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Archive for Saturday, October 16, 2004

Photographer’s ‘Family Albums’ go on display

October 16, 2004

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American photographer Diane Arbus focused her camera lens on people who lived on the margins of society: dwarves, nudists, transvestites. Her haunting pictures of those subjects made her famous.

But a new exhibition that opens today at the Spencer Museum of Art narrows in on a lesser-known topic that interested Arbus: family.

In 1968, three years before Arbus committed suicide, she wrote to a friend that she was compiling a "family album" of the tumultuous 1960s. Her portraits of children, couples, mothers, fathers and surrogate families will be on view through Jan. 16 in "Diane Arbus: Family Albums" in the Spencer's Kress Gallery.

Here's a look at what else is happening this weekend:

Miscellaneous

  • Third Saturday Lawrence Barn Dance, music by Jim and Kim Lansford, 7:30 p.m.-10:30 p.m. today, Woodlawn School, 508 Elm, 749-1356.
  • Family Barn Dance, music by Dayle and Mike Black, 4 p.m. Sunday dance, 5:15 p.m. potluck, Lawrence Public Library, 707 Vt., 841-5759.

Art events

  • "Diane Arbus: Family Albums," opens today, runs through Jan. 16, Kress Gallery, Spencer Museum of Art, 1301 Miss., 864-4710.
  • "Brenda Diane Duff Frazier, 1938 Debutante of the Year, at home,"
1966, by Diane Arbus, Esquire Collection, Spencer Museum of Art.

    "Brenda Diane Duff Frazier, 1938 Debutante of the Year, at home," 1966, by Diane Arbus, Esquire Collection, Spencer Museum of Art.

  • The Curator Is IN!: Buddhist Sculptures from Medieval China, 1 p.m.-2 p.m. today, The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, 4525 Oak, Kansas City, Mo., (816) 561-4000.

Theater

  • "Baba Yaga, The Bony Legged Witch," by Ric Averill, Halloween family musical, 2 p.m. today and Sunday, Lawrence Arts Center, 940 N.H., 843-ARTS.
  • "Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde," 2 p.m. today and Sunday, The Coterie Theatre, 2450 Grand Blvd., No. 144, Kansas City, Mo., (816) 474-6552.
  • "The Pirates of Penzance," 3 p.m. and 8 p.m. today, 2 p.m. Sunday, Kansas City Repertory Theatre, 4949 Cherry St., Kansas City, Mo., (816) 235-1579.
  • "Fully Committed," 4 p.m. and 8 p.m. today, 2 p.m. Sunday, American Heartland Theatre, Crown Center, 2450 Grand Blvd., Suite 314, Kansas City, Mo., (816) 842-9999.


  • "Dear George: Letters to the President," 7:30 p.m. today and Sunday, Lawrence Community Theatre, 1501 N.H., 843-7469.
  • "Anything Goes," by Cole Porter, 7:30 p.m. today and 2 p.m. Sunday, Grant Recital Hall/Theater, University of Missouri-Kansas City, 5228 Charlotte, Kansas City, Mo., (816) 235-6222.
  • "Topdog/Underdog," 8 p.m. today and 3 p.m. Sunday, Unicorn Theatre, 3828 Main St., Kansas City, Mo., (816) 531-PLAY.
  • "A New Brain," 8 p.m. today and Sunday, H&R Block City Stage, Union Station, 30 W. Pershing, Kansas City, Mo., (816) 460-2020.
  • "The Rocky Horror Show," presented by Minds Eye Theater, 8 p.m. and midnight Saturday, Just Off Broadway Theater, 3051 Central, Kansas City, Mo., (913) 897-2348.

Music

  • Americana Music Academy Saturday Jam, 3 p.m.-5 p.m. today, Americana Music Academy, 1419 Mass., 830-9640.
  • Dana Cooper, 6:30 p.m. today, Gaslight Tavern, 317 N. Second St., 856-4330.
  • Vibralux, Truth Cell, Decension, Swill, 7 p.m. today, The Granada Theatre, 1020 Mass., 842-1390.
  • Against Me, The Blood Brothers, True North, 8 p.m. today, The Bottleneck, 737 N.H., 841-LIVE.
  • Harriman Series: Samuel Ramey, bass, 8 p.m. today, Folly Theater, 12th and Central streets, Kansas City, Mo., (816) 415-5025.
  • Kansas City Symphony, Michael Stern, conductor, 8 p.m. today and 2 p.m. Sunday, Lyric Theatre, 11th and Central streets, Kansas City, Mo., (816) 471-1100.
  • Rob Scheps, Zach Brock Quintet, 8:30 p.m. today, The Blue Room, 18th and Vine, Kansas City, Mo., (816) 474-VINE.
  • Random Tuesday, 9 p.m. today, Stu's Midtown Tavern, 925 Iowa, 856-7887.
  • Poor Miners Union, 9 p.m. today, Johnny's Tavern, 401 N. Second St., 842-0377.
  • Black Ale Sinners, Devil Ate the Groundhog, 10:30 p.m. today, The Replay Lounge, 946 Mass., 749-7676.
  • Majestics Rhythm Revue, 11 p.m. today, The Jazzhaus, 926 1/2 Mass., 749-3320.
  • American Minor, 11 p.m. today, The Jackpot Saloon, 943 Mass., 832-1085.
  • "Songs and Dances," a recital, featuring John Boulton, flute; Elaine Brewer, harp; Beth Crawford, narrator; and Genaro Mendez, tenor; 2:30 p.m. Sunday, Central Court, Spencer Museum of Art, 1301 Miss., 864-4710.
  • Piano on the Edge Series: The Bugallo-Williams Piano Duo, 2:30 p.m. Sunday, White Hall, University of Missouri-Kansas City, 4949 Cherry, Kansas City, Mo., (816) 235-6222.
  • The Midday Ramblers CD release show, Drakkar Sauna, 5 p.m. Sunday, The Replay Lounge, 946 Mass., 749-7676.
  • "Three Songs for Soprano and Orchestra," by Costa Rican composer Benjamin Gutierrez, 7:30 p.m. Sunday, White Concert Hall, Washburn University campus, Topeka, (785) 231-1010.
  • Goatwhore, Cattle Decapitation, 8 p.m. Sunday, The Bottleneck, 737 N.H., 841-LIVE.
  • Deadmoon, Filthy Jim, 10 p.m. Sunday, The Jackpot Saloon, 943 Mass., 832-1085.
  • Dirty Boogie, 10 p.m. Sunday, Gaslight Tavern, 317 N. Second St., 856-4330.

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