7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 5, at Unity Temple on the Plaza
The author of “The Da Vinci Code,” “Inferno,” “The Lost Symbol,” “Angels & Demons” and other international best-sellers will appear for “Origin,” the fifth installment in his Robert Langdon series, released Oct. 3. Although Dan Brown has more than 200 million books in print worldwide, this will be his first U.S. book tour since “The Da Vinci Code” in 2003. 913-384-3126. Tickets are $29.95 (includes hardcover of “Origin”) through danbrown-rainydaybooks.brownpapertickets.com.
First Friday weekend in the West Bottoms
Never miss a local story.
Friday-Sunday, Oct. 6-8, in West Bottoms
This might be the year’s best weekend (weatherwise and otherwise) to check out what’s up in the West Bottoms. With more than 35 stores, the six-block area is the best place in town to find antiques and collectibles. A bevy of food trucks will be on hand to provide fine dining. And to top off your trip, you can visit one or more of the three haunted houses, Edge of Hell, Beast and Macabre Cinema, which will be open Friday and Saturday evenings. Hours vary; most shops open around 9 a.m. westbottoms.com. Free except for haunted houses.
7:30 and 10 p.m. Friday, Oct. 6, and 7 and 10 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 7, at Kansas City Improv
Not many stand-up comedians can say they’ve won an Academy Award and had a tiff with Oprah, but Mo’Nique can. She won the best supporting actress Oscar for her 2009 performance in “Precious,” and earlier this year she blamed Oprah Winfrey and others for hurting her career. She starred in UPN’s “The Parkers” from 1999 to 2004. 816-759-5233. Tickets are $40-$70 through improvkc.com.
“The Outwin 2016: American Portraiture Today”
Opens Friday, Oct. 6, at Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art
The Kemper is the only Midwest venue for this touring exhibition from the Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery, which conducts the Outwin Boochever Portrait Competition every three years. The competition’s first national tour will consist of 43 winning works drawn from more than 2,500 entries. Educational programming complementing the themes in “The Outwin” also will be available. Runs through Jan. 7. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Tuesday-Wednesday and Saturday-Sunday, 10 a.m.-9 p.m. Thursday-Friday. 816-753-5784. kemperart.org. Free.
Greater Kansas City Japan Festival
10 a.m.-7 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 7, at Carlsen Center
Japanese culture will be on display at the 20th annual Greater Kansas City Japan Festival. In addition to contemporary and traditional music performances, the event will feature martial arts demonstrations, tea ceremonies, anime and manga exhibits, workshops, food from local Japanese restaurants and more. Highlighting the music will be J-Pop singer Aya Uchida of Kyoto, Japan, who will perform with local songwriter and guitarist Jo Yamanaka. Johnson County Community College. Tickets are $5-$15 through kcjapanfestival.org.
Harvest Moon American Indian Festival
Noon-10 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 7, at Osage Trail Station Neighborhood
Actor Moses Brings Plenty and world champion hoop dancer Tony Duncan will be among the attractions at this celebration of culture, arts and tradition taking place on Troost Avenue, which dates to the Osage Trail and the Santa Fe Trail. Native American performers, dancers and artists will be on hand, and children will have their own Pow Wow Chow Wow (noon-2 p.m.). Troost Avenue between 31st Street and Linwood Boulevard. harvestmoonfestivalkc.com. Free.
KC Games for Good
Noon-5 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 7, at National World War I Museum
Presented by the Kansas City Plaza Rotary Club and St. Luke’s Health System, the KC Games for Good will feature teams of family members, business groups, neighbors and friends in competitions such as archery, home run derby and human foosball. Other activities will include a children’s scavenger hunt, face-painting, kite-making, the Kansas City Zoomobile, music and food. Southeast lawn. kcgamesforgood.org. Free.
5:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 7, at Kansas Speedway
Speed limits usually are strictly enforced on pit road at Kansas Speedway. Not for this event. Operation Outlaw will bring drag racing to pit road, with 88 cars in three divisions speeding down a one-eighth-mile track. Competitions will be held in Big Tire, Small Tire and Street Tire divisions. Garages and pits will be open, giving the public a chance to look behind the scenes. 913-328-3300. Tickets are $15 in advance through kansasspeedway.com.
10 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 7, and 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 8, at Weston
Apple dumplings, apple pies, apple butter, apple cider and just plain apples will be the stars of the show on the streets of historic Weston. Applefest will kick off at 10 a.m. Saturday with a parade featuring antique tractors, classic cars, fire trucks and bands. There also will be more than 60 arts and crafts booths, pony rides, face-painting, a straw-bale maze, pumpkin painting and other activities. westonmo.com. $1 donation; children under 15 free.
Boston Early Music Festival Chamber Ensemble
2:30 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 8, at Folly
For “Steffani: Duets of Love and Longing,” the Boston Early Music Festival Chamber Ensemble will play Baroque instruments and be joined by a group of vocalists in an exploration of the music of Agostino Steffani. The concert, presented by the Kansas City Friends of Chamber Music, is part of a six-city North American tour that coincides with the group’s release of a recording of this repertoire with the same singers. 816-561-9999. Tickets are $25-$35 through chambermusic.org.
