Time for another round of weekend calendar picks from KC Studio editor Alice Thorson. Premiering tonight on H & R Block City Stage, Kansas City Actors Theatre presents Agatha Christie’s masterpiece And Then There Were None, running through August 27. Friday night the Albrecht-Kemper Museum of Art in St. Joseph invites you to an opening reception for an exhibition of celestial art that will be on view through November. Saturday, an exhibition of prints by 23 artists working in collaboration with Landfall Press opens at H & R Block Artspace, and groundbreaking jazz performer Herbie Hancock performs at Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts. Sunday, Summer Music at the Cathedral continues at Grace and Holy Trinity with a concert of songs from the 17th century. For more ideas this weekend, visit Kansas City’s most comprehensive arts calendar at kcstudio.org/events.
August 9, 2017 – August 27, 2017
H & R Block-City Stage
Ten suspicious and malicious souls are alone on an island when murder ensues in Agatha Christie’s And Then There Were None. Considered by many to be Christie’s masterpiece, she described it as her most difficult mystery to write. It’s the ultimate stylish, witty, and nerve-wracking whodunit with a built-in puzzle that keeps you guessing. If you liked our production of The Mousetrap in 2012, you’ll love And Then There Were None.
August 11, 2017 – November 5, 2017
Albrecht-Kemper Museum of Art
On August 21, 2017, the sun, the moon, and the Earth will form a cosmic chorus line and the Albrecht-Kemper Museum of Art in St. Joseph, Missouri, lies in the center of a path across North America that will be plunged into darkness. And we plan to celebrate! In honor of the first complete solar eclipse in the United States since the 1970’s, the Albrecht-Kemper presents “Solar Flair: Celestial Bodies in Motion”. This juried exhibition will showcase artworks of all media depicting moons, planets, and stars. Artists throughout the United States have submitted their entries and the works have been selected.
The public is invited to an Opening Reception for the exhibition on Friday, August 11th from 4:00-6:00 pm. There is no charge to attend the Opening.
August 12, 2017 – October 1, 2017
H&R Block Artspace
100 Proof at H&R Block Artspace, August 12 – September 30, presents a diverse selection of prints created by 23 artists working in collaboration with Landfall Press, one of the preeminent contemporary publishers of artist editions in the United States.
Surveying nearly two decades of innovative artistic collaborations, the exhibition features a broad range of media and techniques that reflect and celebrate the unique vision and experimental, adventurous approach of Landfall Press and its founder and master printer, Jack Lemon.
Featured artists include: Terry Allen, Ghada Amer and Reza Farkhondeh, Christo, Robert Cottingham, Lesley Dill, Jim Dine, Peter Doig, James Drake, Vernon Fisher, Peregrine Honig, David Levinthal, Sol LeWitt, Claes Oldenburg, Ed Paschke, Jeanette Pasin Sloan, Philip Pearlstein, Nusra Latif Qureshi, Allen Ruppersberg, Hans Schabus, Kara Walker, H.C. Westermann, and William T. Wiley.
The Opening Reception is Friday, August 11 from 6-8 p.m.
August 12, 2017 @ 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm
Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts
Groundbreaking jazz performer Herbie Hancock will perform with his band in Muriel Kauffman Theatre on Saturday, August 12. Hancock has been at the forefront of jazz innovation for six decades, blending electric jazz with funk, rock and dance sounds. Tickets for the event range from $45 to $150 plus fees, and go on sale to the public at 10 a.m. on Friday, April 21. The concert will be co-presented by Mammoth Productions. Tickets will be available through the Kauffman Center Box Office at (816) 994-7222, via the Kauffman Center mobile app, or online at www.kauffmancenter.org.
Now in the sixth decade of his professional life, Herbie Hancock remains where he has always been: at the forefront of world culture, technology, business and music. As a member of the Miles Davis Quintet that pioneered a groundbreaking sound in jazz, Hancock also developed new approaches on his own recordings. His work in the 1970s – with record-breaking albums such as Headhunters – combined electric jazz with funk and rock in an innovative style that continues to influence contemporary music. Rockit and Future Shock marked Hancock’s foray into electronic dance sounds; during the same period he also continued to work in an acoustic setting with V.S.O.P., which included ex-Miles Davis bandmates Wayne Shorter, Ron Carter and Tony Williams. In honor of his work, Hancock was awarded the GRAMMY Lifetime Achievement Award in February 2016.
August 13, 2017 @ 2:00 pm
Grace and Holy Trinity Cathedral
A concert of songs from 17th Century England and Italy, including works by Henry Purcell, William Lawes, Claudio Monteverdi, Benedetto Ferrari, Giulio Caccini, and Agostino Steffani.
Featuring: Jay Carter, countertenor; Joshua Lawler, bass; Suzanne Anderson, soprano; Trilla Ray-Carter, cello; Paul Meier, organ and harpsichord