Halloween fun rules the entertainment scene this week

‘Fences’ – the Pulitzer Prize winning Drama and Tony Award winning Play – continues this week at the KC Rep’s Copaken Stage at H&R Block.

Here’s the highlight reel for the Downtown KC arts & entertainment scene for Monday to Sunday, Oct. 23-29:

Boo-Tastic Fun! Get ready for Halloween with family-friendly fun this Saturday and Sunday. Have your photo taken with the Wicked Queen from noon to 4 p.m. and/or, enjoy puppet shows from StoneLion Puppet Theatre at noon and 2 p.m. Join the fun this weekend at Crown Center.

Boo-Tastic Fun is coming to Crown Center this Saturday and Sunday.

Central Library presents Standing Up and Sitting Down – Protest and Dissent in the 1960s and Beyond – at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday. UMKC history professors Rebecca Davis and Sandra Enriquez examine protests of the ’60s and compare them with those of today. RSVP now

Folly Theater will feature three bold and very different performances this week, including:

  • Snap Judgement, the public radio storytelling phenomena that thrills local audiences on KCUR 89.3 every week. Glynn Washington and the rest of the Snap Judgment crew is coming to the Folly for a one-night-only LIVE performance at 7:30 p.m. Thursday
  • Pavel Haas String Quartet, presented by the Harriman Jewell Series, will feature “…the perfect fusion of virtuosity and profundity”at 7:30 p.m. Friday
  • Lee Ritenour will light up Downtown for his Folly Jazz Series performance. Growing up in L.A. in the 60’s, the Grammy award-winning guitarist received a rich cross section of exposure to jazz, rock and Brazilian music, which will illuminate his triumphant return to KC at 8 p.m. Saturday.

Guitar legend Lee Ritenour returns to the Folly Theater this week for a tour de force performance.

Future Ritual – A ritual-themed costume party honoring the 20th anniversary of the Charlotte Street Foundation – is on tap for 7:30 p.m. to midnight on Saturday at Morton Hall, 3936 Main. This first-time, futuristic event features some of Kansas City’s most unforgettable artists providing fresh and exclusive experiences throughout the entire evening. Find your spookiest costume and join in on the fun!

Halloween: Winter Is Here – Downtown transforms into a medieval fantasy world for Kansas City’s biggest Halloween party & costume contest, Winter is Here, at Kansas City Live! beginning at 7 p.m. Saturday in the Power & Light District. For complete details, click here… if you dare.

Haunted Houses – Tis the season for Kansas City’s famous haunted houses located in the West Bottoms. Follow this link to discover six of the scariest Halloween haunts right here in Downtown KC.

Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts will feature nine (yes, 9) performances this week, including:

The Midland – the grand dame of Kansas City concert venues – will light up the heart of Downtown this week with two performances, including the red-hot Maren Morris with Ryan Hurd at 8 p.m. Thursday; and GRIZ with Opiuo and Muzzy Bearr at 8 p.m. Saturday.

Sprint Center celebrates its 10th anniversary this month by rolling out a blockbuster schedule of big-time performances, including Katy Perry and her WITNESS tour, featuring special guest Noah Cyrus, at 7:30 p.m. Friday.

Trombone Shorty and Orleans Avenue will be in Downtown on Sunday, Oct. 29 to christen KC’s newest concert venue, The Truman.

The Truman, the newest concert venue in KC, will heat up the East Crossroads this week with three shows this week, including The Lany Tour: Part 2 with Dagny at 8 p.m. Tuesday; Luke Combs and his sold-out Don’t Tempt Me with a Good Time Tour at 8 p.m. Friday; and Trombone Shortly and Orleans Avenue at 7:30 p.m. Sunday

Union Station will be celebrating Halloween at Spookfest: Science Unwrapped at Science City from 5-8 p.m. Saturday. The 5th annual Spookfest features spooky science demos and activities, creep critters and eerie edibles, costume contest, a community clay project and much more!

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

  • Fences – The winner of the 1987 Pulitzer Prize for Drama and the Tony Award for Best Play that same year, Fences is set in 1950s Pittsburgh against the backdrop of a rapidly changing America. Perhaps the most highly-regarded of Wilson’s soaring ten-play cycle, it tells the gripping story of an African American father and son and the hopes and dreams to which they desperately cling. This Kansas City Rep production continues through Sunday, Nov. 5 at the Copaken Stage at H&R Block.
  • I’ve Got A Crush on You Great standards like Someone To Watch Over Me and I’ve Got a Crush on You were born on Broadway. The shows may be forgotten, but the songs live on. This production celebrates these musical classics now through Sunday 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

Public Parking Maps of Downtown KC are available at DowntownKC.org.

Downtown Council to honor Hall family, Hallmark Cards, Crown Center

Al Mauro, Jr. (center) received the Downtown Council’s highest honor, the J. Philip Kirk, Jr. Award, early this year. The 2016 award was presented by Pat Ottensmeyer of Kansas City Southern (left) and Steve Dunn of J.E. Dunn Construction.

The Downtown Council of Kansas City has chosen the Hall family, along with Hallmark Cards and Crown Center, to receive the 2017 J. Philip Kirk, Jr. Award early next year in recognition of community vision and downtown stewardship.

The award will be presented at the DTC Annual Luncheon on Friday, Jan. 26, 2018 in the Grand Ballroom of the Kansas City Convention Center before an audience of more than 1,000 community champions.

“I’m thrilled that the Hall family will be the recipient of the Downtown Council’s Phil Kirk award,” said Cathy Smith, Chair of the DTC and vice president of corporate planning for Faultless Starch/Bon Ami. “Through Hallmark Cards, Crown Center, and their own civic leadership, the Halls have contributed greatly to making Kansas City the creative, artistic, and culturally advanced city that it is.”

Hallmark Cards has operated its corporate headquarters in Downtown Kansas City since the company was founded in 1910. In 1968, the company established the Crown Center Redevelopment Corp. to revitalize more than 85 acres within the urban core.  Today, the Crown Center campus is home to Hallmark’s headquarters, along with hotels, offices, residential housing, entertainment venues and retail shops.

“Hallmark and the Hall Family are deeply honored to receive this award,” said Hallmark CEO Don Hall, Jr., “because it celebrates the economic vitality of Kansas City, something the company and my family have been deeply committed to for generations.”

The Mayor’s Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony at Crown Center creates an indelible, iconic picture of joy and creativity in Kansas City during the holiday season annually.

Today, Hallmark is a diversified portfolio of businesses with about $4 billion in annual revenues and 28,000 employees worldwide. The company is led by CEO Don Hall, Jr. and President Dave Hall, grandsons of founder J.C. Hall and the sons of Donald J. Hall, Hallmark board chairman.

Hallmark’s key businesses include: greeting cards and gift wrap, Hallmark Gold Crown retail stores, home décor and gifts, Crayola art materials and toys, Crown Media cable television channels, and Crown Center, a real estate development company.

“The Kirk Award honors leaders whose vision, guidance and commitment have contributed to setting Downtown Kansas City on the path to revitalization,” said Bill Dietrich, president & CEO of the Downtown Council. “The Halls epitomize these qualities in their professional and personal lives, as did the award’s namesake.”

Since 1943, the Hall Family Foundation has been a catalyst to enrich the community and help people. Donald J. Hall serves as board chairman for the family’s foundation which has played a leadership role in countless transformative Downtown projects, including the redevelopment of the Quality Hill neighborhood, the restoration of Union Station, the expansion of Children’s Mercy Hospital, the restoration of the Folly Theater, the new building addition at the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, and the construction of the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts.

