Night & Day Events

11 Thursday

Die-hard dance-music fans who frequent The Hurricane on Thursday nights might have been dismayed to notice that Nash Kato, having lost the Urge (Overkill), will drop by the venue to showcase his solo acoustic stylings. But fear not, glowstick brigade, because the evening’s nightcap delivers record-spinner extraordinaire Timo Maas, a Billy Idol lookalike from Germany. By throwing techno, house, and trance together in a blistering barrage of booming beats, Maas has established himself as one of the most distinctive and creative voices in the genre. Get dressed to kill and don’t forget your dancing shoes when Maas takes The Hurricane by storm tonight. For more information, call 816-753-0884.

12 Friday

Communicating Doors opens tonight at 8. The scene is set in 2014, and it’s said to be surreal as hell with characters crossing through dimensions in this Angela Lansbury meets Tank Girl exhibition. And all this on the stage of the American Heartland Theatre? Lead character Poopay (hope the last name isn’t Diaper) is on the run from a gangster who wants her dead. As she is escaping she opens a door that takes her to the year 1994, which, in turn, influences events happening in 1974. All this show needs is Tina Turner and Mel Gibson, and you’ve got “Mad Max 4: Beyond the Communication Door.” Communicating Doors runs through June 25. Performances are Tuesday through Saturday, 2 p.m. and 8 p.m., and Sunday at 2 p.m. Ticket prices range from $13.50 to $25.50. The American Heartland Theatre is located on the third level of the Crown Center Shops, 2450 Grand. For more information, call 816-842-9999.13 Saturday

People collect the strangest things — from ceramic cows to pickle jars. We are a strange pack-rat bunch — a collection ourselves of oddities and nuances. Collecting Kansas City Style is an anthology all its own (our version of the Smithsonian), which is held in conjunction with “KC 150,” the celebration of the city’s 150 years of people, history, stories, and potholes. Kansas City’s heritage is rich with items from the American Royal, the Folly Theater, local breweries (complete with unexplained bedpost notches), the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum, suburban archives (from white-flight ruts to gargantuan four-wheel drives), and much more. The exhibit lies within the walls of the Crown Center Shops, 2450 Grand, and can be viewed during regular hours: Monday through Wednesday and Saturday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Thursday and Friday, 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.; and Sunday, noon to 5 p.m. Admission is free. For more information, call 816-274-8444.

We are one garbage-producing planet: 198 million tons of garbage a year. That’s more than Michael Bolton, Skid Row, Warrant, Slaughter, and MTV combined! Earth Fair at Science City starts today to help us learn (though it’s not a new movement) to reduce, reuse, and recycle. A scavenger hunt is one of the events that will entail a search through Science City to find 10 ways people can be earth-friendly. Be prepared to see “Love Your Mother,” “Plants & Animals Disappear to Make Room For Your Fat Ass,” and “Treehugging Dirt Worshiper” stickers galore. Usually Earth Day is April 22, but in cahoots with Bridging the Gap, the citywide celebration of “The Thirty Days of Earth Day” will continue until May 21. Earth Fair takes place today from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday from noon to 5 p.m. Cost for the event ranges from $9 to $12.50. Science City is located at Union Station at 30 W. Pershing Road. For more information, call 816-460-2000.

14 Sunday

It’s Mother’s Day at the Zoo. Sounds like an ordinary day, doesn’t it? So why not remind Mom of life at home: Take her to the Kansas City Zoo. Celebrate Mom’s day and watch the premiere of the Zoo’s Winged Wonder Bird Show, brought to the Zoo with the Missouri Department of Conservation. Unless it turns into a Hitchcockian extravaganza, the show will be educational, which should make Mom happy, plus she’ll receive a dollar off of Zoo admission. One whole dollar? Hey, if the Zoo and Dennis Miller think a dollar is some sort of a bargain, then who is Mom to say? Regular admission to the Zoo is $6 for adults, $3 for the kiddies. For more information, call 816-513-5701.

15 Monday

Two men and a pipe organ. No, it’s not a late-night Cinemax show; it’s the Greater Kansas City Chapter of the American Guild of Organists (AGO) presenting “Words of Albert Schweitzer and the Music of Bach.” This premiere event features the Southminster Prebyterian Church’s Casavant pipe organ in this acclaimed multimedia musical extravaganza, which will celebrate the 125th anniversary of Albert Schweitzer’s birth and the 250th anniversary of Bach’s death. Seems Schweitzer got the better end of the pipe on that one. The program will be held tonight at 8 at the Southminster Presbyterian Church, 6306 Roe Avenue. For more information, call 913-722-4641.

16 Tuesday

At one point, Brush Creek was called Flush Creek — something about sewer drainage. But that’s all been fixed, and now the yellow-spouting fountain water is yours to enjoy free of dysentery and other Imodium-needing ills. The Lenexa Parks and Recreation Department is sponsoring a fun-filled day on the Country Club Plaza. Participants will enjoy a sail on board the Fiesta Cruise Boats, where they will learn about the architecture and history that make the Plaza and its flowing creek special. Following the cruise, the journey will take partakers to The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art for lunch (if you can stomach it after Brush Creek) and a tour. The final stop will be at Andre’s for dessert. The fee for this trip is $28. For more information, call 913-541-0135.17 Wednesday

Foreign babies need homes too. The Cradle of Hope Adoption Center and Family Builders Inc. is sponsoring the International Adoption Information Seminar today to help baby-wanting Kansas Citians learn the adoption processes in Russia, Ukraine, China, and Guatemala. The seminar will also provide the opportunity to meet families who have adopted internationally. The seminar will be held at the Kansas City Public Library, Plaza Branch, 4801 Main. For more information, call 816-822-2169.

Marilyn Maye I take my swinging single to your show “Singin’ Swing”? Today is the last day you can see big-band singer Marilyn Maye at Quality Hill Playhouse. Maye began singing with big bands on weekends when she was 11 years old, and she’s still going. Her show will feature many songs from the ’40s, including ones by Benny Goodman, Artie Shaw, Glenn Miller, Duke Ellington, and others. The show begins tonight at 8 at the Playhouse, 303 W. 10th Street. Tickets are $25. For more information, call 816-421-1700.