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Best of the Week: Chiefs, Festivus, Mac Lethal

Jerry Stiller as the Seinfeld inspiration for the Festivus holiday.

Kansas City Chiefs head coach Romeo Crennel.

The Nutcracker and the Mouse King

Mac Lethal.

More sports

28: Missouri men’s basketball vs. UCLA

29: Kansas men’s basketball vs. American @ Lawrence

29: Kansas State men’s basketball vs. UMKC @ Manhattan

30: KC Chiefs @ Denver Broncos

31: Kansas State men’s basketball vs. South Dakota @ Manhattan

Jan. 5: Kansas State men’s basketball vs. Oklahoma State @ Manhattan

More arts

19-23: Kansas City Ballet presents “The Nutcracker” @ Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts

19-26: Kansas City Repertory Theatre presents “A Christmas Carol” @ Spencer Theatre

19-30: “Inspecting Carol” @ Unicorn Theatre

19-Feb. 10: “Bonjour Picasso!” @ Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art

20-23: “The Soul Collector” @ Unicorn Theatre

More entertainment

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

27-28: Manheim Steamroller @ Music Hall

29: “The Good Times Tour” featuring the Chi-Lites, Bloodstone and Kharizma @ Midland

Jan. 12: Nuclear Cowboyz @ Sprint Center

Jan. 14: Reel Big Fish @ Granada

Jan. 16: The Used @ Beaumont Club

More miscellaneous

19-Jan. 20: “Heartland: The Photographs of Terry Evans” @ Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art

22: Holiday Tea @ Bluestem

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

Jan. 4-11: Elvis Birthday Bash @ multiple locations

Jan. 12: KC Weddings Bridal Spectacular @ Overland Park Convention Center

Jan. 18: Comedian Rodney Carrington @ Midland

Jan. 26: 999 Eyes Freakshow @ Granada

Even more events

DECEMBER

19-23 — “Inspecting Carol” @ Unicorn Theatre

19-23 — Kansas City Ballet presents “The Nutcracker” @ Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts

19-26 — Kansas City Repertory Theatre presents “A Christmas Carol” @ Spencer Theatre

19-Feb. 10 — “Bonjour Picasso!” @ Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art

19-Jan. 20 — “Heartland: The Photographs of Terry Evans” @ Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art

20-23 — “The Soul Collector” @ Unicorn Theatre

20-23 — Musical Theater Heritage presents “A Spectacular Christmas” @ Off Center Theatre

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

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

22 — Missouri men’s basketball vs. Illinois @ St. Louis

22 — Kansas men’s basketball vs. Ohio State @ Columbus, Ohio

22 — Holiday Tea @ Bluestem

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

23KC Chiefs vs. Indianapolis Colts @ Arrowhead Stadium

23 — Festivus @ Julian restaurant

24 — Christmas Eve

25 — Christmas Day

26 — Kwanzaa begins

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

27-28 — Manheim Steamroller @ Music Hall

28 — Missouri men’s basketball vs. UCLA

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

29 — Kansas men’s basketball vs. American @ Lawrence

29 — Kansas State men’s basketball vs. UMKC @ Manhattan

30KC Chiefs @ Denver Broncos

31 — New Year’s Eve

31 — Kansas State men’s basketball vs. South Dakota @ Manhattan

JANUARY

4-11 — Elvis Birthday Bash @ multiple locations

5 — Kansas State men’s basketball vs. Oklahoma State @ Manhattan

5 — Missouri men’s basketball vs. Bucknell @ Columbia

6 — Kansas men’s basketball vs. Temple @ Lawrence

8 — Missouri men’s basketball vs. Alabama @ Columbia

9 — Kansas men’s basketball vs. Iowa State @ Lawrence

12KC Weddings Bridal Spectacular @ Overland Park Convention Center

12 — Nuclear Cowboyz @ Sprint Center

12 — Kansas State men’s basketball vs. West Virginia @ Morgantown, W. Va.

12 — Missouri men’s basketball vs. Ole Miss @ Oxford, Miss.

