Archive for Sunday, January 27, 2002

Arts notes

January 27, 2002


Exhibition focuses attention on Hughes collection

"Langston Hughes: A Voice for All People" will be displayed Thursday through May 15 at the exhibition gallery in Kenneth Spencer Research Library at Kansas University.

The exhibit will feature items from the library's Hughes collection, which contains more than 300 pieces. Approximately 80 items will be on display, including an autographed publication featuring a 1933 photo of Hughes taken during a visit to the Soviet Union, above left.

The library began collecting publications, books, manuscripts, sound recordings and other examples of Hughes memorabilia in 1957. Donald C. Dickinson, who worked at the library, corresponded with Hughes, who then began inscribing and sending items to the library. This also led to Hughes' first visit to speak at KU in 1958.

Gallery hours are from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mondays-Fridays and from noon to 4 p.m. Saturdays.

Your Valentine stories could win dinner and a movie

Valentine's Day is just around the corner, and we want to make the occasion even more special for a couple of couples.

The Journal-World is sponsoring a Valentine write-in contest, and we are looking for the best real-life stories in two categories: "Funniest Valentine" and "Most Unique Presentation of Valentine Day's Gift."

Each entry should be no more than 500 words, and include your name, address, phone number and the category in which it is entered.

Send your entries to Jan Biles, arts-features editor, Lawrence Journal-World, 645 N.H., Lawrence 66044, or e-mail If you have a photograph of you and your valentine, send it along, too.

Each winning couple will receive two movie tickets from Southwind Twelve Theaters and a gift certificate for dinner at the BleuJacket. They also will be featured in the Feb. 10 issue of the Journal-World.

Deadline for submissions is 5 p.m. Friday.

Willie Nelson to play Wednesday at Lied Center

Country legend Willie Nelson will perform at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday at the Lied Center.

Nelson's hits include "Blue Eyes Cryin' in the Rain," "Georgia on My Mind," "Mama Don't Let Your Babies Grow Up to Be Cowboys," "On the Road Again" and "You Were Always on My Mind."

Nelson's newest release, "The Great Divide," finds him paired with such musical partners as Sheryl Crow, Kid Rock, Rob Thomas of Matchbox 20, Bonnie Raitt and Lee Ann Womack.

Tickets are $34, $40 and $50 and are available at the Lied Center Box Office, 864-ARTS, and all Ticketmaster outlets, (785) 234-4545 and (816) 931-3330 or

Singers to join voices for a cappella concert

The Lawrence Men's Chorale, directed by Benjamin McDaniel, will present "Warm Notes for Winter" at 7:30 p.m. Friday at First United Methodist Church, 946 Vt.

The a cappella concert features spirituals, music by Ralph Vaughan Williams and other works by American and English composers.

Admission is $5 for adults and $3 for children, students and senior citizens.

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