Arts notes

Seem-To-Be Players tell 'Tales of Tom Sawyer'

The Seem-To-Be Players will open "Tales of Tom Sawyer" Saturday at the Lawrence Arts Center before touring the play across the country.

The Mark Twain classic, adapted by Seem-To-Be Players artistic director Ric Averill, is faithful to the original story -- from Tom's encounter with the neighborhood bully to his budding romance with Becky Thatcher. Tom turns out to be a real hero, risking his life to save an innocent man accused of murder.

The cast includes Ry Kincaid as Tom Sawyer, Jeremy Auman as Sid and ensemble, Jerry Mitchell as Huck Finn and ensemble, and Cheryl Weaver as Becky Thatcher and ensemble. They will give more than 70 performances of the play nationwide through mid-April.

The play, which features period bluegrass music, will be performed at 2 p.m. Saturday and Jan. 18 at the arts center, 940 N.H. Tickets are $8 for adults, $6 for children and seniors, and can be purchased by calling 843-2787.

Juried art show asks 'love?' or 'love sucks?'

Olive Gallery and Art Supply will trade its signature green walls for red and black ones during February for "Love Sucks," a juried art show.

The gallery is calling for artists to create a work that depicts either "love" or "love sucks." All media are welcome. Deadline is Jan. 31. A $10 fee is required for the first entry, and each additional entry is $5.

Every artist who enters will receive a free Olive T-shirt.

The show will be displayed at the gallery Feb. 7-25. An opening reception will be from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. Feb. 7.

For more information, call the gallery at 331-4114.

Theater opens auditions for prize-winning 'Proof'

Auditions for "Proof," the 2001 Pulitzer Prize-winning play by David Auburn, will be 7 p.m. Tuesday and Wednesday at Lawrence Community Theatre, 1501 N.H.

The play, set at Chicago University, explores the unknowability of love and the mysteries of mathematics. The cast of four includes a male professor, his former male graduate student and the professor's two grown daughters.

Piet Knetsch will direct the show.

Scripts are available for checkout at the theater office with a $10 deposit. Performances begin March 4.

'Union Station' author to speak at library

Graphic novelist Ande Parks, Baldwin, will talk about and sign copies of his new book, "Union Station,""at 7 p.m. Monday at the Lawrence Public Library, 707 Vt.

The event is free and open to the public.

The book deals with the 1930 gangster shootout that took place at Kansas City's Union Station.

Graphic novels are similar to comic books in that they rely heavily on illustrations to tell the story.

River City Revue auditions scheduled

The River City Revue -- the Seem-To-Be Players' annual fund-raiser -- will return to its roots this year as a community-wide talent competition

Auditions for anyone 16 years or older will be from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. today at the Lawrence Arts Center, 940 N.H. Vocalists, instrumentalists, dancers, jugglers, comedians and variety acts are welcome. Prizes will be awarded.

To sign up for a 15-minute audition slot, call 843-2787. An accompanist will be available.

The competition will be at 8 p.m. Jan. 31 at Liberty Hall, with a dance following.

Theater cancels children's activity

The Lawrence Community Theatre's "School's Out, Theatre's In" session scheduled for Martin Luther King Day (Jan. 19) has been canceled because the theater is cleaning and remodeling after a recent fire.

February sessions will proceed as scheduled and include a Feb. 12-13 "School's Out, Theatre's In" Kid's Network activity in which groups will create special programming and record it and a Feb. 16 Puppets on Parade event that will have children creating puppets and putting on a show.

Sessions run from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., and participants are asked to bring a sack lunch. Cost is $35 for one-day sessions and $55 for two-day sessions.

To reserve space, call 843-7469.

Theater to offer adult acting class

Veteran Lawrence Community Theatre actor and director Jeanne Chinn this winter will teach an adult acting class for beginners or longtime players wishing to sharpen their skills.

The class will be at 7 p.m. Jan. 21, Jan. 28, Feb. 4 and Feb. 11.

Cost is $40. Discounts are available for theater members.

To register, call 843-7469.

Youth theater to have open house

Mission -- Theatre for Young America will have open houses Jan. 20, 22, 24 and 28 during regular class time at the Dickinson Top Two Theatre, 5909 Johnson Drive, Mission.

Interested young people, parents and friends are invited to observe class activities. Classes are taught by professional theater artists in a professional theater environment.

The theater's spring term runs from Feb. 1 to May 15 and are now enrolling. Classes are for students age 2 1/2 through high school. Tuition is $121 for the spring semester. For more information, call (913) 831-2131.

Exhibit shows nobility in aging process

Kansas City, Mo. -- New York Times photographer Chester Higgins, explores the aging process through portraits of everyday African-Americans in their twilight years in "Elder Grace: The Nobility of Aging."

The exhibit opened Friday and runs through March 7 at the American Jazz Museum's Changing Gallery, 1616 E. 18th St., Kansas City, Mo.

Each of Higgins' 80 portraits is accompanied by personal musings. The subjects come from all walks of life. Some of the more well-known are Senior U.S. District Judge Constance Baker Motley, actor Ossie Davis, photographer Gordon Parks and artists Elizabeth Catlett and Ernest Crichlow.

Higgins is the author of four books of photography on African-American themes, including "Feeling the Spirit." He has been a staff photographer for the New York Times since 1975, and his work has appeared in Look, Life, Newsweek, Fortune, Ebony and Essence.


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