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Arts notes

November 30, 2003

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Free State to stage 'Fiddler on the Roof'

Free State High School will perform its fall musical "Fiddler on the Roof" at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Friday and Saturday at the high school, 4700 Overland Drive.

A cast of 40 has been working on the show three hours a night for about seven weeks, says drama director Nancee Beilgard.

The musical is set in the small Jewish village of Anatevka, Russia, in 1905 and follows the efforts of Tevye, a dairyman, his wife, Golde, and their five daughters to cope with their harsh existence under Tsarist rule.

Tickets are $5 for students and seniors, $6 for general admission, and $3 for children 12 and under.

Muralist to show 'Stencils' at the Pig

A Lawrence artist known for his mural work is showing portrait and anti-war prints through Jan. 10 at the Bourgeois Pig, 6 E. Ninth St.

The exhibition by Dave Loewenstein is called "Stencils."

An opening reception will be from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Friday.

Ceramics, prints, metals on holiday sale bill

Ceramic, print and metal creations will be offered Thursday during the fifth annual Holiday Sale at Kansas University.

The event, which features work by students, faculty and alumni, will be from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. in the Art and Design Gallery.

Among the participating faculty members are Elissa Armstrong, Jon Havener, Michael Krueger and David Vertacnik.

Each division will dedicate a portion of its proceeds to scholarships and visiting artists.

Work is on display in the glass cases on the third floor of the Art and Design prior to the sale.

For more information, call 864-4401.

Arts center to dedicate John Talleur presses

The Lawrence Arts Center will dedicate the John Talleur Print Studio at 3:30 p.m. Dec. 7.

Talleur, who started Kansas University's printmaking program and taught at the school for more than 40 years, died Nov. 27, 2001. Three years ago, he gave his presses and letterpress equipment to the arts center, 940 N.H. The presses include a 1952 Sturges Etching Press, a 1945 Vandercook Press, a 1950 Proofing Press and an 1895 Washington Hoe Letter Press.

The dedication coincides with "Teaching from Prints: The Legacy of John Talleur," an exhibition on view through Jan. 18 in the Kress Gallery at the Spencer Museum of Art, 1301 Miss.

Seminole jeweler to teach artform

Kansas City, Mo. -- Lawrence resident and jeweler Teresa Kelley, a Seminole artist, will offer a Contemporary Native American Jewelry Workshop at 9:30 a.m. Saturday.

The 2 1/2-hour workshop costs $10 per person and will be at the Line Creek Community Center, 5940 Waukomis Drive, in Kansas City, Mo.

Kelley, a member of the Seminole Nation in Florida, will show how to use traditional materials to make contemporary pieces of Native American jewelry. The fee covers the cost of materials. Participants should bring one pair of needle nose pliers to work with.

Kelley regularly shows her work at shows throughout the Midwest. It can be seen at the Lawrence Arts Center, 940 N.H.

Theater schedules 'Nurse Jane' auditions

Auditions for "Nurse Jane Goes to Hawaii" will be at 7 p.m. Tuesday and Wednesday at the Lawrence Community Theatre, 1501 N.H.

The Allan Stratton comedy features Harlequin Romance writer, Vivian Bliss, who, when she arranges to spend a romantic weekend with a respectably married schoolteacher, sets in motion a wild chain of events.

The cast will include: Doris Chisholm, advice columnist, middle age; Edgar Chisholm, middle age; Vivian Bliss, flighty romance writer, mid-30s; Bill Scant, nervous, insecure, middle age; Peggy Scant, young reporter; Peter Prior, young man; Betty Scant, fierce executive editor, middle age.

The show will be directed by Charles Whitman with performance dates scheduled for late January. Rehearsals will begin in December. Scripts may be checked out from the theater office with a $10 deposit.

KU graduate to show artwork at Olive Gallery

Recent Kansas University graduate Liz Gardner will have her first solo exhibition, "Tweaking the Right Brain," at Olive Gallery and Art Supply in December.

The show will include embroideries on canvas, sculptures constructed of textiles and an installation of stitched hair, which, Gardner says, documents growth and the passage of time. Her work often includes organic imagery and a wide color pallet.

Musical guests Ghosty and Dino Jack Crispy will accompany the opening reception from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday at the gallery, 15 E. Eighth St. Art from students at Century School will be featured in Kids' Corner.

Gardner's work will be on view through Dec. 29.

KU metals students in San Francisco exhibit

Kansas University metalsmithing students recently expressed their feelings about the war in Iraq through a national exhibition at the Velvet da Vinci gallery in San Francisco.

Gina Westergard, associate professor of basic studies and metalsmithing and jewelry, asked her class to submit projects to the show after she saw it advertised in information from the Society of North American Goldsmiths.

Seven students' pieces (six undergraduates and one graduate) are featured in the exhibition, on display at the gallery through today. The show includes work by 135 artists from 16 countries.

The students' works reflect the techniques of enameling, a process that involves vitreous glass fused into metal, usually copper or silver, using a kiln and firing it at 1,500 degrees.

