Live music scene will light up Downtown all week long

Spring may not be in the air yet, but take comfort in the fact that First Friday returns this week. Roll the highlight reel for an amazing week in arts, culture, music and theater in the Big Town – Monday to Sunday, Feb. 25-Mar. 3:

First Friday – KC’s hippest night of the year returns this Friday with a sizzling collection arts and cultural experiences throughout Downtown, including the Crossroads Arts District, 18th & Vine, Lyric Opera, MTH Theater,Box Gallery and West Bottoms (all weekend).

Knucklehead’s presents a special performance by Folk music sensations I’m With Her this week at the Folly Theater.

Folly Theater, 300 W. 12th – This week, I’m With Her – recently nominated for Duo/Group of the year by the Americana Music Association and Vocal Group of the Year by the International Bluegrass Music Association – at 8 p.m. Wednesday, and the Academy of St. Martin in the Field, featuring pianist Jeremy Denk, in a Harriman-Jewell Series performance at 7:30 p.m. Saturday.

Garden Brothers Circus will present a fast paced, 90-minute show in a Theatrical European three-ring setting,  featuring the Human Pyramid, daring aerial, six motorcycles in the Sphere of Fear, the Crazy Cossack Horse Riders and more than 50 performers! The 100-year-old circus will present eight shows on Friday through Sunday at Hale Arena.

Kansas City Public Library, 14 W. 10th, presents Echoes of Grant: The Second World War Leadership of Dwight Eisenhower at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday at the Central Library. The program by John McManus, a Mizzou professor and one of the nation’s top military historians, coincides with the library’s exhibit on Eisenhower’s Middle Road.

Kansas City Tornadoes take on Tampa Bay at 7 p.m. Monday at HyVee Arena.

Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts, 1601 Broadway. Next up, the Kansas City Symphony presents its a Chamber Music performance on March 5 and its next Classical Series program on March 8-10.

Knuckleheads, 2715 Rochester, will feature 13 blazin’ shows this week including Julia Othmer in the Garage at 8:30 p.m. Thursday; Elise Davis with John Goolsby at 8:30 p.m. Friday; and the Boogie Wonderland Disco Party at 8:30 p.m. Saturday.

The Grammy-winning sounds of Lauren Daigle will fill the Midland Theatre this week.

The Midland, 1228 Main – This week, Lauren Daiglewinner of two 2019 Grammy Awards in the Best Contemporary Christian Music catergory for Album, Look Up Childand Performance and Song, You Say, will light up Downtown at 7:30 p.m. Friday.

The Record Bar, 1520 Grand, will feature 7 rockin’ nights this week, including Bart Crow with Stewart Ray and Jesse Harris at 7:30 p.m. Thursday; Glorious Sons with special guest Lilly at 7 p.m. Saturday; and The People’s Liberation Big Band at 8 p.m. Sunday.

Sprint Center, 1407 Grand, will be shakin’ Downtown over three nights this week, including:

  • Kiss will rock this town one last time on its End of the Road Tour at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday
  • Eric Church will perform two unique shows during a two-night gig at 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday

The Truman, 801 E. Truman Rd. – This week, Kurt Vile and the Violators with The Sadies at 8 p.m. Wednesday; Nothing More featuring Of Mice & Men, Badflower and Palisades at 6:30 p.m. Friday; and Morbid Angel with Blood Incantation and Necrot at 6:30 p.m. Saturday.

LIVE MUSIC is also on tap most nights at these Downtown clubs and joints: Blue Room Jazz ClubBlack Dolphin, The BrickGreen Lady Lounge, Hush, The Majestic Jazz ClubMutual Musicians FoundationThe Phoenix, Prohibition Hall, The Record BarThe Ship, and throughout the Power & Light District.

‘School Girls’ is now showing at the Copaken Stage of the KC Rep.

LIVE THEATER is thriving on Downtown stages, including four productions this week:

For more of what’s happening in Downtown and Kansas City, check out ArtsKCGo and VisitKC.com

Ballet, Mardi Gras, Michael J. light up Big Town this week

The Kansas City Ballet presents the tragic love story ‘Lady of the Camellias’ over three final performances this week at the Kauffman Center.

Let’s roll the highlight reel for a breathtaking week in arts, ballet, music and theater in the Big Town – Monday to Sunday, Feb. 18-24:

Folly Theater, 300 W. 12th St. – Next up, I’m With Her at 8 p.m., next Wednesday, Feb. 27.

Kansas City Tornadoes take on Tampa Bay at 7 p.m. Sunday and next Monday (Feb. 25) at HyVee Arena.

Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts, 1601 Broadway, will light up the KC arts scene with 7 performances this week, including:

  • Lady of the Camellias – The Kansas City Ballet presents Alexandre Dumas’ tragic love story that inspired Greta Garbo’s Camille and Baz Luhrman’s Moulin Rouge! The three final performances are set for 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and 2 p.m. Sunday in the Muriel Kauffman Theatre.
  • Sounds Relaxing: Refresha music and meditation event featuring the Kansas City Symphony and certified Relax and Renew® trainer Anita Bailey, begins at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday in Helzberg Hall.
  • National Geographic Live presents Mark Synnott, a big wall rock-climber of the highest order. The adventure writer uses his skills to break scientific ground, reaching incredibly inaccessible environments in search of rare species. He will share stories and images of his travels at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday in Kauffman Theatre.
  • Music of Michael Jackson will be showcased by the Kansas City Symphony, guest conductor Brent Havens and vocalist James Delisco in two long-awaited performances at 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday in Helzberg Hall.

Knuckleheads, 2715 Rochester, will feature 12 blazing shows this week including Victor & Penny at 7 p.m. Wednesday; and Rumblejetts Reunion with Tri County Band and Lloyd McCarter & The Honky Tonk Revival at 8 p.m. Friday.

The Midland, 1228 Main, presents comedian Lil Duval with Karlous Miller and Chico Bean at 8 p.m. Friday.

MTH Theater at Crown Center stages two performances (in addition to those featured under Live Theater), including an evening of stories and songs with Joel Nichols at 7 p.m. Friday and a musical evening with Sara Sommerer at 7 p.m. Saturday.

The Record Bar, 1520 Grand, will feature Le Butcherettes with Stars at Night and New Obsessions at 8 p.m. Monday and Jaenki with The Free Years and Y God Y at 8 p.m. Saturday.

