September 2021

Posted on Aug 30, 2021 in Monthly Arts & Culture

What’s coming up in September 2021? We have all the details on arts, culture, and entertainment in Joplin, MO. Scroll through and share with friends…

Featured Image: Matriarchs Unmasked by Melody Knowles. See below for details.


PERFORMANCES:

September 3: Lil’ Ed & The Blues Imperials House Concert (Ages 10+), 7:00pm (doors 6:30pm) at The Coda Concert House (2120 E 24th St). Lil’ Ed & the Blues Imperials have been producing music for more than 30 years. This accomplished band began in Chicago, where their distinct sound and Lil’ Ed’s unique vocals created a thrilling experience with each performance. Today, Lil’ Ed & The Blues Imperials have earned multiple awards for their work, including the Blues Music Award for Band of the Year. See this award-winning band at The Coda Concert House! There is a suggested, minimum donation of $25. 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.

September 3: Comedy at Bookhouse Cinema with Max Pryce, 7:00pm (doors 6:30pm) at Bookhouse Cinema (715 E Broadway St). A night of laughs at Bookhouse Cinema! Hear comedy routines from St. Louis-based comedian Max Pryce as well as Miss Meike, Brandon Templeton, and Travis Pratt. Purchase tickets online at bookhousejoplin.com. Tickets: $10. More information: Holly Crane, bookhousejoplin@gmail.com, 417.825.5161.

September 9: Live Music in Big Spring Park, 6:00–8:00pm at Big Spring Park (Neosho, MO). Neosho Arts Council is proud to present an evening of family-friendly music featuring Keyven Dunn at 6:00pm and Josh Jennings at 7:00pm. Grab a lawn chair or a blanket and enjoy live music under the stars! This is a BYOC (bring your own chair) event. Free and open to public. More information: Sarah Serio, neoshoartscouncil@gmail.com.

September 9–12: The Enchanted Bookshop, 7:00pm (Sundays 2:30pm) at Stained Glass Theatre Joplin (2101 Annie Baxter Ave). Stained Glass Theatre Joplin invites you to join them for their latest production, The Enchanted Bookshop! During the day, A Likely Story may look like any other used bookstore but, at night, it’s a magical place. After the store closes, characters from books on the store’s shelves come alive. Six of those characters — Dorothy Gale, Robin Hood, Pollyanna, Sherlock Holmes, Heidi, and Tom Sawyer — long to help Margie, the scatterbrained owner, save her struggling store. But they’re not allowed to leave the building or be seen by human eyes. So, when smugglers come looking for a stolen necklace hidden inside one of the books, the characters are torn. Should they warn Margie and risk disappearing forever? Or can they find a way to defeat the crooks without being seen? Purchase your tickets online at sgtjoplin.square.site/events. Tickets: Adults $10, Children ages 4-14 $5, Children ages 3 and under admitted for free. More information: Amanda Klein, sgtjoplin@gmail.com.

September 10 & 11: September Live Music Series, 6:00–10:00pm at Paddy O’Rourke’s Irish Pub (105 S Main St, Webb City, MO). Kick off this fall with live music at Paddy O’Rourke’s Irish Pub each Friday and Saturday in September! Grab a drink and hear fantastic local artists, including Crystal Hope, Dillon Leggett, Dance Monkey Dance!, Luke Smith, Eine Blume, and Matt Harp. Cheers! Cost: $5. More information: Stefanie Thomasma, social@justatastemo.com, 417.673.9463.

September 14: Paul Benjaman Band House Concert, 7:00pm (doors 6:30pm) at The Coda Concert House (2120 E 24th St). Since 2007, musician Paul Benjaman and his band have expanded the groove-based Tulsa Sound, incorporating classic American music styles like rock, funk, country, and blues. With his signature and powerful guitar licks, each of Benjaman’s live performances are an experience that should not be missed. Please note: due to COVID-19, audience capacity is limited. There is a suggested, minimum donation of $15. More information and reservations: Jeff Morrow, info@codaconcerthouse.com. In response to reservations, a confirmation email with the address, directions, parking etc. will be sent in return. All proceeds benefit the artist performing.

September 16–19: The Enchanted Bookshop, 7:00pm (Sundays 2:30pm) at Stained Glass Theatre Joplin (2101 Annie Baxter Ave). Stained Glass Theatre Joplin invites you to join them for their latest production, The Enchanted Bookshop! During the day, A Likely Story may look like any other used bookstore but, at night, it’s a magical place. After the store closes, characters from books on the store’s shelves come alive. Six of those characters — Dorothy Gale, Robin Hood, Pollyanna, Sherlock Holmes, Heidi, and Tom Sawyer — long to help Margie, the scatterbrained owner, save her struggling store. But they’re not allowed to leave the building or be seen by human eyes. So, when smugglers come looking for a stolen necklace hidden inside one of the books, the characters are torn. Should they warn Margie and risk disappearing forever? Or can they find a way to defeat the crooks without being seen? Purchase your tickets online at sgtjoplin.square.site/events. Tickets: Adults $10, Children ages 4-14 $5, Children ages 3 and under admitted for free. More information: Amanda Klein, sgtjoplin@gmail.com.

September 17 & 18: September Live Music Series, 6:00–10:00pm at Paddy O’Rourke’s Irish Pub (105 S Main St, Webb City, MO). Kick off this fall with live music at Paddy O’Rourke’s Irish Pub each Friday and Saturday in September! Grab a drink and hear fantastic local artists, including Crystal Hope, Dillon Leggett, Dance Monkey Dance!, Luke Smith, Eine Blume, and Matt Harp. Cheers! Cost: $5. More information: Stefanie Thomasma, social@justatastemo.com, 417.673.9463.

