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Missouri Tigers guard Phil Pressey

Terry Evans, American (b. 1944). Evie Mae's house, Matfield Green, Kansas, 1996.Gift of the Hall Family Foundation.

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The Unicorn Theatre's production of "Inspecting Carol" runs Nov. 28- Dec. 23.

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15: Kansas State men’s basketball vs. Gonzaga @ Seattle

15: Kansas men’s basketball vs. Belmont @ Lawrence

16: KC Chiefs @ Oakland Raiders

18: Kansas State men’s basketball vs. Texas Southern @ Manhattan

18: Kansas men’s basketball vs. Richmond @ Lawrence

22: Kansas State men’s basketball vs. Florida @ Sprint Center

More arts

12-26: Kansas City Repertory Theatre presents “A Christmas Carol” @ Spencer Theatre

12-Feb. 10: “Bonjour Picasso!” @ Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art

13-16: KC Symphony Christmas Festival @ Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts

13-23: “The Soul Collector” @ Unicorn Theatre

More entertainment

12: The Brian Setzer Orchestra’s Christmas Rocks! Extravaganza @ Uptown Theater

14-16: 96.5 The Buzz presents The Night the Buzz Stole Christmas

14: Oak Ridge Boys @ Uptown Theater

15: Carrie Underwood @ Sprint Center

15: California Voodoo @ Riot Room

More miscellaneous

15: Polar Bear PJ Party @ Kansas City Zoo

15: Kris Kringle 5K Run @ Swope Park

22: Holiday Tea @ Bluestem

25: Christmas Day

26-30: Cirque du Soleil: Quidam @ Sprint Center

31: New Year’s Eve

Even more events

DECEMBER

13-23 — “The Soul Collector” @ Unicorn Theatre

12-23 — “Inspecting Carol” @ Unicorn Theatre

12-26 — Kansas City Repertory Theatre presents “A Christmas Carol” @ Spencer Theatre

12-Feb. 10 — “Bonjour Picasso!” @ Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art

12-Jan. 20 — “Heartland: The Photographs of Terry Evans @ Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art

13-23 — Musical Theater Heritage presents “A Spectacular Christmas” @ Off Center Theatre

14-23 — Kansas City Ballet presents “The Nutcracker” @ Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts

12 — The Brian Setzer Orchestra’s Christmas Rocks! Extravaganza @ Uptown Theater

13-16KC Symphony Christmas Festival @ Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts

13-14 — TubaChristmas 2012 @ Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts

14 — 96.5 The Buzz presents The Night The Buzz Stole Christmas featuring Flogging Molly, The Dirty Heads, ZZ Ward and Not a Planet

14 — Oak Ridge Boys @ Uptown Theater

15 — Carrie Underwood @ Sprint Center

Dec. 15 — Polar Bear PJ Party @ Kansas City Zoo

15 — California Voodoo @ Riot Room

15 — Kansas State men’s basketball vs. Gonzaga @ Spokane, Wash.

15 — 24th Annual Kris Kringle 5K Run @ Swope Park

15 — 96.5 The Buzz presents The Night The Buzz Stole Christmas featuring Grouplove, Of Monsters and Men, The Joy Formidable, Elle King and She’s a Keeper

15 — Kansas men’s basketball vs. Belmont @ Lawrence

16 — 96.5 The Buzz presents The Night The Buzz Stole Christmas featuring Passion Pit, Alt-J, Blondfire, Churchill and Heroes and Villains

16KC Chiefs @ Oakland Raiders

17 — Missouri men’s basketball @ South Carolina State @ Columbia

18 — Kansas State men’s basketball vs. Texas Southern @ Manhattan

18 — Kansas men’s basketball vs. Richmond @ Lawrence

20 — Martina McBride’s “The Joy of Christmas Tour” @ Midland

22NCAA basketball: Florida vs. Kansas State @ Sprint Center

22 — Missouri men’s basketball vs. Illinois @ St. Louis

22 — Kansas men’s basketball vs. Ohio State @ Columbus, Ohio

22 — Holiday Tea @ Bluestem

22 — Owen/Cox Dance Group presents “The Nutcracker and the Mouse King” @ Folly Theater

23KC Chiefs vs. Indianapolis Colts @ Arrowhead Stadium

24 — Christmas Eve

25 — Christmas Day

26 — Kwanzaa begins

26-30 — Cirque du Soleil: Quidam @ Sprint Center

27-28 — Manheim Steamroller @ Music Hall

28 — Missouri men’s basketball vs. UCLA

29 — The Good Times Tour featuring The Chi-Lites, Bloodstone and Kharizma @ Midland

