Downtown visitors, residents and workers are for a treat with this week with an eclectic and entertaining week ahead on the arts, entertainment and attraction scenes. Here are the highlights for the week ahead in Downtown KC – Monday through Sunday, Nov. 7-13:
Folly Theater will present two diverse and powerful performances this week, including:
- The Wizard of Oz: The Heart of America Youth Ballet presents its original version of this timeless classic at 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday. The ballet is recommended for everyone ages 4 years and older.
- Steven Wilson, presented by Emporium, is not only one of the most eclectic and prolific artists in rock, but also will be in Downtown to show us the way at 7:30 p.m. Sunday
Kauffman Center will be sizzling this week with seven performances in seven days. In addition to the Lyric Opera’s presentation of The Marriage of Figaro (see below) and the Screenland at the Symphony presentation of Raiders of the Lost Ark (also, see below), this week will feature:
- Mendelssohn’s Elijah is performed by the William Jewell College Choral Festival. Under the baton of world-renowned conductor, Donald Neuen, top choirs from Kansas City Kansas Community College, the University of Central Missouri, Missouri Western State University, and William Jewell College combine forces to present Mendelssohn’s magnum opus, Elijah, at 7:30 p.m. Monday in Helzberg Hall.
- The Music that Unites Us, presented by the KU Symphony Orchestra and Choirs, is a musical program designed to inspire and promote understanding and inclusiveness among all peoples of society. Sponsored by Reach Out Kansas, Inc., the performance features music that speaks to the commonalities of our collective humanity. This special afternoon begins at 3 p.m. Sunday in Helzberg Hall.
The Marriage of Figaro, presented by the Lyric Opera of Kansas City in an all-new co-production with the Opera Philadelphia, San Diego Opera and Palm Beach Opera, continues its performances at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday and Friday, before the closing act at 2 p.m. Sunday in the Muriel Kauffman Theatre at the Kauffman Center.
Midland Theatre will rock the big town with two HUGE shows this week, such as:
- Dream Theater presents The Astonishing, which represents the most ambitious undertaking by a band whose cerebral compositions already define the vanguard of progressive hard rock. Prepare to be Astonished beginning at 8 p.m. Monday
- Hannibal Buress presents The Hannibal Montanbal Experience – a showcase for this emerging comedy superstar – at 8 p.m. Tuesday.
Our Country. Our Past. Our Future. Kansas City Friends of Alvin Ailey is committed to a five-year symposium project that focuses attention on fostering awareness of issues of diversity at the local, regional, national and international level. Join the KCFAA for a candid discussion on RACE, PLACE, DIVERSITY and how each influences the current condition and future of Kansas City. The Symposium is set noon on Thursday at 18th & Vine. For tickets and more information, visit KCFAA.org.
Pictures of the Year International: The 73rd annual exhibition celebrates the work of the world’s leading photojournalists. Administered by the University of Missouri School of Journalism, it focuses on pivotal events of the past year and ranges from spot news and sports shots to memorable feature photos and portraits. The exhibition runs through Sunday, Nov. 20 at the Central Library.
Pompeii: The Exhibition featuring nearly 200 artifacts — some never before seen in the United States—including vibrant frescoes, detailed mosaics, lifelike statues and precious personal objects, Pompeii: The Exhibition tells the story of a city hidden from view and forgotten for centuries until its rediscovery over 250 years ago. The North American premiere of this global showcase begins on Friday, Nov. 18 at Union Station.
Raiders of the Lost Ark – the Screenland at the Symphony presentation of the Kansas City Symphony performances of the epic 1981 film’s score during a special screening at 7 p.m. Thursday and Saturday in Helzberg Hall at the Kauffman Center.
Shall We Wake The President? Presidential historian and former White House aide Tevi Troy examines the evolving role of the President in dealing with calamity and assesses how well or badly many have performed in his new book Shall We Wake the President? Two Centuries of Disaster Management from the Oval Office. On the eve of the election of a new President, he joins Steve Edwards, executive director of the University of Chicago’s Institute of Politics, in a public conversation about the book and the issue at 6:30 p.m. Monday at the Central Library. RSVP now!
LIVE THEATER is thriving in Downtown KC, as you can experience nightly:
- Cabaret: Das Musical – winner of eight Tony Awards, including Best Musical and Best Original Score, returns to KC with a special, local engagement that runs now through Sunday, Nov. 20 at Musical Theater Heritage at Crown Center.
- The Invisible Hand – the internationally lauded political thriller by Ayad Akhtar, continues through Sunday at the KC Rep’s Copaken Stage.
- Rudolph the Musical – the beloved television classic Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer soars off the screen and onto the stage this holiday season. It opens Tuesday and through through New Year’s Eve at The Coterie.
LIVE MUSIC – of all tastes and flavors – is performed at these Downtown venues on 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.