August 2021

Posted on Jul 23, 2021 in Monthly Arts & Culture

What’s coming up in August 2021? We have all the details on arts, culture, and entertainment in Joplin, MO. Scroll through and share with friends…

Featured Image: Missouri Music at 200 by the American Wild Ensemble. See below for details.


PERFORMANCES:

August 1: First Sunday Singing, 5:00pm at Forest Park Baptist Church (725 S Highview Ave). Join host Mike Greenstreet for a free performance featuring talented musicians like Voice of Truth Quartet, Flyin’ Buzzards, and more! Free and open to the public. More information: Mike Greenstreet, mlgsr@att.net, 417.529.3655.

August 5: Missouri Music at 200 by the American Wild Ensemble, 7:00pm at Wildcat Glades (301 Riviera Dr). Celebrate Missouri’s bicentennial with beautiful music at Wildcat Glades! Missouri Music at 200, presented by Pro Musica and performed by the American Wild Ensemble, is a program of contemporary classical chamber music written by Missouri composers and inspired by our state’s history, heritage, and culture. This performance will take place outdoors at Wildcat Glades Park at the picnic pavilion and lawn on the bank of Shoal Creek. Please park in the lower parking lot, directly adjacent to the pavilion and lawn. This is a BYOC (bring your own chair) event. Free and open to the public. More information: Emlyn Johnson, director@promusicajoplin.org, 417.625.1822.

August 5–7: The Rocky Horror Show, 7:30pm (doors 7:00pm) at Studio 124 (124 S Main St). Dream Theatre Co. is proud to present the infamous cult-classic The Rocky Horror Show! Prop bags will be available for audience members. Tickets available online at showtix4u.com/events/17275. Tickets: $20. More information: Becki Arnall, dtstudio124@gmail.com, 417.622.6470.

August 7: Connect2Culture Presents: JOMO Jammin’ In July feat. Me Like Bees (Indie Rock), 7:00–9:00pm at Mercy Park (28th St and S Picher Ave). JOMO Jammin’ In July is a new, free series that celebrates the return of live performances as well as local talent. Held at Joplin’s Mercy Park, the series will feature eight locally based musical groups on Saturday evenings. August 7th’s featured artists include Me Like Bees. Genre: Indie Rock. This is a BYOC (bring your own chair) event. Reservations appreciated; visit bit.ly/c2c-jomo-jammin and complete the form to reserve your free spot and help C2C plan accordingly. Free and open to the public. All in attendance are asked to be mindful of current CDC guidance regarding COVID-19. All who have not yet been vaccinated or who otherwise desire are welcome to wear masks. Social distancing between parties is strongly encouraged. More information: Emily Frankoski, info@connect2culture.org, 417.501.5550.

August 7: SGTJ Variety Show, 7:00pm at Stained Glass Theatre Joplin (2101 Annie Baxter Ave). Stained Glass Theatre Joplin is excited to present SGTJ Variety Show, a one-night fundraising event! Enjoy games, songs, skits, and entertainment for the whole family, and all for a great cause. Concessions and merchandise will also be available for purchase Purchase your tickets online at sgtjoplin.square.site/events. Tickets: $10. More information: Amanda Klein, sgtjoplin@gmail.com.

August 7: Live Music with Misery Stairs, The Raw Dogs, and My Ancestor, 8:30pm at Bookhouse Cinema (715 E Broadway St). Catch Misery Stairs, The Raw Dogs, and My Ancestor, all on the outdoor stage at Bookhouse Cinema! Mask/vaccine required. Free and open to the public. More information: Holly Crane, bookhousejoplin@gmail.com, 417.825.5161.

August 12–14: The Rocky Horror Show, 7:30pm (doors 7:00pm) at Studio 124 (124 S Main St). Dream Theatre Co. is proud to present the infamous cult-classic The Rocky Horror Show! Prop bags will be available for audience members. Tickets available online at showtix4u.com/events/17275. Tickets: $20. More information: Becki Arnall, dtstudio124@gmail.com, 417.622.6470.

August 13–15: Farce of Nature, 6:30pm (Sundays 1:30pm) at Stone’s Throw Dinner Theatre (2466 W Old 66 Blvd, Carthage, MO). Stone’s Throw Dinner Theatre proudly presents Farce of Nature, a hilarious play that follows the Wilburn family, whose struggling fishing lodge, Reel ‘Em Inn, is suddenly filled with a motley collection of characters. Each outrageous person hides, lies, disguises themselves, and chases each other while trying to find the source of an increasingly awful stench. See this side-splitting comedy for yourself at Stone’s Throw Dinner Theatre! Reservations required; call 417.358.9665 or email stdinnertheatre@gmail.com for reservations. Tickets: Adults $29, Seniors (55+) $26, Students: $24, Youth $23, Children (6-12) $12, Children (0-5) free. More information: Tom Brown, stdinnertheatre@gmail.com, 417.358.9665.

August 14: Connect2Culture Presents: JOMO Jammin’ In July feat. Lem Sheppard and Jomo Jazz (Blues, Folk, Jazz), 7:00–9:00pm at Mercy Park (28th St and S Picher Ave). JOMO Jammin’ In July is a new, free series that celebrates the return of live performances as well as local talent. Held at Joplin’s Mercy Park, the series will feature eight locally based musical groups on Saturday evenings. August 14th’s featured artists include Lem Sheppard and Jomo Jazz. Genres: Blues, Folk, and Jazz. This is a BYOC (bring your own chair) event. Reservations appreciated; visit bit.ly/c2c-jomo-jammin and complete the form to reserve your free spot and help C2C plan accordingly. Free and open to the public. All in attendance are asked to be mindful of current CDC guidance regarding COVID-19. All who have not yet been vaccinated or who otherwise desire are welcome to wear masks. Social distancing between parties is strongly encouraged. More information: Emily Frankoski, info@connect2culture.org, 417.501.5550.

August 14: Live Music @ Chaos Brewery (Ages 21+), 8:00pm (doors 7:00pm) at Chaos Brewery (112 S Main St). The team at Fortune Barbershop invites you to hear great, live music from artists like Midnight Wagon, Down Periscope, and Cweve and Jayke Widda Y, all at Chaos Brewery! Free and open to the public. More information: Colby Cash, fortunebarbershop@gmail.com, 417.622.2062.

August 15: Ben Miller’s Acoustic Songwriter Night feat. Chris Duarte and Beth Lee, 5:30pm (doors 5:00pm) at The Coda Concert House (2120 E 24th St). A night of original songs and stories featuring talented songwriters and musicians Chris Duarte, Beth Lee, and Ben Miller! There is a suggested, minimum donation of $25. More information and reservations: Jeff Morrow, info@codaconcerthouse.com. In response to reservations, a confirmation email with the address, directions, parking etc. will be sent in return. All proceeds benefit the artist performing.

August 20: Friday Night Live, 7:00pm at Forest Park Baptist Church (725 S Highview Ave). Join host Mike Greenstreet for a special First Sunday Singing performance featuring the Blackwood Quartet and Duke Mason! Free and open to the public. More information: Mike Greenstreet, mlgsr@att.net, 417.529.3655.

August 20–22: Farce of Nature, 6:30pm (Sundays 1:30pm) at Stone’s Throw Dinner Theatre (2466 W Old 66 Blvd, Carthage, MO). Stone’s Throw Dinner Theatre proudly presents Farce of Nature, a hilarious play that follows the Wilburn family, whose struggling fishing lodge, Reel ‘Em Inn, is suddenly filled with a motley collection of characters. Each outrageous person hides, lies, disguises themselves, and chases each other while trying to find the source of an increasingly awful stench. See this side-splitting comedy for yourself at Stone’s Throw Dinner Theatre! Reservations required; call 417.358.9665 or email stdinnertheatre@gmail.com for reservations. Tickets: Adults $29, Seniors (55+) $26, Students: $24, Youth $23, Children (6-12) $12, Children (0-5) free. More information: Tom Brown, stdinnertheatre@gmail.com, 417.358.9665.

