February 2020

Posted on Jan 30, 2020 in Monthly Arts & Culture

What’s coming up in February 2020? We have all the details on arts, culture, and entertainment in Joplin, MO, throughout the month. Scroll through and share with friends…

Featured Image: Anonymous Women: Camouflage and Calamity by Patty Carroll, on exhibit at Spiva Center for the Arts. See “Exhibits” below for more information.


PERFORMANCES:­

January 30–February 9: Stained Glass Theatre Joplin: Alice in Wonderland, 7:00pm (Sundays 2:30pm) at Stained Glass Theatre Joplin (2101 Annie Baxter Ave). Lewis Carroll’s classic, whimsical tale brought to life on stage! Follow Alice down the rabbit hole and into Wonderland for a variety of unique adventures and encounters with strange characters. Cost: $10 Adults, $5 Children under 13. More information: Tammy Aggus, sgtjoplin@gmail.com.

January 29–February 2: Death Trap, 7:30pm (Sunday 2:30pm) at Joplin Little Theatre (3008 W 1st St). Written by Ira Levin, Death Trap holds the record for the longest running comedy/thriller on Broadway and was nominated for four Tony Awards. It provides twists and turns of devilish cleverness and offers hilariously sudden shocks in such abundance that audiences will be spellbound until the very last moment. A washed-up playwright finds a chance to rise to the top once more, a shot he’d be willing to kill for. Sidney Bruhl hasn’t written a hit play for 18 years when he receives a script from a former student, Clifford Anderson, that’s a guaranteed success. Sidney’s wife, Myra, suggests the two men could collaborate; Sidney jokes that it’d be just as easy to murder the young man and steal the script for his own. When Clifford arrives later that evening no one – not even the visiting psychic – could predict where the dark events of the night will go. Who is innocent?  Who only seems that way? This play may not be of interest to young children. Tickets: $18 Adults, $15 Seniors/Students, $8 Children. More information: Cecie Fritz, info@joplinlittletheatre.org, 417.623.3638.

February 2: Connect2Culture Presents Voctave, 7:30pm (doors 6:30pm) at Joplin High School Performing Arts Center (2104 Indiana Ave). With a success story like a fairytale, it seems fitting Voctave began at Disney World. All 11 members of this popular, a cappella group got their start as Disney’s Voices of Liberty, at Epcot Center. In 2015, the group organized independently to create magical arrangements of classic Disney songs and popular Broadway hits. By 2016, Voctave’s stunning musical adaptations had earned a well-deserved spot in the limelight. Their arrangements have featured award-winning singers from all genres, including Pentatonix’s Kirstin Maldonado. Today, Voctave’s videos have gone viral receiving a staggering 100 million views on YouTube/Facebook. With currently 4-albums, the group continues to create and perform an ever-expanding range of sophisticated a capella music. From gospel to musical theater, contemporary Christian to barbershop, pop to choral specialists, Voctave voices have covered it all. Tickets: $25 Orchestra, $20 Mezzanine and Front Balcony, $15 Back Balcony. Tickets may be purchased at connect2culture.org, 417.501.5550, and at the door. This performance is part of Connect2Culture’s Curtains Up Series 2019/2020. More information: Emily Frankoski, emily@connect2culture.org, 417.501.5550.

February 5–7: Dream Theatre Co.: The Vagina Monologues by Eve Ensler, 7:30pm at Blackthorn Pizza & Pub (510 S Joplin Ave). The Vagina Monologues gave birth to V-Day, the global activist movement to end violence against all women and girls. With creativity and determination, activists around the world tirelessly work to end harassment, rape, battery, incest, female genital mutilation, and sex slavery. All profits benefit Lafayette House. Admission: Donations for Lafayette House. More information: Becki Arnall, arnallbecki@gmail.com, 417.622.6470.

February 8: I Want… The Desires of Women in Opera – A Musical Accompaniment to Anonymous Women: Camouflage and Calamity, 7:00pm at Spiva Center for the Arts, Regional Gallery (222 W 3rd St). Heartland Opera Theatre and Spiva Center for the Arts team up for a musical evening of tantalizing operatic arias to celebrate and coincide with Patty Carroll’s Main Gallery exhibit, Anonymous Women:  Camouflage and Calamity. Visit spivaarts.org/events to purchase tickets. Cost: $15 In Advance, $20 Day of. More information: Jade Henning, jhenning@spivaarts.org, 417.623.0183.

February 11: Faculty and Guest Artist Recital: Robert Ensor and Rebecca Cutler Metzger, 7:30pm at Missouri Southern State University, Corley Auditorium (3950 E Newman Rd). Adjunct professor and pianist, Robert Ensor, and guest violinist, Rebecca Cutler Metzger, present a captivating night of musical classics! Free and open to the public. More information: Robert Ensor, Ensor-B@mssu.edu, 417.625.9318.

February 13: Heartland Concert Band: The Night Before with the One You Adore, 7:00–8:00pm at Joplin High School Performing Arts Center (2104 Indiana Ave). Celebrate Valentine’s Day a little earlier with a night of love songs from the Heartland Concert Band! The 40+ member band will perform a selection of classical and contemporary arrangements to serenade you and your sweetheart. Raffle tickets will also be sold for a chance to win a Date Night Package and keep your celebration going even after the 14th. Free and open to the public; raffle tickets available for purchase. More information: Aaron Power, jlfisher60@reagan.com, 417.438.0166.

February 16: Ben Miller Band, 5:30pm (doors 5:00pm) at The Coda Concert House (2120 E 24th St). The wait is finally over! After a year since their last appearance at The Coda Concert House, The Ben Miller Band returns for a special house concert. The Joplin band combines elements of folk, blues, bluegrass, and country to create a distinct sound and unforgettable performances. There is a suggested, minimum donation of $15. 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.

February 20: Pro Musica: Horszowski Trio, 7:00pm at Thomas Jefferson Independent Day School Auditorium (3401 Newman Rd). Hailed by The New York Times as “impressive, lithe, persuasive,” when the members of the Horszowski Trio (Hor-SHOV- ski) played together for the first time, they immediately felt the spark of a unique connection. Many years of close friendship had created a deep trust between the players, which in turn led to exhilarating expressive freedom. In the four-year period following their debut December 2011, they were booked for almost 200 concerts in the U.S. and tours of Japan and India. They have continued their successful rise in the chamber music world, earning the praise of critics and audiences alike. Based in New York City, the Horszowski Trio is Ensemble-in-Residence at the Longy School of Music of Bard College. The trio performed in Joplin during the 2013-14 Season.  More information: Deb Billings, info@promusicajoplin.org, 417.625.1822.

February 20–23: Southern Theatre: Mama Mia!, 7:30pm (Sunday 2:30pm) at Joplin High School Performing Arts Center (2104 Indiana Ave). On the eve of her wedding, a daughter’s quest to discover the identity of her father brings three men from her mother’s past back to the island they visited 20 years ago. The story-telling magic of ABBA’s timeless songs propels this enchanting tale of love, laughter and friendship, creating an unforgettable show. Purchase tickets at mssulions.universitytickets.com. Tickets: Adults $10, Students/Seniors $8. More information: Terri Spencer, spencer-t@mssu.edu, 417.625.9393.


