Elton John & Tim Rice’s ‘Aida’
Elton John does the music and Tim Rice handles the lyrics in this Broadway show about enduring love, presented by Starlight Theatre but staged at Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts. The Tony- and Grammy Award-winning production, which delves into the relationship between a soldier and an enslaved princess, held strong on Broadway after debuting in 2000, running for more than four years before hitting the international tour circuit. Performances are at 8 p.m. Wednesday through Sunday, with additional 2 p.m. shows on Saturday and Sunday. Tickets range from $25 to $95 at kcstarlight.com.
Kansas City’s Power & Light District has proved to be a good place to catch affordable entertainment. This summer’s list of performers has included G Love and the Special Sauce, Girl Talk and Young the Giant, all for $10 or less. On Friday, Paul Oakenfold comes to town for a free 8 p.m. show at the KC Live! stage. The English musician has pieced together a lengthy career that has included two studio albums (with one coming in 2013) as well as a number of mixes dating to the 1980s. On Thursday night, meanwhile, country music up-and-comer Easton Corbin performs a 7 p.m. show on the Live! stage in another free concert. powerandlightdistrict.com
Missouri State Fair
Sedalia opens its doors for the state fair, the annual collection of livestock shows, baking competitions and carnival rides that kicks off Thursday at the town’s 400-acre fairgrounds. The event celebrates its 110th year with a lineup of concerts that includes Jake Owen and Colt Ford (Aug. 16), Larry the Cable Guy (Aug. 17) and Hank Williams Jr. (Aug. 18). There’s also a bluegrass festival, truck and tractor pulls and horse shows. General admission tickets are $8 for adults and $2 for children 6-12, with ticket specials available on select days. Parking is free. Go to mostatefair.com for more information.
KC Royals vs. Oakland Athletics
**NEXT TUESDAY THROUGH THURSDAY
With the Royals’ hopes of a 2012 playoff berth essentially out the window, now’s as good a time as any to capitalize on the plethora of empty seats that figure to be available the rest of the regular season. Ned Yost’s team has won just one series since the All-Star break, and the team closed out last weekend 14 games out of first place in the American League Central. It was supposed to be a turnaround year for the Royals, who boast a roster filled with young talent, but with the exception of a small run late in the first half of the season, things never got going. The team opens its three-game series with the Oakland A’s at 7:10 p.m. Tuesday at Kauffman Stadium. Tickets start at $12 at kcroyals.com.