1. "Napoleon: Power and Splendor,” through March 10 at the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, 4525 Oak St., Kansas City. A look at the private world of Napoleon Bonaparte and how he used art to try to legitimize his reign. More than 200 works of art, some never seen in the United States before this exhibition. Also, opening Friday: “Discriminating Thieves: Nazi-Looted Art and Restitution.” Museum hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesdays, 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Thursdays and Fridays, and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays. Admission is $18.
2. Blue Springs Youth Sports & Recreation Expo – 9 a.m. to noon Saturday at the Blue Springs Fieldhouse, 425 N.E. Mock Ave. It’s free. Information about spring and summer sports is available. Also, a balloon artist will be on hand, Action Marshal Arts and Dynamic Dance will perform, and KC Wolf will be there from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. For more information, visit www.bluespringsgov.com/youthsports.
3. “Big Sonia” – 2 p.m. Sunday at the Pharaoh Cinema 4, 114 W. Maple Ave., on the Square in Independence. Cost: $5. A slice of recent Kansas City history presented by the Jackson County Historical Society. In the last store in a defunct shopping mall, 91-year-old Sonia Warshawski runs the tailor shop she’s owned for more than 30 years. But when she’s served an eviction notice, the specter of retirement prompts Sonia to revisit her harrowing past as a refugee and witness to genocide. She is one of the last remaining Holocaust survivors in Kansas City.
4. “The Age of Eisenhower: America and the World in the 1950s” – tonight at the Central Library of the Kansas City Public Library, 14 W. Tenth St. in downtown Kansas City. Reception at 6, program at 6:30. Historian William I. Hitchcock examines the legacy of President Dwight D. Eisenhower in a discussion of his book The Age of Eisenhower: America and the World in the 1950s. The presentation kicks off a series of events coinciding with the exhibit Eisenhower’s Middle Road on display through May 24 at the Central Library.
5. “KC Mafia and Missouri Politics in the 1940s” – 7 p.m. next Tuesday, North Independence branch of the Mid-Continent Public Library, 317 W. U.S. 24. From local city politics to Harry Truman's Senate race, 1940s Missouri politics were rife with corruption stirred by the mafia's Black Hand. Author and filmmaker Terence O'Malley tells this violent chapter of Missouri's history. Free; registration required online at mymcpl.org/events. For questions, call 816- 252-0950.