The Kirk Award selection panel, consisting of Downtown Council officers and past chairs, bases its recommendation on the nominee’s contributions to Downtown Kansas City in at least two of the following areas:

  • Creating a capital investment, new building, renovation or technology
  • Increasing the Downtown residential or employee population, business starts or entrepreneurial retail starts
  • Improving Downtown neighborhoods and quality of life, in the areas of businesses, housing, streetscape or the urban environment
  • Displaying a continued commitment to improving the social fabric of Downtown

The establishment of the Phil Kirk Award in 2002 marked a strategic decision to recognize those leaders, those champions who have played critical roles in lifting Downtown from the depths of despair in the 1980s and 1990s into the juggernaut that we see today. For a list of past recipients, including the 2016 recipient, Al Mauro, Jr. (pictured here) go to http://www.downtownkc.org/awards/.

The award will be presented at the Downtown Council’s 2018 Annual Luncheon that will unfold from11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 26 in the Convention Center’s Grand Ballroom. Learn more about the luncheon, sponsorship opportunities and registration details at: http://www.downtownkc.org/annual-luncheon/

KC Marathon, KU-MU reunion, KC Ballet set the pace this week

The Kansas City Marathon returns to the streets of greater Downtown on Saturday morning.

Here’s the highlight reel for the Downtown KC arts & entertainment scene for Monday to Sunday, Oct. 16-22:

Crossroads KC – The 2017 outdoor concert season comes to a close this weekend at the Grinders stage with two performances, including the Crossroads Beer Fest, featuring some of KC’s best local bands, including Katy Guillen & The Girls, Gekko, Flannigan’s Right Hook and Dolewite, beginning at 5:30 p.m. Saturday; and Los Angeles Azules with Los B-ok and Making Movies at 6 p.m. Sunday.

The UMKC Conservatory Combined Wind Bands are prepared to dazzle the Folly Theater audience on Wednesday.

Folly Theater will feature the UMKC Combined Wind Bands – the Conservatory Wind Ensemble and the Conservatory Wind Symphony, conducted by Joseph Parisi and Steven D. Davis, respectively – at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday.

Kansas City Marathon returns to the streets of greater Downtown early Saturday morning. The full marathon begins at 7:05 a.m. at Crown Center and runs throughout Downtown, Midtown, the Plaza, Brookside, Waldo and back to Downtown again. The KC Marathon, produced by the Kansas City Sports Commission and presented by Garmin, also features a half marathon, the I-35 Challenge, 10K 5K and a Kids Marathon.

The Kansas City Ballet presents ‘Romeo & Juliet,’ one of the world’s most popular ballets, now through Sunday at the Kauffman Center.

Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts will feature six performances this week, as the fall season steps into full swing with:

  • An Evening with Rupi Kaur – Celebrate the launch of the sun and her flowers, the long awaited second collection of poetry from Rupi Kaur, the No. 1 New York Times bestselling author of milk and honey at 7 p.m. today (Monday) in Helzberg Hall.
  • Free Symphony Happy Hour – Make plans to meet friends for a drink in the Kauffman Center lobby, followed by an inspiring performance from Kansas City Symphony members in Helzberg Hall. The cash bar opens at 5 p.m., with the one-hour casual concert beginning at 6 p.m. Tuesday.
  • Romeo & Juliet – William Shakespeare’s romantic tragedy to is brought to life by the Kansas City Ballet for its final three performances this weekend. You have three more chances to see one of the world’s most popular ballets at 7:30 Friday and Saturday, or 2 p.m. Sunday in the Muriel Kauffman Theatre.
  • Joshua Bell and Alessio Baxviolinist and pianist in recital, will perform in this very special Harriman-Jewell Series date at 7 p.m. Saturday in Helzberg Hall.

The Beach Boys set shore in Downtown KC on Sunday, Oct. 22 at the Midland Theatre.

The Midland – the grand dame of Kansas City concert venues – will light up the heart of Downtown this week with three performances, including Little River Band in a Play for Peace Benefit at 8:30 p.m. Friday, and The Beach Boys – led by Mike Love and Bruce Johnston, who along with Jeffrey Foskett, Brian Eichenburger, Tim Bonhomme, John Cowsill and Scott Totten continue the legacy of the iconic American band – at 7 p.m. Sunday.

Mummies of the World: The Exhibition – described as “fascinating, intriguing, and inspiring,” by NBC and “absolutely extraordinary,” by NPR – instills a sense of curiosity and wonder in every visitor. Mummies is on exhibit through December at Union Station.

Sprint Center celebrates its 10th anniversary this month by rolling out a blockbuster schedule of big-time performances, including Janet Jackson for her State of the World Tour at 8 p.m. Thursday and a long-awaited college basketball rematch of the Kansas Jayhawks and Missouri Tigers in a hurricane charity exhibition game the Showdown for Relief – at 3 p.m. Sunday.

The Truman, the newest and hottest concert venue in KC, will heat up the East Crossroads this week with two  shows this week, including Hoodie Allen, featuring Myles Parrish and Luke Christopher, at 8 p.m. Thursday and Brett Young with Carly Pearce at 8 p.m. Saturday.

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

  • Fences – The winner of the 1987 Pulitzer Prize for Drama and the Tony Award for Best Play that same year, Fences is set in 1950s Pittsburgh against the backdrop of a rapidly changing America. Perhaps the most highly-regarded of Wilson’s soaring ten-play cycle, it tells the gripping story of an African American father and son and the hopes and dreams to which they desperately cling. This Kansas City Rep production continues through Nov. 5 at the Copaken Stage at H&R Block.
  • I’ve Got A Crush on You Great standards like Someone To Watch Over Me and I’ve Got a Crush on You were born on Broadway. The shows may be forgotten, but the songs live on. This production celebrates these musical classics through Sunday, Oct. 29 at the Quality Hill Playhouse.
  • We Shall Not Be Moved – By taking a seat at a whites-only lunch counter, a group of four freshmen from A&T College in North Carolina launched a youth-led movement for African Americans to receive equal service by challenging racial injustice. The student sit-ins of 1960 inspired this production, which runs through Sunday at The Coterie at Crown Center.

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

Public Parking Maps of Downtown KC are available at DowntownKC.org.

Downtown’s A&E scene is busting out all over this week

The Kansas City Ballet presents ‘Romeo & Juliet,” one of the world’s most popular ballets beginning Friday at the Kauffman Center.

Here’s the highlight reel for the Downtown KC arts & entertainment scene for Monday to Sunday, Oct. 9-16:

Crossroads KC – Downtown’s ultimate outdoor concert venue – features two performance this week, including Queens of the Stone Age with Royal Blood in a sold-out show at 7:30 p.m. Friday; and Fed Up Fest, a hunger-fighting music festival that benefits Harvesters that feature The Strumbellas, Cowboy Mouth, Me Like Bees, The Phantastics, Old Salt Union, The Philistines and Noah Kahan beginning at 3:30 p.m. Saturday.

Fed Up Fest by Harvesters, a music festival that fights hunger, returns to Crossroads KC on Saturday with a full meal lineup that features The Strumbellas and The Phantastics on a seven-act menu.

