Downtown KC will be groovin’ this week with arts, dance, theater, a taste of Church, a pinch of E.T., rowdy chaos of Monster Jam. It’s just another ho-hum week in the city….
Here is the highlight reel for what’s happening in Downtown KC this week – Monday, Jan. 30 to Sunday, Feb. 5:
E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial – Experience award winning film as never before, with the Kansas City Symphony performing John Williams’ Academy Award®-winning score in sync with the full feature film projected on a huge HD screen. Join Elliott and E.T. for this Screenland at the Symphony event at 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and 2 p.m. Sunday in Helzberg Hall at the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts.
First Friday – one of the KC’s hottest and most popular events – returns Friday with visual and performing arts bursting throughout the Crossroads Arts District and the 18th & Vine Jazz District from 5-9 p.m. Friday; beginning at 5:30 p.m. at the Central Library; and along with one of the most complete vintage marketplaces in the country in the West Bottoms through the Friday through Sunday weekend.
A Modern Night at the Folly – Join the City in Motion Dance Theater for its 14th annual presentation that serves as Kansas City’s only adjudicated choreographers’ showcase. The performance features 10 of the region’s most talented choreographers, as well as celebrate modern and contemporary dance, beginning at 8 p.m. Saturday at the Folly Theater,
Monster Jam roars into the 2017 season with a points-based series, showcasing the best lineup of Monster Jam vehicles that deliver what fans want to see most…more trucks, more racing, more freestyle, more donuts, more wheelies, more action! Monster Jam is set to rock the Downtown with four shows this weekend at Sprint Center.
Pompeii: The Exhibition tells the story of a city hidden from view and forgotten for centuries until its rediscovery more than 250 years ago. This global showcase – featuring nearly 200 artifacts, including vibrant frescoes, detailed mosaics, lifelike statues and precious personal objects – is on exhibit at Union Station.
Spectrum: Autism, Art & Music – An innovative and powerful exhibition featuring Denver-based mother and son artists Juliette Hemingway and Javari Eugene-Poet Chase, who use art inspired by music to bring awareness to Autism, will hold court in the Changing Gallery of the American Jazz Museum through April 3.
Steampunk! – a free happy hour performance by the Kansas City Symphony – will feature David Bruce’s Steampunk and Judd Greenstein’s Clearing, Dawn, Dance. Cash bars open at 5 p.m. with a one-hour casual concert in Helzberg Hall beginning at 6 p.m. Wednesday in Helzberg Hall at the Kauffman Center.
Storling Dance Theater presents Underground! – the story of the Underground Railroad performed to original music, beautiful costumes and a pace that keeps you on the edge of your seat – at 7:30 p.m. Friday and 2 and 7:30 p.m. Saturday in the Kauffman Theater at the Kauffman Center.
LIVE THEATER is thriving on Downtown stages, which feature these four performances this week:
- Hana’s Suitcase: Past and present mysteries come together in this captivating true story spanning 70 years and crisscrossing three continents. This National Endowment for the Arts award-winning play opens Tuesday and continues through Sunday, Feb. 12 at The Coterie.
- I Got Rhythm: Songs from the early days of film musicals (Steppin’ Out With My Baby, Puttin’ On the Ritz to Broadway’s 42nd STREET (Shuffle Off To Buffalo) and Jerry Herman’s MACK AND MABEL (Tap Your Troubles Away), the Quality Hill Playhouse will celebrate the music that will leave you saying, I GOT RHYTHM. Who could ask for anything more? Performances continue through Sunday, Feb. 19.
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
- CrossroadsKC at Grinders in the East Crossroads
- Gem Theater in the Historic 18th & Vine Jazz District
- 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 Ship in the West Bottoms
- The Tank Room in the Crossroads
For more of what’s happening in Downtown and Kansas City, check out our friends at VisitKC.