Roll the highlight reel for an inspiring and madcap week of arts and entertainment in Downtown Kansas City – Monday to Sunday, Nov. 4-10:
The City Market, 20 E. 5th St. This week, the 5th annual Swope Health Socks and Hops is back this weekend – from 7-10 p.m. Saturday – at The City Market. The event features a night of craft beer and tasty bites benefiting the Swope Healthcare for the Homeless Program and Mobile Medical Unit (MMU). For the price of admission and a suggested donation of socks, attendees can enjoy beer from local craft brewers paired with bites from some of the best chefs in KC. Click here for tickets or more information.
Crown Center, 2405 Grand. This week, the Ice Terrace – Kansas City’s public outdoor ice skating rink – is back for the season! The beloved ice skating mecca will be open daily – except Christmas Day – through March 8. Visit the Ice Terrace for a schedule and more details.
Folly Theater, 300 W. 12th St. This week, presenting The Rainbow Fish in two performances for grades pre-K through 3rd at 9:45 and 11:30 a.m. on Wednesday. This first of three tales introduces the most beautiful fish in the sea, whose scales shimmer in all the colors of the rainbow. Based on the best-selling book by Marcus Pfister.
KC Public Library, 14 W. 10th St. – This week, the Downtown Central Library will feature three special events, including:
- The Making of the Enemy – Brian Steed, a military historian at the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College and a Middle East foreign area officer, concludes a four-part series on the region in a discussion on Understanding Middle East Extremists at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday. RSVP here.
- Final Act: 2019 Art in the Loop – Celebrate what made the Art in the Loop Project: Make/Believe great. The curated outdoor exhibition, staged in partnership with the City of Kansas City, Missouri, and KC Streetcar, wraps up with a reception, illustrated review, and reflection on this year’s entries beginning at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday. RSVP now.
- City School Fair – Families are invited to learn more about 60+ public, private, and charter institutions within the KC Public Schools district serving youth in kindergarten through high school. Get information about school options, enjoy activities and refreshments, and have one-on-one conversations with school representatives, staff, and parents. The information-gathering event – open from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday – welcomes parents and children alike. Mayor Quinton Lucas will make remarks at 10:30 a.m. Click here for more.
Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts, 1601 Broadway. This week, the dazzling center will present three performances, including:
- Crescendo 2019: Together We Will Rise – Crescendo is one of Kansas City’s premier arts events, hosted by the UMKC Conservatory of Music and Dance. The event – set for 8 p.m. Friday in Helzberg Hall – has raised millions for student scholarships with support from generous donors and under the guidance of the Friends of the Conservatory. Click here to find best available seating.
- La boheme – The Lyric Opera of Kansas City presents this operatic classic based on the premise … Love is fleeting. Lovers even more so. Paris is for lovers… Puccini is for opera lovers. At the crossroads, and unrivaled romance sets bright bohemian rhapsodies against a tragic trajectory, blending into one of opera’s quintessential tearjerkers. Performances begin at 7:30 p.m. Saturday and continue with three more dates next week in the Muriel Kauffman Theatre.
- Young Person’s Guide to the Orchestra – The Kansas City Symphony presents this masterpiece, one of Benjamin Britten’s best-known works. From the violins to the triangle, tuba and harp, this is a fun and classic introduction to orchestral instruments. This special performance is set for 2 p.m. Sunday in Helzberg Hall.
Knuckleheads, 2715 Rochester. This week, KC’s favorite honky tonk will be rockin’ the East Bottoms with 14 live shows, including An Evening with The Flatlanders at 8 p.m. Thursday; Tommy Tutone with Pop Skull Rebels and The M80’s at 8 p.m. Friday; the KC Latin Music Summit – a KKFI presentation in the Garage – at 7 p.m. Saturday; and The Bottle Rockets at 8:30 p.m. Saturday.
The Midland, 1228 Main St. This week, lighting up the Big Town with five, totally eclectic performances including Rumours of Fleetwood Mac – a 50th anniversary tribute concert to the iconic group – at 8 p.m. Tuesday; Sasha Velour – the first one-queen show – will present an effortless blend of drag, visual art, and magic at 8 p.m. Wednesday; 85 South Show with DC Young Fly, Karlous Miller and Chico Bean at 8 p.m. Friday; Whiskey Myers – the authentic and gritty Texas band – will light up the Big Town at 8 p.m. Saturday; and comedienne Anjelah Johnson at 7 p.m. Sunday.
National WWI Museum and Memorial, 2 Memorial Dr. This week, featuring the opening of an important, new exhibition AND a national celebration:
- The Vietnam War – More than 40 years after its conclusion, it remains one of the most controversial events of the 20th century. How did the conflict begin? Why did it begin? What are the connections between the war and its confounding cousin, World War I? This exhibition explores themes of patriotism, duty and citizenship through a remarkable collection of objects from the New‑York Historical Society. The exhibition opens Friday in Wylie Gallery.
- Veterans Day Weekend – Join us in honoring veterans with special activities, free public ceremonies on the grounds and free general admission for veterans and active duty military to the Museum and Memorial from Friday through Monday, Nov. 11.
