October 2019

Posted on Sep 27, 2019 in Monthly Arts & Culture

Happy National Arts & Humanities Month! What’s coming up in October 2019? We have all the details on arts, culture, and entertainment in Joplin, MO, throughout October. Scroll through and share with friends…

Featured Image: Connect2Culture presents Ailey II on Tuesday, October 29, 7:30pm at Joplin High School PAC. See “Performances” below for more information.


PERFORMANCES:­

October 2–5: Southern Theatre: Andrew Upton’s Hanging Man, 7:30pm at Missouri Southern State University, Bud Walton Theatre (3950 E Newman Rd). Hanging Man opens the morning after the death of a family matriarch. Her passing leaves the estate of her dead husband, a (fictional) famous Australian artist, in the hands of his three sons. At the core of their father’s legacy is a series of paintings of which the eponymous Hanging Man is the centerpiece. Tom Healey, Australian Script Centre literary manager and Red Door curator, writes, “… Hidden from sight by the family, [the painting] now becomes publicly available. The fallout from this is intense and deeply nuanced. Who stands to make what? What political and/or cultural damage might it perpetrate? What right has the present to ‘whitewash’ the past?” Tickets: Adults $7, Students/Senior Citizens $5. This event is a part of MSSU’s Oceania themed semester. More information: Chad Stebbins, stebbins-c@mssu.edu, 417.625.9736.

October 4: Pro Musica: Brentano Quartet, 7:00pm at First Presbyterian Church (509 S Pearl Ave). Since its inception in 1992, the Brentano String Quartet has appeared throughout the world to popular and critical acclaim. “Passionate, uninhibited and spellbinding,” raves the London Independent; The New York Times extols its “luxuriously warm sound [and] yearning lyricism”.  In 1999, the Quartet became the first Ensemble-In-Residence at Princeton University, where they taught and performed for fifteen years. In the fall of 2014, the Quartet became the Resident String Quartet at the Yale School of Music where they perform in concert each semester, and work closely with the students in chamber music contexts. This quartet came to Joplin for the first time back in the 1995-96 season and returned during the 2015-16 season. Free and open to the public. More information: Deb Billings, info@promusicajoplin.org, 417.625.1822.

October 8: Faculty Flute Recital – Elizabeth Robinson, 7:30pm at Missouri Southern State University, Corley Auditorium (3950 E Newman Rd). Dr. Elizabeth Robinson of the MSSU music department presents an enjoyable evening of fine music. Free and open to the public. More information: Rita Boyer, boyer-r@mssu.edu, 417.625.9318.

October 8: Music from New Zealand, 7:30pm at Missouri Southern State University, Corley Auditorium (3950 E Newman Rd). This concert by flutist Alexa Still showcases music written by new Zealanders and inspired by New Zealand’s landscape, history, culture, events in the Oceanic region, and the mythology of New Zealand’s indigenous people, the Māori. The music includes Māori text and musical instruments of the Māori people mixed with modern western flutes (assisted by Missouri Southern’s own Elizabeth Robinson on piccolo, flute and alto flute). 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.

October 9–12: Theatre at Joplin High School: F. Scott Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby, 7:00pm (Saturday 2:00pm) at Joplin High School Performing Arts Center, Black Box Theatre (2104 Indiana Avenue). Jay Gatsby, a self-made millionaire, passionately pursues the elusive Daisy Buchanan. Nick Carraway, a young newcomer to Long Island, is drawn into their world of obsession, greed, and danger. The breathtaking glamour and decadent excess of the Jazz Age come to the stage in F. Scott Fitzgerald’s classic novel, and in Simon Levy’s adaptation, approved by the Fitzgerald Estate. Tickets: Adults $8, Students/Seniors $5. More information: Bradley Baumhover, bradleybaumhover.stu@joplinschools.org, 316.641.4011.

October 10: Matthew Smith & Inedible Grace, 7:00–8:30pm at Christ the King Presbyterian Church (1930 Virginia Ave). A night of worship and praise with Nashville-based singer and songwriter, Matthew Smith. Smith’s performances combine centuries-old hymn texts with new, fresh melodies. All ages welcome! Purchase tickets in advance at Ernie Williamson Music in Joplin or here. Tickets: Advanced $15 per person/$45 per family, At Door $20 per person/$60 per family. More information: Reed Dunn, reed@christthekingpca.com, 417.629.2571.

October 11: Wind Ensemble Concert, 7:30pm at Missouri Southern State University (3950 E Newman Rd). The MSSU Wind Ensemble, under the direction of Dr. Donald Linn, will perform for a fall recital. Free and open to the public. More information: Rita Boyer, boyer-r@mssu.edu, 417.625.9318.

