KC jazz, Harlem dance, Arctic art & PBR are HOT in Downtown

The Dance Theatre of Harlem tours nationally and internationally, presenting a powerful vision for ballet in the 21st century, The Company will perform on Friday at the Kauffman Center.

Kansas City jazz, Harlem dance, Arctic images and Bull riders will take center stage for a thrilling week ahead for arts and entertainment in Downtown KC – Monday to Sunday, Feb. 5-11

KC Remodel + Garden Show – There is something for everyone at this year’s Remodel + Garden Show, beginning at 10 a.m. Friday, Saturday and Sunday at the American Royal Center.

KC Tornados – the newest professional sports franchise in Kansas City will be at home for a showdown with the Kentucky Thoroughbreds at 2 p.m. Sunday at Municipal Arena.

Wildlife photographer Florian Schulz will share his stunning work, “Into the Arctic Kingdom,” as part of the National Geographic Live series on Tuesday at the Kauffman Center.

Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts will feature seven performances this week, including:

  • National Geographic Live featuring Into the Arctic Kingdom with Florian Schulx, wildlife photographer. Through breathtaking imagery, the National Geographic photographer takes audiences on a legendary journey into the Arctic – with a special focus on the Arctic Refuge, one of the world’s last great wildernesses – beginning at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday in the Muriel Kauffman Theatre.
  • Bernstein and Beyond – Celebrating 100 years of the great Leonard Bernstein, Kansas City Symphony musicians will share his works and words that influenced their lives from an early age. This free Symphony Happy Hour opens with a cash bar at 5 p.m. Tuesday, followed by a casual, one-hour concert at 6 p.m. in Helzberg Hall.
  • Dance Theatre of Harlem – The 16-member, multi-ethnic company performs a forward-thinking repertoire that includes treasured classics, neoclassical works by George Balanchine and resident choreographer Robert Garland, as well as innovative contemporary works that use the language of ballet to celebrate African American culture. Presented by the Harriman-Jewell Series, the dancers will perform at 7:30 p.m. Friday in  Kauffman Theatre.
  • A Tribute to Kansas City Jazz: From Basie to Bebop featuring Bobby Watson – From the great Count Basie to Charlie Parker and Bobby Watson, the Kansas City Symphony pays tribute to Kansas City’s homegrown jazz musicians and timeless tunes. This saucy, special performance of KC jazz, presented in association with the American Jazz Museum, will take flight at 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and 2 p.m. Sunday in Helzberg Hall.

Knuckleheads Saloon – the hottest honky tonk in town – features a nine shows this week, including Julia Othmer at 8:30 p.m. Friday and Jason Ricci with Sop Choppy & Brody Buster at 8:30 p.m. Saturday.

Mardi Gras Bar Crawl – Bourbon Street comes to Downtown KC on Saturday, as the Power & Light District celebrates its 10th anniversary Mardi Gras. Join the party at 10+ bars and entertainment venues. and enjoy live music, crawfish-eating contests, fire jugglers, street performers and more beginning at 9 p.m.

The Midland will smokin’ hot this week with two huge shows, including:

Are you ready for some bull ,,, riders this weekend? Check out the Sprint Center.

Sprint Center will serve as the epicenter of the region’s sports scene this week with two big-time attractions, including:

  • WWE Smackdown Live – featuring a full card of WWE superstars, including current WWE champion A.J. Styles KC’s own Baron Corbin and women’s Smackdown champion Charlotte – will be ready to rumble beginning at 6:45 p.m. Tuesday;
  • PBR: Professional Bull Riders return to Downtown KC for the 15th consecutive year with the rankest bull riders and fiercest bulls in the business. The PBR show shows beginning at 6:45 p.m. Saturday and 1:45 p.m. Sunday.

Stanfords Comedy Club brings the laughs to Downtown from its new location at 831 Walnut. Comedienne Maeret Lemons, a KC native with a quick wit and sharp tongue, will headline an 18 & older show this week – beginning at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday. And, Open Mic is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. Sundays. For ticket information, visit Stanfords.

The Truman – the newest concert venue in KC – will be rocking this week with two shows, featuring MO & Cashmere Cat with special guest Darius at 8 p.m. Monday, and Jacob Sartorius at 5:30 p.m. Sunday.

UMKC Roos are back in Downtown this season for men’s basketball home games. This week’s schedule features two big match-ups at Municipal Arena, including Seattle U. at 7 p.m. Thursday and Utah Valley at 7 p.m. Saturday.

The Art of the Brick – a special exhibition designed to inspire ingenuity and creativity, is the world’s largest and most elaborate display of LEGO art – is currently showing at Union Station.

Union Station currently features The Art of the Brick,  the critically acclaimed collection of creative and inspiring pieces constructed using only LEGO bricks. The exhibition that runs through May 28.

World of Wheels – America’s premier custom car series – returns to Downtown KC this weekend – Friday through Sunday at Bartle Hall.  For hours and tickets information, visit autorama.com.

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

  • Musical Monday & Tuesday presents a celebration of the music of Billy Joel, Elton John, Carole King, Sara Bareilles, and more at 7:30 p.m. next Monday 2/19 and Tuesday 2/20 at MTC Theater at Crown Center.
  • The Secret of Courage – A world premiere production with magic and wonderment, the play begins with 13-year-old Jack McCall learning some very bad news about his health. The production continues through Sunday at The Coterie at Crown Center.
  • That Old Black Magic – Harold Arlen brings the blues to the Great American Songbook now through Feb. 18 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