March 2019

Posted on Mar 2, 2019 in Monthly Arts & Culture

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

Featured artwork by Debora Reed.


PERFORMANCES:

March 2: The Met Live in HD: La Fille du Régiment, at Regal Northstar Stadium 14 (201 S Northpark Ln). Fall in love with the 179-year old tale of La Fille Du Régiment. This enchanting performance features Pretty Yende and Javier Camarena, who play two young lovers separated by societal expectations and norms. Tickets: $24 Adults, $21.82 Senior, $17.45 Child. More information: www.fathomevents.com.

March 2: Wind Ensemble and Concert Band Concert, 7:30pm at Missouri Southern State University, Taylor Auditorium (3950 E Newman Rd). More information: Rita Boyer, 417.625.9318.

March 3–5: Chamber Singers/Southern Jazz Orchestra Tour, More information: Rita Boyer, 417.625.9318.

March 5: Scott H. Biram, 7:00pm (doors 6:30pm) at The Coda Concert House (2120 E 24th St). From the heart of Texas, Scott H. Biram has remained an influential and unpredictable fixture in punk rock blues. Biram’s Dirty Old One Band has captivated fans from around with world with its unique blend of genuine Texas blues and the head (banging) of a Zappa and Lemmy disciple. Biram’s 20-year old career consists of a variety of high honors, including his appearance on the Tonight Show, a tour with Willie Nelson, and the inclusion of several songs on the popular TV show Sons of Anarchy. Suggested Donation: $20 for seated general admission, $30 for front row seats, and $25 for stools. Sponsor seats are still available. More information and reservations: Jeff Morrow. In response to reservations, a confirmation email with the address, directions, parking etc. will be sent in return. All proceeds benefit the artist performing.

March 7–9: Crowder College Theatre: Oleanna, 7:30pm at the Elsie Plaster Building, Crowder College (601 Laclede, Neosho, MO 64850). Enjoy this student-produced production of Oleanna. Oleanna is a two-character play by David Mamet, about the power struggle between a university professor and one of his female students, who accuses him of sexual exploitation and, by doing so, spoils his chances of being accorded tenure. Seats are limited so, please contact the box office at 417.455.5458. More information: Monty Pugh-Towe, 417.825.6552.

March 9: Connect2Culture presents THE MIDTOWN MEN – Stars from the Original Broadway Cast of Jersey Boys, 7:30pm (doors 6:30pm) at Joplin High School Performing Arts Center (2104 Indiana Ave). THE MIDTOWN MEN reunites stars from the Tony Award®-winning Broadway musical, “JERSEY BOYS: The Story of Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons.” Formed in 2010, the popular vocal group has been widely praised for signature renditions of the greatest rock and roll songs of the 1960s. Together, they have played over 700 concerts in North America, Europe, and China, and have headlined alongside over 30 symphonies including The Boston Pops and The National Symphony. Featuring stories and songs, their acclaimed concert includes classic tunes originated by The Four Seasons, The Beatles, The Beach Boys, The Temptations, and so many more! Tickets: $40 Orchestra, $30 Mezzanine and Front Balcony, $20 Back Balcony. Purchase tickets at connect2culture.org, 1-800-514-3849, or on Saturdays (10am–3pm) at Joplin Empire Market (etix is the exclusive ticketing provider). Groups of 10+ receive 20% discount on tickets. More information: Emily Frankoski, 417.625.6683.

March 10: Rhonda Vincent and The Rage, 2:00pm at Joplin Memorial Hall (212 W 8th St). Anderson Entertainment Group presents a bluegrass concert featuring 2017 Grammy Award-Winner Rhonda Vincent and The Rage. Best Bluegrass Album – Rhonda Vincent & The Rage – All The Rage – Volume One. Tickets: $35 VIP Meet & Greet, $25 Floor & ADA, $20 Mezzanine, $15 Child (15 & Under – Floor or Mezzanine). More information: Bruce Anderson, 417.850.9655.

March 12: Guest Artists – Patricia Card (Clarinet), 7:30pm at Missouri Southern State University, Corley Auditorium (3950 E Newman Rd). More information: Rita Boyer, 417.625.9318.

March 15: Pro Musica presents The Cheng2 Duo, 7:00pm at Carthage R9 School Auditorium (714 S Main St, Carthage, MO). The Cheng² Duo (pronounced Cheng Squared Duo) is celebrated by audiences and critics alike for its artistic excellence, generous spirit, and compelling vibrancy. The brother/sister duo is formed by 20-year-old cellist Bryan Cheng, recipient of the 2017 Canada Council for the Arts Michael Measures Prize, and pianist Silvie Cheng, recipient of the Roy M. Rubinstein Award for exceptional promise in piano performance. ​Quickly becoming an audience favorite wherever they perform, the dynamic Cheng² Duo has been making music together for the past 15 years. The duo’s refreshing approach to making classical music accessible to new audiences of all backgrounds is steeped in a rare balance of infectious joy and enthusiasm in their playing on one hand, and mature, historically informed, and profound interpretations on the other. With wide-ranging repertoire from Baroque to Contemporary, from original arrangements inspired by folk music to new commissioned works, the duo has presented engaging recitals in notable venues throughout North America, Europe, and Asia. More information: Deb Billings, 417.625.1822.

March 24: Junior Brown (SOLD OUT!), 5:30pm (doors 5:00pm) at 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 and reservations: Jeff Morrow. In response to reservations, a confirmation email with the address, directions, parking etc. will be sent in return. All proceeds benefit the artist performing.

