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Thursday, October 3, 2019 through Sunday, January 26, 2020

2019 Charlotte Street Visual Artist Awards Exhibition

Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art is pleased to host the 2019 Charlotte Street Visual Artist Awards exhibition, presenting recent work by three Kansas City–based artists: Boi Boy, Megan Pobywajlo, and Fatimah Tuggar. 97 local artists have received the Visual Artist Awards from Charlotte Street Foundation, with $721,500 in unrestricted cash grants being awarded directly to artists who are making exemplary contemporary work in the Kansas City metro area.

The opening reception for this annual exhibition takes place on Thursday, October 3, 2019 and is open from 6:00 - 8:00 PM. You can RSVP for the exhibition on Eventbrite.

A jury of arts professionals selected the artists to receive this prestigious award as a testament to their practice and achievements in the visual arts. Each artist has risen to the challenge of presenting a selection of new work and expanding individual presentation methods at Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art.

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Monday, December 30 at 7:30 PM

Spine Showcases – “Best Of” Live Taping!

To wrap up an exciting calendar year of Spine Showcases shows in Capsule, the final show will go out with a "Best Of" bang and live taping! Spine Showcases is a monthly concert series featuring the best contemporary jazz artists in Kansas City for free. Curated by Kelley Gant, patrons can expect some of the freshest experiences that the Kansas City jazz scene has to offer. This final show in 2019 features some of your favorite artists from the year and the show will documented for online streaming! 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 but due to the holidays, this last edition will be on a Monday evening. Doors open at 7:30 PM and the performance begins at 8:00 PM.

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Friday, December 27, 2019 through Saturday, January 4, 2020


David Wayne Reed (Shelf Life, Jolly Rancher) throws stones and slays giants in his new one-man show, Goliath.

The sexual revelation of WHAM!, to the stars through difficulty with Reba, getting arrested dressed as a super hero, going “straight-edge” on a gay cruise, a porn theatre on the eve of destruction, and an epiphany at the foot of a 66 ft. tall Jesus, DWR takes you on an unexpected journey of biblical proportions.

David's Goliath is an irreverent and oddly holy journey of sexuality, sobriety, and survival.

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David Wayne Reed (he/him/his) is an actor, writer, director, and producer from Kansas City, Missouri.

Reed is the 2019 Charlotte Street Generative Performing Arts Fellow. He has been awarded a Rocket Grant from the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, Charlotte Street Foundation, and Spencer Museum of Art, two Inspiration Grants from Arts KC, has won multiple Best of Awards from the Pitch Weekly, and has been Writer-In-Residence at Charlotte Street and Escape to Create.

Reed hosts and produces the popular ‘show and tell’ storytelling series, Shelf Life.

His debut film, Eternal Harvest premiered in 2018 and will become a traveling exhibition through Exhibits USA beginning in 2020. The film has played multiple film festivals including Middlebury New Filmmaker’s Festival, Kansas City International Film Festival, Out Here Now, and Covellite International Film Festival.

Reed is a member of the Dramatists Guild of America. Plays include: Help Yourself, Jolly Rancher, Mother Trucker, Mother Trucker 2: Ride On, Sequoia, and Peggy and Paul at the Post Office in Provincetown.

As an actor, he has appeared at the Provincetown Tennessee Williams International Theatre Festival, Kansas City Repertory Theatre, Unicorn Theatre, Fishtank Performance Studio, The Living Room, Late Night Theatre, Seaside Repertory Theatre as well as several commercials and Tech N9ne music videos.

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