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Thursday, September 26, 2019 at 7:30 PM

Spine Showcases w/ Bob Bowman, Ben Markley and Hermon Mehari

Spine Showcases prepares for the chill, autumn breeze with the next concert showcase, featuring Bob Bowman, Ben Markley and Hermon Mahari! 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. Featured artists for the next show on Thursday, July 25, 2019, will be Bob Bowman, Ben Markley and Hermon Mehari. The three of them will perform two sets, switching off periodically at different positions. 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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Saturday, September 28, 2019 at 7:00 PM

Techno Chapel

Seth Davis, Colin Mosely and the Kansas City Electronic Music Arts Alliance are excited to share Techno Chapel, a 50 minute multimedia interactive performance at Charlotte Street's Capsule performing space on Saturday, September 28, 2019. The evening of live, experimental musical performances begins at 7:00 PM and is a FREE event intended for all audiences. Parking for the show can be located behind Capsule (located at 1664 Broadway Blvd) and can be found off of 17th Street. Street parking is also available on Washington Street, a block behind Capsule. Davis and Mosely presented their first Audio Visual Performance, Swampthing September 2018 at la Esquina as a part of the Kansas City Performing Media Festival. As a follow up, Techno Chapel utilizes note and volume detection, in order to facilitate interactions between the musicians and the visuals comprised of videos of insects, human bodies, forests and computers.  By allowing the audience a space to reflect upon how networks communicate, Techno Chapel aims to ask the question how are humans communicating with digital, vegetal and animal bodies and how are we all connected? Techno Chapel is a part of a larger trend of interdisciplinary and collaborative work between composers, choreographers, dancers and visual artists who use technology to facilitate new experiences with the natural world that heighten the involvement of other animals, plants and minerals. The musical composition is led by composer and musician Seth Andrew Davis along with local music ensemble Project C4. The interactive video is animated and programmed by video artist Colin Mosely. Techno Chapel also includes an additional solo performance by Barry Anderson, a Kansas City based artist working in video, music, photography and animation.    Participating Artists: Seth Davis, Colin Mosely, Project C4, Barry Anderson, Project C4 Consists of Derek Frank, Dylan Ward, Hao Yin, Gabbi Roderer, Tim J Harte, and Seth Andrew Davis

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Wednesday, October 2, 2019, 6-9 PM

Reading as Publishing: Access to Books – No. 1

“Books need to circulate to have an impact by being read.” — Eva Weinmayr, Library Underground — A Reading List for a Coming Community

In essence, Reading as Publishing: Access to Books is a participatory publishing workshop, during which Capsule will be transformed into a temporary library and reading room. The library will feature printed facsimiles of complete and partial publications that were listed and/or reviewed in issues of the The Whole Earth Catalog. Visitors will be invited to read the materials in the space at their leisure and mark-up the facsimiles with written notes, annotations, and other edits, highlighting excerpts of the materials that they find interesting, notable, or shareable. A librarian will document their excerpts and upload them to a website which will display them as a stream. This website will be updated in realtime, publicly accessible, and on view in the library. Later, the compiled excerpts will be published as a print-on-demand book.

Participants are welcome to come to this free show that is all ages and open to the public. The event takes place at Capsule, which is the performing arts space at 1664 Broadway Blvd. Street parking is available along 17th street, Washington Street, and in the gravel parking lot behind the building. Reading as Publishing also occurs on Wednesday, December 4th from 6-9 PM for those who have to miss out on this night's edition of programming.

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Friday, October 4, 2019 from 5-9 PM

Lullabies Till Dawn

A four hour event featuring artwork by Benjamin Parks from Lullabies Till Dawn, centered around an illustrated songbook with songs and narrative by Simon Fink chronicling early fatherhood, sleep deprivation, and music-making. The evening will host a performance that features The Wires string duo (Laurel Morgan Parks and Sascha Groschang), and narration by David Wayne Reed.

The event is FREE and open to the public. performances begin at 8:00 PM but the space will open at 5:00 PM to exhibition visual art work and pieces of the book, "Lullabies Till Dawn."

