November 2019

Posted on Oct 30, 2019 in Monthly Arts & Culture

What’s coming up in November 2019? We have all the details on arts, culture, and entertainment in Joplin, MO, throughout the month. Scroll through and share with friends…

Featured Image: Stone Mandala Painting at April’s Art House on November 22. See “Classes” below for more information.


PERFORMANCES:­

October 31–November 3: Midwest Regional Ballet: This is Halloween, 7:30pm (Saturday & Sunday 2:00pm) at Memorial Auditorium and Convention Center (503 N Pine St, Pittsburg, KS). Celebrate the spooky season by attending Midwest Regional Ballet’s production of This is Halloween. Inspired by the beloved Nightmare Before Christmas, this thrilling production features contemporary and hip-hop dance as well as aerial performances. Tickets: Adults Lower Level $15, Kids/Seniors Lower Level $12, General Admission Balcony $10. To purchase tickets, call 620.231.7827 or visit memorialauditorium.org. More information: Kaye Lewis, kayelewis_mrb@hotmail.com, 620.235.4831.

November 2: Me Like Bees with Payton James Walk and Sara Wood, 7:00–10:00pm (doors 6:00pm) at Wilder’s Ballroom (1208 S Main St). Me Like Bees is ready to play its hometown again! After a busy summer producing new music and touring the nation, the Bees Bois are excited to bring their high-energy live show home. Tickets: Pre-Sale BOGO $17, General Admission $10. More information: Me Like Bees, melikebees@gmail.com.

November 5: Tinsley Ellis House Concert, 6:30pm (doors 6:00pm) at The Coda Concert House (2120 E 24th St). After a career spanning decades, Tinsley Ellis has established himself as a brilliant guitar player who goes beyond the typical molds of the Southern blues and rock genres. Ellis has garnered fans from across the globe with his stirring, original blues and astounding rock songs. Don’t miss a chance to see this talented musician in an intimate setting! 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.

November 7: Pro Musica: Tesla Quartet with Alex Fiterstein, 7:00pm at Ozark Christian College, Chapel (1111 N Main St). Praised for their “superb capacity to find the inner heart of everything they play, regardless of era, style or technical demand” (The International Review of Music), the Tesla Quartet brings refinement and prowess to both new and established repertoire. The quartet came to Joplin as part of the 2015-16 concert season. Clarinetist Alexander Fiterstein is considered one of today’s most exceptional artists. Fiterstein has performed in recital, with distinguished orchestras, and with chamber music ensembles throughout the world. Mr. Fiterstein performed in Joplin with a piano trio during the 2017-18 season. An additional house concert will be held on November 8. More information: Deb Billings, info@promusicajoplin.org, 417.625.1822.

November 8: Pro Musica: Tesla Quartet with Alex Fiterstein (House Concert), 6:30pm. Enjoy an incredible performance in an intimate setting. Praised for their “superb capacity to find the inner heart of everything they play, regardless of era, style or technical demand” (The International Review of Music), the Tesla Quartet brings refinement and prowess to both new and established repertoire. The quartet came to Joplin as part of the 2015-16 concert season. Clarinetist Alexander Fiterstein is considered one of today’s most exceptional artists. Fiterstein has performed in recital, with distinguished orchestras, and with chamber music ensembles throughout the world. Mr. Fiterstein performed in Joplin with a piano trio during the 2017-18 season. Contact Pro Musica for house location, ticket prices, and reservations. More information: Deb Billings, info@promusicajoplin.org, 417.625.1822.

November 14: Jazz Combo Recital, 7:30pm at Missouri Southern State University, Corley Auditorium (3950 E Newman Rd). Enjoy a rich, soulful performance by the MSSU Jazz Combo, directed by Dr. Phillip C. Wise. Free and open to the public. More information: Rita Boyer, boyer-r@mssu.edu, 417.625.9318.

November 15: Jazz & Pizza at Gusano’s, 6:00–8:00pm at Gusano’s Pizza (3929 E 7th St E). Grab a slice of Chicago-style pizza and listen to the smooth jazz melodies of MSSU’s Jazz Combos! Reservations are recommended. Free and open to the public. More information: Rita Boyer, boyer-r@mssu.edu, 417.625.9318.

November 15: Lil’ Ed & The Blues Imperials House Concert, 7:00pm (doors 6:30pm) at The Coda Concert House (2120 E 24th St). Lil’ Ed & the Blues Imperials have been producing music for more than 30 years. This accomplished band began in Chicago, where their distinct sound and Lil’ Ed’s unique vocals created a thrilling experience with each performance. Today, Lil’ Ed & The Blues Imperials have earned multiple awards for their work, including the Blues Music Award for Band of the Year. 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.

November 19: Faculty Recital – Chery Cotter with Pre-Lecture, 7:00pm (recital 7:30pm) at Missouri Southern State University, Corley Auditorium (3950 E Newman Rd). Dr. Cheryl Cotter of the MSSU music department presents a fascinating lecture and captivating recital. Free and open to the public. More information: Rita Boyer, boyer-r@mssu.edu, 417.625.9318.

November 20–23: A Christmas Carol, 7:30pm at Missouri Southern State University, Bud Walton Theatre (3950 E Newman Rd). Charles Dickens’ classic Christmas tale, which follows Ebenezer Scrooge, a selfish miser, who is dramatically changed after he is visited by three ghosts. Tickets: Adults $7, Students/Senior Citizens $5. More information: Terri Spencer, spencer-t@mssu.edu, 417.625.9393.

November 22: Wind Ensemble Concert, 7:30pm at Central Christian Center (410 Virginia Ave). The MSSU Wind Ensemble returns for another moving, fall recital. Cost: Free. More information: Rita Boyer, boyer-r@mssu.edu, 417.625.9318.

November 26: Jazz Orchestra Concert, 7:30pm at Missouri Southern State University, Corley Auditorium (3950 E Newman Rd). A passionate performance by the MSSU Jazz Orchestra, under the direction of Frederick Green II. Free and open to the public. More information: Rita Boyer, boyer-r@mssu.edu, 417.625.9318.

