Armistice Commemoration to light up WWI Memorial – Nov. 2-11

Commemorate the Armistice

Firing on the First World War’s Western Front ended on Nov. 11, 1918. This year marks 100 years since the stillness fell across the battlefields of Europe on the “the 11th hour on the 11th day of the 11th month.”

To commemorate the end of World War I, President Woodrow Wilson officially recognized Nov. 11 as Armistice Day – a day of somber remembrance recognized around the world, with many stopping for a moment of silence at the 11th hour of this day to honor those who brought about the end of the “Great War.”

The National WWI Museum and Memorial will capture the world’s attention with activities to commemorate the end of the war, beginning Nov. 1 through the centennial of the World War I Armistice on Nov. 11.

Highlights will include Peace and Remembrance, a spectacular illumination of America’s official World War I Memorial, beginning at 7 p.m. today (Friday, Nov. 2). The lighting display will continue for nine consecutive evenings leading up to Armistice Day on Sunday, Nov. 11 to recognize the 9 million soldiers who made the ultimate sacrifice during the Great War.

Comprised of nearly 55 million pixels to cover the Memorial with red poppies – a traditional symbol for commemorating military personnel who died inspired by the World War I poem “In Flanders Field.”

From Friday, Nov. 9 through Sunday, Nov. 11, admission to the Museum and Memorial is free for veterans and active-duty military personnel; general admission for the public is half-price.

On Sunday, Nov. 11, the Museum and Memorial hosts a multi-national Armistice Commemoration Ceremony beginning at 9:30 a.m. in the Museum’s Memorial Courtyard. Free to the public, this special ceremony features moving readings of letters from soldiers, poetry, musical performances and more.

The United States World War One Centennial Commission is the presenting sponsor of the Museum and Memorial’s Armistice Commemoration activities with Pioneer Services serving as the premier sponsor and Jackson County Executive and Legislature, the Neighborhood Tourist Development Fund of Kansas City, Mo., and Wells Fargo providing additional support.

Click here for a complete list of Armistice Commemoration Activities.

About the National WWI Museum and Memorial

The National WWI Museum and Memorial is America’s leading institution dedicated to remembering, interpreting and understanding the Great War and its enduring impact on the global community. The Museum and Memorial holds the most comprehensive collection of World War I objects and documents in the world and is the second-oldest public museum dedicated to preserving the objects, history and experiences of the war. To learn more, visit theworldwar.org.

Box Gallery pairs writers & artists for a creative challenge

The Box Gallery is taking a creative turn with its new exhibition – Ekphrasis – that opens on Friday in the Commerce Arcade, 1000 Walnut.

The title of the exhibit was inspired by the Greek word, Ekphrasis, defined as a literary description of, or commentary on, a visual work of art.  The exhibit’s goal is to bring together regional artists and writers and challenge them to create new visual or literary art inspired by a specific work.

The free exhibit goes on display Friday, Nov. 2 and continues through Jan. 24, 2019. And, the public is invited to a free, opening reception is set for 6-8 p.m. Friday.

Some 20 writers and 20 artists from Missouri and Kansas were invited, via a jury process, to be part of the exhibit and to create a new work of art or writing inspired by one of the other’s original submissions. For example, a poet is given a painting and asked to use it as inspiration to write a new poem, while a painter or sculptor is given a poem and asked to use it as inspiration to create a new artwork.

Each artist and writer was blindly assigned to another person’s work. Neither the artists nor the writers know with whom they have been paired and will meet for the first time at the opening reception, when the exhibit reveals how each read the other’s work.

The show at The Box Gallery will consist of 40 works, made up of 20 pairs encompassing poetry, prose and visual art in a range of media.

“Interpretation of the arts is a subjective process,” said Robin Trafton, Box Gallery director. “This exhibit facilitates conversations between strangers and encourages them to connect, even if they see the world differently. We hope that visitors will enjoy comparing their own interpretations to those of the artists and writers.”

The exhibit is organized and curated by Diana Moxon, owner of Yocto Arts, LLC.  Moxon was the executive director of the Columbia Art League for 11 years and brought the exhibition concept to KC after successfully hosting a similar exhibit, entitled ‘Interpretations’ in Columbia, Missouri.

“We had 68 artists and 65 writers submit work to be considered for this exhibit.  Our two panels of jurors had a challenging time selecting only 20 of each for the show. It is evidence that there is a deep pool of talent here in the Midwest,” Moxon stated.

The Box Gallery is located in the Commerce Bank Building, 1000 Walnut, Suite 211.  It is always free and open to the public Monday-Friday 8:00am- 8:00pm.  Free parking validation is available at the security office.

Opera, Armistice, Crescendo & haunts raise the bar for the week ahead

Armistice Day, officially recognized by President Wilson in 1919, will be observed at the National World War I Museum and Memorial on Sunday, Nov. 11. Known as Remembrance Day in many countries, the poppy is commonly worn and remains the symbol of commemoration

From the opening of Madama Butterfly to an 11-day Armistice Celebration; from the arrival of the Mayor’s Christmas tree to the seasonal celebration of First Friday; and from the UMKC Crescendo the Hunchback on Halloween, this will be a very special week in Downtown Kansas City. Roll the highlight reel for the week in arts and entertainment – Monday to Sunday, Oct. 29-Nov. 4:

Armistice Commemoration – This year marks 100 years since the stillness fell across the battlefields of Europe on the “the 11th hour on the 11th day of the 11th month.” To commemorate the end of World War I, President Woodrow Wilson officially recognized Nov. 11 as Armistice Day – a day of somber remembrance recognized around the world, with many stopping for a moment of silence at the 11th hour of this day to honor those who brought about the end of the “Great War.” The National WWI Museum and Memorial will capture the world’s attention with activities for all ages to commemorate the end of the war, beginning Thursday, Nov. 1 through the centennial of the World War I Armistice on Sunday, Nov. 11. Visit TheWorldWar.org for complete details.

Crown Center brings its traditional celebration of the holiday season with two opening events this week, including:

  • Arrival of the Mayor’s Christmas Tree – the culmination of a journey from Oregon – the 100-foot-tall tree arrives at 9 a.m. Thursday  and is put into its stand at approximately 10 a.m. on Friday!
  • Opening Day at the Ice Terrace – Kansas City’s only public outdoor ice skating rink opens for its 46th season of great skating fun. Join the excitement at the Ice Terrace with FREE skating, coffee and hot chocolate from 6-9 a.m. on opening day, Friday. The Ice Terrace will remain open until March 10.

Dinosaurs Revealed – Travel back 252 million years to discover dinosaurs that inhabited what is now North America. Your hands-on trek will bring you face-to-face with 26 life-size dinosaurs. The world premiere of Dinosaurs Revealed is on exhibit through Jan. 6 at Union Station.

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

  • City Market will be showcasing artists who want to explore their painting skills during an Art Experience class from 7-9:30 p.m. in City Market Square OR to demonstrate their techniques and exhibit their works during Be Part of the Art from 6-10 p.m. in Pavilion 1.
  • 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.
  • First Friday on the Vine is a cultural experience of music, art, food, and shopping on every First Friday year round. Shop local artists and a diverse array of food trucks. from 5-9 p.m. And, all of the neighbors in the Historic 18th & Vine Jazz District present lively entertainment!
  • 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 welcomes two remarkable performances this week, including:

  • Vikingur Olafsson – Possessing a rare combination of passionate musicality, explosive virtuosity, and intellectual curiosity, this Icelandic virtuoso, will perform at 7:30 p.m. Friday in this special Friends of Chamber Music engagement.
  • Burning Sands Step Show – presented by the DEED Foundation and Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Inc. – returns to the Folly at 8 p.m. Saturday.

Haunted Houses – With Edge of Hell, The Beast and Macabre Cinema, all set in multi-storied commercial buildings built around 1900, the West Bottoms is home to three of the Midwest top attractions. For tickets and schedules, visit Full Moon Productions.

Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts will feature six performances this week, including:

  • Mariinsky Orchestra – Following an astounding appearance a year ago leading the Stradivarius Ensemble, Valery Gergiev returns to conduct the maximum-strength orchestra. Praised for his “full-blooded and engrossing” musicianship by the UK Telegraph, Gergiev will conduct another unforgettable evening of music for the Harriman-Jewell Series at 7:30 p.m. Monday in Helzberg Hall.

