What’s coming up in September 2017? We have all the details on performances, arts events, exhibits, and classes happening throughout September in the #JoplinArts. Take a look below and share with friends…
September 8–10 or 15–17: Midwest Regional Ballet presents Alice in Steampunk Wonderland, 7:30pm (2:30pm on the 10th and 17th) at Memorial Auditorium (503 N Pine St, Pittsburg, KS). An original adaptation of Lewis Carroll’s Alice In Wonderland set to Queen music – with a steampunk flair! Tickets: $15 for adults, $12 for Senior Citizen and under 13 years of age, $10 for balcony. For more information call 620.231.7827.
September 14–24: Stained Glass Theatre of Joplin presents The Diary of Anne Frank, 7:00pm (2:30 on Sundays) at Stained Glass Theatre of Joplin (2101 Annie Baxter Ave). The Diary of Anne Frank is a stage adaptation of the book The Diary of a Young Girl by Anne Frank. This book contains the writings from the Dutch language diary kept by Anne Frank while she was in hiding for two years with her family during the Nazi occupation of the Netherlands. $8 for Adults and $5 for children 4 through 13. Tickets are general admission and can be purchased at the door, which opens 45 minutes prior to show times. A handicap ramp is accessible at the rear of the building. For more information, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
September 16: MSSU Alumni Band Day, 6:00pm at Missouri Southern State University (3950 Newman Rd). For more information visit mssu.edu/music or call 417.625.9318.
September 16: Connect2Culture presents Asleep At The Wheel, 7:30pm (doors open at 7:00pm) at Joplin Memorial Hall (212 W 8th St). Ray Benson founded Asleep at the Wheel in Paw Paw, West Virginia 46 years ago. Now based in Austin, the band holds 10 Grammy awards, 20 studio albums and 20 singles on the Billboard country charts. The Grammy Award-winning “Still The King: Celebrating the Music of Bob Wills and His Texas Playboys” is the band’s most recent release (2015) and marks their third full-length Bob Wills tribute album. Featuring 22 acclaimed collaborations, the all-star line up includes legends such as Willie Nelson, Merle Haggard and George Strait and newcomers like The Avett Brothers, Amos Lee, Old Crow Medicine Show and many other fine talents. Asleep at the Wheel is bringing a fresh look and sound into 2017. Now traveling as an 8-piece band, recent additions Katie Shore (fiddle, vocals), Dennis Ludiker (fiddle, mandolin) and Connor Forsyth (keyboard, vocals) have instilled a newfound energy and their own unique style within the band. Between those Texas Twin Fiddles and Boogie Piano, you can bet you’ll be dancin’ down the aisles and swingin’ all night long when the Wheel rolls into town! Tickets: $25 Floor, $15 Mezzanine. Subscription packages for multiple shows are available. To purchase tickets, visit connect2culture.com/curtainsup or call 1-800-514-3849. Join in the night before (Friday, September 15) at 7:00pm to learn the dance moves with Judy Schneider. $5 per person ($3 for ticket-holders) to learn the swing dances for this country swing dance party. To reserve your spot in the class, call 417.625.6683 or email email@example.com.
September 21: Pro Musica presents Verona (String) Quartet, 7:00pm at First Community Church (2007 E 15th St). Hailed by The New York Times as an “outstanding ensemble of young musicians”, the Verona Quartet is a winner of the 2015 Concert Artists Guild Competition, and in just three years, has earned a stellar reputation for delivering a “sensational, powerhouse performance” (Classical Voice America) every time they take the stage. Musical America recently selected the group as “New Artists of the Month” for May 2016, further setting the Verona Quartet apart as one of the most compelling young quartets in chamber music. The Verona Quartet’s members, Jonathan Ong (violin), Dorothy Ro (violin), Abigail Roansky (viola), and Warren Hagerty (cello), are an international group hailing from the USA, Canada and Singapore. They hold degrees from Indiana University’s Jacobs School of Music, Cleveland Institute of Music, Oberlin Conservatory, Rice University’s Shepherd School of Music and Eastman School of Music. Originally founded as the Wasmuth Quartet in 2013, they were the inaugural Graduate Quartet-in-Residence at Indiana University. For more information call 417.625.1822.
September 22 & 23: Midwest Regional Ballet presents Alice in Steampunk Wonderland, 7:00pm (2:30pm on the 23rd) at Thomas Jefferson Independent Day School (3401 Newman Rd). An original adaptation of Lewis Carroll’s Alice In Wonderland set to Queen music – with a steampunk flair! Tickets: $15 for adults, $12 for Senior Citizen and under 13 years of age, $10 for balcony. For more information call 417.781.5124.
