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Best of the week: CBE Hall of Fame Classic, Titus Andronicus

KU's Travis Releford and the Jayhawks take the court at the CBE Classic.

Titus Andronicus

Tap Dogs, the long-running hit dance show, comes to Kansas City.

The North Face Endurance Challenge will take place at Theis Park. submitted photo courtesy North Face.

More sports

15: Kansas men’s basketball vs. Chattanooga @ Lawrence

16: Missouri men’s basketball vs. Nicholls State @ Columbia

17: Missouri football vs. Syracuse @ Columbia

17 : Kansas football vs. Iowa State @ Lawrence

17: Kansas State football vs. Baylor @ Waco, Texas

18: KC Chiefs vs. Cincinnati Bengals @ Arrowhead Stadium

18: Kansas State men’s basketball vs. North Florida @ Manhattan

More entertainment

14: Papadosio @ The Granada

14: Aerosmith with Cheap Trick @ Sprint Center

15: The Wallflowers @ Midland

15: Dropkick Murphys @ Uptown Theater

15: Asher Roth’s Fall Clashic @ The Granada

17: Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band @ Sprint Center

17: Metalocalypse: Dethklok @ Midland

17: Hammerlord @ Riot Room

More arts

14-Dec. 30: “Shrek the Musical” @ Coterie Theatre

15-18: “Some Girl(s)” @ The Living Room Theatre

16: Joyce DiDonato @ Folly Theater

16-Dec. 26: Kansas City Repertory Theatre presents “A Christmas Carol” @ Spencer Theatre

23-25: “Batman Live” @ Sprint Center

28-Dec. 23: “Inspecting Carol” @ Unicorn Theatre

29: Author Jim Butcher discusses “Cold Days: A Novel of The Dresden Files” @ Unity Temple on the Plaza

More miscellaneous

15-17: Winter Warmup @ Park Place in Leawood

22: Thanksgiving

22: Ward Parkway Thanksgiving Day Run @ Ward Parkway

22: Pilgrim Run @ Hyde Park

22: Thanksgiving Day 5K & Family Stroll @ Sprint Campus in Overland Park

23: Black Friday

30: “Couple’s Night Out” @ Tivol on the Country Club Plaza

Even more events

NOVEMBER

14-Dec. 30 — “Shrek the Musical” @ Coterie Theatre

14-18 — “Tap Dogs” @ Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts

14 — Papadosio @ Granada

14 — Mayday Parade and The Maine @ Beaumont Club

14 — Aerosmith with Cheap Trick @ Sprint Center

15 — The Wallflowers @ Midland

15 — Kansas men’s basketball vs. Chattanooga @ Lawrence

15 — Dropkick Murphys @ Uptown Theater

15 — Asher Roth’s Fall Clashic @ The Granada

15-17 — Winter Warmup @ Park Place in Leawood

15-18 — “Some Girl(s)” @ The Living Room Theatre

16 — Missouri men’s basketball vs. Nicholls State @ Columbia

16 — Joyce DiDonato @ Folly Theater

16-Dec. 26 — Kansas City Repertory Theatre presents “A Christmas Carol” @ Spencer Theatre

