October 2021

Happy National Arts & Humanities Month! What’s coming up in October 2021? We have all the details on arts, culture, and entertainment in Joplin, MO, throughout October. Scroll through and share with friends…

Featured Image: North Heights Porchfest. See below for details.


PERFORMANCES:

September 29–October 3: Clue: On Stage, 7:30–9:30pm (Sunday 2:30pm) at Joplin Little Theatre (3009 W 1st St). Joplin Little Theatre is excited to bring the classic board game, Clue, and its usual suspects to life on stage! Colonel Mustard, Mrs. Peacock, Mrs. White, Miss Scarlet, Professor Plum, and Mr. Green are all in the mix of this madcap, slapstick comedy that features murder, mystery, and laughs as they seek to puzzle out the culprit amongst the criminals. All ages welcome! Reservations encouraged; reserve your ticket online at joplinlittletheatre.org or by calling 417.623.3638. Tickets: Adults $18, Senior Citizens/Students $15, Children 12 and under $8. More information: Ann Lile, info@joplinlittletheatre.org, 417.623.3638.

September 30–October 3: Company, 7:30pm (Sunday 2:30pm) at Missouri Southern State University, Bud Walton Black Box Theatre (3950 E Newman Rd). Join MOSO Theatre for the first performance of their 2021-2022 season, Company! Stephen Sondheim’s musical Company is a collection of songs and stories about Robert, a single man who wrestles with relationships and commitment. Additional details to come. Tickets available online at showtix4u.com/event-details/56176. Tickets: Adults $15, Seniors/Military/Students $10, Children 12 and under admitted for free. More information: Erick Wolfe, wolfe-e@mssu.edu, 417.625.3044.

September 30–October 2: Frankenstein, 7:30pm at Studio 124 (124 S Main St). Dream Theatre Co. brings Bo List’s chilling adaptation of Frankenstein to life on their stage! Through a series of flashbacks, audiences watch Victor Frankenstein embark on an experiment that could benefit all humankind – or perhaps destroy it altogether. Frankenstein builds a man composed of the reassembled dead, but the result is hideous and an abominable mockery of the scientist’s higher intentions. When he tries to dispose of his creation, Frankenstein’s monster escapes into the dark night and wanders through Germany, beaten and scorned, until he vows revenge on the creator who brought him to life. Purchase tickets online at showtix4u.com/event-details/55983. Tickets: $12. More information: Becki Arnall, becki_arnall@yahoo.com, 417.622.6470.

October 1–3: Sweet Delilah Swim Club, 6:30pm (Sundays 1:30pm) at Stone’s Throw Dinner Theatre (2466 W Old 66 Blvd, Carthage, MO). Stone’s Throw Dinner Theatre proudly presents Sweet Delilah Swim Club, a comedy that follows five Southern women, who became friends while on their college swim team. Each year, they set aside a long weekend in August and meet at the same beach cottage, the Sweet Delilah on North Carolina’s Outer Banks, to catch up, laugh, and meddle in each other’s lives. As their lives unfold and the years pass, these women increasingly rely on one another to get through the challenges that life flings at them. And when fate throws a wrench into one of their lives in the second act, they prove the enduring power of their friendship. See this touching comedy for yourself at Stone’s Throw Dinner Theatre! Reservations required; call 417.358.9665 or email stdinnertheatre@gmail.com. Tickets: Adults $29, Seniors (55+) $26, Students $24, Youth $23, Children (6-12) $12, Children (0-5) free. More information: Tom Brown, stdinnertheatre@gmail.com, 417.358.9665.

October 5: MSSU Wind Ensemble Concert, 7:30pm at East Middle School (4594 E 20th St). An evening of classical music with a talented group of musicians! The MSSU Wind Ensemble returns for another moving, fall recital featuring works from composers Holst, Standridge, Hazo, and Robinson. Free and open to the public. More information: Dr. Keith Talley, talley-k@mssu.edu, 417.625.3061.

October 7: MSSU Jazz Orchestra Concert, 7:30pm at Missouri Southern State University, Corley Auditorium (3950 E Newman Rd). The Missouri Southern State University Jazz Orchestra’s fall concert! Hear a variety of classic jazz tunes made famous by artists like Duke Ellington, Horace Silver, Art Blakely, and the Jazz Messengers – all performed by talented MSSU students. Free and open to the public. More information: Dr. Keith Talley, talley-k@mssu.edu, 417.625.3061.

October 8–10: Sweet Delilah Swim Club, 6:30pm (Sundays 1:30pm) at Stone’s Throw Dinner Theatre (2466 W Old 66 Blvd, Carthage, MO). Stone’s Throw Dinner Theatre proudly presents Sweet Delilah Swim Club, a comedy that follows five Southern women, who became friends while on their college swim team. Each year, they set aside a long weekend in August and meet at the same beach cottage, the Sweet Delilah on North Carolina’s Outer Banks, to catch up, laugh, and meddle in each other’s lives. As their lives unfold and the years pass, these women increasingly rely on one another to get through the challenges that life flings at them. And when fate throws a wrench into one of their lives in the second act, they prove the enduring power of their friendship. See this touching comedy for yourself at Stone’s Throw Dinner Theatre! Reservations required; call 417.358.9665 or email stdinnertheatre@gmail.com for reservations. Tickets: Adults $29, Seniors (55+) $26, Students $24, Youth $23, Children (6-12) $12, Children (0-5) free. More information: Tom Brown, stdinnertheatre@gmail.com, 417.358.9665.

October 13: Bunraku Bay Puppet Theater, 11:00am and 6:00pm at Missouri Southern State University, Bud Walton Theatre (3950 E Newman Rd). Bunraku Bay Puppet Theater is the only theater in the United States that performs the traditional Japanese puppetry known as ningyo joruri, or Bunraku. In these performances, elaborately costumed puppets act out a chanted, dramatic narrative to the accompaniment of a small samisen, a three-stringed Japanese lute. Performers of the Bunraku Bay Puppet Theater have been trained extensively in some of Japan’s oldest and most revered puppet troupes. This event is part of MSSU’s Japan Semester. Free and open to the public. More information: Erick Wolfe, wolfe-e@mssu.edu, 417.625.3044.

October 14: Live Music at the Neosho Civic, 6:00–8:00pm at The Neosho Civic (109 W Main St). Neosho Arts Council invites you to enjoy an evening of family-friendly music featuring Amanda Kimble at 6:00pm and Mary Porzelt at 7:00pm. Enjoy live music and support the Mural Restoration Project by purchasing everything you need to make indoors s’mores. Free and open to public; food available for purchase. More information: Sarah Serio, neoshoartscouncil@gmail.com.

October 14–16: Little Women, 7:00pm at Joplin High School Performing Arts Center (2104 Indiana Ave). The Joplin High School Theatre Department proudly presents the first show of their 2021-2022 season, Little Women! Under the guidance of their beloved mother, the four young March sisters – tempestuous Jo, motherly Meg, shy Beth, and spoiled Amy – struggle to keep their family going while their father’s away, serving in the Civil War. In this beautifully dramatized adaptation of the classic novel, even as privation, illness, and sibling rivalry cast their shadows, each girl strives to find her true self. Tickets available for purchase online at tinyurl.com/littlewomenJHS. Tickets: Adults $8, Seniors/Students $6. More information: Ashley Trotnic, ashleytrotnic@joplinschools.org, 417.625.5230.

