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1. Brian D’Ambrosio at Red Barn

LINDSBORG — 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 degree at the University of Montana.

For more information, please contact the Red Barn Studio Museum at raymer@redbarnstudio.org or call 785 227-2217.

2. Mac's got talent

The McPherson Arts Alliance Art Gallery presents the Mary Anderson Arts Center student art show.

Featured are student and instructor works of various media spotlighting the creative artistic talents of the Mary Anderson Arts Center students.

There will be a special reception honoring the students from 2 to 4 p.m. on Feb. 11, which will be free and open to the public.

For more information contact the McPherson Arts Alliance Gallery, by calling 620-241-6131 or visit them at 223 S. Main St. in McPherson.

3. NASA at the Cosmosphere

Team members from NASA’s New Horizons mission to Pluto and the Kuiper Belt will be at the Cosmosphere in February for PlutoPalooza — a two-day celebration of exploration that features free public presentations, a star-gazing evening, a teacher workshop, and a chance to hear directly from mission scientists and engineers, two of whom have special hometown connections to Kansas.

On Feb. 14, at 7 p.m., a lively TED talk-style presentation will include stories from the mission’s scientists and stunning images from the spacecraft’s flight through the Pluto system. Since this is Valentine’s Day, the researchers will explain just how the spectacular giant heart on Pluto was formed, and why they think the dwarf planet is still geologically active despite being so far from the Sun.

On Feb. 15, the Cosmosphere’s monthly Coffee @ the Cosmo 9 a.m. presentation will offer attendees the opportunity to chat informally with the NASA mission team members.

That evening, from 7 to 9 p.m., a stargazing event titled Starry Night: PlutoPalooza will take place at Hobart-Detter field in Carey Park with members of the New Horizons team and Science Educators from the Cosmosphere. Viewing equipment will be available.

For more information on these events, please contact the Cosmosphere Box Office at 620-662-2305 or 800-397-0330.