May 2021

Posted on Apr 29, 2021 in Monthly Arts & Culture

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

Featured Image: Danielle Nicole Electric House Concert (Ages 10+) at The Coda Concert House.


PERFORMANCES:

April 24–May 1: Connect2Culture Presents: Live From The Sheldon with Zakir Hussain, online. Connect2Culture, in collaboration with HEC Media and The Sheldon, presents Live From The Sheldon, a monthly, virtual concert series recorded live at The Sheldon Concert Hall in St. Louis, Missouri! April’s performance features percussionist and international phenomenon Zakir Hussain, who is widely considered the father of the contemporary world music movement and a classical tabla virtuoso. One of the most influential musicians of the past 50 years, and co-founder of the legendary fusion band Shakti, Hussain is known for his masterful improvisations and brilliant live performances. Tune in to see this incredible artist on Connect2Culture’s YouTube channel. The performance goes live on Saturday, April 24 at 7:00pm and will be available through Saturday, May 1. This performance is produced by HEC Media, in partnership with The Sheldon and Connect2Culture. Free and open to the public. More information: Chris Peimann, cpeimann@thesheldon.org, 314.533.9900 X19.

May 1: Fox Royale Release Party, 7:30pm at Joplin Avenue Coffee Company (506 S Joplin Ave). Joplin-based band Fox Royale is celebrating the release of their third single, “I’m Going Out,” with a live show at Joplin Avenue Coffee Company! Comprised of four members, Fox Royale is an indie/alternative rock band that paints brightly colored pictures with songs that tackle some of life’s most difficult experiences. Join them as they share new music with their hometown! Masks and social distancing are encouraged. Tickets available at prekindle.com/event/57586-fox-royale-joplin. Tickets: $10. More information: Nathan Hurley, wearefoxroyale@gmail.com.

May 1: Pratt Presents: Kameron Johnson at Brew Pub & Parlor, 9:00pm at Brew Pub & Parlor (813 S Main St). Enjoy an evening of laughs hosted by Travis Pratt! Comedian Kameron Johnson and other surprise guests will perform their hilarious stand-up routines. Tickets available online at bit.ly/pratt-presents-kameron-johnson. Tickets: Online $10, At Door $15. More information: Travis Pratt, traviscpratt@gmail.com.

April 29–May 2: MOSO Theatre Presents: Wind in the Willows, 7:30pm (Sunday 2:30pm) at Missouri Southern State University (3950 E Newman Rd). Join the actors of MOSO Theatre for a children’s show in Missouri Southern’s Black Box Theatre! This riotous comedy follows Mole, Rat, Badger, and the impulsive Mr. Toad, whose insatiable need for speed lands him in serious trouble. With his beloved home under threat from the notorious Chief Weasel and his gang of sinister Wild Wooders, Toad must attempt a daring escape from prison and, after a series of misadventures, a heroic battle to recapture Toad Hall. Full of humor, wit, a soaring score, and heartwarming lessons of friendship, The Wind in the Willows is the perfect fit for any family. Tickets available online at mssu.edu/theatre. Tickets: $15. More information: Erick Wolfe, wolfe-e@mssu.edu, 417.625.3044.

May 8: Danielle Nicole Electric House Concert (Ages 10+), 7:00pm (doors 6:30pm) at The Coda Concert House (2120 E 24 St). After her first show sold out within a matter of hours, The Coda Concert House is excited to welcome Danielle Nicole and her band back! Impossible to categorize her music as roots, rock, or blues, it is an experience to see Danielle Nicole perform. An award-winning musician, Nicole’s inventive and distinctive bass lines compliment her powerful vocal abilities in a way that is second to none. Although she’s been compared to talented female artists like Susan Tedeschi, Etta James, and others, there is only one Danielle Nicole. Please note: due to COVID-19, audience capacity is limited. There is a suggested donation of $30. 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.

May 13–15: Midwest Regional Ballet Presents: Oz, 7:30pm (Saturday 2:30pm) at Bicknell Family Center for the Arts (1711 S Homer St, Pittsburg, KS). If I only had a ticket! Experience the classic Wizard of Oz reimagined as a contemporary dance performance. Watch as the students of Midwest Regional Ballet dance (and, in some cases, fly) to the funky, punk-rock covers of this beloved movie. Masks are required, seats will be socially distanced, and only 550 guests will be admitted per show. Tickets are available for purchase at buy.tututix.com/midwestregionalballet. General Admission Tickets: Balcony $12, Floor $15. More information: Kaye Lewis, kayelewis_mrb@hotmail.com, 620.235.4831.

May 15: Route 358 Live at Northwood, 7:00pm at Northwood Arts & Event Center (115 N Wood St, Neosho, MO). Route 358 is a duo best known for their original music and playful, live performances. Blending music from across multiple genres, this acoustic act is a must-see! Purchase tickets online at eventbrite.com/e/route-358-live-at-northwood-tickets-149790173441. Tickets: $10. More information: Jeff Jones, northwoodartsandevent@gmail.com, 417.389.4726.

May 15–May 22: Connect2Culture Presents: Live From The Sheldon with Kurt Elling, online. Connect2Culture, in collaboration with HEC Media and The Sheldon, presents Live From The Sheldon, a monthly, virtual concert series recorded live at The Sheldon Concert Hall in St. Louis, Missouri! May’s performance features Kurt Elling, whose unmistakable voice and dynamic repertoire have made him one of today’s most compelling jazz vocalists. From his daring takes on timeless standards, to his emotionally resonant originals, Elling’s performances have been hailed by The Washington Post as “suffused with graciousness, beauty, and, on occasion, heartbreak.” Tune in to see this incredible artist on Connect2Culture’s YouTube channel. The performance goes live on Saturday, May 15 at 7:00pm and will be available through Saturday, May 22. This performance is produced by HEC Media, in partnership with The Sheldon and Connect2Culture. Free and open to the public. More information: Chris Peimann, cpeimann@thesheldon.org, 314.533.9900 X19.

May 17: Ben Miller’s Acoustic Songwriter Night feat. Hadden Sayers and Paul Benjaman, 6:30pm (doors 6:00pm) at The Coda Concert House (2120 E 24th St). A night of original songs and stories featuring talented songwriters and musicians Hadden Sayers, Paul Benjaman, and Ben Miller! There is a suggested, minimum donation of $25. More information and reservations: Jeff Morrow, info@codaconcerthouse.com. In response to reservations, a confirmation email with the address, directions, parking etc. will be sent in return. All proceeds benefit the artist performing.