Sprint Center, 1407 Grand, will feature 2Cellos with special guest Jon McLaughlin at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday.

The Truman, 801 E. Truman Rd., presents Boombox Cartel at 8 p.m. Wednesday.

World of Wheels returns for its 59th annual edition this Friday through Sunday at Bartle Hall.

‘School Girls’ opens Friday at the Copaken Stage of the KC Rep.

LIVE THEATER is thriving on Downtown stages, including five productions this week:

For more of what’s happening in Downtown and Kansas City, check out ArtsKCGo and VisitKC.com

Love, Ballet & Elton are in the air this Valentine’s week

Elton John brings his farewell tour to Downtown KC at 8 p.m. Wednesday at Sprint Center.

Love is in the air this Valentine’s week in Downtown Kansas City. Let’s roll the highlight reel for an amazing week in arts, culture and entertainment in the Big Town – Monday to Sunday, Feb. 11-17:

City Market is the place for lovers this Valentine’s Day, as it presents Tie the Knot, the annual wedding event that begins at 2 p.m. Thursday in Pavilion 3. Participating couples will receive a free wedding ceremony, reception and a wedding portait, PLUS will be entered in a drawing for a grand prize honeymoon in Mexico. Couples must register for Tie the Knot by Monday, Feb. 11.

Folly Theater will light up the Downtown arts scene this with three memorable performances, including:

Kandace Springs

  • Bridges of the Heart featuring the Kansas City Chamber Orchestra and the International Center for Music at Park University at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday. The performance will feature acclaimed young soloists from the ICM performing heartwarming concertos with the orchestra! Escape with gorgeous tunes from Chopin to Saint-Saens, Tchaikovsky, Haydn and more for piano, violin, and cello.
  • Kandace Springs, this year’s Spotlight Artist in the 36th annual Folly Jazz Series, will own the stage beginning at 8 p.m. Friday. The 27-year-old, Nashville born singer, songwriter, and pianist allows her comely alto to become a conduit that touches upon soul, jazz, and pop while transforming those aforementioned influences into a personalized sound that reveals itself effortlessly.
  • Jonathan Biss The world-renowned pianist who shares his deep musical curiosity with classical music lovers in the concert hall and beyond will perform a series of Beethoven sonatas in the Friends of Chamber Music evening, beginning at 7:30 p.m. Saturday.

Kansas City Tornadoes – KC’s professional basketball team and member of the The Basketball League – will take on the Yakima Sunkings at 7 p.m. Monday at HyVee Arena.

The Kansas City Ballet presents the tragic love story ‘Lady of the Camellias’ over six performances this week and next at the Kauffman Center.

Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts will light up the KC arts scene with 8 performances this week, including:

  • I Love You Verdi Much – The Kansas City Symphony presents a free happy hour concert featuring romantic-era selections from Verdi’s String Quartet, Puccini’s Crisantemi (Chrysanthemums) and Korngold’s String Sextet at at 6 p.m. Tuesday in Helzberg Hall. Cash bars open at 5 p.m. and the casual concert begins at 6 p.m.
  • Casablanca – Don’t miss your chance to experience this movie classic, widely regarded as a landmark in American cinema, in a completely new way on Valentine’s weekend. Watch all of the drama unfold on the huge screen as the Kansas City Symphony performs Max Steiner’s moving score live at 7 p.m. Thursday, and 8 p.m. Saturday and Sunday in Helzberg Hall.
  • Lady of the Camellias – The Kansas City Ballet presents Alexandre Dumas’ tragic love story that inspired Greta Garbo’s Camille and Baz Luhrman’s Moulin Rouge!, but none more popular than Verdi’s opera La Traviata. A total of six performances begin at 7:30 p.m. Friday and run through 2 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 25 in the Muriel Kauffman Theatre.
  • Peter and the Wolf Live! Prokofiev’s timeless musical tale of boy vs. wolf comes to life through music and comedy in this unique Kansas City Symphony production featuring mascots from local professional sports teams and universities, guaranteed to spark the imaginations of young and old alike. This family performance is set for 2 p.m. Sunday in Helzberg Hall.

Knuckleheads – the hottest honky tonk in the Big Town – features 13 blazin’ shows this week, including Biscuit Miller & The Mix Valentine’s Party beginning at 8 p.m. Thursday; William Clark Green with Ross Cooper at 8 p.m. Saturday; and Michael Ledbetter Memorial with Danielle, Nick, Kate and the Dust Devil Choir at 6 p.m. Sunday.

Municipal Auditorium will light up Downtown KC this week with two long-awaited performances, including:

  • Charlie Wilson and Joe will share the love with their KC audience on Valentine’s Day with a heart-melting show beginning at 8 p.m. Thursday. To add some spice to this romantic occasion, a special Hearts Desire Valentines Dinner will be served beginning at 6 p.m., just steps away in the Little Theatre.
  • Mike Epps – The comedian and actor Mike brings his “Funny as ish Comedy Tour” to the Big Town at 7 p.m. Thursday. Accompanying Epps is special guest host Sommore, Earthquake, and DC Young Fly.

The Record Bar will light up the Crossroads with 4 nights of live music this week, including Mr. and The Mrs. with Broken Arrows, Brent Windler & Noel Bond from Sons of Great Dane and the Matt Mason Duo, beginning at 8 p.m. Wednesday, and The Love Hangover – the 20th anniversary of an international music tradition – featuring Lauren Sullivan, Shawn Splawn, Laurel & Ben Parks, The Country Duo (Kasey Rausch & Marco Pascolini, and Anna Cole & Steve Tulipana beginning at 7 p.m. Friday.

Sesame Street Live! Let’s Party! – Jump to the beat with your friends on Sesame Street! Introducing an all-new, interactive show that unfolds on one of the world’s most famous streets at the funniest, furriest party in the neighborhood. Two shows are set for 2 and 6 p.m. Saturday at Sprint Center.

