October 2020

Posted on Sep 28, 2020 in Monthly Arts & Culture

Happy National Arts & Humanities Month! What’s coming up in October 2020? We have all the details on arts, culture, and entertainment in Joplin, MO, throughout October. Scroll through and share with friends…

Featured Image: Family Paint: Pumpkin Decorating at Create N Sip Studios.

In light of recent events, please confirm with organizations before attending listed events.


PERFORMANCES:

October 2 & 3: Dream Theatre Troupe Presents: Evil Dead the Musical,7:30pm (doors 7:00pm) at Studio 124 (124 S Main St). Five college students go to an abandoned cabin in the woods and accidentally unleash an evil force that turns them all into demons. It’s all up to Ash (a housewares employee turned demon-killing hero) and his trusty chainsaw to save the day. Blood flies. Limbs are dismembered. Demons tell bad jokes… and all to music. Tickets go on sale Saturday, August 22 at 6:00pm. Purchase tickets at www.showtix4u.com/event-details/39389. Tickets: $20 (poncho included). More information: Becki Arnall, dtstudio124@gmail.com, 417.622.6470.

October 6: Joplin High School Fall Choir Concert feat. JHS Concert Choir and Chorale, 6:30–7:30pm (doors 6:15pm) at Joplin High School Arts Center (2104 Indiana Ave). A night of music from the talented show choirs at Joplin High School! Enjoy an extraordinary performance from the JHS Concert Choir and Chorale, then, stick around for a second performance from JHS’s award-winning Touch of Class and Sound Dimension. For the safety of guests, this annual, four-choir concert has been divided into two performances. Seats are limited and will be spaced to establish and promote social distancing practices. Masks are required. Reservations required; reserve your seat at https://bit.ly/2FQWZ47. Free and open to the public. More information: JHS Show Choirs, JHSshowchoirs@gmail.com, 417.625.5230.

October 6: Joplin High School Fall Choir Concert feat. JHS Touch of Class and Sound Dimension, 8:00pm (doors 7:45pm) at Joplin High School Arts Center (2104 Indiana Ave). A night of music from the talented show choirs at Joplin High School! JHS’s award-winning Touch of Class and Sound Dimension take the stage for an incredible performance in the second half of this annual, fall concert. For the safety of guests, this annual, four-choir concert has been divided into two performances. Seats are limited and will be spaced to establish and promote social distancing practices. Masks are required. Reservations required; reserve your seat at https://bit.ly/2FQWZ47. Free and open to the public. More information: JHS Show Choirs, JHSshowchoirs@gmail.com, 417.625.5230.

October 8–10: Dream Theatre Troupe Presents: Evil Dead the Musical, 7:30pm (doors 7:00pm) at Studio 124 (124 S Main St). Five college students go to an abandoned cabin in the woods and accidentally unleash an evil force that turns them all into demons. It’s all up to Ash (a housewares employee turned demon-killing hero) and his trusty chainsaw to save the day. Blood flies. Limbs are dismembered. Demons tell bad jokes. . . and all to music. Tickets go on sale Saturday, August 22 at 6:00pm. Purchase tickets at www.showtix4u.com/event-details/39389. Tickets: $20 (poncho included). More information: Becki Arnall, dtstudio124@gmail.com, 417.622.6470.

October 16 & 17: Dream Theatre Troupe Presents: A Frightening Musical Revue, 7:30–9:00pm at Studio 124 (124 S Main St). Hey, ghouls and gals, looking to hear some spooky tunes this season? Head to Studio 124 for a fang-tastic night of Halloween-inspired performances from films, radio, and stage! Masks are required of patrons attending and seating will be socially distanced. Tickets available for purchase online only. Purchase tickets at showtix4u.com/event-details/40376. Tickets: $5. More information: Becki Arnall, dtstudio124@gmail.com, 417.622.6470.

October 17: Lion Pride Marching Band Fall Concert #1, 2:00pm at Landreth Park, Band Shell (NW Murphy Blvd). Spend your Saturday afternoon with Missouri Southern State University’s Lion Pride Marching Band! Enjoy the mild fall weather and listen to the band perform hits from the 70s and traditional MSSU tunes. Please bring your lawn chairs or blankets and plan to maintain more than six feet in distance between other families. Parking is limited, so please arrive early. Free and open to the public. More information: Dr. Don Linn, Linn-D@mssu.edu, 417.625.9633.

October 22–25: Dream Theatre Troupe Presents: The Complete History of America (Abridged), 7:30pm at Studio 124 (124 S Main St). With 600 years of history summed up in 6000 seconds, The Complete History of America (Abridged) is American history as you’ve never seen it before! From Washington to Watergate, from the Bering Straits to Baghdad, and from New World to New World Order, this ninety-minute play is a rollercoaster ride through the glorious quagmire that is American history, reminding us that it’s not the length of your history that matters – it’s what you’ve done with it. Purchase tickets at www.showtix4u.com/event-details/40374. Tickets: $12. More information: Becki Arnall, dtstudio124@gmail.com, 417.622.6470.

October 23: Caribbean Adventures, 7:30pm at Central Christian Center (410 S Virginia Ave). The Southern Symphony Orchestra will showcase chamber and full orchestra works of composers from across the Caribbean region. This concert will cap off the residency of Haitian-born conductor and composer, Jean (Rudy) Perrault. The annual MSSU Concerto Aria Competition winners, Stacey Struble, and Andrea Huckabay, will also be featured in this concert. Please note: All face-to-face events on MSSU’s campus are limited to MSSU faculty, staff, and students until further notice. This event is part of MSSU’s Caribbean Themed Semester. Free and open to the public. More information: Chad Stebbins, stebbins-c@mssu.edu, 417.625.9736.

October 23: Comedy at Bookhouse Cinema, 7:30pm at Bookhouse Cinema (715 E Broadway St). Enjoy an evening of fine, fall weather and gut-busting laughs! See The Copenhagen Bandit from Joplin, Tara Laughlin from Fayetteville, and Stephen Taylor from Kansas City perform their hilarious routines on the patio of Bookhouse Cinema. Tickets: $10. More information: Holly Crane, bookhousejoplin@gmail.com, 417.825.5161.

October 28: JD Simo, 7:00pm (doors 6:30pm) at The Coda Concert House (2120 E 24 St). Upon the release of his latest album in March 2019, Guitar World raved that JD Simo took “another step toward establishing himself as a contemporary blues rock giant.” Simo melds classic electric blues, the power of heralded British trios like Cream, and the expansive sonic explorations of jazz into a vintage vibe that blurs the lines between genre and generations. His remarkable talent has earned Simo opportunities to share the big stage with many notable headliners including Big Head Todd, Tommy Emmaunel, Blackberry Smoke and Phil Lesh & Friends. Now, he takes the stage of The Coda Concert House for one unforgettable night. Please note: due to COVID-19, audience capacity is limited. There is a suggested donation of $30. More information and reservations: Jeff Morrow, info@codaconcerthouse.com. In response to reservations, a confirmation email with the address, directions, parking etc. will be sent in return. All proceeds benefit the artist performing.

October 30: Southern Theatre Presents: Nevermore: The Imaginary Life and Mysterious Death of Edgar Allan Poe – A Musical, 7:30pm online. From Jonathan Christenson, this unique and wildly entertaining musical combines haunting music and poetic storytelling to chronicle the fascinating life of iconic American writer, Edgar Allan Poe. A literary rock star of his day, Poe struggles with tragedy and addiction, poverty and loss, yet produces some of the world’s most original and enduring literature. Presented by MSSU Musical Theatre. This livestream production will be offered through Broadway on Demand. A 24-hour playback period will also be offered. All ticket sale are online; purchase tickets at bit.ly/2FTBhMY. Tickets: $13.95. More information: Erick Wolfe, wolfe-e@mssu.edu, 417.625.3044.

October 30 & 31: Joplin Little Theatre Presents: The War of the Worlds 1938 Radio Broadcast, 7:30pm (Saturday 2:30pm) at Joplin Little Theatre (3009 W 1st St). On October 30, 1938, the Columbia Broadcasting System aired the one-hour radio drama War of the Worlds, an adaptation of H.G. Wells’ novel about an alien invasion. When panicked listeners believed the broadcast to be true, it became famous overnight. Now, 82 years later, experience this infamous radio thriller from the stage of Joplin Little Theatre! All ages welcome. Alien costumes encouraged; masks required. Due to COVID-19, Joplin Little Theatre is implementing new guidelines to ensure the health and safety of their patrons, staff, and actors. Please read these guidelines at joplinlittletheatre.org before attending. Tickets may only be purchased over the phone at 417.623.3638 beginning October 12. Tickets: $12. More information: Cecie Fritz, info@joplinlittletheatre.org, 417.623.3638.