March 27–31: Joplin Little Theatre: Stalag 17, 7:30pm (Sunday 2:30pm) at Joplin Little Theatre (3008 W 1st St). Stalag 17 written by Donald Bevan and Edmund Trzcinski “is a drama about a group of American airmen in a German prisoner-of-war camp during World War II. At Stalag 17, while the inmates spend their waking hours circumventing the boredom of prison life, at night, they attempt to arrange escapes. Lightened by the antics of these restless prisoners, the play depicts the conflicts among these volatile and desperate men.” Tickets: $18 Adults, $15 Seniors (Age 55+) and Students. More information: Cecie Fritz, 417.623.3638.

March 28: Siblings Improv: A Bananas Improv Show, 8:00pm (doors 7:00pm) at Zinc Coffee (1825 S Main St). Siblings Improv presents a night of live improvised comedy! Come see a local improv troupe take suggestions from the audience and turn them into compelling moments and hilarious scenes. It’s all made up. No script. Which is usually pretty obvious. This event is free but there is a one drink minimum. More information: Eric Epperson, eric.d.epperson@gmail.com, follow @SiblingsImprov.

March 30: The Met Live in HD: Die Walküre, 11:00am at Regal Northstar Stadium 14 (201 S Northpark Ln). Experience Richard Wagner’s infamous Die Walküre in person. Christine Goerke stars in the role of lifetime, portraying the headstrong Valkyrie, Brünnhilde. Watch Wagner’s masterpiece comes to life as Brünnhilde risks her immortality to aid a brave mortal named Siegmund. Tickets: $24 Adults, $21.82 Senior, $17.45 Child. More information: www.fathomevents.com.

March 30: Hadden Sayers Solo Acoustic, 6:30pm (doors 6:00pm) at The Coda Concert House (2120 E 24th St). Having released eight, critically acclaimed albums over two decades, Hadden Sayers is no longer just a guitarist from Ruthie Foster’s band, but a distinguished solo artist. The Texas native’s expert skills allow him to transform classic tropes, like blues, R&B, and rock, into something new. Sayers’ melodies, hooks, vocals, and guitar licks all culminate to make this highly anticipated show enjoyable and engaging. Suggested donation: $20. More information and reservations: Jeff Morrow. In response to reservations, a confirmation email with the address, directions, parking etc. will be sent in return. All proceeds benefit the artist performing.


EVENTS:

March 1: Brass Day, All Day at Missouri Southern State University, Corley Auditorium & Phinny Hall. More information: Rita Boyer, 417.625.9318.

March 1: 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.

March 1: bordertown Release Party, Reading, and Robinson Crusoe Week Writing Contest Prompt Release, 11:30am–1:30pm at Missouri Southern State University, Spiva Library in the Quiet Room (3950 E Newman Rd). Come celebrate the release of the MSSU English Department’s newest edition of their literature magazine bordertown. The award-winning magazine features student writing and will contain a section devoted to the Unknown. Enjoy snacks and refreshments while listening to readings from the latest bordertown. At 12:45pm, celebrate the beginning of Robinson Crusoe Week and discover the prompt for the Desert Island Journal Writing Contest. The contest will have three categories: high school students and younger, college students, and community members. Entries can be submitted online and are due by 3:00pm on Sunday, March 3. More information: Amy Gates, 417.625.3554.

March 1: First Friday WineShare, 6:00–8:00pm at Flicker: Bar & Arcade (122 S Main 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. 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.

March 2: PhotoSpiva Kids & Shutterbugs Reception & Awards, Noon–1:00pm at Spiva Center for the Arts (222 W 3rd St). Celebrate the accomplishments of the youngest photographers in the area! More information: Jade Henning, 417.623.0183.

March 2 & 3: Expressions of the Soul, 1:00pm at George Washington Carver National Monument (5646 Carver Rd, Diamond MO 64840). 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. Come to George Washington Carver National Monument and see a collection of Carver’s serene and tranquil pieces. More information: Randall Becker, 417.325.4151.

March 3–10: MSSU “Robinson Crusoe Week,” at Missouri Southern State University (3950 E Newman Rd). A variety of events will occur during Missouri Southern’s “Robinson Crusoe Week,” sponsored by the Literature Lives program of MSSU’s Department of English and Philosophy. More information: Amy Gates, 417.625.3554.

March 3: Robinson Crusoe Week: Crash Course on Crusoe, 3:00pm at Joplin Public Library, Community Room West (1901 E 20th St). Come listen to our knowledgeable and passionate professors as they discuss the basic narrative, big themes, and strategic excerpts from Daniel Defoe’s 200-year old novel Robinson Crusoe. Noted speakers will included Drs. Zak Watson, Bill Kumbier, Cliff Toliver, and Amy Gates. No advanced reading is required, though it is encouraged. This event is part of the MSSU Department of English & Philosophy’s Robinson Crusoe Week sponsored by the Literature Lives program. To learn more, visit their Facebook page. More information:Amy Gates, 417.625.3554.

March 4: Robinson Crusoe Week: Robinson Crusoe in Context, 7:00pm at Missouri Southern State University, Cornell Auditorium (3950 E Newman Rd). In 1712, England was captivated by the story of Alexander Selkirk, who was stranded and survived on a deserted island for five years. Subsequently, reading material featuring Selkirk’s story and similar narratives became extremely popular. Daniel Defoe, an enterprising writer, published Robinson Crusoe in 1719 and included factual and fictional elements to further fascinate readers. A faculty panel will explore the true elements of Defoe’s work. The panel includes Drs. Jonathan Adongo (Economics), John Davenport (Geography), Jill Greer (Anthropology and Sociology), and Jason Willand (Plant and Biology Environmental Health). This event is part of the MSSU Department of English & Philosophy’s Robinson Crusoe Week sponsored by the Literature Lives program. To learn more, visit their Facebook page. More information: Amy Gates, 417.625.3554.

