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22-23: Missouri men’s basketball at Battle 4 Atlantic tournament @ Nassau, Bahamas

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

25: KC Chiefs vs. Denver Broncos @ Arrowhead Stadium

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

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

1 — Kansas State football vs. Texas @ Manhattan

More arts

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

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

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

Dec. 1: Winter Wonderland Fashion Show and Toy Drive @ Club 700

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

Dec. 4-9: “Les Miserables” @ Music Hall

More entertainment

23: Josh Thompson @ Beaumont Club

28: Megadeth @ Midland

29: The Faceless @ Beaumont Club

29: Coheed and Cambria @ Midland

29: Joanne Shaw Taylor @ Knuckleheads

30: Trey Songz with Miguel and Elle Varner @ Midland

Dec. 1: Chris Isaak @ Uptown Theater

More miscellaneous

22: Thanksgiving

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

Dec. 1: Kansas City Rock & Comic-Con @ Aftershock

Even more events

NOVEMBER

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

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

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

29 — Joanne Shaw Taylor @ Knuckleheads

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 — Kansas City Rock & Comic-Con @ Aftershock

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

6-7 — Kansas City Symphony Classics Uncorked Series presents “The Holly and the Ivy” @ Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts

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

11 — 106. 5 The Wolf presents Acoustic Christmas featuring Big & Rich, Kix Brooks, Randy Houser and Tyler Farr

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 — 96.5 The Buzz presents The Night The Buzz Stole Christmas featuring Flogging Molly, The Dirty Heads, ZZ Ward and Not a Planet

14 — Oak Ridge Boys @ Uptown Theater

15 — Carrie Underwood @ Sprint Center

15 — 96.5 The Buzz presents The Night The Buzz Stole Christmas featuring Grouplove, Of Monsters and Men, The Joy Formidable, Elle King and She’s a Keeper

16 — 96.5 The Buzz presents The Night The Buzz Stole Christmas featuring Passion Pit, Alt-J, Blondfire, Churchill and Heroes and Villains

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

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

26 — Harlem Globetrotters @ Sprint Center

FEBRUARY

3 — Ed Sheeran @ Midland

4 — Lady Gaga @ Sprint Center

8 — Jason Boland & The Stragglers @ Granada

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

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Kansas men’s basketball vs. San Jose State

MONDAY

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.

Batman Live

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

THURSDAY

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

WEDNESDAY

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.

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