Items for the Entertainment Planner may be sent to jill.ritchie @examiner.net or The Examiner, P.O. Box 459, Independence, Mo. 64051.

Stage
M*A*S*H, presented by Lee’s Summit North High School, 7 p.m. tonight and Saturday, at the school. This war comedy details the exploits of military doctors and nurses at a Mobile Army Surgical Hospital in Korea. Tickets are $6 in advance, $7 at the door. Dessert is included during intermission.
RUBBERBANDANCE GROUP performs, 8 p.m. Saturday, Yardley Hall, Johnson County. Tickets range from $25 to $35. Call 913-469-4445.
TUACA BODY ART BALL EVOLUTION performs, 9 p.m. Sunday, Uptown Theater, Kansas City. Painted performers may appear to have some exposed body parts, but that is not the case. The show is free, but requires reservations. Visit www.tuacabodyartball.com.
“BACKWARD IN HIGH HEELS,” March 6 through April 19, American Heartland Theatre in Crown Center, Kansas City. This play dances through the extraordinary life of Ginger Rogers. To purchase tickets, call 816-842-9999.

Special events
WORLD OF WHEELS, until 10 p.m. tonight; 11 a.m. to 10 a.m. Saturday; 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Sunday, Bartle Hall, 301 W. 13th St., Kansas City. Tickets are $15; $5 for children 6 to 12; and it’s free for kids today.
THE MYSTERY TRAIN – “Troop Train Treachery” mystery-comedy show, 7 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, through April 4, in area restaurants. Spies, soldiers, jazz and burlesque all collide to provide a setting for murder aboard a train leaving Union Station in 1943. The $59 cost includes dinner, show and gratuity. For reservations, call 816-813-9654.
HIGH-STEPPING LIPIZZANER STALLIONS perform, 2 and 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Sprint Center, Kansas City. Tickets range from $20.50 to $35, and may be purchased at www.ticketmaster.com.
FREE LECTURE: “American Volunteers, Tous et tout pour la Frances: A case study of attitudes, motives and experiences of two individuals,” 2 p.m. March 6, National World War I Museum, J.C. Nichols Auditorium, Kansas City. Dr. Christopher McDonald, Department of Social Sciences, Springfield, Ill., will discuss “Liberty for All,” which is exploring the theme of “Bodies and Minds.” Free with museum admission. Call 816-784-1918 or visit www.theworldwar.org.
“MARTHA SPEAKS,” presented by Paul Mesner Puppets, through March 8, Unity Temple on the Plaza, Kansas City. Martha the dog begins to talk after eating alphabet soup. Tickets are $10, $35 for family of four. For reservations, call 816-756-3500.
FLY ME TO THE MOON (3-D), 12:30 and 3 p.m. Tuesday-Sunday, through May 21, Regnier Extreme Screen Theater, Union Station, Kansas City. Admission, $6.50. Call 816-460-2020.
DOLPHINS AND WHALES (3-D), 10 a.m., 1:45 and 4:15 p.m. Tuesday-Sunday; 1:45 and 4:15 p.m. Sundays, through May 21, Regnier Extreme Screen Theater, Union Station, Kansas City. Admission, $6.50. Call 816-460-2020.
COVERED WAGON TOURS: Guided mule-drawn tours of Historic Independence Square and Truman Heritage District by Pioneer Trails Adventures, Truman Road and Main Street, Independence. Call 816-456-4991 for an appointment or visit www.pioneertrailsadventures.com.
 
