Arts Alive KC


October Event

5:45 PM17:45

Visit 21c Museum Hotel in downtown KC & Of Mice and Men by Steinbeck

In October, Arts Alive takes us to downtown Kansas City to visit 21c Museum Hotel, a vibrant multi-venue museum dedicated to collecting and exhibiting art of the 21st century. From there we head to the Copaken Stage to see an iconic play, John Steinbeck's classic Of Mice and Men. Join us on Friday, October 19 at 5:45PM for a reception provided by the hotel and its well-known chef, Joe West. 21c is located at 219 West 9th Street where the Savoy Hotel and famous restaurant once thrived. This 120 room hotel has been completely renovated. The original restaurant has been restored and the booth where Harry Truman often dined is still there with the historic brass marker still in place.

Jori Cheville, Museum Manager, will discuss the collection which covers the entire ground and second floor of the hotel. The current rotating exhibit is entitled Refuge which addresses themes of migration around the world as seen through contemporary art.

We leave 21c Museum Hotel at 7:30PM for the H&R Block headquarters which houses the Kansas City Repertory's Copaken Stage. Of Mice and Men is the Steinbeck novella focusing on the Depression-era in California and the lives of George and Lennie, two migrant workers dreaming the American dream of buying land and owning their own ranch. Curtain is at 8PM.

Purchase your tickets today. Still only $35.00 for the entire evening.

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Johnson County Museum and New Dance Partners at Carlsen Center
6:00 PM18:00

Johnson County Museum and New Dance Partners at Carlsen Center

Mark your calendar, Sept 21st and purchase your tickets for the September Arts Alive event.  We're going to Johnson County to visit the new Johnson County Museum and then proceed to the Carlsen Center at the Johnson County Community College for the exciting new Dance Partners performance.

We begin the evening at 6:00pm at the newly renovated home of the Johnson County Arts and Heritage Center, located at 87th and Metcalf.  We'll begin with our usual reception and explore the history and heritage of Johnson County, from the nostalgic past to present day technology and lifestyles. We'll depart in time for the 8 o'clock curtain.

New Dance Partners is a collaboration of the Kansas City Ballet, the Owen/Cox Dance Group, Wylliams/Henry Dance Company, and the Storling Dance Theater.  Each company will present totally new choreography conceived by nationally recognized choreographers.  For those of you wanting more background information on the program, a pre-event begins at 7pm.

The entire evening is still only $35.00 per person.  Get your group together and experience another amazing cultural evening exploring the best of the arts in Kansas City.



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5:00 PM17:00

Kemper's "Worlds Otherwise Hidden" & Memphis Musical


Arts Alive KC will wrap up its Spring season with the Black Repertory Theatre of Kansas City’s production of Memphis, a musical by David Bryan (music and lyrics) and Joe DiPietro (lyrics and book). This production is loosely based on Memphis disc jockey Dewey Phillips, one of the first white DJs to play black music in the 1950s. It played on Broadway from October 2009 to August 2012, winning four 2010 Tony Awards, including Best Musical. This musical looks at a time when the music business had drawn the line between Music and Race!

We begin our evening at the Kemper Museum of Modern Art, 5PM with a tour of the Kemper’s “Worlds Otherwise Hidden” an interpretation of cultures shaped by migration, immigration, displacement, and exile. The work of Turkey’s Nevin Aladağ, Korea’s Kimsooja,  and Jamaica’s Nari Ward combine and transmute specific objects, designs, and symbols from divergent cultural contexts in their video and sculptural installations. They explore issues of fractured geography, creating new space for dialogue and revealing worlds otherwise hidden. Our tour will be led by Erin Dziedzic, director of curatorial affairs, Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art, Kansas City, Missouri and curator of “Worlds Otherwise Hidden”. All three artists will be participating in the fall Open Spaces event. Our cocktail reception will be catered by Café Sebastian. Curtain call will be at 7:30PM.

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5:00 PM17:00

Lyric Opera’s Barber of Seville SOLD OUT

As the arts calendar moves into spring Arts Alive again presents a wonderful evening of visual arts followed by one of the most frequently performed operas in the world; Gioachino Rossini's The Barber of Seville. Wednesday, May 2nd is the date and first, we'll meet in Crown Center to visit an amazing art collection in the offices of Crestwood Midstream Partners.  Before Bill Gautreax retired, he acquired many works of art for his personal collection and generously allowed the works to be displayed in the offices of Inergy, LP before they merged and moved into the beautiful new offices in Crown Center.  The company is fully integrated in natural gas and recognized as a leader in the industry.   We'll meet there at 5 pm for our usual reception, an introduction by senior management and a tour of the collection.

