Art Exhibition in Washington Square Park, Opening Reception, Thur. 9/10

AitSmapweb_Page_1This fall, residents and art enthusiasts of all ages are invited to Washington Square Park to enjoy public art installations as part of the City’s first Art in the Square Exhibit. Art in the Square is an initiative of the City of Kansas City to showcase public art while reinforcing the City’s commitment to investing in local artists. The five featured artists, Jake Balcom, Denise DiPiazzo, Rie Egawa, Kati Toivanen, and William Vannerson, were chosen by a selection panel of arts professionals and business and civic representatives.

The exhibit’s opening reception will take place in Washington Square Park on Thursday, September 10 from 5:30 until 7 p.m. Residents and art enthusiasts are invited to meet the artists, view the art installations, and enjoy live music and local food trucks.

Art in the Square is made possible through collaboration between the City’s Municipal Art Commission and the Parks and Recreation Department. The exhibit represents a unique collection of thought-provoking artwork that ranges from whimsical to innovative. The first Art in the Square exhibit, which will be placed in Washington Square Park, will feature artwork from five local artists. This outdoor gallery is free and open to the public from September 10 through December 21.

Click here for additional information about the art installations and the artists.

Downtown Replay Sound & Dance Performance in Oppenstein Park, Thursday 9/10

Kacico Dancers. Photo by Madison Kludy

Kacico Dancers. Photo by Madison Kludy

This Thursday, September 10, at 11:30am in Oppenstein Park, choreographer Lauren Thompson, of Kacico Dance, and Sound Designer/Composer Jonathan Robertson will create a sound and movement experience utilizing microphones and dancers to capture naturally occurring sound and movement in real time, and fold back that sensory experience for the public to reinterpret. The dancers are scheduled to perform three 30 minute sets, 11:30am-12:00pm, 12:15pm-12:45pm, 1:00pm-1:30pm, while the sound performance plays throughout.

The choreography will utilize the forms and shapes from the existing Celestial Flyways and Star Disk artwork by Laura DeAngelis commissioned by Art in the Loop in 2009.

With microphones placed strategically in areas of heavy traffic the sound designer, Jonathan Robertson, will record and reuse the naturally occurring noise to create an atmosphere that takes these sounds out of context. As people pass the microphones, they unwittingly help to compose a new sound atmosphere. The goal of this performance is to create an interactive and generative feedback loop that is site specific. Audience members are highly encouraged to engage with the artwork by becoming noisemakers to help feed into the sound system, and also to engage with the dancers to inspire improvisational movement.

Lauren Thompson holds a BFA in dance from the University of Missouri-Kansas City. She has performed with several groups in the Kansas City area and currently works with Kacico Dance.

Sound designer and composer Jonathan Robertson has worked on several productions in Kansas City area, including work with the UMKC and the Unicorn Theater. Jonathan holds a Master of Music from the University of Missouri-Kansas City.

Learn more about Downtown Replay and view images from a previous performance at the KCATA’s 10th & Main Transit Center here: http://www.downtownkc.org/portfolio-item/lauren-thompson/

 

 

Cat Mahari & Friends: Insta-bility, in Oppenstein Park, Thursday, September 3rd

If you are an active member of the Downtown community you’ve probably noticed the plastic bag installation growing across the entrance of Oppenstein Park, located at 12th and Walnut.

This Thursday, September 3rd in Oppenstein Park at 11:30 am, Art in the Loop presents a choreographed performance by Cat Mahari, Joshie G Falcon and Frank Monki Pham: Insta-bility. This dance performance will center on exploring personal identity, and the societal relationship held between ourselves and the environment. This piece will be informed and shaped by Minh DuPha’s large scale canopy installation of the same name. They will be performing multiple sets at 11:45am, 12:30pm, and 1pm.

