What’s coming up in October 2016? We have all the details on performances, arts events, exhibits, and classes happening throughout October in the #JoplinArts. Take a look below and share with friends…


October 6: Senior Piano Recital – Kyle Dickey, 7:30pm at MSSU Corley Auditorium (3950 Newman Rd).

October 7: Gala Concert featuring Kayleen Seidl, 7pm at Thomas Jefferson Concert Hall (3401 E Newman Rd). Kayleen Seidl is excited to be back at her alma mater coaching current students and performing for this special community concert. Kayleen began acting at a young age at Joplin Little Theatre and in the spring musicals at Thomas Jefferson (Class of 2009), most notably as the title role in Thoroughly Modern Millie. Kayleen trained classically at Saint Olaf College, earning a Bachelor of Music in Vocal Performance with Distinction, and a Bachelor of Arts in Spanish. After graduating, Kayleen moved to New York City to pursue a career in musical theatre, and recently joined the Equity Membership Candidate Program. An actress with natural charm, she was acknowledged for her “transformative vocal performance” as Sarah Brown in the Guys and Dolls National Tour. Other favorite credits include: It Shoulda Been You (Rebecca Steinberg), Eddie and the Palaceades (Midtown International Theatre Festival, Best Supporting Actress nomination), Show Boat (Magnolia), Oklahoma! (Laurey), Les Misérables (Cosette), and TOMMY (Mrs. Walker). This show will feature performances by TJ’s Upper School Choir and Upper School Orchestra.

October 11: British Songs & Brass Recital (Jordan Wilson & Fred Green), 7:30pm at MSSU Corley Auditorium (3950 Newman Rd). Music Department students will guide the audience through British music from several centuries, including influential composers such as Henry Purcell, Benjamin Britten, and George Frederick Handel. This concert will focus on two quintessentially British forms of music: solo vocal and brass literature. Through this concert, the Music Department will not only expose students to foundational music from the history of Great Britain, but also uncover little-known gems of English folk songs and Scottish Airs. This program is a part of MSSU’s Great Britain Semester. Free and open to the public.

October 13: Clarinet Music of the British Isles, 7:30pm at MSSU Corley Auditorium (3950 Newman Rd). This faculty clarinet recital will feature the music of John Ireland, Arthur Benjamin, Joseph Horvitz, Gordon Jacob, and Elizabeth Maconchy. These composers reflect the English use of beautiful country scenic melodies with interesting uses of form. While all the music was composed in the 20th century, there is a wide variety of aural sounds that show the diversity of the English musical heritage. This program is a part of MSSU’s Great Britain Semester. Free and open to the public.

October 14: MSSU Wind Ensemble Presents “The British Wind Band”, 7:30pm at MSSU Taylor Performing Arts Center (3950 Newman Rd). The Missouri Southern State University Wind Ensemble, under the direction of conductor Ricardo Espinosa, presents a program dedicated to celebrating British wind ensemble music. Featuring the music of Malcolm Arnold, Ralph Vaughan-Williams, Gustav Holst, and more, this concert will be a faithful representation of British performance practice culminating in the idiomatic march, “British Eighth,” by Zo Elliott. The MSSU Wind Ensemble is the premier wind band of the MSSU Music Department. The Wind Ensemble is guided by a philosophy that seeks to expose its students and audiences to the highest quality music written or transcribed for wind instruments representing all periods of music history. This program is a part of MSSU’s Great Britain Semester. Free and open to the public.

October 20: Southern Jazz Orchestra Performance During Third Thursday, 5–8:30pm at Downtown Joplin.

October 20–30: Stained Glass Theatre presents Harvey, Thu–Sat at 7pm, Sun at 2:30pm, at Stained Glass Theatre Joplin (2101 Annie Baxter). Elwood P. Dowd is an affable man who claims to have an unseen (and presumably imaginary) friend Harvey — whom Elwood describes as a six-foot, three-and-one-half-inch tall pooka resembling an anthropomorphic rabbit. Elwood introduces Harvey to everyone he meets. His social-climbing sister, Veta, increasingly finds his eccentric behavior embarrassing. She decides to have him committed to a sanitarium. When they arrive at the sanitarium, a comedy of errors ensues. Seating is General Admission and tickets may be purchased exclusively at the door. Tickets are $8 for adults and $5 for children.

October 25–29: Southern Theatre presents Veronica’s Room, 7:30pm at MSSU Bud Walton Theatre (3950 Newman Rd). This chilling mystery thriller by the author of  Rosemary’s Baby  explores the thin line between fantasy and reality. Students Susan and Larry find themselves as guests enticed to the Brabissant Mansion by its dissolute caretakers, the lonely Mackeys.  Struck by Susan’s strong resemblance to Veronica Brabissant, the long- dead daughter of the family for whom they work, the older couple gradually induce her to impersonate Veronica briefly to solace the only living Brabissant, her addled sister who believes Veronica alive. By Ira Levin. Directed by Anne G. Lile. Admission: $5 for adults, $3 for senior citizens and non-MSSU students; two free tickets per MSSU faculty/staff member, one free ticket per MSSU student ID.

