Here’s the highlight reel for the Downtown KC arts & entertainment scene for Monday to Sunday, Sept. 4-10:
Chalk & Walk Festival – This free festival is a celebration of street painting, brought to life by artists using pastel chalks as their medium and pavement/brick as their canvas. You are invited to experience the creation of these street paintings, interact with the artists, enjoy street performers, Children’s Creative Corridor and Workshops from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday at Crown Center.
Central Library has a busy week ahead for four programs that showcase authors and musicians who are telling stories of segregation, history, the Wild West and pop culture. The calendar features The Color of Law: A Forgotten History of How Our Government Segregated America at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday; Patrick Henry: Champion of Liberty at 6:30 p.m. Thursday; Spice World: Off the Wall Film Series at 8 p.m. Friday; and Way Out West in Kansas at 2 p.m. Sunday. For more information and to RSVP, visit KCLibrary.org.
Crossroads Music Fest will be the epicenter of live music in Downtown KC on Saturday, as 50+ bands rock the night away in 12 venues in the Crossroads Arts District. Headliners include The Phantastics, Jessica Paige and Enrique Chi (of Making Movies) and more. The 13th annual event is a benefit for 90.1 FM KKFI Kansas City Community Radio. For the complete schedule and tickets, visit CMFKC.com
Disney on Ice will make its long-awaited return to Downtown Kansas City next week. The all-new Disney production of Dream Big will unfold over seven performances that runs from Thursday, Sept. 14 through Sunday, Sept. 17. For tickets and more information, visit the Sprint Center.
The Folly Theater will serve as the epicenter of the creative community this week with three wildly different performances this week, including:
- A Condensed, Digested Valley of the Dolls! Join Late Night Theatre as they celebrate their 20th Anniversary at the Folly, with a wild, parody send-up of one of their classics. Pure Camp! Pure Late Night! Dionne sings her way through this 200 costume train wreck of a parody. The fun begins at 8 p.m. Friday.
- NSL 14 – The Nspire Sports League will stage a pro qualifying show at the Folly, beginning at 1 p.m. Saturday. NSL is a national association hosts bodybuilding & Fit sport competitions, workshops, public speaking seminars and dietary advice for all athletes across the country.
- Kenny Broberg – The silver medalist at the recently completed 15th Van Cliburn International Piano Competition will perform in concert at 4 p.m. Sunday.
KC Beer Fest makes a triumphant returns to Downtown as Flying Saucer Draught Emporium presents the 9th annual festival from 3-6 p.m. Saturday at the Power & Light District. The festival features more than 200 quality, hand-crafted beers procured from local breweries and others around the world, plus rare keg tappings throughout the event, live music and food trucks.
Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts will showcase two much anticipated shows this week, including:
- YES featuring Jon Anderson, Trevor Rabin, and Rick Wakeman bring their 2017 tour to the Muriel Kauffman Theatre at 7: 30 p.m. Tuesday, September 5. The progressive rock band was co-founded by Anderson and the late Chris Squire in 1968, and went on to sell millions of records.
- Screenland at the Symphony returns for new season this week with the J.J. Abrams’ riveting film Star Trek Into Darkness soaring onto the giant screen in Helzberg Hall with the Kansas City Symphony performing Michael Giacchino’s thrilling score live. Star Trek crosses paths with the Symphony at 7 p.m. Friday and 4 p.m. Sunday.
Mummies of the World: The Exhibition – described as “fascinating, intriguing, and inspiring,” by NBC and “absolutely extraordinary,” by NPR – instills a sense of curiosity and wonder in every visitor. Mummies is on exhibit now through December at Union Station.
Paris of the Plains Cocktail Festival is a multi-day educational and entertainment spectacular that unfolds Thursday through Sunday at a number of Downtown’s hippest venues. The days include focused seminars by the best in the business, paired dinners, music performances and grand old good time. The festival celebrates both the Midwest’s current exploding cocktail scene and the history of the cocktail, food and music since the Jazz Era. Visit popfestkc.com for details.
Ultimate Field Day – Challenge your kids in fun sports games, throw like a pro in the Quarterback Blitz, rush through the Adrenaline Rush Course, meet your favorite team mascots and more during the Sprint Family Fun Day from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday at the Power & Light District. Activities include: live music, face painting, bounce houses, sports games, arts & crafts and more.
The Vietnam War: An Evening with Ken Burns and Lynn Novick – Join KCPT for an exclusive evening with award-winning filmmakers Ken Burns and Lynn Novick around their upcoming, 18-hour documentary series, The Vietnam War, at 7 p.m. Friday, Sept. 8,at The Midland.
LIVE THEATER is thriving on Downtown stages, which feature one production this week:
- A Night on the Town presents a Speakeasy Cabaret featuring Jeremy Watson at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Friday and Saturday at MTC Theater at Crown Center.
ARTS – your guide to arts and culture in greater Kansas City:
- ArtsKCGo is the new, online guide to arts and cultural events in greater Kansas City – including First Fridays, Art in the Loop, Charlotte Street and all other Downtown-centric events. ArtsKCGo.com is a service of ArtsKC, the Regional Arts Council of Kansas City. Check it out!
LIVE MUSIC – of all tastes and flavors – is performed at these Downtown venues on most nights:
- Angel’s Rock Bar in the Power & Light District
- The Black Dolphin in the Crossroads
- Blue Room in the Historic 18th & Vine Jazz District
- Brewery Emperial in the Crossroads Arts District
- The Brick in the Crossroads Arts District
- The Dubliner in the Power & Light District
- Gem Theater in the Historic 18th & Vine Jazz District
- Green Lady Lounge in the Crossroads
- Haverty Family Yards at Union Station
- Howl at the Moon in the Power & Light District
- KC Live Block! in the Power & Light District
- Kill Devil Club in the Power & Light District
- Knuckleheads Saloon in the East Bottoms
- Leinenkugel’s Kansas City in the Power & Light District
- The Majestic in the Downtown Loop
- The Midland in the Downtown Loop
- Mosaic Ultra Lounge in the Power & Light District
- Mutual Musicians Foundation in the 18th & Vine Jazz District
- The Phoenix in the Downtown Loop
- PBR Big Sky in the Power & Light District
- Prohibition Hall in the Downtown Loop
- Record Bar in the Crossroads
- The Ship in the West Bottoms
- Stockyards Brewing Company in the West Bottoms
- The Truman in the East Crossroads – Coming soon!
MUSEUMS are alive and well throughout Downtown, including these 16 destinations:
- Airline History Museum in Hangar 9 at the Downtown Airport
- American Jazz Museum in the historic 18th & Vine Jazz District
- American Royal Museum in the West Bottoms
- Arabia Steamboat Museum in the City Market
- Black Archives of Mid-America in the historic 18th & Vine Jazz District
- Hallmark Visitors Center at Crown Center
- Historic Garment District Museum in the Downtown Loop at 801 Broadway
- Kansas City Museum in northeast KC at 3218 Gladstone Blvd.
- Money Museum at the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City
- National Archives of Kansas City, west of Union Station
- National Collegiate Basketball Hall of Fame at the Sprint Center
- The National WWI Museum and Memorial at Liberty Memorial
- Negro Leagues Baseball Museum in the historic 18th & Vine Jazz District
- Science City at Union Station
- TWA Museum at the Downtown Airport
- Union Station Gallery at Union Station
For more of what’s happening in Downtown and Kansas City, check out our friends at VisitKC.com
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