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April 2020

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Thu, April 2nd - 3:00pm
Guadalcanal, 1942: The Turning Point of the Pacific Theater in World War II
Guadalcanal, 1942: The Turning Point of the Pacific Theater in World War II

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Description: Dr. Kuehn’s talk will dispute the claim that the Battle of Midway is the turning point of the Pacific War and offer an argument that the campaign on Guadalcanal from August 1942 to early February 1943 constitutes the actual turning point in the war. This presentation examines the campaign from this vantage point and emphasizes how what began as the seizure of an undefended island airfield turned into a war of attrition on land, sea, and air between the Empire of Japan and the United States and its allies. This program is free and open to the public. No ticket is required. Dr. John T. Kuehn is Professor of Military History at the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College. He retired from the U.S. Navy in 2004 at the rank of commander after 23 years, serving as a naval flight officer flying land and carrier-based aircraft. He has taught a variety of subjects, including military history, at CGSC since 2000. He authored Agents of Innovation, A Military History of Japan: From the Age of the Samurai to the 21st Century, Napoleonic Warfare: The Operational Art of the Great Campaigns, and co-authored Eyewitness Pacific Theater with D.M. Giangreco as well as numerous articles and editorials and was awarded a Moncado Prize from the Society for Military History in 2011. His latest book from Naval Institute Press is America’s First General Staff: A Short History of the Rise and Fall of the General Board of the Navy, 1900-1950. During 2016-2017 Dr. Kuehn served on CNO Admiral John Richardson’s Fleet Design Advisory Panel assessing congressionally mandated architectures for the fleet of 2030. The Ft. Leavenworth Series The Ft. Leavenworth Series is an annual roster of lectures focusing on significant historical events, usually with an emphasis on military history. Each lecture is presented by faculty from the United States Army Command and General Staff College in Ft. Leavenworth, Kansas. Established by General William Tecumseh Sherman in 1881, the CGSC is the graduate college for U.S. Army and sister service officers. The esteemed faculty and guests of the CGSC provide unique and captivating insights into the history of military conflict from the ancient to the modern ages at the Dole Institute of Politics. Accessibility: Individuals with disabilities are encouraged to attend University of Kansas sponsored events. If you require a reasonable accommodation in order to participate in this event, please contact the Dole Institute of Politics at least four business days prior to the event date by calling (785) 864-4900 or emailing doleinstitute@ku.edu. To learn more about accessible offerings at the institute, please click here. Parking: The Dole Institute is located in KU’s West District, just west of the Lied Center of Kansas. Plentiful free parking is available in the adjoining lot. No permit is required. Video: A free live stream of this event will be available through the institute’s YouTube channel. Following the conclusion of the program, the event will be archived to YouTube. If any technical issues occur, the video will be re-uploaded within two to three business days. Submitted by: Zac Walker Dole Institute of Politics

Thu, April 2nd - 3:00pm

 
 
Thu, April 2nd - 7:00pm
Kauffman Center Presents Martina McBride
Kauffman Center Presents Martina McBride

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Description: Multiple GRAMMY nominee Martina McBride has sold over 18 million albums to date, which includes 20 Top 10 singles and six #1 hits. 2017 marked a milestone in Martina’s illustrious career when she hit her 25th year of touring. McBride has earned more than 15 major music awards, including four wins for Female Vocalist of the Year from the Country Music Association and won three Academy of Country Music for Top Female Vocalist. Martina has been awarded 14 Gold Records, nine Platinum honors, three Double Platinum Records, and two Triple Platinum Awards. Martina was awarded the Covenant House Beacon of Hope Award and Music Business Association's prestigious 2015 Harry Chapin Memorial Humanitarian Award for her philanthropic efforts on behalf of domestic violence. Martina has released two books–the first, Around the Table, a full-color illustrated collection of her favorite recipes, hosting tips, practical menu planning advice, and themed décor inspiration. She released her second book, Martina’s Kitchen Mix: My Recipe Playlist for Real Life, in October 2018. Tickets range from $39 to $119 plus applicable fees. Submitted by: Kauffman Center Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts

Thu, April 2nd - 7:00pm

 
 
Thu, April 2nd - 7:30pm
KU Jazz Ensemble I with special guest Camila Meza, vocals/guitar
KU Jazz Ensemble I with special guest Camila Meza, vocals/guitar