Sprint Center will serve as the epicenter of the region’s entertainment scene this week, as we bid farewell to a legend; welcome a country icon and his “friends and heroes” and groove to a Super Bowl halftime performer. Here’s what on tap this week:

  • Elton John – After more than half a century on the road and an unparalleled career that has redefined the cultural landscape, true global icon and superstar, Elton John will embark on his final tour “Farewell Yellow Brick Road” that reaches KC at 8 p.m. Wednesday.
  • Blake Shelton has a history of demonstrating his support for the people in whom he believes; when he realized that fans across the country needed to hear music from his friends and heroes, he decided to bring them all out on the road. Friends & Heroes 2019 will reach Downtown at 7 p.m. Friday. Special guest Lauren Alaina joins Shelton for the run, along with special appearances by country icons the Bellamy Brothers, John Anderson and Trace Adkins.
  • Travis Scott = The multiplatinum superstar – fresh from a Super Bowl halftime performance with Adam Levine – will bring the second leg of his biggest tour yet, Astroworld: Wish You Were Here, to the Big Town at 8 p.m. Sunday. Special guest Wes Shreck.

The Truman will be light up the East Crossroads this week with three back-to-back shows, including: Rainbow Kitten Surprise with special guest Mt. Joy in a sold-out performance at 8 p.m. Wednesday; Fidlar with The Sluts will headline Church of Lazlo’s E.D. Party at 9 p.m. Thursday; and Pop Evil featuring Don Jamieson and Them Evils at 7:30 p.m. Friday.

LIVE THEATER is thriving on Downtown stages, including three productions this week:

  • Big Bands Are Better features the evolution of the Big Band era! Enjoy the sounds of the Great American Songbook live on stage with a 10-piece Big Band. A Big Band in a theater with only seven rows! Performances  run through Sunday, Feb. 24 at MTH Theater at Crown Center.
  • Polkadots – This new musical follows 8-year-old Lily Polkadot, the first Polkadot in an all Square school.  Inspired by American civil rights history: Ruby Bridges, the first African-American child to desegregate an all-white elementary school, and the Little Rock Nine, who integrated Little Rock Central High School. This Theatre for Young America production opens Tuesday and runs through March 23 at City Stage at Union Station.
  • Songbook of the 40s – Join the Quality Hill Playhouse troupe for a sentimental journey through America’s songbook of the 1940s, featuring hits made popular by the likes of Bing Crosby, Glenn Miller, the Andrews Sisters, and Dinah Shore. Performances continue through Sunday.

ARTS – your guide to arts and culture in greater Kansas City:

LIVE MUSIC – of all tastes and flavors – is performed at these Downtown venues on most nights:

MUSEUMS are alive and well throughout Downtown, including these 16 destinations:

For more of what’s happening in Downtown and Kansas City, check out our friends at VisitKC.com

Hoops, ‘Evita’, Kelly to light up Big Town this week

The Harlem Globetrotters return to the friendly confines of Sprint Center on Saturday.

From Evita at the Kauffman Center to the Globetrotters at Sprint Center; from the KC Remodel + Garden Show at the American Royal Center to the Midcoast Takeover Fundraiser Fiesta at Record Bar; and from Kelly Clarkson at Sprint to Here Comes the Mummies at Knuckleheads, Downtown will be rockin’ this week. Roll the highlight reel for a relatively quiet week in arts, culture and entertainment – Monday to Sunday, Feb. 4-10:

Kansas City Public Library presents Through the Photographer’s Lens: Kansas City’s African American Community at 2 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 10 at the Central Library. Local photographers documented the African American experience in Kansas City, from church, school, and social activities to the realities of segregation and struggle for equality. Historian Delia Cook Gillis highlights this work and examines the history of local black community through their lenses. RSVP now.

Kansas City Tornadoes – KC’s professional basketball team and member of the The Basketball League – will take on the Yakima Sunkings at 7 p.m. Sunday and Monday, Feb. 10 and 11, at HyVee Arena.

Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts will light up the KC arts scene with 12 performances this week, including:

KC Remodel + Garden Show returns to the American Royal Center this Friday through Sunday. The show will feature a complete schedule of speakers and celebrities on a long list of home care, gardening and DIY topics.

Knuckleheads – the hottest honky tonk in the Big Town – features 9 blazin’ shows this week, including Here Come The Mummies at 8 p.m. Thursday and Big Something with Aqueous at 8 p.m. Saturday.

Midland Theatre will be rocking with back-to-back DJ concert nights, including:

  • Dillon Francis and Alison Wonderland will light up Downtown with electronic music magic beginning at 8 p.m. Tuesday
  • Excision shows are unique – a virtual apocalypse of twisting and morphing sounds turn massive crowds into a frenzy. Bass will rain down as Excision’s skills as a DJ and producer shine like a light from the underworld beginning at 8 p.m. Wednesday.

The Record Bar will light up the Crossroads with 5 nights of live music this week, including Dorothy at 7 p.m. Tuesday and Midcoast Takeover Fundraiser Fiesta featuring The Philistines, Cadillac Flambe and Momma’s Boy at 7 p.m. Friday.

Kelly Clarkson will bring her Meaning of Life Tour to the Sprint Center this week.

Sprint Center will be jumping this week with two mega performances, including:

  • Kelly Clarkson – The GRAMMY Award-winning global superstar will light up Downtown beginning at 7 p.m. Thursday. Special guests will be GRAMMY-nominated Kelsea Ballerini and last season’s winner of NBC’s The Voice, Team Kelly’s Brynn Cartelli.
  • The Harlem Globetrotters – On the heels of taking their unparalleled entertainment to capacity crowds overseas, the Globetrotters will bring their one-of-a-kind 2019 World Tour to the Big Town at 7 p.m. Saturday.

The Truman will be light up the East Crossroads this week with one big show, Beats Antique at 8 p.m. Thursday.

LIVE THEATER is thriving on Downtown stages, including four productions this week:

  • Big Bands Are Better features the evolution of the Big Band era! Enjoy the sounds of the Great American Songbook live on stage with a 10-piece Big Band. A Big Band in a theater with only seven rows Performances begin Thursday and run through Feb. 24 at the MTC Theater at Crown Center.
  • Evita – Follow the rise of ambitious Eva Perón as she becomes the beloved iconic Argentinian First Lady, worshiped by many. The iconic Broadway musical returns to Kansas City for on Tuesday for eight performances that run through Sunday in Kauffman Theatre.
  • Secret Soldiers: Heroines in Disguise – The secret history of women who fought as men in the civil war is revealed in this engrossing production that runs through Sunday at The Coterie at Crown Center. Stories are uncovered in an interlocking set of true tales of battlefront women, with a focus on the solider Private Lyons Wakeman whose letters were discovered by her nephew in an attic years after her death.
  • Songbook of the 40s – Join the Quality Hill Playhouse troupe for a sentimental journey through America’s songbook of the 1940s, featuring hits made popular by the likes of Bing Crosby, Glenn Miller, the Andrews Sisters, and Dinah Shore. Performances continue through Sunday, Feb. 17.

