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Edwin Brown III (as Anthony Burns) and the cast of And Justice for Some: The Freedom Trial of Anthony Burns [1858]. Photo by J. Robert Schraeder and courtesy of The Coterie Theatre.
Edwin Brown III (as Anthony Burns) and the cast of And Justice for Some: The Freedom Trial of Anthony Burns [1858]. Photo by J. Robert Schraeder and courtesy of The Coterie Theatre.

UMKC’s weekly arts, sports and culture roundup

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

Featured Event: 

What: And Justice for Some: The Trial of Anthony Burns (1858)
Anthony Burns escaped slavery. Despite a fierce defense at trial, he was returned to his Southern master. This powerful case helped create the party that propelled Lincoln to the White House. In a unique twist at the end of the play, theatre-goers participate as 1858 Massachusetts State Senators to discuss themes brought up by the play. The play is written by Wendy Lement and Bethany Dunakin, and is directed by Jeff Church. This is a co-production between UMKC Theatre and The Coterie.
Where: The Coterie, Crown Center, Suite 144, 2450 Grand Ave., Kansas City, Mo.
When: Jan. 26 – Feb. 21
UMKC Connection: Two UMKC graduate theatre students founded the Coterie.
For tickets and show times, visit the website.

Jan. 20 – 26

What: Out of Order
A dead body is found on the balcony at the Watergate Hotel by a less than ethical U.S. Senator who has booked the room for nefarious purposes. If the body is discovered, the Senator’s career will tank. So he has his assistant remove it, only to find that it keeps reappearing every time. This crazy shell game involves a conniving waiter, an alert private detective, a suspicious hotel manager, an angry wife, a furious husband, a bungling secretary and an unconscious nurse, creating one of the cleverest and funniest hide-and-seek farces ever written.
Where: The New Theatre Restaurant, 9299 Foster St., Overland Park, Kan.
When:
Now through Feb. 14
For tickets and show times, visit the website.
UMKC Connection: Co-owners Dennis Hennessy and Richard Carrothers are both UMKC graduates and both were presented with honorary doctorates by the UMKC College of Arts and Sciences in 2012.

What: “American Denial: The truth is deeper than black”
This is a free film screening sponsored by PBS Independent Lens and the Urban League of Greater Kansas City. For additional information, visit “I Am Empowered” and PBS Independent Lens. “American Denial” provides an historical perspective of race in America.
Where: UMKC Student Union Auditorium, 5100 Cherry St., Kansas City, Mo.
When:
5:30 – 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 21
It’s free and open to the public.

What: UMKC Men’s Basketball vs Utah Valley
Where: Municipal Auditorium, 301 W. 13th St., Kansas City, Mo.
When: 7:05 p.m., Thursday, Jan. 21
Current UMKC students receive free admission to all UMKC athletic events with ID. Children ages 5 and under receive free admission for all home games. Single tickets start at $10 and can be purchased online.

What: Body-Mind Entente: Exhibition and Panel Discussion
Body-Mind Entente, a new exhibition at the UMKC Gallery of Art, features multimedia artworks curated by members of the UMKC Graduate Art History Association. An opening reception is scheduled for 5 – 7 p.m., Thursday Jan. 21 in the UMKC Gallery of Art. The panel discussion is from 6 – 7:30 p.m., Thursday, Feb. 11, at the UMKC Gallery of Art.
Where: UMKC Gallery of Art, Room 203, Fine Arts Building, 5015 Holmes St., Kansas City, Mo.
When:
Jan. 21 – Feb. 26
It’s free. The opening reception, panel discussion and exhibition are free and open to the public. Free parking is available on levels 5 and 6 in the Cherry Street Garage.

What: UMKC Women’s Tennis vs Baker
Where: KC Racquet Club, 6501 Frontage Rd., Merriam, Kan.
When:
3 p.m., Friday, Jan. 22
It’s free.

What: UMKC Men’s Tennis vs Baker
Where: KC Racquet Club, 6501 Frontage Rd., Merriam, Kan.
When:
3 p.m., Friday, Jan. 22
It’s free.

What: Rabyia Ahmed, Master’s Recital
This is a master’s recital for Rabyia Ahmed, horn.
Where: Central United Methodist Church, 5144 Oak St., Kansas City, Mo.
When:
5 p.m., Friday, Jan. 22
It’s free.

What: UMKC Women’s Tennis vs William Jewell
Where: KC Raquet Club, 6501 Frontage Rd., Merriam, Kan.
When:
2 p.m., Friday, Jan. 22
It’s free.

What: UMKC Men’s Tennis vs William Jewell
Where: KC Raquet Club, 6501 Frontage Rd., Merriam, Kan.
When:
2 p.m., Friday, Jan. 22
It’s free.

What: UMKC Men’s Basketball vs Grand Canyon
It’s Boy Scout Night. All scouts in attendance will receive an exclusive UMKC Athletics patch and be selected for in-game experiences. Reserve your special Boy Scout ticket by purchasing tickets online with the special promotional code: SCOUTS1.
Where: Municipal Auditorium, 301 W. 13th St., Kansas City, Mo.
When: 7:05 p.m., Saturday, Jan. 23
Current UMKC students receive free admission to all UMKC athletic events with ID. Children ages 5 and under receive free admission for all home games. Single tickets start at $10 and can be purchased online.

What: Jacob Funk, Doctoral Recital
This is a doctoral recital for Jacob Funk, choral conductor.
Where: St. Mary’s Episcopal Church, 1307 Holmes St., Kansas City, Mo.
When:
3:30 p.m., Sunday, Jan. 24
It’s free.

What: Armando Contreras, Master’s Recital
This is a master’s recital for Armando Contreras, baritone; with Natalia Rivera, piano.
Performance pieces include Handel: “Stille amare” from Tolomeo, re d’Egitto, HWV 25; Handel: “Alma mia” from Floridante, HWV 14; Handel: “Si, tra i ceppi e le ritorte” from Berenice, HWV 38; Ravel: Don Quichotte à Dulcinée; Brahms: Selections from Romanzen (Magelone-Lieder), Op. 33; Ives: General William Booth Enters into Heaven; Ives: Cradle Song; Ives: At the River; and Ives: Autumn.
Where: Immanuel Lutheran Church, 1700 Westport Rd., Kansas City, Mo.
When:
7:30 p.m., Tuesday, Jan. 26
It’s free.


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