Opera, Autos, Arts (of all shapes) & Hoops top an exciting week in the Big Town

The Lyric Opera of Kansas City will present ‘Dead Man Walking’ in four performances beginning Saturday at the Kauffman Center.

Downtown Kansas City will be flying high this week with a celebration of the arts (of all types), opera and autos, along with the tip off of March Madness in Downtown. Here is the highlight reel for what’s happening in Downtown – Monday, Feb. 27 to Sunday, March 5:

Auto Show – it’s baaaack! The 2017 Greater Kansas City International Auto – will fill Bartle Hall with more than 500 new cars, trucks, SUVs, crossovers, and minivans. This year the show has added some new, fun wrinkles including a Kids Korner, local food trucks, and craft beers served in KC’s Garage (the show’s new beer garden). The Auto Show opens Wednesday and continues through Sunday. Drive here for more details.

Brantley Gilbertone of the bright lights in the country music galaxy, brings his The Devil Don’t Sleep Tour to KC – with special guests Tucker Beathard, Luke Combs and Brian Davis – at 7 p.m. Saturday at the Sprint Center.

Cyrus Chestnut Trio brings together old-school jazz, blues, and gospel with the heartfelt passion that has made him a long-standing favorite. The Folly Jazz Series will feature the trio at 8 p.m. Saturday at the Folly Theater.

‘Dead Man Walking’ will make its KC debut on Saturday at the Kauffman Center.

Dead Man Walking – The Lyric Opera of Kansas City presents one of the most frequently performed contemporary operas in recent years. It is the story of a profound spiritual journey taken by a nun and a convicted killer about to face the ultimate sentence. Performances begin at 7:30 p.m. Saturday and continue on March 8, 10 & 12 in the Muriel Kauffman Theatre at the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts.

First Friday – one of the Kansas City’ coolest and hottest events – returns for the March edition of First Friday with visual and performing arts bursting throughout the Crossroads Arts District and the 18th & Vine Jazz District from 5-9 p.m. Friday; beginning at 5:30 p.m. at the Central Library; and along with one of the most complete vintage marketplaces in the country in the West Bottoms through the Friday through Sunday weekend.

Ice Terrace has just a couple of day remaining in its winter schedule. Make plans now for a season’s ending skating party on its final two days from noon to 9 p.m. today (Monday) and Tuesday at Crown Center.

Kansas City Library presents Glenn North, the inaugural poet laureate of Kansas City’s 18th & Vine Jazz District, as he discusses his work as an accomplished poet and spoken word artist, sharing passages from his recently published City of Song. The poetry collection celebrates the KC jazz tradition and the African-American experience, and North will reflect on what it means to be a black poet in the current cultural milieu. His presentation of “To Make a Poet Black and Bid Him Sing” is set for 6:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Central Library. RSVP here.

Art Garfunkel, the six-time GRAMMY winner, makes his first appearance at the Kauffman Center Saturday night.

Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts will feature four distinctly fresh performances this week, including:

  • Hard Habit to Break featuring the Kansas City Jazz Orchestra as it performs brand new arrangements of some of the greatest hits of iconic pop artists of the ‘60s, ‘70s, ‘80s at 8 p.m. Friday in Helzberg Hall
  • Dead Man Walking – see listing above for this week’s opening of the new Lyric Opera production in Kauffman Theatre
  • Art Garfunkel In Close-up – Forty years after recording “Bridge Over Troubled Water,” this American legend and six-time GRAMMY Award-winner continues to thrill audiences with his stories, poetry, and signature vocals. Garfunkel will perform at 8 p.m. Saturday in Helzberg Hall
  • Around the World in 80 Days – The Kansas City Symphony and local theater artist Alex Espy present this world premiere adaptation, bringing Jules Verne’s enduring classic to life through inventive staging and storytelling, puppetry and a specially curated collection of symphonic favorites at 2 p.m. Sunday in Helzberg Hall.

The MIAA Men’s and Women’s Basketball Tournaments tipoff this week in Municipal Arena, marketing the beginning of a wild and crazy March Madness in Downtown KC.

MIAA Men’s and Women’s Basketball Championships return to Downtown for seven thrilling sessions from Thursday through Sunday at Municipal Arena. This annual thriller marks the beginning of a busy March Madness season in Downtown KC.

Midland Theatre will be rockin’ this week with back-to-back concerts this weekend, including:

  • Big Gigantic – the instrumental livetronica, hip-hop and jazz musical group based out of Boulder – brings its Brighter Future Tour featuring Hotel Garuda to the Big Town at 9 p.m. Friday;
  • Illenium with Said the Sky will cast a aural spell over the audience beginning at 8 p.m. Saturday

Spectrum: Autism, Art & Music – An innovative and powerful exhibition featuring Denver-based mother and son artists Juliette Hemingway and Javari Eugene-Poet Chase, who use art inspired by music to bring awareness to Autism, will hold court in the Changing Gallery of the American Jazz Museum through April 3.

LIVE THEATER is thriving on Downtown stages, which feature these four performances this week:

  • ConstellationsThis spellbinding, heartbreaking love story removes the boundaries of time and space, delving into the infinite possibilities of a couple’s relationship to reveal how the slightest change in conversation might send you down an entirely different path.  Performances begin on Friday and runs through April 2 at the Copaken Stage at the KC Rep.
  • A Night on the Town featuring Justin McCoy in a speakeasy cabaret is set for 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Friday and Saturday at MTC Theater at Crown Center.
  • No Talking – It’s boys vs. girls when the noisiest, most talkative fifth graders in history create a contest to see who really can talk the least. This new family show continues through March 19 at The Coterie.
  • Project Pride is a group of LGBTQ and straight allied teens creating theatre that gives voice to their experiences, culminating in a production that challenges the assumptions and celebrates the diversity of the participants and audience over two shows  only at 7 p.m. Saturday and 5 p.m. Sunday at The Coterie.

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.

Survey to shape long-range parking plan for Crossroads

Employees, residents, students and visitors of the Crossroads Arts District are the focus of City-driven survey of parking- and transportation-related issues. The survey will be available for the next 30 days.

A long-range parking plan for the Crossroads Arts District is the goal of a new parking and transportation survey that has been introduced by the City of Kansas City and Walker Parking Consultants.

As part of the planning process, the City wants to learn more about parking and travel patterns of Crossroads employees, residents, students and visitors, and gauge attitudes toward parking- and transportation-related issues.

Your input will help shape solutions that will enable us to provide for effective and efficient use of our public parking assets with a goal of ensuring public access to and within the Crossroads Arts District.

To participate in the survey, click here.

