Archive for Sunday, April 5, 2015

Kansas City Connection: The return of the Royals, and showtime for Middle of the Map

April 5, 2015

The Kansas City Royals’ 2014 run was the stuff of legend, right up until the final heartbreaking out, and a special ceremony on Opening Day will pay tribute to that team’s extraordinary playoff run.

The first pitch in Monday’s season opener against the Chicago White Sox will be thrown at 3:10 p.m., but the parking lot at Truman Sports Complex opens at 9 a.m. for anyone who can’t wait to get the tailgating party started. Gates to the stadium open at 1 p.m. and fans are encouraged to be in their seats by 2 p.m. for a special pregame ceremony that will include the 2014 A.L. Championship Ring presentation, the raising of the 2014 A.L. pennant, and the national anthem performed by the Kansas City Symphony at 3:03 p.m.

The Kansas City Royals will open their season Monday at Kauffman Stadium against the Chicago White Sox.

The Kansas City Royals will open their season Monday at Kauffman Stadium against the Chicago White Sox.

Liam Hemsworth and John Malkovich in "Cut Bank"

Liam Hemsworth and John Malkovich in "Cut Bank"

Tickets for next week’s games are available at royals.mlb.com. Parking for the games costs $12 for cars or $17 for oversized vehicles and is payable in cash only.

Middle of the Map film fest

While South by Southwest gets infinitely more national attention, Kansas City’s Middle of the Map Fest is quietly building a name for itself as a hub of activity in the arenas of music, tech and film.

This week kicks off the film portion of the festival, with 25 different films and related events screening from Wednesday through Sunday at the Alamo Drafthouse downtown.

The selections in this year’s festival place a special emphasis on music, including the Elliot Smith documentary feature “Heaven Adores You,” the vinyl-celebrating “Records Collecting Dust” and “Long Way to the Top,” which examines the life of touring musicians, just a handful of the selections. The 8 p.m. Saturday showing of “Morphine: Journey of Dreams” will include director Mark Shuman and several members of the band Morphine in attendance.

Other notable selections include 83-year-old Jean-Luc Godard’s “Goodbye to Language” in 3-D, the animated Irish folk tale “Song of the Sea” and the star-studded thriller “Cut Bank.” The festival even includes a comedic, musical tribute to a bygone mall entitled “Metcalf South Memories.” You won’t see that at Sundance.

Tickets are only $30 for admission to all films, though you’ll need to do some scheduling to maximize your viewing experience. Check out middleofthemapfest.com/films for more information and a full schedule.

On stage

Parents of children ages 5 and up should act fast if they want to see the Coterie Theatre’s production of “The Cat in the Hat” at Crown Center. The 50-minute production runs at least once daily (except Mondays) through May 17. Tickets are for sale at thecoterie.org and cost $15 for adults and $10 for children.

Also at Crown Center is the Musical Theater Heritage’s production of “Guys and Dolls,” playing through April 19 at the Off Center Theatre. Ticket prices range from $17 to $55 for adults and are free for children 16 years of age or younger.

At the Kauffman Center on Tuesday evening, Max Raabe and Palast Orchester will present the Weimar-era cabaret songs and pop standards of Berlin in the 1920s and ’30s. The baritone crooner Raabe will be accompanied by a 12-piece orchestra, presenting a unique and entertaining slice of musical history. Tickets are $29 and up at kauffmancenter.org.

This weekend, the Kansas City Symphony will project the legendary musical “Singin’ in the Rain” on the big screen while the orchestra performs the soundtrack live on stage. A limited number of tickets are still available for the Friday evening performance. Call 816-994-7200 for information.

— Lucas Wetzel is a writer and editor from Kansas City, Mo. Know of an upcoming event in Kansas City you’d like to see featured in Kansas City Connection? Email us about it at kcconnection@ljworld.com.

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