EVENTS:

Saturdays: Joplin Empire Market and Empire Market Curbside, 10:00am–2:00pm at Joplin Empire Market (931 E 4th St). The Joplin Empire Market is the place to find the best in locally grown produce, gourmet foodstuffs, and handmade artisan goods. Housed in a historic brick building adjacent to downtown, this indoor/outdoor public market is Joplin’s newest gathering spot. Though some vendors will be selling their goods in the parking lot, advanced online ordering for curbside pickup is still the best way to secure all of your favorite Empire Market goodies! Online ordering begins Tuesdays at 8:00pm and ends Thursdays at 8:00pm and can be made at: http://localline.ca/joplin-empire-market. Curbside pickup is held Saturdays from 10:30am–12:30pm. More information: Ivy Hagedorn, ivy@joplinempiremarket.com, 417.986.3914.

September 1–November 15: Be Local Passport Program, 8:00am–8:00pm in Downtown Joplin. Small businesses are the heartbeat of our community. As we look to find the new “normal,” it becomes even more important to support these businesses and what they bring to the community. While many events that traditionally brought people to Downtown Joplin have been canceled, the Downtown Joplin Alliance has put together a “non-event” to celebrate all things local. Participating businesses are offering deals and specials to Be Local passport holders. Passports and special Be Local t-shirts can be ordered online, picked up at select locations, and offers redeemed through November 15. Offers will be one-time use per passport holder and will be stamped upon being redeemed. Shop, eat, and play downtown as you feel comfortable to do so! Cost: $30 per passport/shirt. More information: Shelby Witzman, shelby@downtownjoplin.com, 417.501.9649.

September 28–October 3: Friends of Saint Avips: Online Art Auction, online. In the stead of their annual ball, the Friends of St. Avips is hosting a stay-at-home, “no show” event in the form of an online art auction and virtual activities! The available artwork can be viewed in-person at Finn’s Restaurant in Joplin throughout the week of September 28. Artists interested in contributing work for the auction can do so at friendsofstavips.com/artist-entry-form until September 13. For more details and guidelines, please visit friendsofstavips.com. Free and open to the public. More information: Amanda Stanley, amandahurnstanley@gmail.com, 417.629.4578.

September 29–October 3: 73rd Annual Membership Show Due Dates at Spiva Center for the Arts (222 W 3rd St). Be a part of one of Spiva’s most anticipated exhibits: the 73rd Annual Membership Show! If you’re a Spiva member, submit your artwork before October 3 to participate in this showcase. More details to come. More information: Jade Henning, jhenning@spivaarts.org, 417.623.0183.

October 1–31: Joplin Writers’ Faire Facebook Features, online. Although the in-person Joplin Writers’ Faire event is cancelled for 2020, event organizers will feature previous year’s participants via the Joplin Writers’ Faire Facebook page! Visit facebook.com/joplinwritersfaire throughout the month of October to read author bios and discover how to connect with local and regional writers or visit postartlibrary.org/joplin-writers-faire to learn more about this annual event. Free and open to the public. More information: Jill Sullivan, jhsullivan@postartlibrary.org, 417.623.7953 x1041.

October 1: Virtual First Thursday ArtWalk, 5:30–8:30pm via Facebook. Enjoy all the aspects you love about First Thursday ArtWalk from the comfort of your own home! Watch dozens of artists demonstrating their artistic process and prerecorded sessions from talented, local musicians. For more details, visit their Facebook page. Free and open to the public. More information: Linda Teeter, lteeter00@gmail.com, 417.438.5931.

October 2: Beyond Baseball: Cuban Sports and International Contests, 9:00am via Zoom. While baseball occupies a prominent place in Cuban society, it is by no means the only culturally important sport on the island. Professor Michael T. Wood of the University of Alabama expands the scope of Cuban sport history beyond the baseball diamond to include the football gridiron, the boxing ring, and fields, gymnasiums, and natatoriums in international competitions. Access the lecture via Zoom at https://bit.ly/3hhRfwQ, password 439907. Please note: All face-to-face events on MSSU’s campus are limited to MSSU faculty, staff, and students until further notice. This event is part of MSSU’s Caribbean Themed Semester. Free and open to the public. More information: Chad Stebbins, stebbins-c@mssu.edu, 417.625.9736.

October 2: The Cuban National Pastime: A Brief History of Cuban Baseball, 11:00am via Zoom. Baseball, popularly known as the “national pastime” in the United States, has an equally long and important history in Cuba. Beginning with the 1860s, this lecture by Michael T. Wood will explore how this American game became a key part of Cuban culture. It will focus on its role in the formation of national identity, its place within a transnational sport culture, its use as a tool of foreign policy, and ultimately as a contested terrain between the United States and Cuba. Access the lecture via Zoom at https://bit.ly/2GGs5LI, password 459028. Please note: All face-to-face events on MSSU’s campus are limited to MSSU faculty, staff, and students until further notice. This event is part of MSSU’s Caribbean Themed Semester. Free and open to the public. More information: Chad Stebbins, stebbins-c@mssu.edu, 417.625.9736.

October 2: U.S. – Cuba Relations: “Close and Complicated,” noon via Zoom. Despite geographic proximity and past cooperation, geopolitical considerations have strained the relationship between the United States and Cuba. This lecture by Michael T. Wood traces these “close and complicated” relations through time and examines the struggle for Cuban nationhood, U.S. intervention and influence, rising tensions between Cuban anti-imperial nationalists and U.S.-backed regimes, and more. Access the lecture via Zoom at https://bit.ly/33luins, password 651167. Please note: All face-to-face events on MSSU’s campus are limited to MSSU faculty, staff, and students until further notice. This event is part of MSSU’s Caribbean Themed Semester. Free and open to the public. More information: Chad Stebbins, stebbins-c@mssu.edu, 417.625.9736.

October 2: Virtual Chapter Book Club (Ages 7-11), 3:00–4:00pm online. Your mission, should you choose to accept it, is to join the Joplin Public Library for a virtual book club! Read Mac B. Kid Spy: Undercover, then access videos and special assignments to assist Mac B. in solving the mystery of the stolen Crown Jewels. On the final week of the book club, join the JPL Children’s Department and other elite agents via Zoom for a final, super-duper secret mission! Registration required; register by calling 417.623.7953, emailing childrens@joplinpubliclibrary.org, or at https://forms.gle/4CgxeDF1Vx74xgSG8. Free and open to the public. More information: Christina Matekel-Gibson, childrens@joplinpubliclibrary.org, 417.623.7953.

October 2: VSM Joplin: October First Friday, 7:00–9:00pm at Mercy Park (2601 McClelland Blvd). Kick off your weekend with the classic art of swing dance! Join VSM Joplin for a dance lesson at 7:00pm in the pavilion at Mercy Park. Then, show off your new skills or kick back and enjoy some great music during a social dance at 8:00pm! Please bring a lawn chair. Registration required; for information on how to register, visit facebook.com/events/398075377829022/. This event is limited to the first 50 people who register. Tickets: $5. More information: Ashley King, vsmjoplin@gmail.com, 316.243.8175.

October 3 & 4: Agricultural School on Wheels, 1:00pm at George Washington Carver National Monument (5646 Carver Rd, Diamond, MO). In the early 1900s, remote tenant farmers had a hard time keeping up with new farming techniques until the Agricultural School on Wheels came to town! Learn more about this innovative solution to rural farm education and the part George Washington Carver played in its design and development. All GWC programming will be conducted outdoors with a social distancing order as outlined in national and CDC guidelines. Free and open to the public. More information: Sarah Martin, GWCA_Interpretation@nps.gov, 417.325.4151.

October 3: Virtual North Heights Porchfest, 4:00–7:00pm on YouTube. North Heights Porchfest is a grassroots festival put on by the community for the community! Due to COVID-19, this celebration of music, food, art, and the Joplin community is going virtual. So, on October 3, grab a drink, settle in on your porch, and enjoy a great lineup of performances by local musicians! Free and open to the public. More information: Leanna Harrison, leanna.l.harrison@gmail.com.

October 4: Joplin Comedy: Open Mic Comedy Night, 9:00pm (Sign-Up 8:30pm) at Blackthorn Pizza & Pub (510 S Joplin Ave). Try out your latest stand-up routine or take in the acts of local comedians, all while enjoying tasty pizza from Blackthorn Pizza & Pub. Age restrictions: 18+ until 10:00pm. 21+ from 10:00pm until close. Free and open to the public. More information: Dakoda Potter, potterdakoda1982@gmail.com, 417.540.9186.