March 5: Robinson Crusoe Week: Goat Petting on the Oval, 11:00am–1:00pm at Missouri Southern State University, The Oval (3950 E Newman Rd). Come celebrate Robinson Crusoe Week while you visit and make friends with goats provided by students from Columbus High School! This event is part of the MSSU Department of English & Philosophy’s Robinson Crusoe Week sponsored by the Literature Lives program. To learn more, visit their Facebook page. More information: Amy Gates, 417.625.3554.

March 5: Robinson Crusoe Week: Earthenware Pottery Making, 1:00pm–3:00pm at Missouri Southern State University, The Oval (3950 E Newman Rd). Craft like Crusoe! Create your own pot alongside the MSSU English Department, Art Department, and Southern Clay Club. Return on March 7 to watch as Professor Frank Pishkur of the Art Department fires your masterpiece on the Oval. Clay will be provided. This event is part of the MSSU Department of English & Philosophy’s Robinson Crusoe Week sponsored by the Literature Lives program. To learn more, visit their Facebook page. More information: Amy Gates, 417.625.3554.

March 5: “On the Road” Movie Series: Two Robinson Crusoe Films, 4:00pm–9:00pm (Robinson Crusoe at 4:00pm and Man Friday at 7:00pm) at Bookhouse Cinema (715 E Broadway St). Few fictional travelers are as legendary as Robinson Crusoe, a shipwrecked fugitive who must survive for years on an island, with the help of only his own ingenuity and his “man,” Friday. This double feature will begin with a recent adaptation of Defoe’s novel starring Pierce Brosnan, and continue with a more innovative spin on the Crusoe tale, Man Friday, starring Peter O’ Toole and Richard Roundtree. These films are being featured as part of the Missouri Southern “Robinson Crusoe Week,” sponsored by the Literature Lives program of MSSU’s Department of English and Philosophy. 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.

March 5: Third Thursday Volunteer Orientation, 5:30–7:00pm at Joplin Empire Market (931 E 4th St). Looking for a way to get involved with Third Thursday? Here’s your chance! Enjoy some snacks while the Downtown Joplin Alliances provides you with information about the roles that their volunteers fill. Both individuals and groups can volunteer, and participants will receive a free t-shirt and a free booth space for your business or organization. Volunteers will also be invited to the end of the year party, Volunteer and Friends Celebration! More information: Lori Haun, 417.501.9649.

March 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.

March 6: Robinson Crusoe Week: Scavenger Hunt, 8:00am–4:00pm at Missouri Southern State University (3950 E Newman Rd). The celebration of Robinson Crusoe Week continues as the Missouri Southern Campus Activities Board provides students with a chance to test their scavenging skills by searching for coconuts. This event is part of the MSSU Department of English & Philosophy’s Robinson Crusoe Week sponsored by the Literature Lives program. To learn more, visit their Facebook page. More information: Amy Gates, 417.625.3554.

March 6: Robinson Crusoe Week: Pit Firing and Bonfire, 4:00–8:00pm at Missouri Southern State University, The Oval (3950 E Newman Rd). Watch as Professor Frank Pishkur from the MSSU Art Department fires your skillfully made pots at 4:00pm. Then, stick around until 6:00pm and enjoy a bonfire. This event is part of the MSSU Department of English & Philosophy’s Robinson Crusoe Week sponsored by the Literature Lives program. To learn more, visit their Facebook page. More information: Amy Gates, 417.625.3554.

March 7: First Thursday ArtWalk, 5:30pm–8:30pm in Downtown Joplin. First  Thursday ArtWalk  is  a  sophisticated,  yet  festive  event,  for  area  artists,  as  well  as  patrons  of  the arts…past, present and future! Dozens of artists will be showing or demonstrating their artistic process and all art will be for sale. Participating artists will be located inside various venues along with live acoustic music. Patrons are encouraged to “walk the art” through historic Downtown Joplin. More information: Linda Teeter, 417.438.5931.

March 7: Urban Art Gallery Reception, 5:30–8:30pm at Urban Art Gallery (511 S Main St). Explore the fascinating Post-Modern Neo Expressionism Controlled Abstractions of Neosho native T. Crowe Semler. Sociologist by day, artist by night, Semler’s work, Guerrilla Art, is sure to impress! More information: Linda Teeter, 417.438.5931.

March 7: Robinson Crusoe Week: Keynote Speaker: Shirley Tung, 7:00–9:00pm at Missouri Southern State University, Cornell Auditorium (3950 E Newman Rd). Come listen to Kansas State University professor Dr. Shirley Tung as she examines the journal featured in Robinson Crusoe. Audience members are invited to participate in an interactive venture in manuscript transcription. This event is part of the MSSU Department of English & Philosophy’s Robinson Crusoe Week sponsored by the Literature Lives program. To learn more, visit their Facebook page. More information: Amy Gates, 417.625.3554.

March 7: Robinson Crusoe Week: Pottery Pick-Up, 7:00pm–9:00pm at Missouri Southern State University, Cornell Auditorium (3950 E Newman Rd). Retrieve the beautiful pottery you made on Tuesday, March 5! This event is part of the MSSU Department of English & Philosophy’s Robinson Crusoe Week sponsored by the Literature Lives program. To learn more, visit their Facebook page. More information: Amy Gates, 417.625.3554.

