What’s coming up in November 2017? We have all the details on performances, arts events, exhibits, and classes happening throughout November in the #JoplinArts. Take a look below and share with friends…
November 1: Summoning Spirits with Peter Boie, 7:00pm at Missouri Southern State University, Corley Auditorium (3950 Newman Rd). Reach beyond the grave with an all new show that will make you scream! Summoning Spirits is a seance meets magic show designed to get your heart pumping with help from the other side! Written and performed by Peter, he brings to life old legends and haunted stories live on stage, for your delight… and fright. You are not going to want to miss this show! For more information call 417.625.9669.
November 2–12: Stained Glass Theatre Joplin presents Arsenic and Old Lace, 7:00pm (2:30pm on Sundays) at Stained Glass Theatre Joplin (2101 Annie Baxter Ave). In Arsenic and Old Lace, you will meet the charming and innocent ladies who populate their cellar with the remains of socially and religiously “acceptable” rumors. Then you will be greeted with the antics of their nephew who thinks he is Teddy Roosevelt and the equally curious activities of his brothers. This dark comedy is sure to delight audiences with famously funny and memorable characters! Adults, $10, Children $5. Tickets can be purchased exclusively at the door, which opens 45 minutes prior to show time. A handicap ramp is accessible at the rear of the building. For more information call 417.553.0755.
November 7: Siblings Improv LIVE – Pumpkin Spice Boyfriend, 8:00pm at JBs Downtown (112 S Main St). Siblings Improv presents a night of live improvised comedy all about falling in love. Come see a local improv troupe take suggestions from the audience and turn them into compelling moments and hilarious scenes. It’s all made up. No script. Which is usually pretty obvious. For more info, follow @SiblingsImprov.
November 9: Pro Musica presents Adaskin String Trio with Oboe Soloist Thomas Gallant, 7:00pm at First Presbyterian Church (509 S Pearl Ave). With performances described as exuberant and stirring, this trio has been lauded for “vigor, precision, and stylistic certitude” as well as “spontaneity, intensity, and charm.” The trio performs extensively through the USA and Canada and enjoys collaborations of the highest level with various artists. Their appearance in Joplin will feature oboist, Thomas Gallant, who is one of the world’s few virtuoso solo and chamber music performers on the oboe. Sponsored, in part, by Debbie Thompson and the Missouri Arts Council, a state agency. For more information call 417.625.1822.
November 9–11: Joplin High School Theatre Department presents Suite Surrender, 7:00pm at Joplin High School (2104 Indiana Ave). It’s 1942, and two of Hollywood’s biggest divas have descended upon the luxurious Palm Beach Royale Hotel — assistants, luggage, and legendary feud with one another in tow. Everything seems to be in order for their wartime performance…that is, until they are somehow assigned to the same suite. Mistaken identities, overblown egos, and a lap dog named Mr. Boodles round out this hilarious riot of a love note to the classic farces of the 30s and 40s. Tickets will be $5 for students and $7 for adults. For more information call 417.625.5238.
November 9: Southern Jazz Collective presents World Premiere, 7:30pm at Missouri Southern State University, Corley Auditorium (3950 Newman Rd). The Southern Jazz Collective, under the direction of Dr. Phillip C. Wise, will present the world premiere of an original musical work commissioned by the MSSU Institute of International Studies. The work is an original composition for jazz ensemble based on traditional Korean folk music. The composition is written by renowned composer Bret Zvacek. Mr. Zvacek serves as professor and director of jazz studies at The Crane School of Music, SUNY – Potsdam where he directs various jazz ensembles. Admission is free. For more information call 417.625.9736.
November 9: Jazz Combos Concert, 7:30pm at Missouri Southern State University, Corley Auditorium (3950 Newman Rd). The MSSU Jazz Combos, under the direction of Dr. Phil Wise, provide two incredible opportunities to hear jazz in configurations of combos. Whether you come to the concert on the MSSU campus on November 9 or you decide to take in more of the club atmosphere on the 10th at Gusanos, you will enjoy everything from standards to contemporary repertoire in the jazz idiom. For more information call 417.625.9636.
November 10: Jazz Combos at Gusano’s Pizza, 6:00pm at Gusano’s Chicago Style Pizzeria (3929 E 7th St). The MSSU Jazz Combos, under the direction of Dr. Phil Wise, provide two incredible opportunities to hear jazz in configurations of combos. Whether you come to the concert on the MSSU campus on November 9 or you decide to take in more of the club atmosphere on the 10th at Gusanos, you will enjoy everything from standards to contemporary repertoire in the jazz idiom. Reservations are recommended, for more information call 417.625.9636.
November 10: Pro Musica presents Adaskin String Trio with Oboe Soloist Thomas Gallant House Concert, 7:00pm. A special ticketed house concert in addition to their public performance on November 9th. With performances described as exuberant and stirring, this trio has been lauded for “vigor, precision, and stylistic certitude” as well as “spontaneity, intensity, and charm”. The trio performs extensively through the USA and Canada and enjoys collaborations of the highest level with various artists. Their appearance in Joplin will feature oboist, Thomas Gallant, who is one of the world’s few virtuoso solo and chamber music performers on the oboe. Sponsored, in part, by Debbie Thompson and the Missouri Arts Council, a state agency. For more information or to purchase tickets call 417.625.1822.
