There’s a lot going on and more coming up, so check your calendars and make some plans.


    There’s a lot going on and more coming up, so check your calendars and make some plans.

What just happened?
    “The Last Five Years,” a contemporary musical that tells the story of a failed relationship, continues at the Depot Theater Company.
    Jason Robert Brown, the show’s composer, has provided 14 songs for the show’s two characters. Each song is a snapshot of a stage of the relationship, from the couple’s first date through courtship and marriage, and finally the break-up.
    As the show progresses, the guy moves forward in time and the girl moves backward. Their journey only meets in the song at the center of the show, which includes a marriage proposal and wedding.
    By the end of the evening, the guy is wondering what went wrong and the girl has just met the most wonderful boy. She’s saying, “Goodbye until tomorrow” at the end of their first date, and he’s saying goodbye to their marriage and the last five years.
    The show is directed by Patricia Ahern and features Seth Eckelman as Jamie and Lynde Lembright as Cathy.
    A five-piece orchestra provides the musical accompaniment, which is scored for piano, violin, two cellos and bass. Ahern, at the piano, is joined by Nancy Sapp, Adam Keda, Tanya Chacon and Adam Fant to play the challenging score.
    “The Last Five Years” is a Side Track production, the Depot’s series of shows produced in the Homestead Theater as an alternative to the Company’s main stage season in the depot. No dinner is served, but there will be a cash bar and refreshments.
    The show is scheduled for three more performances this weekend: evening performances on Jan. 28 and 29, and a matinee on Jan. 30. Evening performances begin at 8 p.m., and the two Sunday performances are matinees beginning at 2 p.m. For all performances, doors open 45 minutes prior to curtain.
    Tickets are $25, and reservations may be made by calling (620) 225-1001.
    Tickets are still available for all performances. This is one of those shows you’ll be sorry you missed. It’s modern, high-energy and not vapid.
    
One month down
    Although it seems too soon, the first Final Friday of 2011 is here.
    Carnegie Center for the Arts and the 2nd Avenue Art Guild gallery, both closed for the month of January, will reopen this weekend to celebrate Final Friday.
    Carnegie will mark the occasion with its annual general membership meeting/soup supper and kick off the membership drive. All current members and anyone wishing to become a member should plan to drop by Carnegie from 5 to 7 p.m. Friday. The board promises an exciting announcement at the meeting.
    The Carnegie event will also be a reception for The Art THUGS, whose work will be exhibited at Carnegie during the month of February. The THUGS, whose name stands for The Heart Understands Great Stuff, are Sarah M. Schaeffer, Pam Algrim, Rebecca Stateler, Kristin Herndon and Paula Sellens.
    Just down the street at the 2nd Avenue Art Guild gallery, the festivities will run from 6 to 8 p.m. and include a drawing for door prizes celebrating Valentine’s Day: a dozen roses, meals at Bella Italia, a large stuffed bear, jewelry and more.

A glimpse of the future
    Boot Hill Museum officials have scheduled a public meeting to announce redevelopment plans for the facility.
    The meeting will take place at 9:30 a.m. Saturday at the DCCC Little Theater.
    The redevelopment plans have been formulated by David Stallings of Community Mediation and Consulting. Stallings worked closely with the Boot Hill staff and board of directors, as well as volunteers and officials from the community.
    Stallings pulled together a team of experts in various disciplines to review the museum’s current mission, board structure, programs and entertainment, facility structure, fundraising and financial stability.
    The meeting is open to the public, and everyone interested in seeing Boot Hill Museum thrive is encouraged to attend.
    If you can’t make the meeting, the report will be available at www.abetterboothill.org following the meeting.

Dance, Fido
    The Ford County Humane Society’s benefit dance, “The Fur Ball,” is scheduled for 9 p.m. to midnight Saturday at Casey’s Cowtown. Tickets are $10 and can be purchased at the door.
    Music will be by local classic rock band, Jury, playing hits from AC/DC, Aerosmith, The Eagles, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Zeppelin and more.
    Proceeds benefit the Humane Society.

Hold that pose
    If you’re a Kansas history buff or if you’re interested in early photography, the Jetmore library has a program that might interest you.
    The speaker, Jim Hoy, teaches folklore and literature at Emporia State University and is a frequent speaker for the Kansas Humanities Council.
    Hoy’s program, “Kansas Through the Lens of F.M. Steele,” examines how Steele’s work provides visual documentation of the Kansas character. The library has scheduled it to help kick off celebrations across the state in honor of the 150th anniversary of Kansas statehood.
    Francis Marion Steele set out from Dodge City in 1890 to record cowboys, American Indians, wildlife, wheat harvesting, grain farming, sugar beet factories, railroad building, community celebrations and festivals, small town life and studio portraits.
    Hoy’s presentation in Jetmore is scheduled for 2:30 p.m. Sunday at the King Center on Main Street, which is where the library is located.
    The library will host an open house following the presentation.
    For more information about the Kansas Humanities Council and their speakers bureau, visit kansashumanities.org. Under the “Programs” tab, you’ll find the Speakers Bureau and a complete catalogue of interesting programs.
    For more information about Jim Hoy’s presentation at the King Center and Public Library, call (620) 357-8336.

Computer literacy
    During the month of February, Dodge City Public Library will offer a series of computer classes on Tuesdays and Thursdays beginning at 5 p.m. each day. The list of classes includes:
    • Feb. 1: E-mail class.
    • Feb. 3: Google search tips.
    • Feb. 8, Social networking.
    • Feb. 10: Digital gadgets.
    • Feb. 15: Using article databases.
    • Feb. 17: MP3 players.
    • Feb. 22: Basic Internet.
    • Feb. 24: Ask a tech guy.
    All classes are free, and no registration is required. Classes will run for one to two hours. For information, contact Chris at the library at 225-0248. You can also check for information on the library’s Web site.

The Shadow knows
    The Depot Theater Company’s main stage dinner theater season continues in February with “The Woman in Black,” a classic tale of intrigue and mystery perfect for a winter’s evening.
    The two-man cast features Mark Vierthaler and Lewis Mize. The show is directed by Derek Jensen and opens Feb. 11 for a three-week run.
    Watch the Daily Globe for the full story.

Coming up at UWA
    Mark your calendar for the arena’s public open house on Feb. 12 and first public open skating session on Feb. 13. (Yes, you will be able to rent ice skates at the arena.)
    The first concert scheduled for the arena will be a free concert on Feb. 17 with special guest Little River Band.
    The Rock & Worship Road Show is set for Feb. 19, followed by the Royal Lipizzaner Stallions on March 4. Championship bull riding is set for March 12, followed by monster trucks with Bigfoot on March 18 and 19, “Sesame Street Live!” on March 29 and 30 and motorcycle racing on ice April 1 and 2.
    Management also promised information soon on two big events planned for Feb. 26 and March 26.