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McTavish Weekend Extra

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Want to do something different? Really different? Really, really different?

Well, let’s not get too carried away. We’ve only got the weekend to work with here. And, besides, you don’t want to show up to work on Monday as Bernie if they’re expecting Hillary. (If they’re expecting Donald, I’m not sure what to tell you.)

So, instead, consider the following things to entertain or educate yourself in a different way this weekend. At least they’re totally different from each other. Baby steps, right? And then the revolution!

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Remember ‘Oz the Great and Terrible’? Turns out he wasn’t such a bad guy. In the end, you might say he was terribly good.

In that spirit, there are things to do this weekend that might well be terrible, but in more than one sense.

Am I being absolutely awful to propose potentially dire diversions? Actually, I’m just being alliterative. But terrible? Now you’re talking.

1. Wavves with Best Coast and Cherry Glazerr

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Sunday is Valentine’s Day, the great validator of lovingly bestowed flowers and candy, as well as hugs and kisses that hopefully go with them.

If you have a special someone, good for you. If not, that opens up other opportunities, doesn’t it?

Whatever your romantic status, follow your heart this weekend. You never quite know where it will take you. Or who might join you on the way.

1. Dancing with the Kansas City Stars Sweetheart Dance

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Should you?

That’s the lingering question when considering some of this weekend’s, shall we say, more debatable activities – things that might feel good or be otherwise stimulating, yet also challenge everything from waistlines to moral judgements.

Not to worry. Much. It’s only the weekend. Isn’t that when you’re supposed to let it all hang out?

1. Monster Jam

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Sometimes you have to be an adult. Other times, it’s more of an option.

This weekend, with any luck, the choice will be yours to take full advantage of your adult status without the pesky baggage of grown-up responsibility.

I didn’t say it would be easy. I’m just here to nudge you in the right direction. Or maybe it’s the wrong direction. Either way, I’m nudging.

1. Margaret Cho: The PsyCho Tour

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It’s shaping up to be quite the magical weekend, including opportunities to behold satiric sorcery, partake of enchanting eating deals and be mesmerized by momentous sleight of hand on the basketball court.

Your mission: Get out and see what pleasures can be conjured before the weekend spell is broken.

A wand shouldn’t be necessary. Although waving your arms around in a wizardly way would seem irresistible. Anyway, that’s my plan.

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The real world is full of obligatory routines and predictable patterns.

Who needs that on the weekend?

Unload the ordinary and stack up on the fantastic by exposing yourself to amazing superheroes, distant planets and — if you dare — maybe even the dawn of a zombie apocalypse. It could get weird, but if you want to get out of this world, you’ve got to take a few chances.

1. ‘Marvel Universe Live!’

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You can’t do everything in 2016, but there are probably things that you’d rather not miss.

To decide what those things might be, you first need info – like when will the pennies from heaven be dropped and where’s the best place to stand? As it turns out, I can’t help you with that.

But I can suggest the following candidates for not-to-miss stuff this year. In the end, personal choices will be made. Fun and enrichment will be fashioned. And if I find out anything about the sky raining money, I’ll get back to you.

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Remember when you were inordinately riveted by famous people? Think way back – like five seconds ago.

Say what you will, but the public continues to be captivated by an ever-expanding continuum of both real and imagined personalities populating our star-struck media universe.

If you’re impressed by Luke Skywalker or Barbra Streisand, then your star-struck self is already covered this weekend. Just tell me again: Which one is flesh-and-blood and which one is made up?

1. ‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens’ Costume Watch Party

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The coming of the holidays typically means more time with family, which is the best gift to give or receive.

Even so, extra family time can contribute to holiday stress – whether it’s dealing with bored kids on Christmas break or hosting relatives you haven’t seen since the last time you felt this frazzled.

Happily, the holiday season also comes with family friendly entertainments and attractions that provide an alternative to being cooped up with dear ones who might be driving you crazy. I said, might. Whew, that was close.

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How nutty is this weekend’s entertainment scene?

Pretty nutty, whether you’re attracted to a play about the influence of The Simpsons on post-apocalyptic America or the Kansas City Ballet’s revamped version of The Nutcracker – you knew that was coming, right?

Fasten your seat belts, it’s going to be a nutty ride.

1. ‘The Nutcracker’

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The great jazz saxophonist John Coltrane said, “You can play a shoestring, if you're sincere.”

While more sophisticated instruments will be used to engage entertainment seekers this weekend, the most rewarding displays of talent will still require sincerity to reach their full potential.

And sincerity is a two-way street. Frank Sinatra, the Chairman of the Board himself, said, “An audience is like a dame. If it ain’t sincere, it’s over.”

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It’s important to show appreciation. That includes showing up to laud cherished entertainment heroes and/or concepts when the opportunity arises.

Sometimes, the heroes are able to appear in person to receive their due. Other times, worthy stand-ins embodying the notion of the original’s excellence must suffice.

This weekend offers chances to be laudatory in both categories. Lay it on thick, because when we acknowledge what we admire, we bring out the best in ourselves.

1. Gladys Knight and the O’Jays

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Dressing up as someone you’re not is more common than ever in today’s society.