 

Black History program + Sesame Street share spotlight this week

Sesame Street Live returns to the Sprint Center this week with a special showing of Elmo Makes Music.

Here is the highlight reel for what’s happening in Downtown Kansas City this week – Monday, Feb. 20 to Sunday, Feb. 26:

Black History Month Luncheon – The American Jazz Museum celebrates the history and culture that gave rise to jazz with Reflections on the First Black President featuring Pulitzer-Prize winning author Michael D’Antonio who will share his reflections on A Consequential President: The Legacy of Barack Obama at 11:30 a.m. Friday. Click here for ticket information.

Elmo Makes Music – Downtown KC will be dancing in the streets, when Sesame Street Live returns for seven shows over three days this week. When the new music teacher’s instruments go missing, Elmo, Aby Cadabby, Big Bird, and more come to the rescue to discover instruments they never knew existed. Children learn that everyone can make and enjoy beautiful music together. Showtimes are set for Friday through Sunday at the Sprint Center.

Ice Terrace has just days remaining in its 2016/17 schedule. Make plans now for a season’s ending skating party on its final day from noon to 9 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 28 at Crown Center.

Kansas City Library presents Glenn North, the inaugural poet laureate of Kansas City’s 18th & Vine Jazz District, as he discusses his work as an accomplished poet and spoken word artist, sharing passages from his recently published City of Song. The poetry collection celebrates the KC jazz tradition and the African-American experience, and North will reflect on what it means to be a black poet in the current cultural milieu. His presentation of “To Make a Poet Black and Bid Him Sing” is set for 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 28 at the Central Library. RSVP here.

Katt Williams – the legendary stand-up comedian brings his Great America Tour to KC for one night only at 8 p.m. Saturday at Municipal Auditorium.

Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts will feature four performances by the Kansas City Symphony this week, including:

  • Brandenburg and Beyond – a free happy hour concert that begins at 6 p.m. Wednesday in Helzberg Hall. The performance will feature Bach’s Brandenburg Concerto No. 6 and Debussy’s String Quartet.
  • Schubert’s Unfinished Symphony with Mahler – the latest installment of the Symphony’s Classical Series will be conducted by Michael Stern at 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and 2 p.m. Sunday in Helzberg Hall.

Mardi Gras Bar Crawl – Celebrate the 9th annual at Kansas City Live!, featuring contests, fire jugglers, street performers and more! – from 9 .m. to midnight Saturday at the Power & Light District.

Simone Porterviolinist in recital, will perform a free Discovery Concert – presented by the Harriman Jewell Series – at 3 p.m. Sunday at the historic Folly Theater.

Spectrum: Autism, Art & Music – An innovative and powerful exhibition featuring Denver-based mother and son artists Juliette Hemingway and Javari Eugene-Poet Chase, who use art inspired by music to bring awareness to Autism, will hold court in the Changing Gallery of the American Jazz Museum through April 3.

Tesla – the hard-rocking quintet – returns to Downtown KC, along with The Cringe and The Raskins, to unleash its new Mechanical Resonance Live! album at 8 p.m. Thursday at the Midland Theatre.

LIVE THEATER is thriving on Downtown stages, which feature these four performances this week:

  • No Talking – It’s boys vs. girls when the noisiest, most talkative fifth graders in history create a contest to see who really can talk the least. This new family show opens Tuesday and runs through March 19 at The Coterie.
  • Youth Movement – This Musical Monday & Tuesday enjoy songs from Grease, West Side Story, The Sound of Music, Fun Home, Annie and more ~ performed by young professionals who are currently the actual age of the characters they are portraying. Performances are set for 7:30 p.m. Monday and Tuesday at MTH Theater in Crown Center.

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.

KC Folk Festival sets the tone for entertainment this week

The Kansas City Folk Festival, the rebirth of the Birth of the Cool; New Moves by the Kansas City Ballet; and the touring production  of  Phantom of the Opera are the headliners for the upcoming week of arts, entertainment and pure fun in Downtown. Here is the highlight reel for what’s happening in Downtown – Monday, Feb. 13 to Sunday, Feb. 19:

Arenacross – one of the world’s most extreme racing environments returns to Downtown KC with unparalleled levels of competition and a fully engaging environment for fans. Arenacross will tear up the dirt battlegrounds at 7 p.m. Saturday and noon Sunday at Sprint Center.

Birth of the Cool – The 60th anniversary celebration of this 1957 landmark Miles Davis recording will be celebrated with a nine-member all-star band performance at 6 p.m. Thursday at the Gem Theater. Presented by the American Jazz Museum, pianist Phil Dunlap will give a talk on the History of Birth of the Cool.

Folly Theater will light up Kansas City’s performing arts calendar this week with three thrilling performances, including:

  • A Valentine from the Maestro – The Kansas City Chamber Orchestra has prepared a Valentine of an evening of romantic music for strings and soloists. Revel in the gorgeous sounds of Tchaikovsky, Finzi and Villa-Lobos for Valentine’s and feast on settings of great romantic poetry by KC’s own Jean Belmont Ford, featuring Sarah Tannehill Anderson, soprano. This Valentine begins with a pre-concert talk at 6:30 p.m., followed by the performance at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday.
  • Venice Baroque Orchestra with Nicola Benedetti – One of the finest period instrument ensembles returns to the Folly with a Harriman Jewell Series favorite, violinist Nicola Benedetti, to play lush concerti by Vivaldi and others. The violinist’s musicianship and dynamic presence has made her one of today’s most influential artists. The performance is set for 7:30 p.m. Thursday.
  • Robert Glasper headlines this Folly Jazz Series performance. Glasper is an American jazz pianist and record producer. His 2012 album Black Radio won the Grammy Award for Best R&B Album at the 55th Grammy Awards and his style is as surprising as it is captivating. He will perform at 8 p.m. Saturday.

Impressions in Sound breaks new ground for one Downtown art gallery that traditionally a showplace for visual arts. This new show takes a different approach, appealing to your ears rather than your eyes. The experience may serve as a reminder of the superior sound, importance and thrill of high quality music – and hopefully ignite a passion for Kansas City music. Now showing through March 31 at The Box Gallery.

Billy Bragg

Kansas City Folk Festival featuring Billy Bragg & Bobby Rush, GRAMMY Award winners The Okee Dokee Brothers, David Wilcox and many more artists from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday at the Westin Crown Center. Produced by the Folk Alliance International, the festival is a family-friendly, indoor celebration of folk music, culture and arts. Visit KCFolkFestival.org for ticket information.

Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts will be in the spotlight this week, featuring four performances in four days, including:

  • Bill Engvall – the Grammy nominated, multi-platinum selling recording artist and one of the top comedians in the country – will rock Downtown KC at 7:30 p.m. Friday in the Muriel Kauffman Theatre
  • Kansas City Symphony performs its latest edition of the Classical Series – this weekend featuring Beethoven’s Eighth and Prokofiev’s Piano Concerto No. 3 – at 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and 2 p.m. Sunday in Helzberg Hall.

The Midland will rock this Downtown with two major shows this week, including:

  • Run the Jewels presents its Run the World Tour with very special guests The Gaslamp Killer, Gangsta Boo, Nick Hook and Cuz beginning at 8 p.m. Monday
  • Skillet serves up The Unleashed Tour with Sick Puppies and Devour the Day beginning at 7:30 p.m. Thursday

New Moves – The Kansas City Ballet presents this opportunity for audiences to see tomorrow’s sought-after choreographers today! It is a very up close and visceral experience for audience and dancer alike over six performances from Thursday through Sunday at the Todd Bolender Center for Dance and Creativity.

Pompeii: The Exhibition tells the story of a city hidden from view and forgotten for centuries until its rediscovery more than 250 years ago. This global showcase – featuring nearly 200 artifacts, including vibrant frescoes, detailed mosaics, lifelike statues and precious personal objects – is on exhibit at Union Station.

Two Kansas City-based kings of today’s science fiction world will present this latest edition of Sci-Fi Storytellers on Thursday at the Central Library.

Sci-Fi Storytellers – Two KC-based stars of today’s science fiction world, will take center stage at 6:30 p.m. Thursday at the Central Library. Marvel Comics’ headline-grabbing move to a female Thor a little more than two years ago came out of Kansas City and the mind of Jason Aaron, one of the superstars of comic book writing. Meanwhile, local visual effects artist Bruce Branit was piling up Emmy nominations – now totaling six – for his imaginative work on such TV series as Star Trek: Voyager and Breaking Bad. Click here to RSVP.

Arenacross will tear up the Sprint Center during two shows this weekend. Are you ready to rumble?

 

Spectrum: Autism, Art & Music – An innovative and powerful exhibition featuring Denver-based mother and son artists Juliette Hemingway and Javari Eugene-Poet Chase, who use art inspired by music to bring awareness to Autism, will hold court in the Changing Gallery of the American Jazz Museum through April 3.

UMKC Men’s Basketball will face off against Chicago State at 5:05 p.m. Saturday on their home court at Municipal Auditorium.

LIVE THEATER is thriving on Downtown stages, which feature these four performances this week:

  • I Got Rhythm: Songs from the early days of film musicals (Steppin’ Out With My Baby, Puttin’ On the Ritz to Broadway’s 42nd STREET (Shuffle Off To Buffalo) and Jerry Herman’s MACK AND MABEL (Tap Your Troubles Away), the Quality Hill Playhouse will celebrate the music that will leave you saying, I GOT RHYTHM. Who could ask for anything more? Performances continue through Sunday.
  • Phantom of the Opera – presented by Across America – returns to Downtown KC this week. Cameron Mackintosh’s spectacular new production of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Phantom is featured as part of a brand new North American Tour. Phantom runs through Sunday at the Music Hall.  Click here for tickets and more information.

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.

Performing arts take flight globally in Downtown this week

This new production of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s ‘Phantom of the Opera’ returns to Downtown KC from Wednesday, Feb. 8 to Sunday, Feb. 19 at the Music Hall.

An international feast of performing arts sets the stage for arts and entertainment in Downtown Kansas City this week. Here is the highlight reel for what’s happening in Downtown – Monday, Feb. 6 to Sunday, Feb. 12:

Jeff Dunham returns to Downtown KC this week for his Perfectly Unbalanced Tour, featuring his eccentric and hysterical skills as a ventriloquist and stand-up comedian. The current Guinness World Record holder of “Most Tickets Sold to a Stand-up Comedy Tour” will perform at 7:30 p.m. Thursday at the Sprint Center.

Impressions in Sound breaks new ground for one Downtown art gallery that traditionally a showplace for visual arts. This new show takes a different approach, appealing to your ears rather than your eyes. The experience may serve as a reminder of the superior sound, importance and thrill of high quality music – and hopefully ignite a passion for Kansas City music. Now showing through March 31 at The Box Gallery.

Shen Yun – the spectacular feast of Chinese performing arts – returns to the Kauffman Center for four performances this weekend.

Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts will be the epicenter of performing arts and entertainment in Downtown KC this week, featuring 10 performances in five days, including:

  • Disturbing the Peace – A screening of the film is followed by an engaging conversation with the filmmakers Stephen Apkon and Marcina Hale, as well as the Combatants for Peace featured in the film. This special screening is set for 7 p.m. Tuesday in Helzberg Hall.
  • I Bought A Rainforest – Wildlife photographer Charlie Hamilton James will present stories and photos of his work in Peru’s Manú National Park, including tales of working with local characters, and a peek at his latest work in Yellowstone and with vultures in the Serengeti. This National Geographic Live special series begins at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday in the Muriel Kauffman Theatre.
  • Ladysmith Black Mambazo – For more than 50 years, these South African performers have warmed the hearts of audiences worldwide with their uplifting vocal harmonies, signature dance moves and charming onstage banter. Most recently, they celebrated the 25th anniversary of their groundbreaking collaboration with Paul Simon on his seminal album, Graceland. Ladysmith Black Mambazo will perform its World Music at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday in Kauffman Theatre.
  • Shen Yun invites you to experience the divine culture of the Middle Kingdom, now known as China. Shen Yun brings the profound spirit of this lost civilization to life on stage with unrivaled artistic mastery. Every dance movement, every musical note, makes this a stunning visual and emotional experience you won’t find anywhere else. Performances are set for 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and 1:30 p.m. Saturday and Sunday in Kauffman Theatre.
  • Elation and Reformation: Saint-Saens plus Mendelssohn will be performed by the Kansas City Symphony as part of its Classical Series at 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and 2 p.m. Sunday in Helzberg Hall.

The Midland will rock this Downtown with two killer shows this week, including:

  • Pop Evilfeaturing Red Sun Rising and Badflower, at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday. All seats are $10 or less.
  • Afentra’s VD Party 2017featuring K.Flay, LOLO, Paper Route and Dreamgirl. This 18 & Over show begins at 8 p.m. Friday.

Pompeii: The Exhibition tells the story of a city hidden from view and forgotten for centuries until its rediscovery more than 250 years ago. This global showcase – featuring nearly 200 artifacts, including vibrant frescoes, detailed mosaics, lifelike statues and precious personal objects – is on exhibit at Union Station.