October 27: Pro Musica presents Vieaux/Kondonassis Duo, 7pm at Ozark Christian College Chapel (1111 N Main St). Two of today’s most innovative and recorded artists, Jason Vieaux, guitar and Yolanda Kondonassis, harp, join forces to present music of present and past.  Original masterpieces and new commissions explore the unique combined sonorities of harp and guitar. Jason Vieaux has earned a reputation for putting his expressive gifts and virtuosity at the service of a remarkably wide range of music, and his schedule of concerto, recital, chamber music, teaching and recording commitments.  Yolanda Kondonassis is celebrated as one of the world’s premier solo harpists and is widely regarded as today’s most recorded classical harpist. Hailed as “a brilliant and expressive player” (Dallas Morning News), she has performed around the globe as a concerto soloist and in recital, bringing her unique brand of musicianship and warm artistry to an ever-increasing audience. The concert is open to the public at no charge – donations appreciated At 6:30pm, Friday, October 28th there will be a House Concert at a private Joplin home. Tickets must be reserved in advance; ticket price includes heavy hors d’oeurves, concert, champagne and dessert and time to visit with the musicians. While in Joplin the group will present one educational outreach program at a local school. Outreach activity sponsored, in part, by the Rusty Smith Memorial Fund.

October 27–29: WhiteWood Theatrics presents The Rocky Horror Show, 8pm on Thursday, 10pm on Friday and Saturday, at Joplin Little theatre (3009 W 1st St). WhiteWood Theatrics is producing The Rocky Horror Show at Joplin Little Theatre for the 4th consecutive year! Those that audition are encouraged to prepare nothing and dress for the role they want. Directed by Lisa Wood, Richard O’Brien’s The Rocky Horror Show has been favorite of the midnight show crowd for decades, bringing Absolute Pleasure to weirdos of all generations! Tickets: $10 per person. Call 417.623.3638 for more info and ticket reservations.

October 29: Community Event – Live Music w/Skunkwerx Audio Unit (formerly Metropolis Live Band), 7pm at MSSU Spiva Art Gallery (3950 Newman Rd).


October 1: Pre-Sales Begin for Fifth Annual Empty “Empty Bowls” Fundraiser at Phoenix Fired Art (1603 S Main). Do you enjoy local artwork, tasty soups, and helping alleviate hunger in our community? Then this event at Phoenix Fired Art is for you! Pay a minimum donation of $15, select your favorite handmade ceramic bowl, and fill it with your choice of delicious soup from one of our area’s many local restaurants! Did we mention you get to keep the bowl as a reminder of your generous donation to help people in need? All proceeds will be split evenly between organizations working to alleviate hunger in our area: Crosslines, Salvation Army, Watered Gardens and Area Agency on Aging Meals on Wheels. Want to buy a bowl early? Bowl presales are a $25 minimum donation.

October 1: Coloring Book Club, 10:30am–Noon at Joplin Public Library (300 S Main St). It’s as simple as it sounds – come enjoy coloring, coffee, and camaraderie! Though geared for adults, all ages welcome. All supplies provided with many different coloring book pages to choose from. “Coloring Book Club” is a collaborative effort between Post Art Library, Connect2Culture, and Spiva Center for the Arts. Coffee for the Club is generously donated by Cottage Small Coffee Roasters in Carthage, MO. Snacks are provided by Hedman Chiropractic. Free and open to the public. Save your spot with free registration online: joplincoloringbookcluboctober2016.eventbrite.com.

October 2: East Town Mural Dedication & Celebration2pm at Broadway and Mineral (in the Penny Pinchers parking lot). You are invited to join the East Town Mural Dedication & Celebration! This celebration will include musical performances by the Southern Jazz Orchestra from Missouri Southern State University and a Community Choir, as well as several comments by East Town Mural representatives, local dignitaries, and the lead muralist. Light refreshments will be provided and guests are encouraged to bring their own seating. Hosted by the Joplin Area Chamber of Commerce Cultural Affairs Committee. Rain date: Sunday, October 9, 2pm.

October 3: Cottages and Castles, Peasants and Knights: Stereotypes of an Earlier England Prevail in the Cotswolds Area, Noon at MSSU Corley Auditorium (3950 Newman Rd). Remember the images of knights in gleaming armor; the rugged facades of medieval castles; thatched-roof cottages in bucolic, rural villages; meandering streams and country roads draped with bright green summer foliage? These images are real in the area of the Cotswolds located in upper Gloucestershire, Middlesex England. Approximately 100 kilometers west of London, this unique area of contemporary England contains quaint villages with quaint names that make every effort to remain as they were 500 years ago. The rural geography is similar to the fringes of our local Ozarks replete with twisted roads, twisted streams, and gently rolling hills. The area seems lost in time (often a welcome reprieve to modern tourists). Toward the eastern edge of this mystical area sits the mighty Warwick Castle. This imposing edifice is a prototype of all major castles. Dating back to the time of the Norman Invasion (12th century), Warwick epitomizes how castles grew, changed, and functioned. It has become a major tourist attraction because it fulfills every stereotype – inside and outside – that one could have of a historic castle. Richard the Lionheart could easily step out of the shadows that linger. Original photographs combined with descriptive narration and segments of commercial films are combined in this presentation. This program is a part of MSSU’s Great Britain Semester. Free and open to the public.

October 4: Chat n Crafts (Adults), 5:30–8:00pm at Joplin Public Library. An adult crafting group that meets on the first Tuesday of the month. All types of hand work welcome. Share ideas, tips and tricks with other crafters. Bring your current craft project and join for laughter, friendship and fun! Check the blog to see what is going on and if a special class will be offered.

