La Traviata 2014Mark your calendars now for Heartland Opera Theatre’s (HOT) next operatic offering! La Traviata will be performed October 17, 7:30pm & October 19, 2:30pm in the Taylor Performing Arts Center, Missouri Southern State University.

Carol Werner-Feiertag returns to HOT to direct this iconic opera after her beautiful production of Hansel and Gretel in 2012. Soprano Daria Somers and Tenor Dustin Peterson take on the passionate Violetta and Alfredo, and Baritone Zeffin Quinn Hollis returns to Joplin to sing the role of Alfredo’s father, Giorgio Germont. Don’t miss this tragic story of love and loss featuring an amazing chorus led by Dr. Susan Smith and a full orchestra conducted by Artistic Director Nicholas Gilmore. The production will be sung in Italian with English subtitles.

The Heartland Opera Theatre is a 501(c)(3) performing arts organization established in 1998 by Terrence O’Brien. Since its creation the Heartland Opera Theatre, or HOT, has provided professional performances of opera and musical theatre to the Four-State Area. HOT has hosted performers from around the globe and toured full productions through Missouri, Kansas, and Oklahoma. HOT strives to not only engage national and international performers, but also to showcase exceptional local artists from the community and surrounding universities. [spacer height=”0px”]



THE HARVESTCome Tuesday, the Joplin Regional Artists Coalition (JRAC) will have two exhibits in Joplin! Their exhibit, located inside the Joplin Area Chamber of Commerce, recently rotated artists. John Mills (oil paintings), Steve Snyder (Images of the Ozarks Photography), and Steve Henton (fused glass artwork) will be showcased through November. This exhibit rotates JRAC artists every three months and works are always available for sale.

JRAC will also be opening their 2014 group showing, The Harvest: Gathering the Art of the Joplin Regional Artists Coalitionin Spiva Center for the Arts’ Upstairs Gallery. Work will explore the concept of ‘Harvest’ ranging from literal to poetic, abstract to representational, and symbolic to figurative. An Opening Reception and Awards Ceremony will be held on September 19th at 5:30pm with Awards at 6pm. This event will be held in conjunction with Spiva Center for the Arts opening of their new exhibits in both Main & Regional Galleries. There will be a $5 admission fee that evening at the door for anyone not already a member of Spiva. Please take this into account when making plans to attend and inviting guests. [spacer height=”0px”]


19th annual Thomas Hart Benton Four State Regional Art Competition and Exhibit

Thomas Hart Benton Exhibit Postcard 2014

Friday, Oct. 10th at 4:30–6:30pm
Saturday, Oct. 11th at 8–9:30am

Two entries allowed. $20 for the first entry, $5 for the second. The exhibit will run October 11 – 26, 2014.

The 2D competition has two divisions: Professional & Emerging. Mediums represented are oil, acrylic, pastel, mixed media, drawing, draftsmanship, and watercolor – all competing for the $500 Best of Show. Best of Show winner also receives a gallery show at Longwell Gallery. Although the show is based in southwestern Missouri, it is open to the Four State Area and beyond – participants must be 18 years and older. Artwork must be original and created solely by the artist. John P. Lasater IV of Siloam Springs, Arkansas will be the judge at the competition. Jason Sacran of Fort Smith, Arkansas will give an oil painting demonstration of a still life.SWMO Arts Alliance

The event is sponsored by the Southwest Missouri Art Alliance (SMAA), a volunteer organization made up of artists who come together to make the show happen every year. Artists interested in participating in the show are encouraged to contact SMAA. For more information visit www.southwestmissouriartalliance.webs.com. If you would like to be added to the mailing list, please email Becky Golubski at beckygolubski39@yahoo.com. [spacer height=”0px”]



TanglefootersHave you always wanted to learn to dance but thought you couldn’t? Got a wedding coming up? Are you going on a cruise? Do you want to get out of the house and get some exercise? How about a cheap date night together with your special person? The Tanglefooters Dance Club is offering Beginning Bolero Lessons starting in September! No previous dance experience necessary. Dance partners will learn choreographed routines set to arrangements of music, with all couples doing the same steps at the same time around a circle. In addition to bolero, other figures, such as waltz, cha-cha, twostep, rumba, foxtrot, tango, and jive, will be introduced at later classes. Dancers are led through the moves by verbal prompting (cueing).

When: Lessons start Monday, September 15 from 6:45–8:15pm (all subsequent classes will be held on Mondays)
Where: Joplin Square Dance Center, 1801 W. Second St.
Cost: First lesson is free; $10 per couple thereafter

For more information, call Mike Betts at 417-529-0680. [spacer height=”0px”]


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