August 21: Concerts in the Park feat. Dr. G and the Tall Man, 7:00pm at Central Park (714 S Garrison Ave). Carthage Council on the Arts is proud to present Concerts in the Park! This series of concerts features locally based talent, all in the heart of Carthage. On Saturday, August 21, see Dr. G and the Tall Man, a talented duo whose vocal harmonies and dual guitars are sure to impress. Grab your lawn chair and head to Carthage’s Central Park to hear them perform a variety of covers and a number of original compositions! This is a BYOC (bring your own chair) event. Free and open to the public. More information: Wendi Douglas, carthagecouncilonthearts@gmail.com, 417.529.7742.

August 21: Comedy at Bookhouse Cinema with James Camacho, 8:00pm at Bookhouse Cinema (715 E Broadway St). Pratt Presents invites you to enjoy an evening of laughs with comedian James Camacho as he performs his hilarious stand-up routines at Bookhouse Cinema! Purchase tickets online at ticketsource.co.uk/bookhouse-cinema/t-yjazzd. Tickets: $15. More information: Holly Crane, bookhousejoplin@gmail.com, 417.825.5161.

August 24: Summer Improv Show, 7:00pm at ZINC Coffee (1825 S Main St). Have a laugh and watch the hilarity that ensues when Joplin’s favorite improvisation group, Siblings Improv, performs at ZINC Coffee! All ages welcome. Free and open to the public. More information: Eric Epperson, eric.d.epperson@gmail.com, or follow @SiblingsImprov.

August 27: Back to School Bash, 6:30pm at The ROCC (1402 S Main St). Students, teachers, and parents, school is back in session and the stress is on – all the more reason to kick back and relax with some local music! Join The Non-Permitted Project for a Back to School Bash featuring performances from local bands, including Fox Royale, The Darters, Blister Soul, Vagabond Grove, and The Drifting Heads. Admission: $10. More information: Matt Manes, roccjoplin@gmail.com, 620.308.3283.


EVENTS:

Saturdays: Joplin Empire Market, 10:00am–2:00pm at Joplin Empire Market (931 E 4th St). The Joplin Empire Market is the place to find the best in locally grown produce, gourmet foodstuffs, and handmade artisan goods. Housed in a historic brick building adjacent to downtown, this indoor/outdoor public market is one of Joplin’s favorite gathering spots. Curbside ordering is available and orders may be placed from Tuesdays at 8:00pm until Thursdays at 8:00pm online at http://localline.ca/joplin-empire-market. Curbside pickup hours are 10:30am–12:30pm on Saturdays. More information: Ivy Hagedorn, ivy@joplinempiremarket.com, 417.986.3914.

August 24: Thomas Hart Benton Art Competition and Exhibition Call for Entry, online. Calling all emerging and professional artists! Now’s your chance to be included in the Neosho Arts Council’s 26th annual Thomas Hart Benton Art Competition and Exhibition. Submit up to two pieces of your original 2D works to be judged and for a chance for your artwork to be exhibited or awarded cash prizes. Competition open to artists ages 18 and up. Deadline: Tuesday, August 24th. For more information and guidelines, visit neoshoarts.net/thomas-hart-benton-competition-call-for-entry—2021.html. Cost: Circle of Patron Artist Members $15–$20, Non-Members $20–$25. More information: Sarah Serio, neoshoartscouncil@gmail.com, 417.592.1673.

July 1–September 1: North Heights Porchfest’s Call for Artisans, online. North Heights Porchfest is a grassroots festival put on by the community for the community! North Heights Neighborhood is looking to add to this celebration of local music, food, art, and community with the help of artists who want to display and/or sell their work. This year’s Porchfest will be held on Saturday, October 2 from 1:00pm to 7:00pm. Find out more and sign up to occupy a booth before September 1 at northheightsporchfest.com/artists. Cost: Non-North Heights Residents $35, North Heights Residents setup for free. More information: Theresa Clift, theresa_clift56@yahoo.com, 479.366.2005.

July 30–August 1: Joplin Emancipation Park Days Celebration 2021 at Ewert Park (Murphy Blvd). Joplin Emancipation’s Park Days Celebration celebrates freedom while promoting unity and cultural diversity through the preservation of African American history with education, music, dance, art, food, crafting, and much more. Three full days of community activities are planned, including live entertainment, 14th annual car show, KC Marching Falcons, kids’ activities, crafts, and more! Free and open to the public. More information: Chalise Cooper, joplinemancipation@gmail.com, 417.438.4980.

July 31 & August 1: Struggle for Education, 11:00am at George Washington Carver National Monument (5646 Carver Rd, Diamond, MO). Can you imagine being denied entry to school simply because of the color of your skin? Learn more about this and other challenges George Washington Carver faced in his pursuit of a formal education while coming of age in the years after the Civil War. Due to current conditions, this event is subject to change. All GWC programming will be conducted outdoors with a social distancing order as outlined in national and CDC guidelines. Free and open to the public. More information: Sarah Martin, GWCA_Interpretation@nps.gov, 417.325.4151.

August 1: Open Mic Comedy Night, 9:00pm (Sign-Up 8:30pm) at Blackthorn Pizza & Pub (510 S Joplin Ave). Join Joplin Comedy and try out your latest stand-up routine or take in the acts of local comedians, all while enjoying tasty pizza from Blackthorn Pizza & Pub. Age restrictions: 18+ until 10:00pm. 21+ from 10:00pm until close. Free and open to the public. More information: Dakoda Potter, potterdakoda1982@gmail.com, 417.540.9186.

August 2 & 3: Auditions: The Enchanted Bookshop, 6:00pm at Stained Glass Theatre Joplin (2101 Annie Baxter Ave). During the day, A Likely Story may look like any other used bookstore but, at night, it’s a magical place. After the store closes, characters from books on the store’s shelves come alive. Six of those characters — Dorothy Gale, Robin Hood, Pollyanna, Sherlock Holmes, Heidi, and Tom Sawyer — long to help Margie, the scatterbrained owner, save her struggling store. But they’re not allowed to leave the building or be seen by human eyes. So, when smugglers come looking for a stolen necklace hidden inside one of the books, the characters are torn. Should they warn Margie and risk disappearing forever? Or can they find a way to defeat the crooks without being seen? Auditions will consist of cold readings from the script. Performance dates to come. Needed: Adults and children, ages five and up. Free and open to the public. More information: Amanda Klein, sgtjoplin@gmail.com.

August 2 & 3: Plaid Tidings Auditions, 7:00pm at Joplin Little Theatre (3009 W 1st St). Audition to be a part of Joplin Little Theatre’s production of Plaid Tidings! The Forever Plaid boys come back to Earth, bringing musical fun with a big, plaid Christmas bow on top! The Plaid Tidings performance will run from December 1–5, 2021. Needed: Four men ages 18 and up; must be able to sing, read music, and harmonize well. Free and open to the public. More information: Ann Lile, info@joplinlittletheatre.org, 417.623.3638.

August 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! Please note: COVID-19 safety protocols will be observed, including required masks in venues and social distancing. Free and open to the public. More information: Linda Teeter, lteeter00@gmail.com, 417.438.5931.

August 5: Comedy Open Mic, 8:00pm at Brew Pub & Parlor (813 S Main St). Pratt Presents invites you to listen to some great local comedy or try your latest stand-up routine at Brew Pub & Parlor! Free and open to the public. More information: Travis Pratt, traviscpratt@gmail.com.

August 6: First Friday WineShare, 6:00–8:00pm at Pennington Station (518 Virginia Ave). 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. Feel free to bring friends or colleagues and a bottle of wine or a craft beer to Pennington Station. 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 and open to the public. More information: Lori Haun, info@downtownjoplin.com, 417.501.9649.