October 5: Light of the Sea: Caribbean Book Club, 5:30pm at Missouri Southern State University, Spiva Library (3950 E Newman Rd). While Caribbean literature holds no indigenous traditions, writers from Caribbean islands and coastal nations have spent the last 100 years building a strong, unique identity. Explore two novels and dive into the countries of Haiti and Jamaica with Claire of the Sea Light (2013) by Edwidge Danticat and Wide Sargasso Sea (1966) by Jean Rhys. This Caribbean-themed book club hosted by the MSSU English honor society, Sigma Tau Delta, will introduce you to ideas about family, friendship, and love entwined with the culture of the two islands. The book club will meet on three Monday evenings throughout the semester: Sept. 21 (part one of Claire of the Sea Light), Oct. 5 (part two of Claire of the Sea Light), and Nov. 9 (Wide Sargasso Sea). Please note: All face-to-face events on MSSU’s campus are limited to MSSU faculty, staff, and students until further notice. This event is part of MSSU’s Caribbean Themed Semester. Free and open to the public. More information: Chad Stebbins, stebbins-c@mssu.edu, 417.625.9736.

October 5: National Arts & Humanities Month Proclamation Ceremony, 6:00pm at Joplin City Hall (602 S Main St). National Arts & Humanities (NAHM) is a nationwide collective recognition of the importance of culture in America. It is designed to encourage all Americans to explore new facets of the arts and humanities in their lives, and to begin a lifelong habit of active participation in the arts. This year’s NAHM Proclamation Ceremony will look a bit different! In lieu of their normal celebration, the Joplin arts and cultural community will accept an official proclamation at the October Joplin City Council meeting (5th Floor of City Hall). If comfortable, show your support for the arts and humanities in-person! Do know that there is limited, first-come, first-serve seating in council chambers and face masks are required. You can also tune in live to the KGCS broadcast throughout the Joplin region on digital channel 21. Then, celebrate Joplin Area Arts & Culture by visiting connect2culture.org/october2020 for the complete listing of all arts and cultural activity in the Joplin area – and make plans! Free and open to the public. More information: Emily Frankoski, emily@connect2culture.org, 417.501.5550.

October 6: Live Storytime (Ages 1-5), 9:30–10:00am via Zoom. Fall is here and there’s no better way to celebrate than with a story! Join the Joplin Public Library’s Children’s Department for a live storytime via Zoom, where participants will talk, sing, read, and learn all about fall. Registration required; register by emailing childrens@joplinpubliclibrary.org. More information: Children’s Department, childrens@joplinpubliclibrary.org, 417.623.7953.

October 6: Virtual Storytimes (Ages 0-6), 10:00am on YouTube. Do things feel a little dull this year? Liven things up with the Joplin Public Library’s virtual storytimes! Join the Children’s Department staff as they delve into fun stories every Tuesday morning, featuring some of their favorite books, song, rhymes, and more. All Virtual Storytime videos will be posted on JPL’s YouTube channel. Free and open to the public. More information: Christina Matekel-Gibson, childrens@joplinpubliclibrary.org, 417.623.7953.

October 6: Downtown Joplin Clean Team, 5:30–6:30pm at Downtown Joplin Alliance (931 E 4th St). Take some time to pitch in and help make our downtown look great! Downtown Joplin Alliance will provide supplies, though you’re more than welcome to bring extra brooms, rakes, or gloves. The Clean Team will meet at the parking lot at 5th and Joplin. Free and open to the public. More information: Lori Haun, info@downtownjoplin.com, 417.501.9649.

October 8: Joplin Writers’ Guild, 6:00pm via Facebook or Zoom. The Joplin Writers’ Guild, a chapter of the Missouri Writers’ Guild, includes a wide variety of writers – from hobbyists to professional, published writers. Members have published novels (romance, mystery, historical, middle grade, YA, etc.), nonfiction books (regional history and the Arcadia Images of America series), and articles (travel, education, law topics, etc.). The group focuses on supporting each other and sharing information about the publishing and writing industries. This group is open to the public. Dues are $10 for the year, but anyone interested can attend their first meeting free. In the wake of COVID-19, meetings are being held through Facebook at facebook.com/groups/266894820055092/. More information: S.V. Farnsworth, s.v.farnsworth@gmail.com, 417.691.0480.

October 8: 25th Anniversary Thomas Hart Benton Art Competition Awards Presentation and Critiques, 7:00pm on Facebook Live. Discover which artists take home prizes in the 25th Anniversary Thomas Hart Benton Art Competition! Eight prizes from two different categories (professional and emerging) and the Best of Show award will be awarded to participating artists. Tune in at facebook.com/NeoshoArts/. Free and open to the public. More information: Sarah Serio, neoshoartscouncil@gmail.com, 417.592.1673

October 9: Hoodoo vs Vodou: What are They? Are They the Same? Where does Catholicism Fit in with it All?, 10:00am via Zoom. Hoodoo, Voodoo, Vodou, and Catholicism. . . how do they fit together? What are they? What is the truth behind these African traditions/religions? Mambo Amanda, a priestess in Haitian Vodou, will discuss these topics and dive into the world and culture of the deep South, Africa, and Haiti. Explore the truth behind each practice in juxtaposition to Hollywood fantasy and discuss how Catholicism fits within these traditions/religions. Access the lecture via Zoom at https://bit.ly/3bLYOuP, password 303708. Please note: All face-to-face events on MSSU’s campus are limited to MSSU faculty, staff, and students until further notice. This event is part of MSSU’s Caribbean Themed Semester. Free and open to the public. More information: Chad Stebbins, stebbins-c@mssu.edu, 417.625.9736.

October 9: African Art Cleansing Discussion, 2:00–4:00pm at Missouri Southern State University (3950 E Newman Rd). Join Mambo Amanda, a priestess in Haitian Vodou, as she discusses the traditions of Hoodoo and Vodou in connection to the MSSU African Art collection. The discussion will take place in the newly established museum studies classroom, developed to house the entirety of the African Art collection. To welcome the collection into this innovative classroom, a cleansing of the collection will follow the discussion. The discussion and cleansing are open to a limited number of participants and RSVPs are required. To RSVP, contact Dr. Christine Bentley at bentley-c@mssu.edu or 417.625.3066. Access the lecture at https://bit.ly/3nprZsH, password, 548337. Please note: All face-to-face events on MSSU’s campus are limited to MSSU faculty, staff, and students until further notice. This event is part of MSSU’s Caribbean Themed Semester. This event is part of MSSU’s Caribbean Themed Semester. Free and open to the public. More information: Chad Stebbins, stebbins-c@mssu.edu, 417.625.9736.

October 9: Virtual Chapter Book Club (Ages 7-11), 3:00–4:00pm online. Your mission, should you choose to accept it, is to join the Joplin Public Library for a virtual book club! Read Mac B. Kid Spy: Undercover, then access videos and special assignments to assist Mac B. in solving the mystery of the stolen Crown Jewels. On the final week of the book club, join the JPL Children’s Department and other elite agents via Zoom for a final, super-duper secret mission! Registration required; register by calling 417.623.7953, emailing childrens@joplinpubliclibrary.org, or at https://forms.gle/4CgxeDF1Vx74xgSG8. Free and open to the public. More information: Christina Matekel-Gibson, childrens@joplinpubliclibrary.org, 417.623.7953.

October 10: Joplin Rotary Sculpture Garden: Garage Sale, 7:00am–Noon at Community Support Services of Missouri (2312 Annie Baxter Ave). Help support the Joplin Rotary Sculpture Garden while browsing a wide variety of household items for sale! Interested in donating items to be sold? Help contribute to the sale by bringing good, salable household items to Community Support Services. No clothing will be accepted. Please call 417.624.4515 X100 before dropping off your items. Free and open to the public. More information: Bob Headlee, bheadlee@rotarysculpturegarden.org, 417.850.8807.

October 10 & 11: Who Was George Washington Carver?, 1:00pm at George Washington Carver National Monument (5646 Carver Rd, Diamond, MO). World-renowned scientist, passionate educator, and dedicated mentor. George Washington Carver was all of these and so much more! Discover more about this visionary with the rangers at George Washington Carver National Monument. Due to current conditions, this event is subject to change. All GWC programming will be conducted outdoors with a social distancing order as outlined in national and CDC guidelines.   Free and open to the public. More information: Sarah Martin, GWCA_Interpretation@nps.gov, 417.325.4151.

October 10: Opening Reception: 2020: Up in the Air, 4:00–6:00pm at Maple UnCommon Guest House and Gallery (120 E Maple St, Columbus, KS). Despite the uncertainty of the pandemic, one thing is for sure: the Four State Photography Enthusiast’s ability to create a dynamic, captivating exhibit! Be among the first to see the photographs featured in this new exhibit. Free and open to the public. More information: Jane Ballard, jane@janeballard.com, 417.501.9960.

