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Ellinwood native to perform Saturday
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Engaging both the visual and audio senses, Petr’s Frame House, 2009 16th St., will hold an performance arts evening with a book reading and signing, artwork and music from 5-8 p.m. on Sept. 28. There will be book reading and signing by Diana Webster, original artwork by Heath Duntz of St. John, and original music by the Luna Copii Quintet with Jered Becker, formerly of Ellinwood.
“Nothing is rehearsed,” said Petr Grigorev, owner of Petr’s Frame House. “That makes it more interesting and spontaneous.”
Diana Webster is a children’s book writer and speaker from Great Bend. She will sign copies of her new book, “The Parent.” The book is written from the perspective of nine-year-old Endy who tries to relate to her mom. Endy becomes friends with the old lady next door who share times with each after school each day.  When tragedy strikes, Endy has to ask her mom for help.
Heath Duntz of St. John will have artwork on display. He produces sculptors, paintings and drawings.
Luna Copii a four person quartet will play improvisational music to accompany the book signing. The musicians are Scott Taylor, drummer, Kendall Wohaska, guitar, Cortland Mahoney, vibraphone, and Jered Becker, violin. Becker, formerly of Ellinwood, is the son of Ramona and Curt Farber.
Becker, who graduated from Ellinwood High School in 2004, is studying music at Wichita State University, seeking a bachelor’s degree in music.
“We do a lot of random and creative music,” said Becker. “All of us are WSU students.”
Luna Copii is a loosely formed group of musicians that experiment with a variety of music, including jazz, swing, blues and country. One member of the group is currently into “chicken picking” country music, so Becker anticipates the group will improv some country western music.
“We all have different backgrounds,” said Becker. “Jazz encourages you to become smarter, to (play) the way you feel.”
They group doesn’t write lyrics. “Jazz is people’s music,” said Becker. The groups see their music a conceptual art and like to play it as long as it is honest. They are particularly looking forward to performing this coming weekend in Great Bend.
Light refreshments will be served.

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