Springtime has emerged in all is glory. Roll the highlight reel for a splendid week in arts, culture, science and music in the Downtown Kansas City – Monday to Sunday, April 8-14:
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.
- Joshua Redman – Winner of the 1991 Thelonius Monk International Saxophone Competition, Redman makes his way to the Folly this week to perform with his quartet in the Folly Jazz Series at 8 p.m. Thursday;
- Richard Goode, hailed for music-making of tremendous emotional power, depth and expressiveness, and acknowledged worldwide as one of today’s leading interpreters of Classical and Romantic music will raise the bar via the Friends of Chamber Music at 7:30 p.m. Friday.
- A Cappella at the Folly – Central Standard, the Kansas City metro’s award-winning men’s a cappella ensemble, will present its spring concert at 7 p.m. Saturday. The local ensemble was named the Barbershop Harmony Society’s 2nd place silver medalist chorus at the Society’s International Chorus Competition in 2016,
Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts, 1601 Broadway. This week, seven astonishing performances at the world-class performing arts center, including:
- Inside Music Series – Kansas City Symphony Music Director Michael Stern hosts a special chamber music workshop featuring two student ensembles at 6:30 p.m. Thursday in Helzberg Hall. Stern will share feedback and ideas with these young artists as well as the audience.
- C.S. Lewis’ The Screwtape Letters – An international smash hit, this stage adaptation of C.S. Lewis’ satiric masterpiece creates a morally inverted universe that reveals unseen spiritual powers and principalities in humorous, vivid and surprising ways. Performances are set for 7:30 p.m. Friday and 4 p.m. Saturday in the Muriel Kauffman Theatre.
- Kansas City Symphony Classical Series presents La Valse with Copland’s Appalachian Spring Featuring Lalo’s Cello Concerto at 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and 2 p.m. Sunday in Helzberg Hall.
- Los Tigres Del Norte, legends of regional Mexican music, will light up Kauffman Theatre at 7:30 p.m. Sunday. They have reinvented Mexican popular music with their modern take on norteño with traditional cumbia, bolero and rock rhythms. Local rock starts Making Movies will open the show a with a blend of pulsing Afro-Latino rhythms, psychedelic jams and rock ’n’ roll swagger.
Knuckleheads, 2715 Rochester, This week, another 13 blazin’ shows including Wishbone Ash with Fast Johnny Ricker at 8:30 p.m. Friday in the Garage; Katy Guillen and Stephanie Williams at 9 p.m. Friday in the Gospel Lounge; and Almost KISS / KCDC headline the Lymphoma & Leukemia Society Benefit Show at 8 p.m. Saturday in the Garage.
AND, LIVE MUSIC is on tap most nights at these Downtown clubs and joints: Blue Room Jazz Club, Black Dolphin, The Brick, Green Lady Lounge, Hush, The Majestic Jazz Club, Mutual Musicians Foundation, The Phoenix, Prohibition Hall, The Record Bar, The Ship, and throughout the Power & Light District. And, Downtown’s hottest outdoor concert venue – Crossroads KC at Grinders – will begin its 2019 schedule on May 3!
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.
- Funny Girl – the Broadway and film classic will soar again this month in greater Downtown. With humor, talent, and chutzpah, young Fanny Brice defies the odds and becomes one of the greatest stars of her and any generation. Performances open Thursday and continue through April 28 at the MTH Theater in Crown Center,
- Go, Dog, Go! P.D. Eastman’s classic book is the foundation for this Theatre for Young America production that features a group of highly mobile dogs careening around in cars, scooters and anything that rolls fast. The fun begins at 10 a.m. Tuesday and continues through May 11 at City Stage at Union Station.