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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: 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.

Feb. 22 – 28

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: Now through Feb. 27
Tickets can be purchased from the Central Ticket Office.

What: No Talking
No Talking is based on a short story by Andrew Clements, best-selling author of dozens of books for young readers, including his debut novel Frindle, named in 2007 as one of “Teachers’ Top 100 Books for Children” by the U.S. National Education Association. Adapting No Talking to the stage will be long-time Coterie collaborator Laurie Brooks, playwright of several of The Coterie’s successful world premieres, including The Wrestling Season and Afflicted: Daughters of Salem.
Where: The Coterie, Crown Center, Suite 144, 2450 Grand Ave., Kansas City, Mo.
When: Now through March 19
UMKC Connection: Two UMKC graduate theatre students founded The Coterie.
For tickets and show times, visit the website.

What: Boeing-Boeing
This stylishly retro production was a monster comedy hit on London’s West End and a Tony winner on Broadway. Bernard is a bachelor juggling a very precarious social calendar. He is engaged simultaneously to three different flight attendants. Helped by his long suffering housekeeper Bertha (Debra Jo Rupp), Bernard has devised a sophisticated timetable so that each girlfriend visits him on their layovers and remains oblivious of the other two. Everything proceeds like clockwork until the arrival of the new double speed Super Boeing which changes the schedules of the airlines. Bernard’s old school friend Robert arrives unexpectedly and unwittingly joins in this farcical whirlwind of mayhem.
Where: New Theatre Restaurant, 9299 Foster St., Overland Park, Kan.
When: 
Now through April 23
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: 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: African American Read In
Listeners and sharers alike are welcome to this public event. Read, sing or perform a work from the African American author or artist of your choice, or just come to listen, reflect and enjoy. Drop-in presenters are welcome as time allows.
Where: UMKC Miller Nichols Library, First Floor iX Theatre of the Miller Nichols Library, 800 E. 51st St., Kansas City, Mo.
When: 3:30 – 5 p.m., Wednesday, Feb. 22
It’s free.

What: Drei Bones, Guest Artist Recital
This is a guest artist recital featuring Drei Bones (Michael Davidson, Timothy Howe and J. Mark Thompson). Performance pieces include Premru: Two Pieces for Three Trombones, Tom Davis: Trombone Trio No. 1, Wolking: Three Movements for Three Trombones, Blank: A Little Suite, Ewazen: Eaglehawk, Hidas: Interludio, Lys: Trois à Troyes, Bozza: Andantino, Blazhevich: Terzetti, Handel/Ostrander “Courante” from Suite for Three Trombones and Shaw: Trippery No. 8.
Where: Central United Methodist Church, 5144 Oak St., Kansas City, Mo.
When: 7:30 p.m., Wednesday, Feb. 22
It’s free.

What: UMKC Women’s Basketball vs. CSU Bakersfield
Where: Swinney Recreation Center, 5030 Holmes, St., Kansas City, Mo.
When: 7 p.m., Thursday, Feb. 23
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 $7 each and can be purchased online.

What: Senior Dance Capstone Project Part 3
Senior dancers present their choreography. The students are Nora Burkitt, Ricky Davis, Holly Marcin and John Roberts. Performance pieces include White Swan Pas de Deux from Swan Lake (Weber), Question Thy Neighbor (Burkitt), Conversation; Gratitude (Page-Sanders), One Last Breath (Marcin), Sigh (Abbott), Arctic Quest (Davis), Incandescence (Roberts) and New Beginnings (Roberts).
Where: White Recital Hall, James C. Olson Performing Arts Center, 4949 Cherry St., Kansas City, Mo.
When: 7:30 p.m., Friday, Feb. 24
It’s free.

What: UMKC Women’s Basketball vs. Grand Canyon
Where: Swinney Recreation Center, 5030 Holmes, St., Kansas City, Mo.
When: 2 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 25
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 $7 each and can be purchased online.

What: Nicolas Lira, Doctoral Recital
This is a doctoral recital for Nicolas Lira, saxophone. Performance pieces include Bauzin: Sonata No. 1, Alessandrini: La Boite de Pandore, Levy: L’air D’ailleurs Bicinium, Scelsi: Tre Pezzi and Dutilleux: Sonata.
Where: Trinity Lutheran Church, 5601 W. 62nd St., Mission, Kan.
When: 2:30 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 25
It’s free.

What: Lauren Harris, Doctoral Recital
This is a doctoral recital for Lauren Harris, horn. Performance pieces include Amram: Blues and Variations for Monk, Reynolds: Calls for Two Horns, Lowe: Intermezzo for Horn and Piano, Funkhouser: Soliloquy for Unaccompanied Horn and Gilere: Concerto for Horn and Orchestra in B-flat Major, Op. 91.
Where: Central United Methodist Church, 5144 Oak St., Kansas City, Mo.
When: 5 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 25
It’s free.

What: Senior Dance Capstone Project Part 4
Senior dancers present their choreography. The students are David Calhoun, Remington Hartmann, Mallory Hensel, Caroline Purcell and Marina Shortino. Performance pieces include Eden (Hiett), Insecure (Purcell), Tummo (Shortino), The Act of Falling (Hartmann), A Block Past Grand (Calhoun), Sylvia Pas de Deux (Merante/Balanchine/Eglevsky), Procurance (Hensel), The Path Unknown (Purcell) and Reconciliation (Shortino).
Where: White Recital Hall, James C. Olson Performing Arts Center, 4949 Cherry St., Kansas City, Mo.
When: 7:30 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 25
It’s free.

What: UMKC Men’s Tennis vs. South Dakota State
Where: KC Racquet Club, 6501 Frontage Rd., Merriam, Kan.
When: 11 a.m., Sunday, Feb. 26
It’s free.

What: UMKC Women’s Tennis vs. South Dakota State
Where: KC Racquet Club, 6501 Frontage Rd., Merriam, Kan.
When: 11 a.m., Sunday, Feb. 26
It’s free.

What: Concerto/Aria 2017 Winners Concert
The winners of the 2017 Concerto/Aria Competition perform with the Conservatory Orchestra, directed by Robert Olson. Performance pieces include Ketjuntra: River of No Return (world premiere, 2016 Gerald Kemner Orchestral Composition Competition Prize winner); Prokofiev: Violin Concerto No. 2 in G Minor, Op. 63 (Chun Hang Samuel Huang, violin); Mozart: Ch’io miscordi di te?… Non temer, amato bene… (Kelly Birch, mezzo soprano and Erik Lawrence, solo piano); and Chopin: Piano Concerto No. 2 in F Mino, Op. 21 (Josiah Sprankle, piano).
Where: White Recital Hall, James C. Olson Performing Arts Center, 4949 Cherry St., Kansas City, Mo.
When: 7:30 p.m., Tuesday, Feb. 28
It’s free.


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