Arts notes

Sunday, November 7, 2004

Acoustic duo aims to reel in Lied Center audience

An acoustic duo known for its blending of musicianship and humor will return to the Lied Center at 7:30 p.m. Friday, bringing with it quirky songs such as "Alien in My Nose," "Why I Pack My Lunch" and "My Hair Had a Party Last Night."

The musical duo of Ezra Idlet (guitar) and Keith Grimwood (bass), better known as Trout Fishing in America, performed in January 2003 at the Lied Center. Idlet and Grimwood have released 12 CDs, including "Merry Fishes To All," "It's A Puzzle" and "inFINity."

The duo will conduct songwriting workshops at Lawrence schools during its residency at the Lied Center and will be a part of the Studio Lied program. They will participate in a pre-performance discussion at 6:30 p.m. Friday in the Oldfather Warm-Up/Dance Studio.

Tickets are $11.50-$28 and can be purchased by calling 864-2787.

Lawrence artist chosen for international exhibit

Lawrence artist Wayne Wildcat has been invited to join the U.S. State Department's Art in Embassies program.

His painting, "Crow Child," (right) is en route from Wildcat Studio in Lawrence to the U.S. Embassy in Maseru, capital city of Lesotho, a small mountainous country that neighbors South Africa.

Wildcat joins 14 other prominent American Indian artists for the exhibit. His art can be seen online at and by appointment at Wildcat Studio, in the Art Executive Office Building, 3320 Peterson Road.

The Art in Embassies program is, in essence, a global museum that places original art in U.S. diplomatic residences worldwide.

KU theater presents acclaimed poet's play

English Alternative Theatre will present a staged reading of a play by poet Rita Dove in conjunction with her Lawrence visit this week, when she will round out the Hall Center's Humanities Lecture Series.

"The Darker Face of the Earth," a verse play by Dove which retells the story of Oedipus, is set on a plantation in antebellum South Carolina. EAT will perform the work at 8 p.m. Monday at the Lawrence Arts Center, 940 N.H.

Paul Stephen Lim will direct a cast of 16 actors drawn both from Kansas University and the Lawrence community.

Dove's humanities talk, which has been promoted more as literary presentation than lecture, is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. Thursday at the Lied Center. Dove is a former Poet Laureate of the United States and Consultant in Poetry at the Library of Congress, the youngest person and the first African-American to hold those positions.

Sweden's leading orchestra to perform at Lied Center

Sweden's leading chamber orchestra, distinctive in performing without a conductor, will give a concert at 2 p.m. Nov. 14.

In its home country, Camerata Sweden is known as Camerata Roman, in honor of Johan Helmich Roman, the Father of Swedish music. Celebrating its 30th anniversary in 2004, Camerata Sweden's program will feature Mendelssohn's String Quartet in F minor, Op. 80; Anders Eliasson's Violin Concerto; Alan Hovhannes' "Vibration Painting" and Beethoven's String Quartet Op. 95.

Levon Chilingirian, the orchestra's music director since 1997, is best known throughout the world as the leader of his own string quartet, the Chilingirian Quartet, which has toured in more than 40 countries on six continents.

Dan Politoske, a Kansas University professor emeritus of music and dance, will give a pre-performance lecture at 1 p.m. Concert tickets are $11.50-$28 and can be purchased by calling 864-2787.

Artists collaborate on works of decay

It's a basic law of science that things fall apart.

The November exhibition at Olive Gallery and Art Supply explores that tenet with works about decay and entropy by sculptors Erica Shamrock and Jay Gordon.

"Thoughts Like Shed Skin" remains on view through Nov. 23 at the gallery, 15 E. Eighth St.

Shamrock, a Lawrence resident who works mainly in sculptural textiles, and Gordon, who uses found objects to create sculpture, are recent graduates of Kansas University.

Gordon was a founding member of the Grimshaw Gallery and the Lawrence Art Collective, both now defunct. He moved to Seattle this year to pursue his art.

The work of Sam Foster will be featured in Kids' Corner. Gallery hours are 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily.