September 24 & 25: September Live Music Series, 6:00–10:00pm at Paddy O’Rourke’s Irish Pub (105 S Main St, Webb City, MO). Kick off this fall with live music at Paddy O’Rourke’s Irish Pub each Friday and Saturday in September! Grab a drink and hear fantastic local artists, including Crystal Hope, Dillon Leggett, Dance Monkey Dance!, Luke Smith, Eine Blume, and Matt Harp. Cheers! Cost: $5. More information: Stefanie Thomasma, social@justatastemo.com, 417.673.9463.

September 24–26: The Enchanted Bookshop, 7:00pm (Sundays 2:30pm) at Stained Glass Theatre Joplin (2101 Annie Baxter Ave). Stained Glass Theatre Joplin invites you to join them for their latest production, The Enchanted Bookshop! During the day, A Likely Story may look like any other used bookstore but, at night, it’s a magical place. After the store closes, characters from books on the store’s shelves come alive. Six of those characters — Dorothy Gale, Robin Hood, Pollyanna, Sherlock Holmes, Heidi, and Tom Sawyer — long to help Margie, the scatterbrained owner, save her struggling store. But they’re not allowed to leave the building or be seen by human eyes. So, when smugglers come looking for a stolen necklace hidden inside one of the books, the characters are torn. Should they warn Margie and risk disappearing forever? Or can they find a way to defeat the crooks without being seen? Purchase your tickets online at sgtjoplin.square.site/events. Tickets: Adults $10, Children ages 4-14 $5, Children ages 3 and under admitted for free. More information: Amanda Klein, sgtjoplin@gmail.com.

September 26: The Wilder Blue House Concert (Ages 15+), 5:30pm (doors 5:00pm) at The Coda Concert House (2120 E 24th St). A five-piece, Texas-based band, The Wilder Blue travels the borderland between musical genres, tearing down the barriers that separate country, bluegrass, folk, and acoustic rock. The band’s seamless blend of musical styles, unique vocals, and dynamic chemistry makes every performance better than the last! Please note: due to COVID-19, audience capacity is limited. There is a suggested, minimum donation of $25. 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.

September 28: Summer Improv Show, 7:00pm at ZINC Coffee (1825 S Main St). Have a laugh and watch the hilarity that ensues when Joplin’s favorite improvisation group, Siblings Improv, performs at ZINC Coffee! All ages welcome. Free and open to the public. More information: Eric Epperson, eric.d.epperson@gmail.com, or follow @SiblingsImprov.

September 29–October 3: Clue: On Stage, 7:30–9:30pm (2:30pm Sunday) 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 criminal. 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 2: Company, 7:30pm (Sundays, 2:30pm) at Missouri Southern State University (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 mssulions.universitytickets.com. 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.


EVENTS:

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 14 during Live Music in Big Spring Park, where your family can enjoy live entertainment and make s’mores in the park! Purchase a kit online at neoshoarts.net. Cost: $35 per kit. More information: Sarah Serio, neoshoartscouncil@gmail.com.

September 1: Godzilla Unbound: The Monster and the Metaphor, 10:00am at Missouri Southern State University, Corley Auditorium (3950 E Newman Rd). Over 67 years, and nearly 40 motion pictures, Godzilla has changed: his appearance, his size, and his purpose. Originally the avenging agent of outraged nature, Godzilla became, for a time, the defender of the Earth. Now, he features, prominently, as a Titan combatant in the Monsterverse. In Ebert’s Bigger Little Movie Glossary, critic Roger Ebert speaks of villains who outshine heroes and are “resurrected in sequels as quasi-good guys.” He includes Godzilla in this group. It is a strange journey, indeed. This presentation will follow that arc to discover how an angry atomic lizard became a significant cultural icon. 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.

September 2: 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.

September 2: 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.

September 3: September 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! Vintage Swing Movement Joplin is back and you can join them 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 fb.me/e/3SeoTXVfU. 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.

September 4 & 5: B.A.R.K. Ranger Pop-Up Tent, 10:00am–Noon at George Washington Carver National Monument (5646 Carver Rd, Diamond, MO). Give your dog the best treat and go for a walk in your favorite national park! Stop by the pop-up tent at George Washington Carver National Monument from 10:00am to noon to walk your pup. You will learn the B.A.R.K. Ranger rules and your furry friend will be sworn in as a BARK ranger! Please bring a doggie bag for easy clean-up, a leash for your pup, and a water bowl, if needed. 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.

September 5: 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.

September 7: Your Name, 7:00pm at Bookhouse Cinema (715 E Broadway St). Makoto Shinkai’s 2016 animated feature about two body-swapping teenagers is the top-grossing anime movie of all time. In Your Name, Mitsuha and Taki are complete strangers living separate lives until they suddenly switch places. This occurrence happens randomly, and they must adjust their lives around each other, all the while building a connection by leaving notes for one another until they wish to finally meet. But something stronger than distance may keep them apart. 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.

September 8: Executing the Paintbrush: Gutai Art Imparting Life to Matter, 1:00pm at Missouri Southern State University, Corley Auditorium (3950 E Newman Rd). A dress made of hundreds of flickering lights, pools of tinted water suspended in trees, dynamic paintings made with the artist’s feet – the goal of Gutai artists was to experiment with materials and traditional art practices, finding radical ways to incorporate art into everyday life and inject life into familiar materials. The Gutai Art Association (1954-1972) was an avant-garde group of artists, originating in Osaka, Japan. This presentation from Caitlin Overton will guide viewers through the variety of works created by Gutai artists, focusing on the action paintings of the movement and the artists’ conceptual rethinking of art during this period. 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.

