Memorial Day weekend at the National World War I Museum
Friday-Monday at the National World War I Museum at Liberty Memorial
The National World War I Museum at Liberty Memorial is one of the most apt sites in the country for commemorating Memorial Day. A full slate of activities will help visitors remember the sacrifices made by veterans. An 80 percent scale replica of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial wall will be on display all weekend. Vintage military equipment and vehicles can be inspected on Saturday. Linda Granfield will discuss her book “Where Poppies Grow: A World War I Companion” on Saturday morning (reservation required). A formal Memorial Day ceremony featuring local and national dignitaries begins at 10 a.m. Monday.
Friday, May 22-Monday, May 25. National WWI Museum. 816-888-8100. theworldwar.org. Most events are free. Museum admission is $14 for adults, $12 for seniors and students and $8 for youth 6-17. Admission to the museum is free on Monday.
Friday-Sunday at the Downtown Marriott
The Downtown Marriott will resemble one of the Seven Kingdoms of Westeros this weekend. Attendees of the ConQuesT 46 convention will be able to view the Iron Throne depicted on the HBO series “Game of Thrones.” They’ll also be able to meet George R.R. Martin, the author who created the books on which the massively successful show is based. Fans and aspiring artists and authors will choose between a plethora of conflicting book signings, panels, demonstrations and performances. Options range from a discussion titled “Writing the Sexy Parts Without Blushing” to an “herbal alchemy tea party.”
Noon-midnight Friday, May 22; 9:30 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday, May 23; 9:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday, May 24. Downtown Marriott, 200 W. 12th St. conquestkc.org. Weekend passes are $60 for adults and $30 for children 6-12. Friday and Sunday passes are $30 for adults and $15 for children 6-12. Saturday passes are $40 for adults and $20 for children.
Abdallah Shrine Rodeo and Demolition Derby
Thursday-Saturday at the Leavenworth County Fairgrounds
Livestock will be roped and cars will be crashed in the name of charity at the Leavenworth County Fairgrounds this weekend. A locally based chapter of the fraternal organization raises funds through an annual rodeo and demolition derby. Spectators will take in demonstrations of steer-wrestling, bareback-riding, bull-riding, saddle bronc-riding, tie down-roping, team roping and women’s barrel-racing at the rodeo on Friday and Saturday. Drivers of three classes of vehicles will compete in Sunday’s demolition derby. An Auto Parts Swap ‘n’ Sell bazaar will be held at the fairgrounds from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday.
7 p.m. Thursday, May 21, Friday, May 22, and Saturday, May 23. Leavenworth County Fairgrounds. 913-362-5300. shrinerodeo.com. Rodeo: $12 for adults, $4 for children 6-12. Demolition derby: $12
Friday, May 22, at the Folly Theater
After Ray Charles released the daring “Modern Sounds in Country and Western Music” album in 1962, many musicians have been similarly inspired to blur the lines between country and soul. Shelby Lynne is one of the most accomplished practitioners of combining the best elements of both forms. Her impeccably soulful sixth album, “I Am Shelby Lynne,” compelled Grammy Awards voters to name the Alabama native as the best new artist in 2001. She has since had a few ups and downs. The excellent “I Can’t Imagine,” Lynne’s first release in four years, indicates that she has found her groove again.
8 p.m. Friday, May 22. Folly Theater, 300 W. 12th St. 816-474-4444. follytheater.org. $30-$50.
Friday, May 22, at Muriel Kauffman Theatre
Cowboy boots and Stetson hats will be welcome at the ritzy Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts on Friday. While Josh Turner’s concert is likely to attract a few people who know their way around John Deere machinery, the music of the handsome and wholesome country artist shouldn’t upset the sensibilities of supercilious arts patrons. The 2003 gospel-themed hit “Long Black Train” introduced Turner’s deep voice to the world. He has since racked up a string of hits, including “Your Man,” “Why Don’t We Just Dance” and “Time Is Love,” that celebrate the romantic love lives of couples in committed relationships.