To view the exhibition, go to www.velvetdavinci.com.

Concert violinist to perform at church

Garnett -- Lynn Basow, conductor of the Lawrence Youth Orchestra, will perform the violin on Dec. 7 at the Garnett Presbyterian Church.

Basow's performance will be a duet with vocalist June Lockemann of Garnett. Lockemann has a master's degree in vocal performance from the University of Tulsa and sings professionally.

The Presbyterian Church is on the southeast corner of Fifth and Walnut streets in Garnett. Worship begins at 11 a.m.

Lecompton schedules

Christmas Vespers

Lecompton -- The annual Christmas Vespers and Open House will be at 2 p.m. Dec. 7 at the Territorial Capital Museum in Lecompton.

Music will be performed by the Lecompton United Methodist Church Choir and a bell choir, as well as the following individuals: Francis Sanford, Cindy Daniel, Mark Wulfkuhl, Phil Wizer and Merta Fulton.

The program concludes with the playing of a melodeon used in Lecompton in 1857.

The museum will be decked in three floors of Christmas decorations, including a large native red cedar with homemade decorations. The decorations will remain in place through Jan. 3.

Museum hours are 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday and 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday.

For more information, call (785) 887-6285.

Joyce Castle to present 'Mostly for Fun!!!' at KU

Joyce Castle, mezzo-soprano and professor of voice at Kansas University, will present her third faculty recital, "Mostly for Fun!!!" at 7:30 p.m. Monday in Swarthout Recital Hall.

Admission is free. Mark Ferrell, associate professor of voice, will accompany Castle on piano.

The performance will include selections by George Gershwin; Alec Wilder; William Bolcom; Flanders and Swan; Lieber and Stoller; and a monondrama titled "Credo" by Gerald Busby, with text by Craig Lucas.

Castle, who grew up in Baldwin and graduated from KU with a bachelor of fine arts degree in voice and theater, returned to KU in September 2001. She was a leading artist with both the New York City Opera and the Metropolitan Opera companies for more than 15 years.

For more information, call 864-3436.

Graduate Brass Quintet to perform at KU

The Graduate Brass Quintet will perform a special recital 8 p.m. Friday in Swarthout Recital Hall.

Admission is free.

The group is coached by the Kansas Brass Quintet, a brass chamber group in residence at Kansas University for more than 30 years, and features graduate students Tracy Bedgood, tuba; Timothy Leopold and Christopher Nierman, trumpet; Conja Summerlin, horn; and Tony Tellez, trombone.

The performance will include selections from Georg Bhm, J.S. Bach, Anton Bruckner, Eric Ewazen and Robert Schumann, among others.

For more information, call 864-3436.

KU Electronic Music Ensemble adds innovative sounds to lunch

Kansas University's Electronic Music Ensemble will perform for Brown Bag Classics from 12:30 p.m. to 1 p.m. Wednesday at Alderson Auditorium in the Kansas Union.

The ensemble is composed of students in the Electronic Music class taught by Kip Haaheim, assistant professor of music theory and composition at KU. It features 12 members.

The concert will feature the students' new work, including everything from techno grooves to improvisation. A film also will be included as part of the performance.

The Union provides free sodas to go with lunch. For more information, call 864-3436.

Four folk singers to play arts center

Folk ballad singer Connie Dover will headline a concert with Kelly Werts, Ann Zimmerman and Lisa Harris 7:30 p.m. Friday at the Lawrence Arts Center.

The four artists bring a variety of musical styles to the stage, from Celtic to cowboy, traditional and old-time folk songs to original material.

Dover is one of the leading singers in the world of the traditional music of the British Isles and the American West. Zimmerman is currently recording her third CD, "Blue Wild Indigo," with producer Kelly Werts, a fiddler, guitarist and singer who performed for many years with the Plaid Family.

Joining them is Lawrence's Lisa Harris, who was a regular singer for many years on KANU's Goodtime Radio Revue and is also noted as a caller at many area barn and contra dances.

Tickets are $18 and available by calling 843-2787.

'Hansel and Gretel' coming to Washburn University

Topeka -- Performing Arts for Children will present "Hansel and Gretel" Saturday at Washburn University.

The Moses Goldberg-version of the classic Grimm's Fairy tale requires lots of audience participation from the younger members as actors from Washburn University Children's Theatre portray a traveling troupe of six players, Il Staggioni, who perform in-the-round in the Washburn Room of The Memorial Union.

The PAFC presentation, sponsored in part by the Topeka Active 20-30 Club, will be offered at three show times: 10:30 a.m., 1 p.m. and 3 p.m., with an interpreter for the hearing impaired at the final show time. Tickets are $3, with children under 2 admitted free.

KU art professor curates 'Teaching the Object'

John Hachmeister, associate professor of sculpture at Kansas University, curated a sculpture exhibition called "Teaching the Object," which opens 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Friday at the Arts Incubator, 115 E. 18th St., in Kansas City, Mo.

