Arts notes

'You Never Can Tell' continues this weekend

University Theatre's production of George Bernard Shaw's "You Never Can Tell" continues this weekend at Crafton-Preyer Theatre.

The play, directed by KU associate professor of theatre and film John Staniunas, will show at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Friday and Saturday and 2:30 p.m. Sunday.

Tickets are $14 and $12 for the public, $10 for students, and $13 and $11 for seniors. They are available at Murphy Hall, 864-3982; the Lied Center, 864-ARTS; SUA, 864-7469; and online at www.kutheatre.com.

KANU celebration includes folk music

Connie Dover and Ann Zimmerman will perform Saturday as part of the 50th anniversary celebration of radio station KANU. The concert is presented by KANU and West Side Folk.

Dover, a soprano, is a leading singer of the traditional music of the British Isles and the American West. Zimmerman is "the voice of the Flint Hills."

Joining Dover and Zimmerman will be Kelly Werts, a fiddler, guitarist and singer for many years with the Plaid Family; and Lisa Harris, featured vocalist for many years with the Goodtime Radio Review.

Tickets are $16 for the show, which will be at 7:30 p.m. Saturday at the Lawrence Arts Center, 940 N.H.

Spencer Museum serves Winter Holiday Party

Symbols and traditions from December holidays and cultures around the world will be part of the annual Winter Holidays Celebration at the Spencer Museum of Art.

The festivities will take place from 1 p.m.-4 p.m. Dec. 8.

Piano music will begin the afternoon sampler, which will include music on a kayagum, a Korean classical instrument. Visitors also will be treated to performances by the Denney School of Irish Dance, whose dancers are ages 4 to adult, and the Inspirational Gospel Voices, a group of KU students.

Holiday treats will be available, and Santa will visit from 1:30 p.m.-2:30 p.m. Children will be able to sit on his lap and take home free photographs.

Merchandise in the Museum Book Shop will be 20 percent off for the weekend, 25 percent off for Friends of the Museum members.

Baker performs Candlelight Vespers

Baldwin :quot; Baker University music department members will perform the 72nd annual Christmas Candlelight Vespers at 4 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Saturday at First United Methodist Church, 704 Eighth St.

The event will feature ensembles and performances by all areas of the university's music department. Admission is free.

A reception will follow both the afternoon and evening shows in the church's Fellowship Hall.

Baldwin Theatre issues audition call

Baldwin :quot; Baldwin Community Theatre will hold auditions for a February run of "Nunsense."

Auditions will be from 7 p.m.-9 p.m. Monday and Tuesday at the theatre, 816 High St.

The production has parts for five women. Auditioners should come prepared to sing a prepared selection.

The play will run on Feb. 7-8, Feb. 13-16. For more information, call (785) 594-7440.

Topeka Ballet to stage 'The Nutcracker'

Topeka :quot; The Metropolitan Ballet of Topeka will stage its 14th annual production of holiday favorite "The Nutcracker" at 7:30 p.m. Saturday and 3 p.m. Dec. 8.

Korean ballerina Mifa Ko and her partner, Ted Sothernn, will lead a list of guest artists coming to perform with Topeka and other northeast Kansas dancers.

A full orchestra under the direction of Leon Burke will accompany the ballet.

Performances will be at the Topeka Performing Arts Center. Tickets are $15 and $12 for adults, $12 and $10 for children. They are available at the TPAC Box Office, (785) 297-9000 and all TicketMaster outlets.

Folly Theater presents lauded Cuban jazz trio

Kansas City, Mo. :quot; The Gonzaol Rubalcaba Trio will play at 8 p.m. Friday at the Folly Theater, 12th and Central, Kansas City, Mo.

Cuban-born pianist Gonzalo Rubalcaba blends strands of Cuban music and the American jazz tradition into a modern whole.

Born into a musical family in Havana in 1963, Rubalcaba began studying classical piano at age 8. He played Havana by night, honing his technique. He grew up jamming with such Latin giants as Machito, Chico Hamilton and Paquito D'Rivera.

In 1985, Rubalcaba was discovered by Dizzy Gillespie but was prohibited from performing in the United States for many years due to political entanglements. His first performance in the states was in 1993.

Tickets are $23 and $27.50 and may be purchased by calling the Folly Box Office at (816) 474-4444.

Youth theater stages 'Cricket on the Hearth'

Mission :quot; Theatre for Young America is producing an adaptation of Charles Dickens' "The Cricket on the Hearth" through Dec. 22 at its home theater on the second floor of Mission Center Mall, 4881 Johnson Drive.

The story, which Dickens wrote in 1845, concerns an evil toy manufacturer and his two maligned employees, who are befriended by a couple and the spirit of the Cricket who lives in their hearth.

Gene Mackey, resident playwright and artistic director, has adapted the book to play form and has closely followed the original story. Sidonie Garrett is the director, with musical direction by Molly Jessup.

Tickets are $6.50 per person; group rates are available. For more information, call (913) 831-2131.

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