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‘Dawn’ radiates with character development in ‘Apes’ sequel

Advertising for “Dawn of the Planet of the Apes” suggests it is another summer film in which abundant action scenes obliterate any serious story or character development.

Review: Music Theatre Wichita’s ‘Joseph’ is bright and lively

With his blond curly hair and his Scandinavian complexion, Ian Patrick Gibb may not seem to fit the image of a desert-baked Old Testament Israelite hero.

Weekend events: Automobilia, Kansas Wheat Festival, Drums Across Kansas

The 20th annual Automobilia Moonlight Car Show and Street Party is on for Saturday in downtown Wichita. The event, which Automobilia gift store owners Gary and Lorita Carpenter started in 1995, will feature close to 1,000 vintage, classic and current cars plus seven bands, three food courts and – new this year – air-conditioned portable toilets. An average of 140,000 people attend the event. It will happen from 6 p.m. to midnight on Saturday in an area from Douglas to Second between Broadway and Mosley. Admission is free for spectators. One change this year: Gary Carpenter has ended the moonlight cruise, a parade of cars through downtown that has always been part of the event, because people not associated with the car show were joining in, spinning tires and causing other trouble, he said.

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.

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.

Fan helps bring 1977 film ‘Sorcerer’ to Wichita’s Warren Old Town

Back in the early 1970s, William Friedkin was on a hot streak.

‘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.

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.

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