February 2019

Posted on Jan 30, 2019 in Monthly Arts & Culture

What’s coming up in February 2019? We have all the details on performances, arts events, exhibits, and classes happening throughout February in the #JoplinArts. Take a look below and share with friends…


PERFORMANCES:

February 8: US Airforce Band of Mid-America, 7:30pm at Missouri Southern State University, Taylor Auditorium (3950 Newman Rd). The Band of Mid-America has a long history of entertaining the American public and promoting esprit de corps within the military. The unit strives to inspire the hearts and minds of our men and women serving around the world and to tell the Air Force story through the universal language of music. Each year, the Band of Mid-America performs for millions of people throughout a ten-state region from the upper peninsula of Michigan to Arkansas. More information: Keith Talley, 417.625.3061.

February 10: Junior Brown, 5:30pm (doors 5:00pm) at The Coda Concert House (2120 E 24th St). With his unique voice, more unique song writing, and even more unique double necked “Guit-Steel” guitar, there has absolutely never been ANYONE like Junior Brown. With several Grammy nods, a CMA for video of the year for “My Wife Thinks You’re Dead,” a boatload of TV appearances, and multiple singles charting on the Billboard country chart – to say Junior has NEVER played ANYWHERE like Coda would be the understatement of the century. He’s literally playing the Cain’s Ballroom the night before this! Don’t miss what will be a historic night in Joplin’s rich musical history! Suggested Donation: $50 for seated general admission (reserved stools or 2nd row – $75). More information: Jeff Morrow for reservations. All proceeds 100% to the artist performing.

February 12: Faculty Recital: Dr. Elizabeth Robinson (Flute), 7:30pm at Missouri Southern State University, Corley Auditorium (3950 Newman Rd). More information: Keith Talley, 417.625.3061.

February 15 & 16: Flute Day, all-day at Missouri Southern State University, Corley Auditorium & Phinney Hall (3950 Newman Rd). More information: Keith Talley, 417.625.3061.

February 14–17 & 21–24: Stained Glass Theatre Joplin: An Evening with Sherlock Holmes, 7:00pm (Sundays 2:30pm) at Stained Glass Theatre Joplin (2101 Annie Baxter). An Evening With Sherlock Holmes presents a unique evening of mystery. The triad of one acts begins with The Adventure of the Noble Bachelor, the tale of a British aristocrat, Sir Robert, who marries an American millionaire because his family fortune has run out. However, on the wedding day, his young American wife, Hatty Doran, disappears. Sir Robert immediately calls on Sherlock Holmes and Doctor Watson to uncover the mystery of what has happened to Hatty. A happy ending ensues for Hatty but, alas, not for Sir Robert. The second piece, The Milverton Adventure, pits Holmes and Watson against a nefarious blackmailer, Charles Milverton, who is blackmailing one of Holmes’ clients, a woman who wrote several damning letters to a former lover that could, if revealed, destroy her impending marriage to the Earl of Dovercourt. In his effort to save his client, Holmes plans a radical solution: burgling Milverton’s house and retrieving the damning correspondence. On the night of the burglary, however, Holmes’ and Watson’s attempt is interrupted by an unforeseen incident. Another woman, whose life has already been destroyed by Milverton’s blackmailing schemes, intrudes and fatally shoots the blackmailer. Do they turn the woman who murdered Milverton into the police or not? Does Holmes solve this case? Tickets are available at the door, which opens 45 minutes prior to the showtime. A handicap ramp is accessible at the rear of the building. More information: Tammy Aggus, 417.553.0755. Tickets: $10 Adults, $5 Kids.

February 16: Valentine’s Day Hangover Show, 9:00pm at El Guapo’s Cigar & Pipe Lounge (532 S Joplin Ave). We’ve all experienced that rot gut feeling after Valentine’s Day whether it be from not getting your significant other that gift that truly expresses your love to them, or your still alone and spent all week seeing people happy together. Making you realize just how alone you are. Well Joplin Comedy have the cure for you! Will C and Troy Gittings will be at El Guapos to bring you the cure all medicine you need for that Valentine’s Day hangover – laughter! More information: message m.me/joplincomedy on Facebook. Tickets: $10 Adult, $15 Couples.

February 17: JLT’s Valentine Show: With A Song In My Heart, 2:30pm at Joplin Little Theatre (3009 W 1st St). A wonderful relaxing afternoon of songs composed by that well-known team of Rodgers and Hart – performed by some of the area’s finest singers. Directed by Carolyn McGowan, with Cecie Fritz as Musical Director and Angela Lowe as Choreographer, you will hear many favorites, including: Blue Moon, There’s a Small Hotel, The Lady is a Tramp, My Funny Valentine, Johnny One-Note – and the list goes on and on. Comedy songs, love songs, dancers… come and see! Cost: $10 Adults, $5 Children 12 and Under. More information and tickets: Cecie Fritz, 417.623.3638. Tickets also available online at joplinlittletheatre.org.

February 20–23: MSSU Theatre Department: Plaza Suite, 7:30pm at Missouri Southern State University, Bud Walton Theatre (3950 Newman Rd). Hilarity abounds in this portrait of three couples successively occupying a suite at the Plaza. A suburban couple take the suite while their house is being painted and it turns out to be the one in which they honeymooned 23 (or was it 24?) years before and was yesterday the anniversary, or is it today? This wry tale of marriage in tatters is followed by the exploits of a Hollywood producer who, after three marriages, is looking for fresh fields. He calls a childhood sweetheart, now a suburban housewife, for a little sexual diversion. Over the years she has idolized him from afar and is now more than the match he bargained for. The last couple is a mother and father fighting about the best way to get their daughter out of the bathroom and down to the ballroom where guests await her or as Mother yells, “I want you to come out of that bathroom and get married!” Tickets: $7 General Admission, $5 Senior Citizens & Students. Tickets will be available at the door. Box office will open at 6:30pm for each performance. More information: Terri Spencer, 417.625.9393.

