Return of the Royals & What’s Up in Downtown

The American League Champion Kansas City Royals make their first official 2015 public debut this weekend in Downtown. Make plans now for the Royals Fan Fest on Friday and Saturday at Bartle Hall.

The Boys in Blue will return to action this weekend at the Commerce Bank Royals Fan Fest at Bartle Hall.

The Boys in Blue will return to action this weekend at the Commerce Bank Royals Fan Fest at Bartle Hall.

Royals Mania leads the list of what’s happening in Downtown: Jan. 28 through Feb. 4:

#1 Royals Fan Fest will bring Royals Fever back to Kansas City on Friday and Saturday at Bartle Hall.

Aerial Quartet with Alon Goldstein, piano, will perform in the Friends of Chamber Music series at 8 p.m. Friday at the Folly Theater.

Central Library will feature Wired magazine’s Fred Vogelstein who discusses his book, Dogfight: How Apple and Google Went to War and Started a Revolution at 6:30 p.m. today (Wednesday, Jan. 28) at the Central Library. RSVP now!

Eurydice opens with a preview performance tonight (Wednesday, Jan. 28) and runs through Feb. 22 at The Living Room.

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Frost Festival – Kansas City’s Winter Festival – opens at 7 p.m. Saturday at the Power & Light District.

Holst’s The Planets will inspire audiences for the Kansas City Symphony’s recording session preview concert at 7 p.m. Thursday in Helzberg Hall at the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts.

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Joyce DiDonato & Juan Diego Florez will headline the Harriman-Jewell Series 50th Season Gala Concert at 2 p.m. Sunday in Helzberg Hall at the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts.

The MGM Years continues its dazzling run Feb. 15 at the Quality Hill Playhouse.

The Miraculous Journeys of Edward Tulane continues thru March 1 at The Coterie.

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Sesame Street’s Let’s Dance will rock this city over seven shows in three days this weekend, Friday through Sunday, at Sprint Center.

Shaping Sound will shake up Downtown at 8 p.m. Friday at the Midland Theatre.

Tesla and NoMara will rock this town starting at 8 p.m. Tuesday at the Midland Theatre.

And, for a more complete look at what’s happening around Kansas City, check out VisitKC.com early and often.

Lunch Bunch to dine in Crossroads on Wednesday

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Downtown’s new Lunch Bunch has its sights set on dining in the Crossroads Arts District this Wednesday. And, you are invited to join in the tasty fun.
The mission is the weekly Lunch Bunch is to get out and support restaurants along the KC Streetcar line, and show them some love during the challenging months of streetcar construction. Around Downtown, we call it the Open for Business campaign.
For this week, call your friends and colleagues for lunch on Wednesday at one of these eateries, including:
  • Anton’s Taproom, 1610 Main St., 816-888-8800 – register to win a $100 Anton’s gift card
  • Nara, 1617 Main St., 816-221-6272 – register to win a $100 Nara gift card

And, don’t forget these Crossroads dining darlings:

Here’s how the weekly Lunch Bunch works:

  1. Make plans to visit (this week) one of these Crossroads restaurants for lunch between 11:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. Wednesday.
  2. Select your destination from the restaurants list below.
  3. Bring as many friends, colleagues, buddies, guests that you can round up.
  4. Tell the hostess that you are a part of the Lunch Bunch. (They want to keep track).
  5. Celebrate the moment. You get to have lunch AND help a local business at the same time.
  6. You (and each of your guests) are responsible for your own tabs.And, that’s it.

If you follow those steps (or make up your own), then you are part of the Lunch Bunch on Main.

And, please spread the word through your social media networks and workplaces.

Mark your calendar. Lunch Bunch. Crossroads. Wednesday. Be there. Eat well and prosper.

 

Restaurant Week features 8 on streetcar line

Some 34 Downtown restaurants will participate in KC Restaurant Week - Jan. 16-25 - including Extra Virgin and Michael Smith and six more  eateries on the Downtown Streetcar route.

