From the always-wild-and-crazy Fringe Festival to the KC return of Billy Bob Thornton and his Boxcutters, Downtown will be the place to be for arts & entertainment again this week. Roll the highlight reel for what’s coming to the Big Town from Monday to Sunday, July 22-28:
Crossroads KC, 417 E. 18th St. This week, basking in the joy of summertime with the How I Spent My Summer Vacation 2019 Tour featuring Slightly Stoopid, Matisyahu, Tribal Seeds and Hirie beginning at 6:30 p.m. Thursday.
Crown Center – Kick off the summer WeekEnder series this Friday! Featuring food trucks, a local band and a classic movie under the stars, the fun begins at 6 p.m. Friday with a free performance by the Rusty Laffoon Band, followed by a free showing of Hoosiers at 9 p.m.
Fringe Festival KC is back, baby. The uncensored showcase – featuring 600+ participating artists, 14 venues, 75 producers, 326 visual artists and more than 400 opportunities to find your FRINGE – continues this week in Downtown and around KC now through Sunday. A $5 Fringe button is your passport to literally dozens of performances.
Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts, 1601 Broadway. Next up, Iyania Vanzant celebrates the updated 25th-anniversary edition of her internationally acclaimed bestseller, Acts of Faith, on Friday, Aug. 23.
Knucklehead’s , 2715 Rochester. This week, the hottest honky tonk in the Big Town will be smokin’ with 9 shows this week, including Billy Bob Thornton & The Boxcutters at 8 p.m. Wednesday; ito Mike Zito with two shows at 7 and 9 p.m. Thursday; and Chubby Carrier & The Bayou Swamp Band at 8:30 p.m. Friday.
The Midland, 1228 Main – Looking ahead, actor John Cusack will pay a visit to Downtown KC for a 30th anniversary screening of his film Say Anything, followed by a conservation with the popular actor on Friday, Nov. 1. The 1989 comedy/drama is ranked by Entertainment Weekly as one of the greatest modern movie romances (and #11 on the list of 50 best high-school movies), “Say Anything” made a star out of Cusack who went on to success in multiple films including “High Fidelity,” “Grosse Point Blank,” and “Being John Malkovich,”
Power & Light District – This week, the KC Live! Block will be swayin’ to Hot Country Nights featuring the Randy Rogers Band at 6 p.m. Thursday; and the Cowardly Lions will scare up a summer party at Friday Live! at 9 p.m. Friday.
Union Station – 30 W. Pershing Rd. Ongoing, Stonehenge – This U.S. premiere exhibition represents 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. Click here for hours and more.
AND, LIVE MUSIC is on tap most nights at these Downtown clubs and joints: Blue Room Jazz Club, Black Dolphin, The Brick, Gem Theater, 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 two colorful productions this week:
- 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.
- The Hobbit – J.R.R. Tolkien’s classic adventure tale comes to life in this Theatre for Young America production that runs through Friday on the City Stage at Union Station.