Archive for Sunday, November 1, 2009

Dance project examines genetic research

November 1, 2009


A multimedia dance performance that examines the science and effects of genetic research comes to the Lied Center Saturday.

The performance, by the Liz Lerman Dance Exchange, is at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $26 for adults and $10 for students.

Choreographers talked with 34 genetic scientists and researchers from across the country. The performance, “Ferocious Beauty: Genome,” explores the implications and emotions associated with genetic research.

As part of the Lied Center’s Creative Campus project, Lerman will facilitate a creativity summit to get feedback about the project from Kansas University faculty. She also will conduct a weeklong residency including KU dance students, physics and astronomy students, the Lawrence Arts Center’s 940 Dance Company and more.

For more information, visit

Arts center hosts choreography events

Area dance choreographers will be showcased next weekend as the Lawrence Arts Center hosts the Regional Choreography Festival.

The event provides professional, regional choreographers and dancers to learn, dance, network and showcase their work.

Friday night, the Adjudicated Showcase will feature choreographers including Ruth Barnes of Missouri State University; Chung-Fu Chang of Colorado State University; Darryl Clark of Missouri State University; Maura Michelle Garcia of the Mixed Blood Woman Dance Company; Jane Gotch of the Jane Gotch Dancers; David Ollington of Kansas State University; Susan Rieger of the 940 Dance Company; Patrick Suzeau of the Cohan/Suzeau Dance Company; and Anjali Tata-Hudson, independent choreographer.

The Friday performance is at 7:30 p.m. at the arts center, 940 N.H. Tickets are $13.50 for adults and $8 for students and seniors.

Saturday night’s Open Showcase includes the works of Deborah Bettinger, Jennifer Flynn, Bobbi Foudree, Megan Jensen and Ashley Trullinger. That performance is at $5.50.

The weekend also includes several master classes.

For more information, contact Susan Rieger, 940 Dance Company artistic director, at, or visit

Percolator exhibit highlights Mexico

Lawrence artist Ann Dean will open an exhibit of her works with a potluck dinner and presentation today.

“Mexico: Color, Line and Texture” will focus on Dia de los Muertos, or Day of the Dead. The potluck dinner begins at 6 p.m. at The Percolator, in the alley behind 913 R.I. The presentation begins at 7:30 p.m.

For more information, visit The gallery is open from noon to 6 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays or by appointment by calling 840-5508.

Poster exhibit displays KU student works

A new exhibit of the works of Kansas University design students is on display at the Spencer Museum of Art, tied to the exhibit “The Graphic Imperative: International Posters for Peace, Social Justice and the Environment, 1965-2005.”

The exhibit is the result of a project by professor Patrick Dooley’s Typography 3 class, which used the advocacy posters in the exhibit as a “point of departure” for creating their own posters. The class assignment was to create a poster supporting a specific advocacy organization, on a particular topic with a particular audience in mind. Ten of the 68 posters created in the class were selected for the exhibit, which will be on display through Nov. 29.

Recital features brass performers

A pair of brass players from the Kansas City Symphony will perform as part of the Kansas University Visiting Artist Series Tuesday.

Roger Oyster, principal trombonist, and Philip Clark, associate principal trumpeter, will present the recital at 4:30 p.m. at the Swarthout Recital Hall in Kansas University’s Murphy Hall. It is free and open to the public.

Oyster has been in his position since 1997. He also has performed with the St. Louis Symphony, the Atlanta Symphony, the Detroit Symphony, the National Symphony, the Grant Park Symphony and the Lyric Opera of Chicago.

Clark also is a member of the Kansas City Chamber Orchestra and the Kansas City Brassworks quintet. He also is adjunct instructor of trumpet at Mid-America Nazarene University in Olathe.

The performers will be accompanied by Ellen Bottorff, director of collaborative piano and chamber music at KU.

Native Kansas authors to talk about books

A pair of mystery authors who are Kansas natives will talk about their works during a presentation at 7 p.m. Monday at the Lawrence Public Library, 707 Vt.

J.M. “Mike” Hayes and Charlotte Hinger live in Tucson, Ariz., and Loveland, Colo., respectively. But their stories are set in Kansas.

Hayes’ “Mad Dog and Englishman” series is set in fictional Benteen County, in the middle of Kansas. His latest book is “Server Down.”

“Deadly Descent” is the latest book by Hinger. The novel is set in fictional Carlton County, in western Kansas.

The program is free and open to the public.

Unitarian group starts Chamber Music Series

The Unitarian Fellowship of Lawrence will launch a new Chamber Music Series Nov. 8 with a presentation by the Spencer Consort.

The fellowship, 1263 N. 1100 Road, will play host to five concerts during the series. Additional concerts include saxophone groups from Kansas University, the trio Allegresse and several Unitarian Fellowship musicians.

The Spencer Consort will present music of the 18th century playing period instruments. The concert is at 2:30 p.m.

Season subscription tickets are $25. Single-concert tickets are $5. For more information, call 842-4429 or e-mail


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