February 21: Pro Musica: Trio Virado, 7:00pm at St. Peter the Apostle Catholic Church (812 Pearl Ave). International sensations – Amy Porter (flute), João Luiz (guitar), and Juan-Miguel Hernandez (viola) – together known as TRIO VIRADO, are taking the role of instrumental chamber music to new heights. Their repertoire breaks boundaries between cultures and genres: from 21st-century premieres to Latin tangos to works from the classical canon arranged by João Luiz and others. A unique assemblage of veteran performers, TRIO VIRADO brings excitement to live concerts and are equally impressive in educational settings at schools and universities. Each of the TRIO VIRADO musicians has appeared in major classical music venues throughout the world. TRIO VIRADO’s long-awaited debut album, “Mangabeira,” was released in October 2015 and includes premieres by Paquito D’Rivera, João Luiz, Frederic Hand, and Sergio Assad. This concert is free and open to the public; donations welcome. More information: Deb Billings, 417.625.1822.

February 22 & 24: Heartland Opera Theatre: La Bohème, 7:00pm (Sunday 2:00pm) at Thomas Jefferson Independent Day School (3401 Newman Rd). An all-time favorite opera for many people, La Bohème is an opera in four acts, composed by Giacomo Puccini to an Italian libretto by Luigi Illica and Giuseppe Giacosa, based on Scènes de la vie de bohème by Henri Murger. The world premiere performance of La Bohème was in Turin on Feb. 1, 1896 at the Teatro Regio, conducted by the young Arturo Toscanini; its U.S. premiere took place the following year, 1897, in Los Angeles. The story of love and loss is a classic, and the music of Giacomo Puccini is lush and inspiring. More information: Michael Gregory, 417.385.1454.

February 23: SVP & Midwest Regional Ballet: Black & White Series (Ages 13+), 6:00pm at Bicknell Family Center for the Arts (1711 S Homer St, Pittsburg, KS). This contemporary ballet deals with the fear and shame caused by abuse, addiction, suicide, mental illness, and sexual assault. This show is suited for ages 13 and up. The event will start out with a disclaimer about triggers and who SVP is, advocacy services, and self-care. Then the ballet will be introduced and the performance will begin. After the performance there will be a brief intermission followed by a discussion panel – consisting of the artistic director, a victim advocate, and a mental health professional – to unpack the topics that were included in the show. There will be tables in the lobby where audience members can gather resources on the topics discussed, as well as self-care strategies and information. Tickets: $10 Adults, $5 Ages 13-17, $5 Senior Citizen. A percentage of sales will benefit Children’s Advocacy Center, Inc. and the Safehouse Crisis Center, Inc. to bolster their efforts in working with victims. More information: Kaye Lewis, 620.235.4831.

February 26: Faculty Woodwind Quintet with Jack Stamp, 5:00pm at Missouri Southern State University, Corley Auditorium (3950 Newman Rd). More information: Keith Talley, 417.625.3061.

February 28: Southern Symphony Orchestra Concert, 7:30pm at Missouri Southern State University, Taylor Auditorium (3950 Newman Rd). More information: Keith Talley, 417.625.3061.


EVENTS:

February 1: Harry Potter Book Night, 3:30–5:30pm at Joplin Public Library (1901 E 20th St). Back by popular demand! You won’t believe what the Children’s Department has conjured this year in celebration of our favorite boy wizard! Costumes are encouraged, but not required. More information: Christina Matekel-Gibson, 417.623.2184.

February 1: First Friday WineShare, 6:00–8:00pm at different venues throughout Downtown Joplin each month. 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. Bring a bottle of wine or some craft beer to share. 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. More information: Lori Haun, 417.501.9649.

February 2 & 3: African American Trail Blazers, 1:00pm at George Washington Carver National Monument (5646 Carver Rd, Diamond MO). Who successfully created the first light bulb filament? Ragtime music? The world’s first blood bank? Join the rangers for this discussion exploring some of the many contributions and accomplishments of African Americans. More information: Randall Becker, 417.325.4151. This event is free and open to the public.

February 3 & 17: Children’s Maker Cart (Grades 1-5), 2:00–3:00pm at Joplin Public Library (1901 E 20th St). This program for children in 1st through 5th grades uses recycled materials to explore STEAM concepts. This program is offered on first and third Sundays from 2:00–3:00pm in the Children’s Department. More information: Christina Matekel-Gibson, 417.623.2184.

February 4 & 5: Joplin Little Theatre Auditions: Stalag 17, 7:00pm at Joplin Little Theatre (3008 W 1st St). Stalag 17 is a drama-comedy telling the story of a group of American airmen held in a German prison camp during World War II. The prisoners have organized to combat isolation, low morale and boredom. The camaraderie and easy bantering between the men fill the play with comic relief, but there is also the serious side about the effects of war and imprisonment. Needed: 21 males – wide range of ages (18 and up). No female roles available. Audition requirements: nothing prepared; cold readings from the script. Knowledge of German a plus. Several characters speak German and several characters speak English with a German accent. One character does impressions of famous actors of the time, such as: Humphrey Bogart, Jimmy Stewart, Cary Grant, Gary Cooper, Clark Gable. Show Dates: March 27–31, 2019. More information: Cecie Fritz, 417.623.3638.

February 4: Joplin Public Library Middle School Book Club (Grades 6-8), 6:00pm at Joplin Public Library (1901 E 20th St). Each month the teen department reads a book on a different theme and conducts a chat about it. At the end of the session the group will pick the theme for the next month. You choose the book you read. Feel free to bring a brown bag supper; dessert will be provided. No registration is needed. More information: Beth Snow, 417.623.7953, ext. 1027.

