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Events and activities happening in Joplin!

Joplin Arts & Culture has a myriad of events happening next month, including:

February 3–5: Don’t Drink the Water, 6:30pm (Sunday 1:00pm) at Stone’s Throw Dinner Theatre (2466 Old 66 Blvd, Carthage, MO). Stone’s Throw Dinner Theatre proudly presents Woody Allen’s Don’t Drink the Water! A cascade of comedy and a solid hit on Broadway, this play takes place inside an American embassy behind the Iron Curtain. An American tourist – a caterer by trade – and his wife and daughter rush into the embassy two steps ahead of the police who suspect them of spying and picture-taking. It’s not much of a refuge, for the ambassador is absent and his son, now in charge, has been expelled from a dozen countries and the continent of Africa. Nevertheless, they carefully and frantically plot their escape, and the ambassador’s son and the caterer’s daughter even have time to fall in love. Reservations are required which you can make if you call (417) 358-9665 or email Tickets: Adults $29, Seniors (55+) $26, Students $24, Youth $23, Children (6-12) $12, Children (0-5) free.

On February 16: Trio con Brio Copenhagen, 7:00pm at the Harry M. Cornell Arts & amp Entertainment Complex, Beshore Performance Hall (212 W 7th St). An evening with the dazzling Danish ensemble Trio con Brio Copenhagen, featuring incredible music for the trio of violin, cello, and piano! The capstone of this elegant and passionate program is Beethoven’s famed Archduke Trio, one of the composer’s best-loved chamber works dedicated to his patron and friend, the Archduke Rudolf of Austria. This performance is part of Pro Musica’s 2022-23 series. Free and open to the public.

Later in the month on February 23–26: Tom Sawyer, 7:00pm (Sundays 2:30pm) at Stained Glass Theatre Joplin (2101 Annie Baxter Ave). Stained Glass Theatre Joplin proudly presents the quintessential tribute to American youth, its imagination, and its ingenuity, Tom Sawyer! From the whitewashing of the fence to the rescue of Becky Thatcher, Paul Kester’s masterful and enjoyable adaptation of Mark Twain’s classic is a crowd pleaser! Tickets: Adults $10, Children (ages 4-14) $5, Children ages 3 and under admitted for free. More information: Amanda Klein,


The activities Joplin and neighboring residence will see in February include January 3–February 16: Third and Fourth Grade Art and Essay Contest. Calling all area third and fourth graders! You’re invited to enter the annual George Washington Carver Art and Essay contest, which is centered on this year’s theme  “Curiosity”. Students are encouraged to create art and write essays that explore George Washington Carver’s quote, “From a child, I had an inordinate desire for knowledge, and especially music, painting, flowers, and the sciences.” Deadline for submissions is February 16, 2023. Winners will be announced during an awards ceremony on Saturday, April 1, 2023. More information: Sarah Martin,, (417) 325-4151.

February 4: ArtCon 2023, 10:00am–5:00pm at Neosho Junior High (14646 Kodiak Rd, Neosho, MO). A pop culture adventure for everyone! This year’s ArtCon, presented by Neosho Art Council, will feature free Q&A panels, autographs and photo ops, a cosplay contest, a Smash Brothers tournament, board games, Dungeons and Dragons, specialty vendors, an artist alley, and more. For more details, visit General Admission: $5, kids age five and under free. More information: Sarah Serio,

February 11: Wonders of the Night Sky, 6:00–8:00pm at George Washington Carver National Monument (5646 Carver Rd, Diamond, MO). Learn about celestial navigation, star stories, and the effects of light pollution, and enjoy an outside constellation tour at George Washington Carver National Monument! Cancelled in inclement weather. Free and open to the public. More information: Sarah Martin,, (417) 325-4151.

February 20: Downtown Poetry Reading and Open Mic, 6:00–8:00pm at Joplin Avenue Coffee Company (506 S Joplin Ave). A poetry reading and open mic event! Open mic sign-up begins at 6:00pm. Featured reader begins at 6:15pm. Open mic readings follow at 7:00pm. This event occurs on the third Monday of each month – same place, same time. Free and open to the public. More information: Julie Ramon,

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