Music
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DOGHOUSE DADDIES will perform tonight and Saturday night inside the Blue Moon in Lunar Bowl from 8:30 p.m. to 12:30 a.m., 2001 N.W. Missouri 7, Blue Springs. There is no fee, but you must be 21 to attend. Call 816-220-7722.
MO-KAN STRINGS will perform from 6 to 8 tonight, with Tommy and Bobbie Campbell playing from 6 to 8 p.m. Saturday, at Hazel’s Country Café, 219 West U.S. 24, Independence. Hazel’s Sunday spotlight will be featured from noon to 2 p.m. Sunday. Call 816-461-5882 or visit hazelcountrycafe.com.
PICK & HAMMER will play from 6 to 9 tonight, with the Willie Kirst Band celebrating Mardi Gras beginning at 6 p.m. Saturday, at the Rheinland Restaurant, 208 N. Main St., Independence. Call 816-461-5383.
RICK WEST will bring Texas Swing back this Saturday at the Rick West Theatre & Convention Center, 13801 E. 42nd Terrace, Independence. Doors open at 7 p.m., with the show beginning at 8 p.m. Larry will provide his own unique style, Aunt Betty will provide the comedy, and Rick West will add the southern Mississippi sound. For preferred setting, call 816-478-9100,
ALISON BALSOM, British trumpet soloist, will perform with the Kansas City Symphony, 8 p.m. tonight and Saturday at Lyric Theatre, and 2 p.m. Sunday at Yardley Hall. Tickets start at $10. For tickets, call 816-471-0400 or visit www.kcsymphony.org.
MUSIC IN THE GALLERIES, 6, 6:45 and 7:30 tonight, Nelson-Atkins Museum, Kansas City. Composers Jorge Sosa and Ryan Oldham present a comparison between music of the Middle Ages and contemporary composition. Wayne Nagy will also perform. For tickets, call 816-751-1ART.
CHRIS REDING and The Reddymen Band perform for a country music dance, 8 to 11:30 p.m. Saturday, American Legion Tirey J. Ford Post 21, 16701 East U.S. 40, Independence. Cost, $5. Call 816-373-0221.
DEBORAH BROWN QUINTET with MIKE DEL FERRO will perform, 8:30 p.m. Saturday, Blue Room in the American Jazz Museum, Kansas City. Cost, $15. Call 816-474-6262.
DAN RIGGS BIG BAND will play for a big band dance, 3 to 5 p.m. Sunday, American Legion Tirey J. Ford Post 21, 16701 East U.S. 40, Independence. They will begin serving a meal at 2 p.m. There is a fee. Call 816-373-0221.
JOHN MANN presents a free percussion recital, 8 p.m. Sunday, Lee’s Summit West High School, 2600 S.W. Ward Road. Mann is a graduate of Raytown High School and UMKC Conservatory of Music. Other performers include Nancy Nail, Carl Carney and Sam Wiseman.
A CELTIC CELEBRATION with “Cherish the Ladies,” 8 p.m. March 6, Church of the Resurrection. The six women who form this Celtic band deliver an engaging performance with spirit, precision, wit and soul. Tickets start at $25. For tickets, call 816-471-0400.
KANSAS CITY SYMPHONY performs “A Soldiers Tale,” 2 p.m. March 7, National World War I Museum, J.C. Nichols Auditorium, Kansas City. Enjoy classical music from the WWI-era. For reserved tickets to this free event, call 816-471-0400 between 10 a.m. and 5 p.m. Monday-Friday.

Exhibits
“DIALOG IN THE DARK” exhibit, through March 29, Bank of American Grand Gallery at Union Station, Kansas City. Enter a world without sight, where everyday situation present new challenges. Tickets are $22, $18 for ages 4 to 12 and Union Station members. Call 816-461-2020.
“RESTING PLACES – LIVING THINGS,” designs by Michael Cross on display through April 5, Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, Kansas City. The wooden floor will feature hills and valleys, a chair will respond to a visitor’s approach, tree branches support books and walls become resting places.
“THE TSAR AND THE PRESIDENT, Alexander II and Abraham Lincoln” exhibit, through April 19, KCP&L City Gallery at Union Station, Kansas City. Tickets are $9.50 Call 816-460-2020.
PHOTOGRAPHS OF HOMER PAGE: The Guggenheim 1949-1950 exhibit, Feb. 14 through June 7, Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, Kansas City. Rare black-and-white prints focus on work he produced in New York.
SCHOOL HOUSE TO WHITE HOUSE: The Education of the Presidents exhibit, through Aug. 30, Truman Library & Museum, Independence. You’ll see report cards, tests, essays, photos and films from the collections of the National Archives Presidential Libraries. Free with regular museum admission. 268-8200.
“DUMMIES DO TALK” and 1937 marionettes and Belgium puppets exhibit, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday, through July, Puppetry Arts Institute museum, 11025 E. Winner Road, Independence. Admission is $3, $1.50 for children under 16. Call 816-833-9777.
Items for the Entertainment Planner may be sent to jill.ritchie @examiner.net or The Examiner, P.O. Box 459, Independence, Mo. 64051.