Hip-hop performers, electronic beat breakers, and record spinners collide at Dancefestopia, a two-day, two-night audio and visual extravaganza held in a 20-acre party zone. Headliner Wiz Khalifa rose to fame interweaving rhymes with those of Rick Ross, Snoop Dogg and other greats. Pop darling Dev catapulted to attention with her surprising expertise in jet mechanics on Far East Movement's hit "Like a G6" and has stayed in the spotlight with the sax-drenched "In the Dark," which ranked among Spin’s Favorite Pop Tracks of 2011. Guests can consult Facebook to see the lineup of over 40 regionally and nationally renowned artists, including forthcoming announcements about the headliner and additional artists, as well as information about the differences between a turntable and a waffle iron.
Quality Hill Playhouse parts its curtains through October 23 for Noël and Gertie, devised by Sheridan Morley and featuring the words and music of Noël Coward. One of six musicals and cabaret revues the theater puts on annually, Noël and Gertie is based on Coward's own diaries and musical compositions and delves into the friendship of two former stage personalities, Noël Coward (Robert Gibby Brand) and Gertrude Lawrence (Melinda MacDonald). The witty and occasionally heartfelt performance celebrates the fun and sophistication of the roaring '20s without the drawback of state-mandated lessons to learn the Charleston. Quality Hill Playhouse's intimate 153-seat theater ensures patrons don't miss a single sight or sound, and the newly renovated lobby bristles with casual elegance. Multiple performances take to the stage each week in order to accommodate busy schedules and revisit important plot points for forgetful goldfish.
After five years away from American stages, the immutable hard-rock juggernaut of Guns N’ Roses reuses its illusions to whip crowds into a frenzy during a notoriously raucous live show. Enigmatic siren Axl Rose, beloved for his lack of hubris and punk-rock stance against prolificacy, leads his wrecking crew of Roses through a two-hour tour of greatest hits culled from the band's groundbreaking mainstream debut album, Appetite for Destruction, the long-awaited Chinese Democracy, and everything in between. The group soars and shines throughout a marathon performance, ranging from turbo-charged rockers such as “Welcome to the Jungle” and “Sweet Child O’ Mine” through ballads including “November Rain.” With hatless new axeman Dj Ashba stepping into the shoes of Slash, and The Replacements’ Tommy Stinson replacing Duff McKagan, Guns N’ Roses is recharged and ready to quench destructive appetites with pure organic rock wrung from handpicked bandanas.
• For $25, you get one seat in section 101, 102, 121, or 122 (a $49.50 value before fees, or up to a $62.25 value online, including all Ticketmaster fees). • For $45, you get one seat in section 103, 104, 105, 118, 119, or 120 (a $99.50 value before fees, or up to a $113.95 value online, including all Ticketmaster fees).
Stemming from its building's late 19th-century origins in downtown Kansas City's bustling Garment District, The Phoenix now celebrates over 20 years as a showcase for top local music acts. Billed by The Pitch as a top music venue, these artists energize the musical palette of the historic club with soulful sounds of blues, funk, bluegrass, jazz, and folk.
While absorbing the local sounds of Kansas City, it's only appropriate that guests can take advantage of several local food offerings from The Phoenix's new menu as well. Kicking off with appetizers such as Avocado Fries and Mac Bites, diners can round out their meals with entree favorites such as Steak Diane, Firehouse Chicken, and Downtown Dip. For earlier risers, patrons can indulge in the club's Jazz Brunch, held every Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Entering their 85th season, the Harlem Globetrotters have entertained millions of parents, children, and general basketball admirers with a unique brand of athletic precision and showmanship. For their latest “4 Times the Fun” North American tour, the Globetrotters will add a new 4-point shot spots located 35 feet from the basket, which is 12 feet further than the official three-point line but several thousand miles closer than the prime meridian. See the arch-nemesis Generals try to keep up as the Harlem hardwood sorcerers evade gravity’s oppressive clutches and court clairvoyants distribute unassailable alley-oops. Youngsters can learn about the benefits of teamwork while laughing along with the jovial jocks as they perform classic routines of unconventional passing and sudden transmutations of water into confetti.