When you think of opera, do you think long Italian arias, little dialogue and few laughs? While that often may be the case, Thursday night's performance of "The Pirates of Penzance" at the Lied Center was a pleasant exception.
From its elegant entrance to the tune of "Just a Closer Walk With Thee" to its soulful jazz encore of "Echoes of Harlem," Canadian Brass offered an evening of delightful music and good humor Saturday at the Lied Center.
Live music takes center stage during holidays
It's 11:59 p.m. on Dec. 31, your glass is topped off with champagne while you're intoxicated and tone-deaf companions prepare to offer you their slovenly rendition of "Auld Lang Syne." Sound familiar?
In 1994, amid economic turmoil and public uprising, Cuban dictator Fidel Castro removed exit restrictions for people wanting to flee the Communist country. Thousands upon thousands of refugees took to the rough waters separating the island from the United States in search of better conditions.
On opening night of the Lawrence Arts Center's production of "A Kansas Nutcracker," the cast took its final bows to a standing ovation -- a much-deserved standing ovation. Directed by Ric Averill and Deb Bettinger, the musical ballet is topnotch from start to finish.
Clara and her visions reawaken for second year of prairie-tinged performance
'Twas the night before Christmas and all through the house, creatures were stirring, even grasshoppers and a mouse. Visions of Delaware Indians, abolitionists and border ruffians will be dancing through the prairie on Thursday when the Lawrence Arts Center opens "A Kansas Nutcracker" to celebrate the holiday season.
Despite a few technical downfalls, Kansas University's production of "Lulu" at the Inge Theatre is worth the price of admission. The five-act play by Frank Wedekind tells the story of the title character. Abused and prostituted by her father, Lulu wanders through life using her sexuality as a means to control and discard both men and women alike until meeting an untimely demise at the hands of a notorious serial killer.
If you mix ginger ale with bourbon and bitters you will get a cocktail known as horsefeathers.
Celestial Iron Works is featured artist
Folks searching for a unique alternative to the traditional tannenbaum can find one at the annual Festival of Trees.
Bells will be ringing, children will be singing and an angel will get its wings. It's the time of year for people to revisit the classic holiday film "It's a Wonderful Life."