Street photographer Gary Smith, Lawrence, will reveal his in-depth approach to basic photography in October and November at the Pelathe Community Resource Center, 15th Street and Haskell Avenue.
The series of workshops will help students see and create through the camera's lens. A public exhibition of student work will be held after graduation.
The introductory class is from 3:30 p.m. to 5 p.m. Mondays and from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesdays. For more information, call 749-3227.
Author Ayres to give
presentation at museum
Topeka -- Carol Dark Ayres, author of "Lincoln in Kansas," will speak at 7:30 p.m. Thursday at the Kansas Museum of History, 6425 S.W. Sixth Ave.
Drawing from original sources of newspaper accounts and memoirs of people of the period, Ayres uses the language of the era to enable readers to experience the event for themselves and to explore the territorial history of Kansas, especially how it relates to President Abraham Lincoln.
Ayres is the special collections librarian at De Paul Library at Saint Mary College in Leavenworth.
For more information, call (785) 272-8681.
Circus to feature
Kansas City, Mo. -- The Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus is coming to Kemper Arena, 1800 Genessee.
Performances are at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday through Friday; 11:30 a.m., 3:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Saturday; and 1 p.m. and 5 p.m. Sept. 9.
Tickets are available at TicketMaster, (816) 931-3330.
River Fest set
Leavenworth -- The annual River Fest is set for next weekend in downtown Leavenworth.
The event features live entertainment, craft displays and food vendors.
The festival runs from Thursday through Sunday. Attractions include an art show, carnival, barbecue Friday and a parade, children's carnival and fireworks display Saturday.
For more information, call (913) 682-3924.
'Overseas' to kick off
Rockhurst Film Series
Kansas City, Mo. -- The Rockhurst Film Series presents three examples of cinematic production from diverse societies.
The series kicks off at 7 p.m. Thursday with "Overseas," a romantic memoir about three sisters living in French Algeria in the 1940s. The film is a political satire on colonialism in the 20th century.
"A Taxing Woman" will be shown at 7 p.m. Sept. 13. It is a comedy about a tireless, single-minded investigator for the Japanese Revenue Service who comes into conflict with a businessman who thinks it is easy to cheat the government.
The series concludes at 7 p.m. Sept. 20 with "Tango." The film is about a choreographer who plans an ambitious tango piece that also traces the recent history of Argentina. This rare dance musical mixes stage activities with real life.
All films will be shown at Mabee Theater, Sedgwick Hall, on Rockhurst campus, 54th Street and Troost Avenue. Tickets will be sold at the door for $7 for the series or $3 for each film. For more information, call (816) 501-4895.