Find something to do in the area this weekend

“SOCIAL SECURITY,”  a comedy by Andrew Bergman, and presented by City Theatre of Independence, 8 tonight, Saturday, June 6 and 7, and 2 p.m. June 8, Sermon Center, Independence. Ticket prices, $8. For reservations, 816-325-7367.
“Y’ALL COME BACK NOW,” presented by Full Frontal Comedy, 8 tonight and Saturday, H&R Block City Stage at Union Station, Kansas City. Show contains adult language/material, not intended for children or uptight adults. Tickets are $10, and may be purchased at Union Station Box Office, or calling 816-460-2020 or online at
AESOPS FABLES: Puppet Theatre Inside-out, 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. Saturday, Puppetry Arts Institute, 11025 Winner Road, Independence. Steve Abrams, a master puppeteer from Philadelphia, involves his audience in everything he does. The $5 cost includes seeing the museum and a finger puppet for each child. For reservations, 816-833-9777.
TOWLE’S HILL, a one-act play commissioned in celebration of the 150th anniversary of Gundlach Bundschu Estate Vineyard and Winery, 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Unicorn Theatre, Kansas City. Tickets are $50 for general admission. For tickets, visit and click “sesquicentennial.”
“PERFECT WEDDING,” a matrimonial mayhem comedy, through June 15, American Heartland Theater, Crown Center. Show times: 7:30 p.m. Tuesdays-Fridays; 8 p.m. Saturdays; 2 p.m. Sundays (select Sundays at 7:30 p.m.) Tickets are $17.50 to $33.50 depending on day/time of performance. For reservations, call 816-842-9999.

Special events
DERYL P. SELLMEYER will discuss and sign his book “Jo Shelby’s Iron Brigade,” 1 to 3 p.m. Saturday, Barnes & Noble, 19120 E. 39th St., Independence. Sellmeyer became interested in Civil War history three decades ago when he learned that his great-great-grandfather fought in the war. In 2003, he immersed himself in research and documented the story of Jo Shelby. For information, call Mary Kay Speaks at 816-795-8154.
THE KENNY ROYAL SWING ORCHESTRA will perform for a big band dance from 7 to 9:30 p.m. Saturday, Truman Memorial Building, Truman Road and Pleasant Street, Independence. Tickets are $10 at the door.
WALKING WITH DINOSAURS: The Live Experience, June 3 through 7, Sprint Center, Kansas City. Dinosaurs return to the earth in a live theatrical arena show. To purchase tickets, call 816-931-3330, or order online at
FREE CIVIL WAR FILM: The General (1927), 7 p.m. June 5, Truman Presidential Library and Museum, Independence. The General is an imaginative masterpiece of dead-pan Buster Keaton comedy, generally regarded as one of the greatest of all silent comedies. Museum volunteers will serve popcorn and beverages. Admission is free.
SAWYER BROWN benefit concert for Sunshine Center, 7 p.m. June 8, Kansas City Sports Lodge, 19310 E. 50th St. Terrace, Independence. Tickets are $25 and may be purchased at the Sunshine Center, 607 W. Lexington Ave., Independence. Call 816-833-2088.

PICK & HAMMER will perform from 5:30 to 8 tonight, with Crystal River performing from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Saturday, at Hazel’s Country Café, 219 West U.S. 24, Independence. Dan and Kathy March will play from noon to 2 p.m. Sunday at Hazel’s. Tommy Helms will appear at Hazel’s from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. June 5. Call 816-461-5882.
WILLIE KIRST will perform from 6 to 9 tonight, and Pick & Hammer playing from 6 to 9 p.m. Saturday, at the Rheinland Restaurant, 208 N. Main St., Independence. Call 816-461-5383.
“MUSIC IN THE PARK,” sponsored by Blue Springs Parks and Recreation, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. June 1, Provincial Gazebo at Rotary Park at Railroad Lake, Missouri 7 and Vesper Street, Blue Springs. H.B.Z. Band will play rhythm/blues. Free. Inclement weather hotline: 816-228-0116.
LIMITED COVERAGE will perform at 11 tonight, The Record Bar, 1020 Westport Road, Kansas City. Other acts on the bill: The Doo Dads, Brannock Device and Dark Circles. Admission, $7. Call 816-753-5207.
MOUNT ZION CHAMBER ORCHESTRA AND RESTORATION STRINGS present “A Spring Serenade,” 7 p.m. Saturday, Center Place Restoration School Auditorium, 819 W. Waldo Ave., Independence. Concert features works of Antonin Dvorak, Johann Strauss, and George Butterworth. Free admission, donations are accepted.
“MUSIC IN THE PARK” free concerts, 6:30 to 10 p.m. Fridays through Aug. 30, Howard Station Park, Lee’s Summit. Bring lawn chairs or blankets. 816-246-6598.

VISUAL HISTORY OF FLIGHT, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday-Saturday, noon to 4 p.m. Sundays, through June 20, Airline History Museum, Kansas City Downtown Airport, Hanger 9. Admission, $7 for ages 14 and older, $6 for ages 65 and older, $3 for ages 6 to 13. Call 816-421-3401.
JAZZ IN BLACK & WHITE, a display of black and white snapshots of celebrated jazz performers, through July 20, American Jazz Museum, Changing Gallery, Kansas City. Hours: Closed Mondays, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesdays-Saturdays; noon to 6 p.m. Sundays. Free.
LINCOLN: THE CONSTITUTION AND THE CIVIL WAR, through Sept. 14, Harry S. Truman Library and Museum, Independence. This interactive exhibit explores how one individual exercised leadership at a pivotal time of crisis for the nation, the Constitution, and the course of freedom worldwide. Free with Museum admission, $8, $7 for ages 65 and older; $3 for ages 6 to 15, 5 and under are free. Call 800-933-1225 or visit
WILLIAM T. KEMPER COLLECTING INITIATIVE exhibit, 32 modern and contemporary works, through July 20, Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, Kansas City.
REALITY AND FANTASY: Land, Town and Sea, an exhibition of 24 European works from the 16th, 17th and 18th centuries, through Oct. 19, Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, Kansas City.
CHAPUNGU: Nature, Man and Myth exhibit, through Nov. 2, Powell Gardens, Kingsville. There will be more than 50 monumental stone sculptures from Africa on display. Exhibit included in regular Garden admission, $8 for adults; $7 for ages 60 and older; $3 for ages 5 to 12. Call 816-697-2600.
BODIES REVEALED, an exhibit showcasing dissected human bodies displayed in a respectful manner, runs through Sept. 1, Bank of America Grand Gallery at Union Station, Kansas City. Admission, $24 for ages 13 and older; $19 for Union Station members and children ages 4 to 12. Tickets are sold for specific dates and times. Call 816-460-2020.
“SPARKLING STRINGS” puppet display is currently at the Puppetry Arts Institute, 11025 Winner Road, Independence. Hours are from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday, through July 30. Admission is $3 for adults; $1.50 for children to age 16 (extra fee to make puppet). Call 833-9777 for more information.
Items for the Entertainment Planner may be e-mailed to or mailed to: The Examiner, P.O. Box 459, Independence, Mo. 64051.