October 17: Robert Jon & The Wreck House Concert, 5:30pm (doors 5:00pm) at The Coda Concert House (2120 E 24th St). Robert Jon & The Wreck (RJ&TW) are a double shot of southern rock with a blues chaser. Roots rock jams, whiskey drenched lyrics, and fervent stage shows only scratch the surface of what makes RJ&TW one of the best live bands to emerge from Southern California in years. With a growing discography and billings alongside the likes of Joe Bonamassa, Sturgill Simpson, and Peter Frampton, the quintet is poised for their greatest performance yet! Please note: due to COVID-19, audience capacity is limited. There is a suggested, minimum 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 19: Ramblin’ Jack Elliott House Concert feat. Ben Miller (Ages 10+), 7:00pm (doors 6:30pm) at The Coda Concert House (2120 E 24th St). One of The Coda Concert House’s most anticipated shows of the year! One of the last true links to the great folk traditions of this country, Ramblin’ Jack Elliott is considered a legendary foundation of folk music. Elliott’s career spans more than 60 years and, during that time, some of music’s biggest names have recorded with and paid homage to him. See this music legend on stage with Ben Miller during this unforgettable performance! Please note: due to COVID-19, audience capacity is limited. There is a suggested, minimum donation of $40. 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 21–23: Murder on the Orient Express, 7:30pm (Saturday 2:00pm) at Crowder College, Elise Plaster Community Center (601 Laclede Ave, Neosho, MO). Agatha Christie’s classic mystery featuring the talented cast and crew of Crowder College’s Theatre Department! Just after midnight, a snowdrift stops the Orient Express in its tracks. The luxurious train is surprisingly full for the time of the year, but by the morning it is one passenger fewer. An American tycoon lies dead in his compartment, stabbed a dozen times, his door locked from the inside. Isolated and with a killer in their midst, the passengers rely on detective Hercule Poirot to identify the murderer – in case he or she decides to strike again. For ticket reservations, please call 417.455.5458. Tickets: Adults $10, Seniors/Students $8, Children (ages 2-12) $6. More information: NaTasha O’Brien-Davies, natashaobriendavies@crowder.edu, 417.455.5458.

October 24: Ben Miller’s Acoustic Songwriter Night feat. Paul Thorn and Nick Schnebelen, 6:30pm (doors 6:00pm) at The Coda Concert House (2120 E 24th St). A night of original songs and stories featuring talented songwriters and musicians Paul Thorn, Nick Schnebelen, and Ben Miller! There is a suggested, minimum donation of $55. 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 28: Bach Cantata, 7:30pm at Faith Lutheran Church (2134 Grand Ave, Carthage, MO). Fine music from one of the world’s greatest composers! Students from Missouri Southern State University perform one of Bach’s cantatas, a musical composition intended to be sung with musical accompaniment. Free and open to the public. More information: Dr. Keith Talley, talley-k@mssu.edu, 417.625.3061.

October 30: High School Showcase, 7:00pm at Joplin Little Theatre (3009 W 1st St). A night of talent featuring the students of Webb City, Neosho, and Carthage high schools! Students will preview their upcoming musical selections, including songs from Freaky Friday, Once Upon a Mattress, Curtains, Music Theatre International’s All Together Now!, and more. Admission will be by donation. More information: Ann Lile, info@joplinlittletheatre.org, 417.623.3638.


EVENTS:

All Month: National Arts & Humanities Month. Happy National Arts & Humanities Month (NAHM)! A collective recognition of the importance of culture in America, NAHM encourages everyone to explore new facets of the arts and humanities, and to begin a lifelong habit of active participation in the arts. With Connect2Culture’s help, you can do just that! Visit C2C’s Joplin Arts & Cultural Calendar at connect2culture.org or sign up to receive emails that detail arts and cultural events happening in the Joplin area. Pick a few events to attend and try something new!

October 1: October First Friday, 7:00–9:00pm at Mercy Park (28th St and S Picher Ave). Kick off your weekend with the classic art of swing dance! Join Vintage Swing Movement Joplin for a dance lesson at 7:00pm in the pavilion at Mercy Park. After the lesson, show off your new skills or kick back and enjoy some great music during a social dance at 8:00pm! Please bring a lawn chair. Registration required; for information on how to register, visit https://fb.me/e/RTBfJQKf. This event is limited to the first 50 people who register. Tickets: Adults $8, Students $5. More information: Ashley King, vsmjoplin@gmail.com, 316.243.8175.

October 1: Opening Reception: 80s Horror Photo Series: The Final Girls by Mitzi Starkweather, 8:00pm at Chaos Brewing (112 S Main St). Be among the first to see photographer Mitzi Starkweather’s latest photography exhibit 80s Horror Photo Series: The Final Girls. Parental discretion advised. Free and open to the public. More information: Mitzi Starkweather, mitzi@mitzistarkweather.com, 417.708.2526.

October 1 & 2: Harry Potter and The Deathly Hallows Part I – Outdoor Screening, 7:30pm at Bookhouse Cinema (715 E Broadway St). Wrap up your Wizard Run by kicking back and watching the seventh Harry Potter movie under the stars! Without the guidance and protection of their professors, Harry, Ron, and Hermione begin a mission to destroy Horcruxes, the sources of Voldemort’s immortality. Though they must rely on one another more than ever, dark forces threaten to tear them apart. Tickets: $5. More information: Holly Crane, bookhousejoplin@gmail.com, 417.825.5161.

October 2: May The Forest Be With You: 2021 Earth & Arbor Day Event, 10:00am–2:00pm at Wildcat Glades (301 Riviera Dr). Join forces with Wildcat Glades Friends Group, Liberty Utilities, Missouri Department of Conservation, Missouri Master Naturalists, and Joplin Parks and Recreation to save the planet. This free community-wide, nature event includes an adventure scavenger hunt, a Padawan Family Fun Walk, delicious food, live music, hands-on activities, lawn games, and more! Register ahead of time at energysavingtrees.arborday.org and receive a free, three-gallon potted tree at the event! All ages welcome. Free and open to the public. More information: Robin Standridge, robin@wildcatglades.org, 417.708.7713.

October 2: 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 authors, watch a Battle Bots Tournament, or browse the comics, sports cards, toys, and memorabilia available for purchase. All ages welcome. Cost: Adults (ages 17+) $5, Children (ages 16 and under) admitted free. More information: Josh Miller, joplincollectorsexpo@gmail.com, 417.291.0192.

October 2: North Heights Porchfest, 1:00–7:00pm in the North Heights Neighborhood (Between C and E Streets on N Byers Ave). North Heights Neighborhood’s most anticipated event! North Heights Porchfest is unique, annual event that turns the historic North Heights Neighborhood into a musical wonderland, where porches become stages and streets become dance floors. Enjoy more than 20 of Joplin’s best local musicians as they jam out to every genre under the sun. Grab a delicious bite to eat from a local food truck and stop to peruse artwork from Joplin’s talented local artists. With more time than ever to take in all the sights and sounds, Porchfest is the perfect way to enjoy everything Joplin has to offer on a beautiful fall day! Free and open to the public. More information: Stephen Grindle, sagrindle@gmail.com, 417.396.5200.