Cat Mahari is a professional movement artist, a current artist resident at Charlotte Street Foundation, and a recording artist. She recently performed at the TEDxYouth@StateLineRoad:

 

Frank Pham is a professional dancer, aspiring danceFrankMonk therapist, and part of the dance group, “Boogie Munstars Family” founded here in Kansas City.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Art in the Loop

This performance is part of the 2015 Art in the Loop Project.  Visit www.artintheloop.com to learn about additional performances and our temporary installations. Check our social media outlets for regular updates, Facebook.com/ArtintheLoop and @ArtintheLoop.

The 2015 Art in the Loop project is presented with the support of the City of Kansas City, Missouri, the Missouri Arts Council – a state agency, ArtsKC, the Downtown Council of Kansas City and our generous corporate sponsors.

Lauren Thompson & Jonathan Robertson: Downtown Replay, Tuesday, Sep. 1st

Art imitates life, life imitates art – this is the feedback loop that creates Downtown Replay, an exploration through movement and sound.

This Tuesday, September 1, at 11:30am in the KCATA Transit Plaza, choreographer Lauren ThompsonKacico, of Kacico Dance, and Sound Designer/Composer Jonathan Robertson will create this sound and movement experience utilizing microphones and dancers to capture naturally occurring sound and movement in real time, and fold back that sensory experience for the public to reinterpret. The dancers are scheduled to perform three 30 minute sets, 11:30am-12:00pm, 12:15pm-12:45pm, 1:00pm-1:30pm, while the sound performance plays throughout.

The choreography will utilize the forms and shapes already present in another Art in the Loop project from 2005, Uplifted Arms. This original project took the ordinary and everyday out of context, challenging our view of the mundanity. Dancers will imitate, and integrate the movement and postures of the sculptures, as well as those in attendance, to give each pedestrian’s everyday movements a new platform and forum for expression. With microphones placed strategically in areas of heavy traffic the sound designer, Jonathan Robertson, will record and reuse the naturally occurring noise to create an atmosphere that takes these sounds out of context. As people pass the microphones, they unwittingly help to compose a new sound atmosphere. The goal of this performance is to create an interactive and generative feedback loop that is site specific. Audience members are highly encouraged to engage with the artwork by becoming noisemakers to help feed into the sound system, and also to engage with the dancers to inspire improvisational movement.

fountain busLauren Thompson holds a BFA in dance from the University of Missouri-Kansas City. She has performed with several groups in the Kansas City area and currently works with Kacico Dance.

Sound designer and composer Jonathan Robertson has worked on several productions in Kansas City area, including work with the UMKC and the Unicorn Theater. Jonathan holds a Master of Music from the University of Missouri-Kansas City.

 

 

 

Art in the Loop

This performance is part of the 2015 Art in the Loop Project.  Visit www.artintheloop.com to learn about additional performances and our temporary installations. Check our social media outlets for regular updates, Facebook.com/ArtintheLoop and @ArtintheLoop.

The 2015 Art in the Loop project is presented with the support of the City of Kansas City, Missouri, the Missouri Arts Council – a state agency, ArtsKC, the Downtown Council of Kansas City and our generous corporate sponsors.

Broken String Latin Jazz Trio, in Oppenstein Park, THURSDAY, August 27th

Have a penchant for jazz? Flamenco? How about a three piece band specializing in both and MORE?

This Thursday, August 27, from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. in Oppenstein Park, Art in the Loop presents, BrokenStringLookingAtSkylineURLBroken String Latin Jazz Trio. Broken String creates guitar and percussion driven soundscapes filled with a delightfully fresh spirit and soul. Artfully integrating traditional North American Jazz, authentic Spanish Flamenco, the Pat Metheny songbook, Brazilian music, and much more, the trio provides audiences with captivating performances that thrill the musical senses. Broken String will be playing two 50 minute sets, one starting at 11:30am and the other beginning at 12:40pm.

Michael McClintock – Guitar graduated from the nationally acclaimed Conservatory of Music and Dance at the University of Missouri-Kansas City, with a Bachelor of Music in Guitar Performance in 2006. While at the Conservatory, he studied under classical guitar master Douglas Niedt. Following graduation, Michael continued his studies with four-time Grammy Nominee Rod Fleeman, and, has established himself squarely in the center of the Kansas City music scene.