February 5: 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! More information: 417.623.7953, chatncraft.wordpress.com.

February 5: “On the Road” Movie Series: La Strada, 7:00pm at Missouri Southern State University, Cornell Auditorium, Plaster Hall (3950 Newman Rd). Fellini had already made several innovative films in his distinctive personal style when he released La Strada, the film that brought him international fame. The story follows a circus strongman, Zampano (Anthony Quinn), and his young, silent assistant (Giulietta Masina) as they travel and perform along the roads of Italy. La Strada richly explores the director’s lifelong fascination with the circus and even more his deep feeling for humanity. Introduction by Dr. Bill Kumbier (1954, 108 min.; directed by Federico Fellini). Admission is free. “On the Road” is a series of internationally acclaimed films about epic journeys presented by The MSSU Harrison and June Kash International Film Society and Bookhouse Cinema. More information: Chad Stebbins, 417.625.9736.

February 7: Spiva Trivia Night (Ages 21+), 6:00–8:00pm at Spiva Center for the Arts (222 W 3rd St). Rounds begin every 30 minutes in Spiva’s Main Gallery. $5 per person each round and winners take home 75% of the cash. Beer available to participants. This is a 21 and up event. More information: Jade Henning, 417.623.0183.

February 8: Local Color Art Gallery & Studio Valentine’s Open House, 5:30–8:00pm at Local Color Art Gallery & Studio (1027 S Main St). Come enjoy wine and hors d’oeuvres… and meet the artists of Local Color Art Gallery & Studio! There will be items for sale including: pottery, paintings, fiber art, scarves, wood turnings, angels, furniture, sculpture, glass, silver and beaded jewelry, and much more. The open house will include an art raffle benefiting Breast Cancer of the Ozarks. Bidding can be done in the gallery from January 28 – February 8, 2019 (10:00am–6:00pm). More information: Sandy Robinson, 417.553.0835.

February 8: Art on Tap (Ages 21+), 6:00–9:00pm at Spiva Center for the Arts (222 W 3rd St). The annual membership benefit event is here! Mark your calendars now to enjoy a great night with friends surrounded by art in the Main and Regional Galleries. Live music by Randall Shreve, delicious food, cold seasonal beer from Missouri Eagle, and great auction items to bid on. This event is free to members. Must be 21+ to attend and a current Spiva Member. For details or to renew your membership, please visit www.spivaarts.org/join. More information: Jade Henning, 417.623.0183.

February 8: Call for Entries Deadline: Fake News – A National Juried Exhibition. Divisive, diverse, inflammatory – politics can’t be avoided and they are often difficult to navigate. Propaganda, laden with political slogans, on all sides, adds more ambiguity to the mix. Our political opinions, and those intrinsic beliefs, shape us, and our responses to the political chatter. This show seeks pieces that respond to the theme “Fake News.” They are open to all interpretations of this theme – regardless of political party or belief system. The artwork can be literal, figurative, interpretive, etc. This is an open call to all mediums. All beliefs, and the manner in which these beliefs can be expressed artistically, will be valued. The main criteria is that artwork must respond to the theme of “Fake News.” Any artist 18 years of age or older is encouraged to enter. All media will be considered, including video. No ceiling hung installations will be accepted. More information: Dr. Christine Bentley, 417.625.3066.

February 9: Family Movie and Maker Event, 2:00–3:30pm at Missouri Southern State University, Spiva Arts Gallery (3950 Newman Rd) Come as a family to watch a film on Brazilian art and culture. After, create a craft to take with you as a family. Free and open to the public. More information: Dr. Christine Bentley, 417.625.3066.

February 9: Wonders of the Night Sky: Astronomy Program, 6:30–8:30pm at George Washington Carver National Monument (5646 Carver Rd, Diamond MO). George Washington Carver National Monument’s largest natural resource is the night sky. Come and learn about celestial navigation, star stories, and the effects of light pollution. A brief slide show will be followed by an outside constellation tour. More information: Randall Becker, 417.325.4151. This event is free and open to the public.

February 9: ArtCon, 11:00am—7:00pm at the Neosho Civic Center (109 W Main St, Neosho, MO 64850). Calling all art, gaming, and fantasy enthusiasts! The Neosho Arts Council is proud to present Neosho’s first ArtCon. ArtCon will feature a variety of panel participants, including professional comic books artists and best-selling authors. Vendors selling merchandise and collectables, food trucks, games, and even a cosplay contest will also be available. Proceeds from the event will fund several of Neosho Arts Council’s projects, including the restoration of some downtown Neosho murals. More information: Sarah Serio, 417.592.1673.

February 10: Encouraging the Next Generation, 1:00pm at George Washington Carver National Monument (5646 Carver Rd, Diamond MO). George Washington Carver was a teacher, friend, and mentor to many young men who faithfully carried on his work. Visitors will learn of the treasured relationships Carver had with these young men, often referred to as “Carver’s boys.” More information: Randall Becker, 417.325.4151. This event is free and open to the public.

February 12: “On the Road” Movie Series: Easy Rider, 7:00pm at Bookhouse Cinema (715 E Broadway St). At the height of the turbulent Sixties, Easy Rider exploded across American screens with its story of two bikers, played by Dennis Hopper and Peter Fonda, on a drug run that propels them across the country. Along the way they meet up with a charismatic character played by Jack Nicholson in one of his first sensational roles. The film captivated a wide audience with its mixture of sex, drugs, rock and roll – and motorcycles, and Time magazine called it “one of the ten most important pictures of the decade.” Introduction by Dr. Steve Wagner (1969, 95 min.; directed by Dennis Hopper). Admission is free. “On the Road” is a series of internationally acclaimed films about epic journeys presented by The MSSU Harrison and June Kash International Film Society and Bookhouse Cinema. More information: Chad Stebbins, 417.625.9736.

