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Duncan McIntyre and Chioma Anyanwu rehearse their lines for "The Way of the World."

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: The Way of the World
UMKC Theatre presents The Way of the World, a classic Restoration comedy. The production is written by William Congreve and directed by Theodore Swetz, the Patricia McIlrath Endowed Chair in Theater Arts, Acting at UMKC.
Where: Grant Hall, 5228 Charlotte, Kansas City, Mo.
When: Feb. 10 – 27
Tickets can be purchased from the Central Ticket Office.

Feb. 8 – 14

What: Hana’s Suitcase
Past and present mysteries come together in this captivating true story spanning 70 years and crisscrossing three continents for Hana’s Suitcase: A Holocaust Mystery. This investigative play is by Emil Sher, based on the book by Karen Levine, and directed by Walter Coppage. It is a co-production between The Coterie and UMKC Theatre and in partnership with Tradewind Arts.
Where: The Coterie, Crown Center, Suite 144, 2450 Grand Ave., Kansas City, Mo.
When: Now through Feb. 12
UMKC Connection: Two UMKC graduate theatre students founded The Coterie.
For tickets and show times, visit the website.

What: The Fabulous Lipitones
What happens when a barbershop quartet loses a key member to a heart-stopping high B-flat? The three surviving members are scrambling to find a tenor before a national competition. When they hear golden tones being sung over the phone at an auto body shop, the three Lipitones are sure they have their fourth … but when they meet him in person, he’s not quite what they expected. An uproarious comedy with pitch perfect harmonies.
Where: New Theatre Restaurant, 9299 Foster St., Overland Park, Kan.
When: 
Now through Feb. 12
For tickets and show times, visit the website.
UMKC Connection: Co-owners Dennis Hennessy and Richard Carrothers are both UMKC graduates; the UMKC College of Arts and Sciences presented both honorary doctorates in 2012.

What: Side by Side by Sondheim
Nominated for both London’s Olivier Award and Broadway’s Tony Award for Best Musical, Side by Side by Sondheim celebrates the music and lyrics of Pulitzer, Tony and Academy Award-winning Stephen Sondheim, arguably the most important musical theater composer in American history. Side By Side ran in London and New York for well over a thousand performances, making it one of the most successful musical revues of all time.
Where: Spencer Theatre, James C. Olson Performing Arts Center; 4949 Cherry St., Kansas City, Mo.
When: Now through Feb. 13
Tickets are available from the KC Repertory Theatre online.

What: How To Use A Knife
It isn’t easy running a busy restaurant kitchen in New York City, but it may be the last chance Chef George gets to turn his life around. Behind the scenes, the kitchen sizzles with two rowdy Guatemalan line cooks, an entitled young busboy and an eerily quiet African dishwasher. When secrets from the past bubble to the surface, Chef George discovers he holds more than his own life in his hands. How To Use A Knife is by Will Snider and directed By Sidonie Garrett. It is produced at Unicorn Theatre as part of a National New Play Network Rolling World Premiere with the support of Peter Emch.
Where: Unicorn Theatre, 3828 Main St., Kansas City, Mo.
When: Now through Feb. 19
UMKC Connection: Three UMKC Theatre graduates started Unicorn Theatre. Tickets can be purchased online.

What: Tender
Tender deals with daily rituals that center around the construction of self. Bodily adornment and the fabrication of private, domestic spaces are explored through work featuring secondhand belongings, worn textiles and leather. The details of human presence are implied, but the lack of a visible body allows the artist to focus on the longing and vulnerability of these small presentations of personal artifacts. The artist is Katy McRoberts.
Where: UMKC Gallery of Art, Room 203 of the UMKC Fine Arts Building, 5015 Holmes St., Kansas City, Mo.
When: Now through March 2
It’s free.

What: Inside the Art Life of Adrienne Walker Hoard
Beyond her life as a professor at UMKC, Adrienne Walker Hoard, M.F.A., Ed.D., is an accomplished painter, photographer and jewelry maker. Her work will be on display at the Miller Nichols Library.
Where: Dean’s Gallery, Fourth Floor, Miller Nichols Library, 800 E. 51st St., Kansas City, Mo.
When: Now through May 19

What: Conservatory Orchestra
The Conservatory Orchestra is directed by Robert Olson. Performance pieces include Reveultas: Sensemayá; Strauss: Vier Letzte Lieder; and Brahms: Symphony No. 4 in E minor, Op. 98.
Where: White Recital Hall, James C. Olson Performing Arts Center, 4949 Cherry St., Kansas City, Mo.
When: 7:30 p.m., Thursday, Feb. 9
Tickets: $8; $6 seniors; UMKC faculty, staff, and all students FREE with UMKC or student ID. Tickets can be purchased from the Central Ticket Office.

What: UMKC Men’s Basketball vs. Utah Valley
Where: Municipal Auditorium, 301 W. 13th St., Kansas City, Mo.
When: 6:35 p.m., Thursday, Feb. 9
Current UMKC students receive free admission to all UMKC athletic events with ID. Children ages 5 and under receive free admission for all home games. Single tickets start at $10 and can be purchased online.

What: UMKC Men’s Basketball vs. Seattle
Where: Municipal Auditorium, 301 W. 13th St., Kansas City, Mo.
When: 7:05 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 11
Current UMKC students receive free admission to all UMKC athletic events with ID. Children ages 5 and under receive free admission for all home games. Single tickets start at $10 and can be purchased online.

What: UMKC Women’s Tennis vs. Wichita State
Where: KC Racquet Club, 6501 Frontage Rd., Merriam, Kan.
When: 9 a.m., Sunday, Feb. 12
It’s free.

What: UMKC Women’s Tennis vs. Missouri
Where: KC Racquet Club, 6501 Frontage Rd., Merriam, Kan.
When: 6 p.m., Sunday, Feb. 12
It’s free.


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