November 10 & 12: Heartland Opera Theatre presents An Opera Double-Bill, 7:30pm (2:30pm on Sunday) at Scottish Rite Cathedral (505 Byers Ave). The Old Maid and the Thief by Gian Carlo Menotti reveals the plethora of secrets that a small town can hold! A gathering of quaint characters including a busybody, a young housemaid, a town gossip and a wandering bum create a puzzle – which one is the real thief? Menotti wrote this popular opera for radio broadcast in 1939 and then adapted it for the stage. Leonard Bernstein began writing Trouble in Tahiti while on his honeymoon in 1951. Its music reflects the many styles for which he is most recognized and is the only work for which he wrote both the words and the music. Follow the melodic journey of Sam and Dinah as they try to find their way back to love and communication. Life in suburbia is not as idyllic as they thought! Tickets: $20 in advance, $25 at the door, $10 all students. For more information call 417.385.1454.
November 11 & 12: MSSU Theatre Department presents The Sleeping Beauty, 2:30pm at Missouri Southern State University, Taylor Performing Arts Center (3950 Newman Rd). This play tells the age-old story of the lovely princess who was cursed on the day of her christening by an uninvited wicked fairy. The fairy prophesied that on her 16th birthday the princess would prick her finger on a spindle and fall into a deep sleep. She will only be awakened one hundred years later by a prince brave enough to fight his way through the wilderness that grows up around the castle. Tickets: $3 Adults, $1 Children (12 and under). For more information call 417.625.9393.
November 12: Amy LaVere House Concert, 5:00pm at The Coda Concert House. A burgeoning star, Amy LaVere is becoming renowned worldwide for her songwriting, bass playing, and vocals. She sings with a sweet, haunting voice that can turn on a dime from innocent to lusty (“Norah Jones with an added Cyndi Lauper element” — Mojo Magazine; “Spookiness suits her” — New York Times). Whether playing as a duo with her husband Will Sexton or with retro-country sensation Motel Mirrors, she’s an inventive, thoughtful singer-songwriter who has crowds throughout the US and Europe in awe. Suggested donation: $20 (100% to the artist performing). Email email@example.com for details or to make reservations.
November 14: Flute Studio Recital, 7:30pm at Missouri Southern State University, Corley Auditorium (3950 Newman Rd). MSSU Music Department is proud to present the Flute Studio in Recital. This event is free and open to the public. For more information call 417.625.9300.
November 17 & 18: The TJ Upper School Musical – Curtains, 7:00pm at Thomas Jefferson Independent Day School (3401 Newman Rd). Curtains is parody of 1950s “whodunnit” theater mysteries, where a lone detective, Lieutenant Frank Cioffi, investigates a series of murders that take place behind the scenes of a fictional 1950s cowboy musical, Robbin’ Hood. The cast of Robbin’ Hood is forced to stay inside the theater while Boston police detective Frank Cioffi unravels the mystery, getting involved with the show and falling in love with ingenue Niki Harris in the process. For more information call 417.781.5124.
November 17–19: Midwest Regional Ballet presents Stolen Christmas, 7:30pm (2:30pm on Saturday and Sunday) at Memorial Auditorium & Convention Center (503 N Pine St, Pittsburg, KS). Midwest Regional Ballet presents a favorite Christmas story for all ages. This is the company’s children’s original dance production for the holidays. Tickets are $12 for all ages reserved, $10 for general admission balcony. Reserve tickets online at memorialauditorium.org or by calling 630-231-7827. Tickets go on sale October 30.
November 17: Southern Symphony Orchestra presents Arirang, 7:30pm at Missouri Southern State University, Taylor Performing Arts Center (3950 Newman Rd).The Southern Symphony Orchestra, under the direction of conductor Dr. Jeffrey Macomber, presents the premier performance of the well-known Korean folk song Arirang, which is often considered as the unofficial national anthem of Korea. Dr. Macomber wrote a theme and variations piece for piano and string orchestra. He explains: “It is a subdued setting of this folk song that, as is the case with many Asian folk musics, written using the Pentatonic Scale (C, D, F, G, A, in Western pitch identification). Arirang is a folk melody, centuries old, that carries many references from mountain passes, to mountain valleys, and lovers traversing these locations. It has a cultural presence in the folk histories of both South and North Korea.” Admission is free. For more information call 417.625.9736.
November 18: The Traitor Episode Dinner Theater, 6:00pm at The Scottish Rite of Freemasonry (505 S Byers Ave). The Scottish Rite of Freemasonry, in the Valley of Joplin, Missouri would like to invite you to the second ever public theatrical performance of The Traitor and an enjoyable dinner at the Scottish Rite Cathedral in Joplin. The Traitor is a Scottish Rite play about many of the founding fathers of our country and especially in regard to the first traitor of our country, Benedict Arnold. Historically speculative, but very plausible, the play deals with the relationship of Benedict Arnold to the rest of the Masonic Fraternity, to which he also belongs. Tickets to the event are only $25 and include your meal in the Dining Room and attendance at the theatrical performance of The Traitor in the Scottish Rite Auditorium. A cash bar will also be available before dinner. Don’t miss this opportunity to see inside this beautiful historic Cathedral. Tickets are available at the Scottish Rite Office in Joplin or you can call 417.623.3219 to make reservations.
November 20: Percussion Ensemble Concert, 7:30pm at Missouri Southern State University, Bud Walton Theatre (3950 Newman Rd). The Percussion Ensemble Concert will be under the direction of Chase Neely. This concert is free and open to the public. For more information call 417.625.9543.
