Arts notes

Best-selling author to speak on life choices

Topeka -- Best-selling author Po Bronson will discuss overcoming the hesitation of finding one's purpose in life during a presentation at 7 p.m. Tuesday in the Washburn Room of the Washburn University Memorial Union.

The event is free and open to the public.

Bronson will focus on his 2002 book "What Should I Do With My Life?: The True Story of People Who Answered the Ultimate Question," which has been in the top five on the New York Times bestseller list the past eight weeks.

Bronson encourages others to examine the psychological stumbling blocks that prevent them from finding themselves. Formerly a TV scriptwriter, Bronson also has published "The Nudist on the Late Shift" (1999), a portrait of the era of dot com fever, and "The First $20 Million is Always the Hardest" (1997), which was the source for the 2002 movie of the same name starring Rosario Dawson and Adam Garcia.

For information, call (785) 231-1010, Ext. 2000.

Auction of faculty work to benefit art students

Kansas City, Mo. -- Design pieces will join fine art this year in the Kansas City Art Institute's biennial auction.

The live and silent auctions will be from 6:30 p.m. to 11 p.m. Saturday in the Crown Center Exhibit Hall, 2323 McGee.

Tickets are $125 and up. "Young guest" tickets -- for patrons 35 and under -- are available for $75.

Art Institute faculty and alumni have donated more than 150 two- and three-dimensional works of art in a variety of media. In addition, area galleries have acquired several high-end contemporary art works for the auctions. Christie's will serve as the auctioneer.

The Art and Design Auction is the fourth such event to benefit student scholarships at the Art Institute. More than 90 percent of the school's undergraduates receive financial aid.

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