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Best of the week: Sports, haunted houses, Ren Fest

Mizzou 2012 football season has them entering the the South Eastern Conference.

The Beast is among the West Bottoms' haunted houses open for the season starting in September.

The opening day of the Kansas City Renaissance Festival in Bonner Springs comes in September.

Georges (George Hamilton, left) and Albin (Christopher Sieber) have a tender scene in "La Cage Aux Folles."

More sports

29-30: KC Royals vs. Detroit Tigers @ Kauffman Stadium

30: KC Chiefs @ Green Bay Packers (preseason)

31-Sept. 2: KC Royals vs. Minnesota Twins @ Kauffman Stadium

Sept. 3-6: KC Royals vs. Texas Rangers @ Kauffman Stadium

Sept. 8: Missouri football vs. Georgia @ Columbia

Sept. 8: Kansas football vs. Rice @ Lawrence

Sept. 8: Kansas State football vs. Miami @ Manhattan

More entertainment

29: Ink Magazine Local Music Showcase: Making Movies @ Kauffman Stadium

31-Sept. 3: Santa-Cali-Gon Days Festival @ Independence Square in Independence

Sept. 1-2: Kansas City Music Festival featuring It’s Not the End of the World Tour @ Beaumont Club

Sept. 5: Ink Magazine Local Music Showcase: the Good Foot @ Kauffman Stadium

Sept. 7: Boston with Night Ranger and Starship @ Starlight Theatre

Sept. 7: Cover Wars @ VooDoo Lounge

Sept. 8: Crossroads Music Fest @ Crossroads KC, Czar Bar, the Brick and Midwestern Musical Co.

More miscellaneous

30: Martinis, Women & Shoes benefitting Heartland Women’s Leadership Council @ the Gallery, 61 E. 14th St.

31: The Beast and Edge of Hell haunted houses open @ West Bottoms District

31-Sept. 2: Green Mountain Eco Festival @ Eldridge, Mo.

31-Sept. 2: Goodguys Rod & Custom Association Midwest Nationals @ Kansas Speedway

Sept. 6: Kansas City Ghost Hunt: A Special Paranormal Investigation opens @ West Bottoms District

Sept. 7: The Chambers of Edgar Allan Poe and Macabre Cinema haunted houses open @ West Bottoms District

Sept. 7: Kansas City Ghosts and Gangsters tour opens @ West Bottoms District

More arts

Sept. 3: Kansas City Symphony presents “Pops in the Park” concert @ Shawnee Mission Park

Sept. 5-9: KC Fashion Week

Sept. 5-30: “The Motherf**ker with the Hat” @ Unicorn Theatre

Sept. 7-9: Kansas City Urban Film Festival @ Screenland Crossroads and Bartle Hall

Sept. 8: Dance in the Park @ Roanoke Park

Sept. 8: Prairie Village Jazz Festival @ Harmon Park in Prairie Village

Sept. 8-9: Kansas City Chalk and Walk Festival @ Crown Center

Even more events

AUGUST

29-30KC Royals vs. Detroit Tigers @ Kauffman Stadium

29-Sept. 2 — “La Cage Aux Folles” @ Starlight Theatre

29 — Ink Magazine Local Music Showcase: Making Movies @ Kauffman Stadium

30KC Chiefs @ Green Bay Packers

30 — Martinis, Women & Shoes benefitting Heartland Women’s Leadership Council @ The Gallery, 61 E. 14th St.

31 — The Beast and Edge of Hell haunted houses open @ West Bottoms District

31-Sept. 2 — Green Mountain Eco Festival @ Eldridge, Mo.

31-Sept. 2 — Goodguys Rod & Custom Association Midwest Nationals @ Kansas Speedway

31-Sept. 2KC Royals vs. Minnesota Twins @ Kauffman Stadium

31-Sept. 3 — Santa-Cali-Gon Days Festival @ Independence Square in Independence

SEPTEMBER

1 — Missouri football vs. Southeastern Louisiana @ Columbia

1 — Kansas football vs. South Dakota State @ Lawrence

1 — Kansas State football vs. Missouri State @ Manhattan

1-2 — Kansas City Music Festival featuring It’s Not the End of the World Tour @ Beaumont Club

1-Oct. 14 — Renaissance Festival @ 628 N. 126th St. in Bonner Springs

3 — Labor Day

3 — Kansas City Symphony presents “Pops in the Park” concert @ Shawnee Mission Park

