Many events await patrons of the arts this spring


The climate is changing this spring in Lawrence’s art scene.

Climate becomes a key theme in multidisciplinary efforts that combine the public’s interest in the environment with the arts.

As part of its related programming, the Spencer Museum of Art has commissioned two artist projects. In collaboration with Kansas University’s Center for Remote Sensing of Ice Sheets, the museum sent photographer Terry Evans to Greenland to photograph the coasts and ice sheets; an installation of her images accompanies the “Climate Change at the Poles” exhibition, which opened Friday.

Related events include the Lawrence Arts Center’s staging of “The Ice Wolf” in February, a Lawrence Public Library-sponsored book discussion group that starts Feb. 19, film screenings and roundtable discussions scheduled at Kansas University.

For the “Trees & other Ramifications” exhibition, which opens March 7, the Spencer will bring in sculptor Patrick Dougherty as artist-in-residence during May, when he will create a large-scale tree-branch sculpture at The Commons at Spooner Hall.

Other highlights in Lawrence’s arts scene this spring include “Ain’t Misbehavin'” starring former “American Idol” winner Ruben Studdard, coming April 4 to the Lied Center, and Lawrence Community Theatre’s local staging in February and March of “Doubt,” the Oscar-nominated film that opened earlier this month.

Use the calendar or download PDFs of the today’s Pulse listings to check out more events.