Huzzah! June’s Third Thursday is almost here! 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 or The Joplin Globe’s enjoy! section on Friday (June 13) for the full line-up of events.

In the meantime, take a look below for a few “must-see” entertaining and creative events that will be going on around Downtown Joplin this Thursday evening:

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  • JB’s Monthly Art Competition to benefit Spiva Center for the Arts: A running art competition hosted and located at JB’s (112 S Main) and sponsored by Stella Artois. Every Third Thursday, up to 20 contestants will have their piece of artwork displayed and voted on by the public. The top winner will receive $100 and entered into the final showing in October’s final Third thursday competition. Kids and adults may enter (canvas pick-up is every first Friday of the month – themes change monthly).
  • Interactive Art and Kid’s Arts Activities on the 400 Block: Bring your kids and get creative with Art Feeds, Freedom of Flight Museum, Calvary Chapel Joplin, Victory Ministries, First Presbyterian, Salvation Army/New Life Radio, The Joplin Globe, and more!
  • Presenting Sponsor Leggett & Platt Mobile Museum & Art Gallery on the 500 Block: Curious about Leggett & Platt? Take a look inside the company and see what they do through a mobile museum. You’ll also get to paint your dreams on one of their mattress products and if you are one of the first 1,000 visitors, you will get free shaved ice to help you beat the heat! Rumor has it, some artwork from their permanent collection will be on display!
  • 9Art Photobooth at Spiva Center for the Arts: Arguably one of the most entertaining events of the night! Drop by and take a Fairy Tale-themed photo with your family and friends by 9Art Photography! Afterwards, explore Spiva’s Main & Regional Galleries.
  • RSVPaint (420 S. Main): RSVPaint always has something special going on during Third Thursday Art Walk! The artist on exhibit in their storefront gallery is local artist April Huninghake. Their musical artist will be Tyler Reardon. During this time they will have an open studio, allowing the public to come in and paint whatever they like with acrylic on a 16X20 canvas for $25 each painter. All materials supplied. This is not an instructed class, although an artist will be on hand to assist with guests creations.
  • Artist Talk by Cindy Head at Joplin Avenue Coffee Company: Registered Nurse by day and Artist by night, Cindy has been creating beautiful things since childhood. She loves working in a wide variety of mediums and constantly seeks new and different ways to create! Come hear about her creative process!
  • Joplin Regional Artists Coalition Annual Group Show in Mystery Gallery: Come meet some artists in JRAC! Artists that will be present: Linda Teeter, MaryAnn Soerries, Steve Snyder, Jessica Sellers, Sue Colgin, Daria Claiborne, Jennie Belle Lynn, Christina Lorenzon, Alice Lynn Greenwood, Dustin Miller, Andrew Batcheller, Dylan Garrison, Brendea Sageng, Merlin White, Becky Golubski, Kristen Girard, Sarah Serio, Joan Stattel, Aimee Maningas, and Darlene Bates. Live music by Tony B.
  • Phoenix Fired Art: Wood-turning demonstration by Greg Huff. Peruse their current artist on display, Heather Grills, and listen to live Celtic music by Barbara and Dwayne Jones. There will also be a free kids activity!
  • Local Color Art Gallery: Live demonstrations and exhibits by Jack & Sallie Divine, Jeffrey Jones, April Davis, Camille Turner, Tim Booyer, DJ Bates, and more.
  • Post Memorial Art Reference Library: Come meet their current artist on display, Cher Jiang. After a successful art career in China as an illustrator, Jiang now lives in Carthage and continues to publish in China. One of her favorite things to do in her illustrative work is to take photographs of people and then make drawings from them substituting animal faces for the human ones! Many of her paintings and drawings feature settings in and around Carthage, but they are populated with fairies, animals, and children.
  • Focal Point Gallery: Come see the latest by MSSU Art Students. Live printmaking each month!
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Phoenix Fired Art’s new mural “The Rise of the Phoenix” is almost complete! They have been busy working all weekend and would love for you to stop by and see the progress. Check out the photos below – doesn’t it look great? While your visiting, make sure to ask about upcoming events and classes at Phoenix. They will be hosting several creative arts classes in addition to their popular Tue (morning and evening) and Wed (evening) pottery classes. Look below for these new offerings that are hot off the press! Sign up today…they fill up fast!

