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October 2018

Affectionate Indifference. A Cat-emporary Exhibition

October 26 @ 9:00 am - December 21 @ 9:00 pm

Supposedly domesticated, we enjoy them as companions. Cats demand our attention while indicating they couldn’t care less. This exhibition seeks the approval of the cat community, by immortalizing the species through art, but remaining realistic about this probability. Throughout art history, cats have been a beautiful vessel for symbolic meanings, ranging from dark unruly sensuality to perfect domestic tranquility. As early as 2000 BC, cats appeared in Egyptian frescoes. Somewhere in the Middle Ages, the black cat became a symbol…



Joelle Ford. Kansas Collections II

October 26 @ 5:00 pm - December 21 @ 9:00 pm

Joelle Ford's first one-person show, Kansas Collections, was exhibited at the Lawrence Arts Center in 2008. It was composed of items found and collected throughout the state. Almost ten years have passed, and she has continued to create the same type of work utilizing materials not previously shown. New projects and an installation have been made specifically for this show. Hidden Talents is the largest work in the show at forty feet long and consisting of more than 1,600 vintage crocheted pot holders. Ford is intrigued by…



Jason Needham. New Work

October 26 @ 5:00 pm - December 21 @ 9:00 pm

Jason Needham’s new landscape paintings reflect his longstanding interest in impressionism, post-impressionism, and early American modernists like Marsden Hartley. The scenery he selects is familiar: still life or interior compositions taken from his home, forest scenes just off the beaten path, a pocket of woods with an interstate, parking lot, or air-conditioned retreat close at hand. Works in the exhibition were created from a combination of painting and drawing plein air studies along with photographic references. Needham says, “I see…


November 2018

2018 Bizarre Bazaar

November 23 @ 5:00 pm - November 24 @ 5:00 pm

Friday, November 23 from 5 to 9 pm Saturday, November 24 from 9 am to 5 pm This popular Lawrence tradition features original and unusual hand-crafted specialty items for all occasions, including ceramics, glass, jewelry, fiber art, candles, soap, paper mache, mixed media, painting, photography, UpCycled Art, and much, much more. Food, live entertainment, and free admission make this a fun family event! Come support local artists and experience the original works of a show unlike any other. Twitter: @bizbazart



FINAL FRIDAY exhibitions

November 30 @ 5:00 pm - 9:00 pm

On the final Friday of each month, hundreds of people stream in and out of Lawrence’s galleries, restaurants, bars, and coffee shops in pursuit of art and music. Join us in the galleries for exhibition receptions this month.


December 2018

The Nutcracker, A Kansas Ballet

December 7 @ 7:00 pm - December 16 @ 7:00 pm

December 7 |  7PM December 8 | 7PM December 9 | 3PM December 14 | 7PM December 15 | 2PM & 7PM December 16 | 3PM   $25 adult/$18 senior/$12 youth Experience the sensation and charm of the Lawrence Arts Center’s Nutcracker production. A winter family favorite, this ballet is based on E.T.A. Hoffman’s original story and set in Kansas during the Civil War. Witness the magic and wonder of this story as Drosselmeyer and Clara defeat the Mouse King…

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January 2019


January 5, 2019 @ 9:30 am - 3:30 pm

Calling Actors, Singers, and Dancers ages 8 and up! After running away from the orphanage run by the heartless Mr. Bumble, Oliver meets the Artful Dodger and is recruited to pick pockets for Fagin. There, Oliver finds a friend in Nancy, but neither she nor the boy is fit for a life of crime.   Auditions: Saturday, January 5 ON THE MAIN STAGE! 9:30am:  8-9 year olds 11:00am:  10-12 year olds 1:00pm:  13-15 year olds 2:30pm:  16-18 year olds 3:30pm:…


AUDITION Ish and Thumbelina

January 5, 2019 @ 9:45 am - 2:45 pm

IN THE BLACK BOX! Ish (spring modern production) directed by Amanda Pintore This is an audition for lead roles only. Dancers in Contemporary I-III and Modern I-II classes are automatically cast in this production. Dancers who would like a leading role, to be rehearsed outside of class, should attend the audition time listed. Audition Time: Saturday, January 5, 9:45 AM Please arrive 30 minutes prior to audition time in appropriate dance attire and ready to move. Rehearsals: Dancers enrolled in…


Join the Ukulele Orchestra!

January 7, 2019 @ 5:30 pm - April 29, 2019 @ 6:30 pm

Work as a group to create comic, vibrant ukulele performances in an orchestral setting. We’ll sing and play pop, rock, and vintage favorites as well as write our own songs. You will need your own ukulele and to feel somewhat comfortable with strumming and basic chords.

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