Archive for Sunday, October 4, 2015

Kansas City Connection: Getting pumped for postseason baseball

October 4, 2015

Happy October, dear readers. I hope everyone is maintaining a nice pumpkin spice latte buzz and getting ready for another exciting season of playoff baseball. I know I am.

Success in the MLB postseason is hardly a sure thing (along with tickets to the games), however, so Royals fans seeking a guaranteed good time at Kauffman Stadium should check out the free postseason rally on Tuesday from 12:15 to 2:15 p.m. The stadium opens at 11:15 a.m.

The free event will be hosted by Royals broadcasters Ryan Lefebvre and Rex Hudler, and will include visits with Royals General Manager Dayton Moore, Manager Ned Yost and Royals players. Sluggerrr and the KCrew will entertain fans and distribute Royals prizes and more, while team stores will be open selling official postseason merchandise.

Kansas City’s first games of the postseason — opponent TBD — will be Oct. 8 and 9 at Kauffman Stadium. Visit royals.mlb.com for more updates.

JCCC events

Two interesting events will be taking place this weekend on the Johnson County Community College Campus at 12345 College Blvd.

On Friday at Yardley Hall, the National Circus and Acrobats of the People’s Republic of China will present “Peking Dreams.” This Beijing-based ensemble features acrobatics and dance, elaborate costumes and a stage routine that inspired the creators of Cirque du Soleil. Tickets start at $17 at jccc.edu, and a pre-concert meal is also available for purchase.

On Saturday at JCCC’s Polsky Theatre, The Academy of St. Martin in the Fields Chamber Ensemble will perform a set including selections from Mozart’s “Divertimento in D Major,” Strauss’ “Till Eulenspiegel” and Schubert’s “Octet in F Major for Winds and Strings.” The eight-person ensemble performs at 8 p.m., with a pre-show talk at 7 p.m. Tickets are $25 and up at jccc.edu.

Concerts

The pioneering electronic music act Kraftwerk hasn’t visited Kansas City in 40 years, but the band from Düsseldorf is bringing its 12-city tour to Arvest Bank at the Midland Theatre on Friday at 8 p.m.

The concert features 3-D animations projected behind four performing musicians in futuristic attire, and based on clips I’ve been from other stops on the tour, Kraftwerk fans are in for a treat. Tickets are still available at midlandkc.com starting at $59.50.

Tonight at recordBar, the People’s Liberation Big Band performs its customary first Sunday of the month concert — one of the final three in this space before the decade-old music venue is forced to relocate at the end of 2015. Tickets are $5 at the door.

Performances

The Kansas City Friends of Alvin Ailey is presenting the Ailey II 2015 Residency on Thursday, Friday and Saturday, a gala and showcase of performances by different dancers and choreographers.

Tickets for the showcases, which take place on Thursday and Friday at 7:30 p.m. and on Saturday at 2 p.m. at the Folly Theater, start at $25 and can be purchased at follytheater.org.

Dance enthusiasts can also buy tickets to see the Kansas City Ballet’s season-opening production of “The Three Musketeers,” which runs from Oct. 9 through 18 at the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts.

The performance includes the music of Giuseppe Verdi performed by the Kansas City Symphony, with choreography by Andre Provosky. Tickets to “The Three Musketeers” range from $29 to $119 and can be purchased at kcballet.org.

From Wednesday through Oct. 18, the touring musical “Wicked” will be performed at the Music Hall of Kansas City. Tickets for the 16 different performances start at $53 (with most significantly higher) and are available at ticketmaster.com.

— Lucas Wetzel is a writer and editor from Kansas City, Mo. Know of an upcoming event in Kansas City you’d like to see featured in Kansas City Connection? Email us about it at kcconnection@ljworld.com.

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