JOPLIN, Mo. — 2010 has been a pretty good year for staying entertained in Joplin. As we gear up for an action-packed 2011, we took a look back through our past issues to pick out our favorites from the last year.
The year featured some great classical music. Pro Musica Joplin offered another solid lineup of players, including a third appearance of classical music at the Kitchen Pass. Missouri Southern State University and Memorial Hall also featured some great music, from Brazilian melodies to creative fusions of tribal and jazz styles.
Pianist Emanuel Ax finally made his return to Joplin, as well. The world-renowed player was originally scheduled for November 2009, but snow canceled that appearance. He finally gave his performance in October.
But our favorite classical music performance featured beautiful photography along with enchanting music. In February, Ensemble Galilei presented “A Universe of Dreams,” a combination of Celtic music and pictures of the universe taken by the Hubble Space Telescope. NPR’s Neal Conan was part of the concert; he did readings to some of the pieces of music.
The Fox Theater was the perfect setting for this awe-inspiring show. Encore!
Walk it out
The Discover Downtown Alliance featured a great series of Third Thursday Art Walks in 2010. Each one featured unique entertainment, from battling artists to a downtown fiesta.
Our favorite happened in July with the “Faces of Autism” exhibit, which featured photography of kids afflicted with autism spectrum disorders. Each of the photos featured kids doing everyday, normal things such as playing a violin, feeding a kangaroo at the zoo or playing in a park.
The exhibit made its point: That kids with autism look like every other kid. Well done.
It’s not every day that a casino gets to invent a new game. The times that those games stick around are fewer and more far between.
Downstream Casino rolled out its version of craps in April, and a recent trip to the casino in December on a Saturday night showed the game is rolling hot.
Because of a quirk in Oklahoma’s gaming law, only card games and slot machines can be played in casinos. Card craps gets around that by using two rows of six cards each to simulate the dice roll.
That means the odds are just the same as a roll of the dice. For extra measure, players can toss a couple of promotional cubes for extra bonuses, but those dice don’t have an effect on the game, bets or odds.