Here’s the highlight reel for the Downtown KC arts & entertainment scene for the week of Halloween – Monday to Sunday, Oct. 30-Nov. 5:
Arrival of Mayor’s Christmas Tree – The first sign of the holiday season arrives at Crown Center, the culmination of a journey from Oregon. The 100-foot-tall tree arrives at 9 a.m. on Thursday, and is put into its stand at approximately 10 a.m. on Friday.
Final Act – Art the Loop 2017 – The 2017 Art in the Loop Project: Cue!, a curated outdoor exhibition staged in partnership with the City of Kansas City and KC Streetcar wraps up with a reception, a pop-up exhibit, and a final round of performances at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday at the Central Library. RSVP now. Art in the Loop is designed to make cultural experiences available to Downtown residents, visitors, and workers.
First Friday – one of the KC’s hottest events of the fall and winter – returns for its November feast of visual and performing arts bursting throughout Downtown with:
- First Friday experiences at the Crossroads Arts District and the 18th & Vine Jazz District from 5-9 p.m.
- One of the country’s most complete vintage marketplaces – First Friday Warehouse Weekends – returns to the West Bottoms this Friday through Sunday.
Halloween Scaryoke – Celebrate Halloween with a special edition of Halloween karaoke, beginning at 9 p.m. Tuesday at Pizza Bar at the Power & Light District. The evening also will feature a costume contest and exclusive drink specials for anyone wearing a costume.
Ice Terrace – Kansas City’s only public outdoor ice skating rink opens this week for its 45th season of great skating fun. Enjoy complimentary skating, coffee and hot chocolate from 6-9 a.m. on Friday at Crown Center. For the complete Ice Terrace hours and rates, go to crowncenter.com/IceTerrace.
Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts will feature four performances this week, including:
- Nosferatu – Join the Kansas City Symphony for this chilling Screenland at the Symphony performance at 7 p.m. Tuesday. Celebrate Halloween by experiencing this bizarre and chilling silent film classic on the giant Helzberg Hall screen with live thundering accompaniment by organist Dorothy Papadakos on the Julia Irene Kauffman Casavant Organ. Costumes encouraged!
- Kansas City Symphony and Chorus performs Brahms’ Requiem and the French Impressionists in the Kansas City Symphony Classical Series at 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and 2 p.m. Sunday in Helzberg Hall.
The Midland – the grand dame of Kansas City concert venues – will light up Downtown this week with three performances, including Sebastian Maniscalco – “the people’s comedian” who carries a string of record-breaking sold out comedy appearances and has a new top-ranked show on SiriusXM – is set to knock ’em dead at 7 p.m. Thursday; Tommy Emanuel and David Grisman are due to tear up the Big Town, along with special guests Rob Ickes and Trey Hensley, at 8 p.m. Friday; and Scott Bradlee’s Postmodern Jukebox – a genre-busting, rotating collective of musicians and vocalists that re-imagines modern pop hits in the style of jazz, ragtime, and swing classics of the 1920s-1950s – will get things cooking at 8 p.m. Sunday.
Take Me to the River – Memphis and Rhythm & Blues Review, featuring William Bell, Charlie Musselwhite and Bobby Rush, along with special guests Frayser Boy. Al Kapone, The Hi Rhythm Section and The Stax Academy Alumni Band, with musical director Boo Mitchell, will Downtown at 8 p.m. Friday at the Folly Theater.
The Truman, the newest concert venue in KC, will heat up the East Crossroads this week with three shows on back-to-back nights this week, including Yellow Claw with Riot Ten in a special Halloween night concert at 8 p.m. Tuesday; A Boogie Wit Da Hoodie, featuring TK Kravitz, at 8 p.m. Thursday; and Slowdive with Cherry Glazerr at 8 p.m. Friday.
Wicked Wine Walk – Sip, shop & explore Downtown Kansas City during a sold out Wicked Wine Walk from 3-6 p.m. on Saturday in the Power & Light District. A portion of the proceeds benefit Inclusion Connections.
LIVE THEATER is thriving on Downtown stages, which feature three 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 at the Copaken Stage at H&R Block.
- Into the Woods – The Brothers Grimm hit the stage with an epic fairy tale about wishes, family and the choices we make. Celebrating its 30th anniversary, Into the Woods opens Thursday and runs through Sunday, Nov. 19 at the MTH 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
- 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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