March 8: Robinson Crusoe Week: Gala Reception, 6:00–7:00pm at Missouri Southern State University, North End Zone Facility (3950 E Newman Rd). Dying to know if you won the Robinson Crusoe Week Writing Contest? Wrap up the week-long celebration by attending the Gala Reception at the North End Zone Facility at Missouri Southern. The Writing Contest Winners will be revealed and attendees can enjoy snacks while listening to readings. This event is part of the MSSU Department of English & Philosophy’s Robinson Crusoe Week sponsored by the Literature Lives program. To learn more, visit their Facebook page. More information: Amy Gates, 417.625.3554.

March 8: Robinson Crusoe Week: Pottery Pick-Up, 6:00pm–7:30pm at Missouri Southern State University, North End Zone Facility (3950 E Newman Rd). If you didn’t get a chance to pick up the pottery you created on Tuesday, March 5, this is your last chance! Come get your beautiful creations in the North End Zone Facility. This event is part of the MSSU Department of English & Philosophy’s Robinson Crusoe Week sponsored by the Literature Lives program. To learn more, visit their Facebook page. More information: Amy Gates, 417.625.3554.

March 9: Raptors, Birds of Prey Program, 11:00–11:50am at George Washington Carver National Monument (5646 Carver Rd, Diamond MO 64840). Join Delia Lister, director of Nature Reach at Pittsburg State University, for a 50-minute program as she presents a variety of raptors. Learn about these fascinating, avian hunters, discover their significance in our world, and discuss the preservation efforts surrounding them. An Eastern Screech Owl, an American Kestrel, a Barred Owl, and a Great Horned Owl are just a brief sample of the raptors that will be featured. More information: Randall Becker, 417.325.4151.

March 9: Artists Talk: DRAWN, 11:00am–Noon at Spiva Center for the Arts (222 W 3rd St). Hear first-hand from the artists featured in Spiva’s DRAWN exhibit. Discover these artists’ insights into the hard work and creativity presented in this phenomenal and experimental show. More information: Jade Henning, 417.623.0183.

March 9 & 10: Women in Carver’s Life, 1:00pm at George Washington Carver National Monument (5646 Carver Rd, Diamond MO 64840). A variety of women had an enormous impact on Carver’s life. Acting as maternal figures or spiritual mentors, these women aided Carver in his endeavors to receive an education. More information: Randall Becker, 417.325.4151.

March 9: Wonders of the Night Sky, 6:30–8:00pm at George Washington Carver National Monument (5646 Carver Rd, Diamond, MO). Explore the cosmos with park rangers and learn about celestial navigation, star stories, lunar phases, and the effects of light pollution. A 30-minute presentation will begin the evening’s program and a telescope will be provided. Children attending the event can enjoy learning about the galaxy through fun activities and crafts. The program will be cancelled if it is raining so please call the park or check the park Facebook page for program updates. This event is free and open to the public. More information: Randall Becker, 417.325.4151.

March 10: Women in Carver’s Life, 1:00pm at George Washington Carver National Monument (5646 Carver Rd, Diamond, MO  64840). A variety of women had an enormous impact on Carver’s life. Acting as maternal figures or spiritual mentors, these women aided Carver in his endeavors to receive an education. More information: Randall Becker, 417.325.4151.

March 11: Pawpaw Patch Productions Open Studio (Ages 15+), 6:00–9:00pm at Pawpaw Patch Productions (4940 Highway 43). Did you take a class and want to make more of the same thing? Have you seen something you want to try? You don’t have to buy all the supplies and find the space for them, just come and create with Cyndi Cogbill of Pawpaw Patch Productions. Registration required by Noon the Friday before class. Call or text 417.553.1583 or email cyndi@pawpawpatchproductions.com. Your registration is complete when you receive a reply. Let her know what you want to make upon registration. Cost: $25+tax per person for 3 hours with clay, tools, ovens, and assistance provided. $20+tax a person for 3 hours if student provides their own clay. More information: Cyndi Cogbill, 417.553.1583.

March 12: C2C Roundtable: Speed Networking with Joplin Arts & Cultural Community, 6:00–8:00pm at Joplin Empire Market (931 E 4th St). Are you a member of Joplin’s arts and cultural community? Do you desire to put names to new faces and make meaningful connections? Those that attend will have the chance to meet nearly everyone in the room at this Connect2Culture Roundtable. Come prepared to tell your story and brainstorm potential collaborations! Light appetizers and beverages will be served. RSVP required by March 11, 2019, by emailing info@connect2culture.org. Include your name and affiliation (organization name, local artist, etc.).C2C Roundtables are an annual series of professional development programs that aim to educate, empower, and connect the Joplin arts and cultural community. All leaders, supporters, and advocates are welcome to attend these roundtables. Feel free to invite interested staff and board members. These Roundtables are a great time to learn, share, network, and establish connections. More information: Emily Frankoski, 417.625.6683.

March 12: “On the Road” Movie Series: North by Northwest, 7:00pm at Bookhouse Cinema (715 E Broadway St). A Madison Avenue executive, Roger O. Thornhill (Cary Grant), is mistaken for a diplomat and pursued by a sinister foreign agent (James Mason) from New York to the Black Hills in one of Hitchcock’s most iconic films. Along the way he meets a woman carrying dark secrets (Eva Marie Saint), and their ensuing romance becomes one of the most intense – and dangerous – on film. Way before Planes, Trains and Automobiles, this “road” movie takes us by car, taxi, train, pick-up truck, ambulance and – famously – crop-dusting plane to a breathtaking climax on the face of Mt. Rushmore. Introduction by Dr. Michael Howarth (1959, 136 min.; directed by Alfred Hitchcock). 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.

