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UMKC's weekly arts and culture roundup

Every week, the University of Missouri-Kansas City offers an array of on-campus activities. It’s nothing new. UMKC has a long legacy of hosting countless culturally enriching events. These activities are part of what has made UMKC an arts and culture powerhouse. The influence of UMKC-based and UMKC-trained artists extends well beyond the campus’ edge, so their activities are listed here as well.

Featured Event: Tickets Still Available

The Conservatory Artist Series presents Radiate, Illuminate, Dance! The annual fall dance performance will feature UMKC Dance Division students in one of the area’s top performance venues – the Muriel Kauffman Theatre at the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts.
          The event will draw on the Conservatory’s various strengths. The October 5 and 6 performances will feature the choreography of Conservatory dance faculty, including Associate Professor Sabrina Madison-Cannon’s Rapture; with music composed by Curators Professor Paul Rudy; performed by the Wind Ensemble, under the direction of Associate Professor Joe Parisi.
          Another dance, Serenade,will feature choreography by George Balanchine, accompanied by the Conservatory strings, conducted by Associate Professor Steven D. Davis.
          The evening will feature a mix of modern and ballet dances.
            “It’s a nice, well-rounded concert with lots of creativity and lots of talent,” Paula Weber, chair of the dance division, said. 
          Typically, dance performances are held in White Recital Hall, a rehearsal venue that is too small to do justice to most dance performances. For that reason, Weber is thrilled to bring Radiate, Illuminate, Dance! to a large, professional stage.
          “The opportunity for our students is just tremendous. For them to have this professional experience on the undergrad level is quite amazing,” Weber said.
          Tickets: $25 general; $10 for UMKC faculty, staff, and all students with ID.

What:Radiate, Illuminate, Dance!
Where: Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts, 1601 Broadway, Kansas City, Mo.
When: Friday, October 5 and Saturday, October 6, both performances at 7:30 p.m.
Get more details.

 

Friday, October 5 – Thursday, October 11

What: The Kansas City Repertory Theatre presents “Pippin,” a play about a theatre troupe that portrays a prince who is searching for greater meaning.
Where: Spencer Theatre, James C. Olson Performing Arts Center, 4949 Cherry Street, Kansas City, Mo.
When: Now through October 7.
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What: The Clothesline Project. This visual display bears witness to domestic and sexual violence. Stop by the Women’s Center (108 Haag Hall) to decorate a shirt and share your feelings and thoughts on how violence against women has affected you or your loved ones. Shirts will be displayed at the Oak Street Residence Hall, 5051 Oak St.
When: Now through Sunday, October 7
It’s free. Get more details.

What: ArtSounds: Christina Vantzou and Verdana Valley Mini Chamber Orchestra. ArtSounds will kick off its seventh year of collaborative performances by composers, performers, and visual artists with the 2012-2013 Season. Initiated by faculty from the UMKC Conservatory of Music and Dance and the Kansas City Art Institute, ArtSounds explores cross-media expression through creative concert-making. Co-directors Mara Gibson and Paul Rudy set the stage for concert events outside the box and inside the mind's eye and the eye's ear.
Where: Epperson Auditorium, Kansas City Art Institute, 4415 Warwick Blvd, Kansas City, Mo.  
When: Tuesday, October 9, at 7:30 p.m.
It’s free. Get more details.

What: A Master Class with UMKC graduate James Hall on flute. UMKC Student Matt Siegel will participate in the class.
Where: Room 122, Grant Hall, 5227 Holmes Street, Kansas City, Mo.
When: Wednesday, October 10, 3 – 5 p.m.
It’s free. Get more details.

What: Faculty recital presented by The Missouri Brass Quintet: Keith Benjamin, trumpet; Joseph Parisi, trumpet; Martin Hackleman, horn; JoDee Davis, trombone; and Thomas Stein, tuba (with guest James Snell, percussion, and Joan Sommers, accordian).
Where: White Recital Hall, James C. Olson Performing Arts Center, 4949 Cherry Street, Kansas City, Mo.
When: Wednesday, October 10, 7:30 p.m.
It’s free. Get more details.