February 14: 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. For more information, search “Joplin Writers’ Guild” on Facebook.

February 16 & 17: Carver Laboratory Demonstrations, 11:00am–1:00pm at George Washington Carver National Monument (5646 Carver Rd, Diamond MO). Want to learn about some of the products George Washington Carver developed in his laboratory? Discover how Carver used some often-overlooked plants to change the way we think about agriculture. More information: Randall Becker, 417.325.4151. This event is free and open to the public.

February 18: Downtown Poetry Reading and Open Mic, 6:00–8:00pm at Joplin Avenue Coffee Company (506 S Joplin Ave). Poetry reading and open mic. Open mic sign-up begins at 6:00pm. Three featured poets will begin reading at 6:15pm. Open mic starts at 7:00pm. This event occurs on the third Monday of each month – same place, same time. More information: Allison Blevins.

February 18 & 19: Stained Glass Theatre Joplin Audition: Living With Style, 7:00–9:00pm at Stained Glass Theatre Joplin (2101 Annie Baxter). Senior citizen Sam Style was known on the job, in his community, and by his family as a real man of God. It’s now time to enjoy some peace and quiet. Or is it? Alone since the death of his beloved wife, Sam is forced by health concerns to sell his home and make other living arrangements. Sam feels God directing him to a retirement home. As he witnesses to those around him, Sam reminds us that no one is ever beyond being useful to God. Show Dates: April 4–14, 2019. More information: Tammy Aggus, 417.553.0755.

February 19: “On the Road” Movie Series: The Motorcycle Diaries, 7:00pm at Missouri Southern State University, Cornell Auditorium, Plaster Hall (3950 Newman Rd). What was Ernesto Guevara doing before he became the revolutionary cultural hero, Che? Find out in this true life story of how Guevara and his friend Alberto Granado travel the length of South America on a beat-up motorcycle, with the goal of providing medical care to the poor. Starring Gael García Bernal as Che and Rodrigo de la Serna as Alberto, and directed by the acclaimed Argentinian director, Walter Salles. Introduction by Dr. Bill Fischer (2004, 127 min.; directed by Walter Salles). Admission is free. “On the Road” is a series of internationally acclaimed films about epic journeys presented by The MSSU Harrison and June Kash International Film Society and Bookhouse Cinema. More information: Chad Stebbins, 417.625.9736.

February 21: Coffee with Carver, 10:00am at George Washington Carver National Monument (5646 Carver Rd, Diamond MO). Join a ranger for an in depth talk on black education in Neosho, MO. specifically the school that was once known as Neosho Colored School. Learn about George Washington Carvers personal experience at this school house, built in 1872, and its significance to our park today. More information: Randall Becker, 417.325.4151. This event is free and open to the public.

February 21: Reception: Bandits & Heroes, Poets & Saints, 4:00–6:00pm at Missouri Southern State University, Spiva Art Gallery (3950 Newman Rd). Bandits & Heroes, Poets & Saints is an exhibition in three parts; The Land and Its People, Expressions of Faith, and Poetry, Celebration and Song. Organized by Con/Vida – Popular Arts of the Americas in partnership with the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History, Detroit, MI. The original show opened at the Charles H. Wright Museum in 2013 and traveled to the DuSable Museum of African American History, Chicago, IL, and the Robert W. Woodruff Library at the Atlanta University Center, Atlanta, GA, during 2014 and 2015. Subsequently, Bandits & Heroes was selected by the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) for a continuing tour to an additional 25 sites across the United States through the NEH “On the Road” program from September 2015 through August 2020. MSSU is proud to have been selected as one of these sites and will host the exhibition from January 28 through March 12, 2019. The reception will be held inside the MSSU Spiva Art Gallery. More information: Dr. Christine Bentley, 417.625.3066.

February 21: Artist’s Reception: Sarah Serio, 6:00–7:30pm at Post Art Library (1901 E 20th St). “Welcome to the Game: Human Trafficking in America” by Neosho artist Sarah Serio is on display now through March 2019 in The Bramlage and Wilcoxon Foundation Gallery inside Joplin Public Library. Come listen to a brief artist’s talk and a reception for Serio’s body of work on display. Serio is a printmaker creating in traditional methods of hand-carved, hand-inked, and hand-pulled works. Her work focuses on and raises awareness about the millions of people world-wide who are victims of human trafficking. This is comprised of 12 reduction block prints, each layered with ink that builds a foundation upon which a narrative of those suffering from this violent and demeaning trade is told. Serio is a nationally exhibiting printmaker who received degrees in Fine Art and Graphic Communication from Missouri Southern State University. Her work has been exhibited in galleries in New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, Miami, and in Southwest Missouri. Exhibitions and displays within the Joplin Public Library are curated by Post Art Library. More information: Jill Sullivan, 417.623.7953 x1041.

February 22: Guest Artist Flute Masterclass, 1:00pm at Missouri Southern State University,
Corley Auditorium (3950 Newman Rd). More information: Keith Talley, 417.625.3061.

February 22: Lecture: Bandits & Heroes, Poets & Saints, 6:00–7:00pm at Missouri Southern State University, Spiva Art Gallery (3950 Newman Rd). Guest lecturers, Dr. Elizabeth Morton and Dr. Ivette de Assis Wilson, will speak on their research and lectures for the course they taught on the African influence on the art of Brazil. Dr. Morton is the Art Department Chair at Wabash College and a renowned specialist in African Art. She recently redesigned and curated the African Art floor at the Indianapolis Museum of Art. She is also very familiar with the relationship between Africa and Brazil and team taught a related course with Dr. Ivette de Assis Wilson. Dr. Ivette de Assis Wilson is a Professor of Spanish and Portuguese at Wabash College, with a PhD in Latin American Literature. She recently published on Brazil’s African heritage. This event is free and open to the public. More information: Dr. Christine Bentley, 417.625.3066.