March 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.

March 16: Panel Discussion: Human Trafficking, 10:30am–Noon at Joplin Public Library, Community Room East (1901 E 20th St). Inspired by local artist Sarah Serio’s efforts to call attention to the atrocities of human trafficking, the Post Art Library will offer an informative discussion about human trafficking. Join other Joplin residents as a knowledgeable panel discusses the different types of trafficking and how to identify trafficking. Panelists include representatives from Ascension Via Christi Hospital, Joplin Police Department, Life Choices, and Rapha House. This event is free and open to the public. More information: Jill Sullivan, 417.623.7953 X1041.

March 16 & 17: Struggle for Education, 1:00pm at George Washington Carver National Monument (5646 Carver Rd, Diamond MO 64840). As a young, African American in a post-Civil War America, Carver faced many obstacles as he strove to acquire a formal education. Come join us as we dive into and examine these challenges. More information: Randall Becker, 417.325.4151.

March 18: 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! March’s featured reader will be Laura Lee Washburn. Open mic sign-up begins at 6:00pm. Reading begins 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.

March 21: Coffee with Carver – Carver’s Agricultural Bulletins: Some Choice Wild Vegetables, 10:00am at George Washington Carver National Monument (5646 Carver Rd, Diamond MO 64840). After discovering that poor, share-cropping families in the South often ate meals with little nutritional value, Carver persuaded them to take advantage of available plants for a more nourishing alternative. Come see Carver’s agriculture bulletins and leaflets, both of which contain information about these plants! Free and open to the public. More information: Randall Becker, 417.325.4151.

March 21: Third Thursday, 5:30–8:30pm on Main Street in Downtown Joplin. Third Thursday is Joplin’s trademark cultural event. Come with your friends and family to stroll through Downtown, eat great food, listen to music, peruse local art and shop! Be sure to check the Downtown Joplin Alliance Facebook page for the full line-up of events. More information: Lori Haun, 417.501.9649.

March 22 & 23: Spring Stroll (All Ages), 10:30–11:30am at Shoal Creek Conservation Education Center Pavilion. Join naturalists for a guided stroll along the trails. Meet at the Shoal Creek Conservation Education Center’s pavilion (next to the building) and walk along several nearby trails looking for signs of spring. The walk will be a little more than a mile and is rated easy. Must have stroller for toddlers. No registration required. More information: Kim Banner, 417.629.3434. Cost: Free.

March 22: Fort-Building Night, 3:30–5:30pm at Joplin Public Library (1901 E 20th St). Build your own fort, then use your comfy constructions to read in! This program is suggested for independent readers who are in K-5th grades. More information: Christina Matekel-Gibson, 417.623.2184.

March 22: Opening Reception: PhotoSpiva 2019 & 2019 Small Works Auction, 5:30–7:30pm at Spiva Center for the Arts (222 W 3rd St). $5 suggested contribution; members free. More information: Jade Henning, 417.623.0183.

March 23: Wildcat Glades Trail Race, 8:00am at Wildcat Glades Park (201 Rivera Dr). Wildcat Glades Trail Race returns for its third year.  This race will take participants on the Wildcat Glades trails over a 3-mile loop. Those that choose the 6 mile will travel the loop twice. Participants will travel through diverse ecosystems and range from leisurely to rugged. Enjoy Missouri trees, wildflowers and a host of birds and animals. Rivers and creeks flow along the entire length of the trails. This scenic trail takes you to the historic Redings Mill Bridge where you will cross after a quick, steep climb. Listen to the rushing rapids and keep your eyes open for a belted kingfisher and osprey.  Online registration ends March 21st.  To register, visit https://localraces.com/twelveone/wildcat-glades-trail-race-2019. More information: Robin Standridge, 417.708.7713.

March 23: PhotoSpiva 2019 Portfolio Reviews, 10:00am–Noon and 1:00–3:30pm at Spiva Center for the Arts (222 W 3rd St). Calling all amateur and professional photographers! Looking to get helpful feedback from a knowledgeable and skilled professional? Schedule a time now for an evaluation of your photography portfolio by PhotoSpiva 2019 juror and award-winning photographer, Patty Carroll. You do not have to be a PhotoSpiva 2019 participant to have your portfolio reviewed. Cost: $15 for Spiva members, $25 for non-members. Please contact spiva@spivaarts.org or call 417.623.0183 to schedule a time slot. More information: Jade Henning, 417.623.0183.

March 23: Spring Hip Handmade Market 2019, 10:00am–4:00pm at Joplin Empire Market (931 E 4th St). The Hip Handmade Market is Southwest Missouri’s original juried indie craft fair and the perfect place to purchase original pieces for yourself, your home, your family, and even gifts for friends – all while supporting local artists and crafters. This event is juried from a number of applications to offer a wide variety of local handmade goods. Expect good quality and affordable products. Showcased mediums might include: printmaking, jewelry, vintage finds, accessories, woodworking, felting, fabric, metal, children’s items, and more. The $2 adult admission to The Market will directly benefit Art Feeds Joplin. More information: Emma Ball, 417.501.9649.

