Restaurant Week tops a red-hot list of what’s happening this week

Monster Jam returns to the friendly confines of Sprint Center for four family-friendly shows this weekend.

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:

Ailey Trio will present a free public performance at 7 p.m. Thursday in the Gem Theater, courtesy of the Kansas City Friends of Alvin Ailey. Visit kcfaa.org for details.

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.

Knucklehead’s – the hottest honky tonk in the Big Town – features 7 rockin’ shows this week, including the Chris Knight Band at 8:30 p.m. Friday and the X Parte Dance Band at 8:30 p.m. Saturday.

The Record Bar will light up the Crossroads with 3 nights of live music this week, including Cory Wong (of Vulfpeck) at 8 p.m. Friday.

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:

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