Disney on Ice to heat up the urban A&E scene this week

Disney on Ice – complete with nine performances scheduled for the Sprint Center – will rule over the Downtown arts & entertainment scene this week – Monday to Sunday, March 26 to April 1, that includes:

Disney on Ice presents Dare to Dream beginning Wednesday at Sprint Center. Celebrate what’s possible as five Disney heroines spark the courage inside us all in Disney On Ice presents Dare To Dream! Join Moana, Belle, Anna, Rapunzel, and Cinderella as they find the heart and determination to overcome obstacles and make their dreams come true. Dare to Dream will be presented nine times from Wednesday through Sunday.

Belle and her Disney friends will skate into Downtown this week for nine performance of Disney on Ice.

Folly Theater presents Eden Brent in a Cypress Avenue LIVE! performance at 8 p.m. Saturday. Nicknamed “Little Boogaloo” by her Mississippi mentor Boogaloo Ames, Eden is much more than her signature boogie-woogie piano and juke-joint blues holler. She is a celebrated songwriter and dynamic performer, with numerous nominations and awards including eleven Blues Music Award nominations since 2009 and three BMA trophies.

Hip-Hop’s Early Years – Hip-hop is now America’s most popular music genre, supplanting rock. In a discussion of his new book Break Beats in the Bronx, Davidson College sociologist Joseph Ewoodzie examines its roots, going back to hip-hop’s creation by Clive Campbell – DJ Kool Herc – at a birthday party in New York’s West Bronx in 1973. The program is set for 6:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Central Library. RSVP now.

Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts will feature the Kansas City Classic Orchestra Festival, presented by the Youth Symphony of Kansas City, in a free, one-day event beginning at 9 a.m. Tuesday. Ninety-minute performances are set for four high school orchestras (Park Hill South, Lawrence, Blue Strings and Olathe South), along with the Youth Symphony of Kansas City Academic and Symphony orchestras.

Knuckleheads Saloon – the hottest honky tonk in the Big Town – features 11 shows this week, including John Hiatt & The Goners at 8 p.m. Tuesday; the Paul Nelson Band / Johnny Winter Allstar Band at 8:30 p.m. Friday; and Carolyn Wonderland with The Nace Brothers at 9 p.m. Saturday.

Meet the Past: Johnny Mercer – Musical theater maestro Oscar Hammerstein once called Johnny Mercer “the most perfect American lyricist alive.” Mercer, as portrayed by New York-area pianist/vocalist John Bauers, sits down with Library Director Crosby Kemper III for a tune-filled public discussion of his life and career in the latest installment of the popular Meet the Past series at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday at the Central Library. RSVP now.

Midland Theatre will feature Matt and Kim – the high-octane, indie electronic duo from Brooklyn – with special guests Cruisr and Twinkids who will light up the city beginning at 8 p.m. Wednesday.

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.

Stanfords Comedy Club brings the laughs to Downtown from its new location at 831 Walnut. Comedian Tai Fu Panda and Kevin Robe – 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.

Pop Evil brings its Music Over Words tour to The Truman on Saturday.

The Truman will be bouncing the east Crossroads with one rockin’ show this week – Pop Evil with special guests Black Map and Palaye Royale at 7:30 p.m. Saturday.

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.

John Singer Sargent’s masterpiece ‘Gassed’ is on exhibit now June 3 at the National WWI Museum.

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 is on exhibition through June 3 in the Wylie Gallery – that also includes reproductions of many of his study drawings and historical and contemporary objects on detection and protection from chemical warfare.

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

  • It’s Delovely – De-Lightful, De-Licious, De-Lovely lyrics abound in this original cabaret tribute to two of the wittiest songwriters of all time – Cole Porter and Noel Coward – which continues through Saturday at the Quality Hill Playhouse.
  • Tuck Everlasting – Natalie Babbitt’s popular novel comes to life on stage contemplating the benefits and burdens of never growing older will run through Thursday, April 5 at The Coterie at Crown Center.

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

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

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

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