Fall Fun in Kansas City!

79 ways to savor the season

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Yes-featuring Jon Anderson, Trevor Rabin and Rick Wakeman


   YES featuring Jon Anderson, Trevor Rabin and Rick Wakeman

   Sept. 5, 7:30 p.m.

   Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts, Kansas City, Mo.

   Fresh off a Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction this April, three former members of progressive rock band YES bring the band’s sound to the Kauffman Center. With Anderson, the original vocalist for YES, expect these three musicians to channel their former band during tours de force like “Roundabout.” $65.50 to $650. kauffmancenter.org


   Between the Lines

   Sept. 8-Oct. 1

   Kansas City Repertory Theatre, Kansas City, Mo.

   Don't miss the world premiere of best-selling author Jodi Picoult's novel-turned-musical Between the Lines, a tale of a teenage girl named Delilah who develops a literary crush on the handsome prince in her book. What happens when the line between fiction and fantasy becomes blurred with reality? $25 to $65. kcrep.org


   Melissa Etheridge with the Kansas City Symphony

   Sept. 22-24

   Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts, Kansas City, Mo.

   The Kauffman Center’s Helzberg Hall, where Melissa Etheridge will perform a three-night stay, is just a 45-minute drive from her childhood home in Leavenworth. That means the singer-songwriter’s shows with the Kansas City Symphony are her homecoming, featuring orchestral takes on old favorites and intimate storytelling about growing up in Leavenworth. $50 to $85. kauffmancenter.org


   Kenny Rogers

   Sept. 24, 7:30 p.m.

   Lied Center, Lawrence, Kan.

   It’s the last call to see Kenny Rogers live, as the acclaimed country singer embarks on his final tour, The Gambler’s Last Deal. With 39 studio albums to his name, Rogers’ show promises a long, sweeping setlist of the hits that made him one of country music’s first stars. $26 to $100. lied.ku.edu


Kenny Rogers Lawrence KS


   Kinky Boots

   Sept. 29-Oct. 1

   Starlight Theatre, Kansas City, Mo.

   If you missed Kinky Boots at the Music Hall in April 2016, then you have a second chance to catch Cyndi Lauper’s Tony Award-winning musical, where a shoe factory owner meets a drag queen. Inspired by true events, Kinky Boots is the tale of an unlikely partnership that proves anything is possible. $14 to $117. kcstarlight.com


   Eugene Onegin

   Sept. 30-Oct. 8

   Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts, Kansas City, Mo.

   When you watch the opera Eugene Onegin, you’re seeing the work of two Russian greats: Pushkin wrote the initial novel, and Tchaikovsky adapted it into an opera. This love story may have a dark twist, but the beloved music is grand as ever. ADD TICKET PRICES – AUG. 7. kauffmancenter.org


   Queens of the Stone Age

   Oct. 13, 7:30 p.m.

   Crossroads KC, Kansas City, Mo.

   In support of their new album, Villains, guitar-heavy rock band Queens of the Stone Age has made quite an odd coupling with “Uptown Funk” producer Mark Ronson. Expect to hear some of these danceable new tracks, along with old favorites like “No One Knows” and “My God Is the Sun.” English rock duo Royal Blood will open the show. Sold out. crossroadskc.com



   Oct. 13-Nov. 5

   Kansas City Repertory Theatre

   Fences was one of the last pieces August Wilson worked on, as he wrote the screenplay for the award-winning film shortly before his death in 2005. Before the film, though, came the Pulitzer Prize-winning play, an installment in Wilson’s Pittsburgh Cycle that focuses on an African-American family in the ’50s. $30 to $61. kcrep.org


Fences KCrep



   Oct. 15, 8:30 p.m.

   Arvest Bank Theatre at the Midland, Kansas City, Mo.

   They might not be the alternative rock heavyweights they once were, but Pixies will bring a show that mixes new energy and nostalgia to The Midland. Expect songs off their newest album, Head Carrier, in addition to favorites “Where Is My Mind?” and “Gigantic.” Critically acclaimed DIY rocker Mitski opens the show. $38 to $48. midlandkc.com


   Janet Jackson

   Oct. 19, 8 p.m.