February 23: First Annual String Fiesta, 8:00am–5:00pm at Missouri Southern State University (3950 Newman Rd). The repertoire to be featured includes Edvard Grieg (Holberg Suite), Edward Elgar (Serenade for Strings), Brian Balmages (Phatom Tangos), and Haitian Folklore (Asiano). All intermediate to advanced strings players who are eager to develop their talent and musicianship are invited. Lunch will be provided and registration is requested. More information: Canes Nicolas, 417.625.3180. d

February 23: JRAC Coffee Hour, 10:00am at Beckett’s Cafe (705 Illinois Ave). Joplin Regional Artists Coalition (JRAC) Coffee Hour offers JRAC members the opportunity to network, socialize, announce personal art-related news, discuss a pre-determined general art topic, or participate in a professional development workshop. JRAC Coffee Hours are held on the fourth Saturday of each month and you must be a JRAC Member to attend. Membership dues for JRAC are $35 annually. JRAC is a not-for-profit established to empower visual artists in the area by helping them network with other artists and the community-at-large. More information: Marta Churchwell.

February 23 & 24: Interracial Understanding, 1:00pm at George Washington Carver National Monument (5646 Carver Rd, Diamond MO). Join a park ranger to discuss Carver’s rise to fame and his efforts for interracial understanding after his 1921 appearance before the House Ways and Means Committee. More information: Randall Becker, 417.325.4151. This event is free and open to the public.

February 23: City Rockfest, 6:30pm at the Ozark Christian College chapel (1111 N Main St). Come enjoy a night of music and worship with Christian rock bands Righteous Vendetta, Seventh Day Slumber, The Protest, Random Hero, Zahna, and Amongst the Giants. Doors open at 6:00pm. More information: Magan Martin. Cost is $15 in advance, $20 at the door, and $30 for online VIP.

February 25 & 26: Guest Composer/Conductor Jack Stamp, All Day at Missouri Southern State University, Corley Auditorium (3950 Newman Rd). More information: Keith Talley, 417.625.3061.

February 26: “On the Road” Movie Series: Vagabond (Si Toit Ni Loi), 7:00pm at Bookhouse Cinema (715 E Broadway St). This powerful, compelling film by the Belgian-born French director opens with the discovery of a homeless woman found frozen in a ditch. Through flashbacks and interviews, the audience gradually learns about her rough encounters along the road that led to her death. Winner of the Golden Lion Award at the Venice Film Festival. Introduction by Michele Holt (1985, 105 min.; directed by Agnès Varda). Admission is free. “On the Road” is a series of internationally acclaimed films about epic journeys presented by The MSSU Harrison and June Kash International Film Society and Bookhouse Cinema. More information: Chad Stebbins, 417.625.9736.

February 26: Dog Day Afternoon, 4:00–5:00pm at Joplin Public Library (1901 E 20th St). Ready for some furry fun? This program for independent readers allows children in K-5th grade to practice their skills by reading to certified Therapy Dogs. The library supplies the books and the dogs, and the children become storytellers. Registration takes place the day of the event at the Children’s Desk. More information: Christina Matekel-Gibson, 417.623.2184.

Saturdays: Joplin Empire Market, 10:00am–3:00pm 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 Joplin’s newest gathering spot. More information: Ivy Hagedorn, 417.986.3914. 

Wednesday–Sunday: Bookhouse Cinema (715 E Broadway). Bookhouse Cinema is an independent micro theater and pub in the East Town neighborhood. They show a variety of independent, classic, and foreign films while offering a great pub environment. Click here for showings and times. More information: Holly Crane, 417.825.5161. 


EXHIBITS:

February 1–March 17: Artí Gras – A Celebration of Art, artCentral (1110 E Thirteenth St, Carthage, MO). A mixed media exhibition by Joplin Regional Artists Coalition members. An opening reception is scheduled for Friday, February 1, 6:00–8:00pm (weather alternative is February 8). More information: joplinracnews@gmail.com.

January–March: Welcome to the Game: Human Trafficking in America by Sarah Serio, Joplin Public Library (1901 E 20th St). Sarah Serio is a printmaker creating in traditional methods of hand-carved, hand-inked, and hand-pulled works. Her work focuses on and raises awareness about the millions of people world-wide who are victims of human trafficking. Her current exhibition, Welcome to the Game: Human Trafficking in America, is comprised of 12 reduction block prints, each layered with ink that builds a foundation upon which a narrative of those suffering from this violent and demeaning trade is told. “I find that often the visual imagery used to bring awareness to the sex-slave industry is sanitized, such as showing a girl with a barcode and ropes around her wrist. My work strives to bring the harsh reality of this world to light,” said Serio. Welcome to the Game: Human Trafficking in America is on exhibit now through March 2019 in The Bramlage and Wilcoxon Foundation Gallery inside Joplin Public Library. More of Serio’s work can be viewed online at sarahserio.weebly.com, followed step-by-step on Instagram @SarahSerio, or on Facebook @SarahSerioArt.

