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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: “Money for Nothing”

Local movie-goers are likely to see a familiar face in the award-winning documentary, “Money for Nothing: Inside the Federal Reserve.” University of Missouri-Kansas City Economics and Law Associate Professor Bill Black is one of several experts featured in the recently released film.

The university will host a free screening of “Money for Nothing” at 5 p.m., Oct. 21, in the Student Union’s theatre, 5100 Cherry St., Kansas City, Mo.

The film’s director, Jim Bruce, will be on hand afterward for a question and answer session. UMKC Economics Professors Stephanie Kelton, Randall Wray and Bill Black will also take part in the session.

“Money for Nothing” is a documentary about the Federal Reserve that, according to the film’s website, seeks to unveil America’s central bank and its impact on our economy and our society. Black is one of dozens of current or former officials featured in the film. He is an Associate Professor at UMKC, the former executive director of the Institute for Fraud Prevention from 2005-2007, and author of the book “The Best Way to Rob a Bank is to Own One.” An updated version of the book will be published in January.

Black is frequently interviewed by local, national and international media. “Money for Nothing” marks Black’s fifth appearance on the big screen. He also appeared in Michael Moore’s “Capitalism: A Love Story.”

“The failure to prosecute the elite bank frauds who led the mortgage fraud epidemic is absolutely shocking. We can’t let this injustice go unquestioned. Films like “Money for Nothing” do the important job of helping bring these issues into the forefront,” Black said.

The event will be sponsored by the Department of Economics and the Economics Club.

The UMKC Economics Department has a history of going against traditional approaches to economic theory. Using many of the theories and logic expounded in Post-Keynesian economic theory, UMKC economics professors correctly predicted the U.S. housing market crash, the recession and the Eurozone debt crisis. Their work is touted in national and international media — including a few unexpected outlets. Last year, the department was the focus of a five-page article in Playboy Magazine.

The department also has a history of engaging and informing the community through free public events. The upcoming panel discussions will continue that tradition.

“We want people in this community to get a better understanding of the country’s true economic challenges. These discussions will cut through the rhetoric that often clouds conversations about the economy” Kelton said.

“Money for Nothing” has been named the Official Selection of the Nantucket and Vancouver International film festivals.

What: Free Screening: Money For Nothing. The film lasts 100 minutes. Immediately following there will be a panel with the filmmaker and UMKC professors Dr. William K. Black, Dr. Stephanie Kelton, and Dr. L. Randall Wray.
Where: Student Union Theatre, 5100 Cherry St., Kansas City, Mo
When: 5 p.m., Oct. 21.
It’s free. Get more details.

Friday, Oct. 18 – Thursday, Oct. 24

What: UMKC Theatre’s undergraduate program presents The Three Sisters by Anton Chekhov.  The play is directed by Michael Pauley. The Three Sisters is a naturalistic play about the decay of the privileged class in Russia and the search for meaning in the modern world.
Where: UMKC Grant Hall, 5228 Charlotte, Kansas City, Mo.
When: Runs through Oct. 20.
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What: The University of Missouri-Kansas City’s Gallery of Art will present two concurrent exhibitions featuring the work of painter Joey Borovicka and photographers Cheryl Childress and Lawrence Robinson.
Where: UMKC Gallery of Art, 5100 Rockhill Rd, Kansas City, Mo.
When: The exhibition will run through Nov. 1.
It’s free. Get more details.

What: UMKC Theatre presents “Big Love” by Charles S. Mee. Based on Aeschylus’s “The Suppliants,” it is about fifty brides who flee to a manor in Italy to avoid marrying their fifty cousins. While the brides and grooms wait for their wedding day, the characters raise issues of gender politics, love, and domestic violence.
Where: Copekan Stage, 1 H&R Bloch Way, Kansas City, Mo.
When: Now through Oct. 27.
Get more details.

What: Guest artist recital featuring Joseph Eller, associate professor of clarinet at the University of South Carolina School of Music, with pianist Lynn Kompass.
Where: White Recital Hall, James C. Olson Performing Arts Center, 4949 Cherry St., Kansas City, Mo.
When: 7:30 p.m., Friday, Oct. 18.
It’s free. Get more details.

What: Members of the Conservatory Wind Ensemble perform chamber music.
Where: Central United Methodist Church, 5144 Oak St, Kansas City, Mo.
When: 5 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 19.
It’s free. Get more details.

