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Feb. 20, 2003

  • Story of Floyd Collins takes stage
  • Quilt-inspired works at the Rotunda Gallery
  • Readings from Rural Voices Feb. 23
  • Vagina Monologues is Feb. 23-25
  • Dance Gala is Feb. 28-March 2
  • Instructor to Perform
  • Talk to Her at the Ross


Setting the stage

Rob Dutiel uses a router to cut a styrofoam-on-wood gate Feb. 12 in the shop in the Temple Building. Dutiel, a graduate student in design and technical theater, was making the lightweight gate for an upcoming production so it could be moved by a child. Photo by Richard Wright.  

Floyd Collins' brother and sister comfort him during the attempt to rescue him from Sand Cave in the musical Floyd Collins. From top to bottom: Jonathan Dyrland portrays Homer, Timothy Hornor is Floyd, and Amy Krivohlavek plays Nellie. Courtesy photo by Joel Stuthman.

Story of Floyd Collins takes stage

UNL's School of Music and the Department of Theatre Arts' University Theatre present the musical Floyd Collins at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 26, 27, 28 and March 1 and 2 in Howell Theatre, first floor of the Temple Building.

Floyd Collins is based on true events that occurred near Cave City, Ky., in the winter of 1925. Floyd Collins was an avid explorer of the many caves located in the area, which many landowners opened to the public for tourism. On a rainy day in January 1925, Collins set out to explore Sand Cave, hoping to find a new cavern or a series of underground tunnels, which he believed linked all the caves of the region. As he squirmed feet first through a tunnel, he dislodged a 26.5-pound rock that trapped his foot. The play tells the story of the attempt to rescue Collins from Sand Cave and the thousands of onlookers who came from all over the country to catch a glimpse at the rescue effort that eventually became a media spectacle.

The production is directed by Alisa Belflower, a faculty member in the School of Music and the Department of Theatre Arts. Musical director is Keith Curington and choreographer is Sara Semonis, both faculty members in the School of Music.

Tickets are $14 for patrons, $12 for faculty/staff/senior citizens, and $10 for students. They are available at the Lied Center box office; call 472-4747 or (800) 432-3231.

Guitar quartet to play Latin works at Kimball Hall

The Los Angeles Guitar Quartet will perform at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 22 in Kimball Recital Hall as part of the Lied Center's 2002/03 season.

The Los Angeles Guitar Quartet is composed of John Dearman, William Kanengiser, Scott Tennant and Andrew York. For their Lincoln performance, the quartet will carry on the theme of its latest release, LAGQ­Latin, with selections from Pulcinella by Igor Stravinsky, Fuga y Misterio by Astor Piazzolla, Spain by Chick Corea, Suite from Carmen by Georges Bizet, and other Latin-influenced works, including some original pieces.

The Los Angeles Guitar Quartet has given recitals in many of the world's top halls, including Chicago's Orchestra Hall, London's Wigmore Hall, and New York's Alice Tully Hall and Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall. They have toured extensively in Europe and Asia. Highlights of the quartet's 2002-2003 season include tours of Japan and Europe.

The quartet has been heard on National Public Radio's "Performance Today," and the group has appeared as soloists in a nationally broadcast performance with Keith Lockhart and the Boston Pops on PBS' Evening at Pops. The quartet has also been featured on CNN's Show Biz Today, CBS' Saturday Morning, and A&E Network's Breakfast with the Arts.

Tickets for this performance are $32; tickets are half price for college students and those 18 and under. Call the Lied box office at 472-4747 or (800) 432-3231 for tickets.

Quilt-inspired works at the Rotunda Gallery

"New Design/New Dynamics: Quilt Concepts for the 21st Century," is now in the Rotunda Gallery of the Nebraska Union. This national juried exhibition of work by undergraduate and graduate students runs through March 14. The Rotunda Gallery is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday and will be open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. March 1 to coincide with the "Wild By Design" symposium.

"New Designs/New Dynamics" was conceived to spotlight interest in and experimentation with the tradition of American quiltmaking and design. The exhibition reveals the diversity of thought, process and materials that characterizes the output of young artists and designers working in colleges, universities and art schools. The exhibition features 26 works by 23 artists selected by a jury panel of three: Karen Kunc, professor in UNL's printmaking department; Michael James, senior lecturer in the Department of Textiles, Clothing and Design, and Chris Wolf Edmonds, an independent studio quilt artist from Lawrence, Kan.

The objects in "New Design/New Dynamics" include pieced and appliquéd fabric quilts and fabric constructions, free-standing and hanging sculptural objects in plastic, wood and other materials, prints including lithographs and etchings, and other mixed media work. They are tied together by the concept of the quilt and its history and meanings as the departure point for these visual explorations.

