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Living Nativities to be presented throughout Wichita area

There’s something about the movement, the warmth, the sounds, the very heartbeat of human beings and animals in living Nativities that make them so haunting and poignant at Christmastime.

Actors to direct each other in ‘Twice Truman’

You couldn’t find two more different people than flamboyant writer Truman “In Cold Blood” Capote and plain-spoken World War II President Harry S. “The Buck Stops Here” Truman.

Diver Studio exhibit spans generations, genres

Generations and genres are colliding at the Diver Studio for a unique Final Friday experience. A quartet of cross-age artists are exhibiting works at the Commerce Street gallery that complement their styles while filling the space with artful symmetry. Industrial tools, layered abstractions, amusing doodles, and distinctively fashioned pottery collide to exceptional visual effect in an exhibit where each artist stands out, yet has his works augmented by the presence of their peers.

Christmas with the Dennises

The six sisters and three brothers of the Dennis Family will have their 30th annual Christmas concert at 6 p.m. Sunday at Tabernacle Bible Church, 1817 N. Volutsia. The Dennises sing hymns, spirituals, and contemporary and traditional gospel songs. Admission is free; donations are accepted. More information: www.tabernaclebiblewichita.com.

Trio of ‘Nutcracker’ productions set in different countries

Clara and her Nutcracker Prince will be all over Wichita this holiday season. Dance fans have three versions of the classic holiday ballet to choose from this year, and each is set in a different country.

Wichita Youth Orchestras to perform fall concert on Sunday

When Joseph Scheer played his violin for the youth symphony orchestra more than 30 years ago, he didn’t realize he’d later attend a premier music school and become a concert master for a top symphony.

Kansas Dance Festival kicks off Friday

Dozens of top-notch dancers from five colleges are getting together to perform new work at the Kansas Dance Festival this weekend at Wichita State University.

Carmen Bradford to perform at Friends

Atlanta-based vocalist Carmen Bradford will be at Friends University on Monday performing with three of the university’s jazz ensembles. Bradford, who was discovered by Count Basie and performed as a featured vocalist with the Count Basie Orchestra, will appear at 7:30 p.m. in the Riney Fine Arts Center’s Sebits Auditorium. Tickets are $9 for adults, $6 for seniors and students, and are available at friends.edu/finearts or by calling 316-295-5677.

Family values gone weird at center of Theater League musical ‘Addams Family’

Like any other American homemaker, Morticia Addams “just wants to be the best wife, mother and hostess she can,” said Keleen Snowgren, who plays her in the new musical “The Addams Family.”

Lessons at Christian Youth Theater go beyond arts

This is a youth theater group that takes a different path.

Arts events list (Nov. 15, 2013)

Dyck Arboretum 177 W. Hickory St. in Hesston will be the site on Sunday of a concert by Joy Kills Sorrow, a group that will perform as part of the venue’s Prairie Window Concert Series. The group, which recently appeared on “A Prairie Home Companion,” is known for its roots music. The concert is at 4 p.m. on Sunday in the arboretum’s new Prairie Pavilion overlooking the lake. Food will be available for purchase during intermission. Tickets are $20 for adults and $10 for children and can be reserved by calling 620-327-8127.

Wichita symphony, concertmaster to take on Mendelssohn

Two classic music icons go back to back in this week’s symphony. A violin concerto by Felix Mendelssohn (1809-1847) and a symphony by Ludwig Van Beethoven (1770-1827) will highlight the Wichita Symphony Orchestra’s concert.

Forum’s ‘Hound of the Baskervilles’ more fun than funny

Despite some classic French farce door-slamming and Monty Python drag antics, don’t expect a lot of belly laughs from The Forum’s quirky comic take on Sherlock Holmes’ classic “The Hound of the Baskervilles.”

Musical salute to Veterans at First United Methodist Church

At 7 p.m. Monday, Veterans Day, “A Salute to Veterans” musical extravaganza will be presented at First United Methodist Church, 330 N. Broadway. The event will honor veterans and benefit Kansas Honor Flight. The Wichita Chapter of the American Guild of Organists show will feature organists, choristers and sing-alongs with the audience. Tickets are $10 at the door; veterans and students will be admitted free, and donations will be accepted. A reception will follow.

Wichita illustrator to show dozens of works during Final Friday

Ram Lama Hull has an unusual talent for making anyone look approachable. The cartoonist and illustrator specializes in creating imaginative, amusing caricatures of real people. Digital photographs become canvases for him to cartoonize his subjects. This week, he will be showcasing a portfolio of his works during Final Friday at Anna Murdoc’s Cafe. It’s an exhibit that showcases different dimensions of people while highlighting humanity in the face of adversity. It also celebrates the decorative nature of Halloween.

Win tickets to 'Million Dollar Quartet'

The Wichita Eagle is giving away tickets to Theater League’s production of “Million Dollar Quartet,” which runs at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday at Century II’s Concert Hall. The show, a Tony winner from 2010, is a musical inspired by the historical Dec. 4, 1956, recording session at Sun Records that brought together Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, Carl Perkins and Jerry Lee Lewis. To win tickets, go to Facebook.com/WichitaEagle by 10 a.m. Monday and look for the “Million Dollar Quartet” contest post. Winners will be notified on Monday. Tickets are $35, $65 and $80, at www.WichitaTix.com or by calling 316-219-4849. For more information, visit theaterleague.com.

Piano virtuoso Joyce Yang to join Wichita Symphony for Rachmaninoff concerto

Eastern European folk melodies will mix with romantic concertos as the Wichita Symphony Orchestra performs three celebrated works. The evening’s highlight, Sergei Rachmaninoff’s Concerto No. 3 in D Minor for Piano, provides the capstone both for the orchestra and for piano virtuoso Joyce Yang.

‘Grumpy Old Men’ pool their money to bring performers to Wichita

Charley Stark and some friends were sitting around the Candle Club one night in late 2007 when the idea took form. Legendary cabaret singer Marilyn Maye was on stage and a few beverages were flowing at the private club, a still-thriving bastion of old Wichita.

‘The Zombie’ rises at Wichita Community Theatre

An undead invasion is under way at the Wichita Community Theatre. A staging of Tim Kelly’s “The Zombie” debuted Thursday and will run weekends through Nov. 3. It’s a production that will have audiences wading into swamps and through a spooky mansion as the characters on stage attempt to outwit a hypnotist whose aim is to turn them into mutant laborers. The show’s director says the play is a hilarious story full of twists and surprises.

‘Menopause’ musical pokes fun at The Change

Fredena Williams jokes that “Menopause the Musical” is “the cheapest therapy you can buy” in dealing with the hot flashes, mood swings, forgetfulness, night sweats and chocolate cravings that hit many woman of a certain age.

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