Arts notes

Wichita gallery to show Lecompton artist's work

Wichita � An exhibition of new paintings by Kansas artist Louis Copt will open Saturday at the Wichita Gallery of Fine Art, 100 N. Broadway, in the Bank of America Center.

The exhibit, "Between Earth and Sky," will concentrate on the Flint Hills. Works will include large dramatic oil paintings depicting prairie fires at night. Other paintings will depict lush, summer grasses, deep blue skies and the subtle grays of fall and winter. The paintings will be on display through Sept. 28.

Copt is a native of Emporia and lives near Lecompton. He teaches at the Lawrence Arts Center and has exhibited in numerous juried shows, including the Kansas Watercolor Society. Copt's paintings are in collections throughout the world.

Flatweave collectors to give presentation

Topeka � Turkish flatweave collectors Rose Marino and David Hann will discuss "Collecting Turkish Flatweaves" at 5 p.m. Tuesday at the Mulvane Art Museum at Washburn University, 17th and Jewell streets.

The presentation will highlight the exhibition "Family Holdings: Turkish Nomadic Flatweaves," which will open Oct. 6 at the museum. The show features about 50 woven textiles that represent a century of cultural artistic expression and tribal identification.

In addition to the standard wool and goat hair materials, the exhibit will include smaller works made with silk and metallic thread, white cotton, tassels, beads, ribbons and cowrie shell embellishments.

For more information, call the museum at (785) 231-1124.

Film society announces upcoming screenings

Topeka � The Shoestring Film Society at Washburn University will show a number of films during the fall semester.

The lineup includes "Mona Lisa," starring Bob Hoskins, Michael Caine and Robbie Coltraine, 7 p.m. Friday; "Amores Perros," a Mexican thriller, 7 p.m. Sept. 20; "Get Out Your Handkerchief," a French film starring Gerard Depardieu, 7 p.m. Oct. 4; "Memento," starring Guy Pearce, 7 p.m. Nov. 1; "Jakob the Liar," a German film that inspired the 1999 Robin Williams comedy, 7 p.m. Nov. 15; and "East is East," an English film, 7 p.m. Dec. 6.

Snacks are provided and film society members will discuss the film after the screenings, which will be in the Blair Room at the Living Learning Center.

For more information, call (785) 231-1010, ext. 1390.

KU alum's play set for Heartland theater

Kansas City, Mo. � A play by a Kansas University alumnus is opening Friday at the American Heartland Theatre in Crown Center, 2450 Grand Blvd.

"Looking Over the President's Shoulder," by James Still, will be staged at 8 p.m. Tuesdays-Saturdays and 2 p.m. Sundays, through Oct. 20.

The play is based on the life of Alonzo Fields, chief White House butler during the Hoover, Roosevelt, Truman and Eisenhower presidencies.

Tickets range from $15 to $29 and can be reserved by calling (816) 842-9999.

U.S.O. Canteen Dance to benefit museum

Topeka � The Kings of Swing will play at a U.S.O. Canteen Dance from 7:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. Sept. 7 in Hangar 602 at Forbes Field. Dancers are encouraged to wear old uniforms or period costumes.

The doors open at 6 p.m. Tickets are $8 and available at the door. Proceeds go to the Combat Air Museum.

Lawrence Art Guild to have reception

The Lawrence Art Guild will have an opening reception for their Members' Show from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Friday in the gallery of the Lawrence Public Library, 707 Vt.

The public is invited to meet the various artists and learn more about the Lawrence Art Guild.

Annual Greek festival features food, dancing

Kansas City, Mo. � The 41st Annual Greek Festival will be from 6 p.m. to 11 p.m. Sept. 6, noon to 11 p.m. Sept. 7 and noon to 8 p.m. Sept. 8 at the Annunciation Greek Orthodox Church, 120th Street and Wornall Road.

The festival features Greek foods, circle dancing, bouzouki playing, authentic costumes, and tours of the church.

Admission is free.

Kansas City festival to feature the Blues

Kansas City, Mo. � The Kansas City Blues and Heritage Festival will be Sept. 6-7 on the north mall of Liberty Memorial, 30 Pershing Road.

The festival will feature a variety of traditional blues, zydeco, jazz and Chicano performers.

The Blues headliners are John Mayall and the Blues Breakers, Robert Cray Band, Joe Sample, Otis Rush, Walter "Wolfman" Washington, Chris Duarte, Big Bill Morganfield, Max Groove and Rory Block.