August 7: Pepper Fest 2021, 10:00am–2:00pm at Joplin Empire Market (931 E 4th St). Help Joplin Empire Market celebrate National Farmers Week with Pepper Fest 2021! Try a variety of sauces and salsas, roast peppers with Oakwoods Farm, enjoy margaritas and more from Market Cantina, and purchase pepper-themed sugar cookies from Coley’s Cookies! Craft projects for kids of all ages, including design-a-pepper and make-your-own maracas, will also be available. Free and open to the public; food and drink available for purchase. More information: Ivy Hagedorn, ivy@joplinempiremarket.com, 417.986.3914.

August 7 & 8: George Washington Carver: A Man of Great Faith, 11:00am at George Washington Carver National Monument (5646 Carver Rd, Diamond, MO). Did you know George Washington Carver had his first religious experiences, including his first prayer, on the Moses Carver farm? Hear how he learned to listen to “the Great Creator” when studying nature, science, and in the stillness of his early morning walks. Due to current conditions, this event is subject to change. All GWC programming will be conducted outdoors with a social distancing order as outlined in national and CDC guidelines. Free and open to the public. More information: Sarah Martin, GWCA_Interpretation@nps.gov, 417.325.4151.

August 8: Open Mic Comedy Night, 9:00pm (Sign-Up 8:30pm) at Blackthorn Pizza & Pub (510 S Joplin Ave). Join Joplin Comedy and try out your latest stand-up routine or take in the acts of local comedians, all while enjoying tasty pizza from Blackthorn Pizza & Pub. Age restrictions: 18+ until 10:00pm. 21+ from 10:00pm until close. Free and open to the public. More information: Dakoda Potter, potterdakoda1982@gmail.com, 417.540.9186.

August 9–14: Water Festival Week at Wildcat Glades (301 Riviera Dr). Get ready for Water Festival Week – an entire week of free, in-person programs about water, all leading up to the annual Water Festival event! Explore the importance of clean streams, learn about water safety, discover what wildlife water plays host to, and enjoy a variety of water-related activities. Find out more about the classes and programs included in this week-long event by visiting Wildcat Glades Friends Group’s Facebook page. Free and open to the public. More information: Lauren Copple, lauren@wildcatglades.org, 417.708.7713.

August 9: Water Festival Week: Shoal Creek Clean Up, 9:00am at Grand Falls (5685 Riverside Dr). Join Wildcat Glades Friends Group and the Missouri Department of Conservation and pitch in to help keep Shoal Creek clean! Bring a canoe/kayak or borrow one of theirs to float down the stream, cleaning up the creek banks from just below Grand Falls to the treatment plant downstream from Zan’s Creekside Campground. Please, no paddle boards. Registration required. To register, visit their Facebook page or email lauren@wildcatglades.org. Free and open to the public. More information: Robin Standridge, robin@wildcatglades.org, 417.708.7713.

August 9 & 10: Clue: On Stage Auditions, 7:00pm at Joplin Little Theatre (3009 W 1st St). Step into the role of one of the classic suspects from the board game Clue! A madcap comedy, based on the popular board game, that will keep you guessing until the final twist! The Clue: On Stage performance will run from September 29–October 3, 2021. Needed: Five men and five women, ages 20 and up. More information: Ann Lile, info@joplinlittletheatre.org, 417.623.3638.

August 10: Statehood Day: Downtown Midday Ice Cream Social, 11:00am–1:00pm at Spiva Park (E 4th St and S Main St). On August 10, 1821, Missouri was granted statehood, becoming the 24th state of the Union. Now, 200 years later, Missourians celebrate their state’s bicentennial with a classic Missouri treat: ice cream! Get a free scoop and enjoy cornhole, create chalk art, and play Giant Jenga at Spiva Park. Free and open to the public. More information: Daya Davenport, daya@downtownjoplin.com, 918.815.5558.

August 10: Statehood Day: Murphysburg Ice Cream Social, 5:00–6:00pm at the Gustave Kleinkauf House (523 S Sergeant Ave). On August 10, 1821, Missouri was granted statehood, becoming the 24th state of the Union. Now, 200 years later, Missourians celebrate their state’s bicentennial with a classic Missouri treat: ice cream! Get a free scoop and enjoy lawn bowling, participate in a scavenger hunt tour, and create chalk art in Murphysburg. Free and open to the public. More information: Paula Callihan, murphysburg@gmail.com, 417.483.3116.

August 10: Statehood Day: Bookhouse Cinema Patio Ice Cream Social, 6:00–7:00pm at Bookhouse Cinema (715 E Broadway St). On August 10, 1821, Missouri was granted statehood, becoming the 24th state of the Union. Now, 200 years later, Missourians celebrate their state’s bicentennial with a classic Missouri treat: ice cream! Get a free scoop from 6:00 to 7:00pm and stick around to watch the 1904 documentary The World’s Greatest Fair from 7:00pm to 9:00pm. Free and open to the public. More information: Holly Crane, holly@bookhousejoplin.com, 417.622.2717.

August 10: Statehood Day: North Heights Ice Cream Social, 6:30–7:30pm at Neighborhood Life House (516 N Wall Ave). On August 10, 1821, Missouri was granted statehood, becoming the 24th state of the Union. Now, 200 years later, Missourians celebrate their state’s bicentennial with a classic Missouri treat: ice cream! Get a free scoop, play cornhole, enjoy bubbles and music, and create sidewalk chalk art in North Heights Neighborhood. Free and open to the public. More information: Stephen Grindle, sagrindle@gmail.com, 417.396.5200.

August 10: Ribbon Cutting for Nature’s Treasures by Elizabeth Wallsmith, 4:00–6:00pm at Scenic Park (1500 N Main Ave, Neosho, MO). Celebrate the completion of Elizabeth Wallsmith’s new mural at Scenic Park! Join Neosho Arts Council and the Neosho Area Chamber of Commerce as they cut the ribbon on Nature’s Treasures at 4:00pm. Then, keep the celebration going with live music at 4:30pm (bring your lawn chair!), sweet treats from Henderson’s Small Batch Ice Cream, and free art projects for kids. This is a BYOC (bring your own chair) event. Free and open to the public; food available for purchase. More information: Sarah Serio, neoshoartscouncil@gmail.com.

August 10: Missouri 2021 Ice Cream Social, 5:00–8:00pm at Central Park (714 S Garrison Ave, Carthage, MO). Did you know that ice cream is the official state dessert of Missouri? It seems only fitting to celebrate Missouri’s Bicentennial with this sweet, frozen treat! Gather up the family and head to Central Park in Carthage for live music, lawn games, tales about Carthage-native Marlin Perkins, and, of course, free ice cream from Carthage Council on the Arts. Free and open to the public. More information: Wendi Douglas, carthagecouncilonthearts@gmail.com, 417.529.7742.

August 12: Joplin Writers’ Guild, 6:00pm via Zoom. 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 $10 for the year, but anyone interested can attend their first meeting free. In the wake of COVID-19, information about meetings can be found on Facebook at bit.ly/joplin-writers-guild. More information: S.V. Farnsworth, s.v.farnsworth@gmail.com, 417.691.0480.

August 12: Comedy Open Mic, 8:00pm at Brew Pub & Parlor (813 S Main St). Pratt Presents invites you to listen to some great local comedy or try your latest stand-up routine at Brew Pub & Parlor! Free and open to the public. More information: Travis Pratt, traviscpratt@gmail.com.

August 14: Water Festival Kids Fishing Derby (Ages 15 & under), 9:00–11:00am at Walter Woods Conservation Area (7129 Dutch Elm Dr). Catch and release fish from a stocked pond! Then, stick around for awards and prizes given away at the Shoal Creek Water Festival. All equipment, tackle, and bait provided. Children must be registered individually and must be accompanied by an adult. Registration required; register at mdc-event-web.s3licensing.com/Event/EventDetails/179221. Free and open to the public. More information: Tim Smith, shoal.creek@mdc.mo.gov, 417.629.3434.

