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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: Shamus Clisset | Chris Kienke at UMKC Gallery
This is the UMKC Gallery of Art’s group exhibition, Shamus Clisset: Mr. Realistic and Chris Kienke: Hotrods and Handguns.
Where: UMKC Gallery of Art, 203 Fine Arts Building, 5015 Holmes St., Kansas City, Mo.
When: Now through April 14
It’s free.

March 29 – April 4

What: Constellations
Kansas City Repertory Theatre continues its 2016-2017 season with Constellations, directed by Artistic Director Eric Rosen. The production begins March 3 and runs through April 2. If you could hit rewind on a relationship, you might discover the nuances of choice and destiny, and how the two intersect. This spellbinding, heartbreaking love story removes the boundaries of time and space, delving into the infinite possibilities of a couple’s relationship to reveal how the slightest change in conversation might send you down an entirely different path. The scene re-sets again and again, in a fascinating look at love and life from one parallel universe to the next. The cast is comprised of Bree Elrod and Tuc Watkins. They have made their careers in Los Angeles and New York and have come back home to Kansas City for this production.
Where: Copaken Stage, 1 H & R Block Way, Kansas City, Mo.
When: Now through April 2
Tickets can be purchased online or by calling the Box Office at 816-235-2700. Current UMKC faculty, staff and alumni receive a 20 percent discount on tickets.

What: Eclipsed
Five extraordinary women are brought together by the upheaval of civil war in Liberia. Four are held captive as wives of a rebel commanding officer, while the fifth works to free them in this stirring tale of hope, humor and resilience. This Tony Award-nominated drama comes from playwright Danai Gurira, who plays Michonne on AMC’s “The Walking Dead.”
Where: Unicorn Theatre, 3828 Main St., Kansas City, Mo.
When: Now through April 2
UMKC Connection: Three UMKC Theatre graduates started Unicorn Theatre. Tickets can be purchased online.

What: Hyeyoung Shin Solo Exhibition
Hyeyoung Shin, UMKC Department of Art and Art History assistant professor of Print Media, will have her work shown in a solo exhibition titled unapologetic. An opening reception is scheduled for March 10 from 6 p.m. through 9 p.m. She will also give an artist talk at noon on March 11 at Studio Inc.
Where: Studios Inc., 1708 Campbell St., Kansas City, Mo.
When: Now through April 14
It’s free.

What: A Raisin in the Sun
The classic story of the Younger family remains universally relevant and deeply relatable more than 60 years after it first hit Broadway. In pursuit of the American Dream, this dynamic African American family wrestles with the push to assimilate into a white Chicago neighborhood, and the pull of their cultural roots. These opposing forces both unite and divide the family, as each grapple with the social issues that challenge their identity – and the personal choices that will determine their future.
Where: Spencer Theatre, James C. Olson Performing Arts Center, 4949 Cherry St., Kansas City, Mo.
When: Now through April 16
Tickets can be purchased online or by calling the Box Office at 816-235-2700. Current UMKC faculty, staff and alumni receive a 20 percent discount on tickets.

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
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. For tickets and show times, visit the website.

 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
It’s free.

What: UMKC Women’s Tennis vs. UT Rio Grande Valley
Where: Plaza Tennis Center, 4747 J. C. Nichols Pkwy., Kansas City, Mo.
When: 10 a.m. Friday, March 31
It’s free.

What: UMKC Women’s Tennis vs. Seattle University
Where: Plaza Tennis Center, 4747 J. C. Nichols Pkwy., Kansas City, Mo.
When: 3 p.m. Saturday, April 1
It’s free.

What: UMKC Women’s Tennis vs. Grand Canyon
Where: Plaza Tennis Center, 4747 J. C. Nichols Pkwy., Kansas City, Mo.
When: 10 a.m. Sunday, April 2
It’s free.

What: Robert Weirich, Faculty Recital
This is a faculty recital for Robert Weirich, piano. Performance pieces include Mozart: Rondo in A Minor, K. 511; Schumann: Davidsbündlertänze, Op. 6; and Schubert: Sonata in A Major, D. 959.
Where: White Recital Hall, James C. Olson Performing Arts Center, 4949 Cherry St., Kansas City, Mo.
When: 7:30 p.m., Tuesday, April 4
It’s free.

What: Michael Prucha, Artist’s Certificate Recital
This is an artist’s certificate recital for Michael Prucha, woodwinds. Performance pieces include Koechlin: Selections from 15 Etudes, Op. 188 for alto saxophone and piano; Schmitt: Songe De Coppélius Op. 30, No 11; Britten: Temporal Variations; Harvey: Three Etudes on Themes of Gershwin for Clarinet Solo; and Hindemith: Sonata for Clarinet and Piano.
Where: Trinity Lutheran Church, 5601 W. 62nd St., Mission, Kan.
When: 7:30 p.m., Tuesday, April 4
It’s free.

 


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