November 30: Jimi Hendrix Birthday Celebration feat. Chris Duarte, 5:30pm (doors 5:00pm) at The Coda Concert House (2120 E 24th St). Celebrate the genius guitarist, Jimi Hendix, with a night of Jimi’s music, featuring guitar legend, Chris Duarte, and special guest, Rachel Ammons of the Ben Miller Band. 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.


EVENTS:

November 1: Joplin Regional Artists Coalition: Studio Tours, 5:00–8:00pm at various studios in the Joplin area. Join the Joplin Regional Artists Coalition as their members open their studio spaces for tours! See where some of the most talented, area artists produce their work and watch as they provide demonstrations. Click here to see a list of participating artists. Participants may also win beautiful pieces from participating artists by purchasing a signature card for $10. Collect signatures of 10 participating artists and receive one entry for the raffle. Collect 20 and get two entries. Collect all participating artists signatures and receive three entries into the raffle. Click here to view raffle items. More information: Emily Rose, joplinrac@gmail.com.

November 1: VSM Joplin: November First Friday, 7:00–10:00pm (social dance 8:00pm) at Joplin Avenue Coffee Company (506 S Joplin Ave). Learn the art of swing dance with Vintage Swing Movement Joplin! A beginner’s swing dance lesson will take place at 7:00pm, followed by a social dance with live jazz at 8:00pm. Dance the night away, listen to some incredible jazz music by Freddie Green & his friends, grab a drink, and enjoy the speakeasy atmosphere of Joplin Avenue Coffee Company. Cost: $5. More information: Ashley King, vsmjoplin@gmail.com, 316.243.8175.

November 2: Joplin Regional Artists Coalition: Studio Tours, 10:00am–3:00pm at various studios in the Joplin area. Join the Joplin Regional Artists Coalition as their members open their studio spaces for tours! See where some of the most talented, area artists produce their work and watch as they provide demonstrations. Click here to see a list of participating artists. Participants may also win beautiful pieces from participating artists by purchasing a signature card for $10. Collect signatures of 10 participating artists and receive one entry for the raffle. Collect 20 and get two entries. Collect all participating artists signatures and receive three entries into the raffle. Click here to view raffle items. More information: Emily Rose, joplinrac@gmail.com.

November 2: Attracting Backyard Birds, 1:00–2:30pm at Shoal Creek Conservation Education Center (201 W Riviera Dr). Fall and winter are great times to put up a bird feeder! Not only does it attract beautiful birds, but it also engages children in a fun, family activity. Learn more about the birds commonly seen in Missouri’s backyards and how you can attract them. Each family will receive one hanging platform feeder to assemble and take home. Registration required. Free and open to the public. More information: Kim Banner, Kimberly.Banner@mdc.mo.gov, 417.629.3434.

November 2 & 3: Man of Great Faith, 1:00pm at George Washington Carver National Monument (5646 Carver Rd, Diamond, MO). George Washington Carver had a deep Christian faith that guided his life and work. Learn the story of his inspiration and what Carver credits for his success. Free and open to the public. More information: Randal Becker, 417.325.4151, randall_becker@nps.gov.

November 3: 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. Admission: Free. More information: Dakoda Potter, potterdakoda1982@gmail.com, 417.540.9186.

November 4: Artist Talk with Michael Ashley, 2:00–3:00pm at Missouri Southern State University, Spiva Art Gallery (3950 E Newman Rd). Learn more about artist Michael Ashley and his ceramics exhibit. Free and open to the public. More information: Dr. Christine Bentley, bentley-c@mssu.edu, 417.625.9563.

November 4: Opening Reception: Fall in the Ozarks by Michael Ashley, 3:00–4:00pm at Missouri Southern State University, Spiva Art Gallery (3950 E Newman Rd). Admire the beautiful craftsmanship and skill poured into each piece of the exhibit Michael Ashley. Free and open to the public. More information: Dr. Christine Bentley, bentley-c@mssu.edu, 417.625.9563.

November 5: The Evolution of Australia’s Relationship with China: The Rise of Economic and Diplomatic Tensions, 9:30am at Missouri Southern State University, Phelps Theater (3950 E Newman Rd). Since the 1990s Australia has strengthened its economic relationship with the People’s Republic of China (PRC). However, even as Sino-Australian economic relations have grown deeper, tensions have begun to form as Australia is pulled in different directions by its ally, the United States, and the rising global power of the PRC. Dr. Nicholas P. Nicoletti will cover the recent history of Sino-Australian relations, specifically focusing on China’s impact on the Australian economy, global diplomatic relations, and domestic political environment. Free and open to the public. This event is a part of MSSU’s Oceania themed semester. More information: Chad Stebbins, stebbins-c@mssu.edu, 417.625.9736.

November 7: Opening Reception: JRAC: ARTerior MOtives, 5:30–7:30pm at Spiva Center for the Arts, Upstairs Gallery (222 W 3rd St). Appreciate the impressive variety of mediums, styles, and passions exhibited in Joplin Regional Artists Coalition’s latest exhibit, ARTerior MOtives. Free and open to the public; donations appreciated. More information: Jade Henning, jhenning@spivaarts.org, 417.623.0183.

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

November 7: Film Night at the Library, 6:00pm at Joplin Public Library, Community Room West (1901 E 20th St). In celebration of their upcoming Victoria Price Author Visit, Post Art Library is hosting a Vincent Price film night! Enjoy a free popcorn and watch the 1964 post-apocalyptic film, The Last Man on Earth. Feel free to bring you own (alcohol free) drinks and other movie snacks. Brought to you by the Post Art Library in collaboration with the MSSU Honors Program. Free and open to the public. More information: Jill Sullivan, jhsullivan@postartlibrary.org, 417.623.7953 X1041.

November 7: A Night with the Tusitala: Readings from Oceania, 7:00pm at Missouri Southern State University, Cornell Auditorium (3950 E Newman Rd). In Samoan, the word tusitala means “writer of stories.” Let the tusitala of Oceania take you to the tropical islands and mysterious Outback of the Oceania region. Students from the Missouri Southern English Department and Sigma Tau Delta will provide information about selected authors and their works and read excerpts of poetry, mythology, and fiction representing the four distinct regions of Australia, Melanesia, Micronesia, and Polynesia. Introduced by Carley Petersen Durden, the evening will offer insight into the lives of the people of Oceania through the power of storytelling. Free and open to the public. This event is a part of MSSU’s Oceania themed semester. More information: Chad Stebbins, stebbins-c@mssu.edu, 417.625.9736.

