KC Dance Day, Charlie Parker set the pace for this week

The Kansas City Ballet presents is 6th annual KC Dance Day this Saturday.

The Kansas City Ballet presents is 6th annual KC Dance Day this Saturday.

KC Dance Day on Saturday and a Charlie Parker Celebration all week top the entertainment calendar for a busy end of August in Downtown KC. Here is the highlight reel for Monday through Sunday, Aug. 22-28.

Beethoven Triple Concerto will be performed by the Kansas City Chamber Orchestra, featuring extraordinary talent from the International Center for Music at Park University, at 8 p.m. Saturday in Helzberg Hall at the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts.

Censoring Racial Ridicule –  M. Alison Kibler discusses her book, Censoring Racial Ridicule: Irish, Jewish and African American Struggles Over Race and Representation, 1890-1930, which examines how ethnic groups confronted what’s now known as hate speech. The program is set for 6:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Central Library. RSVP here.

Charlie Parker Celebration – a 10-day, city-wide event dedicated to bringing attention and awareness to the vibrant Kansas City jazz scene, creating pride in our jazz history and showing how this history is relevant today – continues through Saturday in and around the American Jazz Museum.

Def Leppard, featuring REO Speedwagon and Tesla, are aiming to blow the roof off of Sprint Center at 7 p.m. Friday

Girls Night In – featuring a 24-city tour of some of YouTube’s favorite female performers, including Niki and Gabi, Alisha Marie, Jessie Paege and Alyson Stoner is coming to Downtown KC at 8 p.m. Friday at the Folly Theater.

KC Canna Fest – featuring Method Man, Red Man, Dizzy Wright, Ces Cru, MC Sean Taylor and Murs – will light up Downtown beginning at 6 p.m. Saturday at Crossroads KC at Grinders.

KC Dance Day – Join the Kansas City Ballet for its 6th annual KC Dance Day, featuring FREE dance classes and FREE performances from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday at the Todd Bolender Center for Dance and Creativity. Classes available for ages 3 and up. Everyone taking classes must register.

SEC Block Party football season kickoff, hosted by Sports Radio 810 and featuring SEC ticket raffles and more giveaway, gets cookin’ at 5 p.m. Wednesday at the Power & Light District.

Women’s Equality Weeka bi-state, multi-county effort established to advance issues and events concerning women in the Greater Kansas City area runs through Sunday in venues through Downtown and the metropolitan area. One of the many highlights is the national launch of the documentary film Equal Mean Equal from 5:30  to 8 p.m. Friday at Union Station. For more details, visit Women’s Equality Week.

World Music Sunday showcases the music, dance, costumes and customs of the cultures and countries of origin of City Market tenants and Farmers’ Market vendors. Bring chairs, blankets and picnic baskets to spend the afternoon at The City Market, and enjoy the third and final World Music celebration of this summer series on Sunday, Aug. 28:

  • Noon-1 p.m. Soundz of Africacelebratory music from Mali and Senegal.
  • 1-2 p.m. Rodney & Vanessa Gibbs, West African dance movement.
  • 2-3 p.m. Gerald Trimble’s Jambaroque, rare and historic instruments.
  • Noon-3 p.m. Chef Justin Clark will demonstrate and sample an authentic African recipe.
  • All performances and demos are free and open to the public at The City Market.

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:

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: 

For more of what’s happening in Downtown and Kansas City, check out our friends at VisitKC.