PBR: Professional Bull Riders return to the Big Town for the Kansas City Invitational. Fans  will witness the intense matchups between man and beast, where 8-seconds can mean victory or defeat to each opponent. PBR will turn up the heat at 6:45 p.m. Saturday and 1:45 p.m. Sunday at Sprint Center.

Remodel & Garden Show – Shop, compare and save with more than 350 experts in remodeling, kitchen & bath, landscaping, decor, flooring and more this weekend – Friday through Sunday – at the American Royal Center.

Spectrum: Autism, Art & Music – An innovative and powerful exhibition featuring Denver-based mother and son artists Juliette Hemingway and Javari Eugene-Poet Chase, who use art inspired by music to bring awareness to Autism, will hold court in the Changing Gallery of the American Jazz Museum through April 3.

UMKC Men’s Basketball will host two games this week on their home court at Municipal Auditorium. The Kangaroos will take on:

  • Utah Valley at 6:35 p.m. Thursday, and …
  • Seattle University at 7:05 p.m. Saturday

LIVE THEATER is thriving on Downtown stages, which feature these four performances this week:

  • Hana’s SuitcasePast and present mysteries come together in this captivating true story spanning 70 years and crisscrossing three continents.  This National Endowment for the Arts award-winning play opens Tuesday and continues through Sunday at The Coterie.
  • Heart BreakersBurlesque Downtown Underground presents their 9th Annual Valentine’s Day Show, “Heart Breakers”; A Valentine’s themed show full of the good (and bad) while celebrating everything in between when dealing with the ‘L’ word! Showtimes are at 7 and 9:30 p.m. Saturday at MTH Theater at Crown Center.
  • I Got Rhythm: Songs from the early days of film musicals (Steppin’ Out With My Baby, Puttin’ On the Ritz to Broadway’s 42nd STREET (Shuffle Off To Buffalo) and Jerry Herman’s MACK AND MABEL (Tap Your Troubles Away), the Quality Hill Playhouse will celebrate the music that will leave you saying, I GOT RHYTHM. Who could ask for anything more? Performances continue through Sunday, Feb. 19.
  • Phantom of the Opera – presented by Across America – returns to Downtown KC this week. Cameron Mackintosh’s spectacular new production of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Phantom is featured as part of a brand new North American Tour. Phantom opens on Wednesday and runs through Sunday, Feb. 19 at the Music Hall.  Click here for tickets and more information.

LIVE MUSIC – of all tastes and flavors – is performed at these Downtown venues on most nights:

For more of what’s happening in Downtown and Kansas City, check out our friends at VisitKC.

Monster Jam, Storling Dance & Modern Night lay down the beat this week

Monster Jam will blast its way into Downtown KC this weekend with four wild and crazy shows at the Sprint Center.

Downtown KC will be groovin’ this week with arts, dance, theater, a taste of Church, a pinch of E.T., rowdy chaos of Monster Jam. It’s just another ho-hum week in the city….

Here is the highlight reel for what’s happening in Downtown KC this week – Monday, Jan. 30 to Sunday, Feb. 5:

Eric Church – the country music singer/songwriter superstar – returns to Downtown KC with his Holdin’ My Own Tour at 8 p.m. Tuesday at Sprint Center.

DATSIK – one of the world’s pre-eminent dubsteppers – will perform in Downtown this week, featuring Crizzly and Virtual Riot, at 7:30 p.m. Friday at the Midland.

E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial – Experience award winning film as never before, with the Kansas City Symphony performing John Williams’ Academy Award®-winning score in sync with the full feature film projected on a huge HD screen. Join Elliott and E.T. for this Screenland at the Symphony event at 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and 2 p.m. Sunday in Helzberg Hall at the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts.

First Friday – one of the KC’s hottest and most popular events – returns Friday with visual and performing arts bursting throughout the Crossroads Arts District and the 18th & Vine Jazz District from 5-9 p.m. Friday; beginning at 5:30 p.m. at the Central Library; and along with one of the most complete vintage marketplaces in the country in the West Bottoms through the Friday through Sunday weekend.

A Modern Night at the Folly – Join the City in Motion Dance Theater for its 14th annual presentation that serves as Kansas City’s only adjudicated choreographers’ showcase. The performance features 10 of the region’s most talented choreographers, as well as celebrate modern and contemporary dance, beginning at 8 p.m. Saturday at the Folly Theater,

Monster Jam roars into the 2017 season with a points-based series, showcasing the best lineup of Monster Jam vehicles that deliver what fans want to see most…more trucks, more racing, more freestyle, more donuts, more wheelies, more action! Monster Jam is set to rock the Downtown with four shows this weekend at Sprint Center.

Pompeii: The Exhibition tells the story of a city hidden from view and forgotten for centuries until its rediscovery more than 250 years ago. This global showcase – featuring nearly 200 artifacts, including vibrant frescoes, detailed mosaics, lifelike statues and precious personal objects – is on exhibit at Union Station.

Shen Yun returns to Kansas City for four amazing performances next week – Friday through Sunday, Feb. 10-12 – in the Muriel Kauffman Theatre at the Kauffman Center.

Spectrum: Autism, Art & Music – An innovative and powerful exhibition featuring Denver-based mother and son artists Juliette Hemingway and Javari Eugene-Poet Chase, who use art inspired by music to bring awareness to Autism, will hold court in the Changing Gallery of the American Jazz Museum through April 3.

Steampunk! – a free happy hour performance by the Kansas City Symphony – will feature David Bruce’s Steampunk and Judd Greenstein’s Clearing, Dawn, Dance. Cash bars open at 5 p.m. with a one-hour casual concert in Helzberg Hall beginning at 6 p.m. Wednesday in Helzberg Hall at the Kauffman Center.

Storling Dance Theater presents Underground! – the story of the Underground Railroad performed to original music, beautiful costumes and a pace that keeps you on the edge of your seat – at 7:30 p.m. Friday and 2 and 7:30 p.m. Saturday in the Kauffman Theater at the Kauffman Center.

UMKC Kangaroos come home to Municipal Auditorium for a men’s hoops showdown at 6:35 p.m. Tuesday vs. Ottawa.

