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If you like art, this is your weekend

By Ben Hopper

It’s all about art this weekend.

Los Angeles-based artist Eames Demetrios will discuss his work at Geographer as Large tonight at 7 p.m. at the Beach Museum of Art. He will also describe his work of recording of the history of Kcymaerxthaere,“a global world of three-dimensional fiction” that overlays alternative stories on the physical world. Refreshments will be available after the presentation.

Also at the Beach this weekend, enjoy an informal public conversation with Wichita artists Patrick Duegaw and Randy Regier at 7 p.m. with the public opening with refreshments from 7:30-9 p.m. Duegaw has “Inadvertent Arson: Paintings and Drawings” at K-State’s Beach Museum through January 13.

Conceived as a theatrical performance, Duegaw’s “Inadvertent Arson” incorporates painted portraits, props, and sets as surrogates for living actors, three-dimensional objects, and a stage. Action is implied instead of performed, and a dialogue appears in the form of artist-generated text that accompanies each portrait.

Downtown, the Strecker-Nelson Gallery is hosting an opening reception for “Only The Best 2012” from 5-8 p.m. Friday. The new exhibit features 49 artists—the favorites of gallery visitors throughout the year, a few old friends, and a few new artists, as well.

And the Manhattan Arts Center’s Annual Wrap It Up Art Exhibit and Sale continues through December 24. The exhibit and sale featuring dozens of artists, most are from the Manhattan area, with several others coming from various locations all over the Midwest. Wrap It Up features a variety of work including masks, jewelry (glass, silver, beaded), stained glass, prints, watercolors and drawings, knitted items, functional pottery, ceramic sculpture, painted furniture, baskets, scarves, glass, photographs, turned wooden sculpture, bowls and tiles. Visit Wrap It Up often as items will be replaced as they sell. The Manhattan Arts Center is open from noon-5 p.m. Monday-Friday and 1-4 p.m. Saturday.

Here’s a look at other area events.

Thursday

Marbin, 9 p.m. Cost: $3. Auntie Mae’s.

 

Friday

MPL Kids’ Movie: “Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs,” 3 p.m. A popcorn party is from 2-3 p.m. Free. Public Library.

The Manhattan Arts Center’s MACademy Youth Theatre Committee presents the MAC Glee Club, 7 p.m. and 2 p.m. Saturday. Area 7th and 8th graders have been working hard this fall for this fun performance. The MAC Glee Club is co-directed by Molly Stephens and Josh Arellano. The performance will include “Nicest Kids in Town” from Hairspray the Musical, “Girls Just Wanna Have Fun” by Cyndi Lauper and more Tickets: $10 for adults and $5 for students and children 12 and under. Tickets can be purchased at the Manhattan Arts Center, 1520 Poyntz Ave, by phone at (785) 537-4420 or online at http://www.manhattanarts.org.

 

Saturday

The Historic Columbian Theatre presents Two Man Gentlemen Band, 7 p.m. Tickets: $10. Columbian Theatre.

 

Sunday

Discovery Lecture Series: “Biscuits and Bison: Exploring Riley County’s Food Heritage” by Jane P. Marshall, 5:30 p.m. Marshall, a food journalist and culinary historian, will explore local food history and stories. She teaches food writing in K-State’s College of Human Ecology and is currently working on a book to celebrate the university’s sesquicentennial. The working title is “Teatime to Tailgates: 150 Years at the K-State Table.” For more information, visit http://www.flinthillsdiscovery.org.

C.L. Hoover Opera House presents the Fountain City Brass Band, 4 p.m. This 30-piece ensemble is the winner of five of the last six US Open Brass Band Championships and is composed of students, teachers and professionals from the Kansas City area. Performing a wide variety of music, the FCBB seeks to bridge the gap between popular and classical music with their casual, audience-friendly concerts. This performance is brought to you by Central Charities, H&R Block and Glenn’s Music. Call the box office for tickets at (785) 238-3906 or http://www.jcoperahouse.org.









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