Brian McTavish

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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."

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If you're a proud geek, basketball fan or want to feel Irish for a day, we've got just the thing for you. Check out Brian McTavish's Weekend To-Do List for March 14-16, 2014.

Planet Comicon (Pop culture and comic book convention), Noon to 7 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday at Bartle Hall, 301 W. 13th, Kansas City, Mo. Tickets: $20 Friday, $35 Saturday, $30 Sunday (separate admission to Sunday Trektacular)

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Want to get rid of the post-Mardi Gras blahs? Check out Brian McTavish's Weekend To-Do List for March 7-9, 2014.

Golden! Girls Gone Wild!!! (Late Night Theatre returns with cross-dressing satire of TV’s “The Golden Girls”), opens at 8 p.m. Friday with performances through March 31 at Missie B’s, 805 W. 39th, Kansas City, Mo. Tickets: $18 (816-235-6222)

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Drive away that chill this weekend with Brian McTavish's Weekend To-Do List for Feb. 28-March 2, 2014.

Screenland at the Symphony: “The Wizard of Oz” (re-mastered MGM movie classic with live symphonic accompaniment), 7 p.m. Thursday and Friday at the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts, 1601 Broadway, Kansas City, Mo., Tickets: $27 (Friday sold out)

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If you want to brave our weird weather this weekend, Brian McTavish has some ideas for you on the Weekend To-Do List for Feb. 21-23, 2014.

Bobby Watson & Horizon (Reunion of Watson and the band he started 30 years ago), 9 p.m. Friday at The Blue Room - 1600 E. 18th St., Kansas City, Mo. Tickets: $30

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Looking for something to do with your sweetheart, or simply want to enjoy the improving weather? Check out Brian McTavish's Weekend To-Do List for Feb. 14-16, 2014.

54th Annual World of Wheels (Celebration of hot rods, custom trucks and motorcycles), 3 to 10 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday at Bartle Hall, 301 W. 13th, Kansas City, Mo. Tickets: $18; $5 ages 6 to 12

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If you’re getting cabin fever, Brian McTavish has a Weekend To-Do List for Feb. 7-9, 2014, to cure you

Rain: A Tribute to the Beatles (Faux Fab Four), 8 p.m. Friday at Yardley Hall, Johnson County Community College, Overland Park, Kan. Tickets: $45 and $60

“The Graduate” (Live adaptation of 1960s film), 2 and 8 p.m. Saturday at the Polsky Theatre, Johnson County Community College, Overland Park, Kan. Tickets: $30

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Want to get out on the town this weekend? Check out Brian McTavish's Weekend To-Do List for Jan. 31-Feb. 2, 2014.

Bill Cosby: Far From Finished Tour (Stand-up comedy), 5 and 8 p.m. Saturday at The Midland, 1228 Main, Kansas City, Mo. Tickets: $49 to $69

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Need some options for indoor fun this frigid weekend? Check out Brian McTavish's Weekend To-Do List for Jan. 24-26, 2014. 

Harlem Globetrotters (Basketball wizards playing by new crazy rules), 2 and 7 p.m. Saturday at the Sprint Center, 1407 Grand, Kansas City, Mo. Tickets: $25 to $137 

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Want to spice up your weekend? Brian McTavish has some ideas for you on our Weekend To-Do List for Jan. 17-19.

George Strait: “The Cowboy Rides Away Tour” (Country music icon bids farewell), 7:30 p.m. Saturday at the Sprint Center, 1407 Grand, Kansas City, Mo. Tickets: $81.50, $101.50 

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Warm up this weekend with a few selections from Brian McTavish's Weekend To-Do List for January 10-12, 2014.

“Green Day’s American Idiot” (Broadway musical based on rock concept album), 7:30 p.m. Saturday and 1 and 6:30 p.m. Sunday at the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts, 1601 Broadway, Kansas City, Mo. Tickets: $65 to $85 

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Looking for something to ward off the chill this weekend? Check out Brian McTavish's Weekend To-Do List for Jan. 3-5, 2014.

American Aquarium (Americana: country, folk, rock), 8:30 p.m. Thursday at Knuckleheads Saloon, 2715 Rochester, Kansas City, Mo. Tickets: $12 

Kid Sister (Rap), 8 p.m. Saturday at the Riot Room, 4048 Broadway, Kansas City, Mo. Tickets: $5.00 - $10.00 

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Need something to light your winter fire this weekend? Brian McTavish has our Weekend To-Do List for Dec. 20-22.

Trans-Siberian Orchestra (Holiday rock opera), 3 and 7:30 p.m. Saturday at the Sprint Center, 1407 Grand, Kansas City, Mo., Tickets: $30-$59.50

The Lettermen (Pop), 8 p.m. Friday at Yardley Hall, Carlsen Center, Johnson County Community College, Overland Park, Kan., Tickets: $35

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Is winter putting a chill in your weekend? Brian McTavish has a few ideas about how you can heat it back up on our Weekend To-Do List for Dec. 13-15.

Shooting Star: Christmas Benefit Show for Harvesters (Classic Midwest rock), 8 p.m. Thursday at One Block South, 7300 W. 119th, Overland Park, Kan. Tickets: $15 

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Need some activities to warm you up this weekend? Brian McTavish has a few highlights for you on our Weekend To-Do List for Dec. 6-8.

Hunter Hayes (Pop goes the country), 7:30 p.m. Friday at The Midland, 1228 Main, Kansas City, Mo. Tickets: $29.50, $39.50 

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Kansas City is abuzz with things to do this weekend, and Brian McTavish has selected a few for our Weekend To-Do List for November 22-24.