October 4: MSSU British Film Festival – Billy Liar, 7pm at MSSU Cornell Auditorium (3950 Newman Rd). Tom Courtenay, who had made an impact in one of Britain’s best known “angry young man” films, The Loneliness of the Long Distance Runner (1962), shifts deftly to comedy in this portrayal of a hapless, working-class young man from the Midlands who, much like Walter Mitty, can’t stop fantasizing, as he is torn between two fiancées (one played by Julie Christie) and the demands of his job at an undertaker’s firm. (dir. John Schlesinger, 1963, 98 min.)

October 6: National Arts & Humanities Month Proclamation Ceremony, 5pm at Spiva Park. Come celebrate the beginning of National Arts & Humanities Month (NAHM) in Joplin! NAHM is a nationwide collective recognition of the importance of culture in America. It is designed to encourage all Americans to explore new facets of the arts and humanities in their lives, and to begin a lifelong habit of active participation in the arts. Musicians and plein air artists will be on hand! Afterwards, enjoy the last First Thursday ArtWalk of the 2016 season! This proclamation ceremony is a collaboration between Connect2Culture and First Thursday ArtWalk.

October 6: 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.

October 12: Medieval Manuscripts: Production, Product, Digitization, 9am at MSSU Corley Auditorium (3950 Newman Rd). While attending a seminar sponsored by the National Endowment for the Humanities in the summer of 2015 at the University of Iowa, Dr. Rebecca Mouser worked to reproduce a medieval manuscript page (Cotton Nero A.x – Sir Gawain and the Green Knight). Participants in the seminar were instructed in parchment production methods, preparing their own goat skins. They also learned introductory calligraphy and page-layout skills. The goal was to bring materiality back into their studies as medievalists. Dr. Mouser’s talk today will cover this process as well as discuss digitization and open access. Today, people have access to manuscript pages from libraries and collections around the world. However, this access does not allow them to encounter the materiality of the manuscript page, which is a great detriment. Dr. Mouser’s discussion will also include readings from Old English and Middle English manuscripts. This program is a part of MSSU’s Great Britain Semester. Free and open to the public.

October 13: The Questionable Identity of Shakespeare, 11am at MSSU Cornell Auditorium (3950 Newman Rd). Biographies of William Shake-speare have always had to connect the dots by conjecture, given how little is actually known about William Shakspere of Stratford-upon-Avon (1564-1616), who has long been credited as the author behind that pen-name. This slide presentation examines the case for Edward De Vere, 17th Earl of Oxford (1550-1604), as the historical figure whose documented life, writing, and personality relate closely to specifics in the plays. The greatest body of work in the English language yields up new riches when we can tie textual allusions to known people and events of the Elizabethan era. The Shakespeare lover of any persuasion will gain fresh insights by looking with an open mind at evidence related to this persistent issue. This program is a part of MSSU’s Great Britain Semester. Free and open to the public.

October 13: Oh, Brave New World! Shakespeare in America, 1pm at MSSU Cornell Auditorium (3950 Newman Rd). Shakespeare’s plays came to America almost as soon as the first English-speaking settlers landed here. Until the late 18th century, however, his plays were known not on the wicked stage but on the page. This anecdotal PowerPoint-illustrated lecture by Felicia Hardison Londré follows the trajectory from those earliest days in the 1600s to our vast contemporary network of American Shakespeare festivals. The story includes the glory days of the great touring stars with their Shakespearean repertoires as well as the popularity of Shakespeare on the frontier where many cowboys’ saddlebags carried copies of Shakespeare. Yes, Shakespeare was born in England and his great works were “made in England,” but the USA may be said to have led the way as his plays have conquered the world. This program is a part of MSSU’s Great Britain Semester. Free and open to the public.

October 13: Joplin Writers Guild, 6pm, Joplin Public Library. 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. You can connect with the Joplin Writers Guild on Facebook. This group is open to the public. Dues are $7.50 for the year, but anyone interested can attend their first meeting free.

October 13: Post Mail Art Projekt – Mail Art Party, 7pm at Carthage Antiquarium (110 E 4th St, Carthage, MO). Post Art Library and Connect2Culture are happy to bring you Post Mail Art Projekt 2016! PMAP aims to encourage creative correspondence via so-called snail mail. Want to learn more and get creative? Attend a Mail Art Party or Workshop near you! Those that attend will have the opportunity to see mail art and make their own! All events are free with supplies provided. No registration necessary.

October 14: Joplin Flag Voting Deadline, #JoplinFlag is an initiative led by private citizens to create a new symbol of pride and hope for Joplin. One that not only represents our great community, but also one the people who live and work in Joplin would be proud to fly! Young and old. Professional or student. If you call Joplin home, then this is your opportunity to create a flag that celebrate and connects our great community.

October 14–16: Northpark Mall’s First Annual Indoor Art Fair, Friday 5–9pm, Saturday 11am–6pm, Sunday Noon–6pm at Northpark Mall (101 N Range Line). In celebration of National Arts & Humanities Month (October) in Joplin, MO, Northpark Mall will host its first annual Indoor Art Fair in cooperation with Joplin Regional Artists Coalition (JRAC). Come shop 40+ artist booths and enjoy live music!

