American Indian Festival this weekend
The Mid-America All-Indian Center will present its second annual American Indian Festival at Century II Expo Hall, 225 W. Douglas, Saturday and Sunday.
The festival features exhibitions from about three dozen Native American artists and artisans, in addition to food, music, dancing and educational booths. It starts at 1 p.m. both days and lasts until 10 p.m. Saturday and 6 p.m. Sunday.
Tickets are $5 for adults, $3 for children 6 to 16 years old and $4 for active military and seniors age 55 and older. Kids under 6 are free, and two-day passes are $8. Tickets to the event are available at the door or online at www.wichitatix.com.
A limited number of tickets to a preview party from 6 to 8 p.m. today are available for $30. Food and wine will be served, and artists will be selling their works. Those tickets are available through the Indian Center by calling 316-350-3340.
Find additional coverage about the festival at Kansas.com/entertainment.
Cherokee Maidens at Tuesdays on the Terrace
Belle Plaine-based bluegrass group The Cherokee Maidens will play from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Tuesday at Botanica, 701 N. Amidon, as part of its Tuesdays on the Terrace concert series.
Band leader Robin Macy is the current steward of Bartlett Arboretum in Belle Plaine. She released a solo album in 2008, “Songs From the Garden,” inspired by her work at the arboretum. Macy, along with Monica Taylor and Jennifer Pettersen, form The Cherokee Maidens.
Beverages will be available, picnics are welcome, and the gardens will be open until 8 p.m. Regular admission is charged for nonmembers ($7 for adults); members get in free. For more information, call 316-264-0448 or visit botanica.org.
Nationally renowned organist to play free concert
Brett Valliant, known for his versatility on the organ, will play a concert from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. Thursday at First United Methodist Church, 330 N. Broadway.
Valliant has been a full-time church musician there since he was 15 years old. He has been featured on National Public Radio’s “Pipe Dreams” program and the National Bible Broadcasting Network. He also is known for playing the Wurlitzer for silent films at film festivals.
Admission is free. For more information on Valliant, visit www.brettvalliant.com.