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“THE ART OF CHOREOGRAPHY: Dancing with the Muses,” 7 to 8 tonight and 2 to 3 p.m. Saturday, Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art auditorium, Kansas City. Kansas City Ballet dancers present segments of historic and contemporary master works. For tickets, call 816-751-ART.
CABARET, presented by Padgett Productions, 8 tonight and Saturday; 3 p.m. Sunday; 8 p.m. Feb. 7; 3 p.m. Feb. 8, H&R Block City Stage at Union Station, Kansas City. Admission, $15, $13 for Union Station members. For tickets, call 816-460-2020.
CHILDREN’S DANCE PERFORMANCE, 3 p.m. Feb. 7, Nelson-Atkins Museum, Atkins Auditorium, Kansas City. This performance, in celebration of the Chinese New Year, is a dance recital by students of Lily Zhang Li Taylor. For tickets, call 816-751-1ART.
INPLAY will open “COLLECTED STORIES” by David Margolies, 7:30 p.m. Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday; 8 p.m. Feb. 5, 6 and 7; 3 p.m. Feb. 8, Just Off Broadway Theatre, 3051 Central, Kansas City. Admission, $10 for Feb. 2-4 performances; $15 for Feb. 5-8. For tickets, call 816-765-5767.
THE GLASS MENAGERIE,” presented by the Kansas City Repertory Theatre, through Feb. 15, Copaken Stage, Kansas City. Tickets range from $15 to $55. For tickets, call 816-235-2700 or visit
“MURDER BY THE BOOK,” through Feb. 22, American Heartland Theatre in Crown Center, Kansas City. Crisp and funny, this light-hearted and inventive thriller unfolds with a series of deadly games. To purchase tickets, call 816-842-9999.

Special events
“MISERY IN MISSOURI” exhibit, sponsored by the Missouri Alliance for Animal Legislation, 6 to 10 p.m. Saturday, noon to 4 p.m. Sunday, St. Andrew Christian Church, 13890 W. 127th St., Olathe. “On the Record” will be in concert during the Saturday viewing. The exhibit highlights the puppy mill problem. Proceeds from any art sold will support the Alliance’s work to combat puppy mills.
THE MYSTERY TRAIN – “Troop Train Treachery” mystery-comedy show, 7 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, Feb. 6 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.
CHINESE NEW YEAR CELEBRATION, beginning at 5 p.m. Feb. 6, Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, Kansas City. This event includes food, music, dance and family-friendly creative activities that are a tribute to China. For details, call 816-751-1278.
PAUL MESNER PUPPETS presents “Anansi Returns,” through Feb. 8, Unity on the Plaza, 47th and Jefferson, Kansas City. This is a lively telling of three classic folktales from Africa and the Caribbean. Show times: 2 p.m. Saturday and Sunday; 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. Feb. 4, 5 and 6; 2 p.m. Feb. 7 and 8. Cost, $8:50, $7 for children. For tickets, call 816-235-6222.
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.

    PLATINUM EXPRESS will perform tonight and Saturday night inside the Blue Moon in Lunar Bowl from 9 p.m. to 1 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 Bobby Campbell  playing from 6 to 8 p.m. Saturday, at Hazel’s Country Café, 219 West U.S. 24, Independence. Connie Ferris and Dan Proctor will perform from noon to 2 p.m. Sunday. Call 816-461-5882 or visit
WILLIE KIRST will play from 6 to 9 tonight, with Pick & Hammer playing from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Saturday, at the Rheinland Restaurant, 208 N. Main St., Independence. Call 816-461-5383.
SANDI PATTY’S BROADWAY, 8 tonight, Church of the Resurrection, Kansas City. The Kansas City Symphony is joined by Sandi Patty, known as “The Voice.” Tickets start at $25. For tickets, call 816-471-0400 or visit
RICK WEST will excite the audience with a guitar special, Scott will bring Marty Robbins style vocals to life, Larry will add Texas swing, and Lonnie will touch you with Johnny Cash favorites. Doors open Saturday at 7 p.m., with the show beginning at 8 p.m., Rick West Theatre, 13801 E. 42nd Terrace, Independence. For preferred seating, call 816-478-9100.
JOHN SCOFIELD TRIO perform, 8 p.m. Saturday, Folly Theater, Kansas City. Scofield will participate in a “Jazz Talk” question/answer session for ticket holders at 7 p.m. Tickets range from $15 to $30. Call 816-474-4444.
FORMOSA STRING QUARTET perform, 7:30 p.m. Saturday, UMKC White Recital Hall, Kansas City. Tickets are $25, $23 for seniors, $12.50 for students. Call 816-235-2799.
HELEN SUNG TRIO will perform, 8:30 p.m. Saturday, Blue Room in the American Jazz Museum, Kansas City. Cost, $15. Call 816-474-6262.
SUPER BOWL SUNDAY ORGAN RECITAL, with Dr. Jan Kraybill, 3 p.m. Sunday, Community of Christ Auditorium, 1001 W. Walnut St., Independence. Free.
JIM ABEL, singer/songwriter, will appear at 7 p.m. Wednesday at Roasterie Cafe, 6223 Brookside Boulevard, Kansas City. No cover charge. Call 816-333-9700.
PETER & THE WOLF, presented by the Kansas City Symphony, 10 a.m. Feb. 7 at Lyric Theatre, 11th and Central, Kansas City, and 2 p.m. Feb. 8 at Yardley Hall, on the Johnson County Community College Campus. Tickets range from $15 to $35 for adults; $10 to $25 for children. For tickets, call 816-471-0400 or visit
CHRIS REDING and THE REDDYMEN BAND perform for a country music dance, 8 to 11:30 p.m. Feb. 7, American Legion Post 21, 16701 East U.S. 40, Independence. Cost, $5. Call 816-373-0221.

ROBERT AND SHANA ParkeHarrison photo exhibit, through Feb. 8, Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, Kansas City. Exhibit is comprised of mostly large-scale work.
“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 will be 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 will 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. Explore the personal and diplomatic friendship forged by two revolutionary leaders. Tickets are $9.50 Call 816-460-2020.
“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.
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