  • The Hunchback of Notre Dame – Celebrate Halloween with guest organist Dorothy Papadakos, as she revives the 1923 classic silent horror film with a completely improvised score played on the Julia Irene Kauffman Casavant Organ and featuring Kansas City Symphony Principal Percussionist Christopher McLaurin improvising on orchestral chimes as Quasimodo.  The haunting magic begins at 7 p.m. Wednesday in Helzberg Hall.
  • Crescendo: Rhythm of a City – Join the UMKC Conservatory of Music and Dance for its annual fundraising event for scholarships, with music and dance performed in a fast-paced 60-minute prism concert by Conservatory students and faculty. The concert begins at 8 p.m. Saturday in Helzberg Hall, followed by dancing and a cash bar in Brandmeyer Hall.
  • Ballet Folklorico de Mexico has been bringing vibrant Mexican music and dance to audiences around the world since 1952. The famed ensemble will fill Helzberg Hall at 7 p.m. Saturday with an eye-popping performance featuring colorful costumes, thrilling music and spectacular dance moves that showcase Mexico’s rich cultural heritage. This performance is part of the Harriman-Jewell Series.
  • Madama Butterfly – The Lyric Opera of Kansas City presents the Puccini classic opera beginning Saturday evening in Kauffman Theatre. See the Lyric Opera listing below for more information.
  • Jazz Ambassadors of the U.S. Army Field Band present “The Greatest Generation”, a tribute to the men and women of World War II. Audiences will enjoy many of the classic Big Band Era songs while the story of the war is told through pictures and videos beginning at 3 p.m. Sunday in Helzberg Hall.

Knuckleheads Saloon– the hottest honky tonk in the Big Town – features 14 red-hot shows this week, including Bettye LaVette at 8 p.m. Thursday; Watermelon Slim Band and Scott Keeton & the Deviants at 8:30 p.m. Saturday; and Curtis McMurtry with Ali Holder at 8 p.m. Sunday in the Gospel Lounge.

Lyric Opera presents Madama Butterfly where young love falls for an old lie, and so begins what may be the greatest argument against long distance relationships ever made. Puccini pours melodic perfection (and keeps ’em coming) as “the happiest girl in Japan” eagerly marries a swaggering, shallow U.S. Navy man who embodies the phrase “love is fleeting.” Performances begin at 7:30 p.m. Saturday and continue next week with three showings all in the Muriel Kauffman Theatre.

Tedeschi Trucks Band returns to Downtown this week to tear the place up a might.

The Midland will be smokin’ this week with two red-hot concerts, including:

  • Tedeschi Trucks Band – now 12 members strong, and with a catalog of five albums and nearly a decade of steady touring in the U.S. and abroad – returns to rock the Big Town at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday. Tedeschi Trucks Band carries a distinguished reputation earned from both audiences and critics as one of the premier live bands in the world.
  • Big Gigantic – a pioneer of live electronic music since the band’s inception in 2008 – will light up the Midland beginning at 9 p.m. Friday. Special guests include Flamingosis and My Pet Project.

Power & Light District will be celebrating with the Wicked Wine Walk – a benefit for The Children’s Place – beginning at 3 p.m. Saturday. Sip, taste and explore Downtown Kansas City at this sold-out event, which features live music on 14th Street, wine tastings and small plates at each of the participating venues.

Lynyrd Skynyrd says farewell to its KC area fans this Friday at Sprint Center.

Sprint Center says farewell to Lynyrd Skynyrd at 7 p.m. Friday. After a career that has spanned more than 40 years and including a catalog of more than 60 albums with more than 30 million units sold, Southern Rock icons Lynyrd Skynyrd embark on their Last of the Street Survivors Farewell Tour with special guests Jamey Johnson and The Marshall Tucker Band.

Jason Boland & The Stragglers – the smart, road-ready outlaw country band – will rock The Truman on Saturday night.

The Truman will be flying high this week with five shows including Kasami Washington with Victory Boyd at 8 p.m. Monday; Tank and the Bangas & Big Freeda with Naughty Professor at 8 p.m. Wednesday; Tom Papa at 8 p.m. Thursday; Sir Sly and Joywave at 8 p.m. Friday; and Jason Boland & The Stragglers with Vincent Neil Emerson at 8 p.m. Saturday.

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

  • Of Mice and Men – John Steinbeck’s classic text explores the decay of the American dream, and the enduring kindness that bond friends together for life. The Kansas City Repertory Theatre presents this dramatic giant through Nov. 19 on the Copaken Stage.
  • Show Boat – one of the most influential musicals in history and redefined how musical stories were told – opens Friday at the MTH Theater at Crown Center. The landmark collaboration between Jerome Kern and Oscar Hammerstein II runs through Nov., 18.

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

Halloween creeps up on the Downtown A&E scene this week

From the Kansas City Symphony Pops Series featuring Glorious Gershwin to a vast graveyard of creepy and joyful Halloween treats, Downtown Kansas City will be groovin’ all week long. Let’s roll the highlight reel for the week in arts, entertainment and pure bliss – Monday to Sunday, Oct. 22-28:

Central Library presents Pictures of the Year International – a special exhibition of 50 arresting images by the world’s leading photographers – that runs through Sunday.

Crown Center presents BOO-TASTIC FUN this Saturday and Sunday. Have your photo taken with the Wicked Queen from noon-4 p.m. AND enjoy puppet shows from StoneLion Puppet Theatre at noon and 2 p.m. both days.

Crossroads KC will wrap up its outdoor concert season in the East Crossroads with SOJA featuring Collie Buddz and Xiuhtezcali at 8 p.m. Friday on the Grinder’s stage.

Dinosaurs Revealed – Travel back 252 million years to discover dinosaurs that inhabited what is now North America. Your hands-on trek will bring you face-to-face with 26 life-size dinosaurs. The world premiere of Dinosaurs Revealed is on exhibit through Jan. 6 at Union Station.

Haunted Houses – With Edge of Hell, The Beast and Macabre Cinema, all set in multi-storied commercial buildings built around 1900, the West Bottoms is home to three of the Midwest top attractions. For tickets and schedules, visit Full Moon Productions.

Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts will feature five performances this week, including:

  • Chanticleer – Called “the world’s reigning male chorus” by The New Yorker, the San Francisco-based GRAMMY Award-winning ensemble Chanticleer celebrates its 40th anniversary with the tour – Then and There, Here and Now tour – a panoramic look at their  complete musical history, featuring classical pieces, traditional songs, and modern melodies. The performance is set for 8 p.m. Wednesday in Helzberg Hall.
  • Glorious Gershwin featuring Patti Austin will light up Downtown with three performances this week with the Kansas City Symphony and its glorious in the latest edition of its Pops Series at 7 p.m. Thursday and 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday in Helzberg Hall.
  • Halloween Symphony Spooktacular – Your little ghosts and goblins will love this frightfully fun Halloween concert filled with creepy-crawly surprises! Experience symphonic chills and thrills as the orchestra guides you through spooky and silly music that’s not too scary but plenty extraordinary. The Kansas City Symphony invites the entire family to dress up in their favorite costumes and trick-or-treat afterward in the Brandmeyer Great Hall lobby. The fun begins at 2 p.m. Sunday in Helzberg Hall.

Los Straitjackets – the leading practitioners of the lost art of the guitar instrumental. – will rock Knuckleheads this Friday.

Knuckleheads Saloon– the hottest honky tonk in the Big Town – features 12 smokin’ shows this week, including Jeff Bergen’s Elvis Show in the Gospel Lounge at 8:30 p.m. Friday; Los Straitjackets with Suitcase Junket at 8:30 p.m. Friday; and English Beat Rain with The Red Ball Jets at 8:30 p.m. Saturday.

The Midland will play host to the Freakers Ball featuring GHOST at 8 p.m. Saturday.

Celebrate Halloween in style on Saturday at CostumeCon in the Power & Light District.

Power & Light District will be celebrating the spirits of the season with CostumeCon from 8-11 p.m. Saturday in the KC Live! Block. Celebrate Halloween with a costume contest kicks off at 8 p.m., as three roaming judges select 15 contestants to be entered into the Live! main stage contest at 11 p.m. First place will take home $3,000 in cash, plus many more prizes.