EVENTS:

Monthly on 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, ivy@joplinempiremarket.com, 417.986.3914.

February 1: JHS Show Choirs: In the Spotlight Invitational, 8:00am–11:00pm at Joplin High School Performing Arts Center (2104 Indiana Ave). The second half of the JHS Show Choirs Invitational! Watch area high school show choirs compete in a range of show choir group events and enjoy special performances from award-winning JHS Touch of Class and Sound Dimension. Stay until the end to discover which show choirs will win. Admission: One Night $5, Both Nights $10. More information: JHS Show Choirs, JHSshowchoirs@gmail.com, 417.625.5230.

February 1: Connect2Culture Pop-Up Box Office, 10:00am–3:00pm at Joplin Empire Market (931 E 4th St). Prefer to buy tickets to one of Connect2Culture’s performances in person? Visit the pop-up box office at Joplin Empire Market to buy offline. Package tickets, as well as individual tickets will be available. Visit connect2culture.org to learn more about C2C’s Curtains Up Series and purchase tickets online. C2C’s Pop-Up Box Office is held on the three consecutive Saturday’s before a Curtains Up Series performance. More information: Emily Frankoski, emily@connect2culture.org, 417.501.5550.

February 1: Love Potions and Libations at Joplin Empire Market, 10:00am–3:00pm at Joplin Empire Market (931 E 4th St). Alchemist Haven is teaming up with Kristen Girard to bring a love-potion and custom stamped jewelry workshop to the Market, just in time for Valentine’s Day! Mix your own unique fragrance or craft a special piece of jewelry while sipping hot chocolate, apple cider, and more. All ages welcome. Cost: $25 per person. More information: Ivy Hagedorn, ivy@joplinempiremarket.com, 417.986.3914.

February 1 & 2: African American Trailblazers, 1:00pm at George Washington Carver National Monument (5646 Carver Rd, Diamond, MO). Who successfully created the first light bulb filament? Who developed the world’s first blood bank? Celebrate Black History Month and explore the enduring accomplishments and achievements of African Americans. Free and open to the public. More information: Sarah Martin, GWCA_Interpretation@nps.gov, 417.325.4151.

February 1: Happy Birthday Langston Hughes!, 2:00pm at Minnie Hackney Community Service Center of Joplin (110 S Main St). Celebrate the birthday of renowned poet, Langston Hughes, with poetry, music, refreshments, and discussions about Hughes’ life and legacy. All ages are welcome. Free and open to the public; donations appreciated. More information: Nanda Nunnelly, cscjoplin1946@gmail.com, 417.499.1525.

February 2: Double Feature, 1:15–3:15pm at Joplin Public Library, Community Room West (1901 E 20th St). The Joplin Public Library’s movie license does not allow them to say the title, but can you guess what film they’re showing? Join Bill Murray as he repeats the same day over and over again in this seasonally appropriate film. Watch it once, watch it twice, and then go home and watch it a few more times. Popcorn will be served at both screenings. Free and open to the public. More information: Evan Martin, emartin@joplinpubliclibrary.org, 417.623.7953.

February 2: Joplin Comedy: Open Mic Comedy Night, 9:00pm (Sign-Up 8:30pm) at Blackthorn Pizza & Pub (510 S Joplin Ave). 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.

February 3 & 4: Enter Laughing Auditions, 7:00pm (doors 6:30pm) at Joplin Little Theatre (3009 W 1st St). A farce, written by Joseph Stein, Enter Laughing is loosely based on the life of actor, comedian, writer, producer, and director Carl Reiner. The action centers on the journey of young, aspiring David Kolowitz, as he tries to extricate himself from overly protective parents (who want him to be a married pharmacist), and two too many girlfriends, while struggling to overcome his lack of talent in the 1930’s New York City arena of show business. Needed: 3 women and 7 men, ages 20s to 60s. Free and open to the public. More information: Cecie Fritz, info@joplinlittletheatre.org, 417.623.3638.

February 4: Project FeederWatch, 9:00–11:00am & 1:00–4:00pm at Shoal Creek Conservation Education Center (201 W Riviera Dr). Stop in anytime to help the Shoal Creek Conservation Education Center staff count the birds at their feeders and to learn about Project FeederWatch. No registration required. Free and open to the public. More information: Kim Banner, Kimberly.Banner@mdc.mo.gov, 417.629.3434.

February 4: MSSU Bringing Them All Back Home Film Festival: La Cité des Enfants Perdus (The City of Lost Children), 7:00pm at Bookhouse Cinema (715 E Broadway St). A 1995 film from France, La Cité des Enfants Perdus is a noir-influenced fantasy that lives between the dreams and nightmares of childhood. The film harmonizes the strange and the familiar in a rusted steampunk future covered in condensation, sea water, and darkness. A mad scientist steals dreams; a circus strongman searches for his lost little brother; a cyborg cult promises sight to those willing to lose their eyes; and a brain in an aquarium speaks through a horn. Introduction by Dr. Zak Watson, chair of Department of English. This film is a part of MSSU’s Bringing Them All Back Home Film Festival. Free and open to the public. More information: Holly Crane, bookhousejoplin@gmail.com, 417.825.5161.

February 4: MDC Waterfowl Public Workshop, 7:00–9:00pm at Shoal Creek Conservation Education Center (201 W Riviera Dr). Calling all waterfowl hunters! Attend this public workshop to review long-term waterfowl data about weather, migration, habitat use, harvest, hunter opinions, and season dates and zone preferences with other hunters and MDC staff. MDC will use input gathered through the workshop to establish Missouri’s 2021-2025 duck season dates and zones. No registration required. Free and open to the public. More information: Kim Banner, Kimberly.Banner@mdc.mo.gov, 417.629.3434.

February 5: Project FeederWatch, 9:00–11:00am & 1:00–4:00pm at Shoal Creek Conservation Education Center (201 W Riviera Dr). Stop in anytime to help the Shoal Creek Conservation Education Center staff count the birds at their feeders and to learn about Project FeederWatch. No registration required. Free and open to the public. More information: Kim Banner, Kimberly.Banner@mdc.mo.gov, 417.629.3434.

February 6: 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, jhenning@spivaarts.org, 417.623.0183.

February 7: Harry Potter Book Night, 3:30–5:00pm at Joplin Public Library (1901 E 20th St). Back by popular demand! Come experience a day in the life of a Hogwarts student. Costumes are encouraged but not required. Suggested age: K-5th grade. Free and open to the public. More information: Christina Matekel-Gibson, cmatekel@joplinpubliclibrary.org, 417.623.2184.

February 7: First Friday WineShare (C2C + Spiva), 6:00–8:00pm at Spiva Center for the Arts (222 W 3rd St). WineShare is a national event that takes place on the First Friday of each month. It’s a great opportunity to meet new friends or catch up with old ones. It’s also a fantastic way to kick off date night! Feel free to bring friends or colleagues, as well. Bring a bottle of wine or a craft beer. The Downtown Joplin Alliance will take care of the rest. As always, there is no charge to attend WineShare and everyone 21 years of age and older is welcome. This month’s event will be co-hosted by Connect2Culture and Spiva Center for the Arts. Free and open to the public. More information: Lori Haun, info@downtownjoplin.com, 417.501.9649.

