Crown Center Announces Calendar of Events Through Aug. 2014, Feat. CURIOUS GEORGE & KANSAS CITY IRISH FEST
From now to August 13, 2014, the Crown Center in Kansas City, Missouri, will host a range of different events, from CURIOUS GEORGE to the KANSAS CITY IRISH REP.
Through September 8
CURIOUS GEORGE: Let's Get Curious!
Crown Center Shops, Level 1 Showplace. Sponsored by 3M and created by Minnesota Children's Museum together with Universal Studios Consumer Products Group. Based on the familiar characters in H.A. and Margret Rey's classic stories and inspired by the animated television series on PBS KIDS, visitors can operate wheels to help George climb a building, sort and weigh fruits and vegetables at the produce stand, use science skills to putt a hole of mini golf, have their picture taken with the rocket from George's space adventure and much more. The exhibit is open during Crown Center Shops regular shopping hours. Open 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Labor Day. No admission fee. Call 816-274-8444 for more information.
August 30 - September 1
Kansas City Irish Fest
Crown Center Square and Off Center Theatre. Commemorate Kansas City's proud Celtic heritage with three days of music, dancing and exhibits. The festival will feature more than two dozen locally and nationally known bands, playing traditional music and Celtic rock. Off Center Theatre will host Irish comics. $5 Friday tickets. $10 advance Saturday or Sunday tickets, $15 at the gate on Saturday/Sunday, $25 advance three-day tickets. Festival hours:Friday, 5 p.m. to 11 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday, 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Call 816-561-7555 or visit KCIrishFest.com for ticket information.
Kansas City Chalk & Walk Festival
Crown Center Square. Artists start with empty squares of asphalt and by the end of the weekend, these squares will be transformed into magnificent pieces of artwork. Open 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Saturday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday. No admission fee. Visit KCChalkAndWalk.org for more information, or call 816-274-8444.
Musical Theater Heritage's Musical Monday
Off Center Theatre, Crown Center Shops, Level 3. An intimate evening of musical theatre starring KC's finest performers. These shows always sell out! Reservations required. Call 816-221-6987 or visit MTHKC.com.
September 17 - October 5
Red Badge Variations
The Coterie, Crown Center Shops, Level 1. Inspired by Stephen Crane's classic Civil War novel, "The Red Badge of Courage," and the experiences of combat soldiers today, five young Americans spend a year deployed at a remote military outpost and confront the defining experience of their lives. The play, a National Endowment for the Arts award-winning world premiere, commemorates the 150th anniversary and the Civil War and explores the same archetypes depicted in Crane's masterpiece. A Coterie Sparks series production intended for preteen and older audiences. Call 816-474-6552 or visit TheCoterie.org.
SCREENLAND ROASTS: TOP GUN
Screenland Crown Center, Crown Center Shops, Level 3. The crew of comedians from Fire Roasted Films mercilessly skewers the Tom Cruise classic "Top Gun." Remember Mystery Science Theater 3000? It's like that...but live, local and uncensored. Call 816-545-8034 or visit FireRoastedFilms.com.
Hallmark Square (in front of the Hallmark Visitors Center). A celebration of creativity and artistic talent. Around 100 Hallmark artists, photographers, sculptors and designers will display and offer their work for sale. Browse watercolor paintings, sculpture, textiles, jewelry, photography and more. This is the artists' personal work, outside of their jobs with Hallmark. Purchases may be made by cash or check only, directly to the artist. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.The Hallmark Visitors Center and Kaleidoscope will be open during the event. Complimentary parking in the Crown Center garages. Call 816-274-5745 for more information.
October 4 - November 2
CARRIE: THE MUSICAL
Off Center Theatre, Crown Center Shops, Level 3. Based on Stephen King's best-selling novel, don't miss a newly reworked and fully re-imagined vision of this gripping tale. Call 816-842-9999, or visit EgadsTheatre.com for more information.