Artist explores Japan's ancient, modern sides

Recent trips to Japan inspired Lawrence artist Carl Masters to create the multimedia works in "18 Views of Japan: The Ancient vs. the Modern in Present Day Japan," on view through November at Ad Astra Galleria, 205 W. Eighth St.

The series focuses on the constant conflict between the old and new, featuring, for example, ancient temples in the shadows of glass high rises or robed monks sharing the sidewalks with tattooed drug pushers.

Masters graduated from Kansas University in 2000 with a degree in mechanical engineering. He also studied art history in Japan and France.

newEar to perform contemporary works

newEar contemporary chamber ensemble will perform "The Kiss" at 3 p.m. Nov. 14 at the Lawrence Arts Center, 940 N.H.

The program will feature Swedish composer Kent Olofsson's "The Kiss of the Seven Veils" (1993) for mezzo soprano, bass clarinet, piano and tape. "The Kiss" takes its inspiration and text from Oscar Wilde's drama "Salome" but contains only the scene where Salome talks to the severed head of John the Baptist.

Other works on the program will include New Zealand composer Jack Body's "Five Melodies" (1982) for solo piano; Chicago-based composer Stacy Garrop's "Seven" (1997-98) for violin, cello and piano; newEar composer Paul Rudy's "Two Songs" (2003-04) for soprano and piano; Kansas City composer and former newEar violinist Merton Shatzkin's "Four Pieces" (1986) for clarinet, violin, cello and piano; and the avant-garde "Gramvousa" (1995) by Dutch composer Roderik de Man, scored for flute (doubling piccolo and alto flute), bass clarinet, piano and electronics.

Tickets are $18 for the public, $8 for students and can be purchased by calling (888) 286-4849.

Sculptor to share insights with KU art department

Sculptor Kathryn Spence will discuss her work at 2 p.m. Friday in Room 211 of the Spencer Museum of Art, as part of the department's Visiting Artist Series.

The event is free and open to the public.

Spence is a sculptor living and working in San Francisco, where she is represented by Stephen Wirtz Gallery. She received her Bachelor of Fine Arts from the University of Colorado and her Master of Fine Arts from Mills College in Oakland, Calif. Her work is featured in several public collections, including the Oakland Museum of California, the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, the San Jose Museum of Art and the Santa Barbara Museum of Art.

She will be in residence at KU from Wednesday through Friday. She also will critique work by graduate students in art and create an original, limited-edition lithograph.

For more information, call 864-4401.

KU Women's Glee to perform with bell choir

The Kansas University Women's Glee, a student vocalist group, will perform a concert with the St. Agnes Catholic Church Hand-Bell Choir 7:30 p.m. Monday at St. Agnes Catholic Church, 5250 Mission Road, Shawnee Mission.

Admission is free.

The bell choir will open the concert, followed by a performance by KU Women's Glee, directed by Joseph Nadeau, a first-year KU doctoral student in choral conducting. The Women's Glee program will begin a contemporary selection with handbells titled "Pentatonic Alleluia," followed by a variety of works including Medieval and Renaissance selections, as well as gospel, love songs and sea chanteys.

A free reception in the church's Parish Hall will follow the concert. For more information, call 864-3436.

A cappella group to sing at KU's Edwards Campus

measureXmeasure, an a cappella vocal group that began in 1985 as a student ensemble at Kansas University, will perform a free concert at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday in the Regnier Hall Auditorium at KU's Edwards Campus, 12600 Quivira Road, Overland Park.

The ensemble uses no drum machines, synthesizers, pre-recorded material or instruments of any kind. Its program includes popular and original music ranging from contemplative ballads to roof-raising funk.

Since its inception at KU, measureXmeasure has developed into a popular vocal group that has released three albums and travels coast-to-coast headlining concert halls, festivals and college campuses. The group also conducts clinics and workshops for music students through its "Get Vocal!" program.

This will be the first of three concerts to be presented by the Lied Center at the Edwards Campus. Future concerts are scheduled for February and April.