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Best of the week: Big Slick tournament, Fiesta KC, gay & lesbian film fest

Rob Riggle, Paul Rudd and Jason Sudeikis return for the Big Slick Poker Tournament and Party. submitted photo courtesy Gloria Rudd.

Kansas City Royals' Jeff Francoeur.

The annual Fiesta Kansas City at Crown Center Square.

"Wish Me Away" is a documentary on Chely Wright.

Flaming Lips

More entertainment

22-23: 31st Annual Great Lenexa BBQ Battle @ Sar-Ko-Par Trails Park

25: Eddie Kennison’s Festival of Food & Fun @ Lakeview Village, 9100 Park in Lenexa

25: Legoland’s “No Kids Allowed” @ Legoland Discovery Center

July 3-4: KC Riverfest @ Richard L. Berkley Park

July 7: Jay Mohr @ Midland

July 7: Screenland Slams “The Birds” (1963) @ Screenland Crown Center

July 12: American Idol LIVE! 2012 @ Sprint Center

More music

21: REO Speedwagon, Styx and Ted Nugent @ Starlight Theatre

22: Liverpool @ Power & Light District

23: Missouri Chainsaw Grassacre featuring Cornmeal, Split Lip Rayfield and more @ CrossroadsKC

July 8: Death Cab for Cutie @ CrossroadsKC

July 9: Vans Warped Tour @ Cricket Wireless Amphitheater

July 12: Halestorm @ Midland

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

More arts

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

24: Art of the Car Concours @ Kansas City Art Institute

27: Fashion Group International Kansas City presents “Focus on Beauty: A Night With Mitsu Sato” @ Mitsu Sato Hair Academy

July 3-8: “The Addams Family” @ Starlight Theatre

July 6 : First Friday @ Crossroads Arts District

July 10-15: “Memphis” @ Starlight Theatre

July 19-29: KC Fringe Festival

More sports

23: KC Command vs. Chicago Rush @ Sprint Center

25-27: KC Royals vs. Tampa Bay Rays @ Kauffman Stadium

29: Sporting KC vs. Chicago @ Livestrong Sporting Park

30: KC Roller Warriors @ Municipal Auditorium

30-July 1: Color Run Kansas City @ Arrowhead Stadium

July 6-10: Major League Baseball All-Star Week

July 7: KC Command vs. Iowa Barnstormers @ Sprint Center

July 8: MLB All-Star Game Charity 5K & Fun Run @ TBA

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

EVEN MORE EVENTS

JUNE

20-July 15 — Heart of America Shakespeare Festival @ Southmoreland Park

21REO Speedwagon, Styx and Ted Nugent @ Starlight Theatre

22 — Liverpool @ Power and Light District

22 — Lisa Engelken @ The Blue Room

22-23 — Big Slick Celebrity Poker Tournament

June 22-23 — 31st Annual Great Lenexa BBQ Battle @ Sar-Ko-Par Trails Park

22-24 — Fiesta KC @ Crown Center

22-24KC Royals vs. St. Louis Cardinals @ Kauffman Stadium

22-28 — Kansas City Gay & Lesbian Film Festival @ Tivoli Cinemas

23 — Missouri Chainsaw Grassacre featuring Cornmeal, Split Lip Rayfield and more @ CrossroadsKC

23KC Command vs. Chicago Rush @ Sprint Center

24 — Art of the Car Concours @ Kansas City Art Institute

25 — Eddie Kennison’s Festival of Food & Fun @ Lakeview Village, 9100 Park in Lenexa

25 — Legoland’s “No Kids Allowed” @ Legoland Discovery Center

25-27KC Royals vs. Tampa Bay Rays @ Kauffman Stadium

June 27 — Fashion Group International Kansas City presents “Focus on Beauty: A Night with Mitsu Sato” @ Mitsu Sato Hair Academy

29 — Sporting KC vs. Chicago @ Livestrong Sporting Park

30KC Roller Warriors @ Municipal Auditorium

30-July 1 — Color Run Kansas City @ Arrowhead Stadium

JULY

3-4KC Riverfest @ Richard L. Berkley Park

3-8 — The Addams Family @ Starlight Theatre

4 — Independence Day

6 — First Friday @ Crossroads Arts District

6-10 — Major League Baseball All-Star Week

7 — Jay Mohr @ Midland

7 — Screenland Slams “The Birds” (1963) @ Screenland Crown Center

7KC Command vs. Iowa Barnstormers @ Sprint Center

8MLB All-Star Game Charity 5K & Fun Run @ TBA

8 — Death Cab For Cutie @ CrossroadsKC

9 — Vans Warped Tour @ Cricket Wireless Amphitheater

10-15 — “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

17-19 — Ethnic Enrichment Festival @ Swope Park

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

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

25 — Childish Gambino @ Beaumont Club

26 — The Avett Brothers @ CrossroadsKC

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

17-19KC 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

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

Oct. 6 — Mike Birbiglia @ Midland

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 Bieber @ 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

22 — Plaza Lighting Ceremony @ Country Club Plaza

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

Ink

Big Slick Celebrity Poker Tournament

Friday and Saturday

Kansas City’s Kings of Comedy, Rob Riggle, Paul Rudd and Jason Sudeikis, return to their hometown once again to host the Big Slick Celebrity Poker Tournament and Party. Jon Hamm from “Mad Men” and Eric Stonestreet from “Modern Family” are some of the other celebs expected to attend. The weekend begins with a celebrity Wiffle Ball tournament at Kauffman Stadium on Friday, and Saturday has the sold-out poker tournament (10:30 a.m. at Harrah’s North Kansas City) and the celebrity party and auction (8:15 p.m. at the Midland). The event benefits Children’s Mercy Hospitals & Clinics. bigslickkc.org.

Fiesta KC

Friday through Sunday

This annual celebration of Hispanic culture marks its 13th year in Kansas City. Crown Center Plaza is packed with authentic cuisine, street vendors and two stages of live entertainment, featuring the music of Pablo Montero and Banda Machos. The festival runs from 5 to 11 p.m. Friday, noon to 11 p.m. Saturday and noon to 10 p.m. Sunday. Admission is free before 4 p.m.; $5 after. Three-day passes are available for $12 at the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce of Greater Kansas City. Go to fiestakansascity.com for more information.

Kansas City Gay & Lesbian Film Festival

Friday through Thursday, June 28

The weeklong festival features 20 films. On opening night, the Tivoli Cinemas will feature the films “Vito,” about gay rights activist Vito Russo, and “Wish Me Away,” a documentary about Chely Wright’s life as an openly gay country music star. The event’s preview party kicks off at 7 p.m. Thursday with a screening of “Sordid Lives.” Individual screenings vary in price, but an all-access pass is available for $100. A complete schedule is available at kcgayfilmfest.com.

KC Royals vs. St. Louis Cardinals

Friday through Sunday

The Royals might not be playoff bound this season (they were 29-36 through Monday), but that doesn’t make the teams’ rivalry any less notable. The Albert Pujols-less Cardinals followed last season’s World Series title with an equally impressive start this spring, though they’ve plateaued a bit recently. They’re 34-33 but boast one of baseball’s top lineups, led in part by former Royal Carlos Beltran. The Royals, meanwhile, will look to continue climbing out of their early hole, which included a 3-14 start to the season. Single-game tickets start at $20 at kcroyals.com.

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