It’s called costume play or "cosplay," and participants need only the slightest excuse to turn themselves into their favorite character from, say, "Game of Thrones," or maybe one of the nerds on “Big Bang Theory.” Because some people just think it’s fun to go out and pick up a quart of milk as Sheldon.

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Need a lift?

Whether you’re stuck on the side of the Road of Life or just feeling a bit down, we can all use a boost now and then.

So here are a few opportunities to feel better – not only about yourself, but about your fellow human beings. Wow, thank you, weekend.

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As we have come to learn in our society, diversity is vital to achieving optimum success in the workplace. But did you know that it can also work wonders for your weekend?

Well, let me tell you. I mean, literally, right now. Yep, that’s what I’m here for.

Prepare to diversify!

1. Lenexa Chili Challenge

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Fall is in full swing – and fading fast.

That’s the funny thing about fall. One moment the leaves are changing color and the next they’re on the ground. Turn away and you’ll miss it.

Don’t be left holding a rake – or, worse, a snow shovel – before taking advantage of what this fun and fleeting season has to offer.

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As the Beatles posited in their pithy ditty, “Revolution”: “You say you want a revolution/Well, you know, we all want to change the world.”

Despite such lyrical caginess, John, Paul, George and Ringo couldn’t help but shake things up for all the world to see. That’s what revolutionaries do.

This weekend, the malleable ’60s mop-tops and other ground-breakers will be given their revolutionary due. Take to the streets! No, you can’t bring a torch. Nice try, though.

1. The Fab Four: The Ultimate Tribute

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Wondering how to get your ha-ha on this weekend? Funny you should ask!

1. The Comedy Get Down Tour

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From the street to the stage, creative folks are sharing their talents and wares this weekend.

And you know what that means: You get to be creative, too, because it takes a creative mind to fully appreciate one. That might explain why you and I get along so well. Glad to be on the same creative team!

Plaza Art Fair

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In the minds of many, humans supposedly behaving like animals is a bad thing, as if all primal proclivities are something to be avoided.

But taking the obviously awful stuff off the table – like killing without conscience or not washing your hands before dinner – acting like a critter can be quite freeing.

Be – or at least think like – an animal this weekend. You can do it. But you already know that, don’t you?

1. Cheetah Run

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There’s a first time for everything, right? Like your first kiss. Or your first job. Or your first kiss on the job – hold it now!

What things can you experience for the first time this weekend? There are some brand new events, familiar entertainers in fresh contexts and popular attractions that you may have overlooked or even avoided for some silly reason.

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The looming wonders of weekend diversions can lure this enthusiastic messenger away from mere explication to attempt airy and alliterative turns of phrase in pursuit of apprising the public as appealingly as possible.

In other words: I can get carried away with this stuff, especially when it comes to a three-day weekend. But exaggerate? That’s never the plan.

Take this weekend’s arguably provocative promise of “wet and wild” things to do – really? Without a doubt. Pretty much. Mostly. Oh, well, let’s give it a whirl.

1. Kansas City Irish Fest

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People have so many different interests and ways to be individually enthralled, getting family members to agree on the same weekend action plan can be a challenge.

Still, I’d like to believe that the family that plays together, stays together.

Corny? I guess. Worth trying this weekend? You know it.

1. ‘Disney on Ice: Frozen’

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Been there and done that? Lucky you. Not been there and done that? Lucky you, too.

That’s because whether you’re an old hand or a newbie regarding this weekend’s tried-and-true entertainment and attractions – some familiar annual events, some well-known in other ways – their established allure is undeniable.

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Kids have already started heading back to school. Yet, seasonally speaking, it’s still high summer out there.

And if summer’s traditionally about anything, it’s about putting down the work and picking up the play. So, this weekend, go and do whatever you want to in a carefree, summertime way – while you still can.

Alas, no vacation is endless. But maybe we can make this one last just a little bit longer in spirit. Yay, summer!

1. Grub & Groove Festival

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Colorful characters – both real and imagined – rule this weekend’s lively entertainment calendar.

Leading events range from a country superstar still successfully strutting her stuff during her first concert tour in more than a decade to fantasy fans gathering to fervently celebrate their favorite far-flung heroes. And would you believe a trio of First Friday artists having their way with used refrigerators? I didn’t see that coming.

Whatever intriguing activities await you this weekend, be sure to color outside the lines.

1. Kansas City Comic Con

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Music isn’t just an open door – it’s a palace of passageways leading to all kinds of tunes around every corner.

This weekend, check out some of the different ways to explore the musical mansion, from superstar country to indie rock, jazz, blues and more.

The best part? You get to sing along.

1. Kenny Chesney and Jason Aldean

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Move or be moved.

While that suggestion may seem like a marching order, I’d rather think of it as merely a heads up to anyone interested in having their emotions helpfully set in motion this weekend. That’s right, feelings matter. And if we don’t find meaningful ways to connect with them, it’s easy to become a hollow shell. Yuck.

So find a way to be moved this weekend – I said, move it! See how that works? I just discovered my inner drill sergeant.

1. Kansas City Dance Festival

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The 11th annual Kansas City Fringe Festival kicks off this weekend offering various opportunities to experience edgy entertainment involving theater, comedy, music, dance and more.