We leave Crown Center in time for the 7:30 curtain at the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts. The Lyric Opera of Kansas City has grown to become one of the country's best regional opera companies and the Barber of Seville, first performed in 1816 is considered Rossini at his best. This comic opera was written when the composer was only 24 years old and we'll be there to enjoy watching Figaro and his friends in a joyous evening of music and singing.

We have a limited number of seats so purchase online and assure yourself and friends a place for this Arts Alive event.


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5:00 PM17:00

The Kansas City Ballet's 60th Anniversary Season & visit to the studio of the metalsmith George Rousis

As part of the Kansas City Ballet's 60th anniversary season, they are presenting one of George Balanchine's greatest works--Diamonds, part of his unforgettable jewels triptych set to the music of Tchaikovsky's Third Symphony. Arts Alive has reserved 100 seats for the April 7th performance. We hope you'll be with us for this spectacular evening. Curtain is 7:30PM at the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts.


We'll begin that Saturday at 5PM with the metalsmith, George Rousis, at his Organic Iron Concepts at the Brickhouse Studio on the corner of 53rd and Woodland. For the past 30 years, this unique artist has used recycled metals, salvage, steel and wrought iron to craft sculpture, jewelry and architectural items. We'll have our reception in his studio/home, view the artist at work and marvel at his personal collection. Select items will be for sale.


We'll leave in plenty of time to make the 7:30PM curtain at the Kauffman.

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Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater
7:30 PM19:30

Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater


Arts Alive has, from its first year, supported the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater. Since its formation over 30 years ago, the Kansas City Friends of Alvin Ailey has become the second home of the internationally recognized Ailey dance company and this year we've been offered a special ticket price for their Thursday evening performance. Each ticket is priced at $17 and maybe purchased through our ticketing system.  There is no pre-event included with this offering.


Tickets will be held for you at our desk at the Folly Theater. The Thursday evening performance begins at 7:30pm. 


Ailey 11 is the Next Generation of Dance and is comprised of the young corp of dancers who are recent graduates of the Ailey school in New York City. Led by Troy Powell, these energetic young dancers will present timeless Ailey classics along with works by outstanding emerging choreographers. This is your opportunity to see the future stars of American ballet theater. Join us for another memorable Arts Alive event.

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2:00 PM14:00

Heartland Men’s Chorus and Linda Lighton Studio


Mamma Mia! It’s the Musical Magic of Heartland Men’s Chorus!

Put on your disco boots and join our “dancing queens” at the C. Stephen Metzler Hall at the Folly Theater, as HMC celebrates one of the greatest bands in popular music history! Featuring everything in the ABBA repertoire from “Take A Chance On Me!” to “Mamma Mia,” you’re sure to be singing at the top of your lungs and screaming “We love ABBA” before the curtain falls!  Performance begins at 4:00 PM.

We will start the afternoon at 2:00 pm at the studio of  Linda Lighton, 708 East 31st Street, Kansas City, MO  64109. Guests will have an opportunity to meet the artist, see the studio and purchase her work. The Café Europa in Union Hill will cater the event with savory treats as well as their much-loved cookies and cupcakes!

Join us for a rare look inside the ceramic studio of internationally recognized ceramic sculptor Linda Lighton. Linda’s work is featured in collections ranging from the Nelson-Atkins and the Kemper Museums of Art to the International Ceramic Museum in Icheon, Korea and many others.

In her artist statement, Lighton says, “My work has mostly been based in organic forms from nature. Lately however… flowers, pods and crystals have grown guns, gas pumps, bullets and lipsticks as the proliferation of war implements flower in our American lifestyle.”

Lighton, who uses both humor and seduction in her work, is the founder and director of the Lighton International Artists Exchange Program, which has sent over 150 arts to 52 countries and the Arctic Circle. In 2016, Lighton received the Lifetime Achievement Award from the National Council for the Education of the Ceramic Arts. She is a fervent arts activist and has served on numerous arts boards.

Please note: Lighton’s studio is accessible only by stairs. 

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February Event  -  Listen to Kansas City’s own Calvin Arsenia, the statuesque harpist with a heart of gold, at the Diastole Scholars’ Center on Hospital Hill
5:00 PM17:00

February Event - Listen to Kansas City’s own Calvin Arsenia, the statuesque harpist with a heart of gold, at the Diastole Scholars’ Center on Hospital Hill


With his powerful bold vocal range, his strikingly tall and slender silhouette, and his curiously intimate live performances, audiences around the world are falling in love with Kansas City’s own Calvin Arsenia. Self-accompanied with the Celtic folk harp, Arsenia has found a musical niche that suits his dynamic and sultry style. His unique voice hints to his classical training as he croons through familiar tunes and when he glides through original musings, he erupts effortlessly into sounds that only the angels could have taught him. Calvin Arsenia says that he is “seeking transcendence one pluck at a time” and aims to lift and inspire audiences as he travels the globe sharing his stories and songs.