What:The Composers' Guildwill presentnew music by student composers of all degree levels.
Where: White Recital Hall, James C. Olson Performing Arts Center, 4949 Cherry Street, Kansas City, Mo.
When: Thursday, October 11, 7:30 p.m.
It’s free. Get more details.

What: Wind Down Wednesday: Healthy Fueling for our Body & Mind.This is a lunch-making event that will address the topics of how to eat on a healthy budget, nutrition, and healthy eating habits.
Where: Multicultural Student Affairs Office Room 319, Student Union, 5100 Cherry, Kansas City, Mo.
When: Wednesday, October 10, 12 – 1:30 p.m.
It’s free. Get more details.

What: “No Impact Man” book discussion. Discuss how one man, his wife, and their two-year-old attempted to live a carbon-neutral life in the middle of the Big Apple, and how the experience changed them all.
Where: Miller Nichols Library, iX Theatre, 800 East 51st Street, Kansas City, Mo.
When: Thursday, October 11, 3 - 4:30 p.m.
It’s free, but you’ll need to RSVP. Get more details.

What: The Linda Hall Library presents Dava Sobel, best-selling author, speaking about the book, “The Quest for Longitude.” For centuries, many ships and their crews met tragic ends as the sailors lost track of their longitude. The problem was so great that the British Parliament in 1714 set up the Longitude Board to award the Longitude Prize to the person who could solve this dilemma.
Where: Linda Hall Library, Main Reading Room, 5109 Cherry Street
Kansas City, Mo.
When: Thursday, October 11, 7 – 8:30 p.m.
It’s free, but you’ll need to RSVP. Get more details.

What:The Blue Gallery presents Bernal Koehrsen’s “Landscapes from the Spirit” and D. Ross’ "Everlasting.”
Where: The Blue Gallery, 118 Southwest Boulevard, Kansas City, Mo.
When: Opening reception Friday, October 5,  6 - 9 p.m.; artists' talk Saturday, October 6, 1 - 4 p.m.; exhibition runs through October 27, 2012
UMKC Connection: Kelly Kuhn, co-owner of the Blue Gallery, is a UMKC graduate. 
Get more details.

What: The New Theatre Restaurant’s “Social Security,” features Barbara Eden, best known for her role in “I Dream of Jeannie.”
Where: The New Theatre Restaurant, 9299 Foster, Overland Park, Ks.  
When: Now through Nov. 4
UMKC Connection: Co-owners Dennis Hennessy and Richard Carrothers are both UMKC graduates and both were presented this year with honorary doctorates by the UMKC College of Arts and Sciences.
Get more details.

What: The Coterie Theatre presents “The Presidents Tour,” which tours schools this fall. Students will learn about 44 presidents in 45 minutes.
Where: Call the Coterie Theatre to schedule a performance.
When: Performances begin Oct. 4.
UMKC Connection: Two UMKC graduate theatre students founded the Coterie.
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What: The American Heartland Theatre’s “Making God Laugh” is a play about God and family. 
Where: American Heartland Theatre, 2450 Grand Boulevard, Suite 314, Kansas City, Mo. 
When: Now through October 21.
UMKC Connection: The theatre’s founder, Jim Assad, was a UMKC graduate.
Get more details.

What: The Kansas City Symphony will host Grieg Piano Concerto. Edvard Grieg’s Piano Concerto is one of the most beloved works of all time, played brilliantly here by Jose Federico Osorio.
When: October 5-7.
Where: Helzberg Hall, Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts 1601 Broadway, Kansas City, Mo.
UMKC Connection:The Kansas City Symphony was founded by faculty member Karl Krueger in 1933.
It’s free, but reservations are required. Get more details.

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