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Symphony in the Hills set for Saturday

Tickets can be purchased until 5 p.m. Friday for Saturday’s Symphony in the Hills at the Rosalia Ranch in Butler County. The Kansas City Symphony will perform from 6:45 to 9 p.m., and activities before and after, from 1 to 11 p.m., include prairie walks, covered-wagon rides, food, art, dancing, stargazing and a story circle. Tickets are $90 for adults and $50 for ages 12 and younger. Call the event office at 620-273-8955 by 5 p.m. Friday for ticket availability.

Review: ‘Shrek: The Musical’ is family-friendly – belches and all

When a major love song erupts with belching and breaking wind, then you know you have a Broadway musical that even a 10-year-old boy could love.

Rapper Sir Mix-A-Lot, 'Baby Got Back' and the Seattle Symphony (VIDEO)

Rapper Sir Mix-A-Lot appeared on stage with the Seattle Symphony over the weekend -- along with a large group of gyrating, butt-shaking women.

'South Pacific' will bring Bali Ha'i to Wichita stage

Quite frankly, says Music Theatre Wichita’s Wayne Bryan, the reason “South Pacific” hasn’t been staged by his group in 19 years is that it “got the reputation of being dated.”

Works by students, instructors to be shown at Wichita Center for the Arts

At the Mary R. Koch School of Visual Arts, instruction and inspiration are a two-way street.

‘Shrek: The Musical’ will bring its ‘beautiful message’ to Crown Uptown

It isn’t easy being green. Just ask Kermit the Frog, the Wicked Witch of the West or Ryan Everett Wood, who stars in “Shrek: The Musical,” opening Friday at Crown Uptown Theatre.

Final Friday event celebrates teacher, her students

Tara Hufford Walker has a saying: “It’s all about the art.” That mantra has guided her through 35 years of teaching. An artist first, she has always aimed to imbue a sense of uniqueness in her students’ creative pursuits. As her teaching career comes to an end, Walker has invited her former students to exhibit their own works in a collective show for Final Friday. Her retirement party at the Go Away Garage on Commerce Street is a celebration both of her classroom tenure and the talent she has inspired.

Sheer beauty: Exhibit at Wichita Art Museum features glass from Australia, the U.S.

They sparkle, they glitter, they shine, and they all have the ability to break.

Audience-friendly ‘Barber of Seville’ to be staged at 3 historic Kansas venues

An operatic production popularized by a Loony Tunes animation will be performed at three historic Kansas venues next weekend.

Shows will go on this summer at area theaters

Wichita’s stages are calling, offering more than 20 live shows this summer, from lavish musicals to crisp comedies to melodramas and slapstick farces – even a handful of family-friendly fairy tales geared specifically toward children as young as 2.

After tornado ended last year’s performance, Rogers Ballet back for ‘More Fun and Games’

It was just after intermission at last year’s Rogers Ballet Inc. student concert when the tornado sirens started wailing.

Exhibit, film tell stories of American Indians in aviation manufacturing

Marilyn Bushyhead Kindsvatter has been a longtime volunteer at the Mid-America All-Indian Center. The museum has been a central part of her life since its doors opened at its current location in 1976. She’s helped fundraise, organize receptions, give tours, sell crafts, and run the gift shop. Now she’s inspired a new exhibit that is telling an important, and often forgotten, story about the contributions American Indians made to aviation manufacturing.

Weekend events: ‘Shrek the Musical,’ ‘Jekyll & Hyde’

You can find the most famous green ogre in the world in Wichita this weekend. “Shrek the Musical,” presented by Music Theatre for Young People, will be performed at 2:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Saturday and 2:30 p.m. Sunday in the Mary Jane Teall Theater at Century II, 225 W. Douglas. Tickets are $12 in advance, and $15 at the door for adults. Cost for students is $10. Tickets can be purchased at www.wichitatix.com or by calling 316-219-4849. For more information, go to www.mtypks.org.

‘Beatlemania’ veteran Tony Kishman to perform with Wichita Symphony Orchestra

He looks like Paul McCartney. He sounds like Paul McCartney. And he performs like Paul McCartney – but he’s not the pop star giant.

Ulrich Museum of Art is turning 40

The Ulrich Museum of Art is turning 40. And it’s bringing out the big guns – works that put it on the map, both regionally and internationally. Works by Louise Nevelson, Gordon Parks and Andy Warhol are on display at the museum on the Wichita State University campus.

Stars of tomorrow: Jester Awards recognize young performers

The Jester Awards are tailor-made for Wichita kids like Timothy TV Cao, Stevie Ann Mack, Faith Northcutt and Edward Sturm.

Kansas photographer’s work explores objects in the environment

Greg Hobson sees Kansas as anything but flat. His photographs don’t showcase weathered barns, sprawling prairies, or rudimentary windmills. Instead, his lense captures what he calls “a different scenic overlook.” It’s the combination of human-made objects and how they interact with the land around them that informs his art. This Friday, a collection of 18 of his photos will be on display at Artworks in an exhibit that he hopes will get people talking about the unsung beauty on the range.

Kansas premiere of ballet ‘Don Quixote’ is Saturday at Century II

Don Quixote is among the most frequently portrayed characters in all of fiction. The beguiling adventures of the aging Spanish nobleman with a penchant for chivalry started out as an early 17th century novel by Miguel de Cervantes. His exploits have since inspired multiple spin-offs and incarnations.

Weekend arts events: Project Runaway, Porter Street Artists, museum exhibit

Project Runaway 2014, an annual wearable art show in its seventh year, is happening from 6 to 10 p.m. Friday at Wichita State University’s McKnight Art Center. It’s put on by WSU’s ShiftSpace Gallery, the off-campus student gallery at 416 S. Commerce, and features an always outrageous wearable art competition with entries from WSU students and alumni and area high school students. The event also will include food and prizes from local restaurants and businesses as well as music by acts such as Dreamcrusher. This year’s event will double as a masquerade ball, and attendees are asked to bring masks or purchase handmade masks on site. Tickets are $20, $30 for a couple or $15 for students, faculty and staff. They’re available at www.shiftspacegallery.com. For more information, call 316-978-7706.

Review: Theater League’s ‘Memphis’ a brash, thought-provoking experience

Despite the exuberant music, joyous dancing and obvious youthful fun, “Memphis,” the 2010 Tony-winning best musical, never loses track of its serious message about the destructive, corrosive nature of racism in 1950s America. This is not just a nostalgic jukebox musical.

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