We'll begin the evening at 5PM at the Diastole Scholars’ Center on Hospital Hill. The Center, a private UMKC off-campus facility, is the former home of Dr. and Mrs. Dimond who lived there until 1983. The expansive collections throughout three floors of Chinese and Japanese paintings and prints, woodcarvings, photographs, gourds, memorabilia, silver, and books, including 3,000 versions of Omar Khayyam’s most famous work, The Rubaiyat, will enthrall you.


Starting shortly before 7 PM, Calvin Arsenia will captivate you with his songs and musical stories, accompanied with his Celtic folk harp, in the Kiva, the dynamic, informal theater-in-the-round at Diastole.


Please purchase your tickets now and come to appreciate the awe-inspiring art and book collections at Diastole and then enjoy the music of Calvin Arsenia, perhaps the most interesting performer you’ll see all year. The reception will be catered at Diastole.


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6:00 PM18:00

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time & Visit the new Brookside townhouse of John and Sharon Hoffman.


The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time opens on Friday, January 26th on the Spencer Theatre stage and Arts Alive will be there. The Kansas City Rep production of the 2015 Tony award winning play features an all-star cast of national and local actors and will be directed by Marissa Wolf. The New York Times has called this play "one of the most fully immersive shows ever to wallop Broadway". If there was ever a time to appreciate a great novel by watching  an equally compelling dramatization, this is it.

At 6pm we'll visit the new Brookside townhouse of John and Sharon Hoffman. Their art collection includes paintings, sculpture, photography, ceramics and video by nationally and internationally renowned artists. From Pop art to Emerging rising stars, the new 3 story townhouse, part of five new ones built just east of Oak on 63rd Street, houses their collection in special new setting.

The reception will be catered by Heather White, owner of the Russell, an exciting new restaurant about to open at 32nd and Main. Purchase your tickets quickly as this event will sell out.

63rd Street House collection 6PM

51st and Cherry Street  8PM

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Hermon Mehari is a rising international star in the jazz world and InterUrban ArtHouse visit
5:00 PM17:00

Hermon Mehari is a rising international star in the jazz world and InterUrban ArtHouse visit

Hermon Mehari is a rising international star in the jazz world and Arts Alive will be there at the Carlsen Center, Johnson County Community College to hear his quintet perform the Winterlude Series. Curtain is 7PM on Sunday, December 17, and will feature music from his first album, Bleu, recorded in Kansas City and released last March … ranked as the top jazz album in the country by iTunes.

We'll begin the evening at 5PM with a tour of the InterUrban ArtHouse founded by artist Nicole Emanuel and led by a team who further its mission as a vibrant art cultural incubator, a creative crucible for artists and other creative entrepreneurs. Artists will be working in their studios when we arrive plus we'll be musically and magically entertained by Amado Espinoza who can play over 40 instruments.

We have another special treat with the Holiday Artist Marketplace during our reception offering unique, creative holiday shopping. The reception will feature Ambrosia Catering. There will be plenty of free parking near InterUrban ArtHouse.

Please purchase your tickets now and come meet the artists and listen to great jazz performed by Hermon and his group. The jazz trumpet has never sounded so beautiful.

InterUrban ArtHouse

8001 Newton Street

Overland Park, KS  66204

5PM to 6:30PM


Carlsen Center

Johnson County Community College

12345 College Blvd.

Overland Park, KS 66210



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Bill Shapiro's Cypress Avenue celebrates its 40th Anniversary show &  Kansas City Artists Coalition in the River Market
6:00 PM18:00

Bill Shapiro's Cypress Avenue celebrates its 40th Anniversary show & Kansas City Artists Coalition in the River Market

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Bill Shapiro's Cypress Avenue celebrates its 40th Anniversary with an amazing show at the Folly Theater. Memphis Soul and Rhythm & Blues Review features Grammy Award winners William Bell, Charlie Musselwhite and Bobby Rush in concert together on Friday night, November 3rd, at the Folly and we'll be there for the 8 o'clock curtain.