29 — Kansas men’s basketball vs. American @ Lawrence

29 — Kansas State men’s basketball vs. UMKC @ Manhattan

30KC Chiefs @ Denver Broncos

31 — New Year’s Eve

31 — Kansas State men’s basketball vs. South Dakota @ Manhattan

JANUARY

4-11 — Elvis Birthday Bash @ multiple locations

5 — Kansas State men’s basketball vs. Oklahoma State @ Manhattan

5 — Missouri men’s basketball vs. Bucknell @ Columbia

6 — Kansas men’s basketball vs. Temple @ Lawrence

8 — Missouri men’s basketball vs. Alabama @ Columbia

9 — Kansas men’s basketball vs. Iowa State @ Lawrence

12KC Weddings Bridal Spectacular @ Overland Park Convention Center

12 — Nuclear Cowboyz @ Sprint Center

12 — Kansas State men’s basketball vs. West Virginia @ Morgantown, W. Va.

12 — Missouri men’s basketball vs. Ole Miss @ Oxford, Miss.

12 — Kansas men’s basketball vs. Texas Tech @ Lubbock, Texas

14 — Kansas men’s basketball vs. Baylor @ Lawrence

14 — Reel Big Fish @ Granada

16 — Kansas State men’s basketball vs. TCU @ Fort Worth, Texas

16 — The Used @ Beaumont Club

16 — Missouri men’s basketball vs. Georgia @ Columbia

18 — Comedian Rodney Carrington @ Midland

18 — Kevin Fowler @ Granada

19 — Missouri men’s basketball vs. Florida @ Gainesville, Fla.

19 — Kansas State men’s basketball vs. Oklahoma @ Manhattan

19 — Kansas men’s basketball vs. Texas @ Austin, Texas

19 — Harriman-Jewell Series presents Michael Fabiano @ Folly Theater

20 — Keane @ Midland

22 — Missouri men’s basketball vs. South Carolina @ Columbia

22 — Kansas men’s basketball vs. Kansas State @ Manhattan, Kan.

22-23 — Shen Yun @ Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts

22-27 — “Billy Elliot” @ Music Hall

23 — Trampled By Turtles with My Morning Jacket’s Carl Broemel @ Granada

24-26KC Symphony featuring Heartland Men’s Chorus presents “Broadway Rocks!”

26 — Kansas State men’s basketball vs. Iowa State @ Ames, Iowa

26 — Harlem Globetrotters @ Sprint Center

26 — Missouri men’s basketball vs. Vanderbilt @ Columbia

26 — Kansas men’s basketball vs. Oklahoma @ Lawrence

28 — Kansas men’s basketball vs. West Virginia @ Morgantown, W.Va.

30 — Missouri men’s basketball vs. LSU @ Baton Rouge, La.

30 — The Darkness @ Beaumont Club

30 — Kansas State men’s basketball vs. Texas @ Manhattan

FEBRUARY

2 — Kansas State men’s basketball vs. Oklahoma @ Norman, Okla.

2 — Missouri men’s basketball vs. Auburn @ Columbia

2 — Kansas men’s basketball vs. Oklahoma State @ Lawrence

3 — Ed Sheeran @ Midland

4 — Lady Gaga @ Sprint Center

5 — Kansas State men’s basketball vs. Texas Tech @ Lubbock, Texas

6 — Kansas men’s basketball vs. TCU @ Fort Worth, Texas

6 — Savoy @ Granada

7 — Missouri men’s basketball vs. Texas A&M @ College Station, Texas

8 — Jason Boland & The Stragglers @ Granada

8-10 — Monster Jam @ Sprint Center

9 — Kansas men’s basketball vs. Oklahoma @ Norman, Okla.

9 — Kansas State men’s basketball vs. Iowa State @ Manhattan

9 — Missouri men’s basketball vs. Ole Miss @ Columbia

11 — Kansas men’s basketball vs. Kansas State @ Lawrence

13 — Missouri men’s basketball vs. Mississippi State @ Starkville, Miss.

16 — Missouri men’s basketball vs. Arkansas @ Fayetteville, Ark.

16 — Kansas men’s basketball vs. Texas @ Lawrence

16 — Kansas State men’s basketball vs. Baylor @ Manhattan

18 — Kansas State men’s basketball vs. West Virginia @ Manhattan

19 — Missouri men’s basketball vs. Florida @ Columbia

20 — Keane @ Midland

20 — Kansas men’s basketball vs. Oklahoma State @ Stillwater, Okla.

20 — Wednesday 13 @ Granada

23 — Yo Gabba Gabba @ Midland

23 — Kansas State men’s basketball vs. Texas @ Austin, Texas

23 — Missouri men’s basketball vs. Kentucky @ Lexington, Ken.

