An international feast of performing arts sets the stage for arts and entertainment in Downtown Kansas City this week. Here is the highlight reel for what’s happening in Downtown – Monday, Feb. 6 to Sunday, Feb. 12:
Jeff Dunham returns to Downtown KC this week for his Perfectly Unbalanced Tour, featuring his eccentric and hysterical skills as a ventriloquist and stand-up comedian. The current Guinness World Record holder of “Most Tickets Sold to a Stand-up Comedy Tour” will perform at 7:30 p.m. Thursday at the Sprint Center.
Impressions in Sound breaks new ground for one Downtown art gallery that traditionally a showplace for visual arts. This new show takes a different approach, appealing to your ears rather than your eyes. The experience may serve as a reminder of the superior sound, importance and thrill of high quality music – and hopefully ignite a passion for Kansas City music. Now showing through March 31 at The Box Gallery.
Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts will be the epicenter of performing arts and entertainment in Downtown KC this week, featuring 10 performances in five days, including:
- Disturbing the Peace – A screening of the film is followed by an engaging conversation with the filmmakers Stephen Apkon and Marcina Hale, as well as the Combatants for Peace featured in the film. This special screening is set for 7 p.m. Tuesday in Helzberg Hall.
- I Bought A Rainforest – Wildlife photographer Charlie Hamilton James will present stories and photos of his work in Peru’s Manú National Park, including tales of working with local characters, and a peek at his latest work in Yellowstone and with vultures in the Serengeti. This National Geographic Live special series begins at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday in the Muriel Kauffman Theatre.
- Ladysmith Black Mambazo – For more than 50 years, these South African performers have warmed the hearts of audiences worldwide with their uplifting vocal harmonies, signature dance moves and charming onstage banter. Most recently, they celebrated the 25th anniversary of their groundbreaking collaboration with Paul Simon on his seminal album, Graceland. Ladysmith Black Mambazo will perform its World Music at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday in Kauffman Theatre.
- Shen Yun invites you to experience the divine culture of the Middle Kingdom, now known as China. Shen Yun brings the profound spirit of this lost civilization to life on stage with unrivaled artistic mastery. Every dance movement, every musical note, makes this a stunning visual and emotional experience you won’t find anywhere else. Performances are set for 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and 1:30 p.m. Saturday and Sunday in Kauffman Theatre.
- Elation and Reformation: Saint-Saens plus Mendelssohn will be performed by the Kansas City Symphony as part of its Classical Series at 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and 2 p.m. Sunday in Helzberg Hall.
The Midland will rock this Downtown with two killer shows this week, including:
- Pop Evil, featuring Red Sun Rising and Badflower, at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday. All seats are $10 or less.
- Afentra’s VD Party 2017, featuring K.Flay, LOLO, Paper Route and Dreamgirl. This 18 & Over show begins at 8 p.m. Friday.
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.
PBR: Professional Bull Riders return to the Big Town for the Kansas City Invitational. Fans will witness the intense matchups between man and beast, where 8-seconds can mean victory or defeat to each opponent. PBR will turn up the heat at 6:45 p.m. Saturday and 1:45 p.m. Sunday at Sprint Center.
Remodel & Garden Show – Shop, compare and save with more than 350 experts in remodeling, kitchen & bath, landscaping, decor, flooring and more this weekend – Friday through Sunday – at the American Royal Center.
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.
UMKC Men’s Basketball will host two games this week on their home court at Municipal Auditorium. The Kangaroos will take on:
- Utah Valley at 6:35 p.m. Thursday, and …
- Seattle University at 7:05 p.m. Saturday
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 at The Coterie.
- Heart Breakers: Burlesque Downtown Underground presents their 9th Annual Valentine’s Day Show, “Heart Breakers”; A Valentine’s themed show full of the good (and bad) while celebrating everything in between when dealing with the ‘L’ word! Showtimes are at 7 and 9:30 p.m. Saturday at MTH Theater at Crown Center.
- 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.
- Phantom of the Opera – presented by Across America – returns to Downtown KC this week. Cameron Mackintosh’s spectacular new production of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Phantom is featured as part of a brand new North American Tour. Phantom opens on Wednesday and runs through Sunday, Feb. 19 at the Music Hall. Click here for tickets and more information.
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
- The Brick in the Crossroads Arts 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.