First Friday – Arts take center stage in the Crossroads
The beloved tradition of First Friday returns this Friday in the Crossroads Arts District, home to Kansas City’s eclectic enclave of boutique shops, one-of-a-kind restaurants, creative businesses, studios and art galleries. Click here to map out your tour of local artists and galleries. And, as the City’s COVID-19 guidelines remind us, be sure to wear your masks and continue to social distance.
Friends of Alvin Ailey to dazzle with virtual Hip Hop lessons
Join the Kansas City Friends of Alvin Ailey and dancer Alyssa Rivera for a free, interactive virtual Hip Hop class, this First Friday beginning at 7 p.m. via Zoom or 7:30 p.m. on Facebook Live. Click here to register.
The mission of KCFAA is making dance accessible to all people by presenting the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater and Ailey II, teaching young people critical life skills through dance, and modeling interracial and multi-cultural community partnerships.
First Friday Live – Jazz Museum presents virtual tribute to Ella Fitzgerald
The American Jazz Museum will showcase six local artists Friday evening in a tribute to the iconic jazz vocalist Ella Fitzgerald. Painters to be featured in the “Live Painting” celebration include Charlie Klauenberg, Deaunte Thomas, Ryan Williams, Noel Turla, Keira Monae, and Lynell Diggs.
The virtual “Live Painting” event will begin at 5 p.m. Friday. In addition, the Jazz Museum will feature a time-lapse video of the all-day painting session. Click here to learn how to access each one. The events are free, but a suggested museum donation of $10 per household is encouraged to help support future programming.
Park ICM presents virtual retrospective from Leedy-Voulkos
Park International Center for Music (Park ICM) will present a First Friday retrospective, featuring the art of Jason Pollen and the music of Park ICM. The virtual concert will be broadcast at 7:30 p.m. Friday from the Leedy-Voulkos Art Center in the Crossroads.
Jason Pollen is an internationally acclaimed artist, designer and educator. He has been an iconic Kansas City visual artist since he joined the local community in 1983 as professor in the Fiber Department at the Kansas City Art Institute. Tickets are not required. The program will be entirely virtual. No in person audience available. Click here for more information and a broadcast link.