Baldwin -- Baker University has announced the programs in its 2001-2002 Artist and Lecture Series.
The events include "The Affairs of Race in America," featuring descendants of Thomas Jefferson, 7:30 p.m. Sept. 18, Rice Auditorium; Doug Talley Quartet, 7:30 p.m. Sept. 27, Rice Auditorium; Cantus, 12-voice men's singing group, 7:30 p.m. Oct. 4, Baldwin First United Methodist Church; cellist Clancy Newman, 7:30 p.m. Nov. 15; McKibbin Recital Hall; Mozambique Dance Troupe, 7:30 p.m. Feb. 26, Rice Auditorium; David Helvarg, author of "The War Against the Greens," 7:30 p.m. March 5, location to be announced; and Lawrence Chamber Orchestra, 7:30 p.m. April 16, Baldwin First United Methodist Church.
St. Louis garden
plans Japanese Festival
St. Louis, Mo. -- The Missouri Botanical Garden, 4344 Shaw Blvd., will have its 25th annual Japanese Festival from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday and Sept. 2 and from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sept. 3.
The festival will feature taiko drummers from Suwa, Japan; a wooden carved doll exhibit; a children's wagon parade; a exhibit of Hirayama Ikuo's paintings; tea ceremonies; candlelight walks in the Japanese garden; bonsai and ikebana demonstrations; bon odori festival dancing; kimono fashion show; cooking demonstrations; a Japanese marketplace; and children's activities.
Admission is $10 for adults and $7 for senior citizens. Children under 12 are admitted free.
For more information, call (800) 642-8842 or go to www.mobot.org.
K.C. Ballet to give
series of free concerts
Kansas City, Mo. -- Ballet in the Park, a series of free outdoor performances by Kansas City Ballet, begins Friday with a 6:30 p.m. show at Oak Grove Park, 76th and North Troost, Gladstone, Mo.
Other performances will be at noon Saturday, Community of Christ Auditorium, 1001 W. Walnut, Independence, Mo.; 6:30 p.m. Saturday, Powell Gardens, Kingsville, Mo.; 6:30 p.m. Sept. 4, Loose Park Rose Garden, 5200 Pa.; and noon Sept. 8, Crown Center Pavilion, 2450 Grand Blvd.
Each program lasts about 45 minutes.
For more information, call (816) 931-2232, ext. 375, or visit www.kcballet.org.
The Kansas City Ballet recently received a $75,000 grant from the Community Arts Fund to support the first year of its Reach Out and Dance program. The grant will allow the ballet company to establish dance programs at six Kansas City area schools and support educational training opportunities for selected professional dancers.
Artists' coalition seeking
exhibits from members
Kansas City, Mo. -- The Kansas City Artists Coalition is accepting proposals for exhibitions in its members-only New Works Gallery.
The gallery is scheduling exhibits from April 2002 through April 2003. Solo, two-person or group exhibits are eligible. All media will be accepted; work must be completed within the past two years.
Send 10 to 15 slides of works; a slide list with information about the media, size, date of completion and price; an artist statement; a resume; and a large self-addressed, stamped envelope for return of materials.
Proposals are due Nov. 17. Artists will be notified of selection by January.
Send materials to New Works Gallery Proposals 2002, Kansas City Artists Coalition, 201 Wyandotte, Kansas City, Mo. 64105. For more information, call (816) 421-5222.
Pastor to display
wood icons at Rockhurst
Kansas City, Mo. -- The Rev. Matt J. Jorvat combines his artistic and religious studies training to create icons, gathering his inspiration from the Bysantine, Coptic and Eastern Orthodox traditions.
An exhibition of his work, "Father Matt's Icon," will open with a reception from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Friday in Rockhurst University's Greenlease Gallery, 54th Street and Troost Avenue. The exhibit runs through Sept. 29.
Horvat, pastor of St. Mary's and St. Anthony's parishes in Kansas City, Kan., creates his images by burning an image directly into wood and then painting the figure.
For more information, call (816) 501-4607.
Civic Choir to begin
Lawrence Civic Choir will begin rehearsals for its fall semester at 7 p.m. Monday at First United Methodist Church, 10th and Vermont streets.
The community choir, comprised of more than 100 singers, will be performing Oct. 13 at Corpus Christi Church, Oct. 21 in the National Cathedral in Washington, D.C., and at its annual December concert.
New members are welcome. Auditions may be required. Semester dues are $25 per person.
Black 47, McCabes
on Irish Fest lineup
Kansas City, Mo. -- Celtic bands Black 47 and the McCabes will be featured at the Third Annual Brookside Irish Fest from noon to 9 p.m. Saturday and Sept. 2 at 63rd Street and Wornall Road.
Other acts are the Elders and Eddie Delahunt. The festival also includes crafts, Irish jewelry, crystal, china and food.
Tickets are $5 for adults; there is no charge for children 12 and under.
For more information, go to www.kcirishfest.org.