What’s coming up in May 2020? We have all the details on arts, culture, and entertainment in Joplin, MO, throughout the month. Scroll through and share with friends…

Featured Image: Come Fly with Me by Jake Deer, on display May 1 – 31, 2020 at Joplin Avenue Coffee Company.

In light of recent events, please confirm with organizations before attending listed events. Out of respect for our arts, culture, and entertainment organizations, C2C has included cancelled and postponed events to recognize the hard work and effort behind previously planned programming. To review C2C’s action-plan and resources during this time, click here.


CREATIVE ALTERNATIVES

The events listed below are creative alternatives offered by area arts and cultural organizations in the wake of COVID-19. Please confirm the events below are still occurring before attending.

All Month: Coloring JOMO: Women Who Made Their Mark on Post Art Library’s website. Learn about and color twelve important women whose influence has had a lasting impact on Joplin. Download the full book now from postartlibrary.org/coloring-jomo/ and start coloring! Free and open to the public. More information: Jill Sullivan, jhsullivan@postartlibrary.org, 417.623.7953 X1041.

All Month: Bookhouse Cinema Online Streaming on Bookhouse Cinema’s website. Bookhouse Cinema is an independent micro theater and pub in the East Town neighborhood. They show a variety of independent, classic, and foreign films while offering a great pub environmentThough Bookhouse is temporarily closed at this time, you can still stream a variety of films while supporting them online. You can start streaming by visiting bookhousejoplin.com/nowplaying. More information: Holly Crane, 417.825.5161.

All MonthUrban Art Gallery Online Art Sale on Facebook. Spruce up your home décor with a one-of-kind painting from local artist, Debbie Reed! With each painting, Reed pushed the envelope of what could be done on canvas while staying true to her varied styles. Purchase a 16″x12″ canvas wrap by calling 417.438.5931 and pickup or delivery will be arranged! Visit facebook.com/urbanartgalleryjoplin to view the available pieces. More information: Linda Teeter, 417.438.5931.

All Month: Firehouse Pottery To-Go Kits at Firehouse Pottery-Joplin (112 S Main St). Paint pottery in peace! Purchase one of Firehouse Pottery’s Pottery To-Go Kits and paint pottery in the comfort of your own home! More information: Charity Hawkins, firehousepotteryjoplin@gmail.com, 417.553.0671.

All Month: Create N Sip Create2Go Kits at Create N Sip Studios (223 W 3rd St). Get creative while maintaining social distancing with one of Create N Sip’s To-Go Kits! More information: John Coleman, coleman@creatensip.com, 417.680.5434.

All Month: Come Fly with Me by Jake Deer at Joplin Avenue Coffee Company (506 S Joplin Ave). Travel to dizzying heights with local, aerial photographer, Jake Deer! With their bird’s-eye-view perspective, his drones capture the Four-State region like you’ve never seen it before. Deer’s work will be displayed at the front of the store for the convenience and safety of guests. Free and open to the public. More information: Linda Teeter, lteeter00@gmail.com, 417.438.5931.

April 15 – June 12: Neosho Arts Council: Spring Art Challenge (Ages 6+) on Neosho Arts Council’s website. The Neosho Arts Council wants to encourage and challenge our community’s creativity with their Spring Art Challenge! The Spring Art Challenge is an online arts contest that offers a chance for creative expression and diversion during this difficult time. Each week will feature a new challenge. There are seven challenges, including sidewalk chalk art, photography, comic book covers, authors and playwrights, dance choreography, costume/cosplay design and construction, and culinary arts. There are three age divisions and all entries are free. Cash prizes will be awarded to the top winner in each division of each category. Deadlines for each category occur in weekly succession. For more information, visit neoshoarts.net/spring-art-challenge.html or facebook.com/NeoshoArts/. Free and open to the public. More information: Sarah Serio, neoshoartscouncil@gmail.com, 417.592.1673.

March 21 – July 18: PhotoSpiva at Spiva Center for the Arts, Main Gallery (222 W 3rd St). Celebrating its 44th year, PhotoSpiva 2020 delivers an exhibit of photographic excellence from artists across the country. Images were selected by juror April M. Watson, Ph.D. The week of the exhibit opening, Watson will blind judge the work, having no knowledge of the entrants or their status as emerging or professionals, and no categories to distinguish photographic processes. The competition is open to all US photographers, and any type of photographic process – from traditional to digital to photo-based mixed media – is eligible, as long as it results in a two-dimensional print that has never been shown at Spiva. To view this highly anticipated exhibit, visit spivaarts.org/7689-2/. More information: Jade Henning, jhenning@spivaarts.org, 417.623.0183.

