Events

Jan
30
Fri
Piece by Piece: Building a Collection @ Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art
Jan 30 – Apr 26 all-day

Open Tues.–Thurs. 10–4, Fri.–Sat. 10–9, Sun. 11–5

Piece by Piece: Building a Collection, is an exhibition of works of art from the Kansas City-based collection of Christy and Bill Gautreaux. Piece by Piece: Building a Collection, explores a selection of 32 objects by 25 national and international artists that evoke meditations on process, pattern, and material. Together the works engage with themes of abstraction, the body and gesture, race and politics, as well as landscape and geography; ultimately coalescing into the distinguished vision and influence of the collector in the building and shaping of a unique collection. The Gautreauxes were recently named by ARTnews among 200 of the world’s top art collectors.

Artists include Sanford Biggers, McArthur Binion, Nick Cave, Leonardo Drew, Andrew Erdos, Teresita Fernandez, Vibha Galhotra, Jeffrey Gibson, Michelle Grabner, Aimé Mpane, Vik Muniz, Toyin Odutola, Angel Otero, Ebony G. Patterson, Mickalene Thomas, Kara Walker, and more.

Apr
24
Fri
Sticky Traps @ Copaken Stage, Corner of 13th & Walnut, Kansas City, MO 64105
Apr 24 @ 7:00 pm – May 24 @ 8:00 pm

In a small town not far from Kansas City, a mother protects her homosexual son’s honor when his funeral is protested by a local church, in a new play by KC Rep Playwright-in-Residence Nathan Louis Jackson (When I Come to Die, Broke-ology). Her actions have unintended consequences that will test her whole family — and the power of their love — in the face of hate.

Appropriate for ages 13 & up.

Apr
25
Sat
Spring Parade of Homes
Apr 25 @ 11:00 am – May 10 @ 6:00 pm

The Spring Parade of Homes is the ideal time for Kansas City area families to take a closer look at the advantages of new-home ownership. For 53 years, the HBA has presented this annual event as a showcase for the area’s premier new homes, home builders and communities.

Plan to come out to see the latest in new home design and innovations throughout the metropolitan area, April 25- May 10, 2015.

Home tours are free and open to the public daily, 11 a.m.- 6 p.m.

Apr
26
Sun
Children’s Center for the Visually Impaired (CCVI) Trolley Run @ Race starts at 75th and Wornall and concludes on the Country Club Plaza
Apr 26 @ 7:45 am

Put on your running shoes for the 27th annual Children’s Center for the Visually Impaired (CCVI) Trolley Run, which is known for its flat to downhill course.

Tosca @ Muriel Kauffman Theatre
Apr 26 @ 2:00 pm

Lyric Opera presents Tosca, a true classic filled with touching duets and heartbreaking arias.

Giacomo Puccini’s emotionally charged Tosca explores the dark side of human emotion while set to some of his most passionate and memorable music. It’s a story filled with lies, lust and corruption as Floria Tosca stars in a role she never desired. When the love of her life is captured by a corrupt police chief, she is forced to make the ultimate bargain, to no avail. This is a traditional presentation of a true classic, filled with heartbreaking arias and touching love duets.

Neil Diamond @ Sprint Center
Apr 26 @ 8:00 pm

Due to overwhelming demand, Neil Diamond has added new show dates to his highly anticipated Neil Diamond Tour 2015. Fans can expect to hear many of the legendary performer’s classic favorites as well as songs from his newest studio album Melody Road. Throughout an illustrious and wide-ranging musical career, Neil Diamond has charted 37 Top 40 singles and 16 Top 10 albums in the U.S. along with being a Grammy Award-winning artist and a member of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

Apr
27
Mon
Safehome Golf Tournament, “Tee it Up” @ Nicklaus Golf Club at LionsGate
Apr 27 @ 9:30 am

Join Honorary Chairman Conner Teahan in a morning of golf and camaraderie at the Safehome Golf Tournament, “Tee it Up.”

Apr
29
Wed
Faces of Innocence @ The Kansas City Downtown Marriott
Apr 29 @ 5:30 pm – 9:00 pm

The Midwest Innocence Project’s Faces of Innocence features dinner, an auction and internationally known guest speakers who have been falsely convicted and exonerated.

