Arts roundup: Holiday show from 'Right Between the Ears'; new classes at the Lawrence Arts Center

Right Between the Ears to broadcast live

In a nod to the golden age of network radio, the award-winning sketch comedy show “Right Between the Ears” will present its annual Christmas show in a live broadcast on Sirius/XM satellite radio at 7 p.m. Dec. 18

The show, featuring the usual blend of Yuletide-flavored put-ons and take-offs, will take place in the Kansas Public Radio performance studio and will be broadcast as it happens on Sirius/XM’s Laugh USA channel.

“It’s like we’re back to the old days of big-time radio,” said RBTE creator-producer Darrell Brogdon. “We’re in a studio, complete with a live audience, and everybody’s watching the second hand on the clock sweep up toward the top of the hour. When it hits 7 p.m., we’re on the air coast to coast.”

The performance will be recorded for delayed broadcast at 7 p.m. Dec. 19 on Kansas Public Radio stations.

Studio audience seating for the show is limited, and tickets are on sale exclusively at the show’s website.

“Right Between the Ears” is a four-time winner of the Gold Medal as Best Comedy Show at the New York Festivals.

Trombone professor releases new CD

Michael Davidson, assistant professor of trombone at Kansas University, recently released “Blue Wolf” on Emeritus Recordings, available from Co-Op Press. Davidson performs the works of John Davison, Leonard Bernstein, Gerald Finzi, Sy Brandon, Richard Trevarthen, Walter Hartley and others, and he is joined on piano by Ellen Bottorff, KU lecturer.

Davidson is principal trombonist of the Shreveport Symphony Orchestra, the South Arkansas Symphony, and trombonist with the Kansas Brass Quintet, the I-49 Brass Quintet and the LATEX Trombone Quartet. He has performed with the Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra, the Kansas City Symphony, the Arkansas Symphony Orchestra, the Tulsa Philharmonic Orchestra, the Spoleto Festival Orchestra USA, the Topeka Symphony, the St. Joseph Symphony and in local performances with the Four Tops, Ray Charles, Johnny Mathis, Kathy Mattea, Emmylou Harris, Mel Tormé, Sandi Patty and many others.

LAC announces new winter classes

As the Lawrence Arts Center gears up for its winter session of enrichment classes, here are highlights of some of the new offerings:

• Beyond Monotype Intensive, by Ron Pokrasso: In this 2 1/2-day weekend workshop, visiting artist Ron Pokrasso will lead students in exploring a wide range of techniques possible in the monotype process and continuing through the use of collage, drawing and multiple plate projects.

• Japanese Woodblock Print, by Sally Piller: The class will begin with a two-day demonstration, then proceed weekly as students create a beautiful multi-block color woodblock print.

• Ring Making, by Mollie Blackburn: Emphasis will be placed on the ring form; both traditional and contemporary techniques will be covered.

•Needle Felting: A process in which wool is turned into felt through the use of special felting needles. Unlike knitting or crocheting, there is no counting stitches or following specific patterns. The course will cover embellishing existing woolens, beads, brooches and unique small sculptures.

• Forms through Felting, by Danielle Yakle: This course will focus on wet felting around a two-dimensional resist to create seamless, wearable objects and accessories. The fundamentals of felting and fulling will be covered, as well as basic nuno felting and hat shaping.

• Image Transfer on Clay, by Akiko Jackson: This class will introduce students to surface treatment along with transferring images onto clay. Screenprinting processes and transfers with high contrast will be covered.

For more information, call 843-2787 or visit LAC online.


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