October 2018

Posted on Oct 1, 2018 in Monthly Arts & Culture

What’s coming up in October 2018? We have all the details on performances, arts events, exhibits, and classes happening throughout October in the #JoplinArts. Take a look below and share with friends…


PERFORMANCES:

October 1: Rick Estrin & The Nightcats House Concert, 6:30pm (doors 6:00pm) at The Coda Concert House (2120 E 24th St). Years of worldwide touring and a series of critically acclaimed recordings has earned Estrin five Blues Music Awards, including two nods for Song Of The Year (1994 and 2018), Best Instrumentalist – Harmonica (2013) and Traditional Blues Male Artist Of The Year (2018). The full band, Rick Estrin & the Nightcats, won the highly coveted 2018 Band of the Year award. Additionally, Estrin has written songs for a number of other musicians. Three of his songs found their way onto Grammy-nominated albums by Koko Taylor, Robert Cray and John Hammond. For more than 30 years and nine albums, Rick fronted Little Charlie & the Nightcats, flawlessly combining his songs, vocals and harmonica with Little Charlie Baty’s one-of-a-kind guitar excursions. With Charlie’s retirement from touring in 2008, Rick took over leadership of the band. He knew the only way to replace Baty’s mind-melting mashup of blues, jazz and roots rock was to find someone with an equally insane and daredevil guitar approach. As luck would have it, Kid Andersen, who had been working with another harp legend, Charlie Musselwhite, became available. “Kid’s a fearless nut on the guitar,” says Estrin. “He’s really the only guy who could fit in with us.” The new band charged out of the gate with Twisted in 2009, One Wrong Turn in 2012 and You Asked For It…Live! in 2014. Their fourth Alligator album, Groovin’ In Greaseland makes it clear that this is one of the tightest and most original groups in any genre, constantly inspiring each other to new heights. Rick Estrin & the Nightcats continue to set the bar high, proving it night after night on stage somewhere around the country or around the world. Billboard called them “fabulous, remarkable and original.” According to Blues Revue, “It just doesn’t get any better.” More information: Jeff Morrow, info@codaconcerthouse.com to make reservations. A confirmation email with the address, directions, parking, etc. will then be sent in return. 100% of all proceeds go directly to the artists performing.

October 2: There is Singing Up North!, 7:30pm at Missouri Southern State University, Corley Auditorium in Webster Hall (3950 Newman Rd). This lecture-demonstration, featuring the Missouri Southern Chamber Singers, will focus on the importance of choral music – the traditions, composers, and ensembles – and the implication it has had in shaping the values-based learning outcomes in public schooling. It will specifically highlight the Estonian National Song Festival, which has had a substantial impact on enriching the poise of a nation, albeit the identity of a region. The Missouri Southern Chamber Singers, under the direction of Dr. David L. Sharlow, performed concerts in Sweden, Estonia, and Finland during a 10-day trip in June 2018. This event is part of MSSU’s Nordic Semester – bringing the history and culture of Sweden, Norway, Denmark, Finland, and Iceland to the MSSU campus throughout the Fall 2018 Semester. All events are free and open to the public. More information: Chad Stebbins, stebbins-c@mssu.edu, 417.625.9736.

October 2: Rick Estrin & The Nightcats House Concert (NIGHT 2), 6:30pm (doors 6:00pm) at The Coda Concert House (2120 E 24th St). Years of worldwide touring and a series of critically acclaimed recordings has earned Estrin five Blues Music Awards, including two nods for Song Of The Year (1994 and 2018), Best Instrumentalist – Harmonica (2013) and Traditional Blues Male Artist Of The Year (2018). The full band, Rick Estrin & the Nightcats, won the highly coveted 2018 Band of the Year award. Additionally, Estrin has written songs for a number of other musicians. Three of his songs found their way onto Grammy-nominated albums by Koko Taylor, Robert Cray and John Hammond. For more than 30 years and nine albums, Rick fronted Little Charlie & the Nightcats, flawlessly combining his songs, vocals and harmonica with Little Charlie Baty’s one-of-a-kind guitar excursions. With Charlie’s retirement from touring in 2008, Rick took over leadership of the band. He knew the only way to replace Baty’s mind-melting mashup of blues, jazz and roots rock was to find someone with an equally insane and daredevil guitar approach. As luck would have it, Kid Andersen, who had been working with another harp legend, Charlie Musselwhite, became available. “Kid’s a fearless nut on the guitar,” says Estrin. “He’s really the only guy who could fit in with us.” The new band charged out of the gate with Twisted in 2009, One Wrong Turn in 2012 and You Asked For It…Live! in 2014. Their fourth Alligator album, Groovin’ In Greaseland makes it clear that this is one of the tightest and most original groups in any genre, constantly inspiring each other to new heights. Rick Estrin & the Nightcats continue to set the bar high, proving it night after night on stage somewhere around the country or around the world. Billboard called them “fabulous, remarkable and original.” According to Blues Revue, “It just doesn’t get any better.” More information: Jeff Morrow, info@codaconcerthouse.com to make reservations. A confirmation email with the address, directions, parking, etc. will then be sent in return. 100% of all proceeds go directly to the artists performing.

October 3–October 7: Joplin Little Theatre presents Anything Goes, 7:00pm (2:30pm Sunday) at Joplin Little Theatre (3008 W 1st St). Billy instantly falls in love with a beautiful girl he meets in a taxi. When he discovers she’s boarding the SS American, the same London-bound ship his boss and co-worker Reno are boarding, he sneaks aboard himself. The beautiful girl, Hope, is engaged to a stuffy British aristocrat, Lord Evelyn, but that doesn’t stop the love-struck Billy. With the help of other passengers, Billy seeks to shake Reno, whose love he doesn’t return, and capture the heart of the girl of his dreams – all without hurting anyone’s feelings. Tickets: $18 Adults, $15 Seniors and Students, $8 Kids 12 and under. More information: Cecie Fritz, info@joplinlittletheatre.org, 417.623.3638.

October 3–October 6: MSSU Theatre Department presents Ghosts, 7:30pm at Missouri Southern State University, Bud Walton Theatre (3950 Newman Rd). This is Henrik Ibsen’s masterful work about the corrosive effects that the past can have on the present. Upon its premiere in England in 1891, Ghosts was angrily dismissed as “an open drain” and “literary carrion.” The play remains, however, as a powerful example of realistic play writing, with a spellbinding plot and complex characters that continue to attract the world’s finest actors. Tickets: $7 General Admission, $5 Senior Citizens & Students. Tickets will be available at the door. Box office will open at 6:30pm for each performance. More information: Terri Spencer, 417.625.9393.

October 4: Siblings Improv presents Tales Off the Script (Ages 16+), 8:00pm at Bookhouse Cinema (715 E Broadway St). Siblings Improv presents a night of live improvised comedy! Come see a local improv troupe take suggestions from the audience and turn them into compelling moments and hilarious scenes. It’s all made up. No script. Which is usually pretty obvious. This event is free and open to the public. More information: Eric Epperson, eric.d.epperson@gmail.com, follow @SiblingsImprov.