Folly Theater presents three remarkable and remarkably different shows over three consecutive days this week, including:

  • Techstars Demo Day – Techstars Kansas City invites you to sit in on its inaugural Demo Day with tech entrepreneurs presenting their business plans on the Folly Theater stage. A warm-up program begins at 4:30 p.m., and the start-up presentations will begin at 6:30 p.m. Thursday. Click here to reserve your free tickets.
  • Sam Baker – The folk singer’s musical storytelling style gives voice to emotions tender and bitter, personal and universal. This Cyprus Avenue Live series performance is set for 8 p.m. Friday.
  • Xavier Foley – Presented by the Harriman-Jewell Series, this free recital not only provides an  opportunity to discover artists but, sometimes, instruments. It’s not often the rich sound of the double bass is featured in recital, but Foley (a member of the recently presented Sphinx Virtuosi) will demonstrate the beauty and power of the deep-timbered giant at 7 p.m. Saturday.

Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts will feature six performances this week, as the fall season slips into full swing for Kansas City’s leading performing arts organizations, including:

  • Chicago Symphony Orchestra, featuring conductor Riccardo Muti, return to Helzberg Hall for an encore engagement presented by the Harriman-Jewell Series at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday
  • Romeo & Juliet The Kansas City Ballet brings William Shakespeare’s romantic tragedy to life for six performances that begin at 7:30 p.m. Friday and run through Sunday, Oct. 22 in the Muriel Kauffman Theatre.
  • 500th Anniversary of the Reformation Hymn Festival – The Lutheran Church–Missouri Synod of the greater Kansas City area is hosting this free community event for the whole family that will feature many favorite hymns and a mass choir. Performances at set for 4 and 7 p.m. Sunday, and both are sold out, as of this writing.

Knuckleheads Saloon will feature Leftover Salmon with Shook Twins, presented by Bluegrass in the Bottoms in the Garage at 8 p.m. Thursday. Colorado’s Leftover Salmon has established itself as one of the great purveyors of Americana music, digging deep into the well that supplies its influences; rock ‘n’ roll, folk, bluegrass, Cajun, soul, zydeco, jazz and blues.

Marilyn Manson. Freakers Ball. Coming to the Midland. Thursday.

The Midland – the grand dame of Kansas City concert venues – will light up the heart of Downtown this week with three performances, including singer/songwriter Jon Bellion, featuring Blaque Keys and Travis Mendes, at 8 p.m. Wednesday; Freakers Ball 2017 – Marilyn Manson with special guests Alice Glass and Hyborian at 8 p.m. Thursday; and Pixies, featuring Mitski, embark on the second leg of their North American tour at 8:30 p.m. Sunday.

More Than A Pretty Face, an exhibition of portraits from the collections of UMB Financial Corporation and Commerce Bancshares runs through Nov. 10 in The Box Gallery, 1000 Walnut. The gallery, located in the Commerce Bank Building, is free and open to the public.

Mummies of the World: The Exhibition – described as “fascinating, intriguing, and inspiring,” by NBC and “absolutely extraordinary,” by NPR – instills a sense of curiosity and wonder in every visitor. Mummies is on exhibit through December at Union Station.

Power & Light District will play to all sorts of wild and crazy fun over three straight days this week, including:

  • Mystery Show – Miller Lite and Q104 present the 3rd annual Mystery Show at Kansas City Live! on Thursday. Doors open at 5 p.m. and the party begins at 7 p.m. The show is FREE to attend, but each guest must present a free ticket for entry. The artists are a surprise!
  • No Costume PartyAfentra’s Big Fat Morning Buzz and Coors Light present Afentra’s No Costume Party featuring Vance Joy, Misterwives, Smallpools and Amy Shark at Kansas City Live! Ages 21+ only. Doors open at 5 p.m. and the show begins at 7 p.m. Friday. Click here for ticket info.
  • Fall Festival – Sprint Family Fun Days ends with a Fall Festival from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday. Trick-or-treat at Downtown shops and restaurants, enjoy pony rides, a barnyard animal petting zoo, mechanical bull, bounce houses, arts & crafts with Oddball Kids, science pumpkin fun with MadScience, live entertainment, StoneLion Puppet Theatre’s Barnyard Jamboree Puppet shows and more! Admission is free. Premium activities require an all-access wristband. Click here for details.

Sprint Center celebrates its 10th anniversary this month by rolling out a blockbuster schedule of big-time performances, including this week’s NBA exhibition game at 7:30 p.m. Friday. Catch number one overall 2017 NBA draft pick Markelle Fultz and former Jayhawk Joel Embiid of the Philadelphia 76ers, as they visit Sprint Center for the first time to take on the Miami Heat.

The Truman, the newest and hottest concert venue in KC, will heat up the East Crossroads this week with two  shows this week, including Motionless in White, featuring The Amity Affliction, Miss May I and William Control, at 7 p.m. today (Monday); and Krewella with special guests Shaun Frank and Vivalaberg at 8 p.m. Friday.

‘Fences’ opens this week at the KC Rep’s Copaken Stage at H&R Block.

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

  • Fences – The winner of the 1987 Pulitzer Prize for Drama and the Tony Award for Best Play that same year, Fences is set in 1950s Pittsburgh against the backdrop of a rapidly changing America. Perhaps the most highly-regarded of Wilson’s soaring ten-play cycle, it tells the gripping story of an African American father and son and the hopes and dreams to which they desperately cling. This Kansas City Rep production opens Friday at the Copaken Stage at H&R Block.
  • I’ve Got A Crush on You Great standards like Someone To Watch Over Me and I’ve Got a Crush on You were born on Broadway. The shows may be forgotten, but the songs live on. This production celebrates these musical classics through Oct. 29 at the Quality Hill Playhouse.
  • We Shall Not Be Moved – By taking a seat at a whites-only lunch counter, a group of four freshmen from A&T College in North Carolina launched a youth-led movement for African Americans to receive equal service by challenging racial injustice. The student sit-ins of 1960 inspired this production, which runs through Oct. 22 at The Coterie at Crown Center.

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

Public Parking Maps of Downtown KC are available at DowntownKC.org.

Downtown arts/entertainment scene is smokin’ hot this week

Broadway sensation Brian Stokes Mitchell will perform with the Kansas City Symphony on Saturday in a benefit for the Kansas City Young Audiences.

Here’s the highlight reel for the Downtown KC arts & entertainment scene for Monday to Sunday, Oct. 2-8:

Boston Early Music Festival Chamber Ensemble: Lutenists and co-artistic directors Stephen Stubbs and Paul O’Dette unite an international all-star ensemble of musicians from the Boston Early Music Festival to present these masterpieces of Baroque chamber music, punctuated with instrumental interludes at 2:30 p.m. Sunday (Oct. 8) at the Folly Theater.

Eugene Onegin: Love is Blind. Hindsight is 20/20. With this simple recipe for regret, Tchaikovsky turned Pushkin’s classic Russian novel into one of the world’s most beloved operas. The Lyric Opera presents this tragic love story at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday and Friday, and at 2 p.m. Sunday in the Muriel Kauffman Theatre at the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts.

First Friday – one of the KC’s coolest events of the fall – returns for its October ovation with visual and performing arts bursting throughout Downtown with:

  • First Friday experiences at the Crossroads Arts District and the 18th & Vine Jazz District from 5-9 p.m.
  • Art Starts at the Library – Make the Central Library your family-friendly First Friday launch point, taking in a new gallery exhibit and enjoying some Old West reading and roping, kids’ activities, and munchies. Program begins at 5:30 p.m. Friday at the Central Library. RSVP here.
  • The City Market will introduce the tastes and music of Cuba into the First Friday mix from 6-9 p.m. Friday. The Bite, Taste of Brazil and Cubanos Por Kansas City are bringing a FREE evening of music and dancing Cuban style! Gather in north pavilion for live music from Pablo Sanhueza Quintet and Jhonny Reyes! And enjoy traditional Cuban and Cuban-inspired food and drinks available for purchase from Taste of Brazil Restaurant & Bar and The Bite. Click here to learn more.
  • One of the country’s most complete vintage marketplaces – First Friday Warehouse Weekends – returns to the West Bottoms on Friday through Sunday.

