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Plenty of non-State Fair things to do

  • The Wichita Eagle
  • Published Thursday, Sep. 6, 2012, at 3:39 p.m.
  • Updated Thursday, Sep. 5, 2013, at 10:30 a.m.

Not headed to the Kansas State Fair? There are plenty of other options for fun coming up, including:

Music by Bruce Huss

Local business owner, award-winning songwriter and guitarist Bruce Huss will host a CD release party from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Friday at Oeno Wine Bar, 330 N. Mead.

“Migration Day,” his third CD, includes acoustic guitar, a cover of The Beatles’ “She Loves You,” and vocals with lyrics that reveal his love for storytelling.

His songs “My Father’s Son” and “Acoustical Romance” won awards at the PrairieFest arts and music festival in Arkansas City, and at the Walnut Valley Music Festival in Winfield.

“It’s simple to have a song mean one thing,” Huss said. “The trick is to make the lyrics open to interpretation by different listeners. That’s a challenge I love.”

Huss will share the stories behind his songs at the event.

Admission includes a wine tasting, hors d’oeuvres and a copy of the new CD for $20. For more information, call 316-440-5000.

Huss also will perform at the Tuesdays on the Terrace summer concert series from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Tuesday at Botanica, 701 N. Amidon.

The garden closes 8 p.m. Adult beverages and dinner will be available for purchase. Picnics are welcome. Regular adult admission is $7. Members receive free admission and drawings for gifts. For information, call 316-264-0448 or visit www.botanica.org. The series continues through Sept. 25.

Huss worked for 13 years at KSNW telling stories of Kansans on his show “Huss & Company.” He now co-owns Rynotek Media Services, Inc. with his wife, Karen, and their dog, Lance.

Kansas Aviation Museum car show

The Stray Cat Starliner Custom Car Show returns for its third year from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday at the Kansas Aviation Museum, 3350 South George Washington Blvd.

The event will feature live music, vendors and more than 200 custom cars. The show is co-produced by Stray Kat Kustoms from Dewey, Okla., but proceeds benefit the museum.

Admission is $8 for adults, $7 for seniors and $6 for children ages 4-12. For information, call 316-683-9242.

Ballet Folklorico Sol Azteca

Ballet Folklorico Sol Azteca with the Guadalupe Committee of Our Lady of Perpetual Help Church will present “Wonders of Mexico” accompanied by Mariachi Mexicanismo. The variety show with music and dance will have two show times: 5 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. Saturday at the Orpheum Theatre, 200 N. Broadway. Tickets are $20, $30 and $40 at the door. Advance tickets with $5 off, available at sponsor locations. For information, call 316-838-8894.

Say What?! at Cowtown

Say What?! Improv returns for its 11th year at 8 p.m. Saturday at the Old Cowtown Museum, 1865 Museum Blvd. The improvisational comedy group incorporates audience participation similar to the TV show “Whose Line Is It Anyway?” The show is intended for mature audiences, and a cash bar will be available. Doors open at 7:30 p.m., and tickets cost $7 at www.wichitatix.com or 316-350-3323.

Driven at the Bartlett Arboretum

Driven, a new bluegrass quintet from Colby, will perform at 4 p.m. Sunday at the Bartlett Arboretum in Belle Plaine, continuing its Treehouse Concert Series. Food from Lyon’s Den and Luciano’s Italian Restaurant will be available for purchase, or attendees can bring picnics.

Gates open at 3 p.m. Tickets are $10 at the gate. Children are free when accompanied by an adult. For information, call 620-488-3451 or visit www.bartlettarboretum.com.

Driven, which released its first album in 2011, will go on to play at Winfield’s Walnut Valley Festival Thursday and Sept. 14.

John Hiatt at the Cotillion

John Hiatt, an 11-time Grammy nominee, will perform with Curtis Salgado at 8 p.m. Monday at The Cotillion, 11120 W. Kellogg. Hiatt — whose songs include “Bring the Family” — began his music career in 1974, and his songs have been covered by artists including Conway Twitty, Iggy Pop and the Neville Brothers. His latest release is “Dirty Jeans and Mudslide Hymns.” Doors open at 7 p.m. Tickets are $30, $35 and $45 at www.thecotillion.com. Call 316-722-4201 for reservations.

Reach Hannah Coen at hcoen@wichitaeagle.com or 316-268-6246.

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