From Peace and Remembrance at the National WWI Memorial to Madama Butterfly at the Kauffman Center; and from Wynonna at Helzberg Hall to Carol Burnett at the Midland, this promises to be a breathtaking week in Downtown Kansas City. Roll the highlight reel for the week in arts, culture and entertainment – Monday to Sunday, Nov. 5-11:
Armistice Commemoration – To commemorate the end of World War I, President Woodrow Wilson officially recognized Nov. 11 as Armistice Day – a day of somber remembrance recognized around the world, with many stopping for a moment of silence at the 11th hour of this day to honor those who brought about the end of the “Great War.” The National WWI Museum and Memorial will capture the world’s attention with activities for all ages leading up to the centennial of the World War I Armistice this Sunday. Visit TheWorldWar.org for complete details.
City Market – Join us for the 3rd annual Socks and Hops, a night of craft beer and chef-prepared small bites benefiting the City Market’s Healthcare for the Homeless Program and Mobile Medical Unit from 7-10 p.m. Saturday. Enjoy beer from local craft brewers paired with some of the best chefs in KC for a one-of-a-kind evening full of tastes, sips, and community.
Crown Center Ice Terrace – Kansas City’s only public outdoor ice skating rink – is open daily for its 46th season of great skating fun. The Ice Terrace is open from 10 a.m.-9 p.m. Sundays through Thursdays, and 10 a.m.-11 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays during November through January. And, the Ice Terrace will remain open until March 10.
Dinosaurs Revealed – Travel back 252 million years to discover dinosaurs that inhabited what is now North America. Your hands-on trek will bring you face-to-face with 26 life-size dinosaurs. The world premiere of Dinosaurs Revealed is on exhibit through Jan. 6 at Union Station.
Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts will feature seven performances this week, including:
- Orpheus Chamber Orchestra – a Grammy-winner, classical music chamber orchestra based in New York City – is known for its collaborative leadership style in which the musicians, not a conductor, interpret the score. This innovation orchestra will perform at 7 p.m. Wednesday in Helzberg Hall.
- Bach, Bluegrass and Bourbon – The Kansas City Symphony performs its next Classics Uncorked concert at 7 p.m. Thursday in Helzberg Hall. After the show, enjoy a complimentary glass of wine while mingling with Symphony musicians in Brandmeyer Great Hall. A special selection of bourbons also will be available for tasting.
- Madama Butterfly – The Lyric Opera of Kansas City presents the Puccini classic opera for three performances at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday and Friday, and the finale at 2 p.m. Sunday in Kauffman Theatre. See the Lyric Opera listing below for more information.
- Wynonna returns to the Big Town for an encore performance with the Kansas City Symphony in a celebration of great music, performing her country hits and rock classics along with staples of the American Songbook. This long-awaited reunion is set for 8 p.m. Saturday in Helzberg Hall.
- KU Symphony Orchestra presents A Centenary of Conflict in commemoration of the 100th anniversary Armistice Day marking the end of World War I. The evening’s music selections commemorate loss and offer renewed hope for a peaceful world. This special performance is set for 7 p.m. Sunday – Armistice Day – in Helzberg Hall.
Knuckleheads Saloon– the hottest honky tonk in the Big Town – features a whopping 16 shows this week, including Sky Smeed in the Gospel Lounge at 8:30 p.m. Friday; The Weepies at 8 p.m. Saturday; Black Lillies Band CD Release at 10 p.m. Saturday; and Skatalites at 8 p.m. Sunday.
Lyric Opera presents Madama Butterfly where young love falls for an old lie, and so begins what may be the greatest argument against long distance relationships ever made. Puccini pours melodic perfection (and keeps ’em coming) as “the happiest girl in Japan” eagerly marries a swaggering, shallow U.S. Navy man who embodies the phrase “love is fleeting.” The final three performances are set for Wednesday, Friday and Sunday in the Muriel Kauffman Theatre.
The Truman will be flying high this week with two rockin’ shows, including a sold-out performance by The Greeting Committee with special guests Brother Moses and Rachel Mallin + The Wild Type at 8 p.m. Saturday; and Behemoth – the Polish extreme death metal band – at 7:30 p.m. Sunday.
LIVE THEATER is thriving on Downtown stages, including three productions this week:
- Of Mice and Men – John Steinbeck’s classic text explores the decay of the American dream, and the enduring kindness that bond friends together for life. The Kansas City Repertory Theatre presents this dramatic giant through Nov. 19 on the Copaken Stage.
- Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer: The Musical – Back by popular demand, the beloved television classic soars off the screen and onto the stage this holiday season. Rudolph and his friends, Clarice, Hermey the Elf, and Yukon Cornelius learn what makes you different makes you special. Performances begin Tuesday and continue through Dec. 31 at The Coterie at Crown Center.
- Show Boat – one of the most influential musicals in history and redefined how musical stories were told – opens Friday at the MTH Theater at Crown Center. The landmark collaboration between Jerome Kern and Oscar Hammerstein II runs through Nov. 18.
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 Art in the Loop, Charlotte Street, First Fridays, the City’s all-new arts festival, Open Spaces, plus all other Downtown-centric arts events.
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
- Garment House in the Downtown Loop
- 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
- Museum of Illusions at Union Station
- 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