Garth to set the KC arts & entertainment scene on fire

Here is the highlight reel of what’s happening in Downtown – from today (Monday) to Sunday, May 1-7:

Cinco de Mayo Fiesta and 5-Que Run – presented by the Guadalupe Center – is the largest and longest running celebration of its kind in the region. The Fiesta attracts more than 5,000 people from throughout the Kansas City region., and is filled with attractions for adults and children, great authentic food, live entertainment, local vendors and more. For more information, visit the Guadalupe Center or Visit KC.

Crossroads on the Vine – a student art exhibit featuring art from the 576 students in the Crossroads Charter Schools is set for 4:30-9 p.m. Friday at the American Jazz Museum.

Student artwork will be featured in the annual Crossroads Charter Schools’ art show – Crossroads on the Vine – this Friday at the American Jazz Museum.

First Friday – one of the KC’s coolest/hottest events of the year – returns for its May stay with visual and performing arts bursting throughout the Crossroads Arts District and the 18th & Vine Jazz District from 5-9 p.m.; the First Friday Film Festival at MTC Theater in Crown Center at 8:30 p.m.; and one at one of the country’s most complete vintage marketplaces West Bottoms on Friday through Sunday.

Folly Theater will light up Downtown with two remarkable shows this week, including:

  • Kirill Gersteinthe multifaceted pianist who has rapidly ascended into classical music’s highest ranks, will perform – courtesy of the Friends of Chamber Music – at 8 p.m. Friday.
  • Owens/Cox Dance Co. presents Inland Roads, a diverse and dynamic repertoire of contemporary dance works, at 8 p.m. Saturday.

Garth Brooks returns to Downtown KC for an electrifying seven-concert stand beginning Friday and extending to Saturday, May 13 at Sprint Center. Garth will rule KC over five shows this week, including 7 p.m. Friday; 3 and 7:30 p.m. Saturday; and 3 and 7:30 p.m. Sunday. For ticket information, visit the Garth Experience.

KC Streetcar – Happy First Birthday! C’mon down! The KC Streetcar will celebrate its first birthday on Saturday with free family fun – featuring food trucks, arts, clown, games, music, birthday cake and a hands-on truck-a-palooza exhibit for kids. The anniversary party will run  from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday in the East Plaza at Union Station. Free!

Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts will illuminate KC with 11 performances this week, including:

  • 42nd Street – One of the longest running musicals in Broadway history, 42ND STREET’s memorable score includes “We’re in the Money,” “You’re Getting to be a Habit With Me,” “Lullaby of Broadway” and of course, “42nd Street.” This Theater League production arrives in Downtown this week for eight performances from Tuesday to Sunday in the Muriel Kauffman Theatre.
  • War and Rememberance with Britten – Music Director Michael Stern, the Kansas City Symphony, Chorus and a trio of superb international vocal soloists join together for this unforgettable 20th century masterpiece, Britten’s War Requiem, on Friday through Sunday in Helzberg Hall.

 

Middle of the Map Fest – Don’t miss the 7th annual festival coming up on Thursday through Saturday throughout Downtown and KCMO (see the lineup below).  MOTM features three days of music with 100+ acts from across the country playing in
different venues including: The Madrid Theatre, Uptown Theater, CrossroadsKC and RecordBar. See acts like Jason
Isbell, De La Soul, Strand of Oaks, Talib Kweli, Lewis Del Mar and the list goes on! For a full schedule, info on single day passes, full fest passes and everything else visit www.MOTMKC.com now!

Midland Theatre will light up Downtown with three eclectic shows including:

  • Styx – the legendary hard rockers from Chicago – will rock the Big Town this week to promote their first studio album in 14 years. The show is set for 8 p.m. Tuesday.
  • The Fab Four – With uncanny, note-for-note live renditions of Beatles’ songs, the Fab Four will make you think you are watching the real thing. This incredible stage show includes three costume changes representing every year of the Beatles ever-changing career. Get ready to party at 8 p.m. Friday.
  • Jesse Cookthe global-guitar virtuoso, brings his One World Tour to KC at 8 p.m. Saturday

Pablo Sanhueza and the Latin Jazz All Stars deliver Afro-Latin American music and dance under the influence of funk, jazz, and r&b. They will shake it up at 8:30 p.m. Friday in the Blue Room.

Power & Light District will feature Bush live in concert at 8 p.m. Friday at Kansas City Live! Tickets are on sale now at ticketfly.

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

  • The Velveteen Rabbit is a faithful adaptation of the beloved book by Margery Williams. It is a story of love, reality and imagination all centered on the deep bond between a toy rabbit and boy fighting illness. This Kansas City Young Audiences production continues through May 11 at the City Stage at Union Station.
  • We Are in a Play! –  Adapted by Mo Willems from his wildly popular book series, this lively musical features Elephant Gerald and Piggie and their delightfully nutty back-up singers, the Squirrelles, discovering the fun of being in a play. This interactive production runs through May 21 at The Coterie at Crown Center.
  • What Would Crazy Horse Do? The KC Rep presents this world premiere of a new play by preeminent Native American writer Larissa FastHorse. It serves as a chilling look at the notion of racial purity, this story reveals the challenges contemporary Native Americans face when fighting extinction in a world that seems to have already forgotten they exist. The play runs through May 28 at the Copaken Stage at H&R Block.

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.

Superheroes rule Downtown this weekend at Planet Comicon

The world of pop culture descends on Bartle Hall for three huge days of celebrities, comics, superheroes, collectibles and more during Planet Comicon Kansas City.

Superheroes will have no need to hide their alter-egos this week as Planet Comicon Kansas City, the area’s largest and longest-running comic book convention and pop culture expo, takes over Bartle Hall for three huge days, Friday through Sunday.

