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Images from Harold D. Smith Jr.'s exhibition Can You See Me?

July 25, 2019 - October 27, 2019

Harold D. Smith, Jr. · Can You See Me?

Kansas Focus Gallery, Nerman Museum

The exhibition runs through Oct. 27 at the Nerman Museum of Contemporary Art.

Arts & Performances

Logo for musical events

September 16, 2019 - November 12, 2019

Recital Series

Recital Hall

The Ruel Joyce Series plays on Mondays and the Jazz Series is offered on Tuesdays through mid-November.

Arts & Performances

New Dance Partners photo

September 27, 2019 - September 28, 2019

Carlsen Center Presents: New Dance Partners The Ultimate Collaboration

Yardley Hall

Four Choreographers – Four Companies – Four World Premieres! An innovative festival of contemporary and modern dance.

Arts & Performances

Festival logo with the words Japan Festival 2019

10:00 AM - 7:00 PM, October 5, 2019

2019 Japan Festival

Carlsen Center

The Heart of America Japan-America Society presents the 22nd annual Japan Festival featuring Isao Machii Sensei, a renowned swordmaster from Japan.

Arts & Performances, Community

Preston Singletary and Khu.éex’

7:30 PM, October 10, 2019

Carlsen Center Presents: Preston Singletary and Khu.éex’

Polsky Theatre

Jazz and funk/rock meet spoken word in English and indigenous languages.

Arts & Performances

Russian Renaissance

8:00 PM, October 11, 2019

Carlsen Center Presents: Russian Renaissance

Polsky Theatre

Redefining the possibilities of their traditional Russian folk instruments, an electrifying and exhilarating ensemble.

Arts & Performances

Janis Joplin poster

October 12, 2019

Carlsen Center Presents: A Night with Janis Joplin

Yardley Hall

Submerge yourself in the unmistakable voice of raw emotion tinged with Southern Comfort.

Arts & Performances, 50th Anniversary

Illusionist Rick Thomas poster

8:00 PM, October 19, 2019

Carlsen Center Presents: Illusionist Rick Thomas

Yardley Hall

Back by HUGE Demand – all new show! The most intriguing, innovative and mind-blowing grand illusions on the Yardley Hall stage.

Arts & Performances

Images from the exhibition Foresight/Insight

6:00 PM - 8:00 PM, October 24, 2019

Reception and lecture for Foresight/Insight and Harold D. Smith, Jr. · Can You See Me?

Hudson Auditorium, Nerman Museum

Join us for this free event featuring guest artists Jarvis Boyland, Cara Romero and Harold D. Smith Jr.

Arts & Performances

Taj Express poster

8:00 PM, October 25, 2019

Carlsen Center Presents: Taj Express: The Bollywood Musical Revue

Yardley Hall

A high-energy Bollywood celebration with joyful dance and thrilling live music by the Oscar winner for 'Slumdog Millionaire.'

Arts & Performances

Pablo Ziegler Jazz Tango Trio

8:00 PM, October 26, 2019

Carlsen Center Presents: Pablo Ziegler Jazz Tango Trio

Polsky Theatre

Ziegler, with Hector del Curto, bandoneon, and Claudio Ragazzi, guitar, won the 2017 Grammy Award for Best Latin Jazz Album.

Arts & Performances

Jake Shimabukuro

7:00 PM, October 27, 2019

Carlsen Center Presents: Jake Shimabukuro

Yardley Hall

Master of the ukulele, his rock and pop performances have become one of the hottest tickets around.

Arts & Performances

The National Dance Company of Siberia

8:00 PM, November 2, 2019

Carlsen Center Presents: The National Dance Company of Siberia

Yardley Hall

Stunning costumes, great choreography, wonderful precision dancing, awesome acrobatic strength.

Arts & Performances

The cast of Cirque Mechanics

8:00 PM, November 8, 2019

Carlsen Center Presents: Cirque Mechanics: 42 FT — A Menagerie of Mechanical Marvels

Yardley Hall

At the center of every circus rests a 42FT ring full of thrills, laughs and excitement. '42FT – A Menagerie of Mechanical Marvels' has been called the greatest contribution to the circus since Cirque du Soleil.

Arts & Performances

Roberts Randolph

8:00 PM, November 9, 2019

Carlsen Center Presents: Robert Randolph and the Family Band

Yardley Hall

One of Rolling Stone's 100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time, Randolph's pedal-steel jam band blends rock, funk, soul and jazz.

Arts & Performances

Decorative

7:00 PM, November 10, 2019

Carlsen Center Presents: Winterlude – Harlem 100 Celebrating the 100th Anniversary of the Harlem Renaissance

Yardley Hall

One of the country's greatest artistic eras, the Harlem Renaissance gave us the music of Duke Ellington, Billie Holliday and more.

Arts & Performances

Colin Mochrie & Brad Sherwood

8:00 PM, November 22, 2019

Carlsen Center Presents: Colin Mochrie and Brad Sherwood: The Scared Scriptless Tour

Yardley Hall

Known by TV audiences for their work on 'Whose Line is it Anyway?,' Colin & Brad improvise new material every night.

Arts & Performances

Ensemble Iberica

7:00 PM, December 8, 2019

Carlsen Center Presents: Winterlude: Ensemble Iberica

Polsky Theatre

A celebration of flamenco music performed by Kansas City musicians.

Arts & Performances

Promotional poster of Bandstand

7:30 PM, December 17, 2019

Carlsen Center Presents: Bandstand

Yardley Hall

After World War II, soldiers came home to a new America and made music that inspired the nation.

