What’s happening in the Big Town – Sept. 25-Oct. 1

Here’s the highlight reel for the Downtown KC arts & entertainment scene for Monday to Sunday, Sept. 25-Oct. 1:

Charlotte Street Presents Time’s Not Listening – a one-night-only performance featuring five Kansas City composers (who are also past Charlotte Street Foundation award winners) makes its debut at 8 p.m. Saturday at the Folly Theater.

Crossroads KC will be rocking the great outdoors this week with two hot shows, including:

  • Sylvan Esso, the indie pop duo from Durham, N.C., are in the midst of an international tour that brings them to the East Crossroads of Downtown KC at 8 p.m. Tuesday. Special guest is Helando Negro.
  • Monsters of Mock – featuring Almost KISS, KC/DC and Poison Overdose – will deliver the ultimate tribute bands concert beginning at 8 p.m. Friday

Johnny Gill – the rhythm and soul legend – will headline the District Rhythms concert series at 7 p.m. Sunday at Kansas City Live! in the Power & Light District. Click here for ticket information.

The Lyric Opera opens its 2017/18 season this week with ‘ Eugene Onegin’ on Saturday at the Kauffman Center.

Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts will feature four performances this week, as the fall season opens for Kansas City’s leading performing arts organizations, including:

  • Kansas City Symphony presents Classics Uncorked: Future Favorites featuring some of the best music written by today’s American composers beginning at 7 p.m. Tuesday in Helzberg Hall. Following the concert, enjoy a complimentary glass of wine or champagne and mingle with Symphony musicians in Brandmeyer Great Hall lobby.
  • U.S. Army Chorus performs in this special, annual event to welcome the new class of international military officers from around the world who have come to Fort Leavenworth to study military art and sciences at the U.S. Army’s Command and General Staff College. This black tie event will begin with a reception at 7 p.m. Friday,  followed by the performance at 8 p.m. in Helzberg Hall.
  • Lyric Opera opens its new season this week with the first of four performances of Eugene Onegin, one of the world’s most beloved operas, at 7:30 p.m. Saturday in the Muriel Kauffman Theatre.
  • Superheroes at the Symphony – Kids of all ages will love the Kansas City Symphony’s musical depictions of favorite movie heroes, including Superman, The Incredibles and many more. Be sure to wear your favorite superhero costumes or capes to this special performance at 2 p.m. Sunday in Helzberg Hall.

More Than A Pretty Face, an exhibition of portraits from the collections of UMB Financial Corporation and Commerce Bancshares. opens Friday in The Box Gallery, 1000 Walnut. The exhibit – which will begin with an opening reception from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Friday – will run through Nov. 10. The gallery, located in the Commerce Bank Building, is free and open to the public.

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 through December at Union Station.

NHL Exhibition – National Hockey League action returns to Downtown this week, when the St. Louis Blues play host to the Minnesota Wild at 7 p.m. Thursday at Sprint Center.

The Old 45s will light up The City Market this week with music from the ’50s and ’60s. The free concert – from 5-8 p.m. Thursday in the City Market Square at 5th & Walnut – marks the final Music Under the Arch performance for the 2017 summer season.

Stone Sour – featuring Steel Panther and Cherry Bombs – will rock Downtown beginning at 7 p.m. Tuesday at The Midland.

The Weeknd – Grammy Award®-winning and multi-platinum selling music artist The Weeknd brings his critically acclaimed Starboy: Legend of the Fall 2017 World Tour to the Big Town at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday at Sprint Center. Special guests include Gucci Mane and NAV.

LIVE THEATER is thriving on Downtown stages, which feature two productions this week:

  • A Lie of the Mind – Two families are linked by an act of violence in this story that is marked by Sam Shepard’s measured humor, heart, and steady eye in examining humanity’s potential for both compassion and destruction. Performances continue through Monday at The City Stage at Union Station.
  • We Shall Not Be Moved – By taking a seat at a whites-only lunch counter, a group of four freshmen from A&T College in North Carolina launched a youth-led movement for African Americans to receive equal service by challenging racial injustice. The student sit-ins of 1960 inspired this production runs through Oct. 22 at The Coterie at Crown Center.

ARTS – your guide to arts and culture in greater Kansas City:

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:

For more of what’s happening in Downtown and Kansas City, check out our friends at VisitKC.com

Public Parking Maps of Downtown KC are available at DowntownKC.org.

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