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Arts

Soweto Gospel Choir to uplift Lied Center with messages of peace and love
March 27, 2014
Soweto Gospel Choir performs traditional South African gospels and celebratory songs learned as young children in the church, as well as covers of many Christian cultures, reggae, and American popular music. They will bring this joyous music to life onstage at the Lied Center on March 29 at 7:30 p.m., with traditional high-energy choreography, percussion djembe rhythms and traditional clothing in bright colors and with vibrant patterns.
Bringing awareness of a secret war to the Lawrence community, 40 years later
March 27, 2014
From 1964 to 1973, the U.S. dropped a planeload of bombs every 8 minutes, 24 hours a day, for nine years in Laos, totaling 2 million tons of ordnance, according to Legacies of War. The first-ever “Hard Rain-Living with Bombs in Laos” exhibit at the Percolator features artifacts, photos and other materials that show the beautiful, yet devastating, terrain in Southeast Asia, and how we can help make it safer.
March Final Friday Preview: The art of questioning
March 27, 2014
The artists at this month’s Final Fridays are full of questions, questions about self, questions about space and place, and questions about the power of symbols.
Theatre Lawrence to host Volunteer Fair
March 26, 2014
Theatre Lawrence is having a Volunteer Fair on Thursday, where participants can learn about various positions at the theater and the time commitments for each area.
Exhibit features sketches by former painter made after Parkinson’s diagnosis
March 23, 2014
Lined up neatly in eight rows on one wall, 176 envelops with pencil sketches, watercolor images and pen scratchings compile the portrait of a man with a compulsiveness to create. If those who visit the gallery skip past Moore’s artist statement, they wouldn’t know that these particular works were inspired by the obstacles he’s faced since his Parkinson’s diagnosis.
2014 Spring Arts Guide
March 16, 2014
Mark your calendars for some hot events of the spring season including touring musicians, community productions and exhibitions.
Spring film releases have summer feel
March 16, 2014
As the summer movie season becomes more and more crowded, Hollywood’s tentpole movies have started crowding into the spring.
Behind the Lens: The history of the selfie
March 16, 2014
Last year was the year of the selfie. Oxford Dictionaries even selected it as their word of the year for 2013. It’s so new that my computer tells me I’m spelling it wrong.
KC nomination for national arts post could boost Lawrence’s image by proximity
March 15, 2014
Having someone from nearby Kansas City in the nation’s top arts position could also reflect positively on Lawrence by proximity, some local arts leaders say. By Sara Shepherd
Ladysmith Black Mambazo spreading peace 50 years later
March 13, 2014
Performing from their latest album, “Always With Us,” at Liberty Hall today, members of Ladysmith Black Mambazo bring their messages of peace to Lawrence on a tour (and album) dedicated to founder Joseph Shabalala’s wife, who was shot and killed by a masked gunman in 2002.
Trail Mix’ celebrates 20 years on air with special St. Patrick’s Day concert
March 13, 2014
KPR’s “Trail Mix” is celebrating its 20th anniversary at Liberty Hall this Sunday night, March 16, at 7:30, with a St. Patrick’s Day concert featuring singer-songwriter Ashley Davis and fiddler Liz Carroll.
Ninth Street corridor proposal is finalist for national arts grant
March 10, 2014
The Lawrence Arts Center is, for the second year, a finalist for a major national grant that would fund a so-called creative placemaking project in Lawrence. The Arts Center announced Monday that its $500,000 proposal — “Free State Connection: The 9th Street Corridor Project” — was among 97 finalists for this year’s ArtPlace America grants. By Sara Shepherd
Lawrence Cultural Arts Commission seeking submissions for arts grants
March 9, 2014
The Lawrence Cultural Arts Commission is offering their Annual Community Arts Grant Program to promote appreciation and aware of the arts in town and encourage collaboration among community artists. The deadline to submit applications is March 24 at 4 p.m.
Exhibitions celebrate anniversaries of civil rights milestones
March 9, 2014
Mulvane Art Museum at Washburn University has opened three new exhibitions in honor of the 60th anniversary of the Brown v. Board of Education Supreme Court decision and the 50th anniversary of the 1964 Civil Rights Act.
Arts Center annual benefit to auction highly valued Burroughs artwork
March 8, 2014
Featuring 150 art works, this is one of its largest visual arts events and the primary funding source for the Arts Center’s exhibitions program. If that isn’t already enough to put one on edge, a piece by this year’s featured artist, William S. Burroughs, is valued higher than anything they have ever tried to auction in the past.
Marilynne Robinson reminds Read Across Lawrence crowd to find joy in life’s subtleties
March 6, 2014
Pulitzer Prize-winning Marilynne Robinson spoke on intricacies of “Housekeeping,” the beautiful unrecognized landscape of the Northwest, and graces she finds in life’s common moments. She came to speak in Lawrence at the end of Read Across Lawrence, her first novel this year’s pick for the community read.
Marble Crazy back this weekend for 15th year of madness
March 6, 2014
Two purple jellyfish swim over a field of pink jewel anemone, blue tube sponges, a cluster of East Pacific pink coral and a stand of purple-tipped anemone. This is not the description of a National Geographic video of a coral reef; rather, it’s an intricate glass sculpture by artist Cathy Richardson, the featured artist at this weekend’s Marble Crazy in Bonner Springs. By Caroline Boyer
Dr. Dog takes barebones approach to building a new record
March 6, 2014
Dr. Dog’s latest album B-Room reflects a more organic sound recorded in their new studio converted from an old silversmith mill by all six members before even starting on the music.
Puppeteer, Lawrence native returns for Arts Center’s ‘Pinocchio’
March 6, 2014
Spencer Lott has a long history at the Lawrence Arts Center. The Lawrence native and Kansas University graduate is now a teaching artist at New York’s New Victory Theater, but he’s back in town for the Arts Center’s new production of “Pinocchio.”