Arts notes

Eclectic musical duo to play Lawrence show

Small Potatoes, self-described "eclecto-maniacs," will bring their mix of Celtic, folk, country, blues and swing to Lawrence at 7:30 p.m. Friday for a concert at St. Margaret's Episcopal Church, 5700 W. Sixth St.

The band has played at the Philadelphia Folk Festival, the Falcon Ridge Folk Festival and the Walnut Valley Festival in Winfield.

The Chicago-based duo is Jacqui Manning and Rich Prezioso. Not only are they singers, songwriters and arrangers, but they also play a range of instruments, from guitars to tin whistles, flutes to bodrahns.

Tickets are $14 for the public, $11 for students and can be bought at Mass St. Music, 1347 Mass., and at the door. For more information, call 865-FOLK or visit www.westsidefolk.org.

Community Theatre calls for "Miracles" auditions

Auditions for Lawrence Community Theatre's production of "Miracles" will be at 7 p.m. Tuesday and Wednesday at the theatre, 1501 N.H.

The show will be staged Feb. 28-March 16.

The play, by Kansas City playwright Frank Higgins, tells the story of an autistic teenager, her teacher and her father. The girl is recognized as a savant, and her teacher uses a controversial method called "facilitated communication" to help her "write" a book of poetry. Her father's permission is needed to go ahead with publication.

What follows is a tale that turns from belief to disbelief, skepticism to hope.

Roles are available for Eve, autistic, 16; Kate, her teacher, 25-50; and her father Tom, a lawyer, 40-60.

The show will be under the direction of Ernest Williams. Scripts may be checked out from the theatre office with a $10 deposit. For more information, call 843-SHOW.

Guild taking applications for annual Art in the Park

The Lawrence Art Guild is accepting applications for the 43rd annual Art in the Park.

The show and sale will be May 4 at South Park, 11th and Massachusetts streets.

Applications may be picked up at the Lawrence Arts Center, 940 N.H. Or call Guild president Elaine Matt at 841-2065 to have one mailed.

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