January 28–March 12: Bandits & Heroes, Poets & Saints: Popular Art of the Northeast of Brazil, Missouri Southern State University, Spiva Art Gallery (3950 Newman Rd). This body of work showcases how ancient cultures helped create a vibrant cultural mosaic. The exhibit, made possible by the National Endowment for the Humanities’ NEH “On the Road” initiative, will run through March 12. It was brought to Missouri Southern by the Mid-America Arts Alliance and was organized by Con/Vida—Popular Arts of the Americas and the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History, Detroit, Mich. The exhibit includes nearly 200 works of art by more than 50 artists and is comprised of three segments that present the history and culture of Northeast Brazil through popular art. The first is “The Land and its People,” which examines the history of colonial Brazil. The second, “Expressions of Faith,” explores the African-Brazilian religion of Candomble. The third segment is “Poetry, Celebration and Song,” focusing on folk legends and popular festivals of the Nordestinos (People of the Northeast). Eminent photographers Adenor Gondim and Antonio Neto have helped work on the exhibition, providing photos and video footage showing festivals, ceremonies and pilgrimages. More information: Dr. Christine Bentley, 417.625.3066.

January 12–March 16: STRATA: Layered Meaning, Spiva Center for the Arts, Main Gallery (222 W 3rd St). Spiva is thrilled to host the group exhibition STRATA: Layered Meaning featuring work from Madeline Gallucci, Melaney Mitchell, Steve Snell, Patty Carroll, Andy Gershon, Bobby Houlette, Brett Reif, and Mary Ann Strandell. The work in this exhibition features multiple mediums: photography, painting, watercolor, and sculpture. STRATA showcases how these contemporary visual artists explore their subjects through layers both figural and literal. The artists cut through the surface, pulling apart, and examining the layers that make up the whole.  It is through this exploration of components that both the artist and viewer may more deeply understand the whole or question what once was understood. More information: Jade Henning, 417.623.0183.

January 12–March 9: DRAWN, Spiva Center for the Arts, Regional Gallery (222 W 3rd St). DRAWN is a national exhibition celebrating experimentation while reminding viewers of the basic nature and value of the drawing process. This exhibit had no expectation for type or style of work to be considered or selected. Submissions range from the most traditional to the most conceptual or experimental. The only criteria beyond excellent quality is that works must qualify as drawing, including that which tests the boundaries of the discipline. More information: Jade Henning, 417.623.0183.

January–February: The Third Grade Collaboration, Spiva Center for the Arts, Upstairs Gallery (222 W 3rd St). More information: Jade Henning, 417.623.0183.

January 24–February 28: Professional Comic Book Artists, Big Spring Gallery inside the Neosho Area Chamber of Commerce (216 W Spring St, Neosho, MO 64850). Love comic books? Come check out hand drawn work by comic book artists Jeremy Haun and Megan Levens at the Big Spring Gallery in the Neosho Area Chamber of Commerce building. Pages from Haun’s The Realm and The Beauty will be available for viewing. Works from Haun’s Batwoman will also be on display and will even feature some downtown Joplin landmarks. Examples from Levens’ series Star Trek: Boldly Go and step-by-step portraits of two celebrities will be included in the exhibit as well. Both Haun and Levens will be at ArtCon on February 9th. Hours: 8:00am–4:00pm. More information: Sarah Serio, 417.592.1673.

Businesses or Restaurants Supporting Local Artists on their Walls:

Bookhouse Cinema (715 E Broadway St): An assortment of works from artists in the area.

Joplin Avenue Coffee Company (506 S Joplin Ave): TBA

Infuxn Vodka Bar (530 S Main St): TBA

Urban Art Gallery (511 S Main St): TBA

Joplin Area Chamber of Commerce (320 E 4th St): Artwork by Amber Mintert.


CLASSES:

February 2: Valentine Sun Catchers with Jane McCaulley (Ages 9+), 10:00am–Noon at Spiva Center for the Arts (222 W 3rd St). Catch the sun with your unique design in this glass class! More information: Jade Henning, 417.623.0183. Cost: $35.

February 2: Anatomy Drawing: Feet with Sandra Conrad (Ages 15+), 11:00am–1:00pm at Spiva Center for the Arts (222 W 3rd St). Sandra will break down the principles of drawing this difficult part of the body. More information: Jade Henning, 417.623.0183. Cost: $20.

February 2: PhotoSpiva Kids with Lola Nelson (Ages 6-10), Noon–1:30pm at Spiva Center for the Arts (222 W 3rd St). Participants will be introduced to basic design principles and have the opportunity to exhibit in a curated show at Spiva in March along with a special reception to honor the little artists. More information: Jade Henning, 417.623.0183. Cost: $50.

February 2: Discover Nature Families: Bluebirds Basics Workshop, 1:00–2:00pm at Walter Woods Conservation Area (7129 Dutch Elm Dr). February is the time to welcome our state bird to begin nesting. Bring your family to learn more about being landlords for this beautiful bird and put together your own bluebird nesting box (one box per family). Each family must make their own reservation. Bring an electric screw driver or drill with a Phillips head drill bit if you have one. This program is best for ages 5 and up. Registration required. This program is offered by Shoal Creek Conservation Education Center. More information: Kim Banner, 417.629.3434. Cost: Free.

February 2: Short-eared Owl Hike, 4:00pm at Shawnee Trail Conservation Area (Mindenmines, MO). Join them at Shawnee Trail Conservation Area (Mindenmines) and discover more about these uncommon winter residents. Bring the family and dress for the weather for this easy-rated hike. This program is offered by Shoal Creek Conservation Education Center. Registration required. Register at mdc.mo.gov/SouthwestEvents. More information: Kim Banner, 417.629.3434. Cost: Free.

February 6: Preschool Nature Connections: Groundhog Gets His Say (Ages 3-6), 1:00–2:00pm at Joplin Empire Market (931 E 4th St). Is winter soon to be over, or not? Punxsutawney Phil and his predecessors may have been predicting the coming of spring for 120 years, but our own celebrity groundhog says there is more to groundhogs than weather prediction! Meet at Joplin Empire Market and learn about Missouri’s groundhogs. Registration is required. See our Facebook Page for registration. Ages 3-6 accompanied by an adult. More information: Robin Standridge, 417.708.7713. Cost: Free.

