Kansas men’s basketball vs. San Jose State
The conclusion to last year’s season was bittersweet. After an unexpected run to the NCAA tournament’s national title game, the Jayhawks fell to nouveau rival Kentucky and its crop of super-recruits. But behind guard Elijah Johnson and center Jeff Withey, each of whom will be looked upon to shoulder a greater load this season, the Jayhawks started the 2012-13 season ranked No. 7 nationally and have looked sharp despite a late-game breakdown against then-No. 21 Michigan State last week. Kansas (3-1) returns to the court Monday for an 8 p.m. matchup with San Jose State at Allen Fieldhouse in Lawrence.
Kansas City Repertory Theatre presents ‘A Christmas Carol’
WEDNESDAY THROUGH DEC. 26
Curmudgeon Ebenezer Scrooge has positioned himself through the decades as perhaps the most recognized literary Christmas character this side of the Red Ryder-wielding Ralphie. The KC Rep tackles the Charles Dickens tale just in time for the holidays. Kyle Hatley directs the performance, which opened last week and runs through Dec. 26 at the Spencer Theatre, 4949 Cherry St. Tickets are $25 to $75 at kcrep.org or by calling the ticket office at 816.235.2700.
FRIDAY THROUGH SUNDAY
Now that Christopher Nolan has officially wrapped up his intensely popular Dark Knight trilogy, hard-core fans need an outlet for their Batman fandom. Enter Batman Live, the 43-person live production featuring a smorgasbord of acrobatics, pyrotechnics and, yes, a Batmobile. It hits the Sprint Center this weekend for a total of seven shows spread across Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Tickets are $19.50 to $75 at sprintcenter.com, with four-ticket packs available for $99.
Ward Parkway Thanksgiving Day Run
Take a pre-emptive strike against Thanksgiving binging. The 9 a.m. 5K run/walk takes runners on an out-and-back down the lovely Ward Parkway. The swag’s pretty cool, too: each runner gets a long-sleeve race T-shirt or a pumpkin pie, and the top three families of four or more members receive a Christmas tree, spiral ham and a pound of Starbucks coffee. Race registration is $30 at enter2run.com. Proceeds go to Harvesters Food Bank of Kansas City and the Society of St. Andrews.
Ha Ha Tonka
The earthy Americana of Ha Ha Tonka and the homespun traditions associated with Thanksgiving are a potent combination. The Missouri-based band’s Thanksgiving Eve concert at RecordBar, consequently, serves as an ideal way to inaugurate the holiday season. Having completed a three-week tour of Europe, the hard-working quartet should be primed to perform its invigorating rustic rock for long-time friends and family. Not a Planet, an expressive pop-rock band from Kansas City, open the show.
Tickets to the 10 p.m. show are $12 in advance.