“The Game Show”
Thursday-Saturday, July 21-23, at River Market Event Place
This is your chance to become part of a work of art. Produced by KCAI graduate Michael Schliefke, “The Game Show” is a unique presentation that will include an exhibition of game-themed artwork from 30 artists as well as live game shows with contestants taken from the crowd. The live game-show performances will take place at 7, 8 and 9 p.m. Thursday and Friday. The Sexy Accident also will perform original musical compositions inspired by 1970s game show theme songs. 6-10 p.m. Thursday-Friday, July 21-22; noon-6 p.m. Saturday, July 23. River Market Event Place, 140 Walnut St. schliefkevision.com. Free.
KC Fringe Festival
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Thursday, July 21, through July 31 at multiple venues
If you’re looking for standard, mainstream entertainment, look elsewhere. The KC Fringe Festival provides edgy entertainment, with dozens of acts ranging from theater and dance to burlesque and spoken word with music, film, visual art and comedy mixed in. The venues will include virtually every space in downtown, midtown, Westport and the Crossroads. In tandem with the Fringe Festival, the National Storytelling Conference will be Thursday-Sunday at the Marriott Country Club Plaza. Thursday, July 21, through July 31. Multiple venues. 816-359-9195. kcfringe.org. Fringe button $5; individual show prices vary.
U.S. women’s soccer team vs. Costa Rica
Friday, July 22, at Children’s Mercy Park
Unlike the U.S. men’s team, which didn’t qualify for the Olympics, the women’s national team is a gold-medal threat. In fact, the U.S. women will be going for their fourth consecutive Olympic championship. They are led by midfielders Carli Lloyd and Tobin Heath and goalkeeper Hope Solo, who were named to their third Olympic rosters. The U.S. women’s match against Costa Rica will be their final warmup before heading to Rio, where they will play New Zealand on Aug. 3 in their Olympic opener. 8 p.m. Friday, July 22. Children’s Mercy Park. 800-745-3000. ussoccer.com. $38-$250.
“Big Fish the Musical”
Friday-Saturday, July 22-23, at Kauffman Center
The Culture House Academy of Performing Arts in Olathe will get to perform on a big stage with its production of “Big Fish the Musical.” Based on a novel written by Daniel Wallace and a movie directed by Tim Burton, the play focuses on a man who is about to become a father and is determined to find out how many of his own father’s apocryphal tales are true. “Big Fish the Musical” had a brief run on Broadway in 2013. 7:30 p.m. Friday, July 22; 1:30 and 7:30 p.m. Saturday, July 23. Muriel Kauffman Theatre, Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts. 816-994-7222. kauffmancenter.org. $12-$25.
A Day for 5K
Saturday, July 23, at multiple venues
Late July isn’t exactly prime race time for runners, but despite the near-guarantee of hot weather, this Saturday is oversaturated with 5K races, each with a twist. A Divine Run will take place in the parking lot at Kansas Speedway. The Rugged Maniac includes obstacles and staggered starting times. The Run for Raptors is a family-oriented trail run. The Rock the Crossroads 5K is an evening race followed by a concert that will be free for participants.
A Divine Run 5K Run/Walk, 7:30 a.m. Saturday, July 23, Kansas Speedway. divinerun.com
Run for Raptors 5K, 8 a.m., Saturday, July 23, Camp Lake of the Woods, Swope Park. runsignup.com/race/mo/kansascity/lakesidetrailrun
Rugged Maniac 5K, 9:45 a.m., Saturday, July 23, Snow Creek Ski Area, Weston. ruggedmaniac.com/events/kansascity
Rock the Crossroads 5K, 7:30 p.m., Saturday, July 23, Crossroads Arts District. rockthecrossroads.com
“Property” by Nick Cave
Opens Saturday, July 23, at Nelson-Atkins Museum
You might know Nick Cave as an Australian rock musician. This isn’t that guy. This Nick Cave has gone from his roots in Fulton, Mo., and the Kansas City Art Institute to having art exhibitions around the country, including one at Grand Central Station in 2013. He is best known for his Soundsuits, sculptural forms based on the scale of his body. With “Property,” he transforms 1,000 found objects into sculpture. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday, July 23 (runs through Dec. 31). Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art. 816-751-1278. nelson-atkins.org. Free.
Saturday, July 23, at Sprint Center
He’s Canadian and he got his show-business start on a teen TV drama (“Degrassi: The Next Generation”), but that hasn’t kept Drake from becoming one of the biggest hip-hop artists in the U.S. His newest album, “Views,” debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 and spent nine weeks in the top spot. Future, who joined Drake on the song “Grammys” on “Views,” is scheduled to open for him on his Summer Sixteen Tour. 6:30 p.m. Saturday, July 23. Sprint Center. 816-949-7000. sprintcenter.com. $49.50-$129.50.
Chipotle Cultivate Festival
Saturday, July 23, at Penn Valley Park
Celebrity chefs Andrew Zimmern, Carla Hall, Colby Garrelts, Gerard Craft and Michael Corvino are the big draw of this event, but it also will feature musical acts (including the Mowgli’s), a kids zone, an artisans hall with desserts for purchase and a tasting hall serving locally produced beverages. The event also will include five interactive experiences focusing on sustainable food. 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Saturday, July 23. Penn Valley Park. chipotlecultivate.com/cities/kansas-city. Free.
Opens Tuesday, July 26, at Starlight
Don’t feel bad if you’re not familiar with “If/Then.” The musical has been around for less than three years, having had a tryout in Washington, D.C., in late 2013 before opening on Broadway in March 2014. The Broadway show has been on a national tour since October. It tells the story of a newly divorced woman (played by Idina Menzel on Broadway) who moves to New York. 8 p.m. Tuesday, July 26 (through July 31). Starlight Theatre. 816-363-7827. kcstarlight.com. $14-$142.
Wednesday, July 27, at Unity Temple on the Plaza
Few contemporary authors have had the range of success of Delia Ephron. She has written screenplays for movies such as “Michael,” “The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants” and “Bewitched” (although she might not want to claim that last one), and she has written novels, books of humor and essays. Ephron — whose parents, Phoebe and Henry Ephron, and sister Nora Ephron were also screenwriters — will appear in Kansas City to promote her latest novel, “Siracusa.” 7 p.m. Wednesday, July 27. Unity Temple on the Plaza. 913-384-3126. rainydaybooks.com. $26.
Wednesday, July 27, at Sprint Center
Hillsong Church, the Australian-based megachurch that baptized Justin Bieber, also has given the world Hillsong United. The 10-member worship band, which actually grew out of Hillsong Church’s youth ministry, was named top Christian artist at the Billboard Music Awards in May. The group also won top Christian song for “Oceans (Where Feet May Fail).” Lauren Daigle, who took home a Billboard award for top Christian album, will open. 7 p.m. Wednesday, July 27. Sprint Center. 816-949-7000. sprintcenter.com. $26.50-$49.50.
Thursday, July 28, at Kansas City Improv
If you’re familiar with the accomplishments of Dick Gregory, you probably have a question: Is the real Dick Gregory really going to perform at the Kansas City Improv or is this somebody else with the same name? The answer: Yes, the man who was Richard Pryor before Richard Pryor, who was a civil rights icon and who ran for president in 1968 is doing standup comedy again and is scheduled to stop in Kansas City. Gregory, a St. Louis native, is 83 now and is the subject of a play that opened recently in New York. 8 p.m. Thursday, July 28. Kansas City Improv. 816-759-5233. improvkc.com. $20-$27