BrokenStringStreetCarURLJarrod Stephenson – Guitar began playing music at a very young age. In 2002, his thirst for something more inspired him to attend the Conservatory of Music and Dance at the University of Missouri-Kansas City, where he was honored with the Greensburg Guitar Scholarship for his studies. In addition to performing solo Classical repertoire under the study of the prestigious Douglas Niedt, Jarrod had an active interest in Jazz which led him to study with the renowned jazz guitarist Rod Fleeman. In 2006, Jarrod received his Bachelor’s of Music Degree in Guitar Performance, at which point he began exploring the art form of Flamenco.

John Currey – Percussion is the Director of Marimba Sol de Chiapas Mexican Marimba Ensemble, was an original Union Station Cast Member of Sticks of Thunder, holds a bachelor’s degree in percussion performance from Stephen F. Austin State University, and a master’s degree in percussion performance from the Conservatory of Music at the University of Missouri-Kansas City, where he teaches for the Conservatory’s Community Music & Dance Academy. John is Percussionist for the Kansas City Brassworks, has played timpani for the Kansas City Ballet Orchestra, and, extra timpani and percussion with the Kansas City Symphony. Numerous performance credits include appearances with the Czech National Orchestra, newEar contemporary chamber ensemble, nationally-touring productions of Broadway’s Evita and Ragtime, the Chico Symphony, the Kansas City Chamber Orchestra, the American Ballet Theatre, and the Caribbean Steel pan band. He has played percussion at the Sunflower Music Festival, and served two years as Principal Timpanist for the Western Slope Music Festival in Crested Butte, Colorado, where he toured with the Kansas City Brass. A member of the Tri-Percussion group, the Flamenco dance and music ensemble De los Barrios, Broken String, and an arranger for the former Marimba Yajalón, John has toured throughout the United States, Mexico, and Western Europe.

Art in the Loop

This performance is part of the 2015 Art in the Loop Project.  Visit www.artintheloop.com to learn about additional performances and our temporary installations. Check our social media outlets for regular updates, Facebook.com/ArtintheLoop and @ArtintheLoop.

The 2015 Art in the Loop project is presented with the support of the City of Kansas City, Missouri, the Missouri Arts Council – a state agency, ArtsKC, the Downtown Council of Kansas City and our generous corporate sponsors.

Camry Ivory: Coloratura in Oppenstein Park, July 16th

Synesthesia is a condition of mixed sensations. The stimulus of one sensory experience involuntarily triggers the reactionary sensation of another sense. This neurological phenomenon is the conceptual basis of this week’s performance.

This Thursday, July 16th in Oppenstein Park from 11:30 am to 1:30 pm, singer-songwriter Camry Ivory will be performing and inviting the public to experience the sensational and tactile performance that is Coloratura:

Coloratura: Explorations of Music & Art is a multimedia project that combines visual art and music by converting paint brushes and canvas into a midi controller that can create and manipulate live music. As the paint touches the canvas, musical tones will be emitted, creating a synesthetic experience, stimulating multiple senses at once. Instead of the art inspiring the music or the music inspiring the art, both are created simultaneously. Coloratura encourages audience members to reconsider the intersection of visual and performing arts as well as to participate in the creative process themselves.

969047_487240058015968_1798276188_nCamry Ivory is a singer-songwriter from Kansas City, claiming both sides of the state line as her home.  She is an active performer in the Kansas City musical scene, lending her vocal and piano talents to various musical endeavors ranging from jazz and funk to folk and experimental pop.

Art in the Loop

This is the second performance of the 2015 Art in the Loop project. Our goal is to infuse Oppenstein Brothers Memorial Park and the center of Downtown Kansas City with innovative and engaging temporary art that will refresh, intrigue and surprise our audience of Downtown employees, residents, and visitors. Equally important, the project will also create opportunities for local emerging and maturing artists to extend their practice into the Downtown environment with curatorial, professional and logistical support.

