Kansas City entertainment: Charlie Parker event, ‘Maya’ opens

Jazz legend and Kansas City native Charlie Parker will be honored during Spotlight: Charlie Parker, with events running Aug. 22-27 at multiple venues.

Jazz legend and Kansas City native Charlie Parker will be honored during Spotlight: Charlie Parker, with events running Aug. 22-27 at multiple venues.

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The annual Spotlight: Charlie Parker will celebrate the Kansas City jazz legend with musical performances, tributes and more Aug. 21-27 at venues throughout the city.

A free kickoff event at 5:30 p.m. Aug. 23 at the Kansas City Public Library-Plaza Branch will feature a roundtable discussion examining Parker’s relationship to his hometown. Parker was born Aug. 29, 1920, in Kansas City, Kansas.

Among the musical highlights will be the “In the Yard” Outdoor Concert with Jackiem Joyner and the Shedrick Mitchell Trio featuring Christie Dashiell at the American Jazz Museum (5 p.m. Aug. 27) and the Dan Thomas Quintet featuring Bobby Watson at Tom’s Town Distilling Co. (7 p.m. Aug. 27). Two home-grown musicians, Morgan Faw and Houston Smith, will be artists-in-residence for the event.

For tickets and more information, go to spotlightcharlieparker.org.

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Acclaimed rapper Kendrick Lamar will bring his world tour to the T-Mobile Center on Aug. 21. Santiago Bluguermann TNS

More music

The Devil Wears Prada with Stray From the Path and Dying Wish, 7:30 p.m. Aug. 18, The Truman ($22-$44). thetrumankc.com.

Alice in Chains and Breaking Benjamin, 5:30 p.m. Aug. 19, Azura Amphitheater ($29.89-$125). azuraamp.com.

Midwest Reggae Fest, 5:30 p.m. Aug. 19, Gem Theater ($10-$40). eventbrite.com.

Carin Leon, 7 p.m. Aug. 19, Arvest Bank Theatre at the Midland ($42-$142). midlandkc.com.

Boz Scaggs with Robert Cray Band and Jeff LeBlanc, 7:30 p.m. Aug. 19, Kauffman Center ($55.50-$65.50). kauffmancenter.org.

Calvin Arsenia, 8:30 p.m. Aug. 19, Nerman Museum law (free). jccc.edu/midwest-trust-center/events.

Turnpike Troubadours, 6 p.m. Aug. 20, Azura Amphitheater ($39.50). azuraamp.com.

A Day to Remember with The Ghost Inside, Beartooth and Bad Omens, 6 p.m. Aug. 21, Azura Amphitheater ($34.75-$65). azuraamp.com.

Happy Together featuring The Turtles, Gary Puckett & The Union Gap, The Association and more, 7 p.m. Aug. 21, Kauffman Center ($57.50-$97.50). kauffmancenter.org.

Kendrick Lamar with Baby Keem and Tanna Leone, 7:30 p.m. Aug. 21, T-Mobile Center ($59-$179). t-mobilecenter.com.

At The Gates with Municipal Waste and Enforced, 8 p.m. Aug. 23, Granada ($35-$40). thegranada.com.

Chris Botti, 7:30 p.m. Aug. 24, Yardley Hall ($20-$115). jccc.edu/midwest-trust-center/events.

$uicideboy$ with Ski Mask the Slump God and more, 7:30 p.m. Aug. 24, Azura Amphitheater ($39.50-$69.50). azuraamp.com.

Alicia Keys, 8 p.m. Aug. 24, Starlight ($39.50-$249.50). kcstarlight.com.

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Alicia Keys, whose 2020 and 2021 concert dates at Starlight Theatre were postponed, is scheduled to perform there Aug. 24. File photo

Festivals

Ethnic Enrichment Festival, 6-10 p.m. Aug. 19, noon-10 p.m. Aug. 20, noon-6 p.m. Aug. 21, Swope Park ($5). eeckc.org.

Parkville Days, 6-10 p.m. Aug. 19, 10 a.m.-10 p.m. Aug. 20, noon-5 p.m. Aug. 21, Downtown Parkville (free). parkvillemo.org.

Croatian Festival, 5-10 p.m. Aug. 20, St. John the Baptist Croatian Parish, Kansas City Kansas (free). stjohnthebaptistcatholicchurch.com.

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The National World War I Museum and Memorial will present the Great Balloon Glow, which debuted last year, on Aug. 20. Tammy Ljungblad tljungblad@kcstar.com

More entertainment

The long-delayed exhibition “Maya: The Great Jaguar Rises” will open Aug. 19 at Union Station, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. daily through Jan. 31 ($14.50-$19.50). unionstation.org.

The Barn Players will stage the musical comedy “First Date” at the Johnson County Arts & Heritage Center, opens 7:30 p.m. Aug. 19; runs through Aug. 28 ($15-$20). thebarnplayers.org.

The Olathe Civic Theatre Association will present “Bonds, Bail Bonds: The Ridiculous Rendition of the Beginning of Bail Bonds” at Mahaffie Stagecoach Stop and Farm, 5 and 7:30 p.m. Aug. 20 ($10-$20). mahaffie.org.

The Kemper Museum Block Party Art will feature art making, food and drinks, music and the movie “Twister,” 6-10:30 p.m. Aug. 20 (free). kemperart.org.

Burlesque Downtown Underground will present “Heroes and Villains!” at the Bird Comedy Theater, 7 and 9:30 p.m. Aug. 20 ($25). kcburlesque.com.

Kansas City’s Great Balloon Glow will offer live music and tethered hot air balloons against the backdrop of the Liberty Memorial and the National WWI Museum, 8:30 p.m. Aug. 20; grounds open at 5 p.m. (free). theworldwar.org.

“Dying to Party” from Melting Pot Theatre will run at Just Off Broadway Theatre, 10 a.m. Aug. 24, 7:30 p.m. Aug. 25-26, 2 and 7:30 p.m. Aug. 27 ($17.25-$27.50). kcmeltingpot.com.

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Dan Kelly has been covering entertainment and arts news at The Star for 10 years. He previously worked at the Columbia Daily Tribune, The Miami Herald and The Louisville Courier-Journal. He also was on the University of Missouri School of Journalism faculty for six years, and he has written a historical novel, “Soaring with Vultures.”



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