Archive for Sunday, September 21, 2003

Arts briefs

September 21, 2003

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Calendar celebrates city's 150th birthday

The original 1854 street map of Lawrence, a poster inciting volunteers to join the Union army and a Piggly Wiggly grocery store in the 1920s are just some of the vintage black-and-white images in the Lawrence Preservation Alliance's 2004 calendar, "150 Years in Lawrence, Kansas."

The calendar celebrates the city's upcoming sesquicentennial.

Important dates and quirky facts from Lawrence's history are commemorated on the calendar's pages, including this entry from June 9, 1919: KU banned corsages and late hours so the headline read 'no cakes, no flowers, no late night hours.'" A photo for the month of October depicts a Lawrence family welcoming Capt. Robert Haggart home from World War II in 1945.

The calendar is available at Lawrence bookstores and other retail outlets for $12.95.

Baldwin combat poet begins Vietnam series

Baldwin poet John Musgrave will read from his latest book, "Notes to the Man Who Shot Me," at 7 p.m. Wednesday at the Watkins Community Museum of History, 1047 Mass.

Musgrave, a Vietnam War veteran, has written four books of poetry based on his experiences. He will sell and sign copies at the event.

His appearance coincides with the museum's new Vietnam exhibit and is the first in a yearlong series honoring the men and women who served in Vietnam.

Admission is free, but donations are suggested. Refreshments will be served after the presentation.

Recital to benefit women's organization

A recital featuring Kansas University graduate student Katherin Steinbacher, soprano, will be at 7:30 p.m. Friday at Centenary United Methodist Church, 4th and Elm streets.

Included will be operatic works by Mozart, Puccini, Bizet and Floyd as well as spirituals and sacred songs. A duet with KU associate professor of voice Pamela Hinchman, soprano, also will be featured.

Proceeds from the recital benefit Martha and Mary's Way, an organization that supports women in the community.

Tickets can be purchased at the door or by calling 331-7985.

Area artists play host to 'Art in the Grove'

A group of area artists will show their work in a country studio-gallery setting next weekend.

Jan Gaumnitz, Mick Braa, Susan Jordan, Martha Heimbaugh, Ardys Ramberg and Bob Gent will display paintings, ceramics, fabric hangings, small sculptures and translucent glass creations at Gaumnitz's studio-gallery and grove at 943 N. 1500 Road.

A reception from 5 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Friday opens the show, called "Art in the Grove." It continues from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and noon to 5 p.m. Sunday.

Gaumnitz's works includes floral, landscape, figurative and popular ceramic forms. Braa will feature dye-painted fabric wall hangings as well as seldom-seen landscape paintings. Jordan blends warm colors and spatial depth into pastel and watercolor scenes.Heimbaugh creates quilted wall works imbued with complex textures, images, patterns and often 3-D form. Ramberg creates sculptural figures, and Gent presents a variety of hand-blown, fused and richly colored glass forms.

Audio-Reader to have 'For Your Ears Only' sale

Audio-Reader will sell used albums, CDs, cassettes, books on tape, turntables, tape recorders, boom boxes, personal CD players, videotapes, VCRs and more at its "For Your Ears Only" sale.

The sale is scheduled from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday and noon to 5 p.m. Sept. 2 in Building 2 at the Douglas County Fairgrounds, 11th and Harper. Admission is free.

The sale items are from Kansas Public Radio, Kansas University faculty and staff, Audio-Reader volunteers and community members.

The event will benefit Audio-Reader and will help finance the cost of converting its analog satellite to digital, which will run more than $40,000.

A sneak preview from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Friday will feature a James Bond theme. Bond character costumes are welcome. A $5 donation is requested for the preview event.

Armstrong scholar to speak on jazz icon

Robert O'Meally, director of the Center for Jazz Studies and the Zora Neale Hurston professor of literature at Columbia University in New York City, will speak on "Louis Armstrong's Comic Masks" at 7:30 p.m. Thursday at Alderson Auditorium in the Kansas Union.

KU's Interdisciplinary Jazz Studies Group is sponsoring O'Meally's talk and a pre-lecture jazz concert. KU's Jazz Combo I will perform at 6:30 p.m. in the auditorium. Both the concert and lecture are free and open to the public.

O'Meally wrote "The Craft of Ralph Ellison" and "Lady Day: The Many Faces of Billie Holiday." He is editor of "The Jazz Cadence of American Culture" and "Living with Music: Ralph Ellison's Essays on Jazz."

He was nominated for a Grammy Award in 1998 for his work as co-producer of the five-CD box-set called "The Jazz Singers." His other music projects include writing liner notes for a Sony/Columbia recent re-release of Louis Armstrong's "Hot Fives and Sevens," for a Duke Ellington box-set called "The Duke" and for a Branford Marsalis recording, "Romare Bearden Revealed."

Canadian singer/songwriter Clayton Bellamy to play Union

Canadian singer/songwriter Clayton Bellamy will play at noon Monday at the Kansas Union's Hawk's Nest. The event is free and open to the public.