October 11: Ben Miller House Concert, 6:30pm (doors 6:00pm) at The Coda Concert House (2120 E 24th St). Coda is so excited to present a side of Ben rarely, if ever, seen these days – solo singer-songwriter. Ben, along with two of his favorite writers – Mishka Shubaly & Jr Soapbox, will share the stories behind their favorite originals – new & old. For more than a decade, Ben Miller Band has toured the world with their signature “Ozark Stomp” sound. They’ve released 5 albums to critical acclaim including 2018’s Choke Cherry Tree. Hailing from Exeter, Missouri, singer-songwriter Jr Soapbox has from a young age pushed the boundaries of conventional music – his songs full of unexpected, often comedic, twists & turns.  After receiving an expensive MFA in Fiction from Columbia University, Mishka Shubaly promptly realized he was more interested in playing music in dive bars than writing. He’s become a cult favorite – hs most recent record Coward’s Path winning praise from Johnny Depp and Joe Perry. More information: Jeff Morrow, info@codaconcerthouse.com to make reservations. A confirmation email with the address, directions, parking, etc. will then be sent in return. 100% of all proceeds go directly to the artists performing.

October 12: Southern Symphony Orchestra Concert, 7:30pm at Missouri Southern State University, Taylor Performing Arts Center (3950 Newman Rd). The Southern Symphony Orchestra, under the direction of Dr. Canes Nicolas, will present a concert featuring winners of the Music Department Concerto/Aria competition held last spring. More information: Canes Nicolas, nicolas-c@mssu.edu, 417.625.9318.

October 13: North Heights Porchfest, 4:00–7:00pm at North Moffet and E Street. Porchfest is a grassroots festival put on by the community for the community. An eclectic array of local musicians will perform on porches while activities and food are available for the whole family. More information: Zachary Spiering, 417.850.6487, zespiering@gmail.com.

October 19: Southern Wind Ensemble Concert, 7:30pm at Missouri Southern State University, Taylor Performing Arts Center (3950 Newman Rd). The Southern Wind Ensemble will perform under the direction of Dr. Ricardo Espinosa. This event is free and open to the public. More information: Dr. Ricardo Espinosa, espinosa-r@mssu.edu, 417.625.9318.

October 25: Pro Musica presents Aeolus Quartet, 7:00pm at First Community Church (2007 E 15th St). Formed in 2008 at the Cleveland Institute of Music, the Aeolus Quartet consists of violinists Nicholas Tavani and Rachel Shapiro, violist Caitlin Lynch, and cellist Alan Richardson. Since its inception, the all-American quartet has been awarded prizes at nearly every major competition in the United States and performed across the globe with showings “worthy of a major-league quartet” (Scott Cantrell, Dallas Morning News). Mark Satola of the Cleveland Plain Dealer writes, “A rich and warm tone combined with precise ensemble playing (that managed also to come across as fluid and natural), and an impressive musical intelligence guided every technical and dramatic turn.” They were the 2013-2015 Graduate Resident String Quartet at the Juilliard School, and they currently make their home in New York City. The Quartet has performed across North America, Europe, and Asia in many prestigious venues, is dedicated to bringing music into the community and has been widely recognized for their highly innovative and engaging outreach programs. The Quartet is named for the Greek god Aeolus, who governed the four winds. This idea of a single spirit uniting four individual forces serves as an inspiration to the members of the Aeolus Quartet as they pursue their art. More information: Deb Billings, info@promusicajoplin.org, 417.625.1822.

October 28: Connect2Culture presents The Jazz Ambassadors of The United States Army Field Band, 3:00pm at Joplin Memorial Hall (212 W 8th St). The Jazz Ambassadors is the United States Army’s premier big band. This 19-member ensemble, formed in 1969, has received acclaim both at home and abroad performing America’s original art form – jazz. Concerts by the Jazz Ambassadors are designed to entertain every audience. Custom compositions and arrangements highlight the group’s creative talent and gifted soloists. Their diverse repertoire includes big band swing, bebop, Latin, contemporary jazz, standards, popular tunes, Dixieland, vocals, and patriotic selections. The band has appeared in all fifty states, Canada, Mexico, Japan, India, and throughout Europe. Notable performances include concerts at international jazz festivals in Montreux, Switzerland; Newport, Rhode Island; Toronto, Canada; Brussels, Belgium; and the North Sea Jazz Festival in the Netherlands. In 1995, the Jazz Ambassadors performed in England, Wales, Belgium, Luxembourg, and the Czech Republic in commemoration of the fiftieth anniversary of the end of World War II. The band has also been featured in unique joint concerts with major orchestras, including the Detroit and Baltimore symphonies. While this is a FREE concert, seating is limited and tickets will be required. Tickets are available online (https://armyfieldband.ticketleap.com/joplin18/) and in-person at The Joplin Globe starting Monday, October 1. More information:  Emily Frankoski, emily@connect2culture.org, 417.625.6683.

October 30: A Concert of Songs from the Land of the Midnight Sun, 7:30–10:30pm at Missouri Southern State University, Corley Auditorium in Webster Hall (3950 Newman Rd). The Missouri Southern Department of Music presents an evening of Scandinavian solo songs and vocal ensembles sung in their original language. Directed by Susan K. Smith, the concert will feature MSSU student singers performing in Finnish, Norwegian, Swedish, and Danish. Following the concert, enjoy Scandinavian treats in the Corley Auditorium foyer. This event is part of MSSU’s Nordic Semester – bringing the history and culture of Sweden, Norway, Denmark, Finland, and Iceland to the MSSU campus throughout the Fall 2018 Semester. All events are free and open to the public. More information: Chad Stebbins, stebbins-c@mssu.edu, 417.625.9736.


EVENTS:

October 2: Telge Gilma – Combining History, 9:30am at Missouri Southern State University, Robert Ellis Young Gym (3950 Newman Rd). Almost 28 years ago the group Telge Glima was founded in Södertälje near Stockholm, Sweden. The founders came together with a mutual interest in history and an interest to practice and show old sports and games. The society’s main goal is to show old Nordic games and sports, and try to keep alive the enormous treasure of fun games and sports of the Scandinavian culture from the Viking Age until the 19th century and the games the farmhands and other people played back then. Telge Glima has traveled around all of Scandinavia and many other European countries showing this spectacular form of Scandinavian culture. This event is part of MSSU’s Nordic Semester – bringing the history and culture of Sweden, Norway, Denmark, Finland, and Iceland to the MSSU campus throughout the Fall 2018 Semester. All events are free and open to the public. More information: Chad Stebbins, stebbins-c@mssu.edu, 417.625.9736.

October 2: Telge Gilma – Combining History, 11:00am at Missouri Southern State University, Robert Ellis Young Gym (3950 Newman Rd). Almost 28 years ago the group Telge Glima was founded in Södertälje near Stockholm, Sweden. The founders came together with a mutual interest in history and an interest to practice and show old sports and games. The society’s main goal is to show old Nordic games and sports, and try to keep alive the enormous treasure of fun games and sports of the Scandinavian culture from the Viking Age until the 19th century and the games the farmhands and other people played back then. Telge Glima has traveled around all of Scandinavia and many other European countries showing this spectacular form of Scandinavian culture. This event is part of MSSU’s Nordic Semester – bringing the history and culture of Sweden, Norway, Denmark, Finland, and Iceland to the MSSU campus throughout the Fall 2018 Semester. All events are free and open to the public. More information: Chad Stebbins, stebbins-c@mssu.edu, 417.625.9736.

October 2: Chat N Craft (Adults), 5:30–8:00pm at Joplin Public Library (1901 E 20th St). An adult crafting group that meets on the first Tuesday of the month. All types of hand work welcome. Share ideas, tips and tricks with other crafters. Bring your current craft project and join for laughter, friendship and fun! More information: 417.623.7953, chatncraft.wordpress.com.