September 27–30: MSSU Theatre presents Antigone, 7:30pm at Missouri Southern State University, Taylor Performing Arts Center (3950 Newman Rd). Jean Anouilh’s version of Sophocles’ timeless play was born in Paris during the Nazi occupation. The collision of personal conviction with government mandate resonated with Anouilh’s audience and, through Lewis Galantiere’s translation, continues to echo in our time. After the opening of Katharine Cornell’s original American production in 1946, Helen Keller commented, “This play is a parable of humanity. It has no time or space.” Tickets: $5 Adults, $3 Senior Citizens and Students. For more information call 417.625.9393.
September 1: Touring North Korea, 9:00am at Missouri Southern State University, Corley Auditorium (3950 Newman Rd). Gary Wintz’s first visit as a tourist to North Korea was 42 years ago – in 1975. In recent years, as a tour leader, Gary Wintz has been guiding American groups on tours all over the North: from the ski slopes near the Chinese border, to the industrial cities along the Russian border, to the DMZ bordering with the South. Equally remarkable is the stunning beauty of the ethereal landscapes, virgin forests, alpine, crater lakes, and photogenic coastlines. But, perhaps, most striking of all, is the “Workers Paradise” showpiece that is the capital of Pyongyang, with all its iconic and unforgettable monuments and architecture. But above all, the people are beautiful, even if uncommunicative, except for genuine, expansive smiles – perhaps the only communication they dare to express. Wintz says that every curious tourist with whom he has traveled to North Korea arrives to the exact, same conclusion: it is an inexplicable experience that is far more fascinating than anyone could have ever imagined. Though elements of what the tourist sees are clearly staged and contrived, not to mention sometimes just a facade, this immersion into the home of the last remaining totalitarian, Marxist-Leninist-Stalinist-Maoist state ideology on earth, is in itself, a unique experience never to be duplicated again (hopefully!). Admission is free and open to the public. For more information call 417.659.4445.
September 1: Religions and Spirituality on the Korean Peninsula, 11:00am at Missouri Southern State University Corley Auditorium (3950 Newman Rd). This presentation will offer insights into the amazing and peculiar, historical evolution of religion in both North and South. Since ancient times, Koreans have been known for their passionate and strong religious traditions and devoted spirituality. Even its first religion, animism, still finds a myriad of expressions in contemporary beliefs, practiced yet today. Speaker Gary Wintz, has toured Buddhist temples in North Korea, prayed in Christian churches in the South, experienced “involuntary baptism” by overly zealous Soto sectarians, made pilgrimage climbs to shamanist shrines at holy Mt. Seoraksan, and studied meditation in remote and ancient Zen temples – imported from Japan. Part of this lecture will include some stories from his own personal, spiritual searches in the Holy Land of Korea. Having just returned from Korea this past April, Wintz has his hand on the contemporary pulse of spirituality on the Peninsula today. Admission is free and open to the public. For more information call 417.659.4445.
September 1: First Friday WineShare, 6:00–9:00pm at different venues throughout Downtown Joplin each month. WineShare is a national event that takes place on the First Friday of each month. Its a great opportunity to meet new friends or catch up with old ones. It’s also a fantastic way to kick off date night! Feel free to bring friends or colleagues, as well. Bring a bottle of wine or a craft beer. The Downtown Joplin Alliance will take care of the rest. As always, there is no charge to attend WineShare and everyone 21 years of age and older is welcome. Free Admission. For more information, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
September 5: Chat N Craft (Adults), 5:30–8:00pm at Joplin Public Library (1901 E 20th St). An adult crafting group that meets on the first Tuesday of the month. All types of hand work welcome. Share ideas, tips and tricks with other crafters. Bring your current craft project and join for laughter, friendship and fun! Check the blog to see what is going on and if a special class will be offered. For more information, visit chatncraft.wordpress.com.
September 5: Tri-State Gem and Mineral Club Meeting, at Joplin Museum Complex (504 S Schifferdecker Ave). For hours and more information call 417.623.1180.
September 7: Understanding North Korea, 9:30am at Missouri Southern State University Corley Auditorium (3950 Newman Rd). Sheena Chestnut Greitens, co-director of the Institute for Korean Studies at the University of Missouri, will discuss current developments in North Korea and their implications for American national security. Dr. Greitens is also an assistant professor in the Department of Political Science at the University of Missouri, a non-resident senior fellow at the Center for East Asian Policy Studies at the Brookings Institution, and an associate in research at the Fairbank Center for Chinese Studies at Harvard University. Dr. Greitens holds a Ph.D. from Harvard University; an M.Phil from Oxford University, where she studied as a Marshall Scholar; and a B.A. from Stanford University. Admission is free and open to the public. For more information call 417.659.4445.
