Editor’s Weekend Calendar Picks, January 22-23

Looking for something to do this weekend? Our editor, Alice Thorson, has assembled her top 5 picks from the KC Studio Arts Calendar. For more ideas, visit the Kansas City’s most comprehensive arts calendar at kcstudio.org/events.

Blue Man Group


January 22 @ 8:00 pm
January 23 @ 12:00 pm
January 23 @ 8:00 pm
January 24 @ 2:00 pm
January 24 @ 7:00 pm

Blue Man Group is best known for their wildly popular theatrical shows and concerts that combine music, comedy and multimedia theatrics to produce a totally unique form of entertainment. Although it is impossible to describe, people of all ages agree that Blue Man Group’s show is an intensely exciting and wildly outrageous experience that leaves the entire audience in a blissful, euphoric state.

With no spoken language, Blue Man Group is perfect for people of all ages, languages and cultures. This unique theatrical experience is a form of entertainment like nothing else, guaranteed to be an outing you will never forget.



January 21 @ 7:30 pm
January 22 @ 7:30 pm
January 23 @ 7:30 pm
January 24 @ 7:30 pm

Emilie: La Marquise du Chatelet Defends Her Life Tonight, by Lauren Gunderson

Passionate. Brilliant. Defiant. Scientist. Lover. Badass.

18th century genius Emilie du Châtelet is back and determined to answer the question she died with: What matters? Love or philosophy, head or heart?

In this highly theatrical, fast, funny, sexy rediscovery of one of history’s most intriguing women, Emilie defends her life and loves; her husband the General, her lover Voltaire, the Poet who was her last romance and Physics, the love of her life.

Kansas City Symphony Family Series Classical Kids: Gershwin’s Magic Key


January 24 @ 2:00 pm

This all-new production, set on the streets of New York City, tells of the story of friendship between a newspaper boy and the great American composer, George Gershwin. Together they explore the vast melting pot of American music and discover the key to unlocking the boy’s own musical potential. Families will be captivated by more than 20 of Gershwin’s most popular compositions performed by the Kansas City Symphony, including An American in Paris, “I Got Rhythm,” Porgy and Bess and Rhapsody in Blue. Tickets start at $20 for adults and $10 for children.

Garth Clark: Collecting Ceramics Present and Past


January 21 @ 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm

Join Garth Clark at Belger Crane Yard Studios as he discusses the collecting of ceramics. Garth Clark is the Editor-in-Chief for CFile’s publishing projects, journal and news magazine. Irving Blum, the pioneering contemporary art dealer who launched Andy Warhol, Ken Price and Andrew Lord’s careers calls Clark “ceramics’ great clarifier.” The Mather Award jury of the College Art Association (Clark was the 2005 award winner) wrote that his writings “have shaped thought about the field of ceramics and indeed the field itself.”

A hydra-headed force in the field, Clark has received many honors; Fellow of the Royal College of Art, London, several honorary doctorates and lifetime achievement awards, the “Art Book of the Year” award from Art Libraries Society of North America, medals from the Independent Publishers Association and others. He is author of over sixty books and several hundred reviews and essays.

The Curator is IN!


January 22 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Eastman Johnson’s Negro Life at the South

The Curator is IN! series features Nelson-Atkins curators in casual talks that highlight the museum’s permanent collection galleries and free exhibitions.

Katelyn Crawford, Assistant Curator, American Art, describes how Eastman Johnson turned to the subject of American slavery in his genre paintings, Negro Life at the South and The Freedom Ring, in the decade before the Civil War as Americans’ opinions on slavery rapidly evolved and changed.

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