Roll the highlight reel to generate some pre-Super Bowl heat for arts and entertainment in Downtown Kansas City from Monday to Sunday, Jan. 27-Feb. 2:
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, presenting the 17th annual A Modern Night at the Folly at 8 p.m. Saturday. Kansas City’s first adjudicated choreographers’ showcase will celebrate contemporary and modern dance by featuring new works from the region’s most talented choreographers. Each has set their work on dance professionals from all over the region making, Modern Night a unique opportunity for audience members to experience a variety of dance styles performed by proficient dancers who have come together in one exceptional night of the performance.
KC Public Library, 14 W. 10th St. This week, featuring BALLPARK: Baseball in the American City with author and Pulitzer Prize winning architecture critic Paul Goldberger explores the subject of downtown baseball in Kansas City and trends across the country. at 6:30 p.m. Thursday at the Plaza Branch. This special presentation will follow Goldberger’s keynote address at the Downtown Council Annual Luncheon at noon Thursday. Click here for luncheon tickets.
Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts, 1601 Broadway. This week, featuring seven remarkable performances, including:
- Chamber Music with Emanuel Ax – The Kansas City Symphony continues its celebration of violinist Isaac Stern and the 250th anniversary of Beethoven’s birth, as Symphony musicians present a Beethoven String Quartet No. 4, along with Mozart’s Quintet for Piano and Winds with pianist Emanuel Ax. Plus, hear Ax play Beethoven’s landmark piano solo Für Elise. The free happy hour performance is set for 6 p.m. Thursday in Helzberg Hall. Click here to reserve your free tickets.
rling Dance Theater’s Underground has been called “one of the most vivid, heartfel t, and theatrically astute pieces of dance theater ever to grace a Kansas City stage,” by The Kansas City Star. Ch oreographed by the duo of Mona Störling-Enna and Tobin James, Undergro und is a visual tapestry based on true stories of the Underground Rai lroad. Performances are set for 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday in the Muriel Kauffman Theatre.
- Ax Performs Beethoven – The Kansas City Symphony presents Isaac Stern’s longtime friend and classical luminary Emanuel Ax is back to bring new life to Beethoven’s playful First Piano Concerto, nearly 225 years after its premiere. Performances are set for 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and 2 p.m. Sunday in Helzberg Hall.
- Squirrel Nut Zippers and The Dirty Dozen Brass Band will light up the Big Town for a much-anticipated concert experience that takes flight at 7:30 p.m. Saturday in Kauffman Theatre.
The Midland, 1228 Main St. This week, presenting back-to-back nights featuring (a) country music artist Granger Smith, also known by his alter ego Earl Dibbles Jr., lighting up the Big Town at 8 p.m. Friday, and (b) rapper, singer/songwriter Trippie Redd with BlocBoy JB and Kodie Shane 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 – on display through May – 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, presenting Cirque du Soleil AXEL is back on ice with AXEL, a new electrifying experience fusing world-class ice skating with breathtaking acrobatics. Follow AXEL and his dynamic group of friends whose passion for live music and graphic arts come to life in an exhilarating adventure that reminds us that our dreams are within reach. Cirque will feature AXEL in six performances from Thursday to Sunday.
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 four 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.
- 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.
- Toughest Kid in the World – This musical play uses humor, songs and lively action to explore the difficult subject of violence and bullying in modern American society. Theatre for Young America presents TK’s story from Tuesday to Saturday at the City Stage Theater in Union Station.
- 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 run 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.