February 7: Opening Reception: JRAC: Heart & Soul, 6:00–8:00pm at artCentral (1110 E 13th St, Carthage, MO). Admire the heart and soul poured into each piece in Joplin Regional Artists Coalition’s latest exhibit, featuring work from their members. In case of inclement weather, the reception will be held on Friday, February 14 from 6:00 to 8:00pm. Free and open to the public. More information: Emily Rose, joplinrac@gmail.com.

February 7: VSM Joplin: February First Friday, 7:00–10:00pm (Social Dance 8:00pm) at Joplin Avenue Coffee Company (506 S Joplin Ave). Learn the art of swing dance with Vintage Swing Movement Joplin! A beginner’s swing dance lesson will take place at 7:00pm, followed by a social dance with live jazz at 8:00pm. Dance the night away, listen to some incredible jazz music by Freddie Green & Friends, grab a drink, and enjoy the speakeasy atmosphere of Joplin Avenue Coffee Company. No partner needed! Cost: $5. More information: Ashley King, vsmjoplin@gmail.com, 316.243.8175.

February 8: S.V. Farnsworth Book Signing, 1:00–3:00pm at Always Buying Books (5357 N Main St). Snag a copy of S.V. Farnsworth’s latest novel, A Rare Connection ­­– a contemporary, romantic suspense – and get your copy signed by Farnsworth herself! Author of Woman of Stone, Farnsworth is a linguist librarian whose moving, multicultural novels focus on gritty issues. Free and open to the public. More information: S.V. Farnsworth, s.v.farnsworth@gmail.com, 417.691.0480.

February 8: Neosho Arts Council: ArtCon, 11:00am–6:00pm at George Washington Carver Elementary School (12350 Norway Rd, Neosho, MO). The area’s largest, geekiest event just got bigger! This year’s ArtCon will feature a variety of panel participants, including professional comic books artists, best-selling authors, and actor Corin Nemec. Vendors selling merchandise and collectables, food trucks, games, exhibitions, and even a cosplay contest will also be available. Money raised will help fund ongoing efforts to restore historic murals in Downtown Neosho. Panel Passes, Autograph Tickets, and Photo Op Tickets are available at neoshoarts.net/artcon.html. Admission: Adults $5, Children 5 and under Free. More information: Sarah Serio, neoshoartscouncil@gmail.com, 417.592.1673.

February 8 & 9: Encouraging the Next Generation, 1:00pm at George Washington Carver National Monument (5646 Carver Rd, Diamond, MO). Carver’s impact on younger generations extends not only to his legacy and the National Park that bears his name but to the relationships he made. Carver acted as a teacher, friend, and mentor to students and young people who were dedicated to his work. Learn more about these cherished relationships, including a group of young men called “Carver’s Boys.” Free and open to the public. More information: Sarah Martin, GWCA_Interpretation@nps.gov, 417.325.4151.

February 8: Short-Eared Owl Hike, 4:30pm at Shawnee Trail Conservation Area (160 SW 160th Ln, Mindenmines, MO). When winter begins in Missouri, short-eared owls may be seen flying low over native grasslands in search of mice, rabbits, and other small mammals. Discover more about these uncommon winter residents. Bring the family and dress for the weather for this easy-rated hike. Registration required. To register, visit http://bit.ly/MDC-Programs. Free and open to the public. More information: Kim Banner, Kimberly.Banner@mdc.mo.gov, 417.629.3434.

February 9: Joplin Comedy: Open Mic Comedy Night, 9:00pm (Sign-Up 8:30pm) at Blackthorn Pizza & Pub (510 S Joplin Ave). 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.

February 11: Artist Talk with Dave Loewenstein, 2:00–3:00pm at Missouri Southern State University, Spiva Art Gallery (3950 E Newman Rd). Artist Dave Loewenstein will provide some insight into his striking mural/installation exhibit, At the End of the Day. Free and open to the public. More information: Dr. Christine Bentley, bentley-c@mssu.edu, 417.625.9563.

February 11: Opening Reception: At the End of the Day by Dave Loewenstein, 3:00–4:00pm at Missouri Southern State University, Spiva Art Gallery (3950 E Newman Rd). Appreciate the time and energy artist Dave Loewenstein has poured into his exhibit, At the End of the Day. Free and open to the public. More information: Dr. Christine Bentley, bentley-c@mssu.edu, 417.625.9563.

February 11: MSSU Bringing Them All Back Home Film Festival: Capernaum, 7:00pm at Missouri Southern State University, Cornell Auditorium (3950 E Newman Rd). A 2018 film from Lebanon, Capernaum follows the street life of Zain, a 12-year-old Syrian refugee in Beirut. After running away from his abusive and negligent family, Zain meets Rahil, an Ethiopian refugee, and finds temporary shelter in her makeshift shack, where he helps by taking care of her infant son, Yonas. Introduction by Dr. Bill Kumbier, professor of English. This film is a part of MSSU’s Bringing Them All Back Home Film Festival. Free and open to the public. More information: Chad Stebbins, stebbins-c@mssu.edu, 417.625.9736.

February 13: Joplin Writers’ Guild, 6:00pm at the 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 $10 for the year, but anyone interested can attend their first meeting free. More information: S.V. Farnsworth, s.v.farnsworth@gmail.com, 417.691.0480.

February 13: Open Mic Night, 6:30pm at Joplin Avenue Coffee Company (506 S Joplin Ave). Show off your incredible musical abilities! Performers are each allotted five to eight minutes per set and audience members vote on their favorite performance. The winner receives a $25 gift card and a chance to play for 30 minutes during the next Open Mic Night! Two vocal mics, a quarter inch plug-in for guitar/piano, and an aux cable will be available. Free and open to the public. More information: Autumn Zimmerman, autumn@joplinavenuecoffeecompany.com, 317.483.5558.

February 14: Third and Fourth Grade Art and Essay Contest Entry Deadline. Calling all area third and fourth graders! Are you looking for a way to display your artistic talents? Then enter the annual George Washington Carver Art and Essay contest! The theme for this year is the character trait of kindness. Entries must be received or postmarked by February 14, 2020. An awards ceremony will be held on Saturday, March 28 at 2:00pm in the visitor center to celebrate the winning submissions. More information: Diane Eilenstein, diane_eilenstein@nps.gov, 417.325.4151.

February 15 & 16: 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 overlooked plants to change the way we think about agriculture. Free and open to the public. More information: Sarah Martin, GWCA_Interpretation@nps.gov, 417.325.4151.

February 15: Wonders of the Night of Sky, 6:30–8:30pm at George Washington Carver National Monument (5646 Carver Rd, Diamond, MO). Explore the cosmos with park rangers and night sky photographer, Jason Burns. Learn about celestial navigation, star stories, lunar phases, and the effects of light pollution. A brief slideshow will be followed by an outside constellation tour. The outdoor portion may be cancelled in the case of inclement weather; please call the park or check their Facebook page for updates. This event is free and open to the public. More information: Sarah Martin, GWCA_Interpretation@nps.gov, 417.325.4151.