November 27: Vocal Jazz Combo Concert Featuring Bailey Park, 7:30pm at Missouri Southern State University, Corley Auditorium (3950 Newman Rd). Vocalist Bailey Park will join the Southern Jazz Combo for a performance of a variety of jazz standards. There will also be a variety of community vocalists as well as student musicians. If you would like more information call 417.625.3061.
November 28: Michael Jackson Tribute Show, 7:00pm at Joplin Memorial Hall (212 W 8th St). Michael Jackson Tribute Show spectacular starring America’s #1 Michael Jackson impersonator, Danny Dash Andrews. Be a part of this incredible concert experience that pays tribute to the life and legacy of The King of Pop. A show for all ages, this two hour non-stop high energy show will take you on a breathtaking magical musical journey that spans Jackson’s four decade career. This extraordinary production features state of the art lighting and concert sound that truly captures the essence of Michael Jackson’s worldwide concerts. Pre-Sales Tickets: VIP Meet-and-Greet $45; Floor $20; Balcony $15. For more information call 210.629.7844. Tickets are sold exclusively through eventbrite.com.
November 3: First Friday WineShare, 6:00–8:00pm at Infuжn Водка Bar (528 S Main St). WineShare is a national event that takes place on the First Friday of each month. Its a great opportunity to meet new friends or catch up with old ones. It’s also a fantastic way to kick off date night! Feel free to bring friends or colleagues, as well. Bring a bottle of wine or a craft beer. The Downtown Joplin Alliance will take care of the rest. As always, there is no charge to attend WineShare and everyone 21 years of age and older is welcome. This month, Heartland Opera Theatre will give a free live performance to promote their upcoming production. Free Admission. For more information, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
November 4 or 5: Expressions of the Soul, 1:00pm at George Washington Carver National Monument (5646 Carver Rd). Carver had a passion for art and believed that his creations were expressions of his soul. See images of Carver’s artwork that he used to convey the sense of serenity and personal rejuvenation. For more information call 417.325.4151.
November 4: Holiday Open House, 9:00am–5:00pm at Wildcat Glades Conservation & Audubon Center (201 W Riviera Dr). See what’s new in the Heron’s Nest nature gift shop and start your holiday shopping for the nature lover on your list! Free refreshments served as well. Catch the free program on winter birds and bird feeding and get your feeders, seed, field guides, and other items while you’re here! For more information or to register call 417.782.6287 or email email@example.com.
November 4: Discover Winter Birds and Bird Feeding, 9:30am–Noon at Wildcat Glades Conservation & Audubon Center (201 W Riviera Dr). Many winter guests are beginning to arrive at the feeders. Do you know who they are? The event will begin indoors learning basic bird ID techniques, some of the common winter birds, and ways to attract winter guests to your yard. Then also learn about critical issues affecting birds and what can be done to help them, including participation in citizen science bird counts and other projects. Following a discussion of how to use binoculars, then head outdoors for a chance to see and hear birds on a short, easy hike through the park. Be sure and help support the birds and your local Ozark Gateway Audubon Chapter by purchasing bird seed from their sale! For more information or to register call 417.782.6287 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
November 4: Joplin Public Library Makerspace Open House, 10:00am–2:00pm at Joplin Public Library (1901 E 20th St). Post Art Library and Joplin Public Library invite you to meet your makerspace! During this event, the Joplin Public Library Makerspace is open on a walk-in only, first come, first serve basis. You do not need a library card to use the makerspace. Use of all makerspace equipment is free (though a small fee applies to 3D print) and open to the public. Patrons under the age of 18 must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian to use the makerspace during this event. Makerspace equipment is for in-house use only. Equipment available in the makerspace includes: 3D printing and scanning, laser cutting, digital media conversion, origami, virtual reality, sewing, button-making, and more. Questions? Call Jill Sullivan at 417-623-7953 x1041. Facebook event page: https://www.facebook.com/events/722618587929150
November 6–7: A Laura Ingalls Wilder Christmas Auditions, 7:00pm at Stained Glass Theatre of Joplin (2101 Annie Baxter Ave). Auditions will include cold readings from the script. Those interested in musical parts should prepare a song to sing in auditions. Synopsis: In their poorest winter ever, when the crops have been devastated by locusts and the family must deal with the death of baby Freddie, Charles Ingalls backtracks his family to Burr Oak, Iowa, to take over the running of a hotel. And if things weren’t bad enough, Ma tells Laura she must be nice to Johnny Steadman, “the worst boy in Iowa.” When wealthy Mrs. Starr asks for Laura as a companion to read to her in the afternoons, Laura is overjoyed to be invited into such a fine house, but when she overhears Mrs. Starr offer to adopt Laura as her own daughter to ease the burden of so many children, Laura is certain that Ma and Pa will give her up. As Christmas morning approaches, Laura is faced with a decision: Will she choose what she believes is best for the family or will she find a way to stay with Pa, Ma, Mary and Carrie? This original play presents the poignant story of the “missing” two years in the life of the Ingalls family—the only substantial period that Laura chose not to write about in her Little House books. Told with period songs, humor and depth of character, A Laura Ingalls Wilder Christmas tells a story of healing that celebrates the importance of enduring family bonds. Performances dates: December 7–17. For more information please call 417.553.0755 or email email@example.com.
