Carl Stovall knows how important the Black Arts Festival is to the community. Founded in 1968 during the civil rights movement, its original mission was to give black families a respite from unrest both locally and nationally by offering an outlet for enjoying art and entertainment in a safe and supportive environment. The event has always been held, despite financial struggles in recent years. This year’s festival promises new activities and a greater opportunity for dialogue about several salient issues.
Going to Crown Uptown’s “Some Enchanted Evening” is like stepping back half a century to when the love affair with the music of Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein was in full swing, thanks to the culture-changing successes of “Okahoma,” “South Pacific,” “The King and I” and “Carousel.”
The Wichita Art Museum board of trustees has adopted a master plan to redesign the grounds around the building and now wants to do the project all at once rather than phase in the work as originally planned, said director Patricia McDonnell.
Director/choregrapher Jon Engstrom has helmed more than 25 shows in his career, from Broadway to Europe and Asia. But when it comes to mounting yet one more production of the classic “42nd Street” – where he got his start – he sees himself as a caretaker rather than an innovator.
Local rock band Annie Up will headline the next installment of the KEYN Concert Series, which continues Fridays through Aug. 11 at the WaterWalk, 515 S. Main. The concert starts at 8 p.m., and gates open at 7 p.m. with food sales and pre-concert entertainment. Parking is free in the WaterWalk parking garage. Admission is free, and attendees are encouraged to bring lawn chairs. For more information, visit www.keyn.com/.
Chamber Music at the Barn is once again bringing top-notch classical musicians to Maize to perform. In some cases, artistic director Catherine Consiglio needs only to go to her backyard – Wichita. But to mix up the chamber group, the Barn is bringing in Annie Chalex Boyle and Emmanuel Lopez.
The real surprise about the breezy caper musical, “Catch Me If You Can,” is that underneath all the giddy, gaudy, mad-dashing fun, there’s a charming and touching love story between a brash young conman and a grizzled FBI agent obsessed with bringing him to justice.
Kent Thomas Williams aims to capture human consciousness on canvas in his latest exhibit. While that may seem immeasurable to many, the artist, architect and original cofounder of the Fisch Haus Studios has been focused on illustrating the varied dimensions of collective thought for years. For the first time in nearly a decade, he will unveil a body of new work on Friday that will be on display throughout the weekend at the Wichita Center for the Arts. It’s an exhibit that will bend the mind and challenge assumptions.
Bryan Pinkall, 28, a 2013 graduate of the University of Missouri-Kansas City Conservatory of Music and Dance, is one of just two Americans on the team producing the Olympics opening ceremony. He promises “an astounding production,” and as a historian of these events, he should know.
It’s unusual these days to hear classical music at the Trey McIntyre Project headquarters – or to see dancers working on pointe shoes. You’re more likely to hear popular tunes from the best hip, esoteric contemporary songwriters and dancers in soft ballet shoes working McIntyre’s intricate moves.