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UMKC’s weekly arts, sports and culture 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: UMKC Theatre presents LOVES’ LABOUR’S LOST by William Shakespeare

Will Shakespeare turns 450 this year. What better way to wish him well than by attending the UMKC Theatre presentation of Love’s Labour’s Lost?

In the play, a king and three of his lords choose to seek fame and fortune by dedicating themselves to scholarship and learning. Sound familiar?
To stay true to their promise of intellectual pursuits, they swear off women and love for three years. Almost immediately, each one surreptitiously breaks his pledge. In the game of wits enjoyed by the men and the ladies they favor, the women get all the good lines.

Obviously, from the brief plot summary, this is a work of pure fiction. Still, if you enjoy comedies about love, pranks, false identities and happy endings, this is for you. But heed this warning – at the play’s end, “Jack hath not Jill.”

What: Love’s Labour’s Lost
Where: Spencer Theatre, Performing Arts Center
When: May 2, 3 and 6 are preview nights, 7:30 p.m.
May 5 is industry night preview, 7:30 p.m.
May 7 is opening night, 7:30 p.m.
May 8, 9 and 10, 7:30 p.m.
May 11, final performance, 2 p.m. matinee.
UMKC student tickets are $6, other seats available from $8 to $15.

What:  Spring Salon group exhibition including UMKC Studio Art and Art History student Christel Highland.
Where:  2010 Baltimore, Studio #303.
When:  Public viewing Friday, May 2, from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
It’s free.

What: Men’s soccer vs. Missouri S & T
Where: Durwood Soccer Stadium on campus
When: Saturday, May 3 at 1 p.m.
It’s free.

What: The New Theatre Restaurant presents, “Miracle on South Division Street,” a comedy by Tom Dudzick.
Where: The New Theatre Restaurant, 9299 Foster, Overland Park, Kan.
When: Now through June 15.
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.

What: 2014 UMKC Juried Student Exhibition
Where: UMKC Gallery of Art
Room 203, Fine Arts Building, 5015 Holmes St., Kansas City, Mo.
When: Now through August 1st.
The annual student art exhibit will feature a selection of works by 32 graduate and undergraduate artists across a variety of media.
Visit the website at or email for more info.
It’s free.

What:  The Center is a Moving Target, exhibition of 12 artists, including Ricky Allman, UMKC Associate Professor of Studio Art and Painting.
Where:  Kemper at the Crossroads, 33 West 19th Street, Kansas City, Mo.
When:  Now through August 1.
It’s free.


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