Here are eleven great things to do in Kansas City this weekend, November 2-5, including: The Sound of Music, two Día de los Muertos celebrations and Dale Hollow.
What the Constitution Means to Me
Direct from Broadway, playwright Heidi Schreck’s boundary-breaking play breathes new life into our Constitution and imagines how it will shape the next generation of Americans in What the Constitution Means to Me. In this hilarious and hopeful new play, Schrek reimagines her teenage self in order to connect the profound relationship between four generations of women and the founding document that shaped their lives.
October 31–November 5 and November 8–12. Times vary. KCRep Copaken Stage.
Día de los Muertos: A Celebration of Cuisine and Culture
The American presents its next concept series event, Día de los Muertos: A Celebration of Cuisine and Culture. The culinary experience embraces the rich traditions and cultural vibrancy of Mexico’s Día de los Muertos, where Executive Chef Michael Olson has crafted a menu that pays homage to Mexico’s diverse and flavorful cuisine while enchanting decorations and live music throughout the evening transport guests into the heart of Día de los Muertos festivities.
November 3. 6–9 pm. The American.
Ever seen any Jurassic Park movie and thought, “Gosh, I wish that could be me?” Well, now it can be—minus the part where the dinosaurs go rogue and start attacking everyone. Jurassic Quest gives visitors the opportunity to walk among some of Earth’s most prolific creatures. Interact with life-size animatronic dinosaurs, including the infamous T-Rex, excavate fossils and get the chance to train a raptor.
November 3–5. Times vary. Overland Park Convention Center.
Vintage Market Days
Vintage Market Days of Kansas City is an upscale, vintage-inspired holiday market with unique vendors selling their repurposed finds. This season’s theme is “A Christmas Collection,” which combines unique local and national vendors along with tasty treats, fresh flowers and other unique hand-crafted items. Back by popular demand, this event will also feature maker workshops allowing shoppers to craft one-of-a-kind items for their homes. Santa will also be present for photo opps on Sunday.
November 3–5. Times Vary. Homefield Kansas City.
Hidden KC gem Union Cemetery hosts a chilling outdoor performance of Electric Poe. The talented R.H. Wilhoit adapts Edgar Allan Poe’s macabre masterpieces for the stage, including Annabel Lee and The Cask of Amontillado. Accompanied by live music, the haunting allure of Poe’s works come to life—or death—in front of the historic “Holding Vault” of KC’s oldest public cemetery. There’s also an optional after-show Q&A about both Poe and Union Cemetery and guided cemetery tours before Friday performances.
November 3–5. 6:30 pm. Union Cemetery.
Del Water Gap
Samuel Jaffe, known as Del Water Gap, is an alternative-indie musician and producer based in Brooklyn who was originally in a band with folk-indie star Maggie Rogers. Del Water Gap is now a solo project that has slowly gained popularity with songs like “Ode to a Conversation Stuck in Your Throat.” His I Miss You Already Tour is in support of his newest album released in late September, I Miss You Already + I Haven’t Left Yet.
November 4. 8 pm. The Truman.
The Sound of Music
The Lyric Opera’s second show this season will be the beloved Broadway classic The Sound of Music, which was famously adapted into a movie starring Julie Andrews and Christopher Plummer in 1965. While free-spirited governess Maria falls in love with her new family, the Nazi regime comes crashing in around them, forcing the family to make unthinkable decisions and sacrifices for love in the face of adversity.
November 4, 8, 10, 11 & 12. Times vary. Kauffman Center.
Día de los Muertos Festival
Celebrate Día de los Muertos, or Day of the Dead, and Mexican culture at Nelson-Atkins. Guests will have the chance to learn more about this colorful, culturally significant holiday through dance and music demonstrations, poetry readings and artist performances, as well as traditional food and beverages available for purchase.
November 5. 10 am–4 pm. Nelson-Atkins Museum.
Heroes and Villains
Kansas City Symphony Presents Heroes and Villains, an epic superhero showdown as the “good guys” take on villains in this fun musical battle. This concert features tales of caped crusaders along with beloved music, guests are encouraged to join the musicians in wearing their favorite costumes for the show.
November 5. 2 pm. Helzberg Hall.
The mysterious Nashville-based country musician Dale Hollow is named after the Kentucky reservoir and has been described as “a bit Andy Kaufman, a little Orville Peck, and a hint of Father John Misty,” Hollow toes the line between gregarious showmanship and heartfelt authenticity. He plays in Lawrence in support of his debut album Hack of the Year, released in late September.
November 5. 6 pm. Replay Lounge.
Blake Lynch, as his Nurse Blake persona online, entertains nearly four million followers on social media. It started as a way for Lynch to cope with the stress of his nursing job, he created and posted original comedy videos aimed at his profession. His lighthearted videos connected with healthcare workers around the world and now Lynch is on tour with his uplifting comedy on the Shock Advised Tour.
November 5. 8 pm. The Midland Theatre.