Dance, ‘Bueller’, Dragons raise the bar for the week in Downtown

The Kansas City Dance Festival is back for its 6th annual celebration of dance performance on Friday at the Quixotic Black Box, and next weekend at the Gem Theater.

From the Kansas City Dance Festival to the outdoor return of Ferris Bueller, to the return of Imagine Dragons, Downtown will be sizzlin’ all week long. Let’s roll the highlight reel for the week ahead in arts and entertainment – Monday to Sunday, July 9-15:

Crossroads KC will heat up the East Crossroads with two red hot shows this week, including:

  • St. Paul & the Broken Bonesthe six-piece soul band out of Birmingham, Ala., with guests Hiss Golden Messenger will take center stage at 8 p.m. Thursday;
  • Kemet and The Phantastics will headline the Free Friday performance that gets under way at 6:30 p.m. Friday.

Crown Center – Cap off your work week at the family friendly WeekEnder series featuring top local bands and favorite food trucks, topped off with a famous flick under the stars. This Friday, The Black Jackets perform at 6 p.m., followed by a showing of Ferris Bueller’s Day Off at about 9 p.m.

Dinosaurs Revealed is the latest special exhibition at Union Station.

Dinosaurs Revealed – Travel back 252 million years to discover dinosaurs that inhabited what is now North America. Your hands-on trek will bring you face-to-face with 26 life-size dinosaurs. Examine two massive full body skeletons, dozens of real fossils and get hands-on digging for new evidence. The world premiere of Dinosaurs Revealed is on exhibit through Jan. 6 at Union Station.

KC Dance Festival returns for its 6th annual celebration of dance performances that highlight the dynamic exchange of classically dancers and cutting-edge contemporary choreography. Performances are set for 7:30 p.m. Saturday  in the Quixotic Black Box, along with two “Artist Residency Performances” at 7:30 p.m. next Friday and Saturday (July 20-21) in the Gem Theater.

Knuckleheads Saloon– the hottest honky tonk in the Big Town – features 7 smokin’ shows this week, including the Jeremiah Johnson Band at 9 p.m. Saturday in the Gospel Lounge.

National WWI Museum and Memorial presents For Liberty: The American Jewish Experience in WWI now through Nov. 11 in the Wylie Gallery. Hailed as “remarkably prescient” by The New York Times, this special exhibition examines the American Jewish battlefield and homefront participation through a series of remarkable stories and objects.

Lee Brice will headline the next Hot Country Nights concert on Thursday in the KC Live! Block.

Power & Light District will rule the heart of Downtown, as the KC Live! Block plays hosts to concerts and special events on three back-to-back days this week, including:

  • Lee Brice will headline this week’s edition of the Hot Country Nights concert series that begins at 7 p.m. Thursday
  • Stoney LaRue will rock the house in the Block Party concert series at 8 p.m. Friday
  • Family Fun Days returns with a “When I Grow Up” theme. The family festival runs from 11 a,m, to 3 p.m. Saturday, as kids can explore a variety of future careers and even dress up in costume! Activities include a bounce house, obstacle course, Mad Science, face painters, a trackless train and more!

Sprint Center will light up the night sky with the world tour of Imagine Dragons, featuring special guest Grace Vanderwaal at 8 p.m. Saturday.

The Truman will be shakin’ the East Crossroads with four concerts this week, including Jenny Lewis with The Cactus Blossoms at 8 p.m. Tuesday; The Black Dahlia Murder / WhiteChapel at 6 p.m. Wednesday; moe. – the preeminent progressive rock band on the music scene today – at 8 p.m. Saturday; and Jesse McCartney with Public and Just Seconds Apart at 8 p.m. Sunday.

LIVE THEATER is thriving on Downtown stages, which features one production this week:

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:

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