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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: The Diary of Anne Frank
The Kansas City Repertory Theatre presents this gripping Tony Award-nominated adaptation by Wendy Kesselman from the original stage play. Newly discovered writings from the diary of Anne Frank and actual survivor accounts are interwoven to tell the chilling story of the lives of people persecuted under Nazi rule. This adaptation for a new generation sensitively confronts the true horrors of the Holocaust through the eyes of a thoughtful young woman. The play is written by Frances Goodrich and Albert Hackett, and based on the book by Anne Frank. Marissa Wolf is the director.
Where: Spencer Theatre, James C. Olson Performing Arts Center, 4949 Cherry St., Kansas City, Mo.
When:
Now through Feb. 21
Tickets are available from the Kansas City Repertory Theatre online or by calling 816-235-2700.


Feb. 3 – 9

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: 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: Now through Feb. 21
UMKC Connection: Two UMKC graduate theatre students founded the Coterie.
For tickets and show times, visit the website.

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. 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:
Now through 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: Latino Americans: 500 Years of History
John Valadez, producer of the Latino Americans film series, will be the guest speaker and will talk about the making of the series after the showing of the episode Prejudice and Pride. Miguel Carranza, Ph. D., Director of Latina/Latino studies will be the discussion leader.
Where: Miller Nichols Learning Center, 800 E 51st St., Kansas City, Mo.
When:
5:30 – 8 p.m., Thursday, Feb. 4
It’s free and open to the public. RSVP are required here. For more information about this event, contact the Libraries Administrative Office at 816-235-1531.

What: UMKC Women’s Basketball vs Bakersfield
For every home Thursday women’s basketball game, tickets will be priced two for one! Select concession items will be available for special pricing. All tickets will need to be purchased on game day at the ticket booth for the special ticket offer.
Where: Swinney Recreation Center, 5030 Holmes, St., Kansas City, Mo.
When:
7 p.m., Thursday, Feb. 4
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 $7 each. To purchase tickets, visit the website.

What: Alt.Lecture February
This month, Alt.Lecture KC, in partnership with the UMKC Department of Art and Art History and the UMKC Gallery of Art, brings Las Vegas artist Justin Favela and local artist and founder of The Zz School of Print Media, Erin Zona. Favela is interested in the taco as, not only a food item, but also a symbol of identity, nationalism, and globalization. Zona will discuss founding the Zz School of Print Media in Kansas City, Missouri.
Where: Maker Village KC, 606 E 31st St, Kansas City, Mo.
When:
7 – 9 p.m., Thursday, Feb. 4
It’s free.

What: Conservatory Wind Ensemble and Park Hill, Park Hill South High School Bands
The Conservatory Wind Ensemble is directed by Joseph Parisi. The Ensemble will be in concert with wind bands from Park Hill and Park Hill South High Schools. Performance pieces include Ticheli: “Apollo Unleashed” from Symphony No. 2; Vaughan Williams: Toccata marziale attrib.; Stradella: Pièta, signore (Aria di chiesa); King-Smith: Wanderings on the Dividel … and more.
Where: Park Hill South High School, 4500 NW River Park Dr., Riverside, Mo.
When:
7:30 p.m., Thursday, Feb. 4
It’s free.

What: Daniel Schene, Master Class
This is a piano master class with Daniel Schene, director of Keyboard Studies at Webster University. Mr. Schene is also a judge of this year’s Concerto/Aria Competition at the UMKC Conservatory.
Where: White Recital Hall, James C. Olson Performing Arts Center, 4949 Cherry St., Kansas City, Mo.
When: 1 – 3 p.m., Friday, Feb. 5
It’s free.

What: Concerto/Aria 2016 Final Round Concert
Preliminary round winners compete in the final Round. Winners will perform their selected arias/works with the Conservatory Orchestra on April 12 in White Recital Hall.
Where: White Recital Hall, James C. Olson Performing Arts Center, 4949 Cherry St., Kansas City, Mo.
When:
7:30 p.m., Friday, Feb. 5
It’s free.

What: UMKC Women’s Tennis vs Wyoming
KC Racquet Club, 6501 Frontage Rd., Merriam, Kan.
Where:
When:
1 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 6
It’s free.

What: UMKC Women’s Basketball vs Seattle U
Where: Swinney Recreation Center, 5030 Holmes, St., Kansas City, Mo.
When:
1 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 6
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 $7 each. To purchase tickets, visit the website.

What: Book-To-Film Series
The film “The Color Purple” will be shown.
Where: Miller Nichols Library, 800 E 51st St., Kansas City, Mo.
When:
1:30 – 4:30 p.m., Sunday, Feb. 7
It is free, but RSVPs are requested. Call 816 235-6588.

What: Stephanie Meyer, Doctoral Recital
This is a doctoral recital for Stephanie Meyer, soprano; with Lee D. Thompson, piano; John E. Roberts, choreographer/narrator; Phoebe Perry and DaJuan Johnson, dancers; and Qizhen Liu, cello. Performance pieces include Previn: Honey and Rue; and Previn: Vocalise.
Where: White Recital Hall, James C. Olson Performing Arts Center, 4949 Cherry St., Kansas City, Mo.
When:
2:30 p.m., Sunday, Feb. 7
It’s free.

What: Faculty Recital
This is a faculty recital featuring cellist Carter Enyeart, violinist Joseph Genualdi and pianist Natalia Rivera. Performance pieces include Debussy: Sonata for Violin and Piano in G Minor; Kodály: Duo for Violin and Cello, Op. 7; Fauré: Après un rêve; and Dvorék: Trio for Piano, Violin, and Cello No. 4 in E Minor, Op. 90 (“Dumky”).
Where: White Recital Hall, James C. Olson Performing Arts Center, 4949 Cherry St., Kansas City, Mo.
When:
7:30 p.m., Tuesday, Feb. 9
It’s free.

What: ArtSounds: Celestial Metamorphosis
Celestial Metamorphosis is a collaborative audio-visual performance that depicts the various interactions between light, nature and humans with the sky. Collaborators for this project include composer Ted King-Smith, video artist Cody Kauhl, electronic music composer Eli Houghland and improvisational groups Mnemosyne Quartet and Ensemble of Irreproducible Outcomes.
Where: Epperson Auditorium, Kansas City Arts Institute, 4415 Warwick Blvd., Kansas City, Mo.
When:
7:30 – 9 p.m., Tuesday, Feb. 9
It’s free.
UMKC Connection: ArtSounds was initiated by faculty from the UMKC Conservatory and the Kansas City Art Institute. ArtSounds explores cross-media expression through creative concert-making. UMKC Conservatory Academy Director Mara Gibson is co-director of ArtSounds. Current UMKC faculty also participate.


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