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Sollie Flora (left) was sworn in Jan. 8 as a member of the Mission, Kansas, City Council along with Debbie Kring, Arcie Rothrock and Hillary Thomas. Flora was elected to her first four-year term in November.

QUALITY HILL PLAYHOUSE PAYS TRIBUTE TO WIZARD OF SONG — Quality Hill Playhouse is paying tribute to Harold Arlen, the man who brought the blues to the Great American Songbook, in “That Old Black Magic,” an original cabaret revue that opened last week and runs through Feb. 18.

Arlen, who was Jewish and the son of a cantor, wrote for Harlem’s The Cotton Club, Broadway shows and Hollywood films, the most notable being “The Wizard of Oz.” Many of his songs are still popular today. Vocalists Lauren Braton, Christina Burton and LeShea Wright will perform nearly two dozen of these classic songs, including “Stormy Weather,” “Ac-Cent-Tchu-Ate the Positive,” That Old Black Magic,” “The Man That Got Away,” “Blues in the Night,” “Get Happy,” and the No. 1 song of the century, “Over the Rainbow.” J. Kent Barnhart conceived and directs the production and also serves as pianist and emcee, leading a jazz combo featuring Ken Remmert on drums, Kevin Payton on bass and Matt Baldwin on clarinet and saxophone.

For ticket information, call 816-421-1700 or visit QualityHillPlayhouse.com.

LOCAL FEMALE PLAYWRIGHT FEATURED FEB. 2 — Potluck Productions, an area organization showcasing scripts written by area women playwrights, will present its next First Friday Play Reading on Feb. 2 at the Uptown Arts Bar, 3611 Broadway, Kansas City, Missouri. This first show of 2018 features a single one-act play, “Escape,” by award-winning local Jewish playwright Lezlie Revelle. The show begins at 8 p.m. and the one-hour dramatic reading will be performed by seasoned actors and directed by Glendora Davis.

“Escape” is about five women — most unfamiliar with each other — who sit in the lobby of an escape game house awaiting instructions about the escape activities they will soon engage in. But things quickly go terribly awry. Lights don’t work, doors won’t open, and sinister shadowy figures appear. Even their escape guide for the evening is rattled by the unplanned departure from the traditional turn of events. As the women try various tactics to escape the growing threat, they gradually drop the personal images they have so carefully projected and reveal both hidden strengths and surprising frailties.

In April, the pre-show mini-concert (which will not take place in February), will feature original music by Revelle, who is also known in the Jewish community as Lezlie Zucker.

Tickets are sold at the door.