October 2 & 3: Expressions of the Soul, 1:00pm at George Washington Carver National Monument (5646 Carver Rd, Diamond, MO). Art is the visual representation of emotions that simply can’t be described with words. 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 3: Open Mic Comedy Night, 9:00pm (Sign-Up 8:30pm) at Blackthorn Pizza & Pub (510 S Joplin Ave). Join Joplin Comedy and 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 4: Black Ships to Little Boy: A History of American-Japanese Relations, 11:00am
at Missouri Southern State University, Corley Auditorium (3950 E Newman Rd). In his speech given to Congress on December 8, 1941, American President Franklin Roosevelt would famously call the previous day’s surprise attack on Pearl Harbor “a day that will live in infamy.” Yet, to anyone aware of the past century of interactions between the Eagle and the Sun, the air raid and subsequent conflict were anything but a surprise. In his presentation, David Harris of Thomas Jefferson Independent Day School traces the contentious history of American-Japanese relations during a 92-year period between the appearance of Black Ships and the dropping of Little Boy on Hiroshima. This event is part of MSSU’s Japan Semester. Free and open to the public. More information: Chad Stebbins, stebbins-c@mssu.edu, 417.625.9736.

October 5: Fish Story, 7:00pm at Bookhouse Cinema (715 E Broadway St). In this inventive, award-winning film, a comet is set to crash into Earth, with just a few short hours remaining before the planet’s annihilation. But salvation may come in the form of a punk rock song recorded in the 1970s by an obscure rock band. The time-hopping plot follows the song’s recording process and how it reverberates across the decades, possibly leading to humanity’s greatest hope in the face of certain destruction. This event is part of MSSU’s Japan Semester. Free and open to the public. More information: Chad Stebbins, stebbins-c@mssu.edu, 417.625.9736.

October 7: First Thursday ArtWalk, 5:30–8:30pm in Downtown Joplin. First Thursday ArtWalk is a sophisticated, yet festive event for area artists as well as patrons of the arts… past, present, and future! Dozens of artists will be showing or demonstrating their artistic process and all art will be for sale. Participating artists will be located inside various venues along with live, acoustic music. Patrons are encouraged to “walk the art” through historic Downtown Joplin! Please note: COVID-19 safety protocols will be observed, including required masks in venues and social distancing. Free and open to the public. More information: Linda Teeter, lteeter00@gmail.com, 417.438.5931.

October 7: Book Club: The Memory Police and They Called Us Enemy, 5:30pm at Bookhouse Cinema (715 E Broadway St). Explore Japanese ideas, culture, and history with two recent releases for English-speaking audiences: The Memory Police (2019) by Yoko Ogawa and They Called Us Enemy (2019) by George Takei. This Japanese-themed book club hosted by the MSSU English honor society, Sigma Tau Delta, will introduce you to themes of loss, family, country, and loyalty. The book club will meet on three evenings throughout the semester: Sept. 23 (part one of The Memory Police), Oct. 7 (part two of The Memory Police), and Nov. 11 (They Called Us Enemy). This event is part of MSSU’s Japan Semester. Free and open to the public. More information: Chad Stebbins, stebbins-c@mssu.edu, 417.625.9736.

October 7: Opening Reception: The Portrait Project by Jade Henning, 5:30pm at Urban Art Gallery (511 S Main St). Be among the first to see artist Jade Henning’s exhibit The Portrait Project during this come-and-go reception! More information: Linda Teeter, lteeter00@gmail.com, 417.438.5931.

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

October 8: Opening Reception: 74th Membership Show, 5:30–7:30pm at Spiva Center for the Arts (222 W 3rd St). Admire the immense talent and dynamic range of creativity possessed by area artists during the opening reception for Spiva’s 74th Membership Show! Free and open to the public; donations appreciated. More information: Jade Henning, jhenning@spivaarts.org, 417.623.0183.

October 8 & 9: Historic Ghost Tours, 7:30–10:30pm at Studio 124 (124 S Main St). Calling all ghosts and ghouls! Join the crew of Dream Theatre Co. for walking tours and interactive exhibits featuring the thematic history and true crime of the area. Tours begin every 15 minutes. Tickets sold at box office on site. Admission: Adults $15, Children (ages 10 and under) admitted for free. More information: Becki Arnall, becki_arnall@yahoo.com, 417.622.6470.

October 9: Joplin Writers’ Faire, 10:00am–Noon at Joplin Public Library (1901 E 20th St). Joplin Public Library and Post Art Library are thrilled to announce the return of the Joplin Writers’ Faire! This annual meet-and-greet event aims to provide a venue for writers to connect with potential audiences and to encourage community support of local and regional writers. Free and open to the public. More information: Jill Sullivan, jhsullivan@postartlibrary.org, 417.623.7953 x1041.

October 9: Opening Reception: The Great Outdoors by Dean Ertel, 11:00am at Spiva Center for the Arts, Regional Gallery (222 W 3rd St). Don’t just see the exhibit The Great Outdoors, hear from the artist behind this incredible body of work! Springfield-based artist Dean Ertel discusses his artistic methods and reveals the inspirations that enable him to produce stunning landscape paintings. Free and open to the public; donations appreciated. More information: Jade Henning, jhenning@spivaarts.org, 417.623.0183.

October 9: Opening Reception: Front and Center by JRAC, 4:00–6:00pm at Maple UnCommon Guest House & Gallery (120 E Maple St, Columbus, KS). Admire the work and boundless skill of Joplin Regional Artists Coalition (JRAC) members during the opening reception of their exhibition Front and Center. Then, vote for your favorite piece of art and see which masterpiece is awarded People’s Choice! Free and open to the public. More information: Andrew Batcheller, joplinrac@gmail.com.

October 9–17: Maple Leaf Festival in Carthage, MO. Join the Carthage Chamber of Commerce and celebrate the annual Maple Leaf Parade with a week of activities, including many arts and cultural offerings! Enjoy live music, arts and craft shows, and more. For a full list of activities, visit carthagechamber.com/maple-leaf. More information: Sally Currence, info@carthagechamber.com, 417.358.2373.

October 10: Open Mic Comedy Night, 9:00pm (Sign-Up 8:30pm) at Blackthorn Pizza & Pub (510 S Joplin Ave). Join Joplin Comedy and 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 11 & 12: Auditions: Cabaret, 7:00pm at Studio 124 (124 S Main St). Audition to appear in Dream Theatre Co.’s production of Cabaret! Interested performers will be asked to sing Wilkommen and/or Cabaret, complete a dance audition, and perform cold readings from the script. Needed: Eight men and eight women, ages 18+. Free and open to the public. More information: Becki Arnall, becki_arnall@yahoo.com, 417.622.6470.

October 14: Practically Religious: Japan’s Spiritual Pluralism, 9:30am at Missouri Southern State University, Corley Auditorium (3950 E Newman Rd). Can you be both a follower of Shintoism and a Buddhist? In Japan this is not only possible but commonplace. Shintoism, Buddhism, and, to a lesser degree, Christianity and other religious traditions coexist in Japan, sometimes even within a single individual. Dr. Paul Christensen explores this unusual pluralism, discusses what it means to be religious, and examines how individuals and groups practice their faith. This event is part of MSSU’s Japan Semester. Free and open to the public. More information: Chad Stebbins, stebbins-c@mssu.edu, 417.625.9736.

