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