November 6: Main Gallery Dinner (Ages 21+), CANCELLED, 7:00pm at Spiva Center for the Arts (222 W 3rd St). Come enjoy a four-course dinner by Chef Damien of Crabby’s with beautiful tablescapes by Justin from the Wild Flower. Dine among friends and art in Spiva’s Main Gallery. Seating is limited. Cost is $100 a plate. For more information or to register visit spivaarts.org or call 417.623.0183.
November 7: Chat N Craft (Adults), 5:30–8:00pm at Joplin Public Library (1901 E 20th St). 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.
November 7: MSSU Korean Film Festival – 200 Pounds Beauty, 7:00pm at Missouri Southern State University, Cornell Auditorium (3950 Newman Rd). In this comedy drama, an overweight young woman desperately in love with a man who does not share her feelings experiences an almost magical transformation through cosmetic surgery to become strikingly attractive. Her subsequent love life, though, does not prove to be what she imagined it would be. For more information call 417.625.9736 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
November 9: A Conversation with Deborah Smith, 11:00am at Missouri Southern State University, Phelps Theater (3950 Newman Rd). Deborah Smith, translator of recent Korean fiction, including The Accusation by “Bandi” and Han Kang’s best-selling The Vegetarian, will join live via Skype from Great Britain for a discussion of The Accusation, contemporary Korean fiction and the challenges of translation. Ms. Smith’s talk will be followed by a question-and answer session with Missouri Southern faculty, students and guests. This will be a unique opportunity to learn more about the creation and translation of the collection of North Korean stories chosen by the Department of English and Philosophy as a common reader. For more information call 417.625.9736 or email email@example.com.
November 9: Joplin Writers’ Guild, 6:00pm at Joplin Public Library (1901 E 20th St). 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.
November 9: Ronald McDonald Charities of the Four States’ Gift of Light, Gift of Love Tree Lighting Event, 7:00pm at Northpark Mall in the Macy’s Women’s/Men’s Courtyard (101 N Rangeline Rd). Remember as a child the holiday season had a certain magic in the air? Remember the magic at Ronald McDonald House Charities of the Four States’ 16th annual Gift of Light, Gift of Love tree lighting event. Enjoy holiday musical entertainment provided by the Missouri Southern State University Chorale under the direction of Dr. David Sharlow. Delight in the special lighting of the magnificent 20’ Christmas tree and behold the sight of the awe-inspiring, wintry scene. Invite your family and friends for this free event and remember the magic. This event is free and open to the public! If you have any questions or if you or your organization would like to help sponsor the tree contact the Ronald McDonald House at 417.624.2273.
November 11: Coloring Book Club, 10:30am–12:00pm 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! Admission is free and open to the public. For more information, call 417.623.0183 or visit spivaarts.org.
November 11: Artist Talk 101 with Josie Mai, 11:00am at Spiva Center for the Arts (222 W 3rd St). Come hear how to give a short, effective, verbal presentation about a work or body of art. Designed for artists and art appreciators who want tips on how to intelligently and passionately discuss visual art without rambling. Includes a handout and a chance to workshop ideas in small groups. Facilitated by Executive Director, Josie Mai. All ages and free admission. For more information or to register visit spivaarts.org or call 417.623.0183.
November 11 or 12: Carver and Chemurgy, 1:00pm at George Washington Carver National Monument (5646 Carver Rd). In a study called Chemurgy, George Washington Carver created an interesting array of by-products from such agricultural plants as peanuts, soybeans, cowpeas, and cotton. Visitors will learn the “why” behind these creative synthetic products and how his work has impacted society. For more information call 417.325.4151.
November 11: Recycled Crafts, 1:00–4:00pm at Wildcat Glades Conservation & Audubon Center (201 W Riviera Dr). Join in for this creatively crafty program to celebrate America Recycles Day (November 15th). Discover how to turn trash into fun works of art or practical items to use around the house as you visit different craft stations at your leisure. Come and go as you please. For more information or to register call 417.782.6287 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
November 11: Wonders of the Night Sky, 6:30pm at George Washington Carver National Monument (5646 Carver Rd). George Washington Carver National Monument’s largest natural resource is the night sky. Come and learn about celestial navigation, star stories, and the effects of light pollution. A brief slide show will be followed by an outside constellation tour. For more information call 417.325.4151.
November 11: Masterpiece in a Day: LegoLand (Ages 3-16), 2:00–3:30pm at Missouri Southern State University Spiva Art Gallery (3950 Newman Rd).Participants will design a plan for their creation and then be given a set amount of time to bring it to life with Legos. Once the projects are complete, judges (participating children) will determine who has created the best “masterpiece.” Prizes will be awarded. The fee to participate is $6 and about 20 spots are available. Located on the MSSU Campus in the Fine Arts Complex, in room 202, next to the MSSU Spiva Art Gallery. To RSVP, email Bentley at Bentley-C@mssu.edu by Wednesday, November 8 by 5:00pm.
