Arts notes

KU junior to dance with New York company

Jun Kuribayashi, a Kansas University junior working toward a bachelor of fine arts degree in dance, secured a contract with Pilobolus, a major American dance company with a reputation for innovation, last week in New York City.

The select company, which has six dancers, chose Kuribayashi from an audition pool of 30 male applicants.

"I'm still a little shocked," Kuribayashi says. "I was just auditioning for the experience."

Kuribayashi, 26, begins training with the group this week. He will join the company's national and international tour in January. The tour includes stops in Salina on April 16 and Hays on April 17.

Bowery Dancers to perform in South Park

The Bowery Dancers will perform two free concerts today in South Park.

An interactive children's show is slated for 4 p.m. and a repertory show at 7 p.m.

The Bowery Dancers is a group of performers who came together while studying at Kansas University. The group specializes in a wide variety of dance, including traditional Irish step dances, tap, ballet, jazz and modern forms.

For more information, call (785) 218-0791 or visit www.bowerydancers.com.

Ad astra gallery show concludes Saturday

"E Pluribus Unum," an art showing by Jay and Ingrid Alexander and Maggie Jones, will conclude Saturday at the Ad Astra Galleria, 205 W. Eighth St.

The show features new works of sculpture, painting and stained glass.

The gallery also will be host to "Conceptual Blue," a live music show featuring Battle of the Bands finalists, at 10 p.m. Saturday night.

Gallery hours are 1 p.m. to 9 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday. For more information, call (785) 856-GOLD.

Chamber orchestra names new conductor

Steven Elisha, a cellist, instructor and faculty lecturer at Washburn University, has been named the new artistic director and conductor of the Lawrence Chamber Orchestra.

Elisha also is conductor of the Topeka Youth Symphony and guest-conducted Mozart's "Night Music" with the Lawrence Chamber Orchestra in April.

Theater announces 10-minute play festival

E.M.U. Theatre will have its second 10-minute play festival, "Face Down In a Pool Of Your Own Monkeys," at 8 p.m. Aug. 5-7 at the Lawrence Arts Center, 940 N.H.

Ten plays by Lawrence writers will be featured:

  • "Rebels" by Joel Reavis, directed by Gwethalyn Williams
  • "Got Milk?" by Pam Grout, directed by Ruth Gibson
  • "Tribe" by Andrew Stowers, directed by Amber McIntosh
  • "If Gold Rust" by Dr. Dean Bevan, directed by Dr. Ronald Willis
  • "The Rat Gets The Cat" or "The Cheese Stands Alone" by Daniel Spurgin and Pam Grout, directed by Spurgin
  • "The Painted Forest" written and directed by Claven Snow
  • "If You Say So" by Jeff Sorrels and Rachel Goens, directed by Kevin Siess
  • "Vegetable Garden" written and directed by Julie Unruh
  • "Front Range" written and directed by Dave Chipman
  • "Bite Hard" written and directed by Theresa Buchheister

Tickets for the festival are $5. For more information, call (785) 331-4458.

Art guild has new Web address

The Lawrence Art Guild has a new home on the Web.

The organization's updated Internet address is www.lawrenceartsguild.org. The site includes a gallery of members artists' work. Members are currently exhibiting work at the Lawrence Public Library, 707 Vt., through Saturday. The site also includes an online application for membership.

For more information, call Sue Suhler at 864-3999.

Ad astra gallery show concludes Saturday

"E Pluribus Unum," an art showing by Jay and Ingrid Alexander and Maggie Jones, will conclude Saturday at the Ad Astra Galleria, 205 W. Eighth St.

The show features new works of sculpture, painting and stained glass.

The gallery also will host "Conceptual Blue," a live music show featuring Battle of the Bands finalists, at 10 p.m. Saturday night.

Gallery hours are 1 p.m. to 9 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday. For more information, call (785) 856-GOLD.

World music series returns to Nelson-Atkins

Three evenings of world music are scheduled at The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art during the rest of the summer season.

The free concerts take place outside on the J.C. Nichols Plaza at the museum's north entry. Visitors are encouraged to bring a blanket or lawn chair.

The Kaw River Band will feature American music, including country and bluegrass staples at 6:30 p.m. Friday.

The series will continue when Latin folk musicians Caribbean Express perform at 6:30 p.m. Aug. 20, and Kansas City trio Boss Nova will kick off National Hispanic Heritage Month at 6 p.m. Sept. 10.

The concert series is part of Ford Free Fridays. The Ford program also provides free admission to the Nelson-Atkins' permanent collection until 9 p.m. every Friday.

For more information, call (816) 751-1ART or visit www.nelson-atkins.org.

Overland Park seeks sculpture submissions

The City of Overland Park Arts Commission, in cooperation with the Overland Park Historical Society and the Overland Park Heritage Foundation, seeks to install a sculpture at 80th Street and Santa Fe Drive in downtown Overland Park.

The project will entail a small to life-sized sculpture in the likeness of William B. Strang, founder of Overland Park. The project budget is $50,000.

The deadline for preliminary submissions is Aug. 15. All interested artists should submit a proposal that includes rendering, budget, resume, references and at least five images of previous work. The sculpture dedication is planned for May 5, 2006.

For more information, call Julie Bilyea at (913) 895-6357 or e-mail jkbilyea@opkansas.org.

'Cairo on the Kaw' celebrates anniversary

The Lawrence dance company Raghsidad will perform at 2 p.m. today at the Lawrence Community Theatre, 1501 N.H.

The concert, titled "Cairo on the Kaw X - A Celebration," will feature Middle Eastern music and dance. The retrospective program also will highlight dances from past performances.

Raghsidad is led by Jo Anne Zingo-Hargis and is celebrating its 10th year of existence. Seventeen dancers compose the current troupe.

For more information, call (785) 842-3010.

World music series returns to museum

Three evenings of world music are scheduled at The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art during the rest of the summer season.

The free concerts take place outside on the J.C. Nichols Plaza at the museum's north entry. Visitors are encouraged to bring a blanket or lawn chair.

The Kaw River Band will feature American music, including country and bluegrass staples at 6:30 p.m. Friday.

The series will continue when Latin folk musicians Caribbean Express perform at 6:30 p.m. Aug. 20, and Kansas City trio Boss Nova will kick off National Hispanic Heritage Month at 6 p.m. Sept. 10.

The concert series is part of Ford Free Fridays. The Ford program also provides free admission to the Nelson-Atkins' permanent collection until 9 p.m. every Friday.

For more information, call (816) 751-1ART or visit www.nelson-atkins.org.

Overland Park seeks sculpture submissions

The City of Overland Park Arts Commission, in cooperation with the Overland Park Historical Society and the Overland Park Heritage Foundation, seeks to install a sculpture at 80th Street and Santa Fe Drive in downtown Overland Park.

The project will entail a small to life-sized sculpture in the likeness of William B. Strang, founder of Overland Park. The project budget is $50,000.

The deadline for preliminary submissions is Aug. 15. All interested artists should submit a proposal that includes rendering, budget, resume, references and at least five images of previous work. The sculpture dedication is planned for May 5, 2006.

For more information, call Julie Bilyea at (913) 895-6357 or e-mail jkbilyea@opkansas.org.

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