The Assistance League of Wichita loves gingerbread, and it’s hoping you do too for its annual Gingerbread Village event this weekend at Exploration Place. At Gingerbread Village, you can make your own gingerbread house and take it home. You can also watch professionals (and semi-professional high school students) create intricate gingerbread houses of their own.
Details: 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Fri., 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sat., 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sun., Exploration Place, 300 N. McLean. Admission: $9.50 for adults (12-64), $8 for seniors 65+ and $6 for youth (3-11). Members, $5. Includes admission to Gingerbread Village, a gingerbread-building kit and admission to all Exploration Place exhibits. www.exploration.org
50 Shades of Men at the Cotillion
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A group of “gorgeous hunks” will perform “a series of disarmingly sexy, yet very tasteful routines” Friday night at the Cotillion. 50 Shades of Men includes past performers with the Chippendales.
Details: Doors 7:30 p.m., show 9 p.m. Fri., the Cotillion, 11120 W. Kellogg. $20. www.thecotillion.com
‘Good Vibrations’ at Wichita Symphony Orchestra
The Wichita Symphony Orchestra is putting on a family concert Saturday intended to demonstrate how music is made. Marlene Pauley is the creator and conductor of this show.
Details: 4 p.m. Sat., Century II Concert Hall, 225 W. Douglas. $15, $10 children 3-12. www.wichitasymphony.org
2nd Saturday Artisan Showcase
The Workroom’s monthly 2nd Saturday Artisan Showcase continues this Saturday with the opening of a new ceramics line from well-known local artist Armando Minjarez. Showing alongside Minjarez will be Joseph Rincones of Rincones Pottery. If you or someone you know is a fan of ceramics, this is a local opportunity to pick up some holiday gifts. There will also be live music and food trucks on scene.
Details: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sat., The Workroom, 150 N. Cleveland. Free.
Restring for Food Drive
Are you a guitarist in need of new strings? If so, you can come to the Damm Music Center for some free new strings, furnished by D’Addario, in exchange for a nonperishable food item. Old guitar strings will be recycled through Playback, D’Addario’s national free string recycling program. This is the eighth year Damm Music Center will host the event, which will also include a raffle for prizes from Damm Music Center, including a ukulele, guitar, and four guitar lessons. You can get one raffle entry for every five food items you donate.
Details: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sat., Damm Music Center, 8995 W. Central. Free. www.dammmusic.com
Subaru of Wichita is partnering with Abode Venue to host the Fur Ball on Sunday, which they hope will become an annual endeavor to support Beauties and Beasts, an organization that rescues animals from death row. There will be a silent auction, drinks, entertainment from Rudy Love, Rudy Love Jr. and Jenny Wood and the Watchers. Guests of honor will include some dogs from Beauties and Beasts themselves.
Details: 6 to 9 p.m. Sun., Abode Venue, 1330 E. Douglas. $35. www.beautiesandbeasts.org
Chicago, Earth, Wind & Fire at Intrust Bank Arena
Chicago and Earth, Wind & Fire come to the Intrust Bank Arena on Wednesday for a dual-headlined show that’s sure to please. Those nostalgic for the times when both of these bands dominated the rock scene will be in for a treat. Both bands will play a set before combining for a grand finale.
Details: 7:30 p.m. Wed., Intrust Bank Arena, 500 E. Waterman. $48-$151. www.intrustbankarena.com
‘The Royal Tenenbaums’ screening
The 2001 Wes Anderson cult classic, “The Royal Tenenbaums” turns 15 this year, and the Orpheum is hosting a special screening to commemorate the anniversary. The film follows the lives of three gifted siblings who have to deal with disappointment and failure after their eccentric father leaves them in their adolescent years. It stars Bill Murray, Gwyneth Paltrow, Ben Stiller, Owen Wilson, Danny Glover and more.
Details: Doors 6 p.m., show 7 p.m. Thurs., The Orpheum Theatre, 200 N. Broadway. $5 general admission, $4 students, seniors, military, and individuals in groups 10+. www.wichitaorpheum.com