October 14: Suffering Sobriety: Addiction and Recovery in Japan, 11:00am at Missouri Southern State University, Corley Auditorium (3950 E Newman Rd). Japan is widely permissive of alcohol consumption and drunkenness. Simultaneously, narcotic use is met with severe stigma and harsh punishments. Dr. Paul Christensen explores these opposing views and how they create an antagonistic society where Japan’s self-identified addicts struggle to make their lives fit the dictates of foreign recovery programs while managing their condition in a community that does not recognize its validity. This event is part of MSSU’s Japan Semester. Free and open to the public. More information: Chad Stebbins, stebbins-c@mssu.edu, 417.625.9736.

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

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

October 15: Gods, Emperors, and Colonial Ambitions: History of Japan to 1945 and Its Impact on the Contemporary, 9:00am at Missouri Southern State University, Corley Auditorium (3950 E Newman Rd). Japan’s origin myth is a tale of divine intervention that gave rise to the world’s longest and still unbroken Imperial lineage and shaped a nation that sought to dominate the globe before becoming an influential technical and economic power. Drawing from thousands of years of history, this presentation by Dr. Paul Christensen offers a broad overview of trends to explain how such events allow for a better understanding of contemporary Japan. This event is part of MSSU’s Japan Semester. Free and open to the public. More information: Chad Stebbins, stebbins-c@mssu.edu, 417.625.9736.

October 15: Our Urban Future: Tokyo, Osaka, Kyoto, and the Importance of Cities, 11:00am at Missouri Southern State University, Corley Auditorium (3950 E Newman Rd). Since 2008, more of humanity lives in cities than does not. Our future is an urban one and Japan, home to some of the world’s largest cities, has much to offer in terms of understanding what such a reality demands. In this presentation, Dr. Paul Christensen looks at the rise of cities before considering Tokyo, Osaka, and Kyoto in greater detail. Each city has distinct aspects, offering global connections, rich cultural and culinary history, or religious traditions and practices. Taken together, these metropolises illustrate the importance of understanding and appreciating cities as centers of life and our collective futures. This event is part of MSSU’s Japan Semester. Free and open to the public. More information: Chad Stebbins, stebbins-c@mssu.edu, 417.625.9736.

October 15 & 16: Historic Ghost Tours, 7:30–10:30pm at Studio 124 (124 S Main St). Calling all ghosts and ghouls! Join the crew of Dream Theatre Co. for walking tours and interactive exhibits featuring the thematic history and true crime of the area. Tours begin every 15 minutes. Tickets sold at box office on site. Admission: Adults $15, Children (ages 10 and under) admitted for free. More information: Becki Arnall, becki_arnall@yahoo.com, 417.622.6470.

October 16: Plein Air Paintout, 1:00–5:00pm at Wildcat Glades (301 Riviera Dr). On your marks, get set, paint! Capture the natural beauty of Wildcat Glades during Joplin Regional Artists Coalition’s Plein Air Paintout. Meet in Wildcat Glade’s main entrance parking lot at 1:00pm and then spread out across the glade to paint. The last hour of this event will be reserved for judges to award 1st, 2nd, 3rd, and Honorable Mention prizes. RSVP required; please RSVP by emailing joplinrac@gmail.com. Cost: JRAC Members admitted for free, Non-Members $40. More information: Andrew Batcheller, joplinrac@gmail.com.

October 16: Trivia Night at the Museum, 5:30pm at Joplin History & Mineral Museum (504 S Schifferdecker Ave). Put your knowledge of trivial facts to the test during this fundraiser for the Joplin History & Mineral Museum! Gather a team of eight people, enjoy dinner, enter raffles, and play ten rounds of trivia. All teams must register and pay in advance at joplin-museum.org/upcoming-events or in-person at the Museum. Winning teams will receive prizes! Cost: $120 per team of eight. More information: Christopher Wiseman, joplinmuseum@gmail.com, 417.623.1180.

October 16: International Observe the Moon Night, 6:30–8:30pm at George Washington Carver National Monument (5646 Carver Rd, Diamond, MO). International Observe the Moon Night is an annual world-wide public engagement program that encourages observation, appreciation, and understanding of our moon and its connection to NASA planetary science and exploration. Join a ranger from George Washington Carver National Monument for an outdoor presentation and explore the moon with interactive activities! 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 17: Archaeological Investigations, 1:00pm at George Washington Carver National Monument (5646 Carver Rd, Diamond, MO). Have you ever discovered an unknown object in your backyard? Over the years, archaeologists have uncovered artifacts at George Washington Carver National Monument. Join a park ranger as they celebrate International Archaeology Day by learning about some of these museum items and pieces of history! 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 17: Open Mic Comedy Night, 9:00pm (Sign-Up 8:30pm) at Blackthorn Pizza & Pub (510 S Joplin Ave). Join Joplin Comedy and 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 18: Downtown Poetry Reading and Open Mic, 6:00–8:00pm at Joplin Avenue Coffee Company (506 S Joplin Ave). A poetry reading and open mic event! Open mic sign-up begins at 6:00pm. Featured reader begins at 6:15pm. Open mic readings follow at 7:00pm. This event occurs on the third Monday of each month – same place, same time. Free and open to the public. More information: Allison Blevins, ablevins@pittstate.edu.

October 18 & 19: Auditions: FrUiTCaKeS, 6:00pm at Stained Glass Theatre Joplin (2101 Annie Baxter Ave). Your chance to be a part of Stained Glass Theatre Joplin’s next production, FrUiTCaKeS! Mix together a batch of fruitcakes, three dozen Christmas trees, 10,000 outdoor Christmas lights, a chicken pox epidemic, two southern spinsters, an estranged old man, a lost cat named Tutti Frutti, and a Christmas hog named Buster, and you’ve got a recipe for an evening of holiday cheer. Jamie, a city kid who has run away from home and traveled as far as his money will take him, ends up in a town full of people who are “nuttier than fruitcakes.” However, Jamie soon comes to admire, appreciate, and adore this nutty little town and its inhabitants. Auditions will consist of cold readings from the script. Performance will run December 9–19. Needed: For a full list of available roles, visit sgtjoplin.square.site/events. Free and open to the public. More information: Amanda Klein, sgtjoplin@gmail.com.

October 18 & 19: Six Who Were There Auditions, 7:00pm at Joplin Little Theatre (3009 W 1st St). Audition to be a part of Joplin Little Theatre’s production of Six Who Were There! A meaningful, warm play, Six Who Were There is a beautifully simplistic play in which six different people recount their own version of what happened on that starry night in Bethlehem. Monologues are accompanied by choral singing. The Six Who Were There performance will run from December 1–5, 2021. Those auditioning may perform a prepared monologue or read from the script. Needed: Four men and two women, ages 20 and up. Free and open to the public. More information: Ann Lile, info@joplinlittletheatre.org, 417.623.3638.

October 19: Weathering With You, 7:00pm at Missouri Southern State University, Cornell Auditorium (3950 E Newman Rd). Writer-director Makoto Shinkai’s anime blockbuster that explores love during catastrophe.A high school boy runs away from his troubled rural home to Tokyo, where he befriends an orphan girl who appears to be able to manipulate the weather. This event is part of MSSU’s Japan Semester. Free and open to the public. More information: Chad Stebbins, stebbins-c@mssu.edu, 417.625.9736.

October 21: Third Thursday, 5:30–8:30pm on Main Street in Downtown Joplin. After nearly one year without it, Third Thursday, Joplin’s premiere cultural event, is back! Every third Thursday, March through October, thousands of people gather on Main Street in Downtown Joplin to enjoy local artisans, music, entertainment, and food. Free and open to the public. More information: Lori Haun, info@downtownjoplin.com, 417.501.9649.

