April 15, 2014

Things to do in Kansas City: April 18 and beyond

Coming up: Thomas Hart Benton display, Dead Girl Derby, Poetry’s a Drag, Party for the Planet, Rob Delaney, Sporting KC vs. Montreal
Billboard hits of the ’60s

When applied to music, the word “classic” means different things to different people. Even many baby boomers who actively support the Kansas City Symphony instinctively think of the pop and soul hits of the 1960s when prompted to define timeless music. Renditions of the decade’s top songs will be enhanced by the Symphony during concerts on Friday and Saturday. The shows are sold out, but check the Kauffman box office for last-minute availability. Vocalists Derrick Baskin, Bradley Dean and Ron Bohmer will perform enduring material associated with the likes of the Beach Boys, Bobby Darin, Otis Redding and Stevie Wonder.

8 p.m. Friday and Saturday. Helzberg Hall. 816-994-7222. kauffmancenter.org. $39-$85. Rob Delaney

Rob Delaney specializes in making people feel uncomfortable. Many of the comic’s routines focus on impolite subjects. Born in Massachusetts and currently based in Los Angeles, Delaney rose to fame through Twitter. He has more than 1 million followers. The title of his book “Rob Delaney: Mother. Wife. Sister. Human. Warrior. Falcon. Yardstick. Turban. Cabbage.” satirizes the vainglorious biographies of many Twitter users. The book recounts Delaney’s former struggles with substance abuse and depression. Delaney’s comedy is often revolting and always rooted in darkness.

7 and 10 p.m. Friday. RecordBar, 1020 Westport Road. 816-753-5207. therecordbar.com. $16. Thomas Hart Benton display

Artists don’t always lead lives of rarefied aestheticism. The common perception of painters and sculptors summoning muses in studios isn’t necessarily accurate. Thomas Hart Benton, perhaps the most famous painter to have called Kansas City home, found inspiration in a very different way. As a member of the U.S. Navy during World War I, Benton toiled as a camouflager. He purportedly claimed that disguising ships for warfare played a role in his later work. Benton’s wartime experiences will be examined at the National World War I Museum during the week of Benton’s 125th birthday.

Saturday-Oct. 12, National World War I Museum. 816-888-8100. theworldwar.org. $14 (included with museum admission). Poetry’s a Drag

The members of the Academy of American Poets may or may not have had events like Poetry’s a Drag in mind when they successfully had April designated as National Poetry Month in 1996. Attendees of Saturday’s unconventional celebration of poetry are encouraged to appear “gender bent to the utmost of your capacity.” Steph Castor, Philip Hooser, Alyssa Bennett-Smith, Ryan Wilks and Nicolle Wilson are among the poets showcasing their work. The event will be hosted by Daisy Bucket and Jen Harris and music will be provided by the duo Vigil and Thieves and glam rocker Mercury Mad.

8 p.m. Saturday. Uptown Arts Bar, 3611 Broadway. 816-960-4611. uptownartsbar.com. $10. Sporting Kansas City vs. Montreal

Fans of the Royals and the Chiefs have long debated whether Kansas City is a baseball or football town. A not-so-quiet revolution has taken place while partisans of those sports have bickered. Kansas City has become a soccer town. A cursory glance at many public settings often reveals as much Sporting gear as Royals and Chiefs apparel. Winning the MLS Cup in December seemed to push the team over the top, but soccer’s new popularity isn’t entirely attributable to the bandwagon effect. Fans have forged deep-rooted ties to Sporting. They’ll display their heartfelt allegiances as their team takes on the Montreal Impact on Saturday.

7:30 p.m. Saturday. Sporting Park. 1-888-4KC-GOAL. sportingkc.com. $20-$275. Dead Girl Derby

The intrinsic excitement of a “no-holds-barred, old-school rules, skate-in-your-face” roller derby is the primary appeal of the Dead Girl Derby. The community aspect of each event, however, also makes the action-packed sport attractive. The opportunity to root for women who are the friends, family, neighbors and co-workers of many patrons is a welcome alternative to watching the relatively detached efforts of famous collegiate and professional athletes. Four teams — the Royal Pains, the Deadly Sirens, the Lovely Lethals and the Shotgun Sheilas — will compete on Saturday.

5 p.m. Saturday. Hale Arena. 816-365-2406. deadgirlderby.com. $15 adults, $7 children. Party for the Planet

What better way to celebrate Earth Day than by appreciating the planet’s fauna? The Earth Day celebration at the Kansas City Zoo takes several forms. High school students will offer face painting. The Stone Lion Puppet Theater will entertain visitors. Patrons determined to improve the health of the planet can take in presentations about conservation. An appreciative inspection of the animals from all seven continents housed at the zoo will further serve as an incentive to follow through on the Earth-friendly lessons.

10 a.m. Saturday. Kansas City Zoo. 816-595-1234. kansascityzoo.org. $12.50 for adults, $9.50 children and $11.50 for seniors.

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