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Janelle Monáe  

Straight Out Kansas City
On her acclaimed new album “Dirty Computer,” the singer from Kansas City, Kansas, encourages freedom and love — and she wants to share it with her hometown.
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Calendar of Events

  • Niall Horan

    August 22

    There's still no word of a One Direction reunion after the group's split three years ago, but Niall Horan is more than fine on his own....

  • Jeremih

    August 22

    Jeremih's show might be on a Wednesday, but his sultry R&B music will turn The Midland into a Friday night at the club. You've...

  • Blithe Spirit

    August 8

    The Actors Theatre's next season opens with a laugh with this classic, the longest-running British play when it debuted. A writer wants...

  • In the Studio with Wilbur Niewald

    August 8

    The arts have been alive in this city for years--just ask Wilbur Niewald. The Nelson-Atkins will present a retrospective show across nearly seven...

  • The Producers

    August 9

    The Producers is the winningest show ever at the Tonys, with twelve awards in one night. If that isn't enough to get you to this show, how...

  • Kansas City Improv Festival

    August 16

    This was one of the country's first improv festivals, and consistently books top and up-and-coming talent. Come out for one show or the...

  • Single in the City

    August 23

    Join us at the American Cancer Society Single in the City KC on August 23, 2018 for a one-of-a-kind evening, featuring great desserts, music, a...

  • Open Spaces

    August 25

    Swope Park turns into The Village for two months beginning in late August, as a variety of artists take over Kansas City to perform and create art...

  • Luke Bryan

    August 26

    After bringing Jason Aldean and Dierks Bentley, the Country Megaticket goes out with a bang as Luke Bryan headlines. The country heartthrob, with...

  • Shakey Graves

    August 31

    The folksy rock singer Alejandro Rose-Garcia, who performs as Shakey Graves, already had a following when he quickly sold out the recordBar in...

  • Kansas City Irish Fest

    August 31

    Grab your kilt and plate of haggis, and join other descendants of the Emerald Isle for a weekend of song and dance, featuring two dozen locally and...

  • The Effect

    September 5

    Unicorn Theatre's "BOLDNEWPLAYS" series keeps rolling with "The Effect," a story about a couple who falls in love while...

  • Boy George & Culture Club and The B-52s

    September 7

    Go back in time with these two pop acts from the '80s. Culture Club and frontman Boy George have some new songs to mix in with decades of...

  • Last Days of Summer

    September 7

    The baseball-centric story by Steve Kluger, who also wrote the script and lyrics, follows two boys and the letters they write to New York Giants...

  • Kansas State Fair

    September 7

    Despite the three-plus hour drive to Hutchinson, the fair is worth the trip to mark the end of summer with food and fun, plus concerts from huge...

  • Fall Chick Event

    September 8

    #SHOPSMALL this fall at the 5th annual Fall Chick Event. The pop-up shopping extravaganza will be hosted by the Legends...

  • Taylor Swift

    September 8

    If there's a single person who can fill a football stadium to capacity, it's the singer-songwriter who's surpassed the definition of...

  • Jay Rock

    September 12

    Fresh off the release of his most recent album, Redemption, and a feature on the Black Panther soundtrack, Jay Rock continues his banner year with...

  • A Moon for the Misbegotten

    September 12

    The sequel to Eugene O'Neill's "Long Day's Journey Into Night," which the theater performed in 2013, A Moon for the...

  • World Series of Barbecue

    September 13

    Four days of competitive barbecue, plus live music, more food and family fun? Yes, please.


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