Kansas City Mavericks hockey and 6 other top KC events for May 2021

Kansas City Mavericks hockey/Photo by Jeremy Theron Kirby

Kansas City Mavericks Blades Tribute Night

May 15

Normally, minor league hockey season is wrapping up right about now. But with the pandemic pushing the start of the season back, things are just now heating up at Cable Dahmer Arena, where the Kansas City Mavericks are making a late-season push for the playoffs thanks to a strong April from veteran forward Darik Angeli. The Mavs became the longest-running hockey club in the city’s history this season, and they’ll honor the past record-holder on May 15. On that night, the game against the Allen Americans team from Texas will be the Blades Tribute game. In addition to special jerseys for the Mavs, the gamegoers will be able to buy a limited edition Charlie Hustle T-shirt honoring the Blades.

Cable Dahmer Arena, 19100 E. Valley View Parkway, Independence. 6 pm. Tickets $12-$40. kcmavericks.com.

KC Monarchs Pop-Up Shop

May 1 – 31

After losing a season to the pandemic, KCK’s minor league baseball team is back—with a new name. Through a deal with Negro Leagues Baseball Museum, the team now bears the name of the city’s legendary Monarchs ballclub. You can score new team gear at this pop-up shop at The Legends.

Legends Outlets Kansas City, 1843 Village West Parkway, KCK

Global Table Fundraiser

May 3, 10, 17 and 24

Jewish Vocational is hosting its ninth annual global table fundraiser. On four Monday evenings in May, they will feature carryout from refugee and immigrant-owned restaurants including standouts Blue Nile Cafe and Fannie’s West African Cuisine. Participants will also receive a toolkit of activities to engage with throughout the evening.

Single evening tickets are $100, four evening tickets are $400. Jvskc.org

Barrel Club, Tequila

May 5

The Barrel Club is a new series of spirit-focused dinners and tastings at the Plaza’s landmark nightspot, Chaz. In May, they’re featuring tequila with this event that finds the Mexican agave-based spirit paired with a multi-course meal.

Chaz On The Plaza, 325 Ward Parkway, KCMO

Baseball: A Musical Love Letter

May 7, 8, 13 and 14, 7:30 pm

America’s pastime has long exemplified our society’s best and worst traits, and both will be examined in this show that Lyrics Opera is producing in partnership with the Negro Leagues Museum. The seventy-minute revue features songs by Count Basie, Ahrens and Flaherty, Rusty Magee, William Schuman, Kander and Ebb, and Alan Menken, along with documentary-style narration looking at the history of the game.

Lyric Opera, 718E. 18th St., KCMO. $30. Kcopera.org

Jurassic Quest Drive-Thru

May 14 – 30

Gas up your yellow and green Ford Explorer: The Jurassic Park drive-thru experience is coming to town in May. Jurassic Quest gives people the experience of seeing life-size dinosaurs with an audio tour and chats by the “trainers” behind the animatronic beats.

Arrowhead parking lot, 1 Arrowhead Dr., KCMO. $49 Per vehicle. Jurassicquest.com.

Kansas City Ballet at the Starlight Theatre

May 21 and 22

After a long break because of Covid, the Kansas City Ballet returns for two evening performances at the recently renovated Starlight Theatre. The shows at Swope Park feature brand new works, and first responders get free tickets as a gesture of appreciation to the community.

8 pm Starlight Theatre, 4600 Starlight Road, KCMO. $35. Kcballet.org

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