April 2018

Posted on Mar 31, 2018 in Monthly Arts & Culture

What’s coming up in April 2018? We have all the details on performances, arts events, exhibits, and classes happening throughout April in the #JoplinArts. Take a look below and share with friends…


PERFORMANCES

April 1: Carolyn Wonderland House Concert, 5:30pm (doors 5:00pm) at The Coda Concert House. A musical force equipped with the soulful vocals of Janis and the guitar slinging skills of Stevie Ray, Carolyn Wonderland reaches into the depths of the Texas blues tradition with the wit of a poet. She hits the stage with unmatched presence, a true legend in her time. Along with the guitar and the multitude of other instruments she learned to play – trumpet, accordion, piano, mandolin, lap steel – Wonderland even throws in a whistling solo on occasion. Her breakthrough album release was 2008’s Miss Understood. From appearances on PBS’s Austin City Limits to top slots at major festivals around the world, Wonderland’s album quickly reached the Top 10 on Billboard’s Blues chart and her live shows left a trail of screaming fans in its wake. If you’d like to be a part of this memorable evening, send an email to info@codaconcerthouse.com to make reservations. A confirmation email with the address, directions, parking, etc. will then be sent in return. A donation is suggested and 100% of all proceeds go directly to the artists performing.

April 3: Spanish Brass with TJ’s Orchestra, 7:00pm at Thomas Jefferson Independent Day School (3401 Newman Rd). Spanish Brass earned the I Bankia Music Talent Award in Spain this year, and was named the most influential musical artists in the country. When the group won First Prize in the Narbonne (France) International Brass Quintet Competition, reknowned trumpeter Bernard Soustrot said, “of all the First Prize winners of the Narbonne Competition, Spanish Brass is the best since the competition was founded in 1986.” Spanish Brass has entertained audiences at a multitude of concerts across the globe, in prestigious events and venues such as the Great American Brass Band Festival, New York Brass Conference, Juilliard School of Music, Ithaca College, and Festival de Musique de Radio-France. TJ’s Upper School orchestra will perform with Spanish Brass for this concert. Tickets: Adults: $14, TJ Parents: $11, Students: $9, TJ Students: $7, Seniors: $12. Tickets sold exclusively through the TJ Box Office: https://www.tjeffschool.org/concerts. For more information, call 417.781.5124.

April 6: Southern Symphony Orchestra Concert, 7:30pm at Thomas Jefferson Independent Day Schoo, TJ Concert Hall (3401 Newman Rd). The Southern Symphony Orchestra (SSO) welcomes guest soloist and cellist Dr. Hyerim Jeon Mapp, from New Mexico. Dr. Mapp will perform Sir Edward Elgar’s much admired “Cello Concerto in E minor.” Also on the program will be the premiere performance of a piece written for the SSO by its conductor, Dr. Jeffrey Macomber. This piece is entitled “Burlesca.” Additionally, the strings of the SSO will perform two pieces from the film score of “Henry the V,” music by Sir William Walton. The concert will conclude with Alexander Borodin’s lovely, and familiar, “Polovetsian Dances” from the opera Prince Igor. This concert is free and open to the public. For more information, call 417.625.9635.

April 7: JBs Downtown presents – William Clark Green w/ Ross Cooper, 7:00pm at JBs Downtown (112 Main St). With two critically esteemed album releases already under his belt, William Clark Green is back and this time it is getting personal. Give Green a pen and paper and he is a lyrical force to be reckoned with. On his critically acclaimed third release, Rose Queen, he puts it all on the line and makes absolutely no apologies. The past few years have been consumed with Green touring heavily in the booming Texas scene and persistently writing a plethora of songs that are pulled from true to life experiences. Rose Queen has already marked a number of milestones for the young storyteller. The debut single, “It’s About Time,” was welcomed to radio with open arms and earned William’s first Top Ten song on Texas Radio. The momentum did not stop there as his follow-up single, “She Likes The Beatles,” recently scored the #1 position on both the Texas Music Chart and the Texas Regional Radio Report.

April 8: Hadden Sayers House Concert, 5:30pm (doors 5:00pm) at The Coda Concert House. While Coda supporters may know Sayers best as the guitarist in Ruthie Foster’s Grammy-nominated band, the Texas troubadour has firmly established himself as a powerful solo artist in his own right, having released eight critically acclaimed albums over the last two decades. Blessed with a unique ability to manipulate classic tropes, from blues, R&B, and rock into something new, and fresh, Sayers’ melodies and hooks are his strengths. Combined with his passionate vocals, and tasteful guitar licks, his shows are consistently engaging and enjoyable. This show marks a highly anticipated return to The Coda Concert House for Sayers, who played to an enthusiastic crowd here in 2016. Suggested donation $20. If you’d like to be a part of this memorable evening, send an email to info@codaconcerthouse.com to make reservations. A confirmation email with the address, directions, parking, etc. will then be sent in return. 100% of all proceeds go directly to the artists performing.

April 9: Percussion Ensemble Concert, 7:30pm at TBD. For more information, visit mssu.edu/music or call 417.625.9318.

April 12–15: Midwest Regional Ballet presents Cinderella, 7:30pm (Sunday 2:30pm) at Memorial Auditorium & Convention Center (503 N Pine St, Pittsburg, KS). Cinderella, the daughter of an impoverished country gentleman, lost her mother when she was still quite young. Her good-hearted but weak father married again, but his second wife also died, leaving him with her two daughters from a previous marriage. These nasty creatures terrorize him and Cinderella, whom they have reduced to a scullery maid. All day long Cinderella is made to sweep, clean and polish. Come watch the Midwest Regional Ballet’s creative interpretation of this classic tale. For more information, call 620.231.7827.

April 12: Choir Concert with special guest Stacey V. Gibbs, 7:30pm at St. Mary’s Catholic Church (3035 S Central City Rd). For more information, visit mssu.edu/music or call 417.625.9318.

April 13: 2018 “Sport of the Arts” Showcase, 7:00pm (doors 6:30pm) at Joplin High School (2104 N Indiana Ave). Performing to “What Baking Can Do” from the Broadway Musical Waitress, Joplin High School’s 2018 Winter Guard show demonstrates an improvement in the unit’s performance quality and technical execution of dance/equipment skills. Winter Guard, often called “The Sport of the Arts,” combines dance, drill movements, and equipment skills including flags, rifles, and sabres to present a performance that engages the audience. The show is presented on a “floor” or tarp that is pulled onto the basketball court. For competitions, the students’ performance is scored in several categories. Suggested $3 donation at the door. For more information, contact JHS Color Guard Director Christina Leonard at christinaleonard@joplinschools.org.

