KC Entertainment: Holiday Lights, Magic Show, Music, Comedy

“Winter Magic” will return to Swope Park from November 2, with more exhibits and an even longer animated tunnel of light than last year.

The mile-long drive-in holiday lights display will run through Jan. 2 near the Kansas City Zoo, with entrance at 87th Street and Blue River Road.

Tickets, with time slots starting at 6 p.m., cost $20 per carload Monday through Thursday and $25 Friday through Saturday ($30 to $45 for vans and buses) and can be purchased online. Proceeds will go to the Kansas City Parks Summer Camp Scholarship Fund.

Tickets and more information at wintermagickc.com.

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Early music scholar Benjamin Bagby will perform “Beowulf,” a presentation by Friends of Chamber Music, at 7:30 p.m. on October 29 at Grace and Holy Trinity Cathedral. File photo

Music

“Beowulf” by Benjamin Bagby, 7:30 p.m. Oct. 29, Grace and Holy Trinity Cathedral ($25-$40). chambermusic.org.

Kansas City Symphony, “Brahms’ First, Bruch’s Violin Concerto,” 8 p.m. Oct. 29-30, 2 p.m. Oct. 31, Kauffman Center ($25-$88). kcsymphony.org

Grupo Firme, 8 p.m. Oct. 29, T-Mobile Center ($49.50-$139.50). t-mobilecenter.com.

Todd Snider, 8 p.m. Oct. 29, Folly ($35-$45). knuckleheadskc.com.

Asleep at the Wheel, 7:30 p.m. Oct. 30, Kauffman Center ($47.50-$67.50). kauffmancenter.org.

MercyMe, 7 p.m. Oct. 30, Cable Dahmer Arena (sold out; resale tickets available). cabledahmerarena.com.

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Ms. Pat (aka Patricia Williams) will appear October 28-30 at the Kansas City Comedy Club.

More entertainment

Matt Blashaw of HGTV’s “Yard Crashers” and other home improvement shows will appear at the JOCO Home + Remodeling Show at the Overland Park Convention Center, from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Oct. 29-30 and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. pm October 31 ($8 to $10; free for children under 12). johnsoncountyhomeandremodelingshow.com.

“Snapshots,” an exhibit featuring more than 300 reproduced World War I photographs and scrapbooks, opens at the National WWI Museum and Memorial on October 29; 10am-5pm Tuesday to Sunday; through April 3 ($6-$10; $15-$23 with general admission to the tower and museum). theworldwar.org.

The comedian, author and sitcom star Mrs. Pat (aka Patricia Williams) will perform at the Kansas City Comedy Club, 7-9:30 p.m., Oct. 29-30 ($18-$33). thecomedyclubkc.com.

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Comedian and former “In Living Color” star Tommy Davidson will appear Oct. 29 and 30 at the Kansas City Improv. THORSTEN HEINZE File photo

Tommy Davidson of “In Living Color” fame will bring his stand-up number to the Kansas City Improv, 7 and 9:45 p.m. Oct. 29-30 ($27). improvkc.com.

Champions of Magic at Kauffman Center will feature illusionists Young & Strange, close-up magician Kayla Drescher, escapologist Fernando Velasco and mind reader Alex McAleer, at 4 p.m. on October 31 ($32-$52) . kauffmancenter.org.

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Dude Perfect, a sports and comedy group from Texas, will perform a Halloween show on October 31 at the T-Mobile Center. BRAD MOORE File photo

The Dude Perfect sports/comedy troupe will perform a Halloween show at T-Mobile Center at 5 p.m. on October 31 ($25-$199). t-mobilecenter.com.

“The Simon & Garfunkel Story” at the Lied Center will be a concert-style show using video projection and live music to celebrate the folk-rock duo, at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 2 ($19-$55). lied.ku.edu.

Kansas City Star Related Stories

Dan Kelly has been covering entertainment and arts news at The Star for 10 years. He previously worked at the Columbia Daily Tribune, the Miami Herald and the Louisville Courier-Journal. He also served on the journalism faculty at the University of Missouri for six years and wrote a historical novel, “Soaring with Vultures.”

Brian L. Hartfield