With a guest list that includes Jason Isaacs, Ron Perlman, Stephen Amell, Ric Flair, Catherine Tate, Adelaide Kane, Felicia Day, Billie Piper, Tara Reid, John Barrowman, Anna Silk, John DiMaggio, Darryl “DMC” McDaniels, Jim Beaver and many more, Planet Comicon Kansas City brings to life the world of comics, fantasy, science fiction, television, movies and cosplay.

A weekend full of celebrity guests, heralded comics creators, panel presentations, interactive entertainment, contests and collectibles highlights Planet Comicon Kansas City’s week of adventure in Downtown Kansas City.

These are just some of the activities awaiting Planet Comicon Kansas City fans. For a detailed schedule of events, guests, admission and more, visit www.PlanetComicon.com!

The Planet Comicon Kansas City box office is located on-site at Lobby 2100 at the Kansas City Convention Center. Will Call is located at Lobby 2200. Admission is at the door.

 

Pirates, Joyce, BBQ, Yo-Yo & Art in the Loop rule the week ahead

The Lyric Opera will delight audiences with four performances of ‘The Pirates of Penzance’ this week at the Kauffman Center.

The beloved Pirates of Penzance rule the arts and entertainment scene in Downtown this week, as the Lyric Opera presents the operetta over four days at the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts. Here is the highlight reel ofwhat’s happening in Downtown – from today (Monday) to Sunday, April 24-30:

Art in the Loop Kickoff Reception – The 2017 Art in the Loop Project: Cue!, a curated outdoor exhibition features 14 temporary artworks and performances along the city’s Streetcar route, in the City Market, and at the Central Library.  Project Cue will also bring a diverse array of musicians to Downtown through a lunchtime concert series on Wednesdays from May 17 through September 13, at the same locations where artwork is installed. Click here to RSVP for the kickoff reception.

Charlotte Street Studio Residency Weekend provides the public a chance to meet the artists, learn more about their work and processes, and attend live music and dance performances; readings; exhibitions; participatory activities; artist talks; special sales; and more. All events are free and open to the public from 6- 10 p.m. Friday at the Charlotte Street Town Pavilion Studios and noon-5 p.m Saturday in the Paragraph Gallery. For more information or to RSVP, go to CharlotteStreet.org.

Get Your Green On – Free eco-friendly fun for the entire family – including a noon performance by Eco Elvis and The Extraordinaires – this Saturday beginning at 9 a.m. at the City Market.

Joyce DiDonato

Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts will showcase eight spectacular performances this week, including:

  • UMKC Conservatory Orchestra directed by Robert Olson will perform with the Chancellor’s Concerto Competition winner at 7 p.m. Monday in Helzberg Hall
  • The Pirates of Penzance continues this week with four performances – Wednesday to Sunday – in the Muriel Kauffman Theatre. For more information on this Lyric Opera of Kansas City production, see below.
  • The Harriman-Jewell Series presents Yo-Yo Ma (cello), Edgar Meyer (bass), and Chris Thile (mandolin), in an all-Bach recital at 7:30 p.m. Thursday in Helzberg Hall. This Special Engagement is part of a limited tour that includes very few cities across the U.S., with Kansas City among New York, Chicago and Los Angeles.
  • Joyce DiDonato – Kansas City’s favorite mezzo-soprano joins forces with London-based baroque orchestra The English Concert, led by Harry Bicket, with vocalists Christiane Karg, Sonia Prina, David Portillo, Joelle Harvey, and Mathew Brook in a concert of Handel’s admired opera. This Harriman-Jewell presentation begins at 7 p.m. Friday in Helzberg Hall
  • Youth Symphony of Kansas City concludes its 2016-17 season at the Kauffman Center, featuring its advanced ensembles, the Symphony and Academy Orchestras. This special performance begins at 3 p.m. Sunday in Helzberg Hall.

Midland Theatre will light up with Big Town with four concerts this week including:

  • Two Door Cinema Club will be celebrating its highly anticipated third album Gameshow, when the band rocks Downtown at 8 p.m. Tuesday. Opening will be Blossoms.
  • Bishop Briggs – a rising star with a voice of heft and grit – will light up the Midland at 8 p.m. Wednesday. Opening acts are SHAED and Manatee Commune.
  • Afentra’s Prom returns for a spring fling that features STRFKR, KITTEN, Deep Vally and ALICIASOLO. The Prom gets started at 7:30 p.m. Friday.
  • Killswitch Engage & Anthrax – Metalcore forefathers Killswitch Engage and thrash legends Anthrax announce bring their 27-date North American tour to Downtown KC at 6:30 p.m. Sunday. Opening acts are The Devil Wears Prada and Code Orange.

Pig and Swig returns to Downtown KC on Saturday with heapin’ helpings of barbecue, bourbon and beer.

Pig and Swig – a festival showcasing great local BBQ flavors, as well as bourbon, whiskey and craft beer – returns this Saturday from 3-8 p.m. Guests will enjoy the sights, smells and flavors of barbeque in the heart of Downtown KC, plus live music, lawn games and more. For tickets and more info, visit PigandSwigKC.

The Pirates of PenzanceEnjoy High Jinks on the High Seas with Gilbert and Sullivan’s cheeky and charming operetta in The Pirates of Penzance, which abounds with pirates, maidens and a Major General with the true gift of gab. Presented by the Lyric Opera of Kansas City, the Pirates set sail for four more performances at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday and Friday, and 2 p.m. Saturday and Sunday in the Muriel Kauffman Theatre at the Kauffman Center.