October 11: Joplin Comedy: Open Mic Comedy Night, 9:00pm (Sign-Up 8:30pm) at Blackthorn Pizza & Pub (510 S Joplin Ave). Try out your latest stand-up routine or take in the acts of local comedians, all while enjoying tasty pizza from Blackthorn Pizza & Pub. Age restrictions: 18+ until 10:00pm. 21+ from 10:00pm until close. Free and open to the public. More information: Dakoda Potter, potterdakoda1982@gmail.com, 417.540.9186.

October 13: Virtual Storytimes (Ages 0-6), 10:00am on YouTube. Do things feel a little dull this year? Liven things up with the Joplin Public Library’s virtual storytimes! Join the Children’s Department staff as they delve into fun stories every Tuesday morning, featuring some of their favorite books, song, rhymes, and more. All Virtual Storytime videos will be posted on JPL’s YouTube channel. Free and open to the public. More information: Christina Matekel-Gibson, childrens@joplinpubliclibrary.org, 417.623.7953.

October 13: C2C Monthly Check-Ins, 11:00am–Noon via Zoom. These casual, online meetings encourage Joplin area arts and cultural organizations to share brief updates, news, and ideas with one another during this time. You and your organization are invited to join the conversation! Let’s keep the arts and cultural community connected. Register at http://bit.ly/c2c-monthly-check-ins. You can register for all check-ins or just specific dates. Instructions will be sent as soon as you register. More information: Emily Frankoski, emily@connect2culture.org, 417.501.5550.

October 15: Neosho Arts Council: Thomas Hart Benton and Hollywood, 7:00pm via Zoom. In this virtual seminar, curator Stephanie Fox Knappe of the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art highlights the complex intersections between the work of Thomas Hart Benton and the American film industry. Registration required; register at neoshoarts.net. Free and open to the public. More information: Sarah Serio, neoshoartscouncil@gmail.com, 417.592.1673.

October 15 & 16: A Gift to Remember Auditions, 7:00pm at Stained Glass Theatre (2101 Annie Baxter Ave). In this classic story, a group of strangers traveling by train on Christmas Eve are suddenly stranded in Boston after a snowstorm. Understandably disappointed, the group tries to make the best out of the situation. Despite initial troubles, the former strangers become friends and find a way to celebrate the true spirit of Christmas! The audition will be a cold reading from the script. Performance will run from December 3–6 and December 10–13. Needed: Six men and eight to 11 women. Free and open to the public. More information: Stained Glass Theatre, sgtjoplin@gmail.com.

October 16: Virtual Chapter Book Club (Ages 7-11), 3:00–4:00pm online. Your mission, should you choose to accept it, is to join the Joplin Public Library for a virtual book club! Read Mac B. Kid Spy: Undercover, then access videos and special assignments to assist Mac B. in solving the mystery of the stolen Crown Jewels. On the final week of the book club, join the JPL Children’s Department and other elite agents via Zoom for a final, super-duper secret mission! Registration required; register by calling 417.623.7953, emailing childrens@joplinpubliclibrary.org, or at https://forms.gle/4CgxeDF1Vx74xgSG8. Free and open to the public. More information: Christina Matekel-Gibson, childrens@joplinpubliclibrary.org, 417.623.7953.

October 16: Downtown Joplin Clean Team, 5:30–6:30pm at Spiva Park. Take some time to pitch in and help make our downtown look great! Downtown Joplin Alliance will provide supplies, though you’re more than welcome to bring extra brooms, rakes, or gloves. The Clean Team will meet at Spiva Park. Free and open to the public. More information: Lori Haun, info@downtownjoplin.com, 417.501.9649.

October 16 & 17: Old Joplin Flashlight Walking Tour, 7:00–10:00pm in Downtown Joplin. Hear the history and ghost tales of Joplin! Downtown Joplin Alliance and Paranormal Science Lab proudly present a Flashlight Walking Tour in downtown Joplin. Walking tour begins at 2nd and Main Streets. Tour is limited to only 50 spots, so purchase your tickets today! Tickets available online at paranormalsciencelab.com. Tickets: $10. More information: Lisa Martin, lisa@paranormalsciencelab.com, 417.622.8997.

October 17 & 18: Archaeological Investigations, 1:00pm at George Washington Carver National Monument (5646 Carver Rd, Diamond, MO). Have you ever dug in your backyard and found something? The rangers at George Washington Carver National Monument did exactly that and they want to share what they found with you for International Archaeology Day! Explore this material history with a park ranger and learn more about the archaeological investigations dug up in the national park’s backyard. All GWC programming will be conducted outdoors with a social distancing order as outlined in national and CDC guidelines. Free and open to the public. More information: Sarah Martin, GWCA_Interpretation@nps.gov, 417.325.4151.

October 18: Joplin Comedy: Open Mic Comedy Night, 9:00pm (Sign-Up 8:30pm) at Blackthorn Pizza & Pub (510 S Joplin Ave). Try out your latest stand-up routine or take in the acts of local comedians, all while enjoying tasty pizza from Blackthorn Pizza & Pub. Age restrictions: 18+ until 10:00pm. 21+ from 10:00pm until close. Free and open to the public. More information: Dakoda Potter, potterdakoda1982@gmail.com, 417.540.9186.

October 19–November 2: StoryWalk (Ages 0-8) at Joplin Public Library (1901 E 20th St). Joplin Public Library’s Children’s Department staff have created a fun, outdoor offering for fall – a StoryWalk®! A StoryWalk® is an innovative way for families to enjoy reading and the outdoors at the same time. Laminated pages from a children’s book are attached to stakes, which are installed along an outdoor path. As you stroll along the path, you’re directed to the next page in the story.  The library’s StoryWalks® features the fun, Halloween-themed picture book The Ghosts Went Floating by Kim Norman and Jay Fleck. Free and open to the public. More information: Christina Matekel-Gibson, cmatekel@joplinpubliclibrary.org, 417.623.7953.

October 19: A Conversation with Edwidge Danticat, 5:30pm via Zoom. Join a conversation with Edwidge Danticat, the author of the Caribbean Semester Book Club selection Claire of the Sea Light (2013). Danticat, an internationally best-selling and award-winning author, has written four other novels, a collection of short stories, memoirs, children’s and young adult literature, and numerous articles and essays. She regularly writes about the immigrant experience; Haitian-American identity; death, dying, grief, and loss; parent/child relationships; and more. This conversation and question/answer session will be conducted live via remote video technology. Access the lecture via Zoom at https://bit.ly/2Fhnkbg, password 197243. Please note: All face-to-face events on MSSU’s campus are limited to MSSU faculty, staff, and students until further notice.  This event is part of MSSU’s Caribbean Themed Semester. Free and open to the public. More information: Chad Stebbins, stebbins-c@mssu.edu, 417.625.9736.

October 20: Virtual Storytimes (Ages 0-6), 10:00am on YouTube. Do things feel a little dull this year? Liven things up with the Joplin Public Library’s virtual storytimes! Join the Children’s Department staff as they delve into fun stories every Tuesday morning, featuring some of their favorite books, song, rhymes, and more. All Virtual Storytime videos will be posted on JPL’s YouTube channel. Free and open to the public. More information: Christina Matekel-Gibson, childrens@joplinpubliclibrary.org, 417.623.7953.

October 20: Joplin Area Town and Country Quilters Informal Get-Together, 1:00pm at Schifferdecker Park (W 4th St). A chance to show off quilting accomplishments! Although there will be no lecture, pot luck lunch, or guest speaker, members of the Joplin Area Town and Country Quilters are encouraged to show and discuss their latest quilting projects. Members who attend are to bring lawn chairs, wear masks, and maintain social distancing practices. Informal meeting will take place in the brown, wooden pavilion by the tennis courts. If interested in joining, dues are $20 a year and membership is open to quilters of all ages and abilities. Due to the pandemic, the Joplin Area Town and Country Quilters asks that only members of the group attend this event. More information: Kathy Knapp, knappka@gmail.com, 417.825.7078.

October 21: Struggle to Preserve “Cultural Identity,” 11:00am at Missouri Southern State University, Corley Auditorium (3950 E Newman Rd). In this lecture/demonstration, Jean (Rudy) Perrault introduces emerging Caribbean composers, highlights some of the barriers that they face, and discusses what specifically makes them “Caribbean.” The larger issue of these composers’ anonymity will be framed against what is often accepted and promoted as “classical” music. Access the lecture via Zoom at https://bit.ly/2FloWR4, password 391366. Please note: All face-to-face events on MSSU’s campus are limited to MSSU faculty, staff, and students until further notice. This event is part of MSSU’s Caribbean Themed Semester. Free and open to the public. More information: Chad Stebbins, stebbins-c@mssu.edu, 417.625.9736.

