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The Weekend To-Do List: June 27-29


Make the final weekend in June your best one yet with Brian McTavish's Weekend To-Do List!

Maker Faire
More than 350 makers show off their creations, from robots to quilts to arts and crafts.
10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday & Sunday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Union Station, 30 W. Pershing, Kansas City, Mo.
Admission: $12 adults, $9 youths and seniors

Smokey Joe's Cafe
Celebrity free summer musical
6 p.m. Thursday, Friday & Saturday; 11:45 p.m. Sunday
New Theatre Restaurant, 9229 Foster, Overland Park, Kan.
Tickets: $45

33rd Annual WaterFest
Featuring amateur karaoke competition ($5,000 grand prize)
2 to 9 p.m. Friday, 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday
Downtown Excelsior Springs, Mo.
Admission: Free

Free State Festival
Celebration of ideas, film, music and art
9 p.m. Thursday film and concert by Grant Hart of Husker Du
Thursday through Sunday
Lawrence Arts Center, 940 New Hampshire, Lawrence, Kan.
Admission: Much is free ($10 ticket to Grant Hart)

Great Lenexa Barbecue Battle
185 competing barbecue teams with nightly music from the Nace Brothers
4:30 to 11 p.m. Friday, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday
Sar-Ko-Par Trails Park, Lenexa, Kan.
Admission: $5 on Friday, free on Saturday

When I host Up To Date each morning at 9, my aim is to engage the community in conversations about the Kansas City area’s challenges, hopes and opportunities. I try to ask the questions that listeners want answered about the day’s most pressing issues and provide a place for residents to engage directly with newsmakers. Reach me at steve@kcur.org or 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."