Arts Notes

Film-theater students offer drama classes

Kansas University's department of film and theater will offer afterschool drama classes next fall in Murphy Hall.

Registration for classes for children in grades 1-3 will be from 5:30 p.m. to 6 p.m. Sept. 4. Classes will be from 4 p.m. to 5 p.m. Sept. 6, 13, 20 and 27, Nov. 20 and 29 and Dec. 6.

Registration for classes for children in grades 4-6 will be from 5:30 p.m. to 6 p.m. Oct. 1. Classes will be from 4 p.m. to 5 p.m. Oct. 9, 16, 23 and 30, Nov. 27 and Dec. 4 and 11.

For more information, call 864-5576.

Indy Showcase highlights docs

Kansas City, Mo. Â KC Filmmakers Jubilee presents an Indy Film Showcase screening of three award winning short documentaries Aug. 23 at Union Station's City Stage.

"Okie Noodling" presents an ancient method of fishing  by hand. Outlawed in all but six states, it is a skill and pastime that's been handed down from generation to generation. Secretive to protect their locations for catching the big ones (over 50 lbs.), the filmmakers initiated a noodling contest to bring light to this sport of sticking your arm down the throat of huge fish. "Okie Noodling" won the audience award at the 2001 South By Southwest Film Festival.

"Hill Stomp Hollar" tells the story of Mississippi bluesman R.L. Burnside, his record label, Fat Possum Records, and their gritty struggle for survival. Fat Possum suffers financial and creative difficulties when it teams Burnside with the modern sounds of the Jon Spencer Blues Explosion. It's a classic blues story full of ups and downs, capturing the unexpected grace that accompanies the day-to-day realities of a life in music. "Hill Stomp Hollar" was the Best Documentary Runner Up at SXSW 1999.

"The Flaming Lips Have Landed" follows the legendary alt-rock band from its inception in 1983 to its current tour. Through personal interviews, countless photos, live footage and music videos, the film tells a comprehensive story of the psychedelic pop trio's sometimes bizarre but always engaging history.

Director Brad Beesley will host a filmmaker dialogue at 6 p.m., with the screening to follow at 7 p.m. Admission is $5 for students and seniors and $6 for the general public. Door prizes will also be given away at the screening.

For more info call Fred Andrews at (913) 649-0244.

Van Cliburn winner to play in KC

Kansas City, Mo. Â Van Cliburn gold medalist Stanislav Ioudenitch will give a piano recital at 7:30 p.m. Friday-Saturday in the Center for the Performing Arts at the University of Missouri-Kansas City Conservatory of Music, 4949 Cherry.

Before winning the 11th Van Cliburn International Piano Competition, Ioudenitch, a native of Uzbekistan, was pursuing a doctorate degree at the Conservatory of Music.

The program will include Prokofiev's "Sarcasms," Liszt's "Rhapsodie espagnole," Schubert's "Six Moments musicaux," Bach's "Partita No. 2 in C Minor" and Stravinsky's "Three Movements from Petrouchka."

Ioudenitch has performed throughout the world and won several international piano competitions.

Tickets are $24 for adults, $22 for senior adults and $12 for students. To order tickets, call the Central Ticket Office, (816) 235-6222.

Walnut Valley Festival tickets on sale

Winfield  The Walnut Valley Festival and National Flatpicking Championships will be held Sept. 13-16.

This year's acts include Big Twang, Dan Crary, The Wilders, Beppe Gambetta, Marley's Ghost, Byron Berline Band, Small Potatoes, Spontaneous Combustion, Tommy Emmanuel, Nickel Creek, Cathy Barton and Dave Para, Crow Johnson, John McCutcheon, Sons of the San Joaquin, Kelly and Diana Werts, Laurie Lewis and Kansas Heart.

The deadline for buying advance tickets, which range from $24 to $65, is Tuesday. Tickets at the gate range from $15 to $70. Children under age 6 are free with a paid adult.

For more information, call (620) 221-3250 or go to

SUA releases lineup of fall events

Student Union Activities has scheduled several events for the fall semester. The lineup includes:

 Saturday: Comedian Spanky, 8 p.m., Woodruff Auditorium, Kansas Union. Vouchers are required and are available beginning Aug. 23 at the SUA Box Office in the Kansas Union.

 Sept. 8: Comedian Taylor Mason, 8 p.m., Kansas Union Ballroom. Tickets are $5 for students with a KU ID; $7 for those with a KU ID; $5 for children ages 5-12; and free for children 4 and younger.

 Wednesdays: Brown Bag Classics, free performances by KU students and faculty, 12:30 a.m.-1 p.m., Alderson Auditorium, Kansas Union.

 Fridays: Tunes at Noon, free band concerts, noon to 1 p.m., plaza in front of the Kansas Union.

Also, the Kansas Union Gallery displays rotating exhibits of student work as well as one or two national shows a year. The exhibits are free and open to the public. To apply for an exhibit, stop by the SUA Box Office.

Topeka Symphony needs musicians; auditions set

Topeka  The Topeka Symphony Orchestra will have auditions Wednesday. Positions available include associate concertmaster, principal viola, principal bassoon, assistant horn, principal trombone, principal tuba, keyboard and strings.

For more information, call (785) 232-2032.


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