November 8 & 9: Rummage Sale, 8:00am–5:00pm (Saturday 8:00am–2:00pm) at IBEW Hall (3316 S Main St). Help support Wildcat Friends Group, Wildcat Glades Park and Trails, and their education programs while browsing the wide variety of items for sale. If you would like to donate goods for the sale, items will be accepted from 8:00am to 5:00pm, November 5–7. No clothing will be accepted. Free and open to the public. More information: Robin Standridge, robin@wildcatglades.org, 417.708.7713.

November 9: Tree Pruning Workshop (Ages 10+), 9:00–11:00am at Dover Hill Park (1200 N Main St). Learn about basic tree biology, why you should prune trees, proper pruning techniques, and how to guide young trees to develop into desirable shapes using pruning. This workshop includes hands-on pruning in Dover Hill Park. Meet at the parking lot west of Main Street and along NW Murphy Blvd (800 Block of NW Murphy Blvd). Registration requested but not required. Free and open to the public. More information and registration: Jon Skinner, jon.skinner@mdc.mo.gov, 417.629.3434.

November 9 & 10: Women in Carver’s Life, 1:00 pm at George Washington Carver National Monument (5646 Carver Rd, Diamond, MO). 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. Free and open to the public. More information: Randall Becker, randall_becker@nps.gov, 417.325.4151.

November 10: 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. Admission: Free. More information: Dakoda Potter, potterdakoda1982@gmail.com, 417.540.9186.

November 11: Sherwood Speaker Series: “The Civil War from an Osage/Wah-Zha-Zhi Perspective,” 6:00pm at Missouri Southern State University, Corley Auditorium (3950 E Newman Rd). The Civil War remains a defining chapter in our nation’s history, and the strategic significance of Southwest Missouri during the conflict cannot be understated. Learn more about Missouri’s role in this significant part of American history as Isaias McCaffery presents “The Civil War from an Osage/Wah-Zha-Zhi Perspective.” Free and open to the public. More information: Brad Belk, 417.625.9665, belk-b@mssu.edu.

November 12: Tree Pruning Workshop (Ages 10+), 6:30–8:30pm at Shoal Creek Conservation Education Center (201 W Riviera Dr). Learn about basic tree biology, why you should prune trees, proper pruning techniques, and how to guide young trees to develop into desirable shapes using pruning. Registration requested but not required. Free and open to the public. More information and registration: Jon Skinner, jon.skinner@mdc.mo.gov, 417.629.3434.

November 13: Boomerang Painting, 10:30am–1:30pm at Missouri Southern State University, Billingsly Student Center (3950 E Newman Rd). What’s more Australian than a boomerang? The Campus Activities Board is providing the boomerangs and the paint; you just have to supply the creativity! Free and open to the public. This event is a part of MSSU’s Oceania themed semester. More information: Chad Stebbins, stebbins-c@mssu.edu, 417.625.9736.

November 13: Moana, 2:30 & 7:00pm at Missouri Southern State University, Phelps Theater (3950 E Newman Rd). Adventurous teenager, Moana, sails out on a daring mission to save her people. During her journey, she meets the once-mighty demigod Maui, who guides her in her quest to become a master way-finder. Together they sail across the open ocean on an action-packed voyage, encountering enormous monsters and impossible odds. Along the way, Moana fulfills the ancient quest of her ancestors and discovers the one thing she always sought: her own identity. Free candy and drinks provided. Free and open to the public. This event is a part of MSSU’s Oceania themed semester. More information: Chad Stebbins, stebbins-c@mssu.edu, 417.625.9736.

November 14: From Oz to Oceania: Portraits of Peoples by Two Kansans with a Kodak, 9:30am at Missouri Southern State University, Corley Auditorium (3950 E Newman Rd). In a time when most Americans never ventured beyond their own shores, two Kansans, Martin and Osa Johnson, brought home the sights and sounds of faraway places. Their films and books introduced audiences to exotic peoples and presented close-up encounters with epic creatures. In 1917, they were among the first to create a visual record of life and customs in Oceania, primarily in the Solomon Islands and Vanuatu. Their photographs captured the faces of island ancestors and documented island culture that shaped people’s lives 100 years ago. This presentation will include Johnsonian photographs and film footage prepared for South Seas centennial commemorations around the globe. Free and open to the public. This event is a part of MSSU’s Oceania themed semester. More information: Chad Stebbins, stebbins-c@mssu.edu, 417.625.9736.

November 14: The Whole Story: A Decolonial Cross-Cultural Day Institute, 12:00–5:30pm at Missouri Southern State University (3950 E Newman Rd). Decolonialization is an ongoing, intentional process in which colonized people reassert their traditional and cultural identities. Engage in workshops and conversations about decolonization and consider how you can enact it in your life. Featured speakers include Dr. Constance R. Baily, author Adib Khorram, Dr. Jill Greer, and more! Local high school students, university and college students, faculty and staff at local schools, and the public are welcome to attend. A Fundraising Gala will also be held at 6:30pm at Bookhouse Cinema to support new scholarships in the MSSU English Department for Black, Indigenous, and People of Colour. Registration: $10. More information: Dr. Rebecca Mouser, mouser-r@mssu.edu, 417.625.9377.

November 14: Joplin Writers’ Guild, 6:00pm at the Joplin Public Library (1901 E 20th St). The Joplin Writers’ Guild, a chapter of the Missouri Writers’ Guild, includes a wide variety of writers – from hobbyists to professional, published writers. Members have published novels (romance, mystery, historical, middle grade, YA, etc.), nonfiction books (regional history and the Arcadia Images of America series), and articles (travel, education, law topics, etc.). The group focuses on supporting each other and sharing information about the publishing and writing industries. This group is open to the public. Dues are $10 for the year, but anyone interested can attend their first meeting free. More information: S.V. Farnsworth, s.v.farnsworth@gmail.com, 417.691.0480.

