Wartime masterpiece tops A&E scene this week

John Singer Sargent’s masterpiece ‘Gassed’ is truly one of the giants of the art world at more than nine feet tall by 21 feet long. The artwork goes on exhibit Friday at the National World War I Museum.

The arts & entertainment scene features a thrilling week in Downtown KC – Monday to Sunday, Feb.19-25, including:

Folly Theater is featuring the Brentano String Quartet with pianist Jonathan Biss at 7:30 p.m. Friday. Presented by the Friends of Chamber Music, “…the Brentano Quartet…must be one of the great musical hopes of a field overcrowded with contenders…The [players] made every utterance sing and every phrase connect within the total.” — Los Angeles Times

Hallmark Visitors Center presents Pop Art – Then & Nowa free exhibit that features artists who were key figures in the 1960s, along with artists who were influenced by them, including works by Andy Warhol, Roy Lichtenstein and Keith Haring. The exhibit opens on Monday and runs through June 16.

KC Public Library will feature the popular exhibit Cattle, Cowboys and Culture for one more month. It explores a time, roughly a century and a half ago, as trains hauling cattle and cowboys brought the real west from Amarillo, Texas, to Kansas City. Return trips carried a trove of materials to Amarillo – canned and dry goods, chemicals, furniture, and fashionable clothing – and Kansas City’s influence there ultimately extended to banking, education, architecture, and art. The exhibit continues through March 18 at the Central Library.

KC Tornados – the newest professional sports franchise in Kansas City will be at home for three big match-ups this week, including the Nevada Desert Dogs at 7 p.m. Thursday; the Albany Patroons at 7 p.m. Friday; and the Nevada Desert Dogs at 2 p.m. Sunday at Municipal Arena.

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

Liverpool returns to Knuckleheads Saloon on Saturday, in celebration of Beatle George Harrison’s birthday. Get ready to dance and sing along as Liverpool brings The Look, The Sound and The Songs back to the Knuckleheads stage.

Knuckleheads Saloon – the hottest honky tonk in town – features a 10 shows this week, including 4 Fried Chickens & A Coke at 8 p.m. Friday and Liverpool – A Tribute to The Beatles at 9 p.m. Saturday.

The Midland will feature two hot tickets this week, including: A Day to Remember with Papa Roach, Falling in Reverse, and The Devil Wears Prada at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, and country singer-songwriter Lee Brice at 8 p.m. Friday.

Sprint Center will be rockin’ on back-to-back nights this weekend. with two shows that, well, couldn’t be more different, including:

  • TobyMac – featuring a star-studded lineup, including Danny Gokey, Mandisa, Ryan Stevenson, Finding Favour and Aaron Cole – will kickoff the weekend with his Hits Deep Tour at 7 p.m. Friday.
  • Harlem Globetrotters – A star-studded roster will have fans on the edge of their seats to experience the ball handling wizardry, basketball artistry and one-of-a-kind family entertainment that thrills fans of all ages beginning at 7 p.m. Saturday.

Stanfords Comedy Club brings the laughs to Downtown from its new location at 831 Walnut. Comedian Sean Brennan will headline an 18 & older show this week – beginning at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday. And, Open Mic is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. Sundays. For ticket information, visit Stanfords.

The Truman will be rocking this week with five HUGE shows in five nights, featuring Brockhampton in a sold-out performance at 9 p.m. Wednesday; Sabaton & Kreator with Cyhra at 7:30 p.m. Thursday; LP with Noah Kahtan at 8:30 p.m. Friday; New Politics with Dreamers and The Wrecks at 7:30 p.m. Saturday; and Lotus at 8 p.m. Sunday.

The Art of the Brick – a special exhibition designed to inspire ingenuity and creativity, is the world’s largest and most elaborate display of LEGO art – continues through May 28 at Union Station.

Union Station is featuring a special exhibition on The Art of the Brick,  the critically acclaimed collection of creative and inspiring pieces constructed using only LEGO bricks now through May 28.

WWI Museum – John Singer Sargent’s incredible masterpiece Gassed is truly one of the giants of the art world at more than nine feet tall by 21 feet long. The landmark painting is the focal point in this special centennial exhibition – that goes on exhibition in the Wylie Gallery beginning Friday – that also includes reproductions of many of his study drawings and historical and contemporary objects on detection and protection from chemical warfare.

ARTS – your guide to arts and culture in greater Kansas City:

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

MUSEUMS are alive and well throughout Downtown, including these 16 destinations:

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