February 8: Little Acorns: Slippery Salamander (Ages 3-6), 10:30–11:15am at Walter Woods Conservation Area (7129 Dutch Elm Dr). Slide on in to learn more about the secret lives of the slippery, slimy salamander and make one of your own to take home. No registration required. This program is offered by Shoal Creek Conservation Education Center. More information: Kim Banner, 417.629.3434. Cost: Free.

February 9: Preschool Nature Connections: Groundhog Gets His Say (Ages 3-6), 10:00–11:00am at Joplin Empire Market (931 E 4th St). Is winter soon to be over, or not? Punxsutawney Phil and his predecessors may have been predicting the coming of spring for 120 years, but our own celebrity groundhog says there is more to groundhogs than weather prediction! Meet at Joplin Empire Market and learn about Missouri’s groundhogs. Registration is required. See our Facebook Page for registration. Ages 3-6 accompanied by an adult. More information: Robin Standridge, 417.708.7713. Cost: Free.

February 9: Mammals in Winter (Ages 5+), 11:00am–Noon at Walter Woods Conservation Area (7129 Dutch Elm Dr). Discover how Missouri mammals survive in this cold, barren season. Participants will see and touch pelts of several different mammals. No live animals will be present. No registration required. This program is offered by Shoal Creek Conservation Education Center. More information: Kim Banner, 417.629.3434. Cost: Free.

February 9: Yoga in Nature for Kids (Ages 2+), 11:15–11:45am at Joplin Empire Market (931 E 4th St). Led by Amanda, a Registered Yoga Teacher from 4-States Yoga studio, this class is designed to incorporate elements of fun, breathing and yoga poses specifically for kids. Bring your yoga mat or a towel, and a reusable water bottle. This is a great opportunity to help kids during these months they might be experiencing a little angst from being cooped up. Please sign up by following the instructions on our Facebook page. Space is limited, so reserve your spot today. For ages 2 and up accompanied by an adult. More information: Robin Standridge, 417.708.7713. Cost: Free.

February 16: Kids Yoga with Kara Patterson (Ages 6-12), 10:00–11:00am at Spiva Center for the Arts (222 W 3rd St). A fun class just for kids, where they learn to use yoga to build inner and outer strength while learning to focus and calm themselves through breath work. Learn confidence, awareness, and respect for others through partner poses and yoga games! Cost: $10. More information: Jade Henning, 417.623.0183

February 16: Backyard Bird Bonanza (Ages 5+), 10:00–11:30am at Walter Woods Conservation Area (7129 Dutch Elm Dr). Learn the basics about attracting birds to your yard and how to participate in the Great Backyard Bird Count. After the program, count birds and learn how to enter them online. A drawing will be held for a bird feeder. No registration required. This program is offered by Shoal Creek Conservation Education Center. More information: Kim Banner, 417.629.3434. Cost: Free.

February 16: Explore and Play Fairy Tale Day (Ages 1-5), 10:00–11:30am at Joplin Public Library (1901 E 20th St). Get ready to have FUN! This 90-minute event for families with busy toddlers and preschoolers only happens once a month, making it extra special. Opportunities for play-based learning using themes are offered throughout the Children’s Department. Each station encourages adult-child play and teaches early literacy skills. Come explore with us! More information: Christina Matekel-Gibson, 417.623.2184.

February 16: Male Figure Drawing with Sandra Conrad (Ages 18+), 11:00am–1:00pm at Spiva Center for the Arts (222 W 3rd St). A professional nude model will be posing to help you advance your drawing skills. More information: Jade Henning, 417.623.0183. Cost: $30.

February 20: Little Acorns: Skunk Skurry (Ages 3-6), 10:30–11:15am at Walter Woods Conservation Area (7129 Dutch Elm Dr). Get the stink about skunks at this fun program and make your own skunk to take home. No registration required. This program is offered by Shoal Creek Conservation Education Center. More information: Kim Banner, 417.629.3434. Cost: Free.

February 23: Yoga in Nature for Adults, 10:30–11:15am at Joplin Empire Market (931 E 4th St). Led by a Registered Yoga Teacher from 4-States Yoga studio, this class is designed to incorporate yoga poses for all levels of experience. Bring your yoga mat or a towel, and a reusable water bottle. Please visit our Facebook page event to register. More information: Robin Standridge, 417.708.7713. Cost: Free.

February 23: Glass Painting with Sherry Lankford (Ages 13+), 10:30am–12:30pm at Spiva Center for the Arts (222 W 3rd St). Get ready for spring by creating your own themed glass painting! More information: Jade Henning, 417.623.0183. Cost: $35.

February 25: Introduction to Trout Fishing (Ages 8+), 6:00–7:30pm at Walter Woods Conservation Area (7129 Dutch Elm Dr). Have you ever wanted to go trout fishing but didn’t know what to use or where to go? Discuss locations to fish, essential equipment, basic fishing methods, and lure selection in this introductory class. You’ll be ready to wet a hook on opening day – March 1, 2019. Registration required. This program is offered by Shoal Creek Conservation Education Center. More information: Kim Banner, 417.629.3434. Cost: Free.

February 28: 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 and there are many masterpieces to choose from, including Matisse’s Paradise or Monet’s Red Boats at Argenteuil. All materials are furnished, plus good eats and old/new friends! Must be 21+ to partake in libations. More information and reservation: Margie Moss, 417.553.0835. Cost is $40 ($35 if you do not drink wine).