November 14: The Whole Story: Fundraising Gala, 6:30pm at Bookhouse Cinema (715 E Broadway). An evening of fun for a great cause! After the day institute, head over to Bookhouse Cinema for good eats, tasty drinks, live music, a silent auction, a reading from award-winning author Adib Khorrahm, and more! Funds raised support new scholarships in the MSSU English Department for Black, Indigenous, and People of Colour. Free and open to the public. More information: Dr. Rebecca Mouser, mouser-r@mssu.edu, 417.625.9377.

November 15: Holiday Open House, 5:30–8:30pm at Local Color Art Gallery & Studio (1027 S Main St). Celebrate the beginning of the holiday season at Local Color’s Holiday Open House! Find the perfect gift for everyone on your list, including yourself. Enjoy refreshments while meeting Local Color’s award-winning artists and perusing art on display. Items for sale include pottery, paintings, fiber art, scarves, wood turnings, furniture, sculpture, glass, silver and beaded jewelry, and much more. Free and open to the public. More information and reservation: Margie Moss, margiemonet@gmail.com, 417.553.0835.

November 15: The Hip Handmade Market Happy Hour Fall 2019, 6:30–9:00pm at the Joplin Empire Market (931 E 4th St). Think pre-shopping, casual atmosphere, mingling, the perfect fun night out! This is a pre-show to the Fall 2019 Hip Handmade Market. Not only are tickets for Friday night limited so that you can enjoy shopping without a crowd, they include appetizers and drinks including our signature cocktail for those 21 and up! Expect good quality and affordable products. Showcased mediums might include paper goods, soaps, jewelry, pottery, clothing, vintage finds, accessories, knits, photography, painting and more! Tickets: In Advance $15, At the Door $20. More information: Emma Ball, emma@thehiphandmademarket.com.

November 16: The Hip Handmade Market Fall 2019, 10:00am–4:00pm at the 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. Showcased mediums might include printmaking, jewelry, vintage finds, accessories, woodworking, felting, fabric, metal, children’s items, and more. Located inside the Joplin Empire Market, patrons can browse and purchase handmade items from the best-curated craft show in town while enjoying the baked goods and fresh produce offered by the Empire Market. Cost: $2. Proceeds will directly benefit Art Feeds Joplin. More information: Emma Ball, emma@thehiphandmademarket.com.

November 16 & 17: Struggle for Education, 1:00pm at George Washington Carver National Monument (5646 Carver Rd, Diamond, MO). Explore some of the challenges George Washington Carver faced in his pursuit of a formal education while growing up in the post-Civil War United States. Free and open to the public. More information: Randall Becker, randall_becker@nps.gov, 417.325.4151.

November 17: 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. Admission: Free. More information: Dakoda Potter, potterdakoda1982@gmail.com, 417.540.9186.

November 18: Victoria Price Author Visit , 6:00pm at Joplin Public Library (1901 E 20th St). Post Art Library (1901 E 20th St). Listen to Victoria Price’s presentation Vincent Price: Master of Menace, Lover of Life, in which she discusses her father Vincent Price, aka cinema’s King of Horror. Discover more about the career, family life, and philosophies of one of cinema’s most beloved actors. Then, meet Victoria Price during a book signing. Brought to you by the Post Art Library and MSSU Honors Program. Free and open to the public. More information: Jill Sullivan, jhsullivan@postartlibrary.org, 417.623.7953 X1041.

November 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! Open mic sign-up begins at 6:00pm. Featured reader begins at 6:15pm. Open mic readings follow at 7:00pm. This event occurs on the third Monday of each month – same place, same time. Free and open to the public. More information: Allison Blevins, ablevins@pittstate.edu.

November 19: Joplin Area Town and Country Quilters Meeting, 10:30am–2:30pm at Peace Lutheran Church (3100 N Saint Louis Ave). A day of fellowship and quilting! At 10:30am, learn how to create a variety of blocks using Create Grids Log Cabin Rulers. Then, enjoy a potluck luncheon at noon, followed by featured speaker, Judy Lyon, who will give a lecture/trunk show entitled Magical Theme Quilts. Any adult can attend two meetings prior to becoming a member. More information: Kathy Knapp, knappka@gmail.com, 417-825-7078.

November 19: Missouri Arts Council Workshop, 3:00–5:00pm at Spiva Center for the Arts (222 W 3rd St). The Missouri Arts Council seeks eligible organizations (Missouri-based, tax-exempt only) looking for funding for arts projects, who are not familiar with the Missouri Arts Council (MAC) application process. Join for the annual grant information workshops. The two-hour workshop covers basic information on MAC grants, both monthly and annual (except Arts Education), grant eligibility, accessing the new online grant system, the application and panel processes, preparing support materials and how to strategically address narrative questions. If you have never applied for MAC funding, or seek to improve your grant application, this free workshop is for you! Note that MAC grants are available only to organizations, not individuals. Come and meet MAC staff, and connect with your local arts and arts advocacy communities. This is our chance to get to know you and your opportunity to find resources and services with a personal touch! Workshop begins at 3pm. Bring business cards and brochures if you have them and join your colleagues at 2:30pm to network and learn about Missouri Citizens for the Arts (MCA). RSVP preferred, but not required. More information: Kathleen Morrissey, kathleen.morrissey@ded.mo.gov, 314-340-7539, 866-407-4752 toll-free main line.

November 20: Māori Culture Book Club and the Polynesian Influence, 5:30pm at Missouri Southern State University, Phelps Theater (3950 E Newman Rd). The Whale Rider (1978) by Witi Ihimaera, the first Māori writer to publish both a novel and a book of short stories, is “a magical, mythical work about a young girl whose relationship with a whale ensures the salvation of her village.” Enjoy the book, learn about the Māori culture of New Zealand, and meet new people in the process by joining the Oceania-themed book club, hosted by the Missouri Southern English honor society, Sigma Tau Delta. The book club will meet on Wednesdays: Sept. 25 at Joplin Avenue Coffee (first third to half of book), Oct. 23 at the Joplin Public Library (second half of book), and Nov. 20 at Phelps Theater in the Billingsly Student Center on the MSSU campus (endings, adaptations, and afterlives). Light snacks provided. Free and open to the public. This event is a part of MSSU’s Oceania themed semester. More information: Chad Stebbins, stebbins-c@mssu.edu, 417.625.9736.

