Arts notes

Chamber Orchestra to play 'British Invasion'

The Lawrence Chamber Orchestra will present "The British Are Coming" a program of British works featuring Kansas University faculty artists Genaro Mendez, tenor, and Paul Stevens, horn, in Benjamin Britten's masterpiece "Serenade for Tenor, Horn and Strings." The concert will be performed at 2 p.m. Oct. 19 at the Lawrence Arts Center, 940 N.H.

The guest conductor will be Steve McDonald.

The program also will include John Ireland's "A Downland Suite," William Walton's "Two Pieces from Henry V," Gerald Finzi's "A Severn Rapsody" with Stevens, and a work of the conductor's choice to be announced from stage.

Intermission will feature tea and scones and a chance to meet the orchestra and guest artists.

Tickets are $15 for adults, $12 for seniors and $8 for students. They are available at the arts center, 940 N.H. The orchestra's next concert, a "Guitar Spectacular," is scheduled for Jan. 25.

For more information, call (785) 543-3829 or e-mail lawrencechamberorchestra@msn.com.

Prairie Wind Dancers to address addiction

The Prairie Wind Dancers, resident dance company of the Lawrence Arts Center, will be performing a concert in celebration of the women, children and friends of First Step House.

The troupe will perform "Stories of Addiction," a work addressing issues related to addiction. The number was created as a result of the company's residency at the First Step House. In addition, they also will be presenting work from their own repertoire, including the recently choreographed, "The Rest of my Days," created by the company's artistic director Candi Baker.

The concert is scheduled for 7 p.m. Wednesday at the Lawrence Arts Center, 940 N.H. Donations are accepted, but the event is free and open to the public. For more information, call 843-2787.

NPR newscaster featured at Rockhurst

Kansas City, Mo. -- National Public Radio writer and reporter Corey Flintoff will present the Henry A. Bundschu Visiting Scholar Lecture at Rockhurst University.

He will speak on "Marie's Knees: Some Observations on Language and Culture" and stress the importance of learning other languages rather than relying on translations.

The lecture begins at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday at Mabee Theater in Sedgwick Hall at Rockhurst University. The event is free and open to the public.

For more information, call (816) 501-4828.

CornerBank to display two-man art show

Color photography from John Wysocki's new series, "Signs of Life," and Mick Braa's still life and landscape paintings and dye-painted wall hangings will be featured at an art show at CornerBank.

A wine and cheese reception will be from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Friday at the bank, 4621 W. Sixth St. The exhibit will remain on view through Nov. 29.

The show also will be designated as a site for the Lawrence ArtWalk on Oct. 25-26. ArtWalk guide booklets will be available at the bank starting Friday, and an ArtWalk virtual gallery -- showing one artwork from each of the 91 artists participating in this year's event -- will be played on the bank's plasma screens.

The Wysocki and Braa art show may be viewed during bank hours: 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday through Friday and 9 a.m.-noon Saturday.

Mask-making event to explore death, dying

The Lawrence Caring Community Council is hoping to draw attention to end-of-life issues and celebrate the lives of loved ones who have died.

"Unmasking the Face of Death" will be from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday at the Lawrence Arts Center, 940 N.H. Participants in the free activity will make masks in memory and celebration of deceased loved ones. All materials will be provided, but participants may bring copies of photos or other materials.

Free State High School National Art Honor Society members will be available to assist with making masks.

Pre-registration is required by Thursday. Call Noreen Lozano at 843-5393, ext. 181, to reserve a spot.

The masks will be displayed at the Lawrence Public Library, 707 Vt., from Oct. 31 through Nov. 2. A reception at the library will be from 2:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. Nov. 2.

The mask-making project precedes another Caring Community Council event scheduled for Oct. 30. Nurse and dramatist Julie Russell of Kansas City, Kan., will act out three end-of-life scenarios before a panel discussion on the topic. The event will be from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the Lawrence Community Theatre, 1501 N.H.

Professors to exhibit artwork in group show

An exhibition opening today at the Art & Design Gallery will give the public a chance to see the designs of those who teach the subject at Kansas University.

KU design professors will exhibit works in ceramics, industrial design, textiles, metalsmithing and jewelry, visual communications and interior design.

The work will be on view through Oct. 31 in the gallery, which is on the third floor of the Art and Design Building on KU's main campus.

For more information on the exhibit or for gallery hours, call 864-4401.

Storydancer in residence at Lawrence Arts Center

Zuleikha, a movement performance artist who has taught throughout the world, will be in Lawrence for a three-day residency beginning Thursday.

The residency will include several workshops and culminate in a 7:30 p.m. performance on Saturday at the Lawrence Arts Center, 940 N.H.

Zuleikha is trained in several disciplines. She will teach workshops to professional dancers as well as children and women. There is a small fee for the workshops.

For more information on the residency or to order tickets, call 843-2787.

Museum gatherings to focus on pranks

Remember soaping windows? How about tipping outhouses?

If you do, Watkins Community Museum of History wants to hear about it during its monthly Know Your Antiques meeting.

Lawrence and Douglas County residents are encouraged to attend this month's meeting to share their own fond memories of Halloween "tricks." Plans are for the museum to videotape the memories for use in its archives.

Refreshments will be served at the meeting from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesday at the museum, 1047 Mass. For more information, call 841-4109.

Museum gift shop to celebrate opening

"Miss Lizzie's Gifts," a new gift shop at the Watkins Community Museum of History, will have its grand opening from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and from 1:30 p.m. to 4 p.m. Oct. 19.

