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September 2019


GUEST PRODUCTION | Gestural Sketches Dance Performance

September 5 @ 6:30 pm - 7:00 pm

Gestural Sketches is a collaboration between one dancer and an assortment of porcelain objects made by artist, Liz Quan. In the main lobby of the Arts Center, Julie Rothschild will share her decades long practice of moving with what is present. She observes, moves, and listens to the objects and considers their relationship. A dance emerges as they are moved by each other. This short performance is free to attend!



After Moby-Dick: An Anthology of New Poetry

September 5 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

Book launch and poetry reading with editor and esteemed Melville scholar Elizabeth Schultz   After Moby~Dick is an anthology that includes sixty-one poems – all written since 2000 by contemporary American poets. All works in the collection are inspired by Melville’s seafaring epic novel, Moby-Dick. In assembling After Moby~Dick, the editors conducted a search for 21st-century poetry inspired by Melville’s novel. In response, poets submitted more than 100 poems, and the editors selected representations from thirty-four poets – a stunning…



AUDITION The Nutcracker, A Kansas Ballet 2019

September 7 @ 10:00 am - 5:30 pm

1st Grade to Adults  Calling all dancers in 1st-12th grade and adults who enjoy movement to audition for Arts Center's The Nutcracker, A Kansas Ballet. This production is based on E.T.A. Hoffman’s original story and set in Lawrence, Kansas during the Civil War era. This newly envisioned ballet production tells the story of how Drosselmeyer and Clara liberate the Nutcracker from the clutches of the Mouse King. This family production is for audiences of all ages. Be a part of…

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From Woodstock to Fyre Festival

September 11 @ 7:00 pm
Woodstock Print

A panel discussion delving into the changing landscape of music festivals with Fally Afani (Field Day Fest), Mike Logan (Live on Mass & The Granada), and Jacki Becker (Eleven Productions), and Wayne Rouse (Heartland Stampede). Moderated by Ben Ahlvers (Free State Festival). Funding for this program is provided by Humanities Kansas, a nonprofit cultural organization that connects communities with history, traditions, and ideas to strengthen civic life.


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Story Slam | Journey/Destination

September 13 @ 7:00 pm

Real stories, live & uncensored. Stories told live, MOTH–style, with a new theme the second Friday of each month. Never the same story, or evening, twice. Live music by Hello Biplane (Braden Young & Spencer Goertz-Giffen) & social hour starts at 7pm. Slam starts at 7:30 pm. Cocktails throughout. The Second Friday of every month, September to May (except December). Jody Johnson will be hosting.  If you've got a 6 - 8 minute long, true, personal story to tell related to this theme, please come to…



GUEST PRODUCTION | “AB” Documentary Film Screening

September 20 @ 7:00 pm

Enjoy the first-ever Lawrence screening of the only documentary about local painter and KU art professor Albert Bloch. Bloch was the lone American of the revolutionary German art movement Der Blaue Reider that included artists Wassily Kandinsky and Franz Marc. After Bloch left Germany in 1921, he retreated to Lawrence Kansas, hidden from the commercial art community until his death in 1961. Bloch’s work was rediscovered after his widow, Anna Bloch, unveiled his paintings to the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art in 1984. Since…

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The Last Word is Hope: A Bipolar Biography

September 20 @ 8:00 pm - September 21 @ 8:00 pm

The Last Word is Hope examines the relationship between art and mental illness, and one artist's struggle between his passion for theatre and the challenges created by his bipolar disorder diagnosis.

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September 21 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm

We’re kicking off 2019 Print Week with an exploration of relief printmaking. Open to printmakers of all ages! Learn how to create your own repeatable images using common materials.



The Band That Fell to Earth KC: A Tribute to David Bowie

September 21 @ 7:30 pm

Powered by up to 13 of Kansas City’s most prominent rock, blues, jazz, and folk musicians, the band will perform two sets chronicling David Bowie’s famed career, and feature Lawrence-based guest vocalists. This full-scale 940 LIVE! production will provide a connection between the cities’ vibrant music scenes. A portion of ticket sales will benefit Douglas County food bank, Just Food. All Ages, 13+ PLEASE NOTE: Ticket price includes convenience fees and sales tax!

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