October 2: Telge Gilma – Combining History, 6:00pm at Missouri Southern State University, Leggett & Platt Athletic Center (3950 Newman Rd). Almost 28 years ago the group Telge Glima was founded in Södertälje near Stockholm, Sweden. The founders came together with a mutual interest in history and an interest to practice and show old sports and games. The society’s main goal is to show old Nordic games and sports, and try to keep alive the enormous treasure of fun games and sports of the Scandinavian culture from the Viking Age until the 19th century and the games the farmhands and other people played back then. Telge Glima has traveled around all of Scandinavia and many other European countries showing this spectacular form of Scandinavian culture. This event is part of MSSU’s Nordic Semester – bringing the history and culture of Sweden, Norway, Denmark, Finland, and Iceland to the MSSU campus throughout the Fall 2018 Semester. All events are free and open to the public. More information: Chad Stebbins, stebbins-c@mssu.edu, 417.625.9736.

October 4: National Arts & Humanities Month Proclamation Ceremony, 5:00pm at Spiva Park (4th and Main in Downtown Joplin). National Arts and Humanities month will be celebrated with a proclamation by Mayor Gary Shaw in conjunction with the finale of the First Thursday ArtWalk season. The ceremony will recognize and celebrate the impact the arts and humanities have had on the cultural and economic growth of Joplin. National Arts and Humanities month has been celebrated in October, country-wide for 30 years. It was launched by Americans for the Arts in honor of the twentieth anniversary of the National Endowment for the Arts. This ceremony will also kick off the final First Thursday ArtWalk of this season which will start at 5:30pm. In case of rain, the ceremony will take place inside City Hall.

October 4: 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.

October 4: 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.

October 4: 25 Years of Summer in Sweden, 6:00–8:00pm at Missouri Southern State University, Billingsly Student Center, Room 309 (3950 Newman Rd). Upon arriving at MSSU in 1992 as chair of the Art Department, Jim Bray wasted little time in planning the annual Summer in Sweden study abroad program. Bray took 10 students to the Mullsjö Folkhögskola for five weeks in 1994, and the program has continued every summer since then. To date, 15 faculty leaders have taken a total of 186 students to Sweden, where they have studied with the renowned photographer Örjan Henriksson, a member of the Mullsjö Folkhögskola faculty. Bray and other participants will reminisce at this informal dinner. Cost: $20 dinner. This event is part of MSSU’s Nordic Semester – bringing the history and culture of Sweden, Norway, Denmark, Finland, and Iceland to the MSSU campus throughout the Fall 2018 Semester. More information: Joan Kearney, kearney-j@mssu.edu, 417.625.9563.

October 5: Reading with Molly, 4:00–5:00pm at Joplin Public Library (1901 E 20th St). Join Molly the Fire Safety Dog for reading time fun! Nationally recognized fire safety educator, Firefighter Dayna, and her Dalmatian sidekick, Molly, will be in Joplin for this free event. The duo will read from their favorite award-winning, lifesaving book, Sparkles the Fire Safety Dog. The book has been credited with helping save the lives of 7 children and 2 adults and was mentioned on the Floor of Congress and in a Senate Committee briefing. This fun, educationally-sound fire safety program includes singing fire safety songs, Molly demonstrating how to “crawl low under smoke” and Hilton and Molly administering the Jr. Firefighter Oath. Bring the family, enjoy a fun program, and have your photo made with Molly! Brought to you by the Joplin Public Library, the Keep Kids Fire Safe™ Foundation and State Farm. More information: Tammie Benham, 417.623.7953, tbenham@joplinpubliclibrary.org.

October 5: First Friday WineShare, 6:00–8:00pm at PowerShades Joplin (Gryphon Building). WineShare is a national event that takes place on the First Friday of each month. It’s a great opportunity to meet new friends or catch up with old ones. It’s also a fantastic way to kick off date night! Feel free to bring friends or colleagues, as well. Bring a bottle of wine or a craft beer and The Downtown Joplin Alliance will take care of the rest. As always, there is no charge to attend WineShare and everyone 21 years of age and older is welcome. This event is free and open to the public. More information: info@downtownjoplin.com.

October 6: Masonry Preservation Demonstration with Peter Wollenberg, 9:00–11:00am at The Historic Schifferdecker Home (422 S Sergeant Ave). Learn about the intricate process of preserving brick and stone, and get an up-close view of the masonry restoration at the historic Schifferdecker home with expert conservator, Peter Wollenberg. Free and open to the public. Please register as space is limited. More information and registration is available online at info@joplin-hn.org.

October 6: Artist Talk with Angel Brame, 11:00am–Noon at Spiva Center for the Arts (222 W 3rd St). Local artist Angel Brame will discuss the challenges and triumphs of creating 365 pieces for her latest pottery exhibit One Per Day: A Year of Small Decisions. More information: Jade Henning, jhenning@spivaarts.org, 417.623.0183.

October 6: The Met: Live in HD presents “AIDA”, 11:55am at Northstar 14 (201 S Northpark Ln). Soprano Eva-Maria Westbroek sings Puccini’s gun-slinging heroine in this romantic epic of the Wild West, alongside star tenor Jonas Kaufmann in the role of the outlaw Dick Johnson. $24 Adult, $21.82 Senior, $17.45 Child. For more information about Fathom Events visit www.fathomevents.com.

October 6 & 7: African American Trailblazers, 1:00pm at George Washington Carver National Monument (5646 Carver Rd, Diamond, MO). How do you define a trailblazer, and who makes that designation in history? When is that designation made? Join a ranger to learn about African Americans in history and discuss modern day trailblazers as well. This event is free and open to the public. More information: Randal Becker, randall_becker@nps.gov, 417.325.4151.

October 8 & 9: Joplin Little Theatre Auditions for A Swingin’ Little Christmas, 7:00pm at Joplin Little Theatre (3008 W 1st St). A Swingin’ Little Christmas is a Big Band Christmas Spectacular featuring the best Christmas hits along with some new classics to enjoy. Set in 1952, the Collins Lounge in downtown Cleveland is broadcasting their Christmas special A Swingin’ Little Christmas. The troupe of local artists are trying to achieve fame with this broadcast, but it won’t happen without some hiccups along the way. This show will have you clapping along, tapping your toes, and laughing in no time. Show features 6 female/6 male singer/actors, dancing/ability to move on stage a plus. 7 children’s parts are available – ability to tap required. 6 Dancers. Very interested in performers of various ages! Audition requirements – please come with a Christmas song of your choice prepared. Please bring sheet music – an accompanist will be provided. If you do not have a prepared song, please be ready to sing Jingle Bells. All auditionees will participate in a short dance audition. Those interested in being dancers should come prepared to do a more extensive dance audition. Children should come prepared to sing and tap. Performance Dates: December 5–9, 2018. More information: Breana Clark, breananicole@gmail.com, 417.483.2512.

October 9: MSSU Nordic Film Festival presents In a Better World (Haevnen), 7:00–9:00pm at Missouri Southern State University, Cornell Auditorium in Plaster Hall (3950 Newman Rd). Centering on the friendship between two pre-teen boys, this emotionally powerful film probes the difficult choices they and their families have to make between revenge and forgiveness. Winner of the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film. Rated R. (dir. Susanne Bier, Denmark, 2010; 118 min) The MSSU Nordic Film Festival provides a rare opportunity to enjoy the best works of creative directors and performers from Nordic region. More information: Chad Stebbins, stebbins-c@mssu.edu, 417.625.9736.