Planet Comicon – one of the nation’s largest comic book and pop culture expos – returns to Downtown KC this weekend. Fans of superheroes, science fiction, and fantasy gathered to collect celebrity autographs, meet comic book creators, explore vendor tables, participate in cosplay events, and attend hundreds of hours of programming. Planet Comicon will be taking on passengers Friday through Sunday at Bartle Hall.

Things Come ApartThis traveling exhibit from the Smithsonian Institution exposes the inner workings of many of our everyday possessions, disassembling them and artfully illustrating that even the most intricate of modern technologies can be broken down and understood. The exhibit continues through June 25 at the Central Library.

WWE RAW  returns to Downtown KC  today (Monday) for an action-packed night of entertainment featuring favorite WWE Superstars. The WWE RAW live event in April marks the 20th WWE event hosted by Sprint Center since opening its doors in 2007. The battles are set to begin at 6:30 p.m. Monday.

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

  • The Velveteen Rabbit is a faithful adaptation of the beloved book by Margery Williams. It is a story of love, reality and imagination all centered on the deep bond between a toy rabbit and boy fighting illness. This Kansas City Young Audiences production continues through May 11 at the City Stage at Union Station.
  • We Are in a Play! –  Adapted by Mo Willems from his wildly popular book series, this lively musical features Elephant Gerald and Piggie and their delightfully nutty back-up singers, the Squirrelles, discovering the fun of being in a play. This interactive production runs through May 21 at The Coterie at Crown Center.
  • What Would Crazy Horse Do? The KC Rep presents this world premiere of a new play by preeminent Native American writer Larissa FastHorse. It serves as a chilling look at the notion of racial purity, this story reveals the challenges contemporary Native Americans face when fighting extinction in a world that seems to have already forgotten they exist. The play opens on Friday and runs through May 28 at the Copaken Stage at H&R Block.

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.

‘Pirates’ to take the Downtown KC arts scene by storm this week

 

The beloved Pirates of Penzance set shore beginning Saturday at the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts – setting the tone for the arts and entertainment scene in Downtown KC. Here is the highlight reel what’s happening in Downtown – from today (Monday) to Sunday, April 17-23:

KC Public Library has revived a colorful slice of Downtown history, recently unveiling a reproduction of Thomas Hart Benton’s sprawling mural Achelous and Hercules. On display outside the Central Library’s Genevieve Guldner Gallery, it returns an image that adorned Harzfeld’s Department Store before the business closed in 1984. The original now hangs in the Smithsonian. Henry Adams, one of the country’s preeminent Benton scholars, discusses the work at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday at the Central Library. RSVP here.

Congressional Student Art Exhibit – The Kansas City Public Library plays host to the annual Missouri 5th Congressional District student art exhibit which through Monday at the Central Library.

Downtown Wine Walk – Sip, taste and explore from 3-6 p.m. Saturday in the Power & Light District. Enjoy live music along 14th Street, wine tastings and small plates at each of the seven participating venues. Proceeds benefit No Kid Hungry.

Food Truck Friday returns to Union Cemetery for the first event of the season this Friday from 11 a.m. -1:30 p.m. with four food trucks and live music. Food Truck Friday at Union Cemetery occurs every third Friday of each month through September. Proceeds benefit the Union Cemetery Historical Society.

Jack DeJohnette TrioCelebrate National Jazz Appreciation Month with NEA Jazz Master and GRAMMY® winner Jack DeJohnette, one of the greatest drummers in the history of the genre. The trio will be Jammin’ at the Gem at 8 p.m. Saturday at the Gem Theater. Opening for the DeJohnette Trio will be Ravi Coltrane and Matt Garrison.

The Lyric Opera presents ‘The Pirates of Penzance’ beginning Saturday in Kauffman Theatre.

Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts will showcase four performances this week, including:

K-State Rhapsody IV presents a colossal performance of the greatest music from the movies, featuring the Kansas State University Grand Chorus and a professional orchestra, beginning at 4 p.m. Sunday at the historic Folly Theater.

Midland Theatre will light up with big town with three shows over four nights this week including:

  • Thursday – featuring special guests Basement, Touche Amore and Cities Aviv – will get the week started at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday;
  • Reik – the Latin Grammy-nominated Mexican band from Mexicali, Baja California – presents its Tour Des / Amor at 8 p.m. Thursday;
  • Dan + Shay – the critically acclaimed duo hit No. 1 on Billboard’s Country Albums Chart with their first album Where It All Began, in 2014. Racking up more than 25 million YouTube views, they are the only new country duo in SoundScan recorded history to debut at No. 1.  Jackie Lee will open at at 8 p.m. Friday.

The Pirates of PenzanceEnjoy High Jinks on the High Seas with Gilbert and Sullivan’s cheeky and charming operetta in The Pirates of Penzance, which abounds with pirates, maidens and a Major General with the true gift of gab. Presented by the Lyric Opera of Kansas City, the Pirates set sail at 7:30 p.m. Saturday for five performances in the Muriel Kauffman Theatre at the Kauffman Center.

Things Come ApartThis traveling exhibit from the Smithsonian Institution exposes the inner workings of many of our everyday possessions, disassembling them and artfully illustrating that even the most intricate of modern technologies can be broken down and understood. The exhibit continues through June 25 at the Central Library.

