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Best of the week: Frank Deford, Jazzoo, Festa Italiana

Jazoo.

Runners sprint out of the gates for the annual Hospital Hill Run early Saturday morning June 4, 2011 at Crown Center.

Sportswriter Frank Deford.

Louis Prima Jr. (center) and his band performs at Fremont Street on December 7, 2010 in Las Vegas, Nevada.

more arts

May 30: Author Dorothy Wickenden discusses “Nothing Daunted: The Unexpected Education of Two Society Girls in the West” @ Unity Temple on the Plaza

June 1 : First Fridays @ Crossroads Arts District

June 1-3 : Prairie Village Art Fair

June 2 : Arts Asylum opens @ 1000 E. 9th St.

June 5-10: “In the Heights” @ Starlight Theatre

June 1-July 27 : “Animation & Imagination” art show benefitting Thank You Walt Disney @ Buttonwood Art Space

June 10 : Rachael Ray discusses “The Book of Burger” @ Unity Temple on the Plaza

more nightlife

June 9: West 18th Street Fashion Show @ Crossroads Arts District

June 5-8: Tapas Fest Kansas City @ multiple restaurants

June 9: Summer Beer Fest @ Pennsylvania Avenue between McCoy’s and Kelly’s

June 15-16: Parkville Jazz, Blues and Fine Arts River Jam @ English Landing Park in Parkville

June 19-July 15 : Heart of America Shakespeare Festival @ Southmoreland Park

June 22-23: Big Slick Celebrity Poker Tournament

more music

May 31: Eli Young Band @ Power & Light District

May 31-June 3: Wakarusa @ Mulberry Mountain in Ozark, Ark.

June 1 : New Edition @ Sprint Center

June 1-2: Dancefestopia with Wiz Khalifa @ Riverfront Park

June 2: Pat Green @ CrossroadsKC

June 2: Screenland Slams “Fame” (1980) @ Screenland Crown Center

June 5: Nickelback, Bush, Seether @ Sprint Center

June 5: June Tune Series presents Cherry Bomb @ Gladstone Amphitheatre

June 8-9: Gladstone Summertime Bluesfest @ Oak Grove Park, 7600 NE Troost in Gladstone

June 10: Kenny Chesney and Tim McGraw with Grace Potter & the Nocturnals @ Arrowhead Stadium

more sports

June 1-3: Kansas City Wide Open Professional Disc Golf Tournament @ multiple venues

June 1-3: KC Royals vs. Oakland Athletics @ Kauffman Stadium

June 2: KC Command vs. Utah Blaze @ Sprint Center

June 4-6: KC Royals vs. Minnesota Twins @ Kauffman Stadium

June 10: Heartland Heat Triathlon @ Tiffany Hills Park

June 12-14: KC Royals vs. Milwaukee Brewers @ Kauffman Stadium

EVEN MORE EVENTS

MAY

30 — Author Dorothy Wickenden discusses “Nothing Daunted: The Unexpected Education of Two Society Girls in the West” @ Unity Temple on the Plaza

31 — Eli Young Band @ Power & Light District

31 — Author Frank Deford discusses “Over Time: My Life as a Sportswriter” @ Unity Temple on the Plaza

31-June 3 — Wakarusa @ Mulberry Mountain in Ozark, Ark.

JUNE

1 — Jazzoo @ Kansas City Zoo

1 — First Friday @ Crossroads Arts District

1 — New Edition @ Sprint Center

1-2 — Dancefestopia with Wiz Khalifa @ Riverfront Park

1-3 — Kansas City Wide Open Professional Disc Golf Tournament @ multiple venues

1-3 — Festa Italiana @ Zona Rosa

1-3 — Prairie Village Art Fair

1-3KC Royals vs. Oakland Athletics @ Kauffman Stadium

1-July 27 — “Animation & Imagination” art show benefitting Thank You Walt Disney @ Buttonwood Art Space

2 — Hospital Hill Run @ Crown Center Square

2 — Pat Green @ CrossroadsKC

2 — Arts Asylum opens @ 1000 E. 9th St.

