Seven Can’t-Miss Events

Catch these performances and exhibits before they’re gone!

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. UMKC Theatre: ‘Go. Please. Go.’

UMKC Theatre graduate students will present their latest production, “Go. Please. Go.” It is a new play by Emily Feldman, directed by guest director Joshua Kahan Brody. This is his third show at UMKC.


The show runs Dec 1-10 in Studio 116, Olson Performing Arts Center, 4949 Cherry, St. Tickets can be purchased from the Central Ticket Office.


2. ‘A Christmas Carol’

Kansas City’s favorite holiday tradition is back for its 37th season, with an all-NEW adaptation by KC Rep 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!


Now through Dec. 24 in Spencer Theatre on the UMKC Campus, 4949 Cherry St., Kansas City, Mo. Tickets can be purchased from the KCRep website.


3. UMKC Women’s Basketball vs. Harris-Stowe

Good to know:

UMKC is Kansas City’s Division I sports team.


The game is at 7 p.m., Monday, Dec. 11 in Swinney Recreation Center, 5030 Holmes, St., Kansas City, Mo. Current UMKC students receive free admission to all UMKC athletic events with ID. General admission tickets start at $8 and can be purchased online.


4. Conservatory Performances

It’s recital season at the UMKC Conservatory of Music and Dance.


There are numerous opportunities to hear great music from UMKC Conservatory students and faculty. Check out the list of recitals scheduled through Dec. 16.


5. 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.


6. ‘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.


7. 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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