The 2015 Art in the Loop Project consists of 11 performances and 9 installations. Performances will take place on Thursdays, July 9 through September 3, from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. in Oppenstein Park and at other locations. Artworks will be installed in mid-July and be in place through September.

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The 2015 Art in the Loop project is presented with the support of the City of Kansas City, Missouri, the Missouri Arts Council – a state agency, ArtsKC, the Downtown Council of Kansas City and our generous corporate sponsors.

Maura Garcia: Everybody’s Chance Dance in Oppenstein Park, July 9th

If you had the opportunity to choreograph a dance, what would it look like?
This is the very question Maura Garcia, a local dancer and choreographer, is posing to our community.

Thursday, July 9th, in Oppenstein Park from 11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.,me dancing in the streets
Maura Garcia will create Everybody’s Chance Dance. Inspired by Merce  Cunningham’s Choreography by Chance technique, Liz Lerman’s community engagement strategies and traditional Cherokee values, Garcia will interact with the community by asking questions about the look, form, direction and feel of Everbody’s Chance Dance. Following the responses, Garcia will then invite attendees to join her for the physical creation, rehearsal, and eventual performance
of the completed piece.

Beginning at 11:30 a.m., Maura Garcia will be in Oppenstein Park asking  pedestrians and visitors (along with social media requests) what it is that they would like to experience in this site-specific, community-choreographed piece.

At 12:15 p.m. the choreographing with community volunteers will begin. All are invited to join in! Group rehearsal will follow as members of the community, along with Maura Garcia, learn the site-specific dance of their creation.

The performance of the completed dance will then follow at 1:00 p.m., with an open invitation to perform alongside Garcia! This is the culmination of the event, uniting the community and place together to truly present Everybody’s Chance Dance.

Maura Garcia iIMG_1639s a local dancer/choreographer who collaborates within communities to create stories of identity and place. She is fascinated by stories that have been hidden and the unexpected connections that arise when they are rediscovered. Originally from North Carolina, Garcia is an Indigenous woman (Cherokee and Mattamuskeet) who brings her own mixed-blood southern story to her works. She specializes in multimedia, one-woman shows involving audience participation and community members as performers.  Concerns about the perpetuation of Cherokee lifeways, the environment, and social justice underlie her creations. Garcia uses her art to empower, to form connections, to uplift indigenous cultural values, and to explore the rhythms of the natural world.

Art in the Loop

This is the inaugural performance of the 2015 Art in the Loop project. Our goal is to infuse Oppenstein Brothers Memorial Park and the center of Downtown Kansas City with innovative and engaging temporary art that will refresh, intrigue and surprise our audience of Downtown employees, residents, and visitors. Equally important, the project will also create opportunities for local emerging and maturing artists to extend their practice into the Downtown environment with curatorial, professional and logistical support.

The 2015 Art in the Loop Project consists of 11 performances and 9 installations. Performances will take place on Thursdays, July 9 through September 3, from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. in Oppenstein Park and at other locations. Artworks will be installed in mid-July and be in place through September.

Find out more:

For even more details:

The 2015 Art in the Loop project is presented with the support of the City of Kansas City, Missouri, the Missouri Arts Council – a state agency, ArtsKC, the Downtown Council of Kansas City and our generous corporate sponsors.

‘Assemblage’ exhibit gives life to obsolete things

A new exhibition titled “Some Assemblage Required: Sculptural Work by John Gaunt” will feature more than 25 sculptures and drawings. The show opens on Friday at The Box Gallery, 1100 Walnut.

The Box Gallery in Downtown KC will open a unique “Assemblage” of artwork on Friday.

Lawrence-based John Gaunt has held a life-long interest in drawing, but over the last few years has developed a body of philosophical and anthropomorphic sculptural work in his home studio. Gaunt animates found metal objects by energizing obsolete machine parts that would otherwise be consigned to the scrap heap.

