Roll the highlight reel for an inspiring and entertaining of arts, entertainment and rembrance in Downtown Kansas City – today (Monday) to Sunday, Nov. 11-17:
City Market, 20 E. 5th St. Coming, Merry Market will celebrate the coming holiday season with its annual focus on Gifts, Giving and Good Cheer. Make plans now for great shopping, food, drink and festive fun for the whole family on Friday and Saturday, Nov. 29 and 30.
Crown Center, 2405 Grand. This week, the Ice Terrace – Kansas City’s public outdoor ice skating mecca – is now open daily. Visit the Crown Center Ice Terrace for the complete schedule and more details.
Downtown Dazzle – Holiday magic will begin to unfold this week, as Downtown Dazzle commences a six-week celebration throughout the neighborhoods, attractions, galleries, restaurants and theaters of Downtown Kansas City. The magic begins this week with the Salvation Army’s Rock the Red Kettle spectacular beginning at 6:30 p.m. Friday in the KC Live Block of the Power & Light District. RTRK served as the kickoff of the The Army’s Christmas Campaign via a free concert by national recording artists The Plain White T’s, The Mowgli’s, and New Politics!
Folly Theater, 300 W. 12th St. This week, featuring a HUGE weekend with back-to-back stellar attractions, including:
- The Hot Sardines return to KC at 8 p.m. Saturday to headline the annual Folly Frolic. Formed in New York City in 2007, Elizabeth Bougerol & Evan Palazzo have brought the Hot Sardines to life! Evan, a NY native, and Elizabeth “Miss Liz” from Paris, both answered a Craig’s List ad for a traditional jazz band. It “was like an instant musical connection”, Elizabeth recalled. Since that day, Evan and Liz created the Hot Sardines, and Peek been touring with top-notch talent, including a tap-dancer!
- Michael W. Smith – the multi-Platinum recording artist, author and actor – will make a triumphant return to Downtown KC at 7:30 p.m. Sunday for a sold out performance on his 35 Years of Friends tour.
KC Public Library, 14 W. 10th St. – This week, the Downtown Central Library will feature two special events, including:
- Upstart: One Word of Advice – A panel of Kansas City’s foremost entrepreneurs and business ecosystem leaders offer their stories and their “One Word” of guidance in conjunction with the opening of the new Library exhibit UpStart on Tuesday at the Central Library. A networking reception begins the event at 5:30 p.m., followed by the program at 6:30.
- Censorship and Kansas City – Censorship was an inescapable aspect of the American effort in World War I, and applied not only to soldiers’ mail but also reports from war correspondents – including The Kansas City Star’s Otto P. Higgins. Historian James J. Heiman spotlights examples of those censored reports in a discussion of his new book Front Lines to Headlines: The World War I Overseas Dispatches of Otto P. Higgins. at 2 p.m. Sunday at the Central Library.
Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts, 1601 Broadway. This week, the dazzling center will present three performances of 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 at set for 7:30 p.m. Wednesday and Friday, and 2 p.m. Sunday in the Muriel Kauffman Theatre.
Knuckleheads, 2715 Rochester. This week, KC’s favorite honky tonk will be rockin’ the East Bottoms with 16 live shows, including David Bromberg with The Talbot Brothers at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday; Charlie Parr at 9 p.m. Friday; and Chubby Carrier and The Bayou Swamp Band at 8:30 p.m. Saturday.
The Midland, 1228 Main St. This week, preparing for a smokin’ hot weekend with REZZ and special guests Peekaboo & BlackGummy 8 p.m. Friday; The Neighbourhood with Slow Hollows and Claud at 8 p.m. Saturday; and The Bridge presents Wilco with Tuomo & Markus at at 7:30 p.m.
National WWI Museum and Memorial, 2 Memorial Dr. This week, featuring the opening week of an important, new exhibition 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 is now showing in the Wylie Gallery.
The Truman, 601 E. Truman Rd. This week, featuring four blowout gigs with Simple Plan / State Champs featuring We the Kings and Northbound at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday; 90.9 The Bridge presents The Wood Brothers with Nicole Atkins at 8 p.m. Wednesday; Big Wild with Evan Giia and Ark Patrol at 8 p.m. Saturday; and CHON / Between The Buried And Me at 7 p.m. Sunday, featuring special guest Intervals.
Union Station, 30 W. Pershing Rd. This week, featuring a new exhibition on 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 showing seven days a week. Click here to learn more.
LIVE THEATER – This week, a peek behind the curtain reveals four 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 runs through Dec. 29 at The Coterie in Crown Center.
- 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.
- Victor Victoria – We know we’re in Paris, but is this person a he or a she? A man or a woman? What confusion…what fun! The Barn Players present this Kansas City community theater premier of this hilarious and touching story beginning Thursday at The Arts Asylum.
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.