October 22: Voodoo: Cult or Religion?, 1:00pm via Zoom. Voodoo (or more precisely Vodou) has long been associated with malevolent forces, zombies, witch doctors, primitive and macabre rituals, and otherworldly phenomena. But is this the reality, or has it been viewed through a carefully crafted lens? Jean (Rudy) Perault’s presentation will focus on the misconceptions and the realities of Vodou. Rooted in religious African traditions, it evolved in Haiti under the name Vodou, but strikingly similar practices are now found all over the Caribbean islands. This lecture will begin to lift the veil on some of mysteries surrounding this infamous practice. Access the lecture via Zoom at https://bit.ly/2Fi1fJB, password 026257. Please note: All face-to-face events on MSSU’s campus are limited to MSSU faculty, staff, and students until further notice. This event is part of MSSU’s Caribbean Themed Semester. Free and open to the public. More information: Chad Stebbins, stebbins-c@mssu.edu, 417.625.9736.

October 24: Spooktacular Week at Wildcat Glades: Ghostly Glades, 4:00pm at Wildcat Glades (201 Riviera Dr). Beware of hazards on the glade! See what kind of hazardous things can be found at Wildcat Glades – but not too close. Six feet away is close enough! Enjoy an all-ages, educational guided night hike, a take-home craft, snacks, and some fun activities at the brand new Wildcat Village. Participants will practice social distancing, groups will be limited to 10 people or less, and staff will be sanitizing between groups. To register, visit their Facebook page or email them at lauren@wildcatglades.org. Free and open to the public. More information: Robin Standridge, robin@wildcatglades.org, 417.708.7713.  

October 24 & 25: Expressions of the Soul, 1:00pm at George Washington National Monument (5646 Carver Rd, Diamond, MO). Art is the visual representation of emotions that simply can’t be described with words. Come chat with a park ranger as they “paint a picture” of George Washington Carver and how his creations were an expression of his soul. Due to current conditions, this event is subject to change. All GWC programming will be conducted outdoors with a social distancing order as outlined in national and CDC guidelines. Free and open to the public. More information: Sarah Martin, GWCA_Interpretation@nps.gov, 417.325.4151.

October 25: Joplin Comedy: Open Mic Comedy Night, 9:00pm (Sign-Up 8:30pm) at Blackthorn Pizza & Pub (510 S Joplin Ave). Try out your latest stand-up routine or take in the acts of local comedians, all while enjoying tasty pizza from Blackthorn Pizza & Pub. Age restrictions: 18+ until 10:00pm. 21+ from 10:00pm until close. Free and open to the public. More information: Dakoda Potter, potterdakoda1982@gmail.com, 417.540.9186.

October 27: Virtual Storytimes (Ages 0-6), 10:00am on YouTube. Do things feel a little dull this year? Liven things up with the Joplin Public Library’s virtual storytimes! Join the Children’s Department staff as they delve into fun stories every Tuesday morning, featuring some of their favorite books, song, rhymes, and more. All Virtual Storytime videos will be posted on JPL’s YouTube channel. Free and open to the public. More information: Christina Matekel-Gibson, childrens@joplinpubliclibrary.org, 417.623.7953.

October 28: Artist Talk: Gwen Walstrand, Noon–1:00pm at Missouri Southern State University, Spiva Art Gallery (3950 E Newman Rd). Description TBA.Hear from artist Gwen Walstrand and get an in-depth understanding of her work and how she produces it. Access this talk via Zoom at bit.ly/3naQmKz, password 464729. Please note: All face-to-face events on MSSU’s campus are limited to MSSU faculty, staff, and students until further notice. This event is part of MSSU’s Caribbean Themed Semester. More information: Dr. Christine Bentley, bentley-c@mssu.edu, 417.625.9563.

October 28: Leading Slavery: The Story of the Haitian Revolution and the Coming of the U.S. Civil War, noon at Missouri Southern State University, Corley Auditorium (3950 E Newman Rd). In 1775, slavery was legal everywhere in the Americas. By 1890, it was legal nowhere. Key to this dramatic change was the Haitian Revolution of 1789-1804, the most successful rebellion of enslaved people in the history of the world. The success of the rebels had many consequences – transformation of the Haitian economy, diplomatic isolation, tighter restrictions on enslaved peoples on the American continent, and a diaspora of refugees. This lecture introduces the major events, themes, and personalities of the revolution, highlighting liberation and reconstruction, and the ways the Haitian Revolution influenced the U.S. Civil War. Access the lecture via Zoom at https://bit.ly/3hkm2sQ, password 815603. Please note: All face-to-face events on MSSU’s campus are limited to MSSU faculty, staff, and students until further notice. This event is part of MSSU’s Caribbean Themed Semester. Free and open to the public. More information: Chad Stebbins, stebbins-c@mssu.edu, 417.625.9736.

October 28: Foreign Aid: Who is it Good For?, 1:00pm at Missouri Southern State University, Corley Auditorium (3950 E Newman Rd). This presentation by Dr. Robert Taber examines the recent history of Haiti as the “Republic of NGOs” to analyze some typical challenges of aid programs run by governments, nonprofits, and religious groups. From the “creole pig” debacle and the Arkansas rice deal to the efforts of Partners in Health, this talk explores what doesn’t work in foreign aid and, importantly, what does. Access the lecture via Zoom at https://bit.ly/35pp90z, password 419109. Please note: All face-to-face events on MSSU’s campus are limited to MSSU faculty, staff, and students until further notice.  This event is part of MSSU’s Caribbean Themed Semester. Free and open to the public. More information: Chad Stebbins, stebbins-c@mssu.edu, 417.625.9736.

October 28: Opening Reception: Near and There: Glimpses From a Fleeting World by Gwen Walstrand, 1:00–2:00pm at Missouri Southern State University, Spiva Art Gallery (3950 E Newman Rd). After Gwen Walstrand’s artist talk, see her chilling work in-person at the MSSU Spiva Art Gallery. Free and open to the public. Please note: All face-to-face events on MSSU’s campus are limited to MSSU faculty, staff, and students until further notice. More information: Dr. Christine Bentley, bentley-c@mssu.edu, 417.625.9563.

October 31: Bunnicula Chapter Book Club (Ages 7-11) at Joplin Public Library (1901 E 20th St) and Online. Thrills, chills, and vampire rabbits! It’s time for a spooky edition of the Joplin Public Library’s chapter book club! Kids aged 7 to 11 are invited to take part in their low contact, virtual Bunnicula Book Club. Register for this program beginning Saturday, October 17th and receive weekly, pre-recorded reading videos and a specially designed activities book on October 31st. Registration required; to register, email childrens@joplinpubliclibrary.org, call 417.623.7953, or drop by the library. Program limited to 20 children. Free and open to the public. More information: Children’s Department, childrens@joplinpubliclibrary.org, 417.623.7953.

October 31: Jack-O-Lantern Create ‘N Carve, 10:00am at Spiva Center for the Arts (222 W 3rd St). Have a fun-filled Halloween at Spiva Center for the Arts! Carve and paint pumpkins, sip cider, and snack on donuts all while remaining socially distanced. Children can even trick-or-treat the gallery and show off their costumes! Registration required; register at spivaarts.org. All supplies and templates provided. Cost: $20–$45. More information: Jade Henning, jhenning@spivaarts.org, 417.623.0183.

October 31: Halloween at the Market, 10:00am–2:00pm at Joplin Empire Market (931 E 4th St). Celebrate Halloween in style at the Empire Market! Enjoy free stickers, see the WellSpring Acres’ alpacas in costume, get creative with coloring pages and ceramic pumpkin painting, and participate in an online costume contest. Face masks required for everyone over the age of eight. No entrance fee. More information: Ivy Hagedorn, ivy@joplinempiremarket.com, 417.986.3914.

October 31: Epitaphs & Engravings, 1:00pm at George Washington Carver National Monument (5646 Carver Rd, Diamond, MO). Head to George Washington Carver National Monument to investigate the symbols and engravings found on headstones in the Carver family cemetery. Discover the meaning behind these symbols and how they reflect the lives of the early settlers who are buried there. Due to current conditions, this event is subject to change. All GWC programming will be conducted outdoors with a social distancing order as outlined in national and CDC guidelines.   Free and open to the public. More information: Sarah Martin, GWCA_Interpretation@nps.gov, 417.325.4151.


