The first annual Festival of Faith and the Arts will take place July 17-19 at University Heights Baptist Church, 1010 S. National at Grand. The festival will open with a reception with the artists who have entries in the visual art exhibition on Friday, July 17 at 6:00 p.m. Saturday will feature a concert by Kansas City-based guitarist Charles David Smart playing sacred music at 6:00 p.m. and the festival will close with “Divas Unleashed-The Benefit” at 3:00 p.m. on Sunday. Written by and starring soprano Michelle Jennings and mezzo-soprano Maria Todaro from New York, it's the story of two "divas" who have both been booked to headline a benefit concert. The script was polished by writers from David Letterman's staff, and includes famous opera arias, great comedy--even a sword fight! The visual art exhibit will be open one hour before and one hour after the concert events. It's all free and open to the public. For more information call 862-0789.