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.

As Sly James completes his second and mandatory final term as mayor, he looks back on a life that took him from a segregated working-class neighborhood to military service in the Marines, a groundbreaking legal career, and ultimately the 29th floor of City Hall. The program is set for 6:30 p.m. Thursday at the Plaza Branch. RSVP at

KC Public Library, 14 W. 10th St. This week, the Central Library will present a program on U.S. Army General George S. Patton, along with the ongoing exhibition of the artwork of Ralph Steadman.

Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts1601 Broadway. Next up, Iyania Vanzant celebrates the updated 25th-anniversary edition of her internationally acclaimed bestseller, Acts of Faith, on Friday, Aug. 23.

Billy Bob Thornton & The Boxcutters return to Knuckleheads this week.

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,”

Randy Rogers Band, the Texas-based country rockers, return to Downtown this week to headline Hot Country Nights on Thursday at the KC Live! Block.

Power & Light DistrictThis 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.

Sprint Center, 1407 Grand. Up next, the national sports spotlight will shine on Kansas City next month, as the U.S. Gymnastics Championships return to Downtown KC on Aug. 8-11.

The Truman, 801 E. Truman Rd. – Up next, Buckcherry will rock this city with special guest Joyous Wolf on Thursday, Aug. 15.

Union Station – 30 W. Pershing Rd. Ongoing, StonehengeThis 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 ClubBlack Dolphin, The Brick, Gem TheaterGreen Lady Lounge, Hush, The Majestic Jazz ClubMutual Musicians FoundationThe Phoenix, Prohibition Hall , throughout the Power & Light District, The Record BarThe 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:

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