February 16: Joplin Comedy: Open Mic Comedy Night, 9:00pm (Sign-Up 8:30pm) at Blackthorn Pizza & Pub (510 S Joplin Ave). 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.

February 17: 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. More information: Allison Blevins, ablevins@pittstate.edu.

February 18: Project FeederWatch, 9:00–11:00am & 1:00–4:00pm at Shoal Creek Conservation Education Center (201 W Riviera Dr). Stop in anytime to help the Shoal Creek Conservation Education Center staff count the birds at their feeders and to learn about Project FeederWatch. No registration required. Free and open to the public. More information: Kim Banner, Kimberly.Banner@mdc.mo.gov, 417.629.3434.

February 18: MSSU Bringing Them All Back Home Film Festival: No, 7:00pm at Bookhouse Cinema (715 E Broadway St). A 2012 film from Chile, No is set 15 years after the military rule under Augusto Pinochet in Chile when the government begrudgingly agrees to a plebiscite. Vote “Sí” and Pinochet stays in power; vote “No” and an open election will be held. Amidst fear and debate, the “No” campaign turns to an unlikely source for help: an advertising firm well versed in promoting shampoo and soda pop. Introduction by Dr. Bill Fischer, assistant professor of history. This film is a part of MSSU’s Bringing Them All Back Home Film Festival. Free and open to the public. More information: Holly Crane, bookhousejoplin@gmail.com, 417.825.5161.

February 19: Project FeederWatch, 9:00–11:00am & 1:00–4:00pm at Shoal Creek Conservation Education Center (201 W Riviera Dr). Stop in anytime to help the Shoal Creek Conservation Education Center staff count the birds at their feeders and to learn about Project FeederWatch. No registration required. Free and open to the public. More information: Kim Banner, Kimberly.Banner@mdc.mo.gov, 417.629.3434.

February 19: STEAM with Iggy Peck, Architect, 4:00–5:00pm at Joplin Public Library (1901 E 20th St). The Missouri Secretary of State’s Wolfner Library presents STEAM with Iggy Peck, Architect. This hands-on program will introduce children to architectural concepts through Andrea Beaty’s book Iggy Peck, Architect. Come listen to the book, feel tactile drawings of buildings, and build your own Iggy Peck-inspired creations. Suggested age: Kids ages 5-10 and their families. Free and open to the public. More information: Christina Matekel-Gibson, cmatekel@joplinpubliclibrary.org, 417.623.2184.

February 20: Coffee with Carver: The Usefulness of All Things, 10:00am at George Washington Carver National Monument (5646 Carver Rd, Diamond, MO). George Washington Carver found beauty and value in common materials that we often overlook or even take for granted. Learn more about Carver’s resourcefulness and, at the end of the presentation, create burlap flowers! Free and open to the public. More information: Sarah Martin, GWCA_Interpretation@nps.gov, 417.325.4151.

February 21: Art on Tap, 6:00–9:00pm at Spiva Center for the Arts (222 W 3rd St). The Joplin Home Brew Club and other vendors will once again provide an evening of craft beverages, beautiful art, entertainment, and opportunities to make new friends. Come to Spiva’s annual Art on Tap event where local home brewers, popular craft beers, local wineries, and delicious food will be featured. You can purchase tickets here. Cost: $40 ($5 discount for Spiva and Brew Club Members). More information: Jade Henning, jhenning@spivaarts.org, 417.623.0183.

February 21: Smash Brothers Video Game Tournament, 6:00–9:00pm at Minnie Hackney Community Service Center of Joplin (110 S Main St). Join Edge Guardians, the organization behind Joplin’s monthly tournament series, and play against other gamers! Please bring your controller. Registration required. Cost: $5 per player. More information or registration: Edge Guardians, wizardofrum@gmail.com.

February 22: Black History Celebration, 10:00am at Joplin Public Library (1901 E 20th St). Join the Joplin Public Library and Post Art Library for a special, interactive program! The program begins with a Living History presentation in which Nanda Nunnelly portrays Ona Judge, a courageous enslaved woman who escaped from and was relentlessly pursued by George Washington. Then, attendees are encouraged to visit interactive booths honoring notable African American figures, both past and present. All ages welcome! Free and open to the public. More information: Christina Matekel-Gibson, cmatekel@joplinpubliclibrary.org, 417.623.2184.

February 22: JRAC Coffee Hour, 10:00am at Beckett’s Cafe (705 Illinois Ave). Joplin Regional Artists Coalition (JRAC) Coffee Hours offer 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. Guests and members are welcome 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, joplinrac@gmail.com.

February 22: Connect2Culture Pop-Up Box Office, 10:00am–3:00pm at Joplin Empire Market (931 E 4th St). Prefer to buy tickets to one of Connect2Culture’s performances in person? Visit the pop-up box office at Joplin Empire Market to buy offline. Package tickets, as well as individual tickets will be available. Visit connect2culture.org to learn more about C2C’s Curtains Up Series and purchase tickets online. C2C’s Pop-Up Box Office is held on the three consecutive Saturday’s before a Curtains Up Series performance. More information: Emily Frankoski, emily@connect2culture.org, 417.501.5550.

February 22: Paris Week at Joplin Empire Market, 10:00am–3:00pm at Joplin Empire Market (931 E 4th St). The Joplin Empire Market is preparing for their 2nd annual Paris Week. Dress in your favorite beret and prepare to indulge in French-inspired treats while listening to the sweet sounds of chanson française! Oh là là! Free and open to the public; food and drink available for purchase. More information: Ivy Hagedorn, ivy@joplinempiremarket.com, 417.986.3914.

February 22 & 23: Interracial Understanding, 1:00pm at George Washington Carver National Monument (5646 Carver Rd, Diamond, MO). Learn more about Carver’s rise to fame and his efforts to establish interracial understanding after his 1921 appearance before the House Ways and Means Committee. Free and open to the public. More information: Sarah Martin, GWCA_Interpretation@nps.gov, 417.325.4151.

February 23: Joplin Comedy: Open Mic Comedy Night, 9:00pm (Sign-Up 8:30pm) at Blackthorn Pizza & Pub (510 S Joplin Ave). 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.

February 24: Artist Talk with Michelle Martin, 2:00–3:00pm at Missouri Southern State University, Spiva Art Gallery (3950 E Newman Rd). Listen to Michelle Martin discuss the incredible, surreal prints in her show Mystorical Constructions. Free and open to the public. More information: Dr. Christine Bentley, bentley-c@mssu.edu, 417.625.9563.

February 24: Opening Reception: Mystorical Constructions by Michelle Martin, 3:00–4:00pm at Missouri Southern State University, Spiva Art Gallery (3950 E Newman Rd). Celebrate the efforts of artist Michelle Martin and admire the composition and control of her dreamlike prints. Free and open to the public. More information: Dr. Christine Bentley, bentley-c@mssu.edu, 417.625.9563.

February 24: Sherwood Speaker Series: “Preserving and Interpreting America’s Most Iconic Battlefield: Gettysburg,” 6:00pm at Missouri Southern State University, Corley Auditorium (3950 E Newman Rd). The Civil War remains a defining chapter in our nation’s history. Learn more about this significant part of American history as Jennifer Murray presents “Preserving and Interpreting America’s Most Iconic Battlefield: Gettysburg.” Free and open to the public. More information: Brad Belk, belk-b@mssu.edu, 417.625.9665.