November 14: Why Export to South Korea?, 9:30am at Missouri Southern State University, Cornell Auditorium (3950 Newman Rd). This workshop, presented by Doug Evans, an international trade manager with the Missouri Department of Economic Development (DED), will cover such topics as U.S. exports to South Korea, Missouri exports to South Korea, and Missouri and federal resources to assist exporters. Evans, the DED’s trade manager for the Central and Southeast Asia region, excluding China, works with Missouri’s foreign trade offices in Japan, South Korea, and Singapore to assist Missouri businesses export goods and services to those countries as well as Vietnam, Malaysia, Indonesia, and other surrounding nations. He also provides advocacy for Missouri companies in their current and future trade efforts with these countries. Evans, who earned his undergraduate degree in communication studies from the University of Kansas with a focus in East Asian culture, holds an International M.B.A. in global development from the Thunderbird School of Global Management. He started his international trade career with the Peace Corps serving in Zambia. For seven years, he has worked for both the public and private sectors in international aid and trade, and most recently worked in Boehringer Ingelheim’s animal health business in the Kansas City Animal Health Corridor. Admission is free and open to the public. For more information call 417.625.9736 or email email@example.com.
November 16: Phoenix Fired Art’s Sixth Annual “Empty Bowls” Fundraiser, 11:00am–2:00pm & 5:00pm–7:30pm at Phoenix Fired Art (1603 S Main). Do you enjoy local artwork, tasty soups, and helping alleviate hunger in our community? Then this event at Phoenix Fired Art is for you! Select your favorite handmade ceramic bowl and fill it with your choice of delicious soup from one of our area’s many local restaurants! Oh yeah, and you get to keep the bowl as a reminder of your generous donation to help people in need! All proceeds will be split evenly between organizations working to alleviate hunger in our area: Crosslines, Meals on Wheels, Salvation Army, Watered Gardens and the Webb City Farmer’s Market. Bowl pre-sales are a $25 minimum donation with some special bowls priced at $40. Bowls sold the day of the event are $20 except for marked artist bowls. Additional bowls of soup may be purchased for $5 per bowl. In addition, several pieces will be raffled off for $5 a ticket. For more information call 417.437.9281.
November 17: Fall Rummage Sale, 9:00am–5:00pm at Wildcat Glades Conservation & Audubon Center (201 W Riviera Dr). A project of the Wildcat Glades Conservation & Audubon Center Volunteers; all proceeds benefit education programs at the Center. Donations will be taken between November 7th and November 15th. For more information or to register call 417.782.6287 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
November 17: The Hip Handmade Market Happy Hour 2017, 6:00–8:00pm at The Roxy Event Center (102 S Joplin Ave). The Hip Handmade Market is Southwest Missouri’s original juried indie craft fair. This is the 4th annual Fall Market + the 8th Market all together. Friday night has been dubbed the HHM Happy Hour! Tickets are on sale for $10 via TheHipHandmadeMarket.com through noon on the November 15. They can also be purchased at the door for $15. Not only are tickets for Friday night limited so that you can enjoy shopping without a crowd, they include access to a Donut Bar hosted by the Donut Hole and drinks including cocktails for those 21 and up! Plus, the local band Townhouse Fire will be playing an acoustic set you can listen to while you shop. For more information visit thehiphandmademarket.com.
November 18: The Fall Hip Handmade Market 2017, 9:00am–4:00pm at The Roxy Event Center (102 S Joplin Ave). The Hip Handmade Market is Southwest Missouri’s original juried indie craft fair. This is the 4th annual Fall Market + the 8th Market all together. The HHM is different from most craft shows around the area. The Hip Handmade Market partners with Art Feeds and will be taking a $2 per adult entry donation at the door. They will also be hosting a photo booth for all to enjoy. For more information visit thehiphandmademarket.com.
November 18: Fall Rummage Sale, 9:00am–5:00pm at Wildcat Glades Conservation & Audubon Center (201 W Riviera Dr). A project of the Wildcat Glades Conservation & Audubon Center Volunteers; all proceeds benefit education programs at the Center. Donations will be taken between November 7th and November 15th. For more information or to register call 417.782.6287 or email email@example.com.
November 18: George Washington Carver the Leader, 1:00pm at George Washington Carver National Monument (5646 Carver Rd). What does leadership mean to you? Join a park ranger for a presentation on George Washington Carver’s leadership traits and how to inspire others in your community. For more information call 417.325.4151.
November 19: A Genius Remembered, George Washington Carver, 1:00pm at George Washington Carver National Monument (5646 Carver Rd). This 30 minute film explores the life of George Washington Carver, told by people who actually knew him and by others whose work was influenced by his legacy. For more information call 417.325.4151.
November 20: Downtown Poetry Reading and Open Mic, 6:00–8:00pm at Joplin Avenue Coffee Company (506 S Joplin Ave). Poetry reading and open mic. Open mic sign-up begins at 6:00pm. Three featured poets will begin reading at 6:15pm. Open mic starts at 7:00pm. This event occurs on the third Monday of each month – same place, same time. For more information, contact Allison Blevins at firstname.lastname@example.org.
November 24: Fourth Friday Film Night, Potluck at 6:00pm; Movie begins at 6:30pm at Phoenix Fired Art (1603 S Main St). Fourth Friday Film Nights showcase artist 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.
November 25: Joplin History & Mineral Museum Train Show and Swap Meet, 9:00am–3:00pm at Joplin History & Mineral Museum Complex (7th and Schifferdecker). Come see Model, Collectible, and Antique Electric Trains. Operating layouts, collectable train memorabilia, and over 60 tables of items will be for sale. Admission is $3 adult, children under 12 admitted free. All proceeds at the door go to benefit the Joplin History & Mineral Museum Complex. Door prizes will be available on the hour. For more information call Rick Gardner at 417.673.4888 or email email@example.com.
