Can’t miss events for this week, weekend
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.
1. ‘A Christmas Carol’
Kansas City’s favorite holiday tradition is back for its 37th season, with an all-NEW adaptation by KCRep Artistic Director, Eric Rosen! A ripping good telling of the classic story of Ebenezer Scrooge, the curmudgeonly businessman who requires the intervention of a few spectral guides to understand the true meaning of Christmas and life. Complete with lively musical numbers, ornate costumes, and dashing stagecraft, Dickens’ classic tale of hope and redemption continues to remind us what’s really worth celebrating – at the holidays, or any time! A Kansas City holiday tradition!
Nov. 17 through Dec. 24 in Spencer Theatre on the UMKC Campus, 4949 Cherry St., Kansas City, Mo. Tickets can be purchased from the KCRep website.
2. Conservatory Jazz Bands
The Conservatory Jazz Band performance will be directed by Bobby Watson; and the 11 O’Clock Jazz Band will be directed by Dan Thomas.
The show is at 7:30 p.m., Tuesday, Nov. 28, Tickets are $8; $6 for seniors; and free for UMKC faculty, staff and all students with UMKC or student ID. Tickets can be purchased online.
3. Capturado: Faces of Cuba
This is an exhibit featuring photographs by Jimmy Adegoke, Ph.D., professor in the UMKC Department of Geosciences. It highlights the rich diversity of the Cuban people.
Now through Dec. 15, the “Capturado: Faces of Cuba” exhibit will be on display at the Miller Nichols Library, Ground Floor – Link Gallery, 800 E. 51st St., Kansas City, Mo. It is free.
4. Driving Miss Daisy
Daisy, a wealthy, acerbic widow, has wrecked another car. Her son decides she needs a chauffeur and hires an unemployed black man named Hoke. Daisy and Hoke dislike each other initially but over the course of 25 years, the two grow to become very dear friends. This funny, joyful play won the Pulitzer Prize and the film adaptation won four Oscars, including Best Picture.
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.
Now through Nov. 26. New Theatre Restaurant is located at 9299 Foster St., Overland Park, Kan. Tickets can be purchased online.
5. ‘A Charlie Brown Christmas’
Join Charlie Brown on a memorable journey as he tries to direct the school Christmas pageant. In their letters to Santa, everyone seems to be acting materialistic – so Charlie Brown tries to restore holiday spirit with a ragged little fir tree. Experience the power of this wonderful story live onstage as Charlie Brown turns to his best friend Linus to learn the season’s real meaning. Special encore: Snoopy’s Christmas Eve encounter with the Red Baron!
Good to know:
Two UMKC graduate theatre students founded The Coterie.
The show runs now through Dec. 31 at The Coterie, Crown Center, Suite 144, 2450 Grand Ave., Kansas City, Mo. Tickets can be purchased online.
6. Sound Off: Personal Stories, Important Topics
As a Fall 2017 fellow of Organizing for Action (OFA), Erica Stone designed OFA Sound Off to reinvigorate the Kansas City, Missouri community with local stories and participatory listening opportunities. Sound Off was designed to create a space for KCMO residents to work together to create localized movements that are dialogic and meaningful.
Now through Jan. 8, 2018, on the First Floor of the UMKC Miller Nichols Library, 800 E. 51st. St., Kansas City, Mo. It’s free.
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