August 14: Shoal Creek Water Festival, 9:00am–2:30pm at Wildcat Park (301 Riviera Dr). Cool off and beat the heat at the annual Shoal Creek Water Festival! Wildcat Glades Friends Group and Shoal Creek Education Center have partnered together for an entire day of fun activities all about water. Take a dip in Shoal Creek with your cardboard boat, cheer your duck on to victory during the duck race, enjoy nature programs with the kids, learn about conservation and water quality at one of many water activity booths, and more. Visit wildcatglades.org or Wildcat Glades Friends Group’s Facebook page for a complete lineup of the day’s events. Free and open to the public. More information: Robin Standridge, robin@wildcatglades.org, 417.708.7713.

August 14: 6th Annual Joplin Arts & Cultural Preview, 10:00am–Noon at Joplin Public Library, Community Room West (1901 E 20th St). Connect2Culture’s Joplin Arts & Cultural Preview is an annual event that gives arts and cultural organizations the chance to tell their story and share what they have planned for the year ahead (2021-2022). Each organization has at total of two minutes to present. The media, the Joplin arts and cultural community, artists, arts advocates, and the community-at-large are invited and welcome to attend! This event educates the public about upcoming events and encourages collaboration between participating organizations, as well as informs the media. Organization registration is required and must be made by Friday, July 30th online at https://bit.ly/preview-registration-2021. Non-presenting audience members may register using the same form. Free and open to the public. More information: Emily Frankoski, info@connect2culture.org, 417.501.5550.

August 14: F.C. Shultz Book Signing, 1:00–3:00pm at Always Buying Books (5357 N Main St). Snag a copy of F.C. Shultz’s newest, feel-good novella, I’m Going Now, and get your copy signed by Shultz himself! Set against the backdrop of the Missouri frontier in the early 1800s, I’m Going Now follows an 80-year-old retired fur trapper who decides to make a final trip West to honor his late friend’s dying wishes. The old trapper is accompanied by his teenage grandson, who is desperate to prove himself – and gets more than one opportunity to do just that. Everyone who purchases a copy of I’m Going Now will receive a free sticker (while supplies last)! Already have the book? Bring it in and get your free sticker. Free and open to the public. More information: Always Buying Books, abbooksjoplin@gmail.com, 417.781.1720.

August 14 & 15: Who Was George Washington Carver?, 11:00am at George Washington Carver National Monument (5646 Carver Rd, Diamond, MO). World-renowned scientist, passionate educator, and dedicated mentor. George Washington Carver was all of these and so much more! Discover more about this visionary with the rangers at George Washington Carver National Monument. Due to current conditions, this event is subject to change. All GWC programming will be conducted outdoors with a social distancing order as outlined in national and CDC guidelines. Free and open to the public. More information: Sarah Martin, GWCA_Interpretation@nps.gov, 417.325.4151.

August 15: Open Mic Comedy Night, 9:00pm (Sign-Up 8:30pm) at Blackthorn Pizza & Pub (510 S Joplin Ave). Join Joplin Comedy and try out your latest stand-up routine or take in the acts of local comedians, all while enjoying tasty pizza from Blackthorn Pizza & Pub. Age restrictions: 18+ until 10:00pm. 21+ from 10:00pm until close. Free and open to the public. More information: Dakoda Potter, potterdakoda1982@gmail.com, 417.540.9186.

August 16: Downtown Poetry Reading and Open Mic, 6:00–8:00pm at Joplin Avenue Coffee Company (506 S Joplin Ave). A poetry reading and open mic event! Open mic sign-up begins at 6:00pm. Featured reader begins at 6:15pm. Open mic readings follow at 7:00pm. This event occurs on the third Monday of each month – same place, same time. Free and open to the public. More information: Allison Blevins, ablevins@pittstate.edu.

August 16 & 17: Auditions: Frankenstein, 7:00pm at Studio 124 (124 S Main St). Audition to appear in Dream Theatre Co.’s production of Frankenstein! Auditions will consist of cold readings from the script. Needed: Eight to 15 performers. Free and open to the public. More information: Becki Arnall, dtstudio124@gmail.com, 417.622.6470.

August 17: Joplin Area Town and Country Quilters Meeting, noon at Peace Lutheran Church (3100 N Saint Louis Ave). A day of fellowship and quilting! Join the Joplin Area Town and Country Quilters for lunch and a quilting program. Members are invited to enjoy a brown bag lunch at noon, though all in attendance are asked to bring their own beverage, utensils, and napkins. Those who are not comfortable eating in close proximity with others are invited to arrive at 12:45pm for the program. After lunch, all in attendance will be divided into four groups that will rotate between three, 20-minute mini lessons and a silent auction. Topics such as English Paper PiecingThe Accu-Quilt is For More Than Applique, and The Binding Tool will be covered in the mini lessons. The silent auction will feature quilting and sewing items. Guests are asked to wear masks. Any adult can attend two meetings prior to becoming a member. More information: Kathy Knapp, knappka@gmail.com, 417.825.7078.

August 17: Eat Street at the Market, 4:00–7:00pm at Webb City Farmers Market (106 E Tracy St, Webb City, MO). Eat Street joins the Webb City Farmers Market to celebrate area youth! Enjoy the market’s usual selection of local produce as well delicious, local food and extra family fun. Plus, admire paintings and hand-crafted goods from young artists and hear talented, young musicians. Free and open to the public. More information: Rachel Lynch, webbcityfm@gmail.com, 417.438.5833.

August 19: Third Thursday, 5:30–8:30pm on Main Street in Downtown Joplin. After nearly one year without it, Third Thursday, Joplin’s premiere cultural event, is back! Every third Thursday, March through October, thousands of people gather on Main Street in Downtown Joplin to enjoy local artisans, music, entertainment, and food. Free and open to the public. More information: Lori Haun, info@downtownjoplin.com, 417.501.9649.

August 19: Comedy Open Mic, 8:00pm at Brew Pub & Parlor (813 S Main St). Pratt Presents invites you to listen to some great local comedy or try your latest stand-up routine at Brew Pub & Parlor! Free and open to the public. More information: Travis Pratt, traviscpratt@gmail.com.

August 20: Opening Reception: Metamorphosis by Debbie and Richard Reed, 6:00–8:00pm at artCentral Carthage (1110 E 13th St, Carthage, MO). Admire the varied works of husband-and-wife artists Debbie and Richard Reed during the opening reception for their exhibit Metamorphosis! Free and open to the public; donations appreciated. More information: Alice Lynn Greenwood-Mathé, artcentral@artcentralcarthage.org, 417.358.4404.

August 21: Lightning, Tundra, and Bears! Oh My! Photography From John Hacker & Koral Martin, 10:00am–3:00pm at Koka Art Gallery (409 S Main St, Carthage, MO). Drop by Koka Art Gallery between 10:00am and 3:00pm to see photography from local artists John Hacker and Koral Martin! Visit with Hacker, purchase a signed copy of his book about the Joplin tornado, and see his amazing lightning photography. Admire the latest photographs from Martin, whose recent trip to Alaska yielded stunning photographs of glaciers and wildlife. Free and open to the public. More information: Koral Martin, kmartin@kokadesign.com, 417.358.2889.

August 21: Storytelling Day, 11:00am–1:00pm at George Washington Carver National Monument (5646 Carver Rd, Diamond, MO). Celebrate the establishment of the National Park Service with storytellers who weave fascinating tales about American culture and history! Hear the stories of diverse experiences as well as special places and spaces from dynamic storytellers and historic reenactors. At 11:00am, listen to Kavan Stull tell tales from Harry S. Truman’s experiences in World War I. Then, at noon, hear Nanda Nunnelly as Ida B. Wells, an educator, investigative journalist, and civil rights leader. All GWC programming will be conducted outdoors with a social distancing order as outlined in national and CDC guidelines. Free and open to the public. More information: Sarah Martin, GWCA_Interpretation@nps.gov, 417.325.4151.

