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Upcoming Events

Friday, May 31 through Saturday, June 29th, 2019


Melt Charlotte Street Foundation —  La Esquina — Opening May 31st 2019

Artists included: Bo Hubbard, B Becvar, Kelly Runningen, Trey Hock and Jaime David, Lauren Louvel Louise Whitacre, 2007 Balquier, and William Plummer

Curated by Camile E. Messerley

We all wait, whether we are on-call and know something is coming or not; while waiting we carry an ache or hope in anticipation of a delivery.

The artists you will come to know in the exhibition Melt are both in the process of waiting and are on-call. The artists carry the wait in objects and sensations— while they are seeking, discerning, and intuiting forms of being in-between it is important to know that their artworks are not a short term fix or a means to an end. The images and installations you will find in Melt are in their nature in-transition. The artists in Melt are unpacking and sifting through their documentation of home, of people who do and do not currently live in these homes with us, the people who have been removed from our homes, our geographic location, of their respective and collected solitudes.

In between the solitary yet often reciprocative feelings that come from the drip-drop-oobleck of time there is a tension sitting on a spectrum of experiences reaching between patience and empathy. When a popsicle melts you get juice, cold juice, but it’s sticky, not everyone likes to be sticky. A popsicle will melt in your mouth as you eat, but if it melts before you have it on your tongue why do you no longer want the sweet juice, because it’s messy? What about the form is so satisfying that it cannot possibly hold you the same way it did in its perfect rectangular shape?


What we ask of you in between now and Memorial Day is this: “Don’t ask what the work is. Rather, see what the work does” — Eva Hesse, German-born Sculptor.


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Thursday, June 27, 2019 from 7:30 PM to 10:00 PM

Spine Showcases: Brian Scarborough and Hundee Trio

Spine Showcases continues on into the month of June! With programming curated by Kelley Gant, patrons can expect some of the freshest experiences that the Kansas City jazz scene has to offer. Brian Scarborough will present original compositions in his set, performing by his quintet of Kansas City-based musicians. Performing with looped vocals and a top-notch rhythm section of bass and drums, Kelley Gant’s experimental jazz trio delivers lush layers backing imagery-laden lyrics. Their arrangements allow the ensemble to improvise and travel spontaneously through the music, making every live performance unique and new. Hundee Trio is pleased to invite talented visual artist Kris Devlin to collaborate with illustrations for the grief-exploring story/ballad “Lullaby to the Undertow”, with additional collaborators providing food and drink also exploring the theme of loss. The Spine Showcases are FREE and open to the public. Every show takes place at Capsule (located 1664 Broadway Blvd, KCMO). Spine Showcases occur on the third Thursday of every month. Doors open at 7:30 PM and the performance begins at 8:00 PM.

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Thursday, July 11, 2019, 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM

Making Moves 7: Improv Jam

For Making Moves 7, let’s kick off summer with an Improv Jam! Lead by local dance artist Jeramy Zimmerman, we will move through guided improvisation tasks and scores to connect with ourselves, other bodies, and space. Accompanied by a live musician, we will explore our moving selves in a safe and joyful environment. The Improv Jam is appropriate for movers of all backgrounds, ages, and abilities. 
The event is FREE and open to the public. All ages are welcome.
A monthly gathering, Making Moves aims to build community through a shared passion for dance and movement. Throughout 2019, Making Moves will host improvisation jams and provide performance opportunities for local and regional dance makers. The series is produced by Kyle Mullins and made possible by Charlotte Street Foundation.

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Thursday, August 8, 2019, 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM

Making Moves 8: Cerca Trova

For Making Moves 8 we are proud to present “Buck”. Buck, a dance-theater reimagining of Ibsen’s “Peer Gynt”, will combine movement, theater, design, and story-telling to take audiences on a journey through the adventures of Peer Gynt. Conceived by Making Moves’ very own Kyle Mullins with Cerca Trova, in collaboration with Joel Moses and Timothy Rothwell. 

The event is FREE and open to the public. All ages are welcome.

