Here are a few of the other interesting ArtDog events being staged over next weekend (April 24-25). You can find more information at ictartdog.org.
Bill Murray movie-thon
“It only takes a few Bills to support the arts,” according to the Tallgrass Film Association’s poster promoting its Art Day of Giving event: A “Murray-thon” of movies starring funnyman Bill Murray. The group will screen 1981’s “Stripes” at the Anchor, 1109 E. Douglas; 1993’s “Groundhog Day” at Lucky’s Everyday, 1217 E. Douglas; and 2003’s “Lost in Translation” at The Monarch, 579 W. Douglas. The films will screen concurrently from 6 to 8:30 p.m. on Friday, and a $15 donation entitles participants to food specials from The Anchor and food trucks The Flying Stove and Hopperoni Express. They’ll also get $1.50 craft beer draws from local breweries on Friday or at the door of any Murray-thon location.
Murder at the Museum
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The Museum of World Treasures, 835 E. First St., is staging a murder mystery party inside the museum. The event, scheduled for 7 p.m. Saturday, is called “Murder and Mayhem in the Wild West” and will ask adult participants to solve the case of a murder in Deadwood. The event will include hors d’oeuvres, a cash bar and access to the exhibits and gift shops. Wild West costumes are encouraged, and participants with children older than 3 can bring them along to participate in an educational program while they solve the crime. Tickets are $30 a person and available for people 21 and older. The child program is another $10. Buy tickets at www.worldtreasures.org or by calling 316-263-1311. The museum will accept walk ups if space is available.
The Wichita Asian Association, known for the big food and culture fundraiser it puts on at Century II every October, is co-sponsoring a Japan Festival, scheduled for 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday in the Lindquist Hall lobby at Wichita State University. It will include stage performances from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. and from 2:30 to 4 p.m.; the film “Dreams” by Akira Kurosawa at 1 p.m.; and origami, calligraphy, dance, games, Judo and more from 1 to 4 p.m. Participants also can sample Japanese food and tea and learn about Japanese crafts and study-abroad programs.
The George B. Tack Memorial Flute Committee, a group that includes most of Wichita’s top flutists, will promote its group and its instrument of choice with an interactive event from 7:30 to 9 p.m. on Friday at the Air House Music Academy West, 109 S. Ridge Road. Flutists of any skill level are invited to bring their flutes and music stands and try some sight reading with other players. Those interested in the flute also can come try it out. The group also will have the less common alto flute and a baroque flute there for inspection. It’s a come-and-go event, and admission is free.
The ladies of the Emerald City Chorus will again be displaying the dog art they showed during last year’s Art Dog. The pieces, created when they let their pets loose with some paint, will be on display and for sale, and the group also will be auctioning off paintings created by humans. The event, which is from 6 to 9 p.m. on Friday at the Renfro Gallery, 612 E. Douglas, also will include refreshments and musical entertainment by the chorus. Admission is free.
Participants in the Wichita Chapter of the American Guild of Organists’ event will be able to get an up-close look at the pipe organs at First United Methodist Church, 330 N. Broadway, and the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception, 430 N. Broadway. They’ll be able to hear them played and even take a turn playing them. The event is from 7 to 8:30 p.m. on Friday and admission is free.
Arts Partners is putting on this event, which invites adults to add their marks to a graffiti board while sipping wine and munching on snacks. They’ll also be able to tour a pop-up art gallery featuring work by local artists. The graffiti board will later be auctioned off at a fundraiser supporting Arts Partners. The event is from 5 to 8 p.m. on Friday at the Wichita Waterwalk, 515 S. Main.
Dancer and dogs photo shoot
Ballet Wichita invites participants to bring their dogs to 1600 W. Douglas and have them professionally photographed with dancers in story-based ballet costumes, including Snow White. The cost is $10. The photographer, Lillian Barlett, will have order forms on hand for people to purchase her pictures, or participants are welcome to bring their own cameras. It’s from 5:30 to 7 p.m. on Friday.