March 21 – July 10: Small Works Auction at Spiva Center for the Arts, Regional Gallery (222 W 3rd St). Good things do come in small packages! At Spiva Center for the Arts, those small packages will measure 12”x12”, 9”x12” or 6”x6” during the 22nd annual Small Works Auction. In this exhibit and auction, more than 100 Spiva member artists create works from jewelry to collage, which they donate for auctioning. The exhibit is a great way not only to raise money to fund Spiva operations, but also to offer exposure for the participating artists. Bidding available online at spivaarts.org/small-works-auction/. More information: Jade Henning, jhenning@spivaarts.org, 417.623.0183.

April 24 – May 8: C2C Weekly Check-Ins, 2:00pm via Zoom. After Connect2Culture’s first virtual roundtable, one thing was clear: we may be distant, but we don’t have to be disconnected. To keep the arts and cultural community connected during this time, C2C is introducing a new, weekly opportunity: C2C Weekly Check-Ins. These casual, online meetings encourage Joplin area arts and cultural organizations to share brief updates, news, and ideas with one another. And, you and your organization are invited to join in the conversation! REGISTRATION REQUIRED. Registration can be made via the ticket button in the Facebook event page (preferred), email (info@connect2culture.org), or phone (417.501.5550). You will receive invite instructions via email on the Thursday before each check-in. More information: Emily Frankoski, emily@connect2culture.org, 417.501.5550.

May 7: Spiva Trivia Night Live, 6:00pm on Facebook. Missing Spiva Trivia Night? There’s no need! Spiva Center for the Arts is holding a three-round trivia night on Facebook! Put your knowledge of random things to the test as you answer questions in the comments from the comfort of your own home. Free and open to the public. More information: Jade Henning, 417.623.0183.

May 13: Moving from Mess to Masterpiece: Reawakening your Creativity, 10:30am & 9:30pm via Zoom. Art journaler and therapist, Ann Leach, leads a conversation on inducing creativity amidst these odd times. Ann will guide participants through an appreciative inquiry process designed to help kick feelings of guilt, stress, and creative paralysis so you can welcome inspiration, ideas and clarity back to your studios. Bring your journal, sketchbook, coffee, open mind, and willing heart to this inspiring creativity session. To join either the morning or evening session via Zoom, please email Spiva at spiva@spivaarts.org for reservation. Free and open to the public. More information: Jade Henning, jhenning@spivaarts.org, 417.623.0183.

Mondays  Sundays: Local Color Art Gallery & Studio Art Auction on Facebook. Who doesn’t love online shopping? Support local artists while maintaining your social distancing practices with Local Color Art Gallery & Studio’s weekly Art Auctions! Auctions end on Sundays at 8:00pm. For full details, visit facebook.com/localcolorartgalleryjoplin. More information: Margie Moss, 417.553.0835.

Tuesdays in May: Virtual May Story Time Pottery, 11:00am–2:00pm on Facebook Live. May is all about mothers at Firehouse Pottery Joplin! Celebrate your mother during Virtual Mary Story Time Pottery by enjoying a sweet story and then painting an adorable vase. Sign up now at placefull.com/may-story-time-pottery. Tune into the class at facebook.com/firehousepotteryjoplin/. Open to all ages. All supplies provided. Cost: $10. More information: Charity Hawkins, firehousepotteryjoplin@gmail.com, 417.553.0671.

Wednesdays in May: Cooking with Community, 2:00–5:00pm on Facebook Live. Learn how to cook some of the community’s favorite dishes with the leaders and members of Minnie Hackney Community Service Center! Watch and follow along on their Facebook page and create a delectable meal for you and your family. If you have a meal to share with the community, contact the Minnie Hackney Community Service Center via email at cscjoplin1946@gmail.com. More information: Nanda Nunnelly, cscjoplin1946@gmail.com, 417.499.1525.

Fridays in May: Virtual May Story Time Pottery, 5:00–7:00pm on Facebook Live. May is all about mothers at Firehouse Pottery Joplin! Celebrate your mother during Virtual Mary Story Time Pottery by enjoying a sweet story and then painting an adorable vase. Sign up now at placefull.com/may-story-time-pottery. Tune into the class at facebook.com/firehousepotteryjoplin/. Open to all ages. All supplies provided. Cost: $10. More information: Charity Hawkins, firehousepotteryjoplin@gmail.com, 417.553.0671.

