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Art notes

November 16, 2003


Thunderbird Theatre to go cuckoo on stage

Haskell Indian Nations University's Thunderbird Theatre will open a three-day run of "One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest," at 7:30 p.m. Thursday in Hiawatha Hall.

Tickets are available at the door.

The script was adapted from the Ken Kesey novel of the same name.

For ticket prices or more information, call 749-8433.

Thunderbird Theatre is a nonprofit student organization that has been producing Native theater and training Native theater students for more than 27 years.

Lawrence storyteller reissues first recording

Lawrence storyteller Priscilla Howe has reissued her first recording, "The Ghost With The One Black Eye and Other Stories," on compact disc.

The recording features two bonus tracks not found on the cassette, first issued in 1997. One bonus track is the title story in French, and the other is a circular story that Howe grew up telling with her family. The entire CD was recorded with a live audience, so listeners hear the audience members laughing, clapping and occasionally giving commentary.

Howe will be performing her favorite stories at a CD release performance 11 a.m. Saturday at the Reading Reptile, 328 W. 63rd St., Kansas City, Mo.

For more information, call the bookstore at (816) 753-0441.

KU percussion group to perform at Murphy

The KU Percussion Ensemble will perform at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday in Room 130 of Murphy Hall.

The group, which includes six students, will play works by John Cage, Lynn Glassock, Nebojsa Zivkovic, Steve Reich, Joe Green and George Hamilton Green.

Three students will perform as soloists: Julius Zilinskas and Erik Forst on xylophone, and Amy Hearting on marimba.

For more information, call 864-3436.

Spencer Consort to play

chamber music sampler

The Spencer Consort will play a concert at 2:30 p.m. Nov. 23 in the Spencer Museum of Art's central court.

The performance, called "A Baroque Chamber Music Sampler," includes baroque pieces for one and two Baroque flutes and basso continuo. Included are works by Pierre-Danican Philidor, Marcin Mielczewski, Friedrich Wilhelm Heinrich Benda, Antonio Vivaldi, Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach and Jean-Marie Leclair.

Musicians involved in the concert include: Joy Laird, a Baroque flutist who has a private teaching studio in Lawrence; Baroque flutist John Boulton, professor emeritus of flute at KU; Elizabeth Egbert Berghout, assistant professor of organ and carilloneur at KU; and Baroque cellist Paul Laird, associate professor of musicology at KU.

The concert is free and open to the public. For more information, call 865-5946.

Art guild meeting to feature illustrator

Lawrence artist Stephen T. Johnson will be the featured guest at the Lawrence Art Guild's monthly meeting from 6:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. Monday at the Lawrence Public Library auditorium, 707 Vt.

Johnson created the moveable blue robot art for the Lawrence Memorial Hospital's children's wing and recently was chosen to create the sculpture to honor the 10th anniversary of the Lied Center and the 100th anniversary of the Concert Series in Lawrence. He is perhaps best known for his original children's books, including the Publisher's Weekly bestseller "My Little Red Toolbox."

Recently, Johnson's 6-foot by 8-foot oil on canvas, "The Spirit of Laws," above, was unveiled during the KU Law School's 125th anniversary celebration. The school commissioned the work, which includes imagery of Lippincott Hall (formerly Green Hall, the law school building), the scales of justice and the year the law school was founded, 1878.

Johnson will present slides of his work and tell stories from his career as a professional artist.

The guild will not have a monthly meeting in December.

Blu Dot co-founder to speak about work

The 21st year of the Hallmark Symposium continues Monday with a talk by Charles Lazor, co-founder of Blu Dot, a noted design firm.

Admission to the 6 p.m. lecture at the Spencer Museum of Art is free.

Blu Dot began as a loose collaborative of three college friends trained in architecture and art, based on the premise that design should be affordable. The partners chose furniture as the subject of interest and opened a studio and operations in 1996 in Minneapolis.

Blu Dot has a collection of more than 40 pieces, which are in the permanent collections of several museums, have been seen on the sets of well-known television shows such as "Friends" and "ER," and have won numerous national and international awards.

For more information, call 864-4401.

Octarium to sing inaugural concert

Kansas City's newest professional choral ensemble, Octarium, will perform its first concert at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday in the Spencer Museum of Art's central court.

The program will be centered around Benjamin Britten's "Hymn to St. Cecilia."

The ensemble will repeat the program at 7:30 p.m. Saturday at Saint Elizabeth's Catholic Church, 2 E. 75th St., Kansas City, Mo.

Octarium is Latin for "eight as one." Of the eight singers, two are Lawrence natives and six have, or will have, degrees from Kansas University.

Tuba and Euphonium Consort to play concert

An upcoming performance by Kansas University's Tuba and Euphonium Consort at 7:30 p.m. Monday in Swarthout Recital Hall will include a variety of spirited works, including a piece rarely performed in the United States.

Admission is free.

The Consort will play Canadian composer Elizabeth Raum's "Two Dragon Scenes" from her work "A Little Monster Music," a piece not often shared with American audiences.

The performance also will include "Intonation and Canzona" by Donald Grantham, "Pavane" by Gabriel Faure and Franz Biebl's "Ave Maria."

For more information, call 864-3436.

KU Wind Ensemble draws noted composer

The Kansas University Wind Ensemble's concert at 3 p.m. today will bring one of Canada's most celebrated composers to Lawrence.