October 20: An Offer They Couldn’t Refuse: The Creation of Great Britain, 9:30am at MSSU Cornell Auditorium (3950 Newman Rd). Great Britain, the focus of this year’s themed semester, came into being in 1707. Although England and Scotland had been ruled by the same monarchs since 1603, it was only a century later that the two united to form a single country. So the first question to answer is why it took so long to realize the project of unification first proposed by the ruler known in Scotland as James VI and in England as James I. The second is why, for the English, transforming the dynastic union into a political merger became a top priority in the early 1700s and how they made the Scots “an offer they couldn’t refuse.” From there we’ll look at how a distinctively British national identity emerged over the course of the 1700s. Other topics to be examined include the place of Wales and Ireland in this union, the failed 2014 referendum on Scottish independence, and the likely future of the Union. This program is a part of MSSU’s Great Britain Semester. Free and open to the public.

October 20: Downtown Joplin Alliance’s Third Thursday 2016 Finale, 5:30–8:30pm in Downtown Joplin. 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 for the full line-up of events.

October 20: Joplin Flag Winning Design Announced, 5:30–8:30pm in Downtown Joplin. The winning design will be announced at the final Third Thursday of the year.

October 20: Post Mail Art Projekt – Walk-Up Mail Art Workshop at Third Thursday, 5:30–8:30pm at Downtown Joplin. Visit the “Mail Art Cart” at Connect2Culture’s Joplin Arts info booth (5th & Main) during October’s Third Thursday for a Walk-Up Mail Art Workshop.

October 20: MSSU British Film Festival – Henry V, 7pm at MSSU Cornell Auditorium (3950 Newman Rd). No British film series would be complete without one of the many great film adaptations of Shakespeare, and this production of Henry V by a very young Kenneth Branagh remains one of the most stunning. Partly in response to Laurence Olivier’s classic version of the 1940s, Branagh plays down the more overtly patriotic dimensions of the play to focus on how war affects humans of all classes as he brings to life Shakespeare’s “warriors for the working day.” Featuring an outstanding cast, impressive cinematography and a powerful musical score by Patrick Doyle. (dir. Kenneth Branagh, 1989, 137 min.)

October 21: Lunch & Learn (Adults), Noon–1pm at Spiva Center for the Arts (222 W 3rd). Spend your lunch hour nourishing your artistic spirit as well as your body with Spiva! Lunch and Learn programs will discuss topics in art that relate to the exhibit showing in the Main or Regional Gallery. This Lunch & Learn will focus on John James Audubon – ornithologist, naturalist, and painter. In conjunction with America’s Parks in the Main Gallery. Facilitator Shaun Conroy. Donation suggested. Please bring your own lunch.

October 22: Spiva Art Night Out, 7–9pm at Spiva Center for the Art (222 W 3rd St). It’s a harvest moon, the air is crisp, and there’s frost on the pumpkins. Time to decorate for fall holidays! This will fill up fast! Join Spiva and create a one-of-a-kind fall project while you enjoy wine and dessert with other adults in a friendly and relaxed atmosphere. Spiva Art Night Out is a great way to catch up with friends, enjoy a date night, or meet new artistic folks. Cost is $25 per participant, and participant age is 21 and older.

October 25: MSSU British Film Festival – The 39 Steps, 7pm at MSSU Cornell Auditorium (3950 Newman Rd). What was Alfred Hitchcock doing before he left England to make films like Notorious, Vertigo, and Psycho in the United States? Experience the “British Hitchcock” in this suspenseful spy story about a man who stumbles into a conspiracy that involves him in both a thrilling chase across Scotland and a romance, in a way that anticipates Hitchcock’s later North by Northwest. (dir. Alfred Hitchcock, 1935, 86 min.)

October 27: The U.K.’s Rocky Relationship with the European Union: Brexit, Euro-Skeptics, and EU Integration, 11am at MSSU Corley Auditorium (3950 Newman Rd). The United Kingdom has traditionally had an awkward and tumultuous relationship with the European Economic Community (EEC), currently known as the European Union (EU). The U.K. applied to be a part of the EEC in 1961, only to be vetoed twice by the French government, led by Charles de Gaulle. It wasn’t until 1973 that the U.K., led by the Conservative Party and Prime Minister Edward Heath, joined the EEC shortly after General de Gaulle left office. In fact, the U.K. referendum on joining the Community in 1975 returned a strong majority of 67% in favor. As the 1970s came to a close, the Conservative and Labor parties reversed roles and Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher began to rally against “a European super-state exercising a new dominance from Brussels.” Euroscepticism began to take hold as a powerful movement in the U.K., culminating with the eventual election of several members of the Eurosceptic U.K. Independence Party into the European Parliament, the only elected body of the EU. Tensions in the Conservative Party led Prime Minister David Cameron to call for a referendum on whether to stay in the European Union – this was dubbed Brexit. The U.K. voted to leave on June 23, 2016, and the consequences are only starting to unfold. Cameron resigned and the process of exit has begun. The U.K. was a powerful voting member of the EU and a net contributor to the EU budget. However, the U.K. had also chosen to opt out of important EU integration initiatives. Its decision to leave is an unprecedented moment in international politics and European integration. This talk will discuss both the history and the future of the U.K.’s rocky relationship with the EU, with a focus on how EU integration will progress as the EU moves on without the United Kingdom. This program is a part of MSSU’s Great Britain Semester. Free and open to the public.