October 13: Ben Miller Solo Songwriters In the Round Night, 5:30pm at The Coda Concert House (2120 E 24th St). Come listen to a night of stories and original songs featuring Ben Miller and two of his favorite songwriters: Levi Parham and Ken Pomeroy. There is a suggested, minimum donation of $15. 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.

October 17: Flute Studio Recital, 7:30pm at Missouri Southern State University, Corley Auditorium (3950 E Newman Rd). After months of practice, the MSSU flute studio will perform under the direction of Dr. Elizabeth Robinson. Free and open to the public. More information: Rita Boyer, boyer-r@mssu.edu, 417.625.9318.

October 17–19: Spring Awakening, 7:30pm (Saturday 2:00pm) at Joplin Little Theatre (3008 W 1st St). Produced by Dream Theatre Troupe, Spring Awakening is an electric, vibrant celebration of youth and rebellion that fuses issues of morality, sexuality, and rock and roll into a powerful, emotional story. For mature audiences. All profits benefit Joplin Little Theatre. Tickets: $12 General Admission. More information: Becki Arnall, becki_arnall@yahoo.com, 417.622.6470.

October 17–27: Stained Glass Theatre Joplin: Southern Fried Funeral, 7:00pm (Sundays 2:30pm) at Stained Glass Theatre Joplin (2101 Annie Baxter). Dewey Frye is dead and the rest of his family is left to pick up the pieces — that is if they don’t kill each other first. Not only does matriarch Dorothy have to contend with sudden widowhood, but she’s also faced with church-committee harpy, Ozella Meeks, sticking her nose in the family business, Dewey’s snake-in-the-grass brother making a grab for her house, and two grown daughters reliving their childhood rivalry. Funerals bring out the worst, the best, and the funniest in people, and the Fryes are no exception. A big-hearted comedy about family — Southern-style. Box office opens 45 minutes before show time; late arrivals will be seated at intermission. Tickets: Adults $10, Children 13 and under $5. More information: Tammy Aggus, sgtjoplin@gmail.com.

October 26: TriStatesmen Barbershop Chorus: Harmony Through the Ages, 7:00pm at East Middle School (4594 E 20th St). The TriStatesmen Barbershop Chorus’ highly anticipated, annual show! Watch this talented group and their featured quartet, Fleet Street, create beautiful melodies a cappella style. Tickets: Advance $12.50, At the Door $15, Seniors $10, Students $5. More information: Ed Kespohl, ekespohl72@att.net, (417) 364-4069.

October 27: Dale Watson & His Lonestars, 5:30 (doors 5:00pm) at The Coda Concert House (2120 E 24th St). Honky tonk hero and country music maverick, Dale Watson, is a true outlaw, carrying on where Waylon Jennings left off. A member of the Austin Music Hall of Fame, he stands alongside Willie Nelson and George Strait as one of the finest country singers and songwriters from the Lone Star State. Don’t miss this unprecedented opportunity to see a true legend in such an intimate setting. There is a suggested, minimum donation of $35. 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.

October 29: The No Man’s Land Project, 11:00am at Missouri Southern State University, Corley Auditorium (3950 E Newman Rd). Commissioned from acclaimed New Zealand composer John Psathas, The No Man’s Land Project premiered as a centerpiece of New Zealand’s First World War commemorations in 2016. The project is an 80-minute live cinematic concert, a deeply moving multi-media work that spans generations, continents, cultures and beliefs, and reflects on the devastating impact and futility of war. Psathas will talk about and share footage of his epic commemorative work. 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.

October 29: Connect2Culture: Ailey II, 7:30pm (doors 6:30pm) at Joplin High School Performing Arts Center (2104 Indiana Ave). After experiencing segregated life in the South, legendary choreographer Alvin Ailey sought to make dance available to all people. The junior company of his world-renowned Alvin Ailey Dance Theater, Ailey II, fulfills this mission annually through a highly anticipated global tour. For 45 years, Ailey II has selected 12 gifted students from The Ailey School and developed their skills further through instruction, community outreach, and professional performances. Today, the group combines the spirit and energy of our nation’s best, young dancers with the passion and creative vision of today’s emerging choreographers to create unique and spectacular shows. Each performance blends fresh, innovative choreography with stunningly disciplined dancers, to make Ailey II the company Dance Magazine calls “second to none.” Tickets: $30 Orchestra, $25 Mezzanine and Front Balcony, $20 Back Balcony. Package tickets and group discounts available. Tickets may be purchased at connect2culture.org, at the C2C Pop-Up Box Office located at Joplin Empire Market (Oct. 12, 19, 26 from 10am–3pm), or at the door. This performance is part of Connect2Culture’s Curtains Up Series 2019/2020. More information: Emily Frankoski, emily@connect2culture.org, 417.625.6683.

