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2008-10-11 12:00:16

By Bill Blankenship By Bill Blankenship THE CAPITAL-JOURNAL Idgy Vaughn has lived a life about which a song could be written. Vaughn, who comes Sunday night to Topeka for a Last Minute Folk concert, grew up 125 miles from the capital city on a hog farm outside Chillicothe, Mo., until it went bust in the recession of the early 1980s. The name on her birth certificate is Audrey, but when it came out of her 3-year-old sister's mouth it was Idgy, and the name stuck. When the family...

2008-10-11 12:00:16

By Bill Blankenship By Bill Blankenship THE CAPITAL-JOURNAL "Last Comic Standing" winner Iliza Shlesinger drew cheers and jeers Thursday night at the Topeka Performing Arts Center when she walked on stage wearing a University of Kansas T-shirt and said: "Do we have any Jayhawks in the house tonight? Rock chalk, Jayhawks." However, even the K-State Wildcats in TPAC quickly warmed to Shlesinger, who did her freshman year of college at KU. With observations about Discovery Channel's...

2008-10-01 12:00:18

By Bill Blankenship By Bill Blankenship THE CAPITAL-JOURNAL When Chucky Klapow was choreographing some of the big dance sequences for the Disney Channel movie "High School Musical," he had no idea he was in on the beginning of a phenomenon. "No one could have imagined how big it has become, but we all believed in the project," Klapow said by cell phone while driving across his hometown of Los Angeles. Klapow, who also choreographed "Disney's High School Musical: The Ice Tour," which...

2008-09-18 12:00:25

By Bill Blankenship By Bill Blankenship THE CAPITAL-JOURNAL Horns will fill Grace Episcopal Cathedral with music ranging from classical to swing to marches when the Cathedral Brass performs Sunday afternoon. The cathedral, 701 S.W. 8th, will present the concert as part of its Great Spaces Music & Arts Series. Admission is free, but a freewill collection will be taken. Five top-notch area musicians -- Steve Patterson and Will Cooper, trumpets; Katie Grose, horn; Neal Purvis,...

2008-09-16 12:00:25

By Bill Blankenship By Bill Blankenship THE CAPITAL-JOURNAL Entertainment-seekers could drop a lot of cash in the next several days as tickets go on sale to six Topeka Performing Arts Center performances and one at the Kansas Expocentre. First on sale -- at 10 a.m. Friday -- will be tickets to Stomp, the nontraditional dance revue in which performers combine acrobatic dance moves with props that include garbage cans, cigarette lighters, brooms, even kitchen sinks. Shows will be at 8...

2008-09-15 12:00:15

By Bill Blankenship By Bill Blankenship THE CAPITAL-JOURNAL The Metropolitan Opera is coming to Topeka, but the venue won't be Landon Arena, the Topeka Performing Arts Center or White Concert Hall. Instead, fans will see the stars of the famed New York City opera house singing in high-definition glory on one of the screens of the Hollywood 14 theaters, 6200 S.W. 6th. "The Met: Live in HD" debuts at 5 p.m. Sept. 22 with the broadcast of the gala performance to open the company's 125th...

2008-09-13 12:00:15

By Bill Blankenship By Bill Blankenship THE CAPITAL-JOURNAL The Helen Hocker Center for the Performing Arts is casting two musicals: "Toyland: The Holiday Musical Sensation" and "Ring of Fire: The Johnny Cash Musical Show." "Toyland" tells the story of three sisters who after squabbling on Christmas Eve are magically transported to Toyland where playthings go that are lost or mistreated and naughty children are taken to be the "toys" of the Evil Toymaster. Auditions for 10- to...

2008-09-10 12:00:30

By Bill Blankenship By Bill Blankenship THE CAPITAL-JOURNAL AM radio was still high-tech and the 21st century was far enough away to provoke imagination when the three scripts the WTCT Players will perform Friday night first aired. Topeka Civic Theatre & Academy's radio theater troupe, comprised of actors 50 and older, will present an evening of sci-fi at 8 p.m. Friday in Oldfather Theatre at TCT, 3028 S.W. 8th. The shows include two based on stories written by Ray Bradbury,...

2008-09-09 12:00:22

By Bill Blankenship By Bill Blankenship THE CAPITAL-JOURNAL A magician could make your children's boredom disappear Saturday when he kicks off a new season of Performing Arts for Children shows. The community-organized series of kids shows returns for a 39th season, bringing five budget-friendly, children-pleasing performances to the campus of Washburn University. The live shows intended for youngsters 3 and older and their families are presented at 10:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. in the...

2008-09-02 12:00:19

By Bill Blankenship By Bill Blankenship THE CAPITAL-JOURNAL Just as uncertainty sometimes lingers, so, too, does a play about it. Washburn University Theatre will share with anyone who missed it this summer, its production of the Pulitzer Prize-winning drama, "Doubt, a Parable." Encore performances of John Patrick Shanley's script will be staged Thursday through Sunday in Washburn's Andrew J. and Georgia Neese Gray Theatre. Set in 1964 in St. Nicholas Roman Catholic School and...


Word of the Day
toccata
  • In music, a work for a keyboard-instrument, like the pianoforte or organ, originally intended to utilize and display varieties of touch: but the term has been extended so as to include many irregular works, similar to the prelude, the fantasia, and the improvisation.
This word is Italian in origin, coming from the feminine past participle of 'toccare,' to touch.
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