May 20–23: Called To Walls Documentary online. Called to Walls, a film by Amber Hansen and Nicholas Ward, chronicles a series of community-based murals led by muralist Dave Loewenstein between 2010 and 2013. Featured in the film is the story behind one of Joplin’s most recognizable murals. Now, ten years after the 2011 Joplin tornado, look back on the creation of The Butterfly Effect: Dreams Take Flight, a community mural that captures the hope, restoration, and transformation of Joplin. Available to watch online for free at vimeo.com/329249360. Free and open to the public. More information: Emily Frankoski, emily@connect2culture.org, 417.501.5550.

May 20: Heartland Opera Theatre Presents: Hits from Opera and Operetta LIVE!, 6:30pm at Carmine’s Wood Fired Pizza (524 S Joplin Ave). Mozart, Verdi, Gilbert and Sullivan, Bizet, and more! Heartland Opera Theatre has brought together local artists to sing some of opera’s most beloved music. Join them to hear well-recognized tunes that everyone will enjoy! In case of inclement weather, this performance will be held at the Roxy Event Center (102 S Joplin Ave). Free and open to the public. More information: Emily Larson, heartlandopera@gmail.com, 512.796.2553.

May 21: Heartland Opera Theatre Presents: Hits from Opera and Operetta LIVE!, 6:30pm at Big Spring Park (Neosho, MO). Mozart, Verdi, Gilbert and Sullivan, Bizet, and more! Heartland Opera Theatre has brought together local artists to sing some of opera’s most beloved music. Join them to hear well-recognized tunes that everyone will enjoy! In case of inclement weather, this performance will be held at the Neosho Civic Center (109 W Main St, Neosho, MO). Free and open to the public. More information: Emily Larson, heartlandopera@gmail.com, 512.796.2553.

May 23: Heartland Opera Theatre Presents: Hits from Opera and Operetta LIVE!, 3:00pm at Central Park Pavillion (714 S Garrison Ave, Carthage, MO). Mozart, Verdi, Gilbert and Sullivan, Bizet, and more! Heartland Opera Theatre has brought together local artists to sing some of opera’s most beloved music. Join them to hear well-recognized tunes that everyone will enjoy! In case of inclement weather, this performance will be held at the The Gaderian (141 E 3rd St, Carthage, MO). Free and open to the public. More information: Emily Larson, heartlandopera@gmail.com, 512.796.2553.

May 27: Pro Musica Presents: Boston Brass, 7:00pm at a location to be shared upon reservation. For 31 years, Boston Brass has set out to establish a one-of-a-kind musical experience. From exciting classical arrangements to burning jazz standards, Boston Brass treats each audience to a unique brand of entertainment that captivates all ages. The ensemble strives to provide patrons with a wide selection of musical styles in unique arrangements, provided in a friendly and fun atmosphere. The ensemble has performed and conducted master classes across the nation and world, including at The Julliard School, Royal Academy of Music in London, Hong Kong Academy of Performing Arts, and more. Reservations required; visit promusicajoplin.org/bostonbrass to make your free reservation. Free and open to the public. More information: Emlyn Johnson, director@promusicajoplin.org, 417.625.1822.

May 28: Pratt Presents: Ameerah Sanders and Ty Clay at Brew Pub & Parlor, 9:00pm at Brew Pub & Parlor (813 S Main St). Enjoy an evening of laughs hosted by Travis Pratt! Comedians Ameerah Sanders and Ty Clay will perform their hilarious stand-up routines. Tickets available online at bit.ly/pratt-presents-sanders-and-clay. Tickets: Online $10, At Door $15. More information: Travis Pratt, traviscpratt@gmail.com.

May 29: Pratt Presents: Lynn Navratil and Desiree Newton at Bookhouse Cinema, 3:00pm at Bookhouse Cinema (715 E Broadway St). Enjoy an evening of laughs hosted by Travis Pratt! Comedians Lynn Navratil and Desiree Newton will perform their hilarious stand-up routines. Tickets available online at ticketsource.co.uk/bookhouse-cinema/t-odxyno. Tickets: $10. More information: Travis Pratt, traviscpratt@gmail.com.

May 29: Downtown Concert Series feat. Randall Shreve, 7:00–9:00pm at Spiva Park (E 4th St and S Main St). Head to Spiva Park for the first performance in Explore Joplin’s Downtown Concert Series, a popup concert event! Hang out and enjoy live, indie rock music from Randall Shreve. Shreve’s music, which has been described as “Vaudeville Rock,” derives its unmistakable sound from influences such as Queen, Muse, The Beatles, and Jeff Buckley, but is played against the dark and sultry backdrop of cabaret. While his music is thoroughly modern, it exudes the ambition, grit, and glamour of Old Hollywood, and manages to transport the listener back in time to an earlier era. Fans have come to expect not only exceptional musicianship from his live shows but a unique entertainment experience. Free and open to the public. More information: Explore Joplin, hello@explorejoplin.co.


EVENTS:

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

April 1–June 18: Joplin Arts Fest Application Process, online. Joplin Arts Fest is Southwest Missouri’s premier fall arts festival – and you can be a part of it! This juried event showcases exceptional talent from 2D and 3D artists exhibiting their original artwork. This year’s festival will be held at the Joplin Empire Market, a historic venue that will feature outdoor, courtyard booth spaces and indoor booths. The art festival will be held on Friday evening, September 17, 2021, from 6:00pm to 9:00pm and Saturday, September 18, 2021, from 10:00am to 4:00pm. Visit zapplication.org/event-info.php?ID=9322 for additional details or for the application. More information: Ivy Hagedorn, ivy@joplinempiremarket.com, 417.986.3914.

May 1: Model Train Show and Swap Meet, 9:00am–3:00pm at Joplin History & Mineral Museum (504 Schifferdecker Ave). Revel in your love of railroads at this fun, family event! Join fellow train enthusiasts in admiring the intricate model train displays and update your collection at swap tables. All ages welcome! Admission: Adults $4, Children 12 and under admitted for free. More information: Rick Gardner, rickgardner4449@gmail.com, 417.673.4888.

May 1: Joplin Empire Market’s Third Birthday Bash!, 10:00am–2:00pm at Joplin Empire Market (931 E 4th St). Joplin Empire Market is turning three! Help them celebrate with fun, frivolity, and festivities during their Birthday Bash. Enjoy a delicious hot dog roast, visit with alpacas from WellSpring Acres, participate in a “Name the Baby Goat” contest, enter hourly giveaways, purchase birthday-themed treats, and more! Free and open to the public; food and drink available for purchase. More information: Ivy Hagedorn, ivy@joplinempiremarket.com, 417.986.3914.

May 1: May Day, 12:30–3:30pm at Wildcat Glades Pavilion (301 Riviera Dr). Pack a picnic and join Wildcat Glades Friends Group for an old-fashioned May Day celebration! Head down to the Wildcat Pavilion, enjoy your lunch, and then, get ready to race at 1:30pm. May Day paper baskets and flowers crafts will be available for racers to complete while waiting their turn to run. This will be a fun-filled, outdoor event, so please wear proper shoes, and bring bug spray. Free and open to the public. More information: Robin Standridge, robin@wildcatglades.org, 417.708.7713.

