Arts notes

Sunday, May 23, 2004

KPR to display work by local artists

Broadcasting Hall, home to Kansas Public Radio, is now home to great paintings as well.

KPR will begin displaying works by area artists this month in its second-floor conference room. The first artist to show paintings is Sue Suhler. Her three works -- "Morning in Waldau, Bavaria," "Waves" and "Morning at Maroon Bells" -- will be on display through June 30.

In addition to her work as an artist, Suhler works at Kansas University for the Kansas Space Grant Consortium, a NASA-sponsored organization that distributed grants statewide to provide student scholarships and NASA internships.

Kansas Chautauqua to include youth camp

Modern youth will be able to step into the shoes of historical figures from the Bleeding Kansas period during the Kansas Chautauqua in June.

The Chautauqua will include a 5-day youth camp from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. June 25-29 for children in fifth through eighth grades at the Lawrence Public Library, 707 Vt.

Participants will choose a historical figure from the period. They will then research, write scripts and create costumes for their characters.

The children will give presentations from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. June 29 under the same tent where the Chautauqua scholars will portray their figures.

The camp is free but is limited to 40 participants. Enrollment forms are available at the library, the Lawrence Visitor Center or at Registration is due by June 5.

For more information, call 856-7771.

KU voice faculty honored by alma mater

Kansas University voice professor Joyce Castle recently received the Alumni Achievement Award from the Eastman School of Music at the University of Rochester in New York, where she addressed graduates last Sunday.

Castle earned her master's degree in music from Eastman after receiving a bachelor's degree in voice and theater from KU. At Eastman, Castle sang for composer Igor Stravinsky, who was visiting in connection with a performance of "The Rite of Spring."

Castle joined the KU music and dance faculty in the fall of 2001. She teaches and remains active as a performer.

West Side Folk presents Justin Roth

Singer-songwriter Justin Roth will play an acoustic folk set at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday at Gaslight Tavern & Coffeehouse, 317 N. Second St.

Tickets are $8 for adults or $10 for those under 21. Grant Fitch will open the show.

Roth, a self-taught fingerstyle guitarist, blends guitar work with vocals and has been compared to the likes of Michael Hedges, David Wilcox, Martin Sexton and Willy Porter.

Roth was a finalist in the Emerging Artist showcase at the 2003 Falcon Ridge Folk Festival and was awarded second place at the 2002 Minnesota Folk Festival Songwriting Competition.

Writing workshop seeks registration

Emporia -- The 19th Annual Tallgrass Writing Workshop is accepting registrations from both experienced and beginning writers.

The June 26-27 workshop, sanctioned by the Western Writers of America, brings published authors to Emporia State University to help participants learn more about literary style and technique and opportunities for publication.

The workshop fee is $60. Registration forms must be received by June 10.

For more information, call (620) 341-5549.

Portrait painter

Kansas University painting student Mike McCaffrey (above) opens his first solo exhibition Friday at Kimbari, 15 W. Ninth St. Before you visit the show, learn more about his style, his motivations and the "day job" that teaches him as much as any art class he's ever taken.

KU musicians win fourth Down Beat award

Winning awards is becoming an annual rite of passage for students of Vince Gnojek, professor of saxophone and woodwind division director at Kansas University.

Under Gnojek's direction, the KU Saxophone Quartet I recently won a Down Beat magazine Annual Student Music Award as Best Classical Instrumental Chamber Music for the second year in a row.

It is the fourth time the group has won the award; previous awards came in 1994 and 1996.

The winning quartet includes: Kevin Gosa, soprano saxophone, a master's student in saxophone performance; senior Danny Loental, alto saxophone, a senior in saxophone performance; Elaine Fukunaga, tenor saxophone, a junior in piano performance; and Dustin Bauerle, baritone saxophone, a senior in music.

'River City Chronicles' looks back at massacre

Historian Jonathan Earle brings to life the Pottawatomie Creek Massacre of May 24 and 25, 1856, at 6 p.m. and 10 p.m. Monday on "River City Chronicles" on 6News.

Earle, assistant professor of history at Kansas University, describes the bloody retaliation led by abolitionist John Brown for the nearly bloodless sack of Lawrence by pro-slavery forces May 21, 1856.

The attack on a pro-slavery settlement near Pottawatomie Creek in Franklin County, combined with the sack of Lawrence, set the nation on a path of escalating violence over slavery leading to the Civil War.

"River City Chronicles" is a weekly feature in honor of Lawrence's sesquicentennial and will run each Monday through Sept. 13.