October 28: Small Works Bidding Party, 5:30–7pm at Spiva Center for the Art (222 W 3rd St). From September 17 – October 28, 2016 the Regional Gallery will overflow with dazzling, original art by Spiva member artists. These contributions will be big on throughout their time at Spiva at this important fundraising auction! Bidding begins with a sneak peek during Third Thursday on September 15. The closing party, when bidding will get fast and furious, is set for 5:30–7pm Friday, October 28. Works may be viewed, and bids placed online, at www.spivaarts.org during the exhibit.

October 28: Scary Movie Night – The Babadook, 7:30–9:30pm at Spiva Center for the Arts (222 W 3rd St). The Babadook is a 2014 Australian-Canadian psychological horror film, written and directed by Jennifer Kent as her directorial debut, in which a woman and her son are tormented by an evil entity. The Babadook received critical acclaim, chiefly for its acting, Kent’s screenplay and direction, atmosphere, intensity, and story. It holds a “Certified Fresh” score of 98% on Rotten Tomatoes based on 169 reviews with an average rating of 8.3 out of 10. The critical consensus states: “’The Babadook’ relies on real horror rather than cheap jump scares—and boasts a heartfelt, genuinely moving story to boot.” On Rotten Tomatoes‘ aggregation, it was ranked as the third most-praised film of the year. William Friedkin, director of The Exorcist (1973) stated on his Twitter profile, “I’ve never seen a more terrifying film. It will scare the hell out of you as it did me.” The film is more than just another horror film as it also has a deep, and sometimes disputed, subtext. Film critic Wael Khairy argues that what the Babadook “stands for is up for debate”, but writes: The malevolent Babadook is basically a physicalized form of the mother’s trauma … I believe, the Babadook embodies the destructive power of grief. Throughout the film, we see the mother insist nobody bring up her husband’s name. She basically lives in denial. Amelia has repressed grief for years, refusing to surrender to it. Khairy concluded that the film is “based on something very real” and “feels unusually beautiful and even therapeutic.” Viewers are welcome to bring snacks and drinks with lids. Admission by voluntary contribution, $5 suggested.

October 28: Fourth Friday Film Night – “Craft In America Collection: Landscape”, 7pm, Phoenix Fired Art (1603 S. Main). Fourth Friday Film Nights showcase artists biographies, art techniques, as well as philosophical art-related films. Donations will be accepted. Bring your own camping chairs and snacks.

October 31: Nicking a 20th Century Jack the Ripper, 9am at MSSU Corley Auditorium (3950 Newman Rd). Dr. Mike Hulderman presents a comparative analysis of the late 19th century Whitechapel Murders in the East End of London that have been attributed to the notorious, unidentified serial killer known as Jack the Ripper and the late 20th century Footpath Murders in the small English village of Narborough perpetrated by the lesser-known, confessed serial killer Colin Pitchfork. The analysis emphasizes the English criminal justice process as illustrated by the Pitchfork case. Significantly, the Pitchfork case resulted in the world’s first-ever mass DNA screen and the first murder conviction and first person to be exonerated based on genetic fingerprinting. This program is a part of MSSU’s Great Britain Semester. Free and open to the public.

October 31: The Butcher of Plainfield: Ed Gein and the Evolution of Alfred Hitchcock’s Psycho, 10am at MSSU Corley Auditorium (3950 Newman Rd). On Sept. 8, 1960, British film director and producer Alfred Hitchcock released Psycho. Shot on a small budget, and using the crew from the television series Alfred Hitchcock Presents, Psycho was the culmination of three important cultural events: the serial killings of numerous women by Ed Gein in the mid 1950s; the publication of Robert Block’s book Psycho in 1959; and the rise of Momism in American society, which propagated the fear that boys were either excessively attached to or dominated by their mothers. This presentation will discuss how all three of these events coalesced to produce one of the most popular and enduring thrillers in film history. This program is a part of MSSU’s Great Britain Semester. Free and open to the public.

October 31: Alfred Hitchcock’s Psycho, 2:30pm at MSSU Corley Auditorium (3950 Newman Rd). Alfred Hitchcock was an English film director and producer, at times referred to as “The Master of Suspense.” He pioneered many elements of the suspense and psychological thriller genres. He had a successful career in British cinema with both silent films and early talkies and became renowned as England’s best director. The Campus Activities Board is showing Hitchcock’s classic, Psycho. Psycho is a 1960 American psychological thriller and was based on the 1959 novel of the same name by Robert Bloch. The film centers on the encounter between a secretary, Marion Crane (Janet Leigh), who ends up at a secluded motel after stealing money from her employer, and the motel’s disturbed owner-manager, Norman Bates (Anthony Perkins), and its aftermath. Dr. Michael Howarth, who directs the Honors Program at Missouri Southern State University, will introduce the 109-minute horror thriller that is now considered one of the greatest films of all time. This program is a part of MSSU’s Great Britain Semester. Free and open to the public.

Thursdays: Knittervention of Joplin, 6–8pm, Phoenix Fired Art (1603 S Main). A fiber arts club where people, beginner to advanced, come together to dabble in yarns and threads while enjoying conversation. The Club will meet each Thursday, same place and time. Free. More info: facebook.com/Knitterventionjoplin.


September 14 – October 12: Tom Huck (Printmaking), MSSU Spiva Art Gallery (3950 Newman Rd). Reception: September 14th, 3–5pm. Artist Talk: September 14th, 2–3pm. MSSU 3rd Thursday Workshop (with Focal Point), September 15th.