February 25: MSSU Bringing Them All Back Home Film Festival: The Intouchables, 7:00pm at Missouri Southern State University, Cornell Auditorium (3950 E Newman Rd). A 2011 film from France, The Intouchables follows a wealthy aristocrat who becomes a quadriplegic after a paragliding accident. In need of help, he hires a young man from the projects to be his caregiver. A rocky and riotously amusing initial relationship turns into a lasting friendship, changing both men forever. Introduction by Michele Holt, master instructor of French. This film is a part of MSSU’s Bringing Them All Back Home Film Festival. Free and open to the public. More information: Chad Stebbins, stebbins-c@mssu.edu, 417.625.9736.

February 29: Connect2Culture Pop-Up Box Office, 10:00am–3:00pm at Joplin Empire Market (931 E 4th St). Prefer to buy tickets to one of Connect2Culture’s performances in person? Visit the pop-up box office at Joplin Empire Market to buy offline. Package tickets, as well as individual tickets will be available. Visit connect2culture.org to learn more about C2C’s Curtains Up Series and purchase tickets online. C2C’s Pop-Up Box Office is held on the three consecutive Saturday’s before a Curtains Up Series performance. More information: Emily Frankoski, emily@connect2culture.org, 417.501.5550.

February 29: Artist Talk: Ron Erwin & Thao Nguyen, 11:00am–Noon at Spiva Center for the Arts, Regional Gallery (222 W 3rd St). Local, traveling photographers Ron Erwin and Thao Nguyen will elaborate on their exhibit Flexible Itineraries: Far from the Madding Tourist Bus. A celebration of cultural diversity and social unity, this exhibit showcases their vibrant perspectives through the lens from around the world. Free and open to the public; donations appreciated. More information: Jade Henning, jhenning@spivaarts.org, 417.623.0183.

February 29 & March 1: Expressions of the Soul, 1:00pm at George Washington National Monument (5646 Carver Rd, Diamond, MO). Art was an integral part of Carver’s life, one that he used not only to revive his spirit, but to produce expressions of his soul. Visit George Washington Carver National Monument and see a collection of Carver’s serene and tranquil pieces. Free and open to the public. More information: Sarah Martin, GWCA_Interpretation@nps.gov, 417.325.4151.


EXHIBITS:

February 24 – March 23: Mystorical Constructions by Michelle Martin at Missouri Southern State University, Spiva Art Gallery (3950 E Newman Rd). Print-maker Michelle Martin presents surreal, otherworldly prints featured in her exhibit, Mystorical Constructions. Free and open to the public. More information: Dr. Christine Bentley, bentley-c@mssu.edu, 417.625.9563.

February 7 – March 15: JRAC: Heart & Soul at artCentral (1110 E 13th St, Carthage, MO). Joplin Regional Artists Coalition is proud to present Heart & Soul, a mixed media exhibition featuring work from some of the area’s best artists! A reception will be held on Friday, February 7 from 6:00 to 8:00pm. Free and open to the public. More information: Emily Rose, joplinrac@gmail.com.

January 22 – February 18: At the End of the Day by Dave Loewenstein at Missouri Southern State University, Spiva Art Gallery (3950 E Newman Rd). Mixed media artist, Dave Loewenstein, presents At the End of the Day, an immense mural/installation piece that brings together Loewenstein’s ideas about his neighborhood, and how the pressures of development and popular ideas about Placemaking are changing how it is understood. Free and open to the public. More information: Dr. Christine Bentley, bentley-c@mssu.edu, 417.625.9563.

January 11 – March 14: Flexible Itineraries: Far from the Madding Tourist Bus by Ron Erwin and Thao Nguyen at Spiva Center for the Arts, Regional Gallery (222 W 3rd St). This exhibit features the photography of past PhotoSpiva winners and husband and wife, Ron Erwin and Thao Nguyen. Although they travel together, both photographers have unique ways of interpreting the world around them and each one excels in producing vivid, haunting depictions of far-away lands. Free and open the public; donations appreciated. More information: Jade Henning, jhenning@spivaarts.org, 417.623.0183.

January 11 – March 7: Anonymous Women: Camouflage and Calamity by Patty Carroll at Spiva Center for the Arts, Main Gallery (222 W 3rd St). Spiva proudly presents the work of 2019 PhotoSpiva juror, Patty Carroll. Carroll’s photographic depictions of disguised female models and mannequins will stretch your imagination and may change the way you see the world around you. A one-of-a-kind, 3D installation will also be featured in the exhibit and will allow guests to see how this artist constructs her memorable photographs. Free and open the public; donations appreciated. More information: Jade Henning, jhenning@spivaarts.org, 417.623.0183.

January 1 – February 29: The Space Between Spaces by Jason Burns at Joplin Area Chamber of Commerce (320 E 4th St). Living on a farm in southeast Kansas, Jason Burns was fascinated by the night sky and the wonders it held. As an adult, this fascination never faded. Today, the computer consultant and father of seven harnesses his passion to produce stunning photographs of our universe, like those featured in this exhibit. Free and open to the public. More information: Linda Teeter, lteeter00@gmail.com, 417.438.5931. 

January 1 – February 29: Nature Photography by Amy Watts at Shoal Creek Conservation Education Center (201 W Riviera Dr). Local photographer, Amy Watts, has combined her love of nature and photography to produce spectacular photos that she hopes will inspire others to explore the natural wonders of our area. Free and open to the public. More information: Tim Smith, Tim.smith@mdc.mo.gov, 417.629.3423.


CLASSES:

January 27 – March 2 (Mondays): Judy’s Ballroom Dance Lessons: Salsa, 6:30–7:30pm at Missouri Southern State University, Billingsly Student Center (3950 E Newman Rd). Discover the rich and fast-paced Salsa during this six-week session! No partner needed. Meet at the Recreation Center located inside of Billingsly Student Center. Cost: $65 per person for six lessons. More information: Judy Schneider, schneider-j@mssu.edu, 417.392.0215.

January 27 – March 2 (Mondays): Judy’s Ballroom Dance Lessons: East Coast Swing, 6:30–7:30pm at Missouri Southern State University, Billingsly Student Center (3950 E Newman Rd). Discover the fun and rhythmic East Coast Swing during this six-week session! No partner needed. Meet at the Recreation Center located inside of Billingsly Student Center. Cost: $65 per person for six lessons. More information: Judy Schneider, schneider-j@mssu.edu, 417.392.0215.

January 27 – March 2 (Mondays): Judy’s Ballroom Dance Lessons: Free Dance Practice, 6:30–7:30pm at Missouri Southern State University, Billingsly Student Center (3950 E Newman Rd). Practice and perfect the new dance moves you learned from Judy’s Ballroom Dance! Meet at the Recreation Center located inside of Billingsly Student Center. Free and open to the public. More information: Judy Schneider, schneider-j@mssu.edu, 417.392.0215.

