Pianist to play popular 'Peanuts' songs
Overland Park Jazz pianist Cyrus Chestnut will perform music from "A Charlie Brown Christmas" at 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday in the Carlsen Center at Johnson County Community College, 12345 College Blvd. Chestnut will be joined by a six-piece combo and a vocalist.
The soundtrack for the popular animated television show was recorded by the Vince Guaraldi Trio. Chestnut has updated that album, giving a Latino flavor to Beethoven's "Fur Elise" and adding an original composition, "Me and Charlie Brown," a tribute to "Peanuts" creator Charles Schulz.
Tickets are $25 and $20 and are available at (913) 469-4445 or www.jccc.net/carlsencenter.
Baldwin arts council plans Christmas tea
Baldwin The Fifth Annual Christmas Tea, sponsored by the Baldwin Community Arts Council, will be from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday at the Collins House, Eighth and Elm streets. The Collins House is the home of Baker University President Dan Lambert and his family.
The event features tables decorated by community members; a performance by the Chansonettes, a Baldwin Junior High School choral ensemble; and chocolate delicacies prepared by the Baker University catering staff.
This year's table themes and decorators are "Quilting Country Christmas" by Cleo Langley and Diana McAtee; "Christmas in Red, White and Blue" by Barb Henre; "English Christmas" by Sally Nixon; "Christmas with Jewel Tea" by Joy Wellman; "Glistenings of Gold" by Christy Carlisle; and "A Beary Merry Christmas" by Ruth Dickinson.
The event is free and open to the public.
Museum to mark winter holidays
Kansas University's Helen Foresman Spencer Museum of Art will celebrate the winter holidays from around the world from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday at the museum.
The activities include origami lessons, 1 p.m.-4 p.m.; photos with Santa, 1:30 p.m.-2:30 p.m.; KU Cultural India Club, 1:40 p.m.; winter tales by storyteller Priscilla Howe, 2 p.m.-3 p.m; Lawrence High School Chorale, 2:15 p.m.; and Unity Hip-Hop Dance Troupe, 3 p.m.
Cookies and punch will be served.
National Ag Center to celebrate holidays
Bonner Springs Santa's Express will be open from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday-Sunday and Dec. 15-16 at the National Agricultural Center and Hall of Fame, 630 Hall of Fame Drive.
The holiday celebration includes hayrides, decorated and lighted historic buildings, costumed living-history characters, miniature train rides and hot chocolate and cookies.
Admission is $4, with children under 2 admitted for free.
For more information, call (913) 721-1075 or visit www.AgHallofFame.com.
Fairy tale takes on a new twist
Kansas City, Mo. The Lyric Opera and a chorus of Kansas City children will present "Goldilocks and The Three Bears" at 5:30 p.m. and 7 p.m. Friday at the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, 4525 Oak St.
In this version of the fairy tale, Goldilocks is a spoiled girl so enamored with her pretty hairdo that she has never learned how to be considerate of others.
The opera, with tunes by Puccini, Mozart and Donizetti, is geared toward children ages 4 and older.
The event is free and open to the public.
Holiday home tours slated in Peabody
Peabody The annual Peabody holiday homes tour will be from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.
The tour includes five historic houses, built from the late 1880s to the 1920s and one home furnished with antiques from the 1920s and 1930s.
Tickets are available at the Morgan House, 212 N. Walnut, at 12:30 p.m. each tour day. Proceeds go to the Peabody Historical Society.
KU student to present performance art work
Sarah Harrington, a Kansas University student working on a bachelor's degree in new genres, will present "Our Security" at 7 p.m. Tuesday at the Lawrence Arts Center, 200 W. Ninth St.
The performance art piece explores how one person's experience can change another person's life.
Harrington's work deals with women. In addition to her solo work, she has collaborated and toured with AKA, a women's performance art group based in Lawrence.
The presentation is free and open to the public.
Physician-author to talk about healing process
Kansas City, Mo. Dr. Larry Dorsey, author of "Healing Beyond the Body," will talk at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday at Unity Temple on the Plaza, 707 W. 47th St.
Dorsey explores the idea of infinite mind and its role in health and illness. He uses a holistic health model that is scientific but addresses spiritual needs. Tickets are $35, $25 and $20 and are available by calling (816) 561-1627.
Church, museum are on homes tour list
Leavenworth The 10th Annual Candlelight Christmas Homes Tour will be from 2 p.m. to 8 p.m. Sunday.
The tour features seven residences, St. Paul's Episcopal Church and the Carroll Mansion Museum.
Tickets are $10 in advance ($11 if they have to be mailed) and $12.50 on the day of the tour.
Tickets are available by calling (913) 682-7759.