Wichita abounds with activities and attractions this year, from theater premieres to life-size animatronic dinosaurs. Here’s a sampling of the performances and openings:Kansas Cosmosphere, Hutchinson: Chamber Music at the Barn: Music Theatre of Wichita: Old Cowtown Museum:
In the fall, The Orpheum will bring in Momix: Botanica, an internationally renowned contemporary dance group that uses inventive botanical themes.
Among other performances, the theater will have Tracy Morgan on March 13, Smash Mouth on April 7 and Bill Cosby on June 21.Sedgwick County Zoo: Tallgrass Film Festival:
“People have really embraced this new saucy program – ideas roll out rapid fire,” said WAM director Patricia McDonnell. The next one is April 19.
In June, the museum will unveil a Ray Turner exhibit that features more than 200 portraits on glass portraying a cross-section of the United States. At each museum on the national tour, Turner incorporates new portraits of people who embody some aspect of that locale.Wichita-Sedgwick County Historical Museum:
Among spring performances: Pianist Markus Groh will play Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 5, “The Emperor,” during classical concerts April 6 and 7, and there will be a Simon and Garfunkel retrospective pops concert on May 4.Ulrich Museum of Art at Wichita State University:
In August, the multidimensional exhibit “Nature’s Toolbox: Biodiversity, Art and Invention” will open.