February 1: Ducks at a Distance, 10:30am at Shoal Creek Conservation Education Center (201 W Riviera Dr). Learn more about migrating waterfowl, including waterfowl ID, fly ways, habitat needs, distinguishing wing patterns, and species grouping in flight. Wear weather appropriate clothing, including sturdy shoes for going outside and trying your hand at duck calling. Registration is required. To register, visit facebook.com/wildcatglades/ or call 417.708.7713 and leave a message. Free and open to the public. More information: Robin Standridge, robin@wildcatglades.org, 417.708.7713.

February 1: Charcoal Portraits with Sandra Conrad, 1:00–3:00pm at Spiva Center for the Arts (222 W 3rd St). Do you think drawing realistic portraits is difficult, if not impossible? Think again! Bring a photo of someone you want to immortalize with charcoal, and Sandra will show you how to create those portraits with confidence! Cost: $25. More information: Jade Henning, jhenning@spivaarts.org, 417.623.0183.

February 1: Family Open Paint, 1:00–3:00pm at Create N Sip Studios (223 W 3rd St). Looking for something to do with the family? Bring them to Create N Sip for this all ages, open paint event! Everyone can create their own unique piece, no experience needed. Prices vary depending on chosen project. Cost: $28–$38. More information: John Coleman, coleman@creatnsip.com, 417.680.5434.

February 1: Instructed Painting: The Bridge, 7:00–9:00pm at Create N Sip Studios (223 W 3rd St). Paint along with a studio artist and spend the evening creating a tranquil scene, no experience needed. Prices vary depending on chosen project. Cost: $32–$38. More information: John Coleman, coleman@creatnsip.com, 417.680.5434.

February 2: Instructed Painting: Stained Glass Tree, 2:00–4:00pm at Create N Sip Studios (223 W 3rd St). You don’t have to be a great artist to create great work! Follow along with a studio artist and recreate a colorful, stained glass tree. Prices vary depending on chosen project. Cost: $32–$38. More information: John Coleman, coleman@creatnsip.com, 417.680.5434.

February 4: February Story Time Pottery, 10:00am & 6:00pm at Firehouse Pottery Joplin (112 S Main St, Ste A). Read a fun story about Valentine’s Day and paint a cute, heart-shaped dish! Sign up now at placefull.com/february-story-time-pottery. Open to all ages. All supplies provided. Cost: $10. More information: Charity Hawkins, firehousepotteryjoplin@gmail.com, 417.553.0671.

February 5: Nature’s Valentine (Ages 3-6), 10:00–11:00am at Shoal Creek Conservation Education Center (201 W Riviera Dr). With Valentine’s Day coming, we’ll be looking for something special for our friends. Would you give someone a pebble like penguins do? Or would you build a new den like a fox? Learn what animals do for the ones they love. Registration is required. To register, visit facebook.com/wildcatglades/ or call 417-708-7713 and leave a message. Free and open to the public. More information: Robin Standridge, robin@wildcatglades.org, 417.708.7713.

February 6: Paper-Mâché Earring Workshop, 6:00–7:45pm at Post Art Library (1901 E 20th St). During this hands-on workshop, participants will learn the basics of paper-mâché bead making with Jill Sullivan of Post Art Library and the basics of making earrings with local artist Kristin Girard of Kristin’s Laboratory. Each participant will leave with a pair of completed paper-mâché earrings – just in time for Valentine’s Day! This workshop is FREE, though space is limited and registration is required. Registration is open to the public, ages 16+, and spaces are filled on a first come, first serve basis. Library card not needed. Free and open to the public. More information and registration: Jill Sullivan, jhsullivan@postartlibrary.org, 417.623.7953 X1041.

February 6: 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: Monet’s Nympheas, Moss’ Dahlia, or William Wendt’s Lupines! You can also bring your own reference photo to paint, if you prefer. All materials are furnished, plus good drinks and old/new friends! Cost is $35 ($30 if you do not drink wine). Reservations required. More information and reservation: Margie Moss, margiemonet@gmail.com, 417.553.0835.

February 8: February Story Time Pottery, 10:00am at Firehouse Pottery Joplin (112 S Main St, Ste A). Read a fun story about Valentine’s Day and paint a cute, heart-shaped dish! Sign up now at placefull.com/february-story-time-pottery. Open to all ages. All supplies provided. Cost: $10. More information: Charity Hawkins, firehousepotteryjoplin@gmail.com, 417.553.0671.

February 8: Family Fun Painting Class (Ages 8+), 11:00am–1:00pm at Local Color Art Gallery & Studio (1027 S Main St). Looking to unleash your inner artist? Come paint all the things you love! Local Color artists will help you create your own masterpiece featuring Monet’s Nympheas, Moss’ Dahlia, or William Wendt’s Lupines! You can also bring your own reference photo to paint, if you prefer. All materials are provided and ages 8+ are welcome! Cost is $30. More information: Margie Moss, margiemonet@gmail.com, 417.553.0835.

February 8: Yoga in Nature for Kids (Ages 2+), 11:15–11:45am at 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. Registration required. To register, visit facebook.com/wildcatglades/ or call 417-708-7713 and leave a message. Free and open to the public. More information: Robin Standridge, robin@wildcatglades.org, 417.708.7713.

February 8: Hat Making, Noon–2:00pm at April’s Art House (5245 Old Highway 71). Keep warm this winter and create one-of-a-kind hats with Brenda Hays! Visit aprildavisfineart.com/aprils-art-house.html to sign up. All materials included. Cost: $35. More information: April Davis, aprildavis777@yahoo.com, 417.358.6329

February 8: Nature’s Valentine (Ages 3-6), 1:00–2:00pm at Shoal Creek Conservation Education Center (201 W Riviera Dr). With Valentine’s Day coming, we’ll be looking for something special for our friends. Would you give someone a pebble like penguins do? Or would you build a new den like a fox? Learn what animals do for the ones they love. Registration is required. To register, visit facebook.com/wildcatglades/ or call 417-708-7713 and leave a message. Free and open to the public. More information: Robin Standridge, robin@wildcatglades.org, 417.708.7713.

February 8: PhotoSpiva Kids Workshop (Ages 6-10), 1:00–3:00pm at Spiva Center for the Arts (222 W 3rd St). Students will learn all about photography as an art form, from design principles, composition, lighting and more. Cameras are provided to the students to take home to create their own photographic art – some of which will be on display during the month of March in Spiva’s Upstairs Gallery! Cost: $50. More information: Jade Henning, jhenning@spivaarts.org, 417.623.0183. 

February 8: Experimental Paint Pouring, 6:00–8:00pm at April’s Art House (5245 Old Highway 71). One of the latest art trends on the Internet, paint pouring produces fascinating, vivid works. Learn different techniques for paint pouring with Mary Parks and create two unique masterpieces! Visit aprildavisfineart.com/aprils-art-house.html to sign up. All materials included. Cost: $40. More information: April Davis, aprildavis777@yahoo.com, 417.358.6329.

February 8: Instructed Painting: Sapphire Poms, 7:00–9:00pm at Create N Sip Studios (223 W 3rd St). Follow step-by-step instructions and recreate a charming, vivid painting. Prices vary depending on chosen project. Cost: $32. More information: John Coleman, coleman@creatnsip.com, 417.680.5434.

