Hoops, ‘Evita’, Kelly to light up Big Town this week

The Harlem Globetrotters return to the friendly confines of Sprint Center on Saturday.

From Evita at the Kauffman Center to the Globetrotters at Sprint Center; from the KC Remodel + Garden Show at the American Royal Center to the Midcoast Takeover Fundraiser Fiesta at Record Bar; and from Kelly Clarkson at Sprint to Here Comes the Mummies at Knuckleheads, Downtown will be rockin’ this week. Roll the highlight reel for a relatively quiet week in arts, culture and entertainment – Monday to Sunday, Feb. 4-10:

Kansas City Public Library presents Through the Photographer’s Lens: Kansas City’s African American Community at 2 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 10 at the Central Library. Local photographers documented the African American experience in Kansas City, from church, school, and social activities to the realities of segregation and struggle for equality. Historian Delia Cook Gillis highlights this work and examines the history of local black community through their lenses. RSVP now.

Kansas City Tornadoes – KC’s professional basketball team and member of the The Basketball League – will take on the Yakima Sunkings at 7 p.m. Sunday and Monday, Feb. 10 and 11, at HyVee Arena.

Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts will light up the KC arts scene with 12 performances this week, including:

KC Remodel + Garden Show returns to the American Royal Center this Friday through Sunday. The show will feature a complete schedule of speakers and celebrities on a long list of home care, gardening and DIY topics.

Knuckleheads – the hottest honky tonk in the Big Town – features 9 blazin’ shows this week, including Here Come The Mummies at 8 p.m. Thursday and Big Something with Aqueous at 8 p.m. Saturday.

Midland Theatre will be rocking with back-to-back DJ concert nights, including:

  • Dillon Francis and Alison Wonderland will light up Downtown with electronic music magic beginning at 8 p.m. Tuesday
  • Excision shows are unique – a virtual apocalypse of twisting and morphing sounds turn massive crowds into a frenzy. Bass will rain down as Excision’s skills as a DJ and producer shine like a light from the underworld beginning at 8 p.m. Wednesday.

The Record Bar will light up the Crossroads with 5 nights of live music this week, including Dorothy at 7 p.m. Tuesday and Midcoast Takeover Fundraiser Fiesta featuring The Philistines, Cadillac Flambe and Momma’s Boy at 7 p.m. Friday.

Kelly Clarkson will bring her Meaning of Life Tour to the Sprint Center this week.

Sprint Center will be jumping this week with two mega performances, including:

  • Kelly Clarkson – The GRAMMY Award-winning global superstar will light up Downtown beginning at 7 p.m. Thursday. Special guests will be GRAMMY-nominated Kelsea Ballerini and last season’s winner of NBC’s The Voice, Team Kelly’s Brynn Cartelli.
  • The Harlem Globetrotters – On the heels of taking their unparalleled entertainment to capacity crowds overseas, the Globetrotters will bring their one-of-a-kind 2019 World Tour to the Big Town at 7 p.m. Saturday.

The Truman will be light up the East Crossroads this week with one big show, Beats Antique at 8 p.m. Thursday.

LIVE THEATER is thriving on Downtown stages, including four productions this week:

  • Big Bands Are Better features the evolution of the Big Band era! Enjoy the sounds of the Great American Songbook live on stage with a 10-piece Big Band. A Big Band in a theater with only seven rows Performances begin Thursday and run through Feb. 24 at the MTC Theater at Crown Center.
  • Evita – Follow the rise of ambitious Eva Perón as she becomes the beloved iconic Argentinian First Lady, worshiped by many. The iconic Broadway musical returns to Kansas City for on Tuesday for eight performances that run through Sunday in Kauffman Theatre.
  • 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 runs through Sunday 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 Sunday, 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:

For more of what’s happening in Downtown and Kansas City, check out our friends at VisitKC.com