Here’s the highlight reel for the Downtown KC arts & entertainment scene this week – Monday to Sunday, Nov. 6-12:
Folly Theater delivers two performances this week on back-to-back evenings, including comedian Demetri Martin on his Let’s Get Awkward tour at 8 p.m. Friday; and The King’s Singers, presented by the Harriman-Jewell Series, at 7:30 p.m. Saturday.
Ice Terrace – Kansas City’s only public outdoor ice skating rink is open at Crown Center for its 45th season of great skating fun. For the complete Ice Terrace hours and rates, go to crowncenter.com/IceTerrace.
Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts will feature six performances this week, including:
- KU Symphony Orchestra performs Death and Transfiguration at 7 p.m. today (Monday) in Helzberg Hall
- The Mariinsky Orchestra – The titanic Valery Gergiev usually works on the larger canvas of symphonic orchestras but, for this rare event, he will focus on the lead string players, joined by the world-acclaimed and KC-based pianists Behzod Abduraimov and Stanislav Ioudenitch for Mozart’s Concerto for Two Pianos. The remarkable performance is presented by the Harriman-Jewell Series.
- Crescendo – The UMKC Conservatory’s annual fundraising event for scholarships, with music and dance performed by Conservatory students and faculty, features an exhilarating prism concert with performances in multiple locations around Helzberg Hall, beginning at 7 p.m. Friday.
- Everest – The new Lyric Opera production opens Saturday in the Kauffman Theatre. See below for more information.
- Vienna Boys Choir – Celebrated worldwide, the choir has delighted music-lovers across the globe with their purity of tone, distinctive charm, and a diverse repertoire encompassing Austrian folk songs and waltzes, classical masterpieces, medieval chant and popular music. The Vienna Boys Choir returns to the Kauffman Center at 8 p.m. Saturday in Helzberg Hall.
- The Firebird – Weaving together physical theater, masks, puppetry, shadow play and magic with the evocative music of Stravinsky’s Firebird, your family will be mesmerized by this Kansas City Symphony family concert at 2 p.m. Sunday in Helzberg Hall.
Lyric Opera presents Everest – a contemporary tragedy that brings to life the white-knuckle rush and devastating true stories of three climbers caught in a blizzard on Mt. Everest in 1996. As the first staged performance since the world premiere in Dallas, Everest promises to take you on an operatic journey unlike anything you’ve experienced before. Everest opens at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, and continues on Nov. 15, 17 and 19 in the Muriel Kauffman Theatre at the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts.
The Midland will light up Downtown this week with five performances in four days, including Bleachers with Bishop Briggs and Amy Stark at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday; PJ Masks Live at 6 p.m. Thursday; August Alsina at 8 p.m. Friday; and John Mulaney: Kid Gorgeous in two shows beginning at 7 and 10 p.m. Sunday.
The Truman, the newest concert venue in KC, will heat up the East Crossroads this week with four concerts this week, including Our Lady Peace with Smshing Hrts and Search & Seizure at 8 p.m. Tuesday; Death from Above, featuring The Beaches, at 8 p.m. Wednesday; Tyler, The Creator in a sold-out concert at 9 p.m. Thursday; and Trivium & Arch Enemy with While She Sleeps and Fit for an Autopsy at 6:30 p.m. Saturday.
LIVE THEATER is thriving on Downtown stages, which feature three productions this week:
- A Charlie Brown Christmas – The animated classic will come to life on stage, complete with a live jazz trio will play the original Vince Guaraldi arrangements. Join Charlie Brown on this memorable journey beginning Tuesday and continuing to Christmas Eve only at The Coterie.
- 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 continues 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