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This Week in KC: Kansas City Comic Con, Gwen Stefani, Hot Dog festival, KC Olympics, Josh Groban

Gwen Stefani, a co-founder of No Doubt, will perform Aug. 12 at the Sprint Center.
Gwen Stefani, a co-founder of No Doubt, will perform Aug. 12 at the Sprint Center.

“Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar and Grill”

Opens Thursday, Aug. 11, at Living Room

Nedra Dixon will take on the persona of Billie Holiday in this Spinning Tree Theatre production. Set a few months before the great singer’s death, the musical includes stories about her life as well as songs that made Holiday famous. Audra McDonald won her record sixth Tony Award for playing the role on Broadway in 2014, some 30 years after the play premiered in Atlanta. 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 11 (runs through Aug. 28). Living Room. 816-569-5277. spinningtreetheatre.com. $17-$36.

Kansas City Comic Con

Friday-Sunday, Aug. 12-14, at Bartle Hall

It might not rank with Comic-Con International held last month in San Diego, but you also don’t have to travel 1,600 miles to get there. Among the celebrities scheduled to attend are Carrie Henn from “Aliens,” Nichelle Nichols from “Star Trek,” John Schneider from “Smallville” and “Dukes of Hazzard,” Ksenia Solo from “Lost Girl” and “Orphan Black,” Billy Dee Williams from “Star Wars,” and actor and former Kansas City Chiefs player Fred Williamson. The event also will feature vendors, entertainment and tons of other activities. 1-7 p.m. Friday, Aug. 12; 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 13; 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 14. Bartle Hall. kansascity-comiccon.com. Daily pass, $25-$35; three-day pass, $60 ($20 for ages 11-16); children 10 and under free.

Gwen Stefani

Friday, Aug. 12, at Sprint Center

It has been, believe it or not, 30 years since Gwen Stefani co-founded the group No Doubt. She now is firmly entrenched as one of the superstars of pop music. After giving birth to her third son in 2014 and serving as a judge on NBC’s “The Voice” for two seasons, she has returned to performing full time. She has released three solo albums, the latest of which, “This Is What the Truth Feels Like” in March, debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard 200. 7 p.m. Friday, Aug. 12. Sprint Center. 816-949-7000. sprintcenter.com. $27.95-$147.95.

Rob Schneider

Friday-Saturday, Aug. 12-13, at Kansas City Improv

Rob Schneider has parlayed his stint on “Saturday Night Live” in the early 1990s into a substantial, if not critically acclaimed, career in movies ranging from “Deuce Bigalow: Male Gigolo” to “The Hot Chick.” He also has been doing stand-up comedy since he was in high school. But here’s something you might not have known: He is the father of pop singer Elle King, who will perform at Arvest Bank Theatre at The Midland in October. 7:30 and 9:45 p.m. Friday, Aug. 12; 7 and 9:45 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 13. Kansas City Improv. 816-759-5233. improvkc.com. $27-$32.

KCAC 40th Anniversary Block Party

Friday, Aug. 12, at Kansas City Artists Coalition

Music from Cachecanto and food from The Farmhouse and friends will highlight the celebration on the street and inside the galleries at the Kansas City Artists Coalition in the River Market area. In conjunction with the block party, KCAC’s River Market Regional Exhibition will open with a reception from 5 to 8 p.m. The exhibition will run through Sept. 22. 5-10 p.m. Friday, Aug. 12. Kansas City Artists Coalition. 816-421-5222. kansascityartistscoalition.org. Free.

Julion Alvarez

Saturday, Aug. 13, at Sprint Center

Julion Alvarez, who has won three Billboard Latin Music Awards, is the first musician to take a regional Mexican music act on a tour of U.S. arenas. He already has played Los Angeles, Dallas, Chicago, Atlanta and New York, and his stops after the Sprint Center will include Denver, Las Vegas and Phoenix. 8 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 13. Sprint Center. 816-949-7000. sprintcenter.com. $60.50-$160.50.

Heart of America Hot Dog Festival

Saturday, Aug. 13, at Negro Leagues Baseball Museum

Few things go together better than baseball and hot dogs, and you don’t have to go to Kauffman Stadium to enjoy the pairing. This family-oriented event will feature live entertainment, games, mascots and, of course, hot dogs. Attendees are encouraged to tour the museum, which will benefit from the proceeds of the event presented by Hy-Vee, Farmland and Pepsi. Noon-10 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 13. Negro Leagues Baseball Museum. 816-221-1920. nlbm.com. $5-$100.

KC Olympics

Saturday, Aug. 13, at Liberty Memorial

Who needs Rio when we have our own games, complete with a torch relay, and they start and finish on the same day? These games, which benefit Hope House, are in the non-Olympic sports of kickball, grass volleyball and tailgate pentathlon (bags, washers, rope chess, kan jam, bocce ball) and will involve team play. The day will be capped by a concert on the deck of National World War I Museum and Memorial. 9 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 13. Liberty Memorial. kcolympics.com. Fees vary to participate in events.

Chiefs vs. Seattle

Saturday, Aug. 13, at Arrowhead Stadium

This exhibition football game will be our first chance to see real football since January. Plus, for a quarter or so, the starters will actually play, and then we’ll have a chance to see all the Chiefs’ new players. 3:30 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 13. Arrowhead Stadium. 816-920-9300. chiefs.com. $35-$295.

Race for the Cure

Sunday, Aug. 14, at Union Station

Billed as “KC’s largest nonprofit 5K/1 mile event,” the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure involves nearly 15,000 runners, walkers, supporters, volunteers and vendors all joining the fight against breast cancer. Participants can enter as individuals or as members of teams, and all receive their own fundraising websites when they register for the race. 8:30 a.m. Sunday, Aug. 14. Union Station. 816-842-4444. komenkcrace.org. $35-$70; child $20.

Ensemble Iberica

Monday-Tuesday, Aug. 15-16, at Musical Theater Heritage

Formed by classical guitarist Beau Bledsoe, who is also the group’s artistic director, Ensemble Iberica performs the music of Iberia (Spain and Portugal) as well as the colonial Americas. This concert will feature music from Portugal, Cape Verde and Brazil, with contributions from singer Nathalie Pires and Brazilian vocalist and percussionist Nanny Assis. 7:30 p.m. Monday-Tuesday, Aug. 15-16. Musical Theater Heritage. ensembleiberica.org. $20-$25.

Josh Groban

Tuesday, Aug. 16, at Starlight

Josh Groban has been around so long it’s hard to believe he’s only 35. You might have first seen him acting on “Ally McBeal” in 2001, when he was 20. The multiplatinum artist made his name (and fortune) as a singer of songs that appeal mostly to an older crowd. His current tour is in support of “Stages,” an album filled with songs from Broadway musicals. Joining Groban will be three-time Grammy winner Sarah McLachlan. 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 16. Starlight. 816-363-7827. kcstarlight.com. $32-$152.

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