The Truman will be flying high this week with two shows this weekend, including Maggie Rogers with Mall Rat at 8 p.m. Friday, and Thriller: Costume Dance & Party featuring four of KC’s best DJ’s and a $1,000 costume contest. The Halloween fun begins at 8 p.m. Saturday.

Union Station presents Spookfest: Night at the Museum from 5-7 p.m. Saturday at Science City. The 6th annual Halloween celebration will feature spooky science demos and activities, creepy critters and eerie edibles, a Spooktacular Science City Show, and a costume contest.

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

  • Broadway and All That Jazz – From the ridiculous to the sublime to the breadlines, American popular culture rode a roller coaster of epic proportions in the 1920s and 30s. Throughout it all, the founders of the Great American Songbook – George and Ira Gershwin, Harold Arlen, Dorothy Fields, Jerome Kern – produced timeless songs for jazz clubs and Broadway stages that is captured in this Songbook of the 20s and 30s that runs through Sunday at the Quality Hill Playhouse.
  • Of Mice and Men – John Steinbeck’s classic text explores the decay of the American dream, and the enduring kindness that bond friends together for life. The Kansas City Repertory Theatre presents this dramatic giant through Nov. 19 on the Copaken Stage.

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

Holiday Mart to light up Downtown – Thursday thru Sunday

Downtown Kansas City will celebrate an early taste of the holiday spirit this weekend, as the Junior League Holiday Mart returns this weekend – Thursday through Sunday – at Bartle Hall.

Holiday Mart is Kansas City’s premier nonprofit shopping event, and features a series of Special Shopping Opportunities this weekend. Holiday Mart continues to support community projects sponsored by the nonprofit JLKCMO, including its Signature Programs focused on women and children.

Holiday Mark opens Thursday morning and runs through Sunday afternoon:

  • Thursday – 9 a.m. to noon: Preferential Shopping (special ticket required)
  • Thursday – Noon to 8 p.m.
  • Friday – 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.
  • Saturday – 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.
  • Sunday – 10 a.m to 4 p.m.

To learn more, along with Frequently Asked Questions, visit https://www.jlkc.org/events/holiday-mart/

 

We’re off to see the KC Marathon, the Wizard & oodles more

Get your motor running this Saturday at the Kansas City Marathon, which begins and ends in Downtown Kansas City.

From the Wizard of Oz to the Kansas City Marathon to Becoming Martin, Downtown Kansas City will be in the national spotlight all week long. Let’s roll the highlight reel for the week in arts, entertainment and pure bliss – Monday to Sunday, Oct. 15-21:

Central Library presents Pictures of the Year International – a special exhibition of 50 arresting images by the world’s leading photographers – that runs through Oct. 28; and a look back on Women’s Activism in Kansas City, 1870 to 1940. Author David Hanzlick traces the evolution of women’s activism in Kansas City from the post-Civil War era through the demise of the Pendergast political machine at 2 p.m. Sunday. RSVP now.

City Market presents Bounce-tober-Fest from 4-8 p.m. Saturday, featuring special inflatable fun for all ages, live music and dance party, yard games, a pumpkin patch contest and a beer garden. Check out the details and get ready to bounce!

Crossroads KC will rock the East Crossroads with a fury at 7 p.m. Friday, as The Dead South features four powerhouse acts, including Split Lip Rayfield, Whiskey Shivers, The Mighty Pines and Del Suelo.

Dinosaurs Revealed – Travel back 252 million years to discover dinosaurs that inhabited what is now North America. Your hands-on trek will bring you face-to-face with 26 life-size dinosaurs. The world premiere of Dinosaurs Revealed is on exhibit through Jan. 6 at Union Station.

Folly Theater will feature the UMKC Combined Wind Bands in concert at 7:30 p.m. Thursday. The Conservatory Wind Symphony and the Conservatory Wind Ensemble – directed by Steven D. Davis and Joseph Parisi, respectively – will perform CHEN YI: UMKC Fanfare; MESSIAEN: Et exspecto resurrectionem mortuorum; BARBER: Commando March; DEL TREDICI: In Wartime; and
SOUSA: Bullets and Bayonets.

Haunted Houses – With Edge of Hell, The Beast and Macabre Cinema, all set in multi-storied commercial buildings built around 1900, the West Bottoms is home to three of the Midwest top attractions. For tickets and schedules, visit Full Moon Productions.

The witch is back, as the Kansas City Ballet presents ‘The Wizard of Oz’ beginning this weekend at the Kauffman Center.

Kansas City Ballet presents The Wizard of Oz like you’ve never seen before – complete with all-new music, sets, costumes and more – beginning Friday and running through Sunday in the Muriel Kauffman Theatre at the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts. For tickets to one of the six remaining performances, click your heels together.

Kansas City Marathon returns to the streets of Kansas City this Saturday! This is KC’s largest and most exciting annual race event and it gives runners a tour of the city’s most beautiful landmarks and cool neighborhoods, including the sights and sounds of Downtown and more. The Kansas City Marathon – featuring the marathon, half-marathon, 10K and 5K runs – is expected to attract 10,000 participamts – will begin at Washington Square Park at 7 a.m. Saturday. Registration is open until Wednesday. Get your motor running… Fireworks will kick off the race and a huge after-party with live music, free food and local beer!

Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts will feature seven breathtaking events this week, including the final six performances of the Kansas City Ballet’s visit to the Land of Oz, including:

  • Stars of the Strings – Join your friends in the Kauffman Center lobby on Tuesday for a drink after work, followed by an inspiring, free  performance from Kansas City Symphony members. This program is all about strings with fugues from Bach’s Well-Tempered Clavier, works by contemporary composers George Walker and Andy Akiho, plus Beethoven’s Grosse Fuge (Great Fugue). Cash bars open at 5 p.m. with a one-hour, casual concert in Helzberg Hall beginning at 6 p.m.
  • The Wizard of Oz – The much anticipated world premiere by Septime Webre, the creator of Alice (in wonderland), will take audiences on a fantastical journey to the Emerald City, courtesy of the Kansas City Ballet. Filled with all the familiarity of the classic story – Dorothy and Toto swept to Oz join up with three unlikely heroes to see the Wizard, their triumph over the Wicked Witch, and the quest to return home – yet realized with a bold, new spectacle of music, costumes, sets, projections and special effects. We’re off to see the Wizard for the final six performances this week (from Wednesday through Sunday) in Kauffman Theatre.

Knuckleheads Saloon– the hottest honky tonk in the Big Town – features 14 smokin’ shows this week, including Booker T. Jones with Atlantic Express at 8 p.m. Thursday; Johnny Winter All Stars featuring the Paul Nelson and Johnny Winter Band with Shannon and the Rhythm King Band at 7:30 p.m. Friday; and Blues Caravan with Bernard Allision and Mike Zito at 9 p.m. Saturday.

The Kansas City Prince Orchestra will celebrate the life and music of Prince on Sunday at the Midland,

The Midland will be on fire this week for three long-awaited gigs, including Hillsong Worship with Pastor Brian Houston in a sold-out appearance at 7 p.m. Thursday; Kansas at 7:30 p.m. Friday; and 4U – A Symphonic Celebration of Prince with the Kansas City Price Orchestra at 7:30 p.m. Sunday.

Power & Light District will be celebrating the spirits of the season with a rockin’ Basic Witch Party at 7 p.m. Friday in the KC Live! Block. Featured artists include Andrew McMahon in the Wilderness, Meg Myers and Yes You Are.

Rod Stewart returns to Downtown KC for a performance – featuring special guest Cyndi Lauper – on Tuesday at Sprint Center.

Sprint Center will be smokin’ hot this week with three concerts, including Rod Stewart with special guest Cyndi Lauper at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday; Fleetwood Mac featuring a line-up of Mick Fleetwood, John McVie, Stevie Nicks and Christine McVie along with newcomers Mike Campbell and Neil Finn at 8 p.m. Thursday; and Erykah Badu with guests CeeLo Green and Goodie Mob at 8 p.m. Friday.