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Description: Vocalist, guitarist and composer Camila Meza has brought a sound full of warmth, intricacy and rhythmic clarity to the New York jazz scene ever since her arrival from Santiago, Chile in 2009. Inspired by jazz, South American music and popular American songs of many eras and genres, she has been hailed by The New York Times as “a bright young singer and guitarist with an ear for music of both folkloric and pop intention.” Submitted by: Betsy Ostrander Lied Center of Kansas

Thu, April 2nd - 7:30pm

 
 
Fri, April 3rd - 8:00am
2020 Heartland Family History Conference
2020 Heartland Family History Conference

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Description: Discover Your Family History at the 2020 Heartland Family History Conference! Learn how at this two-day, regional family history conference with programming for all levels of genealogy and family history experience. Conference will include four presentations by nationally-known and popular speaker John P. Colletta, PhD plus choices from 30 breakout sessions by regional presenters. Presentation topics include regional history and culture, genetic genealogy and DNA testing, family history writing, researching African-American and slave ancestry, tips and tools for more effective research and more! For more detail and registration information, see our website, https://tgstopeka.org/cpage.php?pt=9 Submitted by: Barbara LaClair Topeka Genealogical Society

Fri, April 3rd - 8:00am

 
 
Fri, April 3rd - 7:00pm
2020 BisonBison Film Festival: a Student Competition
2020 BisonBison Film Festival: a Student Competition

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Description: The 2020 BisonBison Film Festival (BBFF) is April 3 and 4, 2020. Films will be shown the evenings of April 3rd and 4th starting at 7pm. The workshops begin at 10am on Sat. and are free and open to the public. This Festival was started in 2014 to recognize and showcase the work of student filmmakers enrolled in college level programs in Nebraska, Kansas, Oklahoma, Texas, Missouri and Arkansas (identified as the Mid-America Arts Region by the National Endowment of the Arts). We’re the only stand alone student competition in the region. We have no genre classifications as any work by a student is considered at the same level. We’re especially proud to provide this opportunity for student filmmakers to be a priority, and expose their artistic vision to a diverse audience. At the end of the Festival, three Awards of Excellence of $1,000 each will be presented. We’re providing opportunities for audiences to develop a deeper understanding and appreciation of the art of film. The scientific name for American buffalo is Bison bison. Technically, there are no buffalo on this continent -- “real” buffalo are in Asia and Africa. Those shaggy beasts stampeding across the open prairies of North America are actually bison. Bison bison to be exact. It’s a creature that was important to our heritage, both Native American and European. Despite the shameful mass killings for sport and near extinction of this animal in a century past, it has survived. Artists and independent filmmakers have not been hunted from horseback, but it will take careful nurturing to ensure that thoughtful, educated filmmaking survives. We strive to be a part of that. Submitted by: Christina Rich-Splawn BisonBison Film Festival

Fri, April 3rd - 7:00pm

 
 
Fri, April 3rd - 7:30pm
Samuel Ramey: An Intimate Evening of Music & Storytelling
Samuel Ramey: An Intimate Evening of Music & Storytelling

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Description: For three decades, Samuel Ramey has reigned as one of the music world’s foremost interpreters of bass and bass-baritone operatic and concert repertoire. With his powerful vocalism, exceptional musicianship, elegant stage presence and uncommon theatrical abilities, he commands an impressive breadth of repertoire—from the fioratura of Argante in Handel’s Rinaldo, which was the vehicle of his acclaimed Metropolitan Opera debut in 1984, to the dramatic proclamations of the title role in Bartok’s Bluebeard’s Castle. As the most recorded bass in history, Ramey has more than 80 recordings that span operas, arias, symphonic works, solo recital programs and popular crossover albums, which have garnered him several major awards including three Grammy Awards. Submitted by: Betsy Ostrander Lied Center of Kansas

Fri, April 3rd - 7:30pm

 
 
Sat, April 4th - 2:00pm
Women's Songwriter Showcase Anniversary Show and Fundraiser
Women's Songwriter Showcase Anniversary Show and Fundraiser