November 21: Seventh Annual Empty Bowls 2019, 11:00am–7:30pm at Joplin Empire Market (931 E 4th St). Do you enjoy local artwork, tasty soups, and helping others in our community? Then this event is for you! Select a handcrafted bowl from an area artist and then fill it with your choice of delicious soup from a local restaurant. After your meal is done, keep the bowl as a reminder of your generosity and dedication to eliminating hunger in our area. Cost: $20 minimum per bowl. More information: Ruth Willoughby, ruth@wateredgardens.org, 417.623.6030 X113.

November 22–January 31: The Winter Gift Gallery at Bookhouse Cinema (715 E Broadway). The Winter Gift Gallery is a pop-up shop that offers a wide variety of products from local artists and creators. Pop into Bookhouse Cinema on Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays during operating hours to peruse the Winter Gift Gallery’s stellar selection of items available, including art, jewelry, décor, clothing, books, music, and more! Looking to be a part of this makers’ co-op? Apply here! More information: Holly Crane, bookhousejoplin@gmail.com, 417.825.5161.

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

November 23: Wonders of the Night Sky, 6:30–8:30pm 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 brief slideshow will be followed by an outside constellation tour. This event is free and open to the public. More information: Randall Becker, randall_becker@nps.gov, 417.325.4151.

November 24: 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. Admission: Free. More information: Dakoda Potter, potterdakoda1982@gmail.com, 417.540.9186.

November 30: Connect2Culture Pop-Up Box Office, 10:00am–3:00pm at Joplin Empire Market (931 E 4th St). Prefer to buy tickets to one of Connect2Culture’s performances in person? Visit the pop-up box office at Joplin Empire Market to buy offline. Package tickets, as well as individual tickets will be available. Click here to learn more about C2C’s Curtains Up Series. Tickets are also available online. C2C’s Pop-Up Box Office is held on the three consecutive Saturday’s before a Curtains Up Series performance. More information: Emily Frankoski, emily@connect2culture.org, 417.501.5550.

November 30: Discover Table: Turkey Talk, 10:30am–1:30pm at Shoal Creek Conservation Education Center (201 W Riviera Dr). Drop in anytime to learn about Missouri’s wild turkeys and create a turkey craft to take home. Registration requested but not required. All ages welcome. Free and open to the public. More information: Kim Banner, Kimberly.Banner@mdc.mo.gov, 417.629.3434.

November 30: The Life and Legacy of Booker T. Washington, 11:00am at George Washington Carver National Monument (5646 Carver Rd, Diamond, MO). Through narration and re-enactment, this 30-minute film traces the legacy of Booker T. Washington and the founding of Tuskegee Institute. Free and open to the public. More information: Randal Becker, randall_becker@nps.gov, 417.325.4151.


EXHIBITS:

November 1 – 30: Home For the Holidays at Urban Art Gallery (511 S Main St). With the holiday season approaching, take some time to celebrate by appreciating the work of local artists, who use different mediums to commemorate this special time of year. More information: Linda Teeter, lteeter00@gmail.com, 417.438.5931.

November 1 – 30: Body Languages by Connie Miller at Joplin Chamber of Commerce (320 E 4th St). What can you discern about someone’s attitude without the help of facial expressions? Connie Miller’s extraordinary exhibit, Body Languages, explores this concept through unique paintings of faceless subjects. Free and open to the public. More information: Linda Teeter, lteeter00@gmail.com, 417.438.5931.

November 1 – 30: Chicago Scapes by Philip Ledbetter at Joplin Avenue Coffee Company (506 S Joplin Ave). Grab a cup of coffee and admire the dynamic, black and white photography featured in Philip Ledbetter’s Chicago Scapes. Free and open to the public. More information: Linda Teeter, lteeter00@gmail.com, 417.438.5931.

November 1 – December 21: JRAC: ARTerior MOtives at Spiva Center for the Arts, Upstairs Gallery (222 W 3rd St). Joplin Regional Artists Coalition (JRAC) once again takes over the Upstairs Gallery with a beautiful collection of art that represents an impressive variety of mediums and talent. Free and open to the public; donations appreciated. More information: Jade Henning, jhenning@spivaarts.org, 417.623.0183.

November 4 – 21: Fall in the Ozarks by Michael Ashley at Missouri Southern State University, Spiva Art Gallery (3950 E Newman Rd). Artist Michael Ashley spent his childhood exploring the Ozarks and admiring its beautiful landscapes. Having studied, taught, and lived in several places, including Mississippi, New York, and even Taiwan, Ashley’s return to the Ozarks has brought back a flood of nostalgic memories. Ashley hopes that the work featured in his exhibit, Fall in the Ozarks, “shares moments of creation and inspiration of [his] homecoming.” Free and open to the public. More information: Dr. Christine Bentley, bentley-c@mssu.edu, 417.625.9563.

October 12 – December 14: 72nd Membership Show at Spiva Center for the Arts, Main Gallery (222 W 3rd St). Back for its 72nd year, Spiva’s Membership Show honors the wide range of passions and creativity its members channel into their work. Almost 100 local artists’ work will be displayed, featuring a variety of mediums and styles. Free and open to the public; donations appreciated. More information: Jade Henning, jhenning@spivaarts.org, 417.623.0183.

October 12 – December 21: Catherine Kirkland: What’s the Point? at Spiva Center for the Arts, Regional Gallery (222 W 3rd St). Lenexa artist, Catherine Kirkland, answers the question, “What’s the Point?” through each vivid piece in her series of pointillist paintings. Free and open to the public; donations appreciated. More information: Jade Henning, jhenning@spivaarts.org, 417.623.0183.

October 1 – November 30: Digital Photography by Maxwell Heckman at Post Art Library (1901 E 20th St). This show juxtaposes two photographic series: M.A.D: Mutually Assured Destruction, a black and white gas mask series in opposition to nuclear war and weapons, and Morning in Joplin, a color landscape series. The stark contrast between the black and white gas mask photographs and the saturated color landscapes demonstrates Maxwell’s aptitude for exploring his medium while eliciting an indescribable connection between the two series. Heckman’s photographs will be displayed in the library’s Local History, Genealogy, and Post Reading Room wing. Free and open to the public. More information: Jill Sullivan, jhsullivan@postartlibrary.org, 417.623.7953 X1041.