ARTS – your guide to arts and culture in greater Kansas City:

LIVE MUSIC – of all tastes and flavors – is performed at these Downtown venues on most nights:

MUSEUMS are alive and well throughout Downtown, including these 16 destinations:

For more of what’s happening in Downtown and Kansas City, check out our friends at VisitKC.com

Recycled Art is set to unfold on Friday

A special exhibit featuring recycled materials that have been reborn as art will go on display Friday at The Box Gallery, 1000 Walnut St. in the Commerce Bank Arcade.

The exhibit, Allan Winkler: Recycled Art opens Friday and will remain on display through Feb. 22. The public is invited to two, free opening receptions from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. and 6-9 p.m. on Friday.

Winkler, a Kansas City based artist and musician, is well known in local art circles. In this show, he reveals a hidden beauty in cardboard boxes, beer cans, household objects, metal pipes and old clothes, then injects then new life. This exhibit focuses on work created from found and discarded materials recycled in unexpected ways. At first, his technique and materials appear unsophisticated, but Winkler’s talent for transforming our everyday world into something magical.

The Box Gallery is free and open to the public from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. weekdays. Free parking validation is available at the nearby Commerce Bank security office.

Downtown A&E scene is red hot … even in the middle of winter

From Star Wars at the Symphony to the artists at First Friday; from a Modern Night at the Folly to Panic! at the Disco at Sprint Center; and from the comedy of Iliza Schlesinger at the Midland to the drama of Storling Underground at the Kauffman Center, the Downtown creative scene will be at its best this week. Roll the highlight reel for the week ahead in arts, culture and entertainment – Monday to Sunday, Jan. 28-Feb. 3:

First Friday – KC’s hippest night of the new year – is set for Friday with a sizzling collection arts and cultural experiences throughout Downtown, including:

  • The Box Gallery will feature Recycled Art by artist Allan Winkler beginning Friday though Feb. 22. The exhibit focuses on work created from found and discarded materials recycled in unexpected ways. The show is free and open to the public. Opening receptions are set for 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. and 6-9 p.m. on First Friday in the Commerce Bank Arcade, 1000 Walnut St., Suite 211.
  • Crossroads Arts District featuring arts organizations, galleries, studios, and a wide variety of local businesses in a celebration of local, regional and national artists and live entertainment from 5-9 p.m.
  • On the Vine is a cultural experience of music, art, food, and shopping on First Fridays year ’round. Shop local artists and a diverse array of food trucks from 4-9 p.m. in the Museums of 18th & Vine Atrium … to keep First Friday hot even if the weather is cool.
  • First Friday Warehouse Weekends – one of the finest vintage marketplaces in the country – flourishes every First Friday weekend (Friday through Sunday) in the West Bottoms.

Folly Theater will celebrate the 16th anniversary of A Modern Night at the Folly at 8 p.m. Saturday. The City in Motion Dance Theater presents Kansas City’s only adjudicated choreographers’ showcase will feature 12 of the region’s most talented choreographers, as well as celebrate modern and contemporary dance in KC.

Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts will light up the KC arts scene with five performances this week, including:

  • Star Wars & The Symphony – Journey back to 1977 and a galaxy far, far away for Star Wars: Episode IV – A New Hopethe classic first film of the original “Star Wars” trilogy, written and directed by George Lucas and starring Mark Hamill, Harrison Ford and Carrie Fisher. You’ll watch the Rebel Alliance attempt to destroy the Death Star on a huge screen in Helzberg Hall while the Kansas City Symphony performs the thrilling John Williams score live. May the Force be with you over four performances at 7 p.m. Thursday and Friday; 2 p.m. Saturday and 4 p.m. Sunday.

  • UndergroundThe story of the Underground Railroad is performed to original music, beautiful costumes and a pace that keeps you on the edge of your seat. Don’t miss out on this 12th anniversary, world-class performance by Storling Dance Theater at 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday in the Muriel Kauffman Theatre. Whether you’re celebrating Black History Month, American history or the story that binds us all together, see the show that has become a Kansas City tradition.

Knuckleheads – the hottest honky tonk in the Big Town – features 8 blazin’ shows this week, including Walter Trout with Eric Gales with the Brandon Miller Band at 8 p.m. Friday, and Jeremiah Johnson Band at 9 p.m. Saturday.

Midland Theatre will feature Iliza Schlesinger at 7 p.m. Friday. She is one of today’s leading comedians with a fan base who show their loyalty by creating their own Iliza inspired swag to wear to her shows.  Iliza recently premiered Elder Millennial, her fourth Netflix stand up special for the streaming service.

The Record Bar will light up the Crossroads with 6 nights of live music this week, including DeVotchKa with Neyla Pekarek of The Lumineers at 7 p.m. Thursday, and Jeff Harshbarger’s Alt-Jazz Series at 7 p.m. Sunday.

Sprint Center will feature Panic! At The Disco on its Pray for the Wicked Tour, featuring Two Feet and Betty Who beginning at 7 p.m. Saturday.

The Truman will be aglow this week with two red-hot concerts, including:

  • Peter Murphy – celebrating 40 years of Bauhaus – featuring David J beginning at 8 p.m. Monday
  • Cherub – the electro, pop, funk, dance, indie band from Nashville – will shake it up at 9 p.m. Friday.

LIVE THEATER is thriving on Downtown stages, including three productions this week:

  • Secret Soldiers: Heroines in Disguise – The secret history of women who fought as men in the civil war is revealed in this engrossing production that opens Tuesday at The Coterie at Crown Center. Stories are uncovered in an interlocking set of true tales of battlefront women, with a focus on the solider Private Lyons Wakeman whose letters were discovered by her nephew in an attic years after her death.
  • Songbook of the 40s – Join the Quality Hill Playhouse troupe for a sentimental journey through America’s songbook of the 1940s, featuring hits made popular by the likes of Bing Crosby, Glenn Miller, the Andrews Sisters, and Dinah Shore. Performances continue through Feb. 17.
  • The Toughest Kid in the World –  This Theater for Young America musical is about a boy named TK, short for Tough Kid, his peaceful friend Serena and their brave discoveries about ways to get along in today’s world with love and respect and without violence or bullying opens Tuesday and runs through Saturday at the City Stage at Union Station.