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

  • Musical Monday & Tuesday will feature tunes from Tony-nominated shows of the 1970s juxtaposed with the top radio tunes of the decade. Performances are set for 7:30 p.m. Monday and Tuesday at MTC Theater at Crown Center.
  • Music of Carlos Gardel – tango’s first superstar – presents a musical tribute to this Argentinian legend. The performance features Bruno Bessa and master tango violinist, Christine Brebes from Buenos Aires, beginning at 8 p.m. Friday at MTC Theater at Crown Center.
  • The Velveteen Rabbit is a faithful adaptation of the beloved book by Margery Williams. It is a story of love, reality and imagination all centered on the deep bond between a toy rabbit and boy fighting illness. This Kansas City Young Audiences production continues through May 11 at the City Stage at Union Station.
  • We Are in a Play! –  Adapted by Mo Willems from his wildly popular book series, this lively musical features Elephant Gerald and Piggie and their delightfully nutty back-up singers, the Squirrelles, discovering the fun of being in a play. This interactive production runs through May 21 at The Coterie at 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.com

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

Symphony, UMKC Jazz Night lay down the beat for the week ahead

The UMKC Conservatory Jazz program will be featured in a special collage concert on Thursday evening at the Folly Theater.

The Kansas City Symphony, the UMKC Conservatory of Music and Dance, John Mayer, Chris Brown and local high school artists will share center stage in the Downtown KC arts and entertainment scene this week. Here is the highlight reel what’s happening in Downtown – from today (Monday) to Sunday, April 10-16:

 

Bond and Beyond: 50 Years of 007 – Bond. James Bond. The Kansas City Symphony celebrates the world’s most famous spy with the music we know and love from “Casino Royale,” “Goldfinger,” “From Russia with Love,” “Diamonds Are Forever,” “Skyfall” and much more. Performances are set for 7 p.m. Thursday, and 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday in Helzberg Hall at the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts.

Chris Brown – celebrating 10 years in music and six No. 1 singles – brings his R&B/Hip Hop groove to Downtown KC,  featuring Fabolous, O.T. Genasis, and Kap G beginning at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday at Sprint Center.

Congressional Student Art Exhibit – The Kansas City Public Library plays host to the annual Missouri 5th Congressional District student art exhibit and celebration, at which U.S. Rep. Emanuel Cleaver II and his wife, Dianne Cleaver, will honor local high school artists. All student art submissions will be featured during a reception and program at 1:30 p.m. Saturday, as well as in the exhibit that opens Tuesday and runs through next Monday, April 17 at the Central Library.

 

John Mayer brings his Search for Everything Tour, his first solo tour in three years featuring a full band solo acoustic and the John Mayer Trio beginning at 7:30 p.m. Friday at Sprint Center.

Midland Theatre will rock this town with three completely different shows over five days this week, including”

  • In This Moment presents its Half God/Half Devil Tour – featuring Motionless in White, Avatar and Gemini Syndrome – beginning at 7 p.m. Wednesday
  • Lewis Black , a/k/a/ King of the Rant, presents his Rant, White & Blue Tour at 8 p.m. Friday
  • Magic Men Live – performed and produced by The Premier Gentlemen – will strut, shake and shimmy  their stuff at 8 p.m. Sunday

Things Come ApartThis traveling exhibit from the Smithsonian Institution exposes the inner workings of many of our everyday possessions, disassembling them and artfully illustrating that even the most intricate of modern technologies can be broken down and understood. The exhibit continues through June 25 at the Central Library.

UFC Fight Night makes its long-awaited Downtown KC debut on Saturday with a stacked lineup of mixed martial arts’ best. In the main event, UFC flyweight champion Demetrious Johnson is on the verge of history, as a win over Brazilian challenger Wilson Reis will see him tie the record for most successful UFC title defenses. Fight Night begins at 3 p.m. Saturday at Sprint Center.

UMKC Jazz Night – an evening with the UMKC Conservatory of Music and Dance – will feature a variety of ensembles that represent the entirety of jazz studies at the Conservatory, directed by Bobby Watson and Dan Thomas. This collage concert begins at 7:30 p.m. Thursday at the Folly Theater.

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

  • The Velveteen Rabbit is a faithful adaptation of the beloved book by Margery Williams. It is a story of love, reality and imagination all centered on the deep bond between a toy rabbit and boy fighting illness. This Kansas City Young Audiences production opens Tuesday and runs through May 11 at the City Stage at Union Station.
  • We Are in a Play! –  Adapted by Mo Willems from his wildly popular book series, this lively musical features Elephant Gerald and Piggie and their delightfully nutty back-up singers, the Squirrelles, discovering the fun of being in a play. This interactive production opens Tuesday and runs through May 21 at The Coterie at 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.com

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

Downtown community Easter Egg Hunt is set for Saturday

 

The annual community Easter Egg Hunt by the United Methodist Church of the Resurrection Downtown is set for 10 a.m. to noon on Saturday on the southeast lawn of the Liberty Memorial. Visit cor.org/downtown for more.

U.S. WWI ceremony to close streets for hours on Thursday

The national ceremony to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the U.S. entry into World War I will unfold on Thursday morning at the National World War I Museum and Memorial in Downtown Kansas City.

 

The World War I centennial event in Downtown Kansas City on Thursday will mean headaches for some commuters and others who will discover closed roads near Liberty Memorial, according to The Kansas City Star today.

For most of the day on Thursday, streets around the National World War I Museum and Memorial will be closed, and there will be no direct access to the WWI Museum and Memorial, Crown Center, Union Station or the Internal Revenue Service.

Road closures around Liberty Memorial, Union Station and Crown Center are planned to begin early Thursday morning and continue for much of the day. (Map courtesy of The Kansas City Star.)

Produced by the U.S. World War I Centennial Commission, the ceremony, In Sacrifice for Liberty and Peace: Centennial Commemoration of the U.S. Entry into World War I, is expected to draw dignitaries from around the world to participate in this historic tribute. Follow this link for FAQs about the event.

Barricades will go up at 3 a.m. on Thursday in anticipation of huge crowds planning to attend America’s ceremony commemorating the 100th anniversary of U.S. entry into WWI. The event will begin at 9 a.m. and run until 12:30 p.m. Public tickets are sold out, but a live stream can be viewed for free.

