Full Frontal Taking a Bow
Full Frontal Comedy will be giving their last performance after eleven years of improvisation. According to their website, Full Frontal Comedy began “in the fall of 1998. Director and owner Tina Morrison was supposed to direct The Marriage of Bette and Boo for the Northland Actors Ensemble. Some stuff happened and the show didn’t, but the Northland Actors Ensemble still had dates to fill on the calendar. Morrison took those in the cast willing to learn improv and, based on her seven years of improv with the groups Laughing Stock and Caught In The Act, she started a group to fill those spots. The group has been performing ever since.” Catch them Jan 8-9 at the Quality Hill Playhouse.
Charlotte Street Launches Rocket Grants
With support from the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, Charlotte Street Foundation and the Spencer Museum of Art are partnering to fuel the dynamism of our region’s art ecology by providing direct support for innovative, experimental, artist-driven, and artist-centered projects. Rocket Grants will fund projects that exist outside of established institutions, occur outside of traditional forms of support, challenge traditional methods of production or presentation, add energy and diversity to the field of arts activity in our area, and provide opportunities for the creative growth of those involved. Grants will provide up to $4000 support for selected projects, with a maximum of $40,000 to be awarded in 2010. Kansas City-Lawrence is the third site in the country to be part of the Warhol Foundation's Regional Regranting Program. Detailed guidelines for our new Rocket Grants may now be downloaded at www.charlottestreet.org/wp-content/uploads/2009/12/rocket-grants-guidelines-final.pdf. Complete application forms will be posted Jan 4. A series of information launch & question sessions are planned for January through March at a range of sites in the Kansas City and L awrence areas; potential applicants are strongly encouraged to attend. The first sessions are Jan 21, 6pm at the H&R Block Artspace at the Kansas City Art Institute, 16 East 43rd Street; Jan 23, 10am at Spencer Museum of Art, University of Kansas, 1301 Mississippi Street in Lawrence; and January 23, 1pm at Haskell Indian Nations University, 1555 Indian Avenue in Lawrence. Application deadline will be April 2, 2010.
Jennifer Scanlon will discuss the José Limón and Henry Purcell masterpiece The Moor's Pavane at the Kansas City Central Library Jan. 28 at 6:30pm. Described by The Boston Herald as "one of the Limón Company's great dancers," Limón choreographed The Moor’s Pavane for the Kansas City Ballet's winter season.
Mid-America Arts Alliance has opened its grant cycle for both its Community Engagement with Touring Artists (CETA) and its Regional Touring Program (RTP). The deadline for CETA grant applications is Feb. 1. Presenters may apply for multiple artists' appearances under the CETA program. Applications for our Regional Touring Program (RTP) grants are also being accepted at this time, with an application deadline for the first round of applications of April 15. Grant guidelines and the online eGrant system for both CETA and RTP can be found on the Performing Arts Programs page of our their website, www.maaa.org. For more information, contact performing arts manager Betty Maltbia at (816) 421-1388, ext. 228.
Starlight Theatre Academy
Spring classes are being offered at Starlight theatre and four metro locations: Johnson County Community College, Liberty Parks & Rec, Metropolitan Community College-Longview, and Park Hill Community Education. Starlight's classes for aspiring artists in pre-K through Grade 8 meet once a week from January through early May. Qualified theatre arts instructors lead all classes. For a complete 2010 spring class schedule and registration details, visit www.kcstarlight.com.
Theatre for Young America is accepting enrollments for its Saturday morning classes offered at Avila University. These weekly classes will take place in the Goppert Theatre complex on the Avila University Campus located at 11901 Wornall Road, in Kansas City, Missouri. Spring semester classes at Avila begin on Jan. 30. All preschool through 12th graders wishing to study drama are encouraged to enroll. The eleven-week classes are $124.00 per semester. An additional 10% discount is offered to season ticket holders or to parents enrolling more than one child in a class. Installment payment arrangements are also available. Enrollments may be taken until Feb. 22 if a class has not yet reached its capacity of 15 students per class. To enroll online go to www.tya.org or to enroll by telephone, call (816) 460-2083.
Project Space Available
Urban Culture Project invites proposals from artists, curators, and culture producers working in all disciplines for projects to be presented at its Paragraph, Project Space, and la Esquina venues. These may include, but are not limited to, visual art exhibitions, installations, original live performances (dance, theater, music, performance art, spoken word), film and video screenings, literary readings, lectures, public programs, and hybrid forms thereof. With its spaces and programming, UCP seeks to create a cross-disciplinary platform and hub for the generation and presentation of original work, projects, and ideas, and to encourage creative collaboration and exchange among artists and audiences from various disciplines and backgrounds. Work/projects that are site-specific, experimental, collaborative, and/or engage non-traditional participants and audiences are encouraged. The deadline is Jan 29 for proposals to be considered for fall 2010-spring 2011, plus one-night and short-term events/projects to occur sooner as schedule allows. Download the application at www.charlottestreet.org/wp-content/uploads/2009/11/urban-culture-project-call-for-proposals-2010-final.pdf