ARTS – your guide to arts and culture in greater Kansas City:

LIVE MUSIC – of all tastes and flavors – is performed at these Downtown venues on most nights:

MUSEUMS are alive and well throughout Downtown, including these 16 destinations:

For more of what’s happening in Downtown and Kansas City, check out our friends at VisitKC.com

Downtown A&E scene ‘fabulously superlative’ this week

Marty Stuart and His Fabulous Superlatives return to the Folly Theater on Saturday.

From Madisen Ward and The Mama Bear to Shen Yun; from the Royals Fan Fest to Midcoast Fundraiser Fiesta Takeover; and from Mary Stuart and his always Fabulous Superlatives to the Russian National Ballet performance of Swan Lake, this will be a breathtaking week in Downtown KC. Roll the highlight reel for the week ahead in Downtown arts, culture and entertainment – Monday to Sunday, Jan. 21-27:

The Kansas City Public Library will feature a program on the legacy of President Eisenhower this week at the Central Library.

The Age of Eisenhower – University of Virginia historian William I. Hitchcock examines the Eisenhower legacy in a discussion of his book The Age of Eisenhower: America and the World in the 1950s. The presentation – set for 6:30 p.m. Wednesday in the Central Library – has been prepared in partnership with the Dwight D. Eisenhower Presidential Library, Museum and Boyhood Home.  RSVP now. The program will launch a series of events coinciding with the exhibit, Eisenhower’s Middle Road, on display at the Central Library.

Folly Theater will stretch the boundaries of diverse musical tastes with its weekend schedule, which features:

  • The Prazak and Zemlinsky Quartets – The Friends of Chamber Music present two internationally renowned Czech quartets for a “fierce and passionate” evening of music beginning at 7:30 p.m. Friday. The Prazak Quartet—one of today´s leading international chamber music ensembles—was established in 1972 while its members were students at the Prague Conservatory. The Zemlinsky Quartet, founded in 1994 while the members were still students, has become a much-lauded example of the Czech string quartet tradition.
  • Marty Stuart and His Fabulous Superlatives return to the Folly at 8 p.m. Saturday, part of the Folly Theater – 90.9 The Bridge Americana Series. Don’t miss one of Kansas City’s most beloved Americana groups, as they return to the Folly for a memorable night.

Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts will light up the KC arts scene with eight performances this week, including:

  • Alon Goldstein – The virtuoso pianist shares musical insights with two area piano students on stage beginning at 6:30 p.m. Thursday in Helzberg Hall. It’s a rare opportunity to learn from one of the most dynamic pianists on the classical music scene.
  • Swan Lake – The Russian National Ballet presents this ballet classic to a sold-out Harriman-Jewell Series performance at 7:30 p.m. Thursday in the Muriel Kauffman Theatre.
  • Shen Yun – Experience a lost culture through the breathtaking art of classical Chinese dance, and see legends come to life. Shen Yun pushes the boundaries of the performing arts to make this possible, with a unique blend of colorful costuming, high-tech backdrops, and live orchestra. Be prepared for a theater experience like no other. Four performances are set for 7:30 p.m. Friday; 1:30 and 7:30 p.m. Saturday; and 1:30 p.m. Sunday in Kauffman Theatre.
  • Kansas City Symphony presents Enchanting and Exotic: Firebird, Aladdin and Rachmaninoff featuring pianist Alon Goldstein in this breathtaking Classical Series weekend at 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and 2 p.m. Sunday in Helzberg Hall.

Knuckleheads – the hottest honky tonk in the Big Town – features 10 rockin’ shows this week, including Kind Country w/ Vince Herman of Leftover Salmon – a Bluegrass in the Bottoms production – at 8 p.m. Wednesday; The Schwag at 9 p.m. Friday; and Outlaw Jim & The Whiskey Benders with the Free Rent Band at 8:30 p.m. Saturday.

Midland Theatre will kick off its 2019 season with a flair, featuring Jesse Cook at 8 p.m. Wednesday. The Canadian guitarist, composer, and producer is widely considered one of the most influential figures in nuevo flamenco music, he incorporates elements of flamenco rumba, jazz and many forms of world music into his work.

The Record Bar will light up the Crossroads with 4 nights of live music this week, including the Midcoast Fundraiser Fiesta Takeover featuring Verbose, Headlight Rivals and the UK’s at 8 p.m. Friday, and the 10th annual Human Rights Campaign Battle of the Bands – featuring acoustic performances from favorite local and regional artists – at 6 p.m. Sunday.

Royals Fan Fest – An early taste of baseball fever returns to Downtown KC on Friday and Saturday, as the Kansas City Royals and their fans descend on 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! A portion of Royals Authentics proceeds will benefit Royals Charities. More information and event map are available right here.

Sprint Center will be rockin’ this week with two featured performances, including:

  • Disturbed – The two-time Grammy-nominated heavy metal band will blow the roof off the arena beginning at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday. Special guest is Three Days Grace.
  • Winter Jam – Christian music’s largest annual tour returns to KC at 6 p.m. Saturday and will be presented on a history-making tour-first, 360° “in the round” center stage, showcasing a diverse lineup led by supergroup Newsboys United.

Madisen Ward and The Mama Bear will light up Downtown on Saturday with a much anticipated performance at The Truman KC.

The Truman will be aglow this week with two shining stars, including:

LIVE THEATER is thriving on Downtown stages, including three productions this week:

  • Death and The Maiden – At once global and intimate, this bracing Olivier Award-winning play has become a contemporary classic that considers both the social and personal implications of abuse and retribution that remain relevant today. This Kansas City Actors Guild production, directed by Cinnamon Schultz, runs through Sunday at City Stage at Union Station.
  • Secret Soldiers: Heroines in Disguise – The secret history of women who fought as men in the civil war is revealed in this engrossing production that opens Tuesday at The Coterie at Crown Center. Stories are uncovered in an interlocking set of true tales of battlefront women, with a focus on the solider Private Lyons Wakeman whose letters were discovered by her nephew in an attic years after her death.
  • Songbook of the 40s – Join the Quality Hill Playhouse troupe for a sentimental journey through America’s songbook of the 1940s, featuring hits made popular by the likes of Bing Crosby, Glenn Miller, the Andrews Sisters, and Dinah Shore. Performances continue through Feb. 17.