The exhibition features 21 of the most accomplished artists in the region, including nine KU faculty members: Elissa Armstrong, assistant professor of ceramics; Phil Blackhurst, associate professor of sculpture; Mark Cowardin, an instructor in the art department; Jon Havener, professor of metalsmithing and jewelry; Lin Stanionis, associate professor of metalsmithing and jewelry; Jon Swindell, professor of basic studies; David Vertacnik, associate professor of ceramics; Gina Westergard, associate professor of basic studies and metalsmithing and jewelry; and Hachmeister himself.

The show also will feature work from faculty at Kansas City Art Institute, Wichita State University and Kansas State University.

The show will be on view through Jan. 10; a second reception will be from 6 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Jan. 2. Both receptions coincide with First Friday gallery walks in Kansas City's Crossroads Art District.

Musical to benefit Doorstep Inc.

Topeka -- Audiences will be introduced to eight new Christmas songs and have a chance to help Doorstep Inc., a Topeka social service agency, when "The Forgotten Carols" is performed Friday and Saturday.

Friday's performance will be at 7:30 p.m. at the meeting house of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 3611 S.W. Jewell. Saturday performances will be at 4 p.m. and 8 p.m. in the Andrew J. and Georgia Neese Gray Theatre at Washburn University.

The events are free, but donations of nonperishable food or unwrapped new toys will be collected for Doorstep Inc. to help needy families during the holidays.

"The Forgotten Carols" is a two-hour musical that tells the story of a nurse who learns the true meaning of Christmas through carols sung by a patient.

For more information, call (785) 357-1437.

Ottawa University presents Madrigal Dinner

Ottawa -- Ottawa University's Adelante Singers and University Ringers will present their annual madrigal dinner Friday and Saturday.

The evening features a five-course dinner in an Elizabethan setting, with music and banter between the entertainers and guests.

In addition to performing Renaissance musical selections to announce each course of the meal, the Adelante Singers will present a short, after-dinner concert featuring works by Willcocks and Britten. The University Ringers, a five-octave handbell ensemble, will perform as well.

The dinner, catered by Jan's Stained Glass and Cappuccino House of Ottawa, will be at 6:30 p.m. both nights in Roberts Hall at Westminster Presbyterian Church. Tickets are $20; reservations are required. To reserve tickets, call (785) 242-5200, ext. 5431.

Lecompton schedules Christmas Vespers

Lecompton -- The annual Christmas Vespers and Open House will be at 2 p.m. Dec. 7 at the Territorial Capital Museum in Lecompton.

Music will be performed by the Lecompton United Methodist Church Choir and a bell choir, as well as the following individuals: Francis Sanford, Cindy Daniel, Mark Wulfkuhl, Phil Wizer and Merta Fulton.

The program concludes with the playing of a melodeon used in Lecompton in 1857.

The museum will be decked in three floors of Christmas decorations, including a large native red cedar with homemade decorations. The decorations will remain in place through Jan. 3.

Museum hours are 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday and 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday.

For more information, call (785) 887-6285.


Four folk singers to play arts center

Folk ballad singer Connie Dover will headline a concert with Kelly Werts, Ann Zimmerman and Lisa Harris 7:30 p.m. Friday at the Lawrence Arts Center, 940 N.H.

The four artists bring a variety of musical styles to the stage, from Celtic to cowboy, traditional and old-time folk songs to original material.

Dover is one of the leading singers in the world of the traditional music of the British Isles and the American West. Zimmerman is currently recording her third CD, "Blue Wild Indigo," with producer Kelly Werts, a fiddler, guitarist and singer who performed for many years with the Plaid Family.

Joining them is Lawrence's Lisa Harris, who was a regular singer for many years on KANU's Goodtime Radio Revue and is also noted as a caller at many area barn and contra dances.

Tickets are $18 and available by calling 843-2787.

Multimedia performance explores painter's work

Kansas City, Mo. -- "Marsden Hartley: The Color of Sound" will explore the life and times of American painter Marsden Hartley.

From Gertrude Stein's Paris to World War I Berlin and 1930s America, the two-act "collage" of poetry, images and performance includes three actors and 14 musicians. It will be at 7 p.m. Friday and 2 p.m. Saturday at the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, 4525 Oak St.

Lead musicians will be CityMusic, an outreach of the University of Missouri-Kansas City's Conservatory of Music.

"Marsden Hartley (1877-1943): American Painter" is on view at the museum through Jan. 4.

For more information, call (816) 751-1393 or visit www.nelson-atkins.org.

Abstract works, quilts coming to CornerBank

Colorful abstract creations by Lori Hinrichsen and bold pieced wall quilts by Sammie Messick will be featured an an exhibition opening Wednesday at CornerBank.

Hinrichsen's recent work includes monoprints, story-telling mixed media collages and art quilts. Messick's wall quilts are brightly colored, intensely patterned creations using some traditional methods, including one-inch piece strip quilting.

The artists will be at a reception from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Wednesday at the bank, 4621 W. Sixth St. The show can be viewed through Jan. 28 during bank hours: 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Friday and 9 a.m.-noon Saturday.

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