October 10: How to Interpret Past Food Cultures, 9:00–10:00am at Missouri Southern State University, Corley Auditorium in Webster Hall (3950 Newman Rd). Food has always been one of the most important aspects of life, and we do not eat just to survive but for pleasure as well. But how can we gain some insights into tastes and food cultures of the past? Through experimental archaeology and culinary history, Daniel Serra has tried to recreate and interpret food and food cultures of the past. This event is part of MSSU’s Nordic Semester – bringing the history and culture of Sweden, Norway, Denmark, Finland, and Iceland to the MSSU campus throughout the Fall 2018 Semester. All events are free and open to the public. More information: Chad Stebbins, stebbins-c@mssu.edu, 417.625.9736.

October 10: The Food Culture of Viking Age Scandinavia, 11:00am–Noon at Missouri Southern State University, Corley Auditorium in Webster Hall (3950 Newman Rd). Take a tour back to Viking-age Scandinavia and learn more about the tastes, ingredients and cooking methods of the time. Daniel Serra researched Viking-age food and will give you some insights into what one would have eaten during the Viking age. This event is part of MSSU’s Nordic Semester – bringing the history and culture of Sweden, Norway, Denmark, Finland, and Iceland to the MSSU campus throughout the Fall 2018 Semester. All events are free and open to the public. More information: Chad Stebbins, stebbins-c@mssu.edu, 417.625.9736.

October 10: Food of Medieval and Renaissance Scandinavia, 1:00–2:00pm at Missouri Southern State University, Corley Auditorium in Webster Hall (3950 Newman Rd). After the end of the Viking age, Scandinavian food culture changed due to contacts and cultural influences. The upper classes were inspired by dishes of continental Europe, and we start to get some literature that can give more insights into the food culture. In this presentation Daniel Serra will look at the food for both highs and lows in Scandinavia at the time. Daniel Serra discovered his interest in historical food when he started to study archaeology in the early 1990s. As a student he experimented with ancient Roman, medieval, and renaissance recipes. After graduating he and a friend started a medieval catering business in which they served both food and facts. In 2003 he was accepted as a Ph.D. student with the aim to research the Viking age food culture. Parallel to his ongoing work on a doctoral thesis in the subject, he has been working actively with experimental archaeology in order to get a better understanding of the cooking methods and culinary possibilities of the Viking age and medieval cuisine. Daniel is now a leading expert on Viking age food and highly sought after for lectures, workshops, and other arrangements. His research has produced two cookbooks, including An Early Meal: A Viking Age Cookbook & Culinary Odyssey, which was nominated as best historical cookbook at the International Association of Culinary Professionals awards in 2014 and has been popular with museums and re-enactors alike. This event is part of MSSU’s Nordic Semester – bringing the history and culture of Sweden, Norway, Denmark, Finland, and Iceland to the MSSU campus throughout the Fall 2018 Semester. All events are free and open to the public. More information: Chad Stebbins, stebbins-c@mssu.edu, 417.625.9736.

October 11: Joplin Writers’ Guild, 6:00pm at Joplin Public Library (1901 E 20th St). The Joplin Writers’ Guild, a chapter of the Missouri Writers’ Guild, includes a wide variety of writers – from hobbyists to professional, published writers. Members have published novels (romance, mystery, historical, middle grade, YA, etc.), nonfiction books (regional history and the Arcadia Images of America series), and articles (travel, education, law topics, etc.). The group focuses on supporting each other and sharing information about the publishing and writing industries. This group is open to the public. Dues are $7.50 for the year, but anyone interested can attend their first meeting free. More information: search “Joplin Writers’ Guild” on Facebook.

October 12–October 14: FilmSpiva 48-Hour Film Competition Halloween Edition at Bookhouse Cinema (715 E Broadway St). Filmmakers, get your teams together and prepare for a whirlwind of creativity, Spiva Center for the Arts and Bookhouse Cinema are hosting this special Halloween edition of FilmSpiva. Contestants need to meet in Spiva’s Main Gallery on Friday, October 12 at 6:00pm to receive the film criteria. Participants will then have 48-hours to complete their 3-minute short film. The film  submission deadline is Sunday, October 14, 6:00pm at Bookhouse Cinema. Films will be screened at Bookhouse Cinema on October 20. There will be four showing of all films – 5:30pm, 6:30pm, 7:30pm, and 8:30pm with an awards ceremony after the final showing. More information: Shaun Conroy, sconroy@spivaarts.org, 417.623.0183.

October 13 & 14: Women In Carver’s Life, 1:00pm at George Washington Carver National Monument (5646 Carver Rd, Diamond, MO). Throughout Carver’s life many women mentored and guided him along his journey to earn an education. These women, often maternal figures and spiritual mentors for Carver, encouraged him to succeed. This event is free and open to the public. More information: Randal Becker, randall_becker@nps.gov,  417.325.4151.

October 13: Festival of Dreams, Noon–7:00pm at Mandalor’s Dreams (2002 S Tyler). The festival will include karate and swordsman tournaments, a Magic the Gathering tournament, RPG games, vendors, and more. More information: 417.437.5929.

October 14–October 20: Earth Science Week, 9:00am–5:00pm at George Washington Carver National Monument (5646 Carver Rd, Diamond, MO). Join in on some hands-on activities in the multipurpose room and celebrate the value of Earth Science research and its application and relevancy in daily life. This event is free and open to the public. More information: Randal Becker, randall_becker@nps.gov, 417.325.4151.

October 15: Downtown Poetry Reading and Open Mic, 6:00–8:00pm at Joplin Avenue Coffee Company (506 S Joplin Ave). This month will consist of the Spooky Poem Contest. Open Mic sign-ups begins at 6:00pm. Featured poet will begin reading at 6:15pm. Open mic starts at 7:00pm. This event occurs on the third Monday of each month – same place, same time. More information: DowntownPoetry@gmail.com or send them a message through Facebook.

October 18: The Literary Life of Hans Christian Anderson, 9:30–10:30am at Missouri Southern State University, Corley Auditorium in Webster Hall (3950 Newman Rd). As one of Denmark’s most famous authors, Hans Christian Anderson was a writer known for his travelogues, his poetry, and his contributions to children’s literature. This lecture will explore how Anderson’s personal life influenced his writings, especially in regard to the many fairy tales he wrote, such as “The Little Mermaid” and “The Ugly Duckling.” It will also discuss his influence on the formation of the literary fairy tale and his relevance in today’s popular culture, as evidenced by films like Disney’s Frozen. Michael Howarth received his bachelor’s degree in English from James Madison University and an M.F.A. in creative writing from the University of Alaska at Anchorage. He completed his Ph.D. in children’s literature at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette He currently teaches children’s literature and film studies at Missouri Southern State University, where he also directs the Honors Program. His critical text Under the Bed, Creeping: Psychoanalyzing the Gothic in Children’s Literature was published by McFarland & Co. in 2014. His young adult novel Fair Weather Ninjas was published in July 2016 by Lamar University Literary Press. This event is part of MSSU’s Nordic Semester – bringing the history and culture of Sweden, Norway, Denmark, Finland, and Iceland to the MSSU campus throughout the Fall 2018 Semester. All events are free and open to the public. More information: Chad Stebbins, stebbins-c@mssu.edu, 417.625.9736.

October 18: Third Thursday, 5:30–8:30pm on Main Street in Downtown Joplin. Third Thursday is Joplin’s trademark cultural event. Come with your friends and family to stroll through Downtown, eat great food, listen to music, peruse local art and shop! This will be the last Third Thursday of the season! Third Thursday runs March–October each year.