3-6KC Royals vs. Texas Rangers @ Kauffman Stadium

5 — Ink Magazine Local Music Showcase: The Good Foot @ Kauffman Stadium

5-9KC Fashion Week

5-30 — “The Motherf**ker with the Hat” @ Unicorn Theatre

6 — Kansas City Ghost Hunt: A Special Paranormal Investigation opens @ West Bottoms District

7 — Boston with Night Ranger and Starship @ Starlight Theatre

7 — The Chamber of Poe and Macabre Cinema haunted houses open @ West Bottoms District

7 — Kansas City Ghosts and Gangsters tour opens @ West Bottoms District

7 — Cover Wars @ VooDoo Lounge

7-9 — Kansas City Urban Film Festival @ Screenland Crossroads and Bartle Hall

8 — Missouri football vs. Georgia @ Columbia

8 — Kansas football vs. Rice @ Lawrence

8 — Kansas State football vs. Miami @ Manhattan

8 — Crossroads Music Fest @ Crossroads KC, Czar Bar, The Brick and Midwestern Musical Co.

8 — Dance in the Park @ Roanoke Park

8 — Prairie Village Jazz Festival @ Harmon Park in Prairie Village

8-9 — Kansas City Chalk and Walk Festival @ Crown Center

9KC Chiefs vs. Atlanta Falcons @ Arrowhead Stadium

9 — 2 Chainz @ Beaumont Club

12 — Jason Mraz @ Starlight Theatre

12 — Author Joe Posnanski discusses “Paterno” @ Unity Temple on the Plaza

12 — Heartless Bastards @ Riot Room

13 — Powerman 5000 @ Beaumont Club

13 — Tomboy Fall Fashion Show @ Tomboy Design Studio, 1817 McGee St.

14-15 — Quixotic presents “Surfaces” @ Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art

14-16KC Royals vs. Los Angeles Angels @ Kauffman Stadium

14-16 — Kansas City HBA Fall Home Show @ Overland Park Convention Center

15 — Missouri football vs. Arizona State @ Columbia

15 — Kansas football vs. TCU @ Lawrence

15 — Kansas State football vs. North Texas @ Manhattan

15 — Paws in the Park Dog Walk Festival benefitting Friends of Parkville Animal Shelter @ English Landing Park in Parkville

15-16 — Caffeine Crawl @ Parisi Cafe at Union Station

15-23 — Lyric Opera presents “Madame Butterfly” @ Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts

15KC Roller Warriors @ Municipal Auditorium

15 — “Butt Scootin’ Boogie” concert benefiting KC Pet Project

16KC Chiefs @ Buffalo Bills

16 — John Lithgow stars in “Farkle & Friends” @ Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts

16AVICII @ Midland

18-20KC Royals vs. Chicago White Sox @ Kauffman Stadium

19 — Ink Magazine Local Music Showcase: Antennas Up @ Kauffman Stadium

20 — Piccadilly Gala benefiting Downtown Lee’s Summit Main Street @ The Pavilion at John Knox Village

21 — Jason Boland and the Stragglers @ Beaumont Club

21 — Joel Osteen @ Sprint Center

21-22 — Comedian Kevin Nealon @ The Kansas City Improv Comedy Club & Dinner Theatre

21-23 — Plaza Art Fair @ Country Club Plaza

21-23KC Royals vs. Cleveland Indians @ Kauffman Stadium

22 — Missouri football vs. South Carolina @ Columbia, S.C.

22 — Kansas football vs. Northern Illinois @ DeKalb, Ill.

22 — Kansas State football vs. Oklahoma @ Norman, Okla.

22 — SafeWalk KC: A Walk of No Shame (formerly SlutWalk KC) @ Washington Square Park

22 — Sounds in Kansas City 5K run/walk benefiting Saint Like’s Midwest Ear Institute @ Shawnee Mission Park

23KC Chiefs @ New Orleans Saints

25 — Maps & Atlases @ Riot Room

26 — Masters of Illusion @ Midland

28 — Comedian John Caparulo @ Midland

28 — Ben Folds Five @ Starlight Theatre

28-30 — American Royal Prorodeo @ Hale Arena

29 — Missouri football vs. Central Florida @ Orlando, Fla.

29 — American Royal Parade @ Grand Blvd.

