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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: “The Mystery of Irma Vep—A Penny Dreadful”

Get ready for an unusual night at the theatre. The Kansas City Repertory Theatre, UMKC’s professional theatre in-residence, is currently showing “The Mystery of Irma Vep – A Penny Dreadful.”

This farcical thriller/comedy features esteemed Kansas City actors Mark Robbins and Ron Megee. Together, they portray multiple characters in this gender-bending tour-de-force. The result is a dizzying array of lightning-fast transformations and costume changes.

Theatre critic Robert Trussell of The Kansas City Star described the Rep’s production as “inspired daffiness.” 

Cited as one of the best plays of 1984 by The New York Times and TIME Magazine, “The Mystery of Irma Vep—A Penny Dreadful” pulls from a range of literary, cinematic and pop culture sources.

Mark Robbins (Nicodemus Underwood/Lady Enid Hillcrest/Alcazar/Pev Amri) is a classically trained actor who appeared with Aulino in the Rep’s 2011 production of Annie Baker’s Circle Mirror Transformation.  His many credits include numerous presentations of the works of Shakespeare, most recently the title role in Titus Andronicus.  At KC Rep, he has appeared in Bus Stop, A Flea in Her Ear, The Voysey Inheritance (also at San Francisco’s American Conservatory Theater), The Sea Gull, Inherit the Wind, Nicholas Nickleby and, for 20 years, A Christmas Carol. Robbins is also a busy director and a founding member of Kansas City Actors Theatre.

Ron Megee (Jane Twisden/Lord Edgar Hillcrest/Intruder) is making his KC Rep debut.  He is well known for creating his own Ludlam-style theatre, including gender-shifting versions of Valley of the Dolls, Dangerous Liaisons, a lampoon of Hitchcock’s The Birds, The Stepford Wives, Come Back to the 9 and 5 Dolly Parton, Dolly Parton and an all-female version of the television program “Bonanza.” He has appeared at theatres throughout Kansas City, including the Coterie Theatre, where he is Resident Director of Coterie at Night. Megee was co-founder of the now-closed Late Night Theatre.

 

What:The Kansas City Repertory Theatre presents “The Mystery of Irma Vep (A Penny Dreadful).”
Where:Copaken Stage, in the H&R Block Center, 1 H&R Block Way (corner of 13th & Walnut), Kansas City, Mo.
When: Now through Nov. 18.
UMKC Connection:The Kansas City Repertory Theatre is the professional theatre in residence at UMKC.
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Friday, November 9 – Thursday, November 15

What:World-renowned composer John Corigliano works with Conservatory composition students in a master class. Corigliano is the Conservatory's current Barr Laureate.
Where: White Recital Hall, James C. Olson Performing Arts Center, 4949 Cherry Street, Kansas City, Mo.
When:Friday, November 9, 3:15 – 5 p.m.
Free. Get more details.

What:Part of the Music Alliance series, co-presented by the UMKC Conservatory of Music and Dance and the Friends of Chamber Music, eighth blackbird is the Conservatory's 2012 Barr Laureate Ensemble.
Where: White Recital Hall, James C. Olson Performing Arts Center, 4949 Cherry Street, Kansas City, Mo.
When: Friday, November 9, 7:30 p.m.
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What:Look Attractive.” The UMKC Gallery of Art presents a curated exhibition that features work from seven national and international artists who address the subject of attraction.
Where: 204 Fine Arts Building, 5015 Holmes Street, Kansas City, Mo.
When: Opening nightThursday, November 8, 5 -7 p.m. Exhibit runs November 8, - January 14.
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What:Doctoral recital with Pei-Lun Tsai, clarinet.
Where: White Recital Hall, James C. Olson Performing Arts Center, 4949 Cherry Street, Kansas City, Mo.
When: Saturday, November 10, 2:30 p.m.
It’s free. Get more details.

What:Senior Recital with Philip Greenwood, flute.
Where: White Recital Hall, James C. Olson Performing Arts Center, 4949 Cherry Street, Kansas City, Mo.
When: Saturday, November 10, 5 p.m.
It’s free. Get more details.

What:Doctoral Lecture-Recitalwith Youming Chen, viola.
Where: Grant Recital Hall, 5227 Holmes Street, Kansas City, Mo.
When: Saturday, November 10, 7:30 p.m.
It’s free. Get more details.

What:Brass Chamber EnsemblesFeaturing brass students of all levels performing in chamber groups, including the UMKC Graduate Fellowship Brass Quintet.
Where: White Recital Hall, James C. Olson Performing Arts Center, 4949 Cherry Street, Kansas City, Mo.
When: Sunday, November 11, 2:30 p.m.
It’s free. Get more details.

What:Senior RecitalwithAmanda Hudnall, clarinet.
Where: Faith Lutheran Church, 4805 W 67th St., Prairie Village, Ks.
When: Sunday, November 11, 2:30 p.m.
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What: The Conservatory’s Trombone Ensemble, directed by JoDee Davis.
Where: White Recital Hall, James C. Olson Performing Arts Center, 4949 Cherry Street, Kansas City, Mo.
When: Sunday, November 11, 7:30 p.m.
It’s free. Get more details.

What:Senior Recitalwith Alysse Trusty, piano.
Where: Grant Recital Hall, 5227 Holmes Street, Kansas City, Mo.
When: Sunday, November 11, 7:30 p.m.
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What: Senior Recitalwith Rebecca Oetting, clarinet.
Where:Trinity Lutheran Church, 5601 W. 62nd St., Mission, KS.
When: Sunday, November 11, 7:30 p.m.
It’s free. Get more details.