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Description: Local singer-songwriter Megan Luttrell has been hosting a monthly all-women singer-songwriter showcase at North Lawrence's Kaw Valley Public House. In April, the showcase will celebrate its first anniversary. Megan decided to have a reunion show featuring participants of the showcase from the past year, and to make it a fundraiser for the Lawrence Sexual Trauma Abuse Care Center. April is sexual assault awareness month. With the help of the folks at Kaw Valley Public House it has turned into an all-day mini music festival complete with food trucks! Proceeds from raffles, $5 door charge, and a percentage of sales from the bar will all go to the Sexual Trauma Abuse Care Center. The even will run 2pm to 12am. Solo acts: Rachel Black Kristin Hamilton Savanna Chestnut Jenn Duerr Jillian Riscoe Same Wells Caroline Blubaugh Ellie Lebar Duos/Trios: Maggie Boone and Madison Welte Laura Lisbeth Music The Stray Grays Jamie Benvenutti & Matthew Mulnix Bands: Megan Luttrell and the Riverside The Typing Pool Nicole Springer Band The Unfit Wives Sally and the Hurts Submitted by: Megan Luttrell Megan Luttrell Music

Sat, April 4th - 2:00pm

 
 
Sun, April 5th - 6:00pm
Piff the Magic Dragon
Piff the Magic Dragon

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Description: After earning national acclaim as the standout star of NBC’s “America’s Got Talent” and “Penn & Teller: Fool Us,” Piff The Magic Dragon continues to win over audiences across the globe with his mythical mixture of wizardry, wit and sarcasm that ignites a one-of-a-kind comedy magic show you must see to believe! Joined by his trusty sidekick Mr. Piffles, The World’s Only Magic Performing Chihuahua™, the dynamic duo performs nightly to sold-out rooms at his residency at the world-famous Flamingo Casino in Las Vegas in the newly renamed Piff the Magic Dragon Theatre. In addition to the residency, Piff along with Jade Simone, a genuine Las Vegas showgirl, are currently performing across the U.S. and Canada as part of their 2019 Tour: The Lucky Dragon. Although he might not be as famous as his older brother — Steve — there’s no doubt the recent years following his loss on season 10 of “AGT” have been monumental for the act voted Best Comedian in the 2018 Best of Las Vegas Awards. “I saw Piff for the first time when he walked out on our stage to do our show Penn & Teller: Fool Us. He opened with a dragon sneeze of fire, and then he did a baffling card trick. There’s a rule about comedy magicians — they aren’t funny and they aren’t baffling. Piff is different. Piff had the audience screaming in laughter, and he fooled the pants off every one of them.” — Penn Jillette Submitted by: Todd Holmberg McCain Performance Series

Sun, April 5th - 6:00pm

 
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Wed, April 8th - 7:30am
Kansas Industry Research Exchange
Kansas Industry Research Exchange

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Description: Are Kansans Healthy, Wealthy, and Wise? The Center for Economic Development and Business Research, part of the W. Frank Barton School of Business at Wichita State University, invites you to participate in a dialogue about the current economic conditions of households across Kansas. The Center will present its new index that compares households across the state in three broad areas: health, wealth, and wisdom. These areas give an indication of the strengths and weaknesses within the labor market. Multiple state experts will facilitate discussions with business leaders around the issues and strengths identified in the index. Submitted by: Andrea Wilson Center for Economic Development and Business Research

Wed, April 8th - 7:30am

 
 
Wed, April 8th - 4:00pm
Ghost in the Machine: Being a Reporter in the Age of Total Information
Ghost in the Machine: Being a Reporter in the Age of Total Information

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Description: On June 1, 1980, the Cable News Network launched, creating the first 24-hour news channel. It marked the first major departure from the decades old model of television news broadcast twice a day. Then the internet swept the world, splintering not only televised news but print and radio as well. In the span of only three decades, the entire landscape of journalism changed. For most, we only see the external changes, the increasing need to curate our sources of information from an ever increasing number of choices, but what is it like for the people who work in the field? Dole Fellow Ron Marks welcomes his guest Jenna McLaughlin, national security and investigations reporter for Yahoo News. McLaughlin will share her experiences in working in a world-class non-traditional news agency, how she deals with the demands to constantly gather information for the 24/7 news cycle. She will also discuss how she balances the need to get the information out fast and the need to get it right. Jenna McLaughlin is a national security and investigations reporter for Yahoo News, where she focuses on the intelligence community, foreign policy, and other issues. McLaughlin previously covered intelligence and national security for CNN, Foreign Policy Magazine, The Intercept, and Mother Jones Magazine, following her graduation from Johns Hopkins University in 2014. The Dole Discussion Groups are made possible be a grant from Newman’s Own. This program is free and open to the public. No ticket is required. Accessibility: Individuals with disabilities are encouraged to attend University of Kansas sponsored events. If you require a reasonable accommodation in order to participate in this event, please contact the Dole Institute of Politics at least four business days prior to the event date by calling (785) 864-4900 or emailing doleinstitute@ku.edu. To learn more about accessible offerings at the institute, please click here. Parking: The Dole Institute is located in KU’s West District, just west of the Lied Center of Kansas. Plentiful free parking is available in the adjoining lot. No permit is required. Video: A free live stream of this event will be available through the institute’s YouTube channel. Following the conclusion of the program, the event will be archived to YouTube. If any technical issues occur, the video will be re-uploaded within two to three business days. Submitted by: Zac Walker Dole Institute of Politics

