A public reception for artist Jeff Ridgway, whose original artworks are on exhibit at the Lawrence Arts Center, 200 W. Ninth, has been scheduled from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. today at the arts center.
The Jazzhaus Big Band, directed by Clyde Byson and Rick McNeely, will perform.
The exhibit, "Jeff Ridgway's Paintings and Drawings," runs through Dec. 3.
Jim Dayton will present readings from his book of short stories and prose at 4 p.m. Nov. 23 at The Bottleneck, 737 N.H.
Dayton is an English major at Kansas University and a member of Art Whore.
His book, "Random Acts," is illustrated by Julianne Donovan, a KU illustration student, and Tyson Schroeder, a Lawrence artist.
The first-run color limited edition will be available at the release. The book will be available in stores starting Nov. 25.
For more information about the event, call 832-1633.
Kansas City, Mo. -- The Kansas City Symphony, directed by William McGlaughlin, will perform with the Kansas City Symphony Chorus, directed by Arnold Epley Friday, Saturday and Nov. 23.
Mozart's "Requiem" will be performed by the groups at 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 2 p.m. Nov. 23 in the Lyric Theater, 11th and Central.
Soloists for the event include soprano Juliana Gondek, mezzo-soprano Diane Thornton, tenor Lee Henning and bass Thomas Paul.
For tickets, call (816) 471-0400.
Poet Joy Harjo will discuss her book, "The Woman Who Fell From the Sky," at 11 a.m. Thursday in Alderson Auditorium in the Kansas Union and at 7 p.m. in the Stidham Union at Haskell Indian Nations University.
Harjo's poetic voice combines elements of storytelling, prayer and song. She has published seven books of poetry. Her most recent book focuses on her heritage and interest in jazz.
Both events are free and open to the public.
opens gift mart
St. Joseph, Mo. -- The Albrecht-Kemper's Sugarplum Party will be from 6:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. Thursday.
The party marks the first day patrons can enjoy shopping in the Sugarplum Gift Mart.
The Sugarplum Gift Mart will be open 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Friday and 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday.
For more information about the museum's activities, call the information desk at (816) 233-7003.
Iowa blues singer
Abilene -- "Catfish Keith," Iowa blues man, will make an exclusive Kansas appearance at 8 p.m. Nov. 29 at the Gold Mine Club, 1709 N. Buckeye.
Advance tickets are recommended as seating is limited. For tickets, call the Arts Council of Dickinson County at (785) 263-1884 or (785) 263-4755. Children under 12 are not admitted.
Road map collectors
Overland Park -- The Road Map Collectors of America is sponsoring a map meet from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday at the Overland Park Econo Lodge Meeting Room, 7508 W. 63rd.
Area road map collectors will meet to buy, sell and trade road maps. A limited number of 72-inch by 20-inch tables will be available.
For more information, call (913) 262-9600.
Cornel Pewewardy, an assistant professor at Kansas University, has won a national musical award from the Wordcraft Circle of Native Writers and Storytellers conference for music composition for the American Indian flute.
Pewewardy received the 1997 Musical Artist of the Year at a recent awards banquet at Northeastern State University in Tahlequah, Okla. He has five professional recordings; the next one will be released in 1998 by Sound of America Records in Albuquerque, N.M.
Pewewardy, a member of the Comanche Nation of Oklahoma, has a doctorate from Pennsylvania State University. He has been a tribal song composer and flute player for 20 years, teaching at the University of New Mexico and the Navajo Community College. He will be teaching a course in American Indian education this spring at KU.
Ottawa -- "Viva Flamenco!" a program featuring the song, dance and guitar playing of Spain, will be presented at 7:30 p.m. Friday in Ottawa Municipal Auditorium, Third and Hickory.
The program features Ronald Radford, an American master of the flamenco guitar, and dancer Tamara La Garbancito.
A protege of Carlos Montoya, Radford lived and traveled in Spain, where he immersed himself in the music of the flamenco masters. He is the only person to be awarded a Fulbright Scholarship in flamenco.
La Garbancito trained with Andalusian Gypsies in Barcelona and is on the dance faculty at the University of Missouri-Kansas City.
Tickets are available in Ottawa at Budges Sports Center, Beyond Video and the Ottawa Municipal Auditorium Box Office, or by calling (785) 242-8810.
returns to Spencer
The quintet that performed at the Helen Foresman Spencer Museum of Art on the day it was dedicated in 1972 is returning for an informal free concert.
The Lawrence Woodwind Quintet will perform at 2 p.m. Nov. 23. Members of the group are Barbara Jones, oboe; Paul Jordan, clarinet; Stuart Levine, French horn; Sharon Leonard, flute; and David Ruhlen, bassoon.
The quintet will play Anton Reicha's "Andante, Op. 88. No. 2" in its original form, which contains a slow fugue few concert-goers have ever heard.
Also on the program is music by Scott Joplin, Denes Agay, Peter Muller, Vincent Persichetti and Roger Goeb.
Sculptor Siah Armajani
presents free lecture
Kansas City, Mo. -- Siah Armajani, creator of the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art's recently acquired sculpture "Chair for Saco and Vanzetti Reading Room," will speak about his art at 7 p.m. Friday at the museum.
In conjunction with his visit, a small exhibition of four sculptures and two prints by Armajani is on view in the foyer just outside gallery 209 and in the museum's southeast mezzanine.
For more information, call Gina Kelley at (816) 751-1286 or Margaret Keough at (816) 751-1227.
Canadian chamber orchestra
to perform at Folly Theater
Kansas City, Mo. -- The Friends of Chamber Music will present Tafelmusik, Canada's period instrument chamber orchestra, at 8 p.m. Saturday at the Folly Theater.
Conductor Jeanne Lamon will lead a program of Baroque favorites.
For tickets and information, call the Friends of Chamber Music at (816) 561-9999.
Kansas City, Mo. -- On Nov. 23, photographer Jill Krementz will discuss her latest book, "The Writer's Desk," on the University of Missouri-Kansas City's "New Letters on the Air."
The radio show can be heard at 5 p.m. on KCUR-FM 89.3.
Krementz has photographed more than 1,500 writers for their book jackets.
For more information or a free list of programs, call (816) 235-1159.
Salina -- The best work of 17 accomplished artists from Kansas, Nebraska, Oklahoma, Colorado and Missouri is included in the Salina Art Center's 19th annual jurored art exhibition.
The exhibit will run through Jan. 18.
Juror Marla Prather, curator of 20th Century Art at the National Gallery of Art in Washington D.C., grew up in Salina and received her bachelor's and master's degrees from Kansas University.
Artists and the media of their work included in the exhibition are: Laurie Blaes, St. Louis, ceramic sculpture; Susan Brinkman, Emporia, photographs; Cynthia Brumbaugh, Tulsa, Okla., paintings and drawings; Shaila Christofferson, Lincoln, Neb., sculpture; Lorre Hoffman, Denver, sculpture; Dan Kirchhefer, Emporia, drawings; Brenda Kopmeyer-Kaspar, Linwood, fiber works; Janet McCarty, Boulder, Colo., paintings; Ann Resnick, Wichita, woodcuts; Larry Schwarm, Emporia, photographs; Michael Shernick, Niwot, Colo., drawings; Dimitris Skliris, Wichita, photographs; Barbara Simcoe, Omaha, paintings; Susan White, Kansas City, Mo., sculpture; and Byron Williamson, St. Joseph, Mo., drawings.