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Arts notes

September 12, 2004

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American Indian flutist to play at arts center

Cherokee artists and musician TerryLee Whetstone will perform Saturday as part of programming for the 16th annual Lawrence Indian Arts Show.

Whetstone, above, is a self-taught American Indian flute player. His original compositions are spiritually directed from his state of mind and surroundings. He uses the flute as a gateway linking the past and present, he says.

Whetstone will play at 7:30 p.m. Saturday at the Lawrence Arts Center, 940 N.H. Tickets are $15. A special performance for children and families will be at 1 p.m. Tickets are $5 for adults and $2 for children.

To hear samples of Whetstone's music, go to www.terrywhetstone.com.

Native star quilts on view at Haskell

"Morning Star: Symbol of Knowledge," a collection of Northern Plains-style star quilts created by Haskell Indian Nations University students, will be on view Monday through Saturday at the Haskell Cultural Center and Museum, 155 Indian Ave.

The exhibit is part of the 16th annual Haskell Indian Art Market, which wraps up today on the Haskell grounds.

Kepsey Fixico, a Haskell housing employee, is the master artist/teacher for the quilt class, which convenes each semester at Pocahontas Hall.

Funding for the class comes from a grant awarded by the Kansas Arts Commission through the Lawrence Arts Centerto the Sacred Hoop Project. The star quilt class is in its third year at Haskell.

Color-themed art focus of Unity Gallery show

"Red, White and Blue 2004," a mixed media group exhibition, opens Friday at Unity Gallery.

A reception will be from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. that evening at the gallery, Ninth and Madeline.

The show will remain on view through Oct. 30.

Organ alumnus returns to perform recital

A Kansas University music graduate will return this week for an alumni recital.

Robert Horton, who graduated in 2003 with a doctorate in organ performance, will play at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday at Bales Organ Recital Hall. The performance is free and open to the public.

The program will include works by Bach, Mozart, Muffat and Heiller, among others.

Auditions open for three community theater shows

The Lawrence Community Theatre will have auditions at 7 p.m. Sept. 28 and 29 at the theater, 1501 N.H., for three upcoming shows:

  • "Anything Goes," by Cole Porter; a musical story of shipboard romance, muddled love and confused identities; requires large, diverse cast; auditioners should prepare a brief song.
  • "Dear George: Letters to the President," a reader's theater production containing a compilation of letters from both the President's supporters and critics from across the country, requires cast of two men and two women.
  • "Murder at Cafe Noir," an interactive mystery dinner theater featuring a '40s detective story on the forgotten island of Mustique, requires cast of four men and three women.

For more information, contact the theater at 843-7469.

Dinner theater mystery returns to steakhouse

The Leavenworth Players Group will give a repeat performance of "Murder at Fort Leavenworth or The General is Generally Dead," an interactive dinner theater murder mystery, at 6:30 p.m. today at the Hereford House, 4931 W. Sixth St.

The $35 ticket price includes the performance and the patron's choice of steak, salmon or chicken. Reservations are required and can be made by calling 842-2333.

The resolution of this performance will be different from the August rendition of the show.

Nelson-Atkins Museum

Buddhist sculptures fill interim exhibition needs

Kansas City, Mo. -- While construction proceeds at the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, the museum is offering a series of exhibitions to build appreciation for its permanent collection.

The third of six small installations, under the banner title "Build on Art," opens Saturday and remains on view through the summer of 2005. "The Glory of the Law: Treasures of Early Chinese Buddhist Sculpture," highlights the museum's collection of early Chinese Buddhist sculpture from the fifth through the 10th centuries. The installation focuses on how artistic means were developed to meet changing needs of the faith.

Also on display are "Realism and Abstraction: Six Degrees of Separation" and "Black and White in America: Photography of the Civil Rights Era." The latter comes down Oct. 3.

During construction, museum admission is free.

Kansas City Singers announce auditions

The Kansas City Singers will have auditions for "Winter Beckons" at 6 p.m. Sept. 30 and 1 p.m. Oct. 1.

Selected singers will perform in concert and participate in CD and video productions. All materials will be provided. Singers will be paid. Performances will be Dec. 17-19 at the Just Off Broadway Theater.

"Winter Beckons" presents the music and stories behind cherished winter traditions. The Kansas City Singers is a 16-voice a cappella choir.

Visit www.KCSingers.org for details, then call (816) 361-0431 ext. 3 to schedule an audition.

KU grad wins award in Lindsborg exhibit

Lindsborg -- Six Kansas University students have received awards in the "Kansas Collegiate Aesthetics 2004" group exhibition at the Birger Sandzen Memorial Gallery in Lindsborg.

The show, a biennial juried exhibition, is on view through Oct. 24 at the gallery, 401 N. First St. A closing reception will be at 2 p.m. Oct. 24.

Students honored by the juror, Warren Taylor, are: Katie Burt, Rachel Carey, Caleb Kruckenberg, Derek Larsen, Shanna Rossi and Rebecca Sedewick. KU students received the most awards in the exhibition, the gallery announced.

For more information, contact the gallery at (785) 227-2220 or visit is Web site at www.sandzen.org.

Lawrence artist among featured plein air painters

Olathe -- Lawrence artist Louis Copt will be among the featured artists painting on-site at the Hidden Glen Arts Festival's first-ever plein air painting event in northwest Olathe.

The live painting event will be from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sept. 19 -- in advance of the 16th annual Hidden Glen Arts Festival Oct. 2-3 at Cedar Creek.

Joining Copt will be Doug Osa, John Roush, Kim Casebeer, Joan Parker, Mary Mayfield and 19 other artists.

The artists will be available to visit with the public as they work. One finished painting from each artists will be on view during the October art festival.

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