Power & Light District, 50 E. 13th St. This week, featuring Pig and Swig – the annual Downtown festival that showcases local BBQ flavors, bourbon, whiskey and bacon – beginning at 3 p.m. Saturday. Guests will receive a “Passpork” to tour and taste each of the BBQ and bacon samplings available from barbecue wizards, including Plowboys, Jazzy B’s, Chop’s, Nikki G’s, County Road Ice House, Guy Fieri’s Dive & Taco Joint and more! Enjoy live music, bourbon education, lawn games in the beer garden and MORE!
The Truman, 601 E. Truman Rd. This week, featuring four back-to-back blowouts with Lettuce at 9 p.m. Thursday; Cannibal Corpse with Thy Art Is Murder, Perdition Temple and Unmericful at 7:30 p.m. Friday; R&B ONLY featuring R&B dance music at 8:30 p.m. Saturday; and Bishop Briggs at 8 p.m. Sunday.
Union Station, 30 W. Pershing Rd. This week, built in 1914 this Kansas City icon is always brimming with excitement, including two special treats this week:
- Gatsby Swing at the Station – Don’t miss this vintage Dance at the Depot, featuring Gatsby-era music from 8-10:30 p.m. Friday in the Grand Plaza. This spectacular event will feature the Kansas City Jazz Orchestra in full swing beginning at 8 p.m. Doors open at 7 p.m., and dance instructions featuring 627 Stomp get under way at 7:30 p.m. For ticket information and details, visit Gatsby Swing.
- Genghis Khan – Discover how legends are made in this world-class exhibition that explores the culture, conquests and heritage of the world’s greatest conqueror . . . the man Time Magazine and The Washington Post named “The Most Important Person of the Last Millennium.” Journey back 800 years, to experience the treasures and stories of Genghis Khan’s 13th-century Mongol Empire, the exhibition is now showing. Click here to learn more.
LIVE THEATER – This week, a peek behind the curtain reveals seven productions happening this week, including:
- A Charlie Brown Christmas – The animated classic comes to life – complete with a live jazz trio playing the original Vince Guaraldi arrangements – for the holidays. Performances begin Tuesday and run through Dec. 29 at The Coterie in Crown Center.
- Dragons Love Tacos – The popular 2012 book by Adam Rubin has been turned into a musical by Ernie Nolan and Chris LaPorte, and Theatre for Young America will present it to open its 2019-20 season. Dragons runs through Saturday at City Stage Theater in Union Station.
- For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide When the Rainbow is Enuf – At a time when there were few stories about women of color, poet-activist-novelist-playwright Shange penned a now-seminal and treasured work of American theater. “Remarkable,” says The New York Times, “a joyous celebration” that weaves word and dance into something genuinely special, something to “be savored and treasured.” Performances run through Sunday at the KC Rep’s Copaken Stage.
- My Mother’s Italian, My Father’s Jewish & I’m in Therapy – More than 30 characters and voices are brought to life by the comic genius of Peter Fogel in one of the longest running one-man shows in New York theater history. This special showing runs through Nov. 24 at the MTH Theater in Crown Center.
- Sensatia, Cirque Cabaret – Prepare to be transported to an interactive multimedia performance blending spectacular acrobatics, state-of-the-art visuals, live music, perfumery, and creative culinary concepts to arouse each of the five senses. Fusing film, live music, awe-inspiring acrobatics, projection mapping, culinary arts and more, this Quixotic experience promises a truly unique multi-sensory experience. Quixotic’s residency show runs through November in the new Quixotic Theater at Crown Center.
- Stealing Kandinsky – The Westport Arts Center presents A Case from the Stolen Art Files – a full-length, two-act play centers around Vassily Kandinsky, known as the “founder” of modern abstract art. Kandinsky and the Blue Rider arts movement of which he was a leader, were considered “degenerate artists” by the Nazis, and their art was suppressed and stolen. Performances run through Saturday at the Just Off Broadway Theatre.
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 and The Ship.
AND, UNIQUE TREASURES are plentiful via Downtown museums and attractions, including the Airline History Museum, Downtown Airport; American Jazz Museum, 18th & Vine; Arabia Steamboat Museum, River Market; Black Archives of Mid-America, 18th & Vine; Todd Bolender Center for Dance and Creativity, Union Station District; Boulevard Beer Hall, Westside; City Market, River Market; College Basketball Experience, Sprint Center; Garment District Museum, Garment District; Kansas City Public Library, Central Business District; Hallmark Visitors Center, Crown Center; Hy-Vee Arena, West Bottoms; Kansas City Museum, Corinthian Hall; Money Museum, Federal Reserve Bank of KC; National Archives, Union Station District; National WWI Museum and Memorial, Liberty Memorial; Legoland Discovery Center, Crown Center; Negro Leagues Baseball Museum, 18th & Vine; Riverfront Heritage Trail, River Market area; Science City, Union Station; Sea Life Aquarium, Crown Center; 21c Museum Hotel, Historic 9th District; TWA Museum, Downtown Airport; and Union Station, Union Station.