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Archive for Sunday, September 16, 2001

Arts notes

September 16, 2001

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Hemings, Jefferson ancestors to speak

Baldwin "The Affairs of Race in America," a lecture featuring descendants of Thomas Jefferson and Sally Hemings, will be 7:30 p.m. Tuesday in Rice Auditorium at Baker University.

Genetic testing strongly suggests that Thomas Jefferson bore children with Sally Hemings, one of his slaves.

Julia Jefferson, a former educator turned business woman, and Shay Banks-Young, a preventive health trainer, poet and talk-show host, will talk about race and class in America.

Tickets, which cost $10 for adults and $6 for students, are available at the door.

For more information, call Susan Buehler, (785) 594-8421.

Chamber Orchestra lists 2001-2002 board

The Lawrence Chamber Orchestra has announced its board of directors for this year.

Board members are Jim Taylor, president; Eric Williams, vice president and president-elect; Bunker Clark, secretary and treasurer. Bill Goodwin is general manager.

The season's first concert will be Nov. 18, when the orchestra will join choirs from Lawrence and Free State high schools to perform portions of Handel's "Messiah."

Spencer Consort to open season

The Spencer Consort, a period instrument ensemble, will perform at 2:30 p.m. Sept. 23 at Kansas University's Helen Foresman Spencer Museum of Art. The ensemble performs a regular concert series each year in the Central Court at the museum.

The concert, titled "The Flute in French and German Baroque Chamber Music," will include solo flute sonatas by Michel Blavet and Jean-Marie Leclair; flute duet by Pierre Danican Philodor; and a quartet by Georg Philipp Telemann, featuring two flutes, Baroque violin, Baroque cello and harpsichord.

The ensemble's members are Joy Laird, Baroque flute; Paul Laird, Baroque cello; John Boulton, flute; Chung-Hoon Peter Chun, Baroque violin; and Tony Bushard, harpsichord.

The concert is free and open to the public.

Artists to show at Rock Bottom Farm

Tecumseh The Rock Bottom Farm Art Show in the Country will be from noon to 5:30 p.m. Sept. 23 at the farm, 7541 S.E. 61st St.

Participating artists are Shirley Akers, watercolors, oils and acrylics; Robert Ault, watercolors, acrylics and woven images; Gene Berryman, color nature photography and digital printing and design; Lynn Burris, ceramics; Leslie Carson, photographs; Mark Greenburg, nature and landscape photography; Dorethy Hancock, semiprecious stone jewelry; Morgan Hayes, handwoven bead pieces; Shirley Linn, fiber works; Terry Miller, handcrafted wood works; Sondra Morris, watercolors, oils and colored-pencil illustrations; Rose Rodriguez, stained glass; Ann Rohlf, handwoven baskets; Bo and Doug Sheafor, blown glass pieces; Arthur Short Bull, watercolors; Cheryl Swisher, gourd works; and Bev Willis, acrylics.

For more information, call (785) 379-0421 or go to blueherongraphics.com.

KU dance professor to portray Annie Diggs

Kansas University dance professor Joan Stone will perform "Populist Marches of Annie Diggs" at the Lawrence Preservation Alliance's annual meeting from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Sept. 23 in front of Barber School, north of Clinton Lake off 700 Road.

The work is a characterization through music, dance and narration of Annie Diggs, who worked in Kansas and on a national level as a reporter, writer and orator for women's suffrage, the Farmers Alliance, temperance, Populism and other causes that sought more equitable distribution of wealth and power. She was a Kansas state librarian from 1899 to 1902.

Stone will be accompanied by pianist Ellen Bottorf.

Attendees should bring lawn chairs or blankets. Refreshments will be provided.

Comedy troupe to make fun of politicians

Overland Park Capitol Steps, a comedy troupe that comments on elected officials' scandals and gaffes, will perform at 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday in the Carlsen Center at Johnson County Community College, 12345 College Blvd.

Since its start in 1981, the troupe has recorded 23 albums. The cast members, who are bipartisan, have appeared on three PBS specials, numerous television shows and NPR shows.

Tickets, which cost $20 and $25, are available at (913) 469-4445.

Painter-printmaker to give KU lecture

Rupert Garcia, a painter, printmaker and political activist, will give a lecture at

2 p.m. Thursday in Alderson Auditorium at Kansas University.

Garcia's images address a wide range of social and political issues, from his early work about Vietnam to more recent works about the Gulf War and apartheid. He recently had solo exhibitions at the Rena Bransten Gallery in San Francisco and the Corcoran Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C., and has shown his works at the Library of Congress, the Smithsonian Institution, the San Francisco Museum and the Mexican Cultural Institute of New York.

The lecture is free and open to the public.

Portrait miniatures topic of session

Glenn Wolfe will discuss the history of and display his collection of portrait miniatures at "Know Your Antiques" at 2 p.m. Wednesday at the Watkins Community Museum of History, 1047 Mass.

These mementos of loved ones, first called "paintings in little," originated in 1500 England but were displaced by the development of the daguerreotype in 1939 and the advancements of photography that followed.

Wolfe, who has had a longtime interest in antiques, attended weekend auctions in Oxford and Warwick, England, when he was doing medical research there in 1969-1970. His collection includes a variety of watercolor portraits on ivory and enamels on porcelain, copper and brass. He also has papier mache miniatures that form the tops of boxes and two physionotraces.

The session is free and open to the public, although a donation to benefit the museum is suggested. Those attending can bring portrait miniatures from their own collections for a show-and-tell. Reference books will be available to help with identification.

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