From the Fringe Festival to Billy Bob Thornton, from Hairball to ‘Tater Salad, from Shania to Def, Downtown will be rocking all week long. Roll the highlight reel for the week ahead in arts and entertainment – Monday to Sunday, July 23-29:
The City Market presents its second Flicks on the Bricks summer series of free music and movies this Friday in City Market Square. The fun begins at 8 p.m. with a musical tribute by Sex Bob-OMB, followed at 9 p.m. by Scott Pilgrim vs. the World on the big outdoor screen. Bring chairs and blankets as early as 7 p.m. Please no coolers. Cash bar available.
Crossroads KC will light up the Grinders stage with two red hot shows this week, including:
- Mya with special guest T-Rell at 8 p.m. Friday, and
- Hairball – a bombastic celebration of arena rock – will blow the lid off of the Grinders stage beginning 8 p.m. Saturday.
Crown Center – Cap off your work week at the free, family friendly WeekEnder series featuring top local bands and favorite food trucks, topped off with a famous flick under the stars. This Friday, County Road 5 performs at 6 p.m., followed by a showing of Miracle at about 9 p.m.
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.
Folly Theater is closed until Sept. 8 for a thrilling $2.5 million renovation that will yield a more a streamlined box office and bar reconfiguration, a unified lobby space, and an updated Shareholder’s reception space. To learn more, check out The Folly 2020 Campaign. The next scheduled Folly performance will feature An Evening with Gillian Welch at 8 p.m. Friday, Sept. 14.
Fringe Festival KC – The 14th annual festival represents the intersection of adventurous audiences and adventurous artists. This 11-day explosion of unjuried, uncensored performing and visual arts features performers and creators from around the world. Fringe will unfold in 14 venues stretching from Downtown to Westport to the Country Club Plaza. The festivities will be in high gear this week, leading up to the closing night party from 6-9 p.m. Sunday in the Haverty Family Yards at Union Station. For a complete guide to all the fun, visit KCFringe.org.
KC Public Library presents The Harvey Girls’ Multicultural Workforce at 2 p.m. Sunday at the Central Library. Michaeline Chance-Reay, professor emeritus of curriculum and instruction and women studies at Kansas State University, explores the Harvey Girls’ duties and working conditions from their beginnings in the 1880s through the mid-20th century, when increased automobile and air travel led to the closure of many Harvey eateries located along rail lines. To learn more and to RSVP for this free event, visit the Harvey Girls online.
Knuckleheads Saloon– the hottest honky tonk in the Big Town – features 11 smokin’ shows this week, including The Robert Cray Band at 8 p.m. Monday; Danny Cox & Friends at 8 p.m. Wednesday; Billy Bob Thornton & The Boxmasters at 8:30 p.m. Friday; and Chubby Carrier and The Bayou Swamp Band at 9 p.m. Saturday.
The Midland features an eclectic week ahead with two weekend performances:
- Ron ‘Tater Salad’ White – the cigar-smoking, scotch-drinking funnyman from “Blue Collar Comedy” – will take center stage at 6:30 p.m. Friday, and…
- Bring It, Live – Miss D and her Dancing Dolls, the stars of Lifetime’s hit series Bring It! will Bring It to Downtown KC at 7 p.m. Sunday
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.
Sprint Center will light up the urban night sky on back-to-back nights this week with:
- Shania Twain returns to the global spotlight with the NOW Tour at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, featuring special guest Bastian Baker.
- Def Leppard and Journey are teaming up for a massive co-headlining North American tour, half the shows being closed by Journey and half by Def Leppard. The 58-city tour will land in KC at 7 p.m. Wednesday.
LIVE THEATER is thriving on Downtown stages, which features two productions this week, including:
- Goosebumps The Musical – This cartoony mystery musical based on the beloved series from R.L. Stine continues through Aug. 5 at The Coterie in Crown Center.
- Tomorrow, Inshallah – As immigration dominates the national conversation Tomorrow, Inshallah holds a mirror to the American heartland and reflects the beauty and brutality of what it means to be Muslim in America today. The Living Room is proud to partner with StoryWorks and the Huffington Post to present this exciting new work that runs through Aug. 5.
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 Art in the Loop, Charlotte Street, First Fridays, the upcoming premiere of the City’s all-new arts festival, Open Spaces, plus all other Downtown-centric arts events.
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
- Garment House in the Downtown Loop
- 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