May 1: Art on Tap (Ages 21+), 5:00–8:00pm at Spiva Center for the Arts (222 W 3rd St). Art on Tap, Spiva’s annual evening of entertainment, beautiful art, food, and craft beer, is back! Local home brewers, popular craft beers, local wineries, and delicious food will be featured both indoors and outdoors under a tent. Patrons can also enjoy and participate in the Annual Small Works Auction and a raffle. Advance registration is recommended since tickets are limited; purchase tickets at spivaarts.org/product/art-on-tap. Call your friends, mark your calendars, and contact Spiva for membership information. Cost: $40 ($5 off for Spiva and Homebrew members). More information: Jade Henning, jhenning@spivaarts.org, 417.623.0183.

May 1 & 2: Who Was George Washington Carver?, 1:00pm at George Washington Carver National Monument (5646 Carver Rd, Diamond, MO). World-renowned scientist, passionate educator, and dedicated mentor. George Washington Carver was all of these and so much more! Discover more about this visionary with the rangers at George Washington Carver National Monument. Due to current conditions, this event is subject to change. All GWC programming will be conducted outdoors with a social distancing order as outlined in national and CDC guidelines. Free and open to the public. More information: Sarah Martin, GWCA_Interpretation@nps.gov, 417.325.4151.

May 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.

May 3: National Preservation Month Proclamation Ceremony, 6:00pm at Joplin City Hall (602 S Main St). May is Preservation Month! Join Post Art Library, other preservation groups, and representatives from local historical societies, as they kick off this year’s Preservation Month in Joplin, Missouri. At the beginning of the Joplin City Council meeting, Mayor Ryan Stanley will make a proclamation for Preservation Month in Joplin. The proclamation will be followed by a brief preservation update from Post Art Library director, and Joplin Historic Preservation Commission chair, Jill Sullivan. Free and open to the public. More information: Jill Sullivan, jhsullivan@postartlibrary.org, 417.623.7953 x1041.

May 4: Downtown Joplin Clean Team, 5:30–6:30pm at Spiva Park (E 4th St and S Main St). Do you love your downtown? Do you wish to keep it what it is – creative, colorful, and connected? Do you have an hour after work to dedicate your time? By joining your neighbors in one or more Clean Team events, you can keep Downtown Joplin looking fresh and alive. Sign up to pitch in at bit.ly/dja-clean-team-2021. Downtown Joplin Alliance will provide supplies, though you’re more than welcome to bring extra brooms, rakes, or gloves. Unable to attend a Clean Team event? Gather friends, family, or coworkers and take 10-15 minutes walking around Downtown Joplin, cleaning up any trash and debris. Then, share before and after pictures of your efforts with #trashtag on Downtown Joplin Alliance’s Facebook page! The Clean Team will meet at Spiva Park. Free and open to the public. More information: Lori Haun, info@downtownjoplin.com, 417.501.9649.

May 6: First Thursday ArtWalk, 5:30–8:30pm in Downtown Joplin. First Thursday ArtWalk is a sophisticated, yet festive event for area artists as well as patrons of the arts… past, present, and future! Dozens of artists will be showing or demonstrating their artistic process and all art will be for sale. Participating artists will be located inside various venues along with live, acoustic music. Patrons are encouraged to “walk the art” through historic Downtown Joplin! Please note: COVID-19 safety protocols will be observed, including required masks in venues and social distancing. Free and open to the public. More information: Linda Teeter, lteeter00@gmail.com, 417.438.5931.

May 7: VSM Joplin: May First Friday, 7:00–9:00pm at Mercy Park (28th St and S Picher Ave). Kick off your weekend with the classic art of swing dance! VSM Joplin is back and you can join them for a dance lesson at 7:00pm in the pavilion at Mercy Park. After the lesson, show off your new skills or kick back and enjoy some great music during a social dance at 8:00pm! Please bring a lawn chair. Registration required; for information on how to register, visit https://fb.me/e/62xV6cVgE. This event is limited to the first 50 people who register. Tickets: $5 per person. More information: Ashley King, vsmjoplin@gmail.com, 316.243.8175.

May 7: Pratt Presents: Comedy Open Mic at Brew Pub & Parlor, 8:00pm at Brew Pub & Parlor (813 S Main St). Listen to some great local comedy or try your latest stand-up routine at Brew Pub & Parlor! Free and open to the public. More information: Travis Pratt, traviscpratt@gmail.com.

May 7: 59th Annual St. Avips Ball, 7:00pm at Roxy & Amelie Event Centers (102-104 S Joplin Ave). For 59 years, the Friends of St. Avips, a local fundraising organization, has hosted an annual, sophisticated ball intended to support Spiva Center for the Arts. With a fun, captivating theme of “Modern Snow White” as well as in-person, hybrid, and virtual options available for attendees, this year’s event promises to be just as thrilling as before, if not more. Interested in getting financially involved with this event? Or, are you looking to donate your artwork for the ball’s auction? Visit St. Avips’ website for details. More information: Amanda Stanley, amandahurnstanley@gmail.com, 417.629.4578.

May 8: Paint Your Own Iris Cookie Event, 10:00am–Noon at Joplin History & Mineral Museum (504 S Schifferdecker Ave). Celebrate Joplin by painting a delicious cookie shaped like an iris! Plus, color a picture of an iris and learn how to plant and care for your own iris flower. Free and open to the public. More information: Christopher Wiseman, joplinmuseum@gmail.com, 417.623.1180.

May 8: Nature Escape Room, 10:30am–2:00pm at Shoal Creek Conservation Education Center (201 W Riviera Dr). Shoal Creek Conservation Education Center’s Naturalists need your help uncovering more about Missouri wildlife! Inside a room filled with puzzles and games, your group will have 30 minutes to solve clues and learn about amazing Missouri creatures and their unique characteristics. If your group beats the clock, a prize awaits you at the finish. Are you up for the challenge? Recommended for families, teens, and adults. Limited slots available and group size limited to 6 individuals. Registration is required to receive time slot availability. All participants must register for this program separately. Register at mdc-event-web.s3licensing.com/Event/EventDetails/177183. More information: Jessie Ballard, Jessie.Ballard@mdc.mo.gov, 417.629.3434.

May 8 & 9: Epitaphs & Engravings, 1:00pm at George Washington Carver National Monument (5646 Carver Rd, Diamond, MO). Head to George Washington Carver National Monument to investigate the symbols and engravings found on headstones in the Carver family cemetery. Discover the meaning behind these symbols and how they reflect the lives of the early settlers who are buried there. Due to current conditions, this event is subject to change. All GWC programming will be conducted outdoors with a social distancing order as outlined in national and CDC guidelines. Free and open to the public. More information: Sarah Martin, GWCA_Interpretation@nps.gov, 417.325.4151.

