Roll the highlight reel for the first full week of 2020 in arts, dining and entertainment in Downtown Kansas City from Monday to Sunday, Jan. 6-12:
KC Boat & Sport Show – Your first brush with spring fever is sure to inspire you this week with the return of the ever-popular show beginning Thursday at Bartle Hall. To prepare for this really big show, click here to review the Official Show Guide. Doors will be open from 2-9 p.m. Thursday; noon-9 p.m. Friday; 10 a.m.-9 p.m. Saturday; and 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday.
KC Restaurant Week – Whet your appetite for KC’s premier dining event at hundreds of restaurants throughout Downtown and the metro for 10 days – from this Friday (Jan. 10) to next Sunday (Jan. 19). Check out hot new concepts making waves in the culinary scene; visit buzzy spots that you’ve yet to try; or enjoy tried-and-true favorites, all for either $15 or $35. No matter where you decide to dine, everyone wins thanks to special multi-course lunch and dinner menus at discounted prices, all with a portion of proceeds benefiting The Don Bosco Centers.
Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts, 1601 Broadway. This week, come aboard for a swashbuckling adventure with Captain Jack Sparrow, his motley crew and the Kansas City Symphony for the Pirates of the Carribean film + live orchestra experience at 8 p.m. Friday, and 3 p.m. Saturday and Sunday in Helzberg Hall.
Knuckleheads, 2715 Rochester. This week, KC’s favorite honky tonk will rock the East Bottoms with six performances, including two great dance bands – the M80s with the Suburbans – at 8:30 p.m. Friday and Katy Guillen and The Drive at 8:30 p.m. Saturday.
The Midland, 1228 Main St. This week, comedy rules with two comedic performance: Claudia Oshry on her Dirty Jeans Tour at 7 p.m. Thursday; and Kathleen Madigan on her 8 O’Clock Happy Hour Tour at 8 p.m. Saturday.
National WWI Museum and Memorial, 2 Memorial Dr. This week, featuring a special exhibition on The Vietnam War. More than 40 years after its conclusion, the War 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.
Union Station, 30 W. Pershing Rd. This week, Genghis Khan – Bringing the Legend to Life – 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, featuring performances on two stages, including:
- ‘night Mother – A Pulitzer Prize-winning drama, Marsha Norman’s story focuses on a woman driven to her breaking point. A harsh reflection on modern life and its purpose, the psychological exploration of this show will leave an indelible impression. This Kansas City Actors Theatre production opens Wednesday and runs through Jan. 26 at City Stage Theatre in Union Station.
- 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 Feb. 15 in the new Quixotic Theater at Crown Center.
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.