7:30 p.m. Friday, May 22. Muriel Kauffman Theatre. 816-994-7200. kauffmancenter.org. $39-$79.
Kansas City T-Bones
Friday-Sunday and Tuesday-Thursday at CommunityAmerica Ballpark
There’s nothing like the fanfare and optimism that accompany a baseball team’s opening day rituals. Since the T-Bones became the metropolis’ second professional baseball team in 2003, baseball fans have been able to partake of the opening day experience twice every spring. The T-Bones open their season Friday against the Lincoln Saltdogs. The first 2,000 fans will receive a free T-Bones T-shirt. A magnet schedule will be given away at Tuesday’s series opener against the Sioux City Explorers. As at every home game in 2015, a skydiving team sails in on Friday and fireworks follow the conclusion of Saturday’s game.
Vs. Lincoln: 7:05 p.m. Friday, May 22, Saturday, May 23, and Sunday, May 24.
Vs. Sioux City: 7:05 p.m. Tuesday, May 26, Wednesday, May 27, and Thursday, May 28. CommunityAmerica Ballpark. 913-328-5618. tbonesbaseball.com. $6.50-$16.
“Million Dollar Quartet”
Friday-Sunday at Starlight Theatre
When Johnny Cash, Carl Perkins, Jerry Lee Lewis and Elvis Presley goofed around in a studio in 1956, the four men had no way of knowing that their spontaneous jam session would inspire a cottage industry. In addition to causing rock critics to foam at the mouth with rhapsodic praise about the significance of the event with each round of reissues of the date, the impromptu collaboration is the setting of a popular musical. Aside from their affiliation with Sun Records, the men shared a deep love of gospel music. Rather than focusing on hymns like “I Shall Not Be Moved,” however, the musical version of the summit is dominated by hits like “Folsom Prison Blues,” “Hound Dog” and “Great Balls of Fire.”
8 p.m. Friday, May 22, Saturday, May 23, and Sunday, May 24. Starlight Theatre. 816-363-7827. kcstarlight.com. $15-$142.
Kansas City Royals vs. St. Louis Cardinals
Friday-Sunday at Kauffman Stadium
The scorching starts to the 2015 season by both the St. Louis Cardinals and the Kansas City Royals could force the hysteria accompanying the I-70 series to reach a fever pitch this weekend. The ascent of the Royals will compel members of the Cardinals’ loyal fan base to begrudgingly acknowledge the Royals’ return to excellence. The play of veteran players including Matt Holliday and Jhonny Peralta has propelled the Cardinals to the top of the National League standings. While the Royals have been bolstered by the contributions of a few older players, the core of the team consists of young stars like Eric Hosmer and Salvador Perez.
7:10 p.m. Friday, May 22, 6:15 p.m. Saturday, May 23, 1:10 p.m. Sunday, May 24. Kauffman Stadium. 816-921-8000. kansascity.royals.mlb.com. $36-$482.
Midwest Brony Fest
Friday-Sunday at the Overland Park Convention Center
Although the existence of Bronies seems like the conceit of an inspired humorist, men who are obsessed with the children’s cartoon “My Little Pony” actually exist. Hundreds of “bro-ponies” will gather at the Midwest Brony Fest this weekend. The 15-year-old actress Michelle Creber, “the speaking/singing voice of Apple Bloom and the singing voice of Sweetie Belle,” is among the dignitaries attending the event. Bronies can collect autographs, attend workshops on drawing and play “My Little Pony”-themed games. Many of the convention’s highlights are certain to occur at the dance parties on Friday and Saturday evenings.
2-7 p.m. Friday, May 22, 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Saturday, May 23, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday, May 24. The Louder dance party begins at 7 p.m. on Friday and Saturday. Overland Park Convention Center. mwbfkc.net. Three-day passes are $55. Single-day passes are $25.