May 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.

May 11: C2C Monthly Check-Ins, 11:00am–Noon via Zoom. These casual, online meetings encourage Joplin area arts and cultural organizations to share brief updates, news, and ideas with one another during this time. You and your organization are invited to join the conversation! Let’s keep the arts and cultural community connected. Register at bit.ly/c2c-monthly-checkins. You can register for all check-ins or just specific dates. Instructions will be sent as soon as you register. More information: Emily Frankoski, emily@connect2culture.org, 417.501.5550.

May 13: Joplin Writers’ Guild, 6:00pm via Zoom. The Joplin Writers’ Guild, a chapter of the Missouri Writers’ Guild, includes a wide variety of writers – from hobbyists to professional, published writers. Members have published novels (romance, mystery, historical, middle grade, YA, etc.), nonfiction books (regional history and the Arcadia Images of America series), and articles (travel, education, law topics, etc.). The group focuses on supporting each other and sharing information about the publishing and writing industries. This group is open to the public. Dues are $10 for the year, but anyone interested can attend their first meeting free. In the wake of COVID-19, information about meetings can be found on Facebook at bit.ly/joplin-writers-guild. More information: S.V. Farnsworth, s.v.farnsworth@gmail.com, 417.691.0480.

May 14: Opening Reception: Through the Lens by Four State Photography Enthusiasts, 6:00–7:00pm at Spiva Center for the Arts, Upstairs Gallery (222 W 3rd St). Celebrate the local photographers from the Four State Photography Enthusiasts group, who have captured people, landscapes, and animals with incredible skill. See their work in the group’s annual, juried exhibit Through the Lens. More information: Jade Henning, jhenning@spivaarts.org, 417.623.0183.

May 14: Small Works Auction Closing Party, 6:00–8:00pm at Spiva Center for the Arts, Regional Gallery (222 W 3rd St). Celebrate the closing of Spiva’s annual Small Works Auction with a final bidding party complete with food, music, and what is sure to be a great time! This event will be held both indoors and outdoors under a tent. Check out the available works at spivaarts.org/small-works-auction. More information: Jade Henning, jhenning@spivaarts.org, 417.623.0183.

May 14: Pratt Presents: Comedy Open Mic at Brew Pub & Parlor, 8:00pm at Brew Pub & Parlor (813 S Main St). Listen to some great local comedy or try your latest stand-up routine at Brew Pub & Parlor! Free and open to the public. More information: Travis Pratt, traviscpratt@gmail.com.

May 15: Joplin History & Mineral Museum’s 90th Birthday Party, 1:00pm at Joplin History & Mineral Museum (504 Schifferdecker Ave). Joplin History & Mineral Museum is celebrating a huge milestone – and you’re invited to join the celebration! Stop by the museum between 1:00pm and 3:00pm for cake, punch, and local history. Free and open to the public. More information: Christopher Wiseman, joplinmuseum@gmail.com, 417.623.1180.

May 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.

May 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, Kalyn McAlister, begins at 6:15pm. At 7:00pm, open mic readings will follow Stone’s reading.. This event occurs on the third Monday of each month – same place, same time. More information: Allison Blevins, ablevins@pittstate.edu.

May 18: Joplin Area Town and Country Quilters Show and Tell, 1:00pm at Schifferdecker Park (W 4th St). A chance to show off quilting accomplishments! Although there will be no lecture, pot luck lunch, or guest speaker, members of the Joplin Area Town and Country Quilters are encouraged to show their latest quilting projects completed since the last informal get-together. Quilters who attend are asked to bring their own lawn chairs and to meet at the brown, wood pavilion by the tennis courts. In the case of rain, the gathering will be cancelled. If interested in joining, dues are $20 a year and membership is open to quilters of all ages and abilities. The Joplin Area Town and Country Quilters asks that only members of the group attend this event. More information: Kathy Knapp, knappka@gmail.com, 417.825.7078.

May 20: Third Thursday, 5:30–8:30pm on Main Street in Downtown Joplin. After nearly one year without it, Third Thursday, Joplin’s premiere cultural event, is back! Every third Thursday, March through October, thousands of people gather on Main Street in Downtown Joplin to enjoy local artisans, music, entertainment, and food. Free and open to the public. More information: Lori Haun, info@downtownjoplin.com, 417.501.9649.

May 20: Release Reading featuring Anna Leahy and Dustin Brookshire, 7:00pm online. Harbor Editions invites you to a virtual release reading, featuring Anna Leahy and Dustin Brookshire! Listen as Leahy reads from her new chapbook What Happened Was:, and Dustin Brookshire read from his new chapbook Love Most Of You Too. Tune in on Harbor Editions’ Facebook page at 7:00pm CDT to catch the livestream. Free and open to the public. More information: Allison Blevins, ablevins@pittstate.edu.

May 21: Downtown Joplin Clean Team, 5:30–6:30pm at Route 66 Mural (617 S Main St). Do you love your downtown? Do you wish to keep it what it is – creative, colorful, and connected? Do you have an hour after work to dedicate your time? By joining your neighbors in one or more Clean Team events, you can keep Downtown Joplin looking fresh and alive. Sign up to pitch in at bit.ly/dja-clean-team-2021. Downtown Joplin Alliance will provide supplies, though you’re more than welcome to bring extra brooms, rakes, or gloves. Unable to attend a Clean Team event? Gather friends, family, or coworkers and take 10-15 minutes walking around Downtown Joplin, cleaning up any trash and debris. Then, share before and after pictures of your efforts with #trashtag on Downtown Joplin Alliance’s Facebook page! The Clean Team will meet at the Route 66 Mural on Main Street. Free and open to the public. More information: Lori Haun, info@downtownjoplin.com, 417.501.9649.

May 21: Pratt Presents: Comedy Open Mic at Brew Pub & Parlor, 8:00pm at Brew Pub & Parlor (813 S Main St). Listen to some great local comedy or try your latest stand-up routine at Brew Pub & Parlor! Free and open to the public. More information: Travis Pratt, traviscpratt@gmail.com.

May 22: 10th Anniversary Memorial: 10-Year Remembrance, 3:00–6:30pm at Cunningham Park (W 26th St and S Maiden Lane). The Joplin community will come together at Cunningham Park for an evening of healing and remembrance, recalling the events of May 22, 2011. From 3:00pm to 5:00pm, children’s arts and crafts projects, food trucks, music, and community awareness information from responding organizations will be available. At 5:15pm, the observance ceremony will begin, followed by a bell toll at 5:40pm to honor those lost a decade ago. A minute of silence will be held at 5:41pm. Free and open to the public. More information: Patrick Tuttle, ptuttle@joplinmo.org, 417.625.4789.

