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1. Meet an artist
Gretchen Esping, Lindsborg, will be the next Artist-in-Residence at the Red Barn Studio Museum, now through Nov. 19
She will be working on a “Lindsborg Portrait Project.” Her project will be creating portraits of various Lindsborg residents.
The Red Barn Studio will host a reception for Esping from 5 to 8 p.m. Nov. 10 during Lindsborg’s 2nd Friday Makers Street Artwalk. Her project coincides with a Lester Raymer portrait exhibition also taking place in the Red Barn Studio.
Esping received her bachelors degree at Bethany College and her masters degree from the University of Iowa and a Ph.D. in education from Kansas State University.
She has taught art at the high schools in Lindsborg, Canton and Galva. She has been a featured artist at the Sandzén Memorial Gallery and the University of Umeå in Sweden, among other places.
For more information, contact the Red Barn Studio at 785 227-2217 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
2. Catch a show
Late Nite Catechism’s latest production, “Sister’s Back to School Catechism: The Holy Ghost and Other Terrifying Tales” comes to the McPherson opera house at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 28.
The sharply funny Late Nite Catechism series was created in 1993 by Vicki Quade and Maripat Donovan and has become one of the longest running shows in Chicago and U.S. theatre history. Quade and Donovan call it “Loretta Young meets Carol Burnett.” The interactive comedy is part catechism class, part stand-up routine, and the audience members are part of Sister’s class. There are 8 different themed shows or “sessions” in the series. In this session, we find out the church’s take on all the familiar Halloween tales of ghosts and goblins, along with some other hilariously scary surprises! You may even get hands on experience in how to make a Catholic-appropriate Halloween costume.
The Late Nite Catechism shows are guaranteed to make you laugh regardless of your religious background. The comedy is done in a very tasteful, loving way. As Quade says “Faith and religion have a broad appeal as long as you are not mocking it. The show is about just how religion has impacted our lives. You may not have had a nun in your life but you have someone who influenced you.”
Tickets are $25, $30, $35 and student tickets are $10. They are available at www.mcphersonoperahouse.org or by calling the Opera House box office at 620-241-1952.
3. Hear some jazz
The McPherson College Jazz Festival culminates at the Opera House with two of Kansas City’s finest talents – America Idol contestant and singer/songwriter Jessica Paige, and trumpeter, composer, and educator Clint Ashlock. The two and their ensemble combine for a night of pure musical magic.
The concert starts at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 2 at the McPherson Opera House.
Tickets are $15, $20 and $5 for students. They are available at www.mcphersonoperahouse.org or by calling the Opera House box office at 620-241-1952.