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January Event

Jan
26
6:00 PM18:00

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

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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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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
Feb
10
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

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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.

 

Diastole Scholars’ Center

 

Calvin Arsenia

For more information visit calvinarsenia.com

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Hermon Mehari is a rising international star in the jazz world and InterUrban ArtHouse visit
Dec
17
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

7:00PM

 

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Bill Shapiro's Cypress Avenue celebrates its 40th Anniversary show &  Kansas City Artists Coalition in the River Market
Nov
3
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.
Oct
1
to Oct 17

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
Sep
2
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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Thanks! for your support of the arts and Arts Alive. We look forward to seeing you at an upcoming event.

 

Reception, tour of the collection and ticket to Finian's Rainbow still a bargain at $35.

 

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Private Collection & Jazz Trio
May
20
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
Apr
18
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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