September 17 – October 30: America’s Parks, Spiva Center for the Arts Main Gallery (222 W 3rd St). This traveling, juried exhibition features fifty original works of art depicting scenes from parks in the US as well as Canada and Mexico. The history of painting in America’s parks is broad and deep, going all the way back to 1871 when watercolors by Thomas Moran were used to lobby Congress to pass a bill to protect and preserve Yellowstone. This exhibition coincides with the 100th anniversary of the National Park Service and is a tribute to parks of all kinds by a range of talented artists working today.

September 17 – October 30: 2016 Small Works Auction, Spiva Center for the Arts Regional Gallery (222 W 3rd St). Now in its 20th year, this auction features Spiva member artists creating works in their medium on a masonite panel measuring 12×12″, 9×12″, or 9×9″. All proceeds benefit Spiva Center for the Arts.

October 1–14: ART BABBLE, Jorge Leyva Studio (1305 E.Vandalia St.) New artwork by Bill Perry, John Gray, Margie Moss, Jorge Leyva, Matt Myers and Rebecca Perry. By Appointment Only. Questions? Email jorgeleyvastudio@gmail.com or call (417) 483-9490.

October: Fantastic Real by Mark Neunschwander, Joplin Avenue Coffee Company. Fantastic Real is a show featuring photographs by local photographer Mark N, containing a hint of the fantastic world we feel but cannot see. Mark also celebrates collaboration, with most of the pieces being excerpts from transmedia projects done with other artists.

October: Remains of the Day by Natalie Benson WisemanRSVPaint Joplin (420 S Main). Natalie Wiseman is a contemporary realist and, at times, borderline surrealist still life painter. The line between the two gets blurred as images of toys, food, lingerie and American popular culture collide to reveal life that is anything but still.

October: DETOUR: Off the Beaten Path by Steve Russell, Urban Art Gallery (511 S Main). Photography by Steve Russell.

October: Director’s Cut, Spiva Center for the Arts Upstairs Gallery (222 W 3rd St). “Curating art exhibits is about creating a vision, about putting pieces next to one another that could and should stand alone, but presented in a fresh mix become powerful and tell a new story. Spiva is starting another chapter in its 69th year. I have the honor of being the new Executive Director, and felt it pertinent to comb through the Permanent Collection and choose pieces that honor where we’ve been, illustrate the excitement and energy of this present moment, and present the possibility of depth and breadth in the future. Plowed fields. Working women. Actual Spiva floor plans. Shiny spectacular architecture. Vibrating and colorful abstractions. Found objects representing the tools that build. Reverberations of movement, pattern, and energy. Can you feel it in the air? Can you see that in the art work?” – Josie Mai, Executive Director.

October: Children As Artists, Post Art Library (300 South Main Street, Joplin, MO 64801). Post Art Library, Joplin Public Library, and Art Feeds are happy to offer Children as Artists – an Art Feeds Workshop + Post Art Library Exhibit! In September 2016, Art Feeds hosted a two-hour workshop for kids entering 1st-5th grades. A piece of artwork by each artist was chosen by Post Art Library this exhibition in the Great Hall Gallery in October 2016. An opening reception will be held Thursday, October 6th, from 5:30–8:30pm (during First Thursday ArtWalk).

October 17– November 17: “The Melancholy of Elephants” by Lori Miles (Sculpture), MSSU Spiva Art Gallery (3950 Newman Rd). Reception: November 17th, 3–5pm, Artist Talk: November 17th, 2–3pm.


October 1: Pre-School Mini Makers – Crayoning Around (Ages 3-5), 10:30–11:30am at Spiva Center for the Arts (222 W 3rd St). Mini Makers is for your youngest artist on the first and third Saturday of the month through December 3. Each class is a different theme. Parents are not required to stay. Visit ActiveNetwork for class descriptions. Cost: $6 pre-reg., $8 @ door.

October 7 & 8: Art and Yoga: Paint & Pose (Adults) with Sarah Gartin (painting) & Sandra Krumsick (yoga), Friday 6–7:30pm & Saturday 9–10am, at Spiva Center for the Arts. This class is the first collaboration with Downtown Joplin Yoga. Join us for a yoga mat painting session on Friday night. Then return Saturday morning for a mixed level yoga class in the Main Gallery with Sandra Krumsick, owner of Downtown Joplin Yoga. Pre-registration is required; space is limited. No prior experience is necessary; yoga mat provided. If you want to register for the yoga class only, the cost is $15 (no mat provided). Cost for both yoga and paint: $30.

October 13: Vino & Van Gogh, 6–8:30pm at Local Color Art Gallery & Studio. “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. No experience is necessary and there are many masterpieces to choose from! All materials furnished, plus good eats and old/new friends! Cost is $40 ($35 if you do not drink wine); please reserve your spot by calling the gallery at (417) 553-0835.

October 15: Faux Wooded Fairy Dishes (Ages 6+), 9am–Noon at Wildcat Glades Conservation & Audubon Center (201 Riviera Dr). Join me to learn about trees and make faux wooden fairy dishes. We will work together to build a polymer clay “cane” to form our dishes. While your dishes cure we will look at tree cookies, the importance of trees, and more! Children 6-12 must be accompanied by an adult. Cost: $25 for the first person, $12 for additional family members, adults helping children free (a portion of the fee supports the nature center). Clay, all materials, and tutorials provided. Registration required by 12 Noon on the Thursday (Sept. 13) before the class. Call 417-825-3318 or email cyndi@pawpawpatchproductions.com. Your registration will be complete when I reply to you.

