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“LES MISERABLES,” presented by Lee’s Summit North Theatre, 7 p.m. Nov. 7, 8, 14, 15, and 2 p.m. Nov. 9, Lee’s Summit North High School. The epic story recounts the struggle against adversity in 19th century France. Advanced tickets are $7, $8 at the door. For tickets, call 816-986-3031 or online at
“A PARTY TO MURDER” dinner theater, presented by the River City Players, Nov. 7, 8, 14, 15, Lexington Municipal Auditorium. Dinner begins at 6:30 p.m., with a 7:45 p.m. curtain time. Tickets for dinner/show, $18 for ages 11 and older; $12 for 10 and under. For the show only, $8 for ages 11 and older; $4 for 10 and under. For tickets, call 660-259-2819 or online at
“CRAZY 8s,” presented by Counterclockwise Comedy, 7:30 p.m. Nov. 8, Westport Coffeehouse, 4010 Pennsylvania, Kansas City. Come see the crew of CCC get crazy. Tickets are $10, $8 for students.
HANDEL’S “JULIUS CAESAR,” presented by the Lyric Opera, 8 p.m. Nov. 8 and 14; 7:30 p.m. Nov. 10 and 12; 2 p.m. Nov. 16, Lyric Theatre, 11th and Central, Kansas City. Performed in Italian with subtitles projected above the stage. Rated PG-13. Ticket availability varies by performance. For tickets, call 816-471-7344 or online at
“MAURITIUS,” a twisting, turning, funny and sinister play, 7:30 p.m. Tuesday-Thursday, 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, 3 p.m. Sundays, through Nov. 9, Unicorn Theatre, 3828 Main St., Kansas City. Tickets range from $20 to $25. For tickets, call 816-531-PLAY or online at
“THE CRUCIBLE,” presented by the Metropolitan Ensemble Theatre, runs Nov. 6 through 23, Met’s mainstage space, 3614 Main St., Kansas City. Tickets are $20, $10 for students. For tickets, call 816-569-3226.
“A TUNA CHRISTMAS,” runs Nov. 6 through Dec. 28, American Heartland Theatre, Crown Center, Kansas City. A comedy about a small town in Texas, who is a little disaster prone when it comes to planning Christmas events. To purchase tickets, call the box office at 816-842-9999.
“LIVE COMEDY ROAST OF SPEED,” presented by Counterclockwise Comedy, 9 p.m. Nov. 14 and 15, Screenland Theater, 1656 Washington, Kansas City. Join the crew of CCC for a night of live movie-roasting, Mystery Science Theater 3000-style. To purchase tickets in advance,

Special events
“COCOWEEN,” 6 to 8 tonight, and 1 to 3 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, CoCo Key Water Resort, Sheraton Kansas City Sports Complex Hotel, 9103 E. 39th St., Kansas City. There will be trick or treating, costume contest, coloring contest and more. Call 816-737-0200 or visit
AMERICAN ROYAL LIVESTOCK SHOW, beginning daily at 7 a.m. Saturday and Sunday. There will be cattle, swine, lambs and goats from more than 35 states. Call 816-931-3330 or visit
PBR SUPERBULL TOUR: The Longest 8 Seconds, 7 p.m. Saturday, Kemper Arena. Tickets range from $20 to $88. For tickets, call 816-931-3330 or visit
“ROCKY HORROR SHOW,” Saturday and Sunday, Off Center Theatre, Crown Center, Kansas City. Tickets range from $10 to $18. For tickets, call 816-842-9999.
“A NIGHT TO DISMEMBER” Halloween Haunt, Saturday and Sunday, Worlds of Fun. For information, visit
“BLUEBERRIES FOR SAL,” presented by Paul Mesner Puppets, Nov. 5 through 16, Unity Temple on the Plaza, 47th and Jefferson, Kansas City. Tickets are $8.50 for adults; $7 for children. For days and tickets, call the Central Ticket Office 816-235-6222.
HEIDI STARKE will sign her book, “The Special Gift,” noon to 2 p.m. Nov. 8, Parkside Books, 208B N. Missouri 7, Blue Springs. Call 816-224-9082 or visit
KENNETH KIESER will sign his book, “Ride the Trail of Death,” 1 p.m. Nov. 8, Barnes & Noble, 19120 E. 39th St., Independence. The book is set in Deadwood during the Black Hills Gold Rush period of the late 1870s. Call 816-795-9878.
“THE JOLLY TROLLEY,” 1 p.m. and 2 p.m. Nov. 8, Nelson-Atkins Auditorium, 4525 Oak St., Kansas City. Bob Kramer’s Marionettes of St. Louis present this delightful performance all about train travel. Call 816-751-1ART.
“THE GENERAL” with Buster Keaton, 6:30 to 8 p.m. Nov. 8, Nelson-Atkins Auditorium, 4525 Oak St., Kansas City. This silent film gets a fresh screening, featuring a new, innovative musical soundtrack composed and performed by Kansas City’s Dwight Frizzell, Jeffrey Ruckman and Pat Conway. Call 816-751-1ART.
THE BEAST AND EDGE OF HELL haunted houses, weekends through Nov. 8. These nationally-known haunted houses frighten visitors with intense sensory stimulation and a cast of more than 50 scary actors. Call 816-842-4279 or visit

