Halloween fun rules the entertainment scene this week

‘Fences’ – the Pulitzer Prize winning Drama and Tony Award winning Play – continues this week at the KC Rep’s Copaken Stage at H&R Block.

Here’s the highlight reel for the Downtown KC arts & entertainment scene for Monday to Sunday, Oct. 23-29:

Boo-Tastic Fun! Get ready for Halloween with family-friendly fun this Saturday and Sunday. Have your photo taken with the Wicked Queen from noon to 4 p.m. and/or, enjoy puppet shows from StoneLion Puppet Theatre at noon and 2 p.m. Join the fun this weekend at Crown Center.

Boo-Tastic Fun is coming to Crown Center this Saturday and Sunday.

Central Library presents Standing Up and Sitting Down – Protest and Dissent in the 1960s and Beyond – at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday. UMKC history professors Rebecca Davis and Sandra Enriquez examine protests of the ’60s and compare them with those of today. RSVP now. 

Folly Theater will feature three bold and very different performances this week, including:

  • Snap Judgement, the public radio storytelling phenomena that thrills local audiences on KCUR 89.3 every week. Glynn Washington and the rest of the Snap Judgment crew is coming to the Folly for a one-night-only LIVE performance at 7:30 p.m. Thursday
  • Pavel Haas String Quartet, presented by the Harriman Jewell Series, will feature “…the perfect fusion of virtuosity and profundity”at 7:30 p.m. Friday
  • Lee Ritenour will light up Downtown for his Folly Jazz Series performance. Growing up in L.A. in the 60’s, the Grammy award-winning guitarist received a rich cross section of exposure to jazz, rock and Brazilian music, which will illuminate his triumphant return to KC at 8 p.m. Saturday.

Guitar legend Lee Ritenour returns to the Folly Theater this week for a tour de force performance.

Future Ritual – A ritual-themed costume party honoring the 20th anniversary of the Charlotte Street Foundation – is on tap for 7:30 p.m. to midnight on Saturday at Morton Hall, 3936 Main. This first-time, futuristic event features some of Kansas City’s most unforgettable artists providing fresh and exclusive experiences throughout the entire evening. Find your spookiest costume and join in on the fun!

Halloween: Winter Is Here – Downtown transforms into a medieval fantasy world for Kansas City’s biggest Halloween party & costume contest, Winter is Here, at Kansas City Live! beginning at 7 p.m. Saturday in the Power & Light District. For complete details, click here… if you dare.

Haunted Houses – Tis the season for Kansas City’s famous haunted houses located in the West Bottoms. Follow this link to discover six of the scariest Halloween haunts right here in Downtown KC.

Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts will feature nine (yes, 9) performances this week, including:

The Midland – the grand dame of Kansas City concert venues – will light up the heart of Downtown this week with two performances, including the red-hot Maren Morris with Ryan Hurd at 8 p.m. Thursday; and GRIZ with Opiuo and Muzzy Bearr at 8 p.m. Saturday.

Sprint Center celebrates its 10th anniversary this month by rolling out a blockbuster schedule of big-time performances, including Katy Perry and her WITNESS tour, featuring special guest Noah Cyrus, at 7:30 p.m. Friday.

Trombone Shorty and Orleans Avenue will be in Downtown on Sunday, Oct. 29 to christen KC’s newest concert venue, The Truman.

The Truman, the newest concert venue in KC, will heat up the East Crossroads this week with three shows this week, including The Lany Tour: Part 2 with Dagny at 8 p.m. Tuesday; Luke Combs and his sold-out Don’t Tempt Me with a Good Time Tour at 8 p.m. Friday; and Trombone Shortly and Orleans Avenue at 7:30 p.m. Sunday

Union Station will be celebrating Halloween at Spookfest: Science Unwrapped at Science City from 5-8 p.m. Saturday. The 5th annual Spookfest features spooky science demos and activities, creep critters and eerie edibles, costume contest, a community clay project and much more!

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

  • Fences – The winner of the 1987 Pulitzer Prize for Drama and the Tony Award for Best Play that same year, Fences is set in 1950s Pittsburgh against the backdrop of a rapidly changing America. Perhaps the most highly-regarded of Wilson’s soaring ten-play cycle, it tells the gripping story of an African American father and son and the hopes and dreams to which they desperately cling. This Kansas City Rep production continues through Sunday, Nov. 5 at the Copaken Stage at H&R Block.
  • I’ve Got A Crush on You Great standards like Someone To Watch Over Me and I’ve Got a Crush on You were born on Broadway. The shows may be forgotten, but the songs live on. This production celebrates these musical classics now through Sunday at the Quality Hill Playhouse.

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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