LULLABIES TILL DAWN
  • First Friday, October 4th, 2019
  • Gallery Opens at 5:00 PM
  • Readings begin at 7:00 PM
  • Performances from 8:00 to 9:00 PM

"About four years ago I quit my job to stay at home and parent. I had recently finished studying composition in music school, but now my most creative periods were no longer at the piano or studio desk, but in the late-night rocking chair. Sleep-deprived contemplation replaced fastidious orchestration. My aim was no longer the aesthetic development of musical materials, engaging in the great Western tradition, but simply to crack the communication barrier with ones too young to understand language and to keep myself lucid in the process.” (Simon Fink)

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Friday, October 11 through Sunday, October 13, 2019

Fountainverse – KC Small Press Poetry Festival

Fountainverse: KC Small Press Poetry Fest is a three-day poetry festival featuring poets representing independent poetry publishing houses from the KC metro and across the country. The fest features scheduled readings, a pop-up book shop, a publisher's panel, workshops, and open mic opportunities. The poets and presses are invited to participate by a creative board comprised of representatives from Kansas City’s various literary scenes. You can check out their schedule of events for the weekend below! You can also read more about the festival at their website.
Friday October 11
  • 4-9 pm: Small Press Book Fair
  • 7-8:30 pm: Feature Reading: KC's Riverfront Readings hosts Denver's Suspect Press
  • 9-11 pm: Sharon Eiker hosts Poetry Open Mic
Saturday October 12
  • 11-2 pm: Flying Ketchup Press hosts Poetry Brunch Open Mic at Our Daily Nada venue
  • 1- 9 pm: Small Press Book Fair
  • 3-4 pm: Kansas City Poetry Slam hosts a Writing Workshop
  • 4-5 pm: Spartan Press hosts a Publisher's Panel
  • 7-8:30 pm: Feature Reading: KC's Latino Writers Collective
  • 9-11 pm: Arsyn Spitfire hosts Poetry Open Mic
Sunday October 13
  • 11-1 pm Poetic Underground hosts Pop-Up Open Mic
  • 12-6 pm: Small Press Book Fair
  • 4-5:30 pm: Feature: KC's Stubborn Mule Press hosts New Hampshire's CLASH Books
  • 8-10 pm: Afterparty Open Mic hosted by Brandon Whitehead at Swordfish Tom's venue

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Thursday, October 24, 2019 at 7:30 PM

Spine Showcases w/ Merman and Curtis Brink & The Drty Ten

Spine Showcases is set to embrace the mystical and ambiguous just before Halloween by featuring local jazz groups Merman and Curtis Brink & The Drty Ten! 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. Featured groups for the next show on Thursday, October 24, 2019, will be Merman and Curtis Brink & The Drty Ten. For this show, Curtis will be playing with a ten-piece ensemble. 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. Merman is an electronic, indie-jazz duo comprised of keyboardist/singer-songwriter Alyssa Murray and guitarist Adam Schlozman. Fusing music with synchronized visuals, Merman captures the listener and brings them into a world of color and sound. Curtis Brink spent too many years trying to sound like everyone else. He began to broaden his perspective and embrace his own style when Wycliffe Gordon told him, "If it sounds good to you, then play it." But, he also believes that if people don't enjoy what you’re playing, then maybe you should keep that shit to yourself. After earning a Masters degree from the Manhattan School of Music, Curtis performed extensively in the gritty, hip-hop infused "brass n beats" scene in NYC where he learned that how you say it is equally as important as what you say.

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Thursday, November 21, 2019 at 7:30 PM

Spine Showcases w/ Shay Estes and Marcus Lewis

For November's concert performance, Spine Showcases is thankful to be hosting Shay Estes and Marcus Lewis! 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. Featured artists for the next show on Thursday, November 21, 2019, will be Shay Estes and Marcus Lewis. 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, November 28 at 7:30 PM

Spine Showcases Thanksgiving Special with Logan Richardson

For a special Thanksgiving  performance, Spine Showcases is thankful to be hosting Logan Richardson! 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. After celebrating Thanksgiving with friends and family in the day time, swing on over to Capsule for a free performance from touring artist Logan Richardson! 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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Wednesday, December 4, 2019, 6 -9 PM

Reading as Publishing: Access to Books – No. 2

“Books need to circulate to have an impact by being read.” — Eva Weinmayr, Library Underground — A Reading List for a Coming Community

In essence, Reading as Publishing: Access to Books is a participatory publishing workshop, during which Capsule will be transformed into a temporary library and reading room. The library will feature printed facsimiles of complete and partial publications that were listed and/or reviewed in issues of the The Whole Earth Catalog. Visitors will be invited to read the materials in the space at their leisure and mark-up the facsimiles with written notes, annotations, and other edits, highlighting excerpts of the materials that they find interesting, notable, or shareable. A librarian will document their excerpts and upload them to a website which will display them as a stream. This website will be updated in realtime, publicly accessible, and on view in the library. Later, the compiled excerpts will be published as a print-on-demand book.

Participants are welcome to come to this free show that is all ages and open to the public. The event takes place at Capsule, which is the performing arts space at 1664 Broadway Blvd. Street parking is available along 17th street, Washington Street, and in the gravel parking lot behind the building.

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