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The Weekend To-Do List: October 11-13, 2013

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“Wicked”: “Wizard of Oz” prequel about the Wicked Witch of the West and Glinda the Good 7:30 Thursday, 8 p.m. Friday, 2 & 8 p.m. Saturday, and 1 and 6:30 p.m. Sunday Music Hall, 301 W. 13th Tickets: Start at $30

“Dracula: The Journal of Jonathan Harker” One-actor play about the Prince of Darkness, from the novel, “Dracula,” by Bram Stoker 10 a.m. Thursday, 10 a.m. and 7 p.m. Friday, 2 p.m. Saturday and Sunday Coterie Theatre at Crown Center, 2450 Grand Tickets: $10-$15

Tim Meadows : Former “Saturday Night Live” cast member doing stand-up 8 p.m. Thursday, 7:45 and 9:45 p.m. Friday and Saturday Stanford and Sons Comedy Club at the Legends, 1867 Village W. Parkway, Kansas City, Kan. Tickets: $15-$40

Beerfest at the Ballpark200 beers from more than 50 breweries, food from five restaurants Beer tasting 1:30 to 5 p.m. (cash bar and deejay 5 to 7 p.m.) CommunityAmerica Ballpark, 1800 Village W. Parkway, Kansas City, Kan. Tickets: $36

The Moody Blues: Classic rock with original members Justin Hayward, John Lodge and Graeme Edge 8 p.m. Monday Midland, 1228 Main Tickets: Sold out 

Steve Kraske is the host of KCUR's Up To Date. Follow him on Twitter @stevekraske.
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."
After growing up on the east coast and spending his first professional years in classical music, Stephen moved to Kansas City in 1995 expecting to leave after a few years. (Clearly that didn't happen.) More than two decades and three kids later, he doesn't regret his decision to stick around. Stephen began his career in public radio as a classical music host. As the founding producer of Up to Date with Steve Kraske, he received a number of local and national awards for his work on the program. Since 2014 he's overseen KCUR's broadcast operations. When Stephen isn't at KCUR's studios, he's probably adding more stamps to his passport with his KU professor wife and their three kids. His son almost made him cry during a drive through the Rockies when he said at age 8: "Dad, can we listen to public radio?" Sniff sniff.