Friday, July 19, 2019 at 1:30 PM and 8:30 PMMirror 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.
Sunday, July 21, 28 and August 4th from 4:00 - 6:00 PMis a series of critical learning workshops developed by self-styled, Music Research Strategist, Marshall Trammell. Trammell is traveling North America on his fifth Music Research Strategies solo tour. Status Quo Is My Enemy is a platform for his “Indexical Moment/um” installation encouraging people to interact and discuss through improvised music and visual information. Each workshop is designed for intercultural conversation, understanding, and space to celebrate our discontent, pissed-offness, and community-building. Workshop attendees will learn to improvise music and perform with other attendees. Musicians of all experience levels are encouraged to attend. You do not have to have any experience with music to attend and learn at this workshop series! Advanced musicians, non-musicians and first-time musicians are all encouraged to attend and experiment! Please bring an instrument of your choice. If you are not able to bring an instrument or have further questions, you can questions to Marshall Trammell at email@example.com. Workshops are free to attend and will be located at the #NARonTroost building at 4001 Troost Avenue in Kansas City, MO. Free parking can be found in the parking lot around the building. Three workshops will occur on three-consecutive Sundays:
- Sunday, July 21 from 4:00 - 6:00 PM
- Sunday, July 28 from 4:00 - 6:00 PM
- Sunday, August 4 from 4:00 - 6:00 PM
Thursday, July 25, 2019 at 7:30 PM
Spine Showcases is looking to cool things off this hot summer with performances from Peter Schlamb and Ryan J. Lee! 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, are local staples Peter Schlamb and Ryan J. Lee!
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.
Friday, August 2, 2019 from 6:00 PM to 8:30 PM
"Music is the paint. Body is the brush. The floor is your canvas. Create your escape." – James “SugEasy” Singleton
For First Friday in the City Market, come enjoy free music, graffiti and mural art, live breakdancing, and free coloring fun for visitors of all ages! Breakin’ Art will be from 6-8:30 PM in the center space of City Market’s Farmer’s Market and wants your family to experience the art of breakdancing and hip-hop.
Break dance performers will be wearing all white and will be wear paint on their bodies to create art WHILE they dance! Attendees are encouraged to wear white and have the option to participate in the events (which includes getting paint on your clothes) to join the break dance performers!
Break Free Kansas City Breakers and Souls of Sole will be performing and interactive arts activities will be hosted for children and families. Breakin’ Art will demonstrate visual expression of hip-hop culture for anyone new or experienced with hip-hop! Hip-hop is not just a culture, it’s a movement. Using the colors to represent the multiple cultures to become as one community.
Attendees will learn about different genres of hip-hop and how one genre impacts and shapes genres of similar or different natures! Attendees will also be able to learn and see the positive reinforcement of hip-hop culture firsthand, rather than through traditionally negative portrayals of hip-hop in mainstream media. Learn about how YOU can destroy stereotypes and build bridges.
Title: Breakin’ Art
Date: First Friday, August 2nd from 6:00 PM – 8:30 PM
Location: City Market (The center space of Farmer’s Market)
Artists Involved: Donald “Scribe” Ross, “Reckless Ray” Brown, Windy Farr, James “SugEasy” Singleton, Phil Shafer and Joc MoxSchedule:
- 6:00 PM – Live music from Joc Max
- 6:30 PM – Live painting with Scribe
- 7:00 PM – Breakin’ Art breakdance performance
- 6:00 PM – 8:30 PM – Very Cherry goods table and art coloring tables for kids will be throughout the entire event.
Breakin' Art is a 2018 Rocket Grants Award and you can read more about the project at https://rocketgrants.org/rocket-grants-projects/projects-2018-2019/breaking-art/
Support for this work is provided by a Rocket Grants project award, a program of the Charlotte Street Foundation and the University of Kansas Spencer Museum of Art. Funding is provided by the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts.
Thursday, August 8, 2019, 7:00 PM - 8:30 PMFor 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.
Thursday, August 22, 2019 at 7:30 PM
Spine Showcases finishes off the summer season with NEW performances from Amber Underwood and Kadesh Flow! 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, August 22, 2019, are local musicians Amber Underwood and Kadesh Flow. Amber Underwood will be specifically providing a sneak peek into her upcoming EP!
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.
Thursday, September 12, 2019, 7:00 - 8:30 PM
Thursday, September 26, 2019 at 7:30 PM
Saturday, September 28, 2019 at 7:00 PM
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