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Archive for Sunday, November 25, 2001

Arts notes

November 25, 2001

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Arts guild continues holiday sale tradition

On Saturday, for the fourth consecutive year, the Lawrence Arts Guild will have its annual Holiday Art Fair from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. at the Lawrence Arts Center, 200 W. Ninth St.

In 1998, the event was moved from the first Sunday in December to the first Saturday, which corresponds with the annual Old-Fashioned Christmas Parade.

Art included in the fair, such as the clay sculpture luminaria by Patty Boyer, above, is for sale, and the bulk of it is moderately priced.

Music will be performed by Celtic duo Maria Anthony and Megan Hurt and Kansas City violinist Maggie Pruitt. Santa Mason and his North Pole Elves will perform from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Grant School will be selling baked goods.

KU alumna honored by play in Chicago

A play based on the life of a Kansas University alumna, activist and actress is playing through Dec. 30 at the ETA Creative Arts Foundation in Chicago.

The play, "Papa's Child," chronicles the life of Etta Moten Barnett, who graduated from KU in 1931 and recently celebrated her 100th birthday.

Barnett was born Nov. 5, 1901, in Weimar, Tex. After an early marriage and the birth of three daughters, she graduated from KU in 1931. Later that year, she made her first film, "The Gold Diggers of 1933." She was the first black woman to entertain at the White House, performing in 1934 at the birthday party of President Franklin D. Roosevelt.

Also in 1934, she married Claude A. Barnett, founder-director of the Associated Negro press. They played an active role in politics until his death in 1967.

Barnett, who lives in Chicago, is best known for her signature role as Bess in George Gershwin's 1942 folk opera "Porgy and Bess."

Museum selling Christmas ornaments as fund-raiser

The Friends of Watkins Community Museum of History is selling Christmas tree ornaments as a fund-raiser for the museum.

The organization has set up a "giving tree" on the second floor of the museum, 1047 Mass., and people can purchase the colorful ornaments for $10.

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