October 30: Oceanic Journey, 7:30pm at Missouri Southern State University, Taylor Performing Arts Center (3950 E Newman Rd). The Southern Symphony Orchestra and the Missouri Southern Percussion Ensemble join together to showcase the orchestral and percussion ensemble works of composers from across Oceania. This concert will cap off the residency of Greek New Zealand composer, John Psathas. 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.

October 31–November 3: 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 with 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.


EVENTS:

October 1: 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. Free and open to the public. More information: Christina Matekel-Gibson, cmatekel@joplinpubliclibrary.org, 417.623.7953.

October 1: MSSU Oceania Semester Free Film Series: Mad Max, 7:00pm at Missouri Southern State University, Plaster Hall (3950 E Newman Rd). George Miller’s cult classic, which depicts a dystopian future riddled with war, famine, and strife. In Australia, the remnants of law enforcement attempt to control a criminal biker gang. But, when one officer, Max, loses his wife and son to the gang, Max abandons the law and seeks revenge. Free and open to the public. More information: Holly Crane, bookhousejoplin@gmail.com, 417.825.5161.

October 2: MANHATTAN SHORT Film Festival, 6:00–8:00pm at Joplin Public Library, Community Room East (1901 E 20th St). MANHATTAN SHORT is an event that takes place in 400 venues across 6 continents during one week—and Joplin Public Library is excited to participate! Each year, ten short films (two hours altogether) are selected and shown across the globe. Then, audiences are asked to make their voices heard and vote for the one they think is best! Viewer discretion advised for anyone under 18. Parent or guardian required for children under 18. Free and open to the public. More information: Evan Martin, emartin@joplinpubliclibrary.org, 417.623.7953.

October 3: National Arts & Humanities Month Proclamation Ceremony, 5:00pm at Joplin City Hall (602 S Main St). 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. Various arts and cultural organizations will be on hand to celebrate. Connect2Culture will distribute a print version of its online Joplin Arts & Cultural Calendar for October 2019 to encourage active participation in the arts and humanities. This ceremony will also kick off the final First Thursday ArtWalk of this season which will start at 5:30pm. More information: Emily Frankoski, emily@connect2culture.org, 417.501.5550.

October 3: 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. Free and open to the public. More information: Linda Teeter, lteeter00@gmail.com, 417.438.5931.

October 3: Opening Reception: Icons- Past & Present by Mark Van Slyke, 5:30–8:30pm at Urban Art Gallery (511 S Main St). Enjoy snacks and music while admiring the featured works in Mark Van Slyke’s latest exhibit, Icons- Past & Present. Free and open to the public. More information: Linda Teeter, lteeter00@gmail.com, 417.438.5931.

October 3: 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 5 & 6: Neosho Fall Festival, 10:00am–5:00pm (Sunday 11:00am) at Downtown Neosho, MO. Celebrate the fall season by going to the 51st Annual Neosho Fall Festival! This year’s festival will feature some of the finest in regional crafters, live music, food trucks, family games, farmers market, and more. Times and offerings subject to change without prior notice. Parking is limited; carpooling encouraged. No alcohol allowed in the park by local ordinance; coolers subject to search. Free and open to the public. More information: Sarah Serio, neoshoartscouncil@gmail.com, 417.592.1673.

October 5: Downtown Joplin Fall Festival, 10:30am–4:00pm at 511 S Main St. In conjunction with Wizarding Run, the Downtown Joplin Fall Festival will include lots of craft and food vendors, all selling wizardly inspired items. There will be lots of activities for kids as well as a Mimosa Crawl for the adults! Tickets for the Mimosa Crawl can be purchased along with your registration to the Wizarding Run or can be purchased through the Downtown Joplin Alliance. Free and open to the public. More information: Lori Haun, info@downtownjoplin.com, 417.501.9649.

October 5: MANHATTAN SHORT Film Festival, 11:00am–1:00pm at Joplin Public Library, Community Room East (1901 E 20th St). MANHATTAN SHORT is an event that takes place in 400 venues across 6 continents during one week—and Joplin Public Library is excited to participate! Each year, ten short films (two hours altogether) are selected and shown across the globe. Then, audiences are asked to make their voices heard and vote for the one they think is best! Viewer discretion advised for anyone under 18. Parent or guardian required for children under 18. Free and open to the public. More information: Evan Martin, emartin@joplinpubliclibrary.org, 417.623.7953.