February 9: Family Open Paint, 1:00–3:00pm at Create N Sip Studios (223 W 3rd St). Looking for something to do with the family? Bring them to Create N Sip for this all ages, open paint event! Everyone can create their own unique piece, no experience needed. Prices vary depending on chosen project. Cost: $28–$38. More information: John Coleman, coleman@creatnsip.com, 417.680.5434.

February 14: Little Acorns: Calling All Owls (Ages 3-6), 10:30–11:30am at Shoal Creek Conservation Education Center (201 W Riviera Dr). Who-o-o-o hoots when it gets dark? Who-o-o-o goes out for food at night? Is it a wise old owl? Bring your children during daylight hours to learn more about owls. All ages welcome. No registration required. Free and open to the public. More information: Kim Banner, Kimberly.Banner@mdc.mo.gov, 417.629.3434.

February 14: Valentines Date Night: Elephant Kisses, 5:00–7:00pm at Create N Sip Studios (223 W 3rd St). Spend a special night with your sweetheart and create a beautiful, two panel painting. Prices vary depending on chosen project. Cost: $38–$70. More information: John Coleman, coleman@creatnsip.com, 417.680.5434.

February 14: Valentines Date Night: On the Horizon, 6:00–8:00pm at Create N Sip Studios (223 W 3rd St). Spend Valentine’s Day with your Valentine and work together to create a stunning, two panel masterpiece. Prices vary depending on chosen project. Cost: $38–$70. More information: John Coleman, coleman@creatnsip.com, 417.680.5434

February 15: Fly Casting and Fly Tying (Ages 11+), 10:00am–1:00pm at Neosho National Fish Hatchery (E 520 Park St, Neosho, MO). Join Missouri Department of Conservation staff, Neosho National Fish Hatchery staff, and MAKO fly fishers for a free clinic designed to help the beginner and expert alike. Learn basic fly casting skills, simply fly tying patterns, and river strategies for many different species in southwest Missouri and beyond. All supplies provided. Registration required. To register, visit http://bit.ly/MDC-Programs. Free and open to the public. More information: Kim Banner, Kimberly.Banner@mdc.mo.gov, 417.629.3434.

February 15: Stain Glass Night Lights, Noon–2:00pm at April’s Art House (5245 Old Highway 71). Get through those gloomy, winter nights with your own delightful stain glass night light! Visit aprildavisfineart.com/aprils-art-house.html to sign up. All materials included. Cost: $35. More information: April Davis, aprildavis777@yahoo.com, 417.358.6329.

February 15: Little Acorns: Calling All Owls (Ages 3-6), 1:00–2:00pm at Shoal Creek Conservation Education Center (201 W Riviera Dr). Who-o-o-o hoots when it gets dark? Who-o-o-o goes out for food at night? Is it a wise old owl? Bring your children during daylight hours to learn more about owls. All ages welcome. No registration required. Free and open to the public. More information: Kim Banner, Kimberly.Banner@mdc.mo.gov, 417.629.3434.

February 15: Figure Drawing with Sandra Conrad (Ages 13+), 1:00–3:00pm at Spiva Center for the Arts (222 W 3rd St). Capturing the human physique on paper can be challenging. But, whether you’re beginning to draw the human form or an advanced artist looking to draw a live model, this class can take your drawing skills to the next level. Cost: $25. More information: Jade Henning, jhenning@spivaarts.org, 417.623.0183.

February 15: Family Paint: Stained Glass Tree, 1:00–3:00pm at Create N Sip Studios (223 W 3rd St). You don’t have to be a great artist to create great work! Everyone in your family can follow along with a studio artist and recreate a colorful, stained glass tree. Prices vary depending on chosen project. Cost: $38–$70. More information: John Coleman, coleman@creatnsip.com, 417.680.5434.

February 15: Date Night Diptych: Balloon Fest, 5:00–7:00pm at Create N Sip Studios (223 W 3rd St). Keep your Valentine’s Day celebration going at Create N Sip! Work together with your Valentine to create a whimsical, two panel painting. Prices vary depending on chosen project. Cost: $38–$70. More information: John Coleman, coleman@creatnsip.com, 417.680.5434.

February 15: Date Night Diptych: For All Seasons, 8:00–10:00pm at Create N Sip Studios (223 W 3rd St). Let them know you will be with them for all seasons! Keep your Valentine’s Day celebration going and work with your sweetheart to create a stunning, two panel painting. Prices vary depending on chosen project. Cost: $38–$70. More information: John Coleman, coleman@creatnsip.com, 417.680.5434.

February 16: Instructed Painting: Sapphire Poms, 2:00–4:00pm at Create N Sip Studios (223 W 3rd St). Follow step-by-step instructions and recreate a charming, vivid painting. Prices vary depending on chosen project. Cost: $32. More information: John Coleman, coleman@creatnsip.com, 417.680.5434.

February 21: Stone Mandala Painting, 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. Visit aprildavisfineart.com/aprils-art-house.html to sign up. All materials included. Cost: $35. More information: April Davis, aprildavis777@yahoo.com, 417.358.6329.

February 21: Owls of Missouri with Dickerson Park Zoo, 6:30–8:00pm at Shoal Creek Conservation Education Center (201 W Riviera Dr). Nesting season comes early for owls and they’re already hooting in anticipation! Learn more about owls with a close-up look at live owls with Dickerson Park Zoo. Then, head outside and try to call wild owls during a guided hike. Please bring a flashlight if you have one. All ages welcome; best for ages 5 and up. Registration required and seating is limited. To register, visit http://bit.ly/MDC-Programs. Free and open to the public. More information: Kim Banner, Kimberly.Banner@mdc.mo.gov, 417.629.3434.

February 22: Fly Fishing (Ages 11+), 10:00am at Walter Woods Conservation Area (7129 Dutch Elm Dr). Prepare for the opening of trout park season and take a fly-fishing trip to Walter Woods Conservation Area. This free program is designed to help all skill levels and will cover casting, fly presentation, and hooking and landing fish of all types. Dress for the weather. Supplies will be provided or you may bring your own equipment. Registration required. To register, visit http://bit.ly/MDC-Programs. Free and open to the public. More information: Kim Banner, Kimberly.Banner@mdc.mo.gov, 417.629.3434.

February 22: Solitary Bee House DIY, 10:30am–Noon at Shoal Creek Conservation Education Center (201 W Riviera Dr). Come and see what the buzz is all about! Unlike honeybees, solitary bees live in stems, trees, or in the ground. Come to this family class and create solitary bee hotels to keep these pollinators visiting your flowers. Registration is required. To register, visit facebook.com/wildcatglades/ or call 417-708-7713 and leave a message. Free and open to the public. More information: Robin Standridge, robin@wildcatglades.org, 417.708.7713.

February 22: SunFace, Noon–2:00pm at April’s Art House (5245 Old Highway 71). Play with clay and create your own SunFace with artist Christina Lorenzen! Visit aprildavisfineart.com/aprils-art-house.html to sign up. All materials included. Cost: $40. More information: April Davis, aprildavis777@yahoo.com, 417.358.6329.

February 22: Oil Painting for Beginners with Sandra Conrad, 1:00–3:00pm at Spiva Center for the Arts (222 W 3rd St). Oil painting can be extremely daunting, which is why artist Sandra Conrad will be breaking it down in a way that everyone can understand. Students will learn the fundamentals of oil painting and take home their own masterpiece! Cost: $35. More information: Jade Henning, jhenning@spivaarts.org, 417.623.0183.

