Downtown A&E scene ‘fabulously superlative’ this week

Marty Stuart and His Fabulous Superlatives return to the Folly Theater on Saturday.

From Madisen Ward and The Mama Bear to Shen Yun; from the Royals Fan Fest to Midcoast Fundraiser Fiesta Takeover; and from Mary Stuart and his always Fabulous Superlatives to the Russian National Ballet performance of Swan Lake, this will be a breathtaking week in Downtown KC. Roll the highlight reel for the week ahead in Downtown arts, culture and entertainment – Monday to Sunday, Jan. 21-27:

The Kansas City Public Library will feature a program on the legacy of President Eisenhower this week at the Central Library.

The Age of Eisenhower – University of Virginia historian William I. Hitchcock examines the Eisenhower legacy in a discussion of his book The Age of Eisenhower: America and the World in the 1950s. The presentation – set for 6:30 p.m. Wednesday in the Central Library – has been prepared in partnership with the Dwight D. Eisenhower Presidential Library, Museum and Boyhood Home.  RSVP now. The program will launch a series of events coinciding with the exhibit, Eisenhower’s Middle Road, on display at the Central Library.

Folly Theater will stretch the boundaries of diverse musical tastes with its weekend schedule, which features:

  • The Prazak and Zemlinsky Quartets – The Friends of Chamber Music present two internationally renowned Czech quartets for a “fierce and passionate” evening of music beginning at 7:30 p.m. Friday. The Prazak Quartet—one of today´s leading international chamber music ensembles—was established in 1972 while its members were students at the Prague Conservatory. The Zemlinsky Quartet, founded in 1994 while the members were still students, has become a much-lauded example of the Czech string quartet tradition.
  • Marty Stuart and His Fabulous Superlatives return to the Folly at 8 p.m. Saturday, part of the Folly Theater – 90.9 The Bridge Americana Series. Don’t miss one of Kansas City’s most beloved Americana groups, as they return to the Folly for a memorable night.

Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts will light up the KC arts scene with eight performances this week, including:

  • Alon Goldstein – The virtuoso pianist shares musical insights with two area piano students on stage beginning at 6:30 p.m. Thursday in Helzberg Hall. It’s a rare opportunity to learn from one of the most dynamic pianists on the classical music scene.
  • Swan Lake – The Russian National Ballet presents this ballet classic to a sold-out Harriman-Jewell Series performance at 7:30 p.m. Thursday in the Muriel Kauffman Theatre.
  • Shen Yun – Experience a lost culture through the breathtaking art of classical Chinese dance, and see legends come to life. Shen Yun pushes the boundaries of the performing arts to make this possible, with a unique blend of colorful costuming, high-tech backdrops, and live orchestra. Be prepared for a theater experience like no other. Four performances are set for 7:30 p.m. Friday; 1:30 and 7:30 p.m. Saturday; and 1:30 p.m. Sunday in Kauffman Theatre.
  • Kansas City Symphony presents Enchanting and Exotic: Firebird, Aladdin and Rachmaninoff featuring pianist Alon Goldstein in this breathtaking Classical Series weekend at 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and 2 p.m. Sunday in Helzberg Hall.

Knuckleheads – the hottest honky tonk in the Big Town – features 10 rockin’ shows this week, including Kind Country w/ Vince Herman of Leftover Salmon – a Bluegrass in the Bottoms production – at 8 p.m. Wednesday; The Schwag at 9 p.m. Friday; and Outlaw Jim & The Whiskey Benders with the Free Rent Band at 8:30 p.m. Saturday.

Midland Theatre will kick off its 2019 season with a flair, featuring Jesse Cook at 8 p.m. Wednesday. The Canadian guitarist, composer, and producer is widely considered one of the most influential figures in nuevo flamenco music, he incorporates elements of flamenco rumba, jazz and many forms of world music into his work.

The Record Bar will light up the Crossroads with 4 nights of live music this week, including the Midcoast Fundraiser Fiesta Takeover featuring Verbose, Headlight Rivals and the UK’s at 8 p.m. Friday, and the 10th annual Human Rights Campaign Battle of the Bands – featuring acoustic performances from favorite local and regional artists – at 6 p.m. Sunday.

Royals Fan Fest – An early taste of baseball fever returns to Downtown KC on Friday and Saturday, as the Kansas City Royals and their fans descend on Bartle Hall. The event will feature autograph sessions with current and former Royals, interactive games for fans of all ages, main stage programming and more! A portion of Royals Authentics proceeds will benefit Royals Charities. More information and event map are available right here.

Sprint Center will be rockin’ this week with two featured performances, including:

  • Disturbed – The two-time Grammy-nominated heavy metal band will blow the roof off the arena beginning at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday. Special guest is Three Days Grace.
  • Winter Jam – Christian music’s largest annual tour returns to KC at 6 p.m. Saturday and will be presented on a history-making tour-first, 360° “in the round” center stage, showcasing a diverse lineup led by supergroup Newsboys United.

Madisen Ward and The Mama Bear will light up Downtown on Saturday with a much anticipated performance at The Truman KC.

The Truman will be aglow this week with two shining stars, including:

LIVE THEATER is thriving on Downtown stages, including three productions 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, runs through Sunday at City Stage at Union Station.
  • Secret Soldiers: Heroines in Disguise – The secret history of women who fought as men in the civil war is revealed in this engrossing production that opens Tuesday at The Coterie at Crown Center. Stories are uncovered in an interlocking set of true tales of battlefront women, with a focus on the solider Private Lyons Wakeman whose letters were discovered by her nephew in an attic years after her death.
  • Songbook of the 40s – Join the Quality Hill Playhouse troupe for a sentimental journey through America’s songbook of the 1940s, featuring hits made popular by the likes of Bing Crosby, Glenn Miller, the Andrews Sisters, and Dinah Shore. Performances continue through Feb. 17.

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:

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