Joplin Arts News (Apr. 27–May 3)

Connect2Culture Meet, Greet, & Thank You Reception Brought MO State Legislators, Joplin City Council Members, & Joplin Arts Leaders Together

Meet, Greet, Thank You – April 24, 2015What an important night for the Arts in Joplin! Last Friday, April 24th, MO State Legislators, Joplin City Council Members, and Joplin Arts Leaders gathered for a “Meet, Greet, & Thank You Cocktail Reception” hosted by Connect2Culture at the residence of Sharon and Lance Beshore. Arts organizations were able to get to know both their city council members as well as state legislators. 120+ were in attendance and representatives from 22 arts organizations were present. It is clear that arts and culture is a key component of the Joplin community. It’s so important to have all of these people in the same room. A lovely night was had by all!


Got Tickets? Pro Musica’s Special Jazz Concert with Bobby Shew – Saturday, May 2

Born In Albuquerque, New Mexico, Bobby Shew began playing the guitar at the age of eight and switched to the trumpet at ten. By the time he was thirteen he was playing at local dances with a number of bands and by fifteen had put together his own group to play at dances, occasional concerts and in jazz coffee houses. He spent most of his high school days playing as many as six nights a week in a dinner club, giving him an early start to his professional career.

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Bobby Shew will present a Tribute to Miles Davis and John Coltrane with Charles Owens, tenor saxophone; Jim Ahredn, piano; Colin Deuble, bass; and Cal Haines, drums.

Today, in addition to a busy performing and private teaching schedule, Bobby spends a considerable amount of time actively involved in the educational system, conducting clinics and master classes at high schools and college campuses all over the world. Bobby has also been active on the Board of Directors of the International Trumpet Guild, and has acted as National Trumpet Chairman for the International Association of Jazz Educator’s for 16 years.

Bobby was elected into New Mexico Music Hall of Fame, had numerous Grammy nominations and in 1982 received the Jazz Album of the Year award. He continues to tour internationally and to produce and record excellent music.

The concert will take place on Saturday, May 2, 7:30pm at MSSU’s Corley Auditorium (3950 Newman Rd.). Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for students. They are available at All Things Grand, 1186 Grand, Carthage; Cleo’s Picture Framing, 6th & Virginia, Joplin; Ernie Williamson Music, 925 S Range Line, Joplin, and will be available at the door if the concert is not sold out. For more information visit www.promusicajoplin.org or call 417.625-1822


Midwest Clay Artists Annual Spring Show & Sale

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Midwest Clay Artists consists of thirty artists working in clay from SE Kansas and SW Missouri. The group has been together for thirteen years and meets regularly to inspire each other as well as the community. Members range from beginner to master level and the gathering of talent is quite astonishing. This show will highlight work members have been working on all spring.

The Midwest Clay Artists Spring Show & Sale will be held May 1–3 at the City Pointe Centre in Webb City (corner of Madison and McArthur, right next door to Papa John’s Pizza).

Fri, May 1: Noon–8pm (a reception will be held from 5–8pm)
Sat, May 2: 10am–4pm
Sun, May 3: Noon–4pm

Meet the artists, see what’s new, and shop as Mother’s Day, graduations and the wedding season approach! 


Ozark Christian College – Mary Poppins

The Ozark Christian College Production of Disney and Cameron Mackintosh’s Mary Poppins, a musical based on the stories of P.L. Travers and the Walt Disney Film, is just around the corner! The production will run May 1–3 and sell-out performances are anticipated.

Friday, May 1 – 7:00pm
Saturday, May 2 – 2:00 and 7:00pm
Sunday, May 3 – 2:00 and 7:00pm

To reserve seats call (417) 626-1221 or purchase online. Cost: $10 each ($7 for children under 12 and overflow seats). 

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