October 5: Discover Nature Families: Fishing 101 (Ages 6+), 1:00–2:30pm at Walter Woods Conservation Area (7129 Dutch Elm Dr). Are you interested in taking your family fishing, but aren’t sure how to begin?  Develop your confidence by learning about basic equipment needed, knot-tying, baiting a hook, and how to handle fish. Then, try out your newly learned skills by fishing!  Equipment will be provided but you may bring your own. Children 17 years and under must be accompanied by an adult. All participants aged 16 or older must have a valid Missouri fishing license. No organized groups, please. Registration required. Free and open to the public. More information: Kim Banner, Kimberly.Banner@mdc.mo.gov, 417.629.3434.

October 5: MANHATTAN SHORT Film Festival, 4:00–6:00pm at Joplin Public Library, Community Room East (1901 E 20th St). MANHATTAN SHORT is an event that takes place in 400 venues across 6 continents during one week—and Joplin Public Library is excited to participate! Each year, ten short films (two hours altogether) are selected and shown across the globe. Then, audiences are asked to make their voices heard and vote for the one they think is best! Viewer discretion advised for anyone under 18. Parent or guardian required for children under 18. Free and open to the public. More information: Evan Martin, emartin@joplinpubliclibrary.org, 417.623.7953.

October 6: 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.

October 7: Kiora! Life in Middle Earth: New Zealand, 10:00am at Corley Auditorium (3950 E Newman Rd). Alexa Still, a charming New Zealander and accomplished flutist, will relate her home country’s existentialist outlook, which remains both 20 years behind and more progressive than many. 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.

October 8: Artist Talk with Emily Beck, Noon–1:00pm at Missouri Southern State University, Spiva Art Gallery (3950 E Newman Rd). Listen to accomplished artist, Emily Beck, discuss the work featured in her exhibition, Ladylike. Free and open to the public. More information: Dr. Christine Bentley, bentley-c@mssu.edu, 417.625.9563.

October 8: Opening Reception: Ladylike by Emily Beck, 1:00–2:00pm at Missouri Southern State University, Spiva Art Gallery (3950 E Newman Rd). Admire the creativity demonstrated in Emily Beck’s powerful exhibition, Ladylike, which examines the stereotypes that complicate the progress of those identifying as female. Free and open to the public. More information: Dr. Christine Bentley, bentley-c@mssu.edu, 417.625.9563.

October 8: Spider Safari, 6:30–8:00pm at Shoal Creek Conservation and Education Center (201 W Riviera Dr). Although many people are afraid of spiders, most of them are harmless to humans and play an important role in the natural world. Learn more about these eight-legged predators, see some up close, and even search for some outside. Please bring a flashlight and dress for the weather. Registration required. Free and open to the public. More information: Kim Banner, Kimberly.Banner@mdc.mo.gov, 417.629.3434.

October 10: 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 and meets every second Thursday. Dues are $10 per calendar year, but anyone interested can attend their first meeting free. More information: S.V. Farnsworth, s.v.farnsworth@gmail.com, 417.691.0480.

October 11: Opening Receptions: 72nd Membership Show and Catherine Kirkland: What’s the Point?, 5:30–8:30pm at Spiva Center for the Arts (222 W 3rd St). Celebrate the efforts of nearly 100 local artists as well as Catherine Kirkland’s accomplishments. Free and open to the public; donations appreciated. More information: Jade Henning, jhenning@spivaarts.org, 417.623.0183.

October 12: Hispanic Heritage Day Celebration, 10:00am–3:00pm at George Washington Carver National Monument (5646 Carver Rd, Diamond, MO). George Washington Carver National Monument is celebrating Hispanic cultures with their second annual Hispanic Heritage Day! Enjoy crafts, delicious food, storytelling events, soccer lessons, and performances by talented groups, including the Chinelos Morelenses Unidos en Arkansas. Free and open to the public. More information: Diane Eilenstein, diane_eilenstein@nps.gov, 417.325.4151.

October 12: Artist Talk with Catherine Kirkland, 11:00am–Noon at Spiva Center for the Arts (222 W 3rd St). Listen as Lenexa artist, Catherine Kirkland, discusses her vibrant nebula paintings and the art of her pointillist technique. More information: Jade Henning, jhenning@spivaarts.org, 417.623.0183.

