Roll the highlight reel to generate some heat for arts and entertainment and our baseball Royals in Downtown Kansas City from Monday to Sunday, Jan. 20-26:
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.
Folly Theater, 300 W. 12th St. This week, will shine this week with world-renowned musicians, including:
- Anne-Sophie Mutter – Winner of countless awards and honors, Mutter is one of the greatest violinists of our day. To celebrate Beethoven’s 250th birthday, Mutter will be joined by her longtime collaborator, pianist Lambert Orkis, to perform some of Beethoven’s most popular music, including the “Kreutzer” sonata and the lovely “Spring” sonata beginning at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday;
- Fabio Bidini – The Italian pianist will perform two of the most iconic solo piano works ever composed – Beethoven’s “Waldstein” sonata, considered to be one of Beethoven’s most technically demanding works, a whirlwind of energy that will leave you breathless, and Schumann’s Carnaval, a playful selection paying hommage to the characters of the commedia dell’arte. Bidini, one of this generation’s greatest pianists, will step into the KC spotlight at 7:30 p.m. Friday.
Gem Theater, 1615 E. 18th St. This week, featuring the MLK Day of Service Celebration from 3-6 p.m. Monday. The celebration will feature a screening of the 2018 documentary It Is Well, the story of the late Rev. Dr. Bennie R. Mitchell Jr., Savannah, GA. The screening is set to begin at 3:15 p.m.
KC Royals Fan Fest – Royals fever will heat up Downtown this week, as the Fan Fest returns on Friday and Saturday to Bartle Hall. The event will feature autograph sessions with current and former Royals, interactive games for fans of all ages, main stage programming and more! Fan Fest doors will be open for all fans from 2-9 p.m. Friday and 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Saturday.
Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts, 1601 Broadway. This week, featuring 12 sensational performances, including:
- Classics Uncorked: In the Spotlight – The Kansas City Symphony will showcase the talents of its musicians in this concert full of works for soloists and orchestra at 7 pm. Tuesday in Helzberg Hall. After the concert, enjoy a complimentary glass of wine or champagne as you mingle with Symphony musicians, taking in the city skyline from the Brandmeyer Great Hall.
- Charlie & The Chocolate Factory – Willy Wonka is opening his marvelous and mysterious chocolate factory…to a lucky few. The KC Broadway Series presents this musical delight for eight performances from Tuesday to Sunday in the Muriel Kauffman Theatre.
- Chicago the Musical in Concert – The Kansas City Symphony performs the musical Chicago, a sensational tale of sin, corruption and all that jazz with a ripped-from-the-headlines story about fame and scandal that features one showstopping song after another. Experience Broadway’s longest-running American musical like never before, celebrating the original tunes you know and love at 8 p.m. Friday, 7 p.m. Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday in Helzberg Hall.
Knuckleheads, 2715 Rochester. This week, KC’s favorite honky tonk will rock the East Bottoms with eight performances, including Rude Review Live, a burlesque show featuring the Nicole Springer Band, at 8:30 p.m. Friday, and The Schwag – a Grateful Dead tribute – at 9 p.m. Friday in the Garage.
Music Hall, 301 W. 13th St. This week, featuring Tedeschi Trucks Band at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday. The band carries a distinguished reputation as one of the premier live bands performing today – and they show no signs of slowing down as they head into their ninth year together.
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.
Sprint Center, 1407 Grand. This week, featuring three giant shows, including:
- Winter Jam Tour Spectacular – Christian music’s premiere multi-artist annual outing, the Winter Jam Tour Spectacular, steps into a new decade with a fan-favorite headliner, GRAMMY®-nominated singer/songwriter Crowder a star-studded 2020 lineup. Some of the biggest names in Christian music will lift up KC, including: Hillsong Young & Free, Andy Mineo, Building 429, RED, Austin French, NewSong and Zane Black. This spectacular night will unfold at 7 p.m. Friday.
- George Strait – The country music icon returns to the Big Town for two shows at 8 p.m. Saturday AND Sunday. After releasing a record 30th album that skyrocketed to No. 1 on Billboard’s Top Country Albums Chart with Honky Tonk Time Machine, country music legend Strait has confirmed these rare concert appearances in Downtown KC. Opening both shows will be Asleep at the Wheel.
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 five 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 run through Feb. 16.
- Charlie & The Chocolate Factory – Willy Wonka is opening his marvelous and mysterious chocolate factory…to a lucky few. Now’s your chance to experience the wonders of Wonka like never before – get ready for Oompa-Loompas, incredible inventions, the great glass elevator, and more, more, more at this everlasting showstopper! The KC Broadway Series presents this musical delight for eight performances from Tuesday to Sunday in the Muriel Kauffman Theatre.
- ‘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 Sunday 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.
- The White Rose: We Defied Hitler – This gripping and intriguing play tells the true story of Sophie Scholl, a German college student who led one of the major acts of public resistance to the Nazis during the Second World War. Co-produced with UMKC Theatre, this production is based on real events, a challenging new work that examines the role of ordinary people in extraordinary times. Performances open Tuesday and continues through Feb. 9 at The Coterie in 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.