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
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.
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.
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:
- 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
- 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