Topeka -- The Topeka Civic Theatre and Academy opens its 66th season Friday with "The Odd Couple" by Neil Simon. The performance will feature Gov. Bill Graves playing Oscar Madison's poker buddy.
A reception will be at 6:15 p.m., with a dinner at 7 p.m. The curtain will rise at 8 p.m. Dessert and coffee will be served at 10 p.m.
"The Odd Couple" will run through Sept. 23. For more information, call the box office at (785) 357-5211.
'Freedom From Slavery'
tours set for Saturday
Mound City -- "Freedom From Slavery" walking tours of six historical locations in Mound City, will be offered Saturday.
The tours are every half hour from 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. and include a prepaid lunch.
After the walking tours, Sista'h Queen Quachapele will perform and a dedication will be held for a replica of Fort Montgomery, which was home of Col. James Montgomery, chief of the Jayhawkers and officer of the 34th U.S. Colored Troops who worked with Harriet Tubman in the 1860s. Mound City is known as the "railhead" of the western route of the Underground Railroad.
Tour reservations are $2 a person or $10 a family; children 6 and under are free. Soul food lunch reservations are $6 a person. Send reservations to Mound City Historical Society, P.O. Box 231, Mound City, 66056. For more information, call (913) 795-2202 or (913) 795-2074.
to offer concerts
Kansas City, Mo. -- The Kansas City Jazz Workshop will offer six concerts at 7 p.m. Mondays in the Twelfth Street Rag Room at the Downtown Marriott Hotel, 12th and Wyandotte streets.
The concerts are Jeff Hamilton Trio, Monday; Hod O'Brien, piano, Mark Elf, guitar, and Stephanie Nakasian, vocals, Oct. 8; Bucky Pizzarelli, guitar, Kenny Davern, clarinet, and three-piece rhythm section, Nov. 12; Shanna Carlson, vocals, and three-piece rhythm section, Feb. 25; Harry Allen, tenor sax, Carl Saunders, trumpet, and three-piece rhythm section, March 18; and Eldar Djangirov, piano, Gerald Spaits, bass, and Todd Strait, drums, April 28.
Season tickets are $75 and individual concert tickets are $20. To purchase tickets, call (816) 436-0318.
Lawrence artist hangs
Manhattan -- An art exhibit by a Lawrence resident will be among the activities during "A(arts) to Z(oo) Walk," today through Saturday in various Manhattan locations.
"Fourteen Stations of the Cross," works by Lawrence artist Henri Doner-Hedrick, will be shown at Urban Designs, 1204 Moro in Aggieville. A reception will be from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Friday.
Other activities include Bluestem concert, 7 p.m. today, Beach Museum of Art; opening reception for "Landscape Masterworks" exhibit, 5 p.m.-8 p.m. Friday, Strecker-Nelson Gallery, 322 Poyntz; Celeste Krenz Band concert, 8 p.m. Friday, Manhattan Arts Center, 1520 Poyntz; open house for "19th Century Decorative Arts" exhibit, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, Wolf House Museum, 620 Fremont; and tours of K-State rose gardens, 10 a.m.-noon Saturday.
Oread bookstore slates
two book signings
The Mt. Oread Bookshop in the Kansas Union will hold two book signings this month.
Michael H. Crawford, Kansas University professor of anthropology, will sign copies of his recent works from 3 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. today. The titles are "The Origins of Native Americans -- Evidence from Anthropological Genetics" and "Different Seasons -- Biological Aging among the Mennonites of the Midwestern United States."
Tom Averill, English professor at Washburn University in Topeka, will sign copies of his new novel, "Secrets of the Tsil Cafe," from 4 p.m. to 5 p.m. Sept. 13.
to appear at home show
St. Joseph, Mo. -- The Fall Home and Lifestyle Show will be from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday and noon to 5 p.m. Sunday in the East Hills Shopping Center, Belt Highway and Frederick Avenue.
The Kansas City Chiefs cheerleaders will sign posters from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday.
Carlyle Smith to show
jewelry at KU gallery
Carlyle Smith, who shaped Kansas University's metalsmithing program, will show his jewelry in a two-week exhibit at the Art and Design Gallery in the Art and Design Building at KU. The show will run Sunday through Sept. 21.
Smith, who retired in 1977, taught at KU for 30 years. Since his retirement, he has continued to produce jewelry in all metals, with an emphasis in silver.
There is no admission fee.