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.
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.
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.
Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts will feature nine (yes, 9) performances this week, including:
- Sounds Relaxing – A soothing evening of meditation and music, featuring trainer Anita Bailey, who will coach you in breathing and meditation techniques, and Kansas City Symphony musicians, who will perform selections to assist in your relaxation, beginning at 6 p.m. Tuesday in Helzberg Hall.
- Mozart’s Gran Partita – A side-by-side performance with musicians from the Kansas City Symphony and students of the UMKC Conservatory of Music at 6 p.m. Wednesday in Helzberg Hall. Reserve your free tickets now.
- Stars of the American Ballet – Composed of top dancers from New York City Ballet and other premier companies, the showcase ensemble is truly American ballet’s all-star team.This Harriman-Jewell Series presentation will begin at 7:30 p.m. Friday in the Muriel Kauffman Theatre.
- Kansas City Symphony Classical Series presents Dvorak’s Eighth Shostakovich at 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and 2 p.m. Sunday in Helzberg Hall.
- Spooktacular Strings – Children ages 0-6 will learn all about the strings in the orchestra in three, sold-out petite performances by members of the Kansas City Symphony string section at 9:30, 10:30 and 11:30 a.m. Saturday in Helzberg Hall.
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.
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:
- 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
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