August 22: Annual Members Business Meeting, 2:30pm at Central United Methodist Church (5 S Pennsylvania Ave, Webb City, MO). Join the Joplin Area Organists Association for their annual business meeting! Elect officers, review programming, and help make plans for the future. Everyone is welcome; only members can vote. Please enter on the west side of the building. Free and open to the public. More information: Joplin Area Organists Association, jsbptech@gmail.com.

August 22: Open Mic Comedy Night, 9:00pm (Sign-Up 8:30pm) at Blackthorn Pizza & Pub (510 S Joplin Ave). Join Joplin Comedy and try out your latest stand-up routine or take in the acts of local comedians, all while enjoying tasty pizza from Blackthorn Pizza & Pub. Age restrictions: 18+ until 10:00pm. 21+ from 10:00pm until close. Free and open to the public. More information: Dakoda Potter, potterdakoda1982@gmail.com, 417.540.9186.

August 26: Opening Reception: Brechung by MSSU Art and Design Faculty, 6:00pm at Missouri Southern State University, Spiva Art Gallery (3950 E Newman Rd). Celebrate the return of Missouri Southern State University’s biannual faculty show and see a wide variety of creativity and styles from the full- and part-time faculty of MSSU’s Art and Design Department. Free and open to the public. More information: Dr. Christine Bentley, bentley-c@mssu.edu, 417.625.9563.

August 26: Open Mic Night, 7:00pm (Sign-Ups 6:30pm) at Joplin Avenue Coffee Company (506 S Joplin Ave). Musicians, singers, poets! Looking to showcase your talent? Look no further than Joplin Avenue Coffee Company’s Open Mic Nights. Performers are each allotted five to eight minutes per set. Two vocal mics, a quarter inch plug-in for guitar/piano, and an aux cable will be available. To sign up early, message them at facebook.com/joplinavecoffeeco/. All ages welcome! Participants are asked to follow social distancing guidelines and encouraged to wear a mask. Free and open to the public. More information: Autumn Zimmerman, autumn@joplinavenuecoffeecompany.com, 417.483.5558.

August 26: Comedy Open Mic, 8:00pm at Brew Pub & Parlor (813 S Main St). Pratt Presents invites you to listen to some great local comedy or try your latest stand-up routine at Brew Pub & Parlor! Free and open to the public. More information: Travis Pratt, traviscpratt@gmail.com.

August 28: JoMoCon, 10:00am–7:00pm online. Join the JoMoCon Committee for JoMoCon, a digital fandom convention celebrating anime, science fiction, and gaming! With fan panels, guest appearances, cosplay contests, and more, this event is a fun way to celebrate pop culture while raising money for Hearts and Hammers, a local nonprofit that provides home repairs for the elderly, disabled, and low-income community members. Tune in live on Twitch, twitch.tv/jomocon, or at jomocon.org. Registration appreciated; click here to register online. Free and open to the public. More information: Jason Bright, jmcadmin@jomocon.org.

August 28: Carthage Opera House, Ghosts, and a Movie, 7:00pm at McBride’s Antiques (136 E 4th St). Tour the former (and haunted) Carthage Opera House with Paranormal Science Lab and Bookhouse Cinema! Then, enjoy a film highlighting the mysteries of the four states. Purchase tickets online at paranormalsciencelab.com. Tickets: $20. More information: Lisa Martin, lisa@paranormalsciencelab.com, 417.622.8997.

August 28 & August 29: JOMO Pridefest 2021, 10:00am–11:50pm at the 500 Block of Joplin Avenue. JOMO Pridefest is southwest Missouri’s leading LGBTQ+ Cultural & Arts Pride festival. This family-friendly event attracts thousands of attendees, from across the Four States region and beyond, into the heart of Downtown Joplin! Free and open to the public. More information: Ron Burch, ron@jomopride.org.

August 28 & 29: Founders Day, 11:00am at George Washington Carver National Monument (5646 Carver Rd, Diamond, MO). The National Park Service was established by the Organic Act of 1916 to care for and protect beloved American spaces like George Washington Carver National Monument. Today, the U.S. is home to more than 420 national treasures! George Washington Carver National Monument staff invite visitors to attend this special, ranger-led program and share their favorite National Park Service memories. Due to current conditions, this event is subject to change. All GWC programming will be conducted outdoors with a social distancing order as outlined in national and CDC guidelines. Free and open to the public. More information: Sarah Martin, GWCA_Interpretation@nps.gov, 417.325.4151.

August 29: Open Mic Comedy Night, 9:00pm (Sign-Up 8:30pm) at Blackthorn Pizza & Pub (510 S Joplin Ave). Join Joplin Comedy and try out your latest stand-up routine or take in the acts of local comedians, all while enjoying tasty pizza from Blackthorn Pizza & Pub. Age restrictions: 18+ until 10:00pm. 21+ from 10:00pm until close. Free and open to the public. More information: Dakoda Potter, potterdakoda1982@gmail.com, 417.540.9186.

August 31: Pizza Think Tank at Spiva, 6:00–8:00pm at Spiva Center for the Arts (222 W 3rd St). Joplin Regional Artists Coalition (JRAC) invites its members to a come-and-go think tank at Spiva Center for the Arts! Come for a little while or stay the whole time and discuss increasing JRAC membership, retaining current members, opportunities to exhibit work with JRAC, workshop ideas and requests, feedback on how JRAC is serving its members, and more. Pizza and drinks will be served. Spouses/significant others are welcome. Please RSVP by August 24th; RSVP by emailing joplinrac@gmail.com. More information: Emily Rose, joplinrac@gmail.com.

August 31: Ikiru, 7:00pm at Missouri Southern State University, Cornell Auditorium (3950 E Newman Rd). This 1952 film by director Akira Kurosawa affirms life through an exploration of death. Ikiru (“To Live”), follows Mr. Watanbe, an aging bureaucrat with stomach cancer who is compelled to find meaning in his final days. This event is part of MSSU’s Japan Semester. Free and open to the public. More information: Chad Stebbins, stebbins-c@mssu.edu, 417.625.9736.


EXHIBITS:

August 29–October 30: Front and Center by JRAC at Maple UnCommon Guest House & Gallery (120 E Maple St, Columbus, KS). See a wide selection of artwork in a variety of mediums and styles from some of the area’s finest artists during Front and Center by Joplin Regional Artists Coalition (JRAC). Free and open to the public. More information: Angel Brame, joplinrac@gmail.com, 417.483.8084.

August 21: Discovery Table: Bunch of Boneheads, 10:30am–2:30pm at Shoal Creek Conservation Education Center (201 Riviera Dr). Drop by the Shoal Creek Conservation Education Center any time between 10:30am and 2:30pm on Saturday, August 21 to learn about Missouri’s mammals by looking at their skulls and furs! How many can you identify? Free and open to the public. More information: Jessie Ballard, Jessie.Ballard@mdc.mo.gov, 417.629.3434.

August 16–27: Brechung by MSSU Art and Design Faculty at Missouri Southern State University, Spiva Art Gallery (3950 E Newman Rd). Missouri Southern State University’s biannual faculty show features a variety of works and mediums, all created by the talented full- and part-time faculty of the MSSU Art and Design Department! Free and open to the public. More information: Dr. Christine Bentley, bentley-c@mssu.edu, 417.625.9563.

August 14–September 25: Summer Reading Art Challenge 2021 Exhibit at Post Art Library (1901 E 20th St). Creativity and imagination abound in this exhibit, which features artwork created for Post Art Library’s Summer Reading Art Challenge 2021! Each piece was inspired by the prompt “Tell Your Tale with Art! What’s the story of you?” Free and open to the public. More information: Jill Sullivan, jhsullivan@postartlibrary.org, 417.623.7953 X1041.

