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Entertainment briefs, Aug. 16, 2013

August 16, 2013


Aug. 16--Northwest unveils Encore season

Northwest Missouri State University's Office of Campus Activities has released its Encore performance schedule for the 2013-2014 academic year, which will feature celebrations of '80s rock music, jazz and Native American culture as well as a beloved '50s-themed musical. Five shows comprise this season's Encore performance series and all performances begin at 7:30 p.m. at the Ron Houston Center for the Performing Arts.

Sept. 12: "Sing-A-Long Grease"

The evening begins with your host leading a vocal warm-up. You will learn how to use your free goody bag during the film as well as some appropriate heckles and accompanying actions. You'll even get a chance to learn how to hand jive. Then just sit back and watch Danny, Sandy and the gang while you sing -- and dance -- along to the lyrics shown on the screen. It couldn't be easier -- or more fun. Fancy dress is strongly encouraged, and full audience participation is essential.

Nov. 14: Lakota Sioux Dance Theatre, "Cokata Upo! Come to the Center"

The Lakota Sioux Dance Theatre was founded at the Rosebud Reservation in South Dakota with the support of traditional Lakota Indian educators, healers, community leaders, championship pow-wow dancers, singers and storytellers. The company performs "Cokata Upo! Come to the Center," a three-part, evening-length work that celebrates the culture of the Lakota people. Set against a backdrop of spectacular video imagery and accompanied by live traditional, sacred and courting songs, narratives and creation stories are woven into the fabric of the performance.

Feb. 16, 2014: "Rock of Ages"

In 1987 on the Sunset Strip, a small-town girl met a big-city rocker in L.A.'s most famous rock club, and they fell in love to the greatest songs of the '80s. The five-time 2009 Tony nominee "Rock of Ages" is an arena rock love story told through the mind-blowing, face-melting hits of Journey, Night Ranger, Styx, REO Speedwagon, Pat Benatar, Twisted Sister, Poison, Asia, Whitesnake and many more of the era's greatest bands. This worldwide party musical features a mix of 28 rockin' '80s tunes.

March 7, 2014: New Jazz Order

New Jazz Order was formed in the fall of 2007 to showcase the wonderful playing and writing of the younger musicians on the Kansas City jazz scene while also staying true to the spirit and energy of historic bands directly out of that city's tradition. Since then, those young musicians have become the backbone of one of the hottest jazz scenes in the world, with write-ups in Downbeat and other publications.

April 16, 2014: Hot Club of San Francisco presents "Cinema Vivant"

Imagine yourself in the French countryside in the 1930s. Sometime before dark, a gypsy caravan sets up camp in a field outside of town, luring the locals out for an evening's fun. The wanderers travel with a film projector, pointing it at the side of a barn. As the images flicker to life beneath the stars, gypsy musicians play their guitars and fiddles, matching every movement on the screen with characteristic virtuosity, passion and humor. Reviving this lost entertainment, The Hot Club of San Francisco presents "Cinema Vivant," an evening of vintage silent films accompanied by live gypsy swing.

Some of this season's Encore performers will spend time with students on the Northwest campus and in the Maryville community. The Lakota Sioux Dance Theatre, in conjunction with its performance, will participate in a residency Nov. 13 through 15 that includes cultural classes. The performance group's visit also will be part of Native American History Month programming coordinated by Northwest's Office of Intercultural Affairs. Additionally, the March 7 performance of New Jazz Order will occur in conjunction with the Northwest Jazz Festival, led by Associate Professor of Music Dr. Bill Richardson.

Encore tickets may be purchased at the Student Services Center between 8 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday, on the first floor of the Administration Building, or online at For more information about the Encore season or to learn about donating to support the program, contact Angel McAdams Prescott at or by calling (660) 562-1226.

MVIS calls for artists for two shows

The Missouri Valley Impressionist Society (MVIS) is partnering with the North Missouri Arts Council (NOMO) in sponsoring and promoting an Oil Painters of America (OPA) national plein air painting event taking place from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Sept. 7 in Marceline, Mo. Each year OPA conducts annual paint outs across the U.S., allowing their members to host an annual event through an application process. OPA and MVIS member Darrell Gardner, president of NOMO, will be hosting the upcoming paint out. It is open to all painters of any media. There is no cost to paint or enter the Purchase Award Competition for $500 cash. For more information, visit the events page on the North Missouri Arts Council website at or contact Darrell Gardner at

The Brush Creek Art Walk also will hold a plein air painting competition for its second straight year. The Brush Creek Art Walk is a three-day fine art and music festival along the newly renovated Brush Creek Parkway near the Kansas City Country Club Plaza and the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art. A four-mile stretch of walkways along Brush Creek (also known as the Blue River) will be open from sunrise to sunset on Sept. 13, 14 and 15 for artists to interpret en plein air along with a free concert on the final day. The competition is divided into four zones, and artists will get a chance to compete and win cash prizes in each. There will be a Friday afternoon "Quick Draw" with a $500 purchase award. Juried paintings will be on exhibit at the Bruce R. Watkins Cultural Center art gallery from Oct. 3 through 29 for public view and purchase. All artwork must be done and completed on site during the event.

For more information and registration, visit or contact Greg Summers at

Missouri Western announces 2013-2014 theater season

From William Shakespeare to Mel Brooks, the theatrical productions at Missouri Western State University this year will inspire grins, giggles and guffaws throughout Potter Hall Theater. The 2013-2014 theater season, A Season of Laughter, includes two plays and two musicals sure to delight audiences. Season tickets are on sale now at For a limited time, you can get all four shows for the price of $40.

The season begins with "A Midsummer Night's Dream" from Oct. 3 through 13. In Shakespeare's beloved comedy, the lives of young lovers intersect with the fairy world of Oberon, Titania and Puck, and hilarious complications ensue.

The first musical of the season is "The Drowsy Chaperone" from Nov. 21 through Dec. 8. The "show within a show" features a lonely musical theatre lover listening to a rare recording of a 1928 musical. As he listens and provides commentary, the characters come to life in his apartment. The original Broadway production won five Tony Awards in 2006, including Best Book and Best Score.

Steve Martin's "Picasso at the Lapin Agile" will be the third show of the season from Feb. 20 through March 2. The famed comedian's first play imagines a meeting between Pablo Picasso and Albert Einstein at a Paris bar in 1904. The two men argue the merits of art and science just before they achieve major breakthroughs in their respective fields.

A Season of Laughter concludes with the Mel Brooks smash hit musical "The Producers" April 3 through 13. The show about Broadway producers who can't fail, no matter how hard they try, is based on Brooks' 1968 film of the same name. It ran for six years on Broadway and won a record 12 Tony Awards.

For more information about the upcoming season, call the Department of Communication Studies, Theatre and Cinema at 271-4490.

Shea Conner can be reached at Follow him on Twitter: @stjoelivedotcom.


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