Saturdays in May: Karen’s Dance Studio: Saturday Morning Virtual Dance Class, 10:00am on Facebook Live. Start your weekend off the right way with a virtual dance class from Karen’s Dance Studio! From hip hop and ballet to dances from across the world, each class will have you on your feet. Tune in at facebook.com/KarensDanceStudio/. Free and open to the public. More information: Nicole Amayo, info@karensdancestudio.com, 417.623.1093.

Saturdays in May: Empire Market Curbside, 10:30am–12:30pm 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 Joplin’s newest gathering spot. Though we can’t gather there at this time, you can still order online for curbside pickup (order deadline is Thursdays at 8:00pm) at localline.ca/joplin-empire-market. Order pickup is held Saturdays from 10:30–12:30pm.  More information: Ivy Hagedorn, ivy@joplinempiremarket.com, 417.986.3914.


PERFORMANCES:

May 9: Dance Monkey Dance feat. Doug Dicharry (Ages 10+), 6:00pm (doors 5:30pm) at The Coda Concert House (2120 E 24th St). Doug Dicharry, formerly of the Ben Miller Band, brings his own unique style to The Coda Concert House with his incredible one-man band! There is a suggested, minimum donation of $10. 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.

May 15: Toronzo Cannon (Ages 10+), 7:00pm (doors 6:30pm) at The Coda Concert House (2120 E 24th St). Critically acclaimed Chicago blues singer, Toronzo Cannon, has remained one of the latest fixtures in the blues genre. After playing an electrifying set at the 2015 Chicago Blues Festival, Cannon was recognized as one of the nation’s top blues artists. Today, Cannon thrills audiences with each performance and asserts his prowess through his sharp guitar playing and soulful lyrics. 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.

May 27 – 31: [POSTPONED] Joplin Little Theatre: Bonnie and Clyde the Musical, 7:30pm (Sunday 2:30pm) at Joplin Little Theatre (3009 W 1st St). With music by Frank Weldhorn, lyrics by Don Black, and book by Ivan Menchell, this production centers on Bonnie Parker and Clyde Barrow, the ill-fated lovers and outlaws whose story has been infamous since they achieved folk hero status during the Great Depression. The music is described as a “non-traditional score, combining rock-a-billy, blues, and gospel.” Parental discretion advised. Tickets: Adults $18, Seniors/Students $15, Children $8. More information: Cecie Fritz, info@joplinlittletheatre.org, 417.623.3638.

May 28 – 30: [CANCELLED] Heartland Opera Theatre Presents: Speed Dating Tonight! by Michael Ching, 7:00pm (Saturday, 2:00pm) at Wilder’s Event Center (1208 S Main St). Why waste an evening on a boring blind date? Just spend a few minutes each with a lot of singles, to see if you click. This delightful musical treat explores the modern dating phenomenon with wit, merriment, and (of course) music. More information: Michael Gregory, info@heartlandoperatheatre.com, 417.385.1454.

May 30: Jeremiah Jones & The RiverBand (Ages 10+), 6:30pm (doors 6:00pm) at The Coda Concert House (2120 E 24th St). This four-piece troupe of troubadours is organically grown from the finest ingredients that the Ozark Hill Country has to offer. Jeremiah Jones and The RiverBand offers up everything from Roots-Rocking Barnburners to melodious, lyrical journeys that are sure to captivate. There is a suggested, minimum donation of $10. 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.


EVENTS:

Monthly on Saturdays: Joplin Empire Market, 10:00am–3:00pm 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 Joplin’s newest gathering spot. More information: Ivy Hagedorn, ivy@joplinempiremarket.com, 417.986.3914.

All Month: Coloring JOMO: Women Who Made Their Mark on Post Art Library’s website. Learn about and color twelve important women whose influence has had a lasting impact on Joplin. Download the full book now from postartlibrary.org/coloring-jomo/ and start coloring! Free and open to the public. More information: Jill Sullivan, jhsullivan@postartlibrary.org, 417.623.7953 X1041.

February 1 – June 13: Joplin Arts Fest Application Process. With everything that is taking place right now, many artists are wondering what the future will be like. The Joplin Arts Fest planning committee has made some changes to assist artists through these uncertain times. Please visit their website for more information. Artists are the most important part of Joplin Arts Fest and without the quality of artists that the festival has had over the years, it would not exist.  More information: Steve Doerr, joplinartsfest@gmail.com, 417.529.3730.

