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Best of the week: ‘Urinetown,’ art walk, Royals

"Urinetown"

The Nelson is hosting a steampunk-inspired event. Check out the explosive, folk-rock stylings of External Combustion Orchestra and create artist trading cards with local artist Tara Tonsor. Purchase tickets to explore Inventing the Modern World to find your own Steampunk inspiration.

Avett Brothers

Kansas City Royals' Mike Moustakas.

The Brush Creek Art Walk is a first-time painting competition.

More arts

25-29: “Cathy Rigby Is Peter Pan” @ Starlight Theatre

Aug. 3-12: Elton John & Tim Rice’s “Aida” @ Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts

Aug. 11: Quixotic with Emancipator @ Crossroads KC

Aug. 16: Il Divo @ Starlight Theatre

Aug. 28-Sept. 2: “La Cage Aux Folles” @ Starlight Theatre

Sept. 5-30: “The Motherf**ker with the Hat” @ Unicorn Theatre

More entertainment

25 : Childish Gambino @ Beaumont Club

27: Big Time Rush @ Sprint Center

Aug. 4: Enrique Iglesias and Jennifer Lopez @ Sprint Center

Aug. 14 : Yanni @ Midland

Aug. 18: Summerdaze Festival @ Cricket Wireless Amphitheater

Aug. 22: Phish @ Starlight Theatre

More miscellaneous

26-28: KC Fringe Experimental Music Showcase @ La Esquina, 1000 W. 25th St.

27: Music Matters II benefitting the Upper Room

Aug. 1-5: UniverSoul Circus @ Swope Park

Aug. 4: Screenland Slams “Legend” (1985) @ Screenland Crown Center

Aug. 17-19: Ethnic Enrichment Festival @ Swope Park

More sports

28: KC Roller Warriors @ Municipal Auditorium

Aug. 3-5: KC Royals vs. Texas Rangers @ Kauffman Stadium

Aug. 14-16: KC Royals vs. Oakland Athletics @ Kauffman Stadium

Aug. 17-19: KC Royals vs. Chicago White Sox @ Kauffman Stadium

Aug. 18: KC Roller Warriors @ Municipal Auditorium

Aug. 28-30: KC Royals vs. Detroit Tigers @ Kauffman Stadium

EVEN MORE EVENTS

JULY

25 — Childish Gambino @ Beaumont Club

25-29 — “Cathy Rigby is Peter Pan” @ Starlight Theatre

26 — The Avett Brothers @ CrossroadsKC

26 — ARTDynamic @ Nelson-Atkins Mueseum of Art

26-28KC Fringe Experimental Music Showcase @ La Esquina, 1000 W. 25th St.

27 — Big Time Rush @ Sprint Center

27-29 — Brush Creek Art Walk @ Brush Creek Trail

28KC Roller Warriors @ Municipal Auditorium

31-Aug. 2KC Royals vs. Cleveland Indians @ Kauffman Stadium

AUGUST

1-5 — UniverSoul Circus @ Swope Park

3 — First Friday @ Crossroads Arts District

3 — “Before I Die” Kansas City Project @ 214 W. 21st St. in the Crossroads Arts District

3-5KC Royals vs. Texas Rangers @ Kauffman Stadium

3-12 — Elton John & Tim Rice’s “AIDA” @ Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts

4 — Screenland Slams “Legend” (1985) @ Screenland Crown Center

4 — Enrique Iglesias and Jennifer Lopez @ Sprint Center

11 — Quixotic with Emancipator @ CrossroadsKC

14 — Yanni @ Midland

14-16KC Royals vs. Oakland Athletics @ Kauffman Stadium

16 — Il Divo @ Starlight Theatre

17-19 — Ethnic Enrichment Festival @ Swope Park

17-19KC Royals vs. Chicago White Sox @ Kauffman Stadium

18KC Roller Warriors @ Municipal Auditorium

18 — Summerdaze Festival @ Cricket Wireless Amphitheater

19 — Lamb of God and Dethklok @ Midland

22 — Phish @ Starlight Theatre

23 — Pretty Lights @ Midland

24 — Tech N9ne @ Crossroads KC

25 — Dawes @ CrossroadsKC

28-30KC Royals vs. Detroit Tigers @ Kauffman Stadium

28-Sept. 2 — “La Cage Aux Folles” @ Starlight Theatre

31-Sept. 2KC Royals vs. Minnesota Twins @ Kauffman Stadium

31-Sept. 3 — Santa-Cali-Gon Days Festival @ Independence Square in Independence

SEPTEMBER

1-2 — Kansas City Music Festival featuring It’s Not the End of the World Tour @ Beaumont Club

3 — Labor Day

3-6KC Royals vs. Texas Rangers @ Kauffman Stadium

5-30 — “The Motherf**ker with the Hat” @ Unicorn Theatre

7 — Boston with Night Ranger and Starship @ Starlight Theatre

7 — Cover Wars @ VooDoo Lounge

7-9 — Kansas City Urban Film Festival @ Screenland Crossroads and Bartle Hall

8-9 — Kansas City Chalk and Walk Festival @ Crown Center

12 — Jason Mraz @ Starlight Theatre

12 — Heartless Bastards @ Riot Room

13 — Powerman 5000 @ Beaumont Club

14-15 — Quixotic presents “Surfaces” @ Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art