Downtown workers, residents and visitors can expect heavy traffic on Thursday morning, and are encouraged to plan accordingly.

Inclement weather could lead to cancelling the outdoor event, but it is still planned for an outdoor celebration at this time.

Traffic Alert – for drivers, and bus riders

The morning commute in and around Liberty Memorial, Union Station and Crown Center on Thursday is going to be anything except routine, according to City Hall. The centennial ceremony has prompted the closing of streets surrounding Liberty Memorial, due to security for international diplomats who will be attending.

Road closures and security measures around the museum start at 3 a.m. Thursday – and will continue for most of the day. For commuters who work in the area, this map shows how to access nearby businesses. A second map shows recommended detours for motorists who are just driving through.

In addition, RideKC buses will reroute around the event perimeter from 4 a.m. until 5:30 p.m. on Thursday. This affects a significant portion of RideKC’s routes in Downtown KC.

Closed roads include:

  • Main Street between 20th Street and Grand Boulevard
  • Pershing Road between Broadway Street and Grand Boulevard
  • Kessler Road from Pershing Road to Wyandotte Street
  • 27th Street between Main Street and Grand Boulevard
  • 29th Street between Broadway and Wyandotte Street
  • Wyandotte Street between Memorial Drive / Kessler Road and 31st Street

Main Street detours include Grand Boulevard, Gillham Road, Southwest Trafficway or Broadway Boulevard for north/south traffic. East/west traffic should use 20th or 31st streets.

Public attendees are required to access the event at Pershing Road and Main Street. Accessible transportation for ticketed guests will be available via shuttle at Pershing Road and Main Street, courtesy of the Kansas City Area Transportation Authority (KCATA).

There will be no parking in and around the memorial including Union Station. The public is encouraged to walk or use KC Streetcar and KCATA/RideKC.

Detailed reroute information is online at www.RideKC.org. Routes include local bus service, as well as express routes from Johnson County, Kansas City, Mo., Liberty, Blue Springs and Lee’s Summit.

The centennial event will be streamed live with a link at the U.S. WWI Centennial Commission website. C-SPAN3 will record the event to air at 9 a.m. Sunday.

 

 

Nation’s eyes turn to KC for WWI Centennial Commemoration

The National World War I Museum and Memorial will play host to the National Centennial Commemoration of the U.S. entry in WWI on Thursday morning.The national ceremony, In Sacrifice for Liberty and Peace: Centennial Commemoration of the U.S. Entry in World War I, not only tops the list of special events and attracts this week in Downtown KC, but also places the National World I Museum and Memorial at the top of the nation’s must-see events.

Here is the highlight reel for that and the rest of what’s happening in Downtown KC – including amazing performances by the Kansas City Ballet, Jon Batiste and Radiohead – from today (Monday) to Sunday, April 3-9:

Jon Batiste will receive the Lifetime Achievement Award from the American Jazz Museum at 8 p.m. Friday at the Gem Theater. Batiste, currently the house bandleader on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert, will receive the award and perform during this special evening. Click here for ticket information.

Jon Batiste will receive the American Jazz Museum’s Lifetime Achievement Award and perform at the Gem Theater on Friday.

Comedy’s Most Wanted – Armed and Dangerously Funny – features five of today’s hottest comedians, including J.J. Williamson, Lavell Crawford, Dominique, Corey Holcomb and D.C. Young Fly, at 7:30 p.m. Friday at the Midland.

First Friday – one of the Kansas City’ coolest and hottest events – returns for the April 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; beginning at 7:30 p.m. at MTC Theater at Crown Center; and along with one of the most complete vintage marketplaces in the country in the West Bottoms through the Friday through Sunday weekend.

Folly Theater will light up Downtown this with week with three memorable performances, including:

  • Lawrence Brownlee and Eric Owens – two of today’s greatest American voices will join together for a recital of art songs, arias, and spirituals. The Harriman Jewell Series performance is set for 7:30 p.m. Thursday.
  • Donny McCaslin Trio will light up Downtown in this special Folly Jazz Series performance at 8 p.m. Friday. McCaslin has recorded 11 solo albums. In 2014, he played tenor and soprano saxophone on David Bowie’s single Sue (Or in a Season of Crime). Subsequently he would play saxophone on Bowie’s 2016 album Blackstar.
  • Tomer Gerwirtzman – A tradition of recognizing and nurturing emerging talent will continue with a free Harriman Jewell Series Discovery Concert at 7 p.m. Saturday. The Israeli pianist also won First Prize of the 2015 Young Concert Artists International Auditions.

 

National WWI Centennial CommemorationThe National World War I Museum and Memorial will play host to America’s national ceremony commemorating the centennial of the United States’ entry into the Great War. Produced by the U.S. World War I Centennial Commission, the ceremony, In Sacrifice for Liberty and Peace: Centennial Commemoration of the U.S. Entry into World War I, will begin at 9 a.m. Thursday at the Museum. Visit theworldwar.org for complete details on tickets.

Radiohead is coming to Downtown KC this week, as part of its nine-city tuneup tour for the band’s headlining gig at the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival later this month. The band is touring in support of its ninth studio LP, A Moon Shaped Pool, which came out last May and debuted at No. 3 on the Billboard albums chart. Radiohead will rock Downtown at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday at Sprint Center.

The Kansas City Ballet performs ‘The Sleeping Beauty’ now through Sunday at the Kauffman Center.

The Sleeping Beauty – This romantic and tender tale makes its Kansas City debut with glittering dances, vibrant storybook characters and one of the most beloved grand pas de deux in all of ballet. The Kansas City Ballet presents the Tchaikovsky masterpiece with five more performances this week that continue through Sunday in the Muriel Kauffman Theatre at the Kauffman Center.