October 8 – January 8: Grind: Giving Real Inspiration Never Diminishes by Brett Dorrance at Post Art Library (1901 E 20th St). This solo show is comprised of a typographic sculpture with corresponding posters. Artist Brett Dorrance’s background knowledge of graphic design and 3D design is displayed in a pragmatic, modern, and uplifting way. He has a large interest in motivational messages and helping others from the bottom to the top. His desire is for the viewer to walk away with a sense of encouragement. “We all go through a daily GRIND no matter what the circumstances are,” said Dorrance. “I want that daily GRIND to be applied in a way that brings success and hope, not destruction or failure.” Dorrance’s exhibit will be displayed in The Bramlage Willcoxon Foundation Gallery.Free and open to the public. More information: Jill Sullivan, jhsullivan@postartlibrary.org, 417.623.7953 X1041.


CLASSES:

November 1: DIY Workshop, 7:00–9:00pm at Create N Sip Studios (223 W 3rd St). Need to spruce up your home? Easily create your own home décor with this fun and simple DIY workshop! Prices vary depending on chosen project. Cost: $38–$78. More information: John Coleman, coleman@creatnsip.com, 417.680.5434.

November 2: Pointillism: Making Art with Dots with Sandra Conrad (Ages 15+), 1:00–3:00pm at Spiva Center for the Arts (222 W 3rd St). Learn how to create art using this technique made popular in the 19th Century. Students will get a tour of the exhibit featuring abstract pointillist, Catherine Kirkland, and take home their own works of art. Cost: $25. More information: Jade Henning, jhenning@spivaarts.org, 417.623.0183.

November 2: Date Night Diptych: Intertwined, 7:00–9:00pm at Create N Sip Studios (223 W 3rd St). Grab your significant other and head to Create N Sip Studios for a night of creativity and fun! Work together to create a two paneled, diptych painting while enjoying your favorite beverage from the bar. Prices vary depending on chosen project. Cost: $38–$70. More information: John Coleman, coleman@creatnsip.com, 417.680.5434.

October 7 – November 12 (Mondays): Judy’s Ballroom Dance Lessons: East Coast Swing (Ages 14+), 7:00–8:00pm at Missouri Southern State University, Billingsly Student Center (3950 E Newman Rd). Discover the fun, energetic East Coast Swing during this six-week session! No partner needed. Meet at Billingsly Student Center, Studio 1. Note: This six-week course requires that you attend the first session; it is not a drop-in class. Cost: $65 per person for six lessons. More information: Judy Schneider, schneider-j@mssu.edu, 417.392.0215.

October 7 – November 12 (Mondays): Judy’s Ballroom Dance Lessons: Waltz (Ages 14+), 8:00–9:00pm at Missouri Southern State University, Billingsly Student Center (3950 E Newman Rd). Discover the beautiful, graceful Waltz during this six-week session! No partner needed. Meet at Billingsly Student Center, Studio 1. Note: This six-week course requires that you attend the first session; it is not a drop-in class. Cost: $65 per person for six lessons. More information: Judy Schneider, schneider-j@mssu.edu, 417.392.0215.

November 6: Preschool Nature Connections: Squirrely Squirrels (Ages 3–6), 1:00–2:00pm at Empire Market (931 E 4th St). Squirrels and preschoolers have a lot in common. They both have a ton of energy and their “work” looks like play. Discover what squirrels eat, what their houses look like, how they sound, how squirrels prepare for the winter, and how we can help our squirrel friends stay squirrely. Registration is required, and space is limited.  To register, visit http://bit.ly/YoungestNaturalist. Free and open to the public. More information: Robin Standridge, robin@wildcatglades.org, 417.708.7713.

November 7: Collegiate Masterclass with Dr. John Scott, 5:00pm at Missouri Southern State University, Corley Auditorium (3950 E Newman Rd). The world-renowned clarinetist, Dr. John Scott, presents an informative, collegiate masterclass. Free and open to the public. More information: Rita Boyer, boyer-r@mssu.edu, 417.625.9318.

November 8: Field to Freezer, 6:00–10:00pm at Shoal Creek Conservation Education Center (201 W Riviera Dr). Save money and use more of your harvest by learning how to process your deer at home with simple steps and minimal equipment. Local experts will demonstrate various techniques and answer questions on how to field dress deer, divide them into common cuts, and store the meat for later use. Registration required. Free and open to the public. More information: Kim Banner, Kimberly.Banner@mdc.mo.gov, 417.629.3434.

November 8: Watercolor Pumpkin Painting, 6:00–8:00pm at April’s Art House (5245 Old Highway 71). Discover new watercolor techniques from Tom Jones, master of watercolor, and paint a beautiful, watercolor pumpkin! Click here to sign up. All materials included. Cost: $35 per person. More information: April Davis, aprildavis777@yahoo.com, 417.358.6329.

November 8: Instructed Canvas: Pumpkin Scarecrow, 7:00–9:00pm at Create N Sip Studios (223 W 3rd St). Painting can seem daunting but there’s no need to be intimidated! Recreate this fun, fall scene with the help of a studio artist, who will walk you through each step. No experience needed! Cost: $38. More information: John Coleman, coleman@creatnsip.com, 417.680.5434.

November 9: Window Cling Art, 9:00am–12:00pm at Studio 43 (4940 Highway 43). Out of room for your art? Decorate your windows with polymer clay, stained glass-like window clings! Ages 5 and up welcome. Children ages 5–15 must be accompanied by an adult (adults accompanying children do not have to pay to enter). Polymer clay, tools, and instructions provided. Registration required. Call or text 417.553.1583 or email cyndi@pawpawpatchproductions.com. Your registration is complete when you receive a reply. Cost: $25 per person, additional immediate family members are $12. More information: Cyndi Cogbill, cyndi@pawpawpatchproductions.com, 417.553.1583.