29 — Blues Traveler @ Crossroads KC

29 — Eric Church @ Sprint Center

29-Oct. 14 — Kansas City Fall Parade of Homes

30KC Chiefs vs. San Diego Chargers @ Arrowhead Stadium

30 — Blues-N-Brews Kansas City 10-Miler and 5K featuring Blues Traveler @ Crossroads KC

OCTOBER

1 — Florence + the Machine @ Starlight Theatre

1-3KC Royals vs. Detroit Tigers @ Kauffman Stadium

3 — Ink Magazine Local Music Showcase: Barclay Martin Ensemble @ Kauffman Stadium

5 — First Friday @ Crossroads Arts District

5-6 — Hyde Park Homes Tour @ Hyde Park

5-7 — American Royal BBQ Expo and KC Masterpiece Invitational Contest @ American Royal complex

5-11 — Kansas International Film Festival @ Glenwood Arts Theatre in Overland Park

6NHL: New York Rangers vs. Colorado Avalanche @ Sprint Center

6 — Missouri football vs. Vanderbilt @ Columbia

6 — Kansas football vs. Kansas State @ Manhattan

6 — Kansas State football vs. Kansas @ Manhattan

6 — Kansas City Friends of Alvin Ailey Benefit @ Folly Theater

6 — Screenland Slams “I Know Who Killed Me” (2007) @ Screenland Crown Center

6 — Kansas City Tour de BBQ @ multiple venues

6 — Citizen Cope @ Crossroads KC

6 — Mike Birbiglia @ Midland

6-7 — Weston Applefest @ Weston Main Street

7KC Chiefs vs. Baltimore Ravens @ Arrowhead Stadium

8 — Columbus Day

10-Nov. 2 — “Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson” @ Unicorn Theatre

12-13 — 2012 College Hockey Ice Breaker Tournament @ Sprint Center

12-14 — Weston Irish Festival @ O’Malley’s Pub and Courtyard, 500 Welt St. in Weston

13 — Norah Jones @ Midland

13 — Rhythm & Ribs Jazz & Blues Festival featuring Angie Stone, Arturo Sandoval, Claire Daly and Joe Louis Walker @ American Jazz Museum

13 — Missouri football vs. Alabama @ Columbia

13 — Kansas football vs. Oklahoma State @ Lawrence

13 — Kansas State football vs. Iowa State @ Ames, Iowa

14KC Chiefs @ Tampa Bay Buccaneers

14 — A$AP Rocky @ Beaumont Club

18 — 2012 Tour of Gymnastics Champions @ Sprint Center

19 — Vincente Fernandez @ Sprint Center

19 — George Lopez @ Midland

20 — Hammerween III @ Beaumont Club

20 — John Lithgow: Stories by Heart @ University of Kansas’ Lied Center

20 — Kansas football vs. Oklahoma @ Norman, Okla.

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

20NASCAR Nationwide Series Kansas Lottery 300 @ Kansas Speedway

21NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Chase for the Sprint Cup Hollywood Casino 400 @ Kansas Speedway

22 — The Oatmeal’s Matt Inman discusses “How to tell if your Cat is Plotting to Kill You” @ Unity Temple on the Plaza

24NBA: Washington Wizards vs. Miami Heat @ Sprint Center

24 — Major League Baseball World Series begins

25 — Grace Potter and the Nocturnals @ Uptown Theater

26 — Justin Bieber @ Sprint Center

27 — Red Hot Chili Peppers @ Sprint Center

27 — Missouri football vs. Kentucky @ Columbia

27 — Kansas football vs. Texas @ Lawrence (Homecoming)

27 — Kansas State football vs. Texas Tech @ Manhattan

28KC Chiefs vs. Oakland Raiders @ Arrowhead Stadium

30 — Madonna @ Sprint Center

31 — Halloween

NOVEMBER

1 — Snow Patrol and Noel Gallagher @ Midland

1KC Chiefs @ San Diego Chargers

1 — All Saints’ Day

2 — First Friday @ Crossroads Arts District

3 — Screenland Slams “Barb Wire” (1996) @ Screenland Crown Center

3 — Missouri football vs. Florida @ Gainesville, Fla.

3 — Kansas football vs. Baylor @ Waco, Texas

3 — Kansas State football vs. Oklahoma State @ Manhattan

3-11 — Lyric Opera presents “Il Trovatore” @ Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts

4 — Daylight Saving Time ends

6 — Election Day

10 — Missouri football vs. Tennessee @ Knoxville, Tenn.