May 23: Exploring the Carver Museum Collection, 1:00pm at George Washington Carver National Monument (5646 Carver Rd, Diamond, MO). Celebrate International Museum Day by learning about George Washington Carver National Monument’s museum collections and admiring some of the artifacts currently housed at the park. Due to current conditions, this event is subject to change. All GWC programming will be conducted outdoors with a social distancing order as outlined in national and CDC guidelines. Free and open to the public. More information: Sarah Martin, GWCA_Interpretation@nps.gov, 417.325.4151.

May 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.

May 27: Open Mic Night, 7:00 (sign-ups 6:30pm) at Joplin Avenue Coffee Company (506 S Joplin Ave). Musicians, singers, poets! Looking to showcase your talent? Look no further than Joplin Avenue Coffee Company’s Open Mic Nights. Performers are each allotted five to eight minutes per set. Two vocal mics, a quarter inch plug-in for guitar/piano, and an aux cable will be available. To sign up early, message them at facebook.com/joplinavecoffeeco. All ages welcome! Participants are asked to follow social distancing guidelines and encouraged to wear a mask. Free and open to the public. More information: Autumn Zimmerman, autumn@joplinavenuecoffeecompany.com, 417.483.5558.

May 28: Opening Reception: Missouri Art Now: A Bicentennial Celebration, 5:30–7:30pm at Spiva Center for the Arts (222 W 3rd St). Celebrate Missouri and its significant visual artistic production during the opening reception of Missouri Art Now! This traveling exhibition features sixty high-quality works from artists throughout the State of Missouri and demonstrates the vibrant visual arts culture of the Show-Me State. Free and open to the public; donations appreciated. More information: Jill Sullivan, jhsullivan@postartlibrary.org, 417.623.7953 x1041.

May 28: Opening Reception: Preserving the Old West by Jim Clements, 5:30–7:30pm at Spiva Center for the Arts (222 W 3rd St). See a variety of vivid, awe-inspiring oil paintings from artist Jim Clements and travel back in time to the wide open spaces and rich history of the Old West! Free and open to the public; donations appreciated. More information: Jade Henning, jhenning@spivaarts.org, 417.623.0183.

May 28: Pratt Presents: Comedy Open Mic at Brew Pub & Parlor, 8:00pm at Brew Pub & Parlor (813 S Main St). Listen to some great local comedy or try your latest stand-up routine at Brew Pub & Parlor! Free and open to the public. More information: Travis Pratt, traviscpratt@gmail.com.

May 29: Paint it Prairie: Plein Air Painting Event, dawn–dusk at Snowball Hill Prairie (20002 E 275th St, Harrisonville, MO). Spend the day painting beautiful scenery at Snowball Hill Prairie! Bring your favorite art supplies, a camera, a non-disposable bottle of water, and a snack to enjoy while learning about and painting this incredible, 20-acre native prairie. Also included in this event are interpretive hikes (between 10:00am and 2:00pm) and information about the prairie. All ages welcome! No restrooms available on-site. Free and open to the public. More information: Doris Sherrick, info@moprairie.org, 816.716.9159.

May 29: Physics Fun Pop-Up at Webb City Farmers Market, 9:00am–Noon at Webb City Farmers Market (106 E Tracy St). While they continue to work towards opening a science center in Joplin, the Creative Learning Alliance has created Physics Fun Brain Bags to help pass the time! Each Brain Bag is filled with Fettuccine Bridge, an experiment that engages participants in structural engineering utilizing the scientific concepts of compression and tension to create a bridge that will hold weight. Get yours at the Webb City Farmers Market and conduct the experiment from your home! Only 50 bags will be available. Free and open to the public. More information: Shelby Witzman, shelby@creativelearningalliance.org, 417.825.2710.

May 29: Native Plant Pre-Order and Pick Up, 10:00am–Noon at Shoal Creek Conservation Education Center (201 W Riviera Dr). Including native plants in your garden or landscaping can brighten any yard while providing valuable food and shelter to native animals. Pre-order native plants from Missouri Wildflower Nursery, Ozark Soul Native Plants, or Smiling Sun Gardens. Then, pick them up on Saturday, May 29 and start planting! Please check with these vendors to order your plants and pick them up at this event. More information: Tim Smith, Shoal.Creek@mdc.mo.gov, 417.629.3434.

May 29: Artist Talk with Jim Clements, 11:00am–Noon at Spiva Center for the Arts (222 W 3rd St). Hear from artist Jim Clements about his exhibit Preserving the Old West and learn about the importance of painting in his life. Free and open to the public; donations appreciated. More information: Jade Henning, jhenning@spivaarts.org, 417.623.0183.

May 29 & 30: George Washington Carver: A Man of Great Faith, 1:00pm at George Washington Carver National Monument (5646 Carver Rd, Diamond, MO). Did you know George Washington Carver had his first religious experiences, including his first prayer, on the Moses Carver farm? Hear how he learned to listen to ‘the Great Creator’ when studying nature, science, and in the stillness of his early morning walks. Due to current conditions, this event is subject to change. All GWC programming will be conducted outdoors with a social distancing order as outlined in national and CDC guidelines. Free and open to the public. More information: Sarah Martin, GWCA_Interpretation@nps.gov, 417.325.4151.

May 30: 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.

May 31: North Heights Summer Sizzle, Noon–4:00pm at Columbia Elementary School (610 W F St). The North Heights Neighborhood Group is throwing a party on Memorial Day to celebrate and kick off the beginning of summer! There will be a dunk-tank, bounce houses, games, music, food, ice cream, and more. Hot dogs and burgers provided, but please bring a side-dish to share! Free and open to the public. More information: Stephen Grindle, sagrindle@gmail.com, 417.396.5200.


EXHIBITS:

May 29–July 24: Preserving the Old West by Jim Clements at Spiva Center for the Arts, Regional Gallery (222 W 3rd St). Jim Clements is an oil painter who considers himself blessed to be a working artist. “To me, painting represents ultimate freedom – so it’s just natural that the wide open spaces, rich history and independent people of the American West translate so well to canvas.” In his exhibition Preserving the Old West, Clements’ vivid, awe-inspiring oil paintings fulfills his desire to honor the natural spirit of the American West, while transporting the viewer to a simpler place and time. Free and open to the public; donations appreciated. More information: Jade Henning, jhenning@spivaarts.org, 417.623.0183.