October 21: Historic Ghost Tours, 7:30–10:30pm at Studio 124 (124 S Main St). Calling all ghosts and ghouls! Head downtown for Third Thursday and join the crew of Dream Theatre Co. for walking tours and interactive exhibits featuring the thematic history and true crime of the area. Tours begin every 15 minutes. Tickets sold at box office on site. Admission: Adults $15, Children (ages 10 and under) admitted for free. More information: Becki Arnall, becki_arnall@yahoo.com, 417.622.6470.

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

October 22: Artist Talk: Hironobu “Nishi” Nishitateno, 1:00pm at Missouri Southern State University, Corley Auditorium (3950 E Newman Rd). Hear from award-winning potter Hironobu “Nishi” Nishitateno and learn more about his artwork as well as the traditional Japanese pottery techniques he employs. This event is part of MSSU’s Japan Themed Semester. Free and open to the public. More information: Dr. Christine Bentley, bentley-c@mssu.edu, 417.625.9563.

October 21 & 22: Historic Ghost Tours, 7:30–10:30pm at Studio 124 (124 S Main St). Calling all ghosts and ghouls! Join the crew of Dream Theatre Co. for walking tours and interactive exhibits featuring the thematic history and true crime of the area. Tours begin every 15 minutes. Tickets sold at box office on site. Admission: Adults $15, Children (ages 10 and under) admitted for free. More information: Becki Arnall, becki_arnall@yahoo.com, 417.622.6470.

October 22 & 23: Ghostly Glades: Down the Yellow Brick Road, 6:30–9:30pm at Wildcat Glades (301 Riviera Dr). A guided night hike with Wildcat Glades Friends Group and the Missouri Department of Conservation! Follow guides down the yellow brick road to meet interesting characters and learn about some amazing things you can find in Missouri. Guided hikes will leave every 15 minutes and will conclude with snacks and crafts inside the Emerald City! Registration required. To register, visit their Facebook page or email lauren@wildcatglades.org. Free and open to the public. More information: Lauren Copple, lauren@wildcatglades.org, 417.708.7713.

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

October 23: MSSU Japan Day, 11:00am–5:30pm at Missouri Southern State University, North End Zone Facility and Bud Walton Theatre (3950 E Newman Rd). Experience the rich culture of Japan, right at Missouri Southern State University! Take part in a wealth of interactive arts and cultural events, including Japanese pottery, food, storytelling, flower arranging, tea ceremonies, fashion, and more. For a full schedule of activities, visit mssu.edu/japanThis event is part of MSSU’s Japan Semester. Free and open to the public; food available for purchase. More information: Chad Stebbins, stebbins-c@mssu.edu, 417.625.9736.

October 23 & 24: Agricultural School on Wheels, 1:00pm at George Washington Carver National Monument (5646 Carver Rd, Diamond, MO). In the early 1900s, rural farmers in southern Alabama 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 farm outreach education that George Washington Carver helped design. 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 24: Open Mic Comedy Night, 9:00pm (Sign-Up 8:30pm) at Blackthorn Pizza & Pub (510 S Joplin Ave). Join Joplin Comedy and 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 26: Shall We Dance, 7:00pm at Bookhouse Cinema (715 E Broadway St). A middle-aged workaholic’s incredibly dull life takes an odd turn when he signs up for a ballroom dance class – just to meet the sexy dance teacher. But, when he finally muscles up the nerve for lessons, he winds up with a different instructor and her colorfully eccentric class of beginners! This event is part of MSSU’s Japan Semester. Free and open to the public. More information: Chad Stebbins, stebbins-c@mssu.edu, 417.625.9736.

October 28: Open Mic Night, 7:00pm (Sign-Ups 6:30pm) at Joplin Avenue Coffee Company (506 S Joplin Ave). Musicians, singers, poets! Looking to showcase your talent? Look no further than Joplin Avenue Coffee Company’s Open Mic Nights. Performers are each allotted five to eight minutes per set. Two vocal mics, a quarter inch plug-in for guitar/piano, and an aux cable will be available. To sign up early, message them at facebook.com/joplinavecoffeeco/. All ages welcome! Participants are asked to follow social distancing guidelines and encouraged to wear a mask. Free and open to the public. More information: Autumn Zimmerman, autumn@joplinavenuecoffeecompany.com, 417.483.5558.

October 28: A Conversation with Yoko Ogawa, 7:00pm at Missouri Southern State University, Cornell Auditorium (3950 E Newman Rd). Join Yoko Ogawa, author of the Japan Semester Book Club selection The Memory Police, for a discussion about her timely novel, which deals with memories and loss. A question/answer session will follow the discussion, with Chieko Hedin providing Japanese/English interpretation. This event is part of MSSU’s Japan Semester. Free and open to the public. More information: Chad Stebbins, stebbins-c@mssu.edu, 417.625.9736.

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

October 29 & 30: Monster’s Ball, 8:00–11:30pm at Studio 124 (124 S Main St). Dream Theatre Co.’s annual masquerade fundraiser! All monsters, creatures, spooks, and villains are invited to hit the town with their most creative costumes and makeup. Dance the night away, enjoy live entertainment, participate in giveaways, and visit the surrounding bars and restaurants throughout the night. Happy haunting! Admission: $15. More information: Becki Arnall, becki_arnall@yahoo.com, 417.622.6470.

October 30: Nature Escape Room, 10:30am–2:30pm at Shoal Creek Conservation Education Center (201 W Riviera Dr). Shoal Creek Conservation Education Center’s Naturalists need your help uncovering more about Missouri wildlife! Inside a room filled with puzzles and games, your group will have 30 minutes to solve clues and learn about amazing Missouri creatures and their unique characteristics. If your group beats the clock, a prize awaits you at the finish. Are you up for the challenge? Recommended for families, teens, and adults. Limited slots available and group size limited to 6 individuals. Registration is required to receive time slot availability. All participants must register for this program separately. Register at mdc-event-web.s3licensing.com/Event/EventDetails/180135. More information: Jessie Ballard, Jessie.Ballard@mdc.mo.gov, 417.629.3434.

October 30: Cauldrons & Cocktails Night Market, 7:00–10:00pm at Joplin Empire Market (931 E 4th St). Join Joplin Empire Market as they celebrate All Hallow’s Eve during their first night market of the year! A variety of spooky surprises await you, including weird artisan vendors, delicious foods, creepy cocktails and wicked brews, a costume contest for kids and adults, and more. Free and open to the public; food, drinks, and other items available for sale. More information: Ivy Hagedorn, ivy@joplinempiremarket.com, 417.986.3914.

October 30 & 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.

October 31: Open Mic Comedy Night, 9:00pm (Sign-Up 8:30pm) at Blackthorn Pizza & Pub (510 S Joplin Ave). Join Joplin Comedy and 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.

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

September 1–October 14: Celebrate the Arts S’More, online. Enjoy a tasty treat and help support Neosho Arts Council’s Mural Restoration Project with a S’Mores for the Arts Kit! Each kit comes with supplies to make four s’mores as well as a picnic blanket with an easy carry handle and waterproof backing. Kits can be delivered to area residents or picked up at 6:00pm on October 14th during Live Music in Big Spring Park, where your family can enjoy live entertainment and make s’mores! Purchase a kit online at neoshoarts.net. Cost: $35 per kit. More information: Sarah Serio, neoshoartscouncil@gmail.com.