EXHIBITS:

October 23–November 18: Near and There: Glimpses From a Fleeting World by Gwen Walstrand at Missouri Southern State University, Spiva Art Gallery (3950 E Newman Rd). Gwen Walstrand, a Missouri-based artist and professor of photography at Missouri State University, presents her exhibit Near and There: Glimpses From a Fleeting World. Walstrand creates foreboding landscape images and direct portraits of children, displaying them in visual and contextual ways to emphasize the subjects’ inherent fragility and resiliency. The climate crisis and the young activists bent on resolving it are the metaphorical subjects of the photographs.. Please note: All face-to-face events on MSSU’s campus are limited to MSSU faculty, staff, and students until further notice. More information: Dr. Christine Bentley, bentley-c@mssu.edu, 417.625.9563.

October 17–December 16: Freedom Endeavor by Steve Snyder at Spiva Center for the Arts, Regional Gallery (222 W 3rd St). The Freedom Endeavor recognizes the contributions of everyday citizens who have served in the US military. Through artistic photography, audio, and text media, the Freedom Endeavor honors the people responsible for securing our freedoms and liberties while telling the stories of their time in the service. Free and open to the public; donations appreciated. More information: Jade Henning, jhenning@spivaarts.org, 417.623.0183.

October 17–December 19: 73rd Membership Show at Spiva Center for the Arts, Main Gallery (222 W 3rd St). Back for its 73rd year, Spiva’s Membership Show honors the wide range of passions and creativity its members channel into their work. This highly anticipated exhibit boasts almost 100 local artists’, 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 10–November 22: 2020: Up in the Air at Maple UnCommon Guest House and Gallery (120 E Maple St, Columbus, KS). In the face of unprecedented times, our lives are riddled with more and more uncertainties that leave our plans up in the air. The Four State Photography Enthusiasts aim to reflect on and express these feelings of doubt and ambiguity or capture the literal meaning of “up in the air.” Free and open to the public. More information: Jane Ballard, jane@janeballard.com, 417.501.9960.

October 1–November 30: The Many Moods of Color by Connie Miller at Joplin Area Chamber of Commerce (320 E 4th St). Mid-century modern artist Connie Miller depicts vivid scenes and people in her extraordinary exhibit The Many Moods of Color. Free and open to the public. More information: Linda Teeter, lteeter00@gmail.com, 417.438.5931.

October 1–31: Joplin from Above by Jake Deer at Club 609 (609 S Main St). Travel to dizzying heights with local, aerial photographer, Jake Deer! With their bird’s-eye-view perspective, Deer’s drones capture the Four-State region like you’ve never seen it before. Free and open to the public. More information: Linda Teeter, lteeter00@gmail.com, 417.438.5931.  

October 1–31: Rapha International Story Boards at Joplin Avenue Coffee Company (506 S Joplin Ave). In this powerful exhibit, photographs depict the significant work and mission of Rapha International, a local organization dedicated to fighting and raising awareness of child sex trafficking in Cambodia. In addition to the exhibit, patrons can purchase handmade crafts from a selection goods. All proceeds benefit Rapha International. Free and open to the public. More information: Linda Teeter, lteeter00@gmail.com, 417.438.5931.

October 1–31: Right Brain and Left Hand by Lori Holt Marble at Urban Art Gallery (511 S Main St). Following a surgery to implant a deep brain stimulation device, artist Lori Holt Marble set out to explore the connection between the brain and creativity through painting. Initially, she wanted to create at least 20 abstract paintings using her left hand, which had been impacted after the surgery. Now, creating stunning abstract pieces, like those featured in her exhibit Right Brain and Left Hand, has become a daily practice. More information: Linda Teeter, lteeter00@gmail.com, 417.438.5931.

September 29–November 15: Bookbinding by Sullivan Book Arts at Post Art Library (1901 E 20th St). From canvases to clay, art can come in a variety of mediums and forms – including bookbinding. Post Art Library is proud to present an exhibit of intricate, handmade books by Sullivan Book Arts, a traditional bookbindery, maker, and restorer located in Pittsburg, Kansas. Drop in during the library’s regular business hours to admire the display and learn about the tools and steps used to transform books. Free and open to the public. More information: Jill Sullivan, jhsullivan@postartlibrary.org, 417.623.7953 X1041.

September 26–November 30: Places I Have Been by Paula Giltner at Joplin Public Library (1901 E 20th St). Post Art Library presents Places I Have Been, a series of breathtaking watercolor and oil paintings by local artist Paula Giltner. These stunning pieces that take viewers to Colorado, Wyoming, California, and several Missouri locations, including Joplin. Visit Joplin Public Library’s The Bramlage and Willcoxon Foundation Gallery during their regular business hours to admire this colorful collection of art. Free and open to the public. More information: Jill Sullivan, jhsullivan@postartlibrary.org, 417.623.7953 X1041.

September 2–October 15: On an Island by Nadia Huggins at Missouri Southern State University, Spiva Art Gallery (3950 E Newman Rd). There are many misconceptions of the Caribbean due to the single-minded agenda of the tourism market which many islands depend on. The photographs in this exhibition will show a gamut of life from land to sea, and how the natural environment influences some of the sociopolitical and cultural dynamics of an island. While each Caribbean country is diverse and varies in its own way, there is a commonality shared with their natural landscapes. Artist Nadia Huggins explores these ideas as she moves between the lush terrestrial interior of the island to the depth of the sea, which separates and connects the region. Please note: All face-to-face events on MSSU’s campus are limited to MSSU faculty, staff, and students until further notice. This event is part of MSSU’s Caribbean Themed Semester. Free and open to the public. More information: Dr. Christine Bentley, bentley-c@mssu.edu, 417.625.9563.

August 8–October 10: Element 6 – Carbon Drawing Life by Chris Blackman, Chelsie Murfee, and Kim Taggart at Spiva Center for the Arts, Main Gallery (222 W 3rd St). Spiva’s latest exhibit, Element 6 features the work of three graphite and charcoal artists who pay homage to traditional studio skills but build upon them with their own innovative techniques. The exhibit explores fundamental drawing, with a slow and painstaking understanding of form, values, and light. The sixth element, carbon, is the element that binds us together, and carefully constructs life on the page through the delicate layering and blending of values. Reservations required; call 417.623.0183 or email spiva@spivaarts.org for reservations. Free and open to the public; donations appreciated. More information: Jade Henning, jhenning@spivaarts.org, 417.623.0183.

August 8–October 10: Repurpose, Reengineer, Relocate by Angel Brame at Spiva Center for the Arts, Main Gallery (222 W 3rd St). In her unique exhibit, artist Angel Brame strives to transform everyday vintage items so that they “[escape] their current habitats.” Brame’s efforts culminate in a distinctively quirky series of sculptures inspired by teapots with wheels and oil cans with tentacles. Reservations required; call 417.623.0183 or email spiva@spivaarts.org for reservations. Free and open to the public; donations appreciated. More information: Jade Henning, jhenning@spivaarts.org, 417.623.0183.

August 8–October 10: Family Secrets: The Storytelling Art of Steve Head by Steve Head at Spiva Center for the Arts, Regional Gallery (222 W 3rd St). In this powerful exhibit, artist Steve Head shares untold stories through mixed media and digital collage pieces, which contain photos of past people and situations. Each carefully crafted piece is intended to reveal the raw struggles behind painful experiences, like Schizophrenia, Alzheimer’s disease, substance abuse, poverty, and emotional anguish. Free and open to the public; donations appreciated. More information: Jade Henning, jhenning@spivaarts.org, 417.623.0183.


CLASSES:

October 1: Night Hike, 7:00pm at Wildcat Glades (201 Riviera Dr). With the sun setting earlier, take advantage of the dark and join Wildcat Glades Friends Group for an enlightening night hike! Bring your family and search for animals, insects, and other creatures who stay up well past sunset. Please dress for the weather and bring a flashlight. Free and open to the public. More information: Robin Standridge, robin@wildcatglades.org, 417.708.7713.

October 2: Instructed Canvas: Full Moon Scarecrow, 7:00–9:00pm at Create N Sip Studios (223 W 3rd St). Your creative side is calling! Answer it at Create N Sip Studios, where you can follow along with experienced instructors to create a lovely painting, like this enchanting fall scene. Prices vary depending on chosen project. Cost: $39. More information: John Coleman, coleman@creatensip.com, 417.680.5434.

October 2: Virtual Program: Trees and Vines of Fall Color, 10:00am, online. A little tree ID in the Ozarks! Join Jeff Cantrell of the Missouri Department of Conservation as he covers the details of two colorful vines and eight trees typically seen along an Ozark trail in Southwest Missouri. All ages welcome! Registration required; to register, visit mdc-event-web.s3licensing.com/Event/EventDetails/174417. Free and open to the public. More information: Kim Banner, Kimberly.Banner@mdc.mo.gov, 417.629.3434.