August 6–September 18: Metamorphosis by Debbie and Richard Reed, at artCentral Carthage (1110 E 13th St, Carthage, MO). The couple that creates together, stays together! Husband-and-wife artists Debbie and Richard Reed showcase their multimedia artwork in this transformative exhibition. Both artists interpret the term “metamorphosis” through their complimentary paintings and pottery. Free and open to the public; donations appreciated. More information: Alice Lynn Greenwood-Mathé, artcentral@artcentralcarthage.org, 417.358.4404.

August 1–31: I Have No Words: Processing the Pandemic by Josie Mai at Urban Art Gallery (511 S Main St). Mixed media artist Josie Mai explores the troubles and issues of the pandemic through colorful (and often sarcastic) acrylic paintings. More information: Linda Teeter, lteeter00@gmail.com, 417.438.5931.

August 1–31: Where No One Has Gone Before by Merlen White at Joplin Avenue Coffee Company (506 S Joplin Ave). Explore distant galaxies and go where no one has gone before with Neosho artist Merlen White’s galactic-themed paintings! More information: Linda Teeter, lteeter00@gmail.com, 417.438.5931.

July 31October 2: Matriarchs Unmasked by Melody Knowles at Spiva Center for the Arts, Regional Gallery (222 W 3rd St). Local clay and 2D artist Melody Knowles brings her unique, intriguing vision to Spiva! Comprised of sculptures, low-relief masks, and painted tiles, Knowles’ well-known work contains symbolism about how masks conceal but protect our inner voices. Animals and female figures represent mother protectors and symbols of female empowerment. Free and open to the public; donations appreciated. More information: Jade Henning, jhenning@spivaarts.org, 417.623.0183.

July 31–September 25: Small Worlds by Carolyn Càrdenas & Contradictions by Bobby Ross at Spiva Center for the Arts, Main Gallery (222 W 3rd St). Two creative spouses with distinctive styles and subject matter bring their work together for a special exhibit three years in the making. Carolyn Càrdenas and Bobby Ross have been married for 40 years and each one has created 40 unique pieces of art for this stunning exhibit. Carolyn works with egg tempera, charcoal, graphite, pastel, and collage, bringing the minute details of miniature works and larger assemblages to life. Bobby uses a multi-layered, Renaissance-like oil technique and graphite on Bristol boards to engage and engross viewers. Carve some time out of your schedule to see this collaborative exhibit! Free and open to the public; donations appreciated. More information: Jade Henning, jhenning@spivaarts.org, 417.623.0183.

July 31–August 28: Paper and Color by Don and Ruth Snider at Spiva Center for the Arts, Upstairs Gallery (222 W 3rd St). Married couple Don and Ruth Snider paint vivid scenes in watercolor, all of them inspired by their travels together! Free and open to the public; donations appreciated. More information: Jade Henning, jhenning@spivaarts.org, 417.623.0183.

July 1–August 31: For Art’s Sake by T. Crowe Semler and Michael Gory at Beast and Barrel (530 S Main St). Artists T. Crowe Semler and Michael Gory present an exhibition of paintings depicting colorful, neon farm animals in a postmodern, Neo-expressionism style! Free and open to the public. More information: Linda Teeter, lteeter00@gmail.com, 417.438.5931.

July 1–31: Luna’s Art by Ramon Luna at Club 609 (609 S Main St). Local artist Ramon Luna demonstrates his natural skill as an airbrush artist with a selection of stunning pieces. See Luna’s work and grab a bite to eat, all at Club 609! Free and open to the public. More information: Linda Teeter, lteeter00@gmail.com, 417.438.5931.

June 22–August 31: Magical Connections with Nature by Diana Bray at Joplin Area Chamber of Commerce (320 E 4th St). Local artist Diana Bray demonstrates her artistic prowess and natural talent through Magical Connections with Nature, an exhibit consisting of two- and three-dimensional oil and acrylic paintings. Free and open to the public. More information: Linda Teeter, lteeter00@gmail.com, 417.438.5931.

June 12–August 31: C is for Color by Connie Miller at Post Art Library (1901 E 20th St). Post Art Library presents C is for Color, a special exhibit intended for children, by local artist Connie Miller! Hung at their eye-level, kids of all ages can enjoy this series of colorful acrylic paintings depicting some of their favorite animals – just in time for Joplin Public Library’s Tails & Tales summer reading challenge! Bring your family by Joplin Public Library’s The Bramlage and Willcoxon Foundation Gallery and admire this vivid collection of art. Starting Saturday, June 12, 2021 artist-provided take-home kits will be available in the Children’s Department on a first come, first serve basis while supplies last. Free and open to the public. More information: Jill Sullivan, jhsullivan@postartlibrary.org, 417.623.7953 X1041.

March 1, 2021–January 31, 2022: Post Mail Art Projekt 2021: Show Me Mail Art at Post Art Library (1901 E 20th St). In 2014, Post Art Library put out an international call for mail art for an exhibit that has since turned into an ongoing project. Post Mail Art Projekt 2021: Show Me Mail Art is an exhibit of pieces in their collection, as well as an active call for mail art. The call is open to anyone who would like to participate, but Missouri residents are particularly encouraged to send mail art in celebration of the state Bicentennial! Starting Thursday, July 1, 2021 Post Art Library sponsored Mail-Art Take-Home Kits will be available on a first come, first serve basis while supplies last. Kits for adults may be picked up at the Reference Desk; kits for Teens may be picked up in the Teen Department; and kits for children may be picked up in the Children’s Department. For full details, including where to mail art, what will happen to mail art once it is received, and more, visit postartlibrary.org/post-mail-art-projekt. Post Mail Art Projekt 2021: Show Me Mail Art is in partnership with Connect2Culture and the Joplin Public Library and will be on exhibit inside the library from March 1, 2021 through January 31, 2022. Free and open to the public. More information: Jill Sullivan, jhsullivan@postartlibrary.org, 417.623.7953 x1041.


CLASSES:

July 31 & August 1: Pottery Workshop with Danny Meisinger , 9:00am–4:00pm (Sunday 10:00am–4:00pm) at Skinner’s Pottery (19099 Aspen Rd, Diamond, MO). Begin learning about pottery or sharpen your skills during this hands-on workshop with artist Danny Meisinger! Registration required; to register, message Brent Skinner on Facebook or Instagram, or call 417.438.2676. Cost: $175 (includes lunch). More information: Brent Skinner, rakuguru2002@yahoo.com, 417.438.2676.

August 5: Craft + Canvas (Ages 21+), 6:30–9:30pm at Chaos Brewing (112 S Main St). A night of craft beers from Chaos Brewery and creativity with Create N Sip Studios. Enjoy tasty drinks as you create your own work of art by following step-by-step instructions – no experience necessary! Each participant will be provided with one drink ticket. Registration required; click here to reserve your spot. Cost: $40 per painter. More information: John Coleman, coleman@creatensip.com, 417.680.5434.

August 7: August Story Time Pottery, 10:00–11:00am at Firehouse Pottery (112 S Main St, Ste A). Listen to a story and then paint an adorable piece of pottery to bring the story to life! Participants can participate in-store or at home. Sign up now at placefull.com/august-story-time-pottery. All ages welcome! All supplies provided. Cost: $10. More information: Charity Hawkins, firehousepotteryjoplin@gmail.com, 417.553.0671.

August 10: Water Festival Week: Reading Rivers, 6:00pm at Wildcat Glades Education Cottage (301 Riviera Dr). Learn how to read rivers, make safe choices when floating, and make sure your lifejacket fits properly! Registration required. To register, visit their Facebook page or email lauren@wildcatglades.org. Free and open to the public. More information: Robin Standridge, robin@wildcatglades.org, 417.708.7713.