The Truman will be flying high this week with four -yep, quatro – concerts this week, including Years & Years with CYN and Jess Kent at 8 p.m. Wednesday; Eden on his Vertigo World Tour featuring Kacy Hill at 8 p.m. Thursday; An Evening with Machine Head at 8 p.m. Friday; and Gregory Alan Isakov with Oh Pep! at 8 p.m. Saturday.

This Coterie world premiere by Kevin Wilmott runs through Sunday at Crown Center.

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

  • Becoming Martin – This world premiere centers on the mentorship Martin Luther King, Jr., receives when he enters Morehouse College at age 15. Through debate over civil disobedience concepts, Morehouse College President, Dr. Benjamin Mays, sets young MLK on a path towards fighting for civil rights. This play is a Coterie commissioned work by noted filmmaker, screenwriter, director, and playwright, Kevin Willmott. Performances run through Sunday at The Coterie at Crown Center.
  • Broadway and All That Jazz – From the ridiculous to the sublime to the breadlines, American popular culture rode a roller coaster of epic proportions in the 1920s and 30s. Throughout it all, the founders of the Great American Songbook – George and Ira Gershwin, Harold Arlen, Dorothy Fields, Jerome Kern – produced timeless songs for jazz clubs and Broadway stages that is captured in this Songbook of the 20s and 30s that runs through Oct. 28 at the Quality Hill Playhouse.
  • Of Mice and Men – John Steinbeck’s classic text explores the decay of the American dream, and the enduring kindness that bond friends together for life. The Kansas City Repertory Theatre presents this dramatic giant beginning Friday through Nov. 19 on the Copaken Stage.

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

We’re off to see the Wizard: the week ahead in Downtown

The Kansas City Ballet takes up on a peek behind the curtain for the world premiere of ‘The Wizard of Oz’ as a ballet beginning Friday at the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts.

From The Kansas City Ballet to the Kansas City Jazz Orchestra; from ‘Becoming Martin’ to “of Mice and Men’; and from Foo Fighters to ‘The Wizard of Oz’… the A&E scene in Downtown Kansas City will be sensational all week. Roll the highlight reel for the week in arts and entertainment – Monday to Sunday, Oct. 8-14:

Central Library presents Pictures of the Year International – a special exhibition of 50 arresting images by the world’s leading photographers – that runs through Oct. 28.

Badfish returns to the Crossroads KC stage on Saturday – one of the final shows for the 2018 outdoor concert season at Grinders.

Crossroads KC will rock the East Crossroads with three back-to-back-to-back shows this weekend, including Lettuce with Daily Bread at 8 p.m. Thursday; Dr. Zhivegas plays Prince at 8 p.m. Friday; and Badfish with special guest Ziggowatts at 8 p.m. Saturday.

Dinosaurs Revealed – Travel back 252 million years to discover dinosaurs that inhabited what is now North America. Your hands-on trek will bring you face-to-face with 26 life-size dinosaurs. The world premiere of Dinosaurs Revealed is on exhibit through Jan. 6 at Union Station.

Folly Theater is preparing for an eclectic week ahead with two, very different performances, including:

  • Puddle’s Pity Party – The ‘Sad Clown with the Golden Voice’ takes center stage at 8 p.m. Thursday with his heartfelt anthems and a suitcase full of Kleenex!  This Pity Party is not all sadness and longing. This Emporium presentation is peppered with a brilliant sense of the absurd, mixing lots of humor with the awkward, tender moments.
  • Larry Carlton Quintet – The legendary guitarist, Larry Carlton, will perform with his quintet at 8 p.m. Friday, as the second installment of the 36th season of the Folly Jazz Series. Carlton has bridged several genres over the years including rock, jazz, blues, and everything in-between.

Haunted Houses – With Edge of Hell, The Beast and Macabre Cinema, all set in multi-storied commercial buildings built around 1900, the West Bottoms is home to three of the Midwest top attractions. For tickets and schedules, visit Full Moon Productions.

The witch is back, as the Kansas City Ballet presents ‘The Wizard of Oz’ beginning this weekend at the Kauffman Center.

Kansas City Ballet presents The Wizard of Oz like you’ve never seen before – complete with all-new music, sets, costumes and more – beginning Friday and running through Sunday, Oct. 21 in the Muriel Kauffman Theatre at the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts. For single tickets to one of the nine performances, click your heels together..

Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts will feature nine breathtaking performances this week, including:

  • The Wizard of Oz – The much anticipated world premiere by Septime Webre, the creator of Alice (in wonderland), will take audiences on a fantastical journey to the Emerald City, courtesy of the Kansas City Ballet. Filled with all the familiarity of the classic story – Dorothy and Toto swept to Oz join up with three unlikely heroes to see the Wizard, their triumph over the Wicked Witch, and the quest to return home – yet realized with a bold, new spectacle of music, costumes, sets, projections and special effects. We’re off to see the Wizard this weekend and next week in nine performances in Kauffman Theatre.
  • Autumn in New York – Classic big band arrangements representing the Great American Songbook will be presented in this fall concert of the Kansas City Jazz Orchestra at 8 p.m. Friday in Helzberg Hall. Featuring works recorded by Stan Kenton, Woody Herman, Buddy Rich and more!

Knuckleheads Saloon– the hottest honky tonk in the Big Town – features 13 smokin’ shows this week, including Chris Shiflett (of the Foo Fighters) and Dan Tedesco at 8 p.m. Thursday; Lindsay Beaver Alligator Records CD release at 7 p.m. Saturday; and Amy Helm at 8:30 p.m. Saturday.

The Midland will be on fire this week for two long-awaited gigs, including the hip-hop collective Brockhaven at 9 p.m. Tuesday, and county rule-changer Cody Jinks with The Steel Woods at 8 p.m. Friday.

Open Spaces is transforming Kansas City’s parks, urban spaces, galleries, performance halls and outdoor stages over the next five weeks with an all-new citywide festival based in Swope Park. The Open Spaces calendar is located at openspaces.com.

Power & Light District will be celebrating the spirits of the season this weekend with two events, including:

  • Sprint Family Fun Days presents its Fall Festival from 11 a.m.- 3 p.m. Saturday in the KC Live! Block. Bring the kids for an afternoon of fall fun including pony rides, a fun run course, pony belly bounce, mechanical bull, “Hippity Hop” horse derby, hay bale maze and more! Stone Lion Puppet Theatre will perform two shows, and kids may trick-or-treat at participating businesses in the Power & Light District.
  • Oktobertfest Live – Leinenkugel’s Leinie Lodge & Beer Garden presents its Oktoberfest celebration beginning at 4 p.m. Saturday in the KC Live! Block, featuring traditional Oktoberfest contests and games, Wiener Dog races, seasonal beers, great food, prizes, live entertainment and more! Entry is $5 per person. 21 and older.

 

Dave Gohl and the Foo Fighters return to Downtown for a blazing gig at Sprint Center.

Sprint Center will be rockin’ this week with two concerts, including the long-awaited return of Foo Fighters with special guests Gang of Youth at 7:30 p.m. Friday, and Columbian superstar J Balvin at 8 p.m. Saturday.

The Truman will be flying high this week with two concerts this weekend, including The Crystal Method with Sheppa at 8:30 p.m. Friday, and Minus the Bear on its farewell tour with special guest Caspian at 8 p.m. Saturday.

This Coterie world premiere by Kevin Wilmott is now showing at Crown Center.

LIVE THEATER is thriving on Downtown stages, including two productions this week, and a peek at a dramatic opening next week:

  • Becoming Martin – This world premiere centers on the mentorship Martin Luther King, Jr., receives when he enters Morehouse College at age 15. Through debate over civil disobedience concepts, Morehouse College President, Dr. Benjamin Mays, sets young MLK on a path towards fighting for civil rights. This play is a Coterie commissioned work by noted filmmaker, screenwriter, director, and playwright, Kevin Willmott. Performances run through Sunday, Oct. 21 at The Coterie at Crown Center.
  • Broadway and All That Jazz – From the ridiculous to the sublime to the breadlines, American popular culture rode a roller coaster of epic proportions in the 1920s and 30s. Throughout it all, the founders of the Great American Songbook – George and Ira Gershwin, Harold Arlen, Dorothy Fields, Jerome Kern – produced timeless songs for jazz clubs and Broadway stages that is captured in this Songbook of the 20s and 30s that runs through Oct. 28 at the Quality Hill Playhouse.
  • Of Mice and Men – John Steinbeck’s classic text explores the decay of the American dream, and the enduring kindness that bond friends together for life. The Kansas City Repertory Theatre presents this dramatic giant beginning next Friday, Oct. 19 on the Copaken Stage.