September 10–October 21: Color a Quilt Block!, throughout Joplin. The Joplin Celebrations Commission invites you to “Color a Quilt Block!” to be displayed with the showing of the Missouri Bicentennial quilt in Joplin’s beautiful historic City Hall. Pick up and return your completed quilt block coloring sheets from/to Spiva Center for the Arts, Joplin Empire Market, or Joplin Public/Post Art Library by Thursday, October 21, 2021 to participate. Free and open to the public. More information: Patrick Tuttle, ptuttle@joplinmo.org, 417.625.4789.


EXHIBITS:

October 27–October 29: Missouri Bicentennial Quilt at Joplin City Hall (602 S Main St). Since the pioneer days of the American Midwest, quilts have been a cornerstone of Missouri culture, fashion, and tradition. In honor of Missouri’s 200 years of statehood, the State Historical Society of Missouri, Missouri Star Quilt Company, and the Missouri State Quilters Guild have created the Missouri Bicentennial Quilt. The quilt is comprised of one quilt block for every Missouri county and the independent City of St. Louis, and reflects the unique characteristics of Missouri culture. View the Missouri Bicentennial Quilt and Jasper County’s The 66 Miner block at Joplin City Hall! Can’t make it? View online with a digital exhibition at missouri2021.org/missouri-bicentennial-quilt. Free and open to the public. More information: Patrick Tuttle, ptuttle@joplinmo.org, 417.625.4789.

October 10–December 31: Queer Space by Luke Blevins at Post Art Library (1901 E 20th St). In his exhibit Queer Space, local artist Luke Blevins explores the tangential relationships between boyhood, social expectations, queer culture, and heteronormative assimilationism. He uses fantastical imagery to illustrate the shifting relationships we have with space and community as we grow and develop into our own persons. Through digital manipulation and processes, he creates imagery that proposes narratives without conclusions. An artist talk is scheduled for Saturday, November 6 at 10:30am in the Community Room at Joplin Public Library. Free and open to the public. More information: Jill Sullivan, jhsullivan@postartlibrary.org, 417.623.7953 x1041.

October 9–December 11: 74th Membership Show at Spiva Center for the Arts, Main Gallery (222 W 3rd St). Back for its 74th year, Spiva’s Membership Show honors the wide range of passions and creativity its members channel into their work. This highly anticipated exhibit includes artwork in a wide variety of mediums, including ceramic, watercolor, wood, oils, metal, photography, mixed media, and more. Free and open to the public; donations appreciated. More information: Jade Henning, jhenning@spivaarts.org, 417.623.0183.

October 9–December 18: The Great Outdoors by Dean Ertel at Spiva Center for the Arts, Regional Gallery (222 W 3rd St). A landscape artist, Dean Ertel’s inspiration comes from a lifetime of adventure in the great outdoors. Each one of Ertel’s paintings reflect a special place, a specific point in time, or an experience that left its mark on his life and soul. Some landscapes are dreams or visions of places he can see in the future, places not yet part of reality, but exist in a world of anticipation. Free and open to the public; donations appreciated. More information: Jade Henning, jhenning@spivaarts.org, 417.623.0183.

October 8–30: Our Town. . . Fading Glimpses of the Midwest by Robin Bailey at Spiva Center for the Arts, Upstairs Gallery (222 W 3rd St). Former PhotoSpiva winner Robin Bailey believes that photographers search for themselves in the images they create. This statement is especially true regarding his exhibit Our Town. . . Fading Glimpses of the Midwest, in which he searches for remaining sights of Midwestern towns and neighbors where he grew up. Through images of the heart of the American Midwest, Bailey depicts relics and remnants while portraying a permeating sense of loss. Free and open to the public; donations appreciated. More information: Jade Henning, jhenning@spivaarts.org, 417.623.0183.

October 4–23: Hironobu “Nishi” Nishitateno at Missouri Southern State University, Spiva Art Gallery (3950 E Newman Rd). Award-winning artist Hironobu “Nishi” Nishitateno translates everyday designs and shapes into his ceramic forms, which are based on the simplicity and functionality of Japanese pottery but enhanced by international influences. Using soothing, nature-based colors and Japanese techniques, Nishi’s body of work is widely varied and constantly evolving. This event is part of MSSU’s Japan Themed Semester. Free and open to the public. More information: Dr. Christine Bentley, bentley-c@mssu.edu, 417.625.9563.

October 1–December 3: Small Works, Great Wonders Silent Art Auction at artCentral Carthage (1110 E 13th St, Carthage, MO). Creativity in a small package! This annual artCentral fundraiser features the 5×7, mixed media works created and donated by artCentral artists. Although they may be tiny, these pieces demonstrate a wide range of skills, styles, and talents possessed by some of the area’s finest artists. View all available pieces or place bids online at artcentralcarthage.org. Free and open to the public; donations appreciated. More information: Alice Lynn Greenwood-Mathé, artcentral@artcentralcarthage.org, 417.358.4404.

October 1–December 3: P-I-E-C-E-D Together by Lori Marble and Jo Mueller at artCentral Carthage (1110 E 13th St, Carthage, MO). The mixed media artwork of two gifted artists, Lori Marble and Jo Mueller. Free and open to the public; donations appreciated. More information: Alice Lynn Greenwood-Mathé, artcentral@artcentralcarthage.org, 417.358.4404.

October 1–November 21: The Portrait Project by Jade Henning at Urban Art Gallery (511 S Main St). Local artist Jade Henning’s latest body of work, The Portrait Project, depicts a different person with each piece all while portraying positively obscured femininity amongst elements of symmetry/asymmetry. Real models of all different backgrounds, races, body types, and sexualities have volunteered to be presented in the work surrounded and obscured by specific elements and designs that seek to empower them. More information: Jade Henning, jhenn421@gmail.com.

October 1–31: 80s Horror Photo Series: The Final Girls by Mitzi Starkweather at Chaos Brewing (112 S Main St). Through Mitzi Starkweather’s latest photography exhibit, experience five portraits inspired by real women’s stories of fear, entrapment, strength, and the reality of never being safe. Celebrate the women who take back their power, the women who stand up to the forces nightmares are made of. . . and win. Parental discretion advised. Free and open to the public. More information: Mitzi Starkweather, mitzi@mitzistarkweather.com, 417.708.2526 .

October 1–31: Natural Inclinations by Liz Darling at Joplin Avenue Coffee Company (506 S Joplin Ave). Artist Liz Darling uses watercolor and ink to create intricate pieces of work that both explore and rebel against the sacred. Free and open to the public. More information: Liz Darling, lizdarlingart@gmail.com.

October 1–31: Arrival by Local Color Art Gallery & Studio Students at Club 609 (609 S Main St). Good food and great art – what more could you ask for? See paintings by students of Local Color Art Gallery & Studio artist Paula Giltner. Students include Nathan Box, Roger Wade, Bonnie Young, Cher Jiang, Barb Hicklin, Linda Francisco, Connie Caldwell, Stacy Heydt, Mary Ott. Admire their artwork and grab a bite to eat, all at Club 609! Free and open to the public. More information: Paula Giltner, jnpgiltner@hotmail.com.

