Spring brings out best in arts, music, stage + Disney on Ice

Roll the highlight reel for a stellar week in the local arts, music and theater scenes, PLUS eight fun-filled performances of Disney on Ice only in Downtown this week – Monday to Sunday, April 1-7:

The Amazing Brain – The largest and newest exhibit in Science City, this 2,800-square-foot exhibit explores the body’s command center. Designed to exercise the 3-pound organ in your head, the exhibit features 14 unique exhibit pieces. Only at Union Station.

Spring is in the air as First Friday returns this week throughout greater Downtown.

First Friday – KC’s hippest night of the new year – is set for Friday with a sizzling collection arts and cultural experiences throughout Downtown, including:

  • City Market presents Be a Part of the Art, showcasing local artists who will demo their techniques and exhibit their works every First Friday – April through December – from 6-9 p.m. in Pavilion 1 in City Market Square.
  • Crossroads Arts District featuring arts organizations, galleries, studios, and a wide variety of local businesses in a celebration of local, regional and national artists and live entertainment from 5-9 p.m.
  • 18th & Vine is a cultural experience of music, art, food, and shopping on First Fridays year ’round. Shop local artists and a diverse array of food trucks from 4-9 p.m. in the Museums of 18th & Vine Atrium … to keep First Friday hot even if the weather is cool.
  • First Friday Film FestivalA free, short film festival that begins after most of the galleries have closed. Doors to the venue and bar open at 6:30 p.m., and the screening begins at 7:30. Seating is first come, first served at the MTH Theater at Crown Center.
  • First Friday Warehouse Weekends – one of the finest vintage marketplaces in the country – flourishes every First Friday weekend (Friday through Sunday) in the West Bottoms.

Folly Theater, 300 W. 12th St. – This week, Kansas City Women’s Chorus presents Unsung a suite of seven different musical numbers celebrating women from Susan B. Anthony to Ruth Bader Ginsburg to Margaret Cho. Performances are set for 8 p.m. Friday and 2:30 p.m. Sunday.

Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts, 1601 Broadway. This week, 13 breathtaking performances at the world-class performing arts center, including:

  • Radiant Ravel – Kansas City Symphony musicians will shine in this free concert featuring Steve Reich’s hypnotic Mallet Quartet and Ravel’s gorgeous String Quartet, which film buffs will know from “The Royal Tenenbaums.” Cash bars open at 5 p.m and the one-hour concert begins at 6 p.m. Tuesday in Helzbeg Hall.
  • The Play That Goes Wrong The Kansas City Broadway Series presents the touring Broadway show from Tuesday through Sunday in the Muriel Kauffman Theatre. See more information under Live Theater below.
  • Pink MartiniBrimming with “fizzy spirit and breezy sophistication” (Chicago Sun-Times), the sensational Pink Martini joins the Kansas City Symphony for an evening of glitz and glamour, led by pianist Thomas Lauderdale and featuring vocalist China Forbes. This Pops Series performance is set for 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and 2 p.m. Sunday in Helzberg Hall.
  • tenThing – Helzberg Hall will ring when this brass ensemble makes its Harriman-Jewell Series debut. tenThing’s sparkling arrangements have been delighting audiences since the all-female, 10-member ensemble was formed by Norwegian trumpeter Tine Thing Helseth in 2007.

Knuckleheads, 2715 Rochester, This week, 13 blazin’ shows including Zenith Sun featuring Anson Funderburgh and Eric Lindell at 8 p.m. Monday and Tuesday in the Gospel Lounge; reggae legend Pato Banton at 8 p.m. Thursday; and Rev. Peyton’s Big Damn Band with the Dust Devil Choir at 8:30 p.m. Saturday.

The Midland, 1228 Main – This week, the iconic rock quintet Tesla will light up Downtown beginning at 8 p.m. Sunday with special guest Tom Fuller.

 

Sprint Center, 1407 Grand – This week, a fun-filled week thanks to Disney on Ice: Mickey’s Search Party. The all-new Disney on Ice show promises to bring the magic and fun closer to Disney audiences than ever before with immersive and dynamic moments on the ice, in the air and in the seats. The Disney spectacular opens Thursday for eight performances over the weekend.

The Truman, 801 E. Truman Rd. – This week, featuring Broods with Bad Sounds at 8 p.m. Sunday.

AND, LIVE MUSIC is on tap most nights at these Downtown clubs and joints: Blue Room Jazz ClubBlack Dolphin, The BrickGreen Lady Lounge, Hush, The Majestic Jazz ClubMutual Musicians FoundationThe Phoenix, Prohibition Hall, The Record BarThe Ship, and throughout the Power & Light District.

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

  • Billy Elliott – The stage musical based on the 2000 film and featuring the music of Elton John returns to the Big Town this month. Billy, the motherless British boy who trades boxing gloves for ballet shoes, opens Thursday and runs through April 24 at Just Off Broadway Theatre.
  • The Play That Goes Wrong – The Broadway and London smash comedy comes to Downtown this week. Called “A gut-busting hit” (The New York Times) and “The funniest play Broadway has ever seen” (HuffPost), this classic murder mystery is chock-full of mishaps and madcap mania. The KC Broadway Series production opens Tuesday and runs through Sunday for eight performances in Kauffman Theatre.
  • Songbook of the 50s – Perhaps no decade had more personalities to its music than the 1950s, as will this dynamite cabaret revue that runs through Sunday, April 7 at the Quality Hill Playhouse.

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