PICK & HAMMER will perform from 5 to 8 tonight, with Crystal River playing from 5 to 8 p.m. Saturday, at Hazel’s Country Café, 219 West U.S. 24, Independence. Dan and Kathy Marsh will perform from noon to 2 p.m. Sunday. Call 816-461-5882 or visit
WILLIE KIRST will play from 6 to 9 tonight, with Pick & Hammer playing from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Saturday, at the Rheinland Restaurant, 208 N. Main St., Independence. Call 816-461-5383.
SPAGHETTI WESTERN ORCHESTRA, 8 p.m. tonight, Johnson County Community College. Instruments, comedy and drama bring to life the soundtracks of the 60’s and 70’s. Tickets range from $20 to $30. For tickets, call 913-469-4445.
IDA MCBETH will perform at 8:30 tonight, Blue Room in the American Jazz Museum, Kansas City. Cost, $10. For tickets, call 816-474-6262.
SAVION GLOVER “BARE SOUNDZ,” 8 p.m. Saturday, Johnson County Community College. Merges jazz, contemporary and Caribbean beats into an acoustical performance. Tickets range from $40 to $50. For tickets, call 913-469-4445.
SPIRIT OF INDEPENDENCE CONCERT BAND fall concert, 3 p.m. Sunday, William Chrisman High School Auditorium, U.S. 24 and Noland Road, Independence. Works by Missouri natives will be featured, along with a medley of Gershwin classics. Admission is free.
JIM ABLE, singer/songwriter, will perform at 2 p.m. Sunday, Borders, 12015 Metcalf Ave., Overland Park. No cover charge. Call 913-663-2356.
MARILYN MAYE: Here’s to Life, Nov. 5 through 15, Quality Hill Playhouse. This legendary singer returns with a new cabaret performance. Tickets are $30. Call 816-421-1700.
EMANUEL AX and YEFIM BRONFMAN, pianists in duo recital, 7:30 p.m. Nov. 6, Folly Theater, 12th and Central, Kansas City. Tickets range from $20 to $70. Order online at or by phone, 816-415-5025.
CHRIS REDING and The Reddymen Band perform for a country music dance, from 8 to 11:30 p.m. Nov. 8, American Legion Post 21, 16701 East U.S. 40, Independence. Call 816-373-0221.
RICK WEST VARIETY SHOW, 8 p.m. Saturdays, 13801 E. 42nd Terrace, Independence. This Branson-style, family show includes country music and comedy. For preferred seating, call 816-478-9100.

AGE OF STEAM: Europe, America and the Railway, 1830-1960, through Jan. 18, 2009, Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, Kansas City. The exhibit features more than 100 paintings, prints, drawings and photographs.
“RESTING PLACES – LIVING THINGS,” designs by Michael Cross will be on display through Feb. 8, 2009, Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, Kansas City. The wooden floor will feature hills and valleys, a chair will respond to a visitor’s approach, tree branches will support books and
“DUMMIES DO TALK” and 1937 marionettes and Belgium puppets exhibit, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday, through July 2009, Puppetry Arts Institute museum, 11025 E. Winner Road, Independence. Admission is $3, $1.50 for children under 16. Call 816-833-9777.
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