Given the current state of the sport, it must be difficult to appreciate that Major League Baseball teams were segregated by race within the past seventy years. The Theatre for Young America (5909 Johnson Drive in Mission) and the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum want to educate younger audiences about baseball, race relations and 18th and Vine during the 1930s and ’40s in Kansas City. Set in the locker room of the long-gone Municipal Stadium, The Monarchs of KC looks back at the era by bringing together ghosts of the Negro Leagues for one last game.
The production features original music by local singer Danny Cox. Not the Danny Cox who pitched for the St. Louis Cardinals but the Danny Cox who had a record on the same label as Kiss in 1974. Call 913-831-2131 for show times.— Michael Vennard
Don’t call it a comeback.
The Kansas City Star published roughly 1,000 quilt patterns between 1928 and 1961, when interest in the art tapered off. Happily, handicrafts are hot again, and the Johnson County Museum of History (6305 Lackman Road in Shawnee) is taking advantage of that renewed interest to showcase antique and contemporary quilts made from Star patterns. If wandering around a museum looking at blankets doesn’t sound like an exciting time to your brood, consider first taking them to the Piecing for Beginners class from 10 to 11:30 a.m. Saturday. The class is open to adults and kids eight and older and costs $12, which includes quilt block kits with fabric, needles and thread. Maybe your child will get into it and you can spend some time together constructing an heirloom and shunning the Playstation. Well, it’s worth a shot. For registration and information, call 913-631-6709.
— Kelly Sue DeConnick
Fun to Be Done
If you love your children, you’ll teach them that Mike Myers has nothing to do with Dr. Seuss. The 100 Years of Dr. Seuss Celebration, which marks the centennial of author Theodor Geisel’s birthday, will do the work for you. Crown Center (2450 Grand) honors the Seuss oeuvre with free exhibits during regular store hours, including collectibles, beanbag reading chairs and live storytelling on Saturdays. On February 15, the Seussentennial Imagination Tour stops in to present live re-creations from classic Seuss stories and to host imagination workshops for minds not yet stunted by the recent Cat in the Hat movie. Call 816-274-4020 for more information.— Christopher Sebela