The American Jazz Walk of Fame project, which has placed those big bronze medallions in the sidewalk along 18th Street by the museums, gets more ambitious each year. And this year’s induction ceremony and concert, set for Saturday, June 4, is the biggest yet.
The new trailer for the live-action fairy tale nabbed the most views in a day. This could be the biggest Memorial Day weekend, thanks to “Alice” and “X-Men” sequels. And Mark Ruffalo promises a “Hulkier” Hulk and a killer Cate Blanchett in “Thor: Ragnarok.”
“Matilda: The Musical” opened its touring production at Starlight Theatre on Tuesday. It’s as charming and precocious as its heroine, with clever musical numbers, a fantastic child (and adult) cast, ingenious choreography and darkly caricaturized adult characters.
The weekend’s best music includes Diiv at the Bottleneck in Lawrence. And at the FOKL Center, the world’s most dissonant rock band, Sissy Spacek, will create some hellish noises. Next week: Subhumans at the Riot Room and Wheeler Walker Jr. at the Granada
Kansas City Symphony will close out its season with Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9. Ensemble Iberica will present two passionate Latin concerts. And don’t forget: Kansas City Dance Festival, Scott Joplin Ragtime Festival and Summer Music at the Cathedrals.
This week in Kansas City: Zac Brown Band, Mr. Potato Head exhibit, Journey and Doobie Brothers, Celebration at the Station, Buck Night at Kauffman Stadium, Memorial Day weekend at World War I Museum, Schlitterbahn opening day and “Heathers, the Musical.”
Kansas City-bred alto saxophonist Logan Richardson, who this week is paying a visit to his old stomping ground, the Blue Room, on Monday, May 23. KC native Krystle Warren will perform Wednesday, May 25, at Johnson County Community College.
“Church of Nations” by Kevin Iega Jeff and “Esperando nin Silencio” are on the program for June 3 and 4. Also coming up: Ensemble Iberica performs at Grünauer and the Northland Symphony Orchestra plays at Park Hill South High School.
The Kansas City Symphony prides itself on commissioning and presenting significant new additions to the orchestral repertoire. American composer Jonathan Leshnoff’s Symphony No. 3, which commemorates the United States’ entry into World War I, is a revelatory contribution. The orchestra gave the world premiere performance on Friday night in Helzberg Hall.
In “The Good Lieutenant,” Whitney Terrell writes about the Iraq war through the eyes of soldier Emma Fowler. Terrell says he chose that viewpoint because she is both an Army insider and an outsider. This Q&A is a launching point for you to read along with the FYI Book Club.