April 15: Motel Mirrors House Concert, 5:30pm (doors 5:00pm) at The Coda Concert House. This show marks a highly anticipated return to the Coda Concert House for Amy & Will, who played to an enthusiastic crowd in 2017. The Motel Mirrors treat country, melodic folk, soul, swing and other genres as parts of a whole. Singer/bassist Amy LaVere hails from the piney woods of the Texas/Louisiana border, guitarist/singer Will Sexton from the hallowed musical streets of Austin, Texas, guitarist/singer John Paul Keith arrived in Memphis years ago from his native Knoxville, and drummer Shawn Zorn is a Memphis original. Their full-length LP, In the Meantime, is due on Last Chance Records on March 30, 2018. The Motel Mirrors originally formed as a duo in 2013 – a duet side project for two artists always seeking new challenges –John Paul Keith & Amy LaVere. The long overdue collaboration between two whose styles so clearly complemented one another was incredibly well received. Suggested donation $20. If you’d like to be a part of this memorable evening, send an email to info@codaconcerthouse.com to make reservations. A confirmation email with the address, directions, parking, etc. will then be sent in return. 100% of all proceeds go directly to the artists performing.

April 17: Reverend Peyton’s Big Damn Band House Concert, 6:30pm (doors 6:00pm) at The Coda Concert House. Southern Indiana-bred singer-guitarist Reverend Peyton is the bigger-than-life frontman of Reverend Peyton’s Big Damn Band. He has earned a reputation as both a singularly compelling performer and a persuasive evangelist for the rootsy country blues styles that captured his imagination early in life and inspired him and his band to make pilgrimages to Clarksdale, Mississippi to study under such blues masters as T-Model Ford, Robert Belfour and David “Honeyboy” Edwards. If you’d like to be a part of this memorable evening, send an email to info@codaconcerthouse.com to make reservations. A confirmation email with the address, directions, parking, etc. will then be sent in return. A donation is suggested and 100% of all proceeds go directly to the artists performing.

April 17: Crossroads Jazz Orchestra Concert, 7:30pm at Missouri Southern State University, Corley Auditorium (3950 Newman Rd). For more information, visit mssu.edu/music or call 417.625.9318.

April 20 & 21: TJ Middle School presents Peter Pan the Musical, 7:00pm at Thomas Jefferson Independent Day School (3401 Newman Rd). Broadway’s timeless classic musical whisks you away to a place where dreams are born and no one ever grows up! See Peter and his mischievous fairy sidekick, Tinkerbell, visit the nursery of the Darling children and, with a sprinkle of pixie dust, begin a magical journey across the stars that none of them will ever forget. In the adventure of a lifetime, the travelers come face-to-face with a ticking crocodile, a fierce Indian tribe, a band of bungling pirates and, of course, the villainous Captain Hook. More than 70% of the Thomas Jefferson Middle School student body participates in the Middle School musical each year and the students have been preparing for this show for the entire semester. Tickets: Adults: $10, Children: $5. Tickets are sold exclusively through the TJ Box Office: https://www.tjeffschool.org/concerts. For more information, call 417.781.5124.

April 21: Pro Musica presents Brubeck Brothers Quartet, 7:30pm at Missouri Southern State University, Corley Auditorium (3950 Newman Rd). The Brubeck Brothers Quartet is an exciting jazz group featuring two members of one of America’s most accomplished musical families, Dan Brubeck (drums) and Chris Brubeck (bass and trombone). Guitarist Mike DeMicco and pianist Chuck Lamb complete this dynamic quartet. Although the quartet’s style is rooted in “straight-ahead” jazz, their concerts reveal an inherent ability to explore and play odd time signatures while naturally integrating the influences of funk, blues, and world music.  Sponsored, in part, by a grant from the Bramlage-Willcoxon Family Foundation. This is a ticketed event. Adults: $10, Students: $5. Tickets may be purchased online at promusicajoplin.org. For more information, call 417.625.1822.

April 20 & 22: Heartland Opera Theatre presents Come to the Cabaret, 7:30pm (Sunday 2:30pm) at Scottish Rite Tea Room (505 Byers Ave). Come to the Cabaret in the Tea Room of the Scottish Rite Temple for a dazzling evening of great music with fabulous singers. Dr. Susan Smith, who has directed several splendid performances for HOT, will bring her own special magic to this one, too. Let the wine flow and the food entice! Cost: $20 advanced, $25 at the door, $10 students. For more information, call 417.385.1454.

April 24: Southern Jazz Concert, 7:30pm at Missouri Southern State University, Corley Auditorium (3950 Newman Rd). For more information, visit mssu.edu/music or call 417.625.9318

April 25–28: MSSU Theatre presents How the Other Half Loves, 7:30pm at Missouri Southern State University, Bud Walton Theatre (3950 Newman Rd). There are three couples in this play. The men all working for the same firm. One of the younger men is having an affair with the wife of the oldest, and when each man returns home suspiciously late one night or early one morning they invent a story about having to spend some time smoothing domestic matters in the home of a third couple. Of course, the third couple have to show up to put the fat in the fire, but that complication only adds to the fun of this famous farce. Tickets: $5 Adults, $3 Senior Citizens and Students. For more information, call 417.625.9393.

April 26: Jazz Combos Concert, 7:30pm at Missouri Southern State University, Corley Auditorium (3950 Newman Rd). For more information, visit mssu.edu/music or call 417.625.9318

April 27–29: Stained Glass Theatre Joplin & Ozark Christian College present A Tale of Two Cities, 7:00pm on Friday, 2:30pm and 7:00pm on Saturday, 2:30pm on Sunday, at Ozark Christian College (1111 N Main St). Two men in love with the same woman. Two cities swept up in revolution. One last chance for a man to redeem his wasted life and change the world. Based on Charles Dickens’ masterpiece, A Tale of Two Cities,  focuses on the love triangle between young beauty Lucie Manette, French aristocrat Charles Darnay, and drunken English cynic Sydney Carton – all caught in the clutches of the bloody French Revolution. Tickets: Adults: $8, Children under age of 12: $5, Groups of 10+: $6 each. For more information, call 417.553.0755.