October 18: MSSU Nordic Film Festival presents Hedda Gabler, 7:00–8:30pm at Missouri Southern State University, Cornell Auditorium in Plaster Hall (3950 Newman Rd). No Nordic semester would be complete without a drama by Henrik Ibsen, Norway’s greatest playwright, or a performance by Ingrid Bergman, Sweden’s greatest actress. In this rarely seen adaptation of Ibsen’s play, Bergman stars as an unhappy, manipulative woman, seeking freedom from the men and the society that surround her. (dir. Alex Segal, 1962; 75 minutes) The MSSU Nordic Film Festival provides a rare opportunity to enjoy the best works of creative directors and performers from Nordic region. More information: Chad Stebbins, stebbins-c@mssu.edu, 417.625.9736.

October 19: Opening Reception, 5:30–7:30pm at Spiva Center for the Arts (222 W 3rd St). In the Main Gallery, over 100 Spiva member artists present their best work in this annual showcase of regional talent – Spiva’s 71st Annual Membership Show. A fascinating mix of styles and media. Awards will be presented in all categories at the opening reception on Friday, October 19 at 6:30pm. In the Regional Gallery, enjoy To Everything There is a Season by Gloria Baker Feinstein. More information: Jade Henning, jhenning@spivaarts.org, 417.623.0183.

October 20: Artist Talk with Gloria Baker Feinstein, 11:00am at Spiva Center for the Arts (222 W 3rd St). Nationally recognized fine art and portrait photographer Gloria Baker Feinstein will share insights from her exhibit To Everything There Is a Season. More information: Jade Henning, jhenning@spivaarts.org, 417.623.0183.

October 20: The Met: Live in HD presents “Samson et Dalila”, 11:55am at Northstar 14 (201 S Northpark Ln). Saint-Saëns’s biblical epic stars Elina Garanca and Roberto Alagna in the title roles; the pair was last seen together by Live in HD audiences in the acclaimed 2010 transmission of Bizet’s Carmen. $24 Adult, $21.82 Senior, $17.45 Child. For more information about Fathom Events visit www.fathomevents.com.

October 20 & 21: Archaeological Investigations, 1:00pm at George Washington Carver National Monument (5646 Carver Rd, Diamond, MO). Artifacts will be available for viewing during this program. A park ranger will discuss the information that can be collected from artifacts and the importance of maintaining a collection. This event is free and open to the public. More information: Randal Becker, randall_becker@nps.gov,  417.325.4151.

October 22: Dismantling Modern Misconceptions about the ‘Vikings’, 10:00–11:00am at Missouri Southern State University, Cornell Auditorium in Plaster Hall (3950 Newman Rd). Much of what people know about Vikings is exaggerated. While it is true that they were violent invaders and fearless explorers, there is more to the story. They influenced literature and culture in profound ways, as evidenced by a Danish king on the English throne for nearly 20 years. We can learn much about the culture by looking at the literary sagas as well as the contemporary histories of societies who suffered under the threat of Viking invasion. These documents provide a clearer picture of the Scandinavian peoples who came to be labeled “Vikings.” Rebecca Mouser received her Ph.D. in medieval literature from the University of Missouri in July 2013 under the direction of Dr. John Miles Foley and Dr. Emma Lipton. She specializes in Old English literature and oral tradition. After serving as a postdoctoral fellow for the University of Missouri for one year, she accepted a position in July 2014 as an assistant professor in the Department of English and Philosophy at Missouri Southern State University, where she currently teaches early British literature and linguistics as well as writing. Her most recent article, “Teaching Oral Tradition through Medieval Materiality,” is forthcoming in Studies in Medieval and Renaissance Teaching. This event is part of MSSU’s Nordic Semester – bringing the history and culture of Sweden, Norway, Denmark, Finland, and Iceland to the MSSU campus throughout the Fall 2018 Semester. All events are free and open to the public. More information: Chad Stebbins, stebbins-c@mssu.edu, 417.625.9736.

October 24: Folk Music Influences on the Music of ABBA, 11:00am–Noon at Missouri Southern State University, Corley Auditorium in Webster Hall (3950 Newman Rd). Although ABBA was strongly influenced by rock and pop music from the United States and Great Britain, there was something unmistakably Nordic about their music, setting them apart from everybody else. Swedish folk music has been a lifelong passion for founder member and main composer Benny Andersson, coloring his music-making throughout the decades. In this presentation we learn how those influences and other distinctly European musical traditions found their way into ABBA’s tunes, making their music unique. Carl Magnus Palm is the world’s leading ABBA historian and the author of several books about the group, such as the acclaimed biography Bright Lights Dark Shadows – The Real Story of ABBA (Omnibus Press 2001; revised edition 2014). Palm has researched and written about the group for 25 years and is also a consultant for the record company Polar Music when ABBA’s music is re-released on CD and DVD, as well as a contributor to ABBA The Museum in Stockholm. Palm has frequently talked about ABBA on TV and radio in the U.S., Australia, the U.K., Germany, and other countries in continental Europe. His latest book is ABBA – The Complete Recording Sessions (2017), which ABBA’s Björn Ulvaeus called “a fantastic work.” This event is part of MSSU’s Nordic Semester – bringing the history and culture of Sweden, Norway, Denmark, Finland, and Iceland to the MSSU campus throughout the Fall 2018 Semester. All events are free and open to the public. More information: Chad Stebbins, stebbins-c@mssu.edu, 417.625.9736.

October 24: Nordic Noir Book Club: Experience the Thrill of Reading, 5:30–8:30pm at Joplin Public Library (1901 E 20th St). Immerse yourself in the very popular Nordic Noir genre by taking part in a book club for all readers and co-hosted by the English honor society Sigma Tau Delta. Pick up a copy of Jar City: A Reykjavík Thriller by Arnaldur Indridason in Webster Hall 337 and join in on the fourth Wednesday of every month at 5:30pm. We will be reading the book in three parts, starting on Sept. 26 at Joplin Avenue Coffee Company, Oct. 24 at the Joplin Public Library, and finishing up on Nov. 28 on the first floor of Spiva Library at MSSU. This book club is open to the public and will provide snacks. This event is part of MSSU’s Nordic Semester – bringing the history and culture of Sweden, Norway, Denmark, Finland, and Iceland to the MSSU campus throughout the Fall 2018 Semester. More information: Chad Stebbins, stebbins-c@mssu.edu, 417.625.9736.

October 25: ABBA: How They Conquered the World, 11:00am–Noon at Missouri Southern State University, Corley Auditorium in Webster Hall (3950 Newman Rd). In the early 1970s, the U.S. and the U.K. dominated the music landscape completely – no one wanted to know about pop music that came from the Nordic countries. But then a group from Sweden burst on the scene and did what no one had done before them. After humble beginnings and much struggle to break out of Scandinavia, ABBA conquered the world. Today, they are Rock & Roll Hall of Fame inductees and regarded as one of the all-time classic pop bands. This lecture will explore their story and explain how they managed to break down the barriers. This event is part of MSSU’s Nordic Semester – bringing the history and culture of Sweden, Norway, Denmark, Finland, and Iceland to the MSSU campus throughout the Fall 2018 Semester. All events are free and open to the public. More information: Chad Stebbins, stebbins-c@mssu.edu, 417.625.9736.

