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Best of the week: ‘AIDA,’ Paul Oakenfold, the Missouri State Fair

Chelsea Packard delivers a memorable performance as Amneris in Starlight Theatre's production of "Aida."

The Missouri State Fair in Sedalia opens in August.

Kansas City Royals' Mike Moustakas

Fun. comes to Kansas City for 96.5 The Buzz's Buzz Under the Stars, Night 1.

More arts

16: Il Divo @ Starlight Theatre

17: “The French Cabaret: A Vaudevillian Experience” @ Uptown Arts Bar, 3611 Broadway

18: Bernadette Peters @ Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts

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

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

Sept. 7-9: Kansas City Urban Film Festival @ Screenland Crossroads and Bartle Hall

Sept. 12: Author Joe Posnanski discusses “Paterno,” a biography, @ Unity Temple on the Plaza

More music

14 : Yanni @ Midland

15: Ink Magazine Local Music Showcase: We Are Voices @ Kauffman Stadium

16: Willie Nelson @ Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts

16: Hot Country Nights Free Concert Series presents Jerrod Niemann @ Power & Light District

18: Summerdaze Festival @ Cricket Wireless Amphitheater

22: Phish @ Starlight Theatre

23: Pretty Lights @ Midland

23: Hot Country Nights Free Concert Series presents Craig Morgan @ Power & Light District

More entertainment

11: Quixotic with Emancipator @ Crossroads KC

17-19: Ethnic Enrichment Festival @ Swope Park

25: MissRepresentation.org panel @ American Heartland Theatre

28: TEDxKC 2012 @ Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts

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

Sept. 5-9: KC Fashion Week

Sept. 8-9: Kansas City Chalk and Walk Festival @ Crown Center

More sports

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

18: KC Roller Warriors @ Municipal Auditorium

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

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

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

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

Even more events

AUGUST

8-12 — Elton John & Tim Rice’s “AIDA” @ Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts

9 — Hot Country Nights Free Concert Series presents Easton Corbin @ Power & Light District

9-19 — Missouri State Fair @ Sedalia

10 — Paul Oakenfol @ Power & Light District

11 — Quixotic with Emancipator @ CrossroadsKC

14 — Yanni @ Midland

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

15 — Ink Magazine Local Music Showcase: We Are Voices @ Kauffman Stadium

16 — Willie Nelson @ Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts

16 — Hot Country Nights Free Concert Series presents Jerrod Niemann @ Power & Light District

16 — Il Divo @ Starlight Theatre

17 — “The French Cabaret: A Vaudevillian Experience” @ Uptown Arts Bar, 3611 Broadway

17-19 — Ethnic Enrichment Festival @ Swope Park

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

18 — Bernadette Peters @ Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts

18KC Roller Warriors @ Municipal Auditorium

18 — Summerdaze Festival @ Cricket Wireless Amphitheater

22 — Phish @ Starlight Theatre

23 — Pretty Lights @ Midland

23 — Hot Country Nights Free Concert Series presents Craig Morgan @ Power & Light District

24 — Tech N9ne @ Crossroads KC

24 — The All American Rejects @ Power & Light District

25 — Dawes @ CrossroadsKC

25MissRepresentation.org panel @ American Heartland Theatre

28 — TEDxKC 2012 @ Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts

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

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

29 — Ink Magazine Local Music Showcase: Making Movies @ Kauffman Stadium

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 — Ink Magazine Local Music Showcase: The Good Foot @ Kauffman Stadium

5-9KC Fashion Week

5-30 — “The Motherf*er 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

9 — 2 Chainz @ Beaumont Club

12 — Jason Mraz @ Starlight Theatre

12 — Author Joe Posnanski discusses “Paterno” @ Unity Temple on the Plaza

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 — Paws in the Park Dog Walk Festival benefitting Friends of Parkville Animal Shelter @ English Landing Park in Parkville

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

15KC Roller Warriors @ Municipal Auditorium

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

16 — John Lithgow stars in “Farkle & Friends” @ Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts

16AVICII @ Midland

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

19 — Ink Magazine Local Music Showcase: Antennas Up @ Kauffman Stadium

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

21 — Jason Boland and the Stragglers @ Beaumont Club

21 — Joel Osteen @ Sprint Center

21-22 — Comedian Kevin Nealon @ The Kansas City Improv Comedy Club & Dinner Theatre

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

22 — Sounds in Kansas City 5K run/walk benefiting Saint Like’s Midwest Ear Institute @ Shawnee Mission Park

26 — Masters of Illusion @ Midland

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

3 — Ink Magazine Local Music Showcase: Barclay Martin Ensemble @ 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

14 — A$AP Rocky @ Beaumont Club

18 — 2012 Tour of Gymnastics Champions @ Sprint Center

19 — Vincente Fernandez @ Sprint Center

20 — Hammerween III @ Beaumont Club

20 — John Lithgow: Stories by Heart @ University of Kansas’ Lied Center

20NASCAR Nationwide Series Kansas Lottery 300 @ Kansas Speedway

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

22 — The Oatmeal’s Matt Inman discusses “How to tell if your Cat is Plotting to Kill You” @ Unity Temple on the Plaza

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

25 — Grace Potter and the Nocturnals @ Uptown Theater

26 — Justin Bieber @ Sprint Center

27 — Red Hot Chili Peppers @ Sprint Center

30 — Madonna @ Sprint Center

31 — Halloween

NOVEMBER

1 — Snow Patrol and Noel Gallagher @ Midland

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

14 — Papadosio @ Granada

19-20 — College Basketball Experience Classic @ Sprint Center

22 — Thanksgiving

23 — Black Friday

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

30 — College basketball: Oregon State vs. Kansas @ Sprint Center

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

Ink

Elton John & Tim Rice’s ‘Aida’

**WEDNESDAY

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.

Paul Oakenfold

**FRIDAY

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

**THURSDAY

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.

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