Here are sixteen great things to do in KC this weekend, June 1-4, including: Little Women at Union Station, Aladdin at Kansas City Music Hall and Clint Black at Yardley Hall.
Adapted from the beloved novel by Louisa May Alcott, Little Women is adapted for the stage by Kate Hamill and Directed by Darren Sextro. Hamill’s modern adaption follows the March sisters as they grow up to be brave, intelligent and imaginative young women.
May 24—June 11. Times vary. City Stage in Union Station.
Disney’s beloved classic Aladdin gets adapted for the stage, as the title character struggles in the face of poverty before discovering a magic lamp that may hold the key to achieving his dreams of fortune and love.
May 30–June 4. Times vary. Kansas City Music Hall.
In honor of the season finale, Crane Brewing Company is getting reimagined as A.F.C. Raytown, KC’s Ted Lasso themed pop-up bar! Fans can immerse themselves in the world of Ted Lasso with themed cocktails, photo opps, games, trivia and more.
June 1-2. 5-10 pm. Crane Brewing Co.
Virginia Jaramillo: Principle of Equivalence
Principle of Equivalence is the first retrospective exhibition by New York-based artist Virginia Jaramillo. The exhibition debuts in KC where it will be on view until the end of August before traveling nationally. Artist Jaramillo has been a key figure of many influential movements in American postwar abstraction for several decades. There will also be free public programming in conjunction with the exhibition, including: talks, workshops, camps and performances to complement the exhibition. Opening night on June first will have the artist in conversation with Erin Dziedzic and an opening reception.
June 1. 5 pm. Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art. Exhibit runs June 2—August 27.
GLAD Hour is a networking and information session for artists, collectors, architects and interior designers. The event will also showcase the unique services and glass artworks available at Monarch Glass studio. There will also be glass demonstrations, mockups of current projects and an opportunity to meet with Monarch’s team.
June 2 and 3. 5 – 7:30 pm. Monarch Glass Studio.
Thomas Sciacca’s Sideshow Serenade Print Show
This show will display over two-hundred prints from the series Sideshow Serenade. The series from artist Thomas Sciacca celebrates both historical and contemporary circus performers.
June 2-3. 7 – 11 pm. The Hobbs Building.
Based on the beloved novel by Mary Rodgers and the hit Disney films, this new musical is a fun, contemporary twist on the story of a mother-daughter duo who get trapped in each others’ bodies. Freaky Friday is a funny and heartfelt story of a family learning self-acceptance and realizing their love for each other.
June 2-4, 7-10. 8:30 pm. Shawnee Mission Park.
Legend Clint Black has been a music industry star for more than three decades. His debut album, Killin’ Time, transformed country music and cemented Black as a true country-music traditionalist. Clint’s newest album, Out of Sane, is mostly original songs and recorded with an eclectic group of musicians.
June 2. 8 pm. Yardley Hall.
KC celebrities Paul Rudd, Jason Sudeikis and Rob Riggle started the Big Slick celebrity fundraiser for Children’s Mercy back in 2010, and it has grown incredibly over the years. It now includes a celebrity softball game at Kauffman Stadium on Friday, with options for VIP upgrades like meet-and-greets with the stars and complimentary food and drinks. The Big Slick Party & Show will take place on Saturday at the T-Mobile Center and feature comedy from the KC celebs, plus more from actor-comedians David Koechner, Eric Stonestreet and new host Heidi Gardner.
June 2–3. Times vary. Kauffman Stadium and T-Mobile Center.
Stern Conducts Mahler and Montgomery
Conductor Michael Stern leads one of America’s brightest young composers, Jessie Montgomery, with a new work co-commissioned by the Kansas City Symphony. Violinist Montgomery uses symphonic sounds to convey complex emotions in “Five Freedom Songs,” with support from soprano Julia Bullock. Frederick Delius’ orchestration of “The Walk to the Paradise Garden,” which portrays the timeless yearning between young lovers, will be performed along with Gustav Mahler’s “Fourth Symphony,” which delves into themes of childhood and innocence.
June 2–3, 8 pm; June 4, 2 pm. Helzberg Hall.
Global Neighbors & Flavors Fest
The Ethnic Enrichment Commission of Kansas City and Lenexa Public market have partnered to celebrate the rich cultures that make our vibrant, diverse community. There will be vendors, live performances, diverse cuisines and globally-inspired food trucks.
June 3. 10 am – 2 pm. Lenexa Public Market.
Mr. Stinky Feet Performance + Kids Craft
This free outdoor family event features performer Jim Cosgrove—Mr. Stinky Feet— along with a music-themed craft for kiddos.
June 3. 11 am –12:30 pm. Ward Parkway.
Thai Summer Celebration festival
The Thai Cultural Center of Greater Kansas City is joining Bamboo Penny’s to host a Thai Summer Celebration festival at Barkley Square in Park Place. This second-annual event will feature live music, a fashion show highlighting traditional Thai clothing, dance performances, authentic Thai street food and specialty cocktails like Sabai Sabai, the official alcoholic drink of Thailand. The celebration will also include a water festival, where guests are invited to participate in a water fight, a tradition symbolizing the cleansing to begin the new year. The festivities will conclude with live music from The PDG Duo.
June 3. 1 pm. Barkley Square.
C.S. Lewis On Stage: Further Up & Further In
Written and performed by Max McLean, this performance captures legendary author C.S. Lewis’ magnetic personality, eloquence and wit in a stage experience that ventures deep into the psyche and soul of one of the world’s most influential and beloved figures.
June 3. 4 pm. Kauffman Theatre.
El Paso based rock band Sparta is on tour for the twentieth anniversary of their critically acclaimed debut album Wiretap Scars. The album and tour will feature fan-favorites like “Air” and “Cut Your Ribbon,” with support from original members Jim Ward and Matt Miller.
June 3. 6:30 pm. recordBar.
All Time Low
Maryland-native band All Time Low formed two decades ago, in the heyday of many other successful emo-punk bands. Their seventh full-length album, Last Young Renegade, follows a character also called Last Young Renegade on a lyrical journey full of nostalgia, synthesizers and cinematic soundscapes. 96.5 Not-the-Buzz presents the concert, with support from fellow early-2000s emo-punk boy band Mayday Parade.
June 3. 7 pm. The Midland Theatre.