LEGO art and the Kansas City Royals Fan Fest top a colorful stretch of arts and entertainment in Downtown KC over the week ahead – Monday to Sunday, Jan. 22-28:
The Art of the Brick featuring the critically acclaimed collection of creative and inspiring pieces constructed using only LEGO bricks was created by world-renowned contemporary artist Nathan Sawaya. The exhibit opens on Thursday and continues through May 28 at Union Station.
KC Public Library presents two programs this week featuring authors who bring local history to life, including:
- Our Fathers: Making Black Men – In a discussion of his new book, former Kansas City Star columnist and editorial board member Lewis Diuguid pays tribute to his father and others who made their one-block enclave in St. Louis a place where African-Americans could thrive. The program is set for 6:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Central Library. RSVP here.
- For All Children Everywhere – In a discussion of his book, a comprehensive history of Kansas City’s renowned Children’s Mercy Hospital, Thomas McCormally walks through the facility’s founding by two sisters and its growth through more than a century of challenges. RSVP here for this heart-warming program at 2 p.m. Sunday at the Central Library.
Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts will feature the Kansas City Symphony in three performances of Mahler’s Seventh, part of the Symphony’s Classical Series, at 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and 2 p.m. Sunday in Helzberg Hall.
Knuckleheads Saloon – the hottest honky tonk in town – features 11 shows this week, including The M80’s at 6 p.m. Friday and Heavy Petty, a Tom Petty tribute with special guest Amanda Fish, at 9 p.m. Saturday.
Norman Rockwell’s Christmas – Hallmark Cards showcases paintings and drawings for the artist’s popular Christmas cards. Seen here together for the first time, this exhibition of works from the Hallmark Art Collection provides a rare opportunity to view the meticulous craftsmanship that set Rockwell apart from his peers. This free exhibit continues through Saturday at the Hallmark Visitors Center.
Royals FanFest – Make plans now for this annual celebration, presented by Commerce Bank, beginning at 2 p.m. Friday and 11 a.m. Saturday at the Kansas City Convention Center. The event will feature autograph sessions with current and former Royals, interactive games for fans of all ages, main stage programming and more. For tickets and more information, visit royals.com/fanfest.
The Truman – the City’s newest and hottest concert venue – will be rockin’ with two shows this week featuring the Drive-By Truckers with special guest Lilly Hiatt at 8 p.m. Friday and Milky Chance in a sold-out performance at 8 p.m. Saturday.
UMKC Roos are back in Downtown this season for men’s basketball home games. This week’s schedule features two big match-ups at Municipal Arena, including William Jewell at 6 p.m. Tuesday and New Mexico State at 7 p.m. Saturday.
LIVE THEATER is thriving on Downtown stages, which feature four productions this week, including:
- Sea Marks – This romantic comedy from the Kansas City Actors Theatre examines loving relationships in all their complications. It’s the story of a fisherman from a remote Irish island who falls in love with a woman he’s seen only once. Sea Marks continues through Sunday – at City Stage at Union Station.
- The Secret of Courage – A world premiere production with magic and wonderment, the play begins with 13 year old Jack McCall learning some very bad news about his health. The production opens Tuesday and continues through Feb. 11 at The Coterie at Crown Center.
- That Old Black Magic – Harold Arlen brings the blues to the Great American Songbook beginning Friday and continuing through Feb. 18 at the Quality Hill Playhouse.
ARTS – your guide to arts and culture in greater Kansas City:
- ArtsKCGo is the new, online guide to arts and cultural events in greater Kansas City – including First Fridays, Art in the Loop, Charlotte Street and all other Downtown-centric events. ArtsKCGo.com is a service of ArtsKC, the Regional Arts Council of Kansas City. Check it out!
LIVE MUSIC – of all tastes and flavors – is performed at these Downtown venues on most nights:
- Angel’s Rock Bar in the Power & Light District
- The Black Dolphin in the Crossroads
- Blue Room in the Historic 18th & Vine Jazz District
- Brewery Emperial in the Crossroads Arts District
- The Brick in the Crossroads Arts District
- The Dubliner in the Power & Light District
- Gem Theater in the Historic 18th & Vine Jazz District
- Green Lady Lounge in the Crossroads
- Howl at the Moon in the Power & Light District
- KC Live Block! in the Power & Light District
- Kill Devil Club in the Power & Light District
- Knuckleheads Saloon in the East Bottoms
- Leinenkugel’s Kansas City in the Power & Light District
- The Majestic in the Downtown Loop
- The Midland in the Downtown Loop
- Mosaic Ultra Lounge in the Power & Light District
- Mutual Musicians Foundation in the 18th & Vine Jazz District
- The Phoenix in the Downtown Loop
- PBR Big Sky in the Power & Light District
- Prohibition Hall in the Downtown Loop
- Record Bar in the Crossroads
- The Ship in the West Bottoms
- Stockyards Brewing Company in the West Bottoms
- The Truman in the East Crossroads – Coming soon!
MUSEUMS are alive and well throughout Downtown, including these 16 destinations:
- Airline History Museum in Hangar 9 at the Downtown Airport
- American Jazz Museum in the historic 18th & Vine Jazz District
- American Royal Museum in the West Bottoms
- Arabia Steamboat Museum in the City Market
- Black Archives of Mid-America in the historic 18th & Vine Jazz District
- Hallmark Visitors Center at Crown Center
- Historic Garment District Museum in the Downtown Loop at 801 Broadway
- Kansas City Museum in northeast KC at 3218 Gladstone Blvd.
- Money Museum at the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City
- National Archives of Kansas City, west of Union Station
- National Collegiate Basketball Hall of Fame at the Sprint Center
- The National WWI Museum and Memorial at Liberty Memorial
- Negro Leagues Baseball Museum in the historic 18th & Vine Jazz District
- Science City at Union Station
- TWA Museum at the Downtown Airport
- Union Station Gallery at Union Station
For more of what’s happening in Downtown and Kansas City, check out our friends at VisitKC.com