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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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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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Sunday, October 27, 2019 from 7:00 - 10:00 PM

Sea Moya + Monta At Odds + Bad Alaskan

Charlotte Street Foundation welcomes touring act Sea Moya, as well as local groups Monta At Odds and Bad Alaskan, to a triple-header concert in the Capsule performing arts venue space located at 1664 Broadway Blvd, KCMO. The concert is Sunday, October 27, 2019 from 7:00 to 10:00 PM. Doors open at 6:30 PM.

Tickets are $5 at the door (please provide cash).

Following the astounding reception of their first EPs German psychedelic electronica trio Sea Moya - currently residing in Montréal, Canada - just recently released their expansive debut album, “Falmenta.” Recorded in a reclusive cabin in the Italian Alps just above Lago Maggiore it is a result of total withdrawal from everyday life, the distraction of technology and any influence from outsiders.

Inspired by a wide-ranging and rather unexpected group of influences Sea Moya present an eclectic mixture of Krautrock, Afrobeat and Electronic Funk music. Filtering analogue instrumentation through tape saturation, modular systems, and a vast array of effect pedals, this psychedelic beat outfit reshapes and cuts up their original ideas, producing their own distinctive sound – which unfolds especially in their live show that they’ve taken on the road extensively - including SXSW, Canada and Europe. You can hear echoes of the multi- instrumental psych of Tame Impala and the easy electronica of Toro Y Moi, just as much as William Onyeabor’s deconstructed African disco or J Dilla’s hazy production.

Sea Moya was formed in summer 2014 in between shipping containers in a German harbor. Current band members are David Schnitzler (Vocals), Elias Foerster (Bass), and Tilman Ruetz (Drums) + a whole lot of synthesizers. You can follow the group on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.

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Wednesday, October 30, 2019 from 7:30 - 10:30 PM

A Night Out with Buddy Wakefield & Ebony Stewart

Buddy Wakefield, three-time world champion spoken word artist and the most toured performance poet in history returns to Kansas City with Women of the World Poetry Slam Champion, Ebony Stewart, in support of A Choir of Honest Killers, Wakefield's first book of new work in eight years. You're not gonna wanna miss this. Come exactly as you are. Except babies. Don't bring those.

Doors at 7:30 PM and the show begins at 8:00 PM. Tickets are $12 in advance and you can buy tickets through the Eventbrite RSVP link to the right of the webpage. Buy your tickets today!

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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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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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