Andrew Jackson and the Battle of New Orleans: Richard Barbuto, deputy director of the department of military history at the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College at Ft. Leavenworth, will discuss the battle, 6:30 p.m., Centeral Library, 14 W. 10th St., Kansas City. 816-701-3400.
Theater League Presents: “American Idiot,” three lifelong friends forced to choose between their dreams and the safety of suburbia, Saturday 7:30 p.m., Sunday 1 and 6:30 p.m., Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts, 1601 Broadway Blvd., Kansas City. 816-994-7222.
Community of Reason: “Computational Thinking and Mindful Computing,” a roundtable discussion on they are related, 1 p.m., Community of Reason, Haag Hall, northwest corner of 52nd Street and Rockhill Road. Free.
Independence Garden Club Meeting: A get-acquainted meeting, 6:30 p.m., Sermon Center, fourth floor, Truman and Noland roads, Independence. 816-373-1169 or www.independencegardenclub.com.
Classics Uncorked: Fiesta!: Take a musical trip to Madrid and Barcelona with the Kansas City Symphony, 7 p.m., Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts, 1601 Broadway Blvd., Kansas City. $25. 816-471-0400.
Southtown Waldo and Brookside Monthly Luncheon: Start the new year with businesses from the area, learn how the KC public library can help you succeed, 11:30 a.m. - 1 p.m., Wornall Road Baptist Church, 400 W. Meyer, Kansas City. $10. 816-523-5553.
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