April 15 – June 12: Neosho Arts Council: Spring Art Challenge (Ages 6+) on Neosho Arts Council’s website. The Neosho Arts Council wants to encourage and challenge our community’s creativity with their Spring Art Challenge! The Spring Art Challenge is an online arts contest that offers a chance for creative expression and diversion during this difficult time. Each week will feature a new challenge. There are seven challenges, including sidewalk chalk art, photography, comic book covers, authors and playwrights, dance choreography, costume/cosplay design and construction, and culinary arts. There are three age divisions and all entries are free. Cash prizes will be awarded to the top winner in each division of each category. Deadlines for each category occur in weekly succession. For more information, visit neoshoarts.net/spring-art-challenge.html or facebook.com/NeoshoArts/. Free and open to the public. More information: Sarah Serio, neoshoartscouncil@gmail.com, 417.592.1673.

May 1: C2C Weekly Check-Ins, 2:00pm via Zoom. 2:00pm via Zoom. After Connect2Culture’s first virtual roundtable, one thing was clear: we may be distant, but we don’t have to be disconnected. To keep the arts and cultural community connected during this time, C2C is introducing a new, weekly opportunity: C2C Weekly Check-Ins. These casual, online meetings encourage Joplin area arts and cultural organizations to share brief updates, news, and ideas with one another. And, you and your organization are invited to join in the conversation! REGISTRATION REQUIRED. Registration can be made via the ticket button in the Facebook event page (preferred), email (info@connect2culture.org), or phone (417.501.5550). You will receive invite instructions via email on the Thursday before each check-in. More information: Emily Frankoski, emily@connect2culture.org, 417.501.5550.

May 1: Social Distancing and Spring Cleaning, 5:30–7:00pm at Joplin Avenue Coffee Company (506 S Joplin Ave). Feeling cooped up? Finished your own spring cleaning? Enjoy planting flowers? Social distance and spring clean with Downtown Joplin Alliance! Meet DJA across from Joplin Avenue Coffee Company in downtown Joplin and receive an assigned area where you can work on flower beds, mulching, and picking up trash. If you have rakes, gardening gloves, or brooms, bring them! Free and open to the public. More information: Lori Haun, info@downtownjoplin.com, 417.501.9649.

May 3: Joplin Comedy: Open Mic Comedy Night, 9:00pm (Sign-Up 8:30pm) at Blackthorn Pizza & Pub (510 S Joplin Ave). 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.

May 7: [ONLINE] First Thursday ArtWalk, 5:30–8:30pm on Facebook (tentative). 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. Free and open to the public. More information: Linda Teeter, lteeter00@gmail.com, 417.438.5931.

May 7: Spiva Trivia Night Live, 6:00pm on Facebook. Missing Spiva Trivia Night? There’s no need! Spiva Center for the Arts is holding a three-round trivia night on Facebook! Put your knowledge of random things to the test as you answer questions in the comments from the comfort of your own home. Free and open to the public. More information: Jade Henning, 417.623.0183.

May 8: C2C Weekly Check-Ins, 2:00pm via Zoom. After Connect2Culture’s first virtual roundtable, one thing was clear: we may be distant, but we don’t have to be disconnected. To keep the arts and cultural community connected during this time, C2C is introducing a new, weekly opportunity: C2C Weekly Check-Ins. These casual, online meetings encourage Joplin area arts and cultural organizations to share brief updates, news, and ideas with one another. And, you and your organization are invited to join in the conversation! REGISTRATION REQUIRED. Registration can be made via the ticket button in the Facebook event page (preferred), email (info@connect2culture.org), or phone (417.501.5550). You will receive invite instructions via email on the Thursday before each check-in. More information: Emily Frankoski, emily@connect2culture.org, 417.501.5550.

May 10: Joplin Comedy: Open Mic Comedy Night, 9:00pm (Sign-Up 8:30pm) at Blackthorn Pizza & Pub (510 S Joplin Ave). 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.

May 14: Joplin Writer’s Guild, 6:00pm at the Joplin Public Library (1901 E 20th St). The Joplin Writers’ Guild, a chapter of the Missouri Writers’ Guild, includes a wide variety of writers – from hobbyists to professional, published writers. Members have published novels (romance, mystery, historical, middle grade, YA, etc.), nonfiction books (regional history and the Arcadia Images of America series), and articles (travel, education, law topics, etc.). The group focuses on supporting each other and sharing information about the publishing and writing industries. This group is open to the public. Dues are $10 for the year, but anyone interested can attend their first meeting free. More information: S.V. Farnsworth, s.v.farnsworth@gmail.com, 417.691.0480.

May 17: Joplin Comedy: Open Mic Comedy Night, 9:00pm (Sign-Up 8:30pm) at Blackthorn Pizza & Pub (510 S Joplin Ave). 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.

May 19: C2C R