A monthly gathering, Making Moves aims to build community through a shared passion for dance and movement. Throughout 2019, Making Moves will host improvisation jams and provide performance opportunities for local and regional dance makers. The series is produced by Kyle Mullins and made possible by Charlotte Street Foundation.

cerca trova (chairkuh  trovuh) is a contemporary repertory company founded by artistic director Kyle Mullins in 2018. Based in Kansas City, MO, Cerca Trova’s mission is present dance works both new and historical by local, regional, and national choreographers. “Cerca trova”, meaning “seek and find”, defines Mullins’ approach to the creative process. Pose questions, search for answers, and move towards them. Collaboration and dialogue are essential to our process. Cerca Trova is committed to bringing high quality works of art to Kansas City audiences in both traditional and non-traditional venues. 

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Wednesday, July 17, 2019 at 8:00 PM

Shawn E Hansen’s Sycamore House Series; Improvised & Other Music

Sycamore House welcomes Nathan Alexander Pape from Tulsa, Oklahoma. Nathan will bring his unique experimental style of improvised guitar finger-picking and will be joined by Kansas City’s Shawn E Hansen on a new high-definition synthesizer made in Berlin, Germany. The duo had their premiere at the Tulsa Artists Fellowship’s Annual Improvised Music Night and will be performing a new set of pieces for their Kansas City debut. The night will open with two solo acts. Sterling Holman on electric guitar with an array of delays and loopers and Aaron Osborne bowing gongs, upright bass and electronics. All three sets will explore soundscapes oscillating between groove based percussion swells, minimalist composition, experimental folk, and ambient sonic textures.

The Sycamore House series was started in 2012 by Shawn E Hansen to help encourage improvisers and unconventional musicians to visit the Kansas City area and share their unique musics.  Local musicians share the bill in a cultural exchange of ideas and styles occupying the fringe between jazz, rock, folk, ambient and classical musics. Charlotte Street Foundation has hosted the series for the last seven years.

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Friday, July 19, 2019 at 1:30 PM and 8:30 PM

Mirror Me Mirrored You

Charlotte Street Foundation is excited to host Mirror Me Mirrored You, on Friday, July 19, 2019 at Capsule (located 1664 Broadway Blvd).

Mirror Me Mirrored You is an event featuring a duo of solo multimedia performances, The Understudy by Kansas City artist Julia Vering (Unicorns in the Snow), and For Retired Gymnast by Pittsburgh artist, Anna Azizzy. Vering will also screen a video featuring the green screen comedy videos she makes with the participants of Jeanne’s Place Dementia Activity Program, all of which have early stage dementia. Azizzy and Vering met each other when sharing a bill in Pittsburgh one year ago, and were struck by similarities in their approach to the use of video projections, personal narrative and the absurd.

Two performances will be held that day, with the first showing taking place 1:30 PM and will feature content that is specifically all ages friendly. Later that evening, the second showing starts at 8:30 PM and will feature more mature content not suitable for all ages. The show is free and open to to the public.

Julia Vering's (aka Unicorns in the Snow) understudy is an evolving experimental multimedia performance piece by  that follows a narrator on a tour of different spaces through magical rocks, interactive projections of animated plastic canvas, and immersive video of corn fields and abandoned industrial structures of Kansas City. The piece features collaborations with adults with early stage dementia as narrators, dancers, and actors via duo video projections on two screens.

Vering, who currently facilitates bi-monthly video-based drama therapy sessions for Jeanne’s Place dementia activity program, will engage these participants in creating The Understudy Part III through improvisation, choreography, cue cards with fill-in-the-blanks, and life review techniques. The meta story that is created through this process is hoped to be a celebration of strengths of the participants, stretching Vering technically and participants cognitively. Vering hopes to engage both the audience and collaborators in meaning-making and to inspire further collaborations with individuals with disabilities.

For their performance, Anna Azizzy will be sharing two scenes from For Retired Gymnast, an absurd and hilarious multi-media performance depicting a fictional gymnastics team, their coach, and moms. The characters’ experiences exaggerate their own as a former gymnast and queer person. Anna reimagines their team’s stories, giving them secrets and exposing their most shameful (queer and unusual) desires. Set against a backdrop of gymnastics physician Larry Nassar’s abuse trial, the piece reveals the sublime and grotesque layers - only visible in hindsight - of their world.

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