September 9: Tateho Ozark Technical Ceramics: A Japanese Company in Webb City, 9:30am at Missouri Southern State University, Cornell Auditorium (3950 E Newman Rd). Founded by MSSU chemistry graduate Kelly Meares and a partner in Webb City in 1986, Ozark Technical Ceramics was acquired by Tateho Chemical Industries of Japan in 2015. Tateho Ozark Technical Ceramics mainly uses magnesium oxide powders to manufacture ceramic insulators for high temperature measurement devices. Hear from MSSU graduates Chris Turner and Trishia Hallmark as they explain how Japanese culture is closely intertwined with the company, including how nine employees have visited the Tateho headquarters in Tokyo, three Japanese employees work at the Webb City plant, and students from Ryukoku University serve one-week internships there each year. 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.

September 9: Artist Talk: Never Again is Now, 6:00pm at Missouri Southern State University, Spiva Art Gallery (3950 E Newman Rd). Photographer Emily Hanako Momohara discusses her work, which focuses on the visual remains of concentration camps where Japanese Americans and immigrants were held in 1942, comparing the images with the incarceration of migrants and the separation of families at the U.S.-Mexico Border. Attend in-person or via the Zoom link available at www.mssu.edu/japan. This event is part of MSSU’s Japan Semester. Free and open to the public. More information: Dr. Christine Bentley, bentley-c@mssu.edu, 417.625.9563.

September 9: Joplin Writers’ Guild, 6:00pm via Zoom. The Joplin Writers’ Guild, a chapter of the Missouri Writers’ Guild, includes a wide variety of writers – from hobbyists to professional, published writers. Members have published novels (romance, mystery, historical, middle grade, YA, etc.), nonfiction books (regional history and the Arcadia Images of America series), and articles (travel, education, law topics, etc.). The group focuses on supporting each other and sharing information about the publishing and writing industries. This group is open to the public. Dues are $10 for the year, but anyone interested can attend their first meeting free. In the wake of COVID-19, information about meetings can be found on Facebook at bit.ly/joplin-writers-guild. More information: S.V. Farnsworth, s.v.farnsworth@gmail.com, 417.691.0480.

September 9: 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.

September 10: Causing the Earth to Earth: Encounters with the Art of Mono-Ha, 10:00am at Missouri Southern State University, Corley Auditorium (3950 E Newman Rd). Mono-ha (School of Things) was a group of like-minded artists working in Tokyo in 1968 who presented natural materials alongside man-made industrial objects in careful groupings that emphasized material properties, surrounding space, and active physical forces. The artist does not alter their materials, but rather arranges them in new phenomenological states, inviting viewers to encounter the work in an active, ever-unfolding present. This talk, led by Caitlin Overton, will focus on artists Nobuo Sekine, Lee Ufan, Kishio Suga, Koji Enokura, and others whose simple interventions resulted in levitating stones, concrete suspended in a state of softness, and ephemeral moments of wetness. 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.

September 10: Make and Take Bonsai Tree Kits, 10:30am–1:30pm at Missouri Southern State University, Billingsly Student Center (3950 E Newman Rd). Plant and care for your own bonsai tree with a free kit from the MSSU Campus Activities Board! The word “Bon-sai” (often misspelled as bonzai or banzai) is a Japanese term which, literally translated, means “planted in a container.” This art form is derived from an ancient Chinese horticultural practice, part of which was then redeveloped under the influence of Japanese Zen Buddhism. Kits will be given out beginning at 10:30am while supplies last. 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.

September 10: Lions and Tigers and S’mores, Oh My!, 8:00pm at Wildcat Glades Village (301 Riviera Dr). Bring your lawn chairs, picnic blanket, or rent a hammock for a movie under the stars at Wildcat Glades! Watch The Lion King (2019), enter a raffle for a chance to win prizes for your family, and enjoy a s’mores bar, popcorn, snow cones, and more, all available for purchase. All ages welcome! Registration required; register at bit.ly/smorewildcatfun. Cost: $25 per family of five; $3 for each additional person. More information: Robin Standridge, robin@wildcatglades.org, 417.708.7713.

September 11: Red Oak II Festival, 9:00am–5:00pm at Red Oak II (10917 County Loop 122, Carthage, MO). Help Red Oak II pay tribute to their artist and creator, Lowell Davis, during Red Oak II Festival! Enjoy music, games and contests, hay rides, crafters, Dutch oven cooking, food trucks, and more during this family-friendly event. Free and open to the public. More information: Wendi Douglas, carthagecouncilonthearts@gmail.com, 417.529.7742.

September 11: Prairie Day, 10:00am–3:00pm at George Washington Carver National Monument (5646 Carver Rd, Diamond, MO). Celebrate life on the Missouri prairie during the 1800s, when George Washington Carver was a child! Prairie Day activities will include: a musical performance by Ripplin’ Creek from 10:00am to noon, a wildflower walk from 10:15am to 12:15pm, a presentation from Dr. John H. Pickle, Jr. about his book One of the Boys – The Letters of Johnnie Pickle and His Mentor, George Washington Carver at 11:00am, guided tours from 10:00am to 2:00pm, junior ranger activities through 1:00pm, and trail talks through 1:00pm. 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.

September 11: Thomas Hart Benton Art Competition Awards and Critiques, 2:00pm at Neosho Area Chamber of Commerce, Big Spring Gallery (216 W Spring St). Discover which artists take home prizes in the 26th Anniversary Thomas Hart Benton Art Competition! Eight prizes from two different categories (professional and emerging) and the Best of Show award will be awarded to participating artists. Attend in-person or tune in online at facebook.com/NeoshoArts/. Free and open to the public. More information: Sarah Serio, neoshoartscouncil@gmail.com, 417.592.1673.