April 27: Jazz Combos at Gusano’s Pizza, 6:00pm at  Gusano’s Chicago Style Pizzeria (3929 E 7th St). For more information, visit mssu.edu/music or call 417.625.9318.

April 29: Choral Society Concert, 3:00pm at St. Paul’s United Methodist Church (2423 W 26th St). The performance will include a medley from The Musical World of Walt Disney, a Missouri native, and Made in the USA – a celebration of American Music. For more information, visit mssu.edu/music or call 417.625.9318.


EVENTS

April 3: Chat N Craft (Adults), 5:30–8:00pm at Joplin Public Library (1901 E 20th St). An adult crafting group that meets on the first Tuesday of the month. All types of hand work welcome. Share ideas, tips and tricks with other crafters. Bring your current craft project and join for laughter, friendship and fun! For more information, visit chatncraft.wordpress.com. 

April 3: Joplin K-12 Art Show Opening Reception, 5:30pm at Joplin High School (2104 N Indiana Ave). The event will be held in the JHS Performing Arts Center foyer and art gallery. The Joplin K-12 Art Show will feature student artwork from every school within in the Joplin school district. For more information, call 417.625.5238. 

April 5: First Thursday ArtWalk, 5:30–8:30pm in Downtown Joplin. First Thursday ArtWalk is a sophisticated, yet festive event, for area artists, as well as patrons of the arts…past, present and future! Dozens of artists will be showing or demonstrating their artistic process and all art will be for sale. Participating artists will be located inside various venues along with live acoustic music. Patrons are encouraged to “walk the art” through historic Downtown Joplin.

April 5: Spiva Trivia Night (Ages 21+), 6:00–8:00pm at Spiva Center for the Arts (222 W 3rd St). Are you and your friends looking for something new and fun to do during Downtown Joplin’s First Thursday? Look no further. This spring Spiva is kick-starting a new monthly event in the Main Gallery. Beginning March 1, a four-round, team-based arts and culture trivia night will take place on every First Thursday. The cost will be $5 per person in each team with a limit of one to eight people per team. The more teammates you have, the higher your chances of winning! There will be three teams to a round and the team to win each round will win 75% of the entry fees. The remainder will go into raising money for Spiva’s Annual Fund Drive. Each round lasts 30 minutes, so come in, have a beer, grab a snack, and put on those thinking caps. All participants must be 21 or older. Sponsored by Missouri Eagle LLC. For more information, call 417.623.0183.

April 6: First Friday WineShare, 6:00–8:00pm at Willey Construction (702 S Wall St). WineShare is a national event that takes place on the First Friday of each month. It’s a great opportunity to meet new friends or catch up with old ones. It’s also a fantastic way to kick off date night! Feel free to bring friends or colleagues, as well. Bring a bottle of wine or a craft beer. The Downtown Joplin Alliance will take care of the rest. As always, there is no charge to attend WineShare and everyone 21 years of age and older is welcome. Free Admission. For more information, email info@downtownjoplin.com.

April 7: World Music and Cuisine Festival, 5:00–7:30pm at Missouri Southern State University, Billingsly Student Center (3950 Newman Rd). Join in for an evening of world music and cuisine that will propel your listening senses and palate to exotic locales around the globe. MSSU international students, faculty, staff, and community members will be preparing their native dishes, in addition to a few local ethnic restaurants. There will be a small charge for the food; the music is free. The schedule for the night is MSSU Caribbean Steel Drums and Taiko Drumming, Kolograd (plays a variety of Eastern European folk music), Saudi Ardah (dance by students from Saudi Arabia), British Virgin Island students will perform Oh, Beautiful Virgin Islands. If you would like to prepare food, or would like more information, contact Chad Stebbins at stebbins-c@mssu.edu.

April 9-10: Stained Glass Theatre Joplin Auditions – The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, 7:00pm at Stained Glass Theatre Joplin (1201 Annie Baxter Ave). During the World War II bombings of London, four English siblings are sent to a country house where they will be safe. One day Lucy finds a wardrobe that transports her to a magical world called Narnia. After coming back, she soon returns to Narnia with her brothers, Peter and Edmund, and her sister, Susan. There they join the magical lion, Aslan, in the fight against the evil White Witch, Jadis. For more information, call 417.553.0755.

April 12: Joplin Writers’ Guild, 6:00pm at Joplin Public Library (1901 E 20th St). The Joplin Writers’ Guild, a chapter of the Missouri Writers’ Guild, includes a wide variety of writers – from hobbyists to professional, published writers. Members have published novels (romance, mystery, historical, middle grade, YA, etc.), nonfiction books (regional history and the Arcadia Images of America series), and articles (travel, education, law topics, etc.). The group focuses on supporting each other and sharing information about the publishing and writing industries. This group is open to the public. Dues are $7.50 for the year, but anyone interested can attend their first meeting free.

April 12: Ozark Gateway Audubon Chapter Meeting – Wild Rivers and Wild Characters, 7:00pm at Wildcat Glades Conservation & Audubon Center (201 Riviera Dr). This meeting will feature Andy Ostmeyer, metro editor for The Joplin Globe and avid conservationist. His presentation: “Wild Rivers and Wild Characters” will educate attendees about the amazing free-flowing rivers around the area. Monthly meetings of the Ozark Gateway Audubon Chapter are held every second Thursday at 7:00pm. Refreshments provided. For more information, call 417.438.6220 or email cvcassady@softnet.com.

April 14: Art@theMarket, at Joplin Empire Market (931 E 4th St). Come help the Joplin Empire Market get ready to open on April 28th in an “arty” sort of way. A mural reveal, collaborative art project, and other various art projects will be ready and waiting for you! For more information, contact Ivy Hagedorn at ivy@joplinempiremarket.com.

April 14: Coloring Book Club, 10:30am at Spiva Center for the Arts (222 W 3rd St). Every second Saturday, bring your coloring pages and markers book or sketchbook and get creative. Relax, chat, and color. Spiva provides some coloring, but it’s best to bring what you prefer or purchase items in the Gift Shop! Admission is free and open to the public. For more information, call 417.623.0183 or visit spivaarts.org.

April 14: The Met–Live in HD “Luisa Miller”, 11:30pm at Northstar 14 (201 S Northpark Ln). Plácido Domingo stars in this rarely performed Verdi gem, a heart-wrenching tragedy of fatherly love. Sonya Yoncheva sings the title role opposite Piotr Beczala in the first Met performances of the opera in more than ten years. Bertrand de Billy conducts. Adult $24; Senior $21.82; Child $17.45. For more information about Fathom Events visit www.fathomevents.com.

