Bard Lot

You endured pit stains, mosquitoes and mud while getting your fix of the Bard during Shakespeare in the Park. Now, as the summer heat finally relents, the fourth annual Shakespeare in the Parking Lot provides another opportunity to support the arts and enjoy the Elizabethan master’s epic wit in the open air — without a total onslaught of nature. Performed outside the 87-year-old Alcott Arts Center building (180 South 18th Street in KCK, 913-233-2787), this year’s production of romantic-comedy Much Ado About Nothing provides the 16th-century equivalent of that time you left your high school crush a tearful voicemail, insisting that his girlfriend was such a slut. The show starts at 4:30 p.m. with additional performances at the same time Sunday, as well as September 18 and 19. Tickets cost $5. Opening weekend also features an exhibition of local artists from 1 to 6 p.m. See alcottartscenter.org.

Sat., Sept. 11, 6 p.m.; Sun., Sept. 12, 2 p.m.; Sat., Sept. 18, 6 p.m.; Sun., Sept. 19, 2 p.m., 2010