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A classic by Tennessee Williams A poignant and poetic exploration of the human heart as a single mother strives to secure a future for her two grown children-a cripplingly shy daughter who escapes into a world of glass, and an aspiring writer son who dreams of a bigger world. Any hope of salvation is pinned on a visit that may only shatter their fragile fantasies.
Join us as we visit the Watkins Museum's special exhibit recounting the story of the Turnverein, or TurnerSocieties-the German athletic, educational and social improvement clubs that began in early 19th-centuryGermany and soon crossed the Atlantic. The Turnhalle on Rhode Island Street served as the center of Lawrence's vibrant German-American community. The Lawrence Turnverein thrived from 1857 until anti-German sentiment during WW I ended it. Watkins Collections Manager Brittany Keegan will give unique insights into the history of the Lawrence Turners and the extensive research that went into the exhibit.
The hills are alive with The Sound of Music. Yes, the beloved musical is coming to Mount Oread and the Lied Center, and we're going. Join us for this new production with its Tony, Grammy and Academy Award-winning Best Score. Join us for an exclusive reception featuring the lyrical Dr. Paul Laird, KU professor of musicology, as he sets the stage for an evening of music and drama. Enjoy some snacks with wine or beer as Dr. Laird shares his unique insight into Rodgers and Hammerstein's most beloved musical.
The Lawrence Arts Center is presenting L. Frank Baum's wonderful Wizard of Oz. We'll join Dorothy and her friends on their musical adventure from Kansas to Oz and back, re-imagined in an exciting 1920s style. It's certain to be a wonderful performance of enchanting music, stunning choreography and sensational characters. Join us for an exclusive preview and reception featuring the production's director, Amanda Pintore, as she sets the stage for an evening of music and drama. We'll also enjoy some snacks with wine or beer. You won't want to miss this Osher exclusive.
Pablo Picasso, like many artists of his day, was drawn to the innovative forms, abstract geometry, and expressive power he sensed in the art of Africa, Oceania, and the Americas. Visitors will gain an understanding of Picasso, by exploring his work through its connection with non-European art.
Award-winning author and radio commentator Tom Averill will present his latest work: Found Documents from the Life of Nell Johnson Doerr: A Novel. This novel is archival, told entirely through journals, letters, photos, drawings, notes, and clippings left behind by Nell Doerr, who lived in Lawrence, Kan., between 1854 and 1889. The novel tells the story of her stillborn babies, her move to Kansas, the loss of her husband in Quantrill's Raid, and her discovery, while hiding in her basement, of the fossils of ancient creatures in the foundation rock. This is the story of an unforgettable heroine who is unconventional and strong. Following the presentation, there will be a reception and books signing.