From Lady Gaga to an operatic Everest; from Queen to Drag Queens; from Waitress to Nosferatu – and many performances in between, here’s the highlight reel for the Downtown KC arts & entertainment scene this week – Monday to Sunday, Nov. 13-19:
Fado Portugues – Two night of Portuguese urban folk music featuring SONY recording artist Nathalie Pires at 7:30 p.m. Monday and Tuesday at the MTH Theater at Crown Center. Fado grew out of the streets and taverns of Lisbon in the 19th Century.
Folly Theater delivers two wildly different performances this week on back-to-back evenings, including:
- A Drag Queen Christmas: The Naughty Tour, starring contestants from RuPaul’s Drag Race on VH-1, performing live on stage and rocking the catwalk. It’s an evening of holiday songs and outstanding drag performances with your favorite queens. Showtime is at 8 p.m. Thursday. Visit DragFans.com for more details.
- Pablo Ferrandez, cellist in recital, performs a free Discover Concert – part of the Harriman-Jewell Series – at 7 p.m. Friday.
Holidays Come Alive! Experience this magical Kansas City tradition, as the “Holidays Come Alive” begins Saturday at Union Station. Celebrate the kickoff of the holiday season, complete with the largest indoor tree lighting ceremony; a breathtaking performance by Quixotic; free holiday mini-train rides; Astro Botanicals in Haverty Family Yards and so much more. The fun begins at 10 a.m. Saturday, as family-friendly, hands-on activities fill the halls of Union Station. The kickoff celebration will get under way at 6:30 p.m. For a complete list of activities, visit UnionStation.org.
Lady Gaga returns to Downtown KC this week for her fourth visit to Sprint Center, as part of her global tour that takes her to 46 cities worldwide. Amassing an outstanding 30 million global album sales and 150 million single sales, Lady Gaga is one of the best-selling musicians of all time. Her KC show begins at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday.
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 continues its ascent his week at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday and Friday, before its final performance at 2 p.m. Sunday in the Muriel Kauffman Theatre at the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts.
Queen’s Greatest Hits with the Kansas City Symphony will light up Downtown KC at 8 p.m. Saturday in Helzberg Hall at the Kauffman Center. This electrifying tribute has garnered critical acclaim from around the country for staying true to the original recordings with great vocals and stellar harmonies. The genius of Freddie Mercury comes alive with high energy versions of “Bohemian Rhapsody,” “We Will Rock You,” “We Are the Champions” and many others.
Race, Place & Diversity – the latest chapter of the annual Symposium series by the Kansas City Friends of Alvin Ailey (KCFAA) – will provide a candid discussion on race, place, and diversity, and how each influences the current condition and future of Kansas City. The program will be presented in two segments this Thursday in the 18th & Vine Jazz District and on Friday at the Downtown Marriott Hotel. For more information, visit the KCFAA.
Silent Movie (jazz) Series – This performance series fuses the silent movie genre with live jazz artists performing original and improvisational compositions. The jazz quintet is led by Joey Panella on bass and features Matt Otto on sax, Eddie Moore on piano, Joe Schoonover on guitar, and Brian Steever on drums/percussion. The Silent Movie for this session is Nosferatu. The fun begins at 7 p.m. Saturday at the MTH Studio Theater at Crown Center.
The Truman, the newest concert venue in KC, will heat up the East Crossroads with four concerts this week, including Children of Bodom, featuring Carach Angren, Lost Society and Uncured, at 8 p.m. Wednesday; Flying Lotus in 3D at 8 p.m. Thursday; Jai Wolf with Elohim and Yung Wall Street at 8 p.m. Friday; and Wade Bowen with Andrew Foshee at 8 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, which runs through 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, the Tony Award-winning Into the Woods continues through Sunday, Nov. 19 at the MTH Theater at Crown Center.
- Waitress “is a little slice of heaven!” says Entertainment Weekly and “a monumental contribution to Broadway!” according to Marie Claire. Don’t miss this uplifting musical celebrating friendship, motherhood, and the magic of a well-made pie that opens Tuesday and runs through Sunday at the Music Hall.
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