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.
Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts will light up the KC arts scene with 12 performances this week, including:
- Evita – From the geniuses behind Jesus Christ Superstar and Joseph & The Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, Evita captures musical gold with its Grammy® Award-winning score. Evita combines Latin music, pop, jazz and musical theater styles that have captivated audiences for more than 40 years. The Kansas City Broadway Series production opens Tuesday and runs through Sunday in the Muriel Kauffman Theatre.
- Charles and Virginia Clark Inside Music Series presents percussionists Christopher Deviney and Christopher McLaurin in this special performance at 6:30 p.m. Thursday in Helzberg Hall.
- Kansas City Symphony Classical Series presents Dvorák’s New World, Gershwin and Pat Metheny at 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and 2 p.m. Sunday in Helzberg Hall.
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.
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.
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.
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:
- 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