September 7: First Thursday ArtWalk, 5:30–8:30pm in various venues throughout 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. This event runs on the first Thursday of each month from March–October.
September 8: Through the Korean Prism: Why the World Looks Very Different in the Korean Language, 12:00pm at Missouri Southern State University, Corley Auditorium (3950 Newman Rd). Asians view themselves more as part of a larger whole than individuals. In this presentation, through various examples and exercises, Yoojin Jo will examine how this difference is expressed in our languages. For example, even the way we introduce ourselves to a stranger reveals how we view ourselves in relation to our communities and societies at large. By seeing the world through a different linguistic prism, we can not only broaden our multi-cultural awareness but also deepen our awareness of ourselves. Admission is free and open to the public. For more information call 417.659.4445.
September 9: Prairie Day 2017, 10:00am–3:00pm at George Washington Carver (5646 Carver Rd, Diamond, MO). Come and celebrate life on the Missouri prairie during the later 1870’s when George Washington Carver was a child. Musical entertainment, storytelling, nature exhibits, a junior ranger station, and a variety of living history demonstrations are the highlights of this event. Visitors are invited to dip candles, churn butter, tour the prairie in a horse-drawn wagon, and much more! Lem Sheppard is a featured musician. For more information call 417.325.4151.
September 9: Coloring Book Club, 10:30am–12:00pm at Spiva Center For the Art (222 W 3rd St). Every second Saturday, bring your coloring book or sketchbook and get creative. Relax, chat, and color. Spiva provides some coloring pages and markers, but it’s best to bring what you prefer or purchase items in the Gift Shop! Admission is free and open to the public. For more information, call 417.623.0183 or visit spivaarts.org.
September 12: A Taste of Korea, 4:30–7:00pm at Missouri Southern State University, Mayes Dining Hall (3950 Newman Rd). Stop in for a full Korean meal prepared by the Fresh Ideas chef. The menu includes bulgogi barbecue, kimchi, gyeran-ppang with siracha mayo, tteok-bokki with fresh cilantro, dakkochi chicken skewers with a sesame brown sugar glaze, Korean ground beef rolls, tempura veggies, a ramen station, rice bowls, hotteok (sweet pancakes with pear butter), waffles, and ice cream with assorted toppings. Afterwards, stay for a showing of the Korean film My Sassy Girl at 7:00pm in Cornell Auditorium in Plaster Hall. Admission: $8.41 plus tax. For more information call 417.659.4445.
September 14: Joplin Writers’ Guild, 6:00pm at Joplin Public Library (300 S Main St). The Joplin Writers’ Guild, a chapter of the Missouri Writers’ Guild, includes a wide variety of writers – from hobbyists to professional, published writers. Members have published novels (romance, mystery, historical, middle grade, YA, etc.), nonfiction books (regional history and the Arcadia Images of America series), and articles (travel, education, law topics, etc.). The group focuses on supporting each other and sharing information about the publishing and writing industries. This group is open to the public. Dues are $7.50 for the year, but anyone interested can attend their first meeting free. For more information, search “Joplin Writers’ Guild” on Facebook.
September 15: Country Swing & Two-Step Dance Lessons, 7:00pm at Joplin Memorial Hall (212 W 8th St). Join Connect2Culture for a dance workshop and practice session to learn two-step and country swing dance steps in preparation for Asleep At The Wheel’s performance/country swing dance party at Joplin’s Memorial Hall! This session is open to the general public, including ticket holders for Saturday’s concert. Come learn the moves on Friday and then dance live with the band on Saturday! Judy Schneider of Judy’s Ballroom Dance Lessons will be our featured instructor. Judy is a performer, educator, and choreographer who has taught a variety of genres at all levels and helped plan/present national events in Dallas and at the Kennedy Center. Admission is $5 per person ($3 for ticket-holders) and payment will be collected at the door. To reserve your spot, call 417.625.6683 (leave a message) or email email@example.com.
September 16: Third Annual Joplin Arts Fest, 10:00am–6:00pm in Historic Downtown Joplin. The Kiwanis Club of Joplin, with the assistance of the Joplin Regional Artists Coalition, Connect2Culture, and Spiva Center for the Arts, presents the third annual Joplin Arts Fest! The Festival will be held on Main Street, between 4th and 7th Streets. The festival will celebrate the variety of arts that the Four State area has to offer. 50+ fine artists will fill the street, displaying and selling their artwork. A stage will be occupied throughout the day with an assortment of performing artists. Art oriented not-for-profit organizations will also attend to disperse information about their organizations and to raise awareness. All activities will be family focused with children’s art opportunities. All proceeds from the festival will be used by the Kiwanis Club of Joplin to provide financial assistance to the youth oriented programs supported and organized by the club in the Joplin area. For more information email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 417.529.3730.
