Arts notes

Comedy show set for holiday spooftacular

Kansas Public Radio will present the annual holiday extravaganza version of its award-winning comedy show "Right Between the Ears" at 5 p.m. and 8 p.m. Saturday at Liberty Hall, 642 Mass.

The show is expected to include spoofs of the 2004 election, with take-offs on both President George W. Bush and Sen. John Kerry. Also planned are bits lampooning everything from vocally challenged pop star Ashlee Simpson to charges of sexual harassment recently leveled against TV pundit Bill O'Reilly and the national shortage of flu shots.

Tickets range from $10 to $15 and are available at the Liberty Hall box office, Ticketmaster.com or by calling (816) 931-3330.

Show highlights talents of KU design '8'

An exhibition that opened Sunday at Kansas University's Art and Design Gallery features the creations of eight KU design faculty members.

The show, simply titled "8," includes graphic design, textile design and mixed media by the following faculty artists:

¢ Elissa Armstrong, assistant professor of ceramics

¢ Ruth Bowman, assistant professor of basic studies

¢ David Brackett, professor of design

¢ Thomas Huang, professor of industrial design

¢ Tadashi Isozaki, assistant professor of design

¢ Andrea Herstowski, assistant professor of design

¢ Andi Witczak, assistant professor of visual communication

¢ May Tveit, assistant professor of industrial design

The show remains on view through Dec. 9. For more information, call 864-4401.

Lawrence student places at vocal competition

Gabe Murphy placed first in the high school men's division of the student auditions sponsored by the West-Central Region of the National Association of Teachers of Singing Nov. 5-6 at Emporia State University.

The annual program attracts more than 300 student singers from Kansas, Nebraska, Colorado and Wyoming, with divisions representing levels of study from high school through graduate school.

Gabe studies voice with Dr. William Gaeddert, of Lawrence.

Gabe is the son of Jack and Rosemary Murphy, of Baldwin, and attends Bishop Seabury Academy.

Theater company announces auditions

Leavenworth Players Group, a professional theater company that's based in Leavenworth but performs in Lawrence, Kansas City, Topeka and Emporia, will have its next round of auditions at 11 a.m. Nov. 27 in Marvin Auditorium at the Topeka & Shawnee County Library, 1515 S.W. 10th Ave., Topeka.

Auditioners should arrive before 11 a.m. to hear remarks by director Gregory Marino. Auditions are for "A Saint Valentine's Day Murder Mystery or Rubout at Uncle Vinny's," a fully interactive murder mystery comedy.

Bring headshots and resumes, if you have them. Auditions will consist of cold readings; no monologues will be needed.

For more information, call Marino at (913) 758-0805 or (913) 682-2598.

WB begins search for 'Big Man on Campus'

"The Bachelor" is going to college.

After casting an older guy and somewhat older women on the current edition of ABC's "The Bachelor," producer Mike Fleiss is sliding down the age scale for a new unscripted series on The WB, "Big Man on Campus." The dating show, featuring students at the University of Central Florida, is scheduled to premiere Dec. 15.

The show will run for six weeks, pre-empting what would have been repeats of "Jack & Bobby." The drama will return with new episodes in late January.

"Big Man on Campus" will start out with the producers selecting 15 female students at UCF, which is in Orlando. The 15 women will then conduct their own search for a guy who will assume the Big Man on Campus role.

From there, things proceed similarly to the way they do on "The Bachelor." The guy will go on a series of group and solo dates, including such college standbys as a toga party and a bikini car wash. Like the ABC series, he'll narrow the dating pool gradually, first going from 15 to 10 women by presenting his choices with a fraternity-style pin instead of a rose.

In subsequent episodes, he'll ask for his pin back from some of the remaining women, eventually picking his "Campus Queen," in The WB's words.

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