KC Public Library presents The (True) History of Cowboys at 6:30 p.m. Thursday at the Central Library. KC native Cowboy Mike” Grauer, associate director for curatorial affairs and curator of art and Western heritage at the Panhandle-Plains Historical Museum in Canyon, Texas, walks through a history that’s far more layered than what has been depicted in movies, television, and Western fiction. He looks at the different types of cowboys, at the true multicultural makeup of a cowboy crew, and at cowboy truths and tall tales. To RSVP, simply click here. The program coincides with the Library exhibit Cattle, Cowboys, and Culture: Kansas City and Amarillo, Building an Urban West.

Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts will feature six performances this week, as the fall season opens for Kansas City’s leading performing arts organizations, including:

  • Ambassador Amanda Power, the youngest-ever U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations, will be the featured speaker at the 25th Anniversary of the Women’s Foundation at 4 p.m. Tuesday in Helzberg Hall. One of TIME’s “100 Most Influential People,” Ambassador Power has spent half of her career explaining complex geopolitical events as a Pultizer Prize-winning author, war correspondent, and Harvard professor – and the last eight years helping to shape them. Click here for ticket information.
  • The Lyric Opera continues its presentation of Eugene Onegin on Wednesday, Friday and Sunday in Kauffman Theatre. See listing above for details.
  • UMKC Conservatory Orchestra, directed by Robert Olson, will perform at 7 p.m. Wednesday in Helzberg Hall. The program includes Vaughan Williams’ The Lark Ascending, with Benny Kim, violin, and Prokofiev’s Symphony No. 5 in B-flat Major, Op. 100.
  • The Kansas City Jazz Orchestra will perform Jump’in Down Route 66, featuring rhythm-and-blues classics from Louis Jordan, Nat King Cole and Ray Charles at 8 p.m. Friday in Helzberg Hall.
  • Brian Stokes Mitchell and the Kansas City Symphony will present a benefit concert for Kansas City Young Audiences at 8 p.m. Saturday in Helzberg Hall. Stokes, a veteran of 10 Broadway shows, will perform classics from Broadway and the American Songbook, including selections from Camelot, Les Misérables, Stephen Sondheim and Man of La Mancha.

The Midland presents Kaleo, the four-member band from Iceland, with special guests ZZ Ward and Wilder beginning at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday.

More Than A Pretty Face, an exhibition of portraits from the collections of UMB Financial Corporation and Commerce Bancshares runs through Nov. 10 in The Box Gallery, 1000 Walnut. The gallery, located in the Commerce Bank Building, is free and open to the public.

Mummies of the World: The Exhibition – described as “fascinating, intriguing, and inspiring,” by NBC and “absolutely extraordinary,” by NPR – instills a sense of curiosity and wonder in every visitor. Mummies is on exhibit through December at Union Station.

Leinenkugel’s presents Oktoberfest Live! at Kansas City Live! in the Power & Light District beginning at 2 p.m. Saturday..

Oktoberfest Live! Cheer on your favorite Dachshund in the Wiener Dog races, sip on seasonal beer tastings, enjoy live music, contests & games, great food and more at this all day festival on Saturday at the Power & Light District. Doors open at 2 p.m. Saturday. For ticket pricing to the 21 and older event, click here.

The Truman, the newest and hottest concert venue in KC, will heat up the East Crossroads this week with four shows, including Kim Walker-Smith at 7:30 p.m. Monday; Nothing More with special guests Palasades at 7 p.m. Wednesday; Echosmith with special guests Banners at 8 p.m. Thursday; and LeCrae, featuring Aha Gazelle and 1K Phew, at 7:30 p.m. Saturday.

Zelda: Symphony of the Goddesses is coming with to Downtown this week, featuring an updated orchestral adventure. The two-hour concert comes to life with a 66-piece orchestra, 24-person choir, and a re-imagined score that draws from recent and requested Zelda games. The performance is set for 8 p.m. Friday at the Music Hall. Click here for ticket information.

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

  • I’ve Got A Crush on You Great standards like Someone To Watch Over Me and I’ve Got a Crush on You were born on Broadway. The shows may be forgotten, but the songs live on. This production celebrates these musical classics through Oct. 29 at the Quality Hill Playhouse.
  • Musical Monday & Tuesday – Now in its 9th Season, Musical Monday & Tuesday is a high-octane musical theatre flavored Cabaret, featuring some of Kansas City’s finest performers and musicians – this time as they celebrate country music at 7:30 p.m. Monday and Tuesday at MTH Theater at Crown Center.
  • We Shall Not Be Moved – By taking a seat at a whites-only lunch counter, a group of four freshmen from A&T College in North Carolina launched a youth-led movement for African Americans to receive equal service by challenging racial injustice. The student sit-ins of 1960 inspired this production, which runs through Oct. 22 at The Coterie at Crown Center.

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

Public Parking Maps of Downtown KC are available at DowntownKC.org.

What’s happening in the Big Town – Sept. 25-Oct. 1

Here’s the highlight reel for the Downtown KC arts & entertainment scene for Monday to Sunday, Sept. 25-Oct. 1:

Charlotte Street Presents Time’s Not Listening – a one-night-only performance featuring five Kansas City composers (who are also past Charlotte Street Foundation award winners) makes its debut at 8 p.m. Saturday at the Folly Theater.

Crossroads KC will be rocking the great outdoors this week with two hot shows, including:

  • Sylvan Esso, the indie pop duo from Durham, N.C., are in the midst of an international tour that brings them to the East Crossroads of Downtown KC at 8 p.m. Tuesday. Special guest is Helando Negro.
  • Monsters of Mock – featuring Almost KISS, KC/DC and Poison Overdose – will deliver the ultimate tribute bands concert beginning at 8 p.m. Friday

Johnny Gill – the rhythm and soul legend – will headline the District Rhythms concert series at 7 p.m. Sunday at Kansas City Live! in the Power & Light District. Click here for ticket information.

The Lyric Opera opens its 2017/18 season this week with ‘ Eugene Onegin’ on Saturday at the Kauffman Center.

Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts will feature four performances this week, as the fall season opens for Kansas City’s leading performing arts organizations, including:

  • Kansas City Symphony presents Classics Uncorked: Future Favorites featuring some of the best music written by today’s American composers beginning at 7 p.m. Tuesday in Helzberg Hall. Following the concert, enjoy a complimentary glass of wine or champagne and mingle with Symphony musicians in Brandmeyer Great Hall lobby.
  • U.S. Army Chorus performs in this special, annual event to welcome the new class of international military officers from around the world who have come to Fort Leavenworth to study military art and sciences at the U.S. Army’s Command and General Staff College. This black tie event will begin with a reception at 7 p.m. Friday,  followed by the performance at 8 p.m. in Helzberg Hall.
  • Lyric Opera opens its new season this week with the first of four performances of Eugene Onegin, one of the world’s most beloved operas, at 7:30 p.m. Saturday in the Muriel Kauffman Theatre.
  • Superheroes at the Symphony – Kids of all ages will love the Kansas City Symphony’s musical depictions of favorite movie heroes, including Superman, The Incredibles and many more. Be sure to wear your favorite superhero costumes or capes to this special performance at 2 p.m. Sunday in Helzberg Hall.

