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Art Show at the Dog Show: Canines’ connection with humans on display

A corral of canine art has arrived downtown.

Mitch Albom’s ‘Duck Hunter Shoots Angel’ to play in Wichita

The Wichita Community Theatre is taking audiences to a backwater swamp and on a winding, uproarious adventure in their latest production.

Events for dog lovers, beer fans, movie buffs, art aficionados

The Independent School is putting on a Jane Austen-themed fundraiser this weekend to raise money to take the school’s drama students to The Edinburgh Fringe Festival in Scotland this summer. The fundraiser, which is at 7:30 p.m. Saturday at the school, 8317 E. Douglas, will feature local actresses and directors performing “Love and Other Vital Signs – Jane Austen Monologues,” written by local playwright Judy Goodpasture. The show is directed by John Boldenow and stars Karla Burns, Anne Garvey and Jean Ann Cusick. Tickets to the show are $25 at the door. For more information or for reservations, contact Emily.ottaway@theindependentschool.com.

‘Violet’ at WSU to be staged by alum turned NY casting director

In the 10 years since Stephen Kopel finished his musical theater degree at Wichita State University, the New York City resident has been working on Broadway with the likes of Tony Award winners Sutton Foster and Joel Grey in “Anything Goes.”

Friends University Ballet goes contemporary for spring

The fall ballet offered each year by Friends University leans toward classical dance: tutus, point shoes and such.

Health and art intersect at Final Friday event

Art is intersecting with health in a new collection that showcases a wide range of Kansas artists. When the Kansas Leadership Center and its primary funding provider, the Kansas Health Foundation, moved into their new downtown home last summer, they sought to create a collaborative space that invited conversation. Creative expression has emerged as a central force in their shared mission of promoting healthy communities. The works of art that fill the conference center are more than mere decorations.

Review: Janis Joplin revived in ‘Sweet Southern Comfort Rock ‘n’ Roll’

The name Janis Joplin is never mentioned once during Cabaret Oldtown’s new “Sweet Southern Comfort Rock ‘n’ Roll” (perhaps because of a rights question), but Christi Moore does everything in her one-woman revue to resurrect that charismatic, troubled 1960s icon who was once known as the Queen of Psychedelic Soul.

Events for dog lovers, beer fans, movie buffs, art aficionados

Dog lovers can see the real thing and replicas during two events this weekend. One is the Wichita Kennel Club’s fourth annual Meet the Breeds event, which lasts from 1 to 4 p.m. Sunday in the Century II Concert Hall Foyer. The other half of the exhibit is also on display through April 2 at CityArts, 334 N. Mead, and can be seen as part of a Final Friday opening reception from 5 to 8 p.m. on Friday.

Art Day of Giving: 24 hours to help Wichita art groups

If you’ve ever wanted to bilocate, Friday may be one of those times.

Weekend arts events: Winterfest Bluegrass Festival

The Kansas Bluegrass Association is having its 25th annual Winterfest Bluegrass Festival this weekend in Wichita, featuring national and regional bluegrass artists. The event is scheduled for Friday and Saturday at the Wichita Marriott Hotel, 9100 Corporate Hills Drive. The headliner is Chris Jones & the Nightdrivers, who will perform both Friday and Saturday nights.

‘William Tell’ the ‘Super Bowl of Operas’

For many, “William Tell” is synonymous with “The Lone Ranger.” The rest of the work is virtually unknown to modern audiences; it has only been performed twice in the United States since the 1930s.

Truthful moments make ‘I Love You’ enduring entertainment

What makes the long-running off-Broadway hit “I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change” work is the delicate balance between the somewhat cynical, razor-sharp wit about modern relationships and the schmaltzy assurance that despite every frustrating, exasperating, infuriating thing, love is ultimately worth it.

Weekend events: Masked ball, improv

The Wichita Area Chapter of USA Dance will have a masked ball featuring ballroom dancing along with some swing and salsa from 7 to 10 p.m. Sunday at the Wichita Boathouse, 515 S. Wichita. DJ Ronnie Choy will provide the music; attire is Victorian-era formal. Inexpensive masks will be available for purchase, and there will be refreshments and a cash bar. Partners not required. Advance tickets $20, $15 for members, and $10 for college students by calling 316-519-4333; tickets $5 more at the door.

‘I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change’ tackles modern love

Just in time for Valentine’s Day comes the Forum Theatre’s new production of “I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change.”

ICT Army of Artists is recruiting creatives

There’s an army forming in north Wichita, one that seeks to enlist creative individuals and arm them with paintbrushes.

Renowned trombonist, quintet to join Wichita Symphony in culturally inspired performances

An internationally renowned trombonist is coming home to perform. Michael Powell, a graduate of Heights High School and Wichita State University, is a member of the revered American Brass Quintet, a chamber group that will perform with the Wichita Symphony Orchestra this week.

Review: A fresh take on ‘Godspell’

Justin Bieber, Super Bowl get a mention in updated Crown Uptown production

Wichita Grand Opera announces winners of coloring book contest

The Wichita Grand Opera has announced the winners of its first coloring book contest for students ages 6 to 12.

Go! Arts events (Feb. 7, 2014)

Wichita Center for the Arts Theatre is opening a Pulitzer Prize-winning play called “Clybourne Park,” a drama that is inspired by Lorraine Hansberry’s classic “A Raisin in the Sun.” Performances are at 8 p.m. Wednesday through Feb. 15 and at 2 p.m. Feb. 16 at Wichita Center for the Arts, 9112 E. Central. The opening night show on Wednesday starts with a wine and cheese reception at 7 p.m., which is free with admission to the play. Tickets are $25 for adults, $20 for seniors and $15 for students by calling 316-315-0151 or by visiting Wichita Center for the Arts between 1 and 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Kansas tenor brings his talents to Olympics opening ceremony

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.

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