Inspired M-Pact Community Dinner @ The InterContinental
Apr 29 @ 6:00 pm

Inspired M-Pact Community Dinner celebrates the past year’s successes of the youth of Higher M-Pact and includes cocktails and dinner. This year’s featured speaker will be Bill Self, University of Kansas Men’s Basketball Head Coach. A five-time conference Coach of the Year, Self has won league titles in almost all of his coaching seasons. He has guided three teams to the NCAA Tournament Elite Eight – Tulsa, Illinois and Kansas.

Apr
30
Thu
MOCSA’s Community Luncheon @ Downtown Muehlebach Hotel
Apr 30 @ 11:30 am – 1:30 pm

Hear an inspirational story of resilience from keynote speaker 60 Minutes correspondent Lara Logan at the Metropolitan Organization to Counter Sexual Assault’s Community Luncheon.

21st Annual Corporate Spelling Bee @ Pierson Auditorium, Student Success Center, UMKC
Apr 30 @ 5:00 pm – 10:00 pm

Literacy Kansas City gets local businesses to face each other in the ultimate corporate spell-off at the 21st Annual Corporate Spelling Bee.

2015 Annual Dinner – Healing What Hurts @ Marriott Muehlebach Hotel

Apr 30 @ 5:30 pm – 9:00 pm

Each spring, the Center’s Annual Dinner and Berkley Symposium bring leading minds on important and often controversial issues in bioethics to our home base in Kansas City. The issue of pain, its history and treatment certainly falls into that category.

Shuttlecork 2015 – Winemakers Dinners @ six area homes
Apr 30 @ 5:30 pm – 10:00 pm

In each of six exceptional area homes, an award winning local chef will pair a multi-course meal with fine wines from two top West Coast winemakers. Book early, just 30 seats per home.

May
1
Fri
2015 Joan Berkley Bioethics Symposium @ Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences
May 1 @ 8:30 am – 3:30 pm

The Center for Practical Bioethics brings national experts on pain policy and treatment to address major trends and issues in the treatment of chronic pain, including the use of opioids, and what chronic pain advocates and other can do to further efforts to reform chronic pain care in America.

Shuttlecork 2015 – Grand Tasting & Auctions @ The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art
May 1 @ 5:30 pm – 10:00 pm

Enjoy wines of more than 25 top winemakers including Pride, Cain and Ridge plus delectable food pairings from 20 local restauranteurs surrounded by the beauty and history of The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art’s Rozzelle Court and Kirkwood Hall as you bid on a wide range of silent auction items.

Convene to tables on the grounds where you may enjoy additional fine wines, cheese, bread, a few surprises and an amazing live auction of more than 20 one-of-a-kind wine related treasures and adventures.

May
2
Sat
ArtsKC Aperitif Series @ The home of Holly Nielsen
May 2 @ 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm

DISCOVER White Nights and contemporary Russian artists in the art deco home of Holly Nielsen with co-host Siobhan McLaughlin Lesley. The event will feature Russian Chic libations, a live performance by contemporary pianist Kari Johnson, and dance performances by members of Owen Cox Dance Group.

All proceeds from ArtsKC Aperitif benefit the mission of ArtsKC – Regional Arts Council to “unleash the power of the arts.”

May
8
Fri
ArtsKC Aperitif Series @ Photography studio and garden in the River Market Area
May 8 @ 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm

EXPLORE the art of photography with hosts John and Cate DePrisco and co-hosts Malik and Jessica James. Their contemporary Mexican themed party will feature bites by Port Fonda, sips by Quay Coffee, and rhythmic musings by Diles Mavis Group. Don’t forget to take a snapshot of yourself in the Photo Bus.

All proceeds from ArtsKC Aperitif benefit the mission of ArtsKC – Regional Arts Council to “unleash the power of the arts.”

May
29
Fri
MotherFreakingHood! @ Goppert Theatre at Avila University
May 29 – Jun 14 all-day

MotherFreakingHood! follows Rachael, Angie, and Marcia as they bond over mumbos, onesies, Red Bull, dreaded teenage hormones and Xanax. Why worry about poopy diapers and stretch marks when you can have a glass of wine and laugh about it?! Written by Kansas City natives, University of Kansas graduates, and former roommates–Julie Dunlap and Sara Stotts. MotherFreakingHood! explores the labors of motherhood with a little humor and a whole lot of singing.

Visit motherfreakinghood.com for times.