The shop, on the second floor of the museum, 1047 Mass., will sell paper dolls, stick horses, stuffed animals, reproduction glassware, fine linens, candles, greeting cards and other items. A variety of books on Douglas County and Kansas history also will be available, along with an assortment of cookbooks.

Brown Bag Classics announced schedule

The Brown Bag Classics series kicked off Wednesday with a concert by the KU Chamber Winds.

The concerts run Wednesdays through Dec. 10, usually running from 12:30 p.m. to 1 p.m. in the Kansas Union. All performances, except the Dec. 3 event, are in Alderson Auditorium. Here's a look at the schedule:

  • Oct. 15, Instrumental Collegium.
  • Oct. 29, Professor Larry Maxey, clarinet.
  • Nov. 5, Vince Gnojek, sax; Holly Beneventi, piano.
  • Nov. 12, KU Opera Preview of "The Crucible."
  • Nov. 19, KU Trombone Ensemble.
  • Dec. 3, KU Electronic Acoustic Music Ensemble (Hawk's Nest).
  • Dec. 10, KU Double Reed Ensemble.

Guests are encouraged to bring their lunch; drinks are provided. Brown Bag Classics are presented by the School of Fine Arts and the KU Memorial Unions.

Brass Quintets Concert highlights variety

Students in the brass division of Kansas University's music and dance department will tackle some of the most challenging chamber music for brass instruments in a special concert at 7:30 p.m. Thursday in Swarthout Recital Hall.

Admission is free.

The recital will feature two student groups, the Jayhawk Brass Quintet, an undergraduate group, and the KU Graduate Brass Quintet. Selections will include "Four Movements for Five Brass" by Collier Jones; "Three Pieces" by Ludwig Maurer; "Sonata No. 12" by Johann Pezel; and "Frostfire" by Eric Ewazen, among others.

The Jayhawk Brass Quintet and the KU Graduate Brass Quintet are coached by the Kansas Brass Quintet, a brass chamber group in residence at KU for more than 30 years.

For more information on the concert, call 864-3436.

Kansas City-based writer to conduct workshop

Nationally known Kansas City-based travel writer Shifra Stein will give advice on how writers can better market themselves during an upcoming workshop at the Lawrence Arts Center.

Stein has written many books about travel and the arts, including several that have included Lawrence as a travel destination.

The workshop is scheduled for 9 a.m. Saturday at the arts center, 940 N.H. There is a registration fee for the session. To sign up, call 843-2787.

'Ballad of Blackjack' returns to at Maple Leaf

Baldwin -- The musical stage production "The Ballad of Blackjack," a story about "Bleeding Kansas" history, will be performed again during Baldwin's annual Maple Leaf Festival.

With such historical characters as Captain John Abbott, Col. Edward Sumner and abolitionist John Brown, the play deals with the events that took place in the Lawrence and Baldwin areas from 1855 through 1856. The production boasts a cast of 49 area actors as well as a children's chorus, dancers and 15 original songs.

Performances are scheduled for 7 p.m. Friday, 1:30 p.m. and 5:30 p.m. Saturday and 1:30 p.m. Oct. 19. Tickets are $8 for adults and $5 for students and will be available at the door or in advance by phone (785) 640-0196.

Art show features work of Baker professors

Baldwin -- Recent work by Baker University art professors will open with a reception at 7 p.m. Tuesday in the Holt-Russell Gallery in Parmenter Hall on the Baker campus.

Featured artists will be Inge Balch, Baldwin; Andrew Driscoll, Lawrence; and Walt Bailey, Baldwin.

Balch will show several pieces of sculpture, including a representation of "St. Lucy," who suffered a number of tortures before being stabbed to death. This will be Balch's fifth saint representation.

Driscoll will show several paintings that focus on the play of color in the regional landscape painting tradition. All of the canvases are shaped at the top, derived from a medieval format often used for portraits. The largest painting, which measures about 7 feet tall, features a dry tree, often a Christian symbol.

Bailey's work features photographs of locations significant to his family from the past to the present day. Each presentation will include a phrase and a footnote about the significance of the location.

The show runs through Oct. 24. Gallery hours are 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Search for KC Symphony music director resumes

Kansas City, Mo. -- The search for the next music director of the Kansas City Symphony will continue when Maestro Alain Lombard conducts the orchestra in a program featuring Mozart and Tchaikovsky.

Lombard, principal conductor of the Swiss Italian Orchestra and the artistic director of the Royal Orchestra of Sevilla in Spain, will lead the orchestra through two evening concerts and a matinee performance.

The concerts will be at 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday at the Lyric Theatre, 11th and Central streets, Kansas City, Mo.

For tickets or more information, call (816) 471-0400.

NPR newscaster featured at Rockhurst

Kansas City, Mo. -- National Public Radio writer and reporter Corey Flintoff will present the Henry A. Bundschu Visiting Scholar Lecture at Rockhurst University.

He will speak on "Marie's Knees: Some Observations on Language and Culture." The lecturer will stress the importance of learning other languages rather than relying on translations.

The lecture begins at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday at Mabee Theater in Sedgwick Hall at Rockhurst University. The event is free and open to the public.

For more information, call (816) 501-4828.

Sandzen Gallery to show Soviet art

Lindsborg -- Thirty-seven oil paintings from the October Revolution in 1917 until the collapse of communism in 1991 will be displayed at the Sandzen Gallery this fall.

"Discovered Treasurers: Russian and Soviet Impressionism" is an exhibition from the Pearson Art Foundation and the Lakes Art Center of Okoboji, Iowa.

The display, which opened Tuesday, will run through Nov. 30. A reception for the exhibit will be from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. Thursday. The event is free and open to the public.

For more information, contact the gallery at (785) 227-2220.

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