October 12: North Heights Porchfest, 4:00–7:00pm at North Heights Neighborhood (N Byers Ave and E Street). North Heights Porchfest is a grassroots festival put on by the community for the community! This celebration of music, food, art, and community in Joplin offers a wide range of activities for the whole family. This year’s event will feature 24 musical performances spread over three hours. Free and open to the public. More information: Zachary Spiering, northheightsporchfest@gmail.com, 417.850.6487.

October 13: 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.

October 17: Third Thursday, 5:30–8:30pm 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! Free and open to the public. More information: Lori Haun, info@downtownjoplin.com, 417.501.9649.

October 18–20: 48-Hour Film Competition: Halloween Edition at Spiva Center for the Arts (222 W 3rd St). Back by popular demand, Spiva Center for the Arts’ 48-Hour Film Competition: Halloween Edition allows participants to exercise their creativity, work with a limited time frame, and celebrate the spooky season of Halloween! Contestants are to meet at Spiva in the Main Gallery on October 18 at 6:00pm. Teams will receive the criteria needed to create a 4-minute short film based on a horror sub-genre. They have until 6:00pm on October 20 to submit their films at Bookhouse Cinema. Cost: $20 per team. More information: Shaun Conroy, sconroy@spivaarts.org.

October 19: Fall Hike (Ages 6+), 9:00–10:30am at Shoal Creek Conservation Education Center (201 W Riviera Dr). Fall is almost here! Autumn colors are appearing, temperatures are cooling, and animals are getting ready for winter. Watch for these signs and more on this naturalist-led hike along trails. Meet at the Shoal Creek gazebo. Registration required. Free and open to the public. More information: Kim Banner, Kimberly.Banner@mdc.mo.gov, 417.629.3434.

October 19: S’mores & Pours Night Market, 7:00–10:30pm at Joplin Empire Market (931 E 4th St). The next Night Market at Joplin Empire Market is dedicated to all things cozy and autumnal (and some creepy Halloween vibes, too)! Enjoy pours from the new Chaos Brewing Company, a s’mores bar, live music, apple bobbing, pumpkin painting, the market bar, food, drink, vendor shopping, and so much more. Festivities will take place outside in the Empire Market Festival Courtyard (weather permitting). Free and open to the public. More information: Ivy Hagedorn, ivy@joplinempiremarket.com, 928.514.7713.

October 18 & 19: Beetlejuice with RKO Floor Show, 10:00pm at Bookhouse Cinema (715 E Broadway St). Just in time for the Halloween season! Watch as the RKO Floor Show shadow casts Tim Burton’s cult classic, Beetlejuice, with full props and costumes. Come dressed as your favorite character, purchase Beetlejuice-themed snacks, and sit back and enjoy the show! No age restriction. Tickets: $8. More information: Stevie Rose, therkofloorshow@gmail.com, 417.825.5161.

October 20: 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.

October 21: 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, Al Ortolani, 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.

October 21 & 22: Return of the Christmas Kid Auditions, 7:00pm (doors 6:30pm) at Joplin Little Theatre (3009 W 1st St). The Toy Box owner Calvin is visited by two angels that take him on a ride through Christmas of yesteryear to show him what he’s lost in his life. Come see this hybrid of A Christmas Carol, A Christmas Story, The Best Christmas Pageant Ever, and It’s a Wonderful Life!  This show will make you laugh, cry, and remember why we celebrate Christmas. Complete information available on www.justthemix.com. More information: Cecie Fritz, info@joplinlittletheatre.org, 417.623.3638.

October 22–November 30: Call for Artists and Makers of Jewelry. Calling all artists and makers of jewelry! Post Art Library would like to display your work in their show From Fine to Fun, We Love Jewelry. This exhibit will last from October 22, 2019 to November 30, 2019 and will be displayed in secure cases at the Post Art Library. There is no fee to apply and applications are due by 6:00pm on Friday, October 4, 2019. For more rules or for applications, click here. Free and open to the public. More information: Jill Sullivan, jhsullivan@postartlibrary.org, 417.623.7953×1041.

October 23: Māori Culture Book Club and the Polynesian Influence, 5:30pm at Joplin Public Library (1901 E 20th St). 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.

October 24: 48-Hour Film Competition: Halloween Edition Screening, 5:30–9:00pm at Bookhouse Cinema (715 E Broadway St). Admire the effort and creativity that local filmmakers have poured into their four-minute horror films, which was created in just 48 hours. There will be at least three screenings starting at 5:30pm with awards presented after the final screening. Tickets: $3. More information: Shaun Conroy, sconroy@spivaarts.org.