March 23: Inspiring Success: Mariah Watkins and Her Influence, 1:00pm at George Washington Carver National Monument (5646 Carver Rd, Diamond, MO 64840). During George Washington Carver’s stay in her Neosho home, Mariah Watkins provided Carver with an invaluable experience that not only built his self-esteem, but fostered his faith and pursuit of an education. More information: Randall Becker, 417.325.4151.

March 23: PhotoSpiva 2019 Awards and Juror Lecture, 7:00–9:00pm at Spiva Center for the Arts (222 W 3rd St). More information: Jade Henning, 417.623.0183.

March 26: Book Club: Where the Crawdads Sing, 5:30pm at Missouri Southern State University, Spiva Library (3950 E Newman Rd). Join the MSSU English Honor Society, Sigma Tau Delta, and other book enthusiasts as they dive into Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens. This New York Times bestseller follows Kya Barkley, an outcast who lives by herself in the marshes of Barkley Cove, North Carolina. Dubbed the “Marsh Girl,” rumors have circulated about Kya for years and when the corpse of Chase Andrews, a popular boy from Barkley Cove, surfaces in the marshes, Kya becomes the number one suspect. The book club will meet on the fourth Tuesdays of February, March, and April and will be reading the book in thirds. More information: Amy Gates, 417.625.3554.

March 28: Spiva in Bloom Luncheon, 11:30am–1:00pm at Spiva Center for the Arts (222 W 3rd St). Appreciate the efforts of PhotoSpiva 2019’s contestants while you partake in a delicious, catered meal. Local florist and Spiva member Justin Thomas will also be there to create a floral arrangement based on a piece of art. Pre-register at spivaarts.org. There are only 48 spots available. More information: Jade Henning, 417.623.0183. Cost: $50.

March 28: Spiva in Bloom Designers’ Reception, 5:30–7:00pm at Spiva Center for the Arts (222 W 3rd St). Come admire local florists’ beautiful flower arrangements based off of works from PhotoSpiva 2019. More information: Jade Henning, 417.623.0183. Cost: Free.

March 29: All District Solo and Ensemble Contest – Instrumental, All Day at Missouri Southern State University, Fine Arts Complex and Beimdieck Recreation Center (3950 E Newman Rd). More information: Rita Boyer, 417.625.9318.

March 30: All District Solo and Ensemble Contest – Vocal, All Day at Missouri Southern State University, Fine Arts Complex and Beimdieck Recreation Center (3950 E Newman Rd). More information: Rita Boyer, 417.625.9318.

March 30: “Sincerely, Your Mother”, 1:00pm at George Washington National Monument (5646 Carver Rd, Diamond, MO 64840). Come join one of our knowledgeable rangers as we explore the cherished relationship George Washington Carver had with Sophia Liston and the impact she had on his adulthood. More information: Randall Becker, 417.325.4151.

March 30: 4th Annual “Comedy for Camp” presented by Soroptimist International of Joplin (Ages 18+), 6:00pm at Wilder’s Event Center (1208 S Main St). Enjoy a terrific lineup of local, regional, and nationally recognized comedians for a hilariously smart, clean show! See Joplin Comedy’s Dakoda Potter – an Army Veteran turned comedian; big, burly, fast-talking Sean O’Brien from St. Louis; and headliner, Brooklin Green, a graduate from the world-famous The Second City Conservatory Chicago. Brooklin has appeared on A&E Television’s documentary, “The Laugh Track,” and Nick at Nite’s “Funniest Mom in American 3” and so much more. The evening will offer a cash bar, great food, silent and live auctions and, of course, lots of laughs! Tickets: $55/person, $100/couple. Purchase tickets today at comedyforcamp4.eventbrite.com. Proceeds from this fundraiser will benefit Camp Soroptimist, an annual week-long summer camp for Jasper County foster kids. Local Soroptimist club members have partnered with employees of Jasper County Division of Social Services/Children’s Division for 35 years to focus on the needs of foster children in the area through this summer camp. To learn more about Soroptimist International of Joplin, visit joplinsoroptimist.org. More information: Amanda Mitchell, 417-825-0196.

March 31: Carver and Chemurgy, 1:00pm at George Washington Carver National Monument (5646 Carver Rd, Diamond, MO). Discover the fascinating variety of synthetic, plant-based by-products that George Washington Carver produced and their enduring impact on our world. More information: Randall Becker, 417.325.4151.


EXHIBITS:

March 1–31: Chicago Life by Philip Ledbetter, Joplin Avenue Coffee Company (506 S Joplin Ave). Experience Chicago from the comfort of Joplin Avenue Coffee Company! Philip Ledbetter’s striking photography series, Chicago Life, will be displayed at the downtown Joplin coffee shop during March. More information: Linda Teeter, 417.438.5931.

March 1–31: Watercolors by Debora Reed, Joplin Chamber of Commerce (320 E 4th St). Enjoy the thrilling watercolor pieces of Debora Reed. More information: Linda Teeter, 417.438.5931.

March 1–31: Guerrilla Art, Urban Art Gallery (511 S Main St). Explore the fascinating Post-Modern Neo Expressionism Controlled Abstractions of Neosho native T. Crowe Semler. Sociologist by day, artist by night, Semler’s work, Guerrilla Art, is sure to impress! More information: Linda Teeter, 417.438.5931.

