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‘Tosca’ full of scandal and intrigue

Scandal didn’t originate on ABC, at least not as a signature story element. Long before Kerry Washington’s popular television show transfixed audiences with political intrigue, Giacomo Puccini was tapping into audiences’ desires to be sensationalized.

Country music’s George Strait brings the hits to sold-out Wichita crowd

Wichita will show up for country music legend George Strait anytime he wants to come to town.

Together again: Actors reunite for ‘Man of La Mancha’

After more than three decades of friendship that began in student productions at Wichita State University and continued through successful careers on Broadway, in London and Los Angeles, Ray Wills and Karla Burns are back home and together again.

George Strait to perform sold-out show at Intrust Bank Arena

George Strait’s Friday night concert at Intrust Bank Arena will mark his third stop in Wichita since 2010 – and it could be his last. The 61-year-old singer, known for hits such as “Amarillo By Morning” and “All My Ex’s Live in Texas,” has said his “The Cowboy Rides Away” tour will mark the last time he tours extensively. Tickets to the show sold out in 12 minutes when they went on sale in October. Singers Merle Haggard and Lee Ann Womack also are on the bill. Doors open at 6 p.m., and the show starts at 7:30 p.m. For more information, visit www.intrustbankarena.com.

Of Montreal stretches the boundaries

You never know what Kevin Barnes is going to do.

No holds barred: Comic Ron White speaks his mind

Ron White doesn’t mince words on stage or during interviews. He has no problem naming comics who fail to amuse him: Dane Cook, Lisa Lampanelli and Dennis Miller are some of the popular stand-ups White rejects.

Blue October a little less blue

Justin Furstenfeld remembers how scared he was when he arrived in Nashville to get together with songwriter Chris Lindsey to write what became “Not Broken Anymore,” one of the many revealing songs on “Sway,” the latest album by his band, Blue October.

Review: It’s all about the sandwiches at Merle’s Place

The first thing you need to know about Merle’s Place is that there’s nothing corporate about it. Nothing corporate about the no-nonsense waitress who knows the menu backwards and forwards and is working the whole place by herself on a busy poker night. Nothing corporate about the well-worn but clean dive bar atmosphere with deep booths, dark wood tables and an old jukebox. And finally, there is nothing corporate about the food.

Orpheum gives ‘Wichita’ film its premiere

Wichita has been the setting for many Westerns, but none like Nicholas Barton’s “Wichita.”

Upcoming concerts (March 21, 2014)

Gridiron 2014, Thursday through April 12, Orpheum ($22-$32, selectaseat.com)

WSU Opera to perform ‘Die Fledermaus’

Wichita State University’s Opera Theatre will perform “Die Fledermaus,” an opera by Johann Strauss II, this weekend. The opera is performed in German with English subtitles and English dialogue. It opens Thursday at Miller Concert Hall in the Duerksen Fine Arts Center on the WSU campus. Performances will be at 7:30 p.m. Thursday; April 11; and April 12; and at 2 p.m. April 13. Tickets are $16 for adults, $14 for seniors and members of the military, $6 for students, and free for WSU students with ID. They’re available at www.wichita.edu/fineartsboxoffice or by calling 316-978-3233.

Three food trucks about to roll out

Park-n-Pork: The barbecue truck formerly known as BJs Smokeshack has a new name: Park-n-Pork. Owners Jennifer and Brad Vieux have been working on getting the truck up and going for almost a year and decided a few months ago to change the name. They’ve custom ordered a 28-foot truck from Ohio, which should in Wichita soon. The couple plans to have it operating by the end of the month and even have committed to serving at The Red Barn Outdoor Market in Benton on April 26. The truck will serve smoked items such as pulled pork, brisket, ham, ribs, chicken and specialty sandwiches plus homemade sides. It’ll be open for lunch and sometimes dinner and breakfast and also will do special events. Follow the progress at www.facebook.com/parknpork

'Today' show's Willard Scott, 80, weds longtime girlfriend

NBC says 80-year-old Willard Scott has tied the knot with his longtime girlfriend.

U2, Linda Ronstadt among 25 albums to be preserved

U2's classic album "The Joshua Tree," Linda Ronstadt's "Heart Like a Wheel" and an early, influential Christian rock album will play on forever, or at least as long as the Library of Congress is around.

‘How I Met Your Mother,’ ‘Raising Hope’ say goodbye

DON’T MISS: “How I Met Your Mother” series finale – OK, so it wasn’t always “legendary,” to use someone’s favorite word. But over nine seasons, “HIMYM” amused us, and moved us, and provided us with all kinds of silly catchphrases. Now, the gang suits up for its hour-long season finale. 7 p.m. Monday, CBS

Sunday Arts calendar (March 30)

“Reno County 911: “The Adventures of Starsky & Hutchinson,” comedy, Thu.-May 24, Mosley Street Melodrama, 234 N. Mosley. Dinner 6:15 p.m. Thu.-Sat. curtain at 7:50 p.m. Dinner/show $28, $18 show only. Call 316-263-0222.

‘Beatles vs. Stones’ charts the rise of England’s two great bands

“Beatles vs. Stones” by John McMillian (Simon and Schuster, 304 pages, $26)

How four working-class lads became the Beatles

“The Beatles: All These Years, Volume I, Tune In,” by Mark Lewisohn (Crown Archetype, 932 pages, $40)

Best-sellers from Watermark Books and Eighth Day Books (March 30)

Best-sellers

Old Testament scholar draws parallels between ancient Israel, U.S. today

“Reality, Grief, Hope: Three Urgent Prophetic Tasks” by Walter Brueggemann (Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Co., 165 pages, $15)

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