ARTS – your guide to arts and culture in greater Kansas City:

LIVE MUSIC – of all tastes and flavors – is performed at these Downtown venues on most nights:

MUSEUMS are alive and well throughout Downtown, including these 16 destinations:

For more of what’s happening in Downtown and Kansas City, check out our friends at VisitKC.com

Chiefs rally set for Saturday evening in Downtown KC

Union Station is bathed in Chiefs Red to celebrate our hometown heroes and cheer them on with a rally Saturday evening and for the AFC Championship game on Sunday.

Kansas City Chiefs fans are invited to meet in Downtown this evening (Saturday) – on the eve of the AFC Championship game – to rally in support of our hometown Chiefs!

Fans are asked to gather at Union Station by 5 p.m. to hop a ride on the ceremonial Rolling with the Chiefs edition of the KC Streetcar on to a pep rally at the Kansas City Power & Light District

Festivities will begin at 5 p.m. (today) Saturday will include giveaways, contests and appearances by KC Wolf, Chiefs Cheerleaders and Chiefs Rumble.

The party is FREE and ALL AGES are welcome. The first 200 guests will receive an official Chiefs Kingdom flag. Sports Radio 810 will register guests for tickets to Sunday’s game and autographed memorabilia giveaways. Heartland Coca-Cola will give away a pair of field passes for Sunday’s game.

The KC Streetcar at Union Station around 5:30 p.m. where the Chiefs Rumble will perform at the East Transit Plaza location. They will then head onto the Chiefs Streetcar, where they will perform and entertain riders to the Power & Light District.

The Chiefs Rumble will then parade from the Power & Light District stop to the KC Live! Block for the KC Kingdom Pre-Party at KC Live!
Sports Radio 810’s Steven St. John will kick off the rally at 6:30 p.m. on the KC Live! Stage and feature hype videos, as well as performances by the Chiefs Cheerleaders, KC Wolf and Chiefs Rumble.

To cap off the celebration, a KC Kingdom bar crawl is planned for eight bars and restaurants in the Power & Light District– check out Ticketfly.com for tickets and more information.
Dress for the bitter cold, and come prepared to cheer on the Chiefs!

Take of a taste of Downtown dining + A&E this week

From Lyle Lovett and his Small Band to The Sound of Music; from Cirque du Soleil Crystal to The Yellowjackets; and from KC Restaurant Week to And, That’s Why We Drink at The Truman, Downtown KC is smokin’ hot this week. Roll the highlight reel for the week in arts, culture, entertainment and dining Monday to Sunday, Jan. 14-20:

Folly Theater will launch its 2019 calendar by kicking off the 36th annual Folly Jazz Series with The Yellowjackets at 8 p.m. Friday. Over the years The Yellowjackets have been applauded for being one of the only true jazz fusion bands, successfully crossing jazz genres including blues, R&B, and electric. The evening will open at 7 p.m. with a Jazztalk by Gerald Dunn.

Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts will light up the KC arts scene with 13 performances this week, including:

  • The Sound of Music – One of Broadway’s all-time best and most popular shows returns to Downtown this week. The KC Broadway Series will present eight performances from Tuesday to Sunday in the Muriel Kauffman Theatre.
  • Side by Side – Join the Kansas City Symphony and the Youth Symphony of Kansas City, as they rehearse side by side on stage in Helzberg Hall. Associate Conductor Jason Seber will lead this open rehearsal beginning at 7 p.m. Wednesday in Helzberg Hall.
  • Classics Uncorked: Grammy Greats –  The Kansas City Symphony will perform some of the best Grammy® Award-winning music for a one-night-only showcase beginning at 7 p.m. Thursday in the world-class acoustics of Helzberg Hall. After the concert enjoy a complimentary glass of wine or champagne, and take in the gorgeous Downtown skyline. 
  • An Evening with Lyle Lovett – With his gift for storytelling, the Texas-based musician fuses elements of Americana, swing, jazz, folk, gospel and blues in a way that breaks down barriers. Lovett’s eclectic performance style guarantees a compelling and captivating experience in his first-ever Helzberg Hall performances with his Small Band and the Kansas City Symphony at 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and 7 p.m. Sunday.

KC Restaurant Week – the wildly popular celebration of dining continues through Sunday, Jan. 20 in Downtown and throughout Kansas City. Multi-course lunch and dinner menus will be available daily for $15 and $33. Make your reservations at KCRestaurantWeek.com.

Knucklehead’s – the hottest honky tonk in the Big Town – features 8 rockin’ shows this week, including Sam Bush with the Mighty Pines at 8:30 p.m. Friday, and Courtney Patton with Brad Cunningham in the Gospel Lounge at 9 p.m. Saturday.

Mid America RV Show – the RV show for RV enthusiasts – returns to Downtown for a four-day run – Thursday through Sunday – at Bartle Hall. Doors open at 1 p.m. Thursday, 11 a.m. Friday, and 10 a.m. on Saturday and Sunday. Click here for tickets and more information.

The Broadway touring production of the beloved ‘The Sound of Music’ will light up the Kauffman Center with eight performances this week, beginning Tuesday.

The Record Bar will light up the Crossroads with 3 nights of live music this week, including two nights with The Band That Fell to Earth – a tribute to David Bowie – at 8:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday.

Sprint Center will be aglow this week with its coolest arena show yet, Cirque du Soleil’s CRYSTAL. This unique arena production showcases synchronized, freestyle and extreme skating alongside circus disciplines such as swinging trapeze, aerial straps and hand to hand. CRYSTAL will be featured in seven performances this week from 7:30 p.m. Wednesday to 5 p.m. Sunday.

The Truman will begin its 2019 performance schedule in grant style with a sold-out concert by And, That’s Why We Drink at 8 p.m. Friday, followed by Trampled by Turtles at 8 p.m. Saturday.

