April 2017

Posted on Apr 2, 2017 in Monthly Arts & Culture

What’s coming up in April 2017? We have all the details on performances, arts events, exhibits, and classes happening throughout April in the #JoplinArts. Take a look below and share with friends…


PERFORMANCES

March 29–April 2: Joplin Little Theatre presents, “Arsenic and Old Lace,” 7:30pm (2:30pm on Sunday) at Joplin Little Theatre (3009 West 1st St). A drama critic learns his family is comprised of lunatics and homicidal maniacs in this classic black comedy. General admission is $13, seniors and students are $11, and children age 12 and under are $5. Visit joplinlittletheatre.org to purchase tickets. For more information, call 417.623.3638 or email info@joplinlittletheatre.org.

April 3: Guest Artist – Yin Ying Su (piano), 7:30pm at MSSU Corley Auditorium (3950 Newman Rd). For more information, call 417.625.3061 or visit mssu.edu.

April 4: Percussion Ensemble Concert, 7:30pm at MSSU Black Box Theatre (3950 Newman Rd). For more information, call 417.625.3061 or visit mssu.edu.

April 6–9: Midwest Regional Ballet presents Le Cabaret du Moulin, Thursday–Saturday (April 6, 7, 8) at 7:30pm, Saturday & Sunday (April 8 & 9) at 2:30pm at Memorial Auditorium (503 N. Pine St. Pittsburg, KS 66762). Truth. Beauty. Freedom. LOVE. Tickets are available now for Midwest Regional Ballet’s newest production, “Le Cabaret du Moulin!” For tickets, call (620)-231-7827 or visit www.memorialauditorium.org.

April 6: Senior Trumpet Recital – Trevor Berger, 7:30pm at MSSU Corley Auditorium (3950 Newman Rd). For more information, call 417.625.3061 or visit mssu.edu.

April 7: The St. Louis Children’s Choir, 7:00pm at TJ Concert (3401 E Newman Rd). The St. Louis Children’s Choirs includes over 450 young singers, ages 6-18, representing more than 200 schools in Missouri and Illinois. Concert Choir is comprised of students from 12 to 18 years old. The St. Louis Children’s Choirs has performed at Carnegie Hall and Lincoln Center in New York City, at the White House in Washington, D.C., at Walt Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles, California, and serves as the official young treble choir of the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra. As musical ambassadors, the singers have toured to Austria, Australia, the Czech Republic, Denmark, England, Germany, Japan, Norway, Russia, Scotland, Sweden, Switzerland, and Wales. Tickets: $11 (Children $7, Seniors $10).

April 11: Chamber Ensemble Concert, 7:30pm at MSSU Corley Auditorium (3950 Newman Rd). For more information, call 417.625.3061 or visit mssu.edu.

April 14: Southern Symphony Orchestra presents “Rhapsodies with Roger,” 7:30pm at MSSU Taylor Performing Arts Center (3950 Newman Rd). Roger Wright will be the featured performer in “Rhapsodies with Roger!” Critics around the globe recognize Wright as one of the great piano virtuosos. Wright will perform with the Southern Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: Jeffrey Macomber. Program: Rodgers/Bennett: “Victory at Sea”, a Symphonic Scenario; Rachmaninoff: “Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini”, Op. 43, with Mr. Wright; Gershwin: “Rhapsody in Blue”, with Mr. Wright. The Southern Symphony Orchestra (SSO) is the region’s college/community orchestra hosted by Missouri Southern State University. The SSO is dedicated to bringing the best in classical orchestral music to Joplin and the Four-States. The orchestra is comprised of talented and dedicated musicians who love to prepare and perform great music and is completed by student musicians from Missouri Southern State University, who share that belief. This concert is also free and open to the public; no tickets required

April 19: Senior Trumpet Recital – Tyler Jones, 7:30pm at MSSU Corley Auditorium (3950 Newman Rd). For more information, call 417.625.3061 or visit mssu.edu.

April 22 & 23: TJ Middle School Musical – “Crazy For You,” 7:00pm at the TJ Concert Hall (3401 Newman Rd). A zany rich-boy-meets-hometown-girl romantic comedy, “Crazy For You” tells the story of young New York banker Bobby Child, who is sent to Deadrock, Nev. to foreclose on a rundown theatre. In Deadrock, Bobby falls for spunky Polly Baker, the theater owner’s daughter. But Polly takes an instant dislike to the city slicker, so Bobby vows “through cunning, razzmatazz, and a hilarious case of mistaken identity,” to win Polly’s heart and save the theatre. Memorable Gershwin tunes from the score include “I Got Rhythm,” “They Can’t Take That Away from Me,” “Embraceable You,” “Nice Work if You Can Get It,” and “Someone to Watch Over Me.”

April 23: Mozart Requiem Mass in D Minor, 3:00pm at Central Christian Center (410 S Virginia Ave). The Southern Symphonic Chorus and the Southern Symphony Orchestra are excited to present Mozart’s Requiem Mass in D Minor. Soloists are Soprano Stacey Stofferahn, Alto Kristee Haney, Tenor Brian Stranghoner, and Bass/Baritone Raymond Feener. This work will be conducted by MSSU’s Director of Choral Studies, Dr. David L. Sharlow. Doors will open at 2:30pm. Free and open to the public. For more information, call 417.625.3061 or visit mssu.edu.

