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'Becoming Martin' is a world premiere production that centers on the mentorship Martin Luther King, Jr., receives when he enters Morehouse College at age 15. Through debate over civil disobedience concepts, Morehouse College President, Dr. Benjamin Mays, sets young MLK on a path towards fighting for civil rights.

This play is a Coterie commissioned work by noted filmmaker, screenwriter, director, and playwright, Kevin Willmott, who currently serves as a professor of film studies at Kansas University and is hailed as one of the most prolific independent filmmakers today, with films such as Ninth Street, C.S.A.: The Confederate States of America, BlacKkKlansman and Chi-Raq, for which he was executive producer and co-writer with Spike Lee. The play is directed by Chip Miller, Assistant Artistic Director at the KC Rep.

The play runs from September 18-October 21 at The Coterie Theater in Crown Center and is recommended for audiences aged 11+.

Use the promotion code 'CHIP' to get a 20% discount on adult priced tickets. 

When Lerner & Loewe’s MY FAIR LADY opened on Broadway it collected six Tony Awards (including Best Musical) while the film version took home eight Oscars. Based on George Bernard Shaw’s play Pygmalion, My Fair Lady is that rare musical by which all others are measured. Lerner and Loewe’s award-winning story of Eliza Doolittle, a cockney flower girl transformed into an elegant lady, is widely considered one of the greatest musicals of all time. 

Come out and support the lead Allison Jones! (she's legit)

Join five performers on a journey through the timeless music of Thomas “Fats” Waller. 
A sassy, sultry musical celebration of the legendary jazz great! 

Ain't Misbehavin' (Tony Award-winning Musical Revue) 
LOCATION: Gem Theater, 1615 E. 18th Street, Kansas City, MO 64108 
DATES: September 21 thru October 14, 2018 

Held Friday, September 21, 2018 through Sunday, September 23, 2018, The Plaza Art Fair encompasses nine city blocks and welcomes a crowd of over 250,000. Featuring 240 artists, the Plaza Art Fair is a top-ranked, national art event with three live music stages and 22 featured restaurant booths. It continues to be a weekend of people simply celebrating art and each other, as well as Kansas City’s unofficial welcome to the fall season.

 The prettiest and coldest in the game come together to close out the summer. Man, you don't wanna miss this. Featuring DJ Diamond Diva on the mix. Presented by Beta Lambda chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha Frat., Inc. and co-host, Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. chapters Beta Omega, Mu Omega and Xi Tau Omega.
Troostapalooza emerges Saturday, September 22nd from 12pm to 7pm at 30th & Troost. Join us as we celebrate art, culture, music, food & drink, and street sports in a free, family-friendly environment. Troostapalooza values celebrating the community, bringing together neighbors, small businesses, and friends on this historic corridor.

The self proclaimed Queen of brunch (Chef Shanita Bryant) will launch Kansas City's first Brunch Club from the beautiful Caenen Castle on September 22, 2018 from 10am-2pm!

This bi-monthly event will highlight Chef Shanita’s love for all things Breakfast / Lunch .... Brunch. So we know what your thinking, whats on the menu?

Couples discuss how they navigate business and family relationships. 
-Panel Discussion (Building business and a family legacy) 
-Question and Answer Session 
-Clips from "Black Love" Documentary 
-Newlywed Game 
-Youth Entrepreneur Presentation

Budgeting is optimal, but it’s an important component of financial success. It’s not difficult to implement, and it’s not just for people with limited funds. Budgeting makes it easier for people with incomes & expenses of all sizes to make conscious decisions about how they spend their money.

Join us we celebrate the new food menu & Fall drinks at Kansas City's #1 healthy establishment offering 100% fresh and cold-press juice, smoothies, and healthy and vegan bites; Ruby Jeans Juicery! While you're there, try my favorite drink, 'The Wolf', for just $5 from 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM! 