February 2–March 2: Mining Memories and Motive Engines: Artwork of Jim Bray, Joplin Historical & Mineral Museum (7th & Schifferdecker Ave). Hidden throughout the community are the remnants of our mining past. Some of these edifices, while easy to spot, are hard to identify as to their original use or purpose. Mining Memories and Motive Engines: The Artwork of Jim Bray, a special exhibition at the Joplin Historical & Mineral Museum, falls into this category. Bray, currently retired, was head of the Art Department at Missouri Southern State University in Joplin, where he taught watercolor, life drawing, painting, and typographic design. He formerly was department chairman at Phillips University, Enid, OK, teaching graphic design, serigraphy, life drawing, and watercolor. Having traveled extensively, Jim taught and exhibited in Japan and numerous times in Sweden. There, he developed a following at the Mullsjö, Folkhögskola, Mullsljö, Sweden. In 2012, he returned to Sweden to conduct a seven-day watercolor painting workshop. Bray has also exhibited in many U.S. cities including Taos, Detroit, Boulder, Kansas City, Nashville, Tulsa, Oklahoma City, Wichita, Joplin, and his hometown, Enid, OK. As a watercolor artist, he has signature status with the Kansas Watercolor Society and National Watercolor Oklahoma Society, and has won several First Place and Best of Show awards in national competitions. At Phillips University his graphic design work repeatedly won top OCPRA honors and several “Sweepstakes Awards” at CASE conferences in the Southwest. This exhibit transports the viewer into the past to experience what the community looked like at its peak. Mining was the area’s main business, all transportation was done by rail and moved by massive locomotives. Life was good, but it was very different from our lives today. More information: Chris Wiseman, 417.623.1180.

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 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 14–March 31: 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. More information: Jill Sullivan, 417.623.7953 x1041.


CLASSES:

March 2: Glass Birds (Ages 9+), 10:00am–Noon at Spiva Center for the Arts (222 W 3rd St). Ready for spring? Join artist Jane McCaulley and celebrate the coming season by making a lovely glass bird that you can display in your home. More information: Jade Henning, 417.623.0183. Cost: $35. 

March 2: Anatomy Drawing: Hands with Sandra Conrad (Ages 15+), 11:00am1:00pm at Spiva Center for the Arts (222 W 3rd St). There’s no doubt that hands are complex features. While hands can be incredibly difficult to draw, there’s no need to be intimidated by them. Learn how to draw hands with Sandra Conrad in an enlightening two-hour course! More information: More information: Jade Henning, 417.623.0183. Cost: $20.

March 2: PhotoSpiva Tweens (Ages 11-14), 1:00–3:00pm at Spiva Center for the Arts (222 W 3rd St). If you have a young, aspiring photographer, encourage their interest by signing them up for PhotoSpiva Tweens. Participants will work alongside professional photographer Lola Nelson. Photos produced during this two hour class may be displayed in an April exhibit at Spiva Center for the Arts, followed by a reception honoring the young artists! More information: Jade Henning, 417.623.0183. Cost: $50.

March 2: Itty Bitty Yoga with Kara Patterson (Ages 2-5), 5:00–6:00pm at Spiva Center for the Arts (222 W 3rd St). Enjoy all the benefits of yoga while bonding with your child! This fun class will incorporate simple, animated poses and movements, focused breathing and relaxing, and the practice of self-expression. Must be accompanied by adult. More information: More information: Jade Henning, 417.623.0183. Cost: $10.

March 6 & 9: Preschool Nature Connections: Bunnies, Hares, & Rabbits (Ages 3-6), 1:00–2:00pm on the 6th and 10:00–11:00am on the 9th at Joplin Empire Market (931 E 4th St). Learn the differences and similarities between bunnies, hares, and rabbits. Little ones will learn everything from what they eat, how they nest, what they look like as babies, how they play, and how they “talk.” We will have a special guest appearance by Wildcat Glades’ Trevor. Trevor is a live rabbit who has been greeting kids since 2013 at Wildcat Glades events. Registration is required.  See the Facebook Page for registration. This class is for ages 3-6, accompanied by an adult. More information: Robin Standridge, 417.708.7713. Cost: Free.

March 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 their Facebook page. Space is limited, so reserve your spot today.  This class is for ages 2 and up accompanied by an adult. More information: Robin Standridge, 417.708.7713. Cost: Free.

March 9: Kids Vs. Plastic (Ages 7–12), 12:30–2:00pm at Joplin Empire Market (931 E 4th St). Kids Vs. Plastic is an interactive workshop for ages 7 to 12. Kids will be empowered to make a difference and help or wildlife, our parks, towns, streams, and creeks. They will learn to recycle plastic and other items. They will learn how to use a plastic journal measuring how much plastic is consumed by their family. Kids will make a product that will replace a single use plastic consumption, participate in a recyclable scavenger hunt, and discover ways to reduce plastic use.   Please see their Facebook page to register. More information: Robin Standridge, 417.708.7713. Cost: Free.

March 14: Little Acorns: Spring Peepers (Ages 3-6), 10:30–11:30am at Walter Woods Conservation Area (7129 Dutch Elm Dr). It’s time for some frog-frolicking fun exploring the life cycle and world of the tiny peepers. No registration required. More information: Kim Banner, 417.629.3434. Cost: Free.

March 16: Pawpaw Patch Productions: Rainsticks (Ages 6+), 9:00am–Noon at Pawpaw Patch Productions (4940 Highway 43). Make your own rainstick for a musical instrument or to listen to the soothing rain-like sound they make. While your rainsticks cure you’ll learn about rainsticks and water. Save and bring toilet or paper towel cardboard tubes. Registration required by Noon the Thursday before class. Call or text 417.553.1583 or email cyndi@pawpawpatchproductions.com. Your registration is complete when you receive a reply. Children 6-12 must be accompanied by an adult). Cost: $25 per person, within a family, additional members are $12, adults helping a child are free (clay, all materials, tutorial, and a nature program provided). More information: Cyndi Cogbill, 417.553.1583.

