Arts notes

Auditions end today for 'Blind Faith'

Ottawa -- Auditions for the Ottawa Community Arts Council's production of "Blind Faith" continue from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. today at the Carnegie Cultural Center, Fifth and Main streets.

The play is a two-act comedy by Ottawa University graduate Kevin Honeycutt, a former artist-in-residence for the arts council.

Honeycutt will be in Ottawa for his annual summer art camp during the performances, which will be July 25-27.

Strling Dance Theater Biblical parable ballet

Kansas City, Mo. -- Strling Dance Theater will present "The Prodigal Daughter," an original ballet, at 7:30 p.m. Saturday at the Lyric Theater, Kansas City.

The show, a contemporary twist on the Biblical parable of the prodigal son, presents the tale of a young woman who leaves home to see the world. The ballet incorporates modern dance techniques with European physical theater technique and corporeal mime.

It features the choreography of Mona Strling-Enna, the company's artistic director; Stephen Wynne, former artistic director of the Cologne Ballet Tanz-Theater; and Amy Meyers, a Canadian choreographer.

Tickets to "The Prodigal Daughter" are available for $18 and $20, with a group rate available for parties of 10 or more, at The Culture House, (913) 648-0333.

Launched in 1996, the Strling Dance Theater is Kansas City's emerging neo-classical dance company. It is based out of The Culture House, a faith-based arts organization that promotes excellence, health and responsibility in the performing and fine arts.

Reinstallation a preview of coming attractions

Kansas City, Mo. -- A completely reinstalled American Indian gallery will open Tuesday at the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art.

The collection will be housed in the same 500-square-foot, third-floor space the American Indian department has occupied for a while. The reinstallation will give the public a preview of the caliber of objects they will see when the department moves into the present modern and contemporary galleries in a few years. The area devoted to the permanent exhibition of American Indian art will grow to 3,000 square feet.

Ninety-eight percent of the objects on view beginning Tuesday have not been shown before. Highlights include a collection of prehistoric material, a recently acquired animal-skin tobacco bag and two clubs: a bear-effigy war club and a gunstock club.

Gaylord Torrence is the curator of American Indian Art.


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