September 16: Movies in the Park – The Secret Life of Pets, 9:00–11:00pm at Parr Hill Park (18th & Kansas). Grab your blankets and chairs and enjoy the movie The Secret Life of Pets under the stars on a monster blow-up movie screen! For more information call 417.625.4750.
September 18 & 19: MSSU Theatre Auditions for The Sleeping Beauty, 5:00–8:00pm at Missouri Southern State University, Taylor Performing Arts Center (3950 Newman Rd). For more information call 417.625.9393. This is a play that tells the age-old story of the lovely princess who was cursed on the day of her christening by an uninvited wicked fairy. The fairy prophesied that on her 16th birthday the princess would prick her finger on a spindle and fall into a deep sleep. She will only be awakened one hundred years later by a prince brave enough to fight his way through the wilderness that grows up around the castle. Tickets: $5 Adults, $3 Senior Citizens and Students. For more information call 417.625.9393.
September 18: Downtown Poetry Reading and Open Mic, 6:00–8:00pm at Joplin Avenue Coffee Company (506 S Joplin Ave). Poetry reading and open mic. Open mic sign-up begins at 6:00pm. This month’s featured poet is Brad Modlin. Modlin will begin reading at 6:15pm. Open mic starts at 7:00pm (only 9 spots available). This event occurs on the third Monday of each month – same place, same time. All ages are welcome. Free and open to the public. For more information, contact Allison Blevins at email@example.com.
September 18 & 19: Stained Glass Theatre of Joplin Auditions for Arsenic and Old Lace, 7:00pm at Stained Glass Theatre of Joplin (2101 Annie Baxter Ave). Mortimer Brewster is living a happy life: he has a steady job at a prominent New York newspaper, he’s just become engaged, and he gets to visit his sweet spinster aunts to announce the engagement. Mortimer always knew that his family had a bit of a mad gene — his brother believes himself to be Teddy Roosevelt and his great-grandfather used to scalp Indians for pleasure — but his world is turned upside down when he realizes that his dear aunts have been poisoning lonely old men for years! When Mortimer’s maniacal brother, Jonathan. (who strangely now resembles Boris Karloff) returns on the night that the aunts were planning to bury the newest victim, Mortimer must rally to help his aunts and protect his fiancé — all while trying to keep his own sanity. $8 for Adults and $5 for children 4 through 13. Tickets are general admission and can be purchased at the door opening 45 minutes prior to show times. A handicap ramp is accessible at the rear of the building. For more information, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
September 21: Third Thursday, 5:30–8:30pm on Main Street in Downtown Joplin. Third Thursday is Joplin’s trademark cultural event. Come with your friends and family to stroll through Downtown, eat great food, listen to music, peruse local art and shop! Be sure to check the Downtown Joplin Alliance Facebook page for the full line-up of events. Third Thursday is held on the third Thursday of each month, March–October.
September 22 & 23: Tri-State Gem and Mineral Club Rock Show, at Joplin Museum Complex (504 S Schifferdecker Ave). For hours and more information call 417.623.1180.
September 22: You Just Can’t Stop Indulging In Korean Food, 11:00pm at Missouri Southern State University, Corley Auditorium (3950 Newman Rd). Meat lovers! Did you prepare yourself for this new style of delectable Korean BBQ and bulgogi, which is thinly-sliced marinated grilled meat? Sushi lovers! This Korean sushi, gimbap, is filled with whatever your heart craves. Korean dining is healthy, vibrant, and friendly. Joyful Korean food leading the entire culinary field significantly in the United States stimulates your appetite and takes ahold of your five senses. If you’ve ever wondered about any Korean food culture or the magical secret of Korean recipes, Jay Jung, owner of Jin’s Korean Grill in Springfield, may be able to answer your questions. He will certainly share his insight into the techniques and tastes of contemporary Korean cuisine and how they are shaping our Midwestern table. All this discussion of food is bound to make you hungry, so he will prepare some bulgogi, gimbap, and japchae (sweet potato noodles with sesame seeds and vegetables) during his talk for everyone to experience. For more information call 417.659.4445.
September 22: Spiva Afternoon Tea, 3:00pm at Spiva Center for the Arts (222 W 3rd St). It’s a fresh take on a traditional afternoon tea! Come enjoy a variety of teas, petite sandwiches and other light fare in the Main Gallery. $15 per person. Register at www.spivaarts.org/events.