November 9: Plein Air Painting Workshop for Beginners (Ages 13+), 10:00am–1:00pm at George Washington Carver National Monument (5646 Carver Rd, Diamond, MO). In this Plein Air Painting Workshop, participants can enjoy the outdoors while learning to depict the landscape’s trees, similar to that of George Washington Carver’s artwork. Retired Missouri Southern State University professor, Dr. Carolyn M. Hale, will be leading the class and all materials will be provided. This is not a come-and-go class. Participants should be present for the entire three hours. Class size is limited to 20 people. Registration is required; register by calling 417.325.4151. Free and open to the public. More information: Curtis Gregory, gwca_interpretation@nps.gov, 417.325.4151.

November 9: Yoga in Nature for Kids (Ages 2+), 11:15–11:45am at Empire Market (931 E 4th St). Led by Amanda, a Registered Yoga Teacher from 4-States Yoga studio, this class is designed to incorporate elements of fun, breathing, and yoga poses specifically for kids. Bring your yoga mat or a towel, and a reusable water bottle. Registration required. To register, visit http://bit.ly/kidsnatureyoga. Free and open to the public. More information: Robin Standridge, robin@wildcatglades.org, 417.708.7713.

November 9: Fundamentals of Paint Pouring, Noon–2:00pm at April’s Art House (5245 Old Highway 71). Learn a variety of paint pouring styles. Watch as artist Mary Parks demonstrates styles like dirty pour, ring pour, Dutch pour, swipe, string, and more. Then, practice these techniques on two canvases! Click here to sign up. All materials included. Cost: $40 per person. More information: April Davis, aprildavis777@yahoo.com, 417.358.6329.

November 9: The Power of Photoshop with Sarah Clements (Ages 13+), 1:00–3:00pm at Spiva Center for the Arts (222 W 3rd St). Take your photos to the next level by learning techniques like color grading, dodging and burning, and so much more. This is a great way to prepare for entering PhotoSpiva 2020! Bring your laptop to work along as you learn. Cost: $25. More information: Jade Henning, jhenning@spivaarts.org, 417.623.0183.

November 11: Pawpaw Patch Productions: Open Studio (Ages 16+), 6:00–9:00pm at Studio 43 (4940 Highway 43). Did you have a polymer clay class and want to make more? 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! The first person to register and request a skill or project will determine what is demonstrated. Scrap clay and tools provided; bring your own polymer clay if you want to create more than one project or a large project. Registration required. Call or text 417.553.1583 or email cyndi@pawpawpatchproductions.com. Your registration is complete when you receive a reply. Cost: $25 (plus tax) per person for three hours. More information: Cyndi Cogbill, cyndi@pawpawpatchproductions.com, 417.553.1583.

November 13: Siblings Improv Sessions, 7:30–9:00pm at Spiva Center for the Arts (222 W 3rd St). Drop into Spiva for this free improv workshop hosted by Siblings Improv! These no-pressure-loads-of-fun sessions are designed for improvisers with all types of experience. Free and open to the public. More information: Jade Henning, jhenning@spivaarts.org, 417.623.0183.

November 14: Football and DIY Workshop, 7:00–9:00pm at Create N Sip Studios (223 W 3rd St). Need to spruce up your home but don’t want to miss Thursday Night Football? Catch the game while creating your own home décor with this fun and simple DIY workshop! Prices vary depending on chosen project. Cost: $38–$58. More information: John Coleman, coleman@creatnsip.com, 417.680.5434.

November 15: Little Acorns: Wonderful Whitetails (Ages 3–6), 10:30–11:30am at Shoal Creek Conservation Education Center (201 W Riviera Dr). We’re all familiar with Bambi but what do you know about real deer? Where do they live? What do they eat? Learn more about the wonders of the whitetails through fun, antler-related antics. No registration required. Free and open to the public. More information: Kim Banner, Kimberly.Banner@mdc.mo.gov, 417.629.3434.

November 15: 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 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: $48. More information: John Coleman, coleman@creatnsip.com, 417.680.5434.

November 16: Preschool Nature Connections: Squirrely Squirrels (Ages 3–6), 10:00–11:00am at Shoal Creek Conservation Education Center (201 W Riviera Dr). Squirrels and preschoolers have a lot in common. They both have a ton of energy and their “work” looks like play. Discover what squirrels eat, what their houses look like, how they sound, how squirrels prepare for the winter, and how we can help our squirrel friends stay squirrely. Registration is required, and space is limited.  To register, visit http://bit.ly/YoungestNaturalist. Free and open to the public. More information: Robin Standridge, robin@wildcatglades.org, 417.708.7713

November 16: Acrylic Pour and Swipe with Mary Parks (Ages 13+), 1:00–3:00pm at Spiva Center for the Arts (222 W 3rd St). In this creative class, you will learn the FUNdamentals of acrylic paint pouring and the technique of swiping to create a unique piece of art! Cost: $35. More information: Jade Henning, jhenning@spivaarts.org, 417.623.0183.

November 16: Figure Drawing with Sandra Conrad (Ages 15+), 1:00–3:00pm at Spiva Center for the Arts (222 W 3rd St). Capturing the human physique on paper can be challenging. But, whether you’re beginning to draw the human form or an advanced artist looking to draw a live model, this class can take your drawing skills to the next level. Cost: $20. More information: Jade Henning, jhenning@spivaarts.org, 417.623.0183.

November 21: Football and DIY Workshop, 7:00–9:00pm at Create N Sip Studios (223 W 3rd St). Need to spruce up your home but don’t want to miss Thursday Night Football? Catch the game while creating your own home décor easily with this fun and simple DIY workshop! Prices vary depending on chosen project. Cost: $38–$58. More information: John Coleman, coleman@creatnsip.com, 417.680.5434.

November 22: Stone Mandala Painting, 6:00–8:00pm at April’s Art House (5245 Old Highway 71). Relax and unwind while you meditate and paint your own stone mandala with Teri Diggs. Click here to sign up. All materials included. Cost: $25 per person. More information: April Davis, aprildavis777@yahoo.com, 417.358.6329.

November 22: DIY Workshop, 7:00–9:00pm at Create N Sip Studios (223 W 3rd St). Need to spruce up your home? Create your own home décor easily with this fun and simple DIY workshop! Prices vary depending on chosen project. Cost: $38–$78. More information: John Coleman, coleman@creatnsip.com, 417.680.5434.