April 14: JHS Theatre Extreme Trivia, 7:00pm at Joplin High School, Black Box Theatre (2104 N Indiana Ave). The Joplin High School theatre department invites you to take part in a night of extreme trivia. All money raised will be used to create the spring musical set. For a team of 6 the cost will be $50 and there will be prizes for the top 3 teams. To sign up visit tinyurl.com/jhstrivianight or for more information, call ashleytrotnic@joplinschools.org.

April 16: Downtown Poetry Reading, 6:00–8:00pm at Joplin Avenue Coffee Company (506 S Joplin Ave). April’s Downtown Poetry reading will feature students from both Missouri Southern State University and Pittsburg State University Creative Writing Departments. Open mic sign-up begins at 6:00pm. Featured poets begin at 6:15pm. Open mic begins at 7:00pm. This event occurs on the 3rd Monday of each month. For more information, contact Allison Blevins at ablevins@pittstate.edu.

April 17: 10th Annual 1,000 Words Event, 6:30pm at Spiva Center for the Arts (222 W 3rd St). PhotoSpiva 2018 serves as inspiration for the 10th annual 1000 Words event. Writers are invited to pick a photo or two as a springboard for poetry or prose. The public reading will be held on April 17, 6:30pm. Free admission. Donations welcome. Sign up to participate by emailing sconroy@spivaarts.org.

April 19: Third Thursday, 5:30–8:30pm on Main Street in Downtown Joplin. Third Thursday is Joplin’s trademark cultural event. Come with your friends and family to stroll through Downtown, eat great food, listen to music, peruse local art, and shop!

April 19: TRADECRAFT – Veteran Poetry Reading & Workshop, 6:00pm at Spiva Center for the Arts (222 West 3rd St). In partnership with Compass Quest Veteran Services, Spiva presents a poetry workshop and reading. All veterans are welcome. For details, contact Aaron Skapik at askapik@spivaarts.org or 417.623.0183. Free and open to the public.

April 20: Lunch and Learn – The Evolution of Fine Art Photography, Noon at Spiva Center for the Arts (222 W 3rd St). Spend your lunch hour listening to Fine Art Photographer Sarah Clements speak about the inception of this long debated art form and how it’s evolved through the years. For more information, call 417.623.0183 or visit spivaarts.org.

April 21: Art in the Park, 10:00am–3:00pm at George Washington Carver National Monument (5646 Carver Rd, Diamond, MO). Celebrating George Washington Carver’s love for art, this event features local artists at work across park grounds. Visitors may participate in hands-on demonstrations and instructional workshop with pastels, natural dyes, pencil, clay, watercolor, and more. Kids can earn a special Art in the Park, Junior Ranger badge. It’s a family fun event for all to enjoy. The event is free of charge. If you are an artist and are interested in contributing your time to the event, registration ends April 19. For more information, call 417.325.4151 or email curtis_gregory@nps.gov.

April 21: Ties & Tiaras a Daddy Daughter Dance, 6:00pm at Scottish Rite Cathedral (505 Byers Ave). Ties & Tiaras is a magical event for daughters of all ages and their fathers or father figures to dance the night away, play games, create lasting memories, and strengthen important relationships. A buffet style dinner with some of the kids favorite restaurants in town will be provided, including MacCheesy’s and Chick-fil-A! You can’t forget dessert and Scottish Rite has something special you won’t want to miss. Every little girl will also receive a goody bag of all the things little girls love. You will also receive a free professional digital photo to cherish forever. Cost: $35 (for daddy and daughter), $10 for additional daughter. For more information or to purchase tickets, visit vallyofjoplin.com.

April 24: Dog Day Afternoon, 4:00pm at Joplin Public Library (1901 E 20th St). This program encourages independent readers in K-5 grades to practice their skills by reading to certified therapy dogs. Registration takes place at the children’s desk on the day of the event. For independent readers, grades K-5. For more information, call 417.623.7953.

April 26: Poem In Your Pocket Day, All-Day at Everywhere! On Poem in Your Pocket Day, people celebrate by selecting a poem, carrying it with them, and sharing it with others throughout the day at schools, bookstores, libraries, parks, workplaces, and online using the hashtag #pocketpoem. pocket poems will be available at various venues throughout Joplin!

April 26: Open Mic Poetry Night, 7:00–9:00pm at Joplin Empire Market (931 E 4th St). Do you write poetry? Do you love poetry? Come recite a poem you’ve written OR one by a poet you love. Feel free to bring some craft beer or a bottle of wine to share. This is a 21+ event. Free admission. This event is a collaborative endeavor between Connect2Culture, Post Art Library, and Pub Hound Press. For more information, call 417.625.6683.

April 28: BARK Ranger, 9:00–11:00am at George Washington Carver National Monument (5646 Carver Rd, Diamond, MO). A ranger and Dr. Rowe of the Animal Clinic of Diamond, will walk visitors and their dogs along the 1-mile Carver trail. At the conclusion of the event, your pups will take the B.A.R.K. Ranger Pledge and be sworn in as official B.A.R.K. Rangers, receiving a badge or bandanna. For more information, call 417.325.4151.

April 28: Joplin Empire Market Opening Day!, 10:00am–3:00pm at Joplin Empire Market (931 E 4th St). It’s here! Join Joplin Empire Market and all their fabulous vendors as they kick off opening day at the Market. Doors open at 10:00am sharp and the first 50 guests will receive shopping tote bags as a thank you. Mark that you’re “going to” or “interested in” this event on Facebook to get updates on all the vendors that you’ll be shopping with and the special events and giveaways that will be offered throughout the day. Grow Local. Eat Local. Be Local. No admission cost. For more information, call 417.529.3888.

April 28: The Met–Live in HD “Cendrillon”, 11:55am at Northstar 14 (201 S Northpark Ln). For the first time ever, Massenet’s sumptuous take on the Cinderella story comes to the Met, starring outstanding mezzo-soprano Joyce DiDonato in the title role. Adult $24; Senior $21.82; Child $17.45. For more information about Fathom Events visit www.fathomevents.com.

