Kansas State football vs. Texas
The Wildcats’ shocking loss to Baylor two weeks ago immediately put an end to what, at that point, was a realistic shot at a national title. Despite the loss, however, Kansas State has put together one of the finest college football seasons in the area’s recent history, and a win this weekend likely will land them in a BCS bowl. To get there, they’ll have to beat a Texas team that enters the game with an 8-3 record and is coming off a loss at home to TCU. Kickoff is scheduled for 7 p.m. in Manhattan.
Kansas City Ballet presents ‘The Nutcracker’
Clara, Sugar Plum Fairy, Mouse King — the gang’s all here for the Kansas City Ballet’s annual Christmas performance of this longtime holiday staple, which runs from Saturday through Dec. 23 in the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts’ Muriel Kauffman Theatre. The Todd Bolender production features music from the Kansas City Symphony and the theater’s gift shop will be packed with commemorative nutcrackers. Tickets are $29 to $119 at kcballet.org or by calling the Kauffman Center box office at 816.931.2232.
‘My Heart Is an Idiot: Found Magazine’s 10th Anniversary Tour’
Built on the practice of publishing discarded items — anything from love letters to napkin notes — Found Magazine has drawn national acclaim for its innovative storytelling. To mark the magazine’s first decade of publication, founder Davy Rothbart and the musically inclined Peter Rothbart are traveling the country to share some of the best stories, as well as readings from Davy’s new book of essays, “My Heart Is an Idiot.” The pair’s performances have garnered the attention of everyone from David Letterman to Jon Stewart, and they stop by the RecordBar for a 7 p.m. show Saturday. Tickets are $8.
Author Jim Butcher discusses ‘Cold Days: A Novel of the Dresden Files’
The Independence-born New York Times best-selling author spends Thursday night at Unity Temple on the Plaza discussing “Cold Days,” the latest book in his “Dresden Files” fantasy series. Released Tuesday and published by Roc Books, the book follows the story of protagonist Harry Dresden, a wizard whose murder and subsequent return to the mortal world leaves him forced to serve as a de facto slave to a vengeful queen. Admission packages, which include a hardcover copy of “Cold Days” and up to two tickets, are $27.95. Go to rainydaybooks.com.
The accolades heaped on Kendrick Lamar are entirely deserved. The imagination displayed by the most celebrated rapper of 2012 on the stunning new album “good kid, m.A.A.d city” has raised the artistic bar for the remainder of the hip-hop community. Lamar’s panoramic depiction of gang violence, addiction, poverty and spiritual salvation is well beyond the genre’s standard fare. Successfully translating Lamar’s complex, character-driven material to the stage, however, may proved to be an insurmountable challenge.
Tickets to the 8 p.m. show at the Midland are $29.50 in advance and $33 on the day of the show.
Bill Brownlee, Special to Ink