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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: African American Read In
University of Missouri-Kansas City University Libraries celebrates Black History Month by participating in the 24th National African American Read In. Read, sing or perform a work from the African-American author of your choice, or just come to listen, reflect and enjoy. Advance registration is suggested. “Drop in” presenters are welcome as time allows. Contact Tracey Hughes, hughest@umkc.edu, for more information. This event is sponsored by UMKC Friends of the Library.
Where: iX Theatre, Miller Nichols Library, 800 E. 51st St., Kansas City, Mo.
When: 3:30 – 5 p.m., Feb. 23
It’s free.

Feb. 17 – 23

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: 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.

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: William Chapman Nyaho, piano Master Class
Where: Grant Recital Hall, 5227 Holmes St., Kansas City, Mo.
When: 1:30 – 4 p.m., Thursday, Feb. 18
It’s free.

What: African American Book to Film Series: “Disappearing Acts”
The UMKC Black Studies Program will hold its final two Book-To-Film Series events during February.
Where: Kansas City Public Library, Plaza Branch, 4801 Main St., Kansas City, Mo.
When:
Reception at 6 p.m., and showing at 6:30 p.m., Thursday, Feb. 18
It’s free and open to the public, bur RSVPs are requested at 816-235-2636.

What: UMKC Women’s Basketball vs Denver Grand Canyon
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. 18
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: V-Day UMKC 2016
V-Day returns to UMKC with the production of “The Vagina Monologues.” Proceeds from all activities benefit the UMKC Violence Prevention and Response Program and the UMKC Women’s Center.
Where: UMKC Student Union Theatre, 5100 Cherry St., Kansas City, Mo.
When:
Doors open at 7 p.m. and the performance is at 7:30 p.m., Thursday, Feb. 18
Advance tickets: $10 Students, $20 non-students, At the Door: $15 Students, $25 non-students. To purchase tickets call the Central Ticket Office at 816-235-6222 or visit the website. Free parking will be available on the 5th and 6th floors of the Cherry Street Garage.

What: William Chapman Nyaho, Guest Lecture
Pianist William Chapman Nyaho will give a guest lecture.
Where: Grant Recital Hall, 5227 Holmes St., Kansas City, Mo.
When: 10 a.m. – 12 p.m., Friday, Feb. 19
It’s free.

What: UMKC Women’s Tennis vs Washburn
Where: KC Racquet Club, 6501 Frontage Rd., Merriam, Kan.
When: 3 p.m., Friday, Feb. 19
It’s free.

What: UMKC Men’s Tennis vs Oral Roberts
Where: KC Racquet Club, 6501 Frontage Rd., Merriam, Kan.
When: 3 p.m., Friday, Feb. 19
It’s free.

What: UMKC Men’s Tennis vs Washburn
Where: KC Racquet Club, 6501 Frontage Rd., Merriam, Kan.
When: 12 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 20
It’s free.

What: UMKC Women’s Basketball vs Utah Valley
It’s Senior Day and Super Hero Saturday. Fans are encouraged to wear their favorite superhero costumes or T-shirts! In-game entertainment and promotions will provide fans the ultimate superhero excitement and special prizes. Do not miss your chance to take special pictures with Kasey the Kangaroo!
Where: Swinney Recreation Center, 5030 Holmes, St., Kansas City, Mo.
When:
2 p.m., Saturday Feb. 20
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: Conservatory Choirs: Celebration of Peace Festival
The Conservatory Choirs join with the choirs of Paul Kinder Middle School, Belton High School, Shawnee Mission East High School and Fort Osage High School to present the fourth annual Celebration of Peace Festival, a concert to benefit the Rose Brooks Center. Performance pieces include Szymko: I Dream a World; Snyder: Gaudium!; Szymko: River; Henson: My Flight for Heaven; Szymko: All Works of Love; Edenroth: Chili con Carne; Szymko: The Peace of Wild Things; Schubert: Der Tanz, D 826; Barnum: The Lady in the Water; Trad., arr. Haywood: Didn’t My Lord Deliver Daniel?; Szymko: Nada te turbe; Nance: Set Me as a Seal; Grau: Kasar mie la gaji; Runestad: Nyon Nyon; and Szymko: Ffe Mwe, Mwe Ffe (They are us, and we are them).
Where: Community of Christ Temple, 1001 West Walnut St., Independence, Mo.
When: 7:30 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 20
It’s free.

What: UPB ‘Roos in the City: Swan Lake Ballet
The UMKC Union Programming Board will be taking students on a ‘Roos in the City Trip to the Swan Lake Ballet at the Kauffman Performing Arts Center. Text @UMKCUPB to 816-482-3257 for weekly updates and to be notified on how to sign up.
Where: Kauffman Center of Performing Arts, 1601 Broadway, Kansas City, Mo.
When:
7:30 – 10:30 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 20

What: Senior Dance Capstone Project Part 1
Senior dancers will present their choreography. The dancers are Kelsey Crawford, Courtney Garrett, Emily Rost, John Swapshire and Alexandra Wallace.
Where: White Recital Hall, James C. Olson Performing Arts Center, 4949 Cherry St., Kansas City, Mo.
When: 7:30 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 20
It’s free.

What: William Chapman Nyaho, Guest Artist Recital
Pianist William Chapman Nyaho performs a guest artist recital, featuring music by African composers in honor of Black History Month. Performance pieces include Price: Dances in the Canebrakes; H.L. Adams: Etude for Piano No. 11 in C-sharp Minor’ Coleridge-Taylor: “Deep River” from 24 Negro Melodies, Op. 59; Bonds: “Troubled Water” from Spiritual Suite; Uzoigwe: “Ukom” from Talking Drums; Onovwerosuoke: Selections from 24 Studies in African Rhythms; Russell: Three Jamaican Dances; Ndodana-Breen: Flowers in Sand; and Perkinson: Scherzo.
Where: Grant Recital Hall, 5227 Holmes St., Kansas City, Mo.
When:
7:30 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 20
It’s free.

What: UMKC Women’s Tennis vs Air Force
Where: KC Racquet Club, 6501 Frontage Rd., Merriam, Kan.
When: 10 a.m., Sunday, Feb. 21
It’s free.

What: African American Book to Film Series: “The Women of Brewster Place”
The UMKC Black Studies Program will hold its final two Book-To-Film Series events during February.
Where: Room 151, UMKC Miller Nichols Library, 800 E. 51st St., Kansas City, Mo.
When: Reception at 1:30 p.m., showing at 2 p.m., Sunday, Feb. 21
It’s free and open to the public, bur RSVPs are requested at 816-235-2636.

What: Joseph Genualdi, Faculty Recital
This is a faculty recital for Joseph Genualdi, violin, with Richard Wilson, piano. Performance pieces include Mozart: Sonata for Violin and Piano in E-flat Major, K. 302; Beethoven: Sonata for Violin and Piano No. 8 in G Major, Op. 30, No. 3; Wilson: Mixed Signals; and Brahms: Sonata for Violin and Piano No. 2 in A Major, Op. 110.
Where: Diastole, 2501 Holmes St., Kansas City, Mo.
When:
7:30 p.m., Tuesday, Feb. 23
It’s free.


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