April 28: Joplin Regional Artists Coalition presents The Blue Bunny Show, 6:30pm at Andrew Batcheller’s Studio (2102 S Connor Ave). Live music, blue theme, blue art, blues music, blue cocktails and raffles of original art from Joplin’s finest artists. A perfect opportunity to support local artists and art. All proceeds to benefit Joplin Regional Artists Coalition. $10 Suggested Donation. Wear Blue!

April 29: Park Rx Day – Free Nutrition Workshop and Yoga Lesson, Noon–3:00pm at George Washington Carver National Monument (5646 Carver Rd, Diamond, MO). A day for people everywhere to take a walk in the park and give themselves the gift of good health. The growing Park Rx movement has doctors prescribing time in parks to their patients to improve their health. For more information, call 417.325.4151.

April 30: Polyphony, 7:00pm at Missouri Southern State University Spiva Library Belk Quiet Room, Rm 413 (3950 Newman Rd). “Polyphony” is a reading by the Creative Writing faculty at Missouri Southern State University. Readers this year are Bill Kumbier, Dustin Faulstick, Brad Modlin, Michael Howarth, and Joey Brown. This event is free and open to the public. Cash donations for the Saltzman Visiting Writers Series, which will be used in the future to bring visiting writers and poets to MSSU and Joplin, will be accepted.

Thursdays: Knittervention of Joplin, 6:00–8:00pm at Phoenix Fired Art (1603 S Main St). A fiber arts club where people, beginner to advanced, come together to dabble in yarns and threads while enjoying conversation. The Club will meet each Thursday, same place and time. Free. More info: facebook.com/Knitterventionjoplin. For more information, call 417.437.9281 or find them on Facebook.


EXHIBITS

April 1–30: Debbie Reed & Paula Giltner, Wildcat Glades Conservation & Audubon Center  (201 W Riviera Rd). Debbie Reed has shown her work nationally and internationally, including in juried competitions. She is a signature member of the Missouri Watercolor Society  and is active at Spiva Center for the Arts, the Kansas City Artists Coalition, and artCentral. Watercolors and oils are favorite mediums, but she also enjoys mixed media projects, including watercolor collages with unusual texture and creative themes. Her work can be seen  at Mosaics Art Gallery (1009 E 20th) and Cherry’s Gallery (311 S Main, Carthage). Paula Giltner began her creative experience in Joplin by illustrating books and book covers for College Press Publishing. She later spent six years creating architectural renderings for Goodman Church Builders and other architects and property developers. Portraits, murals, graphic design, theater scenery, and fine art also captured her talents. Her paintings have been in numerous local arts shows and have won many competitive awards. She currently shows her work at Local Color Art Gallery & Studio (1027 S Main St). 

April 1–30: Shooting in the Dark by Michael Louthan, Urban Art Gallery (511 S Main St). Michael Louthan is a photographer out of Kingfisher, Oklahoma. His show consists of night shots he’s captured throughout his career. For more information, call 417.438.5931.

April 1–30: Cryptids, Critters, & Sprites by Steven Coleman, Joplin Avenue Coffee Company (206 S Joplin Ave). Coleman’s paintings will be on display for the whole month of April. For more information, call 417.438.5931.

April 2–20: MSSU Faculty Art Show, MSSU Spiva Art Gallery (3950 Newman Rd). This show will feature original works by MSSU art faculty members. Reception: Monday, April 2, 4:00–6:00pm.

April 3–16: Joplin K-12 Art Show, Joplin High School Performing Arts Center (2104 N Indiana Ave). The Joplin K-12 Art Show will feature student artwork from every school within in the Joplin school district. Reception: Tuesday, April 3, 5:30pm. For more information, call 417.625.5238.

April 7–28: PhotoSpiva Tweens Exhibit, Spiva Center for the Arts, Upstairs Gallery (222 W 3rd St). Participants ages 11-14 had the opportunity to work with a professional photographer at Spiva to produce work for this excellent addition to the PhotoSpiva 2018 exhibitions.

April 23–May 11: MSSU Senior Exhibit, MSSU Spiva Art Gallery (3950 Newman Rd). A group of MSSU senior art majors will showcase their original works through a variety of creative mediums inside Spiva Art Gallery during this exhibition. As a conclusion to the display, a reception will be held, where the senior artists will appear beside their artwork to discuss their pieces with interested viewers. Date and time for the reception TBD.

March 17–May 12: PhotoSpiva 2018, Spiva Center for the Arts, Main Gallery (222 W 3rd St). Celebrating its 42nd year, PhotoSpiva 2018 delivers an exhibit of photographic excellence from artists across the country. Sixty-three images will be exhibited, chosen by juror Henry Horenstein. The competition was judged blindly with Horenstein having no knowledge of the entrants or their status as amateurs or professionals and no categories to distinguish photographic processes. Horenstein viewed over 547 images submitted by 97 photographers via the competition’s website, photospiva.org.The competition was open to all US photographers, and any type of photographic process – from traditional to digital to photo-based mixed media – was eligible, as long as it resulted in a two-dimensional print that had never been shown at Spiva. Entrants represented 19 states, and the Four-State Area made a proud showing of 109 accepted entries; 56 entries were from the Show Me state. On March 17, Horenstein will choose winners and present cash prizes, sponsored by the Freeman R. Johnson Trust.

March 16–May 12: 2018 Small Works Auction, Spiva Center for the Arts, Regional Gallery (222 W 3rd St). Good things do come in small packages! At Spiva Center for the Arts, those small packages will measure 12”x12”, 9”x12” or 6”x6” during the 20th annual Small Works Auction. In this exhibit and auction, more than 100 Spiva member artists create works from jewelry to collage, which they donate for auctioning. The exhibit is a great way not only to raise money to fund Spiva operations, but also to offer exposure for the participating artists. This not-to-miss event includes a closing party for bidding, set for 6:00–9:00pm on Friday, May 11. New for this year’s closing party will be Art on Tap with beer, food, music, and fast and furious bidding! Especially anticipated every year are the Rainmaker entries. Rainmakers are artists whose works have sold for $300 or more during previous Small Works auctions. With an opening bid of $300, these works hold a place of honor in the exhibit. All other works start their bidding at $35. For all entries, there is a “Buy It Now” option for those who don’t want to risk losing a piece in a last-minute bidding war. Artists set their own “Buy It Now” prices, but the minimum is $125. Rainmakers’ minimum “Buy It Now” price is $500. Works may be viewed and bids may be placed online at http://spivaarts.org/small-works-auction/ from the opening of the exhibit and until 3:00pm on Thursday, May 10. Online bidders will have to send a proxy the night of live bidding to ensure they bid up to the last minute. With the exposure for artists comes the potential bragging rights for recognition for creating the best entries: Juror’s Choice; Best 3-D; Best Mixed Media; Best Photography; Best Still Life or Floral; and Best Landscape or Plein Air. Exhibition visitors will determine the People’s Choice award. The juror will be announced on opening night.

