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Best of the week: Shakespeare Festival, River Jam, bicycle tour

Sporting Kansas City

Heart of American Shakespeare Festival returns to Southmoreland Park.

Gerald Dunn is part of the Parkville River Jam.

The City of Fountains Bicycle Tour returns.

Gregg Gillis, better known by his stage name Girl Talk.

More arts

15-16: Browne’s Irish Street Faire @ Browne’s Irish Marketplace

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

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

3-8: The Addams Family @ Starlight Theatre

6 : First Friday @ Crossroads Arts District

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

More music

15: Rock & Rumble Rally featuring Alice Cooper @ Midland

15: Gin Blossoms @ Power and Light District

17: Don Williams @ Uptown Theater

19: Idina Menzel @ Midland

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

22: Liverpool @ Power and Light District

More sports

13-14: KC Royals vs. Milwaukee Brewers @ Kauffman Stadium

16: House of Hope 5K @ Theis Park

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

17: KC Command vs. San Jose Sabercats @ Sprint Center

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

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

More miscellaneous

22-23: Big Slick Celebrity Poker Tournament

22-24: Fiesta KC @ Crown Center

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

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

30: KC Roller Warriors @ Municipal Auditorium

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

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

EVEN MORE EVENTS

JUNE

13-14KC Royals vs. Milwaukee Brewers @ Kauffman Stadium

15 — Rock & Rumble Rally featuring Alice Cooper @ Midland

15 — Gin Blossoms @ Power and Light District

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

15-16 — Browne’s Irish Street Faire @ Browne’s Irish Marketplace

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

16 — House of Hope 5K @ Theis 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 — Liverpool @ Power and Light District

22 — Lisa Engelken @ The Blue Room

22-23 — Big Slick Celebrity Poker Tournament

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

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

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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Heart of America Shakespeare Festival TUESDAY

There was a bit of drama preceding last year’s event — a lack of money threatened to derail it before last-minute donations came through — but it’s back to mark its 20th year in Kansas City. In honor of the festival’s anniversary, this year’s schedule includes rotating productions of “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” and “Antony and Cleopatra.” As always, the festival is free to the public, but you can reserve seats close to the stage for $25, and chairs are available for rent. Go to kcshakes.org for a complete list of showtimes or to make a donation.

Parkville Jazz, Blues and Fine Arts River Jam

FRIDAY AND SATURDAY

After extensive flooding wreaked havoc last year, Parkville’s English Landing Park rebounds this year with the 17th annual event, which features two days of music, art and food. The Coyote Bill Boogie Band, Gerald Dunn and Davina & The Vagabonds are among the nine national, regional and local bands scheduled to perform. Plus, the work of more than 40 artists will be for sale throughout the weekend. Festivities run from 5:30-11 p.m. Friday and noon-11 p.m. Saturday. Admission is free. Go to parkvilleriverjam.com for more information.

Sporting KC vs. Toronto FC

SATURDAY

Sporting KC might have cooled a bit following a 7-0 start to the season, but Kansas City’s top sports team is still among Major League Soccer’s best squads. Peter Vermes’ team enters Saturday’s game with Toronto FC at Livestrong Sporting Park in XXXX place in the legaue’s Eastern Conference and with a good chance to climb in the rankings against a (X-XX Toronto team. The match represents Sporting KC’s last home game before hitting the road for games against Seattle and Philadelphia. Tickets are $20-$67 at sportingkc.com.

City of Fountains Bicycle Tour

SUNDAY

This annual bicycle tour takes riders through some of the area’s most historic locales. Particpants will pass through the Country Club Plaza, Liberty Memorial and the Kansas City Mueseum, and drinks and fruit will be provided along the way. There are 9-, 17-, 22-, 31- and 39-mile courses available, followed by a post-ride party at Washington Square Park featuring food from La Bodega, beer from Boulevard Brewing Company and live music from the Good Sam Band. Early registration is $35-$40 at sportkc.org. Day-of admission is $45.

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