Arts notes

Topeka Symphony announces new season

Topeka � The Topeka Symphony has announced the lineup for its 2002-2003 season. All concerts are in White Concert Hall at Washburn University, 17th and Jewell streets.

The lineup includes a concert of Beethoven's "Pastorale," Mussorgsky's "Khovantchina" and Stravinsky's "Firebird," 8 p.m. Sept. 28; "Ghosts, Goblins and Glockenspiels," a Halloween pops concert, 3 p.m. Oct. 27; a concert featuring Dvorak's "Symphony No. 8," "Five Variants of Dives and Lazarus" by Ralph Vaughan Williams and "Four Sea Interludes" by Benjamin Britten, 3 p.m. Nov. 24; "'Tis the Season," a concert of seasonal music, 7 p.m. Dec. 11; a concert featuring Elaris Duo and Brahms' "Double Concerto," 8 p.m. Jan. 25; "The Planets," a multimedia concert, 8 p.m. Feb. 22; and a concert featuring Dmitri Shostakovich's "Leningrad," 8 p.m. April 12.

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

Filmmaker to appear at Micheaux festival

Gregory, S.D. � Lawrence filmmaker Kevin Willmott will be among the guest presenters at the Seventh Annual Oscar Micheaux Film Festival Aug. 7-11 in Gregory.

Two of Willmott's films � "CSA: Confederate States of America" and "Ninth Street" � will be shown during the festival.

On Aug. 10, Willmott will participate in a Filmmakers Forum and Queen Bey, a Kansas City jazz singer and actress who appeared in "Ninth Street," will perform.

For more information, call (605) 835-8002 or go to

Jazz musician coming to Kansas City casino

Kansas City, Mo. � Jazz and rock pioneer Jean-Luc Ponty will perform at 8 p.m. Friday at Ameristar Casino, 8201 N.E. Birmingham Road, North Kansas City, Mo.

Ponty, who was classically trained while growing up in France in the 1940s, made the switch to jazz as an early adult. By the 1990s, he had recorded 13 albums and toured the world. He became fascinated with the sounds of West Africa and began working with American and African musicians.

Last year, he teamed with classic violinist Vadim Repin and jazz violinist Regina Carter at the Film Music Festival in Poland.

Tickets range from $10 to $16 and are available at (877) 444-2637 or

Antique show slated at Washburn University

Topeka � An antique show and sale, featuring 30 dealers from the Midwest, will be from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m Saturday and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m Aug. 4 at Washburn University, 17th and Jewell streets.

Free authentication and appraisal of silver will be available. Each person is allowed to bring one piece of silver. Glass and crystal repair and porcelain, china and pottery restoration will be available.

Admission is $5 at the door.

A wine and cheese preview and sale will be from 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Friday. Admission to the preview is $30 a person.

New Theatre sets auditions for 'Grease'

Overland Park � New Theatre Restaurant is having auditions for its production of "Grease" Saturday at the theater's production office, 1116 W. 25th St., Kansas City, Mo.

Those auditioning should prepare 16 bars of an up-tempo Broadway show and a one-minute comedy monologue from a well-known play. Non-singers should prepare a two-minute comedy monologue from a well-known play.

Auditions are by appointment, which can be made by calling (816) 221-0677.

Odd collections to be displayed

Kansas City, Mo. � Ten-year-old Isaac Zeilinger's collection of dirt will be among the items on display at the "Many More Things People Collect" exhibit Saturday through Sept. 15 in the Crown Center Shops, 2450 Grand Blvd.

Two Lawrence collectors will be featured: Dan Consolver will show his golf-related items and 11-year-old Katy Grimes will show more than 100 penguins.

Other collections include comic books, sports memorabilia, autographs, mule-related items, old rain bonnets, pineapples, mourning pens, bed pans, chopsticks and lots more.

A "Meet the Collector's Day" will be from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Aug. 17.

Admission is free.

Film series celebrates work of Billy Wilder

The Helen Foresman Spencer Museum of Art at Kansas University will celebrate the films of the late screenwriter Billy Wilder in August.

Wilder, who died in March at the age of 95, dominated Hollywood from the late 1930s to the early 1960s, creating more than 50 films and winning six Academy Awards.

The Billy Wilder Film Festival will feature "The Apartment," 7 p.m. Thursday; "Sunset Boulevard," 7 p.m. Aug. 8; "Double Indemnity," 7 p.m. Aug. 15; and "Some Like It Hot," 2 p.m. Aug. 18.

There is no admission charge. The films will be shown in the museum's auditorium. For more information, call Kristina Mitchell, 864-0137.


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