April 25: MSSU Jazz Orchestra Concert, 7:30pm at MSSU Corley Auditorium (3950 Newman Rd). For more information, call 417.625.3061 or visit mssu.edu.

April 27: MSSU Jazz Combos Concert, 7:30pm at MSSU Corley Auditorium (3950 Newman Rd). For more information, call 417.625.3061 or visit mssu.edu.

April 27–May 7: Stained Glass Theatre presents Agatha Christie’s The Mousetrap, 7:00pm (2:30pm on Sundays). A group of strangers is stranded in a boarding house during a snowstorm, one of whom is a murderer. The suspects include the newly married couple who run the house, and the suspicions in their minds nearly wreck their perfect marriage. Others are a spinster with a curious background, an architect who seems better equipped to be a chef, a retired Army major, a strange little man who claims his car has overturned in a drift, and a jurist who makes life miserable for everyone. Into their midst comes a policeman, traveling on skis. He no sooner arrives, when the jurist is killed. Two down, and one to go. To get to the rationale of the murderer’s pattern, the policeman probes the background of everyone present and rattles a lot of skeletons. Another famous Agatha Christie switch finish! A handicap ramp is accessible at the rear of the building. Tickets are $8 for adults and $5 for children ages 4-13 and can be purchased at the door, which opens 45 minutes prior to show times.

April 28: MSSU Jazz Combos, 5:00–8:00pm at Gusanos Pizza (3929 E 7th St). Reservations recommended.

April 29: Pro Musica presents Ben Kono Group, 7:30pm at MSSU Corley Auditorium (3950 E Newman Rd). Since moving to New York City in 1999, woodwind performer and saxophonist Ben Kono has been attracting attention as a singular emerging voice in cutting-edge groups like Darcy James Argue’s Secret Society and the John Hollenbeck Large Ensemble. With the release of his debut recording, Crossing, on Nineteen-Eight Records, he has come into his own light as a leader and composer of note. The Ben Kono Group debut CD recording, Crossing, was released on Nineteen-Eight Records to a sold-out house at Cornelia Street Cafe in February of 2011 and has been garnering high praise for its thoughtful compositions, lush orchestrations, and edgy improvising. The Group features long-time musical collaborators Henry Hey on piano and Fender Rhodes, Pete McCann on guitars, Ross Pederson on drums, Matt Clohesy on bass, and . In 2013 Kono was awarded the Chamber Music America New Jazz Works Commissioning and Ensemble Development Grant funded by the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation to write and premier a suite for the Group entitled Don’t Blink. The appearance of the Ben Kono Group in Joplin is sponsored, in part, by Annette Thurston and Charles Keeter. While in Joplin the Ben Kono Group will present a clinic for jazz students at MSSU and area high schools. Tickets: $10 adults, $5 students. Tickets can be purchased online (click on the Tickets section of this website) or from the Pro Musica office, 9:00am–1:00pm (call first 625-1822).


EVENTS

April 3 & 4: Joplin Little Theatre Auditions – Little Shop of Horrors, 7:00pm at Joplin Little Theatre (3009 W 1st St). Audition for Joplin Little Theatre’s production of Little Shop of Horrors! Come dressed to dance with 32 bars of prepared music for a singing audition. There are 14+ roles available for men and women ages 16-45. Show dates are May 24–28, 2017.

April 4: Chat n Crafts (Adults), 5:30–8:00pm at Joplin Public Library. An adult crafting group that meets on the first Tuesday of the month. All types of hand work welcome. Share ideas, tips and tricks with other crafters. Bring your current craft project and join for laughter, friendship and fun! Check the blog to see what is going on and if a special class will be offered. For more information, visit chatncraft.wordpress.com.

April 4: MSSU French Film Festival – L’écume des jours/Mood Indigo, 6:30pm at Spiva Center for the Arts (222 W 3rd St). Long thought unfilmable, Boris Vian’s 1947 cult novel—which translates literally as “The Foam of Days”—is charmingly adapted by Michel Gondry, who fills the screen with his trademark whimsical touches. The central narrative of Mood Indigo concerns the ultimately tragic love story of Colin (Romain Duris), an exceptionally wealthy man who inhabits a spectacular rooftop apartment/playhouse, and Chloé (Audrey Tautou), a physically frail woman he meets a at party. Yet theirs is no ordinary courtship: Colin and Chloé travel across Paris in a cloud-shaped vessel, sip beverages from a cocktail-mixing piano, and dine on elaborate concoctions prepared by Nicolas (Omar Sy), Colin’s in-house chef and lawyer. Although Gondry has been celebrated for his inimitable mise-en-scène ever since Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind (2004), here he takes production design to a whole new level, deftly mixing stop-motion animation and digital special effects. For all its visual splendor, though, Mood Indigo never loses sight of the great romance shared by its main characters—bonds that deepen when Chloé is diagnosed with a life-threatening malady: the growth of a water lily in one of her lungs. All films have English subtitles and all screenings and other festival activities are free admission and open to the public. For more information, contact Dr. Shannon Connolly, Assistant Professor French and director of the MSSU French program – Connolly-S@mssu.edu or at 417-625-9590.

April 6: First Thursday ArtWalk, 5:30–8:30pm (kick-off at 5:00pm at Spiva Park) in Downtown Joplin. First Thursday ArtWalk is a sophisticated, yet festive event, for area artists, as well as patrons of the arts…past, present and future! Dozens of artists will be showing or demonstrating their artistic process and all art will be for sale. Participating artists will be located inside various venues along with live acoustic music. Patrons are encouraged to “walk the art” through historic Downtown Joplin. This event runs on the first Thursday of each month from March–October.