More Than A Pretty Face, an exhibition of portraits from the collections of UMB Financial Corporation and Commerce Bancshares. opens Friday in The Box Gallery, 1000 Walnut. The exhibit – which will begin with an opening reception from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Friday – will run through Nov. 10. The gallery, located in the Commerce Bank Building, is free and open to the public.

Mummies of the World: The Exhibition – described as “fascinating, intriguing, and inspiring,” by NBC and “absolutely extraordinary,” by NPR – instills a sense of curiosity and wonder in every visitor. Mummies is on exhibit through December at Union Station.

NHL Exhibition – National Hockey League action returns to Downtown this week, when the St. Louis Blues play host to the Minnesota Wild at 7 p.m. Thursday at Sprint Center.

The Old 45s will light up The City Market this week with music from the ’50s and ’60s. The free concert – from 5-8 p.m. Thursday in the City Market Square at 5th & Walnut – marks the final Music Under the Arch performance for the 2017 summer season.

Stone Sour – featuring Steel Panther and Cherry Bombs – will rock Downtown beginning at 7 p.m. Tuesday at The Midland.

The Weeknd – Grammy Award®-winning and multi-platinum selling music artist The Weeknd brings his critically acclaimed Starboy: Legend of the Fall 2017 World Tour to the Big Town at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday at Sprint Center. Special guests include Gucci Mane and NAV.

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

  • A Lie of the Mind – Two families are linked by an act of violence in this story that is marked by Sam Shepard’s measured humor, heart, and steady eye in examining humanity’s potential for both compassion and destruction. Performances continue through Monday at The City Stage at Union Station.
  • We Shall Not Be Moved – By taking a seat at a whites-only lunch counter, a group of four freshmen from A&T College in North Carolina launched a youth-led movement for African Americans to receive equal service by challenging racial injustice. The student sit-ins of 1960 inspired this production runs through Oct. 22 at The Coterie at Crown Center.

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

Public Parking Maps of Downtown KC are available at DowntownKC.org.

What’s brewing in Downtown – Sept. 18-24

Country music superstars Faith Hill and Tim McGraw return to the Sprint Center this week to celebrate the 10th anniversary of their Soul2Soul Tour that became the highest grossing country tour of all time.

Here’s the highlight reel for the Downtown KC arts & entertainment scene for Monday to Sunday, Sept. 18-24:

Crossroads KC will be rocking this weekend with back-to-back concerts, featuring:

  • The Skatalites, the Jamacian Ska originators, headline a lineup that features Irieplacables Ska Orchestra, Johnny2Tone and DJ Rico. The Jamacian beat begins at 8 p.m. Friday.
  • Manchester Orchestra – the indie rock band from Atlanta, will tear up the Grinders’ outdoor space beginning at 8 p.m. Saturday. Opening acts are Tigers Jaw and Foxing.

The Folly Theater will feature Charlie Albright, pianist in recital, who will make his Kansas City debut at 7:30 p.m. Saturday. Praised by The New York Times for his “jaw-dropping technique,” Albright will be featured in this free Discovery Concert presented by the Harriman-Jewell Series.

KC Green Fair is coming  to Downtown this week! The Green Fair, presented by KC Green for the City of Kansas City, will run from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Thursday in The City Market. Exhibitors will be on hand to share ideas for energy-saving practices you can use at home, the office, or in business. The Green Fair will feature fun, family-friendly activities, prize drawings and music by the KC Green Band. For more information, go to kcmo.gov/kcgreen.

Singer/songwriter Melissa Etheridge returns home to the KC area this weekend, as she opens the new Pops Series for the Kansas City Symphony.

Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts will feature six performances this week, as the fall season begins to unfold for Kansas City’s leading performing arts organizations, including:

  • Pranks and Passions – Musicians of the Kansas City Symphony perform a free, one-hour chamber music program that will add joy — and perhaps a little tomfoolery — to the middle of your week. The happy hour performance is set for 6 p.m. Wednesday in Helzberg Hall.
  • Melissa Etheridge opens the Kansas City Symphony’s Pops Season this weekend in Helzberg Hall. The Oscar and Grammy Award winning singer/songwriter who hails from Leavenworth will perform with the Symphony at 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and 2 p.m. Sunday.

Mummies of the World: The Exhibition – described as “fascinating, intriguing, and inspiring,” by NBC and “absolutely extraordinary,” by NPR – instills a sense of curiosity and wonder in every visitor. Mummies is on exhibit through December at Union Station.

Sprint Center will be at the epicenter of the Downtown entertainment scene this week with two HUGE shows, including:

  • Gorillaz – the most successful virtual act on the planet – will make its KC debut at 7:30 p.m. Friday. This global phenomenon features four virtual bandmates: 2-D (lead vocals, keyboards), Murdoc Niccals (bass guitar), Noodle (guitar, keyboards) and Russel Hobbs (drums and percussion).
  • Tim McGraw & Faith Hill return to Downtown this week for their Soul2Soul Tour. This time is a victory dance for the couple, who are celebrating the 10th anniversary of their highest-grossing country music tour of all time, and the first time Faith has toured since 2007. The KC performance begins at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, and features special guest, Brandy Clark.

The TrumanDowntown’s newest concert venue at 801 E. Truman Rd. in the East Crossroads, celebrates its first full week with three shows this week, including:

  • Tove Lo – the Swedish electro pop rule-breaker – will light up the indoor arena at 8 p.m. Monday
  • Juvenile, the New Orleans-based gangsta rapper, will shake up your Truman sensibilities at 9 p.m. Friday
  • Andy Mineo – the Christian hip hop artist – brings his Friends and Family Tour to the East Crossroads at 7 p.m. Sunday

Wilco will rock the urban landscape with a long-awaited show at 8 p.m. Saturday at The Midland. Opening act is Creamer.

Opens Tuesday at The Coterie at Crown Center.

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

  • A Lie of the Mind – Two families are linked by an act of violence in this story that is marked by Sam Shepard’s measured humor, heart, and steady eye in examining humanity’s potential for both compassion and destruction. Opening Saturday at The City Stage at Union Station.
  • We Shall Not Be Moved – By taking a seat at a whites-only lunch counter, a group of four freshmen from A&T College in North Carolina launched a youth-led movement for African Americans to receive equal service by challenging racial injustice. The student sit-ins of 1960 inspired this production, which opens Tuesday and runs through Oct. 22 at The Coterie at Crown Center.

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

Public Parking Maps of Downtown KC are available at DowntownKC.org.

LaunchKC selects winners of $500K in tech startup grants

LaunchKC awarded $500,000 in grants to nine tech entrepreneurs on Friday evening at the historic Power and Light Building. Grants winners celebrate the moment with LaunchKC sponsors and steering committee members.

LaunchKC judges awarded $500,000 in grants to nine tech startup businesses Friday evening, following a months-long competition designed to attract and retain tech entrepreneurs in Kansas City.

The nine winners, including eight from the metropolitan Kansas City area and one from Colorado, were selected Friday afternoon from a pool of 20 finalists. Each of the final 20 presented their business pitches that morning to LaunchKC judges and the Techweek Kansas City audience at the Power & Light District.