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

From Sting to Shaggy to Mathis to Tech N9ne – Buckle up, KC!

Shaggy & Sting will light up Downtown this week with a Caribbean beat at the Midland Theatre

From Johnny Mathis Sanford Biggers; from First Friday to KC Octobertfest; from Shaggy & Sting; to Tech N9ne … Downtown Kansas City will be flying high all week long. Roll the highlight reel for the week in arts and entertainment – Monday to Sunday, Oct. 1-7:

Central Library presents Pictures of the Year International – a special exhibition of 50 arresting images by the world’s leading photographers – that runs through Oct. 28. Administered by the Reynolds Journalism Institute at the University of Missouri’s Missouri School of Journalism, it focuses on pivotal events of the past year and ranges from spot news to feature photos.

Crossroads KC will rock the East Crossroads with back-to-back shows this weekend, including Umphrey’s McGee with Sunsquabi at 7 p.m. Thursday and Dolewite in a Free Friday performance at 8 p.m. Friday.

Dinosaurs Revealed – Travel back 252 million years to discover dinosaurs that inhabited what is now North America. Your hands-on trek will bring you face-to-face with 26 life-size dinosaurs. The world premiere of Dinosaurs Revealed is on exhibit through Jan. 6 at Union Station.

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

  • City Market will be showcasing artists who want to explore their painting skills during an Art Experience class from 7-9:30 p.m. in City Market Square OR to demonstrate their techniques and exhibit their works during Be Part of the Art from 6-10 p.m. in Pavilion 1. For more information or to pre-register, visit TheCityMarket.org.
  • 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.
  • First Friday on the Vine is a cultural experience of music, art, food, and shopping on every First Friday year round. Shop local artists and a diverse array of food trucks. from 5-9 p.m. And, all of the neighbors in the Historic 18th & Vine Jazz District present lively entertainment!
  • 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.

Haunted Houses – With Edge of Hell, The Beast and Macabre Cinema, all set in multi-storied commercial buildings built around 1900, the West Bottoms is home to three of the Midwest top attractions. For tickets and schedules, visit Full Moon Productions.

KC Oktobertfest – Kansas City’s largest traditional Oktobertfest, presented by KC Bier Co., featuring authentic Bavarian-style bier, food and music, plus a marketplace, carnival, game & competitions, and kids activities, will unfold from 5-11 p.m. Friday and 11 a.m.-11 p.m. Saturday at Crown Center.

Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts will feature nine breathtaking performances this week, including:

  • Sounds Relaxing – a soothing session of meditation + music – at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday in Helzberg Hall. Prepare to unwind as certified trainer Anita Bailey coaches various breathing and meditation techniques. Symphony musicians will perform soft, mellow music to deepen your relaxation.
  • Black Violin combines classical training and hip-hop influences to create a distinctive multi-genre sound that resonates with music lovers of all ages. Violist Wil B. and violinist Kev Marcus have crafted a style that’s often described as “classical boom,” aiming to change perceptions of classical and hip-hop music. The duo return for a sold-out show at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday in the Muriel Kauffman Theatre.
  • Celebration of International Friendship – Be part of Kansas City’s welcome and celebration of the international military officers in the Class of 2019 at the U.S. Army’s Command and General Staff College. Nowhere else in the world can you participate in a formal event with 110 officers from 87 countries. The celebration is set for 8 p.m. Thursday in Kauffman Theatre. Tickets are available here.
  • Johnny Mathis with special guest Gary Mule Deer will light up Downtown with his Voice of Romance Tour at 7:30 p.m. Friday.  Celebrating his 62nd year in the music industry, Mathis has performed songs in an incredible variety of styles and categories – from music composed for stage and film to golden era jazz standards, contemporary pop hits, and holiday music, all of which has assured his reputation as one of the most enduring vocalists in music history.
  • Edgar Snow Memorial Concertfeaturing songs, music and Chinese folk dances of diverse ethnicity and styles, will be presented by famous singers from China and the U.S. and by artists from local performing troupes at 4 p.m. Saturday in Kauffman Theatre.
  • Symphony Classical Series presents the Kansas City Symphony performing Beethoven Seventh and Grieg’s Piano Concerto at 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and 2 p.m. Sunday in Helzberg Hall.
  • iLuminate will literally illuminate the Kauffman Center at 7 p.m. Sunday in Kauffman Theatre. Called “the best new act in America” by America’s Got Talent, iLuminate fuses technology and dance to create a visual experience unlike anything else.

Knuckleheads Saloon– the hottest honky tonk in the Big Town – features 13 smokin’ shows this week, including Kevin Galloway of Uncle Lucius at 8 p.m. Thursday; Rev. Peyton’s Big Damn Band at 8:30 p.m. Friday; and Ray Wylie Hubbard at 8:30 p.m. Saturday.

Death Cab for Cutie will stop traffic in Downtown for a gig at the Midland on Tuesday.

The Midland will be on fire this week for three long-awaited gigs, including:

  • Death Cab for Cutie – one of the hottest names in the indie rock scene – returns to Downtown KC at 8 p.m. Tuesday. Special guest is Charly Bliss.
  • Sting & Shaggy – This unlikely pairing of the former Police bassist and the Jamaican dance hall star will celebrate their new Caribbean-inflected album in the heart of Downtown KC .at 7:30 p.m. Thursday.
  • The Phil Collins Experience is a full multi-media production based on the music career of Phil Collins, both Genesis and Solo careers. This unique experience will unfold at 8 p.m. Saturday.

Open Spaces is transforming Kansas City’s parks, urban spaces, galleries, performance halls and outdoor stages over the next five weeks with an all-new citywide festival based in Swope Park. The Open Spaces calendar is located at openspaces.com:

Tech N9Ne will light up Downtown in a special performance at 8 p.m. Saturday in the Kansas City Power & Light District.

Power & Light District will feature Kansas City’s own Tech N9ne – rapper, songwriter, record producer, actor and entrepreneur – with special guests Dizzy and Futuristic at 8 p.m. Saturday in the Kansas City Live! Block.

Sprint Center will heat up Downtown with a performance by Ozuna, the Billboard Music Award’s Latin Artist of the Year, at 8 p.m. Tuesday.

The Truman will be flying high this week with Alina Baraz and special guest JMSN at 8 p.m. Monday.

Union Station presents a great way to begin the Halloween season with Nocturne, a dark and thrilling catalyst for the Point B Dance Company’s program at 7 p.m. Thursday on the City Stage.

This Coterie world premiere by Kevin Wilmott is now showing at Crown Center.

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

  • Becoming Martin – This world premiere centers on the mentorship Martin Luther King, Jr., receives when he enters Morehouse College at age 15. Through debate over civil disobedience concepts, Morehouse College President, Dr. Benjamin Mays, sets young MLK on a path towards fighting for civil rights. This play is a Coterie commissioned work by noted filmmaker, screenwriter, director, and playwright, Kevin Willmott. Performances run through Oct. 21 at The Coterie at Crown Center.
  • Broadway and All That Jazz – From the ridiculous to the sublime to the breadlines, American popular culture rode a roller coaster of epic proportions in the 1920s and 30s. Throughout it all, the founders of the Great American Songbook – George and Ira Gershwin, Harold Arlen, Dorothy Fields, Jerome Kern – produced timeless songs for jazz clubs and Broadway stages that is captured in this Songbook of the 20s and 30s that runs through Oct. 28 at the Quality Hill Playhouse.
  • Make ‘Em Laugh – The critically acclaimed Musical Monday & Tuesday Series features some of the best known tunes in the Broadway songbook, as well as songs made famous by Donald O’Connor, Danny Kaye, Weird Al Yankovic, and more! Performances are set for 7:30 p.m. Monday and Tuesday at MTH Theater at Crown 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

West Side Story raises the bar for Downtown’s A&E this week

The Kansas City Public Library is showcasing the Pictures of the Year in this special exhibition at the Central Library.