March 1–April 11: The Remnant Trust, Thomas Jefferson Independent Day School (3401 Newman Rd). Thomas Jefferson Independent Day School is thrilled to be the first K-12 school to host The Remnant Trust. The trust, located out of Texas Tech University is a wonderful collection of manuscripts, 1st editions, and early works covering a wide scope of topics. An example of the works on display: Aristotle’s Opera 1496, Isaac Newton’s The Mathematical Principles of Natural Philosophy 1729, along with several others. If you are interested in flipping through these works, call 417.781.5124 and schedule a time to visit.

February 1–April 30: Face Of The City by Tamara Geisert, Joplin Area Chamber of Commerce (320 E 4th St). JRAC member Tamara Geisert’s inspiration for her Face Of The City series came from being among city dwellers going about their everyday tasks. A unique effect was achieved by painting the subject in full color while putting the city background in muted sepia tones.


CLASSES

April 2: Chess Club, 5:30pm at Joplin Public Library (1901 E 20th St). A new, monthly Children’s department program for chess players of all experience levels. No registration required. For more information, call 417.623.7953.

April 4:  Night Sky Photography Workshop with Michael Louthan, 6:00pm at Spiva Center for the Arts (222 W 3rd St). Urban Art Gallery presents Michael Louthan, a very talented night photographer, will conduct a workshop for those interested in learning more about night photography. He will provide a Camera 101, lighting and technique demonstration, and will answer questions. For more information, call 417.438.5931.

April 5: Cello Master Class, 4:00pm at Missouri Southern State University (Music Department room 208, 3950 Newman Rd). The Southern Symphony Orchestra and the MSSU Music Department are pleased to announce a Cello Master Class provided by guest soloist Dr. Hyerim Jeon Mapp. This master class is open to the public and free. Middle School or High School-aged students are invited to attend and perform for comments by Dr. Mapp. If you would like more information, call 417.625.9635.

April 6: Sign Making Party, 6:00pm at Miss Daisy’s Attic (2702 Richard Joseph Blvd).  At Miss Daisy’s Attic (2702 Richard Joseph Blvd) Come join the fun in one of Miss Daisy’s sign making parties. Pick out one of the new designs or new board choices.  All the supplies you need will be provided. Just bring yourself and wear clothing you wouldn’t mind getting a little paint on. Choose from several different designs when you sign up! There will be about 30 different paint colors you can choose from to really make your sign fit your home and family. For more information visit missdaisysattic.com. Cost: $39.

April 7: Glass Garden Stakes with Jane McCaulley (Ages 13+), 10:00am–Noon at Spiva Center for the Arts (222 W 3rd St). Create a unique glass garden ornament to celebrate spring! For more information, call 417.623.0183 or visit spivaarts.org. Cost: $35.

April 7: Advanced Drawing – Creating Volume & Mass with Connie Miller & Sandra Conrad (Ages 15+), Noon–2:00pm at Spiva Center for the Arts (222 W 3rd St). Two artists with different styles and techniques will demonstrate how to give your drawings tone, mass, and volume, while using line, shading, and blending. For more information, call 417.623.0183 or visit spivaarts.org. Cost: $25.

April 8: Construction Club, 2:00–3:00pm at Joplin Public Library (1901 E 20th St). Children can build with Legos, Kapla blocks, Lincoln Logs, foam blocks, and more. Toddlers, preschoolers, and elementary age children all welcome. Anyone under 6 years must be accompanied by an adult. For more information, call 417.623.7953.

April 12: Tray Making Painting Party, 6:00pm at Miss Daisy’s Attic (2702 Richard Joseph Blvd). Join Miss Daisy’s for a tray making party. You will make a tray for your home. Grab a girlfriend or come alone, you are sure to meet a new friend! For this class you will be provided with one wood tray approximately 12″ x 18″. Miss Daisy’s will make one insert for the bottom. You will be provided stain and 30+ colors of paint to choose from. This tray is very versatile.  The bottom will be plain and you can change out the inserts depending on season. Watch for the upcoming insert classes. All the supplies you need will be provided. Just bring yourself and wear clothing you wouldn’t mind getting a little paint on. Choose from several different designs when you sign up! For more information visit missdaisysattic.com.

April 13: Jewelry Making Basics, 6:00pm at Crackpot Pottery & Art Studio (3820 E 20th St). Come explore basic jewelry making from local experts Kristin Girard (Kristin’s Laboratory) and Rachelle Walker (Chellery Designs). Learn about the tools, material, and techniques used to create a variety of designs. In this class you’ll make a strung bead necklace, a stretchy bracelet and a pair of dangle earrings. All basic materials and tools are provided, but if you have something of your own you’d like to bring, you’re welcome to. Cost is $35 and class size is limited to 15 students. Payment is due in advance to guarantee your seat. No refunds without 72 hours notice. For more information, call 417.623.1455.

April 14: Crystal Soap (Ages 15+), 10:00am–Noon at Spiva Center for the Arts (222 W 3rd St). These unique crystal quartz soaps are sure to dazzle and delight! For more information, call 417.623.0183 or visit spivaarts.org. Cost: $15.

April 21: Flower Lights with Cyndi Cogbill (Ages 6+), 9:00am–Noon at Wildcat Glades Conservation & Audubon Center (201 Riviera Dr). Spice up a room or an outdoor space with floating and hanging flower lights. You will use wire, translucent, ultra light, and opaque polymer clay, and an LED light to make beautiful lights. The curing time will be spent learning about the amazing plants called flowers. Clay, LED lights, all materials, and tutorials provided. Cost: $25 for the first person, $12 for additional immediate family members, adults helping children free. Registration required by 12 Noon on the Thursday before the class. Call or text 417.553.1585, or email cyndi@pawpawpatchproductions.com. Your registration will be complete when you receive a reply.

April 21: Makeup & Mimosas with Natalie DeMint (Ages 21+), 10:00am–Noon at Spiva Center for the Arts (222 W 3rd St). Don’t be intimidated by makeup anymore! Bring a friend and sip on mimosas while you learn how to create wearable looks you can do yourself. For more information, call 417.623.0183 or visit spivaarts.org. Cost: $35.