What: Conservatory jazz students perform in combos.
Where:White Recital Hall, James C. Olson Performing Arts Center, 4949 Cherry Street, Kansas City, Mo.
When: Monday, November 12, 7:30 p.m.
It’s free. Get more details.

What: “On Display: Exploring Body Image,” a multi-media, group invitational exhibition. The selected works explore the broad concept of “body image” through a variety of methods – urging viewers to rethink personal perceptions. 
Where:Greenlease Gallery at Rockhurst University, 1100 Rockhurst Rd, Kansas City, Mo.
When: The exhibit will run through December 1.
UMKC Connection: UMKC Studio Art BA student Jason Carron’s work is included in the exhibit.
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What: “Dwell(ing).”The artists in this show were simply given the title, “Dwell(ing).”
Where:The Beggars Table Church and Gallery, 2010 Baltimore Ave., Kansas City, Mo.
When:The exhibit will run through December 31.
UMKC Connection: Art BA alum Christopher Clark’s work is included in the exhibit.
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What: Student Chamber EnsemblesStudents of all degree levels perform chamber music.
Where:Grant Recital Hall, 5227 Holmes Street, Kansas City, Mo.
When: Monday, November 12, 7:30 p.m.
It’s free. Get more details.

What: UMKC Theatre presents “Cover of Life,” a play about spouses and their families left behind when soldiers go to war. This play is set in WWII.
Where:James C. Olson Performing Arts Center, Studio 116, 4949 Cherry Street, Kansas City, Mo.
When: Now through November 11.
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What: "The Life & Work of Mike Sinclair" lecture. Photographer Mike Sinclair will speak.
Where: 204 Fine Arts Building, Room 106, 5015 Holmes Street, Kansas City, Mo.
When: Thursday, November 15, 9 a.m.
Free. Get more details.

What: Combined Senior Recitalwith Matthew Shoare and Jerad Colton Tomasino, composers.
Where:recordBar, 1020 Westport Road, Kansas City, Mo.
When: Tuesday, November 13, 7 p.m.
It’s free. Get more details.

What: Artist Certificate RecitalwithJonathan Zepp, bassoon.
Where:Immanuel Lutheran Church, 1700 Westport Road, Kansas City, Mo.
When: Tuesday, November 13, 7:30 p.m.
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What: ArtSounds presents: The Machine the Sneetches Built, featuring John Chittum, Bobby Zokaites and Andrew Cole. The Machine the Sneetches Built examines the ideas of playfulness, whimsy, Seussian metaphor, and collaboration.
Where:Paragraph Gallery, 23 East 12th St., Kansas City, Mo.
When: Tuesday, November 13, 7:30 p.m.
It’s free. Get more details.

What: Student Chamber Ensembles. Students of all degree levels perform chamber music.
Where: White Recital Hall, James C. Olson Performing Arts Center, 4949 Cherry Street, Kansas City, Mo.
When: Wednesday, November 14, 7:30 p.m.
It’s free. Get more details.

What: Conservatory Wind Symphony,  directed by Steven D. Davis, featuring the world premiere of Gerald Kemner Prize-winner Cryptogram by doctoral composer Tyler Capp.
Where: White Recital Hall, James C. Olson Performing Arts Center, 4949 Cherry Street, Kansas City, Mo.
When: Thursday, November 15, 7:30 p.m.
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What: Doctoral Lecture-Recitalwith Yuan-Yu Weng, viola.
Where: Grant Recital Hall, 5227 Holmes Street, Kansas City, Mo.
When: Thursday, November 15, 7:30 p.m.
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What: Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Gender. This is an informational and personal lecture about hormones, surgeries, 'social gender', gatekeepers, identification (and its discontents), and all the nuts, bolts, mechanics, fears, hopes, and dreams before and beneath a gender change.
Where:Student Union, Room 401, 5100 Cherry Kansas City, Mo.
When: Wednesday, November 14, 7 - 8:30 p.m.
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What:The Blue Gallery presents Rich Bowman’s “Passages” Stephen Dinsmore’s “New Paintings” and Sarah Williams’ “Homeward.”
Where: The Blue Gallery, 118 Southwest Boulevard, Kansas City, Mo.
When: Exhibition runs through December 3.
UMKC Connection: Kelly Kuhn, co-owner of the Blue Gallery, is a UMKC graduate. 
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What:The New Theatre Restaurant’s “The Game’s Afoot,” features Marion Ross, best known for her role in “Happy Days.”
Where: The New Theatre Restaurant, 9299 Foster, Overland Park, Ks.  
When: Now through January 20.
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.
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What:The Coterie Theatre presents “Shrek the Musical,” based on the DreamWorks film.
Where: Call the Coterie Theatre to schedule a performance.
When: Performances began December 30.
UMKC Connection: Two UMKC graduate theatre students founded the Coterie.
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What:2012 Homes of Note Tour. The Symphony Guild is celebrating its 38th Homes of Note Tour of three Northland homes decorated for the Holidays as a benefit for the Kansas City Symphony by area florists.
When:Wednesday, November 14.
Where: Shoal Creek Valley, Highway 152 at Shoal Creek Parkway, Kansas City, Mo.
UMKC Connection:The Kansas City Symphony was founded by faculty member Karl Krueger in 1933.Eighth Blackbird’s connection with the Symphony is part of an ongoing collaboration between the Symphony and the UMKC Conservatory of Music and Dance.
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