1 “The Bear Necessities” – The performances, sponsored by Gene and Nancy Krupa, will be performed by Puppeteer Kraig Kensinger, at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. Feb. 17 and 19, at the Puppetry Arts Institute, 11025 E. Winner Road, Independence. Country western sensation Big Mama Bear presents a jamboree of amazing bear talent. See puppet bears sing, juggle, dance and amuse! Tickets are $6, and are available at the door, but reservations are requested as seating is limited, call 833-9777.
2 The Colored Museum – This play written by George C. Wolfe, which premiered in 1986 under the direction of L. Kenneth Richardson, will be performed by the Black Repertory Theater of Kansas City beginning Thursday and running through March 4, at ArtsTech, 1522 Holmes St., Kansas City. In a series of 11 “exhibits” (sketches), the review explores and satirizes prominent themes and identities of African-American culture. This comedy looks at stereotypes with razor sharp wit! Dramaturg Melonnie Walker, a graduate of the University of Missouri-Kansas City's Master of Arts Program in Theater History, discusses one of the most innovative plays in the history of African American Theater. For tickets, visit BRTKC.org .
3 Lenten fish dinners – Several churches will be holding Lenten fish dinners on Friday: St. Robert Bellarmine Church, 4:30-7 p.m., 4313 S. Missouri 7, Blue Springs. Cost, $9 for adults; $5 for children; $25 for family (2 adults and 2+ children under 12); children 5 and under are free (also March 2 and 23); St. Mark's Parish Center, 5-7:30 p.m., 3736 Lee's Summit Road, Independence. Cost, $11 for adults; $5 for ages 4 to 10; under age 3 eat free (also March 2 and 16); St. Ann’s Church, 4:30-7 p.m., 10109 E. Lexington Ave., Independence. Prices range from $9.50-$11; a fish sandwich with fries, $4 (also Fridays through March 23); Catholic Church of the Santa Fe, 5-7 p.m., 231 S. Sibley, Buckner. Cost, $9, $8 for seniors, $4 for ages 5-12 (also Fridays through March 23); Our Lady of the Presentation Catholic Church, 5-7:30 p.m., 150 N.W. Murray Road, Lee's Summit. Cost, $12; $5 for ages 4-11 (also Fridays through March 23.)
4 Peter Cetera performs at Kauffman Center – Cetera, known for his time as lead singer of the rock band Chicago and for his successful solo career and a Grammy Award-winning singer-songwriter, will perform with a seven-piece electric band at 7 p.m. Sunday, in the Muriel Kauffman Theatre. Tickets range from $39 to $109, and be purchased through the Kauffman Center Box Office at 994-7222, via the Kauffman Center mobile app, or online at www.kauffmancenter.org .
5 Through the Eyes of Picasso – This groundbreaking exhibition explores Pablo Picasso’s life-long fascination with art of Africa, Oceania and the Americas. The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art in Kansas City is the only U.S. venue for the exhibition, which closes April 8. In addition to paintings, sculpture and drawings by Picasso, the exhibition will feature significant works of African and Oceanic art. For Picasso, the allure of these masks and sculptures was in the artists’ exploration of line, abstraction of the human body, and representation of metamorphosis. Hours: 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Wednesday, Saturday, Sunday; 10 a.m.-9 p.m. Thursday/Friday. Tickets are $18; $16 for seniors; free for members and children 12 and younger, and may be purchased at https://www.nelson-atkins.org . For questions, call 751-1278.
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