“Dancing With the Stars” Live
Wednesday, Aug. 2, at Arvest Bank Theatre at the Midland
NFL running back Rashad Jennings, who won Season 24 of the popular ABC show with his partner, Emma Slater, is scheduled to appear on the Hot Summer Nights tour. But otherwise, only professionals will dance — no amateur partners and no pesky judges. Among those expected to perform are Lindsay Arnold, Sharna Burgess, Artem Chigvintsev, Sasha Farber, Keo Motsepe and Gleb Savchenko. 816-283-9921. Tickets are $45-$79.50 through midlandkc.com.
Thursday, Aug. 3, at Starlight Theatre
The soothing songs of Alt-J’s aptly titled new album, “Relaxer,” provide an ideal soundtrack for lazing about at home. Making the mellow material compelling to large audiences, however, presents a formidable challenge for the British indie-pop band. Rather than provoking excited fist pumps, excruciatingly lovely songs like “3WW” may inspire serene contemplation of the splendid setting for the Aug. 3 concert. With Sohn. 816-363-7827. Tickets are $35-$59.50 through kcstarlight.com.
Royals vs. St. Louis
Monday, Aug. 7-Tuesday, Aug. 8, at Kauffman Stadium
In what has become something of a tradition, Missouri’s major league teams will play a four-day home-and-home series beginning with two games in Kansas City followed by two games in St. Louis. Last season, the Royals won three of the four games. This season, the teams have experienced similar success, with both hovering around .500 but remaining in their division races. 800-676-9257. Tickets are $10-$140 through kansascity.royals.mlb.com.
Tuesday, Aug. 8, at Arvest Bank Theatre at the Midland
In the six years since Fleet Foxes last performed in Kansas City, the group’s Robin Pecknold enrolled in Columbia University and the band’s former drummer, Josh Tillman, became a star as an acerbic solo artist under the alias of Father John Misty. Fleet Foxes recently emerged from its lengthy hiatus with the rapturously beautiful album “Crack-Up,” a follow-up to 2011’s “Helplessness Blues.” New folk-rock material like “If You Need to, Keep Time on Me” alludes to the band’s uncommon timetable. With (Sandy) Alex G. 816-283-9921. Tickets are $36-$40.50 through midlandkc.com.
“The Bodyguard: The Musical”
Opens Tuesday, Aug. 8, at Starlight Theatre
The 1992 hit movie starring Whitney Houston and Kevin Costner has been turned into a stage musical that, like the film, features music recorded by Houston. The classic songs include “Queen of the Night,” “One Moment in Time,” “Run to You,” “I Have Nothing” and “I Will Always Love You,” one of the biggest sellers ever. R&B star Deborah Cox is scheduled to play Rachel Marron, a superstar singer who is being harassed by an unknown stalker. Runs through Aug. 13. 816-363-7827. Tickets are $14-$162 through kcstarlight.com.
Wednesday, Aug. 9, at the Sprint Center
Put the strawberry champagne on ice. In addition to sweet bubbly beverages, the eager paramour of “That’s What I Like” promises his lover “shopping sprees in Paris” and “sex by the fire at night.” The song of seduction is the most recent addition to a long list of Bruno Mars chart-toppers that includes the swaggering “Uptown Funk,” the sophisticated hit “Locked Out of Heaven” and his 2010 breakout song “Just the Way You Are.” With Camila Cabello. 816-949-7100. Tickets are $49.50-$125 through sprintcenter.com.
Chiefs vs. San Francisco
Friday, Aug. 11, at Arrowhead Stadium
It is easy to get pumped up about the home team’s exhibition opener, even if the regulars probably will play less than a quarter and the outcome is virtually irrelevant. The Chiefs are coming off a 12-4 season that ended with a home playoff loss to Pittsburgh, but they made no major acquisitions in the offseason and cut stars Jamaal Charles and Jeremy Maclin. The 49ers finished 2-14 in 2016. 816-920-9300. Tickets are $16-$196 through chiefs.com.
Friday, Aug. 11, at the Sprint Center
“American Idiot” never sounded so good. Green Day’s incendiary rock opera was partly inspired by the band leader Billie Joe Armstrong’s opinion of the George W. Bush administration, but its admirers might believe that songs documenting “a new kind of tension” are even more relevant today. The trio’s transformation from a snotty ’80s pop-punk band into vital arena-rockers has been as remarkable as it was unexpected. With Catfish and the Bottlemen. 816-949-7100. Tickets are $29.50-$89.50 through sprintcenter.com.
Ethnic Enrichment Festival
Friday, Aug. 18-Sunday, Aug. 20, at Swope Park
Be sure to arrive hungry, because the choices of cuisine at the Ethnic Enrichment Festival will be mind-boggling. Representatives of more than 60 cultures will sell native foods and crafts and perform ethnic music and dances at one of the largest festivals of its kind in the country. Another highlight will be the free Kids’ World. $5 at gate. eeckc.net/events/ethnic-enrichment-festival.