April 6: FilmSpiva 2017 Film Showing, 5:30–8:30pm at Central Christian Church (410 Virginia Ave). FilmSpiva will be showing all films entered in this 48-hour film competition. Patrons of the ArtWalk will be able to vote for their favorite 3-minute short film. In addition to FilmSpiva 2017, patrons will be able to view film finalists of the Cavalier Student Film Festival sponsored by Thomas Jefferson Independent Day School. The films were created by high school students from the Joplin area. Viewers will have the opportunity to vote for their favorite student film as well. Both FilmSpiva and the Cavalier Student Film Festival will give out awards based on judges, as well as a People’s Choice Award based on votes that night. Awards will be presented at 8:30pm. For more information, call 417.623.0183.

April 6: National Poetry Month in Joplin, MO Kick-Off!, 5:30–8:30pm at Connect2Culture’s booth at First Thursday (Bistro Gallery, 409 S Main St). Every April, on Poem in Your Pocket Day, people celebrate by selecting a poem, carrying it with them, and sharing it with others throughout the day at schools, bookstores, libraries, parks, workplaces, and on Twitter using the hashtag #pocketpoem. Although the “national” Poem In Your Pocket Day for 2017 is April 27, we’ve decided to host Joplin’s Poem In Your Pocket Day at both First Thursday ArtWalk and Third Thursday. Swing by and pick up a poem for your pocket at Connect2Culture’s info booth. Choose a poem, carry it with you, and share it with others! Choose a poem, carry it with you, and share it with others! This event is part of National Poetry Month festivities in Joplin, MO. National Poetry Month (NPM) is the largest literary celebration in the world, with tens of millions of readers, students, K-12 teachers, librarians, booksellers, literary events curators, publishers, bloggers, and, of course, poets marking poetry’s important place in our culture and our lives every April. This year’s “partners in poetry” include: Connect2Culture, Post Art Library, Pub Hound Press, Spiva Center for the Arts, Missouri Southern State University, Compass Quest Veteran Services, Local Color Art Gallery & Studio, and Downtown Joplin Alliance. For more information about this event and more, visit connect2culture.com/poetrymonth2017.

April 7: MSSU French Film Festival – Hippocrate/Hippocrates, Diary of a French Doctor, 7:00pm at MSSU Cornell Auditorium (3950 Newman Rd). Like an episode of ER directed by the Dardenne brothers, Hippocrates combines the human drama that surrounds medical emergencies with a hard-hitting look at the situation of beleaguered French hospitals. Using young medical student Benjamin (played by rising star Vincent Lacoste) as a guide, director Thomas Lilti, himself a doctor by trade, takes the viewer on a “backstage” tour of a labyrinthine Paris hospital where life and death decisions make fuses run short. For his first internship, timorous Benjamin is assigned to the floor run by his father. Here, he meets Abdel (Reda Kateb), an older, idealistic intern who already practices medicine in his native Algeria but must be accredited in France to make a better life for his family. When Benjamin’s negligence leads to the death of a homeless patient, the two doctors clash and questions of privilege arise. But they discover their shared values when they go against the system to grant a terminally ill elderly patient’s last wishes. While the film provides fascinating insight into the particularities of the French medical complex—particularly in the dingy world of the doctors’ quarters, where one marvels at the traditional bawdy murals and gallows humor—it remains etched in the viewer’s mind for its candid and sometimes surprisingly funny way of raising universal questions of human dignity and empathy. All films have English subtitles and all screenings and other festival activities are free admission and open to the public. For more information, contact Dr. Shannon Connolly, Assistant Professor French and director of the MSSU French program – Connolly-S@mssu.edu or at 417-625-9590.

April 8: Coloring Book Club, 10:30am–Noon at Spiva Center for the Art (222 W 3rd St). Every second Saturday, bring your coloring book or sketchbook and get creative. Relax, chat, and color. Spiva provides some coloring pages and markers, but it’s best to bring what you prefer or purchase items in the Gift Shop! Cost: Free. For more information, call 417.623.0183 or visit spivaarts.org.

April 8: MSSU World Music & Cuisine Festival, 5:00–8:00pm at Missouri Southern State University’s Billingsly Student Center (3950 Newman Rd). International students and faculty will prepare their native dishes, while a variety of musical groups perform. Food samplings will be sold for $1 each; for $8 to $10, a person can enjoy a complete meal with drink and dessert. The entertainment will be provided by Kufara, an African marimba band, at 5:00pm; the Kansas City St. Andrew Pipes & Drums at 5:45pm; Saudi Ardah, a dance by students from Saudi Arabia, at 6:45pm; and the MSSU Caribbean Steel Drums at 7:00pm. Food selections will include offerings from Wings N More, the Charcoal Grill, Tropical Smoothie Café and other local restaurants, as well as dishes prepared by more than two dozen students, faculty and community members. The Islamic Society of Joplin, the United Hebrew Congregation and Joplin Rotary will also participate.

April 8: Art Night Out, 7:00–9:00pm at Spiva Center for the Arts (222 W 3rd St). Join us  for Art Night Out. Join us at Spiva for a night of fun making a seasonal art project while you enjoy wine and dessert in the friendly, relaxed atmosphere of the Main Gallery. It’s a great way to catch up with friends, enjoy a date night, or meet new creative folks. Cost is $25 per participant, and must be 21 or older. Call 417.623.0183 to register.

