Missouri Shakespeare Festival (MOShakes) Announces 2016 Play

Missouri Shakespeare Festival 2016 Romeo and JulietThis year, MOShakes will present Romeo and Juliet from June 23-26. “For never was a story of more woe than this of Juliet and her Romeo…” Romeo and Juliet is one of Shakespeare’s most produced plays. Who can’t relate to chasing after young, forbidden, undeniable passion? “As we approach this production with fresh eyes and eager minds, we look to hold true to Shakespeare’s intentions while dazzling the modern audience with new and innovative ideas. It’s sure to be one of our freshest productions.” – Jim Lile, Artistic Director. For more information on tickets and times, keep your eyes on their webpage, call 417-625-9396, or email moshakes@mssu.edu.

In addition to the play, MOShakes will host That Shakespeare Thing: A wine and dessert reception to benefit Missouri Shakespeare Festival as well as a Shakespeare Academy.

About “That Shakespeare Thing”
“Won’t you join us on April 30 at 7:30 pm in the Connor Ballroom in Billingsly Student Center at MSSU to celebrate Shakespeare and enjoy some sweet treats? We’ve recruited your friends, neighbors, and bosses to help bring Shakespeare to life with their fresh takes on famous monologues, unforgettable soliloquies, and beautiful scenes. Come share some delicious desserts, peruse a silent auction, and vote for your favorite performer. It’ll be a  night of loud laughter, great art, and warm community.”

About “Shakespeare Academy”
“The Shakespeare Academy is thrilled to partner with Art Feeds this year as we bring Shakespeare and theatre to young artists. We certainly hope you know someone who wants to join us from June 20-25 at our day camp to learn the art of storytelling, stage combat, stage design, and acting.”


Missouri Shakespeare Festival (MOShakes) aims to offer the plays of William Shakespeare in productions that are insightful, exciting, and entertaining.  In other words, we are not mounting a museum display but are, rather, seeking to bring these play to our community with vitality and currency. Shakespeare’s plays are as entertaining and as relevant as they ever were.  Across the nation people of all ages respond to Shakespeare’s clever plots, engaging characters, and timeless themes.  We hope to become an annual event that will draw people to our area and so take our place among the region’s cultural offerings. Would you like to donate to MOShakes? Click here. [spacer height=”0px”]

National Poetry Month in Joplin, MO

National Poetry Month (NPM) is the largest literary celebration in the world, with tens of millions of readers, students, K-12 teachers, librarians, booksellers, literary events curators, publishers, bloggers, and, of course, poets marking poetry’s important place in our culture and our lives every April.

Poetry Month 2016 Poster Final

Connect2Culture, Post Art Library, Pub Hound Press, and Spiva Center for the Arts have partnered to provide an exciting lineup of free events to celebrate NPM in Joplin, MO…

National Poetry Month Kick-Off!
Fri, April 1 | All-day throughout Joplin, MO

Visual Poetry
Thu, April 7 | 5:30–8:30pm at Post Art Library
Eighth Annual 1,000 Words Event
Tue, April 12 | 6:30pm at Spiva
Poetry Wordshop
Thu, April 14 | 7pm at Post Art Library
Poem in Your Pocket Day
Thu, April 21 | 5:30–8:30pm in Downtown Joplin
Poetry In Post
Thu, April 21 | 7pm at Post Art Library

For more specifics on each of these events, click here. [spacer height=”0px”]

Pro Musica Gears Up For Ethos Percussion Ensemble

Pro Musica will host Ethos Percussion Ensemble on Thursday, April 14, 7pm at MSSU’s Corley Auditorium in Webster Hall. Ethos Percussion Group is America’s premier percussion quartet presenting an energetic potpourri of musical genres from around the globe. Highly regarded for their Western chamber music expertise, individual members are also virtuosos on exotic instruments from Indonesia, West Africa, India and the Middle East. For 25 years Ethos has performed at major concert venues across the United States and abroad including Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, London’s Wigmore Hall and the Bermuda Festival. From the outset Ethos has demonstrated its commitment to advancing the percussive arts in education and have presented clinics and master classes at institutions such as The Juilliard School, Eastman School of Music and Berklee College of Music. Their concert in Joplin is free and open to the public. Donations appreciated.

Pro Musica Ethos Percussion

While in Joplin Ethos will present two educational outreach events. Ethos Percussion Group’s appearance in Joplin is sponsored, in part, by the Missouri Arts Council,  a state agency.  Outreach events sponsored, in part, by XPO Logistics and the Rusty Smith Fund. [spacer height=”0px”]

Opportunity for Joplin Writers

Missouri Writers GuildThree New York Times best-selling authors, five literary agents, and two acquiring editors for children’s and adult literature highlight the faculty for the 101st Annual Missouri Writers Guild Conference April 29 to May 1, 2016, at the Kansas City, Missouri, Airport Hilton. The conference is open to all writers everywhere. Jen Mann, author of People I Want to Punch in the Throat, will join Pam Grout, author of E-Squared: 9 Do-it-Yourself Energy Experiments to Prove Your Thoughts Create Your Reality, and Rachel Renee Russell, author of The Dork Diaries novels for young readers. Breakout sessions include instruction in dialogue, dramatic action, travel writing, memoir, plot, humor, writing fantasy, and a dedicated children’s track for writers who write for children and young adults. More information and registration form at www.missouriwritersguild.org. Questions? Contact Mary-Lane Kamberg at (913) 764-4950 or MLKwriter@yahoo.com. [spacer height=”0px”]

Art Feeds Paint Wars Return

Art Feeds Paint Wars are back! This color explosion will take place on Saturday, April 30 at Victory Ministry & Sports Complex. Similar to dodge ball, each team throws powder paint bombs to eliminate opponents. The first team to tag all opposing players is declared the winner. In “round robin” play, all teams will play each other one time. The top four teams will head to the semi-finals to determine two final teams. A finale will determine the winner of the 2016 Paint Wars! For all the particulars, click here.

Opening ceremonies begin at 9am with the first game to follow. This team-building event is a great way to bond with the community. A Championship trophy will be awarded at 12:30pm, along with trophies for best team uniform and best team chant…so come prepared!

AF Paint Wars April 2016

Cost: $300 per team of 10-12 people (averages about $25 per person). To register, call (417) 626-2323, visit Art Feeds Joplin at 417 E. 7th St., or register your team online at afpaintwars2016.eventbrite.com.

All funds raised from ticket sales benefit an Art Feeds chapter. Ticket proceeds from Carthage teams will benefit Art Feeds Carthage, while ticket proceeds from Joplin teams will benefit Art Feeds Joplin.[spacer height=”0px”]