1 “The Treasure of the Sierra Madre” – The corrosive power of greed mixes with high adventure in this explosive movie classic, which kicks off the 2018 TCM Big Screen Classics series. The movie will be shown at 2 and 7 p.m. on Sunday and Tuesday, at Independence Commons 20, 19200 E. 39th St. S.; The Place at the Plaza, 526 Nichols Road, Kansas City; and Cinemark 20, 5500 Antioch, Merriam. This 1948 feature film, an adaptation of B. Traven's 1927 novel of the same name, follows desperate prospectors (Humphrey Bogart, Tim Holt and Walter Huston), who set off to find gold in the rugged Mexican wilderness. Instead, they find trouble – not the least of which is the temptation of greed. This presentation will also include specially produced commentary before and after the feature by TCM Primetime Host Ben Mankiewicz. Tickets for can be purchased online at www.FathomEvents.com or at participating theater box offices.
2 “The Glass Menagerie” – The play, performed by City Theatre of Independence, is about a faded Southern belle of middle age, shares a dingy apartment with her son and his slightly older sister. She especially worries about the future of her daughter, a young woman with a limp. She has created a world of her own symbolized by her collection of glass figurines. Performances are 7 p.m. Thursday, Friday and Saturday and Jan. 19 and 20, and 2 p.m. Jan. 21, at the Powerhouse Theater inside the Sermon Center, Truman and Noland roads, Independence. Tickets are $15; $13 for seniors. For tickets, visit citytheatreofindependence.org or call 325-7367.
3 Let's Move! Gently – This new program, sponsored by Blue Springs Parks and Recreation, promotes the joy and play in movement by enlisting local businesses to make weekly activities available to adults 18 and older. Each event will have a knowledgeable facilitator for guidance, and each event is $5 per person, paid directly to the local business. This week, a Tai Chi class will be held from 1 to 2 p.m. Friday, at the Blue Springs Family YMCA, 1300 Adams Dairy Pkwy. For questions and upcoming activities, call Pam Buck Superintendent-Senior Services & Community Outreach, at 228-0238.
4 "The Princess and the Pea, and other Tales" – This tale, performed by Two Frogs and a Turtle Puppet Company, with Anitra Steele at puppeteer, will be held at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. Saturday and Monday, at the Puppetry Arts Institute, 11025 E. Winner Road, Independence. Tickets are $6, and are available at the door, but reservations are requested as seating is limited, call 833-9777.
5 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration – The theme for this year’s celebration is “The Color of Unity” and will be held at 7 p.m. Monday, at the Truman Memorial Building, 416 W. Maple Ave., Independence. The winners of the $500 John Olivarez Scholarship and 8th grade essay contest will be announced.
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