Wed, April 8th - 4:00pm

 
 
Thu, April 9th - 6:00pm
When The Artist Speaks The Architecture Listens
When The Artist Speaks The Architecture Listens

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Description: Speaker: Lawrence Scarpa of Brooks + Scarpa Architects. Why do we remember buildings, locations and experiences? Even a place visited in our childhood can conjure emotions that make an impact on us through the memories they create. Lawrence Scarpa will explain the creative process that aspires to make a lasting impression out of even a brief encounter. Lawrence Scarpa has garnered international acclaim for the creative use of conventional materials in unique and unexpected ways. He is also considered a pioneer and leader in the field of sustainable design. He is the recipient of the Smithsonian Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum Award in Architecture and was also awarded the State of California and National The American Institute of Architects Architecture Firm Award. Over the last ten years, Mr. Scarpa’s firm has received more than one hundred major design awards, including 22 National AIA Awards, Record Houses, Record Interiors, the Rudy Bruner Prize, five AIA Committee on the Environment “Top Ten Green Building” Awards and the World Habitat Award, one of ten firms selected worldwide. He has also received the lifetime achievement awards from Interior Design Magazine and the AIA California Council. Submitted by: Heather McLain The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art

Thu, April 9th - 6:00pm

 
 
Thu, April 9th - 7:00pm
An Evening with the Ambassador
An Evening with the Ambassador

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Description: The Dole Institute of Politics welcomes his excellency Dirk Wouters, Ambassador of Belgium to the United States. Wouters will deliver remarks at the institute at 7 p.m. April 9th. The program is free and open to the public, and a free livestream of the event will be available. In his talk, Wouters will highlight some of the current challenges facing the European Union and developments in the U.S. that have affected transatlantic relationships. This will include the current U.S. presidential administration’s approach to relations with Russia and China, trade deficits, NATO and Europe’s energy dependence. The ambassador was appointed to his position in September 2016. He represents the king of the Belgians and Belgium’s federal government in the U.S. and in the Commonwealth of the Bahamas. He is responsible for the direction and work of the embassy and its consulates, including bilateral political and economic relations. Prior to his current assignment, the ambassador was permanent representative of Belgium to the European Union (EU). Wouters has served his nation’s international interests extensively, having joined the Belgian Ministry of Foreign Affairs in 1980. In 1986, he began his efforts representing Belgium in European affairs, and he later received an assignment in Rome dealing with political and economic issues. Beginning in the mid-1990s, he served as deputy permanent representative of Belgium to the United Nations (UN) in New York City. The ambassador’s work would shift to the EU in 2003-2009, where he served as permanent representative of Belgium to the Political and Security Committee. He would later join the office of the Belgian prime minister as a diplomatic adviser, and later, the office of the minister of foreign affairs as chief of staff. This program is free and open to the public. No ticket is required. The Dole Forum The Dole Forum brings exciting speakers, panels, and timely events to the Dole Institute of Politics. These programs cover an array of important topics from veteran’s issues to international policy to historical events and their impact on current issues. The Dole Forum is dedicated to promoting Senator Bob Dole’s charge to the Institute to promote civil discourse and non-partisanship for the sake of our democracy. Accessibility: Individuals with disabilities are encouraged to attend University of Kansas sponsored events. If you require a reasonable accommodation in order to participate in this event, please contact the Dole Institute of Politics at least four business days prior to the event date by calling (785) 864-4900 or emailing doleinstitute@ku.edu. To learn more about accessible offerings at the institute, please click here. Parking: The Dole Institute is located in KU’s West District, just west of the Lied Center of Kansas. Plentiful free parking is available in the adjoining lot. No permit is required. Video: A free live stream of this event will be available through the institute’s YouTube channel. Following the conclusion of the program, the event will be archived to YouTube. If any technical issues occur, the video will be re-uploaded within two to three business days. Submitted by: Zac Walker Dole Institute of Politics

Thu, April 9th - 7:00pm

 
 