April 21: Earth Day Planters with Sarah Serio, 3:00–4:30pm at Spiva Center for the Arts (222 W 3rd St). Celebrate Earth Day by making adorable bug planters with your favorite person! For more information, call 417.623.0183 or visit spivaarts.org. Cost: $15

April 24: Micro-Sculpting Wildflowers with Cyndi Cogbill (Ages 15+), 6:00pm at Wildcat Glades Conservation & Audubon Center (201 Riviera Dr). Join Cyndi to learn one of her favorite polymer clay techniques – micro-sculpting. The class will sculpt little wildflowers to make jewelry or art pieces. Cost: $25 per person. Clay, supplies, and instructions included. Registration required by Noon the Friday before the class. Call or text 417.553.1585, or email to cyndi@pawpawpatchproductions.com. Your registration will be complete when you receive a reply.

April 28: Photography Boot Camp with Mark Neuenshwander (Ages 15+), 10:00am–Noon at Spiva Center for the Arts (222 W 3rd St). Take your photography hobby to the next level by learning to shoot in manual mode like a pro. For more information, call 417.623.0183 or visit spivaarts.org. Cost: $35

January 22–May 7: Kindermusik (Ages 0-18mth), 5:30pm at Saint Paul’s Church (2423 W 26th St). Foundation classes offer a sensory-rich yet caring and gentle environment where infants will explore and react to new sounds, sensations, objects, and movements. Kindermusik is an international music and movement program for babies, toddlers, and preschoolers. Kindermusik classes are designed to enhance the language, cognitive, emotional, social and musical development of young children. In a typical class, caregiver and child will sing, dance and play instruments. For more information, call 417.623.7090 or email janet@spwired.com. Cost: $160 (15 Classes – $10.67 per class).

January 22–May 7: Kindermusik Level 2 (Ages 18mth-3), 6:30pm at Saint Paul’s Church (2423 W 26th St). Level 2 classes encourage older toddlers to initiate their own ideas, nurturing social-emotional growth and cognitive development in a playful, exploratory environment. Kindermusik is an international music and movement program for babies, toddlers, and preschoolers. Kindermusik classes are designed to enhance the language, cognitive, emotional, social and musical development of young children. In a typical class, caregiver and child will sing, dance and play instruments. For more information, call 417.623.7090 or email janet@spwired.com. Cost: $150 (15 classes – $10 per class).

January 23–April 17: Kindermusik Mixed-Ages (Ages 0-5), 9:30am at Saint Paul’s Church (2423 W 26th St). Mixed-age classes are perfect for families with more than one young child and accommodate all levels of learning and musical interest. Kindermusik is an international music and movement program for babies, toddlers, and preschoolers. Kindermusik classes are designed to enhance the language, cognitive, emotional, social and musical development of young children. In a typical class, caregiver and child will sing, dance and play instruments. For more information, call 417.623.7090 or email janet@spwired.com. Cost: $125 (12 class – $10.42 per class).

January 23–April 17: Kindermusik Mixed-Ages (Ages 0-5), 6:00pm at Saint Paul’s Church (2423 W 26th St). Mixed-age classes are perfect for families with more than one young child and accommodate all levels of learning and musical interest. Kindermusik is an international music and movement program for babies, toddlers, and preschoolers. Kindermusik classes are designed to enhance the language, cognitive, emotional, social and musical development of young children. In a typical class, caregiver and child will sing, dance and play instruments. For more information, call 417.623.7090 or email janet@spwired.com. Cost: $125 (12 class – $10.42 per class).

January 24–May 9: Kindermusik Level 2 (Ages 18mth-3), 10:00am at Saint Paul’s Church (2423 W 26th St). Level 2 classes encourage older toddlers to initiate their own ideas, nurturing social-emotional growth and cognitive development in a playful, exploratory environment. Kindermusik is an international music and movement program for babies, toddlers, and preschoolers. Kindermusik classes are designed to enhance the language, cognitive, emotional, social and musical development of young children. In a typical class, caregiver and child will sing, dance and play instruments. For more information, call 417.623.7090 or email janet@spwired.com. Cost: $150 (15 classes – $10 per class).

January 24–May 9: Kindermusik Level 3 (Ages 3-4), 1:15pm at Saint Paul’s Church (2423 W 26th St). Level 3 classes are designed to engage preschoolers’ natural love of music and activate their imaginations, while developing their growing language and social-emotional skills. Kindermusik is an international music and movement program for babies, toddlers, and preschoolers. Kindermusik classes are designed to enhance the language, cognitive, emotional, social and musical development of young children. In a typical class, caregiver and child will sing, dance and play instruments. For more information, call 417.623.7090 or email janet@spwired.com. Cost: $160 (15 classes – $10.67 per class).

Friday’s: Date Night, until 8:00pm at Firehouse Pottery-Joplin (112 S Main St). Looking for something different to do on a Friday nigh? Firehouse Pottery-Joplin has something just for you, on Friday nights are date night 2 for 1 studio fees until 8:00pm is available for all couples. For more information call 417.553.0671.

Tuesday’s: Ladies’ Night Out, Until 8:00pm at Firehouse Pottery-Joplin (112 S Main St). Ladies (18 and up) gather your girls and enjoy a creative evening with  Firehouse Pottery-Joplin and free studio fees as well. For more information call  417.553.0671.

Monday’s & Friday’s: Listen & Draw After School, 3:00pm at Joplin Public Library (1901 E 20th St). An opportunity for school-aged children who visit the library after school to listen to an audiobook while they draw. Suggested age range: K-5th grade. For more information call 417.623.7953.


RECURRING CLASSES

Crackpot Pottery & Studio (3820 E 20th St):

Open six days a week (Monday – Saturday) hours:
Monday–Thursday 9:00am to 9:00pm
Friday & Saturday 9:00am to 4:00pm

Work alongside top potters in the area as you learn hand building, wheel throwing, glazing and different firing techniques, or enjoy any of the workshops offered involving several of the other art mediums. With a fee of $125/mo it allows you unlimited access (during business hours). This fee includes instruction (Tuesdays and Wednesdays), firing and glazing. For more info and registration, call Crackpot Pottery & Art Studio at 417.623.1455, or email Suzi Huntington at joplincrackpotpottery@gmail.com.

