The Best of the Best: Kansas City Arts & Culture

Expand your horizons and let your inner artist soar with cutting edge exhibits and classics that never disappoint.

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Meet the Past History comes to life in the Kansas City Library’s “Meet the Past” program. Library director Crosby Kemper III plays interviewer to a cast of prominent historical figures from Walt Disney to Harry Truman portrayed by local actors and performers. This extremely well-done program is “edutainment” at its best.

Best Christmas Entertainment Tradition


KC Rep —
“A Christmas Carol” 

For 40 years, the KC Rep has been a part of many Kansas Citian’s holiday experience. Loading up the car with relatives and going to see “A Christmas Carol” at the Rep is a tradition. Last year, that tradition got an update by the Rep’s talented artistic director Eric Rosen. The changes are subtle, but the result will leave you falling in love with the story all over again.


A Christmas Carol KC

"A Christmas Carol", photo by cory weaver 

Best Place to Listen to Music


Helzberg Hall at the
KaufFman Center

The acoustics in Helzberg Hall are some of the finest in the world; even surpassing the Disney Center in Los Angeles. Renowned acoustician, Yasu Toyota designed elements within the concert hall so the musicians would sound like a unified instrument. The results are striking and will spoil you for any other concert experience.

Best Place to See Jazz


Green Lady Lounge Open 365 days a year, the Green Lady Lounge is a jazz paradise that’s seriously committed to showcasing the rich jazz culture of Kanas City.  With live performances every night and two stages, the Green Lady is where you can find everything from up and coming musicians to jazz legends.


Green Lady Lounge

green lady lounge, photo 435 magazine

Best New Sculpture


“Dancers” Proving that 2 tons of steel can be used for making things other than SUVs, the outdoor sculpture “Dancers” located on Roe Avenue in Leawood is a testament to the adage, “beauty is in the eye of the beholder.” The art piece features two 20-foot tall rectangular columns that the artist (from Denmark) says represent the “inward spiral of energy.” Mostly seen by drivers headed to or from Interstate 435, the sculpture has elicited some strong opinions; which is what art is all about: provoking thought and discussion.