September 11: Murphysburg Sesquicentennial Celebration: Patrick Murphy’s Legacy, 2:00–5:00pm on S Sergeant Ave between 2nd and 5th Streets (Joplin, MO). In September 1871, Murphysburg was incorporated in Missouri and named for cofounder Patrick Murphy. A tangible piece of Joplin’s past, Murphysburg is celebrating 150 years with a street fair and historic property tour! Activities include live music by The Sea Hollies, GAST Blaskapelle, Mach Schnell, and Heartland Concert Band; Irish dancing demonstrations with audience participation; walking tours and scavenger hunts; a genealogy help table; period reenactors in costume; a Freedom of Flight Museum exhibit; equestrian demonstrations; miniature train rides; and more. Food trucks as well as a beer and wine tasting tent will also be on sight. Free and open to the public; food, alcohol, and guided tours available for purchase. For additional details, visit murphysburg.org. More information: Paula Callihan, murphysburg@gmail.com, 417.208.9376.

September 11: Opening Reception: Thomas Hart Benton Art Competition and Exhibition, 3:00pm at Neosho Area Chamber of Commerce, Big Spring Gallery (216 W Spring St). See a wide variety of 2D works created by local artists during the Thomas Hart Benton Art Competition and Exhibition’s opening reception! Free and open to the public. More information: Sarah Serio, neoshoartscouncil@gmail.com, 417.592.1673.

September 12: 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.

September 14: American Life in Postwar Japan: Making a Home for the U.S. Military During the Allied Occupation of Japan, 1945-1952, 11:00am at Missouri Southern State University, Corley Auditorium (3950 E Newman Rd). In the wake of defeat in 1945, Japan became home to American military personnel and their families during the Allied Occupation. Through first-hand accounts, photographs, books, and more, Dr. Annika A. Culver explores how American military made their homes amidst a former enemy, analyzes the contemporary cultural and social values in the U.S. and Japan, and demonstrates how democracy and consumerism intersected in an occupied space in the late 40s and 50s. 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.

September 14: A Taste of Japan, 4:30–7:00pm at Missouri Southern State University, Mayes Dining Hall (3950 E Newman Rd). Enjoy a full Japanese meal prepared by the MSSU Fresh Ideas executive chef! Try a variety of Japanese foods, including BYO sushi bowl, ramen, yakitori (skewered chicken), okonomiyaki (savory pancakes), tsukune (chicken meatballs), seafood mix, miso-glazed cod, rice, Japanese mixed vegetables, edamame, soba noodles, shrimp and vegetable dumplings, and miso soup. This event is part of MSSU’s Japan Semester. Admission: $10. More information: Chad Stebbins, stebbins-c@mssu.edu, 417.625.9736.

September 14: Tokyo Story, 7:00pm at Missouri Southern State University, Cornell Auditorium (3950 E Newman Rd). A profoundly stirring evocation of elemental humanity and universal heartbreak, Tokyo Story is the crowning achievement of the unparalleled director Yasujirô Ozu. The film, which follows an aging couple’s journey to visit their grown children in bustling postwar Tokyo, surveys the rich and complex world of family life with the director’s customary delicacy and incisive perspective on social mores. 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.

September 16: “Thank You, Mr. Soldier!”: Japanese WWII-Era Advertisements and Military Care Packages, 9:30am at Missouri Southern State University, Corley Auditorium (3950 E Newman Rd). From the Russo-Japanese War (1904-1905) onwards, military care packages, known in Japanese as imon bukoro (comfort bags), were an important way for people in imperial Japan to comfort troops and augment their morale on the battlefield. The 1931 Manchurian Incident and the 1937 outbreak of the Second Sino-Japanese War (1937-1945) re-energized this practice and prompted shoppers to feel that they were engaging in patriotic consumption that might lead to military victories. Japanese advertisements during wartime reveal how companies drew upon popular patriotism and sympathy with troops abroad to sell their wares at a precarious time when the government began to announce that “luxury is the enemy” and families were encouraged to curtain consumption of non-essential items. Candy and other goods began to be marketed as items intended to be sent to troops, promoting sales in tandem with military campaigns. These practices reveal how businesses, corporations, and the military worked together to generate profit and patriotism during an atmosphere of total war. 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.

September 16: 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.

September 16: 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.

September 17: Seventh Annual Joplin Arts Fest, 6:00–9:00pm at Joplin Empire Market (931 E 4th St). Southwest Missouri’s premier fall, fine arts festival, Joplin Arts Fest promotes the local arts and cultural community in Joplin and its surrounding area. This two-day, juried event includes fine artist booths, live performances by local artists, delicious food, and more. Free and open to the public. More information: Ivy Hagedorn, ivy@joplinempiremarket.com, 417.986.3914.

September 17 & 18: Empty Bowls Presale, 10:00am–6:00pm at Local Color Art Gallery & Studio (1027 S Main St). Buy your handcrafted bowl for this year’s 9th Annual Empty Bowls and meet the potter who made it! Meet artists Mark Strayer and Brent Skinner, who both have a passion for supporting this charitable event, which raises funds to provide hunger relief for area residents. More information: Ruth Willoughby, ruth@wateredgardens.org, 417.825.0536.