September 23 or 30: Art Feeds Mural Workshop at Mercy Park, 9:00am at Mercy Park (3002 St Johns Blvd). Art Feeds, along with Mercy Hospital Joplin, is excited to announce the creation of a brand new community mural at Mercy Park in Joplin, MO. The mural will be installed on the backside of the Butterfly Mural already located in the park. Calling all K-5th graders to join in for a 3-hour mural workshop on Saturday, September 23rd or Saturday, September 30th. In order to include as many students as possible, Art Feeds and Mercy Hospital Joplin are offering the same workshop twice – two weekends in a row. The workshops are completely free of cost, but do require preregistration. Each workshop will be conducted aboard the brand new Art Feeds Mobile Art Center, Van Gogh 2.0, and has a capacity of 25 students. During the 3-hour workshop, the students will participate in 4 lessons, used to facilitate the student’s design and production process. The first lesson will be the Art Feeds Community Story Telling Web. The web illustrates to students that every voice matters and will be followed by lesson two – Small Group Brainstorming which will highlight the range of creativity and allow the students to decide the mural theme and color scheme. In lesson three, students will participate in a Community Collaboration Drawing that emphasizes that together, creating something beautiful is possible. Lastly, in lesson 4 students will create Paint Brush buddies to take home and remember their creative experience. For more information call 417.553.9631.
September 24: Artist Talk with Linda Ganstrom, 11:00am at Spiva Center for the Arts (222 W 3rd St). Join artist Linda Ganstrom as she talks about her artistic process in the Main Gallery amidst her incredible figurative sculptures. $5 suggested donation. For more information, call 417.623.0183.or visit www.spivaarts.org.
September 29 & 30: Art/Craft Supply Sale, 9:00am–5:00pm at Wildcat Glades Conservation and Audubon Center (201 Riviera Dr). Shop hundreds of new supplies and kits for all sorts of arts and craft activities. Items available include: scrapbooking embellishments, rubber stamps, decorative papers, trims, borders, punches, embossers, scissors, needlecraft kits, buttons, embroidery floss, and more! Craft, sewing, quilting and art technique books will also be available. All items are new or like new and will be sold at greatly reduced prices. For more information, call 417.623.2211 or 417.437.5380.
September 30: Movies in the Park – Sing, 9:00pm at Ewert Park (SE Murphy Blvd). Grab your blankets and chairs and enjoy the movie Sing under the stars on our monster blow-up movie screen! The movie will be shown just outside of Ewert pool. For more information call 417. 625.4750.
July 28 – September 24: A Bell(e)s Ball: Porcelain Figures by Linda Ganstrom, Spiva Center For the Arts, Main Gallery (222 W 3rd St). The various roles of women in the late 20th and early 21st century, their connection and responsibility to their community and the environment, as well as the changing perceptions of women’s potential are reflected in Linda’s figurative sculptures. For more information, call 417.623.0183 or visit spivaarts.org.
July 28 – September 24: Anemoi, Breath of the Morning Sky, Ceramic Whistles by Laurie Spencer, Spiva Center For the Arts, Regional Gallery (222 W 3rd St). Sponsored by Sharon Beshore Featuring sculptural organic whistles, Spencer is interested in using sound as the voice of the sculpture as a means of giving them a sense of life. The whistles are not meant as musical instruments, but rather as organic “living” sensuous forms. For more information, call 417.623.0183 or visit spivaarts.org.
August–December: Vanishing Landscapes by Jim Bray, Joplin Public Library (1901 E 20th St). Jim Bray’s paintings capture the magnificent diagonals of mining sites in Colorado and Webb City with falling timbers, angles of mountainous horizons, and textured and patterned landscape surfaces. His landscapes, trains, and other works are influenced by his regular visits to the American Southwest, renewing impressions from his childhood in Oklahoma and his interest in the vanishing landscape of rural America. Post Art Library is happy to present Bray’s Vanishing Landscapes, which is on exhibit through December 2017 in The Bramlage and Willcoxon Foundation Gallery inside Joplin Public Library.
August 8–September 29: Spiva’s Personal Collections, Spiva Center For the Arts, Upstairs Gallery (222 W 3rd St). The gallery collects artwork because there is a story, a particular aesthetic that excites the viewer, or a relationship involved. This special exhibit features artwork from the personal collections of Spiva’s Board, Trustees and staff. For more information, call 417.623.0183 or visit spivaarts.org.