Phoenix Mural Install Day #3Creative Arts Mini-Camp: Mixed Media Mythology
Monday, June 23–Wednesday, June 25 | 3–5pm at Phoenix Fired Art
Come join Ms. Paapanen on a journey around the world! Starting with Pandora’s Box…who knows where this class will end up. Please call (417) 437-9281 with questions or to register. $60 for Phoenix Members or $25 per class; $75 for Non-Members

Stitchfest – Social Evening (FREE!)
Monday, June 23 | 6–9pm at Studio Argonauta (1621 Main Street Joplin, MO 64804)
Bring in your current “stitching” project and visit with friends, new and old! Comfy seating, extra outlets for charging your laptop or phone. We also have a fridge and a microwave, an extensive art reference library, and of course coffee and tea! They are hoping to make this a monthly event!

Creative Arts Mini-Camp: Paper Maché Puppet Class
Monday, July 7–Thursday, July 10 | 3–5pm at Phoenix Fired Art
Have fun creating a collaborative group story! Create your own character, a puppet to embody that character, and then perform a puppet show during this 4 week creative arts class! Each child will contribute to story formation and make a take-home character puppet. The final performance at the end of this class is optional, but sure to be fun and entertaining! Imagination is key to this fun, hands on class. Please call (417) 437-9281 with questions or to register! $70 for Phoenix Members; $85 for Non-Members

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MOShakes-2014MOShakes (Missouri Shakespeare) Festival: Twelfth Night

MOShakes is an annual festival at Missouri Southern State University dedicated to keeping the comedies, tragedies, and histories of William Shakespeare alive and center-stage with audiences in the Midwest. This year they will perform Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night. The cast and crew are made up of MSSU professors, students, and members from the community.

Thu–Sat | June 19–21 at 7:30pm
Sun | June 22 at 2:30pm
Thu–Sat | June 26–28 at 7:30pm

Performances will be held at MSSU’s Bud Walton Theatre. All seats are $10. For reservations call 417-625-3190 or 417-625-9393. To purchase tickets online, click here. [spacer height=”0px”]

34th-PoPsPro Musica presents: The 34th Annual Joplin PoPs
June 27 | 8pm at MSSU on the Oval

The Fountain City Brass Band from Kansas City will present an evening of patriotic tunes, show tunes, and light classics “under the stars”. A wonderful event for all ages. There will be “lolliPoPs” for everyone and door prizes will be given away during intermission. Bring your own seating and picnics – have “dinner on the grounds” before the concert begins!

Tickets are $10 for adults, children 12 and under free. Tickets available at: All Things Grand, Carthage; Cleo’s Picture Framing, 6th & Virginia, Joplin; Ernie Williamson Music, 925 S. Range Line, Joplin; Southwest Missouri Bank branches in Joplin, Carthage and Neosho; Pro Musica Office, 211 S Main St, Suite 312, Joplin. [spacer height=”0px”]


Thomas Jefferson IDS presents:
The 3rd Annual performance of The Summer Symphony

This symphonic orchestra of 60 performers is comprised of area musicians, music teachers, and students. The concert includes the film music of John Williams, Elmer Bernstein, Erich Korngold, and John Kander. The concert also includes a performance by Trio di Luce, a woodwind trio consisting of Betsy Nace, flute; Joanne Britz, clarinet, and John Atteberry, bassoon – all professional musicians and teachers from Springfield, Pittsburg, and Joplin. A reception will follow the performance.

The concert is free and open to the public, and will be held in the Concert Hall at Thomas Jefferson IDS, on Monday, June 30 at 7pm. The orchestra is directed by John Atteberry and Terry Dolanc.

This is a fantastic orchestra with an amazing sound. The group is especially proud of it’s tradition of pairing up student musicians with adult musicians. This is a perfect family concert, and families with young children are encouraged to attend. A great way to kick-off the 4th of July Holiday! [spacer height=”0px”]

POLYPHONY-MARIMBAPolyphony Marimba in Concert!

Sunday, July 20 from 3–5pm on 3rd Street between Joplin & Wall (on the North side of Spiva Center for the Arts)

Come enjoy roots music of Zimbabwe and dance as the musicians of Polyphony Marimba keep alive the music of their mentor, Dumi Maraire, who “put rock & roll in marimba!” Listen as they branch out into the songs of Peter and Raven Swing. They offer vital and complex rhythms, a powerful acoustic sound, beautiful and uplifting melodies: danceable and unique!

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