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Best of the week: K-State football, ‘The Nutcracker’

Kansas State Wildcats linebacker Arthur Brown

FOUND Magazine co-creator Davy Rothbart shows off his new book of essays, "My Heart Is An Idiot."

The Nutcracker

Rapper Kendrick Lamar

Jim Butcher

More sports

30: Kansas men’s basketball vs. Oregon State @ Sprint Center

Dec. 1: Kansas football vs. West Virginia @ Morgantown, W.Va.

Dec. 1: Kansas State football vs. Texas @ Manhattan

Dec. 2: KC Chiefs vs. Carolina Panthers @ Arrowhead Stadium

Dec. 2: Kansas State men’s basketball vs. USC Upstate @ Manhattan

Dec. 4: Missouri men’s basketball vs. SEMO @ Columbia

More arts

28-Dec. 23: “Inspecting Carol” @ Unicorn Theatre

28-Dec. 26: Kansas City Repertory Theatre presents “A Christmas Carol” @ Spencer Theatre

28-Dec. 30: “Shrek the Musical” @ Coterie Theatre

30-Dec. 2: Heartland Men’s Chorus presents “Cool Yule” featuring Marilyn Maye

More entertainment

28: Megadeth @ Midland

29: The Faceless @ Beaumont Club

29: Coheed and Cambria @ Midland

29: Joanne Shaw Taylor @ Knuckleheads

30: Sara Evans @ Johnson County Community College’s Yardley Hall

30: Trey Songz with Miguel and Elle Varner @ Midland

More miscellaneous

30: “Couple’s Night Out” @ Tivol on the Country Club Plaza

Dec. 1: Winter Wonderland Fashion Show and Toy Drive @ Club 700

Dec. 1: Kansas City Rock & Comic-Con @ Aftershock

Dec. 7-9: “We Are Superman: The Transformation of 31st and Troost” screening @ Screenland Crossroads

Dec. 9: Jingle Bell Run/Walk @ Meritex Enterprises in Lenexa

Even more events

NOVEMBER

28-Dec. 30 — “Shrek the Musical” @ Coterie Theatre

28-Dec. 26 — Kansas City Repertory Theatre presents “A Christmas Carol” @ Spencer Theatre

28 — Megadeth @ Midland

28-Dec. 23 — “Inspecting Carol” @ Unicorn Theatre

29 — Author Jim Butcher discusses “Cold Days: A Novel of The Dresden Files” @ Unity Temple on the Plaza

29 — The Faceless @ Beaumont Club

29 — Coheed and Cambria @ Midland

29 — Joanne Shaw Taylor @ Knuckleheads

30 — Kansas men’s basketball vs. Oregon State @ Sprint Center

30 — Sara Evans @ Johnson County Community College’s Yardley Hall

30 — Trey Songz with Miguel and Elle Varner @ Midland

30 — “Couple’s Night Out” @ Tivol on the Country Club Plaza

30-Dec. 2 — Heartland Men’s Chorus presents “Cool Yule” featuring Marilyn Maye

DECEMBER

1 — Kansas football vs. West Virginia @ Morgantown, W.Va.

1 — Missouri men’s basketball vs. Appalachian State @ Columbia

1 — Kansas State football vs. Texas @ Manhattan

1 — Chris Isaak @ Uptown Theater

1 — Winter Wonderland Fashion Show and Toy Drive @ Club 700

1 — “My Heart is an Idiot: FOUND Magazine’s 10th Anniversary Tour @ Record Bar

1 — Kansas City Rock & Comic-Con @ Aftershock

1-23 — Kansas City Ballet presents “The Nutcracker” @ Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts

2KC Chiefs vs. Carolina Panthers @ Arrowhead Stadium

2 — Kansas State men’s basketball vs. USC Upstate @ Manhattan

2 — Kendrick Lamar @ Midland

4 — Missouri men’s basketball vs. SEMO @ Columbia

4-9 — “Les Miserables” @ Music Hall

5 — Jake Owen @ Midland

6-7 — Kansas City Symphony Classics Uncorked Series presents “The Holly and the Ivy” @ Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts

7 — “Jim Brickman: On a Winter’s Night” @ Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts

7-9 — “We Are Superman: The Transformation of 31st and Troost” screening @ Screenland Crossroads

8 — Lamb of God @ Uptown Theater

8 — Missouri men’s basketball vs. Tennessee State @ Columbia

8 — Kansas men’s basketball vs. Colorado @ Lawrence

8 — Kansas State men’s basketball vs. George Washington @ Washington, D.C.

8 — Mix 93.3’s Jingle Jam featuring Cody Simpson and Boys Like Girls @ Midland

9KC Chiefs @ Cleveland Browns

9 — Trans-Siberian Orchestra: The Lost Christmas Eve @ Sprint Center

9 — Jingle Bell Run/Walk @ Meritex Enterprises in Lenexa

11 — 106. 5 The Wolf presents Acoustic Christmas featuring Big & Rich, Kix Brooks, Randy Houser and Tyler Farr

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

16 — The Used @ Beaumont Club

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

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

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

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 — Missoui 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 — 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

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

9-14 — “Mary Poppins” @ Music Hall

MAY

5 — Jim Henson’s Pajanimals @ Midland

31-June 6 — “Spamalot” @ Starlight Theatre

JUNE

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

JULY

19 — One Direction @ Sprint Center

AUGUST

2-3 — Taylor Swift @ Sprint Center

Ink

Kansas State football vs. Texas

SATURDAY

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’

SATURDAY

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’

SATURDAY

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’

THURSDAY

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.

Kendrick Lamar

SUNDAY

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

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