Two Lawrence singer-songwriters have been named finalists in the Songwriter's Showcase '98 contest.
Kim Forehand's song, "Konza Prairie," was selected as the winner in the children's category. Carol Dressler's "Gone Missin'" placed in the open category and "Kansas" placed in the ballad category.
Beth Scalet, a Kansas City, Mo., singer-songwriter who has lived in Ottawa and Lawrence, won the ballad category with her song "Night in the City."
Songwriter's Showcase '98 will be presented in early May.
Topeka -- Poet Steven Hind will present a reading at 7 p.m. Thursday at the Mulvane Art Museum on the Washburn University campus. The event is free and open to the public.
A native Kansan, Hind teaches writing and literature at Hutchinson Community College. His poems focus on man's relationship to the land and to the past, especially the native grasslands of his home country.
Hind has published three collections of works: "Familiar Ground," "That Trick of Silence" and "In a Place With No Map." His poems also have appeared in periodicals, such as Cottonwood, Farmer's Market, Kansas Voices and Midwest Quarterly.
Topeka -- Trumpet player Terell Stafford and the U.S. Air Force's Noteables combo will headline the Washburn University/Coleman Hawkins Memorial Jazz Series concert set for 7 p.m. Friday at White Concert Hall on the WU campus.
The Washburn University Jazz Ensemble I and the Payless ShoeSource Jazz Combo will also perform.
Stafford is best known for his musical associations with saxophonist Bobby Watson and pianist McCoy Tyner. He recently celebrated the release of his own work, "Centripetal Force," the follow-up recording to his popular debut, "Time To Let Go."
The Noteables is the official jazz ensemble of the United States Air Force Heartland of American Band. Their repertoire includes Big Band jazz and nostalgia, along with featured instrumental and vocal soloists.
For more information, call (785) 231-1010, ext. 1511.
American Song' to open
Topeka -- The musical "Woody Guthrie's American Song" will open at 8 p.m. Friday at the Andrew J. and Georgia Neese Gray Theatre on the Washburn University campus.
The show features a collection of songs and writings by the Oklahoma-born talent, who lived the life of a rambling troubadour and experienced the Sooner oil boom, the Dust Bowl migration and the Great Depression.
Other performances will be at 8 p.m. Saturday and Feb. 27 and 28. A matinee will be at 2:30 p.m. March 1. Tickets are available at the box office one hour before the show.
gather for KC concert
Kansas City, Mo. -- "Celebrating the Kansas City Style" will bring several jazz musicians to together at 8 p.m. Friday in the Folly Theater, 300 W. 12th St.
Pianist Jay McShann, violinist Claude "Fiddler" Williams, tenor saxophonist Harold Ashby, trumpeter Harry "Sweets" Edison, bass player Gerald Spaits and drummer Todd Strait will join the show.
"JazzTalk," an informal visit with the artists, will take place at 7 p.m. There will also be a free public reception from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday in the atrium of the Kansas City Jazz Museum, 18th and Vine.
For tickets call the Folly Box Office at (816) 474-4444.
Honor Recital set
at arts center
The 11th annual recital competition for junior and senior high school students will be held from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday at the Lawrence Arts Center, 200 W. Ninth.
The Honor Recital will be at 7 p.m. March 1 at the arts center. There will be an award presentation and a reception.
Oscars party tickets
to go on sale
Tickets to the fourth annual Academy Award Party sponsored by the Lawrence Film Commission will go on sale Wednesday.
The party will kick off at 7 p.m. March 23 at The Granada, 1020 Mass. The Academy Award ceremony will be projected onto a large screen, and partygoers will have a chance to pick the Oscar winners and win a trip to Hollywood as well as other prizes.
Tickets are on sale at Southwind Twelve and Plaza 6 movie theaters, Liberty Hall Box Office, the Murphy Hall Box Office, Lied Center Box Office, Lawrence Arts Center and Lawrence Riverfront Factory Outlet.
to give lecture
Suzanne Lacy, an internationally known performance-conceptual artist, will give a lecture at 2 p.m. Wednesday in Alderson Auditorium in the Kansas Union.
Lacy's works include large-scale performances on social themes and urban issues. One of her best-known works is "Crystal Quilt," a performance with 430 older women that was broadcast on public television.
Lacy is on the faculty at California State University in Monterrey, where she helped design a curriculum on visual/public art.