LIVE THEATER is thriving on Downtown stages, including four productions this week, including:

  • Death and The Maiden – At once global and intimate, this bracing Olivier Award-winning play has become a contemporary classic that considers both the social and personal implications of abuse and retribution that remain relevant today. This Kansas City Actors Guild production, directed by Cinnamon Schultz, runs through Jan. 27 at City Stage at Union Station.
  • Let’s Duet – Joining forces for the first time as an exclusive duo act, Broadway stars Corey Cott and Laura Osnes offer an intimate, one-of-a-kind, MUST-see evening with music director and pianist Benjamin Rauhala. Seating is limited, don’t miss your chance to see two of Broadway’s hottest stars at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday at MTH Theater at Crown Center.
  • Songbook of the 40s – Join the Quality Hill Playhouse troupe for a sentimental journey through America’s songbook of the 1940s, featuring hits made popular by the likes of Bing Crosby, Glenn Miller, the Andrews Sisters, and Dinah Shore. Performances begin Friday and continue through Feb. 17.
  • The Sound of Music – The spirited, romantic and beloved musical story of Maria and the von Trapp Family will once again thrill audiences with its Tony®, Grammy® and Academy® Award-winning Best Score, as the Broadway touring production returns to Downtown this week. The KC Broadway Series will present eight performances from Tuesday to Sunday in Kauffman Theatre at the Kauffman Center.

ARTS – your guide to arts and culture in greater Kansas City:

LIVE MUSIC – of all tastes and flavors – is performed at these Downtown venues on most nights:

MUSEUMS are alive and well throughout Downtown, including these 16 destinations:

For more of what’s happening in Downtown and Kansas City, check out our friends at VisitKC.com

KC Streetcar to ‘Roll with the Chiefs’ beginning Friday

One of the KC Streetcars will be wrapped in Kansas City Chiefs colors and images today in preparation for a Red Friday debut on, well, Friday. Go Chiefs!

One of the KC Streetcars will be wrapped in Kansas City Chiefs colors and images in preparation for a Red Friday debut on, well, today. Go Chiefs!

The KC Streetcar is doing something it has never done before – turning over a streetcar to the Kansas City Chiefs.

Beginning Friday, all of Kansas City is invited to Roll with the Chiefs on a specially branded Chiefs KC Streetcar. The Kansas City Chiefs and the KC Streetcar Authority (KCSA), together with Hy-Vee and Sprint, wrapped one streetcar in Chiefs branding to kick off Red Friday and the Chiefs playoff run, which begins Saturday against the Indianapolis Colts.

In addition to the Chiefs Streetcar, the Chiefs and the KCSA are throwing a Red Friday celebration.

Rolling with the Chiefs will include Chiefs representatives, KC Wolf, Chiefs Cheerleaders, Chiefs Ambassadors and the Chiefs Rumble for Kansas City’s first-ever Rolling with the Chiefs party. The celebration will start on board the Chiefs Streetcar at 5 p.m. Friday and continue for one loop around Downtown.

The Chiefs crew will then head back to the Power & Light District Streetcar stop at 14th & Main Street where the Red Friday celebration continues as well as at BRGR Kitchen + Bar. There will be giveaways and prizes for those in attendance, including four tickets and pregame sideline passes for Saturday’s AFC Divisional Game at Arrowhead Stadium courtesy of Hy-Vee, presenting partner of the playoffs.

Getting off work early this Red Friday? Join the Streetcar team and 810 Sports Radio as they broadcast live from on board the Chiefs Streetcar starting at 3 p.m. Friday. You can track the exact location of the Chiefs Streetcar, otherwise known as Streetcar 804, using the free KCity Post tracker for or the RideKC Transit App for smart phones.

For KC Streetcar inquiries, contact Donna Mandelbaum with the KC Streetcar Authority at 816.627.2526 (office), 816.877.3219 (cell) or by email at dmandelbaum@kcstreetcar.org. The KC Streetcar is also online at www.kcstreetcar.org and on Twitter (@kcstreetcar), Facebook (@kcstreetcar) and Instagram.

Restaurant Week tops a red-hot list of what’s happening this week

Monster Jam returns to the friendly confines of Sprint Center for four family-friendly shows this weekend.

From KC Restaurant Week to Live from Here with Chris Thille; and from the Monster Jam to the KC Boat & Sportshow, the Downtown is up and running for the New Year. Roll the highlight reel for a relatively quiet week in arts, culture and entertainment – Monday to Sunday, Jan. 7-13:

Ailey Trio will present a free public performance at 7 p.m. Thursday in the Gem Theater, courtesy of the Kansas City Friends of Alvin Ailey. Visit kcfaa.org for details.

KC Boat & Sportshow – Whether you’re an avid outdoorsman or are just looking for a way to escape winter for the day, this is YOUR show! This annual 4-day event – from Thursday through Sunday – will transform Bartle Hall into a one-stop marketplace for outdoor fun.

KC Restaurant Week – the wildly popular celebration of dining – returns on Friday, Jan. 11 for a 10 day feast in Downtown and throughout Kansas City. Multi-course lunch and dinner menus will be available from Jan. 11-20 for $15 and $33. Make your reservations early at KCRestaurantWeek.com.

Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts will light up the KC arts scene with seven performances this week, including:

  • National Geographic Live with photographer Ronan Donovan at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday and Wednesday in the Muriel Kauffman Theatre. Join this biologist turned photographer, as he talks about the incredible similarities we humans share with other social mammals in the animal kingdom, and what we can learn from them.
  • Sounds Relaxing: Rejuvenate – Enjoy a soothing session of meditation + music (courtesy of Kansas City Symphony musicians) at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday in Helzberg Hall.
  • Russian Romantics: The Kansas City Symphony performs the works of three Russian giants – Stravinsky, Glazunov and Tchaikovsky – led by St. Petersburg native Andrey Boreyko who makes his Symphony conducting debut. This edition of the Symphony’s Classical Series is set for 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday in Helzberg Hall.
  • Live from Here with Chris Thile – Come be a part of live radio being made at 4:45 p.m. Saturday in Kauffman Theatre. Live from Here with Chris Thile (formerly A Prairie Home Companion) is a Saturday-night destination for radio audiences everywhere. This variety show features a unique blend of musical performances, comedy and audience interaction. Acclaimed musician and songwriter Chris Thile welcomes a wide range of well-known and up-and-coming talent to the stage – including Ry Cooder and The Hamiltones – for a beautiful listening experience. Live from Here is produced by American Public Media.

Knucklehead’s – the hottest honky tonk in the Big Town – features 7 rockin’ shows this week, including the Chris Knight Band at 8:30 p.m. Friday and the X Parte Dance Band at 8:30 p.m. Saturday.

The Record Bar will light up the Crossroads with 3 nights of live music this week, including Cory Wong (of Vulfpeck) at 8 p.m. Friday.

Sprint Center will shake the foundation of Downtown this week with four explosive episodes of Monster Jam – the unexpected, unscripted, and unforgettable family-friendly motorsport – on Friday through Sunday.