Bellamy's debut CD, "Running On Empty," received six nominations at the 2002 Canadian Recording Industry Assn. awards. He was named Entertainer of the Year by the Canadian Colleges and showcased for this year's Canadian Organization of Campus Activities. He has performed with Big House, Kentucky HeadHunters, the Dixie Chicks, the Headstones and Big Sugar.

For more information, call 864-SHOW or visit the Hawks Nest tab on the Student Union Activities Web site at www.suaevents.com.

Hallmark Symposium draws top art, design professionals

The Hallmark Symposium begins Monday its 21st year with a talk by Carl Magnusson, executive vice president for Knoll Inc. in New York.

The symposium, sponsored by an endowment from Hallmark Cards Inc., brings designers, artists, writers and educators to the Spencer Museum of Art. Admission to the 6 p.m. lecture is free.

Magnusson studied architecture and design at Chalmers Institute of Technology in Gothenburg, Sweden. In 1966, he joined the design office of Charles and Ray Eames and then opened his own design studio in Rudolf Schindler's house in Los Angeles. He joined Knoll in 1976.

Magnusson has worked directly with Gae Aulenti, Don Chadwick, Mark Pennington, Massimo Vignelli, Richard Sapper, Ettore Sottsass, Ross Lovegrove, Gianfranco Frattini and Frank Gehry. Magnusson designed the Spello Executive Desk, Magnusson Desk and RPM Chair. He also originated the annual Knoll Design Symposium at Cranbrook Academy of Art in Bloomfield Hills, Mich., and co-founded the Knoll Museum in East Greenville, Pa.

In 1997, he received the Pacific Design Center's award for lifetime achievement.

KU Faculty Recital Series presents Pamela Hinchman

Kansas University voice professor Pamela Hinchman will perform "An Evening of Mozart, Handel, and other Musical Friends" at 7:30 p.m. Monday in Swarthout Recital Hall. Admission is free.

Hinchman, associate professor of voice at KU, will be joined by Lynn Keisker, artistic director of the Utah Festival Opera, on piano; Steve Leisring, assistant professor of trumpet at KU; and the KU Chamber Orchestra, conducted by Steven McDonald.

Hinchman has performed with the Spoleto Festival in Italy, the Festival de Cervantino in Mexico City, the San Francisco Opera, Florida Grand Opera, Pittsburgh Opera and Washington Opera. She also has performed with orchestras around the world, including Washington's National Symphony, the Pittsburgh Symphony, the New World Symphony, the Haifa Symphony in Israel, the Hong Kong Philharmonic and the Cairo Symphony Orchestra in Egypt.

For more information, call 864-3436.

KU music faculty win awards

Kansas University music faculty James Barnes, Robert Foster and Charles Hoag have received the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers award.

Barnes is a professor of music theory and composition at KU. His numerous publications for concert band and orchestra have been performed at Tanglewood, Boston Symphony Hall, Lincoln Center, Carnegie Hall and the Kennedy Center in Washington.

Foster is professor of music and assistant chairman of the music and dance department. He is conductor of the Lawrence City Band and was director of bands at KU in 1971-2002. He is vice president of the John Philip Sousa Foundation.

Hoag, professor of theory and composition, has written music for a wide variety of media ranging from orchestra, chorus and massed trombone choir, to chamber music and songs. He has received grants and awards from the National Endowment for the Arts, and his music has been performed by the Kansas City Symphony, the Oklahoma City Symphony, the Warsaw National Philharmonic, the Topeka Symphony, the Verdehr Trio and the Dale Warland Singers.

The American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers is the world's largest performing rights organization, with more than 150,000 composers, authors and publishers in the United States, representing music of every variety and style.

Trumpet great to perform at Washburn University

Topeka -- World-renowned trumpet player Maynard Ferguson and his Big-Bop Nouveau Band will perform at 7 p.m. Thursday in White Concert Hall at Washburn University. Doors open at 6 p.m.

Ferguson, who's been performing for four decades, has redefined big band jazz by drawing on bebop, straight-ahead jazz, funk, swing and contemporary styles. He has earned three Grammy nominations and is a consistent winner of Down Beat and Playboy Jazz Poll honors.

Admission is $15. To order tickets, call (785) 231-1222 or e-mail cab@washburn.edu. Washburn students are admitted free with their student identification.

Mary Atkins Lecture Series begins with Frida Kahlo talk

Kansas City, Mo. -- The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art begins the ninth season of the Mary Atkins Lecture Series with Rosamond Bernier's look at the art and life of Frida Kahlo at 6 p.m. Thursday at Atkins Auditorium.

Bernier, founding editor of L'Oeil art magazine, knew many legends of 20th-century art, including Henri Matisse and Pablo Picasso.

For this lecture, titled "I Knew Frida," Bernier shares her personal recollection of the woman she calls "devouring, political and bewitching."

Complementing the lecture is a free screening of the 2002 movie, "Frida," starring Salma Hayek at 2 p.m. Sept. 28 in the auditorium.

For tickets, call (816) 751-1393. Tickets are $10 for museum members and $15 for public. Series tickets are $36 for members and $56 for public.

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