October 24: Adult Game Night, 6:00–7:30pm at Joplin Public Library (1901 E 20th St). Grab your friends and relax while playing board games! Board games will be provided, please do not bring your own. Adults only. Free and open to the public. More information: Evan Martin, emartin@joplinpubliclibrary.org, 417.623.7953.

October 24: Opening Reception: Grind by Brett Dorrance, 6:00–7:30pm at Post Art Library (1901 E 20th St). Celebrate the accomplishments of artist Brett Dorrance and admire the works featured in his solo exhibit, Grind. More information: Jill Sullivan, jhsullivan@postartlibrary.org, 417.623.7953 X1041.

October 25: Kava: A New Global Drug?, 9:00am at Missouri Southern State University, Corley Auditorium (3950 E Newman Rd). Pacific Islanders enjoyed two traditional drug substances: betel (Areca palm nut chewed with the leaves or catkins of the Piper betle vine and lime) and kava (Piper methysticum). Early settlers in Vanuatu domesticated kava around 2,500 years ago and it has spread to New Guinea, Pohnpei and Kosrae in Micronesia, Fiji, Samoa, Tonga, and most of Polynesia. Kava was traditionally ingested for religious purposes but people also valued the drug’s calming and enjoyable effects on mind and body. Growing numbers of people beyond the Pacific are also developing new appreciations of kava. Currently, there are at least 100 kava bars in many American cities, and numbers are increasing fast. Will there be a kava bar near you, too, someday soon? 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.

October 25: Cargo Cult Post Mortem, 11:00am at Missouri Southern State University, Corley Auditorium (3950 E Newman Rd). “Cargo cult” spread in the 1950s as a catchy term for an outburst of social movements of the Southwest Pacific. In these movements, Islanders turned to religious ritual to obtain “cargo.” The term has signified manufactured goods or money, a new political order, local sovereignty and the withdrawal of colonial rulers, or even human salvation. Cargo cult prophets devised or revived ritual practices, creating new communities waiting for cargo’s arrival. Although anthropologists have largely abandoned the term, cargo cult thrives on the Internet, and in journalistic and literary circles, castigating or celebrating all sorts of untoward and wild desire. 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.

October 25: Village or Town? Volcano Tourism vs. Urban Migration on Tanna (Vanatu), 1:00pm at Missouri Southern State University, Corley Auditorium (3950 E Newman Rd). Over the past 35 years, most people who once lived in Samaria village (Tanna Island) have moved to squatter settlements that ring Port Vila, Vanuatu’s capital town. Families moved to town seeking employment, better education for children, and entertainment. In recent years, however, increasing numbers of international tourists are visiting Tanna to experience Iasur volcano’s regular eruptions. Many local families have become tourist entrepreneurs, building rough “bungalows” for tourists to rent. These new economic opportunities on the island encourage people to stay home, partly deflecting the pull of the city. Explore the novel trans-island strategies these island families cultivate. 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.

October 25–27: OCC Illuminate 48-Hour Film Festival at Ozark Christian College, Chapel (1111 N Main St). Looking to try your hand at film and demonstrate your creative skills? The OCC Illuminate 48-Hour Film Festival is the perfect opportunity! The 48-hour period begins on Friday, October 25 at 2:00pm. Prizes will be awarded in a variety of categories. A screening will be held on Monday, October 28. Register here. Free and open to the public. More information: Matt Stafford, stafford.matt@occ.edu, 417.540.6808.

October 25 & 26: Witch’s Masquerade, 7:00pm at Joplin Little Theatre (3008 W 1st St). Calling all ghosts and ghouls! Enjoy a spook-tacular night of friends, music, and fun on the stage of Joplin Little Theatre. Dress as creatively as you’d like and get into the spirit of this spooky season! All ages welcome. Tickets can be purchased at the door or by calling (417) 623-3638. Tickets: $10. More information: Cecie Fritz, info@joplinlittletheatre.org, 417.623.3638.

October 26: Joplin 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.

October 26: Joplin Collectors’ Expo, 10:00am–5:00pm at Cecil Floyd Elementary (2201 W 24th St). Joplin Collectors’ Expo is back, and this year’s event has something for everyone! Wow others with your best cosplay, meet comic book artists and writers from companies like Marvel and DC, or browse the comics, sports cards, toys, and memorabilia available. There will also be food trucks and live action role playing. All ages welcome. Cost: Ages 17+ $5, Ages 16 and under free. More information or registration: Josh Miller, joplincollectorsexpo@gmail.com, or message them on Facebook.

October 26: 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.