From Ramsey Lewis to the Indigo Girls; from Ben Folds to Romeo Santos; and from the operatic West Side Story to The Second City … Downtown Kansas City will be soaring all week long. Roll the highlight reel for the week in arts and entertainment – Monday to Sunday, Sept. 24-30:

Central Library presents Pictures of the Year International – a special exhibition of 50 arresting images by the world’s leading photographers – that runs through Oct. 28. Administered by the Reynolds Journalism Institute at the University of Missouri’s Missouri School of Journalism, it focuses on pivotal events of the past year and ranges from spot news to feature photos.

City Market present the final Flicks on the Bricks this season on Friday in City Market Square. The fun begins at 8 p.m. with a sing-a-long to famous movie songs, followed by a 9 p.m. showing of Almost Famous (rated R). Guests are invited to bring chairs and blankets, but not coolers. Food will be for sale from City Market eateries, and a cash bar will be available.

The Indigo Girls return to the Big Town this weekend for a Sunday evening performance at Grinders.

Crossroads KC will rock the East Crossroads with three back-to-back-to-back shows this weekend,, including Car Seat Headrest with special guest Naked Giants at 8 p.m. Friday; BoDeans with Freddy Jones Band at 8 p.m. Saturday; and the long-awaited return of Indigo Girls with Lucy Wainwright Roche at 8 p.m. Sunday.

Dinosaurs Revealed – Travel back 252 million years to discover dinosaurs that inhabited what is now North America. Your hands-on trek will bring you face-to-face with 26 life-size dinosaurs. The world premiere of Dinosaurs Revealed is on exhibit through Jan. 6 at Union Station.

Ramsey Lewis, a living legend of jazz, will open the Folly Jazz Series season on Thursday at the Folly.

Folly Theater opens its 36th season of the Folly Jazz Series with a special performance by the iconic Ramsey Lewis and the Urban Knights at 8 p.m. Thursday. Lewis is best known as an icon in the contemporary jazz scene, performing on the piano for over 50 years with cross over into the pop & R&B charts.

Haunted Houses – With Edge of Hell, The Beast and Macabre Cinema, all set in multi-storied commercial buildings built around 1900, the West Bottoms is home to three of the Midwest top attractions. For tickets and schedules, visit Full Moon Productions.

Ben Folds returns to Downtown KC this week for two performances with the Kansas City Symphony. (Photo by Ben Folds.)

Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts will feature seven breathtaking performances this week, including:

  • West Side Story – Keep your friends close, and your enemies closer. The Lyric Opera presents this Broadway and film classic with the original symphonic score and Jerome Robbins choreography in three performances this week at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday and Friday, along with the finale at 2 p.m. Sunday in the Muriel Kauffman Theatre.
  • Ben Folds – The rock sensation returns to KC this week for two performances with the Kansas City Symphony at 7 p.m. Monday and Tuesday in Helzberg Hall. Hear this one-of-a-kind performance packed with fan favorites like “Brick” plus Folds’ latest orchestral arrangements.
  • The Philadelphia Orchestra featuring conductor Yannick Nézet-Séguin, music director of both the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra and The Philadelphia Orchestra, in his Harriman-Jewell Series debut at 7 p.m. Wednesday in Helzberg Hall.
  • Andrew Bird – The classically trained violinist and an expert whistler (for real!), the Los Angeles-based Bird joins the Kansas City Symphony for an fun evening – complete with a distinct indie rock style, blending swing, gypsy, calypso and folk – with seating in the round at 8 p.m. Saturday in Helzberg Hall.

Knuckleheads Saloon– the hottest honky tonk in the Big Town – features 11 smokin’ shows this week, including the Taj Mahal Trio with Otis Taylor at 8 p.m. Thursday, the Buddy Holly Show with Zachary Stevenson at 8:30 p.m. Friday; and Izabel Crane at 9 p.m. Saturday.

The Best of Second City will light up Downtown on Wednesday at The Midland.

The Midland will feature Chicago’s legendary sketch and improv comedy theater, The Best of Second Citywhen it returns to KC at 8 p.m. Wednesday. This must-see show features the best sketches and songs from The Second City’s history made famous by superstars like Tina Fey, Stephen Colbert, Steve Carell, Gilda Radner, Bill Murray and more–as well as their trademark improvisation.

Open Spaces is transforming Kansas City’s parks, urban spaces, galleries, performance halls and outdoor stages over the next five weeks with an all-new citywide festival based in Swope Park. The complete Open Spaces calendar for this week is located at openspaces.com.

Power & Light District will feature The Revivalists with Mondo Cozmo in a Coors Light Block Party at 8 p.m. Friday in the KC Live! Block.

Sprint Center will light up Downtown at 7:30 p.m. Thursday with the King of Bachata, Romeo Santos, as he sets a course on the second leg of his  worldwide tour.

The Truman will be flying high this week with back-to-back concerts, featuring its free First Birthday Bash with Summer Breeze – the yacht rock party band – and Hot Suede at 8 p.m. Friday, and Giorgio Moroder at 9 p.m. Saturday.

This Coterie world premiere by Kevin Wilmott is now showing at Crown Center.

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

  • Becoming Martin – This world premiere centers on the mentorship Martin Luther King, Jr., receives when he enters Morehouse College at age 15. Through debate over civil disobedience concepts, Morehouse College President, Dr. Benjamin Mays, sets young MLK on a path towards fighting for civil rights. This play is a Coterie commissioned work by noted filmmaker, screenwriter, director, and playwright, Kevin Willmott. Performances run through Oct. 21 at The Coterie at Crown Center.
  • Broadway and All That Jazz – From the ridiculous to the sublime to the breadlines, American popular culture rode a roller coaster of epic proportions in the 1920s and 30s. Throughout it all, the founders of the Great American Songbook – George and Ira Gershwin, Harold Arlen, Dorothy Fields, Jerome Kern – produced timeless songs for jazz clubs and Broadway stages that is captured in this Songbook of the 20s and 30s that opens Friday and runs through Oct. 28 at the Quality Hill Playhouse.
  • A Moon for the Misbegotten – Eugene O’Neill’s final play, a rare sympathetic turn from the Nobel Laureate and Pulitzer Prize-winner, this play offers powerful reflections on desire, family and sacrifice. This Kansas City Actors Theatre production runs through Sunday at the City Stage at Union Station.
  • My Fair Lady – When Lerner and Loewe’s production opened on Broadway, it collected six Tony Awards (including Best Musical) while the film version took home eight Oscars, including Best Picture. Based on George Bernard Shaw’s play Pygmalion, this is that rare musical by which all others are measured. My Fair Lady runs through Sunday at the MTH Theater at Crown 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

Sharks, Jets & Martin headline the week ahead in Downtown

This Coterie world premiere by Kevin Wilmott opens Tuesday at Crown Center.

From the world premiere of a play about MLK to an exhibition of the best photos of the year; from Todd Rungren to Tanya Tucker; and from Samantha Fish to RuPaul; and from an operatic West Side Story to a taste of Hamilton … Downtown Kansas City will be soaring all week long. Roll the highlight reel for the week in arts and entertainment – Monday to Sunday, Sept. 17-23:

Central Library presents Pictures of the Year International – a special exhibition of 50 arresting images by the world’s leading photographers – that runs through Oct. 28. Administered by the Reynolds Journalism Institute at the University of Missouri’s Missouri School of Journalism, it focuses on pivotal events of the past year and ranges from spot news to feature photos.

The legendary Todd Rungren returns to KC on Saturday for an ‘unpredictable” night at Crossroads KC.

Crossroads KC will rock the East Crossroads with two memorable concerts this weekend,, including:

  • Samantha Fishthe local blues phenom, returns to KC with special guests Dirty Dozen Brass Band and Shaw Davis for an 8 p.m. blowout show on Friday;
  • Todd Rungren returns to Downtown KC for an “Unpredictable Evening” at 8 p.m. Saturday.

Dinosaurs Revealed – Travel back 252 million years to discover dinosaurs that inhabited what is now North America. Your hands-on trek will bring you face-to-face with 26 life-size dinosaurs. The world premiere of Dinosaurs Revealed is on exhibit through Jan. 6 at Union Station.