Arts & Performances

Promotional poster of Bomsori Kim

8:00 PM, January 18, 2020

Carlsen Center Presents: Bomsori Kim

Polsky Theatre

Internationally regarded as one of today’s most vibrant and exciting instrumentalists, violinist Bomsori Kim will perform in recital.

Arts & Performances

Promotional image of Eboni Fondren

7:00 PM, January 19, 2020

Carlsen Center Presents: Winterlude — Eboni Fondren

Polsky Theatre

Eboni is backed by piano, bass and drums, singing favorites from the American Songbook and familiar jazz standards.

Arts & Performances

Promotional photo of Greg Anderson and Elizabeth Joy Roe.

8:00 PM, February 7, 2020

Carlsen Center Presents: Anderson and Roe, piano duo

Polsky Theatre

Steinway artists Greg Anderson and Elizabeth Joy Roe are revolutionizing the piano duo experience for the 21st century.

Arts & Performances

Promotional photo of Bobby McFerrin

7:00 PM, February 9, 2020

Carlsen Center Presents: Bobby McFerrin and Gimme5

Yardley Hall

Bobby McFerrin's calling has always been to connect people through the unlimited possibilities of music.

Arts & Performances

Promotional photo of Mrs. Krishnan blowing up a balloon.

February 14, 2020 - February 16, 2020

Carlsen Center Presents: Mrs. Krishnan's Party

Johnson County Arts & Heritage Center, 8788 Metcalf Ave.

As the guest list grows, so does the chaos. Join us at the Johnson County Arts & Heritage Center for this interactive performance.

Arts & Performances

Theater poster for An American in Paris

February 15, 2020 - February 16, 2020

Carlsen Center Presents: An American in Paris

Yardley Hall

This Tony Award®-winning Broadway musical recreates the streets of mid-century Paris against the backdrop of the lush Gershwin score.

Arts & Performances

Photo of a performance of The Choir of Man

8:00 PM, February 21, 2020

Carlsen Center Presents: The Choir of Man

Yardley Hall

In this concert show set in an Irish pub, nine multi-talented blokes sing everything from pub tunes to folk to Broadway to classic rock.

Arts & Performances

Promotional image of a string quartet playing with a jazz quartet.

7:00 PM, February 23, 2020

Carlsen Center Presents: Winterlude — Sax & Violins

Polsky Theatre

A traditional string quartet plus a jazz foursome will perform Ellington, Monk, the Beatles and more.

Arts & Performances

Promotional poster for Don't Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus! The Musical

6:30 PM, February 26, 2020

Carlsen Center Presents: Don't Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus! The Musical

Yardley Hall

Presented by The Kennedy Center Theater for Young Audiences.

Arts & Performances

Musician Jenny Scheinman and her trio.

8:00 PM, March 6, 2020

Carlsen Center Presents: Kannapolis: A Moving Portrait

Polsky Theatre

A unique and touching glimpse of a bygone vision of America.

Arts & Performances

The band Danu.

8:00 PM, March 7, 2020

Carlsen Center Presents: Danú — St. Patrick's Celebration

Yardley Hall

Travel on a musical journey to Ireland!

Arts & Performances

A chemist mixes a solution in a laboratory.

7:00 PM, March 11, 2020

Carlsen Center Presents: Seeds

Polsky Theatre

Life-changing experiments are being conducted in the food we eat.

Arts & Performances

Trumpet player Nate Nall

7:00 PM, March 15, 2020

Carlsen Center Presents: Winterlude: Nate Nall Quintet

Polsky Theatre

Trumpet player Nate Nall studied with saxophonist Bobby Watson. Now he heads his own impressive group.

Arts & Performances

Promotional photo of San Francisco Quartet

7:30 PM, March 19, 2020

Carlsen Center Presents: Quartet San Francisco

Polsky Theatre

QSF will explore 'Masters of Pop: The Beatles and Beyond'

Arts & Performances

Promotional photo of Drum Tao performers

8:00 PM, March 20, 2020 - March 21, 2020

Carlsen Center Presents: Drum Tao 2020

Yardley Hall

Back by popular demand for two shows! Explosive, large-scale Japanese drumming, precise choreography, athletic bodies and contemporary costumes.

Arts & Performances

Promotional photo of The Reminders

7:00 PM, April 2, 2020

Carlsen Center Presents: The Reminders

Polsky Theatre

A remarkable musical duo seamlessly blending soulful sounds and roots music with insightful messages and thoughtful lyrics.

Arts & Performances

Promotional photo of Piff the Magic Dragon and his dog, Mr. Piffles

8:00 PM, April 3, 2020

Carlsen Center Presents: Piff the Magic Dragon

Yardley Hall

Call him unique. Call him an icon. Call him completely magical. Whatever you call him, Piff will leave you asking, “How are you going to top a guy in a dragon suit?” – New York Times

Arts & Performances

Promotional photo of Les Ballets Trockadero de Monte Carlo

8:00 PM, April 24, 2020

Carlsen Center Presents: Les Ballets Trockadero de Monte Carlo

Yardley Hall

Manly feet go "en pointe" with ballet and modern dance standards. This all-male troupe will delight and amuse.

Arts & Performances

Promotional photo of Alonzo King LINES Ballet

8:00 PM, May 9, 2020

Carlsen Center Presents: Alonzo King LINES Ballet

Yardley Hall

Choreographer Alonzo King's latest work is 'Figures of Speech.'

Arts & Performances