The Fairy Princess (Kansas City holiday season icon), kids can visit with the Fairy Princess following Saturday’s 6 p.m. lighting ceremony at Zona Rosa, I-29 and Barry Road, Kansas City, Mo. Admission: Nominal fee to have your picture taken with Her Highness.

There are a ton of things to do in Kansas City this weekend, and Brian McTavish picked out some highlights as part of our Weekend To-Do List for November 15-17.

Selena Gomez: Pop hit sensation: 7 p.m. Sunday at the Sprint Center, 1409 Grand Tickets: $28.50-$99.50  

Jake ShimabukuroUkulele wizard. 8 p.m. Friday in Helzberg Hall, Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts, 1601 Broadway Tickets: $21-$59

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Looking for something to do this Halloween weekend? Check out Brian McTavish's Weekend To-Do List for Nov. 1-3, 2013.

Straight No Chaser (A cappella), 7:30 p.m. Sunday at The Midland, 1228 Main. Tickets: $29.50-$49.50 

Lyle Lovett and John Hiatt (Singer/songwriters and their guitars), 8 p.m. Sunday at the Uptown Theater, 3700 Broadway. Tickets: $32.25-$141.85  

Looking for something to ward off the chill this weekend? Check out Brian McTavish's Weekend To-Do List for October 25-27, 2013.

Deborah Voigt (Soprano in recital), 8 p.m. Friday at the Folly Theatre, 300 W. 12th. Tickets: $25-$75 

The Kinsey Sicks (Parody group), 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday at the Polsky Theatre, Johnson County Community College. Tickets: $25-$30 

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Looking for something to do this Fall weekend? Check out Brian McTavish's Weekend To-Do List for October 18-20, 2013.

Bonnie Raitt with Marc Cohn (Blues, r&b, rock, pop), 8 p.m. Friday at The Midland, 1228 Main. Tickets: Sold out

“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

The Weekend To-Do List: Oct. 4-6, 2013

Oct 3, 2013
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Looking for some fun on a crisp and cool fall weekend? Brian McTavish has a few choices for you on the Weekend To-Do List.

American Royal Barbecue (American Royal World Series of Barbecue Contest, live entertainment, vendors, fireworks), Thursday through Sunday at the American Royal grounds in the West Bottoms. Admission: $15 at the gate; discount for kids

American Royal Parade: A star-spangled salute, including military personnel, 4H and FFA members, marching bands, drill teams, saddle clubs, vintage cars, civic groups and floats. 9:45 a.m. Saturday North up Grand Boulevard from Pershing to Truman Road Admission: Free.  

The Weekend To-Do List: Sept. 20-22, 2013

Sep 19, 2013

Looking to celebrate the arrival of some fall weather this weekend? Brian McTavish has a few suggestions for you. 

Sail Rock 2013 (Soft rock classics by Christopher Cross, Gary Wright, Orleans and Firefall), 7:30 p.m. Friday at Starlight Theatre in Swope Park. Tickets: $15 to $100.

The Weekend To-Do List, Sept. 13-15, 2013

Sep 13, 2013
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Looking for a a fun refuge from some rainy weather? Check out Brian McTavish's suggestions on the Weekend To-Do List.

Dancefestopia (Multiple music stages with 60 artists, including Wiz Khalifa, Mac Miller, Infected Mushroom), 2 p.m. Friday to 5:30 a.m. Saturday, 10 a.m. Saturday to 5:30 a.m. Sunday at Berkley Riverfront Park, south bank of Missouri River between Kit Bond Bridge and Heart of America Bridge. Tickets: $125 (weekend pass); $85 for camping (weekend pass)  

Looking for a great way to spend the first weekend in - *gasp* - September? Here's your Weekend To-Do List courtesy of Brian McTavish:

Johnny Mathis: Classic pop. 8 p.m. Friday at the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts, 16th and Broadway in Kansas City, Mo. Tickets: $75 to $125

 Michael Bublé: Neo-classic pop. 8 p.m. Sunday at the Sprint Center, 14th and Grand, Kansas City, Mo. Tickets: $56.50 to $101.50

Looking for a way to celebrate a labor-free holiday? Brian McTavish has some options for you on the Weekend To-Do List.

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Looking for cools ways to spend a hot weekend? Brian McTavish has some options for you on the Weekend To-Do List.

Lawrence Busker Fest (Variety of street musicians and other performers), Busker Ball preview show at 7 p.m. Thursday, at the Granada Theater, 1020 Massachusetts, 5 p.m. Friday, 2 p.m. Saturday, 1 p.m. Sunday on the streets of downtown Lawrence, Kan. Admission: Free (Busker Ball $8 adults; $5 kids) 

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Looking for a rocking good weekend? Brian McTavish has some options for you on the Weekend To-Do List.

The Rainmakers with the Nace Brothers (Midwest rock), 8 p.m. Friday at CrossroadsKC, 417 E. 18th. Admission: Free (no blankets or lawn chairs)

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Looking to take off with a fun activity this weekend? Brian McTavish floats some options for you on the Weekend To-Do List.

Great Midwest Balloon Fest (50 hot air balloons in flight), 4 to 11 p.m. Friday, 1 to 11 p.m. Saturday at the Great Mall of the Great Plains, I-35 and 151st, Olathe, Kan. Admission: $10; $5 ages 6 to 12

The Weekend To-Do List: August 2-4, 2013

Aug 1, 2013
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Looking for something fun to start your August this weekend? Brian McTavish has some choices for you on the Weekend To-Do List.

Taylor Swift: The Red Tour (Pop sensation), 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday at the Sprint Center, 1407 Grand Blvd. Tickets: $29.50, $84.50 

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