September 1–October 31: All the Colors of the Earth by Koral Martin at Beast & Barrel (530 S Main St). Photographer Koral Martin presents breathtaking, picturesque scenes in her new exhibit of landscape photography! Free and open to the public. More information: Koral Martin, kmartin@kokadesign.com, 417.358.2889.

September 1–October 27: Thomas Hart Benton Art Competition and Exhibition at Neosho Area Chamber of Commerce, Big Spring Gallery (216 W Spring St). The annual Thomas Hart Benton Art Competition and Exhibition offers local artists an opportunity to show and sell their 2D artwork in a juried exhibition. Back for its 26th year, patrons can admire a wide range of talent possessed by both professional and emerging artists, and view winning pieces selected by judge Ziba Rajabi! Free and open to the public. More information: Sarah Serio, neoshoartscouncil@gmail.com, 417.592.1673.

August 29–October 30: Front and Center by JRAC at Maple UnCommon Guest House & Gallery (120 E Maple St, Columbus, KS). See a wide selection of artwork in a variety of mediums and styles from some of the area’s finest artists during Front and Center by Joplin Regional Artists Coalition (JRAC). Free and open to the public. More information: Angel Brame, joplinrac@gmail.com, 417.483.8084.

July 31October 2: Matriarchs Unmasked by Melody Knowles at Spiva Center for the Arts, Regional Gallery (222 W 3rd St). Local clay and 2D artist Melody Knowles brings her unique, intriguing vision to Spiva! Comprised of sculptures, low-relief masks, and painted tiles, Knowles’ well-known work contains symbolism about how masks conceal but protect our inner voices. Animals and female figures represent mother protectors and symbols of female empowerment. Free and open to the public; donations appreciated. More information: Jade Henning, jhenning@spivaarts.org, 417.623.0183.

March 1, 2021–January 31, 2022: Post Mail Art Projekt 2021: Show Me Mail Art at Post Art Library (1901 E 20th St). In 2014, Post Art Library put out an international call for mail art for an exhibit that has since turned into an ongoing project. Post Mail Art Projekt 2021: Show Me Mail Art is an exhibit of pieces in their collection, as well as an active call for mail art. The call is open to anyone who would like to participate, but Missouri residents are particularly encouraged to send mail art in celebration of the state Bicentennial! Starting Thursday, July 1, 2021 Post Art Library sponsored Mail-Art Take-Home Kits will be available on a first come, first serve basis while supplies last. Kits for adults may be picked up at the Reference Desk; kits for Teens may be picked up in the Teen Department; and kits for children may be picked up in the Children’s Department. For full details, including where to mail art, what will happen to mail art once it is received, and more, visit postartlibrary.org/post-mail-art-projekt. Post Mail Art Projekt 2021: Show Me Mail Art is in partnership with Connect2Culture and the Joplin Public Library and will be on exhibit inside the library from March 1, 2021 through January 31, 2022. Free and open to the public. More information: Jill Sullivan, jhsullivan@postartlibrary.org, 417.623.7953 x1041.


CLASSES:

Mondays in October: Improv 101, 7:00pm at Ozark Christian College (1111 N Main St). Join the Siblings Improv fam! Attend their 101 course on Mondays this fall and learn the basics of improv comedy. Fun for all, no experience necessary. Open to everyone 18 years or older. Registration required; to register, visit siblingsimprov.com and click on the “Book Us!” tab. Please note: This series of classes began on Monday, September 27. Anyone interested in attending a class after this date is encouraged to message Siblings Improv on Instagram before attending. Cost: $100. More information: Eric Epperson, eric.d.epperson@gmail.com, or follow @SiblingsImprov.

October 2: October Story Time Pottery, 10:00–11:00am at Firehouse Pottery (112 S Main St, Ste A). Listen to a story and then paint an adorable piece of pottery to bring the story to life! Participants can participate in-store or at home. Sign up now at placefull.com/october-story-time. All ages welcome! All supplies provided. Cost: $10. More information: Charity Hawkins, firehousepotteryjoplin@gmail.com, 417.553.0671.

October 2: Homemade Spooky Journals (Ages 14+), 1:00–4:00pm at Spiva Center for the Arts (222 W 3rd St). What better way to celebrate this spooky season than by making a homemade spooky journal? Create a spook-tacular journal with artist Brenda Hayes and get into the Halloween spirit! Registration required; register online at spivaarts.org/product/homemade-spooky-journals-with-brenda-hayes. All supplies provided. Cost: $40. More information: Sarah Clements, sclements@spivaarts.org, 417.623.0183.

October 6: Top 10 Series: Trees for Fall Color, 2:30–3:00pm online. Join the Missouri Conservation Department as they highlight a few different trees that provide wonderful fall foliage! Learn where these trees are located, what autumn colors they produce, and more. All ages welcome. Registration required; reserve your spot at mdc-event-web.s3licensing.com/Event/EventDetails/177215. Free and open to the public. More information: Tim Smith, tim.smith@mdc.mo.gov, 417.629.3434.

October 6–30: Zombie Scarecrow Workshop, 6:00–8:00pm (Saturdays Noon–4:00pm) at Joplin Empire Market (931 E 4th St). Help Joplin Empire Market start a zombie scarecrow apocalypse in their community gardens! Stop by the Empire Market and join master gardener Eric Osen as he guides you through the steps of making your own zombie scarecrow. Completed scarecrows will remain in the Empire Market’s community gardens until the Cauldrons & Cocktails Night Market on October 30th, when judges will dub three lucky scarecrows as Most Creative, Most Detailed, or Most Terrifying. Winners will receive a copy of THE ZOMBIE SURVIVAL GUIDE: Complete Protection from the Living Dead by Max Brooks, a $25 gift certificate to the Empire Market, and more! Straw and support wire provided; participants will need to bring clothing and other items needed for their scarecrow. All proceeds support the community gardens. Cost: $10. More information: Ivy Hagedorn, ivy@joplinempiremarket.com, 417.986.3914.

October 7: Craft + Canvas (Ages 21+), 6:30–9:30pm at Chaos Brewing (112 S Main St). A night of craft beers from Chaos Brewery and creativity with Create N Sip Studios. Enjoy tasty drinks as you create your own work of art by following step-by-step instructions – no experience necessary. Each participant will be provided with one drink ticket. Registration required; click here to find the appropriate class and reserve a spot. Cost: $40 per painter. More information: John Coleman, coleman@creatensip.com, 417.680.5434.

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

October 9: Hip Hop/Contemporary Workshop with Adam and Shayna Acosta (Ages 9-12), 11:00am–12:30pm at Midwest Regional Ballet, Company and School (2102 Stephens Blvd). Adam and Shayna Acosta return to Midwest Regional Ballet for a special workshop on hip hop and contemporary dance! The Acostas are accomplished dancers, choreographers, and dance instructors whose hip hop groups have won awards at the World of Dance and Hip Hop Internationals. This workshop is intended for students, ages 9 through 12. Class size is limited. Reservations required; email kayelewis_mrb@hotmail.com to sign up. Cost: $20. More information: Kaye Lewis, kayelewis_mrb@hotmail.com, 417.439.9549.

October 9: Yoga in Nature for Kids (Ages 2+), 10:30am at Wildcat Glades Education Cottage (301 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 9: Resin Encasement Trays (Ages 15+), 1:00–3:00pm at Spiva Center for the Arts (222 W 3rd St). Learn how to use resin to encase beautiful, organic materials and, using the art of symmetry, arrange them on a 15×15 tray. Registration required; register online at spivaarts.org/product/resin-encasement-trays-with-jade-henning-cantrell. All supplies provided. Cost: $40. More information: Sarah Clements, sclements@spivaarts.org, 417.623.0183.