Things Come ApartThis traveling exhibit from the Smithsonian Institution exposes the inner workings of many of our everyday possessions, disassembling them and artfully illustrating that even the most intricate of modern technologies can be broken down and understood. The exhibit continues through June 25 at the Central Library.

Worship Night in America – presented by GRAMMY winner Chris Tomlin will feature Big Daddy Weave, Phil Wickham, Zach Williams, Mosaic MSC and Jason Barton. Worship Night gets underway at 7:30 p.m. Saturday at Sprint Center.

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

  • Avenue Q – featuring multiple puppets interacting with a few human characters, it is an unique musical comedy that won the 2004 Tony Award. The Music Theatre Kansas City production is now showing at the City Stage at Union Station,
  • She Loves Me – With music by Jerry Bock and Sheldon Harnick (Fiddler on the Roof), this classic 1964 Broadway, was revived in 2016 Broadway and earned eight Tony Awards, including Best Revival of a Musical! She Loves Me is widely considered the most charming musical ever written. It continues through Sunday at MTH Theater at Crown Center.
  • Unchained Melody – Take a romantic trip down memory lane in this cabaret revue featuring the melodies of the 1950s and the unique American sound known as “doo-wop”. The melodies continue through Sunday at the Quality Hill Playhouse.
  • We Are in a Play! –  Adapted by Mo Willems from his wildly popular book series, this lively musical features Elephant Gerald and Piggie and their delightfully nutty back-up singers, the Squirrelles, discovering the fun of being in a play. This interactive production opens Tuesday and runs through May 21 at The Coterie at 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.com

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

Ballet, ‘Beautiful’ & Disney ice queens to heat up Downtown

Disney on Ice, featuring all of your favorite characters will light up Downtown beginning Wednesday at the Sprint Center.

The Kansas City Ballet’s production of The Sleeping Beauty; the theatrical presentation of the Carole King’s musical gifts and the Disney on Ice queens will highlight a heart-melting week of arts and entertainment in Downtown KC.  Here is the highlight reel for what’s happening – Monday, March 27 to Sunday, April 2:

Disney on Ice: Follow Your Heart features your favorite animated characters from the Disney / Pixar vaults, including Dory, the Disney Princesses, Anna and Elsa, Olaf and Kristoff, and many more. Disney on Ice will perform nine times over four days – beginning at 7 p.m. Wednesday until the closing show at 5 p.m. Sunday at Sprint Center.

Folly Theater will light up Downtown this with week with two memorable performances, including:

  • Anne Sophie Muttercalled “the undisputed queen of violin-playing” by The Times (London), Mutter has reigned as one of the world’s most acclaimed violin virtuosos for more than three decades. She will perform at  violinist-in-recital for the Harriman Jewell Series at 7:30 p.m. Friday
  • Joyce Yang – Blessed with “poetic and sensitive pianism” (Washington Post) and a “wondrous sense of color” (San Francisco Classical Voice), pianist Yang captivates audiences with her virtuosity, lyricism, and interpretive sensitivity. The Friends of Chamber Music presents this magical evening, beginning at 8 p.m. Saturday

The Kansas City Ballet performs ‘The Sleeping Beauty’ beginning Friday at the Kauffman Center.

Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts will feature six amazing performances over four days this week, including:

  • You Had Me at CelloThe Kansas City Symphony presents a free, happy hour performance that features two Piazzolla tangos arranged for cello quartet, plus Schubert’s String Quintet. Cash bars open at 5 p.m., followed by the casual one-hour concert at 6 p.m. Wednesday in Helzberg Hall.
  • The Kansas City Ballet much-anticipated presentation of The Sleeping Beauty opens on Friday for seven performances in the Muriel Kauffman Theatre. (See below for more information.)
  • Sacred Choral Works of Duke Ellington – These rarely-performed works will be brought to life by the Kansas City Chorale and the Kansas City Jazz Orchestra for one night only! The critic Gary Giddins has characterized these pieces as “Ellington bringing the Cotton Club revue to the church.” This special event will unfold at 8 p.m. Friday in Helzberg Hall.

Midland Theatre will be smokin’ hot this week with two huge shows, including:

  • Bring Me the Horizonone of the UK’s biggest metal acts, will rock Downtown – featuring Underoath and Beartooth – beginning at 7 p.m. Tuesday
  • Paula Poundstoneone of America’s foremost comics and a regular on NPR’s Wait, Wait Don’t Tell Me, will light up the Big Town at 8 p.m. Friday

The Sleeping Beauty – This romantic and tender tale makes its Kansas City debut with glittering dances, vibrant storybook characters and one of the most beloved grand pas de deux in all of ballet. The Kansas City Ballet presents the Tchaikovsky masterpiece over eight performances beginning at 7:30 p.m. Friday and continuing through Sunday, April 9 in the Muriel Kauffman Theatre at the Kauffman Center.

Things Come ApartThis traveling exhibit from the Smithsonian Institution exposes the inner workings of many of our everyday possessions, disassembling them and artfully illustrating that even the most intricate of modern technologies can be broken down and understood. The exhibit opens Saturday and continues through June 25 at the Central Library.

Beautiful – the Carole King musical – arrives on Tuesday for dreamy six-day-stay in Downtown KC.

