As part of its yearlong 75th-anniversary celebration, the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art (4525 Oak, 816-751-1278) teams up with Quixotic performance ensemble — the stunning multi-sensory amalgam of Kansas City musicians, designers, dancers and aerialists — to present Surface, performed on the museum’s grounds. Founded five years ago by Anthony Magliano, sound designer and visual artist, and Keelan Whitmore, ballet dancer and choreographer, Quixotic considered the art and architecture of the Nelson’s 1933 structure and the more recent, adjoining Bloch Building in composing the site-specific installation. The free public performance begins at 9 p.m. at the sculpture park, and blankets and lawn chairs are welcome. As usual, though, membership has its benefits: Scheduled at 7:30 is a members-only pre-party where attendees are invited to wind around the walking path amid vignettes of dancers and musicians. (Those affiliates also score discounts at the cash bars.) Reservations are required; see nelson-atkins.org/calendar and use reference code QUXMD.
Sat., Sept. 12, 7:30 p.m., 2009