Friday, Aug. 18, at the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts
“Perspective: Where You Stand Matters” will be the evening’s theme, with talks by researchers, inventors, best-selling authors, engineers, poets, activists, artists and musicians. Among them will be Angela Speck, the co-chair of a national task force preparing the nation for the Aug. 21 total eclipse of the sun; Louis Rosenberg, an expert on artificial intelligence; and actress Nia Orms, who will discuss love in a man’s world. Afterward, the Act III Reception will feature food, refreshments, live music, art and experiential happenings. Tickets are $55 ($28 for simulcast in Muriel Kauffman Theatre) through tedxkc.org.
Sporting Kansas City vs. Dallas
Saturday, Aug. 19, at Children’s Mercy Park
Sporting’s defense carried it to first place in Major League Soccer’s Western Conference, but FC Dallas overtook Sporting for the top spot in late July thanks to a defense that has been nearly as stingy. This will be the third and final regular-season match between the teams — they played to a 0-0 tie here March 11; FC Dallas won 1-0 April 22 in Dallas — and first place could be on the line. 913-387-3400. Tickets are $42-$69 through sportingkc.com.
Father John Misty
Sunday, Aug. 20, at Crossroads KC
Josh Tillman, the man who creates self-aware music as Father John Misty, is dedicated to obliterating the fourth wall that separates performers and audiences. The singer/songwriter delivered a portion of his 2015 outing at Starlight Theatre while lounging in empty seats near the stage. His set at the Uptown Theater last year featured a neon sign that read “no photography.” On his bleak new 13-minute narrative “Leaving LA,” Tillman anticipates rejection from his fans: “I used to like this guy — this new shit really kinda makes me wanna die.” With Tennis. 785-749-3434. Tickets are $35-$75 through crossroadskc.com.
Monday, Aug. 21, everywhere
Unless you live another 188 years or so, this will be your last chance to see a total solar eclipse in Kansas City. Locally, it will begin at 11:41 a.m., reach total eclipse at 1:08 p.m. and end at 2:35 p.m. There will be watch parties all over town. The total eclipse will last longer in a swath running from northwest of Kansas City to southeast, and areas such as St. Joseph and Lathrop will draw viewers from around the world. More information at eclipse2017.org and greatamericaneclipse.com.
Saturday, Aug. 26, at Argosy
It has been nearly 30 years since the syndicated late-night talk show “The Arsenio Hall Show” took the nation by storm and thrust its star into the limelight. The show was canceled six years later, but Hall has continued to appear in movies and TV shows. He won the fifth edition of “The Celebrity Apprentice” in 2012 and has focused on stand-up comedy the past several years. 816-746-3100. Tickets are $30 through argosykansascity.com.
Sunday, Aug. 27, at Arvest Bank Theatre at the Midland
“True!” The one-word exclamation that’s one of 2 Chainz’s primary catchphrases has become a staple in everyday conversations. It’s a remarkable achievement for a man who once rapped under the moniker of Tity Boi. The man born Tauheed Epps in Georgia in 1977 alluded to his background on his verse on Chance the Rapper’s “No Problem” by explaining that he “took night classes” at the “school of hard knocks.” He’s repeatedly proven that he’s an engaging performer at his frequent area appearances. With Young Dolph. 816-283-9921. Tickets are $38.50 through midlandkc.com.
Sunday, Aug. 27, at Providence Medical Center Amphitheater
Pentatonix has been making glee club cool since 2011. Since winning TV’s “The Sing-Off,” the ensemble has dramatically altered the perception of school choirs. Rather than representing social outcasts, students dedicated to scholastic vocal groups are now likely to be seen as potential pop stars by their classmates. Pentatonix’s show in Bonner Springs will act as a master class as the quintet interprets familiar material ranging from “Bohemian Rhapsody” to “Over the Rainbow.” 913-825-3400. Tickets are $29.50-$69.50 through providenceamp.com.
Garrison Keillor’s Prairie Home Love and Comedy Tour
Tuesday, Aug. 29, at Uptown Theater
Catch up on the news from Lake Wobegon and the tales of Guy Noir as Garrison Keillor, who left public radio’s “A Prairie Home Companion” last fall, hits the road to celebrate his 75th birthday. Joining him will be sound effects man Fred Newman, music director Rich Dworsky (with the Road Hounds) and singer Aoife O’Donovan. 816-753-8665. Tickets are $55-$225 through uptowntheater.com.
American Royal World Series of Barbecue
Thursday, Aug. 31-Sunday, Sept. 3, at Kansas Speedway
After relocating to the Speedway last year, the World Series of Barbecue moves from October to Labor Day weekend for its 38th edition. The bulk of the event billed as the world’s largest barbecue competition will take place in September, but it will begin on the final day of August with the Celebrity Cook Off. The Invitational Contest will be Sept. 2, with the Open Contest Sept. 3. In addition to food, offerings will include a beer/cocktail garden, carnival rides, live entertainment and fireworks. Tickets are $7-$20 ($35 for weekend) through americanroyal.com/bbq.