Performances


Sunflower Poetry Slam & Open Mic
Apr
18
6:00 PM18:00

Sunflower Poetry Slam & Open Mic

Up for an evening of creative wordplay? Join us for the Sunflower Poetry Slam & Open Mic nights, hosted by Poet Jen Harris at the Lenexa Community Forum in City Hall, 17101 W. 87th St. Pkwy.

Monthly events will be held October 2018 through April 2019 (no event in December).

Admission for the slam and open mic are free.Open Mic begins at 6 p.m. (open mic is limited to 5 minutes on stage per person. May be reduced to 3 minutes depending on the number of people who sign up.)

Poetry Slam begins at 6:30 p.m. (Sign-up list drops at 5:45 p.m. 10 slots available first come, first served. Order chosen by random drawing. Participants should have three items prepared. Time penalties are incurred after 3:10 minutes. Poets are disqualified after 4 minutes; no warning is given at the 3-minute mark. 10 slots in round 1; 5 back in round 2; 3 back in round 3. One winner will receive a $50 prize. Judges will be selected randomly from the audience.)

Audience participation is encouraged. Poets should be prepared as audience interruptions will not contribute to the poet's time. (This will be at the slam master's discretion. Fairness is the goal.)

Interested in developing your poetry skills or taking them to the next level? Sign up for monthly workshops held on the Third Thursdays, prior to the open mic. Poet Jen Harris will lead the one-hour sessions. Registration >> http://bit.ly/2OOvyr1

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Curses & Charms
Apr
14
5:00 PM17:00

Curses & Charms

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Curses & Charms: A Further Account of the Trials of Womyn with wild tales told through poetry and music.

Join us for a magical night of poetry and music as only Emery Diercks, Teri Quinn & Poet Jen Harris can bring you.

Libations available for those who dare to partake!

Potions, Amulets, Poetic Scripture available for purchase!

You are greatly encouraged to purchase tickets online ahead of time, this show WILL sell out!

Tickets $10 online, $15 at the door!

Emery Diercks is a spoken word artist whose prose strikes a revenant tone with her readers and audiences. She is currently working on her second book and lives in Salina, KS with her husband and two children.

Kansas City songwriter Teri Quinn writes songs that harmonize sweet with savory, entwine lace with barbed-wire, and romance old-fashioned charm with modern grit. Quinn’s clawhammer banjo hums and hollers, and her lyrics are both celestial and cerebral. Her enchanting voice and lyricism is a timeless elevation of the feminine and fearless.

Poet Jen Harris is a professional public speaker, spoken word poet, activist, published author, founder and former host of Kansas City Poetry Slam. She is a TEDx fellow, a Button Poetry & Write About Now Poetry feature. Her work is poetic memoir, a confessional assortment of personal and adopted stories of life on and off the grid; substance use, abuse survival, coming out stories, the New Age shift in mindfulness, the cross-country migration of artists in search of paying work both plentiful and fulfilling, the demise of the corporate culture, the defiance of media-induced prepackaged lives and conversely, and the beauty created when people unite on a common front for a common purpose.

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Sunflower Poetry Slam & Open Mic
Mar
21
6:00 PM18:00

Sunflower Poetry Slam & Open Mic

Up for an evening of creative wordplay? Join us for the Sunflower Poetry Slam & Open Mic nights, hosted by Poet Jen Harris at the Lenexa Community Forum in City Hall, 17101 W. 87th St. Pkwy.

Monthly events will be held October 2018 through April 2019 (no event in December).

Admission for the slam and open mic are free.Open Mic begins at 6 p.m. (open mic is limited to 5 minutes on stage per person. May be reduced to 3 minutes depending on the number of people who sign up.)

Poetry Slam begins at 6:30 p.m. (Sign-up list drops at 5:45 p.m. 10 slots available first come, first served. Order chosen by random drawing. Participants should have three items prepared. Time penalties are incurred after 3:10 minutes. Poets are disqualified after 4 minutes; no warning is given at the 3-minute mark. 10 slots in round 1; 5 back in round 2; 3 back in round 3. One winner will receive a $50 prize. Judges will be selected randomly from the audience.)

Audience participation is encouraged. Poets should be prepared as audience interruptions will not contribute to the poet's time. (This will be at the slam master's discretion. Fairness is the goal.)