LIVE THEATER is thriving on Downtown stages, which feature these four performances this week:

  • Hana’s SuitcasePast and present mysteries come together in this captivating true story spanning 70 years and crisscrossing three continents.  This National Endowment for the Arts award-winning play opens Tuesday and continues through Sunday, Feb. 12 at The Coterie.
  • I Got Rhythm: Songs from the early days of film musicals (Steppin’ Out With My Baby, Puttin’ On the Ritz to Broadway’s 42nd STREET (Shuffle Off To Buffalo) and Jerry Herman’s MACK AND MABEL (Tap Your Troubles Away), the Quality Hill Playhouse will celebrate the music that will leave you saying, I GOT RHYTHM. Who could ask for anything more? Performances continue through Sunday, Feb. 19.

LIVE MUSIC – of all tastes and flavors – is performed at these Downtown venues on most nights:

For more of what’s happening in Downtown and Kansas City, check out our friends at VisitKC.

Downtown Council to celebrate accomplishments, opportunities

Christopher Leinberger will deliver the keynote address at the Downtown Council Annual Luncheon today in the Grand Ballroom of the Kansas City Convention Center.

The Downtown Council will celebrate the ongoing revitalization of Downtown Kansas City before 1,000 stakeholders and guests today (Friday), while reminding its members and civic leadership that its renaissance is far from complete.

The occasion will be the Downtown Council’s Annual Luncheon from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.  Friday, Jan. 27 in the Grand Ballroom of the Kansas City Convention Center. This year’s luncheon will carry the theme of Downtown KC: Back in the Game and celebrate the remarkable revitalization of Downtown over the last 15 years.

“This was a banner year for Downtown Kansas City,” said Bill Dietrich, President & CEO of the Downtown Council. “The KC Streetcar began operations and topped its first 1 million rides in just five months of operations; five new hotels have opened or are under construction; the first new construction, luxury, residential high-rise building opened, along with a second elementary school bringing 576 students and their families Downtown.”

The 2017 luncheon program will feature several highlights that will serve to celebrate accomplishments in Downtown, as well as to set the course for new and ongoing initiatives for the coming years. Highlights include:

  • Keynote address by Christopher Leinberger, The Charles Bendit Distinguished Scholar and Research Professor, George Washington University School of Business and a Nonresident Senior Fellow at The Brookings Institution in Washington, D.C. Leinberger will address creating a vital Downtown by improving relationships with adjacent communities, discussing the impact of regional issues on Downtown and improving pedestrian mobility.
    • To learn more about Leinberger’s knowledge of KC, check out this 2012 KCPT story about the potential impact that the future streetcar (via transit-oriented development) would have on Downtown.
  • LaunchKC announcement by Rachel Merlo, KC Community Impact Manager for Google Fiber, and Chair, LaunchKC Steering Committee
  • Downtown accomplishments by Douglas Stockman, Principal, el dorado architects, and Cathy Smith, Vice President of Corporate Planning, Faultless Starch/Bon Ami, and Chairs of the DTC Board of Directors for 2016 and 2017, respectively
  • Five individuals will be recognized with Urban Hero Awards for their contributions toward making Downtown a better and more vibrant place to live, work and play, including:
    • Andrew Bracker, Brownfields Coordinator, City of Kansas City
    • Vince Bryant, 3D Development
    • Deb Churchill, City Market
    • Julie Nelson Meers, mobank
    • Matt Staub, Streetcar Advocate

The DTC’s highest honor, the  Philip Kirk, Jr. Award, in Recognition of Community Vision and Downtown Stewardship to Albert P. Mauro. Mauro served as Chairman of the DTC Board of Directors from 1992-1998, a pivotal time in the turnaround of a declining urban core.

“We will tell the story of Downtown’s recent economic and social revitalization and reflect on the impact of these and other changes,” Dietrich explained. “We will also provide updates on the exciting new projects that are coming closer to fruition including moving the UMKC Conservatory of Music and Dance to Downtown; extending the streetcar south toward UMKC and the Plaza; and planning for a new Downtown KC high school.”

The Annual Luncheon event will begin at 11 a.m. Friday with a one-hour Spirit of Downtown KC Exhibit showing more than 40 Downtown businesses and organizations.

Click here to see a list of exhibitors: http://www.downtownkc.org/annual-luncheon/exhibit/. The exhibit will make way for the luncheon and program, beginning at noon.

For more information, go to http://www.downtownkc.org/annual-luncheon/.

Royals Fan Fest tops a fun, eclectic week ahead in Downtown

The Royals Fan Fest, presented by Commerce Bank, returns to the Kansas City Convention Center on Friday and Saturday. Let’s go Royals!

Royals baseball; Globetrotters basketball; Kangaroo hoops; Late Night burlesque, The Lumineers and pure joy with STOMP headline a fun and exciting week ahead in the Big Town. Here is the highlight reel for what’s happening in Downtown KC this week – Monday, Jan. 23 to Sunday, Jan. 29:

Michael Carbonaro takes his improbable bag of magic tricks on the road and into Downtown KC this week with a perplexing comedic performance that begins at 7:30 p.m. Friday at the Midland.

Coloring Space: The KC Public Library has introduced a year-long series of exhibits commemorating the 20th anniversary of the arts-nurturing Charlotte Street Foundation with the work of acclaimed painter and long-time Kansas City Art Institute instructor Warren Rosser. The inaugural exhibit is on display now through March 19 at the Central Library.

Harlem Globetrotters return to Downtown KC this week! Throughout their history, the Original Harlem Globetrotters have showcased their iconic talents in 122 countries and territories on six continents, often breaking down cultural and societal barriers while providing fans with their first-ever basketball experience. The ‘Trotters are back this week for two performances and 2 and 7 p.m. Saturday at the Sprint Center.

Kansas City Symphony Classical Series presents “Shumann’s Spring Gordon plays Mozart” at 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and 2 p.m. Sunday in Helzberg Hall at the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts.

Late Night Theater takes over the Folly for another night of wild mischief! This time, a peek into the world of Fair Tales as only the Three Sisters Grimm can tell them! Expect adult minded mayhem! Burlesque! Aerial! Drag! And much much more beginning at 8 p.m. Friday at the Folly Theater.

The Lumineers will light up Downtown this week with a huge show on Tuesday night at the Sprint Center.

The Lumineers, featuring special guests Andrew Bird and Margaret Glaspy, are coming to Downtown KC this week, as part of the band’s first North American tour. Internationally acclaimed multi-instrumentalist, vocalist and songwriter, Andrew Bird, along with Margaret Glaspy, will open for the Denver-based American folk rock band at 7 p.m. Tuesday at Sprint Center.

Moscow Festival Ballet will perform Romeo & Juliet, the story ballet of Shakespeare’s star-crossed lovers, along with several great Russian gems during a special Kansas City visit this week. The company, founded in 1989 by Sergei Radchenko, a former principal dancer of the Bolshoi Ballet, will perform at 7:30 p.m. Friday in the Muriel Kauffman Theatre at the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts.

