Arts notes

'Pirates of Penzance' to dock at Lied Center

Gilbert and Sullivan's zany operetta "The Pirates of Penzance" will bring swashbuckling buccaneers, British bobbies and the modern major-general to the Lied Center.

The New York Gilbert & Sullivan Players, under the direction of Albert Bergeret, will perform the classic at 7:30 p.m. Thursday.

The tale follows Frederic, who was mistakenly apprenticed to pirates until his 21st birthday. Since his birthday falls on a leap year, Frederic is bound to be a pirate until the distant date of 1940. The production includes the songs "I Am the Very Model of a Modern Major-General" and "A Rollicking Band of Pirates We."

Tickets are $18.50-$42 and can be purchased by calling 864-2787.

LOYO exhibit names juror, calls for entries

Artists and area businesses should soon be receiving calls for entries for the 2004 Lawrence Own-Your-Own Art Exhibition and Sale.

There is no entry fee, and organizers actively seek out buyers for the work in the show. Last year's show sold more than $27,000 worth of art at retail prices.

The juror will be Edward Barr, director of Washburn University's Mulvane Art Museum in Topeka. Before his five-year tenure at the Mulvane, Barr worked in various areas at the Spencer Museum of Art at Kansas University. His education includes art history, museum studies and studio art.

For more information, contact Judi Geer Kellas at 843-7749 or geerkellas@hotmail.com, or Lee Gerhard at 749-7440 or leeg@sunflower.com.

Artwork in Kemper show reads like storybook

Kansas City, Mo. -- Amy Cutler's art may look like storybook illustrations, but a deeper look stirs up possibilities of both the familiar and the strange.

Cutler's art, including "Dinner Party" (above), will be on exhibit at the Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art from Friday through July 11. The exhibition will open at 5:30 p.m. Friday with a free reception. Cutler will speak about her art at 6:30 p.m. in the museum's meeting room.

Cutler's whimsical work is also featured as part of the 2004 Whitney Biennial Exhibition at the Whitney Museum of Art in New York.

KU alumna returns to perform with son

In a free concert dubbed "Return of the Native," Kansas University alumna Delores Wunsch Stevens (music, 1952) will return to perform with her son, KU horn professor Paul Stevens, at 7:30 p.m. Thursday in Swarthout Recital Hall.

The program will include "Prisms and Reflections" (1996) by Ward/Steinman and "Nightfall" (2003) by Albert, among other works.

Delores Stevens is a concert pianist who has performed around the world. The California resident is a six-term trustee of the Grammy Awards.

She gave the premiere performance of the Ward/Steinman piece in 1996. The performance of "Nightfall," a somber tribute to 9-11, is a Kansas premiere. The composer is a friend of both pianist and horn player.

CornerBank show features landscapes, watercolors

Jewell Willhite and Clark Fulton will be featured at the newest art show at CornerBank.

Willhite's acrylic landscapes are often created from inspiration found in the area or places she has visited. Fulton creates with watercolor and claims to only be the guide, letting the paper, paint and water do much of the work.

The artists will be at a wine and cheese reception from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Friday at the bank, 4621 W. Sixth St.

The show, which will remain on display through May 29, may be viewed during bank hours: 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Friday and 9 a.m.-noon Saturday.

Illustrator to share insights at Hallmark Symposium

Illustrator Cathie Bleck will speak at 6 p.m. Monday at the Spencer Museum of Art. The event, part of the Hallmark Symposium Series, is free and open to the public.

Bleck began her career as an art director and illustrator for the Chicago Tribune. Her editorial work is regularly featured in National Geographic Adventure, the New York Times, the Washington Post and Columbia Journalism Review. She also has illustrated numerous books and created images for advertising campaigns for clients such as the National Forest Service and Habitat for Humanity.

For more information, call 864-4401.

Lied Center names development director

The Lied Center has named Jean Rosenthal its new director of development.

Rosenthal will be responsible for development and fund-raising initiatives, volunteer recruitment and special events planning.

Before accepting the post, Rosenthal was the program manager with Kansas University Continuing Education. There she oversaw marketing and publications for the Aerospace Short Course Program.

Rosenthal has a master of science in special education from KU.

Sultry, passionate RUBY to play at Kansas Union

With a bluesy-rock sound and a fun stage presence, RUBY seems to have won over audiences everywhere it plays. Now the ladies of RUBY will try to wow Kansas.

The acoustic trio will perform at 7:30 p.m. Thursday at the Hawks Nest in the Kansas Union.

RUBY's music has been described as sultry and passionate. The show is a part of a tour to introduce the band's new live CD.

Tickets are $10 at the door; students are admitted free with a valid ID.

Bag Lady event to benefit cancer patients

Topeka -- Next to shoes, purses are the most important accessories a woman can own.

Bags created by local and national designers will be auctioned at the first Bag Lady Social. The social will be put on by the Topeka office of the American Cancer Society with all proceeds benefiting cancer patients.

The event will be from 2 to 4 p.m. April 18, at the Bradbury Thompson Center at Washburn University, 1700 College Ave. Reservations must be made by Friday.

Tickets can be purchased for $25 by calling Angie Karr at the American Cancer Society at (785) 273-4422.

Olathe teen vocalist receives $10,000 award

Olathe -- The National Foundation for Advancement in the Arts has awarded Scott C. Conner, a bass vocalist from Olathe, the first $10,000 ARTS Gold Award in Voice.

His award was determined upon his completion in January of ARTS Week, the all-expenses-paid final judging phase of the Arts Recognition and Talent Search program in January in Miami.

Scott was among 125 ARTS Week national finalists in nine art forms chosen from 6,504 applicants from across the United States.

Scott is a 2003 graduate of Olathe South High School and is majoring in voice performance as a freshman at the University of Missouri, Kansas City's Conservatory of Music.

Prairie Fire Fest heats up Flint Hills

Cottonwood Falls -- The Fourth Annual Prairie Fire Festival is scheduled for Saturday in Cottonwood Falls.

The festival celebrates the annual ritual of pasture burning on the tallgrass prairie of Chase County.

The week before the festival features Prairie Information Seminars at 6:30 p.m. at the Emma Chase Cafe. The TallGrass Gospel Pickers will play at 7:30 p.m. Friday at the cafe.

The paintings of internationally known Flint Hills artist Judith Mackey will be on view in her gallery, 321 Broadway, throughout Saturday's festival.

The Chase County Art Guild will have its annual Prairie Fire Festival exhibit from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Masonic Temple on Broadway, and the Flint Hills Quilt Guild will exhibit quilts at the Chase County Courthouse.

Arts and crafts booths and live music will be sprinkled throughout the business district from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. A 7:30 p.m.-10:30 p.m. concert by Judy Coder and the Pride of the Prairie will round out the festival.

For more information, call (620) 273-6020, e-mail pmaid@kansas.net or visit www.prairiefirefestival.com

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