This monthly event happens throughout the great states of Missouri & Kansas! Each event will feature local wineries, local coffee roasters, local breweries, local juicers, local artists, local musicians, and local who's who from both sides of the Missouri River!
2-for-1 margaritas // $5 bombs

Sometimes you need a little NEO-SOUL to get you through the weekend, so come through to Sol Cantina Saturday, September 22 and revive yourself with some good tunes, good margaritas good food, and good people!

Broadway’s Hamilton star comes to Kansas City! 

From his Tony® Award-winning role as Aaron Burr in Broadway’s hottest hit, Leslie Odom Jr. joins the Kansas City Symphony for an evening of music, with proceeds benefiting reading proficiency for Kansas City kids through Turn the Page KC. 

National Arts & Letters Commission Presents: The Pride in Our Heritage Tour in the CHARISMATIC & COURAGEOUS CENTRAL REGION. This event is hosted by the KCMO Alumnae Chapter. It will be an evening of an artistic fusion of Jazz, Poetry, & Intriguing conversations with Dr. Johnetta B. Cole and Susan L. Taylor. This event is open to the public and tickets are $40. LInk provided to purchase tickets. 

Amber has been a presence in the Kansas City jazz scene making a place and a voice for her instrument. In the beginning of 2014 the Amber Underwood Project was formed with original members Drew Davis, DeAndre Manning, and Tyree Johnson with the mission to showcase an instrument that is normally used as an auxiliary instrument in jazz but now as a solo instrument. AUP is a modern and fresh take on smooth jazz and R&B sounds. AUP uses the rich tones and colors of the flute to interpret the various styles and genres of jazz.

Ladies it’s that time again !!! 
The Biggest Annual Natural Hair photo shoot in Kansas City! 
Calling all Ladies / Girls with Curls, Coils, Locs , Afros . Come out have fun , network with other women and win prizes ! Also enjoy a FREE Photoshoot.

Photography by : 
Jill Washington

We are excited to return to Swope Park this Sunday, September 23rd for our Open Spaces KC series. Afro-Cuban rumbas have been occurring on Sunday afternoons at Loose Park since the early 1980s after the late Cuban rumbero Agustín Romero-Diaz immigrated to Kansas City. Since his passing in 2014, Miko Spears, Fahali Igbo, Bird Fleming, Les Izmore, Jessica Ayala, and Brad Williams have kept the flame burning. The Collective is returning to Swope Park’s The Village in four programs fusing rumba, poetry, soul, bachata and latin funk. Family free event! 

Join Quez Presents and 18th Street Union as we bring you a Rihanna inspired event! TEA - Rihanna Edition! 

Brandon Butler, Jeffrey Johnson, & Jordan TA Stephens on the drums, keys, and strings! Artists include Angel Gibson, Mimi Nichole, Sam Rivers, Precious Ni'Cole, & Natasha Webster.
The release of the visual album Lemonade ushered in a new era of Beyoncé. More than a pop album, Lemonade elevated the stories, struggles, and history of Black women in American in a way that hadn't been previously done. 

The Lemonade panel will facilitate a discussion of Beyoncé's cultural importance, artistry, social/political commentary, and empowerment of women of color. The event will include conversation interwoven with viewings of music videos.

Membership Mixer + Networking Event

Kansas City, MO September 29, 2018 Kingly Arts presents the Art-Deco Fashion show. This one night extravaganza is an experience to be seen, heard, and felt. The Art-Deco Fashion show is a unique show boasting extreme production to match its extreme fashion. Created just to stimulate the Kansas City Fashion scene. Such a unique show shall be held in a unique place to be transformed into its home for the one night of fashion sensory overload. The show décor will be Art-Deco themed vibe giving the show a high-end fashion presentation ambiance. This show will also have a youth pre-show giving talented youth a platform for the advancement in the world of fashion.


Jasmine Diane Cooper dreams of inspiring women across the world with the My Girl Story movement, she said. My Girl Story begins with Jasmine Diane’s blog, where she posts stories of other women’s struggles and successes and sells T-shirts, she said. Instagram and Twitter campaigning augment the movement.

Have a great weekend!
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