Archive for Sunday, May 12, 2002

Arts notes

May 12, 2002


KU music students place in KC competition

Kansas University students won five of the six prizes at the recent Kansas City Music Club Scholarship Competition.

Recipients of $1,000 first prizes were pianist Amir Khosrowpour and violinist Geoffrey Yeh. Second prizes of $500 went to pianists Melanie Hadley and Hsin-Hsin Hsu and cellist Tomas Korczynski.

Lawrence artist showing watercolors

Connie Witt-English will show her watercolors this month in the Cloister Gallery in Grace Cathedral, 701 S.W. Eighth, Topeka.

Witt-English has shown her works in about 30 national shows in 20 states. Her works have been featured in the John McEnroe Gallery in New York City and have been published in greeting cards.

Festival mixes music, kites and barbecue

Bonner Springs Kansas City's Americana Weekend will be Friday through May 19 at the National Agricultural Center and Hall of Fame near Bonner Springs. The weekend includes three events: Santa Fe Trails Bluegrass Festival, Blue Devil Barbecue Cookoff and Prairie Wind Kite Festival.

Musical highlights are the John Cowan Band with Vassar Clements, The Wilders, Stephen Bennett, Marley's Ghost, Wildfire, Within Tradition and Rain Dogs.

Admission ranges from $5 to $45, depending on number of days and ages of visitors. For more information, go to the Web site or call (913) 722-9300.

Storytellers to give programs at schools

A Family Storytelling Night will be from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesday at East Heights School, 1430 Haskell Ave., and 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday at New York School, 936 New York.

The program will feature Lawrence storyteller Priscilla Howe and Jan Kuyper, who uses puppets to educate children.

Families will receive a free book, refreshments and door prizes.

Agency taking entries for final postcard series

The Association of Community Arts Agencies of Kansas is taking entries for the Kansas Artists Postcard Celebration Series XXV for the final year of competition.

The competition is open to any Kansas resident, including previous winners.

Sixteen works will be selected and reproduced as postcards and sold as a series by ACAAK, exhibiting institutions and a variety of arts centers, bookstores and other sites across the state. The exhibit will open this year at the Lawrence Arts Center, 640 N.H.

For more information, contact Ellen Morgan, executive director of ACAAK, (785) 825-2700, or e-mail her at

Governor's Arts Award deadline extended

Topeka The Kansas Arts Commission has extended the nomination deadline for the 2002 Governor's Arts Award until 5 p.m. Friday.

Any Kansas citizen or organization can submit a documented nomination in one of six categories: individual artist, arts organization, art educator, arts advocate, individual patron or patron organization. Individual artists may be in the visual, performing, literary, folk or media arts.

Nominees must be Kansas citizens or Kansas-based organizations.

Guidelines and nomination forms can be downloaded from the Web site,, under the "programs" heading.

All support materials with the nomination will become the property of the arts commission and will not be returned.

For more information or to request a nomination form, call the arts commission, (785) 296-3335, e-mail or fax (785) 296-4989.

KU alumnus to talk at fine arts convocation

Kansas University alumnus Wendell Castle will be the keynote speaker at the School of Fine Arts' 2002 Convocation at 10:30 a.m. Saturday at the Lied Center.

Castle, who has been a sculptor, designer and educator for more than 30 years, received his bachelor's degree in fine arts-industrial design in 1958 and a master's degree in fine arts-sculpture in 1961. He is artist-in-residence at the Rochester Institute of Technology in New York.

The event is free and open to the public.

Theater to stage religious play

Kansas City, Kan. The Dramatic Truth School of the Arts, whose goal is to glorify God through the arts, will present "Adonai" at 7 p.m. Friday-Saturday at the YouthFront Auditorium, 4715 Rainbow Blvd.

"Adonai" is about a world where a person's every move is an act of worship and where art and God's spirit become one. Performers include Tobin James and Liz Dimmel, Marc and Anne Wayne, the New Hope Bible Church Choir, painter Scott Freeman, vocalist Kimberley King, the Impact Band and Dramatic Truth School of Ballet.

Tickets are $8 at the door. For more information, call (816) 795-0123.

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