Kansas City is a cosmopolitan city with a thriving arts community. It is a long-standing home for live jazz and blues. It has theaters, performing arts venues, museums, and art galleries galore. From the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art in Kansas City, Missouri to the Martin City Melodrama in Overland Park, Kansas, there’s always something to satisfy the arts-curious in the Greater Kansas City Area. In fact, there is so much to experience in the Kansas City arts community, that you can find an event or a performance or an opening almost every weekend of the year.

For the passionate arts supporter in KC, it’s good to keep in mind that there is a wealth of concerts, shows, and events to be found in the southwestern side of the Metro Area. One of the true gems in the Greater KC arts community is the Performing Arts Series at Johnson County Community College (at Quivira and College Blvd. in Overland Park). The Series typically begins in early September and runs through to April of the following year.

Most of the performances on the JCCC Performing Arts Series schedule are held at the Carlsen Center on campus – which houses Yardley Hall, the Polsky Theatre, and the Black Box Theater (typically reserved for student productions). The 2013-2014 Performing Arts Series includes an amazing showcase of music and dance and special performances.

In September, the 2013 JCCC Performing Arts Series kicks off with performances by Susan Werner on the 7th and Nick Charles on the 15th. Later in September, Santa Fe & The Fat City Horns will be performing with a 12-piece horn and rhythm section and 5 vocalists. In October, the Hungarian State Folk Ensemble will be performing traditional folk dances. Ricky Skaggs and Bruce Hornsby will bring their Grammy-winning talents to the Carlsen Center in October as well. The month ends with a performance of Mississippi Delta blues by Taj Mahal and musician friends from across the world. It’s sure to be a celebration of the blues and influences from around the world. In November, the Shanghai Ballet performs The Butterfly Lovers, a classic Chinese folk tale. Also in November, award-winning playwright and film star Stephen Lang brings his one-man show Beyond Glory to the stage. But the hottest ticket in the 2013 JCCC Performing Arts Series may be An Evening with Rita Moreno. Rita is one of only 9 performers to have earned an EGOT (an Emmy, a Grammy, and Oscar, and a Tony award). She’ll be bringing a range of her favorite songs and stories to share with the audience. It’s sure to be a sold-out event.

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