April 11: MSSU French Film Festival – L’armée des ombres/Army of Shadows, 7:00pm at Route 66 Movie Theater (24 S Main St, Webb City, MO 64870). In Army of Shadows (1969), Jean-Pierre Melville, master of the French noir, takes the atmospheric style and cool efficiency of his gangster classics Le Doulos and Le Samouraï and applies them to the French Resistance, following Resistance leader Philippe Gerbier (in a powerfully understated performance by the legendary Lino Ventura) as he escapes from the Gestapo and sets about rebuilding his network. As ever, the director excels at generating tension by quietly drawing out scenes, dwelling on the grim expectation in his characters’ faces rather than their actions and focusing on the moral impact of violence rather than its execution. The film’s distinctive blue-hued photography matches its sorrowful mood: it is as much a film about solitude, silence, and secrecy as about heroism, loyalty, and daring escapes. Here, the knowledge that the characters are loosely based on real Resistance figures makes for a unique blend of horror and excitement. But perhaps the greatest achievement of Army of Shadows is that it transcends its historical setting to provide a definitive portrait of twentieth-century man staring into the metaphysical abyss, only ever one step away from absurdity. As such, it is one of the most striking cinematic illustrations of the French Resistance as Existentialism’s moral litmus test. All films have English subtitles and all screenings and other festival activities are free admission and open to the public. For more information, contact Dr. Shannon Connolly, Assistant Professor French and director of the MSSU French program – Connolly-S@mssu.edu or at 417-625-9590.

April 13: Joplin Writers Guild, 6:00pm, Joplin Public Library. The Joplin Writers Guild, a chapter of the Missouri Writers Guild, includes a wide variety of writers – from hobbyists to professional, published writers. Members have published novels (romance, mystery, historical, middle grade, YA, etc.), nonfiction books (regional history and the Arcadia Images of America series), and articles (travel, education, law topics, etc.). The group focuses on supporting each other and sharing information about the publishing and writing industries. This group is open to the public. Dues are $7.50 for the year, but anyone interested can attend their first meeting free. For more information, search “Joplin Writers’ Guild” on Facebook.

April 13: Poetry Wordshop with Dr. Brad Modlin, 7:00pm at Local Color Art Gallery & Studio (1027 S Main St). Read published poets together…and then steal from them! Try out some stress-free writing exercises. All are welcome. Bring a pen for some poetic fun! Dr. Brad Modlin is the author of the poetry book Everyone at This Party Has Two Names and the short collection of short stories Surviving in Drought. He is a writing professor at Missouri Southern State University, where he advises the student literary magazine bordertown. This event is part of National Poetry Month festivities in Joplin, MO. National Poetry Month (NPM) is the largest literary celebration in the world marking poetry’s important place in our culture and our lives every April. For more information about NPM in Joplin visit connect2culture.com/poetrymonth2017.

April 13: MSSU French Film Festival – School of Babel/La cour de Babel, 7:00pm at Route 66 Movie Theater (24 S Main St, Webb City, MO 64870). School of Babel follows a year in a Paris schoolroom for children who have recently immigrated to France. Using a surprisingly intimate fly-on-the-wall style, Julie Bertucelli’s documentary gives us unforgettable glimpses into the lives of tweens and teens from Mauritania, Serbia, Venezuela, Rumania, Senegal, Libya, Ireland, Brazil, and China, children who have come to France for reasons ranging from studying violin at the Paris conservatory to escaping genital excision. The film’s triumph is in its remarkably succinct manner of creating complex portraits of the children and capturing the diversity of their experience. While School of Babel is full of incidental insights into French immigration policy and various headline-grabbing sociopolitical situations, the focus remains squarely in the classroom and on the children as individuals wrestling with a new language and a new culture (their heroic teacher primarily remains an off-screen presence). The film builds to a powerful climax when it comes time for the children to tearfully say goodbye to each other and their teacher; while their sadness is heartbreaking, it is also an uplifting sign that shared experience trumps cultural difference. In an age of resurgent uneasiness with all that is foreign, School of Babel is a powerful antidote to fear and suspicion and an inspiring source of hope for France and the world. All films have English subtitles and all screenings and other festival activities are free admission and open to the public. For more information, contact Dr. Shannon Connolly, Assistant Professor French and director of the MSSU French program – Connolly-S@mssu.edu or at 417-625-9590.

April 17: MSSU French Film Festival – Mon amie Victoria/My Friend Victoria, 7:00pm at MSSU Cornell Auditorium (3950 Newman Rd). In My Friend Victoria, writer-director Jean Paul Civeyrac shifts the action of Nobel prize-winning author Doris Lessing’s short story “Victoria and the Staveneys” from London to contemporary Paris, but otherwise remains faithful to Lessing’s tale of a young black woman’s uneasy relationship with a wealthy white family. Victoria (Guslagie Malanda) becomes fascinated with the family as a little girl, then later has a daughter out of wedlock with one of the sons. As she struggles both with a sense that she is losing her daughter to this bourgeois family and the growing resentment of her own son, who has a black father and does not enjoy the family’s attention, Victoria provides an unusual and welcome insight into the situation of foreigners in France today: in the most concrete terms, privilege is within her reach, but never truly hers. At first glance, My Friend Victoria is a departure for Civeyrac, a discreet but fascinating auteur whose films have sometimes flirted with the supernatural. Yet the character of Victoria and the subtle performance of Guslagie Malanda allow him to escape the clichés of social-message films and draw on the mysterious tone of his previous features to create a person whose silences open a world of questions. All films have English subtitles and all screenings and other festival activities are free admission and open to the public. For more information, contact Dr. Shannon Connolly, Assistant Professor French and director of the MSSU French program – Connolly-S@mssu.edu or at 417-625-9590.