Thu, April 9th - 7:30pm
ZOFO
ZOFO

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Description: Internationally acclaimed solo pianists Eva-Maria Zimmermann and Keisuke Nakagoshi have electrified audiences from Carnegie Hall to Tokyo with their dazzling artistry and outside-the-box thematic programming for one piano, four hands. ZOFO, which is shorthand for 20-finger orchestra (ZO=20 and FO=finger orchestra), has been nominated for a Grammy Award and is blazing a bold new path for piano four-hand groups by focusing on 20th- and 21st-century repertoire. Submitted by: Betsy Ostrander Lied Center of Kansas

Thu, April 9th - 7:30pm

 
 
Fri, April 10th - 7:00pm
Calvary's Love
Calvary's Love

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Description: Calvary's Love is a 2-part choral and orchestral Easter celebration being performed starting on Good Friday, April 10 and ending on Easter Sunday, April 12. More information can be found on knoxchurch.org. Submitted by: Nathaniel Olsen Knox Presbyterian Church

Fri, April 10th - 7:00pm

 
 
Fri, April 10th - 7:30pm
Ryan McMahon
Ryan McMahon

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Description: Ryan McMahon is an Anishinaabe comedian, writer, media maker and community activator from Couchiching First Nation in Treaty 3 Territory. Recognized as Indian Country’s most decorated stand-up comedian, McMahon has recorded five comedy specials since 2010: Turtle Island Too in 2010, Hystereotypes in 2011, UnReserved in 2012, Good Neighbour in 2014 and Red Man Laughing in 2015. Ryan’s comedic storytelling style is fast paced, loose and irreverent as he explores the good, the bad and the ugly between Indian Country and the mainstream. Ryan has written for The Globe and Mail, VICE, The New York Times and the CBC, and his podcasts­­—Thunder Bay, Red Man Laughing and Stories From The Land—have garnered more than 2.5 million downloads over the last two years. Submitted by: Betsy Ostrander Lied Center of Kansas

Fri, April 10th - 7:30pm

 
 
Sat, April 11th - 8:00am
Easter Escapade 5k
Easter Escapade 5k

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Description: Join us for the annual Easter Escapade 5k, an Easter-themed run that is perfect for the whole family. The fun includes great swag (designer shirt, custom medal), chip-timing, live results and awards, free photos, costume contest, free kids’ dash, great post-race food, and plenty of fun activities. Grab your friends and family, because you are not going to want to miss this one! Submitted by: Erica Bodies Race Company

Sat, April 11th - 8:00am

 
 
Sat, April 11th - 10:00am
2020 KU Powwow & Indigenous Cultures Festival
2020 KU Powwow & Indigenous Cultures Festival

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Description: This free community event features a daylong powwow and festival focused on Native health and wellness themes. Powwow grand entries begin at 1 p.m. and 6 p.m. in the Lied Center Auditorium. Other events include children’s activities, Native craft and food vendors, workshops on traditional foods and dwellings, Indigenous film screenings, a fashion show featuring traditional Native clothing and regalia, and a discussion panel on Native health topics. All are welcome to join us to learn more about Indigenous cultures and history. Submitted by: Natalie Vondrak KU Native Faculty and Staff Council

Sat, April 11th - 10:00am

 
 
Sat, April 11th - 11:00am
KU Powwow & Indigenous Cultures Festival
KU Powwow & Indigenous Cultures Festival

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Description: Please join us for this free, day-long event presented by the KU First Nations Student Association. In addition to the KU Powwow, educational workshops and children’s activities will be offered. The KU Powwow and Indigenous Cultures Festival is presented by the KU First Nations Student Association in partnership with the Lied Center of Kansas, Haskell Cultural Center and Museum, Spencer Museum of Art, KU Office of Diversity and Equity and KU Office of Multicultural Affairs Submitted by: Betsy Ostrander Lied Center of Kansas

Sat, April 11th - 11:00am

 
 
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Mon, April 13th - 7:30pm
Beautiful- The Carole King Musical
Beautiful- The Carole King Musical

