Arts notes

Kansas poets appear in cowboy-theme book

Five Kansas poets are represented in "The Big Roundup" (New West Library, $21.95, 432 pages), a new book from New West Library and www.cowboypoetry.com. The book includes more than 140 classic and contemporary cowboy poems.

Included are Jim Hoy, a folklorist at Emporia State University who has written nine books; Margo Imes, who raises children, calves and colts on her Sedgwick County farm; James H. "Jim" John, a third-generation Kansan living in Wichita; Don McCrary, a native Kansan who writes his Buckskinner poetry in Walker; and Ed Parrish, who writes magazine articles and executive speeches for the Cessna Aircraft Co. in Wichita.

The book is available by calling (800) 345-6665 or at www.TheBigRoundup.com.

Herbie Mann Quartet to appear at JCCC

Kansas City, Mo. � The Herbie Mann Quartet will perform a jazz concert at 8 p.m. Saturday at the Folly Theater, 12th and Central.

Quartet members are Herbie Mann, flute; Milcho Leviev, piano; Paul Socolow, bass; and Geoff Mann, drums.

Mann is known for blending the rhythms and harmonies of Africa, India, Cuba, Jamaica, the Middle East and Japan.

Tickets are $22 and $25 and are available by calling the Folly Theater Box Office, (816) 474-4444.

'Nutcracker' takes on a Christian theme

Westwood � "Mystery of Christmas," a Christian-based version of "The Nutcracker," will be performed by the Dramatic Truth School of the Arts Thursday through Dec. 9 at the YouthFront Auditorium, 4715 Rainbow Blvd.

In this version, Clara doesn't dream about a kingdom of sweets but takes a journey back in time to see the birth of Jesus.

Performances are at 1 p.m. and 2:30 p.m. Thursday, 7:30 p.m. and 10 p.m. Friday-Saturday and 2 p.m. and 4 p.m. Dec. 9.

Admission is $5 for students on Thursday, with adults admitted free. Tickets for other performances are $12 in advance and $15 at the door.

For tickets or more information, call (816) 795-0123.

KU dance professor's work listed on program

Overland Park � The Miller-Marley Youth Ballet will present "Winterdance" at 7 p.m. Friday and 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. Saturday-Dec. 9 in the Carlsen Center at Johnson County Community College, 12345 College Blvd.

The program includes excerpts from "The Nutcracker" and original works by Russell Baker, a dancer with the Kansas City Ballet; Kansas University dance professor Jerel Hilding; and Patricia Sorrell, director of Tidewater Ballet in Virginia.

Tickets are $8 and are available by calling (913) 469-4445.

KC Ballet to give classic 'Nutcracker'

Kansas City, Mo. � The Kansas City Ballet will present performances of "The Nutcracker" in December at the Midland Theatre, 1228 Main St.

Choreography is by Todd Bolender. The Kansas City Symphony Ballet Orchestra will perform Tchaikovsky's score.

Three casts of the ballet company and more than 100 youngsters ages 7-17 have been selected from the Kansas City Ballet School to take the stage.

Performances are at 7:30 p.m. Friday and Dec. 14 and 21; 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Saturday and Dec. 15 and 22; 1 p.m. and 5 p.m. Dec. 9, 16 and 23; 7:30 p.m. Dec. 19; and 7:30 p.m. Dec. 13 and 20.

Ticket prices range from $18 to $63. Tickets can be ordered through the Kansas City Ballet Box Office, (816) 931-2232, ext. 375, or Ticketmaster, (816) 931-3330 or www.ticketmaster.com.

Lawrence students advance in opera quiz

Kansas City, Mo. � Two Lawrence high school students have advanced to the second round of the ChevronTexaco Quiz Kids opera competition.

Elisabeth Drake-Studstill, a student at Free State High School, and Asha Park-Carter, a student at Lawrence High School, will next compete Jan. 15 at the Lyric Opera of Kansas City.

ChevronTexaco Quiz Kids consists of three rounds where high school students engage in a battle of wits about opera plots, characters, composers and librettists.

Winners of the second round � about 12 of them � will face off in round three Feb. 8 in Houston. Three finalists will be selected and they will compete April 6 in a live, on-air quiz broadcast during the intermission of the ChevronTexaco-Metropolitan Opera radio broadcast of Verdi's "Falstaff."

Fort Scott slates two holiday tours

Fort Scott � Several events are planned in Fort Scott to celebrate the holiday season.

The Frontier Candlelight Tour will be Friday-Saturday. The tour features 700 candle lanterns that illuminate the walkways and 21 buildings on the 17-acres Fort Scott National Historic Site. The seven-stop living history tour of the fort highlights events that affected the inhabitants of Fort Scott from 1842 to 1873. Tours leave every 10 minutes from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Friday and from 5:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday. Reservations are suggested by calling (620) 223-0310; tickets are $6.

The Homes for the Holidays Tour, featuring Victorian mansions and turn-of-the century buildings, will be Saturday and Dec. 9. Highlights include the Old Congregational Church built in 1873, the 1881 Fort Lincoln one-room school and the 1845 Capt. Thomas Swords Quarters home at the historic site.

Tickets are $7 in advance or $10 at the door. Tours are from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Call (800) 245-FORT for more information.

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