkelly@kcstar.com