Opens Saturday at Union Station
The Kansas City Chiefs’ regular season doesn’t open until September, but football obsessives can revel in their favorite sport at the “Gridiron Glory” exhibit at Union Station throughout the summer. Billed as “the best of the Pro Football Hall of Fame,” the show includes many of the artifacts that are usually displayed at the museum in Canton, Ohio. Visitors can inspect vintage gear, act as referees in a replay booth, learn about football’s role in integrating America and attempt to duplicate the pinpoint passes of professional quarterbacks. A room dedicated to Chiefs memorabilia will be of special interest to hometown fans.
Saturday, May 23-Sunday, Sept. 6. Union Station. 816-460-2020. unionstation.org/football. $14.95 for adults, $11.95 for children 3-12.
Saturday at the Gem Theater
Marilyn Maye will receive the American Jazz Museum’s Lifetime Achievement Award at Saturday’s concert at the Gem Theater. The presentation of the accolade will likely acknowledge Maye’s 76 appearances on the Johnny Carson era of “The Tonight Show” and her long association with Kansas City. Anyone who has seen Maye in the last 10 years knows that she defies nature when she’s on stage. Maye, 87, continues to engage audiences in sassy banter and sings love songs with robust conviction.
8 p.m. Saturday, May 23. Gem Theater. 816-474-8463. americanjazzmuseum.org. $45.
FC Kansas City vs. Chicago
Saturday at Swope Park Soccer Village
Just as many players for the Kansas City Royals won’t back down from a brawl, the members of FC Kansas City are scrappy. A recent 0-0 draw against the Western New York Flash was marred by 21 fouls and eight yellow cards. The aggressiveness is paying off. Going into Saturday’s contest with the Chicago Red Stars, the Blues have shut out the opposing teams in four consecutive games. Recent play suggests that FC Kansas City has a strong chance of repeating as the champions of the National Women’s Soccer League.
7 p.m. Saturday, May 23. Swope Park Soccer Village. 855-452-4625. fckansascity.com. $11-$25.
Kansas City Symphony, Celebration at the Station
Sunday at Union Station
Kansas City’s most egalitarian party, the annual Celebration at the Station unites bluebloods and thousands of people who might otherwise never consider attending a classical music concert. The Kansas City Symphony’s performance begins at 8 p.m., but the festivities commence at 1 p.m. A clutch of jazz acts and the Air Force ensemble the Phoenix Brass are among the day’s additional performers. John Amos — the actor who played the older Kunta Kinte on the 1977 miniseries “Roots” — and popular Kansas City-based Celtic-rock band the Elders will also contribute their talents to the proceedings. The evening concludes with a fireworks display.
1-10 p.m. Sunday, May 24. Union Station. 816-471-0400. kcsymphony.org. Free.
KC Catwalk Fashion Show
Sunday at the Holiday Inn Country Club Plaza
Radio personality Julee Jonez always sounds as if she has an enormous smile on her face. The DJ from radio station Hot 103 Jamz will have plenty of reasons to beam as she hosts the KC Catwalk Fashion Show. The event didn’t happen last year, but event organizer Angela Odum says the seventh edition of the fashion show will be the biggest yet. The creations of 10 designers, including two from St. Louis and one from New York, will be displayed. Alleon, an R&B artist based in Topeka, is among those slated to perform. Proceeds benefit an educational charity for children.
6 p.m. Sunday, May 24. Holiday Inn Country Club Plaza, 1 E. 45th St. eventbrite.com/e/7th-annual-kc-catwalk-tickets-16423971541. $20.
Wednesday at Kansas City Improv
Mick Foley bills himself as “sports entertainment’s greatest storyteller.” One of the most colorful characters in professional wrestling for more than 20 years, Foley now stays busy as an author, actor and a regular on TV talk shows. While he’s capable of dishing dirt on dozens of celebrities, Foley remains his own best subject. The ursine man recently claimed to have extracted a couple of troublesome teeth with a ball-peen hammer.
7 p.m. Wednesday, May 27. Kansas City Improv, 7260 N.W. 87th St. 816-759-5233. improvkc.com. $25.
Compiled by Bill Brownlee, Special to The Star