October 26: JulieFest – A Women’s Music & Arts Festival, 2:00–9:00pm at the 500 Block of Joplin Ave. Joplin’s first women’s music and arts festival, JulieFest will feature booths from local artists and makers, a costume contest, an open mic stage, and a killer line-up of female artist, like Out of Context, Tiger Millionaire, and more! All ages welcome. Those interested in being a vendor, volunteering, or sponsoring JulieFest can email juliefest2019@gmail.com. Free and open to the public. More information: Savanah Mandeville, juliefest2019@gmail.com, 417.850.1673.

October 26: JulieFest After Party (Ages 21+), 10:00pm–1:00am at Blackthorn Pizza and Pub (510 S Joplin Ave). Keep the party going even after JulieFest is over! Enjoy drinks and pizza while listening to artists like Lousy Sue, GDGP, and Concubine. Cost: $5. More information: Savanah Mandeville, juliefest2019@gmail.com, 417.850.1673.

October 27: 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.

October 28: OCC Illuminate 48-Hour Film Festival Screening, 7:00pm at Ozark Christian College (1111 N Main St). View the films created for the OCC Illuminate 48-Hour Film Festival and discover which videos receive awards! Free and open to the public. More information: Matt Stafford, stafford.matt@occ.edu, 417.540.6808.

EXHIBITS:

October 1–October 31: Icons- Past & Present by Mark Van Slyke at Urban Art Gallery (511 S Main St). In his dynamic exhibit Icons- Past & Present, Bella Vista artist, Mark Van Slyke, depicts past and present celebrities through large, detailed portraits. More information: Linda Teeter, lteeter00@gmail.com, 417.438.5931.

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 8 – 30: Ladylike by Emily Beck at Missouri Southern State University, Spiva Art Gallery (3950 E Newman Rd). In her exhibition, Ladylike, Emily Beck both explores and challenges the female gender construction through video, animation, and sculpture. An associate professor at the University of Notre Dame, Beck’s work examines the stereotypes that complicate the progress of those identifying as female. Free and open to the public. More information: Dr. Christine Bentley, bentley-c@mssu.edu, 417.625.9563.

October 1 – November 30: Photography by Maxwell Heckman at Post Art Library (1901 E 20th St). Description coming soon. Free and open to the public. More information: Jill Sullivan, jhsullivan@postartlibrary.org, 417.623.7953 X1041.

October 8 – January 8: Grind by Brett Dorrance at Post Art Library (1901 E 20th St). Admire the creativity and control exhibited in artist Brett Dorrance’s solo exhibit, Grind. Free and open to the public. More information: Jill Sullivan, jhsullivan@postartlibrary.org, 417.623.7953 X1041.

August 3 – October 5: The Photography of Richard Loftis at Spiva Center for the Arts, Regional Gallery (222 W 3rd St). A talented photographer, Richard Loftis dedicated his life to his passion. One of the most distinguished photographers in the Midwest, Loftis taught at multiple universities and colleges, including the Kansas City Art Institute. Today, the late Kansas City photographer’s extraordinary work is housed in museums across the Midwest. Free and open to the public; donations appreciated. More information: Jade Henning, jhenning@spivaarts.org, 417.623.0183.


CLASSES:

October 2: 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.

October 5: Pawpaw Patch Productions: Open Studio (Ages 6+), 9:00am–Noon at Studio 43 (4940 Highway 43). Do you want to try your hand at using polymer clay? This is your time to create! One new skill or project per open studio time slot will be taught. The first person to register and request a skill or project will determine what is demonstrated. Scrap polymer clay, tools, ovens, and assistance provided. For more than one project or for large projects, please bring your own clay. Children ages 6–15 must be accompanied by an adult (adults accompanying children do not have to pay to enter). 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 for three hours. More information: Cyndi Cogbill, cyndi@pawpawpatchproductions.com, 417.553.1583.

October 5: Kinetic Storytelling: The Broad Strokes of Film with Tyler Whited (Ages 15+), 2:00–4:00pm at Spiva Center for the Arts (222 W 3rd St). Prepare for FilmSpiva: Halloween Edition with this creative workshop, which centers around establishing memorable and compelling stories through cinema. Cost: $20. More information: Jade Henning, jhenning@spivaarts.org, 417.623.0183.

October 7: Pawpaw Patch Productions: Open Studio (Ages 16+), 6:00–9:00pm at Studio 43 (4940 Highway 43). You don’t have to buy all the supplies and find the space for them, just come and create polymer clay art! 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 per person (plus tax) for three hours. More information: Cyndi Cogbill, cyndi@pawpawpatchproductions.com, 417.553.1583.

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.

