Plus, soccer, theatre, art and more!
We are Kansas City’s university, and our hometown’s energy influences everything that happens here. We welcome our community to campus for an array of events, and we’re also happy to recommend opportunities on behalf of our alumni and friends. These activities are part of what give UMKC a vibrant campus life, and make UMKC an arts and culture powerhouse.
The UMKC Conservatory of Music and Dance Choirs, directed by Robert Bode and Charles Robinson, perform “For the Children,” the annual choral concert to benefit Operation Breakthrough. The concert will include special guests Lakewood Middle School 7th and 8th Grade Choir, Lee’s Summit North High School Crimson Camerata, Olathe Northwest High School Da Capo Singers, and Sunset Ridge Elementary School Choir and Orff Ensemble.
The performance is at 7:30 p.m., Tuesday, April 10, at Visitation Catholic Church, 5141 Main St., Kansas City, Mo. The event is free.
2. UMKC Gallery of Art: ‘We All Come From Something’
In “We All Come From Something,” the artist reconstructs historical narratives and family stories to show that American culture is complicated and filled with expressions of commonality and contradiction. Judith G. Levy’s work is animated by images, text and ideological references to explore how perceptions, definitions and concepts are shaped.
The free exhibit runs through April 6 at the UMKC Gallery of Art, Room 203 of the Fine Arts Building, 5015 Holmes St. Gallery hours are Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. through 5 p.m.
Good to know:
UMKC is Kansas City’s Division I sports team.
The game is at 3 p.m., Saturday, April 7 at Durwood Soccer Stadium, 5025 Cherry St., Kansas City, Mo. It’s free.
This musical thriller tells the story of an obsessively vengeful barber and his twisted partnership with the outrageous Mrs. Lovett who together, devise a devilish plot to add a special ingredient to a recipe that has all of London dying for their pies. Sondheim’s gloriously gruesome and fiercely funny musical combines melodrama and murder and features one of the most chilling, thrilling scores ever written for the stage.
Performances run March 23 through April 15 at Spencer Theatre, James C. Olson Performing Arts Center, 4949 Cherry St., Kansas City, Mo. Tickets can be purchased by calling the Box Office at 816-235- 2700 or online.
5. A Look Inside Our Antique Bookplate Collection
As one of the more seemingly ephemeral works of graphic arts, bookplates nevertheless can wield a powerful visual presence in a small amount of space. Bookplates are printed labels that indicate ownership of a book, and are usually affixed to the inside cover of a volume. While the bookplates in this exhibit offer a cross-section of the collection, there are nearly 600 unique bookplates available for viewing in the LaBudde Special Collections.
This free exhibit is on display now and will run through the spring semester. It is on the Fourth Floor, Dean’s Gallery, Miller Nichols Library, 800 E. 51st St.
Newlywed Corie wants everything about the new apartment to be perfect for her new husband Paul. But it has no furniture or heat, the skylight lets in the snow, the paint job’s all wrong and the bedroom is too small for a bed. Just when things couldn’t get any worse, Corie’s mom and potential boyfriend show up. One of Neil Simon’s best comedies, “Barefoot” received an Oscar nomination and four Tony nominations including Best Play.
Good to know:
Co-owners Dennis Hennessy and Richard Carrothers are both UMKC graduates; the UMKC College of Arts and Sciences presented both honorary doctorates in 2012.
The production runs now through April 22 at New Theatre Restaurant, 9229 Foster
Overland Park, Kan. Tickets can be purchased online.
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