The entire Kansas City arts & entertainment scene will be on its toes this week, as Hamilton begins week two of its three-week revolution in Downtown KC. Roll the highlight reel for what’s coming to the heart of the City from Monday to Sunday, June 24-30:
Crossroads KC, 417 E. 18th St. This week, will romance the East Crossroads with a sweet combination of beer and live music at the Craft Beer Fest this Saturday. The beer course – featuring 30 craft breweries and 80+ beers – is set for 4-9 p.m., while the music – featuring PetRock, Captiva and DeeJay Proof – will rock the night away from 5-11 p.m.
HyVee Arena, 1800 Genessee, introduces a new, FREE live music series on Friday nights this summer. Amanda Hughey will perform from 7-10 p.m. this Friday, and all ages are welcomed. The Bottoms Up bar will be serving.
KC Public Library, 14 W. 10th St. This week, featuring:
- Life to the Fullest – As chief of staff to former President George H.W. Bush for 25 years, Jean Becker will discuss the man who became one of our country’s most widely admired political elders at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday at the Central Library. She is preparing books on both his wife Barbara (due in 2020) and the former president (expected in early 2021).
- Ralph Steadman: A Retrospective – a special exhibition of about 100 of his original works – are featured in the retrospective that runs through Sept. 8. at the Central Library Exclusive to the exhibition’s stay in Downtown is more than a dozen of Steadman’s images from his coverage of the 1976 Republican Convention in KC.
Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts, 1601 Broadway, featuring Napoleon Dynamite Live Screening, Q&A, a screening of Napoleon Dynamite (2004) and a Q&A with fan-favorite cast members Jon Heder (Napoleon Dynamite), Efren Ramirez (Pedro) and Jon Gries (Uncle Rico), moderated by award-winning journalist and film critic, Shawn Edwards. This special evening is set for 7:30 p.m. Friday in the Muriel Kauffman Theatre.
Knucklehead’s – the hottest honky tonk in the Big Town will be on fire this week 10 red-hot shows, including blues rocker Delbert McClinton with Seth James at 8 p.m. Friday and Christone “Kingfish” Ingram with The Cerney Brothers, plus Junebug and The Porchlights at 8 p.m. Saturday.
The Midland, 1228 Main – This week, audiences will be rolling in the aisles with three comedic performances, including comedian Drew Lynch, who will headline a special Giggle with Gilda benefit at 8:30 p.m. Friday; and two performances by Tom Segura, best known for three Netflix specials at 8 p.m. Saturday and 7 p.m. Sunday.
Reflecting Motion – a festival celebrating the Mind, Body and Spirit – will arise from 8 a.m. to noon on Saturday (and, again, on Saturday, July 27) in the Haverty Family Yards at Union Station. For tickets, and a complete schedule of events, simply click here.
Sprint Center, 1407 Grand. Up next, Rock and Roll Hall of Fame guitarist Santana with The Doobie Brothers on Thursday, July 11. The three-month, 29-date Supernatural Now Tour will commemorate the 20th anniversary of his groundbreaking, multiple Grammy-winning album Supernatural and the 50th anniversary of his momentous performance at Woodstock.
The Truman, 801 E. Truman Rd. – This week, smokin’ hot with back-to-back-to-back nights of entertainment, including Anberlin with I The Mighty at 8 p.m. Thursday; The Liturgists, Michael Gungor and Science Mike, at 8 p.m. Friday; and Hush Silent Disco at 8 p.m. Saturday.
Union Station – More than 1.5 million people annually travel to the south of England to experience Stonehenge – the 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. Open daily at Union Station. Click here for hours and to plan your visit.
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 , throughout the Power & Light District, The Record Bar, The Ship … and, aboard the KC Streetcar from 5-7 p.m. Thursdays through Aug. 1.
LIVE THEATER is thriving on Downtown stages, including six magical productions this week:
- Broadway and All That Jazz – The four-part series of Broadway songbooks comes to a close this season, as the final chapter – Songbook of the 80s to the Present – runs through July 14 at the Quality Hill Playhouse.
- Cafe Blaque – a love story about two people who meet at their local cafe – is presented by Just Off Broadway Theatre. Performances are set for 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and 4 p.m. Sunday.
- Elephant and Piggie’s ‘We Are in a Play’ – This lively and irresistibly charming musical look at friendship has become one of the best-selling and loved young readers’ series of the past decade. The show continues through Aug. 4 at The Coterie in Crown Center.
- Hamilton – The international sensation comes to Downtown KC for a three-week run beginning Tuesday at the Music Hall. The story of America’s Founding Father Alexander Hamilton features a score that blends hip-hop, jazz, blues, rap, R&B, and Broadway. It is considered to be the story of America then, as told by America now. Performances run through July 7.
- The Tony Awards Show – Always the most popular Musical Monday/Tuesday of the year, this show features tunes nominated for the 2019 Tony Award – Best New Musical, as well as tunes from the Best Revival of a Musical nominees! Performances are set for 7:30 p.m. Monday and Tuesday at the MTH Theater in Crown Center.
- A Wrinkle in Time – Madeleine L’Engle’s science fantasy novel for young people won the Newberry Medal and has become a modern classic of children’s literature. Theater for Young America presents this beloved production now through July 6 at the City Stage in Union Station.