Interested in developing your poetry skills or taking them to the next level? Sign up for monthly workshops held on the Third Thursdays, prior to the open mic. Poet Jen Harris will lead the one-hour sessions. Registration >> http://bit.ly/2OOvyr1

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The Beautiful And Strange Tour
Mar
9
7:00 PM19:00

The Beautiful And Strange Tour

The Beautiful and Strange tour is brought to you by J'Parle' featuring the powerhouse poet Jerica D. Wortham from Tulsa, Oklahoma. She will be taking us on a journey through her Queendom of poetry along with her 3 piece band. This event will be at the beautiful Sankofa Cafekc located on 4240 Indiana Ave, Kansas City, MO. This event will be hosted by Poet, Author, and Radio Personality Serenity Speaks. KC artist included on the line up are: Sheri Hall Angel Gibson Nicolette Paige and Poet Jen Harris

It's $10 to get in and there will be tropical drink specials along with the Sankofa Cafekc full menu


Tickets available at: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/the-beautiful-and-strange-tour-kcmo-tickets-57437377743

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Late Night Squeeze, a Nocturnal Variety Show 2.0
Mar
1
to Mar 2

Late Night Squeeze, a Nocturnal Variety Show 2.0

Join us for our second Late Night Squeeze, A Nocturnal Variety Show co-produced by Stephanie Roberts and SqueezeBox Theatre and made possible by an Inspiration Grant from Arts KC.

Check out our extraordinary line-up:
Stand-up Comedy by Anna May Smith
Poetry/Spoken Word by Jen Harris
Saxophone by Ernest Melton
Opera by Samantha Gossard, mezzo-soprano
Songs by Stephonne Singleton
Physical Theatre by UMKC Theatre
&
Night Cap Grab Bag by Emcee Stephanie Roberts

We'll also have a fun raffle, a mini live auction, and of course local spirits served at the Memory Jar Bar. Tell your friends, and stay up late!
Late Night Squeeze at SqueezeBox Theatre 1519 Oak St.KCMO 11:00pm
Doors open at 10:30
Tickets: $10

FB invite: https://www.facebook.com/events/1347456772077210/

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Survivors’ Stories: Stand Against Sexual Violence, MOCSA Benefit
Feb
28
7:00 PM19:00

Survivors’ Stories: Stand Against Sexual Violence, MOCSA Benefit

“SURVIVORS’ STORIES: STAND AGAINST SEXUAL VIOLENCE”
FEBRUARY 28th
AT The Rino

FEBRUARY 28, 2019, with support from Fine Dining Productions and Johnson County Mental Health Center, The Rino will be hosting a very special event called Survivors’ Stories: Stand Against Sexual Violence. All proceeds will go to MOCSA, The Metropolitan Organization to Counter Sexual Assault.

The evening will consist of a curated lineup of performers sharing songs, poetry, and other performance art pieces that touch on their experience with sexual violence or harassment. Along with providing a safe space where survivors can connect and access services they may need, this is a chance for those who have not dealt with sexual violence to further understand what it means to be a survivor.

FEB. 28TH at THE RINO 7PM
TICKETS ARE $15 SUGGESTED DONATION | Those who are able to give more are welcome, no one will be turned away due to lack of funds.
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/survivors-stories-stand-against-sexual-violence-tickets-55477516746

DEADLINE FOR SUBMISSIONS: JANUARY 31ST
Call For Artists: Survivors' Stories (A MOCSA Benefit)

VOLUNTEER SIGN UP:
bit.ly/survivorsvolunteer

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Valentine’s Ball: Love & Other Ghost Stories
Feb
14
7:00 PM19:00

Valentine’s Ball: Love & Other Ghost Stories

From the quill of host / founder / artist Peregrine Hoenig:

 "I have been throwing a Valentines Ball in Kansas City, MO for 20 years. It started at the Fahrenheit as an art show and costumed event with live music and naturally became part of the regional Mardi Gras schedule. Every ball has a love theme - Hunting for Love, For The Love of Money, Love Ambassador - it’s been thrown in amazing places - from the original Golden Ox to early days of The Ship to an antique rug store, Smith and Burstert. Birdies opened on Valentines in 2003 so it celebrates the shop’s inception as well.”

 This year Love and Other Ghost Stories is grey costume attire.  

Poet Jen Harris & Julia Haile (hale with an i) will be performing.

Thursday, February 14, 7-10pm.

1746 Washington KCMO- the new location of YJ’s Snack Bar.

Admission is free but please bring cash for a variety of provided ways to relax as an adult and celebrate these talented women and the spectrum of love.

Very chill and self-date friendly.

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