The Toughest Kid in the World @ H & R Block City Stage - Union Station
Jan 28 @ 2:00 pm

This musical play uses humor, songs and lively action to explore the difficult subject of violence and bullying in modern American society.

Recording Preview Concert: Holst’s The Perfect Fool @ Helzberg Hall | Kauffman Center
Jan 29 @ 7:00 pm

Michael Stern, music director

This exciting recording session preview concert spotlights the masterful works of Gustav Holst to be featured on the Kansas City Symphony’s next CD release. We’ll explore Holst’s jovial ballet music from his opera The Perfect Fool, and the celestial celebration that is The Planets. Share a heavenly musical experience with your family and friends at the Symphony. All seats are only $15 each, inclusive of service charges.

Tango Buenos Aires: Song of Eva Perón @ Yardley Hall - Johnson County Community College
Jan 29 @ 7:30 pm

Electrifying athleticism and sensual graceful moves are all part of an intertwining classic story. Heartache, revenge and pulsating desire will make you realize the artistry behind this troupe is pure passion.

Tango Buenos Aires has become one of Argentina’s great cultural exports, known throughout the Americas, Europe and the Far East as the most authentic and uncompromising representative of the Tango.

Use your program as a fan ’cause it’s gonna get HOT!

Song of Eva Perón
Starting from nothing but propelled by the influence of the Tango, which she first heard while growing up in the slums of Buenos Aires, Eva Perón ultimately became Argentina’s First Lady. The “Song of Eva Perón,” inspired by the most important feminine character in Argentinian history, traces her epic life, from her ascent to fame in the 1930s to her death in 1952. This is a sparkling and poignant spectacle, brought to life by Argentina’s most famous dance troupe, Tango Buenos Aires.

Lobby Entertainment at 6:30 p.m.

Piece by Piece: Building a Collection @ Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art
Jan 30 – Apr 26 all-day

Open Tues.–Thurs. 10–4, Fri.–Sat. 10–9, Sun. 11–5

Piece by Piece: Building a Collection, is an exhibition of works of art from the Kansas City-based collection of Christy and Bill Gautreaux. Piece by Piece: Building a Collection, explores a selection of 32 objects by 25 national and international artists that evoke meditations on process, pattern, and material. Together the works engage with themes of abstraction, the body and gesture, race and politics, as well as landscape and geography; ultimately coalescing into the distinguished vision and influence of the collector in the building and shaping of a unique collection. The Gautreauxes were recently named by ARTnews among 200 of the world’s top art collectors.

Artists include Sanford Biggers, McArthur Binion, Nick Cave, Leonardo Drew, Andrew Erdos, Teresita Fernandez, Vibha Galhotra, Jeffrey Gibson, Michelle Grabner, Aimé Mpane, Vik Muniz, Toyin Odutola, Angel Otero, Ebony G. Patterson, Mickalene Thomas, Kara Walker, and more.

2015 Royals FanFest @ Bartle Hall - Kansas City Convention Center
Jan 30 @ 12:00 pm – 9:00 pm

The event will feature autographs sessions with current and former Royals, interactive games for fans of all ages, main stage programming and more! A portion of the proceeds will again benefit Royals Charities.

Ariel Quartet with Alon Goldstein, piano @ The Folly Theater
Jan 30 @ 8:00 pm

Characterized by its youth, brilliant playing, and soulful interpretations, the Ariel Quartet has quickly earned a glowing international reputation. In January 2012 the Quartet was named quartet-in-residence at the University of Cincinnati’s College-Conservatory of Music, a remarkable accomplishment for such a young ensemble and a testament to the Ariel’s skill and dedication to their craft. And in October 2013, the Quartet was selected to receive the Cleveland Quartet Award. Established in 1995, the biennial award honors and promotes an emerging young string quartet whose exceptional artistry demonstrates the potential for a major career.

Formed in Israel, the Quartet moved to the United States in 2004 to continue its professional studies as the resident ensemble at the New England Conservatory’s prestigious Professional String Quartet Training Program. Since their graduation in 2010, the Ariel has won a number of international prizes, including the Grand Prize at the 2006 Fischoff National Chamber Music Competition and third prize at the Banff International String Quartet Competition in 2007. At that same Banff competition, the quartet was also awarded the Székely Prize for their performance of Bartók. The American Record Guide described the Ariel Quartet’s performance at the 2007 Banff Competition as “a consummate ensemble gifted with utter musicality and remarkable interpretive power” and called their performance of Beethoven’s Op. 132 “the pinnacle of the competition.”

In addition to performing the traditional quartet repertoire, the Ariel Quartet regularly collaborates with many musicians and composers, including such artists as pianists Menahem Pressler and Roman Rabinovich; the American and Jerusalem String Quartets; violist Roger Tapping, and cellist Paul Katz. The Ariel also served as quartet-in-residence in the Steans Music Institute at the Ravinia Festival for two consecutive years.

Taught by Paul Katz, Donald Weilerstein, Miriam Fried, Kim Kashkashian, and Martha Strongin Katz, among others, the Quartet has received extensive scholarship support for the members’ studies in the United States from the America-Israel Cultural Foundation, Dov and Rachel Gottesman, and the Legacy Heritage Fund. Most recently, they were awarded a substantial grant from The A. N. and Pearl G. Barnett Family Foundation.

2015 Royals FanFest @ Bartle Hall - Kansas City Convention Center
Jan 31 @ 9:00 am – 7:00 pm

The event will feature autographs sessions with current and former Royals, interactive games for fans of all ages, main stage programming and more! A portion of the proceeds will again benefit Royals Charities.

Nineteenth Annual Art for the Children @ Intercontinental Kansas City at the Plaza
Feb 7 @ 6:30 pm – 11:00 pm

Join Medical Missions Foundation (MMF) friends and volunteers for a delightful evening of celebration and fun!

Enjoy fantastic food, meet great people and have the opportunity to bid on fabulous works of art, travel packages, gift certificates from local businesses and indigenous crafts brought back from MMF missions from around the globe!
Dance the night away to the music of Superfly and reunite with your fellow volunteers, all while supporting Medical Missions Foundation.

4th Annual Pink Friday Trivia Night @ Brew Top Pub
Feb 20 @ 1:00 pm

Collect your 7 smartest friends and build your power trivia team! In addition to a trivia competition, there will be a silent auction and raffle. Don’t delay, this event will sell out.

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