   Sprint Center, Kansas City, Mo.

   After postponing this tour last year to start a family, Janet Jackson is back in action with her State of the World Tour.  Get ready to party in “Rhythm Nation,” which she brings to Sprint Center. $39.50 to $125. sprintcenter.com


   Through the Eyes of Picasso

   Opens Oct. 20

   Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, Kansas City, Mo.

   No one can know for sure what went through Picasso’s mind as he made his place in art history, but the Nelson-Atkins is trying to piece that together. The ticketed exhibition places some of the artist’s most famous work with his collection of African and Oceanic art. $18. nelson-atkins.org


Picasso Nelson Atkins 2017


   Maren Morris

   Oct. 26, 7 p.m.

   Arvest Bank Theatre at the Midland, Kansas City, Mo.

   Country music’s next big act has garnered comparisons to Kacey Musgraves and Sheryl Crow, but Maren Morris’ Grammy nominations and chart-topping major label debut prove she’s something unique. The country singer-songwriter will bring her eclectic stylings to the Midland on her first-ever headlining tour. $20 to $28. midlandkc.com


   Arcade Fire

   Oct. 27, 7:30 p.m.

   Silverstein Eye Centers Arena, Independence, Mo.

   Arcade Fire clearly cares about its live shows — the band’s 2013 tour mandated a formal dress code for concert-goers. You won’t want to put on a gown or suit for this show, though, where the band will play some of its new dance-rock songs such as “Everything Now” and “Creature Comfort” alongside favorites “Wake Up” and “Reflektor.” $26 to $285. silversteineyecentersarena.com


Arcade Fire Kansas City



   Nov. 9-26

   Metropolitan Ensemble Theatre

   Few cities would think to put a country spin on a Shakespeare play, but that’s one of the beauties of Kansas City. The Metropolitan Ensemble Theatre’s production of Cymbeline, a lesser-known Shakespeare show that blends history, romance and comedy, will show you the Bard’s work in a new light. $15 to $49. metkc.org



   Nov. 11, 15, 17 and 19, 7:30 p.m.

   Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts, Kansas City, Mo.

   Everest is on its way up, coming to Kansas City for the first performances since its world premiere in Dallas. The opera, sung in English, is inspired by true events, when three climbers were caught in a blizzard on the mountain in 1996. Check ticket prices Aug. 7. kauffmancenter.org



   Nov. 14-19

   Kansas City Music Hall, Kansas City, Mo.  

   Pie and Sara Bareilles music collide in this Tony Award-nominated musical, based on a 2007 independent film, where a dissatisfied waitress finds hope in a pie-making contest. Bareilles composed the music for the show — the first Broadway show to feature an all-woman creative team — including the upbeat “Opening Up” and showstopping “She Used to Be Mine.” Tickets not on sale at press time. theaterleague.com


   Lady Gaga

   Nov. 15, 7:30 p.m.

   Sprint Center, Kansas City, Mo.

   Lady Gaga’s been keeping busy, but between recording new single “The Cure” and acting in the remake of A Star Is Born, she set aside some time to visit Kansas City again. She became famous with provocative electro-pop music, but over the years Gaga has dabbled in jazz and country, so her new tour is sure to be full of surprises. $46 to $226. sprintcenter.com



   St. Vincent

   Nov. 19, 8 p.m.

   Uptown Theater, Kansas City, Mo.

   Annie Clark captured alternative and pop fans’ hearts alike as St. Vincent with her Grammy Award-winning, self-titled album in 2014. After performing with the Polyphonic Spree and Sufjan Stevens, and co-headlining shows with Talking Heads frontman David Byrne, this will be Clark’s first solo show in Kansas City. $39 to $155. uptowntheater.com


   An Evening with David Sedaris

   Nov. 20, 8 p.m.

   Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts, Kansas City, Mo.

   For one night only, a visit by renowned humorist David Sedaris will fill the Kauffman Center with laughter. The writer most recently released a collection of diary entries, Theft by Finding: Diaries (1977-2002), giving Sedaris even more to draw from in comedy that blends life experience with social commentary. $55.50 to $60.50. kauffmancenter.org


David Sedaris