October 8: Flute Masterclass with Alexa Still, 1:00–3:00pm at Missouri Southern State University, Corley Auditorium (3950 E Newman Rd). The award-winning flutist, Alexa Still, will teach a Flute Masterclass. Then, at 7:30pm, enjoy a special recital, presented by Still. Cost: Free. More information: Rita Boyer, boyer-r@mssu.edu, 417.625.9318.

October 12: Little Acorns: Batty for Bats (Ages 3–6), 10:30–11:30am at Shoal Creek Conservation Education Center (201 W Riviera Dr). Do bats really want to fly in your hair? Why do they hang upside down? Bring your little ones and discover the answers to these questions and create a bat mask. Please, no organized groups. Free and open to the public. More information: Kim Banner, Kimberly.Banner@mdc.mo.gov, 417.629.3434.

October 12: Dive Into Digital with Sarah Clements (Ages 13+), 1:00–3:00pm at Spiva Center for the Arts (222 W 3rd St). Join photographer, Sarah Clements, as she demystifies digital photography! Students will learn the basics of shooting in manual mode in order to have total control over their craft. Bring your DSLR and something to take notes with! Cost: $25. More information: Jade Henning, jhenning@spivaarts.org, 417.623.0183.

October 12: 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.

October 15: Little Acorns: Batty for Bats (Ages 3–6), 10:30–11:30am at Shoal Creek Conservation Education Center (201 W Riviera Dr). Do bats really want to fly in your hair? Why do they hang upside down? Bring your little ones and discover the answers to these questions and create a bat mask. Please, no organized groups. Free and open to the public. More information: Kim Banner, Kimberly.Banner@mdc.mo.gov, 417.629.3434.

October 16: 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.

October 18: Art After Dark with Sandra Conrad (Ages 21+), 6:30–8:30pm at Spiva Center for the Arts (222 W 3rd St). Get spooky at Spiva! This unique class will have participants imbibing “spirits” while painting a witchy live model by candlelight! Cost: $30. More information: Jade Henning, jhenning@spivaarts.org, 417.623.0183.

October 18 & 19: Larry DeGraff: Master of Greens – Two Day Workshop, at April’s Art House (5245 Old Highway 71). Learn about colors, values, and more by painting en plein air under the direction of professional artist, Larry DeGraff. Artists of every skill level are encouraged to come and learn! Lunch is provided. Sign up here. Cost: $200 per person. More information: April Davis, aprildavis777@yahoo.com, 417.358.6329.

October 19: Mask Making with Sandra Conrad (Ages 12+), 1:00–3:00pm at Spiva Center for the Arts (222 W 3rd St). Be prepared to awe and inspire this Halloween! Students will create their own mask using plaster and found objects. Cost: $30. More information: Jade Henning, jhenning@spivaarts.org, 417.623.0183.

October 26: Glass Lanterns with Jane McCaulley (Ages 13+), 12:30–4:30pm at Spiva Center for the Arts (222 W 3rd St). Create a beautiful, fused, 8-inch glass lantern, perfect for illuminating the holiday season! Students will be able to choose between fall or winter designs or bring their own ideas! Cost: $40. More information: Jade Henning, jhenning@spivaarts.org, 417.623.0183.

October 26: Photoshop for Beginners with Sarah Clements (Ages 13+), 1:00–3:00pm at Spiva Center for the Arts (222 W 3rd St). Adobe’s Photoshop is a dynamic and complicated program. But there’s no need to be intimidated by Photoshop anymore! Learn the fundamentals of this program just in time for PhotoSpiva 2020. Bring your laptop to work along while you learn! Cost: $25. More information: Jade Henning, jhenning@spivaarts.org, 417.623.0183.

October 30: 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.


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.


RSVPaint Joplin (223 W 3rd St):  

Thursdays & Fridays: 7:00–9:00pm
Saturdays: 10:00am–Noon | 1:00–3:00pm | 7:00–9:00pm
Sundays: 2:00–4:00pm

Discover your inner-artist! No experience required. Come Relax, Sip, Visit, and Paint! Ages 13 and up are welcome to attend, but you must be 21 to drink alcohol. Feel free to arrive 15 minutes early to get settled in. Cost: $38–$78. Click here to see class offerings. More information: infojop@rsvpaint.com.


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.


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.

Wednesdays: Wine’d Down Open Studio, 5:00–9:00pm at RSVPaint Joplin (223 W 3rd St). RSVPaint Joplin is combining the best of both worlds with their Canvas and Home Decor DIY Event! Choose the project that works for you. Prices vary depending on chosen project. Cost: $28–$58. More information: infojop@rsvpaint.com.

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

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