Live Jazz + jazz film

Jazz music just doesn’t connect with our nation’s youth like R. Kelly and T-Pain. The Simpsons succinctly explained this phenomenon with the show’s famous parody of Bill Cosby: Ya see, the kids, they listen to the rap music, which gives them the brain damage. With their hippin’ and their hoppin’ and their bippin’ and their boppin’ … so they don’t know what the jazz is all about! The Lied Center at the University of Kansas (1600 Stewart Drive in Lawrence, 785-864-2787) is doing its part to slow the atrophy by hosting a series titled Stolen Moments: The First One Hundred Years of Jazz. Today’s 7:30 p.m. performance by the Metta Quintet, one of New York City’s fresh, young jazz ensembles, includes a short documentary film and a multimedia presentation about the origins and evolution of jazz. Tickets cost $18-$24 for adults and $12 for students and children ages 18 and younger.

Fri., Jan. 16, 7:30 p.m., 2009