Weekend events: Art at the Arb, ‘War Paint,’ ‘Songs from the Heartland’

04/10/2014 11:52 AM

08/08/2014 10:34 AM

Art at the Arb in Belle Plaine

Art at the Arb, an annual festival of music, art and nature at Belle Plaine’s Bartlett Arboretum, is scheduled for Saturday and Sunday. The grounds, which are blooming with thousands of colorful tulips, will feature artists selling furniture, garden antiques, photographs, birdhouses and more. The Arboretum’s stage will stay busy both days with a diverse lineup of jazz, pop and bluegrass musicians such as Jerry Hahn, Sara Hickman and Lucky People. At noon on Sunday, Arboretum owners Robin Macy and Kentucky White will perform. The event also will feature several food vendors, including Mulvane favorite Luciano’s serving Italian food and also Freddy’s Frozen Custard. The event is from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, and admission is $5 at the gate. For more information and directions to the arboretum, visit http://www.bartlettarboretum.com/.

‘War Paint’ at Center for the Arts

“War Paint,” an original play written and directed by Wichita State University’s Director of Theater Bret Jones, opens Wednesday at the Wichita Center for the Arts, 9112 E. Central. The play is set in modern day Muskogee, Okla., and tells the story of a young Native American woman looking for her true identity as she works her way through college. Jones is a member of the Muscogee Creek Tribe in Oklahoma, and the majority of his cast members also are of Native American heritage. Shows are at 8 p.m. Wednesday through April 19 and at 2 p.m. April 20. Attendees are invited to a wine and cheese reception at 7 p.m. on opening night, Wednesday, which is free with opening-night admission. Reserved tickets are $25 for adults, $20 for seniors and $15 for students by calling 316-315-0151 or visiting the center between 1 and 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.

‘Songs from the Heartland’ with Wichita Chamber Chorale

The Wichita Chamber Chorale will perform its concert “Songs from the Heartland” at 7:30 p.m. Saturday and 3 p.m. Sunday at Plymouth Congregational Church, 202 N. Clifton. The concert will include folk songs, hymns, spirituals and popular songs written by composers with Kansas ties. Wichita gospel singer Earnest Alexander and pianist Julie Warkentin will be featured performers in the concert. Admission is $15 for adults, $12 for seniors, $5 for students and free for high school students. Tickets are available at Senseney Music, 2300 E. Lincoln, and also can be purchased online at www.wichitachorale.com, at the door, or by calling 316-204-2315.

Denise Neil

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