Folly Theater will light up Downtown with four hot ‘n spicy events this week, including:

  • SuicideGirls: Blackheart Burlesque – the sexiest, smartest, geekiest, and most fun definitive pop-culture burlesque show – will light up the Folly at 9 p.m. Monday. The show has been performed hundreds of times, delighted millions of fans in over six countries, and has been touring since 2003.
  • RuPaul’s Drag Race – The official RuPaul’s World Tour, featuring performances by Season 10 finalists, will bring the house down beginning at 9 p.m. Wednesday.
  • Late Night Theatre presents its Las Vegas Legends Show, a benefit for the campy theater troupe, beginning at 8 p.m. Friday. Entertainers will span the many eras of Vegas – opening with retro (’60s) acts, and closing with modern Vegas.
  • Alyson Cambridge, one of the most diverse and compelling vocal artists on the scene today, will perform in a free recital at 7 p.m. Saturday, courtesy of the Harriman Jewell Series.

Haunted Houses – With Edge of Hell, The Beast and Macabre Cinema, all set in multi-storied commercial buildings built around 1900, the West Bottoms is home to three of the Midwest top attractions. For tickets and schedules, visit Full Moon Productions.

Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts will feature four breathtaking performances this week, including:

  • Leslie Odom Jr. – Broadway’s Hamilton star comes to Kansas City! From his Tony® Award-winning role as Aaron Burr in Broadway’s hottest hit, Leslie Odom Jr. joins the Kansas City Symphony for an evening of music that will lift you up beginning at 8 p.m. Saturday.
  • West Side Story – Keep your friends close, and your enemies closer. The Lyric Opera presents this Broadway and film classic with the original symphonic score and Jerome Robbins choreography in five performances beginning at 7:30 p.m. Saturday and continuing until Sunday, Sept. 30 in the Muriel Kauffman Theatre.
  • Conservatory Artist Series presents the Conservatory Wind Symphony in concert at 7 p.m. Sunday in Helzberg Hall. This performance is part of “Remembering WWI: The Conservatory Commemorates Armistice Day.” Featured repertoire includes works by composers and musicians who lived through, and even fought in the Great War.

Knuckleheads Saloon– the hottest honky tonk in the Big Town – features 11 smokin’ shows this week, including two of the biggest of the year featuring Tanya Tucker with Jamie Wyatt at 8:30 p.m. Friday, and Ronnie Millsap at 8:30 p.m. Saturday. Yep, that’s smokin’, all right.

The Midland will feature Iron & Wine, a rock star on the burgeoning indie-folk/Americana scene, at 8 p.m. Friday. Special guest is Erin Rae.

Open Spaces is transforming Kansas City’s parks, urban spaces, galleries, performance halls and outdoor stages over the next six weeks with an all-new citywide festival based in Swope Park. The complete Open Spaces calendar for this week is located at openspaces.com.

Power & Light District will feature DIPLO with Loud Luxury for the Mix 93.3 End of Summer Bash at 8 p.m. Friday in the at KC Live! Block.

J. Cole. Sprint Center. Tuesday night.

Sprint Center will be smokin’ hot this week with two long-awaited performances, including:

  • J. Cole with special guests Young Thug, Jaden Smith and EarthGang roll into Downtown for a 7:30 p.m. show on Tuesday – part of a 34-city tour in support of his chart-topping album, KOD.
  • Fall Out Boy brings its red-hot M A N I A tour to the Big Town at 7 p.m. Friday, featuring Machine Gun Kelly and Nothing Nowhere.

The Truman will shake up the East Crossroads with one big show, featuring Lecrae & Andy Mineo with special guests WHATUPRG, NOBIGDYL and Wordsplayed at 7:30 p.m. Friday.

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

  • Becoming Martin – This world premiere centers on the mentorship Martin Luther King, Jr., receives when he enters Morehouse College at age 15. Through debate over civil disobedience concepts, Morehouse College President, Dr. Benjamin Mays, sets young MLK on a path towards fighting for civil rights. This play is a Coterie commissioned work by noted filmmaker, screenwriter, director, and playwright, Kevin Willmott. Performances begin Tuesday and continue through Oct. 21 at The Coterie at Crown Center.
  • A Moon for the Misbegotten – Eugene O’Neill’s final play, a rare sympathetic turn from the Nobel Laureate and Pulitzer Prize-winner, this play offers powerful reflections on desire, family and sacrifice. This Kansas City Actors Theatre production runs through Sept. 30 at the City Stage at Union Station.
  • My Fair Lady – When Lerner and Loewe’s production opened on Broadway, it collected six Tony Awards (including Best Musical) while the film version took home eight Oscars, including Best Picture. Based on George Bernard Shaw’s play Pygmalion, this is that rare musical by which all others are measured. My Fair Lady runs through Sept. 30 at the MTH Theater at Crown 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

Downtown A&E scene will be riding high all week

Music legends Ben Harper, right, and Charlie Musselwhite will present a concert for the ages on Wednesday at the Midland Theatre.

From Robert Plant to Ben Harper & Charlie Musselwhite; from Beethoven’s Concerto to Maroon 5; and from the Grub Fest to the KC Beer Fest, Downtown will be soaring all week long. Roll the highlight reel for the week in arts and entertainment – Monday to Sunday, Sept. 10-16:

Central Library presents Pictures of the Year International = a special exhibition of 50 arresting images by the world’s leading photographers – that opens Saturday and continues through Oct. 28. Administered by the Reynolds Journalism Institute at the University of Missouri’s Missouri School of Journalism, it focuses on pivotal events of the past year and ranges from spot news to feature photos.

City Market welcomes the return of Grub Crawl, a River Market foodie adventure from 6-9 p.m. Saturday. Each of 16 dining stops on the Grub Crawl walking tour offers a taste or small plate. Between bites, enjoy live music along the route. For tickets and more information, Grub Crawl 2018. Don’t delay… the Crawl is expected to sell out early.

Crossroads KC will rock the big town with three huge, back-to-back shows, including Dispatch with Nahko & Medicine for the People at 7 p.m. Thursday; Free Fridays presenting the Lucas Parker Band, 3 Son Green and Dyain Guthrie & The Good Times Guys at 7 p.m. Friday; and Monsters of Mock with Almost Kiss and KC/DC at 8 p.m. Saturday.

Dinosaurs Revealed – Travel back 252 million years to discover dinosaurs that inhabited what is now North America. Your hands-on trek will bring you face-to-face with 26 life-size dinosaurs. The world premiere of Dinosaurs Revealed is on exhibit through Jan. 6 at Union Station.

Grammy-winner Gillian Welch returns to Kansas City on Friday with a special performance at the Folly Theater.

Folly Theater will light up Downtown with two special nights this week, including:

  • Bang on a Can All Stars and KC Chorale – Thirty years ago, New York composers Michael Gordon, David Lang and Julia Wolfe launched Bang on a Can as a way to bring musicians and audiences together from across genres and create a vibrant international community to support innovation through music. They have since performed in concert halls and museums all over the world, and for their Kansas City debut – at 7:30 p.m. Thursday – and in collaboration with the Kansas City Chorale, the sextet will perform Wolfe’s powerful Anthracite Fields, which won the 2016 Pulitzer Prize for Music.
  • Gillian Welch – The Grammy-award winner returns to Kansas City to perform her signature roots and Americana music at 8 p.m. Friday. Welch will be honored next month as the recipient of the Thomas Wolfe Prize for Literature, which recognizes contemporary writers with a distinguished body of work. She will be the first musician to ever receive the award.

Hallmarket: A Hallmark Art Festival – Open to the public, this FREE, family-friendly event celebrates the creativity and talent of Hallmark employees from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday at Crown Center Square.  Enjoy live music, interactive activities, food and beverage options. Plus, attendees can interact with and purchase artwork directly from employees of one of the world’s largest creative communities at Hallmark.

KC Beer Fest returns for its 10th annual edition from 3-6 p.m. Saturday at the Power & Light District.  Taste more than 200 hand-picked craft beers from around the world while enjoying live music, food trucks & and more! For tickets and more details visit kcbeerfest.com

Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts will feature five performances of the Kansas City Symphony this week, including:

Knuckleheads Saloon– the hottest honky tonk in the Big Town – features 14 smokin’ shows this week, including Amanda Fish new album release show at 8 p.m. Friday; David Basse at 8:30 p.m. Saturday; and Jake La Botz at 6 p.m. Sunday in the Gospel Lounge.

