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Review: Rewrite of ‘Odd Couple’ offers many hilarious moments

When Neil Simon rewrote his 1965 classic “The Odd Couple” about mismatched roommates for a female cast (Sally Struthers and Rita Moreno), he no doubt thought that the result would be the same. But that slob/neatnik battle doesn’t translate quite that easily.

Associate: Tommy Ramone, last of the Ramones, dies (VIDEO)

Tommy Ramone, a co-founder of the seminal punk band the Ramones and the last surviving member of the original group, has died, a business associate said Saturday.

Gig Guide (July 11, 2014)

To submit information for Gig Guide, go to events.kansas.com/listings. Gig Guide listings must be submitted by noon Monday. Listings must include dates, times, cover charge, genre of music played and a daytime phone number. There is no charge.

Verruckt’s public opening meets high expectations of people from across U.S. (VIDEOS)

Thrill seekers from all over the country made their way to Kansas City, Kan., to ride down the world’s tallest water slide, which opened to the public Thursday.

Jazz Fest at Kansas African American Museum to feature Willie Wactor III

When Willie Wactor III heard he could help The Kansas African American Museum by playing his beloved saxophone, he said yes. He knew his performance could bring people to the museum and help raise money.

Harlem Quartet to perform at the Barn, mentor local students

The Harlem Quartet, a Grammy Award-winning string quartet, wants to make classical music cool.

Concerts coming soon to Wichita, central Kansas (July 11)

Fifty Shades of Men, Friday, Cotillion ($15-$20, www.thecotillion.com)

Where have all the female rockers gone?

The Wichita music scene is having an ’80s flashback. The Go-Go’s headlined last year’s Riverfest; Joan Jett was a signature performer during this year’s. The band Heart, fronted by sisters Ann and Nancy Wilson, will play the Stiefel Theatre in Salina on Oct. 24. And on Thursday, Pat Benatar will headline at the Kansas Star Casino in Mulvane.

‘Strain’ feels the strain of an overloaded script

The problem with horror, as with most film and TV genre templates, is that because everything’s been done already, writers get nervous and throw in too many extraneous ideas, as if in desperation to find something jaded fans might latch onto.

‘Masters of Sex’ return; ‘24’ finale

DON’T MISS: “MASTERS OF SEX” – They say that work and sex aren’t supposed to mix, but in Season 2 of this sizzling drama, research pioneers Bill Masters (Michael Sheen) and Virginia Johnson (Lizzy Caplan) take their mostly academic partnership out of the lab and into the bedroom. Naturally, things heat up in a hurry. Oh, boy. What’s going to happen when Libby (Caitlin FitzGerald) finds out? 9 p.m. Sunday, Showtime

Country star Eric Church to return to Intrust Bank Arena in December

Country star Eric Church, who drew 11,000 fans to Intrust Bank Arena when he last performed in Wichita in 2012, will return in December, arena officials said Friday morning.

Still craving for a restaurant that closed? Share your memories

It was bad enough back in May when Golden House, the fried-rice destination of choice of downtown workers for 16 years, closed its doors at 504 S. Broadway, then was bulldozed into oblivion.

Ulrich artist-in-residence to create installation of 1,000 doilies

Doilies may appear delicate and lacy, but Oakland, Calif.-based artist Lisa Solomon sees the patterned, ornamental mats as having a subversive side.

'Game of Thrones' dominates Emmy nominations with 19 nods (VIDEO)

"Breaking Bad," "True Detective," "House of Cards" and "Game of Thrones" earned Emmy nominations in the drama series category Thursday morning, while comedies "Modern Family," "Orange Is the New Black" and "Veep" also performed well.

Upcoming events: artisan market, ‘Aladdin’ for kids, ‘House in the Sky’ author’s visit

A second-Saturday artisan market will happen from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at the Workroom, a custom drapery shop at 150 N. Cleveland. The event will feature items made by local artists and artisans as well as food items for purchase. Among the items for sale will be handmade candles, chain mail jewelry and more. Artists who want to reserve booth space should call 316-295-4520.

Upcoming events: Motley Crue at Intrust, Clif Major family benefit, Australian guitarist at Cotillion

Rock band Motley Crue will stop in Wichita this weekend as part of “The Final Tour.” The band, whose hits include “Girls Girls Girls” and “Home Sweet Home,” has said this will be its last tour. It features all the group’s original members: lead singer Vince Neil, drummer Tommy Lee, bassist Nikki Sixx and guitarist Mick Mars. Rocker Alice Cooper will open the show. Doors open at 6 p.m., and the show is at 7 p.m. No cameras will be allowed. Tickets for the concert are $69.50, $89.50 and $125 and are available at the Intrust Bank Arena box office, www.selectaseat.com, at Select-A-Seat outlets and at 316-755-7328.

American Indian jewelry, art at Wichita festival will be authentic, says organizer

In the world of American Indian jewelry, there are the real deals and there are the impostors.

Three food fundraisers coming up

Battle of the Burger, Oct. 11: This fundraiser for KETCH had its first year in 2013 and will return in October with burger samplings from local restaurants, art and craft vendors, live music, kids activities, wagon rides, a car show and more. This year, the event will take place from noon to 4 p.m., rather than in the evening. Tickets are $25, or $10 for ages 12 and under and include admission to all Cowtown activities. (They’re also $30 at the door, or $12 for ages 12 and under.) Advance tickets are available at ictburgerbattle.com or by calling 316-383-8889.

First riders go on Verruckt, world's tallest water slide (new VIDEOS)

The ride at Schlitterbahn water park in Kansas City, Kan., is set to open to the public on Thursday. “Up at the top, that 168 feet feels like 168 miles,” Steve Larese of USA Today Travel said at Wednesday’s media preview day. “It’s like parachuting.”

Harry Potter is back in new J.K. Rowling story

Harry Potter is back — mysterious, married, and going gray.

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