Gaunt’s Box Gallery show is one of many artists, galleries and studios to participate in First Friday arts activities on Friday evening in the Crossroads Arts District.

Gaunt served as Dean of the School of Architecture, Design & Planning at The University of Kansas, for 21 years, stepping own in June. The influence of his career as an educator, and an architect who practiced professionally for many years, is evident in the clever construction and effective design of his work.

“My work is in the tradition of ‘Assemblage’ in which the combination and composition of seemingly disparate parts expresses a lyrical idea, symbol, or metaphor – giving new life to obsolete things…, ” Gaunt said.

The show opens on Friday, July 3 and runs through Wednesday, Aug. 26. The opening date begins with an artist reception from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. that is free and open to the public.

The Box Gallery is open to the public Monday-Friday 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Free parking validation is available.

2015 Art in the Loop Kickoff Event: 7/1

ArtintheloopFrom singers, dancers, and musicians to a photographer, and a textile artist, the annual Art in the Loop project infuses downtown Kansas City with a variety of performances and exhibits.

As the four-month series ramps up, participating artists and performers deliver a whirlwind introduction to their works at the 2015 Art in the Loop Kickoff on Wednesday, July 1, 2015, at the Central Library, 14 W. 10th St. They will be introduced by project curator Jessica Borusky, an artist and educator currently living and working in Kansas City through the Charlotte Street Foundation’s studio residency program.  The event begins at 6:30 p.m.

A total of 20 presenters or groups of presenters – offering 11 performances and nine exhibits – are featured in this year’s Art in the Loop, which is designed to bring cultural experiences to downtown employees, residents, and visitors and lend exposure to emerging and maturing artists from the Kansas City area. Most, if not all, will participate in the kickoff.

The lineup:

  • Singer-songwriter and pianist Camry Ivory: Coloratura, explorations of music and art
  • Nick Carswell of the band Carswell and Hope: The Hope Index
  • Performance Artist  Cat Mahari: Insta-bility
  • Visual artist Chris Daharsh: Reflections/Casts
  • Photographer Dan Frueh: Down Around the Corner
  • Artist Don Wilkinson: Work and Progress
  • Artist Jillian Youngbird: A Bear in Kansas City
  • Musician John Currey: Broken String Latin Jazz
  • Artist Kati Toivanen: Lacey Petticoat on Petticoat Lane
  • Textile artist Krista Jo Mustain: Print Party
  • Dancer Lauren Thompson and sound designer Jonathan Robertson: Downtown Replay
  • Dancer Maura Garcia: Everybody’s Chance Dance
  • Installation  artist Min DuPha: Insta-bility
  • Mnemosyne Quartet and Zach Shemon: Anomalous City
  • Artists Paige Hinshaw and Kevin Perkins: Neon Camouflage
  • Artist Shannon White: SkyWAVE
  • The Arts Asylum: Community Tile (community engagement)
  • Conceptual artist Tim Brown: The World Tree
  • Poet and spoken word artist Vincente Perez: B(lack)NESS and LATINI(dad)
  • Performing artist William Bradley: SOLLUS

The kickoff event is co-presented by Downtown Council and the City of Kansas City’s Office of Culture and Creative Services.  A 6 p.m. reception precedes the event. Admission is free.

Click here to RSVP: http://www.kclibrary.org/event/2015-art-loop-kickoff or call 816.701.3407.

Free parking is available in the Library District parking garage at 10th and Baltimore.

The 2015 Art in the Loop series runs through September 2015. Details are posted at artintheloop.com and facebook.com/artintheloop. For more information contact Ann Holliday, ann@downtownkc.org or Jessica Borusky, jessicaborusky@gmail.com

Mnemosyne Quartet and Zach Shemon: June 16th, Prairie Logic

Join us for this experimental music performance on Tuesday, June 16, at 7 p.m. at Prairie Logic (the 6th floor greenspace on the parking garage, above Onelife Fitness Center and just north of Cosentino’s Downtown Market, 1217 Main Street).

