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Best of the week: American Idol Live;

Kaskade, is an American electronic DJ and record producer

Fiona Apple.

Kansas City Royals' Eric Hosmer (left) and Mike Moustakas.

American Idol Live! brings the final ten to Kansas City. (from left) Phillip Phillips, Elise Testone, DeAndre Brackensick, Hollie Cavanaugh, Colton Dixon, Skylar Laine, Heejun Han, Jessica Sanchez, Josh Ledet and Erika Van Pelt.

Singer Sheryl Crow.

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14: KC Command vs. Spokane Shock @ Sprint Center

16-19: KC Royals vs. Seattle Mariners @ Kauffman Stadium

20-22: KC Royals vs. Minnesota Twins @ Kauffman Stadium

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

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

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

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11-July 15: Heart of America Shakespeare Festival @ Southmoreland Park

11-15: “Memphis” @ Starlight Theatre

24-29: “Cathy Rigby Is Peter Pan” @ Starlight Theatre

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

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

Aug. 11: Quixotic with Emancipator @ Crossroads KC

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12: Halestorm @ Midland

14: Reel Big Fish @ Beaumont Club

15: Ledisi with Eric Benet @ Midland

17: Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Festival featuring Slipknot, Slayer and Anthrax @ Cricket Wireless Amphitheater

19: Josh Ritter @ Crossroads KC

20: Chicago and the Doobie Brothers @ Starlight Theatre

More miscellaneous

19-29: KC Fringe Festival

20-21 : Global Dance Festival @ Midland

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

28: KC Roller Warriors @ Municipal Auditorium

Aug. 1-5: UniverSoul Circus @ Swope Park

Aug. 3 : First Friday @ Crossroads Arts District

EVEN MORE EVENTS

JULY

11-15 — Heart of America Shakespeare Festival @ Southmoreland Park

11-15 — “Memphis” @ Starlight Theatre

12 — Halestorm @ Midland

12 — American Idol LIVE! 2012 @ Sprint Center

13-15KC Royals vs. Chicago White Sox @ Kauffman Stadium

14 — Back in the Swing Cookbook Party featuring Sheryl Crow @ Johnson County Community College’s Carlsen Center

14KC Command vs. Spokane Shock @ Sprint Center

14 — Reel Big Fish @ Beaumont Club

15 — Ledisi with Eric Benet @ Midland

16-19KC Royals vs. Seattle Mariners @ Kauffman Stadium

17 — Fiona Apple @ Midland

17 — Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Festival featuring Slipknot, Slayer and Anthrax @ Cricket Wireless Amphitheater

18DJ Kaskade @ Uptown Theater

19 — Josh Ritter @ CrossroadsKC

19-29KC Fringe Festival

20 — Chicago and The Doobie Brothers @ Starlight Theatre

20-21 — Global Dance Festival @ Midland

20-22KC Royals vs. Minnesota Twins @ Kauffman Stadium

21 — James Taylor @ Starlight Theatre

21 — Party in the Park @ Swope Park

24-29 — “Cathy Rigby is Peter Pan” @ Starlight Theatre

25 — Childish Gambino @ Beaumont Club

26 — The Avett Brothers @ CrossroadsKC

26 — ARTDynamic @ Nelson-Atkins Mueseum of Art

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

3-5KC 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

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

22 — Phish @ Starlight Theatre

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

SEPTEMBER

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

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

16AVICII @ Midland

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

21 — Jason Boland and the Stragglers @ Beaumont Club

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

28 — Comedian John Caparulo @ Midland

29 — Blues Traveler @ Crossroads KC

OCTOBER

1 — Florence + the Machine @ Starlight Theatre

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

5 — First Friday @ Crossroads Arts District

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

6 — Citizen Cope @ Crossroads KC

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

20NASCAR Nationwide Series Kansas Lottery 300 @ Kansas Speedway

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

24NBA basketball: 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

24 — Christmas Eve

25 — Christmas Day

26 — Kwanzaa begins

31 — New Year’s Eve

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KC Royals vs. Chicago White Sox FRIDAY THROUGH SUNDAY

Fresh off a successful All-Star Week in Kansas City, the Royals return to the field against American League Central foe Chicago for a three-game weekend series. Despite a disastrous start in which they dropped 14 of their first 17 games, the Royals have since rebounded back into respectability. For a while, they were flirting with a .500 record, having closed out the month of June with an 11-7 record. Young guns Billy Butler (.296 average, 15 home runs, 46 RBI) and Mike Moustakas (.277, 13 homers, 28 RBI) have led the way offensively, and the bullpen has been able to take care of business late. This weekend’s series opens Friday with a 7:10 p.m. first pitch. Saturday and Sunday’s games begin at 6:10 p.m. and 1:10 p.m., respectively. Tickets start at $12 at kcroyals.com.

Fiona Apple TUESDAY

Touring behind her first album in seven years, the mercurial Fiona Apple is making a rare Kansas City appearance at the Midland that’s the equivalent of musical manna from heaven for fans of eccentric art-pop. In the tradition of iconic American artists like Tom Waits and Nina Simone, Apple is an enigmatic performer. “I just want to feel everything,” she sings on her current single, “Every Single Night.” Apple’s sensitivity fuels her reputation for inconsistency. Tuesday’s outing could be one of the year’s most rewarding concerts or an unmitigated disaster.

Tickets to the 8 p.m. show range from $29.50 to $56.50.

American Idol Live! THURSDAY

The top 10 finishers from “American Idol’s” 11th season hit the road this summer for a 40-plus-stop North American tour, and the group’s Kansas City appearance comes at 7 p.m. Thursday at the Sprint Center. Though the reality talent show has lost a bit of its luster since the earlier installments, plenty of talent is still cycling through. Among this year’s performers are Colton Dixon, DeAndre Brackensick and Elise Testone. Tickets are $30.50 to $66 at sprintcenter.com.

Kaskade NEXT WEDNESDAY

One of the country’s hottest DJs hits Kansas City this week as part of his “Freaks of Nature Tour.” Kaskade (real name Ryan Raddon) spent time practicing his craft during his time at Brigham Young University and, later, the University of Utah. In the years since, he has released nine albums and traveled the country, and a number of his songs have earned acclaim from Billboard Magazine. Tickets to the 7 p.m. show are $34 at uptowntheater.com.

Back in the Swing cookbook party featuring Sheryl Crow SATURDAY

Back in the Swing, an Overland Park-based nonprofit that supports breast cancer survivors, pulls out all the stops for this weekend’s Summer Celebration featuring Sheryl Crow. Crow, a cancer survivor, will speak and perform Saturday at Johnson County Community College’s Carlsen Center, 12345 College Blvd. in Overland Park. There’s also a “Tasting Experience” pre-event at the Nerman Museum of Contemporary Art, where samples from “The Back in the Swing Cookbook” will be available to sponsor guests. The Summer Celebration kicks off at 8 p.m., and tickets are $50-$75 at backintheswing.org.

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