The Kansas City Art Institute will host its annual Martin Luther King Jr. Day celebration from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Jan. 21 in Epperson Auditorium on the KCAI campus, 4415 Warwick Blvd., Kansas City, Mo. The event is free and open to the public. The program starts at 11:30 a.m. with a film entitled “Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., A Perspective" and will be followed at noon by welcome remarks from Jacqueline Chanda, Ph.D., president of the college; Andrea Khan, registrar; and keynote speaker Charles Coulter, journalist and educator. Musical selections will be provided by the gospel choir of St. Therese Little Flower Parish. Birthday cake and punch will be provided. For more information, call 816-802-3435.
Current Perspectives lecture series - The Xijing Men: Tsuyoshi Ozawa, Chen Shaoxiong and Gimhongsok 7 p.m. Epperson Auditorium, Vanderslice Hall
Co-sponsored by H&R Block Artspace at KCAI and the Spencer Museum of Art at the University of Kansas in Lawrence
The Xijing Men produce video art performances about the imaginary place of Xijing, which was conceived as an idealized western capital, meant to complement three other directional capitals of East Asia: Beijing, the northern capital; Nanjing, the southern capital; and Tokyo, the eastern capital. Since forming in 2006, the Xijing Men, Tsuyoshi Ozawa (Japan), Chen Shaoxiong (China) and Gimhongsok (Korea), have staged scenarios drawing heavily on absurdity, satire, sarcasm and humor. Their isit is part of a 10-day residency to create and install new work to be exhibted Feb. 2-April 3 at the H&R Block Artspace.
Pictured: "I Love Xijing" by The Xijing Men, video installation