Students in the Visual Art Department nominated by their professors, held an opening Sunday afternoon to display their work for the Annual Visual Art Scholarship, an opening at which the Chancellor was in attendance. The School of Arts, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences offers the scholarship to students made possible by a large number of donors, and the awards apply to the next fall and spring semesters. The scholarship winners will be announced next week.
Friday evening marked the official kick-off for the Lied Center’s China Festival. To celebrate this occasion many activities were offered in the lobbies of the Lied Center which allowed visitors to experience China’s rich culture. Events included folk and dragon dancing, martial arts demonstration, Tai Chi, tea ceremony, a Zheng performance, and acrobatics from the National Acrobats of the People’s Republic of China.
Student composers and musicians compete during the 2011 Helianthus Iron Composer Competition at Swarthout Recital Hall on Friday night. The composers had less than 24 hours to compose an original piece of music inspired by the Rock Chalk Chant to be performed before an audience and a panel of judges.
KU Theatre will be performing their new play, a comedy called Shakespeare in Hollywood. Shakespeare in Hollywood will be performed October 13th through October 15th at 7:30 P.M. and on October 16th at 2:30 P.M. at Crafton-Preyer Theatre in Murphy Hall.
The Cool Kids performed at the Granada Theater in downtown Lawrence Thursday night promoting their latest album “When Fish Ride Bicycles.” Local rappers Ebony Tusks, Greg Enemy, Atilla & Gee Watts opened for The Cool Kids that night.
The Kansas Speedway was overtaken by music fans Aug. 5-6 for the inaugural Kanrocksas festival. Headliners included Muse and Eminem. Other performers included the Flaming Lips, The Black Keys, and Bassnectar.
KU Theatre will presenting Engelbert Humperdinck’s fairy tale opera, “Hansel and Gretel” at the Crafton-Preyer Theatre in Murphy Hall in it’s original language, German. English subtitles will be available for the audience. Performances will be on April 29, May 1, 3, 5, 7, and 8th.
KU Theatre will be presenting Bertolt Brecht’s, “Man Equals Man” on April 7-10, and April 13-16 at the William Inge Memorial Theatre in Murphy Hall.
First Friday is a monthly celebration in downtown Kansas City’s Crossroads Art District which occurs on the first Friday of each month. People are allowed to browse galleries, visit with artists, and enjoy street performances.
Sunday marked the launch of a new exhibit at the gallery in the Art and Design Building called “Awakenings” by Eugenia Ortiz, a MFA student working on a thesis exhibit to complete her degree. Also in the student gallery in the Art and Design Building is “Alone with the Alone” by Tim Dwyer.”Awakenings will continue to be on display for the rest of the week.
The Spring Arts and Crafts Festival provides an economic boost and handmade goods.
KU Theatre will be presenting “The Time Machine” at William Inge Theatre in Murphy Hall Feb. 26 and Feb. 27. “The Time Machine” is about an young inventor named Herbert, who invents a time machine that takes him on a great adventure in the Future.
KU Theatre will be presenting the, “Beaux Stratagem at Crafton-Preyor Theatre in Murphy Hall. Performances of the “Beaux Stratagem” will occur Feb. 24 – Feb. 26 and March 4 – March 6. The “Beaux Stratagem is a play written by George Farquhar, and adapted by Thornton Wilder and Ken Ludwig. This play satirizes the institutions of love and marriage through the exploits of two broke young gentlemen who leave London and stumble upon Lichfield in search of love and money.
William Inge’s, “Bus Stop” was performed Saturday, Feb. 19, 2011 in Montana Repertory Theatre at the Lied Center. “Bus Stop” was written in 1955 by Pulitzer Prize-winning author and University of Kansas graduate William Inge. “Bus Stop” takes place in a small Kansas town outside Kansas City which is stricken with icy conditions and forces passengers of an inter-state bus to stop for the night.
Sponsored by The Oread and The Eldridge, Black Violin gives a unique and entertaining performance a the Lied Center Tuesday night. With Kev Marcus playing the violin, Wil-B playing the viola, and TK as the DJ for the group, they create a signature remix of both classic and hip-hop music. Immediately following the concert, The Oread hosted an after party at The Cave to meet the artists, allowing free admission with the concert ticket stub.