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Description: BEAUTIFUL — The Carole King Musical tells the inspiring true story of King’s remarkable rise to stardom, from being part of a hit songwriting team with her husband Gerry Goffin, to her relationship with fellow writers and best friends Cynthia Weil and Barry Mann, to becoming one of the most successful solo acts in popular music history. Along the way, she made more than beautiful music, she wrote the soundtrack to a generation. Featuring a stunning array of beloved songs written by Gerry Goffin/Carole King and Barry Mann/Cynthia Weil, including “I Feel The Earth Move,” “One Fine Day,” “(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman,” “You’ve Got A Friend” and the title song, BEAUTIFUL has a book by and Tony® Award-nominee and Academy® Award-nominated writer Douglas McGrath, direction by Marc Bruni, choreography by Josh Prince, and took home two 2014 Tony® Awards and a 2015 Grammy® Award. Submitted by: Todd Holmberg McCain Performance Series

Mon, April 13th - 7:30pm

 
 
 
 
 
Fri, April 17th - 7:00pm
Candid Camera’s LOL Tour with Peter Funt
Candid Camera’s LOL Tour with Peter Funt

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Description: Candid Camera’s LOL Tour with Peter Funt has pleased audiences nationwide. Peter’s hilarious stage comedy is blended with clips, quips and behind-the-scenes tales from the show’s funniest moments. Candid Camera holds a unique place in entertainment history as the only show to have produced new episodes in each of the last eight decades, from Allen Funt’s debut in 1948 through Peter’s recent run on TV Land—following in his father’s footsteps. The LOL Tour incorporates the best Candid Camera clips in a fast-paced, laugh-filled romp through the decades. Peter’s topical humor is blended with audience participation and special surprises to make the show a great night of family fun! Submitted by: Betsy Ostrander Lied Center of Kansas

Fri, April 17th - 7:00pm

 
 
Sat, April 18th - 11:00am
Groovy 50th Earth Day Birthday
Groovy 50th Earth Day Birthday

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Description: Hey kids, visit the Watkins booth in South Park for a far-out flower crown craft and coloring page! Then do our Mass Street scavenger hunt and take your sheet to the Watkins for a prize. Part of the Lawrence 1970 Project and the Lawrence Earth Day celebration. Submitted by: Will Hickox Watkins Museum of History

Sat, April 18th - 11:00am

 
 
Sat, April 18th - 7:00pm
Books That Changed Our Lives
Books That Changed Our Lives

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Description: Local leaders in the arts discuss their favorite books at this free event! Featured authors’ books will be available for purchase courtesy of the Raven Book Store. Tickets for Paper Plains Literary Festival will also be sold. Our lineup of speakers: - Margaret Weisbrod Morris, Lawrence Arts Center - Thomas Fox Averill, Washburn University - Joseph Harrington, University of Kansas - Leonard Krishtalka, KU Biodiversity Institute - Dennis Domer, Lawrence Modern - Jordan Winter, "No Free Lunches" video blog - Peter Jasso, Director, Kansas Creative Arts Industries Commission Submitted by: Will Hickox Watkins Museum of History

Sat, April 18th - 7:00pm

 
 
Sat, April 18th - 7:30pm
Kool & The Gang
Kool & The Gang

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Description: Kool & the Gang, officially launched in 1969, has influenced the music of three generations and has become true recording industry legends. Thanks to iconic songs like “Celebration,” “Cherish,” “Jungle Boogie,” “Ladies Night,” “Summer Madness” and “Open Sesame,” they’ve earned two Grammy Awards, seven American Music Awards, 25 Top 10 R&B hits, nine Top 10 Pop hits and 31 gold and platinum albums. From Nairobi to Newark, Kool & the Gang has performed continuously longer than any R&B group in history. Their bulletproof funk and jazzy arrangements have also made them the most sampled R&B band of all time. A reviewer recently called their performance “a 24-karat show” and every year, even after a half-century on the road, yields a nonstop schedule of shows across the globe. The heavily-in-demand band has continued to tour the world, appearing most recently alongside Kid Rock, Dave Matthews Band, Elton John, The Roots and a 50-city tour with the legendary rock band, Van Halen. Submitted by: Todd Holmberg McCain Performance Series

Sat, April 18th - 7:30pm

 
 
Sat, April 18th - 8:00pm
Crash Test Dummies
Crash Test Dummies

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Description: Tickets on sale now to see Crash Test Dummies at the Stiefel Theatre in Salina on Sat., April 18 at 8:00 pm. Tickets start at $28. Call the box office at 785-827-1998 or visit our web site at stiefeltheatre.org to buy tickets online. Submitted by: Valerie Johnson Stiefel Theatre

Sat, April 18th - 8:00pm

 
 
Sun, April 19th - 3:00pm
Northland Symphony Orchestra’s Ode to Shakespeare
Northland Symphony Orchestra’s Ode to Shakespeare

