College Town. City Life.

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:  Volker Brass – Folly for Five

The Graduate Fellowship Brass Quintet opens the Conservatory’s second “Folly for Five” miniseries on Oct. 30. This event is really a double feature – a brass quintet playing Ewald, Plog, Koetsier and Renwick, in the grande dame of music halls in Kansas City, downtown’s historic Folly Theater.

Volker Brass performers are Charles Calloway and Alex Caselman, trumpets; Matthew Haislip, horn; Austin Peiffer, trombone; and Brielan Andersen, tuba. The Folly is located at 300 W. 12th St., Kansas City, Mo., and the music starts at 7:30 p.m.

The last bit of good news: Tickets are $5. That’s it.

                                                         October 30 – Nov. 4

What:  Volleyball!
Sixteen straight victories, 20 wins for the season. The Roos rule the court. Next opponents, first up – then down – Bakersfield Roadrunners on Thursday. The Antelopes of Grand Canyon University follow on Saturday.
Swinney Recreation Center
When:  Thursday, October 30 at 7 p.m.
When:  Saturday, November 1 at 7 p.m.
It’s free to UMKC students with ID. $5 for others.

What: Alice Friman will read from her new collection of poetry, “The View from Saturn.”
Where:  Mabee Theater in Sedgwick Hall, Rockhurst University, 5215 Troost Ave., Kansas City, Mo.
When:   Thursday, Oct. 30, at 7 p.m.
Park in lots on Rockhurst campus or in the parking garage and 52nd and Troost.
UMKC connection:  Robert Stewart, writing teacher and editor of UMKC’s New Letters magazine, New Letters on the Air and BkMk Press, is Director of the Midwest Poets Series, host of the program.
Admission is $3 at the door.

What: The Who & The What
A new comedy by Pulitzer Prize winner Ayad Akhtar, this play is the story of a Pakistani-American playwright whose latest work is too revealing for her conservative father and sister.
Where: Kansas City Repertory Theatre’s Copaken Stage, 1 H&R Block Way, Kansas City, Mo.
When: The play runs through Nov. 16.
See the Rep’s website for dates, times and prices.

What:  Soccer
One day, two fast-paced matches. The women will face Chicago State, then the men’s team takes on Air Force.
Where:  Durwood Soccer Stadium, 5080 Cherry St., Kansas City, Mo.
When:   Saturday, November 1. The women play at noon and the men at 3 p.m.
It’s free for UMKC students with ID. Other patrons pay $5 ($7 for a chairback.) Children under 3 are admitted free.

What:  Crescendo!
A quick-paced concert by UMKC Conservatory of Music and Dance students and faculty, featuring dance, jazz, opera, voice, orchestra and more.
Where:  Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts, Helzberg Hall, 1601 Broadway, Kansas City, Mo.
When:  Nov. 7 at 7 p.m.
Tickets are $15 for students with ID. Others pay $30. Underground parking in the Kauffman Center garage is available to concert-goers for $8. Valet parking is $18.

What: Building a Culture of Peace for the Children of the World
The exhibit consists of 30 large educational panels with pictures and dialogue inspiring peaceful resolution, and illustrating that each individual plays a part.
Where: Miller Nichols Library, Room 303, 800 E. 51st Street, Kansas City, Mo.
The exhibit continues until Nov. 15.
It’s free

What:  Fall dance concert
Featuring performances by students and choreography by faculty of the UMKC Dance Division.
Where:  James C. Olson Performing Arts Center, White Recital Hall, 4949 Cherry St., Kansas City, Mo.
When:   Oct. 30 at 7:30 p.m.
It’s free for UMKC faculty, staff, and all students with UMKC or student ID. Others pay $8, $6 for seniors.

What:  Women in the City Panel Discussion
Come learn about careers with Kansas City! Sponsored by the UMKC Women’s Center, Central Exchange, Women’s Foundation of Greater Kansas City, and KCMO’s Women’s Empowerment Initiative.
Where:  Katz Hall, Room 101, 5005 Rockhill Road, Kansas City, Mo.
When:   Nov. 3, from noon to 1 p.m.
It’s free, but RSVPs are requested. Please email or call 816.235.1638.

What:  Whitney Manney, fashion designer, has an interactive installation and pop-up boutique in the UMKC Gallery of Art.
Where:  UMKC Gallery of Art, Fine Arts Building, 5015 Holmes, Room 203.
When:   The exhibit is open and will remain until Friday, November 7.
It’s free.

What: The New Theatre Restaurant presents, “Murder Among Friends,” a comedy by Bob Barry starring Morgan Fairchild, aka Chandler Bing’s mother on “Friends.”
Where: The New Theatre Restaurant, 9299 Foster, Overland Park, Kan.
When: Now through Nov. 2.
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:Barry Anderson, Professor of Studio Art – Digital Video & Motion Design
Solo exhibition Pigeon Anderson’s single-channel video installation Pigeon (2001) (7:37 minute loop) engages the viewer in both the activity and stillness of a site. Accompanied by the existing sounds present in the piazza the video grounds us in a sense of real-time for a brief and unexpected exchange.
Where: Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art, 4420 Warwick Blvd., Kansas City, Mo.
Now through November 2, 2014.
It’s free.

What: Exhibit – History of Nursing
The exhibit is a timeline documenting the contributions of the nursing profession from 55 AD until present day, with the last 6 images celebrating the UMKC School of Nursing and Health Studies. This is their 40th anniversary as a school.
Where: Link Gallery, ground floor, Miller Nichols Library.
Sept 18 through November 7, 2014.
The exhibit can be viewed during regular library hours. Check the web site for days and times.
It’s free.

What: 2014 Charlotte Street Visual Artist Awards Exhibition
Where: Nerman Museum of Contemporary Art
When: Opens Thursday, September 11 with Opening Reception at 6 p.m. Garry Noland and other artists will speak on their work at 7 p.m. in the museum’s Hudson Auditorium.
The show runs now until December 21
Gallery hours are Tues, Wed, Thurs, Sat 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sunday noon-5 p.m.
UMKC Connection: Garry Noland is an alum (BA) of the UMKC Art History program.
It’s free.




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