Grant winners were announced Friday evening at a special LaunchKC / Techweek Kansas City awards ceremony at the nearby Power and Light Building.

Cambrian Tech, Leawood, Kan., was chosen as the first $100,000 grand prize recipient in LaunchKC history. Cambrian designs augmented reality software for mobile devices.  Its winning business model is focused on the home improvement industry and becoming the mobile destination for DIYers.

Another $400,000 was awarded in $50,000 parcels to eight entrepreneurs, including:

“This was an outstanding competition today. Each of the 20 finalists were strong contenders for LaunchKC’s grants, as well as for building strong, economically successful businesses,” said Drew Solomon, vice president for business development at the EDC and the chair of the LaunchKC competition.

Friday’s announcement marks the culmination of weeks of application reviews and scoring by a panel of more than 35 business and financial leaders, who volunteered their time to thoughtfully narrow the field from 400 applicants from 19 states and five nations to the 20 finalists who competed on Friday.

“LaunchKC has attracted nearly 1,500 applications from throughout the nation and the world during our first three years of competition with tech entrepreneurs,” said Mike Hurd, marketing officer for LaunchKC and the Downtown Council. “This evening’s awards mean that we have reached $1.5 million mark in awards in just three years.”

Friday’s announcement marks the culmination of weeks of application reviews and scoring by a panel of more than 35 business and financial leaders, who volunteered their time to thoughtfully narrow the field from 400 applicants from 19 states and five nations to the 20 finalists who competed on the final day of the Techweek KC conference.

In addition to cash grants, the nine winning applicants will receive a network of support, including 12 months of free office space in Downtown KC; industry-specific mentor teams for each grant recipient; and opportunities to meet and learn from industry and entrepreneurial leaders in and around Kansas City – all designed to elevate their efforts to build high-growth, tech sector businesses and jobs in Downtown Kansas City.

“LaunchKC is built to be an economic game-changer in Kansas City, Missouri by supporting start-up businesses, creating jobs, attracting and retaining talent, unlocking value and engaging follow-on investors,” Hurd said.

LaunchKC is a nonprofit, civic engine in the Kansas City entrepreneurial space. It is an initiative of the Downtown Council and the Economic Development Corporation, both of Kansas City, Mo.

The program is fueled each year by the visionary support of corporate, public and philanthropic partners. For 2017, the sponsor honor roll includes:

Supporters: Missouri Technology Corporation; the City of Kansas City, Missouri

Visionaries: Husch Blackwell; KCP&L; The Cordish Companies / Kansas City Power & Light District; William T. Kemper Foundation; Techweek; UMB Bank; Downtown Council of Kansas City; Economic Development Corporation of Kansas City

Contributing: Burns & McDonnell; Lathrop & Gage: Lead Bank; Missouri Department of Economic Development; Polsinelli; Spring Venture Group

Emerging: Allied Global; J.E. Dunn Construction; Google Fiber

Friends: Adknowledge; ITEN; LightEdge Solutions

Supporters: Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation; Missouri Small Business & Technology Development Center; Regnier Institute for Innovation and Entrepreneurships; Think Big Partners; and the UMKC Bloch School of Business.

 

It’s showtime for 20 tech entrepreneurs at LaunchKC

Members of the 2015 class of LaunchKC grant recipients will celebrate the second anniversary of their grant awards on Friday evening, when LaunchKC announces winners of the 2017 class.

LaunchKC will take center stage on Friday at the Techweek Kansas City conference to stage the final round of competition among 20 tech entrepreneurs who are vying to take home nine cash grants worth $500,000.

This LaunchKC competition is designed to attract the best and brightest entrepreneurs to come (or stay) in Kansas City and to build their startup companies here. By the end of the day on Friday, LaunchKC will have awarded $1.5 million to 29 entrepreneurs over three years.

“The final round of this year’s competition promises to be very competitive, with 20 entrepreneurs ready to pitch their business plans before a panel of LaunchKC judges and the Techweek KC audience from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the heart of Downtown,” said Mike Hurd, marketing officer for LaunchKC.

The 20 finalists who will be competing on Friday were selected by LaunchKC judges from a pool of 400 applicants to the 2017 competition. The contenders include 14 from the Kansas City metropolitan area; five from four U.S. states; and one international business from the Ukraine.

LaunchKC is in its third year of serving as a civic engine in the local tech / entrepreneurial space.

LaunchKC is a global grants competition designed to attract tech entrepreneurs to compete for $500,000 in non-dilutive grants and the opportunity to build their new and emerging tech businesses in Kansas City, Missouri. This year, LaunchKC will award nine grants on Friday, including eight $50,000 grants and one grand prize award of $100,000.

“LaunchKC has attracted nearly 1,500 applications from throughout the nation and the world during our first three years of competition,” Hurd said. “When we award the next $500,000 at Techweek on Friday, we will have reached $1.5 million mark in awards in just three years.”

The LaunchKC finalists will compete from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Friday in The Gallery event space in the Kansas City Power & Light District. Tickets are available at TechweekKC.com. Each entrepreneur will have about five minutes to pitch their business plans before a panel of LaunchKC judges and the Techweek KC audience.

Once the pitch session concludes, the judges will convene to score the finalists and to select the eventual nine grant recipients. They will be revealed in a special LaunchKC / Techweek awards program from 5 to 7 p.m. Friday at The Grand Hall at the historic Power and Light Building.

The 20 finalists (alphabetically, by company name and team leader) for the Launch KC grants competition include:

  • Aware Vehicles: ZhiQiang Chen, Kansas City, Mo.
  • backstitch: Jordan Warzecha, Kansas City, Mo.
  • Blue Point 2: Liderman Duin, Leawood, Kan.
  • Cambrian Tech: Heather Spalding, Leawood, Kan.
  • H3 Enterprises: Roy Scott, Kansas City. Mo.
  • HerdDogg: Melissa Brandao, Longmont, Colo.
  • Hidden Abilities: Jamee Miller, Lawrence, Kan.
  • iShare Medical: Linda VanHorn, Kansas City, Mo.
  • MenuHunt: Beau Clinton, St. Joseph, Mo.
  • Miles: Lance Windholz, Overland Park, Kan.
  • Music Spoke: Jennifer Rosenblatt, Kansas City, Kan.
  • PlanIT Impact: Dominique Davison, Kansas City, Mo.
  • Play-it Health: Kimberly Gandy, Kansas City, Kan.
  • Redivus Health: Jeff Dunn, Olathe, Kan.
  • Sickweather: Graham Dodge, Kansas City, Mo.
  • Smart Bridge Health: Hua Wang, Washington, D.C.
  • TradeLanes: Vijay Harrell, Kansas City, Mo.
  • UniExo: Tatiana Holovachenko, Ukraine
  • Vytal: Jared Goering, McPherson, Kan.
  • Zitches: Bart Patenaude, Kansas City, Mo.

In addition to cash grants, the nine winning applicants will receive a network of support, including 12 months of free office space in Downtown KC; industry-specific mentor teams for each grant recipient; and opportunities to meet and learn from industry and entrepreneurial leaders in and around Kansas City – all designed to elevate their efforts to build high-growth, tech sector businesses and jobs in Downtown Kansas City.

LaunchKC is an initiative of the Downtown Council of Kansas City, in collaboration with the Economic Development Corporation of Kansas City.

