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Bluebird Books Test Kitchen

20141115 007014wThe Bluebird Books Test Kitchen Saturday evening featured sample food from some cookbooks released for the holiday season. About a dozen different items were offered from owner Melanie Green and other booksellers who previewed cookbooks.

In addition, Green talked about remodeling happening next door for another business and said she will be getting some additional space from that in the back of Bluebird Books. The resulting L-shaped space will allow her to have a full coffee bar with a barista at some point in 2015 when it’s complete.

The menu on Saturday included a cocktail, four appetizers, soup and salad, main dish, and three different desserts. Attendees were offered a 20% discount that evening on the cookbooks featured.

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Tom Averill Speaks in Hutchinson December 2

Writer Tom Averill will speak about his new book, “A Christmas Carol,” on December 2, 2014, at Hutchinson Community College. The presentation will be in the Shears Technology Center and begin at 7 p.m. It is free and sponsored by the Osher Institute. Averill is the Writer-in-Residence at Washburn University. He is an O’Henry Award story writer.

The book description is:
It’s Christmas, and Carol Dickens’s life is in major transition. Her son Finn, a talented trumpet player, is about to leave for college. Her ex-husband, a real-estate wheeler-dealer, wants to sell their properties in Kansas and move to Arizona. Her wheelchair-bound friend, Laurence, has fallen in love with her. To top it all off, Scraps, the family dog, is dying. As her world spins out of control, Carol seeks refuge in her research on the use of the semicolon–and in her ritual of cooking the perfect series of Victorian holiday meals inspired by A Christmas Carol.

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Rosanne Cash at the Fox Theatre

Rosanne Cash photo by Greg Holmes

Rosanne Cash photo by Greg Holmes

Rosanne Cash, her husband John Leventhal, and their band performed at Hutchinson’s Historic Fox Theatre Saturday evening. They were promoting the album, “The River and the Thread.”

She performed the entire album in the first half of the show, telling stories about how she and her husband traveled through the south and were inspired to write the songs. Stories of her Cash family ancestors in the Sunken Lands of Arkansas gave a personal element to the tales.

The second half of the show included a mix of her hits, songs from “The List,” and a variety of other songs. A highlight of the evening was her rendition of the Ballad of Billy Joe, with just her singing, accompanied by Leventhal on the guitar. Few people can do justice to such an iconic song, but Cash soared through it with expert attention to the rise and fall of the tune and the emotion of the song.

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Adam Steltzner at Dillon Lecture Series

20141104-042wNASA Engineer Adam Steltzner spoke at the Dillon Lecture Series on Tuesday, November 4. He worked on the Mars Curiosity Rover project, helping to design and build the sky crane landing system.

He discussed not doing well in high school, almost flunking out. He planned to be a rock star, but on the way home from a gig he noticed Orion was in a different position than it had been on another night. He was interested enough to go take an astronomy class at the local community college. That class had a physics pre-requisite and that’s where he realized nature could be predicted. He was hooked, and proceeded to get a series of degrees. Steltzner said he’s an example that, “We never really know where our curiosity will lead us.”

Steltzner said exploration is not necessarily practical, but it’s essential. “When we explore we are asking questions about ourselves. We’re searching for the edge of us. What is our potential?” He said Neil Armstrong tapped into that idea with the words he used when he walked on the moon – that he took us along with him.

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Music at Mr. Cao Japanese Steakhouse


Ralph Brown (sax) and Ben Eisiminger (keyboard) performed jazz at Mr. Cao Japanese Steakhouse on Friday, November 8. Although there’s no official word yet, rumors are that they’re planning to have music every couple of weeks. Mr. Cao Japanese Steakhouse is at 1505 E 17th Ave, Hutchinson.

Both Ralph and Ben are experienced, excellent musicians. Ben plays in the Kansas City area regularly. Ralph can be heard as part of Drum Sax Axe every Friday at lunchtime at Cool Beans, as well as at local events. Cool Beans is at 209 N Walnut St, Hutchinson, inside the train station.

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Julie Black and TECH Artists Reception at Hutchinson Art Center

Julie Black Art

Julie Black Art

Artist Julie Black, and artists of TECH, will be honored on Friday, November 14, with an opening reception at the Hutchinson Art Center. The Hutchinson Art Center is at 405 N Washington St. in Hutchinson. The reception is from 5-7 p.m. It is free and open to the public. It will include music, food and the opportunity to visit with the artists. Their artwork will be on display all month.

Black is a well-respected watercolor artist who shows her work around the country. It has an ethereal quality that speaks to a complex inner world of the artist. She says, “I paint who I know, I paint what I feel, I paint my memories. I am so beyond grateful I get to do what I love.”

For more than a year, Black has been volunteering her time to work with TECH, an organization devoted to assisting individuals with disabilities of all ages. Black loves the time she spends with the TECH artists and is pleased to be sharing this exhibit with them.

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Hutchinson Theatre Guild presents Other Desert Cities

drama3The Hutchinson Theatre Guild is presenting a show in its new facility, Stage 9, at 9 S. Main in Hutchinson, Kansas.

Other Desert Cities
by Jon Robin Baitz

Brooke Wyeth, an up and coming New York author, returns home for a family reunion in Palm Springs, California.  On this fateful Christmas Eve, Brook greets her parents at their mansion with news that is anything but a present.  Brooke has written a memoir of her family’s storied past and with the manuscript plans to unearth a devastating family secret for all to see.  Can the family survive Brooke’s desire to publish the ugly truth?

Performance Dates: November 6th – 9th, 2014 and November 13th – 15th, 2014
Performances are Thursday, Friday and Saturday at 7:30 p.m.
and Sunday performances are at 2:00 pm.
316-350-PLAY (7529)

The Hutchinson Theatre Guild has been a mainstay of theatre in Hutchinson since its inception in 1968.  It strives to produce quality entertainment and provide opportunities for artistic expression for all Hutchinson community members, specifically focused on ages 18 and up.

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