October 15: Pre-School Mini Makers – Monster Mash Bash (Ages 3-5), 10:30–11:30am at Spiva Center for the Arts (222 W 3rd St). Mini Makers is for your youngest artist on the first and third Saturday of the month through December 3. Each class is a different theme. Parents are not required to stay. Visit ActiveNetwork for class descriptions.Cost: $6 pre-reg., $8 @ door.

October 15: Art Camp, 2–6pm at Victory (3405 S Hammons Blvd). Art Camp is back, and it’s going to be awesome. Fun and art! All ages are welcome to attend. $25/person; $15/sibling.

October 17: Make & Take Club – Bling Beads (Ages 16+) at location TBA. We decorate translucent polymer clay with alcohol inks, iridescent powders, and glitter to make beautiful beads. Use your beads to make necklaces, fan pulls, or key rings. Cost: $32 per person, bring a friend for a 10% discount. Clay, all materials, and instructions provided. Registration required by 12 Noon on the Friday (Sept. 14) before the class. Call 417-825-3318 or email cyndi@pawpawpatchproductions.com. Your registration will be complete when you receive a reply.

October 22 & 29: Halloween Glass Block (Ages 9+) with Jane McCaulley, 1–3pm at Spiva Center for the Arts (222 W 3rd St). In this two-part class, glass artist Jane McCaulley will teach you how to make a glass block for fall or Halloween. Create your mosaic design on Oct. 22 and then grout the piece on Oct. 29. Space is limited; pre-registration is required. Please wear closed-toed shoes. Safety glasses will be provided or you can bring your own. Cost: $45.

Tuesdays through November 1: Improv 101 with Siblings Improv, 7:30pm at JB’s Downtown (112 S Main). Learn the basics of improv comedy. $50 for the entire course. Reserve your spot by emailing siblingsimprov@gmail.com.


Crackpot Pottery & Studio (3820 E 20th St)

Tuesdays | 11am–2pm or 6–9pm
Work alongside top potters in the area as you learn hand building, wheel throwing, glazing and different firing techniques. Lessons are specialized for each individual, regardless of experience level. Have a project in mind? Crackpot will help you plan and execute your vision! Firing fees are included in class price. No membership fee required. Instructors: Brent Skinner, Jeff Jones, Melody Knowles and Angel Brame. Cost: $225 (for 8-week course).

Wednesdays | 10am–Noon or 6–9pm
Work alongside top potters in the area as you learn hand building, wheel throwing, glazing and different firing techniques. Lessons are specialized for each individual, regardless of experience level. Have a project in mind? Crackpot will help you plan and execute your vision! Firing fees are included in class price. No membership fee required. Instructors: Brent Skinner, Jeff Jones, Melody Knowles and Angel Brame. Cost: $225 (for 8-week course). $165 for the two-hour course.

Thursdays | 10am–1pm or 6–9pm
Work alongside top potters in the area as you learn hand building, wheel throwing, glazing and different firing techniques. Lessons are specialized for each individual, regardless of experience level. Have a project in mind? Crackpot will help you plan and execute your vision! Firing fees are included in class price. No membership fee required. Instructors: Brent Skinner, Jeff Jones, Melody Knowles and Angel Brame. Cost: $225 (for 8-week course).

Saturdays | 10am–Noon | Drop-In Class
Drop-in and play with clay! This class costs $30 plus clay. No 8-week commitment required.

For more info and registration, call Crackpot Pottery & Art Studio at (417) 623-1455, or email Suzi Huntington at joplincrackpotpottery@gmail.com. 

Local Color Art Gallery & Studio (1027 S Main St)

Wednesdays | 2–6pm | Paint Class with Paula Giltner
Calling all “big kids” for a weekly drop-in painting class for adults! In either session you decide when to come in and how long to stay. With up to 4 hours of painting time, you can both accomplish more and enjoy more personal instruction. Paula Giltner specializes in realism watercolor 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. $25 per class. Call Paula at 417-291-1486.

Phoenix Fired Art (1603 S Main St)

Tuesday & Wednesdays | 11am–2pm and 6–9pm | Clay Classes
All classes include students with different levels of experience – no prior experience is necessary, so begin or build your skills with clay by learning techniques to transform raw mud into fun and functional vessels! 4-week session. Students may join mid-session if space is available. $120 Phoenix Members; $135 Non-Members (additional fees may apply). Call (417) 437-9281 to register.

Saturdays | 9:30am–Noon | Drop-In Clay Class with Geoffrey
Get your hands dirty and see if clay is something you’d like to explore further. All skill levels welcome. Phoenix loves intergenerational groups – however, children under 10 must be accompanied by an adult. Call ahead if you are interested in bringing a group. $25 for Phoenix Members; $35 for Non-Members (plus clay and firing).

Painting with Pam Leisenring (1315 S Rangeline Rd)

Tuesdays| 9am–Noon | Hobby Lobby Classroom
Wednesdays | 4:30–7:30pm | Hobby Lobby Classroom
Pam has been teaching fine art classes privately for 32 years and continues to bring individualized instruction to expand the artistic experiences of beginners and established artists alike. Each student chooses a preferred medium (Acrylic, Pastel, Watercolors, etc.) and subject matter. This is an ongoing class and students may join at any time. New members always welcome. Call 417-781-3839 for more info. $20 per class, all materials provided for first class.