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

  • Beautiful – The Carole King Musical tells the inspiring true story of King’s remarkable rise to stardom, from being part of a hit songwriting team with her husband Gerry Goffin, to her relationship with fellow writers and best friends Cynthia Weil and Barry Mann, to becoming one of the most successful solo acts in popular music history. Presented by Broadway Across America, Beautiful opens Tuesday and runs through Sunday at the Music Hall.
  • Constellations: This 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. Star-filled performances continue through Sunday at the KC Rep’s Copaken Stage.
  • She Loves Me – With music by Jerry Bock and Sheldon Harnick (Fiddler on the Roof), this classic 1964 Broadway, was revived in 2016 Broadway and earned eight Tony Awards, including Best Revival of a Musical! She Loves Me is widely considered the most charming musical ever written. It continues through Sunday, April 9 at MTH Theater at Crown Center.
  • Silent Movie (jazz) Sessions –  This new performance series fuses the silent movie genre with live jazz artists performing original and improvisational compositions. Presented in the MTH Studio Theater and Cinema, the jazz quartet is led by Joey Panella and features Nate Nall on trumpet and flugelhorn, Eddie Moore (of The Outer Circle) on keyboards and synths,  and Brian Steever on drums and percussion. The Silent Movie for this session is the 1920 horror classic The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari. Performances are set for 7 p.m. Friday, and 1 and 7 p.m. Saturday at MTH Theater at Crown Center.
  • Unchained Melody – Take a romantic trip down memory lane in this cabaret revue featuring the melodies of the 1950s and the unique American sound known as “doo-wop”. The melodies begin continue through Sunday, April 9 at the Quality Hill Playhouse.

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.

March Madness reaches a ‘Beautiful’ crescendo this week

Kansas guard Frank Mason, right, stands his ground after being bumped by Michigan State’s Miles Bridges during Sunday’s NCAA Tournament game in Tulsa. Photo courtesy of The Kansas City Star.

The NCAA Midwest Regional – featuring No. 1 seed Kansas; the championship round of the NAIA Men’s Basketball Championship on Tuesday; and next week’s Kansas City debut of a Beautiful smash-hit musical top the list of a wild crazy and inspiring stretch ahead in Downtown Kansas City. Here is the highlight reel for what’s happening in Downtown – Monday to Sunday, March 20-26:

Dianne Reeves – this four-time GRAMMY winner considered one of the pre-eminent female jazz vocalists in the world will perform in the historic 18th & Vine Jazz District for this year’s celebration of Women in Jazz. With a repertoire that ranges from jazz to soul and include R&B, Latin, and pop, Reeves will perform at 8 p.m. Saturday at the Gem Theater.

Dianne Reeves, the Grammy-winning jazz vocalist, will light up the Gem Theater with a much-anticipated concert on Saturday.

Heartland Men’s Chorus presents its spring concert Identify this week. Part choral concert, part Ted Talk, Identify celebrates living lives of authenticity. Joined by special guests, Twin Cities Gay Men’s Chorus, TedTalk sensation Morgana Bailey and Jane Clementi, mother of the late Tyler Clementi, HMC will lift up the importance of being you. Performances are set for 8 p.m. Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday at the Folly Theater.

Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts will feature seven performances over four days this week, including:

  • The Boston Pops Esplanade Orchestra performs By George! The Pops Play GershwinLed by charismatic conductor Keith Lockhart, the Boston Pops has become a national treasure. Making its first return to the Harriman Jewell Series and Kansas City since 2002, the famed orchestra will celebrate the music of America’s most original composer, George Gershwin, at 7:30 p.m. Friday in the Muriel Kauffman Theatre.
  • Kansas City Symphony Classical Series presents Hope Springs Eternal: Sibelius’ Secondfeaturing violinist Anne Akiko Meyers, at 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and 2 p.m. Sunday in Helzberg Hall.
  • The Oak Ridge Boys – Their four-part harmonies and upbeat songs have spawned dozens of country hits and a No. 1 pop smash. Every time they step before an audience, the Oaks bring four decades of charted singles and 50 years of tradition to a stage show that fuses the group’s gospel roots with contemporary country and rock. Their magic will come to life at 7:30 p.m. Sunday in Kauffman Theatre. 

The Oak Ridge Boys – featuring one of the most distinctive and recognizable sounds in the music industry – will perform on Sunday at the Kauffman Center.

NAIA Men’s National Basketball Championship – The 53rd annual tournament is led by No. 1 seed LSU Alexandria (La.) was ranked No. 1 in each of the last six Top 25 Coaches’ Polls – is the only undefeated team with a 31-0 mark. The NAIA field of 32 teams continues to the national championship showdown at 7 p.m. Tuesday at Municipal Auditorium.

NCAA Men’s Basketball Midwest Regional – The Big 12 Conference plays host to the hottest tickets in town for the Midwest Regional. Kansas is the No. 1 seed in the Midwest, and will be battling to advance to the Final Four next weekend in Phoenix. The Jayhawks will take on No. 4 seed Purdue on Thursday at Sprint Center. For tickets and more information, visit the Sprint Center.

Beautiful – the Carole King Musical – arrives right on time next Tuesday, March 28 at the Music Hall.

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

  • Beautiful – The Carole King Musical tells the inspiring true story of King’s remarkable rise to stardom, from being part of a hit songwriting team with her husband Gerry Goffin, to her relationship with fellow writers and best friends Cynthia Weil and Barry Mann, to becoming one of the most successful solo acts in popular music history. Presented by Broadway Across America, Beautiful opens Tuesday, March 28, and runs through Sunday, April 2 at the Music Hall.
  • Constellations: This 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. Star-filled performances continue through Sunday, April 2 at the KC Rep’s Copaken Stage.
  • She Loves Me – With music by Jerry Bock and Sheldon Harnick (Fiddler on the Roof), this classic 1964 Broadway, was revived in 2016 Broadway and earned eight Tony Awards, including Best Revival of a Musical! She Loves Me is widely considered the most charming musical ever written, and it opens Thursday at MTH Theater at Crown Center.
  • Unchained Melody – Take a romantic trip down memory lane in this cabaret revue featuring the melodies of the 1950s and the unique American sound known as “doo-wop”. The melodies begin continue through Sunday, April 9 at the Quality Hill Playhouse.