17 — Missouri football vs. Syracuse @ Columbia

17 — Kansas football vs. Iowa State @ Lawrence

17 — Kansas State football vs. Baylor @ Waco, Texas

17 — Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band @ Sprint Center

17 — Metalocalypse: Dethklok @ Midland

17 — North Face Endurance Challenge @ Theis Park

17 — Hammerlord @ Riot Room

18KC Chiefs vs. Cincinnati Bengals @ Arrowhead Stadium

18 — Kansas State men’s basketball vs. North Florida @ Manhattan

18 — 2012 National Collegiate Basketball Hall of Fame Induction @ Midland

18 — Matisyahu @ Uptown Theater

19 — Kansas men’s basketball vs. Washington State @ Sprint Center

19-20 — College Basketball Experience Classic @ Sprint Center

20 — Kansas men’s basketball vs. Texas A&M/St. Louis @ Sprint Center

22 — Thanksgiving

22 — Ward Parkway Thanksgiving Day Run @ Ward Parkway

22 — Pilgrim Run @ Hyde Park

22 — Missouri men’s basketball vs. Stanford @ Nassau, Bahamas

22 — Thanksgiving Day 5K & Family Stroll @ Sprint Campus in Overland Park

23 — Black Friday

23 — Missouri men’s basketball vs. Louisville/Northern Iowa @ Nassau, Bahamas

23 — Aaron Lewis @ Midland

23 — Josh Thompson @ Beaumont Club

23-25 — “Batman Live” @ Sprint Center

24 — Missouri football vs. Texas A&M @ College Station, Texas

25KC Chiefs vs. Denver Broncos @ Arrowhead Stadium

26 — Kansas men’s basketball vs. San Jose State @ Lawrence

28 — Megadeth @ Midland

28-Dec. 23 — “Inspecting Carol” @ Unicorn Theatre

29 — Author Jim Butcher discusses “Cold Days: A Novel of The Dresden Files” @ Unity Temple on the Plaza

29 — The Faceless @ Beaumont Club

29 — Coheed and Cambria @ Midland

30 — College basketball: Oregon State vs. Kansas @ Sprint Center

30 — Kansas men’s basketball vs. Oregon State @ Sprint Center

30 — Sara Evans @ Johnson County Community College’s Yardley Hall

30 — Trey Songz with Miguel and Elle Varner @ Midland

30 — “Couple’s Night Out” @ Tivol on the Country Club Plaza

DECEMBER

1 — Kansas football vs. West Virginia @ Morgantown, W.Va.

1 — Kansas State football vs. Texas @ Manhattan

1 — Chris Isaak @ Uptown Theater

1 — Winter Wonderland Fashion Show and Toy Drive @ Club 700

1-23 — Kansas City Ballet presents “The Nutcracker” @ Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts

2KC Chiefs vs. Carolina Panthers @ Arrowhead Stadium

2 — Kendrick Lamar @ Midland

4-9 — “Les Miserables” @ Music Hall

5 — Jake Owen @ Midland

7 — “Jim Brickman: On a Winter’s Night” @ Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts

8 — Lamb of God @ Uptown Theater

8 — Mix 93.3’s Jingle Jam featuring Cody Simpson and Boys Like Girls @ Midland

9KC Chiefs @ Cleveland Browns

9 — Trans-Siberian Orchestra: The Lost Christmas Eve @ Sprint Center

9 — Jingle Bell Run/Walk @ Meritex Enterprises in Lenexa

12 — The Brian Setzer Orchestra’s Christmas Rocks! Extravaganza @ Uptown Theater

13-16KC Symphony Christmas Festival @ Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts

14 — TubaChristmas 2012 @ Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts

14 — Oak Ridge Boys @ Uptown Theater

15 — Carrie Underwood @ Sprint Center

16KC Chiefs @ Oakland Raiders

20 — Martina McBride’s “The Joy of Christmas Tour” @ Midland

22NCAA basketball: Florida vs. Kansas State @ Sprint Center

22 — Owen/Cox Dance Group presents “The Nutcracker and the Mouse King” @ Folly Theater

23KC Chiefs vs. Indianapolis Colts @ Arrowhead Stadium

24 — Christmas Eve

25 — Christmas Day

26 — Kwanzaa begins

26-30 — Cirque du Soleil: Quidam @ Sprint Center

27-28 — Manheim Steamroller @ Music Hall

29 — The Good Times Tour featuring The Chi-Lites, Bloodstone and Kharizma @ Midland

