The Joplin Globe, Joplin, MO


March 12, 2010

Sidewalk sights: Third Thursday returns with art walk, Haiti exhibit, MSSU gallery

By Joe Hadsall

Discover Downtown Joplin Third Thursday, the monthly evening expo of downtown Joplin businesses, artists and others, returns for its third year with a schedule that features a call for those born to perform.

Linda Teeter, art walk coordinator for the Discover Downtown Alliance, said several new features will be part of this year’s events. The biggest, however, will be a season-long push for performing artists.

“We’re inviting the community to let us know about people they feel have talent,” Teeter said. “We would like to have comedy routines, one-act plays, people standing on streets and corners doing something entertaining.”

From belly dancers to jugglers, from acoustic guitarists in jeans to flautists in medieval garb, Teeter would like to see it all, she said. Next week’s event features some of those performing artists:

• Joplin Area Catholic Schools and TouchPoint Autism Services will present a one-act teaser of an upcoming production of “Jesus Christ Superstar” at Central Christian Center. The play is produced by TouchPoint Autism Services and Joplin Area Catholic Schools.

• Fire spinners will bring the heat

• Live musicians will perform at almost every stop on the art walk.

More live performances will be featured in later months, Teeter said. March’s art walk features mostly indoor-based events and activities, just in case the weather decides to walk all over the region. Next week’s event has two main highlights, Teeter said.

Helping Haiti

One of the highlights, Teeter said, is the “Faces of Haiti” fundraising exhibit for Joplin Helps Haiti.

The exhibit is a photo essay by Globe reporter Wally Kennedy, who visited the earthquake-ravaged country in February. Teeter said the exhibit tells a powerful story through an artful presentation of photography and video.

“It demonstrates the generosity of our area’s people,” Teeter said. “They said they had to do something. They couldn’t just sit here.”

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