RECURRING CLASSES:

Hobby Lobby (1315 S Rangeline Rd): 

Tuesdays: 9:00am–Noon
Wednesdays: 4:30–7:30pm

Painting with Pam Leisenring at Hobby Lobby (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 experience of beginners and established artists alike. Each student chooses a preferred medium (Acrylic, Pastel, Watercolors, etc.) and subject matter. These are ongoing classes and students may join at any time. New members always welcome. More information: Pam Leisenring, 417.781.3839. $20 per class, all materials provided for first class. 

Joplin Public Library (1901 E 20th St):

Tuesdays: Movers & Shakers, 9:30am, 10:45am, & 4:00pm at Joplin Public Library (1901 E 20th St). Wow! Wiggling, giggling, singing, shaking, it all happens on   Tuesdays! This 40 minute play- and movement-based program is for infants and toddlers and their families. Library staff encourage early literacy development through talking, singing, reading, writing, and playing. Families are encouraged to participate and at-home extension activities are shared. Suggested Age: Birth to 2 years. More information: Christina Matekel-Gibson, 417.623.2184.

Last Tuesday of the Month: Dog Day Afternoon, 4:00–4:45pm at Joplin Public Library (1901 E 20th St). Ready for some furry fun? This program for independent readers allows children in K-5th grade to practice their skills by reading to certified Therapy Dogs. The library supplies the books and the dogs, and the children become storytellers. Registration takes place the day of the event at the Children’s Desk.This program is suggested for independent readers who are in K-5th grades. More information: Christina Matekel-Gibson, 417.623.2184.

Wednesdays & Thursdays: Tales for 2s & 3s, 9:30am at Joplin Public Library (1901 E 20th St). Silliness is our specialty! The library staff use this 30 minute story time to share our favorite short stories, simple songs, and rhymes. Families are encouraged to help build literacy skills through participation and at-home extension activities are shared. Suggested Age: 2 to 3 years. More information: Christina Matekel-Gibson, 417.623.2184.

Wednesdays & Thursdays: Fun for 4s & 5s, 11:00am at Joplin Public Library (1901 E 20th St). Fun is our favorite game! During this 30-minute story time library staff share stories, songs, rhymes, finger plays, puppets, and more! Hands-on activities that develop early literacy skills are offered and family participation is encouraged. At-home extension activities are shared. Suggested Age: 4 to 5 years. More information: Christina Matekel-Gibson, 417.623.2184.

Wednesdays & Thursdays: Family Stories, 4:00pm at Joplin Public Library (1901 E 20th St). It’s all about family in this 30-minute story time. Library staff read stories, sing songs, share jokes and rhymes, use finger plays, felt boards, and puppets, and offer hands-on activities to help develop early literacy skills. Families are encouraged to participate and at-home extension activities are shared. Suggested Age: 2 to 5 years. More information: Christina Matekel-Gibson, 417.623.2184.

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. More information: Sandy Robinson, 417.553.0835.

Wednesdays: Wednesday Experimental Painting Class, 10:30am at Local Color Art Gallery & Studio (1027 S Main St). Local Color artists will be leading an experimental painting class using watercolors or fluid acrylics. Cost is $25 per class with materials provided by the instructor. Let Local Color help you discover your inner artist or perhaps help you build upon your current skills. Class size is limited to six, so students must register prior to each Wednesday session. More information: Sandy Robinson, 417.553.0835.

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, 417.553.0835.

RSVPaint Joplin (223 W 3rd St):  

Thursdays & Fridays: 7:00–9:00pm

Saturdays: 10:00am–Noon | 1:00–3:00pm | 7:00–9:00pm

Sundays: 2:00–4:00pm

Discover your inner-artist! No experience required. Come Relax, Sip, Visit, and Paint! 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. Cost: $38–$78. Click here to see class offerings. More information: infojop@rsvpaint.com.

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

Tuesdays: Creation Station with Sandra Conrad (Ages 6–11), 3:45–5:00pm at Spiva Center for the Arts (222 W 3rd St). Drop in Tuesday afternoons and experiment with a variety of media: painting, drawing, clay, collage, sculpture, and printmaking. Explore the galleries with scavenger hunts and other activities. Pre-registration is recommended. Space is limited in this popular class. The class is held weekly on Tuesdays from January 15-May 14. Sponsored by Dr. John and Joy Cragin. More information: Jade Henning, 417.623.0183. Cost: $6 pre-registration ($8 at the door).

Saturdays: Mini Makers with Amy Mullins (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! At each session, students will create projects around a theme.  Led by teacher and artist Amy Mullins. Get ready for an hour of fun and creativity for you little ones! Adult must accompany child. The class is held weekly on Saturday’s from January 5-May 18. More information: Jade Henning, 417.623.0183. Cost: $6 preregistration and $8 at the door. 

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.


OPEN STUDIOS & CLUBS:

First Monday of the Month: Chess Club, 5:30pm at Joplin Public Library (1901 E 20th St). Monthly  Children’s department program for chess players  of  all experience  levels. No registration required. More information: Christina Matekel-Gibson, 417.623.2184.

Mondays & Fridays: 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 and appointment. 

Tuesdays & Saturdays: Makerspace Open Studio, 4:00pm–7:30pm on Tuesday and 9:30am–2:30pm on Saturday at the 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 maker space. 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 parents or legal guardian to use the maker space during this event. Makerspace equipment is in-house use only. More information: Jill Sullivan, 417.623.7953 x1041.

Wednesdays: Wine’d Down Open Studio, 5:00–9:00pm at RSVPaint Joplin (223 W 3rd St). RSVPaint Joplin 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: infojop@rsvpaint.com.

Second Sunday of the Month: LEGO Club, 2:00pm 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. More information: Christina Matekel-Gibson, 417.623.2184.

***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.