August 14 – September 1: Reflections of Korea (Please Come This Way, This Way Please), MSSU Spiva Art Gallery (3950 Newman Rd). A group exhibition of artwork created for the course, “International Art Seminar: The Art of Korea” as the culmination of the Art Department’s study abroad trip to South Korea this summer. The 8-day immersion into the art and cultural sights of Korea included many Korean National Treasures, several UNESCO World Heritage Sites and was sponsored by the Institute of International Studies. While primarily based in Seoul, the MSSU group also visited Suwon and then in conjunction with the 2017 Gyeonggi International Ceramic Biennale, Gwangju and Icheon. The featured works are inspired by objects, architecture, aspects and/or experiences from the trip. The exhibition includes artwork by art majors Danielle Davis (B.F.A. Graphic Design candidate), Sarah Clark, Makenzie Paden, Carla Rea (B.F.A. Studio candidates) and faculty trip leader, Frank A. Pishkur. The MSSU Spiva Gallery is located in the Fine Arts Complex and is free and open to the public. Hours are 8:00am–5:00pm, Monday through Friday. A reception with light refreshments will be held from 4:00–6:00pm on August 21 with the artists. For more information call 417.625.9563.
September 1 – 30: Traveling Quilt Exhibit, George Washington Carver National Monument (5646 Carver Rd, Diamond, MO). George Washington Carver National Monument will be displaying 13 art quilts, created to celebrate the centennial of the National Park Service, during the month of September in the multipurpose room at the park. The quilts were created by Fiber Works, a group of textile artists from the Lincoln-Omaha, Nebraska area. The artists were inspired by their favorite national park site. For more information call 417.325.4151.
September: Images on the Beaten Path by Mike Ritzman, Urban Art Gallery (1027 S Main St). An emerging photography show featuring landscapes from around the area. Meet the artist during September’s First Thursday ArtWalk, 5:30–8:30pm.
September: Four States Photography Enthusiasts, Joplin Avenue Coffee Company (506 S Main St). Four States Photography Enthusiasts was founded in 2008, and boasts 2,000+ members. The premise of the group is to form a group of like-minded people (folks that love to play with their cameras) that meet together to share and to learn about their passion….photography. They meet the first Tuesday of every month at 7:00pm. If you are interested in getting involved with the group, check them out on their Facebook Group at facebook.com/groups/4Statephotogs/.
Tuesday’s September–October: Improv 101, 7:30pm at JBs Downtown (112 S Main St). Learn the basics of improve comedy from Siblings Improv. The course cost $50 for more information or if you would like to register you can do so by emailing email@example.com.
September 2–May 20: Preschool Mini Makers (Ages 3-5), 10:30am at Spiva Center for the Arts (222 W 3rd St). Mini Makers is held on the 1st and 3rd Saturdays of the month. Cost for the class is $6 pre-registration, $8 at the door. Call 417.623.0183 to register or visit spivaarts.org.
September 8: Learn How to Read and Write Korean in One Hour!, 10:00am at Missouri Southern State University, Corley Auditorium (3950 Newman Rd). Most native English speakers are so used to the languages based on the Roman alphabets that they have a phobia for languages with different writing systems such as Arabic and Chinese. These languages may look more like pictures rather than words in the eyes of a native English speaker. Even though Korean writing can look intimidating to native English speakers, it can be quite simple to learn its writing system. In fact, it is so simple to use that some African tribes have adapted the Korean alphabet as their writing system for their oral-based languages. The Korean alphabet has 24 letters: 14 consonants and 10 vowels. The letters are combined together into syllable blocks. In this presentation, the Korean writing system will be introduced and taught in an exciting and interesting way using the images and the memory technique called “memory palace.” After one hour, you should be able to read Korean phonetically and write your own names (or almost any words for that matter) in Korean! For more information call 417.659.4445.
September 14: K-POP Dance Workshop!, 6:00pm at Missouri Southern State University, Mayes Student Life Center (3950 Newman Rd). Do you like to dance? Would you like to try something new and different? Or maybe you have been wanting to try K-POP dancing for a long time, but haven’t had the opportunity to? The wildly popular K-POP (Korean-Pop) music scene is taking the world by storm with upbeat and catchy songs, awe-inspiring music videos, and unforgettable dance moves. At the K-POP Dance Workshops, you will get everything from the basics of K-POP dancing to specific choreography, as well as a rare insight into Korean pop culture. The choruses of two songs/dances and one surprise song will be taught. The workshop is open to anyone and everyone. Don’t forget to bring comfy dancing shoes, a water bottle, and a towel. For more information call 417.659.4445.
September 20: Teakwondo Korean Style, 10:00pm at Missouri Southern State University, Corley Auditorium (3950 Newman Rd). The name Taekwondo is derived from the Korean word “Tae” meaning foot, “Kwon” meaning fist, and “Do” meaning way of. So, literally Taekwondo means “the way of the foot and fist.” Martial arts have existed in Korea since the earliest ages, although they were lost for a time during the 20th century. Taekwondo distinguishes itself from martial arts such as karate by its emphasis on kicking instead of the reliance on hand techniques of other martial arts. Taekwondo practitioners believe that the leg is the longest and strongest weapon a martial artist has, and kicks thus have the greatest potential to execute powerful strikes without successful retaliation. Taekwondo as a sport and exercise is popular with people of both sexes and of many ages. Physically, taekwondo develops strength, speed, balance, flexibility, and stamina. An example of the union of mental and physical discipline is the breaking of boards, which requires both physical mastery of the technique and the concentration to focus one’s strength. Admission is free and open to the public. For more information call 417.659.4445.
