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january

22 • 23 • 24 • 29 • 30 • 31  PERFORMANCE
Downtown Underground Series #2
Pies from the Porn Kitchen 

By Natalie Liccardello
Directed by Ric Averill
8pm
$15 adults, $12.50 seniors, $10 students

 


Souper Bowl31  EDUCATION
Souper Bowl Saturday | 11am to 2pm

 

 

 

 

 

 


february

Langston Hughes awards1  EDUCATION
Langston Hughes Creative Writing Awards | 7pm

The winners of the 2015 Langston Hughes Award for writing are poet Alyse Bensel and fiction writer Matthew O’Connell. Co-sponsored by the Raven Book Store and the Lawrence Arts Center, the award honors the work of Hughes who spent his childhood in Lawrence, Kansas. Each year, the $500 award is given to two writers to encourage and support Douglas County, Kansas, residents who continue in Hughes’ tradition of portraying life experience through poetry and prose. Free and open to the public!


Michael Kirkendoll6  PERFORMANCE
Michael Kirkendoll and the Cortona Collective
7:30pm

$20 adults
$15 seniors
$5 students

 

 

 


Story Slam13  PERFORMANCE
Story Slam

THEME: Lust

Never the same story, or evening, twice. Adults 18+ only. Live music & social hour starts at 7pm. Slam starts at 7:30pm. Cocktails throughout.

Donations encouraged. Cash bar.

 

 

 


KU School of Music17  PERFORMANCE
KU School of Music: KU Jazz Big Band

7:30pm free concert

 

 

 


Sleeping Beauty and Anansi the Spider21  PERFORMANCE
Sleeping Beauty and Anansi the Spider
2pm & 7pm

$10 adults
$8 seniors
$6 children

 

 


28  EXHIBITION
INSIGHT Art Talk: Pablo Rico | 1:30pm
Since 1983, Pablo Rico has directed and coordinated over 300 exhibitions at museums and public centers of art in 22 countries. These exhibitions have included major solo exhibitions, retrospectives and special projects featuring artists such as Georges Braque, Giorgio De Chirico, Álvarez Bravo, Jasper Johns, Carl Andre, Yoko Ono, Nam June Paik, Wolf Vostell, Charlotte Moorman, Xu-Bing, Gilberto Zorio, Peter Philips, Joseph Kosuth, and Marina Abramovic, among many others. In 1989, he curated a major retrospective of Francisco Goya. His written theoretical and critical texts on contemporary art, architecture and urbanism have appeared in over 160 publications. Pablo J. Rico currently resides in Mexico City.


march

Alice in Wonderland6 • 7 • 8  PERFORMANCE
Alice in Wonderland
March 6  |  7pm 
March 7  |  3pm & 7pm
March 8  |  3pm

$20 adults
$17 seniors
$14 students

 

 


vivianmaierweb12  FILM SCREENING
Finding Vivian Maier | 7pm  |  FREE!

A current hot-button issue in contemporary photography and modern art, ownership of Vivan Maier’s estate and work are in acrimonious dispute. This award-winning documentary shuttles from New York to France to Chicago as it traces the intriguing life story of the late Vivian Maier, a career nanny whose previously unknown cache of 100,000 photographs has earned her a posthumous reputation as one of America’s most accomplished and insightful street photographers. The film’s release fueled the dispute between the men whose accidental discovery of her work led to Maier coming to the world’s attention and garnering a posthumous reputation on a par with Henri Cartier-Bresson.

 


Story Slam13  PERFORMANCE
Story Slam

THEME: Fish Out of Water

Never the same story, or evening, twice. Adults 18+ only. Live music & social hour starts at 7pm. Slam starts at 7:30pm. Cocktails throughout.

Donations encouraged. Cash bar.

 


Story Slam14  PERFORMANCE
Story Slam

A Special Story Slam

Never the same story, or evening, twice. Adults 18+ only. Live music & social hour starts at 7pm. Slam starts at 7:30pm. Cocktails throughout.

Donations encouraged. Cash bar.

 

 

 


Peter and the Wolf27 • 28 • 29  PERFORMANCE
Peter and the Wolf
March 27  |  7:30pm
March 28  |  3pm & 7:30pm
March 29  |  3pm

$21 adults
$18 seniors
$15 student/child

 

 

 

april

 

Story Slam10  PERFORMANCE
Story Slam

THEME: Money

Never the same story, or evening, twice. Adults 18+ only. Live music & social hour starts at 7pm. Slam starts at 7:30pm. Cocktails throughout.

Donations encouraged. Cash bar.

 

 

 


Fireflies36x60_Doveton11  EXHIBITION
35th Annual Benefit Art Auction
FEATURED ARTIST Clare Doveton
click for more information

An event to benefit the Arts Center Exhibition Program

 


19  EDUCATION
Poetry Fair | TBA

 


19  EXHIBITION
940 Classical: Dahlia Trio with guest guitarist Sean Mawhirter | 3pm

$12 adults
$10 seniors
$8 students

Pianist Laura Hrivnak, violinist Kelly Bohling and Cellist Ellen Lind perform classical to contemporary work from Beethoven’s “Archduke” piano trio, to Clara Schumann, to Tedesco’s Fantasia for Guitar and Piano arranged for this quartet and a new trio by Ryan Woodhouse.  All seasoned area symphonic performers and teachers (200+ students between them), this unique Lawrence trio plus guitar is a must-see, must-hear.


KU School of Music28  PERFORMANCE
KU School of Music: KU Jazz Combos

7pm free concert

 


30  EXHIBITION
INSIGHT Art Talk: Ann Dean | 7pm
Artist Ann Dean’s photographs capture a range of moments from straightforward beauty to surrealist flashes within everyday life. She will discuss her exhibition of new work from her upcoming solo exhibition titled “From Kansas to the Caribbean”

 

may

3  EDUCATION/PERFORMANCE
2015 Summer Youth Theater Auditions


KU School of Music7  PERFORMANCE
KU School of Music: KU Big Band Show

7:30pm free concert

 

 

 


8  EXHIBITION

Too Much, Too Early, Composers who left us in their 30s
Hugo Vera- tenor, Kyle Naig- piano | 7:30pm

$30 adults
$25 seniors
$20 students

If rock stars die young, does it follow that classical composers live long and prosper? Though it takes a while to master the techniques of writing classical music, many great classical works were written by people in their twenties and thirties who met untimely deaths. This recital celebrates the work of composers who left this earth too early including Henry Purcell, W. A. Mozart, Franz Schubert, Georges Bizet, and George Gershwin.


Story Slam8  PERFORMANCE
Story Slam

Grand Slam! The year’s best story tellers

Never the same story, or evening, twice. Adults 18+ only. Live music & social hour starts at 7pm. Slam starts at 7:30pm. Cocktails throughout.

Donations encouraged. Cash bar.

 


Story Slam9  PERFORMANCE
Story Slam

A special Story Slam

Never the same story, or evening, twice. Adults 18+ only. Live music & social hour starts at 7pm. Slam starts at 7:30pm. Cocktails throughout.

Donations encouraged. Cash bar.

 


june

Free State Festival22 • 23 • 24 • 25 • 26 • 27 • 28  EDUCATION
Free State Festival

 

 

 


25 • 26  LAWRENCE ARTS CENTER
40th Anniversary Celebration!
40 years of Lawrence Arts Center
35 years of Summer Youth Theater
35 years of Benefit Art Auction
30 Years of Arts-based Preschool


september

26  EDUCATION
Dinner Under the Stars