Symphony, UMKC Jazz Night lay down the beat for the week ahead

The UMKC Conservatory Jazz program will be featured in a special collage concert on Thursday evening at the Folly Theater.

The Kansas City Symphony, the UMKC Conservatory of Music and Dance, John Mayer, Chris Brown and local high school artists will share center stage in the Downtown KC arts and entertainment scene this week. Here is the highlight reel what’s happening in Downtown – from today (Monday) to Sunday, April 10-16:


Bond and Beyond: 50 Years of 007 – Bond. James Bond. The Kansas City Symphony celebrates the world’s most famous spy with the music we know and love from “Casino Royale,” “Goldfinger,” “From Russia with Love,” “Diamonds Are Forever,” “Skyfall” and much more. Performances are set for 7 p.m. Thursday, and 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday in Helzberg Hall at the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts.

Chris Brown – celebrating 10 years in music and six No. 1 singles – brings his R&B/Hip Hop groove to Downtown KC,  featuring Fabolous, O.T. Genasis, and Kap G beginning at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday at Sprint Center.

Congressional Student Art Exhibit – The Kansas City Public Library plays host to the annual Missouri 5th Congressional District student art exhibit and celebration, at which U.S. Rep. Emanuel Cleaver II and his wife, Dianne Cleaver, will honor local high school artists. All student art submissions will be featured during a reception and program at 1:30 p.m. Saturday, as well as in the exhibit that opens Tuesday and runs through next Monday, April 17 at the Central Library.


John Mayer brings his Search for Everything Tour, his first solo tour in three years featuring a full band solo acoustic and the John Mayer Trio beginning at 7:30 p.m. Friday at Sprint Center.

Midland Theatre will rock this town with three completely different shows over five days this week, including”

  • In This Moment presents its Half God/Half Devil Tour – featuring Motionless in White, Avatar and Gemini Syndrome – beginning at 7 p.m. Wednesday
  • Lewis Black , a/k/a/ King of the Rant, presents his Rant, White & Blue Tour at 8 p.m. Friday
  • Magic Men Live – performed and produced by The Premier Gentlemen – will strut, shake and shimmy  their stuff at 8 p.m. Sunday

Things Come ApartThis traveling exhibit from the Smithsonian Institution exposes the inner workings of many of our everyday possessions, disassembling them and artfully illustrating that even the most intricate of modern technologies can be broken down and understood. The exhibit continues through June 25 at the Central Library.

UFC Fight Night makes its long-awaited Downtown KC debut on Saturday with a stacked lineup of mixed martial arts’ best. In the main event, UFC flyweight champion Demetrious Johnson is on the verge of history, as a win over Brazilian challenger Wilson Reis will see him tie the record for most successful UFC title defenses. Fight Night begins at 3 p.m. Saturday at Sprint Center.

UMKC Jazz Night – an evening with the UMKC Conservatory of Music and Dance – will feature a variety of ensembles that represent the entirety of jazz studies at the Conservatory, directed by Bobby Watson and Dan Thomas. This collage concert begins at 7:30 p.m. Thursday at the Folly Theater.

LIVE THEATER is thriving on Downtown stages, which feature these four performances this week:

  • The Velveteen Rabbit is a faithful adaptation of the beloved book by Margery Williams. It is a story of love, reality and imagination all centered on the deep bond between a toy rabbit and boy fighting illness. This Kansas City Young Audiences production opens Tuesday and runs through May 11 at the City Stage at Union Station.
  • We Are in a Play! –  Adapted by Mo Willems from his wildly popular book series, this lively musical features Elephant Gerald and Piggie and their delightfully nutty back-up singers, the Squirrelles, discovering the fun of being in a play. This interactive production opens Tuesday and runs through May 21 at The Coterie at Crown Center.

LIVE MUSIC – of all tastes and flavors – is performed at these Downtown venues on most nights:

MUSEUMS are alive and well throughout Downtown, including these 16 destinations:

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