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1. Free lecture
McPherson College will welcome Dr. Craig Little, a 1970 graduate, to campus as a guest lecture and scholar. He will present a public program, “Radiation and You,” on Feb. 27 at 7 p.m. in Melhorn 112.
The free public lecture will explore the history of radiation science, background exposures, nuclear accidents, medical uses of radiation, and risks to the public. While on campus, Dr. Little will also present lectures in several classes and meet with the Pre-Health Professionals Club.
Dr. Little works as a radiation risk consultant for his company Two Lines, Inc. in Junction City, Colorado. He also serves as a member of the McPherson College Board of Trustees.
2. Catch a concert
On Feb. 25, at 4 p.m. in Hesston, the Dyck Arboretum of the Plains Prairie Window Concert Series will continue its 2017-18 season with John Fullbright. The concert will take place in the Prairie Pavilion at the Arboretum overlooking the lake.
Tickets are by reservation at http://dyckarboretum.org/arboretum-event/john-fullbright/ or by calling (620) 327-8127. Cost of tickets is $20 for adults and $10 for children, plus tax. Proceeds benefit the Arboretum’s mission to promote environmental landscaping with native plants.
John Fullbright got his start at the legendary Blue Door listening room in Oklahoma City. It was there that he recorded a live album and found his base, opening for many other writers including fellow Oklahomans Kevin Welch and Jimmy Webb.
NPR hailed him as one of the 10 Artists You Should Have Known in 2012, saying “it’s not every day a new artist…earns comparisons to great songwriters like Townes Van Zandt and Randy Newman, but Fullbright’s music makes sense in such lofty company.”
His 2012 studio debut, From the Ground Up, received a Grammy nomination for Americana Album of the Year, and later that year he won ASCAP’s Harold Adamson Award for lyric writing. In 2014, John released the critically acclaimed Songs, toured all over America and the UK, and appeared on Late Night with David Letterman.
In addition to high quality acoustic music, the PWCS provides delicious savory and sweet food options during intermission, with a menu provided by Crust & Crumb Company.
3. See an artist
Author, poet and journalist of Helena, Montana, Brian D’Ambrosio will be the guest house resident artist Feb. 13 through April 28 at the Red Barn Studio Museum, 212 S. Main St. in Lindsborg.
Currently, D’Ambrosio is writing a new book titled “New Mexico Singers and Songwriters” which he will continue writing during his residency. The other book he will finish during his residency is “Famous and Almost Forgotten: Montana Performers and Entertainers.”
While he was in Lindsborg, last year, he finished a book called “Montana and the NFL.”
Brian D’Ambrosio is the author of more than 11 books and his articles have been published in local, regional and national publications. D’Ambrosio’s favorite journalistic subjects are history, music, architecture, biography, boxing, NHL “tough guys,” photography, forgotten inventors and obscure American poets and authors. D’Ambrosio received his Bachelor’s degrees in Public Relations from Suny Plattsburgh, New York and Journalism at the University of Montana.