Anomalous City

Mnemosyne Quartet and Zach Shemon present Anomalous City.  Their explorational sound defies expectations, adjusting the way we perceive the city-life that surrounds our everyday. Anomalous City will transport you above and beyond the sounds of the natural environment into the urban landscape of Prairie Logic as they introduce the environments of remote landscapes such as the African jungle, Australian Outback, and eventually to the future: a future where an artificially intelligent being becomes active, adding to the sound of the digitally driven modulation. This is a fantastic and incomparable experience that the whole family will enjoy! Anomalous City will feature music composed by members of Mnemosyne Quartet as well as Dr. Mara Gibson.

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Mnemosyne Quartet is dedicated to heightening bystanders’ awareness of the auditory environments they interact with on a daily basis. Mnemosyne not only augments the listener’s physical environment, but also transports the listeners to remote destinations through the use of pre-recorded sound. They specialize in the creation of well-formed improvisation though the integration of old and new technologies. Mnemosyne recently performed for the opening of Adam Cvijanovic’s American Montage at the Kemper Museum of Art. Other notable performances include Analog Drift, a cross-disciplinary ArtSounds performance, and the inaugural Art in the Loop Foundation’s (AILF) 2014 Downtown Kansas City Street Art/Placemaking Pilot Project. Mnemosyne consists of Michael Miller- bass clarinet, Russell Thorpe- saxophone, Ted King-Smith- saxophone, and Eli Hougland- electronics. Mnemosyne Quartet- soundcloud- Stasis Oasis

Zachary Shemon is Assistant Professor of Saxophone at the University of Missouri – Kansas City Conservatory of Music and Dance. Since joining the PRISM quartet in 2007 as the ensemble’s alto saxophonist, he has recorded on the Albany, innova, Naxos, New Dynamic, and New Focus labels and performed on many of the world’s leading festivals for contemporary music including the Bang on a Can Marathon, Beijing Modern Music Festival, and SONiC Festival. He holds degrees from the University of Michigan and Indiana University, where he studied with Donald Sinta and Otis Murphy, respectively. Zachary Shemon is a Conn-Selmer artist and performs on Selmer (Paris) saxophones. As a D’Addario Woodwinds artist, he performs on Reserve reeds and aids in product research and design. Zach Shemon- Prism Quartet

Art in the Loop
This is the inaugural performance for the 2015 Art in the Loop project. Our goal is to infuse Oppenstein Brothers Memorial Park and the center of Downtown Kansas City with innovative and engaging temporary art that will refresh, intrigue and surprise our audience of Downtown employees, residents and visitors. Equally important, the project will also create an opportunity for local emerging and maturing artists to extend their practice into the Downtown environment with curatorial, professional and logistical support.

Artists were recently selected for the 2015 project. Performances, installation dates and other events will be announced soon.  Follow us on FaceBook at www.facebook.com/artintheloop and Twitter @ArtintheLoop for performance and installation updates or visit www.artintheloop.com.  For additional information contact Ann Holliday, program director, ann@downtownkc.org or Jessica Borusky, curator, jessicaborusky@gmail.com.

The 2015 Art in the Loop project is presented through the support of the City of Kansas City, Missouri, the Missouri Arts Council – a state agency, ArtsKC and our generous corporate sponsors.

Pianos on Parade: Let the music begin!

The Downtown Community Improvement District (CID) Ambassadors are planning to set the tone for the Pianos on Parade by playing the public pianos in Oppenstein Park (12th & Walnut), beginning June 1.

The Downtown Community Improvement District (CID) Ambassadors are planning to set the tone for the Pianos on Parade by playing the public pianos in Oppenstein Park (12th & Walnut), beginning June 1.

Downtown Kansas City is on the verge of dancing to a more colorful, musical beat this spring and summer.

Thanks to the Pianos on Parade program, pianos will soon begin to appear in public spaces around Downtown, and throughout greater Kansas City.