12 — Kansas men’s basketball vs. Texas Tech @ Lubbock, Texas

14 — Kansas men’s basketball vs. Baylor @ Lawrence

14 — Reel Big Fish @ Granada

16 — Kansas State men’s basketball vs. TCU @ Fort Worth, Texas

16 — The Used @ Beaumont Club

16 — Missouri men’s basketball vs. Georgia @ Columbia

18 — Comedian Rodney Carrington @ Midland

18 — Kevin Fowler @ Granada

19 — Missouri men’s basketball vs. Florida @ Gainesville, Fla.

19 — Kansas State men’s basketball vs. Oklahoma @ Manhattan

19 — Kansas men’s basketball vs. Texas @ Austin, Texas

19 — Harriman-Jewell Series presents Michael Fabiano @ Folly Theater

19 — 2013 Kansas City Royals Fanfest @ Overland Park Convention Center

20 — Keane @ Midland

22 — Missouri men’s basketball vs. South Carolina @ Columbia

22 — Kansas men’s basketball vs. Kansas State @ Manhattan, Kan.

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

22-27 — “Billy Elliot” @ Music Hall

23 — Trampled By Turtles with My Morning Jacket’s Carl Broemel @ Granada

24-26KC Symphony featuring Heartland Men’s Chorus presents “Broadway Rocks!”

26 — Kansas State men’s basketball vs. Iowa State @ Ames, Iowa

26 — Harlem Globetrotters @ Sprint Center

26 — Missouri men’s basketball vs. Vanderbilt @ Columbia

26 — Kansas men’s basketball vs. Oklahoma @ Lawrence

28 — Kansas men’s basketball vs. West Virginia @ Morgantown, W.Va.

30 — Missouri men’s basketball vs. LSU @ Baton Rouge, La.

30 — The Darkness @ Beaumont Club

30 — Kansas State men’s basketball vs. Texas @ Manhattan

FEBRUARY

2 — Kansas State men’s basketball vs. Oklahoma @ Norman, Okla.

2 — Missouri men’s basketball vs. Auburn @ Columbia

2 — Kansas men’s basketball vs. Oklahoma State @ Lawrence

3 — Ed Sheeran @ Midland

4 — Lady Gaga @ Sprint Center

5 — Kansas State men’s basketball vs. Texas Tech @ Lubbock, Texas

6 — Kansas men’s basketball vs. TCU @ Fort Worth, Texas

6 — Savoy @ Granada

7 — Missouri men’s basketball vs. Texas A&M @ College Station, Texas

8 — Jason Boland & The Stragglers @ Granada

8-10 — Monster Jam @ Sprint Center

9 — Kansas men’s basketball vs. Oklahoma @ Norman, Okla.

9 — Kansas State men’s basketball vs. Iowa State @ Manhattan

9 — Missouri men’s basketball vs. Ole Miss @ Columbia

11 — Kansas men’s basketball vs. Kansas State @ Lawrence

13 — Missouri men’s basketball vs. Mississippi State @ Starkville, Miss.

15 — The Walking Dead Live @ Midland

15 — Zac Brown Band @ Sprint Center

16 — Missouri men’s basketball vs. Arkansas @ Fayetteville, Ark.

16 — Kansas men’s basketball vs. Texas @ Lawrence

16 — Kansas State men’s basketball vs. Baylor @ Manhattan

18 — Kansas State men’s basketball vs. West Virginia @ Manhattan

19 — Missouri men’s basketball vs. Florida @ Columbia

20 — Keane @ Midland

20 — Kansas men’s basketball vs. Oklahoma State @ Stillwater, Okla.

20 — Wednesday 13 @ Granada

23 — Yo Gabba Gabba @ Midland

23 — Kansas State men’s basketball vs. Texas @ Austin, Texas

23 — Missouri men’s basketball vs. Kentucky @ Lexington, Ken.

23 — Kansas men’s basketball vs. TCU @ Lawrence

25 — Kansas State men’s basketball vs. Texas Tech @ Manhattan

25 — Kansas men’s basketball vs. Iowa State @ Ames, Iowa

26 — 999 Eyes Freakshow @ Granada

27 — Maroon 5 @ Sprint Center

27-March 3 — Kansas City Fashion Week @ 28 Event Space

28 — Missouri men’s basketball vs. South Carolina @ Columbia, S.C.

