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Room for All | KC Studio

By David Frese on January 2, 2019 Under Exhibition Program Director Ben Ahlvers, the Lawrence Arts Center Has Broadened its Scope and Upped its Game as a Contemporary Art Space A batch of kittens found their way into the Lawrence Arts Center this fall, and Ben Ahlvers wasn’t sure what to think about it. Ahlvers is … Continued

Lawrence Arts Center to restart Ukulele Orchestra program | UDK

By Wyatt Hall on December 6, 2018 When you think of an orchestra, you traditionally think of both wind and string-based classical instruments. The Lawrence Arts Center is shaking that up by bringing back a program in January called the Ukulele Orchestra. The Ukulele Orchestra is a 16-week class where five to 15 students will learn … Continued

Backstage Pass: Ben Ahlvers to give talk at Kansas City Public Library

As the first chief photographer of Rolling Stone magazine, Baron Wolman got readers up close and personal with Mick Jagger, Jimi Hendrix, and other iconic rock stars of the 1960s and ’70s—and he became an icon himself. Ben Ahlvers worked with Wolman in curating the exhibit Backstage Pass: Baron Wolman and the Early Years of Rolling Stone, featuring 35 photographs, … Continued

Holiday Happenings: A Kansas ‘Nutcracker’ | Lawrence Journal-World

By Rochelle Valverde on November 21, 2018 The Lawrence Arts Center’s annual performance of E.T.A. Hoffman’s story of The Nutcracker and the Mouse King reimagines the traditional tale in a Kansas setting. “I consider the show to be a lovely family experience that is magical, transformative and that celebrates what Lawrence loves and also the … Continued

Lawrence Opera Looks At “*dwb*” | KCUR Up to Date

By Steve Kraske and Devin Davis on November 16, 2018 Using opera to examine an issue of racial bias in America. Handing your teen child the car keys then worrying  whether or not they will make it back is not an experience that everyone faces. For people of color this is a common concern and … Continued

‘Driving While Black’ opera to be performed at Lawrence Arts Center | UDK

By Rachel Gaylor on November 13, 2018 Several University of Kansas School of Music faculty will present “DWB (Driving While Black)” at the Lawrence Arts Center at 7:30 p.m. this coming Saturday. The one-act opera will highlight the fears of a black mother when her 16-year-old son begins to drive. The feature is somewhat autobiographical. University … Continued