Kansas City Connection: Under the sea

Much of the excitement in Kansas City this week is at the theater, due in large part to the Fringe Fest, which we previewed in last week’s column. Today we’ll take a quick look at some of the highlights on city stages this week before moving on to some other fun summer destinations.

For the kids, Starlight Theatre is staging a production of “The Little Mermaid” from July 23 through 28 at 8 p.m.

Tickets start at $10 for the performance, which follows the Disney version, avoiding the tragic, transformative ending of the original Hans Christian Andersen tale.

The Westport Center for the Arts will be presenting “Anonymous: Immigrant Voices,” which examines the immigrant experience in America through narratives adapted from playwright Cecilia Lopez’s interviews.

Performances are 4:30 p.m. today; 6 p.m. Wednesday; and 7:30 p.m. Saturday. Tickets are $10 and require a $5 Fringe Festival button.

Concerts

It may be 100 degrees outside, but it will be all “Silk Degrees” Thursday night at the Uptown Theater when Boz Scaggs takes the stage (I’ve been waiting for years to reference that classic 1972 album in the newspaper, just like my in-laws have been waiting all summer for this show, which should be a good one).

Tickets to see Boz range from $56 and go up from there, on sale at ticketmaster.com.

The city of Olathe wraps up its free summer concert series with one of Kansas City’s most popular cover acts, Liverpool, who play the music of (you guessed it) The Beatles.

The Friday night concert begins at 7 p.m. at Frontier Park in downtown Olathe, 15501 Indian Creek Parkway.

All-star festivities

On July 31, Sporting Park in Kansas City, Kan., will be hosting the Major League Soccer All-Star game, and the festivities kick off this Saturday at the Power and Light District in downtown Kansas City, Mo.

Festivities will take place throughout the following five days at the Power and Light District and at the stadium, and you can find details at mlssoccer.com/all-star/2013/powerandlight. We’ll take a closer look at the game in next week’s column.

The Peanut

As far as summer meals go, one of my favorites is a nice juicy/crunchy/sumptuous BLT, and nobody does it better than KC institution The Peanut.

The original Peanut is something of a hole-in-the-wall at 50th and Main streets just south of the Plaza, and there are also locations downtown, in Lee’s Summit, and two in Overland Park.

The other Peanut staple is the buffalo wings, which compared to other places look almost like pterodactyl wings.

For a good place to watch the game, eat some great grub and have a few beers, this place hits the spot and then some.

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