30KC Chiefs @ Denver Broncos

31 — New Year’s Eve

JANUARY

12KC Weddings Bridal Spectacular @ Overland Park Convention Center

12 — Nuclear Cowboyz @ Sprint Center

20 — Keane @ Midland

22-23 — Shen Yun @ Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts

22-27 — “Billy Elliot” @ Music Hall

26 — Harlem Globetrotters @ Sprint Center

FEBRUARY

3 — Ed Sheeran @ Midland

4 — Lady Gaga @ Sprint Center

8-10 — Monster Jam @ Sprint Center

20 — Keane @ Midland

27 — Maroon 5 @ Sprint Center

MARCH

9 — Pentatonix @ Midland

13-16 — Big 12 Men’s Basketball Championship @ Sprint Center

22-24 — NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament @ Sprint Center

27-31 — Disney on Ice: Rockin’ Ever After

APRIL

9-14 — “Mary Poppins” @ Music Hall

MAY

31-June 6 — “Spamalot” @ Starlight Theatre

JUNE

11-16 — “Catch Me If You Can” @ Starlight Theatre

JULY

19 — One Direction @ Sprint Center

AUGUST

2-3 — Taylor Swift @ Sprint Center

Ink

CBE Hall of Fame Classic

MONDAY AND TUESDAY

Kansas Citians can get their first look at this year’s University of Kansas men’s basketball team next week when the College Basketball Experience hosts a four-team tournament at the Sprint Center. On Monday, Texas A&M takes on St. Louis at 6:30 p.m. and Kansas faces Wichita State immediately afterward. The two winning teams will take the floor against each other on Tuesday, immediately following the 6 p.m. consolation game. Tickets to each day’s session run $17 to $252 at sprintcenter.com. Additionally, the National Collegiate Basketball Hall of Fame will induct its class of 2012 on Sunday at 7:30 p.m. at the Midland. Among those scheduled to be in attendance are Patrick Ewing, Earl Monroe, Willis Reed and Clyde Lovellette. Tickets to the induction are $50 at midlandkc.com.

Titus Andronicus

TUESDAY

As its Shakespeare-derived name suggests, Titus Andronicus is a word-drunk band with literary ambitions. Like critically acclaimed the Hold Steady, Titus Andronicus specializes in adrenaline-fueled punk rock that’s commandeered by an excitable vocalist who sounds as if he’s speed reading. The New Jersey quintet’s new album “Local Business” may lack the luster of the band’s previous releases, but the Jackpot will seem Tuesday like the epicenter of the rock ’n’ roll universe. Ceremony, an excellent California-based act that revives the sloppy majesty of the Sex Pistols, opens the show.

Tickets are $12 in advance.

“Tap Dogs”

WEDNESDAY THROUGH SUNDAY

The Australia-based group has rocketed to international success since premiering at the Sydney Theatre Festival in 1995, and Kansas City gets an up-close look this week when the performance arrives at the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts. The group, which offers a high-energy brand of tap dancing, was part of the 2000 Olympic opening ceremony in Sydney and has been touring for 18 years across the globe. The first performance here was Tuesday, but there are more performances scheduled through Sunday. Tickets range from $36 to $76 at kauffmancenter.org or by calling the Kauffman Center box office at 816.994.7222.

North Face Endurance Challenge

SATURDAY

There’s a race for everyone in this annual event, which kicks off at 7 a.m. at Theis Park near the Plaza. The Challenge features 5K, 10K, half-marathon, marathon and 50K distances, as well as a kids run and marathon relay. Though the series’ other five stops are typically on trails or rugged terrain, the Kansas City stop is set up as a road-running festival. Races vary by distance, but the longer distances take runners past the UMKC campus, through historic Westport and north to downtown. Registration runs from $55 to $110 at thenorthface.com.

Winter Warm-Up at Park Place

THURSDAY THROUGH SATURDAY

Park Place in Leawood kicks off the holiday season with a three-day festival aimed at ramping up the winter cheer. In addition to daily specials from local stores and restaurants, the event includes live music, a one-man circus and a cocktail contest. Things kick off Thursday with free ice skating and complimentary hot chocolate from Cupcake a la Mode from 5-8 p.m. Charity groups will be on hand throughout the day Friday and Saturday, collecting donations. Go to pitchengine.com and search Winter Warm-Up for a full list of events and participating businesses.

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