September 18: Fall Native Plant Sale, 10:00am–1:00pm at Shoal Creek Conservation Education Center (201 W Riviera Dr). Including native plants in your garden or landscaping can brighten any yard while providing valuable food and shelter to native animals. Drop by Shoal Creek Conservation Education Center during this event to purchase native plants for landscaping needs. Vendors will offer plants native to Missouri as well as information about the benefits of planting native species. A full list of vendors is available at Shoal Creek Conservation Education Center. Free and open to the public; plants available for purchase. More information: Tim Smith, Shoal.Creek@mdc.mo.gov, 417.629.3434.

September 18: Seventh Annual Joplin Arts Fest, 10:00am–4:00pm at Joplin Empire Market (931 E 4th St). Southwest Missouri’s premier fall, fine arts festival, Joplin Arts Fest promotes the local arts and cultural community in Joplin and its surrounding area. This two-day, juried event includes fine artist booths, live performances by local artists, delicious food, and more. Free and open to the public. More information: Ivy Hagedorn, ivy@joplinempiremarket.com, 417.986.3914.

September 18: Monarch Festival, 10:00am–2:00pm at Shoal Creek Conservation Education Center (201 Riviera Dr). Enjoy a fun-filled day celebrating the migration of monarch butterflies! Stop by the Shoal Creek Conservation Education Center any time to see monarch caterpillars and butterflies, play games, complete crafts, and participate in citizen science as staff catch and tag butterflies. Free and open to the public. More information: Tim Smith, shoal.creek@mdc.mo.gov, 417.629.3434.

September 18 & 19: Archaeological Investigations, 11:00am at George Washington Carver National Monument (5646 Carver Rd, Diamond, MO). Have you ever discovered an unknown object in your backyard? Archaeologists uncovered artifacts at George Washington Carver National Monument. Drop by and learn about some of these found items with a park ranger, and glance at a piece 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.

September 19: 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.

September 20: 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.

September 21: Shoplifters, 7:00pm at Bookhouse Cinema (715 E Broadway St). Nominated for the Best Foreign Language Film at the Academy Awards and Golden Globes, Shoplifters follows a non-biological family who routinely steals from stores in order to cope with oppressive poverty. After a successful shoplifting spree, Osamu and his son rescue a little girl in the freezing cold and invite her home with them. Osamu’s wife, Nobuyo, reluctantly agrees to shelter her. Although the family is poor, they live happily together until an unforeseen incident upsets the delicate balance they have created, revealing long-buried secrets. 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.

September 23: 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.

September 24: Otaku Culture: Consuming, Collecting, and Comics in Japan from the 1980s to the Present, 11:00am at Missouri Southern State University, Corley Auditorium (3950 E Newman Rd). Throughout the world, Japanese manga (comics) and anime (animated films) have become incredibly popular since the 1980s. Celebrated by youth and adults alike, consumers of these media proudly call themselves otaku, a Japanese word that refers to passionate collectors or enthusiastic consumers of a particular product. Packaged as “Japanese,” these cultural products also came to mean “Japan Cool,” where Japanese companies, and then the government, used them as part of a global soft power marketing strategy. Yet, what were the origins of the otaku phenomenon, and what might collecting mass-produced Japanese consumer products mean in a more personal sense? Why is collecting these items such a compelling practice for some? What makes Japanese popular culture so appealing worldwide? Explore these questions and more with Dr. Annika A. Culver of Florida State University. 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.

September 24–26: Rock-A-Thon: 22nd Annual Gem & Mineral Expo, 9:00am–5:00pm (Sunday 9:00am–3:00pm) at Joplin Historical & Mineral Museum (504 Schifferdecker Ave). Enjoy the amazing, wonderful world of rocks and gems at the 22nd annual Gem & Mineral Expo presented by Tri-State Gem & Mineral Society and Joplin Parks and Recreation! Patrons can peruse bead jewelry, learn to identify local minerals, participate in rock swaps, shop for beautiful gems, win door prizes, and more. Don’t miss the four state area’s premier, rock and gem event! Free and open to the public. More information: Christopher Wiseman, joplinmuseum@sbcglobal.net, 417.623.1180.

September 25: National Public Lands Day, 10:00am–3:00pm at George Washington Carver National Monument (5646 Carver Rd, Diamond, MO). Public parks like George Washington Carver National Monument provide beautiful spaces for communities to learn, grow, and enjoy. However, these public spaces require upkeep and maintenance. Volunteer at George Washington Carver National Monument during this nationwide, volunteer-led workday to help improve and preserve the 240-acre Carver farm. For additional details, please contact George Washington Carver National Monument. Due to current conditions, this event is subject to change. All GWC programming will be conducted outdoors with a social distancing order as outlined in national and CDC guidelines. Free and open to the public. More information: Sarah Martin, GWCA_Interpretation@nps.gov, 417.325.4151.

September 25: 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.

September 25: Artist Talk with Bobby Ross, 11:00am–Noon at Spiva Center for the Arts (222 W 3rd St). Artist Bobby Ross discusses his paintings and drawings, as well as how his experiences have contributed to his social realist works. From his early years in college to teaching at universities across the nation and making art in his studio, Ross has observed and interpreted ironies, enigmas of politics, science, and self-investigation through art. Suggested Donation: $10. More information: Shaun Conroy, sconroy@spivaarts.org, 417.623.0183.

September 25: 2021 Missouri Southern State University Homecoming Parade, 10:00am in Downtown Joplin. Missouri Southern State University’s annual Homecoming Parade is headed downtown! See a variety of floats from campus clubs and groups as well as community organizations, and enjoy performances from local high school bands. The parade will begin at 6th and Main Streets, and will head north before turning west on 3rd Street and then south along Joplin Avenue. Free and open to the public. More information: Heather Lesmeister, Lesmeister-H@mssu.edu, (417) 625-9365.

September 26: Agricultural School on Wheels, 11:00am 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.

