The Comets Return

For those in KC who are now of a certain age, the name Kansas City Comets provides as much nostalgia as the Zambezi Zinger at Worlds of Fun. In the 1980s, the Major Indoor Soccer League team was a hot ticket at Kemper Arena, drawing audiences of mostly children through fast-paced action and such exotically named players as Gino Schiraldi and Enzo Di Pede. After a 20-year absence, the Comets are back, playing at the Independence Events Center (19100 East Valley View Parkway, Independence). Technically, the team that’s taking on the Omaha Vipers at 7:35 p.m. is known as the Missouri Comets. But it flies under its old theme song, so a whole new generation will hear the music from Midnight Express, despite never having seen the grisly Oliver Stone-scripted movie that teaches never to smuggle drugs into Turkey. Tickets cost $15.90-$40.60. See or call 816-478-2255 for details.

— Chris Rasmussen

Fri., Nov. 19, 7:35 p.m., 2010