FINE ARTS BRIEFS
Benefit production planned
Carpenter Square Theatre will present “Best in Ten 2012,” an event scheduled at 8:10 p.m. Saturday at the theater, 800 W Main. Carpenter Square will pay tribute to local actress Jane Hall and former theater reviewer Bob Smith. Proceeds from “Best in Ten” will benefit the theater's building fund, along with programming for the theatre's 29th season. Theme for this year's benefit is “Little Theatre … Big Ideas!” Among the offerings are staged readings of short plays, including those from the theater's ninth annual “Ten Minute Play Contest.” Live and silent auctions are also planned. An opening reception will begin at 7:10 p.m. Saturday. For more information, call 232-6500 or go to email@example.com.
Opening Thursday at the Poteet Theatre, 222 NW 15, “Cyndi ... The Story,” a cabaret show featuring Cyndi Steele-Harrod. Through song and stories, the noted actor/director will share tales about her uplifting journey with cancer, amnesia, the death of her mother, her marriage, her two amazing boys and God's eternal grace through it all. Performances are scheduled at 8 p.m. Thursday through Saturday and 3 p.m. Aug. 19. Proceeds will benefit the theater's arts education program. For more information, call 609-1023 or go to www.poteettheatre.com.
SHAWNEE — Oklahoma Baptist University's music preparatory department will hold auditions for its three youth choirs from 3 to 5 p.m. Thursday, Friday and Aug. 20 in OBU's Raley Chapel. Students in grades 3-7 are eligible to audition for the Shawnee Honor Choir. Membership in the Concert Choir is open to students in grades 8-12 and the Discovery Singers features students ages 7 and older. For more information, call 878-2319 or go to www.okbu.edu/academics/finearts/music/departments/preparatory.html.
Jan Brieschke and Brett McDanel, featured artists whose works are on view through Sept. 2 at the Paseo Originals Art Gallery, 2920 Paseo, will offer free welding and watercolor demonstrations from 1 to 4 p.m. Aug. 19. The artists will discuss how works can be influenced by another's creations. For more information, call 604-6602 or go to www.paseooriginals.com.
Art of collecting
STILLWATER — Oklahoma State University's Gardiner Gallery, 108 Bartlett, Center for the Visual Arts, will present “The Art of Collecting: A Visit with Kelly Knowlton” at 5 to 7 p.m. Aug. 30. The exhibit, which features works by OSU art faculty members, will remain on view through Sept. 21. For more information, call (405) 744-4143.
Science Museum Oklahoma, 2100 NE 52, will present its “Bright Night of CSI” event, beginning at 6 p.m. Friday and ending at 8:30 a.m. Saturday. Presented with a mock crime scene, participants will learn about collecting and analyzing evidence, interrogating subjects and exploring the field of forensics. For more information, call 602-3760 or go to www.sciencemuseumok.org.
A writers forum will be held at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday at The Individual Artists of Oklahoma Gallery, 706 W Sheridan. Panelists David Farris, Kent Frates, Jen Nipps and moderator Charles Martin will explore changes in the book industry, from transitioning to a digitized medium to how authors are adapting. For more information, call 232-6060 or go to www.iaogallery.org.