May 29–July 17: Missouri Art Now: A Bicentennial Celebration at Spiva Center for the Arts (222 W 3rd St). On its bicentennial, it is important to recognize that Missouri is a significant site for visual artistic production. The Arts Council of Southeast Missouri, Hannibal Arts Council, Post Art Library, Spiva Center for the Arts, and the Albrecht-Kemper Museum are collaborating to create Missouri Art Now, an exhibition featuring sixty works from artists throughout the State of Missouri. The traveling exhibit will be displayed in venues across the state and the high-quality artwork it features demonstrates the vibrant visual arts culture in Missouri. Free and open to the public; donations appreciated. More information: Jade Henning, jhenning@spivaarts.org, 417.623.0183.

May 20–23: Dear World: From Joplin with Love at Spiva Center for the Arts, Main Gallery (222 W 3rd St). To memorialize the one-year anniversary of the 2011 Joplin tornado, Robert X. Fogarty, accompanied by writer Adam Karlin and production manager Jonny Rosenbloom, visited Joplin to capture images of and messages from residents, first responders, volunteers, and city officials affected by the storm. With handwritten text on their skin, the subjects addressed the viewer with statements of hope and defiance. The resulting photos were exhibited in Spiva’s Main Gallery in July 2012, and a book of the same title was produced. Now, on the ten-year anniversary of the storm, the original exhibit in its entirety will hang in Spiva’s Main Gallery, along with some updates on where those photographed are now, how the tornado changed their lives, and how our community has recovered. Free and open to the public; donations appreciated. More information: Jade Henning, jhenning@spivaarts.org, 417.623.0183.

May 18–June 3: Solo Exhibition by Nick Kyle at Missouri Southern State University, Spiva Art Gallery (3950 E Newman Rd). A retired art teacher of 43-years and a former Missouri Southern State University professor, Nick Kyle has led a prosperous, artistic career. Having mounted 35 solo exhibitions and more than 60 group exhibitions, Kyle still finds it difficult to define his artwork as well as the overall concept of art. “I have concluded there is no simple answer to what makes an object a work of art and the answer becomes more puzzling the more artists challenge the notion of what art is,” Kyle says. “Art can mean many things to different people, but only if they take the time to think and educate their senses. . . I have found that good art can ask questions, confuse, stimulate, mesmerize and create anxiety. Most of all it communicates emotions, ideas and concepts”. Free and open to the public. More information: Dr. Christine Bentley, bentley-c@mssu.edu, 417.625.9563.

May 10–15: Senior Show 3 at Missouri Southern State University, Spiva Art Gallery (3950 E Newman Rd). An exhibit displaying the works of Missouri Southern State University seniors. More details to come. Free and open to the public. More information: Dr. Christine Bentley, bentley-c@mssu.edu, 417.625.9563.

May 4–June 2: Larger Than Life by V. Leigh at Chaos Brewing (112 S Main St). Illustrative, colorful, and frequently surrealistic, V. Leigh’s oil pastel artwork is truly a sight to behold. Grab a pint at Chaos and spend some time admiring this artist’s work. Cheers! Free and open to the public. More information: Veronica Carr, vleighcreative@gmail.com.

May 3–7: Focused Reflection by MSSU Seniors at Missouri Southern State University, Spiva Art Gallery (3950 E Newman Rd). Focused Reflection is a an exhibit featuring the artwork of Missouri Southern State University (MSSU) seniors Shayla Phelps, Grace Sitton, and Emilie Armstrong. Shayla Phelps’ work includes a series of landscape oil paintings that emphasize the importance of nature and its role in wellbeing. The digital portraits and interactive displays of Grace Sitton highlight the narrative potential held by art. Emilie Armstrong’s photorealistic paintings delve into the emotion present in each personality type included in the Enneagram Personality Assessment. Free and open to the public. More information: Dr. Christine Bentley, bentley-c@mssu.edu, 417.625.9563.

May 1–31: Made of Objects by Amber Mintert at Joplin Avenue Coffee Company (506 S Joplin Ave). Painter and Missouri Southern State University Professor Amber Mintert presents a collection of whimsical works in her exhibit Made of Objects. Free and open to the public. More information: Linda Teeter, lteeter00@gmail.com, 417.438.5931.

May 1–31: Journeys: Near and Afar by Koral Martin at Urban Art Gallery (511 S Main St). Admire picturesque scenes from both local areas and far off places, all captured by nature photographer Koral Martin! More information: Linda Teeter, lteeter00@gmail.com, 417.438.5931.

May 1–31: Timeless Collection of Original Paintings by Artist Carol Melton at Club 609 (609 S Main St). Honor the memory of local artist Carol Melton, who sadly passed away before her exhibit could be displayed. See Melton’s work and grab a bite to eat, all at Club 609. Free and open to the public. More information: Linda Teeter, lteeter00@gmail.com, 417.438.5931.

May 1–31: Four State Photography Enthusiasts: Through the Lens at Spiva Center for the Arts, Upstairs Gallery (222 W 3rd St). The Four State Photography Enthusiasts are proud to present their annual exhibit Through the Lens. In this juried, photographic exhibition, the skills and talents of local photographers are showcased through spectacular pictures of people, landscapes, and animals. Experience the stunning works of these photographers today! More information: Jade Henning, jhenning@spivaarts.org, 417.623.0183.

May 1–June 30: Chilling Out with Color by Connie Miller at Beast and Barrel (530 S Main St). Connie Miller, a local, mid-century artist, provides a pop of color in her bold, vivid exhibit “Chilling Out with Color.” Free and open to the public. More information: Linda Teeter, lteeter00@gmail.com, 417.438.5931.

April 2–May 15: Paint in Motion by Philip Ledbetter at artCentral Carthage (1110 E 13th St, Carthage, MO). After the pandemic reached the four-state area, artist Philip Ledbetter’s exhibit Paint in Motion was postponed. Now, at long last, see this talented artist’s distinctive technique in his latest body of work, which was inspired by the sun, sea, nature, other artists, and music. Free and open to the public; donations appreciated. More information: Alice Lynn Greenwood-Mathé, artcentral@artcentralcarthage.org, 417.358.4404.

April 1–May 31: Samplings by Brenda Sageng at Joplin Area Chamber of Commerce (320 E 4th St). Brenda Sageng, a Missouri Southern State University adjunct art professor, presents a collection of paintings demonstrating her skill and control. Free and open to the public. More information: Linda Teeter, lteeter00@gmail.com, 417.438.5931.

March 20–May 7: 2021 Small Works Auction at Spiva Center for the Arts, Regional Gallery (222 W 3rd St). Good things do come in small packages! At Spiva Center for the Arts, those small packages will measure 12”x12”, 9”x12” or 6”x6” during the 23rd annual Small Works Auction. In this exhibit and auction, more than 70 Spiva member artists create works from jewelry to collage, which they donate for auctioning. The exhibit is not only a great way to raise money for Spiva operations, but an excellent opportunity to offer exposure for the participating artists. Free and open to the public; donations appreciated. More information: Jade Henning, jhenning@spivaarts.org, 417.623.0183.