October 25: How Sweden Became the World’s Third Largest Music Nation, 1:00–2:00pm at Missouri Southern State University, Cornell Auditorium in Plaster Hall (3950 Newman Rd). Question: What do “Cuckoo Waltz,” “How Great Thou Art,” “It Must Have Been Love,” and “Can’t Stop The Feeling!” have in common? Answer: They are all songs written by Swedes. The influx of Swedish songs in the United States began in the early 20th century but virtually exploded in the 1990s and beyond – today only John Lennon and Paul McCartney have had more U.S. No. 1 hits as songwriters than Swedish hit machine Max Martin. This presentation will take you on a journey from those early flash-in-the-pan hits to today, when Swedish songwriters and producers are hard currency in the United States. Carl Magnus Palm is the world’s leading ABBA historian and the author of several books about the group, such as the acclaimed biography Bright Lights Dark Shadows – The Real Story of ABBA (Omnibus Press 2001; revised edition 2014). Palm has researched and written about the group for 25 years and is also a consultant for the record company Polar Music when ABBA’s music is re-released on CD and DVD, as well as a contributor to ABBA The Museum in Stockholm. Palm has frequently talked about ABBA on TV and radio in the U.S,, Australia, the U.K., Germany, and other countries in continental Europe. This event is part of MSSU’s Nordic Semester – bringing the history and culture of Sweden, Norway, Denmark, Finland, and Iceland to the MSSU campus throughout the Fall 2018 Semester. All events are free and open to the public. More information: Chad Stebbins, stebbins-c@mssu.edu, 417.625.9736.

October 25: MSSU Nordic Film Festival presents The King’s Choice, 7:00–10:30pm at Missouri Southern State University, Cornell Auditorium in Plaster Hall (3950 Newman Rd). As the Germans invade Norway in early April 1940, Norway’s king is compelled to intervene in parliamentary affairs and decide whether or not his country will accede to German control. His choice rapidly becomes a matter of life and death for himself, his family, and his country. A gripping, powerfully presented film about a crucial moment in Norwegian history. (dir. Erik Poppe, Norway, 2017; 130 min.) The MSSU Nordic Film Festival provides a rare opportunity to enjoy the best works of creative directors and performers from Nordic region. More information: Chad Stebbins, stebbins-c@mssu.edu, 417.625.9736.

October 26 & 27: Ghostly Glades, 6:00–9:00pm at Wildcat Glades (201 Riviera Dr). Groups of 15 individuals will be led by an experienced guide through the Glades on a nighttime excursion discovering the spooky mysteries of nature. There will be several stops along this 45-minute hike. Treats, crafts, a few games and a photo area will be available. Participants are encouraged to wear their favorite costume. Space is limited. More information: Robin Standridge, robin@wildcatglades.org, 417.708.7713.

October 26 & 27 : Labyrinth of the Goblin King Masquerade Ball, 7:30–10:30pm at Joplin Little Theatre (3008 W 1st St). Dream Theatre Co. in conjunction with Joplin Little Theatre is proud to invite you to Labyrinth of the Goblin King Masquerade Ball. Dress up as only you can imagine and enjoy food and photo opportunities while dancing and dreaming among fellow goblins on Joplin Little Theatre’s stage. All guests are entered for a chance to win prizes for best costume and best mask. Tickets: $13. More information: Cecie Fritz, info@joplinlittletheatre.org, 417.623.3638.

October 27: Joplin Public Library Writers’ Faire, 10:00am–2:00pm at Joplin Public Library (1901 E 20th St). Joplin Public Library and Post Art Library are co-hosting the Joplin Public Library Writers’ Faire. The purpose of the writers’ faire is to provide a venue for writers to connect with potential audiences and to encourage community support of local and regional writers. Individual writers, writers’ groups, and organizations, including published and non-published will be represented at the faire. More information: Jill Sullivan, jhsullivan@postartlibrary.org, 417.623.7953 x1041 or Evan Martin at 417-623-7953 x1018.    

October 27: 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 and you must be a JRAC Member 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: joplinrac@gmail.com.

October 27: The Met: Live in HD presents “La Fanciulla del West”, 11:55am at Northstar 14 (201 S Northpark Ln). Soprano Eva-Maria Westbroek sings Puccini’s gun-slinging heroine in this romantic epic of the Wild West, alongside star tenor Jonas Kaufmann in the role of the outlaw Dick Johnson. $24 Adult, $21.82 Senior, $17.45 Child. For more information about Fathom Events visit www.fathomevents.com.

October 27 & 28: Epitaphs & Engravings, 1:00pm at George Washington Carver National Monument (5646 Carver Rd, Diamond, MO). Take some time to learn about the symbols and engravings found on headstones during this program at the Carver Family Cemetery. Discover the meaning behind these symbols and how they reflect the lives of early settlers. This event is free and open to the public. More information: Randal Becker, randall_becker@nps.gov,  417.325.4151.

October 30: Dog Day Afternoon, 4:00pm at Joplin Public Library (1901 E 20th St). This program encourages independent readers in K-5 grades to practice their skills by reading to certified therapy dogs. Registration takes place at the children’s desk on the day of the event. More information: Tammie Benham, tbenham@joplinpubliclibrary.org 417.623.7953.

Saturdays: Joplin Empire Market, 10:00am–3:00pm at Joplin Empire Market (931 E 4th St). The Joplin Empire Market is the place to find the best in locally grown produce, gourmet foodstuffs, and handmade artisan goods. Housed in a historic brick building adjacent to downtown, this indoor/outdoor public market is Joplin’s newest gathering spot. More information: Ivy Hagedorn, ivy@joplinempiremarket.com, 417.986.3914.

Wednesday–Sunday: Bookhouse Cinema, (715 E Broadway). Bookhouse Cinema is and independent micro theater and pub in the East Town neighborhood. They show a variety of independent, classic, and foreign films while offering a great pub environment. Click here for showings and times. More information: Holly Crane, bookhousejoplin@gmail.com, 417.825.5161.


EXHIBITS:

October 1–31: Geisha by Merlin White, Urban Art Gallery (511 S Main St). This exhibit will include 18 Japanese Geisha-inspired watercolor and acrylic paintings. More information: Linda Teeter, urbanartjoplin@gmail.com, 417.438.5931.

October 2–December 28: Energetic Connections by Diana Bray, Joplin Public Library (1901 E 20th St). Artist’s Statement: My abstract paintings are direct expressions of “what’s in the back of my mind” and often surprise me once completed. I begin by placing interesting elements together, such as small shapes I’ve picked up in parking lots. Getting into the flow, I glue and paint until the piece feels finished. Then I step back and look at it “with fresh eyes” and, suddenly, I know what it’s about. This is how the painting about the Joplin tornado was created. Only after it was finished did I realize that everything in it was about the tornado. Some of these paintings are about intuitive connections with nature and with other people. Others are about the idea that we are creating our lives by what we focus upon and what we expect. The great thing about art is that each of us has our own personal way of experiencing it. Diana Bray is a Joplin artist who paints in both abstract and realistic styles. With a combined degree in psychology and art from Phillips University (Enid, OK), she also is a licensed professional counselor. Gardening and archaeology are hobbies and interests that are also sometimes reflected in her paintings. Diana has won a number of awards, has exhibited internationally, and her work may be found at Cherry’s Art Gallery in Carthage, MO.

October 20–December 15: 71st Annual Membership Show, Spiva Center for the Arts, Main Gallery (222 W 3rd St). Over 100 Spiva member artists present their best work in this annual showcase of regional talent. A fascinating mix of styles and media. Awards will be presented in all categories at the opening reception on Friday, October 19 at 6:30pm.