What: Faculty chamber recital featuring Robert Weirich, piano; Joseph Genualdi, violin; and Carter Enyeart, cello.
Where: White Recital Hall, James C. Olson Performing Arts Center, 4949 Cherry St., Kansas City, Mo.
When: 7:30 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 19.
It’s free. Get more details.

What: Conservatory singers and university singers. Directed by Robert Bode and Danielle Warner, with Lee D. Thompson, piano, and guest conductors Charles Robinson and Michaella Calzaretta.
When: 3 p.m., Sunday, Oct. 20.
Where: Village Presbyterian Church, 6641 Mission Rd, Prairie Village, Kan.
It’s free. Get more details.

What: A lecture with Costco Founder Jim Sinegal, UMKC’s Bloch School of Management Entrepreneur of the Year.
Where: Bloch Executive Hall 218, 5110 Cherry St., Kansas City, Mo.
When: 9 a.m., Tuesday, Oct. 22.
It’s free, but you must RSVP. Get more details.

What: Master class with Charles Baxter. Baxter is an American author of fiction, nonfiction and poetry.
Where: Cockefair Hall, Room 104, 52nd and Rockhill, Kansas City, Mo.
When: 2:30 p.m., Tuesday, Oct. 22.
Get more details.

What: Her Art Project Networking Reception. Join local artists and art lovers for networking and conversations about supporting women in the arts in Kansas City.
Where: The Drop Bar & Bistro, 409 E. 31st St., Kansas City, Mo.
When: 5:30-7 p.m., Tuesday, Oct. 22.
It’s free. Get more details.

What: Missouri Brass Quintet, featuring faculty members Keith Benjamin and Joseph Parisi, trumpets; Martin Hackleman, French horn; JoDee Davis, trombone; and Tom Stein, tuba.
Where: White Recital Hall, James C. Olson Performing Arts Center, 4949 Cherry St., Kansas City, Mo.
When: 7:30 p.m., Tuesday, Oct. 22.
It’s free. Get more details.

What: A master class with Musicologist Richard Kramer, professor at the Graduate Center, City University of New York.
Where: White Recital Hall, James C. Olson Performing Arts Center, 4949 Cherry St., Kansas City, Mo.
When: 3:45-5:15 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 24.
It’s free. Get more details.

What: Schwanengesang: Follow the Lieder (Faculty/Alumni Recital). Faculty and alumni perform Schubert’s Schwanengesang, D. 957 and more. With Karen Kushner and Robert Weirich, faculty piano; William Everett, faculty musicologist; Nathan Granner and Ben Gulley, alumni tenors; and Richard Kramer, guest musicologist from the Graduate Center, CUNY.
Where: White Recital Hall, James C. Olson Performing Arts Center, 4949 Cherry St., Kansas City, Mo.
When: 7:30 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 24.
It’s free. Get more details.

What: The Kansas City Repertory Theatre presents “The Foreigner,” a play about a man named Charlie Baker who needs to get away, and his friend Froggy knows just the place – his favorite fishing lodge in rural Georgia.
Where: Spencer Theatre, 4949 Cherry St, Kansas City, Mo.
When: Through Nov. 3.
Get more details.

What: Ah-Ram Park is an artist/photographer born in South Korea and raised in Kansas; he earned a BS in Economics from Kansas State University in 2010. His work has been exhibited at several distinguished local and national institutions including the Bemis Center in Omaha, Paragraph Gallery and the Dolphin among others. This is a part of Art and Art History’s 2013-2014 Visiting Artist & Scholar Lecture Series. It is free and open to the public.
Where: Fine Arts 109 5100 Rockhill Rd, Kansas City, Mo.
When: 1 p.m., Tuesday, Oct. 22.
It’s free. Get more details.

What: A lecture with JJ Higgins – art educator and new media artist. This is a part of Art and Art History’s 2013-2014 Visiting Artist & Scholar Lecture Series. It is free and open to the public.
Where: Fine Arts 104, 5100 Rockhill Rd, Kansas City, Mo.
When: 1 p.m., Wednesday, Oct. 23.
It’s free. Get more details.

What: UMKC men’s soccer vs. Air Force
Where: Durham Soccer Stadium, Kansas City, Mo.
When: 7 p.m., Oct. 18.
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What: UMKC softball vs. Avila University
Where: Missouri 3&2 Field, Kansas City, Mo.
When: 11 a.m., Oct. 19.
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What: UMKC men’s soccer vs. Grand Canyon
Where: Durham Soccer Stadium, Kansas City, Mo.
When: 1 p.m., Oct. 20.
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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.
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