The Kechi Playhouse is closing out its current season with a new, original comedy. Written and produced by theater owner Misty Maynard, “Copper Moon” debuted last weekend and runs through October. It’s the story of a struggling art gallery and the determination of its owner to stay in business. The humorous play brings up issues about truth and deception while questioning the meaning of art.
Trombonist Dave Glenn, who has two CDs and tours with stars such as Diana Ross and Lou Rawls on his resume, will perform at a jazz concert at Friends University on Wednesday. Glenn, who is the director of jazz studies and a professor of low brass at Whitman College in Walla Walla, Wash., will join the Friends jazz combos for the concert, which begins at 8 p.m. in the Casado Campus Center at Friends. Admission is free. For more information, call 316-295-5677.
Step inside the Riney Fine Arts Gallery at Friends University and you’ll be visually transported into the multi-hued chasms of the human mind. In an exhibit in which science and art collide, artist Jose Alvarado’s creative intuition is a blend of two distinct worlds. Though he has a background in engineering, art has become his focus. In a series of 11 paintings that span his artistic journey to date, he explores the intersection of the two disciplines.
International opera star and Wichita State University alumnus Samuel Ramey will appear on Saturday with the WSU Symphony Orchestra for an event called “An Evening with Samuel Ramey.” He’ll perform several pieces, including four arias from his most famous role: Mephistopholes in “Faust.” The orchestra also will perform Saint-Saens’ “Carnival of the Animals,” and Ramey will serve as narrator. The show is at 7:30 p.m. Saturday in Miller Concert Hall inside the Duerksen Fine Arts Center. Proceeds from the event will go to the Wichita State Orchestra Touring fund. General admission is $7, free for WSU students. Tickets are available at the door an hour before the performance or at the Fine Arts Box Office in the Duerksen lobby from noon to 5 p.m. Friday. For more information, call 316-978-3233.
Just like a trip to the art museum is more fun if you’ve ingested a little art history first, an evening at the ballet is more interesting if you know the difference between a pas de bourree and a pirouette.
Construction that kept Kansas Masonic Home from participating in Final Friday since May is done, and the staff is ready to show off the results. The September show, which opens with a reception from 6 to 8 p.m. on Friday, will feature more than 200 original paintings produced by members of the Kansas Art Guild, an organization formed in 1977 that includes artists from Wichita and beyond who regularly meet at the Wichita Center for the Arts and put on exhibitions around the area. The event will start in the new Fellowship Lounge, where food and refreshments will be provided. Friends University will provide live jazz music.
Gordon Parks is best known for his iconic photographic essays that appeared in Life magazine. In them, he provided a pictorial history of the times, documenting, racial segregation, poverty and the struggles of migrant workers. Though celebrated for his work depicting others, the personal side of Parks’ art has often remained elusive.
Bugs Bunny is coming to Wichita. He’ll be joined by Elmer Fudd, Daffy Duck, Porky Pig and the Wichita Symphony Orchestra.
Just as a performer must rehearse and an athlete must train, an artist must sketch. Sometimes the sketches are personal, other times they are whimsical, but always they are helpful. Often these drawings land in a sketchbook – a journal of images.
The Wichita Center for the Arts Theatre is putting on “Arcadia,” a Tony Award-winning play written by Tom Stoppard about an estate once inhabited by a young genius – a teenage girl named Thomasina Coverly. The story takes place both in the early 19th century and in the present. Shows will be at 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday at the theater, 9112 E. Central. Tickets are $25 for adults, $20 for members and seniors and $15 for students. For tickets and more information, call 316-315-0151.
For Madhulika Srikanth of India, drawing pictures with sand is a ritual. Each year in India, Srikanth gets together with friends and family to form intricate sand patterns in front of her home. This year, Srikanth will share her country’s centuries-old tradition with the people of Wichita.
The best reason to see Crown Uptown Theatre’s new version of “Cats” is to be blissfully transported by Karen Robu’s “Memory,” a haunting and heartbreaking lament by a faded glamour cat named Grizabella mulling over her long-lost “days in the sun.”
Lewis Black is an equal opportunity ranter.
You may think that you’re just watching the hit new British slapstick farce “One Man, Two Guvnors” during its regional premiere at the Forum Theatre starting Thursday.
Wichita theatergoers have a lot to look forward to in 2013-2014 with at least 85 live stage productions, from Pulitzer Prize-winning dramas and Tony Award-winning musicals to original, locally written musical spoofs, melodramas and improv comedy.
The Wichita Art Museum is using some of its world-famous paintings to connect with local Alzheimer’s patients and their caregivers.
It’s a little hard to separate the audience from the cast members at Cabaret Oldtown’s “The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee” – and that’s a very good thing.
Autumn & Art, an annual fine arts festival, runs Friday through Sunday on Bradley Fair Parkway, the street behind the shopping center, and will feature art for sale, food, childrens’ activities and more. The festival is free and runs from 6 to 9 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday. There’s also a VIP party Friday evening for $75. For more information, visit www.autumnandart.com.
Cecil Riney is retiring – again.
Consider “The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee” sort of “A Chorus Line” for the elementary set.