Hanging concurrently in other UNL venues will be "Wild by Design: Two Hundred Years of Innovation and Artistry in American Quilts" at the Sheldon Art Gallery, "At the Crossing: Midwestern Amish Crib Quilts and the Intersection of Cultures" at the Great Plains Art Collection, and "Radka Donnell: The Work of Touch" at the Robert Hillestad Gallery.

For information, visit <>.

Readings from Rural Voices Feb. 23

Readings from the anthology of rural Nebraska writing, Rural Voices: Literature From Rural Nebraska, will be given from 1:30-4:30 p.m. Feb. 23 at the Great Plains Art Collection at the Christlieb Gallery, 1155 Q St.

Rural Voices, edited by Christopher Rand Gustafson of Mead and published in 2002 by Dirt Road Press, is a compilation of stories, poetry and remembrances written by 126 people of all ages from rural Nebraska. The reading is free and open to the public and will feature the editor and 19 contributors from southeast Nebraska. A book-signing and reception will follow.

Gustafson, now attending graduate school in agricultural economics, will introduce Rural Voices to the audience and explain how the anthology came into publication. The writings, many by contributors who have not been published elsewhere, cover a wide range of topics and experiences, but all are anchored in place and the values inherited by the descendants of the plains.

The Rural Voices contributing readers in addition Gustafson will be: Peter Beeson, Lora Black, Becky Faber, Anneke Gustafson, Twyla Hansen, Jim Reese and Marjorie Saiser, all of Lincoln; Mel Krutz of Seward; Renee Lanik of Hickman; Vesta Linderman of Falls City; Max Malone of Waverly; Shirley Miller of Wahoo; LoRee Peery of Walton; Elaine Phillips of Beaver Crossing; Dick Schanou of Aurora; Bruce Stock of Ashland; Lucas Christian Stock of Murdock; and Fredrick Zydek of Omaha.

For information, call the Center for Great Plains Studies at 472-3082 or visit <>.

Vagina Monologues is Feb. 23-25

This year's performances of The Vagina Monologues will be at 3 p.m. Feb. 23 and 7:30 p.m. Feb. 24 and 25 at the Johnny Carson Theatre. This presentation features new and community monologues.

Tickets are $10 (adults) and $8 (students) at the Lied Center Box Office. Call 472-4747. Proceeds benefit the Rape Spouse Abuse Crisis Center and Fresh Start.

The Vagina Monologues is presented nationally around Valentine's Day to raise awareness about domestic violence and raise funds for organizations fighting violence. For information, go to <> or call 472-7447.

This event is sponsored by University Health Center Sexuality Education eXchange & PERSUNL, the Lied Center with a grant from the Woods Charitable Fund, the UNL Committee on GLBT Concerns, the departments of psychology, sociology, women's studies, Student Involvement, the Women's Center, and others.

Dance Gala is Feb. 28-March 2

The UNL School of Music will present Dance Gala 2003 at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 28 and March 1 and at 2 p.m. March 2 in Kimball Recital Hall.

The School of Music's dance division has announced a series of guest artists works for the Dance Gala 2003: "Waves Against Sand" by Kim Robards of the Kim Robards Dance Company of Denver; "Chaconne" by Kennet Oberly, former artistic director of Ballet Iowa and former dancer with the Stuttgart and Bejart Ballet companies; "Out of the Air" by Rhythm McCarthy, professor of dance at Southwest Missouri State University and former professional dancer with the North Carolina Dance Theatre; and "Lamba and Manjani" by Dadisi Sanyika, West African drummer and dancer. Dadisi has worked with the UNL dance and percussion classes during the past year and will showcase his work. Dadisi and several drummers from his company in Los Angeles will join percussion students from the School of Music and UNL dancers in performing these traditional West African dances.

Also performing at the gala will be students from the Southwest Missouri State University student dance company Inertia. SMSU dancers will perform two works as part of a dance exchange with UNL, and the UNL dancers will perform in May at SMSU.

Tickets are $12 general admission, $10 faculty and staff, and $7 students and seniors and are available at the door.

Instructor to Perform

Tom Larson, an instructor of jazz and rock history and jazz piano at UNL, and friends will perform a free jazz concert at 4 p.m. March 2 at Saint Paul United Methodist Church, 1144 M St. Larson has performed with well-known musicians such as Victor Lewis, Bo Diddley and Paul Shaffer and has written music for many documentaries.

For information, call 477-6951.

Talk to Her at the Ross

Talk to Her, an Academy Award-nominated film that blends melodrama and black comedy directed by Pedro Almodovar, will play in Lincoln. It will be shown Feb. 28 through March 13 at the Mary Riepma Ross Media Arts Center. Screenings are daily at 5, 7:15 and 9:30 p.m. with weekend matinees at 12:30 and 2:45 p.m.

Nominated for best director and best original screenplay Oscars, Talk to Her is about two men in love: a male nurse caring for a coma victim, and a middle-aged writer involved with a female bullfighter.


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