September 23: Bird Face Masks (Ages 6+), 9:00am at Wildcat Glades Conservation & Audubon Center (201 Riviera Dr). Make your own bird mask in time for Halloween and use iridescent powders on a mask base. While the masks cures you will learn about feathers and bird faces. Cost: $25 for the first person, $12 for additional family members, adults helping children free (a portion supports the center). Clay, all materials, and tutorials provided. Registration required by 12pm on the Thursday before the class. Call or text 417-553-1583, or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Your registration will be complete when you receive a reply.
September 23: Doodle Art Family Portrait Workshop, 1:00pm at Spiva Center for the Arts (222 W 3rd St). Looking for a fun way to capture your family’s personality? Join professional doodler, Ann Leach, and learn how to create fun portraits of your family members using shapes, lines, and designs to express each member’s unique personality. Bring photos of family members as inspiration either on your phone or on paper. This workshop is fun for all ages. Cost for this workshop is $15 per family or $5 per participant. Call 417.623.0183 to register or visit spivaarts.org.
September 23 & 30: Epitaphs and Engravings, 1:00pm at George Washington Carver National Monument (5646 Carver Rd). Take some time to learn about the symbols & engravings found on headstones during this program at the Carver Family Cemetery. Discover the meaning behind these symbols and how they reflect the lives of early settlers of the Diamond Grove community. For more information call 417.325.4151.
September 26: Miniature Flower Vases (Ages 15+), 6:00pm at Wildcat Glades Conservation & Audubon Center (201 Riviera Dr). Create your own collection of miniature vases for some of the lovely, but tiny flowers of the Ozarks. You will use polymer clay and pastels to make these special vases. During the curing time, you will learn about some of our tiny wildflowers through a PowerPoint presentation. Cost is $25.00 per person (a portion supports the center). Clay, supplies, and instructions included. Registration required by 12 Noon the Friday before the class. Call or text 417-553-1583 or email to email@example.com. Your registration will be complete when you receive a reply.
September 30: Mimosas and Marbling – Fall Edition, 10:00am at Spiva Center for the Arts (222 W 3rd St). Invite your girlfriends and create a beautiful scarf while sipping delicious fall-inspired mimosas! Participants will experience a fun and simple marbling process and have the opportunity to dye an 8″ x 54″ scarf. Create an autumnal theme scarf or go with bright, spunky colors. Whatever your style, you will have a blast at this workshop! Cost for the workshop is $35. Call 417.623.0183 to register or visit spivaarts.org.
September 30: Culinary Art 101, 12:00–2:00pm at Spiva Center for the Arts (222 W 3rd St). Maximum of 5 adults each session. This class meets offsite in Carthage, MO. Use seasonal ingredients fresh from the Webb City Farmer’s Market to create a family style lunch. Individually plate and photograph the meal, sit down and eat, and walk away with leftovers and recipes. Basic prep and cooking skills. No experience necessary. Cost for this class is $40. Call 417.623.0183 to register or visit spivaarts.org.
Crackpot Pottery & Studio (3820 E 20th St):
Tuesday | 11am–2pm or 6–9pm
Wednesday | 10am–Noon or 6–9pm
Thursday | 10am–1pm
Work alongside top potters in the area as you learn hand building, wheel throwing, glazing and different firing techniques. Lessons are specialized for each individual, regardless of experience level. Have a project in mind? Crackpot will help you plan and execute your vision! Firing fees are included in class price. No membership fee required. Cost: $225 (for each 3-hr, 8-week course), $165 (for each 2-hr, 8-week course). For more info and registration, call Crackpot Pottery & Art Studio at 417.623.1455, or email Suzi Huntington at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Saturday | 10am–Noon | Drop-In Class
Drop-in and play with clay! This class costs $30 plus clay. No 8-week commitment required.
Hobby Lobby (1315 S Rangeline Rd):
Tuesdays: Painting Classes with Pam Leisenring, 9:00am–Noon, Hobby Lobby Classroom (1315 S Rangeline Rd). Pam has been teaching fine art classes privately for 32 years and continues to bring individualized instruction to expand the artistic experiences of beginners and established artists alike. Each student chooses a preferred medium (Acrylic, Pastel, Watercolors, etc.) and subject matter. This is an ongoing class and students may join at any time. Now scheduling for Spring Classes! New members always welcome. Call 417.781.3839 for more info. $20 per class, all materials provided for first class.