April 18: 1,000 Words, 6:30pm at Spiva Center for the Arts (222 W 3rd St). PhotoSpiva 2017 serves as inspiration for the 9th annual 1000 Words event. Writers are invited to pick a photo(s) as a springboard for poetry or prose. Sign up at Spiva by April 15. The public reading will be hed on April 18. This event is part of National Poetry Month festivities in Joplin, MO. National Poetry Month (NPM) is the largest literary celebration in the world marking poetry’s important place in our culture and our lives every April. For more information about NPM in Joplin visit connect2culture.com/poetrymonth2017.

April 20: Third Thursday, 5:30–8:30pm in Downtown Joplin. Third Thursday is Joplin’s trademark cultural event. Come with your friends and family to stroll through Downtown, eat great food, listen to music, peruse local art and shop! Be sure to check the Downtown Joplin Alliance Facebook page for the full line-up of events. Third Thursday is held on the third Thursday of each month, March–October.

April 20: Veteran Poetry Reading Program – Scarce Heard Amid the Guns, 6:0–7:30pm at Spiva Center for the Arts (222 W 3rd St). Scarce heard amid the guns is a line from the poem “In Flanders Field” composed at the battlefront on May 3, 1915 during the second battle of Ypres, Belgium. Canadian Army doctor John McCrae looked over a field of poppies where his friend had been buried a day earlier after dying in battle. Join Compass Quest Veterans Services to hear poetry written by fellow warriors. Poet and artist, Kristine Steddum will facilitate. If you want to read some poetry, yours or someone elses, let them know by calling 417.438.8387 or email vetinfo@compassquest.org. Free admission. This event is part of National Poetry Month festivities in Joplin, MO. National Poetry Month (NPM) is the largest literary celebration in the world marking poetry’s important place in our culture and our lives every April. For more information about NPM in Joplin visit connect2culture.com/poetrymonth2017.

April 20: Joplin’s Poem In Your Pocket Day, 5:30–8:30pm at Connect2Culture’s Booth at Third Thursday (5th & Main St). Every April, on Poem in Your Pocket Day, people celebrate by selecting a poem, carrying it with them, and sharing it with others throughout the day at schools, bookstores, libraries, parks, workplaces, and on Twitter using the hashtag #pocketpoem. Although the “national” Poem In Your Pocket Day for 2017 is April 27, we’ve decided to host Joplin’s Poem In Your Pocket Day at both First Thursday ArtWalk and Third Thursday. Swing by and pick up a poem for your pocket at Connect2Culture’s booth. Choose a poem, carry it with you, and share it with others!This event is part of National Poetry Month festivities in Joplin, MO. National Poetry Month (NPM) is the largest literary celebration in the world marking poetry’s important place in our culture and our lives every April. For more information about NPM in Joplin visit connect2culture.com/poetrymonth2017.

April 22: “Art in the Park” Day, 10:00am–3:00pm at George Washington Carver National Monument (5646 Carver Rd, Diamond, MO). Celebrating George Washington Carver’s love for art, this event features local artists at work across park grounds. Visitors may participate in hands-on demonstrations and instructional workshops with pastels, natural dyes, watercolors, clay, pencil and more. There will also be art activities for children and plein air artists painting around the grounds. Free and open to the public. For more information, contact Curtis Gregory (park ranger) at curtis_gregory@nps.gov or call the park at 417.325.4151.

April 27: Polyphony, 7:00pm at MSSU Spiva Art Gallery (3950 Newman Rd). Polyphony features faculty from MSSU’s Department of English and Philosophy reading their original poetry or fiction. Free to students; voluntary donations from others are welcome. All donations benefit the Saltzman Visiting Writers Program. This event is part of National Poetry Month festivities in Joplin, MO. National Poetry Month (NPM) is the largest literary celebration in the world marking poetry’s important place in our culture and our lives every April. For more information about NPM in Joplin visit connect2culture.com/poetrymonth2017.

April 28: Open Mic Poetry Night, 7:00pm at the Joplin Empire Market (931 E 4th Street). Do you write poetry? Do you love poetry? Come recite a poem you’ve written OR one by a poet you love. Feel free to bring some craft beer or a bottle of wine to share. This is a 21+ event. Free admission. This event is part of National Poetry Month festivities in Joplin, MO. National Poetry Month (NPM) is the largest literary celebration in the world marking poetry’s important place in our culture and our lives every April. For more information about NPM in Joplin visit connect2culture.com/poetrymonth2017.

April 28: Fourth Friday Film Night, 7:00pm, Phoenix Fired Art (1603 S. Main). Fourth Friday Film Nights showcase artists biographies, art techniques, as well as philosophical art-related films. Donations will be accepted. Bring your own camping chairs and snacks. For more information, call 417.437.9281 or find them on Facebook.

