Editor’s Weekend Calendar Picks, September 28 – October 1

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A Lie of the Mind

September 13, 2017 – October 1, 2017
H & R Block-City Stage

This story of two families linked by an act of violence is marked by Shepard’s measured humor, heart, and steady eye in examining humanity’s potential for both compassion and destruction. This play’s first off-Broadway production in 1985 won both the Drama Desk Award and the New York Drama Critic’s Circle Award for Best Play. It is generally considered to be among Shepard’s greatest works, and our starry cast of leading local talent will provide a showcase of tour-de-force performances.

The Curator is IN!

September 29, 2017 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm | Free
Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art

Join curator Jane Aspinwall as she discusses how the economic disaster and extreme drought conditions of the 1930s Depression led to the creation of some of the most iconic images in the history of photography.

In conjunction with our exhibition Dignity vs. Despair: Dorothea Lange and Depression-Era Photographers, 1933-1941.


September 29 @ 7:30 pm
September 30 @ 2:00 pm & 7:30 pm
October 1 @ 2:00 pm
$15 – $25
Just Off Broadway Theatre

A new play from KC Melting Pot Artistic Director, Harvey Williams captures the rhythm of a city still struggling with the aftershocks of the subprime lending crisis of America’s banks in 2008. This riveting play explores the residual effects of a national financial crisis on Main Street. 2121 chronicles how an underserved community grapples with class dynamics in a broken economy where the rich get richer and the poor get poorer.


September 30, 2017 – October 8, 2017
Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts


With this simple recipe for regret, Tchaikovsky turned Pushkin’s classic Russian novel into one of the world’s most beloved operas. Awash in aristocratic formality and extravagance, Onegin’s youthful disillusionment snowballs into a tragic love story saturated with drama, death, and desperation. Yet, along this cold, dark descent, Tchaikovsky never fails to flood us in famed arias, renowned ballroom dance numbers, and unforgettable moments.

Sung in Russian with English subtitles.

Bob Bowman

September 30, 2017 @ 8:30 pm | $10
American Jazz Museum – The Blue Room

Bob Bowman learned to play the piano and clarinet before beginning bass lessons at age 12. He quickly became an award-winning performer. He won a scholarship to the Stan Kenton Jazz Clinic as a high school freshman, followed by study at North Texas State University.

In 1976, he joined the famous Thad Jones/Mel Lewis Orchestra, touring and recording several albums, including the Grammy award-winning “Live at Munich.” Bob continued his performing and recording career by joining the Toshiko Akiyoshi-Lew Tabakin Big Band in Los Angeles in 1979. He recorded numerous albums as a member of this band, many of which were nominated for Grammy Awards.

While based in Los Angeles, Bob toured with the legendary Carmen McRae and performed with Freddie Hubbard, Bud Shank and others. Bob moved to Kansas City in 1988 where he has been a vibrant part of the jazz scene there. He is a member of the University of Missouri at Kansas City Faculty Jazztet, and leads the Interstring Quartet. Bob continues to tour and record with jazz artist Karrin Allyson and teaches many workshops.

Photo by Larry Kopitnik

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