We begin the evening visiting the Kansas City Artists Coalition in the River Market. We'll begin at 6 o'clock with a reception and spend time in their space visiting the 3rd annual exhibition of the Kansas City Society for Contemporary Art curated by Keith Davis, senior curator of photography at the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art. In addition, three female artists, Tanya Lueck, Debby Williams and Diane Morgan will be featured in the lower gallery space.


As the November event follows closely behind our sold out October 22nd event, you'll want to sign up quickly so as not to miss out. The entire evening including reception is $35.00. Reserve your place, invite some friends and spend Friday evening with Arts Alive.


Artists Coalition---201 Wyandotte---6 pm


Folly Theater--- 300 W. 12th Street---8 pm

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Disgraced, the Pulitzer Price winning play written by Ayad Akhtar & three Galleries visit  in the Crossroads.
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Disgraced, the Pulitzer Price winning play written by Ayad Akhtar & three Galleries visit in the Crossroads.

The Unicorn Theater never shies from interesting contemporary drama and we've purchased the entire house for the October 22nd staging of Disgraced, the Pulitzer Price winning play written by Ayad Akhtar, which delves into politics and religion, two subjects that are generally taboo at a civilized social gathering hosted by a young upwardly mobil couple and their friends. Curtain is at 7:30pm on this late Sunday afternoon. You won't want to miss this one.

We begin the afternoon at three galleries nestled together at the corner of 18th and Wyandotte in the Crossroads. We'll assemble at the Oracle Gallery at 5:30pm where the Farmhouse will cater a sumptuous reception. Taxidermy and collectibles from the natural world are beautifully featured at this gallery and the owners will discuss how they've collected this assortment of the exotic and bizarre. Then we'll step into the Windhorse Tattoo and Gallery which displays unique designs showing the historical traditions of tattooing as a fine art. Finally we'll visit Fraction Studio showing fine art prints contrasting Eastern and Western traditions both historic and contemporary.

Again, we are limited to 110 tickets and we generally sell out quickly.  Sign up quickly. Still a bargain at $35.


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Visit to the Shook Hardy & Bacon Art Collection following by West Side Story and Fiddler on the Roof at the Spinning Tree Theatre
4:00 PM16:00

Visit to the Shook Hardy & Bacon Art Collection following by West Side Story and Fiddler on the Roof at the Spinning Tree Theatre

Arts Alive begins the fall 2017 season with a visit to one of the best corporate art collections in Kansas City. Over the years Shook Hardy & Bacon, one of the top law firms in the city and with 12 offices worldwide, has assembled paintings, prints, photographs and sculpture from local, regional and nationally known artists and we'll visit their offices on Wednesday, September 13th, beginning at 5 o'clock. They are located at 2555 Grand Boulevard, one of these most beautiful buildings within the Crown Center complex. We'll enjoy a reception and tour of the collection before heading to a 7:30 curtain at the Just Off Broadway theater.


Spinning Tree Theatre has produced such favorites as West Side Story and Fiddler on the Roof and now presents one of the great musical theater classics, FINIAN'S RAINBOW, originally produced on Broadway in 1947. This version features two pianos and well known local actor, Phil Fiorini, in the lead role. In addition to Old Devil Moon, the story line deals with racism and class distinctions, subjects still discussed even today.


Just Off Broadway theater is a little jewel just a few blocks from Crown Center at 3051 Central easily reached by coming down Central from Linwood. There is ample free parking next to the theater. Seats are limited so reserve your place quickly on our PayPal system and join us for another wonderful Arts Alive evening.


**Please note that we do not mail our tickets in advance and will instead distribute them at the event. You will receive an email a day or two prior to the event confirming your registration.
***Also, we regret that we are unable to give refunds.
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Reception, tour of the collection and ticket to Finian's Rainbow still a bargain at $35.


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Private Collection & Jazz Trio
5:00 PM17:00

Private Collection & Jazz Trio

Excerpt sample ... Johnson County here we come. Circle Saturday, May 20th for an exciting visit to a private collection with amazing paintings, ceramics, glass and Judaica. After a wonderful reception catered by Michael Sherman, we head to Yardley Hall at the JCCC to hear the Joey Alexander Trio....

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KC Ballet & Monarch Glass
5:00 PM17:00

KC Ballet & Monarch Glass

The Todd Bolender Center for Dance and Creativity is housed in a beautifully restored former energy station that served the Union Station complex for many years. It now houses the administrative offices of the Kansas City Ballet and the rehearsal studios for the company and its extensive school of dance. We have been invited to view a rehearsal with the artistic director, Devon Carney, of a future ballet entitled “The Lottery”. Afterward we will meet the director and members of the ballet, then tour the facilities and admire the beautiful restoration of the Bolender Center.

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