Pompeii: The Exhibition tells the story of a city hidden from view and forgotten for centuries until its rediscovery more than 250 years ago. This global showcase – featuring nearly 200 artifacts, including vibrant frescoes, detailed mosaics, lifelike statues and precious personal objects – is on exhibit at Union Station.

Pure Prairie League with Outlaw Jim and the Whiskey Benders will light up the East Bottoms at 8:30 p.m. Friday at Knuckleheads Saloon.

Royals Fan Fest returns to Downtown KC this week, as the Kansas City Royals take the first steps toward preparations for the 2017 Major League Baseball season. Presented by Commerce Bank, the annual Fan Fest will run from 2-9 p.m. Friday and  11 a.m.-7 p.m. Saturday at the KC Convention Center. Click here to register for the event.

Shen Yun returns to Kansas City for four amazing performances on Friday through Sunday, Feb. 10-12 in the Kauffman Theatre at the Kauffman Center.

Spectrum: Autism, Art & Music – An innovative and powerful exhibition featuring Denver-based mother and son artists Juliette Hemingway and Javari Eugene-Poet Chase, who use art inspired by music to bring awareness to Autism, will hold court in the Changing Gallery of the American Jazz Museum through April 3.

STOMP is an explosive, provocative, sophisticated, sexy, utterly unique and appeals to audiences of all ages. The eight-member troupe uses everything but conventional percussion instruments–matchboxes, wooden poles, brooms, garbage cans, Zippo lighters, hubcaps–to fill the stage with magnificent rhythms. STOMP returns to KC for three performances on Saturday and Sunday in the Kauffman Theatre at the Kauffman Center.

UMKC Kangaroos come home to Municipal Auditorium this week for men’s collegiate basketball contests:

  • 6:05 p.m. Thursday vs. Grand Canyon
  • 7:05 p.m. Sunday vs. CSU Bakersfield

Winter JamContinuing an unprecedented reign as Christian music’s largest annual tour, the Winter Jam Tour Spectacular has announced its highly-anticipated 2017 line-up with a stop in KC at 6 p.m. Sunday at Sprint Center. No tickets are required for the event with $10 admission at the door. For the complete Winter Jam, lineup simply click here.

LIVE THEATER is thriving on Downtown stages, which feature these four performances this week:

  • Hana’s SuitcasePast and present mysteries come together in this captivating true story spanning 70 years and crisscrossing three continents.  This National Endowment for the Arts award-winning play opens Tuesday and continues through Feb. 12 at The Coterie.
  • I Got Rhythm: Songs from the early days of film musicals (Steppin’ Out With My Baby, Puttin’ On the Ritz to Broadway’s 42nd STREET (Shuffle Off To Buffalo) and Jerry Herman’s MACK AND MABEL (Tap Your Troubles Away), the Quality Hill Playhouse will celebrate the music that will leave you saying, I GOT RHYTHM. Who could ask for anything more? Performances continue through Feb. 19.
  • A Night on the Townfeaturing Alison Sneegas Borberg, is an infusion of a nightclub show and theatrical experience. Patrons enjoy an intimate solo performance at cabaret tables, while cocktail servers offer libations and light food throughout the evening. This month’s Night(s) on the Town are set for 8 p.m. Thursday through Saturday at MTH Theater at Crown Center.
  • ShearwaterThis world-premiere workshop production by The Living Room Theatre presents Shearwater, by Victor Wishna will close out the fourth-annual Writer’s Den series. Shearwater tells a story that reaches across generations, and promises to entertain and surprise audiences—and challenge them to reconsider their first impressions. Performances run through Sunday at The Living Room.

LIVE MUSIC – of all tastes and flavors – is performed at these Downtown venues on most nights:

For more of what’s happening in Downtown and Kansas City, check out our friends at VisitKC.

U.S. Figure Skating, KC Restaurant Week take center stage

The U.S. Figure Skating Championships will unfold in Downtown KC this week with sessions every day through Sunday at the Sprint Center.

The U.S. Figure Skating Championships will unfold in Downtown KC this week with sessions daily through Sunday at the Sprint Center.

The U.S. Figure Skating Championships will unfold on the Sprint Center’s stage this week, as Downtown KC plays host to the world over the coming week. Here is the highlight reel of the arts, entertainment and dining events in Downtown from Monday to Sunday, Jan. 16-22:

Alexei Lubimov – The Russian pianist is one of the most strikingly original musicians performing today. He has a dual passion for both early music performed on historical instruments, as well as contemporary repertoire. Appearing for the first time in Kansas City, Lubimov will be performing works by Debussy and Stravinsky. This Friends of Chamber Music performance is set for 8 p.m. Friday at the Folly Theater.

Alexis y Fido – the Latin Grammy nominated reggaeton duo from Puerto Rico will light up Downtown at 8 p.m. Saturday at the Midland.

Chopin with Beethoven’s Pastoral – Chopin’s compositions capture the sensitivity and self-expression of the Romantic era while upholding a sense of classic purity. Beethoven’s “Pastoral” Symphony No. 6 is a monumental work, and in its final movement is music that is as spine-tingling and joyful as anywhere in the classical repertoire. The Kansas City Symphony presents this weekend of classical artistry at 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and 2 p.m. Sunday in Helzberg Hall at the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts.

Coloring Space: The KC Public Library opens a year-long series of exhibits commemorating the 20th anniversary of the arts-nurturing Charlotte Street Foundation with the work of acclaimed painter and long-time Kansas City Art Institute instructor Warren Rosser. The works of four former Charlotte Street award winners will be featured throughout 2017, rotating quarterly. The inaugural exhibit in the series is on display now through March 19 at the Central Library.

KC Boat & SportshowWhether you’re an avid outdoorsman or are just looking for a way to escape winter for the day, this is YOUR show! This one-stop marketplace for outdoor fun— the best place to see and buy everything you need for your outdoor adventures – opens Thursday and continues through Sunday at Bartle Hall.

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KC Restaurant Week will offer a wide variety of mouth-watering foods from top chefs in  Downtown and across the metro area, demonstrating why the KC dining scene is among the nation’s best. Restaurant Week continues with lunch and dinner service daily through Sunday.  YUM!

Middle Ground: The Role of Politics Moderates in American Politics – As the 2016 election season unfolded, it often seemed that moderates were difficult to find. But Elizabethtown College Professor David S. Brown maintains that centrists, operating under a broad canopy of coalitions, have come together time and again to reshape the nation’s electoral landscape. The professor will lead this discussion in Kansas City at 2 p.m. Sunday at the Central Library. RSVP here.

