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Archive for Sunday, October 3, 2004

Arts notes

October 3, 2004

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CornerBank to feature glass artist, muralist

Bob Gent, a glass craftsman/designer, and Dave Loewenstein, a professional muralist, will be the featured local artists at an upcoming art show at CornerBank, 4621 W. Sixth St.

The artists will be at the opening reception 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Friday.

Loewenstein's murals are visible at locations throughout Lawrence, including his in-progress project at Memorial Stadium in Hobbs Park. He has directed more than 50 mural projects since 1992. Gent's new works utilize fusing, a technique that involves manipulating sheet glass into patterns, then kiln-firing the glass the melt the design into one piece.

The exhibit runs through Nov. 26 and may be viewed during bank hours: 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Friday and 9 a.m.-noon Saturday.

Spencer exhibit explores Brown v. Board decision

The problems the 50-year-old Brown v. Board of Education sought to address and the debates it raised continue to this day.

"Social Studies: Eight Artists Address Brown v. Board of Education," a traveling exhibition on view in the balcony galleries at the Spencer Museum of Art Saturday through Dec. 5, explores the Supreme Court decision's continuing relevance.

Participating artists are Dawoud Bey, Sanford Biggers, Brett Cook-Dizney, Virgil Marti, Gary Simmons, Carrie Mae Weems, Pamela Vander Zwan and Jennifer Zackin. All of the artists have a history of producing art that deals directly with pressing social issues in American society, including gender, class, race and politics. Media include photography, flocked wallpaper and multimedia installation.

Susan Earle, curator of European and American art, organized the showing at the Spencer. She will give a gallery talk at 12:15 p.m. Oct. 28. The film "A Raisin in the Sun" will be shown at 7 p.m. Dec. 2 in the museum auditorium.

Comedy show starts with double header

Kansas Public Radio officially kicks off the 2004-2005 season of "Right Between the Ears" at 5 p.m. and 8 p.m. Saturday at Liberty Hall. KPR will broadcast the 8 p.m. show on its stations and through its Web site: kpr.ku.edu.

The hour-long sketch comedy show recently won the Grand Prize for Entertainment Programs at the 2004 New York Festivals and National Best Show at the 2004 Silver Microphone Awards.

Tickets are $10-$15 and available at the Liberty Hall box office and at Ticketmaster.com, or by calling (816) 931-3300.

Lawrence ceramics studio to have open house

The Day in Clay Ceramics Studio will have an open house from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday.

Admission is free.

The studio is located at 1157 E. 1200 Road. For directions, visit www.dayinclay.com/directions.php

For more information, contact Amy Carlon at 550-8143.

Lawrence theater company to have auditions

E.M.U. Theatre will audition actors for its 24th stage production, "Talk Radio," by Eric Bogosian from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday through Oct. 11 at Ecumenical Christian Ministries, 1204 Oread Ave.

Performances will be Dec. 4-6 and Dec. 10-12.

Roles are available for 10 actors: five males, three females and two of either gender, plus several voice-over characters. No preparation material is required.

For more information, contact Todd Schwartz at 760-4772.

Theater to entertain kids while school is out

Lawrence Community Theatre is inviting children in grades one through five to participate in two theater workshops when school is canceled for staff development days.

On Friday, the theater group will have a one-day session with the theme "Grow Your Own Story." Participants will be asked to use imagination, teams and objects to create stories. The second session, "I (am a) Robot," set for Oct. 21-22, will allow kids to experiment with voices and movement and build their own robot costumes.

Enrollment has started for both workshops. Discounts are available for theater members. Some scholarships are available.

For more information, call 843-7469.

Sculptures at KU gallery to explore body psychology

An upcoming show at Kansas University's Art and Design Gallery will explore the psychology of the body through a display of soft sculptures and installation works.

"Couples, Groups and Installations," on view Oct. 10-22, will feature 10 to 12 small, soft sculptures and four to six mixed-media installations by Eric Conrad, a full-time lecturer in Emporia State University's art department.

A reception for the show is scheduled for 1 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. Oct. 17 at the gallery. Hours are 1 p.m.-4:30 p.m. Sunday, 8:30 a.m.-4:30 a.m. Monday-Wednesday, 8:30 a.m.-9 p.m. Thursday and 8:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Friday.

For more information, call 864-4401.

Husband, wife join forces for faculty recital

Larry and Linda Maxey, a clarinetist and marimbist respectively, will perform together during a faculty recital at 7:30 p.m. Monday at Swarthout Recital Hall.

Larry Maxey is a Kansas University professor in clarinet. Kevin Bobo, assistant professor of percussion, and Larry Rice, a lecturer in double bass and string education at KU, will join the duo.

The concert is free and open to the public. For more information, call 864-3436.

KU Wind Ensemble to play for homecoming

The Kansas University Wind Ensemble well perform a homecoming concert 7:30 p.m. Friday at the Lied Center.

The show will include old favorites and innovative new works. The evening will end on a spirited note, with the audience being asked to join in singing "Home on the Range," "The Crimson and the Blue," "I'm a Jayhawk" and the Rock Chalk Chant.

Admission is $7 for the public and $5 for students and seniors. Tickets are available at all KU ticket outlets. For more information, call 864-3436.

Centuries-old Chinese sculptures reinstalled

Kansas City, Mo. -- A revamped Chinese sculpture gallery opening Saturday at the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art will better tell the story of a pivotal juncture in the history of an ancient civilization, museum officials say.

"The Glory of the Law: Treasures of Early Chinese Buddhist Sculpture," a reinstallation of the museum's collection of works from the fifth through the 10th centuries, is the first update in the collection's presentation since its Chinese sculpture gallery opened in 1941.

More than 60 works from the Chinese sculpture collection are part of the reinstallation. Admission to view the sculptures is free, and the show will remain on view indefinitely as progress continues on the museum's refurbishing project.

Photography workshop focuses on Ozarks

Photographers Eric Hinson and Edward Robison III will lead a workshop called "Autumn in the Ozarks" Oct. 22-24 in Farmington, Mo.

Hinson and Robison will accompany participants on photo shoots in the Ozark Mountains and provide instruction and critiques.

Each participant is required to bring a camera with manual controls and a tripod. The $295 fee does not include transportation to Farmington, lodging, meals, film or film processing. Enrollment is limited to 12.

For more information, contact Hinson at (901) 761-4931 or Robison at (913) 221-3927.

Red Balloon To Do issues call for artists

Applications for artists who want to be part of the second annual Red Balloon To Do are available at Olive Gallery and Art Supply, 15 E. Eighth St.

Application deadline is Oct. 15.

Last year's inaugural event drew hundreds of people to downtown Lawrence galleries and private homes in the city to look at artworks created by student and professional artists alike. This year's To Do is set for Oct. 23.

For more information, contact the Olive Gallery at 331-4114.

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