LIVE THEATER is thriving on Downtown stages, including one production this week:

  • Death and The Maiden – At once global and intimate, this bracing Olivier Award-winning play has become a contemporary classic that considers both the social and personal implications of abuse and retribution that remain relevant today. This Kansas City Actors Guild production, directed by Cinnamon Schultz, opens Wednesday and continues through Jan. 27 at City Stage at Union Station.

ARTS – your guide to arts and culture in greater Kansas City:

LIVE MUSIC – of all tastes and flavors – is performed at these Downtown venues on most nights:

MUSEUMS are alive and well throughout Downtown, including these 16 destinations:

For more of what’s happening in Downtown and Kansas City, check out our friends at VisitKC.com

NYE to First Friday – a rockin’ week ahead in Downtown

From Noon and New Year’s Eve festivities on Monday to First Friday; and from the City-Wide Kwanzaa Celebration to Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire …  Downtown will be Dazzling again this week. Roll the highlight reel for the last of the 2018 holiday celebrations – and much more – in the Big Town, Monday, Dec. 31 to Sunday, Jan. 6:

Central Library will elevate the New Year with a special program on the new book Hare & Hare: Landscape Architects and City Planners at 2 p.m. Sunday. Authors Carol Grove and Cydney Millstein document the achievements of the Hare & Hare firm and its role in the growth of landscape architecture in the U.S. They discuss their research with former Kansas City council member Jan Marcason, a consultant with the Olsson Studio. RSVP Now for this free Missouri Valley Sunday program.

City-Wide Kwanzaa Celebration – The sixth and final night of the city’s Kwanzaa celebration concludes with the Kwanzaa Ball from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. on New Year’s Eve at the American Jazz Museum. The Jazz Museum has worked in partnership with the National Black United Front- KC, to present the 37th annual celebration that began on Dec. 26. For more information, call 816-866-3025; e-mail nbufkc@gmail.com; or visit the celebration Facebook page.

Downtown Dazzle will reach its holiday climax on New Year’s Eve with celebrations throughout Downtown, including:

Downtown prepares to welcome 2019 with New Year’s Eve merriment. Monday night… get ready to celebrate!

New Year’s Eve will celebrated on Monday night throughout Downtown with games, parties and live music throughout the urban core, such as Knucklehead’s (below) and Record Bar (ditto), The Truman KC (below), Quality Hill Playhouse (Live Theater below) along with a Noon Year’s Eve event for families (see Downtown Dazzle above) and three HUGE NYE parties, including:

  • Crossroads Hotel will celebrate its first New Year’s Eve beginning at 9 p.m. on NY Eve with a transformative night featuring round-the-clock music and performances programmed by Quixotic, open bar and craft cocktails, champagne and small bites for every appetite. Click here for tickets and more information.
  • Power & Light District– For more than 10 years, NYE Live! has been treating party-goers to exclusive access to up to 12 bars and nightclubs, all-inclusive packages, great entertainment, NYE-themed party favors, confetti cannons, Champagne toasts and the city’s most anticipated countdown to Midnight – complete with a “Times Square” ball drop! The fun begins at 8 p.m. on NY Eve.
  • Union Station – Dance in the New Year with the hottest, swinging band – Dave Stephens and the KCJO 7 at New Year’s Swingin’ Eve. Your ticket gets it all – admission, live music, party favors, drinks, hot appetizers and midnight champagne toast, and the party begins at 8 p.m. on NY Eve.

First Friday – KC’s hippest night of the new year – returns this Friday with a sizzling collection arts and cultural experiences throughout Downtown via the:

  • Crossroads Arts District featuring arts organizations, galleries, studios, and a wide variety of local businesses in a celebration of local, regional and national artists and live entertainment from 5-9 p.m.
  • On the Vine is a cultural experience of music, art, food, and shopping on First Fridays year ’round. Shop local artists and a diverse array of food trucks from 4-9 p.m. in the Museums of 18th & Vine Atrium … to keep First Friday hot even if the weather is cool.
  • First Friday Warehouse Weekends – one of the finest vintage marketplaces in the country – flourishes every First Friday weekend (Friday through Sunday) in the West Bottoms.

Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts will open its 2019 performance schedule with a blockbuster weekend, featuring the Kansas City Symphony presentation of Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire in concert at 7 p.m. Thursday and Friday; noon on Saturday; and 2 p.m. Sunday in Helzberg Hall.

Knucklehead’s – the hottest honky tonk in the Big Town – features 9 rockin’ shows this week, including … New Year’s Eve Party featuring 5 bands on 3 stages, including Outlaw Jim & The Whiskey Benders with The Ben Miller Band, The M 80’s, The Instmatics and The Kris Lager Band beginning at 9 p.m. Monday, NYE; plus Bluegrass in the Bottoms presents Fruition with Brad Parsons & Starbird at 8 p.m. Thursday.

The Record Bar will light up the Crossroads with 3 nights of live music this week, including a rockin’ New Year’s Eve with Murder By Death at 9 p.m. Monday; and a War Child Benefit show featuring Ivory Blue, Adriana Nikole, John Keck and Erica McKenzie.

The Truman will light up the Big Town with a New Year’s Eve masterpiece featuring Making Movies performing The Talking Heads’ Remain in Light album, plus performances by Calvin Arsenia and Reptil. The show begins at 9 p.m. Monday, NYE.

LIVE THEATER is thriving on Downtown stages, including two productions this week:

  • Milking Christmas – Driven by a mission to keep the holiday perfect, Macey Maid-a-Milking finds herself in a lot of trouble as the future of Christmas hangs in the balance. Directed by Missy Koonce & Rusty Sneary, the hit musical runs through Sunday at The Living Room.
  • NYE Cabaret – Swing in the New Year as J. Kent Barnhart welcomes back Christina Burton and LeShea Wright plus the boys in the band (Ken Remmert on drums and Ben Tervort on bass) for a sizzling evening of jazz standards, 1960s hits, power ballads, and more at 6:30 and 10:30 p.m. New Year’s Eve at Quality Hill Playhouse.

ARTS – your guide to arts and culture in greater Kansas City:

LIVE MUSIC – of all tastes and flavors – is performed at these Downtown venues on most nights:

MUSEUMS are alive and well throughout Downtown, including these 16 destinations:

For more of what’s happening in Downtown and Kansas City, check out our friends at VisitKC.com