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The University of Missouri-Kansas City’s Theatre department is opening its 2013-14 season with playwright August Wilson’s “Seven Guitars.” Photo credit: Brian Paulette.
The University of Missouri-Kansas City’s Theatre department is opening its 2013-14 season with playwright August Wilson’s “Seven Guitars.” Photo credit: Brian Paulette.

UMKC’s weekly arts, culture and sports roundup

Every 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: “Seven Guitars”

The University of Missouri-Kansas City’s Theatre department is opening its 2013-14 season with playwright August Wilson’s “Seven Guitars.”

“Seven Guitars” is Wilson’s fifth play to document the 20th century African American experience. It is set in Pittsburgh in 1948.

“Seven Guitars” represents the 1940s entry in Wilson’s Pittsburgh Cycle, a decade-by-decade anthology of African-American life in Pittsburgh, Pa. during the twentieth century. Wilson revisited the stories of some of the “Seven Guitars” characters in King Hedley II, set in the 1980s.

This will be the first time that UMKC Theatre has performed an August Wilson play. According to the Kansas City Star, “Seven Guitars” has never been produced professionally in Kansas City.

Single ticket adult prices are $15. UMKC faculty and staff tickets are $10; UMKC student tickets are now $6. Senior and non-UMKC student prices are $10.

What: UMKC Theatre presents “Seven Guitars,” written by August Wilson and directed by Scott Stackhouse.
Where: Olson Performing Arts Center, Studio 116, 4949 Cherry St., Kansas City, Mo.
When:
 The production will preview Sept. 27 – Oct. 1; open formally Oct. 2 and run through Oct. 6.
Get more details.

Friday, Oct. 4 – Thursday, Oct. 10

What: A lecture by UMKC Associate Professor Diane Mutti Burke. She will present “Scattered People: Missouri’s Civil War Refugees.”
Where: Cockefair Hall 215, 5100 Rockhill Road, Kansas City, Mo.
When: 1-2 p.m., Friday, Oct. 4.
Get more details.

What: Conservatory Connections: Art in Motion, with Professor Paul Rudy and Associate Professor DeeAnna Hiett. Journey through the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art with Rudy, a composer, and Hiett, a choreographer, on a walkabout.
Where: Atkins Auditorium, Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, 4525 Oak St., Kansas City, Mo.
When:
6:30-7:30 p.m., Friday, Oct. 4.
It’s free, but tickets are required. Get more details.

What: Women’s Soccer: UMKC Kangaroos vs. Grand Canyon.
Where: Durwood Soccer Stadium, Volker Campus.
When: 6 p.m., Friday, Oct. 4.
Get more details.

What: Athletics presents a free youth soccer clinic. Register here.
Where: Durwood Soccer Stadium, Volker Campus.
When: 3-5 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 5.
Get more details.

What: Men’s soccer: UMKC Kangaroos vs. Houston Baptist. A pregame pep rally starts at 5 p.m.
Where: Durwood Soccer Stadium, Volker Campus.
When: 7 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 5.
Get more details.

What: ArtSounds: Brad Cox and the People’s Liberation Big Band of Greater KC. Initiated by faculty from the UMKC Conservatory of Music and Dance and the Kansas City Art Institute, ArtSounds explores cross-media expression through creative concert-making. Faculty partners from both institutions work together to create these events.
When: 7:30-8:30 p.m., Tuesday, Oct. 8.
Where: Epperson Auditorium, Kansas City Art Institute, 4415 Warwick, Kansas City, Mo.
It’s free. Get more details.

What: “FluteSong: An exploration of the communicative power of the relationship between flute, flutist, and song” featuring alumni Hannah Porter Occeña, flute, and Kristin Griffeath, soprano, with Dan Velicer, piano.
When: 7:30 p.m., Wednesday, Oct. 9.
Where: White Recital Hall, James C. Olson Performing Arts Center, 4949 Cherry St., Kansas City, Mo.
It’s free. Get more details.

What: UMKC Volleyball vs. Texas-Pan American
Where: Swinney Recreation Center, 5030 Holmes St., Kansas City, Mo.
When: 7 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 10.
It’s free.
Get more details.

What: Bernardin Haskell Lecture: Christine Ross. Ross will present a lecture entitled “Long Durée Revisited: Experimenting with Time in Contemporary Art.”
Where:
Room 303, Miller Nichols Library, 800 East 51st St., Kansas City, Mo.
When:
5:30 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 10.
It’s free. Get more details.

What: New exhibitions at the UMKC Gallery of Art. “Knock Loud, I’m Home,” will be presented by Joey Borovicka, and “Dog and Pony Show” will be presented by Cheryl Childress and Lawrence Robinson.
Where:
UMKC Gallery of Art, Fine Arts Bldg. 203, 5015 Holmes St., Kansas City, Mo.
When:
Oct. 10-Nov. 1.  Opening Reception: 5-7 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 10.

What: “The Fox on the Fairway,” starring three-time Academy Award nominee Dyan Cannon. This chaotic comedy takes audiences on a hilarious romp that pulls the rug out from underneath the stuffy denizens of a private country club.
Where: The New Theatre Restaurant, 9299 Foster, Overland Park, Kan.
When: Now through Nov. 3.
UMKC Connection: Co-owners Dennis Hennessy and Richard Carrothers are both UMKC graduates and both were presented in 2012 with honorary doctorates by the UMKC College of Arts and Sciences.
Get more details.

 


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