Some 34 Downtown restaurants will participate in KC Restaurant Week – Jan. 16-25 – including Extra Virgin, Michael Smith and six more eateries on the Downtown Streetcar route.

A total of 34 Downtown restaurants are participating in Kansas City Restaurant Week, Jan. 16-25, including eight that are Open for Business on the Downtown Streetcar line, beginning Friday.

Presented by VisitKC, the Kansas City Convention and Visitors Association, Restaurant Week features an array of restaurant participants so that diners can visit old favorites and also try the many new restaurants that have opened recently in the Kansas City metro area. Specially priced lunch and dinner menus are offered for fixed prices.

A total of 156 KC area restaurants will be serving specially-priced ($15 for lunch; $33 for dinner) multi-course meals, beginning with lunch on Friday, Jan. 16 and concluding with dinner on Sunday, Jan. 25. All Restaurant Week menus are available at restaurantweek.com.

That list includes these eight restaurants that are Open for Business during these months of streetcar construction:

  • Affare, modern German cuisine, 1911 Main St., Crossroads Arts District
  • BRGR, modern burger joint, 11 E. 14th St., Power & Light District
  • Bristol, seafood grill, 51 E. 14th St., P&L District
  • Drunken Fish, sushi restaurant and lounge, 14 E. 14th St., P&L District
  • Extra Virgin, 1900 Main St., Crossroads
  • Michael Smith, 1900 Main St., Crossroads
  • Nara, authentic Japanese Robata, 1617 Main St., Crossroads
  • Pierpont’s, Kansas City’s steakhouse, 30 W. Pershing Rd., Union Station

To dine out during Restaurant Week, use the official restaurant list and search function to find your favorites (do a quick search by restaurant name, menu type, cuisine and/or location), and then click on the OpenTable links to make your online restaurant reservations in advance.

An exhibition of Kansas City’s finest culinary talents, Kansas City Restaurant Week will offer a variety of mouth-watering foods from top chefs across the metro area, demonstrating why the KC dining scene is among the nation’s best–and up until now, one of the best-kept foodie secrets (the Zagat Survey has called Kansas City the No. 1 dining bargain of all the major cities it reviews).

To check out your next lunch or dinner destination — think Downtown — visit restaurantweek.com.

 

Crown Center features pipeline to the North Pole

The Northpole Communication Station will make its Kansas City debut this weekend at Crown Center.

The Northpole Communication Station will make its Kansas City debut this weekend at Crown Center.

Hallmark has brought Santa’s magical hometown — the North Pole — to Kansas City this weekend, and you are invited for this special opportunity to communicate with Northpolians.

Crown Center will feature this free, family exhibition – the Northpole Communication Station – from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. today (Saturday) and noon to 6 p.m. Sunday. This exclusive holiday treat is part of the Downtown Dazzle holiday fun this weekend in Downtown Kansas City.

Downtown Dazzle is a celebration of all-things-holidays in Downtown KC this weekend and next.

Downtown Dazzle is a celebration of all-things-holidays in Downtown this weekend and next.

The Northpole Communication Station is a larger-than-life, interactive portal that lets kids interact with magical new friends directly from the Northpole. Imagine the possibilities as native Northpolians, full of magic and delight, respond in real time.

The Northpole magic is one of many holiday delights in store today and tomorrow at Crown Center, Union Station, the Power & Light District, the City Market and all-points-Downtown-Dazzle.

Other headline features this weekend include a free fireworks display at 7 p.m. Saturday at Crown Center; free lighted trolley rides from Crown Center to Union Station to the Power & Light District to the River Market from 4-10 p.m. today; opening night of the Kansas City Ballet’s production of The Nutcracker at the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts; Handel’s Messiah  performed by the Kansas City Symphony and Symphony Chorus at the Kauffman Center; and Kansas City Christmas  by the Heartland Men’s Chorus at the Folly Theater.

And, those are just the tip of the holiday festivities iceberg in Downtown this weekend and next. Come Dazzle with us Dec. 6-7 and 12-14.