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:  “Rocks Don’t Lie: a Geologist Investigates Noah’s Flood”
Dr. David Montgomery will share the results of his worldwide search for geological evidence in a presentation entitled, “Rocks Don’t Lie: A Geologist Investigates Noah’s Flood.” Montgomery brings a fair and deep understanding to both religion and reason. The program is at 7 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 6, in Pierson Auditorium, Atterbury Student Success Center, 5000 Holmes, Kansas City, Mo. It’s free, but you are asked to reserve a seat.

Dr. James Murowchick, Associate Professor of Geochemistry and Mineralogy, said “As both a practicing Christian and a geologist, Dr. Montgomery’s work is close to home for me. His balanced and respectful treatment of the issues is a breath of fresh air.”

Nov. 5 – 11

What:  Basketball
Just in time to fill the void in your World Series heart – basketball season!! Saturday, Nov. 8, is a great day to support your teams in exhibition play. The women face the Miners of Missouri S & T at 4:30 p.m. Then the men challenge the Rockhurst Hawks at 7:05 p.m.
Where:  Both games are at Municipal Auditorium, 301 W. 13th St., Kansas City, Mo.
When:   Saturday, Nov. 8, at 4:30 p.m. and 7:05 p.m.
It’s free to UMKC students with ID. For others, prices range from $10-$25.  

What:  Saxophone Studio Recital:  Adolphe Sax Bicentennial
Program includes KASTNER: Sextuor; DEMERSSEMAN: Fantaisie sur un thème original; SINGELÉE: Premier quatuor, Op. 53; SAVARI: Septuor pour ensemble de saxophones.
Where: Grant Recital Hall, 5228 Charlotte Street, Kansas City, Mo.
When:  Nov. 6, 7:30 p.m.
It’s free.

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

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:  Now through Nov. 16.
See the Rep’s website for dates, times and prices.

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:  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:   Now through Friday, November 7.
It’s free.

What:   Jazz at Diastole
Come hear some great music and benefit UMKC’s New Letters Magazine, BkMk Press Books, New Letters on the Air and UMKC’s Retirees Association. Refreshments  will be served.
Where: Diastole Scholars Center, 2501 Holmes St., Kansas City, Mo. Access to parking and the Center is through the driveway on Holmes. Directions to Diastole can be found here:
When:   Musicians David Basse, Bob Bowman, Peter Schlamb and Steve Lambert start warming up at 2:30 p.m., Tues., Nov. 11.
The cost is $5 for students and $10 for others at the door.  No rsvp is needed.

What: The New Theatre Restaurant presents, “Shear Madness,” a crazy murder mystery solved by you, the audience. The comedy stars Richard Karn, Tim “Tool Time” Taylor’s flannel-shirted buddy from “Home Improvement.”
Where: The New Theatre Restaurant, 9299 Foster, Overland Park, Kan.
When: Now through Jan. 18, 2015.
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.
Check their website for tickets and times.

What:   2014 Charlotte Street Visual Artist Awards Exhibition
Where: Nerman Museum of Contemporary Art, 12345 College Boulevard, Overland Park, Kan.
When:  Now through 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.

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, 800 E. 51st St., Kansas City, Mo.
Now through November 7, 2014.
The exhibit can be viewed during regular library hours. Check the web site for days and times.
It’s free.

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