Saturday | 10am–Noon | Drop-In Sessions
Drop-in and play with clay! This class costs $30 plus clay. No 8-week commitment required.


Hobby Lobby (1315 S Rangeline Rd):

Tuesdays: Painting Classes with Pam Leisenring, 9:00am–Noon, Hobby Lobby Classroom (1315 S Rangeline Rd). Pam has been teaching fine art classes privately for 32 years and continues to bring individualized instruction to expand the artistic experiences of beginners and established artists alike. Each student chooses a preferred medium (Acrylic, Pastel, Watercolors, etc.) and subject matter. This is an ongoing class and students may join at any time. Now scheduling for Spring Classes! New members always welcome. Call 417.781.3839 for more info. $20 per class, all materials provided for first class.

Wednesdays: Painting Classes with Pam Leisenring, 4:30pm–7:30pm, Hobby Lobby Classroom (1315 S Rangeline Rd). Pam has been teaching fine art classes privately for 32 years and continues to bring individualized instruction to expand the artistic experiences of beginners and established artists alike. Each student chooses a preferred medium (Acrylic, Pastel, Watercolors, etc.) and subject matter. This is an ongoing class and students may join at any time. Now scheduling for Spring Classes! New members always welcome. Call 417.781.3839 for more info. $20 per class, all materials provided for first class.


Local Color Art Gallery & Studio (1027 S Main St):

Wednesdays: Wednesday Classes at Local Color, 2:00–6:00pm at Local Color Art Gallery & Studio (1027 S Main St). Calling all “big kids” for a weekly drop-in painting class for adults! Decide when to come and how long to stay. With up to 4 hours of painting time, you can both accomplish and enjoy more personal instruction. Paula Giltner teaches realism watercolor and acrylic painting techniques and design principles. Bring any materials you have for the first lesson and learn about the materials you might need for additional lessons. The fee is $20 per class. Call Paula at 417.291.1486.

Third Thursdays: Painting and Sculpting with April Davis, 6:00–8:00pm at Local Color Art Gallery & Studio (1027 S Main St). Students may choose to create an acrylic painting or a sculpture. April Davis will guide you through her simple techniques that make painting or sculpture easy and fun for all levels – beginner to advanced! Cost: $30 per class. Call 417.553.0835 to register.


RSVPaint Joplin (223 W 3rd St): 

Thursday: 6:30–9:30pm
Friday: 7:00–9:00pm
Saturday: 2:00–4:00pm (Family Paint) & 7:00–9:00pm
Sunday: 2:00–4:00pm
Sometimes classes on Monday 

Discover your inner-artist! No experience required. Come Relax, Sip, Visit, and Paint! Each class will paint a different piece of artwork. Click here to see their calendar and to register. Ages 13 and up are welcome to attend, but you must be 21 to drink alcohol. Feel free to arrive 15 minutes early to get settled in. $60 for couples on date nights. $35 per person in advance, $40 at door.


Spiva Center for the Arts (222 W 3rd St):

Thursdays, March 1–November 16: Memories in the Making®, 10:00am–Noon at Spiva Center for the Arts (222 W 3rd St). Memories in the making is back this March! This art experience is centered on the expression of creativity through painting for those dealing with memory loss. There is no charge for the class, and no prior art experience is necessary. Memories in the Making® is hosted by the Alzheimer’s Association, Greater Missouri, in conjunction with George A. Spiva Center for the Arts. Sponsored by St. Avips. For more information, call 417.623.0183 or visit spivaarts.org.

Saturdays, February 3–May19: Preschool Mini Makers (Ages 3-5), 10:30-11:30am at Spiva Center for the Arts (222 W 3rd St). These workshops are for the smallest artists in your family! Each session students will create projects with professional teacher and artist Brooks Elizabeth around a theme. Get ready for an hour of fun and creativity for your little ones! Cost: $6 pre-registration, $8. For more information, call 417.623.0183.

Tuesdays, January 16–May 29: Creation Station (Ages 6-12), 3:45–5:00pm at Spiva Center for the Arts (222 W 3rd St). Drop in and experiment with a variety of media: painting, drawing, clay, collage, sculpture, and printmaking. Explore the galleries with scavenger hunts and other activities. January 16–May 29. Cost: $6 with pre-registration; $8 at the door. Call 417.623.0183 to register.

Saturdays, January 20–May 19: Tween Workshop with Sarah Serio (Ages 12-14), 1:00pm at Spiva Center for the Arts (222 W 3rd St). Designed for tweens who have a passion for visual arts, students will have a chance to explore the art forms they love and experiment with new mediums. The class will meet on Saturdays from January 20–May 19. Cost: $12 per session, pre-registration required. For more information, call 417.623.0183 or visit spivaarts.org.


OPEN STUDIOS

Monday & Friday: All-Day Open Studio at Crackpot Pottery & Art Studio (3820 E 20th St). Open Studio hours allow you to come and go anytime throughout these days during regular business hours. If you come during scheduled class time, students have first rights to equipment. Monthly passes are available for $125 each. Same rules for equipment use apply if you come during class. Drop in any other time with an appointment.

Second Saturdays: Second Saturday Makerspace Open Studio at Joplin Public Library Makerspace (1901 E 20th St). Post Art Library, Joplin Public Library, and Joplin Makers have partnered for Second Saturday Makerspace Open Studio events. On the second Saturday of each month, the Joplin Public Library Makerspace will be open on a walk-in, first come, first serve, basis. You do not need a library card to use the makerspace. Use of all makerspace equipment is free (though a small fee applies to 3D prints) and open to the public. Patrons under the age of 18 must be accompanied by parent or legal guardian to use the makerspace during this event. Makerspace equipment is in-house use only. For information, cal 417.623.7952, ext. 1041.

Wednesday (4:00–9:00pm) | Wine’d Down Open Studio at RSVPaint Joplin (223 W 3rd St). Looking for something to do? RSVPaint Joplin has just the thing for you. Wine’d Down Open Studio, where no registration is needed (although you still can). Just walk in and you can paint with the help of their talented artists and drink all of the wine your heart desires. Allow yourself about 2-hours to complete your painting. Cost: $25 (all painting supplies included in cost – wine specials available).

***This list is subject to change. For the most up-to-date information, visit connect2culture.com/arts-calendar. Better yet! Subscribe to the Joplin Arts & Cultural Calendar and receive weekly emails detailing the latest arts and cultural offerings.