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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.

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.”

Verruckt water slide to open at Schlitterbahn Thursday (VIDEOS)

Will the fourth time be the charm for the world record-setting water slide in Kansas City, Kan.? Its opening has been delayed three times since May.

Doctoring Zhivago

“The Zhivago Affair: The CIA, and the Battle Over a Forbidden Book” by Peter Finn and Petra Couvee (Pantheon, 352 pages, $26.95)

Music Theatre Wichita to present an ‘innocent, more modest’ 'Joseph’

For Ian Patrick Gibb, playing the title character of “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat” for Music Theatre Wichita is a reminder of a key milestone in his career.

Review: ‘Extant’ pregnant with possibility

If you’ve snagged Halle Berry to star in your new TV drama, what else do you need?

Intense family thriller touches on all parents’ hot-button fears

“Ruin Falls” by Jenny Milchman (Ballantine, 368 pages, $26)

Science writer charts humans’ impact on the planet

“The Sixth Extinction: An Unnatural History” by Elizabeth Kolbert (Henry Holt, 352 pages, $28)

Watermark Books and Eighth Day Books best-sellers (July 6)

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Halle Berry’s ‘Extant’ premieres; ‘The Bachelorette’ does hometown visits

TV picks for the week of July 6-12

Clearwater native, rising Nashville star puts ‘a little bit of Kansas in every song’

The Sedgwick County fairgrounds were once the stomping grounds for up-and-coming Nashville star Logan Mize.

Motley Crue wants final tour to play out like ‘a happy funeral’

Tommy Lee might sound a bit morbid when he says he wants each show on the final tour with his band, Motley Crue, to be like a wake.

Quiz: How well do you know ‘Pirates of the Caribbean’?

Ahoy, mateys!

Mentor to hear ‘jazz genius’ Fred Hersch at the Barn at Prairie Pines

When five-time Grammy Award nominee Fred Hersch was 4, he played the piano with ease. By age 10, he was winning national piano compositions. That same year, he began studying composition with a doctoral student at the University of Cincinnati.

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