Downtown is preparing a spectacular start to summer with Celebration at the Station and the national premiere of a major Stonehenge exhibition this week at Union Station, along with a complete calendar of arts, music and more Monday to Sunday, May 20-26. Roll the highlight reel for the week ahead:
Celebration at the Station – The Kansas City Symphony presents its 17th annual patriotic concert event on Sunday, the largest FREE Memorial Day weekend festival in the Midwest! From a moving Symphony concert to the city’s grandest fireworks display, nothing celebrates our military and veterans quite like Bank of America Celebration at the Station. Grounds open at 3 p.m. Sunday for a host of afternoon events, At dusk, Symphony Music Director Michael Stern leads a spectacular patriotic concert, including Tchaikovsky’s famous “1812 Overture” with live cannons and “The Stars and Stripes Forever” as a prelude to KC’s biggest fireworks display.
Crossroads KC. 417 E. 18th St. This week, rockin’ the great outdoors with Toots and the Maytals featuring guests Ras Neville and the Kingstonians at 8 p.m. Saturday, and El Gran Silencio with Reptil at 6 p.m. Sunday.
KC Public Library, 14 W. 10th St., This week, featuring free educational programs on:
- Overcharged: Why Americans Pay Too Much for Health Care – Two authors examine the concerns and offer solutions in a discussion of their book Overcharged. Among their remedies: subjecting health care providers to the same competitive forces as other businesses. David Hyman directs Health Law and Policy at the University of Illinois, and Charles Silver is a law professor at the University of Texas. The program is set for 6:30 p.m. Tuesday in the Central Library. RSVP here.
- The Road to Abilene – Tim Rives, supervisory archivist and deputy director of the Eisenhower Presidential Library and Museum, and Curator William Snyder will examine a $25 million redesign of the museum and lead an interactive discussion of the function and importance of presidential libraries in Abilene and across America at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday in the Central Library. RSVP here.
Knucklehead’s – the hottest honky tonk in greater Downtown will be on fire this week 13 red-hot shows, including the Jeremiah Johnson Band with the Amanda Fish Band at 8:30 p.m. Friday, and Black Joe Lewis and The Honeybears with Amasa Hines at 8 p.m. Sunday.
Sprint Center, 1407 Grand. This week, WWE Raw featuring the reigning superstars – including the Universal title match between champion Seth Rollins and Baron Corbin – live in action beginning at 8:30 p.m. Memorial Day Monday.
Union Station – Fresh from opening the spectacular Reflecting Motion kinetic arts experience in Haverty Yards, a major new exhibition on Stonehenge opens on Saturday. Stonehenge, More than 1.5 million people annually travel to the south of England to experience this mysterious wonder and World Heritage site, dating back 5,000+ years. Now, with this America’s premiere exhibition, the ancient marvel comes to life in this large-scale exhibition, suitable for all ages and featuring multiple hands-on interactives to amplify key elements of the monument’s mysteries.
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.
LIVE THEATER is thriving on Downtown stages, including two productions this week, including:
- The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time follows the story of 15-year-old Christopher who has an extraordinary brain: He is exceptional at mathematics but ill-equipped to interpret everyday life. The Barn Players present this winner of five Tony Awards, including best play, beginning Thursday at The Arts Asylum.
- Songbook of the 60s and 70s – Celebrate the era of Broadway when traditional musicals lived alongside innovative ones, while the jazz world evolved to reflect an eclectic culture. This nostalgic celebration continues through Sunday at the Quality Hill Playhouse.