October 3: DIY Wood Sign Workshop, 6:30–9:00pm at Create N Sip Studios (223 W 3rd St). Wooden signs are the perfect way to express yourself and add to your home décor! Create yours during this fun workshop. Prices vary depending on chosen project. Cost: $38–$59. More information: John Coleman, coleman@creatensip.com, 417.680.5434.

October 6: Fall Painting Series with Sandra Conrad (Ages 16+), 7:30–9:00pm via Zoom. Accomplished, local artist Sandra Conrad leads three interactive, online painting sessions in which participants work together to create a fall-themed acrylic painting! How does it work? Participants will pick up an art box containing all supplies needed at Spiva on Saturday, September 26th, and will attend classes via a private Zoom link. Students will also have access to the recorded lessons to refer back to at any time. After registering, keep an eye on your email for the Zoom links and supply pick-up dates and times. Registration required; register at spivaarts.org/classes/. Cost: $50. More information: Jade Henning, jhenning@spivaarts.org, 417.623.0183.

October 8: Halloween/Fall Suncatcher Class with Jane McCaulley (Ages 9+), 3:30–5:30 pm at Local Color Art Gallery On Route 66 (1027 S Main St). Get into the spirit of the season with your own Halloween or fall glass suncatcher! Learn how to cut and assemble glass to create an eye-catching, one-of-a-kind suncatcher. Projects will be available to pick up one week after firing. Please wear closed toe shoes. Registration required; register by calling Local Color Art Gallery at 417.553.0835. Please note: Due to COVID-19, the class size may be limited, masks are required, and social distancing practices will be used. Cost: $35. More information: Jane McCaulley, janesglassart@sbcglobal.net, 417.540.9428.  

October 8: Virtual Create N Sip: In Vino Veritas, 7:00–9:00pm on Facebook Live. Create and sip from the comfort of your home while following along with an experienced artist online! Simply order your Creates2Go Kit to be shipped, delivered or picked up. Then, get creative! Participants can also go back and re-watch the tutorial video at any time. Tune in at facebook.com/creatensipstudio/. Prices vary depending on chosen project. Cost: $29. More information: John Coleman, coleman@creatensip.com, 417.680.5434.

October 10: Yoga in Nature for Adults (Ages 16+), 8:30–9:30am at Wildcat Glades Village (201 Riviera Dr). Led by Amanda, a registered yoga teacher, this class incorporates elements of nature, breathing, and yoga for a fun and relaxing experience! Bring your yoga mat or a towel, and a reusable water bottle. Space is limited, so reserve your spot today. Registration required. To register, visit their Facebook page or email them at lauren@wildcatglades.org. Cost: $10. More information: Robin Standridge, robin@wildcatglades.org, 417.708.7713.

October 10: October Story Time Pottery, 10:00–11:00am at Firehouse Pottery (112 S Main St, Ste A). Listen to a fun, fall story and then paint an adorable leaf dish to bring the story to life! Participants can participate in-store or online. Sign up now at placefull.com/october-story-time-pottery. All ages welcome! All supplies provided. Cost: $10. More information: Charity Hawkins, firehousepotteryjoplin@gmail.com, 417.553.0671.

October 10: Yoga in Nature for Kids (Ages 2+), 11:15–11:45am at Wildcat Glades Village (201 Riviera Dr). Led by Amanda, a registered yoga teacher, this class is designed to incorporate elements of fun, breathing, and yoga poses specifically for kids. Bring your yoga mat or a towel, and a reusable water bottle. Registration required. To register, visit their Facebook page or email lauren@wildcatglades.org. Free and open to the public. More information: Robin Standridge, robin@wildcatglades.org, 417.708.7713.

October 10: Family Fun Painting Class (Ages 8+), Noon–2:00pm at Local Color Art Gallery On Route 66 (1027 S Main St). Looking to unleash your inner artist? Come paint all the things you love! Local Color artists will help you create your own masterpiece Monet’s The Rowboat or Lucien Abram’s Poppies! You can also bring your own reference photo to paint, if you prefer. All materials are provided and ages 8+ are welcome! Reservations required. Please note: due to COVID-19, the class capacity will be limited, social distancing practices will be used, and masks are required. Cost is $30. More information and reservation: Margie Moss, margiemonet@gmail.com, 417.553.0835.

October 10: Drawing Comics: Learn to Draw a Superhero with Jeremy Haun (Ages 5-10), 1:00–2:00pm via Zoom. Professional comic artist, Jeremy Haun, gives participants a step-by-step guide to drawing some of your favorite superheroes’ portraits! You will need a fine point pen (like an ultra-fine sharpie or sharpie pen), pencil, and paper (drawing paper is best but not required). Registration required; sign up at neoshoarts.net. This workshop is a part of the Neosho Arts Council’s Fall Workshop Series. Cost: $10. More information: Sarah Serio, neoshoartscouncil@gmail.com, 417.592.1673.

October 10: Nature Explorers: Fall Color Hike (Ages 7-12), 3:00pm at Wildcat Glades Pavilion (201 Riviera Dr). Take a guided hike and enjoy the vibrant show Missouri’s trees have to offer! Participants will complete the entire Wildcat Trail while examining different tree species and admiring their beautiful fall colors. Please bring a water bottle, wear sturdy shoes, and dress for the weather. Registration required. To register, visit their Facebook page or email them at lauren@wildcatglades.org. Free and open to the public. More information: Robin Standridge, robin@wildcatglades.org, 417.708.7713.

October 13: Colorful Zentangle Pumpkins with Teri Diggs, 7:00–9:00pm via Zoom. Fall is in the air! Celebrate the coming season with Teri Diggs as you create a colorful zentangle pumpkin that will be ready to frame and display. You will need a fine point pen (like an ultra-fine sharpie or sharpie pen), pencil, colored pencils/markers, and paper (drawing paper is best but not required). All ages are welcome to attend but this workshop is geared towards adults. This workshop is a part of the Neosho Arts Council’s Fall Workshop Series. Cost: $15. More information: Sarah Serio, neoshoartscouncil@gmail.com, 417.592.1673.

October 13: Fall Painting Series with Sandra Conrad (Ages 16+), 7:30–9:00pm via Zoom. Accomplished, local artist Sandra Conrad leads three interactive, online painting sessions in which participants work together to create a fall-themed acrylic painting! How does it work? Participants will pick up an art box containing all supplies needed at Spiva on Saturday, September 26th, and will attend classes via a private Zoom link. Students will also have access to the recorded lessons to refer back to at any time. After registering, keep an eye on your email for the Zoom links and supply pick-up dates and times. Registration required; register at spivaarts.org/classes/. Cost: $50. More information: Jade Henning, jhenning@spivaarts.org, 417.623.0183.

October 15: Vino & Van Gogh, 6:00–8:30pm at Local Color Art Gallery On Route 66 (1027 S Main St). Vino & Van Gogh is a monthly painting event where the artists of Local Color Art Gallery On Route 66 offer step-by-step instruction on how to paint a masterpiece. In this class, you will paint your very own version of an impressionist painting. No experience is necessary. Choose to paint: Van Gogh’s Farmhouse in Provence or Van Gogh’s Japanese Vase with Roses and Anemones! You can also bring your own reference photo to paint, if you prefer. All materials are furnished, plus good drinks and old/new friends! Reservations required. Cost is $35 ($30 if you do not drink wine). Please note: due to COVID-19, the class will be limited to eight participants, social distancing practices will be used, and masks are required. If needed, a free mask will be provided. More information and reservation: Margie Moss, margiemonet@gmail.com, 417.553.0835.

October 15: Virtual Create N Sip: Family Pumpkin Patch, 7:00–9:00pm on Facebook Live. Create and sip from the comfort of your home while following along with an experienced artist online! Simply order your Creates2Go Kit to be shipped, delivered or picked up. Then, get creative! Participants can also go back and re-watch the tutorial video at any time. Tune in at facebook.com/creatensipstudio/. Prices vary depending on chosen project. Cost: $29. More information: John Coleman, coleman@creatensip.com, 417.680.5434.

October 16: Paint Your Pet, 6:00–9:30pm at Create N Sip Studios (223 W 3rd St). Celebrate your favorite pet by painting their portrait, no experience needed! Register at least 48 hours in advance and send a picture of your pet to be sketched onto a canvas for you to paint. Allow up to three hours for this event. Cost: $49. More information: John Coleman, coleman@creatensip.com, 417.680.5434.

October 17: Hammock Camping Clinic, 10:00–11:15am at Wildcat Glades Village (201 Riviera Dr). Intended for anyone who wants to learn about hammocks or hammock camping, this clinic will cover the gear required, what equipment works best, and how to properly set up your hammock! Then, practice by setting up your own gear or trying a couple of hammocks available for the class. Participants will meet at Wildcat Glades Village. Registration required; register at joplinoutdoors.com/hammock-camping-clinic-oct-17th-2020/. Free and open to the public. More information: Kenneth Bogle, kbogle@joplinoutdoors.com.