October 20–December 15: To Everything There is a Season by Gloria Baker Feinstein, Spiva Center for the Arts, Regional Gallery (222 W 3rd St). Artist Statement: “I have always been compelled to study, frame and attempt to make sense of the world around me. I happen to use a camera to do so. Photography is my constant companion and has been my life-long passion. Like a hunter, my senses are fully engaged. I am looking, I am waiting, I am poised to press the shutter. It can be a lonely and challenging venture, but one that I feel compelled to take on. Day after day, season after season, year after year. It is with a fierce sense of wonder and an open heart that I navigate through the world, camera always close at hand. The pictures I make are proof of my journey – pieces of evidence scattered alongside the footsteps I leave behind.” Gloria has been a long-time friend of Spiva, exhibiting in multiple PhotoSpiva exhibits and serving as the juror in 1987. The exhibit displays approximately 30 photographs from 5 distinct bodies of work: Jamison Park, Grandmother with a Camera, Appalachia, Convergence, and Dreams and Other Things. Spiva is honored to feature her excellent work. See more at www.gloriabakerfeinstein.com.

September 5–October 30: Gary Johnson and Co: People, Places and Things by Four Northwest Arkansas Artists, Spiva Center for the Arts, Upstairs Gallery (222 W 3rd St). A variety of unique painting styles and abstract photography will be presented by Gary Johnson, Carol Hart, Celestine Eichler, and Terry Dushan in Spiva’s Upstairs Gallery during the months of September and October.

September 10–October 19: The Experimental Self: Edvard Munch’s Photography, Missouri Southern State University, Spiva Art Gallery (3950 Newman Rd). Best known for his 1893 iconoclastic image known worldwide as “The Scream,” Norwegian artist Edvard Munch (1863–1944) is renowned for his expressionistic and psychological paintings, prints, and watercolors. Unknown to most, he also took photographs. On view for only the second time in the United States, this exhibition of rarely seen photographs and short films by Edvard Munch emphasizes the artist’s experimentalism and showcases his exploration of the camera as an expressive medium. Curated by a leading specialist in early modern Scandinavian art, Dr. Patricia Berman, professor of art history at Wellesley College, the exhibition has been organized by the American-Scandinavian Foundation (ASF) in New York City in partnership with The Munch Museum in Oslo, Norway, which generously loaned the approximately 50 copy prints and films included in the exhibition. This exhibition has been organized by the American-Scandinavian Foundation/Scandinavia House in partnership with the Munch Museum, Oslo. It was originally presented at Scandinavia House: The Nordic Center in America from November 21, 2017 to April 7, 2018.

August 18–October 6: At Ease: Veteran Contemporary, Spiva Center for the Arts, Main Gallery (222 W 3rd St). The exhibit will feature approximately 60 pieces of work from artists involved in the current veteran art movement. Art will be obtained from the National Veterans Art Museum, ART-ifact, and Kansas City-based veteran artists. The objective is to showcase works made by veteran artists, present the arts as a viable career path for veterans, and to highlight the arts as a therapeutic and alternative treatment option for mental health challenges. The purpose of the contemporary veteran art exhibition is to establish a conversation in the community, highlighting issues of concern to veterans and their families. Issues common among veterans include the transition from military to civilian life, education, employment, poor healthcare, and the effects of combat and military service injuries such as PTSD, TBI, Military Sexual Trauma (MST) and homelessness. Nationally, there are 500,000 veterans living with TBI or PTSD. There are 20 suicides per day. According to the Missouri Veterans Commission, in 2016 there were 9,685 veterans in Jasper County in 2016 and 5,090 veterans in Newton County in 2016. 

August 18–October 13: Angel Brame: One Per Day, A Year of Small Decisions, Spiva Center for the Arts, Regional Gallery (222 W 3rd St). In an effort to assign herself a task that would push her creativity and encourage growth, local artist Angel Brame chose to make one small pottery piece per day for an entire year with a few stipulations: each piece must be a pouring vessel and must be small. Join in as Angel shows a year’s worth of extraordinary work.

Businesses or restaurants supporting local artists on their walls:

Joplin Avenue Coffee Company (506 S Joplin Ave):

Contemporary Paintings by Chadan Tomlin

Club 609 (609 S Main St):

“Punk and Fairy” by Cher Jiang, illustrations

Infuxn (530 S Main St):

“When I paint I feel, when I feel I paint” by Kayla Monteleone, expressionist paintings


CLASSES:

October 1: 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: Tammie Benham, 417.623.7953, tbenham@joplinpubliclibrary.org.

October 4: 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. This class you will be painting your own version of an impressionist painting. No experience is necessary and there are many masterpieces to choose from! All materials furnished, plus good eats and old/new friends! Cost is $40 ($35 if you do not drink wine); please reserve your spot by calling the gallery at 417.553.0835.

October 6: Basket Weaving with Brooks Elizabeth (Age 15+), 10:00am–Noon at Spiva Center for the Arts (222 W 3rd St). Learn how to weave a simple basket in this fun class. More information: Jade Henning, jhenning@spivaarts.org, 417.623.0183. Cost: $35.

October 6: Pumpkins & Succulents Workshop, 2:00pm at Joplin Greenhouse & Garden  Center (2820 E 32nd St). This is by far one of Greenhouse’s most popular Make & Take Classes! The workshop includes pumpkin, succulents, moss, embellishments and instruction to make a beautiful arrangement for you to take home. More information: 417.624.2751 or joplingreen@cableone.net. Cost: $35.

October 10: Preschool Nature Connections: Forest Bright, Forest Night (Ages 3–6), 1:00–2:00pm at Wildcat Glades (201 Riviera Dr). The nighttime shouldn’t be scary. It’s filled with many interesting nocturnal animals and sounds and smells. After a story, join in on a night hike and awaken all your senses. Flashlights not required, you will use your night vision. All programs will be held at the Creek Pavilion along Shoal Creek in Wildcat Park. Participants should bring a blanket or towel to sit on and reusable water bottles for these outdoor programs. More information: Robin Standridge, robin@wildcatglades.org, 417.708.7713.

October 11: Pumpkins & Succulents Workshop, 5:30pm at Joplin Greenhouse & Garden  Center (2820 E 32nd St). This is by far one of Greenhouse’s most popular Make & Take Classes! The workshop includes pumpkin, succulents, moss, embellishments and instruction to make a beautiful arrangement for you to take home. More information: 417.624.2751 or joplingreen@cableone.net. Cost: $35.

October 13: Yoga in Nature for Kids (Ages 2+), 9:30–9:55am at Wildcat Glades (201 Riviera Dr). Led by 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. All programs will be held at the Creek Pavilion along Shoal Creek in Wildcat Park. Robin Standridge, robin@wildcatglades.org, 417.708.7713.

October 13: Gothic Candles (Age 15+), 10:00am–Noon at Spiva Center for the Arts (222 W 3rd St). Try your hand at creating incredible gothic candles-perfect for stunning Halloween decorations. More information: Jade Henning, jhenning@spivaarts.org, 417.623.0183. Cost: $30.

October 13: Copper Foil Stained Glass (Age 18+), 1:00–4:00pm at Crackpot Pottery & Art Studio (3820 E 20th St). Learn glass cutting, grinding, foiling, soldering and framing in this beginners’ class. Three patterns to choose from; all tools and material provided. This class will be the initial group session; choosing and drawing of patterns and cutting glass pieces will be the objective. Each participant will need to schedule follow up session(s) to complete their project. Total project time is approximately 6-8 hours. Follow up is included in the price! Class size: 6. More information: Suzi Huntington, 417.623.1455, joplincrackpotpottery@gmail.com. Cost: $65.