March 16: Explore and Play Dinosaur Day (Ages 1–5), 10:00am at Joplin Public Library (1901 E 20th St). Do you have a little paleontologist? Bring them to Dinosaur Day! In this 90-minute event, the Children’s Department at the Joplin Public Library offers families a chance to enjoy fun, hands-on activities while improving the literacy skills of their children. More information: Christina Matekel-Gibson, 417.623.2184.

March 16: Nerd Shirts (Ages 12+), 1:00–3:00pm at Spiva Center for the Arts (222 W 3rd St). Are you ready to get your geek on? Learn a spray bleach technique with Jade Henning and apply your newly acquired skills by decorating shirts and bags with your favorite fandoms! One shirt will be provided. More information: Jade Henning, 417.623.0183. Cost: $30.

March 16: Female Figure Drawing (Ages 18+), 3:00–4:30pm at Spiva Center for the Arts (222 W 3rd St). The human body can be a complex subject matter to tackle. Come join us and improve your skills in drawing during this hour and half course! A professional nude model will be posing. More information: Jade Henning, 417.623.0183. Cost $30.

March 18–22: Superhero Adventures Art Camp (Ages 8-14), 12:30–3:30pm at Spiva Center for the Arts (222 W 3rd St). Looking for something cool and exciting to do over spring break? Come join us for this week-long camp as we embark on an adventure in creating superhero art with recyclable objects! More information: Jade Henning, 417.623.0183. Cost: $25.

March 19: Primitive Skills – Fire Making (All Ages), 1:00–2:30pm at Walter Woods Conservation Area (7129 Dutch Elm Dr). Knowledge is life in an outdoor emergency! In this hands-on seminar, learn how to make a safe and successful fire without the aid of matches or a lighter. We will lean about fire starting methods such as the bow drill, flint and steel, magnification, and several others. All supplies will be provided. No open-toed shoes. Please, no organized groups. Registration required: mdc.mo.gov/SouthwestEvents. More information: Kim Banner, 417.629.3434. Cost: Free.

March 20: Spring Bingo (Ages 5+), 10:30–11:30am at Walter Woods Conservation Area (7129 Dutch Elm Dr). Join us for this fun but educational twist on traditional bingo. Win prizes and see some live animals, too. No registration required. More information: Kim Banner, 417.629.3434. Cost: Free. Cost: Free.

March 20: Celebrate Spring! (All Ages), 1:00–2:00pm at Walter Woods Conservation Area (7129 Dutch Elm Dr). Today is the first day of spring – join for a special celebration. Start off in the classroom, make a spring craft, then walk a trail at Walter Woods. No registration required. More information: Kim Banner, 417.629.3434. Cost: Free. Cost: Free.

March 21: Amazing Amphibians of Missouri (Ages 5+), 10:00–11:30am at Walter Woods Conservation Area (7129 Dutch Elm Dr). In spring, some of the earliest sounds heard in nature are frogs. Learn to identify what you are hearing and discover some of the amazing adaptations of frogs, toads, and salamanders that call Missouri home. Participants will see live amphibians and make an amphibian craft. We will go for a short walk after the program. No registration required. More information: Kim Banner, 417.629.3434. Cost: Free. Cost: Free.

March 28: Little Acorns: Awesome ‘Possum (Ages 3-6), 1:00–2:00pm at Walter Woods Conservation Area (7129 Dutch Elm Dr). Opossums are awesome for many reasons! Join us to learn more about this special mammal that’s related to the kangaroo. No registration required. More information: Kim Banner, 417.629.3434. Cost: Free.

March 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 Munch’s Woman with Poppies or Cezanne’s Tulips in a Vase. All materials are furnished, plus good eats and old/new friends! More information and reservation: Margie Moss, 417.553.0835. Cost is $40 ($35 if you do not drink wine).

March 29: 1-2-3 Play with Me, at Joplin Public Library (1901 E 20th St). Learn how to foster a healthy development for your child! In this five-week program, area experts will offer tips and advice on early literacy and how to facilitate early intervention in a fun and relaxed atmosphere. More information: Christina Matekel-Gibson, 417.623.2184.

March 30: Little Acorns: Awesome ‘Possum (Ages 3-6), 10:30–11:30am at Walter Woods Conservation Area (7129 Dutch Elm Dr). Opossums are awesome for many reasons! Join us to learn more about this special mammal that’s related to the kangaroo. No registration required. More information: Kim Banner, 417.629.3434. Cost: Free.

March 30: Spiva in Bloom (Ages 21+), 10:30am–Noon at Spiva Center for the Arts (222 W 3rd St). Celebrate spring while you examine floral designs and sip mimosas with Justin Thomas of the Wild Flower. More information: Jade Henning, 417.623.0183. Cost: $30.

March 30: Jewelry: Japanese Inro Necklace (Ages 15+), 1:00–4:00pm at Spiva Center for the Arts (222 W 3rd St). Use polymer clay, pastels, alcohol inks, and more to create an Inro (Japanese box) necklace. This class is taught by Cyndi Cogbill of Pawpaw Patch Productions. More information: Jade Henning, 417.623.0183. Cost: $30 (polymer clay, materials, and instructions provided).


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.

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, 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.org/arts-calendar. Better yet! Subscribe to the Joplin Arts & Cultural Calendar and receive weekly emails detailing the latest arts and cultural offerings.