October 9: Hip Hop/Contemporary Workshop with Adam and Shayna Acosta (Ages 13+), 1:00–3:00pm at Midwest Regional Ballet, Company and School (2102 Stephens Blvd). Adam and Shayna Acosta return to Midwest Regional Ballet for a special workshop on hip hop and contemporary dance! The Acostas are accomplished dancers, choreographers, and dance instructors whose hip hop groups have won awards at the World of Dance and Hip Hop Internationals. This workshop is intended for students, ages 13 and up. Class size is limited. Reservations required; email kayelewis_mrb@hotmail.com to sign up. Cost: $20. More information: Kaye Lewis, kayelewis_mrb@hotmail.com, 417.439.9549.

October 12: Bats of Missouri, 6:30pm online. Did you know we have more than 12 species of bats that can be found in Missouri? Can you guess what they eat? Come and join the naturalists of Shoal Creek Conservation Education Center for a virtual program on Missouri’s bats! We will discuss bats in Missouri (and some from around the world), what makes a bat a bat, and then focus on Missouri’s bats and what we can do to help them. Registration and a valid email address are required to receive the program link. Reserve your spot at mdc-event-web.s3licensing.com/Event/EventDetails/180133. Free and open to the public. More information: Jessie Ballard, jessie.ballard@mdc.mo.gov, 417.629.3434.

October 13: Bunraku Bay Puppet Theater Workshop, 2:00pm at Missouri Southern State University, Bud Walton Black Box Theatre (3950 E Newman Rd). Join the cast of the Bunraku Bay Puppet Theater for a puppetry demonstration and workshop! Bunraku Bay Puppet Theater is the only theater in the United States that performs the traditional Japanese puppetry known as ningyo joruri, or Bunraku. In these performances, elaborately costumed puppets act out a chanted, dramatic narrative to the accompaniment of a small samisen, a three-stringed Japanese lute. This event is part of MSSU’s Japan Semester. Free and open to the public. More information: Erick Wolfe, wolfe-e@mssu.edu, 417.625.3044.

October 14: Vino & Van Gogh, 6:00–8:30pm at Local Color Art Gallery & Studio (1027 S Main St). Vino & Van Gogh is a monthly painting event where the artists of Local Color Art Gallery & Studio offer step-by-step instruction on how to paint a masterpiece. In this class, you will paint your very own version of an Impressionist painting. No experience is necessary. Choose to paint Van Gogh’s Exterior of Restaurant in Asnieres, a Paris Suburb or Matisse’s Flowers in a Vase. All materials are furnished, plus good drinks and old/new friends! Reservations required; call 417.553.0835 to reserve your spot. Please note: due to COVID-19, the class will be limited to ten participants, social distancing practices will be used, and masks are recommended. Cost is $35 ($30 if you do not drink wine). More information and reservation: Margie Moss, margiemonet@gmail.com, 417.553.0835.

October 15: Little Acorns: Creepy Crawlies (Ages 3-7), 10:30–11:00am at Shoal Creek Conservation Education Center (201 W Riviera Dr). Bring your little acorns out to the gazebo at Shoal Creek Conservation Education Center to learn about Missouri animals that creep and crawl! Then, create a creepy craft and see live crawlies. Registration required; reserve your spot at mdc-event-web.s3licensing.com/Event/EventDetails/180134. Free and open to the public. More information: Kensi Tillman, Kensi.Tillman@mdc.mo.gov, 417.629.3434.

October 16: Preschool Nature Connections: Pumpkins (Ages 3-6), 1:00–2:00pm at Wildcat Glades Education Cottage (301 Riviera Dr). It’s fall and pumpkins are beginning to ripen! Join Wildcat Glades Friends Group for a story, song, and craft, all about how a little seed becomes a big, round pumpkin. 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 23: Family Fishing: Fish, Fillets, and Fun (Ages 8+), 9:00–11:00am at Walter Woods Conservation Area (7100 Dutch Elm Dr). Celebrate fall with the family by heading outside and discovering the basics of fishing! Learn about fish identification, strategies, rules and regulations, cleaning and cooking your catch, as well as basic gear and how to use it. Fishing equipment will be provided, but you may bring your own. All participants 16 years of age and older must have a valid Missouri fishing license. All participants must register separately. Registration required; reserve your spot at mdc-event-web.s3licensing.com/Event/EventDetails/180300. Free and open to the public. More information: Tim Smith, tim.smith@mdc.mo.gov, 417.629.3434.

October 23: Family Fishing: Fish, Fillets, and Fun (Ages 8+), Noon–2:00pm at Walter Woods Conservation Area (7100 Dutch Elm Dr). Celebrate fall with the family by heading outside and discovering the basics of fishing! Learn about fish identification, strategies, rules and regulations, cleaning and cooking your catch, as well as basic gear and how to use it. Fishing equipment will be provided, but you may bring your own. All participants 16 years of age and older must have a valid Missouri fishing license. All participants must register separately. Registration required; reserve your spot at mdc-event-web.s3licensing.com/Event/EventDetails/180304. Free and open to the public. More information: Tim Smith, tim.smith@mdc.mo.gov, 417.629.3434.

October 23: Family Fun Painting Class (Ages 8+), 10:30am–1:00pm at Local Color Art Gallery & Studio (1027 S Main St). Looking to unleash your inner artist? Local Color artists will help you create your own masterpiece featuring Van Gogh’s Exterior of Restaurant in Asnieres, a Paris Suburb or Mattise’s Flowers in a Vase! You can also bring your own seasonal reference photo to paint, if you prefer. All materials are provided and ages 8+ are welcome! Reservations required; call 417.553.0835 to sign up. Cost: $30. More information: Margie Moss, margiemonet@gmail.com, 417.553.0835.

October 25: Preschool Storytime (Ages 2-6), 9:30–10:30am at George Washington Carver National Monument (5646 Carver Rd, Diamond, MO). Curiosity, imagination, and wonder abound in George Washington Carver National Monument’s new Preschool Storytime class! Learn all about the National Park Service and what makes this local park site so special through a story and a craft. Class is limited to the first 25 children to sign up. Registration required; call 417.325.4151 to reserve your child’s space. 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 27: Preschool Nature Connections: Pumpkins (Ages 3-6), 10:00–11:00am at Wildcat Glades Education Cottage (301 Riviera Dr). It’s fall and pumpkins are beginning to ripen! Join Wildcat Glades Friends Group for a story, song, and craft, all about how a little seed becomes a big, round pumpkin. 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.


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.

Thursdays: Memories in the Making, noon–2:00pm 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.

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

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

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

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

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.

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

Third Fridays: Wood Burning Class with Roxenne Kendall (Ages 10+), 6:00–8:30pm at Local Color Art Gallery & Studio (1027 S Main St). Play with fire during this unforgettable class! Learn the art of pyrography (wood burning) and use it to create a design on a bamboo cutting board. Registration required; reserve your spot by calling Local Color at 417.553.0835 or texting 573.397.1940. All supplies included. Cost: $35. More information: Roxenne Kendall, rkrdh79@gmail.com, 573.397.1940.

Firehouse Pottery-Joplin (112 S Main St):

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

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

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

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

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

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

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