“Pianos on Parade (POP) places ‘artistically transformed’ pianos around Kansas City in various outdoor locations for all to play and enjoy,” said Lisa Cattanach, POP chair. “In order to celebrate 100 years of excellence for the Kansas City Music Teachers Association, our goal is to place 100 pianos around our city during the summer of 2015.”

Children and professional artists will be painting these pianos this weekend – Saturday and Sunday – at Union Station, as they prepare to introduce the pianos into public spaces by June 1.

“These pianos will play host to both spontaneous and planned events and concerts throughout the summer. Other pianos will be on tour and will pop up at various outdoor fairs, festivals, restaurant patios, and sporting events, Cattanach explained.

POP is a program of Keys 4/4 Kids, a local nonprofit organization that sells donated pianos and uses the profits to fund charitable programs.

“Follow us on Facebook or visit our events page to find out about all the exciting events around outdoor pianos,” Cattanach said.

 

Memorial Day in KC – sizzling hot in Downtown

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Marilyn Maye will be Jammin’ at the Gem; Gridiron Glory will open at Union Station; and the Kansas City Symphony will have us dancing in the street for Memorial Day during this amazing week ahead in Downtown … and those are just for starters!

Here are the highlights of what’s happening in Downtown KC this Memorial Day week from Wednesday to Wednesday, May 20-27:

Big Seanfeaturing Casey Veggies, will rock Downtown at 8 p.m. Thursday at the Arvest Bank Theatre at the Midland.

Celebration at the Station will light up the skies over Downtown on Sunday night at Union Station.

Celebration at the Station will light up the skies over Downtown on Sunday night at Union Station.

Celebration at the Station – the largest, free Memorial Day celebration in the Midwest, featuring the Kansas City Symphony, fireworks and much more, is set for 8 p.m. Sunday at Union Station.

Central Library will present Why the North Won and Why It All Matters, as historians Terry Beckenbaugh and Ethan S. Rafuse, assess how the North prevailed and why the Civil War remains so compelling today. The program will begin at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Central Library. RSVP here!

Gridiron Glory – featuring the best of the Pro Football Hall of Fame – makes its debut on Saturday at Union Station.

Josh Turnerone of country music hottest young stars, will light up the Muriel Kauffman Theatre at 7:30 p.m. Friday at the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts.

Judy, Barbra, Lizaa musical showcase for the talents of divas Judy Garland, Barbra Streisand and Liza Minelli, opens Friday, May 29 at the Quality Hill Playhouse.

Junior Brownthe country guitar legend, returns to KC for one big night at 10 p.m. Saturday at Knuckleheads Saloon.

Love Song and On An Average Day will be performed in repertory beginning Friday and running through June 28 at The Living Room.

 

Marilyn Maye will be honored by the American Jazz Museum with its Lifetime Achievement Award during a grand evening of entertainment on Saturday at the Gem Theater.

Marilyn Maye will be honored by the American Jazz Museum with its Lifetime Achievement Award during a grand evening of entertainment on Saturday at the Gem Theater.

Marilyn Maye will be Jammin’ at the Gem in a very special evening that begins at at 6:30 p.m. Saturday with a reception and jazz talk, following by a Lifetime Achievement Award and performance at 8 p.m. at the Gem Theater.

Nitro Circus Live – featuring 40 of the world’s best action sports athletes performing in freestyle motocross, BMX and skate – will tear up Downtown at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday (May 20) at Sprint Center.

Shelby Lynne will light up the big town in the Cyprus Avenue Live evening at 8 p.m. Friday at the Folly Theater.

Sister Hazel will rock this town at 8 p.m. Friday at CrossroadsKC at Grinders.

Sticky Trapspresented by the Kansas City Rep, continues through Sunday at the Copaken Stage.

Turnpike Troubadours, featuring Jamestown Revival and Jonny Burke, will be in concert at 8 p.m. Saturday at CrossroadsKC at Grinders.

And, for a more complete look at what’s happening around Kansas City, check out VisitKC.com early and often.