Join the Jackson County Historical Society on Holocaust Remembrance Day for a screening of “Big Sonia.”
In the last store in a defunct shopping mall, 91-year-old Sonia Warshawski—great-grandmother, businesswoman, and Holocaust survivor—runs the tailor shop she’s owned for more than 30 years. But when she’s served an eviction notice, the specter of retirement prompts Sonia to revisit her harrowing past as a refugee and witness to genocide. A poignant story of generational trauma and healing, “Big Sonia” also offers a laugh-out-loud-funny portrait of the power of love to triumph over bigotry, and the power of truth-telling to heal us all.
Standing tall at 4’8″, Sonia is one of the last remaining Holocaust survivors in Kansas City and one of the only survivors there who speaks publicly about her wartime experience. Sonia’s enormous personality and fragile frame mask the horrors she endured. At 15, she watched her mother disappear behind gas chamber doors. Sonia’s teenage years were a blur of concentration camps and death marches. On liberation day, she was accidentally shot through the chest, yet again miraculously survived. Sonia is the ultimate survivor, a bridge between cultures and generations. Her story must never be forgotten.
Featuring some of the most elite dunkers on the planet, exceptional ball handlers, and Guinness World Record holders, a Globetrotters game is more than just basketball – it’s the ultimate in family entertainment that will bring smiles and fan interaction to people of all ages. The Globetrotters will bring their unrivaled show to fans in Independence when they stop at Silverstein Eye Centers Arena on Saturday, February 9 at 12 p.m. and Sunday, February 10 at 2 p.m.
The rivalry returns … on ice! The men’s hockey clubs from the University of Missouri and the University of Kansas drop the puck on their longtime rivalry Thursday, February 23 at Silverstein Eye Centers Arena.
Wear your best black and gold or crimson and blue to support your favorite team as they fight on the ice for border-bragging rights!
The Vaile Society’s Antique Appraisal Fair will be Saturday, March 2nd from 9 a.m. to noon. Admission is $10 and includes two item appraisals. Pay at the door. There will be 4-5 antique dealers on hand to help appraise your items. If the items are very large, please bring a detailed photo of the items. Mansion tours will also be available during the event.
Independence’s own Puppetry Arts Institute presents the “Cavalcade of Stars,” an old-time variety entertainment show and fundraiser featuring performers Bob Abdou, a nationally known comedy ventriloquist, Beth Byrd, a Kansas City-based mime and physical theatre artist, and Kraig Kensinger, PAI’s ownmaster puppeter, who will be bring out a number of large, show marionettes that deserve a big stage.
Admission is a $20. For tickets and information, call the Puppetry Arts Institute at 816-833-9777.
This show is not intended for children.
The Puppetry Arts Institute is a non-profit organization, whose mission is to preserve and promote puppetry through education and entertainment for all ages. It’s a magical place for children, families and even adults to enjoy puppet shows, puppet painting workshops and other special events.
The organization was established in May of 2000, as part of a dream of a group of local puppeteers and opened in the Englewood Arts District in October of 2001 to share this art form with the community.
March 29 & 30, 2019, the Toughest Monster Truck Tour will return to the Silverstein Eye Centers Arena with three performances: Friday, March 29 at 7:30 p.m., Saturday, March 30 at 1 p.m. and Saturday, March 30 at 7:30 p.m.
Last year, Missouri’s own Bigfoot came back with a vengeance after losing the Tour Championship to rival Snake Bite the year before. The competition was tough at all events in 2018, with less than 10 points separating Bigfoot and second place winner Quad Chaos going into the Championship Weekend in Grand Forks, North Dakota. But Bigfoot stayed the course and won.
In 2019, the competition will be more fierce than ever, with Quad Chaos looking to redeem himself, 2017 Champion Snake Bite vowing to take back the title, and the rest of the field looking to make an upset.
In addition to the monster truck action, thrilling side acts will be featured. It may be freestyle motocross, a car-eating, fire-breathing mechanical dinosaur or battling intergalactic robots.
The Vaile Victorian Mansion is excited to present it’s annual Spring Tea with Jane Austen. During the event, attendees will have the opportunity to visit with “Jane” and learn about some of the social customs during her lifetime. Victorian collections will also be on display throughout the home, and the gift shop will be open for your enjoyment.
Tables seat four and seating is limited. Interested parties are asking to make a reservation as soon as possible. Reservations can be made by sending a check payable to the Vaile Victorian Society for $50 per person to Waunita Moore, 17800 E. 30th St. S., Independence, MO, 64057. Please include your name and phone number and whether you wish to be seated with someone at your table.
Get ready to run! The 8th annual Independence Park Trot 5K Run/Walk is Saturday, April 27, 2019.
Whether you’re an avid runner or a first-time 5K participant, the Independence Park Trot is a great way to start or continue an active lifestyle.
Registration for this free run/walk event opens January 1, 2019 at www.IndependenceParkTrot.com.
Chip-timing will be offered to all participants who register online by Sunday, April 14.
For full details, go to www.IndependenceParkTrot.com.
At the annual Strawberry Festival, enjoy free admission to the Vaile Mansion grounds, where 100 craft and antique dealers will set up shop for the day. Enjoy strawberry treats offered by the Vaile Society, as well as music, entertainment, antiques, crafts, ice cream, beverages and a children’s corner. Step inside the Vaile for a mansion tours will, also available and priced at $6 for adults and $3 for children.