Editor’s Weekend Calendar Picks, February 11 – 14

We’re back again for more weekend picks from our editor, Alice Thorson. This week, Spinning Tree Theatre premieres their latest, Amy Grant sings with the Kansas City Symphony at Kauffman Center, The Truman Library features one-woman play, Park University presents a piano, and Kim Waters plays jazz at the Gem. For more ideas this weekend, visit Kansas City’s most comprehensive arts calendar at kcstudio.org/events.


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February 11 @ 7:30 pm
February 12 @ 8:00 pm
February 13 @ 8:00 pm
February 14 @ 2:00 pm
Just Off Broadway Theatre

Kansas City professional premiere! Evan Goldman just moved from NYC to small-town Indiana and has to deal with his parents’ divorce and his Bar Mitzvah, all while navigating the complicated social circles of a new school. Featuring 13 of KC’s brightest stars-to-be in an explosive and heartwarming evening of song and dance. Rated PG-13.

Amy Grant with the Kansas City Symphony

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Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts

Amy Grant is beloved for her No. 1 hits such as “Baby, Baby,” “Every Heartbeat,” “That’s What Love is For,” “I Will Remember You,” “El Shaddai” and others. Grant has sold more than 30 million albums and has won six Grammy® Awards. She has always found a way to share her life through her music, and in the process has become not only the best-selling inspirational artist of all time but also one of the most celebrated artists in pop music. Her songs continue to be part of the fabric of life for long-time listeners and brand new fans.

LION MAKER, the Lillian Carter Story


February 13 @ 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm | Free
Harry S. Truman Library & Museum

The Truman Library, joined by the Independence Pioneers Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution, is pleased to present LION MAKER, the Lillian Carter Story, starring Carol Swarbrick, to celebrate the 131th birthday of Former First Lady Elizabeth “Bess” Wallace Truman.

LION MAKER, the Lillian Carter Story, is a one-woman play that resonates with people of all ages and political persuasions. Ms. Swarbrick delves into Lillian Carter’s ability to inspire greatness. Lillian Carter was more than President Jimmy Carter’s mother; she was a social activist and great humanitarian in her own right. The play serves to introduce this woman who was undaunted by Southern social mores or peer pressure, who nurtured the best human qualities in all with whom she interacted. This Lioness considered each person to be worthy of embracing and encouraging – taking cubs and making them strong Lions.

Following the 2pm program, the Independence Pioneers Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution will host its annual Bess Truman Birthday Reception for all guests. The program and reception are included with Museum admission; seating is first come, first served.

Park University International Center for Music Concert Series: Jan Jiracek von Arnim Piano Recital

February 13 @ 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm | $10
Graham Tyler Memorial Chapel-Park University

Kim Waters


February 13 @ 8:00 pm | $35-$55
American Jazz Museum – Gem Theater

With his aptly-titled SILVER SOUL 2014 CD release, saxophone superstar Kim Waters celebrates his 25th year as a recording artist. SILVER SOUL is Kim’s 20 solo album and follows 16 Top 10 and 14 #1 singles, 4 #1 CDs and many millions of album unit sales. “The man can play….he continues to add a sense of sensibility to the smooth-jazz airwaves.” states Jazziz Magazine. And, The Washington Post says, “Kim Waters has a flair for composing seductive melodies. He is like a romantic pied piper out on a long evening stroll.

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