Robert Plant will rule Downtown with a special performance on Monday at the Midland.

The Midland will blow up the Downtown music scene this week with three over-the-top concerts in three consecutive nights, including:

National WWI Museum and Memorial presents For Liberty: The American Jewish Experience in WWI now through Nov. 11 in the Wylie Gallery. Hailed as “remarkably prescient” by The New York Times, this special exhibition examines the American Jewish battlefield and homefront participation through a series of remarkable stories and objects.

Open Spaces is transforming Kansas City’s parks, urban spaces, galleries, performance halls and outdoor stages over the next seven weeks with an all-new citywide festival based in Swope Park. The complete Open Spaces calendar for this week is located at openspaces.com.

Marvel Universe Live! Age of Heroes will rule the Sprint Center over six performances of this all-new arena stunt show from Friday through Sunday.

Sprint Center will be smokin’ this week with seven performances, including:

  • Maroon 5 with special guest Julia Michaels will present their Red Pill Blues Tour at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday; and
  • Marvel Universe Live! The Avengers, the Guardians of the Galaxy and Spider-Man join forces with Doctor Strange, master of the mystic arts, in a race against time to recover the Wand of Watoomb before it falls into Loki’s hands in this all-new, spectacular arena stunt show over six performances beginning at 7 p.m. Friday and continuing through the finale at 5 p.m. Sunday.

The Truman will shake up the East Crossroads with a performance by Nothing But Thieves, featuring special guests Grandson and Demob Happy, at 8 p.m. Saturday.

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

  • Elephant – a new play by Lewis Morrow about racism in the workplace – runs through Sunday at The Living Room.
  • A Moon for the Misbegotten – Eugene O’Neill’s final play, a rare sympathetic turn from the Nobel Laureate and Pulitzer Prize-winner, this play offers powerful reflections on desire, family and sacrifice. This Kansas City Actors Theatre production opens Wednesday and runs through Sept. 30 at the City Stage at Union Station.
  • My Fair Lady – When Lerner and Loewe’s production opened on Broadway, it collected six Tony Awards (including Best Musical) while the film version took home eight Oscars, including Best Picture. Based on George Bernard Shaw’s play Pygmalion, this is that rare musical by which all others are measured. My Fair Lady returns on Thursday and runs through Sept. 30 at the MTH Theater at Crown 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

Byrds, Symphony, CMFKC to raise the bar this week

From The Byrds to Marty Stuart; from the Crossroads Music Fest to Sweetheart of the Rodeo; from Harry Potter and the KC Symphony to The KC Chalk and Walk Festival … Downtown will be riding high all First Friday week long. Roll the highlight reel for the week in arts and entertainment – Labor Day Monday to Sunday, Sept. 3-9:

The annual, free Kansas City Chalk & Walk Festival returns to Crown Center this weekend.

Chalk & Walk Festival returns this weekend, as artists use pastel chalks as their medium and pavement as their canvas. You are invited to this free event and to experience the creation of these street paintings, interact with the artists, enjoy street performers, Children’s Creative Corridor and Workshops from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday at Crown Center.

Local legends Puddle of Mudd will top off three back-to-back rockin’ nights at the Crossroads KC outdoor stage this week.

Crossroads KC will rock the big town with three huge shows, including Firefall with Pure Prairie League at 8 p.m. Thursday; Play On KC featuring The Sneakers, the Atomic 50’s, John El & Modern Culture, The MGDs, Chris Meck & The Second Sons and the Nick Schnebelen Band beginning at 6 p.m. Friday, and Puddle of Mudd with Saliva, The Veer Union, Tantric and Shallow Side beginning at 7 p.m. Saturday.

Crossroads Music Fest is baaack this Saturday! This 14th annual celebration of local music in the Crossroads Arts District – featuring 30+ artists at eight venues in a three-block area – is a fundraiser 90.1 FM – Kansas City Community Radio. Headliners include Radkey with Quixotic performers and Hembree at recordBar beginning at 10 p.m., but the fireworks will be blasting through the district all day and night. The day begins at 11 a.m. with MixMaster at the Exchange at The Lead Bank; shifts to day parties from noon- 5 p.m. at Brewery Emperial and Josey Records; turns toward evening at 6 p.m. with City of Drums and three drum lines in preparation for the CMFKC rock fest from 7 p.m.-2 a.m.

Dinosaurs Revealed – Travel back 252 million years to discover dinosaurs that inhabited what is now North America. Your hands-on trek will bring you face-to-face with 26 life-size dinosaurs. The world premiere of Dinosaurs Revealed is on exhibit through Jan. 6 at Union Station.

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

  • City Market will be showcasing local artists who want to demonstrate their techniques and exhibit their works during Be Part of the Art from 6-10 p.m. in Pavilion 1 at City Market Square. This is a free event, but pre-registration is required.
  • 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.
  • First Friday on the Vine is a cultural experience of music, art, food, and shopping on every First Friday year round. Shop local artists and a diverse array of food trucks. from 5-9 p.m. And, all of the neighbors in the Historic 18th & Vine Jazz District present lively entertainment!
  • 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.

Byrds co-founders Roger McGuinn and Chris Hillman (center and right) together again, along with country all-star, Marty Stuart and his amazing band for a once-in-a-lifetime visit to the Rodeo on Sunday evening at the Folly Theater.

Folly Theater will play host to the Sweetheart of the Rodeo tour, as The Byrds Roger McGuinn and Chris Hillman mark the 50th anniversary of the band’s pioneering country-rock album. Marty Stuart and his Fabulous Superlatives will join the Byrds’ duo on stage, as they perform songs and tell the stories behind the 1968 LP, one of Rolling Stone‘s 500 Greatest Albums of All Time. The fun begins at 7:30 p.m. Sunday.

Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts returns to form this week with five performances that mark the beginning of the fall season of performances, including:

  • Kansas City Symphony presents Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Askaban in concert at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Thursday and Friday, and 4 p.m. Sunday in Helzberg Hall. Based on the third installment of J.K. Rowling’s classic saga, fans of all ages will experience the thrilling tale accompanied by the Symphony as Harry soars across the big screen.
  • The Punch Brothersthe acoustic quintet, will make their KC debut at 7 p.m. Sunday in the Muriel Kauffman Theatre. Says The Washington Post, “With enthusiasm and experimentation, Punch Brothers take bluegrass to its next evolutionary stage, drawing equal inspiration from the brain and the heart.”

Knuckleheads Saloon– the hottest honky tonk in the Big Town – features 10 smokin’ shows this week, including at KY 102 Reunion with Ozark Mountain Daredevils & The Snot Rockets with an after-party with Way Too Famous beginning at 8 p.m. Friday.

The Midland will bring a little levity into our hearts this week, as Jeanne Robertson stops in KC to charm audience with humorous observations about life around her. This former Miss North Carolina, standing tall at six-foot-two, has an infectious personality, heart and sense of humor. The fun begins at 8 p.m. Friday.

National WWI Museum and Memorial presents For Liberty: The American Jewish Experience in WWI now through Nov. 11 in the Wylie Gallery. Hailed as “remarkably prescient” by The New York Times, this special exhibition examines the American Jewish battlefield and homefront participation through a series of remarkable stories and objects.

Open Spaces is transforming Kansas City’s parks, urban spaces, galleries, performance halls and outdoor stages over the next 10 weeks with an all-new citywide festival based in Swope Park. The complete Open Spaces calendar for this week is located at openspaces.com.

Power & Light District will light up the heart of Downtown this week with two special events, including a concert by the Brooklyn indie electronic duo Matt and Kim at 8 p.m. Friday and a Sprint Family Fun Days event – It’s a Jungle Out There – from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday in the KC Live! Block.

Sprint Center will be dark this week, but will return next with Maroon 5 on Sept. 11 and the Marvel Universe Live! on Sept. 14-16.

LIVE THEATER is thriving on Downtown stages, although each one will be dark this week. The fall theater season will in mid-September.

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