Chicago Symphony Orchestra
7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 11, at Helzberg Hall
Celebrating its 127th season, the Chicago Symphony Orchestra is consistently hailed as one of the world’s leading orchestras. Italian conductor Riccardo Muti, its 10th music director, will bring the symphony to Helzberg Hall for the second time in three years as part of the Harriman-Jewell Series. Among the works scheduled are Rossini’s “Overture to William Tell” and Bruckner’s Symphony No. 4, also known as the “Romantic.” Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts. 816-415-5025. Tickets are $30-$85 through hjseries.org.
“Stuff You Should Know” Live
8 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 11, at Liberty Hall
Isn’t it nice when a program’s title tells you exactly what it’s about? In this case, “Stuff You Should Know” is a podcast and video series that tells people about things — ranging from the Freedom of Information Act to frogs— and how they work. The live tour will be more of the same, only with hosts Chuck Bryant and Josh Clark onstage rather than on your computer screen. 785-749-1972. Tickets are $30 through libertyhall.net.
Also this week
Classical music and dance
Juilliard String Quartet, Oct. 5, Lied Center. lied.ku.edu
Kansas City Chamber Orchestra, “Autumn Winds,” Oct. 5, Medallion Theater. kcchamberorchestra.org
Musical Monday and Tuesday, Oct. 2-3, Musical Theater Heritage. musicaltheaterheritage.com
“Bastard,” Oct. 11-29, Living Room. thelivingroomkc.com
Music (rock, pop, jazz)
Angel Olsen with Mount Moriah, Oct. 5, Granada. thegranada.com
Echosmith with Banners, Oct. 5, The Truman. thetrumankc.com
Aaron Watson, Oct. 6, Uptown. uptowntheater.com
Kansas City Jazz Orchestra, “Jumpin’ Down Route 66,” Oct. 6. Helzberg Hall. kcjazzorchestra.net
The Legend of Zelda Symphony of the Goddesses, Oct. 6, Music Hall. zelda-symphony.com
America, Oct. 7, Ameristar. ameristar.com
Brian Stokes Mitchell with Kansas City Symphony, Oct. 7, Kauffman Center. kauffmancenter.org
Lacrae, Oct. 7, The Truman. thetrumankc.com
Alison Krauss and David Gray, Oct. 8, Starlight. kcstarlight.com
Motionless in White with the Amity Affliction and Miss May I, Oct. 9, The Truman. thetrumankc.com
Benjamin Booker, Oct. 11, Bottleneck. thebottlenecklive.com
Jon Bellion, Oct. 11, Arvest Bank Theatre at the Midland. midlandkc.com
Mike Gordon, Oct. 11, Madrid. madridtheatre.com
Tash Sultana, Oct. 11, RecordBar. therecordbar.com
First Fridays in the Crossroads, Oct. 6, Crossroads Arts District. kccrossroads.org
“George Timock: A Legacy in Clay,” Oct. 6-Jan. 14, Belger Arts Center. belgerartscenter
Summit Art Festival, Oct. 6-8, Downtown Lee’s Summit. summitartfest.org
Trucktoberfest, Oct. 6, T.B. Hanna Station, Raymore. raymore.com
Barktoberfest. Oct. 7, Shawnee Mission Park. barktoberfestkc.com
Crossroads Crush: Art. Music. Spirit Festival, Oct. 7, Downtown Cameron. cameronmochamber.com
Fall on the Farm, Oct. 7, at Watkins Mill State Park. mostateparks.com/event/66681/fall-farm
Festival of Arts, Crafts and Music, Oct. 7, Missouri Town 1855. makeyourdayhere.com
Germanfest, Oct. 7, Wyandotte County Fair Grounds. saintmartinlutheran.com/germanfest
Hoots and Howls, Oct. 7-8, 14-15 and 21-21, Kansas City Zoo. kansascityzoo.org
Jim Bach Memorial Oktoberfest, Oct. 7, Jesse James Park, Kearney. kearneyamphitheater.com
Kaw Valley Farm Tour, Oct. 7-8, area farms. kawvalleyfarmtour.org
Linden Square Whiskey Fest, Oct. 7, Gladstone. lindensquare.info/whiskey-fest
Main Street History Crawl, Oct. 7, Kansas City Public Library Central Library. eventbrite.com/event/37855980256
Meyer Fest, Oct. 7, St. Peter’s Catholic Church. meyerfestkc.com
Oktoberfest, Oct. 7, Commercial Street Mall, Atchinson. visitatchison.com/event/oktoberfest
Oktoberfest Live, Oct. 7, Kansas City Live powerandlightdistrict.com
Scarecrow Festival, Oct. 7, Shawnee City Hall. visitshawneeks.com/event/scarecrow-festival
Squier Park Historic Homes Tour, Oct. 7, Squier Park. squierparkkc.org
Waterfire, Oct. 7, Country Club Plaza. www.waterfirekc.com
Underwater Bubble Show, Oct. 8, Lied Center. lied.ku.edu
Johnson County Young Matrons 2017 Boutique, Oct. 11-12, Ritz Charles. jcym.net
Paula Deen for “At the Southern Table With Paula Deen,” Oct. 7, Barnes & Noble Zona Rosa. barnesandnoble.com