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.
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.
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.
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:
- 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