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Upcoming Events

March 7 - May 24, 2019

Digitizing Kansas City’s LGBTQ Video History

Do you have vhs tapes that need preserving?

Are there moments in your community history stuck on tapes you can no longer access? In an effort to preserve the content marooned on this fragile format, The Roaming Center for Magnetic Alternatives (RCMA) offers a free analog-to-digital conversion service. From political demonstrations and parades, to DIY documentaries and home movies, we are here to help you save those long-forgotten tapes before it is too late!

This Spring, RCMA is partnering with Mid-Continent Public Library in our search for a picture of LGBTQ+ life in the Midwest between 1977-2006. Schedule a 90-minute appointment at one of the nine MCPL branches we are touring and bring your video tapes in for free digitization. Video transfer is performed in real-time with live audio commentary from participants.

Visit to book an appointment today! 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.

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Thursday, April 25, 2019 at 7:30 PM

Spine Showcases: Natalie Bates Quartet and Spine Improvisations

Spine Showcases is back for another round of performance in the month of April! With programming curated by Kelley Gant, patrons can expect some of the freshest experiences that the Kansas City jazz scene has to offer. This evening, the Natalie Bates Quartet will use the American language of music in original works born from a personal place that speak to the universal. Classic jazz-era sounds mix with contemporary compositions for a musical experience that’s as diverse as Kansas City itself. After the first act, a small ensemble of Spine Showcase performers and special guests will utilize effect pedals, computerized gear, and unexpected instrumentation to create fascinating new sounds in a completely improvised set of music. 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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Tuesday, April 30, 2019 at 7:30 PM – 10 PM

IMP Ensemble Live at Capsule

Under the direction of Michael Miller, UMKC’s IMP Ensemble explores improvisation in the broadest definition, where listening and responding become a way of real-time creation. IMP is a think-tank of people willing to risk and fail quickly, so a show can go on, using any new individual media to explore the boundaries of the medium and improvisation.

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Friday, May 3, 2019 through Friday, May 10, 2019


NEW NEW NEW is an exploratory, project-based initiative focused on confronting our impact on the world through various real and speculative solutions. This short exhibition features new work by Rachel Ferber and Adam Lucas and will open Friday, May 3, 2019 in la Esquina Gallery. The opening reception will be from 6 - 9 PM in la Esquina on May 3 and the exhibition will run for a week, closing on Friday, May 10, 2019. The opening reception is free and open to the public. All ages are welcome.

NEW NEW NEW Showroom is the first iteration of this initiative. The showroom features prototypes and possibilities for the continued use of materials that have reached their perceived end-of-life—a process commonly referred to as upcycling. In our search for transcendental approaches to material lifespans, we follow a guiding principle: each transformation remains true to its original form and function as much as possible. Our trans-formations should offer continued life for a material, rather than new life. This approach ensures the quality and ease of the trans-formation (i.e. something that could be replicated), while reinforcing the concept of continuation. There is no new, but there are new possibilities.

Join us in our pursuit of a new new; a Neo Newism.


Rachel Ferber is an artist and designer based in Kansas City, MO. Her work reflects the breadth of her background, combining elements of garment design, video, sculpture, performance; and graphic, sound and set design. She is a co-curator at PLUG Projects, and currently teaches graphic design and video production as the Digital Design Instructor at MINDDRIVE. She holds an MFA from Cranbrook Academy of Art and a BFA from Pacific Northwest College of Art.

Adam Lucas is a graphic designer and educator based in Kansas City, MO. His wide-ranging practice seeks to create new structures for ideas through the thoughtful arrangement of text, image, and space. He often works in close collaboration with artists to design and produce books, websites, identities, videos, and other print- and screen-based matter. His approach is idea-driven, with an emphasis on typographic craft. He is currently an Assistant Professor of Graphic Design at Kansas City Art Institute; design-volunteer at Imagine That!; a co-curator of PLUG Projects; and one-half of NEW NEW NEW, a joint art and design initiative with Rachel Ferber. He received an MFA from Rhode Island School of Design and a BA from Kenyon College.

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May 10 & 11, 17 & 18 at 7:30 PM, May 19, 2019 at 2 PM

Her Own Devices

Current Charlotte Street Studio Residents Kansas City Public Theatre presents Her Own Devices by Lindsay Adams on Friday, May 10, 11, 17 & 18 at 7:30 PM, and on Sunday, May 19 at 2 PM. All performances will occur at Capsule, which is located at 1664 Broadway Blvd. Admission is free to the public. To reserve a seat, visit
Her Own Devices is the story of Madeleine, a young girl born with a mysterious and powerful autoimmune disorder, who has spent her entire life in a lab as a test subject. Meanwhile, the King of Germs visits her dreams every night and tries to touch her with his contaminating hand. She enlists the help of her imaginary friend the Robot to fight him off and soon must make a choice whether to leave the only home she's ever known. Her Own Devices is a world of robots and nightmares, lab coats and Samba dances that explores the power of imagination in a young girl who refuses to be defined by her disability.

Friday, May 10 at 7:30 PM
Saturday, May 11 at 7:30 PM
Friday, May 17 at 7:30 PM
Saturday, May 18 at 7:30 PM
Sunday, May 19 at 2:00 PM

Medeleine: Tehreem Chaudhry
Robot: Kaitlin Gould
George: Briana Marxen-McCollom Boyle/King of Germs: Ryan Fortney
Alayna: Deanna Mazdra

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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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