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The Golden Republic is (from left) Kenn Jankowski, Harry Anderson, Ryan Shank and Ben Grimes. They play a rare reunion show at The RecordBar on New Year's Eve.

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29: Kansas men’s basketball vs. American University @ Lawrence

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

30: KC Chiefs @ Denver Broncos

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

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

Jan. 5: Missouri men’s basketball vs. Bucknell @ Columbia

More arts

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

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

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

Jan. 19: Harriman-Jewell Series presents Michael Fabiano @ Folly Theater

Jan. 22-23: Shen Yun @ Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts

More entertainment

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

12: Nuclear Cowboyz @ Sprint Center

14: Reel Big Fish @ Granada

16: The Used @ Beaumont Club

18: Kevin Fowler @ Granada

20: Keane @ Midland

More miscellaneous

26: Kwanzaa begins

31: New Year’s Eve

Jan. 4-11: Elvis Birthday Bash @ multiple locations

Jan. 12: KC Weddings Bridal Spectacular @ Overland Park Convention Center

Jan. 18: Comedian Rodney Carrington @ Midland

Jan. 18-20: Specialty Coffee Association of America presents the Big Central regional barista competition @ The Guild KC

Even more events

DECEMBER

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

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

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

26 — Kwanzaa begins

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

27-28 — Manheim Steamroller @ Music Hall

28 — Missouri men’s basketball vs. UCLA

28-31 — Comedian Loni Love @ Kansas City Improv

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

18-20 — Specialty Coffee Association of America presents the Big Central barista competition @ The Guild KC

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

19 — 2013 Kansas City Royals Fanfest @ Overland Park Convention Center

20 — Keane @ Midland

20 — Eliot Lipp @ Granada

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

11 — Mushroomhead @ Granada

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

15 — The Walking Dead Live @ Midland

15 — Zac Brown Band @ Sprint Center

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

22 — Talib Kweli @ 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 — G-Eazy @ Granada

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

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

26 — 999 Eyes Freakshow @ Granada

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

6 — Murs @ Granada

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.

12 — Brit Floyd @ Midland

13 — Here Come the Mummies @ Granada

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

25 — Lindsey Stirling @ Granada

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

APRIL

4 — Mike Tyson: The Undisputed Truth Tour @ Midland

9-14 — “Mary Poppins” @ Music Hall

13 — Lewis Black @ Midland

13 — Bon Jovi @ Sprint Center

20 — That 1 Guy @ Granada

26 — Mindless Self Indulgence @ Granada

30 — Fleetwood Mac @ Sprint Center

MAY

5 — Jim Henson’s Pajanimals @ Midland

10 — The Tenors @ 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

27 — Rick Springfield @ Midland

AUGUST

2-3 — Taylor Swift @ Sprint Center

Ink

Missouri men’s basketball vs. UCLA

FRIDAY

The UCLA program certainly isn’t what it used to be — the team isn’t currently ranked and doesn’t appear to be NCAA tournament-bound, either — but the Bruins still represent a veritable threat, particularly on their home court. Despite the loss of guard Michael Dixon, who the school announced would be leaving the program amid a swirl of controversy last month, the Tigers have shot to a quick start for the second straight season. Senior forward Laurence Bowers and junior guard Phil Pressey lead the Tigers into Pauley Pavilion in the team’s final game of 2012. Tip off is at 9 p.m.

Golden Republic

MONDAY

For a glorious but fleeting moment about seven years ago, it seemed as if Golden Republic was about to hit the big time. Yet the sleek indie rock issued on a nationally distributed EP and album failed to resonate with the public. The band subsequently dissolved. Former members are now integral parts of Kansas City bands Republic Tigers and Soft Reeds. This New Year’s Eve reunion for Golden Republic offers the band and its devoted fans an opportunity to relive their glory days. Thee Water Moccasins, an elite quartet of the city’s most accomplished indie rockers, open the show. Tickets to the 10 p.m. show at RecordBar are $12 in advance.

Cirque du Soleil: Quidam

WEDNESDAY THROUGH SUNDAY

Cirque du Soleil’s ninth stage show premiered in 1996, but didn’t hit the North American tour circuit until 2010. In the years since, the show — which follows protagonist Zoe as she navigates the imaginary world of Quidam in an effort to escape the mundane nature of her everyday life — has become a mainstay in the Cirque du Soleil collection. The production hits the Sprint Center this week for a total of eight shows over five days. Tickets range from $39.50 to $115, with family four-pack options available. Go to sprintcenter.com for more information or to purchase tickets.

Comedian Loni Love

FRIDAY THROUGH SUNDAY

You probably know her from her work on the E! talk show “Chelsea Lately,” where she’s a regular panelist. But the Detroit native also has carved out a comedy career of her own. She is currently on a national stand-up tour, “Live, Love, Laugh,” and the host of the E! channel show, “Wildest TV Show Moments.” Her tour stops in Kansas City this weekend, with four days of shows at the Kansas City Improv in Zona Rosa. She’ll perform Friday (8 and 10 p.m.), Saturday (7 and 10 p.m.), Sunday (7 p.m.) and Monday (7 and 10 p.m.). Tickets to Friday, Saturday and Sunday’s shows are $20. Her New Year’s Eve show tickets, which include an appetizer buffet, range from $60 to $70 at improvkc.com.

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