Nitro ArenaCross Tour – Experience two high-flying nights of motorized adrenaline-pumping Arenacross action beginning at 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday at Hale Arena.

Pompeii: The Exhibition tells the story of a city hidden from view and forgotten for centuries until its rediscovery more than 250 years ago. The North American premiere of this global showcase – featuring nearly 200 artifacts, including vibrant frescoes, detailed mosaics, lifelike statues and precious personal objects. Pompeii: The Exhibition is currently on display at Union Station.

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Spectrum: Autism, Art & Music – An innovative and powerful exhibition featuring Denver-based mother and son artists Juliette Hemingway and Javari Eugene-Poet Chase, who use art inspired by music to bring awareness to Autism, will hold court in the Changing Gallery of the American Jazz Museum through April 30.

U.S. Figure Skating Championships – Kansas City will serve as the host city for the 2017 Prudential U.S. Figure Skating Championships this week with multiple sessions daily through Sunday at the Sprint CenterFor more information and a complete schedule of events and sessions, visit www.2017uschampionships.com.

LIVE THEATER is thriving on Downtown stages, which feature these performances this week:

  • I Got Rhythm: Songs from the early days of film musicals (Steppin’ Out With My Baby, Puttin’ On the Ritz to Broadway’s 42nd STREET (Shuffle Off To Buffalo) and Jerry Herman’s MACK AND MABEL (Tap Your Troubles Away), the Quality Hill Playhouse will celebrate the music that will leave you saying, I GOT RHYTHM. Who could ask for anything more? Performances on Friday and continue through Feb. 19.
  • ShearwaterThis world-premiere workshop production by The Living Room Theatre presents Shearwater, by Victor Wishna will close out the fourth-annual Writer’s Den series. Shearwater tells a story that reaches across generations, and promises to entertain and surprise audiences—and challenge them to reconsider their first impressions. Performances begin on Wednesday and continue through Jan. 29 at The Living Room.
  • Step-Buddy-Be-BopThe David Basse-Joe Cartwright Septet will perform this celebration of the great Kansas City Jazz Tradition and the beginnings of bebop with songs made famous by Jay McShann, Dizzy Gillespie, Charlie Parker, Billy Eckstine, and Eddie Jefferson. This special evening is set for 8 p.m. Saturday at Musical Theater Heritage at Crown Center.

LIVE MUSIC – of all tastes and flavors – is performed at these Downtown venues on most nights:

For more of what’s happening in Downtown and Kansas City, check out our friends at VisitKC.

Arts, Symphony + Leon Russell Tribute welcome the New Year

First Friday returns for the New Year this Friday in the Crossroads Arts District, the 18th & Vine Jazz District, the Central Library and the West Bottoms. Prepare to have fun!.

First Friday returns for the New Year this Friday in the Crossroads Arts District, the 18th & Vine Jazz District, the Central Library and the West Bottoms. Prepare to have fun!.

Here’s the highlight reel of what’s hot in Downtown KC from Monday to Sunday, Jan. 2-8:

Coloring Space: The KC Public Library opens a year-long series of exhibits commemorating the 20th anniversary of the arts-nurturing Charlotte Street Foundation with the work of acclaimed painter and long-time Kansas City Art Institute instructor Warren Rosser. The works of four former Charlotte Street award winners will be featured throughout 2017, rotating quarterly. The first exhibit in the series opens Saturday and continues through March 19 at the Central Library.

First Friday – one of the KC’s most popular events – returns to Downtown on this First Friday of the New Year this Friday with visual and performing arts bursting throughout the Crossroads Arts District and the 18th & Vine Jazz District from 5-9 p.m. Friday; beginning at 5:30 p.m. at the Central Library; and along with one of the most complete vintage marketplaces in the country in the West Bottoms through the Friday through Sunday weekend.

Leon Russell Tribute featuring the Nace Brothers, Shinetop Jr., Danielle Nicole, and Amanda Fish is set for 8:30 p.m. Saturday at Knuckleheads Saloon.

Pompeii: The Exhibition tells the story of a city hidden from view and forgotten for centuries until its rediscovery more than 250 years ago. The North American premiere of this global showcase – featuring nearly 200 artifacts, including vibrant frescoes, detailed mosaics, lifelike statues and precious personal objects. Pompeii: The Exhibition is currently on display at Union Station.

Simply Swingin’ with Sinatra: The Kansas City Symphony presents pops phenomenon Steve Lippia, as he performs songs from the American Songbook made famous by Bobby Darin, Nat King Cole, Tony Bennett, Frank Sinatra, Vic Damone and Sammy Davis, Jr. in this sensational new concert. This special Pop Series performance is set for 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday in Helzberg Hall at the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts.

LIVE MUSIC – of all tastes and flavors – is performed at these Downtown venues on most nights:

For more of what’s happening in Downtown and Kansas City, check out our friends at VisitKC.

 

Kwanzaa, Cirque du Soleil & NYE! to light up Downtown

Kansas City’s citywide Kwanzaa celebration begins Monday with activities at the Gem Theater. The celebration culminates on Jan. 1 with a feast at Nefertiti Ballroom.

Kansas City’s citywide Kwanzaa celebration begins Monday with activities at the Gem Theater. The celebration culminates on Jan. 1 with a feast at Nefertiti Ballroom.

The Citywide Kwanzaa Celebration, Cirque du Soleil and a wealth of New Year’s Eve parties top the highlight reel of what’s hot in Downtown KC from Monday to Sunday, Dec. 26-Jan. 1:

OVO, meaning “egg” in Portuguese, is a Cirque du Soleil headlong rush into a colorful ecosystem teeming with life, where insects work, eat, crawl, flutter, play, fight and look for love in a non-stop riot of energy and movement. Ovo opens Wednesday and continues through Sunday.

OVO, meaning “egg” in Portuguese, is a Cirque du Soleil headlong rush into a colorful ecosystem teeming with life, where insects work, eat, crawl, flutter, play, fight and look for love in a non-stop riot of energy and movement. Ovo opens Wednesday and continues through Sunday.

Cirque Du Soleil presents Ovo in eight colorful riots of energy and movement opening Wednesday and continuing through New Year’s Day at the Sprint Center.

Citywide Kwanzaa CelebrationThe local chapter of the National Black United Front will celebrate the 50th anniversary of the creation of Kwanzaa, as well as the 35th citywide celebration. The first six nights will take place in Downtown beginning at 6 p.m. Monday through Saturday at the Gem Theater in the historic Jazz District.  The final day’s celebration will begin at 3 p.m. Sunday at Nefertiti Ballroom with a Karamu Ya Imani (Feast of Feasts). eventbrite.com. Free.