2 — Screenland Slams “Fame” (1980) @ Screenland Crown Center

2KC Command vs. Utah Blaze @ Sprint Center

4-6KC Royals vs. Minnesota Twins @ Kauffman Stadium

5 — Nickelback, Bush, Seether @ Sprint Center

5 — “June Tune Series” presents Cherry Bomb @ Gladstone Amphitheatre

5-8 — Tapas Fest Kansas City @ multiple restaurants

5-10 — “In the Heights” @ Starlight Theatre

8-9 — Gladstone Summertime Bluesfest @ Oak Grove Park, 7600 NE Troost in Gladstone

9 — Summer Beer Fest @ Pennsylvania Ave. between McCoy’s and Kelly’s

9 — West 18th Street Fashion Show @ Crossroads Arts District

9 — John Wornall House Museum Garden Tour @ various locations

10 — Kenny Chesney and Tim McGraw with Grace Potter & the Nocturnals @ Arrowhead Stadium

10 — Heartland Heat Triathlon @ Tiffany Hills Park

10 — Rachael Ray discusses “The Book of Burger” @ Unity Temple on the Plaza

12-14KC Royals vs. Milwaukee Brewers @ Kauffman Stadium

15 — Rock & Rumble Rally featuring Alice Cooper @ Midland

15-16 — Parkville Jazz, Blues and Fine Arts River Jam @ English Landing Park in Parkville

16 — Sporting KC vs. Toronto FC @ Livestrong Sporting Park

16 — Kevin Gray Father’s Day Run 5K @ CommunityAmerica Ballpark, Kansas Speedway, Livestrong Sporting Park

17 — Father’s Day

17 — City of Fountains Bicycle Tour @ Washington Square Park

17 — Don Williams @ Uptown Theater

17KC Command vs. San Jose Sabercats @ Sprint Center

19 — Idina Menzel @ Midland

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

21REO Speedwagon, Styx and Ted Nugent @ Starlight Theatre

22 — Lisa Engelken @ The Blue Room

22-23 — Big Slick Celebrity Poker Tournament

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

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

4KC Riverfest @ Richard L. Berkley Park

6 — First Friday @ Crossroads Arts District

6-10 — Major League Baseball All-Star Week

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

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

21-23KC 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

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

24 — Christmas Eve

25 — Christmas Day

26 — Kwanzaa begins

31 — New Year’s Eve

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Frank Deford @ Unity Temple on the Plaza THURSDAY

Few sportswriters can claim the kind of career longevity Deford has had. The decorated veteran began working for Sports Illustrated in the 1960s and continues to contribute to the magazine. He’s also an NPR commentator as well as a correspondent on the HBO show “Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel.” He recently completed a memoir that includes a behind-the-scenes view of the NBA’s earliest years. He’ll speak at 7 p.m. Thursday at Unity Temple on the Plaza. Admission packages are $25 and include a copy of the book and two tickets. rainydaybooks.com

Jazzoo FRIDAY

It’s “Cocktails, Coattails and Cat tails for a Cause” at the Kansas City Zoo’s annual summer fundraiser. Twelve full and specialty bars will be set up throughout the zoo, and food from more than 60 area restaurants — such as Fogo de Chao and Urban Table — will be available. Live music will be featured on three stages. Individual tickets are $175 (VIP tickets, which provide early admittance, are $375), and various group ticket packages are available at jazzookc.org.

Festa Italiana FRIDAY THROUGH SUNDAY

Eats and beats take precedence in this nod to the Italian heritage. Some of Kansas City’s top Italian eateries will be represented, including Garozzo’s, Mike and Charlie’s and Cascone’s, and there will be plenty of live music throughout the weekend. Friday’s live music offerings include performances by Malena Marcase, Joseph Vincelli and others. On Saturday, the main stage will host a collection of acts, such as a variety show and a meatball eating contest. A Catholic Mass opens Sunday’s schedule of events. The festival runs from 5-11 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m.-11 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Sunday at Zona Rosa. Go to zonarosa.com for a complete schedule.

Hospital Hill Run SATURDAY

The notorious road race known for its agonizing hill marks its 39th year in Kansas City. Runner’s World magazine tabbed it one of America’s top races, and a number of former Olympians (including Frank Shorter, Billy Mills and Jim Ryun) are among its alumni. There are half-marathon, 10k and 5k options, with all races beginning and ending at Crown Center. Registration is $45-$75. Go to hospitalhillrun.com for more information.

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