There’s an unadulterated joy in the reteaming of those fast-talking “Wedding Crashers” Vince Vaughn and Owen Wilson, a wholesome novelty in their playing laid-off salesmen forced to do what millions of Americans have had to do in the past six years: reinvent themselves.
Sunday night into Monday morning at the Midland, Axl Rose and his seven-piece band took a crowd that appeared as engaged as it did amused on a musical odyssey that spanned 26 years and each of the bands five albums of original material.
All events are free with a button unless otherwise noted. Some events have changed since the River Festival brochure was published. Any additional updates will be posted at wichitariverfest.com. Ongoing events:
“And the Mountains Echoed” by Khaled Hosseini (Riverhead Books, 416 pages, $28.95)
Now starting his 26th year at the helm of Music Theatre of Wichita, Wayne Bryan is gearing up for his biggest challenge this summer.
A popular shopping center will be transformed into a swanky outdoor music venue with the debut of this seasons Bradley Fair Summer Concerts. Julian Vaughn, acclaimed Kansas City-based lead bass player, will kick off this years festivities on Thursday.
This weekend, Kansans can not only honor their heritage, but learn from it. Three talented artists collaborated in a ballet celebrating their homeland – Kansas.
I love movie trailers, so much so that if I’m running late to a movie and it looks like I will miss them, I’ll skip seeing the movie altogether.
“Gospel of Freedom: Martin Luther King, Jr.’s Letter From Birmingham Jail and the Struggle that Changed America” by Jonathan Rieder (Bloomsbury Press, 224 pages, $25)
“Stations of the Heart: Parting with a Son” by Richard Lischer (Alfred A. Knopf, 251 pages, $25)
“Empire House Live,” series, 7 p.m. Thu.-Sat., Sat. show will have a dinner option by reservation only, Old Cowtown Museum, 1864 Museum Blvd. Tickets: $10 and $12 in advance, $12 and $14 at door, $22 and $24 dinner theater. Call 316-219-1871.
All events are today. Free admission unless otherwise noted; free trolley rides between most venues.
The WSU Shift Space Gallery is hosting a closing reception for six students with divergent perspectives on art this week for Final Friday. The exhibit is a labyrinth-like tour through a myriad of colors, concepts, and layered emotions.
The razzle dazzles but the smoke never quite hides the mirrors in “Now You See Me,” a super-slick new magicians’ heist picture that demonstrates, once again, how tough it is to make magic work as a movie subject.
Truth be told, “After Earth” wouldn’t exist had Will Smith not cooked it up as yet another star vehicle for his son Jaden. But since buying your kid a movie credit is a tradition that dates back to the beginnings of Hollywood, you can’t hold that against him.
For the final day of this year’s Wichita River Festival, the concrete of Kennedy Plaza will be coated with 310 tons of sand, creating a Kansas beach of sorts.
1. Helicopter. Take a three- to four-minute ride over the fest for $35 with a Wichita River Festival button. Takes off from the West Bank. Hours: 2 to 8:30 p.m. Monday through Friday, 9:30 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. Saturdays, and 10:30 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. Sunday.
A new event at the Wichita River Festival this year mixes creativity with ingenuity. Sunday’s Cardboard Regatta contest will allow teams to assemble their own vessels to float down the Arkansas River. It’s an activity that tips its hat to tradition while bringing fresh fun to the occasion.
The Wichita River Festival is making a concerted effort to get people to ride bikes to the festival this year by offering free valet parking for bicycles and two themed tours of downtown for riders. People can also join in or just watch fast-paced bicycle races that will include injured Iraq and Afghanistan war veterans.