April 29: That Shakespeare Thing!, 7:30–10:30pm at MSSU BSC Ballroom (3950 E Newman Rd). An evening of dessert, wine, and William Shakespeare. This fundraiser for the Missouri Shakespeare Festival will feature some of Joplin’s best friends trying their hands at performing the works of William Shakespeare. Our company of stalwart actors are seeking your pledges to encourage their performances. Visit mssu.edu/moshakes for more information! Admission to these festivities is $25/person. You won’t want to miss the silent auction with pieces from local artists inspired by Shakespeare. All proceeds benefit the Missouri Shakespeare Festival.

April 30: Crow Stories, 2:00pm at Spiva Center for the Arts (222 W 3rd St). Crow Stories is a unique documentary immersion in the world of the Crow Indians. The film is an overflowing of experience—of hunting buffalo in the Bighorn Mountains, of Sundancers rehearsing in a nighttime meadow, of the fierce intra-tribal battles of the Handgame. Created by Sean Kernan, widely exhibited photographer, filmmaker and author. Kernan was also the 2016 PhotoSpiva Juror. You can see his work as part of Juror’s Works: Celebrating 40 Yeas of PhotoSpiva in the Regional Gallery through April 30. Following the film, a question and answer session will be held with Kernan via Skype. $5 suggested donation.

Thursdays: Knittervention of Joplin, 6–8pm, Phoenix Fired Art (1603 S Main). A fiber arts club where people, beginner to advanced, come together to dabble in yarns and threads while enjoying conversation. The Club will meet each Thursday, same place and time. Free. More info: facebook.com/Knitterventionjoplin. For more information, call 417.437.9281 or find them on Facebook.


EXHIBITS

March 4 – April 30: PhotoSpiva 2017, Spiva Center for the Arts, Main Gallery (222 W 3rd St). Celebrating its 41st year, PhotoSpiva 2017 once again delivers an exhibit of photographic excellence from artists across the country. Sixty three images will be exhibited, chosen by Spiva’s first international juror, Orjan Henrikkson. It was a blind judging; Henrikkson had no knowledge of the entrants or their status as amateurs or professionals, no categories to distinguish photographic processes. Henrikkson viewed over 500 images submitted by 97 photographers via the competition’s website, photospiva.org. The competition was open to all US photographers, and any type of photographic process – from traditional to digital to photo-based mixed media – was eligible, as long as it resulted in a two-dimensional print that had never been shown at Spiva. Opening Reception: Friday, March 3, 5:30–7:30pm ($5 suggested contribution; members free). For more information, call 417.623.0183 or visit spivaarts.org.

March 4 – April 30: Jurors’ Works: Celebrating 40 Years of PhotoSpiva, Spiva Center for the Arts, Regional Gallery (222 W 3rd St). To celebrate PhotoSpiva’s longevity and the professionals who crafted each year’s exhibit, Spiva is proud to mount a truly inique exhibit featuring the work of these acclaimed photographers, well-known educators, curators and authors from prestigious institutions. Each of these jurors are passionate about photography, and have committed vastly to the field in addition to jurying PhotoSpiva, the longest-running national photography exhibit of its kind.  This exhibit celebrates the competition itself, and the jurors who have created so many memorable exhibits. Opening Reception: Friday, March 3, 5:30–7:30pm ($5 suggested contribution; members free). For more information, call 417.623.0183 or visit spivaarts.org.

April: PhotoSpiva Teens 2017, Spiva Center for the Arts Upstairs Gallery (222 W 3rd St). The Upstairs Gallery will feature the next generation of photographers with PhotoSpiva Teens. For more information, call 417.623.0183 or visit spivaarts.org.

April: Transparency by Michael Steddum, Urban Art Gallery (511 S Main St). Watercolors and oil paintings by Michael Steddum. Meet the artist during First Thursday ArtWalk, April 6, 5:30–8:30pm.

April: Perceptions and Introspections by Luke Blevins, Joplin Avenue Coffee Company (506 S Joplin Ave). Paintings and wall ceramics by Luke Blevins. Meet the artist during First Thursday ArtWalk, April 6, 5:30–8:30pm.

April: Artwork by Connie Miller, Club 609 (609 S Main St). Bold and colorful paintings by Connie Miller. Meet the artist during First Thursday ArtWalk, April 6, 5:30–8:30pm.

April: Hand Rubbed Collage by Josie Mai, Infuжn Водка Bar (530 S Main St). Josie’s primary medium is collage material from National Geographic magazine. Pieces are hand-torn. Paper and adhesive are applied with fingertips and palm. The rich colors and textures from all over the globe remind us that we are citizens of the world, and that it’s crucial for an artist to travel and explore. She is inspired by the life of artist Georgia O’Keeffe and her respect for the desert and abstraction. In addition, inspired radial design and mandala forms represent meaningful symbols from countless cultures over countless centuries. The ones she creates with collage and occasionally acrylic are personally meaningful, but do not represent a particular cultural construct. Josie Mai earned an MFA from Parsons School of Design in NYC. She taught art K-12 in Kansas City, KS, Kansas City, MO, MSSU in Joplin, and PSU in Pittsburg, KS. Currently she is the Executive Director of Spiva Center for the Arts and a Carthage resident.


CLASSES

April 1: Pysanky Eggs for the Beginner (Ages 13+), 10:00am–1:00pm at Spiva Center for the Arts (222 W 3rd St). Learn from a master – Carolyn Trout! This ancient art form uses egg shells, beeswax, and water soluble dyes to create masterpieces in minature. Art can be messy! Attendees should dress for painting. This program will be held off-site. Call Spiva for more information at 417.623.0183. Cost: $35. Limited to 6 students.

