Editor’s Weekend Calendar Picks, August 24 – 27

Time for a final round of August weekend calendar picks from KC Studio editor Alice Thorson. This is your last weekend to see Kansas City Actors Theatre‘s production of the Agatha Christie masterpiece And Then There Were None. Friday night, Charlotte Street Foundation‘s exhibition Against the Screen opens at la Esquina and remains on view through October. Studios Inc also presents This Thing of Ours with choreographer Leo Gayden (featured in X issues). Saturday night, listen to the evolution of jazz from ragtime to bebop at the Folly Theater and presented by Kansas City Jazz Alive, or see Ida McBeth at the Blue Room. For more events this weekend, visit Kansas City’s most comprehensive arts calendar at kcstudio.org/events.

And Then There Were None

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.

Against the Screen

August 25, 2017 – October 7, 2017 | Free
la Esquina

Charlotte Street Foundation is pleased to present Against the Screen, an exhibition curated by Lynnette Miranda, Charlotte Street’s 2016-2017 Curator in Residence. Against the Screen is an exhibition that interrogates one’s relationship to the image as both object and material, highlighting the impact of lens-based image making in both art and contemporary society. The opening reception of the exhibition is on August 25th, 2017 from 6-9PM at La Esquina gallery, which is located at 1000 West 25th Street in Kansas City, MO. The reception is open to the public. The Against the Screen exhibition will be open from August 25th through October 7th. This exhibition will be the last exhibition curated by Lynnette Miranda, the outgoing Curator In Residence at Charlotte Street Foundation. Against the Screen presents new works by eight Kansas City-based artists working in photography, video, and new media: Barry Anderson, Patricia Bordallo Dibildox, Molly Garrett, Caitlin Horsmon, Judith G. Levy, Megan Pobywajlo, Benjamin Rosenthal, and William Toney. These artists experiment with material, time, and space, and redefine how one makes an image, challenging the boundaries of image and screen through unconventional methods.

This Thing of Ours

August 25, 2017 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm | Free
Studios Inc

The Studios Inc Exhibition Space is pleased to present the soft premiere of This Thing of Ours, an event featuring performance artist, cinematographer, and choreographer Leo Gayden. This will be a multi-media presentation and performance art. This Thing of Ours will be a narrative of movement. Journey with us to explore this cinematic event through a story of both fiction and non-fiction. Opening event is Friday, 8.25.17 from 6:00 – 9:00 PM.

studios.gallery is the one-stop shop for KC’s greatest artists. The exhibition space in the Studios Inc facility hosts a large and varied collection of work donated by artists from our Residency Program. The studios.gallery exhibit rotates four times a year which allows fresh new works to be displayed from Kansas City’s most prominent artists.


August 26, 2017 @ 8:00 pm
Folly Theater

Before there was hip-hop, rock, and pop, Kansas City Jazz was all the rage – where the likes of Benny Moten and Charlie Parker birthed a sound that would forever change the landscape of music. Experience the evolution of jazz from ragtime to bebop as KC Jazz Alive presents Kansas City musicians alongside tenor saxophonist Tivon Pennicott (3-time Grammy Award Winner) and pianist Sullivan Fortner (2015 Cole Porter Fellowship in Jazz winner) in conjunction with the 4th Annual Charlie Parker Celebration.

Ida McBeth

August 26, 2017 @ 8:30 pm | $10
American Jazz Museum – The Blue Room

There’s a quiet storm in Kansas City. And it swirls around the captivating, elegant, mystifying and delightful music of singer Ida McBeth.

Ida’s musical style is so unique that it is hard to classify. Over the years, her repertoire has included pop-style ballads, jazz and blues, show tunes, funk, R&B, gospel and well known standards.

Critics have described her as “a jazz singer,” “a blues singer,” “a pop singer” and “a cabaret singer.” Still others have referred to her as “a story teller,” “a professor emeritus of body language,” “a consummate actress” and “the complete entertainer.” A song stylist is the title Ida prefers.

By the age of five, Ida McBeth knew she wanted to be a singer. Born in Kansas City, Kansas, Ida was provided early exposure to a variety of talented vocalists by her mother. These singers included such greats as Nancy Wilson, Arthur Prysock, Nat King Cole, Bill Withers, Gladys Knight and Sarah Vaughan.

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