August 11: Water Festival Week: Birds on the River, 8:00am and 5:30pm at Wildcat Glades Pavilion (301 Riviera Dr). Join the local Audubon Chapter for a guided bird hike along Wildcat Trail! Bring your binoculars, lace up your hiking shoes, and bring some water before setting out to enjoy the birds who call Shoal Creek home. Two hikes will be offered, one at 8:00am and the other at 5:30pm. Registration required. To register, visit their Facebook page or email lauren@wildcatglades.org. Free and open to the public. More information: Robin Standridge, robin@wildcatglades.org, 417.708.7713.

August 12: Vino & Van Gogh, 6:00–8:30pm at Local Color Art Gallery & Studio (1027 S Main St). Vino & Van Gogh is a monthly painting event where the artists of Local Color Art Gallery & Studio offer step-by-step instruction on how to paint a masterpiece. In this class, you will paint your very own version of an Impressionist painting. No experience is necessary. Choose to paint Cezanne’s Landscape Near Arles or Van Gogh’s Poppies and Butterflies. All materials are furnished, plus good drinks and old/new friends! Reservations required; call 417.553.0835 to reserve your spot. Please note: due to COVID-19, the class will be limited to ten participants, social distancing practices will be used, and masks are recommended. Cost is $35 ($30 if you do not drink wine). More information and reservation: Margie Moss, margiemonet@gmail.com, 417.553.0835.

August 12: Water Festival Week: Ephemeral Pools, 6:00pm at Wildcat Glades Education Cottage (301 Riviera Dr). Delve into a quick study of Wildcat Glades Friends Group’s new ephemeral pool! Learn about temporary wetlands and why they are vitally important to our area. Registration required. To register, visit their Facebook page or email lauren@wildcatglades.org. Free and open to the public. More information: Robin Standridge, robin@wildcatglades.org, 417.708.7713.

August 13: Water Festival Week: Padding with Your Dog, 3:00pm at Wildcat Glades Boat Ramp (301 Riviera Dr). Paddleboard with your pooch! Learn how to be safe on the water while paddleboarding with your fur babies. Discuss proper loading, lifejacket fit, and basic first aid. Registration required. To register, visit their Facebook page or email lauren@wildcatglades.org. Free and open to the public. More information: Robin Standridge, robin@wildcatglades.org, 417.708.7713.

August 13: Jewelry with April Davis, 6:00–8:00pm at April’s Art House (5245 Old Highway 71). Learn a variety of ways to make earrings, necklaces, and bracelets with twisted silver, stones, and more! Registration required; sign up by calling or texting April at 417.358.6329. All materials included. Cost: $30. More information: April Davis, aprildavisfineart@gmail.com, 417.358.6329.

August 14: Family Fun Painting Class (Ages 8+), 12:00pm–2:30pm at Local Color Art Gallery & Studio (1027 S Main St). Looking to unleash your inner artist? Local Color artists will help you create your own masterpiece featuring Edvard Munch’s Apple Tree or Camille Pissarro’s Bouquet of Flowers! You can also bring your own reference photo to paint, if you prefer. All materials are provided and ages 8+ are welcome! Reservations required; call 417.553.0835 to sign up. Cost: $30. More information: Margie Moss, margiemonet@gmail.com, 417.553.0835.

August 14: Acrylic Painting with April Davis, 6:00–8:00pm at April’s Art House (5245 Old Highway 71). Join award-winning artist April Davis as she guides you step-by-step through the process of creating an 8″x10″ painting! Registration required; sign up by calling or texting April at 417.358.6329. All materials included. Cost: $30. More information: April Davis, aprildavisfineart@gmail.com, 417.358.6329.

August 16–December 9 (Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays): Ozark Culture & Folklore, 10:00–10:50am at Missouri Southern State University (3950 E Newman Rd). Spend your lunch hour diving into the culture and folklore of the Ozarks during this course! Go beyond the Ozarks’ infamous meth labs and puppy mills, and explore border wars, bald knobbers, Harold Bell Wright, stills, outlaws, Branson and Silver Dollar City, and more. No prerequisites required. Enrollment required; to enroll in this course, visit mssu.edu. More information: Dr. Jill Greer, greer-j@mssu.edu, 417.625.9795.

August 16–December 9 (Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays): Literature of the Ozarks, 11:00–11:50am at Missouri Southern State University (3950 E Newman Rd). Spend your lunch hour learning about the writers, literature, and culture of the Ozark region during this course! Consider the concept and practice of local color, regionalist writing, and the contemporary expansions of bioregionalism and cultural diversity, all in the context of the Ozarks region and its literature. From the Osage to Daniel Woodrell and everything in between! Contact Dr. Michael Beilfuss, beilfuss-m@mssu.edu, about prerequisites/waiver. Enrollment required; to enroll in this course, visit mssu.edu. More information: Dr. Michael Beilfuss, beilfuss-m@mssu.edu, 417.625.3594.

August 16–December 9 (Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays): Ozark Culture & Folklore, 12:00–12:50pm at Missouri Southern State University (3950 E Newman Rd). Spend your lunch hour diving into the culture and folklore of the Ozarks during this course! Go beyond the Ozarks’ infamous meth labs and puppy mills, and explore border wars, bald knobbers, Harold Bell Wright, stills, outlaws, Branson and Silver Dollar City, and more. No prerequisites required. Enrollment required; to enroll in this course, visit mssu.edu. More information: Dr. Jill Greer, greer-j@mssu.edu, 417.625.9795.

August 17: What’s a Glade? Part 1 (Ages 8+), 6:00–7:30pm online. Attend the first session in this two-part program, which explores the elements that make up a glade and what creatures lurk under rocks or live between wildflowers! Unlike part two of this program, this session will be held virtually. Registration required. Reserve your spot at mdc-event-web.s3licensing.com/Event/EventDetails/179032. More information: Jeff Cantrell, jeff.cantrell@mdc.mo.gov, 417.629.3434.

August 19: What’s a Glade? Part 2 (Ages 8+), 7:00–8:30pm at Shoal Creek Conservation Education Center (201 Riviera Dr). Attend the final session in this two-part program and take a more hands-on approach to learning about glades! Stroll around the glade that surrounds the Shoal Creek Conservation Education Center and experience what makes a chert glade a unique ecosystem. Unlike part one of this program, this session will be an in-person hike. Registration required. Reserve your spot at mdc-event-web.s3licensing.com/Event/EventDetails/179034. More information: Jeff Cantrell, jeff.cantrell@mdc.mo.gov, 417.629.3434.

August 20: Little Acorns: Tree-rrific Trees (Ages 3-7), 10:00am at Shoal Creek Conservation Education Center (201 W Riviera Dr). Trees provide food and shelter for many kinds of wildlife, but that’s not all they do. Join staff members from the Shoal Creek Conservation Education Center at the gazebo (west of the center) with your tots and find out why trees are so tree-rrific! Registration required; reserve your spot at mdc-event-web.s3licensing.com/Event/EventDetails/179035. Free and open to the public. More information: Kensi Tillman, Kensi.Tillman@mdc.mo.gov, 417.629.3434.

August 20: Wood Burning Class with Roxenne Kendall, 6:00–8:00pm at Local Color Art Gallery & Studio (1027 S Main St). Play with fire during this unforgettable class! Learn the art of pyrography (wood burning) and use it to create a design on a bamboo cutting board. This class is intended for teens and adults. Registration required; reserve your spot by calling Local Color at 417.553.0835 or by visiting them during business hours. All supplies included. Cost: $35. More information: Roxenne Kendall, rkrdh79@gmail.com, 573.397.1940.

August 20: Rose Sculpting with April Davis, 6:00–8:00pm at April’s Art House (5245 Old Highway 71). Join award-winning artist April Davis as she guides you through sculpting beautiful roses! Registration required; sign up by calling or texting April at 417.358.6329. All materials included. Cost: $30. More information: April Davis, aprildavisfineart@gmail.com, 417.358.6329.

