From Lifehouse with Rock the Red Kettle to Oleta Adams with the Folly Folic; from Brian Wilson to Stephen Curtis Chapman; and from the smackdown fun of ‘School of Rock’ to WWE Raw … this promises to be a stunning week in Downtown Kansas City. Roll the highlight reel for the week in arts, culture and entertainment – Monday to Sunday, Nov. 12-18:
Central Library will play host to a sold-out, special appearance by the Queer Eye crew at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday. Near the end of four months of filming in Kansas City – and a couple of months after scoring three television Emmy Awards – the stars of Netflix’ infectious reality series Queer Eye sit down to discuss their new book Queer Eye: Love Yourself, Love Life. Their sold-out library appearance will be live-streamed at kclibrary.org/queereye.
Crown Center Ice Terrace – Kansas City’s only public outdoor ice skating rink – is open daily (through March 10) 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.
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.
Folly Theater will be dazzling this week with two show-stopping performances, including:
- Steven Curtis Chapman presents his SCC Solo Tour – a celebration of three decades of music – at 7:30 p.m. Thursday. Chapman’s amazing career as a Christian artist has accounted for 58 Gospel Music Association Dove Awards, five Grammys, an American Music Award, 48 No. 1 singles … adding up to sales of 11 million albums.
- Oleta Adams – the globally known blue and gospel singer, will take center stage as Kansas City celebrates the renewal of the iconic Folly Theater at 8 p.m. Saturday. Oleta’s songs draw deeply from her roots in gospel while crossing effortlessly into the realms of soul, R&B, urban, and popular music.
Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts will feature six performances this week, including:
- Brian Wilson – Returning to the Kauffman Center after his sold-out performance in 2016, the Beach Boys co-founder will perform his Greatest Hits Live, with special guests Al Jardine and Blondie Chaplin. Beat Boot Revival will open the evening at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday in the Muriel Kauffman Theatre.
- Mozart, Bach and Schubert’s Ninth – The Kansas City Symphony Classical Series this weekend will feature two choral works, Mozart’s Ave verum corpus and Bach’s “O Jesu Christ, meins Lebens Licht” to begin this beautiful program of reflection and transcendence. Then, John Adams’ On the Transmigration of Souls, evokes a “memory space” to contemplate and commemorate the events of 9/11. Performances are set for 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and 2 p.m. Sunday in Helzberg Hall.
- Wild Kratts Live 2.0 – Get ready to dive into another classic Wild Kratts adventure with the Kratt brothers as they combine live action and animation, with Martin and Chris LIVE on stage and the rest of the Wild Kratts team on screen, at the Tortuga HQ. Two performances are set for 1 and 4:30 p.m. Saturday in Kauffman Theatre.
Knuckleheads – the hottest honky tonk in the Big Town – features a whopping 16 shows this week, including Ward Davis in the Saloon at 8:30 p.m. Thursday; Skid-O-Rama Fest at 7 p.m. Saturday; and the Peterson Brothers at 7 p.m. Sunday.
The Midland will be flying high with three huge events this week, including:
- Maxwell, the multi Grammy-winning soul singer, brings his 50 Intimate Nights tour to the Big Town at 8 p.m. Wednesday.
- John Prine returns to Downtown KC with special guest Conor Oberst at 8 p.m. Friday. Prine, a two-time Grammy-winner, singer-songwriter, is among the English language’s premier phrase-turners with music relevant to any age.
- National Collegiate Hall of Fame Basketball Induction for the Class of 2018 will feature six former standout players and a pair of decorated former coaches. The induction celebration, presented by Nike, will begin at 7:30 p.m. Sunday.
Houston’s Otis Birdsong, Arizona’s Sean Elliott, Arkansas’ Sidney Moncrief, North Carolina’s Sam Perkins, Morgan State’s Marvin Webster and USC’s Paul Westphal will join former Charleston coach John Kresse and former Oregon Tech coach Danny Miles to make up the Class of 2018. For more information, www.halloffameweekend.com
The Record Bar will light up the Crossroads with five nights of live music this week, including Dolewite at 8 p.m. Friday and the Brad Cox Octet, part of the Alternative Jazz Series, at 8 p.m. Sunday.
Rock the Red Kettle will feature former winner of The Voice Cassadee Pope and Lifehouse beginning at 6:45 p.m. Friday in the KC Live! Block in the Power & Light District. The 3rd annual RTRK show serves as the holiday campaign kickoff for the Salvation Army of Kansas and Western Missouri. RTRK is a FREE family event that also features numerous prize giveaways. You can sign up to win at: www.RockRedKettleKC.com
Sprint Center will be primed and ready for professional wrestling, as WWE Raw returns to the big top at 6:30 p.m. Monday. Check out the biggest stars in the sport – including Seth Rollins and Dean Ambrose as they battle in the International Championships; Universal Champion Brock Lesner and Raw Women’s Champion Ronda Rousey – get ready to rumble!
LIVE THEATER is thriving on Downtown stages, including four 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 Saturday 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 run through Dec. 31 at The Coterie at Crown Center.
- School of Rock – the touring Broadway musical from Andrew Lloyd Weber – will rock the halls of the Music Hall for eight performances from 7:30 p.m. Tuesday to 6:30 p.m. Sunday.
- 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 Sunday.
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