April 1: Preschool Mini Makers (Ages 3-5) – Once Upon A Time…, 10:30–11:30am at Spiva Center for the Arts (222 W 3rd St). Mini Makers is held on the 1st and 3rd Saturdays of the month. Cost: $6 pre-registration, $8 @ door. Call 417.623.0183 to register or visit spivaarts.org.

April 1: Pysanky Eggs for the Advanced (Ages 13+), 2:00–5:00pm at Spiva Center for the Arts (222 W 3rd St). Further exploration into this fascinating art form! This session is for returning students who want to expand on their knowledge. Art can be messy! Attendees should dress for painting. This program will be held off-site. Call Spiva for more information at 417.623.0183. Cost: $35. Limited to 6 students.

April 13: Roger Wright Master Class, 4:00pm at MSSU Corley Auditorium (3950 Newman Rd). Roger Wright will present a Master Class in piano performance to both university and pre-college piano students. This event is free and open to the public; no tickets required. Mr. Wright will be performing with the Southern Symphony Orchestra on Friday, April 14, 7:30pm in MSSU’s Taylor Performing Arts Center. This event is free and open to the public; no tickets required.

April 15: Wild Critters – Make and Learn Classes: Butterfly Window Clings, 9:00am–Noon at Wildcat Glades Conservation & Audubon Center (201 Riviera Dr). For anyone 6 and older (children 6-12 must be accompanied by an adult). $25 for a person, $12 each for additional family member, adults helping children free (a portion of the fee supports the nature center). Clay, all materials, and tutorial provided. Registration required by Noon on the Thursday before the class. Call 417-825-3318 or email cyndi@pawpawpatchproductions.com. Your registration will be complete when she replies to you. This class is presented by Pawpaw Patch Productions.

April 15: Preschool Mini Makers (Ages 3-5) – Imagination Station, 10:30–11:30am at Spiva Center for the Arts (222 W 3rd St). Mini Makers is held on the 1st and 3rd Saturdays of the month. Cost: $6 pre-registration, $8 @ door. Call 417.623.0183 to register or visit spivaarts.org.

April 15: Botanical Card-Making Workshop, 1:00–3:00pm at Wildcat Glades Conservation & Audubon Center (201 Riviera Dr). Send a note to your friends and family with botanically inspired cards. In this workshop, you will create three different plant illustrations/designs using color pencils and water colors. Take home a set of 12 cards and envelopes! Workshop limited to 15 people. Taught by Anne-Marie Gailey. Children age 8+ must be accompanied by adult. Cost: $25 per card set (payment by check or cash only to instructor). Call the Center to save your spot at 417.782.6287.

April 15: Make and Take – Trade Beads (Ages 16+), 6:00–9:00pm at TBA location. Trade Beads is Pawpaw Patch Production’s most popular class because the process seems magical, and Cyndi Cogbill will be bringing it back by request. It isn’t the same old class either, she added more canes and new bead styles. Spend a rewarding, but relaxing evening using polymer clay to make replicas of the glass trades beads for bracelets, necklaces, light/fan pulls, and more. Cost $25 per person. Clay, tools, and instructions provided. Registration required by Noon on the Friday before the class/ Call 417-825–3318 or email cyndi@pawpawpatchproductions.com. Your registration will be complete when she replies to you.

April 29: Camptastic! A Day of Camp, Fun for Girls! (Grades K-5), Noon–4:00pm at Camp Mintahama (RSVP for directions). Learn archery (4th and 5th grades only), explore Mintahama Program Center, make new friends while participating in team building games, and participate in a hike through camp, sing camp songs, learn outdoor skills, and try a tasty camp snack.  Cost: $17, includes annual Girl Scout membership, activities, and snack! Financial assistance is available. Please RSVP by Thursday, April 27, 2017. Please bring this form with payment to Camptastic on April 29, 2017. Please contact Membership Marketing Specialist Rachel Grewe to pre-register and RSVP at 877-312-4764 x1205 or rgrewe@girlscoutsmoheartland.org.

Tuesday Nights (March 28–May 2): Siblings Improv presents Improv 101, 7:00–9:00pm at JB’s Downtown (112 S Main St). Learn the basics of Improv Comedy with Siblings Improv. $50 for the entire course. To sign up email siblingsimprov@gmail.com.


RECURRING CLASSES

Crackpot Pottery & Studio (3820 E 20th St)

Tuesday | 11am–2pm or 6–9pm
Wednesday | 10am–Noon or 6–9pm
Thursday | 10am–1pm

Work alongside top potters in the area as you learn hand building, wheel throwing, glazing and different firing techniques. Lessons are specialized for each individual, regardless of experience level. Have a project in mind? Crackpot will help you plan and execute your vision! Firing fees are included in class price. No membership fee required. Cost: $225 (for each 3-hr, 8-week course), $165 (for each 2-hr, 8-week course). For more info and registration, call Crackpot Pottery & Art Studio at (417) 623-1455, or email Suzi Huntington at joplincrackpotpottery@gmail.com. 

Saturday | 10am–Noon | Drop-In Class
Drop-in and play with clay! This class costs $30 plus clay. No 8-week commitment required.


