The Daum Museum of Contemporary Art at State Fair Community College will present special evening events and extended museum hours on four Thursdays in May through August.

Hours will be 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. on May 23, June 27, July 25, and Aug. 22. Events will begin at 6 p.m. and are free to the public.

For the first Summer Nights event at 6 p.m. May 23, the Daum Museum will present Tommy Wizard from Circus Kaput in Stauffacher Theatre on the Sedalia campus. Wizard, a member of the St. Louis-based Circus Kaput, is an original, talented and hilarious one-man circus.

He excels at juggling, magic and the unicycle. His goofy sense of humor and wacky tricks appeal to children of all ages. Following his performance, Wizard will lead a circus skills workshop with instruction in juggling and plate spinning.

On June 27, the Daum will host an opening reception for the museum’s summer exhibitions, including “Sarah Nguyen: Winged Eclipse, Momentary Shadows,” “Constructions and Interventions: Photographs from the Collection,” and “Dreams: Sedalia Visual Art Association Members’ Exhibition.” Thomas Piché, Jr., Daum Museum director, will give a gallery talk at 6:30 p.m.

On July 25, the Daum welcomes the Kay Brothers and Burney Sisters in concert. The Kay Brothers will salute the stomp grass music traditions of the Ozarks, and the Burney Sisters’ close harmony features an indie folk-pop sound. Together, they will have the audience dancing in their seats.

The final Summer Nights event on Aug. 22 features Spofest, a community of area poets, writers and musicians who will share their talents in recitations and song. Among the readers will be the current Missouri Poet Laureate Aliki Barnstone. Besides being a writer, she is a translator, critic, editor, and visual artist. She is the author of eight books of poetry; the most recent is titled “Dwelling."

Her first book of poems, “The Real Tin Flower,” was published when she was 12 years old; she is Professor of English and Creative Writing at the University of Missouri (source:

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Randy Kirby
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