Six Picks for Indoor Fun

Start the spring semester by attending a UMKC event!

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. ‘The Secret of Courage’

The Secret of Courage, a world premiere production with magic and wonderment, is the next co-production between UMKC Theatre and The Coterie. The play begins with 13-year-old Jack McCall learning some very bad news about his health. His best friend Waddy is not as concerned as he is, since you hear stories of people getting over this illness all the time.

Good to know:

Two UMKC graduate theatre students founded The Coterie.


The play runs Jan. 23 through Feb. 11. 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.


2. ‘The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time’

Winner of the 2015 Tony Award for Best Play, Curious Incident tells the story of 15-year-old Christopher, a boy with an extraordinary brain who is exceptionally intelligent but ill-equipped for dealing with everyday life. When Christopher falls under suspicion for killing the neighbor’s dog, he sets out on a journey to find the real culprit that will change his life forever.


The show runs Jan 26 through Feb 18 in Spencer Theatre on the UMKC Campus, 4949 Cherry St., Kansas City, Mo. Tickets can be purchased from the KCRep website.


3. UMKC Men’s Basketball vs. Grand Canyon

Good to know:

UMKC is Kansas City’s Division I sports team.


The game is at 7 p.m., Saturday, Jan. 20 at Municipal Auditorium, 301 W. 13th St., Kansas City, Mo. Current UMKC students receive free admission to all UMKC athletic events with ID. General admission tickets start at $13 and can be purchased online.


4. Moanin’ Frogs: UMKC Conservatory Guest Artist Concert

Bending genres and uplifting spirits, The Moanin’ Frogs saxophone sextet is redefining what chamber music can be. Rooted in the classical tradition and theatre of the American Vaudeville show, The Moanin’ Frogs’ spirited arrangements, creative choreography, and technically precise performances of jazz, pop, and classical music delight fans across the world.


The free performance is at 2:30 p.m., Jan. 21 in White Recital Hall, James C. Olson Performing Arts Center, 4949 Cherry St., Kansas City, Mo.


5. ‘Project Dawn’

In this vital and surprisingly funny new play presented by the Unicorn Theatre, seven actresses play fourteen characters on both sides of a radical new courtroom experiment. Every day these lawyers, judges, and social workers provide support for women desperate to escape the cycles of drug addiction, prostitution and poverty. In the tradition of Orange is the New Black, get a glimpse inside the lives of women struggling to change their circumstances against the odds. Playwright Karen Hartman explores the thin line that separates freedom from incarceration, inside the real life Project Dawn Court in Philadelphia, PA.

Good to know:

Three UMKC Theatre graduates started Unicorn Theatre.


The show runs Jan. 24 through Feb. 18 at the Unicorn Theatre, 3828 Main St., Kansas City, Mo. Tickets can be purchased online.


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.


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