23 — Kansas men’s basketball vs. TCU @ Lawrence

25 — Kansas State men’s basketball vs. Texas Tech @ Manhattan

25 — Kansas men’s basketball vs. Iowa State @ Ames, Iowa

27 — Maroon 5 @ Sprint Center

27-March 3 — Kansas City Fashion Week @ 28 Event Space

28 — Missouri men’s basketball vs. South Carolina @ Columbia, S.C.

MARCH

2-3 — Arenacross @ Sprint Center

2 — Kansas State men’s basketball vs. Baylor @ Waco, Texas

2 — Kansas men’s basketball vs. West Virginia @ Lawrence

3 — Missouri men’s basketball vs. LSU @ Columbia

4 — Kansas men’s basketball vs. Texas Tech @ Lawrence

5 — Missouri men’s basketball vs. Arkansas @ Columbia

5 — Kansas State men’s basketball vs. TCU @ Manhattan

9 — Kansas State men’s basketball vs. Oklahoma State @ Stillwater, Okla.

9 — Kansas men’s basketball vs. Baylor @ Waco, Texas

9 — Pentatonix @ Midland

9 — Missouri men’s basketball vs. Tennessee @ Knoxville, Tenn.

13-16 — Big 12 Men’s Basketball Championship @ Sprint Center

13-17SEC men’s basketball tournament

22-24 — NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament @ Sprint Center

27-31 — Disney on Ice: Rockin’ Ever After

APRIL

4 — Mike Tyson: The Undisputed Truth Tour @ Midland

9-14 — “Mary Poppins” @ Music Hall

20 — That 1 Guy @ Granada

MAY

5 — Jim Henson’s Pajanimals @ Midland

31-June 6 — “Spamalot” @ Starlight Theatre

JUNE

1 — Color Run @ Arrowhead Stadium

11-16 — “Catch Me If You Can” @ Starlight Theatre

JULY

19 — One Direction @ Sprint Center

AUGUST

2-3 — Taylor Swift @ Sprint Center

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College basketball: Missouri @ South Carolina State

MONDAY

The Tigers learned the hard way that there’s still a lot to be done if they hope to return to last year’s level of prominence. Despite a lopsided 84-61 loss at the hands of then-No. 2 Louisville, however, Missouri has jumped to its second consecutive hot start. The No. 12 Tigers are 8-1, with victories over Stanford and Virginia Commonwealth University, and before next week’s annual rivalry game with No. 10 Illinois in St. Louis, they’ll take on South Carolina State in Columbia. Guard Phil Pressey has emerged as arguably the team’s top player this year, leading the team in assists (5.8) and ranking second in points (13.0) per game, and Connecticut transfer Alex Oriakhi has provided a strong front-court presence, as well. Tip-off against South Carolina State is 7 p.m. in Columbia.

‘Heartland: The Photographs of Terry Evans’

DAILY

Kansas City native Terry Evans built her reputation as a widely celebrated national landscape photographer largely on her work on the Midwest prairie. Evans’ career began in 1971, and since then her work has been featured at the Chicago Art Institute, the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History and the Museum of Modern Art in New York City. Her newest exhibition includes photographs of the Heartland and runs through Jan. 20 at the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art. “Heartland” features 100 of Evans’ photos and serves as her first career retrospective. Adult admission is $8 (free for members of the museum) and $5 for students. nelson-atkins.org.

Tuba Christmas 2012

THURSDAY AND FRIDAY

Interest in Kansas City’s annual Tuba Christmas event was so overwhelming that the Kansas City Symphony, the event’s host, had to schedule a second performance. The concert idea, which first came to fruition in 1974 at Rockefeller Plaza in New York, is simple enough: Anyone who plays the tuba or euphonium is invited to take part in an afternoon concert at the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts. The noon performances in Helzberg Hall are free to attend, although there are no more reservations available for Friday’s show. To RSVP for Thursday’s performance, go to kcsymphony.org.

‘Inspecting Carol’

DAILY

This Seattle-spawned play offers a unique alternative to the typical holiday productions filling theaters across the city. A struggling community theater must pass an inspection from the National Endowment for the Arts before its funding is returned, and a curious new inspector has just arrived on-set. John Rensenhouse, Cathy Barnett and Robert Gibby Brand star in this Theodore Swetz-directed production that’s co-produced with the Kansas City Actors Theatre and features performances from members of UMKC’s theater department. Shows run daily, except Monday, through Dec. 23, and this weekend’s schedule includes shows at 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 3 p.m. Sunday. Weekend tickets are $37.50 at unicorntheatre.org.

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