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The Weekend To-Do List, August 31-September 2

Need something to do for the weekend of August 31-September 2? Fear not! Brian McTavish returns with the Weekend To-Do List for Kansas City.

Kansas City Irish Festival: Celebration of Irish heritage, with music by the Elders, Red Hot Chili Pipers and Gaelic Storm. 5 to 11 p.m. Friday, 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Crown Center Square, 25th and Grand Blvd. Tickets: $10 (single day); $25 (weekend pass); $5 (Friday night only)

“La Cage AuxFolles”: Broadway musical starring George Hamilton. 8 p.m. Thursday through Sunday; Starlight Theatre in Swope Park. Tickets: Start at $10.

Kansas City Renaissance Festival: Eat, drink and be merrily entertained in a 16th-century English shire! 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday through Monday and weekends through Oct. 14. 628 N. 126th St., Bonner Springs. Admission: $19.95 adults, $17.50 seniors, $10.95 ages 5-12.

Good Guys Rod and Custom Association Mid-Western Nationals: Car show, exhibits, swap meet; 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday. Kansas Speedway, 400 Speedway Blvd., Kansas City, Kan. Admission: $18, $6 ages 7-12.

The Beast and The Edge of HellHaunted houses; Friday and Saturday: each house opens at 7-8 p.m. and closes between 11 p.m. and 1 a.m. 1401 W. 13th St. in West Bottoms. Admission: $27 for one house; $40 combo.

Brian McTavish follows popular culture in the belief that the search for significance can lead anywhere. Brian explains, "I've written articles and reviews ... reviewed hundreds of concerts, films and plays. And the thing is, these high arts all sprang from the pop culture of their day. Don't forget: Shakespeare was once Spielberg."