Life & Entertainment
Life & Entertainment
MERANO, Italy — A line of goats walked toward us, their bells ringing. A waterfall gurgled. The steeply pitched mountain farm angled down sharply below us. The goats headed downhill, then leaped over a stream through the grass, which looked like green velvet.
Sunday is Mother’s Day, and venues in and around Wichita have organized several activities to entertain Mom — and those who love her.
The Broadway musical version of Louisa May Alcott’s classic Civil War story, “Little Women,” will receive its professional Wichita premiere when the 2005 show opens Friday at Crown Uptown Theatre.
It’s tucked back in Northwest Centre at 13th and Tyler — a strip center with lots of vacancies. (Talliano’s Pizzeria just closed its restaurant there in March after 10 years in business.)
WWE Smackdown returns next week to Intrust Bank Arena, 500 E. Waterman, bringing with it fighters such a Randy Orton, Sheamus, the Big Show and Mark Henry. The show starts at 7 p.m., and doors open at 6 p.m. Tickets are $17 to $97 at the Intrust Bank Arena box office, at Select-A-Seat outlets, by calling 316-755-SEAT or by visiting www.selectaseat.com.
By the mid-1990s, rock ’n’ roll gigs in and around Los Angeles were getting harder to find.
Four students who are graduating from Friends University on Saturday with fine-arts degrees in ballet will have their work showcased Friday in the Riney Fine Arts Center’s Sebits Auditorium on campus, 2100 W. University. The Student Choreography Showcase will feature classical and contemporary dancing after the style of each of the choreographers. It is free to the public and will start at 7:30 p.m. Seating will be general admission. The four student choreographers are Krissy Adams, Ryan Frier, Sophie Meyers and Taylor Osterman. Part of their coursework was choreographing a piece for the showcase. The artistry of moccasins
Mother’s Day should be simple. Dad helps kids make homemade cards and serve Mom breakfast in bed. Or everybody takes her to brunch and calls it a day.
I bought a new cookbook – “Dinner Tonight: Done!” – because its title so accurately and succinctly reflected my attitude about cooking lately:
Grandma’s vying to replace your nanny. How do you politely decline?
Forget boiling, or antiseptic wipes: The best way to clean a binky may be putting it in your own mouth.
Bunny TNT, an organization for people who own and love bunnies, is having a “Hop In” social event May 19 at 2 p.m. The event and club meeting will be at Avita Health and Rehab, 2114 N. 127th Court East, just south of 21st Street.
A tapas-style meal made up of a variety of small, appetizer-like bites is something we tend to associate with evenings and cocktails. But we thought the same idea of small plates would lend itself perfectly to a Mother’s Day brunch. So we came up with a variety of tapas ideas suitable for Mom’s big day.
Freshly picked flowers, sweet gifts from children, sentimental cards and breakfast in bed — all precious parts of Mother’s Day.
SEATTLE — When Christine Beatty watches her daughters ride horseback, she sees things that might not be obvious to others.
Headaches, a nagging sore hip, a stiff neck after a day at the computer. These are prompts that send me to my medicine cabinet to pop a couple of Tylenol or ibuprofen.
ATLANTA — Ann Powell entered her name, birth date, gender, ethnicity, email address on a website and answered five questions about whether she had a family history or been diagnosed with mild cognitive impairment or dementia.
Beware of “magic” pills that contain dimethylamylamine, or DMAA. They claim to increase fat-burning and muscle-building, and to enhance your performance. But according to an alert from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, what they really do is raise blood pressure and trigger shortness of breath and even heart attack. DMAA is particularly dangerous when used with caffeine. At least five deaths have been reported.
Weight was never a concern for Stephanie Brondani, 52, of Minnetonka, Minn. Until last year, when she hit menopause.
Time for a confession. As a child, I never once celebrated Mother’s Day. My parents thought the holiday was nothing more than a cheesy excuse to sell greeting cards, and who was I to argue?
It’s that time of year when vegetation is growing quickly, including poison ivy, poison sumac and poison oak. These notorious plants cause more allergic skin reactions (contact dermatitis) than all other plants combined. The substance that leads to the allergic reaction is called urushiol, a colorless oil in the leaves, fruit, stem, root and sap of the plant. When exposed to air it turns brown and will sometimes leave brown spots on the leaves.
If you’re craving a little more summer in your springtime wardrobe and you’re hesitant to break out the white pants, try espadrilles.
Good thing you stuck with that New Year’s Resolution to whittle those waists, guys, because this spring, fashion is all about the slim cut. Whether it’s a pant, jacket or suit, the dandy trend – with its body-conscious styles – is sticking around this season.
The Century II Convention Center was aglow with nostalgia Saturday night as the Wichita Symphony Orchestra was joined by guest conductor Michael Krajewski and guest artists A.J. Swearingen and Jonathan Beedle to perform a Simon and Garfunkel retrospective.
A large banner now covers one of the Ulrich Museum of Art’s exterior walls to set the stage for a years-long interactive art experiment of sorts that will keep the arts community — and the community at large — engaged until the return of the university’s iconic “Personnages Oiseaux.”
Barry St. John, 32, was the kid at Robinson Middle School making “little videos.” Today he works on blockbuster movies, including “The Great Gatsby.” He was in Santa Monica, Calif., where he lives, when I interviewed him by phone. He was getting ready to go to New York for the “Gatsby” premiere, then on to Wichita for the May 10 premiere.
Chamber Music at the Barn’s 2013 season this summer will feature principal players for the Wichita Symphony Orchestra, musicians from throughout the U.S. and instruments from violas to pianos to oboes. A harpsichord will be on stage for the last concert of the season.
Images popping up across town of a wide-eyed monkey in a bright blue dress mean one thing: the Art and Book Fair is fast approaching.
Cinco de Mayo: That once-a-year excuse for people of all backgrounds to eat tacos, wear sombreros and drink margaritas till it’s Seis de Mayo.
Prolific and adventurous Oscar-winning director Steven Soderbergh (“Traffic,” “Ocean’s 11,” “Contagion,” “Magic Mike”) announced in 2011 that he would retire from filmmaking.
“The Searchers: The Making of an American Legend” by Glenn Frankel (Bloomsbury, 405 pages, $28)
For the past several years, if you wanted to get a taste of the Texas Book Festival, you traveled to Austin in October and spent a weekend hopping from session to session while dozens of authors spoke.
An interactive exhibit based on fairy tales will start a two-month run at Botanica on May 11.
“Stag’s Leap: Poems” by Sharon Olds (Knopf, 112 pages, $16.95, paperback)
CLARK, Colo. — Bumping along in our ride to the Home Ranch, an upscale dude ranch where my husband, young son and I will spend the week, wrangler and local cowboy Sand Reed suddenly jerks the pickup to a quick stop on the road’s edge, nearly spilling the contents of the drink I’ve been clinging to since he picked us up at the airport.
ATLANTA — Atlantans are walking on the wild side this spring, enjoying opportunities for up-close encounters with dolphins, otters, pandas, Komodo dragons and other exotic creatures great and small.
Every spring seems to bring new ideas for ways to use herbs. And, of course, new varieties to try.
A toy poodle that was rushed to the vet after swallowing a tube sock. A Great Dane that had to be operated on three times for eating his owner’s shoulder pads.
Ladybug the Busy Bee, a 5-year-old female boxer mix, is available for adoption from Kansas Humane Society.