RSVPaint (420 S Main St)

Discover your inner-artist! No experience required. Come Relax, Sip, Visit, and Paint! Each class will paint a different piece of artwork. Click here to see their calendar and to register. Ages 13 and up are welcome to attend, but you must be 21 to drink alcohol. Feel free to arrive 15 minutes early to get settled in. $60 for couples on date nights. $35 per person in advance, $40 at door. Family rates apply on Family Paint days.

Tuesdays: 7–9pm
Wednesdays: 7–9pm
Thursdays: 7–9pm
Fridays: 7–9pm – Date Nights
Saturdays: 1–3pm – Family Paint
Saturdays: 7–9pm

Spiva Center for the Arts (222 W 3rd St)

Art Lounge with Annette Goode
Mondays | Sep. 12 – Dec. 5 | 5–8pm | Ages: 14-18 | Cost: $125/session (12wks)
For teens! Thinking of pursuing art after high school or just don’t get enough of it at school? Then this is for you. Art Lounge is an amazing program that helps build your knowledge, as well as your portfolio. This year, students will visit Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art on October 22! Class fee includes a light meal each week. Partial scholarships are available. Space is limited, pre-registration is required. No class Nov. 21st.

Young Artist Studio I with Sarah Serio
Tuesdays | Aug. 30 – Oct. 11 | 3:45–5pm | Ages: 6-9 | Cost: $80/session I (7wks)
Tuesdays | Oct. 18 – Dec. 6 | 3:45–5pm | Ages: 6-9 | Cost: $80/session II (7wks)
This 7-week session introduces the young artist to a range of mediums, helps develop their skills, and nurtures that creative seed! Students will progress into Young Artist Studio II with age and skill level. Space is limited; pre-registration is required. No class Nov. 22nd.

Young Artist Studio II with Sarah Serio
Tuesdays | Aug. 30 – Oct. 11 | 5:15–6:30pm | Ages: 10-13 | Cost: $80/session I (7wks)
Tuesdays | Oct. 18 – Dec. 6 | 5:15–6:30pm | Ages: 10-13 | Cost: $80/session II (7wks)
For our older artists, Young Artist Studio II provides a more advanced artistic environment. Students will continue to explore a range of mediums from painting to printmaking. From here, students can look forward to our Teen Art Lounge class. Space is limited; pre-registration is required. No class Nov. 22nd.

Introduction to Clay with Jeremy Butler
Thursdays | Oct. 20 – Nov. 3 | 5:30–7pm | Ages: 14-Adult | Cost: $90/session (3wks)
Hands on and messy, this 3-week clay session is great for beginners or skilled clay artists. Create your projects in the first two classes and then glaze on the last day. Pre-registration is required.

Creation Station with Autumn Neuenschwander
Thursdays | Sept. 1 – Dec. 8 | 3:45–5pm | Ages: 6-12 | Cost: $6 pre-registration/$8 @ door
Drop in Thursday afternoons and experiment with a variety of media: painting, drawing, clay, watercolor, acrylic, sculpture, collage, photography, and printmaking. Explore the galleries with scavenger hunts and other activities! Pre-registration is recommended. Space is limited for this popular class. No class Nov. 24th.

Memories in the Making® with Jesse McCormick
Thursdays —through October 27 | 10am–12pm | Cost: FREE
An art experience centered on expression through painting for those dealing with memory loss. No prior art experience is necessary. Memories in the Making® is a partnership between Alzheimer’s Association Greater Missouri Chapter and Spiva Center for the Arts. For more information or to register, please call Lisa Thompson at the Alzheimer’s Association, 417.886.2199. Sponsored by The Friends of St. Avips. No class Nov. 24th.


Everyday | Open Studio at Phoenix Fired Art, during regular business hours, Phoenix Fired Art.
The public is welcome to visit the gallery and observe artists at work at any time. Current Phoenix students may come for extra open studio hours ($5 an hour) and anyone with basic clay skills is welcome to use the facility for $10 an hour, though registered students have priority on equipment during class times. Annual membership: $25 for students, $30 for seniors, $35 for adults and $75 for a family.

Mon & Fri | All-Day Open Studio at Crackpot Pottery & Art Studio.
Open Studio hours allow you to come and go anytime throughout these days during regular business hours. If you come during scheduled class time, students have first rights to equipment. Monthly passes are available for $200 each. Hourly rates (reloadable card issued) are $15/hour. Same rules for equipment use apply if you come during class.

Tue–Thu | 1–9pm | Walk-In Open Studio at RSVPaint (420 S. Main).
Come paint anything you like! This time is not instructed, however on-site artists will help you set up, get started, and answer any questions you may have. Reservations not required, but appreciated, as they do allow private parties to reserve time slots throughout the day. Materials provided include: 16″x20″ canvas, paints, brushes, easels, and aprons. All ages welcome to attend. $25 per person, payable by cash or credit.

Wednesdays | 1–9pm | Wine-Down Wednesdays at RSVPaint (420 S. Main).

***This list is subject to change. For the most up-to-date information, visit connect2culture.com/arts-calendar. Better yet! Subscribe to the Joplin Community Arts Calendar and receive weekly emails detailing the latest arts and cultural offerings.