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UMKC’s weekly roundup of arts, culture and sports

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: “en bloc”

The University of Missouri-Kansas City’s Gallery of Art is currently featuring Jorge García Almodóvar’s “en bloc.” Almodóvar’s work is driven by his belief in simplicity of expression. He systematically strips away non-essential elements to emphasize the convergence of composition, form and color.

His current series is inspired by the physical space of the UMKC Gallery of Art. This site-specific installation works with the space, creating a unique setting that challenges the viewer to experience this body of work “en bloc.” The opening reception will be 5-7 p.m., Thursday, March 6. The exhibit will run March 6- April 11.

Almodóvar attended Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, and also studied at the School of Visual Arts in New York City. He currently lives in Kansas City, where he received the Charlotte Street Visual Art Award in 2008. His work has been exhibited in various galleries throughout the Kansas City area.

What: UMKC’s Gallery of Art is currently featuring Jorge García Almodóvar’s “en bloc.” Almodóvar’s work is driven by his belief in simplicity of expression.
When: The opening reception will be 5-7 p.m., Thursday, March 6. The exhibit will run through April 11.
Where:
UMKC Gallery of Art, 204 Fine Arts Building, University of Missouri-Kansas City, 5015 Holmes St., Kansas City, Mo.
It’s free. Get more information through UMKC’s press release.

Friday, March 7 – Thursday, March 13

What: Wonder Women: SHEroes, Freedom Fighters, and Women Who Kick Butt. This art exhibit features superheoines of the Kansas City visual arts community whose works evoke the strength, courage, and resilience of the empowered woman.
When: 6-9 p.m., Friday, March 7.
Where:
Leedy-Voulkos Art Center, 2012 Baltimore, Kansas City, Mo.
It’s free. Learn more on the UMKC calendar.

What: International Women’s Day Symposium, featuring the program “Women in the Age of Globalization: Setbacks, Promises, and Possibilities.”
Where: National Archives at Kansas City, 400 W. Pershing Rd., Kansas City, Mo.
When: 2-4 p.m., Saturday, March 8.
It’s free. Learn more on the UMKC calendar.

What: UMKC Men’s basketball v. Idaho.
Where: Independence Events Center, 19100 E. Valley View Pkwy., Independence, Mo.
When: 9:35 p.m., Saturday, March 8.
Learn more on the UMKC athletics website.

What: The Charlotte Street Foundation hosts Panoply Performance Laboratory, Future Death Toll, and Valerie Kuehne, as well as the experimental performance group C.A.S.H.E.D., for “Let’s Make a Mess,” an evening of more than 20 performances, created in response to the current exhibition “The Tyranny of Good Taste,” now at la Esquina.
When: 7:30-9:30 p.m., Sunday, March 9.
Where:
la Esquina, 1000 W. 25th St., Kansas City, Mo.
Learn more on the UMKC calendar.

What: Saxophone studio recital, featuring students from the saxophone studio of Zach Shemon.
Where:
Grant Recital Hall, 5227 Holmes St., Kansas City, Mo.
When: 7:30 p.m., Monday, March 10.
It’s free. Learn more on the UMKC calendar.

What: Women in the World: A poetry reading celebrating International Women’s Day. The event will feature readings by UMKC faculty, including: Xánath Caraza, lecturer, Foreign Languages and Literature; Hadara Bar-Nadav, associate professor, English; Norma Cantu, professor, Latina/Latino Studies; and Nicole Higgins, lecturer, English.
Where: Student Union, Room 401B, 5100 Cherry St., Kansas City, Mo.
When: 3-5 p.m., Tuesday, March 11.
It’s free. Learn more on the UMKC calendar.

What: Jazz Combos. Students of all degree levels perform jazz standards and arrangements in combos.
Where: Grant Recital Hall, 5227 Holmes St., Kansas City, Mo.
When: 7:30 p.m., Tuesday, March 11.
It’s free. Learn more on the UMKC calendar.

What: ArtSounds, featuring composers Alex Shapiro and Paul Rudy. ArtSounds is in its eighth year of collaborative performances by composers, performers, and visual artists. 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.
Where: Epperson Auditorium, Vanderslice Hall, Kansas City Art Institute, 4415 Warwick, Kansas City, Mo.
When: 7:30-8:30 p.m., Tuesday, March 11.
It’s free. Learn more on the UMKC calendar.

What: UMKC softball v. Idaho.
Where: Missouri 3&2 Complex, 9600 Blue River Rd., Kansas City, Mo.
When: 2 p.m., Wednesday, March 12.
Learn more on the UMKC athletics website.

What: The Conservatory presents its spring opera, Kurt Weill’s “Street Scene.”
When: 7:30 p.m., Thursday, March 13.
Where:
White Recital Hall, James C. Olson Performing Arts Center, 4949 Cherry St., Kansas City, Mo.
Learn more on the UMKC calendar.

What: The Kansas City Repertory Theatre presents, “When I Come to Die.” In the play, a death-row inmate struggles to understand why his life has been spared after he survives a lethal injection.
Where: Copaken Stage, 13th and Walnut streets, Kansas City, Mo.
When: Now through March 16.
Get more information on the Kansas City Repertory Theatre website.

What: The New Theatre Restaurant presents, “Harvey,” a comedy by Mary Chase.
Where: The New Theatre Restaurant, 9299 Foster, Overland Park, Kan.
When: Now through April 6.
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 information on the New Theatre website.

 

 


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