November 25: Spiva Homecoming, 5:00–8:00pm at Spiva Center for the Arts, (222 W 3rd St). Honoring 70 years of history and tradition! Spiva exists through members, artists, and the community. Join the celebration of the people and events that created Spiva Center for the Arts. There are so many memories to share with you and your family! If you have a memory or story to share contact Eden Elliott at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone at 417.623.0183.
November 27 & 28: MSSU Theatre Department Auditions – Pippin, 7:00pm at Missouri Southern State University, Taylor Performing Arts Center (3950 Newman Rd). With an infectiously unforgettable score from musical theatre giant, Stephen Schwartz (Wicked, Godspell, Children of Eden), Pippin captivates and appeals to the young at heart throughout the world. Heir to the Frankish throne, the young prince Pippin searches for the secret to true happiness. In the end, he finds that happiness lies not in extraordinary endeavors, but rather in the unextraordinary moments that happen every day. Tickets: $5 Adults, $3 Senior Citizens and Students. For more information call 417.625.9393.
November 28: Missouri Arts Council Workshop, 3:00–5:00pm at Spiva Center for the Arts (222 W 3rd St). The Missouri Arts Council seeks eligible organizations (Missouri-based, tax-exempt only) looking for funding for art projects, who are not familiar with the Missouri Arts Council (MAC) application process. Join for the annual grant information workshops. The two-hour workshop covers basic information on MAC grants, both monthly and annual (except Arts Education), grant eligibility, accessing the new online grant system, the application and panel processes, preparing support materials and how to strategically address narrative questions. If you have never applied for MAC funding, or seek to improve your grant application, this free workshop is for you! Note that MAC grants are available only to organizations, not individuals. Come and meet MAC staff, including Michael and Kathleen, and connect with your local arts and arts advocacy communities. This is our chance to get to know you and your opportunity to find resources and services with a personal touch! Workshop begins at 3pm. Bring business cards and brochures if you have them and join your colleagues at 2:30pm to network and learn about Missouri Citizens for the Arts (MCA). RSVP preferred, but not required. Registration: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/fy19-grant-information-workshop-joplin-tickets-37501755761.
Thursdays: Knittervention of Joplin, 6:00–8:00pm at Phoenix Fired Art (1603 S Main St). 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.
October 14–December 8: 70th Membership Show, Spiva Center for the Arts, Main Gallery (222 W 3rd St). Over 100 Spiva member artists present their best work in this annual showcase of regional talent. A fascinating mix of styles and media. For more information, call 417.623.0183 or visit spivaarts.org.
October 14–December 8: In a Japanese Garden by Carol Adamec, Spiva Center for the Arts, Regional Gallery (222 W 3rd St). The exhibition consists of paintings and sculpture of flowers and kimonos, and is installed to include garden-related items (stones, floral arrangements, a stone lantern, fountains, etc) to create a Zen-like environment. The tone of this body of work is contemplative, emphasizing beauty and tradition. For more information, call 417.623.0183 or visit spivaarts.org.
November: New Beginnings by Joplin Regional Artists Coalition, Spiva Center for the Arts, Upstairs Gallery (222 W 3rd St). This exhibit consist of artwork from Joplin Regional Artist Coalition members. For more information, call 417.623.0183 or visit spivaarts.org.
November: Animal Spirit Guides by Dr. Michael Gory DVM, Urban Art Gallery (511 S Main St). Reception: November 18, 5:00–7:30pm. Large animals are the stars here. Glowing, intense color and fluorescent expressionism create a sense of heightened consciousness in a shimmering, magical world.
November: Nomadic Art by Robbie Benson, Joplin Avenue Coffee Company (506 S Joplin Ave). Photography featuring the traveling adventures of Robbie Benson.
November 4 – December 31: Artwork by Randall Kronblad and Mary Ann Soerries, Wildcat Glades Conversation & Audubon Center (201 Riviera Dr). Kronblad, of Northwest Arkansas, will be exhibiting his pastel drawings, while Soerries’ will feature her photography. The Centers hours are 9:00am–5:00pm, Tuesday–Saturday. For more information call 417.782.6287 or email email@example.com.
September–December: Kathy Ruth Neal Woodcarvings at Joplin Public Library (1901 E 20th St). Post Art Library has partnered with Spiva Center for the Arts to present a selection of Kathy Ruth Neal’s woodcarvings in the library. Kathy Ruth Neal (1945-2009) was a brilliant, self-taught artist who is known for creating outside the boundaries of both traditional folk and fine art. Her work offers a unique perspective on life that turns the ordinary – going to the movies, swimming, politics, etc. – into the extraordinary. Ten woodcarvings from the permanent collection of Spiva Center for the Arts will be on display inside Joplin Public Library now through December 2017.
August–December: Vanishing Landscapes by Jim Bray, Joplin Public Library (1901 E 20th St). Jim Bray’s paintings capture the magnificent diagonals of mining sites in Colorado and Webb City with falling timbers, angles of mountainous horizons, and textured and patterned landscape surfaces. His landscapes, trains, and other works are influenced by his regular visits to the American Southwest, renewing impressions from his childhood in Oklahoma and his interest in the vanishing landscape of rural America. Post Art Library is happy to present Bray’s Vanishing Landscapes, which is on exhibit through December 2017 in The Bramlage and Willcoxon Foundation Gallery inside Joplin Public Library.