10 — Kansas football vs. Texas Tech @ Lubbock, Texas

10 — Kansas State football vs. TCU @ Fort Worth, Texas

11 — Veterans Day

12KC Chiefs @ Pittsburgh Steelers

14 — Papadosio @ Granada

17 — Missouri football vs. Syracuse @ Columbia

17 — Kansas football vs. Iowa State @ Lawrence

17 — Kansas State football vs. Baylor @ Waco, Texas

18KC Chiefs vs. Cincinnati Bengals @ Arrowhead Stadium

19-20 — College Basketball Experience Classic @ Sprint Center

22 — Thanksgiving

23 — Black Friday

24 — Missouri football vs. Texas A&M @ College Station, Texas

25KC Chiefs vs. Denver Broncos @ Arrowhead Stadium

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

30 — College basketball: Oregon State vs. Kansas @ Sprint Center

DECEMBER

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

1 — Kansas State football vs. Texas @ Manhattan

2KC Chiefs vs. Carolina Panthers @ Arrowhead Stadium

9KC Chiefs @ Cleveland Browns

15 — Carrie Underwood @ Sprint Center

16KC Chiefs @ Oakland Raiders

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

23KC Chiefs vs. Indianapolis Colts @ Arrowhead Stadium

24 — Christmas Eve

25 — Christmas Day

26 — Kwanzaa begins

30KC Chiefs @ Denver Broncos

31 — New Year’s Eve

JANUARY

12KC Weddings Bridal Spectacular @ Overland Park Convention Center

Ink

College football season begins

SATURDAY

The summer wasn’t exactly void of sports entertainment. LeBron James and Kevin Durant squared off in the NBA Finals. Gabby Douglas and Usain Bolt electrified the Olympic Games. Still, there’s something about the start of football season, which kicks off for most Division I teams — including the three area universities — this weekend. For the first time since 2004, Kansas State earned a preseason top 25 mention, and they’ll look to build upon last year’s 10-3 campaign that ended in a Cotton Bowl loss to Arkansas. Missouri and Kansas, who as recently as five years ago were battling for a national championship game berth in the season’s final weeks, enter the year unranked. Missouri, who ditched the Big 12 this year for a spot in the football-hungry Southeastern Conference, kicks things off with a 6 p.m. matchup against Southeastern Louisiana in Columbia. Kansas opens the season against South Dakota State at 6 p.m. in Lawrence, and Kansas State hosts Missouri State at 6:10 p.m.

The Beast/The Edge of Hell open

FRIDAY

Perhaps no Kansas City Halloween tradition is as deep-seated as a trip to the West Bottoms for a trek through one of a number of warehouses-turned-haunted houses. The Beast and the Edge of Hell, both of which open Friday, have been around since 1991 and 1975, respectively. The Beast fashions itself the nation’s largest haunted house, and tickets — which are $23 at kcbeast.com — provide access to the Werewolf Forest, Jack the Ripper’s London and a four-story slide that serves as the visitor exit. The Edge of Hell, meanwhile, boasts five stories, nearly 50 live performers and a 20-foot anaconda to help make things as uncomfortable for patrons as possible. Tickets to Edge of Hell are also $23 at edgeofhell.com. A pair of other haunted houses, the Chambers of Edgar Allan Poe and Macabre Cinema, open the following weekend.

Renaissance Festival

SATURDAY

The festival, which begins Saturday and runs weekends through Oct. 14, is a full-fledged collection of food, drink and entertainment celebrating the Renaissance Era in all its old-timey glory. More than 100 booths offer art, clothing and more, and there are live jousting, music and dancing, too. Each weekend features a different theme, and special events — including weddings — are held throughout the festival. It’s all at the fairgrounds at 628 N. 126th St. in Bonner Springs. Hours are 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays and on 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Columbus Day. Adult tickets are $19.95 at the gate and $16.95 in advance, with special ticket packages also available. Go to kcrenfest.com for a complete schedule and list of activities.

‘La Cage Aux Folles’

WEDNESDAY

The Tony-winning musical debuted in 1983, but the subject matter might be more timely now than it was then. While gay marriage has warranted particular attention in recent weeks, thanks in no small part to a fast-food chicken restaurant’s public stance on the matter, “La Cage” follows the relationship of Georges and Albin, a gay couple who together put on a nightclub drag show. Though comical in nature, the musical delves into a number of heavier issues, and upon its release grabbed six Tony Awards, including best musical. The production hits Starlight Theatre this week, running nightly through Sunday. All shows begin at 8 p.m. Tickets are $10-$85 at kcstarlight.com.

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