March 20–May 15: PhotoSpiva 2021 at Spiva Center for the Arts, Main Gallery (222 W 3rd St). Celebrating its 45th year, PhotoSpiva 2021 delivers an exhibit of photographic excellence from artists across the country. Images were selected by juror Adam Finkelston. The week of the exhibit opening, Finkelston will blind judge the work, without knowledge of the entrants or their status as emerging or professional photographers, and without categories to distinguish photographic processes. The competition is open to all US photographers, and any type of photographic process – from traditional to digital to photo-based mixed media – is eligible, as long as it results in a two-dimensional print that has never been shown at Spiva. Free and open to the public; donations appreciated. More information: Jade Henning, jhenning@spivaarts.org, 417.623.0183.

March 5–May 30: The ABCs of Folklore and Slang by Deby Gilley at Joplin Public Library, Bramlage and Wilcoxon Foundation Gallery (1901 E 20th St). The ABCs of Folklore and Slang is an exhibit featuring 26 linocuts by artist Deby Gilley. Inspired by positive feedback about the titles she gives her works, this series is based on an alphabetical sequence of key letters from the words within the titles. Gilley created these works, which reflect an Ozark heritage, using the relief-printmaking process. “I am hopeful that my chosen images and titles offers a new and refreshing experience to the use of the slang and familiar sayings. Some of the images are people and animals that I know very well,” said Gilley. Her book, The ABCs of Folklore and Slang Told in 26 Linocuts, was released in 2020. Free and open to the public. More information: Jill Sullivan, jhsullivan@postartlibrary.org, 417.623.7953 x1041.

March 1, 2021–January 31, 2022: Post Mail Art Projekt 2021: Show Me Mail Art at Post Art Library (1901 E 20th St). In 2014, Post Art Library put out an international call for mail art for an exhibit that has since turned into an ongoing project. Post Mail Art Projekt 2021: Show Me Mail Art is an exhibit of pieces in their collection, as well as an active call for mail art. The call is open to anyone who would like to participate, but Missouri residents are particularly encouraged to send mail art in celebration of the state Bicentennial! For full details, including where to mail art, what will happen to mail art once it is received, and more, visit postartlibrary.org/post-mail-art-projekt. Post Mail Art Projekt 2021: Show Me Mail Art is in partnership with Connect2Culture and the Joplin Public Library and will be on exhibit inside the library from March 1, 2021 through January 31, 2022. Free and open to the public. More information: Jill Sullivan, jhsullivan@postartlibrary.org, 417.623.7953 x1041.


CLASSES:

May 1: May Story Time Pottery, 10:00–11:00am at Firehouse Pottery (112 S Main St, Ste A). Listen to a story about how amazing moms are and then paint a ring holder dish to give to mom on Mother’s Day! Participants can participate in-store or at home. Sign up now at placefull.com/may-story-time-pottery. All ages welcome! All supplies provided. Cost: $10. More information: Charity Hawkins, firehousepotteryjoplin@gmail.com, 417.553.0671.

May 5: Preschool Nature Connections: The Busy Tree (Ages 3-6), 10:00–11:00am at Wildcat Glades Education Cottage (301 Riviera Dr). What happens inside of and around a tree? Do trees only have weekend visitors, or yearlong guests? Learn all about trees through a wonderful story, a craft, and a walk around Wildcat! Registration required. To register, visit their Facebook page, call them at 417.708.7713, or email them at lauren@wildcatglades.org. Free and open to the public. More information: Robin Standridge, robin@wildcatglades.org, 417.708.7713.

May 5: TOP 10 Series: Native Plants for Landscaping, 2:30pm online. Join the Missouri Conservation Department as they discuss some of the native plants that make good contributions to your landscape! Discuss the plants’ benefits, where they can be used, and additional, useful facts. All ages welcome. Registration required; reserve your spot at mdc-event-web.s3licensing.com/Event/EventDetails/177209. Free and open to the public. More information: Tim Smith, tim.smith@mdc.mo.gov, 417.629.3434.

May 6: House Story: How to Research Historic Sites & Structures, noon via Zoom. May is Preservation Month! Join Post Art Library director Jill Sullivan to learn about how to discover the history of your house and other sites or structures. During this webinar, you’ll be introduced to the reasons people research historic sites and structures, gain basic to intermediate knowledge about how to facilitate such research, and learn about the resources available, as well as research dos and don’ts. This webinar is offered in partnership with Missouri Preservation. Registration is required. Register in advance at bit.ly/pal-historic-sites-research-registration. Free and open to the public. More information: Jill Sullivan, jhsullivan@postartlibrary.org, 417.623.7953 x1041.

May 8: Yoga in Nature for Adults (Ages 16+), 8:30–9:30am at Wildcat Glades Village (301 Riviera Dr). Led by Amanda, a registered yoga teacher, this class incorporates elements of nature, breathing, and yoga for a fun and relaxing experience! Bring your yoga mat or a towel, and a reusable water bottle. Space is limited, so reserve your spot today. Registration required. To register, visit their Facebook page or email lauren@wildcatglades.org. Cost: $10. More information: Robin Standridge, robin@wildcatglades.org, 417.708.7713.

May 8: Yoga in Nature for Kids (Ages 2+), 11:15–11:45am at Wildcat Glades Village (201 Riviera Dr). Led by Amanda, a registered yoga teacher, 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 their Facebook page or email lauren@wildcatglades.org. Free and open to the public. More information: Robin Standridge, robin@wildcatglades.org, 417.708.7713.

May 8: Preschool Nature Connections: The Busy Tree (Ages 3-6), 1:00–2:00pm at Wildcat Glades Education Cottage (301 Riviera Dr). What happens inside of and around a tree? Do trees only have weekend visitors, or yearlong guests? Learn all about trees through a wonderful story, a craft, and a walk around Wildcat! Registration required. To register, visit their Facebook page, call them at 417.708.7713, or email them at lauren@wildcatglades.org. Free and open to the public. More information: Robin Standridge, robin@wildcatglades.org, 417.708.7713.

May 8: Nature Explorers: Hiking Basics (Ages 7-12), 3:00pm at Wildcat Glades Pavilion (301 Riviera Dr). Hiking is a great way to get outside and explore the natural world around you! Learn how to prepare for a hike and what to do on the trail during a guided hike. Participants will meet at the Wildcat Pavilion near Shoal Creek for a brief lesson before hitting the trail for a class on the go. Please note, especially if bringing younger siblings, kids will complete the entire four-mile trail, which includes the bluff section. Bring a water bottle, sturdy shoes, and weather appropriate clothing. Registration required. To register, visit their Facebook page, call 417.708.7713, or email lauren@wildcatglades.org. Free and open to the public. More information: Robin Standridge, robin@wildcatglades.org, 417.708.7713.

