Roll the highlight reel for a spellbinding week with the Kansas City Ballet, violin virtuoso Itzak Perlman, entertainment legends Steve Martin and Martin Short, eight different theatrical productions, a free Mother’s Day performance with the Kauffman Center’s grand organ, and more in Arts & Entertainment in Downtown KC from Monday to Sunday, May 6-12:

Folly Theater, 300 W. 12th St. – This week, Transfigured Nights featuring four outstanding musicians – Alisa Weilerstein, cello; Sergey Khachatryan, violin; Inon Barnatan, piano; and Colin Currie, persussion – in a transformational performance beginning at 7:30 p.m. Friday.

KC Crossroads, 417 E. 18th St. This week, Smells Like Nirvana with Deco Auto at 8 p.m. Thursday.

KC Public Library, 14 W. 10th St., This week, America Meets the Middle East will be the featured program at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday at the Central Library. Brian Steed, a military historian at the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College and a Middle East foreign area officer, discusses the evolution of America’s role as protector in the region—and its ramifications.

Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts, 1601 Broadway. This week, featuring six transformational performances, including:


  • Spring Choral Concert featuring more than 200 vocalists in the Rockhurst High School choral program will perform in this annual event at 7:30 p.m. Monday in Helzberg Hall.
  • Kansas City Ballet presents its must-see event of the year – Tharp / Parsons / Forsythe the works of three of America’s most recognized and acclaimed choreographers brought together on stage at the Kauffman Center! Six performances will unfold between Friday, May 10 and Sunday, May 19 – including three this week – on the Muriel Kauffman Theatre stage.
  • Itzhak Perlman – Over the years, the virtuoso has shared his love of music with everyone, from connoisseurs to Oscar the Grouch. His warm personality and the rich, burnished tone of his violin have made him a favorite performer across the globe. Pianist Rohan de Silva will join Perlman for an evening of stories and music, presented by the Harriman-Jewell Series at 7 p.m. Saturday in Helzberg Hall.
  • Music from the HeartThis special, free Mother’s Day Pipe Organ Concert, featuring music from the heart and performed by Jan Kraybill on the Julia Irene Kauffman Casavant Organ, Opus 3875. Tickets are free for his Mother’s Day performance at 4 p.m. Sunday in Helzberg Hall, but reservations are required. Click here to learn more.

Knucklehead’s – the hottest honky tonk in greater Downtown feature 13 live performances this week, including two nights with Lukas Nelson & The Promise of the Real at 8 p.m. Tuesday with Lily B. Moonflower, and at 8 p.m. Wednesday with Gangstagrass; Danielle Nicole Band at 8:30 p.m. Saturday; and The Cactus Blossoms with Jack Klatt at 8 p.m. Sunday.

The Midland, 1228 Main – This week, a blockbuster week ahead with three performances, including:

  • Damien Escobarthe world renowned violinist, author, entrepreneur, and philanthropist brings his Elements of Love Tour to the Big Town at 8 p.m. Wednesday;
  • Steve Martin and Martin Short – The legendary performers will light up the Midland with their Now You See Them, Soon You Won’t show at 8 p.m. Thursday;
  • Derek Hough – The Emmy-award winner brings first-ever solo tour to KC at 8 p.m. Saturday. The dancing dynamo will explores styles ranging from ballroom and tap to salsa and hop-hop and everything in between.

Power & Light DistrictThis week, two hot nights of live music, featuring:

  • Rockin’ for Dreams, a benefit for the Dream Factory of Greater Kansas City, featuring Gypsies, Doves & Dreams (Stevie Nicks Tribute); Poison Overdose (tribute to Poison); Elton Dan & The Rocket Band (Elton John tribute); and KC/DC (AC/DC tribute), at 6 p.m. Friday in the KC Live Block; and
  • The Struts will headline this week’s Coors Light Block Party series with a performance at 7 p.m. Thursday in KC Live! The Brit band hs opened for The Rolling Stones, The Who, Guns N’ Roses and The Foo Fighters.


Sprint Center, 1407 Grand. This week, New Kids on the Block will rock the house, along with special guests Salt-N-Pepa, Tiffany, Debbie Gibson and Naughty by Nature, beginning at 7:30 p.m. Thursday.

The Truman, 801 E. Truman Rd. – This week, featuring The Psychedelic Furs with Royston Langdon at 8 p.m. Friday, and R&B Only at 8:30 p.m. Saturday

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 eight productions this week:

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