September 28: In This Corner of the World, 7:00pm at Missouri Southern State University, Cornell Auditorium (3950 E Newman Rd). Set in Hiroshima during World War II, an 18-year-old girl marries and now has to prepare food for her family despite rationing and a lack of supplies. As she struggles with the daily loss of life’s amenities, she still has to maintain the will to live. According to NPR, “In This Corner takes painstaking efforts to recreate the look and feel of Hiroshima before the bomb, and makes it into a bustling region of forgotten life.” 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.

September 28: 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.

September 29: Make and Take Mini-Zen Garden, 10:30am–1:30pm at Missouri Southern State University, Billingsly Student Center (3950 E Newman Rd). A Zen garden creates a miniature stylized landscape through carefully composed arrangements of rocks, water features, moss, pruned trees and branches, and gravel or sand that is raked to represent ripples in water. Create your own Zen garden with mini-Zen garden kits from the MSSU Campus Activities Board! Kits will be given out beginning at 10:30am while supplies last. 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.

September 30: 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.

September 30: 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.

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.

July 1–September 1:North Heights Porchfest’s Call for Artisans, online. North Heights Porchfest is a grassroots festival put on by the community for the community! North Heights Neighborhood is looking to add to this celebration of local music, food, art, and community with the help of artists who want to display and/or sell their work. This year’s Porchfest will be held on Saturday, October 2 from 1:00pm to 7:00pm. Find out more and sign up to occupy a booth before September 1 at northheightsporchfest.com/artists. Cost: Non-North Heights Residents $35, North Heights Residents setup for free. More information: Theresa Clift, theresa_clift56@yahoo.com, 479.366.2005.


EXHIBITS:

September 7–24: De/Tension/Past: Landscapes of American Incarceration by Emily Hanako Momohara at Missouri Southern State University, Spiva Art Gallery (3950 E Newman Rd). On February 19, 1942, President Franklin Roosevelt authorized the forced removal of nearly 120,000 Japanese Americans and immigrants to concentration camps for the duration of World War II. Between 1999 and 2014, photographer Emily Hanako Momohara traveled to several of the former sites of incarceration, photographing the visual remains of the wartime imprisonment infrastructure. Then, in 2020, Momohara re-photographed her original images, reframing and reflecting on the parallels between the wartime incarceration of Japanese Americans and the incarceration of migrants and the separation of families at the U.S.-Mexico Border. “This [comparison] is only relevant if we do something with it,” the artist explains. “If we don’t, then it is in the past. It is only relevant if we can look at it and see that these mistakes were made before and we don’t need to make them again.” This event is part of MSSU’s Japan Semester. Free and open to the public. More information: Dr. Christine Bentley, bentley-c@mssu.edu, 417.625.9563.

September 4–26: My Missouri 2021 Photo Project Exhibit, 2021 at Post Art Library (1901 E 20th St). In celebration of its 200th year, Missouri 2021, an initiative of The State Historical Society of Missouri, coordinated the My Missouri 2021 Photo Project and it’s coming to Joplin! In 2018, Missouri 2021 invited professional and amateur photographers from across the state to capture and share unique and meaningful aspects of places in Missouri. Of the photographs submitted, 200 were chosen for a traveling exhibition, with the Joplin Public Library being chosen as one of only four venues for the show. The exhibit’s selected photographs showcase the geographic and cultural landscape of the state. They provide an opportunity on the occasion of Missouri’s Bicentennial to reflect upon and increase the understanding of the state’s rich diversity while recognizing the many things its people share. Shelter Insurance® is the platinum sponsor of the My Missouri 2021 exhibition. The exhibition was designed by PRO Expo Exhibits, the gold sponsor for the show, and supported by contributors to The State Historical Society of Missouri. Free and open to the public. More information: Jill Sullivan, jhsullivan@postartlibrary.org, 417.623.7953 x1041

September 2–30: Natural Inclinations by Liz Darling at Urban Art Gallery (511 S Main St). Artist Liz Darling uses watercolor and ink to create intricate pieces of work that both explore and rebel against the sacred. More information: Linda Teeter, lteeter00@gmail.com, 417.438.5931.

September 1–30: I Have No Words: Processing the Pandemic by Josie Mai at Joplin Avenue Coffee Company (506 S Joplin Ave). Mixed media artist Josie Mai explores the troubles and issues of the pandemic through colorful (and often sarcastic) acrylic paintings. Free and open to the public. More information: Linda Teeter, lteeter00@gmail.com, 417.438.5931.

September 1–30: All the Colors of the Earth by Koral Martin at Beast and 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: Linda Teeter, lteeter00@gmail.com, 417.438.5931.

September 1–30: As I See It by Amanda Wright at Club 609 (609 S Main St). Local artist Amanda Wright demonstrates her natural skill with a selection of stunning paintings. See Wright’s work and grab a bite to eat, all at Club 609! Free and open to the public. More information: Linda Teeter, lteeter00@gmail.com, 417.438.5931.

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.

August 14–September 25: Summer Reading Art Challenge 2021 Exhibit at Post Art Library (1901 E 20th St). Creativity and imagination abound in this exhibit, which features artwork created for Post Art Library’s Summer Reading Art Challenge 2021! Each piece was inspired by the prompt “Tell Your Tale with Art! What’s the story of you?” Free and open to the public. More information: Jill Sullivan, jhsullivan@postartlibrary.org, 417.623.7953 X1041.

