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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 recommended 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. Dog Sees God: Confessions of a Teenage Blockhead

UMKC Theatre’s undergraduate production, Dog Sees God: Confessions of a Teenage Blockhead, is a reimagining of our beloved comic strip characters as modern, dysfunctional adolescents. Drugs, sex, violence—good grief! This dark comedy dives headfirst into teen angst and the painful reality of trying to find one’s place in the world.


The show runs now through Oct. 8 at Studio 116, Olson Performing Arts Center, 4949 Cherry St., Kansas City, Mo. Tickets can be purchased from the Central Ticket Office.


2. Conservatory Singers, University Singers and Canticum Novum: KC CARE Benefit Concert

The UMKC Conservatory of Music and Dance offers recitals and performances throughout the year.


The Conservatory Singers, University Singers, and Canticum Novum present a benefit concert for KC CARE Clinic, featuring The Ecstasies Above by Tarik O’Regan, conducted by Robert Bode. Thursday, Oct. 12, 7:30 p.m. at Old Mission United Methodist Church
5519 State Park Rd., Fairway, Kan. This concert is free, but donations will be graciously accepted.


3. UMKC Women’s Soccer

Good to know:

UMKC is Kansas City’s Division I sports team.


7:30 p.m., Friday, Oct. 6; and 1 p.m., Sunday, Oct. 8, at Durwood Soccer Stadium, 5025 Cherry St., Kansas City, Mo. Current UMKC students receive free admission to all UMKC athletic events with ID. General admission tickets start at $5 and can be purchased online.


4. 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.


5. Gallery of Art: A Surrender Against Reality in Conjunction with Every Street is Charlotte Street

The UMKC Gallery of Art will showcase its new exhibition, A Surrender Against Reality, in conjunction with Every Street Is Charlotte Street, beginning Thursday, Sept. 7 through Friday, Oct. 6.

Good to know:

The exhibit is curated by Davin Watne, M.F.A., UMKC Gallery of Art Director, and features art by UMKC faculty.


The UMKC Gallery of Art is located in Room 203 of the Fine Arts Building, 5015 Holmes St., Kansas City, Mo.



6. Journeys and Cross-Generational Narratives in Barry Anderson’s The Janus Restraint

Good to know:

Barry Anderson, M.F.A, is a digital motion professor in the Department of Art and Art History.


Barry Anderson has created a kaleidoscope of epic semi-narrative proportions, which merges mythology, romantic landscapes, and personal symbolism. His work is on display through Oct. 7 at La Esquina Gallery, 1000 W. 25 St., Kansas City, Mo.



7. We Shall Not Be Moved

By taking a seat at a whites-only lunch counter, a group of four freshmen from North Carolina A&T College launched a youth-led movement for African Americans to receive equal service by challenging racial injustice. This non-violent demonstration in Greensboro gained such momentum that it quickly inspired a new generation to stand up for their Civil Rights. This is the story of ordinary citizens who stand witness to a movement forming before their eyes, and the multiple perspectives they have.

Good to know:

Two UMKC graduate theatre students founded The Coterie.


The show runs now through Oct. 22 at The Coterie, Crown Center, Suite 144, 2450 Grand Ave., Kansas City, Mo. Tickets can be purchased online or by calling the Box Office at 816-474-6552.

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