October 17: Drawing Comics: Drawing Figures in Comics with Jeremy Haun (Ages 11-18), 1:00–3:00pm via Zoom. Learn how to draw figures in comics with professional comic artist Jeremy Haun, who will provide a step-by-step guide and tips and tricks! You will need an ultra-fine point pen (like an ultra-fine sharpie or sharpie pen), a regular sharpie, pencil, ruler, and paper (drawing paper is best but not required). All ages are welcome to attend but this workshop is geared towards middle schoolers and high schoolers. This workshop is a part of the Neosho Arts Council’s Fall Workshop Series. Cost: $15. More information: Sarah Serio, neoshoartscouncil@gmail.com, 417.592.1673.

October 17: Instructed Canvas: Harvest Hues, 7:00–9:00pm at Create N Sip Studios (223 W 3rd St). Your creative side is calling! Answer it at Create N Sip Studios, where you can follow along with experienced instructors to create a lovely painting, like this colorful fall scene. Prices vary depending on chosen project. Cost: $39. More information: John Coleman, coleman@creatensip.com, 417.680.5434.

October 19: Spooktacular Week at Wildcat Glades: Tricks or Treats, 6:00pm at Wildcat Glades Village (201 Riviera Dr). Owls are spooky, mysterious creatures of the night. Sometimes, you can hear the rustle of their wings as they swoop through the trees, searching for a good night’s meal. Sometimes, they call softly to each other. Head to Wildcat Glades for a free family class and learn how owls live and what they eat! Registration required and space is limited. To register, visit their Facebook page or email them at lauren@wildcatglades.org. Free and open to the public. More information: Robin Standridge, robin@wildcatglades.org, 417.708.7713.

October 20: Spooktacular Week at Wildcat Glades: Cave Critters, 6:00pm online. Missouri is known as the “Cave State” because it has more than 7,500 known caves! Inside this unique ecosystem, critters thrive thanks to interesting adaptations that help them survive in caves. Attend this family class to learn about caves, cave creatures, and why we need to protect this unique ecosystem. Registration and valid email address required. To register, visit mdc-event-web.s3licensing.com/Event/EventDetails/174577. Free and open to the public. More information: Robin Standridge, robin@wildcatglades.org, 417.708.7713.

October 21: Spooktacular Week at Wildcat Glades: Bats of Missouri (Ages 3-6), 6:00pm at Wildcat Glades Village (201 Riviera Dr). Is that a bat? Will it turn into a vampire? Do bats only come out at Halloween? Learn all about the bats of Missouri, what foods they eat, and the special homes they have. Read a story, make a craft, and maybe even see some bats in action! Registration is required and space is limited. To register, visit Wildcat Glades Friends Group’s Facebook page or email them at lauren@wildcatglades.org. Free and open to the public. More information: Robin Standridge, robin@wildcatglades.org, 417.708.7713.

October 22: Spooktacular Week at Wildcat Glades: Spooky Streams, 6:00pm at Wildcat Glades Village (201 Riviera Dr). What creatures lurk near our streams at night? Missouri may not be home to ghouls and goblins, but it does have some amazing critters in and around our streams. Head to Wildcat Village to learn about our state’s spookiest creatures and what makes them so amazing! Registration is required and space is limited. To register, visit Wildcat Glades Friends Group’s Facebook page or email them at lauren@wildcatglades.org. Free and open to the public. More information: Robin Standridge, robin@wildcatglades.org, 417.708.7713.

October 22: Virtual Create N Sip: Spooky Tree, 7:00–9:00pm on Facebook Live. Create and sip from the comfort of your home while following along with an experienced artist online! Simply order your Creates2Go Kit to be shipped, delivered or picked up. Then, get creative! Participants can also go back and re-watch the tutorial video at any time. Tune in at facebook.com/creatensipstudio/. Prices vary depending on chosen project. Cost: $29. More information: John Coleman, coleman@creatensip.com, 417.680.5434.

October 23: Spooktacular Week at Wildcat Glades: Spider Safari, 6:00pm at Shoal Creek Conservation Education Center (201 Riviera Dr). Although many people are afraid of spiders, most are harmless to humans. Learn all about these eight-legged predators, find out why they’re so important, and see some up close! Then, join a spider safari and search for some arachnids in the dark. This program will be held outdoors so, please bring a flashlight and dress for the weather. Registration required. To register, visit mdc-event-web.s3licensing.com/Event/EventDetails/174578. Free and open to the public. More information: Robin Standridge, robin@wildcatglades.org, 417.708.7713.

October 23: Date Night Diptych: Monster House Party, 7:00–9:00pm at Create N Sip Studios (W 223 3rd St). Diptych paintings are one image made across two panels. Create a diptych masterpiece with your best friend or significant other, featuring this spooky gathering of ghouls! Prices vary depending on chosen project. Cost: $40–$80. More information: John Coleman, coleman@creatnsip.com, 417.680.5434.

October 24: Family Paint: Pumpkin Decorating, 1:00–4:00pm at Create N Sip Studios (223 3rd St). Bring the family in to create an exciting and spooky pumpkin with this no-carving event! Choose from one of our pumpkin ideas or create your own spook-tacular design Pre-registration is required for this event. To register, visit creatensip.com/events. Prices vary depending on chosen project. Cost: $28–$100. More information: John Coleman, coleman@creatnsip.com, 417.680.5434.

October 28: Preschool Nature Connections: When the Lights Go Out (Ages 3-6), 10:00–11:00am at Wildcat Glades Village (201 Riviera Dr). What goes on outside at night? What creatures would you see after dark? Does nature have a bedtime? Join Wildcat Glades Friends Group for a story, craft, and song that will answer these questions and more! Registration required. To register, visit their Facebook page or email them at lauren@wildcatglades.org. Free and open to the public. More information: Robin Standridge, robin@wildcatglades.org, 417.708.7713.

October 29: Virtual Create N Sip: Pumpkin King, 7:00–9:00pm on Facebook Live. Create and sip from the comfort of your home while following along with an experienced artist online! Simply order your Creates2Go Kit to be shipped, delivered or picked up. Then, get creative! Participants can also go back and re-watch the tutorial video at any time. Tune in at facebook.com/creatensipstudio/. Prices vary depending on chosen project. Cost: $29. More information: John Coleman, coleman@creatensip.com, 417.680.5434.

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

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


RECURRING CLASSES:

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

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

Local Color Art Gallery On Route 66 (1027 S Main St): 

Tuesdays: Tuesday Oil, Acrylic, & Watercolor Come & Go, 2:00–5:00pm at Local Color Art Gallery On Route 66. Calling all “big kids” for a weekly drop-in painting class for adults! Decide when to come and how long to stay. With up to 3 hours of painting time, you can both accomplish and enjoy more personal instruction. Award-winning artist Paula Giltner teaches watercolor, oil, and acrylic painting techniques and design principles. Bring any materials you have for the first lesson and learn about the materials you might need for additional lessons. Cost: $20. More information: Paula Giltner, jnpgiltner@hotmail.com.

Wednesdays: Wednesday Oil, Acrylic, & Watercolor Come & Go, 2:00–5:00pm at Local Color Art Gallery On Route 66 (1027 S Main St). Calling all “big kids” for a weekly drop-in painting class for adults! Decide when to come and how long to stay. With up to 3 hours of painting time, you can both accomplish and enjoy more personal instruction. Paula Giltner teaches watercolor, oil, and acrylic painting techniques and design principles. Bring any materials you have for the first lesson and learn about the materials you might need for additional lessons. Cost: $20. More information: Paula Giltner, jnpgiltner@hotmail.com.

Wednesdays: Wednesday Watercolor & Fluid Acrylic Come & Go, 10:00am–2:00pm at Local Color Art Gallery On Route 66 (1027 S Main St). Discover your inner artists or build upon your current skills! Enjoy traditional or experimental watercolor painting led by Donna Roberts, who will be using watercolors or fluid acrylics. Sign-up is required; you can sign up at Local Color in person during regular business hours or by calling 417.553.0835. 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 On Route 66 (1027 S Main St). Students may choose to create an acrylic painting or a sculpture. April Davis will guide you through her simple techniques that make painting or sculpture easy and fun for all levels – beginner to advanced! Cost: $30 per class. More information: Sandy Robinson, sandyrob@cableone.net, 417.553.0835.

Firehouse Pottery-Joplin (112 S Main St):

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

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

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

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

Create N Sip (223 W 3rd St):

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

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

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

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