New Year's Eve will be celebrated in grand style throughout Downtown this Saturday night. See below to explore the offerings at the Power & Light District, Union Station and many more venues.

New Year’s Eve will be celebrated in grand style throughout Downtown this Saturday night. See below to explore the offerings at the Power & Light District, Union Station and many more venues.

New Year’s Eve will be celebrated on Saturday night in venues throughout Downtown KC, including:

  • Blue Room Jazz Club will celebrate New Year’s Eve with a Charles Williams & Genre with Paula Sanders beginning at 8:30  p.m. at the American Jazz Museum. For tickets, check this out.
  • Knuckleheads is celebrating with two NYE shows (1) featuring Samantha Fish and Levee Town and (2) featuring The Mavericks. For ticket information, visit Knuckleheads Saloon.
  • The Phoenix will throw a Roarin’ ’20s NYE Party featuring Tim Whitmer & the KC Express, following an early show by Adam Galblum. For more into, swing over here.
  • Power & Light District presents NYE Live! featuring exclusive access up to 12 bars and nightclubs, all-inclusive food and drink packages, performances by Quixotic, live music, live DJ’s, NYE-themed party favors, champagne toasts, confetti cannons and the city’s most anticipated countdown to midnight – complete with a Times Square ball drop! For ticket information, check here.
  • Union Station  presents New Year’s Swingin’ Eve! Swing in the new year with the award-winning Dave Stephens Band. A party like no other in a venue like no other. Spend your New Year’s Eve celebrating with big band swing and your favorite retro dance originals. Your ticket gets it all . . . admission, live music, party favors, drinks, hot appetizers and midnight champagne toast. For ticket information, click here.
  • EVEN MORE NYE FUN will be on tap at live music clubs all around Downtown. See below:
  • Coda in the Crossroads
  • Green Lady Lounge in the Crossroads
  • Kill Devil Club in the Power & Light District
  • The Majestic in the Downtown Loop
  • Mutual Musicians Foundation in the 18th & Vine Jazz District
  • Prohibition Hall in the Downtown Loop
  • Record Bar in the Crossroads
  • The Ship in the West Bottoms
  • The Tank Room in the Crossroads

Santa’s Gingerbread Village: All aboard for a free, favorite holiday tradition at Crown Center! Kids and families can explore this interactive exhibit. Climb aboard the Crown Center Express Train Engine, and enjoy Gingerbread Village. Now through New Year’s Eve at Crown Center.

LIVE THEATER is thriving in Downtown KC, as you can experience nightly with:

  • Rudolph the Musical – the beloved television classic Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer soars off the screen and onto the stage this holiday season is showing now through through New Year’s Eve at The Coterie.

For more of what’s happening in Downtown and Kansas City, check out our friends at VisitKC.

Holiday magic fills the air on the Downtown arts scene

The Kansas City Ballet performs "The Nutcracker" - a highlight of the holiday must-do list - now through Christmas Eve at the Kauffman Center.

The Kansas City Ballet performs “The Nutcracker” now through Christmas Eve at the Kauffman Center.

The performing arts will shine brightly in Downtown KC this week, as we waltz toward Christmas weekend. Topping the list this week are the Kansas City Ballet’s final performances of The Nutcracker; the Kansas City Symphony’s Christmas Festival AND special Screenland at the Symphony performances of Home Alone; along with four different theatrical productions of holiday fun!

Here is the list of Ho, Ho, Ho’s for the week of Monday to Sunday, Dec. 19-25:

Breakfast with Santafeaturing free breakfast, gifts and photos with Santa Claus, begins at 8 a.m. Saturday at the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum.

Handel’s Messiah – performed by the Spire Chamber Ensemble and Baroque Orchestra – returns to the Kauffman Center for this annual performance at 7 p.m. Friday in Helzberg Hall.

Kansas City Southern Holiday TrainBack for its 16th annual run, the Kansas City Southern Holiday Express train brings Santa Claus and his elves back to Union Station. This unique holiday experience continues through Tuesday, and will be available for free rides on Monday (11 a.m. to 8 p.m.) and Tuesday (11 a.m. to 5 p.m.) only at Union Station. All Aboard!

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Kansas City Symphony’s Christmas FestivalKansas City’s grandest holiday concert has one more performance remaining before Santa’s big day.

The Kansas City Symphony and Symphony Chorus present stunning arrangements of cherished Christmas carols, songs of the season, exciting guest vocalists and musicians for a healthy dose of Christmas cheer. The final performance is set for 7 p.m. Tuesday in Helzberg Hall at the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts.

Midland Theatre will be Ho, Ho, Hoppin’ this week with two concerts leading up to the holiday weekend, including:

  • Chrisette Michelefeaturing Raheem Devaughn, bring his powerhouse voice to Downtown KC at 8 p.m. Wednesday
  • The Floozies present their Miracle on Funk Street tour, featuring Autograf, Linear Symmetry, and Jason Hann from String Cheese Incident, at 8:30 p.m. Friday

The Nutcracker – In 2015, the Kansas City Ballet launched an all-new The Nutcracker and broke box office records and received critical acclaim! Make this your family holiday tradition and see it again for the first time! Six more performances – running now through Christmas Eve – are set for the Muriel Kauffman Theater at the Kauffman Center.

Pompeii: The Exhibition featuring nearly 200 artifacts — some never before seen in the United States—including vibrant frescoes, detailed mosaics, lifelike statues and precious personal objects, Pompeii: The Exhibition tells the story of a city hidden from view and forgotten for centuries until its rediscovery more than 250 years ago. The North American premiere of this global showcase is now showing at Union Station.

Santa’s Gingerbread Station – All aboard for a favorite holiday tradition at Crown Center! Kids and families can explore this interactive exhibit, meet and have their photo taken with Santa Claus (through December 24), climb aboard the Crown Center Express Train Engine, and enjoy Gingerbread Village. Photos with Santa are available for a fee, or you may take your own. The holiday magic continues through New Year’s Eve.

Screenland at the Symphony presents the motion picture Home Alone with the musical score performed by the Kansas City Symphony at 7 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday in Helzberg Hall at the Kauffman Center.

LIVE THEATER is thriving in Downtown KC, as you can experience nightly:

LIVE MUSIC – of all tastes and flavors – is performed at these Downtown venues on most nights:

For more of what’s happening in Downtown and Kansas City, check out our friends at VisitKC.