August 21: Book Binding Workshop with Brenda Hayes, 2:00–4:00pm at Andrew Batcheller’s Studio (2102 S Connor). Learn to bind books, journals, or sketchbooks during this hands-on workshop with Brenda Hayes! Explore basic journal construction and coffee dye, stamp, and print your own paper. Participants are welcome to bring any papers, ephemera, cards, or pictures they would like to use in their journal, as well as any stamps or paints. Participants are asked to wear clothing that can get dirty and are welcome to bring gloves to protect their hands from staining. This class is limited to eight participants. Registration required; email joplinrac@gmail.com to register. All supplies included. Cost: JRAC Members admitted for free, Non-Members $40. More information: Emily Rose, joplinrac@gmail.com.

August 21: Glass Art with Jane McCaulley, 2:00–4:00pm at April’s Art House (5245 Old Highway 71). Glass artist Jane McCaulley teaches the unique practice of glass art! Registration required; sign up by calling or texting April at 417.358.6329. All materials included. Cost: $35. More information: April Davis, aprildavisfineart@gmail.com, 417.358.6329.

August 21: Wind Chimes with April Davis, 6:00–8:00pm at April’s Art House (5245 Old Highway 71). Create your own set of wind chimes with a variety of decorations! Registration required; sign up by calling or texting April at 417.358.6329. All materials included. Cost: $30. More information: April Davis, aprildavisfineart@gmail.com, 417.358.6329.

August 25: Preschool Nature Connections: Water Mammals (Ages 3-6), 10:00–11:00am at Wildcat Glades Education Cottage (301 Riviera Dr). Water isn’t just for fish. Did you know there are mammals that live in or near water? Enjoy a story, craft, and more as Wildcat Glades Friends Group explores how clean water is important for furry, aquatic creatures! Registration required. To register, visit their Facebook page or email lauren@wildcatglades.org. Free and open to the public. More information: Robin Standridge, robin@wildcatglades.org, 417.708.7713.

August 27: Stone Mandala Painting with Teri Diggs, 6:00–8:00pm at April’s Art House (5245 Old Highway 71). Relax and unwind while you paint your own stone mandala with Teri Diggs! Registration required; sign up by calling or texting April at 417.358.6329. All materials included. Cost: $30. More information: April Davis, aprildavisfineart@gmail.com, 417.358.6329.

August 27: FUNdamentals of Acrylic Paint Pouring, 6:00–8:00pm at Local Color Art Gallery & Studio (1027 S Main St). Paint pouring is a unique technique the produces vivid pieces of art. Learn how to create two of your own paint pouring masterpieces with artist Mary Parks – no experience needed. Reservations required; to sign up, call 417.553.0835 or visit Local Color during regular business hours. All supplies provided. Cost: $40. More information: Margie Moss, margiemonet@gmail.com, 417.553.0835.

August 28: Perfect Pop! Workshop, noon–1:30pm at Briley Performing Arts Company (2909 E 4th Street). A vocal workshop focusing on modern singing! Participants will learn technique-based exercises to prepare for preforming modern songs, find their range, and perform as well as discuss critiques focused on technique, performance, breath control, and more. Students must come with a prepared memorized song and accompaniment track. Registration required; register by calling 417.553.7954. Cost: $20. More information: Heather Briley, info@brileyperformingarts.com, 417.553.7954.

August 28: Faces on Vases Christina Lorenzen, Noon–2:00pm at April’s Art House (5245 Old Highway 71). Play with clay as artist Christina Lorenzen demonstrates how to create a unique vase with a face! Registration required; sign up by calling or texting April at 417.358.6329. All materials included. Cost: $40. More information: April Davis, aprildavisfineart@gmail.com, 417.358.6329.

August 28: Preschool Nature Connections: Water Mammals (Ages 3-6), 1:00–2:00pm at Wildcat Glades Education Cottage (301 Riviera Dr). Water isn’t just for fish. Did you know there are mammals that live in or near water? Enjoy a story, craft, and more as Wildcat Glades Friends Group explores how clean water is important for furry, aquatic creatures! Registration required. To register, visit their Facebook page or email lauren@wildcatglades.org. Free and open to the public. More information: Robin Standridge, robin@wildcatglades.org, 417.708.7713.


RECURRING CLASSES:

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

Tuesdays: Creation Station – Online! (Ages 6-11), 4:00pm via Zoom. Everyone’s favorite afternoon class is back! Register your child today and receive a Zoom link to join the fun. Pre-registration is required, and space is limited in this popular class. Register by emailing sclements@spivaarts.org. Sponsored by Dr. John and Joy Cragin. Free and open to the public. More information: Jade Henning, jhenning@spivaarts.org, 417.623.0183.

Fridays: Spiva Art Class at The ROCC, 10:00–11:00am at The ROCC (1402 S Main St). The Recovery Outreach Community Center (ROCC), a community center that provides peer recovery support services, is partnering with Spiva Center for the Arts for weekly art classes! Join them every Friday at 10:00am and express yourself, regardless of your artistic abilities. All ages welcome. Free and open to the public. More information: Jade Henning, jhenning@spivaarts.org, 417.623.0183.

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

Tuesdays: Tuesday Oil, Acrylic, & Watercolor Come & Go, 2:00–5:00pm at Local Color Art Gallery & Studio. 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 3 hours of painting time, you can both accomplish and enjoy more personal instruction. Award-winning artist Paula Giltner teaches watercolor, oil, 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. Cost: $20. More information: Paula Giltner, jnpgiltner@hotmail.com.

Wednesdays: Wednesday Oil, Acrylic, & Watercolor Come & Go, 2:00–5:00pm 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 3 hours of painting time, you can both accomplish and enjoy more personal instruction. Paula Giltner teaches watercolor, oil, 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. Cost: $20. More information: Paula Giltner, jnpgiltner@hotmail.com.

First and Third Fridays: Art Lessons at Local Color Art Gallery with Roxenne Kendall, 11:00am–4:30pm at Local Color Art Gallery & Studio (1027 S Main St). Learn the basics of watercolor, colored pencils, and micron inks with artist Roxenne Kendall during one to two-hour, private or group lessons! Ages 5 to 95 are welcome to participate. Registration required; reserve your spot by emailing Roxenne at rkrdh79@gmail.com. Cost: $20 per session; group rates available. More information: Roxenne Kendall, rkrdh79@gmail.com, 573.397.1940.

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. More information: Sandy Robinson, sandyrob@cableone.net, 417.553.0835.

Firehouse Pottery-Joplin (112 S Main St):

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

Tuesdays: Ladies’ Night Out (Ages 18+), until 8:00pm at Firehouse Pottery-Joplin (112 S Main St). Ladies! Gather your girls and enjoy a creative evening with Firehouse Pottery-Joplin and free studio fees as well. More information: 417.553.0671.

Create N Sip Studios (223 W 3rd St):

Wednesdays: Wine’d Down Wednesday, 5:00–9:00pm at Create N Sip Studios (223 W 3rd St). Create N Sip Studios is combining the best of both worlds with their Canvas and Home Decor DIY Event! Choose the project that works for you. Prices vary depending on chosen project. Cost: $28–$58. More information: John Coleman, coleman@creatensip.com, 417.680.5434.

Saturdays: Saturday Morning Choose Your Canvas, 10:00am at Create N Sip Studios (223 W 3rd St). Select the painting you want to recreate and let the experienced staff at Create N Sip help you make a masterpiece. Prices vary depending on chosen project. Cost: $28–$176. More information: John Coleman, coleman@creatensip.com, 417.680.5434.

Dream Theatre Co. (124 S Main St):

Sundays: Flash Mob Fitness, 3:00–4:00pm at Studio 124 (124 S Main St). A fun, unique workout opportunity from Dream Theatre Co.! Learn a different flash mob dance each week. Opportunities for flash mob performances will occasionally be offered but dedication to performing is not required. Cost: $5. More information: Becki Arnall, dtstudio124@gmail.com, 417.622.6470.

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

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