Seven Events to Catch

We have jazz, theatre, art, sports 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.


1. UMKC Jazz After Hours

UMKC Conservatory of Music and Dance jazz students of all degree levels perform standards and originals in combos. All compositions and arrangements will be announced from the stage.


The free performances are at 6 p.m. March 13 and 15 at The Black Dolphin, 1813 Grand Blvd., Kansas City, Mo.


2. Softball vs. Tulsa

Good to know:

UMKC is Kansas City’s Division I sports team.


The game is at 7 p.m., Friday, March 9 at Missouri 3 & 2 Field, 9600 Blue River Rd., Kansas City, Mo. Attendance is free.


3. ‘Tuck Everlasting’

Over a century ago, the Tucks – Ma, Pa and their sons Miles and Jesse – drank from a forest spring. Ever since, no one in the family has aged a bit. Now they have to live separately only to reunite once every 10 years because of rising suspicions when they never age. Now, young Winnie Foster is out exploring the woods, and she has accidentally discovered the Tuck family secret… which brings her to the question: Is living outside the rules of time a blessing or a curse?

Good to know:

Two UMKC graduate theatre students founded The Coterie.


The play runs now through April 5. Tickets can be purchased from The Coterie Box Office by calling 816-474-6552 or from the website. The Coterie is located at Crown Center, 2450 Grand Ave., Suite 144, Kansas City, Mo.


4. KCRep: ‘Sex with Strangers’

Desire, intellect and secret agendas collide in this smart, tantalizing take on modern love and the double-edged quest for artistic validation in the digital age. Olivia, an obscure novelist on the cusp of 40, is trapped in a secluded B & B with Ethan, a wildly successful blogger 10 years her junior. Opposites attract, passions ignite and personalities clash as a winter storm rages outside.


Performances run now through March 25 at the Copaken Stage, 1 H&R Block Way, Kansas City, Mo. Tickets can be purchased by calling the Box Office at 816-235- 2700 or online.


5. 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. Levy’s work is animated by images, text and ideological references to explore how perceptions, definitions and concepts are shaped.


The free exhibit runs now 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.


6. 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.


7. Cindy Williams starring in ‘Barefoot in the Park’

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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