August 6–September 18: Metamorphosis by Debbie and Richard Reed, at artCentral Carthage (1110 E 13th St, Carthage, MO). The couple that creates together, stays together! Husband-and-wife artists Debbie and Richard Reed showcase their multimedia artwork in this transformative exhibition. Both artists interpret the term “metamorphosis” through their complimentary paintings and pottery. Free and open to the public; donations appreciated. More information: Alice Lynn Greenwood-Mathé, artcentral@artcentralcarthage.org, 417.358.4404.

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.

July 31–September 25: Small Worlds by Carolyn Càrdenas & Contradictions by Bobby Ross at Spiva Center for the Arts, Main Gallery (222 W 3rd St). Two creative spouses with distinctive styles and subject matter bring their work together for a special exhibit three years in the making. Carolyn Càrdenas and Bobby Ross have been married for 40 years and each one has created 40 unique pieces of art for this stunning exhibit. Carolyn works with egg tempera, charcoal, graphite, pastel, and collage, bringing the minute details of miniature works and larger assemblages to life. Bobby uses a multi-layered, Renaissance-like oil technique and graphite on Bristol boards to engage and engross viewers. Carve some time out of your schedule to see this collaborative exhibit! 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:

September 1: Virtual Beginner Origami Class, 1:00pm via Zoom. Origami is the Japanese art of folding paper into decorative shapes and figures. This class will be held virtually via Zoom. The link will be available at www.mssu.edu/japan a week before the event. Paper will be available to pick up in the Student Activities Office in Billingsly Student Center beginning Monday, August 30th. 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.

September 2: 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.

September 4: Paint Pouring with Mary Parks, Noon–2:00pm at April’s Art House (5245 Old Highway 71). Learn about different techniques for paint pouring and create two colorful works of art with the help of Mary Parks! Registration required; sign up by calling or texting April at 417.358.6329. All materials included. Cost: $35. More information: April Davis, aprildavisfineart@gmail.com, 417.358.6329.

September 4: Conservation in the Parks: A Walk in the Trees, 4:00pm at Landreth Park Utility Arboretum (1001 Murphy Blvd). Join the Missouri Department of Conservation and Wildcat Glades Friends Group for their “Conservation in the Parks” partnership program! Take a walk among the trees of Landreth Park and learn how to identify trees as well as what gives them their glorious fall colors. 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.

September 9: 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 Garden with Flowers or Roses and Anemones in a Japanese 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.

September 10: Loose Watercolor with Roxenne Kendall, 6:00–8:00pm at April’s Art House (5245 Old Highway 71). Watercolor can be a tricky media to master but with the help of Roxenne Kendall, you can learn how to create a loose watercolor painting! Registration required; sign up by calling or texting April at 417.358.6329. All materials included. Cost: $40. More information: April Davis, aprildavisfineart@gmail.com, 417.358.6329.

September 11: Yoga in Nature for Adults (Ages 16+), 8:30–9:30am at Wildcat Glades Village (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.

September 11: Yoga in Nature for Kids (Ages 2+), 10:30am at Wildcat Glades Village (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.

September 11: 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 Garden with Flowers or Roses and Anemones in a Japanese Vase! You can also bring your own 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.

September 11: Origami Art with Caleb Witte, 1:00–2:30pm at Spiva Center for the Arts (222 W 3rd St). Bring the family to Spiva Center for the Arts to learn basic origami folds and create your own origami pieces to take home! Registration required; register online at spivaarts.org/product/origami-art-with-caleb-witte/. All materials provided. Cost: $15. More information: Sarah Clements, sclements@spivaarts.org, 417.623.0183.

September 11: Hunter Education Skills Session (Ages 11-15), 2:00–6:00pm at Shoal Creek Conservation Education Center (201 W Riviera Dr). Satisfy part two of the Missouri Hunter Education requirements during this skills session! To enter the session, you must complete the knowledge portion and provide proof of completion by presenting a qualifier certificate or a completed hunter education student manual the day of the event. The final exam will be administered at the end of the skills session. Please bring proof of identification and age. Registration required; register online at mdc-event-web.s3licensing.com/Event/EventDetails/179090. Free and open to the public. More information: Tim Smith, Shoal.Creek@mdc.mo.gov, 417.629.3434.

September 11: Dutch Oven Cooking, 6:30pm at Wildcat Glades Pavilion (301 Riviera Dr). Gather around the campfire and learn the basics of campfire safety and using cast iron cookware! Participants will try out a few new recipes in Dutch ovens and taste them together. All ages welcome! Registration required. To register, visit their Facebook page or email them at lauren@wildcatglades.org. Free and open to the public. More information: Robin Standridge, robin@wildcatglades.org, 417.708.7713.

September 14: Monarch Magic, 6:00pm online. Learn more about the life cycle and migration of these beautiful butterflies before they quietly flutter away to their winter hibernaculum in Mexico! Registration required; reserve your spot at mdc-event-web.s3licensing.com/Event/EventDetails/179575. Free and open to the public. More information: Jessie Ballard, jessie.ballard@mdc.mo.gov, 417.629.3434.

September 16: Reading the Deer Woods (Ages 6+), 6:00–7:30pm online. Scouting and a little “woodsman” knowledge are important for a great outdoor experience and harvest. This program will be beneficial for novice hunters interested in deer habits and scouting, deer stand placement, and acorns and browse plots. Registration required. Reserve your spot at mdc-event-web.s3licensing.com/Event/EventDetails/178290. More information: Jeff Cantrell, jeff.cantrell@mdc.mo.gov, 417.629.3434.

September 17: 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.