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Description: The Northland Symphony Orchestra will perform pieces from MacBeth, Hamlet, Othello, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Much Ado about Nothing, and Romeo and Juliet. Submitted by: Paige Buckmaster Northland Symphony Orchestra

Sun, April 19th - 3:00pm

 
 
Sun, April 19th - 3:00pm
Lawrence Community Orchestra Presents Cosmic Classics
Lawrence Community Orchestra Presents Cosmic Classics

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Description: Starburst – Jessie Montgomery Symphony #94 “Surprise” – Franz Joseph Haydn Symphony #1 – Jean Sibelius A reception to celebrate the season will follow the concert. Tickets at the door or at www.lawrenceorchestra.org. Submitted by: Alison Watkins Lawrence Community Orchestra

Sun, April 19th - 3:00pm

 
 
Sun, April 19th - 7:30pm
Peter Mulvey
Peter Mulvey

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Description: Peter Mulvey is a seasoned singer-songwriter from Milwaukee, Wisconsin. He began his career as a busker on the streets of Dublin, Ireland, and from there moved on to the subways and streets of Boston, Massachusetts. This led to his first record deal and a leap into full-time national and international touring, playing over 100 shows a year for 25 years and counting. Mulvey is an iconoclast within the singer-songwriter world. Restless and inventive, he has made eighteen records, spanning rock and roll, folk, jazz, spoken word and Americana. Submitted by: Betsy Ostrander Lied Center of Kansas

Sun, April 19th - 7:30pm

 
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Tue, April 21st - 3:00pm
A Terrible Thing to Waste: Arthur Fletcher and the Conundrum of the Black Republican
A Terrible Thing to Waste: Arthur Fletcher and the Conundrum of the Black Republican

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Description: Arthur Fletcher was the most important civil rights leader you’ve (probably) never heard of. The first Black player for the Baltimore Colts, the father of affirmative action and adviser to four presidents, he coined the United Negro College Fund’s motto: “A Mind Is a Terrible Thing to Waste.” Modern readers might be surprised to learn that Fletcher was also a Republican. The Dole Institute of Politics welcomes Dr. David Golland to share the fascinating story of Fletcher, as researched in his biography, A Terrible Thing to Waste: Arthur Fletcher and the Conundrum of the Black Republican. The upward arc of Fletcher’s political narrative begins with his first youthful protest—a boycott of his high school yearbook—and culminates with his appointment as Assistant Secretary of Labor under Richard Nixon. The Republican Party he embraced after returning from the war was “the Party of Lincoln”—a big tent, truly welcoming African-Americans. A Terrible Thing to Waste shows us those heady days, from Brown v. The Board of Education to Fletcher’s implementing of the “Philadelphia Plan,” the first major national affirmative action initiative. Though successes and accomplishments followed through successive Republican administrations—as chair of the U. S. Commission on Civil Rights under George H. W. Bush, e.g.—Fletcher’s ability to promote civil rights policy eroded along with the GOP’s engagement, as New Movement Conservatism and Nixon’s Southern Strategy steadily alienated Black voters. In telling Fletcher’s story, A Terrible Thing to Waste brings to light a little known chapter in the history of the civil rights movement—and with it, insights especially timely for a nation so dramatically divided over issues of race and party. This program will include a book sale and signing. This program is free and open to the public. No ticket is required. Dr. David Hamilton Golland is associate professor of history, coordinator of humanities, and President of the faculty senate at Governors State University. He holds a PhD from the City University of New York and an MA from the University of Virginia. His first book, Constructing Affirmative Action: The Struggle for Equal Employment Opportunity, was published in 2011 by the University Press of Kentucky and garnered positive reviews in the American Historical Review and the Journal of American History. His second book, A Terrible Thing to Waste: Arthur Fletcher and the Conundrum of the Black Republican, published in 2019 by the University Press of Kansas, is a biography of the “father of affirmative action enforcement.” Dr. Golland has also published articles in California History, Critical Issues in Justice and Politics, The Claremont Journal of Religion, and the AHA Newsmagazine Perspectives on History. The Author Series The Dole Institute of Politics has a legacy of showcasing celebrated authors and their works. These events afford attendees the chance to experience first-hand the insights of these prestigious writers, to ask questions about their works, and to have the author sign their books. From history to politics to personal memoirs and beyond, these events are not to be missed. Accessibility: Individuals with disabilities are encouraged to attend University of Kansas sponsored events. If you require a reasonable accommodation in order to participate in this event, please contact the Dole Institute of Politics at least four business days prior to the event date by calling (785) 864-4900 or emailing doleinstitute@ku.edu. To learn more about accessible offerings at the institute, please click here. Parking: The Dole Institute is located in KU’s West District, just west of the Lied Center of Kansas. Plentiful free parking is available in the adjoining lot. No permit is required. Video: A free live stream of this event will be available through the institute’s YouTube channel. Following the conclusion of the program, the event will be archived to YouTube. If any technical issues occur, the video will be re-uploaded within two to three business days. Submitted by: Zac Walker Dole Institute of Politics