Local Color Art Gallery & Studio (1027 S Main St)

Wednesday | 2–6pm | Paint Class with Paula Giltner
Calling all “big kids” for a weekly drop-in painting class for adults! In either session you decide when to come in and how long to stay. With up to 4 hours of painting time, you can both accomplish more and enjoy more personal instruction. Paula Giltner specializes in realism watercolor and acrylic painting techniques and design principles. Bring any materials you have for the first lesson and learn about the materials you might need for additional lessons. $25 per class. Call Paula at 417-291-1486.

Third Thursday | 6–8:30pm | Pick Your Passion with April Davis (Ages 10+)
Students may choose to create an acrylic painting or a sculpture. April Davis will guide you through her simple techniques that make painting or sculpture easy and fun for all levels – beginner to advanced! Cost: $30 per class. Call 417-553-0835 to register.


Phoenix Fired Art (1603 S Main St)

Tuesday & Wednesday | 11am–2pm and 6–9pm | Clay Classes
All classes include students with different levels of experience – no prior experience is necessary, so begin or build your skills with clay by learning techniques to transform raw mud into fun, functional vessels! 4-week session. Students may join mid-session if space is available. $120 Phoenix Members; $135 Non-Members (additional fees may apply). Call (417) 437-9281 to register.

Saturday | 9:30am–Noon | Drop-In Clay Class with Geoffrey
Get your hands dirty and see if clay is something you’d like to explore further. All skill levels welcome. Phoenix loves intergenerational groups – however, children under 10 must be accompanied by an adult. Call ahead if you are interested in bringing a group. $25 for Phoenix Members; $35 for Non-Members (plus clay and firing).


Painting with Pam Leisenring (1315 S Rangeline Rd)

Tuesday | 9am–Noon | Hobby Lobby Classroom
Wednesday | 4:30–7:30pm | Hobby Lobby Classroom

Pam has been teaching fine art classes privately for 32 years and continues to bring individualized instruction to expand the artistic experiences of beginners and established artists alike. Each student chooses a preferred medium (Acrylic, Pastel, Watercolors, etc.) and subject matter. This is an ongoing class and students may join at any time. New members always welcome. Call 417-781-3839 for more info. $20 per class, all materials provided for first class.


RSVPaint (420 S Main St)

Tuesday–Saturday: 7–9pm
Saturday: 1–3pm – Family Paint

Discover your inner-artist! No experience required. Come Relax, Sip, Visit, and Paint! Each class will paint a different piece of artwork. Click here to see their calendar and to register. Ages 13 and up are welcome to attend, but you must be 21 to drink alcohol. Feel free to arrive 15 minutes early to get settled in. $60 for couples on date nights. $35 per person in advance, $40 at door. Family rates apply for Family Paint.


Spiva Center for the Arts (222 W 3rd St)

Creation Station (Ages 6-12)
Tuesday | March 7–May 30 | 3:45–5:00pm | Cost: $6 preregistration, $8 @ door
Drop in Thursday afternoons and experiment with a variety of media: painting, drawing, clay, collage, sculpture, and printmaking. Explore the galleries with scavenger hunts and other activities! Pre-registration is recommended. Space is limited in this popular class! Sponsored by Dr. John and Joy Cragin.

Young Artist Studio (Ages 7-13)
Tuesday | March 7–April 25 | 5:15–3:45pm | Cost: $80 (for 7 weeks)
This 7-week session will help young artists develop their skills and nurture that creative seed! Led by professional teaching artist, Sara Serio, students will explore a range of new media such as charcoal, sculpture, and printmaking. Space is limited, pre-registration is required. Taught by Sarah Serio.

Memories in the Making
Thursday | 10:00am–Noon | Cost: Free
Memories in the making is back! This art experience is centered on the expression of creativity through painting for those dealing with memory loss. There is no charge for the class and no prior art experience is necessary. Memories in the Making is hosted by the Alzheimer’s Association, Greater Missouri, in conjunction with George A. Spiva Center for the Arts.


OPEN STUDIOS

Everyday | Open Studio at Phoenix Fired Art, during regular business hours at Phoenix Fired Art (1603 S Main St)
The public is welcome to visit the gallery and observe artists at work at any time. Current Phoenix students may come for extra open studio hours ($5 an hour) and anyone with basic clay skills is welcome to use the facility for $10 an hour, though registered students have priority on equipment during class times. Annual membership: $25 for students, $30 for seniors, $35 for adults and $75 for a family.

Mon & Fri | All-Day Open Studio at Crackpot Pottery & Art Studio (3820 E 20th St)
Open Studio hours allow you to come and go anytime throughout these days during regular business hours. If you come during scheduled class time, students have first rights to equipment. Monthly passes are available for $200 each. Hourly rates (reloadable card issued) are $15/hour. Same rules for equipment use apply if you come during class.

Sunday | 1–7pm | Wine’d Down Open Studio at RSVPaint (420 S Main St)
Looking for something to do? RSVPaint Joplin has just the thing for you. Wine’d Down Open Studio, where no registration is needed (although you still can). Just walk in between the hours of 1–7pm and you can come paint with the help of their talented artists and drink all of the wine your heart desires. Allow yourself about 2-hours to complete your painting. Cost: $25 (all painting supplies included in cost – wine specials available).

***This list is subject to change. For the most up-to-date information, visit connect2culture.com/arts-calendar. Better yet! Subscribe to the Joplin Community Arts Calendar and receive weekly emails detailing the latest arts and cultural offerings