The ensemble, under the direction of John Lynch, will present "Looking Back," a program of new composers looking back at earlier composers' works. Anticipated highlights include award-winning Toronto composer Michael Colgrass' "Dream Dancer," a work about which Colgrass will give a talk during the concert.

Guest performers the Kansas Brass Quintet also will perform a work that is a tribute to Italian composer Giovanni Gabrieli.

Prior to the performance, an exhibition featuring KU art students' and local artists' work will be on view in the Seymour Gallery at the Lied Center.

Admission is $7 for adults, $5 for students and seniors. For more information, call 864-3436.

Architecture students showcase work in KU gallery

An annual exhibition featuring student work from Kansas University's undergraduate and graduate architecture programs will be on display Nov. 23 through Dec. 3 in the Art and Design gallery on the KU campus.

The exhibition, titled "Architecture Education at KU," will feature drawings, digital computer printouts and models of various sizes done by students of all studio levels working toward bachelor's or master's degrees in architecture.

The Art and Design Gallery is on the third floor of the Art and Design Building on campus, at the northeast corner of 15th Street and Naismith Drive. For more information, call 864-4281.

Israeli Organ Festival to include KU student

The First Israeli Organ Festival, organized by the Israel Organ Society, will take place simultaneously in Tel-Aviv, Haifa and Jerusalem between Monday and Thursday.

Kansas University doctoral student Sabin Levi, an organ player and composer, will be among the featured musicians.

In Tel-Aviv, the festival will be at the Clairmont Recital Hall on the Tel-Aviv University campus. In Haifa, it will be in the Hecht Museum Auditorium at Haifa University, and in Jerusalem, the concerts will be at the Brigham Young University Center for Middle-Eastern Studies on Mount Scopus.

Other organists taking part are Paris, Hungary, Germany and Switzerland.

Blue Room begins Jazz Poetry Jams series

Kansas City -- The American Jazz Museum brings poetry back to the Blue Room with its new monthly spoken word series, Jazz Poetry Jams.

In addition to performances by featured poets and a jazz band, there will be an open mic poetry slam at each of the monthly sessions where the best open mic poet will walk away with $100 in cash. Second and third place poets each will receive $50.

Glenn North, director of the Urban Transcendence Poetry Project, will be the featured poet Tuesday.

The event will be at 7 p.m. in The Blue Room at the American Jazz Museum, 18th and Vine. Admission is $5.

The series will end with a grand slam event in May. For more information, call (816) 474-8463, ext. 208.

Black conductor to celebrate humanity

Kansas City, Mo. -- African-American conductor Michael Morgan -- outspoken about difficulties faced by black classical musicians -- will direct the Kansas City Symphony in Classical Series performances Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

Friday and Saturday performances will be at 8 p.m. at the Lyric Theatre, 1029 Central; Sunday's 2 p.m. show will be at Yardley Hall, Johnson County Community College, 12345 College Blvd.

The program, titled "Celebrating Humanity," will include Brahms' Symphony No. 2, Ravel's "Tzigane" for violin and orchestra and "Dance for Martin's Dream," a 1997 work by Michael Abels, who is known nationally for his commitment to building bridges between classical music and the black community.

Abels will be in Kansas City the week of the performances, conducting open rehearsals with area universities.

For tickets and more information, call (816) 471-0400.

'LOST' puts modern twist on ancient tragedy

Kansas City, Mo. -- A Rockhurst University student's research on war-widow narratives contributed to the creation of "LOST," an original interdisciplinary multimedia production that will be staged at 8 p.m. Thursday through Saturday and 2 p.m. Nov. 23 in Mabee Theater, Sedgwick Hall.

"LOST," inspired by and loosely based on Euripides' play "The Trojan Women," begins with the fall of Troy and progresses through time, adding current, real-life accounts of women who have survived war.

Senior Sarah Holland conducted the research for the play, which incorporates ancient and modern elements, dance and movement, video and still projections, visual art and music.

For tickets and more information, call (816) 501-4828.

Lawrence organists featured in recital

Topeka -- The Topeka Chapter of the American Guild of Organists will present a recital at 3 p.m. today at Countryside United Methodist Church, 3221 S.W. Burlingame Road.

The performance is free and open to the public.

The recital will showcase a variety of organ works, from familiar hymn arrangements to masterworks of organ literature. Lawrence residents performing in the event are: Dan Abrahamson, First United Methodist Church, Lawrence; Dan Berghout, Countryside United Methodist Church, Topeka; and Dina P. Evans.

Washburn students to stage plays

Topeka -- "Originals," a quintet of short plays written, directed, designed and performed by Washburn University students will be staged at 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday at the Washburn University's Andrew J. and Georgia Neese Gray Theatre, Garvey Fine Arts Center.

A $4 donation is suggested. Proceeds will go to theater department scholarships and the Ichabod Players.

On the bill are "Bar Friends" by Shannon Pufahl, of Topeka, "Typical Male Bondage" by Jason Puff, of Topeka, "Waiting for Apocalypse" by Cameron Kieffer, of Topeka, "Something to Remember Me By" by Gary Jackson, of Topeka and "Through a Cracked Rearview" by Tyler Poole.

For more information, call (785) 231-1010, ext. 1639.

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