From KC Restaurant Week to Live from Here with Chris Thille; and from the Monster Jam to the KC Boat & Sportshow, the Downtown is up and running for the New Year. Roll the highlight reel for a relatively quiet week in arts, culture and entertainment – Monday to Sunday, Jan. 7-13:
KC Boat & Sportshow – Whether you’re an avid outdoorsman or are just looking for a way to escape winter for the day, this is YOUR show! This annual 4-day event – from Thursday through Sunday – will transform Bartle Hall into a one-stop marketplace for outdoor fun.
KC Restaurant Week – the wildly popular celebration of dining – returns on Friday, Jan. 11 for a 10 day feast in Downtown and throughout Kansas City. Multi-course lunch and dinner menus will be available from Jan. 11-20 for $15 and $33. Make your reservations early at KCRestaurantWeek.com.
Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts will light up the KC arts scene with seven performances this week, including:
- National Geographic Live with photographer Ronan Donovan at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday and Wednesday in the Muriel Kauffman Theatre. Join this biologist turned photographer, as he talks about the incredible similarities we humans share with other social mammals in the animal kingdom, and what we can learn from them.
- Sounds Relaxing: Rejuvenate – Enjoy a soothing session of meditation + music (courtesy of Kansas City Symphony musicians) at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday in Helzberg Hall.
- Russian Romantics: The Kansas City Symphony performs the works of three Russian giants – Stravinsky, Glazunov and Tchaikovsky – led by St. Petersburg native Andrey Boreyko who makes his Symphony conducting debut. This edition of the Symphony’s Classical Series is set for 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday in Helzberg Hall.
- Live from Here with Chris Thile – Come be a part of live radio being made at 4:45 p.m. Saturday in Kauffman Theatre. Live from Here with Chris Thile (formerly A Prairie Home Companion) is a Saturday-night destination for radio audiences everywhere. This variety show features a unique blend of musical performances, comedy and audience interaction. Acclaimed musician and songwriter Chris Thile welcomes a wide range of well-known and up-and-coming talent to the stage – including Ry Cooder and The Hamiltones – for a beautiful listening experience. Live from Here is produced by American Public Media.
Sprint Center will shake the foundation of Downtown this week with four explosive episodes of Monster Jam – the unexpected, unscripted, and unforgettable family-friendly motorsport – on Friday through Sunday.
LIVE THEATER is thriving on Downtown stages, including one production this week:
- Death and The Maiden – At once global and intimate, this bracing Olivier Award-winning play has become a contemporary classic that considers both the social and personal implications of abuse and retribution that remain relevant today. This Kansas City Actors Guild production, directed by Cinnamon Schultz, opens Wednesday and continues through Jan. 27 at City Stage at Union Station.
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, 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