May 8: Paint Your Pet, 6:30–9:30pm at Create N Sip Studios (223 W 3rd St). Celebrate your favorite pet by painting their portrait, no experience needed! Register at least 48 hours in advance and send a picture of your pet to be sketched onto a canvas for you to paint. Allow up to three hours for this event. Cost: $52. More information: John Coleman, coleman@creatensip.com, 417.680.5434.

May 11: Little Acorns: Hooray for Hummingbirds (Ages 2-8), 2:00pm online. It won’t be long before these winged jewels will arrive for their summer nesting season! Learn more about Missouri’s smallest and most energetic bird during this fun, virtual program. Registration and a valid email address is required to receive the program link. Register at mdc-event-web.s3licensing.com/Event/EventDetails/177184. Free and open to the public. More information: Kensi Tillman, Kensi.Tillman@mdc.mo.gov, 417.629.3434.

May 15: Little Acorns: Hooray for Hummingbirds (Ages 2-8), 2:00pm online. It won’t be long before these winged jewels will arrive for their summer nesting season! Learn more about Missouri’s smallest and most energetic bird during this fun, virtual program. Registration and a valid email address is required to receive the program link. Register at mdc-event-web.s3licensing.com/Event/EventDetails/177185. Free and open to the public. More information: Kensi Tillman, Kensi.Tillman@mdc.mo.gov, 417.629.3434.

May 20: An Ounce of Prevention, 6:00–7:00pm online. Help your family be prepared for safe outings this summer by learning how “an ounce of prevention” before an outdoor excursion can prevent needing “a pound of cure” afterwards. Learn how to identify and avoid various poisonous plants and venomous animals and the best way to deal with ticks, mosquitoes, and more. Registration required. Reserve your spot at mdc-event-web.s3licensing.com/Event/EventDetails/177186. More information: Tim Smith, Shoal.Creek@mdc.mo.gov, 417.629.3434.

May 21: Wood Burning Class with Roxenne Kendall, 6:00–8:00pm at Local Color Art Gallery & Studio (1027 S Main St). Play with fire during this unforgettable class! Learn the art of pyrography (wood burning) and use it to create a design on a bamboo cutting board. This class is intended for teens and adults. Registration required; reserve your spot by calling Local Color at 417.553.0835 or by visiting them during business hours. All supplies included. Cost: $35. More information: Roxenne Kendall, rkrdh79@gmail.com, 573.397.1940.

May 27: 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 Van Gogh’s Irises or Monet’s Japanese Bridge. All materials are furnished, plus good drinks and old/new friends! Reservations required; call 417.553.0835 to reserve your spot. Please note: due to COVID-19, the class will be limited to ten participants, social distancing practices will be used, and masks are recommended. Cost is $35 ($30 if you do not drink wine). More information and reservation: Margie Moss, margiemonet@gmail.com, 417.553.0835.

May 28: Conservation Families: Snakes of Missouri, 6:00pm online. Snakes are one of Missouri’s most misunderstood creatures. Some people have such a dread of snakes that they actually avoid going outdoors to fish, hunt, hike, or picnic. Getting to know the species, its natural history, and the distribution of Missouri’s snakes can help you overcome your fear of them and appreciate their role in nature! Registration and a valid email address are required to receive the program link. Reserve your spot at mdc-event-web.s3licensing.com/Event/EventDetails/177187. Free and open to the public. More information: Jessie Ballard, jessie.ballard@mdc.mo.gov, 417.629.3434.

May 28: Paint Your Pet, 6:30–9:30pm at Create N Sip Studios (223 W 3rd St). Celebrate your favorite pet by painting their portrait, no experience needed! Register at least 48 hours in advance and send a picture of your pet to be sketched onto a canvas for you to paint. Allow up to three hours for this event. Cost: $52. More information: John Coleman, coleman@creatensip.com, 417.680.5434.

May 29: Basic Archery (Ages 7+), 2:00pm at Shoal Creek Conservation Education Center (201 W Riviera Dr). Learn the fundamental skills and safety of archery shooting! Participants will cover bow nomenclature, hand set, bow set, pre-draw stance, safety, and techniques to stay on target. Join the staff of Shoal Creek Conservation Education Center as you discover the fun of archery and begin this lifelong activity! Please dress for the weather, bring a lawn chair, and some water. Guests ages 7-18 must be accompanied by an adult mentor. Registration required; register at mdc.mo.gov/SouthwestEvents. Free and open the public. More information: Tim Smith, Shoal.Creek@mdc.mo.gov, 417.629.3434.

All Month: Firehouse Pottery To-Go Kits at Firehouse Pottery-Joplin (112 S Main St). Paint pottery in peace! Purchase one of Firehouse Pottery’s Pottery To-Go Kits and paint pottery in the comfort of your own home! More information: Charity Hawkins, firehousepotteryjoplin@gmail.com, 417.553.0671.

All Month: Creates2Go Kits at Create N Sip Studios (223 W 3rd St). Get creative while maintaining social distancing with one of Creates2Go Kits! More information: John Coleman, coleman@creatensip.com, 417.680.5434.


RECURRING CLASSES:

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

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

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

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

Tuesdays: Tuesday Oil, Acrylic, & Watercolor Come & Go, 2:00–5:00pm at Local Color Art Gallery & Studio. Calling all “big kids” for a weekly drop-in painting class for adults! Decide when to come and how long to stay. With up to 3 hours of painting time, you can both accomplish and enjoy more personal instruction. Award-winning artist Paula Giltner teaches watercolor, oil, and acrylic painting techniques and design principles. Bring any materials you have for the first lesson and learn about the materials you might need for additional lessons. Cost: $20. More information: Paula Giltner, jnpgiltner@hotmail.com.

Wednesdays: Wednesday Oil, Acrylic, & Watercolor Come & Go, 2:00–5:00pm at Local Color Art Gallery & Studio (1027 S Main St). Calling all “big kids” for a weekly drop-in painting class for adults! Decide when to come and how long to stay. With up to 3 hours of painting time, you can both accomplish and enjoy more personal instruction. Paula Giltner teaches watercolor, oil, and acrylic painting techniques and design principles. Bring any materials you have for the first lesson and learn about the materials you might need for additional lessons. Cost: $20. More information: Paula Giltner, jnpgiltner@hotmail.com.

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

Third Thursdays: Painting and Sculpting with April Davis, 6:00–8:00pm at Local Color Art Gallery & Studio (1027 S Main St). Students may choose to create an acrylic painting or a sculpture. April Davis will guide you through her simple techniques that make painting or sculpture easy and fun for all levels – beginner to advanced! Cost: $30 per class. More information: Sandy Robinson, sandyrob@cableone.net, 417.553.0835.

Firehouse Pottery-Joplin (112 S Main St):

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

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

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

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

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

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

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