September–November: Portrait Series by Lydia Humphreys, Joplin Public Library (1901 E 20th St). During a color theory class at Missouri Southern State University, Lydia Humphreys realized her memory is based on color and patterns. Inspired by this realization, Humphreys began a portrait series, painting people in the color she sees them. “Perhaps one of the most intriguing aspects of creating this series,” said Humphreys, “is realizing just how beautiful people are. Every face has particular lines, shadows, and highlights that make it special.” Sixteen of Humphrey’s portraits are on exhibit in the Local History, Genealogy, and Post Reading Room wing inside Joplin Public Library now through mid-November. For more information call 417.623.7953.
October 12–November 2: Sculpture & Ceramics by Jeff Johnston, MSSU Spiva Art Gallery (3950 Newman Rd). Jeff Johnston is a Professor of Art and Head of the Clay and Sculpture Department at College of the Ozarks in Point Lookout, Missouri. He has a BFA in Ceramics from the University of Cincinnati, Ohio where he was also an architectural candidate. He received a master’s degree from Portland State University. His work has been exhibited both nationally and internationally. The gallery is located in the Fine Arts Center on the MSSU Campus and is open to the public from 9:00am–5:00pm, Monday–Friday. There will be a workshop during the day and a public reception (both) on November 2 from 3:00–5:00pm.
November 8–December 1: Specious Reflections by Kerra Taylor, MSSU Spiva Art Gallery (3950 Newman Rd). Kerra Taylor’s solo exhibition, Specious Recollections, is comprised of large, narrative paintings of her family. These paintings illustrate embellished memories of her family experiences. Kerra has exhibited her work throughout Missouri, Illinois, Kansas, and Indiana. She has also been featured in international shows. She has published in several publications including New American Paintings: MFA editions #117 and #129. Kerra has an MFA from Southern Illinois University Carbondale and a BFA from Missouri State University. She currently teaches beginning drawing classes at Missouri State University. For more information visit: http://www.kerrataylor.com. Contact the MSSU Art Department at 417.625.9563 or Christine Bentley at firstname.lastname@example.org with questions regarding the show or gallery events. An Artist Talk will be held December 1 from 1:00–2:00pm. A reception will be held December 1 from 2:00–4:00pm.
November 4: Vet Art: Glass Fusion, 1:00pm at Spiva Center for the Arts (222 W 3rd St). Create your own fused glass artwork with Dianne Miller of Walnut Springs Art Barn. Decorative glass fusing is the technique used to join glass pieces together by melting the glass at high temperature in a kiln. Participants will have the opportunity to make multiple pieces of glasswork. This is the perfect workshop to take care of holiday gift giving. Give the gift of glass! Limit 12 participants. For information visit spivaarts.org or call 417.623.0183.
November 8: Talkin’ Turkey Preschool Program (Ages 3–6), 10:00am at Wildcat Glades Conservation & Audubon Center (201 W Riviera Dr). Did you know that a turkey is more than Thanksgiving dinner? Join a naturalist to learn more about these gobblers through stories, games, and crafts. For more information or to pre-register call 417.782.6287.
November 9: K-POP Dance Workshop!, 6:00pm at Missouri Southern State University, Dance Studio in Mayes Student Life Center (3950 Newman Rd). Do you like to dance? Would you like to try something new and different? Or maybe you have been wanting to try K-POP dancing for a long time, but haven’t had the opportunity to? The wildly popular K-POP (Korean-Pop) music scene is taking the world by storm with upbeat and catchy songs, awe-inspiring music videos, and unforgettable dance moves. At the K-POP Dance Workshops, you will get everything from the basics of K-POP dancing to specific choreography, as well as a rare insight into Korean pop culture. We will teach the choruses of two songs/dances and one surprise song! The workshop is open to anyone and everyone. Don’t forget to bring comfy dancing shoes, a water bottle, and a towel! Admission is free, for more information call 417.625.9736 or email email@example.com.
November 11: Gratitude Journals (Ages 11+), 10:00am at Spiva Center for the Arts (222 W 3rd St). Join artist Ann Leach and professional bookbinder Olive Sullivan for a morning of reflection and creativity. During this workshop, participants will learn simple binding techniques and doodling methods to create a keepsake filled with memories, sayings, and expressions of gratefulness from the year. To register or for more information visit spivaarts.org or call 623.0183.
November 11: Talkin’ Turkey Preschool Program (Ages 3-6), 1:00pm at Wildcat Glades Conservation & Audubon Center (201 W Riviera Dr). Did you know that a turkey is more than Thanksgiving dinner? Join a naturalist to learn more about these gobblers through stories, games, and crafts. For more information or to pre-register call 417.782.6287.
November 18: Pawpaw Patch Production presents Make, Swap, and Build Animals Totem Poles (Ages 6+), 9:00am at Wildcat Glades Conservation & Audubon Center (201 Riviera Dr). Each class member will choose his or her special Missouri-native animal and make enough to swap with other class participants to create their own totem poles. While your critters cure, you will learn about some of Missouri’s unusual animal species. Cost is $25 for the first person, $12 for additional family members, adults helping children free (a portion supports the center). Registration required by 12 Noon on the Thursday before the class. Call or text 417-553-1583, or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Your registration will be complete when you receive a reply.
November 21: Pawpaw Patch Production presents Use your Leftover Clay Party! (Ages 15+), 6:00pm at Wildcat Glades Conservation & Audubon Center (201 Riviera Dr). Bring your leftover polymer clay and use it to cover objects for something beautiful and useful. There will be iridescent powders, chalks, all the tools, and a supply of glass vases and metal tins (but you can bring your own light switch plates, tins, and glass objects). Cost is $15 per person (a portion supports the center). Registration required by 12 Noon on the Thursday before the class. Call or text 417-553-1583, or email email@example.com. Your registration will be complete when you receive a reply.