October 13: Preschool Nature Connections: Forest Bright, Forest Night (Ages 3–6), 6:30–7:30pm at Wildcat Glades (201 Riviera Dr). The nighttime shouldn’t be scary.It’s filled with many interesting nocturnal animals and sounds and smells. After a story, join in on a night hike and awaken all your senses. Flashlights not required, you will use your night vision. All programs will be held at the Creek Pavilion along Shoal Creek in Wildcat Park. Participants should bring a blanket or towel to sit on and reusable water bottles for these outdoor programs. More information: Robin Standridge, robin@wildcatglades.org, 417.708.7713.

October 13: Forest Bright, Forest Night Hike, 7:45–8:30pm at Wildcat Glades (201 Riviera Dr). Take a hike through the glades exploring the mystery of the forest at night with an experienced guide. Learn about the natural night life at Wildcat. Registration is limited to 20. All programs will be held at the Creek Pavilion along Shoal Creek in Wildcat Park. Participants should bring a blanket or towel to sit on and reusable water bottles for these outdoor programs. Robin Standridge, robin@wildcatglades.org, 417.708.7713. 

October 14: Construction 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: Tammie Benham, tbenham@joplinpubliclibrary.org 417.623.7953.

October 15–November 15: Judy’s Ballroom Dance Lessons (Waltz), 7:00pm at Missouri Southern State University, Julio León Health Sciences Building (3950 Newman Rd). This group six-week class will meet on Mondays at the dance studio. Partner not required. Private lessons are also available for $40/hour for one or two couples on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday. More information: Judy Schneider, 417.392.0215, schneider-j@mssu.edu. Cost: $65.

October 15–November 15: Judy’s Ballroom Dance Lessons (Two-Step), 8:00pm at Missouri Southern State University, Julio León Health Sciences Building (3950 Newman Rd). This group six-week class will meet on Mondays at the dance studio. Partner not required. Private lessons are also available for $40/hour for one or two couples on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday. More information: Judy Schneider, 417.392.0215, schneider-j@mssu.edu. Cost: $65.

October 16: Local Color Art Gallery & Studio – Ceramics Class, 6:00–8:00pm at Local Color Art Gallery & Studio (1027 S Main St). Just in time for Halloween! Join Daria Claiborne for a fun evening of making your very own ceramic creepy baby doll head. Since class size is limited to 10, secure your spot early. More information: Daria Claiborne, 417.553.0835, sandyrob@cableone.net. Cost: $45.

October 20: Collage Ink Workshop with Jade Henning (Age 15+), 11:00am–1:00pm at Spiva Center for the Arts (222 W 3rd St). Create your own vibrant piece of 12×12 collage art while learning how to use an alcohol ink medium. More information: Jade Henning, jhenning@spivaarts.org, 417.623.0183. Cost: $30.

October 27: Yoga in Nature for Adults, 9:30–10:30am at Wildcat Glades (201 Riviera Dr). Led by a Registered Yoga Teacher from 4-States Yoga studio, this class is designed to incorporate yoga poses for all levels of experience. Bring your yoga mat or a towel, and a reusable water bottle. All programs will be held at the Creek Pavilion along Shoal Creek in Wildcat Park. More information: Robin Standridge, robin@wildcatglades.org, 417.708.7713.

October 27: Intro to Male Figure Drawing with Sandra Conrad (Age 15+), 11:00am at Spiva Center for the Arts (222 W 3rd St). Drawing the male form can be complicated, but with a live model and top-notch instruction, you are sure to get a great start in learning. More information: Jade Henning, jhenning@spivaarts.org, 417.623.0183. Cost: $30.

October 27: Intermediate Copper Foil Stained Glass (Age 18+), 1:00–4:00pm at Crackpot Pottery & Art Studio (3820 E 20th St). Create a stained-glass piece of your own design. This workshop is for those who’ve previously participated in one of the beginner classes, or those with prior stained-glass experience. All tools and materials are provided. All you have to do is bring a pattern/idea with you. Your project is limited to 18″x24″ max, and no more than 36 pieces. This workshop will be the initial group session, follow up work can be scheduled and is included in the price. Payment is required to hold a spot. More information: Suzi Huntington, 417.623.1455, joplincrackpotpottery@gmail.com. Cost: $65.


RECURRING CLASSES:

Hobby Lobby (1315 S Rangeline Rd): 

Tuesday from 9:00am–Noon & Wednesday from 4:30pm–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: call 417.781.3839. $20 per class, all materials provided for first class.

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

Wednesday: Wednesday Classes at Local Color, 2:00–6:00pm at Local Color Art Gallery & Studio (1027 S Main St). Calling all “big kids” for a weekly drop-in painting class for adults! Decide when to come and how long to stay. With up to 4 hours of painting time, you can both accomplish and enjoy more personal instruction. Paula Giltner teaches realism watercolor and acrylic painting techniques and design principles. Bring any materials you have for the first lesson and learn about the materials you might need for additional lessons. The fee is $20 per class. Call Paula at 417.291.1486.

Wednesday: Wednesday Experimental Painting Class, 10:30am at Local Color Art Gallery & Studio (1027 S Main St). Local Color artists will be leading an experimental painting class using watercolors or fluid acrylics. Cost is $25 per class with materials provided by the instructor. Let Local Color help you discover your inner artist or perhaps help you build upon your current skills. Class size is limited to six, so students must register prior to each Wednesday session. More information: call 417.553.0835

Third Thursday: 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. Call 417.553.0835 to register. 

RSVPaint Joplin (223 W 3rd St):

Weekly: Discover your inner-artist! No experience required. Come Relax, Sip, Visit, and Paint! Each class will paint a different piece of artwork. Click here to see their calendar and to register. Ages 13 and up are welcome to attend, but you must be 21 to drink alcohol. Feel free to arrive 15 minutes early to get settled in. Prices vary depending on class.

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

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

Thursday: 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. There is no charge for the class and no prior art experience is necessary. Memories in the Making® is hosted by the Alzheimer’s Association, Greater Missouri, in conjunction with George A. Spiva Center for the Arts. Sponsored by St. Avips. The class is held weekly from March 1–November 16. More information: call 417.623.0183 or visit spivaarts.org.

Saturday: Mini Makers with Amy Mullins (Ages 3–5), 10:30–11:30am at Spiva Center for the Arts (222 W 3rd St). These workshops are for the smallest artists in your family! At each session, students will create projects around a theme.  Led by teacher and artist Amy Mullins. Get ready for an hour of fun and creativity for you little ones! Adult must accompany child. More information: call 417.623.0183 or visit spivaarts.org. Cost: $6 preregistration and $8 at the door.

Firehouse Pottery-Joplin (112 S Main St)

Friday: 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: call 417.553.0671.

Tuesday: 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: call 417.553.0671.


OPEN STUDIOS:

Monday & Friday: All-Day Open Studio at Crackpot Pottery & Art Studio (3820 E 20th St). Open Studio hours allow you to come and go anytime throughout these days during regular business hours. If you come during scheduled class time, students have first rights to equipment. Monthly passes are available for $125 each. Same rules for equipment use apply if you come during class. Drop in any other time with and appointment.

Tuesday & Saturday: 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. For information, call 417.623.7953, ext. 1041.

Wednesday: Wine’d Down Open Studio, (4:00–9:00pm) at RSVPaint Joplin (223 W 3rd St). Looking for something to do? RSVPaint Joplin has just the thing for you. Wine’d Down Open Studio, Where no registration is needed (although you still can). Just walk in and you can paint with the help of their talent artists and drink all of the wine your heart desires. Allow yourself about 2-hours to complete your painting. Cost: $25 (all painting supplies included in cost – wine specials available).

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