The program is fueled each year by the visionary support of corporate, public and philanthropic partners. For 2017, the sponsor honor roll includes:

Supporters: Missouri Technology Corporation; the City of Kansas City, Missouri

Visionaries: Husch Blackwell; KCP&L; The Cordish Companies / Kansas City Power & Light District; William T. Kemper Foundation; Techweek; UMB Bank; Downtown Council of Kansas City; Economic Development Corporation of Kansas City

Contributing: Burns & McDonnell; Lathrop & Gage: Lead Bank; Missouri Department of Economic Development; Polsinelli; Spring Venture Group

Emerging: Allied Global; J.E. Dunn Construction; Google Fiber

Friends: Adknowledge; ITEN; LightEdge Solutions

Supporters: Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation; Missouri Small Business & Technology Development Center; Regnier Institute for Innovation and Entrepreneurships; Think Big Partners; and the UMKC Bloch School of Business.

 

Downtown is cookin’ this week with Tech N9NE, Symphony & Disney

Tech N9ne will open KC’s newest live music venue, The Truman, in the East Crossroads on Saturday night.

Here’s the highlight reel for the Downtown KC arts & entertainment scene for Monday to Sunday, Sept. 11-17:

Banks brings her alt-pop / R&B style to the heart of Downtown for a special performance at 8 p.m. Sunday at The Midland. Opening act is Sam Dew.

CUZ: The Life and Times of Michael A. – Harvard University’s Danielle Allen discusses her searing family memoir, which details her younger cousin’s tragic arc from aspiring firefighter and writer to failed 15-year-old carjacker, prison inmate and, finally, murder victim. This special program is set for 6:30 p.m. Thursday at the Central Library. RSVP now. The author will also discuss her book during a visit to the Lucile H. Bluford Branch at 3:30 p.m. that afternoon.

Disney on Ice will make its long-awaited return to Downtown Kansas City this week. The all-new Disney production of Dream Big – featuring eight Disney princesses (yes, on ice) will unfold over seven performances that runs from Thursday through Sunday at Sprint Center.

Downtown Art Crawl is your opportunity to learn more about the Art in the Park and Art on the Line artwork that is included the 2017 Art in the Loop Project: “Cue!” Ride the KC Streetcar to selected works of art, where several of the artists will speak about their installations. The Downtown Art Crawl will run from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. Wednesday. For tickets and more information, visit eventbrite.com.

Fiesta Hispana returns to Downtown this weekend for three days of music on two stages, amazing foods and entertainment and a celebration of Hispanic culture. Presented by the Greater Kansas City Hispanic Heritage Committee, Fiesta Hispana provides free admission to Barney Allis Plaza from Friday evening through Sunday. For more information, visit the Fiesta Hispana Facebook page.

Grub Crawl returns to The City Market this weekend. This foodie adventure features a walking tour of small bites served by 15 City and River Market restaurants, as well as food truck stops… along with live music. The Grub Crawl is set for 6-9 p.m. Saturday. Click here for ticket information!

Hallmarket – About 100 Hallmark artists, photographers, sculptors and designers will display and offer their personal work for sale. Browse watercolor paintings, sculpture, textiles, jewelry, photography and more from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday at Crown Center. Purchases may be made by cash or check only, directly to the artist.

Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts will feature six performances this week, as the fall season begins to unfold for Kansas City’s leading performing arts organizations, including:

  • Opening Weekend – Music Director Michael Stern leads a trio of sensational, Russian-inspired masterpieces to launch the 2017-18 Kansas City Symphony season at 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and 2 p.m. Sunday in Helzberg Hall.
  • Kansas City Symphony presents piano virtuoso Natasha Paremski, who welcomes two area students to the Helzberg Hall stage where she will offer musical ideas and feedback. This free event is perfect for musicians and music-appreciators. Presented by the Charles and Virginia Clark Inside Music Series, this special performance is set for 11 a.m. Saturday.
  • Parsons Dance – Noted for its athleticism and polish, the perennial favorite of Harriman-Jewell Series’ audiences will return for a record-setting 13th engagement at 7:30 p.m. Saturday in the Muriel Kauffman Theatre. Founded by David Parsons, who was raised in Kansas City, Parsons Dance is internationally recognized as one of the finest modern dance companies.

Mummies of the World: The Exhibition – described as “fascinating, intriguing, and inspiring,” by NBC and “absolutely extraordinary,” by NPR – instills a sense of curiosity and wonder in every visitor. Mummies is on exhibit now through December at Union Station.

Snails will headline a huge show that features Party Favor, Boogie T and Krimer at 8 p.m. Saturday at Crossroads KC at Grinders. Doors open at 7 p.m. and the concert begins at 8 p.m.

Taking Back Sunday and special guest Potty Mouth will rock Downtown at 8 p.m. Friday, as part of the Coors Light Block Party series in the Power & Light District. Doors open at 6 p.m. and the show begins at 8 p.m.

Tech N9ne – KC’s own tour de force rapper, songwriter, reord producer and actor will headline the 8 p.m. Saturday opening of Downtown’s newest live music venue, The TrumanLocated at 801 E. Truman Road in the East Crossroads, The Truman celebrates the look and feel of the concrete and steel building reborn as a music venue and event space.  For more information on the Tech N9ne show and The Truman, visit TheTrumanKC.com.

Techweek Kansas City, the national technology conference + festival  returns to KC this week with five days and nights of tech / entrepreneurial speakers, programs, networking events and parties. Highlighting the conference again this year will be the final round of KC’s own LaunchKC grants competition for tech entrepreneurs on Friday morning at The Gallery in the Power & Light District. Techweek KC runs Monday through Friday in and around Downtown. For tickets and more information, visit Techweek.com/kansascity or LaunchKC.org.

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

  • A Lie of the Mind – Two families are linked by an act of violence in this story that is marked by Sam Shepard’s measured humor, heart, and steady eye in examining humanity’s potential for both compassion and destruction. Opening Saturday at The City Stage at Union Station.
  • Traveling Drum – The history of the drum traveling through time, geographic space and cultures. This ambitious program begins in 6000 B.C. Mesopotamia eventually moving through all of the continents of the world before arriving in New Orleans and finally resting in our current day in Kansas City.  An all-star line up of master percussionists representing each destination will be backed by Ensemble Iberica and curated by E.I. member Brandon DraperThis special evening begins 7:30 p.m. at MTH Theater at Crown Center.

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

Public Parking Maps of Downtown KC are available at DowntownKC.org.

Downtown entertainment scene is sizzling this week

The Phantastics will headline the annual Crossroads Music Fest, featuring 50+ bands, on Saturday in the Crossroads Arts District.

Here’s the highlight reel for the Downtown KC arts & entertainment scene for Monday to Sunday, Sept. 4-10:

Chalk & Walk Festival – This free festival is a celebration of street painting, brought to life by artists using pastel chalks as their medium and pavement/brick as their canvas. You are invited to experience the creation of these street paintings, interact with the artists, enjoy street performers, Children’s Creative Corridor and Workshops from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday at Crown Center.

The Chalk & Walk Festival, a free celebration of street art, returns to Crown Center on Saturday and Sunday.

Central Library has a busy week ahead for four programs that showcase authors and musicians who are telling stories of segregation, history, the Wild West and pop culture. The calendar features The Color of Law: A Forgotten History of How Our Government Segregated America at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday; Patrick Henry: Champion of Liberty at 6:30 p.m. Thursday; Spice World: Off the Wall Film Series at 8 p.m. Friday; and Way Out West in Kansas at 2 p.m. Sunday. For more information and to RSVP, visit KCLibrary.org.

