Here are eleven great things to do in Kansas City the weekend of November 3-6, including Kevin Hart comedy tour, a gallery opening, and whiskey expo.
The Addams Family: A New Musical Comedy
Playing on the beloved Addams family, this new musical embraces the wackiness of family. Wednesday has grown up and fallen in love with a sweet, all-american boy. Her father’s never been more terrified. The Addams now have to host a dinner party with the “normal” Joneses next door and it seems as if nothing will be the same.
November 3, 7:30 pm. November 5, 7:30 pm. November 6, 2 pm. Jewish Community Center of Greater KC.
Monet & Friends Alive
Starlight Theatre is partnering with the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art to present Monet and other impressionists’ works in a new way that aims to channel them through “rich, dynamic display of light, color, sound and fragrance.”
November 1–December 31. Times vary. Starlight Theatre.
Stand-up Kevin Hart knows something about checks—any comedian richer than he is spent a decade or more on weekly television. On the Reality Check tour, the pint-sized comedian returns to the road billing himself as “the biggest touring comedian of all time.” It’s telling that promotional clips for the tour depict Hart jumping around amid pyrotechnics but include no jokes.
November 3. 8 pm. T-Mobile Center.
Carly Rae Jepsen
Shooting to ulta-fame after releasing the annoyingly catchy, “Call Me Maybe” in 2013, Jepsen has risen from a “one hit wonder” to somewhat of a queer icon. Jepsen’s newest album, The Loneliest Time, mixes her iconic disco pop jams with breezy ballads.
November 4. 8 pm. Uptown Theater.
Day of the Dead Celebration
Celebrate this sacred tradition of honor and remembrance with a nearly all-day community event, featuring face painting, food vendors, live entertainment, walking Catrinas, and a nighttime parade.
November 5. 11 am – 9 pm. 1303 Central Avenue KCK.
Harp Barbeque Kickoff Party
Named the best barbecue in KC in our two most recent surveys of the city, Harp celebrates its opening of a brick-and-mortar store with support from other KC favorites — including ice cream by High Hopes, tamales by Harp BBQ and Tamaleon KC, and vintage by Gnarly Hustle.
November 5. 11 am. 6633 Raytown Rd.
How do you make a fight over water rights into one of the great films of all time? Write a neo-noir screenplay in the vein of Raymond Chandler, get a talented director, and cast Jack Nicholson and Faye Dunaway as the leads.
November 5. 1 pm. Screenland Armour.
First Fridays at Gallery Bogart Opening
November’s iteration of the monthly First Friday art walk brings a new gallery to the West Bottoms. Gallery Bogart focuses on contemporary Latin American art and picked the West Bottoms because gallery owner Miller Bogart sees the area as “the frontier of the art scene in Kansas City.” For its inaugural show, the gallery will present Dialogo Figurativo by Cuban artist Abel Massot, who lives and works in Havana. His work “explores the emotional bonds and existentialist questions of the modern human being.”
Opening reception November 5. 4–7 pm. Gallery Bogart, 1400 Union Ave., KCMO.
The second annual Kansas City Whiskey Expo will feature forty distilleries and the chance to learn about the whiskey-making process. As you sip, you can enjoy an appetizer buffet. There will be other spirits offered, but the expo is confident it can find a whiskey for everyone.
November 5. 6:30–9 pm. Harrah’s Kansas City Casino & Hotel.
Giuseppe Verdi’s La Traviata has become a staple of opera since its premiere in March 1853 in Venice. The classic tragedy follows Violetta Valéry, a famed French courtesan, and the hopeless romantic who falls in love with her, bringing them both to ruin. Lyric Opera will perform the piece in the original Italian with English subtitles.
November 5, 7:30 pm; November 11, 7:30 pm; November 13, 2 pm. Kauffman Center.
Mexican post-hardcore, noise rock quartet El Shirota has managed to become one of the most interesting independent bands of Mexico.Their music wavers between melodic indie rock tunes, before launching into groovy riffs and trance-like spoken word and experimental rock. The single “Influyente,” which came out at the end of October, exemplifies the post-punk and post-hardcore sound that the band has become known for in the Mexican indie scene.
November 6. 7 pm. recordBar.