February 22: Family Open Paint, 1:00–3:00pm at Create N Sip Studios (223 W 3rd St). Looking for something to do with the family? Bring them to Create N Sip for this all ages, open paint event! Everyone can create their own unique piece, no experience needed. Prices vary depending on chosen project. Cost: $28–$38. More information: John Coleman, coleman@creatnsip.com, 417.680.5434.

February 23: Instructed Painting: The Bridge, 7:00–9:00pm at Create N Sip Studios (223 W 3rd St). Paint along with a studio artist and spend the evening creating a tranquil scene, no experience needed. Prices vary depending on chosen project. Cost: $32–$38. More information: John Coleman, coleman@creatnsip.com, 417.680.5434.

February 25: Introduction to Trout Fishing (Ages 8+), 6:00–7:30pm at Shoal Creek Conservation Education Center (201 W Riviera Dr). Have you ever wanted to go trout fishing but didn’t know what to use or where to go? Discover locations to fish, essential equipment, basic fishing methods and lure selection, all in time for opening day. Registration required. To register, visit http://bit.ly/MDC-Programs. Free and open to the public. More information: Kim Banner, Kimberly.Banner@mdc.mo.gov, 417.629.3434.

February 27: Instructed Painting: Sapphire Poms, 2:00–4:00pm at Create N Sip Studios (223 W 3rd St). Follow step-by-step instructions and recreate a charming, vivid painting. Prices vary depending on chosen project. Cost: $32. More information: John Coleman, coleman@creatnsip.com, 417.680.5434.

February 29: Frogs, Toads, and Salamanders, 10:30–11:30am at Shoal Creek Conservation Education Center (201 W Riviera Dr). Love is in the air, especially for some of Missouri’s amphibians, and proof can be heard in their early spring choruses. See live animals, learn about their amazing life cycles, and discover how you can help these fascinating animals. Children can make their own amphibian to take home afterwards. All ages welcome; best for ages 5 and up. Registration required. To register, visit http://bit.ly/MDC-Programs. Free and open to the public. More information: Kim Banner, Kimberly.Banner@mdc.mo.gov, 417.629.3434.

February 29: Nature Inspired Windchimes with April Davis, Noon–2:00pm at April’s Art House (5245 Old Highway 71). Prepare for spring and create beautiful, nature inspired windchimes. Visit aprildavisfineart.com/aprils-art-house.html to sign up. All materials included. Cost: $40. More information: April Davis, aprildavis777@yahoo.com, 417.358.6329.

February 29: Paint Pouring Boot Camp with Mary Parks (Ages 15+), 1:00–3:00pm at Spiva Center for the Arts (222 W 3rd St). Leap into spring with this colorful class! Learn about the fundamentals and various techniques of acrylic pouring and take home your own vibrant creations! Cost: $35. More information: Jade Henning, jhenning@spivaarts.org, 417.623.0183. 


RECURRING CLASSES:

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, cmatekel@joplinpubliclibrary.org, 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, cmatekel@joplinpubliclibrary.org, 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, cmatekel@joplinpubliclibrary.org, 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, cmatekel@joplinpubliclibrary.org, 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, cmatekel@joplinpubliclibrary.org,  417.623.2184.

First & Third Sundays: 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, cmatekel@joplinpubliclibrary.org, 417.623.2184.

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

Tuesdays: Creation Station (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. Sponsored by Dr. John and Joy Cragin. Cost: $6 preregistration and $8 at the door. More information: Jade Henning, jhenning@spivaarts.org, 417.623.0183.

Thursdays: Memories in the Making, 10:00am–Noon at Spiva Center for the Arts (222 W 3rd St). This art experience is centered on the expression of creativity through painting for those dealing with memory loss. No prior art experience necessary. Free and open to the public. More information: Jade Henning, jhenning@spivaarts.org, 417.623.0183.

Second & Fourth Saturdays: Vet Art with Sandra Conrad, 10:30am–Noon at Spiva Center for the Arts (222 W 3rd St). Instructor Sandra Conrad will lead participants every 2nd and 4th Saturday of the month in a variety of art projects using different mediums. Pre-registration is required. This free event is open to all Active Military, Reserve, National Guard, and Veterans and their families. More information: Jade Henning, jhenning@spivaarts.org, 417.623.0183.

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

Wednesdays: Wednesday Oil, Acrylic, & Watercolor Come & Go, 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. Cost: $20. More information: Paula Giltner, jnpgiltner@hotmail.com.

Wednesdays: Wednesday Watercolor & Fluid Acrylic Come & Go, 10:00am–2:00pm at Local Color Art Gallery & Studio (1027 S Main St). Discover your inner artists or build upon your current skills! Enjoy experimental painting class lead by Donna Roberts, who will be using watercolors or fluid acrylics. Cost: $20 with your own supplies, $30 with supplies furnished. More information: Donna Roberts, h2rdmr@aol.com, 417.623.3727. 

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.

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

Saturdays: Drop-In Class (Ages 12+), 10:00am–Noon at Crackpot Pottery & Art Studio (3820 E 20th St). Get behind the potter’s wheel and practice throwing clay or learn a new skill in this drop-in class! Approximate turnaround time for finished work is 3-4 weeks. Calling in advance is recommended to ensure there is space available. Drop-in classes can also be accommodated throughout the week with an appointment. Instruction, glazing and firing included. Cost: $30 per person, plus clay fee. More information: Suzi Huntington, joplincrackpotpottery@gmail.com, 417.623.1455.

Create N Sip (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@creatnsip.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@creatnsip.com, 417.680.5434.

Minnie Hackney Community Service Center of Joplin (110 S Main St):

First Mondays: Recycled Art Class, 1:00–3:00pm at Minnie Hackney Community Service Center (110 S Main St). Get creative while recycling! Participate in this monthly class and create art from everyday items that often end up in the trash. Cost: $5 Non-Members, free for members. Memberships are $70 a year. More information: Nanda Nunnelly, cscjoplin1946@gmail.com, 417.499.1525.

Second Mondays: Quilting for the Community, 1:00–3:00pm at Minnie Hackney Community Service Center (110 S Main St). Do you have a knack for making quilts? Attend this monthly event and use your talents to make quilts for disabled and needy citizens in the community! Free and open to the public. Memberships are $70 a year. More information: Nanda Nunnelly, cscjoplin1946@gmail.com, 417.499.1525.

First & Third Tuesdays: Soul Line Dancing, 6:00–8:00pm at Minnie Hackney Community Service Center (110 S Main St). Put on your dancing shoes and get ready to have fun! Learn new and old line dances while exercising and dancing to some of your favorite R&B hits. Cost: $5 Non-Members, free for members. Memberships are $70 a year. More information: Nanda Nunnelly, cscjoplin1946@gmail.com, 417.499.1525.


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, cmatekel@joplinpubliclibrary.org, 417.623.2184.

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, jhsullivan@postartlibrary.org, 417.623.7953 x1041.

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, cmatekel@joplinpubliclibrary.org, 417.623.2184.

* 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.