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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.

Sunday Arts calendar (Feb. 2)

“Driving Miss Daisy,” story of two outsiders who come to a mutual respect based on their independence, strength and stubborn integrity, 2 p.m. Sun., The Forum Theatre – Performing Arts and Events Center, 147 S. Hillside. Tickets $11.50-$25. Call 316-618-0444.

Catlin’s depictions of American West on display at Wichita Art Museum

Buffalo have always been important to Kansans – so much so that in 1955 the buffalo became the state animal. A few years earlier, Franklin Roosevelt’s favorite song, “Home on the Range,” had become the state song. The first line to this song, “Oh, give me a home where the buffalo roam,” was penned in Smith County during the early 1870s, just 40 years after Western artist George Catlin began his study of the buffalo.

Wichita Symphony Orchestra, Cirque de la Symphonie complement artistry at concert

Guest artists Cirque de la Symphonie, a troupe of nine performers from a variety of circus and athletic backgrounds, added aerialism, juggling, clowning, feats of strength and even a little magic to the Wichita Symphony Orchestra’s program of light and popular classics.

‘Godspell’ spreads the word at Crown Uptown

“Godspell,” the show that was once controversial for portraying Jesus and his followers as hippies or clowns, may be nearly 45 years old, but Matthew Rumsey said he is finding ways to reinvent the now-classic folk/rock musical.

Model planes, rare photos of Wichita’s aviation history in CityArts exhibit

A new exhibit at CityArts offers a visual representation of Wichita’s rich aviation history. Rare photographs, a vintage mural, scale model aircrafts, and even a full-size plane give visitors a glimpse into the 1940s and ’50s golden age of manufacturing that cemented Wichita as the “Air Capital of the World.”

New Perry play coming to Wichita

The prolific writer-director-producer Tyler Perry, best known for his “Madea” movies about a feisty black grandmother determined to pound sense into everyone’s head, is bringing his newest stage play to Wichita for one performance Sunday evening.

‘Juveniles in Justice’ provides picture of incarcerated youth

Photographer Richard Ross wants to make invisible and forgotten children visible. He wants them to have a name and not a number. He wants to give them a voice and show the world that they do have a soul.

Go Art List (Jan. 24, 2014)

“The Musical Adventures of Flat Stanley” is the latest show at the Wichita Children’s Theatre & Dance Center, 201 Lulu. It features all the characters from the children’s book, which is focused on Stanley Lambchop, a 10-year-old with a travel bug. Show times are 6:30 p.m. Friday; noon Saturday; 10 a.m. and 1:45 p.m. Thursday; 10 a.m., noon and 6:30 p.m Jan. 31; and noon on Feb. 1. Pizza is served half an hour before some shows. The show only is $6, or it’s $7.50 for pizza and the show. For show schedules and tickets, visit www.wctdc.com or call 316-262-2282.

With guest cellist Julian Schwarz, Wichita Symphony offers animated concert

The Wichita Symphony Orchestra put on a lively and colorful program of music by Ginastera, Saint-Saens, and Franck Saturday night, under the direction of guest conductor Maximiano Valdes and featuring cellist Julian Schwarz.

Multimedia exhibit at Shift Space Gallery features 15 artists

Fifteen artists have come together to use video, light, installation and mapping as means to critique their suburban culture. “Secrets of Suburbia,” a new multimedia exhibit that opens Wednesday at Wichita State University’s Shift Space Gallery, promises to spark conversation and artistic interaction.

Opera stars Samuel Ramey, Alan Held to join Wichita State music faculty

Samuel Ramey and Alan Held, international opera stars who have performed with the best musicians in the best music palaces in the world, have joined the Wichita State University music faculty, WSU officials announced Tuesday.

‘Driving Miss Daisy’ at Forum reunites actor, drama teacher

It’s been more than two decades since Gina Austin and Ray Wills have shared a Wichita stage.

Wichita Symphony Orchestra to welcome guest cellist, conductor

A renowned guest conductor will lead the Wichita Symphony Orchestra with compelling works from France and Argentina. Award-winning cellist Julian Schwarz will join Maximiano Valdes, principal conductor and music director of the Puerto Rico Symphony, on stage.

Art list (Jan. 10, 2014)

The Forum Theatre at 147 S. Hillside will open its latest play, the Pulitzer Prize-winning “Driving Miss Daisy,” on Thursday. Gina Austin stars as Daisy Werthan and Ray Wills portrays her son, Boolie. Austin was Wills’ high school drama teacher and now the pair will reunite as peers. Thursday’s preview show is at 8 p.m. The play continues through Feb. 2 with performances at 8 p.m. Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays and 2 p.m. Sundays. A Southern-style dinner will be offered before the Friday, Saturday and Sunday performances. Tickets are $23 and $25, and dinner is available for an additional $15. For tickets, call 316-618-0444 or visit www.forumwichita.com.

Light plays important role in landscape exhibit

Illuminating landscapes tinged with nostalgic imagery are lighting up the walls of Gallery XII. Hugh Greer’s latest exhibit is both a tribute to the clandestine beauty of Kansas and an homage to the significance of place. Artfully capturing nature on canvas, his paintings invoke the spirit of the open range and tacitly invite viewers to a reflective, humble space.

‘Sleeping Beauty’ to open Wichita Grand Opera season

Many are familiar with “The Sleeping Beauty” because of the popular animated Disney movie. While the 1959 classic has become the de facto American version of the fairytale, its origins are richer.

Go! Art list (Dec. 27, 2013)

Kansas Masonic Home will host its last Final Friday event of the year from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday. The exhibit will feature more than 26 local artists from the Kansas Academy of Oil Painters, as well as three national artists. At least 300 pieces of art will line the walls of the Kansas Masonic Home, 401 S. Seneca. The Friends University jazz band will perform, and in-house chefs will prepare appetizers and bubbly beverages. Admission is free. Call 316-269-7500 for more information.

Paintings from the ‘Downton Abbey’ era at WAM

America’s 200-plus-year fascination with the British aristocracy has not wavered. The Wichita Art Museum’s newest installation shows off a collection of English watercolors painted during the era that the critically acclaimed television drama, “Downton Abbey” takes place.

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