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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: Arterial Echoes: Three Generations of Creative Mentoring
This exhibition features seven UMKC Studio Art faculty alongside an artist who mentored them, as well as a student they have mentored.
Where: UMKC Gallery of Art, 5015 Rockhill Rd., Kansas City, Mo.
When: 
Now through Oct. 28
It’s free.

Sept. 21 – 27

What: Hand to God
When sock puppet Tyrone takes on a wickedly funny and shockingly dangerous personality all his own, the introverted teenager who created him, Jason, finds his world turned inside out. Crude, lewd Tyrone has a knack for telling the truth Jason never could, and his small Texas town and Christian puppet club will never be the same. Warning: Graphic puppet sex and devilish behavior (so leave the kids at home). This production includes Jae Shanks, UMKC Theatre student, doing the sound design; and UMKC Theatre graduates Miriam Diaz, Bret Engle, Alyson Germinder and Sarah White.
Where: 
Unicorn Theatre, 3828 Main St., Kansas City, Mo.
When: Now through Oct. 2
UMKC Connection: The Unicorn Theatre was started by three UMKC Theatre graduates. Ticket prices start at $27.50 and can be purchased online.

What: Evita
The Kansas City Repertory Theatre kicks off its 2016-2017 season with Evita, directed by KC Rep Artistic Director Eric Rosen. Travel back to the times of revered and controversial Argentine icon Eva Perón. The Tony Award-winning rock opera, with music by Andrew Lloyd Webber and lyrics by Tim Rice, uses playful storytelling to explore serious social topics.
Where: Spencer Theatre, James C. Olson Performing Arts Center, 4949 Cherry St., Kansas City, Mo.
When: Now through Oct. 2
Tickets to Evita start at $30. For 2016-17 season subscription and ticket information, please contact the Box Office at 816-235-2700 or visit KC Rep online.

What: Bernard “Step Buddy” Anderson Exhibit
Jazz musician Bernard “Step Buddy” Anderson was an early innovator in multi-media presentations, combining slide shows with live musical performances. As an impressive amateur photographer, removed from the context of the multi-media shows, Anderson’s images provide a unique and often surrealistic viewpoint of the Kansas City landscape from the late 1970s.
Where: Special Collections Gallery, Third Floor, UMKC Libraries, 800 E. 51st St., Kansas City, Mo.
When: Now through Dec. 9
It’s free.

What: Have You Met Miss Jones
Legendary star of film and TV, Shirley Jones is joined by her son, Patrick Cassidy, for a world premiere event featuring stories, memories and songs from Shirley’s amazing career.
Where: The New Theatre Restaurant, 9299 Foster St., Overland Park, Kan.
When: 
Sept. 22 – Nov. 27
For tickets and show times, visit the website.
UMKC Connection: Co-owners Dennis Hennessy and Richard Carrothers are both UMKC graduates and both were presented with honorary doctorates by the UMKC College of Arts and Sciences in 2012.

What: UMKC Women’s Soccer vs. Drake
Where: Durwood Soccer Stadium, 5025 Cherry St., Kansas City, Mo.
When: 7 p.m., Wednesday, Sept. 21
Current UMKC students receive free admission to all UMKC athletic events with ID. Single game tickets start at $5 and can be purchased online.

What: Wylliams/Henry Contemporary Dance Company
The Conservatory’s artist-in-residence, Wylliams/Henry Contemporary Dance Company, performs.
Where: White Recital Hall, James C. Olson Performing Arts Center, 4949 Cherry St., Kansas City, Mo.
When: 
7:30 p.m., Sept. 23 – 24
For ticketing information, please call the Central Ticket Office at 816-235-6222 or visit the website.

What: UMKC Women’s Soccer vs. Oral Roberts
Where: Durwood Soccer Stadium, 5025 Cherry St., Kansas City, Mo.
When: 
1 p.m., Sunday, Sept. 25
Current UMKC students receive free admission to all UMKC athletic events with ID. Single game tickets start at $5 and can be purchased online.

What: Unbound: The Artistry of Cuban Bookmaking
Jeanne Drewes, chief of the Binding and Collections Care Division at the Library of Congress, recently donated her personal collection of Ediciones Vigía books to the LaBudde Special Collections at UMKC. She will be at UMKC to talk about the small press community at Vigía, the books and how they are made, as well as her time and experiences during her travels to Cuba.
Where: LaBudde Special Collections, Third Floor, UMKC Libraries, 800 E. 51st St., Kansas City, Mo.
When: 5:30 p.m. Reception; 6 p.m. lecture and book viewing, Tuesday, Sept. 27
It’s free.


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