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
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:
- Tyler, The Creator with Vince Staples & Taco at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday
- Kathleen Madigan – one of the hottest stand-up comics in the biz – at 8 p.m. Saturday
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.
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.
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:
- 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