September 18: Egg Tempera Workshop with Carolyn Càrdenas, 10:00am–4:00pm at Spiva Center for the Arts (222 W 3rd St). Join artist Carolyn Càrdenas for an in-depth workshop on egg tempera! Through lecture and demonstration, Càrdenas will explore Renaissance techniques and participants will try their hands at using gesso ground on paper, grinding pigments, preparing various emulsions, and more, thus recreating processes used in 15th century studios of Italian and European masters. This day-long workshop is designed for high school students and adults. All materials provided. Lunch provided. Cost: $140. More information: Sarah Clements, sclements@spivaarts.org, 417.623.0183.

September 21: Ozark Chinquapin and Conservation Efforts (Ages 8+), 6:00–7:30pm at Shoal Creek Conservation Education Center (201 Riviera Dr). The Ozark Chinquapin was a major player in Ozarks forests and was often the dominant tree species on many ridge tops and rocky slopes. The decline of this species has had major effects on local wildlife food webs and traditional cultural uses. This program will look at this unique tree’s place in local ecology, highlight research and outreach, and discuss how local citizens can help conservation efforts. Registration required; reserve your spot at mdc-event-web.s3licensing.com/Event/EventDetails/178862. More information: Jeff Cantrell, jeff.cantrell@mdc.mo.gov, 417.629.3434.

September 22: Preschool Nature Connections: Busy Chipmunks (Ages 3-6), 10:00–11:00am at Wildcat Glades Education Cottage (301 Riviera Dr). Chipmunks may look like squirrels, with their fluffy tails, but they are different. Learn about this fun, furry little mammal with a craft, story, and song! 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.

September 24: Little Acorns: Slithery Snakes (Ages 3-7) at 10:30–11:00am at Shoal Creek Conservation Education Center (201 W Riviera Dr). Slither in to find out all about these fascinating reptiles! See some snakes up close and make a snake craft to take home. Registration required; reserve your spot at mdc-event-web.s3licensing.com/Event/EventDetails/179578. Free and open to the public. More information: Kensi Tillman, Kensi.Tillman@mdc.mo.gov, 417.629.3434.

September 24: Conservation Families: Hiking Basics, 6:00pm online. As cooler weather makes the great outdoors more enjoyable, you may find yourself looking into exploring a new trail or conservation area. Before you go, join the Shoal Creek Conservation Education Center staff to learn about hiking basics that will make your next nature walk or hiking trip a success. Registration and a valid email address are required to receive the program link. Reserve your spot at mdc-event-web.s3licensing.com/Event/EventDetails/179579. Free and open to the public. More information: Jessie Ballard, jessie.ballard@mdc.mo.gov, 417.629.3434.

September 25: Preschool Nature Connections: Busy Chipmunks (Ages 3-6), 1:00–2:00pm at Wildcat Glades Education Cottage (301 Riviera Dr). Chipmunks may look like squirrels, with their fluffy tails, but they are different. Learn about this fun, furry little mammal with a craft, story, and song! 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.

September 25: Mixed Media Block Pendants (Ages 14+), 1:00–3:00pm at Spiva Center for the Arts (222 W 3rd St). You’ve seen them at Joplin Empire Market and now you can make your own! Show off your unique personality by creating your own mixed-media block pendant. All supplies provided. Registration required; register online at spivaarts.org/product/mixed-media-block-pendants-with-brenda-hayes/. Cost: $30. More information: Sarah Clements, sclements@spivaarts.org, 417.623.0183.

September 27: 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. Cost: $100. More information: Eric Epperson, eric.d.epperson@gmail.com, or follow @SiblingsImprov.

August 16–December 9 (Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays): Ozark Culture & Folklore, 10:00–10:50am at Missouri Southern State University (3950 E Newman Rd). Spend your lunch hour diving into the culture and folklore of the Ozarks during this course! Go beyond the Ozarks’ infamous meth labs and puppy mills, and explore border wars, bald knobbers, Harold Bell Wright, stills, outlaws, Branson and Silver Dollar City, and more. No prerequisites required. Enrollment required; to enroll in this course, visit mssu.edu. More information: Dr. Jill Greer, greer-j@mssu.edu, 417.625.9795.

August 16–December 9 (Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays): Literature of the Ozarks, 11:00–11:50am at Missouri Southern State University (3950 E Newman Rd). Spend your lunch hour learning about the writers, literature, and culture of the Ozark region during this course! Consider the concept and practice of local color, regionalist writing, and the contemporary expansions of bioregionalism and cultural diversity, all in the context of the Ozarks region and its literature. From the Osage to Daniel Woodrell and everything in between! Contact Dr. Michael Beilfuss, beilfuss-m@mssu.edu, about prerequisites/waiver. Enrollment required; to enroll in this course, visit mssu.edu. More information: Dr. Michael Beilfuss, beilfuss-m@mssu.edu, 417.625.3594.

August 16–December 9 (Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays): Ozark Culture & Folklore, 12:00–12:50pm at Missouri Southern State University (3950 E Newman Rd). Spend your lunch hour diving into the culture and folklore of the Ozarks during this course! Go beyond the Ozarks’ infamous meth labs and puppy mills, and explore border wars, bald knobbers, Harold Bell Wright, stills, outlaws, Branson and Silver Dollar City, and more. No prerequisites required. Enrollment required; to enroll in this course, visit mssu.edu. More information: Dr. Jill Greer, greer-j@mssu.edu, 417.625.9795.


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.

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 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.

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.

Dream Theatre Co. (124 S Main St):

Sundays: Flash Mob Fitness, 3:00–4:00pm at Studio 124 (124 S Main St). A fun, unique workout opportunity from Dream Theatre Co.! Learn a different flash mob dance each week. Opportunities for flash mob performances will occasionally be offered but dedication to performing is not required. Cost: $5. More information: Becki Arnall, dtstudio124@gmail.com, 417.622.6470.

* 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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