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.

March Madness continues with NAIA, Ariana, Patti & St. Paddy’s

The NAIA National Men’s Basketball Tournament opens on Wednesday to renew its seven day tradition at Municipal Auditorium.

A collegiate basketball tradition, a Dangerous Woman, the return of Sgt. Pepper, R&B royalty and a wee bit of the Irish tops a celebratory week ahead in Downtown Kansas City. Here is the highlight reel for what’s happening in Downtown – Monday to Sunday, March 13-19:

Andrew McMahon in the Wilderness drops into Downtown for a free St. Patrick’s Day concert with special guests Atlas Genius and Night Riots for the Zombies in America Tour at 6 p.m. Friday in the Kansas City Live! Block at the Power & Light District.

Ariana Grande will ignite KC with her Dangerous Woman performance on Saturday at the Sprint Center.

Ariana Grande brings her Dangerous Woman tour – featuring special guests Little Mix and Victoria Monet – to the Sprint Center at at 7:30 p.m. Saturday.

Charlie Wilson brings his red-hot In It To Win It tour – featuring special guests Fantasia and Johnny Gill – to Downtown KC at 7 p.m. Thursday at Sprint Center.

Decades Rewind – This brand new theatrical concert features more than 60 songs blended into unique medleys from the 60’s, 70’s, and 80’s. The most prominent decades in music history bring your memories to life with over 100 costume changes and videos that turn back time. Dancing in the aisles is expected to begin at 7:30 p.m. Thursday at the Folly Theater.

Halfway to Winfield – a sizzling night of performances featuring Split Lip Rayfield, Loaded Goat, Konza Swamp Band and many more bands. The journey to Winfield begins at 7 p.m. Saturday at Knuckleheads.

Home Showa Kansas City tradition for 69 years – brings more than 250 builders, remodelers, landscapers, designers and contractors featuring the latest design trends and construction materials. The Home Builders Association held Kansas City’s first home show in 1948 and the annual event has become the go-to showcase for home improvement, technology and design ideas. The 2017 show is set for Friday through Sunday at Bartle Hall.

R&B legend Patti LaBelle returns to Downtown KC this week for a date at the Kauffman Center on Friday.

Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts will feature 13 remarkable performances over four days this week, including:

  • RAIN – A Tribute to the Beatles celebrates the 50th anniversary of the release of Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band! For the first time ever, RAIN will bring the historic album to life in its entirety for this psychedelic multimedia spectacular at begins at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday in the Muriel Kauffman Theatre.
  • Travis Wall’s Shaping Sound: After the Curtain –Through his Emmy Award winning work on So You Think You Can Dance, Travis Wall has established himself as one of America’s favorite choreographers. His artistic direction of SHAPING SOUND has already produced one spell-binding show in Dance Reimagined, and led to this all-new production of After the Curtain which begins at 7:30 p.m. Thursday in Kauffman Theatre.
  • UMKC Conservatory Wind Symphony – The always-dynamic wind symphony performs at the College Band Directors National Association National Conference this week at the Kauffman Center. Directed by Steven D. Davis, the UMKC performance featuring Conservatory choirs and dancers is set for 7:30p.m. Friday in Helzberg Hall.
  • Patti LaBelle – The incomparable songstress returns to the Kauffman Center for an evening of classic R&B tunes, pop standards, and spiritual sonnets at 8 p.m. Friday in Kauffman Theatre.

Midland Theatre will be rocking this week with two crushing concerts, including:

  • Joe Bonamassathe blues rock titan, will be live in concert at 8 p.m. tonight (Monday)
  • Excisionfeaturing The Paradox, Cookie Monsta, Barely Alive and Dion Timmer, will take no prisoners in its assault on your senses at at 8 p.m. Thursday

NAIA Men’s National Championships – The 53rd annual tournament is led by No. 1 seed LSU Alexandria (La.) was ranked No. 1 in each of the last six Top 25 Coaches’ Polls – is the only undefeated team with a 31-0 mark. The NAIA field of 32 teams begins on Wednesday and continues to the national championship showdown at 7 p.m. Tuesday, March 21 at Municipal Auditorium.

Rediscovering Seven American Women Artists features author Donna Seaman, as she spotlights seven brilliant but under-celebrated female artists of the 1900s. Seaman explores what drove them, how they worked and how they were perceived by others in a world where women were more accepted as subjects of art than they were as makers. This special Women’s History Month will unfold at 6:30 p.m. Thursday at the Central Library. RSVP here.

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

  • Constellations: This 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. Star-filled performances continue through April 2 at the Copaken Stage at the KC Rep.
  • 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 runs through Sunday, March 19 at The Coterie.
  • Unchained Melody – Take a romantic trip down memory lane in this cabaret revue featuring the melodies of the 1950s and the unique American sound known as “doo-wop”. The melodies begin on Saturday and continue through April 9 at the Quality Hill Playhouse.

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.

March Madness is in the air – don’t you just love it?!

Downtown KC will be rocking this week when thousands of basketball fans pour into the Big Town today through Saturday for the Big 12 Men’s Basketball Tournament and Big 12 Run at Sprint Center.

Downtown Kansas City enters full-blown March Madness fever today (Thursday), as the Big 12 Men’s Basketball Tournament brings four HUGE game to the Sprint Center.

Today – yes, today (Thursday) – marks one of those extra special moments in recent tournament history. To prove the point, consider these high points:

Union Station is bathed in Big 12 team colors this week, as the basketball tournament returns to Downtown for one of the busiest weeks of the year.

Welcome to Downtown KC! For more information, be sure to learn more at VisitKC.com.