Roll the highlight reel for a tasty week ahead in arts and entertainment in Downtown Kansas City from Monday to Sunday, Jan. 13-19:
The City Market, 20 E. 5th St. This week, explore Kansas City’s original marketplace connecting local businesses and regional growers to the community. City Market merchants are open daily , and Farmers Market vendors are open weekends only from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. through March.
Gem Theater, 1615 E. 18th St. This week, the Kansas City Friends of Alvin Ailey present a free public performance of the Ailey Trio at 7:30 p.m. Thursday. The Trio, established in 1993, is unique to Kansas City and an important part of KCFAA’s arts education programming.
Hale Arena, 1701 American Royal Ct. This week, buckle up for the Hoosier Motorscross Nationals at 7 p.m. on Friday and Saturday. Motocross is a form of off-road motorcycle racing that’s held on enclosed off-road circuits. Affordable tickets are available here.
KC Restaurant Week – Celebrate KC’s premier dining event at hundreds of restaurants throughout Downtown and the metro – now through 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, featuring three Petite Performance: Dance Parties for children up to age 6 on Saturday morning, along with a more traditional array of performances, including:
- A Celebration of Isaac Stern – The Kansas City Symphony presents Beethoven, Brahms and Mendelssohn’s Violin Concert this weekend in Helzberg Hall. The Symphony will set the musical world on fire, as Beethoven did when he mixed Classical tradition with hints of his revolutionary voice in the first of nine symphonies. This very special performance series is set for 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and 2 p.m. Sunday in Helzberg Hall.
- The Gatlin Brothers will fire up the Big Town at 7:30 p.m. Saturday in the Muriel Kauffman Theatre. The Brothers have accrued a lifetime of noteworthy achievements in their storybook career, including a Grammy for Best Country Song, “Broken Lady,” three ACM awards for Single of the Year, “All The Gold In California,” Album of the Year, Straight Ahead, and Male Vocalist of the Year.
Mid America RV Show returns to Bartle Hall this week with four days of RV fever. The RV show will present the latest makes and models of recreational vehicles from the nation’s top manufacturers, along with campgrounds, tow vehicles, and everything you may need. The RV fiesta is set for 1-8 p.m. Thursday; 11 a.m.-8 p.m. Friday; 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Saturday; and 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday.
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.
Power & Light District, 50 E. 13th St. This week, featuring the Ski Bunnies Ball with Retroactive at 7 p.m. Friday at PBR Big Sky; ’90s Night at 7 p.m. Friday at Howl at the Moon; and The Deux Twins at 9 p.m. Friday at Mosaic Ultra Lounge.
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 three stages, including:
- Cabaret Swings – In the 1930s, Americans went wild for the swing music craze. That sound is still popular today, and whether it be sweet or hot, tunes such as “It Don’t Mean A Thing,” “Stardust,” “I Got Rhythm,” “It’s Only A Paper Moon,” and “I’ve Got The World On A String” keep people – and the Quality Hill Playhouse – swinging. Performances begin Friday and run through Feb. 16.
- ‘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 continues 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.