November 23: Silk and Pearl Necklace, Noon–2:00pm at April’s Art House (5245 Old Highway 71). Learn how to make a classic pearl necklace to wear for the holidays or give as a gift! Kristin Girard will teach participants to knot silk thread between every pearl to create a necklace that drapes beautifully. Click here to sign up. All materials included. Cost: $45 per person. More information: April Davis, aprildavis777@yahoo.com, 417.358.6329.

November 23: Nature Explorers: Primitive Skills (Ages 7–12), 12:30–2:00pm at Wildcat Park Pavilion (201 Riviera Dr). Go back to a time before technology, when hand tools and hard work were the norm. Learn a few primitive skills like atlatl throwing, how to use a shepherd’s sling, and trapping techniques. Wear appropriate clothing and sturdy shoes. Free and open to the public. More information: Robin Standridge, robin@wildcatglades.org, 417.708.7713.

November 23: Printmaking Holiday Cards with Sarah Serio (Ages 10+), 1:00–3:00pm at Spiva Center for the Arts (222 W 3rd St). Ditch the traditional holiday card and use carving techniques to create your own set of personalized cards. Cost: $35. More information: Jade Henning, jhenning@spivaarts.org, 417.623.0183.

November 23: Little Acorns: Wonderful Whitetails (Ages 3–6), 1:00–2:00pm at Shoal Creek Conservation Education Center (201 W Riviera Dr). We’re all familiar with Bambi but what do you know about real deer? Where do they live? What do they eat? Learn more about the wonders of the whitetails through fun, antler-related antics. No registration required. Free and open to the public. More information: Kim Banner, Kimberly.Banner@mdc.mo.gov, 417.629.3434.

November 23: Instructed Canvas: Wine Party 7:00–9:00pm at Create N Sip Studios (223 W 3rd St). Painting can seem daunting but there’s no need to be intimidated! Gather your friends and recreate this fun painting with the help of a studio artist, who will walk you through each step. No experience needed! Prices vary depending on chosen project. Cost: $38–$70. More information: John Coleman, coleman@creatnsip.com, 417.680.5434

November 27: Siblings Improv Sessions, 7:30–9:00pm at Spiva Center for the Arts (222 W 3rd St). Drop into Spiva for this free improv workshop hosted by Siblings Improv! These no-pressure-loads-of-fun sessions are designed for improvisers with all types of experience. Free and open to the public. More information: Jade Henning, jhenning@spivaarts.org, 417.623.0183.

November 29: Acrylic Painting for Beginners with April Davis, 6:00–8:00pm at April’s Art House (5245 Old Highway 71). A perfect class for those new to acrylic painting! Artist April Davis will guide participants through the basics of painting with acrylics as they create. All materials included. Cost: $30 per person. Click here to sign up. More information: April Davis, aprildavis777@yahoo.com, 417.358.6329.

November 29: DIY Workshop, 7:00–9:00pm at Create N Sip Studios (223 W 3rd St). Need to spruce up your home? Create your own home décor easily with this fun and simple DIY workshop! Prices vary depending on chosen project. Cost: $38–$78. More information: John Coleman, coleman@creatnsip.com, 417.680.5434.

November 30: Faces on Vases, Noon–2:00pm at April’s Art House (5245 Old Highway 71). Follow along as artist Christina Lorenzen demonstrates how to create a unique vase with a face! Click here to sign up. All materials included. Cost: $40 per person. More information: April Davis, aprildavis777@yahoo.com, 417.358.6329.

November 30: Glass Ornaments with Jane McCaulley, 2:00–4:00pm at Spiva Center for the Arts (222 W 3rd St). Create a beautiful, fused glass ornament, perfect for the holiday season! No matter your level of adventure, you’re bound to enjoy a morning of art making with professional glass artist, Jane McCaulley. Cost: $40. More information: Jade Henning, jhenning@spivaarts.org, 417.623.0183.

November 30: Date Night Diptych: Beach Getaway, 7:00–9:00pm at Create N Sip Studios (223 W 3rd St). Need a little getaway but just can’t seem to get away? Escape from the stress of everyday life and partner up with your significant other to create a beautiful beachscape, no experience needed! Prices vary depending on chosen project. Cost: $38–$70. More information: John Coleman, coleman@creatnsip.com, 417.680.5434.


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, rocklanestudio@yahoo.com, 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, cmatekel@joplinpubliclibrary.org, 417.623.2184.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Wednesdays: Wednesday Oil, Acrylic, & Watercolor Come & Go, 2:00–6:00pm at Local Color Art Gallery & Studio (1027 S Main St). Calling all “big kids” for a weekly drop-in painting class for adults! Decide when to come and how long to stay. With up to 4 hours of painting time, you can both accomplish and enjoy more personal instruction. Paula Giltner teaches realism watercolor and acrylic painting techniques and design principles. Bring any materials you have for the first lesson and learn about the materials you might need for additional lessons. Cost: $20. More information: Paula Giltner, jnpgiltner@hotmail.com.

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

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

Firehouse Pottery-Joplin (112 S Main St):

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

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

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

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

Create N Sip (223 W 3rd St):

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

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


OPEN STUDIOS & CLUBS:

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

Tuesdays & Saturdays: Makerspace Open Studio, 4:00pm–7:30pm on Tuesday and 9:30am–2:30pm on Saturday at the Joplin Public Library Makerspace (1901 E 20th St). Post Art Library, Joplin Public Library, and Joplin Makers have partnered for Second Saturday Makerspace Open Studio events. On the second Saturday of each month, the Joplin Public Library Makerspace will be open on a walk-in, first come, first serve, basis. You do not need a library card to use the maker space. Use of all makerspace equipment is free (though a small fee applies to 3D prints) and open to the public. Patrons under the age of 18 must be accompanied by parents or legal guardian to use the maker space during this event. Makerspace equipment is in-house use only. More information: Jill Sullivan, jhsullivan@postartlibrary.org, 417.623.7953 x1041.

Second Sunday of the Month: LEGO Club, 2:00pm at Joplin Public Library (1901 E 20th St). Children can build with Legos, Kapla blocks, Lincoln Logs, foam blocks, and more. Toddlers, preschoolers, and elementary age children all welcome. Anyone under 6 years must be accompanied by an adult. More information: Christina Matekel-Gibson, cmatekel@joplinpubliclibrary.org, 417.623.2184.

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