14-16KC Royals vs. Los Angeles Angels @ Kauffman Stadium

15-23 — Lyric Opera presents “Madame Butterfly” @ Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts

15KC Roller Warriors @ Municipal Auditorium

15 — “Butt Scootin’ Boogie” concert benefitting KC Pet Project

16AVICII @ Midland

18-20KC Royals vs. Chicago White Sox @ Kauffman Stadium

20 — Piccadilly Gala benefitting Downtown Lee’s Summit Main Street @ The Pavillion at John Knox Village

21 — Jason Boland and the Stragglers @ Beaumont Club

21 — Joel Osteen @ Sprint Center

21-23KC Royals vs. Cleveland Indians @ Kauffman Stadium

28 — Comedian John Caparulo @ Midland

28 — Ben Folds Five @ Starlight Theatre

29 — Blues Traveler @ Crossroads KC

29 — Eric Church @ Sprint Center

OCTOBER

1 — Florence + the Machine @ Starlight Theatre

1-3KC Royals vs. Detroit Tigers @ Kauffman Stadium

5 — First Friday @ Crossroads Arts District

6NHL: New York Rangers vs. Colorado Avalanche @ Sprint Center

6 — Screenland Slams “I Know Who Killed Me” (2007) @ Screenland Crown Center

6 — Citizen Cope @ Crossroads KC

6 — Mike Birbiglia @ Midland

8 — Columbus Day

10-Nov. 2 — “Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson” @ Unicorn Theatre

12-13 — 2012 College Hockey Ice Breaker Tournament @ Sprint Center

13 — Norah Jones @ Midland

18 — 2012 Tour of Gymnastics Champions @ Sprint Center

19 — Vincente Fernandez @ Sprint Center

20 — Hammerween III @ Beaumont Club

20NASCAR Nationwide Series Kansas Lottery 300 @ Kansas Speedway

21NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Chase for the Sprint Cup Hollywood Casino 400 @ Kansas Speedway

24NBA: Washington Wizards vs. Miami Heat @ Sprint Center

26 — Justin Biever @ Sprint Center

27 — Red Hot Chili Peppers @ Sprint Center

30 — Madonna @ Sprint Center

31 — Halloween

NOVEMBER

1 — All Saints’ Day

2 — First Friday @ Crossroads Arts District

3 — Screenland Slams “Barb Wire” (1996) @ Screenland Crown Center

3-11 — Lyric Opera presents “Il Trovatore” @ Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts

4 — Daylight Saving Time ends

6 — Election Day

11 — Veterans Day

19-20 — College Basketball Experience Classic @ Sprint Center

22 — Thanksgiving

23 — Black Friday

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

DECEMBER

15 — Carrie Underwood @ Sprint Center

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

24 — Christmas Eve

25 — Christmas Day

26 — Kwanzaa begins

31 — New Year’s Eve

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Brush Creek Art Walk FRIDAY THROUGH SUNDAY

This first-time event will cover roughly four miles and include music, as local and regional artists take part in a live painting competition along Brush Creek near the Country Club Plaza. Artists have three days to complete their works, which will then be judged by juror Paul Dorrell of the Leopold Gallery. The top works will be selected for display at the UMKC Gallery of Art. Admission is free, and artist registration is $35 at brushcreekartwalk.org.

Theatre in the Park presents ‘Urinetown’ THURSDAY THROUGH SUNDAY

The popular summer theater series kicks it up a notch this week with the presentation of a deliciously disgusting satire about what happens when the world’s water dries up. A shortage of water has made a conglomerate out of water company Urine Good Company, who sends folks to a place called Urinetown if they refuse to pay a fee to pee. The production, held at Shawnee Mission Park in Shawnee, is directed by Olathe South High School theater director David Hastings. Shows begin at 8:30 p.m., with gates opening an hour earlier. Adult tickets are $8, except on Thursdays, when they’re 20 percent off. theatreinthepark.org

ArtDynamic THURSDAY

Spend happy hour at the city’s gathering place for art, the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art. The new event runs from 6 to 8:30 p.m. Thursday in the Bloch Building’s lobby, where patrons can mingle, drink and enjoy art and live music in a casual atmosphere. Admission to the event is free, but entrance into the exhibition “Inventing the Modern World: Decorative Arts at the World’s Fairs, 1851-1939” is $8 (or free for members). There’s also a cash bar available. Go to nelson-atkins.org for more information.

KC Royals vs. Cleveland Indians NEXT TUESDAY

If the Royals hope to salvage a season that, with the exception of a widely successful All-Star week, has been mostly forgettable, they’ll need to piece together some kind of an early second-half run. Things have gone dismally since the All-Star break — through last Sunday, the Royals had gone 3-7 during a stretch that included series against downtrodden Seattle and Minnesota — but they’ll have an opportunity to make up some ground in the AL Central during next week’s three-game series with the visiting Cleveland Indians. The series opens Tuesday night at 7:10 p.m. at Kauffman Stadium. Tickets start at $12 at kcroyals.com.

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