Tue, April 21st - 3:00pm

 
 
Wed, April 22nd - 7:30pm
BEAUTIFUL – The Carole King Musical
BEAUTIFUL – The Carole King Musical

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Description: Long before she was Carole King, chart-topping music legend, she was Carol Klein, Brooklyn girl with passion and chutzpah. She fought her way into the record business as a teenager and, by the time she reached her twenties, had the husband of her dreams and a flourishing career writing hits for the biggest acts in rock ‘n’ roll. But it wasn’t until her personal life began to crack that she finally managed to find her true voice. BEAUTIFUL – The Carole King Musical tells the inspiring true story of King’s remarkable rise to stardom—from being part of a hit songwriting team with her husband, Gerry Goffin, to her relationship with fellow writers and best friends Cynthia Weil and Barry Mann, to becoming one of the most successful solo acts in popular music history. Along the way, she made more than beautiful music, she wrote the soundtrack to a generation. Submitted by: Betsy Ostrander Lied Center of Kansas

Wed, April 22nd - 7:30pm

 
 
 
Fri, April 24th - 7:00pm
Iliza Shlesinger
Iliza Shlesinger

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Description: Iliza is one of today’s leading comedians with a fan base who show their loyalty by creating their own Iliza inspired swag to wear to her shows. Last year she hosted her late night limited run talk show “Truth & Iliza,” on Freeform. Get Tickets: https://www.soundchronicle.com/tickets/Iliza_Shlesinger_Kansas_City_MO_2... Submitted by: Emily Carter SoundChronicle

Fri, April 24th - 7:00pm

 
 
Fri, April 24th - 8:00pm
Celtic Woman
Celtic Woman

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Description: ON SALE NOW! Coming to The Stiefel in Salina, KS on April 24, Grammy-nominated, multi-platinum international music group CELTIC WOMAN embark on a new North American tour to celebrate 15 phenomenal years of music-making. The tour is a collection of their favorite songs that have made them the most successful all-female group in Irish history with one billion online streams, over four million tickets sold, 12 consecutive Billboard number ones, and 10 million albums sold. Tickets start at $45 and are available at our box office at stiefeltheatre.org in person or by calling 785-827-1998 and online via Ticketmaster. Submitted by: Valerie Johnson Stiefel Theatre

Fri, April 24th - 8:00pm

 
 
Sat, April 25th - 1:30pm
The University of Kansas Medical Arts Symphony Spring Concert
The University of Kansas Medical Arts Symphony Spring Concert

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Description: The Medical Arts Symphony of Kansas City, Steve Lewis conductor, will present their annual Spring Concert featuring violinist Nathan Humphrey. The program will include: Beethoven Romances 1 & 2 for violin and orchestra and Symphony No. 1 by Brahms. The orchestra is made up of physicians, nurses, pharmacists, dentists, healthcare students, as well as other volunteer musicians from the Kansas City area. There is a pre-concert lecture beginning at 6:45 pm. Submitted by: Jerry Leeper The Medical Arts Symphony of Kansas City

Sat, April 25th - 1:30pm

 
 
Sun, April 26th - 2:00pm
Sybarite5
Sybarite5

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Description: Sybarite5 has taken audiences by storm, changing the perception of chamber music performance. From the moment their bows hit the strings, this quintet of talented, diverse musicians takes the audience on an exciting ride that engages the senses and redefines the rules. The group’s eclectic repertoire, from Bowie to Radiohead and Akiho to Assad, combined with its commanding performance style is turning heads throughout the music world. Recent engagements have taken them to the Library of Congress, St. Paul’s Schubert Club, the Anchorage Concert Association, Carnegie Hall and Lincoln Center, among others. Submitted by: Betsy Ostrander Lied Center of Kansas

Sun, April 26th - 2:00pm

 
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