Crossroads Music Fest will be the epicenter of live music in Downtown KC on Saturday, as 50+ bands rock the night away in 12 venues in the Crossroads Arts District. Headliners include The Phantastics, Jessica Paige and Enrique Chi (of Making Movies) and more. The 13th annual event is a benefit for 90.1 FM KKFI Kansas City Community Radio. For the complete schedule and tickets, visit CMFKC.com

Disney on Ice returns to the Sprint Center for seven performances next week that feature eight Disney princesses.

Disney on Ice will make its long-awaited return to Downtown Kansas City next week. The all-new Disney production of Dream Big will unfold over seven performances that runs from Thursday, Sept. 14 through Sunday, Sept. 17. For tickets and more information, visit the Sprint Center.

The Folly Theater will serve as the epicenter of the creative community this week with three wildly different performances this week, including:

  • A Condensed, Digested Valley of the Dolls! Join Late Night Theatre as they celebrate their 20th Anniversary at the Folly, with a wild, parody send-up of one of their classics. Pure Camp! Pure Late Night! Dionne sings her way through this 200 costume train wreck of a parody. The fun begins at 8 p.m. Friday.
  • NSL 14 – The Nspire Sports League will stage a pro qualifying show at the Folly, beginning at 1 p.m. Saturday. NSL is a national association hosts bodybuilding & Fit sport competitions, workshops, public speaking seminars and dietary advice for all athletes across the country.
  • Kenny BrobergThe silver medalist at the recently completed 15th Van Cliburn International Piano Competition will perform in concert at 4 p.m. Sunday.

KC Beer Fest makes a triumphant returns to Downtown as Flying Saucer Draught Emporium presents the 9th annual festival from 3-6 p.m. Saturday at the Power & Light District. The festival features more than 200 quality, hand-crafted beers procured from local breweries and others around the world, plus rare keg tappings throughout the event, live music and food trucks.

Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts will showcase two much anticipated shows this week, including:

  • YES featuring Jon Anderson, Trevor Rabin, and Rick Wakeman bring their 2017 tour to the Muriel Kauffman Theatre at 7: 30 p.m. Tuesday, September 5. The progressive rock band was co-founded by Anderson and the late Chris Squire in 1968, and went on to sell millions of records.
  • Screenland at the Symphony returns for new season this week with the J.J. Abrams’ riveting film Star Trek Into Darkness soaring onto the giant screen in Helzberg Hall with the Kansas City Symphony performing Michael Giacchino’s thrilling score live. Star Trek crosses paths with the Symphony at 7 p.m. Friday and 4 p.m. Sunday.

Lake Street Divefeaturing Matt Stansberry and the Romance, wraps up the Labor Day weekend at 8 p.m. Monday at CrossroadsKC at Grinders.

Mummies of the World: The Exhibition – described as “fascinating, intriguing, and inspiring,” by NBC and “absolutely extraordinary,” by NPR – instills a sense of curiosity and wonder in every visitor. Mummies is on exhibit now through December at Union Station.

Paris of the Plains Cocktail Festival is a multi-day educational and entertainment spectacular that unfolds Thursday through Sunday at a number of Downtown’s hippest venues. The days include focused seminars by the best in the business, paired dinners, music performances and grand old good time. The festival celebrates both the Midwest’s current exploding cocktail scene and the history of the cocktail, food and music since the Jazz Era. Visit popfestkc.com for details.

Ultimate Field DayChallenge your kids in fun sports games, throw like a pro in the Quarterback Blitz, rush through the Adrenaline Rush Course, meet your favorite team mascots and more during the Sprint Family Fun Day from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday at the Power & Light District. Activities include: live music, face painting, bounce houses, sports games, arts & crafts and more.

The Vietnam War: An Evening with Ken Burns and Lynn Novick – Join KCPT for an exclusive evening with award-winning filmmakers Ken Burns and Lynn Novick around their upcoming, 18-hour documentary series, The Vietnam War, at 7 p.m. Friday, Sept. 8,at The Midland.

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

  • A Night on the Town presents a Speakeasy Cabaret featuring Jeremy Watson at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Friday and Saturday at MTC Theater at Crown Center.

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

Public Parking Maps of Downtown KC are available at DowntownKC.org.

Techweek & LaunchKC prep for center stage on Sept. 11-15

Techweek returns to Kansas City for its third annual technology / entrepreneur conference + festival from Sept. 11-15. The local LaunchKC grant competition for tech startups will anchor the conference on Friday, Sept. 15.

The third annual Techweek Kansas City conference + festival returns to KC on Monday, Sept. 11, featuring a week of learning, networking and playing, along with the final round of competition in the annual LaunchKC $500,000 grants competition for tech entrepreneurs on Friday, Sept. 15.

“Kansas City is one of the country’s most influential, up-and-coming tech hubs,” said Amanda Signorelli, Techweek CEO. “The community has given Techweek a warm welcome.”

A quick highlight reel of the complete Techweek KC schedule for 2017 includes:

  • Monday, Sept. 11 – 1 p.m. Blocktrain Learning Track at Sprint Accelerator; 5 p.m. Pure Pitch Rally at Helix; 7 p.m. Kickoff Party at Boulevard Beer Hall
  • Tuesday, Sept. 12 – 11 a.m. Building Inclusive Tech Communities  at Missouri Career Centers; 1 p.m. Tech, Talk and Tour Tomorrow at the Cerner campus; 5:30 p.m. Official Happy Hour at VML
  • Wednesday, Sept. 13 – 1 p.m. Future of Animal Health Corridor at Travois; 3 p.m. KC’s Leaders in Mobile Technology at Pure Pursuit Event Space; 5 p.m. Barrels and Brushes Happy Hour by Husch Blackwell at the J. Rieger Distillery
  • Thursday, Sept. 14 – All day Growth Summit at the Plexpod Westport Commons. Program begins at 8 a.m. with Women in Tech Breakfast. Sessions are planned for the entire day, including a Hiring Fair at noon.
  • Friday, Sept. 15 – LaunchKC Day to feature:
    • 8:30 a.m. Keynote address by Kathryn Minshew of The Muse; and
    • 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. LaunchKC finalists to pitch their business plans at The Gallery, Power & Light District
    • 5 p.m. Techweek and LaunchKC awards reception and program at The Grand Hall, historic Power & Light Building

To reserve your spot for any or all Techweek / LaunchKC event, visit Techweek Kansas City to select your ticket options.

Techweek is a technology and startup festival with the objective of catalyzing the growth of billion-dollar businesses and spreading wealth creation to diverse people and places. Techweek operates out of Chicago, and features annual technology conferences in nine North American cities, including New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, Dallas and Kansas City. Techweek has been featured as one of the top 30 conferences for entrepreneurs in 2017 by Inc. Magazine.

The complete Techweek Kansas City conference schedule for Sept. 11-15 is available for viewing online. The week will reach a crescendo with the LaunchKC competition on Friday, Sept. 15. The 20 LaunchKC finalists will make their pitches on Friday morning. The nine grant winners will be announced at a special awards ceremony that evening.

LaunchKC, the global grants competition powered by the Downtown Council and the Economic Development Corporation, is in its third year of operations and in using the Techweek platform to stage the final round of pitches

“LaunchKC was a startup itself when we organized and launched the first grants competition in 2014/15,” said Mike Hurd, marketing officer for LaunchKC and the Downtown Council. “And, now, at the end of the LaunchKC day at Techweek, we will have awarded a total of $1.5 million to 29 tech entrepreneurs in our first three years.”