Other major acts are C.J. Chenier and the Red Hot Louisiana Band and Los Hombres Calientes.

The gates open at 5 p.m. Sept. 6 and noon on Sept. 7. Performers will play until midnight both nights.

Tickets are $10 in advance and $20 at the gate. A two-day pass is $15 in advance and $25 at the gate. Children under age 10 and adults who are 62 or older are admitted free.

Tickets are available at Ticketmaster, (816) 931-3330. More information is available at www.KCBluesandHeritage.com.

Rockhurst University to show foreign films

Kansas City, Mo. � Three foreign films will be shown as part of the Cinemas Series in Mabee Theater at Rockhurst University, 1100 Rockhurst Road.

The lineup includes "The Princess and the Warrior," directed by Tom Tykwer in German with English subtitles, 7 p.m., Thursday; "Shall We Dance?", by Masayuki Suo in Japanese with English subtitles, 7 p.m., Sept. 12; and "High Heels," directed by Pedro Almodovar in Spanish with English subtitles, 7 p.m., Sept. 19.

Tickets, available at the door, are $7 for the series or $3 for each film. Discussions will be offered after each film.

Stackhouse coming to KU for two-week residency

Sarah Stackhouse, a dancer with the Jos� Limon Company in New York City from 1958 to 1969, is coming to Kansas University for a two-week residency with dance students in the School of Fine Arts Department of Music and Dance. She will begin the residency Tuesday.

Stackhouse will be teaching the intermediate and advanced modern dance classes, as well as a master class for all dance students. She plans to set excerpts of Choreographic Offering, a work by Jos� Limon, to be performed by members of the University Dance Company during their Lied Center concert Nov. 21 and Nov. 22.

For more information, contact 864-4264.

Auditions scheduled for Baldwin theater

Baldwin � The Baldwin City Theatre and the CLEAR Foundation will have auditions for the melodrama, "Wynn Fairly, Campeen Rassler!" by Billy St. John, at 7 p.m. Thursday at 816 High St.

Parts are available for seven males and nine females, ages 13 and older. The main character for this production is a wrestler (Wynn Fairly) and it's set in the 1920s. The villain is a woman, Tara Boneaparte, and the love interest is Doe Ramey.

For more information contact the director, Susan Pouliot, at 594-0597.

Author to present, discuss story of Bessie Coleman

Kansas City, Mo. � Local author and playwright Sandra Campbell will present an abridged version of her one-woman play, "Follow Your Dream," the story of Bessie Coleman, the first African-American pilot.

Campbell will explain how she transformed the play from mere concept into a script, then into a published work, then into a curriculum that is used in schools across the nation.

The presentation will be from noon to 1:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Unity Temple on the Plaza, 707 W. 47th St. Cost is $10 at the door, which covers lunch and admission. For more information, contact Kimberly Morrow at (816) 561-4466, Ext. 104.

Lawrence author to give presentation at KSU

Manhattan � Children's book author and illustrator Stephen T. Johnson will give the first artist's talk in conjunction with the "Beyond Oz: Children's Book Illustrations From the Region," exhibition on display at Kansas State University's Marianna Kistler Beach Museum of Art.

Johnson's presentation will be at 7 p.m. Thursday at the museum. He also will sign copies of his books after his presentation.

An award-winning author and illustrator, Johnson's "Alphabet City" and the companion book, "City by Numbers," were Caldecott Honor Books, and "Alphabet City" received a Gold Medal from the Society of Illustrators.

Johnson spent his childhood in Lawrence and recently returned to the area. He received a bachelor of fine arts from Kansas University and studied at the Conservatoire de Beaux-Art in Bordeaux, France.

Jayne Gallery to have reception for Bennett

Kansas City, Mo. � The Jayne Gallery, 4540 Main St., will have an opening reception of "Abundance & Gratitude" by Philomene Bennett from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Sept. 13.

As an original co-founder of the Kansas City Artist's Coalition, instructor in private workshops, and an adjunct instructor for the Kansas City Art Institute, Bennett has gained notoriety not only for her artistic work, but for her community involvement.

At the conclusion of the reception, Bennett will leave for Romania with the Medical Missions Foundation to conduct art workshops at area orphanages and pediatric hospitals. She is seeking donations of colored markers for the children. If you can help, please bring markers to the reception or call The Jayne Gallery at (816) 561-5333. It will be Bennett's second trip to Romania in two years.

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