Wednesdays: Painting Classes with Pam Leisenring, 4:30pm–7:30pm, Hobby Lobby Classroom (1315 S Rangeline Rd). Pam has been teaching fine art classes privately for 32 years and continues to bring individualized instruction to expand the artistic experiences of beginners and established artists alike. Each student chooses a preferred medium (Acrylic, Pastel, Watercolors, etc.) and subject matter. This is an ongoing class and students may join at any time. Now scheduling for Spring Classes! New members always welcome. Call 417.781.3839 for more info. $20 per class, all materials provided for first class.
Local Color Art Gallery & Studio (1027 S Main St):
Wednesdays: Wednesday Classes at Local Color, 2:00–6:00pm at Local Color Art Gallery & Studio (1027 S Main St). Calling all “big kids” for a weekly drop-in painting class for adults! Decide when to come and how long to stay. With up to 4 hours of painting time, you can accomplish and enjoy more personal instruction. Paula Giltner teaches realism watercolor and acrylic painting techniques and design principles. Bring any materials you have for the first lesson and learn about the materials you might need for additional lessons. The fee is $25 per class. Call Paula at 417.291.1486.
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. Call 417.553.0835 to register.
Phoenix Fired Art (1603 S Main St):
Tuesday & Wednesdays: Monthly Clay Classes at Phoenix Fired Art, 11:00am–2:00pm and 6:00–9:00pm. All classes include students with different levels of experience – no prior experience is necessary, so begin or build your skills with clay by learning techniques to transform raw mud into fun and functional vessels! Each monthly clay class includes 4 (3 hour) classes of instruction. It is recommended that students join the first week of each month. Advanced students may join mid-session. $120 Phoenix Members; $150 Non-Members (additional fees may apply). Call 417.437.9281 to register.
Saturdays: Saturday Drop-In Clay Class with Geoffrey, 9:30am–Noon, Phoenix Fired Art. Get your hands dirty and see if clay is something you’d like to explore further. All skill levels welcome. Phoenix loves intergenerational groups – however, children under 10 must be accompanied by an adult. Call ahead if you are interested in bringing a group. $25 for Phoenix Members; $35 for Non-Members (plus clay and firing).
RSVPaint Joplin (223 W 3rd St):
Tuesday & Thursday: 2:00–4:00pm & 7:00–9:00pm
Saturday: 1:00–3:00pm (Family Paint) & 7:00–10:00pm
Sometimes classes on Monday
Discover your inner-artist! No experience required. Come Relax, Sip, Visit, and Paint! Each class will paint a different piece of artwork. Click here to see their calendar and to register. Ages 13 and up are welcome to attend, but you must be 21 to drink alcohol. Feel free to arrive 15 minutes early to get settled in. $60 for couples on date nights. $35 per person in advance, $40 at door.
Spiva Center for the Arts (222 W 3rd St):
Thursdays: Memories in the Making, 10:00am–Noon at Spiva Center for the Arts. Memories in the making is back! This art experience is centered on the expression of creativity through painting for those dealing with memory loss. There is no charge for the class and no prior art experience is necessary. Memories in the Making ® is hosted by the Alzheimer’s Association, Greater Missouri, in conjunction with George A. Spiva Center for the Arts. For more information, call 417.623.0183 or visit spivaarts.org.
Everyday: Open Studio at Phoenix Fired Art, during regular business hours at Phoenix Fired Art (1603 S Main St). The public is welcome to visit the gallery and observe artists at work at any time. Current Phoenix students may come for extra open studio hours ($5 an hour) and anyone with basic clay skills is welcome to use the facility for $10 an hour, though registered students have priority on equipment during class times. Annual membership: $25 for students, $40 for seniors, $50 for adults and $100 for a family.
Monday & Friday: All-Day Open Studio at Crackpot Pottery & Art Studio (3820 E 20th St). Open Studio hours allow you to come and go anytime throughout these days during regular business hours. If you come during scheduled class time, students have first rights to equipment. Monthly passes are available for $200 each. Hourly rates (reloadable card issued) are $15/hour. Same rules for equipment use apply if you come during class.
Wednesday (2:00–7:00pm) & Sunday (4:00–9:00pm) | Wine’d Down Open Studio at RSVPaint Joplin (223 W 3rd St). Looking for something to do? RSVPaint Joplin has just the thing for you. Wine’d Down Open Studio, where no registration is needed (although you still can). Just walk in and you can come paint with the help of their talented artists and drink all of the wine your heart desires. Allow yourself about 2-hours to complete your painting. Cost: $25 (all painting supplies included in cost – wine specials available).
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