MARCH

2-3 — Arenacross @ Sprint Center

2 — Kansas State men’s basketball vs. Baylor @ Waco, Texas

2 — Kansas men’s basketball vs. West Virginia @ Lawrence

3 — Missouri men’s basketball vs. LSU @ Columbia

4 — Kansas men’s basketball vs. Texas Tech @ Lawrence

5 — Missouri men’s basketball vs. Arkansas @ Columbia

5 — Kansas State men’s basketball vs. TCU @ Manhattan

6 — Murs @ Granada

9 — Kansas State men’s basketball vs. Oklahoma State @ Stillwater, Okla.

9 — Kansas men’s basketball vs. Baylor @ Waco, Texas

9 — Pentatonix @ Midland

9 — Missouri men’s basketball vs. Tennessee @ Knoxville, Tenn.

13 — Here Come the Mummies @ Granada

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

13-17SEC men’s basketball tournament

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

25 — Lindsey Stirling @ Granada

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

APRIL

4 — Mike Tyson: The Undisputed Truth Tour @ Midland

9-14 — “Mary Poppins” @ Music Hall

13 — Lewis Black @ Midland

13 — Bon Jovi @ Sprint Center

20 — That 1 Guy @ Granada

30 — Fleetwood Mac @ Sprint Center

MAY

5 — Jim Henson’s Pajanimals @ Midland

31-June 6 — “Spamalot” @ Starlight Theatre

JUNE

1 — Color Run @ Arrowhead Stadium

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

JULY

19 — One Direction @ Sprint Center

AUGUST

2-3 — Taylor Swift @ Sprint Center

Ink

KC Chiefs vs. Indianapolis Colts

SUNDAY

Kansas City missed out on the Andrew Luck sweepstakes last year, but Chiefs fans can spend three hours wondering “what-if” during the Chiefs’ home-finale matchup with the visiting Colts. The rookie quarterback has helped Indianapolis fans forget about the departed Peyton Manning, leading the franchise to an unlikely 9-5 record, including seven wins in their past nine games. The Chiefs, on the other hand, are wrapping up another disappointment of a season. They currently sit at 2-12 and in last place in the AFC West, and their abysmal play has led to speculation about the future of both head coach Romeo Crennel and general manager Scott Pioli. Kickoff is scheduled for noon on CBS.

Owen/Cox Dance Group presents ‘The Nutcracker and the Mouse King’

SATURDAY

The production began strictly as a musical concert before later expanding to include dance as well. The Owen/Cox Dance Group is joined by a number of high-profile Kansas Citians — artist Peregrine Honig, Mark Southerland, the People’s Liberation Big Band — to tackle E.T.A. Hoffman’s 1816 tale, “The Nutcracker and the Mouse King.” This year marks the fourth for the performance, and the third significant Christmas production Owen/Cox co-founder Brad Cox has been a part of in the past 10 years. The show is Saturday at 8 p.m. at the Folly Theater. Tickets, which can be purchased at follytheater.com, run between $10 and $50.

Festivus SUNDAY

A Festivus miracle? Pretty much. Kansas City super chef Celina Tio opens up her Brookside restaurant, Julian, Sunday to celebrate the fictional holiday made famous by the series “Seinfeld.” According to the popular Seinfeld episode, Festivus is a time to air grievances and compete in feats of strength. For the Julian festivities, patrons have an opportunity to air various grievances and compete in arm-wrestling competitions, while enjoying a meal of Mulligatawny, BIG salad, clams casino and other “Seinfeld”-themed foods. The price for the four-course dinner, which goes from 5:30 to 9 p.m., is $35. Go to juliankc.com to reserve a table.

Mac Lethal at Riot Room TUESDAY

“Every day is Christmas — wake up early if you want some presents,” Mac Lethal raps on “Irish Funeral.” “You know I’m bringing Kansas City right down your motherf*ing chimney.” If Mac Lethal actually made that sooty slide, he’d probably come in the form of the Grinch rather than Santa Claus. The acerbic rapper has expressed distain for both materialism and organized religion throughout his career. While his novelty speed-rapping videos have racked up tens of millions of YouTube views, the locally based rapper has always maintained an unusually intimate rapport with his fans in Kansas City. Mac Lethal will be joined by DJ You’ll Shoot Your Eye Out! on Tuesday.

Tickets to the 8 p.m. show are $10 in advance.

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