November 25 or 26: The Life and the Legacy, Booker T. Washington, 1:00pm at George Washington Carver National Monument (5646 Carver Rd). Through narration and re-enactment, this 30-minute film traces the legacy of Booker T. Washington and the founding of Tuskegee Institute. For more information call 417.325.4151.
Fridays: Date Night at Firehouse Pottery-Joplin (112 S Main St). Looking for something different to do on a Friday night? Firehouse Pottery-Joplin has something just for you and your significant other. Date night prices are available until 8:00pm on Fridays. This means 2 for 1 studio fees are available to all couples. For more information call 417.553.0671.
Tuesdays: Ladies’ Night Out (Ages 18+) at Firehouse Pottery-Joplin (112 S Main St). Ladies! Gather your girls and enjoy a creative evening with Firehouse Pottery-Joplin. Ladies enjoy free studio fees until 8:00pm on Tuesdays. For more information call 417.553.0671.
Mondays & Fridays: Listen & Draw After School, 3:00pm at Joplin Public Library (1901 E 20th St). An opportunity for school-aged children who visit the library after school to listen to an audiobook while they draw. Suggested age range: K-5th grade. For more information call 417.623.7953.
1st & 3rd Saturdays: Preschool Mini Makers (Ages 3-5), 10:30am at Spiva Center for the Arts (222 W 3rd St). Mini Makers is held on the 1st and 3rd Saturdays of the month. These workshops are for the smallest artists in your family! Each session students will create projects with professional teacher and artist Brooks Elizabeth around a theme. Get ready for an hour of fun and creativity for your little ones! Cost for the class is $6 pre-registration, $8 at the door. Call 417.623.0183 to register or visit spivaarts.org.
Crackpot Pottery & Studio (3820 E 20th St):
Tuesday | 11am–2pm or 6pm–9pm
Wednesday | 10am–Noon or 6pm–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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Saturday | 10am–Noon | Drop-In Class
Drop-in and play with clay! This class costs $30 plus clay. No 8-week commitment required.
Hobby Lobby (1315 S Rangeline Rd):
Tuesdays: Painting Classes with Pam Leisenring, 9:00am–Noon, Hobby Lobby Classroom (1315 S Rangeline Rd). 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. Now scheduling for Spring Classes! New members always welcome. Call 417.781.3839 for more info. $20 per class, all materials provided for first class.
Wednesdays: Painting Classes with Pam Leisenring, 4:30pm–7:30pm, Hobby Lobby Classroom (1315 S Rangeline Rd). 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. Now scheduling for Spring Classes! New members always welcome. Call 417.781.3839 for more info. $20 per class, all materials provided for first class.
Local Color Art Gallery & Studio (1027 S Main St):
Wednesdays: Wednesday Classes at Local Color, 2:00–6:00pm at Local Color Art Gallery & Studio (1027 S Main St). Calling all “big kids” for a weekly drop-in painting class for adults! Decide when to come and how long to stay. With up to 4 hours of painting time, you can both accomplish and enjoy more personal instruction. Paula Giltner teaches 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. The fee is $20 per class. Call Paula at 417.291.1486.
Third Thursdays: Painting and Sculpting with April Davis, 6:00–8:00pm at Local Color Art Gallery & Studio (1027 S Main St). 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 & Wednesdays: Monthly Clay Classes at Phoenix Fired Art, 11:00am–2:00pm and 6:00pm–9:00pm. 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 and functional vessels! Each monthly clay class includes 4 (3 hour classes) of instruction. It is recommended that students join the first week of each month. Advanced students may join mid-session. $120 Phoenix Members; $150 Non-Members (additional fees may apply). Call 417.437.9281 to register.
Saturdays: Saturday Drop-In Clay Class with Geoffrey, 9:30am–Noon, Phoenix Fired Art. 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).
RSVPaint Joplin (223 W 3rd St):
Classes are available Thursday–Sunday at different times. Visit rsvpaintjop.com for a full list of classes and times available on these days.
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.
Spiva Center for the Arts (222 W 3rd St):
Tuesdays: Creation Station (Ages 6-12), 3:45–5:00pm at Spiva Center for the Arts (222 W 3rd St). Drop in and experiment with a variety of media: painting, drawing, clay, collage, sculpture, and printmaking. Explore the galleries with scavenger hunts and other activities. Cost: $6 with pre-registration; $8 at the door. Call 417.623.0183 to register.
Tuesdays: Young Artist Studio (Ages 11-13), 5:15–6:30pm at Spiva Center for the Arts (222 W 3rd St). This program provides students the opportunity to explore in depth the art forms they love, as well as experiment with new materials. Cost: $80 (course) or $11 weekly. Call 417.623.0183 to register.
Thursdays: Memories in the Making, 10:00am–Noon at Spiva Center for the Arts (222 W 3rd St). 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. For more information, call 417.623.0183 or visit spivaarts.org.
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, $40 for seniors, $50 for adults and $100 for a family.
Monday & Friday: 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.
Wednesday: Wine’d Down Open Studio, 5:00–9:00pm at RSVPaint Joplin (223 W 3rd 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 and you can 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).
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