As Memorial Day welcomes the unofficial start of summer, Downtown KC is prepared with the first wave of a loaded summer schedule that is as entertaining and enriching, as it is eclectic. Here’s the highlight reel for today (Monday) to Sunday, May 30 to June 5:
Body Worlds & the Cycle of Life is a world-class, educational exhibition revealing the human body’s transformation through time. View more than 100 human specimens preserved through the remarkable process of Plastination, and see firsthand how the choices we make each day impact our incredible bodies – at work, at play, in health and in illness. This special exhibition runs through Oct. 23 at Union Station.
First Friday – acclaimed art gallery/studio walk – begins its summer stroll at 6 p.m. Friday throughout the greater Crossroads Arts District area. The June edition of First Friday also features the 5th Annual Crossroads Flock Party at 19th & Wyandotte.
KC Pride Fest, featuring country singer Ty Herndon and the Heartland Men’s Chorus, is a celebration of Gay Pride in Kansas City. The three-day celebration begins at 6 p.m. Friday and continues through 7 p.m. Sunday at Berkley Riverfront Park.
Midland Theatre will be rocking the heart of Downtown with four shows in four days this week, including:
- The Neighbourhood with JAHKOY and Kevin Abstract gets the week started at 8 p.m. Tuesday
- M83, aka Anthony Gonzales – featuring Bob Moses – opens at 8 p.m. Wednesday
- The Amazing Tour is Not on Fire! – a theatrical stage show with hilarious anecdotes, sketches, lots of audience interaction – is set for 7:30 p.m. Thursday
- Tyler, the Creator, featuring an opening set by Taco, by begin creating at 8 p.m. Friday
Quixotic presents Gravity of Center, a new multi-sensory performance that explores the human journey to find balance between the gravity that keeps us grounded and the lightness that uplifts and inspires us. Quixotic makes its Kauffman Center debut at 8:30 p.m. Saturday in the Muriel Kauffman Theatre.
Shakespeare: Setting the Stage – showcases a collection of costumes and sets from various presentations by Kansas City’s Heart of America Shakespeare Festival, along with representations of scenes in which the costumes are worn. Sets are presented as both wall murals and small-scale models, and will be on display now through July 3 at the Central Library.
Show Me Shakespeare! Nearly four centuries after its publication, one of the world’s rarest and most valuable books – the first collection of William Shakespeare’s plays – is coming to Kansas City. Presented by the Kansas City Public Library, First Folio! The Book That Gave Us Shakespeare will be on display beginning next Monday (June 6) and continuing through Tuesday, June 28 at the Central Library.
Spring Fling: Ravel and Dvorak features the Kansas City Symphony and pianist/guest conductor Jeffrey Kahane in a special spring showcase at 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday in Helzberg Hall at the Kauffman Center.
LIVE THEATER is thriving in Downtown KC, as is evidenced with the current three theatrical productions now showing. Here is what’s on tap for this week:
- Big River – the seven-time Tony Award winning story of Huckleberry Finn – opens Thursday at Musical Theater Heritage at Crown Center.
- The Last Five Years – After 25 years of offering steady, top-quality musicals performed by the city’s top youth talent, Music Theatre Kansas City introduces its first paid-professional production. This former off-Broadway production is now showing through Saturday at the City Stage at Union Station.
- Marilyn / God – A one-woman powerhouse that looks at how America’s obsession with fame and beauty shaped a single woman’s rise to- and death from- stardom – continues through Wednesday only at the Fishtank Performance Studio.
LIVE MUSIC – Downtown is the heartbeat of the live music scene in Kansas City. You’ll find local and national acts at these venues most nights:
- Blue Room in the Historic 18th & Vine Jazz District
- Coda in the Crossroads
- CrossroadsKC at Grinders in the East Crossroads
- Green Lady Lounge in the Crossroads
- KC Live Block! in the Power & Light District
- Kill Devil Club in the Power & Light District
- Knuckleheads Saloon in the East Bottoms
- The Majestic in the Downtown Loop
- The Midland in the Downtown Loop
- Mutual Musicians Foundation in the 18th & Vine Jazz District
- The Phoenix in the Downtown Loop
- Prohibition Hall in the Downtown Loop
- Record Bar in the Crossroads
- The Tank Room in the Crossroads
For more of what’s happening in Downtown and Kansas City, check out our friends at VisitKC.